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Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Author: Mia Hoddell

The world is dangerous – but love will kill you. Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and the world now wants her dead.
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Friday, September 27, 2013

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Moppets by Shirena Anthony

Title: The Moppets
Author: Shirena Anthony
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

One awkward girl combined with four rebellious kids on their own reality show creates the recipe for disaster.

When Spinelli’s mother inherits a mansion from a billionaire, four orphaned children are found living in the basement. The family adopts them. They look like precious angels, but brooding within them are mini devils who turn Spinelli’s life upside down. The family becomes the main focus of the town and experience instant fame. Spinelli’s wacktastic summer break before her freshman year of high school will be filled with funny shenanigans from the residents of Faircrest Falls.

Author Bio
Shirena Anthony has had a crazy imagination since the old kindergarten days and excited to finally put it down on paper. She is currently in college and loving every moment so far. Aside from being True Blood and Shameless obsessed, Shirena's love to pursue medicine and to write is her passion in life!
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Eramane by Frankie Ash

Title: Eramane (Eramane #1)
Author: Frankie Ash
Publication Date: Summer 2013
Publisher: Archway Publishing

In the village of Eludwid, seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock goes about her life, cheerfully disregarding a prophecy made to her parents that she would have a great gift. Not yet wed and beset with boredom, Eramane cannot shake the feeling that something exciting awaits her beyond Eludwid. But when she is invited to picnic with a handsome young suitor, Eramane has no idea that her life will soon change forever.

As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.

In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.
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Author Bio 
Frankie Ash is the author of the YA novel Eramane, COMING SOON! She holds a B.A. in English and resides on the east-coast somewhere between “Will it ever be warm again?” and “The summers here are too short!” She is currently writing book #2 of The Eramane Trilogy, to be published in 2014.

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Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Blog Tour: Rising - Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Rising
Author: Holly Kelly
Publication Date: September 6, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approximately 76,000

In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her doesn’t start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she’s a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She’s a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren’t so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet…

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Blog Tour: The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor - Review + Giveaway

Title: The Woodlands (The Woodlands #1)
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Publication Date: August 30, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approximately 92,000

Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen...

When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He's blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She's never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.

But differences weren't always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a 'raceless' race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.

The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn't know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.
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Disclaimer: Review copy provided by Clean Teen Publishing for the blog tour.

What I Liked:
  • It's set in a different country other than the US – No offense whatsoever to fellow US peoples, but I'm kind of a bit tired of reading books near the same settings over and over again when it comes to futuristic-like novels, despite the fact I love them all the same. The Woodlands being set in a different country (not the UK either) is a nice, new refresher in terms of setting.
  • Rosa's character – I don't know why I find female main characters having a bit of an attitude appealing. For some reason, it just makes the book more interesting. Rosa also undergoes major changes throughout the story; from a closed off troublemaker/rule breaker/rebel to someone who's more open and letting others in.
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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Release Day Blitz: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington

Don't Eat The Food
ThroughGlass-BN-KoboTitle: Through Glass
Author: Rebecca Ethington
Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.

Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.

Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.

At least, that’s what I hoped. I hoped that there was an ‘everyone’ that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.

I hoped that I wasn’t alone.

I remembered that day.

I remembered because it was the day I became alone.

It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years.
The boy I talk to through the glass.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Contrition by Lee Strauss

Title: Contrition (Perception #3)
Author: Lee Strauss
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: September 26, 2013

Zoe, Noah and the other plane crash survivors are stranded in the Arizona desert.
They all have secrets,
and reasons to hide.
But they’re not alone.
Cyborg soldiers.
Humans and humanoids.
Who can be trusted?
Zoe’s life is in danger.
Noah must make an impossible choice.
Will their love survive their brokenness?
Will the world as they know it end before they can find out?
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Sunday, September 15, 2013


Book Blitz: Sia by Josh Grayson

Title: Sia
Author: Josh Grayson
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 20, 2013

When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.

Author Bio
Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.

Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).

