Friday, February 27, 2015

Follow Friday #173, February 27th


Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week’s question:

Q:

A:

GFC

email

bloglovin

Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!

The Reward Challenge Update #180

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read


So I have  counts which translates to $ this week! I'll use it to buy

First Lines Friday #189, February 27th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

Dark Shadows: Review

From Goodreads:
My name's Ella Raimi.

Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor's closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don't recall inflicting them.

And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up.

I'm afraid of myself and what I've done.

And I'm beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do.

My Review:
This was a really great, dark book! Well, of course it is, with dark in it's title! But really, I mean, really, really dark! And I just loved it so much! Loved the twists and the turns, and yeah, so freaking good, though I have one question.

Which is what with the ending, then why that name on the I.D., because going with the ending, that's not her name. So yeah, did Ella hear wrong (she did say it sounded smudged) or something else? It's a question that's going to bug me!

Really enjoyed the whole "waking up with blood on the sheets, and hurts" because it was really freaky, and just not knowing why that was happening, and having your sanity questioned, not fun at all! So Ella does pretty well!

That family secret, with her grandmother, and her sister? And how her mom had had regrets leaving Ella there, well, that's why. Not nice at all! But with the trauma of janitor's closet, brings up some other unpleasant memories!

Such a great book, with such a great ending, and I just really enjoyed this book so much!

Author: T.G. Ayer
Read: February 26th, 2015
Source: Dowie's Place Event Review Copy
Reason Why: I love her writing, and it's a SAC 2015 Book!
Publisher: Infinity Ink Books
Published: 2015
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Bio:
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

I love talking to my readers so email me if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat...

Email: tgayer@xtra.co.nz or tgayerauthor@gmail.com

Contact and Buy AKA Links:
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter Pre-order Image Pick!

So this assignment, is to pick which image that each person prefers. So this is mine:
I like the image better. But I like the font and positioning of the second, which is below. And I want to know, which one do you guys prefer?
So yeah, I'd love a combo of them, of the image of the first, but the font and positioning of the second! What do you guys think? Happy reading!

Random Reads #170, February 26th


Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 1348 which turned out to be The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale! It's been on my TBR pile since August 6th, 2011, and I added it because I've already read most of the series, but that was before 2011, so need to reread it! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #185, February 26th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"The bullets screeched as they cut through the air following our path as I rolled the two of us back into the shelter of the tree line." -Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, page 214.

Well, that doesn't sound very good for them! What do you guys think?

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #196, February 26th


Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

When secrets and betrayals abound, where will her devotion lie?

With powerful abilities gained from the Ang'dora and Tristan back by her side, Alexis thinks she's ready for the next challenge-- protecting her son from what appears to be the inevitable. But she has so much to learn about her powers, her new world and the people in it. Nothing is what it seems to be on the surface, including the Amadis.

Power-hungry politicians comprise the council and make impossible demands. A traitor lurks among them all, inciting trouble that could destroy the Amadis and, ultimately, humanity. The Daemoni wreak havoc in the human world, with the ultimatum that they'll continue attacking innocents until Alexis and Tristan are expelled from the Amadis' protection. The couple's own society begins to shut them out. But that's not all.

Someone's keeping a secret. A big one. Faith and hope in Alexis and Tristan will be restored if she can uncover the truth in time.

But the search for answers leads only to the discovery of more betrayals by those closest to Alexis. Her devotion is put to the test--devotion to her husband, to her family, to her people and to her beliefs--leaving her to question whom she's fighting for and why she should even bother. But if she won't fight . . . who will? 

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I dunno. I guess I just haven't. But I want to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Marjorie M. Liu Author Page

The Story: One of her Dirk & Steel books was part of Dark Dreamers, and yeah, it was really great, and I've read other stories of hers in anthologies that I've enjoyed, and yeah, I want to read more!

Website

Series: Dirk & Steele, Hunter KissA Molly Beacon Mystery,

Dirk & Steele: Tiger Eye and her site, my review, Shadow Touch and her site, my review, The Red Heart of Jade and her site, my review, A Dream of Stone and Shadow and her site, my review, Dark Dreamers and her site, my review, Eye of Heaven and her site, my review, Soul Song and her site, my review, Where The Heart Lives and her site, my review, The Last Twilight and her site, my review, The Wild Road and her site, my review, The Fire King and her site, my review, In the Dark of Dreams and her site, my review, Within the Flames and her site, my review.

