Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)Series: Wait for You #1
Release date: September 3rd 2013
Publisher: William Morrow 
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Some things are worth waiting for.

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago--an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe--please God--make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn't need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she's building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing.

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that's just so... so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet.

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she's has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for.

*Purchased ebook on Amazon.



I finished Wait for You a few weeks ago but allowed it to sit in because I wasn't sure of my overall conclusion. In the beginning of the story, I was very entertained and pulled in. It seemed like something I would enjoy. But then there were these little things that started to bug me. Like Cameron's use of the word "sweetheart". I hated how often that word came up and I wish it had been "babe" or maybe nothing at all. Then there was the whole past that Avery was concealing. I thought that she kept that hidden for too long and it annoyed me how Cameron was so open yet she was still keeping secrets. It seemed like it was all for the drama, one that I felt to be unnecessary. 

Like I said, the story was initially interesting, and I liked the way Cameron and Avery were with each other, but after the middle it started to prolong too much. Another thing I have to point out (even though I usually don't because my own books and posts are far from perfect) is the fact that there were quite a few typos throughout the book. The reason why I mentioned that is because the book is published by an imprint of HarperCollins and even though typos are found in nearly every single book, I wasn't expecting that much in one that was traditionally published.

I still gave Wait for You three stars because I liked the writing (in spite of the instances of typos), and there were moments between the characters that I enjoyed. It seems like an interesting series and I'm curious about the second book which focuses on Cameron's sister and friend. 



Saturday, August 30, 2014

BOOK BLITZ~Torn by Laney McMann


Welcome to the Laney McMann Promo Event for the second book in her Fire Born Series. Continue below for the author's playlist and a awesome giveaway!

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Series: Fire Born #2
Release date: September 2014
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Purchase: Amazon


Synopsis via Goodreads:

Find Max.


That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.


Protect Layla.


For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.


Every. Single. One of them.


In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.


Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?


About the Author
Laney McMannWith a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path. 
By the time she reached her teens, she'd accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres. 
A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.




TORN PLAYLIST
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Hide & Seek ~ Imogen Heap
Ivy ~ Active Child 
Wizard Motor ~ Mogwai 
No Air ~ Jordan Sparks
All I Want Is You ~ U2
The End ~ Kings of Leon
After The Storm ~ Mumford and Sons
Running Up That Hill ~ Placebo
All That We Had Is Lost ~ Postiljonen
The Devil's Tears ~ Angus & Julia Stone



EXCERPT
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Layla

Sunlight seared my face, and my fingers dug into hot sand before a cool shade fell over me.

“Teine?” A soft voice called my name. Someone pulled on my arm.

My head lolled to the side, but my neck caught on a crick and refused to move further than a couple of inches.

“Teine? Can you hear me?” Soft wisps tickled my face, even as my head pounded above my left ear.

My eyelids opened and closed, scratching against the corneas like sandpaper—my mouth dry, like paste. Though blurry, a figure loomed over me.

“We have to go. Hold on to me.” A gentle squeeze of my hand made my fingers flex.

“Max …” My voice cracked, word slurred; my tongue seemed too large for my mouth. I raised my arm, but it thumped to the ground at my side with the weight of a lead pipe.

“Shh. Do not let go.”

My heavy arms swung up on their own. I attempted to clasp my hands, to entwine my fingers, but they slipped back down to my sides with a dead thud. Vision refusing to cooperate, my eyes slipped in and out of focus. “What … happened?”

“You will be all right.”

“Max?”

“Shh. Save your strength.”

Oh, god.

Max.

I fell … We fell. It was so hot. Too hot, and …




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Book Blast: The Lover's Secret by J.C. Reed

The Lover's Secret (No Exceptions, #1)Release date: August 5th 2014
Purchase: Amazon


Synopsis via Goodreads:

When a sexy encounter comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare…

Brooke Stewart thinks she’s finally safe. After witnessing the crime of a killer, she can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one’s soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The game is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.

What she doesn’t know is that the sexy stranger has an agenda of his own. Brooke Stewart has something he desperately wants, something he can't admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. A secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He’s almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

Is the past really ever the past?


About the Author
J.C. ReedJ.C. Reed is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE series. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Astray by Amy Christine Parker

Astray (Gated, #2)Series: Gated #2
Release date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Lyla is caught between two worlds. The isolated Community that she grew up in and the outside world that she’s navigating for the very first time. The outsiders call the Community a cult, but Pioneer miraculously survived a shooting that should have killed him. Are the faithful members right to stay true to his message? Is this just a test of faith? One thing is for sure: the Community will do anything to bring Lyla back to the fold. Trapped in a spider’s web of deception, will Lyla detect the sticky threads tightening around her before it’s too late? She’ll have to unravel the mystery of what Pioneer and the Community are truly up to if she wants to survive.

