Saturday, May 2, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #97 & Weekly Wrap-Up

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.

This week, I added the following book to my shelf.

(Supernaturals #1)
Kelly Oram

For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction. 

As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help. 

Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth. 

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I'm feeling kind of proud of myself this week because I kept it to one book.
Yeah, I could have added more but I'm trying real hard to clear a few off my shelf.

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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Swoon Thursday #136 ~ Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1) by Trisha Wolfe

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:

Of Silver and Beasts
(Goddess Wars #1)
Trisha Wolfe

First - The Blurb:

In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

Second - The Swoon:

Raising a shaky hand, I curl my fingers in his soft hair. Brush the nape of his neck and comb them through. He exhales heavily against my skin, and my stomach tingles at the feel of his hot, caressing breath. His blue eyes meet mine before he turns his head and puts his lips to my suspended wrist. Wrapping his fingers around my forearm, he presses his mouth harder to my skin, working a fiery trail past my cuff and up my arm.

And a little later in the same scene...

He wraps me in his arms, pulling me closer to his chest. My mouth presses against his, motionless, unsure - and he nips my bottom lip with his teeth. I gasp, and his tongue darts inside. Lips parting and closing, his tongue tangling with mine, Caben guides me to match his rhythm. My fear subsides as we steal each other's breath.

Of Silver and Beasts has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and I had almost forgotten that I had it. Although an entertaining read, it wasn't quite what I expected and it certainly didn't leave me with that Wow! factor. 

The story is slow to start and I found it hard to connect with Kaliope. Sure, she's tough and determined, but I found something in her character lacking. I was also hoping for a little more romance. (The scene above doesn't take place until two thirds of the way in, and when it does happen, it's kind of sudden and there hasn't been a whole lot of romantic lead up).

I wasn't sure what to make of Caben. He's not really a bad-ass, but he's no weakling either. Did I like him? Meh, I could take or leave him.

There's a lot of action in this book and the scenes are very descriptive. If you like high fantasy, then this could be the book for you.  For me, not sure if I'll read the next one in the series.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #32 ~ Beautiful Sacrifice (The Maddox Brothers #3) by Jamie McGuire

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 on: 

Beautiful Sacrifice
(The Maddox Brothers #3)
Jamie McGuire  

Expected publication: May 31st, 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.

The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.

Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.

What are you waiting for?
Please leave a comment below with your WoW link!
Thanks in advance for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday # 139 ~ Wings of Redemption (Return to Sanctuary 0.5) by Sarah Purdy Gilman

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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My Tease for this week comes from:

 Wings of Redemption
(Return to Sanctuary 0.5)
Sarah Purdy Gilman 

First - The Blurb:

Humans and archangels don’t mix on the best occasions. When Saffron Morin goes to the gates of the demon colony, Eden, in search of her sister, she meets an archangel who is curious one minute and hostile the next, and she ends up the colony’s “guest” against her will. 

Kestrel’s archangel psychic talent tells him the human woman’s life is in danger. Despite her family’s association with poachers who hunt archangels for their valuable feathers, he vows to save her life. Enemies by birth, lovers by choice, they give in to growing attraction as days pass. 

Even if he succeeds in saving her life, he must hurt her to protect others of his kind, and he may not be able to live with himself after a betrayal he has no choice but to commit. In order to find redemption, the Collector’s daughter and an archangel must first find each other.

Second - The Tease:

"I'm not proposing anything gargantuan. I just want to kiss you."


How to put it? He'd never been skilled in the emotional expression department. "Because when I flew you up here last night, I felt like a twenty-five year old. I don't know why you make me feel this way, but I like it."

This tease probably makes better sense if you understand that he is 500 years old.

Wings of Redemption is a beautifully written short Novella which can easily be read in an afternoon.

I liked the main two characters, Saffron and Kestrel. They interacted well and were easy to understand. I also liked Fire Eyes (Decimus - Kestrel's Guardian). He's extremely protective and also knows how to provide the right advice.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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TBR Tuesday #94 ~ Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts #1) by Cassia Leo

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:

Forever Ours
(Shattered Hearts #1)
Cassia Leo

Sometimes, it takes more than love to mend a shattered heart.

After eight years of being tossed around from one home to another, never forming any meaningful friendships or bonds with her foster families, Claire's caseworker gives her an ultimatum: Behave or your next home will be a halfway house.

When fifteen-year-old Claire arrives at the home of Jackie Knight and meets Jackie's fifteen-year-old son, tattooed guitarist Chris, she fears she'll be seeing the inside of that halfway house soon. But Chris isn't like any other guy Claire has ever encountered and he soon gains her trust through his music and unwavering patience.

Claire has finally found her forever home and she and Chris soon find themselves falling in love.

But Chris's dreams of musical stardom and Claire's need for a stable home soon put their love in jeopardy. Chris struggles deeply with his plans for the future, entirely reluctant to leave Claire behind; until Claire does something that may break their love -- and the only home she's comes to know -- forever.

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Leave a comment and tell me what's waiting on your TBR pile.