Monday, September 30, 2013

A Missing Peace by Beth Fred

A turbulent, emotionally charged YA novel that breaks down barriers and challenges the status quo...

Angry, seventeen-year-old Iraqi war refugee Mirriam Yohanna hates her new life in Killeen, Texas, where the main attraction is a military base, populated with spoiled army brats like Caleb Miller.

Caleb has much to be angry about too, including Mirriam who turns him down flat in front of everyone. Eager for retribution, Caleb agrees to a dare that will see him take Mirriam to the prom and regain his pride.

But their relationship soon moves beyond high school antics. Mirriam and Caleb are bound together by more than location, and as they are forced to work closely together on a school assignment, they start to uncover an explosive story that has the potential to ruin lives — and both of their futures. One single truth changes everything and strengthens their bond.

When Mirriam's family discovers their relationship, they decide it's time to arrange her marriage to a proper Iraqi man. Caleb must convince Mirriam that he is in it for forever — or risk losing her for good.

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First line:
With the AC all the way up, I still baked in the stifling heat. The other guys probably were too,  but they didn't complain.
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Source:
Review copy from Netgalley
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Rating:
3 stars out of 5
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I loved the premise of the story. The only thing was that Caleb started to get on my nerves. And then there was some major insta-love happening here. SPOILER: They only knew each other for a couple of months before they decided to elope.
(You know it's getting real when I start using GIFs to express my emotions....)

That right there pretty much made the book a three star rather than a four star. The other thing was that Caleb seemed to change into a completely different person after his accident. He didn't even really resemble the person he was before.

I did like both Mirriam's and Caleb's backstories. I thought they were unbelievably sweet. I wish Beth would have elaborated more on Mirriam's life in Iraq and a little about where they had been before they moved to Killeen.

I loved Mirriam's personality. She's got some spunk. Her brother on the other hand was strange. I didn't understand why he was so adamant that she date an Iraqi guys while it was okay for him to date an American girl.

Sassy Girl Swoony God Challenge #3

The results from last week's challenge (sorry I didn't get my post up, but you can check out Tellulah's here):


Check out what Tellulah has to say about this week's challenge:


So our players’ challenge in a nutshell is to design a new tattoo for Kai. One worthy of a god. Then take a photo of it and tweet it with this message:

#SassyGirlSwoonyGodTourney http://bit.ly/1bfztUa Designing Kai a tattoo fit for a god.  #MyDateFromHell

They can tweet up to 4 times for up to 4 entries into the grand prize draw.
Bonus entry #1: Post tattoo design on their blog, explaining what it is.
Bonus entry #2: Post tattoo design on their blog’s FB page, explaining what it is.

Our tourney participants have until Sun Oct 6 noon PST to email their screenshots of their tweets and links as proof to td@tellulahdarling.com.


I LOVED what everyone came up with for last week’s challenge of creating a playlist from Sophie to Kai. Everyone had their own unique, hilarious spin on what she’d tell him and how. We had sass and smackdown and yearning and just plain fabulousness. Plus I discovered some great new songs out of it.

Cover Characteristic: Yellow/Orange (59)

Cover Characteristic
(hosted by Sugar & Snark)
This a meme where each week a book cover characteristic will be selected by the host. You then choose 5 covers to post with that particular characteristic.
This week's theme:
Yellow/Orange
 The Program by Suzanne Young

Allegiance by Cayla Kluver

 Rise by Andrea Cremer

 Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

My favorite cover of the week:
 The Guard by Kiera Cass

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

THE NAZI HUNTERS is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Survivor Simon Wiesenthal opened Eichmann's case; a blind Argentinean and his teenage daughter provided crucial information. Finally, the Israeli spies -- many of whom lost family in the Holocaust -- embarked on their daring mission, recounted here in full. Based on the adult bestseller HUNTING EICHMANN, which is now in development as a major film, and illustrated with powerful photos throughout, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can't-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.

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First line:
 A remote stretch of unlit road on a windy night. Two cars appear out of the darkness.
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Source:
Netgalley
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Rating:
5 stars out of 5
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When I was younger, I read all the time. In third and fourth grade, I couldn't be seen without a book about the Holocaust. I was obsessed. But when your that old, the tragedies that these people went through don't really hit you. While other kids were playing cops and robbers (rather than cowboys and Indians), I was pondering what it would be like to live as a Jew in Nazi Germany. I loved pondering how I would respond to certain things. Would I cower before death? Or would I stand up for my faith?

It's been awhile since I've read a Holocaust book, but this was definitely the perfect book to pick up. Bascomb gives an amazingly detailed account of the hunt for Adolf Eichmann, but it also flows like a story and not a boring history book. The only problem I had was that I had a problem keeping names and involvement in the hunt straight, but Bascomb had no control over the characters.

