Waiting on Wednesday – The Heart of Betrayal

This sequel comes out in July, and I cannot wait! What will happen next?!

Plus, isn’t this cover GORGEOUS?!

 

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Image and description from Goodreads

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

 

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Happy Birthday Book Tuesday 12/30/14

Happy Birthday Book Tuesday 12/30/14

Congratulations to all the authors who have books coming out this week!

1.  Everyday Angel #3: Last Wishes by Victoria Schwab: This middle-grade series sounds adorable! Aria is a 12 year old guardian angel trying to earn her wings.

2.  Saving Grace by Jane Green: Ted is a successful novelist, but with mood swings and rages. His wife, Grace, at first thinks his new assistant, Beth, is a blessing, but then fears she threatens their marriage.

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Top Ten Favorite Books of 2014

2014 may just be my favorite year EVER!

I got hitched to an awesome guy who I love more and more each day (which sounds stupid and cheesy but is the honest truth.). I created and launched this blog with my long-time pal, Elizabeth. And I embarked on SO MANY adventures!

Some of those adventures have been fictional, as I get lost into the wonderful world spun by a good story. But they still count as an adventure, right?! Below, find ten of my favorite books of the year!

 

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1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories. By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say . . . ?

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2. The Study series by Maria V. Snyder

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

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3. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

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4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

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5. Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella.

Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Kiera Cass’ Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

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6. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim?

As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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7. Maids of Honor series by Jennifer McGowan

Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman.

Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.

Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives.

As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be.

With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?

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8. His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny.

If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make.

For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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9. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, “Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers.

As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion.

Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs.

While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

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10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it.

She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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The Real Rebecca Greenleigh Book Review

The Real Rebecca Greenleigh Book Review

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Title: The Real Rebecca Greenleigh

Author: Lucy Kiel

Pages: 372

Publisher: Turbine Press

Book Description

“What if one lie could give you everything?

A new job, a gorgeous new boss … everything is finally falling into place for Rebecca Greenleigh. Except for one small problem.

She isn’t who anyone thinks she is …

While her best friend gets promoted, Rebecca Greenleigh’s life is heading in the opposite direction. Redundant, unable to pay the rent, it seems Becky must leave London and move in with her parents – until she gets an email that seems too good to be true.

She’s been invited to a job interview. The kind of job she never thought she could get. In fact, the kind of job she’s never even applied to.

And she definitely didn’t apply to this one.

What’s going on? Has fate thrown her a lifeline? Or is it madness to even consider it?

But Becky’s desperate. And everyone lies in job interviews, right? Especially when the guy asking the questions looks that good …” (Book description used with permission from the author)

Book Review

I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Today, I’m excited to share with you a fun and fabulous book by debut author Lucy Kiel! This story is about main character Rebecca Greenleigh, who is down on her luck. Rebecca has been unemployed for so long that she sees no other option but to move out of the apartment she shares with friends and move back home. That is, until she finds out her parents are moving to Australia! Rebecca thinks her luck is changing when she gets an email inviting her to an interview. The only problem is she never applied for the position and isn’t qualified for it. Rebecca is desperate enough to go to the interview, ends up getting the job, and starts developing feelings for her boss. Uh-oh!

Rebecca was SUCH a likeable character. Typically, I don’t like dishonest characters, but I felt really bad for the difficult situation she was put in and understood why she pretended to be a different person. I also loved Rebecca because she was a real person. Her anxiety over attempting to do the job she knew nothing about was so relatable. Rebecca was at times overly-emotional and over-analyzed things (doesn’t every girl??). She was more genuine than the typical chick lit character, because she was flawed.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters and the subplots. Rebecca’s friends were varied, interesting, and had their own stories going on. The love interest was extremely likeable (I don’t always like the guy characters in chick lit books!). The reader pretty much likes him from the beginning, there’s no “hard outer shell” to break through. Honestly, that was refreshing and not-cliche.

The story was really engaging because of the main character. I got sucked into the story. It was also well-written. I’m actually shocked this was written by a first-time author because it was really fabulous right from the beginning! I would seriously love to see a sequel featuring Rebecca Greenleigh.

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Fab Five Friday – Bookish Pet Peeves

Violence Against Women. For some reason, especially in the new adult category, senseless violence against women as a means of furthering the plot of the story has become commonplace. Nothing fries my cookies more. Rape should never be in an author’s “writer’s block toolbox.” Be more creative.

Love Triangles. So rarely are love triangles handled well, that I’ve come to hate them in general. Almost always, the second love interest to be introduced is the one the girl falls for. And, usually, the author is in love with one of the love interests herself, and it is so obvious to the reader, that it eliminates the other guy as a possibility. It’s super frustrating, and one of my top bookish pet peeves.

Excessive Profanity. I have a bit of a potty mouth myself, but it’s an immediate turn off when characters repeatedly drop the f-bomb for no apparent reason. It’s not a means of conveying maturity. It’s laziness on the writer’s part.

Time Shifts. It’s irritating for me as a reader to switch back and forth from past to present, unless it is very clear what is happening. It takes a very skilled author to do this well, so the majority of the time, shifting from past to present is just a pet peeve.

Cheesey Covers. I know authors usually have zero control over what the covers of their books look like, so it is not their fault that I sometimes refuse to buy/read books, simply because the cover aggravates me. This is especially true in the romance department. I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but most of the time, I can’t help it.

 

What about you?! What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Do any of your irritants match mine?

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