Early Review: The Stellow Project by Shari Becker

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Jun 172015
 
Early Review: The Stellow Project by Shari Becker

The Stellow Project by Shari Becker Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Skyscape Synopsis from Goodreads: When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow’s dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism. As days pass without her medicine, Lilah finds herself teetering on the edge, caring for her sister, and growing increasingly certain [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

New Release Group Review: For Real by Alexis Hall

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Jun 162015
 
New Release Group Review: For Real by Alexis Hall

For Real by Alexis Hall Genre: M/M, BDSM, Erotica Publication Date: June 1st, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Riptide Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission. Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being. Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 16, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 122015
 
Review: Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent

Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent Book #2 in Bound and Determined Genre: Erotic/Historical Romance Publication Date: February 24th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Loveswept Synopsis from Goodreads: Lady Bliss Danser, daughter of the Duke of Mirth, is a scandal waiting to erupt. Which is why her highly conventional brother wants to saddle her with Stephan Perth, Earl of Duldon, the only man he thinks will marry her. Worse, Stephan keeps threatening to punish her, to teach her just how a woman should behave. His words may cause Bliss to tingle in the strangest places, but that doesn’t mean she likes [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 12, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

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Jun 112015
 
Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Romance Publication Date: January 1st, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Original title: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Synopsis from Goodreads: Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life. No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft

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Jun 102015
 
Review: Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft

Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft Book #1 in Trowchester Blues Series Genre: M/M Romance Publication Date: February 7th, 2015 Publisher: Riptide Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father’s tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he’s been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester—and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight. Fintan Hulme is an honest man [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 10, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 092015
 
Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic/Humor Publication Date: March 1st, 2012 Publisher: Amulet Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 8:00 am
Jun 082015
 
New Release Review, Excerpt, + Giveaway: Asking for It by Lilah Pace

Asking for It by Lilah Pace Book #1 in Asking for It Genre: Dark Erotica Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads:“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.” Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 8, 2015 at 7:00 am

Should You Read This Series – Killer Instincts by Elle Kennedy & Giveaway

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Jun 062015
 
Should You Read This Series - Killer Instincts by Elle Kennedy & Giveaway

Killer Instincts by Elle Kennedy I’ll admit that I was late to the party. I had never had the opportunity to read any books by Elle Kennedy before. When I received an email from the publisher asking me if I’d like to read the Killer Instincts series,  I jumped at the chance. How could I possibly resist the hotties on the covers? Sexy ex-military hunks – I’m in. Gorgeous but lethal female assassins? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these books. Let’s just say that I devoured these books, reading them all back to back, all in a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 6, 2015 at 9:45 am
Jun 052015
 
Review: Pirate's Alley by Suzanne Johnson

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson Book #4 in Sentinels of New Orleans Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: April 21st 2015 ARC Provided by Tor Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear. Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world—the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae—DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal. Her relationship with enforcer [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 5, 2015 at 11:42 am

Group Review: In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder

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Jun 042015
 
Group Review: In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder

In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Publication Date: March 28th, 2015 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of. Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

Early Review: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

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Jun 032015
 
Early Review: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

After Hours by Claire Kennedy Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 16th, 2015 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Simon Pulse Synopsis from Goodreads: Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips. Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember. Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 3, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 022015
 
Release Day Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh Series: Psy-Changeling #14 Genre: Paranormal Romance Release Date: Jun 2, 2015 ARC Provided by Berkley/NAL Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders. And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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Jun 012015
 
Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh Book #1 in Psy-Changeling Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 5th, 2006 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart. In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was… Both human and animal, Lucas [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 1, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 292015
 
Armchair BEA: Character Chatter

Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now’s your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite. Who’s your favorite couple? What are your least favorite cliches associated with characters?   Angie – My favorite characters are Nora, Søren, and Kingsley from The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz. There are so many facets to each of them, and just when you think you know them, another layer is revealed. After seven books, it’s clear I’ll never know everything there is to know about these [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Early Release Group Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

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May 292015
 
Early Release Group Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: June 2, 2015 ARC Provided by Berkley/NAL Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade has seen enough unhappy endings to swear off marriage forever. That doesn’t mean she’s opposed to casual dating—just not with her cocky new neighbor, who is as gorgeous and tempting as he is off-limits. But once she agrees to take on his sister’s case, she’s as determined to win as ever—even if that means teaming up with Ford… Investigative journalist Ford Dixon is bent on finding the man who got his sister pregnant and left her high and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 6:51 am

Early Review – Modern Monsters by Kelley York

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May 282015
 
Early Review - Modern Monsters by Kelley York

Modern Monsters by Kelley York Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went… And wished he hadn’t. Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 272015
 
Armchair BEA: I ♥ my Libraries

I’m very lucky that I have access to 3 of the best library systems in the country. As one of the perks of living in New York City, I have library cards to the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library. Each in turn is among the largest public libraries in the US. You might think that belonging to them all is a bit overkill but I really use them all. I still remember the first time I went to the Queens Public Library in Flushing and realized that I could take books home with [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm
May 272015
 
Armchairm BEA: Introductions

Welcome! This is our 3rd year participating in Armchair BEA so we may be familiar to some of you. To those of you who don’t know us, we’re AH, Angie, Christal, D.G., Regina and Wendy, six reading-obsessed women from all over the US (and one in Canada). We read from many, many different genres,  such as Urban Fantasy, Romance (all sub-genres), Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction and more (I know I’m probably missing a few genres.)  Although some of us still love the feeling of a real book in our hands – see the picture of Christal’s bookshelf below – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm
May 272015
 
Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee Genre: YA Historical Fiction Publication Date: March 17th, 2015 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 262015
 
Excerpt + Giveaway: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness Book #3 in All Souls Trilogy Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: July 15th, 2014 Synopsis from Goodreads: After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters fromA Discovery of Witches–with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 26, 2015 at 7:00 am