There are some moments that made me tear up. Reading Zeev's account of what he went through in Hungary and Auschwitz was heartbreaking. And the ending paragraphs where a bittersweet happy moment. "Mama, Fruma was avenged. It was her own brother who captured Adolf Eichmann." Those words broke my heart and made me smile at the same time. Bascomb's inclusion of Israeli Attorney General Gideon Hausner's opening and closing speeches of the trial was ingenious. "When I stand before you here, Judges of Israel, to lead the Prosecution of Adolf Eichmann, I am not standing alone. With me are six million accusers...but their voice is not heard. Therefore, I will be their spokesman." These opening words from Hausner draw your attention to the atrocities committed against those whose died. And now they do not get to accuse their condemners.

I think all Middle/High Schoolers should read this book and others like it, so that we may never forget the atrocities that faced the Jews during the Holocaust. For those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Darkest Part Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood)
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her. 



 Author Bio:
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.
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Review:
 First line:
There's a universal truth. One that I never questioned. One that, when planning out the rest of my life, I felt confident was solid. This truth was my rock, my constant. And all the over bullshit didn't matter.
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Source:
Review ecopy
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Rating:
5 stars out of 5
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Trisha Wolfe has created a masterpiece in The Darkest Part.It was very sad in a sweet way (and we all know how much I love books like that). Everyone had secrets, and Trisha did an amazing job of drawing out the reveal while also keeping me interested to find out what that secret was. I was rooting for Holden the whole time.

Trisha did an amazing job of capturing Sam's descent into madness. It was very realistic. And she captured Holden's quilt perfectly. Tyler's character was written well. He went from this perfect guy in Sam's eyes to this person that she didn't even know, and it broke her heart that he didn't trust her with these things while he was alive. I kinda want a story from Tyler's POV now to know exactly what he was thinking.

I can't wait to see what Trisha has in store for us next with this series!!!


Giveaway:
International
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New Releases: September 30 and October 1

September 30
Darkness Fades (Darkness Falls #3) by Jessica Sorensen
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October 1
Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.


Endless (Violet Eden #4) by Jessica Shirvington 
LOVE WILL KILL US ALL
Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose-literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she's about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she's not nearly ready.
The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head-not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face...



Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley's wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She's always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.

But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.

Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.

Lark never asked to be anyone's savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone's weapon. She might not have a choice.



 Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles
After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?




"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.

Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.

When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.

New Adult Contemporary Romance



Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian 
Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She's also made friends with a local clique--including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.
But Rory's world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn't what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory's every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again. From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she's ever known ends.



While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she could have imagined.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.


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Endless Knight (Arcana #2) by Kresley Cole 
In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.



After being pushed to excel her entire life, high school basketball star Genna Pierce is finally where she wants to be. University scouts are taking notice, her team is on its way to the state tourney, and Jake Butler, the hot boy she's daydreamed about since ninth grade, is showing some definite interest. When he asks her out and their relationship takes off, Genna believes things can't get better.

Then, it's over.

A freak accident ends her career before it's even begun. Her parents are fighting more than ever, her friends don't understand what she's going through, and she's not sure who she is without basketball. And while he tries to be there for her, Genna doesn't understand how Jake could ever want the broken version of the girl he fell for.

Her life in a tailspin, Genna turns to the only solace that eases her pain: Vicodin. 


Friday, September 27, 2013

Double Cover Reveal: Juliana Haygert

Soul Oath (Everlast #2) by Juliana Haygert
Publication: November 25, 2013

Description:
Sequel of Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) - contains spoilers:

It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.

Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.
  


Goodreads

Cup of Life (Everlast #2.5) by Juliana Haygert
Publication: November 25, 2013

Description:
His existence would mean nothing without her.

Goodreads

Author Bio:
 New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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 Renegade (Mila 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza
Sci-fi thriller.
 
Publication:  May 13, 2014
Recklessly Royal (Suddenly #2) by Nichole Chase
Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?


Publication: March 25, 2014

My Sweetest Escape (My Favorite Mistake #2) by Chelsea M. Cameron
The past will always find you.

Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life; until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn't begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn't enough to help her feel normal again.

And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can't begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she's not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she's no longer sure she deserves.

But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he's hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together;or tear them apart for good?


Publication: January 28, 2014

The Worlds We Make (Fallen World #3) by Megan Crewe
The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left:
THE CURE.

When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they're being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough...

In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that's left of the girl she was?


Publication: February 11, 2014

Wide Open (Wide Awake #3) by Shelly Crane
Milo is trouble.

He lives it, breathes it. He embraces anything that numbs and takes his mind somewhere else, a world where his mother is herself and not just a shell, and his brother didn't almost kill her, severing any relationship they had. But more importantly, Milo drowns out the guilt for leaving his mother and not being able to forgive his brother. He drowns his pride and moves on to another girl and another party, pretending that life isn't moving on around him and he's stuck in the same place. He's stuck in the past and doesn't know how to let go.

Maya is trouble.

She's done the party scene and has had her fair share of close calls and handcuffs. Not the kinky kind. She's so over it all and fought like hell for that life to let go so she could move on. She now works as a teen counselor. Her life is better, but her life is empty. She has no one but her brother in the whole world left and he's sick with a disease that no medicine can cure.

When they meet, a romance that scares them both emerges, but the love you fight for is the love that can mend bridges, heal scars, and open closed hearts. They'll need each other, they'll want each other, they'll have each other.

But will it all come too late?


Publication: December 2013

Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5) by Veronica Rossi
Set just before the events of Into the Still Blue, the conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy (Examiner.com), this breathtaking novella is a satisfying stand-alone for new readers as well as an exciting glimpse at favorite characters from the trilogy. Pulsing with romance and danger, Brooke will leave readers desperate for the conclusion to this epic and unforgettable saga.

The only fight she can't win is the one for Perry's heart. Following the stunning climax in Through the Ever Night, the Tides have been forced to seek shelter from the Aether storms in a dismal, secluded cave. But Brooke's memories of the cave go back much further, to when she and Perry used to come here together. That was before Perry fell in love with Aria and before Vale's dealings with the Dwellers altered the course of the Tides forever.

Now, with her sister back from a haunting year in captivity and Aria lying unconscious in the sick bay, Brooke struggles to put the pieces of her life back together. Without Perry, who is she? And what is her role in this frightening new world? As these questions swirl about her, an old threat to the Tides resurfaces, and Brooke is forced to put the lives of her people before her own. But in taking this step outside of herself, Brooke may finally discover what she truly wants.


Publication: November 26, 2013


Shatter Me #2.5 by Taherah Mafi
This second novella takes place between Unravel Me and Ignite Me and is told from Adams perspective.
  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Perfect Mess Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Series #1)
I know what you did last summer.

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.

Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.

Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.

As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.

A Perfect Series: Three perfect girls, three perfect secrets, one unholy trinity




Author Bio:
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic comedy/mystery, new adult, and urban fantasy. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.
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Review:
First line:
"The solution is incorrect, Miss Walker."
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Source:
Review ecopy
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Rating:
3 stars out of 5
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A Perfect Mess had an excellent plot line with some hidden meanings that actually made me think. The story begins with Aubree's recurring chicken dream. It is never stated what the interpretation of the dream was, but I was thinking about it the whole book and I just loved being able to do that and put my own meaning in the dream. The plot was also suspenseful, leaving e wondering what had happened on Wild Magnolia Road.

What I did not like about the novel was the characters. I felt like Aubree and Booker were always crying. I could kinda deal with that if it was just Aubree, but I felt like Booker was crying more than Aubree was. He would tear up at stupid things. I was just disappointed when I was reading his POV.

The setting is fairly vivid and Dawson's use of colloquials in her writing was good. I could almost hear them talking based on the way the words were written!

I am looking forward to reading about the rest of the unholy trinity (as Booker and his two brothers [their triplets] are called) and the imperfect trinity (as I have taken to thinking about Aubree and her two best friends) in the two upcoming sequels!

Giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway<:a> 


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (65)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Far From You
Publication: April 8, 2014

From Goodreads:
Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Indie-Credible Authors: Ronda Hinrichsen

When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother's house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap-a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of fueding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She, the only firstborn female in hundreds of years-only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to breake the curse, she must delve into her family's dark past, and she must gain the trust of those who would use her for their own evil designs. As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn't as it seems and that all choices have consequences. Can Emi break the curse before it's too late?







Author Bio:
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen is the author of LDS and Speculative suspense novels. Her numerous magazine and internet writing credits include fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults. She also enjoys teaching writing and speaking in various venues.
Ronda first knew she wanted to be a writer when she was in the 6th grade. Her English teacher had been reading S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders to the class, and when she reached the section where Johnny urged Ponyboy to stay “gold,” Ronda realized she wanted her own novels to encourage the "golden" in others. That remains one of her goals.
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Author Interview:


Giveaway:
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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels (25)


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
In no particular order.


This Week's Theme:
Top Ten Sequels


 The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5) by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter



 City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Casandra Clare
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
Sweet Peril (Sweet #2) by Wendy Higgins


The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin
Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2) by Karen Amanda Hooper
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6)


Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton