Saturday, October 31, 2015

FFBC Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Gabriel (Nikki Kelly)

Gabriel (The Styclar Saga #2)
by Nikki Kelly
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015

The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.
Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?
Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

"I knew where my final destination would be; 
I think I had always known."

Ahhhh....Gabriel....Seriously...I have been obsessed with this series since I first opened the pages of Lailah. I loved the whole light and dark struggle and the breath-taking romance between Lailah and Gabriel...So I really couldn't wait to start Gabriel!

Gabriel picks up right where Lailah left off. Lailah is struggling to get her memory back and as pieces begin to come back to her...she begins to realize she has feelings for both Gabriel and Jonah. Gabriel, the angel...the light side is Lailah's true love but yet on the other side is Jonah, the vampire...the dark side and Lailah is drawn to him almost as much as she is Gabriel. 

This book is really focused on Lailah and the path she chooses and how her decisions will affect her and those around her for the rest of her life. She is so torn and is trying to decide whether she can accept both the light and dark side and if she can manage to live with them both. 

There is also a lot of character development in this book and we learn more background about other characters and I loved this aspect because there are other characters in this book that I really enjoyed learning about. 

Gabriel is all about forbidden love, supernatural romance, and plenty of suspense. I absolutely LOVED Lailah and Gabriel did not disappoint. I cannot wait to read the conclusion to this series and see just where Lailah's journey will end. I am so completely obsessed with Nikki Kelly and cannot wait to read more from this amazing author!!!

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I was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. So it will probably come as no surprise that when I'm not dreaming in Vampires & Angels, I dream in chocolate! For the past ten years I have lived in West London with my hubby and two dogs, Alfie - the Pug & Goose - the Chihuahua.LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

#WickedReads Book Blast: Blood and Salt (Kim Liggett)

Penguin Teen is having a very fun Twitter sweepstakes coming up called #TwitterGhostStory, which is a week-long event (taking place 10/26-10/31) in which you can write a spooky story in 140 characters or less using #TwitterGhostStory to enter for the chance to win a prize pack of the featured titles. A lot of Penguin authors will be participating!

Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1)Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 22nd 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt. 

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Kim Liggett
At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80′s.
After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children’s art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians.She’s married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

"When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. 
You will be all in--
blood and salt."

So...Is it possible to scream at the top of my lungs about how amazing this book is?? UMMM YEAH!!!!! I mean SERIOUSLY...Blood & Salt...where have you been all my life??? I am completely and utterly obsessed, amazed, in awe, its genius, its beautiful...its haunting........i mean...there are so many words to describe this BREATH-TAKING book. I had heard from so many people that it completely rocked and so the anticipation was about to drive me crazy....and happened........ I opened my mail.......AND THERE IT WAS...the most beautiful piece of young adult writing that I have read in a long time......AWE...absolute AWE....

"I loved you before you were even a complete thought in my mind. You gave me a reason to live, to fight, to remember that good still remained in this world."

Blood and Salt is the PERFECT young adult book for this season!! One of the first things that grabbed my attention when I saw this book was the amazingly creepy yet hauntingly beautiful cover. I mean how gorgeous is the black and white artwork of the young girl in an old style dress with the title of Blood and Salt in RED.....Whoever came up with the artwork for this cover....I...AM...OBSESSED. 

The next thing that grabbed my attention was a section in the synopsis of this book....."Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror." I mean how can you read that and then not instantly want to devour this book??

and so it began...
I opened to the first page and my journey into Blood & Salt began....
Blood & Salt is the story of Ash Larkin and her journey to find out the truth about her family's heritage. Ash and her twin brother, Rhys have to leave their home in New York City to travel to Kansas to save their mother after they arrive home and discover that she has left them to go back to her hometown called Quivira. Ash's mother left them in order to save them from an curse that has followed them their whole life. Ash and Rhys decide to follow their mother and save their family and heritage once and for all.

