Saturday, May 31, 2014

Jumping Genres In June Giveaway Hop


Welcome to my stop on the Jumping Genres in June Giveaway Hop. The ides for this hop is to give away a book that is outside our normal genres. I like sci-fi but I have found that I don't read much of it, so I have decided to give away a copy of Avalon by Mindee Arnett. 


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-one winner will win a kindle copy of Avalon by Mindee Arnett
-giveaway is open to anyone who can accept kindle books
-must be 16 years of age to enter
-giveaway will run from June 1 to June 14
-winner will be chosen at random through rafflecopter and contacted via email
-winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Mended (Connections #3) by: Kim Karr (Review, Teaser, and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for Mended by Kim Karr. I love this series, so I am excited to be taking part. Today I have my review, a teaser, and a giveaway to share.

Release Date: June 3, 2014 from NAL
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO HEAL ALL…BUT NOT ALL BROKEN HEARTS CAN BE MENDED.

Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.

Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.

When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever...."

My Thoughts:

Mended was a great addition to the Connections series. Xander and Ivy had a wonderful story and that story needed to be told. This book was nothing like I expected. I went into the story thinking I kinda knew the route the story would go, but nothing happened the way I expected and I kinda loved that about the story.

Xander and I got off to a bit of a rough start and while I warmed up to him, I never really loved him. He was just too controlling for me and he bothered me with the way he treated River at times, so I was worried how I would react to a story with him as the main character. I really shouldn’t have worried because I fell in love with Xander. He hasn’t had it easy and he has been blaming himself for a lot of years for something that was not his fault and something like that takes a toll on you. The only girl he ever loved was Ivy and life happened and their relationship didn’t work. So, Xander has had it rough and once I got to know him, my heart broke for him. I came to really love him. It’s so beautiful how he has loved Ivy for years and never truly moved on. For him there was only ever one girl and she was it. So years later, when he runs into her it’s not really easy. I can’t really express how much I loved Xander in this one. His protectiveness and charm and determination were all sigh worthy.

Ivy was the tougher of the two for me. I liked her, but at times I was frustrated with her, but at the same time I also get it. She was convinced of certain things and because of that, she just wasn’t willing to open her heart to Xander again and I can’t say I blame her. My issues were more around her willingness to let people walk all over her. I just wanted her to stand up for herself a bit more. The way she let some characters treat her made me really mad but at the same time I totally got it. But because of this, I’m glad the perspective was more Xander heavy.

Mended knows how to build up the anticipation. The chemistry between Ivy and Xander just builds and builds and builds until you don’t think you will be able to handle it anymore. I actually almost reached my limit. I swear; if a certain very important conversation between Ivy and Xander that needed to take place was interrupted one more time, I was going to chuck my iPad across the room. Thankfully no iPads were harmed in the reading of this book. When that conversation finally took place, it was like BAM and I was all YESS NOW DO THE KISSY.

I also love that this book completely shocked me. There was one event that took me completely by surprise and it made me furious (in a good way). I was heartbroken and hurt and it made me feel all the things. And then on top of that twist, there was another one that had me thinking my brain would explode. So just when you think you have a handle on the story it just surprises you all over again.

One of my favorite things about companion novels is getting to revisit some of my favorite characters. River and Dahlia pop in to say hi, as does Aerie and Bell. I could have used a bit more Jagger, but hopefully he will pop up some more in later books. I just love that I get to watch these characters continue on with their lives even though it’s not their story.

Mended was a great addition and one fans of the series should definitely make time for. Xander will steal your heart, break it into pieces, but then he will mend it in the end.


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About The Author:

Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance, including her sexy New Adult romance series, Connections.  She describes herself as wearing a lot of hats–writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all-around go-to person of the family.  However, she always finds the time to read.  She believes in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends and Happily-Ever-Afters, and loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.  Kim lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Cover Reveal: Greetings From Sugartown by: Carmen Jenner

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Book Title: Greetings From Sugartown (Sugartown #2.5)
Author: Carmen Jenner
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Release Date: August 2014
Cover Designer: Cover It! Designs
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Life in Sugartown hasn’t always been easy, not for an ex-con like Elijah, and certainly not for Ana, who grew up desperate for a way out. Meeting Elijah changed all that; Elijah changed a lot of things. You’d think that after three years together and the worst behind them that life would be a walk in the park, but Sugartown’s sexiest couple may be about to face their biggest obstacles yet. Between failed marriage proposals, a trampy ex-lover and a tempting new biker, Sugartown is suddenly not so sweet. They’re head-over-heels in love. It should be simple—but it rarely is. Will they make it down the aisle to the happy ever after they deserve? Or are some relationships just destined to fail?  


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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY Best Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent. She's also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living. While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn't have an Elijah Cade, though. If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sloppy Seconds: Obsidian (Lux #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout


Welcome to Sloppy Seconds which is monthly feature hosted by myself and Michele of A Belle's Tales. Sloppy Seconds is a feature in which Michele and I buddy re-read some of our very favorite books and then post our thoughts and feels. So sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, and re-live some great reads with us!

Release Date: December 6, 2011
from Entangled Teen
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"Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don't kill him first, that is."


OUR DISCUSSION
**spoilers ahead**

Teresa Mary Rose
Wifey! Re-reading Obsidian with you was magical! Simply magical! I missed Daemon so so much!

Michele Belle
This was definitely a fun pick, and your enthusiasm over this series and a certain snarky alien was seriously contagious.  Loved it!

Teresa Mary Rose
I may be a teensy tiny bit obsessed with Daemon... but it is nothing to be concerned over I have the obsession perfectly under control.... kinda

Michele Belle
Perhaps.  Maybe.  Yeahhhh, there may be an alien 12 step program in your future.

Teresa Mary Rose
Possibly... but until then I shall live in my blissed out Daemon land haha! Okay serious time... I had forgotten how much of a jerk he was in the beginning. I still loved him, but damn he was so snarktastic!

Michele Belle
So, I confessed to you before this re-read that Obsidian and I got off to a rocky start (see how punny I am?).  Actually, I liked Obsidian -- it was Daemon that I had a problem with.  This was my first JLA book, and I had heard SO much about this series and about Daemon.  I was not prepared to... well... dislike him so much! The story and the writing were very different from what I had been reading at that time and I enjoyed it. I really liked Katy because she loved books and blogging.  And I loved Katy when she put Daemon in his place.  But that arrogant ass-tastic alien and I had some issues to work through.  You know we did indeed work through them thanks to some character growth, but most of it was due to finding out what truly lurked underneath that superior, egotistical, exasperating exterior. ie:  I wanted to kick him in his extraterrestrial nutty places.  This re-read was enjoyable because instead of focusing on doing him bodily harm, I was able to laugh more at the things he came out with.  And boy, oh boy, does he come out with some doozies.  There were also a lot of hints and moments that clued you in that there was more to Daemon than first meets the eye. I think I missed a lot of that the first time around because I stayed so angry with him.  I love that you got a better feel for Daemon than I did even on your first read.  What made you more forgiving towards his ass-butt inclinations?

Teresa Mary Rose
I am so glad you came to love Daemon because it may have hurt my soul if you didn't love him. When I first read Obsidian I fell in love right away, even though he had many ass-tastic moments, but I think it was because I just knew there had to be more to him. Also because even though he was being a jerk, most of the time he was doing it with Dee's best interest at heart. I figured anyone who loved their sister that much had to be a decent guy and I was just kinda waiting for Daemon to show who he really was. Also, I LOVED their interactions. I loved how Katy never backed down and I could tell that they both enjoyed their little spats. I love that they continue to argue like that throughout the series, it just fits them.

And now that you brought up Katy.... I need to flail. I ADORE Katy... she is one of my favorite heroines ever. I love her love for books and I just relate to her so much because of that. I kind of miss this Katy now that she is Super Katy.

Michele Belle
No worries there, Wifey.  Things that happened at the end of Obsidian were promising,    I read certain things that transpired in book one from his POV, and then the books that followed had me warming up to him slowly but surely.  

See?  The sister thing!  That's something you would know about and pick up on right away; but as someone who is sibling-free, I overlooked it.  All I could think about was, as a mom, if I ever heard a boy be condescending like that to my teenage daughter, I would make him a eunuch.  True story.  You make an excellent point, and I really did love Dee.  The sibling dynamic between them was very sweet and you could feel the sadness over the losses that they had experienced, which perfectly explained why Daemon was so protective of Dee and wary of her having a friendship with Katy.

And while some of what Daemon was giving us was indeed Daemon being Daemon... I think it was Katy being the amazing girl that she is that really gave him pause and had him reconsidering the way he felt about humans.  I fell for Katy the moment she was giddy over posting her Waiting on Wednesday.  She fully embodied a blogger's highs and lows over things like getting new followers or not receiving any comments on a review -- and especially the squeeing over books arriving on your doorstep.  She won me over so easily!

Teresa Mary Rose
Yeah the sister thing got me. I mean, if that was my brother I would have smacked him upside the head but at the same time I got it. I got it even more when I found out about Dawson. It doesn't excuse what he did or said to Katy but it makes me understand it. Also, I really think he had Katy's best interest at heart as well as Dee's. I think events have shown that it really is not safe being connected to them and he was trying to keep her out of it. 

Oh yes! I definitely think Katy standing up to him is what made him pause. She didn't back down and he loved that. And any time Katy posted on her blog I got excited! She really is a blogger. It doesn't feel forced or cheesy. Any blogger should be able to connect with her.

Now can we talk about Dee? I loved this Dee! The Dee that was carefree and not jaded by the events of Onyx.

Michele Belle
It was bittersweet re-reading and seeing this carefree and happy Dee while knowing what was in store for her and her family down the road.  I loved the friendship between her and Katy, and it hurt my heart that Dee longed so much to have a friend.  I'm very happy they found each other.  

And because we loved Dee and Katy so much, there just has to be a character to hate and suck all the fun out of the room.  Ash.  I did not like her -- not one itty bitty bit -- and I refuse to be swayed on that. lol  You may have softened me toward Daemon, but it's not going to happen with that chick!

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes, it was very bittersweet especially knowing the hard times coming and the difficulties between Katy and Dee ahead. Those two become so close so fast and then everything just falls apart. 

Oh gosh Ash... that girl... I LOATHE her. She really is just a terrible person. I don't even know what else to say except that I really really hate her! I really don't like any of the other Luxen. And re-reading I really saw how sly Matthew was.

Oh and other characters we hate... Simon... can we talk about that sleeze?

Michele Belle
Hahaha!  I knew just mentioning her name would be like kicking a hornet's nest!  Get her, Wifey!  She truly had no redeeming qualities in my eyes. I did like Adam -- he was the best of that trio.  I never did like Matthew; but yes, I believe there was some foreshadowing there. 

Oh, Simon!!  What a disgusting, shady horn-dog.  You know, Daemon tried to warn her about him...   I very much enjoyed seeing Simon get his comeuppance.  Talk about someone who needed to be castrated!

And let's talk about the Arum *shudders*.  As scary as they were, I was so intrigued by them!  I very much enjoyed learning about the histories of the Luxen and Arum.  Their conflicts and just the very thought of an otherworldly species hiding among us.

Teresa Mary Rose
Yeah. I dislike her... I wish I could say it all came from a good place, but it really didn't. She was just jealous. Not cool in my book. I liked Adam too, kinda, but he didn't do anything that made me love him. I never liked Matthew either, but there were even more tells when you re-read it.

Yes! Simon was a sleeze bag and I know Daemon tried to warn Katy, but that just made her react the opposite way. And honestly she had no reason not to go with Simon. He always seemed nice and like a good friend and Daemon just came across as overbearing. Thankfully though Daemon had an eye on her.

Ohhh the Arum! I love the whole concept with them-- that they are dark and the luxen are light. And you are right- the whole hiding in plain sight thing is cool. Now remind me, have you read the Arum novel? Cause that book is very eye opening.

I want to kind of circle back to something now. Can we talk about the build up in this book? JLA builds and builds and builds the tension and chemistry and then BAM laptop scene!

Michele Belle
True, but compared to his siblings he was a joy. lol  

I don't know... Daemon wasn't the only one who tried to give Katy a heads-up about Simon.  I think if I had just moved to a new town and started a new school, I'd err on the side of caution when my peers were trying to clue me in to what kind of guy Simon was and where his interests lay.  That was a whirlwind of a night, though!  I was on the edge of my seat during everything that took place at that particular point in the book!

Light versus Dark -- and you think for a moment, good versus bad... until you read Obsession -- that Arum novel you mention.  I really loved that book, and it was very, very revealing. And what about those "men in black" -- the DOD?  Creeptastic!

Oh, the laptop scene.  Wowzer!  That was something else -- and a prime example of me not liking Daemon, then liking him, and oh, lookey here... right back to NOT liking him.  But it made for such good reading, and there is NO denying the steaminess of that scene *fans self* 

I appreciated the world building as well as the tension building.  My favorite parts had to be the showdowns between the two species and our lil ninja Katy.  I love that even though she was scared, her concern for her new friends won out and she truly saved the day... more than once!

Teresa Mary Rose
She probably should have listened, but we all know the minute Daemon told her not to do something she was going to do it. It's just how she is. But you are right, that is a busy busy night and so much happens. It is a huge turning point for the story!

Yes exactly! You think its black and white, but really it is many different shades of gray. I love how the whole Arum and Luxen story has evolved over the series. And yes! The DOD are worse than the Arum in my opinion. They just freak me out.

The laptop scene is so so steamy! But yeah, Daemon does not end that scene on a good note. Even I, unashamed Daemon enthusiast, wanted to smack him upside the head at the end of that scene. It was a fun scene to read though. And this actually brings me to another point I wanted to discuss. 

Daemon does not treat Katy all the nicely over the course of the novel, but then at the end he FINALLY admits what we all had come to know and then Katy SHUTS HIM DOWN. Can we take a moment to appreciate that? How many times does that actually happen? In most YA novels the girl would be falling all over the guy.

Ohhh yes the showdowns were awesome and keep you on the edge of your seat. And Katy is awesome even before all the crazy. She cares so deeply for her friends and that really shows just how great she is.

Michele Belle
Huge turning point -- I think that's when I really sat up and took notice of the story and the writing!

Indeed, he does not.  But it is the dance they do; and again, it was fun and keeps the readers on their toes.  

That was such a surprising and WELCOME turn of events!  Truly, that made me proud and happy and yet... sit down for this... made me feel bad for Daemon!  I was worried going into this story because I didn't like that Katy was still attracted to Daemon even when he was a jerk.  That goes against everything I've taught my teen when it comes to boys.  BUT Katy put him in his place so many times; and every time she showed him her middle finger, I laughed!  The fact that she comes to that decision and does what she feels is best for HER does make her stand out from other YA MCs, and you are right to celebrate that moment!  

On closing this book, I realized I had really come to care about these characters and couldn't wait to continue their journey.  I feel the novels that follow show even more growth, and the series just gets better as it goes.  I'm ready for Opposition, the final installment that releases in August -- but it's going to be so sad to say goodbye.

Teresa Mary Rose
Right?!?! I loved that Katy was like "nope, I deserve more and you need to prove it". I mean on one hand, I was like "Oh Daemon my heart" but on the other I was like "good for you Katy!" But I also loved that Daemon respected her for that decision! He didn't argue or fight it; he stepped up to the plate and said "okay, I accept this challenge. I'll prove my feelings to you." Like come on, that is such a great message! The girl knows she deserves more and demands it and the guy is like yes you do! Just, so many other books don't take that route. 

This series does get better and better and JLA has a knack for character growth. I can't even talk about Opposition, I NEED that book but I am not at all ready to say goodbye to my dear friends.

Michele Belle
It will require hand holding, chocolate, and wine, my friend!

Now to dispel the sadness of thoughts of the final book, let's share our favorite quotes from the first!  I've limited myself to just a few since I already know how many highlights you have, and I'm bowing out gracefully because you love this series so very much.  

 “‘You’re such an ass. Has… anyone ever told you that?’ He flashed a genuinely amused smile. ‘Oh, Kitten, every single day of my blessed life.’” 

“Because this was absolutely insane—the craziest thing I’d ever done. Worse than giving a one-star review, scarier than asking for an interview with an author I’d give my firstborn to eat lunch with, more stupid than kissing Daemon.” 

 “‘Well hello, honey, I’ve been out boozing and whoring. I know, my priorities are pretty off.’”

Teresa Mary Rose
Hehe oh how you know me so well... I PROMISE I tried to cut it down, I really really did. 

Love your picks! Love the bookishness.

"The day my internet was hooked up was better than having a hot guy check out my butt and ask for my number."

"Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys."

"So what do you blog about? Knitting? Puzzles? Being lonely?"
"Ha. Ha, smartass." I sighed. "I review books."
"Do you get paid for them?"
I laughed out loud at that. "No. Not at all."
Daemon seemed confused by that. "So you review books and you don't get paid if someone buys a book based on your review?"
"I don't review books to get paid or anything." Although that would be sweet, which reminded me I needed to get a library card. "I do it because I like it. I love reading and I enjoy talking about books."

