Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess

Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1)Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads


When a young sorceress is exiled to teach magic to a clan of assassins, she will find that secrets can be even deadlier than swords. Teen Vogue proclaimed, "It's impossible not to fall deep into the dark yet alluring world of sorcery and secret assassins." A dangerous and eerie fantasy about murder, shocking discoveries, and fiery star-crossed romance that readers of Cinda Williams Chima and Robin LaFevers won't be able to put down.

Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she's losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life, and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins' cave hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two sorcerers sent died within weeks of each other. Accidents? Or something more sinister? As Ileni navigates the dangers—both natural and human—of the caves, she'll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she'll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins' next leader. With Sorin determined to protect her, sparks—magical and romantic—will fly. But will even he understand the choice she must make in the end?



REVIEW

 A surpisingly new, fresh story where assasins and magic blend. The plot was original and many times i wondered where the next crucial point will be.

Both Ileni and Sorin kept me with their dialogues and their struggle. Since there quite a mystery in the book, i found myself wondering what Sorin's role would be. But as the ending came and the relevation hit Ileni I was left gripping the e-reader tightly not wanting to believe what i read.

At the ending, i could say that we me on a cliffhanger wondering what fate would bring to Ileni and Sorin, not to mention the fate of the Empire and its enemies alike.

A fresh read, highily recommended!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger

Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall, #1)Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.



 REVIEW

 Never had the wind such a strong presence in a novel. Until now. This novel is an artistic recreation of the theme of the elementals, which I have also met on other books, like Mortal Enchantment.

So in a on going war which also threatens Earth, Vane and Audra run against the clock in order to find a way to stop the Stormers. Guilt, love, humor and betrayal mix together and you have no idea what actually happens until the last pages of the book.

Vane was a refreshing character. Not the alpha type, he is funny, has troubles on hiw own, yet manages to become stronger, even from Audra.
Audra is a tormented girl. The past has made her cold and even her relationship with her mother is a devastating result of past events. Many times i wondered how she could keep on continuing and from the double POV it's obvious that Vane is the reason.

The ending? I would give four stars, since i get an idea of what will happen on the second book, but the refreshing idea kept me from it. Recommended to those who like the sky and wish to fly!

Which book from this category is a favorite? Also don't miss the on going giveaway on "Mortal Danger" by Ann Aguirre!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Release Day: Here with me by Heidi McLaughlin

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Today we are celebrating the release of HERE WITH ME, a contemporary romance title by New York Times Bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin. This is the first book in The Archer Brothers series. Be sure to check out the teasers and contest below!

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HERE WITH ME Synopsis:

Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces. After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
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During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
 









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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Release Day Launch: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!

 

 

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 STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:  
Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets.
And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.
Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...

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I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there. I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings. It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron. After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.  
Where r u? R u skipping, u ho? A minute later:  
Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp? Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts.  
Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this. Bio is lonely. My boobs miss u. How weird is that? That was notably weird and yet not surprising.  
If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault. Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!? Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.  
U have no idea who just walked into bio!!! Roth is here! Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this? Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect. Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one.  
He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t. Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead. “What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.


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And don't forget! The choice is yours... Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.
 To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait! Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!



Author Photo  About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math.

Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.   She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Release Day celebration: Loop by Karen Akins





Today is the release day for Loop By Karen Akins, a sci-fi with more mystery and romance from a fresh new author!


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Author: Karen Akins
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her. 

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.




Praise:

"A creative take on romance in a high-stakes, high-concept mystery that trusts its readers' intelligence." - Kirkus

"LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre. I devoured the entire book in one sitting!" - Julie Cross, Author of the TEMPEST series

"Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!" - Melissa Landers, Author of the ALIENATED series



About The Author


Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her. 

Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Share your favorite fall reads & WIN six signed books!



Share your favorite books and go to the main site of Beth Revis, author of the series "Across the Universe" and the newly published "Body Electric"!

My favorite fall reads are:

The Young Elites
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Compulsion
Body Electric
Stone Cold touch
Zodiac

What are your favorite YA reads?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review + Giveaway: "Mortal Danger" (Immortal Game, #1) by Ann Aguirre


Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...



 REVIEW

 Real, hurtfull and truly a great mix of PRN and reality.

When I first read the summary I got the impression that this book would be yet another mix of Faust and Dorian Grey. BUT as the story began I was literally on a cliff hanger.

Edie is your average ners, geek, which is yet another victim of school bullying. She has suffered so much to the point of thinking that death will be her salvation. Please note the fact of this. In a world where looks get you anywhere and some people think themselves better that others, Edie is a strong model.

