Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Sunday Post #23

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ which is now hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelf

Last Week on the Blog
Sunday Post #22
Strong Enough by Ellen Harger ~Tour Except & Giveaway
Hold Tight by Cherie Coyler ~ Cover Reveal
He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo ~Excerpt & Feature
Waiting on Wednesday #22: Endless by Jessica Shirvington
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon ~Audio Review
Alyx Rayer Chronicles by S.J. Pierce ~Tour & Giveaway
Sneak Peek:This Time Around by Ellie Grace
Tenative Schedule for this week 
Sunday Post #23
Reapers's Legacy by Tim Lebbon ~Review
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy ~ Audio Review
Waiting on Wednesday #23
Confessions of An Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett ~Review
Impostor by Suzanne Winnacker ~Review
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington ~ Audio Review

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Sneak Peek:This Time Around by Ellie Grace

Title: This Time Around
Author: Ellie Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Expected release date: July 15, 2013
Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:
Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart.  It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she's always planned on.Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew.  If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again.They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around?

Nora hopped into the back and started handing me the heavy boxes so I could bring it all into the house. When it was all unloaded she stood on the tailgate and held out her hand so I could help her to the ground. Instead of grabbing her hand, I wrapped my arms around her thighs to lift her, letting her body slide down mine until her feet touched the ground. I kept my hands on her hips and looked her right in the eye so she would know exactly what was coming.
“Jake – don’t,” she stammered, but didn’t pull away.
“I have to,” I told her, as I leaned forward and gently placed my lips on hers. I held them there for just a moment before pulling back to look at her, and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest.
“I – I can’t do this, Jake.”
“Then don’t kiss me back.”
I leaned in to kiss her again and tightened my arms around her. Cautiously I moved my lips against hers and brought my hand up to touch her face. I heard her moan softly against my lips and it was all the encouragement I needed. I pressed up against her and when I felt her lips part for me, I let my tongue find hers and tilted her head as I deepened the kiss. As my lips began moving more intensely, she wrapped her arms around my neck and crushed her body against mine.
The need I felt for her turned me completely inside out. I hadn’t planned on kissing her today, but when I looked up at her standing on the tailgate, illuminated from the light of the setting sun, I knew I couldn’t wait. I had to know what it was that I was feeling, and if it was something real or if it was just remnants of the past clouding the present. Still, I wasn’t expecting this. Instead of curbing my appetite for her, it only intensified it. I’d never needed anything as much as I needed Nora.
When I finally pulled away, I brushed my thumb against her cheek and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear. “God, I missed you, Nora.”
“This doesn’t change anything,” she said breathlessly, “I still have to go back to New York.”
“We’ll see,” I said simply.

Author Bio
Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Tethered by Fate, Alyx Rayer Chronicles by S.J. Pierce

Tethered by Fate by S.J. Pierce
Series: Alyx Rayer Chronicles #2
Publication date: November 29th 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Where fate would take the both of them now, Isaac wasn’t sure, but either way their paths were irrevocably tethered." 

Hurled into the midst of a holy war between the sinister fallen Angel of War and their beloved Creator, gifted humans, Angels, and Spirit  Guides unite to create a formidable, ethereal army. With the imminent battle only days away, continue to follow the story that captivated your hearts as a Protector Angel named Alyx struggles with her own inner conflicts between right and wrong, love and honor.

Passionate, engaging, and filled with surprising twists and turns -- see which path fate will lead our beloved Angel down next in this second book of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles.


