Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review - G.T. Almasi's Blades of Winter

*Genre* Science Fiction, Suspense, Alternative History

Blades of Winter has to be one of the best alternative reality, action-suspense novels that I have read in a very long time. G. T. Almasi takes a page straight out of Robert Ludlum’s hand book and instills a bit of humor and romance to go along it. He provides us with a heroine that is as snarky as she is bad-ass in 20 year old Alixandra Nico.

In Almasi’s world, it is the year 1980 and the president is Ronald Reagan. The United States, Russia, the Nationalist Republic of China, and Greater Germany emerged from World War II as the main superpowers. They aggressively seek to one up the other nations by producing super spies with modifications that Almasi calls Levels. Germany controls much of Europe and the Middle East from the Polar Capes to the African peninsula, while the US maintains hold on its own territories including Japan and Cuba.

In the synopsis I’ve read, it states that Alix is 19 years old. That’s not exactly true since she turns 20 after a certain mission of destruction and mayhem which lands her in the hospital. Alix, code name Scarlet, spends a lot of time destroying things, and getting into troubling situations which leads to continued conflicts among her peers and her partner Patrick. That is alright with me because she ends up finding different ways of surviving even at the expense of her enhancements and modifications which come from being a Level on the way up.

Alix’s father Philip (Big Bertha) was a legend within the Extreme Operations (ExOps) until his disappearance when Alix was 12 years old. It  led to the belief that he was dead. Philip’s apparent reappearance in enemy hands leaves lots of answers and no clear cut solutions to finding him. Alix’s own career as an ExOps agent began shortly after Philip’s original disappearance. She soon excelled to the point of leaving her classmates behind in the dust and going on missions that were way above her pay grade.

Alix reminds me, in a way, of Jason Bourne which is where I got the Robert Ludlum reference from. She chases bad guys all over the world and even jumps off the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a villain. Alix is fearless to a fault and doesn’t really understand the meaning of bring back prisoners so that her bosses can glean information from them. She has no boundaries when it comes to getting what she needs from a mission, even if the mission wasn’t supposed to be hers in the first place. She’s hopelessly in love with her partner Patrick which leads to some interesting interludes as well as a breathtaking and fast paced chase that will leave readers gasping for air.

In the end, this was an entertaining and quick paced read that I am sure will be carried over in the next installment called Hammer of Angels  (March 26, 2013).

Recvd from NetGalley * Published August 28th 2012 by Del Rey

Author - GT Almasi
Title - Blades of Winter
Publisher - Del Rey
Released - August 28, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Stacking the Shelves 09/29/2012

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Welcome back my friends! I hope you find something that you like within my books that
I've borrowed, purchased, or received from publishers and NetGalley/Edelweiss.

This has been yet another awesome, amazing, fantastic week for books!

From Spencer Hill Press

From Kensington Books

From Derrolyn Anderson

From Random House/Del Ray Books via NetGalley

From Simon & Schuster books for Young Adults via Edelweiss

From my local Library which is undergoing some serious budget cuts :(


As always, thank you so much for hopping by my blog and checking out my haul for the week!
Please feel free to leave your links to your STS, or IMM, or what have you and I'll return the favor!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Early Review - Eve and Adam by Grant/Applegate

After walking into an accident that nearly takes her life, Evening (Eve) Spiker, is spirited away to Spiker Biopharmaceuticals by her mother Terra "Terror" Spiker, the billionaire mogul, where she heals at an alarming rate. This should clue readers into the fact that there's something not normal about Eve or her ability to heal faster than anyone else.

While in recovery, Terra tasks Eve to design the perfect human by using a computer model. (I love the comparison to the 80's hit movie Weird Science). Eve soon becomes friendly with a boy named Solo Plissken who seems to have a few secrets of his own. Eve ends up creating the most beautiful boy imaginable after debating whether or not to choose female or male and everything in between.

Adam's very existence throws Eve for a loop yet she also finds that she can't find fault in her own work in creating Adam. Eve is basically a good person at heart yet she’s an emotional sponge when it comes to her characterization. She still suffers from the loss of her own father and sets out to do the best she can even without her mother around to guide her. She doesn’t have instantaneous romances with every boy she meets. In fact, she’s quite picky about the boys she chooses to go out with.

Solo Plissken (as in Snake Plissken from the movies Escape from New York/Los Angeles) is the second character in which we get a first-hand look at. Solo has had a rough life and ended up as ward to Terra Spiker after his parents were killed. Solo knows things about Spiker Biopharmaceuticals that could ruin the company if it were to get out. Solo firmly believes that Terra was responsible for killing his parents, and believes the only way to pay her back, is to expose the company to the media and government watch groups. When Solo meets Eve, it’s not love at first sight. It’s a gradual process that goes from being friendly to something else by the end of the book. I would have loved to read more about Solo instead of alternating chapters with Eve.

Another character we get to learn about is Eve’s best friend Aislin who I mentioned briefly above. To me, she was a waste of time and space and brought nothing to the table but grief and an addiction to a boyfriend who is a drug addict. Aislin doesn't run when Eve needs her the most. She stays with Eve when she's healing and trying to figure what to do next.

For readers looking for the parental aspect of the story, well, there’s Terra Spiker. In some ways she’s the perfect antithesis of the missing parental unit. She barely knows her own daughter and shuttered herself off after her husband died. She’s so driven that in today’s society she would be called a heartless bitch. Of course, most successful women are forced into roles they’re not normally trained for and end up being called power hungry trolls or worse. I find fault in her inability to tell Eve the truth about what really happened to her all those years ago. I think her appearance, although briefly, should have been more extensive.

Readers will look at Eve and Adam in many different ways. Whether it's about a mother who played God and actually saved her daughter from a life of pain and suffering is one of those. Yet, isn't pain and suffering a way of life for most humans? I digress since this is in part, science fiction. I could say that the authors are playing devil advocates when it comes to actual science and how they end up researching things that could be an improvement for humans, or stepping over the line to where nobody should like human cloning.
Eve and Adam alternates chapters between Eve and Solo’s POV and finally Adams once he wakes up to the realization that he is actually alive and not a computer model. The book, at 304 pages, was a really quick and easy read and left few, if any questions left over for the reader to figure out.

One of the best quotes of the book, which, yes, does have occasional humor as well.

"They made a baby boy. We named him Golem. He died because of a slight flaw in his genetic makeup."
"His sphincter was on his forehead."

This book was provided from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

Title - Eve and Adam
Author(s) Michael Grant/Katherine Applegate
Publisher - Feiwel & Friends
Release date: October 2, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Early Review - Jocelyn Adam's Shadowborn

Lila Gray has an interesting ability to sense and control minds around her. She really isn’t close to her own people the Seelie Sidhe, and treats them like secondary citizens pushing them away and not giving them a chance to know about her. The Captain of her Guard, Mannix (Nix), has fallen hard for her and tries to muscle Liam Kane, the king of the Unseelie Sidhe and Lila's lover, out of the picture with his constant rants and raves. Liam has been a bit distant as well, and as we find out, not all is well in the land of the Unseelie Sidhe.

This puts another stressful situation on top of learning about her abilities or cumhacht and trying to maintain a coalition with the human race while trying to unite the Fae under one flag. If that weren’t enough, Lila learns that a group called the Shadowborn has attacked humans and has their sights set on her for their masters. It will be up to Lila to use her abilities to save not only herself, but those who have been taken by the Shadowborn.

The world that Lila Gray resides in could be considered dystopian in nature. Thanks to Parthalan, humans started a war that lead to a global economic collapse. It is up to Lila and allies to find a way to stop the genocide and help rebuild humanity before it’s lost forever.

