Friday, November 30, 2012

Feature and Follow #15

New and old followers are invited to enter my 200 Follower Giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card.

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To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

This week's question: Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.


I just read the two books in the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand, so right now I'm majorly crushing on Tucker. Hand has me swooning over her descriptions of him-makes me want to run away to Wyoming and find a rodeo hand lol. Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout and Ian O'Shea from The Host by Stephenie Meyer are others that come to mind.

Tucker Avery

Daemon Black

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy



Title: Veer
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self Published

Blub:
Only when you let go can you learn to live.
Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it's been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.
Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.
When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.


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Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Goodreads Summary:

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.


Publication Date: October 16, 2012

Ever read a book and feel very confused afterwards? Like you read the whole thing, but weren't exactly sure if you loved the book? That's my feelings after reading Crewel. The story is staying with me days after finishing it, but I still can't decide how I feel about the characters, the romance and the ending.

The plot was an interesting concept. In this alternate universe, the world is controlled by spinsters who can weave time. Most girls are raised in the society to believe that being a spinster is a glamorous and wonderful thing. However, Adelice's parents have always tried to hide her abilities in order to keep her out of the Guild's control.

The beginning of the book was amazing. I was immediately drawn into Adelice's world and her family's struggles against a corrupt society. Once she arrives at the compound, the book was still interesting as readers are introduced to the spinsters and the hierarchy of the Guild.

Adelice was a good protagonist. She had some spunk, especially when dealing with the villains of the story. I wasn't a fan of the romance. Jost came off as bland and I didn't see much depth to his character. Eric was the preferred love interest in my opinion, but then he disappeared for the second half of the book.

The world-building was a struggle for me. I just could not visualize the idea of how things were controlled on the loom and through weaving. Several times, I had to stop reading because I couldn't quite wrap my head around it.

The ending felt a little rushed. There were so many plot points left open that I would've liked to see at least a few of the conflicts resolved before waiting for the next book.

Overall, a good book that has the potential to become a great series.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of Crewel for review!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #4


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and highlights an upcoming release we're eagerly awaiting.

Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Goodreads Summary:


Gone but not forgotten ...

Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous, and loved by everyone at New England’s premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey. 

But Becca’s dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can’t get over his loss.

Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She’s shy and insecure—everything that Becca wasn’t. And despite her roommate’s
warnings, she falls for brooding Max.

Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except, it won’t be easy.


Becca may be gone, but she’s not quite ready to let him go….

I love the gothic feel of the cover and description. Plus, I love a good ghost story. What books are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Second Sight Book Three FAQs


Today, I thought I’d talk about Second Sight Book Three. Readers had a few questions about it and I have shared my answers below. Now, if you haven’t read New Revelations, BEWARE, there will be spoilers in this post.

When will the next book be released?
My hope is to release Second Sight Book Three in March. It would be awesome if it works out to be March 7 (my birthday!). I’m working as quickly as I can because I know cliffhangers can drive readers crazy (hopefully in a good way). There will be a total of four books in the series and possibly a prequel novella.

I HATE Declan. Will he ruin everything between Jared and Kate?
Declan has inspired a special kind of hatred it seems. I’m actually planning a character interview post where he responds to all of his hate mail. Declan will be in the next book, but Kate ends up working on a new missing persons case without his help.

Are Jared and Kate really over?
Not if Kate has any say in it. In the first half of the third book, Kate invites herself to tag along with Jared while he visits his aunt in Maine. This part is enjoyable to write because readers get to learn more about Jared and his family. There will also be a chapter told from Jared’s point of view.

Will we find out more about Kate’s future visions?
Kate turns a bit spastic after her vision at the end of last book. She becomes paranoid over who could want to kill her and tries to figure out how to protect herself from the fate she witnessed. The future vision puts a lot of things in perspective for Kate and it helps her continued growth through the next two books.      

Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Goodreads Summary:

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

This was an interesting entry in the YA dystopian genre that I thoroughly enjoyed. It reminded me of the Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes movie version of Romeo and Juliet. The Fosters and Roses of Mystic City I envisioned as stand-ins for the Montagues and Capulets.

