petak, 31. siječnja 2014.

Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers


Summary:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion

My review:


Since reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I love reading books with aliens. Alienated is a great example of that genre.  It is a story of overcoming prejudice and staying strong in the face of bullies and hate. At times it was funny, the differences between the races and the blog posts were sometimes hilarious. Cara and Aelyx maybe couldnt be more different, from different planets, but when love is in the way there is no obstacles they werent willing to fight in the end. I was really angry plenty of times while reading the book beacuse it is frightening how people allow hate and prejudice to cloud their judgment and how they think violence is the answer. To me, that is just plain stupidity. I loved Caras parents and how they are loving and smart people. I loved both Aelyx, who is so special and sweet and stoic, and I loved studious Cara, who didnt allow her friends and boyfriend influence her and how she stood up for herself and Aelyx despite all. I look forward to the sequel, the ending was great but still there is plenty more to tell.




četvrtak, 30. siječnja 2014.

Blog tour: Wild things (Chicagoland vampires #9) by Chloe Neill + Giveaway


It is an honor to be a part of the blog tour for a Chicagoland vampires novel since I am such a huge fan. The review for Wild things will be coming soon, as my copy arrives.

Synopsis:

Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

You can purchase or pre-order Wild Things hereAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | iBooks | IndieBound | Penguin

Here is a little teaser:

“Eyes on your own man candy.”

“My man candy’s already dressed,” she said between bites of what looked like chocolate sludge. “Yours is . . . less so.”

And mine was clearly enjoying the attention. He linked his hands behind his head, showing off his well-toned chest.

“Down, boy,” I murmured.

“Yes, boy,” Catcher said. “Quit flirting with my girlfriend.” Ethan only smiled.


And for the giveaways! The swag still hasnt arrievd but I know it will be awesome. If you want it, you have to be a follower and just leave me a comment. You can tell me if you have read any of the Chicagoland vampires books, who are your favorite characters... anything you want, it just has to be related to the series. And dont forget to leave your email or a Twitter handle. The giveaway is international and you have until March 1st. Good luck!

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter Chloe’s Wild Things Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs January 27 through February 7 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
A Kindle Paperwhite
A $50 Amazon gift card!
A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires Audiobook CDs (graciously provided by Tantor Audio)
An autographed Chicagoland Vampires or Dark Elite novel
Two Cadogan House Novitiate Luggage Tags
A Cadogan House lanyard and BITING BAD All Access Pass
Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, buttons, and swag!

Follow the rest of the blog tour:

Wild Things Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 27 – A Book Obsession | Drey’s Library
Tuesday, January 28 – Naomi’s Paranormal Palace | Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust
Wednesday, January 29 – The Book Swarm | Krista’s Dust Jacket
Thursday, January 30 – Reading RainBlog | Between Fantasy & Reality
Friday, January 31 – Tsk Tsk What To Read | Book Lovers For Life
Monday, February 3 – The Consummate Reader | Me, Myself & Books
Tuesday, February 4 (Release Day) - Vampire Book Club | The Saucy Wenches | Toot’s Book Reviews | Fangtastic Books
Wednesday, February 5 – Book Nympho | Blogging by Liza
Thursday, February 6 – A Great Read | Urban Fantasy Investigations
Friday, February 7 – Where the Night Kind Roam | Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy

srijeda, 29. siječnja 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (41)


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:


City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)
by Cassandra Clare

Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry


ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID. 

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

What book are you excited about this week?


petak, 24. siječnja 2014.

Blog tour: Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader + Giveaway

 

Publication date: August 18th 2013
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult



Synopsis:
 
Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.

But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?


Purchase:

Tour wide giveaway
Prizes: (US only)

-Signed copy of ESCAPE FROM EDEN
-Silver Dogtag Necklace
-Green Snakeskin Pop Phone headset for for Mobiles


 

AUTHOR BIO
 
Hi. I’m Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I’m an Aquarius. Uh… let’s see… I’m not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.

 
 
 
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Cover reveal: Elevated by Elana Johnson + Giveaway


Summary:
 
The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.

But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.

 


 

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iTunes:


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Praise for ELEVATED:

"ELEVATED will take you on an emotionally gripping journey through the highs and lows of first love."