Hunter Kiss: Hunter Kiss and her site, my review, The Iron Hunt and her site, my review, Darkness Calls and her site, my review, A Wild Light and her site, my review, Amour of Roses and The Silver Voice and her site, (Part of *Inked*), The Mortal Bone and her site, my review, Labyrinthine of Stars and her site, my review.

Amour of Roses and The Silver Voice is a short story in the book Inked, set in the Hunter Kiss world, here's my review.

A Molly Beacon Mystery: WhipSnitch.

Anthologies: Holidays Are Hell and her site, my review, Hotter Than Hell and her site, my review, Huntress and her site, my review

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stupid Boy: Review

From Goodreads:
From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY. 

Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—but the so-called "virginity dare," orchestrated by Brax's old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it's sure to set emotions ablaze--more than ever before.

Winston’s "It Girl" Harper Belle isn't just president of the Deltas--she's also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas' dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and--unbeknownst their "mark"--secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax's wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.

But, Harper discovers there's much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper's world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who's always walked a straight and narrow path can't think of anything else except losing control.

My Review:
This was a really fantastic book! I enjoyed it a lot, especially after just reading Stupid Girl, though my review of that won't be posted till the 28th. Anyways, it was great to have another couple come into play, from characters that are connected to the characters from Stupid Girl!

So both Harper and Kane have some hard pasts. Kane, well, that he's Brax's foster brother, should say something, if you're paying attention. But Harper's pain of the past is both easier, and harder, to hide. But they both wear masks, and hide their true feelings. Which isn't healthy!

I really liked that we got to see Olivia and Brax again in this book, a few times, which was really nice! And getting to have updates in their lives, that they got through their dare, gives hope through the novel, that Harper and Kane would get through their's!

Between the connection between Harper and Kane, the dare, and their subsequent relationship, this book was really fantastic! The ending did feel like there was still more to say, since I still had some questions. But hopefully there'll be a 3rd book to get those answers!

This was a really great book, and just another great NA book and series to look for! Yeah!

Author: Cindy Miles
Series: Stupid in Love #2
Read: February 24th, 2015
Source: Good Choice Reading Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book!
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Published: February 17th 2015
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars
Bio:
National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her upcoming New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college.

Hang out with Cindy on her Facebook fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/officialcindymilesfanpage


Or check out her website: http://www.cindy-miles.com/

Contact and Buy AKA Links:
B&N 
Kobo 


WWW Wednesday #202, February 25th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing for starting this meme!

I'm currently reading The Da Vinci Code, and yeah, really enjoying rereading this book!
I read Stupid Boy, and it was a really fantastic book! I enjoyed it a lot, and I'd love more books in the series!
I'm going to be reading In Time, and yeah, I can't wait to reread it! It's such a great series!

What about you guys? Though I'm probably one of the only ones still doing this! Happy reading!



Waiting on Wednesday #199, February 25th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters— another day in the life of Nick Gautier– and those are just his friends. But now that he’s accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that’s hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it.


The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers, where three not-quite-reformed bad boys are about to meet the women who will bring them to their knees.

Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. Model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty—but he's determined to play by the rules.

Brook Lynn Dillon has always been the responsible type. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and wouldn’t know fun if it bit her. Or so she thinks. Jase makes bad look oh, so good. Dangerous, sexy and tempting as sin, he is everything she never knew she wanted. Passion sizzles between them, but is it enough to melt his resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what he needs…


This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
First love. Second chance? 

As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next! 

Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob's father isn't exactly welcoming. 

Riley doesn't trust Phoenix, doesn't want her in Jacob's life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he's about to find both—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past… 


Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living. 

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn't exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she's not ready to join her sister in the afterlife. 

Now the guy who saved Lark's life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive. 


Etherworld by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
In this sequel to Elusion, three teens fight a virtual reality program that threatens to destroy their minds. Dangerous secrets and lies add up to a thrilling futuristic fantasy with an Inception-inspired twist.


Elusion was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction. Regan’s search for the truth led her and her new love interest, Josh, to Etherworld. Etherworld is a dimension hidden deep beyond Elusion's firewall, where players can hide, and ultimately fight back. Regan's father and others are here working to destroy Etherworld, but the longer they stay the less likely they'll be able to return to the real world alive.

Escape means attacking Elusion from within the program. It's dangerous and it’s a puzzle. And even if they manage it, how will they be able to stop Orexis from distributing Elusion to the masses when the people who run it are corrupt?


