Thursday, October 8, 2015

Swoon Thursday # 156 ~ Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amanda Hocking

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.

Here's how it works. From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag#YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog!

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

 Crystal Kingdom
(Kanin Chronicles #3)
Amanda Hocking 

First - The Blurb:

Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.

Bryn Aven - unjustly charged with murder and treason - is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holmes and the Trylle kingdom? One thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…

Second - The Swoon:

He pushed me back, and I began to stumble over my feet, but his arms were there, holding me up, carrying me until I felt my back pressing against the icy metal of the truck. His kisses were fierce and hungry, his teeth just barely scraping against my skin, sending delicious heat surging through my body.

I matched his ferocity, wrapping my legs around him, burying my fingers in the tangles of his hair.

This scene was quite intense and there was a lot of emotion as Bryn and Ridley made the most of a rare opportunity. Definitely one of my most favorite moments in the book.

Crystal Kingdom is the third and final installment to this series and it was a great ending.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 55 ~ Surge (The Taking 0.5) by Melissa West

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m waiting, not on a book, but on the release of a movie. 

(The Taking 0.5)
Melissa West 

Expected publication: April 5th, 2016

Sixteen-year-old alien Val Stone was born for one mission-kill teenage Randolf "Rolf" Cartier before he fulfills the prophecy, becomes the future American president, and murderers thousands of her kind.

Val is ready to sacrifice herself for the good of the prophecy. She's learned every detail of Rolf's life. She knows when he wakes, each step he takes throughout his day, and the exact time when he falls asleep. She's prepared to strike.

But what she doesn't know is that Rolf's been watching her, too. Waiting for her. Ready to overpower her and save himself. Only when the day arrives, doubt overcomes purpose, and suddenly they discover the prophecy was all a hoax.

Now they're running against the clock, desperate to reveal who created the fake prophecy before the human killing spree becomes the complete wipeout of the human race.

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So, what are you waiting for?
Please leave a comment below with your WoW link!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teaser Tuesday # 160 ~ Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking

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 to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Ice Kissed
(Kanin Chronicles #2)
Amanda Hocking 

First - The Blurb:

The second novel in the Kanin trilogy, from the international bestseller Amanda Hocking.

In this series, we return to the world of Hocking's million-copy bestselling Trylle trilogy...

Bryn Aven is still struggling with her burgeoning relationship with Ridley. She's also set on completing her mission to find the missing Skojare Queen. But when they do finally discover what happened, Bryn finds out that things are much more complicated than she'd originally thought.

And as she gets closer to the truth, Bryn is framed for the murder of the Kanin King himself. She ends up on the run, as home holds too few answers and no solutions.

Second - The Tease:

I went over to him, and without hesitation, without thinking, without worry, I kissed him, knowing he would kiss me back just as hungrily. And he did not disappoint. He wrapped his arms around me, pulling me to him, but I didn't feel close enough. I pushed him back until he hit the wall.

Ridley stopped kissing me long enough to smile crookedly as I started to undo the buttons of his shirt, but even that quick separation felt too long. Then his fingers were in my hair, and his lips were on my mouth, and I didn't know if I'd ever wanted anything as badly as I wanted him.

I have read many of Amanda's books, and I must say, she never disappoints. The fantasy worlds she creates are easy to picture as are the characters who are always interesting and diverse. Captivated by her original Trylle Trilogy, I was very keen to delve into this new series, which although related, is set some time in the future. 

In Frostfire... things progress a little slowly. In Ice Kissed... they move much faster. Filled with more intrigue, mystery, romance and action, I really enjoyed the second instalment and am looking forward to moving onto the third to see how it all ends for Bryn and Ridley.

My rating: 5 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Tease, please leave a comment below.

TBR Tuesday #117 ~ Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick

My good friend Sharrice from Reese's Reviews: My Addiction to Fiction came up with the idea of 'TBR Tuesday'

If you want to join in the fun, then just do the following:
From your book shelf or your e-reader, pick a book that you own that is still on your TBR list. Post it however you want to, then leave a link below so others can see what's waiting to be read.

This week for me its:

(Woodlands #1)
Jen Frederick

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

So now it's your turn.
Leave a comment and tell me what's waiting on your TBR pile.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #115

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s ReviewsIt is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

Books I added to my shelf this week:

(Songbird #1)
Melissa Pearl 

Singing in the shower takes on a whole new meaning in Melissa Pearl's first New Adult Contemporary Romance. 

Ella Simmons does not want to move across the country. But she is, because her boyfriend has persuaded her to join him at UChicago to finish out her college education. Never able to tell him no, she hops on a plane and makes the trek from LA expecting to adjust to life like she's often forced to, but things are not that simple when she hears a luscious voice singing over her shower wall. His deep, sexy tenor makes her weak in the knees, spreading fire through her limbs and making her question everything about her life and relationship. 