Sia is his debut YA novel.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky #1
Author: Veronica Rossi
Released Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins



Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

     When there's a bit of hoopla and excitement going about a book (even it's the sequel), I always tend to be curious as to why everyone loves the book. I'm literally asking, “What's so great about it? I want to know!”
     And then my TBR list grows by a book.
     But Under the Never Sky is about a girl named Aria who lives in a futuristic world of Pods and Realms. In that world, she's never seen what's outside the Pods aside from the stories she heard – everything is basically in virtual time. She gets kicked out one day and meets an Outsider named Perry who teaches her the basics to surviving the outside world and needs her help as well.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013


Cover Reveal: Lost Eden by G.P. Ching

Designed by Steven Novak
Title: Lost Eden (The Soulkeepers #5)
Author: G.P. Ching
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 18, 2013

Rules. Balance. Consequences. War.

When Fate gave Dane the water from Eden to drink, she did more than save his life. She changed his destiny.

Since the beginning, a compact between God and Lucifer has maintained a tenuous peace, balancing Soulkeepers and Watchers and the natural order of things. Dane upset that balance the day he became a Soulkeeper. Fate broke the rules.

Now, Lucifer is demanding a consequence, requiring Fate to pay the ultimate price for her involvement. God intervenes on the immortal’s behalf but in order to save her soul must dissolve the compact and with it the rules, order, and balance that have kept the peace. A challenge is issued. A contest for human souls begins. And the stakes? Earth. Winner take all.

The Soulkeepers are at the center of a war between Heaven and Hell, and this time, nobody, anywhere, is safe from Lucifer’s reach.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Blog Tour: Secrets of the Moon - Excerpt

Title: Secrets of the Moon
Author: Kristy Centeno
Publication Date: July 7, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Word Count: 123,647

Teenager Marjorie Emery eluded death. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she believes her efforts are paying off. Yet, when a black dressing, unfriendly, and incredibly handsome hottie walks into her classroom, she’s forced into a tailspin. Marjorie has no idea how much his presence is going to shatter what little tranquility she’s achieved.

Kyran Rousseau’s gloomy nature has a name, one that is potentially fatal under the right circumstances. His family harbors secrets and does everything to protect Kyran. While, he doesn’t want to ruin Marjorie’s normal life, love has a way of changing his plans.

Falling for Kyran is the least of Marjorie’s worries. With a faceless threat hunting her and a boyfriend who's as dangerous as he is good looking—how can Marjorie and Kyran keep all hell from breaking loose before it’s too late?

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Monday, September 9, 2013

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2013 Summer Reading Challenge Ends!

     So I'm terrible at writing little “blog speeches.” Oh yay! Another thing to know about me. I'm terrible at explaining and speeches, so you are therefore fully warned if you want help with Geometry. I'll just trudge through it as best as I can... and feel free to make fun of me in the end if you want to as well, though there's a huge difference between joking around and bullying. So please. If you do resort to laugh at me, do keep in mind not to say something you wouldn't say to a random stranger who's just carrying on with their lives....
     Let's see how bad this goes then...
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

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Review: Dance in Shadow and Whisper by Sarah Godfrey + Victoria DeRubeis

The Marionettes of Myth Saga #1
Author: Sarah Godfrey, Victoria DeRubeis
Released Date: June 19, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Kali unexpectedly discovers on her first day of human high school that she’s forbidden to eat or partake of the toilet during class time, the assigned history and species books look best on the shelves of popular fiction, and the boy she’s watching over is definitely a reincarnated war lord.

The highest powers of Kali’s people and the highest powers of Yuuhi’s people, irreconcilable enemies, designated them to find proof that Jason is, in fact, the reincarnated Ares.

All Yuuhi sees in Jason is the typical scrawny, socially inept emo kid dressed in conflicting shades of black. But Kali sees that Jason’s shadow is bigger than he is, and if the powers of Yuuhi’s people find out, Jason won’t be human much longer.

The desire to protect him from an unexpected visitor brings out her most dangerous sides. Something’s changing in her, something she can’t control, and she’s not afraid of Jason mutating into a creature of the shadows more than she’s afraid she’s becoming something even worse.

And the highest powers will be watching her.

Disclaimer: The authors provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

     Basically from the first chapter, I was pretty hooked. Actually, I would say the first sentence, but that could have changed from sentence two or even sentence three.
     Though if I said I nearly chucked the book across the room after sentence one, I would be telling a white lie.
     So I actually did like Dance in Shadow & Whisper. Really liked it. And I pretty much believed I was in for a good read from sentence one. In fact, I would have recommend it to my school book club but due to language, I would probably get whacked in the head. Literally.
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Friday, September 6, 2013

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Book Blast + Giveaway: The Earth Dwellers by David Estes

Your favorite Dwellers and Country Saga characters come together in this epic seventh book!

