Friday, August 26, 2016

Follow Friday #250, August 26th

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt:


GFC

email

bloglovin

Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!

The Reward Challenge Update #258, August 26th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read which counts twice/# times as a


So I have  counts which translates to $ this week! I'll use it to buy

First Lines Friday #267, August 26th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ARC August Update 17

So the next ARC I read was Nothing Left to Burn. I'll be reading Replica next.

Reading Journey:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Started On: August 1st
Finished On: August 1st, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 448

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 8:58 PM
Pages Read: 400

Body Shot by Kelly Jamieson
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 10:45 PM
Pages Read: 263

The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 12:24 PM
Pages Read: 304

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 11:27 AM
Pages Read: 480

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 10:29 PM
Pages Read: 327

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Started On: August 6th
Finished On: August 6th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart
Started On: August 7th
Finished On: August 7th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 416

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Started On: August 8th
Finished On: August 8th, 8:37 PM
Pages Read: 432

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Started On: August 10th
Finished On: August 10th, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 400

Transcendent by Lesley Livingston
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 12:48 PM
Pages Read: 343

Vanished by E.E. Cooper
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 320

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 4:48 PM
Pages Read: 304

Some Boys by Patty Blount
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 9:04 PM
Pages Read: 352

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
Started On: August 23rd
Finished On: August 23rd, 8:01 PM
Pages Read: 320

Nothing Left to Burn by Patty Blount
Started On: August 25th
Finished On: August 25th, 11:15 PM
Pages Read: 368

Replica by Lauren Oliver
Started On: August 26th
Currently On: Page 1 of 554

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Started On: August
Currently On: Page 52 of 352

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
Started On: August
Currently On: Page 1 of 448

Goals: 20
Read: 17
Pages Read: 6215

We Have the Cover of Ghostwalker #13!!!!

Yes, we have the cover of Power Game by Christine Feehan! So excited!

Random Reads #248, August 25th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got  which turned out to be ! It's been on my TBR pile since , and I added it because ! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #263, August 25th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"We kept this up for an hour or so, with me reading the list and Bear quizzing me, and it was really working for me." -Nothing Left to Burn by Patty Blount, page 74.

That sounds like a good thing, so yeah!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #273, August 25th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

From Goodreads:


Why the time hasn't come yet...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Intertwined: Review

From Goodreads:
Quiet seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Parker is looking forward to another mellow summer with her goofy relatives: sun tanning at the beach and staying out of trouble. Which is why the thought of her younger cousin participating in what is, clearly, a setup disguised as an initiation, worries her to the point of intervention.

One that backfires … big time …

Mistaken for her cousin, Elizabeth finds herself transported to an abandoned plantation, a place deeply haunted with unresolved mystery and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.

It is there, locked in the pitch dark, where she finds herself paired with the strange and mysterious Adam Hunt—an unexpected trespasser with his own agenda. Together, they find a list of instructions—follow the clues to various possessions in the house, store them in the backpack provided, and find the key that will grant escape.

Having snuck in to document the haunting, Adam offers to help her find the key so long as she helps him record paranormal activity along the way. But as they make their way through the house, they soon discover unexplained anomalies…

For the first time in the plantation's recorded history, the haunting deviates from its known cycle of events, thrusting Elizabeth and Adam in a series of perilous circumstances that ensue long after the night is over.

As the last day of the haunting draws nearer, and as forces beyond their control ignite their growing attraction, Elizabeth and Adam must work together to uncover the plantations mysterious past before its too late.

Or die trying.

My Review:
This book was pretty awesome! It was creepy, and I loved the mystery and the curse and working things out! And that ending! Plus these characters were pretty great, like Elizabeth who was a worrywart with anxiety-but in this situation, when she should've been totally out of it, she was functioning fairly well!

I loved how things went from paranormal lite of ghosts, and the mystery of finding the flags, clues, and objects, to the curse, and trying to free themselves from it, and the horror there! Just made for a really awesome read!

One thing that made this book especially creepy for me, were the snakes. *Shudders*. They were creepy and horrible and a part of all the bad things that happened! Just, urgh! I had to read those parts cuddled with my doggies to protect me!

