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
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
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
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
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
May 252015
 
Review: Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: March 15, 2015 Publisher: Clockwise Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: Meet Harrison and Anna. One is a fifteen-year-old boy with an uncanny ability to recite every bone in the skeletal system whenever he gets anxious ― and that happens a lot. The meaning of “appropriate behavior” mystifies him: he doesn’t understand most people and they certainly don’t understand him. The other is a graduating senior with the world at her feet. Joining the Best Buddies club at her school and pairing up with a boy with high-functioning autism is the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 232015
 
Sci-Fi Saturday - Outlaw M.C. By James Cox

  Outlaw M.C. by James Cox: Earth was considered a desolate planet and is used as a prison.  Humanity lives on Mars in a single but always expanding city.  Technology being what it is keeps humans breathing.  The government is ruled by a man named Max Wesmen.  He’s a twisted fuck and changed our entire structure.  Now it’s illegal to drink alcohol, do any drugs, have kinky sex, and, of course, smoke.  Homosexuality was a death sentence.  Women were to be kept for breeding.  Dark skinned men were used as slaves, like back in the darkest days of history.  The [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 222015
 
Whittling Down the Freebie Pile: The Mistress of Trevelyan by Jennifer St. Giles

The Mistress of Trevelyan Series: Trevelyan #1 Genre: Gothic, Historical Romance Release Date: July 27, 2004 The manor behind the mists….The man behind the mystery. In 1873 San Francisco, spirited Ann Lovell takes a position no one else dares — as governess to the motherless sons of the enigmatic Benedict Trevelyan. It has long been whispered that Trevelyan Manor hides dark secrets and sinister deeds — including the murder of Benedict’s wife. But Ann refuses to pay heed to spiteful rumor. As she grows to cherish her young charges, Ann also finds herself powerfully drawn to the handsome Benedict, whose [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 22, 2015 at 9:04 am
May 212015
 
New Release Review: Revive by Tracey Martin

Revive by Tracey Martin Book #1 in Redzone Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Thriller Publication Date: May 19th 2015 ARC Provided by Author and Samhain Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: What the mind forgets, the heart remembers. Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted. The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 21, 2015 at 11:03 am
May 202015
 
New Release Group Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days by Susan Ee Book #3 in Penryn & the End of Days Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy Publication Date: May 12th, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads: After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 20, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 192015
 
Early Review: Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley

Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley Book #1 in Vicious Cycle Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Trade Synopsis from Goodreads: Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps. Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 182015
 
Early Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway: Behind the Mask (Associates #4) by Carolyn Crane

Behind the Mask (Associates #4) by Carolyn Crane Genre: Romantic Suspense Publication Date: May 19, 2015 ARC provided by Author (thank you!) Want to win a copy? Scroll down to enter and play!   TO SAVE HER PROSTITUTE TWIN SISTER SHE HAS TO SWITCH PLACES WITH HER… When her estranged sister is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group–and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 8:48 am
May 152015
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 14

Outlander: Episode 14 The Search was one of the slower episodes, I thought.  The episode didn’t even contain Jamie!  Not even a little!  Not even a glimpse!  That’s not a complaint, because it wouldn’t have made sense to cut to Jamie onscreen.  They certainly didn’t in the book.  Still, when he’s not in an episode you certainly notice.  For all we love Claire, we looooove Jamie. Okay so let’s rundown: Jenny, hopping right up after giving birth to Maggie within the week, heads out on horseback to help Claire find Jamie.  Jenny tracks the Redcoats that have a carriage, appearing to hold something [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 15, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 142015
 
Early Review: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin Book #1 in Stranje House Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 19th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 14, 2015 at 8:20 am