Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (26)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This is a once-a-week look at the book(s) I am anxiously awaiting release.

"Where the Moon Isn't" by Nathan Filer

This book is set to be released November 5th, 2013. It is a stand-alone novel.

"A stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realized... clearly the work of a major new talent." --S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep.

While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found out a way to bring his brother back...

What begins as the story of a lost boy turns into a story of a brave man yearning to understand what happened that night, in the years since, and to his very person. Unafraid to look in the shadows of our hearts, Nathan Filer's rare and brilliant debut shows us the strength that is rooted in resilience and love.

I had thought to request this book from the publishers but I had already requested quite a few others books and there was just no way I could do so without being a very, very greedy book blogger. I do hope that once it gets closer to the release date I will be able to read a few of my fellow book blogger's reviews. It sounds like a really interesting premise.

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday?

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tell Me Something Tuesday (17)


"Tell Me Something" Tuesday is a meme hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings

This week's question is:

If the Apocalypse were to happen tomorrow what would you want for your last meal?

I would have to say, I would go on a dessert binge. I don't allow myself to eat too many sweets due to having already gained a few extra pounds recently. If I am, most likely, going to die the next day, you better believe I am going to eat as many sweets as I can fit into my mouth. One dessert that we usually make in the fall around here are pumpkin muffins. For one of my classes we had to present a business venture and my group chose a bakery. I turned the pumpkin MUFFINS into pumpkin CUPCAKES. They are absolutely delish and moist as they can be.

These are the cupcakes produced for the presentation. Low calorie pumpkin cupcakes with vanilla frosting.

What would your last meal be?

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Monday, October 28, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (26)


"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Currently Reading

Cursed by Lizzy Ford
This is the first book in the Voodoo Nights series.
Provided by NetGalley for Review.


The Red Man is coming...

Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father's home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of the curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse... the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations--a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn't believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he's compelled to for more reasons than her beauty.

He's not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.

Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil's siren song?


Weekly Reading Options
Little Known Gems


Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié
This is the first book in the Crusade series.
Bought from Gohastings.com.

The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.

For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained as Spain's Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.

Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.

Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself and her heart.

Rule by Jay Crownover
This is the first book in The Marked Men series.
Provided by publishers for book tour.


Opposites in every way... except the one that matters.

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want--and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess--and his dead twin brother's girl. She lives by other people's rules; he makes his own. He doesn't have time for a good girl like Shaw--even if she's the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love... or each other.


Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody
This is a stand-alone novel.
Provided by publishers for review.

Will Scarlet is on the run.

Once the sheltered son of nobility, Will has become an exile. While his father, Lord Shackley, has been on the Crusades with King Richard, a treacherous plot to unseat Richard has swept across England, and Shackley House has fallen.

Will flees the only home he's ever known into neighboring Sherwood Forest, where he joins the elusive gang of bandits known as the Merry Men. Among them are Gilbert, their cruel leader; a giant named John Little; a drunkard named Rob; and Much, an orphan girl disguised as a bandit boy.

This is the story of how a band of misfit outlaws became heroes of legend--thanks to one brave 13-year-old boy.

I am always open to recommendations. What books have you read lately that you would think I'd be interested in? Leave a comment and let me know! Happy Reading! :)

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Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen @NetGalley @jessFallenStar

Title: Breaking Nova

Author: Jessica Sorensen

Series: Nova #1

Publication date: September 3rd, 2013

ISBN: 9781455582723

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next... until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draws her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life--but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life... but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jessica Sorensen is truly a household name when it comes to contemporary fiction, so it's not surprising that when I was alerted to a new series I was desperate to try it out. From the synopsis it sounded like a troubled girl who would ultimately tame the wild and broken boy. Seems like a light and fun little read, doesn't it? And then I got to page 1...

Nova's story opens on her discovering her childhood best friend and love of her life in some sort of traumatic situation. It is only to be assumed he died in some manner and she was the one who found him that way. (Okay... not so light and fun) Nova doesn't know how to coup with her existence without Landon. She tries to distract herself from the pain by counting things obsessively. Number of cracks in the street, number of rocks in a path, number of limbs in a tree, and so forth. She sets a routine for herself to keep her panic attacks and break downs manageable. She knows she will never love again and is merely surviving each day because she doesn't have the strength of will to end her suffering. Her life and routines are rocked to their core when she meets Quinton.

