Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Search

About the Book
Search (The Empire Chronicles, #2)
Title: Search
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Empire Chronicles #2
Publication Date: April 17, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, 
Casey isn't human. The revelation should terrify her, but it doesn't. Instead it excites her. Too bad not everyone is as excited as she is.
Torn between two lives, the only one she's ever known and her life as a paranormal princess, Casey has to decide whether she can trust the man she loves.
Sometimes being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.


My Review of Search
(**may contain spoilers from previous books**)
Search takes so many surprising turns, and Alyssa Rose Ivy really does not pull punches when it comes to keeping readers on their toes. Casey’s acceptance of her new found abilities and her new family is not something that comes easy. Casey is rather forced upon to come to New Orleans and accept her places as a Royal Pteron. While she wants to get to know her father’s family, she is also terrified which is completely normal.

Casey is insecure and uncomfortable around her new family at the beginning of Search. By the end, I think Casey has accepted her new life and her relationship with Toby. Although I was rooting for Jared to find a real relationship with someone, I think sweet Toby is a much better love interest. He does not seemed bother by politics and follows his heart.

A few twists and secrets revealed in Search that left my jaw hanging open. Then the cliffhanger at the end had me desperately craving the next book as soon as possible. I will have to say even though I absolutely loved Soar; Search is my favorite Empire Chronicles book yet. It may even be my favorite over the Crescent Chronicles too. 

As I say every time I read another Alyssa Rose Ivy novel, Alyssa can do no wrong when it comes to telling a story. She always manages to make it addicting and unique. I cannot wait for Stay and see her work her magic again. If you haven’t read any of her Pteron novels, I have to say you are defiantly missing out. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fated Release Blitz: Reviews and Giveaway

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. 
With fan favorites from new adult and urban fantasy bestsellers Rachael Wade, Nikki Jefford, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy and Heather Hildenbrand.

***Available for a LIMITED TIME only***
Five full-length novels only 99 cents.

About the Book
Title: Fated
Author: Various
Publication Date: August 21, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Amaranth by Rachael Wade – Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford– Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.
Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.
Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.
Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.

This collection is a steal at $.99!
I have only read two of the five books in this special collection, but I thoroughly enjoyed both of them!
Here are my reviews of those two books, make sure to click the link to visit my Flight Review.
My Review of Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy
My Review of Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter is an interesting take on vampire mythology, and I have to say I really like the uniqueness of the mythology. Plague vampires is an interesting concept that I really hope is explored more in the future installments of this Vampire Hunter series. Aurora goes from an ordinary girl to a rebellious kick butt take no names type in a very short amount of time. This is not shocking as the events she has to endure after her accident are a little mind-blowing. 

I love Aurora and her take-charge attitude, and I really like her with Fane. The complications of being a Vampire Hunter obviously interfere, because you cannot just disappear on your boyfriend all night without explanation. I think that the complications are going to get even worse in the next Aurora Sky novel. This book is obviously just the very beginning of Aurora’s interdiction and journey of vampires and vampire hunters, but it is extremely well done and has me hooked for the next one. 

I have been seeing this series everywhere and so many people have mentioned it as a must read. I just glad that I finally got my chance to enjoy it, and it was everything I hoped for and more. There are many places this story could go, and I cannot wait to find out where Nikki Jefford decided to take it. 

This is one of the five novels in the limited time Fated bundle, and seriously for .99 how can you go wrong. All five of the books have many highly praising reviews, and you also get Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy which is a personal favorite. I look forward to diving into the other stories, and find new series like I just did with Aurora Sky. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Collectors' Society

The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons
Expected Publication: October 23, 2014
 Cover Design by Victoria Faye @ Whit and Ware
Genres: Adult, Romance, Fairy Tale,
From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.
After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.
It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

 About the Author

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition
to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
   


My Thoughts: This one differently sounds interesting, and I like that Alice goes from Wonderland to like a spy or secret agent trying to save the world for the evil mastermind. I am adding this to my reading list for sure. I also really love the cover it is well done, and I think it works well with the synopsis of the story.

