Thursday, May 31, 2012

Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1) by Shannon Dittemore

Angel Eyes Blog Tour


Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1)

320 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Fiction


Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .

ANGEL EYES

Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

Our Thoughts: 
Angel Eyes was a unique story paced for savoring. I rather enjoyed the fact that this wasn't a book chock full of crazy action and mud-slinging. Once in a while you come across a book that you can set down, later pick back up and fall back into the world the writer has created without going back through to refresh your memory. The characters were memorable and quite fascinating. I've read a handful of books with Angels etc, but non that were comparable to Angel Eyes. Of course, there's slight religious undertones, hence the word Angel. It was not forceful nor was it overbearing. It was paced with precision. With every day, there is a night. With every good, there is a bad. It's balance, it's what makes the world go round. In this case, the dark menacing Damien, was sent back to the front lines to redeem himself, and follow the the scent of despair and prove himself to the Syrian King.

The characters in Angel Eyes, were very interesting. There's the protagonist, Brielle, which I seemed to really like. I felt she was relateable and given her circumstances, felt very real. Conveniently, living next door to Brielle, is Jake. Wow, loved this character. He was written with a good personality and very likeable. Of course the secondary characters played a vital role, but they were written well.

The story was written in multiple POV's. It was okay, but the tense changed between the characters which threw me off a little. I thought this was very crafty and original with many twists throughout. I found that the celestial and terrestrial planes were interesting (I'm not going to spoil it for you, so that's all your getting out of me)

Overall, I found Angel Eyes, to be a smooth paced, fascinating read. It's content is worthy of applause. A well written story of Angels, good vs evil, and a slow budding romance.

A special "Thank You" to YABound.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Taste by Kate Evangelista & Giveaway!

Taste Giveaway!!

Taste

Paperback, 259 pages
Published April 30th 2012 by Crescent Moon Press (first published April 29th 2012) 
To Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.


My Thoughts:
A Must Read!! Taste is a fresh and enticing story. Kate Evangelista is one fresh voice to be on the lookout for. Her writing is supurb, witty and engaging.

Looking at the cover itself, I was intrigued but once you nestle into your comfy reading spot and settle into the story, you will be whisked away into a whole new realm. That's a major reason we read, right? To be taken away to another place and time, live vicariously through someone else. This story was easily the escape I looked for.

The characters were written with great depth and detail. It was easy to picture them as we learned more about each and every one. Phoenix is the protagonist in Taste. She bends the rules and doesn't shy away. She was such a strong character and easily liked. I appreciated the fact that she wasn't a damsel in distress or a big chicken when things got tough or scary. I loved Demitri! He seemed dark, alluring and mysterious but I just knew he was packed with major hotness. Two gorgeous prince's...need I say more?

The evil plotting Vladimir, adds angst, and twists of deception. The rest of the secondary characters fit in perfectly. I liked the whole cast.

The story takes place at Barinkoff Night Academy, which is a mystery all in it's own. The storyline was fresh and unique. There is enough tension, mystery and heat all wrapped into one fantastic tasty story and will leave you wanting more, no doubt.

I would recommend this without a doubt.

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About this author
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock


 Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

Kathleen Peacock is a mad genius. Hemlock is definitely one of the best books I have read this year and I am in awe of Ms. Peacock.

My goodness it is hard to start a review for this! I don’t even know where to start. If you have read the summary then you know the gest of what this book is about but don’t think for a second you know it all. There are so many twists and turns thrown in that I never knew who to trust and at one point I had condemned everybody, even Mac herself. That to me makes for a great story when you start to even doubt the main heroine. I don’t even know why I doubted her but I just thought this book is crazy enough to go in that direction. I love a story with secrets and this one definitely had it’s fill. I loved the parts with Amy, Mac’s BFF who died from a werewolf attack. She would pop up in Mac’s dreams and she was so creepy and I can’t think of the right word but she always left me shuddering when her scene was over. It was so brilliant of the author to throw all that in. It showed Mac that not everything was as it seemed without giving too much of the story away.

