March 31, 2013

Vengeance Bound Blog Tour + Giveaway (US/CA)

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Vengeance Bound
by Justina Ireland


Published: April 2nd 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers


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The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.



Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.





Excerpt



I place my hand on the back of an empty chair and clear my throat. “Excuse me, can I borrow this?”

All conversation at the table stops and five sets of eyes turn to me. The nearest guy looks me up and down before shooting me a grin. He’s cute, in an arrogant jock sort of way. Dark hair, dark eyes, pale skin. There’s something about him I don’t like, though. “Why don’t you just ditch the losers and sit down with us? I’m sure we could entertain you.” He says the last part in a tone of voice that earns him a chorus of knowing chuckles and high fives.

Ah, that’s what it is. He’s setting off my internal douche bag alarm.

My face heats but I manage to keep the smile frozen on my face. Like a dork I stick out my hand to shake. “I’m sorry, I don’t think we’ve met. I’m Corinne Graff.”

He grabs me by the wrist and pulls me forward, turning me around at the last second so that I’m sitting on his lap. Every muscle in my body stiffens. Dear god, he’s touching me.

“Dylan. Dylan Larchmont.” He whispers in my ear. I try to get away, and his hands snake around my waist. The additional contact sets off more alarms in my head. Slowly, They rouse with whispers of what he would like to do to me, and the thought makes bile burn the back of my throat. They urge me to cause him pain. I swallow thickly. If I don’t maintain control on Them this fun little outing could turn into a massacre of XY chromosomes.

Dylan laughs, oblivious to my dark thoughts. “See, you don’t need to sit with those losers, I have a seat for you right here.” He pats my thigh reassuringly.

I try to stand again but he holds on tight. Dylan is pissing me off. His hands skim places that are definitely off limits. All I can think of is escape, and I fight to stay calm so They don’t fully wake. Panic steals my breath, and I have to forcibly remind myself I’m not in any real danger. He’s just a bully, not a criminal. I squirm around until I can stare into in his muddy brown eyes. “Let me go,” I mutter.

He laughs. “Make me.” His friends whoop and a couple offer helpful suggestions as to what Dylan should do with me. I swallow dryly and ignore them. I’m no match for Dylan’s strength, but I know who is. I give in to Their sleepy murmurs and relax my hold on Them a little.

The noise of the restaurant fades away as I stare into Dylan’s eyes. His gaze is locked into mine, and it only takes a couple of seconds before I can feel the shift in his behavior. His smirk fades. A couple of heartbeats more and he jerks in surprise, then squirms in his seat. His breathing quickens and he tenses like a rabbit sensing danger, eyes widening. They can sense his fear, and now They are anxious for release, hungry for a taste of pain. My head pounds and I’m certain he can see Them swirling around in the depths of my eyes. A slight smile curves my lips. There is nothing friendly about it.

“Let. Me. Go.”



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March 29, 2013

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth


Bitter Greens
by Kate Forsyth


Published: February 25th 2013
(first published January 1st 2012)

Publisher: Allison & Busby
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 542
Source: For review
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An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale's first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force.

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-four years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition, retaining her youth and beauty by the blood of young red-haired girls.

After Margherita's father steals a handful of parsley, wintercress and rapunzel from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off unless he and his wife give away their little red-haired girl. And so, when she turns seven, Margherita is locked away in a tower, her hair woven together with the locks of all the girls before her, growing to womanhood under the shadow of La Strega Bella, and dreaming of being rescued...

Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic and the redemptive power of love.




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Bitter Greens ended up being a captivating story mixing both fiction and fantasy! This was both a fairytale retelling of Rapunzel and historical fiction revolving around Charlotte-Rose de la Force's scandalous life. Charlotte-Rose de la Force actually was a French novelist and poet. She was also the one telling the tale of Rapunzel for the first time. This definitely peaked my interested and added something extra for the story!

About half the book is about Charlotte-Rose de la Force and her life. Thanks to some scandals, king forces her to move to a convent, where life isn't fun and games. Especially in the beginning her life is miserable. We also get to see glimpses of her earlier life, which was filled with dancing, flirting, scandals, you name it. And I must say I definitely enjoyed those stories more.
Then there's the story of Rapunzel, which locates to Italy in the 16th century. This is the part containing most of the fantasy, yet I still ended up loving Charlotte-Rose's story more. Somehow it just seemed more relatable and the story just flowed. I could've read a book solely concentrating on Charlotte-Rose!

Through the book there's a lot of jumping back and forth in time, which many times confuses me. I don't usually get easily confused, but I never seem to remember which year we're in, so I always have to browse through earlier chapters. And when you add different stories and characters to that.. Oh my, I should've been completely lost!
Yet, the author managed the jumps brilliantly, even my chicken brain managed to stay focused!

This was kind of a risk for me to read, since I usually stick to young adult literature if possible. And tend to avoid any historical- something. So when I actually ended up enjoying this book, I was so happy! Because it's always a pleasure to find a great read, and it's somehow even more amazing when it's out of your comfort zone.
You don't like historical fiction? You should try this out! Love historical fiction? Again, you should definitely try this out.


My thanks to The Book Depository for providing the review copy!









March 28, 2013

Grimm Diaries Release Day Blitz










Grimm Diaries by Cameron Jace
Prequels 11-14




Publication date:
March 28th 2013

Genre:
YA Fantasy/
Fairy Tale


SALE! From the 28th until the 31st!
FIRST BUNDLE
SECOND BUNDLE




10.5) Happy Valentine’s Slay by Wee Willy Winkie The real Sandman Grimm sheds a light on what happened in Jawigi, and tells about how some of the teens in Sorrow spend their Valentine’s Day.

11) Children of Hamlin by the Devil The Devil tells the story of the Piper of Hamlin, who he really is, the historical events he witnessed, and his relationship to Ladle Rat. Most of all, why they call him the Black Death.

12) Tooth & Nail & Fairy Tale by Jack Madly Jack Madly stole a sack full of baby teeth from Bluebeard’s enchanted castle, which reminds him of when he first met the Tooth Fairy when he was a child; a memory he wishes to forget.

13) Ember in the Wind by the Little Match Girl All the Little Match Girl wants is to sell her matches so she uses the money to eat and find shelter from the cold. But no one in the cruel city of crowded London helps her. Eventually, she learns something about who she really is, and it changes her life forever.

14) Jar of Hearts by the Queen of Sorrow The Queen of Sorrow, still trapped in the Dreamworld summons Cassandra, the fortuneteller, to ask her about the identities of Lost Seven. The problem with Cassandra is that she’s cursed that her predictions will never be believed. The Queen is still determined to believe her, but it will cost more than she can bargain for.





About the author


Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters.

I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.

I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.


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March 25, 2013

2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge - Voting closed!



It's 3/24, and the voting is over! Thank you all who voted, there was only like three of you (...), but that's better than nothing, right? :)

And at least those three votes were all different, so here's what I'll be reading next month!



Awesome! And I'm pretty sure I'll be re-reading Delirium, since I can't really remember anything about it!




March 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #6

Meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Guess I can only blame the spring for losing my interest in buying books? But at least I've received some review copies, phew!

For review

These two books I received a little while back..


Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
This I received through Maya from The Book Depository and their new reviewing programme! It's so pretty!



Plastic Polly by Jenny Lundquist
I absolutely loved Jenny's book Seeing Ciderella(review here!), so I literally jumped up and down when I received this!
And some awesome swag, yay!



The other day I got home from work and look what was waiting for me!


And inside were these babies!

Goddess by Josephine Angelini
Taken by Erin Bowman
(DUPLICATES! So there's going to be related giveaway at some point!)
The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting
Night School by C.J. Daughterty
The End Games by T. Michael Martin

I nearly had a heart attack! Again, I owe huge thanks to Christine and HarperCollins!


Bought

Like I mentioned, I haven't been buying books lately, but I did buy something book related..
My old phone is few years old and was starting to fall apart. So I decided to upgrade a little!
I wanted something between phone and tab, so here's what I bought..



And the first app I downloaded:

No surprise there! Hopefully this will get me all excited about reading again ;)





March 20, 2013

Blog Tour: The Boys of Summer by C. J. Duggan


Welcome to my stop on The Boys of Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to check out the full blog tour schedule!


The Boys of Summer
by C. J. Duggan


Published: December 17th 2012
Format: Kindle edition
Pages: 321
Source: For review
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It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’.
Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools.
I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ...
Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away.
However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.






*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
This was a really great and summery read! The story is about a 17 year old girl named Tess. She's sort of a loner, who has two best friends but other than that prefers to go unnoticed. But her ex decides otherwise and tries his best to pick on her.
Yet Tess tries her best to to have a summer of her life! And what's a better way than accepting a great job where you can have all the fun with your best friends? Of course, things won't go exactly like planned, especially when "The Onslow Boys" show up..

There was things I liked and things I wasn't such a huge fan of. I especially loved the writing style, it was easy going and sometimes there was some extremely hilarious sayings, whether they were intentional or not.
Other thing I loved was Tess' sidekicks, Adam and Ellie! They were definitely my favorites, 'cause they seemed real. They had their flaws, but that just made them more humen. Don't get me wrong, I liked Tess and The Onslow Boys, but those characters just seemed too.. typical.

And that ended up being the biggest turn off for me; even though I liked Tess and even Toby, they just seemed like the typical couple in this kind of book. There's the girl everyone thinks is unattractive/ugly/you name it, until one day she takes off her glasses/wears a tight sweater/you name it and everyone notices she's actually HOT.
And there's the older guy, who already has a girlfriend and/or some other obstacle on their way, but the younger girl is so hot he just can't let it go! Sound familiar?

So, the story wasn't the most original ever, but it was definitely entertaining! This would've been a perfect read for a hot summer day, unfortunately it's -20 degrees Celsius and summer feels so far away.. Luckily, this is the perfect way to travel to those sunny days ahead!




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C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town, New South Wales, Australia.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.




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March 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski









Eye of the Soul
by Terri Rochenski





Expected release date:
October 7, 2013













Escape.

That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.

Forever.







March 15, 2013

Definitely not loving GReader right now, so..


Follow my blog with Bloglovin'!


Google Reader is retiring, which sucks big time. Though I've been having so much trouble with it lately (can't stop following any blogs in GFC and blogs I delete from GReader keeps reappearing nonstop!) I'm actually little happy about this.




2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge - VOTE!



It's March already and so far I've done nothing for this challenge! My goal was A Friendly Hug (11-20), so this is pretty lame.

And as we all know, my TBR pile is HUGE. And I have no idea where to begin with! So, please help me decide!
All you have to do is choose your favorite and click "vote"! It really is that simple!

VOTING CLOSED!


The voting will be closed 3/24/13, hope you'll vote! :)




March 14, 2013

Picture Perfect Book Blitz










Picture Perfect
by Camille Dixon




Publication date:
March 26th 2013

Genre:
New Adult
Contemporary Romance









On the outside, Devin Thompson looks like he has it all - charm, good looks, and a scholarship every art major at Sanhope would kill for. But on the inside, he’s dying. His family is falling apart, his grades are dropping, and his girlfriend just dumped him for his hockey team rival, who also happens to be his younger brother. Not to mention he hasn’t been able to snap a decent picture for his senior portfolio in weeks. But when a sultry redhead with fire burning in her eyes struts across his path, he thinks he may have finally found his muse…

Angela “Angel” Davis learned early on that life never offers any hand-outs. And she’s getting burned out. Between juggling her nights as an exotic dancer at a men’s private club and struggling to keep up with her elementary education courses during the day, she barely has time to think of the future. Not that she wants to. The future implies planning, and Angel is no stranger to broken dreams. Then she meets Devin, a man who’s so wrong for her, yet she can’t seem to stay away from.

When Devin offers to take her on as his private model, Angel finds the cash hard to refuse. Each has something the other desperately needs, and neither one is willing to walk away. As their professional relationship spirals out of control into something more, they learn sometimes the wrong person can be the only right person, and that life - and people - are rarely picture perfect.







March 11, 2013

Trust in Me Book Blitz










Trust in Me
by Bethany Lopez




Series:
Friends & Lovers #3

Publication date:
February 9th 2013

Genre:
New Adult






Roni’s dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer were smashed under the brutal rage of her ex-husband's fists. Getting divorced and starting over at the age of twenty-two was never her plan, but maybe in Texas, she'll find her path. When the town's local player, Rich, opens a Rec Center, she sees a way to rekindle her dancing dreams...and maybe have a little fun with her sexy new boss.

Rich never expected to fulfill his dreams in the town he planned to leave behind, but that's just what he's doing. His reputation as a noncommittal ladies' man might make it challenging to earn respect in the business world, but he's willing to prove that he's serious. In fact, when it comes to pursuing Roni, he's more than willing. But she's taking a page out of his book, not wanting to risk another relationship. Can he convince her that his playboy days are over and that she can trust him with her heart?





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March 08, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hell's Hollow by Summer Stone







Hell's Hollow
by Summer Stone



Expected release date:
March 2013

Genre:
YA Paranormal

Cover Designer:
Okay Creations

Reveal organized:
Xpresso Book
Tours








When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend's injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother's warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can't hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.

She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he's hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it's forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it's hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.




Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she's in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate.

She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women's fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you!



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March 07, 2013

Transcend Time Book Blitz










Remembrance
by Michelle Madow




Series:
Transcend Time Saga #1

Publication date:
July 27th 2011

Genre:
YA Time Travel






Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him.
She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her.

Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.











Vengeance
by Michelle Madow




Series:
Transcend Time Saga #2

Publication date:
December 8th
2011

Genre:
YA Time Travel





When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she'd never felt so betrayed in her life.
Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right.

Chelsea's willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe - that she shared a past life with Drew - is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it's downright crazy.

Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?

Find out in Vengeance, the second part of the Transcend Time Saga.

*Vengeance is the short story that bridges the events in Remembrance and the final novel in the Saga.











Timeless
by Michelle Madow




Series:
Transcend Time Saga #3

Publication date:
November 14th 2012

Genre:
YA Time Travel





IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.

In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make matters worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began ... and Lizzie discovers that the final events in her past life were more sinister than she ever imagined.




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