Monthly Archives: January 2014

BOOK BLAST + GIVEAWAY: Final Life by Rose Garcia

Nothing sucks more than being forced to move cross country during senior year. And Dominique Wells doesn’t think things can get any worse until she’s invited to a quirky neighbor’s party. When pressured into playing a magical card game, Dominique’s world goes from sucky to terrifying. She begins having visions of a red desert and an evil presence–a presence who hints at past lives and promises to kill her.

Plagued by fear and suspicion, and unaware of a family secret kept hidden from her, Dominique is determined to live. Together with a mysterious and gorgeous guy who’s moved in while his parents are away, and a hot, popular guy from school, Dominique must seek clues to her past if she’s to survive. That, and keep her emotions in check for the two guys she suddenly can’t stop thinking about because if she doesn’t, she’ll be dead. For real.

Praise for FINAL LIFE

“Rose Garcia will explode your mind with action packed scenes and emotional turmoil.” – Moonlight Book Reviews

“The whole transhuman concept had the whole Sci-Fi/Fantasy element going on, yet Rose Garcia has written it in a way that is both fresh and believable, with the classic good versus evil theme incorporated.” – Always YA at Heart


“Final Life is filled with magical moments, heart aching moments, action, and suspense. I look forward to the next chapter of Dominique’s story.” – WinterHaven Books

SNEAK PEEK

“Dominique, please. Hear us out,” Dad said.
            “No! You hear ME out! You brought me to this stupid city, and I hate it here! Everything about this place sucks, and now, because of you, I’m crazy!” Tear trickled down my face, and I wiped them away fast. “Okay? Fucking crazy! And it’s all your fault!”
            Instantly I bit my lip because I regretted my words, but they were out already. Besides, they needed to know how pissed I was.
            Dad paced the room. “You have every right to be upset, Dominique. We never meant for any of this to happen.”
            I didn’t even notice Farrell at my side until he took my hand.  “Dominique, I told you. You’re not crazy.”

            My head began to swoon. My knees buckled. Every time I was near Farrell, a funny feeling came over me. Sometimes it was a subtle dizziness, other times a tingle throughout my body, but always the feeling warmed me. Calmed me. And seemed so natural and familiar.         
“What are you doing to me?” I whispered.
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Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles–a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.
Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com

BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: The Skinwalker’s Apprentice by Claribel Ortega

The Skinwalker’s Apprentice
Release Date: 02/24/14
Summary from Goodreads:
“Welcome to The Empire State, where banshees, witches, and skinwalkers wait…”

Margo Pennyfeather is being hunted. The 16-year-old witch has always been an outcast, in her home back in England, and now in the village of East Hampton New York where her family has settled. No one but her family has ever cared for Margo, but now the most important witch in the magic world wants her as an apprentice, giving her a chance to bring her family out of poverty.
Before long, Margo realizes things aren’t what they seem, least of all, what kind of witch she really is. Now, the young witch must face a terrifying monster on her own, and the reverberations will reach farther than she could have ever imagined.

More than three hundred years later, in 1984 Emerald Kipp is a high school senior in New York City. A troubled teen with a rebellious streak, Emerald can’t seem to figure out what to do with her life, and unfortunately for her, “witch” isn’t one of the available career choices in her guidance counselor’s office. As she struggles to figure herself out, Emerald is faced with the threat of being stuck in school and missing her final summer with her three best friends. Her last year of high school is turning out to be the worst yet, and Emerald thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. Unfortunately for her, she’s dead wrong.
And there’s something else, something far more sinister stirring in Emerald’s world, and she’ll have to believe in herself if she wants to get through it alive.

Two witches, three hundred years apart, one inescapable fate.

The Skinwalker’s Apprentice is a prequel to the upcoming novel, Emerald Kipp and The Riddle of The Timekeeper, a terrifying magical scavenger hunt through the gritty streets of 1980’s New York City,set to a killer soundtrack, and perfect for fans of Harry Potter and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Part of The Empire Witches series.

