Thursday, January 31, 2013

Catch up with Timeless by Alexandra Monir!

Alexandra Monir's second book, Timkeeper, was released earlier this month! It's the follow-up story to her romantic debut, Timeless. So if you're a little behind in the series, as in you haven't even started it yet, why not play catch-up by reading a sampler of Timeless? And let me know what you think in the comments!

If you want to get to know Alexandra a little better, take a look at my interview with her from last year on WovenMyst. She's also Vlogging about Timekeeper on Random Buzzers this week! If you're new to Random Buzzers, or already a member, be sure to add me as a friend (LoveyDoveyBooks).

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor's high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn't remember her. In fact, he doesn't seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.

Michele then finds her father's journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.

Alexandra Monir's Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.

Book Blast: Silver-White by Shawn Underhill


The Great North Woods Pack #1
by Shawn Underhill
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“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ Robert Frost

Evie’s family has been holding out on her …Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents' house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.

Author Shawn Underhill

Shawn is a part-time writer from New Hampshire, where he spends his free time hiking in the mountains, camping, racing dirt bikes, or anything else that keeps him outdoors. Dogs are his very favorite people. He is also the author of the novel All Things Different.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tour Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too
many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

The beginning of Jordan Dane's latest series, The Hunted, is a head scratching but undeniably, intriguing tale. Indigo Awakening presents a new idea based on real conspiracy theories, but Dane spins the idea into a action packed thriller. The Indigo children, so called for the indigo aura that identifies their evolved race, are gifted with psychic abilities, representations of the future of humanity. Their powers that are proof of a rising evolution could be destroyed by the Church of Spiritual Freedom. Rayne Darby discovers the truth about Indigo childern, and incidentally the church's mission, when her younger brother Lucas escapes from the mental institution their older sister, Mia, wrongly committed him to. In risky search for Lucas, Rayne meets Gabriel Stewart, a boy with a soulful rage and possibly the strongest Indigo ability of their generation.

Meanwhile, the enemies are on the hunt for Lucas. Dane's style invites readers to see the whole of the action through the third person perspective of key characters. I mostly felt like a fly in LA air as the story follows characters situated in different parts of the city and all adding something real, emotional, or mysterious to the tone. Think, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' Poison Tree, just without vampires and shifters and with a less dark tone. I'm torn between this particular style, though. I really like the chemistry between Rayne and Gabriel and if the story had just been between their perspectives, or even had just focused more on a different, smaller set of main characters, I would've felt better connected to the heroes and heroines by the ending. What I did like about Dane's style was feeling the evil radiating from the Indigo children's enemies. Their characterization was just right to make them the perfect characters you'll enjoy hating!

I've been curious about Dane's work for a while, and though Indigo Awakening is my first I have to say that I'm impressed. I'm not 100 percent committed to The Hunted series, yet, but I can feel the story will escalate beyond my imaginings. The power these Indigo children possess are familiar, but so unique, and I'd love to see how much further Dane takes them.
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The Hunted #1
Publication Date: December 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages/Formats: 304; Paperback, ebook
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Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two cats of highborn lineage and two lucky rescue dogs.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tour Review: Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot


by Anne Eliot
After a car accident--an event he considers a prank gone bad--pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.

Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a 'nice' guy.

Funny thing is...Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover.

She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s transformation.

When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist...

And that’s when things get out of control...
Though she remains within the lines of familiar themes, Anne Eliot offers readers something slightly different in her young adult romance. As soon as I began Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, I recognized it as a story that puts character and plot first, romance second. Hunter Kennedy is the lead singer of heartthrob band, GuardeRobe. When the fame and attention from adoring fans becomes too much and he tangles with a dark period, Hunter finds life-altering trouble. Hunter's mother hides him away from the limelight, hoping to help them both recover. A disguise and new, ultra-geeky persona should provide him with the cover to rest, but will it be enough for him to discover on who he truly is?

Vere and her brother Charlie are tasked with keeping Hunter's secret when he's whisked to a small town in Colorado. Here is where the subplot comes into place. Vere enlists Hunter's help in getting over her extreme shyness with boys, particularly Curtis the crush of all crushes. I didn't think the two plots meshed well the deeper into the story I got. It seemed like too much was going on and my attention was being diverted too far from the central plot surrounding Hunter and his depression. While Vere added a light, humorous tone to the novel I just thought her issue was over-exaggerated and inconsequential compared to Hunter's trauma.

