Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: The Twelve Edition


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Stacking The Shelves was created and is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is where I will be sharing the books and goodies I have received for the week. This will include both physical and eBooks that are purchased, borrowed, gifted, or for review

FOR REVIEW

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Book Review: Blood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight

Blood on the Moon (Blood on the Moon, #1)
Title: Blood on the Moon
Author: Jennifer Knight
Series: Blood on the Moon #1
Publisher: Perseus Books
Publication Date: August 30, 2011

As Faith Reynolds enters her freshman year of college, she is a complete and utter nervous wreck.  With her best friend Derek suddenly pulling out the romance card and her dark, mysterious classmate staring her down at every turn, Faith somehow feels stuck in the middle without dating either one.  And fortune may or may not be with her when a devilshly sexy stranger offers her a welcome escape.
Boys, romance, classes, and annoying roommates are all within the realm of the expected for a college frosh.  Trying to solve the mysterious murders of young college coeds near campus is not.  Darkness seems to be creeping into every corner of Faith's life, no matter the hour.  And when she seeks the truth, danger seems to be the only thing that finds her.
Faith is well aware of the strange currents in the air, particularly when she sets off static sparks with everything she touches.  Before long, she finds herself entrenched in the deep-seeded battle between werewolves and vampires.  The war has reached the tipping point, and Faith has the power to determine where the scales fall.  But the most important question may be with whom does her loyalty lie?
Deliciously suspenseful and immediately addictive, Blood on the Moon features a headstrong heroine and all of the thrills, chills, and otherworldly boys with deadly charm that a human could ask for.


MY REVIEW
Blood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight is a twist on the typical werewolf versus vampire story that has been so popular in the past few years. That twist happens to be Faith Reynolds. Faith Reynolds has always been a good judge of the people around her, almost like a six sense. This helps her, because she is hard to trust anyone, especially men. Her best friend, Derek, is the only man she trusts, and even she knows she can never trust him with her heart again. Derek wants to be more than friends, but Faith is not willing to risk her heart after the last time they dated, and he cheated. She just wants her and Derek to remain best friends as they always have been. 

Things become more complicated for Faith, when she meets her roommate Courtney’s new boyfriend Lucas. Lucas does not seem to like her as soon as they meet, but Faith has no clue what she could have done. When she meets the handsome Vincent Stone, while out dancing, she does not understand why Lucas wants her to stay away from him. It is not too longer before she finds out why, when Vincent attacks her to provoke Lucas. This puts Faith in the center of feud between vampires and werewolves that has been going on for centuries. For her own protection, Faith has to stay in Lucas’ dorm room, and a romance begins to blossom. 

At first, I was not a fan of the relationship between Lucas and Faith, because Lucas was a jerk. As time goes on, I started to realize that the reason Lucas was a jerk was to try to keep Faith at arm’s length to protect her. At the end of the story, I had grown to love the relationship between Lucas and Faith. Faith at the beginning of the book is very unsure of what she wants to do, or where she wants to be in a few years. As the book goes on, she starts to grow up, and becomes more sure of herself. I really like the journey that Faith takes in Blood on the Moon. 

Two things I did not like about Blood on the Moon, the overused vampire versus werewolf story line, and the grammatical errors in the finished print copy. Faith does change it up the feud storyline a little bit, so in the end I did like the story. I normally I do not even notice grammatical errors, but in this finish copy there were a few that stood out enough for me to notice. That distracted me from the story, and if it were not a finish copy, they would not have bothered me. I hate pointing problems I have with a book, but I felt that it was necessary to make my review honest. I still liked the story of Blood on the Moon, and I will be continuing the adventure by reading the next book, Blood Crave. 


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: Release

Today I have the cover of Release by M.R. Merrick to reveal! Release is the third book in The Protector series.

EXPECTED PUBLICATION:
DECEMBER 10, 2012

After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father.  Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.

Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made - especially regarding Rayna.
One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past - sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.

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The cover is very stunning! I love the lighting and the purple votex in the middle of the cover. I think this cover is just beautiful.

Now it is your turn to let me know what you think of the cover in the comments!

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Blog Tour: Double Reviews and Giveaway: Heirs of Prophecy and Tools of Prophecy

Welcome to my stop on the tour for both Heirs of Prophecy and Tools of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman. Thank you to the host of this tour, AToMR Book Blog Tours. 
To check out the full schedule, just click the banner above. 

