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Mini Reviews: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson // The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead #contemporary #romance #supernatural #YA

Posted 20 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

5 stars!

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’d tried reading it last year, but something about my mood wasn’t letting me like it. I know. Weird, right? In any case, I finally decided to get this from the library instead, y’know, just in case it didn’t work out. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve read books involving road trips before, and have always liked them, but that doesn’t always mean I like everything about them. But this…Amy’s journey, mentally (and physically) is both heartwarming and fascinating. Maybe a part of me could relate in terms of what she’s had to go through (though I didn’t have to move across the country because of it), in that she lost her father. Something about it stuck with me, about how you need to move on, etc etc. I liked that this wasn’t instant love at first sight, and it built over time, which I prefer. Always. Roger was sweet, and completely hooked on her ex-girlfriend and he only has one goal, initially, and that’s to find her and figure out why she dumped him.

What he doesn’t plan on is how the road trip (that was meant to be simple, a to b, instead turned out to be a wild discovery of awesomeness) would cause him to realise that plans change. Him and Amy’s situation, going from barely knowing each other, to a full out…well, love story, is so utterly romantic I wanna cry. And boy, do I want to go on a road trip now. SO BADLY. Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this! I wish I’d bought the book now. I might do that, so I can reread it. Also, the doodles and pictures in this were adorable, and it actually informed me on stuff I hadn’t a clue about. Okay, enough rambles. A solid 5 stars from me!

 

4 stars!

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

It took me quite some times to really get into this, I think because the pacing felt a bit off. There were slow moments, and then BAM things were off like a race. It definitely took longer to read compared to Silver Shadows; that kept me on my toes and I wanted to know what happened next. Where as with this…I still enjoyed it, but I kept on putting the book down. And I don’t do that with books I love.

There were real moments of potential, where it could have been…tighter, I guess. I liked the magical aspect, as usual, and also how they were trying to find out where Jill was* but a lot of the clues were pretty basic. They could have been so much better, more complicated maybe. There’s not much else I can say without spoiling too much. But I did like Ruby Circle, I just wish I could say I loved it. Maybe 4 stars is high, but I can’t rate it lower, given that this is one of my favourite series. ♥

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#BOOKHAUL #1 – March 2015 edition #YA #Fantasy #Contemporary #Dystopian

Posted 28 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

BOOK HAUL #1

March 2015

I’ve not done a book haul in….oh god, years? I’m pretty sure this is either the second or third post I’ve ever done on it. I keep meaning to, but you know how it goes…

Now, I know the end of the month is a weird time to put one up, but granted, I don’t get books all the time, so it might not be every month, and when in the month I don’t know. I’m confusing myself. Right…On with it.

This month I seem to have accumulated quite a few books, from either the library or buying, or even as freebies ( Who doesn’t like a freebie, huh?)

Bought books:

Legend/Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu – Last year sometime, I got Legend from the library. It took me ages to track it down, but once I did, I read it and loved it and I guess I got a bit sidetracked because I kept meaning to get the next two but didn’t. And the book shop would always have one without the others, so I couldn’t buy them in order. Until now, that is. FINALLY. I saw the Legend series in Waterstones and I was like “Those are MINE!” kinda like Gollum except not quite as creepy. I can’t wait to continue reading the series, but as you’ll find out, I have many more to get one with.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton – What feels like a long time ago now (but was only actually a few months) I requested and was accepted a copy of Seeker from Netgalley. Now, for those of you new to reading my blog, I’m TERRIBLE at reading ebooks.  I don’t have a kindle so I read off my laptop. I prefer print copies, therefore when I saw this in shop, I had to get it. Now I can flit through it like a…very fast reader? I dunno, I’m not fast at anything. But I’m excited to try this. It’s got a fantasy element with lots of action and adventure. 🙂

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve had this book a good month or more, which I guess doesn’t count as a march haul, but it will do for now. I had heard such big things about it, and also…some not. So I’m a bit unsure about how I’m going to get on with it. Still, it will be interesting. Sometimes I’ll hear bad things and then read it, only to find I love it. Everyone’s different.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I had pre ordered this way back in November, and finally managed to pick it up in February (the warehouse had issues, and apparently didn’t want to email me to tell me that Waterstones had the book delivered already -.-) so again, not technically a March book, but you get the picture. I’m catching up. I am currently half way through this beast of a book, and let me tell you…it’s a good one. However, I’ve hit a bit of a…rut, as it were, with reading and so have come to a halt. I want to finish it, but it might be a while. I blame Netflix. Then again, I was the one that signed up for a month…*sigh*

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve waited for EVER to get this. I’ve seen reviews and also, I loved Hex Hall (though the sequel…not as much…) so I was looking forward to this. When the paperback was finally up on Amazon, I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I have tried to read a bit of it, and I just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe once I’m fully out of my rut, I’ll have a fresher head to deal with complex descriptions, but for now it’s going on the back burner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – Another one I’ve heard endless praise for and when I saw it, I thought oh what the hell? I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you all know when I do.

 

Library Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Not necessarily a book I’ll read twice, but people have talked about it and it’s got me intrigued. I think it’s a horror kind of story so I’m unsure. But hey…the name caught my interest.

Tape by Steven Camden – The name, the cover, the blurb on the back…It’s not my usual kind of book, but it sounds good.

Riot by Sarah Mussi – Again, the cover caught my attention. I think I’ve seen this advertised before, but wasn’t sure about it. So that’s why I get from the library the ones I’m on the edge about. 

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – I’ve seen this around for ages, but now I finally bit the bullet and got it. 🙂

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I was meant to get this last summer. I’d entered a contemporary kick and was all over them like a crazy person. But what bit I had read of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it. So now I can read it without the added commitment…squeee! 

 

Freebies!!!

As I said before, who doesn’t like free books?! I recently got invited to a book blogger event for Maria V Snyder, promoting her new book Shadow Seeker. Though I’m shy and awkward and socially inept, I did have a good time. It was lovely to meet Maria and the many other book bloggers. I don’t usually get involved in the community like others do, so it was a bit daunting. I hadn’t known what to expect as it was my first ever blogger event, so I was surprised when they gave out goody bags at the end.

Inside these were:

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry – I loved Pushing The Limits, but didn’t necessarily like the others in that series, so I’m so happy to finally have more of Echo and Noah. 

Monster by C. J. Skuse – I’ve not heard of this before, but I guess that makes sense as it’s an advanced copy. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait to dig in.

I also got given a copy of Shadow Seeker by Maria V Snyder. It was funny because I’d only rushed out that day to get it to get signed…only to be handed one at the event. Sods law, really. I’m a few chapters in to it now and loving it! FYI the UK cover is so much better. 😛

 

I would mention what I got from Netgalley as well but I’m afraid that might make me sound worse than I feel. HaHa.

What are you reading? Any books you’re looking forward to that are out in April? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xxKatxx

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#CoverReveal: The Assassin’s Revenge Series by Tara Crescent

Posted 15 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance / 0 Comments

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The Assassin’s Revenge series by Tara Crescent

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March 16, 2015

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I have a mission. Kill the man who kidnapped me. Kill the guards who raped me. I have guns and knives and I’m not afraid to use them. Nothing will stop me.

Then I walk into a bar and I notice him. He is gorgeous.

For four long years, my only response to anything sexual has been revulsion and fear. This time, it feels different.

I could use him. I want to use him. I could sleep with him and make a pleasurable memory as a counterpoint to the painful ones. I’m not a frightened young girl anymore. I’m a trained assassin, capable of killing him with my bare hands. This time, I’ll be in control.

He’s just supposed to be a distraction, this mysterious man in the bar that I have a one-night stand with. But I can’t predict the secrets he is hiding… secrets that are about to intersect my world in painful, unanticipated, and dangerous ways.

~*~ABOUT TARA CRESCENT~*~

Hello, I’m Tara Crescent. I’ve always fantasized about being a mysterious spy, leading a secret double-life, and now, I find that that’s come true!

Sort of.

By day, I’m a mild-mannered corporate drone in Toronto, but by night, I’m limited only by my imagination; I sit, and I type, and I am a daring writer of BDSM, erotica and romance.

In my spare time, I write of course. I also read, garden, travel, cook, and almost never clean. I just started watching Walking Dead on Netflix (zombie erotica, anyone?), and I’m impatiently awaiting the next episode of Doctor Who. (I would kill for a TARDIS.)

I’ve scribbled bits and pieces all my life, chiefly inspired by what I’m reading, which tends to be mainly science-fiction and fantasy, with a healthy sprinkling of romance and erotica thrown in.

I’m a huge believer in happily-ever-after, but tempered by real life, where happily-ever-after is possible, but takes work. My favorite kind of romance stories are ones that are somewhat believable; I like strong men and women who know what they want out of life, and are driven to get it.

I love reader email; I can be reached at taracrescent@gmail.com.

Happy reading and writing!

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#BlogTour & Giveaway: Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West @MB_West @EntangledTeen #YA #SciFi

Posted 12 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

collideCollide (The Taking #3)

by Melissa West

Release Date: 02/09/15

Entangled Teen

320 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she’s ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

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EXCERPT!!!!

I walk down the dirt road and stare off into the distance, my mind on the impending war, when my eye catches on something beside the road. A half mile away, but absolutely there. I edge closer, another step, then another, my heartbeat picking up. The wind slowly slips around me, throwing my hair in my face as I strain to see.

The figure moves toward me, and I toward it, then I see long white hair whip in the wind and suddenly my blood stops pumping, my legs stop moving, my lungs stop drawing breath. But still, he continues to move. I scramble back, falling, digging into the dirt, desperate to get away. I have no weapon, nothing. I’m not prepared. I can’t fight him. Not here. Not now. And then in a blink of the eye, he’s in front of me and every muscle in my body quakes with fear. A slow smile creeps across Zeus’s face, and then one word is placed in my mind as though it were my thought instead of his.

Soon.

Ah!” I gasp for a breath that won’t come and scramble up, only to find myself tangled in blankets. I fight against them, just as Jackson pulls me against him. “Jackson?” I blink hard, momentarily disoriented. “How did I get back here? Where is he? Did you see him?”

I try to stand, but Jackson forces me to sit still. “Ari, it was just a dream. You had a dream.”

No. You weren’t in here. I was alone and then I went outside and—”

You didn’t. I came in shortly after we all went to bed. I couldn’t sleep without you. And I’m sorry about earlier.”

My mind reels, unable to stop. “Wait, no, you weren’t here, and I left. I went outside. I—”

Why don’t I get you some water? Stay here, okay? I’ll be right back.”

He steps outside the makeshift curtain, and I sit back in my bed, my hands shaking. I clench them together in hopes of steadying them, and that’s when my gaze lands on my fingers, on the thick red mud caked underneath each nail. I hold them out in front of me, fighting to keep a sob from escaping my lips.

It wasn’t a dream. Zeus is here.

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Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

 

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#BookTour: How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown @LBrownRoberts @entangledteen @nereydag1003

Posted 5 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

How (Not) HOWNOTTOFALL_1600pxTo Fall In Love

by Lisa Brown Roberts 

Release Date: 02/03/15

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Finding true love on the other side of the tracks was never so much fun in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary novel.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.

Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.

Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.

Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?

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An Interview with Darcy Covington from HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE

Thanks for stopping by, Darcy. Let’s start with an easy question. Hobbies?

I like to make jewelry, but I don’t have much time for that. Things are sort of…chaotic right now.

You’re talking about your dad, right? What’s it like having him missing? All the rumors online about him? How do you feel about it?

How do you think I feel? It’s awful. I’m sick of reporters making stuff up and spreading lies about my dad. Everyone thinks he totally abandoned his company, and his family. Those stupid internet trolls are accusing him of embezzling a ton of money and fleeing the country. But he didn’t. I know he didn’t…

Where is he, Darcy? Have you talked to him?

(Long silence)

Darcy? A lot of people are looking for your dad. If you know where he is—

I don’t know where he is! But I know what kind of person he is. He’d never steal. And he wouldn’t just abandon my mom and me without a good reason. He’s coming back. I know he is.

David Letterman doesn’t think so. Did you see his Top 10 list of reasons why your dad bailed?

Lucas was right. I never should’ve come here. You’re just going to spread lies about my dad like all the other reporters. (Stands up to leave)

Darcy, wait, don’t storm off. Who’s Lucas?

He’s a friend. One of my only friends right now.

So he’s the protective type? Your knight in shining armor?

He’s not…we’re not…(takes a deep breath). We’re not, um, a couple.

You sure about that?

HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE by Lisa Brown Roberts

A girl who’s lost everything meets a guy who can fix anything. Just one problem: Falling in love isn’t an option.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.

Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.

But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself…if she has the courage to follow it.


lisa brown robertsAbout the Author
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.


Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter. 

 

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#BlogTour: Paper Or Plastic by Viv Barnes @nereydag1003 @vivibarnes @entangledteen

Posted 3 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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by Vivi Barnes 

Release Date: 2015

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage…

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only thing stranger than the staff is the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and completely below her social sphere—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her starting spot on the school softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst store in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

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Your first job—do you remember it? I worked in a drycleaners (manning the front), which was kind of fun, actually, because my best friend worked there as well. Shenanigans ensue when you work with your friend—as Lex quickly finds out during her summer at SmartMart.

I backed up, hefted the can in my hand and rolled it toward the boxes. Jake and I both laughed as boxes flew everywhere.

“Your turn to set up,” he said.

I couldn’t help myself. I crouched down to pick up the boxes and built a macaroni box pyramid—proud that I made four tiers instead of Jake’s three.

“Okay, your turn,” I said, turning to face Jake, but Noah was standing in his place, frowning, his arms crossed. Jake was nowhere to be seen—probably ran as soon as he caught sight of the manager.

“What are you doing?” Noah asked.

“Oh, um, I was just—“

“You can’t stack boxes of food like that. What are you thinking?”

Crap. “I’m sorry. I’ll pick it up.” My face burning, I turned back to the pyramid of boxes. It sucked being called out by Noah like that. I’d have hoped he’d have a better sense of humor. Or at least not make me feel like such a slacker.

A can rolled past me, knocking into the pyramid and scattering boxes everywhere.

I whipped around to see him smirking. “Told you,” he said. “You didn’t build it with enough support at the bottom. Way too easy.”

I picked up the can of green beans and hefted it in my hand, walking toward him slowly. His eyes widened as if he thought I was going to throw it at him, though the shit-eating grin still lingered on his face. “Your turn to set it up,” I said when I reached him. “Let’s see if an architect can build a better a pyramid.”

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The ‘Avril (freaking!) Lavigne’ #BOOKTAG! #YA

Posted 1 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Everybody in the blogosphere seems to be doing the Taylor Swift book tag. Now, I LOVE TayTay. But I think if I were to do that, I’d be jumping on THAT particular band wagon. Time for a mix up, eh? So this time, I’m going to bring out the old school music and go for…

Avril (FREAKING!!!) Lavigne!

Granted, her older stuff is way better than the new, but who cares? Here goes my list!

(P.S. Sorry about the set up. I’ve tried it fix it like…10 times, but the alignments just won’t do what I want.)

Anything But Ordinary

 

This book. Oh this book. I got it a few months after it came out. I heard all the hype. I tried it, didn’t like it, couldn’t get into it, dropped it. Months later, tried again. Same result. A year later…I read it, and BOOM. Something in my brain clicked, and then I couldn’t get enough! This is definitely anything but ordinary!

 

 

My Happy Ending

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’d LOVED the first two, Divergent and Insurgent. I’d had hopes for Allegiant, but since so many complained about it before I’d managed to get a copy, I found myself losing faith…Why couldn’t we have worked it out?!

What The Hell?!

So this could be both ‘what hell were you thinking?” or ‘what the hell, I’m gonna like this even if you don’t!” And with that, I declare:

The Fallen series is my biggest ‘WHAT THE HELL?!” series ever. I loved it (granted, the last book was let down a bit, but the rest…great.) Now. I’m sure you’re wondering why I haven’t put Twilight under this tag. I would. But so many others have also done this, it now seems redundant.

 

Push

“Maybe you should just shut up
Even when it gets tough
Baby ‘cause this is love.
And you know when push comes to shove
It’s gonna take the both of us
Baby, this is love
Baby, this is love”

 

NEED I (or Avril?) SAY MORE? All the hearts.

Goodbye

“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my love
I can’t hide, can’t hide, can’t hide what has come

I have to go
I have to go
I have to go
And leave you alone
But always know
Always know
Always know that I love you so
I love you so
I love you so, oh”

 

Here’s To Never Growing Up

 

Pretty sure this title has to go to Harry Potter. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the books and though I know it’s read by many adults, it’s still the first fantasy book I ever picked up (at 14? I think.). I’ll never forget it. ♥

I’d put in pictures, but there are too many. haha.

 

Not Enough

The House Of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast.

Sorry, but I’d loved these books…and then by book 9 they just started to get ridiculous. I can’t believe they’re still going, or have just finished –  I lost track. It saddens me when this happens.

“I’m sorry if this hurts you
But I tried to keep what we had once I was wrong
It wasn’t keeping me awake

You didn’t listen, you didn’t hear me
When I said I want more, I got no more
You weren’t stealing me away

It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To give me what it is I want
It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To get me everything I need
And I, I wish it was
I think it’s time to give this up”

4 Real

“‘Cause I’m 4 real, are you 4 real?
I can’t help myself, it’s the way I feel
When you look me in the eyes, like you did last night
I can’t stand to hear you say goodbye

Well, it feels so right ’cause it feels so right
Just to have you standing by my side
So don’t let me go ’cause you have my soul
And I just wanted you to know

I don’t wanna look back ’cause I know that we have
Something the past could never change
And now I’m stuck in the moment and my heart is open
Tell me that you feel the same.”

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I can’t believe this series is coming to an end, with Ruby Circle being the last book. *hear my cries!* I’m going to miss Adrian. SYDRIAN FEELS EVERYWHERE! And just…the whole world that Richelle Mead has created. I look forward to what she does next, but I don’t know…will it…CAN it…top this?

The Best Damn Thing

It’s a toss up between:

       AND          

I recently discovered the Geek Girl series and I am in love, but then Silver Shadows was the best thing ever and….*sigh*

 

When You’re Gone

“When you’re gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you’re gone
The face I came to know is missing too

When you’re gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through
The day and make it ok
I miss you”

Yeah, I really miss this. I reread all the time, but it’s not really the same, is it?

Innocence

“It’s the state of bliss you think you’re dreaming
It’s the happiness inside that you’re feeling
It’s so beautiful, it makes you wanna cry.”

This book was one raved about book and I am so glad it came into my world. I loved it. The world, the people, the story itself…

All the hearts!

 Wish You Were Here

This goes for several series that have ended, but the biggest one (and yes, I know she hasn’t ended the world of Shadowhunters, she has finished this series!) has to be:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

I actually wanted to put Twilight, lol. I really want to. Can I have two? I think…okay. So this song goes to both Twilight and TMI AND TID and well okay SO many. But yeah…you get the picture. *sniffles*

Last but not least!

Smile

“Yo-u said “Hey,
What’s your name?”
It took one look
And now we’re not the same
Yeah you said “Hey.”
And since that day
You stole my heart
And you’re the one to blame”

‘Nuff said. 😀

Lyrics from MetroLyrics and pictures from goodreads and google.

I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

Dude, that was hard to do! lol

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#BlogTour: The Fire Mages by Pauline M. Ross

Posted 20 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Blog Tours, Book Promo, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

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Welcome to the Fire Mages book tour.

 

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Title: The Fire Mages

Author: Pauline M. Ross

Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure / Romance

Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra’s dreams in an instant.

Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.

While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country. Trusting the wrong side could get her killed–or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil.

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The highway was lined three or four deep in honour of the Kellon’s arrival, despite a misty rain. I was there with my whole family – Mother, Father, three sisters, two brothers, and my eldest sister’s husband and children. The procession arrived an hour or two later than expected. A long train of horsemen in the local colours preceded several fine carriages, wagons of luggage and finally the open carts for the servants. The Kellon and most of his retainers would stay at the village guest house, with the overflow squeezed into the inn.

The Kellon himself rode near the front, his armour loose enough to accommodate his belly. Guards surrounded him, and behind came several men in leather riding trousers and long coats, the full skirts trailing over their horses’ rumps. I spotted the bulk of the Kellon’s Steward, and one man was recognisable as a mage by the tattoo on his forehead. The others were indistinguishable older men with serious faces looking straight ahead, either uninterested in the village peasantry or with their thoughts fixed on weightier matters. Or perhaps focused on their stomachs, since they were late for the noon board.

One man was different. He was younger than the others, only a few years older than me, and since he wore no riding scarf, his dark hair jumped out of the array of blond heads around him. Odder still, as he passed by, he turned towards me and stared directly into my eyes, as if, somehow, he knew me and had picked me out from the sea of identical women. Yet I had never seen him before.

“Well, that was peculiar,” said Alita, my next oldest sister. “I’ve not seen him here before. Why did he look at you in that way?”

I could only shrug. I shivered, suddenly chilled from standing so long in the drizzle.

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Author Bio

Pauline lives in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland with her husband, her grown up daughter and a mad cat. She likes chocolate, whisky, her Kindle, massed pipe bands, long leisurely lunches, watching TV with her daughter, chocolate, going places in her campervan, eating pizza in Italy, summer nights that never get dark, wood fires in winter, chocolate, the view from the study window looking out over the Moray Firth and the Black Isle to the mountains beyond. And chocolate. She dislikes driving on motorways, cooking, shopping, hospitals. ‘The Fire Mages’ is her second published work. ‘The Plains of Kallanash’ was published in September 2014.

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#CoverReveal: Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith #Historical #Romance @Keely_keith

Posted 13 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Dystopian, Mature, New Adult, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

Want to see the cover for Keely Brooke Keith’s upcoming sequel to Land Uncharted?!
Well…here we go!
Title: Uncharted Redemption
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press
Description: Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his
mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy
Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own.
When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver
justice and restore the woman he loves. As tradition stands in the way of
redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn
his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists. Romantic, suspenseful,
and filled with adventure, Uncharted
Redemption
weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.
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is the second book in the Uncharted series. If you haven’t read The Land Uncharted, it’s best to start here:
The Land Uncharted

Book One:

Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

 

Summary:
Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.
 
Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. 
 
Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.
 
Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.
 
As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?
 
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Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:
“Not only is Keely’s writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of ReverieThe Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

 

About the Author

Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 
 
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#YA releases in #2015 – TOP 20

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Funny, Mature, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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So for the past few years I’ve assembled a list of books released in the year, month by month. But because of time and effort, I’ve decided to compile my top 20 most anticipated books in Young Adult!

In no particular order:

1: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead

It’ll be such a shame to see this amazing series end. I have loved every book of Bloodlines, just as I had with Vampire Academy. I’m really excited to see how it ends. Sad, too.

2) The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3) by Maureen Johnson

It seems like decades ago since book 2 was released. After that cliff hanger, I thought I wouldn’t survive the wait, but here I am. Alive and kicking and screaming, wanting book 3!

3) The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

When The One was released, I read it as fast as I could and then suffered from the biggest book-hangover. The prospect of having MORE of these adorable characters….words fail me.

4) End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3) by Susan Ee

I was a late comer to this partaaay! But I fell in love with Penryn and Raffe, and can’t wait for more.

5) All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Yikes! It feels like forever since the Gallagher Girls series ended, and then you had Heist Society which seems to have gone on a break – and I’m very excited for All Fall Down. The wait is nearly over!

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

What can I say? It’s Rainbow!

7) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve heard a lot about this book and I look forward to putting the rumours to rest. I’m sure I’ll love it!

8) Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters kicking butt…just the way I like it. 🙂

9) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han

I wasn’t sure if there was ever going to be a sequel, but here we are. And I am bouncing.

10) All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4) by Holly Smale

I’ve yet to finish Geek Girl 3 (I’d been reading it in the book shop because I’m waiting for it come out in paperback) but am hopping with excitement over book 4!

11) The Selection Stories: The Queen & The Favorite (The Selection, #0.4, #2.6) by Keira Cass

It’s Kiera. End of discussion.

12) Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

I’ve enjoyed Maria’s other word (Poison Study series, and I’ve got the others somewhere…) so I’m looking forward to this.

13) The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

I missed Rachel’s work. I loved the Soul Screamer series, and this sounds just as good!

14) Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters. LOVE IT!

15) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Interested.

16) Menagerie (Menagerie, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Another new gem from Rachel and I can’t freaking WAIT!

17) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I heard this is a Middle Grade story, but I don’t care. I heart Tahereh’s writing so much. She’s just…perfection.

18) Burn (The Rephaim, #4) by Paula Weston

Ahhhhhh! This has to be one of the most underrated series ever. I love these.

19) Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles, #2) by Lauren DeStefano

SQUEEE!

20) Please Remain Calm (This Is Not a Test, #2) by Courtney Summers

Book 1 was wild. Book 2 must be CRAZY.

As you can see most of these are continuations of a series, but there are a few that are new. Let me know what you’re excited for in the comments below. 😀

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