Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wedneday: Becoming Jinn

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:

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
Title: Becoming Jinn
Author: Lori Goldstein
Series: Becoming Jinn #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
Why am I waiting?
It has been so long since I read a book involving Jinn, and even then this book subject is one not often used. I think it is going to be a refreshing read, and besides who did not grow up hoping to find a genie in a magic lamp. I also love that this takes on Jinn not being the perfect life everyone thinks it is, and that should defiantly create an intriguing story for the main character, Azra.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: All The Rage

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:

All the Rage
Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, 
The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?
Why am I waiting?
While I get that this book is not going to be an easy book to read, I also have a feeling the Courtney Summers is going to handle the subject delicately, but brutally truthful too. This one I know I am most likely going to need a big box of Kleenex for at times, but hopefully it is an open read, even as a piece of fiction. 

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dead Spots Blog Tour: Review, Interview and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Dead Spots Blog Tour!  Today I have not only a review of Dead Spots, but also an interview with author, Rhiannon Frater herself. Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by clicking the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: Dead Spots
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Genres: Adult, Horror, 
In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill you.
The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.
Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are beseiged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly. 
Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive....
As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.

About the Author

Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the
state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.
During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title As The World Dies, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, The First Days, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, Fighting To Survive won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.
The As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor in 2010.The first book, The First Days, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, Fighting To Survive, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, Siege, was released in April 2012.
She is also the author of over a dozen independent works such as The Last Bastion Of The Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014.
Rhiannon continues to live in Austin, Texas with her husband and is now a full-time writer.
She is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media and Brandy Rivers of Gersh Agency.
1. How did you choose the horror genre to write in?
I don’t feel I chose horror. It chose me. For a very long time I thought I would write mysteries, but I was terrible at it. Then I realized my muse has sharp fangs and claws and decided to roll with inspirations I found in my nightmares. After I wrote my first horror tale, I knew I had found my niche.

2. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Agatha Christie, Charlotte Bronte, and Laura Ingalls Wilder had a big influence on me when I was a young girl simply because they were women writers and wrote books I loved. I wanted to be just like them and write stories that readers would enjoy.  

3.     What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Dead Spots to write and why?
This is a tough one. I don’t have a favorite per se. Each chapter had its own challenges during the writing process. The most difficult for me to write was the shark scene because I am absolutely terrified of sharks. It probably gave me the most nightmares. So I can’t say it’s a favorite chapter, but I can say I’m very proud of it. That was me facing my own fear inside Dead Spots.

4. What was the hardest part of writing Dead Spots?
Mackenzie is an imperfect character and doesn’t always make the right choices. She struggles a lot in the book with her grief and fears. Showing her progression throughout the story was not always easy. I often had to sit back and ponder her internal journey.  Mackenzie isn’t a flashy heroine that somehow always knows how to save the day. She sometimes really screws up and doesn’t act in her best interests. I’ve written about plenty of female characters who really have it together, who know exactly what they’re capable of and are quite competent. So to write about a woman at the start of that journey to strength and wholeness was exhausting at times, but also rewarding.

5. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you would love to work with?
The story feels whole to me. At its core it’s about Mackenzie coming to terms with loss, who she wants to be, and what she really wants out of life. That journey comes to a solid conclusion in my mind. Though I adore Mackenzie and enjoyed meeting some of the others caught in by the dead spots, I am not sure there is more to be mined out of that universe. I suppose I could write an endless series of stories about people being caught by the dead spots and the fears they endure, but then I’m afraid it would be all about the scares and not the actual personal journey. 
Of course, I love a complicated heroine, so I’m sure I will always write about them.

Thank you Rhiannon for allowing me to interview you!

My Review of Dead Spots
Rhiannon Frater has taken my worst nightmares and turned them into a novel I could not put down. I mean you cannot have a book about a world caught between dreams and nightmares and not have killer clowns and zombies. The main character, Mackenzie, is so broken when her story begins it broke my own heart seeing her go through such devastation and tragedy. I loved watching her slowly fight back against herself and her grief as she fought to stay alive in the nightmare world and dead spots. 

Rhiannon Frater has a simple elegance to her writing when handling the grief of a mother who never got to be one. While that is the ultimate loss for any mother, she also handles Mackenzie’s return to life when she could have just given up with a fierceness that captured me and had me rooting form the sidelines. Then Rhiannon Frater took some of the things that terrifies so many including myself, made them worse, but also showed how to fight back against the things we fear most. 

I was not sure if I would be able to get into the concept of dead spots and a world of nightmare and dreams. I am a huge fan of Rhiannon Frater, so I trusted that she would write it in a way that would invoke my own nightmares, but also in a way that made you experience the story right along with the characters. 

Rhiannon Frater has again created a horror masterpiece that has emotional depth, and showcases the vulnerabilities we all have inside of us. I truly felt Mackenzie’s grief and fear throughout the novel. I am glad I decided to give Dead Spots a shot, and I know that if you are a fan of horror, you will be too. 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday:The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend

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: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Hazards #5
Publication Date: March 26, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, 

Why am I waiting?
Do I even have to say it at this point? Everything by Alyssa is gold, and I absolutely love her Hazards series. I have been hoping to see Jade's story and find out who she ends up with, and as a bonus I am sure a few of the previous Hazards characters will make an appearance which always is a blast. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Vanishing Girls

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:

Vanishing GirlsTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
Why am I waiting?
Vanishing Girls sounds just like the mystery/thriller novel I have been craving lately. This one sounds interesting with the sisters trying to find each other, even with their estranged relationship. It also has me curious about the accident that caused Dara's face to become disfigured. This one defiantly has my interest peeked. 

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Lure Release Day Launch: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Happy Release Day to Lure and Alyssa Rose Ivy! To celebrate I have an excerpt, a review, and a giveaway! Make sure to check it all out and grab the prequel novella, Seduction's Kiss, which is free for a limited time. 

About the Book
Title: Lure
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Allure Chronicles #1
Publication Date: February 16, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, 
 There's danger in the beauty...
Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That's how long it had been since I'd seen my winged hero— not that I'd been counting. I'd suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn't crazy and knew he didn't exist.
But he did. And I was done waiting.

Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier... thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.

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 About the Author
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance
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.

We stood awkwardly for another moment before I had to break the silence. “It’s been a while.”
“Two and a half years.”
“I thought about you the past few Halloweens.”
“I thought about you more than that. It’s actually pretty humiliating now that I’m standing in the same room with you. I don’t know what I was thinking.” She looked away.
“I lied.”
I walked toward her. I had to wipe that regret off her face. “I thought about you a lot more than just Halloween.”
“Yeah.” I stopped right in front of her. “You were very memorable.”
“So were you.” She licked her lips. Again with the lips.
“I probably should ask you a million questions right now, but would it be okay if we put those off and did something else?”
“I guess that depends on what else you want to do?” Her eyes widened slightly.
“I want to kiss you.”
“I’m okay with that.” Her eyes seemed to sparkle.
I didn’t wait for her to change her mind. I brushed my lips against hers gently. I was going to keep it short, but I had to know if I was glorifying the last kiss.
She moved her lips against mine, and any thoughts of keeping it short disappeared. I wrapped my arms around her as I deepened the kiss, greedily pushing for access beyond those irresistible lips of hers. She opened up, welcoming me in with the same intoxicating taste as she had the last time. 
She moaned, encouraging me to continue the kiss. I didn’t need the encouragement. I lifted her up and carried her over to the couch. I sat down, settling her on my lap. I needed her close, closer than standing would allow.
Her fingers tangled in my hair as she let me explore her mouth. My hands ached to explore more, but I didn’t want to rush it. I’d waited over two years to taste her lips again, and I was going to enjoy every second of it.

My Review of Lure
Alyssa Rose Ivy just made Lure my favorite series yet, and the ending left me dying for more of Owen and Daisy’s story. I have been very patiently waiting for Alyssa Rose Ivy to write Owen’s story, and I love how each of the characters of the Crescent Chronicles is getting their own love story. It is so much fun watching how each of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s paranormal series interconnect in so many ways, and you always get new viewpoints of your favorite characters. 

I have to say that Daisy is far too trusting for me, because I could not help but bite my nails as she would willing go with people she had just met. Even if I do like them in the end, I was still dealing with trust issues for Daisy from Seduction’s Kiss. In previous series, The Crescent Chronicles and The Empire Chronicles, Owen is not as prevalent, and I loved seeing things from his point of view. Owen is a true romantic at heart, which I think is quite different from the way Levi and Jared are when you first meet them. I could not help but hope that Daisy and Owen reunited and got their love story, but with every great story, there is a twist that no one sees coming. 

I like the introduction to a new paranormal species in Lure, and I am curious to see how they feature in future Chronicles novels. I am also excited for the possible return of characters I have not seen in a while, but I am not going to say anything more because I do not want to spoil it for others. Alyssa Rose Ivy has defiantly found a magic formula for creating epic love stories that I cannot help but devour the second I receive them. 

I hope that Daisy and Owen’s love story beats all the odds, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment of The Allure Chronicles. If you are curious about this series, I defiantly recommend picking up the prequel novella Seduction’s Kiss and diving in for an exciting read. As always Alyssa Rose Ivy remains my favorite author to date, and I will always read anything she produces. 

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Collide Release Day Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Collide 
Author: Melissa West 
Series: The Taking # 3
Publication Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about— to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

Books in this series:
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About the Author
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and
Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.
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Excerpt from Collide
Naomi releases a slow breath, and I feel her thoughts hitting my own, one after the other. She’s not as sure as the other Ops back on the West Coast base. She’s more of a follower than a rebel, and I worry that we’ve made a terrible decision coming there. What if she sends a warning to Kelvin and he bombs the West Coast base, killing everyone at once? “I understand your hesitation, Naomi,” I say. “But you’ll likely die if you don’t consider what we’re offering.” She cocks her head. “I would rather die as human than live as an Ancient. I’m a strong fighter. I don’t need xylem in me to survive.” “Naomi...” Myers starts, but I cut him off. “Oh, really?” I lunge forward, sweeping her feet so her head slams hard on the floor, and then I’m over her, my face in her face, my gun pressed into her forehead. “Bang,” I say. 


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