Posted on Thursday, December 5th 2013 in Review
TeardropAuthor: Lauren KateSeries: Teardrop #1Publisher: Delacorte PressDate:
October 22, 2013Pages:
ARCSource: For ReviewDescription:
"Never, ever cry...
Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean.
And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense.
Can everything you love be washed away?
Like most Lauren Kate novels, Teardrop started off really slow for me, but picked up pace towards the second half of the novel. Even though Kate’s novels usually have kind of a rough start, the plot and characters end up making up for it quickly. I really loved the idea of raising the lost continent of Atlantis and the way Kate incorporated the mythology into the story.
The first half of the novel probably took me about two weeks to read, but once I got to the second half, it was hard to put down. The way Kate worked in the characters from Atlantis was pretty cool and I’m really curious to see how everything plays out in the future novels—especially with Brooks.
Brooks was probably one of my characters. I really like him and thought that he and Eureka would have made a pretty good couple. However, there is a love triangle in this story, and it’s just so…lame. I hate love triangles for the sake of love triangles. I love them when they’re done right, but it just really didn’t work for me in this situation. Especially because I don’t really like Ander and he and Eureka have one of those love at first sight things going on (at least on Eureka’s part). There was pretty much nothing in the story that caused me to buy into a relationship between Eureka and Ander and that was frustrating for me as a reader.
I did really like the supporting characters though. Eureka has the cutest set of younger siblings (twins) who just sounded adorable and a great best friend. The parents were pretty well developed, but didn’t do much for the story in my opinion. Aside from the basics of forcing Eureka to go to school and therapy, there was nothing that made them really stand out to me.
Teardrop is interesting because it deals with Atlantis, which isn’t a mythology topic I see widely explored in YA. Supporting characters, like the twins and Brooks, add some dimension to the story, aside from the awesome plot I’m sure that we’re in store for. The romantic storyline leaves a lot to be desired though, with the horrendous love triangle and the difficulty of believing in a relationship between Ander and Eureka. As a hardcore mythology fan, I enjoyed Teardrop even though it wasn’t my favorite. If you also love mythology, this one is worth picking up.
Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd 2013 in Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
UNHINGED BY A.G. HOWARD (JANUARY 2014 – AMULET)
“Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of. That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs. As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind. If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.”
BE WITH ME BY J.LYNN (FEBRUARY 2014 – HARPERCOLLINS)
“Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.
Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…”
DISSONANCE BY ERICA O’ROURKE (MARCH 2014)
“Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony. Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane. But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.”
DON’T LOOK BACK BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT (APRIL 2014 – DISNEY HYPERION)
“Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?”
NANTUCKET RED BY LEILA HOWLAND (MAY 2014 – HYPERION)
“Cricket Thompson’s lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she’s headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.
When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn’t anticipated. It’s hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.
But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn’t just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she’s been trying to ignore-her own heart.”
THE ONE BY KIERA CASS (MAY 2014 – HARPERTEEN)
“The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
LAIR OF DREAMS BY LIBBA BRAY (AUGUST 2014 – LITTLE BROWN)
“After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…
Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?”
FATES BY LAINE BROSS (FEBRUARY 2014 – DELACORTE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS)
“What if your destiny was to kill the one you love? One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything. She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home. But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?”
THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS BY MICHELLE MADOW (FEBRUARY 2014 – HARLEQUIN TEEN)
“Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.”
ALL THAT GLOWS BY RYAN GRAUDIN (FEBRUARY 2014)
“Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.”
Posted on Monday, December 2nd 2013 in Review
Cinderella Screwed Me OverAuthor: Cindi MadsenPublisher: Entangled SelectDate:
October 22, 2013Pages:
"Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She's sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she's happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she's culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.
Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?
Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.
