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Feature & Follow (24)

February 28, 2013 Aman 19

 Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.


Q: Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you've done, that as you've gained more experience you were like -- oops?

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Cover Reveal + Early Release: Wait For You by J Lynn

Aman 2
Yesterday morning, I was so surprised to see that J Lynn aka Jennifer Armentrout's
 new Adult novel, Wait For You, was already out.

Gosh, I love Early Releases! Cam & Avery's story is next in my reading list.

And now for the cover.

Ta Da!


Wait For You
J. Lynn
Released on February 26, 2013

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…


What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?


J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT


“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES


I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books


Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes


For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic


For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms
I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says


About the Author
J. Lynn

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet.

Find Jennifer on: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Review + Giveaway: Second Rate Chances by Holly Stephens

February 27, 2013 Aman 2


Title: Second Rate Chances
Author: Holly Stephens
Published: Self | Jan 11, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
Goodreads | Amazon
Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancĂ©e, hovering over him. When he learns that he's just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he needs – is Lil.

After countless visits with her shrink and too many sleepless nights waiting for the one man she loves to walk back through the door, Lil wants nothing more than to separate herself from the life she used to have. But the moment Sam smiles at her, Lil knows it's going to take more than self-restraint to stay away.

Second-Rate Chances is about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it's a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless.

Review:

     It's so hard for me to get my thoughts straight on this one. A critical part of me wants to point out everything that went wrong between the couple and everything that could have done right, but there's also a hopeless romantic in me that agrees and supports the main characters decision throughout the novel. Things happen for a reason and Second Rate Chances proved that Sam & Lil needed to grown up and learn from their mistakes separately in order to have a beautiful future.

     Sam doesn't remember being engaged to his boss's daughter and more importantly, not being with Lil anymore after his accident. He missed few years of his life during which he changed into a completely different man, someone who is a workaholic and doesn't socialize with his old friends or family. Sam was heartbroken to see the change in him and the only person than can make him remember was his first love, Lil. I really liked Lil, she never stopped loving Sam and knowing that he might hate her at the end, she was strong enough to risk it all and help Sam recover his memories in hopes of having some sort of closure from their past.

     Second Rate Chances is a heavily emotional book. It did made me cry and that doesn't happen often. I was mad at Sam. I was so upset with Lil. I was so frustrated that they had to go through that phase in their life where they both hurt equally and which could have been easily avoided if someone had opened up enough. But it happens and it's sucks. I was so happy that Sam & Lil got a second chances at first love and a chance to redeem themselves and find their way back to each other. I simply loved their story.

     Second Rate Chances by Holly Stephens is highly recommended to readers who enjoy second chance romances (obviously!) and fans of AL Jackson. I though it was really cute than their names were Samson and Delilah, but I couldn't see any comparison with the original tale and I was pretty sure the old ones didn't have a happy ending. Anyways, that didn't affect anything, so I still love it. Sam & Lil's romance was very memorable and special for me, and I'm going to visit their story again.

PS: Lil and Sam were together during which Sam was still engaged to Chloe, but in no way did I feel like he was cheating on anybody. Also, I have no sympathy or pity towards Chloe, she was one of those uptight people that I hate dislike. She deserved what she got. 


A Copy was provided by the author via Good Choice Reading Promotions for an honest review. 
(Thank You!)


About the Author
Holly Stephens

People have often told me that I live in a fantasy world. Little did they know, I was building an empire of stories in my head to one day share.

I'm a mother first, a wife second, and a writer third. I'm so thankful to have been given this chance to get my stories out of my head and onto paper.

When I'm not writing, I sell plumbing (no I'm not kidding) and read romances that leave my heart a flutter. I know a ridiculous amount of pop culture information and can quote certain movies word for word. Music drives me to write and to also sing off key.

Find Holly on: Blog | Twitter | Facebook  | Goodreads

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Waiting on Wednesday (24): Fault Line

February 26, 2013 Aman 12
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by
Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

This week I'm waiting on
 
 Fault Line by Christa Desir
Coming out on November 12, 2013
by SimonPulse

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Review + Giveaway: None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

February 25, 2013 Aman 4


Title: None of the Regular Rules
Author: Erin Downing
Published: Self | Nov 20, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Goodreads | Amazon
Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.

