Saturday, November 22, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 3

So I wrote my next review, The Legacy of Eden, and I'll be reviewing The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer next. Another one done, More to go! And I need to get some reading it! 


Goals: 20


Reviews: 3

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 2

So I wrote my next review, The Legacy of Eden, and I'll be reviewing The Legacy of Eden next.


Goals: 20


Reviews: 2

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 1

So I wrote my first review, Possession, and I'll be reviewing The Legacy of Eden next. I thought it started today, so I'm behind, probably won't make my goal, but I'll try! Plus, I have some really great books to read!

Reviews: Possession.

Goals: 20


Reviews: 1

Week 47 Review: The Legacy of Eden

From Goodreads:
"To understand what it meant to be a Hathaway, you'd first have to see Aurelia." 

For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway's dream to elevate the family name - no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways - and the once prosperous farm. 

Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died - alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land, or the memories. 

Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia's youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name. Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family... and her own part in their mottled history. 

"Our farm was like the world when people still thought it was flat. And when you left it, it was as if you had simply sailed too far and fallen off the surface into the void."

My first review of The Legacy of Eden
My Review:
OK, so my first impressions of this book, from my first reading, pretty much still held. Like the whole thing of what people would do for Aurelia. Sure, I'm someone who moved 5 or 6 times before I was 5, and 2 times since then, but still, I can't see how someone could be so devoted to land.

Really enjoyed this family story, of the 3 generations, the grandparents, and siblings, the kids, and then the grand kids. It was creepy, between the scheming and controlling hands of the matriarch Lavinia Hathaway, and how her family played out these plans, knowingly, or not!

Yeah, just the thought that Lavina told her manipulations to Meredith, which just added a lot to the whole family creepiness, that Lavina didn't love Meredith, but she didn't hater her either, which considering how she felt for her other family members, is a good thing? Yeah, not something a grandma supposed to say to a grand child!

The tone of the novel, it's reflective, and pretty sad, considering the history, and yeah, that it ends in just 3 generations, that's a pretty short legacy, in the long run! And yeah, this family really has some bad seeds in it!

Favourite lines:

Really enjoyed rereading this book, while it's different, and focuses mainly on the 4 main females, it was vastly entertaining! I stayed up till 1 in the morning to read it! And it's song is Style by Taylor Swift!

Author: Nelle Davy
First Read: February 17th, 2012
Read: November 17th, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded interesting, and the cover is very pretty!
Publisher: MiraBooks
Published: January 24th 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 47 Review: The Young Elites

From Goodreads:
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My Review:


Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Read: November
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Really enjoyed her first series, and it's a 2014 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: October 7th 2014
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 47 Review: Beware the Wild

From Goodreads:
It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. 

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

My Review:


Author: Natalie C. Parker
Read: October
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: October 21st 2014
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 47 Review: Strange Skies

From Goodreads:
Action, adventure, and romance are heating up in this sequel to the futuristic science fiction thriller Burn Out. Perfect for fans of Across the Universe and The Memory of After.

Caelia is the new Earth. That's what the Consulate told everyone and, against all odds, Tora finally has made it there. She can't see the ocean from her cell in the Consulate's containment center, and she doesn't know what happened to the weapons her father died for and she's risked her life to save.

But as she plans her escape, she runs into the last person she ever expected to see-her dad. The Consulate has kept held him prisoner in a complicated plot designed to lure Tora out of hiding. Now Tora has a new purpose: break free, get the guns, and save her father.

But first she'll have to navigate a strange new planet, track down James (whose loyalties still remain questionable), and find Kale…before he finds her first.

My Review:
Loved reading this book, so soon after Burn Out, because while 3 months pass between the end of Burn Out and the start of this one, I didn't have that wait, and I didn't have to wait to read this one at all-I just had to make time! So good!

So things aren't so good for Tora at first. She's locked up by the Consulate, and they've been drugging her. And then someone turns out to have kept a bit of his story secret, though in the end, that ends up being helpful!

Turns out, that sometime during those 3 months, Tora and James escaped. Well, she tried. He actually made it. And then romance happens, and some explanations. Oh, and some hiding for Kale, because the bastard is hiding the guns. Even if he can't use them. I'm really enjoying hating him!

That ending! So heart-felt, because they were on a paradise, basically, and now they have to leave, to keep the others safe. And while they will come back, they are leaving. And it sucks! Especially seeing what they're leaving!

Favourite lines: "My long-term plan of finding Kale and the guns was toast if my short-term goal of walking didn't go so well." Yeah, it would be! "Because what could be more romantic than wearing the shirt of the guy who shot you?" I want his side of the story, first, though! "Good thing that Markus was part of the Resistance, otherwise I’d feel like the dumbest one around." Agreed! And especially with his talked about drunkenness!

Really enjoyed reading this book, and yeah, I really can't wait for the next book!

Author: Kristi Helvig
Series: Burn Out #2
Read: November 15th, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a 2014 Dystopia Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Egmont USA
Expected Publication: June 9th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rebound: Cover Reveal



So today is the cover reveal for Rebound by Noelle August!

Last Letter, First Letter Reading Challenge Update 52

OK, so I have done some more reading, and I read Passionaries.

Yep. Happy reading!

Here's the link to this year's post with my journey.

What it is:

You pick a book, read it. Then you look at the last letter of the title, for example, "The Adventures of Tom Saywer." Then you take that last letter, and search you TBR piles for a book starting with the last letter, so continuing the example, someone could read "Rotters" next, and then a title that starts with "s."

Rules:
1. Have fun!
2. Read!
3. The last letter of the book you read must be the first letter of the next book you read.
4. Words like "the," "a," "and," and those such don't count as the first letter.
5. If a letter becomes overused, like d, e, l, w, ext, and you run out of books that you really want to read for this challenge, cycle in letters that don't often get used like a, b, i, k, p, ext, and note what you cycle in, where!

The Reward Challenge Update #166

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 already had 4 counts, and I read


So I have 44 counts total for next week.

Follow Friday #159, November 21st

 
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!

First Lines Friday #176, November 21st

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!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Just Watched the Mockingjay Part 1 Movie!!!!

So, the title's pretty obvious. I just watched Mockingjay Part 1, yeah, a day early, because my theatre has a these red carpet events, and they've done this for Catching Fire (which I went to!) and Breaking Dawn Part 2, and yeah, it was just fantastic to watch this movie!

Well, technically, we watched Catching Fire, then Mockingjay Part 1. Because then we could watch them almost back to back! Which was just awesome, I wish we'd been able to finish rewatching The Hunger Games for this, but as it was, we got to the theatre almost 30 minutes after they opened their doors.

And the door prizes, my brother won the 2nd last thing, a HG bag, with all the posters, a MMP of Mockingjay, a mockingjay pin, a Prez. Snow flower pin, well, pretty much everything that was in all the other prizes. I think. I didn't really have time to look inside, because then the movie started!

I really enjoyed the symmetry of the beginning, and the end, because in both, maybe not the only thing going on, or the first or last, Katniss is walking around the hospital. And yeah, different reasons for it, if you've read the books, I can't remember if the scenes are the same, but yeah, nice symmetry!

My mom didn't know that the actress that played the director of the propos, was the same one from Game of Thrones and Elementary. So yeah, that was a fun little tidbit for her! And I really enjoyed her hairstyle! I don't remember what it was in the book, but yeah, really enjoyed the tattoos, too!

I really enjoyed this movie, and I hope for those who see it tomorrow, you enjoy it! I can't wait for part 2!

Possession: Review

From Goodreads:
Constance Jerome wants nothing more than to make it through her senior year of high school without being noticed. But when her mother drops the world's biggest bombshell, flying under the radar just isn't in the cards. It turns out Constance is a necromancer-one of the few who can travel the realms of the dead. Apparently it runs in the family. And now there's a threat coming: another necromancer with plans to disturb the living and the dead, and Constance and her mother are the only ones who can stop him. If only they knew who he was. Or what exactly he was up to. A quiet senior year isn't an option, and Constance must race to stop a high school apocalypse before the balance between the living and the dead is overturned. 

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book! So entertaining, and yeah, I enjoyed her other series that I read, so yeah, it was great to read another great novel by Annie Oldham! Just so good! I was really glad for the opportunity!

Constance was pretty great! Really enjoyed her, because she's thrust into this supernatural world when all she wanted was was basically to be invisible. And this is kinda putting a wrinkle in that plan!

Really enjoyed how the world was built, with the necromancer stuff, and the little details that made it original. And of course, Constance is one of those rare people who has this ability. And there's a bad guy that only her and her mom can stop! Which in real life, would be a bit extreme, but it's a book, so all good!

I really enjoyed how it ended, because hey, it's a series, so yeah, that ending, was just perfect, because things were wrapped up, some things weren't, and new things were opened, and yeah, I can't wait to see how more of them are going to be solved and wrapped up! So exciting!

Possession was just such a great book, one that I really enjoyed, and yeah, I can't wait for more!

