Monday, January 26, 2015

Owl Post #49


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hey guys and welcome to another Owl Post! I've got some fantastic books to share with you this week, including a bunch I bought from Basement Books--one of my favorite online bargain book stores :)

For Review:
 
From Simon & Schuster:
- Last Call by Alice Clayton
I love, love, LOVE Clayton's Cocktail series and this book is without a doubt the perfect ending. Yes I've already read it and loved it--review to come!
 
..........Thank you Jennifer!
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From HarlequinTEEN Australia: 
 - Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
Eeeep! There. Are. No. Words. For. How. Excited. I. Am. To. Read. This!!!! The Study series is one of my all time faviourite series with Poison Study the book I'd want if I was stuck on a dererted island and though I was thrilled with how the series ended prior, I CANNOT wait for more Yelena and Valek!
 
......Thank you Miranda!
 
I Bought:
 
Here are my Basement Book bargains......
- Tidal by Amanda Hocking  
- Elegy by Amanda Hocking
I've read the first book two books in Amanda Hocking's The Watersong Quartet but haven't had a chance to get books three and four--now I do and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
 
- Ascend by Amanda Hocking
Annnnd, in saying that I enjoy the Watersong Quartet, I think I need to try Hocking's Trylle series. I own books one and two (not yet read though) so I thought I better get the third book while I was at it from Bargain Books :)
 
- Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
This has been on my TBR list for a while and for $2.99 I could not say no!
 
- Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
I read Claudia Gray's Evernight series and her standalone novel Fateful so I don't know what I haven't gotten a copy of this yet. Better late than never though....
 
- The Shape Stealer by Lee Carroll
More proof I'm a book hoarder; I own the first two books in this series (this is book three!) and though I'm yet to read either, nor am I sure I'd even like the series, I had to get this one for only $2.99. Say it with me; book hoarder, lol!
 
- Original Sin by Allison Brennan
I know there's some mixed reviews out there for this series, but seeing as it was only $2 I figured it was worth taking a chance with :) Maybe I'll get around to it one day......
 
- Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
I enjoyed the first book in this series Unraveling so I'm happy to have finally gotten a copy of it's sequel---I hope I enjoy it just as much!
 
 
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
I've heard some great things about this series and have wanted to get a copy of this for a while. So when, sucker that I am, I saw this for $5.95 at The Book Depository...I bought it :)
 
- Splintered by A.G. Howard
This book had sounded SO GOOD to me for SO long, I finally decided to snag a copy now that the trilogy is finished. Can't wait to read it....Oh and isn't that cover the prettiest thing you have EVER seen?!?!
 
And that's me! What did you receive this week?
 
 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Shelf: Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9) by Kresley Cole

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole enraptures again with this seductive tale of a fierce werewolf prince who will stop at nothing to protect the lovely archer he covets from afar.

A DANGEROUS BEAUTY...

Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her -- and those she loves.

AN UNCONTROLLABLE NEED...

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

THAT LEAD TO A PLEASURE SO WICKED....

From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness -- her wanton desire for him.


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Review:

Pleasures of a Dark Prince is another great installment in the addictive and sensual Immortals After Dark series featuring Lykae Garreth and Valkerie Lucia the Archer!

This is plain and simple another great read. Pleasures of a Dark Prince, finally tells the tale of Lucia and Garreth--the Valkerie and Lykae we first met all the way in the first book, amidst Emma and Lachlain's tale, and yet who seemed to have their own connection and secrets of their own.

I really liked the way Kresley Cole wove Lucia and Garreth's tale together. I thought it was really interesting to learn that their story actually began long before Lachlain and Emma ever met. I thought the setting and plotline of this book was really interesting. Getting lost in the Amazon and facing massive gators, shifters and long dead God's proved to be highly entertaining--the atmosphere of the story was exhilarating.

I adored Lucia and thought she had such great strength and personality. She was a really likable heroine and someone I truly enjoyed reading about. Her history was really shocking and harsh, but I thought the way it impacted the story was really genius of Cole. It was somethingdifferent to explore.

Garreth was a really sexy Lykae. What can I say....there was something so very sexy about that Scott. I can certainly understand why Lucia fell for him. With his gruff and fierce alpha nature and he-man attitude, it was very easy to become drawn to him. He cared deeply for Lucia and fought everything for her--that determination and desire was very admirable and great to read about.

I really enjoyed the sensual relationship between Lucia and Garreth. Considering Lucia's history, it was very fitting to see Lucia re-discover passion and trust someone with her body and heart again. Their sexual tension was off the charts and very addictive to read about.

A thrilling and confronting ending, leaves three of the characters in strife and has me ready to dive straight into the next book pronto!


Rating:
Source: I bought
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Don't miss this fantastic series!
Cover: Sexy as always.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Spotlight: Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley- Excerpt & Giveaway

Today I'm very excited to be showcasing Sacrificed, Emily Wibberley's debut novel and the first in her new The Last Oracle series. Thanks to Emily I've got an excerpt to share with you today as well as a giveaway for not one, but TWO paperback copies of Sacrificed! Isn't that awesome? Be sure to check out this awesome sounding novel and enter for your chance to win!
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Fifteen-year-old Clio should have never been the Oracle of Sheehan. That power is passed from mother to eldest daughter, and Clio is the youngest of four sisters. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king's adviser, Clio is left all alone and heir to a power she never wanted and doesn't understand.

Hunted by Mannix, Clio seeks refuge in a foreign city where oracles are absolutely forbidden. If she's found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.

Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the growing feelings between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won't hesitate to kill her.

Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the visions she has of Mannix bringing a barbarian army into Sheehan torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.


Sacrificed will release on February 13th!

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 From Sacrificed......

The temple wasn’t empty, however. She stopped when she saw a man standing on the edge of the pool. He wore long sweeping robes of deepest red.

 Mannix.

 Clio shivered. Something about Mannix had always unnerved her. He came to Sheehan not five years ago, and already he had somehow gotten himself a position as the King’s prized adviser. She knew he had played an instrumental role in brokering a peace with Morek.

 A thin-lipped grin spread across his pale face as his eyes fell on Clio. His head and face were completely hairless. In the place of eyebrows, Mannix wore a multitude of ruby piercings. He turned to her, his red eyes lighting up as she approached.

 She barely spared him a glance. She was racking her brain for ideas of where Ali could be. “You shouldn’t be here.”

 “Is that so? Tell me, why is it that men cannot come in here unattended?” His gaze fell on her like flames.

 “Not my temple, not my rules.”

 “Ah, but it may be your temple one day.” He walked around the pool to get a better look at her.

 “Not likely. Youngest of four, remember?”

 “I do. And yet you really are…flowering.” His grin ripped itself higher into those hollow cheekbones, giving light to those red, empty eyes.
 “It’s probably comments like that why men aren’t allowed in here.” Ali could be anywhere, doing anything by now, and Clio was stuck dealing with Mannix in an empty temple.

 She could still feel his eyes moving over her body. He wasn’t like the other men who came to see the Oracle. Their stares seemed to strip Clio of her clothes. Mannix looked like he was stripping the very skin off her bones. Rage flickered up in her chest, but the best way out of this was to move him along as quickly as possible. She had to find Ali.

 “Can I help you with something, or are you just here to bother me?”

 He ignored her and bent down at the pool’s edge, skimming his fingers along its surface.

 “I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” she warned.

 “The sacrificial waters, yes? I wondered if the lore was true. They say it carries the power of the Oracle. That she cannot be the servant to the Deities without it. Have you ever gone in?”

 “I don’t know about all that, but yes, once. I fell. Came out covered in blisters. Truly, you are ugly enough already.” The water was another of her mother’s flashy tricks, poisoned in a way to seem like it held power from the Deities.

 “Interesting. So only the Oracle herself can touch it?” he wondered to himself, his fingers curling around his chin. “But Clio, that mouth of yours will get you into trouble one day. Learn to guard yourself in the presence of powerful men.”

 “Is that what you are now? You serve the King — the servant of men. I serve the Oracle — the servant of the Deities. Whatever power you have stops at the doors of this temple.”

 They glared into each other’s eyes until —

 “Clio, escort Mannix out of the temple and help him with the offerings.” Her mother’s voice broke their eye contact.

 Unnoticed by Clio, her mother had entered the room. She stood at the top of the steps, a vision in her white robe and headdress made of pure white pearls almost indistinguishable from the striking white of her hair. While all of her daughters had hair the color of darkest night, hers was whiter than sunlight reflected on a snowy field. She stood at the vestibule to her private chamber that attached to the temple. Clio didn’t know what was in there, and she never would. It was for the Oracle’s eyes only.

