Saturday, April 30, 2016

Announcement: New Rating System!

New rating system: 
-1 star: DNF
-2 stars: barely got to the end (rare)
-3 stars: Finished it and enjoyed it, but nothing special about it
-3.5 stars: Somewhat interesting plot
-4 stars: Several interesting plot twists, good narrator
-4.5 stars: plot twists, some character development
-5 stars: couldn't stop reading, amazing start to finish, well-developed characters

Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Goodreads Summary: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
Three Faerie tales in a row... Completely different. And, I loved them all.

The blurb got me the first time I read it, and it definitely got me this time. A simple idea put into words. But I didn't ever imagine how amazing A Court of Thorns and Roses could truly be.

Feyre is a human who has lost everything; her family's wealth stripped from them years ago, forcing them to live as peasants. She spends her time in a dangerous woods searching for a meal to feed her starving family.

Of all the characters, there were many I admired. Nesta, first and foremost. Not a major character at all, but I really related to her. Rhysand was also my kinds of character, mysterious with hidden agendas.

Tamlin and Feyre were absolutely amazing. I loved watching their relationship grow, from hatred, to love. Amarantha was a powerful character, a major conflict of the story, an antagonist in every way.

I absolutely loved the storyline of ACOTAR, Feyre's journey was filled with complications which only made me love Sarah J. Maas even more. I highly recommend ACOTAR to all fantasy lovers and ToG fans.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
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Recommended for: Fans of twisted fairytales, and fantasy lovers.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

25816519Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1) by Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Summary: 
Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal. Her father’s “unconventional” business has meant a life of tightly held secrets, concealed weaponry, and a strict code. But Lily’s crime isn’t being the daughter of a powerful mob boss. Her guilt lies in the other half of her DNA—the part that can coax ancient rumors from stones and summon fire with a thought. Lily is part fae, which is a crime in her world.

From the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humanity and fae. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir—a death that was the fault of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has shielded her from the repercussions of her ancestry…until she is sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, straight into the arms of the Black Diamonds.

Mysterious, glamorous, and bound together in their mission but constantly at odds, Zephyr, Creed, Will, Roan, Violet, and Alkamy are a Sleeper cell of fae, planted in the human world to help destroy it from within. With covers as rock stars and celebrity children, the Black Diamonds carry out the queen’s war against humanity. And unbeknownst to Lilywhite, she’s been chosen to join them.

Now more than ever, Lily’s heritage puts her in peril, and even the romantic attention of the fae singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the safer world of organized crime.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review: 
The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of both Seelie and Unseelie courts, hungers for human blood. Lilywhite Abernathy is the daughter of a notorious crime lord. She lives by the "Abernathy Commandments", a set of rules designed to protect her, and hide that she is fae-blood, born of fae, a secret that if known, could send her to prison, or worse.

Seven Black Diamonds is the first Melissa Marr book I've read in quite a while. The characters all had contrasting personalities which suited their roles.

I liked Creed from his first entrance in the novel. Lily herself was also an extremely interesting character, and while the book wasn't completely narrated by here, interrupted by chapters from other POVs, I saw most of the action in her had. My other two favourite characters were Eilidh, and Rhys, who reminded me of Ash from The Iron Fey series.

The story was convincing, and I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to read book two when it releases. Melissa Marr is a great writer.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
 Hardcover
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Quotes: '"I have honor."
Lily lifted her sword and slashed at him. "Honor? Seriously? You are trying to marry me."' — Lilywhite Abernathy to Nacton.

"With the practised calm that all four of them had mastered by now, the group headed back toward the dorms. They'd figure it out.

Together."
Recommended for: Fans of Faery stories, and not the 'rolling-eyes' kind.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Movie Review: Allegiant

Title: Allegiant (Based on Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth)*
IMDB Summary: After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
Review: Before I watched Allegiant, I'd heard many rumours about how different it was from the book. But, loyal to the series as I was, I knew I had to see it for myself.

Yes, Allegiant wasn't the same as the book, but would you really expect it to be? Also, being Part I.. Was it a bad movie? No. I noticed a lot more changes than I usually do (mainly because I'm unobservant, but Allegiant is special to me), but I also smiled at the similarities. Some events were changed completely, but mostly it followed the basic storyline. I felt that overall, the dramatic level was raised and that alone was the biggest change.