Aria is one of those narrators that grows on you the more you read. At first, I was thinking she may be one of those useless heroines who do absolutely nothing meaningful throughout the book. I was very wrong and she really came into her own as she began to see flashes of her life before her memory loss. I loved her drive to be a good person despite her privileged upbringing.

I loved the mystery aspect of the book. It really kept me guessing at what had happened to Aria. The book has plenty of action too and the scenes with the Mystics certainly had my heart racing.

Hunter had all of the makings of a captivating YA love interest. He’s mysterious, dangerous and protective of Aria. I liked him more in the beginning than later in the book. His sappy side didn’t seem to fit and it made me roll my eyes a few times at the romance.

The secondary characters were scene stealers. I especially liked Davida, she was true and loyal to Aria. Hunter’s best friend Turk was also an interesting character that I would’ve liked to see more of.

The world building was a little confusing to me. It didn’t seem consistent and I couldn’t quite wrap my head around this dystopian version of Manhattan. Don’t get me wrong, it sounded cool, but I would’ve liked more details to get a better picture in my head.

Overall, a really great book and I can’t wait to read the sequels.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book for review!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New Revelations Kindle Giveaway Winner and New Giveaway Announcement

This giveaway has now ended! Congratulations to Marissa A!
I know I'm a little late, but I'd like to celebrate reaching 200 Blog Followers and 300 Facebook Followers! Winners of the giveaway will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Enter now through December 24. This is an international giveaway. If you're already a follower, lucky you! You receive free chances to win =)

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stacking the Shelves and In My Mailbox #15


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and features books you've added to your shelves, both physical and virtual. In My Mailbox from the Story Siren is another meme that highlights the books that bloggers have bought or received for review.

Wow, amazing books this week! I can't wait to get to them all! I've been on a roll lately with good books and hope it continues.

Purchased:

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi


For Review:
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M Basso

Pivot Point by Kasie West

The Water Witch by Juliet Dark

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Remnants of Life Blog Tour Stop



Today, I'm very excited to welcome Georgia L. Jones. Check out her guest post and read all about her fabulous books!

First of all, I would like to thank Heather's Book Chatter for having me as a Guest.  I always appreciate opportunities to talk to fans and reach new ones as well.  

I have always enjoyed reading, especially in the fantasy genre.  I have also always enjoyed writing.  When I began Legends of Darkness back in early 2010 I really wasn't intending on it becoming a series book.  I have read a lot of series books and enjoy them, but I didn't start the series with the those intentions in mind.  I had been thinking of the concept of Legends for about a year before I began writing it.  I was working through the details of finding something fresh.  I was actually bored with same old concept of vampires and wanted to spin it on its ear.  I wanted to find something that would be as shocking and different as Bram Stokers Dracula was back in 1897.  I just wanted a fresh concept and an explanation for why they are considered to be evil.  Once I found my beginning I began writing.  

Legends begin with just an average woman who dies in an unfortunate accident.  She leaves behind a life of family and friends.  She is thrown into an afterlife where she becomes Samoda, a Warrior in the army of Nuem.  She is not only a Warrior but destined to become a leader in this army.  Through her struggles with the afterlife, we learn many things about the species that she has become and about the hierarchy of all the species that exist in the Remnants of Life stories.  The Warriors have been on earth since before humans existed. They were made to destroy evil, it is innate to them and they really can't help it.  I intertwine the story of the Warriors with legends of vampires.  I mix it up a little and make Vlad Tepes a really bad guy.  In Legends he fell in love with one of the Warriors and when she denied him, he became filled with vengeance towards all of them.  He began to do horrible things and blame it on them.  He falsely accused them of being evil vampires that were nothing more than blood sucking killers.  When this happened they began to stay away from humans as much as possible.  I have created the Warriors as "Dangerous Saviors". ..They are here to protect the world from demons that continuously plot to take over the human race and sometimes really evil humans just get in their path and they can't help but destroy them as well. 

Witches, the second book in the Remnants series, is due to be out on December 1, 2012.  It is a continuation of the story, but from the perspective of a seemingly human woman, Kali Rose Marriott. Her life becomes entangled with the Warriors and well...all hell breaks loose.  In Witches, I get a little more involved in world building as I being to really take on Atheria and Vicus, which are the two places that the other species reside when they are not here either saving the humans or trying to take us over.

I anticipate the Remnants of Life Series to be five books long.  I am currently working on the third book in the series.  As I said earlier when I began writing Legends, I did not know it would become a series book.  As I worked on Legends, it evolved not only in my mind but on paper.  I began outlining the whole series as I wrote the first book.  Some of the storylines have varied a little from the beginning outline, but for the most part it has stayed on course with that original outline. In light of vampires being used so much in books today, I believe the Remnants series gives a completely fresh idea to the concept.  

I’m always glad to get feedback from fans.  Please visit WWW.GEORGIALJONES.COM  to learn more about me and my writing.

Remnants of Life Series Tour
Presented by First Rule PR

Remnants of Life: Legends of Darkness by Georgia L. Jones
Genre: Urban Fantasy
181 pages
Dangerous Saviors… What would you do if your life rested in the hands of something that really wanted to eat you? Come journey through the realms of the next world where everything you know about Good and Evil are put to the test.
Samantha Garrett lives and dies a good life in the human world. She awakens a new creature, Samoda, a vampire-like warrior in the army of Nuem. She is forced to realize that she has become a part of a world that humans believe to be only “Legends of Darkness.” Samoda finds her new life is entwined with the age old story of greed, love, betrayal, and vengeance.
Join our heroine as she battles not just for her own existence, but for the entire human race’s future.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Georgia L. Jones was born in Columbia, Missouri on September 21st, 1968. In 1992 she settled in the beautiful Ozarks town of Lebanon, Missouri, where she met and married the love of her life. Together they have raised 7 children and have the 8th still in their home.
At a young age Georgia learned the value of getting lost in a good book. She has always enjoyed reading and letting her imagination run wild. In her early teenage years she began to put her own stories down on paper as she plunked out the words on an old manual typewriter.
In 1996 Georgia enrolled at Missouri State University where she majored in Psychology. While there she found an untamable thirst for Philosophy and Greek Mythology. Many evenings she can still be found curled up with one of the great Greek Tragedy’s or reading about personal continuity by Rene Descarte.
Over the years Georgia has harbored the dream of being a published author and written many short stories. On January 10, 2010 she embarked on the dream as she began to bring the characters from her first novel, “Legends of Darkness”, to life. Upon completion in June 2010 she realized that it was not a single book but a series and created the concept of the series “Remnants of Life”. She is currently working diligently on the “Remnants of Life” series.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
 SAMODA'S FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/remnantsoflife
             WEBSITE http://www.georgialjones.com/      

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Turkey Day! New Revelations is FREE Today and Tomorrow


Can you believe it's already Thanksgiving? I  hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Today and tomorrow New Revelations: Second Sight Book Two will be FREE on Amazon.com. Stop by and download your copy. Maybe you'll be able to read it while waiting in those long lines at the mall on Friday. 

Amazon.com Link: http://www.amazon.com/New-Revelations-Second-Sight-ebook/dp/B009MO8CNW/

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane


This was another guest post as part of my blog tour. I shared a few tips on how to manage your workload. I find it very applicable now that I'm more than halfway through NaNoWriMo.

I work as both a novelist and freelance article writer. This means twice the number of deadlines I have to meet. I’m also a mother to two very wild boys under the age of five. When I look at my schedule some days, my first instinct is to crawl under the covers and hide. However, with some good organization, you can get deadlines met and not lose your mind.

Tune It All Out
I have a hard time focusing on my work when I’m logged onto a computer. In the middle of working, I’ll stop to check my email, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads accounts. You’re not going to miss much if you don’t look at your social networks every ten minutes! Try to keep your internet browser closed when you’re working and create set times to check it. You’ll find you’re much more efficient and meet deadlines without cutting it down to the wire.

Prioritize
One of my most annoying qualities is that I’m a “yes” person. I have a hard time turning down projects or telling someone I’m unable to help them out. If you have a deadline, the work needs to be your top priority. Spreading yourself too thin will only make you crazy and affect the quality of your writing.

Get Unstuck
When you’re hung up on a scene of your book, it can bring everything to a scratching halt. Instead of trying to work out the scene, skip it. Writing additional scenes may help you work out the plot and dialogue naturally. If you’re looking for inspiration, consider going back and re-reading parts of your manuscript. It may spark an idea or help you recapture the character’s voice.

Ask for Help
If you have other commitments, don’t be afraid to ask for help as you try to reach that deadline. For instance, having your mother come over for a few hours to watch your kids while you work can make a huge difference.

If you absolutely can’t meet that deadline, talk to your editor. See if something can be worked out. Life is crazy and things come up. Be honest and give a reasonable timeframe on when you can have the work to them.   

Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Summary:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


Publication Date: November 15, 2011

I can’t believe I’ve missed out on this incredible book for so long! I LOVED IT!!! Everything about it was amazing and I am freaking out that I have to wait for the sequel until next year.

Shatter Me is one of those books that readers seemed to be split on: they either love it or hate it. I think what some people hate about it is what made me fall in love with it. I love the beautiful and flowery prose and I thought the strikethrough sentences were an interesting writing technique. I’ve never felt completely inside a character’s head, the way I did with Juliette.

The characters were incredible. Juliette was an amazing protagonist and I loved how she sounded half-crazy most of the time. Her descriptions transported me to this dark and disturbing dystopian world. Her terror jumped off of the pages and I sympathized with her horror over her abilities.
 
The love interest was handsome, mysterious and protective—the perfect YA male lead. The scenes between Adam and Juliette were smoldering and her need for him was desperate and beautiful. Most villains in books can come across as one dimensional. This is certainly not the case of Warner. He was so compelling that I loved every single scene he was in.

I can’t say enough amazing things about this book. I sometimes find hyped books fail to live up to their expectations, but Shatter Me certainly surpassed mine.
 
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Sunday, November 18, 2012

First Visions: Second Sight Book One Free Today and Tomorrow


Anyone who has followed me or my blog knows what an incredible woman my grandmother was. She's the main reason I am writing novels and it saddens me that she never got to see my work published. It's been almost two years since she died and the ache of losing her hasn't seemed to dull.


In honor of her birthday today, I'm offering my final two free days for First Visions. Grab a copy over at Amazon.com and feel free to let me know what you think.

First Visions ebook on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/First-Visions-Second-Sight-
ebook/dp/B007YUP4D2/

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stacking the Shelves and In My Mailbox #14

My TBR list is getting too big, but I find so many books hard to resist. I see a lot of late nights of reading in my future. Don't forget to stop by my giveaway to win a new Kindle. Ends 11/24.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and features books you've added to your shelves, both physical and virtual. In My Mailbox from the Story Siren is another meme that highlights the books that bloggers have bought or received for review.

Library:

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Eve by Anna Carey

Origin by Jessica Khoury

For Review:
Dualed by Elsie Chapman

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Blog Hop #14

I'm participating in two of my favorite Friday book hops today. Make sure to stop by my New Revelations Book Tour Giveaway for a chance to win a brand new Kindle. Ends 11/24.

RULES

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Q: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?

So many of my favorite movies were books first, so that's a toughie. I think Christopher Nolan movies are usually great picks for books so maybe Memento and Inception (at least I don't think they were based on novels).
Book Blogger Hop

From the Crazy for Books blog:

"The Book Blogger Hop is much more than just a “follow for a follow”. It’s about making friends. There are literally thousands of book bloggers around the world. It can seem like we are blogging in a bubble, constantly checking the same blogs over and over again. The Hop is about taking the time to make a quality visit to another blog, getting to know the person who is writing that blog, and seeing if you really *want* to follow that person!"

Every week is a chance to visit a new blog or more, find connections, and learn about new books to read! The Friday Book Blogger hop was gone for a while, but it's back and better than ever. I missed it and I'm happy to participate as we rotate hosts! I'll be hosting this week and next!

Mix’n'Match: The bookish gods are giving you free hand, you can pick any one character (book, TV series/movie, play etc) and inject them into a different novel of your choice. Which character and series would you mix’n'match?

Wow, that's a really tough one. I would maybe put Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse novels in the Twilight universe. See how he would interact with the "vegetarian" vampires. Or maybe put Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich novels in a supernatural mystery like the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I think Stephanie and Lulu would be hilarious while dealing with the paranormal.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review: More by T.M. Franklin

Goodreads Summary:

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal...she's not even just special.

She's a little bit more.


Publication Date: October 4, 2012

To start off, I have to say I REALLY loved this book! It had all of the qualities that I love in new adult novels. This debut author is certainly one to watch and I really hope More was only a series starter and the story continues in subsequent books.

The setting takes place in college which is my favorite time period in a character’s life to read about. The author was really able to capture the college experience and how our relationships change as we enter this phase of our life.

Ava was instantly likable. She’s a normal girl that doesn’t realize there’s something extraordinary about her. Even once she finds out about her ties to an ancient race, she still wishes to return to her normal life. I liked reading about her experiences coming to terms with her powers and how she turns into a tough girl by the novel’s end.

Caleb was great. I loved his protective instincts and how he was willing to defy everything he knew for her. Forbidden love is one of my favorite plot devices which made me cheer for Ava and Caleb as a couple. I liked how she started falling for him before his true nature was revealed.

The world-building was done exceptionally well. As the plot moves away from the college, it was easy to picture the paranormal elements described by the author. The writing and pace flowed well and I never felt too bored to continue reading.

The main conflict was resolved by the end of the book, but left enough unanswered questions where I believe a sequel could be written. I hope the author has one in the works because I’ll be first in line to buy it.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book for review!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #3


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and highlights an upcoming release we're eagerly awaiting.

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Goodreads Summary:

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.


The first book had one of my favorite YA couples in it and I can't wait to see where their story goes. What books are you waiting on?


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How to Avoid the Rejection Blues

As a part of my blog tour, I wrote a guest post about how to bounce back after having your manuscript rejected. Make sure to check out the stops on my tour to enter for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle or an Amazon Gift Card.


Being rejected by an agent or publisher can be par for the course when you’re a writer. Although you know in your head that you’re more likely to be rejected than accepted, it usually can’t stop your inner monologue. Why did they tell me no? Should I give up writing completely? Why can’t they see the sheer genius on the page?

Well, don’t break out the booze and tissues just yet. Writers today have plenty of ways to get over the heartbreak of having their manuscript rejected.

Learn from the Experience
Due to the high number of submissions, agents and publishers tend to use form rejection letters. However, a few editors may take the time to offer feedback with their rejection letter. Use these suggestions to improve your manuscript. Resubmit with a note letting the editor know you’ve made the requested changes and ask if they would be willing to give it a second look.

Review Guidelines
You could be just sending your work to the wrong agents and publishers. Find agent and publisher contact information through sites like Agent Query and Preditors and Editors. Check the websites of the contact to see their submission requirements. If your manuscript doesn’t meet these requirements, it will automatically end up in the slush pile.

Make a Plan B
Going indie is tres hip these days. Many of writers are starting out through small publishers or self-publishing and finding plenty of success. If you have a good book and a marketing plan, you can do really well on your own. Also, for subsequent novels, publishers and agents will take notice if you were able to move a decent amount of copies on your own.

Whatever you do, don’t stop writing! Writing should be fun and you don’t want bad feelings associated with something you love doing. Just focus on the work and tune out any negative influences.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Summary:

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


Publication Date: August 31, 2010

I had delayed reading this book for a long time because I had mixed feelings over The Mortal Instruments series. I read the first book and although I liked the plot, I didn’t feel a major connection to the characters. Clockwork Angel was a far better read in my opinion and I really fell in love with Tessa, Will and Jem.

The action starts immediately in Clockwork Angel and the mysteries begin to build. I was eager to find out what happened to Tessa’s brother and also uncover the secrets surrounding Will and Jem. I loved the bromance thing the boys had going on as well as their individual interactions with Tessa.

Will was certainly a swoonworthy YA male lead. He’s arrogant, handsome and mysterious. I liked Jem, but I felt Will’s character dominated every scene he was in. I melted during a few scenes between him and Tessa.

The setting was intriguing as the different powers of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders are introduced. It was interesting to read about the politics of the different groups and how order was maintained in this world of magic. The Magister was a good pick as a villain and his acts towards humans and Shadowhunters were chilling.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy and steampunk. I’m hoping to start the sequel soon since I’m dying to know what happens between Tessa and Will.
 
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars