Posted in 2016, August, Giveaways!

Playlist, Review & Giveaway: The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers


Review

The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever, #1)The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugh! All the feels!!!

So, you all know that I kind of gravitate towards books that are taboo. This one is advertised as a contemporary about star-crossed love, which it definitely held true. These two characters tried all that they could to NOT show their inner feelings for each other and not react to them. I felt really bad for that since I did not think it would be so bad for them to be together. I mean they were not blood relatives? Am I right?

Right off the bat, I kinda have to swoon over Landon!!! He was such a gentlemen and I fell head over heels in love straight away!! He tried so hard to stay away but he just couldn’t and when you get stuck by the love bug….there is no holding back no matter whom the love of your life is!

I loved Chloe too but I have to say that I really enjoyed her BFF, Jenna, so much more!!! Jenna is snarky and assertive. She is not afraid to go after what she wants and secretly, I think that I would love to have an ounce of Jenna in myself. I am more like a shy Chloe trying to break free of my shell.

I enjoyed the list that Jenna had created for Chloe. I thought that the whole book would be more centered around said list but it was more about Chloe finding herself and the turmoil that had been created from a horrible incident that had happened to her.

Overall, I give the book a huge “thumbs up”! With the dual POV’s from Chloe and Landon, the reader is given full insight into both characters. A great beach read! I will definitely be reading more from this author!!! AND…..this looks like it is only the first book in a series:)

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Read Chapter One HERE!

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Chloe Stone’s Summer Playlist

There is nothing Chloe Stone from The Summer Before Forever loves more than sharing her favorite music. She’s fairly open to most kinds of music, but she tends toward alt rock. Her best friend, Jenna, is a total pop princess, so the two of them battle it out pretty frequently to get their songs heard, but they also can’t help falling a little in love with some of each other’s music in the process.

Summertime is the best possible time to soak in some fantastic tunes. The sun warming your skin…the smell of freshly cut grass or salty ocean air if you’re lucky enough to be by the beach. I love to sit on my back patio with my feet kicked up on a warm summer night and get lost in the music.

Here’s a special summer playlist Chloe put together for you. Some of the songs have a specific summer theme, while others have that easy summer feel or that happy, fun vibe that makes you want to dance around your backyard barefoot with the grass between your toes. Others may have you rolling down your window in the passenger seat of your best friend’s car and letting the wind whip through your hair while you sing along at full volume.

So grab your earbuds and your favorite cold drink, sit back, and take in Chloe’s songs of summer.

The Wombats “The English Summer”

Catfish and the Bottlemen “Soundcheck”

Viola Beach “Swings and Waterslides”

Saint Motel “Move”

DMA’s “Lay Down”

The War on Drugs “Red Eyes”

Japandroids “Younger Us”

Circa Waves “T-shirt Weather”

Kasabian “bumblebeee”

Kings of Leon “Beach Side”

OK Go “Upside Down & Inside Out”

Beach Slang “Too Late to Die Young”

Wolf Alice “Freazy”

Elvis Costello and the Attractions “The Other Side of Summer”

Joywave “Now”

Hear this playlist on Spotify

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About Melissa Chambers

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights Melissa_croppedtapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) The Summer Before Forever is her debut YA novel.

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XOXO,

Heather

 

Posted in 2016, ARC, August, Giveaways!

Winner’s Circle: The Cabin Early ARC!


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Congratulations to Jessica from Strung Out On Books

for winning the early ARC giveaway of The Cabin!

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Thank you to those that entered!

XOXO, Heather

Posted in 2016, August, Giveaways!

Excerpt & Giveaway: The Cabin by Natasha Preston


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by Natasha Preston (Goodreads Author)

There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar and Awake.

When Mackenzie treks to a secluded cabin in the woods with six friends, she expects a fun weekend of partying, drinking, and hookups. But when they wake to find two of their own dead and covered in blood, it’s clear there’s a killer among them.

As the police try to unravel the case, Mackenzie launches her own investigation. Before long secrets start to emerge, revealing a sinister web of sins among the original seven friends. The killer is still free. Every one of them is a suspect. And Mackenzie starts to realize that no one is innocent…

I am so excited about this book! I love mystery/thrillers, look for my review coming soon!!

Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE

Friday, August 7

“Do you have everything you need, Mackenzie?” Mum asked, watching me stuff clothes in a bag.

“I think so. We’re only going for two nights anyway.” Two painful nights of dealing with Josh.

“Remember to leave the address and phone number on the fridge.”

“I don’t think the cabin has a landline, but I’ll leave the address. I’ll get cell reception out there, apparently, and I’ll let you know when we arrive.”

She nodded nervously and gave me a weak smile.

“Mum, I’ll be fine.”

“You’re spending the weekend with someone you don’t like.”

“No, I’m spending the weekend with Aaron, Courtney, Megan, and Kyle. It’s just unfortunate that Josh will be there too.” If I could have uninvited him, I would have.

But the cabin is his parents’, so that didn’t seem too likely. Or reasonable. He’d invited us all to spend the weekend at his family’s cabin since school was out. The UK had finally realized it was summer, and next year, we’d all be going our separate ways for university.

“If you need to be picked up early…?”

I shook my head. “Thanks, but I’ll be fine. There’s no way I’m letting him ruin a weekend with my friends. Anyway, I need to go.”

“I’ll drop you off at Joshua’s.”

“No, it’s fine, Mum. I can walk.” I grabbed my bag and swung it over my shoulder. “See you Sunday night. Love you,” I said, kissing her cheek.

“Love you too, sweetheart. Call if you need anything.”

“I will,” I replied.

Josh only lived a two–minute walk away, so it wouldn’t take me long. I slammed the front door behind me and headed down the path. The weather was superhot, it being the beginning of August, and I was glad I’d opted for shorts and a T–shirt.

When I got to Josh’s, everyone was outside his house, cramming bags into cars. Seriously, we were going for two nights, but it looked like Courtney and Megan had packed for a week.

“Kenz!” Courtney shouted, jogging toward me. Her red ponytail swayed and her green eyes danced with excitement. She was the only person genuinely happy about this trip.

Taking a deep breath, I pushed away every ounce of doubt I had about this weekend and smiled. “Hey, Court. Is everyone ready?”

“Almost. Josh will be back soon,” she replied with a goofy smile. “Don’t look like that,” she added when I grimaced at his name.

Whoops, she caught me. “Sorry. I didn’t mean that. It’s…nice of him to invite us to his folk’s cabin.”

She took my lame apology with a smile. “He wants things back the way they were.”

Did he have a time machine so he could go back and not say those awful things about my friends? Could he take back what he’d done to me? What he still was doing to me?

Josh might be trying to make amends for the past—-if we were even to believe it was genuine—-but we weren’t going to forgive him so easily. Some hurts aren’t that easy to get over, and I couldn’t forgive someone who wasn’t sorry and hadn’t changed their behavior. Courtney had forgiven him already, of course, but she never could see what a waster her boyfriend was.

I lifted my eyebrow.

“Mackenzie, please,” Courtney said, sighing as she pushed her bangs out of her eyes. “He’s trying, and it will mean so much to me if you’ll try too. Please?”

I groaned and my shoulders sagged. “Fine. I’ll play nice.”

Two nights, that’s it. You can do that.

“We all will,” Megan added, stepping beside us. “Right, guys?” Aaron and Kyle nodded along, agreeing to put their differences to the side—-for the weekend at least.

“Where is Josh anyway?” I asked.

“Picking up his brother.” Courtney rolled her eyes. “Blake wanted to see him again, so Josh invited him this morning. Technically the cabin belongs to Blake too, so there’s not much anyone can do to stop him from coming with.”

“Oh,” I muttered, not sure how I felt about a stranger joining us. We didn’t know Blake, and if he was anything like Josh, the weekend was going to be a nightmare. “So the estranged brother is coming.” Great. This trip keeps getting better and better.

I had seen Blake before, on about two occasions, when his parents were doing a kid swap, but I’d never spoken to him. Blake had moved away with his dad after their parents divorced. Josh stayed with their mum. The two boys didn’t spend much time together while they were growing up, which was probably a good thing for Blake.

Courtney pushed her bangs aside again. They never stayed put, so I didn’t know why she didn’t just cut them shorter. “They’re hardly estranged.”

They rarely saw each other; I’d call that estranged. “Why is he crashing his brother’s party?” I asked.

“He’s lonely?” Kyle offered, making a sad face.

Courtney leaned against Aaron’s car. “No, he just wants to spend time with his brother.

They both want to.”

If Blake was like Josh, I would be coming home early for sure. I didn’t even want to breathe the same air as Josh, so I sort of hoped Blake was an idiot too, then I would have an excuse to leave that wouldn’t hurt Courtney’s feelings.

The warm air blew my long chestnut hair in my face. I brushed the strands from my eyes just in time to see a metallic–black Mitsubishi Warrior—-the only car I recognized without reading the logo because it was Kyle’s favorite subject—-pull up beside me.

Here we go…

Josh was sitting in the passenger seat and his brother was driving. They both had the same dark–brown hair and blue eyes, but apart from that, they looked totally different. Josh definitely didn’t inherit the looks. Blake snapped every ounce of drop–dead gorgeous and left nothing for his younger brother. Lucky for Blake.

I looked away and walked around to Aaron’s car, wanting to put as much distance between me and Josh as possible. Even just seeing his face made me want to punch him, especially after his demands. Courtney was smart, but when it came to him, she was as thick as a post.

Josh got out of the car. “Hey, guys. You remember my brother, Blake?”

Megan shook her head. “Nope, but hi.”

Blake walked to the front of his truck and casually leaned against the hood as if he was bored. “Hey,” he said with a nod.

He wore chunky black boots, dark jeans, and a black jacket, making him look mysterious and maybe a little dangerous. His dark hair stuck out in all directions in a messy style that looked like he didn’t give a crap—-which I assumed he didn’t. His bright–blue eyes scanned the group, checking us out one by one.

His gaze was intense and it was like he saw everything. I didn’t want him to see anything about me. “Let’s just leave already!” I said, opening the car door and climbing inside. The sooner we got there, the sooner we could get back. Damn, I sounded like my parents on Christmas Eve when they would try to get me to sleep as the clock ticked dangerously close to midnight.

But at least I would get two nights adult free to spend with my friends. That was something to look forward to for sure.

“Err, Mackenzie,” Courtney said. “You’re in the car with me.”

My face fell. I knew what that meant. “What?”

She stepped forward and leaned in the car so we could talk privately. “You’re coming in the car with me, Josh, and Blake.”

“Yeah, I’m not,” I replied.

“Please? Look, I know you’re mad at him, and I understand why, but will you try? I really think you two need to spend the car trip together to work through this.”

“We really don’t, Court.”

“This weekend is going to suck if you’re pissed at Josh the whole time.”

I frowned. I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like him though, so why was I the only one being forced to make the extra effort? “His brother’s weird,” I whispered as if that was going to change Courtney’s mind.

“Blake is harmless.”

I’d run out of excuses. Sighing in defeat, I replied, “All right! But if he pisses me off by making his usual stupid comments, I’m switching cars.”

Courtney held up her hands. “OK, OK. Thank you.”

“We’re taking Blake’s car then?”

“Yeah, they must have decided to bring Blake’s instead. I can see why.” Courtney was a car person; she knew all the different types and models by sight. I couldn’t even tell if something was wrong with one—-unless the engine actually fell out.

“Blake’s driving?”

“His car, so I guess.” She shrugged, watching Josh with a loving look that made me want to shake some sense into her.

“I call shotgun,” I replied. If I had to be in the same car, at least I wouldn’t have to sit next to him. I was aware that I was behaving like a child, but I didn’t care. Josh had crossed a line, and I wasn’t going to forgive him. Actually, Josh had crossed about a million lines.

I got in the passenger seat before Josh had a chance to say or do anything. He could shove it if he thought I was moving. Blake smiled a little awkwardly and started the car. He didn’t ooze confidence, but he looked like he didn’t care what anyone thought.

“I’m coming in your car too,” Kyle said.

Courtney narrowed her eyes. “You’re with Aaron and Megan.”

“There’s space with you for another, isn’t there?”

“Kyle, five in one car and two in another is stupid. No one wants to be cramped in the back.”

“Oh, for Christ’s sake, Kyle, just get in Aaron’s bloody car,” Josh snapped, shoving past him. “Pathetic arsehole.”

I ground my teeth. Did it really matter which car he rode in?

The answer was no.

Blake and I hadn’t spent any time together, so we quickly fell into an awkward silence while we waited for Josh and Courtney to get in the car. I bit the inside of my cheek and

twiddled my fingers. Say something to him! We had never actually spoken to each other before. That was about to change. We had a forty–five–minute car ride to a remote part of the Lake District ahead of us.

“Why do you hate Josh?” he asked.

I was surprised by his bluntness. It was no secret that I didn’t like Josh, but I didn’t expect his brother to come straight out and ask. “Um, because he’s a bloody idiot.”

Blake’s eyebrow rose, and he pursed his lips. Finally, he nodded once. “Yeah. OK then.”

“You don’t see him much, do you?”

“Not really. Growing up, my parents couldn’t get their shit together long enough to schedule proper visits for us. Most of the time, when they finally got around to it, they swapped us over for a day or two. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen my mum in the last twelve years.”