     Looking at the cover I thought it would be more romantic, but None of the Regular Rules is a story about friendship, freedom and living the moment without any regrets. I love the storyline, three friends finding a bucket list of dares and completing each one of them as they go along with their senior year in high school. It is such a fun concept and Erin Downing did a great job keeping the story entertaining considering it did dealt with some serious issues.

     Sophie has always been close to her late aunt Suzy, so when she gets her aunt's old car and finds a list of dares tucked in the glove compartment, she and her best friends, Grace & Ella makes a pact to check off each item listed and have fun with it. I couldn't get a good handle on Sophie, she is normal one minute and over-dramtic & snappish the next for no reason. I get that the big secret revealed was troubling for her, but I still felt that her behavior towards other people during that period was too much especially with Johnny Rush, that whole scenario was uncalled for. Johnny is one of those people who can make a fool of themselves and still be a charmer at the end. He was the life of the party and I simply loved him.

     One person I have to point out is Grace. I really liked Grace, her story was my favorite. Her relationship with her boyfriend, Ian, was so difficult and the author did a fantastic job making it so realistic. I felt for Grace, I understand why she acted so defensively throughout the book, and I was so proud of her at the end. What I felt bad for was that none of her friends helped her at all, they just laughed and giggled and hated Ian, but no one really helped Grace which made me question the root of their friendship.

     Overall, I enjoyed reading None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing. I liked that it didn't have a full on romance because that's not what the story is about. It's about letting go and explore new things. I loved that at the end everyone was happy with their decisions, and my favorite part was how much stronger and confident Sophie turned out to be. Just a simple list of dares made a huge difference in her life. I did like her by the end. None of the Regular Rules is recommended to readers to enjoy light, fun, adventurous reads.


A Copy was provided by the author for an honest review, as a part of blog tour.


About the Author
Erin Downing 

Erin Downing has written more than a dozen books for young adults, tweens, and kids. Her guilty pleasures include an unhealthy obsession with reality TV and cheesy romantic dramas (Revenge! Alias!), an addiction to Us Weekly magazine, and cupcakes.

Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a book editor, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. Erin has lived in England, Sweden, and New York City, and now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and kids. More information about Erin and her books can be found at: www.erindowning.com.

Find Erin on: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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Review: Close Obsession by Anna Zaires

February 23, 2013 Aman 2
Title: Close Obsession
Author: Anna Zaires
Published: Mozaika Publications | Feb 23, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi, PNR, Adult
Series: The Krinar Chronicles
Close Liaisons
Close Obsession

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The highly anticipated sequel to Close Liaisons . . .

In Lenkarda – the main Krinar colony on Earth – Mia is completely at Korum's mercy. With no way to leave and no idea how to operate even the most basic Krinar technology, she has no choice but to trust the K who brought her there – the lover whom she had betrayed.

Will he keep his promise to bring her home, or is she destined to be his prisoner forever? Can a human become a part of Krinar society? Does Korum love her, or does he only wish to possess her?

Read on to find out . . .

Review:

     Last year I was very impressed with Close Liaisons, it had one of the most innovative world building and I was looking forward to knowing more about Krinars and their society, and Close Obsession did justice to that. I loved that the story was situated in Lenkarda, Costa Rica where the K centers are located. From the beginning, we get to see an insight into the K's world and experience how they live on a day to day basis. I was a fan of some of the technologies introduced, like the intelligent houses and beds and even clothes; it was such a interesting idea and at times too much over the edge, but it worked in this particular world. Thumbs up for the creativity.

     Close Obsession opens up right where it's prequel ended. Mia arrives at Lenkarda with Korum and things are normal between them. Korum is still upset about Mia's betrayal, but I was so happy that he was giving her another chance. Korum became too pushy and commanding in this book, but I get where he was coming from, so I wasn't really angry with him. At times I did wish that he would slow down and look at things from Mia's perspective so he could understand her mindset and clarify any doubts. He still did a good job at making Mia comfortable at a new location and introducing her to other charls.

     What made this book not as much enjoyable as I would have liked was Mia and the lack of growth in her character. I was so mad at her throughout the book, I didn't agree with a lot of her decisions, and maybe it was just a simple case of misconception on my part, but we just didn't click. We did started to connect at the end and I was about to applaud her for taking a stand, but then she took a u-turn and went back to her old ways. I didn't like that at all.

     Overall, I was happy with the progress in Close Obsession. I loved that it had a suspense element throughout the story, but I wished the climax part would've stretched a little or atleast told from Korum POV. I would've loved to experience the action along with Korum instead of hearing about it, but it's still not over yet and I'm so excited to see what's in store for Korum & Mia. Hopefully Mia would start trusting Korum more and be more useful to the story. The Krinar Chronicles series is recommended to readers who enjoy other worldly stories with a hot romance. 


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Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

February 22, 2013 Aman 4
Title: The Dead and Buried
Author: Kim Harrington
Published: Scholastic Point | Jan 1, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Goodreads | Amazon
A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller. 
Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?
   

Review:

     The Dead and Buried has made me paranoid. I get chills whenever I look at my stairs. Damn! Kim Harrington did a fabulous job with the haunted house and stalking ghost theme. I love when an author delivers what they promised in the premises. The story was haunting, mysterious, thrilling, and I was scared everytime Kayla showed up. And the cover is so well suited for this book (this one, not the other purple one, that one's weird), a little creepy, but I love it.

     Jade moves into a new town for her senior year and lives in the dead girl's house. She goes to her school, is friend is her friends, and is practically panting over her boyfriend. She has replaced Kayla unintentionally and is unaware of her death. Her little brother, Colby can see a glimmery girl and she doesn't believe him initially, but after one house party, it is clear that Kayla's ghost haunts the place and wants Jade to find some answers regarding her untimely death.

     I liked Jade, she was a very straight forward person and didn't play around. She was true to herself, and I loved that she wasn't scared of Kayla and faced her head on. My favorite parts of the book, besides Kayla showing up randomly, was reading Kayla's private Journal. It made me connect with her and understand her more deeply. She wasn't a nice person, she was mean, manipulative and a backstabber, and she knew how to control everyone around her. I was very fascinated with her character and was desperate to know the events that led to her death. It was unexpected, atleast for me, but it made sense after the culprit was revealed.

     The Dead and Buried is a well written book. Hats off to the author for pulling off the mystery so well. It is not something to be read at night, unless you want nightmares. Granted, the only other scary book I've read is Mara Dyer, which is more psycho crazy, but I would say my scare radar is pretty good, and The Dead and Buried lived up to it's mark. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy paranormal ghost stories. I'm going to start reading more of those now, they give me some sort of adrenaline boost, and I love it.


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Feature & Follow (23)

February 21, 2013 Aman 21
Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

 
Q: We always talk about books WE want. Let's turn it around. What books have you given other people lately?
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Review: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

February 20, 2013 Aman 8
Title: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Published: Self | Dec 13, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
Series: The Coincidence
The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
The Redemption of Callie & Kayden
The Certainty of Us


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There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

Review:

     The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden is a very deep and emotional book. It was borderline depressing for me with every single character having some sort of trouble past. The emotions were too much to handled at times and I felt like there weren't enough happy moments to balance out the sad ones. I was not happy with the first half of the book, it was too sad and not something I would want to read again, but what worked for me throughout the story were the characters.

     Callie and Kayden met one night at a high school graduation party where one saves the other, and carries their secret with them. Callie has always been an invisible girl at school, but she's trying to change that in college. Seth is Callie's best friend who knows her dark secret and is helping her moving on from it. I liked Callie a lot, in fact, I liked every main character in this book (4 of them), they are so distinct and their lives are so intricate, I enjoyed reading about them. But here's the catch. I loved each one of them individually; put together in one setting, they are a cluster fuck. I just can't see a relationship happening between Callie & Kayden at all, their lives are so messed up as it is, and two unbalanced people will only create more trouble then solve the previous one. I'm sorry, I didn't feel anything as far as love was concerned, I can see a great friendship, but that's my two cents.

     There were certain parts in the story that I enjoyed more than the other. I liked reading about Seth, he brought some sort of lightness to the story which was fun & entertaining. I loved getting to read Callie journal, it was one of the key elements for understanding her more deeply and connecting with her in a personal level. One of my favorite scenes was way in the end, where Callie & Kayden played the alcohol game. I loved the good moments they had, but they were so few and that breaks my heart.

     Overall, I didn't loved TCoC&K as I wished I would have. Frankly, I'm torn between certain feelings; I like the characters, but not together. Even the cliffhanger ending didn't bother me that much, I was just meh with it. Disappointed? A little. Sad? More depressed. Read the sequel?..Sure, I want to know the future of Callie & Kayden. Recommend? Definitely, because the story did brought out strong emotions one way or the other, and I would love to hear what you think. Plus, Jessica Sorensen is an amazing story teller and I love her Ella & Micha series.


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Waiting on Wednesday (23): Drowning in You

February 19, 2013 Aman 12
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by
Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

This week I'm waiting on
 
  Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto
Coming out on April 12, 2013


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Review: Callum & Harper by Fisher Amilie

February 18, 2013 Aman 3
Title: Callum & Harper
Author: Fisher Amelie
Published: Self | Dec, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
Series: Sleepless
Callum & Harper
Thomas & January

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Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be.

Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other.

Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.

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Review:

What did I just read? Not the same book as everyone else read, apparently!

     Callum and Harper has been in my TBR the longest and I expected it to be so much better than what I read. Maybe it was the hype or maybe it was too much expectation, I don't know why, but I didn't like it one bit. Callum met Harper at the social services offices and falls head over heels in love with her. Same goes for Harper, she saw Callum and next thing you know, she can't stop drooling over him. The love at first sight part was very believable, but what I didn't like was that it took WAY too long for them to confess their feelings. It was so frustrating and not even the good kind, more like are-you-that-dumb frustrating. I was so mad after finishing this book and even the ending wasn't satisfactory, it was too much over the edge and unrealistic. 

     As for Harper and Callum as characters, they were okay, nothing wrong with them and nothing special about them. They were both orphans with tough life and were struggling on day to day basis. I love that they never gave up living and moved on when shit happened (as Callum would say). The one of the many things I had problem with was that their voices were very similar and I had a hard time differentiating it, even though the names were provided during transition. Harper was a very shy yet chirpy girl, I liked her, whereas, Callum was more like a girl than a man. His feelings or the way he conveys his thoughts was too feminine. I didn't like that at all, but I absolutely loved the secondary characters. I loved Cherry, Charlie, Tom, and even SO. They were such good friends, and I loved how quickly & efficiently they arranged a wedding.

     Overall, I was very disappointed with Callum & Harper. Maybe two years ago I would have loved it, but it didn't suit well right now. It seemed very childish in many ways, I wouldn't recommend it. If you want to try it because of the buzz then go ahead, maybe and that a huge maybe, you might like it more than I did. Though the cover is the most stunning I've ever seen, wish the story would have been the same.

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Promo: Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Aman 4
Today, I have an excerpt from Pieces, the sequel to The Breakway 
from Michelle Davidson Argyle. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Pieces
Michelle Davidson Argyle
Released on Feb 14, 2013
by Rhemalda Publishing
Series: The Breakaway 

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.

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Excerpt



    There were always dragons, but never as dark as the ones before her now. She stood in a burning valley so hot that ash fell from the sky like slow-drifting snow. The dragons had started the fire, their scales blackened, skin peeling, their eyes hard as diamonds. She watched four of them land in front of her. Thick smoke curled to the darkening sky.

