January Wrap Up!

The First Wrap Up post for January! (I shouldn’t be this excited should I?)

Books Read:

1 – The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards [Goodreads]

2 – Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black [Goodreads]

3 – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire [Goodreads]

4 – Over The Mountain and Back by Marie Astor [Goodreads]

5 – Heart of Thunder by Johanna Lindsey [Goodreads]

6 – Glitch by Heather Anastasiu [Goodreads]

7 – At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh [Goodreads]

8 – Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta [Goodreads]

9 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney [Goodreads]

Books Reviewed:

1 – Awaken by Kristen Day

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[Review]

2 – The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

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[Review]

3 – Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

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[Review]

4 – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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[Review]

5 – Over The Mountain and Back by Marie Astor

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[Review]

6 – Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

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[Review]

Cover Reveals:

‘Disconnect’ by Imran Siddiq – Cover Reveal

‘The Only Exception’ by Magan Vernon – Cover Reveal

‘Justice’ & ‘Blood and Gold’ by Rhiannon Paille – Cover Reveals

Book Blog Tours

‘I Am Alive’ by Cameron Jace – Book Blitz and *GIVEAWAY*

‘Chosen’  by Kristen Day – Book Release Tour

‘Circle of Lies’ by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber- PROMO Blitz!

‘Obscura Burning’ by Suzanne van Rooyen *Giveaway and Excerpt*

‘Interred’ by Marilyn Almodóvar – Blog Tour and *GIVEAWAY*

Author Interview’s

‘Disarmed’  by Aliza Mann – Author Interview

Scarlet Woods’ by Brooke Passmore – Author Interview and Guest Post

Stacking the Shelves – Book Haul #312th Jan

 

All in all, I had 17 posts this month! Many more coming next month!

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‘The Only Exception’ Magan Vernon – Cover Reveal

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

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The Only Exception by Magan Vernon — April 9th, 2013/ New Adult Romance

Summary:

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.
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‘Chosen’ by Kristen Day – Book Release Blitz

Today is the release day of the third and final installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, Chosen!

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Summary:

The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up.  Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life.  In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war.  As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point.  A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. 

Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive.  In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance.  The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most.

~Prolouge~

A crisp, biting wind swirled through the open window; lifting the thin sheet draped over his aching body.  The night surrounding his isolated room was dark and still when the roar of the ocean’s waves was interrupted by an entrancing melody.  The full moon shone into his tired eyes as they cracked open at the faint singing; its silver glow pulling at his conscious.  He wrapped the tattered sheet around his body and slowly made his way to the window.  The night sky above glittered with the dancing of stars, while the radiance of the moon highlighted the rolling waves below.

The bubbling surf raced up the beach until its energy was spent; tugging on the sand and rocks below as it retreated once again.  The cool breeze swept through his white beard as he squinted his eyes at the beach below.  With each fallen wave, the glow became brighter.  Hundreds of magnificent blue lights sparkled within the water, creating a magical blanket of effervescence along the water’s edge.  He had only seen this phenomenon once before.  Many, many years ago.  It was a type of plankton that glistened a beaming blue when it became stirred up; however, he knew that it was typically found farther out in the ocean. Its unexpected arrival on land had his suddenly guarded eyes scanning the beach.  That’s when he saw her.

The sheer white fabric of her flowing dress drifted in the breeze as she glided in a wide circle, dancing and spinning with a power he could feel down in the core of his tired soul.  She was spellbinding and beautiful.  And deadly.  The captivating symphony of her voice cascaded down the stone walls of his prison and whirled around the crescent shaped beach below.  Her wild, curly dark hair was accentuated by streaks of silver as it blew around her pale face.  Eyes closed, her skin shimmered silver in the light of the moon above while she continued her trancelike dance.  Loose silver ribbons lifted from her wrists, ankles, and hair where they were loosely secured.  They created an illusion of fire; its sparkling flames shooting up into the air and around its writhing center.  He shook his head and closed his eyes to snap himself out of her allure.