Does anyone else feel like they need to read this story just from the title? I am a big Cindi Madsen fan and as soon as I heard about this book, I knew I needed to pre-order it. Cinderella is my favorite Disney movie and I grew up on fairytales. I’m still obsessed with them! The idea of a girl who was so hung up on an idea of a picture perfect storybook romance that she couldn’t find real love just pulled me right in. Darby’s failed relationships and cynical attitude weren’t quite what I thought they would be, but I really enjoyed the story. Darby and Jake worked well together and you just want things to work out for them.
Darby is a successful interior designer, very independent, but also super cynical. Luckily, we don’t have to settle for just knowing that a lot of bad relationships made her go from a hopeless romantic to thinking love is just a waste of time. Case studies of her failed relationships are sprinkled throughout the story, giving us a better understanding of why she feels the way she does. I have to say though, she did have some good relationships in there, and most of her bad relationships weren’t so terrible that I would’ve decided love was a waste of time. But that’s just me. C’est la vie.
Jake is a successful restauranteur who comes from money, but made his own way in life—which I loved! Even though the guy is usually more successful than the girl in these stories and I have to say that it annoys me! He was the right combination of confident and willing to pursue Darby despite her resistance, but he also tried not to put up with her crap. When she was really overdoing the whole “I don’t want to be with you” thing, he had the strength to walk away. I do wish though that he didn’t take Darby back quite as easily. She didn’t really deserve it with the way she was acting. That’s the crappy thing about love though—it makes you forgive people even when you shouldn’t.
I really enjoyed Jake and Darby together. There was plenty of banter and sweet moments, and I really love the addition of all the Prince Charmings gone wrong. Cindi Madsen always does a great job with love stories and I highly recommend checking out her novels if you’re a contemporary romance fan.
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Posted on Friday, November 29th 2013 in Review
Trust in MeAuthor: J. LynnSeries: Wait for You 1.5Publisher: William MorrowDate:
October 22, 2013Pages:
eARCSource: For ReviewDescription:
"It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.
Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.
Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery's life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?
There are no words for how freaking much I love this story. Do you realize how hard it is to write a review when all you really need to say is “Cam…”. Yes, Cam is enough reason for anyone to read Trust in Me and I highly recommend that you do!
Trust in Me is Wait for You told from Cam’s perspective. I read Wait for You first and I highly recommend reading it before Trust in You. Even though it is the same story (with additional scenes + Cam’s thoughts), unless you understand what’s going on in Avery’s head, she probably comes across as really strange.
I fell in love with Wait for You. I read the entire book in one sitting and was so sad when it was over, so getting to revisit the story in Trust in Me was such a treat! I loved reading it just as much as I loved reading Wait for Me. Knowing what happens didn’t take away any of the fun for me. I actually had trouble putting the book down at all and was really excited to get to my favorite parts and read them through Cam’s eyes.
One of the things that shocked me most was how vulnerable Cam really was. And maybe that’s a bit of an over statement, but he always seemed so confident. I wasn’t expecting to see him discouraged by Avery’s rejection so early on or to see his hesitation when he did something crazy (like inviting himself over for breakfast at an ungodly hour).
On top of all that, it was so obvious that he really liked Avery in Wait for You, but I didn’t understand how completely smitten he was until I read Trust in Me. It made me go from loving Avery and Cam together, to completely loving Cam on his own.
Since I wasn’t ready for Wait for You to be over, I was really happy that I got to relive the story with Trust in Me. Cam and Avery are such a great couple, and we just get to know Cam so much better in Trust in Me. It really is an all around fantastic story. The only thing that makes me sad is there is no other perspective to tell the story from! I loved essentially being able to re-read but having it still feel kind of new.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th 2013 in Waiting on Wednesday
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn (June 2014 – St. Martin’s Griffin)
“Two years ago, fifteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.
But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.
Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know this one simple truth: she’s not the crazy one and never has been.
Forget Me by K.A. Harrington (August 2014 – Penguin)
“Two names. One face. A dangerous secret exposed.
Morgan never minded her boyfriend Flynn’s dark and private nature. She found it mysterious and alluring. But now he’s dead, and she can’t move forward. On the three-month anniversary of Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to the social media site FriendShare to get some closure, but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as Evan Murphy. She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Same eyes, nose, jawline. Only this boy is very much alive.