Now, when Kian enters the plot, things become pretty interesting. At first I thought he really was a Demon but later, for those who will read the book, his presence and life story are really altering.

With her wishes Edie makes some choices. With revenge as her only thought, she soon realises that everything around her change and that her self is not the only one in danger.

Bordering between Urban fantasy and paranormal, combining urban myths, thrillers and romance, along with a nice, fat dose of self discovery, "Mortal Danger" is the absolute read for me on this year.

Ann Aguirre also notes on her author note the reasons for the plot of the book. Some readers don't bother reading them, but please I advise you to read this one. You can't help but notice the small, tiny detail of biography in there, which in a way reflects on Edie's situation. As someone who had also fallen victim of school bullying, I understand fully both Ann's words and Edie's desperate thoughts at the beginning of the book, but not the killing part.

With this ending I am really going for the second book, since I want more of Kian and Edie. And since Haloween is around the corner, this is a great read for the season too!

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Review: "Mirror X" by Karri Thompson


Mirror X (Entangled Teen)Mirror X by Karri Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.



REVIEW


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Mirror X follows the pattern of a classic YA Dystopian. Yet the timelines and the technology which is introduced on the story are really original.

Cassie finds herself in a world new and foreign. The way her feelings and reactions are portayed are really realistic and logical. I loved the world building but the book lucked on the emotional part, meaning the romance.

In a dystopian novel i believ that it would be better if emotions should be portayed more, in balance to the setting and the characters' lives.

Overall "Morror X" is a good read with the potential to become better.

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What is your favorite or less favorite dystopian world?  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After Anthology by REUTS Publications




Hello everyone! Today I am excited to announce the cover reveal of the anthology which was insired from the all known fairy tales!
When it comes to fairy tales, there are plenty of things that go bump in the night. Things so morbid and grotesque, so sinister and diabolical, they haunt your imagination; warnings from generations past that still manage to terrify.

In 2013, authors came together for the annual Project REUTSway writing competition, penning their own interpretive twists on stories we're all familiar with. Seventeen were chosen, bringing twenty-five new versions to life. From The Brother's Grimm, to Hans Christian Andersen and beyond, these tales are not the ones you grew up with. They are, however, Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After. Dare to find out what happens when "once upon a time" ends in the stuff of nightmares?


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The 2013 organization was Reading Tree/Discover Books, a “green” charity which promotes literacy in the US by keeping books out of landfills, funding library sustainability, providing books to low-income families, and more. 

For the 2014 season, we’re giving you the chance to decide where proceeds will go! The new year also brings with it a new theme. So brush up on your histories, legends, and cultural lore, because we’ll be looking for the most original, fantastic versions of tales that have braved the centuries. 

An exclusive hardcover will be available from REUTS Publications in the coming weeks, but you can devour these stories now for Kindle and Nook!

This NaNoWriMo season, REUTS Publication is inviting you join us in creating the next talented collection. So brush up on your histories, legends, and cultural lore, because we’ll be looking for the most original, fantastic versions of tales that have braved the centuries. The globe-trotting of world mythology will make weekly theme stops to visit Egyptian, Celtic, and even more rich lore from other areas of the world. 
 
This all starts November 1st, so make sure to grab your pens and ready those typing muscles for the twists that will be revealed on the Project REUTSway on twitter, or on their website.   


Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: Desire (Brightest Kind of Darkness #4) by P.T. Michelle


Desire (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #4)Desire by P.T. Michelle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Now that Nara and Ethan are working together to uncover the Corvus’ secrets, they’re confident nothing can stop them.

But while they’ve learned to anticipate dark outside forces gunning for them, neither is prepared for the insidious evil that slithers its way into their lives, nor the new challenges that surface so close to home.

Despite all the chaos and turmoil around them, the one constant they can depend on is their devotion and loyalty to each other. But as their relationship moves into deeper territory, sometimes the toughest battles are the ones waged within.

While the hunt for answers unravels more layers in the Corvus world, they also uncover new truths about themselves and their intricate connection to the powerful raven spirit.

When boundaries are suddenly redrawn and control shifts, Ethan and Nara will be forced to make choices that could bring them closer together or rip them apart forever.


REVIEW


I have een reading this series with eager fascination and growing attraction for the heroes! Each one of them had a clue to offer, a role to play in the rowing mystery of the Corvus and I had to admit tht I never wanted the story to end.

"Desire" picks up from the moment Ethan and Nara finally make everything (ahem) more official. But Demons lurk and danger thratens everyone around them.

