Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Fiendish

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Title: Fiendish
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why. 
When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.
Why am I waiting?
First, how could I not want to know what is behind that super creepy cover. Also the premise defiantly sounds interesting, I have to wonder how Clementine is tied to everything. I have heard that Brenna Yovanoff is the master of the dark tale, and Fiendish sounds like exactly that. I cannot wait to read this one for myself.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hazards of Sex on the Beach Release Day: Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

Welcome to The Hazards of Sex on the Beach Release Day Celebration!  Today I have an excerpt, review and a giveaway for you today! Also, to celebrate the release, Hazards of Sex on the Beach is only $0.99

About the Book
Title: The Hazards of Sex on the Beach
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Hazards #3
Publication Date: July 21, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, 
One broken heart, one drink too many, one steamy night in the sand...
No one warns you about the dangers of drinking with a broken heart. At least no one warned me. I never imagined I'd fall for a musician, especially not one like Chase, but then again I never expected to have my heart broken into a million pieces by the frat guy I thought was the love of my life.
Sometimes it's the rash decisions, like hooking up in the sand, that lead you to the best places—the kinds of places where it's possible to let yourself fall in love again.

About the Author
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young 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.

He took a strand of my hair and studied it. “Is this your natural color?”
He dropped the strand. “I’ve never dated a girl with blonde hair.”
“Well, you’re not dating me.”
He gently brushed his fingers down my bare arm. “No, but I want to kiss you.”
“Then kiss me.” I was used to pushy guys. The kind that knew what they wanted and took it.
“Okay.” He smiled before leaning in.
The kiss was hesitant at first, the kind of kiss that gets your whole body excited because you know there’s more to come. I waited—hoping he’d take it further. His hand slid just under the hem of my shirt, brushing against my skin. The touch was light, but it was still enough to get a response out of me. I moaned.
That must have been what he was waiting for. He deepened the kiss, pushing into my mouth with such force I was taken by surprise. I kissed him back, enjoying the sweet taste of his mouth, and the way his hand slowly inched its way up my stomach. Blazer moved from zero to sixty. I didn’t mind it. I moved onto his lap, welcoming the arm he put around me to pull me closer. I wrapped my arms around his neck.
His hand moved higher, cupping my breast over my bra. I was drunk and hot, and so turned on I was going to lose it.
That’s when the door to the roof opened. The loud laughter of a group of girls pulled me half out of my lustful stupor.
“Want to go for a walk?” His question was asking something else entirely. I knew that when I answered with an enthusiastic yes.
Blazer held my hand as we made our way through the crowds. I looked briefly for Gabriella, but I didn’t see her. The normal Cara would have called her to tell her I was leaving with a random guy—but was Blazer random? We had chatted for hours already.
Before I could worry about it long, we were walking along the dark and nearly vacant beach. It was January on the South Carolina coast, and the crowds were months away.
“You never told me your name.” He said it as a statement as he led me further away from the party.
“Hi, Cara. I’m Chase.”
I smiled. “Isn’t it a little late for introductions?” I stopped and turned toward the ocean.
“It’s never too late.” He drew something on my arm with his finger. The sensation felt good. I closed my eyes.
“You look so gorgeous. The moonlight, that look on your face.”
I opened my eyes and his face was inches from mine. “If you’ve never dated a blonde, does that mean you’ve never had sex with one?”
“Why? Are you looking to change that?” His eyes were lidded.
“I’d like to.” I slipped a finger into the waistband of his jeans.
“Should we go back to my hotel room, or do you have one?” He looked down. “I’m going to be honest here. I haven’t done this before.”
“Please don’t tell me you’re a virgin.” That would be just my luck.
He laughed. “No. Not saying that at all. I just don’t generally hook up with girls I’ve just met.”
“At least you know my name.”
“I do know your name, don’t I, Cara?”
Something happened to me when he said my name. I needed him. I reached up again, wrapping my arms around him. I crushed my lips into his.
We came up for air only after ending up horizontal on the sand. He laughed. “Or we can just pick things up right here.”

Review of The Hazards of Sex on the Beach
The Hazards of Sex on the Beach is seriously my favorite out of all the Hazards series so far, and I really loved The Hazards of a One Night Stand. Cara’s story really explores finding yourself after a bad breakup, and I love that Cara stepped out of her comfort zone to do exactly that. There is something magnetic about the way Alyssa Rose Ivy writes her New Adult romances, because it is as if I am attached by some invisible force until I finish the story. 

Cara is reeling from a bad breakup and she is dreading going back to school and facing her ex-boyfriend. While drowning her broken heart, she decides to do something out of character, and has a one-night stand with Chase. This is where Cara really begins to distance herself from her previous life and relationship, and start to discover her own passions again. Chase is really a great influence on Cara, and I like him in The Hazards of Sex on the Beach, and his effect on Cara.  

I love the musical tone of this book versus previous books, and I liked experiencing Cara discover her new talents. If I had to pick between Aaron and Chase, it would obviously be Chase, and I think that The Hazards of a One Night Stand also address a tough topic in the midst of the beauty of the Cara’s story. As a huge fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy, I loved the way she handled this topic and I loved that it was a realistic portrayal. 

I have yet to read something by Alyssa Rose Ivy that I did not immediately love, and I cannot wait to see what she has next up her sleeve. Seriously, she produces some of the most magnificent story and across a variety of genre and each has its own separate tone so they stand out on their own. This is a great book that can be read as a standalone, and I highly recommend it and anything else Alyssa Rose Ivy has ever written. 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fated Cover Reveal with Giveaway

5 bestselling novels all in one novel!
Expected Publication: August 21, 2014
 Cover Design by Najla Qamber Designs
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy,
The Fated 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.
Beginning August 21st, for a limited time, paranormal fans can purchase five full length bestselling novels all in one:
Amaranth by Rachael Wade
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Forget Me

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Forget Me
Title: Forget Me
Author: K.A. Harrington
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist
On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as "Evan Murphy." She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.
Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents' involvement in this massive web of lies.
Why am I waiting?
I have been wanting to read a great psychological thriller/mystery and this one sounds very intriguing. I am curious to see what Morgan finds out about Flynn/Evan and if they are the same person or if something more sinister is at play. Plus the cover gives this book a very creepy, haunted feeling. 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mirror X Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Mirror X Blog Tour! Today I have a review of Mirror X and a tour-wide giveaway to enter.  Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by clicking the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: Mirror X
Author: Karri Thompson
Series: The Van Winkle Project #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: June 30, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, 
Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Na├»ve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.
But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.

About the Author
My debut YA novel, Amateur Angel, was released May 1, 2012. The next book in that series, Hollywood
Angels, comes out September 1. The first book in my upcoming dystopian trilogy, The Van Winkle Chronicles, will be released by Entangled Publishing Summer 2013.

My Review of Mirror X
Mirror X is the type of book that would make a great addition to a teen or even adult book club reading list. There is plenty of topics to discuss, and it would probably lead to an enlightening discussion. I did not think when I started Mirror X that it would be a book that would stick with me, but this one got me thinking, and it is going to stay with me for a while. Although with Mirror X, I can see it becoming a book that either you hate it or you love it, depending out your own opinions, and the way you take in Cassie’s situation. 

I love when a storyline makes me feel connected to the main character, even if that shared connection is anger. This story made me feel outraged for Cassie, and maybe not everyone will feel that way, but that is the strongest feeling I felt while reading Mirror X. I do not want to get on the topic of the story, because I really do not want to give it away for other readers, and I tend to try to avoid spoilers if I can. I just warning you if you have a blood pressure problem, you may want to keep a supply of medication nearby during reading, mine was defiantly elevated from time to time. 

Cassie is a bit unsure of her new situations, and feels like everyone is keeping her hidden from the world for some unknown reason. This does make Cassie feel uneasy, and I will agree the her quick infatuation with her doctor was a little hard to take, but she is also a 17 years old woken up in the far future away from everything she knows, so I gave her a break. She also wanted to be a paleontologist when she grew up so that is a win in my book. While the first part of the story is bit slow as everything is being revealed, the middle to last half of the book is quite packed, and fast paced. The ending did feel kind of a bit quick, and easy, so I am hoping that book two show what happens next for Cassie. 

This may not be an easy book for some people to read, there is some upsetting scenes throughout the book. Mirror X really touches upon so tough topics that even we face in certain ways today, and it really got me thinking of what I would do in Cassie’s situation.  I like books that make me think in the end, so Mirror X was a remarkable book in that aspect. I will defiantly pick up book two, and see where Cassie’s story leads next. 

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Shadow Aspect

The Shadow Aspect by Melanie Karsak
The Harvesting #2

Expected Publication: Summer/Fall 2014
 Cover Design by Princess of Shadows
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult, Zombies
When Layla took the final step through the labyrinth, she knew she was saving the ones she loved.
She couldn’t have been more wrong.
The unwitting victims of a grudge seething for eons, Layla and the other survivors now find themselves in a war for our world. With vampires lurking and shapeshifters plotting vengeance, Layla must learn who to trust if humanity has any hope of survival: the carnie girl? The quiet doctor? The tarot reader? The stranger with alluring gold eyes? Or the man she loves? And then there are the voices. What does it forewarn if the dead can speak?
When the world burns, mankind’s shadow side rises. Do we deserve to survive?

 About the Author
Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from
Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

My Thoughts: I loved the originality of The Harvesting, and I am curious where the end scenes of the book fit into the story. It looks like The Shadow Aspect is going to answer that for me. I hope it is just as action packed, and original as The Harvesting, if not more. I also like that The Shadow Aspect works well with the updated cover for The Harvesting. It is very eye catching, and the girl on the cover looks like she can certainly handle herself.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Mortal Danger

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)
Title: Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Immortal Game #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
In Ann Aguirre's Mortal Danger, Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.
In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what—she can trust. Not even her own mind.
Why am I waiting?
I have heard great things about Ann Aguirre and I really like the premise of Mortal Danger. I like the idea of trying to get back at the beautiful popular kids, and it going oh so wrong. Revenge never works out the way you want it too, and I really want to see Ann Aguirre's take on it. I have heard mixed things about this book, but I really want to try it myself.

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