CHAPTER 11: Tethered by Fate, The Alyx Rayer Chronicles

Daylight peeked through the branches of the trees, waking Alyx from her broken slumber. She hadn’t slept particularly well and wasn’t in need of a wake-up call in the form of a white peacock. 
She rolled to the side and sighed through her nose. She had hoped by sleeping she would gain new perspective over everything, but it was business as usual – she wanted Isaac, but had to return to Samuel, whom she would have to explain her unannounced absence to. 
She crawled from her hideaway and ran through the forest at full speed. Her Elders didn’t mention what the day would bring other than more training, but either way, she couldn’t be late.
She broke through the tree line and raced through the field. Samuel stood by the fountain alone. He saw her approaching, and his expression brightened as he hurried to meet her. Her legs slowed to a jog, and she forced her breathing steady. “Hey, you,” she said as evenly as she could, acting as though her absence wasn’t an issue, and that she hadn’t just betrayed him the night before. Sadly, her talents of ‘lies and acting’ grew stronger.
“Hey!” he echoed and wrapped his arms around her, slinging her feet in the air, “I missed you last night. Did you sneak away on your own? Did Lumen bother you that badly?”
Alyx nodded into his chest with a hint of a smile. His assumptions were the perfect excuse. 
“Cindra said you like to be alone sometimes,” he said, and she closed her eyes with relief. Thanks, girl.
He released her, and they strolled to the courtyard. “The others aren’t back yet. I assume they’re still wandering the island with their mates.”
“Oh really-” 
“Alyx!” Prolificent’s snarl rang through the courtyard. 
They stopped in their tracks, and Samuel’s fearful eyes drew down to Alyx. “What was that about?” he asked.
Prolificent appeared from around the corner of the tent. Bitter fury colored his face with red. She patted Samuel’s arm. “I better go,” she said in a hushed voice. 
“Do I need to come too?”
“No, you stay here.”
She jogged to her Elder who turned on his heels. “In my tent… now.” 
Only one thing could make him this livid, and Alyx knew exactly what it was – and who was responsible.
Unlike the last time she followed him into his tent, dread didn’t fill her heart. Despite the fear Prolificent tried to inspire within her, that he lived to instill, she felt confident now that she had moved past all of that. He would probably threaten and yell, but punishment is not what she feared from him anymore. Even if her worst fears came true, that she and Isaac would never see each other again, a part of her had already accepted it.  
Not bothering to sit this time, or offering for her to do the same, he stormed to the middle of the tent and whirled around. “We do not keep secrets on this island,” he said, his eyes narrowing, “but this is what you and Oman insist on doing.
Alyx stopped by the opening with her hands still by her side like dead weights. She wouldn’t confirm or deny anything to this man, or say anything that might incriminate anyone further. She would just let him rant.
“I suspected the night before last that you were somewhere you shouldn’t be, because I couldn’t feel your presence anymore, it was as though you had disappeared. And only one person – or should I say Spirit Guide – on this island is capable of pulling that off. 
 Alyx blinked with a frozen, indifferent expression. 
He stepped toward her, his chest rising to intimidate. “I spoke with your friend Oman, and he refuses to tell me anything. He only tells me that this is “all above me” and that it wasn’t something I should be concerned with.
His fist smacked into his open palm, and Alyx flinched. “I will not be toyed with!” 
He inhaled deeply to regain his composure and clasped his shaking hands behind his back. “So I commissioned the help of my own accomplice who informed me that you were in a field last night – which I also couldn’t see – with your former Marked, Isaac. Would you like to explain to me why you think that’s acceptable?”
 Alyx remained still, the corner of her mouth drawing into a smirk. “When you say “accomplice”, you mean Christineth, right?”
“Irrelevant!” he barked, and she flinched again.
“You, Alyx, have a penchant for rule breaking,” he said as he spun in the other direction and paced away with a heavy stride. “And rule breakers meet a certain end, do you understand?”
Alyx bit back another snarky retort, and her eyes hardened. Go ahead, threaten me. 
“But because Oman allowed the little ‘meeting’ between you and Isaac last night, I cannot have you sent away. Believe me, I asked.
I’m sure you did. 
He turned, his eyes glaring into hers. “But I assure you, when this is all over there will come a time of reckoning.
I’m sure there will.
Prolificent flicked his wrist in the air, looking away in abhorrence. “Now go, I cannot look at you any longer. I expect you to be at training when we summon.”
Alyx darted through opening, quite impressed with herself that she didn’t fight back. She despised the man, no question, but it wasn’t within her to disrespect her Elder by mouthing off – not yet anyway. He hadn’t pushed her that far.
When she emerged from the tent, her eyes blazed to the other side of the courtyard and into Christineth who stood in the middle of the others, informing them of every juicy detail. “And then they kissed,” she divulged. 
What the-
There was one thing Alyx dreaded, after all – Samuel finding out. Her blood turned hot, and she marched toward the crowd with fire in her eyes. Christineth might have witnessed what happened last night, but it was nobody else’s business. 
Before she reached them, Samuel burst through the middle, his eyes smoldering with their own fiery rage. 
Her face blanched. Shit! 
Isaac’s crippling fears had officially come to fruition – her Warrior had knowledge of their tryst in the woods. “Sam!” she cried, and he charged forward. She stumbled out of the way as he barreled past her and into the air. She crouched to fly after him, worried that he might go after Isaac, but he veered to the left toward the mountains. 
Her body relaxed, and everything in her sight burned red as anger flickered inside her like the licks of a wild flame. A growl rolled from her chest, escaping her bared teeth. “CHRISTINETH!” 

Marked for Vengeance by S.J. Pierce
Series: Alyx Rayer Chronicles #1
Publication date: October 10th 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a fa├žade for a higher calling; she's a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.

During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.

While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.

This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre.

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Author Bio
Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy and Sci-fi novels. 

Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex storytelling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her first publishing credit was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Audio: Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

Author: Michelle Gagnon
Narrator:Rebecca Gable
Title: Strangelets
Format: Unabridged Audio Cd
Length: 8 hrs, 46 mins
Publisher: AudioGo
Publication: 2013
Source: Publisher via Audiobookjukebox

17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.

Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light Sophie, Declan, Anat, and the rest must decide what to do with a second chance at life—if they can survive to claim it.

Okay, so first off let me say this book is very weird. I still have no idea what in the world was going on. Now, yes everything did tie up nicely for some characters though I feel one character got the short end of the stick. So, the story begins with each character on the brink of death and suddenly they wake up to find themselves in a hospital. They at first think one of the other is responsible for them being trapped there but eventually decide working together may be the best solution. Once they uncover the truth of their situation they realize death may not have too bad an option. 

Let's talk characters. I initially didn't like Anat in the beginning, she comes off as abrasive and unfeeling but eventually she becomes more likeable. Sophie really didn't do much, she's still sickly and weak but she gets stronger towards the end. Declan, I don't have anything to say about him really but there is some romance with him and one of the girls. Some characters not mentioned in the synopsis will play a big part in the revelations of why they are there and what the future is really like in this world. 

Gable does a great job with translating this work to audio format. She breathes life into each of the characters, giving them identity and individuality with differences in her tone and accent. The production paces along steadily. Gables voice and the sound a crisp and clear. I would listen to her again. Overall, though I didn't necessarily love the book it is an okay science fiction, time travel book that readers of these genres make like, especially if they love mind twists. 

Waiting On Wednesday #22: Endless by Jessica Shirvington

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

Endless by Jessica Shirvington
Expected Release: October 2013


Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose—literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she's about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she's not nearly ready. 

The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head—not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face...
What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo

He Belongs to Me is a love story . . . a tale of betrayal and deception and of a young mother's determination to recover what belongs to her.
Forced to leave her baby and tricked into relinquishing her parental rights, four years later Catherine Boyd is back and she'll do anything to regain custody of her son--even reconcile with the husband falsely accused of killing their son's twin.
All in the name of love for a little boy, generations of pain and tragedy are exposed in a courtroom drama.
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“The court would have to examine every aspect of our lives. Our home, our relationship, our finances, our psyche. Our past.” He paused until she looked at him. “They’ll use our past to prove us unfit. I’m not going to live that nightmare again.” He couldn’t.

Catherine watched him. Immaculately groomed, he wore a dark suit, crisp white shirt, blue silk tie, and leather shoes comfortably, as if he were born to it. He was the classic picture of a powerful, young, up-and-coming executive, serious and unyielding. Thomas was being brutally honest with her. But he hadn’t pointed out anything she hadn’t already considered.

A court battle would hurt. Their tragedies and mistakes would ruthlessly be exposed and dissected. Then she thought about living on the periphery of her son’s life. A court battle would be ugly, but it also might be the only way.

“It won’t come to that. My parents are very private people. They won’t want the embarrassment of a trial.”

“They’d better not.” Thomas took off his sunglasses and leaned his forearms on his knees. He looked out over Lake Michigan while swinging the glasses back and forth. A few brightly colored sailboats cut through the glittering blue water. Further out, a long gray freighter boomed a warning at an approaching ship.

He squinted sideways. “If this doesn’t work, you’re on your own.”

“It’ll work.” It had to work. Drew was all she had. “I love Drew more than anything in the world. I know it’s asking a lot of you, but if there’s anything I can give you—do for you—I’ll try to make it up to you.”

“How’re you going to do that?” He glared at her. “If I agree, it’ll be for my own reasons. If we do this, I’ll have to move out of my apartment, out of the city, and buy a house near Drew’s school. I’ll probably have to get a car. We’ll have to live together and appear to be a loving couple. A social worker will snoop through the house, spying on us. We’ll have to share a bedroom—a bed. Can you be convincing?”

He had done his homework. Catherine bit her lip to keep from smiling; he hadn’t agreed yet. She leaned close and bumped his shoulder with hers, playfully. “I loved you once, and you’re still kind of cute. I’m sure I can muster up some enthusiasm for a little handholding and public kissing.”

His gaze focused on her lips as if thinking about kissing her. “For how long?”

What would his kiss be like? Hard and quick? Unhurried and seductive? Tongue? “Huh? Oh. As long as it takes. Once we get him, I’m sure there will be a lag time before we can divorce, but we should be out of your hair within a year—two at the most.”

He went back to studying the water one long silent minute. “Regardless of what happens, I will not back out of my son’s life again.” He turned to stare at her, a hard unyielding promise. “I thought Drew was better off without me but apparently not. I may not be the best dad in the world, but I will not walk away again.”

Author Bio-
Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. 

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hold Tight (Embrace, #2) by Cheri Colyer

Title: Hold Tight (Embrace, #2) 
Author: Cherie Colyer 
Publisher: Omnific Publishing 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Age Group: Young Adult 
Expected release date: August 20, 2013 

Sixteen-year-old Madison Riley and her friends discover they aren’t the only supernatural beings in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These new creatures are more dangerous than ever, and this time Madison risks losing more than just her friends.

This is the new cover for Embrace, book #1, to match Hold Tight.
Title: Embrace (Embrace, #1)
Released: December 2012   

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It's responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve. Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he's a guy harboring a secret, but she's willing to risk the unknown to be with him. Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren't there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can't find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound. 


CheriColyerpicture_zps62f28602.jpeg About the Author
Cherie Colyer writes young adult and middle grade novels. She loves finding new stories that keep her up late reading. While her favorite genre is realistic paranormal/fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive she’s all over it. 
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Excerpt & Giveaway: Strong Enough by Ellen Harger

About the Book
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Starting over is hard. 

And sometimes, you have to burn a few bridges to do it.

Whitney Brown is average--average intelligence, average height, average weight--but she wants to be someone new. To kick-start her rebirth, she wears formal mourning, a black veil and vintage dress, to a wedding in her hometown, Woods Cross, a community that treasures family values. Is it an attack on marriage or has she just gone bonkers?

Emboldened but lacking a plan, she forces her foot in the door of a radio station in Sundown. A small metropolis of nearly 150,000, Sundown is a notch of urban flair along the Midwest's Bible Belt.

Getting in proves to be the easy part and the anonymity of being a DJ suits her well. But off air (and in person), Whitney must stand up to Sadi, an angry feminist and the bane of her college years while an old friendship with her former roommate, Leah, devolves around a guy. 

It's 2002 and the Midwest radio scene is changing. Just as Whitney hits her groove, the radio station undergoes its own identity crisis. But what rocks Whitney to her core is the moment the condom breaks. Her abstinence only background leaves her embarrassed and facing a difficult choice.

Whitney’s Superman show:

The sweat runs down Whitney’s spine. For four days she worked this theme into perfection. Crystal assured her with bubble gum bursts punctuating their sessions that it's a quiet shift. She doesn't need a huge audience, but she hopes they call with suggestions. She hopes they listen.
John gives her a lead in. “Coming up next is Kelly Carter taking your requests with tonight’s special theme so stick around.” She smiles weakly at him, dizzy because her heart is stuffed in her throat, cutting off her oxygen. Gulping repeatedly, she attempts to swallow the organ back into her chest. Being breathless on air is bad. At least it is for Whitney. She sounds silly breathless. John nudges her with a pair of headphones. She slips them on and closes her eyes. The figurehead liked her show. Sue liked her show.
"This is Kelly Carter and I'm sitting in with you this Friday night. Last time I was here we did Black Box Songs, but tonight our theme is Superman. The request lines are open, so let's pay tribute to the man of steel in his many musical incarnations.
“Like last time, we'll start with a song from Bonnie Tyler 'cause she's ‘Holding Out For A Hero.’ Hey, she wants Superman to sweep her off of her feet!" The upper keys on the synthesizer pelt the anthem. The isolated speed-drumming simulated across electric skins is an entire riff in less than a beat, building to the full choir singing ooooo oooo ooooo! Even over the air you can see the light show and fireworks. Ah subtlety.
With programmed frenzy everything builds until it sounds like all the computerized instruments will explode on cue. Maybe the synthesizer became so hot the musician had to play faster and faster to avoid scalding his fingers. This was music for people who wanted to be on drugs. Desperately.
After the chorus she interrupts, "Does it remind anyone else of Fame? Just the chorus when she sings ‘Hey!’ Yeah, I sing Fame there. It just fits. I think this was also the opening for a TV show called Cover Up. The detective’s ‘cover up’ was photographing the models she traveled with—one always being a hunky guy, and her partner. Okay, enough of memory lane and terrible early 80s TV heavily influenced by, shudder, the sparkly side of the seventies. You know, I'd like to hear a discotheque version of this song. Note to self, hunt that down.
“Okay, so up next to introduce you guys to the complexity of tonight, I'm going to offer up a totally different style. Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm pleased to play Ani DiFranco's ‘Superhero.’"

About the Author
Ellen Harger was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. As a military brat, she moved often during her childhood--something she never resented and continued as an adult. The constant starting over influenced her first published novel, "Strong Enough."

At 14, her family settled in Missouri as civilians, permitting Ellen to attend one high school. She stayed in the Midwest to attend a small liberal arts college, studying creative writing and art. After 11 years, she moved to Boston. While there, she continued to study creative writing in Cambridge. Ever willing to explore new places, she moved next to the San Francisco Bay area. After 11 years away, and loving the symmetry, she returned to the Midwest to finish "Strong Enough." She has published a poem, "Guidelines," and released her novel as an e-book.

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My Sunday Post #22

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ which is now hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelf

Last Week on the Blog
Sunday Post #21 
YA 'OCD, the Dude & Me' by Lauren Roedy Vaughn ~Chapter Reveal
Wish by Beth Bracken & Kay Fraser ~Review
Waiting on Wednesday #21: Lost Covenant by Ari Marmell
Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu~ Review
The Light in the Wound by Christine Brae ~Reveal & Giveaway
Forever Me by Thomas Amo ~Excerpt
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn ~Review
Tenative Schedule for this week 
Sunday Post #22
Strong Enough by Ellen Harger ~Tour Except & Giveaway
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey~Audio Review
He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo ~Excerpt & Feature
Waiting on Wednesday #22
Alyx Rayer Chronicles by S.J. Pierce ~Tour & Giveaway
Reaper's Legacy by Tim Lebbon
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon ~Audio Review

4 Year Blogoversary Celebration!
Abberant by Ruth Silver
New This Week 

Received from Publisher via Netgalley 
Thanks to Angry Robot

Received from Publisher via Netgalley
Thanks to Disney Book Group
Strong Enough by Ellen Harger ~Tour Except & Giveaway June 23, 2013

A lot is going on in my world, I'm exhausted for one and I have the chance at having a new job in the library world with more responsibility but not much pay. Some of us Librarians have tough decisions because we need the experience and have to sacrifice much to get it. I have been working two jobs for so long and hopefully I will be blessed with an opportunity in the near future that will allow me the chance to live. Don't get me wrong because I am so very thankful to be working but is it wrong to want more after working so hard to get where I am? Anywho, I'm sure you're wondering how I have time to blog, well I don't know...I just do it and believe me some days writing reviews is hard.

Be sure to check out my Blogoversary Celebration! Happy Reading :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Title: Another Little Piece
Publication: June 11, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publsher via Edelweiss

The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past

So, I decided to read this because it sounded interesting, though usually I don't do scary books. It is more creepy and weird than it is scary. One night Annaliese gets the boy she always wanted but it comes with a price and she finds herself covered in blood, then she disappears. One day she awakens changed, having no recollection of the previous other than the past few days. Her memory is fragmented but at night her dreams provide clues to a truth that she's forgotten and that will change her life forever.

Anna comes across as a little crazy. In the beginning, she speaks of herself in the third person, more like she is the observant of another life. She refers to her parents as the father and the mother. Her parents want so much for the girl they lost to completely return but "the mother" is so fragile, she's happy just to have her daughter back. In a way, Anna craves this nurturing and clings to it. The father seems distant possibly afraid that she will crack and it's noticeable that he's concerned about his wife as well. Basically it's a tedious balancing act that they play. 

There are love interests without a triangle but I really couldn't connect to it with all the revelations of Anna's past. She comes across as detached like she's uncertain of emotion yet she's not unfeeling. What I liked most about Anna is her strength of will and her determination to alter her future once everything begins to make sense. Overall, this was a quick read, the plot is twisted but this haunting tale has the blood, mystery and suspense that thriller seekers will enjoy. 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Excerpt: Forever Me by Thomas Amo

High school is hard enough just being yourself, let alone trying to be someone you're not.

Hannah Richards isn't your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashion, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, and classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her father, the town sheriff, and her two best friends, Lauren and Haylee, Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life, as an "Eastie."

After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the "Stilettos" at school, and a series of misunderstandings with her friends, Hannah is forced to re-invent herself. She quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls?

Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy, and rage that are now waiting for her around every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the "Stilettos"?

         The alarm buzzed and Hannah rolled over on her back in bed and stretched. She tried to get her eyes to focus on her cell phone to see what time it was. The digital numbers told her it was 4:15 a.m. She stopped the noise and reached an arm behind her to shake Taylor awake, but the bed was empty. Surprised, she rolled over and found she had the bed all to herself. She hoped she hadn’t forced Taylor out. She had been known to be a bed hog, especially with the covers. She propped herself up on her elbows when the bedroom light flipped on. Like a vampire recoiling from the sunlight, Hannah’s hand quickly went to shield her eyes. 
      “Morning sunshine,” called Taylor in a chipper voice. 
        Hannah slowly lowered her hand and saw Taylor standing in the doorway, still wearing her father’s t-shirt but with a gator clip in her hair to hold it up.
      “I thought I set my alarm for six.” 
      “You did, but I changed it. Hot Girl Rule Number 1: Rise early and get your face on. Only homely girls sleep in.”
       Hannah let her head fall back on the pillow. “Ohhhh, let me be homely, just for an another hour.”
      “Oh no you don’t,” called Taylor as she reached under the blanket, grabbed Hannah by the wrist and tugged her up into a sitting position. “Let’s get those feet on the floor, I already picked out your outfit, got the flatiron hot and made coffee.” 
      “I swear, if I didn’t love men, I’d probably marry you, just for the fact you made me coffee,” Hannah said rubbing her face trying to wake up. 
      “Yeah, don’t get ahead of yourself there, doll. You’re pretty cute, but not my type. By the way I made the coffee for me. I’m just sharing it with you. Now let’s get going, the sun will be showing up in an hour,” Taylor teased. 
      “Okay, Sarge,” Hannah said with a half salute. Her feet touched the floor and she recoiled. She started to climb back under the covers but then saw the look on Taylor’s face. “Okay, okay.” Hannah stood up and winced once more from the cold floor on her feet. She stumbled from her bedroom to the bathroom across the hall. Taylor had everything laid out like a display in a showroom. She was truly organized when it came to preparing for the day. Hannah examined her face in the mirror. She was prepared for the worst. She was afraid she was going to wear the after effects of Lauren’s punches for the next week, but surprisingly, there was only a small amount of bruising on the corner of her chin and up next to her right eye. Even the swelling in her lip had pretty much disappeared. 
      Taylor returned to the bathroom with a cup of coffee for Hannah. Hannah turned and took the cup with a grateful expression. She took a sip and instantly felt the perfectly made drink intoxicate all of her senses. She sat the cup on the vanity and wrapped her arms around Taylor and hugged her. “I love you,” she whispered. 
      Taylor stood being a prisoner of Hannah’s clinch. Her eyes darted from side to side. Her expression of feeling awkward reflected in the mirror. “Um—love you too, but it’s just coffee, Hannah.” 
      Hannah shook her head. “No, that is a cup filled with love,” she said with sleep-crusted eyes. 
     “Okay—are you like this every morning?” 
      “I just need a moment,” Hannah teased as she hugged her once more. Taylor gave the patented pity hand pat on Hannah’s back that meant, Okay, I love you too but I’m beyond comfortable now
      “How did you sleep?” Hannah asked as she took a healthy drink of coffee. 
       Taylor took Hannah’s hair into her hands and ran the flatiron across it. “Pretty good, but you are a cover hog.”
      “I know, but in my defense you’re the first person I’ve ever slept with.” 
      “Yeah—let’s not share that information,” Taylor said teasing.

Thomas Amo is the author over 20 comedies and farces for the live theatre. This former full time theatrical producer has spent the last thirty years writing in many different genres, from pilot scripts for television to screenplays on independent films. Outside acting, directing and producing, his first love has always been writing. Forever ME, marks his debut into YA fiction.

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