If you've read the book but are hesitant to see the movie, I suggest you do. It wasn't perfect, but I enjoyed it.
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Favourite Acts:
Theo James- Tobias "Four" Eaton: Do I even need to explain? Perfection.
Shailene Woodley-Beatrice "Tris" Prior: I didn't like Tris that much in the books, but Shailene is hard to hate.
Miles Teller-Peter: He's been called coward in the books, but with Miles Teller, he's sarcastic and vying for a favour.
Naomi Watts-Evelyn Eaton: True, I never liked Evelyn. But Naomi's portrayal makes her character so much more believable.
Top Quotes:

"Everyone is worth saving." — Tris 
"You want change without sacrifice, you want peace without struggle. The world doesn't work that way." — David

*Allegiant the first part of the movie adaptation "Allegiant". The movie has been split into two parts, Allegiant (Part 1) and Ascendant, the re-titled Part 2.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (12)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1) by Melissa Marr
A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

TV/Movies:

Suits S4 Ep12-16

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Publisher: Simon And Schuster
Goodreads Summary: 
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
I feel like such a long book (669 large print pages!) deserves a long, decent review, so here goes.

I loved everything about Lady Midnight. There was nothing to hate about it at all. Written in third person and multiple POVs, Lady midnight delved further into the lives of Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs, whom we met briefly in TMI series.

Emma Carstairs; rebellious, resistant, and a serious kick-ass heroine in general. Julian Blackthorn; her parabatai. They really are two sides of a coin, complete opposites that fit together so well.

Another thing I really liked about Lady Midnight was how Clary and Jace (TMI), as well as Tessa and Jem (TID), were present in it. Far from the center, but more than just briefly mentioned occasionally.

A lot of new ideas that couldn't possibly have been introduced without a new set of main characters formed the base of Lady Midnight. Everything, from the characters to references to 'the past' was tied together effortlessly, with nothing that seemed even a little out of place.

Lady Midnight was cleverly written and humorous all throughout, I couldn't help but laugh at and write down the best of Emma's sarcastic quips and witty remarks. The characters weren't unknown, but well developed by the end of Lady Midnight. Lady Midnight is a definite must-read
Purchase Location: Borrowed From School Library
Edition:
Paperback
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Quotes: 
"Emma sighed. 'It's so hard to be sassy with the Fair Folk. You people never get jokes.'"

"'Oh, NO,' Emma said. 'Not danger, Mr. I-Just-Almost-Bled-Out-in-My-Car.'"

Recommended for: Fans of Cassandra Clare. You won't want to miss this one.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (15)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

This week's topic:  Ten YA Characters You'd Love To Revisit As Adults

Love this topic! Here we go:

1. Celaena Sardothien, Throne of Glass
2. Rose Hathaway, Vampire Academy/Bloodlines (even though in Bloodlines she is slightly older)
3. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
4. Tobias Eaton, Divergent (Now, I'm REALLY curious about this one)
5. Lucinda Price, Fallen (That ending demands another book!)
6. Nora Grey, Hush Hush
7. Eadlyn, The Selection (Even though her story isn't finished yet)
8. Thomas, The Maze Runner
9. Amber Lamont, Demon Road

Can't come up with a tenth!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson

13149420Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2) by R.J. Anderson
Publisher: 
Orchard Books
Goodreads Summary: Back in her hometown, Tori Beaugrand had everything a teenaged girl could want—popularity, money, beauty. But she also had a secret. A secret that could change her life in an instant, or destroy it.

Now she’s left everything from her old life behind, including her real name and Alison, the one friend who truly understood her. She can’t escape who and what she is. But if she wants to have anything like a normal life, she has to blend in and hide her unusual... talents.

Plans change when the enigmatic Sebastian Faraday reappears and gives Tori some bad news: she hasn’t escaped her past. In fact, she’s attracted new interest in the form of an obsessed ex-cop turned investigator for a genetics lab.

She has one last shot at getting her enemies off her trail and winning the security and independence she’s always longed for. But saving herself will take every ounce of Tori’s incredible electronics and engineering skills—and even then, she may need to sacrifice more than she could possibly imagine if she wants to be free.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: 
Quicksilver was just as good as it's prequel Ultraviolet, if not better. It was set in a very similar format to Ultraviolet, but instead of being narrated from Alison, it was narrated by Tori.

Quicksilver continued right where Ultraviolet left off, from Tori's POV. It was full of action and adventure. Tori is still being hunted by her past, and she tries to hide.

Sebastian and Alison aren't as prominent in Quicksilver, and a few new characters are introduced. However, R.J. Anderson sticks to the storyline.

I really enjoyed Quicksilver as a whole. I really hope there is a third book!
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of original books.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Book Blitz: Reign and Revolution by Janine A. Southard (Giveaway)


Reign & Revolution
Janine A. Southard
(Hive Queen Saga, #3)
Publication date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
The Hive Queen Saga’s Thrilling Conclusion!
Rhiannon and her Hive have mastered space travel. Sort of. At least, they’re better at it. They’ve outsmarted kidnappers, survived severe oxygen deprivation, and heisted back their own ship engine from would-be thieves.
Since joining up, they’ve traveled further and further away from their home planet. But out on Yin He Garden Station (in Chinese-owned territory), home catches up at a physics symposium.
When Alan’s former research advisor makes an offer that’ll bring them home as respected members of society, Rhiannon knows she has to accept. But home isn’t exactly as she left it, and a hostile space fleet stands between her aging ship and her new/old life. Should she be running towards the fleet, or scurrying back into international space as fast as her craft can go?
Previous books in the series:

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If Rhiannon had known how much time she’d spend in her ship’s airlock, she might have decorated. As it was, the place was small and bare aside from the bright spacesuits of its current occupants. Grey metal covered the walls and the un-adorned floors. A spoked wheel—in the same grey metal—blended into the door that would open the ship to the outside.
The vestibule barely had enough space for her Hive to cram inside.
Would the wheel be hot or cold to the touch? Rhiannon would never know, only coming here when she was already kitted up. Hands slick in her spacesuit’s recycled air.
The staging room where she’d donned her red crackle-painted suit—I still wish I knew whether the paint was supposed to look like this—was barely better. Banks of grey metal lockers held full-body suits that might protect a wearer from the void.
For the moment, she left off her hood-like helmet. If someone asks, I’ll say it’s to save oxygen. Her nose would itch the second she couldn’t touch it, made worse by the sweat-scent of everyone who’d ever worn the red gear. Her fingers and toes were already clammy in their rubber casings. She’d spritzed the inside with perfume to combat the rankness, and she hoped to find herself ensconced in a cocoon that was still human-humid, yes, but also vital with amber notes, like a thick waft from a nightclub. This next outing would prove the idea’s worth.
All five of her Devoted readied themselves beside her. Gavin flexed his knees to check his black suit’s range of motion. Luciano had chosen the bright yellow rubber that made him look like a deformed chicken, not that she’d tell him that. Victor wore a grey suit that matched the rest of his clothes, and Alan poked at his pad with a blue-coated finger.
Mel, of course, had chosen to go au natural—aside from his regular vest—since his metal body held up well in vacuum. He wouldn’t have been able to fit all his limbs into a human-shaped spacesuit anyway.



Author Bio:
Janine A. Southard is the IPPY award-winning author of Queen & Commander (and other books in The Hive Queen Saga). She lives in Seattle, WA, where she writes speculative fiction novels, novellas, and short stories... and reads them aloud to her cat.
All Janine’s books so far have been possible because of crowdsourced funds via Kickstarter. She owes great thanks to her many patrons of the arts who love a good science fiction adventure and believe in her ability to make that happen.
Get a free piece of fiction when you sign up for Janine A. Southard's newsletter (http://bit.ly/jasnews). The newsletter will keep you current on things like her latest release dates (and fun news like when her next Kickstarter project is coming). Usually, this is once a month or so, but sometimes goes longer or shorter. Your address will never be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Plus: free ebook! (Rotating freebies mean I can’t tell you what the work is right this second.)
You can hang out with Janine online where she’s crazy about twitter (@jani_s) and periodically updates her website with free fiction and novel inspirations (www.janinesouthard.com)

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (11)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2) by RJ Anderson

TV/Movies:

Suits S4 Ep 11

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Everdeep by Candace Knoebel


Everdeep
Candace Knoebel
(Night Watchmen, #4)
Publication date: April 14th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
There are some sacrifices we never recover from…
Faye Middleton is at a crossroads in her life. After breaking the last seal and discovering their Rebellion camp was destroyed, she returns to Ethryeal City, determined to avenge the deaths of her mother and friends.
Faye and her team do what they can to keep their Coven intact now that the Priesthood has fallen, but with Darkyn attacks threatening the exposure of their kind, the Primeval Coven is close to being cut off by the United Nations.
Until Meredith, a mysterious Darkyn, appears, claiming she has information that will help Faye bring down the two responsible for the deaths of her mother and friends, and for the fall of her Coven. The only catch is that it requires returning to the very place she lost her mother—the Underground.
Not wanting to risk any more lives, Faye and Weldon agree to go with Meredith on their own. They know Faye will have to face the one machine every Coven is after—the Exanimator. No one who has ever stepped in has ever come out the same, if at all…
But Faye will do anything she can to protect those she loves, even if it costs her life.
Previous books in the series:

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EXCERPT:
Jaxen’s on the edge of the bed with nothing but a pair of gunmetal gray sweatpants on, an empty glass in his hand, and a half-empty bottle resting by his feet.
He looks so tortured. Looks at me as if he wishes he were seeing someone else. Someone less distant and broken. It feels like ice is eating away at my bones. Like fire is scorching every one of my nerves.
“How did your meeting go?” His strangled words slur a little.
“Okay, I guess.”
I make my way over to him, but everything feels so unfamiliar and shaky—like walking into another plane of time. Like stepping on a spider web and finding myself caught as the truth makes its way across, ready to spin me and drain my blood.
He makes a haphazard gesture for me to sit next to him. “That good?”
“It was fine,” I lie, taking the empty glass from his hand. I grab the bottle by his feet, pour myself a shot, and toss it back, reveling in the fiery burn running down my throat that washes away the awful taste the Belladonna I took a few minutes ago left behind.
“So, this is what we’ve become then?”
I hate the desolation in his voice. There’s a desert between us without a hope for either one of us crossing it.
“What’s that?” I ask a little tersely, wiping my mouth with the back of my hand and downing another shot. I’m trying to pretend I don’t know where this is headed. That I don’t see and hear the heartache ripping our guts out right now, because I need to pretend. I need to fake that everything is okay. Need him to believe I’m fine because the moment I don’t… the moment he looks at me, knowing I’ll die and seeing that death reflected in his gaze, then it will all be over.
Everything.
He tries to clear his throat, but the sound is painful. Like he’s swallowing tears. “I don’t know. Strangers? Two lovers who lie to one another? Who hide things from each other? Who can’t turn to each other whenever something bad is happening?”
I don’t recognize this Jaxen. This raw ache in his voice that scratches at the door of my heart, waiting for me to open it. I find myself missing the old him. The one who had his emotions under control. Who could take this pain and survive in it.
I set the glass down. Brace my hands on my knees as the alcohol sends my brain spinning. “I love you, Jaxen. More than I could ever explain to you.”

He laughs like he might be losing his mind. “Yet, here we are, our entire future splitting off from each other.” The cynicism in his voice is as thick as tar, and it’s choking my ability to think. To make sense of what I should and shouldn’t say.
I need a breath of fresh air. Need a new body to hide in. One where I’m safe from his prodding. Safe from myself.
“Jaxen, what am I supposed to do?”
“Stop shutting me out.” His chest heaves, heart throbbing in his neck.
I find a shadow across the room. Feel my regret slip down my cheek.
“I can’t even feel your mind anymore. It’s like you’re… you’re purposefully pulling away from me. Like you’re a ghost haunting me.” His eyes are flashing with anger now. He’s two steps from falling off the edge. From losing it all. I want to tell him everything. Want to tell him about my impending death, and that it’s easier this way because he’s going to lose me, only, not because of his curse.
Because of my curse.
“There are things, Jaxen. Things we knew would happen one way or another,” I say, and I find myself surprised by how calm I sound when my heart rattles at the cage of my bones to be free from my irrevocable torture.
“Things,” he retorts, spitting out the word with heavy distaste. “No, Faye. Things are that dresser or this pillow. Things are not the secrets Mack, Weldon, and Seamus has asked you to keep from me. Things are not the way you’ve been handling everything lately. That’s called shutting down. That’s called knowing about something that’s going to happen… that’s going to affect both of us, and you deciding not to tell me.”
I can’t believe the anger radiating off him like heat waves. The fury raging in his eyes as his hands clench and unclench against his legs, like he’s trying to contain the outburst that’s been coming my way since we returned here to Ethryeal City.


Author Bio:
Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.
Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cover Reveal: Confessions in the Dark by Inger Iversen


Confessions in the Dark
Inger Iversen
(Running in the Dark #3)
Publication date: April 30th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
After narrowly escaping from Vasily’s compound, Ophelia is on the run and fighting for her life. Her first goal is to get some help; too bad she’s stuck on an island owned by Vasily. Her second and third goals consist of going back and freeing her people, and killing Vasily—not necessarily in that order.
When Celtic warrior and vamp badass, Irish, senses something is amiss, he goes in search of the woman who has been on his mind since their first meeting. While his old friends adjust to their new lives, Irish heads off to the dangerous North Sentinel Island, in search of his woman. What he finds there will change everything in the battle against Vasily and his men.
Previous books in the series:

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Author Bio:
Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Release Day Blitz: The Warrior Prophet by Lisa Voisin (Giveaway)


The Warrior Prophet
Lisa Voisin
Published by: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: April 13th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Mia Crawford is a prophet.
She can see angels. She also sees demons. Everywhere.
The angels are preparing for war to get her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael, back. A war that could take years.
Haunted by visions of Michael’s soul being tortured, Mia can’t rest until she knows he’s safe.
To save him, she must make an impossible journey through Hell with the one person she prayed she’d never see again.
Previous books in the series:

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EXCERPT:
He tucks his wings into himself, but they are still so close I could touch them. He walks a small circle around me. Still a dance.
“That’s very different,” he says.
“I don’t see how. I am human. They are my people.”
He bends forward until his face is inches from mine. “Your mother had passed. You needed me. We’re allowed to appear when we are needed.”

His breath warms my cheek and it’s all I can do not to lean closer.
“Really?” My eyes search his for a sign—any sign—of feelings for me. “She died ten moons ago.” Did only pity bring him? “Why did you stay?”

A light breeze ruffles the leaves overhead. It’s warm but welcome. Michael backs away, the tops of his cheeks lit with pink. He swallows and his Adam’s apple jumps in his throat. “Perhaps I needed you.”
His voice is music, and his energy hums through me, making me bold. I couldn’t imagine him needing anyone, least of all me. With a smile, I glance at him and hold up the feathery filament. A small piece of his magic, its light sparkles and plays along my hand, the lines of his throat and jaw, the front of his tunic.
“If I return this,” I say. “What will you give me in exchange?”
“Well.” He frowns and thoughtfully strokes his chin, but his eyes are still smiling. “What do you want? Riches and jewels aren’t mine to command. I am but a humble servant.”
“Can you make it rain? It would be good for my father’s crops.”
“You know I cannot,” he scolds. “Doing so would be interfering.”
I do know, but enjoy the game, the way he looks at me as though he sees something hidden deep inside me, the secret of who I am.
“How about a kiss?” I ask.
He casts his gaze to the ground and bows his head. “Of course. A blessing.” He rests his hands on my shoulders, and even that light touch scorches me. White-hot like the sun.
Closing his eyes, he leans in to kiss my forehead, but I want a real kiss. Not the kiss of an angel, but of a lover. I rise to my toes, lifting my chin, and press my lips to his.
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Author Bio:
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.
Lisa is a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and the leader of the Lynn Valley Literary Society’s Young Writer’s Club, a writing group for teens. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains.
Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.
More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (10)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:
Mission Hurricane (Doublecross #3) by Jenny Goebel

TV/Movies:
Suits Season 4 Episode 8-10

Friday, April 8, 2016

Book Blitz: Exiled by RaShelle Workman (Giveaway)


