Friday, November 28, 2014

Blog Tour ~ The Future Without Hope




The Future Without Hope
(The World Without End #3)
by Nazarea Andrews
published November 20, 2014
review copy provided by author
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Separated from Finn, captive of the Order, Nurrin has no hope left. But she has survived twenty years of zombies--and she has the unshakable faith that Finn will find her. 

But Finn is a long way away. The Order's influence runs deeper than was ever suspected, and politics are shifting--and zombies may not be the most dangerous thing she's facing. 

Finn always thought the war stripped him of all he had to lose. But with Nurrin missing and doors closing in his face, he realizes there is always more for the world to take--and he will drag the remains of civilization down with him before he gives up on the only promise that matters.

My Review 
The Future Without Hope is the 3rd book in The World Without End series. I hope at this point you have read The World Without A Future & The Horde Without An End……..if not get on it! They are on sale right now for 99cents!
So, at this point in the story……..Nurrin has been taken by the order. The first part of the book is about this. Nurrin learning what the order really wants from her and surviving long enough for Finn to find her. That is her only hope. Terrible things happen to her during this time, but this ends up making her stronger and even more determined to survive to exact her revenge! I’m mean….some of the people in the order are down right crazy!
Finn has one hell of a time finding Nurrin (I mean…was there really any doubt that he would?). He must align himself with people from his past that he does not like/trust and make promises that he finds hard to keep. In the end, it’s worth it because he does rescue her and the other Firsts from the order. When he finds out what happened to her, he loses it a bit.
I don’t blame him. It’s obvious that he has feelings for Nurrin (and that she has feelings for him as well). The two of them have definitely had their ups and downs….but there was always that underlying sexual chemistry. There was a lot more interaction between the two in this story (THANK GOD!) and it was HOT….like super hot, steamy, fan myself hot. Maybe this was 2 ½ books worth of sexual build up but I didn’t care. I was INTO it. But of course, it can’t last too long with these two. It’s the Love/Hate thing. Nurrin wants to know more about Finn’s past (and she does learn more in this book) and Finn just wants her to want him and focus on the future. I have a feeling that they will work things out (They better!).
Towards the end of the book things really start to pick up and change. At this point I thought this was the final book and was wondering how this was going to end?? It soon became obvious that there was going to be another book because there was NO WAY it could end like this. Nurrin wants to fight because she feels like there is no hope in the future, and Finn wants to take Nurrin away from everything and just keep her alive. Everything that they thought they knew, they didn’t. If Finn follows Nurrin into the Horde there is no telling what the future will hold.
This is my review from book one (The World Without A Future) and pretty much all of it still holds true for this book, except for the age thing, everything has been cleared up for me on that issue.

Could not put this book down! Started it last night....and done this morning. It was captivating, thrilling, and sexy! Not the typical Zombie Apocalypse book. Great premise & just enough back story coming through to keep you guessing as to where the story is going. The main characters are strong, if at some points unlikable (which I tend to like in my leading men), determined and have a will to survive. I was questioning the ages a bit. That is not quite clear for me (except the female lead, her age is important), but the rest.....not sure how that works with the time line. But all in all an griping story!

I am SO looking forward to the 4th book! Which hopefully will be coming out summer of 2015


Vist these blogs today for~
Mythical Books               Guest Post
KindleObsessed                    Excerpt

Giveaway


Buy Links:
The World Without a Future (Book 1)
The Horde Without End (Book 2)
About the Author
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She is the author of the University of Branton series, Neverland Found series, and Edge of the Falls.
She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

YA Wednesday!!!! Review "A Thousand Pieces of You" (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray. Also known as the hottest book of 2014!




Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.


Published: November 4, 2014

 AMAZON GOODREADS


This cover is stunningly beautiful. Even if I had not been waiting not so patiently to get my hands on this read if I saw this in a bookstore or library I would immediately gravitate to it. I want this hanging in my house. I am not a big fan of people on covers in general and I love when I see something artistic in its place. In the spirit of honesty I will tell you that I did walk around with this book for a few days. Inspecting the cover over and over again, I even smelled the pages. I love the font that fills the pages that I came to love so much. To me, it is perfection cover to cover.

One more thing before we get started. I like Claudia Gray. I like her past novels. Gray writes well and her stories are always full of interesting characters and stories. But this book in my opinion is by far her best. It's unique and different and the world she has created against the backdrop of some of my favourite cities is incredible.

Readers, yes, this is an awesome YA fantasy read but readers, it is by far a romance first. I just want to give you a heads up. YA Romance. YA Romance. Yes, fantasy, YA Romance. Ok, we square? A swoony melt my heart YA Romance. This book is hot!

"His hand grips the curve of my neck, his touch hard and possessive, and then he kisses me."

Back to the story-- Marguerite, is the daughter of two scientists and she uses her parents Firebird device to dimension jump in order to track down Paul Marakov. Insert me screaming here, YA world, I love that you are embracing Russian themes. Ok, I am getting so worked up here but let me continue. Paul is the assistant who works with her parents and he is practically a member of her family. But then he betrays the family and is believed to have killed Marguerite's father. Marguerite is set to avenge her father's death and bring Paul to justice with the help of Theo, another brilliant mind. Along the way there is dimension visiting which is AWESOME ( I know that sounds a little too enthusiastic and I am really sad about her dad but travelling to other dimensions is kind of my thing). One of the best parts about the "sciency" parts? It seems totally realistic, it's written that well.

I like to pretend that I am way over series' but the truth is when you find books like this you don't want it to end, you want that next book, you have this undeniable craving for it. I got the DT's just thinking about my long wait for book 2.

I hope you enjoy the ride. If you want to discuss (please, please) drop me a line in the comments.

5 Totally Addicting Skulls










Monday, November 24, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates






BLURB:

A Necessary Sin- Book 1 of The Sin Trilogy – Release Date: Dec 29

Bleu MacAllister is consumed. A horrific childhood incident has caused 

every decision in her life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. 

With years spent studying The Fellowship, an organized crime brotherhood 

of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to 

cut Thane Breckenridge off at the knees. But walking hand in hand with 

retribution means risking collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge’s 

son Sinclair—until Sin becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. 

She’s always known this undertaking would place her life in danger—she 

never imagined her heart would be as well.


The Next SinRelease Date – Feb 9th, 2015


One Last SinRelease Date – March 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE LINK TO EXCERPT AND THE NEXT SIN COVER


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two 

beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she 

decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s 

listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story 

coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries 

regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & 




WEBSITE  


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blog Tour & Review ~ First Debt by Pepper Winters

First Debt by Pepper Winter  is LIVE!
Read the dark & sexy continuation to Jethro & Nila’s Story!

First Debt (Indebted #2)
by Pepper Winters
published November 12, 2014
review copy provided by author

“You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.”
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.
She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.
Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever.
Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.
Purchase Links
My Review
So, first of all, I hope you have read Debt Inheritance. It’s kinda important that you read that first ;)

First Debt pretty much starts out where Debt Inheritance left off. Nila running for her life…..but if you thought that Jethro was really going to let her get away, you were deluding yourself. Of course he catches her, you almost want him too.  Once caught, Nila realizes that Jethro is much more then he appears and that he is as much a pawn in a game as she is.

There is undeniable attraction between the two. It’s SO wrong….yet SO right. Each one fighting for control of the other. That is what’s happening because Nila knows that she can get to Jethro through his attraction to her. She wants to exploit it. Nurture it. Fan the flames to get him on HER side. The problem, the more she uses herself to control him…..she realizes the more she cannot be without him.

Nila discovers more of the Debt that she is to serve, and she learns that she may have friends within the Castle. The question she must ask herself is if this friend is really who she thinks he is?

Jethro is slowly unraveling. You get glimpses of the true man beneath the ice, but he has learned through years of conditioning that he needs to keep his true self hidden. He goes to great lengths to keep his control, and this is very secretive. I really WANT to know what he is doing…..what is helping him lock down his feelings. I feel like I know WHY he is hiding his true self…..but not how. Very intriguing.

There is a web of deception that has been woven over hundreds of years around the Debt Inheritance…….and Nila & Jethro are on a path to unravel it. I want to see if they will both be standing at the end.

If you like characters that you need to dig into to get to know, characters that are not what you originally thought they were, characters with depth and secrets….then I would recommend this book to you. This is a dark read and may not be for everyone, but I sure did enjoy it and if you read it….I hope you do too!






Excerpt
And, if I was honest, they’d transformed me into the same kind of creature. Someone who had evolved from a single dimension and now lived with so many avenues of personalities.
I was still the quiet, vertigo-stricken girl from London, but I was also the woman who liked being tormented, who thrived on a fight, and who thirsted for sex.
And that stupefied me.

Debt Inheritance (Book One) Indebted Series

Synopsis
“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.
She is no longer free.
Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.
There are no rules. Only payments.
A modern day Dark Erotic Romance
About the Author
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.



