Monday, December 30, 2013

Good Choice Reading Book Highlight: The Forgotten Ones (Laura Howard)

Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #1
Published: April 28, 2013

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

5 Star Review & Giveaway: Fire & Flood (Victoria Scott)

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press
ARC Provided by Publisher for Honest Review

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place? 

Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She's the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in ten foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Germany, Australia, Israel, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

SERIOUSLY?? I MEAN SERIOUSLY??? Yeah this book was THAT good! I am already dying to get my hands on the sequel!! This is by far one of my favorite young adult books of 2014! It is full of intense action scenes, drama, survival stories, and yep some incredible romance. 

The story is about a young girl, Tella, who is given the chance to enter a competition where the winner will recieve a cure for any illness or disease for ONE person. You have to choose to enter the competition within 48 hours or you lose your chance. Tella does not even think twice about it. She immediately runs off to enter the competition. With no information or background on the competitoin...Tella really has no idea what she is getting into but she will soon learn....and fast. 

The competition is called The Brimstone Bleed and will last three months and the competition will take place over four ecosystems: desert, sea, mountains, and jungle. The competitors all get to choose one "Egg" also known as a pandora which will hatch into an animal that has been created in order to help their "Contender" survive the race. I will have to say that this is my favorite part about the entire book. Yes I love the survival story but the pandoras have my heart. I have such a weakness for animals and the pandoras are just phenomenal. I dont want to give away too much about this incredible story that involves these pandoras so you must definitely read this book and experience it for yourself!!!

"If your hearing this message, you are invited to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. All contenders must report within forty-eight hours to select their Pandora companions. If you do not appear within forty-eight hours, your invitation will be eliminated." 

"The Pandora Selection Process will take place at the Old Red Museum. The Pandora you choose is of the utmost importance, for it will be your only source of assistance throughtout the race." 

"The Brimstone Bleed will last three months and will take place across four eco-systems: desert, sea, mountains, jungle. The winning prize will be the Cure-a remedy for any illness, for any single person."

"There can only be one champion."

I love Tella and her character. She is so strong and independant. She loves her family so much and enters the race in order to get the cure for her brother, Cody, who suffers from a illness that could result in death. Along this journey Tella meets so many incredible people. One of my favorites is Guy. When they first meet they do not like each other at all....but of course that changes...and their relationship turns into something so incredible. 

"All the fears I've held inside rush out. It's like he's asking for them, saying he'll carry them for me. I press back against him and curl into a ball."

I just love every aspect of this book. Every page has something new and amazing. Their are so many trials and tribulations that Tella has to overcome. One minute I would find myself crying and then the next cheering! This book is one of those that just stays with you and instead of just reading it...You actually EXPERIENCE it. I love Victoria Scott's writing style and she is now on my favorite authors list. I will be reading anything and everything that she writes now!!! WOW! 

If you liked Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Testing then you will love this book! Please check it out! It is truly phenomenal!!! I am giving away an ARC to go along with my review so please enter the giveaway for a chance at this amazing suspense-filled book!!!! SEQUEL NEEDED NOW!!!!

I have to give a HUGE shout-out to Scholastic for honoring me with an ARC of this phenomenal book!!! Fire & Flood is just incredible!!! 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Bewitching Book Tours Blog Tour & Review: The Wedding Favor (Cara Connelly)

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The Wedding Favor
A Save the Date Novel
Cara Connelly

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication:  12/31/2013

ISBN: 9780062282262
ISBN10: 0062282263

In her deliciously sexy debut, Cara Connelly gives a whole new meaning to crashing a wedding.
BEFORE THE WEDDING Tyrell Brown wanted to get the hell out of Houston and back to his ranch. Instead, he’s stuck on a flight to France for his best friend’s wedding. To top it off, he discovers he’s sharing a seat with Victoria Westin, the blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who’s been a thorn in his side for months.
AT THE WEDDING Victoria can’t believe it! How can she be at the same wedding as this long, lead cowboy with a killer smile? So what if they shared a few in-flight cocktails, some serious flirting, and a near-miss at the mile-high club? She still can’t stand the man!
AFTER THE WEDDING The wedding disaster’s in the rearview, but the sizzle between these two is still red-hot. They tried to be on their best behavior in France, but back in the States all bets are off…

Amazon    BN    Harper Collins

About Cara
Cara Connelly is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. Cara lives in rural upstate New York with her handsome husband Billy and magical rescue dog Bella. Cara is proudly represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal/Lyon Literary Agency.

