Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jennifer L. Armentrout is having an Opal (Lux #3) Giveaway!

Pic from Jennifer L. Armentrout's blog post.

Guys!!! Jennifer L. Armentrout is giving away copies of Opal on her blog! I don't know about you, but I'm a GIANT fan of her Lux series, so this makes me so excited! To enter the giveaway, go here: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/want-to-read-opal/

Good luck! I know I'll be crossing my fingers. =D

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ReAwakened Blog Tour: Promo stop, Review, & Giveaway!

I am very excited to be participating in the ReAwakend Blog Tour! Ada Adams quickly became one of my favorite authors when I read ReVamped--the first book in her Angel Creek series--and I urge all of you to start reading her books if you haven't already! Below you will find my spoiler-free review of ReAwakend (Angel Creek #2) , info on Ada and her books, plus a huge giveaway she's holding that is EPIC! =)
 
Also, here's a link that will take you to the page that lists the blog tour schedule and other participating bloggers: http://jessiraelloyd.blogspot.com/2012/11/reawakened-blog-tour-schedule.html   
 

 ReAwakened by Ada Adams (Angel Creek #2)
Publication Date: November 27th, 2012
 
Book Description:
 
 Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe-boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit.

Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—or something—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.

Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.
 
 
More about the author:
 
"Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out."

In her career as a writer and an actress, Ada spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Masters of Science in Education.

Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX.

She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.

 
Connect with Ada Adams:
 
 
My Review of ReAwakened:
 
5 out of 5 stars!
 
ReAwakened proved to be just as thrilling as it's predecessor, ReVamped! This series is definitely high on my favorites list. In the second installment of the Angel Creek series, Ada Adams has woven such an amazing and intricate plot filled with even more shocking revelations, action, romance, humor and jaw-dropping events!

One of the things I really loved about this book is that we get a lot more insight into all of the characters. Dawn, the protagonist, has grown a lot and she's going through a lot more emotionally in this book; but she's still a super badass chick! Throughout the course of the story she discovers so much that she still didn't know about her past and her origins; all of which ranges from heart-breaking, surprising, to pretty awesome. Dawn also has some disturbing and haunting experiences to deal with, on top of everything else. But at least she does get some seriously steamy moments alone with Sebastian, even if they sometimes add to her troubles!

Her fellow Angel Creek Guardians--A.K.A. the Misfits--stand out more this time around, and I am so excited about that! It was so great to be able to take a peak into their pasts and learn more about them. They all have a pretty strong bond, and they've become a family as well as friends. There is also the introduction of some new characters, and one of them in particular has become a new favorite of mine: Razor! Oh my, Razor, how I adore thee! All of the characters are amusing in their own way, but I absolutely get a kick out of Razor's suggestive/inappropriate comments and sarcasm--especially when he directs them at Dawn and trips her up a little! But no one gets under Dawn's skin like Sebastian does. Let me just say, he's a lot more available to Dawn in this book and the both of them practically smolder off the pages!

Much to my delight, Dawn and her team continue to kick a lot of butt in this book, and it seems like there is never a dull moment! Someone is kidnapping Born vampires, and Dawn and the Misfits endure a lot to find out who. They get tangled up in a huge mess of mystery and life-threatening circumstances that leads to one heck of an ending! All I know is, Ada Adams sure knows how to keep a girl hanging on for dear life, and I can't wait to read her next book to find out what will happen next!


GIVEAWAY:
- 3 winners (One grand prize winner +2 small prize winners)
- One main entry per person
- Must be 13 years or older to enter
- Open Internationally
- Winners will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen



Grand Prize Winner will win the following:

-PRINT COPY OF RV
-PRINT COPY OF RA
-RV POSTER
-RA POSTER
-2 RV/RA POSTCARDS
-3 RV BOOKMARKS
-3 RA BOOKMARKS
-I <3 SEBASTIAN KEYCHAIN
-I <3 HUNTER GUITAR PICK
-I <3 RAZOR DOGTAG
-DAWN'S NECKLACE
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

*If the rafflecopter form doesn't load, you can go to this link to access it: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/OGM2NmJlY2I2OWM1MDUxZDVjNjBlMTY5OWU3ZTcxOjE0/

OR you can visit the page of one of the blog tour co-hosts--Jessirae of Words, Pages, and Books--to access the rafflecopter form: http://jessiraelloyd.blogspot.com/2012/11/reawakened-blog-tour-review-character.html 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Published: November 23, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: Paperback
Series: Lux
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.


I am officially in love with this series!! The plot is unique and fast-paced, the characters are fantastic, and the romance is ON FIRE. Jennifer L. Armentrout has blown me away with her amazing writing abilities and creativity. I will absolutely be picking up more of her books. Latching onto this story was very effortless for me and I was sucked in from page one by the main character, Katy.

Katy's life changes when she meets her next door neighbors, Daemon and Dee. Dee befriends Katy, much to Daemon's dislike, and Katy soon comes to find out that they are not from this planet. Things get even more complicated when Daemon saves Katy's life more than once, which leaves a mark on her that their enemies can trace back to them--putting them all in danger.

Katy makes such a great narrator and protagonist: she's sassy, sarcastic, feisty, extremely witty, and overall likable and relatable. Plus, she's a book blogger, and I feel like that's pretty darn awesome! What's also awesome is the undeniable pull between her and Daemon. Daemon is mischievous, sly, and so unbelievably smoldering. But yes, he can also be infuriating and a tremendous jerk, but he has his reasons. Does that justify him being mean? No. But Katy can handle her own; she doesn't put up with his shenanigans and she dishes it right back at him. But when Daemon lets his guard down, he can be so sweet and gentlemanly. Plus, he's so protective over Katy and I find that absolutely swoon-worthy!

I basically tore through this book pretty quickly because Katy and Daemon's story is completely consuming and I cannot get enough! But I was also very caught up and interested in all of the alien activity and conflict going on in the book. The last few chapters had me so anxious and I was seriously tensed and on the edge of my seat until I finished the book. I can't wait to start reading the next book, Onyx, so I can continue to be surprised and enraptured by these characters!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Twice Shy by Patrick Freivald


Published: October 26, 2012
Publisher: JournalStone
Format: ARC
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
My rating: 3/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
High School Sucks. It’s worse when you’re dead.

Ohneka Falls is a small, Western New York town where everyone knows everyone and nothing of note happens. Ani Romero is a sixteen-year-old girl who wants to play sports, hang out, and kiss Mike, her middle-school crush. A childhood carrier of the zombie virus, she died at fourteen but didn’t become a mindless, brain-eating monster. Her controlling mother forces her to join the emo crowd to hide her condition behind a wall of black clothes and makeup, and her friends abandon her.

When creeper Dylan learns her secret, he falls into obsession, with Ani and with death. She bites him in self-defense. Persecuted by the jocks and ignored by Mike, Ani struggles through the motions of life hoping her mother’s research unveils a cure, or Dylan dooms them all to a hungry, walking death.

As her emo facade crumbles in the face of jealousy and obsession, Ani knows that the worst thing she can do is be true to herself.
 
This was definitely a unique and interesting story, to say the least! I'm a huge fan of zombies, so naturally when I read the description for this book I knew I had to read it. The main character, Ani, is a zombie; but for the most part she's a functioning zombie. Although she does have strong cravings for brains sometimes, she is able to suppress her true nature by taking injections of a serum her mother (who is a doctor) created to keep the hunger at bay. No one knows that she is the walking dead. She would be killed if anyone found out, because the Zombie Virus is serious business and can spread very quickly.

I really felt for Ani. She's forced to live a pretty lonely existence out of fear that she will be discovered. Her mother makes her dress like a goth girl so that it's not so obvious that she's literally pale as death--because, well, she is dead. Her goth "friends" aren't very good friends most of the time, and Ani can't truly get close to anyone because of the possibility of harming them. What a bummer, huh? But that doesn't stop her from having a crush on her childhood friend, Mike, who is dating the popular girl in school. Ani may be a zombie, but she is still a teenager with your typical amount of teenage angst!

I'm not sure how I feel about Ani and Mike. Their love is forbidden because of what Ani is, but I don't really think he's a good fit for her anyway. To me, he sort of symbolizes what might have been, if Ani hadn't turned into a zombie. Mike had his redeeming moments when he was there for her and stuck up for her at times when she was bullied, but for the most part his actions were very hot and cold. It was obvious that he cared for her but there were too many times when he chose his heinous girlfriend over Ani. I also couldn't help but be a little peeved at Ani for being way too forgiving of Mike because sometimes he really didn't treat her well.

There were some disturbing and interesting things that occurred throughout the book that definitely added some excitement to the story. The ending of the book really had me a little perplexed, but also amused. I would have liked to have had a little more to go on, because it seemed to have ended too abruptly, but overall I'm okay with it. Actually, I guess if I really think about it, the ending seems pretty darn fitting!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (11)


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.
 
*All titles link to Goodreads*
 
Bought:
 
 
Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1)  by J.A. Souders + swag
 
J.A. Souders had her book launch party this week and my best friend, Sarah, and I were fortunate enough to attend! The author is extremely nice and I can't wait to read Renegade! I snagged a signed copy for myself, as well as an extra signed copy to give away in the near future. As you can see I also got some bookmarks, magnets and pins.

 
Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 
My love for the Night Huntress series burns strong, as you can see! I just recently finished the 4th book, so obviously I needed to get the next two right away; plus I'm dying to read First Drop of Crimson, since I kind of have the hots for Spade and this book features him! ;)
 
As for Onyx, this book was an absolute priority for me to buy since I just finished reading Obsidian and I LOVED IT!  It's official: I've got Daemon fever, big time!!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a link to your post so I can check out the books you received as well!

