Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (84): Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes. Viral Nation was one of my favorite books of last year, so it's no surprise I've been dying to read the sequel. I haven't gotten too far in yet, but I love Clover and the rest of her gang of Freaks so much, that I'll be ripping through this book in no time! Also, this book cover is absolutely gorgeous in person. Just a very important fact I thought I'd share with you ;)

Jude picked up Clover's hand. Not here, he thought, and hoped she could read his mind. She threaded her fingers through his instead of letting go, which made him smile.

{Rebel Nation, pg. 44}

Synopsis of Rebel Nation:

Sixteen years ago, a plague wiped out nearly all of humanity. The Company’s vaccine stopped the virus’s spread, but society was irrevocably changed. Those remaining live behind impenetrable city walls, taking daily doses of virus suppressant and relying on The Company for continued protection. They don’t realize that everything they’ve been told is a lie…

Clover Donovan didn’t set out to start a revolution—quiet, autistic, and brilliant, she’s always followed the rules. But that was before they forced her into service for the Time Mariners. Before they condemned her brother to death, compelling him to flee the city to survive. Before she discovered terrifying secrets about The Company.

Clover and the Freaks, her ragtag resistance group, are doing their best to spread the rebellion and stay under The Company’s radar. But when their hideout is discovered, they are forced, once again, to run. Only this time, The Company has special plans for Clover, plans that could risk her life and stop the uprising in its tracks…

For more about Rebel Nation check out these sites!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Get It Now: Rise Up Volumes One & Two: Indie Authors Against Cancer – A Benefit Collection

Today I'm honored to be helping spread the word for a wonderful cause and an amazing collection of stories. A group of indie authors have come together and created the Rise Up anthology to help a fellow blogger who has been diagnosed with cancer. To help out during this stressful time, these authors are donating all of the proceeds from Rise Up Volumes 1 & 2 to Stephanie and her family. 

Check out the anthology below and, whether you decide to purchase the collection or not, keep Stephanie and her family in your thoughts, along with the amazing group of authors who put all of this together.

Rise Up Volumes One & Two: Indie Authors Against Cancer–A Benefit Collection:

“We all know how fragile life is, especially when faced with a life threatening illness.” ~ Nic, Flirty and Dirty Book Blog.

Fiction introduced us. Reality binds us together.

Stephanie Thomas—co-founder of The Indie Bookshelf—has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Stephanie isn’t only a blogger; she’s a loving wife, and mother to three young boys.

In the independent author community, we have an extraordinary network of fellow authors, and readers. A special group of people who bridge this gap—helping authors connect with readers—is book bloggers. These men and women dedicate hours upon hours to reading and reviewing our works, and spreading the word to help us reach new readers.

Now, one of these women needs our help. 100% of the proceeds of the Rise Up anthology (volumes one and two) will go directly to Stephanie and her family to help them on this unexpected leg of their journey together.

Inside the pages of this collection, you’ll find amazing works of fiction. But please remember the reality, and help support Stephanie and her family.



Included in Volume One of this collection are the following novels:


* 1. What Happens Tomorrow - Elle Michaels

* 2. Insipid - Christine Brae

* 3. Bouquet Toss - Melissa Brown

* 4. Can't Go Home - Angelisa Stone

* 5. Point of Submission - Remy Landon

* 6. Breakaway - Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith

* 7. A Love by Any Measure - Killian McRae

* 8. Discovering Lucy - Laura Dunaway

* 9. Something's Come Up - Andrea Randall and Michelle Pace

* 10. By A Thread - RL Griffin

* 11. Honest Love - CM Hutton

* 12. Serendipity - Stacey Bentley

* 13. Haven from the Storm - Sarah Dosher

* 14. Damaged - Nina D'Angelo



Included in Volume Two of this collection are the following novels:


* 1. Always There - Carol Ann Albright-Eastman

* 2. Republic - Charles Sheehan-Miles

* 3. Seeds of Hate - Melissa Perea

* 4. In The Fields - Willow Aster

* 5. Bar Crawl - Andrea Randall

* 6. Totaled - Stacey Grice

* 7. Running from Forever - Ashley Wilcox

* 8. Crossing Paths - Melanie Stinnet

* 9. Going Home - Rhonda Dennis

* 10. Never Goodbye - Kerri Williams

* 11. Without Boundaries - CJ Azevedo

* 12. Binds - Rebecca Espinoza

* 13. The Forgotten Ones - Laura Howard

Rise Up Trailer:


For more about the Rise Up collection check out these sites!

Volume One: AmazonKoboGoogle PlayiBooksGoodreads

Volume Two: AmazonKobo • Google Play • iBooks • Goodreads


Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Come Back to Me by Mila Gray

Title: Come Back to Me
Author: Mila Gray
Publisher: Pan Macmillion
Publish Date: June, 19th, 2014
Rating:

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray—pen name of Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila—is a fast read, mostly because it's impossible to put down. It's addictive, and may also cause tears, lots and lots of tears. It's told through the alternating points of view of Jessa, a recent high school graduate, and Kit, her brother's best friend. Kit and Jessa's romance is the kind of bittersweet tale I've come to except from good New Adult novels and if crying into the pages of a book because "it's just not fair!" is something you enjoy–Don't lie. We all do it and we all love it–then Come Back to Me is a must read.

The story starts off quickly enough with Jessa and Kit admitting to having feelings for each other and deciding to enter into a secret romance so as not to anger her overbearing father or her overprotective brother, Riley, who also happens to be Kit's best friend. I really loved how Jessa and Kit falling in love with one another takes up a great deal of the book. No insta-love here. You could feel the tension coming off of these two from the get-go, but it morphs and evolves into something so much more than that. Jessa and Kit's romance is the starry eyed kind, all sparkly and innocent. And, while that's not usually my cup of tea, it's sweet. Until things happen and we see their adorable romance turn into a total tearjerker. It's probably easier to list the chapters I didn't cry during, but that was just part of Come Back to Me's charm.

One of my favorite parts about Come Back to Me was that Kit, while being a Marine with some very heavy stuff weighing on him, never becomes the angry, possessive bastard hero of so many New Adult novels. He's a hurt, lost, young man who is going through something awful, something palpable and real. And I loved the way people rallied around him—even people he never would have expected—to help him get through such a devastating experience. I have to give Jessa some love here too. Though she's docile and obedient around her father, when she's with Kit it's like someone lit a fire under her. That's what I loved the most, how Kit came into Jessa's world and fundamentally helped her in a way no one else could, just by loving her. There was only one moment I can recall that made me a little angry with Jessa, and while she was totally within her rights to feel the way she did, I just couldn't get behind her decision to react the way she did. Vague, I know, but I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say Kit and Jessa have quite a few obstacles to leap before they're finally able to make it back to each other.

If you're like me and like your New Adult romances to be gritty and real, while still being sweet and not just tamed down erotica, then Come Back to Me is the book you've been waiting for. That being said, there is still sex in this book. So if that's not your thing, then be warned. But Gray does somehow manage to keep things in hand while still serving up the heat with her first foray into New Adult. I could list so many other reasons to read Come Back to Me, but instead I'm just going to point you below to the but links and give you a meaningful wink. (*wink, wink*)

For more about Come Back to Me check out these sites!

Amazon • Goodreads


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica

Title: Child of a Hidden Sea
Author: A.M. Dellamonica
Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: June 24th, 2014
Rating:

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.

The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered… her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world . . . or is doomed to exile.

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica is an adult fantasy set in both the fantasy world of Stormwrack and modern day San Francisco. Sophie, the main character, is a twenty four year old videographer who suddenly—mysteriously—finds herself in a place that may or may not be earth with a long lost aunt who wants nothing to do with her. I don't usually read adult fantasy, but this one caught my eye and I'm so glad it did. Child of a Hidden Sea was an amazing fantasy filled with pirates, tall ships, and magic. And I couldn't get enough!

I was worried at first that I might not enjoy Child of a Hidden Sea as much as I wanted to. I liked the first chapter, and it left me dying to know more, but things seemed to happen fast and there wasn't much description to the action scenes. There was plenty of world building, but I felt there wasn't a lot of time to get to know the characters. Thankfully that changed pretty quickly and the story took off.

Sophie didn't have much personality at first despite being insatiably curious, which was initially part of the problem for me not being able to get into the story. She just seemed a little blah. But as the story progresses it's easy to see how fiercely loyal she is, and brave, and just an all around nice person. I really enjoyed how her personality really came out once her foster brother Bram and long lost half sister Verena entered the picture. I especially loved Sophie's developing relationship with Verena because it feels so real. The two don't know each other, and Verena is jealous of Sophie, but not unfriendly. And Sophie does everything she can to curb Verena's obvious jealousy. Sophie is also pretty great with all of the side characters. She's sweet and caring when she wants to be, brazen when she sees fit. I also loved how Dellamonica manages to let Sophie be insecure without making her come off too whiny. She's a strong female character, but she's not a perfect character. She is, however, a character you can't help but root for.

Then there's Parrish. This guy is a captain, you guys. A captain! With a pig plumed hat and everything! He's honorable and intelligent and kind. He's also completely loyal, just like Sophie. I really loved him and how slowly the romance between him and Sophie was taken (there's some major chemistry going on there, but not a whole lot of action, unfortunately). I felt he sort of got the short end of the stick at the end of the book, which is why I'm hoping there's a sequel in which we see a whole lot more of Parrish.

I really enjoyed the murder mystery/political agenda parts of the book, even though I wasn't sure it would hold my attention. A world in which honor and reputation is more important than, I don't know, evidence in a murder investigation? Not exactly the most intelligent or reliable legal system, but it did make for some interesting challenges for Sophie and her friends. It wasn't too hard to see which direction the story was headed, but there were a few obstacles that I didn't exactly see coming. Still, the story kept me entertained from beginning to end and I'd read a sequel in an instant. Which I hope will happen sooner rather than later since this book felt like an introduction to a series.

Fans of fantasy or just anyone who loves a good pirate... ahem, story, should read Child of a Hidden Sea. I really hope that there will be a sequel, because by the end of the book I'd fallen in love with all of the characters. I can't wait to see what comes next for Sophie and the others!

For more about Child of a Hidden Sea check out these sites!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (83): Come Back to Me by Mila Gray

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from Come Back to Me by Mila Gray (a.k.a. Sarah Alderson , author of Hunting Lila). This is her first New Adult novel and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm about halfway through this one and it's difficult to put down. The pages are turning fast and furious and I'm barely even aware because Kit and Jessa are just too cute. But I know the other shoe's about to drop any time now and I'm so nervous. Just read the synopsis and you'll understand. Or, better yet, check out the teasers below!

Memories, images, words flicker through my mind like scratched fragments of film: Kit's arms around my waist drawing me closer, our first kiss under the cover of darkness just by the back door, the smile on his face the first time we slept together, the blue of his eyes lit up by the sparks from a Chinese lantern, the fierceness in his voice when he told me he was going to love me forever.

Come back to me. That was the very last thing I said to him. Come back to me.

{Come Back to Me, pg. 3}

Kit," I say, licking my fingers. "You're going to make someone a great husband one day."

He smiles and rolls me onto my back, holding me by the wrists.

"How about boyfriend?" he asks.

{Come Back to Me, pg. 129}

Synopsis of Come Back to Me:

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

For more about Come Back to Me check out these sites!

AmazonGoodreads


*All quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC. Quotes may not match the finished copy.*

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Shuffle Saturday (70): Jungle

Every Saturday I'll be posting a random song off of my iPod. Everyone can feel free to join in, just leave a link to your Shuffle Saturday post in the comments! This week's song is:

Jungle by Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors

I got this song free a couple of weeks ago on iTunes and I just really like it. It's a song you can't help but nod along to while it's on.

What are you listening to?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spotlight: Shades of Chaos Collection by Megan Duncan, Cameron Jace and Many More!

I'm so happy to share this wonderful collection of indie stories available for the first time ever for only $0.99! Get Shades of Chaos, featuring amazing authors like Megan Duncan, Cameron Jace, Katie Salidas and more, and enter not one, but NINE post-apocalyptic worlds that will leave you wanting more! Check out the synopsis's for the books below!

Dare yourself to enter into post-apocalyptic future with this gritty collection of first-in-a-series books by six bestselling authors! Discover unique worlds packed with non-stop action, adventure, and suspense set against a gritty, futuristic backdrop.

NOTE: Together, these books have over 320 5-star reviews on Amazon!

Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma!

I Am Alive by Cameron Jace:

“I am not my heart rate. I am not my skills. I am not how I look like. My name is Decca Tenderstone. I live in a future America where teenagers are ranked on a scale from 1 to 10 on graduation day. There has never been a 10. Those below the rank of 5 are considered Monsters, a liability to society. The system says I am a Monster. I will not let them kill me. I will survive.”

Initiation by Katie Salidas:

“Being a Vampire is a crime punishable by eternal servitude in the arena as a Gladiator of the Iron Gate. Mira, a newly turned vampire, must prove she has what it takes to survive in the human's world. It's kill or be killed. Immortality is not guaranteed.”

Dissension by Katie Salidas:

“In the aftermath of the great cataclysm, vampires are enslaved by humans and used for blood sport as gladiators in the arena. Mira is undefeated, uncompromising, and unbreakable, but when an escape attempt leads her into the path of the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.”

Finding Hope by Chrystalla Thoma:

“After the death of the one person he called mother, Elei leaves the Trashlands of Ost for the city – looking for other people and for answers. But he soon finds out that people are complicated and answers hard to come by...”

Rex Rising by Chrystalla Thoma:

“In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life as aircar driver — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side and the fleet at his heels.”

Resonant by Alexia Purdy:

“As the first days of the end of humanity tumble across the City of Las Vegas, turning everyone into vampire-like creatures, April Tate will find out what it really means to survive.”

Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy:

“April Tate is a seventeen-year-old ferocious vampire killer who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after a viral epidemic has left the world decimated. After her family is abducted, her world tilts when she discovers they're not truly alone.”

Released by Megan Duncan:

“After a demon apocalypse kills everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother and her friend Max flee their home to travel through the wastelands of America, chasing a radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter. But soon enough Abby and her companions discover what awaits them is much worse they could have ever imagined.”
This one is my personal favorite. If you love the show Supernatural then you HAVE to check out this book!

Burning Bridges by Nadege Richards:

“In a world divided between Hunters and Warriors, where prisoners are forced to fight in the arena until death, young Princess Echo must fight to find out who she really is and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again.”

Check out Shades of Chaos at these sites!


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