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Waiting on Wednesday (#3): Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme is for upcoming releases that bloggers are dying to read.


My Pick This Week:


Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: A Throne of Glass #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
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Blurb:
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?


After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she willing to fight for?



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Teaser Tuesday (#5): Exposing ELE by Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels

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!


My TEASER:


His muscles strain against his shirt, which makes the shirt look like it's about to lose the battle and rip. Tony catches me staring at his arms and I quickly look away, clearing my throat.

-----pg. 70
from Exposing ELE (ELE #3)
by


Stay tuned because on April 1st I'm kicking off a week long giveaway as I review the entire Project ELE Series! It's going to be AWESOME.
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ARC Review: Last Days by Adam Nevill

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | | | | 2 Comments

AT A GLANCE:



Title: Last Days
Author: Adam Nevill
Categories: Adult, Paranormal, Horror
Source: Won a free advanced readers review copy from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway
Rating: (3 Stars)
Recommend: Yes, for fans of the genre, especially if you like more descriptive writing and don't mind an ambiguous ending
Format: ARC Paperback, 531 pages
Published: February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2012)
Goodreads
Last Days by Adam Nevill is a Blair Witch style novel in which a documentary film-maker undertakes the investigation of a dangerous cult—with creepy consequences.
When guerrilla documentary maker, Kyle Freeman, is asked to shoot a film on the notorious cult known as the Temple of the Last Days, it appears his prayers have been answered. The cult became a worldwide phenomenon in 1975 when there was a massacre including the death of its infamous leader, Sister Katherine. Kyle’s brief is to explore the paranormal myths surrounding an organization that became a testament to paranoia, murderous rage, and occult rituals.  The shoot’s locations take him to the cult’s first temple in London, an abandoned farm in France, and a derelict copper mine in the Arizonan desert where The Temple of the Last Days met its bloody end. But when he interviews those involved in the case, those who haven’t broken silence in decades, a series of uncanny events plague the shoots. Troubling out-of-body experiences, nocturnal visitations, the sudden demise of their interviewees and the discovery of ghastly artifacts in their room make Kyle question what exactly it is the cult managed to awaken – and what is its interest in him?


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ARC Review: Nose by James Conaway

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | | | | Please comment!

AT A GLANCE:   


Title: Nose
Author: James Conaway
Categories: Adult, Literary Fiction, Mystery, 
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published: March 12th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
Source: Won a free review copy from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway
Rating:  (Two Stars)
Recommend? Yes, for those who love and/or interested in wine, Napa Valley, those who like slower character driven novels, mysteries.
  Bonfire of the Vanities meets Sideways—a saga of secrets, family, and a mystery bottle of wine that could change everything foreverIn a gorgeous wine valley in northern California, the economic downturn has put a number of dreams on hold.  But above it all is esteemed critic Clyde Craven-Jones, a man whose ego nearly surpasses his substantial girth. As the novel opens he blind taste-tastes a sampling of Cabernets and to his confounded delight discovers one worthy of his highest score (a 20, on the Craven-Jones-on-wine scale), an accolade he's never before awarded.

But the bottle has no origin—and that's a problem for a renowned critic. An investigation into the mystery Cabernet commences, lead by the critic's wife, Claire, and a couple of underdogs—one a determined throw-back to ancient viticulture, the other a wine-stained, Pygmalion-esque scribbler—who by wit and luck rise on incoming tides of money, notoriety and, yes, love.

The stage is set for this true theatre of the varietals—where the reader joins the local vinous glitterati and subterranean enthusiasts hanging out in a seedy bar called the Glass Act. Soon Clyde Craven-Jones finds himself in a compromised position in a fermentation tank, a prominent family finds its internal squabble a public scandal, and a lowly vintner seeks redemption for a decades-old wrongdoing. This is a witty, delectable, and fast-paced novel that, like a good Cabernet, only grows more enjoyable once opened.


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ARC Review: Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | | | | | Please comment!

AT A GLANCE:


by  
Format: ARC Paperback, 238 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2013 by Chronicle Books 
Source: Won a free review copy from Goodreads First Reads giveaway
Categories: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical,
Rating: (5 Stars.)
Recommended for: fans of Emily Dickinson; historical, young adult and/or mystery fans; to get younger teens into reading;
One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, this novel celebrates Emily Dickinson's intellect and spunk in a page-turner of a book that will excite fans of mystery, romance, and poetry alike. 



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Teaser Tuesday: Last Days by Adam Nevill

Brooke Banks | 11:30 PM | | | | | Please comment!
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!



