Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: The Tree of Truth by James Huss


Tree of Truth (Book of Pilgrimage 1)Tree of Truth by James Huss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great dystopian read from a “new-to-me” author! Thank you to Elephantine Publishing for the review copy!

The premise of this book is great! It takes place in the far future where there is a “great disease” that takes the lives of many. There is zero technology so they rely on books to get answers to any questions they may have. (LOVE THAT!)

I was a little lost on how the pilgrims were chosen, I believe that only males were sent on a pilgrimage and I believe the only male that was safe was the family leader?? Not sure about that but the idea is that a male gets sent out in search of the cure for the great disease. No one knows where the disease came from and they do not have much knowledge about it.

None of the pilgrims have ever returned from their search and they always “go to the light” (die) somewhere along the way. My favorite part of the book was that the pilgrims will write about their journey in a book that they keep with them until the end. Once the books are found, they get taken to the closest village and placed in the “Pilgrim’s Library”. This is where you can read accounts of thousands of people’s stories about their journey.

The two main characters are Marlowe and Shelley. The story is told in Marlowe’s POV and I normally do not enjoy reads from the male POV but this book was the exception. I think it was because of the story line which really intrigued me. Marlowe and Shelley really like each other but they are not destined to be together.

The ending was a bit sad and we are left on a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: Young Love by Janelle Stalder


Young Love (Bloomfield, #4)Young Love by Janelle Stalder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love any book that Ms. Stalder produces, she is definitely an auto-buy for me! It doesn’t matter if it is YA, NA, Romance, Fantasy….They are all really good! Her writing is crisp, clean and refreshing and you can never go wrong with one of her tales.

This book was definitely not an exception to the above rule. I enjoyed getting the alternating POV’s of both Honor and Grey. (I love both of those names BTW!) I really enjoyed the fact that it was not insta- love and they started off trying to have a friendship first. It also helped with all the sexual tension.(if you know what I mean? )

I really enjoyed the scenes with Honor’s Mom and her Aunt. They were hilarious and they kind of reminded me of the older women from the movie The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.


I cannot rave enough about this book! Definitely pick it up or even the whole series! They are all really good! Ms. Stalder has done it again! She never ceases to amaze me!

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Heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott


The Way Back to YouThe Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first YA contemporary that I have read in a long time! I really enjoyed the characters and their mission. Anyone whom knows me, knows how much I heart stories that include road trips and this was not an exception to that rule!

This book kind of had it all! Romance, laughter, tears and travel! It also included a little parent deception which is a requirement in any good YA book! I was able to feel like I was right there by the descriptions of the places that the two main characters traveled to. I had never been and I found myself wondering if such places actually exist and wanted to place some on my bucket list.

Even though the story surrounded a dark tragedy, there was still plenty of lightheartedness to be had. I loved the banter between all the characters and grew to love each of them individually. They each played a major role in the story in their own way. We even got to know Ashlyn a bit from flashbacks from each of the characters.

The whole idea of meeting people who were recipients of a friend’s organs is actually quite fascinating to me and I have to say that I am a tad on the morbid side but that is what actually drew me to read this book.

I did shed a few tears which would be impossible not to given the topic but with alternating POV’s, I really suggest this book to any YA fiction lover!

I feel it instantaneously as if this is what I’ve been waiting for all along. A steady thumping. A rhythm that is all Ashlyn’s. My best friend’s heart beating against mine. Again.

This copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, June

Cover Reveal: Torn by Jennifer L Armentrout


The highly anticipated second book in #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy has a cover! The amazing TORN cover was created by Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations with photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton from K Keeton designs. Check it out below! TORN is set to release July 19th. Be sure to grab the first book in the series, WICKED, which is on sale for $.99 for a limited time!

 

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TORN Synopsis:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

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Author Photo--JLA_J. LynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing

 

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, June

Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby


Because I Love YouBecause I Love You by Tori Rigby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a sweet contemporary read! I also love the cover! Very simple but adorable and eye-catching!