Can one voice really have that much of an impact? 

Cole Reynolds is on his way out. In his final year at UChicago, the only thing he wants to do is finish school and get on with his life. But the sweet voice that interrupts his morning shower turns his world upside down. Compelled to find his shower songbird, he begins a search across campus. The only thing to distract him from this goal is his roommate's gorgeous girlfriend who's just arrived from LA - Ella Simmons. 

Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love. 


Kimberley Reeves

When I’m broken and nothing seems to make any sense, I go back to the ranch, to my beautiful Jessie. Jess…fixes me, makes me whole again.

Those were the words written in Adam's journal shortly before he died. His twin brother, Mitch, has never met Jessie, but believes she must be some kind of woman to glue his brother back together time after time. Now it is up to Mitch to tell her that Adam is gone, that he will never again return to her waiting arms. He doesn't want to tell her, doesn't want to be the one to break her heart, but what choice does he have?

On the drive to Jessie's ranch, Mitch devises a way they can both put closure on Adam's death. Posing as Adam will give Jessie one last time with him. Mitch can give her the memories she deserves, let her hear the words Adam should have spoken to her when he had the chance. And in the process, maybe Jessie can ease some of the ache in his own heart.

It is a simple plan; give Jessie a lifetime of memories, mend his own broken heart, then leave and send word of Adam's death. But the moment Mitch arrives at the ranch, his plan begins to fall apart. Jessie is everything his brother said she was, everything Mitch could ever hope for in a woman. Now he must spend the rest of his life pretending to be Adam, or tell Jessie the truth and risk losing her forever.

So... what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Harry Potter Spell Book Tag!

I've been tagged!

I'm always looking for new ways to create a post, so when I saw that I'd been tagged for the Harry Potter Spell Book Challenge, I thought great, this sounds like fun.

Thanks Corrie from Corrie The Book Crazed Girl for choosing me.

Credit to the creators of this challenge:

1 - Accio

1. An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now.

I loved the first two books in this series and can't wait to read the conclusion.

2. Favorite Series Starter

I've read this book several times over, and each time, it sucks me right in.

3. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.

I'm a sucker for happy endings, and this delivered it in spades.

4. A book that made you ugly cry.

Few books bring me to tears. This is one of the few.

5. Bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life.

Aiden... he's definitely the kind of hero who would do anything to protect you.

6. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.

Yep! I'm guilty. I read the end before I finished the book.

7. A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much.

For a long while, I only read Paranormal Romance. Then I read this book. and now I'm a lover of Contemporary Romance as well. Lucas is one amazing guy and Tammara writes a brilliant story.

8. A book or series you wish never ended.

Angels are my favorite paranormal characters.
Patch is awesome and I would love to read more of his story.

9. A book with an uplifting ending or message.

I'm kind of cheating on this one.
I haven't actually read the book, but I have seen the movie and it left me with the feeling that I want to read the book and gain a little more insight to the story.
This one is definitely on my TBR list.

10. A book you wish you could forget you ever read. 

Sorry, but this one was poorly written, badly executed and totally unbelievable.

11. An author whose books always get you out of a slump.

I gave this question a lot of thought, but honestly, I can't remember the last time I got into a reading slump. Maybe it's because I skip between Paranormal and Contemporary so I never get bored.

12. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine.

Hey, I created Shadow. Why wouldn't he be swoon-worthy to me.

13. A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it.

This was a very unique read and I could not put this book down.
I read it pretty much in one day.

14. A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you.

This book didn't break me, but I did find it to be an intense and deeply emotional read.

15. A book that had you laughing out loud.

Some of the things Travis does to get Abby's attention, yeah, they made me laugh.

16. A book that made you want to send it (or your e-reader) flying.

I absolutely hated what happened to Sam.

17. Bookish world you wish you could visit.

Honestly, I'm not sure about this one. 

18. A book with a shocking twist or ending.

I deliberately avoided reading any reviews before reading this final installment of the Divergent series, so I was totally unprepared for the ending. Not at all what I wanted to happen.

19. A character death that destroyed you.

Technically, Bianca didn't actually die, but even so, I would have preferred it if she had remained human. Her change didn't destroy me, but it did leave me feeling disappointed for Lucas, her love interest.

20. Best series conclusion.

In case you didn't know, I'm totally team Roth.

Well, that was fun!
I rediscovered some books I'd forgotten about.
So, who am I tagging to do this:

Reese @ Reese's Reviews
Angela @ The Reading Cave

Have fun girls!