Friday, April 24, 2015

Upcoming Books to Watch For

As the title suggests, here is a list of some books that I think should be on your radar! Some of these I have read, while others I'm excited to read! Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments! And check out the Calendar tab to see more amazing books coming out in the coming months!

May:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen


Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly


The Heir by Kiera Cass


Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein


The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan


The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh


Illusionarium by Heather Dixon


Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry


P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry


Which of these are YOU most excited for?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release: February 4, 2014
Series: Alienated
Pages: 344
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

You Can Find it At:
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First Impressions

I bought this as a binge buy when I was at Flyleaf Bookstore. I saw it on the shelf and knew that I must have it. And boy, did it not disappoint! I loved every minute of the books, and can't wait for my copy of Invaded to get here!

Characters

This was duel POV between the two main characters, Cara and Aelyx. I definitely like Cara. She is brave, smart, and will do anything for a friend. She's relatable to say the least. Plus, she's not afraid to speak her mind. She's more fearless than her classmates, which makes her the perfect main character. I wanted to strangle Aelyx every once in a while, but he makes up for it. Aelyx isn't exactly a willing participant in their alien exchange, and tries to sabotage peace treaties and negotiations. That said, I majorly ship Aelyx and Cara! They're super sweet together and could change the world if they so desired.

Writing

The writing was exactly my kind of writing. Fast paced and fun. The story was able to pick up immediately and just keep going. I was constantly waiting for the next thing to happen, and it always did. The plot also wasn't fully predictable. I saw some things coming, but not all of them.

World-Building

Let me tell you, this world is cool. In case you skipped the synopsis, aliens made contact wait Earth two years before the start of the novel. They're almost exactly identical to human, save for a few traits. They're also more developed then humans, as they've been around longer. The book takes place on Earth, meaning I don't get to see much of their culture, but from what I see, it seems interesting, but also a bit crazy. It's almost like they're one ginormous cult. I'm really exited to read book two, which takes place on the aliens home planet, and learn more about them!

Author Bio:

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati and writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett.

You Can Find Her At:
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cover Reveal: Bounce by Noelle August

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What do you think? I know I like it! It's adorable!

Title: BOUNCE
Author: Noelle August
Series: BOOMERANG
Release: August 25, 2015!
ISBN: 9780062331106

Synopsis:

Following in the bestselling tradition of Molly McAdams and J. Lynn, this final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

You Can Find it At:
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

Author Bio:

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.

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Book Blitz: The Violet Hour by Brynn Chapman


Through Prism Book Tours.

I'm super excited to be celebrating the release of The Violet Hour! I loved the author's novel, Boneseeker, and can't wait to read this as well!

Check out the book, exclusive excerpt, and enter the giveaway below!

Title: The Violet Hour
Author: Brynn Chapman
Genre: YA Romantic Historical Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 209

Synopsis:

Secrets.

Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise.

Secrets.

Down to her final coin, Allegra happens on Charleston’s Fancy, the first southern amusement park, which is searching for musicians for its orchestra. At first, the park seems her salvation; but she quickly realizes she has traded the dominance of her father, for the even more terrifying madness of the owner, Silas.

And more secrets.

Allegra meets the dashing Brighton LeFroy, Fancy’s engineer and pyrotechnics master. His shabby clothing cannot conceal the brilliant mind beneath. The musician’s whisper he is a witch, is obsessed with storms, and is rumored...to fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicable drawn to him.

She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.

Excerpt:

LeFroy stares out the window, his brow creased in thought. He remains statue-still, as he has for the past quarter hour, oblivious to the late afternoon sun that bathes his face in a beautiful golden-amber.

I stare intently, reveling in the rare opportunity to drink in his features.

His dark curly hair is in need of a cutting and his thin lips turn down as he absently bites the side of his nail, lost to himself. He is not a classic beauty—but the singularity of his face demand’s attention.

Not all women would swoon for him. But something about him draws me…makes him utterly irresistible.

The warmth on my chest again. Almost hot this time. I struggle not to look down my dress to examine what I imagined to be an inevitable rash, but all I see is the Magnolia pattern—the patch on my dress, lovingly sewn by my mother’s hand.

I banish the thought. I shall not think on her now.

Brighton clears his throat, driving away my mother’s ghost and I struggle for words. When he regards me, my tongue seems to shrivel in my mouth.

It is his eyes. They…speak. Sometimes whisper, sometimes shout.

They now squint, as whatever vexing scenario playing on his mind continues to dominate his demeanor. He doesn’t move. Doesn’t speak.

Author Bio:
Brynn ChapmanBorn and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

She also writes under the pseudonym R.R. Smythe .

You Can Find Her At:
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Giveaway:
$10 Amazon Gift Card, ebook of The Violet Hour, and Bracelet with: "Well behaved women seldom make history." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Trailer Reveal: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

I am absolutely thrilled to bring you the trailer reveal for Katie McGarry's Nowhere But Here!!

Title: Nowhere But Here
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Release: May 26, 2015
Series: Thunder Road

Synopsis:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

You Can Find it At:


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And check out the amazing trailer for
NOWHERE BUT HERE!


Author Bio:

Katie McGarry Author PhotoKatie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

You Can Find Her At:
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