Jan 262016
 
Release Day Group Review: Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace Genre: YA Paranormal Publication Date: January 26th 2016 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books Synopsis from Goodreads: For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes. When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 212016
 
New Release Review: Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan Book #1 in Sword and Verse Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: January 19th 2016 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 202016
 
New Release Review: Cold Fusion by Harper Fox

Cold Fusion by Harper Fox Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Publication Date: January 5th, 2016 Publisher: Samhain Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: Their love is the catalyst that could save the planet…or cost their lives. As an environmental activist for Peace Warrior, Kier Mallory never hesitated to throw himself into dangerous situations. Until his hotheadedness costs the lives of two fellow crewmembers on an anti-whaling mission. He finds no refuge in his hometown on Scotland’s north coast, where everyone knows what this son of a broken fisherman has done. Effectively homeless, Mal returns to one of his favorite places—Spindrift, a rustic colony of [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 122016
 
Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway for Strange Girl by Christopher Pike

Strange Girl by Christopher Pike Genre: Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: November 17th, 2015 Physical copy provided by Simon Pulse Synopsis from Goodreads: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike comes a brand-new fascinating and seductive new novel about a girl with a mysterious ability—but one that carries an unimaginable cost. From the moment Fred meets Aja, he knows she’s different. She’s pretty, soft-spoken, shy—yet seems to radiate an unusual peace. Fred quickly finds himself falling in love with her. Then strange things begin to happen around Aja. A riot breaks out that Aja is able to stop by merely speaking a few words. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 082016
 
New Release Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole Series: Immortals After Dark #16 Genre: Paranormal Romance Release Date: Dec 1st, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: Robert Petkoff A foundling raised in a world of humans ~ Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother Thaddeus became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting villain. A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission ~ Whether by bow or in bed, archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 072016
 
New Release Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Book #1 in Passenger Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy, Time Travel Publication Date: January 5th 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: passage, n. i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes. ii. A journey by water; a voyage. iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time. In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 052016
 
Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

I’ve been sitting on This Is Where It Ends for a long time.  I requested it months ago, but wanted to put my review out closer to it’s release date.  While I waited Violent Ends came out, and I thought it was interesting that the two were very similar.  Not only were both books about school shootings, both of them were also told from multiple perspectives, none of which are the shooter.  I wondered if these books would make for a perfect comparison review, and I was eager to put these two books in the ring and see who came out the winner. If you’ve [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 082015
 
Holiday Reads, courtesy of Riptide Publishing!

  Rebound Remedy by Christine d’Abo Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 9th, 2015 Publisher: Riptide Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped. But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend’s ex declares undying love, proposes—and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole’s mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor’s, for a pint and some company. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 272015
 
New Release Review: Chimera by Mira Grant

Chimera by Mira Grant Parasitology #3 Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Publication Date: November 24th, 2015 Publisher: Orbit Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: The final book in Mira Grant’s terrifying Parasitology trilogy. The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built…including the chimera. The broken doors are closing. Can Sal [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 062015
 
Early Review: The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: November 10th, 2015 Publisher: Loveswept  Synopsis from Goodreads: Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh and Eloisa James, Sharon Cullen’s seductive new historical romance ignites as a shy country girl and a hotheaded duke surrender to dangerous temptations. Lady Sara Emerson was jolted out of her dull provincial life by her cousin’s murder. Now that the killer seems to be targeting her, Sara seeks help from the man who was once her cousin’s fiancé, Gabriel Ferguson, Duke of Rossmoyne. With his towering frame and fiery personality, Ross cuts an intimidating figure. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 282015
 
New Release Review: The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher The Cinder Spires #1 Genre: Sci-Fi Steampunk Publication Date: September 29th, 2015 Publisher: Roc   Synopsis from Goodreads: Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors… Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 28, 2015 at 7:00 am
Oct 122015
 
Early Review: Blindsight by Adriane Leigh

Blindsight by Adriane Leigh Book #1 in Blindsight Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: October 26th, 2015 ARC provided by Adriane Leigh Synopsis from Goodreads: {blind·sight: the ability to see without knowing it} Sometimes a single touch is all it takes to spark a wildfire. Erin Warner learned that the day she bumped into the dashing, tattooed stranger on a busy Chicago street corner. She’s captivated from the moment his mystifying green eyes find hers, and it isn’t long before she finds herself flying to exotic locales to assist him, the award-winning erotic photographer Hunter Ellis, on location. What she didn’t bargain [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 12, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 302015
 
New Release Review: The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn

The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn Book #4 in The MacGregors: Highland Heirs Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: September 29th, 2015 ARC provided by Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: AN ALLURING LASS Emmaline Grey spends her days with her beloved dog, dreaming of the sea-until a brawling Highlander shatters her quiet life to pieces. Though her blindness prevents her from seeing his face, his voice is a warm blend of velvet and silk, and his rakehell ways unmistakable. Risking the wrath of a rival clan as she nurses him back to health, Emma soon realizes the real [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 30, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 212015
 
Series Review: Panapolis by Cari Z

Panopolis Series by Cari Z Genre: M/M Superhero Romance Publisher: Riptide Publishing   Wendy’s Review: Boy do I get sucked in by a good cover.  I was just flipping casually through Negalley’s catalog when I came across that fierce cover of Where There’s Fire.  I mean, isn’t it so awesome?  The color of the title, the guy in the hoodie, the blue aura around his head… Then the synopsis is about two Villains who couple up to cause mayhem and madness in Panopolis.  I mean, clearly I’m a sucker for Superhero stories, but this just seemed like something that was exactly my thing.  Superhero, romance, supernatural powers… [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 21, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 152015
 
Review Hodgepodge - Trying to get caught up!

Sometimes I get so caught up in the joy of reading, I forget I’m also supposed to (hopefully) be helpful and informative to other people when they’re choosing books or if they just want to compare notes. Today, I have some books I’ve read, but been so gung-ho to start my next read that I’ve blown straight past reviewing. May these reviews be helpful and maybe spark some note comparing! One More Shot by Victoria Denault Book #1 in Hometown Players Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: They [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 112015
 
New Release Review: The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman Genre: Mystery Publication Date: August 18th, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 11, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 272015
 
Review: Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles Book #1 in Leaving Paradise Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: April 8th, 2007 Synopsis from Goodreads: Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

New Release Review: Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes

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Aug 142015
 
New Release Review: Tremaine's True Love by Grace Burrowes

Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes Book #1 in True Gentlemen Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: August 4th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Synopsis from Goodreads:  Tremaine St. Michael is firmly in trade and seeks only to negotiate the sale of some fancy sheep with the Earl of Haddonfield. The earl’s sister, Lady Nita, is pragmatic, hard-working, and selfless, though Tremaine senses she’s also tired of her charitable obligations and envious of her siblings’ marital bliss. Tremaine, having been raised among shepherds, can spot another lonely soul, no matter how easily she fools her own family. Neither Tremaine nor [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 14, 2015 at 7:00 am

New Release Review: Just a Summer Fling by Cate Cameron

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Aug 132015
 
New Release Review: Just a Summer Fling by Cate Cameron

Just a Summer Fling by Cate Cameron Book #1 in Sullivan Lake Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 4th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: Sullivan Lake, Vermont, has plenty of attractions for movie star Ashley Carlsen—pristine nature, local color, and a handyman with a bad reputation for all the right reasons… Ashley’s movie-star life is starting to feel like an act. She’s desperate to be taken seriously, and after her boyfriend’s affair with a costar, she’s ready for a new scene. A vacation at Sullivan Lake with Hollywood power player Jasmine McArthur might be the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter

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Aug 052015
 
Review: Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter Book #1 in Paper Aeroplanes series Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: May 2nd, 2013 Publisher: Hot Key Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 5, 2015 at 7:00 am