Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stay With Me Release Day Launch + Giveaway

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We are so pleased to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STAY WITH ME! STAY WITH ME is a New Adult contemporary romance being published by Avon (William Morrow), an imprint of HarperCollins, and is a part of Jennifer’s With You Saga!

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EXCERPT 

As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand. 

 “Why?” I asked. 

There was a beat. “Why what?” 

 Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say. 

A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here. 

 But then he moved. 

Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing. 

“What are you doing?” I asked. 

 “Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.” 

“But—” 

“You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked. 

“You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out. 

His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.” 

I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place. 

“You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed.

 Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me. 

Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe? 

 “Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter. 

“Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.” 

He chuckled. 

I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years. 

 I felt cared for . . . cherished. 

Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.
   
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STAY WITH ME Synopsis:
  
Stay With Me Teaser 1 From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . . At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends. But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming. Sexy and intense, Jaxis in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.      

Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hexed by Michelle Krys Review

Hexed
(Hexed #1)
Publication Date: June 2014
Hardback, 384 pages, Delacorte Press
Genres: YA, Paranormal

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

My Review


Indigo Blackwood may not be an average teenager. After all, she’s a cheerleader who’s dating Fairfield High’s star quarterback, her mom is seriously into all things Wiccan, and she’s just seen a guy die right in front of her eyes on a sunny Californian street. It doesn’t help that her mom’s mysterious Bible, but-not-a-Bible, book has gone missing, and now she has to put down her pom-poms and grab hold of her life by the broomstick, literally. Hexed is a little hocus pocus and toil and trouble all packed into a surprisingly short read.

Michelle Krys isn’t using poetic and beautiful language to create a novel of literary distinction, instead she’s creating a story using the voice of teenagers everywhere. And although Indigo’s first-person narrative is a little too immature at times, she does manage to capture the life of a teenage girl and all of her insecurities perfectly. Because of this, Indigo does come off at first like a childish character, but, once you’ve flipped through the first 50 pages, her immaturity turns into the thoughts of a fantastically witty female lead. Her banter with her friends, frenemies, and just plain ol’ enemies, is a Good time with a capital G.

These qualities in Indigo, as well as the fast-moving plot, made for a quick, light read. And while sometimes a quick, light read is all a reader wants in life, there are other times when a book with a more fleshed out world would make escaping from the boring, spell-free life of a human being, into a fantasy adventure that will have someone dreaming about zapping mean boys into frogs, or sending snobby girls into a far-off galaxy with a minute twitch of the nose.

The side characters of the book are just as entertaining as Indigo. Bishop is hilarious, mysterious, and a whole lot of other –ious’s, Devon is unintentionally, and stupidly funny, and Jezebel is fierce and scary. I just wish there had been a little bit more character development for them, instead of it all going to Indigo.

If you’re a fan of any paranormal television show, from Charmed and Witches of East End, to The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, getting your hands on this book may be a wise decision. And if you don’t pick it up, well… let’s just say Indigo may have to learn how to put a hex on you.


3.5/5 stars

*Note: I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher via Book Review Board of Missouri. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Which Team Are You? : The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole


If this works out, I'll basically just post a book series every week and have people vote on what team they are. I know the YA Sisterhood does the YA Crush Tournament, but I just want to find out how much you guys like one love interest over another, in one series.

Last week's poll was over Team Will or Team Cadan from Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series. Team Will won! 


So for this edition of “What Team Are You?” I’m going to ask you who your pick of hunky man-flesh is from the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. 

You can choose from:

1)      Jack


or 2) Death


I’m Team Jack, basically because he’s a) a jerk who's also... b) sweet, and c) protective. If you had to choose one, who would it be, and why? If you haven’t read the books that are out right now (and why haven’t you?), who do you think sounds more appealing from the Poison Princess summary below.
She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can't do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.
Which Team Are You?
Team Jack
Team Death
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: The Reward Edition

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

I was feeling kind of down, and I had a dentist appointment, so I decided to cheer myself up.



·         The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
·         Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
·         The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
·         The Jewel by Amy Ewing
·         Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

What books have you bought/received lately?