King by Ellen Oh
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
Girl warrior, demon slayer, Tiger spirit of the Yellow Eyes—Kira is ready for her final quest. In this thrilling finale to the Prophecy trilogy, fans will get even more of the fierce Kira and her quest to save her kingdom!

All eyes are on her. Kira, once an outcast in her home village of Hansong, is now the only one with the power to save her kingdom. She must save her cousin, the boy fated to be the future king, uncover the third lost treasure, and face innumerable enemies in order to fulfill the famed prophecy.

Kira braves a sea of tigers and battles armies of demons as she musters her inner strength and learns to trust herself, the romantic feelings for Jaewon that are growing within her, and the destiny that must be hers.
What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
It's a beautiful, sunny day. Callie Velasquez holds hands with her boyfriend Jeremy as they follow Callie's new BFFs Penelope and Lissa up the trail. The four friends are embarking on a camping trip -- a trip that immediately goes awry. They lose their way on the trail, and encounter a charismatic stranger with questionable motives. And when Callie stumbles upon a dead body, it becomes clear that the danger that lies in the woods is deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Tensions mount and friendships are tested as these teenagers try to survive the most sinister of circumstances. 
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.


To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked? 


The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?


We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Expected Publication: March 31st, 2015
From Goodreads:
Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn't understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present. 

Such a great collection of books! I am in awe! I can't wait for the rest of them, especially the top 4! Though I've already read Etherworld and King! And I wish I'd gotten to Sisters of Blood and Spirit! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #202, February 24th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's teaser comes from Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles, page 47.

"My clothes just went out of style. Are you in the bathroom or something?"

Well, that's just a little sarcastic! Love it! What about you guys? Happy reading!


Marie Rutkoski Author Page

The Story: I got The Shadow Society from NetGalley, it was great, and then The Winner's Trilogy was getting a lot of hype, so I had to read what was released! Really enjoy her books! Can't wait for more!

Website

Series: The Winner's Trilogy.

The Winner's Trilogy: Bridge of Snow and my review, The Winner's Curse and her site, my review, The Winner's Crime and her site, my review, The Winner's Kiss.

Stand Alone's: The Shadow Society and her site, my review.

Mari Hannah Author Page

The Story: I got Deadly Deceit from Edelweiss, and when I noticed that it was the 3rd book in the series, Ihad to read the other books in the series! And I did. Though

Website

Series: DCI Kate Daniels

DCI Kate Daniels: The Murder Wall and my review, Settled Blood and my review, Deadly Deceit and my review.

Alyxandra Harvey Author Page

The Story: I got Stolen Away from NetGalley, and it was just fantastic! And I can't wait to read more!

Website

Series: Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, The Lovegrove Legacy.

Drake Chronicles: Corsets and Crossbows and her site, my review, Lost Girls and her site, my review, My Love Lies Bleeding and her site, my review, Blood Feud and her site, my review, Out for Blood and her site, my review, A Killer First Date and her site, my review, Bleeding Hearts and her site, my review, A Field Guide to Vampires: Annotated by Lucy Hamilton and her site, my review, Blood Moon and her site, my review, Sound and Fury and her site, my review, Blood Prophecy and her site, my review, A Tithe of Blood and Ashes and her site, my review, The Longest Night and her site, my review.

Haunting Violet: Haunting Violet and her site, my review, Languish and her site, my review.

The Lovegrove Legacy: A Breath of Frost and her site, my review, Whisper the Dead and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Stolen Away and her site, my review, Red and her site, my review,

Heather Brewer Author Page

The Story: I got Soulbound as an ARC from the publisher (though it was probably a mistake, as I never heard from them, before or after) and yeah, I read it, and it was just so fantastic! And I can't wait to read more!

Website

Series: Legacy of Tril, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, The Slayer Chronicles.

Legacy of Tril: Soulbound and her site, my review, Soulbroken.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eight Grade Bites and her site, my review, Nine Grade Slays and her site, my review, Tenth Grade Bleeds and her site, my review, Eleventh Grade Burns and her site, my review, Twelve Grade Kills and her site, my review.

The Slayer Chronicles *Spin Off Series of *The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod*): First Kill and her site, my review, Second Chance and her site, my review, Third Strike and her site, my review.

The Cemetery Boys: The Ghost of Ben Hargrove and her site, my review, The Cemetery Boys and her site, my review

Anthologies: Foretold and her site, my review.

Chloe Neill Author Page

The Story: Oh, I've heard of her Chicagoland Vampires series, so yeah, I just have to check it out, it sounds really great! I can't wait to read it!

