Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cover Battle: The Color Purple

It that time again, when I pit covers against each other to see who comes out the reigning victor.
This week I want to change it up a bit and decided to have a group of covers, all with the color purple.

First up the winners of the last battle
The Tale Of The Vampire Bride (Vampire Bride, #1)The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride (Vampire Bride, #2)
The new covers of the Vampire Bride series won over the old covers!

Now for the current "contestants"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Never Land

Never Land (Never Knights, #2)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: Never Land
Author: Kailin Gow
Series: Never Knights #2
Publisher: the EDGE Books
Publication Date: September 24, 2012

Welcome to Never Land, the land of Never and the world of rock, the world of new experiences and sensations, a world where music runs through the veins of the dedicated, and love is taken and given with consequences.
Never (Neve) Knight, the lead singer and manager of a band filled with the hottest guys in rock finally gets the dream that she wanted: a label signing her band The Never Knights. It is what she always wanted, a band of her own, playing her own kind of music. Getting her band to where it was came at a high price, including giving up the man who made her heart race and her blood pound, the man that caused her to nearly lose her band. As she gets ready to go on her world tour, fate brings her close to Danny Blue again, and she's not sure if she can give him up a second time even if it means losing the band.

Why am I waiting?
I absolutely loved the first one in the series Never Say Never, and I cannot wait to find out what happens next for Neve and her band and of course Danny Blue. This is a New Adult meaning it is mean for a more mature audience that most Young Adult novels. I am super excited that this one is coming out so fast after the first book, because it means I do not have to wait forever!

What are you waiting on?
Feel free to let me know in the comments or leave a link so I can check it out!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: Vengeance Bound

I am happy to be participating in this wonderful cover reveal, hosted by AToMR Blog Tours. This cover reveal is for Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland, and it is expected to release April 2, 2013 from Simon and Schuster. 

The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge…no matter how far it takes her.
Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.
Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work?
As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

Pre-Order Vengeance Bound

Ever since I heard the synopsis for this book, I knew it was going to be one I would have to read. I really like the how the title and the character on the cover stand out. It really draws your focus. I am not sure about all the white, but then again it is very striking. 

What do you think?

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: Naturals

Thanks to Entangled Publishing I am able to take part cover reveal for Naturals by Tiffany Truitt. I am excited to show you guys this beautiful cover. 
Naturals is the second book in The Lost Souls trilogy, and follows the dystopian hit Chosen Ones


Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls, #1) 



Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of  one McDonald's and Banana Rats (don't ask) she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).
Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The Outsiders, Speak, Night, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Uglies, and Matched.

I was in love with the cover to Chosen Ones and I am just as in love with the cover to Naturals. I really love the bright colors and the red hair. It makes it really stand out in my eyes. I think the covers work well with each other also. 

What do you think?

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cover Reveal: Blood Doll

Thank you to SupaGurl Tours for allowing me to be part of the reveal for the cover of the third in Georgia Cates The Vampire Agápe Series.


Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent thirteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author.
Blood of Anteros, Book One in The Vampire Agápe Series, was her first novel and it was released in September 2011. She decided to briefly step away from the paranormal genre to try her hand at a young adult contemporary romance when she wrote Going Under, but returned to the paranormal romance platform to complete the second book in The Vampire Agápe Series, Blood Jewel.
Her current works in progress are Shallow (A Going Under Novel) which will release on September 27th and Blood Doll (The Vampire Agápe Series #3), to be released in January 2013.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Cover Battle: New vs Old

It that time again, when I pit covers for the same book against themselves to see who comes out the reigning victor.
This week one I have just one series going up against itself. The new covers will go up the old covers to see who does it best. 

First up the winners of the last battle
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)
The US Cover of Under the Never Sky won out over both the UK and French versions of the cover, and The Hardcover of the Hunt won over the newly designed paperback cover. 

Now on to this weeks battle!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: Flukes

I am excited to be able to show everyone the cover of Flukes by Nichole Chase!
Thank you to AToMR Book Blog Tours for organizing and allowing me to partake in the Cover Reveal!!