Quinton also has issues. He has also confronted a devastating loss that he can't seem to recover from. Guilt and shame eat away at him until the only way he can numb the pain is through drugs. He, also, swears to never love again. Enter Nova.

Nova and Quinton rock each others steadfast law to never enter into a relationship with another person. They are instantly drawn to each other. Perhaps because they are both suffering from the same sort of pain that is eating away at their souls, or maybe it's simply because they see their lost loved ones in each other and are hungry to experience that connection again. Either way, whatever is happening between Nova and Quinton can either mend their shattered lives or destroy it even further.

I have not had a book that rocked me to the core as much as this one did. I started it directly before bedtime thinking I'd get a chapter in and call it a night. I stayed up for 6 hours and finished the entire thing without stopping. I was sobbing my eyes out almost the entire book. Sorensen made the characters' devastating plights and their tragic stories believable. She made me want to root for Nova and Quinton to finally find happiness again and pull themselves out of the downward spiral they were headed. I wanted them to heal through each other's combined strength.

I will not give away the ending but... that didn't happen and I am MAD! I am mad that the book was so intoxicating and I have to wait until February 2014 to find out what happened with it's epic cliffhanger (why do you hate us, Jessica, why?). I am mad because when I could finally breath easy for the characters something happened and they started to backslide. I am mad because I will not be able to get over this book for many, many days/weeks/months! You are a genius, Jessica. An evil, diabolic, cruel genius of literature!

Breaking Nova will completely break your heart into a million tiny pieces and Jessica Sorensen will own at least a fragment of it even after it is finally put back together.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

ARC Review: Dreamer by Nicole Thomas

Title: Dreamer

Author: Nicole Thomas

Series: Dreamerbound #1

Publication date: October 28th, 2013

ISBN: n/a

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Someone is using Anna's dreams as a weapon, and so far, they've gotten away with murder. Anna isn't quite sure why those closest to her die when she dreams, but it's enough to turn this teenager off REM sleep and relationships for good. She has more than enough blood on her hands without boys crushing on her and getting buried six feet underground as a result.

As of right now, Anna's plan to avoid relationships with anyone outside her family had gone off without a hitch. And if it weren't for her classmate, Liam, she would've continued to do so. Liam's successfully flow under her social radar, and if he wants to avoid having his obituary in the local newspaper, he'd keep it that way. But when he confides in Anna and tells her he has dreams as well, he comes the exception to the rule.

Okay, so his dreams might not be as dangerous, but it turns out his mother's were. Liam's mom is missing. His mom just turned eighteen whens he fell completely off the grid, and Anna could be next.

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

I have started receiving a lot of review requests in recent dates and, the book addict and eager to please reviewer that I am, normally end up accepting any that are asked of me. Who am I to say "thanks, but no thanks" to someone who has worked hard at their craft and put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work just to entertain book enthusiasts such as me? So when Nicole asked if I wanted to read her work and gave me an idea what the book was about, I hastily agreed. I was interesting in the dream aspect of the book. I have yet to really read anything that incorporated that idea. I was anxious to see what sort of world the author created. Dream-like story or a literary nightmare?

Anna's story begins with yet another foster family taking her in after the tragic loss of her parents years ago. Anna believes her dreams killed her parents. Anna also believes that she is cursed to endanger all those that come in contact with her, which is why she limits those she lets into her heart and even into her general area. She is counting the days until she turns 18 and she can disappear and hope to end the suffering of those she loves. However, Anna didn't count on the boy who stared at her and obviously crushed on her fairly severely being a hindrance to her overall plan.

Liam knows what Anna is. A dreamer like himself, except her dreams actually make an impact. Her dreams become reality. What started out as a way to study an active dreamer turns into genuine attraction and, dare he dream it, love. He cares about Anna and wants to help her to understand what is causing her dreams and stop them if at all possible. He knows from experience with his active dreamer mother that if Anna doesn't find answers, she will most likely disappear just like his mother did many years ago.

Anna and Liam are on a collision course with something big. Something that could change their understanding of the world they live in. Something that could make or break them and the existence of humans as an entirety.

When I got into the book I was interested in what could cause Anna to have quite literal killer dreams. What I found to be the cause of them was a little unnerving. I didn't expect it and since it is a pinnacle part of the story I won't divulge what that revelation was. I found the book to be exceptional up until a certain point. At about the half way mark, things got a little odd. I understand that with dreams, things are bound to be very Alice in Wonderland-esk, but this was almost a bit too hard to swallow. When the climax came about I found there was a lot of explaining from the antagonist. I would have maybe liked Liam and Anna to find out some answers for themselves about the grand evil plot instead of it just being explained out by the big baddie. I was almost expecting there to be some sort of moral to the story where it really wouldn't fit in the grand scheme of things.

I would say this book was about middle of the road for me. I really enjoyed some aspects and saw room for improvement in others. It's the author's debut novel, there are bound to be a few kinks along the way.

Dreamer is a dreamland of the paranormal genre that will cause you to wonder just how real ones dreams could actually be.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ladybug Loot/Book Haul (25)


ANNOUNCEMENT: After this weekend, I am officially putting myself on a book buying ban. I have WAY too many books as is and there is no way I will be able to read everything I have sitting around here as well as on my Kindle Fire. The only books I will have in my loot posts are ones I win or have previously bought and are just arriving. I may buy some Amazon Freebies... c'mon give me THAT at least... As for physical books, no way. One of these days I will make a blog post simply showing all the books I have laying around. It's sickening...

Anyway... Here is the books I got this week. The amount is staggering so... be prepared.


(this is a picture of the giant prize package I mentioned in the video)

Review Books


Rule by Jay Crownover (The Marked Men #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (for Book Tour @ TLC Book Tours)

Books Won



The Fury of Seduction by Coreene Callahan (Dragonfury #3) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from author on Goodreads)
A Mermaid's Kiss by Joey W. Hill (Daughters of Arianne #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Jen @ That's What I'm Talking About...)
Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Jen @ That's What I'm Talking About...)
Tigress by the Tail by Teresa D'Amario (Maxy Wizard #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Jen @ That's What I'm Talking About...)
Release Me by J. Kenner (Stark Trilogy #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Jen @ That's What I'm Talking About...)

Books Bought





 


About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken (Dragon Kin #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Torn by Amanda Hocking (Trylle #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love (Belador #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Fallen by Claire Delacroix (The Prometheus Project #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Entwined with You by Sylvia Day (Crossfire #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (The Heroes of Olympus #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Relic by Heather Terrell (Book of Eva #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Teardrop by Lauren Kate (Teardrop #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron - Goodreads / Amazon
Possession by Elana Johnson (Possession #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié (Crusade #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Dust Lands #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza (MILA 2.0 #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Breathe by Sarah Crossan (Breathe #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (Article 5 #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

E-Books

NetGalley (for Review)





ARC of Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen (Scarlet #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron - Goodreads / Amazon
The Dangerous Book of Demon Slayers by Angie Fox - Goodreads / Amazon
Dragos Takes a Holiday by Thea Harrison (The Elder Races #6.5) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Chaos Born by Rebekah Turner (Chronicles of the Applecross #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Rogue's Passion by Laurie London (Iron Portal #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Circle of Death by Keri Arthur (Damask Circle #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Angelbound by Christina Bauer - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin - Goodreads / Amazon

Edelweiss (for Review)





A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Feral Child by Che Golden (Feral Child Trilogy #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (Age of Legends #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Salvage by Alexandra Duncan - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Mind Games #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Death Sworn by Leah Cypress (Death Sworn #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of His Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd (The Madman's Daughter #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Avalon by Mindee Arnett (Avalon #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Warrior by Ellen Oh (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) - Goodreads / Amazon

Amazon Freebies


Parched by Z.L. Arkadie (Parched #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Kick by John L. Monk - Goodreads / Amazon
Awakening by Christy Dorrity (The Geis #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

Won from Bloggers/Authors


Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Lolita @ Lola's Reviews)
Torn by Kim Karr (Connections #2) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Jess @ Gone with the Words)
Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun (Courtlight #2) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Tiffany @ Book-Marks the Spot)

Etc.

$50 Amazon Giftcard from Sara Hantz 
$50 Amazon Giftcard from Lindsey R. Loucks

Thank yous and you are awesomes go out to HarperCollins Publishing, Coreene, Jen, Bloomsbury USA, Scribe Publishing, Season Publishing, Thea Harrison, Harlequin, Aspendawn Books, Bantem Dell, Delacorte, Inscribe Digital, Katherine Tegan Books, Greenwillow Books, HarperTeen, Balzer + Bray, Puffin, Dutton Juvenile, Quercus, Lolita, Jess, Tiffany, Lindsey, and Sara!

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