Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Finding Now (True North #3) by Allie Juliette Mousseau


Summary: After a tragic accident that plays on an endless loop in her mind, wild child Kate Jolie died inside. She now functions only through her rigid, ironclad routine, which keeps her mind and soul in check – balancing her in a dangerously precarious position between life and death

Rocker and Master's student Sam North knows no limits and seeks out every challenge to conquer and defy. With his cocky grin, piercings, colorful tattoos, undress-you bedroom eyes and magnetic sex appeal, he has no trouble finding women to warm his bed. When he spies his new professor, the gorgeous Ms. Jolie, she’s just another summit he wants to climb in order to reach its peak. But as he begins to catch glimpses of her soul, she becomes his Everest.

Kate Jolie is the only woman who wants nothing to do with Sam North - and the only woman he can’t do without.

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Excerpt: 
     “When I first saw you, you were so stunning I couldn’t think straight,” Sam began.
     “When you first saw me you were looking at my ass,” I reminded him.
     “Okay, you’re right.” Sam admitted with his hands in surrender. “But in my defense, it is a really fine ass.”
     I rolled my eyes and swallowed a flattered laugh.
     He continued, “But as the weeks went on, I saw that your intelligence matched your beauty, and Jolie, combined … you left me breathless. I had to get to know you. Then when you got sick behind More Hall, you showed so much strength …”
     “Strength? I freaked out and puked all over you.”
     “You fell apart and pulled yourself back together again. That took raw guts, Jolie. Trust me, I’ve known a couple people who’ve lived through some nasty things. It takes a hell of a lot of strength to get to the other side of it.”
     I worried my bottom lip. He saw me as beautiful and strong?
     “I can see the pain behind your eyes and the shadow you’re trying to live with—twenty-six years old with a PhD—you stopped living at some point and became driven. And your clothes—you’re trying to be invisible, which is virtually impossible for you because you have an amazing body.” He cocked an eyebrow at me, and if I had felt any anger at his intuition and bold assessment, it melted. “I want to know you. So, are you going to give our friendship a chance?”
     In six years no one had ever done this to me, made me want to come out of the hiding place I’d built. I knew my voice would be pained and small but I spoke anyway.
     “How do we do it?”
     I expected his face to light up with his telltale smile, but it didn’t. Instead he became really serious. “No plan, Jolie. We live for each moment, each day. We find now and hold ourselves in that space until we’re ready to make a new one.”
     “Okay … Sam. Friends.” I held out my hand to his.
     He regarded it for a moment, took it like he was about to shake it, then said, “Ah, what the hell,” and yanked me up against him, putting his arms around me and folding me into a deep hug.
     I liked the feel of him very much.
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About the Allie Juliette Mousseau: Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally-charged New Adult and Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures. She also creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. 
She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write on warm days is outdoors, but when the weather gets too cold, she'll be inside at her desk inspired by the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and golden retriever. 
She loves to travel, and lived for three years in her RV with her family while visiting the national parks and forests of the U.S. and a couple Canadian provinces. Allie loves chatting to her readers through email and social media! Come visit her through any of her links below!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - 10/29/14

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I'm waiting for this week is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I just happened to stumble upon it today though I'm also pretty sure I've seen it mentioned on twitter by other bloggers. But that's not what matters. What matters is that this book sounds fantastic and something I want to read sometime soon preferably, not that that will happen but here's to hoping that something could turn up! Seriously though, it sounds like it will be a really great book. Happy Reading!

Publication: April 28th, 2015
Summary: Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blog Tour: The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons


Summary: From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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                                                                       Review: 

Initial Thoughts:
Um wow! I had so much fun with this story. I really love Heather Lyons' books so I was nervous to start like "What if this isn't as great as her other books? Are my expectations too high? Too unreasonable?" Oh what a whole bunch of nonsense on my part - the book was fantastic! 

The Characters: Okay, Alice is amazing. She can kick butt, is smart, honest(ish), and just plain awesome! I loved her character so much and was able to relate to her easily. Alice is very well developed and added so much depth to the story.

Finn! People, Finn is the real deal. He too is amazing! Are you starting to see a trend here? (Seriously though I need another word for amazing because I'm starting to annoy myself here). Anyways, he is so sweet and caring and funny and loving and a total hottie who blushes even though he's a grown manAdorable, right? 

"Are you asking if I occasionally find myself besieged by the vapors when I'm in the presence of strong men wielding weapons only masculine hands might possess?" That charming blush I first saw in the early hours of this morning steals across Finn's cheeks once more. He rubs at his hair, his head ducking as he chuckles ruefully. "Vapors...As in fainting? Sh*t, put it that way and my question sounds sexist, doesn't it? I haven't heard that word in forever."

The Story: I'm not going to spoil anything except that Alice starts off in an insane asylum and then gets recruited to be part of The Collector's Society where storybooks and their characters are real. With that, the plot was very engaging and full of mystery and suspense, romance and tears, and everything in between. The world building and plot were phenomenal and I just loved every second of it.

The Romance: Alice and Finn were made for each other and they are so cute together! They work great together and have a very developed romance and relationship. What else am I supposed to say besides that these two make my heart jump with joy?

End Thoughts: The Collectors' Society is an all around great book that I absolutely adored and couldn't put down. The plot and characters were all well developed and I couldn't have asked for a better book! I highly recommend it!! 5 stars.





About Heather Lyons:
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—she’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Recs. - 10/27/14

Hey guys! I know I suck at posting lately and I hate excuses but I have two reasons: 1. I need a new prescription for my glasses. I've been having headaches because of this and electronics do not help headaches! and 2. I'm sick! Being sick also affects my mind's ability to stay on a computer and type up posts... 

Okay then, this week I'm recommending The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I really enjoyed this book and book two. I believe the third book is coming out soon so that is very exciting and means not waiting long in between books for those who do ever end up reading these books! Happy Reading!

Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - 10/22/14

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm waiting for The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons. I've heard really good things about this book so far and it does sounds like it would be an interesting read. Definitely something I'd read that's so sure. But it doesn't come out until next year! Yeah I know, it's another one of those books (where you have to wait a long time for a book to come out!!). Happy Reading!!

Publication: February 10th, 2015
Summary: 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - 10/21/14


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Just the other day I read The Keeper's Vow by B.F. Simone. I don't know what to make of it. It's kind of a book that I hate to love. I mean I didn't really like the main character that much but I still loved the book. It's weird. I'll have a review for it sometime in the near future...anyways, Happy Reading!

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"Most of the guardians work to keep people from going downside and keeping an eye on the non-human friends and in some cases integrating newly changed people into both societies. There's a department for that, but it's pretty lame. No action there-it's like, 'here is a blood bank where you can buy your ounces, and raw steaks are cheapest in these locations-blah blah-here's a pamphlet-blah blah-give us a call if you want to join the: Cry About Your Adjustment Problems group'." Allison looked up and shrugged at Katie's blinking eyes. "What? It was the worst field trip of my life."

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Summary: From the day he showed up on her front porch, he desperately needed three things: a new beginning, a place to belong, and someone to stand beside him. 

By the time she figured that out, it was too late. 

In a world where being half-vampire is a dark secret that tears families apart, 16 year-old Katie Watts must untangle the web of lies that is her so-called life. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets, and everyone knows the darker truth except her. She has no direction, no answers, and—when she searches for the truth—no home. 

As the web untangles, the truth pulls Katie and Tristan closer together they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But—is honesty worth more than blissful ignorance? Can she live with the truths that begin with her dead mother and end with The Keeper’s Vow?