Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Blast + Giveaway: Silver White




Silver-White (The Great North Woods Pack #1)
by Shawn Underhill

 “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ Robert Frost

*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …

Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.

Excerpt:

Her head was turned up to the sky, her ears pricked, waiting for the next lines. But instead of the next line of a melancholy song, she heard next a sound far too close for comfort. From directly behind her a sudden swishing sound sent her spinning on her heels. As she whirled and faced the house, a bright shape flashed into her line of sight. It was her grandfather, robed in white, suddenly standing just this side of the glass door.
“It’s time,” he said in a low, serious tone.
“N—now?” Evie stuttered. He had appeared so quickly, and her nerves were so on edge, that he had startled her.
“Now,” he answered coolly. “Do you understand how young birds learn to fly?”
What?” she gasped.
“Do as I say.”
“Do what?” Evie began, but before she could form the words her grandfather was gone.
In one fluid motion he had stepped from his robe, dropped in height, lightened in color, spread in width, and in a blink transformed into a massive white wolf; Evie felt his great weight creaking the deck boards. Slightly smaller than the wolf of her dream, this wolf too had eyes that absorbed all of the night’s small light and reflected it in stormy pools of green. With sides swelling from his first deep breaths of the night, he stared into her with those piercing eyes. A deep rumble started low in his belly.



About the Author:
Shawn is a part-time writer from New Hampshire, where he spends his free time hiking in the mountains, camping, racing dirt bikes, or anything else that keeps him outdoors. Dogs are his very favorite people. He is also the author of the novel All Things Different.







Cover Reveal: Finding Valor





Channie has been kidnapped by her momma and Josh's memory was wiped clean. In this final book of the series, their journey doesn’t get any easier. They must rely on all they’ve learned and all they’ve overcome just to survive. But as the mage war escalates, the choices become harder. It’s not just their lives and love on the line. The power hungry leader of the Veyjivik clan will do anything, including murder, to accomplish her goal of world domination. Josh must leave behind the boy he was and embrace his heritage to become the man he was meant to be, or all will be lost.

Learn more about The Channie Series

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About Charlotte Abel



Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married. 

She's in love with "real" life and paranormal romance. When she's not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she's never shot at anything other than a target!) 

The final book of The Channie Series, "Finding Valor," will be available in Spring of 2013.

Look for "River's Remorse," the second book of "The Sanctuary Series" in late 2013.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Katie's Hellion

Katie's Hellion (Rhyn Trilogy #1) by Lizzy Ford

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Katie didn't send her boyfriend to Hell, but she's going there to bust him out! 

Katie thinks she’s going crazy when a baby angel and death’s personal assistant appear on her doorstep. Both claim she’s destined for something great. If she can survive, that is. She’s drawn into a world filled with immortals like Rhyn, an outcast who claims her as his mate in a show of defiance to his brothers. Katie rescues Rhyn from Hell, and he discovers fast just how special his little human is. With Death counting his days on one hand, Rhyn must learn to love, before his own time is up and Katie becomes the first human casualty in the brewing war between immortals. Will the love between a gifted young woman and an immortal outcast save the world-- or destroy it?




My thoughts...


Lizzy Ford’s book are always good. This one is no exception, Katie’s Hellion (you have no idea how much the title fits) has a bit of everything... the romance probably comes a bit later in the book, but there’s a lot of craziness at the beginning to keep you entertained. And Alpha males are up for grabbing!
Katie’s Hellion is a quick read that pulls you right in from the beginning and leaves you wanting for more. 

Katie has a boring life, she works at a fast food restaurant and then spends most of her time at her house. But one morning changes everything when suddenly there’s a 5ry.o following around claiming to be her child, and that’s not the worst, everyone thinks that is her child. And he doesn’t come alone... Gabriel, a Death Dealer, is usually around and both assure her that when the time comes, she’ll die. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, Katie is pulled into a world she didn’t know it existed full of men who take what they want when they want it. 

The Council That Was Seven is supposed to maintain order in the human world, but when they found out about Katie and her unique abilities their leader, Kris, wants her and he doesn’t care 

Rhyn has been in hell for a long time now, put away there because he can’t control his powers. He knows that and he knows he could easily kill everything and everyone without warning but that doesn’t mean he’s happy with how things turned out. When Gabriel, his only friend, comes with a solution he doesn’t hesitate to say yes... and he has no idea what he got himself into.

What I liked about Katie is that, even with all the crazy things going on in her life and with all the men trying to force themselves on her she takes no orders from anyone. She does has a tendency to drink... a lot to try to deal with it... but when your world is turned upside down I guess you’re free to do it. 

Rhyn is mor
e animal than human. He’s been locked up for so long he has no idea how to deal with anyone, let alone Katie. Which turns out to be rather funny when we goes all caveman pon her. 

The secondary characters, are probably one of the best things. Some you love and others you hate. Gabriel and Toby are obviously in the you love them category. Kris and Katie’s sister... yeah I can do without them.

The book has a lot of scenes that would be better called NA or Mature YA. The characters aren’t teens and it has a lot of drinking and abuse. But with all the fuzz NA is having, I’d say the fans of this new genre and of paranormal will love it!

About Lizzy Ford


Lizzy Ford is the author of over seventeen novels written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Trilogy and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. 

Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat. 



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Friday, February 22, 2013

Awaken Release Day Blitz + GIVEAWAY




What must he overcome to protect her?

With no clue of what to do next and the responsibility of looking after Alex and Mia as promised, Kale is up to his ears in problems and no solutions. How will Kale save Ella, keep Alex and Mia safe, control Jace as well as control the Bloodlust that creeps beneath the surface waiting to be released? Will Kale be Ella’s savior or will he convict her to a fate worse than the one Laurent has already promised her?

What truths will she learn?

Ella knows that the choices she makes affects not only her but everyone else around her, but what about the choices made to find her? Ella learns the truth about the death of her parents, learns that the ones she thought she could trust aren’t so trustworthy after all.

How will Ella handle these betrayals, and will she be able to sacrifice what is necessary to obtain eternal life?

EXCERPT

“Ella,” Kale said.
I stopped short.
“We will talk about this when you come back down tomorrow.” His tone held no room for discussion, but I would fight him on this. He would fade away and leave me here to mourn him.
I could only stare at him. Deacon looked nervously between the two of us, and he was the only reason I didn’t lay into Kale. “There is nothing to talk about. I’m not leaving you here to rot in this cell, the same way you didn’t leave me with Laurent. I know what I want from this, and that’s you. We will figure out a way to make it work.”
I headed out the door without looking back. Jace stood in the hallway, waiting for me. He hated bringing me down here. He worried that Kale wouldn’t be able to resist temptation and break through the bars to attack me, although we already knew that he couldn’t get out unless the door was opened for him.
Little did Jace know he was worried about the wrong person opening those damned bars. I missed the feel of Kale’s arms around me and his kiss. I was so angry that I couldn’t touch him that sometimes I wanted to risk opening those doors, if only for a second.
“Let’s go?” Jace asked.
“No, I need to wait for Deacon.” I passed Jace and headed towards the living area.
“Why? You just saw him. What do you need to say to him that you couldn’t have said to him down there?” He looked annoyed. He hated coming here, but that was part of the agreement when I said I would leave and stay at the lodge with him.
I rolled my eyes. “None of your business, Jace.” I continued past him to the restroom.
When I was done, I entered the living room where Mia was sitting on the sofa. Deacon was leaning against the bar, smiling into his phone. I smiled. He and his girl were great together, even with the threat of La Luxure.
I stood off to the side, willing him to look at me. When he did, I pointed to the door, silently asking him to meet me outside. He nodded. I put on my coat and headed out the glass door. He followed me.
“I need you to take me to the Council.”
Deacon’s eyes widened, and he shook his head no.
“I need to figure out how Kale and I can stay together, and I only have one solution for this.”
Deacon frowned. “Look, Ella—”
“No, you look. I know you would do whatever it would take to be with Chelle. You would kill, maim and fight, and all I’m asking you to do is help your best friend do the same.”
“Yeah, you are right, but you seem to forget something, here.” Deacon placed his arms across his chest and towered over me. He was intimidatingly massive, but I knew he wouldn’t hurt me. “I am not your best friend. My best friend has already made his request of me, and I’ve followed through. We made this plan before you came back in order to protect you, and I promise you, there is nothing you can say or do to make me go back on my part of the deal.” Deacon’s tone was rough and unyielding, and a part of me broke.
Though I didn’t show it, I could feel my heart tearing in two. Jace couldn’t help me; he’d finally admitted that his “sabbatical” from the Council meant he’d defected. Darke was missing and presumed dead. 
Deacon, my last hope, was turning me down.