 Mannix lowered himself into an obsequious bow. Clio couldn’t help but snicker. The Oracle looked down on her. “Clio, I won’t ask you twice.”

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I have been reading voraciously ever since I met the Vampire Lestat in the 4th grade. Add in some Cassandra Clare, some marching band, and a somewhat unhealthy obsession with Buffy the Vampire slayer, and you have a pretty good picture of my teenage years. It wasn’t until my sophomore year at Princeton University when I had the idea for Sacrificed that I began my foray into writing, and I haven’t been able to stop ever since. I’m now back in sunny California with my two rescue German shepherds and a mountain of YA books on my shelves.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Shelf: How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield

The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager...

Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.

Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...
 


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Review:

How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield is an enticing and beguiling historical tale featuring a rough-around-the-edges young woman with a heart of gold and a stoic Duke who underestimates her, but ultimately finds himself drawn to the entrancing lady…..

How to Beguile a Duke is told through the varying POV’s of Catherine Malboeuf, a spirited young woman who has just arrived in England in the hopes of reclaiming a home that once belonged to her mother’s family in order to hopefully find clues to a family heirloom believed to be hidden on its grounds, and Nicholas Adair, the appealing and stoic Duke of Boulstridge who now owns the home, Walsley Manor, and who has no intention of selling.

Although the two come from very different social standings, sparks fly when the pair team up in the hopes of finding the expensive tiara Catherine refuses to return home without. But when a wager between them sees Catherine look to garner an offer of marriage in order to win Walsley Manor from Nicholas, both are unprepared for the attraction between them to blossom and soon both find the other may be exactly what they never knew they needed…..

Having previously read Ally Broadfield’s debut novel Just a Kiss, Broadfield has won me over with her detailed writing and charismatic characters. Though I’m not the biggest historical fan, I’m beginning to be won over, and its novels like How to Beguile a Duke that are getting me there.

Following Catherine and Nick was really an enjoyable experience. They’re understandably results of their standings and their time, but I liked that they both had fire and attitude. Catherine said what she thought, and though she tried very hard to be a lady, really was someone different. I liked that Broadfield had her fight social norms and tell Nicholas exactly what she was thinking.

Nick on the other side was a Duke through and through, but he was also a kind man who had plenty of personality of this own. Sure he had honor and charm, but he was also cheeky at times and I enjoyed seeing him rile Catherine uphe knew how to push her buttons, and she certainly knew how to give it back.

Together, Catherine and Nicholas were sweet. There’s an underlying sexual tension to their relationship; the attraction is there, but neither willing to face it in the beginning. Eventually though they give into the inevitable with a few stolen kisses and a sexy parlor scene before Broadfield takes them to where readers hoped they would go……

Rich in high society, scandal and even mystery, How to Beguile a Duke is a great short historical readcan’t wait to see what Ally Broadfield writes next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Ally!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: BookworldBarnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon | Kobo
My Recommendation: A brilliant historical completely worth a read!
Cover: I think it's very sexy and I love the colors.....
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is a stand alone novel, but I'll definitely read more by Ally Broadfield if I have the chance!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #82

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.....
 
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Releases on: February 24th 2015
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Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

Thoughts:
How. Freaking. Good. Does. This. Sound??? Honestly, I'm bouncing in my seat as I'm reading that description as this is exactly the kind of fantasy story I go gaga over! I'll be marking my calendar for this release and looking to get a copy as soon as I can!

What do you think of The Sin Eater’s Daughter?
And what are YOU waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Shelf: Death & Co. (Death & Co. #1) by D.J. McCune


Adam is a Luman, and it runs in the family. Escorting the dead from life into light, Adam must act as guide to those taken before their time. As his older brothers fall into their fate however, Adam clings to his life as a normal kid - one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through by Monday morning.

When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny.

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Review:

Death & Co. is D.J. McCune’s debut novel and is a quaint read with a unique twist on the mythology that is the grim reaper and their important role between life and death.

Told through the eyes of fifteen year old Adam Mortson, Death & Co. introduces us to the Lumen, a race of benevolent beings tasked with transporting souls into the afterlife. As a Luman, our hero Adam is one of many, with his entire family having devoted their existence to helping souls move on. His brothers and father may be happy with their positions as Lumen but Adam has other ideashe simply wants to be a normal teenager.

