Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is about sharing the books you got from a store, online, library, or friend. From anywhere and in any format--just share what books you've got:)

So I got two books recently, and one of them is Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. I got a copy of it from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I love it when BookLook has a new YA book out for reviews. I love the selections they have and can't wait for future books from them^_^

Gilt Hollow


Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

The other book I got is Heng Mountain by Mike Robinson. I got this one from netgalley :D The cover caught my attention (nuff said).

Heng Mountain


In the seventeenth century guardians protected China’s most precious secrets – teachings that could change the course of its history. When the Manchu tribe invade and march to the Great Wall of China, the legends of these secrets send Jun, a young man from the southern Hunan province, to find and protect them.
From the first day his mother had held Jun, she wanted to share all that she knew of their province with him, but she died when he was a young boy. His father whispered her words of wisdom to him every night, but hid his family’s knowledge of the ancient teachings, until the Manchu soldiers advanced upon their village.
With hope lost, and freedom being surrendered to the murdering Manchu leader, Jun fights with destiny to win back his province, but without an army of men, or weapons, he needs more than just his mother’s wisdom to defeat the enemy. Jun must find the inner strength of a great mountain…

Friday, October 21, 2016

Blitz + Giveaway: The Sophisticates


The Sophisticates Trilogy
by Christine Manzari
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: October 17th 2016

Summary:

After a terrorist attack that caused more than 29 million deaths in the US, the government created the Sophisticates—genetically modified children designed to become the perfect soldiers. The Sophisticates were given abilities that made them faster, smarter, and stronger. The only thing they weren’t given was freedom.

But is anything ever truly perfect?

Seventeen-year-old Cleo has been a Sophisticate her entire life. When she begins to exhibit the ability to cause things to explode with merely a thought, she’s sent to the Academy to develop her deviation. She soon learns that there are other Sophisticates like her, Deviants with lethal skills.

Immersed in a deadly game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the golden boy of the Sophisticates program, insists that Cleo should abandon training her deviation. His fierce interest in Cleo only makes her more determined to avoid him.

As Cleo is pulled deeper into her role as a human weapon, all she truly wants is to be free, but there's more danger than she ever realized. There are some things that even the government doesn’t know and when the mistakes of the past are revealed and the Deviants start fighting back, no one is safe.

Fans of X-men and The Darkest Minds will enjoy this dystopian trilogy.



On sale at Amazon for only $0.99 until the end of October!


Individual Books in the Series (click on images for Goodreads links):
  

Excerpt

1. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

Access Denied.

What did I do wrong? This worked earlier. I was in earlier.

I tried again, starting over and going through the same process, wishing I had
downloaded the files when I first found them.

Why didn’t I do that?

My fingers angrily attacked the keyboard, searching for a way back to those secure files.

Sitting cross-legged on my bed with the laptop nestled on the pillow, I could feel the
panic rising in my chest. All the work I’d done the last few weeks. All the time spent hunched
over these keys. All the meals missed. All the lies told. I finally found a way in and now I was
locked out again. Why?

Tap. Tap. Tap. My fingers briefly hovered over the keys, then I clicked enter and held my
breath.

Access Denied.

The letters were small and innocent as they spanned across the screen, but I felt the
accusation in their simplicity and I felt warm. Too warm.

I punched the bed on either side of my legs with my fists, fighting the urge to scream in
frustration. The laptop slid off the back of the pillow, falling on the mattress with the keyboard
straight up in the air. It looked like a beetle trapped on its back. If I weren’t so angry, I would’ve
laughed. Instead, I glared at the offending words on the screen as if they were to blame.

Access Denied.

Two little words with so much power. I would just have to try again. There was a way in.
There was always a way in. I slid my hands through my hair, and then rubbed my palms along
the side of my face as I stared at the bed. Thinking. There was a way. There had to be a way.

The unmistakable “ping” of the computer let me know that a new email had arrived.

