Category: Romance


Review: 3.5 stars to Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins #YA #Contemporary #Romance

Posted 21 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

three-half-stars

The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. 
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. 
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

 

 

Review:

I wasn’t expecting to not enjoy this as much as I’d hoped I would. The previous books had been 5 stars, brilliant and romantic. But this left me somewhat deflated and…annoyed.

Isla can only be described as an obsessed stalker when it comes to Josh. Ever since her first year at the School of America in Paris (which is…in France) she’s been infatuated with him. He barely knew she existed, or so she thought.

Upon stumbling into a cafe in Manhattan where Josh is sitting quietly, his pen sketching away idly, Isla babbles on and on, drugged up on painkillers. It is kinda funny.

Months later, though, she hasn’t seen or heard from him and she has her best friend Kurt do most of the spying because she’s too much of a wimp to look herself.

I actually didn’t mind Kurt. Yeah he had his problems, but in honest, he was harmless. A bit too truthful, maybe. Blunt, yes. But he cared for Isla, and not in the whole romance way. Although there were times I was expecting him to declare his love. I think that’s just from reading too many love triangle centred books.

So when Josh actually enters Isla’s life, Kurt’s thrown out of the picture and I feel so bad for him because he doesn’t deserve it. I’m a strong believer in that if you get a boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever, you shouldn’t just ditch your friends (however unintentional) just because “you’re in loooove” I mean, really. NO!

The thing that really bothered me in this book, is how quickly Josh and Isla’s relationship moved on and it was a bit too eye-rollingly annoying. In the past two books, sure the girls/guys have liked each other from the start, but nothing has really happened until near the end because in that way, they can grow closer, and we (the reader) can understand them as people instead of them being thrown together and it’s just like those ‘insta-love’ stories. I have no time to process anything when that happens. Instead, I end up disliking Isla because she’s whiny, paranoid, and thinks so little of herself. And I guess in a tiny way, she reminds me of me. Minus the romance.

She was just too…much. And Josh was…a little over the top. Obsessive. It always makes me laugh when they say “I’ve been in love with you since I first saw you” REALLY? I hate to say this but…that’s SO cliche.

Okay, negatives aside, there were some moments that I liked and didn’t feel like I wanted to slap Isla and Josh over the head with a piano. The past characters showing up was probably my favourite. Later in the book than I’d anticipated, but it never fails to get me all excited. I miss the rest of them so much. And the little surprise that happened…aww. Although I have my thoughts, I just can’t say them without spoiling what happened.

The writing as always throughout this book reads just as effortlessly as the past books. How easily it is to slip into someone’s world just fascinates me.

Isla made a lot of mistakes and she was annoying (to me) but  in a way, she came out of it stronger. I’ll miss these characters that have left an imprint on my heart and I will probably reread them at some point, just to refresh the memories.

Over all, not a bad read. But sadly it wasn’t up there with the others. I guess, like with a lot of Calliope’s skating, 3 times in a row is not always guaranteed.

Kat

three-half-stars
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Review: 5 stars to Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins @NaturallySteph

Posted 14 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 2 Comments

five-stars

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

 

Review:

HOW DO I GO ON WITH MY LIFE? a story by me.

So  I literally (well, twenty minutes ago) just finished this amazingly, well written, well romanced, really sweet book and I just have one thing to say: I’m done. I can’t continue anymore. How is it possible for fictional boys to get BETTER?!

I thought I had it all figured out and that there were at least some decent guys in the world, and not all the good ones were fictional, but then Cricket Bell came along and shoved them all out of the park!

But then there was Max, Lola’s boyfriend, who I liked at first. But then a side of him started to show and it was ugly. He wasn’t nice to Lindsay, Lola’s best friend, and he got jealous at any person in the Male category.

OH! I know this is supposed to be continued on from Anna and the French Kiss, but I was like “How is that possible? It’s different characters!” But then…St Clair appeared. And Anna. I tell ya, I freaked out. In a good way, of course. I was so happy to see them because I missed. They weren’t in lots  but it was just nice…y’know?

Cricket…Yes I’m going back to him, if you don’t mind. 🙂 I love him. Who can resist him? He actually reminds me of Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (If you haven’t read that, you so should! It’s hilarious and sweet.). Y’know, tall, skinny, nerdy…and adorable. He just kinda seemed similar. But that’s okay because I like them all. It’s so sad, though, how his story panned out and it wasn’t until the very end that anything was redeemed. His twin sister, Calliope (what an odd name!) is an extreme ice skater and is entering into the Olympics. The Bell family have constantly had to move locations because of her career, and Cricket has put most of his life on hold because he wants to support his sister. But then he falls for the girl next door and things turn bumpy.

It’s sods law, really. When you realise something but then when you’re ready to say anything, that other person has moved on. I was kicking myself (and Cricket!).

So without saying too much, I adored the chemistry between Lola and Cricket, and also…I liked her parents, who are two men. It was certainly a…different set up. I didn’t mind it, it was just odd to get used to. Andy and Nathan were interesting people, and Andy made me laugh sometimes. Nathan was very serious and strict when it came to Lola. Lola’s mother is out of the picture…for the most part. She’s a person who isn’t really in it enough to get a feel of her personality much, I didn’t think.

There was just nothing wrong with this story, and everything RIGHT.

I cannot wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After. No doubt that will leave me hopeless, too. I wish these characters were real. *sigh* If I could rate this a thousand stars, I would.

Kat

five-stars
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Teaser Post: Dirty Blood (Book #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

Posted 11 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

PROMO

Dirty Blood – Heather Hildenbrand

Book 1 – Dirty Blood Series

Paranormal Romance

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

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I felt the air in the car begin to change as I stared back at him. It felt warm and thick, like a humid, post-rain summer day. And even though we were already touching, palm to palm, I suddenly had an intense desire to be closer to him, pressed to him. My muscles ached with it and I had to restrain myself from scooting across the seat, and wrapping my arms around his shoulders, and burying my face in his neck.

The image wouldn’t remove itself from my mind and I finally had to wrench my gaze from his to keep from acting on the impulse. I was breathing heavier, partly because of the thickness in the air and partly from wanting to touch him. I wondered if he was affected, too, but I couldn’t look at him again or I wouldn’t be able to stop myself.

His hand slid free from mine, and he started the car and busied himself with checking the rearview and easing us out of the lot. I pressed the button for the window, letting in a gust of cold air. For once, I didn’t curse the cold, and was relieved when I felt the tension melt away.

When we were on the road, Wes cleared his throat. “Well, that was …”

I lifted my head from where I’d been leaning closer to the open window and looked over at him. He was running a hand through his hair, still searching for a word to describe what had happened. He’d noticed it, too. “Different,” I finished.

He sent me a half smile. “Yeah. Definitely that.”

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5 stars to Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins #YA #Contemporary #Romance

Posted 9 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

 

 

 

Review:

I just..I just need a few minutes/hours/days/months/perhaps years to catch my breath. This book blew me away. I’m serious. I’m across the pond in Paris right now. (hahaha yeah right!) But I wish I was. I had this sudden urge to go there while reading this. It’s only a couple hours away. *sigh*

Right, back to the book. How many I LOVED THIS BOOK can I fit on this page? Not enough. Not. Enough.

I finished this in 2 days and yesterday I was suffering, horribly, with a book hangover. I was at a loss. What did I read next? I’m still in that funk and it’s the funk that keeps on giving. lol

Anna and Etienne.

I.

Can’t.

Form.

Words.

 

I had this book for months, having just casually picked this up at the shop, thinking “ah well, why not?” And I didn’t bother reading it straight away. And then I had a friend read it and she didn’t like it. So I didn’t read it. But another friend read it and loved it so I gave it a shot. I’m pretty sure I lost my heart in the process. I just…words cannot describe my love for this story, these characters. The writing was phenomenal, funny, sad, intense, heartbreaking (different from sad) and just all around Sweet! I aww’ed so much my jaw nearly stuck. haha

I had a grin on my face nearly the whole time and butterflies in my stomach. It’s bad when that happens, because I know that the book has to end and when it does I’ll be lost.

I am now in one of those Contemporary zones where I can’t seem to read anything besides contemp, but nothing seems to reach the epic level that is Stephanie Perkins. I’m even concerned about Lola and the Boy Next Door, because I fear it won’t be as good. Although I have heard it is. But you know when you get a book you adore so much you hug it after you’ve finished the last page…nothing else comes close to keeping you satisfied afterwards.

Etienne is the perfect…everything. Okay so I got a bit annoyed with Anna calling him beautiful all the time but I get that way with any book that has that in, so it’s not necessarily a new thing. The fact that, despite Anna’s obvious infatuation with Etienne, they became friends first. Not just rushed into anything. Yeah, we know he has a girlfriend, but that has never stopped anyone before, y’know.

