Review: Secondhand Stops-Katie St. Claire

4/5 Stars

Second Hand Stops (Moon series, #1)-Katie St. Claire 

***I received this book as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review




“Sorry, I didn’t mean to gross you out.”

“You didn’t, really. I guess it took me off guard more than anything. I mean, you are a virtual stranger. Nose licking shouldn’t happen until at least the third date.”


Maybe this is what real love is like. One minute you want nothing more than to wrap yourself in their arms, and the next minute you want to knock them upside the head with a blunt object.



Nestled in the sleepy town of Chipping Campden, England, Julia Malone has a destiny she never imagined. Forced to drink an unknown substance, her gifts begin morphing into something altogether extraordinary. A mysterious benefactor whisks her and five other orphans to New York City, and life as they know it will never be the same.

Armed with telepathy and a curious disposition, Julia sets out to make her mark as vice president of product development at Van Buren Industries. A cataclysmic secret is brewing in the labs, and has the capacity to change the world. With Claude Van Buren by her side, she never knows whether she’s in the company of family, or a lunatic on the brink of world destruction. It is a madcap journey into the lives of six unique teenagers destined for greatness one way or another.

“That’s an offer a girl can’t refuse—if you’ll both excuse me?” My hips sashay in rhythm with the clacking of stilettos on hardwood floors, and I silently thank God I’m female.

Guys will never get away with theatrical departures like that, and for the first time in my life I feel powerful.

-via Goodreads


  • The cover is captivating. It’s a wonderful combination of steam punk and class. It’s bold, sassy, and mysterious. I love the shadowed eyes and the lace. Simply stunning.
  • Julia Malone is one saucy vixen. She’s confident, bold, she’s unafraid to speak her mind, always thinking and questioning, she challenges the norm and embraces her feminine wiles in the funniest ways possible. Julia is hysterical, sarcastic, and has some of the best dialogue. Her internal dialogue is enough to leave you bent double, shaking with laughter. When it comes to love, Julia is a bit daft but in the cutest, most real and honest way. She’s completely endearing, the kind of smart and sincere heroine that a reader can easily identify with and support.
  • One of the hardest but most essential things that really makes a book work is great dialogue and Second Hand Stops is full of vibrant, cheeky dialogue from both teens and adults. Their interactions are loose, easy and flow seamlessly. The chemistry between characters is lively and draws you in with its authenticity.
  • There are just enough secrets and unanswered questions to consume you with the thirst for answers.
  • The book switches perspectives. Nic’s sections are the perfect companion to Julia’s. They’re completely in sync and they don’t even realize it. It’s funny to see them struggle over the same issues and despite their ability to read minds they’re totally oblivious.
  • Nic is such a guy. His personality is filled with all these charming, compassionate feelings. He’s the nicest guy and care’s deeply about Julia but sometimes you just want to smack him.
  • Rowan is that sexy heart throb that’s just a little daring, the bad boy in the making. He’s older, blunt, and oh so flirty. His pursuit of Julia is steamy and yet guarded. His intentions are sketchy and there’s something off about him. The darting of his eyes, the way he touches Julia, his semi-creepy behavior will make you question everything.
  • Sebastian is Nic’s dark half. He’s got some evil within him, and a harsh, domineering personality that draws you in and leaves you salivating. Sebastian is HOT but his twisted nature is as off-putting as it is attractive.
  • The premise of the story is very Dickens. The notion of a benefactor with a science fiction/supernatural twist is almost a modern take on Great Expectations. The bizarre concoction the children are forced to drink, the odd side effects, the changes in personality and the lies will leave you questioning the motive of Van Buren throughout.
  • THE ENDING. Never, ever saw that coming. Just incredibly shocking and eye-opening.


  • There were a couple of typos here and there but nothing major.
  • I’m not sure how to feel about the love square. While there’s something appealing about all the love interests and it does work, it detracts a bit from the plot.
  • There are six children who take the elixir and only 3 of those children are really explored in-depth.

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Release Day Blitz: As I Am-Annalisa Grant



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“You’re not invisible. You’re invaluable.”

When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self.

Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn’t be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends.

It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested.

As Kinley and Miller’s connection deepens, Kinley feels like she can truly be herself without the internal scrutiny she’s developed in the shadow of her sister. But when Kinley inadvertently uncovers a terrible secret at the camp, Miller is left facing the demons of his own reasons for coming to Lake Hollis.

What was supposed to be the greatest summer of Kinley’s life turns out to be more life-changing than she ever imagined.

I’ve already got this on my TBR list. Sounds fantastic. I love this cover, it’s so cute. 

Pleasant reading,


Cover Reveal- Lux: Consequences-Jennifer L. Armentrout


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After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

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Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?



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There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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ARC Review: Witchfall-Victoria Lamb

4/5 Stars

Witchfall (The Tudor Witch Trilogy, #2)-Victoria Lamb

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN.



“I am in your nightmares and your daydreams. I am the whisper in the walls that you can’t quite get out of your head. I am the shadow in the dark corner that moves whenever you are not looking at it.”


My breath caught at the sight of him, heart clenching like a fist under my ribcage. Could this be love? Sometimes my body ached and I thought, yes, this must be love. In my darker moments though, I wondered if it was fear. For no one but Alejandro could ever have the power to destroy me with a single word, to shrivel me up inside like a dead leaf.


“But I love you to the edge of madness, to the gates of death itself.”

There are few things in life I love more than YA and historical fiction, especially set in Tudor England. So when I saw Tudor Witch Trilogy, it was as if the book called to me on a spiritual level. Not just because that beautiful, colorful cover that’s enough for any girl to snatch it up in an instant but the buzzwords historical fiction, YA. All I could think was, gorgeous book get on my TBR list STAT. Let me preface this review by saying that I have not read Witchstruck, the first book in this series. When I requested this book from NetGalley, I thought it was the first because surely, I would have remembered seeing a book that matched this one. Honestly, this book is so fantastically, succinctly written that it reads as a first book. Everything from the previous book is explained in detail and while I am going to go back and read Witchstruck, you do not have to read these in order. If Witchfall is any indication, they’ll be enjoyable no matter which you read first. Witchfall is about the magic, superstition and danger that lurks beneath the surface of the Tudor court, it’s atmospheric. You’ll feel transported into the infamous reign of Mary and the persecution of illegitimate Elizabeth. 

Plot: It’s 1555 in Tudor England and Meg Lytton is in grave danger once again. Forced to court with her mistress the Lady Elizabeth as a prisoner to Queen Mary’s Catholic whims, Meg Lytton must suppress her magick or be met with certain death. The court is overrun with the Spanish Inquisition eager to eradicate any sinners, Protestants, and especially the devil-worshiping witches. But Meg has much more than the Inquisition to worry about. It feels as though her magickal power is slipping away from her from lack of use and she’s terrified that this might be a result of a horrible spell gone bad. Meanwhile, she’s in love with the aspiring priest Alejandro de Castillo and because he is a noble they must keep their love secret. Their passion consumes them, clandestine meetings and heated words if discovered would destroy them both. Is their love worth the risk? Can it survive the pain, torture, and damnation of outside forces? Speaking of pain and damnation, Meg’s number one enemy, Marcus, haunts her dreams. In a reoccurring nightmare Meg is held captive on a winding tower, unable to move and tormented by Marcus, each time the dream ends as she is about to be beheaded. Meg doesn’t know what to make of her nightmares but a strange unease takes hold and a sinister energy clouds the court. One fateful night, Meg is compelled to perform a ritual for Lady Elizabeth that chills her to the bones. Testing the limits of her power, Meg succeeds and a disaster of epic proportions puts the fate of the Tudor court into question. Will Meg, Lady Elizabeth, Alejandro and this unlikely group of maids and magicians have what it takes to save Tudor England, defeat eternal darkness, and stop evil from triumphing? In a game of sacrifice, magick, and love, the rules are cast aside and sacrifice is the only option.


