Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cover Reveal: Wait for You by J. Lynn

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I feel so honored to be able to take part in the cover reveal for J. Lynn’s, aka Jennifer L. Armentrout’s, new book Wait for You!

Here is what some early reader had to say about the book:

J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

I don’t think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” – K Books

Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn’s written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” –Total Bookaholic

For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says

Excited yet? I sure am. So without further ado, here is the cover:

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Photo linked to Goodreads

Isn’t it awesome? (Psst. You better say yes!)

Here is the official synopsis:

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…

Feeling inspired to buy? I mean really, what could be better than a lickable, swoon-worthy male? Well, good news, Wait for You has released early! So go buy it. Seriously. I am. Here are the links: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author:

Jennifer L. ArmentroutJ. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites: Facebook, Twitter and her official Website.

The Secret of Ella and Micha by: Jessica Sorensen

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I feel bad that I got started with this blog and then had to set it aside for a while. I have been way busy with school, so I have not had time to do much fun reading, but I am setting aside the homework for a few minutes to post a review, which means that it is time for another look back at one of my favorite books!  Today I have The Secret of Ella and Micha by the awesome Jessica Sorensen!

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Photo linked to Goodreads

I know the book has a new cover now, but this was the cover when I bought it, and it is the one that shows up first on Goodreads. I am fond of it, so I am using it.

Anyway…

Here is the description on Goodreads:

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

(New Adult Contemporary)
*Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

And my review:

This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it. It is by far my favorite of all Jessica Sorensen’s books.

Ella and Micha’s relationship felt so real. Sometimes, when the book is about two people who already knew each other, the story can lose something because of the lack of relationship building. This was not the case in this story. Ella and Micha’s relationship had been shattered, and we got to see it build back up.

The struggles that the characters underwent felt believable. Ella has some major issues from her past that she is finally starting to deal with. I am really excited for “The Forever of Ella and Micha,” so I can see her continuing battle with her past. So often, characters struggling with past and family issues come across as whiny and annoying. I did not get that impression from Ella at all. She just seemed real.

And Micha. I loved him. He was such a great character, and he was exactly what Ella needed. He was supportive and let Ella work through things at her own pace. He never tried to force things beyond giving her a slight nudge when she needed it.

Seriously, I loved this book and would definitely recommend it.

5/5 totally blown away and in love stars!

If you are feeling inspired, which you should be, find it on Amazon here.

Taken by: Charlotte Abel

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Taken (Channie, #2)

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So I obviously LOVED Enchantment, since I have already finished its sequel. Warning if you have not read Enchantment yet, go here and read my review; then read the book. This review contains major spoilers for the first book. Proceed with caution.
Taken picks up not long after the end of Enchantment with Josh and Channie married and living in the abandoned cabin by the bauxite quarry that she and Hunter went swimming in at the beginning of Enchantment.

I did not like this book quite as much as the first book, but I still liked it. I think I would have liked this book better if the characters were older, and if the book had fallen into the New Adult category instead of Young Adult, but I struggled with shy, quiet, 16-year-old Channie spending all her time with Josh in bed. I would have liked to have gotten more of them doing normal teenage couple things, not just sneaking around and hooking up in the back of Josh’s car. Sure some high schoolers would do this, but most would not, and it did not match their characters to me. I understand that it was somewhat a product of their circumstances, but, as Channie pointed out, they went from doing nothing to doing nothing to doing everything, and I would have liked some middle ground.

Channie no longer has powers, and I feel sorry for the way she gets treated because of this. It does not help that her mom is crazy (though I will not go into detail about that as much because the details are important and I do not want to give them away). However, she adjusts to not having powers pretty well, though I hope their is some way she can get them back.

Josh kind of goes emo in this book. This surprised me because that goes against his power name of Valor, and after the way Channie’s names made her act in the first book, I did not think Valor would allow Josh to through hissy fits, but he did. I completely understood where he was coming from, and they made sense, but they did not totally match what I knew of his character, so they somewhat surprised me.

