Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BLITZ SIGN-UP~Devour by Jill Cooper


IFB will host Jill Cooper's Devour one day blitz. See details below:

21529186Release date: May 26th 2014
Self-published

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Life in Gloucester Massachusetts will never be the same.

Raging storms, fierce winds, shadows shifting in the breeze. Storms are nothing new for the fishing hamlet.

But darkness has come to claim the hearts and minds of those that stand in it too long. When that happens, love will be ripped from man leaving only violence, despair, and gnashing teeth.

Except for two. 

Roberta is a single mom, a waitress struggling to get through life after a rocky start tainted by murder and loss. Her heart yearns for Gabriel; a deputy living in the shadow of the chief. He's a battle weary soldier ready to settle down. 

When the storm comes, when the murders start, it will be up to them to stop it before darkness isn't just an empty void.

About the Author
Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, but most of all strives to entertain.
She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances.
Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.


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Waiting on Wednesday #88


 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spines. This is a cool way to spotlight a upcoming release that you're anxious about, as well as checking out what other book lovers are anticipating as well. So, check out my WoW for this week:

17608898The Killing Jar
by Jennifer Bosworth
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Synopsis via Goodreads:

It’s the best night of Kenna Marsden’s life until she comes home to find her family slaughtered and the killer still in the house. Trapped, with death moments away, the killer reveals to Kenna that he didn’t choose the Marsdens at random. He came there for her. She’s the only one who can save him. But Kenna taps into an uncanny ability lying dormant inside her, and the killer winds up dead, while Kenna’s family survives. 

Kenna’s relief at having her family back is marred by the inexplicable, dark impulses that plague her now. Her search for help leads her to Eclipse, a nearby utopian commune. There, Kenna discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is, and the wonders she’s capable of. 

When she learns there is a shocking connection between the unthinkable crime against her family and the commune leaders, she realizes the inhabitants of Eclipse harbor dark secrets about Kenna’s past, their inception, and their plans for Kenna.


1860266017 First Kisses
by Rachael Allen
Release date: June 17th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis via Goodreads:
No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.

Until Claire meets Luke.

But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.

With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.

In her moving debut, Rachael Allen brilliantly captures the complexities of friendship, the struggles of self-discovery, and the difficulties of trying to find love in high school. Fans of Sarah Ockler, Susane Colasanti, and Stephanie Perkins will fall head over heels for this addictive, heartfelt, and often hilarious modern love story.



Why I'm Waiting


Shame on me, but I have to admit that I have not read Jennifer Bosworth's nove, Struck as yet. That aside, I'd love to give her latest a try because I hear her writing's good. The Killing Jar is dystopian and I've been trying to read more of those so this will be good for me. Hopefully the story will turn out to be as interesting as the synopsis.
As for 17 First Kisses, I'm always up for young adult contemporary romance and I can't wait to unravel the drama in this one about two best friends liking the same guy. 

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Cursed be the Wicked by J. R. Richardson

21406513Release date: March 3rd 2014
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Purchase: Amazon


Synopsis via Goodreads:
Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left. 

The city represents nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets Finnley Pierce, a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart. 

By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.

*eBook provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.



Cursed be the Wicked was one intriguing story, and I must say that it was different than I'd expected. First of all, I did not read the synopsis so I had no idea it was in the POV of a man, and secondly, I was expecting it to be engrossed in a whole lot of paranormal and focused entirely on that. Only it didn't, among the mystery surrounding the main character's past, is a blossoming romance that I enjoyed reading from start to finish. 

Aside from how interesting a story it was, the book was well-written. Descriptions had me seeing what the characters were seeing and doing. Salem, Mass is an invigorating place full of history, and I liked how the author managed to capture that haunting vibe very well. It wasn't that fast-paced, I really took my time consuming the pages, but it was worth it because I felt like I got to know Cooper Shaw. I liked his voice and how witty and humorous he was, amid his past troubles. His emotions were relatable as well,  being that he had no clue whatsoever about his mother's life and the secrets she kept from him, which ended up making his wanting to find out what really happened the majority of the story. In regards to the real culprit behind the crime that separated him from his mother, I had my suspicion from start, but I had no idea the character's actions went to that extreme. I liked the ghostly way in which she came to an end too. Thank you for that, J.R, because I simply could not stand her.

As for other characters, I liked Finnley and what she represented in the story. She was a fiery breath of fresh air for Coop and really got him to open up. I liked the intensity between the two and how their romance was slow-building. That little trick she pulled in the end was so smart. She had him running back to her. Loved it. 

There's not much else I can say about Cursed be the Wicked without giving anything away, except for that it was a very enthralling story that had me earnestly reading to find out the truth. While I would've loved for it to have been more paranormal than it offered, the great writing, unraveling the truth, and the romance aspect made up for that. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for adult mystery, romance, and a little spookiness to dabble in.




About the Author

I’m a writer of stories and lover of life.

J.R. Richardson

I grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity. Today I live in Florida with my two girls and a husband that shares my same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.

Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.

I’ve always loved writing, and always enjoy a good mystery, so in 2012, I wrote Cursed be the Wicked, a character driven, paranormal mystery romance that was picked up by Soul Mate Publishing and released in March of 2014. Since publishing Cursed, I’ve also written a couple of short stories and am currently working on a romantic comedy that I hope to get out to the public soon. peace, love, write.




Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Undeniable by Ashley Simone & Alicia Roberts

21802514Release date: April 21st 2014
Self-Published
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
What if One Night Could Change Your Life?

Working in a diner by day and desperately applying for accounting jobs by night, Allie Nobokov fears that her future will be one of a single, virginal, cat lady. A chance encounter with a gorgeous stranger, Zac, awakens her desires and she feels an undeniable connection.

When fate pushes them together once again, Allie’s desires run wild – until, just when things start getting hot and heavy, Zac disappears into the night...

How can you deny a connection so strong?

All that is pushed to the back of Allie’s mind when her younger brother shows up on her doorstep, desperately in need of more money than she can provide… Until she sees a classified ad.

“I met a girl and I can’t get over her,” says the ad, and goes on to describe Allie. “If you look like her, I’ll pay handsomely for one night with you.”

Can Allie summon the courage to answer the mysterious ad and go through with what it entails? And can she convince the enigmatic Zac to push aside his demons and give their love a chance?

A Sexy, New Adult Story.

About the Author
Ashley Simone tries to write stories that reflect the intricacies of life. She likes her fictional men to be handsome, strong and intelligent, and the women to be superheroes in disguise. Just like most real-life women are.

Despite her flaws, sarcasm and inappropriate laughter, Ashley manages to be happily married to the love of her life. Without her husband's constant and occasionally annoying encouragement, her books would not exist.







Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blogoversary Giveaway!


Hey friends! So it's been two years since IFB has been up and running, and thanks to you I definitely want to keep doing this. As a little way to show my appreciation to my supporters, I've asked a few awesome authors to donate a prize. There will be two giveaways, one for U.S. and the other will be open internationally, both ending on MAY 23RD so there's plenty of time to enter for the chance to win some cool books and swags. 

*Special thanks to these wonderful authors for their contribution:

Ashley Elston
Brooklyn Skye
Leah Raeder
Kimberly Derting
Cheyanne Young
Jennifer Echols
Elle Casey
Mindy Hayes
Mindee Arnett
Rachel Harris
Bella Forrest
Victoria H. Smith
Leila Howland



Monday, April 14, 2014

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Myself in Blue by Renata F. Barcelos


IFB is hosting the cover reveal for Renata F. Barcelos' Myself in Blue. Check it out below and enter the INT Giveaway!



Release date: June 2014

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Sunday Morning is nineteen and recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. She finds it fair: a deathly cancer to pay for her sins. 

The fourth of five daughters, Sunday could never overcome the jealousy she felt for her sisters, especially the youngest and her Rett Syndrome with all the attention she required. She knows her resentment and rebellion as a wayward teen brought tragedy to her family, but never learned exactly the extent. Self-exiled in Brazil living a hard life of penitence for five years, she finally feels it's possible to come back and try to mend things.

Scott Goodwin writes bestseller biographies and always dreamed of writing about his idol, Grandma's Eye's vocalist, Iris Morning. The singer and her husband, Douglas Oshiro, have been reclusive since 1984, when their famous psychedelic rock band announced a surprising halt. Scott is thrilled when Iris finally agrees to let him write the book and even more so when she explains why. She hopes the bio will help finding her daughter Sunday and rebuild her shattered family.

It is Sunday, however, who finds Scott. Still too mortified to face her family, she offers her story to Scott in exchange for inside information about them. Scott has no idea how intensely the deal will change their lives when he agrees. 

Through her own family's history, from the first Oshiros and Mornings, WWII impact on her ancestors and the struggle to form the band despite Iris’ abusive stepfather—the chain of events that led to the band’s success, the birth of a new generation, and the night that changed everything—Scott will try to show Sunday nobody is perfect, and perhaps everything happens for a reason. 

Sunday and Scott may not have much time, with her diagnosis and the fact she doesn't feel worthy of redemption, but he will not give up easily. Scott has become Sunday’s only link to the past, and perhaps her only chance to have a future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Renata F. Barcelos lives in Brazil with her teenager daughter, Maria, constantly complaining about the heat and dreaming of moving somewhere snowy. 
She has a Law Degree, but promises never to use it. She prefers to study and teach languages and to write. Facing a three-hour daily commute, Renata uses this time to listen to audiobook after audiobook, plot, and write. Sometimes she hurts herself walking and writing at the same time—forgetting to look where she’s going. 
Her characters usually don’t respect her wishes, taking the stories to places she never imagined they could go; she loves it when that happens. 
Renata is always working on a new novel, and so far has three published books: Mean, My Sore Hush-a-Bye and Merge. Her next novel, Myself in Blue, will be released in June, 2014. 



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Birthright (Descendant #2) by Nichole Giles

IFB is hosting the cover reveal of Nichole Giles Birthright. This is the second book in her young adult fantasy series, Descendant. Check out the cover below and continue on for the giveaway.


Series: Descendant #2
Release date: May 1st 2014
Publisher: Jelly Bean Press

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Two months ago, Abigail Johnson saved the life of the boy she believes is her destiny and defeated an army of demons that have pursued her ancestors for centuries. Now, she and Kye should be taking their place as leaders of the new generation of Gifted. But the curse they thought was broken has returned, and every minute together brings them closer to death. 

When remaining shadow demons attack again, the Dragons send Abby to Mexico. Being apart from Kye is slowly killing her soul, and it turns out she isn’t any safer here than she was back home. The shadows have tracked her, the locals expect her to help with their own demon problems, and the more time she spends away from Kye, the more she doubts the destiny that ties them together.

When the demons destroy her safe house, Abby has no choice but to take the fight to them. But the arrival of an old nemesis throws their careful plans into disarray, and Abby and her friends find themselves facing new adversaries in a battle that turns fatal. This time, not everyone will make it out alive.


17332031Descendant #1
Release date: May 1st 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.

Blessed—or cursed—with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.

Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nichole Giles was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the West. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along. 








Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

18378839Release date: March 1st 2014
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?


*Publisher approved my request via netgalley in exchange of an honest review.




My emotions are mixed on this one. The Summer I Found You had the potential to be so much more than what I got. I liked the concept of a wounded soldier (both physically and emotionally), along with a young girl struggling to accept her disease. It was the first book I've read with such premise and I was intrigued. Sadly, I didn't get the feels as I wanted to. 

The main issue for me was Kate. Her character put me off a lot. I felt she was complacent after learning she had diabetes and refused to take it seriously even after a year had passed. Like how much more time do you need to understand that something could kill you if you don't start taking care of yourself? That just bothered me throughout the story and I couldn't warm up to her. At first I tried to understand her feelings, that it was hard to just stop liking the things she'd gotten so used to eating and the way she used to live carefree. It sucks. But you have to do what you have to do to survive. I also didn't like how she kept it a secret from Aidan throughout the story when they obviously had so much they could relate to and it would have helped him not feel so alone, I guess. I just thought that aspect of it should have been brought up to him way sooner.

As for Aidan, I liked him. What he was going through and his emotions were real. I could understand him better than Kate and warmed up to his character more. He was a nice guy with a lot of issues and it's very truthful to what real soldiers go through. I liked how in the end he finally found the courage to speak to his friend's wife. That was great and not a lot of people can find the strength to do that. 

Relationship wise, it was interesting seeing how these two individuals with so much going on found something real between each other when they were only looking to distract their minds from their reality. In a way, them being together helped them face what they were dealing with. So the romance was great, and so was the alternate POV and pace of the story. Like I said, my main issue was with Kate and her fussiness and how the story could have been much stronger. Another thing that I noticed (though it didn't influence my rating), was that the story doesn't take place in summer nor is it as bright and sweet as the cover depicts. There's a disconnect there in my opinion, but who am I to judge when my own covers don't add up all the way :)

Overall, good read. I recommend this book if you're looking for a young adult contemporary with realistic elements. 


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