Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekly Recap 8/31/2014



Goodreads Links:
One Foot In The Grave by: Jeanniene Frost
At Graves End by: Jeanniene Frost
The Mackinnon's Bride by: Tanya Anne Crosby
Dead Witch Walking by: Kim Harrison
Greetings From Sugartown by: Carmen Jenner
Because The Night by: Kristen Strassel
Guardian by: Courtney Cole
The Minaldi Legacy by: Courtney Cole
Soul Kissed by: Courtney Cole
Soul Bound by: Courtney Cole
Burn For Me by: Lauren Blakely
Caught Up In Her by: Lauren Blakely
Unrequited by: Melody Grace
Only For You by: EL Todd
Beyond Shame by: Kit Rocha
Polaris by: Mindee Arnett
The Prey by: Tom Isbell
The Orphan Queen by: Jodi Meadows
Promise Me This by: Christina Lee
The Chalet by: Tara Sue Me
A Matter of Truth by: Heather Lyons
A Matter of Forever by: Heather Lyons
The Deep End of the Sea by: Heather Lyons
The Beast Within by: Serena Valentino
Beauty Awakened by: Gena Showalter
Hard Knox by: Nicole Williams
Oceanborn by: Amalie Howard


Reviews:
Opposition by: Jennifer L Armentrout
Hard Knox by: Nicole Williams

MeMe's:
Waiting On Wednesday: Try With Me by: Elyssa Patrick

Other Fun:
Release Day Launch: Guardian by: Courtney Cole

Friday, August 29, 2014

Blogger Interview: Mckenzie Kate from A Belle's Tales


This is a feature I decided to start doing since I figure it is a fun way to get to know other bloggers and maybe help some people find some new awesome blogs to follow. Today I had the pleasure to interview one of my very favorite bloggers in the world Mckenzie Kate from A Belle's Tales.


Hey Mckenzie Kate, thank you so much for dropping by the blog today! Super excited to have you here *spins around the room* 
Hi!! *waves* I'm so excited to be here! Thank you for having me! 

So, tell me, what was it that made you fall in love with reading? 
Well, when I was growing up, my mom read to me all the time, which made me adore stories and books of all kinds. That combined with her own love of books made me the reader I am today! 

What is your favorite thing about blogging? 
There are so many things I love about blogging! For starters, I love being able to express myself and my thoughts on books and chat with other readers around the blogosphere about those books. It's also an opportunity to expand your interests -- by reading different genres based on a positive review, by discovering a new interest based on someone's blog, etc. Honestly, blogging brings about so many possibilities and I love experiencing them all! 

You are much younger than a lot of other bloggers out there. As a younger reader (areal life young adult!) what do you think you can bring to your reviews that an adult reviewing young adult books cannot? 
I think as a younger reader, I can bring a different perspective than an adult considering there are some things in these books that I've never experienced, such as falling in love, for example. I can take lessons from the characters' experiences and how they handled something, or I can think of how I might do something differently. Plus reading about characters my age, I may be able to see the reasoning behind some of their actions a little more clearly. 

Do you think most young adult books accurately portray teens today? Speaking as a teen yourself. 
I've read some that are right on the money, and I've read some that are bit off and kind of stereotypical. It really depends on the author and how firm of a grasp they have on a teenager's thought process and emotions. 

I know I get attached to some of the posts I do on the blog; are there any posts you have done that you love more than the others? Why? 
My review of Entwined (my first-ever review on the blog), my interview with the lovely authors of The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow (my first-ever interview), my review of The Warble by Victoria Simcox (she was the first author to send me a signed copy of her book for review -- so special),  my review of Coyote Autumn because that is a book that will always be near and dear to my heart, my reviews of Finn Finnegan and Gideon's Spear because those are most definitely two of my all-time favorites, and my interview with the fabulous Darby Karchut -- just to name a few, haha. 

I have to ask. Favorite books? List as many as you want! 
Ms. TeresaMaryRose, that is such an unfair question! Hahaha. I'll try to narrow it down: The Fault in Our Stars, Stolen: A Letter to My Captor, Coyote Autumn, The Adventures of Finn MacCullen series, Entwined, The Iron Fey series, The Percy Jackson series, The Harry Potter series, The Warriors Saga, The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games series, The Mortal Instruments series, Divergent, Eleanor & Park -- there are so, so, so many, but I'll stop here. :) 


Ohh how I love that list! There are so many amazing books there!
As a fellow Harry Potter and Percy Jackson nerd, I must ask you the following: 
If you could ask J.K. Rowling one question what would it be and why? 
Ooooohhhh, I LOVE this question so much! I would have to ask her if she ever considered making Draco and Hermione a thing? I'm a major Dramione shipper, lol. 

Same for Rick Riordan? 
Honestly, I would probably ask him if he would consider putting me in his next book as a love interest friend for Percy. 

What is your favorite Percy Jackson book (including the new series)? 
Well, I've only really read the first series, so I'll have to say The Last Olympian. I absolutely loved that one for many reasons that I can't give due to being spoilery ;D 

You have to read the new series, especially if you loved the The Last Olympian! *wink wink*
If you had to pick, would you choose Percy Jackson or Harry Potter? 
Percy Jackson all the way. I love Harry, but Percy's my main man. 

Okay moving on. At Readers Live A Thousand Lives, it is law to discuss book boyfriends. So I must ask, who are your favorites? 


I was hoping you would ask me this. My absolute favorite book boyfriends are, in no particular order, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, I just love him), Augustus Waters, Ty from Stolen: A Letter to My Captor, Finn Finnegan, Jace Lightwood, Seth Clearwater, Peeta Mellark, Mr. Bradford from Entwined, Ash from the Iron Fey series, Four (I think we all know where that one comes from), Patch Cipriano from the Hush, Hush series, and Park from Eleanor & Park. 

So many book boyfriends on this list that I love too! I love that you included Ash! *sticks tongue out at your Puck loving Mom*
Now imagine you are stuck on a deserted island, and you can only have one book boyfriend and his book with you forever, which one do you want? 
Ohhhh.... ummmm... you know what?  Forget the boys, I want Katniss! lol 

Will Herondale or Jem Carstairs or Jace Lightwood? 
I've only read the first book in the Infernal Devices series and I've read almost all of the Mortal Instruments books, so I have to go with Jace. Although, that being said, I do love both Will and Jem so very much. 

We all love our book boyfriends, but I think us girls need some love too. Who are some of your favorite heroines and why? 
This is a great question!! 1) I adore Tris from Divergent because she is so incredibly brave and strong and never gives up no matter how hard her life gets. 2) Katniss is obviously a fighter, and I admire that, because even when people didn't believe in her and basically told her there was no way she was winning the games, she was determined and didn't let any negativity affect her. 3) I absolutely loved Raven from the Delirium series and even more so in her novella. I thought she was incredibly strong and the fact that she lost so much and still refused to give up shows that she's definitely the kind of person you want on your side in a battle. 

Vanilla or chocolate? 
Chocolate. *noms* 

Vampires or zombies? 
Vampires. *noms* 

Okay and to wrap this up, what are some of your favorite blogs? 
This has been so much fun!! Yeep! Okay, favorite blogs: Readers Live A Thousand Lives, Christie's Book Reviews, The Caffeinated Reviewer, Christy's Love of Books, Rabid Reads (Jessica is my GIRL), The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, Rainy Day Ramblings. 

Thank you so much for having me on your fabulous blog today!  This was so much fun.  You made me feel like a rock star! <3

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Release Day Launch: Guardian by: Courtney Cole

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We are absolutely over the moon excited about the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's GUARDIAN!!! GUARDIAN is a YA Paranormal Romance, and a book close to Courtney’s heart. Not only is this fabulous book back in a big way, it's Courtney's birthday! To celebrate all of the awesome she is making a few select titles only .99 TODAY ONLY! Grab them all and thank us later.

Guardian

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Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. My name is Whitney Lane. I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy. I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there. Until one day, there was. Our world isn’t what we think. There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things. Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are. They’re very real, and they’re terrifying. I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true. There’s only one thing I know for sure. Nothing is what it seems.


