Monday, 27 May 2013

Release Day Blitz: Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan - Excerpt + Giveaway

Unbreak Me

Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan
NA Romance
Publication Date: 27th May 2013


“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his. 

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?


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Excerpt


“If you tell me you got to have hot pool sex with Asher ‘Sexier Than God’ Logan, I may never forgive you,” Hanna says.

“Right, but that’s just it. We didn’t have sex. We messed around, and then I took him back to my place for breakfast and took off my clothes.”

“And this is a problem because…?” Lizzy quirks a brow. “You’re not thinking of changing your naughty girl ways on us are you? Has Mom’s constant harassment finally broken you? Because, seriously, Maggie—if Asher Logan is in the picture, now is not the time.”

“No. He rejected me. Told me he wanted to get to know me.”

“Oh,” the girls chorus. Judging by the disappointment on their faces, you’d think they were the ones left high and dry.

“Yeah. What the hell?”

Lizzy throws back her head and laughs, a full-stomach laugh that has everyone in the bar looking at us.

I scowl. “It’s not funny.”

She’s doesn’t even attempt to stifle her damn giggles of delight. “Yes, yes it is.”

Hanna nods. “It kind of is, Mags.”

“It’s not like I go after one-night stands often, but the few times I have I’ve never been denied. Now I know how guys must feel.”

“Maybe he’s gay,” Lizzy says.

“That would be a tragedy,” Hanna whimpers.

Lizzy nudges her. “Don’t be so narrow-minded. Gay boys deserve hot men too.”

I roll my eyes. “He’s not gay. Trust me. His attraction was physically evident.”

“Oh, yeah?” Lizzy props her chin on her hands. “How’s he measure up?”

I groan. “Why the hell do you think I took him back to my place and stripped down to my skivvies while he was trying to get out the door?”




Author Bio - Lexi Ryan

Lexi RyanNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Ryan writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. Her books are described as fun, flirty, and wickedly sexy. A lover of learning, Lexi has been in the classroom all her life and currently holds the title of assistant professor of English at her local community college. Lexi is a proud member of Romance Writers of America. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry - Early Review

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Title: Dare You To

Series: Pushing the Limits #2

Author: Katie McGarry

Expected Publication: 7th June 2013 by Mira Ink (28th May 2013 by Harlequin Teen)


Source: E-copy from NetGalley for an honest review




Synopsis:

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....



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My Review

And Katie McGarry does it again! I was blown away when I read Pushing the Limits last year and from the standard of that I was expecting quite a lot from Dare You To.. In no way was I disappointed! This book was just as raw and emotional as the first with same amazing intensity as I've come to associate with Katie McGarry.

This story focused on Beth, one of the minor characters from Pushing the Limits. I never really felt anything warm for her in Pushing the Limits. I was sad about her home life and how she'd grown up, but I couldn't really find a way to like her very much as a person. In Dare You To however I felt so much more connected to her and now I really feel the need to read Pushing the Limits again, to see if I completely misread her character!

Ryan was the hunk of man we all fell in love with in this book. He was kind and sweet and funny, not quite as perfect as every seemed to think but who wants someone perfect? Beth would try to run from his feelings again and again, but Ryan wouldn't let her go. He was a very sexy, loving, lovable guy and Beth and Ryan's story was amazing!

As soon as I finished this book I went and got Crossing the Line (which I am very keen to start) and I cannot wait for Isaiah's story, Crash Into You. After reading Dare You To and the scenes with Isaiah in there.. well let's just say I really need his story!

One of my favourite scenes was when Ryan gave Beth a bottle of rain. The whole thing was super corny but I absolutely loved t and thought it was such a gorgeous gesture on Ryan's part! I am over-the-moon I got approved for this title and I absolutely adored every second of it! Katie McGarry is a wonderful author, she spins fantastic tales and uses just the right words for every occasion  I adore her and I adore her books!


5/5 Whales


Friday, 24 May 2013

Stars in Her Eyes by Clare C. Marshall Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Stars in Her Eyes (The Sparkstone Saga #1) by Clare C. Marshall

Stars In Her Eyes (Sparkstone Saga #1)Title: Stars in Her Eyes

Series: The Sparkstone Saga #1

Author: 
Clare C. Marshall

Published: 13th May 2013 by Faery Ink Press


Source: Copy from the author for an honest review




Synopsis


Burn hot and cold.
Read minds.
Disappear at will.
Dream your own death.

Welcome to Sparkstone University, where some students are more gifted than others.

When Ingrid learns she’s been accepted at the hyper-secretive Sparkstone University, she is sceptical. It’s an honour to attend, apparently, and yet barely anyone has ever heard of the place.

