Book Reviews
May 27, 2015 posted by Nichole

DNF Review: Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (Age of Legends #2)

 

Empire of NightEmpire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (Book #2)

Released April 7th, 2015

Published by HarperCollins

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21480854-empire-of-night

 

Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.

Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies—not all of them human—and even avert an all-out war.

 

I never thought that I would ever be writing a DNF review for a Kelley Armstrong book. I mean…she’s my favorite author! How can this be possible?! I stopped reading it quite a few weeks ago, but I just couldn’t bring myself to tell you all how much I didn’t like it…

I made it about 85% through the book before I had to put it down. That should already tell you enough. I had almost finished the book and, yet, I still couldn’t do it.

My biggest problem with Empire of Night was that it was flat out BORING. There was no exciting scenes, the characters were flat, and I was yawning every two seconds. I couldn’t even bring myself to read a chapter a night. I was lucky if I could force down five or so pages. And when I did suffer through 2-3 chapters? Lord help me.

Honestly, that’s probably my only complaint with the book. I was just bored, and I expected more. On top of that, I didn’t like the direction that the story was going and what was happening to some of the characters. You want my vote? Stick with Armstrong’s other amazing works and avoid this series.

 

Rating: DNF

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: April 7th, 2015

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May 25, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Ideal High by Valerie Ipson

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Ideal HighIdeal High by Valerie Ipson

Genre: YA contemporary

Published: February 24th, 2015

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25032703-ideal-high

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There’s no way Taryn’s taking Blake’s place as president of the student body. As soon as the memorial for him and six of their friends is over, she’s resigning as VP. Really.
Except people say the fire was no accident.
(She say it’s way too easy to blame someone who’s dead.)
When Taryn reads the writing on the wall, literally, the bathroom wall, she knows what it means. To get to the truth she has to come out from under her paisley comforter.
But, seriously, what stage of grief says Taryn has to be the one to fix what’s wrong at Ideal High? Maybe she’s the one who’s broken.

 

About the Author:

Valerie

Valerie Ipson loves her family…and reading, writing, genealogy, and Hershey Milk Chocolate Almond & Toffee Nuggets. She lives in Mesa, Arizona, and IDEAL HIGH is her debut novel. Reading has always been a huge love in her life, but she never thought she’d be on the author side of a book. Valerie hopes she can give readers the same experience that she has enjoyed through the years while being curled up with a good book!

Blog: http://valerieipson.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13550563.Valerie_Ipson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/valerieipson

 

The Excerpt:

Whose idea is it to broadcast the super-size faces of those who died to the far reaches of the school’s auditorium? Everybody knows they’re gone. Why emphasize the obvious even for the sake of a memorial? And why no rain on this joyless day? Never a good Texas thunderstorm when you need one.

I force a glance at the pull-down screen behind me, but immediately turn to focus on the line where the ceiling meets the wall at the back of the room. I can’t bear to look into the crowd, but I can’t look at the screen either. A giant reminder that I will never see those faces again. Weeks of grief have left me numb, but I should have worn my hair down to give me something to hide behind. Just in case.

Light pours in through the ribbon of windows high along the back wall. It crisscrosses the podium, making me squint at the sheet of paper in front of me.

It doesn’t matter. I know the list by heart.

I blink through the glare and lean in to the microphone, not sure how loud I need to be. “Ashley Bannister.”

My voice echoes across the vast room. Plenty loud.

All eyes rivet on the screen and a kid from Drama Club tugs the rope of the school bell slowly and deliberately for maximum effect. It must have taken practice to get a perfect mournful clang.

The audience’s collective gaze swings to my right. To Chelsea standing at a matching podium, staring at her own list. She’s leaning heavy on her crutches, and on the podium, too. She needs both to keep her vertical, apparently. I’m just glad I don’t have to share the same half of the stage with her. As always, I need my distance. That hasn’t changed.

“Weston James Brown.” Chelsea’s lips tighten into a thin line. I’m amazed she gets the name out. The bell sounds again, even more slowly than the first time, and a chorus of sniffles and muffled sobs grows slightly louder.

I measure my breathing and tap my fingers along the edge of the sheet of paper in front of me. I have to keep my hands busy, distracted. Maybe if I keep moving I won’t think too hard about the next name.

I switch to rubbing my palms up and down the sides of my pants. I just can’t look at Kayla’s parents who sit with my mom and dad in the front row. I pause too long and the principal clears his throat behind me. Very cliché, Mr. Myers. Doesn’t he get that this is beyond difficult?

“Kayla … Marie … Carter.” I speak her name to the back wall then take up tapping on the podium again. But not so loud anyone can hear. So much for avoiding the faces on the screen. All that loops through my brain is Kayla’s wide smile.

Quit worrying, Taryn. Blake’s not getting back with Chelsea, Kayla had said that night after the party. I’ll go find him for you and you’ll see I’m right. Then she walked right back into the old Gin Co. building.

Why was I forced to do this? I’m not the one who should be speaking the names of the dead in front of all these people. The list reads like the school’s Who’s Who, and I have no business pretending I’m one of them.

Except for him. How many more names until his? I’d scanned both versions as soon as they were held out to us, snatching the one with his name among those highlighted. Chelsea has no right to it, to him. Not like I do. At least that’s what I tell myself.

The light flickers from behind me, so I know they’ve moved on to the next abnormous face. A face that should be in the yearbook, not on a screen at a memorial.

A moan rises from the second row, competing with the plaintive tones of the bell. Plaintive? Where’d that come from? Now I’m conjuring up junior year Vocab?

One of Chelsea’s crutches bangs against her podium. I can’t help shooting her a sideways glance. She’s still hunched forward. Definitely struggling and the service is just getting started.

Thankfully, I don’t have to maneuver crutches and the names in front of me. Still, I will it to be over. My knotted stomach begs for it, and the fetal-position imprint on my bed is only growing colder. Who knows how long Principal Myers will feel obligated to address the assembled after our part is done?

Chelsea finally speaks, but the name comes out in a hiccupped sob. The noise of a bump, then a scrape carry through the sound system when she adjusts her crutches again.

“Keisha Lambert.” I blurt it out when it’s my turn, afraid to get stuck on a name again. I shut my eyes and try to erase the image that the crowd views behind me. Her exotic-for-small-town, multi-color-ed cornrows and pierced eyebrow, her excitement at being named cheerleader last May.

Chelsea reads the next name, verbally struggling yet again. It’s understandable. She and Becca Martin were closer than sisters.

My throat tightens when I move in closer to the mic, but I’m determined not to lose it like Chelsea. Fixating on the list, I draw in a breath and the amplification of it hits the back wall. I cover my mouth, but it doesn’t hide my embarrassment. The faces of the crowd blur, and all I can see is Blake’s, creased with alarm as flames leap out of the building behind him.

Don’t turn to look at the screen. Say his name, but don’t look at his face. I hesitate, wanting — needing to. Wishing I could ask him the questions that plague me. They all start with “Why?”

Chelsea’s crutches bump and scrape again, sending javelins of adrenaline into the pit of my stomach. I drop both hands onto the podium in front of me. I suddenly need something to hang onto.

Just say it. Say his name loud and strong. He deserves that. My lips brush the microphone and I taste metal.

“Blake Austin Montgomery.”

His name erupts from my mouth and startles the crowd. The hushed crying and sniffling silences for a moment as if proper tribute to the late student body president mandates it.

Ignoring the looks from the audience, I clench the neatly-typed names on the paper into a fist. Relief surges through me now that my part of the program is over.

But it isn’t over, not really. The memorial is only the beginning of what was supposed to be the perfect senior year.

Blake, the object of my years-long crush, and I were a couple. Sort of.

We’d been elected student body officers — president and vice-president. We spent the entire last month of school sitting in homeroom eating doughnuts on the sly, discussing senior year. True, Blake had done most of the talking and me a lot of nodding, but he intended for us to be a couple, right? I was his date to Junior Prom. That has to mean something.

I head to my seat on the stage, avoiding Chelsea’s eyes as the too-tanned blonde hobbles over to drop into the chair next to me. The principal takes my place at the podium on the left.

“I want to thank these ladies for volunteering for this assignment.” He nods in our general direction, before addressing the audience. “As you know, Taryn Young will step into the position of student body president and Chelsea Manor as head of the cheerleading squad.”

Volunteered? Yeah, right. I stare at my shoes, afraid to look anyone in the eyes. I’m on stage by default. I’m the only one of the newly-elected class officers to survive the fire. But more than that I am a fraud. An abnormous fraud. An enormous abnormal fraud.

I would have never run for vice president if Blake hadn’t talked me into it. The position full-out scared me, but how could I turn him down? Ever since that day in homeroom when he first noticed the doughnut glaze on my shirt sleeves, I couldn’t tell the difference between dream and reality anymore. They were the same. Now I wish I could erase the nightmare, or better yet, rewind it all so the night of the Ideal Gin Co. fire never happened.

I squirm in my seat, trying to get comfortable as Mr. Myers’ words buzz through the sound system. No rewinds. No do-overs. Now I sit with the only other survivor of the fire in front of an auditorium full of people with questions. Why Taryn Young, they must be thinking? Why not my son or daughter, my sister or brother? No, just Taryn and Chelsea. A cruel reminder of those who hadn’t made it out alive.

Things like this don’t happen at my school. Not in a town called Ideal, Texas.

I half-listen as the principal begins his concluding remarks. “The first day of class is one week from today and counselors will be available. Line up outside Ms. McKinney’s door, no appointments needed. Our goal is to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. Let’s not forget,” he stresses, “here at Ideal High School we have a long-standing tradition of unity, pride, and respect. This will carry us through.”

I just want to crawl back into bed where only my pillow hears me scream.

“What about my brother?” A masculine voice coming from the side of the stage jars me. From the shadowed steps, the voice addresses the principal again. “You didn’t call out his name. Isn’t he good enough for your program?”

A figure steps into the stage lights. He wears faded jeans and a gray plaid shirt with sleeves rolled up and shirt tails hanging. The thud of cowboy boots punctuates his step as he edges closer to the podium opposite the principal. He’s about my age, and I can’t help noticing the square confidence of his shoulders, despite the pain that ruts his brow.

“My brother died in the fire, too.”

“Who’s that?” hisses Chelsea. She doubles over like she’s in pain, but maybe she’s just trying to get a better look. The same question seems to vibrate across the auditorium.

I fix my eyes on the intruder. I can’t wrap my brain around his claim. I know everyone who was at Ritter’s Crossing that night where the crumbling old cotton gin had stood for a hundred years before the fire destroyed it.

Mr. Myers takes a step toward the young man. “May I help you after the service? We’re almost finished here.”

“You can help me. You can have one of these pretty girls with their expensive clothes and neon-white teeth stand at the microphone and shout out Tim’s name.” The stranger’s voice breaks, but he continues, “He’s important, too, even though no one knows his name.”

“Son, please,” Mr. Myers begins again. “Let’s discuss this afterwards in my office. I’m sure we can clear up any misunderstanding.”

I sense movement among the faculty members sitting on the stage around me, but I don’t take my eyes off the stranger. Mr. Myers seems unruffled, but my mood moves quickly from confusion to irritation. Who is this guy? Who’s his brother?

“Let me do it. Then I’ll leave y’all alone.” He reaches the podium where Chelsea stood moments before. The mic’s movement grates through the sound system when he pulls it to him, and I slide to the edge of my seat. I have to admit, now he’s really got my attention.

“He was my younger brother. My only brother.” The guy turns away from the mic, momentarily pressing his left thumb and index finger to his eyes. Mr. Myers motions for the others to hold back as the young man continues. “Sure he was new, an easy target for bullies. But he was a student here.”

His words are half-whispers now where before he had been practically shouting. “Can’t you say his name? Can’t you give him even that much?”

The guy takes a deep breath. His next words echo across the room, calm and clear. “Timothy Wade Jenks.”

He turns, steps straight to the bell, and grabs the rope. Yanking it, he sends a single deafening bong reverberating across the room. He pauses, head bowed, then disappears down the same steps from which he came, leaving behind a brief, bewildered silence.

As the auditorium door closes behind him, the room erupts into chaos.

 

 

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May 19, 2015 posted by Nichole

Revolution Blog Tour: Interview with Randi Cooley Wilson

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Revolution1About the Book:

A King Rises

A Fate Seals
Realms Fall
Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she’s ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny.
War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner, and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which fall to fate?
In this fourth installment in The Revelation Series, Eve must risk it all in order to prevent a centuries old war.
Everything comes with a sacrifice, even love.
Releasing: May 2015
About the Author:
Randi Cooley Wilson
Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets.
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Can you tell us about Revolution in 20 words or less?

Revolution (The Revelation Series, Book #4) continues Eve Collin’s journey of divine secrets, loyal supernatural protectors and forbidden love.

What was your favorite scene to write?

One of my favorite scenes to write in Revolution is the first reunion scene between the two main characters Asher St. Michael and Eve Collins. It’s raw, ugly, and extremely emotional.

Favorite quote?

“From darkness, comes light.” Asher St. Michael.

What’s next after Revolution?

Actually, I have a lot of writing projects slated for 2015/2016. In August 2015, Restoration, the fifth and final book within The Revelation Series is scheduled to release. After which, I’ll be releasing two new adult, contemporary romances. There are also a few projects based around The Revelation Series that I can’t talk about just yet upcoming.

What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Ack. This is a loaded question. I literally have hundreds of books waiting to be read. For the last year and half, my entire world outside my husband and child has been centered around writing The Revelation Series. That said, my TBR list is so deep, I might never get out – lol.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, Randi!! Make sure to come back on June 4th for a special guest post from Randi Cooley Wilson
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May 19, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Evanescent by Carlyle Labuschagne

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About the book:

EvanescentTitle: Evanescent
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne
Series: A Broken Novel
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 19th May 2015
ISBN: 9780992244637

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19148794-evanescent

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Evanescent-Broken-Novel-Carlyle-Labuschagne/dp/0988800349

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Her fall has just begun. Only his touch can save her from the shift that could destroy it all. Within my blood runs a thing our kind calls the Shadowing Disease. It shadows over, and bends everything to its will. When the first blood- shift came, it tore through flesh and blood, threatening to bend me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart with its honeyed, seductive poison. It came with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and altering me forever. The shift has caused a rift within me. No one was safe when it entrapped me in its claws of foul lust. But I have the only antidote against the evil that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the spurs of sweet darkness that clung on for dear life. I knew what I had to do; the desperation pulled my mind with the deep determination of a hungry predator. By the time the revelation raised me from the dark dungeon of my bounds – it might have been too late.

About the Author:

Carlyle Labuschagne

Carlyle is an South African award winning author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.
Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.

“I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, it’s in the dark times that the light comes to life.”

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event – SAIR bookfestival.

“To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – it’s a crazy world out there you don’t have to go it alone!”

Author’s Links

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Excerpt One

My makers would say I was created for revenge. I say, I was born to prove them wrong. I defied the Council and its Keepers.  Fought back against the dark magic of our enemies, but I am afraid it had come at a cost.            Inflicted with the dark disease, I was lost in every possible way; and they were wrong – death does not bring you your true purpose. After death, I am more misplaced than ever, but only because I am immune to guidance. I relive my darkest moments over and over again, just to remind myself of who I am.

I am the destined one. The haltered. For me, there is no love and no release, only destruction; but I am on a path to be free of its burden. I do love and I will have it, absorb it and never, ever, let all its enchanting affections go. In order to be with love, there is only one path to lead me there; through this war. But nothing and no one knows what awaits on the other side, or what lies have been afflicted upon us about the after. Remorse is an infection I no longer want. I had made apocalyptic mistakes, and will probably keep on faltering forward. It has become my only direction in a reality where there is none. To him, there is no him, if there is no me. He is bound to me, and I hated it more than I will ever confess. His cross to bear is me, and to be that – to be this – is a curse I must fight.

When the first true blood-shift came, it tore through flesh and parted blood, threatening to bend me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart to become its will. It comes with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and touching me with a cutting effect from the inside. It has many ways of bleeding out, and when it releases, there is nothing I can do to stop it. No one is safe when it entraps me in its claws of foul lust. Corrupt, damnable, depraved, destructive, hideous, demonic; your kind would call it many things. I have a weapon against the profane that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the talons of a sweet darkness that clings on for dear life. It has one trigger – my guilt. I can change it if only I can take the leap, surrender myself utterly. I am ready with all of me, for all of him.

I know what I have to do, the desperation of it pulls my mind with the unfathomable determination of a ravenous predator. I let it sink in hard and true. I feel the swell of the fight fill me with a bitter sweetness, and with a glorious soothing pain that tears my mind from the disease which transforms me. My loss has become my fight as I watch it all wither away. But, I will never stop fighting. I am my own destiny; my destiny is to be with him. And the Truth-seekers of this prophecy will not take it lightly.

Everything else becomes Evanescent.

~ Ava.

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May 19, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Ghosts by July by Megan Applegate

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Ghosts of July by Megan Applegate

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24264766-ghosts-of-july

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-July-Shamans-Divide-Book-ebook/dp/B00NRY3076

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For fans of the Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a new series about ancient evils that go bump in the night and a girl who isn’t afraid to put them in their place.

July’s a recent transplant to the sleepy, creepy little town of Shades, Wyoming and finds herself on a crash course to the paranormal when the newly dead begin wandering the streets in search of answers…and only she can see them.

Only Renn Hollingsworth, half-Shoshone and all trouble, believes her and holds what may be the key to saving not only themselves, but Shades as well.

It’s an ancient society that guards the length of the Continental Divide, the source of all creation in the myths of many Native American tribes. An old-boys’ club that doesn’t welcome outsiders, July’s about to show them what a little girl from Denver can do when it comes to protecting the ones she loves.

 

About the Author:

megan applegate

Megan Applegate is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Shamans of the Divides series—a young adult paranormal series steeped in high-stakes danger and Native American mythology with a healthy dose of romance.

She’s a collector of cheap wine, cheap thrills and art supplies she’ll probably never have time to use. A purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, Megan was also a professional MMA fighter a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Other jobs have included overnight DJ and soccer mom for one entire season.

These days, Megan writes full time and gives writing workshops around the country, hoping to spread the word to girls of all ages that writing holds the key to a bolder, brighter future.

She’s married to her own daring Prince Charming and they have a legion of adorable minions and one derpy rescue dog who’s biggest fear in the world is the vacuum cleaner.

To sign up for her newsletter, visit her website at www.meganapplegatebooks.com

Links:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/meapplegate

Web site: http://meganapplegatebooks.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8591572.Megan_Applegate?from_search=true

 

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May 5, 2015 posted by Nichole

Cover Reveal: Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision

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Riot of Storm and Smoke (book #2 in the Threats of Sky and Sea series) synopsis, releasing August 18, 2015:

War draws closer, like a tide to the shore.

Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium– the kingdom she’s just learned is hers.

But with the King’s ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger—and to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.

The only trouble there: Bree can’t bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.

It’s not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King’s strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown… but she won’t let her kingdom down without a fight.

 
About the Author: 
Jennifer Ellison
 

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

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Twitter: @JenEllision
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Top Ten Tuesday
April 14, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

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Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books. I had to research this one a little bit, because I’m not a person who ever remembers quotes.

 

1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend”
“The world is not a wish granting factory”
“Some infinities are greater than other infinities”
“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt”

 

2. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

 

3. Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” 

 

4. Men of the Otherworld, Kelley Armstrong

“Kids who don’t eavesdrop on adult conversations are doomed to a childhood of ignorance.” 

 

5. The Dragon Heir, Cinda Williams Chima

“Falling in love was like falling off a cliff. It felt pretty much like flying until you hit the ground.”

 

6. If You Find Me, Emily Murdoch

“I answer her with my silence, understanding the full power of it for the first time. Words are weapons. Weapons are powerful. So are unsaid words. So are unused weapons.” 

 

7. Storm, Brigid Kemmerer

“Nick,” he said. “I think I’m going to need you to bite my arm.”
“I think I’m going to need you to run that by me again.” 

 

8. Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” 

 

9.  The Lovely and the Lost, Page Morgan

She may not be mine, but I am still hers.” 

 

10. Dark Star, Bethany Frenette

“Remind me again why I put up with you?”
”Cause you sold me your soul for five bucks, and now you must submit to my will?’ I still had the sheet of paper, written in his untidy fifth-grade scrawl. Gideon David Belmonte. One soul.” 

Top Ten Tuesday
April 7, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With

Top Ten Tuesday

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is  Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With

 

1. Katniss Everdeen – I hated the ending of THG. I didn’t like who she ended up with; I didn’t like that so many characters were killed off; and I honestly thought her ending sucked…I mean….it seemed pretty depressing for the both of them. I’d like to check in with Katniss and see how she’s doing now and if her life means a little bit more to her.

2. Harry Potter – I want to check in on Harry and Ginny [=

3. Brian and Justin – I’m cheating! I KNOW that this is about book characters, but I just had to throw in my favorite TV couple of all time. I REALLY want to check in on them and see that they made it!

4. Karl and Hope – From the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. They were my favorite!

5. Rose – From Vampire Academy! I didn’t like the spin off series at all, so I never got the chance to catch up on Rose and Dimitri who I know made appearances. I’d love another book from RM that is just as great as all the VA books so I can catch up with all my favorite characters!

6. Jonah and Emma – From the Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima. HORRIBLE ENDING! I mean…I loved the book, but seriously?! That’s how she’s going to leave them?!

7. Carey from If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – Such a heartbreaking story. I want to make sure that Carey is still doing alright.

8. All of my boys from the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer – Because, duh [=

9. All of the characters from the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong – The spin off didn’t really clarify anything for me. Also, I thought that the ending of the series was really abrupt and cut off. I’d like to have another book in this series just to wrap things up!

10. Dru Anderson – From the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. This is one of the series that really got me into reading and the ending was a bummer. It just cut off and didn’t answer a million questions!

Blog Tour
April 3, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Run by H.G. Lynch

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RunRun by H.G. Lynch

  • Genre: Paranormal Romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25136601-run

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Run-Caged-Trilogy-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00UIFE422

Tilly is a witch…at least, she thinks she is. All she really knows is that she
has powers she shouldn’t, and that the cruel women she escaped
from – who definitely are witches – will stop at nothing to make her their
prisoner again because of those powers.

But Tilly has fallen in with a strange group – a pack of werewolves. The pack
wants to protect her; none of them more so than Dominic, the alpha’s
kind-hearted son. Tilly thinks she might be falling for him, but she can’t help
being fascinated by his brooding, mysterious half-brother Spencer.

Caught between the two, Tilly isn’t sure anymore what she’s most scared of:
the witches hunting her down, or her own heart betraying her.

About the Author:

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H.G. Lynch is a Scottish Paranormal Romance author, avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat, Sooki, off her laptop. She believes that chocolate cake can save the world, and is highly caffeine-addicted. She can occasionally be found rolling on the floor, laughing manically, when she’s consumed too much caffeine. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.
Her books are dark fantasy romances, usually with a bad boy and a bad girl. Sometimes with zombies, sometimes vampires, sometimes other things.

Read below for an excerpt from the book:
His fingers on my wrist felt too warm and too intimate, his touch making things deep inside me tingle. There was so little between us, literally, only my nightshirt and underwear separated my body and his. I could feel the growling inside him, vibrating through my blood. I’d never felt desire like that, never known it could be so addictive, like a drug I wanted more of.
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cover reveal
April 1, 2015 posted by Nichole

Cover Reveal: Revolution by Randi Cooley Wilson

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to present the cover reveal for Revolution by Randi Cooley Wilson! Everyone needs to go read this series today!
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About the book: 
 

A King Rises

A Fate Seals
Realms Fall
Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she’s ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny.
War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner, and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which fall to fate?
In this fourth installment in The Revelation Series, Eve must risk it all in order to prevent a centuries old war.
Everything comes with a sacrifice, even love.
Releasing: May 2015
About the Author: 
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Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years.
Randi and her husband recently moved back to Massachusetts with their daughter where she was encouraged to begin writing again.
Revelation is her first novel and The Revelations Series is her first New Adult Paranormal Romance book series.
“I’ve had a love affair with books, writing and storytelling since childhood. It has been a dream of mine to introduce this world and these characters to you. I hope I’ve done them justice.”
Randi loves to hear from readers, you can reach out to her via Twitter: R_CooleyWilson and/or Facebook: authorrandicooleywilson