"I've always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect." His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. "The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It's just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness."

"Oh. Dear. Baby. Jesus. How did he find it? Wait. More importantly was the fact that he had found it. Was my blog now Googleable? That was awesomesauce with an extra heaping of sauce. "Stalking me again, I see. Do I need to get a restraining order?" "In your dreams, Kitten." He smirked. "Oh wait, I'm already starring in those aren't I?" I rolled my eyes. "Nightmares, Daemon. Nightmares.""

"Daemon followed me home after school Literally. He tailed me in his new Infiniti SUV. My old Camry, with its leaky exhaust and loud muffler, was no match for the speeds he wanted to go. I'd brake-checked him several times. He'd blown his horn. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside."

"As in contacting the DOD?" Andrew asked. "I'm sure they'd know what to do with her." "I'd like to see you try that, Andrew. Really I would, because even after last night, and I'm not yet fully charged, I could still kick your ass."

"And if he poked me in the back with a pen one more freaking time, I was going to throw him in front of an Arum."

"If I wanted to be with..." he started, his hands tightening. "If I wanted to be with you, you'd make it hard wouldn't you?"
I lifted my head. "You don't want to be with me."
His lips twitched into a smile. "I'm thinking I kind of do." 
Parts of my body liked that. My chest swelled. Insides knotted. "Thinking and kind of aren't the same thing as knowing."
"No, it's not, but it's something." His lashes lowered, shielding his eyes. "Isn't it?"
I thought of the love my mom and dad had again. I pulled away, shaking my head. "It''s not enough." 
Daemon's eyes met mine and he sighed. "You are going to make this hard."
I didn't say anything. My heart was thumping as I sidestepped him and headed for the front door.
"Kat?"
Drawing in a deep breath, I faced him. "What?"
A smile parted his lips. "You do realize I love a challenge?"
I laughed under my breath and turned back to the front door, giving him a one-fingered salute. "So do I, Daemon. So do I."

Michele Belle
We know each other so well, and those picks are just perfection. I wouldn't want you to cut it down a bit.  I assure you, I have those highlighted, too!   I especially adore the one about getting paid to review books.  I think if we had a dollar for every time we were asked that question, we could buy a whole series of books.  In hardcover.  

Thank you for sharing this re-read with me and for not kicking my arse when I gave your favorite alien a hard time.  You made this such a fun pick for our monthly discussion!

Teresa Mary Rose
Yeah... you are so right! People cannot grasp the concept of not getting paid to do this haha.

Wifey you can do no wrong in my eyes! I love our discussions and that we each bring different things to the table. This one was so much fun and I am already super excited for the next one.

Michele Belle
Exactly -- those who don't live to read can't understand that the book itself is our reward.

Right back atcha, my love!  I love our different takes on things just as much as I enjoy when we're in complete agreement!  This was great and I'm counting down the days until our next read which will be FULL of feels and fun since we're on opposing "teams" with that one. *wink wink*

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes I completely agree! And oh yes... our next discussion is going to be full of feels! *smoosh*


Swoon Thursday #99: There's Wild Then There's You by: M. Leighton


Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! We want to know :-)
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"Violet's lush little body is plastered against mine. The taste on her silky tongue is awakening more than just my heart. I lean away from her so that I don't do something stupid like drag her into the woods across the street and pin her up against a tree.

I absolutely loved this book! Jet stole me heart!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #102: Until We Fly by: Courtney Cole

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good. 

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. 
The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart. 

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore. 

Bad sounds so much better. 

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof. 

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget. 

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again. 

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school. 

But she’s back now. 

And she wants Brand, scars and all."

I am so so so excited for Brand's book! Love this series!

Until We Fly will be released on July 7, 2014.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie: Novellas


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

We have a freebie this week, so I decided to share some of my favorite novellas.



1. Castle Hill by: Samantha Young- I adored this novella. Joss and Braden are one of my all time favorite couples. This book hurt my heart but I loved it.

2. Trust In Me by: J. Lynn- This is a great example of alternative POV done right. I loved getting inside Cam's cookie obsessed brain.

3. Sweet Little Thing by: Renee Carlino- Will Ryan is the best.... that is all that needs to be said.

4. Wild Child by: M. Leighton- Rusty and Jenna were wonderful together and I loved getting their story. It was short but still sweet and full of heartache.