Suspenseful and chilling, Astray is Amy Christine Parker’s nerve-fraying sequel to Gated. This fast-paced psychological thriller is masterfully plotted and sure to leave goose bumps. Perfect for fans of creepy YA thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.

*Received finished copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.




When I saw that Ms. Parker was releasing a continuation to Lyla's story, I just had to read it. Gated was my first experience with such a plot about a closed off, cult-like community basically led by a lunatic, and I was very intrigued as to what would happen to the members once their lives had been interrupted and their leader taken away. I wanted to know if they would have a change of heart and come to the realization that Pioneer was only brainwashing them. 

Astray gave me an eye-opening. It's certainly not easy to leave all you've believed in for so many years behind. The community members were as devoted as ever, and they kept trying to lure Lyla back to them. Throughout the book, it was a struggle for Lyla to try and figure out her place; where she belonged, were her beliefs wrong, and if she made a mistake. There were times I grew frustrated with her for doubting all that she'd done in the first book and for thinking that maybe things should have stayed the way they were. Then I had to remind myself that Lyla needs time to sort out her life. It takes years for people like her and the other members of the community to really let go of all that they were fed by Pioneer.

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I must point out that the majority of the book dealt with Lyla fitting in, as well as how the Outsiders react to the community. So it was a little slow building to what would happen in this continuation. Pioneer is in jail for his crimes and is awaiting trial, but not without getting members of the community to torment Lyla. Interesting, how he still had so much power over them to even convince them to prove their faith to him.
I wanted to cry when Lyla took the risk and ended up going back and they made her prove herself as well. But she was so drained after their recentering process that she didn't even care anymore. I got nervous. I thought for a second there we'd lost her again, but then when she found Cody's note and her senses snapped back, I knew she was starting to see again that their way was wrong and she had to leave.

Oh, for those looking for the spooky, there was a bit of that. Like how one of them would show up at the Sheriff's house and move things around, as well as the photos she found at her parents' trailer. Indeed, there was a bit of creepy thrown in the mist. It wasn't a lot though. Aside from the empty stares and spine-chilling chants, it wasn't as frightening as one might want it to be, but the story definitely aroused my curiosity because I wanted to see how everything would work out.

The ending was great. I knew Mr. Brown, Brian, and Jonathan were up to something extreme, but I had no idea what. So that was just crazy. In the end, Lyla did another brave thing and saved the "Outsiders". In spite of their treatment, she risked her life for theirs. I was very satisfied with how things wrapped up, just a little sad that Lyla's mom is in such a hopeless state. I guess it's harder for some to give up their beliefs.

Overall, it was great experience. Wonderful writing as usual. A slow pace, but an intriguing story. I actually smiled when Lyla finally found the peace that she was looking for, and I'm happy that she's developed into a fearless young lady. Good job, Ms. Parker. I look forward to your next book.



Amy Christine ParkerAbout the Author
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER earned her degree in elementary education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and then proceeded to try out many different jobs, including collectible doll maker, fondue waitress, and inner-city schoolteacher. It wasn't until she became a mom and began making up bedtime stories for her children that she finally realized what she was meant to do. Now Amy writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Sharing You by Molly McAdams

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Series: Sharing You #1
Release date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: William Morrow 
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.

*Purchased ebook from Amazon.




Not sure where I stand with this one. I get the plot. I do. Brody was in a terrible situation with a very manipulative person, and Kamryn was the right girl to give him the love he deserved. My issue with the story is that I felt like it started out good, then started to drag from the middle onward. I also got frustrated with the main characters. I was mad at Brody for staying with that bitch for that long. And I wanted to punch him for not waking the hell up. It was so obvious that she was using her head on him. Even if it was too hard for him to see, why did he let himself suffer with her bullshit for so long? He didn't love her. He married her because she got pregnant. So why let her problems be his? He should have left her to her parents, especially with the way they were. I get the guilt, but that was too draggy to me. 

As for Kamryn, hmm...she should have been honest about herself to Brody when they started seeing each other. I guess her story was kept hidden to create drama but when it was revealed I was not moved by that whole scene at the bakery at all. That's because it took too long. Besides those things, she was an all right character. She felt the guilt and the emotions of being the other woman, in spite of the situation and how unhappy Brody was. 

I did like the idea of the story and how it depicted that these people weren't some morons caught up in a steamy affair while the sweet and unknowing wife was at home waiting. This wasn't the case and because of the way Olivia was, I was not affected by what Brody and Kamryn were doing and I actually rooted for them. But like I mentioned before, it just dragged too much.

So overall, it was an okay read. I did like Jace and Kinlee, especially the latter. She was funny and provided a comic relief in some scenes. I liked how the story ended with them finally being granted something they've always wanted. The writing was also good, and I do look forward to continuing the next chapter. However, I hope it won't be as stretched as this one. 




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #79

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where you showcase all the books you've received in the past week. 


Thank you St. Martin's Griffin for the ARC of Getting Even by Sarah Rayner


Thanks to Atria for:

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