Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 64

Small haul this week! But that doesn't mean I haven't bought any books, actually quite the opposite I splurged again at BookCloseOuts.com and am now just waiting for all the books to get here in the mail! But for now these are my new additions =)

Won:
Covet by Tracy Gravis Graves
Mila 2.9 by Debra Driza

Bought:
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Entwined by Heather Dixon
(I got both of these at my local thrift shop for $2!)

Ebooks:
Wicked Games by Jessica Clare (Free!)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Paris Love Match Blog Tour

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Paris Love Match
Author: Nigel Blackwell

Synopsis:
Piers Chapman had seen Paris,
In pictures,
In movies,
In books.
What he hadn't seen was the mobster.
Or the dictator.
Or the trained killers.
Or the diamonds they were chasing.
But it was Paris,
The city of light,
The city of love.
And a girl had already stolen his heart.
What could possibly go wrong?
Getting a taxi in Paris can be hell. Piers Chapman expected a boring business trip to Paris. What he didn't expect was to fight over a cab with a beautiful girl. After a bad meeting, Sidney Roux just wanted to hail a cab, go home, and have a glass of wine. She didn't expect to fight over a cab with some pompous British tourist. Neither of them expected another man to jump in their cab. Or to be involved in a gun fight. Or a car chase through the streets of Paris. Or for the man to die. But they're thrust together when the mob demands they return what the dead man stole. Will Piers and Sidney work together? Will they find what he had stolen? Will they stay alive? And will they do the last thing they expected? Will they fall in love?



Review
Paris Love Match begins immediately with action Piers Chapman is in Paris to install a new piece of software on a crane, but the Parisian’s are not ready for him to install it. To kill time he decides to explore Paris which leads him to fighting over a cab with Sidney Roux and another man who promptly ends up dead. Thus begins a journey through Paris, running from mobsters, and uncovering the mystery surrounding the dead man.

What I liked the most about Paris Love Match was that there was always something happening. There was constant running from once action sequence to another and I was never bored. Because there was so much action at times it felt a little hard to get to know the characters. Sidney and Piers were largely unknown to me for the first half of the novel. In the second half we get to know them a little later but by the end I was more intrigued by the story line and what was happening then the characters themselves.

I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Sidney and Piers. With so much going on it was natural for them to develop feelings for one another and it was interesting to watch it progress. By the end I was really rooting for a HEA and luckily I got one.


Overall, Paris Love Match was an action packed New Adult novel that I enjoyed. It truly reminded me of a James Bond or Italian Job-esque movie and read much like a screen play. I look forward to reading what Blackwell writes in the future!

Author Bio
Nigel Blackwell was born in rural Oxfordshire in England. He has a love of books, a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and a black belt in pointing out the obvious.As a teenager he toured France, Austria, and Switzerland, and loved seeing the wonders of the world and the people in it. Since then he has been fortunate enough to travel across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Japan, and hasn’t been anywhere that doesn’t have the potential for a story.He now lives in Texas with his wife and daughter, where they enjoy the sunshine and listen to the coyotes howl at night.



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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Mistwalker


Mistwalker
Author: Saundra Mitchell
Publisher: Harcourt
Expected Publication: Feb 2, 2014
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Synopsis:
When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.
Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls.
Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?
My Thoughts: This synopsis reminds me of the song Lighthouse by The Hush Sound which happens to be a sort of inside joke/favorite song between me and my sister, Bethany. I think that is why I am so excited and impatiently waiting for this novel!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top 10 Books I've Read (so far) in 2013


Top 10 Books I've Read (So Far) in 2013
*In no particular order
**Links take you to my reviews

1 In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
2 Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
3 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4 The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
5 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
6 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

7 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
8 The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

9 Rush by Eve Silver
10 The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Blog Tour

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The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Howard
Release Date: May 15, 2013

Synopsis:Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.


Interview

 Do you remember how/when your interest in writing started? 
I can’t pinpoint a time when I started being interested in writing, it is something I’ve always enjoyed. I can say that the first thoughts of actually publishing a book came to me after my son was born in 2010. I’d written the first half of The Forgotten Ones and I wanted so badly for other people to read it. When self-publishing became trendy in 2011 I started actually believing it was a real possibility.

What were the challenges (research, psychological, and logistical) in bringing this series or characters to life? 
I did a LOT of research for this novel. I read dozens of Irish folktales and books on Celtic mythology. I loved every minute of it, too. To learn more about the symptoms of schizophrenia, I watched some pretty disturbing videos on YouTube about the condition.