Shadowborn is a fast paced read that should be considered for mature audiences only. I would categorize this series as New Adult. Lila is a tough and fierce character who really doesn’t give a crap who she pisses off. She definitely has a mouth and attitude that just won’t stop. Lila is forced to learn about her role as queen of the Fae fast in order to defeat the Shadowborn. She must also forgive herself for the deaths of her family which she continues to hold herself responsible for. If that weren’t enough, she still suffers deep emotional strife over Parthalan whom she is still connected to and must learn about the darkness that is right under the surface ready to explode in all its glory.

I would definitely recommend that future readers of this series start with The Glass Man before taking on Shadowborn. No, I am not trying to drive sales, and no, I am not being paid by the writer or publisher to push this book. I firmly believe that you need to start from the first book of the series in order to get an idea on how the writer builds her characters and world building. In this case, Lila changes a full 180 degrees from when where met her at the beginning of The Glass Man, to the end of Shadowborn.

I’m definitely looking forward to the last book in the series called Rise of the Magi which releases October 4th 2013 to learn more about Lila, Liam, Cas and Brigh who was introduced in Shadowborn.

Expected publication: October 1st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing

Author - Jocelyn Adams
Title - Shadowborn
Publisher - J.Taylor Publishing
Release date: October 1, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 09/26/2012

"Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at “Breaking the Spine”, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

This weeks selection is....

EVERYONE’S OUT FOR BLOOD—HERS Ciara’s con-artist parents taught her three keys to survival: keep low, keep quiet, and most of all, keep moving. But managing WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll—not to mention becoming a vampire herself—has kept her in one place long enough to fall madly in love, adopt an undead dog . . .
. . . and make more enemies than she can shake a stake at.
A psychotic DJ, a wanna-be necromancer, and a posse of vengeful hippies would all love to see Ciara get her day in the sun—literally. To protect Ciara, her fiancé, Shane, has traded his flannel shirt and guitar for a flak jacket and crossbow. If she survives to walk down the aisle, will she recognize the man waiting at the altar?
In this final chapter of the award-winning WVMP RADIO series, Ciara must decide who to trust, whom to love—and whom to kill

Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: November 27th 2012
by Pocket
ISBN13: 9781439163504

Monday, September 24, 2012

Early Review - Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

Daughter of the Sword is the story about Sergeant Detective Mariko Oshiro as the only female cop in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. It’s a story about her daily struggles for respect among a department filled with men who believe that women have no place in the work place. It’s also a story steeped in history and destiny.

Mariko is an interesting character who I believe readers will respect and come to appreciate; especially women. She’s brave, courageous, and driven to get the most out of her job and her opportunities. She has other things to worry about as well, including the safety of her drug addled sister who continually ends up in harm’s way.

Daughter of the Sword is also the story about (3) legendary swords created by Master Inazuma that have played important roles over the course Japanese History and whether or not they are magical or cursed.
Although I found the back story about the swords interesting, I would have preferred to stay focused on Oshiro and Professor Yasuo Yamada who becomes her sensei and friend and seemed to know more about the swords than he was willing to tell Oshiro.

Steve Bein is a new author to me which always gives me pause. You never know what to expect from newer authors. Bein gives readers a really detailed novel that thankfully, has a glossary of terms at the back of the book. I believe that history buffs that will enjoy the correlation between swords and events that happen throughout the book.

I think there were some good things, and some not necessary things in this, the first book of the series. The world building itself was absolutely brilliant. I understood the need for flashbacks to various times throughout Japanese History in order to tell a more detailed story about the legendary swords. I liked that the 3 swords appeared to be magically created and created either mayhem or protected the owners from harm.

Like Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, this book starts slow, and ends with a bang. Once again you have a male writer telling the story from a female character’s prospective and doing a moderately decent job of putting readers into the characters shoes. It shall be interesting to read the next book in the series to see where Bein takes Oshiro and her new blade.

Daughter of the Sword was sent to me by NAL/ROC trade in lieu of an honest assessment and opinion of the book. Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Roc Trade.