  • The setting is meticulously executed and puts you right into the history while presenting a fresh, intriguing take on the dynamics between Elizabeth and Mary.
  • Each character has a developed, unique personality that really enhances the storyline. Each character brings something special to the plot and balances the overall tone.
  • The competition and relationship between the maids is accurate and filled with compassion, duty, and loyalty to Lady Elizabeth.
  • Alejandro and Meg have an easy chemistry that borders on smoldering. Their love is forbidden, fueled by an unwavering desire to be together and combat the expectations of courtly life and the thirst within to pursue their dreams. The fear that comes with loving, of losing oneself and making sacrifices to conform to a future together is explored and questioned in a provocative, thought-provoking manner.
  • The magic rituals are detailed, combing pagan magic, astrology and a fascinating dance between light and darkness. There is a genuine love for magic and need for preservation even at the cost of lives. Magic is something within, that builds and entwines becoming part of the practitioner’s soul. Meg will do anything and give up everything to partake in the magic that completes her.
  • Richard is mysterious, with a heartbreaking past and a vicious talent for magic his witty banter, sarcasm, and the arrogance make him the most intriguing character. As Richard’s shadowy past is revealed, his warmth and courage are highlighted and he becomes so much more compelling as the plot evolves.
  • Alejandro is persistent, aggressive, and torn between what his heart and body yearn for and what his soul calls him to. Alejandro is a nobleman but also a devout Catholic, he wants to become a priest and honor his heritage but Meg tempts his heart and captures his soul. He loves her to the point of near self-destruction and stupidity. He thinks with his heart first and it is Meg who pours reason into the mix. Alejandro says some of the most romantic, swoon-worthy things. Their intimate interactions will leave you blushing and bemused.
  • Meg is a survivor. She’s quick to arms and finds solutions in the most precarious situations. Meg questions everything, she’s a fierce witch with a grim past. Her heart is ruled by her head and her choice to make magic her companion. Meg looks at reality and though it breaks her heart, she will accept it in the face of losing her loved ones. Meg is honest, full of passion and a warrior spirit, she’s unafraid to speak her mind and lay everything on the line.


  • Meg’s weakness is in her lack of faith in her ability. Her dwindling confidence makes some of the magical scenes lack the sort of mystical spark that should excite and awe the reader but falls a little flat as she consistently succumbs to this weakness.
  • Marcus for all his wicked, ruthless bravado and creepy stalking did not live up to his reputation. The climax felt rushed and too easily resolved.

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ARC Review: The Devil in the Corner-Patricia Elliott

3/5 Stars

The Devil in the Corner-Patricia Elliott

Publication Date: March 6, 2014

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.


The Devil in the Corner is the sort of gritty, Gothic read I’ve been searching for. Its Jane Austen-esque setting is reminiscent of Northanger Abbey complete with the drama of society and the stuffy expectations of the upper class. Madness, murder, mystery, and mischief collide in this twisted Victorian tale of a young girl thrust into a chilling new reality where the devils that lurk beneath the surface come out to play.

To me there is a haunting poignancy in the sight of hordes of vulnerable humanity disgorged from the monsters they themselves created.


I doubt I shall see her again. But since that journey, I believe I am spellbound in love, as if that fairy creature has laid an enchantment on me.

Plot: Maud Greenwood is traumatized by her past. Unable to bear the thought of going back to being a governess after the horrible treatment she experienced in her earlier assignments, Maud is faced with the reality of either putting up or winding up as a street-walker. Nearly penniless, Maud frantically awaits placement with little hope because of the damning complaints against her as a seductress with violent tendencies, and an unstable mind. Maud is shocked when on one rainy London afternoon she received a letter. Unsure what to expect, Maud is startled to find that the letter is not about a position but from a long-lost relative through marriage asking her to come live at the estate as a companion. Maud feels that finally the dark clouds have lifted and eager to learn of the family she never met, she spends her last pennies on travel to Windward House to meet her cousin Juliana. Windward House is a grand but gloomy estate, and her cousin Juliana is a fussy, sickly young woman with an irritating and hostile disposition. Juliana loves to complain and never seems satisfied, her every whim must be tended to by Maud and Maud finds herself diminishing as time goes by, sinking into herself as she becomes more battered mentally through her cousin’s taunts and ingratitude. Maud’s only solace is in her laudanum (an opium sleeping tonic) that allows her to escape from the nightmares that plague her and a reality that exhausts her soul. While on the train ride to Windward House, Maud chanced to meet a handsome artist named John. John, it turns out has been employed by her cousin to restore The Doom, a disquieting painting of the last judgement, when the sinful are sent to Hell, complete with gruesome demons and torture. The first time Maud sees the painting she is disturbed and scared out of her mind. That such a monstrous fate should come to sinners is not something that settles well with Maud. As time goes by Maud and John become quick friends bordering on something more. All Maud wants is to be free of Juliana’s constant harassment, to love, and get rid of her nightmares but soon, strange things start to happen and Maud is forced to question everything. As her cousin’s sickness increases, her heart is tested, and it seems a devil is out to get her, Maud loses herself to laudanum, in a cloudy drug-induced haze. Reality meets dream-like trance and Maud can’t tell what’s real and if the demons that seem ready to sink their claws in her are getting closer.


  • The Devil in the Corner is Victorian Gothic at its finest. It’s fueled by nightmares, ghoulish images, mysterious sickness, murder, lies, and mind-bending demonic visions that may or may not be hallucinations.
  • The fine line between sanity and madness is tested and tweaked in a dissecting, calculated way that will leave you questioning whether the narrator is reliable.
  • Maud, despite her personality faults, is exactly that scattered, terrified protagonist that comes equipped with naiveté and her own personal demons common in Gothic storylines. Maud’s character is shifty, because the story is told from two perspectives, it’s hard to know what’s real, what’s true, and what has been left out. Because Maud is dosing on opium (laudanum) whether she actually sees what she thinks she does is questionable and adds to the haunted, confusing atmosphere of the story. Whether or not Maud is mad as a hatter will pop into your head more than once as the story evolves.
  • The creeping shadows, the winking demons in The Doom painting, the scratching at the doors late at night, the ghostly figures lurking in the corner of Maud’s eyes, the slimy, chilling feeling of being watched when alone in a room is enough to give you nightmares and keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Edie, Sly, and Jonas are compelling characters, each driven by different vices and with sinful motives. Their personalities are the most developed and it is their dark sides that really suspend reality and belief. You’ll never know what to expect from these characters, prepare to be surprised.
  • John has a strong ambition to see the world for what it is, a place of dirt, darkness, and scandal, where humanity is destroyed by the very humans who aim to make it a better place. The world of London and the small town where Windward House is situated is fueled by superstition, the power of miracles and rumors that can condemn an innocent to death. Supposition is infectious in a small city and a danger to newcomers. John is the gaze through which the reader sees the world without filter. Good and bad work side by side, corruption and kindness close friends. Nothing is what it seems. John’s major drawback is that he’s blind to what’s in front of him and tends to ignore the obvious in favor of delving beneath the superficial surface.


  • The story is very slow to take off and continues at a sluggish pace that makes it seem longer than its 400 pages.
  • Not much happens in the plot up until about 3/4 of the way through. There are several clues and hints that the author pointedly draws attention to through what could be described as foreshadowing but is more like very obvious leading.
  • Maud’s past is some of the most chilling and suggestive pieces of storyline but these snippets are just that. They’re never explored and while they add to the mystery, they are a subplot that would have enriched the storyline if they had been looked at in depth.
  • Maud never faces her fears but trembles, passive and weak, she cowers in the corner, at a loss of what to do. While she does confront Juliana and speak her mind after she is severely fed up and angered, there is no real character growth and apart from her beauty, she has few personality traits to recommend her. Because of this, it’s a bit strange that she should have so many admirers.
  • The love story is puzzling. It’s a weird twist on love at first sight but without the build up to preserve or nurse its growth. As a love triangle, the story doesn’t work.
  • Some plot points are extremely predictable and it takes away from some of the intrigue and uncertainty of the story.

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ARC Review: The Garden of Darkness-Gillian Murray Kendall

3/5 Stars

The Garden of Darkness-Gillian Murray Kendall

Available: June 25, 2014

***I received this book through NetGalley from Rebellion in exchange for an honest review.


Things past were best forgotten; they were engaged in the now; they were united in a fight against death; they were caught up in the mortal storm. 

If you want authentic, raw dystopia without a paranormal spin this is for you.

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Their families dead from the pandemic SitkaAZ13, known as Pest, 15-year-old cheerleader Clare and 13-year-old chess club member Jem, an unlikely pair, are thrown together and realize that, if either of them wishes to reach adulthood, they must find a cure.A shadowy adult broadcasting on the radio to all orphaned children promises just that — to cure children once they grow into Pest, then to feed them and to care for them.
Or does this adult have something else in mind?

Against a hostile landscape of rotting cities and of a countryside infected by corpses and roamed by voracious diseased survivors, Jem and Clare make their bid for life and, with their group of fellow child-travelers growing, embark on a journey to find the grownup they believe holds the cure. Their only weapon is Clare’s dog, Bear.
But Clare and Jem, as well as their followers, are hampered by the knowledge that everything in this new child-led world had become suspect—the love of diseased adults, alliances, trust, hope. As Clare and Jem learn to stitch wounds, skin deer and survive in the ashes of the old world perhaps it is no surprise that they begin to find that friendship is as redemptive as anything they seek—that friendship has its own kind of healing power. And, at the end of their journey, in the face of the ultimate betrayal, they discover that out of friendship can come love.

-via Goodreads

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  • The descriptions of decaying flesh, putrid odors, and general darkness of the dystopian reality are poignant, edgy, and all too real.
  • One thing Clare has down pat is perseverance. Clare pushes through her trials, the struggles to scavenge, to beat sanitation issues, and hope for a future, a cure, despite the ticking time bomb of the plague marking her body. is inspiring and bittersweet.
  • The Garden of Darkness brilliantly captures the downfall of humanity in the face of crisis, the harrowing journey of the heart to find good in the face of so much evil and the ruthless fight to survive. There’s nothing like the threat of starvation and death to bring out the wickedness in the recesses of even the most pure of minds and Kendall carefully examines the many paths of the human psyche that wreak havoc and tear at the soul. Exploited innocence is an important theme. The naiveté of children, their desperate yearning for protection and salvation from an adult or even someone slightly older is heartbreaking. The trust they put in absolute strangers with hearts open and unflinching faith in the human heart is beautiful and bittersweet when their illusions are shattered.
  • Jem is sweet, attentive, and quick on his feet. He’s got a well of knowledge and is constantly saving the less informed from savagery with reason. He’s protective, cautious, and the kind of character that grows on you. At first he seems kind of lame and nerdy without much to offer as a character but as the plot progresses his planning, his worry for Clare, and his gentle soul will claim your head if not your heart.
  • The Master is a disgusting, horrific sadist. His sections are terrifying and haunting, they will make your skin crawl in new ways. The mania, the dizzying, fragmented rantings of this insane yet seemingly stable and compassionate man are so disquieting because to an outsider he is a great man. The way he pets and looks at children is enough to make your stomach turn and your brain go into a state of panic and apprehension. The Master is the most compelling and best written character in the book. He’s twisted, demented, and sick but his psyche, the hints and glimpses into his mind are nightmarish and crazed. He advocates a new world order based on genetics and his ideas brainwash these susceptible children. The Master’s success is the most alarming and grim aspect of the book.

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  • The Garden of Darkness is told from two main perspectives, one from the group of children, Clare, and the other from the Master, the lone surviving adult who promises the cure. There is an additional chapter that tells mini-stories of several children but none of the main secondary children. Because of the alternating voices and the overall tone of the book, The Garden of Darkness doesn’t feel entirely YA, it’s borderline adult suspense.
  • Many of the secondary characters were unexplored with only fleeting glimpses into their personalities and those small character qualities were the most unusual in the book. Characters like Bird Boy, Ramah, and even Britta (as obnoxious and mindwarped as she is) were left shadowed and lagging in the background of the story when their tales were even more interesting than the protagonists.
  • The Garden of Darkness is slow to start and drags in some spots. Because the story is a dystopian and in a world where electricity and adults are absent, most of the plot is a snail’s pace survival tale of scavenging, sanitation, and building relationships. While there is some action, it’s very spaced out.
  • The Cured were not as scary as the humans. For a group that is supposedly insane, violent, and has the tendency to eat what they kill, they’re really tame. The terror and apprehension that the characters felt towards The Cured was downplayed by their ease to kill and their general absence. They don’t survive for long in the wild.
  • Clare’s whining and reminiscence over Michael, a BFF she pined over trumps even her sadness at the death of her parents and the utter devastation of the world around her. Clare’s emotions are muted and desensitized, most of the time it’s like there’s a bubble over her personality that only occasionally allows for any feelings towards others in the present.

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New Cover Reveal & International Giveaway: Discovery-Brina Courtney

Discoveries can be dangerous. Discoveries can be deadly. 

Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews’ boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it’s time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer…

…until a young girl’s body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan’s.

Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It’s a matter of life… and her death.

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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs. 

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: The Shadow Prince-Stacey O’Neale

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The Shadow Prince

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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?

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Photoshoot-21Stacey 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.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx)-Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Lux Series: Beginnings is the first TWO books in the Lux series (Obsidian and Onyx) joined in one handy book. 

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There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

For my 4.5/5 Star review of Obsidian click here –>Obsidian Review

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Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

For my 5 star review of Onyx click here –>Onyx Review

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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As you all may know, I’m a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan. She’s my go to author, you know, the author you don’t even read the backs of books to buy their newest release. I absolutely adore the Lux series, it’s one of my all time favorites and I hope that if you have no experienced these books that you will give them a try. They’re fantastic. AND these aliens are the HOTTEST around.

Pleasant reading,


Cover Reveal, Book Blast & Giveaway: Shelly Crane’s Devoured Series

Shelly Crane’s Devoured series covers have been revamped. I don’t know about you but I love the use of color and think about how pretty they’d look side-by-side on your bookshelf. Altered is the THIRD book in the Devoured series, covers of books one and two have also been converted to match. 

Altered cover

Title: Altered (Devoured #3)

Author: Shelly Crane

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Cover Designer: Regina at MaeIDesign

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Altered paperback

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Enoch is tested.

His brother is human, the thing he hates. He watches as the brother he knew is stripped away by his love for Clara. He’s never hated someone as much as he hated her…but the bond forced him to not only want to protect her, but feel things he never had before.

When a girl needs his help, that split second decision changes his whole world in one instant. A Devourer’s Fate…

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Excerpt One

“It’s cold,” I lied. It was cold, but that was absolutely not the reason for the goose flesh. He knew it and I knew it. And I hated it. I didn’t like for people to get under my skin. It made me feel too vulnerable, like they had power over me. When they had power, they could hurt you, leave you, die and leave you destroyed. I wasn’t up for any more of that. Except for Clara; she was already attached to me and I owed it to her.

He looked over. Even in the dark with barely any light being provided from the streetlamps, I could see his purple eyes searching mine. “Just help me and then you never have to see me again.”

It was almost like he could tell what I’d been thinking about.

Excerpt Two

I fed on her terror and fright and it tasted like heaven in my mouth. But as I looked down at that woman who had just given herself to me, and I hadn’t even had to persuade her to, it washed over me all at once how I didn’t really want to hurt her. That I wanted to hurt people, but not her. Not really. I had gotten everything I needed from her without doing that, hadn’t I? I was full and sated. Now I was just letting my true nature take over, letting the Devourer in me take over.

But wasn’t that what I was supposed to do? I looked down at that woman and was so confused. I cursed Clara and Eli and all their love and human bullcrap for turning me into the thing that I was now.

No. I realized then that this was my turning point. That if I let this girl go, that I would be just like my brother one day and that wasn’t what I wanted. I was not going to be some human. I was a Devourer. My chin ached from clenching it so tightly. I turned my glare fully on her and knew that honestly it wasn’t her fault, but she was about to pay the price for my brother’s mistake.

“I’m sorry, love.” I lifted her by her arms and then leaned into her, pressing her to the wall.

“For what?” her small voice asked, falsely reassured by my about-face. “What are you doing to me?”

“I’m sorry that our night is just beginning.”

She seemed to understand and her face crumpled. “Please. I’m sorry for whatever I said to—”

“It’s not you,” I grinned as evilly as I could muster, “it’s me.”


Devour paperback

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Clara has it all. A wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, all the right school activities…pretty much a perfect life…up until her parents died. Now she lives with the Pastor and his family and though they take good care of her, she feels alone. Then her boyfriend, Tate, starts to show signs of trouble when a new guy, Eli, comes to town. Clara is fascinated with him but hides it until something happens. Eli confesses to her that she gives him something he’s never had before…something he needs. Everything is about to change for this normal pretty popular girl in a supernatural way.

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Consume paperback

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Eli and Clara’s story continues as she tries to finish high school. Eli is as over protective as ever and Tate and his group of friends are no help. They wait for the Horde, always looking over their shoulder. But the ever annoying but strangely prophetic bird begins to become more of a chatter box and Eli learns something that could change some things. Not just for him and Clara, but Devourers everywhere.

Then an unexpected guest comes forcing Eli to flee with Clara, leaving her temporary family behind. She is thrown into his world of underground ‘traitors’ and learns much of his past. They meet many new people and creatures along the way to freedom. But when tragedy strikes the two, will Clara see the monster in Eli? Can she handle his strange world and awful past? Will one of them lose their life forever…

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Shelly Crane ~ Author Picture

Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She loves paperbacks, coffee, and candy corn, and to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

Connect with the Author:Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Shelfari | Tumblr | Google+ | Pinterest | We Heart It | Spotify

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2 WINNERS: Winners can choose between an ARC of Altered or Devour if you have not yet read the first book. Because this is not a Raffelcopter giveaway, in order to enter just leave a comment with your favorite number between 1-100 and make sure not to repeat 🙂  I’ll use a randomizer to pick winners. Have fun and good luck everyone! Winners will be announced tomorrow at 8am EST.

Happy reading,