ABOUT HEIRS OF PROPHECY
Title: Heirs of Prophecy
Author: Michael A. Rothman
Series: The Prophecies Series #1
Publisher: M & S Publishing
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Number of Pages: 368

The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land. The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself - the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world. The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde. Only one thing stands in their way. The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.

MY REVIEW

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Derailed Release Day Blitz

I could not be more happy to celebrate the release day of Derailed! Everything that I have read by Alyssa Rose Ivy has been amazing, and I cannot wait to delve into Derailed!! 
Thank you to SupaGurl Tours for organizing the whole event!!

ABOUT THE BOOK


When you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.
Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.
Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.



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Waiting on Wednesday: The Farm


The Farm

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.


Title: The Farm
Author: Emily McKay
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: December 4, 2012


Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

Why am I waiting?
I think this sounds like a very interesting. I am wondering what the bigger threat is besides the vampires. It sounds like it is going to be action packed as they try to get off the farm. I am curious, and I am impatiently waiting for this one to release to get my hands on it. 

What are you waiting on?
Let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's My First Blogoversary!!

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY TO UNABRIDGED BOOKSHELF!

Can you guys believe it has been a year, since I started Unabridged Bookshelf!!
It has been a wonderful and crazy first year!
When I started my blog, I did not think it would gain any readers or followers what so ever. 
My first year goal was to have 250 followers, and well that has been majorly surpassed.
First, I want to say THANK YOU, yes you, the person who is taking time out of their busy lives to visit and read what I have to say. 
Thank you to every single one of you that has stopped by, read a review or post that I put up, followed this blog, said something nice, or just left a comment.
Every time someone takes time to check out Unabridged Bookshelf, my heart just swells.
YOU ALL ARE TRULY AMAZING!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cover Reveal: Just for Now

Today I have the beautiful cover for Just for Now by Abbi Glines to show you!
Just for Now is the fourth book in the Sea Breeze series, and is a New Adult contemporary romance. 
Cover Design is by Stephanie Mooney at Mooney Designs
I also have the Just for Now book trailer, created by Hellion Works.
Thank you to AToMR Book Blog Tours for organizing the cover reveal, and allowing me to participate!

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: OCTOBER 23, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: The Massive Edition


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Stacking The Shelves was created and is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is where I will be sharing the books and goodies I have received for the week. This will include both physical and eBooks that are purchased, borrowed, gifted, or for review

FOR REVIEW

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Review: Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield


Hanging by a Thread

Title: Hanging by a Thread
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 11, 2012


Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year's Fourth of July festival won't see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing's wrong.
And they're not the only ones hiding something.
Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people's pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year's Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.
In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?


MY REVIEW

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway: Nerve


Welcome to my stop on the Nerve Blog Tour, hosted by AToMR Book Blog Tours! Make sure to stop by and check out all the other stops, the full schedule available by clicking the banner above.

Nerve
Title: Nerve
Author: Jeanne Ryan
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: September 13, 2012

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?
Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Days of Blood and Starlight



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:

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) 
Title: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Publisher: Little Brown Books 
Publication Date: November 6, 2012

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Why am I waiting?
I still have to read the first one, but I am hoping to get to it this one releases in November. I love the cover, and think it will look wonderful next to my copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I have heard wonderful things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I have a feeling Days of Blood and Starlight is going to be just as good if not better. 

What are you waiting on?
Let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cover Reveal: How to Marry an Alien


Today, I am glad to be participating in the Cover Reveal for How to Marry an Alien by by Magan Vernon. How to Marry an Alien is the third book in the My Alien Romance Series. Thank you to AToMR Book Tours for hosting, and allowing to participate!


EXPECTED PUBLICATION: January 2, 2013

Alex’s interstellar relationship has finally been sealed in the eyes of the human world, so now she can move on to her next step: college.
With Ace by her side and a new piece of jewelry on her finger, she thinks she is ready for anything. Well, almost anything.
Her new roommate holds a dangerous link to her past that Alex isn't sure if she can handle. Then there is the whole alien fianc√© thing. Every time she tries to get closer to Ace, he seems to pull further away. Top that off with a full summer class load and a few more alien attacks and it’s just another day for Alex.
Except this time she isn’t sure if marrying an alien will be the happy ending she’s hoping for.

The Series
How to Date an Alien (My Alien Romance, #1)How to Break Up with an Alien (My Alien Romance, #2)

I really like how the covers work together, they look amazing stacked in a row.  I have to say I really love the way the cover has a shine to it. It looks very out of this world!

What do you think?
Let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Welcome to my stop on the Flight Blog Tour, hosted by AToMR Book Blog Tours! Make sure to stop by and check out all the other stops, the full schedule available by clicking the banner above. 

Title: Flight
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Crescent Chronicles #1
Publication Date: August 16, 2012
Sometimes you just have to take flight.
A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.
Unable to resist 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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cover Reveal: Reaping Me Softly

Today, I am glad to be participating in the Cover Reveal for Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista. Thank you to AToMR Book Tours for hosting, and allowing to participate!

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: OCTOBER 30, 2012 from Omnific Publishing

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.
At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

I am absolutely in love with this cover! It is so beautiful, and I love the soft blues with the bright colors of the the butterflies! The synopsis of the book sounds like it is going to be a really great book, and I cannot wait for it's upcoming release!

What do you think of the cover?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mini Vacation

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will not be responding to emails or comments until Saturday.
I am leaving on a trip with my husband, which should be a lot of fun. I do have a few post already scheduled for this week, including a cover reveal tomorrow, and the Flight blog tour on Thursday. The only problem is that the place we are going has no cell phone reception or internet service. It is going to be really nice to disconnect and relax, but I will also not be able to connect to you guys. 
Getting ready is also the reason for the lack of posting for the last couple of days. It has been a bit hectic over here.

This trip should equal a lot of reading time, so be prepared for lots of reviews when I return!
I should be back Saturday afternoon, so don't worry I will not be gone long. 

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: The Splintered Edition


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Stacking The Shelves was created and is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is where I will be sharing the books and goodies I have received for the week. This will include both physical and eBooks that are purchased, borrowed, gifted, or for review

FOR REVIEW
Splintered

BOUGHT
Enclave (Razorland, #1)Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1)Predestined (Existence Trilogy, #2)



I am excited for to read all of these! I am especially excited for Splintered, because it has been on my TBR list since the synopsis and cover were first revealed. I cannot wait to read it, and the other books I got this week.

THIS WEEK AT UNABRIDGED BOOKSHELF
Cover Reveal: Reaper's Novice
Waiting on Wednesday: Splintered
Army of Ten
Cover Reveal with Giveaway: Focus
Cover Battle: It's All in the Eyes

What did you get this week?
Leave me a comment or a link so I can come check it out!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Cover Battle: It's All in the Eyes


It that time again, when I pit covers against each other to see who comes out the reigning victor.
This week it is all about the eyes, and the covers that feature them.

First up the winners of the last battle: 
The Color Purple
Taking 1st Place is HALF-BLOOD
Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
With
My Soul to Keep and The Dark Divine tying for 2nd place!
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1)

Now on to the main attraction, this weeks battle of the EYE

THE COVERS

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cover Reveal with Giveaway: Focus

Today I have the great pleasure of revealing the cover for Focus by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Focus is the second book in the Crescent Chronicles series. Big thank you to BB Book Tours for hosting the cover reveal, and letting me be a part of it!

*Cover design by Phatpuppy Art*
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: JANUARY 2013

Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.
Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within  The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. 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. 

To celebrate the cover reveal there is a giveaway
for
 1-paperback copy of Flight (The Crescent Chronicles #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
but the giveaway is US Only

BB Book Tours
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The Army of Ten

The Army of TEN

WE WANT YOU!

Gretchen McNeil wants to help get the word out about her new book, TEN, set to release on September 18th. 
To do this, she has formed an army, given them tasks with fun rewards for completing the tasks.
There are many ranks, and you can choose how high you want to climb in the Army of Ten. 
All the ranks and task can be viewed by clicking the button at the top!!
The tasks are fairly simple and a lot of fun to do!

The best part is the higher you go, the more entries you earn toward the grand prize pack!
Also for the first 40 people who complete the rank of General, they will receive their name in the acknowledgments of Gretchen McNeil's next novel, 3:59

If that even sounds remotely awesome, because it is be sure to check the Army of Ten. 

See you all on the battlefield!

Waiting on Wednesday: Splintered



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:

Splintered
Title: Splintered
Author: A. G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 1, 2012

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

I first became interested in this book when I heard the synopsis, and then I saw the cover revealed. I love all the little bugs, and flowers all over the cover. I really want to see where A. G. Howard takes this twist on Alice in Wonderland. 

What are you waiting on?
Let me know in the comments or leave me a link so I can come check it out!

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