Hunter played a much bigger role in this book. I really tried to like him, but I just could not. Part of it is that he thinks the way of his people, with all of their old-timed schools of thought. The way he acts is a product of that, and not his fault, but I found him to be sort of closed minded and judgmental which did not work for me since other people judging him bothers him.

I was impressed with Channie’s dad. Even though he is still a greedy jerk, he was trying to do right by Channie, and I had to respect that.

I liked Diego, though his appearance came out of left field. He was trying his to do right by Abby and his boys, and, even if he makes some questionable decisions, I have to be impressed by that.

I love the trips, I am a little worried about them, particularly Savvy. He is one devious little child, and I really hope that they will be able to play a bigger part in the last book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I flew through it. I did not like it as much as the first one, but I still liked it quite a bit. I am feeling super impatient for the last book Finding Valor.

4.5 Stars

Enchantment by: Charlotte Abel

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Enchantment (Channie, #1)

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So instead of continuing with my plan to post reviews of books I read a while ago that I loved. I felt the need to post this now.
I bought Enchantment while it was free on Amazon and have been waiting for a long time to feel inspired to read. Well I was, and wow, I wish I had picked this one up as soon as a bought it.

This book was excellent. I finished it at about 2 a.m. last night and was so tired that I literally had to force myself to go to sleep before writing this. I had no intention of staying up that late last night, but I had to finish Enchantment and see how the story would resolve. And can you say twist?! I will not say what happened but I will say that it had quite the surprise twist at the end.

Ok, so lets break it down so I stop sounding like a crazy fan girl (which I kind of am).

We start of with Channie, which is short for Enchantment (thus the title of the book). In this book, the mages’ powers derive from their names. Therefore, Enchantment is naturally charismatic, people are drawn to her, and she is able to sway others to her way of thinking more easily that other people can. So anyway, her Daddy is in trouble with some dangerous people and forces them to move away and go into hiding. On top of that, Channie’s sister Abby (Abundance) has triplet boys, and now that they are going to be living in a “Magically Disabled” community. Channie’s parents are afraid that she will suffer the same fate as Abby and get knocked up. This seems highly unlikely with what I came to know of Channie’s character, but her parents are crazy, so it sort of makes sense.

In order to keep Channie pure, her parents do a spell that is dangerous and that they do not really understand that changes Channie’s power name to Chastity. Then the fun really begins.

Channie decides to go test Chastity’s power by bespelling a boy she meets into kissing her. We later find out that that’s Josh, and then we get into the meat of the story, which I will not go into.

I liked Channie. I thought it was a little strange that she kept talking about the name’s magic like it was something separate from her, since she kept talking how it was a big part of her. I guess that was her was of distinguishing the good magic from the bad magic. She could be a little crazy at times, and she went through a few angsty teen heroine freak-outs, but I believed them. The way she acted was a product of the way she was raised. She was raised to believe that boys only wanted one thing, and girls just had to put up with it to get a husband. Her ideas began to change of course, but some of her behavioral patterns were so ingrained in her that it is not a surprise that some of her reactions were over-the-top. It made sense.

Josh was great. He went a little overly teenage boy at times, but that is to be expected, and of course, that makes it believable. He did a good job taking things in stride and not letting things trip him up for long. I thought it was cool that he was a BMX racer, not that it added a ton to the story, but it was just a cool change of pace from the normal high school jock, captain of the football team, or mysterious bad boy that is somehow a perfect match for the heroine.

Which brings me to the romance. Channie and Josh have their differences. It is not all sunshine and rainbows for them. A lot of their problems go back to Channie’s name being changed to Chastity, but not all of them. I think things would have been difficult for them even without that extra barrier. Channie has some serious trust issues thanks to her parents, and she was raised in a completely different way that Josh was, and not just because of the magic. Honestly, I worry a little about what kind of adult she will be. She did not realize there was anything wrong with the way her parents treated her, and I hope she will see that she was not raised in the best manner and will be able to be a better adult that her parents were/are.

That pretty much covers the story, but there is one other thing I would like to add. I read this in another revue, and I agreed with so much that I felt the need to reiterate. Enchantment is extremely well written, and not just for an indie book. Most YA, whether it be indie or traditionally published, is full of mistakes, whether it be grammatical or word choice. That was not the case with Enchantment. I did not really notice any mistakes, which allowed for smoother reading because I did not have to keep stopping to figure out what the book was supposed to say. I probably would not have even noticed except I read another review that pointed this out, but that is a good thing. I do not want to notice a bunch of grammatical errors. It makes it more difficult lost in a book if I have to stop to figure out what it is supposed to say every few pages.

So anyway, Enchantment was a great read. I could not put it down. 5/5 Stars

The Significance Series

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I thought I would start off by posting a few reviews of my favorite books/series.

First off is the Significance Series by: the wonderful Shelly Crane. Seriously, everything Ms. Crane writes is gold, but this is my favorite of hers so far.

In this first book, we meet Maggie Masters who is graduating from high school and has no idea where her life is going. On the way to meet one of her friends, she, literally, bumps into Caleb Jacobson, and her life is changed forever. Caleb is an Ace, and Aces have one soul mate, called their Significant. All an Ace has to do is touch their Significant to know they have found “the one,” but lately, the Significants have stopped appearing and no one knows why. I do not want to say anything else because I do not want to give anything important away, but suffice it to say that their lives pretty much erupt in chaos, but Maggie and Caleb are able to lean on each and overcome any obstacle.

I guess I would consider Significance paranormal because the Aces have special abilities, but it was not overly supernatural.  It was just a light helping of the magical to add some extra flavor to the story.

Significance

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Significance was one of the first indie books I ever read, and the story drew me in right away. Caleb is totally swoon-worthy and pretty much stole my heart right away, and Maggie seems like the type of girl I would love to be friends with. I love all of Caleb’s crazy family, especially his Gran who is absolutely hilarious. Maggie runs into some trouble from some other Aces who are jealous of her bond, and things get tense, but Ms. Crane does an excellent job of mixing the stressful with the fun, and the story never gets too heavy.

Accordance

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In the second book, Maggie and Caleb are forced to hide out at the Jacobsons’ beach house (such a hardship, right?) with Caleb’s cousin Kyle, who thinks he is in love with Maggie, and Maggie’s brother Bish, who 100% does not trust Caleb. This book goes through some serious ups and downs, but Maggie and Caleb are able to get through anything together, and watching Caleb treat Maggie like his princess just made me love him even more. Seriously, he needs to be real.

Defiance

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In the third book, Maggie and Caleb have to deal with a threat they did not expect. They go to the Reunification, which is supposed to be a big party where all the Aces from all over the world get together for a week of fun. However, everything hits the fan pretty much as soon as they get there, and the Virtuoso Council tries to tear Maggie and Caleb apart. I was outraged by some of the things that happened (in a good, I need to keep reading to find out what happens kind of way) and flew through the pages to see how our heroes would overcome their separation. More love is in the air as well, and I just had to say “aww!” sometimes.

Reverance

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Reverence is a novella that contains select chapters from the first three books from Caleb’s POV and a sneak peek of Independence. I loved seeing Caleb’s side and, of course, there was much swooning going on as I read this.

Independence

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Independence was the last book in the series and a super bittersweet read for me. I absolutely loved it, but I was sad to see the story end. I wanted to just jump in and live in Tennessee with the Jacobsons. I was hoping for a little more action, but I loved to see where the different storylines ended up.

I would love to see more from Maggie and Caleb’s life. Maybe some short stories about their adult life? Hopefully?

Anyway, I absolutely loved all of the books in this series. 5 super sparkly stars for all of them!