The romance in this book was subtle and I liked that. I at first wanted more heat but as the story progressed I saw that it was a good thing that it took a backseat. The story itself was beyond good enough to carry the characters without a heavy romance. I am a little worried about a triangle but I am hoping that Mac doesn’t disappoint us and stays strong and loyal to one particular boy. I won’t spoil it but I loved this boy and I really hope they get their HEA.

One more thing that ending! OMG was that mind blowing! I knew there was a sequel but I didn’t expect my heart to be ripped out!  I had to read that last chapter twice to make sure I read it right! Plus that last scene with Amy gave me goosebumps! I don’t know how I am going to survive waiting for the sequel!


                                                    5 Huge snowflakes
                                 

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Friday, May 25, 2012

30 Days of Daemon Tour: Music that reminds us of Daemon


Welcome to the next stop on the 30 Days of Daemon tour!  We are so very excited to participate and share a few songs that remind us of the sexiness that is Daemon. If you have no idea who Daemon is then please PLEASE go to Jennifer L. Armentrouts website and look into her Lux series.  Believe us you will not want to miss this series.   It has quickly become one of our favorites and Daemon is definitely the hottest male character you will ever meet!

On this stop of the tour we are going to share a few songs that remind us of our favorite alien.  Here we go!

1. SexyBack by Justin Timberlake
If you know Daemon then I am sure this one is pretty explanatory.  I mean if you look up sexy in the dictionary there would be a picture of Daemon beside the word. So in our book he definitely brought the sexy back =P

2. Skinny Dippin by Whitney Duncan
Now if anybody could get Kat to go skinny dippin it would be Daemon, nuff said...

3. Iris by The GooGoo Dolls
We know Daemon is all hard core and confidant but he does have a soft side and this song really hits home for us.

4. Run by Matt Nathanson ft. Sugarland
There is a part in Onyx that we can't spoil, but after you read it we promise you will look at this song and think OMG it totally fits.  When I heard it on the radio I had to stop, buy the song, and play it about 100 times because it just fits Kat and Daemon perfectly---We couldn't find this one to put on our playlist so if you click on the song title it will take you to youtube and you can listen =)

5. ET by Katy Perry
Come on you knew we would pick this one.  I don't think we need to explain why =D

 


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So there you have it our top 5 songs that remind us of Daemon!  Leave a comment and let us know your favorite Daemon songs!  Don't forget to check out the other amazing tour stops here and also check out Chapter by Chapter, they are posting an awesome Dear Daemon post today.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

$25 Book Depository Giveaway!!

As promised we have a new giveaway!!  In honor of our awesome and beautiful new blog (thanks Parajunkee=))  we are giving away a $25 gift card to The Book Depository!  What could be better than a little book shopping right?!!  Good luck everyone!!!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Swipe winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our Swipe giveaway!  The lucky winner is...

books4me!

Congratulations =)

Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu


Glitch (Glitch, #1) 
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu 
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffith 
Release Date: August 7, 2012 
To purchase:  
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In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy. 
Wow just wow! I am totally stunned that Heather Anastasiu managed to take a story that I have read a thousand times and make it new and exciting. I am completely blown away in a very very good way.
 
This story is amazing. I got completely lost in the wonderful storytelling and I really felt like nothing was left out. That is a hard thing to say because usually I can always find one area where I wanted or needed to know more but this author did an amazing job at informing the reader and building a world with her words. This whole dystopian genre needed a facelift and my gawd Heather Anastasiu has definitely accomplished this by giving us the reader a whole new level of fresh ideas. Okay moving on from my fangirling.

The story is about Zoel and basically she is a drone along with every other person inside her community. Back in the day the world exploded in a way and a group of leaders decided to implant certain hardware into humans making them behave in a calm like manner and never able to experience any kind of emotions. People though this was the answer and that their new world would be a better place. Zoel thought this too until she started glitching. Glitching is when the human or really drone starts feeling and thinking for themselves. This is anomal and anyone experiencing these malfunctions is supposed to report to the authorities. Zoel did not do this and as you can guess all hell breaks loose in her life. Especially after finding out there are other glitchers you haven't been turned in either. The author does an amazing job at showing the reader exactly how this world functions. She gives reasons and explanations for everything. I could not have asked for anything more.

