Archive | August 2013

Darkness Watching Cover Reveal

Darkness  Watching Cover RevealDarkness Watching by Emma L. Adams
(Darkworld #1)
Publication date: September 30th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her,  and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.
In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be..

Darkness Watching
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book,Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and will be published in September 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.

Bombshell Book Review

Bombshell

Bombshell by Catherine Coulter

Publication Date: July 9, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals.

While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey was found naked, unconscious, and covered with blood after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers—so who does it belong to?

Meanwhile, back in D.C., Savich and Sherlock have their hands full when the grandson of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank is found murdered, every bone in his body broken, and frozen at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. Was Savich right—is Griffin gifted with a unique ability to “see” how criminals think? And will he figure out who was behind the attempt on Delsey’s life—before it’s too late?

Personal Thoughts: Wow this book was really good. It had non-stop action just as I was expecting it to have. I love reading a series where you know some of the characters and then there are new characters added to the mix to make it more interesting.

Griffin and Anna were well developed characters and I felt as though I knew them. There wasn’t that much going on in the beginning and it had a slow start but as I kept reading, things started to snowball and the trouble just kept on coming. Seeing the interaction with Griffin and his sister, Delsey, was a riot. They are both stubborn and want to do things their own way, but that is the case with a lot of the siblings. I loved how she her nickname was the Trouble Magnet, because she always somehow manages to be around at the wrong time or place, or the trouble finds her.  First it was after the party in the bathtub of her apartment, then it was in the B&B, then it was in Savich’s house and finally at the Bonhomie Club. I mean how many times can a girl get luck and get away? The action scenes were definitely entertaining and suspenseful all at the same time.

There was a lot of mystery and suspense happening throughout the book and it kept me on my toes. I just kept on flipping the pages as fast as I could so that I could find out what would happen next. The setting felt right and the fact that it was winter made it seem more creepy and mysterious. There is something sinister about innocent snow flakes falling and having the bad guys being present with their guns and blood. Catherine Coulter knows just the right way to word things that make you wonder about the world under the surface.

It was great to see familiar characters like Savich, Sherlock, Ruth and Dix, back in action. I loved how Sherlock and Savich’s case somehow intertwined with Ruth and Dix case. They all were able to join together and meet up, and help out each other. Despite the series being quite large, it still feels sometimes that we don’t know everything and that’s what makes reading and anticipating new novels so great. Overall, it was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed and I can’t wait for more. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Reckless Longing Cover Reveal

Reckless Longing

Reckless Longing by Gina Robinson
(Reckless #1)
Publication date: September 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis: Ellie Martin hates her beautiful, man-crazy mother. Her mother’s wild and wanton behavior has left Ellie with a deep longing. To escape. To belong. To know who her real dad is. To really be loved. Her mother finally crosses a line thatsends Ellie running, escaping to college with one, focused goal–to find and confront her bio dad, who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she meets Logan. Hot, charming, and troubled. He turns her world upside down and puts all her plans in jeopardy.

Logan Walker is hiding a shameful and painful secret. One that nearly cost him everything. When he meets the beautiful and mysterious Ellie at a Week of Welcome event, something inside him awakens and he finds himself drawn to her.But the attraction they both feel for each other is as delicate as the web of secrets they each hide behind. And as the truths are revealed,  their reckless longing may not survive the fallout.

Gina
Gina Robinson loves humor, romance, suspense, and spies. Not necessarily in that order. Her latest toy is a video spy pen. She plans on putting her engineering degree to good use by building a tasar out of a disposable camera using the instructions and schematics from The Evil Genius series. Fair warning–she hasn’t held a soldering iron in quite a few years.She writes contemporary romance featuring sexy spies and plenty of adventure and humor. The Spy Who Left Me, the first book in her new Agent Ex series, published by St. Martin’s Press, is available now. Diamonds Are Truly Forever, the next book in the series, will be released on May 22, 2012.
Her first two novels are published by Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing.

She’s also published a humorous women’s fiction novel, Pink Slipper. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you’ll enjoy Pink Slipper.

Wings of Memory Cover Reveal

Young redhead womanWings of Memory by Anna Kyss
(The Underground Trilogy #2)
Publication date: September 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Kiernan leaves his homeland, hoping to unlock the secrets that could save his people from extinction. But the path to answers is fraught with danger. He never imagines what lay hidden in the Costa Rican rainforest.

Shortly after arriving, Kiernan encounters the human girl that he spent months yearning for. Kiernan must decide between his love for Meghan and his budding loyalty to his brother, Avery. He tries to place his brother first, until faced with an impossible decision.

Kiernan must tap into magic to save his people. The only problem: unleashing his magic involves breaking his vow to his brother. What if the only way to help Avery is to choose Meghan?

Wings of Memory is a young adult, urban fantasy that weaves together supernatural lore, romance, magic, and an interesting take on Mesoamerican history. It is the second novel in The Underground Trilogy.

Waiting on Wednesday: 16 Things I Thought Were True

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

16 Things I Thought Were True

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Sourcefire Books

Synopsis: Morgan McLean wants to know the truth about the dad she’s never met. Even if it means a road trip with a guy she’s not supposed to be crushing on and a girl who can’t seem to stop talking.

What she learns along the way is not at all what she expected…

Personal Thoughts: I love Janet Gurtler so when I heard that she was writing another book I couldn’t help but sqeel a little bit because I’m so excited. 🙂  Her writing is amazing, the characters are well developed and the plot line is always realistic. I can’t wait for 16 Things I Thought Were True to come out!  Ohh  March you are way too far away 🙁

What are you Waiting on this Wednesday?

Speak Low Cover Reveal

Speal Low CoverSpeak Low by Melanie Harlow
(Speak Easy #2)
Publication date: November 4th, 2013
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis: We always want what we can’t have.Tiny O’Mara is tired of living in a world where men make all the rules. After bootlegging enough whiskey to free her father from the DiFiore crime family, twenty-year old Tiny is determined to gain her independence.

But it’s going to cost her.

Her alliance with sultry Enzo DiFiore is based more on their explosive chemistry than loyalty or trust. But she’s promised him some information that will help him take revenge on The River Gang, and when he offers her a job, an apartment, and the prospect of nights spent together where anything goes, she can’t refuse—which only puts her further in his debt.

She needs gorgeous childhood pal Joey Lupo to help her again—when they’re not at each other’s throats, they make a good team, and her attraction for him is becoming impossible to deny. But after she rejects his offer to leave town together, he’s tempted to let her fend for herself.

As Enzo’s need for possession and power escalate and her feelings for Joey deepen, Tiny realizes her mistakes. She just hopes she gets the chance to fix them before it’s too late.

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.
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