His lips thinned as he moved closer to me. “Don’t do that.”
My brow furrowed in confusion. “Don’t do what?” Why was my voice nothing but a whisper? I needed to be stronger—I had to be.
“Cry. Please don’t cry.” His voice had softened, but his gaze still didn’t waver.
I touched my cheeks, surprised to find them wet. I sighed and turned away. Deacon didn’t need to see me cry, and though I wanted to use my tears to make him bend to my will, I knew that that wasn’t going to work with him.
“Tell me why you want me to defy Kale and take you to those people.”
“I need—”
Jace came outside. He looked from me then to Deacon, no doubt wondering why I was crying. His expression hardened, and he held his hand out to me. “Let’s go, Ella. Please.”
“Start the car. I will be out after I say goodbye to Kale.” I turned back to the pensive Deacon. Jace stood there for a moment longer before he turned around and headed back into the house.
Deacon stared at me. Not only had I not convinced him to help me, he might actually relay my request to Kale.
“Just think about it, Deacon. If I can get Aleixandre to change me into an immortal, then Kale and I would have forever to figure out how to keep La Luxure at bay.”
Deacon’s gaze held mine and betrayed nothing of his thoughts.
“It’s my only option. I know that he is strong enough to beat this, and I think if he has something to look forward to… well, then maybe he will try harder, fight harder— Hell, I don’t know, but I can’t do this without him, and I can’t do it without you.” I place my arm on his. “Please. Please just think about it.”


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Truth About Letting Go

A companion to The Truth About Faking (not a sequel; the books can be read out of order), The Truth About Letting Go takes readers back to Shadow Falls, or more specifically Shadow Creek, with Ashley Lockett as she learns about real friendship, love, and letting go.



The Truth About Letting Go (The Truth)
Release Date: 02/21/ 13
The Truth About Letting Go (link) by Leigh Talbert Moore

Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley's seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear--with Ashley at his side. Jordan wants to follow his heart... but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make.

Up until now, Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She's always done the right thing, played it safe, and then her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly.

Fueled by anger and grief, she vows to do everything opposite of how she lived before. She rejects safety, the rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan.

Jordan has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, he's a great kisser... but he's also safe.

Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he's more than willing to help Ashley fulfill her vow.

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  Excerpt: 

  I feel Colt laugh, and he looks down into my face. That’s when he seems to realize what I’ve been acutely aware of for the last several minutes—our bodies are pressed together. “It’s awesome, yeah?” he says. “Adrenaline rush.” “Yeah,” I breathe. “I guess.” I’m not sure if he’s going to kiss me until he does. His mouth covers mine, and energy mixes with the alcohol flooding my body. Our tongues slide together, and I grip his shirt so I don’t collapse.  Every single bit of this is wrong, and there’s no way I’m stopping it. It’s back, that good feeling. The sadness has been pushed out again, and in its place is this rush, this rush of adrenaline like Colt said.  He pulls back and smiles at me. “We’re going to start dating. Now. You’re my partner in crime.”



About the Author:
Moore
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former journalist and editor, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps. -The Truth About Faking is her debut young adult romance (on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo) -Rouge is her first New Adult romantic suspense novel (on Amazon). Leigh loves hearing from readers; stop by and say hello! Blog * Facebook * Amazon Author page * Goodreads * Twitter * Tumblr

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Dance of Shadows




Hardcover447 pagesPublished: February 12th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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*he publisher for review*

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . . 

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . 




Ok, let me start with the cover! I love it!
It's beautiful and simple and the smoke and  the red flower  dress makes such a nice contrast. I even like the little lines in the tittle, it all ads to the feeling of the book and I think it fits it really nicely.

 
Dance of Shadows has a little “The Black Swan” kind of feeling. While NYBA is the dream school of dancers, they have to survive daily routines, continuous practice and competing with everyone for a part. Say, it’s a bit stressing. And it can take it’s toll on everyone.

Vanessa is one of the lucky girls who got in. She’s a legacy in ballet, her grandmother, her mother and sister went there. But Her older sister, Margaret disappeared one day and no one has seen her or heard of her since then.
So Vanessa has one goal when she moves to NY City, to find her sister. But when she gets there, things get weird and maybe Vanessa will end up just like her sister, lost to the stress and pressure and somewhere in the City.

Let me tell you that the beginning really catches you, is not really the beginning of the book, is the prologue, but it has a dark setting, a mystery and it calls you. Or maybe I just love that kind of things so i was hooked when I saw this line:

“Welcome to the real New York Ballet Academy,” he continued. “As you’ll soon discover, the dirty work gets done after hours. Starting tonight”
-Dance of Shadows, Yelena Black

So I was sold with that.
Dance of Shadows is dark and intriguing. And Yelena Black does a good job keeping both elements through all the book.
It has a little cult feeling though, the seniors make the freshman cut themselves and mark the floor with blood... which is really bad when you’re a dancer... I mean you need your feet! But the scene was really good. .

Vanessa was raised to be a ballerina, until her sister disappeared and her mother thought maybe it wasn’t the best idea. But that really confused me, at times she talked about Ballet as if it was everything, like she was really into it, she practised hard every day, she wanted to be cast as the lead role and liked being the best of her class. Yet at some points she seemed like she didn’t care at all for dancing, or at least she thought she didn’t and kept repeating that being a ballerina was her sister’s dream.
Honestly she didn’t leave a big impression on me, she seemed very insecure. I prefer more strong characters.

Zep didn’t do it for me. I just couldn’t care a lot about him. Or get why Vanessa was so obsessed with him since the first time she saw him. Because it takes like a month for them to talk... when when they do, he just ask her out! A polite “hello” here and there would have been nice... but he had a girlfriend who was around him all the time so he couldn’t... yeah I don’t see what’s so great about him, sorry.

Justin (I think they changed the name to Josh later in the final version, so I’m not sure) on the other hand, I liked better. She sees him as cocky and mysterious. I thinks he’s just confident... about the mysterious part, yeah in a way he keeps a secret from her but that’s it... about the rest he’s pretty open.

Her mom, OMG she’s crazy... Obsessed control freak mother of an athletic child... there’s probably a better term for it, but we ALL know that one mother... and That’s Vanessa’s. That was fun to read.

There’s a lot of secondary characters in it and at first is hard to keep in check who’s who, but I wish there was more to them... a background story or something more than what we’re told... maybe in the other books!

At times, I liked Steffie’s character better. She seemed the less superficial of her friends and supportive of Vanessa, usually not jealous of how great she was. I guess it was the most real character.
Blaine was also pretty good. He’s all flirty and loves to gossip but there’s a serious side of him that comes out when needed.

I did have a problem with the fact that for someone who was so determined to find her sister more than dancing, Vanessa does the exact opposite for a big part of the book.
Another thing that bother me a bit was the dialogue... it just seemed... too formal? That’s not the right word, but it didn’t sound that much natural for teenagers... I don’t know.



Overall, I’d say the book is like a roller coaster, not for the excitement but for the good and bad points. The plot idea is original, intriguing and very promising. But it could be better. Some things were easy to predict, some not. The peace felt a bit slow at times, there were parts I could do without, but it didn’t lost the supernatural creepy feel of the story. The characters had a lot of potencial that I hope Ms. Black explores more in the nexts books.

The end is a perfect setup for the next book and I’m looking forward to reading it.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: A Need so Insatiable

A Need So Insatiable
Release Date: Winter 2013!
Genre: Contemporary romance

Summary from Goodreads:

“I’ve never bowed or kneeled for anyone,” Rafael said. “Never thought I would.” Then he was on his knees. He slid his arms around my waist, tugging me closer and bowed his head.
“You own me, Sophie.” He looked up, his dark eyes hitting me with enough force to snatch the breath from my lungs. “You’ve owned me from the moment I walked into your life in that music room. Then I saw you slipping out the window like the wolves were after you and I knew I wanted you in my life. You’ve wrapped yourself in my heart and mind. I can’t get you out. I don’t want to.” </ o:p>

Graduate opera singer, Sophie Fisher’s life is on fire and it’s not her breathtaking voice lighting it, but the trail of debts her father left behind after he passed away a few months ago. If she’s not ducking around corners or slipping out of windows to escape the debt collectors and a slew of characters sent from hell, she’s dealing with her rebellious fifteen-year-old sister, Lilli, who is still coming to terms with their father’s death. And as if that’s not enough, Rafael Van Rees bursts into her life—literally—bringing with him a set of emotions she isn’t prepared to deal with and a life the public had no idea of.

Rafael Van Rees, Maestro extraordinaire, just wants to be left in peace to date whichever woman he feels like, have dinner with whomever he feels like, and just enjoy his life. Until he meets Sophie and his past returns to haunt him. And just when he thought he didn’t care about her, his history proves him wrong. He knows when it comes to her, it’s all or nothing. Besides, she makes him feel fuzzy all over.
Is Sophie’s fire hot enough to melt the ice coursing through his veins?


About the Author
Cecilia Robert lives in Vienna with her two children, has an incurable obsession with books, anything romantic, TV and medieval architecture. When not working in her full time job, catching up with her two children, writing or reading, she can be found, knitting or crocheting, taking photos of old buildings.


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Don't Fear The Reaper



We are so happy to be part of this blog tour to bring you a bit something from Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto, plus the chance to win an ebook! So read till the end of the post!

Published: September 23rd 2011
Publisher: Dreamscapes, Ink


Haunted by memories of her murdered twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her only ticket to eternal peace. 
But in death, she discovers the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of peaceful oblivion or a joyful reunion with her sister, Keely is trapped in a netherworld on Earth with only a bounty-hunting reaper and a sarcastic demon to show her the ropes.

When the demon offers Keely her ultimate temptation--revenge on her sister's killer--she must determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, the reaper and demon have been keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true--that her every decision changes how, and with whom, she spends eternity. 





**The Cover was made by the talented Claudia McKinney at PhatPuppy Art. And, guess what? The girl in the cover is her daughter, Cait!** 
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And now, we're so happy to bring you the first Chapter of Don't Fear the Reaper. Enjoy!! 




And if that isn't enough, you should listen to this song while you're reading that, and make the reading that much better ;) (I used a lyrics video because they load faster)



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About Michellle Muto

Michelle Muto lives in northeast Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She loves changes of season, dogs, and all things geeky. Currently, she’s hard at work on her next book

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Shatter me

Shatter me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Published: November 15th 2011
Publisher: Harper

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.



The writing... OMG the writing is amazing. It has all the feels. ALL THE FEELS. It sounds so poetic, so like REAL thought and feelings.
And the crossover sentences, they’re such a perfect touch, I can’t decide weather I’m in her head or her notebook. And how sometimes the sentences are repeated 3 times... yeah great touch for someone in an Asylum.
Chapter 1 and I was hooked. Chapter 4 and I was seriously thinking of not going out with my friend because this was just so good I had to go on. (I did went out, mind you... and told her all about the 4 chapters I had read so far and how much she needed to get the book)

It has a little 1984 feeling, with the world divided in three and people in power trying to make everything new, including language.
I can also see the “The Hunger Games” thingy in it but at the same time, a combination of different elements that not only make it unique, it makes it perfect.

In this dystopian setting, The Reestablishment rules the world. A world where animals are almost extinct, and real food too. But the promises the movement made were empty and some people fight back, more and more everyday, so The Reestablishment thinks that Juliette might be the very thing they need to get what they want: Get rid of rebels.

Juliette is broken. Scared. Empty. After so long in there she doesn’t know who she is... after so long of being treated like a monster she believes them.

It’s okay,” he whispers. “You’ll be okay.”
Truth is a jealous, vicious mistress that never ever sleeps, is what I don’t tell him. I’ll never be okay.
-Shatter Me

Her character is probably the best thing from the book.

I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.
-Juliette, Shatter Me

She’s so well developed!
Her touch kills people, it takes away their life force and for that the world has always treated her like a pariah, kids in school bullied her. She has every right in the world to be angry, resentful and look for revenge. But Juliette has never wanted anything else than fit in, to be love and to feel the warm and comfort of another human being.

One of my favourite things is how Juliette can describe such common things is such a beautiful way, how everything seems so new and wonderful. How you can feel her emotions towards them so easily with every word.

Adam is like sunshine, so innocent and pure in contrast to the Asylum. And then so strong, always by her side, always protecting her. *cue the swooning*
He’s strong and fierce and a warrior. He will fight for those he loves and what he believes in.


Warner is one of the leaders of the Reestablishment and he’s been obsessed with Juliette since he heard of what she could do. His twisted ways and crazy brain gave me a love/hate feeling. In his head, he’s giving Juliette the opportunity of her life to revenge all the wrong that’s been done to her, he’s protecting her from the evil world.
Yeah, totally crazy and yet so well written that, sometimes, I could see his logic and almost believe him.



There are 15,000 feelings of disbelief hole-punched in my heart. I’m tempted by recklessness, aching aching aching, desperate forever for what I can never have.
-Juliette, Shatter Me

I have 15.000 feelings right now, too! Can’t wait for the next book :)


About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She’s 25. She writes books and reads books and drinks way too much coffee. SHATTER ME is her first novel, and the first of a trilogy, coming from Harper/HarperCollins on November 15, 2011. Film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox.

Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.



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Monday, February 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Only Exception

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon






Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor's son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: THE SECOND SIGN




The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo


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Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn't expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

What would you do if you believed in Heaven and Hell but they didn’t believe in you? And what about if you don’t believe in them, but they believe in you?

Gabby is different in many ways: she’s not all human... her father is an Angel, and so is her twin brother. Also, whenever she touches someone... she can feel their emotions. Oh, did we mention Gabby has the worst luck ever? Her birthdays are not a day you wanna spend near her, bad things happen.

When the summer arrives, Gabby is sent back to the middle of nowhere to her family lake house and on her first day she meets Jake, who takes an immediate liking to her, even when she so desperately wants to keep him away.

The first chapter of the book hint at the dark side if this story and the dirty work of Angels and Demons alike. Everyone has free will and they will influence you at the best of their capacity to get your soul.
But as soon as they get to the lake, the romance and connection between Gabby and Jake jumps at you. Their relationship is really beautiful. Gabby wants to protect Jake from her world, without knowing how much he belongs in it.


But that’s not all... a Demon is after Gabby, he tells her she’s the Second Sign... but what does that mean?
With her brother and guardian MIA, Gabby has no choice but to trust Jake with a few secrets and ask for his help. Until the Demon marks her and gives her 24hs to call her, and starts killing people.

This book has a bit of everything: Romance, Mystery, Good Guys, Bad Guys, in between guys that mess with your head, and some very creepy horror-movie-like scenes... like that Legion scene with the old Lady? Yeah... that creepy!

Oh And the ending... is a cliffhanger alright! I didn't see that coming, it fits and leaves you hanging for more.

Miss Arroyo’s writing is really good, the story pulls you in from the beginning and the characters are very interesting. Everyone has a little bit of background into it that makes the story even better.



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About the Author



Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of five, Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen. 
Her fascination with the paranormal was influenced by the vivid ghost and demon stories of her father, scaring the crap out of her. It also led her to ask the "what if" question that propelled her down the path of the fantastical.
But, life got in the way. Elizabeth completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University and works in the community strengthening families.
But her love of stories held, and in 2008 she found herself back into her storytelling roots and began writing again. Since then she's published a short story in SQ Magazine, countless musings on her blog - Chandara Writes (her muse), and completed three manuscripts.
In 2012, Elizabeth signed with Sapphire Star Publishing to release her debut novel, THE SECOND SIGN, a Dark YA Paranormal Romance, slated for an early 2013 release.
Elizabeth still resides in Chicago’s south west side with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. The good kind.  She continues to work in the community. 

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