Thursday, April 24, 2014

Featuring: Resistance by Jena Leigh- Excerpt & Giveaway

Today on The Rest Is Still Unwritten, I'm featuring Resistance by Jena Leigh, the second book in the Variant series thanks to TeamNerd Reviews! I adore this series and although I missed participating in the recent tour, I'm still very excited to share a brilliant except between my two favorite characters, Alex and Declan as well as the tour wide giveaway :)
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Alex froze just inside the doorway.

The hallway that stretched out before her was packed with bodies, filled to capacity with students milling beside lockers and meandering toward their classes.

She took a breath and held it.

Kenzie and Cassie quickly disappeared into the crowd, leaving her behind.

Why hadn’t she walked the long way around the building? Her homeroom was three hallways and a commons area away, and the entire path would be packed until the second bell.

The sounds of conversation and laughter grew louder, surpassed in volume only by the sudden thudding of her heart as it pounded frantically against her ribcage. 

So many people… all it would take is one touch from the wrong one, she thought. One touch, and I could lose control.

Move. She needed to move.

Someone brushed past her, jostling Alex’s shoulder as they entered through the double doors behind her. 

Alex swallowed a whimper, searching frantically for an empty space in the chaos.

Hugging her arms tightly around her middle, Alex found an opening in the crowd and made her way to a narrow wall between two classroom doors, pressing her back against it and aching for an escape.

Closing her eyes, Alex fought to steady her breathing, then sucked in another ragged breath after being startled by the sound of the first bell blasting from a loudspeaker mounted to the wall above her head. 

“Never pegged you as the agoraphobic type.”

Alex opened her eyes.

A smiling face stared down at her, a few short inches from her own. 

Her first instinct was to jerk away, but a warm hand on her shoulder had pinned her firmly in place.

“Hold still, Alex,” Declan ordered. With his left hand placed protectively on one shoulder and his right hand pressed against the wall on her other side, Alex was effectively boxed in. 

“Declan, you can’t—” she began, shrugging her shoulder where he held it in place.

Declan inched his fingers farther away from her exposed collarbone and down her sleeve, but still didn’t pull away. “You’re fine,” he said. “Just breathe.”

Students filed past on both sides. Alex eyed them nervously.

“Look at me,” Declan said quietly. “Not at them.”

Alex did as she was told. Declan just shook his head, smiling.

“You know, it’s probably a good thing you can’t jump right now,” he said in an undertone. “I would not have wanted to explain to Grayson why you teleported in the middle of a crowded hallway with dozens of witnesses.”

Ashes.

Cinnamon.

Declan.

Alex’s head swam with the sensory overload. Having Declan standing so close was only making it more difficult to pull herself together. She’d forgotten just how easily his nearness could knock her for a loop.

He was still smiling down at her as though they were just another normal couple stealing a quiet moment alone, instead of two Variants standing in the midst of a sea of humanity, while one of them tried to keep the other from falling apart entirely.

The passing students sent them a few curious glances as they walked into their classrooms, but otherwise gave them plenty of space. 

Another few minutes and the crowds began to thin.

Declan removed his hand from her shoulder and took a step backward. “You okay to move?”  

“I… Yes,” she said, her face flushed with embarrassment. “I am.”

Slipping past him, Alex marched off down the empty hallway. Declan’s long legs matched her stride easily. 

“You want to talk about it?” he asked as they entered the open expanse of the commons area. 

“Not particularly.”

“You sure?”

“I’m fine.”

“Right.”

The second bell rang. 

Alex was officially late.


Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school. 

The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated. 

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever. 

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High. 

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life… and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.


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Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Jena Leigh spent ten years in the mountains of North Carolina before returning home to the lightning capital of North America.

A shameless geek, she loves bad sci-fi movies, Skittles, writing cracktastic e-mails to friends and taking shenanigan-filled road trips to faraway concerts. She has a degree in English from Appalachian State University. REVIVAL is her first novel.

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April 14
TeamNerd Reviews (Tour Page/Resistance Week Special on TeamNerd)
Pink Fluffy Hearts (Book Review, Resistance)
Relaxed Reads (Guest Post)
Every Free Chance Book Review (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)
Mom in Love With Fiction (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)

April 15
Lindzee Armstrong/Lydia Winters (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)
The Book Addict (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)

April 16
Bookwyrming Thoughts (Guest Post)
Book Bliss (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek + Author Interview)
Once Upon a YA Book (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek + Top Ten List)

April 17
Kindle and Me (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)
The Phantom Paragrapher (Book Review, Revival)
Musings of a Writing Reader (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek + Guest Post)

April 18
Indy Book Fairy (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)
Dazzled By Books (Book Spotlight + Author Interview)

April 19
Lindsay and Jane’s Views and Reviews (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)
Geeky Chiquitas (Book Review, Revival)

April 20
Lili Lost in a Book (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)
Always Jo Art (Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek)

April 21
Tammy’s Tea Time (Book Review Revival + Resistance)
 
 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Shelf: Resistance (The Variant Series #2) by Jena Leigh

Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.