What was the easiest part of writing The Forgotten Ones? 
My favorite scenes to write were the banter scenes between Allison and Ethan. I laughed out loud at a lot of the things I imagined Ethan saying to Allison. I hope other people find him as irresistible as Allison and I do.

What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.
I felt like I was able to really spread my wings when Allison entered Tir na n’Og, aka Faerie. In my mind it is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. I think of it as being so full of vibrance that it’s nearly too much for a human mind to process. When I wrote the scenes and described the land, I envisioned Allison as being intoxicated with it’s beauty.

What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us? 
I’m working on two projects right now. The one that is demanding the most attention is a Contemporary Romance called Belong to Me. It’s the first book in a duet about two sisters who are dealing with the loss of their brother in their own very different ways.

Book Two in The Danaan Trilogy is tentatively being called Stone of Destiny. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and daydreaming about this. Lots of outlines and flow charts exist for this book. It is going to be epic, that’s all I’m going to say on that front.

Author Bio
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.




Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 63


I had a fairly good week this week. Last week I got a groupon of sorts to boocloseouts.com and for $10 I got $20 worth of books and this week they finally came! Can't wait to start reading all of these awesome titles =)

Bought:
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Until I Die by Amy Plum

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller
Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Won:
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (I read a galley of this and LOVED it! So happy to have a finished copy on my shelf! Thanks Jenn Renee Read!)

Edelweiss:
The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle


Friday, June 21, 2013

Around The World: Stormy @ Book Blog Bake

Welcome to Around The World! On Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week I have Stormy from Book, Blog, Bake on the Blog!


Interview Questions:
Where are you from?
I’m from the US, and the grand state(especially if you take “grand” to mean LARGE) state of Texas. Specifically, I’m from a small town in south Texas in which the most exciting thing is when cows find holes in fences and venture on to the road.

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from?
Worst thing about Texas? The weather, by far. It’s unpredictable, and always way too hot in the summer. I remember one time seeing the outside thermometer at my parent’s house getting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and thinking it was broken. It wasn’t! That was also the summer when the air conditioning in one of our cars broke. Not so fun!

But, by FAR my favorite (and therefore, what I consider the best thing) about Texas is the variety. The small town I grew up in is kind of boring, but we have San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. If you like the country scene you’d fit right in, and even if you don’t, the larger cities offer a break from that. The river walk in San Antonio is one of my favorite places—it’s colorful and fun and has tons of great restaurants.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
Texas has a lot of opportunities for book bloggers, but they’re all in the large cities. I don’t live TOO far from any of them, but far enough where it’s difficult to get there sometimes. And while I’ve met some other Texas book bloggers, Texas is so big that depending on where they’re from in Texas, they might as well be living in a different state distance-wise.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
I haven’t PERSONALLY been able to, but there are quite a few signings in Austin and Houston, and I live close enough to both where I could reasonably make book signing. My conflicts are more with my personal schedule than with the geographic location. There’s some pretty cool bookshops in both cities that host signings fairly frequently!

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
I haven’t worked with a ton of publishers and industry people, but with the few I have location’s never really been a problem.

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?
Tons of books set in the US of course, but as far as just Texas—the thing is, I haven’t read many books SET in Texas, though I know quite a few authors live here/were raised here. I can’t think of a single book that *I’ve* read that is set in Texas.


A Few Of My Favorite Things Section:

Favorite Book (overall): Harry Potter

Favorite Book Recent Release: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Author: Ah, such a hard question! Maybe Madeleine L’Engle? Her books helped define a large part of my childhood. 

Social Media: Pinterest—because then I feel like I’m at least being semi-productive with my social media time! 

International Food: It doesn’t feel that international when you live in Texas, but I LOVE all Mexican food(like a Texan should).

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: The Infinite Moment of Us


The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Expected Publication: Aug 20, 2013
Goodreads

Synopsis:
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

My Thoughts: This sounds like a great summer read and the synopsis reminds me a lot of what I went through prior to going away for college and even before starting Law School. I'm still not sure where my parents wishes end and where my desires begin. I can't wait to see how the characters deal with this fine line!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
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Review:
I finally decided to read Anna and the French Kiss at the urgings of Rachel from Beauty and The Bookshelf and Courageous Grace. I bought a signed copy at the RT Convention in Kansas City but was still kind of on the fence about the whole thing. Admit it, the title of this book is beyond cheesy and I was actually somewhat embarrassed when people asked what I was reading. I was shocked to discover that despite the cheesiness factor I loved this novel!

