Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #229, September 1st

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 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

Monday, August 31, 2015

For the Memory of Dragons: Book Blast


What do you do when a dragon crash-lands in your backyard?

That's the question Terra's faced with when one of these creatures plows down into her cornfield. Should she help out the hunk of a man the dragon turns into, or turn him over to the trigger-happy 'authorities' that have come looking for him? The deciding factor—he has no memory. Giving him up just doesn't seem right… at least until she knows the truth of who he is.

Alex has forgotten a thing or two—his name being one of them—but he knows there is something important that he needs to remember, if he could just get his battered brain to work properly. A little rest might help, but there's no time for that when the bullets start flying.

Now he has to follow the few clues he has to discover who he is, and why people are trying to kill him. But that's the easy part. The hard part will be keeping his hands off the lovely lady helping him.


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Julie Wetzel is a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, and what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling she's crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading #221, August 31st

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:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #220
Teaser Tuesday #228
WWW Wednesday #228
WOW #225
Will the Time Come #221
Third Sentence Thursday #211
Random Reads #196
First Lines Friday #215
The Reward Challenge Update #206
Follow Friday #198
How Well I Stuck to It #50
Wrote that Review Update #55

Week 35 Reviews:
The Leveller
Sworn to Secrecy
Sworn to Defiance
Sworn to Ascension
Sideswiped
The Drafter
Geek Girl
Model Misfit
Unexpected Fate
Bleeding Love

Tours:
Wicked Luck, Wicked Fate: Reviews
For the Memory of Dragons: Book Blast

Write on Review-a-Thon:
August Sign Up
Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5
Update 6
Update 7
Update 8 and Wrap Up

Random:
Denise Jaden Author Page
Erica O'Rourke Author Page
Melanie Card Author Page
Amber Argyle Author Page
Miranda Kenneally Author Page
Jill Hathaway Author Page

OK, so I got 34 posts in 7 days, which is pretty good! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read whatever I please!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 8 and Wrap Up

Write On Review-a-Thon
So I wrote my last review, Spider's Bite, Web of Deceit, Spider's Bargain, Spider's Bite, Web of Death, Web of Lies, Wasted, Venom, Tangled Dreams, Tangled Schemes, Tangled Threads. It's not finished, since I'm not done reading the series, but if it posted tomorrow, then it would be complete, and since this series has 14 or so books out, and I'm currently on the 5th, and my week is Saturday to Friday, I'm going to be reading more of this series! What about you guys? How did you do if you did it? Happy reading and reviewing!

Reviews: Frigid and ScorchedDeceptionsThe LevellerSworn to Secrecy, Sworn to Defiance, Sworn to AscensionSideswiped and The DrafterGeek Girl and Model MisfitUnexpected Fate and Bleeding Love, Spider's Bite, Web of Deceit, Spider's Bargain, Spider's Bite, Web of Death, Web of Lies, Wasted, Venom, Tangled Dreams, Tangled Schemes, Tangled Threads.


Week 36: Spider's Bite, Web of Deceit, Spider's Bargain, Spider's Bite, Web of Death, Web of Lies, Wasted, Venom, Tangled Dreams, Tangled Schemes, Tangled Threads. 

Goals: 7
Reviews: 8

Wrote that Review Update #55, August 30th

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 writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Wicked Luck and Wicked Fate, The Leveller, Sworn to Secrecy, Sworn to Defiance, Sworn to Ascension, Sideswiped and The Drafter, Geek Girl and Model Misfit, Unexpected Fate and Bleeding Love, so I have 6 of 6 reviews written! My reward is Mysteria Anthology!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #50, August 30th

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 36:
Saturday: Nothing Planned!
Sunday: Nothing Planned!
Monday: Nothing Planned!
Tuesday: Nothing Planned!
Wednesday: Nothing Planned!
Thursday: Nothing Planned!
Friday: Nothing Planned!

Another free week, which means again that I don't have to comply with my list of types of books!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 7

Write On Review-a-Thon
So I wrote my next review, Unexpected Fate and Bleeding Love, and I'll be reviewing Spider's Bite, whenever I finish it! Again, I just had a little bit of the review to write, so all done for now, until I finish Spider's Bite!



