Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reckless Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt, + Giveaway

‘Are you going to ask me in?’ he replied, a cheeky smile forming on the edges of his lips. Then he leaned towards me conspiratorially. ‘We aren’t strangers, you know.’

Milly Benton wants it all to go away. Wants to flip the bird to the nightmares and her parent’s grief and the incessant questions about when she’s going to make something of herself.

But when her parents exile her to the country, Milly has to cope with her annoyingly helpful aunt and three cousins instead. Bitter at the hand she’s been dealt, Milly has stopped dreaming of a future.

In steps Jerome with his tormented blue eyes. Familiar from her childhood and as broken as she. They need each other. But how can they forget?





Author Bio:
 Danielle Weiler loves all things written. She has her best story ideas in the middle of the night when there’s no chance to remember them the next day. Her first YA novel, Friendship on Fire, was published in 2011. Reckless is Danielle’s first novel for new adults. She has lived and taught high school in New South Wales and Victoria but prefers the sunny weather in Perth. She is kept company by her husband, son and naughty cat, Ginger.
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Excerpt:

A visitor came to the farm the next day. He was young, tall, and handsome, in an I’m-not-a-boy-but-not-a-man-either kind of way. Familiar.


Haunted, sapphire eyes.


He stood at the door, hands in his pockets, as if I’d invited him and he wasn’t just showing up out of the blue. I had an apron on that used to be white, my hands smelling like garlic from the pasta sauce I was attempting to make.

How did he find me?


‘It’s a small town,’ he answered my unspoken question simply, and shrugged, looking around him. Anywhere but in my eyes.

‘So it is,’ I murmured, subtly searching his body for any scars, signs of the past. The parts of him that were exposed, that is.

‘Besides, I asked around,’ he continued. ‘Most people know your aunt’s property. It’s on the way into town. She has lived here for fifteen years.’

‘Then you’re a good tracker.’ Still nothing obvious that I could see on him. Had he really been there?

He cocked his head. ‘Am I imposing on you? I just thought we could talk. We didn’t get to.’

Tell me what happened.

‘Who is it?’ Charmaine called from the kitchen, dishes clanging.

How was I supposed to word it?

Charmaine, this is the boy who was in the car with Christian when he died.

‘Jerome,’ I called back, repeatedly wiping my hands on the apron.

This is the boy who Christian nearly killed because of his reckless driving.

‘Oh. From the university?’

This is Christian’s best friend in the whole entire world. Was.

‘Yeah.’


‘I’m a friend of her brother’s,’ he offered.

I wanted to glare at him. Charmaine was quiet. The dish-water in the sink began to empty.

‘Well, are you going to ask him in?’ she called finally, like it was so obvious to everyone else except me.

‘Yeah, are you going to ask me in?’ he replied, a cheeky smile forming on the edges of his lips. Then he leaned towards me conspiratorially. ‘We aren’t strangers, you know.’

‘I know,’ I said quickly. Then, because I had no reason not to, I invited him inside.

***

Mum, Dad, this is Jerome, Christian says. He’s just moved in down the street. Guess what? We’re both seven. And this is just Milly, my twin sister. He says it like it’s poison on his tongue.

I stare at the stranger, Christian’s new friend, who will now compete with me for my brother’s attention. He’s scruffy, with messy brown hair and blue eyes, the colour of the deepest oceans.

Hi Milly, he says in a small voice, but not shy. It’s cool that you have a twin.

It is, hey. Especially because we’re not identical, I say back, liking this new boy already. Christian must have sensed this.

Well, we’re going to go play, Christian announces, and I wait for the invitation. It doesn’t come. I hang my head, look at my parents, hope they can read my mind and force them to include me.

You wanna come? Jerome offers, and Christian rolls his eyes.

She’s a girl, he complains, when even I know it was just for show. Christian sought out my company just as much as I sought out his. But for his new friend, he has to seem tough. I have to become a useless girl.


Jerome shrugs, gives me a small look that says I tried, and they go off to play with their trucks and cars in a make-believe boys’ world that I’m not allowed in.