The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life… and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Resistance is the second book in Jena Leigh’s thrilling Variant series and is as equally as addictive as the first book in the series, continuing to excite with its appealing characters, action based story and riveting romance.

I have to say, I really, really like this series. It’s just plain fun to read with its fantastic character dynamic and chemistry. Honestly, this is just good reading. I will admit there didn’t seem to be the same set, and driven, storyline that we had in the first book, what with Alex learning who she was and all in Revival, but Resistance was still highly entertaining and a great read.

Told through the various POV’s of our main characters, Resistance gives us a well rounded look into their hearts and minds. I’m already head over heels for the great array of characters that feature in this series but Leigh keeps things interesting by introducing new individuals and new developments that are obviously meant to shape the evolving storyline—something that does not go astray as questions are answered at the same time more are raised.  

Our main heroine and leading lady Alex continues to be great to follow, and she continues to grow. Alex has a lot to face in this book; both about herself and her purpose to the Variant society. I really like Alex and enjoy seeing her better herself. She continues to be easy to follow and relatable.

The other characters also continue to shine, with Declan in a bodyguard role of sorts and his sister Kenzie enrolling in Alex’s high school to help protect her after the events of the previous book. Cassie is there as Alex’s best friend and this time she enjoys an ever growing relationship with Aiden. Nate and Brian continue to harbor secrets that I for one am getting quite anxious over and new characters add new difficulties. Personally I love all these guys and they way they compliment each other. They’re a family through and through and Leigh does a great job showcasing this. 

Jena Leigh continues to build on Alex’s relationship with Declan, something I just adore, however an unexpected enemy manipulates one of the two, managing to shatter the trust the two of them share. I was gutted to see these two begin to soar as a couple, only to be struck down once more. If the possibility of a love triangle between Alex, Declan and Nate wasn’t enough, we now have to contend with others manipulating them. Alex and Declan have such a great chemistry and the sexual tension is off the charts; I really just want to see them act upon, and cement, a relationship--although after the ending of Resistance, I have a feeling Jena Leigh has other things in mind.  

The ending of this book is quite the cliffhanger! Jena leaves us all gaping and wondering what the implications of the final few pages could possibly mean. With some story developments obvious set-ups for the bigger picture, I personally can’t wait for the next instalment in this series. Resistance will leave fans desperate for more and ready to devour the next book stat!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Jena!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords
My Recommendation: I think fans of The Mortal Instruments and who appreciate fantastic character dynamic will adore this!
Cover: I think it's stunning; perfect with the first one
Will I read sequel/continue with series: After that ending? Oh, hell yes!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #2: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington


Hi guys!

I don't participate in Teaser Tuesday's that often, only once in a blue moon, but I felt like playing around today with my current read, Disruption by Jessica Shirvington.
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

TEASER:
"He hung his head, leaning it against the side of mine. "Because if we'd never met, I'd just be a neg. But now I'm a neg who knows what I'll never have, even though I want it more than anything. You've asked me to question everything, and I know stuff has been happening that isn't right and y family is at the centre of that. Things shouldn't be this way, but.......nothing has made me question the system more than this thing between you and me. I can't get you out of my mind."

Want more? Check out Disruption by Jessica Shirvington:


What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Shelf: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

The Dream Thieves marks the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series and is another great instalment, continuing on in the sensational footsteps of the first book!

Continuing on, not too far after the conclusion of The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves explores the consequences of certain decisions made by the characters in the first book and the effect they have on their search for this lost Welsh king. All the characters are back, though some marginally changed. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah are front and centre once more during Ganey’s search.

While Blue, Gansey and Adam continue to have voices within the series, this time Maggie Stiefvater features Ronan’s POV too. Which is very fitting considering he is more prominent this time around, and is the focus of some of the storylines within The Dream Thieves. As always I enjoyed reading about these characters. They’re not too out there, but they’re all very vibrant and unique and bring something each to the story.

In terms of plot development and continued development Stiefvater doesn’t disappoint with the expansion of certain aspects in The Dream Thieves, but I felt like the story was lacking the explanation that usually accompanies these developments. Steifvater’s use of Welsh mythology is brilliantsomething I’ve never seen explored this way in a book beforebut I kind of feel like we were thrown in the deep end at times and expected to understand the significance of certain aspects of the story without any explanation about this mythology we’re seeing. If that makes sense?

This didn’t bother me too much in the first book because we were still getting to know the characters, but I feel like at this point in time, this shouldn’t be an issue with the rapidly changing storyline and evolution of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed this book, vastly so, but I was at times muddled, which was disappointing considering how much I was otherwise invested in the characters stories.

I find myself very invested in the budding romance between Blue and Gansey. It’s not overpowering within the story; rather a really nice undertone to everything else going on. Considering Blue’s ill-fated romance with Adam, seeing Blue and Gansey connect as friends and that attraction they have that neither is really ready to face is wonderful to read about.