*Available February 24th, 2014 on Smashwords,iBook, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and more!
(Pre orders available Jan. 20th)

Excerpt 2:
“We will begin with the most basic of spells,” said The Priestess on Margo’s first day of lessons.
Margo sat in a small, circular room on the second floor of the stone house. It was mostly empty, save for a marble table and the stiff wooden chair where Margo sat nervously. Unlike the rest of the house, the room had but one window, and judging by the view, Margo guessed they must have been inside the onion dome on the roof. The young witch tried not to fidget, as The Priestess circled around her as she spoke.
“There is magic that is practical, that you will need in every day situations, and magic that is impractical.” 
“I do not deal in the impractical sort,” said The Priestess sternly, stopping directly in front of Margo, “love potions and beauty enchantments are amongst the kinds of frivolous spells you will not be learning here. Instead, I plan to teach you useful, direct, magic, which you can implement in most any situation. You are to take these lessons seriously, for you will never know when they might be of use to you. The difference between knowing practical spells and not knowing them, is a matter of life and death.”
Margo gulped and nodded anxiously, her eyes following The Priestess as she continued to pace about the room.
“For your first spell,” said The Priestess, taking her wand from her sleeve and nodding at Margo, her signal to do the same, “we shall be attempting a growing spell.”
The Priestess’s face contorted suddenly at the sight of Margo’s wand.
The young witch blushed. Her wand had been handed down to her by her grandmother Mary, and it was not in the best condition. In fact, the once wooden wand had been enchanted to have the look and feel of toad’s skin. Mary thought it would impress The Priestess.
Margo smiled nervously as she tried to hide the slime secreting from her wand and sticking to her fingers.
“That…wand, just won’t do,” said The Priestess delicately. Margo put the wand on the marble table, the gunk stretching as she tried to free her hand from it. She pushed the wand to the corner of the table, and pressed down hard on the cold surface, trying to wipe the glop of her hands. Her face turned red as she struggled to pull free, and finally an exasperated Priestess pointed to Margo’s hand with her own wand, “ Divisio.”
With a slight “pop” Margo was free, but still covered in slime. She shook off what was left of it on the floor with a few sharp flails of her arm, smiling bashfully at her teacher as she did.
The Priestess walked over to the small window facing the front of the house. She opened it, and pointed her wand at a weeping willow that adorned the road leading to her front door. Margo heard a loud CRACK and suddenly, a tree branch was entering the room.

The Priestess placed her wand in her skirt waist, and pointed one long, jagged, fingernail in the direction of the bough. A green light shot from her black nails, cracking the limb, and sending the branch back into the woods from whence it came. The Priestess brought the remaining wood further into the room in her net of brilliant light, spinning it as she did, her eyes steady and focused. As she did this, the branch whittled down bit-by-bit, splinters flying every which way, and darting dangerously close past Margo’s face. The Priestess’s flesh was the color of rusted copper as the viridescent light danced off her skin and Margo could see the wand she was crafting beginning to take shape.

About the Author
Claribel Ortega is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase journalism program, and got her start writing for the school’s Independent Newspaper. There, she quickly rose the ranks from editing the student’s often times hilarious ads and ramblings on the back page of the paper to staff and feature writer.
After graduation, Claribel worked as a reporter for The Rivertowns Enterprise, a local paper in lower Westchester County, New York. As a reporter, she enjoyed going to board of education meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks.
Today, Claribel works for The Combined Book Exhibit, a book marketing company in Westchester NY.
She lives in New York with her really awesome boyfriend, her suspiciously intelligent yorkie Pancho Villa and is surrounded by an impenetrable fort of books she gets from her job.
“The Skinwalker’s Apprentice” is her first book, and cheese is her favorite food.

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***GIVEAWAY***

Prize pack: (US only)

Forever 21 Mint green Handbag 
Forever 21 Emerald glitter nail polish 
Forever 21 Cat charm bracelet 
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iTunes Playlist of all the songs in “The Riddle of The Timekeeper” (Playlist attached) 

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BE WITH ME by J. Lynn *5 Chapter Reveal!!!*

BE WITH ME Synopsis:


From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wait for You

Do Teresa and Jase have a real shot at getting together or will life get in the way?

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, life-changing kiss. Then she got out of a terrible relationship. Now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for plan B: college. And maybe she’ll have a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone—especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about is kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Teresa can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not. . . .

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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 and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

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

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COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington

Author Rebecca Ethington has given KISS OF FIRE a cover make-over! Check out the BRAND NEW COVER! It’s beautiful!!!

Rebecca Ethington is also giving away a $15 gift card and a signed copy copy of KISS OF FIRE. 


Kiss of Fire
by Rebecca Ethington

Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.

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NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR: The Carrie Diaries

I was a die-hard, loyal fan of Sex and the City, so when I found out Candace Bushnell was going to be writing a YA series about Carrie as a teenager, I was over the moon! The first book was pre-ordered, and I read it as soon as I opened the package.
One big difference between a TV show and a book, is that the TV shows do not always follow the books it’s based on. I watched Sex and the City before I read the book; and I can say that Bushnell’s writing style is much different than any other author I’ve read, and there were definite differences in the book and the TV show – where the TV show was way better. But I wasn’t really concerned about reading her YA Series, because really, it was an extension of a show that was now off the air and I was craving way more Carrie, Sam, Miranda, and Charlotte.
The writing style was the same as I remembered, and it’s hard to really explain what makes it so different. It can be difficult at times, and my mind would wander too, not really grabbing my attention fully. And if you cannot separate this series from the TV Show, then you probably won’t really enjoy it because it is not the show, and Bushnell never claimed it would be. 
But this post is more about how AMAZING the TV show is, rather than the two books in the series – which I thought there were supposed to be more, I just cannot find anything online about whether there will be or not. But the TV show is loosely based on the Carrie Diaries books, but that’s about it. They do not follow the same story lines or anything.
Anna-Sophia Robb plays out favorite curly blonde writer, Carrie Bradshaw. I cannot even begin to tell you how perfect she is to play a young Carrie, and how much I absolutely ADORE her! It’s so easy to see her as a younger version of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie, but yet Robb holds her own. She brings her own personality to young Carrie, while still doing SJP’s Carrie justice. In The Carrie Diaries, Carrie lives at home still, as she is 17, and lives with her father and 14-year-old sister, Dorrit. Dorrit is played by Stefania Owen, who does a great job at the rebellious, back-talking teen who is everything completely opposite of her big sister.
Playing Carrie’s BFFs are Katie Findlay as Maggie, Brendan Dooling as Walt, and Ellen Wong as Mouse. This group of friends are tight-knit and have known each other forever! The series starts out with Maggie and Walt dating, but that doesn’t last as Walt has secrets that break them up and thrust him into a entirely unfamiliar world he never thought he’d find himself in.
Carrie’s extended entourage include her boss at Interview Magazine in NYC, Larissa, and in season 2, we meet Samantha Jones! Freema Agyeman plays fast talking, guy loving Larissa, and she owns the role! She expects nothing but 110% from Carrie and doesn’t let her slack no matter what is at stake. She keeps Carrie on her toes and in the trendy NYC Loop. I cannot imagine anyone more perfect to play a young Samantha Jones than Lindsey Gort. That was just genius casting right there! She, like Robb, is able to encompass all that is Kim Catrall’s Samantha in Sex and the City, while bringing her own personality and style to Sam’s character. She’s just as wild and crazy, but hasn’t been successful in business yet. We still have the boy-crazy Sam that we all love from SATC, she’s just younger and more free. 
And last, but certainly not least, we have Carrie’s frenemy, Donna LaDonna, who happens to be Samantha Jones’ cousin, and the love interest and ever sexy Sebastian Kydd. I love both of these characters! Sebastian is drool-worthy and the chemistry between him and Carrie is just… OMG! And Donna LaDonna is the girl you love to hate. She has been a bitch but we do see another side to her as the series progresses. Overall the casting for this show is just incredible!
I love the dynamics of the characters and the writing is wonderful! It’s enough to catch you and hold you while not turning it into a soap opera. It’s amazing to see the 1980’s with a modern spin on the clothing and fashion, and to see what issues teens in the 80’s were dealing with as opposed to what we deal with today. When being gay was taboo, and AIDS was never talked about, it’s great to have a show tackle the tough issues. 
Overall, if you love fashion, sex, and drama mixed with amazing friendships and incredible characters, I would recommend this show to you. It’s so addicting, and season 1 is on Netflix now! 
Happy Reading Watching!
Laura

Review {36} HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

HEX HALL

SERIES: Hex Hall | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Hex Hall #1 Demonglass #2 Spell Bound #3

AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins

PUBLICATION INFORMATION: March 2nd 2010 by Hyperion Books

EDITION: Paperback, 323 pages

ACQUISITION: Own

CATEGORIES: Hex Hall Series, Young Adult, Review, 4 Stars, Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Vampires, Witches, Faeries, Shapeshifters, Supernatural, Demons, Rachel Hawkins, 2014 Read

RATING: 4.00/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 3.99/5.00


WHAT THE COVER SAYS: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she is a witch. Her non-gifted mother has been supportive, consulting Sophie’s estranged father – a warlock – only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who exiles her to “Hex Hall”, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fairies, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day, Sophie has three new enemies, a futile crush on a warlock, a tag-along ghost, and a vampire roommate. Worse, Sophie soon learns that an unknown predator has been attacking students. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries converges, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: An ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this book more than I expected to! I first picked this book up from the library when it first released, and had trouble getting into it, and ultimately didn’t finish it. But then the reviews started pouring in, and some of my favorite fellow bloggers really enjoyed it and were saying great things about it. So, I bought it when it released in paperback. 

