Thursday, October 30, 2014

[Nerd Blast Giveaway] Adrenaline Rush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Adrenaline Rush

When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.


Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE CRUSH from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.

When she’s not writing Laurie enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing, running, going to the movies and drinking tea by the gallon. She lives near NYC, but loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest. She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

[Waiting On Wednesday] #24 - All Fall Down

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming books that we eagerly anticipate and cannot wait to get here!

"All fall down" - Ally carter

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.


New series by Ally Carter!! Since her Heist series, we all know how awesome her books are and I'm super excited to read about spies and badass females! So I really can't wait for this one. Hope to get my hands on it before since it's not getting released until January 2015 :(


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[Book Blitz Giveaway] Raven by Pauline Creeden

Released Date: 10/2014

Summary from Goodreads:
This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume!

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

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About the Author
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary is scheduled for release September 30, 2013, and has already been nominated for two awards in YA Science Fiction.

One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

[Book Review] Sublime by Christina Lauren

True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors ofBeautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author ofShatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read".

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

Do you often get tricked into believing that the book is worth your time just looking at the cover? Do you stare at it with lovey-dovey eyes & want to devour every detail? Well congratulations! You're a visual person just like me but it also means that you find yourself disappointed with a lot of books. Including this one. Yay. 

From the very beginning the story seemed to be very captivating and sort of mysterious. Lucy woke up discovering that it was a different season than she remembered it was and she seems to not remember anything about herself. Even though she didn't remember, she still felt a purpose, like she was supposed to be somewhere and do something. That's where she meets Colin and simply says: "I think I'm here for you". Yes, you guessed it right. She's a ghost.

Intrigued? You shouldn't be. 

Nothing happens. They fell in love. Literally, it probably takes only few seconds. Their relationship is so puppy-love, it's like somebody asking if you think their baby is cute. You think it's actually one of the ugliest babies you've ever seen but it's a baby so you make yourself smile and say that it's cute while trying to convince yourself the same thing too. Colin in this book wasn't what I expected. He's supposed to be this insane guy who stares into Death's face & does incredibly extreme things but yet the way he acts makes him seem like a coward. Yes, a coward. Lucy has no back-bone either. 

Think you can overlook the characters & still think you like the book because it has a pretty cover? Yeah I wish I can do that too. But unfortunately the story itself leaves a lot out. Like why is Lucy there? Authors give us some sort of explanation but a lot is left to guessing. Also, if she's getting solid all through the book, how did she pick up a pencil at the very begining? And opened the doors? I. AM. SO. CONFUSED. < whaaaaaaaaaaat!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Get Wicked with Entangled Giveaway Hop


As spirits roam the neighborhood at night, 
Let loose upon the Earth till it be light... 


Entangled Publishing is awesome! Did you guys know that? They put together GET WICKED blog hop and I am super excited to be a part of it! First things first. What are you going to be for Halloween?
Haven't decided yet?? WHAT!!! Well that's just crazy, go do that right now. 
While you're doing that, I want you guys to think about the most RIDICULOUS Halloween you ever had and share it below! I can't wait to read all of your comments and get them featured after the giveaway ends! What do you guys in return??

drum roll please... 

Top 3 BEST stories will  win 3 items that could be considered as "trick" or "treat". This could include books, slimy and gross-looking zombies, candy, or even some awesome gift cards! 

So go on my little pumpkins, fly away! Remember you guys are the best :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

[Stacking The Shelves] #25 - Christmas At Tiffany's

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring the books we got this week.

OMG Halloween is next week! Have you guys got some awesome outfits yet? I'm gonna have to post a picture of when I do my outfit because it's EPIC! Well nothing really else to say, just that I'm very very tired and probably need more coffee to wake up lol Happy almost Halloween my lovelies!

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What's on your list today?  Leave comments below & I'll return the favor! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

[Book Blitz Giveaway] Gateway Trilogy by Christina Garner

Release Date: 06/2014

Summary from Goodreads:
Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.

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Release Date: August 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
**Description Contains Book 1 Spoilers** 

Two months have passed since Ember Lyons nearly died killing the powerful Root Demon threatening the Los Angeles Gateway. Physically healed, images of the day still haunt her and she can no longer access the power she once wielded. She can't talk about it with anyone at The Institute--not even her handsome, demon-hunting boyfriend, Taren. Besides there are bigger things to worry about: Gateways around the world are weakening, Keepers' Marks are fading, escaped lesser demons are populating Los Angeles, and it looks like the Root Demon wasn't alone.

When the Institute sends Ember and a team to Europe, she hopes to find answers and security on the journey, but another attempt on her life reminds her she's never really safe.

Then she's thrust together with the mysterious Alexander. Ember can't be sure if this charismatic man is her most formidable enemy or greatest ally. Either way, she needs him, because he's the only one who can bring her to... the Chasm.

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Tether (The Gateway Trilogy Book 3)
Release Date: 09/23/14

Summary from Goodreads:
**Description Contains Book 2 Spoilers**

Ember was only trying to keep a promise when she jumped into the demon world. But instead of saving Cole and his people, she found herself just as trapped as they are. She lives and learns with the Daemon survivors while the demon threat grows every day.

Meanwhile Taren struggles with his guilt for not stopping Ember. He’s desperate to know she’s alive, but there's been no sign of her except in his own vivid dreams.

As they struggle to reconnect, the Gateways around the world weaken, and the demons begin to amass for war. The end is near and Ember must face her fears if she has any hope of saving the world – or herself.

With everything falling apart, her only hope is to find...her Tether.

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About the Author
Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. Her first–about a young girl who busted up a nefarious ring of furniture thieves–was a huge hit with her mother. At eighteen, her aspirations as an actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then, she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder, both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2006, she began writing screenplays. A year later, she even got paid for one. In May of 2011, her debut novel, Gateway, became an Amazon Bestseller. Chasm, Book 2 in The Gateway Trilogy, did the same.

When she’s not writing novels, Christina spends her time working in the movie business, traveling, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, and playing with her dog, Griffin.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

[Book Tour Review] Prism by Roland Allnach

Prism presents the best of Roland Allnach’s newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader’s perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience. Roland Allnach has been described as a ‘star on the rise’ (ForeWord Clarion), ‘a master storyteller with a powerful pen’ (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is ‘smart, elegant, and addicting’ (San Francisco Review).
Prism collects seventeen stories into one volume, following a trail of diverse genres and narrative forms. From literary fiction to speculative fiction, from humor to horror, from tragedy to mythical poetry, Prism represents a wide ranging journey united by contemplations on the human condition. Including Allnach’s award winning published fiction (“Conquest’s End” and “The City of Never”), a Pushcart Prize nominated story (“Creep”), Prism also consists of the previously unpublished pieces “Titalis” (a tragedy along the lines of Shakespeare and Greek theatre), “Of Typhon and Aerina” (a tribute to epic verse), “Tumbleweed” (a humorous ditty), and “Dissociated”, a surreal short to cap off the collection.

It is very rare for an author to be skilled in different genres. It requires a special talent, a skill to look at different situations of life from a specific stand point and put it all together in one beautiful (or scary) story. Roland Allnach achieved that in Prism. Collection of Allnach's best short stories, it is the exact thing you will need to determine what genre is missing from your life. From horror to humor, it keeps you entertained through the whole book. 

One of the my most favorite ones had to be story called "11". It was about a man who lived his whole life in fear of a man who he thought was following him from the very childhood. The whole story is just so messed up, it's definitely going to make you say "WTF" couple of times. There were few stories that weren't completely my style but I enjoyed them all together. 

Roland AllnachRoland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. Remnant was followed in 2012 by Oddities & Entities, a collection spanning horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres. Both books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with a combined total of twelve national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, and Readers’ Favorite.Prism marks Roland’s third stand alone publication.
When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website,, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.
You can also find Roland on Facebook.