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Monday, May 4, 2015

At The Stars by Elisabeth Staab (Review)

Title: At The Stars
Series: Evergreen Grove #1
Author: Elisabeth Staab
Published: May 5, 2015 (tomorrow!!)
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 278 per Goodreads

A GIRL TRYING TO LEAVE HER PAST BEHIND
I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me. 

A GUY WHO CAN’T LET HIS GO
For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her...


For my first read from author Elisabeth Staab, I have to say I am impressed.  I really enjoyed Cassie and Jake's story, they make a great couple for sure.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Deadland Rising by Rachel Aukes

Title: Deadland Rising
Series: Deadland Saga #3
Author: Rachel Aukes
Published: April 13, 2015 Surprisingly Adequate Publishing
Format: Ebook
Pages: 420 per Goodreads

The conclusion of the critically acclaimed DEADLAND SAGA:

Winter has arrived. 
It has been nearly one year since the zombie hordes claimed the world. As the plague eats away at its victims’ bodies, the Fox survivors search for a safe place to rebuild what they have lost. But a dangerous new threat has risen, hunting them from every direction. To survive, Cash, Clutch, and their small band of refugees must put their faith in a group of strangers and a new government with radical plans. It will take all of the Fox survivors’ strength and courage to endure in this barren, hostile world. Even that might not be enough. 

(Deadland Rising is a journey through Dante Alighieri's “Paradiso”, the classic tale on the seven virtues… zombie apocalypse style!)

Deadland Rising completes what has become one of my absolute favorite series ever.  Rachel Aukes has written such a beautiful and exciting trilogy, the third book is a bit bittersweet.  It has certainly been an eventful ride along with Cash, but oh so worth it.  Readers, this is a series not to be missed.

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Consequence Of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken (Excerpt & Giveaway)

The Consequence Of Loving Colton
Rachel Van Dyken

My name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. HIs fault. Not mine. 

I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man. 

They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison. 

Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to. 

Damn cookie.


After reading the Eagle Elite series, one thing is certain - I love Rachel Van Dyken.  So I am super excited for this new series, Consequence.  I think it sounds really good!  Have you read RVD before?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Under The Influence by LB Simmons (Excerpt & Giveaway)

Under The Influence
L.B. Simmons

Dalton,

I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, na├»ve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me. 

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again. 

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I’m letting you go.


Author’s Note: Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.


I'm pretty excited about this release - it sounds like one of those emotional reads that will just grab you.  And hell, I love being grabbed.  How about you??

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nice Girls Don't Ride by Roni Loren (Review)

Title: Nice Girls Don't Ride
Series: Standalone
Author: Roni Loren
Published: April 21, 2015 - Penguin Intermix
Format: Galley
Pages: 98 per Amazon

Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.

Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal—he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.

Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.


Big dreamy sigh.  I can't tell you all the ways that I loved this novella.  It was beyond awesome.  And little secret, this is definitely a long-standing fantasy of mine!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sweet by Tammara Webber (Review)

Title: Sweet
Series: Contours of the Heart #3
Author: Tammara Webber
Published: April 27, 2015
Format: Galley
Pages: 340 per Amazon

He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient. Now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
Sweet.
 

Sweet by Tammara Webber was fantastic, it really met the bar that the previous two books in the series set.  Sweet is the story of Boyce, who you might remember from Breakable as Lucas' friend from back home. Boyce is absolutely wonderful!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

All The Rage by Courtney Summers (Review)

Title: All The Rage
Series: Standalone
Author: Courtney Summers
Published: April 14, 2015 St Martins Griffin
Format: EGalley
Pages: 321 per Goodreads

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?


This is a hard book to read.  This book feels more real than many of the books I've ever read.  This book is scarier than most of the books I've read.  This book is really... great.