Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: Finding Valor by Charlotte Abel

 The final book of The Channie Series, "Finding Valor," will be available in Spring of 2013.


Channie has been kidnapped by her momma and Josh's memory was wiped clean. In this final book of the series, their journey doesn’t get any easier. They must rely on all they’ve learned and all they’ve overcome just to survive. But as the mage war escalates, the choices become harder. It’s not just their lives and love on the line. The power hungry leader of the Veyjivik clan will do anything, including murder, to accomplish her goal of world domination. Josh must leave behind the boy he was and embrace his heritage to become the man he was meant to be, or all will be lost.

Download Kindle Bestsellers ENCHANTMENT and TAKEN by Charlotte Abel at Amazon
Get the new release, RIVER'S RECRUIT

Author: Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married. 

She's in love with "real" life and paranormal romance. When she's not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she's never shot at anything other than a target!) 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wicked New Wednesday

Betrayals of Spring (Forever Fae, #2) 
by L. P. Dover

Summary: The smell of rain vastly approaches as we are lying on the ground in a sea of flowers. They surround our bodies while the fresh Spring wind caresses our skin with its soft, gentle touch. Combined as one, we stare into each other’s eyes as we bask in the pleasure of our love and OUR land.

The Land of the Fae has flourished bringing a new beginning and a new court, the Fall Court. Five years have passed since then along with the dreaded day that Meliantha, Summer Court Princess and one of the powerful Four, was betrayed and broken-hearted by the sexy and alluring Winter Prince, Kalen. Spurned by the man she loves, Meliantha has turned and fallen into the arms of the fierce and handsome warrior, Finn, who understands she can never love him, but wants more than anything to mend her broken heart.
The Winter Solstice Ball is approaching, meaning Meliantha will have to face the Winter Prince and make it out of there with her heart intact. But what does she do when Prince Kalen acts as if nothing ever happened and seems more in love with her than ever before?

The dark sorcerer has planned his twisted game of lies and deceit well, and has enjoyed making himself a player without anyone’s knowledge. The game is almost over and the players are exactly where they are needed to be. Will Meliantha figure out his twisted game and save all the players? Or will the dark sorcerer once again obtain the power of the Four and take everything away from her…..even her one true love?

Review:  Back to the Land of the Fae we go for the second installment of Forever Fae, Betrayals of Spring. This time we follow the Summer Courts' second oldest princess Meliantha and the story couldn't be more different for her than her sister's story. After having her heart broken by who she thought was Prince Kalen, Meliantha decides she isn't going to be the fragile princess she was when we began this series and during the 5 years between books she has transformed into a warrior princess, having trained hard learning everything she can to protect not only the ones she cares about but her own heart. This happens to be my favorite part of the entire book. Meliantha is a kick-ass women when we meet her again and it couldn't be more awesome. She can defend herself, she rolls with the warriors  and she is an independent women who doesn't need a man, or anyone for that matter. Now, her sister Calista in the first book was no slouch, but she is put to shame when Meliantha comes back into the picture. However, despite what she may tell herself, the most amazing part is that she still has her kind heart, even if she hides it under all that armor. She cares about her plants, sprites, and family with no less vigor, just an over-arcing theme that she can now protect them if need be, especially with her added power of healing. This balance of stength and compassion is what ends up saving both her own life and the life of her Prince in the end, and I personally think is what makes her the best asset to the Fae against the Dark Sorcerer. 
       Another aspect that I love about these books is the world. The way the Land of the Fae is described is so thorough that I can picture the courts and the forest as though I'm standing in the middle of them. Even just beyond the physical description of the land, I feel like I'm being taken on a tour when I'm reading. Introduced to so many different kinds of Fae as we go along like redcaps, Leprechauns and Tryvar in this story, you can put these characters into the landscape and almost see the entire thing come alive, which I would like to add is NOT an easy thing to do.I always believe that having developed characters is great but when you can put them in an amazing world that has depth and range THAT is what makes an amazing story, and you'll find that in Betrayals of Spring.
         To wrap this up, I enjoyed this book immensely. I may have fallen in love with Ashur, her guardian and Kalen's wolf pack just a little bit....or a lot. The only thing I had written down in my notes was that I would love to see the mortal world get thrown in more. They talk about going there and we get a little glimpse of it towards the end, but I'd love to see some adventure there for someone. I thought this story was beautifully written and you can see the obvious growth from the first book to the second and the story definitely benefits from it. I can not wait to see the other two characters of the prophecy get there own book and see what is next for the Land of the Fae! - My Opinion- Buy!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Releases

Week of Feb. 26th 2013:

The Storyteller
The Storyteller-Goodreads Page
   Release Date: Feb. 26
Description: Sage Singer, who befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone favorite retired teacher and Little League coach and they strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - is it murder, or justice?