From the very first chapter of this book we are introduced to memorable and a few swoon-worthy characters. I loved Beth and her quirky ways and I always felt like there was something mysterious about her and couldn't wait to discover what it was.... AND THEN....we meet Dane. AHHH...Usually I don't like insta-love...but in this case...I COMPLETLY LOVED IT!!! Dane was just amazing..he was mysterious, gorgeous, and secretive and the connection that is described between Ash and Dane just makes you SWOON!!! Ah...FORBIDDEN LOVE ROCKS!!

There were so many many many SECRETS!! I could literally write about this book all day long...BUT...then it would take away from amazing chills you will get when you discover all the truths to Blood & Salt. This book has it all...romance, mystery, horror, and TONS of suspense...Each chapter was a new adventure and I was captivated throughout the entire book up until the very last page...I want more..I need more...NOW!!!

"The separation you're feeling...sometimes people distance themselves from things they know they'll have to say good-bye to one day."

Kim rocked my face off with this book. Your captivating writing had me devouring each page and I literally could not put the book down. I found myself reading till 2 am one morning and it still wasn't enough. I will forever be completely OBSESSED with you and will stalk and beg for ALL of your future books.... (and i literally CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on Blood and Salt #2...although I have no idea how you are going to fit more awesomeness into this story...I....MEAN.....SERIOUSLY....)

Good Choice Readings Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Bloodcraft (Amalie Howard)

The wait is finally over! 

BLOODCRAFT by Amalie Howard, the sequel to BLOODSPELL (available NOW for only $2.99), will be releasing on December 15th, 2015!

Today, Good Choice Reading, along with Curling Up With A Good Book are revealing the BEAUTIFUL cover to BLOODCRAFT.

Author Amalie Howard is also giving away TWO signed paperback copies of BLOODSPELL (book one- OPEN INTERNATIONALLY), and TWO eARC copies of BLOODCRAFT to TWO lucky readers. Contest details can be found at then end of this post.

And now... here is the cover to BLOODCRAFT.

Release: December 15th, 2015
Cover design by Alan Pranke

All magic has its price, and no one knows that better than Victoria Warrick. Gifted with a centuries-old blood curse, Tori has finally learned to master her blood’s demands and has emerged triumphant with Christian Devereux, a vampire overlord, at her side.
But the worst is yet to come …
In the infamous City of Lights, home to both the Witch Clans and the Vampire Council, Tori enrolls at the exclusive Belles Fontaines school in Paris, where she is faced with a devastating choice: choose Christian and be an outcast, or choose the coven and secure her place with the witches.
When the fate of the supernatural world is targeted by a sinister new threat, Christian and Victoria must unite their two warring species to defeat it. Their bond will be tested, twisted, and sorely weakened, and Tori will find herself in uncharted territory—a dangerous place to be when her blood’s magic has its own dark agenda.
But to save them all, she may have no choice but to invoke its deadly power.

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If you'd like to be a part of the Blog Tour, you can sign-up HERE

For those new to the series, copies of Bloodspell will be provided, as well as Bloodcraft. 
Limited paperback copies of Bloodspell will be provided. 


The spell was simple...
Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood)
But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?
Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds -- much less one that reveals she's a witch with unimaginable power.
What's more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own...
Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood's deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?

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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island (Trinidad & Tobago) where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.
An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published in a University of Warwick journal. At fifteen, she was  a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed simultaneous Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for research and criticism in Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive.
agold-authorShe is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency and is a member of SCBWI.

  • This giveaway is sponsored by author Amalie Howard.
  • This giveaway is open to INTERNATIONALLY
  • Author Amalie Howard nor Good Choice Reading are responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged mail. 
  • Winner will be chosen at random.
  • Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or else a new winner will be chosen. 
  • Winner will be announced/contacted on rafflecopter, Amalie Facebook/Twitter, and via email. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Stone Field (Christy Lenzi)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at 
and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Stone FieldHardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 29th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press

In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.
Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.
Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Stone Field is a passionate and atmospheric story of how violence and vengeance pervert the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.
What book are you looking forward to??