Her Dark Erotica books include:
Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Her Grey Romance books include:
Destroyed

STALK Pepper: Website | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Goodreads

Tour Brought To You By


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

YA Wednesday! Look what you've done to me Benedict (Benny) Cumberbatch!



I've been Cumberbatched! 

You know me. I am the girl in the "I AM SHER LOCKED" shirt complete with the 221B phone case, listening to violin music, lost in my own little London. OBSESSED! Benedict Cumberbatch owns my heart and I am constantly re-watching "Sherlock" on Netflix. 


 He is sooo dreamy! The perfect Sherlock. Sure, I watch "Elementary" and the RDJ movies. I love them but they are not Benny and Benny is #1! So what does a lass do in between the long and agonizing months between seasons. Read Sherlock inspired YA of course! Below is a breakdown of my favourites. So put on your blue scarf, find your favourite chair and settle into these whilst we wait.



 

Every Breath (Every #1) by Ellie Marney

            Published September 2013 by Allen & Unwin 

            GOODREADS                             AMAZON

Synopsis:

 Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...



 My favourite YA blog (Forever Young Adult) who is also Sherlock-Obsessed did a post about this and I knew I had to have it. It's rare that I will pay $9 for a Kindle Book (but like I find a lot with Australian authors I love (I'M LOOKING AT YOU CATH CROWLEY--IF YOU HAVEN'T READ HER YOU NEED TO GET ON IT) I can't find their books at the local book store or at the library so after 2 weeks of going back and forth to look at the saved cover in my TBR and obsessing over what a good time I would have reading it, I finally at 11 pm one-clicked it. I am so happy I did! I read it in one sitting.

So this book is Sherlock inspired but it's about a girl named Rachel Watts and a boy named James Mycroft (you all know Mycroft is Sherlock's brother in the books and shows).  I am normally all "Sherlock, Sherlock, Sherlock" BUT I loved reading this story about Mycroft and Watts. Watts is a country girl who is forced to move to Melbourne after her family loses their farm. Watts absolutely hates the city and her only comfort is her friend and neighbour Mycroft. Mycroft lost both of his parents (sound familiar) and lives with his aunt where they spend most of their days avoiding each other. Mycroft and Watts also have two cool friends/couple named Gus (a Nigerian immigrant/good friend (seriously, this is how he is portrayed) and Mai (Vietnamese/cool chick with excellent taste in t-shirts and music). I had to laugh a little at the descriptions but I loved that the author chose to mix in a lot of diversity. And what do I know...maybe Melbourne is really a cool mix of peeps.

Together Mycroft and Watts investigate the murder of their friend "Homeless Dave". Ok, writing this out is making me chuckle, but seriously it's really good. I loved the story and the writing. All along the investigation is the usual teenage family and school drama and also some really swoony sexual tension between Watts and Mycroft. I loved the tension. It was done so well.

This was a great read and I recommend it to anyone looking for a great YA book but I REALLY recommend it for my fellow Sherlockians! You will love it.  

5 TOTALLY ADDICTING SKULLS

 
 



Locked (Locked #1) by Eva Morgan

Published:  February 10, 2014

Copy Provided by the Author for an Honest Review 

GOODREADS AMAZON 

$2.99

Synopsis:

When eighteen-year-old Irene Adler meets her new neighbor, the gorgeous, brilliant, and arrogant Sherlock Holmes, she never expects him to be the one to make her feel like life is worth living again. Ever since her sister's death, she's been addicted to risk-taking as a way to deal with her depression, and Sherlock quickly becomes the biggest risk she's ever taken.

Locked is the story of a broken girl and the genius who gives her life back to her. It's the story of a witty asshole who's never known love, and the girl who shows him what love means. It's the story of an unexpected connection, two people who save each other, and the importance of seeing the goodness underneath.
*Based on the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle.

**Book 1 in the Locked series



 The novel follows the story of Irene (yes, Irene..the IRENE) and Sherlock as eighteen year olds in High School. Sherlock moves in next door to Irene and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Irene has spent the last year dealing with the loss of her sister. In order to "feel alive" she has started helping people by taking on an alias "Ares" and answering the public's call for help. Sherlock ends up following her one night and realizes what she is doing and comes to the conclusion the she is not as boring as he first thought. She surprises him, something that doesn't frequently happen and she continues to surprise him throughout the novel. Sherlock finds Irene interesting and intelligent. You know in the way he usually finds in himself. Let's face it, people bore Sherlock, BUT Irene does not bore Sherlock, she fascinates him. Irene is not sure if Sherlock is capable of forming any type of emotional connection with anyone let alone her, but along the way Sherlock develops feelings for Irene. Obviously, this is something new to him and he doesn't always handle it in the best way.

