Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cover Reveal: Descent

Descent by Kallie Ross
Expected Publication: June 9, 2014

Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…
 
Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.



 About the Author
Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in
our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction.

I love being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. I began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. I have a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined my life would ever be this fun!
   


My Thoughts: I love the cave on the cover and the sparkling lights. It makes for a very breathtaking cover, and I think it fits the synopsis very well. As for the Synopsis, Descent sounds like something I would really enjoy. Secret civilization below the surface of earth defiantly has my attention!

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Uncovering Cobbogoth Trailer Reveal and Giveaway

About the Book


Title: Uncovering Cobbogoth
Author: Hannah L. Clark
Series: Cobbogoth #1
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.
When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.



The Trailer...


About the Author
Hannah L. Clark is the author of the YA fantasy-adventure "Uncovering Cobbogoth." It is the first book
in a planned 7 book series. It will be released by Cedar Fort Publishing on May 13, 2014.
Hannah lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with her husband and son.
   



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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Finding Haven

Finding Haven by T.A. Foster
Expected Publication: May 15, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary,
Power. Money. Control. Love.He has all but one.
When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

 About the Author
T.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the
Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.
She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.
T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.
   
My Thoughts: I like the premise of Finding Haven, I can totally see someone who is in the limelight just wanting to take off and lose themselves. I am curious to see how their relationship works out if Haven finds out the truth. As for the cover, the purple typography with the white background stands out and grabs my attention.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Murder Complex

 

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:

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)
Title: The Murder Complex
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Murder Complex #1
Publisher: Greenwillow
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.
The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?
Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.
Why am I waiting?
I have been following The Murder Complex since Lindsay Cummings first announced her book deal. I cannot wait to actually read this one. It sounds like a  twisted and murky mystery that I cannot wait to dive into in June. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ask Me Blog Tour with Review


Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Ask Me Blog Tour! I am excited to take part in the tour, and I have a review of Ask Me below.

About the Book
Title: Ask Me
Author: Kimberly Pauley
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology
Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone.

But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.

Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.

About the Author

Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world. Visit her online at www.kimberlypauley.com
   

My Review of Ask Me
Ask Me is powerful, tragic but beautifully written mystery. While Aria always tells the truth that does not mean her answers are very forthcoming. I think trying to solve the real answers behind Aria’s prophecies was the most exciting part of reading Ask Me. The author, Kimberly Pauley, does a beautiful job of pulling readers in and keeping them enthralled with trying to find out what happened to Jade. I could not put down Ask Me if I tried. 

The burden of being an oracle has cost Aria everything, and it makes her hide herself from fear of what others may do if they discover her ability. When something happens to the only girl that was ever nice to her, Aria’s world is turned upside down. Suddenly everyone had questions and Aria has to answer each one she hears. This time though, she is hoping to get real answers out of all the nonsense. As she begins to use her gift, she actually starts to open up to the possibility of being somewhat normal. Even though, Aria views her powers as a curse there is a beauty in it. Many of her answers are rhymes or even pieces of famous literature, which gives bit of beauty even when the answer is dark or just plain nonsense. 

While the mystery does take up most of the book, that does not mean there is not a bit of romantic interests that pop up. With Jade’s disappearance, everyone looks to those closest to Jade. Alex and Will both become targets of suspicion or rumor. That negative attention causes them to pull back, and they seem to notice Aria for the first time. The problem is one of them may have something to do with Jade’s disappearance, and Aria maybe the only one who can figure it out. 

Ask Me is a fantastic mystery, and I loved the mythological elements. I know that I would love to read more from Kimberly Pauley. I would recommended this book for any young adult mystery fan, that also enjoys paranormal or mythological elements. 

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Lost in Me Release Blitz: Guest Post, Review, and Giveaway

Welcome to Lost in Me Release Book Blitz!  Today I have a Review of Lost in Me, a Guest Post from the author, Lexi Ryan and a tour wide giveaway for you to enter today!

About the Book

Title: Lost in Me
Author: Lexi Ryan
Series: Here and Now #1
Publication Date: April 7, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, 
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LOST IN ME is the first book in the Here and Now series, a spin-off of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Hope series. This sexy amnesia love triangle is intended for mature readers.

The last thing I remember is having drinks at Brady’s and trying to avoid eye-contact with my life-long crush—the gorgeous, unattainable Maximilian Hallowell. They tell me that was a year ago, but I have no memories of anything since then. What I do have is this ring on my finger that Max says he gave me, and this much-thinner body I’ve dreamed of most of my life. Aside from a case of retrograde amnesia, everything seems almost…perfect.
But the deeper I immerse myself into this new world of mine—planning a wedding to a man I don’t remember dating, attempting to run a business I don’t remember starting—the clearer it becomes that nothing is as it seems. Do I have the life I’ve always wanted or is it a facade propped up by secrets I don’t even know I have?
I need answers before I marry Max, and the only person who seems to have them is the angry, tatted, sexy-as-sin rocker Nate Crane. And Nate wants me for himself.

LOST IN ME is not a standalone novel, as the story continues in Here and Now book two, FALL TO YOU, releasing in June.

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.
   
My Review of Lost in Me
Lost in Me is an unexpected story about love, and how something as simple as losing your memory can change everything. I loved reading Lost in Me, and the cliffhanger ending has me holding my breath until the release of Fall to You. Normally I do not like a cliffhanger, but they do make you want to continue a series to find out what happens and this one is defiantly effective. I really like Hanna’s story, and I want to know more about the memories that have not come back yet. I have a feeling there are big reveal yet to happen, but there is plenty of surprises to leave readers interested and on their toes. 

Lost in Me is a mature new adult novel, where amnesia causes Hanna to wake up to the perfect life. As her memories slowly come back, and she figures out details of her life before the accident, her life maybe not as perfect as it looks. Hanna is engaged to the man she always wanted, but she has no memory of the entirety of their relationship. Waiting for her memories to come back, Hanna begins to discover she has been keeping secrets and pushing everyone close to her away. 

I will say there is a lot of insecurity and self-deprecation on Hanna’s part, because she is to use to being ignored or pressured because of her weight. I will have to say that I think she is harder on herself than anyone could have been. It may be a turn off to readers, but it is an accurate portrayal of someone who struggles with their weight, and the pressure to look a certain way. I think that Hanna has a long way to go in that aspect, but I still enjoyed reading her story. I know that some of these characters were part of Lexi Ryan’s New Hope series, but I have yet to read that series. It did not change any of the story for me, but it defiantly made me want to add them to me To Be Read List. 

Lost in Me is great for fans of New Adult, and mature romance. I would also think it is safe to say that fans of the New Hope series would enjoy Lost in Me and the Here and Now series. I am looking forward to Fall to You, which releases in June. 

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The Here and Now Series
By Lexi Ryan

“Do you know what retrograde amnesia is? Because I just learned about it and I have this story idea…” This was few years ago on call with my critique partner.  The conversation was supposed to be about the book I was finishing, but I was distracted by this shiny new story idea.
The kernel of the idea was there, born from my fascination with retrograde amnesia. A woman wakes up in the hospital and is engaged to a man she remembers (though she doesn’t remember getting engaged…doesn’t remember anything from the last year, in fact). She’s in the days approaching her wedding…but there’s this other guy. This guy who seems to know things about her life that no one else does. This guy who’s in love with her and doesn’t want her to marry her fiancé. This guy she doesn’t remember and yet feels connected to somehow.
I carried this kernel of a story idea with me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it or whose story it was. I never know much about my plot when I start writing. Instead, I start with emotion and character, and I was fascinated with how it would feel to wake up and think you had to perfect life, think you’d finally gotten everything you wanted…but have no memory of how you got there. 
Meanwhile, I was also carrying the character of Hanna with me.  Hanna who has struggled with her weight her whole life, who’s totally in love with a guy she grew up with but believes herself to be completely unworthy. I met Hanna while I was first writing Maggie’s story (now Unbreak Me), and I knew from the beginning she needed her own story.
Then, one day while I was writing a scene in Wish I May that had Hanna pining for Max, the puzzle pieces floating around in my head clicked together. Since I’d already written about Max and already “met” Asher’s musician friend Nate Crane in my mind (I know, writers are weird), the rest of the premise fell into place. I knew not only that I needed to write this sexy amnesia love triangle for Hanna but that it had so many twists and turns it was going to take me more than one book to tell it. And so the Here and Now series was born—a series where the main character has to choose between the two incredibly sexy guys that want her. How do you make the right choice for your future when you can’t remember your own secrets?
I hope you’ll check out Lost in Me, book one of the Here and Now series.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Taking

 

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:

The Taking (The Taking, #1)
Title: The Taking
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Taking #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.
When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.
Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.
Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
Why am I waiting?
How fascinating does The Taking sound? I think it would be so hard to come back 5 years later being the same age, but everyone around has grown up and moved on without you. That would not be easy to fit back into and I am sure that uncovering the mystery of her disappearance is going to make for an intriguing read. 

What are you waiting on?
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