  “I want to leave!” she screamed, but their only response was to open their mouths and breathe flames at her. She didn’t feel the pain, but when the fire cleared and she held out her arms to see the damage, she saw her skin was like dragon skin—black and peeling in jagged pieces. Falling to her knees, she grabbed a handful of dirt and threw it at the dragons. Their mouths turned up in sneers, showing their pointed, blood-stained teeth.

     You read too many fantasy novels, she could hear Jesse’s voice in the back of her head.

     They don’t love you, her mother said.
 
     Remember why you fell in love with him.
 
     She stopped at the memory of that last set of words, trying to remember who had said them to her. The dragons moved closer, and then she remembered it was Finn who had said the words. She saw the saltshaker on the table as he pushed it around in circles.

     With a start, she sat up in bed, realizing all the journal entries were still fresh in her mind. She had finished reading them hours ago and then stumbled into the bedroom to find Jesse already asleep. She had crawled in with him and drifted off, but the nightmares made her toss and turn. Jesse stirred beside her now, his toned arms reaching out for her. Morning sunlight fell across the bed.
 
     “You alright?” he asked, pulling her close.
 
     “I think so.” Lying back down, she snuggled into him. He smelled like spicy soap from his shower earlier. She took in a deep breath, savoring the feel of him holding her.
 
     Remember why you fell in love with him.
     Shut up, Finn!

 
     She wanted to scream the words into the silent bedroom, but couldn’t. She loved Jesse because he loved her. It was that simple. He sacrificed things for her. He wanted to make her happy, and she wanted the same for him. She had left everything to be with him.

     A knock on the front door made Naomi jump. It frightened her to think of who might knock on their door so early in the morning. Jesse stirred again, mumbling something she couldn’t understand.
 
     “You want me to get it?” she asked, almost afraid to wake him.
 
     Groaning, he sat up and blinked. His hair had dried in spikes. “Where the hell is my phone?” he asked. “Why are the curtains wide open?”
 
     He was always cranky when he was woken up too early. “I wanted to look at the stars as I fell asleep.”
 
     Turning to her, he blinked again. The sun made his green eyes pale. “How did that go, then? Last night? Did you read it all?”
     “Yes.”
     “And?”
     
     She looked away. “I was so tired I’m not sure how much of it stuck.”
 
     “It’s all in your head now. You can start sorting through it and face it all.”
 
     “Yeah, I guess so.”
 
     Another series of knocks. Jesse cursed and got out of bed. He was in his boxer shorts, and pulled on a pair of sweats before grabbing his phone off the dresser. He walked out of the bedroom. Curious, Naomi slipped out of bed and peeked down the hallway as Jesse looked through the peephole. She asked herself if she cared that he had lied to her about his parole, that he was a fugitive. Did it matter? Her stomach clenched.

     “What is it?” Jesse asked, opening the door a crack. His body blocked her view of whoever was on the other side. There was an answer. A man’s voice. A shudder went down Naomi’s spine.
 
     “No,” Jesse said, “she’s here.”
   


About the Author
Michelle Davidson Argyle

Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.

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Review: A Little Bit Cupid by Jennifer Shirk Blog Tour

February 16, 2013 Aman 6


Title: A Little Bit Cupid
Author: Jennifer Shirk
Published: Entangled | Jan 13, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Finding love should be easy, but wedding photographer Phoebe Ward knows better. When Cupid shows up on a crazy mission to help her —and save the world in the process—Phoebe realizes love might be even more complicated than she thought. Even with Cupid showing her Mr. Right , she can’t stop thinking about his best friend, Mr. Wrong.

Cal Crawford has never had time for love, but now he’s falling for Phoebe. Which means it’s got to be just plain wrong to set her up with his best friend, right? But even though seeing Phoebe with someone else will break his heart, he can’t walk away from her.

Phoebe can’t afford to choose the wrong guy with the fate of the world at stake. But maybe Cupid has it wrong. Maybe she has to rely just a little bit on Cupid, and a whole lot more on her heart.
 
Review:

     A Little Bit Cupid is a very adorable Valentine's short story. Cosmo, Cupid's son, needs Phoebe's help to save the world of love and happy endings. She needs to find her soul-mate and kiss him before Valentine's Day to make everything normal. Sounds crazy, right? I read it within an hour and despite the story being very rushed, I enjoyed the overall concept. I would have loved to read a full length novel about it with more details.

     Pheobe is a well established photographer and when Cosmo shows up with his outrageous story and a hand picked soul mate for her, Pheobe is left with no choice but to follow through with the plan. Along the way, instead for falling for Supposedly-The-One Adam, she falls for his room-mate Cam. I liked that Adam was a very calm & composed person, and I absolutely loved that Cam wasn't uptight because to his job like I would have expected, he was more playful & flirtatious. I liked both guys, but I couldn't get a good handle on Pheobe. Just because she was put in an unreal situation and acted on stop, I felt like I never got a chance to know more about her outside of photography.

     As a novella, A Little Bit Cupid is a well written story. It was clean, quick and funny. If you are looking for a under an hour romantic read, then A Little Bit Cupid by Jennifer Shirk is a perfect choice.


A Copy was provided by Entangled Publishing for an honest review, as a part of blog tour.


About the Author
Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet romantic comedies and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her book, The Role of a Lifetime

She's also a board member for Straight Ahead Ministries, an organization involved in helping spread the gospel and aiding medical and pharmacy students in Russia. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she's not involved in all the above, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, and four hermit crabs.

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Promo: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

February 15, 2013 Aman 2
I'm so happy to share an excerpt with you all from Bella Forrest debut paranormal novel, A Shade of Vampire. It looks really good and I love that it is set in a dark world.


Title: A Shade of Vampire
Author: Bella Forrest
Published: Self | Dec 14, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. 
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?
 Goodreads


Excerpt

 


     I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.

     He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”

     I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.

     My gaze settled on his face.

     I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.
     I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.

     Big mistake.
     The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.

     “Like what you see?”

     “A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.

     He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.

     “Don’t I have the right to be?”

     He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.

     “Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.

     My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.

     I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.

     He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.

     This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.

     “Tell me your name,” he commanded.

     I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.

     “Sofia Claremont.”

     As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.

     “Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”

     I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.

     My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

About the Author

Bella Forrest  

I've been telling stories pretty much since I could talk. Instead of having my parents read me bed-time stories, I would prefer to share with them my own made up tales.
As I grew older, I developed a passion for the fantasy genre.
I’m an avid reader and a hopeless Potterhead.
If you sign up for personal email updates from me here: www.forrestbooks.com , you'll be the first to hear about my new releases.

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Feature & Follow (22)

February 14, 2013 Aman 11
 Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

ACTIVITY: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush . . . just pretend like they are real and you just want to let them know a "few things."

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Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

February 13, 2013 Aman 9
Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published
: Feiwel & Friends | Feb 5, 2013
Genre
: Dystopian, Fantasy, Retelling, YA
Series
: Lunar Chronicles
Cinder (Cinderella)
Scarlet (Red Riding Hood)
Cress (Rapunzel)
Winter (Snow White)

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Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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Review:

     Scarlet is such a tremendously well crafted sequel to Cinder. I was taken aback by how cleverly Cinder and Scarlet's lives were woven together and I applaud Marissa Meyer for that. Lunar Chronicles is a series based on fairytale retelling, and the heroines of this book are such strong, powerful characters, and I feel some sort of girl power reading their stories. You would expect some gushy gushy romance, but I love that it is more much than that.

     Scarlet has grown up with her grandmother in a small country farm in France. Scar's grandmother is her closest relative, and after she went missing, Scarlet takes the help of a street fighter, Wolf to find her grandmother. Initially it was so weird that his name is Wolf, but I kinda liked it in the end. Scarlet, just like her name, is a very fiery and feisty woman. She's a very opinionated person, and does what she believes is right. I loved that she knew how to protect herself and how to take charge. Besides Iko, Scarlet is my favorite person in this series. As for Wolf, he's that mysterious person that you couldn't help but love, yet you don't know anything about him. His character was always kept in the dark and I loved that hidden-personality element, but I'm not sure if I know him to the fullest. In short, Wolf was dark and sexy and I was entranced by him.

     Cinder is a huge part of Scarlet. She's escaped from the Beijing prison along with a new friend, Captain Thorn. He is like the male version of Iko. That's the best way to describe him. He kept the laughter coming and I was always looking forward to his parts. I liked that Cinder was getting use to her Luna gift and practicing it more often. She'll need it to fight Queen Levana, who is an insecure biatch. Poor Kai who had to bear her, but he needs to GROW UP. He's like a little boy ruling a country, I don't think he's suited for the role. I was okay with him in Cinder and same goes in Scarlet. Hopefully, he will be much improved in the next book.

     Red Riding Hood is my favorite retelling (after Beauty and the Beast; beast, wolf, see any similarities?) and Scarlet did justice to the story. I love that Marissa Meyer had little snippets between the book that connects the retelling to the original story. It makes it more interesting. I loved Scarlet, and I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy retellings and futuristic settings. I can't wait to know more about Wolf, he better be in Cress coz I love him! Rapunzel should be a job to read too.

4.5 stars
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Waiting on Wednesday (22): Down London Road

February 12, 2013 Aman 7
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by 
Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

This week I'm waiting on
 
  Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young
Coming out on May 7, 2013

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Early Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

February 11, 2013 Aman 5
Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication: Harlequin Teen | May 28, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
Series: Pushing The Limits
Pushing The Limits
Crossing The Line (Novella)
Dare You To
Crash Into You

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"I dare you..."  

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

Review:

     I'm happy. Thinking about Dare You To makes me so happy; some books just have that effect. The romances is so heartfelt, I loved that it was more on the fun and flirty side rather than serious and heartbreaking like the one in Pushing the Limits. Don't get me wrong, PTL was one of my top ten favorite reads of last year, but I loved that Dare You To has the innocence of first love, the romance that is based on trust not lust, the story that is so realistic & believable and more importantly, just the simplicity of the characters and their feelings made Dare You To a very special book for me. 

    Beth stole the show. She was the spotlight of the book and I loved her so much. She's funny, sarcastic, witty, sassy and doesn't hide behind anyone. And the best quality of hers is loyalty towards her friends & her mom. Beth had a tough childhood and besides several people abandoning her, her mom has always been by her side, so now Beth has taken the responsibility of taking care of her mom which gets her in lot of trouble. I felt for Beth, no matter how coward or horrible her mom was, Beth was always there to support her and I was very proud of her. She was a good daughter and I would have done the same if I were in her place.

     Ryan, on the other hand, was a surprise for me considering he was a Jock. Boy, he proved the stereotypes wrong. In the beginning, he was a little childish with all the dares, but at the end of the book, I was in love with him. He kind of reminded me of another Ryan in Hooked (Liz Fichera) in a sense of him being from a well off family and being passionate towards his sport (Baseball). The only difference was that Beth's Ryan had a backbone, he stood up for people who mattered and he knew when to speak up & when to apologize, and most importantly, he knew the right words to wow a girl.

     Ryan was the perfect balance in Beth's messed up life. He opened her up and kept pushing her in the right direction. One of my favorite scenes was right at the end where we see Ryan as a night in shining armor slaying Beth's demons *sigh*. You'll know when you read it; that whole scenario was so captivating, it proved that Ryan really loved Beth for who she was. That was the moment where I fell in love with him. Besides Ryan & Beth, there were a lot of new characters introduced, and I can see some of them having their own book especially Logan, he needs to have his story told.

     Isaiah is an important part of Beth's life and I love the way Beth handled his feelings. It was done right, but I still hurt for him. The only thing that made it better was the little glimpse we got of Isaiah story, and Oh. My. God, I don't know how Katie is going to pull that off, the girl she has picked is so freaking unexpected, and the HEA seems nearly impossible. I can't wait to get my hands on his book, it will be epic. The conclusion of my gigantic review is to pre-order Dare You To already. I loved it! It can be read as a standalone, but I suggest you read Pushing the Limits first to get a little history on Beth & Isaiah.


A Copy was provided by Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for an honest review. (Thank You so much!)
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