Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cover Reveal: Finding Haven by T.A. Foster + Giveaway

Check out the cover of Finding Haven by T.A. Foster and enter the giveaway below!

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Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

Release date: May 15th 2014
Publisher: Self-published




About the author:

headshotT.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.
She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.
T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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Waiting on Wednesday #68: Collide

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week's WoW is...

Collide by Melissa West

Title: Collide (The Taking #3)
Author: Melissa West
Release date: December 2nd 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Ari Alexander is now back on Earth, and the world she left behind has been turned upside down. A new leader has risen to power, her friends have become her enemies, and Jackson is thought to be trapped on Loge with her archrival, Zeus.

Now Ari must determine who is the true enemy before Zeus attacks and Earth is forced into a battle of the dominant species.

Will Ari and Jackson’s love give them the strength to survive the greatest war in human history?

I've been waiting so long for this book! The cover was recently released, and I think it's just as pretty as the previous two. Though the cover of Gravity is still my favourite. Book 2, Hover, ended on a cruel cliffhanger, so I really can't wait to see what happens in this one.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Cover Reveal: Tempting the Bodyguard by J. Lynn

It's finally here! The cover for the final Gamble Brothers book :D I'm so excited to read Chandler's story.

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

Release date: May 12th 2014
Publisher: Entangled Brazen

About the author:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Review: Renegade by Debra Driza

Title: Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2)
Author: Debra Driza
Release date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 260
Source: Edelweiss

There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.

Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Renegade is just as captivating as its predecessor! I was afraid there would be some middle-book syndrome in here, but there most definitely isn't. It's been a while since my last 5-star read, and I'm glad Renegade got me back on track.

Mila is on the run with Hunter, desperately trying to find Richard Grady, the man her mother told her to find in her dying breath. Hunter doesn't know anything about who Mila really is, and she intends to keep it that way. But when they encounter danger at almost every turn, Mila realizes she doesn't know Hunter as well as she'd like. And as doubt begins to creep in, the danger intensifies. Secrets are revealed, and new perspectives are brought in. Mila needs to figure out who to trust before everything her mother sacrificed turns out to be in vain.

Mila's just lost the one person she always knew she could trust - her mother, also known as Dr. Laurent, a scientist who used to work for Holland, the man Mila hates with a burning passion. Now that she's left alone, Mila's glad to have Hunter with her. I loved that Mila really embraces her emotions in this book. No longer is she monitored by Holland, so she's free to feel however she wants to. It's fascinating to think that Mila is an android, and yet she's so humane. She has a strong set of morals, and she's exactly like a teenage girl. I've always thought of her that way. While reading, that fact is easy to escape my mind - that Mila's an android.

In this book, we get to know more about the other organization that wants Mila - the Vita Obscura. There are quite a few twists concerning them, as well as how they came about. Lines between right and wrong are blurred, and things get really intense. Mila gets a few shocks of her own, finding out a lot more about her identity and the man she thought was her father.

There's finally some romance between Mila and Hunter! I had to wait quite a while for it in this book too, though. But I'm glad there was finally something. I think they're really good together, and I just wish there was mutual trust between them earlier on. Mila constantly lying to Hunter obviously isn't going to end well. Especially when she starts doubting his intentions. But Hunter does have connections that are quite shocking, and he's pulled into Mila's world because of them. He's still quite confused about everything towards the end, and really hot and cold towards Mila. I'm hoping they actually fully trust each other in the next book. I'm also hoping we get to see more of Lucas, since he was barely in this one at all. He's one character I'm dying to know more about, and he deserves a great story because of his compassion towards Mila in the previous book and the fact that he saved her and her mom.

There's a significant amount of betrayal in Renegade as well, and a lot of twists I didn't see coming. Especially towards the end. And gosh, the cliffhanger ending! It's killing me. I'm so desperate for the finale now, since I have no doubt at all it will blow me away just like these two books did. Bottom line, I adored this sequel. This is how it's done! Everything was just perfect and I honestly can't think of any issues I had with it at all. Which will tell you how much I loved it.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 5/5

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Review: Waiting for You by Heather Huffman

Title: Waiting for You
Author: Heather Huffman
Release date: May 7th 2014
Publisher: Booktrope
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 118
Source: Publisher
Purchase link: Amazon

For years, Karise McAlister has been running: from her family, from herself, and from her dreams. Now she’s made it, with a successful career and a promising engagement. But when she meets the compelling and creative Aidan Donnelly, his down-to-earth charm provides the wakeup call Karise badly needs. Moving across country to start over, Karise devotes herself to her work, convinced she needs to be independent. But with handsome Aidan just down the road and a mischievous group of friends determined to set her up, Karise must face her concerns about life and romance head-on.

Waiting for You is just as beautiful as Heather's previous novels. It's an amazing story with unique characters whom you can't help but fall in love with. This book is slightly different from the previous ones I've read, in that there isn't an element of danger or mystery running throughout. But that didn't matter, because the book is just as compelling.

This book follows Karise McAlister, who is Devon and Alex's half-sister on their mother's side. She's making her way in life as an architect, and she's engaged to a man she loves... or thinks she loves. Meeting Aidan Donnelly at an art exhibition is the catalyst to her realization that the path her life is taking isn't what she really wants. So Karise boldly breaks off the engagement, and is out of a job. She seizes the opportunity when Kate, a woman she met at the exhibition, offers her a job to remodel their house in California. Oh, and Aidan happens to be living down the road - he's good friends with Kate and her husband, Gavin. As Karise spends more time with Aidan and the people around him and reconnects with her family, she discovers who she wants to be.

Karise is certainly a breath of fresh air considering the string of drab protagonists in the recent books I've read. I loved her! She's sweet and really witty, and some of her antics are just adorable. And downright hilarious. Karise is as genuine as it gets. She also blurts out exactly what she thinks, which is something I really like about her, but of course she'd consider it a flaw. Though she doesn't want anything to do with her mother's side of the family, the McAllisters, she makes an effort when she realizes she pushed away an incredible bunch of people. I especially loved her interactions with Aidan and with Devon.

Ahh, Aidan. Such an amazing guy. He's gorgeous, kind, funny, and he can cook! Sorry, I tend to fixate on guys who can cook because I don't see that much and I think it's hot. Aidan has a four-year-old daughter, Zoe (the mother left them years ago). Aidan would do anything for Zoe, and it's so beautiful to see that. Oh, another interesting fact about Aidan? He owns a goat farm! What I love most about Heather's characters is that they're all so different from the norm. In each book, you get to experience something you never would have otherwise. Aidan owns a whole bunch of goats, they're milked regularly and he sells goat cheese. He also has chickens and a couple of really adorable dogs. It was definitely fun seeing how Karise adapts to all of it!

Besides Aidan, Karise spends a lot of time with Kate and Gavin - they're the best couple ever, honestly. They're both incredibly supportive of their friends, and Kate does everything in her power to set Karise up with Aidan. Luckily it doesn't take long! Another thing I loved about this book is that we get to see a lot of Devon. If you've read Roses in Ecuador, you'll remember him as the male protagonist. It was amazing seeing him again, reaching out to his half-sister. Karise and Devon catch up, and she realizes how much her brother cares about her. Devon helps her out a lot, and it's also cute seeing how overprotective he is. I felt sorry for Aidan a couple times!

There's also a point where we get to see all three McAlisters together, along with their families. So we see Jane again as well, and find out how she's doing with Devon in Ecuador. I haven't read Alex's story, Ring of Fire, yet, but I certainly will very soon. I'm intrigued by her and Daniel, and especially by their ward, Lani. Who is a royal! It's fascinating to think about how diverse and experienced the McAlisters are.

Karise and Aidan's story isn't perfect, of course - they have bumps along the way. But nothing they can't get past. And it was sweet seeing Zoe accept Karise into the family so willingly. Though the plot is free from dark turns or twists, I was just as riveted by it as Heather's other books. Waiting for You is soft yet strong, humourous yet incredibly romantic. I loved every part of it.

*Thank you to Sophie Weeks for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Title: The Treatment (The Program #2)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 29th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: eARC
Pages: 354
Source: Edelweiss

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

“Human beings are cruel creatures. And what we don’t understand, we tamper with until we destroy it.”
 The Treatment is an amazing follow-up to The Program and a satisfying conclusion to this gripping and high-stakes duology. So much happens in this novel, and I'm not going to lie, a lot of it is heartbreaking. But there's hope too, and I think that's what would keep readers going, just like it's what kept Sloane and James going.

Sloane and James have met up with the rebels, Dallas and Cas. It's just the four of them in the beginning, and they're doing everything they can to stay hidden from The Program. Sloane doesn't know who to trust, and when Realm returns, she's even more confused. Neither Sloane nor James have their memories back, yet Sloane's begun remembering things. In a situation where trusting the right people is vital, betrayal can ruin everything in an instant.

At times I really feel for Sloane, but I just can't understand her and the way she thinks. I don't understand why she wouldn't take the orange pill that Realm gave her, and she doesn't seem to want her memories back, using the excuse that they'd hurt. Well, I really doubt they'd hurt more than everything she's been through in The Program. Anyway, though Sloane is a little infuriating sometimes, I really admire her will to survive and her inner strength. She's one of those people who have that innate determination that just grows when faced with adversity.

I'm not a fan of the love triangle in this duology, because I love both James and Realm, and the triangle situation really brings out the worst in them. I adore them on their own, though. James is still cocky and amusing, even though he's been through so much. I didn't like his jealous side when Realm turns up, but it's obvious James and Sloane are always meant to be.

I kind of have mixed feelings about Realm, like Sloane does. I like how he's always looking out for her, but I just wish he wasn't in love with her. Things would be so much simpler. We get to find out more about Realm's past, and though it definitely doesn't make me like him more, I can't help having this soft spot for him. I guess because I can't forget how much he helped Sloane out and protected her when she was in The Program.

One thing I found really interesting is that in this book, we get to know more about the people working for The Program, and how they think. It's fascinating to see how they truly believe in their cause, that they really believe they're helping teens by putting them in The Program. There's no reasoning with people like that. When someone can't see their own evil, it's pretty hopeless. And the rebels realize that. It's basically kill or be killed.

The ending is both hopeful and bittersweet. Things are wrapped up, but there are memories that people never get back, and I hate that. It's a great ending, though. We get an epilogue six months later, and we get to see Dallas's ending as well as Sloane and James. I have to say both were intensely sweet in a way. There's a lot in this book that will make you feel sorrow or anguish along with the characters, but I think it's worth it. This is such a great concept and Suzanne Young has carried it out so well. It'll be a while before the after-effects of The Treatment wear off (pun intended).

*Thank you to Simon Pulse for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 18 April 2014

Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: April 15th 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Format: eBook
Pages: 374

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Don't Look Back is so different from any JLA book I've read before! I love mystery/thriller novels, and I was so stoked when I found out Jennifer was writing one. And now I can say that JLA can write literally anything. This was an awesome novel with great characters, and I was quite satisfied with the tension and creepiness I was expecting.

Sam stumbles back into her life with no memories of herself at all. Weird, right? She's diagnosed with amnesia, since she can't remember anything personal about her life at all. She slowly begins to try and piece everything back together, but when cryptic notes start popping up, it's clear someone doesn't want her to remember. But she knows she needs to find out what happened the night she disappeared and what happened to her supposed best friend, Cassie. Though Sam doesn't realize how dangerous digging into her past could be.

Sam is very different from Jennifer's previous protagonists. The signature snark is missing, and the badass attitude as well. But I thought that was a nice change. I found myself really liking Sam. The girl she used to be was a total bitch, and Sam's realizing that as she talks to her family and her 'friends'. But the new Sam is sweet and kind, and impossible to dislike. She also has this stubbornness and raw honesty to her that I really liked.

Carson was Sam's best childhood friend, but in the past couple of years she's been a real bitch to him and they obviously aren't close anymore. But the Sam that returns isn't the Sam that left, and she begins growing close to Carson again. I adore that guy - he's not rich and privileged like Sam and her friends, but he's got a strong and kind heart, and he's always cared for her despite her less-than-pleasant attitude towards him. He's really protective of her, and it's really sweet seeing him show that in the book.

Another character I loved is Scott, Sam's twin brother. They weren't too close before she disappeared, again on account of her being the queen of mean. But he's a great pillar for her to lean on when she comes back. He's not pretentious in any way even though their family's old money could rival that of Tom Buchanan from The Great Gatsby. Scott's also really protective of his sister, and his actions really had me wishing for a brother like him.

The mystery aspect was done really well throughout. Nothing really makes sense until the end, where a lot of things are revealed. I loved that several plot threads of this are unpredictable, including the biggest one, the whodunit. There's a sense of danger infused throughout the book, and that made it all the more riveting.

I felt the ending was a bit rushed - I would have liked a bit more closure with everything, and I still have a couple of unanswered questions. But overall I loved this book, especially Sam and Carson. And I would love to see more YA thriller from Jennifer! Don't Look Back is a can't-miss for all you JLA fans, and also anyone who loves this genre.

Rating: 4/5