As the singing faded slightly, he looked on as she stopped twirling and raised her thin arms into the air with closed fists.  She tilted her head back; her dark hair falling down her back, her body now fully embraced by the moonlight.  She herself emanated an eerie glow.  She wasn’t just dancing amongst the night; she was a part of the night.  The moonlight that caressed her angelic face also shone from within.  She stood perfectly still for what seemed like hours, while the ever moving world around her continued on its pace.  Finally, she slowly dropped her arms and flashed open her palms.  What appeared to be small crystals scattered around her onto the sand.  They shimmered and flickered as they brightened further.

She raised her arms again very slowly, making the circle of crystals hover in the air around her.  As they began to spin, they took on the appearance of a solid ring of light.  Her arms continued to lift, taking the ring of light higher and higher.  A bright flash caught him by surprise and he stumbled backwards; shielding his face.  After regaining his balance, he approached the window once more; only to see the ring of light had disappeared as well as the glowing plankton.  All that remained was her.

She stood rigid and silent as the surf swept over her feet and rushed back toward the waves. She began to sway gently from side to side and he realized how innocent she looked.  Her small stature was a reminder of who she used to be, but he knew better.  He knew what she was capable of.  In a flash, she twisted her head; locking him in her chilling glare.  The startling silver of her eyes chilled him to the bone and had him slowly backing away from the window.  Amongst the dark shadows of his room, he stared at the long ray of light cast across the floor by the moon.  He knew what her witching hour display meant.  He knew it with certainty.  A creeping cold slithered up his spine and squeezed his heart.  They were running out of time.

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Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it – it was a poem about the color red – life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school’s poetry book. That’s when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – its okay.

When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.

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‘Beautiful Disaster’ by Jamie McGuire – Review

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Synopsis:

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

~My Review~

While I was reading this book, I took some notes. I was drinking several fizzy, caffine filled drinks at the time. Read at your own risk! They probably won’t make any sense whatsoever 🙂 Lets go!

Page 30 – What is going on? Being tossed over shoulders? I thought they were just friends! Why are they so touchy touchy, feely feely?

The transitions wheren’t so good. Abby would be in a class room one minute and the next she would be in her room, brushing her hair or something.

Page 36 – Why do they keep saying that the roommate is a bitch? We haven’t even met her yet! No reason to be so nasty, girls! I forsee Abby getting into trouble of some sort and running to her roommate for help later on in the book. It will happen.

I don’t understand why Abby is so protective of Travis. He’s a player! Stay away from him. No! Don’t agree to sleep in his bed! Why don’t thse characters ever listen to me? It’s like I’m talking to myself or something.

Page 76 – Let me get this right. Travis has just beaten up a guy. Shouldn’t he be recovering? Instead he is dragging furniture around/ from Abbys room. What? Get that other dude to do it for you!

Page 86 – Abbys friend is so annoying and a little, overbearing. Why won’t she just shut up? Also, is Abby really going to be tempted to stay by some food?

Page 148 – Why am I still reading this book?

Page 160 – Who is this Finch? He keeps popping up. Oh, I geddit. He’s the gay friend.

Page 182 – There! I predicted it! Kara, the so-called bitch, is helping Abby get ready. Can’t be that nasty can she? Perhaps a tad disinterested.

Page 208 – Abby jumping on Travis like that made me think of a cartoon. Slighty dramatic and unnessesary.

Page 366 – Please stop having sex. You’re not even together anymore! This just about two horny teenagers that think they can get it on when they want. Please stop it!

Page 362 – Can this book end already? I’ve had enough.

The phone calls sound so fake and self concious! Makes me laugh!

Page 384 – Is Travis going to die? I think that would be good. Not because I’m mean, I think it would make the story a bit better, if he died.

Page 386 – **Spoiler Alert** Travis doesn’t die.

Page 410 – If i ever got a tatoo, I would NOT have THAT! How utterly boring! Thats rubbish!

In conclusion, I’m giving this book two stars, because I threw it across the room at some points, it made me pace up and down my room like a madman, and finally because it made my eye twitch. No lie.

I wouldn’t read this book again, the only bit that I really liked was the ending. Shame it took 400+ pages to get there. Harsh, i know.

But, I can say that after all of that, I didn’t put it down. It still held enough interest for me that I wanted to see what would happen.

My Rating:

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(Out of Five)

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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised by her mother Brenda in Blackwell, OK, where she graduated high school in 1997. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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‘Glitch’ by Heather Anastasiu – Book Review and Book Trailer!

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Glitch (Glitch #1)

By: Heather Anastasiu

Synopsis:

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

~Rating~

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~Review~

I got this book from a Goodreads user, we swapped it on one of the book swapping forums. Great idea!

I saw this book in 2012 and I thought that it looked pretty good. I wouldn’t go out a buy it straight off the shelves, but I really wanted to read it. The cover is awesome and the synopsis totally draws me in.

In this book, I liked the different gadgets that the ‘drones’ had. For instance, the forearm panels. They sounded brilliant! The neck ports were a bit like the Matrix though, (isn’t every dystopian like the Matrix in some way? Slightly unfair to compare them but here we go.) and the whole ‘Zoe…you are the one’ reminded me of ‘Neo…you are the one.’

And lets not forget the Rocky reference. ADRIAN! (I say it to anyone with that name. It’s not personal.)

I wasn’t a fan of the made-up cuss words. But, I did like GNANGY. Gnangy. GnangyGnangyGnangyGnangy. (In my head, I’m saying it with the hard G at the beginning. It sounds so funny!)

I was about 100 pages into Glitch, when I kinda…I glanced at the back page. Cliffhanger! I don’t know what was coming but it looked really intense and I wanted to read Glitch all the way through so i could read the end part in context. But when I got there, I realised that my copy had the first part of Chapter One, Book Two in it. DISAPOINTING!

But the ending was still pretty good and left the way open for book two which was nice 🙂

One more thing that I liked was the emotions that Max felt. The Pleasure, (ooohh!) was something that a teenager would latch onto if it had never felt it before. It was very real and believable.

Overall, I didn’t feel like Zoe was a very strong character. She doubted herself a lot and blamed herself for things that where beyond her control.

The general story-line was something I have read a lot of. The government/rulers lying to the people that they are supposed to look after and using them to do the hard work, brain washing them so that they would obey. Nevertheless, good book, good book. Enjoyed it, and will keep a look out for the second and third 🙂

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~Trailer~

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Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she’s not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.

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‘Interred’ by Marilyn Almodóvar – Blog Tour and *GIVEAWAY*

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Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1)

By: Marilyn Almodóvar 

Release Date: 22/01/13

Synopsis:

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.

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The giveaway includes:

– One signed paperback of Interred
– One autographed Interred tote bag
– One onyx pendant inspired by the book
– One angel pin inspired by the book
– Misc. book swag (magnet, wristband, postcard, phone skin)

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Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, will be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.

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‘Dance of Shadows’ by Yelena Black – Review

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Synopsis:

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .

~My Review~

Originally I had rated this as a four star, but after thinking about, I think that a three star is more suitable.

The first half of ‘Dance of Shadows’ was brilliant! I was really sucked in and thought that it was amazing! The dancing and the mystery of Vanessa’s missing sister Margaret just captivated me and…and…and…

What happened?

It went totally downhill from about 200+ pages in. I was disappointed. Vanessa just didn’t get what was going on in front of her very own eyes, did she?

Yes of course, THAT GUY is creepy and so boring that I can’t even remember his name any more.

Disappointing! Almost boring!

The only redeeming thing about this book was the cover. It’s just marvelous! I’d give this book three stars just for the cover :)and that’s a shame because the author had nothing to do with that.

When this book comes is published ‘properly’ maybe I’ll pick it up and see if anything major changed in the novel, see if it got any better.

My Rating:

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(Three out of Five!)

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Yelena Black is a recent MFA graduate of Columbia University. She currently resides in New York City and is a full-time writer. She has a keen interest in dance and all things devilish.

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