petak, 27. prosinca 2013.

Top 10 of 2013: BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2014


Today is the last post of Top 10 of 2013 and we end it with our most anticipated books in 2014. I am waiting for a lot of good books to come out in 2014, some are sequels, some are debuts but there are 10 of them I cant wait to read. Here they are:

1.City of heavenly fire by Cassandra Clare
2.Sixth grave on the edge by Darynda Jones
3.Unhinged by A.G. Howard
4.Cursed by destiny by Cecy Robson
5.The Forever song by Julie Kagawa
6.Up from the grave by Jeaniene Frost
7.The Undead pool by Kim Harrison
8.Banishing the dark by Jenn Bennett
9.Reap the wind by Karen Chance
10.Cruel beauty by Rosamund Hodge

And a few honorable mentions:














What books are you most excited about?


četvrtak, 26. prosinca 2013.

TOP 10 OF 2013: Best Book Boyfriends of 2013


Hy all! I hope all of you had a good Christmas.. New years eve is just around the corner. Today the topic is best book boyfriends. Some of the also appeared on my bad boys list. Here they are:

1. Tod Hudson (With all my soul)
2.Reyes  Farrow (Fifth grave past the light)
3.Shane Collins (Daylighters)
4.Curran (Magic rises)
5.Lon Butler (Binding the shadows)
6.Aiden St. Delphi (Sentinel)
7.Chaol Westfall (Crown of midnight)
8.Julian (Unbreathable)
9.Liam MacGregor (Ashes on the waves)
10.Ethan Sullivan (Biting bad)

Who are your favorite book boyfriends?


utorak, 24. prosinca 2013.

TOP 10 OF 2013: Best bad boys of 2013


First of all, merry Christmas to everyone. I hope all of you have a good day. Todays topic was bloggers choice so this year I am going to tell you my top 10 bad boys in 2013. There is nothing better to me than a book with a great written bad boy. Here they are:

1.Reyes Farrow (Charley Davidson)
2.Jared Lynburn (The Lynburn Legacy)
3.Tod Hudson (Soul screamers)
4.Morpheous (Splintered)
5.Will Herondale (Infernal devices)
6.Shane Collins (Morganville vampires)
7.Dante Walker ( The Collector)
8.Kellan Kyle (Thoughtless)
9.Seth (Covenant series by JLA)
10. Kai Rowe (Sweet evil)

Who are your favorite bad boys? What topic did you choose for today? Leave me a link.


TOP 10 OF 2013: Best Book Covers of 2013


 Hello all ! It is day 2 of the Top  of 2013 week and it is time to pick my favorite covers of 2013. I have currently read 374 books so it will be a little difficult to choose only ten but I will try. Here goes:


What are your favorite covers of 2013? Leave me a link.


ponedjeljak, 23. prosinca 2013.

TOP 10 OF 2013: Best Books I’ve Read in 2013


It is great being a part of this again this year and seeing everyones favorites of 2013. These are the best books I have read in 2013. Short and sweet :)

1. Fifth grave past the light by Darynda Jones
2. Thief by Tarryn Fisher
3. Sealed with a curse by Cecy Robson
4. Splintered by A.G. Howard
5. A cursed embrace by Cecy Robson
6. With all my soul by Rachel Vincent
7. Crown of midnight by Sarah J. Maas
8. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
9. Magic rises by Ilona Andrews
10. Eternity cure by Julie Kagawa

And a few honorable mentions:


What are your favorites? Leave me a link in the comments..

happy holidays


nedjelja, 22. prosinca 2013.

In my mailbox (25)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren . This is what I got in the last week:

                                                                          WON

 
Between the devil and the deep blue sea and Unravel me won at Reading wishes 





Sirenz back in fashion + swag won at The Cover contessa

BOUGHT


Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Rapture by Lauren Kate

What did you get this week?


petak, 20. prosinca 2013.

Blog Tour: Sweet Nothing by Mia Henry + Giveaway


Synopsis:

Elliot Halloran is running away. Away from her privileged Manhattan upbringing and a promising future at business school. Away from her family, which plummeted from A-list to disgraced after her criminal father’s atrocities were exposed. Despite the guilt Elliot feels for abandoning her family, she has no choice. She is too recognizable to live life as the person she has always been. So when an old family friend offers her a position as an economics instructor at Miami’s elite Alford Academy, Elliot jumps at the chance to distance herself from her past. She cuts her hair, changes her name, and vows never to speak of her old life again.

Keeping her identity hidden is harder than Elliot expected, especially with a roommate who seems to be on the verge of uncovering her true identity. As she fumbles through the opening chapters of her new life, Elliot encounters an entirely unforeseen obstacle: photography instructor Luke Poulos. Luke is sensitive and spontaneous. An art lover. Smart. Everything Elliot has ever wanted. Luke and Elliot’s connection deepens when she learns that he lost his parents in a car accident when he was a teenager. Like Elliot, Luke understands that life can shatter in an instant.

Elliot knows that a relationship with Luke is impossible; that he would never love her if he knew the details of her past. But as she struggles with whether to open herself to love or keep her true self locked away, Elliot learns that she’s not the only one with secrets.

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 Bio:

Mia Henry adores all things romance, from steamy stories to ugly cry-inducing movies. She lives in Florida, where she dreams up storylines during beach walks with her muse, a ferocious 8-pound pup named Lulu.
Twitter: @miahenrybooks




četvrtak, 19. prosinca 2013.

Mistress of the Wind by Michelle Diener book blast

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Mistress of the Wind 300Mistress of the Wind
by Michelle Diener
New Adult/Sci-Fi Fantasy
Paperback, 342 pages
Expected publication: December 19th 2013


Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . . 

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . . 

She's clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he's taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid's response. 

It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . . 

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.


Praise for Mistress of the Wind:
“Diener’s adaptation retains the familiar elements of the original, echoing both the structure and spirit of the classic, but true to form, she puts her own spin both the plot and the narrative, crafting an intricately alluring tale of self-sacrifice, steadfast devotion and enduring love.“ Flashlight Commentary

“The story is fast-paced and never boring, the world a beauty and Michelle’s writing so wonderfully detailed that I felt I was with Bjorn and Astrid on their journey.“ Book Bird Reviews

Author Michelle Diener takes this re-telling to another level. She doesn’t restrict herself to an East of the Sun, West of the moon retelling. Instead we are also given parts reminiscent of Psyche’s quest. Which just allowed for a much more richer story.  Paperback Wonderland

Mistress of the Wind

by Michelle Diener regarding her new book!

Mistress of the Wind is based on the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It's a fairy tale I've loved since I was a child, but it wasn't until I started seriously researching the origins and mythology of East of the Sun, West of the Moon in preparation for writing Mistress of the Wind that I discovered what a unique fairy tale it is in many respects.

Fairy tales are generally grouped into types by folklorists using the Aarne-Thompson classification system, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon is classified as AT-425A, in the 'husband' group of tales, which also includes Beauty and the Beast and Psyche and Eros.

What is unique about East of the Sun, West of the Moon, is that when the heroine goes in search of her lover, the people who help her along the way do not do so because of any action on her part. Usually in a fairy tale--in fact, almost across the board--an elderly, mysterious figure or animal will aid the hero or heroine because of an act of kindness they have shown, or because of a favor the hero / heroine has done first.

In East of the Sun, West of the Moon, the heroine is helped as if it is her due. This really sparked my interest, along with the magical flying horses that are lent to her, and the assumption by all concerned that the four winds will give the heroine their aid.

I approached the story with the question: why would this be so? Because I was writing a full-length novel off of what is, in my fairy tale collection, only 8 pages of text, I obviously had to make the story make sense. Quite often in fairy tales coincidences, strange happenings and the relationships between characters are never explained, but it is assumed the reader will accept them, even though there is no reason behind them. That obviously wouldn't work in a full-length novel. So I decided to explore all mythology relating to the wind, and came across the myth of the Wind Hag, and I just knew I had found the core of my story.

If you are surprised at the use of the Wind Hag as a powerful heroine, let me explain why the crone or hag is a powerful, rather than a pitiable or evil character. And she doesn't have to be old and ugly, either. The book Women Who Run with the Wolves by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes first introduced me to the idea of the hag as a force of power and self-determination. Estes looked at a number of fairy tales and myths across many cultures, at a time when the power of the feminine had a strong place in society. As the patriarchal Christian religion encroached on society across Europe, women who understood herbology, kept the (pagan) myths and legends alive and who were respected and whose opinions mattered within the social structure, were a direct threat to the new religion.

It was most certainly in the interests of the Church to demonize and undermine these women and what they stood for, and it is no coincidence that the stereotype of a witch is an old hag or crone. They certainly caught the brunt of the Inquisition's witch hunts, and again, that was no coincidence.

It felt right to weave the myth of the Wind Hag through East of the Sun, West of the Moon, even though it isn't in the original. It fit in some way that was really satisfying, and it felt empowering.

Because this is originally a Scandinavian tale, I used Norse mythology to enrich it, although I made a few of the magical creatures up, from a mish-mash of fairy tale creatures and myth.

One aspect of East of the Sun, West of the Moon which I love is that this is a tale where the heroine rescues the hero. I love how the heroine takes action, refusing to give up even in the face of impossible odds. East of the Sun, West of the Moon has one of the bravest, most proactive heroines of any fairy tale, and her journey is striking in how it can be read from a Jungian point of view.

The Jungian psychologist, Marie-Louise Von Franz, made a life's study out of fairy tales and how they relate to ego and our sense of self. I am in awe of her work. One of the points she makes about fairy tales is how they are reflections of our relationship with ourselves, and I found that true over and over again as I wrote Mistress of the Wind.

I love that the heroine cannot rescue the prince until she has travelled to all four corners of the world, and I saw that very much as an allegory for her needing to explore her strengths and come to understand her own power and worth before she could save someone else.

I wrote Mistress of the Wind continually awed and amazed by the depth and richness of the original tale, and so, while I've woven new things into the story, like the Wind Hag, Norse mythology and some of my own imagination, I also tried to remain faithful to the original tale. I wanted to respect the original, and honor it. And it was certainly a privilege to write it. I just hope I did it justice.

- Michelle Diener

Image of Michelle DienerMichelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King's Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.

Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor's Conspiracy).

Michelle's first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.


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srijeda, 18. prosinca 2013.

Waiting on Wednesday (37)


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This is my choice for this week


The Art of Lainey
by Paula Stokes

Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by HarperTeen


Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame. 

Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn't going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him... 

Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what's really worth fighting for.


utorak, 17. prosinca 2013.

Deadshifted (Edie Spence #4) by Cassie Alexander


Summary

Edie Spence just wanted a vacation. A nice, relaxing, stress free, non-adventure away from the craziness that's dominated her life since becoming a nurse for paranormal creatures. But from the start, her trip on the Maraschino, a cruise ship bound for Hawaii, has been anything but stress free, especially when Edie's boyfriend Asher recognizes someone he used to know. Someone from his not-so-nice past. With their lives in the balance, will Edie and Asher be able to save their growing family or will this adventure be their end?

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks

My review

I adore this series. It is so unique and scary and full of fascinating things. I was so happy when I won an ARC and I started reading it immediately. I was happy how things ended at the end of the 3rd book, well maybe not how they ended for Ty, but I think Asher is the perfect choice for Edie, even though he can be an idiot sometimes, it is clear that he loves her. Deadshifted ends on a cliffhanger, a pretty brutal one and Bloodshifted cant come soon enough. Deadshifted is very much different from the first 3 books in the series. This one is centered on Edie and Asher, their relationship and Ashers past while battling a monstrous sickness that takes almost every life. There was plenty of action, mistery, interesting new characters, arrival of old ones, and a few surprises. I adore Urban fantasy and I think this series is one of the best ones out there. I was very scared and pissed when Deadshifted ended so Bloodshifted better have some answers.



nedjelja, 15. prosinca 2013.

Blog Tour: STAYING ON TOP (Whitman University #4) by Lyla Payne + Giveaway



Synopsis:

Sam Bradford has it all—he’s the #2 tennis player in the world, plenty of girls want to date him, and he’ll never want for money. At least, that’s what he thought until his accountant stole everything and disappeared. Interpol has no idea where to start, and neither does the American F.B.I., so Sam figures he’ll just have to take care of his body and play a few extra years to make it back.

When Blair Paddington, the accountant’s daughter and a friend of a friend at Whitman, shows up and claims she can help Sam get his money back he’s torn between wanting justice and the very real possibility that Blair is just as big a con man as her father. When she promises not only money, but justice, Sam agrees—but only if he can go along on the search.

The two of them set off on an adventure neither rich kid is prepared for—cheap hostels, the same clothes three days in a row, and nothing but a backpack of possessions—so they can fly under the radar as college lovers on a winter break. In spite of Blair’s shady family, her daring and resourceful personality strike Sam’s interest and he finds himself falling for the one girl he shouldn’t.

When they finally find her father, the truths that come to light not only make Sam question his affection for Blair, but could cost him more than money—if they can’t work together one last time, neither of them may be going home. Ever.



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My review

I was intrigued about both Sam and Blair ever since I first read about them and I hoped that the next book would be about them and I was glad when I found out that it was. This book is a real adventure, even though it is a very serious matter, their trip was really fun to read. Even with all the lies and hiding, these two are meant for each other and I am glad that they finally see it. I was proud of Blair at the end, when she stood up to her father, and I was proud of Sam for his ability to forgive. I loved that the author took them on a trip across Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia but I didnt like how the people were described, like we here are so far away from civilization. 




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Bio:

I’ve long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I’ve published Young Adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first New Adult title), I couldn’t wait to try something new – and I’m hooked.  In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we’d all love to meet in real life.







{Book Blast} LOVERS AT HEART by Melissa Foster + GIVEAWAY



Synopsis 

“Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions…a satisfying addition to the ‘Love in Bloom’ series.” — Midwest Book Review
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+** Lovers at Heart is a steamy contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. Enjoy Lovers at Heart as a stand-alone novel or for more enjoyment, read the entire Love and Bloom series (nine full-length novels featuring the Snow Sisters and the Bradens).

Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable façade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he’s going home to try to forget her all together.Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she’s never needed a man to help her find her way–until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she’d spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain–including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever–and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love.



 SNOW SISTERS
Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White
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THE BRADENS
Lovers at Heart
Destined for Love
Friendship on Fire
Sea of Love
Bursting with Love
Hearts at Play




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Foster is the New York Times Best Selling author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Join Melissa and the YaYa Writer Girls at their annual in-person event. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.