Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #251: Tess Of The Road by: Rachel Hartman

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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"In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.


Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one." 

This book sounds amazing! And I am so in love with that stunning cover.

Tess Of The Road will be released on February 27, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trailer Reveal: Brave by: Jennifer L. Armentrout


Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.
It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.
Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.
Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

Series: The Wicked Saga, Book # 3
RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017
Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books.
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Book Review: Brave (A Wicked Trilogy #3) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: December 11, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…"

My Thoughts:

I had really high expectations going into Brave, and this book met every single one of those expectations. I have yet to read a JLA book I didn’t love, but I really think her writing truly shines in her paranormal/fantasy reads. She always balances the romance with the action and fantasy perfectly and keeps the readers engaged and on their toes. Brave delivered some twists and turns along the way that kept me turning pages.

I have to start with Ivy because I absolutely adore Ivy. And what I liked most about Ivy is that she dealt with everything she has been through realistically. She has to take time to process everything and really come to terms with the changes in her life, but because she is Ivy and so so strong she pushes through and comes out stronger on the other side. Ivy is determined and tough and doesn’t back down and I love her compassion and her sass. I love how in the middle of a fight she is still cracking jokes and being sarcastic. Simply put, she is a fun and relatable heroine and I love her.

Of course I also absolutely love Ren. He is probably one of my favorite JLA book boyfriends to date. He is funny and charming and willing to chase Ivy to the ends of the earth. What I love most though is Ivy and Ren’s dynamic together. They aren’t perfect and they have a lot to work through but their chemistry is insane and they work so well together. Both are willing to go to extreme lengths for one another and it is clear they are crazy about each other. They are both so strong, but together they make one another stronger and I love that.

Then we have Tink and Tink is such a scene stealer. He is probably my favorite secondary character in all of JLA’s books (I’m so sorry Deacon I still love you). Tink is just so ridiculous at times and you never know what he is going to do and I just love that about him. I love his love of Amazon Prime and truly relate to that and his pop culture references warm my heart. But I also love that behind his nonsense, he is such a good guy (fae? brownie? whatevs). He wants to fight and he truly loves Ivy. In this one Tink is still his crazy self but we also see another side of him and I loved that.

Along with the great cast of characters, the plot keeps moving. This book is really nonstop and I loved how quick it moved. I also loved that it took me by surprise in places. I mean there was stuff that went down that we kinda had to know was coming but then there was stuff that just completely took me by surprise and I loved that. The action was fantastic and intense. And the action was balanced so well with the romance. This is JLA so of course the swoon was off the charts.

All in all, Brave was an awesome read and this is definitely one of my favorite of all of JLA’s series. I loved her take on the fae and the way she delivered heart stopping action with a swoontastic romance. I know this is a series I will be reading again and again.

Friday, December 8, 2017

On My Shelf: Switched by: Amanda Hocking

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


This was another Book Outlet grab, I actually grabbed the entire trilogy. My sister absolutely loves this book and has wanted me to read it for years, but I just haven't gotten to it yet. I definitely think this is a Teresa read so I should probably make time for it. 

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: The Becoming Of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1) by: Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: November 7, 2017
from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling
Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right."

My Thoughts:

Oh man, so I have so many conflicting feelings with this book. On one hand, it’s Noah and Mara and I will forever love those two. On the other hand, this book screws with an ending to a trilogy I thought was perfect. So I have very mixed feelings about this book.

Look, it’s Noah and Mara and I love those two. Mara is the best kind of anti-heroine and Noah is your tragic and broody bad boy. They work great together. But this book screws with their dynamic. We left them happy, but now they were rehashing old problems and it just bugged me that they got dragged through the wringer again. And what kills is that it wasn’t new problems, it was old problems that we shouldn’t be revisiting all over again. Also, I think Noah loses some of his appeal when you’re in his head. Seeing him from Mara’s point of view, he is mysterious and has a certain allure. But in his head, all the walls are down and you see behind the curtain. And look I love Noah and I always will, but I think it’s more fun being in Mara’s morally questionable brain.

Also I would like to say a big SCREW YOU to that ending. It is mean and cruel and well you know damn well I’ll need to read the next book ASAP. The plot I think could have moved at a bit quicker of a pace, but it was engaging and screws with your mind the way the Mara Dyer Trilogy did. We meet new characters and catch up with old ones as well. Loyalties are tested and I questioned everyone. These books always keep you on your toes.

All in all, there is a big part of me that wishes Noah and Mara had been left alone and happy, but if we had to continue their story this wasn’t an entirely terrible way to go. Now I just need the next book and I swear everything better get fixed or I’m throwing some books against a wall.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #250: Restore Me by: Tahereh Mafi

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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"Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

I AM SO SO SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! I love Juliette and Warner and I am so excited to see what happens next. I always thought the original trilogy was a good conclusion, but there was definitely stuff open to expand on and I cannot wait.

Restore Me will be released on March 6, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Release Day Launch: Villain by: Samantha Young


V I L L A I N 
Cover Design by Samantha Young 
The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.
Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal - a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.
Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.
When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.
An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.
After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…

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Recent Reads: Queens and Mind Twists


Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of queens and mind twists.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Berkley Bookmas: Elle Kennedy "Slice Of Life" From The Killer Instincts Series

Readers Live A Thousand Lives is so excited to participate in Berkley Bookmas and we’re hosting Elle Kennedy and a "Slice OF Life" from her Killer Instincts series today! Berkley Bookmas is chock full of exclusive content from authors like exclusive excerpts, deleted scenes, author recipes and more! Check out the calendar of events below:


Christmas Without Cate
Killer Instincts Slice of Life
Elle Kennedy

“She’s not going to make it,” Jim Morgan said gruffly.
Noelle wandered over to the floor-to-ceiling windows where her husband stood, brooding. His cobalt-blue eyes were fixed on the dusty courtyard of their Costa Rican compound. She followed his gaze, and her normally ice-cold heart warmed slightly. Not many things elicited an emotional response from her, but seeing Ash out there with his one-year-old son got to her. Even she had to admit that the little boy was fucking adorable. He teetered around on two wobbly legs, while his dad chased after him to make sure he didn’t face-plant into the dirt.
“She might,” Noelle answered.
Jim glanced over with a dry look. “Don’t bullshit me, sweetheart. We both know it ain’t happening.”
She swallowed a sigh. No, she didn’t think so, either. Their daughter had been on assignment in Africa when all hell broke loose—a rebel group decided to make their move, martial law had been called, and all aircrafts grounded. Now Cate was stuck on another continent, more than a day’s worth of travel away. They hadn’t heard from her in almost twenty-four hours, which told Noelle that all the cell towers were down thanks to the chaos over there.
“She’s gonna be pissed,” Noelle murmured.
“No shit. Missing her kid’s first Christmas?” Jim shuddered. “Jesus fuck, I’m not looking forward to her mood when she finally gets in.”
Yeah, neither was Noelle. Cate was a hothead on a good day, but when her only child was involved? She went all mama lioness on the world. She was undoubtedly crushed that she couldn’t be here with him right now, and furious enough to set all of Africa on fire.
“Those rebels ought to be shaking in their boots,” Noelle said with a grin. “Cate can’t be happy with them right now.”
Jim’s answering grin was wry. “I don’t think anyone over there is happy with them right now. But, yeah, you’re absolutely right. She’s probably plotting all their grisly murders while she sits in the airport.”
A shriek of laughter sounded from the bowels of the huge hacienda-style house, making Noelle’s shoulders tighten. One of the million children spending the week here, obviously. And children were goddamn loud.
It was a total madhouse and she fucking hated it. Only Abby, Kane and their seven-year-old son J.J. lived on the compound year-round, and Noelle didn’t mind the little family. Plus, J.J. had inherited his mother’s badassness and was learning martial arts, so Noelle got to spar with him in the compound’s basement gym. Everyone else? She liked a helluva lot more when they weren’t in her face twenty-four-seven.
She’d barely had a moment’s peace since everyone arrived.
D and Sofia had shown up last night carting their four kids. Four.
Isabelle and Trevor got in the night before, bringing along their two daughters.
Liam and Sully showed up this morning—kidless, thank God. Ditto for Ethan and Juliet. Those two couples were the only ones not on Noelle’s shit list at the moment.
Luke and Olivia had brought their colicky son. Assholes.
And don’t get her started on Bailey. Her favorite chameleon, a woman capable of transforming into a completely different person at the drop of a hat, was pregnant again. Bailey and Sean already had two kids. Why did they need a third?
Noelle just prayed that the baby fever amongst Morgan’s mercenaries and her chameleon assassins wasn’t contagious.
“There are too many kids in this house,” she told her husband, moving closer to rest her frazzled forehead on his shoulder.
Chuckling, he put his arm around her and pressed his lips to the top of her head. “It’s fucking brutal,” he agreed. “Makes me want shoot something.”
Her heart skipped a beat, because Jim’s bloodlust always got her all warm and gooey. He was a crazy bastard, but she was a crazy bitch, so really, a match made in heaven. And despite being married for so many years, the often-violent passion between them had yet to fade. She didn’t think it ever would.
“Can we?” she begged, tilting her head to peer up at his handsome face. “I haven’t fired a gun all week. Or used a knife. You want to go downstairs and have a knife fight?”
A wicked gleam entered his eyes. “Yes.”
Noelle laughed and brushed a kiss over his sexy mouth. “I was joking.”
Jim’s tongue slid through her parted lips to toy with hers, sending a shiver up her spine. When he kissed her this lazily, it usually meant he was contemplating something very naughty.
“Why don’t we forget the knives and just fuck instead?” His breath tickled her lips.
She groaned softly. “We have guests.”
“They’re all playing with their new toys—nobody’ll notice if we disappear for a couple hours.” His hot mouth traveled to the side of her neck, sucking gently on her feverish flesh.
Noelle gave another groan. “Screw it,” she murmured, reaching between their bodies to cup his hardening cock. “Let’s go.”
His eyes were on fire as he lifted her into his arms and marched toward the arched doorway. He was a man on a mission, and the mission was her. Noelle loved it.
But they’d barely reached the foot of the staircase in the massive foyer when a familiar noise had Jim halting in his tracks.
Noelle froze at the same time, then hopped out of his arms and landed deftly on her feet. Jim was already yanking his cell phone from his pocket and hitting a button.
“Don,” he barked to their security guy. “Who the fuck is that?”
Noelle heard the tinny reply—“No idea—and then rushed out the front door.
In the courtyard, Ash had scooped Boone into his protective arms. But he didn’t look overly concerned when his gaze met Noelle’s.
“Military chopper,” he called over the din.
She glanced up in time to see the underside of the military bird as it flew over the roof in the direction of the helipad on the far end of the property. “Nobody requested clearance,” she called back.
Ash just grinned, and, carrying his son, hurried toward one of the Jeeps parked in the courtyard. Noelle raced after him and tossed herself in the passenger side. Ash promptly handed Boone over, and the little boy instantly threw his arms around her neck.
“Gamma!” he shrieked happily.
She winced. Oh sweet baby Jesus. It still jarred her to hear the kid call her Grandma. She was too young to be a fucking grandmother. But her husband was the boy’s grandfather, which made her his…ugh…grandma.
“Don’t get your hopes up,” she warned as Ash sped down the path running along the side of the house.
As they flew along the dirt road, another Jeep joined them in the rearview mirror. Jim, and he was alone, which meant he either shared the same suspicion as Ash or he’d received actual confirmation of it. If he sensed a threat, he would’ve brought backup.
The bird was landing when the two vehicles skidded to a stop. Ash dove out of the driver’s seat. Noelle carefully propped Boone on her hip and got out of the Jeep. The wind from the rotors sent her blonde hair flying in all directions. She tried to keep it in check with her free hand.
“Bird!” Boone shouted.
Noelle grinned. Kid was already picking up the correct lingo. “That’s right,” she confirmed.
“Gappa!”
Jim appeared and ruffled his grandson’s dark hair. “S’up, kiddo.”
As Ash ran toward the Chinook helicopter, Jim brought his mouth close to Noelle’s ear. “That’s not an American bird. RAF.”
She nodded, having noticed the same thing. “She must’ve called in some pretty huge favors,” she remarked. “I’m talking three or four different governments’ worth of favors.”
Jim’s enormous grin practically danced off his face. “That’s our girl.”
At the helipad, the Chinook’s door creaked open.
And then there she was, her dirty-blonde hair arranged in a messy side braid. Her clothes were wrinkled and dirty. Her features were haggard. But her blue eyes, the same shade as her father’s, were wholly alert.
“Mama!” Boone yelled in delight.
Cate barely had a second to blink before she was in Ash’s arms. Noelle watched in amusement, all the while trying to restrain the ecstatic child wiggling in her grip.
“Mama!”
“All right, all right,” Noelle relented. “Let’s go see your mama.”
She shifted Boone to her other hip, grasped Jim’s hand, and then the three of them went to welcome Cate home for the holidays.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

On My Shelf: The Winner's Curse by: Marie Rutkoski

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


I am so in love with the cover of this book and it sounds like such a Teresa read but as with so many other books I just never got around to them. Now that the whole series is out though is seems like the perfect kind of series to binge. 

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

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