D.J. McCune does a good job with setting up the initial details of her Lumen society within Death & Co. This is a unique twist on the typical Grim Reaper and explores the familial bond that exists between them as they’re all happy to be Lumenall but Adam. Whilst this book didn’t blow me away I did enjoy reading Adam’s tale.

McCune does just enough to capture her reader’s attention, although I will admit I think the premise had more potential. The concept is great and while the story is readable, it could have benefited from a more driven plotline and substantial character development. Though Adam, for the most part, is likable, I found it hard to become attached and really invested in his story. While I understood his reluctance to be a part of the Lumen society, I felt bored by his constant groaning over his situation. I just wanted him to accept things, and try a bit harder.

I liked how McCune explored teen issues like bullying realistically but I wished more had eventuated from the storyline. There didn’t seem to be a real purpose to the story like I hoped there would have been and I wanted to explore the Lumen moresomething I hope McCune does with the next book.

Personally, Adam’s brother Luc was the biggest draw from the story for me. I loved his personality and would enjoy getting to see more of him. Adam’s love interest Melissa is bland and their chemistry almost non-existent. I appreciated the longing’s of first love that McCune hints at but at the same time didn’t really feel it.

Overall, Death & Co. has a unique plot whose potential unfortunately fell flat. And yet for the society D.J. McCune has introduced us to alone, I think I’d like to read the next book, just to see what happens. Personally, I think Death & Co would appeal to a male audience (not trying to be sexiestjust honest) more-so and may be more up their alley!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Hot Key Books (Thanks guys!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: If you want something different, maybe give this a try.
Cover: This cover is awesome and so absolutely striking--I love it!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Possibly.....

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Blitz: #Hater by Cambria Hebert- Excerpt & Giveaway


Today I'm excited to be taking part in the Book Blitz for #Hater by Cambria Hebert thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! The second book in the Hashtag series, #Hater follows #Nerd, which I reviewed in November last year. I really enjoyed the first book and am thrilled to feature #Hater today--I can't wait to read it myself!
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It started with unspoken animosity. The bitter bite of jealousy. And now its full blown hate.

It was during my first football game that I first felt the first chill of hate. I looked it right in the eyes and felt its sticky tentacles reach out for me. I’d never experienced something so cold and empty before.

The effect of that look lingered, like an unspoken promise, long after it was gone.

Becoming a couple – becoming the other half of a campus celebrity wasn’t easy. I let down walls guarding my heart and he looked past my glasses and accident prone tendencies. Romeo and I are an unlikely match, a #nerd and a jock. But we made it.

And we’re happy.

Zach doesn’t want us to be happy. He wants Romeo to pay for getting him kicked out of Omega and for the night he spent in jail. He’s going to use anything and everything he can to get his revenge. Including me.

As the weather on campus grows cold and the days become dark, revenge becomes the center of someone’s life and the happiness Romeo and I worked so hard for is threatened.

I can’t help but worry that our love is going to be overshadowed by hate.


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From #Hater......

Romeo caught me around the elbow and gently pulled me around. “What’s wrong?” 

“You used to be just like him,” I blurted out. Then I slammed my lips together, cursing myself for not thinking before I spoke.

Romeo’s brows drew together. “Braeden?” 

I nodded. “You liked to have fun. You hit on a different girl every day…” I paused and took a breath. “Pretty girls.”

Something very close to anger lit up his eyes and burned there like the hottest part of a flame. Before I could backpedal, his large hands slid beneath my arms and hooked beneath my shoulders. Romeo lifted me off the ground like it was easy, like it didn’t even take effort. My feet dangled in the air as he drew me up so we were eye to eye. 

“A thousand of those girls”—he made a slight motion with his head toward Braeden—“couldn’t even make up one of you.”

“Romeo,” I whispered, caught up in the molten blue flame flickering in his gaze. 

“You know I was like that once. I’ve never made a secret of it. But you’re it for me now, Rim. There’s no one else. There never could be.” 

Even though he spoke softly, I still felt the room around us listening. My neck still prickled with a thousand stares, but I didn’t care. His words pierced me. They took the feelings of doubt creeping up inside me and totally vanquished them.

I smiled and something in his eyes relaxed. Worry I hadn’t seen until that moment disappeared. He gave me one of his oh so charming lopsided smiles and pulled me closer to kiss me.

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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.

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