LOVED this book!! What a roller coaster of emotions between Ty and Vicky. Vicky is the hot shot New York lawyer representing the man that killed Ty's wife in a drunk driving accident. Ty is the broken hearten cowboy from Texas. He lost his first wife at a very young age and when the trail is finally over it has been 7 years since she died.

 Naturally Ty hates Vicky because of the trail and the questions she had to ask. Little did he know that his best friend was marring her brother and they would be spending a 4 day weekend in France together. 

 As a "favor" to the bride and groom that have to act like they like each other. WOW...That lead to some pretty steamy stuff going on between the two!! They can't get over their past though and it keeps them apart for a while. Ty goes back to Texas and Vicky goes back to New York. 

 Will they find their way back together? Can they make their relationship work? I highly recommend this book! I give it 4.5 stars.

Book Nerd Blast & Giveaway: Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (Meghan Ciana Doidge)

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Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

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Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.
Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2
Novellas – Love Lies Bleeding

My Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2014

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2014

There are SO many amazing books that are being released in 2014! It is going to be an amazing year for Young Adult books for sure!! Here are a few of the books in 2014 that I am looking forward too!! (Keep in mind there are ALOT more than 10 but I narrowed it down.) 

1. Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) Aimee Carter This one does not have a cover quite yet but I am just absolutely dying to get my hands on it!! I was completely obsessed with Pawn!!

2. Acid (Emma Pass) I was actually lucky enough to recieve an ARC of this book and OH MY WOW it was phenomenal! I am waiting to post my review for closer to the publication date but IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!

3. Between The Spark and Burn (April Genevieve Tucholke) Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea was one of my favorite books of 2013 and so I know I am going to love the sequel! Can't wait! (and is that cover not seriously gorgeous)
Between the Spark and the Burn (Between, #2)

4. Sweet Reckoning (Wendy Higgins) The Sweet series is one of my most favorite series ever and as sad as I will be that this is the conclusion...I am still DYING to get my hands on it. Kai and Anna are amazing characters and the plots are just incredible. (and yet again another beautiful cover)
Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)

5. Into The Still Blue (Veronica Rossi) GREATEST YA ROMANCE EVER. Roar and Perry will forever live in my heart. I just have a feeling that the conclusion to this series is going to be EPIC. 
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

6. The Murder Complex (Lindsay Cummings) This is a debut author and just the cover of her book has me begging for an ARC! The name Murder Complex? YES PLEASE!!!
The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)

7. Tremor (Pulse #2) Patrick Carman I will have to confess that I have already read this book and it TOTALLY BLEW ME AWAY! I loved Pulse so I couldnt wait for the sequel and I was NOT disappointed..WOW...SO GOOD!
Tremor (Pulse, #2)

8. Mortal Heart (Robin LaFevers) The His Fair Assassins series is right up on my list as one of the best series I have ever read...IN MY LIFE...It is that good. It is just one of those series that stays with you forever. It is full of so much emotion, suspense and non-stop action. (cover not yet available)

9. The Forever Song (Julie Kagawa) AH VAMPIRES! Yep I have a weakness for them and Julie Kagawa knows exactly how to write a story surrounding them. This book just happens to be the conclusion to the epic series that is Blood Of Eden. 

10. Ruin & Rising (Leigh Bardugo) I saved the best for last. I am completely and utterly obsessed with the Grisha Trilogy. I love the world building and the characters. It is so phenomenal. I cannot wait to get my hands on the conlusion!!!! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Top Ten Book Covers of 2013

Best Book Covers of 2013

There were so many phenomenal covers released in 2013 and it was so hard to choose just 10 but somehow I managed! I absolutely LOVE book covers and sometimes will read a book just because the cover is just so amazing!! So here is my list of the covers that have made my Top Ten for 2013.

Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy, #1)

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles, #1)

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

Deception (Defiance, #2)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

What covers made your Top Ten list?