As President Borg Lecter threatens to annihilate the Country tribes in order to expand his glass-domed empire, Adele ventures into the belly of the beast. Her only hope of survival is the consolidation of Dwellers and Country power before it’s too late.

Former demagogue President Nailin is eliminated, yet civil unrest infects every alliance. To save Adele, President Tristan faces his greatest challenge yet: unifying unfriendly Dwellers in the Tri-Realms to raise an army against Lecter. Meanwhile, Dazz must convince the Ice Country leaders to march with Siena and the Tri-Tribes on the gates of the Glass City.
The world sits on the edge of a knife. Will Adele, Tristan, Dazz, and Siena defeat Lecter and his army of killers before the Glassies wipe them off the face of the Earth?
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

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Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Matched #2
Author: Ally Condie
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Children's

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

     Matched, the predecessor to Crossed, didn't exactly make a remarkable impression in my mind 3 years ago when I first read it or I wouldn't have needed to take a one day mini skim-a-thon.
     Though it must have made a bit of an impression if I still remember the title and author. Why, yes. I do forget the little things. What's y = mx + b? Sorry for throwing a lovely little equation there. You don't have to answer that.
     Or maybe it was simply Walmart's book/magazine section.
     But speaking of Matched and Crossed, after reading the sequel, I personally think Matched was better and more interesting.
     Or maybe it's the fact that dystopian sequels are usually well... the part before the actual rebellion and that's what makes the first book even more interesting. Because the first book is the part where you're fully in the world (and totally oblivious to how corrupt the government is getting).
     So... why did I prefer Matched over its sequel?
     Basically, Crossed is set a few months – more or less – later after its predecessor ended, and Cassia Reyes, our main character, is looking for Ky now in the Outer Provinces away from the Society. I won't say how it came to that though. And we get to shuffle through Ky's mind this time instead of just Cassia's.
     Both POVs (Point of Views) have new characters introduced and new adventures in store for them, but despite all that... I just think the book is more about Cassia and Ky's romance and both of them trying to find each other than other stuff.
     Yet there's this something about the last few sentences of both books in the trilogy that's practically urging me (okay, not really) to read on in the series and to the final book in the series, Reached.
     Speaking of lasting impressions.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls

~Happy Reading!
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Cover Reveal: Fallen by Stacy Claflin

Title: Fallen
Author: Stacy Claflin
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: Fall 2013

Samantha Erikson is a vampire with one mission: to rule the world. She’s spent decades winning over the world’s most feared vampire, Vince Moretti. Just when everything is going according to plan, he sidetracks her with the assignment of pretending to be a high school student in a small town.

It’s humiliating enough going from stilettos to sneakers, but Samantha must also follow the most boring person alive: the teenage girl who stands between her and the throne. When she has had all she can take, she finds a fun distraction: an attractive football player who isn't scared of vampires. There's one problem. Against her better judgment, she falls in love with him. Now she must decide between the mortal she adores and a place of power in the vampire world. If she tries to have both, she could lose everything.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Cover Reveal: Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone

Title: Vision of Shadows (Vision #1)
Author: Vincent Morrone
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer?

After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn's life is thrown into chaos and she's forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.

And that's not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they're up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013


Cover Reveal: Water by Heather James

Title: Water (Elements of Power #2)
Author: Heather James
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: Autumn 2013

Water pooled around my feet, rising at an alarming rate. I stared - panicked - at the palms of my hands, willing the water gushing out of them to stop as miraculously as it had begun.

I only sneezed!

Jasmine is struggling to control her new powers, causing floods and fires with an accidental flick of her wrist. In a desperate attempt to master at least one aspect of them, she travels to the Brizan Realm, where she comes closer to discovering the truth about her parents than ever before. But not everyone wants their secrets revealed.

Alone, powerless and, for the first time in her life, afraid, Roxy has only one thought occupying her mind: escaping Cinaer's clutches before it's too late. Her flight will take her across the ocean, but not in the direction she is expecting. Before she can try and get back to Brae, she needs to rescue herself.
Despite being on opposite sides of the world, the girls soon find themselves closer than ever.

~Happy September!
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