Excerpt:
Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real.
Happy birthday to me. I close my eyes and burrow into my pillow as I try to sleep, as I try to escape this life. It’s a life I never thought I’d have, a life I most certainly don’t want. I’m still feeling sorry for myself as the blackness of sleep finally overtakes me. I don’t know what time it is when I shoot straight upward like a rocket. Something had yanked me from the oblivion of sleep, something loud and shrill scraping my window. My room is completely dark and I glanceat my clock in confusion. 3:00 a.m. As my heart pounds hard against my ribcage, I quickly scan every corner of the room. In the last few hours, dark shadows had migrated onto my pink walls, but they’re familiar, nothing out of the ordinary, although in the night, they seem twisted and scary. I remain motionless as I allow the sleep-induced fog to clear from my brain. As I sit, I feel common sense and logic slowly returning. Of course nothing had touched my window because my bedroom is on the second floor. Nothing can reach it. And there are no trees near enough to brush against it. It was just a dream. It was only a dream. I chant it silently to myself like a mantra as I consciously slow my breathing down, hoping that my racing pulse will soon follow. It was only a dream. But just as I’m calming down, I hear it again. A high-pitched shrill shriek, reminiscent of fingernails on a chalkboard, scraping down my window. I gasp and pull my feet up to my chest, which is when I notice the temperature. I notice because I can see my breath. Timidly, I blow a puff out again, watching the way my breath turns white in the air. Holy crap. Oh my God. What the hell? The sound stops and stillness surrounds me once again, the silence so loud that it echoes in my ear. Nothing moves around me, the shadows are perfectly still as they twist across my wall. They look like mangled fingers and arms and legs, but they don’t move. My legs are weak and shaking, but I know I have to move. I have to move off my bed because it feels like something is under it. Something terrifying. With a leap, I bound across the room, my feet hitting the floor several feet away from the edge of my bed. The floor is ice cold, as though it had been covered in a blanket of snow. I’m trembling as I race to the far wall and check the thermostat. Because that’s the only explanation. I must’ve bumped it earlier, I must’ve turned the AC way down. But the luminous numbers stare at me in contradiction. 74 degrees. It must be broken. It has to be broken. My breath is coming in pants now, terrified, anxious pants. My fear isn’t logical. I know there’s nothing here. I’m the only one in this room. Or am I? The air seems to push at me from all around, something dark, something heavy, something real. Something unseen. My fingers shake, my legs tremble, and then all of a sudden, they can no longer support my weight. I go down like a pile of bricks, collapsing onto the floor. I lie still because I can’t move, because something seems to sit on my chest, holding me down. The shadows start to move, to slither across the walls, to reach and pull and dance. I struggle to focus, to see what it is. But all I can see are the numbers on the thermostat suddenly moving, rapidly counting down from 74 to 20. Twenty degrees? The air is frigid as I suck it in, as I try to pull the ice crystals into my mouth so I can breathe. All of a sudden, there’s a blackness in front of me. It hovers over me, a shapeless mass, sucking in the cells of the air, the atoms and the molecules. It’s darker than the blackness of my room, blacker than the blackest black. Something is here. With me. “Dad?” I whisper in a white puff. Because what else could it be? I reach out a finger to touch it, and then I can’t see anything else, because the darkness of it surrounds me, bleeding into everything else, even my vision. The shriek is back, screaming into my ears, bleeding into my brain. Then there’s nothing.

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ABOUT COURTNEY COLE: 
HeadshotCourtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people. Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.    
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Swoon Thursday #109: Hard Knox by: Nicole Williams


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.

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"For the shortest moment, Knox seemed frozen in surprise. As soon as that passed, he kissed me back with just as much force, his hand exploring my body like mine was his. I'd kissed plenty of guys, but I'd never been kissed like I was now. I'd never kissed the way I was now. It was almost like the world was shrinking around us - shrinking until it felt like it could barely contain us. And the way his touch felt? It awakened every emotion and desire and want inside me that I'd never know I had. One moment his forearm was pressed hard into my back, cradling me close to him and making me realize I'd never felt truly safe until now, and the next moment, his hand was splayed against my lower back, and I felt like I was about to drown in my own need and want. Knox Jagger was consuming me, one kiss at a time, one touch at a time. Moment after moment, more of me belonged to him.