While the pace of the story was really slow and few moments of knowledge became known we get a deeper approach on the Corvus. It's almost funny how this entity speaks with Ethan or how it approaches Nara through her dreams. While Nara's father decide to get into her life again he quickly becomes a bad factor on the book's plotline.
Ethan is stronger and his protective feelings for Nara never stop. He is one of the few cool and strong characters i like in the books I've read so far (he rates together with Daemon Black and Tobias people!)

As for the ending it felt fast for the book and really confusing. Just in the moment everything were getting to the best of it, bang, it was stopped. I would really appreciate a faster pace on the next book but overall Michelle has written a great sequel!

If you are reading the review for the first time, the whole series can be found on GoodReads. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: Sanctum by Sarah Fine


Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)Sanctum by Sarah Fine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

“My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple.”

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos’s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance—hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone—she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn’t—the dark city isn’t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.



 REVIEW


 I began reading this book after finding out about the third book of the series. Intruged by the summary I decided to check it out.

And did that shook my world and changed my point of view concerning some kinds of paranormal books!
Written on the style of Dante's Inferno, the story covers the struggle of Lela as she triesto find her friend Nadia who has killed herself and thus her soul was trapped into the City of Suicides.

Lela is the kind of heroine i like a lot on YA. Not the weak kind but she is strong determined and has a tortured past. Her thoughts and actions are well kinded while her emotions for Malachi were heart breaking! The plot was artistic and well described with the opposites of light and darkness, love and hate even the possibility of forgiveness and redemption.

The ending? It made me want the second book which I hope to continue the great path "Sanctum" has made. :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cover Reveal: "Fall with me" (Wait for You #4) by J. Lynn

It's time!!! Jennifer L. Armentrout's FALL WITH ME cover is here! And you are going to love it! This New Adult Contemporary Romance in Armentrout's With You Saga is the 4th book in the series, and is being published by Avon Romance, an imprint of HarperCollins. You should definitely add it to your Goodreads now.

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  About FALL WITH ME: Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already. But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

And here's the beautiful new cover!

 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Mundie Moms: Compulsion by Martina Boone, Mundie Moms Blog Tour...

Mundie Moms: Compulsion by Martina Boone, Mundie Moms Blog Tour...: I am so thrilled to announce that the I Have A Compulsion for Magic blog tour  kicked off today! T o celebrate the upcoming release of ...

Review +Giveaway: Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn


Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)Stay with Me by J. Lynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.


REVIEW

 Excelent! Loved it and adored every freaking page!

When Calla learns that her money is gone and one of her closest family goes missing she returns to her hometown only to be flirted by Jax a wholly-mama hot bartender, being hunted by mafiozo but most of all she will come to realize her own self.

The plot is smooth, the humor of the scens hilarious and even the hot scens are tender. It's really bad to have a person so emotionally scarred dealing with life but what came to me from the whole book was the reaxhing that you need friends and family even on the darkest moments.

Plus, I got to have my day fixed with the ending of the book and anticipating the next couple, which will come! Roxy and Reese will be the next 'victims' of Jennifer's talent and I can't even wait for the next book!

For now many kisses to you!



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Review: The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2) by Rick Yancey


The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.



REVIEW

 Should I say that I didn't like the book? That would be a huge lie! When many sequels feel like they lose some of their "magic", the second book of the "5th Wave" keeps you hanging from the pages, wondering, feeling and struggling with the characters.

Cassie, Ben, Ringer and the few kids which escaped from the death camp, wait for Evan. These facts and the possibility of losing their lives, make Ringer to leave and search a safe hide out for everyone. And from there we lose track on the mystery, the emotional burden and the agony of when or if everyone will survive.

The POVs are again four: three on the first and one on the third. Again I am impressed on the way the author managed to work on these POVs and not lose the plotline. Especially I stand on Ringer and her part on the story. The final pages made me teary because she didn't deserve such a treatment from the author (you will understand what I mean if you read the chapters and I SO advise you to do). To be honest I was somewhat like this:



In the end, I get the satisfaction to HOPE for the heroes and maybe just maybe have the mystery solved, because the damn Vosch is hiding awfully many things. :)

Overall, the second book became a must and an unforgettable read, one of the few I still get to remember.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Blog tour and review: The Keepers by Anoosha Lalani



Today I have the official review of "The Keepers" by Anoosha Lalani! A few days ago the book trailer was also launched! The blog tour is organized by REUTS Publications and you should make sure to check the titles which have already been published!



The KeepersThe Keepers by Anoosha Lalani
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Sixteen-year-old Isra Kalb has grown up starving in the slums of Islamabad. But hunger is only the beginning. When her father is mysteriously murdered and madness corrupts her mother's mind, she's left alone to fend for herself and her sister. Homeless and destitute, the only thing she has to remember her loving family by is a commonplace necklace--an amulet barely worth keeping.

Or so she thinks.

Swept into a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra struggles to find a place for herself and Zaffirah, wondering if the strange creatures and visions she's seeing are indications of the madness that took her mother. But when Snatchers capture Zaffirah, Isra learns her amulet isn't so useless after all. Transported to Zarcane--the beastly garden where Adam and Eve were born--Isra comes face to face with her destiny. She's a Keeper, charged with protecting the borders of Zarcane and keeping the demon hordes lurking in the shadows from taking realms that are not their own. And she's not the only one; there's a second Keeper, a boy whose identity hasn't been revealed.


Now, in order to save her sister and fulfill her family's legacy as Keeper of the Amulet, she has to find the second Keeper and close the borders. Surrounded by betrayal, trapped between warring factions of angels, and desperate to save the only family she has left, Isra must decide:

Who can she trust when nothing is what it seems?




REVIEW

 Recieved an ecopy in exchange for an honest review


Isra and her family live into the hard world of Pakistan, where poverty rules and children disappear all the time. After a series of events Isra's hands become full with an ancient amulet, her friends' problems as also the enigmatic presence of a boy.

Anoosha manages to combine the struggles of the sister and their friends with the supernatural and mythological world. The balance between good and evil is also the central point of the story and even the origin of the 'protectors' was original.

Isra began as a witty character but some parts of her attitude could make her annoying. But towards the end she proved her worth and even changed her surroundings. The prologue and epilogue are in third POV, while we have also double POV of Isra and Farid. Despite this fact the plot was smooth and didn't tire me at all.

Needless to say, the ending was satisfying even when I believed that the book couldn't end like that. "The Keepers" is an enjoyable read with action, mystery and romance with a hint of paranormal in it. :)

About the author



Anoosha Lalani has always had an insatiable desire to escape reality. It was a childhood trait that never seemed to fade out. If Anoosha were to make one wish, it would be to have wings to journey off the face of this planet and into the worlds of her stories.
When she’s not writing, you may find Anoosha attending high school in Singapore. Having moved around so much, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to a vibrant range of cultures, which often seem to find their way into her stories. Anoosha was born in Pakistan, the setting of her most recent novel, The Keepers.
Connect with Anoosha on her website and twitter
 
 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Colleen Hoover's CONFESS Cover Reveal and More!

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Review: "Ghost House" by Alexandra Adornetto


Ghost HouseGhost House by Alexandra Adornetto
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.


REVIEW



While I began anticipating this book since its cover reveal, I saw and read many two and one star reviews about this story. I knew the "Halo" series, but I decided to begin with "Ghost House".

Chloe lost her mom and was forced to move from California to England with her little brother and live with her Grandmother. The gift of seeing ghosts, the vile presence at the manor she lives and the presence of Alexander Reade complicates her life and danger lurks in the corner.

Ghost stories. My mind always will go to Ghostbusters and the funny trilogy I wrote on Wattpad. Like this for example!



Yet when I read the book indeed I was thrown into the mystery and the historical element of the plot. The descriptions were detailed, even for first POV, and the characters wer many and varied from the wannabe paranormal investigators to the housekeeper.

Now on the characters. Chloe, in my honest opinion COULD be a little more strong as a person. True, grief can make you really depressed, I agree, but not to the point of making you mad. I found times where Joe and Rory were funny, while Chloe hovered around, not participating much.
Alexander was also somewhat "invisible", even for a ghost. His secters were many and I liked the way of the flashbacks but his sadness was unbearable to the point of being annoying. And there was a tiny part of insta-love but I decided to ignore it since I liked the plot.
Isobel? Pure horror people! The absolute fine example of ghost with everything the pack has to offer!




And the ending truly has the promise for more. I really want to see how the author will pull the explanation of the first book's ending! A nice read but I hope for something better on the next book. :)

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What do you like on a ghost story? And which are your favorite books?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: Jackaby by William Ritter


JackabyJackaby by William Ritter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.



REVIEW


*Recieved an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Novels with mystery, witty humor and challenges was always one of the 'must' on the books I liked to choose. "Jackaby" was an entertaining read, with the elements of Sherlock Homes in it and the supernatural addition was original for a mystery novel. The result was a balanced combination of the two with completed characters.

The missed star goes on the lack of romance. While I believed that there would be something, anything between the main characters nothing of the sort ever happened. Luckily the quick dialogues and smart remarks covered this part. If you are a lover for mystery problems this book is for you. :)

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