Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Blitz: The Truth Spell by Anita Oh- Excerpt & Giveaway

The Book Blitz for The Truth Spell by Anita Oh is on the blog today thanks to YA Bound Book Tours! Personally, I think the book sounds really good and hope to read it myself. Hope you enjoy the excerpt and giveaway I have to share today!

As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I knew I'd made a big mistake. I could never fit in at such a snobbish school – I was more IT girl than "it girl". But then I saw him.

Sam Spencer. My childhood best friend. But it couldn't be. Sam Spencer had died three years ago, on the night that changed everything. I need to know what happened, why he's suddenly not dead and is hanging out with a bunch of rich kids.

When the school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and his creepy new friends are hiding, but the weirder things get, the less I'm sure I want to know. Even for Sam, even for the free food, Amaris High might be more trouble than it's worth.

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From The Truth Spell.....

The water danced in the fountain, and between beams of refracted light, they appeared.

There were four of them.  Even in silhouette they were impressive – the girl with long, straight hair and just the right amount of curves; the boys tall and broad-shouldered.  They emitted charisma like a beacon, confident and untouchable.  One of the boys turned to another and his eyes flashed in the sunlight.

He had an ethereal type of beauty, but there was an edge to it, a wildness.  Rather than moonlight, he seemed formed from a supernova, from the chaos of total destruction, and I could well believe that if you got too close to him, you’d be pulled in, you’d collapse on yourself.

As he turned, I caught a glimpse of the boy standing behind him.

But it couldn’t be.

It looked like him, with his floppy brown hair and puppy dog eyes, and smile so bright it could melt icecaps.  But it couldn’t be.  It couldn’t be Sam Spencer, because he had died three years ago, on the night that had changed everything.

But then, why was he standing right in front of me?

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After several years in the warm, comforting cocoon of fandom, Anita has decided to see what's up with this real world she's heard about. Judgment is reserved until more information can be gathered.

Anita likes dogs, naps, food, and Japanese idol group Arashi. Everything else can be improved when combined with these four things.

Anita lives with a grumpy beagle who bosses her around terribly, and won't even snuggle.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Shelf: Last Call (Cocktail #4.5) by Alice Clayton

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.

More info on Goodreads.....


Last Call is the perfect ending to the Cocktail series by Alice Clayton and concludes Caroline and Simon's story as only Clayton can; with plenty of fun, sass and sensational entertainment as fans see their favorite couple take the plunge into the next stage of their lives together!

I've become such a fan of this series and admit I'm so sorry to see it come to an end, although Alice Clayton did not disappoint, with Last Call encompassing everything that makes this series so great! Each and every book managed to win me over just a little bit more; Simon & Caroline won me over in their first book and their second, and even Vivian and Clark managed to given them a run for their money as my favorite couple in the series. Last Call made me all giddy again over the perfection of their relationship.

Taking place after Mai Tai'd Up, Last Call kicks off with Mimi and Ryan tying the knot in an adorable wedding that is so very Mimi and Ryan. Sophia and Neil are engaged and expecting, a baby born half way through the novel in one of the cutest and funniest moments I've seen for a while and Caroline and Simon stronger than ever but debating the next step in their relationship. An accident during a photography shoot sees Simon injured and Caroline re-evaluating her stance on wedded bliss.....seeing Caroline and Simon diving into the inevitable sweet ceremony.

Perfectly written to reflect all the sass, humor and intelligence that encompasses the modern woman, Last Call is a swoon inducing, smile producing read filled with sensuality, playfulness and witty dialogue. Alice Clayton is a genius and I'll definitely read whatever she releases next!

Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster (Thanks Jen!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: This is a brilliant NA/Adult series and soooo worth a read.
Cover: Another sexy-as cover
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is the final book, but I'd never pass up the opportunity to visit with Caroline, Simon and their friends again if the chance ever arose!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #114

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Releases on: May 3rd 2016
A revenge that will consume her.

A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
Eeeep! Amy Tintera has a new novel coming out. I LOVE her! Ruined reminds me a lot of my favorite fantasy series' and only goes to make me even more excited to get my hands on it. I love tales of intrigue, deception and betrayal where the heroine eventually finds herself questioning her motives or learning not everything is as it seems and Ruined looks to be this kind of novel. Looking forward to seeing Em and Casimir together :)
What do you think of Ruined? Is it something YOU might read?
Plus what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Shelf: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini

The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

More info on Goodreads.....


Trial by Fire kicks off Josephine Angelini’s new series and introduces readers to a new intriguing world that mixes magic and danger together with romance and adventure in a tale that really takes being your own worst enemy to a new level!

Lily Proctor is allergic to the world. Having spent her whole life in and out of hospitals, experiencing seizures and illnesses none of the best doctors can identify, Lily is tired of being an outcast. Yet, when an attempt at being a normal teenager sees Lily heartbroken and seeking any kind of escape, the last think she expects is to be transported to a whole new world; a world featuring different versions of almost everyone Lily knows, a world very different than Lily’s own. Discovering quickly that magic exists and there’s a reason she is the way she is, Lily soon finds herself face to face with her own alter-ego, a very powerful and cruel woman who has her own agendas and isn’t above using Lily for her own gain…..

I’m not quite sure what I expected heading into Trial by Fire, but whatever it was it certainly wasn’t what I ultimately found….and yet I really enjoyed the story Josephine Angelini has created. I admit in the first couple of chapters I found the novel slow, but once I found my footing I discovered I very much enjoyed reading Lily’s tale. 

Told in the third person, Trial by Fire primarily follows Lily, but that doesn’t stop Angelini from throwing in a chapter here and there not told through the eyes of our main character. This allows for a more rounded story as there are certain moments that Lily isn’t present for that are detrimental to the evolving storyline. I felt like Angelini’s world building was very well expressed and I like the way she has built this alternate world Lily finds herself in. As we quickly learn, it’s a blend of old and new with simple ways of living mixing with modern technology and magic. 

Josephine Angelini’s writing is solid and details a vivid world, inhabited with many interesting individuals. At first I questioned whether I could some to adore Lily, but as the novel progressed she really wore on me. I think she’s one of those characters with real potential and I can see Angelini developing her a lot as the series progresses. At her heart, I think Lily is a kind, strong character and I look forward to seeing her grow.

Trial of Fire wouldn’t be complete if there wasn’t a love interest and a hint of romance to support its action, magic and adventure, something Angelini includes in the form of Rowan Fall. Now, I have no intentions of giving too much away, but there’s a complexity to Rowan and Lily’s relationship that makes for some unique conflict. The attraction is there, and Angelini builds on this with some sweet, tender moments as the two get to know each other during some complicated situations. Personally I loved the relationship between Lily and Roman and found myself hanging out for their next tension filled interaction. What can I say—I love those love-hate relationships, even if this one was more one sided and love seeing them change into something really powerful and fiery. 

Overall I was very impressed with Trial by Fire. Perfect for fans of Maria V. Snyder and Sarah J. Mass, the vividly described world within the story has won me over, as have the cast of characters and all the possibilities for this series. I very much look forward to reading more!

Source: Purchased by me from The Book Depository
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Perfect for fans of Maria V. Snyder and Sarah J. Mass and lovers of fantasy.
Cover: I think this cover is really pretty.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Free Ebooks

Hi everyone and happy Sunday! I've got some great books to share with you today. Enjoy!

Hope you got something new!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Shelf: The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

I thought I had nothing left to give. I thought wrong. They started the war. Now I will end it.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her... until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a zneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realises only the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies... and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing — and turning — her boyfriend's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima — even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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The Queen of Zombie Hearts is the third novel in Gena Showalter’s sensational White Rabbit Chronicles and is the final book in the series told strictly in Ali POV, seeing our strong and daring heroine take on Anima’s forces in one final battle.

Alice “Ali” Bell has been to hell and back in recent times. Now a seasoned slayer, she’s been kidnapped, tortured by Anima Industries and possessed by her zombie alter-ego. So when Anima launch an unexpected attack on the slayers, taking the lives of some of the people Ali cares about, Ali’s decides it’s time to stop Anima once and for all. Even if it means trusting someone Cole is sure she shouldn’t trust, and putting her faith in a new rag-tag group of slayers who have just as much to lose as Ali’s gang…..

