{Cover Reveal} Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent

Jan
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Rachel Vincent has a new book coming out and I get to be a part of the cover reveal, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! The book is called Lion’s Share and it’s the first book in a spinoff series from her Shifter books. But I’ll just be quiet now so you guys can read about the book instead!

 

Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent 
(Wildcats #1)
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Synopsis:

Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.

Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.

Jace Hammond has a big problem.

A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.

As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.

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About Rachel:
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Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens.

Rachel’s next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy–but social media is a close second.

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Book Review: Rebound by Noelle August

Jan
30
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I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Rebound by Noelle AugustRebound by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #2
Published by Harper Collins on 2015-02-10
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher via Edelweiss
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four-stars
Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.

But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.

My year started out with two books that I didn’t really like so I cut ahead in my TBR pile and picked this one up. Boomerang was so much fun and a really fast read and the characters offered much more depth than I had originally thought they could in a fun, new adult book. So I really, really hoped that this book would turn the year around for me and offer me something I could actually enjoy. And I’m so glad to say that it did. I really enjoyed this book and am so happy I decided to pick it up sooner rather than later!

Rebound is the second book in the Boomerang series and follows two different characters than the first one. We met both of these characters in the first book but really get to know them in Rebound. I do still recommend starting with the first book because it will really help you understand more about their back stories and see how these characters are seen by outsiders. Without that background, I’m not sure their stories and growth will have quite the impact they did with knowing where they had come from in the previous book.

When I first saw who the characters in this book were, I was a bit taken back. I did not think there was any way these two could make a good couple, let alone a book that focuses on Alison? I did not like her at all in the first book. But after the second? I’m a fan. The same with Adam. Of course, we’re suppose to like Adam in the first book. He’s the brains behind Boomerang. The young, extremely successful, good-looking entrepreneur that everyone loves. But we don’t really know a lot about him. That also changes in Rebound. We learn a lot about his past and it was all very surprising. I appreciated everything we learned about both of these characters and am happy that they were able to find each other. Their relationship turned into something great and what more do you really want from a romance?

A couple of other things I enjoyed about this book was that the story was always moving forward and there was plenty of chemistry. Sometimes in romance books, characters can get dragged into the same arguments or situations over and over again. That is not the case in this book at all. It’s a quick read, a pretty short book, but the characters are fully developed and the movement is constantly forward. There’s also not a lot of “I like him, but I don’t, but I do, but I can’t” etc. They figure out what they want and they don’t spend a lot of time being annoying about the attraction. There is conflict and misunderstandings, like always in books like this, but overall the book moved quickly forward. And the chemistry between Adam and Alison was perfect. Right off the bat when they meet each other, their connection is real and physical. After reading about a lot of young adult relationships (which I do and I enjoy), it was nice to experience a relationship that didn’t include a lot of over the top drama.

I highly recommend both Boomerang and Rebound if you want New Adult romances that are light and fun but also have complex characters and strong emotions. Boomerang is still my favorite of the series because just because I liked the characters a little bit more but Rebound is definitely a worthy sequel. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series which is scheduled to come out in August and already has a synopsis!



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Book Review: Reborn by Jennifer Rush

Jan
29
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Book Review: Reborn by Jennifer RushReborn by Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered #3
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2015-01-06
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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three-half-stars
An action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful third book in the Altered series.

The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.

Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.

I have really enjoyed this series and was so excited when I saw this third book would be from Nick’s POV. If you haven’t read the books yet (and if you haven’t, I recommend that you do), then I’ll tell you that Nick is the bad boy in the group. He has a bad attitude, likes to fight, and is the least willing to talk about anything. He had a difficult childhood which he remembers more and more as time passes. But he still hasn’t recovered all of his pre-farmhouse memories and is secretly obsessed with one specific flashback that shows a girl he can’t remember. So that’s Nick and this book is from his POV. (As well as Elizabeth’s, the girl from the memory.) I was pretty excited to get more insight into Nick and his past and hoped this book would give us a lot more about Nick and his story. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Like the rest of the books in the series, this one was a very quick read and all the characters are full of secrets and you’re never quite sure who you can trust. But unfortunately, I just didn’t like it as much as I did the others. I wasn’t a huge fan of Elizabeth, who’s POV we also get, and there wasn’t as much action as there seemed to be in the others. Not much happened. We do find out about the mission Nick is having flashbacks of, but I really just wanted more of Nick and to learn more about the Branch. And that didn’t really happen. I don’t know why but I just felt like we learned the least and the story advanced the least in this book.

I am glad that Nick found what he was looking for and what the Branch was doing in Elizabeth’s area and how she fit in with it was interesting. As always. I love the idea of the Branch and how terrible they are. I love seeing the boys go after them again and again. But I was really ready to learn everything about the Branch and Nick and the boys and Anna. But it almost felt like this story suffered from second-book-syndrome. Even though it’s the third book, and what I thought the final book, but I have a suspicion after the end of this one that it isn’t. Because as a series ender, it just wasn’t that great. It wasn’t epic and it didn’t provide closure. So I kind of hope they’ll be another book here so that we can get the finality I like in series.

Regardless of everything I mentioned here, my overall love for this series is still going strong and I hope more people will read it. It’s great YA sci-fi and I hope we’ll get more of this story in the future. Even though this one wasn’t epic like I had hoped and didn’t provide as much insight into Nick as I had also hoped, I still really enjoyed it. And I liked getting a new POV. If you’re looking for a really fast sci-fi series with lots of action and a little bit of romance, this is a series you should pick up!

*Edited to add: Apparently there’s a new novella coming out in February that comes right after this book but follows the character Chloe. I’m definitely interested and hope that maybe we’ll even get another full length novel at some point!*



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Diary of a….Lunar Chronicles Virgin: Cinder {Part One}

Diary of a….Lunar Chronicles Virgin: Cinder {Part One}Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicls #1
Published by Macmillan on 2013-01-08
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Guys, this is happening! I’m getting ready to start The Lunar Chronicles!! (Finally, I know!) And it feels completely epic. I don’t know why exactly but I think it’s because EVERYBODY loves these books. They’re huge. And everybody’s talking about them right now because the next one just came out. So it feels like a really big deal. And I’m very excited about it. I’m a little nervous too, but I think that’s unavoidable when reading such a popular book and hoping, really hoping, that you aren’t the one that hates it.

(Fingers crossed I don’t hate these books.)

Before I started these books, I wanted a way to record my experience of reading them. That way, if I enjoyed them, I could share my experience with you guys. I know you guys probably won’t care at all, but I just thought it might be fun. So I came up with this Diary of a… thing. I’m hoping to continue this as a feature with other books and movies and anything that might fit. But for now, I’ll be sharing my experience reading Cinder for the first time.

In case you aren’t familiar with the book, Cinder is split into four books, or parts. For these posts, I’ll be writing about Book One and all of my initial reactions to the book for this post and the other three Books and my final feelings in the next post. I hope you’ll stick around for that!

But now, without further ado, here I go. Starting on page 1 of Cinder. (I’m excited! Are you excited?) Ok, good.

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And look! It’s so pretty!!!

Okay, I’ve just finished chapters 1 & 2 and I’m ready to share some of my initial thoughts.

First Impressions {Story}:

So far, so good. I’m so excited about this! I appreciate the set up without it feeling like an info dump. The setting at the market was well described and the inclusion of the baker in both how others perceive Cinder and how the plague is affecting the world, was really well done. We get the chance to see why Cinder keeps the fact that she’s a cyborg quiet (also explained through her step-sister) and got a brief explanation for how she came to be where she is. Although I do hope we’ll get more information about her past at some point. How did she become a cyborg and what was she doing before she was adopted? Did she just learn to be a mechanic because she is a cyborg or is there more to the story there? I really like how this has all started, how we got to meet Prince Kai, how we know what’s going on in New Beijing and the world, and how cyborgs fit into everything. But I really just want to know more at this point. And that’s a good thing. It’s too early to know everything!