“What is it this time?” I mumbled, pulling the laptop back up to its pillow perch. More
limits to solve? Professor Garner was notorious for sending extra homework right before Lights
Out and I’d noticed earlier that the workload was lighter than usual. I seriously hoped it wasn’t
an email from Garner; I was in no mood for Calculus.

When my eyes found the new email sitting in the email box, I could feel my confusion
crease into a tight “V” in the skin between my eyes. It wasn’t from Garner, it was from a
Program Security Advisor. I’d never gotten anything like that before, but given the fact that I’d
been trying to hack into password protected Program files only moments before, I knew it wasn’t
good.

An unruly chunk of hair dangled in front of my eyes and I tucked it behind my ear,
wishing I could ignore the email. Sweat trickled down my temple and slid down the side of my
face to my neck.

I was so unbelievably hot right now.

I licked my lips, knowing I couldn’t put it off any longer. I clicked the link, cringing,
expecting the worst.

————————————————
Subject: Genetic Donors
Date: Sun, 17 Sept 10:29
From: J.M., Program Security Advisor
To: Dracone, Clementine

Dear Ms. Dracone,

It has come to our attention that you have been accessing Program files that you are not
authorized to view. We have since fixed this issue and you will no longer be able to gain
access to top secret information. Your genetic donors are not your concern and it is
imperative that you cease and desist all efforts to discover their identities. It is not in your
best interest, or theirs, to be privy to this information. You are property of the Program
and need to accept the fact that your future is that of a Sophisticate.

As punishment for your indiscretions, your Internet privileges have been revoked until
further notice. Internet access will only be given under the supervision of a Professor
until we determine that you can be trusted.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Program Security Advisor, J.M.
————————————————


Property? Property?

My hands were shaking. My blood was on fire and my skin was crawling as if my insides
were actually boiling. Air. I needed air. I tried to crawl off the bed and get to the window, but the
words from the email were blazing through me—a bellowing inferno of indignation.

Donors.

Cease and Desist.

Property.

Punishment.

Indiscretions.

Revoked.

Trusted.

My hands covered my ears as the words screamed through my head. Or was I screaming?

Pressure was building inside me and I just wanted to let it go, to feel relief. It was too
much. I was too hot.

Exhale.

The computer exploded, throwing flaming plastic and metal across the bed. The
television answered with its own death, spewing its fiery innards onto the desk and floor, igniting
the carpet instantly. The rage in my chest echoed like a heartbeat and with each pulse, something
in the room burst into flames. In less than a minute, I was surrounded by broken and burning bits
of my room, all of them melting or on fire. A small untouched circle of floor under my feet was
my haven, my island in the disaster. Flames raced up the drapes, licking at the ceiling as shards
of glass from the window fell inward with an eerie tinkling.

I stared in disbelief, unable to move, as the room burned around me and smoke curled to
the ceiling like agitated ghosts. The goldfish flopped helplessly among the wet rubble of his
shattered home. Pictures hanging on the wall curled up in the heat, catching flame and falling to
the floor in large, ashy flakes.

What had I done?

About the Author
The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeinated, bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blitz: The SnowFang Bride