Loved that ending! There was that moment when things hit pause, and then it started back up again! Because yeah, this is a series, and things aren't over. This ending was evil, and I can't wait for Tethered to come out next year!

Really enjoyed this book, it was awesome, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Jenn Marie
Series: Intertwined #1
Read: August 23rd, 2016
Source: YA Bound Tour Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: Jenn Marie
Published: July 3rd 2016
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Bio:
Jenn Marie currently lives in sunny California with her wonderful husband and their runt kitty, Chloe. When she's not writing Young Adult Fiction, she can be found reading, plotting or spending time with her crazy, lovable family. Current obsessions include the movie, Frozen, the New Girl series, Arcade Fire's latest album, and avocados. Seriously, she can't get enough of it! Writing, for her, is a passion that refuses to be under prioritized. No matter what's going on in her life, whether good or bad, writing is always there to lift her spirits.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:


Waiting on Wednesday #276, August 24th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Expected Publication: October 11th, 2016
From Goodreads:
The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

What Light by Jay Asher
Expected Publication: October 11th, 2016
From Goodreads:
From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Oh, yeah, two really fantastic sounded books coming out! I can't wait to read them! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #280, August 24th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm reading Judas Kiss, and yeah, it's really enjoyable! Can't wait to read more!
I read Intertwined, and yeah, it was so fantastic and creepy and dark!
I'm going to be reading A Perilous Undertaking, and I can't wait, I love her books!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Patty Blount Author Page

The Story: As with the previous author page, I got Some Boys, and Nothing Left to Burn from NetGalley, and forgot that I had until going through my shelves, and wanted to read them! And I have read Some Boys, and yeah,  can't wait to read more!

Website

Stand Alone's: Some Boys and her site, my review, Nothing Left to Burn and her site, my review, Send and her site, my review, TMI and her site, my review.

Eliza Crewe Author Page

The Story: I got Cracked from NetGalley, and then I didn't read it. Fast forward to now, and I'm doing my Show the Showcase and going through my NetGalley books, and I found it, and it sounded really great, so I had to read it in my ARC August! And I loved it, and I can't wait to read more of her books!

Website

Series: Soul Eaters.

Soul Eaters: Cracked and her site, my review, Crushed and her site, my review, Crossed and her site, my review.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ARC August Update 16

So the next ARC I read was Gone Too Far. I'll be reading A Perilous Undertaking next.

Reading Journey:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Started On: August 1st
Finished On: August 1st, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 448

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 8:58 PM
Pages Read: 400

Body Shot by Kelly Jamieson
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 10:45 PM
Pages Read: 263

The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 12:24 PM
Pages Read: 304

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 11:27 AM
Pages Read: 480

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 10:29 PM
Pages Read: 327

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Started On: August 6th
Finished On: August 6th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart
Started On: August 7th
Finished On: August 7th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 416

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Started On: August 8th
Finished On: August 8th, 8:37 PM
Pages Read: 432

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Started On: August 10th
Finished On: August 10th, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 400

Transcendent by Lesley Livingston
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 12:48 PM
Pages Read: 343

Vanished by E.E. Cooper
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 320

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 4:48 PM
Pages Read: 304

Some Boys by Patty Blount
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 9:04 PM
Pages Read: 352

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
Started On: August 23rd
Finished On: August 23rd, 8:01 PM
Pages Read: 320

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Started On: August
Currently On: Page 52 of 352

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
Started On: August
Currently On: Page 1 of 448

Goals: 20
Read: 16
Pages Read: 5877

Teaser Tuesday #280, August 23rd

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards, page 179.

"There's no change to his smile, but there's something in his eyes that pins me to the floor. Looks like Harrison’s not the only one putting pieces together."

There's something ominous about this teaser! I need to read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, August 22, 2016

ARC August Update 15

So the next ARC I read was Some Boys. I'll be reading The Thousandth Floor next.

