Saturday, April 20, 2013

Stacking the Shelves # 27


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It 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.

This week all my additions come from the local library. Books which I've had on hold for a while and finally become available for collection.
Beautiful Disaster
Jamie McGuire
And the first three books from
The Lost Angels
Heather Killough-Walden


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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Feature & Follow # 34

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

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Here’s this week’s question:

If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

Oh my gosh! There are so many authors I admire and would love to meet and hang out with. I can't name them all here so I will just name a few of my top favorites.
 In no particular order:

Stephenie Meyer
Becca Fitzpatrick
Claudia Gray
Amanda Hocking
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Amy A. Bartol
Cassandra Clare

What would I do?
Discuss their books. Discuss my book. Discuss writing, ideas, anything...
And maybe... co-author a book together.


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So what's your FF?

To play along visit Parajunkee & Alison Can Read
Follow them, follow their Featured Blogs and then visit as many blogs as you can, posting your answers.

And don't forget to leave your link in the comments section below!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Swoon Thursday # 35 Clockwork Princess


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.
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My Swoon for this week comes from
Clockwork Princess
Book 3 of The Infernal Devices
Cassandra Clare
First - The Blurb:
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.
Second - My Thoughts:
As I do not wish to spoil this for anyone, I'm going to keep my thoughts on this one brief.
Clockwork Princess - the last book in The Infernal Devices Trilogy - is an amazing story of heartache, sacrifice and ever enduring love. Right from book 1, I was caught in the intrigue surrounding the three main characters - Tessa, Will and Jem. I'm not going to say whose team I'm on (Will or Jem's) because even now when the last page has been turned, I am still undecided.
What I will say, is that I absolutely loved the way Cassandra Clare ended things and if you don't mind your emotions being twisted in every direction, then this series is a must.
My Rating 5 out of 5 
Third - My Swoon:
He slid down over her, slowly, elbows resting on either side of her shoulders. Their eyes met, held; they were touching all along their bodies, but neither of them spoke. Her throat ached: adoration, heartache, in equal measures. "Kiss me," she said.
He lowered himself slowly, slowly, until their lips just brushed. She arched upward, wanting to meet his mouth with hers, but he drew back, nuzzling at her cheek, now his lips pressing the corner of her mouth---and then along her jaw and down her throat, sending little shocks of astonished pleasure through her body. She had always thought of her arms, her hands, her neck, her face, as separate---not that her skin was all the same delicate envelope, and that a kiss placed on her throat might be felt all the way down to the bottom of her feet.
Those of you who have read the book, will no doubt, remember this scene. Those of you haven't, well this is just a little taste to capture your interest.
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Okay, so what do you think?

If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Teaser Tuesday # 34 - Golden Blood


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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This weeks Tease comes from
Golden Blood
(A Time Shift Novel)
Melissa Pearl

First - The Blurb:

Gemma Hart never knows when her father is going to whisk her back in time. Her toes start tingling and she has a few minutes to find a secret haven where she can disintegrate and appear in another time and place. While “across the line,” her training and skills are put to the test as she completes a mission that will change history for the lucky few her father has selected.

Gemma's parents are adamant that secrecy is paramount to her family’s safety. If people knew what they were capable of, they could be "used and abused", as her mother always says. Afraid she might accidentally utter the truth and break the ancient oath of her people, Gemma spends her school days as a loner. Only one thing can throw her sheltered life askew... Harrison Granger.

Harrison never expected to talk to the strange Hart girl, but after a brief encounter he can't stop thinking about her. He begins a campaign to chisel away her icy veneer and is met with unexpected consequences. As he slowly wins this girl over, he enters a surreal world that has him fighting to keep his newfound love and his life.

Second - My Thoughts:

When I started to read this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I haven't read too many novels on time travel (I think this might be my second) so I did guess that it would be a little different from my usual paranormal reads. And it was.

Did I like it? Yes! This is a well written story about a girl who can time travel - Gemma - and a normal human boy - Harrison - who despite their obvious differences, fall in love. It is not an easy journey for them. Gemma's parents are extremely strict and do not condone relationships with people not of their world. As a result, Gemma insists that their love for each other remains a secret. But like all secrets, the truth has a way of being discovered.

Melissa has done a great job in presenting the story. It flows well and is easy to follow. This is the first in a Trilogy. Black Blood and Pure Blood continue from where Golden Blood leaves off.

My rating - 4.5 out of 5

Third - A Tease or Two:

"Gemma." Harrison licked his lips. "Gemma, what... what just happened? You disappeared. You... you vanished! And now you're here. You're... you're here and you're... you're... naked!"

I really liked this line - the innocence of Harrison's statement.


His eyes lit with amusement. "Your birthmark's showing."

Gemma couldn't swallow down her gasp. It came out all breathy as she reached for her shirt and tried to yank it across her collarbone. He stopped  her with quick fingers. She kept her eyes on his face as he moved her shirt aside and gently slid his thumb over her skin. It burned hot.

His fingers lingered there for a moment  as if wondering at the searing sensation then began moving. They danced over her flesh and came to rest on the back of her neck. His thumb gently rubbed the edge of her jaw.

She could barely breathe as he leaned towards her with a soft smile. Their lips met for a delicate introduction. Gemma had never felt anything like it in her life. A tender flame danced along her soft skin then grew with fervor as Harrison deepened the kiss. His tongue was warm and delicious.

The world around her became fuzzy as every sense in her body drew itself into the kiss. It was magic... and she knew that one taste was never going to be enough. There was no way she could live without this. The implications of that fact were deadly.

I'm sorry this tease is a bit long, but I just couldn't cut this one short.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stacking the Shelves # 26


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It 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.

This week I managed to add another three books to my over flowing shelf.

Free from the Apple iBookstore:

Golden Blood
(Time Spirit Trilogy #1)
Melissa Pearl
And from the local library:
Shadow's Claim
(The Dacians # 1)
Kresley Cole
Clockwork Princess
(The Infernal Devices # 3)
Cassandra Clare
Okay! So what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.