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Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lux #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released Date: November 23, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

     I've been procrastinating. And pushing Obsidian off for months on end. Until now, that is.
     (Actually, back in late October. The review just got posted late... because of blog posting schedule.)
     For a first-timer reading one of Armentrout's books, Obsidian wasn't terrible. It wasn't bad, but it didn't exactly land on my favorite books list, if I even have a list.
     Did it land in a memorial place in my mind?
     Yep. Right... next to Twilight.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Blog Tour: Entrusted - Playlist + Giveaway

Title: Entrusted
Author: Connie Ann Michael
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 18, 2013

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her.

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?

Buy Links: Amazon | Smashwords
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Book Blitz + Guest Post: The Perimeter by Shalini Boland

Title: The Perimeter (Outside #3)
Author:Shalini Bolind
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 18, 2013

In this fractured world, a sinister force is coming for Riley, and the only things keeping her safe are a perimeter fence and the people she loves. As her life is threatened, she must make impossible choices. But help comes from the most unlikely of places, and all Riley needs to know is: who can she really trust?

Meanwhile, a repentant killer searches for peace and salvation, but what he gets is the exact opposite. Now he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life.

The Perimeter is a darkly captivating dystopian tale of adventure, danger, love and redemption that will have you on the edge of your seat and up at night turning the pages to find out what happens next...

Buy Links:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Blog Tour: Dead Chaos - Excerpt

Title: Dead Chaos (The Valkyrie #3)
Author: T.G. Ayer
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: October 30, 2013
Publisher: Infinite Ink

Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged...

Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn's not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass.

A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin's life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is.

In the thrilling conclusion of the Valkyrie series Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

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Blog Tour: Mystical High - Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Mystical High (The Desert Series #1)
Author: Lisette Brodey
Publication Date: October 7, 2013
Publisher: Saberlee Books

In Mystekal, a small, dying town in the Southern California desert, only 75 students attend the old, sometimes creepy high school dubbed “Mystical High,” where strange things have been known to happen. Jessie Dalworth and Jinxsy Patterson are juniors and lifelong best friends. At home, Jessie deals with the pain of an absentee mother who has abandoned the family for the lure of Hollywood; Jinxsy contends with a 17th “birthday present” she never wanted or expected.

Meanwhile, at school, the unexplained activity begins to escalate when Jinxsy keeps seeing a long-haired guy in the hallway checking her out. Jessie can’t see him, but her younger brother, River, can.

Then, in English class, a stapler mysteriously flies off teacher Eve Carrow’s desk, hitting a student in the face who has just mouthed off to her. The beloved teacher is in the unenviable position of having her brute of a father as principal, so she hates sending any student to his office. As Principal Ernest Carrow begins to terrorize Eve and others more openly, something or someone unseen decides that it’s payback time.

School is getting stranger, and Jinxsy and Jessie are faced with mind-boggling changes in their home lives that complicate everything. When a string of shocking events expose explosive secrets, decades-long mysteries are finally revealed.

CONTENT WARNING: Mild sexual content and non-gratuitous profanity.
Recommended age: 14+

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 30

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
     Thanksgiving Break. One of the best things EVER invented.
     Okay, it's not because I have a lot of people to thank, though that may be the case (then again, my family doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving). It's because I can finally catch up on reading since I've been falling behind for the last couple of weeks.
     Required reads does that to you. O_o
     Oh, and Finals month (boo...)! In other words, this week is the LAST week to send in any review requests. Other requests, including advanced review requests (have to be after December though), are still welcome (no, advanced doesn't exactly mean ARCs). :3
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Released Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

Before Reading:
     I thought I had to wait an additional 3 weeks maximum to get my hands on the county library's ebook copy of The Iron Traitor.
     But then a genie decided to grant my wish – or was it because there were more holds on it? – and the county library bought a second copy, much to my enthusiasm and glee that I wouldn't have to wait for about 3 weeks (all I'm going to respond to your envy, L, is to go put yourself on the hold list before it gets bigger or buy a copy. Sorry! Dx).
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Book Blitz: Deadly to Promise - Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers #2)
Author: Mia Hoddell

A broken promise is all it takes.

Becoming an E.K isn’t a choice for Serena – it’s a necessity to survive. To destroy the Elementals she has to leave her old life behind. She has to train and follow a strict regime. But with time against her, she has only a few weeks to master the skills Kai spent his whole life perfecting.

The knowledge passed down from her ancestors is crucial to the Elementals demise and the success of their mission. However, the path they must follow is lined with riddles, each more confusing than the next. It doesn’t matter how close to succeeding they get, it’s never enough. The Elementals are one step ahead at every revelation and that can only mean one thing – the E.Ks have a traitor among them.

For one week only, both Deadly to Love and Deadly to Promise are 99c / 77p!

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
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Friday, November 22, 2013

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Rebels by Scott Powell + Judith Powell

Authors: Scott Powell, Judith Powell
Link: Amazon

The world is on fire. From the ashes like a phoenix rises a new America, one that will save it all. Under one condition; absolute and complete surrender.

The world complies without question. Those who don’t are destroyed. It is in this world, John is born. His very name is treason.

If the New America, now known to everyone as the State, knew what John was, they’d kill him, but instead they give him a gift.
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Book Blitz + Guest Post: Lost Eden by G.P. Ching

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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Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Blog Tour: Ascension - Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Ascension (Gryphon Series #4)
Author: Stacey Rourke
Link: Amazon

From best selling and award winning author Stacey Rourke comes the heart-pounding continuation of the acclaimed Gryphon Series.

The turning point of the Gryphon saga is at hand …

Battle looms. Three unstoppable forces prepare to clash in a colossal explosion that could wipe Gainesboro off the map. Fate and sacred calling have landed nineteen year old Celeste Garrett in the middle with nowhere to run.

Her trust wavers as she uncovers dark secrets of the Council, powerful enough to test her loyalty and turn her against those she swore to protect. Playing to the longing of her heart, a malevolent enemy uses her weakness against her to form an alliance.

With the trumpets of war about to sound, which side will the Conduit choose, and who will be left standing?

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Cover Reveal: Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart

Title: Shattered Veil (The Diatous Wars #1)
Author: Tracy E. Banghart
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: February 28, 2014

When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?


War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.

All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.


Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.

Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past...until her future seems to depend on it.


And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything - her home, her name, even her face...

...only to become the key to her dominion's survival.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Book Blitz + Guest Post: Changes by Gillian Felix

Title: Changes Vol. 1 (Family Portrait #1)
Author: Gillian Felix
Buy Link: Amazon

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you'll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana's father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother's disappearance. You'll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You'll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

This novel is NOT for children, it contains strong language, reference to drug use and sexual situations, this novel is meant for mature teens and adults.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Book Blitz + Giveaway: Drawn by Cecilia Gray

Title: Drawn
Author: Cecilia Gray
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 13, 2013

Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series….

Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Red Sector Chronicles by Krystle Jones

Title: The Red Sector Chronicles Omnibus Edition (The Red Sector Chronicles)
Author: Krystle Jones
Links: Goodreads (series) | Goodreads

The strength of Sloane’s heart is about to be put to the ultimate test.

After the Eclipse – the night vampires began openly slaughtering human victims – everything changed. Out of fear, the government salvaged what remained of the human population and enclosed them in massive, security-laden cities called White Sectors, while marking the vampire infested territory as Red Sectors.

When seventeen-year-old Sloane McAllister’s twin brother disappears, she seems to be the only one who thinks he isn’t dead, and she vows to stop at nothing to find him. Gathering her courage, she braves the Red Sector to search for clues to his whereabouts. By chance, she encounters Aden, a handsome, charismatic vampire with a hidden agenda. He turns Sloane against her will and whisks her away to his underground city. Enemies quickly become friends as Sloane struggles against her attraction to Aden, and resists her growing loyalties to the creatures that ruined her life.

But the vampires themselves are the least of her problems. A war is brewing between the humans and vampires, along with a growing web of deceit and betrayal. And before it’s all over, loyalties will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one’s lives will ever be the same.

Book Links: Amazon | Smashwords
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Book Blast + Giveaway: Gateway by Christina Garner

Title: Gateway (The Gateway Trilogy #1)
Author: Christina Garner
Buy Links: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Everybody has their demons. Some are just a little more real than others...

Ember has always known she doesn't belong in this world, but when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

There she draws the attention of Taren, a mysterious boy who isn't what he seems.

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret Taren has been keeping, brings Ember closer to understanding her own.

And leads her to... the Gateway.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 29

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
Well, nothing much this past week for me; it was sort of... average. The usual week.

Although... there was one thing.

Snow. It snowed! :D But it didn't snow. :(

In explanation, it actually did snow, but there was only a super thin layer of cold fluffiness on cars and roofs.

I don't think that really counts as snow. :p

Last Week:

Next Week:

  • Book Blast + Giveaway: Gateway by Christina Garner
  • Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Red Sector Chronicles by Krystle Jones
  • Book Blitz + Giveaway: Drawn by Cecilia Gray
  • Book Blitz + Guest Post: Changes by Gillian Felix
  • Blog Tour: Ascension
  • Book Blitz + Guest Post: Lost Eden by G.P. Ching
  • Book Blast + Giveaway: Rebels by Scott Judith Powell
  • Book Blitz: Deadly to Promise by Mia Hoddell
  • Review: Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert (maybe... if I finish on time)

Book Haul:

Also... I'm unable to comment on Wordpress blogs for some reason because the screen freezes up. >_< (Why, thank you Wordpress. That's really kind of you :p)
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Blog Tour: Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech - Review + Giveaway

Tour Schedule HERE

Memory's Wake #1
Author: Selina Fenech
Publication Date: June 5, 2011
Publisher: Self Published

Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.

Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.

Memory’s Wake contains over 45 illustrations by the author and artist.

Disclaimer: Updated review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

     I am slowly, yet surely, cleaning out my ebooks library. One book down (okay, nine in total), hundreds to go (I literally mean hundreds). And it's still growing (sadly).
     I personally liked the idea behind the book, being a fan of fairies, and it was one of the main reasons why I originally clicked the "buy" when I saw Memory's Wake for free on Amazon months ago. A few other reasons:
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Friday, November 15, 2013


Book Blitz: Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton

Title: Lights of Aurora (The Stone Legacy #2)
Author: Theresa McClinton
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: November 1, 2013

After the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Ashley Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the stone of Muuk’Ich while Sarian, the underworld general, relentlessly drives her to the brink of insanity.

As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.

With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

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DNF Review: The Ambrose Beacon by Alena Gouveia

The Solas Prophecy #1
Author: Alena Gouveia
Released Date: April 8, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Strange things have been happening in Evergreen, Colorado. People are disappearing, wolves are prowling the woods for the first time in seventy years, and strangers in black are showing up at the local schools. For the Ambrose family, it’s a sign that their quiet lives are about to be changed forever. The events signal the beginning of a struggle that will either push them closer together as a family, or tear them apart. To survive, each of the children must harness the strange new abilities with which they’ve been gifted and learn to fight as one. For Jeremiah Ambrose, the struggle to protect his children will force him to put aside his animosity for his brother-in-law Harper, and learn to see him in a different light.

But for Harper, the burden is heaviest. He alone knows the truth about the strange events and what they mean for his family. Something is searching for the Ambrose children. And when it finds them, the fate of the whole world will be decided…

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author for review

Let me blunt about The Ambrose Beacon: it was boring. It also became the third unfortunate book that lands into my DNF list and the first fantasy book – oh wait. Not exactly the first... does the Caster Chronicles count as Fantasy, or does it count as Paranormal? If it counts as paranormal, then The Ambrose Beacon became the unfortunate first fantasy book I didn't finish.

So essentially, I give fair warning: I rated and reviewed it based on what I could manage to read so far. Which, I think I was being a bit lenient about, but I didn't throw the book against the wall, so it certainly didn't deserve a lower rating.

Now allow me to tell why I found it boring, and my general thoughts on it:

Larry and Jerry. They sound so similar (they rhyme as well), that I was befuddled and mistakenly read Jerry as Larry and vice-versa when it was really the other way around. They're best friends and one of them is the main character. How confusing can that get?
The characters don't seem to be in depth. While I get the why for Harper and Arianna, the other characters simply seem virtually pancake-like (no offense). Add to the fact that it suddenly switches POVs without some sort of sign. One minute it's Cole, the next? Dinah, Jerry, Harper, Vaughn, etc. >_<