5. Elixir by: Jennifer L. Armentrout- It's Aiden guys! AIDEN! This novella was amazing.

6. Finding Cinderella by: Colleen Hoover- Daniel was fantastic and I loved reading from his point of view.

7. Destroy Me by: Tahereh Mafi- This novella solidified my love for Warner. I loved him in Shatter Me but then this novella just sealed the deal.

8. Iron's Prophecy by: Julie Kagawa- I adore Ash and Meghan and I loved that we got this little extra for them. It also set up the spin off series nicely. 

9. Bittersweet Love by: Jennifer L Armentrout- This was such a sweet story and I love how it set up the world of the Wardens.

10. Let It Bleed by: Jeri Smith-Ready- I adore this series and this novella was no exception. Shane *sigh*

What made your list?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review: Wings (Black City #3) by: Elizabeth Richards

Release Date: June 12, 2014
from Putnam
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series."

My Thoughts:

This was definitely my favorite of the series. Wings pretty much delivered everything I want in a series conclusion. I was pulled into the story and it wouldn’t let me go. This series has such an addictive quality to it. The kind of quality that even when you are aggravated with certain events, you just cannot look away. Before I go any further, I just want to say that this review may contain slight spoilers for Black City and Phoenix. It will be spoiler free for Wings.

Natalie and I didn’t really get along well in Phoenix. I truly truly struggled with her. However, I loved her in Wings. Gone is the girl who holds secrets and listens blindly. Natalie does what she feels is right and doesn’t think twice about risking herself for something she thinks is right. She has become a very strong character and the kind of kickass character I love. She stands up for what she believes in, even when standing up to certain people is difficult.

Ash remains my favorite character of the series. I just love everything about him. He absolutely adores Natalie and I love that. He is also incredibly strong and fights for what he believes in. My favorite chapters were always the ones told in his point of view. I have loved watching him grow over the course of the series. It was great watching him come to terms with who he is and what he wants out of life. He also makes some very important decisions as to what and who is really important to him. One decision towards the end left me with tears in my eyes.

Wings introduces a third point of view and that point of view was brilliant. I’m not going to say who it is, because that is part of the mystery, but just know it’s awesome. It was such a cool addition and one that left me reeling. Those chapters were very revealing and I never ever would have guessed what those chapters had to show.

Wings was full of twists and turns and honestly nothing happened like I thought it would. That made it even better. The book surprised me at every turn and I never knew what to expect. Every single revelation left my head spinning. I expected something crazy from the final installment but this was even crazier than I expected. My only complaint is that there are some things that could have been tied up neater at the conclusion. All of the main story lines come to an end and have a full conclusion. However there were a few things I would have liked to have a bow on top of the wrapping. I realize though that this is me being greedy. Really I can’t ask for more from this conclusion.

Wings was a great way to wrap up the series and I am sure fans of the series will not be disappointed. The story is great and every time you think it’s safe, it’s just not. There is so much drama and mystery and it keeps you hooked. This series is a great combination of dystopian and paranormal and is not to be missed for fans of either of those genres.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekly Recap 5/23/2013


So no vlog this week since I only got one book. I cannot remember the last time I got so few books in one week. It's okay though because BEA is next week and I will get plenty of books there. What I did get though is awesome. My signed copy of Dangerous Creatures arrived and I did get the awesomely awesome swag package below from M. Leighton that I won in a giveaway.


Reviews:
Whisper To Me by: Christina Lee
Tease by: Sophie Jordan

MeMe's:
Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship
Waiting On Wednesday: Ugly Love by: Colleen Hoover

Other Fun:
Trailer Reveal: Tease by: Sophie Jordan

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mini Reviews: Mischief In Miami and Scandal In Seattle (Great Exploitations #1 & 2) by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: March 12, 2013
Goodreads | Amazon

"Seduction. Infidelity. Blackmail. Scandal. It can all be bought for the right price and for Sienna Stevens, business is good.

Because she’s in the business of Great Exploitations.

She’s an Eve, a member of a secret society of women contracted by the wives of wealthy, powerful men for one reason and one reason only: to seduce their husbands. To ensure their pre-nuptial agreement will be null and void thanks to a little loophole known as the Infidelity Clause. To ensure that those wives don’t find themselves on the other side of a divorce without a penny to their name.

When it comes to the Eves, Sienna’s one of the best because she follows the number one rule of the Eves to the letter: don’t let it get personal.

When the job file of her wealthiest client yet falls into her lap, Sienna realizes that this case could be the one that’s impossible to detach herself from. The payout would lead to her independence, but will the cost be too high in the end?"

My Thoughts:

This book was so different from anything I have previously read and that makes it so much fun. I’m a big fan of Nicole’s work and this was no exception. It was so different from her Crash and Lost & Found series, but it was just as addictive.

Welcome to the world of the Eve’s; where the rich and famous pay the Eve’s to catch their cheating husbands in the act and effectively nullify that pesky pre-nup. It is such an intriguing concept and it makes for some great drama. Our main character is so poised and composed and just good at what she does. She is great and being in her head is just so different it is good. And while the subject may sound like something that stretches your comfort zone; trust me when I say these guys deserve it. Good guys are not getting screwed over here.

Mischief In Miami effectively sets up the world and drama and leaves you dying to pick up the next installment. I’m hooked.


Release Date: July 8, 2013
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Revenge isn’t what the Eves are about. Justice is.


But when Sienna Stevens leaves Miami for her Errand in Seattle as Ally Andrews, revenge is the only thing on her mind. A woman scorned is one thing, but Ally is something else altogether. She will not rest until the man who upended her world is brought to his personal and financial knees. She won’t settle for just upending his world in return. She’s going for full-blown annihilation.

Ally’s barely in Seattle a day before complications arise. She begins making slips. She’s one error away from being pulled from the biggest Errand of her career when she comes face to face with Henry Callahan. Former lover. Current Target.

Things just went from complicated to catastrophic."


My Thoughts:

This series is so addictive and quick. I can just eat it up like candy. It is fun and just so different. It’s not a hearts and flowers read and our main character skirts the line of right and wrong. Most of these guys deserve what they get, but what happens when they don’t?

Sienna or Ally or whatever you want to call her is a tough nut to crack. Where Mischief In Miami sets up her job and life now, Scandal In Seattle starts to delve into her past. We start to see who she really is and what drove her here. We also start to see that she isn’t exactly happy doing what she does and that she has a conscience. Also, now she is out for revenge. She has Henry in her sights and she wants to make him pay. Henry intrigues me. Clearly things went wrong between them, but he is very different from her previous errands and that is clear. There is more to the story here, and I’m dying to find out what it is. 

Nicole Williams delivered again and I’m convinced that anything she writes I will enjoy. This serial is a great one.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Review: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by: Sophie Jordan

Release Date: May 27, 2014
from William Morrow
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control—a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . ."

My Thoughts:

Sophie Jordan delivered again with Tease! Shaw and Emerson are so good together and this is new adult done right. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Foreplay, but I adored Foreplay, so that was a hard one to live up to for me.

Emerson was a struggle for me. She was just tough for me to like at times. Well, that’s not the right word, because I liked her, but she frustrated me. I wanted to shake her so hard for about 70% of the book. I can’t even pin point what it was exactly about her, but there was something. She just lied to herself too much I think. I understood the hesitations and why she acted the way she did, but I think she just pushed my tolerance for it a tad. Also, she never ever wanted to listen to her friends, even when they were just trying to be helpful. Normally I get frustrated with pushy friends, but that wasn’t the case here because they were right. I also didn’t like that she kinda begrudged her friends their happiness in their relationships just because she didn’t want one. But in the end, I liked her growth and I did like her.

While I struggled with Emerson, I ADORED Shaw. Oh my gosh Shaw was incredible. I fell hard for him and I fell fast. He saw Emerson and he knew right then and there that he wanted her. He also saw behind the extremely high walls she put up and saw the real her. I loved how he saw her and saw someone worth loving. It was so beautiful. This is probably why I struggled with Emerson. She had this wonderful guy standing in front of her willing to give her the world and she turned a blind eye.

The chemistry in Tease was off the charts. Sophie Jordan knows how to write a steamy book and do it well. It is never tacky or forced; it always feels right and real. Emerson and Shaw together made for some very very steamy moments. I also loved their sweeter moments as well. It was both heartwarming and sexy. Exactly what I want in a new adult read.

Reece and Pepper made an appearance and just a reminder, I still love Reece. I’m also ready for the next book now that I know who the characters will be!!! She has left me ready for more.

Tease is a good read and while it may not have lived up to Foreplay for me, it is still definitely worth your time. Shaw alone makes this book worth reading.

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