What I'm reading:


Title: Last Days
Author: Adam Nevill
Format: ARC Paperback, 531 pages
Published: February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
Categories: Adult, horror, paranormal,   
Last Days by Adam Nevill is a Blair Witch style novel in which a documentary film-maker undertakes the investigation of a dangerous cult—with creepy consequencesWhen guerrilla documentary maker, Kyle Freeman, is asked to shoot a film on the notorious cult known as the Temple of the Last Days, it appears his prayers have been answered. The cult became a worldwide phenomenon in 1975 when there was a massacre including the death of its infamous leader, Sister Katherine. Kyle’s brief is to explore the paranormal myths surrounding an organization that became a testament to paranoia, murderous rage, and occult rituals.  The shoot’s locations take him to the cult’s first temple in London, an abandoned farm in France, and a derelict copper mine in the Arizonan desert where The Temple of the Last Days met its bloody end. But when he interviews those involved in the case, those who haven’t broken silence in decades, a series of uncanny events plague the shoots. Troubling out-of-body experiences, nocturnal visitations, the sudden demise of their interviewees and the discovery of ghastly artifacts in their room make Kyle question what exactly it is the cult managed to awaken – and what is its interest in him?

Teaser (from ARC):
But there it was again, a distant burst of whistles interspersed with a sound reminiscent of a gargle heard through a wall. Followed a few seconds later by a dog whining. They stood mute and immobile until the sudden thump of feet raced through the unlit hallway of the penthouse and broke them from paralysis.
-------pg.73 

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Eye of Ember by Rebecca Ethington


AT A GLANCE:




Paperback, 380 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2013 by Imdalind Press


Eyes of Ember is the second book in Ethington's Imdalind Series.




Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased, no memory of Joclyn remains. But, Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. While, in reality the black eyed monster that possesses him, attempts to kill her over and over.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan. The man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only thing she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and while she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then there is her father.

The man who has never been there, is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be.

The Silnỳ.


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Promo + Giveaway: The Undesirable by S. Celi

AT A GLANCE:


The Undesirable (Undesirable #1) by
Release Date: January 28, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian,
Format: Kindle Edition, 210 pages
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Synopsis:
*This book is Mature YA/ New Adult. It is recommended for readers 14 and over.

What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie?

Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart.

Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters.

As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker.

While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected.

What Charlotte finds out changes everything.

EVERYTHING.

THE UNDESIRABLE is Charlotte Walker’s story, from her point of view. It is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of love, curiosity, adversity, and maturity against the backdrop of a futuristic war.

Should Charlotte trust Fostino with what she knows? Can she trust anyone? Will she find it in herself to rise up against terrible odds? What if the ultimate Undesirable is her?

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Excerpt + Giveaway:
Eighty-eight Keys by Catherine Lavendar

Eighty-Eight Keys 

by
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Published: Whimsical Publications LLC
Release Date: January 28, 2013

Buy On: Smashwords


Leah is a young woman who is trying to break free from a strict religious background and pursue her dream as a pianist in the world of show business. While trying to find her independence her heart is held captive by Jason Rowe, a local basketball star who established an organization to help troubled youth. When Jason is found murdered in his home, Leah is determined to get answers from a closed investigation. During her state of emotional turmoil, Leah finds comfort not only in the melody of her music, but in the arms of a married man named Calvin. With her dreams at her fingertips, Leah is tangled in a web of lies and deceit. Despite the fear of learning the truth, Leah has to realize that only the truth can set her free.

A dead lover, with a trail of broken hearts...
A married man, with a double-life...
A dream chaser, with a killer at her heels...
A piano, with eighty-eight keys...


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Giveaway: Kindle Fire from Best Selling Reads

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | 3 Comments

The best authors in New Fiction at BestSellingReads.com are celebrating the arrival of Spring with a March promotion:
BestSelling Reads Kindle Fire Giveaway
Prize for winning reader entry: Kindle Fire 7”, LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8GB
2nd & 3rd place winners: $25 Amazon gift card
Winners will be chosen March 26th by Rafflecopter. No purchase necessary but always welcome.




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Spotlight + Excerpt +Free Book: After The Ending
by Lindsey Fairleight & Lindsey Pogue


AT A GLANCE:



After The Ending 
 (The Ending Series #1)
by Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue
Format: Kindle Edition, 478 pages
Published: February 22nd 2013 by L2 Books
Categories: Adult, Sci-Fi / Dystopian
Series WebsiteGoodreads
Barnes & NobleAmazon-Kindle
*Kindle Version will be FREE 3/15 - 3/17*
When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

I've got my copy, did you get yours? There's more to be found after the page break!

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Promo + Excerpt: Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Adams

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | | Please comment!

Release Day Party Afterlife Academy


We’re celebrating the release day for YA Paranormal novel ‘Afterlife Academy’ today. Come join us to read an excerpt from this hilarious YA novel by author Jaimie Admans. Purchase your copy of ‘Afterlife Academy’ here: Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

Jaimie is also organizing a launch party on Facebook! You can join in the fun here: Party Time!

About Afterlife Academy

Categories: Young Adult, Paranormal
Goodreads
Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And
now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school
nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most
annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is
wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe
death isn’t really that bad after all...

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the
microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.



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Exclusive Excerpt: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redemski

Brooke Banks | 11:30 PM | | | | Please comment!

USA Today may have the exclusive cover reveal, but bloggers have been given something better: an exclusive excerpt! Click below the fold to read it, I think you'll enjoy this fun and cute scene from The Edge of Always.

AT A GLANCE:

Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Edge of Never
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Expected release date: November 5, 2013

Pre-order on Amazon Pre-order on iTunes
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He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to THE EDGE OF NEVER, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test.

As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they’ll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure—and challenges they never could have anticipated.

Sexy. Daring. Dangerous. THE EDGE OF ALWAYS takes you on a ride you won’t forget .



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Excerpt + Giveaway: The Art of Change by Kelly Andria

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | | | | | 4 Comments

 AT A GLANCE:


The Art of Change 
by Kelly Andria
Format: Paperback, 348 pages
Published: June 30th 2012 by Xlibris, Corp.
Categories: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor,
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When gallery owner Nellie, a giving yet neurotic New Yorker, brings together the mismatched cast of characters in the opening of Ryan Whittaker’s debut, a phallic show, little does she know that she is setting the scene for odd and unpredictable relationships, much like Shakespeare in Midsummer Night’s Dream. The frenzied, magical mix-up is an outrageous farce with a deep moral message: there is a RIGHT place for everyone in this world and love and friendship cement us in it. The Art of Change is a funny, smooth reading romance, which deals with bridging differences in gender, education, social milieu, in an insane but pragmatic, modern fairytale, set in New York City. The twists of the plot are written without an ounce of cynicism but simply acknowledging that life is neither here nor there, neither black or white and all can be dealt with in real friendship and love.
Buy: XlibrisKindle EditionAmazon PrintBarnes & Noble


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Excerpt + Giveaway: Midnight by Salima Korri

AT A GLANCE:


Midnight by Salima Korri
Released:September 2, 2012
Publisher:Smashwords
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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Medina Milford is bored.
At first she was the good kid but now she is fed up of being alone without a mother or father in the world and is turning in to the school prankster. She's pretty, popular and she rules her school. She's not a high school mean girl, but she's respected.
Now things are going to get even more exciting and maybe even scary for Medina, when Eric, a handsome and cheeky seventeen year old, joins Gwendolyn Academy and strange things begin to happen.

She meets the dangerous and beautiful twins Isadora and Rosina, the intelligent but wild Olivia, Benjamin dark and jealous and Eric, Mysterious.
As a group of new arrivals join her in the halls she becomes suspicious of their behavior. What do all of them have in common? What secrets are they hiding and what happens at Midnight
As she gets to know them better, Medina finds she is at the centre of a world she never knew existed. It unleashes a side to her that she will have to learn to control if she wants to find her happily ever after by midnight.
The Supernatural Forces are about to get stronger with Medina around and thus begins a battle between the supernatural beings and a monster that threatens the welfare of everyone.
Magic, mystery, romance and supernatural creatures.

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Excerpt + Giveaway: Russian Dolls by Cristelle Comby


AT A GLANCE:


Russian Dolls by Cristelle Comby
Format: Paperback, 302 pages
Published: March 8th 2013 by Createspace
Categories: New Adult Mystery

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BLURB:
Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When
her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The
police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to
for help?

Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s
none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most
to listen to what she has to say.

Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the
need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly
rational and collected individual.

As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn
to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.


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Promo + Giveaway: Shadows of Wraith by L.W. Patricks

Brooke Banks | 11:00 PM | | | | | 10 Comments

Today marks the release day for the Shadow of Wrath:
Complete (Sins of the 7)! Get it now on Amazon or Smashwords!

Title: The Shadow of Wrath: Complete (Sins of the 7)
Author: L.W. Patricks
Genres: Young Adult // Dystopian
Publisher: Strange Crow Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2013
Sample: Chapter One
Goodreads

In the Arena, you're either a killer or a victim.