As Sherlockians, we all know that IRENE is the ONLY girl to ever get under his skin. The only one he finds fascinating. It's so much fun to see how their interactions play out in the book. I was hooked from the first page and I couldn't get enough of their banter. We also get to see how they each become better because of each other. They are best friends, they understand each other in a way that no one else does. Together, we see them begin to care for each other al the while investigating a series of mysteries. It would not be Sherlock if he were not constantly looking for amusement and mysteries to solve and he wants Irene's help.

Don't fret readers, Sherlock is SAWOOOOOONNNNY! Even Mycroft (Sherlock's older brother and guardian) is perfectly portrayed. All the other characters are developed and their personalities shine through on the pages. I loved Sherlock's interactions with everyone. Morgan captures his true essence in her writing and I swooned it all up. Sherlock was constantly using his deducing skills on everyone, which is both clever and hilarious and entertaining to read. However, no SPOILERS but the ending was tragic and upsetting for me. I didn't know how I thought book one would end but it sure as heck wasn't like this. I need to know when the second book is coming out so that I can calendar my days until I can find out what happens next! What happens, Ms. Morgan!!!!!!!!!!!????????? I had the worst book hangover from this! The worst. I couldn't read anything else I was too engrossed in the Sherlock world she created that I just kept re-reading my bookmarks.

Which brings me to this. I am in LOVE with this book. To me it was perfect. I am obsessed with Sherlock  (did you catch that the first 100 times), I mean Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock is like having Christmas and your birthday rolled into one huge celebration.

I wanted to read this book because I knew it was about Sherlock and Irene. It delivered exactly what I wanted. Eva Morgan was able to capture Sherlock and Irene perfectly. However, it was so good because Eva Morgan is a great writer. When you take something so near and dear to people like a fandom things can go horribly wrong. However, because of the writing and the storyline it made me fall even more in love with the fandom. I didn’t think that was even possible.


If you are a Sherlock Addict you need to read this book. However, if you are just joining us here on the dark side you will enjoy it. It’s great writing mixed with a good storyline and interesting characters. It’s bloody lovely!

  

5 TOTALLY ADDICTING SKULLS


 


 
  

Until Next Week! If you have any Sherlock Love to share post me a comment!

Cheers~

 
 

Pairing Suggestions:  

Beverage: Jameson & Ginger Ale

Playlist: Little Green Cars

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Dirty Ties by Pam Godwin


Revenge.
I race to finance it.
I evade to protect it.
I kill to attain it.
I planned everything.

Except her.
The alluring, curvaceous blonde at the finish line.
With sapphire eyes that cheat and lie.
Whose powerful family murdered mine.

I hate her.
I want her.

I know she’s hiding something.
But so am I.

Expected Release Date : January 12th, 2015



Pre-Order Links




New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band. Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.










Monday, November 17, 2014

SURPRISE RELEASE ~ Thin Line (Fragile Things Series) by Rachel Wade

SURPRISE RELEASE!


THIN LINE (Fragile Things Series)

Inspired by an array of powerhouse dramas including Thelma and Louise, AMC’s Breaking Bad, and
Karina Halle’s The Artists Trilogy, THIN LINE is a passionate, turbulent love story about a thief too proud to let go, a sidekick too young to be old, and a hitchhiker destined to take a walk on the wild side.

Episode 1 of the 5 part Serial available NOW! Each new episode will go live on the 3rd Monday of every Month

BUY IT NOW ~ Kindle

BUY IT NOW ~ Nook

I’m Beauty, and there are three things in the world I love more than money. 

The freedom it gives me on the open road, the power it yields, and the self-sufficiency it provides. Which is why I’ll fight for it, steal for it, maybe even die for it. One thing I’ll never do is give it up – not even for Chase Riley, the sexy, cautious yet curious hitchhiker who wandered into my life and stole my heart in the wrong place, at the wrong time. But I will share it, if he’s willing. All he has to do is learn to look the other way and cross over to the dark side. 

There’s no limit to what my partner Bunny and I will do to make our dreams reality. No boundaries we won’t cross, no lies we won’t tell. Chase won’t be the same when this is all over, but I can’t say I’m sorry he came along for the ride. I only hope I don’t lose myself with him—and that I can sleep at night knowing I’m responsible for the corruption. But love is always a thin line. Always a gamble. You win some, you lose some. The trick is to know when you’ve lost the battle. But some bonds run so deep, it’s hard to know when to wave the white flag.

Here’s to hoping I never have to.