Waiting on Wednesday (#119)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:


Expected Release Date: January 5, 2016
Synopsis:
At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy, that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.
OMG! OMG! I can't wait to get my hands on this!!! I absolutely love this series. The Defy series is full of action, romance, intrigue, and has a kick ass leading lady.  I am so excited about Endure I can't wait to see how this series ends!

What are you "Waiting on?"

Mini Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr


Made for You
Author: Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed ARC from friend
Review by: Jenn
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused – who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her.

As she recovers from the attempt on her life, an old flame, Nate, turns up. Eva must traverse their rocky past and figure out how to use her new power – while the killer grows increasingly frantic. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this racy thriller that Melissa’s devoted fans and new readers alike will find enthralling.

4 stars out of 5 stars

I started this book on a whim when I was visiting one of my friends and I was browsing her shelves. After quickly becoming engrossed in the story and forgetting my manners, I was a few chapters in by the time I left her house and being a bookworm herself, let me borrow her signed ARC of this book. After reading Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, I knew I could count on Marr's story telling abilities so I flew this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it kept me on my toes throughout its entirety. Every time I thought I had figured out who the killer was, something else would change my mind. Melissa Marr did such a wonderful job in capturing this reader's attention and I hope she writes more stories like.

Quotes (#116)

Morning Swooner,
There are officially 5 days until Jenn gets married and we are running around like crazy with last minutes preparations. But in honor of this wonderful occasion I am making our theme this week LOVE! Okay, so there will be quotes about love reviews of romance novels, even our WOW will be some type of LOVE related. Maybe I'm going a little overboard but I am really happy for Jenn and Sergio and I feel like celebrating! So enjoy your week and may the LOVE be with you.

  “I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.” 
~Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster

“No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you. I swear it.”
 ~C.J. Redwine, Defiance

"No matter where I went, I always know my way back to you. You are my compass star."
~Diana Peterfreund, For Darkness Shows the Stars

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
~Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”
~Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door

“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.”
~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.”
~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Have a lovely week!

Favorite Friday (#42)

Have a favorite book? Series? One that you've just read or are currently reading? Favorite Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Swoons where we spotlight some of our Favorite Reads. Everyone is welcome to join. Just enter your information on the linky or leave us a comment!

This week pick is: Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway.


Like so many other recent graduates, Dawn West is trying to make her way in New York City. She's got an ex-boyfriend she can't quite stop seeing, a roommate who views rent checks and basic hygiene as optional, and a writing career that's gotten as far as penning an online lawn care advice column.

So when Dawn lands a job tracking down the past winners of Charm magazine's "Ten Girls to Watch" contest, she's thrilled. After all, she's being paid to interview hundreds of fascinating women: once outstanding college students, they have gone on to become mayors, opera singers, and air force pilots. As Dawn gets to know their life stories, she'll discover that success, love, and friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places. Most importantly, she'll learn that while those who came before us can be role models, ultimately, we each have to create our own happy ending.
I loved reading Dawn's story! It's so inspirational and by the end I was rooting for Dawn to survive all the craziness.

About the author:

Charity earned an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University and a BA in English from Harvard College. Her first novel, Ten Girls to Watch, came out in July 2012. In 2007, she spent nine months reporting on the 50th Anniversary of Glamour’s “Top Ten College Women” contest, which served as the inspiration for her book. Her writing has appeared in that magazine and has also been published by Fitness, Ladies Home Journal, and Garden Design, among others. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.

Phew. Now that that’s done with, here’s a slightly less formal introduction. For a lot of my friends, reading Ten Girls to Watch is a fairly disorienting experience. You see, the narrator of the novel and I have a lot in common, and people who know me often come away confused by what happened in real life and what happened only in the novel.
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What are one of your favorite reads?

Blog Tour: Guest Post: Brighton Walsh

I have the lovely Brighton Walsh on the blog today for today blog tour stop of her newest book, Exposed, second in the companion series of Captive. Here is a little on Exposed:

Exposed
(Captive #2)
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Formats: Trade Paperback Original & eBook
Price: TPO $14.99 / eBook $9.99
Love can be lost but never forgotten. Beautiful, sophisticated, and engaged to the son of a Senator, Evie Masterson has the perfect life. Except for one thing: it's all based on a lie. Five years ago, she created a new identity for herself and cut all ties to her criminal past. But she can't run forever, because something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. And the only person there to help is the man she thought she left behind forever—the one man she's never been able to forget.

Devastatingly gorgeous and just as ruthless, Riley Everett is the criminal for hire who once stole Evie's heart. Years have gone by, but he's never been able to forget her either. Now her life is in jeopardy, and even after all this time, he'd still do anything to protect her, even if that means breaking into her mansion and stealing her away.

As they hide from the world, their long-lost passion reignites. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Evie can't give up the perfect life she's been working toward...and Riley has no part in it.
I'm super excited to have Brighton stopping by because I've been a fan of hers for ages and I LOVE her writing and her heroes. Her heroes just does something for because each and every time, I'm left more in love with her characters. But there's something I particularly love about Brighton's work. I love how she has visual images on her characters. More specifically, her male characters. Brighton has this handy Pinterest board that she has where gets her *ahem* heroes ideas from.

Brighton:
I initially started using Pinterest for my personal life—recipes and kids’ birthday party ideas and DIY decorations for holidays. Then, a couple years ago, I stumbled across Jill Shalvis’ Pinterest account, and thought, whoa…there are a lot of *ahem* very nice looking inspirational things available on Pinterest. Maybe I should start an author account?