First Impressions {Characters}:

Cinder: I really like her so far. There’s obviously not much to go on but she seems smart and confident and a little bit defiant. We’ll see as time goes by, but right now, I really like her.
Iko: So great. It seems as if she’ll be the comedic relief. Maybe. It’s a little confusing that she didn’t understand about the foot with Prince Kai but picks up on so many other social cues. Maybe she can only process the most obvious emotions and plays on those. Or something. I don’t know. All I know is that I like her and her social awkwardness. I feel a bit of a kinship with her.
Prince Kai: Ok, does anyone not like him? In two chapters I can already see that he seems kind, sentimental, responsible, and a little sly. He might be completely faking all of it, since there was only that one scene with him, or really be the bad guy, but right now I don’t care. I like him.
Peony: I thought we were suppose to hate the stepsisters but she doesn’t seem like she dislikes Cinder right now. I’m a bit confused with this one. But I think I like her? If nothing else, she’s definitely naive.
The other one whose name I can’t remember but starts with a P: She’s the one I get. We don’t like her. She’s mean and bratty and everything I think of when I think of Cinderella’s stepsisters.
Adri: I don’t like her. Something’s going to happen. Cinder is so sure she won’t volunteer her but I’m not so sure. Especially if the families get paid like P-sister said. I don’t trust her at all. Maybe that isn’t even it. But it’ll be something.

This is how I imagine Adri. Except she’s saying ‘cyborg’ and ‘android’ instead of ‘pretty’ and ‘dog’.

Okay, now I’m going to read more! I’ll be back at the end of the first part of the book.

Thoughts {End of Book One}:

I just finished chapter 8 and I immediately want to read more! I’m already feeling all kinds of emotions. I’m feeling angry for Cinder and where she is now (I knew Adri would do that!), as well as worried. Though it is still early on in the book and we know she doesn’t die, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I’m also feeling sad because of what happened at the junkyard and that we seem to have left Iko. I’m hopeful that something awesome will happen soon to get Cinder out of there. I’m curious who this doctor guy is and why he’s so super creepy. (Did he seem creepy to anyone else?) I’m wondering when we’re going to learn more about Queen Levana and Prince Kai. I know there’s more to Queen Levana, though really only because her book is the newest in the series. Otherwise, I wouldn’t really suspect anything about her yet, since most of the focus right now seems to be the plague. I want to know what’s going to happen with Prince Kai and the android he wanted Cinder to fix. Is it some sort of decoy for something else or is something really wrong with it that he doesn’t know about? I want to know when they’re going to see each other again and when we’ll see Kai again. I want to know about Peony. I just really want to keep reading!

I’m so happy right now to be enjoying this! It’s such a great retelling so far. It’s fun catching little parallels to Cinderella but also having it be a great story (so far) all on its own. I really can’t wait to read more and find out some answers to my questions! I hope it won’t be too predictable. (I know it’s a retelling and we already know the story but still, I have some guesses about things, so we’ll see.) I can’t wait to finish it! I hope to see you guys back here for the rest of the book!

And if you guys didn’t know, Marissa Meyer is going on tour! It starts on Tuesday, Jan 27th in Tacoma but you can find the rest of the stops here.



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Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsThe Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2015-03-10
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

I’ll be honest and say that the biggest reason I’m excited for this is because everyone else is excited for it. I know. That’s probably a terrible reason. But it’s true. I’m seeing this one every where right now and it’s making me want to read it RIGHT NOW. But I also wouldn’t be interested in reading it if it wasn’t for the synopsis and knowing that this is Jodi Meadows. I remember reading and loving Incarnate. And while I haven’t finished the series yet, I really did love that book and Ana and the relationships in the book. So I’m looking forward to what she’s doing with this book. And there’s magic!! And spies! I’m hopeful that I’ll love this book but I won’t know until I can read it. And I really hope that can happen soon!

What are you waiting on this week?



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