Author: Annie Oldham
Series: Song and Shadow #1
Read: November 19th, 2014
Source: Reading Addictions Virtual Book Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Loved her other series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Published: October 31st 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars
Bio:
Annie adores writing and reading YA novels. She grew up with an insatiable desire to read and then came the insatiable desire to write. Annie has been blessed to have both of those in her life.

Away from her writing, Annie is the mother of the most adorable girls in the world, has the best husband in the world, and lives in the hottest place in the world (not really, but Phoenix sure feels like it). She loves to cook, sing, and play the piano.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:
Blog 


Will the Time Come #181, November 20th


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

WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is the eighth novel in the world-famous OUTLANDER series. In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers to his horror that he is in fact the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser (a rebel _and_ a Scottish criminal!) and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for Ian’s Quaker betrothed.

Meanwhile, Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. And in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna is thinking that things are probably easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared into the past, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with nothing but a stapler in her hand. Fortunately, her daughter has a miniature cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.

The best of historical fiction with a Moebius twist, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD weaves the fibers of a family’s life through the tapestry of historical drama.

Why the time hasn't come yet...
Last one! Oh, I really, really, really want to read this book! So much! I want it, I want it, I want it! And I'm going to be reading it very, very soon, like in the next week or two! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Random Reads #156, November 20th


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  which turned out to be ! It's been on my TBR pile since, and I added it because ! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #171, November 20th

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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!

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

Gail Carriger Author Page

The Story: I've been meaning to read the Parasol Protectorate series, and yeah, I just never got around to it yet, but I did manage to make time to read Etiquette & Espionage! So good! I can't wait to read more more!

Website

Series: Finishing School, Parasol Protectorate, The Custard Protocol.

Finishing School (Prequel Series of *Parasol Protectorate*): Etiquette & Espionage and her site, my review, Curtsies & Conspiracies and her site, my review, Waistcoats & Weaponry and her site, my review, Manners & Mutiny and her site.

Parasol Protectorate: The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar and her site, my review, Soulless and her site, my review, Changeless and her site, my review, Blameless and her site, my review, Heartless and her site, my review, Timeless and her site, my review.

The Custard Protocol: Prudence and her site, Imprudence.

Gabrielle Zevin Author Page

The Story: Got Elsewhere from the library, and it was just so fantastic! Really awesome, I really enjoyed it, and yeah, I really enjoyed her trilogy that I've read, and now I have to reread it!

Website

Series: Birthright.

Birthright: All These Things I've Done and her site, my review, my reread, Because It Is My Blood and her site, my review, my reread, In the Age of Blood and Chocolate and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Elsewhere and her site, my review, my reread, Memoires of a Teenage Amnesiac and her site, my review.

Anthologies: Love is Hell and my review.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #185, November 19th

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

The Savage Dream by Tamara Rose Bloggett
Expected Publication: December 19th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Edwin presses for travel to his home clan of Cape Cod where The Rite of the Select must be performed for Calia. Philip reluctantly travels with the siblings, though his future with Calia is uncertain.


Adahy is part-Band but in his heart he is Iroquois. He must accept the horrible sins of necessity in his past and also a passion for a broken female he cannot deny. The legacy of war, protection and survival are all he knows. When Elise finds the only tender part of him, he leaves the sphere before those feelings have a chance to deepen.


King Otto has found fertile ground within the Fragment to germinate like the poisonous spore he is, and plots to ruin the last whole sphere.


Can Calia and Philip be together? Or will the rules which have governed the clans imprison her within a regime not of her choosing? Is Adahy strong enough to overcome his perceived guilt to embrace a chance at happiness with someone as fractured as himself...

Oh, I really enjoyed this series! Can't wait for this book! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #188, November 19th

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 and hosting this meme!

I'm currently reading Gabriel's Redemption, and yeah, it's really entertaining, and I can't wait to finish this series!
I finished reading Beware the Wild, and it was really creepy, and enjoyable, and yeah, I can't wait to see what she writes next!
I'm going to be reading Originally Human next, and I can't wait to, because I really liked the first book!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Frannie Billingsley Author Page

The Story: Ah, Chime! One of my most favourite books that I read in 2012, it was just so good! Loved it so much, it was so entertaining, and I loved it so much, and yeah, I'm going to have to reread it!

Website

Stand Alone's: Chime and her site, my review, my reread.

Paula Stokes Author Page

The Story: Well, there's 2 parts to this. I read Venom, because it sounded really fantastic! And then yeah, I got Liars, INC., from Edelweiss, and yeah, I can't wait to read it, it sounds fantastic!

Website

Fiona Paul Website

Series: The Art of Lainey, Vicarious.

Writing as Fiona Paul: Series: Secrets of the Eternal Rose.

The Art of Lainey: The Art of Lainey and her site, my review, Infinite Repeat and her site, my review.

Vicarious: Vicarious and her siteUntitled and her site.

Secrets of the Eternal Rose: Venom and her site, my review, Belladonna and her site, my review, Starling and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Liars, INC., and her site, my review, Bad Luck Charm and her site, Jack of Hearts and her site.

Eve Marie Mont Author Page

The Story: I got A Breath of Eyre from the library, because it looked really, really good! And yeah, it was! Very interesting, and yeah, I can't wait to read the whole trilogy!

Website

Series: Unbound

Unbound: A Breath of Eyre and her site, my review, A Touch of Scarlet and her site, my review, A Phantom Enchantment and her site, my review.

Erin Bowman Author Page

The Story: I had to read Taken! It sounded really great, and it looked really great! And yeah, I can't wait to read the rest of the series, because hey, I know it's going to be amazing!

Website

Series: Taken.

Taken: Stolen and her site, my review, Taken and her site, my review, Frozen and her site and her site, my review, Forged and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Vengeance Road and her site.

Emma Pass Author Page

The Story: I had to read Acid, because it was a DAC book, and a SAC Book, and yeah, it just sounded really great! And yeah, it really was! And yeah, I can't wait for The Fearless! It sounds really, really good! Can't wait for it!

Website

Stand Alone's: Acid and her site, my review,  The Fearless and her site.

Nicola Kraus Author Page

The Story: I got Over You from they library, and yeah, it just looked fantastic! Really enjoyed it, which was most of the reason why I reread it! Yeah, it was was just really great!

Website

Stand Alone's: Over You and her sitemy reviewmy reread.

Emma McLaughlin Author Page

The Story: I got Over You from they library, and yeah, it just looked fantastic! Really enjoyed it, which was most of the reason why I reread it! Yeah, it was was just really great!

Website

Stand Alone's: Over You and her site, my review, my reread.

Elsie Chapman Author Page

The Story: I got Dualed from NetGalley, and yeah, I just had to read it, because it sounded really good, and it was a DAC book, and yeah, it was just so entertaining, and yeah, it was a really good! I can't wait to read Divided!

Website

Series: Dualed

Dualed: Dualed and her site, my review, Divided and her site, my review.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One Wish Away: Review

From Goodreads:
Be careful what you wish for…

Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She's too busy planning to follow in her father's footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery. 

When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble.

Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.

My Review:
So I really enjoyed this book! Only a few snags. Like the length. It was pretty short, and it was just over in a blink! And then with the cliffhanger, and the excerpt of the 2nd book-but there's no news as to if there's a 2nd book, so yeah, we might have to live with that cliffhanger forever! Yeah.

First off, the entire concept of the Cricket Project, to use science and astronomy, to convert a star, into a wish, that could actually be used? That's pretty cool. And it was science governing that, not magic. But then there's the whole moral of it-especially when the project is limited in people knowing about it, and being able to use it.

Lyra is really smart. Like, really, really smart. But in only really in the brain intelligence area, she doesn't have a lot of social cues, which makes for some awkward moments, but as true to actually High School, there wasn't actually any bullying, just a shrug off on both sides of the equation! Though sometimes she didn't make the best of decisions!

Then the ending! It's a pretty high cliff, and like I said, right now, it's a stand alone book, but there is that potential of a sequel, but we don't have that confirmed yet. Which really sucks because I want to know what's going to happen next!

Really enjoyed this book, it was really entertaining, and yeah, I hope we get a sequel!

Author: Kelley Lynn
Read: November 17th, 2014
Source: YA Bound Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a SAC Book
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Expected Publication: November 24th 2014
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars
Bio:
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.


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Teaser Tuesday #188, November 18th

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 The Young Elites by Marie Lu, page 156.

"My head feels fuzzy with the shock. And now I've alerted Teren to it." Which is not a good thing! Hopefully it works out OK! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wild: Release Book Blitz

From Goodreads:
A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she's ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend's little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he's telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won't forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he's there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

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Excerpt:
“I gotta go,” I said hurriedly, turning to walk around the Jeep, ready to climb in the backseat, not even caring how obvious I was in trying to put distance between us by unnecessarily circling around the vehicle.

I felt him move behind me before I felt his hands on my arms. “No, you don't,” he growled. “You don't get to run away again.”

I squeaked as he hauled me back against his chest. My spine stiffened iron-rod straight against the wall of his broad chest. I felt my eyes go huge in my face. He was touching me. Again.And I was freaking out on the inside. I sucked in a deep breath, determined that my freak-out stayed internal only.

“Let me go. They’re coming.” My heart hammered violently in my chest and I didn't know if it was because we were about to get busted by my friends or because his body felt so unbelievable against mine. Okay, fine. It was both.

His mouth brushed my ear as he spoke, spiking sensation to every nerve in my body.

“Are you embarrassed, Georgia? You don't want them to see me with you? Don't want Pepper and Reece to know about us?”

“There is no ‘us.’ ”

“Oh, but there will be. We both know why you came tonight.” His fingers flexed, each digit a burning imprint on my forearms.

“Yeah?” Was that breathy croak my voice? “Why?”

“Because you haven’t been able to forget what it felt like to kiss me, and you want to

know if the rest of it will be that good, too.” He bit down on my earlobe and a whimper

escaped my lips. “It will be.”

An invisible band squeezed around my chest. I swallowed against my constricting throat. “Arrogant much?”

“It’s okay. I haven’t been able to forget either. I can still remember the way you taste.”

Oh. My. God.

I swallowed a moan and lurched free from him. Swinging around, I faced him and felt my knees go weak at the look in his eyes. Heavy-lidded and deep, his blue eyes looked almost indigo as they stared down at me.

“I know you probably think it'd be some great joke to bang one of your brother's friends, but I'm not going to be another notch on your bedpost . . . some girl you screw once and forget about the next—”

He moved fast then, closing the space that I had established between us. Oh, yeah.

He was a jock with ninja-fast reflexes. I needed to remember that.

I gasped as his hand slid around my neck, fingers burying in the hair at the base of my scalp. He lowered his head, dropping his forehead against mine until our breaths clashed and mingled. His fingers pressed and massaged the back of my head, shooting sensation straight to the core of me. Holy hell. Was that some kind of secret pressure point?

His words gusted over my mouth. “You think we’d fuck just once?”

My stomach plummeted at his blunt words.

He took my hand and dragged it between us, pressing my palm to his crotch—against the outline of his cock in his tight baseball pants. It hardened, growing beneath my touch and I felt an answering ache clench between my thighs. God, it had been so long.

“This doesn't feel like a joke to me. You don't,” he growled in a tight voice. “I want to do things to you . . . things a clean, vanilla girl like you never dreamed of. Things that tool boyfriend of yours never came close to doing to you.”

“Ex-boyfriend,” I replied automatically.

At my response, Logan pushed my palm harder against him, rubbing the hard ridge of him. A tiny moan escaped me as the ache squeezed between my legs.


He angled his head. “I think you want me to do dirty things to you, Georgia.”

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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Darker Past: Review

From Goodreads:
The past is Darker than they thought...

Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy...even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl.

For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there’s Lukas Scott, her sexy new boyfriend. Once the former incarnation of Wrath, he’s been going through some...uh, changes. Like residual anger. And trading chaste hangouts for lusty make-out sessions.

But it’s when Lukas and Jessie accidentally release a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, setting into motion a chain of death and mayhem that threatens both Earth and the Shadow Realm. Jessie has exactly four days to fix it...before all of Hell breaks loose.

My Review:
Ah, it was nice to read this book so soon after Darker Days! It was just so entertaining, and things just picked up right away, and yeah, I just really enjoyed being with these characters again! Plus, well, VND, lots of stuff happening!

Well, you feel bad for Jessie, because the end of Darker Days meant for some hard choices, ones that she shouldn't have had to make. But then here is, going on with her life, which is a good and bad thing-because now there's the whole 4 day countdown!

I think it was kinda expected that Lukas would have some remnants of Wrath's attitude, I mean, he housed him for a bit, it just kinda made sense. Add all the secrets there, and in her family history, and everything that's going on, well, yeah, the ending just came for there, just made sense!

This book gave a new meaning to break a mirror and have 7 years of bad luck. Well, this is potential bad luck, because they do have a countdown, but if they don't make it, then, well, the bad luck will last far longer then 7 years!

Really enjoyed this book, and yeah, a 3rd book wouldn't be neglected by me!

Author: Jus Accardo
Series: The Darker Agency #2
Read: November 16th, 2014
Source: YA Bound Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, so I read both in the series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: November 11th 2014
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars
Bio:
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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