He was kind, sweet, funny, romantic…just everything. And the best of friend, because he listened and he cared and he stuck up for Anna when others were mean to her. He had his problems, but who doesn’t? But I was glad they weren’t the usual issues that often appear in YA Contemporary these days.

Anna was funny as hell, and just a gem to read. She reminded me a little of myself the way she is with friends and not wanting to rock the boat and when she does she runs away. I know that feeling all too well.

I felt for her, hard, when she realised her feelings for Etienne but things weren’t going to plan. I’ve never been in that situation, but it hurt to read it. I was frustrated at Etienne because of how he was acting. And then you have Anna’s friends: Meredith, Rashmi, Josh..they were all fantastic. I thought their connections were special and I loved their interactions, even in the troubled times. It seemed so genuine and real. Anna’s friends back home were a bit hit and miss. I liked Bridge at first but I didn’t see enough of her to really paint a picture. The same with Matt.

The Paris setting was amazing and it took me back to when I visited years ago, but I’ve never done the touristy stuff and I long to now. To see Paris properly would be grand. Also, wouldn’t mind going to a boarding school and meeting a guy….*sighs dreamily*

 

So there ya go. I can’t recommend this book enough. It has taken over my thoughts, my being, my life. I heart it so much and I hope you do too.

five-stars
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Review: 5 stars to Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

Posted 9 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

five-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.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

Review:

Wow. I absolutely adored this book. Compared to the previous 4, this tops them by…miles. MILES I TELL YOU! Richelle Mead’s writing forever astounds me, but not just that, but the characters. How…deep they are. How they all have their own issues, own problems to get through and we see that, we see them develop and grow and I just love them more in the end.

If you remember, at the end of The Fiery Heart, Sydney is caught by the Alchemists because her father and sister sold her out. Essentially because Sydney fell in love with a Moroi, Adrian. I love Adrian and I hate the Alchemist. They are their own worst enemies because they refuse to see the truth or accept that maybe the Moroi aren’t as bad as they portray them to be.

At the beginning of Silver Shadows, we continue on from Sydney’s isolation in “Re-Education” in an unknown location. After months, she decides on a plan of action, but when it comes to the Alchemists, they’re always going to be one step ahead of whatever Sydney thinks out.

The pacing throughout this was fantastic and always kept me on my toes. I was eager to find out what would happen next. Pages turned one after the other and I was sucked in. Well and truly.

The two POVs for Adrian and Sydney were as intense as each other and I felt so bad for both characters. Adrian was a little bit annoying at first though because he was obviously sinking back into depression because of his Spirit use, and his Aunt Tatiana’s voice in his head was not helping the situation. I was like “GET UP AND GO!” shouting at him. Even though, obviously, he couldn’t hear me.

I won’t spoil too much, but there is one character in Re-Education that I hate. HATE. And I don’t say that often. Sheridan. That bitch can go die now, please. She was the most evil cow in the whole thing and I just…arghhh…I wanted to punch my fist into the book and strangle her. I’ve not hated a character that much in a long time. I became grateful for the POV switch to be honest so that I could have a break. haha

There were moments when I thought, what with Sydney risking her life most of the time, that something awful (more awful?) would happen.

Okay so I probably shouldn’t mention that there’s a BIG thing that happens a few chapters from the end. If you’ve read it, you’ll know. I usually don’t like this happening, but well…okay.  And don’t get me started on that cliff hanger… Enough, Kat. Stop speaking! Let’s just say, it stunned everyone. Even the characters in the book.  *zips lips*

*unzips lips* It was great to see (read?) Lissa and Rose again, as well as Dimitri. We see a lot more of Nina who was introduced with her sister, Olive, in Fiery Heart. Also Sydney’s older sister, Carly.

So, as you can tell, this is one hell of a ride and I sincerely plead for you to read the series if you haven’t already, in which case…uh…dude, what are you reading this for? *shuffles you all to the book store*

I can’t wait for the next book…I think it’s the last one, which will make me cry so hard because Adrian is mine…MINE! I haven’t rated a book 5 stars in a while but this…THIS…amazing book…deserved far more than  5. Maybe 7 or 8? MAYBE 100!

 

Kat

five-stars
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Oooh what’s this? “Bout Of Books 11” August fun!

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Based on true events, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Mature, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fancy doing something different for August?

Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!

Don’t know what it’s about?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!

 

I’ll be taking part. Will you?

 

 

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A Re-Read Review: 4.5 stars to Fallen by Lauren Kate

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-half-stars

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Review:

I don’t think I ever actually wrote a review, on any website, when I first read Fallen. It was way back in  2009, which now I think about it, feels like decades ago. It wasn’t long after the first Twilight movie came out, and I was all hyped up on  YA books with supernatural elements. Loved it all. Still do, 5 years later.

I recently decided I really fancied rereading Hush Hush (series by Becca Fitzpatrick) and I remember tweeting this. A friend of mine said they loved that book (and Patch…naturally :P) and said about favourite book boyfriends. I said about Daniel and Cam from Fallen, which…led me to rereading Fallen (funnily enough, before rereading Hush Hush. I’m all over the place!)

These days I don’t read many books on Angels, because I think they’ve mostly outdone themselves now. There are  maybe the odd exceptions (Rephaim series by Paula Weston and The Mortal Instruments by Cassie Clare) but otherwise, yeah, I kinda outgrew them. But in all the years of reading  Angel type novels, two series stuck out to me – Fallen, and Hush Hush. I just…I became so attached to the characters. (so much so that I wrote full length fanfiction on them both)

Fallen, however weak maybe in it’s prose, compared to other novels I’ve come to love, has an element of ease and comfort, I think. The world, to me, is fascinating and the characters aren’t as one sided as some can be. There’s depth and the angels aren’t so simple. They have their problems, and aren’t all nice like you’d think an angel should or would be. Some of the female characters, i’ll admit, can be flimsy sometimes, but in this case Luce, the lead next to Daniel, and whose story it is told from, grows throughout the series. She starts off troubled but not so hard and serious as she ends up in the end of Fallen. She becomes less innocent in matters, and learns who she really is in relation to Daniel, and struggles to come to terms with her impending doom, so to speak. I think (I’m now onto the sequel – Torment) she is still a little weak, but from what I remember in the other books, she really becomes tough. A true heroine, so to speak. But I’ll get into that when I get to those reviews.

Another thing I like about Fallen is, despite there being lots of description, it is easy to understand. To imagine. And not full of long, hefty words that make me confused and in search of a dictionary. It explains in a simple manner but isn’t dumbed down. There are some of my favourite characters in this book, like Arriane and Penn. Two very different people but who make life at Sword and Cross slightly easier to handle for Luce. Cam is also another favourite, though I was on the very edge of hating him once again because of certain events. He’s both evil but also shows signs of humanity that is supposedly lost to him, or is supposed to be. He’s like the Loki of the Angels. You wanna hate him…but you just can’t. 😛

Daniel, really…what is there to say? He’s like…a dream. *sighs* If I talk about him, you (and I) might be here for days.

I can’t wait to reread Torment and tell you what I think. Truthfully, these books haven’t been read since the first time, and it’s like a brand new experience to me. It’s like someone came and rewrote them. ha. I know from research that this series was “packaged” and that’s a delicate subject to bring up because many feel that the story isn’t authentic, if the author didn’t come up with it her/himself. But in my opinion, the idea is just the ingredients, but the story is the cake and that takes a lot more work, to get it cooked to perfection.

What a weird but appetising analogy. 😛

Kat

four-half-stars
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PBA Release Event Blitz + Alloy Entertainment Press Release

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, Dystopian, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital-First Imprint with Amazon Publishing

 

First three books release today 

SEATTLE—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—July 29, 2014—Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

 

Today also marks the publication date for the imprint’s first three titles:

 

  • Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand, which follows Ven, the clone of a wealthy, 18-year-old named Raven. Imitations like Ven only leave the lab when their Authentics need them—to replace the dead, be an organ donor, or in Ven’s case, serve as bait when Raven’s life is threatened. It is Ven’s job to draw out Raven’s assailants, but she must decide if she is prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she has never met.

  • Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter, a coming-of-age story about a teenager named Ashley who sees her 23-year-old self when she looks in the mirror. Her older self has been through it all before, and helps Ashley survive torment from high school bullies, unrequited love for her best friend and a volatile relationship with her mom. But her older self also carries the scars of a terrible and imminent event in Ashley’s life that she’s powerless to stop.

  • Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart, a sci-fi fantasy adventure set in the war-torn Dominion of Atalanta. For Aris, the fighting is worlds away from the safety of her seaside town until her boyfriend Calix is drafted into the military. When Aris herself is recruited to become a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping to be reunited with Calix. But what starts as mission driven by love turns into one of duty as Aris becomes a true soldier determined to save her Dominion…or die trying.

 Alloy Entertainment acquired the books based on the unique voices of the authors and originality of the stories. The company worked closely with each of the writers throughout the publishing process in an effort to gain the widest possible readership. The books will be published under the Alloy Entertainment publishing banner, which currently includes more than 75 New York Times bestsellers.

“One of our strengths is working with talented authors to create and develop properties that have mass entertainment appeal,” said Leslie Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment. “This program is an exciting extension of our business and will allow us to leverage Amazon’s ability to distribute to an incredibly diverse and broad readership.”

“Rebel Wing is the book of my heart. It’s a story I felt compelled to tell, both from the perspective of an Army wife and as someone who believes you can never have enough strong female characters in the world,” said author Tracy Banghart. “Being given the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented folks at Alloy to make it the best version of itself was an exciting and affirming process, and knowing that its distribution will be handled by Amazon—a company that has already made so much possible for me as an indie author—is pretty much the definition of win-win as far as I’m concerned.”

“Alloy has a tremendous track record developing stories, like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, that our customers love,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to promote these books from Alloy Entertainment with our Powered by Amazon program. It’s a great fit.”  

Authors who publish with Alloy Entertainment’s new digital-first imprint receive an advance and royalties paid on a monthly basis. Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.

 

About Alloy Entertainment

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100. AE has successfully adapted several of its properties into hit television shows for broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The 100. AE feature films includeSisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique, with several additional projects currently in development including Sisterhood Everlasting, The Merciless and The Brokenhearted.

 

About Amazon.com

Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking.  Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

 

 

 

 

When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw-out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

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The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

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Author Info:

Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you’re really thinking. And she’ll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn’t ask you about.

Aimee blogs for both writers and readers at www.aimeelsalter.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

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Tracy Banghart is a cheesy movie-loving, fantasy football-playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

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Oceanborn by Amalie Howard – Release Blitz & Giveaway!

Posted 29 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.

 

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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

 

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4.5 stars to Shimmer (The Rephaim #3) by Paula Weston

Posted 25 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.

She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim – a 140-year-old half-angel – whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.

But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.

It’s a race against time – and history. And it may already be too late.

 

Review:

 

I have loved this series from the beginning, and I can’t get over how brilliant it is. Fresh and generally well written, the characters are both likeable and complex, and the fact it’s not a generalised YA (I think it’s NA…maybe?)…makes me love it even more. There’s no element that is focused on more. I mean, the romance – yes, it’s there, but it’s not full focus. The angels – yes, they’re there of course, but hot damn they’re not the main story and then you have the history between each and every character, and the fact that Gaby and Jude lost their memories.

 

Essentially, this series is about them. And how they’re thrown into a world they’d supposedly grown up in but then something happened, they don’t know what, and suddenly their memories are gone and they’re torn apart. A year later, they find each other again with no clue as to who these Rephaim are that have found them.

Rafa and Gabe…Okay so now, at the end of Haze we find Rafa gets taken by the Gatekeepers and in Shimmer we discover just how much torture him and Taya, another character also taken, have had to endure.

Gaby is freaking the hell out and I can’t say I blame her. What’s worse is the Five, which is to say the ones running the Sanctuary – Nathaniel, who is the leader – won’t come up with a decision on whether they should go and rescue Rafa and Taya.

I love the interaction between Gabe and the other Outcasts and that she’s not entirely on any particular side. She’s doing things for HER and not for anyone else. Whether that makes her selfish, who knows. But she knows what she wants. Mya is another character I came to like – even though, I know, she’s a total bitch – and she has such a technical back story it’s confuuuusing!

The Outcasts want to fight with everybody and the Rephaim are just as antsy, having the Outcasts stay on their premises. It’s all very tense. The plot manages to have the characters grow and eventually they all figure out a way to work together, even if that means not getting the approval of Nathaniel – who, it turns out, has been lying to them about their heritage.

On top of the action, there’s also some HOT loving going on (no spoilers) and I just…*fans self* Wow. I can’t wait for the fourth book. I can’t remember if a title has been released, but I already know it’s going to be a killer book and I will be super sorry to have it finish. 🙁

This is definitely a series that comes around once every few years and damn….I LOVE IT!

 

-Kat

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