Fairies. Probably one of my favorite things to read about, and it's not because they're sparkly and pretty and whatnot. But I was actually interested in Gouveia's take on fairies when the word was mentioned in the earliest parts of the book.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be well written, nor realistic. I mean, doing magic in public. In front of human eyewitnesses. That doesn't sound like the typical faery to me that tries to not let the human world find out about them because then it's all, "IT'S THE APOCALYPSE. I must be seeing things," or maybe, "HOLY MONKEYS. FAIRIES EXIST" *rubs eyes to make sure it's not an illusion.* But the fairies here seem like a bounce off of Fantastic Four (even though I haven't watched the movie). More like superheroes than the sidhe.
The same thing is repeated, but in different variations. Oh hooray. Demons, demons and more demons. Same kind of demon, which isn't a problem for me, but the very fact that they tend to be doing the same thing over and over and over again throughout the entire book, which is the main reason why I stopped (I really did stop at exactly 50%). There's not a lot going on, although maybe if I had the time and gave the book further chances, there might be other things going on rather than "OMG, THERE'S A DEMON THAT WANTS MY HEAD ON A PLATTER. RUN." (or in the case here, it's fight to the death.)
Generally I like fantasy. I love the creative worlds and character and creatures made up that gives me a free ticket to travel – okay, that applies to any book really – without having to move a single inch, and the very fact that you can't exactly buy a plane ticket to the area in the first place. Someone tell me if we can really buy a plane ticket to the Faery Realms if you so disagree on that fact. Of course... I wouldn't exactly try and mess with fairies in the first place.

I tried liking the story. I thought first thought it was because of reading The Jungle, which is dreadfully boring, and it may have influenced my thoughts on this one. Then I read Allegiant for awhile and came back to it. It didn't work out well either (and Allegiant didn't bore me).

So simply put, The Ambrose Beacon is not really my cup of tea.

*eats a biscuit and avoids unsweetened tea*

I really hate giving bad reviews. Especially DNFs.

Rating: 2 out of 5 Owls
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple

Title: Illuminating Gracie
Author: Lisa C. Temple

As an old woman’s lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been.

At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company.

But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family’s bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny.

It’s on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine.

“Illuminating Gracie” is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl’s journey from darkness into the light. If you liked “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” you will love the story of Gracie.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Final Omen by Heather Topham Wood

Title: The Final Omen (Second Sight #4)
Author: Heather Topham Wood
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 9, 2013

Psychic Kate Edwards had seen her death in a premonition. She was given the opportunity to stop her murder from happening and finally reconnect with her love Detective Jared Corbett. However, fate had different ideas…

Kate finds herself trapped between life and death. Her only companion is Rose Corbett, Jared’s long dead mother. Rose offers answers to many of Kate’s long-awaited questions and alludes to what the future could hold. However, before Kate can finally be happy, she must complete a seemingly impossible task: save Jared from his own tragic fate.

The Final Omen concludes the thrilling Second Sight series.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 28

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
Happy Sunday peoples of the world! :3 How have you guys been for the first 9 days of November?

Mine has been quite stressful, with lots of reading to be done for the next few weeks. The majority? Required reading. The Catcher in the Rye is quite interesting, despite the fact I hate extremely long passages (Why I Hate Classics). Thankfully, it doesn't have that much...


 And I have to face my first DNF review coming up soon. e_e Help! Someone unstress me since I'm a noobie in that. As in, complete noobie, aside from the very fact of just reviewing in the same usual way, but I think that's pretty obvious?! O_o

It still doesn't mean I'm not scared anymore.

Well, back to the beginning of the week. Tomorrow? One more day closer to Friday, but today? One more day closer to Thanksgiving [break].

Anyone curious on my NaNoWriMo progress? Well, here's mine: 0. Zilch. Nada. Eggo Waffle. Speaking of NaNoWriMo... I'm stuck with at least one post a day (nearly) throughout the entire month except for several days... hmm. Does that count as NaBlogWriMo instead?

Of course, I'm sure it doesn't sound as good as NaNoWriMo. It even sounds weird when I say it out loud.

Last Week

Next Week

  • Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Final Omen by Heather Topham Wood
  • Book Blast + Giveaway: Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple
  • Review: The Ambrose Beacon by Alena Gouveia
  • Book Blitz: Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton
  • Blog Tour: Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech – Review + Giveaway

Book Haul

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (to review... or not to review... that is the question for the ever so dear required reads)
For Review
Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams via Netgalley - Thanks Curiosity Quills Press!

Out of the Cave by Cotton E. Davis - sent from the author - Thanks!
Blogoversary Giveaway ends this Sunday! Click HERE to enter for an Amazon GC and ebook!
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

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ARC Review: Water by Heather James

Elements of Power #2
Author: Heather James
Publication Date: October 19, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

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.

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author for review

     Let me just say a very unfortunate thing: the Elements of Power is unfortunately one of those many – and I really do mean many series that don't make the very greatest impression in my mind.
     But of course, Water has a pretty cover and it has its good moments as well. And it was definitely better than its prequel, Fire.
  • We get a view of the other realms (Brizan and Sephan) as well, aside from the Helian (the majority of where Fire took place) and Arcan realms. :D
  • We also get a view on Brizan powers, along with Jasmine's – well, Jasmine's definitely made some changes/maturity here, along with Brae.
  • O_o I did not get a jaw-dropping surprise about ¾ of the way through. But I did.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

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Review: Interlude by Sarah Godfrey + Victoria DeRubeis

The Marionettes of Myth Saga #2.5
Author: Sarah Godfrey, Victoria DeRubeis
Released Date: October 2013
Publisher: Self Published

In this thrilling novella set after the events of “Fracture the Spider’s Web”, darker things lurk outside the city.

Before Ave and Elliot met the three siblings in a series of events that would change everything, they operated a superhuman detective business. Finally, with the first break they’ve had since the train wreck began, Ave and Elliot have a chance to take on new cases, and someone wants to join them.

The newest mission tells of strange grinding noises and disappearing machine parts during the dark October nights of the sparsely populated oil country in rural Pennsylvania. A promise of good fun. But, as Yuuhi says, there has never been a case that has gone as expected, and there’s never been a case that has ended well.

Set a month after the collapse of the overpasses, “Interlude” shows the unwinding of events through the eyes of other characters and boasts the usual quirks and laughs of the cast – plus a twist of horror.

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by the authors for review

     I was originally planning to read Interlude over Thanksgiving Break. Then I changed my mind and essentially decided to read it while waiting to find out another lovely required reads assignment, which literally drowned me in a pile of book trouble last week. e_e
     (I managed to finish Interlude during Advisory. It lightened my load a bit. Though I prefer carrying thousands of virtual books over 3 heavy ones all day around school. :p)
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Blog Tour: Arbitrate - Playlist + Giveaway

Tour Schedule
Title: Arbitrate (Daynight #2)
Author: Megan Thomason
Buy Link: Amazon
Remember The Second Chance Institute (SCI). Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. They’ve stepped up their game on Earth and on Thera—infiltrating political parties, preying on the downtrodden, and planning offensive maneuvers. The SCI’s abuse of their charter leads to Arbiter oversight and bitter consequences.
Remember Kira Donovan. Broken, burdened, and evading those who wish her harm, Kira enlists the Arbiters’ help when forced to return to the clutches of the SCI and her angry, estranged love.
Remember Blake Sundry. Exiled, determined, and packing an agenda, Blake seeks assistance on Earth and Thera to use his newfound knowledge to bring down the SCI.
Remember Ethan Darcton. Overworked, emotional, and holding a grudge, Ethan hunts down his stolen property, but finds himself in awkward territory, stuck between the Arbiters and the SCI.
Full of action, competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, arbitrate is Megan Thomason’s third installment in the award-winning daynight series after daynight and clean slate complex (a daynight story).
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Book Blitz + Giveaway: I Am Just Junco Omnibus by J.A. Huss

Title: I Am Just Junco Omnibus (I Am Just Junco #1-3)
Author: J.A. Huss
Publication Date: November 4, 2013

Clutch~Fledge~Flight (1,152 pages) – the first three books in the epic science fiction fantasy saga that spans five full length novels and one novella. The final book, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.

Nineteen year old Rural Republic sniper, Junco Coot, has been lied to. Not once or twice, but pretty much everyone she ever trusted is totally full of sh*t. And now her father is dead, she’s on the run, and everyone wants a piece of her—including one winged alien warrior named Tier.

But the truth always catches up and Junco has to choose who she should trust. The people who have lied and trained her to kill since she was a small child? Or the warriors who want to steal her away and use her as the catalyst in a plot to fight the final battle in an ancient war?

