Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (23)

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*
 
 
For review:
 
Nomad by J.L. Bryan (ARC)
 
-A very special thanks to J.L. Bryan for sending me a copy of his upcoming release, Nomad! You guys, I cannot explain how pumped I am to start this book--the synopsis is so RAD and you should definitely check it out! Also, J.L. Bryan is giving away a copy on Goodreads, so you should totally go enter his giveaway HERE.
 
 Bought:
 
Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane
Once Upon a Darkness swag
The Portable Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, Edited by Philip Van Doren Stern
Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey
 
-I had the pleasure of attending the lovely Aria Kane's (A.K.A. Sarah Nicolas) book launch party last week, where I picked up a signed copy of her novel, Once Upon a Darkness! I'm so excited to read it--it's got zombies in it and a kickass chick!
 
I have a whole shelf dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe and I already have several of his books, but when I came across a used copy of The Portable Poe, I felt compelled to buy it. It seems I've started a tradition of collecting different editions of his works...
 
So excited to get Ashes on the Waves!!!!!! I've had this book on pre-order for A LONG TIME! The book is based on Poe's poem, Annabel Lee. Can you tell I'm a Poe fiend? Ha!
 
I splurged and got myself a Nook HD! I love it. I previously had the oldschool 1st Edition Nook, so I figured I was due for an upgrade. =)
 
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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
 


Monday, June 24, 2013

Cover reveal: NOMAD by J.L. Bryan

 
*Cover by PhatPuppy Art ( http://phatpuppyart.com/ )*
 
NOMAD a BRAND NEW release
from
J.L. Bryan, author of Jenny Pox (The Paranormals) series & The Songs of Magic series
!
 
Book Details:
 
NOMAD by JL Bryan
Expected publication: July 26th 2013

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.

Author Bio:

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, dogs Violet and Tiger Lily, and cats Shadow and Sue.
 
Author Links:

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I LOVE this cover! I dig the colors and the stance of the girl--she's looking very badass! What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment below! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2) by Cecy Robson



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.
 
 
Expected publication: July 2, 2013
 
Goodreads description:
 
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.
 
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A Cursed Embrace is the second book in the Weird Girls series, and it is one of my most anticipated releases this year!!! I read the first book, Sealed with a Curse, back in January and as soon as I finished it, I was ready for more! Treat yourself to this series if you haven't already discovered it. =D
 
What's your WoW pick for this week?


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs

 
Published: March 5, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: Paperback, 532 pages
Series: The Dark Heroine
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
One moment can change your life forever...

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape...no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price...
 
I don't think I have ever been so conflicted about a book in my entire life...When I started reading Dinner With a Vampire, I was very excited and expecting to be immersed into a unique story that was unlike anything I'd ever encountered before. My expectations were met--this is a story that's very different from anything I've read--but not in a pleasant way.

Don't get me wrong, on one hand I enjoyed certain aspects of this book. I appreciate the fact that the author surprised me at times and delivered a somewhat addictive story that is so much more than your average, boring vampire tale. This book is filled with prophecies, intense fight scenes, and other supernatural species that I found interesting; there's even a giant squid! I will freely admit that I frantically tore through this book with alarming enthusiasm to get to the end, because it did have it's captivating moments and I really was very interested to see what the ending would bring.

But what ultimately doomed this book for me is the frustratingly inconsistent characters!!! Granted, there were a couple of secondary characters I really liked. However, there were MULTIPLE characters that seriously lacked consistency, and the two that ticked me off the most were the main characters: Violet and Kaspar. The POVs alternate between these two, and I just can't bring myself to get on board with these characters as two separate entities, much less get on board with them as a romantic couple. Violet is way too forgiving and naive, and Kaspar is one of the most infuriating male characters I have ever come across. There are many expletives I could use to describe him, but I will be kind and just say that he's a WALKING TURD. Yeah, I said it! He's not romantic and swoon-worthy, he's a creep.

Violet didn't annoy me the entire book; she had her moments where she stood up for herself, exuded strength, and her sassy attitude was amusing. But when certain things happen that are completely unnecessary and lack any sense--like Kaspar declaring his undying love for Violet and then LITERALLY two seconds later turning his back on her as she is about to possibly be gruesomely executed--then I can't support this stupidity! Ugh. Then for Violet to be an idiot and completely forgive Kaspar for this, as well as many other unforgivable transgressions, is just plain ridiculous and rage-inducing.

As you can see, this book has brought forth way too many conflicting emotions for me to even name. While the plot is one big unparalleled and dazzling adventure, some of the characters aren't. I feel like this story had so much potential and I truly am sad to report my disappointment.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols


Published: July 10, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books
Format: Hardcover
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

 
Such a Rush is a wonderfully written story filled with raw sincerity. Jennifer Echols really knows how to write a memorable and touching novel that will suck you in from page one. The main character, Leah, is such a real and relatable character, and it was through her perspective that the story unfolds.

One of the things I admire most about Leah is her strength and perseverance. She has grown up poor, in trailer parks, and has a mother that is very much absent. Leah comes alive when she gets a job at the airport and starts taking flying lessons from Mr. Hall, who has a hangar next to the airport. Leah is so passionate about aviation that it's almost contagious! I don't know a whole lot about planes, but that aspect of the story is so descriptive and interesting that I found myself loving the moments when Leah was flying.

When Mr. Hall dies, his sons Grayson and Alec take over his banner-flying business. Things get interesting after that because Grayson ropes Leah into working for them and he has some interesting ulterior motives for doing so. Even though I wanted to slap Grayson a few times, I really did enjoy the time he and Leah spent together--which they spent either sassing eachother or sharing some hot, intense moments. These two share a very obvious spark and they really fit so well together.

I also really enjoyed the relationship between Leah and her best friend, Molly. Although it was rocky and a bit misunderstood at times, they meshed well together and Molly is definitely one-of-a-kind! Alec, Grayson's brother, was a blast as well. Put all of these characters together and you're definitely bound for some excitement.

There's a lot of raw emotion in this book that makes it such a great story. Tragedy fuels some of the most potent parts in this book, as well as love. This intense journey also offered a lot of laughs and smiles along the way, and the ending made me grin uncontrollably when all was said and done. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an honest story with sincere, relatable characters.  

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (22)

 
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*
 
 
Gifted:
 
Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows
Asunder (Newsoul #2) by Jodi Meadows (ARC)
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (ARC)
Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris (ARC)
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs
 
-My best friend and fellow bibliophile, Sarah, has been cleaning out her bookshelves recently and as a result she gave me all of the books listed above. Thank you, Sarah! Some of these books have been on my wishlist for a while (Cry Wolf  has been on there since 2011!) so I'm excited to start them. =)
 
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 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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