Review:
First line:
I am reckless.
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Source:
ecopy from author
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Rating:
3 stars out of 5
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At first, my feelings about Reckless were
But as the story went on, I came to appreciate Milly's struggle. Her brother was dead and she felt like her parents despised her for being the twin that was still alive. She didn't a have a place she belonged. She only had a manipulative best friend, a jerk of a "boyfriend," a sister who reminded Milly of her brother, and parents she thought hated her. Seems like a crappy life, right?

Milly didn't like to confront her problems. All she did was run away or ignore them. That really bothered me about her character. She also never admitted that anything was her fault. It was always someone else's fault. I liked the character of Jerome. He was sweet and you could tell he was hurting from what had happened.He just wanted to heal, both himself and Milly.

Reckless is an emotional read and definitely worth the time. It deals with a lot of hard issues that most authors don't like to write about. Check it out :)


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sentinel Blog Tour: Deity Day - Review + Giveaway

Deity (Covenant #3)
"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "


Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...


 Author Bio:
# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Review:
First line:
Red silk clung to my hips, twisting into a tight bodice that accentuated my curves.
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Source:
Nook ecopy
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Rating:
5 stars out of 5
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Though I love JLA and all of her books, one of my major hang-ups with the Covenant series is how similar it is the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. And before you all blow up at me, I'm not accusing anybody of anything. I'm just saying that the similarities bother me. JLA has an amazing writing style and has created a unique world that I am absolutely in love. And her characters are vivid and real.

In Deity, we start to see a different side of Seth. And not just one side, but several. We see his fun, care-free side which is the side we've seen from the beginning, and we're introduced to his evil side, but also the side of him that just wants to be loved and accepted. As much as I dislike Seth, that kinda broke my heart a little. sniff sniff

Aiden and Alex's relationship (How do you even give them a nickname? Is it Ailex? Alden? I don't like either of those... Oh! Let's call them St. Andros. I like that :D [<- sometimes I wonder about my though processes *facepalm*]) is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. And I really like sliced bread.


The plot line is:
The feels I had after finishing Deity were excruciating. Y'all better be happy that the sequels are available right now (or on Saturday as is the case with Sentinel), because I just about killed somebody in my anxiousness to get the next book. Luckily, JLA also has other series I adore. Unluckily, I have to wait for sequels for those books, too. Why do I torture myself by reading books in a series that hasn't been finished yet? Sigh. I never learn.....

So, if you've read Daimen, Half-Blood, and Pure, you should definitely read Deity. The series just goes uphill from here with no stopping in sight :D I can't wait to read Sentinel!!!!!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (70)

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

Addicted For Now
Addicted #2
Publication: November 30, 2013

From Goodreads:
He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Scary Covers (28)


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 Scary Covers

 The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke


 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin
Eden (Providence #3) by Jamie McGuire
Left Drowning by Jessica Park


 Silence (Hush Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Transcend by Christine Fonseca
Beautiful Chaos (Castor #3) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


The Pledge (Pledge #1) by Kimberly Derting

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cover Characteristic: Hats (63)

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:
Hats
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

 While It Lasts by Abbi Glines

 Whatever's Left by Nikki Archer

My favorite cover of the week:
 Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cover Characteristic: Blondes (62)

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:
Blondes

 Before We Fall by Courtney Cole


 Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

 Chime by Franny Billingsley

 My Name is Rapunzel by K. C. Hilton

My favorite cover of the week:
 Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

New Releases: October 29 and 31 and November 1 and 2

October 29
Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre
The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy.

The horde is coming.

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.



Parasite (Parasitology #1) by Mira Grant
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.



All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.

Still, it is Anya’s nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life.
In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the story of growing up and learning what love really is. It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin’s writing for young adults: the intricate characterization of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the big-heartedness of Elsewhere. It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.



The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa
In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.



