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Book Trailer: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

October 21st, 2014 @ 4:10 pm
Posted by Bridget under Book Trailer Tags: Alexandra Bracken, Dystopian, In the Afterlight, The Darkest Minds Series, Young Adult

Today we are super excited to show you the trailer for In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. This is the final book in The Darkest Mind series. In The Afterlight is a YA Dystopian novel being published October 28, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion.

In The Afterlight

Available October 28, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

About this Book:

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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Early Review: Wild by Sophie Jordan

October 20th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Review, Sophie Jordan, The Ivy Chronicles, Wild

WildTitle: Wild

Author: Sophie Jordan

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: The Ivy Chronicles (Book #3)

Publication Date: November  18, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062279912 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062279910 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

Quick & Dirty: Sexy heartfelt story that was the perfect ending to a wonderful series. All new adult contemporary romance fans should pick this one up!

Opening Sentence: “I’m sorry, Georgia, it’s just, just…”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Georgia has just recently broke up with her long time boyfriend. They have dated since high school and she always thought that they would get married. When he dumped her he said some things that were hurtful, but unfortunately true as well. She has always been a good girl, and being wild has never been one of her traits. But just to prove everyone wrong she decides to attend a secret sex club with one of her friends. Upon arriving she runs into Logan, one of her good friend’s younger brother. He might still be in high school but when it comes to sexual experience he is well beyond his years.

Right away Logan tells Georgia that she doesn’t belong and tries to escort her out, but she is tired of being the good girl everyone thinks she is. So to show him she can be just as wild as anyone else she decides to kiss him. Georgia has kissed guys but none of them made her feel anything close to what she felt when kissing Logan. One thing leads to another and before she knows it things are escalating faster than she was expecting. But even though Georgia knows that they couldn’t be more wrong for each other she just can’t seem to stay away from Logan!

Personally, I really loved Georgia. I read in a few reviews that a lot of people found some of the things she did really annoying. While I did find her frustrating at times, I also thought that she was a very realistic character. Of course she is going to be scared to try something new. She has spent her entire life pleasing everyone else, and she has just finally realized that she was never truly happy.  The boy she spent four years with ended up being a total jerk, and her parents are super controlling. Big life changes like Georgia experiences throughout the story take time to adjust to, so when Logan comes charging into her life with all of his wild ideas it made complete since to me that she would be very wary of him. Her journey of self discovery was heartbreaking, frustrating, and written perfectly. I felt a very strong connection with her character and I am so glad I got to read her story. Out of the three girls featured in the series, I think she was actually my favorite girl!

From the moment I met Logan in Foreplay I was instantly intrigued by him. He is an 18 year old boy that has pretty much slept through most of the college girls at Dartford. He knows how sexy and charming he is and he’s not ashamed of it. At first you think that Logan is just a shallow guy that is just looking for a good time, but as you get to know him you realize that there is so much more to him. Yes, he has rightfully earned his reputation as a man-whore, but he is always upfront and honest with girls. He also had to learn to grow up a lot faster than most people because of his home life.  His chemistry with Georgia is electric and man do they have seriously hot sexual tension between them. I loved how he was so opposite of her, but in so many ways they were perfect for each other.  While I completely loved Logan, I would have liked to gotten to know him just a little bit better. I felt that some things about him were left unanswered which disappointed me, but I guess it leaves more to the imagination.

Wild was a sexy story filled with heartbreak, love, and growing up. I was so excited to be back in the world of Dartford college, and all the wonderful characters that reside in it! I loved that we got glimpses into the past characters lives, but it was refreshing to see the story from a different POV. That’s one of my favorite things about companion novels, you get reacquainted with characters you love, but you also get to met new ones. Like the other books in the series this one was very steamy and emotional. Jordan’s writing is always phenomenal, and she really knows how to tug at your heartstrings. I am so sad that this is the ending to the series because there are some characters that I would love to know what happened to them, but in all honesty this was a perfect ending.  I would highly recommend this entire series to all new adult contemporary romance fans, it is a must read!