Sophie was a likable character because it was easy to sympathize with her when she starts learning all of the secrets that have been kept from her all of her life – important secrets that probably could’ve really been useful to know! When she attempts to help a girl at the prom get her dream date, the spell goes horribly wrong – landing Sophie at Hecate ‘Hex’ Hall as punishment. 

There weren’t many elements of the story that I didn’t like. I really enjoy that there are many different paranormal creatures – Prodigium – at Hex Hall, but I feel like there were too many to really get to know any one group more than just on a superficial level. I am really hoping that in the next two books we get to know more about the workings of the faeries, shifters and witches. We get a main story on how they were “Created” from angels/fallen angels, but I did want more background.

The pacing of the story moved quickly, and there was always some type of action or event occurring on each page. I liked the dynamics of all of the characters, each was different and individual and held their own. I really enjoyed Jenna’s character, and how she and Sophie work together as roommates-turned-friends. 

I didn’t like how secretive everyone was; however. It wasn’t just Sophie’s parents (including her Warlock father whom she’s never met) but Ms. Casnoff, the head of Hex Hall as well. Nobody wanted to tell Sophie who she truly is, her family lineage, or the dangers that face her now and in the future. I feel like keeping everything a secret was even more detrimental, than had everyone been open with her. I cannot imagine the feeling of finding out these secrets about yourself and your family from other students, especially when you’re already new and feel out of place.

The aspect of the book that I really liked, was the ghost of Sophie’s great-grandmother, Alice, who takes it upon herself to teach Sophie how to protect herself. But things aren’t always as they seem, and when things start to get a little weird, Sophie starts to piece everything together and we are left with a pretty crazy cliffhanger. I do like that Hawkins isn’t afraid to kill off characters and not give them happy endings, but I’m curious to see how the series proceeds now without a few key players.

SIMILAR READS: AWAKE AT DAWN (Shadow Falls #2) by C.C. Hunter | THE GHOST AND THE GOTH (The Ghost and the Goth #1) by Stacey Kade | Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White | SHADE (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready | ONCE A WITCH (Once a Witch #1) by Carolyn MacCullough | FIRESPELL (Dark Elite #1) by Chloe Neill

Happy Reading!
Laura

My Favorite Bookish Apps for Android

My cell phone is one of the things that is ALWAYS with me. When I’m on-the-go, I always have to have some connection to my book addiction and so I keep my phone stocked with apps to keep me in touch with the book world!

Here are a few of the apps I keep on my phone, and use the most often:

1. GOODREADS

I use this app probably on a daily basis! It is the most helpful when I’m at the bookstore, since you can use the Barcode Scan feature and easily scan the back of the book and find reviews and ratings, and add book to your shelves. The app has all of the same options as the website app, except the giveaways and and listopia options – and what I assume is any of the “Extras” that you can access on the full site. I also do not know how much editing you can do as far as your profile, but you have full access to your bookshelves, writing reviews, rating books, etc. Overall, the app gets a 5 out of 5 from me!

2. FEEDLY & BLOGLOVIN

To keep up-to-date with my favorite blogs, I use these apps and I love it! It’s easy to organize your blogs however you prefer; mark them as read or unread or even save for later. Feedly lets you discover new blogs based on your likes, and is similar to Bloglovin, which I use just as much as Feedly.

3.BLOGGER

To keep tabs on my blog while I’m away from my computer, I use the Blogger app. Honestly, it’s not the greatest by any stretch of the imagination, and I do find myself using my phone’s browser to go to the full Blogger site, it is handy for quick views and posts. 

