Saturday, December 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  here
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.

What I read:
Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, #1.5)
source: bought
The Red Tent
source: borrowed
Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)
source: bought

Last Week on the blog:
The Heart of the Ancients: Kailmeyra's Redemption (Kailmeyra, #3)
source: author
All the Bright Places
Source: Random House via netgalley
sent:
 Court of Thorns and Roses thank you Bloomsbury
 Invaded thank you disney hyperion


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My week: Had Jillian's 3rd birthday, she had a great time.


 she loves ariel



 my oldest katie with her best friend



What are you reading? Any of my books new to you or have you read any of my books? If so, what did you think?
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Exclusive Sponsored Giveaway and Guest Post: The Mainframe by Simone Pond

The Mainframe (The New Agenda Book 3)
The Mainframe by Simone Pond

The Mainframe is the latest addition to the New Agenda book series.
A dystopian book series about love and the fight for freedom.
The hunt for Morray continues . . . Book three picks up in the year 2345, seventeen years after the disappearance of former city center leader, Chief Morray. There has been peace among the West Coast regions for years, but in Ojai Village there is very little peace between Ava and her sixteen-year old daughter Grace. Both have different ideas about what it takes to maintain independence. Ava spends hours inside the mainframe searching for Morray, while Grace focuses on the art of combat. Grace’s dream is to get accepted into the Silicon Valley Academy and become a soldier like her father General Joseph Strader. During tryouts for the academy Grace comes across some digital footprints inside the mainframe, convincing Ava that Morray has returned to seek revenge and reclaim control. When Ava goes missing, Grace assembles a motley crew of cadets to go on a search and rescue mission up north in Seattle to save her mother and take down Morray. Grace soon learns that independence comes at a price.


Guest Post by Simone Pond, Author of The Mainframe (Book 3 New Agenda Series)

My name is Grace Strader. I live in Ojai Village, I’m sixteen years old and the year is 2345. I’m a master with the sword. Been training since I was a kid. I’m pretty sure I’d win any battle, as long as it’s not in one of those lame virtuals. As much as I love sword fighting, I can’t stand the sight of blood. My mom is the infamous Ava Rhodes, the woman who saved her people from their tyrannical city center leader, Chief Morray. My father is General Joseph Strader and he oversees the West Coast military region. Being a general’s daughter, I haven’t had much luck with boys, well, that is until I meet Lucas.

Here’s my list of ten things I did and shouldn’t have, or wish I would’ve done differently. Hindsight is always 20-20.

1) Sneaking to New Los Angeles the day before academy tryouts.

2) Telling Marion that I thought Lucas was cute - now that’s all she talks about.

3) As much as I hate to say it, I should’ve listened to my mom when she told me to study more for the mainframe exams.

4) I wish Blythe didn’t know how much blood grosses me out. She knows my weak spot and constantly uses it against me.

5) I knew better than taking my eyes off of Lucas during our sword fight. The gash on my forehead will probably leave a scar.

6) I regret how poorly I did in my aptitude test and not getting to be team leader. Now I have to answer to Lucas, the guy I’m crushing on.

7) I spent way too much money on my dress for the gala event, but it’s the prettiest dress I’ve ever seen.

8) I regret not staying out on the rooftop dancing with Lucas under the moonlight just a little longer.

9) I shouldn’t have made a promise to Cari and her people for something I might not be able to pull off.

10) I feel badly about fighting with my mom all the time. What if I never see her again?

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: The Heart of the Ancients by Elizabeth Isaacs


The Heart of the Ancients: Kailmeyra's Redemption (Kailmeyra #3) by Elizabeth Isaacs
Following Nora and Gavin’s defeat of the Dokkalfar, the kingdom has flourished and brought hope to its people.
But looks can be deceiving.
Like wisps of death, darker emotions seep into unexpected places. Now the nighttime holds fresh horrors for Gavin as Nora’s visions of the future invade her dreams. Though Nora can’t remember them, she knows Gavin sees her mind as clearly as his own. Noticing the affects her nightmares have on him, Nora warns Gavin of the dire consequences of altering fate. But she fears he’ll do whatever it takes to assure her visions don’t come true—even going against all he believes.
When Nora and Gavin discover Mia, the new Empress of the Dokkalfar, is growing stronger, they return to Earth sooner than planned. But Nora's old home isn’t what it used to be. Civilization has plunged back into the Dark Ages and the Earth is on the brink of annihilation.
As Nora and Gavin find themselves at the Edge of the World, doubt plagues them. Are they walking a path which alters fate or one elaborately planned by the enemy?
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Publishes in US: Nov 11, 2014
Genre: fantasy
Source: author
Series?  Kailmeyra #3
My reviews of previous books:
#1 The Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra's last hope
#2 The Secret of the Keepers Kailmeyra's Strength

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    I love this series, and if you have been reading my blog, you've probably seen the first two books on a lot of my favorites lists. I love the world she has created and the pure relationship between the main character Nora and her beloved Gavin. Their story together began on earth as we know it, but it continues in this beautiful and magical world of Kailmeyra. 

    The writing, the action, the family, friendship, romance and world building have held me captive since the first book, and I have been looking forward to this book for a long time. This is such an emotional series, with fleshed out characters that I adore to no end. Kailmeyra has scenery that I would love to paint myself into, and Gavin is so one of my book boyfriends except for the fact that he is so madly and deeply in love with Nora that I guess I don't have much of a chance. 

   The characters were superb as usual. The clan make their appearances including Rune as they go to earth to help defeat the Dokkalfar. Along the way they meet a new character Cali and I thoroughly enjoyed her. She was a strong human and unbeknownst to her she has some strong lines and name and they join Nora and Gavin along their journey. Weylin has a larger presence as well and I liked getting to know him. He is such a warrior and I love his sense of humor. 

   The action is great in this one and there was always something catching me by surprised, But what I love most, and have loved about this series is that the character development takes the front seat. I like how intentions are so important to them and that is what strengthens them, and therein defeats the darkness. Physical closeness and devotion to their mate plays a different role in relationships, their strength and source of power than as in on earth, and I love this culture. 

   I was just sad while reading because I knew that one of my favorite series was racing towards its final words. I have loved these relationships, friendships, the family emphasis and the stunningly crafted world that they live in, and will miss them. I remembered crossing my fingers so hard to win a signed copy of the first book and my joy when it arrived on my doorstep and little did I know the friendship I would share with the author Elizabeth and the passion I would feel for this emotional, awesome series. 

    I got the closure that I wanted even though I love it so much, I wouldn't mind a spin off with Weylin, especially after his story in this one. So many things happened that I wasn't expecting but the element of human emotion and intent played out so beautifully with what Nora had to do to survive as well as live up to her title as Light and Hope to different races. Things with her that I was hoping did happen and I was so squeally when I read my suspicions confirmed. But that just made parts of the journey even more significant and difficult, but in the best way. 


Bottom Line: Beautiful, emotional, perfection.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could discern walking a path which alters fate or one elaborately planned by the enemy?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)
What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.


Releases: February 24th 2015 by Scholastic Press

What are you waiting on?

Book Blast: The Last Enchantress by Scott & Judith Powell and $100 giveaway

last enchantressThe Last Enchantress by Scott & Judith Powell

Being nineteen for over three hundred years bites, and being single in New York with magical powers isn't much better.

Eva is trying to live an everyday life in New York. When this fails, she takes a seemingly unmagical job as a translator for a wealthy American family in Spain. Eva cannot stay out of trouble for long as she runs into a friendly but hungry vampire named Louis. Eva feels drawn to this handsome, dangerous stranger who has problems of his own.

Louis's life was just fine until Eva walked into his church. She smells like heaven. Or is it hell, always smelling but never partaking? Surely she is the devil coming to collect on his lost soul.
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PowellAuthor Biography

Scott Powell was born in Burlington, Vermont, to a father who was a police officer and a mother who emigrated from South Korea. He received a degree in marketing from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Scott served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for his church. He is a mixed martial artist who continues to train with his father, a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do and a kick boxer.

Besides being married to Scott for almost seventeen years, Judith Powell is a stay-at-home mom whose whole life has been full of stories. Being raised by an Irish storytelling father and a Native American mother, stories have filled her life and her head until they finally had no choice but to flow out through her fingertips.
Praise for the Book

What fun, and new perspective on vampires. And the intro of new specie, Enchantress, gives this novel a wonderful and imaginative take.

It gives us another take on Vampires and the only Enchantress left in the world. The story flows smoothly and the characters are developed well.

Let me just start by saying for the record I am not a huge fan of Vampires or flying humans, but this book has led me away from that concept with a fantastic storyline that focused on a man and woman who were meant to be. The fighting scenes were very detailed and visual as you can tell the authors made this a point of emphasis in preparing this book.

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Excerpt

The sun was just starting to rise, and I knew that her disturbing dream would not lead to sleeping late. I could hear her heart beating faster as she began to wake up. Wrapping myself in my cloak to protect my skin from the dawn’s light (the sun’s rays felt like hundreds of tiny needles on my flesh), I departed the room. Closing the French doors behind me, I waited on the roof for her to appear. I planned to spy on her until she exposed herself as the typical mortal that I knew she must be.
A few moments later, she walked out through the same doors I had just used, dressed only in a cream translucent nightgown. Her ankles were bare and slight, and I could just see the outline of her slim legs beneath her nightdress as the sunlight began to touch her skin. She walked purposely to a small stone bench under a tree that had not yet awoken this year and most likely never would. Just as quickly as she had come, she stood and began to walk back toward her room. I was feeling playful. What did it really matter if I revealed myself? I jumped down without a sound and sat on the bench that she had just occupied. Even though she had only been here but a moment, I could still feel her warmth lingering on the surface. Somehow, she sensed I was there, and she began to run, which was not surprising. I was sure fear motivated her movement. There was no need to pursue. I could catch her easily. But then she did something that put all my old questions to rest and created new ones. She jumped up and grabbed the edge of the roof. Using it as leverage, she flipped her body up into the arch, doing more moves than a gymnast at the Olympics, and landed, facing me, on the roof.

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