Exiled
RaShelle Workman
(Immortal Essence #1)
Publication date: January 17th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
WORLDS DIVIDED THEM. DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. ONLY LOVE WILL SAVE THEM.
Venus isn’t from Earth, she’s from Kelari. On her planet she’s next in line to rule, but there are those who will go to great lengths to make sure that doesn’t happen. Including frame her as a traitor.
Accused and sentenced, the gods of her planet exile her to Earth. They’ve given her one week to help a human find his true love. If she doesn’t succeed, she’ll die, but if she does she might lose her heart.
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EXCERPT:
When she reached the water’s edge, she fell to her knees, eager to quench her thirst. Before the water touched her lips, a warning of danger stopped her. The hairs on the back of her neck rose. She glanced around.
She heard him before she saw him, his words sailing over the rapidly moving stream.
“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”
Startled, she glared, trying to make out his form. When her eyes finally found him, she stared, open-mouthed. Awed. Amazed.
Her first human encounter.
He’s . . . handsome I guess. Then quickly reprimanded herself for such triviality.
Setting her mouth in a firm line, she asked, “Why not? I’m thirsty.” The words came out whinier than she’d intended. Years of combat training taught her to be on alert. But she hadn’t been prepared to run into a human so suddenly. Questions about the dark-haired boy bombarded her.
Her dehydration encouraged her to set them aside. She needed a drink, now or she worried she’d faint. Still keeping her eyes fixed on the boy, she bent at the waist, ready to plunge her mouth into the water.
The boy spoke again.
“Come here, you can have some of mine.” His voice reminded Venus of soft velvet, though the words came out slurred. One leg shook, like he’d been filled with writhing ants, the back of his thigh pounded against the thick, rotted tree stump he’d folded himself on.
Everything about him screamed dark and handsome, except his skin, which resembled hers. He appeared to be brooding, eyebrows scrunched, faraway look in his eyes. Plus, he reeked of angry attitude.
From where Venus stood, his eyes looked black with dark lashes and eyebrows. There was a scar, which ran straight as an arrow, from the tip of his nose to his left cheekbone. His clothes were all dark. A long-sleeved black shirt over a black t-shirt and dark blue jeans, at least that’s what she thought his trousers were called, and black lace up boots. Had a storm cloud come along, he probably would’ve been invisible to her eyes.
“What’s wrong with this water?” she yelled, though she’d already stood and started across.
“It isn’t clean. You could get sick.” His mouthed twitched, like he barely contained a smirk or a snide comment. “Nice boots, but where are your clothes? Not that I mind.” He leaned forward, resting his forearms and elbows on his thighs and watched her cross.
The icy water splashed against her legs. It reminded her that all she wore were her boots and unisa. She’d spent time with Zaren in nothing more . . . in fact less, because she didn’t like to wear shoes, and never experienced a need to cover up. Looking down, she realized how much of her body was exposed. A blush tried to creep across her cheeks, but she ground her teeth, shaking it off.
“Uh, I lost them. Are you sure you don’t mind if I have a drink?” She inclined her head toward the thermos next to him. Her throat became more parched, if that were possible. She resisted running over, chugging it.
“No, go ahead.” He picked up the red thermos, unscrewed the lid and held it out.
Venus rushed over. After a swallow, she realized it wasn’t water. The liquid burned all the way down. She gasped, dropping the thermos. Grabbing her throat, she watched the honey brown liquid spill onto the rocky dirt.
Her throat constricted, but she choked out, “That isn’t water.”

He chuckled, wicked. “It’ll warm you up. Soothe your insides.”
Gagging, she fell to her knees at the water’s edge, stuck her mouth in the stream and drank. With relief, her thirst started to subside. After several mouthfuls, she stood and turned. Water had soaked the ends of her waist-length hair as had some mud. When the frosty ends touched her skin, she jumped and swore. He snorted at her noticeable discomfort. His face revealed a look she’d seen before, on male kelarians, especially after they’d had too much of what humans called alcohol.
“I’d be happy to help warm you up, too.” As he spoke, he stood.
“You can take your foul thoughts and go straight to your—”
“Hey, I’m trying to be chivalrous.” And before Venus realized the tainted plan he’d devised, he grabbed her by the shoulders and kissed her.
Until that moment, Venus hadn’t considered what her first kiss would feel like, but she knew this wasn’t right. Hard, full of anger. He pressed her lips open and she tasted the alcohol on his tongue, sickly sweet. His arms locked around her, crushing her body to his. She sensed a pleading in his embrace, a longing for an unfulfilled wish.
“Release her. Now,” Zaren yelled.
The human pushed Venus away, wiping his mouth.
“Come on, Venus,” Zaren grabbed her hand, pulling her from the foul boy.
She watched stunned, as the brooding human smiled, but it didn’t reach his eyes.
“Venus. Funny,” he said, his words full of venom, like her name had been laced with poison.
She pulled her hand from Zaren’s. Anger ripped through her along with a gripping sadness at the loss of her family and her irrihunter. That this boy had the audacity to find humor in her name, at her, Princess Venus, daughter of King and Queen Carania, rulers of Alayeah, the biggest kingdoms in all of Kelari, was unacceptable. How dare he? She wouldn’t have it. Her heart ached and her body hurt, but she ignored the pain. Head held high, she marched over and slapped his face. Hard.
“Don’t ever touch me again.” She gave him a defiant stare, daring him to try.
“Well, Venus, you’ve no reason to worry. Your name alone will keep me as far from you as possible. The Goddess of Love, how ironic.” He chuckled without humor and turned. Head in his hands he sunk onto the dead stump.
At the sight of him in such a condition, her anger abated, replaced by an unbidden grief. She pushed the bizarre feelings away with vehemence. Surprised she felt anything but furious at him, she made her way to Zaren.
When they were a small distance away, Venus said, “What an annoying human. If I never see him again, it’ll be too soon.”
Zaren cleared his throat and walked ahead.
“What?” Venus asked, catching up and grabbing his arm.
“That annoying human is Michael, the boy you’re required to help.” He took a step forward, but stopped. “Humans and love,” he grumbled and stomped ahead.
Venus stopped and looked back, profoundly shocked. “But—”
He sighed. “Clothes, first.”


Author Bio:
RaShelle Workman is an international bestselling author. Several of her books have been translated into Turkish and her BLOOD AND SNOW series has sold over a million copies worldwide. When she isn't writing, she enjoys baking, creating new taco recipes, and watching Supernatural.
RaShelle lives in Utah with her husband, three children and their three dogs. Find her online by visiting her website at: www.rashelleworkman.com. And sign up for RaShelle's newsletter to receive free books and get information on book release dates: http://eepurl.com/sd_xP.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Steamsworn by Eric R. Asher (Giveaway)


Steamsworn
Eric R. Asher
(The Steamborn Series #3)
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
The world dies in war only to be reborn. It is the way of things, and always will be.
Forged in the Deadlands crucible, and armed with the knowledge of their true enemy, Jacob, Alice, and their allies bring the fight back to Ancora. They’ll liberate their homeland, or die trying.
The wounds cut deep in their darkest hour, but in the end, vengeance will light their path.
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EXCERPT:
“Whoa,” she said, jumping away from the burst of heat and flame. “That went up a little faster than I expected.” She reached the edge of the rack with her toe and forced it beneath the boiler.
Another rumble and crack echoed from the corridor behind them. Jacob turned around in time to see Drakkar come running back into the station, his cloak rising in the breeze behind him.
“Scythe Beetles!”
Jacob swung the air cannon off his back and racked the slide.
“Jacob, Alice!” Samuel’s voice rang with authority. “Fall back with Smith. If you need to use the cannon, use it at the last second. You don’t want to injure a Scythe Beetle. You want to kill it.”
Drakkar’s arm snapped out to the side, and his sword unfolded with a rapid series of clicks.
There was a calamity behind the Cave Guardian, and it grew louder with every second. Jacob and Alice scrambled off the railcar. Jacob paused and then ran to the pump to turn it off. The last thing they needed was wet fuel bars.
Alice made it to Smith ten steps before Jacob did. Samuel and Drakkar set up a loose line between the railcar and a steeper section of the shattered wall.
Smith spoke into his transmitter. “Mary! Get the chaingun down here now!
Her static-laced reply came back in an incoherent burst.
“Chaingun! Now!”
Mary cursed and began shouting orders before she stopped transmitting.
Drakkar had the best view of the corridor, and everyone tensed when he said, “Here they come.”
The iron gate in the stone hall collapsed at the first impact. The metal rattled and screeched as it was twisted and trampled. The creatures were not very fast, but once they were moving, nothing seemed to stop them.
They ran on three-toed claws, the spikes on their legs tearing through stone and rending metal as they crashed onto the platform. Jacob watched in awe and horror as the front most beetle paused, and its back split open. A pair of leathery wings extended from beneath the carapace and gleamed in the rising moonlight.


