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. 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don't Look Back Release Day Launch with Excerpt


Welcome to Don't Look Back Release Day Launch! To celebrate this new young adult suspense from the amazing Jennifer Armentrout and Disney-Hyperion, there is an excerpt below for your enjoyment. 

About the Book
Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Suspense
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

About the Author
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West
Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
   

EXCERPT FROM DON'T LOOK BACK
I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or
friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.
Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,
wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.
Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as
sharp gravel dug into my feet.
My bare feet?
I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.
Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t
wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of
my jeans.
My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I
stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.
Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.
Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.
Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails
were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my
chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale
flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to
remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.
A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of
my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly
scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT.
Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.
The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on
his shoulder before he looked at me.
“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a
deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high
school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said
gently. “Are you okay?”
I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the
motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”
“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer
about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing
out here?”
“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.
His smile strained. “What’s your name?”
My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his
question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”
He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”
I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.
And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.
“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my
arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”
Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the
Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police
cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and
wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.
Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.
“Everything’s going to be okay.”
But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could
everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Mortal Enchantment

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
Mortal Enchantment.
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!

Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale
Mortal Enchantment #1
Expected Publication: May 20, 2014

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past. 
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

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Every sacrifice has consequences.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 
Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 
Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

 About the Author

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling
over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.
   


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper by J.A. Templeton
The Otherworld Series #1
Expected Publication: May 1, 2014
 Cover Design by Wicked Smart Designs
Genres:  Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had strange dreams that always came true, and experienced terrifying powers that set me apart from everyone else.
It’s not until my eighteenth birthday do I begin to understand what those dreams mean. When my grandfather is attacked and left for dead, I am thrust into the Otherworld—a medieval-like land of beautiful immortals with amazing gifts. One of these immortals has stolen the key between the realms, and it is up to me, Brynne Davies, the next gatekeeper, to reach the key before the power struggle that exists in the Otherworld occurs on earth.
Complicating my task are the members of the Royal House of Parthas, especially the king’s brother, the handsome Murdoc, Warlord of the king’s army, and then there’s the charming Fae prince who seems to always be one step ahead of me.
Time is running out for me to find the key and close the door. If I don’t, the world I left will never be the same…because of me.

 About the Author
I wrote my first young adult novel over ten years ago, and took a slight detour from writing YA to
publish nineteen adult romances. Now, I'm following my heart and writing in the genre I've been passionate about for so long, and about characters who don't exactly fit into any specific box.
Aside from writing and reading, I'm obsessed with history, love research, traveling, and riding motorcycles with my hubby, my first and only love, who stole my heart when I was fourteen and he was eighteen (yes, he robbed the cradle). I am also a medium, which gives me a unique perspective when writing about the paranormal and characters like Riley, who can see, hear, and feel spirits.
I'm passionate about books, and I'll never tire of writing love stories.
   
My Thoughts: The synopsis has me interested I want to know more about the Otherworld, and Brynne's role as Gatekeeper. For the cover, I really like the green mixed with the darker tones of the cover, because it really makes the green pop, especially the cover model's eyes.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wreck You Cover Reveal with Giveaway

Wreck You by Jennifer Snyder
A Coldcreek Novel #3
Expected Publication: June 3, 2014
 Cover Design by Once Upon a Time
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Outspoken and flirtatious, Lauren Myers is more than most guys can handle. Even so, a disastrous trip to her boyfriend’s hometown in Greece leaves her reeling, forcing her to reevaluate her views on men and relationships all together.
Level-headed and reserved, Ian Mason is perfectly content with his life the way that it is—until a phone call from his mother flips his life upside down. Suddenly, everything changes and he’s forced to hold the weight of the family business all on his own.
After a chance meeting draws them together, the two will learn love often finds those who aren’t necessarily looking, and that there are moments in life that hold within them all the power to wreck you.

 About the Author
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing new adult and young
adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
   
My Thoughts: I have not read any of the previous Coldcreek novels, but this one defiantly has my interest. I am curious to find out how these two people cross paths and how their relationship develops. The bright yellow cover mixed the beautiful water really has me wishing for summer. 


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