It’s a choice that will change her fate forever. And once it’s made—there’s no turning back. Life becomes nothing but brutal killing in the name of vengeance. But everything requires sacrifice—everything has a price. And Junco is about to find out what it means to dedicate herself to saving someone else.

Junco is not young adult. She has a foul mouth and violent tendencies.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Valkyrie Series by T.G. Ayer

Title: Dead Radiance (The Valkyrie #1)
Author: T.G. Ayer
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: February 25, 2012
Publisher: Infinite Ink (ebook version by Evolved Publishing)

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras - Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn't helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human. Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she'd never belonged?
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Review: Senshi by Cole Gibsen

Katana #2
Author: Cole Gibsen
Released Date: March 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux

Is Rileigh’s only hope for salvation to team up with her sworn enemy?

Rileigh Martin just wants to do normal teenage things, like go on romantic dates with Kim, her boyfriend and past life soul mate. Although that seems impossible when she’s the reincarnation of Senshi, a fifteenth century samurai warrior. After a ninja ambush leaves her unable to control her ki powers, Rileigh vows to get them under control before her friends lose more than their eyebrows. But when Kim leaves her for his past life betrothed and the other samurai stop talking to her, Rileigh realizes she doesn’t have any friends left to worry about.

As the ninja attacks increase, Rileigh learns that the reincarnated kunoichi, a powerful female ninja, wants to kill her in order to reclaim her destructive powers. Alone and with increasingly unstable powers, Rileigh’s only offer of help comes from Whitley, her sworn past life enemy. Rileigh knows she doesn’t stand a chance against the kunoichi by herself, but Whitley’s sudden allegiance might be hiding a much deadlier agenda.

     Well, I'll admit Katana felt like a stand alone – with the "oh, hey, they lived happily ever after! There's no more!" And I actually did think Katana was a stand alone.
     But then Goodreads spoiled everything. -_- I can't believe you would do that to me, Goodreads.
     Well, not exactly. I really wouldn't have known Katana had a sequel without Goodreads, but with the announcements every single day (Katana was a book club read in October) at school about preordering Senshi, I'm bound to know eventually.
     Or the county library would have said, "hey, there's a sequel!" right after I returned Katana in Ebooks Library Lend101. Go figure.
     Moving on.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Lessons Learned by Jillian Neal

Title: Lessons Learned (The Gifted Realm #2)
Author: Jillian Neal
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: October 30, 2013

One, breathtakingly hot, passion-filled, night ignites a fire in his soul. Everything in his world should be nothing short of perfection…but he is Rainer Lawson.

His wild evening with Emily is the Realm’s front-page story. Could he have lost the respect of the man that has been like a father to him? Could his family’s hard-earned fortune really dissolve before his very eyes?

Evil rapidly cinches its chokehold, and everything his father fought and died for threatens to implode. Rainer attempts to protect those that he loves and satisfy the fiery passions between he and Emily, but everything in his world is spinning wildly out of control. His desire to prove himself could very well be his undoing.

Sometimes the best of intentions are not enough, but perhaps it is the trials by fire that make the man. Steel sharpens steel, and the passions burn white hot in “Lessons Learned.”
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 27

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
     The worst thing is when you never realized the library bought another copy of The Iron Traitor and that you're second on the hold list and then you have well... a few books added on top of it.
     Oh, gods, I'm reading 6+ books. That was not what I was planning. What the monkeys did I do?!?!?!
Of course, I'm not mad about it.
     So basically I had to rush through a novella (it was a review request), try and finish the review by Wednesday – okay, I was able to adjust so I didn't have to go through that much of a rush, and schedule the post at the last remaining earliest date I can make it, lest I want to make the authors wait for a month or do a double post.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Bookwyrming Thoughts Turns One! (Plus Giveaway)

     There is no manual on what to say in a blogoversary post. My thoughts at first?
     Well, that kind of stinks. I guess I'll have to tread through the waters and go from there in the hopes I don't fail miserably in the process (I probably will).
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Friday, November 1, 2013


Book Blitz: The Dream Slayer Series by Jill Cooper

 Title: The Dream Slayer (The Dream Slayer #1)
Author: Jill Cooper
Link: Goodreads

When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.

Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart. Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.

Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness.
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