Digging through layers of secrets, Morgan questions everything she thought she knew about her town, her boyfriend, and even her parents’ involvement in this massive web of lies. K. A. Harrington’s superb plotting and breakneck pacing will keep readers turning each tension-filled page in a race to the stunning conclusion.”
And We Stay by Jenny Hunnard (January 2014 – Delacorte Press)
“When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.
This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.”
Scandal by Sarah Ockler (June 2014 – Simon Pulse)
“Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.
When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.
By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.
Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.
There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…”
Posted on Friday, November 22nd 2013 in Fairytale Fashions
I love mermaids! This look from Meghan Rosette isn’t at all what I expected, but it’s really cute and super easy.
What do you guys think of the look? Would you wear it? Personally, I’m thinking I may do it this spring if I’m feeling a bit adventurous and colorful!
Posted on Thursday, November 21st 2013 in Review
Definitely, Maybe in LoveAuthor: Ophelia LondonPublisher: Entangled EmbraceDate:
October 28, 2013Pages:
eARCSource: For ReviewDescription:
"Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.
“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.
Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.
Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.
I was drawn to Definitely, Maybe in Love by the cover. There is just something about it that pulls me in. I actually didn’t realize it was a Pride and Prejudice retelling until I started reading, but the parallels were obvious almost immediately. I loved Henry’s character as he was a great Mr. Darcy and really enjoyed watching his relationship with Spring evolve.
Spring was nothing at all like I expected. She has braided hair (which I am actually very curious about since I had a hard time imagining them), doesn’t eat meat, hates land development, and is a sustainability major. She came across as a hippie who hates business just because she’s against capitalism and being successful. And oh my god—her attitude about rich people! I almost stopped reading.
But, then there is Henry. Henry comes from a very wealthy family, studied finance undergrad, drives a fancy sports car, is going to law school for property development, and is pretty much the embodiment of everything Spring hates. Since it was clear Spring and Henry were going to be a couple by the end of the novel, I decided to keep reading. And I am glad I did!
Definitely, Maybe in Love ended up being one of those books that was very hard for me to put down. As the story progresses, we move away from Spring’s earth love and detest of all things bourgeois and instead focus on her blossoming non-romance with Henry. There is clearly a lot of chemistry between Henry and Spring, although they can’t stop bickering about their ideals. They are prone to debates that challenge both of them and cause them both to rethink their positions and outlooks on property development and sustainability. While I don’t generally agree with anything Spring thinks, I do like that they challenge each other and help one another to grow and evolve. It’s an important part of any relationship.
The Pride and Prejudice parallels were also fun because it was immediately obvious which characters were which and how a good deal of the plot would play out. Even though this took a lot of the surprise out of the story, it was fun. I found myself thinking “Wait til she finds out it’s Henry!” or “Can’t wait to see her reaction to…” constantly throughout the story. It was so much fun to read a modern version of a story I love so much.
Posted on Wednesday, November 20th 2013 in Waiting on Wednesday
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Fireblood by Trisha Wolf (December 2013 – Spencer Hill Press)
“To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.
Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince’s first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.
When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.
But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.”
Scintilate by Tracy Clark (February 2014 – Entangled Teen)
“A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.
As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.
There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.
Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.”
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas (March 2014 – Bloomsbury)
“Contains all five novellas.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.”
The Guard by Kiera Cass (February 2014 – HarperTeen Impulse)
“Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . .
Before she entered the Selection . . .
She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times
bestselling Selection trilogy. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is told from Aspen’s point of view. The Guard
also features a teaser to The One
, the thrilling conclusion to The Selection trilogy.”
Posted on Tuesday, November 19th 2013 in Uncategorized
Monica Murphy’s sexy new Billionaire Bachelors Club Series book, TORN, is out today and we are excited to join in the release day launch for it. TORN is a steamy and amazing Contemporary Romance. Check out what we have for you today and then enter to win in the release day launch giveaway! There’s also a fantastic excerpt for you to check out!