The characters were awesome as well. I really loved reading from Zoel's point of view and I have to say that I did see a certain twist coming but I didn't see all of it. I am shocked at one characters decisions but I think he will make for a brilliant villain because the best kind of villain is an obsessed stalker am I right?? Adrien was an awesome male hero and I am very excited to see where his story goes. The only thing that I would have wanted to change a tad was the romance. I wish it would have built a little slower, but in the end I can totally understand why the author chose to have it go the way she did.

Would I recommend this book?? That would be a big HALE yes! If you are looking for a fresh dystopian book among all the others you will not be disappointed with this one!


5 Snowflakes


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris


We have another beautiful cover to show you and few surprises that are sure to make you squee just like we did!!  This one is super cute and can I just say that I would love to own that dress!!  Take a look...



My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled
Release Date: September 11, 2012

Blurb: On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family's trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic
amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

We also have the trailer and a never before seen excerpt from the book to share woohoo!!  Makes you want the book even more right??!!

 Excerpt: 
“I thought I'd teach you a dance from where I come from,” I tell him. “One that's much easier than that multi-step mess inside.” 
I place my left hand on Lorenzo's shoulder and slip my right one into his. I pause to listen to the music floating over the tinkling voices and bubbling fountain, and begin counting the three-beat tempo. “One, two, three. One, two, three.” 
I stand still, only my head moving, slowly nodding with my words so he can hear the rhythm. 
When his head begins subtly bobbing with mine, I show him how to add his feet. He takes a tentative step forward with his left while I step back with my right, then we side step, close, and repeat the steps with our other feet, all while I lightly whisper the beat count. 
The breeze picks up, blowing my skirt and skimming my veil across the back of my neck. Chills run down my spine, but the warmth coursing through my veins from being in his arms provides a delicious contradiction. 
Lorenzo continues nervously darting his eyes to our feet, but he is dancing. As he relaxes into the movement, his shoulders rising and falling with the steps, the confidence he always seems to exude creeps back on his face, and he tightens the hold around me. Our faces are kissably close, our lips a hairs breadth away from touching. I stare into the chocolate depths of his eyes and the rest of the ball fades away. The only music guiding our steps is my light whisper and the erratic rhythm of our breathing. Time slows. Lorenzo grins. 
“I think you got it,” I say breathlessly, running my hand along the soft fabric of his shoulder, feeling the rock-hard muscles underneath. 
My body curls inward, pressing against his. The proper form for the waltz is a straight spine and shoulders back, but if there was ever a time to break the rules, this is it.


As a teen, I threw raging parties that shook my parents' walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.
As an adult, I read and write obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dream up characters who become my imaginary friends.
When I'm not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find me homeschooling my two beautiful princesses, hanging out with my amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is my first novel. I did have my own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised. 



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep


Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3) 

Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: May 29, 2012

Summary (GR):
I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

My Thoughts:
Dark Frost is packed full of action, suspense, mythology, mystery and romance! I loved Dark Frost! The Mythos Academy will keep you on your toes. Gwen Frost, the protagonist, can work a sword, kick some Reapers derriere, solve a mystery and lip-lock the hottest guy in the Academy.

Dark Frost is the third installment to the Mythos Academy series and a MUST READ.

Gwen is back and has a mission to find the Helheim Dagger, which her mother hid so the evil Reapers couldn't get their nasty little hands on. As Nike's Champion, Gwen has a target on her back. She won't stop until she finds out who the mysterious Reaper girl is who killed her mother. The Reapers want to Helheim Dagger and Gwen to free the most evil of the Gods, Loki. With the help of the Mythos staff, a furry friend and Mythos students, Gwen survives an awful attack, learns more about herself and her powers than ever before.

There is no question whether you should read this series or not. It will easily become a favorite. The pulse-pounding action and chemistry wound into one fantastically written story will make you crave for the next installment, Crimson Frost (January, 2013).

A big Thank You, to Kensington Teen for providing this review ARC and to Jennifer Estep for writing such an enticing story.

5 Snowflakes


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Upcoming book after Dark Frost: Crimson Frost


See anything new??

We are soo excited to reveal our new blog design!!  For the past couple of weeks we have been working with Parajunkee on updating and making our blog look amazing.  We absolutely love the new look and we hope you do to!!  

A huge thanks goes out to Parajunkee for being so patient with us and helping us create an awesome blog *big hugs*  You are the best!!

And in celebration of our new look we are planning a new giveaway!  Look for details tomorrow!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Swipe by Evan Angler and giveaway!!


Swipe

 

Swipe by Evan Angler
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Summary (GR):
Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, Swipe follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn’t even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.

The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It’s almost Logan Langly’s 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn’t been able to shake the feeling he’s being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.

When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is Left Behind meets Matched for middle-grade readers.


My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book!  Sometimes it is nice to escape all the triangles, instalove, and sparkly creatures of the night and just read a book about a boy trying to find his sister.  Swipe definitely delivers a strong story and for once I can honestly say boys and girls both will love this one.

Logan is thirteen and about to be Marked.  Basically that means that he can now work, go to the grocery store, and well do what most adults do now.  Most look at being Marked as something exciting and just part of everyday life, but for Logan it is terrifying.  You see his sister left one morning to be Marked and never came back.  After meeting the new girl in school, Erin, unimaginable things start happening and Logan learns that maybe his being paranoid wasn't such a bad thing after all.

That is basically the story with a few things left out because well I don't want to give anything away.  I will tel you that the characters were all really well written and I loved the ending.  It is not perfect but it was very true to the characters and I give the author major kudos for going the hard route.  This book will definitely appeal to all ages.  Yes it is middle grade, but the suspense and overall mystery kept me glued to the last page.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment!!


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Protecting Truth by Michelle Warren Cover Reveal



We are very excited to reveal the cover for Protecting Truth, the sequel to Michelle Warren's first book Wander Dust.  We absolutely loved the first installment and can't wait to get our hands on this one!  The cover is absolutely gorgeous and so fitting!! As of right now there isn't a blurb or official release date yet but as soon as we get that information we will be sure to let you all know!

We have a list for you of links to follow for more information on Michelle and The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy...


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Defy eBook winner!

Congratulations Tina!!  You were our winner for the Defy eBook!  You should receive an  email in the next few days =)

Thanks for entering everyone and stayed turned for more chances to win great books!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Jus Accardo Stops By!!!

We are so, so very excited to have Jus Accardo on the Blog today! Thank you, Jus, for visiting Winterhavenbooks!

Oh the weather outside is frightful… But the books are so delightful!
I know, I know. Wrong season—but go with me on this one.
Okay so here’s the scenario. You go to bed one night and when you look out the window, you see the hint of flurries. This is odd because, well, it’s MAY. But you just go with it. These are magic flurries. Yeah. Let’s go with that. Magic flurries. I like that. When you wake up the next morning, you find that those flurries have turned the outside world into a winter wonderland. There’s two feet of snow and falling, the roads are impassable, and there’s plenty of hot chocolate. What do you do all day?
Duh. You read!
We get some pretty wicked storms out here during the winter. To make matters worse, I live in the middle of nowhere and have the driveway from hell. Like, we’re talking an almost 90% angle. Totally terrifying. So when it snows like that, I’m house bound—and happy to be so.
Here’s a list of books I’d happily devour if stuck at home riding out the storm.

A couple of old faves
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong—I could read this book a thousand times. Why? Two words for you. Clayton Danvers. Don’t get me wrong, I love Elena, but Clay is the reason I’ve read this book, like, a million times. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to find out.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11918.Bitten

Anything from the Mediator series - Meg Cabot—Suze and Jessie. A girl and her ghost. Suze is one of my fave YA chickies. She’s smart, sassy, and can roll with the punches. Plus, she deals with the dead with flair!

A couple of anticipated faves
Insurgent – Veronica Roth—Um, this should be self explanatory. Divergent was amazing and I cannot wait to dive into this!
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11735983-insurgent

Shine – Jeri Smith-Ready—I love the Shade series. I’ve been counting down the days to this. Is Logan really gone? Will Zach and Aura finally find their happy? Now that it’s out, I haven’t had a free second! I need a snow day…
http://www.goodreads.com/series/68516-shade
Your turn! What books will you curl up with during the next blizzard?


Untouched (Denazen, #1.5)


Book Blurb:
Untouched (A Denazen Novella 1.5)

Until he met Dez, Kale’s days were filled with violence and death. He was used as a weapon of destruction by the power hungry men of Denazen. He’s a Six. A person with an abnormal ability. Some people call them gifts, but not Kale. Kale’s touch means instant death.
But now there’s Dez, the girl he can touch, and they’re hunting down Sixes and warning them about Denazen. Kale is learning about the world outside captivity and trying to put his dark past behind him. But they underestimated how badly Denazen wanted him back.
When Dez sacrifices herself to save the new Six they’d rescued from falling into the corp’s hands, Kale is lost. Denazen has brought out its best to get the job done. Samsen, a nightmare from Kale’s past—the only person he’s ever truly feared—has come for them, and it soon becomes obvious he has his own twisted agenda.
Kale will need all his training to get Dez back and ensure they make it out, free—and alive. But will it be enough?
Add Untouched to your TBR pile on Goodreads
Touch, the first novel in the Denazen series, is set to re-release in mass market on June 12th (Complete with additional scenes from Kale’s POV!). You can pre-order your copy here
Toxic (Denazen 2) hits shelves on September 11th 2012. As a thank you to those who pre-order, Jus is giving away a book plate and magnet of choice (Touch, Untouched, or Toxic) Get the details here.

Bio
Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch, is available now from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Give Jus a yell on Twitter, or visit her on Facebook, and her website.

We would like to again, say Thank You, to Jus for stopping by and sharing her Blizzard Reads with us! We are so excited for Toxic!!! This is one series you DON'T want to miss out on!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C Walker review and guest post

We are very VERY excited to participate in the blog tour for Unbreak My Heart.  Melissa was awesome enough to not only send us a guest post with her Blizzard Reads (if you don't know what that is then look here), but she even sent us a video!!  Woohoo!  Melissa you rock!  Watch this everybody!

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Melissa's picks!
Trapped by Michael Northorp
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz

*bouncing in our seats*  Thank you so much Melissa for sending this!  Trapped sounds awesome and Gone with the Wind is a classic definitely can't go wrong there!  Every time we do this we never think about survival you made a very good point!  Great picks Melissa you rock!!
 


Now for our review!
Unbreak My Heart
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: May 22, 2012

Blurb(GR):
Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart? Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to

My thoughts:
I think every teenage girl should read this book.  I can remember being sixteen and thinking the world was going to end if a boy didn't like me or if my friends were mad at me when in reality things like that aren't as important as other things.
In this story Clem has to set sail with her family for three months.  This means not having any contact with her friends via cell phone or computer.  Normally this would be a huge inconvenience for Clem and she would have begged and pleaded with her parents to let her stay at home, but since things with her friends have gone south she is left with no other option but to join her family.  Something huge happened between Clem and her BFF and when I say big I mean BIG for a sixteen year old girl.  You remember being that age how awkward it was right?? Well Clem commits the ultimate sin between girlfriends and learns the hard way what is important in life.  So begins her summer on the water and it is definitely a bumpy ride.
I really enjoyed this book and I wish that I had it when I was sixteen.  There are wonderful life lessons throughout this book and I loved it to pieces.  Melissa did a wonderful job unraveling Clem's story and my heart broke for her several times.  I could totally feel her pain when she let everything out and I just wanted to hug her and tell her it would be alright.  Clem is definitely one of my favorite characters.  She owned up to what was her fault and the growth that she shows by the end of the book was just amazing.  I have high hopes for her and her BFF, Amanda.  I also really loved Olive her sister and James the boy see meets while sailing.  They were fantastic additions to this story and I loved them both to pieces for being there for Clem.
Please read this book you won't regret it and if you have a teenage daughter hand this to them, they need it I promise.
Awesome AWESOME book!
Thank you Bridget at Bloomsbury for sending Unbreak My Heart our way!

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5 huge Snowflakes

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tempting the Best Man by J.Lynn review


***This book and review are for those over 18.**


Tempting the Best Man 


Tempting the Best Man by J.Lynn 
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Indulgence
Release date: April 23, 2012

Blurb(GR):
Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother's best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can't stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother's wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they're forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don't strangle each other first…

  

My thoughts:
This book right here is romance at its best. You know when you read a spicy book there are always “those” words that just make you cringe?? You know the ones that for some reason every romance writer thinks we women love to read but in reality just make us cringe and giggle thinking how in the hale is that sexy?? Puckered comes to mind first not to mention well okay I am just not going to go there but you get my drift. Anyway this book delivers all that hawt and spiciness without being cringeworthy! WOOHOO!! Finally a book geared toward romantics who need a little spice in their world! Bravo Ms.Lynn!

Madison and Chase were awesome characters. From the very beginning I loved their relationship and the way they just fought for what they wanted. The whole growing up together thing was pretty awesome as well. It sorta gave them a whole other level of understanding towards each other. I am a huge sucker for weddings so the setting was amazing as well. I really got caught up in that whole part of the book.

I just don’t know what to say except that I am so happy that Jennifer has decided to write for this genre because it really needed her. I loved loved loved the whole story! I am gushing I know but really what else did you expect??!! Now we need Chad and Chandlers stories!!


10 HUGE Snowflakes 


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And don't for get to check out Unchained out in October by J.Lynn!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa double review!


  

Amber and I both really loved this book so we decided to both post a review =)  Enjoy!

Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 24, 2012

Blurb(GR):
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.


Amber's review:
A refreshing unique dystopian about vampires-what's not to love! The Immortal Rules, has the power to pull you in. Taking place about sixty years after a virus has killed off most of the world's human population. The characters were compelling. I loved the protagonist Allison, she's a tough survivor in a very cruel world, staying true to who she is and what she stands for. When facing death, she had a tough decision to make-one she swore she would never become. She feared she would never lose her humanity, it's the driving force behind many of her actions. Learning to embrace what she is and who she will be wasn't an easy task. With every great story, comes a hero who adds a special flavor to the story. The loved the chemistry between Zeke and Allison. The ending tugged at my heart. On one side, I wish we could have seen what would have happened had she not left, but on the other I'm excited to see what's going to transpire when she finds Kanin.
Adventure, action, a sort of darkness beneath it all, a beautiful chemistry and an ending that makes you crave for the next chapter in the story. 
Crystal's review:
Holey Majoley! Ms.Kawaga is fearless with her characters! I have read books where the author has let some of the fan favorites die but I have never read a book where you never knew who to get attached to because every time you turned the page someone died until now.
I have come to really appreciate not remembering the summary of a book I want to read. I went into this not really knowing what it was about and that turned out to be an awesome thing. I never saw any of the twists coming especially those in the beginning and I loved it! I don’t even want to give a summary of the book in my review because not knowing was so awesome that I hope more people do that and I don’t want to give anything away.
I have read the authors other series and I liked it but I wasn’t too interested in it but this one has gotten me beyond interested. I want to know more about this creepy vampire world!
Allison and Kanin are definitely 2 of my favorite characters. I loved how she tried to hold onto her humanity and tried to be stronger than the monster inside of her. Kanin was just amazing and even though I don’t think there can be anything romantic between the 2 I really hope we get to see a happy ending for him. Some of Kanin's quotes were amazing and really rang of what a vampire actually is. He didn’t romanticize the monsters that they actually are and that was a very nice refreshing change of pace because lets face in vampires are supposed to be scary.
I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next installment. The author did a fantastic job at bringing the everyday vampire back to something that should be feared and I give her major kudos for that!