And everyone seems a little too happy that she’s there: especially when she meets Sunni and her group of friends. They seem to already know Ingrid. As if she was expected. Expected to save Earth from an imminent alien invasion. Like she has superpowers or something.

As if magic and mutations exist. As if aliens are really planning to attack.

That just sounds ridiculous. There’s no such thing.

…right?

Wrong.


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My Review

Stars in Her Eyes is a really quick, delightful read. It took almost no time to read but the story stayed with me afterwards, leaving me to think up all sorts of theories and ideas. I really love how all Clare's books have this same unique feeling to them, which is something you don't come across so much anymore.

Ingrid is accepted to Sparkstone University, a secluded, secretive university that Ingrid didn't even apply for, yet it only accepts the greatest of young minds. Ingrid knows next to nothing about the place that sits a seven-hour drive away from her parents smack-bang in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival she is thrown straight into the crazy, with a girl who seems to know her, and a door that takes your blood. Ingrid wasn't sure what to expect at Sparkstone, but she gets a whole lot more than she ever would've imagined, even the big sci-fi nerd she is.

All the characters in this book were unique, real people. They each had their own agendas and secrets and even though the book was small you still got a good taste of what each of them were really like. I think my favourite part of the book was the very first bit with Sunni and her dream. It was strange and prophetic and eerie, and it drew me in straight away! I'm sad we didn't get to see very much of Sunni because I was really taken with her character.

This book was full of secrets and mysteries, and though a few were revealed there are still many that you don't learn the truth of, so I'm really itching for the next book so I can get some answers!

The idea of this book was fantastic and I had a lot of fun reading it but I would've liked it to go at a slower pace. Some parts of the book just felt like they jumped from one part to the next leaving me feeling as if I'm in the middle of a whirlwind of information. There was a lot of action in this book and I know that for a novella things need to happen fast, but with this also being a part of a series I expected it to be a little less hectic. It was still a great read and I'm really glad I got the chance to review it. I'm really looking forward to the next book, continuing the story of Ingrid and her new friends. The story itself was very unique and intriguing and this series could definitely go amazing places.


3.5/5 Whales



Author Bio - Clare C. Marshall

Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She is a full time freelance editor, book designer, web manager, and publishing consultant. She enjoys publishing books through her imprint, Faery Ink Press. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.




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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Cover Reveal: Ruby's Fire by Catherine Stine



Ruby's Fire (Fireseed #2) by Catherine Stine
YA Sci-Fi
Expected Publication: 26th June 2013
If everything about you changes, what remains?
Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.
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Author Bio - Catherine Stine

Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author was granted a Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and an Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend. More and more, she’s enjoying writing speculative tales. She teaches literature at the School of Visual Arts and creative writing at the Philadelphia Writing Conference and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. Catherine earned a double focus MFA in Creative Writing at the New School. 

Visit her at www.catherinestine.blogspot.com and at www.catherinestine.com.

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Giselle is organising a blog tour for this book from the end of July through August. Sign up and info HERE.

Trailer Reveal: Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman


Touching Melody (Forever First #1)

Touching Melody (Forever First #1) by RaShelle Workman
NA Contemporary
Expected Publication: June 2013
Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.

Until it doesn't.

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.

Days and months of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible.

The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.
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Author Bio - J.A. Huss

RASHELLE WORKMAN lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette Blog Tour - Review + Fill-in-the-Blanks Interview + Giveaway

mally biddle

The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette

Title: The Tale of Mally Biddle

Series: N/A

Author: M.L. LeGette

Published: 21st November 2012 by CreateSpace


Source: Copy from the author for an honest review



Synopsis:


When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other.

Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers.

Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...

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Review

The Tale of Mally Biddle was a great read. The writing was fantastic and all the characters were very well written. This book can be enjoyed by all ages as it's both fun and daring, and innocent and mysterious.

The love relationship in this book isn't a main focus, it's just kind of a side-note that weaves itself seamlessly into the story and the big fan of romance that I am, was completely okay with that! This book was full of mystery and intrigue and I was too busy having fun in Mally's world to be affected by the lack of romance. Trust me though, there are some very sweet moments in this book.

There were a lot of parts in this book that were predictable and easy to see coming, but there were also a lot of things that were completely unexpected. The story was good and I adore historical fiction, so the setting of this book was great for me. This book is a little slow in that not much real action takes place and when something exciting finally does happen it never disrupts the peace of the story for long, but that doesn't bring down the quality of the book at all and though I would've enjoyed a big, explosive, action-filled moment, I was perfectly happy with the story as it was.

This book is a quick, easy read but it's also nice and fulfilling. I really enjoyed the world of Mally Biddle and the characters were all a blast to read about. This book was really fun and my only main dislike of the book was that it ended to soon, when I longed to live inside the story just a little while more!


4/5 Whales



Fill-in-the-Blanks Interview with Melissa LeGette
Melissa's answers are in blue.


I am cheerful, obsessive, and frantic.

I love to write because it is freeing.

In my spare time I like to read and watch tv.

Chocolate is my fuel booster when I am drooping in the writing.

Sometimes I don't write for days, but the characters and plots are always marinating in my brain … that sounded oddly creepy…

My favourite books are the Harry Potter series because they opened my eyes to reading. When I was a kid, reading was more of a chore than an enjoyment. Harry changed that.

Letting others read your work can always be scary. I get scared when I let people read my manuscripts, even now. It takes courage, but doing it will help you and your work tremendously.

I have never smoked a cigarette and have zero interest in trying one.

When I'm stumped on my novel, I have three plans of attack. 1) Talk to my mom about the issues. 2) Reread and revise previous chapters, in hopes inspiration strikes. 3) Walk away from the project and give the manuscript and myself some well needed time apart.

My first novel was The Unicorn Gil.

Brownies and ice cream are perfectly lovely on their own, but once combined, become a magical creation that haunts my dreams.

Books are gateways into different words. I pinch myself everyday that I'm a writer.


Thank you Melissa!



Author Bio - Melissa LeGette



Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.




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Waiting on Wednesday [28]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine


Ink (Paper Gods, #1)
Ink
(Paper Gods #1)
by Amanda Sun
Expected Publication: 25th June 2013

From Goodreads:


I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.


On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.



I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard of it, mainly because of the gorgeous cover but also the story sounded really intriguing. I recently got approved for this book on NetGalley and am excited to read it, though I have seen mixed reviews so I'm a little bit worried about how it'll go.. *crosses fingers* I'm still excited though!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Cover Reveal: Grounded by G.P. Ching



Grounded by G.P. Ching
YA Paranormal/ Sci-fi & Fantasy
Expected Publication: 15th November 2012
All my life I've worked to be simple, but I can't pretend anymore. Nothing about me is simple.

In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus. The goal? To abate the energy crisis by reprogramming human DNA to power personal electronic devices. The experiment works but with disastrous consequences.

Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis. Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn't changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America. She milks her cow by hand, makes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who's been her best friend since she could walk.

But when Lydia's father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave home to visit him. An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet. 
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Author Bio - G.P. Ching



G.P Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series and variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding guinea pig.

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Teaser Tuesday [16]

Hosted by MizB at Should be Reading

The Tale of Mally Biddle

"I can ride any horse!" Bayard shouted and Sam's ears flattened again against his head.
"But, sir, Sam isn't any horse," Mally replied, her voice as sweet and innocent as a child's.

~pg. 68, e-copy of The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette



I just finished this book and I loved it! Blog tour & review to come tomorrow.


Top Ten Tuesday [18]

Top Ten Favourite Book Covers of Books I've Read


 

In no particular order..


Delirium (Delirium, #1)   Torment (Fallen, #2)

1. Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver
I'm not as fond of the others in the series, but this one is just gorgeous!

2. Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate
(Hey look, two Lauren's!)
I love all the covers and I'm always umm-ing and arr-ing about which cover I like best. It's close, but I think Torment just beats the others.


Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)   Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)

3. Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
Cover = gorgeous, book= gorgeous, series = gorgeous!

4. Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr
All the covers in this series have a very fey-like quality and they're all gorgeous.


The Undrowned Child (The Undrowned Child, #1)   Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)

5. The Undrowned Child (The Undrowned Child #1) by Michelle Lovric
How beautiful is that cover? The colours, the tones, the images.. it's all absolutely lovely!

6. Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead
The expression on her face makes this my favourite cover of the series. It's so perfect for VA!


Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)   New Moon (Twilight, #2)

7. Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #1) by Isobelle Carmody
I adore the Random House covers for this series. and can't really choose a favourite, but the first one is rather striking.

8. New Moon (Twilight #2) by Stephenie Meyer
I love the simple use of colours and objects in this series and of the covers I like this one best.


The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)   My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles, #1)

9. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Gorgeous cover for a gorgeous series. I just love the colouring and swirls and, well, everything!

10. My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyxandra Harvey
I love the fact that the person, isn't photographic in quality but more like a pastel drawing, it's really quite a lovely effect.