-Shanon =)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Review: Otherkin (Otherkin #1) by Nina Berry


Published: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Format: Paperback
Series: Otherkin
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble:

I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

Dez is a good girl who does as she's told and tries not to be noticed. Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself. Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.

Everything is about to change—and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them, are prepared for what Dez will unleash.

Otherkin starts off with action that doesn't cease until the end of the book. Out of all of the books I've ever read about shifters, this is definitely on my top three list of favorites, ever! Dez is the main character and she starts off as a lonely girl who has no idea what and who she really is. She discovers that she is a shifter (A.K.A. Otherkin), and as the story progresses, Dez and the reader are catapulted into a world with other shifters, magic, and a very lethal enemy that is hell-bent on eliminating the Otherkin. The author does a magnificent job of introducing the Otherkin and their world, as well as other extraordinary facts, into the story. She's very detailed and the story is easier to absorb because she gradually explains everything the reader needs to know.

Dez and Caleb are introduced immediately in the book and their attraction to eachother is very prominent. They had some pretty funny, intense and somewhat steamy encounters together and I can only hope that transfers over to the next book, because I quite enjoyed it! I also enjoyed some of the other characters in this book, like Dez's fellow shifter schoolmates. All of them have really awesome abilities and very unique personalities that allow them to each bring something different to the table. They're a bunch of misfits that you can't help but root for!

As I mentioned before, there is a lot of action and adventure in this book. There were times when I was laughing, cringing and sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would occur next. Dez is very fierce, and when she kicks ass she means it! There are still many extraordinary things to discover about Dez, her friends, the shifter tribes, and the Othersphere (another world/dimension that shifters are connected to). I'm looking forward to reading the next book and I'm positive that this series will continue to amaze me!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Midnight City (Conquered Earth #1) by J. Barton Mitchell


Published: October 30, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: ARC
Series: Conquered Earth
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi,Young Adult
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by alien invaders, two teens and a young girl with mysterious powers embark on a dangerous journey. What they find will change everything...

Earth has been conquered. An extraterrestrial race known as The Assembly has abducted the adult population, leaving the planet’s youth to fend for themselves. In this treacherous landscape, Holt, a bounty hunter, is transporting his prisoner Mira when they discover Zoey, a young girl with powerful abilities who could be the key to stopping The Assembly. As they make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, the trio must contend with freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and perhaps most perilous of all: Holt and Mira’s growing attraction to each other.
 
I'm very impressed and amazed by this book! I highly commend the author because it's been quite a while since I've encountered a story that is so intricate and full of depth. Midnight City is wrought with action, sci-fi, mystery, adventure and very complex characters.

Midnight City is about a world where aliens--known as the Assembly--have invaded the earth eight years ago and there are no adults around as a result of the alien's telepathic mind control; and the teens who still remain will eventually succumb to the control once they reach their early twenties, or sooner. So basically, there are only kids, teens and young adults (in special cases, some kids are immune to the mind control) left to fend for themselves. It was really interesting to read about how these kids created their own colonies and adapted as best they could to the situation. Their current existence is just so much different than what they used to know. It's also pretty terrifying at times, since there are frequent attacks from Assembly combat walkers and their flying crafts.

Holt, Mira and Zoey are the main characters of this novel, and I'm quite fond of all of them. I should also mention Holt's dog, Max, as a main character because he was present throughout the entire book, even if his point of view was never heard! They all pretty much started out alone at the beginning of the story, but then they were quickly thrown together--each under different circumstances--and they unintentionally became a solid, connected family. The dynamic and growing romantic connection between Holt and Mira was almost palpable, and their sarcastic banter was pretty hilarious as well! Zoey's character is pretty special as well, especially since there is so much mystery surrounding her origins and past. All of these characters are pretty impressive in their own ways, actually, and I'm pretty sure there will be a lot more to find out about them in the next installment of this series!

The author's vivid world building and imagery are some of my favorite things about this book. I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I felt like I was right there with Holt, Mira and Zoey. I never knew what to expect, and some of the scary and creepy encounters these characters experienced made my heart-rate speed up quite a bit! I'm very much looking forward to continuing on this journey with Holt, Mira and Zoey.
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (10)


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.
 
*All titles link to Goodreads*
 
Won:
 
 
 
I won this from Sarah over at The Book Life. The author sent me a signed copy of her book, along with a pin and a bookmark! As you can see from the first photo, she wrapped the book in a cute bow and put the pin in it. How cute is that?! I'm really looking forward to reading this book because it sounds so awesome, plus the author incorporates Emily Dickinson into the story!
 
Bought & Gifted:
 
 
From What I Remember... (ARC) by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas
Bookmarks: Dualed by Elsie Chapman and Conjure by Lea Nolan
 
Special thanks to my bestie who gave me some cool bookmarks and a copy of From What I Remember... It sounds really cute! And I'm so ready to be blown away by Days of Blood & Starlight and another installment of The Morganville Vampires series, Bitter Blood.
 
Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a link to your post so I can check out the books you received as well!

-Shanon =)

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