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The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)
The Goddess Inheritance-Goodreads Page
   Release Date: Feb. 26
Description: Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity

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Dualed (Dualed, #1)
Dualed-Goodreads Page
    Release Date: Feb.26
Description: The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better

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Me, Him, Them, and It
Me, Him, Them, and It-Goodreads Page
   Release Date: Feb. 26
Description: ME is Evelyn Jones, 16, a valedictorian hopeful who's been playing bad girl to piss off THEM, her cold, distant parents. HIM is Todd, Evelyn's secret un-boyfriend, who she thought she was just using for sex - until she accidentally fell in love with him. But before Evelyn gets a chance to tell Todd how she feels, something much more important comes up. IT. IT is a fetus. Evelyn is pregnant - and when Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn has no idea who to turn to. Can a cheating father, a stiff, cold mother, a pissed-off BFF, and a (thankfully!) loving aunt with adopted girls of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow? With the popularity of Juno, Teen Mom, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, this novel has a built-in audience. Gripping, heartfelt, and responsible, Me, Him, Them, and It is not to be missed!

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Salacious Sunday Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1)
by Patricia Briggs
In honor of the Daytona 500 today, and me being a huge NASCAR fan, I give you a review about my favorite paranormal mechanic!
Summary: Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

Review: The story begins when a fifteen year old teenage werewolf named Mac comes to Mercy's garage looking for work. She learns Mac's real name is Alan MacKenzie Frazier and he had escaped from some rogue werewolves who had kidnapped him for some vague drug experiments. Mercy calls Adam, the local werewolf Alpha, for help. After finding Mac dead, Adam gravely injured, and Adam's daughter Jesse kidnapped by rogue wolves. Mercy returns Adam, and Mac's body, to the Montana enclave of the North American werewolves, where she was raised.
    In Montana, she meets up with Bran and Samuel. Samuel, a doctor and more dominant than Adam, helps him recover. Samuel returns with them to the Tri-Cities. Once there, Mercy and Samuel find some vampire involvement in the events that had taken place at Adam's house. They seek the help of Stefan, local vampire and friend of Mercy. Stefan takes them to the vampire clan "seethe" to meet their leader, Marsilia, that doesn't end as well as they hoped.
   Returning home, Mercy is approached by three werewolves. One of them, David Christansen, was a friend of Adam when they were both still human. Christansen and his group split off from the rogue werewolves over the amount of bloodshed. Christansen tells Mercy the rogue group is led by Gerry, a member of Bran's pack. After hearing the information these wolves have on the who, why and how about the whole situation, it's time for them to go on a rescue mission and stop them from hurting both Adam and Jesse and further. Do they rescue them? Who is involved in this attempt of extortion? and why are they doing it? You'll have to read it to find out!
   I really love Mercy, she has been my favorite female character of late and she does not disappoint in this book AT ALL. She can hang with the big bad wolves, even if she isn't one of them. Being raised by them certainly helped, but the reality is Mercy made herself what she is today and she can stand on her own two feet. She's brave, she's smart and she can not resist the urge to help the people she cares about. This may get her into some trouble now and again, but she got herself out of it without too much damage (if you don't count a very broken arm, which I do not when your talking about werewolves).
  The other part of this book that I enjoyed was the mix of races we have living within one city. Mercy is a walker, which we don't get a lot of information about other than she can change into a coyote and can resist some magic. Obviously the werewolves play a huge roll in the book as well, seeing as Adam, Samuel and company are all the popular shifter race. There's also ghosts, fae and witches that all pop up during the story in various forms of acquaintance, whether it be Mercy or the pack. I loved that everything was so involved int he story, not just thrown in there to remind you that there are more than one paranormal race out there.
  Taking everything that happened in this book, the characters and the relationships they have with each other made this one of my favorite books I have read so far this year. It has romance, action, paranormal and really anything else you can ask for in story. Surprisingly, I also enjoyed that this book is adult but not sexy just for the sake of being sexy. You can feel the heat of the characters feelings coming off the page, even though there isn't a single sex scene in the entire book. That is not an easy thing to do and lately frankly haven't seen. I can not wait to see what is next for Mercy and her wolves!- My Opinion- Buy

Friday, February 22, 2013

Release Day: Awakened by Inger Iverson Today, we are celebrating the release of Few are Angels book #2: Awkaened by Inger Iverson!

First let's start with what this book is about:

 What must he overcome to protect her?

With no clue of what to do next and the responsibility of looking after Alex and Mia as promised, Kale is up to his ears in problems and no solutions. How will Kale save Ella, keep Alex and Mia safe, control Jace as well as control the Bloodlust that creeps beneath the surface waiting to be released? Will Kale be Ella’s savior or will he convict her to a fate worse than the one Laurent has already promised her?

What truths will she learn?

Ella knows that the choices she makes affects not only her but everyone else around her, but what about the choices made to find her? Ella learns the truth about the death of her parents, learns that the ones she thought she could trust aren’t so trustworthy after all.
How will Ella handle these betrayals, and will she be able to sacrifice what is necessary to obtain eternal life?

Here's an excerpt:


It was our last night together before I went back to Sarah and Eric, and Kale and I snuggled on the bed in our pajamas. His scent was strong and crisp.
“How do you feel about the plan, Ella?” he asked.
I nuzzled his chest, refusing to answer. We’d talked about the plan well into the night, and now all I wanted was to be with Kale, without the interruption of our lives.
“Hey,” Kale said softly. He pulled my head from his chest and stared into my eyes.
My heart sped up so fast that I lost my breath, and Kale’s eyes took on a hooded stare.
“May I kiss you again?” His lips, soft and full, were on mine before I had a chance to answer. Kale completely dominated the kiss. His hand left my hair and traced a warm path down my side.
He pulled back slightly, then kissed my cheek and slid his mouth to my ear. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do,” he whispered, kissing the outer shell of my ear.
I quivered in response. There were so many things that I wanted from Kale, but this was still something I wasn’t ready for. I knew that I was falling in love with him, and that I wanted him to be my first, but it wasn’t the time. I was about to go through so much emotionally with Alex’s parents, and I didn’t want that to interfere with a special moment like this.
“I just want to keep kissing you, Kale.” I threaded my fingers through his. “I won’t see you for three or four weeks, and I really want to enjoy this time with you now.” I smiled as I thought of those three weeks without him.
“Hey,” Kale kissed my chin. “It’ll be okay. I’ll be here when you get back, and then we’ll figure out our future together.” He pulled me closer to his side. I could barely breathe, but that was all right.
“What’s to figure out?” I asked. “We are going to be together and live happily ever after.” I smiled. As silly as the childish comment sounded, I was actually looking forward to a happily ever after or something similar. I knew our lives would be nothing close to normal, but I was willing to live that kind of life if it meant being with Kale.
He rolled over and placed his hands behind his head. “There is more than just that, but luckily, we have more than enough time to figure it out.” Kale didn’t sound completely convinced.
Something in his voice made me prop myself on my elbow to see him in the moonlight that shone through the window.
“What is it that you are worried about, Kale?”
A knock on the door saved him from having to answer me. He jumped off the bed and headed to the door. I glanced at the clock. Who would be at the door at two a.m., and why?
Kale pulled the door open a crack, just enough for him to see and not me.
“Hey, man, you got a second?” I heard Deacon ask.
Kale looked back at me. “I’ll just be a second.” He went out and shut the door tight behind him.
I resisted the urge to go see what was going on. I trusted that Kale would tell me about it. We were past the protective lies and headed into a relationship where we could both depend on each other for honesty.
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Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree-hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

YA Adult Thursday Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

Wake (Watersong, #1) 
by Amanda Hocking

Summary: Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

Review: Admittedly this is the first book I've read by Amanda Hocking (I know, shame on me! I have the first of the Trylle series but haven't read it yet!) and I have to say I am very glad this book lived up to all the good things I've heard about it, at least in my opinion. Wake's main character is Gemma, a teenaged swim god (pun intended) who is the youngest of two children and ends up in a situation that changes her life, forever. Penn, Lexi and Thea are the new girls in town and seem to attract attention wherever they go, unfortunately for Gemma they trick her into becoming something they need her to be but she doesn't want. You see, they are Sirens, the greek myth of women who can enthrall men with just their voice and it usually means to their doom. Except this isn't a myth anymore and these girls have turned Gemma into one of them to complete the quartet needed for them to survive. This means they want Gemma to leave with them immediately or she will die, putting her in an impossible scenario.....or is it?
       Well, to be honest we don't really know if Gemma has a choice or not, just the threats the girls have made that she can't survive on her own. However, by the end of the book she does make a decision but we aren't going to find out what happens til the next book! Well played Ms Hocking, well played indeed, because I HAVE to read the next one now just to find out what happens to all the characters! I think that's also the most frustrating part of this book, we got such a build up of the girls, Gemma, her family and the other characters that I wanted to know more and got cut off at the end leaving me wanting more. I like Gemma a lot as a character. She is young and a little naive but she's a good girl. She is dedicated and clearly passionate about the things she loves, and willing to sacrifice herself for the people in her life. At least that's what she does at the end of the story, doing what she has no desire to do in order to save her sister, Harper, and the guy that she has fallen for, Alex. 
      Her sister Harper is another major subject of the story and almost equally a main character. Harper, however, rubs me the wrong way a lot in this story. As the older child she has taken on the responsibility of running her household when their mother was in a horrible accident, leaving her unable to even live at home with her family. She cooks, cleans, drives, nags, bitches and moans more than I have ever read a character read in my entire life and that's I think she bothers me so much. Don't get me wrong I admire the fact she has stepped up in a huge way to help her family but she isn't the parent to Gemma and a lot of times I felt like telling her to BACK THE HELL OFF. She also comes off as a snob who thinks she is so much smarter than anyone else in her town, especially when interacting with Daniel the boy who lives on his boat. She clearly has a crush on him at the end, but the way she talked to him throughout most of it really grated on me, why judge him when she doesn't even know him? I'm hoping we rectify this situation in the next book because I really want to like Harper but I just can't do it right now!
     Another minor part of the story that bothered me was at the end when Penn, Lexi and Thea attack Alex. Gemma didn't even put up a fight! She looked at the situation, gave up and did what they wanted. I know Penn went all beast mode on her and she is probably ten times stronger than Gemma but do SOMETHING, anything really, but she didn't. I like my girl characters bad-ass, and it may be because she is just too young, but I believed in Gemma. I really thought she could have done something more, something to fight back. 
     I think I've said this before but it is worth repeating: I LOVE MYTHOLOGY STORIES! Was this book god/goddess centric? No, but it was an interesting story integrated with a legend I knew about, which made it really interesting to me. I would have loved to hear more about what the sirens have been doing for the past couple millenniums, and the same can be said for the girl's family or town as well.  I'm hoping Harper can turn me into a Team Harper member in the next one, as well as save Gemma from the life she has been sucked into. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. It sucked me in from the beginning and it left me wanting more!- My Opinion- Buy

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Releases

Week of Feb. 19th 2013:

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)
 Mind Games-Goodreads Page
   Release Date: Feb. 19
Description: Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost

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Shards and Ashes
Shards and Ashes-Goodreads Page
   Release Date: Feb. 19
Description:   Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested.

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world

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Under Shifting Glass
 Under Shifting Glass-Goodreads Page 
   Release Date: Feb. 19
Description:   Jess has a secret: a mysterious glass flask she finds in an heirloom desk's hidden compartment. Its surface swirls with iridescent colors, like something's inside, something almost like a song, something with a soul. No one else sees anything under the shifting glass, but Jess is convinced there must be some kind of magic in there. And when her twin brothers are born critically ill, Jess begins to believe that the force within the flask just might hold the key to saving her brothers-and her family. In this emotionally rich novel, award-winning author Nicky Singer crafts a world of possibility that is steeped in hope and the power of love.
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The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door
The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door-Goodreads Page 
   Release Date: Feb. 21
 Description: That’s the day the trouble started.
The trouble that nearly ruined my life.
The trouble that turned me Dark.
The trouble that begs me for revenge.

Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year.

But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia’s quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she’s forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.

This debut novel from Karen Finneyfrock establishes her as a bright, bold, razor-sharp new voice for teens

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Tour: The Dragon Empire

Today we're celebrating the release of Heather McCorkle's fantasy novel, The Dragon Empire! For today's stop Heather is answering the following question:

Why write from a dragon's point of view?

Heather: Dragons have fascinated me since I was very little. They are well covered in literature but it's rare to find a story written from their point of view. I wanted to give voice to the creature that has captured my imagination so completely.

Here is a bit about it:

On Yacrana dragons are the advanced species. But advanced doesn't always mean civilized...

There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist.

Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind.

While The Dragon Empire is for ages young adult and up, it does contain mild violence and some difficult subject matter. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

For The Love of Swoon Giveaway Hop

Who needs a real Valentine when there are so many charming fictional swoonalicious dudes heroes to sweep you off your feet?
We want the book that brings all the swoons- the one that makes your heart flutter or race and your stomach fill with butterflies- whether that be because of a hero/heroine, a relationship, and/or the book in its entirety.
My giveaway will be Divergent by Veronica Roth because who doesn't need a strong, muscular but sweet and caring trained killer to protect and love them.

“I have something I need to tell you," he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. "I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."
"That's sensible of you," I say, smiling too. "We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something."
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
"Maybe I'm already sure," he says, "and I just don't want to frighten you."
I laugh a little. "Then you should know better."
"Fine," he says. "Then I love you.”

Veronica Roth, Divergent 

I've been pretty much in love with Four the second he stepped onto the pages and hasn't lost me yet, so for this swoon-worthy hop all you have to do is follow my blog either on Linky or GFC Google+ (sorry my GFC button seems to have dissappeared) and then leave a comment on this post. One winner will be picked randomly and receive a paperback copy!!! Good Luck everyone and check out all the other blogs involved in this hop on the links below for some other really awesome giveaways!

The contest will end on Feb. 20th, 2013 and is open to the US only

The winner is Rachel Edmundsun! Congrats everyone and check back for more awesomeness soon! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New Weekly Post!!

You will be seeing a new weekly post! Every Tuesday I will post some(definitely not all) new releases for the week and links where to get them!!

This week's are:

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)
Sever-Goodreads Page
 Release Date: Feb. 12
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Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)
Beautiful Bastard-Goodreads Page
 Release Date: Feb 12
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Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
 Pivot Point-Goodreads Page
  Release Date: Feb. 12
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Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)

Dance of Shadows-Goodreads Page
   Release Date: Feb 14
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Young Adult Thursday Review: Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)
by Colleen Houck
Summary:                     Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.
Review:  I have been meaning to get to this series for a while now, and I am happy to report that I was thrilled with the first installment. Kelsey is a recent high school graduate looking for a summer job when she gets placed at a local circus. One of her responsibilities is tending to its' lone white tiger Dhiren, or Ren as Kelsey comes to call him. Immediately fascinated by him, she spends all her free time at the circus at his cage either talking and reading poetry to him or sketching him in her journal. Which I find adorable, since you asked. Endearingly she learns she can trust the tiger, sitting close to the cage and even petting him. Even though she can't explain it, she has this feeling inside her that she can trust him, a wild animal, and that she should be near him. She will soon find that her gut is very much correct, when a gentleman named Mr. Kidam comes to purchase the tiger from the circus to bring back to India and offers her a job to escort the tiger to it's new home............wait, what?
        A bring problem I have with this story starts right there. At first I asked who in their right mind wants an 18 yr old girl to escort a tiger in a foreign country, where she doesn't know the land nor the language? However, for the storyies sake, later I realized why everything had to come toger so I let that question slide, but the next few sequences absolutley befuddled me. Her foster parents just let her go, to herself.....with a strange old man....JUST LET HER GO. They didn't even put up a fight!

Wha, what? 

I know she isn't meant to be a normal girl, but no way someone would just let a girl like Kelsey just waltz off to India. She could have sneaked out, defied them completely, something that wasn't a huge plot glaze over like it happened in this book. However, after the lame attempt  to force some parental consent on a character, things get really interesting once we make it to India. We find out that the tiger is really a Prince of old India, cursed to be a tiger forever, with the exception of 24 minutes for every 24 hours, until he can find the one woman who can break the curse and make him and his younger brother Kishan man again. And I think we all know what that makes Kelsey....
         They go through some horrendous obstacles, together they find the Golden Fruit of India. This fruit is a mango that has the power to produce any food from nothing, thus providing the country with sustenance. It is also the first of 5 gifts that are needed to free the brothers from their curse. This is also where my second problem with the story, Kelsey pretty much shuts Ren down, refuses to be with him and GOES HOME. Sorry, should have typed spoiler alert there, but I could not be more pissed at her. They have this beautiful story of destiny or fate and you can feel the sizzle of their interest for each other coming off the pages, and she leaves. She thinks she isn't worth a handsome Prince's love and she shuts down her heart so she doesn't get hurt. I couldn't believe it, and I have never been more sad to close a book than I did with Tiger's Curse.
          I was furious with her choice and her reasons for leaving but I really loved this book. The story was something new and refreshing in a sea of young adult romance, that has a beautiful way of telling someone about India's jungles, villages, people and religion was fascinating. You could picture the beautiful temples of gods and goddesses and almost see everything that happened in the past meeting the present, it was truly inspiring writing that I haven't read in a very long time. I can not wait to read the second installment and suggest you buy this book ASAP!- My Opinion- Buy

Friday, February 1, 2013


Fire Country

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life's hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

Title: Fire Country (Country Saga #1)

Author: David Estes

Publisher: ShareAread

Release Date: February 1st, 2013

Formats:  E-book

Cover Artist: Regina Wamba
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About the Author: David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very
young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually moved to
Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the
children's and YA markets in 2010. He´s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only
when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the
swimming pool to writing at a table

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