Anna was instantly likable. Her Dad is basically the next Nicholas Sparks and ships her off to France to become more “cultured”, despite being excited to go to France Anna is upset because she was never given the choice. She was told what she was going to do and that would piss anyone off. Initially, Anna struggles to adjust but as she finds a group of friends she undergoes some serious character development and ends up being a better person for it. 

I really liked the friend group Anna develops in France; Josh, Roshmi, Meredith, and of course Etienne or “St. Clair”. I liked that at first Anna is just trying to find people to hang out with and despite being attracted to Etienne, as most girls are, she realizes he has a girlfriend and that the relationship probably won’t go anywhere. This situation felt true to life (don’t all hot, great guys have girlfriends?) and I think the fact that Anna and St. Clair were friends first made me like the romance between them so much more.

Now on to the romance itself, I just loved everything about it. Etienne and Anna were painfully cute and I was always rooting for them to be together (I think everyone was). There was so much miscommunication between the characters that in the end I wasn’t even sure if they were going to be together or leave France as just friends. Luckily, there is an HEA. 

I also want to briefly mention that this book is funny! Like laugh out loud, goofy smile kind of funny and no one told me that it was going to be. I expected a cute love story but I did not expect to laugh as much as I did. The humor each of the characters brought to the story made me like them so much more and it made it feel like I was a part of their friend group rather then just an observing reader.

Overall, Anna and the French Kiss despite the cheesy title was a very cute, very fun read and I am now excited to begin the companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door, which I’ve heard features cameos by Anna and Etienne.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Vote For The Darkling!

Today is the Day! Head over to YA Sisterhood and VOTE for the Darkling!!

Update 6/18: WE WON!! The Darkling is now headed to Round 2 on July 1st against Perry!

I didn’t ask you for flattery.”
– The Darkling, Shadow and Bone

Oh my dear Darkling you didn’t ask for my flattery but I’m going to freely give it. Of all the YA bad boys out there you take the cake. You truly are the villain we love to love!


The Darkling is the ultimate bad boy

 “He had a sharp beautiful face, a shock of thick black hair, and clear gray eyes that glimmered like quartz. I knew that the more powerful Grisha were said to live long lives, and Darklings were the most powerful of them all. But I felt the wrongness of it and I remembered Eva’s words: He’s not natural. None of them are”

He may not be natural but he is hot! Strong jaw line, eyes like granite, and he’s constantly wearing black clothes with his symbol, the sliver of a moon during an eclipse.

The Darkling is complex, deep, and lonely

“Like Calls to Like”

Maybe that is the reason we swoon over The Darkling? Because like calls to like. We see something in him that is reflected in ourselves. Those dark thoughts that creep in to your soul at night, the loneliness that overtakes when we are truly alone, the longing to change the world for good or better, to leave a mark. The Darkling feels those same things.

I knew he was a practiced liar. He could fake any emotion, play on any human failing. But I couldn’t deny what I’d felt in Novyi Zem or the truth of what the Darkling had shown me: my own sadness, my own longing, reflected back to me in his bleak gray eyes.
         

                                                                               
The Darklings got that Something Special

The Darkling is the leader of the Second Army. He is second only to the Ravkan King and he views the King as nothing more then a child. The Darkling is the most powerful Grisha and he knows it. The Darkling isn’t afraid to use his power for good…or evil…depending on your perspective.

The Darkling also has a host of skills that only he possesses. He can summon darkness to blind his enemies, use darkness to slice his enemies in half (the Cut). He’s also a living amplifier which means that his power can be used to strengthen the power of other Grisha.

The Darkling is someone you want to have on your side in a fight! 
“So I'm the Darkling's prisoner?"
"You're under his protection."
"What's the difference?"
"Pray you never find out.”


 Why should you vote for the Darkling?

The Darkling is:
♥ Powerful
♥ Complex
♥ Lonely
♥ Sexy
♥ Deep
♥ Charming
♥ He is the villain we love to love!

If The Darkling got your vote make sure to tweet using the hashtag #DarklingsDarlings



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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 62


Bought:
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Yay! My finished copy finally came and it looks so good on my shelf!)

Predestine by Abbi Glines
Ceaseless by Abbi Glines
Mind Games by Kiersten White (On sale for $1.99!)

Netgalley:
The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce