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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: The Fault in Our Stars



The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Overall: 5/5 + buckets of tears

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

My friend, my twin sister, and I all decided to read The Fault in Our Stars at the same time. We knew there were a ton of feels and we figured we could all share in the feels together. 

This is what ensued: 
 

The Fault in Our Stars is so heart breaking beautiful that I just want to burst into tears just thinking about it. 





John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ultimate Romance Box - Only 99 Cents


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THE FORGOTTEN CHILD by Lorhainne Eckhart: How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child? A romance as vast as the western setting: can unconditional love between a man and a woman, a man and his son, and a woman and a little boy who she grows to love survive a bitter ex-wife?

THE SURROGATE'S SECRET by Mimi Barbour: Forced marriage, surrogate twins and disturbing secrets make this romance challenging from Washington, DC to Santiago, Chile.

OCEANS BETWEEN US by Helen Scott Taylor: A wealthy Italian celebrity falls for a penniless guesthouse cook. Commitments and continents conspire to keep them apart.

NEIGHBORS AND MORE by Mona Risk: In the Blue Waves High Rise where so many neighbors live too close for comfort, Dante, the handsome Sicilian lawyer, and Alexa, the wealthy young divorcée, try to hide their idyllic romance. When a neighbor drowns in the Jacuzzi, life will forever change in the Blue Waves.

HEARTS AND CROWNS by Anna Markland: Once bitten...twice shy. Can love overcome hatred and bitterness in this sensuous historical romance?

KISS ME, DANCER by Alicia Street: A roller coaster of a romance between a woman about to lose her dream and an arrogant trucking mogul with the means to save it. A dance instructor, a divorced dad, and the little boy who needs them both.




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RED ROCK RISES by Taylor Lee: No one messes with Red Rock, a fiery former undercover agent, as tough as she is beautiful-- until she meets the handsome Police Chief.

ROLL THE DICE by Mimi Barbour: A feisty, smart woman detective who every other cop respects and protects; a classy, purse carrying cowboy who's a man's man and a woman's dream; a sick rapist they both want captured...or dead!

COURAGE DARES by Nancy Radke: Mary prays for courage to overcome her tragic past and finds her answer in the dangerous present. A non-stop thriller set in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. 

KNOWING VERA by Rachelle Ayala: Vera's father killed Zach's mother long ago. Can Zach look past Vera's dark family history and help her dodge a killer while learning to live as an amputee? Knowing Vera is a suspenseful, cross-cultural romance mixing an unsolved murder, adventure, and hot, steamy love scenes.

DARK POWERS by Rebecca York: Can his dark powers save her sister's life? Their uneasy working relationship flares into hot passion as they navigate the dangerous waters of a beach town where nothing is as it seems.

BOOM! LISTEN TO YOUR HEART by Roxanne Rogerson: A humorous foray into the world of kink.

TRUSTING EVIL by Mary Leo: She witnessed what was touted as the Crime of the Century---the murder of eight student nurses in South Chicago---and it nearly destroyed her until one man rescued her damaged heart. 

THE HUNTRESS by Dorothy McFalls: Spunky bounty hunter Vega Brookes meets her match when she hunts down a dangerous ex-special forces officer accused of murder.





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THE MOSCOW AFFAIR by Taylor Lee : A dangerously elegant man and a beautiful feisty young woman, take on the evils of the international sex trade while exploring a passionate world of their own.

REVERSION: THE INEVITABLE HORROR by J Thorn: In a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased, Samuel must outrun the ominous cloud eating away at reality. As the dying world collapses upon itself, he has to find a way to escape the Reversion.

HONOR CODE by Cathy Perkins: In a small southern town where everyone knows each other's business, veteran detective Larry Robbins must untangle conflicting motives and hidden agendas to bring a elderly widower home alive.

KILL TO INHERIT by Nolan Radke: Will a second murder help the ghost detective unlock the mystery behind his own? 

COOL HEAT by Richter Watkins: She was the woman they couldn't kill and he couldn't resist.

IN SEARCH OF THE SACRED WORD by Thomas Morrissey: Jeremy Storyteller died and came back. But he didn't come back alone.

RESISTANCE by David Weisman: a mind twisting space opera


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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cover Reveal: Don't Look Back

Today I'm participating in the cover reveal for Jennifer Armentrout's Don't Look Back, which if I keep starring at correctly looks like the ballerina's neck gets snapped in the reflection but....she could just be tilting her head.

Don't Look Back comes out April 15, 2014, yep you've gotta wait for it, but attached below are the links to pre-order or as close as you can get to already having it in your hands.

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Here are the links to pre-order: Amazon  |   Barnes & Noble


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories…which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Dare You To

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
HarlequinTeen
Source: Netgalley
Overall: 5/5
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....
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I was a little bummed when I found out that Dare You To was not going to be a Beth & Isaiah story, because I was totally shipping them after Pushing the Limits. After starting Dare You To I quickly jumped ship. Beth does not want to be in Groveton, but when her uncle blackmails her to move in with him or have her mom go to jail - it's a hard but simple choice for Beth to make.

If being in Groveton isn't hard enough - her only ripped and shredded clothes were confiscated and she was given highly conservative clothes, her new aunt hates her, and she must attend school where the ever persistent Ryan keeps trying to get to know her. I really liked Beth and she really comes off as rough around the edges with a big attitude. Which she is, but it's mostly to hide the fact that she's worried that everyone will leave her. Just like everybody has before. That's why she needs to get out of Groveton and back to her mom - the one person who has never left her.

Ryan is determined to win the dare that started when he first met Beth, but when the dare changes and Ryan's finding that he's actually starting to like Beth he calls the dare off. Ryan is pushed to do well at baseball. His dad has it all planned out for him - play high school ball, graduate, and go pro. There's no room for much of anything else, so when Ryan finals in a writing competition and the writing contest conflicts with baseball he's not sure what he wants anymore. Plus Ryan is tired of upholding the vision of the perfect life that his parents want to adhere to. Ryan is great with words and makes him that much more swoon-worthy.

As I finished Dare You To I was left with this optimistic happy-sad feeling and a need for more of these books. Crash Into You comes out in November right - not so far away. If you haven't read Dare You To or Pushing the Limits you need to now. Really just run to the bookstore and get it you won't be disappointed.

 KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday: What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you reading is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.
I'm currently reading Dare You To by Katie McGarry and I'm loving every minute of it. If only I had more time to finish it right this moment. I'm loving Beth and her attitude. Just to the book to get me back into the swing of things. I just moved, again. Yes! I know. I hate moving with all of the boxes and the packing and unpacking.
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....


In other news - I'm seriously excited for the third season premiere of Teen Wolf tonight. Honestly looking forward the moment Erica and Lydia clash, Stiles with his longer hair, Derek's new loft, the alpha pack, Peter's sass, and just everything.

I'm also excited for Comic Con as it grows closer and closer with each day. I will be at comic con all four days, so if you're headed there let me know.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Guest Post: Rebecca Ethington

Today I have Rebecca Ethington for a guest post on how she created the three friendships in Eyes of Ember!

Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.

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 Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased; no memory of Joclyn remains, but Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. Meanwhile the black-eyed monster that possesses him attempts to kill her over and over again.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan, the man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only person she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and all the while, she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then, there is her father.

The man who has never been there is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be:

The Silnỳ.

While the main friendships in Kiss of Fire were between Ryland and Joclyn, with a little bit of Joclyn and Wyn sprinkled in; friendships in Eyes of Ember have become a bit more complicated.

For starters let’s look at Ryland and Joclyn. In Kiss of Fire theirs was a friendship that molded into a love that ended when Ryland lost his mind. In Eyes of Ember Ryland’s loss of his memories has turned him into a very powerful trained killer, a killer that only wishes to hunt and Kill Joclyn. But it’s complicated, because Joclyn still holds on to the desperate hope that Ryland has retained his memories of her, placing a wall between her ability to defend herself, and hindering her friendship with the young Ryland that still lives inside of her mind.

The next friendship would be between Joclyn and Wyn. This is a friendship that is also strained. The infantile friendship that was created in Kiss of Fire is now put to the test as Joclyn is left in hiding in a mysterious city and Wyn is secluded in Prague; half a world away. And, to make things worse something in Prague has begun to happen, placing everyone at risk. How is that for scary foreboding?

The last of the three main friendships is between. Joclyn and Ilyan. A tall, menacing man who once stalked Joclyn is now the only person able to keep her safe. He keeps her in hiding while he trains her, and prepares her to kill the one person she still desperately loves. While Ilyan may seem standoffish, his past and layers make him someone who is not only powerful but endlessly intriguing. In Eyes of Ember, you really get to see the friendship between Ilyan and Jos grow, as well as get to know Ilyan on a very deep level.

The friendships in Eyes of Ember are as complex and dark as the book. They are each deep and dangerous in their own way, while still blending together to create something complex.

The complexity of these relationships really give Eyes of Ember a much deeper feel than Kiss of Fire, and I hope it is this complexity that really draws the readers in.






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Friday, April 12, 2013

Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Tremble

Dez Cross has problems. She’s almost eighteen and on the verge of losing her mind thanks to the drug the Denazen corporation used to enhance her abilities. People close to her have turned their backs on the underground and are now fighting for the wrong side. And then there’s Kale... Things couldn’t get any worse.

Until, of course, they do. Denazen is about to start a new trial—this one called Domination—and it works. But that means out with the old and in with the new. The order has been given to terminate all remnants of the second trial—including Dez. The good news is that there’s a survivor from the original trial. A woman whose blood may hold the cure for the second generation of Supremacy
kids' defects. But the underground Sixes aren’t the only ones who know about her.

Dez's father is willing to throw away everything he has to keep Dez from getting the cure—including the one thing that might tear her apart from the inside out.

Exclusive Excerpt

“I told them you wouldn’t come alone. Yet here you are,” Kale’s dark voice said from the doorway. “You’re an odd one.”

“You don’t realize it, but coming from you, that’s kinda funny,” I said, swallowing hard and turning to face him. The light from the hall lit the entire right side of his face, leaving the left cloaked in darkness. Two sides of the same dangerous coin. I wanted to back away but resisted, meeting his gaze straight on. My Kale was in there somewhere—and he could sense weakness. “Did you kill her?”



“I figured as much,” I said, jaw tense. Another step closer. “But I’m asking if you did it.” 


He cocked his head to the left and I could see his expression. Confusion. “You asked the same thing about the other girl. Why does it matter?”

“Because it does. It matters to you, too. You just don’t remember.”

He took another step. Inches. He was inches from me now, the warmth from his body radiating like the sun. Every one of my muscles plunged into an all- out war with my heart. Common sense screamed for me to match his steps forward with ones away. Keep your distance—he’s dangerous!

My heart wanted to move closer. I wanted this to all be nothing more than a bad dream.

“I feel like...when I look at you—” He shook his head and placed a hand on either side of me, up against the mattress, and brought his face close to mine. For the longest moment all he did was stare. When he did speak, there was so much rage in his voice. “You stabbed me. When that didn’t do the trick, you pushed me from the bridge. I’m asking you why?”

“I never did that, Kale. No one’s ever pushed you from a bridge as far as I know. I promise. As for the scar, yeah. You were stabbed. Alex did it.”

“I’m not. And my name is Dez,” I said, voice cracking under the weight of his words. “Deznee.” I wasn’t ready to give up, so I went with what had always worked for me. Something insane.

Pushing forward, I crushed my lips to his, wrapping both arms around his neck to lock him in place. He didn’t resist and, to my surprise, didn’t shove me away. Instead, after a moment, he responded, his lips moving fervently with mine.

The kiss only lasted a few moments. I was the one who broke it, pulling away as the clouds passed, allowing the moonlight to shine through the bedroom window once again. For a second, neither of us said a word. His cheeks glistened with my tears, making it look like he’d been crying, too, as he stared—eyes wide and mouth agape—like he’d never seen me before.

For a crazy, insane moment, time froze. I thought maybe the kiss had done the trick. That this time the princess had woken the prince. He looked at me with a mix of shock and awe, the tiniest hint of my Kale gleamed through. My heart pounded so loudly I could barely hear anything else. It was there. I could see the spark in his eyes. “Kale?”

But it didn’t last. Or maybe it hadn’t been there at all. Maybe I wanted to see it so badly that I imagined the whole thing.

His lips parted and the corners tilted upward just a hair. “Roz is right. You are crazy.”

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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 of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction.

A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch was released in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is currently working on the next book in the Denazen series.

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