October 30
My Date From Hell (The Blooming Goddess #2) by Tellulah Darling
Sophie Bloom’s junior year has been a bit of a train wreck. After the world’s greatest kiss re-awakened Sophie’s true identity as Persephone (Goddess of Spring and Savior of Humanity), she fought her dragon-lady guidance counselor to the death, navigated mean girl Bethany’s bitchy troublemaking, and dealt with the betrayal of her backstabbing ex, Kai (sexy Prince of Darkness). You’d think a girl could catch a break.

Yeah, right.

With Zeus stepping things up, it’s vital that Sophie retrieve Persephone’s memories and discover the location of the ritual to stop Zeus and Hades. So when Aphrodite strikes a deal that can unlock Sophie’s pre-mortal past, what choice does the teen goddess have but to accept?

The mission: stop media mogul Hermes from turning Bethany into a global mega-celebrity. The catch? Aphrodite partners Sophie and Kai to work together … and treat this suicide mission as a date. Which could work out for Sophie’s plan to force Kai to admit his feelings for her–if she doesn’t kill him first.

Add to that the fact that BFF Theo’s love life and other BFF Hannah’s actual life are in Sophie’s hands, and suddenly being a teenager—even a godlike one—seems a bit like … well, hell. Whatever happened to dinner and a movie?

The YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology fireworks continue to fly in My Date From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book two of this teen fantasy romance series. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly.


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November 1
The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very women he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.

Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appointing the right person in charge of the prince’s affairs has turned a kingdom against the Nactue leader. Saving her stubborn, willful prince from the darkness overtaking him will be the battle of her life, and she needs people she can trust by her side. But bad blood between members of the Nactue obscure Kaliope’s journey, while her feelings for Caben cloud her judgment.

When the time comes to do what she must to destroy the goddess of chaos, will she be able to if it means losing Caben forever?

Book two of the Goddess Wars is told in dual point of view from Kaliope and Caben. New Adult Dark Fantasy, intended for readers 17 years of age and older.


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Wide Spaces (Wide Awake #2) by Shelly Crane
Wide Spaces is proud to be a part of The 12 NA's Novellas of Christmas
12 NA Novellas.
12 Best Selling Authors.


A novella for Emma and Mason's first Christmas together after Wide Awake.

Emma knows better than most that life can change from one second to the next. Mason knows that guilt can make you change so much, that you don't even recognize yourself in the mirror. When they found each other, they knew that life had given them a second chance.
But can one night, one second, one misunderstanding change everything?

A life together that saved them will become a life they think is lost forever.



PG-13
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Buutterfield, Hailee Steinfield  
The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.

November 2
It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Covers x7 Titles x1

 The Treatment (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young
Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?


Publication: April 29, 2014

The Defiant (The Forsaken #3) by Lisa M. Stasse
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Publication: July 8, 2014

Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera
REBEL is told from Wren and Callum’s point of view.
Publication: May 6, 2014
 

Waster Heart (Ruining Spinoff) by Nicole Reed
“Who are you?”

The image in the mirror staring back at me feigns disinterest.

Rock star? Recovering addict? Murderer?

How can you explain to someone what it’s like not to care? Not about yourself or the person standing next to you. I’ve lost that, the ability to feel and show affection. I do, however, have a heart. Sometimes, when I chase the dragon, it thunders through my head like a drum, reminding me it still beats. It’s still there.

Hollow.​ Empty.​ Wasted.

My agent says I have one more shot. A single, solitary chance to stay in the music biz, but there is one massive problem. HER.

***This is a stand-alone book. It is a spin-off from the Ruining Series; however, you do not have to read the series to read Rhye's story.


Publication: October 22, 2013

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


Publication: April 29, 2014

Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3) by Anna Banks
No description available

Publication: May 13, 2014

The conclusion to Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, this gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier is a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures and Anna Dressed in Blood.

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me.

The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

Between the Spark and the Burn is the heart-pounding conclusion to the “lavishly rendered, darkly romantic, and beautifully unsettling [Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.]”—Melissa Marr


Publication: August 14, 2014








The Heroes of Olympus #5 by Rick Riordan
Though the Greek and Roman crew-members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.