*Genre* Fantasy, Historical, Magical Swords

Title - Daughter of the Sword
Author - Steve Bein
Publisher - ROC
Releases - October 2, 2012

Cover Reveal - Jennifer Estep's Deadly Sting

Deadly Sting Outside Cover

Deadly Sting Inside Cover

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color

Expected publication: March 26th 2013 by Pocket Books

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Early Review - Death and the Girl Next Door (Darynda Jones)

Darynda Jones takes a step away from her Charley Davidson adult series and tells the story about 16 year old Lorelei McAlister. Lorelei is an interesting character to say the least. She longs to know what happened to her parents who disappeared 10 years ago. She has random flashes of what she calls inconsequential visions one of which introduces her to the most interesting male character of the book in Jared Kovach. More about him shortly. She’s also true to her best friends, and she has moments that rival Charley Davidson in scope and detail and hilarity.

Lorelei actually has things pretty good even with her visions. She is surrounded by loving and caring grandparents who she lives with. She has two best friends in Brooklyn Prather (Brooke) and Casey Niyol Blue Spider (Glitch) who have been together since the third grade. I actually loved the fact that Lorelei isn’t alone with her thoughts. I love the fact that both Brooke and Glitch are with her when things are good and when they go sideways. I found the banter between the threesome funny, yet at other times, irritating. Of course, I am not the target audience for this particular book so I am in the minority with my thinking.

Things change like the seasons when Lorelei meets the devastatingly handsome Jared Kovach after accidently touching him and seeing a vision of him fighting some sort of demon. Jared arrives on the scene just in time to save Lorelei from being sidewalk splatter. Jared is an interesting character. He’s charming; he forsakes his vows and changes the course of history by saving Lorelei’s life. He’s also got a large secret which I shall not spoil at this time. Jared’s character is also dark, and can be brooding at times when things don’t go well.

The second man in Lorelei’s life is Cameron Lusk who she has known most of her life. Cameron has never made any effort to show any affection towards Lorelei until Jared comes into the picture and then he becomes stalker boy and protector. Cameron has serious issues when it comes to Jared. That’s putting it mildly. Cameron actually hates Jared with a passion, and again, it’s not something I can spoil for you. Let’s just say that you need to read the book to find out what happened in these characters pasts to cause so much hatred and antagonism. Some of it is misguided as with most things between male characters either in books or in real life.

Since this is a Darynda Jones novel, there is romance involved. There’s not 3-way love triangle that are prevalent throughout YA novels these days even though Cameron believes that he's better than Jared in every way possible. Lorelei and Jared are good together; yet, they still have issues of trust and understanding the unknown that surrounds Lorelei’s abilities and her parent’s disappearance which was explained somewhat.

The first part of this book was actually slow to read. It's not expected when you're talking about a first book in a series. The second half of this book gets interesting and the ending will rock your socks off. Once again, this is Darynda Jones we are talking about and she can spin a tale like nobody’s business. I actually love the fact that Jones decided to take time away from Charley and write this series. I absolutely look forward to reading Death, Doom, and Detention when it releases March 5, 2013 to find more about Lorelei, and crew.

*ARC received from St. Martins Press via NetGalley.

Title - Death and the Girl Next Door
Author - Darynda Jones
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Release date: October 2, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Early Review - Whispers at Moonrise by CC Hunter

Kylie Green has had something of a roller coaster ride since arriving at Shadow Falls the camp for supernaturals like vampires, werewolves, witches, and Fae. She continues to find herself in a love triangle relationship with Lucas and Derek and really thought she made the right choice in Taken at Dusk.

Kylie received a surprise when her ghost father told her that she's a chameleon but isn't able to tell her exactly what that means for her in the long term. At this point, you can't help but laugh at Kylie's insistence on being called a lizard. Even though everyone around her tells her she’s not a lizard, she continues to believe it until she starts rotating through several supernatural beings. I mean seriously, you would think she would jump on the computer she loves so much and find out what a chameleon really is or ask Derek who seems to know a lot about everything. But I digress. It really doesn’t come clear to Kylie who or what she is until she meets her so called grandfather and aunt who explain what it means to her.

Kylie’s ghost whispering abilities have been growing in stature as well. She really gets a surprise when a ghost arrives at camp wearing the face of someone she really cares about. Luckily, it doesn’t take Kylie the entire book to figure out who the person is, or what happened to her. Once again, Kylie ends up being pushed to the brink of her abilities and somehow manages to survive to see another day.

Then when everything is said and you think it’s over, Kylie ends up getting her heart crushed and makes a really interesting choice about her future at Shadow Falls for which we should learn not only who she ends up choosing, but, what being a chameleon and protector really means.


Wow, Lucas I am totally putting you in for the category of asshat of the year for your actions at the end of this book! Dude, you are so dead to me right now, so, don’t even bother trying to worm your way back into my heart. Seriously how could you do that to Kylie? How can you expect anyone to ever trust you again? How can you keep secrets from Kylie and not expect her to trust you 100 percent? I would expect nothing more from CC Hunter since she absolutely loves to tear our hearts apart and force us to come back for more.

I absolutely adore Holiday and Burnett and how they really seem to care about Kylie and what happens to her. There was a tender moment between the couple, FINALLY, in this book as well. Of course, it takes yet another obstacle for Kylie to resolve before they finally admit their feelings towards the other.

I’m thinking Della and Miranda have become the comic relief of the series. I don’t mean to insinuate that they’re in the story for nothing. Both characters are interesting to read about and support Kylie to their abilities and time of need. Yet, more times than not, they’re found continually arguing with each other, or trying to find the right boy to care about or are just plain arguing over whether or not the sky is falling.

Readers shouldn't be surprised at ANYTHING that happens in this book. Kylie has gone through a bunch of stuff and now learns that she's not only a protector, but, a chameleon who is able to take on the abilities of ANY supernatural. In the end, Kylie’s decisions may have been motivated by emotions rather than desire. We can only hope that she makes the right choices in the final book of the series Chosen at Nightfall.

Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin

Title - Whispers at Moonrise
Author - C C Hunter
Publisher - St Martins Griffin
Releases - October 2, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Stacking the Shelves 09/22/2012

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Welcome back my friends! I hope you find something that you like within my books that
I've borrowed, purchased, or received from publishers and NetGalley/Edelweiss.

As always, thank you so much for hopping by my blog and checking out my haul for the week!
Please feel free to leave your links to your STS, or IMM, or what have you and I'll return the favor!

Received from Edelweiss

Borrowed from Library

Cover Reveal - Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout


No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Follow this link to an ~~~ EPIC CONTEST ~~~ Announcement. You will want to bookmark this page!

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Find Jennifer on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday 09/21/2012

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers.

Question of the Week:
Q: What hyped up book was worth all of the fuss?

My answers will probably not surprise anyone who follows and reads my reviews. I would start with Throne of Glass, and The Ripple Effect. I will also say the Last Bastion of the Living as well A Monster Calls. I loved the aforementioned books and gave them high ratings in my reviews.

What book do YOU feel was worth all the fuss and muss?

Please leave me your link and I shall do my best to return the favor!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Early Review - Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe is the second novel written by Sarah Crossan. The story clearly falls within the dystopian parameters where the world has gone to hell in a hand basket after the people abused their precious recourses like water, land, and trees which provides for much needed air. Like other dystopian novels, there was a world changing event called the Switch which left the world in ruins and in chaos.

To the rescue is a company called Breathe who makes portable breathing equipment just like SCUBA tanks. In an effort to save the remaining population, a lottery was put together by the government and the crème de le crème aka rich folks, doctors, judges, politicians and those under the age of 30 were given a chance to live within the POD’s.

What’s different from other dystopian novels is the appearance of a legitimate resistance who are fighting from the inside out in order to make the general population aware of the fact that they are being used, and abused by power hungry maniacs.

Breathe is told by three different 16 year old teenagers who run the gambit from resistance fighters, to students, to Premiums, aka, the lucky ones who get all the air they want whenever they want it.

Bea Whitcraft is the character I could most relate to. She’s known as an auxiliary and knows the only way out of her situation is to marry someone who is a Premium. Bea’s parents know they have no choice but to work 12 hour days in order to pay for the exorbitant fee that has been placed on Air. In the end, Bea takes a stand against the injustice that is the POD and the Premiums by joining forces with the resistance. At the risk of her own life she still maintains some sort of compassion towards those she believes needs her help. She also has incredible feelings for her best friend Quinn who is one of the Premiums. I would say that most of the book was either told from Bea or Quinn’s POV with Alina thrown in for good measure.

Alina Moon is a very different character than Bea. She lost her parents and now stands on the cusp of losing her freedom after trying to help the resistance steal seedlings to plant new trees. On the run, she takes a stand that may or may not be considered helpful or necessary. Alina has a lot of problems that she has to deal. She ends up with more after saddling up to Quinn and Bea in an effort to escape the POD. In the end, Alina has to make tough choices, and learns a lot about who she is and what she’s actually capable of.

Quinn is, of course, a Premium which means he’s got it made in the shade. His father is a big wig who has loads of power and influence. Quinn is also a bad dog in that he has Bea as his best friend who loves him, but has feelings for Alina. Quinn learns the dirty secret about his father and Breathe after helping Alina escape the POD. Quinn is the character that grows the most in this story. He has his eyes opened by events that force him to change the way he thinks about his standing in life. You could call him brave in that when he does face the ultimate challenge, he ends up making the right choice and gets my respect.

Breathe, for me, was a quick read which shouldn’t shock or surprise anyone who follows my reviews. I started it in the morning, and finished it by the time it was time to eat dinner. I was fascinated by the way the story was told, and how even though the characters are from different walks of life, they end up with similar goals in the end. I do, however, find faults in certain areas of this story which I am hoping end up being cleaned up with a final editing job.

Another plus for me was the absence of any sort of love triangle. While the appearance was there, it wasn’t pushed onto readers like other YA novels. The ending, obviously, leaves room for the next book in the series to grow on. Resist will release next October (2013).  Overall, Breathed is filled with action and adventure. You will either love the characters like I did, or immediately find fault in their actions. The sub characters play an important role as well, and I look forward to seeing more of them in Resist.

*Recvd via Edelweiss on 07/16/2012 Greenwillow Books. Releases 10/02/2012.

Title - Breathe
Author - Sarah Crossan
Publisher - Greenwillow Books
Releases - October 2, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

Welcome to The Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop!
September 20th to 25th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Valerie from Stuck in Books

Here is your chance to share a book that you just couldn't put down. A book that sucked you and kept you glued to its pages.

As of putting this giveaway hop together, I would have to say my favorite book that sucked me in from the first page to the last page was Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas! It's got everything that I could ask for in a novel. Fantastic heroine. Action. Adventure and yes, a hint of romance. 

Please see my giveaway below. I am giving away $10.00 towards (1) book of your choice

Hop Rules

  • Your post must include the hop image & linky (or link to the hosts' sites)
  • Only family friendly blogs & giveaways
  • Only 1 mandatory entry. All others must be mandatory. Keep it simple! No long lists of things for people to do. If you have more than a half dozen ways to enter or possible entries you will be deleted from the linky.
  • You must host a giveaway on your site and have your post up by 12:01 AM on September 20th.
  • Gift Cards are allowed but please at least highlight a book as part of your post.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 09/19/2012

"Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at “Breaking the Spine”, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

This weeks selection is....

Once blissfully in love . . . Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Forever
ISBN 9781455520794

I absolutely adore this series and believe that Callihan is one of the better writers of our time. I love this cover as well! I can't wait for Poppy's story since she seems to be the one hiding more secrets than anyone else, including her two younger sisters.

What are you waiting for?