Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Trailer Reveal: Night Sky (Night Sky #1) by Suzanne Brockmann

Hey guys, this isn't your typical Teaser Tuesday post (as you are probably aware).  But it is a tease of sorts. I am happy to bring you the book trailer for Suzanne Brockmann's new series Night Sky releasing October 7, 2014.

Looks good, right? If you are interested in checking this one out, Suzanne Brockmann is doing a virtual signing and you can order that here. Comes with an autographed hardcover book and a bonus exclusive!

So, here's the blurb as seen on Goodreads:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann have written a pulse-pounding novel of paranormal suspense set in a near future both fantastic and frightening. “Original and exciting, NIGHT SKY propels readers into a dangerous future. Loved it.” —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made For You and the Wicked Lovely series.

Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on.

Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot yet oh-so-forbidden partner in crime, want Sky to join them in their mission – to mold Sky into the ultimate weapon. She can sense there’s something about her abilities they’re not telling her. But the only way to save Sasha and stop other girls from being taken is to embrace the weird…and fight Destiny.

Special thanks to Heather Moore at Sourcebooks for allowing me to share this trailer with you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review: Misunderstandings (Woodfalls Girls #2) by Tiffany King

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Berkeley Trade
304 Pages

Just when she thought things were going up…

Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget.

She’s going to have to look back…

When Brittni left her podunk hometown for a big city college experience at the University of Washington, hooking up with a guy like Justin Avery was not part of her plan. Between Justin’s attention-grabbing tattoos, cigarette smoking, and bad boy attitude Brittni quickly chalked him up as "Mr. Wrong.” But his charm was unrelenting, and Brittni’s decision to give Justin a chance quickly turned into the worst choice she ever made.

So that she might be able to move forward.

Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.

I have a knack for reading books in a series out of order. It’s just this thing I do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It worked here. I loved King’s writing and the way she told both the past and present stories. It was a great way to learn about their histories without having the giant info dump.
Imagine having a horrible breakup with probably the love of your life and then being trapped in an elevator with them two years later – after having no contact during those years. Not the most ideal situation. Brittni and Justin have so many unresolved issues based on the ending of relationship neither wanted to end, but either didn’t know how to keep it. 

Brittni fell hard for Justin during college and the two embarked on what appeared to be an epic romance of two people who wouldn’t likely fall for each other. But all too quickly things got out of control. Justin started to wonder if he can really be the guy Brittni needs and Brittni kept secrets – important secrets. Ultimately, they exploded.

While I liked Brittni, at times I felt it was hard to relate to her. She wanted so much for Justin to just know her every thought and every feeling when she was doing anything to hide them. Justin, on the other hand, I fell hard for. I’ve read some other reviews where he gets so much flack for how he handled everything with Brittni, but truthfully, with the secret she kept, he deserved to be angry. 

The relationships and the writing made this a very good read for me and definitely made me want to check out the first book in this series and others from this writer. 
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Friday, September 12, 2014

ARC Review: Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2) by Becky Wicks

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: August 25, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
259 Pages

Standalone sequel to Before He Was Famous (#1 in Coming of Age, FREE Kindle Books) Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself...
When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.

Joshua's different to everyone she's ever known - a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she's left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret - one he won’t risk anyone finding out.

Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose - a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.

˃˃˃ "Becky does it again, delivering a searingly hot, emotionally intense and brilliantly written book. I loved it." - Sarah Alderson (author of Hunting Lila, Fated, The Sound)

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself...

Well, how about putting yourself on a remote island with strangers competing for a grand prize? Is that lost enough? For Alyssa, it was the perfect escape. Recently dumped by her superstar boyfriend, she was tired of being known as ‘that girl’, she was tired of her dead-end job. She just wanted to get away. When she finds out that Deserted, a hit reality show, is looking for contestants for their next season, she jumps at the chance to audition. What does she have to lose?

It’s on this island where she meets Joshua, another contestant. Joshua is the resident drifter. He never stays in one place for too long and he doesn’t have long-term relationships. Basically anything that will hold him to one place, he discards it. But he’s on the island with one goal in mind – to win. He needs the prize money desperately – although for what, we don’t find out until the end.

The Survivor-esque type background definitely fueled this book. We all know that reality TV is mostly staged and competition ones don’t always show things as they happen, but instead focus on what will get the most ratings. Before He Was Gone showed us what happens behind the scenes, what the cameras don’t show us. The island was a beautiful backdrop to watch Alyssa and Joshua get closer together. 

I adored Alyssa. She knew what people thought about her – that she was the spoiled celebrity girlfriend. But boy did she prove everyone wrong. She was smart, a quick thinker, and willing to learn everything she could to survive there. Then there’s Joshua who was such a mystery. He never quite says what’s going on with him but instead his internal dialogue (mixed with other people’s observations) hinted at something big. I loved reading his scenes, he was very at one with the Island. 

The side characters – aka the other contestants – rounded out this book nicely. Along with the challenges, the vote-offs and tribunal meetings, I felt like I was partaking in a reality show. You definitely do not need to read Before He Was Famous prior to reading this, what you need to know are mentioned in the story. And in my opinion, this book surpasses the first. 

I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review: No Attachments (Woodfalls Girls #1) by Tiffany King

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Berkeley Trade
304 Pages

Ashton Garrison walked away from her current life to escape the one thing she’s unwilling to face. She knows her decision may be selfish, but in the end, leaving will be far less painful for everyone. Now she has one goal: live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. What Ashton doesn’t count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan.

Nathan Lockton specializes in locating a mark. He’s done it over and over again—no attachments and no emotion necessary. What he thought was a routine lost-and-found job has forced Nathan to deal with something he has always ignored—his feelings. He’s never fallen for a target, yet he’s never met anyone like Ashton. Now deep in a dilemma, Nathan must decide to follow his heart, or complete the job he was hired to do.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Have a one-night stand steamy affair with no attachments – check (kinda).

Meet Ashton, a girl literally running from her past, who just wants to live and check things off of her to-do list of sorts. Conquer a fear, go canoeing, have a one-night stand, those sorts of things. When she sees Nathan at a local bar, she believes that she’s found her one time lover. What she doesn’t know is that Nathan knows who she is and was actually paid to track her down for a client. Once they meet, they are immediately taken with each other. Ashton decides she wants a steamy affair instead of a one-night stand and Nathan decides he just needs more of her before he turns her over to his client. A no attachment deal is struck. And we all know how those turn out…

The mystery of why Ashton ran from her past kept me highly intrigued for most of the book (until I figured it out). I liked her determination and she was funny. It took more time for me to warm up to Nathan. He was obviously lying to her from the beginning, and while she lied about parts of her past, I felt his lie held more weight. He had to work for my approval, but, not going to lie, by the end of the book, he had it. 

This was my second King book (I actually read the second in this series first) and I enjoy her writing. It’s relatable and the characters are likeable. Looking forward to the third book in this series. 
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Monday, September 1, 2014

"Real" Book Challenge August Recap

Real Book Challenge on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

August was a much better reading month than the two before. And it brought me two books I have been waiting forever for, Isla and the Happily Ever After and Sacrifice (both were brilliant by the way). Also, a cabin vacation was perfect to catch up on some reading. So here's the actual books I read during August.

Total So Far: 52
Current Level: Real Book Queen

Finally made it to Queen! I didn't really set a goal before this challenge, other than to make Queen. I would like to shoot for 100 books, but I'm not sure I can do that. But I'm going to keep going. See you all next month!
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