Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blitz + Giveaway: Shadow Fall


Shadow Fall
Audrey Grey
(Shadow Fall, #1)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?
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EXCERPT:
My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.
Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.
I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”
Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.
“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.
“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”
His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.
I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.
And time is the one thing we don’t have.
Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.
“How did it happen?” I ask.
“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”
I roll my eyes. “And I thought I was lacking in conversational skills.”
He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.
“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”
“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”
“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.
“Chosen?”
Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.
You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.
“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”
Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”
“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”
“What makes being Chosen so special?”
“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”
For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.
“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”
A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.
“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”
“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”
“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”
I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.
Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.
He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”


Author Bio:
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 5, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about 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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Thoughts

When I first heard of ACOTAR, I was pretty excited about it myself even when I've never read any of Sarah's books before. The summary sounded very interesting and the whole fairy tale inspired theme was grabbing my attention.

After months of waiting for the hype to go down, even after a year, it still wasn't long enough to not have my tumblr feed show up with all these old and new posts of ACOTAR and ACOMAF. I saw so many fanarts of some scenes from ACOMAF, and some of them were so beautifully drawn I couldn't handle waiting any longer. I went to my nearest library and picked up a copy to finally read this dang book.
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ACOTAR started off great, with great detail and atmosphere. I really felt like I was the main character and was immediately absorbed into the story. If I had to divide the book up into thirds, the first third of the book was, like I said, great. Two thirds into the book, the story was starting to get--uneventful. Nothing exciting was happening, and it felt like Feyre was slipping from the character that she once was in the beginning of the novel into the damsel in distress sort. That is until I got to the last third of the book, and all that reading paid off.

Katy Perry GIF Party reactions excited omg katy perryThose last few chapters were so intense and graphic, and just aksjdfhkasdflldj! Amarantha's wrathful scenes were pretty gruesome, and some crazy stuff went on under the mountain. It was just so well done without it being like "trying too hard to make it into this kind of scene."

avatar let shipping beginI'm gonna be honest and say that I was rooting for Feyre and Tamlin--in this book. For those of you who have read the second book, you know what I mean ;) I started ACOMAF and I'm bound to see loads more ships popping up.

I have to say, the writing is impeccable. No one was kidding when they said Sarah's book are worth five stars and made them feel all kinds of feels. I was one of them.

Saturday, November 12, 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:)

I got the second book in the Tiger's Curse series to re-read cuz I just love the first two books, and want to start over again before I continue on to the next books to finish the series.



Tiger's Quest 

(The Tiger Saga #2)

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes's eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe.

Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince.

When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren's bad-boy brother, Kishan,the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren's life hangs in the balance--so does the truth within Kelsey's heart.

I got After on a whim just because I've heard from so many people how good/bad it is, and at first I decided not to read it if it was that bad, but now I want to read it to see how it goes from my perspective.

After

(After #1)

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn't the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

And then I got Insight from BookBub letting me know about the daily ebook deals. They had this ebook for free on Barnes & Noble and the cover + summary caught my interest.

Insight

(Web of Hearts and Souls #1)

Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father's secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: The Dreamcatcher by E.J. Mellow

The Dreamcatcher (Dreamland #1.5)

By: E.J. Mellow
Published: February 26, 2016 by Four Eyed Owl
Goodreads | Amazon

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.*



My Thoughts

The Dreamcatcher is told from Dev's POV from the first novel The Dreamer. If you haven't read The Dreamer yet, or even heard about it, definitely put it on your TBR list if you're into fantasy/romance and the concept of dreams being real, because it is such a well written story^^
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There were some scenes in this novel that weren't in the first book, which I thought was a nice addition instead of it being just like The Dreamer told from his side. 

It was a quick and short read, but equally as witty and charming as the first novel. I loved how we got to see what Dev was feeling and thinking, because from Molly's POV we see that he is a very likeable character with his sweet smile, magnetic blue eyes, and a funny yet very caring and kind personality. Reading about him and getting to know more about Dev made the story feel more complete and made me love him even more<3  

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