4. OVERDRIVE
This is the best app ever! Offered through your local library (Check with your local branch to see if they participate.) Overdrive gives you access to your library’s selection of ebooks and audiobooks for free! They give you 7- or 14-day borrow periods, and you cannot accrue late fees (Though you can be denied access if you owe money on your library card). It’s an awesome app and website, and I definitely recommend it!
5. KOBO
The maker of my eReader offers a decent app to access all of the ebooks linked to my account and gives the ability to read and buy new ebooks as well. I do have Kindle downloaded too, but I don’t use it often.
6. TWITTER, TUMBLR, and FACEBOOK
These three social media apps are just a given for keeping in touch. They are easy and user-friendly, and make connecting with my readers and blogger friends at the tips of my fingers. 
What apps can you not live without when it comes to books? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading!
Laura

Series That I Need to Finish!

Hey bookworms! Today I am working on compiling a list of series that I’ve read the first or the first few books of, but need to read the rest to finish the series.
Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz
#1 – Blue Bloods
#2 – Masquerade
#3 –  Revelations
#4 – The Van Alen Legacy
#4.5 – Keys to the Repository
#5 – Misguided Angel
#5.5 – Bloody Valentine
#6 – Lost in Time
#7 – Gates of Paradise
I picked up the first book in this series on a whim, looking for something to continue my vampire high from having just read Twilight. I was surprised at how different de la Cruz’s vampires were from Twilight‘s vampires; and even though it was blood suckers with a Gossip Girl twist, I devoured the first book and then quickly gobbled up the next two as well. I left off with The Van Alen Legacy, and know that I will need to reread the first four books in order to finish this series. It gets very confusing to keep straight who all the characters are and were in their past lives. It’s an incredible series that I am very anxious to finish.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
#1 – Divergent
#2 – Insurgent
#3 – Allegiant
Okay, so how surprised are you to see this series on my list? I’ve read the first two books (Divergent twice, actually!), but haven’t managed to read Allegiant yet. Or maybe subconsciously I’m putting it off because I don’t want this amazing series to end?
The Chronicles of Faerie by O.R. Melling
#1 – The Hunter’s Moon
#2 – The Summer King
#3 – The Light-Bearer’s Daughter
#4 – The Book of Dreams
I really wish that the cover photos here did the actual covers justice, but they don’t! In real life, they are so shimmery and iridescent! But this will do for now. So in this series, I’ve only read the first book, but guys, it was amazing! What I love about this series, is that they are mostly Celtic Mythology retellings with the author’s own spin on them. And Melling is an incredible storyteller. I own all but the last book, so I don’t know what I’m waiting for in reading these! To my knowledge, the books are companion novels that all eventually tie together in the end, but don’t quote me on that! If you love fairies or are looking at a way to get into the genre, this is a wonderful series to do that with!
Faerie Path Series by Frewin Jones
#1 – The Faerie Path
#2 – The Lost Queen
#3 – The Sorcerer King
#4 – The Immortal Realm
#5 – The Enchanted Quest
#6 – The Charmed Return
 
I know, I know, yet another faerie series, but this is another wonderful one that will be a pleasure to read for old and new faerie fans alike. I think with this one, I read up to book three, and I was hooked. This one is completely different from The Chronicles of Faerie, and truly unique in its own right. It starts out kind of slow, but once you are in the middle of the action, you won’t want to put the books down!
Fire and Thorns Series by Rae Carson
#1 – The Girl of Fire and Thorns
#2 – Crown of Ember
#3 – The Bitter Kingdom
#0.5 – The Shadow Cats
#0.6 – The Shattered Mountain
#0.7 – The King’s Guard

 
This is the series that got me hooked on fantasy novels. I went into this one not sure what to expect, and even was still unsure a few chapters in. But I hung in there, and I’m so glad that I did because I absolutely LOVED the first book, and cannot wait to devour the next two.
Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi
#1 – Under the Never Sky
#2 – Through the Ever Night
#3 – Into the Still Blue
#0.5 – Roar and Liv
#2.5 – Brooke
I received an ARC of Under the Never Sky, and was still brand spanking new to dystopians at the time.  It was super easy for me to get over my fears and fall head first into the story. I cannot wait to continue the series and see what happens to the characters that I’ve come to love!
New Soul Series by Jodi Meadows
#1 – Incarnate
#2 – Asunder
#3 – Infinite
#2.5 – Phoenix Overture
I fell in love with the cover of Incarnate before actually reading the book. It is a very unique concept, and I’m curious to see how it ends.
Starcrossed Series by Josephine Angelini
Books in the Series:
#1 – Starcrossed
#2 – Dreamless
#3 – Goddess
#0.5 – Starcrossed City
I remember starting Starcrossed and thinking to myself, I am not going to be able to get into this one. Greek Mythology retelling?  I wasn’t so sure. But I am sure about one thing, that I was wrong and absolutely LOVED the first book in the series, and have the next two on my, “must read ASAP” list.
What series have you started and not finished, but desperately need to? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Happy Reading!

Laura

2014 NEW YEARS READING AND BLOGGING RESOLUTIONS


Hey Bookworms!

I typically do not set annual reading goals for myself, other than the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge. I tend not to set schedules for myself when it comes to reading; whether it be what to read, or when to read it. Also, this year is going to present itself with new challenges for me, that will take away previously free time to read. In June we are welcoming a baby into our family, and in September, my fiance and I getting married. I’m sure both of those will take up the time I would normally be reading, but I think it’s for a good cause! And besides, babies do nap eventually, right?

So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2014:

1. Read more YA High/Fantasy. I fell in love with high/fantasy novels after reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I plan to finish the Fire and Thorns Series, and also branch out into more fantasy series that are out there.

2. Read more YA Contemporary/Romance. I tend to shy away from this genre unless a book is getting tons of attention, and the description really grabs me. I absolutely fell in love with Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell in 2013, as well as This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. I don’t do the mushy, cutesy or love triangle thing, so the book has to really have substance. I also adored Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, as well as the companion novel, Anna and the French Kiss. I’ll aim for more of this style Contemporary/Romance to fulfill this goal.

3. Finally read The Mortal Instruments. I have had City of Bones sitting on my shelf for literally, years now, but I still haven’t read it – even though I swore I would before the movie came out (Haven’t seen that either!).

4. Finally read Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I reread Divergent last year with plans to read Insurgent and ultimately Allegiant and just never got to it. I will make that happen in 2014!

5. Read more Adult Historical Fiction. This is a genre that I read the most when I first started reading again as an adult (post-high school, when I could choose to read whatever I wanted!) I fell in love with Phillipa Gregory and ultimately moved on to Allison Weir, who hooked me with her book, Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine. I also adored Jennifer Donnelly’s The Tea Rose, which has two more books in the series that I cannot wait to devour! Also, I’d love to finish up Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series as well. I’ve been on book #2 for awhile now, they’re large and take time to read but are soooo good!

6. Branch out further into graphic novels. I’ve read a few in my time and enjoyed them. I’d really love to get my hands on the Vampire Academy graphic novels based on Richelle Mead’s best-selling series, as well as the Beautiful Creatures books based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s series.

Blog Resolutions

I also wanted to make a few resolutions pertaining to my blog as well. I know that I took a HUGE break from blogging later in 2013, but we have a brand new computer now, and I’m refreshed from the time away, so here are the plans I have for the blog this year:

1. Blog as often as I can while not letting it consume or overwhelm me. Expect at least two posts per week, more if time permits. I do not want to set myself on a post-a-day schedule again because that is when I tend to burn myself out. Keeping my posts-per-week lower will help me come up with quality posts for all of my wonderful readers!

2. I’ve mentioned before my hopes to start ‘BookTubing’ on YouTube in the past. My new laptop comes with a webcam that is not the greatest but definitely gets the job done. Once I get the hang of it, and figure out editing, I’m hoping to start using my YouTube account more.

3. Work on improving my reviews. I want to come up with a good format for my reviews to give you guys the best take on the books that I’ve read. I want to focus more on the fine points of the book rather than skimming over obvious points like plot, character, and writing. 

So this is what I have planned for my upcoming year. I’d love any recommendations or feedback from you guys, so go ahead and leave me some love in the comments below! Also, let me know what you plan for yourself for 2014!

Happy Reading!
Laura

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Alliance (Paradise Reclaimed #3) by Aubrie Dionne

Alliance (Book #3)

by Aubrie Dionne
Young Adult

“Saving him meant saving her colony…”

Lyra Bryan has been saving people her whole life from a chick in the ventilation pipes to her mentally ill brother when his mind drifts back to Old Earth. She meets her match when she finds a gorgeous alien man aboard the arachnid ship. Captured after a failed attempt to save his people, his spirit is broken, craving only vengeance. To save her colony, Lyra must save his body and soul.

Lyra’s lifemate, Tauren, is jealous of her obsession with the alien man and will do anything in his power to break them apart. While they travel to the arachnid’s home world to defeat the mother brain once and for all, they must set aside their differences and work as a team. But, can Tauren be trusted?

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