The SnowFang Bride
Merry Ravenell
(Snowfang #1)
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Centuries of political games killed most of the female werewolves. Now only a few survive, and the Elders work to change the old ways of thinking.
Winter, the only daughter of the SilverPaw Alpha, finally meets the soul Gaia has chosen for her: Sterling, the cold, demanding, and entirely-too-human Alpha of the tiny SnowFang pack.
Thrust into a world of human wealth for which she was never prepared, Winter must become Sterling’s flawless wife and Luna from the moment she arrives. The city is full of threats, both werewolf and human, and Sterling’s past is full of secrets best left undisturbed.
When they are betrayed by those closest to them, Winter and Sterling embark on a dangerous game of brinkmanship that will change their lives, and the future of the werewolves, forever.
EXCERPT:
Sterling had been prepared to be resentful and distrustful of me, certain I was playing along with some ploy to part him from a large chunk of his wealth, or ruin him in some way. Knowing that wasn’t the case after all had to have been the final insult. Him thinking he had been bullied and played, just to find out he wasn’t even worth toying with.
Sadly, for both of us, this wasn’t as simple as me being my father’s pawn.
It would have been a hell of a lot more straightforward if I was bait, and Sterling the nice woolly sheep being led in for fleecing.
Him sleeping apart from me wouldn’t make things any better between us, or easier on the pack. It’d make things worse.
Sterling’s lips compressed a little tighter.
“I won’t make off with your virtue,” I told him.
A glint in his hazel eyes, like a knife twitching in and out of direct light. He leaned forward, his voice like a hand through my fur, “Whatever virtue I had was made off with long ago.”
A little color crept to my cheeks, my insides squirmed, but not from fear. What would those hands feel like on my skin? Rough like the scrapes and callouses on them, or gentler? Angry, perhaps. His fingers pulling through my hair, perhaps just a little too rough.
One thing at a time. Maybe I should find out how his hands got that scraped up before I let him touch me with them.
Sterling kept watching me, observing, learning my every nuance and tick, as mates—especially Alphas—will do. He came to the conclusion my body wasn’t actually on offer just yet. “You trust me to not lay a paw upon you.”
“Should I not?” I asked.
He leaned closer, his breath on my cheek, his lips very close to mine. “When I shake off the shock, Winter, I would not trust me.”
His words were like a rough caress, sending fire over my skin and a single shock through me. Desire overrode the haze of rattled anger and insult. I think I might have whispered something monosyllabic, and certainly imbecilic. It didn’t matter. He closed the final breath of distance between us, his strong body pressed mine against the wall, and kissed me.
I had never been kissed like that. Hard. Rough. Hungry.
My fingers found his shirt and jawline, one set twisting into the fabric, the other raking fingernails along his flesh, enjoying the painful bristle of his unshaven skin.
He grabbed a handful of my thigh, lifted me against him, his touch rough and everything I had never known I needed. No, not rough enough, not nearly enough. He felt so strong, so solid, so rough under those tailored human clothes.
I gathered myself and pried him back a few degrees. “Not tonight,” I breathed. “Gaia may have chosen you for me, but I want to see why.”


Author Bio:
Merry leads a heavily caffeinated lifestyle offset by the occasional 5K or 10K. She lives in the North Bay area of CA with her husband and fellow author, David, plus their two cats.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blitz: The Destined


The Destined
E.J. Mellow
(Dreamland #3)
Publication date: October 17th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
I searched for you in the stars tonight.
But I found none
that burned as bright as you.

—Part of a letter from Dev to Molly
With the loss of Terra’s greatest weapon, the war against darkness escalates rapidly, and time is on no one’s side. While Dev struggles to keep his home and hope alive, Molly and Rae find themselves forced to confront a desperately kept secret and quickly learn that a life-altering sacrifice is the asking price to restore order.
Nightmares, betrayal, the fate of two worlds, and one man’s hunger for vengeance lead Molly down a twisted and dark path she fears she might never come back from. Cornered into making a heart-wrenching decision, Molly teeters between deliverance and damnation. Who is worth saving most—a nation or the one she loves?
From Award Winning author, E.J. Mellow, comes the breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series. A story that will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.
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Author Bio:
E.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Blitz: The Glitch


The Glitch
by Ramona Finn
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: September 5th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving.

In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the Artificial Intelligence’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind:

“It’s all my fault.”

Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm. Now she’s thrown out, Lib will be forced to team up with another Glitch, Raj, and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the A.I. and change the Norm for the better.

Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose—whether to go with striking loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she’s carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to save her newfound family and stop the A.I. before it’s too late?



BUY LINK: Amazon

Excerpt
The Coffin turns out to be a box in a ditch. It smells like wet animals and stale mold. The ditch looks hollowed out by hand. Dirt and straw line the inside. Beneath that is metal of some kind, half rusted just like the walls, which are taller than I am. I can stand straight, but I’d rather lie down. The top is open with bars across it. They don’t look rusted. Bear slings some kind of nearly transparent material over the bars. From under the cloth, I can see shadows that move but no details.

I am a prisoner. But I’m too tired to care.

Bear comes back to pull away the cloth and hand down a hunk of something that smells good. It’s charred and tough, but I eat what I can. Bear also leaves a small jug of stone with sweet, cold water. I drink it all, and my eyes keep drifting closed. When Bear leaves, I lie down and wiggle a little to get as comfortable as I can in the dirt and straw.

I know Wolf put me here because he doesn’t trust me. I don’t know why that bothers me like it does.

Eyes closing, I try not to think. It’s not comfortable here, but it’s not uncomfortable either. The straw itches, but I am warm. In fact, I could be nonfunctional anywhere right now.

My mind starts to drift. That’s when I hear a woman say my name.

Lib.

Has Skye come to help me? But the voice sounds wrong. The voice isn’t really here. I know that, but I don’t know how I know.

Lib, this is important. Do you understand?

Suddenly, I am not in this hole anymore. I’m back in that cool, blue room. I know this place…don’t I? I know it from more than just having been here during the connect.

Differences are bad. They are destructive. Humanity embraced them, praised them. As a result, humanity failed. If not for me, the human race would not even be a memory.

Her voice is soothing…and so familiar in a way that nothing else could ever be. She cares for me. She is my everything.

This is why Glitches must be cast out.

I flinch because that word applies to me now. A worming dissatisfaction crawls under my skin. But I am an important Glitch. I am necessary. Aren’t I?

You understand why you must go.

I don’t understand! I want to shout the words. I want to bunch a fist and yell and hit something. With a shout, I sit up.

It’s dark…I am still in the hole. That Coffin. I am alone—and even the memory of her voice is fading. But was it a memory or something else? A wish?

I am no closer to knowing the answer than I am to knowing who I am, but now my shoulders slump with the burden of sadness. It claws at me like something trying to tear me apart from the inside. The woman—the one speaking in my head—is important to me. Is she Mother? Or someone else?

All I know it that she cast me out. 

Lying down again, I shiver. I am truly alone.

About the Author
Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person's true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into! 

She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town's library floor--completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages. 

Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds--with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question ;)

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is about sharing the books you got from a store, online, library, or friend. From anywhere and in any format--just share what books you've got:)


Hello! (to whoever is reading this) :) I just wanted to check in and say that I am still here and wanting to post more stuff on my blog. I've been recently busy with school and couldn't get much reading done, or actively post on my blog. So to kick things off again, I'm gonna show you what books I got since the last time I posted one of these :3


First off we have The Dreamland series by E.J. Mellow! I got copies of these to read in exchange for an honest review:) I read the first two so far and only have The Divide and the last book The Destined to read. 

The Dreamer


It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?


Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

The Dreamcatcher


He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.

Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!

*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*

The Divide


Molly finally uncovers the truth about the strange dreams that plagued her sanity for weeks. Now destined to accept a clandestine role, Molly must find the strength and courage buried deep to push forward and succeed.

With the help of Dev, the roguish blue-eyed man of her dreams—whose dark past resurfaces to haunt him—Molly prepares to test the limits of her newly awakened powers and set right a world on the edge of being consumed by nightmares.

But when an unknown shadow stalks her every step and a shocking revelation about her ancestry comes to light, Molly may find herself forced to make a decision that could leave her alone in the dark and standing on the wrong side of a divide.

Next, I finally picked up the very famous ACOTAR series~ I was debating on whether or not I should read this one, since not all popular series are as good as they say they are. I was gonna wait until the hype died down, but I just had to find out what the big deal was. And after reading the first book, I can kind of see why XD 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


A Court of Mist and Fury


Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

And last but not least, I got this little cutie from BookLook Bloggers! I became an aunt this year and gave this to my nephew after I read it :)

Pumpkin Patch Blessings


Pumpkin Patch Blessings celebrates fall and shows little ones there are blessings all around us, especially in the pumpkin patch! The sweet rhyming text by Kim Washburn and whimsical illustrations by Jacqueline East bring autumn alive for readers young and old as they take in the fun of the fall season and remember how much they have to be grateful for.


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