Aside from some minor difficulties with the back-story and information supplied, I really enjoyed this book. Maggie Steifvater manages to weave together elements of magic, adventure and just the perfect hint of romance to make The Dream Thieves a thrilling read. I’m very much looking forward to where she takes the story next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Scholastic Australia (Thank you Sarah!)
Format: Hardback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: If you're a fantasy lover and are looking for something out of the ordinary, or, if you're Maggie Stiefvater fans won't want to miss this!
Cover: Perfect with this series book
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Without a doubt!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

 
 
Wishing each and everyone of you a safe and happy Easter!
 
Filled with lots of chocolate ;)
 
 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars: Bookworld Giveaway Info

To celebrate the upcoming  movie adaption of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, Bookworld is giving Australian residents the chance to win tickets to an exclusive pre-screening of the highly anticipated movie!

To enter Bookworld's The Fault In Our Stars entrants need to submit a video, photo or 25 words or less on "what The Fault In Our Stars means to you". Each winner will stand to win one ticket pack which contains three (3) tickets to the exclusive advanced screening of the TFIOS in their nominated capital city (Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne or Brisbane).

There are a total of 65 ticket packs available to win in each city.

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.......AND to celebrate even more, Bookworld currently having a 20% off sale for Citizens (their loyalty program which is free to join) and 10% off for non-Citizens. Ends April 20th! To take advantage of this awesome offer, use the below code when checking out:

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I'm super excited for this movie! The book was just stunning and the trailer for TFIOS only has me more excited every time I watch it :) I'm entering as we speak.....

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Blitz: Love, Lex by Avery Aster- Excerpt & Giveaway


Today I'm taking part in the Book Blitz for Love, Lex by Avery Aster thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! As someone planning to read and review this in the near future I'm happy to share an excellent excerpt as well as the tour-wide giveaway with you today :) PLUS, I'm giving away a paperback copy of Love, Lex to an international follower!
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Excerpt from Chapter Five: Sweet Motor Cop Jesus

*the set-up: Alone in the jail cell after Lex’s besties are bailed out, Officer Ford Gotti asks her a few questions.  

Shoulders broad, Officer Gotti stood tall near the cell. The doors opened. My friends walked out and waved goodbye.

He stared at me as if ready to come back for round two. His face said, "LIAR!"

I hadn’t lied to Officer Gotti. Earlier, I’d admitted my guilt. I just hadn’t corrected Taddy and Vive as they professed my so-called innocence moments ago. Nor had I been honest to the judge when we’d pleaded not guilty.

Okay, Okay, Okay. Who was I kidding? Certainly not myself. I was a lying piece of Hedda’s poo. How could I tell the truth? What if this went to trial? What if Birdie didn’t take the blame?

We’d learned from past experience not to tell the authorities a thing. They weren’t our friends.

I was mad at myself for admitting I’d started the fire when they first asked. I hadn’t imagined it would end in an entire penthouse floor being destroyed.

The doors closed.

He didn’t leave with them. He kept on watching me.

A guard walked back and forth checking the cells.

I used that time to ask myself two important questions. One, was I nervous to talk to him by myself? Hells yeah! And two, could I keep my mouth shut, not telling the truth without my besties here to talk for me? Maybe. Maybe not.

Suddenly, from the top of my head to my tippy toes, a tingle started. It wasn’t from the synthetic orange fabric I wore. Oh no. This was a sensation of hyperawareness. I’d felt self conscious before but this was ridiculous.

His expressive face, catalog model-worthy for sure, talked to me. His mind was racing in judgments about who I was and what I’d done. His accusatory stares infuriated me.

For some unknown reason, I wanted his approval more than anything. I ached for him to believe me and that today was an accident, a misunderstanding.

Fudge, I didn’t even know him. I shouldn’t give a flip what he thought about me. I didn’t care how the TV portrayed me or what Birdie and her fans thought of me either. This explosion wasn’t only putting my plus-sized bum on the line but my besties boney butts as well. I had to stick to the story.

After the guard had gone and it was just me alone in my cell, Officer Gotti stepped closer.

Both of us remained silent.

The room spun as my WWF, Scorpion King, Hulk on a Harley, inked up demi-god mirage in the desert returned.

My vision blurred. Confused? Heck yeah. Tummy tossing? I felt oddly aroused. I know!

At a time like this, how could I be…horny? I just blew up Mom, and my two besties had left me. My hormones rocketed into overdrive. I forced a smile to show he didn’t make me nervous. Heat came off my skin. Slowly I wiped the perspiration off the back of my neck by knotting my hair into a bun. That was a ladylike trick I’d learned at Avon Porter.

"You okay? Now that your friends are gone."

"Woo, it’s warm in here is all." I was scared as hell but I wouldn’t show it.


This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right?

—Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships. Interact with Avery while reading Love, Lex on Instagram and Twitter @AveryAster using the hashtags #UndergradYears #NewAdult. Swag and reader contests can be found on Avery’s blog at:AveryAster.com



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I'm a thirty-something New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.

My novels that are out now include UNDRESSED, UNSCRUPULOUS, LOVE LEX, and YOURS TRULY TADDY. In 2014 I'll be releasing XO BLAKE, UNSAID, and UNIQUE.

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