My heart ached for him. I couldn’t imagine what he went through as a kid. He must’ve missed his mum. I would have; my mum was the person I went to with every problem—-well, almost every problem. “That’s really sad.”

He lifted his shoulder and let it drop. “That’s how it goes sometimes.”

“Yeah, but…” I shook my head. I couldn’t imagine not seeing my mum every day, as crazy as she drove me sometimes. Blake must have felt abandoned by his mom if she never made the effort. Maybe that was how Josh felt about his dad? Wow, Josh and deep feelings. That was strange to think about… Everything I’d witnessed of his character had been shallow and selfish.

Josh and Courtney got in the car, and I zipped my mouth. The atmosphere turned tense, like it always was when Josh was around. He knew I wished he wasn’t with Courtney after all of the horrible things he’d said about our friends Tilly and Gigi. He loved that Courtney wouldn’t ditch him for treating her friends like rubbish. Bastard.

“Oh, I don’t mind you sitting up front with my brother, Mackenzie,” Josh said sarcastically as he climbed into the backseat.

I clenched my fists. Don’t let him get to you.

“My car, Bro, and I’d rather sit near a pretty face than your ugly mug,” Blake responded.

Smiling to myself, I grabbed my bag of lollipops and offered one to Blake. I should probably have been annoyed at the “pretty face” comment, but that was overshadowed by him calling Josh ugly. Blake took an orange lollipop—-my favorite—-and gave me a wink.

“Not sharing, Mackenzie?” Josh asked.

I took a deep breath, resisting the urge to jam the plastic stick into his eye. “Sure,” I replied, holding out the bag. He took two, probably to annoy me, so I said nothing.

“OK, everyone, please play nice,” Courtney whined. “This weekend, parent free, is going to be epic, so will you all make up?”

“You know I don’t have a problem with any of them, babe,” Josh replied.

“Whatever,” I muttered, clenching my jaw.

I watched Blake as he drove. His eyes slid over, occasionally catching me, but he didn’t say a word. I found myself wanting to get to know him, but I wasn’t sure why. He would go home after the weekend, and I’d probably never see him again.

Still, Blake was gorgeous, and I was drawn to him.

We reached the cabin without bloodshed, so I was pleased with my self–control—-so far. Courtney kept Josh in check by flirting with him and getting him to listen to music. I couldn’t wait until she saw through him and his crap. I was going to make sure I had a front–row seat when she dumped his arse.

“This is it?” I asked, looking out the window up at a huge, two–story cabin. It could easily house about ten people.

Blake cut the engine and smirked. “What did you expect? The Ritz?”

“This is amazing. I didn’t think it would be this big.”

“Three years ago, I would have made some sort of sexual innuendo,” Blake replied.

“All grown up now, are we?”

“Nah, that was just when I noticed Josh trying to act the big man and I realized how lame those comments actually sound.”

I grinned and got out of the car. I liked Blake and his painfully beautiful face. Maybe this weekend wouldn’t be so miserable. Kyle and Aaron bundled bags out of the trunk and chucked them on the ground. Halfway to the cabin I guess. Kyle grabbed his phone and started to film, like he usually did. He wanted to do something in the film industry, and I think he’d be awesome at it.

“Smile, Kenz,” he said, pointing it in my direction.

I stuck out my tongue and Aaron made an obscene gesture.

“Nice, Aaron,” Kyle said sarcastically.

Megan stared up at the enormous house. You could tell from the overgrown plants and faded window frames that no one had been here in a while. Josh and Courtney had spent all last weekend here getting it ready, but they’d just cleaned the inside.

The cabin was set in a clearing; the woods surrounded it on three sides, and a gorgeous lake ran along the front of the property. The scenery was beautiful. I didn’t understand why Josh’s family didn’t use it more often.

“You happy to be back?” I asked Blake as we walked to the front door at a snail’s pace. He dragged his feet like he didn’t really want to be here.

Blake shrugged and grunted. “Just here for the booze.”

Of course you are.

Josh unlocked the front door and turned to us. Kyle rolled his eyes, guessing what was coming, and I tried not to laugh. We—-eighteen and however old Blake was—-were about to be given rules.

“Courtney and I have worked hard getting the cabin ready for you all, so I would appreciate it if you would respect the place and not leave it looking like a Dumpster.”

I bit my tongue. How pompous. None of us were going to trash the cabin and he knew that. Courtney stood beside him like the lady of the manor, eating up the attention. I loved that girl, but she needed a good slap to knock some sense into her.

Josh opened the door and walked in ahead of Courtney. Gentleman my arse! And Court didn’t even care; she followed him like a little lapdog.

“I’ll grab the rest of the bags,” Aaron said, heading back out of the door.

I walked in and my jaw dropped. Wow.

The cabin was beautiful, albeit a little dated. The view of the lake from the family room window was to die for. The sun shone down on the water’s surface, making it glisten. There was a large fireplace that I could have stepped into.

Kyle walked behind me, capturing the view with his phone.

“I’m going to explore. Anyone wanna come?” Megan asked, bouncing up and down like a toddler. Her short, overly hair–sprayed bob barely moved an inch. She had already dropped her bag by the bottom of the stairs, which was about as much unpacking as she ever did.

I handed a case of beer to Courtney, who was organizing the food and booze in the kitchen.

“Don’t fancy getting lost in the forest, thanks,” I replied.

Aaron dropped a load of bags on the floor. “I’ll come.” He walked out before anyone could stop him and make him help. I watched them walk into the woods. The bright midday sun shone down on Aaron’s white–blond hair, making it glow. They both looked happy to be away, and I was going to try and do the same.

“Going for a walk,” Kyle said, shaking his head at them as he lowered the phone. He held up a six–pack in his other hand. “Crazy. Hey, Blake, where’d you want the beer, man?”

“In the oven,” he replied dryly.

I tried not to smile but failed miserably. I wasn’t sure what Blake was doing here. He didn’t seem to have a good relationship with Josh, and he didn’t seem to be making much effort.

Kyle’s mouth thinned in a tight smile, and I could tell he was fighting the urge to say something back. Instead, he narrowed his eyes and spun on his heel. Shaking his head, he walked away. Kyle was a sensitive soul and was never very good with anyone making fun of him.

Then, Blake and I were left in the living room. Alone again. I pursed my lips, not knowing what to say. Should I even say anything? The silence was awkward, but it didn’t seem to bother him at all. Nothing seemed to affect him. Blake was cool, calm, and almost robotic. But I wasn’t naive enough to think that nothing got to him.

“So…did you come here much when you were a kid?” I asked to fill the silence.

He looked over his shoulder, half smiling at me. “You’re asking if I come here much?”

“No, I asked if you came here much.” There was a big difference.

Blake turned his body so he was fully facing me. I don’t know if he did it to be intimidating, but it was. He had this cockiness about him, but it wasn’t off–putting like Josh’s.

“We came here a lot before our parents separated. After the divorce, the place stayed empty, until now.”

I didn’t know what to say. “I’m sorry.”

“Why? People divorce all the time.” Before I had the chance to say anything else, he walked outside. There was definitely a lot more to him than he let people see.

“Beer, Kenz?” Kyle asked from behind me.

I turned and smirked. “You know it’s eleven in the morning, right?”

“Yeah,” he replied, tilting his head, waiting for me to explain.

I smiled and took a beer from his outstretched hand. “Never mind.”

Kyle and I sat on the sofa while Josh and Courtney messed around putting things away in the kitchen. “You think we should help?” I asked.

“I offered. You know what Josh is like.”

Control freak. We wouldn’t do it the way he wanted. How many different ways were there to put food in a cupboard? This was “Josh’s” place though, and we were being made very aware that we were just guests. “I’m going to need a lot of alcohol to get through this weekend,” I said. I’d promised my parents no drinking, obviously, but we were all parent free and determined to make the most of it. They think we’re swimming in the lake, cooking out, and roasting marshmallows around a campfire. We are, so it’s not a total lie, but there will be drinking.

Kyle nodded in agreement and raised his bottle. “Let’s keep it coming, then.”

I clinked the top of my bottle against his and took a swig.

Kyle and I had just finished our thirds when the rest of the group joined us. “Wow, this

looks fun,” Aaron said, grinning at the bottles of alcohol spread out over the coffee table.

“Yep, Kyle and I thought we should have it all at arm’s reach. Cheers,” I said, raising my half–full bottle.

“Well, if we’re doing this, we’re doing it right. I’m well up for getting wasted,” Aaron replied, picking the Absolut Vodka. “Everyone’s in, no backing out. Josh, shot glasses, my man!” My smile grew. I wasn’t a big drinker, especially after last time, with the accident, but I wanted to have stupid, immature fun tonight.

“Err, guys, I don’t want anyone throwing up in my house,” Josh said in his annoying, stuck–up, I’m–better–than–you way. I had a very sudden, very childish urge to drink until I puked.

Everything he wanted, I wanted to do the opposite. I knew that was dangerous though. I knew I couldn’t—-and I wasn’t stupid enough to do it—-but I damn well wanted to.

“Lighten up, mate, come on. We all want this to be a good weekend,” Kyle replied.

Josh glared and his jaw tightened. He didn’t like to be challenged. “I am relaxed,” he growled through his teeth.

Aaron lifted a freshly poured shot glass and raised it to Josh, his own little in–your–face, before knocking it back. I smiled and did the same. And then I regretted it because Josh’s eyebrow arched and I knew exactly what he was thinking.

And he wouldn’t hesitate to open his big mouth. But before he could say anything, Aaron

spoke. “A toast,” he said, raising a bottle this time. “To a killer weekend.”

We lifted whatever we had in our hands. “To a killer weekend!”

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Blog Tour: Glitch by Brenda Pandos


Glitch by Brenda Pandos

Genre: New Adult Dystopian

Perfect World. Lies. Blue eyes.


When a mysterious guy from the forbidden zone sneaks an illegal slip of paper to a beautiful young girl from Brighton, she must decide if she should turn him in or follow what the note says. 


Eighteen-year-old Abby has no trouble following Brighton’s rules. For one, she’s OCD about checking her Date of Death clock, making sure her decisions never shorten her timeline, and two, she enjoys the peace Brighton has to offer. In no way would she bring on another attack that destroyed earth’s inhabitants like her predecessors. But when her best friend returns from her Advice Meeting–a glimpse into the future–shell shocked and won’t tell Abby what’s happened, she’s worried what awaits her Advice Meeting in a few days. The stranger with blue-eyes knows something, but does Abby dare enter the forbidden zone to get answers? It’s infested with zombies, or so the Elected Agency says, yet there hasn’t been sightings in years…. Those who enjoyed Divergent, Hunger Games, Time Travelers Wife and Walking Dead, will love Glitch.

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“Recommend for all age fans of paranormal, zombies, dystopia and time travel!” -MS

 

EXCERPT:

 

Keeping my eyes on the ball, I tripped on something hard and round.

My ankle twisted, tipping me over, and I fell directly into the foliage. I

half-expected to land on solid ground beneath my butt, but all that was there

was air. Then I thudded onto the rocks and continued sliding down a sharp

decline. Tumbling over, I slid head first into the dry creek bed with an oomph.

Once the momentum stopped my body and the racing of my brain

lessened, pain ricocheted everywhere. I bit back a wail and tears trickled down

my cheeks. Beyond the stars flickering over my vision, birds jostled the leaves

of the trees, taking flight in the bright sky. With my head spinning, I lay

still, afraid to get up. Thoughts of a trip to the hospital and a cast from

ankle to thigh rocked through me. Just my luck to break something right

before my Advice Meeting.

“You okay?”

I startled at the male’s voice and gasped, struggling to right

myself. Something other than pain jolted down my side as cool, blue eyes under

a shock of dark hair met mine. My breath caught and I forced down a swallow.

Cute—so cute. I couldn’t form anything coherent for a second, other than

zombies didn’t talk.

“I—I’m fine.”

He quirked his head, scanning the length of my body. “I doubt that.”

Warmth rushed through me while under the gaze of this mysterious guy

and my brain filed through all the faces of my potential mates online. His was

one I’d definitely remember, especially with those eyes, and yet this was the

first time I’d seen him. How did he escape my stalking? Was he on the

unapproved list because of his blue eyes? From another province perhaps? One

thing was for sure: he most definitely wasn’t a zombie.

“Here.” He reached for me and clasped my hand. His grip was strong

and warm as he pulled me to my feet. But there was something between our palms,

something flat, yet stiff with pointed edges.

He squeezed my hand hard and leveled me with a convicted look. I felt

a rush of blood hit my cheeks when he held on a little too long.

“What is this?” I peered into his anxious eyes. Did he expect that I

should know him? What was between our hands?

“Shhh—” he said, cautiously. “I just—need to tell you—”

He looked around nervously, then dropped my hand when the shouts of

my teammates called from the ridge.

“Abby?” I heard Elle scream above the rest. “Are you okay?”

“I’m fine,” I called while my heart revved to a sprint. I fingered

the thing he’d given me, trapping the evidence inside my palm, as my chest

filled with terror. My mouth opened and shut, then I scanned the trees for

hidden cameras. If I was caught with what I’d suspected he’d given me, we’d be

arrested, no questions asked.

The strange, cute guy moved backward into the trees, blending in with

his grey and black clothing. I wanted to ask him where he was going. The only

thing echoing in my head was the Civilian Handbook.

Rule 6.1: Paper is illegal. To not make, manufacture, or use paper in

any way. Report all violations of this law, or suffer a year in prison.

The sweat in my palm softened the pointed edges of the note. If I

kept my hand closed, the EA wouldn’t see. But then how could I read what it

said?

“Abby?” Elle screamed again. “Where are you?”

I moved away from the guy and back toward a trail leading up the side

of the ravine to the field in a rush, panicked over the paper, panicked over

everything.

“I’m coming.” I warred with a weird sense of being torn. My numb feet

stumbled forward, knowing the correct response would be to run and report him.

Another part of me wanted to help him. He wore vintage clothing from the

pre-zombie era and black Converse shoes I’d kill for and had only seen in the

museums. Where in the heck did he get his hands on paper? And why would he

trust me with it? One quick glance at his wrist—no DOD watch. I wanted to ask

him, but then I knew the EA was listening. Time ticked on slowly as we looked

questioningly, into one another’s eyes.

When I looked up the trail once again, my teammates’ feet were

rushing toward me, stirring up dirt everywhere. I turned back to the guy one

last time, but the blue eyed stranger was gone.

His note, though, burned in my palm. And then, as the girls rushed

down the trail toward me, terror flooded me. If I were caught, I’d be detained

for who knows how long. I moved to the tall grass, stooped over to pick up my

glove and stuffed the note under a shiny black rock, praying no one would

notice.

CHAPTER TWO

Careful to remain under the cloak of darkness, I sucked in the

precious air and pulled the black hoody tight around my face. Feeling naked

without my Date of Death watch on, I quickly scanned the softball field for signs of

life. If anyone caught me here, I’d have a lot of explaining to do. That was if

the undead didn’t get me first. I shuddered and pushed away the thought.

I’m safe. There’s

been no sightings in years, I reminded myself. Besides, I had to go. I had

to know what the note said.

Sneaking along the edge of the field, I darted stealthily in the

shadows, fighting the cold. The chilly February night was in direct opposition

to the unseasonably warm day we’d had earlier, yet I couldn’t get Blue Eyes out

of my mind—his clothes, his shoes, his eyes, his illegal paper. And no matter

how hard I tried or as stupid as breaking curfew and sneaking out was, I knew I

wouldn’t be able to fall asleep until I knew what the note had said.

Across the street, Elle’s brother Landon’s bedroom light beamed from

the swanky remodeled apartments, perks of being a top security monitor for the

EA. Courage burned through my veins as something he’d said replayed in my mind.

The reason the EA insisted on everyone wearing their watches at all times was

because cameras had difficulty deciphering people’s faces in the dark. He’d

know, with all the sneaking and breaking of rules that he did. I never broke

the law, ever. One, for fear of getting caught, and two, for having the stress

take years off my life.

There was something in the way Blue Eyes looked at me that I couldn’t

shake. The huge risk he took to transfer this information to me, one the EA

couldn’t intercept and why paper was illegal in the first place, drove me mad

with curiosity. Giant computers in the EA shrines held all interactions between

people, conversations recorded by DOD and messages off people’s flat screens,

and only through a warrant were those private interactions allowed to become

known. Of course Landon said that was bullshit, which is why I’d removed my

watch before sneaking out.

My heart thumped as I looked over my shoulder toward the street.

Landon’s apartment overlooked the field and if he spotted and reported me, or

my mother found my unattended watch next to my flat screen, playing a recording

of me sleeping in the background, I’d be dead. Though we lived in a crime-free

society, she’d send everyone on a hunt to find me. I’d be arrested and forced

to talk. Then they’d implant a DOD band on me—one I couldn’t take off, ever. I

would be branded a criminal.

Bands of light from the security tower tried to penetrate the dense

trees and the proof of what I’d destroyed with my fly ball came into view. Wow.

I’d knocked the container off its hinges. But where was the gun? Had I knocked

that off, too? And why hadn’t anyone come to repair it?

I stepped into the tree line, feeling a cold rush of bitter wind

cycle through the grasses and around my ankles. Hugging my arms to myself, I

traversed the path from earlier, my feet stumbling in the darkness. My mind

began to wander. What if a zombie could sneak over the wall now that there

wasn’t a functioning gun? Were they smart enough to climb? I inhaled, sniffing

for rotted flesh, and trudged down the path quickly. The dank dust flooded into

my nostrils as my heart raced harder. A rustle in the leaves made me freeze.

With wide eyes, I choked down the bile and held my breath, anticipating a feral

groan. The walking dead, according to the survival manual, only reacted when

they saw living flesh or smelled blood, but you weren’t to tempt fate.

Rule 21.2: If you’re in need of help, press your emergency button and

call for backup immediately, especially in an attack with the undead.

Of course, without my watch on, that wasn’t a possibility for me.

I waited, and after hearing nothing else, I continued down to the end

of the trail. Zombies didn’t know to hide or be quiet, but I didn’t want to

bring attention to myself with a flashlight. Barely able to see the path, let

alone a miniscule slip of illegal paper, I knelt down with a wish and a prayer.

Brushing my hands through the grass, hoping spiders and bugs kept far

away from me, I searched. My thigh throbbed in pain from the fall earlier, as I

scoured helplessly for the rock. It had to be here.

Where is it?

Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the gleam of black in the

moonlight. I reached for it, counting my blessings, when something large

scuttled through the brush behind me. I squeaked, snagged the rock and slip of

paper, and straightened my legs. Holding my breath, I stared to the other side

of the dry creek bed toward an illusive dark shape standing at the base of the

giant stone wall. I cocked my arm back, ready to pelt whatever it was with the

rock. A breeze blew in from the spot, bending back the grasses toward me,

revealing it wasn’t a person, but a hole in the rock wall. Then a flash of

white scooted past on the other side.

A grunt followed.

My heart leapt into my throat and I sprinted up the trail before I

could think. The moan of what had to be a zombie filled my ears. Quelling a

scream, I ran to the field, still staying out of the light. I cleared the fence

and turned, my chest heaving. The nighttime noises took a backseat to the blood

pulsing heavily in my ears. I scanned back and forth, but nothing came out of

the trees. I waited to be sure as guilt snaked through me. The most responsible

thing would be to report a sighting, but that would mean admitting I was

breaking curfew. Maybe I’d just imagined what I’d heard.

Unsure what to do, I ran to the street to find an overhead light. I

unfolded the damp note sticking to my palm.

Scrawled in charcoal, I read, “Don’t meet your future self tomorrow.

Please.”

My Thoughts

I was under the impression that this book dealt solely with zombies and it would just be another zombie apocolypse story. Boy was I wrong! IT WAS SO MUCH MORE!!!

I really enjoyed the storyline and thought it was unique and creative. Ms. Pandos has outdone herself with this book and I really cannot wait to see where this story is headed!

The main character of Abby is considered a good girl. She follows all rules and has never broken a law in her life. But when the mysterious blue eyed boy leaves her a note, she has to find out what it says. So she sneaks off after curfew and goes by the wall to retrieve it. The message has her a little baffled considering the mystery man obviously is from outside the wall. What could he possibly know about her life?

Now no book would be complete without a few swoony boys and this one has a gaggle of them:) We get a sense of whom Abby feels a connection with but there are a couple of others that she had affections for also and it leads me to believe that there may be quite more boy trouble on the horizon.

There were actually some zombies, but the book is not focused on this fact and the story has to do more with the survival of the people and Abby being a major component. My favorite part was the fact that each person upon their eighteenth birthday gets to meet their future self and ask them questions. This is so that they can possibly learn from their future mistakes. Can you imagine a world where this actually happens? One would think that this would make our world a perfect place but, this really causes alot of problems with these characters.

I kinow this is the first book in the series and we were left on a bit of a cliffhanger. I am hoping to have the next book in my hands soon!! Thank you to Brenda for the review copy and allowing me to be on this tour:)

4 stars

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Posted in 2014, February, Giveaways!

Eden Series Bind Up Release by Janelle Stalder


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Janelle Stalder has put the whole Eden series in one special bind up!!!

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This cover is magnificent!!!!

Now you can read the whole series and pay only one price!!!

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Praise for the Eden Series:

“I don’t know if there are words enough to describe this series accurately. It’s exactly what YA fantasy should be like.”
– Alana Rock from Dark Obsession Chronicles

“All hail Janelle Stalder!!!!! Her Eden series doesn’t disappoint. She grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go until you are so enamored in this amazing world she has created. Her words are like poetry, they flow and mingle and leaves you breathless.”
– Julie Sumner from Up All Night Reviews

“It’s emotional, beautiful, heartbreaking, wonderful, spectacular, endearing, sweet, funny, amazing, dreadful, drool-worthy, and completely captivating! I’m officially addicted!”
-Maghon Thomas from Happy Tails and Tales Blog

“This is definitely one series I will re-read over and over and over again. I loved absolutely every moment of it.”
– Kayleigh-Marie Gore from K-Books

“The author pulls us into their world, and by the time the book is over, we want to go back. Go back to Eden and relive the experiences again. This is one of those books where when you’re through reading it, you miss the characters.”
– Emerald Barnes, Author Piercing Through the Darkness

About The Series:

This edition is the complete collection of the Eden Series, including all four books –
Eden
Eden-West
Eden-South
Eden-East
PLUS an exclusive preview of the upcoming spin-off series, Elysium.
Individual books still sold separately.

Eden is an epic Fantasy ride, following a young boy who is thrown into a world on the brink of war. Along with an ensemble cast of captivating characters, he begins a journey that will change his life and make him question everything he’s ever known.

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h. Lee

Posted in 2014, February, Giveaways!

Blog Tour: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne & Divergent Read A-Long Wrap Up!


17586462See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

Published January 7, 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

288 Pages

I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it’s a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O’Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley’s parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn’t for her safety…but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O’Leary.

Praise for Truly, Madly, Deadly

“A fast-paced thriller.”–Kirkus Reviews

“What a ride! Full of twists and turns — including an ending you won’t see coming!”–April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

My Thoughts

Hannah Jayne is superb at writing YA mysteries. I had first Read Truly, Madly, Deadly and as soon as I spotted this book, I was intrigued enough to want to read it too!

The main character of Riley finds a birth certificate in her parent’s bedroom for an Elizabeth Jane. Her best friend, Shelby, comes up with all these elaborate scenarios about Riley’s parents but Riley cannot imagine any of them being true. Riley would like to forget that she found the piece of paper but she keeps receiving these strange post cards. So, she starts to investigate. Throw in a hot boy named JD and this book was a “shoo in” for fantastic!

Let’s start off with Shelby. She was hilarious. A little “over the top” but that is just how I love my best friends in books! I believe that she is really the person that convinces Riley that she has to investigate when she tells Riley that she has to ask her parents for her birth certificate and see what happens. This starts the whirlwind of complications.

I think that my favorite aspect of this book was the road trip!!! Yes, you heard me right…there is a road trip in this book where Riley goes with the school for the weekend to check out a college but, she finds herself going off course and doing something that she didn’t think she would ever do. This is where JD comes into play.

JD was definitely swoony! He is portrayed to be a “bad boy” but he is far from it. He is sweet and caring towards Riley when really she at first just wants him to keep his distance. I’m glad he didn’t though! And I really enjoyed that this was not love at first sight but the two characters getting to know each other over a small course of time.

This brings us to Riley. She is a “good girl”, always obeying her parents and let me tell you, they are strict with all kind of crazy rules for her. That should have been her first clue.

I really enjoyed this book and was sucked in from the first few pages. If you enjoy mysteries, action, romance and drama, then pick this one up. At only 288 pages, it is a quick read that will leave you guessing until the very end.

4-stars

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It is kind of bitter-sweet!

So sha-bam! That ending was NOT what I expected. What were your thoughts on the ending???

The ending was sad. Tris really has herself in some hot water now.

Thoughts on the serum used to make the Divergent robotic. What were you thinking while reading that scene?

Honestly, I kept thinking that Tris was going to be all alone and have to deal with this all herself. Up until that point, we still didn’t know if Four was Divergent or not?

My Favorite Quote. What’s yours?

“I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest.”

So, with that in mind, did you love the book?

This is actually my second time reading the book and I honestly loved it even more this time around!

Are you going to see the movie?

YES!!! And I cannot wait!!! I may even go opening night:)

I want to thank those of you have followed along for our first read a-long this month! Our next read a-long will be held in April and I am thinking The Fault In Our Stars?? Your thoughts??

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Posted in 2014, February, Giveaways!

Blog Tour: Be With Me by Jennifer l. Armentrout & Divergent Read A-Long Discussion!!


17558817Be With Me (Wait For You 2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published February 4, 2014 by Harpercollins

299 Pages

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amazon buttonTeresa 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…

My Thoughts

I will read ANY book that JLA writes! Seriously, any book! She has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I am trying very hard to keep up with all of her new releases. I am not even sure how she keeps track herself or how she finds the time to write so many? I am in awe….literally!

I did not have the pleasure of reading the first book in this series (one that I missed) but, I did not feel that I needed to in order to keep track of what was happening in this book.

I really enjoyed this NA title and really need to get my hands on the first one so that I can read more about Cam & Avery’s story. But, with that said, this book is about Cam’s little sister, Teresa. She had always dreamed of being a dancer but her hopes of that are threatened by a leg injury that she is trying to nurse back so she could follow her dream. Jase is Cam’s best friend and I can tell you that he is hot, hot, hot!!! Teresa and Jase shared a kiss a year ago and she has held onto that kiss in hopes that the next time she sees him, he will realize what he is missing and do it again.

Jase may be hot but there are some points in the book that he acts like a complete ass! (of course! As is with all men) He does redeem himself and by the end, I am in love with him all over again:)

My favorite part of the book is the scene in Cam’s apartment with Jase & Teresa locked in the spare room and Cam comes barging in. *uh oh!* Those of you that have read the book know exactly what I am talking about and if not, you need to read it, for that scene alone!!! It had me giggling a little;)

Teresa is a sweet girl and I can’t say that she is perfect. She makes her share of mistakes also but she is strong and really makes Jase work for her forgiveness.

The next book in the series, Stay With Me, is expected to be released in September and I am really looking forward to it. Once I catch up on all the rest! Seriously, if you enjoy NA, then this one is a MUST READ!!! I do not think that Ms. Armentrout could write anything that would be considered so-so or not good!

5-stars

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Divergent Read A-Long

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I greatly apologize for not getting this up yesterday. We had a huge ice storm and power was out everywhere!
But anyhoo,

Welcome to the first segment of the Divergent Read A-Long!!!

Chapters 1-10

Once I started reading this book, I was having a hard time stopping at chapter 10. I think that I read to chapter 14;) I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this book!

You can use the following questions as part of your discussion or just tell us your thoughts on the book so far:

1. What faction do you think you would choose if you were in Tris’s shoes?

I honestly think that I would have picked Dauntless also. Their life just seems so much more exciting than the others. But, I probably would have died immediately jumping from the train onto the roof so I wouldn’t have had much time for the excitement!

2.  Whom is your favorite main character & secondary character so far?

I love Tris! She thinks through every move, thought, feeling before she acts upon them. I do have a soft spot for Four, but we have not learned too much about him so far. Christina is another favorite of mine. She is sassy and speaks her mind no matter what. I love some of the questions she asks and I really think she was meant to be Dauntless, she seems to have no fear.

3. Whom is the character that you are hating on at this moment in the book?

Mine would definitely be Peter! Gosh! When he pulled the towel from Tess and she was naked, I wanted to jump in the book and strangle him myself. And I hate the way he calls her Stiff. I know that all the others do it too including Four but there is just something off when Peter says it. Like he secretly knows that she could be competition but doesn’t want to admit it.

4. Are you enjoying the book so far???

Like I said before, I was having a hard time putting it down. I had read this book so long ago and really had forgotten a lot of what happens. I am hoping that the movie follows the book closely!

Please leave a link with your discussion in the comments section OR tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Next week chapters 11-20!
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h. Lee

Posted in 2014, February, Giveaways!

Release Day: Alienated by Melissa Landers w/giveaway and review!


Hey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

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Alienated-newcvrIn a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

What do reviewers have to say?

“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try.

It’s now available in stores and online.

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To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—justMelissa1 ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit http://www.melissa-landers.com.

My Thoughts

I have been getting into quite a few sci-fi books lately and this one was high on my to-read list! A BIG THANK YOU to Disney-Hyperion for the ARC copy! Just look at that cover! One Word:

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The storyline itself was also full of all kinds of awesome! Imagine knowing that there are other life forms in space. Now, imagine getting exchange students from space. Freaky huh?

Well this book is all about just that! Cara Sweeney runs into all kinds of trouble from her town and her peers due to hosting the first ever intergalactic foreign exchange student. Seriously, the awful things that happen to her literally made me cringe! Aelyx is from L’eihr and he doesn’t trust humans any more than they trust him. He has a mission but meeting Cara is starting to sway his opinion.

I loved Cara! I really enjoyed that she was willing to defend Aelyx on all levels! Her friends and her boyfriend were constantly trying to get her to back out from hosting but she never swayed! The best part is that she is a blogger! Yuppers! She blogged about her daily experience with Aelyx via her blog, Alienated.

I was blown away at how much rioting and the awful things that Cara and Aelyx had to go through but I must say that I really believe that Ms. Landers was really on the mark with it. We would like to think that the human race would be able to adapt to knowing that there is other life forms in space but, honestly, it would not be all flowers and roses.

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The ending was a tad bit heartbreaking. And yes, I shed a few tears! (don’t laugh, I can’t help it I am emotional!) I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Invaded, to be published February 2015! Too long!!!

4-starsh. Lee

Posted in 2014, Book Tours, Giveaways!, January

Blog Tour: Savor by Kate Evangelista


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17159305Savor (Vicious Feast) by Kate Evangelista

Published 2013 by Crescent Moon Press

Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.

My Thoughts

So every once in a while you sign up for a blog tour for a book that you really have never heard of, but decide you might enjoy. Then, the amazing happens and when you start to read that said book, you are blown away with emotions and find yourself staying up until the wee hours of morning devouring that book until you are left in awe and wishing you had the sequel in your hands like right this minute! So you can imagine what this book has done for my sleeping pattern!

The basics on the storyline are that young Dakota needs a subject for her final college project. She is sent to a local club to do a photo shoot for her school’s newspaper and finds herself drooling over the band’s bassist, Luka. But then the interesting happens, she finds herself infatuated with not only the bassist but the whole band. She has figured out whom she would like her subjects to be and sets out to make it happen. Little did she know all the obstacles she would have to cross while trying to actually get the photos.

I fully enjoyed every minute of this book. The author was able to pique my interest from just the first few paragraphs and held my suspicion through to the very end. The cast is full of some very intriguing characters and I adored Dakota.

Dakota pretty much lives for her photography. She has a few demons in her closet which would explain the eye patch but we do not get down to the whole truth about where or why. I am assuming that she was attacked and left for dead but like I said, that is my assumption. She is sassy and a straight shooter. She takes no crap and will not take any crap even if she literally is drooling over a guy. Sometimes, her heart takes over but her brain snaps her right back into place.

Luka is an odd creature. He can be moody, playful and even sometimes sweet. But, he can also be dramatic. The relationship between him and Dakota is a frustrating one that by the end of the book, I was screaming at the words on the pages. I enjoyed the tender moments that he shared with Dakota but found myself so frustrated by the end. Not sure if I like him anymore???

The rest of the band was interesting as well but each band member had their own style and their own little quirks.

So now I am left with quite the frustrating small cliffhanger and trying not to track down Ms. Evangelista’s home so that I can stalk/fan girl while waiting out the next book. KIDDING!!! Honestly, you all need to go purchase and let me know what you think! It is a paranormal read but this first book does not get into the whats or whys too much. I will just have to hope/pray that the next book is coming soon!

5-stars

Excerpt

“Dakota Collins!”

I lowered my camera. The use of my full name never came with good consequences. I blinked my vision back at her even if I wanted to spend the rest of the night taking his picture. Sweat rose over my upper lip. I may just have found my subject for the Spring Showcase.

The only problem?

I had to find a way to convince him to be in my project. Something told me this wouldn’t be easy. By the way my heart beat in my ears, drowning out the music and Silvia having a fit in front of me, I wanted it too much. I wanted him too much.

“This the guy you were saying?” I showed Silvia the picture I’d taken. This seemed to pacify her because she sidled closer, mesmerized like a moth to a flame.

“Luka Visraya,” she said with a moan like she’d just tasted the most luscious chocolate before taking a long gulp of her cocktail. The name didn’t register. Silvia must have noticed my blank expression because she continued. “He’s the bassist for Vicious.”

Still no pings of recognition in my head.

She slapped her thigh. “Where have you been? It’s weird that you haven’t heard of them. Their songs are on the radio like every second.”

Of course I hadn’t heard of them. I liked listening to country and I hardly kept up with current events.

“Name one?” Okay, I had a name. Luka. Exotic. A bassist. Part of a band I should know about. So he’s famous. I slowly felt my chances of asking him to be my subject slip from my grasp. If he was someone famous, fat chance he’d say yes to a graduating

photography student like me. I just about deflated when Silvia mentioned one of their songs. “Oh, I know that one!” By accident. It played in the radio of the cab I rode in to Sacrifice. I stared at the picture of him then lifted my gaze to where he sat. “He’s gone.”

“What?” Silvia whipped around in time to come face to face with a wall of man. “Whoa!” She pushed at him. “Watch it, buddy!”

“Give me the camera,” he said in a threatening tone.

Big. Beefy. Bald. The three Bs that made up the quintessential bodyguard.

I clutched my DSLR closer to my chest and looked up at him with my good eye. “And why would I do that?” The patch didn’t seem to intimidate him because he just reached out. So much for my Bond villain aspirations. I moved away from his grubby hand. No one touched my camera but me.

Despite her size, Silvia came between me and the mountain. “We’re here to cover Sacrifice for our college paper. You don’t have the right to take away my colleague’s camera.”

Yeah! You give it to him, Silvy.

Not that I couldn’t take care of myself. But if Silvia wanted to play hero, I wouldn’t stand in her way.

“What seems to be the problem here?” a soft, authoritative voice chimed in.

The bodyguard moved aside to reveal the Gothic Lolita. She stood at just about the same height as Silvia, but she possessed an older aura even if she seemed to be our age.

“She’s been taking pictures,” Baldy said.

Lolita’s kohl eyes landed on me then shifted to my camera.

“As I was saying to the big guy,” Silvia explained. “My colleague and I are

covering the opening of Sacrifice.”

“For what paper?” Lolita asked without taking her eyes off me. I clutched my camera like an extra appendage. In some ways it was. After losing half my sight, I relied on my camera like an extra eye, seeing the world through its lens. I would rather die than lose it.

“The Daily Gossip,” I said before Silvia could answer just to relieve some of the awkward tension building in me under her gaze. “We study at Wexler U.”

She tilted her head, crossing her arms.

“Okay,” I quickly stammered out. “I get that the name of our paper sounds like a tabloid, but the Daily Gossip is a cool campus paper.” The last part maybe only I believed since Silvia raised her eyebrow at me, but Lolita and the mountain didn’t have to know that.

No one spoke after that. Even in a noisy club, the silence in our group rang in my ears. Not waiting for the situation to get any more awkward, I plowed forward with my own selfish intensions.

“You know Luka.” I said it more as a statement, but it came out like a question.

Lolita nodded.

“I’m Dakota Collins and I’m graduating this spring. I was wondering if Luka would be interested in—”

“What would I be interested in?” a smooth voice joined our group.

The walls of my throat closed, chocking the rest of what I had to say. All eyes turned to Luka. Silvia dropped her empty glass. It bounced off the bodyguard’s shoe and landed in a clatter but didn’t break. Even with my height, I still had to look up at him.

“What are you doing here?” Lolita admonished. “You should be backstage.”

One side of his lips came up. God. Without the scowl, his face lit up. I had to stop the urge to lift my camera and start snapping away. And his eyes were piercing blue. The kind that stretched over my mother’s farm in the summer. Damn.

Seeing him up close, I knew I’d give any one of my kidneys for a chance to take his picture in a formal shoot.

“We have five minutes. Chill, Yana.” He tugged at one of her pigtails.

“Luka,” Silvia managed. “I’m a big fan. Will you sign my chest?”

Bypassing my petite colleague, Luka’s intensely blue gaze studied me. He reached out and I flinched back. His fingers almost grazed my patch. What the hell was the matter with him? Trying to touch my eye patch was tantamount to poking a bandage over a wound and asking the person if it hurts.

Gothic Lolita—Yana—yanked Luka’s arm down. “I’m so sorry!” Her whole aura changed. She went from all business to panicky. “My brother sometimes forgets his manners. He didn’t mean anything about touching your…” She bit her lower lip, maybe trying to keep herself from saying the wrong thing.

That little faux pas cleared my head of the Luka haze and spurred me into action. “Luka, will you let me take your picture for my final project?” I didn’t know where my courage came from, but I knew if I didn’t take this chance, I’d regret it. I had to have him as my subject.

Still not removing his gaze from my face, like my patch transfixed him, he tilted his head to one side very much like his sister did earlier.

“Luka, don’t!” Yana said, but from the consideration on Luka’s face, she was too late.

“You’re a photographer?”

“Yes.” I nodded, in case the word wasn’t enough.

“And you’d like me to be the subject of your project?”

God yes! This time, I could only nod. I didn’t want him to see how eager I was. And I couldn’t live with myself if I embarrassed myself further.

I waited with baited breath.

It seemed everyone in our group waited with baited breath for what the golden god had to say about my brazen request. I soon realized when Luka spoke, everyone listened. The way he pronounced every word precisely yet still spoke so smoothly, like butter on warm toast, captured everyone’s attention. To say he captivated us was an understatement. Something in me certainly wanted to hear him keep speaking. He could read from an accounting textbook in that voice and no one would get bored.

“I need to know that you’re good,” he finally said.

Something about his words seemed to hold a different meaning. I must have missed the alcohol in the soda Silvia had given me. Maybe I was drunk and this was all a blackout dream.

“What are you saying?” Yana faced Luka all the way now, her petite form all rigid.

He unleashed a full on megawatt smile my way. I almost had to cover my eye from it. At my side, Silvia gasped. Her long nails dug into my arm. Like staring at the sun, I couldn’t take my gaze away from him no matter how bad it was for me.

“We’re about to perform. I want you to take several pictures then send them to Yana. If she approves, we’ll see about your request.”

Then, like smoke, he disappeared into the crowd.

About the Author

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next kateDoogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.

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Demon hunter Ty Burdin hung up his guns, knife, trench coat and fedora a year ago. Bags packed, hands washed of all demon politics, he’s done. Forever.

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