Notable Scene:

I felt him move behind me before I felt his hands on my arms. “No, you don’t,” he growled. “You don’t et to run away again.”

I squeaked as he hauled me back against his chest. My spine stiffened iron-rod straight against the wall of his broad chest. I felt my eyes go huge in my face. He was touching me. Again. And I was freaking out on the inside. I sucked in a deep breath, determined that my freak-out stayed internal only.

“Let me go. They’re coming.” My heart hammered violently in my chest and I didn’t know if it was because we were about to get busted by my friends or because his body felt so unbelievable against mine. Okay, fine. It was both.

The Ivy Chronicles:

1. Foreplay

2. Tease

3. Wild (November 18, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Wild.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

October 19th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Contemporary Romance, Rachel Harris, Review, The Fine Art of Pretending, The Fine Art of Pretending Series, Young Adult

The Fine Art of PretendingTitle: The Fine Art of Pretending

Author: Rachel Harris

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Series: The Fine Art of Pretending (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

Format: Paperback, 256 Pages

ISBN-10: 1939392284 (Spencer Hill)

ISBN-13: 978-1939392282 (Spencer Hill)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you’re friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

Quick & Dirty: Adorable contemporary romance that I couldn’t put down. I finished the whole thing in one sitting and loved every minute of it!

Opening Sentence: The cleavage popping out of my scandalously low-cut halter top heralds the beginning of Operation Sex Appeal.

ExcerptYes

The Review:

Alyssa Reed has always been friends with all the popular guys in school, but never one of their girlfriends. She is the type of girl that wears baggy jeans, and the only makeup she uses is chapstick. Looking back at all her years of high school she realized that she has always gone to school dances with just friends or pity dates. Now it is her senior year and she has decided that she no longer wants to be one of the guys. Then Operation Sex Appeal is born.

Aly has decided that by homecoming she will completely transform her imagine and that Justin Carter, the hottest guy in the school, will be her date. First off, she gets a whole new wardrobe and makeover. Now that she looks the part she just needs to convince everyone that she has become a carefree, hookup kind of girl. Now comes phase two of the plan where her best friends and total hottie, Brandon Taylor, becomes her pretend boyfriend. Everything is going according to plan until both Aly and Brandon start to develop more than friendly feelings towards each other. When the planned breakup happens it not only devastates both of them it also might be the one thing that will destroy their long-time friendship.

Aly’s story was really more of a coming of age story. She is at a point in her life where she decides to make some major life changes to try and attract guys. She’s not a hundred percent comfortable in her own skin so she changes her image. I loved watching her try to figure out who she really is and what it is she really wanted in life. It made it really easy to connect with her and like her. She makes many mistakes along the way, but that just made her feel more realistic. She is a smart beautiful girl that has some life lessons to learn and it was fun to be along for the ride.

Brandon really is the whole package. Not only is he extremely good looking, but he is respectful, kind, and just an all around good person. I did wish that I got to know him a little bit better, there were a few things about his past that I would have liked to have explored a little bit more, but that didn’t stop me from loving him. His relationship with Aly is sweet, sexy, and just perfect. They have been best friends for years and Brandon never wanted to ever do anything that would jeopardize their friendship in anyway because it meant so much to him. They could confide in each other and always be honest, which is a rare trait to find in a relationship. I thought that he was a great love interest!

The Fine Art of Pretending was adorable and I loved it. If you have read very many of my review you will know that my all time favorite type of romance is when best friends progress to something more, so right off the bat I knew I was going to like that about this story and it did not disappoint. The romance was seriously so cute and really well done, it totally made me swoon! There was also tons of great drama and humor blended into the story which made it a very entertaining read. The pacing was spot on and I pretty much blew right through the entire book in just one day. The plot was predictable but honestly in books like this it doesn’t bother me, I like knowing that there is going to be a happy ending. This is my first book by Rachel Harris but I have heard nothing but praises about her other books and having really enjoyed this one, I will be picking up more of her work in the near future. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a light, adorable romance.

Notable Scene:

Gabi clears her throat. “All right, my turn.” Her stare zeroes in on me as she says, “Truth or darea?”

Aw, crap. Is it possible to say neither? Gabi just got burned on truth, and I’ve been far from Miss Truthful lately. What would I say if she asks about Brandon? But then, a dare almost had me making out with Lauren a few minutes ago. I waffle back and forth, gnawing on my lip like a freaking rabbit, and then spit out, “Dare?”

Gabi sits up tall with eager eyes, and I immediately start to wishing for a do-over.

“Since this trip started, I’ve seen the two of you,” she says motioning between me and Brandon. “give each other little kisses on the check and that chaste peck on the lips last night, but I’ve yet to see you go at it. I’ve spent years watching the two of you pretend you weren’t hot for each other. So go for it already.” Wiggling her shoulders, she days, “Aly, I dare you to make out with Brandon for a full minute.”

The Fine Art of Pretending Series:

1. The Fine Art of Pretending

FTC Advisory:  I purchased my own copy of The Fine Art of Pretending.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

 

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Review: Celebromancy by Michael R. Underwood

October 19th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Angela under Review Tags: Celebromancy, Michael R. Underwood, Ree Reyes Series, Review, Urban Fantasy

CelebromancyTitle: Celebromancy

Author: Michael R. Underwood

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Ree Reyes (Book #2)

Publication Date: July 15, 2013

Format: eBook, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 1451698143 (Pocket Star)

ISBN-13: 978-1451698145 (Pocket Star)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script.

But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former-child star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.

Quick & Dirty: Ree is a Geekomancer and a screenwriter who has just hit her big break. Things start looking bad though when the lead actress Jane, who happens to be a Celebromancer starts having problems with her powers. If Ree can’t help her figure out what is going wrong it may be the end of her production before it even begins.

Opening Sentence: Ree was late to her first public appearance as a screenwriter, and she couldn’t even blame it on a monster attack.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I really wanted to give this book a chance and once I start a book I hate to not finish, but I could not like this book. There are a few things that could be to blame for this. The first is I did not read the first book to truly understand the dialogue that Ree uses. The second thing is I don’t speak geek in general, so it made it hard to follow. The plot is that Ree Reyes is a Geekomancer who uses her love for science fiction and fantasy to give herself superpower. She watches movies or reads books and can then draw magic from them. Ree has written a screenplay that gives her a big break. It has been picked up by a producer and production on the pilot is about to begin. After the first night Ree and the main actress, Jane Konrad, go out on the town to drink. They end up hooking up and ending up at Jane’s place. While sleeping Jane is attacked by an invisible person and it takes both Ree and Jane’s bodyguard to fend off the entity. Now Ree finds out that the star has her own form of power. She is a Celebromancer who uses her fames to receive magic and make herself more popular. Unfortunately, someone has messed with her powers and they actually attack her if she uses them too much. Now it is up to Ree to save Jane and her screenplay from being ruined by the curse.

Now many people would find that interesting, but I find it too mainstream for my taste. Magic is not in my opinion supposed to be so modernized. Also, like I said, I just had a hard time understanding half the time what was being said. On top of that, there was so many random texts and blog entries just randomly placed throughout the story. I do have to admit I stopped after page one hundred and twenty eight so maybe it gets better, but I just couldn’t read anymore. For those who do not mind some modern magic and can speak geek maybe this book would be for you. For those old fashioned like me who wants our magic left alone this one may not be for you. The one thing I did find interesting was that the author has a wonderful imagination and comes up with some very unique mythical creatures, such as a panther dragonfly.

Notable Scene:

And then something hit Ree in the shoulder and knocked her off the bed. Something that wasn’t Jane.

Ree’s voice and world wobbled as she conceded the point. “Not a dream! Definitely not a dream!”

Ree Reyes Series:

1. Geekomancy

2. Celebromancy

2.5 Attack the Geek

3. Hexomancy (TBA 2015)

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FTC Advisory: Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Celebromancy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Find Me Where the Water Ends by Rachel Carter

October 18th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Find Me Where the Water Ends, Rachel Carter, Review, Science Fiction, So Close to You Series, Young Adult

Find Me Where the Water EndsTitle: Find Me Where the Water Ends

AuthorRachel Carter

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: So Close to You (Book #3)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 006208111X (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062081117 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Lydia has been trained into a person she might have once feared: focused, fierce, deadly. Although she never wanted the life of a Montauk Project recruit, the Project has captured someone she loves-someone she’ll do anything to save.

Then Lydia glimpses a world in which the Montauk Project never existed. The Project has taken so much from Lydia already, but she knows that she will sacrifice everything to make her vision of a world without the Project a reality.

Publishers Weekly said that “readers will be hooked” by Rachel Carter’s plot-twisting So Close to You series. The conspiracy theories, romance, and compelling “what if?” questions build to a satisfying series end, making Find Me Where the Water Ends the perfect fit for the teen fans of light science fiction like The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Quick & Dirty: The perfect ending to a magnificent series. This is a young adult sci-fi series you will not want to miss!

Opening Sentence: The dress is laid out on the bed, so dark red it looks black in the muted light of the hotel room.

ExcerptYes

The Review:

Seventeen year old Lydia Bentley never saw herself becoming a recruit for the Montauk Projects, but when they threatened the people she holds most dear in her life she agrees to do whatever they say. They keep telling her that this is her destiny and that the mission she is supposed to complete will change history forever. She is forced to do things she never thought possible and if she wants to survive she will have to learn to trust the one person that broke her heart.

Lydia hates the Projects and everything they have taken away from her. But she is just one of many that have had their life destroyed by the evil people that run the Montauk Project. When she is offered an opportunity to live in a world without the projects she jumps at the chance. But nothing in this world comes without consequences, and Lydia’s not sure she can live with herself if she loses anyone else she loves.

Lydia has grown enormously since the last time we saw her. She has been training to be a Project recruit for the last 9 months and not only has she changed physically, she has also changed emotionally. The training was vigorous and everything she has ever cared about has been taken away. But even though she has been through so much she is still essentially the same person. Perhaps she is a little bit more cynical, and not quite as naive as she once was, but she is still a good person that tries to do the right thing. I admired her strength and determination to never give up no matter how hard things get. My original connection with her was easily reestablished and just continued to grow throughout the entire series. I loved her character and I am sad to see her story end.

Wes is just as mysterious as ever and if it is possible, I fell even more in love with him. From the very first book I was drawn to him with his striking good looks and interesting life. He is a person you can rely on for anything and even though there are times when he will break your heart, getting to know him was totally worth it. He proves time and times again how dedicated he is to Lydia and I just loved him all the more for it. The chemistry between these two is electric and their romance is very believable. I think that Wes made the perfect love interest and I am glad I got to read his story!

First off, I have to say how much I adore the titles for the books in this series. I mean how awesome is the title Find Me Where the Water Ends? Plus, it actually goes perfectly with the book. But not only does it have a great title it was also an phenomenal story that was the perfect ending to this magnificent series! From the moment I picked up this book, I was completely hooked and couldn’t put it down until I finished it! It was action packed from page one and entertaining the whole way through. I also felt a slew of emotions while reading it which helped me really connect with the story.  Carter has wonderful writing that is captivating and breathtaking! Sadly, this is the end of the series, but I will gladly read whatever Carter comes out with next. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that is looking for a stunning time travel story filled with romance and action!

Notable Scene:

She jerks the wheel to the left and the car angles so quickly that it seems we will flip over. MY stomach drops as if we were on a roller coaster, the very moment of descent. Time grips my hands in his as I squeeze my other one into the battered leather seat, trying to hold on.

“On the left!” I hear Wes shout, and then something slams into the side of the car in a blast of noise and sparks and screeching tires. I am thrown forward and feel Tim’s fingers slop away from mine. My body is in the air. My head collides with something hard. I fall back against the seat as the window explodes, as the metal erupts, and my body, just skin and blood and bones, is no match for the force of it.

So Close To You Series:

1. So Close to You

2. This Strange and Familiar Place

3. Find Me Where the Water Ends

FTC Advisory:  HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Find Me Where the Water Ends.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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