Goals: 7
Reviews: 7

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 6

Write On Review-a-Thon
So I wrote my next review, Geek Girl and Model Misfit, and I'll be reviewing Unexpected Fate and Bleeding Love. A little late, but most of the reviews were done, and this review itself was mostly written when it posted, I just had to add a paragraph, so happy with that!



Goals: 7
Reviews: 6

Week 35 Reviews: Unexpected Fate, Bleeding Love


From Goodreads:
Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.

Or I should say recognize him for who he was.

I've loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He's been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I've loved him through every girlfriend he's ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I've loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he's acted like I'm a stranger.

My name is Danielle Reid, and it's time for me to get my man. 

Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it's going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen.

From Goodreads:
I've loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day. 

Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It's that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again. 

Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face. 


He's on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.

My Review:
Oh, these books! I loved the Corps Security series, and to have this spin off series about their kids? Just awesome, and since we saw a few of them being born during the previous series, watching their adult lives is pretty darned awesome!

These characters, they go through a lot. From having a love that didn't notice, and didn't return the feelings, to loving a husband who wasn't the father of her child, yeah, there's some real stories in these characters that I wanted to know!

We were teased about Dani and Cohen's relationship in Locke, there was a epilogue with Cohen's POV, so I was really excited to read Unexpected Fate. And it was just as good as the previous series, a lot of awesome, hot romance, and real character development and bonding!

I think some of the best parts of both of these books, were Axel, both his fatherly protection of Dani (the growling, so hilarious! And the first aid kit for a training wheel bike, how he reacted at her senior prom!) and how he was with Molly-dressing up in what for him was drag! So cute!

Bleeding love, I wasn't expecting to read it. Because I didn't know that it existed! And once I did, I just had to read it! And I just enjoyed it so much, it was so great, and it was emotional and heart wrenching, and I just loved watching Liam bringing Megan back to life, to get her to feel again!

Yeah, just really awesome to read these books, and now I can't wait for the other spin off series, and more books in this series!

Author: Harper Sloan
Series: Hope Town #1, 2
Read: August 227th, 27th, 2015
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love her books, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books!
Publisher: Harper Sloane
Published: February 17th 2015, July 14th 2015

Unexpected Fate:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Bleeding Love:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 35 Reviews: Geek Girl, Model Misfit


From Goodreads:
Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. 

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. 

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did. 


And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

From Goodreads: 
"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek."

Harriet knows that modelling won't transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn't necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

What Harriet doesn't know is where she's going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother's "chaperoning". Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good? 

My Review:
Oh, my, it was just so fantastic to read these books! They were just so hilarious, because of Harriet's narration, and just who she is, and what she got into! It was just so cute and funny and just utterly adorable and cute!

One big part of these books, is the modelling. She kinda fell into it unexpectedly, and she doesn't look like most models, and she is a geek, so it was just so fun to see her in that world, what she did, and how she might be different, but she was interesting.

I really enjoyed the relationship between her and Nick. Sure, there wasn't much in Geek Girl, and they were broken up in Model Misfit, but we got flashbacks to when they were dating in Misfit, and it was just so freaking cute!

There were lessons that Harriet, and us readers, learned over the course of these books. Lessons about family, friends, truths and lies, relationships, and these were all meaningful, and crazy, and they weren't shoved down our throats, they were things that she learned through experience!

Yeah, I enjoyed reading these books so much, they were so good, and I just really want to read more!

Author: Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl #1, 2
Read: August 25th, 25th, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: The sounded fantastic, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: January 27th 2015, July 21st 2015

Geek Girl:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Model Misfit:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 35 Reviews: Sideswiped, The Drafter


From Goodreads:
Don't miss this thrilling first look into the elite world of Peri Reed, government agency operative extraordinaire, and catch more of her character in The Drafter, the first book in the all-new suspense trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison, out September 1.

Every hero, even the accidental ones, have a beginning.

Silas's radical theory that drafters are not replaying time as much as they are temporarily sliding into an alternate universe has never been well-received, but frankly, the darling of Opti's research has enough clout not to care, until a professor with a grudge tries to put a permanent end to it. Love can't alter time, and sometimes, even being able to rub out a single mistake isn't enough…

From Goodreads:
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don't forgive and never forget has always been Peri's creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.


When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself. 

My Review:
Reading these books, was just, oh, incredible! I was so lucky to have received an ARC of The Drafter, though it was pretty hard to wait until I did to read it-almost a month, so that this review would post in the preferred time span. But it was totally worth the wait!

Sideswiped gave us a look at this world, and from Silas' prospective, and it was the story of how the characters got to the place that they did that they didn't want to be part of Opti. It was pretty bittersweet, because there was happiness, and then it ended on such a sad note!

The Drafter was everything I could hope for from a Kim Harrison book, and more! Different, because it's a futuristic sci-fi vs. the genre of The Hollows series, but that's more just building on the good bones of a house, the bones are the same, it's the finishing touches that are different!

With the forgetting the two time lines, well, it lead to many changes. Because this is a mystery/thriller, there were so many twists and turns-and some of them were related to memory. Because Opti is corrupt, and because of all this, they forced her into that situation, too!

We knew more of what was going on then Peri, both because of what happened to her, and because we got some of Silas' POV. And what with reading Sideswiped, and how it ended, well, I had a suspicion that turned out to be true!

Loved that ending! It was hard, and things were left almost unresolved, if with the good guys out in front, but it's the first book in a series (I think maybe a trilogy, maybe) so there's plenty of time for that to happen, and more adventures to happen in the meantime!

So incredible to read these, and I now, just really, really, really need more!

Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5, 1
Read: August 24th, 25th, 2015
Source: Tuebl, Publisher for Review
Reason Why: I loved her other books, and they're 2015 Dystopia Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books, and The Drafter is a WoW Book!
Publisher: Pocket Star, Galley Books
Published: August 10th 2015
Expected Publication: September 1st, 2015

Sideswiped:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Drafter:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 35 Reviews: Sworn to Secrecy, Sworn to Defiance, Sworn to Ascension



From Goodreads:
In the heart of the Imperial Courts, Ciardis Weathervane knows that death is coming for the empire. With her friends by her side and the new triad of Weathervanes, she's in a race against time to convince the courts of the same. 

She must do her best to unite kith, mages, nobles and merchants under one cause - the fight to prevent a war. Soon she is forced to keep a secret that could exonerate her mother of the Empress's death, and is always one move away from stepping into diplomatic chaos. 

Throw in a daemoni prince who is showing interest in the youngest Weathervane, a jealous prince heir, and a irritated dragon with her own designs on Ciardis, and you have an imperial court in turmoil. 


This fourth novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Conflict.

From Goodreads:
Ciardis Weathervane returned to the imperial court of Sandrin to unite her foes. But her efforts hit a stumbling block. The imperial kind. She never thought that before rallying an empire, she'd have to fight the emperor himself.

An imposter sits the throne and the court she turned to for help is in turmoil. Ciardis hasn't survived assassination attempts, torture and really bad luck to be taken down by her own ruler. So she devises a plan. But first she needs to get Sebastian and Thanar to agree. Each seems to love her in their own way. But neither is listening to her. Pushing them to put aside their differences, in an effort to ward off catastrophe, might be harder than displacing an emperor who would do anything to keep his throne.

Butting heads at court isn't Ciardis's only problem. With the princess heir's threat looming she is forced to travel to the mythical city of Kifar, where it is up to her small group to stop the destruction of the entire city while heading a rebellion that could foment a revolution. It wouldn't be the first revolution that Algardis has ever known. But with Ciardis Weathervane at its head—it would certainly be the last.


This fifth novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Secrecy. 

From Goodreads:
Ciardis Weathervane is officially engaged to one man and bonded to a second. She should be planning the wedding ceremony, bearding the nobles of the imperial court in their dens, and exposing an imposter emperor. Instead she's spending her engagement on the lawless road to the western lands. 

Now with the help of a guide from a tribe of seers, Ciardis is traveling to the ancient city of Kifar. Rumored to hold the only device capable of stopping the blutgott, Ciardis, Sebastian and Thanar must break a half-century's old quarantine in order to enter the fabled city.

But the collar of Diamis is not the only thing they seek. The princess heir's pet wyvern lurks in wait for them and the emperor, who has done everything short of challenging the new triad of Algardis outright, wants its head on a platter upon their return.

If the unscrupulous bandits don't make short work of them, Ciardis knows that when they return she and Sebastian will have to a face and unmask the man who has stolen the imperial throne. The only question that remains...will that be before or after they're forced to battle a god?

My Review:
These books! Oh, man, they were so freaking fantastic! I enjoyed the, so, so, so much! And then it was over! Which was so freaking sad! I wanted more! And yeah, we get more in Sworn to Vengeance, gah that it isn't out yet!

On that note, this isn't a write faster demand, but a please, please relive the pain of wanting the next book for a little bit until done reading the most recently released book plea, because gosh, I could've read the first 5 books in less than 3 days, but put off the 4th and 5th since I didn't have the 6th. That's how much I got addicted to this series! So freaking amazing!

Each of these books picked up pretty quickly after the events of the last book! Like, Secrecy starts at the ball that the Weathervanes entered at the end of Conflict. Defiance started with Ciardis, Sebastian and Jason SaAlgardis' and the later wanting the former on the throne. Ascension is the only one with a bigger gap, just the morning after the funeral. So great to read!

I think some of the best moments in this half of the series thus far, were about Ciardis and Sebastian's engagment and upcoming wedding. From Ciardis proposing, to the negotiations that went on with the Companion's Guild, yeah, freaking hilarious!

So much happens in this book, like the imposter Emperor, and how he's replaced Sebastian's dad since before the events of Sworn to Raise (which raises the questions of when did the replacing happen? And maybe, could the imposter be Sebastian's dad, just maybe? And how does it all work out with the events of the first book, if the imposter has power? Questions!) And learning about the Princess Heir's plans. And so much more! There was a lot going on in these books, and a lot of attempted assassinations!

It was so freaking great to be able to read these books, I'm so thankful, and I just really, really, really, really want Sworn to Vengeance! I've already read the first two chapters that are on Terah Edun's blog, and I just want more!

Author: Terah Edun
Series: Courtlight #4, 5, 6
Read: August 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 2015
Source: Tuebl, Author for Review
Reason Why: Loved the first 3 books in the series, and they're Historical Fiction 2015 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books!
Published: February 28th 2014, April 28th 2014, January 28th 2015

Sworn to Secrecy:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Sworn to Defiance:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Sworn to Ascension:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 35 Review: The Leveller

From Goodreads:
Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It's normally easy cash, but Nixy's latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she's a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them. 

But when the game's billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn't some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he's left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyns not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they've encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango's cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy's vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn's tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book a whole ton load! And I'm so glad that this book is a series, because this book, it was a great introduction, but we were mostly in Wyn's virtual city, and after the revelations of this book, well, something bigger is coming!

Yeah, this was a great intro to the series, because we got introduced to this world, the broad points, and then some pretty specific, but with limited scope, things of this world, so we weren't overwhelmed with details. And it worked out so well! Plus, the adventure they had!

The maze that was built to keep Wyn in, full of fears, from the sharks to the screaming lady, yeah, that was pretty freaky! And that she died over and over there! That sucked, but she did get through it, even if that got her stuck!

Though there is one thing against Wyn's hope for his grandmother. Because the point that Nixy had of ordinary people upgrading their avatar, and then coming back to their imperfections, wouldn't that be like a hundred-fold, if for a person in a wheelchair, if they could walk in MEEP, and then come back to their bodies? It kinda has the feel of the question of to love and lose, or to not love and not feel the pain of losing. You know?

This was a really fantastic and enjoyable book, and it has the perfect set up for the sequel, I want to know more about the hacker group, the real one, and Wyn's dad, because that's where the big conflict's going to be, I just know it!

Author: Julia Durango
Series: The Leveller #1
Read: August 22nd, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a 2015 Dystopia Book, DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: June 23rd 2015
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars