July 24, 2014

Breathe, Annie, Breathe By Miranda Kenneally Review!


    Annie hates running but she will do it anyway in honor of Kyle. However, no matter how far she runs she cannot escape the guilt that if she hadn't broken up with him then Kyle might still be alive. Training for a marathon is harder than Annie thought, not only is she at war with her body, but she is also at war with her heart. Every mile Jeremiah cheers her on she gets more confused. She wants to run into his arms but she also wants to run in the opposite direction. As Annie starts opening up to the idea of loving again she begins to realize that running a marathon might be doable but running away from matters of the heart? Not so much.

     Let's talk about how Miranda has made me cry, laugh, get angry, get annoyed, and most of all has made me long for boys that don't exist. Some might call those things cruel, but I call them casualties of an excellent writer. Breathe, Annie, Breathe had my emotions on a roller coaster from the very beginning and I couldn't put the book down. It took the clock turning to 5 AM to convince me that I might need to put it down for some beauty sleep. I have got to say that this book is probably one of my favorite NA contemporary novels that I have ever read and I've read a lot. I have never been so captured by a contemporary novel before like I was with this book. I felt Annie's pain and her determination and most of all I felt her heart. Miranda did such an amazing job of bringing her characters to life that I couldn't help but fall in love with them. It's rare that I admire a fictional character but I admired the hell out of Annie and her determination to run in Kyle's memory. And Jeremiah had me blushing and swooning like a little school girl. Yet ANOTHER fictional boy I'm crushing on *sigh* but what are you gonna do with such amazing boyfriend material? Everything about this book had my heart feeling all the emotions. All the feels. I also love the fact that this book has more of a new adult feel where as her previous books are more young adult. I have to say that this is Miranda's best novel so far, and that's saying a lot since her other books are at the top of my favorites list. I highly recommend this book to lovers of breathtaking NA contemporaries that will sweep you off your feet and capture your heart. I give this book five out of five stars.

July 19, 2014

Steel by Carrie Vaughn Review




    Seventeen year old Jill has fought in a lot of fencing matches, but she has never held a sharpened blade. Therefore, when she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly fascinated and takes the treasured with her. However, the blade holds secrets and it transports Jill through time onto a pirate ship. Stranded and surrounded by strangers Jill is forced to sign onto the crew for any hope to go home. Nevertheless, a pirate’s life is never easy and as Jill learns about the black magic that brought her there, she schemes to get home. Jill will risk everything to get home, and a duel to the death against an evil pirate captain seems like the only way to do that.

   THIS BOOK WAS SO FASCINATING. It is the first pirate book that I have ever read and I have to admit that I am a little bit obsessed with it now. It awakened my imagination and I could practically see the events in this book happening. You are truly immersed in this pirate world. The story keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next, and the action in Steel never stops. The main character is relatable and so interesting that you start to admire her. She is fierce and determined, and I was cheering for her throughout the whole book. There was a little romance in it, but the book mostly focuses on her adventure, which fits this book perfectly. After I finished Steel, I was determined to become a pirate and acquire a beautiful sword just like the heroine. I highly recommend this book to lovers of Jack Sparrow (there should be a captain in there somewhere) and a good fantasy pirate book filled with goodness. I give Steel five out of five stars!

Cover Reveal - NINE BY NIGHT!



Another fabulous cover by Damonza! What do you think?

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love this cover. The heroine on the front looks fierce and those swords she wields? Killer. If I did judge a book by its cover (and we all know that's a big no no) then I would imagine that this book was just as badass as its cover.




About NINE BY NIGHT

"From vampires to empaths, to the grim reaper himself, this bundle will keep you on the edge of your seat. I dare you to try and put it down!" SHANNON MAYER - author of THE RYLEE ADAMSON NOVELS and THE NEVERMORE TRILOGY

Nine books. Nine bestselling authors. Nine heroines that take names—and chances—while confronting dark foes, whether by force of arms or magic, that threaten their entire world.
Over two-thousand pages of epic reading await! Let the adventures begin.

From NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author, SM REINE, WITCH HUNT –– Shaman on the run. Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead...for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA's most wanted list.

From NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, CJ ELLISSON, DEATH’S SERVANT –– Jonathan Winchester has clashed with his werewolf alpha one too many times. He returns to Virginia to find work and meets a young waitress, Raine. As their relationship progresses, Jon's embroiled in more intrigue than he bargained for and a danger bigger than he can handle.

From bestselling author, LINDSAY BUROKER, TORRENT –– When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn't imagine herself stumbling across decapitated bodies in old mine shafts or learning that monsters are real…

From bestselling author, ANTHEA SHARP, SPARK –– What if a high-tech game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie? Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley's life might look easy, but she's part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world.

From bestselling authors BOONE BRUX and CJ ELLISSON, DEATH TIMES TWO –– The V V Inn has a ghost problem. New grim reaper, Lisa Carron, accepts the job. She quickly learns the hotel is full of the dearly departed—and she’s working for vampires. Throw in Asa, a young vamp hot enough to melt the Arctic ice, and Lisa realizes she’s way out of her element.

From bestselling author, JC ANDRIJESKI, ROOK: ALLIE’S WAR EPISODES 1-4 –– Like most humans, Allie distanced herself from Seers, a race of human-like beings discovered on Earth. Yanked out of her life by the mysterious Revik, Allie finds out her blood may not be as “human” as she thought, the world is nothing like it appears to be...and she has more in common with Seers than she ever wanted to believe.

From bestselling author, ANNIE BELLET, JUSTICE CALLING –– Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she's finally safe. As long as she doesn't use her magic…

From bestselling author, JESI LEA RYAN, ARCADIA’S GIFT –– Teenager Arcadia (Cady) Day’s family tragedy unleashes a hidden power. After experiencing what can only be called a psychic episode, her home life crumbles. As her emotional control slips away, Cady begins to suspect that her first psychic episode was just the beginning…

From Urban Fantasy author, KARA LEGEND, WILD NIGHT ROAD –– One innocent hex sets off a chain reaction of trouble among the shifters of the Kinraven that threatens war between werewolves, seraphim and witches. Lilith Darke will do anything to be free of her seraphim master. All hell breaks loose when rival packs face off only to discover a new, deadly threat that will take all their magick to survive.

Let us all take a moment and soak in all that action and praise whoever decided to put all those stories together in an e-book bundle. Over two thousand pages of action and adventure written by best-selling authors?! My little book lover heart just skipped a beat. Personally, I cannot wait to read these lovelies. I say that all of you should experience this book bundle with me, deal?

NINE BY NIGHT releases 8/03/2014 on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other e-book retailers. 

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July 16, 2014

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review




    Layla just wants to be a normal seventeen-year-old, fit in at school, and go out on a date with gorgeous Zayne, whom she has had a crush on forever. The trouble is that Zayne only sees Layla as a sister, and Layla is anything but normal. She is a half-demon, half-gargoyle, with the abilities no one else has. Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul, and even though Zayne is a Warden, a race of gargoyle tasked with hunting demons and protecting humanity, she could kill him too. Then Layla meets Roth, a tattooed demon who professes to know all her secrets, and everything changes. She knows she should stay away but it is tough when the whole kissing thing isn’t an issue. However, trusting Roth could ruin her relationship with the Wardens. Soon Layla will have to decide whom to trust because demons are coming for her, and when the end of the world is looming, kissing a demon pales in comparison.

    I loved every page of White Hot Kiss. I have never read a book like this where it features, gargoyles, demons, AND a zombie. The myth and mystery in the story had me excited to read nonstop. This book gave me all the feels; I will admit that I cried in the end.  I got angry, I got happy, I got sad, and I loved every minute of it. THANK GOD, THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL. The romance was spectacular and fiery, the action was heart pounding, and the dialogue was hilarious! The main character is so relatable (for me anyway) and that is what I love most about books, characters that seem so real. This book made me want to read more of Jennifer's work and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for me. You will definitely not be disappointed with this book. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a good fantasy book filled with everything you love in a book. I give it five out of five stars.

On the Fence by Kasie West Review



   
    For sixteen-year-old Charlotte (Charlie) Reynolds, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its benefits. She can outplay any guy she knows including her honorary bother and longtime neighbor, Braden. However, when it comes to being a girl, Charlie does not know a thing about it. When she starts working at a boutique in the mall to pay off a speeding ticket she finds herself in a strange world of lacy skirts, makeup, and bedazzlers. Even odder, she is spending time with a boy who does not know about her ability to tear it up at a pickup game. Charlie must deal with the stress of faking her way through her new reality and so she seeks refuge in her back yard at night, talking out her problems with Braden through the fence that separates them. However, Braden cannot help Charlie with her biggest problem, the fact that she is falling for him. Charlie knows that spilling her secret could mean losing him for good, and that is something that she cannot let happen. 

    I adored this book. I finished it in two hours, which is a new record for me because I could not put it down. This is a book about a girl falling in love with her brother’s best friend and I am obsessed with books like this. I love books that involve protective older brothers too. I was sucked into the story just by the premise of it and I was not disappointed after I finished. It is the perfect romance book and a super fun read. The main character Charlie was relatable and down to earth, which made her extremely likable, and Braden was so swoon worthy, especially when he was jealous. Not only is this book a perfect romance book, but it is also a book about loss, which shocked me. It is not your typical YA romance book. It had my emotions all over the place and I can honestly say that I loved every minute of it. This book left me feeling giddy and smiling like an idiot for a while. On the Fence is the perfect book to read during summer for all those romantics out there, and for anyone who is looking for a book that will leave you smiling. I give it five out of five stars.

July 3, 2014

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton Review!



   
   Becca wants nothing more than to go home when she is dragged on a cruise of Europe’s ancient cities. Her stepmother calls this a family trip but with a father who barely notices her and a brother who has nothing better to do then look for new girls to hook up with, this is anything but a family trip. Becca is miserable until she bumps into Nikolai, a handsome stranger. She does not know that she has just met a runaway prince. As Nikolai takes his freedom from the crown into his own hands, he struggles to stay anonymous in his travels, and when he meets Becca, he wants nothing more than to have more time away from the palace to spend with her. Sparks fly as they continue to journey through Europe all the while dodging paparazzi and Becca’s family, but soon her cruise will end and they will have to say goodbye. Will it be goodbye forever?

   Royally Lost will take you on a journey of Europe and first love, and you will not want to miss it. I really loved this book. Everything about it was amazing. It had everything from romance and swoon worthy scenes to adventures and thrilling action. I could easily imagine myself in Becca's shoes and the thrill of exploring a foreign country made me quickly fall in love with this book and its characters. Nikolai had me swooning and flailing around like an idiot at his romantic and witty banter.  He made me want to travel to Europe and maybe find a prince of my own. Becca had me cheering for her front the very beginning and she made me want to laugh aloud with her quick wit too. This book gave me the feeling of being totally free and that's what makes this book so special. I could stop reading it for a little bit, yet I still felt like I was with Becca and Nikolai in Europe. There is never a dull moment in Royally Lost. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet YA contemporary novel about first loves, sneaky adventures, and traveling.  I give it five out of five stars!

Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland Review!




  Cody Graff was only twelve when she prayed that someone would save her. She had no choice. The Furies answered her prayers and she owes them. But they are becoming too powerful and they are making Cory do things she can no longer deem righteous. She needs to find a way to get the Furies out of her head. As Cory starts a new school, she fears that the Furies will begin to pressure her to kill again. That is until she meets Niko, who can offer her more than vengeance, and quiets the Furies inside her head. However, the Furies cannot be denied and Cory may not survive when they decide they no longer want to wait for more vengeance. 

   Vengeance Bound had my heart racing with every page turned. From the first page, I knew I would not be able to put it down. We are thrown into a story of mystery, vengeance, and myth, and the action does not stop until the book ends. I loved how brave Cody was and how she fought the Furies with every step. The romance between Cody and Niko just made the book even more interesting. I loved that the book focused more on Cody and her search for freedom and revenge rather than her romance with Niko. Not only does the romance satisfy the reader, but also the action is equally electrifying. The way Justina wrote the action scenes made me feel like I was practically standing right there when it happened.  This book is not like any YA book I have ever read, and I have read a lot. The ending had me wanting more and those are the best kind of books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a unique book full of myth, action, vengeance, and a little bit of romance. I give Vengeance Bound five out of five stars.