Monday, September 30, 2013

~NERD BLAST~ Starling by Angela Corbett 1 + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to the Eternal Starling Nerd Blast!! I LOVE the cover of this book 
and am super excited to get my hands on the next one too!!  Take a minute to
check it out and enter the giveaway!!

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them. Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang.

All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men. For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

About Angela Corbett

As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. She started writing poetry in elementary school and worked as a journalist in high school and college, but could never leave her love for writing fiction behind.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and escaping in a good book. She lives in Utah with her incredibly supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.

Eternal Starling is her debut novel and the first book in the Emblem of Eternity trilogy.


Friday, September 27, 2013

**REVIEW** The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Release Date:  August 20, 2013
Published By:  Bloomsbury
Length: 480 Pages
Review Copy: Hardcover, provided by publisher for honest review


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It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

  This is not a light and easy read, it is complex and wonderful.  I think this book is the first in a long time to actually challenge me and make me pay close attention to all of the details because even one missed detail could cause confusion later on.  Now this did cause me some problems in the start because I am used to retaining all of the details automatically but with such an intricately woven story you must pay better attention than the average read.  You are thrust right into a different version of our world (Scion London) and start the journey without skipping a beat.  There is many layers to this book but once you grasp them everything takes right off.

  The plot in this one is dense and takes some time to actually get into.  This is because of all of the details that there is to take in and organize.  Basically you have all of the details of the different types of Clairvoyance there is and the different sections of the underworld (were all of the voyants live outside of the law, kind of organized crime).  Admittedly there is a legend in the front that tells you about the types and the names but flipping back to it to see where each one stands is a bit tedious.  However it is more than worth it to become a part of this book.  Every page read and every new detail just bring the complex and different world to life.  The complexity of it all becomes compelling and just proves to pull you in deeper, wanting to know more about the how and what.  Sometimes there are moments that feel like there is too much to take in but once you start you really don't want to stop.

  Paige is a fighter.  Though she is a voyant she tries to remain tied to her old life through her father which is a dangerous thing but she can not abandon the man that loves her and raised her.  It is this that really causes her end.  She lives a life that may not be glorious but she feels free enough, until the moment that even that is taken from her.  Her powers are far greater than she ever imagined and that makes her more valuable than even her boss believed she was but being this valuable is dangerous, it does not grant her peace of mind and safety.  Her capture only furthers her powers and even though she tries to fight it, it seems that she is meant to grow.  Her growth starts right at the start and continues to the final pages, she was not a weak minded person but what she can do was developed and presented bit by bit.  She is definitely not a simple heroine but she is a captivating one. 

  There is no full blown romance to this book but there are moments that there could have been.  Paige seemed to grow to care for her Rephaite keeper Warden.  Not that she wants to or will admit it, heck the guy is the enemy and basically her handler but there is something different about him and there is no denying that right from the start.  He has a more humane side that most other Rephaim do not seem to have and treats her differently than other keepers do their voyants.  There is also many other factors that keep the emotion at bay, like her feelings for another and her friends that would not stand for something between the two.  As it stands most treat her differently as her coats progress, even though she has no desire to please those that have taken her.

  There are many characters in this book that I would love to carry on about but I would love for you guys to pick this one up yourselves and become a part of the world and learn the people that I came to be intrigued with.  I can not tell you that this will not be a complex read or that it will be easily digested because it is involved but that is the authors love and detail that she has put into creating something that is unique and interesting.  This read definitely stands out from anything that I have thrown myself into lately and though the ending was okay, knowing that there will be more to come I am eagerly awaiting the chance to dive back into Samantha Shannon's beautifully crafted world.  Pick this one up if you are looking for something that will make you think and then pull you right in.

  A life support machine kept my vitals ticking over.  I looked dead, and in a way I was: my spirit was detached, in part, from my body.  It was a crime for which I could have faced the gallows.

  He walked to the armoire.  My eyes were hot with anger.  I could almost hear Jax scolding me.  You really are a silly thing.  Look at you, with dewdrops in your shiners.  Raise your head, O my lovely!  What do you want   sympathy?  Pity?  You wont find that from him, just like you didn't find it from me.  The world is an abattoir, my mollisher.  Raise those barking irons, now.  Let me see you give him hell.

"The ather has made its mark on both of us.  It has recognized our tendency to protect one another, and now we are sworn to protect each other always.  We are bound together by a golden cord."

  "You are not afraid of danger, Paige.  I think you thrive on it.  You agreed to work for Jaxon Hall, knowing it would significantly reduce your lifespan.  Knowing the risk of detection."

Thursday, September 26, 2013

~~NERD BLAST~~ The Violet Hour by Whitney A. Miller +GIVEAWAY

So excited to be a part of this blast!!!  This book sounds amazing and I 
hope you guys enjoy and good luck with the Giveaway!!

The voice inside me is breaking free. I can’t stop her.

Harlow Wintergreen, daughter of the leader of a powerful religious organization called VisionCrest, has a dark and dangerous secret. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with visions of a violent and bloody alternate reality. And even worse, Harlow fears that this terrifying voice could take control of her.

Traveling with the VisionCrest elite on a PR expedition through Asia, Harlow struggles to keep her mind under control. But the more she resists, the more her mental state deteriorates, making her visions bleed into reality. When people start dying, Harlow must expose her secret to the boy she loves and face the monster within her . . . or else be consumed by it.

About the Author

Whitney A. Miller lives in San Francisco with her husband and a struggling houseplant. She’s summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden the Trans-Siberian rails, bicycled through Vietnam, done the splits on the Great Wall of China, and evaded the boat police in Venice, but her best international adventures take place on the page!

This Giveaway is part of the blast and is INT!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The second in a thrilling new fantastical mystery series

Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies. 

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.

Expected Release:  March 4, 2014
Published By:  Tor Teen
Format: Hardcover, 336

Why I am Waiting

  1. Well I will start with the fact that I loved The Nightmare Affair and am excited to read more.
  2. Though I do not love this cover quite as much as I did the first it still catches my eye and does thankfully go with the first book.
  3. Flat out: Looking forward to more Eli!!  Not to mention Dusty and her attitude <3
  4. What is wrong with the dreams?! Who is messing with them now?!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Waterproof by Amber Garr - Release Day Party!

It's September 24th and that means that Waterproof has finally arrived!

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Dying of thirst is the new reality.

Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.

Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart.

A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?

In this life, it pays to be waterproof.



About the Author

Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of Waterproof,  The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, and the upcoming Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

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Excerpt 2

Vivienne yelled out and I whipped my head around to see what happened. The last man standing held an impressive hunting knife in his hand, while Vivienne had a fresh cut on her arm. Still, she held steady, sword gripped tightly in front of her, legs in a fighting stance.

Something stirred inside of me at the sight. Time slowed when I watched her wield the sword like an ancient warrior. It was hard to imagine that just a few years ago we were in high school worrying about football games and which party to go to on the weekend. Now we stayed in abandoned houses, scrounged for water, and spent most of our lives running. If things had been different, Vivienne and I would be graduating college this year. I had plans to go into medicine, and she wanted to be a vet. Funny how those dreams seemed so far away now.

A loud thump echoed through the now darkened night. She almost fell to the ground with the amount of momentum needed to decapitate the man. He dropped to his knees like a sinner begging for mercy, head rolling further down the hill. My stomach fluttered with admiration and annoyance.

“I didn’t need your help,” I said to her, getting up on my feet and trying not to wince at my injuries.

“Sure,” she huffed. Ripping her bandana off her face she tore it in two. “Here, wrap that up.” She nodded toward the tear in my sleeve and I stubbornly yanked the cloth out of her hand.

“I had everything under control,” I said between clenched teeth. It was the only way to mask the pain. “How did you know where to find me?”

“I followed the girly shrieks,” she said without missing a beat. I looked down at her in time to see a smirk pull at the corner of her mouth. “Let me do it.”

Once again, I allowed Vivienne to rescue me. It killed every part of that male ego inside, but I knew she’d let me do the same for her. In fact, I had. We always saved each other.

“Ow,” I said when she tightened the bandana a little too rough around my arm.

“Stop being a baby.”

“Stop showing off your man strength.”

She pulled even tighter but let a small laugh escape. I sucked in a breath at that sound, realizing how close I’d come to never hearing it again.

“Are you hurt anywhere else?” she asked, turning me around and patting her hands along my body. I froze, trying to ignore how comforting her touch felt. We’d been friends for years, and she was the only person in this world I trusted. Why had I risked so much for this run?

I stepped away from her, not liking where my thoughts were headed. “I’m fine,” I mumbled. “Stop mothering me.”

“I wouldn’t have to if you’d listen to me.” She stopped in front of my face and stared me down. I stood a little over six feet tall and she was just a few inches shorter. Together with that glare, almost any man would cower under her. “Was it worth it?”


“The water. How much did you get?”

I hung my head in embarrassment. “I had eight, but they shot through one. So six, I guess.”

“Six bottles?” She looked impressed.

“No, six liters.” Silence.

“You just made me kill three men for six liters of water?”

I shuffled my feet. “You only killed two.”

She reached out so quickly, I couldn’t defend myself. Both hands pushed against my chest and I stumbled back, falling to the ground.

“I could make it three,” she hissed. “I should kill you for your stupidity alone.”

Seriously now go forth and BUY!!!  How could you not want to between that synopsis
and that cover!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

**REVIEW** The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Release Date:  August 13, 2013
Published By:  Bantam
Length:  320 pages
Review Copy:  Provided by publisher for honest review.


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A rich portrait of post-Victorian England, The Deepest Nightseamlessly blends thrilling romance with riveting history and adventure—perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Lauren Kate.

It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities.

As war hits Britain’s shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities. At the request of Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora will spend her summer at his lavish estate. To help the war effort—and to keep Lora by his side—Armand turns his home into a military hospital, where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection that runs thicker than blood.

Yet while Lora tries to sort out her own feelings toward Armand, fate offers an unexpected surprise. Lora discovers there is another drákon, a prisoner of war being held in Germany. And that only she, with her newly honed Gifts, will be able to rescue him.

With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.

Beautifully written, deeply romantic, and filled with daring adventure and magic, The Deepest Night is a mesmerizing novel of the enduring pull of destiny, and the eternal strength of love.

  Beautiful, smart and breathtaking, The Deepest Night was every bit as wonderful as The Sweetest Dark.  There were many differences but the writing that had me so completely hooked was every bit as spectacular.  Shana Abe's writing and brilliant tales with twisted history and fantasy woven throughout are so easy to fall into.  These books are more than just a historical fantasy, they are also emotional and consuming.  Every bit the novel that reminds you why young adult is unique and beautiful.

  Everything starts off not too long after the last book ended and I could still feel the bittersweet ending that we left off on.  Lora still mourns her lost love and has to worry now about school ending and a life that may be in another orphanage but the stars have always had a greater plan for her.  In those plans is Armand and though he does not play the part that he wishes to, he is more twisted into her future than she could imagine.  When the announcement is made that she will not be going to an orphanage but to Tranquility (Armand's home) she is shocked but there is more to it than that.  Lora must do the impossible and rescue someone over enemy lines...but he isn't just someone he is like Armand. Life is changing and everything is much more of a risk and there is much more to lose but Lora is willing to risk it.

  Lora grew a lot in this installment.  She had her moments where she doubted and became the closed orphan girl that she was but I think the journey that she took pushed whatever was left of that girl out.  There is no real room for weakness and doubt, so Lora has no choice but to push through it and learn to let go of what she holds onto.  Though she can not let go of everything she does grow more powerful and start to have more faith and control over what she is, it seems that the more she embraces it the more control she has.  I enjoy Lora, the fact that she has logical thought and  does not let emotion rule her.  She does not just fall into the arms of the next man waiting for her but mourns and lets things progress naturally, grow into something.  As I said there was never really a love triangle but there was always more than one person vying for her attention and the one being lost does not sway her resolve not to be the girl that just changes heart at the drop of a hat.

  Armand was a larger focus in this novel.  Though Lora is the star he now holds a larger share in the story now.  Still drawn to Lora but it seems he knows that it is more than a simple infatuation or the fact that they share being Drakon in common.  With the one that taught Lora all she knew no longer standing with them it is just him and Lora to figure it all out.  I admit that I saw things going a little differently with him and his changes and once I was almost paralyzed with fear but his change was never meant to be like Lora's.  No what Armand can do is something completely different and I was shocked when it came about but it was most convenient when it did and I couldn't help but smile when I found out how it came about.  This boy has taken on more responsibility and become someone completely different in this book but I found myself more drawn to him and my heart breaking for him at times.

  With more action and a deeper look into the war and the characters this was an outstanding sequel.  Shana Abe is quickly becoming one of the authors that I will watch for.  Her writing, her characters and the evolution of the story are beautiful and highly addictive.  I find myself torn between loving the bittersweet ending of the first book or the beautiful yet sad in a way ending of this book.  Honestly they were both good endings for the books and could have been the end of the series but what pulled at me with this one was the epilogue.  The epilogue tells me that there will be more and I hope that it was not a horrible tease and this was it because I feel that there is to be so much more to this wonderful series and I am anxious for the moment when the story continues.

You're waiting for the moment that I Turn into something more than just smoke.  You're waiting for Lora the dragon.
  Lora-of-the-moon, Jesse used to call me.  It's not yet.  But soon.

All those names flung at me recently, beast, bitch, thing, were true.  If they were insults, then I would rip them inside out and make them my own.

I was not useless.  I was small and marked with a strange magic; I was different, but I would not be useless.  Not by Sophia, not by Deirdre or Chloe.  Not by anyone.  I had my own kind of power, and even if practically no one else know of it or understood it   even if I didn't fully understand it   it was real.  It existed. 

Only a few weeks ago I'd been the outcast charity student seated on a stage before some of the most wealthy and powerful people in the kingdom, but now I, Eleanore Jones   a girl without a true home or a past or even a middle name   was on my way across enemy lines to save the life of a man I'd never met.  Because I could.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September... I mean August TBR Challenge GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the LATE August TBR Pile Challenge Giveaway!! 
**Note if you haven't signed up yet click the button above to head to the linky!

I know that I am a little  A LOT behind in my post and I am sorry for that!! Many of you have been kicking your TBR piles butt!!! I however have not...  I deviated from my chosen path A LOT and wandered off into the whatever.  I am not too far off of my goal but with school starting and many crazy events I have lost track and need to figure it all out again...  I will update you all this weekend :)  

Also due to my tardiness Rachel from Fiktshun has been kind enough to let you all link up your August reviews in her linky.  The catch is that you have to  enter the "August" giveaway here!  So you link you review there but enter here but only for AUGUST, September is all on Fiktshun <3

To enter this giveaway you MUST be signed up for the 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. If you're not, then please don't enter. I will be checking the entries to see if they are taking part in the challenge. 

If you are taking part, all you have to do is link up your reviews through the Linky which I will have set up at the bottom. And then use the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway.  Please just submit the review yo linked up once!! I will delete ALL of your entries if you try to double up. *Sorry but I want to make sure this is fair.

NOTE: You can only use each review ONCE. If you haven't used reviews from previous months to enter a giveaway, you can use them. But after a review has been used on any of the monthly giveaway on any of the host blogs you CAN'T use that review again as an entry.   Once again I will check!

2nd NOTE:  This is for AUGUST REVIEWS ONLY!!  You can link everything on Fiktshun but my giveaway is for your AUGUST reviews ONLY!

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

**REVIEW** Toxic by Jus Accardo

Release Date:  October 16, 2012Published By: Entangled TeenFormat: Paperback, 317Review Copy: Purchased


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When a Six saved Kale's life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she'd lose the one thing she'd give anything to keep... And as if it's not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez's problems.

After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice--surrender to Denazen for the cure...or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn't involve being bagged and tagged--or losing someone she loves--Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there's a traitor among them. Jade.

Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there's any hope of proving Jade's guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead...

  Picking up a Jus Accardo novel is as easy as breathing, but way more fun.  Yes we need to breathe to live but we need amazing reads like this to keep us alive and entertained.  I had purposely pushed off reading this one right after its release and waited for Tremble to come out because I knew that when I finished that I would be pulling my hair out waiting for the next novel and I love my hair.  Glad to have made that call but the emotional ups and downs of this one still pull at me

  Dez and Kale are now living on the safer side of things and not having to watch their backs for Denazen agents 24/7...well mostly.  Though that sounds all fine and dandy it isn't.  There is so much at stake and new odds against the two, so despite their seemingly safe haven there is a storm brewing.  The storm consists of old threats, new threats and even some that seem to be hidden in plain sight.  That's the thing about a sense of security, only so much of it is true the rest is an illusion.  Heck even with all of he hyped up security there still manages to be a lot of action and tension because it just wouldn't be very Dez if everything went smoothly.  It is Accardo's ability to  take all of these situations twist them, mold them into one seamlessly addictive, superbly paced story that defines all of this as a Denazen novel.

  I still can't get enough of Dez and her snark.  Not that she walks are as a bundle of attitude but she does not deal well with people that get in her way or try and manipulate her.  Thinking of it really it is a problem with most forms of authority and that also extends out into Kale.  I can genuinely say that I can feel her care and feelings for the guy and more importantly she gets him.  I would be worried about spoiling the book for you if it weren't for the synopsis but my heart began to break when Dez began to loose her immunity to Kale.  Yes it was expected but I had high hopes like Dez that something would give and all would be right in the world.  Truthfully I think that the deterioration of her immunity caused a great deal of Dez like self destruction but the outside forces at work did not really help.  Basically what I am trying to express is that Dez is still Dez, given that she is a tad more angry than normal but it is 100% understandable.

  Now Kale and his romance with Dez is difficult for the reason mentioned above but it is more than that.  It is the devil that they call Jade that causes many, many unnecessary issues.  Not that she does it without realizing but she does it on purpose and I seriously want to kick her...okay I realize that is violent but the girl not only gets a rise out of Dez every time she is there but she gets one out of me.  Heck in my head I am screaming "fight, fight, fight, fight" I feel like I am not the adult I am supposed to be but the teen that would show her who's, who if I were Dez.  Jade does add a little competition from the Dez POV but seriously do any of you remember Kale...?!  He is not stupid but when it comes to anything but when it comes to Jade and her intentions he is blind. This causes relationship hiccups but don't all the worthwhile relationships have them?  It also makes me want to shake the crap out of him and ask him WTF he is thinking.  I still love Kale in his hardened and yet somehow innocent ways but I hope that his eyes are a little more open next time.

  I am once again blown away by Jus Accardo's supreme writing skills.  Toxic was every bit the literary treat that Touch was and has me begging for more as soon as the book is though.  What still continues to blow me away is just how original the story and the characters are.  There is no generic anything in this series it seems and it just makes  me look even more forward to each new novel.  I'm not sure how to really describe this novel or Touch, maybe I should look back at my review on Touch and see but at this moment all I can think of is X-Men with more awesome and less spandex...well no spandex.  This is a series that I would honestly tell everyone and anyone to pick up, so what are you waiting for?! GO GET IT!

  Kale's jaw tightened, and he took a single step back.  "Nothing is lost.  This is temporary.  We can fix it.  I can learn to control it   Ginger said so."  His voice wavered a bit, and I wasn't sure if he was trying to convince me   or himself.

  "'Um' doesn't sound good.  Why are you 'um'-ing?" I took a step forward.  "Don't 'um'!"  Someone had pissed in karma's cereal and blamed it on me.  Tonight nothing seemed to be going right.

  By what would have been fifth period, my concentration was shot.  All I could think about was Kale.  And Jade.  Our weekdays were going to make one hell of a soap.  And probably a messy bloodbath.

  Looking from Kale to Alex, Ginger said. "I don't like cabbage.  Do you see me taking on the produce section of the food store?"  I couldn't help the giggle that slipped from my lips.  A mental image of Ginger beating down a horde of cabbage as a swarm of carrots parachuted down from planes circling above popped into my head.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

~Waiting on Wednesday~ Fates by Lanie Bross

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
I have not posted a WoW post in quite sometime.  Life has been demanding and 
I have been trying desperately to catch up on the ARC's I have and getting things 
timed out just right but when I stumbled upon this I knew I had to start doing the 
WoW posts again!!  So here is the book that restarted it all!

What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?
One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

Expected Release: February 11, 2014
Published By:  Delacorte Books
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages

Why I am Waiting

  1. Fate + Love...  Well right there I am hooked and in but add the twisted fate and I am wishing I had this book now!
  2. I know this is an odd reason but when it comes to Random House and its imprints I have yet to want a book of their and be let down while reading it.
  3. From the synopsis alone I NEED to know what happens.  I mean I hope that there is a loop hole that they can find but you never know...
  4. The cover!! I am a cover snob and not that I judge a book entirely on its cover but who could pass up something that pretty?!

Monday, September 16, 2013

**REVIEW** Rourk by Julia Crane

Release Date:  June 13, 2013
Published By:  Valknut Press
Length: 109 pages
Review Copy: Kindle, provided by author for honest review

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Rourk Kavanagh is an elite elfin warrior, and a member of a human Special Forces team. During a routine mission in Afghanistan, he crosses paths with a dark supernatural creature—a d'jinn. 

His world gets turned upside down when the unthinkable happens: Keegan, his one true love, is kidnapped by an evil d'jinn. The d'jinn is seeking revenge for the death of his brother at Rourk's hands.

Fueled by fear over the potential loss of his wife, Rourk has only one thought—embrace the rage.

*Note: If you have not read the Keegan Chronicles
this may contain spoilers but read on!

  My love for Julia Crane started with Keegan's Chronicles but it didn't stop there.  I knew that she was continuing the series that I had fallen in love with, with novella's.  Sadly I have not picked up a couple of them but when Julia offered me a copy of Rourk I was beyond excited.  Rourk was and still is one of my favorite YA guys out there and this read only made my love more solid.  

  If you haven't read the Keegan Chronicles you can still read this as a stand alone but you would ultimately be skipping the journey that got this couple to where they are.  As a married couple Keegan and Rourk are happy but live with long separations because of Rourk's position in the military but that is unimportant when everything starts to pull apart in one of the single most important moments of their lives.  The plot went to places that broke my heart and reduced me to tears.  Despite that Crane did a phenomenal job taking the fantasy world she had created and twisting it up into the world we know.  Even the military components were done wonderfully.  

  Oh Rourk...  My heart goes out to you and your unmovable love for Keegan, not to mention the tragic events that awaited you within the 109 pages of this novella.  His heart is a force that should not be messed with and this goes for not only Keegan but the guys in team as well.  There is a lot of loss in this read but it only spurs the fire that is within him.  He is a warrior through and through, there is nothing that he wont do to protect those he loves and trust me you don't want to be the one that messes with him.  Beyond all that though I liked that you saw most of this through Rourk.  Keegan has a voice as well but this was more about the trails that they face through his eyes.

  As I mentioned you do get some from Keegan and there is not point in me divulging the relationship part of this read because it is a given but you do get a little more on Keegan's family and some of Thaddeus.  Maybe it is because I have not revisited the main series as I had hoped but it was nice to see how everyone was and be reminded of just how special each of the family members are.  Crane does this without doing information dumps and strategically places everyone that is of importance throughout the book, giving them each their own importance in this continued story.

  Julia Crane never fails to amaze me, even when she is making my heart break for the characters that I thought had gone through as much as she could possibly put them through.  Undoubtedly this is an Author that is not afraid to put her characters and readers through hell but she also brings everything back together and repair it to be just a little bit stronger.  I love this series and if the other novella's are as amazing as this (which I am sure they are) I am kicking myself for not getting on the Crane Novella Train sooner!  Pick this up if you are a fantasy lover because I know that you will not regret it!! 

  His heart thudded in his chest, like it always did when she was near.  He could keep his heart rate steady in battle, but around Keegan, it raced.  There was also an undercurrent of electricity that coursed through his body at her touch, at the way she embraced him with nothing but her thin cotton night clothes between them.

Pain radiated through Rourk's chest, but he ignored it.  Instead, his thoughts went to his beautiful wife.  He couldn't wait to get home and wrap his arms around her.  He missed everything about her.

"Keegan, remember everything happens for a reason."  He let go and grabbed his bag from the ground.
  "what does that mean?" Keegan asked, feeling panic rising in her chest.
  Thaddeus stared at her for a long moment and then, without another word, turned and walked through the gate. 

Rourk had figured as much.  If Keegan could have disappeared she would have found a way out.  Take away the magik, and the playing field was uneven.

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