I absolutely loved this book! It is a must read!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Hard Knox (The Outsider Chronicles #1) by: Nicole Williams (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hard Knox by Nicole Williams hosted by ATOMR Tours. For my stop I have a review and giveaway to share. Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on tour here.

Release Date: August 12, 2014
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"Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.
Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.
As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger. How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .
Hard Knox."

My Thoughts:

This book…. This book is everything I love about New Adult and really spotlights the great things about the genre. It has a girl growing and learning that she doesn’t always know what’s best and a guy who hasn’t had it easy but still learns to come though and be a better person. It takes stereotypes and smacks them in the face. It is along the same lines of Easy by Tammara Webber and not in the “OMG this book is just a copy” way but in the “wow these both have similar themes and are awesome” way.

Charlie Chase is an independent, determined college student who is aspiring to be a groundbreaking journalist and all things show that she will get there one day. She is tenacious and doesn’t get caught up in the partying and craziness that can come along with college, actually she kind of looks down on it. Charlie is quick to judge and she does fall prey to stereotypes, but she is also willing to acknowledge that she does this and when she is wrong. I loved how strong Charlie was. When it becomes apparent someone is targeting her, she doesn’t cower but fights back. She is determined to figure out who it is and she doesn’t let fear stop her.

Along the way to help her is Knox Jagger. Knox at first look is the kind of guy who you should run away from screaming. He is the epitome of bad boy, but as usual, appearances aren’t everything and rumors are usually just that: rumors. There is a lot more to Knox than what the stereotypes and rumors would have you believe. Knox has not had an easy upbringing and he has made mistakes, but everything that has happened has made him the man he is today and that man is a great person.

Knox and Charlie together make a great pair. Things with them are not easy and they argue a lot, but it’s worth it. They are both fiercely independent and don’t need anyone else, but together they are stronger somehow and can be independent together… if that makes sense. Both are witty and sarcastic and that always makes for great dialogue and their dialogue was awesome.

I really liked that along with the relationship between Knox and Charlie, the story is also about discovering who has been slipping roofies into girls drinks and then who is targeting Charlie. I’m not going to lie, I did correctly peg who it was but I think that’s because I read a lot. I still enjoyed trying to piece it together to see if I was right. I also liked that the book showed that this does happen on college campuses and that you do need to be careful and that just because a guy seems nice, doesn’t mean he actually is. Also, I need to take a second to discuss Charlie’s professor because I hated her. She was so unprofessional and horrible that I don’t even have words.

Hard Knox is a great read and one I highly encourage New Adult fans to read. It is everything good about the genre and isn’t just a carbon copy of all the other ones out there right now. It has all the New Adult elements but is still its own engaging read. Nicole Williams has done it again and this is the reason she is an auto buy author for me.

Giveaway:

Make sure you enter to win a signed copy of Hard Knox and a $50 amazon gift card.
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About The Author:

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground. Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Waiting On Wednesday #112: Try With Me by: Elyssa Patrick

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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"New Adult/Contemporary Romance - Recommended for readers 17 and older

There is nothing happily ever after about my life. My mom is dying of breast cancer. I work four jobs just to keep us going.

What I don't need to deal with?

Jamie McAlister.

Yeah. Him. Blond, tall, gorgeous. I had a crush on him throughout high school, but he never knew I existed. I don’t even think he knows my name. I was too shy to say a word to him. It seems that everywhere I go, he’s there. And now? He’s kissed me—a lot. And those hot kisses have led to even hotter nights.

I’m falling for him, head over heels. But I don't know how to fit Jamie into my life. I only know I need him. Which means I have to try for something I never thought was possible. I have to fight for him and a forever kind of love."

I really liked Jamie in the other books so I am ready for him to have a book! 

Try With Me will be released on October 16, 2014.
What are you waiting on?

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