ABOUT TORN (Book 2 in the Billionaire Bachelors Club Series):
New York Times bestselling
author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her
sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series …
Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage
Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family’s real estate empire, the
sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life—even if he can make her
melt with a single kiss …
When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to
his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn’t seem quite so
cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman
willing to face him down—as she steadily steals his heart.
Gage’s persistence and intense passion war with Marina’s determination
to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn’t see
coming, Marina’s torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage—or everything she holds
“Tell me your name.”
A shiver runs down my spine at the commanding, deep voice that sounds in my ear. I keep myself still, trying my best not to react considering we’re surrounded by at least a hundred people, but oh, how I want to.
If I could, I’d throw myself into the arms of the man who’s standing far too close to me. He’s demanding to know my name as if I owe him some sort of favor, which I can’t help but find hot.
Irritating, but hot.
“Tell me yours first,” I murmur in return, turning my head in the opposite direction, so it appears I’m not even talking to him. He stands behind me, tall and broad, imposing in his immaculate black suit and crisp white shirt—the silvery tie he wears perfectly knotted at his throat.
I might not be looking at this very moment, but I’d memorized everything about him the moment I first saw him not an hour ago. He’d drawn plenty of attention without saying a word, striding into the room as if he owned it, casting that calculating gaze upon everyone in attendance. Looking very much like the mighty king observing his lowly subjects—until his eyes lit upon me.
He watched me for long, agonizing minutes. Butterflies fluttered in my stomach as I felt his hungry eyes rake over my body, and for a terrifying moment I wondered if he could see right through me. I shifted the slightest bit, inwardly cursing myself for coming tonight, but I held firm. I refused to react.
I still refuse to react.
“You don’t know who I am?” He sounds amused at the notion, and I’m tempted to walk away without a word. My earlier nerves evaporate, replaced by a steely spine and an even steelier attitude. He’s so confident, so arrogant, I’m sure he believes he has me.
He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with then, does he?
We’re at a local wine- and brewery-tasting, and I’m here representing the bakery my family owns. The one I was recently allowed to take over and run since I’d graduated college. The business they all believe is going to fail.So why not give it to Marina? She can’t screw it up too badly.
That’s what I overheard my father telling my uncle. The memory of his words still cuts straight to the bone.
Finally I chance a glance at the man behind me, drinking in his thick brown hair tinged with gold, the way it tumbles across his forehead, his twinkling green eyes, the faint smile that curves his full lips. The combination gives him a boyish appearance. It’s a complete illusion because there is nothing boyish about this virile man before me.
“Perhaps you can enlighten me.” I offer a carefree smile and turn to face him, the nerves returning tenfold when he takes a step toward me, invading my personal space. His scent hits me first: clean and subtle, a mixture of soap and just . . . him. No cologne that I can detect.
Rather unusual. Most of the men I know slather themselves in expensive scents all with the purpose of drawing us silly women in. Instead, they end up choking us.
With the exception of this man. I find the uniqueness refreshing.
A slow smile appears, revealing perfectly straight white teeth. “Gage Emerson.” He thrusts his hand toward me. “And you are . . .?”
He’s not very subtle. And he’s exactly who I suspected, not that I had any real doubt. The very man who recently bought up what feels like half of the Napa Valley, all in the hopes of turning it around and selling it to God knows who just to earn a hefty profit.
Not caring in the least that he’s forever changing the landscape of the very place I’ve grown up in. And devastating my family in the process.
“Marina Knight,” I say. God, I sound breathless, and I want to smack myself. I’m not here tonight because of him. I came for other reasons. To promote the family bakery, to mix and mingle with local business owners, many I consider friends. My life in the Napa Valley is all I know.
And this gorgeous man standing in front of me is trying to take what I know away from me for good.
About Monica Murphy:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a
native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother
of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon.
She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.