Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#80)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 
Jess's WoW
Rush Too Far (Too Far #1.1)
by Abbi Glines
Release Date: May6th, 2014

Fallen Too Far was Blaire's story. Now it's time for Rush to share his side.

Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story...

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

Jess's thoughts: Another Abbi book but this time from Rush piv. SOLD! I really loved it the first time around and now I can't wait to read it with Rush in my head.
Donna's WoW
Talon (Talon #1)
by Julie Kagawa 
Release Date: October 28th, 2014

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Donna's thoughts: A new Julie Kagawa book, need I say more?!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Book Blitz for Love, Lex by Avery Aste; Except + INT Giveaway

LOVE, LEX (The Undergrad Years #1)
by Avery Aster
Release Date: April 14th, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance/Coming Of Age
Buy: Amazon UK /  B&N


This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right?

—Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships. Interact with Avery while reading Love, Lex on Instagram and Twitter @AveryAster using the hashtags #UndergradYears #NewAdult. Swag and reader contests can be found on Avery’s blog

Excerpt from Chapter Seven: The Ride of My Life

*the set up: Lex and Ford go for a ride on his motorcycle
The bike rolled into the garage and stopped. Ford pushed a button, and the garage lights came on as the door closed. Kicking the stand, he got to his feet and cut the engine.
Mindful of where I sat, he lifted his leg and got off the bike. When he removed his helmet, I noticed his eyes weren’t as dark as before. They had hints of hazel in them. His brow furrowed into a straight line when he caught me staring at him.
Quickly, I looked down at the bike and reached up to take my helmet off.
“Allow me.” His big hands came under my chin. He tilted my jaw upward. “Such a beautiful face, Lex. I like looking at you.”
“Thank you…”
I’d heard the “pretty face but” backhanded compliment my entire life. I waited for him to say, “But your body could use some work.” Or my personal favorite, “It’s a shame you forgot to take care of the rest of you.”
Ford didn’t say anything of the sort. He studied me just as he did back in the jail, from head to toe. I’m so uncomfortable. Not because of anything he’s doing, but because usually that is when men, and sometimes women, stop looking at me all together.
He unfastened my chinstrap and teased, “Let’s see if your hair has static.”
Trying to stand, I laughed nervously.
“Stay seated.” He removed my helmet and placed both his and mine behind me. He swung my right leg to the left side of the bike, framing my body with his. He cupped my face in his hands.
Hot cop fantasy? Heck no. This was real. He was going to…
Ford licked his bottom lip. His facial features strained, becoming serious. The tip of his nose touched mine. I smelled mint when he exhaled. “No roommate. Yup, I live alone.” Then he kissed me.
My head fell back into his grip.
With determination, he tongued me, deeply, clockwise, oh yes even his flippin’ tongue was strong and precise, just like the way he weaved his bike through traffic.
Enthusiastically he unbuttoned the straps on my overalls and then without even looking, still lip-to-lip, he worked the closure on the left side then the right.  The denim flaps fell to the front and the back.
“Stand for a sec.” Ford lifted me up in the air as if I were a weightless feather. He planted both my feet on the ground, and then he shanked the overalls to my ankles.
“Ford—” Before I could finish whatever I was going to say, he lifted up my shirt and swiftly placed me back on the motorcycle. Worried I’d fall, I dug my back into the seat, reached for each handlebar, pulling myself up as I gasped and garbled some words.
He slid his fingers through the purple waistband on my underwear.
My entire body stood to attention.
“I want you naked so I can admire your body, and fuck you, on my bike.”
Air, I needed to breath. Afraid I might pass out, I inhaled through my nostrils and wrapped my arms around his shoulders. “Umm, Ford,” I whispered when he came in to kiss me again.
What the heck was I going to say? “Excuse me, but as hawt as this whole bike thing sounds, my Lady V and I would be more comfortable on a bed, sofa, or even the floor.” I felt as if I might knock the bike over any second now.
“Nervous?” Ford sensed my apprehension.
“Very,” I replied without thinking.
“I told you not to be.” He repositioned himself holding my legs over his right shoulder.
The panties came off. Then he lifted one leg and rested it on his other shoulder. Leaning down, his hands scooped under my back and unfastened my bra. No directions necessary. This dude could do this undressing thing, in the dark.
“But Ford, ya see, I’m—”
That tongue of magic. Thick and velvety, warm and wetter than the spot between my legs, Ford slipped back into my mouth. This time he rotated counterclockwise.
Dang. Ford is an Olympic kisser. For round two, I braced myself in his arms.
Legs spread wide, my ass still sat on the bike.

I'm a thirty-something New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.

My novels that are out now include UNDRESSED, UNSCRUPULOUS, LOVE LEX, and YOURS TRULY TADDY. In 2014 I'll be releasing XO BLAKE, UNSAID, and UNIQUE.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

A Review for The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)Posted by Donna
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Finished Date: March 14th, 2014
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Dystopian
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 416

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? 

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. 


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

The Review: Enthralling, dark and action-packed, The Forever Song is the finale instalment in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series and gosh, what an ending it was! 

After her love Zeke was killed Allison has done the one thing that she said she’d never do. She’s given in to her inner monster and becoming what she is she most fears, just so she doesn’t have to face the pain of losing Zeke. Now on a journey with her sire Kanin and blood brother Jackal to try and stop Sarren from releasing the new virus that will kill everything that walks on the earth. However, Sarren being the true monster he is has left Allison a few surprises on her journey to try and distract her. But can Allison reach Sarren in time before it’s too late?

I feel like I’ve been waiting for The Forever Song for forever, but really it’s only been 3 years. For 3 years we’ve been on the Blood of Eden journey which Julie has created and of course, it was completely amazing. As usual, Julie delivers an epic finale, one that’s unforgettable. Her writing is simply brilliant and even when she’s writing dark stories there’s just something beautiful about her work. She always drags me in from start to finish and whenever I finish a book, I’m left wanting more from her. With quotes like this; "The world went red. Screaming, I leaped down into the middle of the swarm and began laying waste with my katana. Limbs and heads parted for me as I carved my way through the horde. My demon reveled in the chaos and destruction, howling in delight with every body that fell, painting the snow and the cars around me with dark blood." This is the reason Julie is one of my favourite authors! 

Allison has come such a long way and I couldn’t be prouder of the person she’s become. She struggles every day but she’s completely committed to do the right thing. It helps that she has people around her that want to help her like Kanin and Zeke – even Jackal in his own twisted way. The relationship between them all really grows though The Forever Song. The bonds they form are touching and loving. They also bring a lot of humour into the story, especially Jackal. I honestly can’t remember how many times I burst out laughing because of the things he says. Simply brilliant! 

The plot of the story was fast paced and really entertaining. I was so pleased with the outcome of the story – although sad for one characters future but I could see why things needed to be that way. And honestly, by the end of the story, I still wanted more even though I was completely satisfied as a reader. I definitely believe Jackal could have his own standalone book. I’d love for him to find love and I think it would be really epic to what that happen. 

In all, Julie Kagawa has done it again and delivered an epic end to an awesome series. And this makes me even more excited to read Talon. 

Favourite Quotes: "Hey, minions! Daddy's home, and he's not happy! But because I'm such a nice guy, I'm going to give you a choice. You can make it easy for yourself and blow your brains out right now, or I can slowly twist your head around until it pops right off your neck. Your move!" 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Showcase Sunday (#48)

Showcase Sunday is a new weekly meme hosted by Vicky @ Books Biscuits and Tea. We will now be taking part in Showcase Sunday instead of In My Mailbox. If you'd like to join see HERE for more details.

For Review:

eBooks for Review:
18215057 18660620 18269671

Bought Audiobooks:
17794330 18246337
Thank you to Hodder, Pitakus, The Hot Bed, Constable and Robinson, Sourcebook fire, Random House, Grand Forever and of course, Natalie! <3

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Review for Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga #1) by Erica Cameron

16044329Posted by Melanie
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Finished Date: March 14th, 2014
Publishers: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: For Review
Format: eBook
Pages: 376
Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years. 

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever. 

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.

The Review: Sing Sweet Nightingale was a great read and I really enjoyed it!
The synopsis is very accurate as we meet Hudson Vincent at a time when his world is about to fall apart, forced to watch as his little brother is murdered because of him and his promise to an ‘Angel’ that he wouldn’t fight again. Upon confronting his ‘angel’ Calease, he soon realises that things aren’t right and turns on Calease only to come out the other side a changed man with powers, eyes of black and prophetic dreams. It’s with these prophetic dreams that he dreams of a young girl, wreathed in fire and gagged and he just knows that he must save her because surely she is in the clutches of the same kind of parasite as he was and so far the only clue he has is the name of a town – Swallows Grove – to which he heads along with his very trusting benefactor. There he eventually finds Mariella Teagan, an elective mute who hasn’t spoken to a soul for four years in her promise to the man she loves Orane. Orane transports her to Paradise every night where she has the time of her life and is patiently waiting for him to help her cross over forever, he says the time is close, hints at it being her 18th birthday, but she’s been waiting for a decade to stay. No one knows anything about Paradise or why Mari chooses not to speak until a mysterious black eyed boy turns up and rocks her nice safe world…. How can he know about Orane and where they go at night? It goes against all Orane has told her…. But what if what he’s saying is true?
So, I really liked this book and found it easy to be swept into the story. I thought the idea of dream demons was quite unique and interesting and I really liked what they did, how they went about doing it and how it transferred over into our world but I feel that we just scratched the surface of what is waiting on the other side and would love to see that explored more. They were quite sinister like sirens maybe where you are drawn to them, can feel an underlying agenda but don’t understand it until it’s upon you and you’re forced to fight. There was also a tangible sense of urgency& danger throughout the book and the main demon had a bit of a personality disorder going on as he swung from being so sweet to his potential victim and then turned on Hudson with vengeance & possessive rage showing a vastly different personality that all of the great bad guys should have. I loved Hudsons character, I liked how he didn’t let his brothers death break him, I like how he took his revenge and gained unexpected gifts from that but then decided to use that to stop the damage that had been done to him from being done to others, not wanting anyone to suffer the way he had. He became someone warrior like which shone through in his protectiveness and determination. I did like Mariella but felt she was a bit of a flake in the beginning, she was so enamoured with Orane that it totally blinded her, but that was the aim and she was true to her victim status, I was glad when the lights started to go on for her and some of the true Mari shone through but again I feel that we still have a lot left to learn about her. To be honest I liked all of the characters and it was a well-rounded set that really complimented each other. I’m really looking forward to see where Hudson and Mari’s relationship will go seeing as it was just starting to blossom towards the end giving them both a little happiness. I thought the dreamworld that was created was very imaginative and limitless, I’m curious about what happens when people like Hudson take back control and found I have a good few questions regarding it but that’s usual for a first book. I also really liked the use of the stones and the new age element and hopefully that will be delved into more too. For a first book though, it was great! And I will definitely be looking out for the sequel.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Book Blitz for One Broke Girl by Rhonda Helms; Author Interview + INT Giveaway

20743611One Broke Girl (Edgewood Falls #1)
by Rhonda Helms
Release Date: April 7th, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy: Amazon UKAmazon US / B&N

Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.

But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who’s proving hard to find.

One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies…

Mini Interview with Rhonda Helms

Q: How did you come up with the idea for ONE BROKE GIRL?
A: I brainstormed the story in an online writing group, first looking for embarrassing/crazy/weird jobs to help me develop ideas. All I knew at that point was I wanted a heroine working a job she never thought she’d do. When someone mentioned “lunch lady,” the story started writing itself. I realized it was going to be a riches-to-rags story with potential for laughs and heartfelt moments.

Q: Who are your favorite New Adult authors?
A: Oh man, I go through big reading spells where I devour a ton of New Adult because I can’t quit it. I love the intimacy and immediacy of the narrative. Some of my fav authors are Erin McCarthy, Lexi Ryan, Caisey Quinn, Tammara Webber, Sophie Jordan, Marilyn Brant, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover… I could go on and on, lol.

Q: What’s your writing routine like?
A: I’m an editor by day, so I typically write in the afternoons or early evenings after my work is done. I write 5-10 pages a day, 5 days a week when I’m in drafting mode. Because I plot out scene by scene beforehand, I can sit down and bang out the story pretty quickly. 

Q: What’s next in the Edgewood Falls series?
A: Book 2 is Natalie’s story, coming out in June. I’m working on it now, yay. Book 3 will be Bianca’s story, coming out in August. And if readers love these books as much as I do, I’ll probably write more in the series. I’m loving these so much.

Q: What’s one random/weird fact about you?
A: Oh man, I have tons of quirks. Lol. Probably one of the biggest things is I carry at least 2-3 different lip balms on me at all times…in case I have a dry lip emergency or something, I guess. Hah. I can’t quit my lip balm.

Rhonda HelmsAUTHOR BIO
Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Blog Tour for Touching Fire (Touch #2) by Airicka Phoenix; Review + INT Giveaway

15708516Posted by Melanie
Release Date: March 28th, 2014
Finished Date: March 29th, 2014
Publishers: Anchor Group Publishing?
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Finding her past was supposed to end the nightmare. Only it was just the beginning.

Entrusting the fate of the world, not to mention her and Isaiah’s life to a father she’s never met is a big leap of faith on Fallon’s part. But it’s a necessary risk. Ashton is the key to protecting Isaiah and keeping her out of Garrison’s clutches. He is also the only one who can tell her what she is, except what she learns is that she is from a world that is far more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine.

As her powers grow out of control, Fallon must pick between her mortality and a legacy that does not include Isaiah. She must summon the courage to face a destiny that will test the boundaries of everything she has ever known. But most of all, she must protect Isaiah from the monster within herself and trust the man whose toxic blood runs through her veins.

Danger builds as power clashes between two evils, both seeking her to tip the scales to eternal darkness and suffering.

Can humanity rise to face an ancient calling to which Fallon is powerless to stop? Can she protect those she cares about, or will their blood forever stain her hands?

Touch Vengeance. Touch Malice. Touch Fire.

The Review: I just want to start straight off by saying that this book is EPIC!
I loved book one and the wait has been loooong but believe me, this more than makes up for that wait and really opens up the world attached to the story in a big way and answers are freely given but that raises more questions & that only adds to the allure. Following the ending of book one, Fallon and Isaiah are on the run, living as prey trying to stay one step ahead of the predators and something has to give, they cannot go on like this, not being able to stay in the same place for long, not being able to rest…. So they have only one option really and that is to contact Fallon’s father Ashton who takes them home. Fallon is about to learn a lot about herself and her heritage but is no nearer finding out how to control her powers or her need for Isaiah. When a prophecy is revealed centring on Fallon it seems she is in the right place, protected and cared for, possibly to master her powers after uncovering some of what she may be capable of but fate has other plans… if she is to stay safe in the arms of a family, she must let go of Isaiah – which is inconceivable – and choose between her new found heritage and her humanity. Meanwhile, Garrision will stop at nothing to get his hands on Fallon and when she emerges from their seclusion, she will be hit with the severity of what people will do for power. All she wants is to protect those she loves but everyone she meets wants to use her for something…. How long can she withstand the allure of Isaiah before they turn into the ultimate weapon? Can they find a way to stop it? Just who can they trust?
It’s safe to say that I loved this book, I thought the continuation from book one was great and it was easy to jump straight back into Fallon & Isaiah’s world. The sense of urgency & fear radiated from their circumstances, the run and chase scenario that dominated book one carried over into the sequel but I knew it had to go in a new direction and that was where Ashton came in, it was the only way the plot could go really and whilst the meeting of Fallon and her father was inevitable, the way the world opened up through this was unexpected and awesome! Taking the book from a paranormal read into the fantasy realm which is vastly different from the world Fallon is used to. It brought about all sorts of new things, new people, new creatures, new surroundings, new magic, new possibilities, a new way of life…. But also new expectations and some of those won’t fit in with Fallon’s ideals and whilst we got a great deal of answers…it also brought up more questions. I thought the reveals we did get about her heritage were just great, so unique and I can’t recall reading anything of the likes, so that’s always an exciting thing for a bookworm…. I was just so amazed by it all and really engrossed with the story, did I trust everyone? No, but that is always there in books like this because things are never what they seem. I also loved that whilst Fallon was gone that Garrison had upped the ante and pressed forward with a different kind of plan which also gave him a more sinister, megalomaniac type of vibe and I was shocked at what lengths he will go to.
The whole situation with Fallon & Isaiah grows slightly more urgent too as the pull between them strengthens and I don’t think anyone really ‘gets’ what’s going on between them, I feel we won’t really get any answers to this until the final book but it’s always there, ever present on your mind as you see them get closer and more intimate, I have tons of questions about them but also the patience to wait.. I also expected some more from Amelie but that was on hold too…. Not grumbling though because there is plenty going on in this to make up for any questions not answered. The ending unfortunately is a cliffhanger… yeah, not a fan but it certainly does what cliffhangers are meant to do – it leaves you desperate for more! Which I most definitely am. 

Airicka PhoenixAbout the author: 
International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she’s not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring up evil villains, bad-ass heroines and swoon-worthy heroes to play with. 

Airicka is singlehandedly responsible for her greatly anticipated collections, the Touch Saga, the Sons of Judgment Saga, The Lost Girl Duology, Games of Fire & Betraying Innocence. She also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under the dark guise of Morgana Phoenix with her debut novel, CAPTURE ME to be released 2014.

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