If survival meant murdering an innocent person in cold blood every week, could you do it? Are you able to stick the knife into your opponent's heart while they look at you with fear in their eyes? Life in the Arena turns everyone into sinners.

A homeless boy is kidnapped from the streets and finds himself imprisoned in a far more horrifying place: the Arena, a place where teenage boys fight to the death for the pleasure of various lowlifes in a modern gladiator pit.

The Arena is the brainchild of Ryker, an ex-convict addicted to alcohol, gladiatorial-esque combats, and money. When not devising new ways for boys to kill each other, he's ruling his small empire with a ruthless fist, rewarding his guards with sex slaves and punishing those who oppose him with barbaric
executions.

Renamed Dog, the boy from the streets must turn himself into a killing machine if he is to continue surviving, but as he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake, the ghosts of slain boys haunts him
and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.

Allegra, a slave girl in the Arena and a victim of Ryker's constant abuse, is his only key to salvation. She has lost everything already -- her family, her innocence, and her dignity -- while her will to live hangs on by a thin thread. Can she save Dog's humanity before she too succumbs to the horrors of the Arena?

Seeking to defy Ryker as Dog rises to power as his champion, the stage is set for something to give in this murderous world of young gladiators.

A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, the complete Shadow of Wrath is the first book in the Sins of the 7 series.

Fans of edgy and controversial dystopian books will love Shadow of Wrath.

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Waiting on Wednesday #2:
The Thing About Weres by Leigh Evans

Brooke Banks | 10:00 PM | | Please comment!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme is for upcoming releases that bloggers are dying to read.

My pick this week:

The Thing About Weres (Mystwalker #2)

Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks 
My review of the first book, Trouble with Fate

THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER

In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…

I AM WERE, HEAR ME ROAR.

To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.




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Teaser Tuesday (#3): Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl

Brooke Banks | 7:39 PM | | Please comment!
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!


I'm currently reading:


by  
Format: ARC Paperback, 238 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2013 by Chronicle Books 
Source: Won a free review copy from Goodreads First Reads giveaway
Categories: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical,
One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, this novel celebrates Emily Dickinson's intellect and spunk in a page-turner of a book that will excite fans of mystery, romance, and poetry alike. 

Teaser (from ARC copy):

The next page in the file was a codicil. Emily smiled, remembering how she had once asked her father what a "codicil" was - she had loved the round sound of the word.
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Review: The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans

AT A GLANCE:



The Trouble with Fate (Mystwalker #1)
by Leigh Evans
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance
Source: Won a free copy from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for review
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published:
December 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Rating: (3 Stars)
Recommend: Yes.
Continuing the series? Yes, willingly if I am in the mood for it when the next book comes out but not a must-buy-now.

Goodreads Barnes & Noble Amazon Indiebound

Opening Line:
What do the treehuggers call it? Karma?


Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…


I Have Two Words For Werewolves:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Bite Me.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…



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Cover Reveal: Demon Derby by Carrie Harris

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | Please comment!

Demon Derby by Carrie Harris
Expected publication: March 2014  
Goodreads
Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers...

Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. And after a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power.

So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not even human.

Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. That crazy guy in the alley? Demon. And the fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning...


Carrie Harris is the author of BAD TASTE IN BOYS and BAD HAIR DAY. Her husband is a cancer survivor and a ninja doctor, and her three kids are already in training to fight evil someday. She collects monster-themed clothing, is physically incapable of being serious for more than five minutes at a time, and isn’t a derby girl…yet.
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Soooo...what you do guys think of the cover? I like it though it doesn't inspire cover lust from me. Her covers f I'm loving the idea so much. Derby girl fighting demons? Sign me up!



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Book Blitz + Excerpt: Queen & Commander by Janine Southard

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60507e63ad7ca7c668125829766b6873_largeTitle: Queen and Commander
Series: Hive Queen Saga #1
Author: Janine Southard
Format: ebook, 250 pages
Published: March 10th 2013 
Categories: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Space Opera,
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Summary:
On a world where high school test scores determine your future career, six students rebel.

A pair of star-crossed lovers plot to stay together, rather than be separated by the system's college plans. A former off-worlder instigates: there's a ship in orbit, he says. We could take it and run away.

But to take the ship, the three conspirators need more friends. Enter Rhiannon, the girl who set herself up for the ultimate success on this planet. She made sure her test would give the desired result: Queen. But her best friend begs her to take control of this plan to run away. So she drafts a would-be doctor who believes in following his Queen with all his heart. She finds a genius who can't seem to make the system work for him.

And then she gets them qualified for the ship in orbit. The ship to freedom. Now what will they do with it? And was freedom what they really wanted?


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