Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Ignite by Sara B. Larson

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.
(Coming December 2014)
Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson's acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy -- before it's too late?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22323658-ignite
Defy was an exciting debut and I've been anxiously awaiting it's sequel, Ignite, since I finished book 1. There should definitely be a lot more discover in the world and I can't wait to find out what happens in for Alexa and Damian after the events at the end of Defy.
What are you waiting on?  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Defy

Defy 1

Author: Sara B. Larson 
Pages: 336 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: January 7th 2014


A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?


This was a fun debut for me to read. Not only had I been excited for it before it's release, but I also just loved the cover and the detail they were able to show of the dagger. Beautiful.

Since this was a high fantasy, I really enjoyed the fact that the main character was a girl, Alexa or Alex, who was a part of the prince's elite guard. Even though she was able to because she was pretending to be a boy, she still had the skill and fortitude to rise through the ranks and get to the position she had when the story started.

Yet she was still a girl, and I loved how Sara brought out and showed the struggles that Alexa had to deal throughout.

I also really loved the world that Sara created for this series. The land itself was rich and so different as they traveled, it felt like its own character. It felt like we only got a small taste of what else there was, and it left me wanting to know and explore more of this fascinating world.

And with book 2, Ignite, coming out soon I can't wait to delve back into this world!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.
(Coming February 2015)
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
                                                      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8709528-the-ruby-circle
Though I am beyond sad to see this series come to an end, I am completely excited for the final book in the Bloodlines series. Richelle has created such a fabulous world with first the Vampire Academy and now this one and I have loved the journey every step of the way.
Sydney is adorable and awkward, and my fondness for Adrian is all due to this series. I can only imagine what will be in store for us in this final book, but I do know that I want my hands on it as soon as possible. PLUS, I can't wait to learn what Richelle has coming next!
Oh the anticipation...
What are you waiting on?  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Posts of the Future

Hi everyone!

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who either follows this blog regularly, or stops by for a visit. It means a lot and I can't thank you enough.

With that in mind, I wanted to put up a questions to you all about some weekly posts and features I was considering doing on here. I thought it would be fun to let you guys have some input and tell me some of the things you'd like to see.

For now, I have a few ideas of other things I could blog about on here besides reviews and certain memes like WoW and cover reveals. This would be things like:

  • My writing progress (journey from writing to eventually querying an agent)
  • Genre Favorites (probably as a monthly feature discussing genre's like sci-fi/fantasy, etc.)
  • Author Features (highlighting more of their works, maybe interviews and giveaways)

I'm working on a few other ideas, but those are what I have now. Do you guys, my wonderful readers and friends, have any that you'd like to see on here? Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think.



Friday, October 31, 2014

Blog Tour: Blocked by Jennifer Lane

http://atomrbookblogtours.com/2014/08/04/revealreleasetour-blocked-by-jennifer-lane/ 

Blocked
Author: Jennifer Lane 
Pages: 300 pgs
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Review Source: Tour

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?


I have enjoyed reading Jennifer Lane's work since With Good Behavior, the first book of her CONduct series, came out. When the chance came to read and review her latest novel, I jumped at the opportunity, and I'm so glad that I did.

Jen delves into the topics, that most would rather avoid, with sensitivity and depth. You feel for her characters and their struggles, just hoping that they'll find a way to move past whatever it is. And she did an excellent job of that in this book with her main duo Lucia and Dane, both dealing with things I think we can all relate to. And in that, their struggles didn't push them further away from each other, after all this a romance.

Blocked not only had sports and romance, but it also had plenty of politics. Jen handled it I think pretty fairly, showing both sides of the coin with each character and how they affected them on a daily basis. Politics is a pretty touchy subject for so many and again Jen didn't shy away from showing that.

She left things pretty open to continue with these characters and series, which I think would be fun. But, whether she continues with them or not, I definitely can't wait to read more from Jen. I know that it will be interesting and fun!


*GIVEAWAY TIME*
a Rafflecopter giveaway  


About the Author
Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.
In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.








Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.
(Coming May 2015)
When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it ... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16096824-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses?from_choice=false&from_home_module=false
 
I fell in love with Sarah's writing and world building from her Throne of Glass series. It is beautiful and imaginative and currently ripping my heart out.
To get a new series from her, and have two books a year from one of my favorite authors, is just amazing. Not only is this cover beautiful, but the description sounds so interesting, and I know that with Sarah behind it this book and series will be top notch.
I wish that it was already May so I can my hands on a copy.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Release Infor: Blocked by Jennifer Lane



RELEASE

BLOCKED

By Jennifer Lane


New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance

 
Released October 21, 2014
 
College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

Here's an excerpt for you:



Sweat poured off Dane in a steady stream, but he didn’t even look like he was breathing hard. I started sweating just watching him. His muscular forearm glistened as he clutched his water bottle. I couldn’t believe a man that tall could run so fast. I hoped he wouldn’t be around to witness me sprinting at practice, because my jiggling butt would probably repulse him.

When Maddie came to sit on my left, I pried my gaze away from Dane and strived for nonchalance. “So, uh, why did the coach call him GD?”

“It’s his nickname,” she answered as she tugged kneepads over her shoes. “Great Dane.”

“Oh.” I lifted my arm overhead and stretched my triceps muscle, simply to have something to do. Great was certainly one word for him.

A teammate I didn’t know yet chuckled from the other side of Mad- die. “Or God Damn, as some of us call him. As in goddamn, he’s fine.”

Maddie grinned as she tilted her head toward the end of the bleachers. “Better not let Nina hear you say that.”

“Why not?” I asked.
 The other teammate shrugged. “Last year — ”

“Ladies!” Coach boomed as he stormed away from the men’s coach. “We’re taking over the gym. We’ve got priority here. Madison, get us started on warm-up.”

Maddie ran to the net, and when my teammates followed her, I jogged over too. I snuck a glance at Dane to find him positively murdering me with those eyes. Oops. He was mad at me again? How was it my fault our practice times got messed up?

A male voice boomed, “Hold it!” and I halted mid-step. I turned to see Dane point at the gym floor in front of me a second before he loped over, clutching his towel. Would he strangle me with it? My eyes darted to Allison at the sideline, but my Secret Service agent didn’t seem to be on alert. I braced myself as he neared, but my fear turned to surprise when he dropped to the floor and wiped it with his towel.

“Close your mouth, Ramirez,” he said as he popped back up and stood inches from me. How does he smell so yummy despite his soaked shirt? It was a manly scent, tinged with some sort of aftershave. “I sweat like a cow.” His angular body towered over me. Not a bovine in sight.

His eyebrows knitted together as I stared up at him. His eyes were so pretty, so deep. “I didn’t want you to fall and break your ankle,” he continued. “At least not because of me.” His insult barely registered over the blood rushing in my ears. When I continued to stand mute in his presence, his head tilted. “I know you can speak...” One corner of his mouth perked up. “You’re not going to call me bitch again, are you?”


GIVEAWAY

Jennifer Lane is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card on her Facebook page for the release! You can enter HERE.


About the Author

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.



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