~Carolee Dean, author of Take Me There and Forget Me Not

 

"Poignant, raw, and intense, ELEVATED is a novel that will grip your heart and linger in your mind long after you turn the last page."

~Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of Audition and The Sound of Letting Go

 

 

About Elana Johnson:
 
Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for download, as well as aPossession short story, Resist. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

 

 

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srijeda, 22. siječnja 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (40)


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:


Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11)
by Jennifer Estep

Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Pocket Books


In book eleven of her New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues “one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market” (Fresh Fiction).

Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

What book are you excited about this week?


utorak, 21. siječnja 2014.

Blog Tour: SURRENDERING TO US by Chelsea M. Cameron + Giveaway


 SUMMARY:

They're finally together. But the Universe seems intent on tearing them apart…

Rory Clarke might not be Lucah Blythe's boss anymore, but that doesn't mean they can sneak off to the boardroom for hot sex whenever they want. Keeping their hands off each other in the workplace is harder than they could have imagined, and that's not the only obstacle they have to deal with. Between Lucah's troublesome brother Ryder, and Rory's bff Sloane's inability to understand locked doors, they're drowning in drama.

But it's only about to get a lot worse when a blast from Lucah's past surfaces, and chaos at Clarke Enterprises threatens to take away everything Rory has worked so hard for. Can the couple weather the storm and surrender to each other, or will the challenges of staying together destroy their relationship for good?


Excerpt

“Bad girl. Do you really want to go to work with marks all over you tomorrow? Because I can make that happen. I have no problem nibbling your sweet skin. Every little inch of it.” He blew on my exposed shoulder, which distracted me from getting the tie from around his neck.

“Stop that, or there will be no ‘coffee’ for you, Mr. Blythe.” He knew what I meant. He glared at me, but stopped when I started unbuttoning his shirt and followed each open button with a kiss. Once I got his shirt off, I went to work, kissing and sucking, freckle, to freckle, making sure I paid ample attention to each of his nipples, especially the one with the hoop through it. He moaned when I tugged on it a little with my teeth.

“I like that sound. I think I’ll make it my ringtone,” I said as I licked and sucked my way down to this belly button and then to the little trail of hair that disappeared under the waist of his pants. I made quick work of his belt, and then I had to shimmy down further to get his shoes off. I ran one fingernail on the underside of each foot and that made him growl again.

Then I grabbed the bottom of his pants and yanked. It took some work, but I got them off. You’d think with us having sex so much, I’d get good at undressing him, but I struggled sometimes.

I nearly cheered when I finally got his pants off, but instead, I kissed my way from his feet on up. His breathing got harsh and he started cursing, and his hips jerked a little. He’d messed with me, so now it was time to return the favor.

 GIVEAWAY: 
Chelsea is giving away 4 KINDLE FIRE HD TABLETS! Contest is international. 


Author Information


Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.


nedjelja, 19. siječnja 2014.

In my mailbox (27)


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

                                              WON:


The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han, a notebook and swag won from JK Rock


Horde by Ann Aguirre
Altered by Gennifer Albin
Fallout                                                 All signed
Tumble & Fall
This song will save your life + Fierce read tote and bookmarks won from Fierce reads

                                                                 FOR REVIEW:



Thanks to JK Rock, Fierce reads and Macmillian and Pocket books..

What did you get this week?


subota, 18. siječnja 2014.

A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2.5) by Tellulah Darling



Publication date: December 20th 2013
Genres: Comedy, Mythology, Young Adult

Synopsis:

There’s bound to be pressure when it takes 2500 years to get to a second date. Which is exactly why Theo Rockman, a.k.a. Prometheus, would rather not go. With his best friend gravely injured and the fate of humanity still on the line, Theo has all sorts of creative excuses to avoid dating swoon-worthy god and love of his life, Hephaestus.

YA romantic comedy gets an epic mythological twist in the free (at select retailers) short story A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book 2.5). Being human hasn’t killed Theo, but this date just might.


Purchase:
--It's free at Kobo: http://bit.ly/18BArwG 




Tellulah Darling's Top 5 Romantic Comedy Films

1) When Harry Met Sally - This movie is the gold standard of romcoms. It's funny, it's insightful, the characters are flawed and deluded and above all its totally fabulous and all about love. Also, I'm a sucker for "best friends becoming more" films. In fact my first novel, Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls was written precisely because I love this film so much.

2) The Princess Bride - I've met people who don't like this film with its whimsey and wit and magic and love. They are cold dead people. No judgement. I'm just saying. It also wins for best way to say "I love you."

3) Scott Pilgrim Vs the World - There have been a lot of crappy romcoms in the past decade or so but this isn't one of them. The premise of having to battle Ramona's seven evil exes is so fun and executed with such glee. The love triangle (square?) is wonderful and I love Kieran Culkan. There is no downside to this film. So over the top and yet wonderfully deadpan at the same time.

4) His Girl Friday - If, like me, you like your banter witty and your leads so very deluded in their feelings for each other, then this is your film. The dialogue is gunfire fast and whip smart. I love, loathe, and love again Cary Grant's character, while Rosalind Russell gives as good as she gets. A classic for all the best reasons.

5) Strictly Ballroom - Any film whose HEA is captured in a joyous dance number is okay by me. Plus it's an ugly duckling story and the scene with Doris Day singing "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" makes me swoon like nothing else. Another totally over-the-top film but if you can't go big when it comes to love, then go home.


I hope I gave you some new romcom favs today. Let me know which ones you love!

AUTHOR BIO

Tellulah Darling
noun
1. YA Novelist
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter and instructor
3. Sassy minx

Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.



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petak, 17. siječnja 2014.

Blog tour: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins + Giveaway


Stir Me Up
Release Date: 10/01/13
Harlequin Teen

Summary:

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….




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KOBO:  http://tinyurl.com/nmlb63e    
 
Praise for Stir Me Up:
"Fun, steamy, and leaves you hungry for more. Sabrina Elkins nails the vulnerability of becoming an adult and the choices that come with growing up." —Katie McGarry, author of Dare You To

"Cami's slow burn for a wounded hero will rivet readers. I seriously loved this book." —Jennifer Echols, author of Dirty Little Secret

"This book is one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. Not only does it feature a hot romance, it's also very meaningful and well, you just have to read it and see." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

My review:

This was a very sweet and a relaxing read. There was no unnecessary drama, not like most New adult book these days. Cami is a smart, independent and responsible girl with a dream of becoming a chef like her father. She has a boyfriend Luke, who is, in my opinion a great guy, they just didnt seem to work together as a couple. When Julian comes to live with his aunt, who is Camis stepmother, she begins to see it too along with a few other things. There is sizzling chemistry, of course, but they also make each other laugh and to see the world and themselves as beautiful. There is alos a little bit of magic when Cami cooks, those moments were among my favorites, she shows real passion for it and that was great. 




***GIVEAWAY***
WIN 1 OF 3 STIR ME UP FUN FOODIE GIFT PACKS! COOKBOOKS-CHOCOLATES-MAGNETS
  


Cami’s Cookbook Pack 
Le Petit Paris: French Finger Food by Nathalie Benezet
500 Soups by Susannah Blake
Godiva chocolate bar
Stir Me Up magnet  

Julian’s Late-Night Pack 
George Noory’s Late-Night Snacks by George Noory
Dinner and a Movie by Katherine Bebo
Godiva chocolate bar
Stir Me Up magnet  

Sweet Desserts Pack 
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor
Cutie Pies by Dani Cone
Godiva chocolate bar
Stir Me Up magnet

 RULES AND RESTRICTIONS: 
Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond  or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.

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About the Author

I am a former journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Daily Newsand other newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to this I worked in advertising, writing ad copy for corporate travel accounts and major motion pictures. My first job out of college was as an administrative assistant to an executive chef and a food & beverage director at a Four Seasons hotel. I also spent some time working as a prep cook for Spago in Beverly Hills.

I received my Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. While in graduate school, I had the privilege of studying fiction writing under renowned author Hubert Selby, Jr., and comedy writing under famed comedian Shelley Berman. I am a past participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshop.

Raised in the woods of Vermont, I now live in the greater Los Angeles area with my husband and three children. STIR ME UP is my first novel.

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