This book cut close to home for me, not because of my personal experience but I did have a friend whom got pregnant our senior year in high school. The guy was a major jerk, so I was able to identify with the characters on a much deeper level.

Andie is a great, strong character. She was willing to put herself on the line and really wanted to do what was best for her unborn baby. There was a lot of sadness in her life and during the book, more tragedy strikes but she is able to overcome and still continue on.

Neil, oh dear sweet Neil! I loved that he was written this way. Not too many men are like Neil nowadays and I really loved him. I also enjoyed his snark and wit! He always had a sarcastic come back and repeatedly keeps the reader on their toes.

The ending was not how I had expected and I shed quite a few tears but it ended probably the way it should have. I do not want to give too much away so that is all I am saying:) My lips are sealed!!

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for this review copy!

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Heather

Posted in 2016, June

Review: Chasing Butterflies by Terri E. Laine


Chasing ButterfliesChasing Butterflies by Terri E. Laine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just reading this book gave me butterflies!

OMG! I cannot express how much I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!! Usually in my experience, I can usually tell what is going to happen next or where the book is leading, but oh boy, this one was a complete surprise!!! Those are the books a reader tends to love and those are the books that tend to stay with them forever!

The beginning of this book started off slow for me. The book is in two parts which shows you both how the characters met and their back story before getting into all the grit of what is happening now.

I wasn’t real sure of Kelley at first, he seemed like a complete *ss! But, he quickly grew on me! I felt so bad for all that he had to endure which made me shed a tear or two.

I loved Lenora from the start! I loved her snarky attitude but I have to say that I despised her parents. Sorry but when you are a parent, you do anything in your power for your children, NOT PUT THEM THROUGH THAT!!! I must say that I was completely baffled with the change in Lenora! I figured there had to be a reason why she did a complete 180 but I could not figure it out until it fell in my lap. *smacks forehead* Duh! Why didn’t I think of that, of course! *shakes head* When she was going through all the torment, it literally made me cry.

If you are looking for a gritty, NA read with a tad bit of a dark twist, then this is the book for you!! I really enjoyed it! As you can see, I had a lot to say about it too!! Lol!

*This book is for readers 17+. It contains language and content not suitable for children*

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Heather

Posted in 2016, June, Waiting on wednesday

WOW: Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia


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Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

Expected Publication: August 2, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

I’m your protagonist—Reshma Kapoor—and if you have the free time to read this book, then you’re probably nothing like me.

Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. She’s the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all.

What’s a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Which is exactly what Reshma does after agent Linda Montrose spots an article she wrote for Huffington Post. Linda wants to represent Reshma, and, with her new agent’s help scoring a book deal, Reshma knows she’ll finally have the key to Stanford.

But she’s convinced no one would want to read a novel about a study machine like her. To make herself a more relatable protagonist, she must start doing all the regular American girl stuff she normally ignores. For starters, she has to make a friend, then get a boyfriend. And she’s already planned the perfect ending: after struggling for three hundred pages with her own perfectionism, Reshma will learn that meaningful relationships can be more important than success—a character arc librarians and critics alike will enjoy.

Of course, even with a mastermind like Reshma in charge, things can’t always go as planned. And when the valedictorian spot begins to slip from her grasp, she’ll have to decide just how far she’ll go for that satisfying ending. (Note: It’s pretty far.)

This book just sounds so unique to me and I cannot wait to start it!! I love the cover and the title too!

What are you waiting for 2

Heather

Posted in 2016, June

Review: In The After by Elisa Dane


In the AfterIn the After by Elisa Dane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made me take a really good look at how I treat people on a daily basis and have a chat with my children on bullying.

The main premise of this book is all about the popular kids at a prep school and the horrible, awful ways that they treat the ones that are not exactly with the “in” crowd. The main character knows that it is wrong but cannot help following along because if she sticks up for them, then she will become the bullied.

I really enjoyed the character of Sadie. She had to really look within herself and try to do the right thing. Of course, I fell in love with Hayden right from the start. He may not have always thought things through first but his heart was in the right place even if it always got him into trouble.

I actually cried for Ian and was able to feel his torment. Also, the moment that he was broken.

This book became my worst nightmare as a parent and I really struggled to read through the last few chapters. The ending literally gave us a bang and the detail that was given left me breathless. I would love to see a sequel and see how the characters as well as the school pulled themselves out of the darkness.

Although, I was able to see where this book was headed, I really enjoyed it because it made me feel! Even though it was shock, sadness and pity, I will keep an eye on this author!

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for the review copy!!

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Heather

Posted in 2015, blog tour, June

Blog Tour: Dream Of You by Jennifer L Armentrout with Excerpt!


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We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for DREAM OF YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout, a novella in her Wait For You Series. This is a 1001 Dark Nights novella so it is exclusively available as Amazon Kindle and Paperback. Grab your copy today!!

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My Thoughts

It has been quite awhile since I have read a book by my favorite author, JLA!! I know, I know! I use to try to keep up with all of her new releases but there are SOOOOO many and I have sort of fallen behind! I really need to rectify that ASAP! BUT, having said that, I am glad that I was given the opportunity to join this tour and read this wonderful novella.

I have read the first book in the Wait For You series but have not read any of the others and you did not need to read them to be able to know what is going on with this novella. It absolutely can be read as a stand alone!

I really enjoyed the two main characters and loved the way that Colton just kept reassuring Abby that she was the type of person that he could fall for. I had felt bad for Abby that she had such a low self esteem but could really identify with her!

This was a short and sweet novella! If you are looking for a sweet contemporary which may contain some sexy scenes, then this book is for you!

5 star rating

Excerpt

The look on his face said he wasn’t so sure of that. “He followed you to your house and he hit you with a gun. You could’ve died, Abby. I—”

“Colton,” I tried again. “I’m serious. It wasn’t your fault. Okay? And you didn’t have to come over here to check on me. I’m okay. You’ve… you’ve done enough. You got your brother and Roxy to take me home and—”

“I’ve done enough? Obviously, I haven’t done enough.” His gaze found its way back to mine. “I need to make a couple of things clear. When you left Mona’s last night, you were upset. I get that. You just saw me walk out with Nicole and you left before I could say a single thing to you. Don’t pretend like you didn’t see that.”

“Okay. You, um, seemed busy.” I swallowed, taking a step back. “So that…that’s your ex-fiancée? She’s gorgeous.”

“Yeah, she is.” His brows knitted as he stared down at me. “You know, I was hoping I would hear from you. I figured after Sunday, I was going to leave the ball in your court.”

He had? Had he given that message through man code? I wasn’t good at reading man code.

“Obviously, you need to work through some issues and I was hoping that you would let me help you with that,” he continued. “I’m impatient though. I was planning on calling you last night, but my brother does this thing every week at his place—game night. It’s stupid, but fun. I thought I’d swing by his place for about an hour and then call you.”

I didn’t know what to say about any of that, but I wasn’t going to stand here like I was mute. I had a voice and I was going to use it. “But you were at Mona’s, with Nicole.”

“I was,” he said, a muscle flexing along his jaw. “I met her there on the way to Reece’s. When we broke up, there was a watch that my grandfather had given me before he passed away. One night at her place, I had taken it off and I never found it after that. Nicole finally found it.” Lowering his one hand to the pocket of his denim jeans, he fished out a gold watch that looked like it cost a pretty penny. “She wanted to talk. That’s why we were in Jax’s office.”

I stared at the watch and then watched him place it back in his pocket. Part of me felt like an idiot, but how would anyone really react in this situation?

DREAM OF YOU Tour Schedule

June 24

Book Bite Reviews-Excerpt

Mary Had a Little Book Blog-Review

People Like Books-Review and Excerpt

Stuck in Books-Review and Excerpt

TSK TSK What to Read-Excerpt

What is that Book About-Excerpt

June 25

Bittersweet Reads-Review & Excerpt

Book Bumblings-Review

Kimberlyfaye Reads-Review and Excerpt

Love Words and Books-Review

Read-Love-Blog-Excerpt

The Eater of Books-Review and Excerpt

June 26

Fiction Fangirls-Review and Excerpt

Nightly Reading-Excerpt and Review

Readers Live 1000 Lives-Review and Excerpt

Snooby Doo’s Book Reviews-Excerpt

The Book Cellar-Excerpt

June 27

A Bookish Escape-Review

Always YA At Heart-Review & Excerpt

Daydream Books-Review

Nose Stuck in a Book-Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads-Review and Excerpt

Summer’s Book Blog-Review and Excerpt

June 28

Cocktails and Books-Review and Excerpt

Little Read Riding Hood-Review and Excerpt

Ramblings from this Chick-Review

Reading Between the Wines-Excerpt

Zili in the Sky-Review and Excerpt

June 29

Book Lovin’ Mamas-Excerpt

Romance Obsessed Book Blog-Review and Excerpt

Stuck in YA Books-Review and Excerpt

The Cover Contessa-Review and Excerpt

Travels n Reads-Review and Excerpt

June 30

21st Century Once Upon A Times-Excerpt

Deity Island-Review and Excerpt

Resch Reads and Reviews-Review

Book Crushin-Review and Excerpt

Books and Starlight-Review and Excerpt

July 1

Chapter by Chapter-Review

iFandoms Collide-Excerpt

Lovin Los Libros-Review

Whatcha Reading-Review and Excerpt

Flirty Fiction Blog-Review

July 2

Book Reviews by Lexi-Review

Book Reviews by Sandra-Review and Excerpt

Book Starlets-Review and Excerpt

Confessions of a YA and NA Book Addict-Review and Excerpt

Love Affair with Fiction-Excerpt

Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It-Review

Read My Mind-Review and Excerpt

Scandalous Book Blog-Review and Excerpt

The Slanted Bookshelf-Review

What Danielle Did Next-Review and Excerpt

July 3

Books and Swoons-Review and Excerpt

Books Unhinged-Review and Excerpt

Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom-Review and Excerpt

Dark Faerie Tales-Review and Excerpt

Jenuine Cupcakes-Review

Love Between the Sheets-Review and Excerpt

Luxen Army-Review

Mean Girls Luv Books-Review and Excerpt

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About DREAM OF YOU:

Abby Erickson isn’t looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she’s thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she’s ever seen – Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she’s in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Heather

Posted in 2015, ARC Review, June

ARC Review: Deadfall by Anna Carey


Deadfall By Anna Carey (Blackbird #2)deadfall

Published on June 16, 2015 by HarperTeen

256 Pages

ARC given by publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb:

In the compelling sequel to Blackbird, Anna Carey delivers a gritty and adrenaline-filled story of a girl desperate to escape her mysterious and terrifying assailants. Told in second person, this heart-pounding thriller puts the reader in front of the target.

A week ago, you woke up in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. The only thing you knew: people are trying to kill you. You put your trust in Ben, but he betrayed you and broke your heart. Now you’ve escaped to New York City with a boy named Rafe, who says he remembers you from before. But the two of you are not safe. The same people who are after you are tailing Rafe as well. As the chase heats up, your memory starts to return, but your past cannot save you from the terrifying circumstances of your present, or the fact that one wrong move could end this game forever.

With enemies on every side, and not a reprieve in sight, Deadfall will grab readers and refuse to let go. Perfect for fans of the Maze Runner series and the Legend series.

My Thoughts:

I really loved the first book in this duology and could not wait to get into this one! I devoured it in one sitting and cannot praise it enough! I enjoy Ms. Carey’s writing and also loved her Eve Trilogy but these books are a complete different storyline.

If you enjoy mystery/psychological thrillers, then you would really enjoy this duology! I can tell you that I enjoyed the first book but LOVED the second! The stakes were amped up in the second book and as you start to really unravel the mystery, the more thrilling and heart pounding the read got!

At first, I had forgotten that these books are told in the second person which puts the reader as the main character and it threw me off a little but once I got use to it, I really enjoyed reading this way!

I enjoyed the ending and was glad for the way that the author chose to end her story. I shed quite a few tears because the ending is not completely happy but it kept the reader on their toes not knowing what was going to happen next!

5 star rating

Heather