30 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #8

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2) by A. C. Gaughen

Release Date: 11th February 2014


Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

I read the first book Scarlet last year and I absolutely enjoyed it and when I found out there was going to be more I was really excited. Still got a little bit of a wait for it but I am still really excited.
What's your WOW? 

Blog Tour: Book Review: Vampire World by Rich Douglas

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Blog Tour for Vampire World by Rich Douglas


A popular teen is bitten by a vampire during a steamy night of making out with her boyfriend. After the bite, she wakes up in a cruel orphanage in Vampire World, with no memory of her past. She’s left with very little; only fangs, pale skin and a keen desire for blood. Marissa, who’s named Janice in Vampire World, escapes the ghastly orphanage thanks to Mr. John FreeCut, an old, benevolent vampire who adopts Janice because he wants to foster children he could never have. He says her parents died in a crash. Beautiful, innocent and thrust into an enigmatic world she has no memory of, Janice must face many challenges. The grueling blood hostess job. The multiple stalkers and creepers who are hungry for her and her blood. The dizzying fireball competition. And most challenging, the fact that she doesn’t look or act like a vampire. Janice is emotionally overwhelmed. Thankfully she makes some friends, including Brett BloodCut. Brett and Janice are immersed in a passionate romance, and Brett helps Janice adjust to her new world by giving her the love, confidence and knowledge she needs to survive as a vampire. Janice finds a way to succeed in such a problematic world. Things go well for Janice, though not for long. A stranger knows the truth about her past. Slowly but surely Janice discovers the truth that she is being lied to by the ones she loves. She must learn the secret behind TriFang, and ultimately accept the stinging reality that things are not always what they seem. Could the truth ever be so bloody?

My Review:

Format: earc
Published: 1st June 2013
Pages: 378
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Janice/Marissa
Date Read: 8th October - 16th October 2013
Rating Given:
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I was invited to join a blog tour for this book and it sounded like it would be my kind of thing. However I was very disappointed in it as it just didn't do anything for me.
I am a little undecided on the cover as I kind of like it but then there are times when I don't like it. I do like the blood on the girl's arm although at first I thought it was a glove. I love the posture now that I have read the book as I get why she is doing what she is doing.
When I first started this book I thought it might be good once I got further into it but that just never happened. I do think it had a huge potential to be really good as all the ingrediants where there but it just came out a bit burnt. I felt like the vampire side of the story was very cheesy and also predictable. The romance wasn't believeable as it was an instant love, and although I do like this sometimes in this case it just didn't feel right. They kept secrets from each other and they both forgave very easily especially considering how mad they where. I felt everything was too rushed and not given a chance to understand what is happening but I do think that maybe if the book was longer or split into another book then this could have been a brilliant book. I felt like for the most part it was a rather shallow book as everything came down to looks and money. There was times when there was a little bit of depth but then it just got lost. I did like the bit of action that was in there but again I just felt it wasn't given enough room to breathe.
I didn't like any of he characters as like I said in the last paragraph they where really shallow especially the main character. I really didn't like Janice/Marissa as not only was she shallow but she was very selfish as well. Brett was an ok character but he was annoying. I think that my favourite character would have to be Mr.FreeCut but even he had some secrets!
Overall I actually wouldn't have finished the book if it wasn't for taking part in the Blog Tour as it just wasn't what I was expecting and not in a good way.
Book Link: Goodreads

Purchase Links: Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback


Author Bio

I am from New Orleans, Lousiana and I write young adult novels, fantasy and science fiction.  My new novel, Vampire World, is now available. If you enjoy reading paranormal YA fiction, please check this out now. The Magical Tale of Eliza Felding, Book 1 of a trilogy, takes place in New Orleans one year after Hurricane Katrina. It involves teens, romance and tons of magic.  The Secret of the Dogs is a children's book about four very different dogs (a Basenji, a Greyhound, a Pomeranian and an Airdale Terrier) who go on a quest to rescue a young boy that is being abused by his father. I love writing, teaching, storm chasing, traveling and drinking orange soda.

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29 October 2013

Entangled Embrace Pre-launch Blog Tour: Ruined by Jus Accardo

Hell is looking for a way to break loose…

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.

Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.
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Author Bio
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
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Entangled Embrace Pre-launch Blog Tour: Book Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Entangled: Embrace Publishing
Published: 28th October 2013
Pages: 334
Genre: New Adult, Modern Day Re-Telling, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Spring, Henry
Date Read: 7th September - 10th October 2013
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Publishers:

Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle. 

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens. 

“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly. 

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't
help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically.  As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in. 

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride. 

 This is another book that I was asked if I wanted to review for the pre-launch of Entangled Embrace and to be honest I never read the blurb I just thought the title sounded good and the cover also looked good. So imagine my delight when I found it was a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice which is my all time favourite TV show (Colin Firth as Mr Darcy) and I wasn't let down!

I did really love this cover as it looked like it was romantic and I loved the different font for the title. I also loved that the cover was in black and white which is always a love of mine and then the hint of colour in the title really does stand out. The only things is when reading the book I found that the cover doesn't really tie in with the story which was a let down for me, however I still like it.

As soon as I started this book I just feel in love with it and the only negative thing I can think of is that it wasn't longer and that it's a stand alone I just need more of this story it was so beautifully written. There was a few parts of the story that I remembered happening from Pride and Prejudice but with the modern twist it just made it feel all the more believable. The chemistry between Henry and Spring was undeniable they even sizzled when they argued (which was a lot). This book is definitely one of my all time favourite books which I can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy as it's just too good not to!

The characters I absolutely loved they was just brilliant together and apart. Spring was a very strong female protagonist who had very strong views on how she views the world, then enter Henry who goes against everything she believes in. Henry was also a strong male but he definitely can show his softer side. There was a also a few side characters that where just as good including Mel who I didn't think I would like but the more I got to know her the more I understood why she was one of Spring's best friends. There was some villains of the story too which I didn't like but that's how we are supposed to feel about them as otherwise they wouldn't be the bad guys.

Overall I just love, love, loved this book and I highly recommend anyone to read it as I will bet that you would love it too!
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Author Bio

Ophelia London is the author of ABBY ROAD, the Perfect Kisses series including: PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, the upcoming "still working on the title" (Nov `13), and the new adultDEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE (Oct 28th). She belongs to RWA and DARA.  
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Entangled Embrace Pre-launch Blog Tour: Book Review: Hushed by Kelley York

Format: Kindle
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: 11th November 2013
Pages: 229
Genre: New Adult, Thriller, Romance
Date Read: 16th December 2011 - 21st December 2011
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Publishers:

He’s loved her. Killed for her. Yet he may not be able to save her. 

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids. Since then, he’s never stopped trying to
shelter her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when skipping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, reeled in and tossed out, waiting to be noticed.

Then Evan Bishop breezes into town with a warm smile and calming touch, and Archer can’t deny his attraction to him. Evan is the only person who keeps him around without a single string attached. And the harder Archer falls for Evan, the more he sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and once she finds out Archer’s dark secret, she threatens to expose the truth if she doesn’t get what she wants. And what she wants is for him to end his relationship with Evan...permanently. 

I actually didn't realise that I had already read this book when looking through the books that Entangled: Embrace was wanting to review. So when I read the blurb I thought it sounded good and I asked for it which was accepted. What I am going to do is just update my review and post it again.
The book cover used this time was different (probably why I didn't get that I already read the book) and I have to admit that this one is far better. I love that it's dark and that the models are in the shadows as it definitely ties in better with the actual story.

When I first started Hushed I found myself thinking that I wasn't going to like it but I without noticing I wanted to find out what is going to happen next. I would just read one more chapter before I could stop so I obviously liked it more than what I actually thought I did. Hushed is a very dark and a bit of a twisted book and had me on the edge of my seat especially towards the end. I would have liked a bit more to the ending maybe a few years into the future just so you know if everything worked out.
2011 thoughts: After finishing it I do kind of feel a bit down as it was very dark I don't think it's one I could read again anytime soon as it was a bit depressing.
2013 thoughts: After going through my review I think I will actually read it again in the next couple of weeks!

Even though the main character Archer was a bit of a serial killer I found myself routing for him and trying to think of excuses to why he would do something like that you even end up forgiving him of being a killer. He was a deep character as a lot of the male characters in other books that I have read they seem a bit shallow but I didn't find that being the case with Archer. I loved Evan's character as he was so sweet and caring and you get the relationship between Evan and Archer which I like to see in books as sometimes you just don't get why a certain couple are together but that isn't the case for Evan and Archer. Vivian's character was a hard one because at the beginning you could kind of understand her a bit with going through what she had to go through but then by the end I just couldn't stand her. I think this would be because of us reading it from Archer's point of view we kind of go through his emotions so you kind of think like Archer.

Overall a dark, emotional roller coaster ride that leaves you wanting more.
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Author Bio

Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, Doctor Who, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.

Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.

Her first book, HUSHED, was released by Entangled Publishing in December 2011. Her second and third books, HOLLOWED and SUICIDE WATCH, were released in 2012, and her next Entangled book, MADE OF STARS, is slated for October 1st, 2013. 
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Entangled Embrace Pre-launch Blog Tour: Book Review: Trouble Comes Knocking by Mary Duncanson

Format: Kindle
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: 11th November 2013
Pages: 238
Genre: New Adult, Thriller, Romance
Date Read: 23rd October 2013 -  October 2013
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Publisher:

It’s hard not to answer when trouble comes knocking 

A girl who can’t forget… 

Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer. 

A detective on his first case… 

Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy’s own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he’s gotten far more than he ever bargained for. 

A past that won’t go away… 

When memories from her childhood invade her present, Lucy discovers a mystery bigger than she could have imagined. With the killer still after her, and Eli nowhere to be found, she takes things into her own hands, determined to expose the truth no matter what—before trouble comes knocking…again. 

The Publishers over at Entangled asked people for help to pre-launch there new adult Entangled: Embrace and with me being a fan of new adult books I jumped at the chance and I'm so glad I did as I have read some really good books.
 I'm not a huge fan of the cover although I do like it I just don't love it. I like the way that we have a close up of the girl as usually they are far away so it does make a change.
When I first started this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it as it kept jumping backward and forward in time without any warning which made it a little confusing. Once I got further into it I got used to the style of writing which then became easier to follow. It was also a little slow to start with but again once I got further into the book the more I got hooked on the story. I loved that it was different to any other book that I have read as it made a refreshing change to the types of books that I usually read. With this book instead of the main character being a physic she see's every detail that no on else see's. The romance side of the story was ok but not really believable, I think that if there's going to be another one then it's likely that it will pick up as it seems like there could be a love triangle on the horizon. The ending I loved as it wrapped up most of the story but also left it open for another story which I for one can't wait to read.
I really liked most of the characters there was a couple that wasn't too sure about. Lucy I liked as she was a strong female protagonist who fights for her friends no matter the consequences. Although there was a couple of times when her 'gift' wasn't working as well as what she makes out as I saw a few things that she didn't! John was a character that I'm just not sure about there where times when I thought he was a sweet guy but for most of the time I just didn't see the attraction. Eli is one of my favourite characters in this book as I just loved every side of his character. For the most part of the book I liked Anna but there was something that she has done that I just didn't feel like a true friend would do. Lucy's Aunt Dee was great she was really funny but also fierce.
Overall a slow start but once it gets going it really gets going as it was so addictive.

Author Bio
Mary Duncanson, who also writes as Mary Malcolm, lives in North Texas with a menagerie of animals and feral roommates. She is currently looking to adopt a husband, preferably housebroken, preferably as silly as her. When she’s not corraling her household, she’s talking to the characters in her head and hoping they talk back. When she’s not doing all that, she can be found wandering around Central Market with a happy, drooly foodie look on her face. Do not judge her, it is her Mecca. Mary’s been writing since she was a teenager though spent quite a few
years studying toward becoming a doctor before she realized she wanted to be a full-time author. Unfortunately, the people who own her student loans still want to be paid for the years they supported her medical dreams. Mary lives on a steady diet of coffee and chocolate and believes, like Eleanor Roosevelt, that people should believe in the beauty of their dreams. She also believes people should ignore the word should because really, it’s kind of a judgmental word. Mary dreams of one day living as a full-time, well paid novelist (hint, hint) and also of one day traveling to Chile to pay homage to her soul mate, Pablo Neruda.
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27 October 2013

Showcase Sunday #64

Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog. Click images to take you to Goodreads.
Physical Books
This was a book from Book Mooch that I have had on my wishlist for ages now looking forward to reading it.
Free Kindle Books
There's so many good books on Netgalley I just can't resist!

23 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #7

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Release Date: 19th November 2013!!!

I really can't wait for this book I have a feeling it's going to be epic! Especially with it having Adrian's POV as well :)
I can't wait, I can't wait and once more with feeling I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!
What's your WOW?

20 October 2013

Showcase Sunday #63

Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog. Click images to take you to Goodreads.
No physical books this week.
Kindle Books Bought
Masquerade was only 77p this week, not sure how long it will be at that price so get it while you can!
Free Kindle Books

17 October 2013

Release Day Blitz: Discovery by Brina Courtney

Discovery- FINAL

Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...

 ...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan's.

Now a guy, looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend, has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger, who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death.

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About Brina Courtney


Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.


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16 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #6

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)


Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release date: 2nd November 2013



It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

Another book that I still have a couple of books in the series to read but I still can't wait for this one especially with it being the last one. I can't wait to find out what is going to happen and how it's going to end I think I will have to get the other two books read so that I can read this as soon as I get a copy!
What's everyone else's WOW?