Now for the Cover

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Cadet of Tildor

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.
The Cadet of Tildor
I am waiting on:

Title: The Cadet of Tildor
Author: Alex Lidell
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: Janurary 10, 2013

Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.
There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown's inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

Why I am waiting: I fell in love with the premise of this book when I did the cover reveal. It sounds like it would be a fun and action packed read. I am looking forward to it so much that I signed up to be part of the Tildor Heralds, the street team for the book. The author, Alex is super friendly and I am proud to be taking part and helping her! 

What are you waiting on?
Leave me a link so I can check it out, or let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Undead

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do as following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others!
Make sure to share the title and the author so other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their to be read piles.

This week's teaser comes from:

Title: Undead
Author: Kirsty McKay
Series: Undead #1
Publisher: The Chicken House
Publication Date: September 1, 2012

Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby.
The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty.
Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back.
But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.
Combining the chill of THE SHINING, the thrill ride of SPEED, the humor of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and the angst of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Kirsty McKay's UNDEAD is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!

Holy crap. Her hand --tucked ever-so-causally behind her on the desk--is holding a knife. A huge, gleaming carving knife, with a black handle.
Page 93

Oohh scary and a bit creepy! 
What are you reading?
Leave your teaser in the comments, or leave me a link so I can come check it out!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Never Say Never by Kailin Gow

Welcome to the Never Say Never Blog Tour stop at Unabridged Bookshelf! Thank you to SupaGurl Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour!Make sure to stop by all the blogs on the tour, for the full schedule please click the banner above. 


Title: Never Say Never
Author: Kailin Gow
Series: Never Knights #1
Publisher: The Edge Books
Publication Date: August 13, 2012

What girl wouldn't want to be surrounded by the sexy guys from the hottest teen rock sensation in the country?  18-year-old Never "Neve" Knight, not only is surrounded by the hottest boys to hit the music charts, but she is the band's lead singer. As the band's lead singer and manager, Never formed and shaped the band to where it is today, a band on the rise and on the brink of being signed by a label. As one of the guys, she knew each of the band members since they were all snot-nose ten-year-olds. While her boys were the cutest guys and they would protect her like knights, she couldn't date any one of them and ruin the chance at being signed with the record label of her dreams. That changes when one of the band members suddenly drops out of the band, and in walks Danny Blue, with his dreamy blue eyes, hot body, and British accent. Suddenly, Never's solid world has turned to mush, and her rule for not dating one of her band members is seriously challenged. Can she keep her head straight and get her band signed with a label without losing her heart?
*Age 16 and up for mature subject matter and sexual situations*

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: The I Have Been Slacking Edition

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

This is a post for about the last 3-4 weeks, I have been slacking and not putting up everything I have gotten.
(Each Cover is linked to Goodreads)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cover Battle: Paperback/Hardcover and US/UK/France

It that time again, when we pit covers for the same book against themselves to see who comes out the reigning victor.
This week one book series goes up against the newly revealed paperback cover and another US cover goes up against not only its UK counterpart, but its French cover also!

First up the winners of the last battle
Bridger (Bridger, #1)Traitor (Bridger, #2)Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
The New Bridger series covers won out over the old ones, and the US cover of Unspoken won over the UK cover!

First up is The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)

Next is Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

   Vote for your choice below and I will reveal the winners during next Friday's Cover Battle!
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review: Touched by Cyn Balog

Title: Touched
Author: Cyn Balog
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Number of Pages: 320

Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.
But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?
In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make. . . .

Touched by Cyn Balog is the story I never saw coming. This is unusual for a novel about a boy who can see the future. Just when I thought I knew where the story might go, it did a complete turn knocking me off my feet every time. Nick Cross tries so hard to stay “on script” to prevent the pain and loss he suffers every time the future changes. His is not the only one who suffers his mother suffers too. Always knowing what is going to happen in his future has not really helped Nick, as much as ostracized him.

Nick as a main character is relatable to anyone who has felt like they did not fit or just did not belong. Also, no one has to experience the grief of losing something or someone they never knew they were going to have in the future like Nick. Nick is considerably stronger than his mother is simply because he craves function and have a life, instead of locking himself away like his mother. When Nick is not too sure how much longer he can continue going this way, he meets Taryn.

Taryn is not just any other girl, when Nick touches her hand, the future “You Wills” just stop. Nick gets to be a normal, awkward teenage boy around Taryn. In addition, Taryn has to be a strong like Nick, because the wrong people seem to be drawn to her. Taryn is like a savior to Nick, and Nick in turn is a savior to Taryn. Both of them have been through a lot, and they understand each other better than they do themselves almost. I really like the fact that both Nick and Taryn can hold their own, and they are not completely dependent on each other all the time.

The biggest factor I loved in Touched is even with the glimpses of the future Cyn Balog keeps the reader hidden in the dark. The story is woven beautifully to catch readers by surprise. When it comes to stories about the future sometimes it can be to predicable, and it loses some of the mystery. This is not the case with Touched. If you want a book to make your head spin, Touched is that book.

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review**

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Double Cover Reveal: Taken and Altered Souls by Karice Bolton

Title: Taken
Author: Karice Bolton
Series: The Watchers Trilogy #0.5 (Prequel Novella)

Ana and Athen are enjoying the quiet life as a couple with only the minor dark demon infraction to rectify. Cyril and Arie are enjoying the newfound simplicity too. Things are perfect – too perfect.
They soon realize that something far more sinister is taking place in their world, and they must do their best to stop the evil from spreading. Determined to figure out who is tampering with the mortals’ fate they are unable to recognize that it’s a trap, and one of their own is the target.
This is where it all begins.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Title: The Raft
Author: S.A. Bodeen
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Robie is an experienced traveller. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.
And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bout of Books Read-a-thon: Goals and Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
I decided I need to get some massive reading done, and I thought that the Bout of Books Read-a-thon would be a great way to motivate me to read! There is still time to sign up  and participate, just visit Bout of Books.

This post contains my Goals and all my updates will be added through out the entire Read-a-Thon!


Cover Reveal: Iridescent

Series: Ember #2
Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Candra Ember used to dream of saving the world one person at a time. She never expected to become an angelic weapon and the last hope in the battle against ultimate darkness.
Falling for a Nephilim wasn’t part of Sebastian’s plan. Distraction is something he can’t afford when his rival, Draven, wants what Sebastian has.
Lies, manipulation, and corruption are twisting the lives of the citizens in Acheron. The Arch is missing from Heaven, and a demon is intent on claiming the city. At a time they should be growing closer, grief and paranoia is driving Candra and Sebastian apart.
If the price of restoring the Watchers to Heaven is a human soul, who deserves to be saved?

The Ember series
Ember (Ember #1)

My Thoughts:
I like how the two covers have similar elements. The cover for Iridescent has a dark but natural color. With the dark browns and greens it is very beautiful. I like the additional color in the cover for Iridescent. It is just a very captivating cover!

Follow the Author: Carol Oates

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Blood of Eden #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 512 pages

"In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity."Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Enduring Light

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:

Enduring Light (The Afterglow Trilogy, #3)
Title: Enduring Light
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Afterglow #3
Expected Publication: Spring 2013

Fighting darkness takes light.
Desperate to save James, Charlotte scours Energo for answers with Calvin and Liam at her side. Kevin and Samantha head to Alaska to find the one item that might destroy Blake, but the search is only the beginning.
As time runs out, Charlotte and Kevin discover that keeping Energo from eternal darkness will take a sacrifice no one expects.
Beckoning Light was one of the first books I received and reviewed. I knew that it was unique and I really loved the characters. After reading Perilous Light, I knew I had to read Enduring Light to find out what happens next for Charlotte, Kevin, and all their friends. I am very impatiently waiting for Enduring Light, but I know it is going to be worth the wait!

What are you waiting on?
Leave me a link, so I can check it out!

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