Author Bio:
Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: Rapture by Lauren Kate

Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Goodreads Summary: 
The sky is dark with wings . . .

And time is running out for Luce and Daniel.

In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates.

But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle . . .

In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can't wait any longer.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
As I neared the end of Rapture, I began to wonder; how many stars? Like I'd predicted, Rapture was definitely 5+ Stars.

I can't do anything except talk about the ending!!! So perfect, yet heartbreaking. Love really does conquer all. I'm telling you, I wasn't lying in my review of Passion when I said Lauren Kate knows just how to write endings. Is it strange that Rapture's ending is also pretty much the same as the ending of 'the immortals' series by Alyson Noel? I mean, exactly the same, with the exception that it was more heartbreaking?

Rapture was definitely the best book out of the four, so much more exciting and interesting when compared with the rest of the series. I'm not going to forget Luce and Daniel. Rapture may have been the end of Luce's story, but I can't wait to read Fallen in Love and Unforgiven. The Fallen universe is one I'll remember clearly.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
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Quotes: "It isn't goodbye." He gave her one last angelic kiss and embraced her so tightly she could hear his steady heartbeat, overlapping her own. "It's until we meet again.”
Soundtrack:

Luce- Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Daniel- I Need Your Love - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
Beginning- Love Song - Taylor Swift
Ending- Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
Luce
Relationship- Heart by Heart - Demi Lovato
Recommended for: Fans of Fallen Angel stories and great endings.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Book Blitz: Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis (Teaser Images + Giveaway)


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This is my stop during the book blitz for Saven: Deception (The Saven Series #1) by Siobhan Davis. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 30 March until 5 April, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

Saven: Deception is now free on all book selling sites, so make sure to grab your copy! And there's a tour-wide giveaway!

Saven DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1) By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Blurb: I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets. 
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

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You can find Saven: Deception on Goodreads

You can grab your free copy of Saven Deception here:

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SiobhanAbout the Author:

Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.



A self-professed teenager forever–at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

- Website

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Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website


There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Saven: Deception. Open International. Below are the prizes you can win:

- a kindle e-reader

- The Complete Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

- Signed paperbacks of Saven Deception and Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (9)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

Fallen In Love (Fallen #3.5) by Lauren Kate

TV/Movies:

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

22609317Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Summary: 
HER PERFECT LIFE
IS A PERFECT LIE.


As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: 
This is the second book from an older POV I've read this week! I have rarely read magazines, but I am no stranger to the glamour of hollywood and even the discrimination in our everyday society. Luckiest Girl Alive is centred around this typical drama.

I've never read anything like Luckiest Girl Alive. I mean, I've read contemporaries occasionally, but none have been so severely focused in the cut-throat society of New York. TifAni FaNelli is just yet another girl trying to survive and stand out.

Yet again, another author has used flashbacks in her story to fill in the background. Like I've said, I really do find this effective for me as a reader, as I get to read about the present without huge, chunky pieces of background, and then get to read about the past and almost re-experience what is hidden.

Ani is a very strong narrator, and I really relate to her. I feel like underneath her tough shell she really is just one more girl scared to truly be herself, afraid of what others would think. Jessica Knoll has included many plot twists in Luckiest Girl Alive, and my favourite character other than Ani is definitely Mr. Andrew Larson. He doesn't help Ani in the way she wants, but he's there for her when she needs someone and offers sound advice.

I really enjoyed Luckiest Girl Alive, and I'll definitely be checking out more Jessica Knoll.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
 Hardcover
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Recommended for: Fans of Adult Contemporary