Website

Series: Chicagoland Vampires, The Dark Elite, Devil's Isle.

Chicagoland Vampires: Some Girls Bite and her site, my review, Friday Night Bites and her site, my review, Twice Bitten and her site, my review, Hard Bitten and her site, my review, Drink Deep and her site, my review, Biting Cold and her site, my review, House Rules and her site, my review, Biting Bad and her site, my review, Howling for You and her site, my review, Wild Things and her site, my review, Blood Games and her site, my review, Lucky Break and her site, my review, Dark Debt and her site, my review, Untitled, Untitled.

The Dark Elite: Firespell and her site, my review, Hexbound and her site, my review, Charmfall and her site, my review.

The Devil's Isle: The Veil and her site, my review.

Monday, February 23, 2015

We Have the Cover of The Elemental Trilogy #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the beautiful cover of The Elemental Trilogy #3 by Sherry Thomas!

Write on Review-a-Thon February Sign Up

Write On Review-a-Thon
So the January review-a-thon, hosted by The Book Vixen, and yeah, I'm signing up, because still, most of 2012 and 2013 reviews still really have to be written! And I have to keep 2015 current!

Review-a-Thon Details:

-Reviews can be of the written variety or in video format.
-This event is not limited to book reviews. If you write/vlog reviews for movies, super cool gadgets, or anything else, you are welcome to participate.
-To participate, create a post on your blog with a list of reviews you need to complete. Don’t forget to grab the official blurb (above) and event button (grab code below). If you don’t have a blog, you can announce your intent to participate via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) with a link back to this sign up post so others can join in as well.
-Add the DIRECT LINK to your sign up post to the linky found at the end of this post. The sign up linky will be open until 11:55 pm PDT on February 27th.
-On February 27th, get working on those reviews!
-There will be a wrap-up post linky here on The Book Vixen on March 1st.

Goals: I want to write 20 reviews, and since I've been writing reviews pretty quickly, so I'll be reviewing anything from August 2013, June 2012, July 2013, and rereads, and other books in the series! Yep. What about you guys? Happy reading (and writing reviews!)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #194, February 23rd

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #193
Teaser Tuesday #201
WWW Wednesday #201
WOW #198
Will the Time Come #194
Third Sentence Thursday #184
Random Reads #170
First Lines Friday #190
The Reward Challenge Update #179
Follow Friday #172
LLFL Reading Challenge Update 56
How Well I Stuck to It #23
Wrote that Review Update #28

Week 8 Reviews:
Liars, Inc.
I Want It That Way
As Long As You Love Me
The Shape of My Heart
Haunted
The Fault in Our Stars
Spell of the Highlander

Tours:
Heart of Stone: Book Blitz

Random:
Parker Blue Author Page
We Have the Cover of Dark Saga #27!!!!
Livia Backburne Author Page
Liz Braswell Author Page
Liz Czukas Author Page
Liz Fichera Author Page
LoThe One You Want Pre-Order Free for Limited Time!uise Rozett Author Page
Lucy Saxon Author Page
M.J. Putney Author Page
Maegan Beaumont Author Page
The One You Want Pre-Order Free for Limited Time!
We Have the Cover of The Original Heartbreakers #3!!!!
Maggie Shayne Author Page

OK, so I got 32 posts in 7 days, and yeah, it's a pretty great! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read The Murder WallSettled BloodDeadly DeceitSunriseTake Back the SkiesViper Game, The Da Vinci CodeCaptiveGone GirlForbidden, Stupid Girl, In Time, Never FadeKill Me SoftlyAfter the BallTwin RosesTear You Apart, Stupid Boy, Kisscut, Beautiful ChaosAsk Again LaterThe Things You Kiss GoodbyeAnatomy of a MisfitAlienated, The PresenceThe Rules for Breaking, Untold, Unmade, Dark Shadows, Angels in the Dark, Fallen in Love, RaptureNantucket BlueNantucket Red, Ghost Walk.
Only fools fall in love...

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She's no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston University, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity's hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia's virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and "harmless" pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.
From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.

Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—but the so-called "virginity dare," orchestrated by Brax's old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it's sure to set emotions ablaze--more than ever before.

Winston’s "It Girl" Harper Belle isn't just president of the Deltas--she's also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas' dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and--unbeknownst their "mark"--secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.

But, Harper discovers there's much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper's world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who's always walked a straight and narrow path can't think of anything else except losing control.
Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help. . .