Unmaking Hunter Kennedy goes beyond superficial teenage romance where attraction stems solely from appearance. When Hunter and Vere connect it goes beyond the surface to their personalities and admirable characteristics. Despite the long-winded, and sometimes redundant moments of a character's reflections, I appreciate that Eliot digs deeper into some of the serious issues teens face. Family, depression, insecurity, it's all there. Entertaining with a touch of serious, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is one to look into.
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Publication Date: October 2012
Pages/Format: 422; Paperback, ebook

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: The Holders by Julianna Scott


Holders #1
by Julianna Scott
17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.

She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for—but, they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.
For the past year I've picked up more than a few Strange Chemistry titles featuring strong heroines, mature and strengthened by their independence. Without a doubt, Julianna Scott's The Holders is no exception! When I first began reading I had high expectations to be thoroughly intrigued, but I didn't expect the urge Scott's writing built in me to read furiously until the end. I fell for the characters, the plot, and the beautiful presentation of Ireland.

Rebecca Ingle, 17 years old and self-charged with protecting her younger brother, Ryland, is a force to reckon with. Scott opens the novel showcasing the most admirable trait that any character can have and Becca has loads of: fierce loyalty. The voice she's created for young Becca is honest and strong; even when she's afraid of change or danger she still comes across as real. I thought it was extremely interesting how her rage, which could be considered a flawed trait in certain scenes, was perfect because it came out in her protective streak over the ones she loved.

The voices Ryland hears in his head have alienated him and made him the target of several offers to be locked up in mental facilities. Becca is completely against them all until her family is approached by representatives from a school in Ireland. Alex Bray convinces her that her brother is special and that the voices he hears are a sign of his emerging power. St. Brigid's Academy becomes a beacon for Ryland who may finally find the help he deserves. Becca tags along in hopes that she can be there for Ryland until he settles down and to make sure he's truly safe. The transition reveals the truth about why Ryland is special for a Holder and what his role is in a centuries old prophecy.

The Holders could remind readers of X-Men, or even Kate Kaynak's Minder, but the fantasy elements are just a touch more intricate. Not to mention the fact that the Holders race began after regular humans were blessed by an Irish goddess many centuries ago. The idea of humans with superpowers is nothing new, but it's the little things about the Holders' society and control of power that sets Scott apart from the rest. I am so thankful this is only the beginning of a series because I couldn't imagine not being able to read a continuation of Becca's story. The Holders is a novel too entertaining and emotionally charged to pass up!
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Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Pages/Format: 368; Paperback, ebook

Thursday, January 24, 2013

3 Chapters of Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

The first 3 chapters of Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowksy are so awesome. As soon as I hit the last page I was begging to continue! Just based on those few chapters I can vouch that one would not have had to read Anatomy of a Boyfriend to understand the frame of mind Dominique is in. So go ahead and give this sample a try, you'll be heading to the nearest bookstore as soon as you finish! :-)

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After everything that happened—my first boyfriend, my first time, my first breakup—jumping back into the dating game seemed like the least healthy thing I could do. It’s not that I didn’t want to fall in love again, since that’s about the best feeling ever. But as a busy college premed still raw from heartbreak, which is the worst feeling ever, I figured I’d lie low for a while. Of course, as soon as I stopped looking for someone, an impossibly amazing—and devastatingly cute—guy came along, and I learned that having a new boyfriend is the quickest way to recover from losing your old one.

The moment we got together, all my preconceptions about romance and sex were turned upside down. I discovered physical and emotional firsts I never knew existed. I learned to let go of my past by living in the present. It was thrilling. It was hot. It was just what the doctor ordered.

But I couldn’t avoid my future forever.

In Daria Snadowsky’s daring follow-up to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Dominique explores the relationship between love and lust, and the friendships that see us through.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tour Review: Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow

Rise of the Fire Tamer

The Wordwick Games #1
by Kailin Gow
After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word's mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity. There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia.
The first book of The Wordwick Games is full of high adventure and SAT worthy words. Kailin Gow's probably most complex story takes readers to a world that goes from modern to fantastically medieval. Beware the dragons and ogres and evil wizards! Henry Word's famous Wordwick Game has a secretive Level 10 and only Gem, Sparks, Jack, Kat and Rio will be privy to the dangers and learning experiences that Anachronia poses. While only one can become the helpful ruler of Anachronia, the group will have to work together to bring peace to two warring tribes and see the game through to the end.