Almost two-thousand pins later, nearly half of which are smokin’ hot dudes, and my author Pinterest board is my go-to when I’m looking for inspiration for my characters. Don’t get me wrong, I also have boards for heroines and locations and details. But let’s be real: the hero board is where it’s at.

When I’m going through and finding images to pin to my board for possible future use, I look for different things. At first, I was a lot less picky about who I’d pin there. Hot, half-naked guy in low slung jeans? Okay. Firefighter in any form of dress? Yes, please. Rugged, outdoorsman? Twist my arm.

Now, though, with so many pins, and thus so many pins to weed through when I need a look for a new hero, I’ve found my tastes are a bit more discerning. If you look at my board, you can see I very obviously have a type: tall, dark and handsome. (Shout out to my hubs who fits all three!) When I’m pinning new images now, I try to think about how I could use it, if I could see him as a hero in a future book, if he has a different look than the guys I’ve already got pinned on there. It also helps to have a range of ages available as inspiration, as I write everything from new adult to adult, heroes ranging from early-twenties to mid-thirties.

So there you have it, my selection process and what goes through my mind when I’m choosing these images. Although, I’ll be honest…a lot of times when I’m browsing these pins, all that goes through my head is: jkfldjsakljckdsnacjk.

It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it.

About the author
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.
Her debut novel, Caged in Winter, is available now from Berkley/Penguin. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.

Author Links: Facebook / TwitterGoodreads / Website / Pinterest

Waiting on Wednesday (#118)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: August 4, 2015
Synopsis:
Words are strong. Love is stronger.
When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they're related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can't shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.
Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?
This sounds just like my kind of read so I can't wait to get my hands on it. Doesn't it sounds adorable?

What are you "Waiting on?"

Release Day Blitz - Exposed by Brighton Walsh


Exposed
(Captive #2)
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Formats: Trade Paperback Original & eBook
Price: TPO $14.99 / eBook $9.99
Love can be lost but never forgotten. Beautiful, sophisticated, and engaged to the son of a Senator, Evie Masterson has the perfect life. Except for one thing: it's all based on a lie. Five years ago, she created a new identity for herself and cut all ties to her criminal past. But she can't run forever, because something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. And the only person there to help is the man she thought she left behind forever—the one man she's never been able to forget.

Devastatingly gorgeous and just as ruthless, Riley Everett is the criminal for hire who once stole Evie's heart. Years have gone by, but he's never been able to forget her either. Now her life is in jeopardy, and even after all this time, he'd still do anything to protect her, even if that means breaking into her mansion and stealing her away.

As they hide from the world, their long-lost passion reignites. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Evie can't give up the perfect life she's been working toward...and Riley has no part in it.

About the author
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.
Her debut novel, Caged in Winter, is available now from Berkley/Penguin. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.

Author Links: Facebook / TwitterGoodreads / Website / Pinterest

Quotes (#115)

Morning Swooners,
This is my general state of being these days. There is a ton of things that need to get done, but I'm not panicking nope... I got this... Anyway I hope your coming is week is a great one.

“You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
~Pablo Neruda, Love: Ten Poems

“Tonight I can write the saddest lines
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”

~Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
~Marie Lu, Legend

“Love is illogical, love had consequences--I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.”
~Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Be true to yourself. But that's something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”
~ Marie Lu, The Young Elites

“To love is to be afraid. You are frightened, deathly terrified, that something will happen to those you love. Think of the possibilities. Does your heart clench with each thought? That, my friend, is love. And love enslaves us all, for you cannot have love without fear.”
~ Marie Lu, The Young Elites

Have a great day!

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Vampire Academy
(Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: January 1, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Personal Copy
Review by: Jenn
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die.

The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.

Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...

4 stars out of 5 stars

I just want to preface this review by saying three things: 1. Thanks to the movie and my two of my friends for pushing me to read this series, I love it. 2. I'm glad I didn't read the books as they were being published because I would have died from the cliffhangers and the need to know. And 3. I LOVE MY RUSSIAN GOD, DIMITRI. Whew! Glad to get that off my chest.

Now, as for the book, I quickly became obsessed and I could not put the book down. Rose Hathaway is such a fun, charming and sarcastic character and I loved being in her head. The moment you pick up the book, you're thrust into the story and at first I found myself lost and confused. However, I quickly noticed that that is the way Rose work. She quick to act and punch and then later learns the who, why and reasons for doing so. The friendship between Rose and Lissa Dragomir is so important to both girls, to their characters and to their growth. It was interesting seeing their dynamic with each other and with everyone else.

Now, the boys in this series cannot be forgotten. Dimitri Belikov, sigh, is a badass and he knows how to get the job done. He's a man with not a lot of words but when he does speak, you better be listening. Christian Ozera is perfect for Lissa and even Rose. He gives both girls the perspectives they hadn't thought of themselves.

The story itself is unique because of the bond that Rose and Lissa share. However, for me, the story work so well because Rose is such an awesome main character. All the shenanigans that she got up to was so very entertaining but the more I got to know Rose, I saw how much Lissa means to her and how much she was willing to put her life on the line. Like I said before, I'm very glad I read this series when all books were out because the wait would have killed me. But I seriously should have read this book sooner. Dimitriiiii!

Waiting on Wednesday (#117)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: September 1, 2015
Synopsis:
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
I love the cover of this book! It's soooo pretty, that I had to have it. I was so happy when I read the synopsis and found it interesting as well. I can't wait to read Everything, Everything!

What are you "Waiting on?"


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