So…..Gena Showalter is a legend. A pure writing legend. And I’m oh so much of a fangirl where she’s concerned. I’ve read more books of hers than I can name and I’ve loved every one of them, with The Queen of Zombie Hearts absolutely no exception!

Gena Showalter has created a riveting world within the White Rabbit Chronicles. Her clever twist on zombies and her ability to base the series loosely around Alice in Wonderland has been wonderful from the get go! Her writing is flawless; managing to be sharp, witty and entertaining and her ability to create characters with fantastic dynamics and chemistry is something I really love. The dialogue in this series is perfect and Showalter writes some wonderfully detailed fight sequences throughout the novel also. 

I’ve really enjoyed following Ali throughout this series and have always found her to be a strong, resilient young woman. She has fire inside and out and I love that she isn’t afraid to take risks, make hard choices and yet still manages to be a normal teenage girl at the end of the day who loves her friends, family and her boyfriend. 

All the characters have had such life in this series and I’ve fallen in love with all the slayers in Ali’s life. Obviously Ali and Cole are stand outs, but I love Kat and Frosty, Reeve and Bronx, Gavin, Mackenzie, Jaclyn, Mr Ankh and even Ali’s Nanna. Oh, and Gena Showalter’s decision to branch out and introduce us to a new faction to zombie slayers has only added to my list as River, Chance and Camilla have left me intrigued and eager to get to know them more!

The Queen of Zombie Hearts is a great conclusion to Ali’s journey in this series, but is not without its loss and sadness. Showalter doesn’t shy away from taking the lives of certain characters, although there is rhyme and reason behind these decisions; some of which open even more doors of possibilities for the characters effected. 

Fast paced, exciting and endlessly addictive The Queen of Zombie Hearts is without a doubt a must read and leaves me ready to dive into the fourth book, A Mad Zombie Party, told through the eyes of slayers Frosty and Camilla as they unexpectedly find that their path to redemption lies in the other……

Source: I purchased from Big W
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: This series is BRILLIANT and perfect for those who love zombies, hunting and romance
Cover: Very pretty and perfect with the others in the series.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes! I'm going to jump straight into the next one!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cover Reveal: Downfall by S.D. Wasley

I'm honored to be helping Amazon bestselling author S.D. Wasley reveal the cover for her first NA novel, set for release on January 7th 2016! Perfect for lovers of Lauren Kate's Fallen and the Richelle Mead's Bloodlines series, Downfall will kick of The Incorruptibles series!

Frankie’s cousin wants her to do three things this year:
1. Lose her inhibitions
2. Do something spectacularly stupid
3. Fall madly in love

Travelling was Frankie’s life. As the daughter of a big-name evangelist, she’s been able to feed her hunger for new sights throughout most of her teenage years. Then a hushed-up scandal gets her thrown off the tour circuit and stuck at her uncle’s house in the town of Augur’s Well.

Forced to repeat her failed senior year, it looks like a dismal existence for Frankie—until she’s invited to the bizarre meeting place of four mismatched people ... and falls hard for the fascinating, secretive Cain Aleister.

Furtive meetings in an underground chamber ... Latin words carved into a stone wall ... intense desire ... and a secret so elusive she’ll do almost anything to bust it open. Until now, Frankie never believed in grand passions—but that’s not the only one of her beliefs about to implode right before her eyes.

Looks like Frankie’s going to score three for three.

S.D. Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.

She has been composing literary works since before she could write – at five years of age she announced her first poem in the kitchen, improv-style. Today, she lives in the Swan Valley wine region with her two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.

S.D. Wasley writes crossover and young adult fiction in the genres of mystery, paranormal and urban fantasy, as well as literary fiction. Recent published work has appeared in Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and her flash fiction piece titled “The Search” will appear in the forthcoming Visible Ink anthology as the introductory piece.

SD Wasley’s debut novel, The Seventh, was published with Evernight Teen in January 2015 and the sequel, The Rift, is expected to be released in November 2015.

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Having previously read S.D. Wasley's debut novel The Seventh, I for one am looking forward to checking out Downfall--it seems like a really intriguing story and I know S.D. Wasley has something awesome in store for us!