Rise of the Fire Tamer brings forth all that one would expect in one of Kailin's fantasy novels. The challenges, the magic, and the unique base for the story's plot. What makes this story different and more complex is the fact that the story's main plot tells Gem's story, but follows multiple characters. Gem isn't even the first character readers will meet. Fortunately, Kailin keeps it all straight and makes introducing this big group of characters fun and entertaining. Though Kat was actually my favorite character, the underestimated, weird and outspoken rebel that she was really stuck out for me, I did appreciate how steady Gem was. I wasn't too crazy that all the guys in the story were just infatuated with her because of her beauty while thinking that she was just a dumb cheerleader, but her ability to think in stressful situations was awesome.

The Wordwick Games seems like it will fall in the same category as Kailin's Alchemists Academy series. The dramatic endings will prove that whatever is next in the series will be tremendously surprising and unexpected. It's with these stories that Kailin really draws focus to the character's unknown pasts and great futures. Even with Rise of the Fire Tamer's revealing ending, I couldn't possibly say that I have any inkling of where this series is headed. Virtual gaming is a first for me, but Kailin's work surely isn't! I have every bit of faith that the next book, The Ascension, will hit all of Kailin's previous marks and go even further.
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Publication Date: June 2010
Publisher: The EDGE Books

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera

When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...


Liz Fichera
Pub Date: 1/29/13
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Genre: YA
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Liz Fichera's debut novel, and subsequent series, will open the new year with a fresh YA contemporary outlook. Fichera's work will undoubtedly bring to readers' mind the likes of Simone Elkeles with its multicultural influence and realistic social issues between family, class and race. Fichera brings us a story rich with inspiration and such adorable cuteness that puts Hooked in a league of its own. Fredricka Oday is not a typical girl and proof is in her determination to pursue her passion despite opposition.

Fred is an amazing athlete, as well as a brave and sweet character. Her eagerness to play golf stems from her desire to win an athletic scholarship and do something extraordinary with her life, different from her parents and brother who never went to college, and not from the desire to spend time with rich white boys. Especially not Ryan Berenger. To Fred, Ryan seems to not appreciate that he has parents who can provide him with a normal, functional family life. And to Ryan, Fred is the poor girl from the rez who undeservingly takes his best friend's spot on the team. What's so great about the friction between these two is they both believe they know something about the other based on stereotype or a superficial observation. It's absolutely fascinating to read as they realize their unfair judgements and bond over golf.

Hooked is well-rounded with truly realistic characterization, a light humor that lowers readers' defenses, and a heart-warming storyline. I was able to really feel for Fred and the obstacles she had to overcome to meet her goals. I was first drawn to the story by the fact that Fred is Native American, secondly was her interest in golf and the courage she would have to have to join an all-boy's team. I've never been a fan of golf, but how Fichera relates the sport through Fred's eyes makes me feel like a fanatic myself. All in all, my expectations were met and exceeded! Do I believe readers will get hooked on a girl named Fred? Yes, indeed I do!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: London Eye by Tim Lebbon


Toxic City #1
by Tim Lebbon
The Hunger Games meets The X-Men in an exciting post-apocalyptic debut.

Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers.

The rest of Britain believe that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But Jack and his friends, some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday, know that the reality is very different.

At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London, and it is incredible. Because the handful of Londons survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.
The first book in Tim Lebbon's Toxic City series is no doubt an eye-opener! His style and the simple genius of the story's plot will readily hook readers. London Eye is so much more than the telling of how Jack and his friends survive in a drastically changed city. Lebbon quickly instills mystery, terror, and just a smidgen of hope that will cause readers to eagerly read the story through.

London is the victim of a terrorist attack that caused the city to shut down and close off to anyone already outside. Most of the people died instantly, but the ones who survived awakened changed. Jack's mother is one of those evolving survivors, so when he and his little sister learn that she's still alive they find their way inside the supposedly toxic city with their friends: Lucy-Anne, Sparky, and Jenna. Jack and Lucy-Anne are portrayed as the central characters as the story flits between their third person perspectives. Everyone in the group has a dark background, a sad story to tell because of the damage done in London, but Jack and Lucy-Anne somehow have greater ties to the city. Jack is the level-headed type and Lucy-Anne is more impulsive, angry, and just a touch crazy, so it's interesting to see their different takes on what's happening to them. The light connection between them was short-lived, but added a little fuel to the group's dynamic.

The group of friends steal into the city hoping to find the truth about what's really going on and answers to the fate of their lost family members. What they find is a desolate land 'protected' by Choppers and inhabited by many strange, yet powerful, characters. Choppers roam the streets looking for survivors to brutally experiment on, while the Irregulars and the Superiors hide or fight back. The way Lebbon relates London's destruction and aftermath is chilling, but so believable. It's not even hard to imagine when the survivors demonstrate their terrifying or useful new powers. Lebbon's writing is subtle in it's intensity, and will leave you feeling awed and excited for the sequel, Reaper's Legacy.
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Publication Date: October 2012
Publisher: Pyr
Pages/Format: 280; Hardcover, ebook
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tour: Excerpts from Down to You by M. Leighton


by M. Leighton
The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?
EXCERPT 1:“Stop doing that. Don’t act like there’s nothing going on.”

“I’m not acting. Taryn and I have a history, but that was before she started working for me. I have few rules, but one is that I don’t get social with my employees. And now she works for me. That’s it. Nothing more.”

“But you kissed her. I saw you.”

“No, you saw her kiss me. You saw me not cause a scene in the middle of the club.”

“Well, you didn’t look like you hated it.”

“But I did. The whole time, all I could think about was kissing you instead.” He starts to bend his head toward mine.

Blood is roaring in my ears. “But you don’t get social with your employees,” I remind him quietly.

“I’d make an exception for you.” His face is getting close and closer. Slowly. A centimeter at a time.

“But it’s your rule.”

“I’ll break it for you,” he whispers.

“No, don’t do that,” I say breathlessly.

“Fine, then you’re fired,” he says just as his lips meet mine.

They are warm and the pressure is light. At first. As much as I want to resist, my resolve goes out the window when I feel his tongue run along the crease of my lips. Without thinking, I part them.

And that’s all it takes. The taste of Cash is like a perfectly aged Scotch—rich and delicious. His tongue slides along mine, stroking it, teasing it, as he uses his grip on my hand to pull me tighter to him. I do the only thing I can. I melt into him.


Her grin fully forms and she releases my wrist to salute me. “Sir, yes sir.”

I love how playful she is. Such a nice change from Marissa, who’s always…well…who’s just not.

“Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about,” I say with a nod. “A woman who knows her place is beneath me. Oh, wait. That didn’t sound right,” I tease.

She laughs. “I’m beneath no man!” she replies harshly. Then, with a mischievous quirk to her mouth, she adds, “At least not without dinner and a drink first.”

“Ohhhh, so that’s how it’s gonna be! Because there’s a McDonald’s right across the street.”

I offer her my arm and she curls her fingers around the inside of my elbow. I know it’s ridiculous and juvenile, but I flex my bicep hoping she notices.

“Is that all it takes to get you to, ahem, come to attention?” she asks, suggestively sliding her eyes over me.

“I’m a twenty-five year old completing an internship at one of the most influential law firms in all of Atlanta. McDonald’s would never do it for me.” I stop at the door and open it, gesturing for her to precede me.

“But now a look like the one you just gave me…” Her cheeks turn a delicate pink and she drops her eyes shyly. It makes me want to tear that dress off her with my teeth.

 “Colonel, just what is it you’re insinuating?”

“Colonel? A salute like that and all I get is a Colonel?”

“I don’t know. Have you earned enough stripes to be a General?”

We stroll leisurely to my car. “Depends on how you think someone earns their stripes.” Two little dimples pop out on either side of her mouth where she’s trying to control her smile.

“Oh, I guess the same way most guys earn their stripes,” she says, swinging the red purse attached to her wrist, trying to act nonchalant.

“Baby, if that’s your definition, I’d be a four-star General.”

Publication Date: September 23, 2012
Pages/Format: 298; Paperback; e-book


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: THE FORGOTTEN ONES by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Expected release date: May 15, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney 

Book Description:
Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more. 

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: Cuttlefish by Dave Freer


by Dave Freer
The smallest thing can change the path of history.

The year is 1976, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London.

Clara Calland is on the run. Hunted, along with her scientist mother, by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers, they flee Ireland for London. They must escape airships, treachery and capture. Under flooded London’s canals they join the rebels who live in the dank tunnels there.

Tim Barnabas is one of the underpeople, born to the secret town of drowned London, place of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, part of the Liberty - the people who would see a return to older values and free elections. Seeing no further than his next meal, Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish, a coal fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols, to the fortress America and beyond.

When the Imperial soldiery comes ravening, Clara and her mother are forced to flee aboard the Cuttlefish. Hunted like beasts, the submarine and her crew must undertake a desperate voyage across the world, from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and finally across the Pacific to find safety. But only Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them past treachery and disaster, to freedom in Westralia. Carried with them—a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperial power.
Dave Freer's Cuttlefish is absolutely astonishing! It's 1953 and the world is severely altered by the effects of the Melt. Parts of London are underwater, where old tunnels are inhabited by the Underpeople, and the western part of Australia is dry and sandy. The novel will entertain readers of all ages with it's underwater adventure, humor, and intriguing alternate history. The friendships forged over the course of the novel will no doubt extend to the readers who won't help but become fascinated by the variety of characters and backgrounds.

Clara Calland, the bookish outcast of St. Margaret's School for the Children of Officers and Gentleman, embarks on a terrifying journey that takes her and her mother, Dr. Calland, from Ireland to the dry country of Westralia. She finds a place with the crew of an illegal submarine, learning navigation and doing certain chores as if she were a cabin boy herself. While aboard the Cuttlefish, Clara becomes fast friends with cabin boy, Tim Barnabas. Tim grew up in London's underwater tunnels, taking on a submariner job at the urging of his mother so that he would always have food. He proves to be brave, trustworthy to Clara and his superiors and an excellent submariner. Freer takes a very interesting turn when it comes to this character. Tim is persecuted and called "darkie" because of his mixed heritage. Though he was born in London, his father came from Jamaica and the fact that Tim is darker than the other crew members causes a few incidents of racism and prejudice. Tim's character and his friendship with Clara is another layer added to Cuttlefish's deeply layered plot.

Tim and Clara's friendship is the most steadily constant during a tremulous time. Clara and Dr. Calland are stuck in a cat and mouse game, running from the Mensheviks and the British Imperial Intelligence, headed by Duke Malcolm. Yet, here are these two young teens who hardly panic in stressful situations and both cherish their growing relationship. Clara stands up for Tim when he's wrongly accused of thievery, and Tim backs up Clara in whatever crazy plots she comes up with. Cuttlefish is exciting for all the action and suspense, and even more so for the blend of steampunk, historical fiction, and science fiction elements. Pick up a copy of Cuttlefish and you won't put it down until the last page is read!
*Book provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Publication Date: July 2012
Publisher: Pyr
Pages/Format: 299; Hardcover, ebook

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tour Review: Model Spy by Shannon Greenland


The Specialists #1
by Shannon Greenland
Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college rA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn’t have many friends and David has always been nice to her. it doesn’t hurt that he’s supercute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government’s main computer system. but a few hours later, her whole life changes. she is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn’t your run-of-the-mill arrest. rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen agents to go undercover. As if that wasn’t overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well! And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she’s sent on her first mission as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David himself!
Shannon Greenland definitely tops my list of favorite authors! After falling in love with her latest young adult novel, The Summer My Life Began, and now having had the opportunity to read one of her earlier works, I am a fan for life. Model Spy is the first in The Specialists series, now available in ebook, and it's perfectly amazing!

Kelly James is a teen genius, sixteen years old and already in college. While she exhibits all the symptoms of nerd, Kelly looks more like a model standing at 5'10 with a slim build. Even with her looks, it can't be denied that her skills are top notch and when she's working on computer codes she's in her zone. After getting busted for hacking into the government to find information on her friend, David's, missing father, Kelly is offered an opportunity she can't pass up. She's approached by Thomas Liba to join the Specialists.

And so her new life of college, physical training and espionage begins. Kelly, affectionately nicknamed Gigi by her new team members, comes to the realization that she could possibly find a home at the San Belden Ranch. Even after she learns that David was sent to recruit her to the team, and that it'll be up to her to go undercover to help him rescue his father, Gigi decides to stay and lend a helping hand. Here's where the story gets even more interesting. Gigi is klutzy and not a social butterfly, so when her first mission is to go undercover as a model she starts to rethink the whole spy business. Her task will be dangerous and set with many obstacles, but you can be sure that Greenland keeps it intriguing! Who would have ever thought that modeling, computer hacking, and spying could go hand and hand so engagingly? 

I have to say that the second half of the novel, which is an explosion of action and heartfelt emotion, is only half of what makes Model Spy so fun. The multitude of characters and unique personalities makes for a very unpredictable story, but each one of the Specialists team members are endearing and unforgettable. Each has a specialty from linguistics to martial arts and they all have the opportunity to belong to a family. While making these characters stand out with humor, Greenland doesn't neglect to give us a reason to sympathize with them. Since Gigi is the central character, readers will especially focus on her growth and empowerment.

Thankfully, Gigi's story continues with four following Specialist novels! Even if you read them when they were first published, now is the time to become reacquainted with Gigi and her friends. It's especially the perfect time to introduce readers to Shannon Greenland's believable storytelling!
*ebook provided in exchange for an honest review*

Publication Date: May 2007
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Format: Ebook

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