I want to hear what you think!
Let me know in the comments

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Waiting on Wednesday: Unmade

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:

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)
Title: Unmade
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #3
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, 
Who will be the sacrifice?
Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.
Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.
This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.
Why am I waiting?
After the cliffhanger of Untold, I am dying to read Unmade, but I also do not want to say goodbye to Kami and the gang. I know that I have to find out how it ends though, and if Kami can actually come up with a plan to defeat Rob. I have high hopes, and hopefully come September those hopes will pay off. 

What are you waiting on?
Make sure to let me know in the comments

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Monday, August 18, 2014

All For This Release Blitz With Guest Post

Welcome to All For This Release Blitz!  Today I have a Guest Post for you today!
I love both of the previous books in this series, and I cannot wait to read All For This to find out who Hanna finally chooses.
*LOST IN ME is Currently FREE Through This Release Event!!*

About the Book
**ALL FOR THIS is book three in the Here and Now series. It is not a stand-alone and it’s intended to be read after LOST IN ME and FALL TO YOU.**

Title: All For This
Author: Lexi Ryan
Series: Here and Now #3
Publication Date: August 4, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, 
What if you would never remember the day you made the most important decision of your life?
That’s what they’re telling me about the day of my accident—the day I put on Max’s ring and chose him over Nate. I’m counting on the wisdom behind a decision I don’t remember making.
Max is amazing—sexy, sweet, and kind. I was starting to believe happily-ever-after might be in my future after all. Then the unthinkable happened and my world imploded. If I’m going to make this work with Max, I need my missing memories, or at least answers from about those five days before my accident.
But what does my future hold if those answers aren’t anything like I imagined?

About the Author

Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I
get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

   

Reflecting on Meredith: The Character We Love to Hate

If you’ve read the first two books of the Here and Now series, you probably have some opinions about Meredith. You might have some choice words for her as well. I know I do. When I first started writing about her, I said, “Some people are just horrible.” But even horrible people have their reasons—valid or not.

When I first “met” Meredith while writing Wish I May (William and Cally’s book), I didn’t like her. At. All. When I realized what roll she played in Hanna’s books, I liked her even less. You see, in my mind, Meredith is very much like this girl I grew up with, let’s call her…Emily* (*name changed to protect the not-so-innocent). “Emily” was horrible to me, and I never understood why. She was wealthy and “popular” (a misnomer, in my opinion, as the “popular” group was always a rather small percentage of my school). I was from a struggling middle-class family and a bank geek. She was blonde and thin and wore the nicest clothes. I was mousy and overweight and wore my big sisters’ hand-me-downs. I never understood why she seemed to hate me so much.

I went to school with Emily from grade school through high school graduation, though we were in very few classes together since I was in the advanced or “academically talented” classes. But she was around just enough to make a mark on me. If I already had issues about my changing body, Emily made them worse by mocking me when we changed in the gym locker room. If I felt awkward and unwelcome in social settings, Emily made it worse by tripping me in the bleachers at the Homecoming game and laughing with her friends as I scrambled to my feet. Emily was a total bitch.

As a writer, of course, I look back and want to know what her motivation was. Was I just an easy target? She could be Queen Bee of her little group and show her power by making me feel small? Maybe. But I like to think people are more complex than that.

I’ll never forget the day we were meeting with advisors from a small private college. Emily desperately wanted to go to this college. I’d already been admitted and knew I’d be going under and academic scholarship. Emily hadn’t been admitted and she raised her hand to ask the advisors if they would be willing to take a writing sample instead of basing her entry on SAT scores and grades. I remember it so well. She said, “I can’t take tests, but I’m not stupid.” And then she turned and glared at me, and there was so much hatred in her eyes I’ve never been able to forget it. You see, I had no idea that she struggled with her grades or with taking tests. All I saw was a pretty, rich girl who was mean to me. But I guess it was common knowledge that I was quite smart. I was in all the advanced classes, praised for my work, and I’ve never had the problem with testing that some students have. I liked reading and writing and studying—something that may get you mocked in middle school but gets you money when college rolls around. Never would I have imagined that my success as a student had anything to do with how Emily treated me, but in that moment, I knew it did. She resented me for being able to do what she could not.

As I wrote All for This, I realized the same was true for Meredith. She isn’t “just a bitch.” She had her reasons. Does that make what she’s done right? Absolutely not. But it does remind me of Emily and that look in her eyes when she said, “I’m not stupid.” I don’t hate “Emily” anymore. I hope she’s doing well and that she is secure enough in herself these days that she doesn’t have to humiliate others to feel okay about her own weaknesses.

On a final note, I want to say this blog post is probably the most personal one I’ve ever written. I don’t like to write this much about myself—I prefer fiction, TVYM. But since this is for the final book in Hanna’s series, it seems fitting. I’ve gotten so many letters from readers who relate to Hanna and her self-esteem issues, and I’ll admit, I do too. Luckily for me, I know all about finding the guy (or guys in Hanna’s case), that teach you to feel comfortable in your own skin. My wish for you is that, if you see yourself in Hanna, you can learn for her mistakes. You are more beautiful than you know, and the people who bring you down aren’t “right” about you. They’re fighting their own demons. Smile and carry on. (Unless they trip you in the bleachers in front of your whole high school. Then you have my permission to start swinging…)

XOXO,
Lexi




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Audiobook Review: Iron Knight

About the Book
Title: Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
My name - my True Name - is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…
To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase - a half human, half fey slip of a girl - smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end - a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.
To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.


My Review of Iron Knight
I finally finished Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, bringing an end to the Iron Fey series. Iron Knight was bittersweet for me, even though I loved it. I did not want the series to end, and that is probably why I put off finishing it for so long. The Iron Knight is completely different type of story from previous books. For one, Prince Ash is the viewpoint used to tell this story versus Meghan Chase. I actually loved discovering more about Ash and his past. 

I chose to listen to the audiobook while doing monotonous things like painting my bathroom, which means I have to enjoy the marvelous storytelling abilities of MacLeod Andrews. I do have to say I loved all his voices for the characters. It defiantly made me enjoy the story more, and made everyday tasks go by much faster. 

I have been divided between Team Puck and Team Ash from the very beginning. I have continually flip-flopped between the two. I believe Iron Knight has finally settled me on Team Ash, but I will always love Puck. His antics always have me laughing. I love Ash and Puck’s friendship even when they are at each other throats at times, because you can see how much they truly care for each other in Iron Knight. 

The Iron Knight is a complete conclusion to the Iron Fey series, which is done beautifully. While the door on this series has come to a close, Julie Kagawa has opened a window with her new series about Ethan Chase. I can only hope that a few familiar faces will make their appearance in the new series. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Artful Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway


Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on The Artful Blog Tour!  Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by clicking the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: The Artful
Author: Wilbert Stanton
Series: Shadows of the City #1
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.
Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.
On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.

About the Author

Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either
write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.
Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.
In the end world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.
   

My Review of The Artful
The Artful is an extremely well done novel with main elements common in a post-apocalyptic novel, but Wilbert Stanton takes them and makes them his own. There is so much that goes on in this book, and it is action packed right from the beginning of Dodge and Twist’s story until the very end. I also love that both characters are named after Oliver Twist, because I think the names really fit them. I loved how this story managed to stand on its own while reminding me so much of other post-apocalyptic books, and movies. 

Twist is the main character, and he has all the same qualities of Robin Hood. His idea is to take needed medicine from the empowered and rich, and divides them up among the needy. Dodge has this same quality, but he hides it beneath a tough, reckless exterior. Even with these differences, these two are a well-oiled machine, and they still show each other how much they matter. 

The conflict in this novel is centered on New York City, which after a virus wiped out half the population and made everyone allergic sun is in shambles and ruins. The districts each have their own ruler and they are on the brink of a war. Twist and Dodge are on a standard medical run, when their world is about to get a lot more complicated. 

I love the character development that takes place during The Artful, and the journey that Twist goes on. There is so much that happens in just a short amount of time, the fast pace made it hard to set this book down. I am glad this is only the first novel in the series, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. 

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