26 May 2012

Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4/5 Stars)

Title: Shadows (Lux #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pub. Date: Feb. 20, 2012
Acquired: Purchased through Amazon
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Blurb from Goodreads:
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

25 May 2012

Predestined (Existence Trilogy #2) by Abbi Glines (4.5/5 Stars)

Title: Predestined (Existence Trilogy #2)
Author: Abbi Glines
Pub. Date: March 29, 2012
Acquired: Won from Abbi Glines

Blurb from Goodreads:
You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder.

The high school quarterback and reigning heartthrob, Leif Montgomery, is missing. While the town is in a frenzy of worry, Pagan is a nervous wreck for other reasons. Apparently good ‘ol Leif isn’t your average teenage boy. He isn’t even human. According to Death, Leif doesn’t have a soul. The quarterback may have skipped town but he’s still showing up in Pagan’s dreams... uninvited.

Dank has known from the beginning Leif wasn’t human. But he hadn’t worried about a simple soulless creature. Now, he realizes he made a grave mistake. Pagan’s soul has been marked since birth as a restitution, to a spirit so dark not even Death walks near it. Dank knows saving Pagan’s soul won’t be easy but Pagan is his. And he’s already proven he’ll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.

24 May 2012

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5/5 Stars)

Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: May 15, 2012
Acquired: Purchased through Amazon

Blurb from Goodreads:
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

23 May 2012

Waiting on Wednesday[8]: Tributary (River of Time #3.5)

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

Title: Tributary (River of Time #3.2)
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publication Date: June 2012

Okay, currently there are no descriptions for this book. BUUUUT, if you want to know more about it, check out these links:
Exclusive excerpt from Lisa T. Bergren
My review of WATERFALL (RoT #1)
My review of CASCADE & TORRENT (RoT #2 & #3)
My review of BOURNE (RoT #3.1)

The Cornerstone Blog Tour

I'm so excited to be one of the next stops on Misty Provencher's CORNERSTONE Blog Tour!!! If you haven't heard of this book, well...I suggest you check it out IMMEDIATELY! Read farther down for my review. And, be sure to leave a comment on my post or over at Ms. Provencher's blog, for a chance at some swag!

Title: Cornerstone
Author: Misty Provencher
Pub. Date: November 7, 2011

Blurb from Goodreads:
Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it's the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena's life and it is the boy...the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she'll ever say...that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.

22 May 2012

The Last Timekeepers Blog Tour

Today Sharon Ledwith has stopped by with a guest post for her Last Time Keeper's Blog Tour hosted by Young Adult Novel Reader. Check it out!

Sharon Ledwith's Top Fav Time Travel Books

Since I’m writing a time travel series for middle-grade/YA, beginning with The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, debuting May 18th through Musa Publishing, I thought it would be fun and fitting to do a little time traveling in my mind and recall what books had planted their seeds and rooted me firmly in this genre. It was tough to nail five picks, even with all the technological tools and data out there. But when I hit on a title, I went for how the book made me feel when I read it. After asking that, it made my choices easy.

21 May 2012

[Promo]: Suffocate by S.R. Johannes

It is May 21st and guess what that means?

S.R. Johannes’ Suffocate is out today!

Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

Here’s a little about the novelette…

“For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes. 

If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.”

The 2nd novella in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for Fall 2012. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013.

Purchase Suffocate for only 99 cents:
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A bit about the author –

S.R. Johannes is author of the Amazon Bestseller Untraceable and a current nominee of the Georgia Author of the Year in the Young Adult category. After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her goldendoodle Charley (notice he is listed first :), her British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.  You can find her hanging out online and visit her at srjohannes.com


I cannot WAIT to start reading this book! If you haven't read anything by Ms. Johannes yet, you are TOTALLY missing out!

Existence (Existence Trilogy #1) by Abbi Glines (4/5 Stars)

Title: Existence (Existence Trilogy #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Pub. Date: December 12, 2011
Acquired: Purchased through Amazon

Blurb from Goodreads:
What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.

My Review:

I picked up this book because I won PREDESTINED (Exitence Trilogy #2) from Abbi Glines in the YA Scavenger Hunt. I'd meant to read it for awhile, but you know how it is with a growing TBR list. Books just get piled--one on top of the other. And sometimes some really great reads go unread because of this. Well, I'm really glad I won PREDESTINED because I got a chance to enjoy this very delightful series!

The whole idea that "Death" (also known as, Dank) can be a romantic love interest isn't something that you see very often. And, I really do appreciate a unique and original concept like this one.

I couldn't help but feel badly for Pagan, who seems like she's had it rough most of her life, having to keep her knowledge of--and interaction with--ghosts a secret from everyone. Fortunately, she has good friends in Miranda and Wyatt. And while they may have no idea of what Pagan deals with, there's still a fierce loyalty between them.

I love it when a story incorporates, not only a beautiful romance, but also a strong friendship bond, as well. And, with Pagan, Miranda, and Wyatt, who have all been friends since they were little, you can tell that these side characters are in place to help build up this story and not just for some unnecessary filler.

There is also, a love-triangle. Well, I should say that Pagan has two love interests. But, it seems pretty clear from the beginning who Pagan can't seem to live without. That being said, I think Leif is a pretty great character, as well. He may not have the whole mysterious, seductive, supernatural vibe going in this book, but he, sure as heck, has the boy-next-door thing going. And he obviously cares about Pagan. While I may not have prefered Leif for Pagan, I didn't find myself disliking him, either. I could see why she cared about him.

Now, for the romance as a whole, I felt like sometimes Pagan may have been a little TOO dependant on Dank and that may have made her appear a little too weak and needy for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the all-emcompassing-desperate-true-love thing, but I just didn't get quite ALL of the decisions that Pagan made in regards to Dank. This didn't take away from my opinion of her, per se, I just didn't find that I could relate to her at certain parts of the story.

I will say this: I absolutely LOVE this series so far! I'm more than excited for the third installment--Ceaseless-- to come out later this year. I think Ms. Glines is a fabulous writer and a phenomenal storyteller!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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20 May 2012

[Promo] Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer

In case you haven't read it yet, I posted a review for NIGHT OF THE PURPLE MOON by Scott Cramer on here, awhile back. I absolutely fell in love with this book!

Well, Mr. Cramer is now releasing NIGHT OF THE PURPLE MOON in paperback and has added snippets from a few reviews on the back cover. And I am HONORED that he chose a quotation from MY review along with a couple of other really wonderful ones, as well!

If you haven't read this book, I suggest you check it out. Check out my review first, if you must.

Keep in mind that right now, NIGHT OF THE PURPLE MOON is on sale for just .99cents for your Kindle!! I've included the link below. And even if you don't have a Kindle, you can dowload the Kindle app for free for your computer.

Purchase Night of the Purple Moon on Amazon

Blurb from Goodreads:
Space germs decimate the adult population. Who will survive?

For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, a group of teens and children struggle to survive in this new world, but all the while they have inside them a ticking time bomb — adolescence.