Did you guys know that Kristin Cast has a book coming out this summer? Well, she does. And I’m so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for her new book. There’s also a synposis and some information on the book and then at the end her publisher is offering an ARC to one winner! So be sure to check out all of the info on the book, add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf, and then enter to win your own copy!!
Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast
(The Escaped #1)
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication date: June 9th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
The door to the massive New York Times bestselling HOUSE OF NIGHT series has closed. Now, Kristin Cast kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series.
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.
Someone has opened the cage.
The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.
Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.
With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the HOUSE OF NIGHT series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.
Are you ready for the cover???!!?!?!
Good, here it is!!!!
So what do you think? I’m completely in love with the colors!
Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the young adult House of Night series. She has stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits, and a thriving t-shirt line. The first book in her new adult paranormal romance series releases June 9th, 2015!Author Links:
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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club.
Last year one of my goals was to try and find a local book club. And I’m so happy to say that I did! I’m so happy to finally have people I can meet up with and discuss books with. Plus, even though I’m generally shy and don’t like spending time with people I don’t really know, but these ladies are so much fun and I really enjoy the couple of hours we spend together each month. I’m really thankful our group finally started!
So far we’ve only met 3 times and have read just that many books. It’s fun getting to discuss what everyone thought of the book and see how we feel similarly and differently. I just finished our most recent choice and I was not at all a fan of it. I can’t wait to hear what the others think!
Since we are a Forever YA Book Club, we follow the monthly choices they make. But if I were to choose some books to read for us, here are some I might pick:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: I loved Delirium so much that I bought this as soon as I could. But I still haven’t read it. If I picked our books, this would definitely be on the list. When I read it, I’m pretty sure I’m going to want to talk about it!
Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta: I’ve heard so many people say that this is an amazing book and who better to read amazing books with than your book club? Plus, they’d be supportive if I didn’t love it or just didn’t get it.
DUFF by Kody Keplinger: I want to read this with my book club and then go see the movie!! That’s all.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: This is another book I hear a lot about and I really need to finally read it. I think reading it with my book club would give me the perfect reason to finally pick it up!
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff: I want to read this with my book club because it seems like the kind of book I’d really need to talk to people about after reading it. Maybe we could even just binge the whole series together!
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: A perfect book club book. A classic with so much to discuss.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas: This is a 2015 debut that I’m so excited to read. The premise is so intriguing! I’d love to have the chance to read this with my group and discuss it afterwards.
Sabriel by Garth Nix: This is just a book that I really want to read. I’d pick it for book club if I could.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I heard so much about this when the show came out and I’m definitely interested in it. But the book is about a million pages long. I’d definitely need the push of a book club to get me through this. I really want to read it, though! And it’s also one of the most popular book club books. Maybe we should see why.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin: Another book I really want to read that seems almost perfect for a book club pick.
Those are my top choices for book club book picks. Have you read any of these? Would they make good book club picks?
What book do you want to read with your book club?
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Published by Macmillan on 2015-02-10
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: a Giveaway
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The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book. It’s the first book I’ve read by Kristen Simmons so I really had no idea what to expect but I loved the cover and the premise and I was so excited when I won the ARC in a giveaway from the author. And she was so sweet in her emails and in a note with the book to me. I was so hoping I would love this book. And I did.
In the description is says the book is similar to The Handmaid’s Tale and Blood Red Road. I haven’t read Blood Red Road yet so I cannot comment on that, but it’s pretty easy to see where the comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale come in. And I’m happy to say that while I did not like The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m definitely a fan of this one. The Glass Arrow takes a look at gender equality and the role of women in a society like The Handmaid’s Tale and the main character in this isn’t afraid to ask why her life is considered less valuable than a man’s or to stand up for herself and protect those that she loves. She sees what’s wrong with her society and while she isn’t ready to start any sort of rebellion to fix everything she knows is wrong, she is willing to stand up for herself and make a different life for her and her family. And that’s why I liked this book so much.
I have to talk about the main character, Aya, for a minute. This first book I’ve read this year where I actually really loved the MC! Even when she was making stupid choices, which I thought she did quite a bit, I still love her for her determination and her belief in equality and freedom and her ability to never give up. This girl is brave and confident and strong and loyal (and maybe a little bit stupid). But she’s gone through a lot and continues to fight for what she wants. She literally never gives up and I don’t know that I could say the same for myself if I were in her situation. So I definitely admire her. Even when she was being stupid.
Another thing I liked about this book was that Kristen Simmons was not afraid to go to the dark places. She didn’t sugar coat anything. The world Aya lives in isn’t a nice one. Especially for females. And she doesn’t hide that. I appreciate when an author doesn’t shy away from the dark parts or gloss over things when they’re writing a book. Any kind of book but especially one in a hopeless, bleak world. And I can definitely say that Simmons doesn’t gloss over things. She tells the bad with the good and gives the world a very realistic, desperate feel. And it seems weird to say that I liked it, but I did. It made the book and the character’s actions much more believable.
I know I already talked about Aya but I need to mention the rest of the characters because they all really made this book for me. So many of them had secrets of their own and most of them were ones I didn’t suspect at all! There was only one thing in regards to one of the characters that I thought would happen (hoped would happen?) that did but otherwise, all of these characters had much more going on than I had thought. And I love that! I love when an author can surprise me. I won’t give away any of those spoilers because discovering them is all part of the experience, but I will say that Brax was one of my absolute favorites and Lorcan offered one of the biggest surprises. And I really did not think I’d have anything positive to say about Daphne ever but just give her chance. All of these characters are ones I’ll be thinking about for a while.
I really hope you guys will give this book a chance. It’s the first Kristen Simmons book I’ve read but I will definitely be giving her Article 5 books a chance now. The characters are what won me over in this book. Aya is strong and such a fighter and I loved that. Then we also get Kiran and Brax and Lorcan and Daphne and so many others that really make this book. I will warn you that Aya does make some stupid choices, at least to me, and if that kind of thing bothers you, you might not enjoy this book as much as I did. I think that was the only thing that kept me from giving this 5 stars. But otherwise, I loved it. It’s a great YA dystopian about a girl just trying to live the life she thinks she and her family deserve and watching her fight for it. There is some romance and action and snark and friendship and darkness. I definitely recommend this book and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!
Love & Other Lies by Madeline Ash
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Small town vet Abby Benson has fled to the country to put her shameful past behind her. She’s just beginning to find her feet again when handsome stranger, Rue Thorn, arrives in town and begins to stir things up. Rue is gorgeous, kind and thoughtful and the two share an instant attraction. But convinced he’ll despise her if he learns about her history, Abby reluctantly keeps him at arms length.
Determined to win Abby over, Rue tries to reshape himself as the sort of guy he thinks she might be interested in. And for a while it seems his act is working. But when he finds out that Abby has been lying to him, it isn’t long before everything start to unravel …
A moving story of trust, forgiveness and the power of love from the author of Uncovered by Love and The Playboy’s Dark Secret.
Wednesday morning, Abby checked her watch as she hurried out of the bakery, paper bag in hand, ten minutes late for work. All Rue’s fault. If he would stop being seen around town – browsing the market, enquiring about nature walks, eating lunch with a healing Spindle in tow – everyone would leave her alone. But this was the third morning in a row that she’d been sidled up to and asked whether he’d persuaded her yet.
These people seriously had no shame.
She slid the change into her wallet and glanced up to see Rue leaning against her four-wheel drive, parallel parked on Main Street. She halted, stomach hitching. He was looking away, one ankle crossed over the other, hands in the pockets of those faded denim jeans. He wore sunglasses, the burnt brown lenses and thin gold rims working with the dishevelled hair to push him into clandestine superstar territory.
He’d been detected. Curious faces peered through shop windows, and Tanya loitered on the street corner, typing on her phone with eyes set on Rue. When she noticed Abby, she gave an outrageously obvious wink.
This was going to necessitate an official change in her working hours.
Abby hadn’t seen Rue since he’d visited the vet. Two days with nothing but a light on across the street to show he was still in town. Two days to remember how darkly she could hurt people and know for absolute certain she couldn’t run the risk of hurting him too.
As she considered hightailing it, he spotted her. He pushed off the car and started towards her. His walk was smooth, assured. The possibility that he was going to ask her out again sent nerves sprinting from her heart to her toes and back again.
She would have to say no.
No to that determined stare meeting hers as he shoved his shades onto his head. No to that kind heart and beautiful body. No to everything she wanted. Just no.
When he was a few strides away, she inhaled. ‘Rue—’
‘Hold that thought,’ he murmured as he reached her, sliding a hand behind her head and bringing his mouth down to hers.
Startled, Abby dropped the bakery bag. His body came closer, hand still cradling the back of her neck, the other skimming down her waist to tug her fully against him. Heat and contact met her skin and shot deeper, raging in her chest, tangling in the base of her stomach. He slanted his head and the warmth of his mouth shifted, tongue sliding over her bottom lip, not demanding entrance, but working for it. Working, playing, teasing – whatever he was doing, he did it like no man had before.
She could smell his skin. Hear the pounding of her pulse. His thumb caressed the hollow behind her ear and the tenderness of that touch tore through her body like a scream.
Deafened by it, she opened her mouth and drew him in.
His taste was an ache against her tongue, so pure and perfect that she missed it even as he pushed deeper. She circled her arms around his middle, holding on, feeling her breasts and belly and thighs press against muscle. She felt like she could never speak again and that would be all right, if she could stay right here. No lies, no restraint, just Rue’s kiss and the truth of her body’s response.
He’d probably be okay with that.
Those wide hands slid down to grasp her hips. Holding her steady, he broke away from her mouth and kissed up and along her right cheekbone. Abby closed her eyes as his lips reached her ear, tingles breaking out down her spine.
‘I hardly know you,’ he murmured, nudging the curl of her ear with his nose. ‘So how is it that I feel like I’ll always know you?’
She didn’t speak. Didn’t dare.
‘I can feel you in my head,’ he said, forehead on her temple. ‘You make me feel like there’s something urgent I haven’t done yet, and I can’t put my finger on what it is, but every day that I get closer to leaving this place, I get more uneasy. So I need to do something about it. About you.’
His mouth found hers again and it occurred to Abby that everything Rue knew about her was real. There was a pit of things he didn’t know – but the things he did know, those were real.
She had never kissed a man who knew real things about her.
He pulled back again, tucking hair behind her ear, and her pulse tumbled. ‘You must like being the subject of gossip,’ she murmured.
His back was to the street. A sparkle lit his eyes. ‘Observers?’
‘All armed with opinions about such a lascivious public event?’
‘Over-armed, I imagine.’
‘Friday,’ he said. ‘I’ll pick you up at seven.’
‘Okay, seven-thirty.’ Then, as suddenly as he’d kissed her, he lowered his sunglasses and turned away, cutting past the delighted spectators. Abby watched his retreat, breath short. Arousal kneaded at her body from the inside out, like greedy fingers reaching after him.
As far as truth went, her response to Rue was absolute. It felt whole and untainted, pounding hot through her veins. It felt honest.
‘Well,’ she said, accepting her fate. ‘Seven-thirty, then.’
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