Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cover Reveal: Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout



The highly anticipated second book in #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked Trilogy has a cover! The amazing TORN cover was created by Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations with photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton from K Keeton designs. Check it out below! TORN is set to release July 19th. Be sure to grab the first book in the series, WICKED, which is on sale for $.99 for a limited time!


      TORN - cover

Synopsis:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

WICKED - cover

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Kobo

Author Bio:

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Street Team: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn Nguyen

Hello all, and welcome to my stop for the Sunday Street Team! Below you can read an awesome interview I have with the author of The Way to Game the Walk of Shame!

Interview:

1. Are any of the characters based off of people you know?

None of my characters are based off of people I know, but there are quirks here and there that I give my characters. Like Taylor’s habit of making tuna when she’s stressed. And Evan naming his car Rudy. Although Oreo is totally based off of my own dog, Noodle.

2. Any advice for aspiring or young writers?

It seems cliche, but definitely write what you want to write. Trends come and go, but if you write something that your heart is into just because you think it’ll sell well then you won’t go very far. You’ll spend ages working on this book, talking about it, and selling it. You have to be its biggest cheerleader and if you don’t love it, then it’s going to be a hard road to handle.

3. What were some of the things that provided inspiration for Taylor's story?

I’ve mentioned before that the whole idea for a love contract/fake relationship came from a korean drama. I can’t remember which one because it’s been years, but I just thought it would be so much fun to have the characters bicker and pretend to be all lovey dovey. Some of the other small details did come from my life such as the pizza date. My husband bought me pizza when we first started dating and the aquarium is based off the aquarium downtown where we used to go on dates.

4. What made you decide to write YA fiction?

It just came naturally with my writing style. I experimented with a bunch of genres and age groups (MG, adult, historical, thriller, fantasy, etc) and I realized that YA contemporary romance fit me the best.

5. In five words or less, what can readers expect from The Way to Game the Walk of Shame?

A fun and heartfelt romance.

6. What do you hope readers take away from the book?

That you can’t plan every single part of your life. Things happen. And good or bad, you just have to deal with it the best way that you can and grown stronger because of it. And who knows? Something that you thought would ruin your life could end up being a blessing in disguise.

Synopsis:

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon

Author Bio:

Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of 'research'. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Winter Wolf by Rachel M. Raithby

Title: Winter Wolf
Author: Rachel M Raithby
Publisher: Self-published
Release: November 29, 2014
Series: New Dawn
Review: 2.5 stars

Synopsis:

Katalina Winter was prepared for life to change when she turned eighteen—but she never expected to actually change.

Learning that her birth parents were purebred wolf shifters is shocking enough. Now she’s expected to take her place in their unfamiliar world. Caught between two warring packs, Katalina must learn fast. One pack, led by the father she has only just met, wants to control her- and the other one wants her dead.

However, there is one bright spot to shifting, and his name is Bass Evernight. Tall, dark, and oh-so-handsome, Bass is the wolf that Katalina craves. He’s also strictly forbidden: a member of Dark Shadow, Bass is the son of her father’s mortal enemy. Yet deep down inside, Katalina’s new primal instincts howl that Bass is her mate. Can their love bring an end to the brutal war that has raged for so long, or will it spark the fighting around them into an all-consuming fire?

First Impressions

It sounded very good, paranormal and romantic. I was pretty excited when offered the book and upon seeing the cover grew even more excited!

Characters

Katalina is my favorite character in the book. She's strong and she doesn't take crap from anyone, especially the guys trying to tell her what to do. She finds her rock in Bass during the chaos of trying to fit into her new world and new family. She chooses for herself not to love who she's told to and makes a total Peggy Carter move in making the choice to try and end the fight between the two clans. And she rocks.

Bass- or Sebastian Evernight- is sexy, mysterious, and fits the mold of "tall dark and handsome"(literally being described that way in the synopsis). It did bug me that his character is a huge cliche. But, he respects Katalina, and he needs her and opens up some true emotion as the book goes on.

Writing

The writing was not that good. Honestly, I was a little disappointed. There was a lot of effort put into the characters- especially Katalina- and the writing fell short from that. It switched paces, it was awkward to read, and stylistically/technically it wasn't that good. I did start the second book and noticed that the writing- while not as good as I would like it to be- had improved, but I didn't finish it.


World-Building

If I had to rate the world-building on it's own, I'd give it a 3/5. It was an average amount of world building done, but it was done well.

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Author Bio:


Rachel M. Raithby started her writing career in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. She draws her inspiration from the many places she has lived and traveled, as well as from her love of the paranormal and thriller movies. She can often be found hiding out with a good book or writing more fast-paced and thrilling stories where love always conquers all. A Brit who left the UK in 2008, she resides in a quiet town in Queensland, Australia, with her family.

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Waiting on Wednesday (59)


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

This week, I'm excited for Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson! The first book, Walk on Earth a Stranger, was a surprise love of mine, and I can't wait to see what happens next in the series!

Synopsis:

After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.


The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Release: September 27, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (58)


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

This week, I am super excited for Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch! I'm also sorta dreading it, as I'm pretty sure my ship is gonna sink, but I retain hope! *looks at synopsis* Yeah, my ship is sunk. But I'm still excited! Meira is super cool, no matter who she ends up with!

Synopsis:

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.


As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

Release: September 20, 2016
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