Toni MacNally and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate money making plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner - a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name - comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance. . .yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, and their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer - dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him. . .especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
My name's Ella Raimi.

Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor's closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don't recall inflicting them.

And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up.

I'm afraid of myself and what I've done.

And I'm beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do.
This is no dream . . .

Nikki DuMonde's newest employee is standing at the end of her bed at four o'clock in the morning begging for help. It's a joke, right? Besides, as manager of a successful New Orleans haunted-tour company, Nikki doesn't scare easily. But in the light of day, harsh reality sets in as a police officer informs her that Andy was brutally murdered -- at the exact time Nikki swears the distraught woman was in her room.

No one believes her except Brent Blackhawk, a paranormal investigator desperately trying to forget his tragic past. Half Irish, half Lakota -- and able to communicate with the dead -- Brent is used to living in two worlds. But when he realizes the ghost of a slain government agent is also trying to reach out to Nikki, he knows that she, too, must listen to the dead . . . if she wants to keep living.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wrote that Review Update #28

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is 25 to 1, and I motivated myself to write my review for A Touch Menacing, The Hunt, The Prey, Dark Passage, Dark Destiny, Liars, Inc., The Bridge of Deaths, The Deliverer, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, dancergirl, Circle of Silence, Dead on the Dance Floor, Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares, Fury, so I have 25 of 25 reviews written! My reward is Dead Aim by Iris Johansen!

I also wrote the reviews for Envy, The Replacement, Bewitching, The Space Between, Destined, Hidden, The Nightmare Garden, The Mirrored Shard, Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Pants on Fire, Bite Me, Try Me, Fang Me, Make Me, Monument 14, Sky on Fire, The Savage Grace, Angel Eyes, Lord of the Wolves, Golden Surrender, That Fatal Night, A Temptation of Angels, I Want It That way, As Long As You Love Me, The Shape of My Heart, Haunted, Insomnia, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Infatuate, Illuminate, so I have 25 of 25 reviews written! My reward is Sleep No More by Iris Johansen!

I also wrote the reviews for Catch a Mate, Another Little Piece, Their Little Girl, The Arrivals, Dark Predator, Dark Storm, Dark Lycan, Dark Storm, Dark Slayer and Dark Peril, Dark Curse, Dark Possession, Dark Celebration, Dark Demon, Dark Secret, Hot Blooded, Dark Destiny, Dark Decent and Dark Melody, The Scarletti Curse and Dark Symphony, Dark Guardian, Dark Dreamers and Dark Legend, Dark Fire, Dark Challenge, Dark Prince, Dark Desire, Dark Gold, Dark Magic, Thankless in Death, Calculated in Death, Chaos in Death, Celebrity in Death, Delusion in Death, Delusion in Death, so I have 25 of 25 reviews written! My reward is Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen!

I also wrote the reviews for Honor Bound, Erebos, Monstrous Breauty, Celebrity in Death, New York to Dallas, Possession in Death and Treachery in Death, Treachery in Death, Indulgence in Death, Missing in Death and Fantasy in Death, Kindred in Death, Promises in Death, Salvation in Death and Ritual in Death, Haunted in Death, Born in Death, Innocent in Death, Eternity in Death, Creation in Death, Strangers in Death, Seduction in Death, Reunion in Death, Purity in Death, Portrait in Death, Imitation in Death, Remember When, Divided in Death, Visions in Death, Origin in Death, Memory in Death, Naked in Death, Glory in Death, Immortal in Death, Rapture in Death, Ceremony in Death, Vengeance in Death, Holiday in Death, Midnight in Death, Conspiracy in Death, Loyalty in Death, Witness in Death, Judgement in Death, Betrayal in Death, Interlude in Death, The Fault in Our Stars, The Lying Game, Cake, Naked Sushi, What The Bride Didn't Know, Stir Me Up, Natural Born Angel, Immortal City, Twice As Hot, Playing With Fire, so I have 25 of 25 reviews written! My reward is by Iris Johansen!

I also wrote the reviews for Take Me Home For Christmas, Home to Whiskey Creek, When We Touch and When Summer Comes, When Snow Falls, When Lightning Strikes, Shadowlands and Hereafter, Ready or Not, All-American Girl, Born of Illusion, Proxy, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, The Assassin and the Empire, Throne of Glass, The Assassin and the Princess, The Assassin and the Captain, Crown of Midnight, Throne of Glass, The Restorer, The Kingdom, The Prophet, Slide, The Catastrophic History of You and Me, The Peculiars, Run from Fear, The Stone Prince, The Stone Prince, The Pleasure Slave, True, Edge of Midnight, Velveteen, so I have 25 of 25 reviews written! My reward is Dead Aim by Iris Johansen!

I also wrote the reviews for Soulbound, The Raft, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Stork, Frost, Flock, The Sharp Time, Luminous, Bittersweet, 77 Days in September, Spell of the Highlander, Embrace, Entice, North of Beautiful, Never to Sleep, Before I Wake, With All My Soul, Strange Angels, Betrayal, Jealousy, Defiance, Reckoning, Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed and Diabolical, so I have 25 of 25 reviews written! My reward is Close Your Eyes by Iris and Roy Johansen!

And this week, I want to review August 2013, June 2012, rereads, and other books in the series, though I'm thinking it's going to go fast, since the ones that I've done before are really paying off!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #23, February 22nd

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 9:
Saturday: The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah, Settled Blood by Mari Hannah, Deadly Deceit by Mari Hannah
Sunday: Sunrise by Mike Mullin, Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Monday: Viper Game by Christine Feehan, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Captive by Aimee Carter, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Forbidden by Kimberly Griffiths Little, Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles, In Time by Alexandra Bracken
Tuesday: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross, After the Ball by Sarah Cross, Twin Roses by Sarah Cross, Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross, Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles, Kisscut by Karin Slaughter
Wednesday: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stolh, Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas, Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas, Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes, Alienated by Melissa Landers
Thursday: The Presence by Heather Graham, The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston, Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan, Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan, Dark Shadows by T.G. Ayer, Angels in the Dark by Lauren Kate, Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Friday: Rapture by Lauren Kate, Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland, Nantucket Red by Leila Howland, Ghost Walk by Heather Graham

Tour Books: Stupid Boy, Dark Shadows, Check.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: Sunrise, Take Back the Skies, Captive, Tear You Apart, Alienated, The Rules for Breaking, Nantucket Red. 7 which means I can have 4 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Edelweiss: Deadly Deceit, Forbidden, Ask Again Later, Top Ten Clues You're Clueless, Anatomy of a Misfit, 5 which means I have have 3 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Meme Books: No Check.

Rereads: The Da Vinci Code, Never Fade, Kisscut, Beautiful Chaos, The Presence, Rapture, 6. Which means I used up 0 of my extras from above. Check.

New Books: Viper Game, Gone Girl, 2, but 1 is an exception, which means I used up 0 of my extras from above. Check.

All in all, an almost good week!Except meme books, again. But I can't wait to read it!

Maggie Shayne Author Page

The Story: I actually don't know when I first heard of Maggie Shayne's books. I just know that I started reading them got the Portal series from NetGalley, and loved them, and just wanted to read more of her books, and I've read quite a few, but there's still plenty more to read! And I can't wait for that!

Website

Series: The Portal, Brown and de Luca, Wings in the Night, Children of TwilightMordecai Young, Secrets of Shadow Falls,

The Portal: Legacy of the Witch and her site, my review, Mark of the Witch and her site, my review, Daughter of the Spellcaster and her site, my review, Blood of the Sorceress and her site, my review.

Brown and de Luca: Sleep With the Lights On and her site, my review, Dream of Danger and her site, my review, Wake to Darkness and her site, my review, Innocent Prey and her site, my review, Deadly Obsession and her site, my review.

Wings in the Night: Twilight Phantasies and her site, my review, Twilight Memories and her site, my review, Twilight Illusions and her site, my review, Strangers in the Night and her site, my review, Born in Twilight and her site, my review, Brides of the Night and her site, my review, Twilight Hunger and her site, my review, Embrace the Twilight and her site, my review, Edge of Twilight and her site, my review, Blue Twilight and her site, my review, Prince of Twilight and her site, my review, Demon's Kiss and her site, my review, Lover's Bite and her site, my review, Angel's Pain and her site, my review, Bloodline and her site, my review.

Children of Twilight (Spun Off Series of *Wings in the Night*): Twilight Prophecy and her site, my review, Twilight Fulfilled and her site, my review.

Mordecai Young: Thicker Then Water and her site, my review, Colder Then Ice and her site, my review, Darker than Midnight and her site, my review.

Secrets of Shadow Falls: Killing Me Softly and her site, my review, Kill Me Again and her site, my review, Kiss Me, Kill Me and her site, my review.