Reading Journey:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Started On: August 1st
Finished On: August 1st, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 448

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 8:58 PM
Pages Read: 400

Body Shot by Kelly Jamieson
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 10:45 PM
Pages Read: 263

The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 12:24 PM
Pages Read: 304

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 11:27 AM
Pages Read: 480

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 10:29 PM
Pages Read: 327

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Started On: August 6th
Finished On: August 6th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart
Started On: August 7th
Finished On: August 7th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 416

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Started On: August 8th
Finished On: August 8th, 8:37 PM
Pages Read: 432

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Started On: August 10th
Finished On: August 10th, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 400

Transcendent by Lesley Livingston
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 12:48 PM
Pages Read: 343

Vanished by E.E. Cooper
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 320

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 4:48 PM
Pages Read: 304

Some Boys by Patty Blount
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 9:04 PM
Pages Read: 352

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
Started On: August 15th
Currently On: Page 1 of 448

Goals: 20
Read: 15
Pages Read: 5557

ARC August Update 14

So the next ARC I read was Dreaming of Antigone. I'll be reading The Thousandth Floor next.

Reading Journey:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Started On: August 1st
Finished On: August 1st, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 448

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 8:58 PM
Pages Read: 400

Body Shot by Kelly Jamieson
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 10:45 PM
Pages Read: 263

The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 12:24 PM
Pages Read: 304

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 11:27 AM
Pages Read: 480

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 10:29 PM
Pages Read: 327

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Started On: August 6th
Finished On: August 6th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 384

Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart
Started On: August 7th
Finished On: August 7th, 11:20 PM
Pages Read: 416

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Started On: August 8th
Finished On: August 8th, 8:37 PM
Pages Read: 432

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Started On: August 10th
Finished On: August 10th, 11:51 PM
Pages Read: 400

Transcendent by Lesley Livingston
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 12:48 PM
Pages Read: 343

Vanished by E.E. Cooper
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 320

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 4:48 PM
Pages Read: 304

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
Started On: August 15th
Currently On: Page 1 of 448

Goals: 20
Read: 14
Pages Read: 5205

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #272, August 22nd

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #271
Teaser Tuesday #279
WWW Wednesday #279
WOW #276
Will the Time Come #271
Third Sentence Thursday #261
Random Reads #247
First Lines Friday #266
The Reward Challenge Update #257
Follow Friday #249
How Well I Stuck to It #101
Wrote that Review Update #106
Show the Books Showcase #24

Week 34 Reviews:
Descendant
Transcendent
Vanished
Black Howl
Black Lament
Black City
Black Heart
Black Spring
The Flame Never Dies
Day Zero
Arcana Rising

Random:
Apologizes and Explanations

OK, so I got 19 posts in 7 days, a bit of a short week, but yeah, lots of great books, and another great week coming! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Vicarious.

Two sisters. One future.

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be. Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose's ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it's bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city's hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won't rest until she finds her sister's killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn't sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she'll have to untangle what's real from what only seems real, risking her own life in the process.

Paula Stokes weaves together a series of mysteries and a love story between sisters in this unforgettable high-tech thrill ride.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Show the Books Showcase #24, August 21st

There are a ton of books out there! So here's a chance to organize some books and show them off in various ways!

So this week's theme is Alphabet in the Title's First Word!

All Those Broken Angels by Peter Adam Salomon
Publisher: Flux
Published: September 8th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Comforted by a shadow. Haunted by the truth.

Richard Anderson was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six and while the police never found Melanie, a part of her remained—a living shadow that is now Richard’s closest friend.

For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to town, claiming to be Melanie. Desperate to prove the girl is a fake, the shadow leads Richard to the place where her killer buried her bones. But Richard finds skeletons from several different children . . . and evidence suggesting that perhaps the shadow isn't who she says she is. 

What's Interesting:

Burdened by Peiri Ann
Publisher: Smashwords
Published: April 26th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Eighteen-year-old Tracey Warren is a ‘run-of-the-mill’ high school student on the verge of graduation. She has her friends and her fun; she has life all figured out. Or she thought she did.

Her pedestrian reality crashes around her after an innocuous touch from a diabolically handsome stranger. Just one touch from Nathan Newcomb and her head and her world spins out of control. Soon she discovers that the only cure for the uneasy feelings and pain is Nathan himself. A man whose very existence balances between violent chaos and rigidly controlled dangers.

Nathan knows that the life of a woman mated to a burdened Sephlem is destined for peril beyond a human’s reckoning. But Tracey calls to his desire to experience love in spite of the hazards. And Nathan’s impossibly potent magnetism draws Tracey into a bonding that will put her in mortal danger again and again.

Once the pair becomes one, the threat escalates and nowhere is safe. There are enemies that lurk behind every corner. But the greatest danger may be in the bloodlines that course through Nathan’s veins.

Can a love for all time survive or will their burdened souls surrender and fade away?

What's Interesting:

The Competition by Marcia Clark
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Published: July 8th, 2014
From Goodreads:
In Marcia Clark's most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight investigates a diabolical high school massacre.

A Columbine-style massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. But in the aftermath of the shooting, as LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller dig deeper, they realize that the pieces don't add up. Could it be that the two "killers" were themselves victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose? When someone starts dropping clues that another horrific crime is in the works, Rachel and Bailey scramble desperately to profile their suspect and prevent another killing--before it's too late. 

What's Interesting:

The Duke's Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Published: April 14th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Victorian Era England...
 As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne's will remains strong. If the only way to save her family's estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction - and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself... But she's made the first move against a very dangerous opponent... For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it's his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire - even if she means to only marry for his money - would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her... and demands his own satisfaction in return.

What's Interesting:

Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter
Publisher: Alloy Entertaining
Published: July 29th, 2014
From Goodreads:
When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

What's Interesting:

Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: September 9th, 2014
From Goodreads:
"This is who I am. I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make-believe forest. I am the story. I am the tall tale . . . I am the witch."

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

What's Interesting:

Glitch by Brenda Pandos
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Published: January 31st, 2014
From Goodreads:
Perfect world. Lies. Blue eyes.

When a mysterious guy from the forbidden zone sneaks an illegal slip of paper to a beautiful young girl from Brighton, she must decide if she should turn him in or follow what the note says.

Eighteen-year-old Abigail has no trouble following Brighton’s rules. For one, she’s OCD about checking her Date of Death clock latched to her wrist, making sure her decisions never shorten her timeline, and two, she enjoys the peace Brighton has to offer. In no way would she bring on another attack that destroyed earth’s inhabitants. But when her best friend returns from her Advice Meeting--a glimpse into the future--shocked and won’t tell Abby what’s happened, Abby is worried what awaits her glimpse. The stranger with blue eyes knows something, but does Abby dare enter the forbidden zone to get answers? Or is she doomed to live the life set in her glimpse?

What's Interesting:

Homecoming by Jackie Sexton
Publisher: Moon Flower Press
Published: June 22nd, 2014
From Goodreads:
Ariane Michaelson is always the quiet girl in the room, the one that her kooky mother and three sisters lovingly call the wallflower. After graduating from college she finds it more than a little difficult to find the graphic design job of her dream...or any job, really. She’s more than given up on painting, and a terrible run-in with her twin sister’s fiancé makes each day harder to keep a life altering secret.

Liam Ashdown was just the moody small town nobody, with one friend and a busted pickup—until he moved to LA. Spotted by famous actor and producer Michael Jennings during a late night shift at the bar, Liam is transformed seemingly overnight into Tinsel Town’s hottest bad boy. The life Liam once knew is turned upside down with models and mayhem...and there isn’t much down time in-between. 

The only thing that keeps him sane is the paintings. Beautiful ocean portraits that remind him of home, painted years ago by some friend of a friend. 

What he wouldn’t give to know her. To tell her that her art saves him everyday.

The engagement of his childhood friend, Todd, brings him back home to Craryville, to deal with a drug-addicted mother and an ailing grandmother. But it also brings him hope—somewhere in the bridal party is the woman who has been his calm and respite in the storm of fame.

The only question is, can she save him?

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Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published: April 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:
When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

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Ignite by Erica Crouch
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Published: June 13th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed. 

As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice. 

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

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Kate Walden Directs by Julie Mata
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: May 20th, 2014
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Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden's breakout film. But her supporting actresses-her mother's prize organic hens-are high maintenance, to say the least. Thank goodness Kate's best friend Alyssa is the star. She's great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways. 

But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches Kate for the most popular girl in seventh grade, Kate suddenly finds herself both friendless and starless. Now, thanks to Alyssa's new crowd, Kate is the butt of every joke at school and consigned to the loser table at lunch.

If movies have taught Kate anything, it's that the good guy can always win-with the right script. And her fellow social outcasts may be the key to her own happy ending. Kate hatches the perfect revenge plot against her former best friend, but even though her screenplay is foolproof, Kate soon realizes that nothing-in filmmaking or in life-ever goes exactly as planned. Especially when there are diabolical hens out to get you.

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The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Published: September 30th, 2014
From Goodreads:
One woman will stop at nothing to discover the devastating truth about her family… 

Chasing disasters around the globe keeps humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews away from her own ground zero. Now, after sixteen years in jail for the murder of her stepmother in small-town Tennessee, Gia's father has come home to die of cancer. And she's responsible for his care. 

Resuming the role of daughter to the town's most infamous murderer means confronting the past she's spent over a decade avoiding. But in the end, the truth about what really happened may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated…

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The Melody of Light by M.L. Rice
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Published: November 18th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Siblings Riley and Aidan Gordon are survivors. Together, they survived an abusive childhood, and when a fiery accident incinerates all they have—except for each other—they survive that, too. The tragedy leaves them with burdens and pain beyond their years, but it also sets them free to forge their own paths. Aidan’s road to happiness seems smooth and carefree. But Riley continues to struggle, her only saving grace being a passion for music that helps soothe her damaged soul. As their paths diverge and college looms, Riley will have to depend less on Aidan and more on herself. Fear of failure drives her, but will finding love derail her single-minded determination to succeed, or will it open the door to the family she’s always wanted? 

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No Time to Die by Kira Peikoff
Publisher: Pinnacle
Published: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads:
In a Washington, D.C. research lab, a brilliant scientist is attacked by his own test subjects. At Columbia University, a talented biochemist is lured out of her apartment and never seen again. In the Justice Department's new Bioethics Committee, agent Les Mahler sees a sinister pattern emerging. . .

Zoe Kincaid is a petite college student whose rare genetic makeup may hold the key to a powerful medical breakthrough. When she is kidnapped, the very thing mankind has wanted since the dawn of time threatens to unleash our final destruction.

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Owlet by Emma Michaels
Publisher: Emma Michaels
Published: September 17th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl. 

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life. 

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Pretty in Ink by Lindsey Palmer
Publisher: Kensington
Published: March 25th, 2014
From Goodreads:
For years, Hers magazine has been a fixture on newsstands--relatable, reliable, and ever-so-slightly frumpy. But with sales slumping, Hers' editor-in-chief soon finds a pink slip in her inbox. And her ruthless, blisteringly high-heeled replacement may not be finished cleaning house yet. . .


Leah Brenner suspects she won't be on the payroll much longer either. A telecommuting, breast milk-pumping mom of three doesn't mesh with her new boss Mimi's vision of a sleeker, younger-skewing "Hers." Not content with nabbing Leah's office, Mimi's protegee, Victoria, is itching to take over Leah's duties too--and she's not alone. As the summer rolls out, and staffers are asked to give up even their sexiest secrets to save the brand, everyone at "Hers"--the sycophantic new assistant; the photo editor who's sleeping with her boss; the Ivy League intern with oversized aspirations--will fight to keep her career, and some shred of dignity, intact.


Smart, perceptive, and hilarious, Lindsey Palmer's debut delivers an all too true-to-life tale of very different women faced with high-stakes choices in a rapidly changing--yet utterly familiar--world. . .

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Quarantine by James Phelan
Publisher: K-Teen
Published: September 24th, 2013
From Goodreads:
In a dangerous, devastated New York, one 16-year-old Australian boy finds himself alone…

It's now or maybe never sixteen year old Jesse has spent eighteen days in post-apocalyse New York, waiting for help that never comes. He owes it to his new friends, Rachel and Felicity, to go beyond their temporary refuge to find other survivors who may hold the key to escape. Could the collective at Chelsea Piers have the answers or prove to be just another distraction in his quest? Meanwhile, Jesse is burdened with guilt and sadness at the fate of his other friend, Caleb, who has fallen prey to the virus and become a Chaser. So when it emerges that a cure-all serum may be available, Jesse determines to secure it to save his friend. At any cost perhaps even his own future. 

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The Ruby Airship by Sharon Gosling
Publisher: Curiosity Fox
Published: April 10th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Trapeze-artist Rémy has left the circus and her life as a thief, but she doubts that detective Thaddeus Rec will ever truly trust her. Feeling torn between her new life and her old, Rémy decides to return to France and her old circus with Yannick, an old friend who unexpectedly appears.

Meanwhile, Thaddeus is sure that Yannick is up to no good. He's determined to find them and win Rémy back, even if he must risk a journey by airship to do so. 

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Stormfront by K.R. Conway
Publisher: Kathleen Conway
Published: August 3rd, 2014
From Goodreads:
Not long ago Eila Walker’s choices were limited: death by a bullet to the head, or at the hands of her beloved bodyguard, Raef. Now, five weeks after Raef triggered her power and she nearly leveled a historic mansion, Eila is dealing with the fall-out of her decisions. While she doesn’t remember dying in the arms of the soul thief who loves her, she knows that Raef remembers everything about the night he nearly killed her.

Now on the mend and attempting to keep one step ahead of the FBI, Eila and her team of misfits are desperate for a bit of normal. Eila is trying to navigate high school, while her BFF Ana is cautiously hanging with past-boyfriend and soul thief, Kian. Shape-shifter, MJ, is trying not to piss off his mother, while Raef is coping with his fears that Eila will never be safe.

But just as “normal” seems within their grasp, a powerfully built newcomer arrives. Raef knows the scarred man as a Blacklist Dealer – a soul thief, who peddles the names of humans who deserve to die. Eila, however, knows him as the protective hunter from the woods, who she nicknames Thor. Before long, Raef and Eila realize they’ve met the same killer, and he has one hell of a story to tell the five friends . . . if Raef doesn’t murder him first. 

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Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Publisher: Sea Dragons Press
Published: July 28th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option...

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster. 

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Untaken by J. E. Anckorn
Publisher: Curiosity Quills PRess
Published: March 23rd, 2015
From Goodreads:
It turns out that a real alien invasion is nothing like the Sci-fi shows 14-year-old Gracie loves. Not when it’s your own family who are swallowed whole by those big silver ships. Not if it could be you next.

In her search for her family, Gracie meets Brandon, a high school dropout who would never have been caught dead hanging out with a dork like Gracie before the world ended. Gracie isn’t too crazy about Brandon either, but he has one thing she doesn’t: A plan.

Brandon’s uncle has a cabin up in Maine, and If Gracie and Brandon can survive long enough to get there they can hide out until the Space Men pack up their ships and leave.
Until the army guys come to rescue them, says Brandon.
Brandon is big into army guys.

Gracie has to admit that Brandon’s Awesome Plan probably would have worked out great if wasn't for Jake.
They found 5-year-old Jake, laying half-dead under the remains of someone’s ranch house. He’s a good kid, even if he won’t-or can’t- talk.

But Jake has a secret, and when Gracie finds out what it is, the fragile new life they’ve started to forge looks set to break apart.

When the people you’ve been counting on to put the world back together start hunting you down, alien invaders are the least of your worries. 

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Vision by Lisa Amowitz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: September 9th, 2014
From Goodreads:
The light is darker than you think… 

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim. 

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We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Published: May 27th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellayla. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something about it. 

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18 Things by Jamie Ayres
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Published: January 24th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

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