Wednesday, July 31, 2013

COVER ALERT!





THE COVER OF THE NEXT book in the Elemental series has been revealed!!!

BEHOLD THE COVER OF ........

.......

SECRET

Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

Kensington Books 
Release Date: January 28, 2014

ISBN: 0758294379

OMG I cannot wait for this book!!!!

So that's Quinn and the guy next to her is the mystery guy!

I wonder who he is....

 PREVIOUS BOOKS 


Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Luck of The Dragon

THIS BOOK IS FOR ADULTS

Luck of the Dragon
Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.
 
Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to steal his largest diamond exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. But before he can handcuff her to his bed and explain the details of a mating ceremony, an enemy attacks and threatens to destroy his casino, his people, and his newfound mate.


Source: Publisher (Thanks Entangled Publishing!)

Links: Goodreads ,amazon


My Thoughts:

Luck of the Dragon is an interesting and fun addition to the romantic genre.This book features a mythological character not dealt with often i.e. dragons . I for one found the shape shifting dragon part of the story to be pretty unique.

The female protagonist is in a tight spot and agrees to help case a joint for a heist. If you're expecting an Ocean's Eleven type book I suggest you look elsewhere because this book's main focus is the romance and the story doesn't focus on the planned heist as much as the trust issues of the characters and the guilt. 

I enjoyed reading this novel because it was quick,light and fun. It also had an interesting heroine and does explore a little bit of the paranormal history of the characters which is something that I didn't find in many other covet books.

Overall, if you're looking for a romance which has hints of but not a complicated or elaborate  paranormal backstory and deals with shape shifters or dragons look no further.

My Rating :

3.5/5

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Catching Fire *NEW* movie trailer (SO much awesome!)

SO there's a NEW catching fire movie trailer and it is so much better than the first one! (my opinion)

I'm so excited for this movie now!!!!! 


Also, apparently they showed a divergent trailer at comic con ... 

HOPE they release it soon !

For the time being I'm going to be fangirling over the new Catching Fire movie trailer!


THOUGHTS?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Copper Girl Blog Tour: Interview with Author + GIVEAWAY!

This book is not classified as young adult. It is classified as urban fantasy.

Copper Girl (Copper Legacy #1)
 Sara had always been careful.
She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.
Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara's dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.

Links: Goodreads , Amazon


Today I have the author of Copper Girl at the blog talking about herself and her book !

So...what can you tell me about your new book,Copper Girl?
Copper Girl follows Sara Corbeau, an Elemental who has had to hide her true nature for most of her life. You see, magic has been outlawed, and if anyone gets caught using the government locks them up and throws away the key. Sara's doing a pretty good job of being ordinary, until she takes a nap in her car and has a dream about a man with silver eyes. When he turns out to be real, things get interesting.

What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) did you draw from while writing this book?
I drew inspiration from a few books, namely Sunshine by Robin McKinley and War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. I was also inspired by my own love of jewelry making, my sucession of boring desk jobs, and a lifelong interest in Celtic myth and folk tales.

What genre would you classify your book under? What fascinates you about this genre
Copper Girl is an urban fantasy. I love the juxtaposition of ordinary life with fantastic elements, like an elf working as a barista.

what's your favourite scene/line from the book?
My favorite scene, hands down, is the scene in the oak. If I tell you about it, I'll give away a huge spoiler, so you'll just have to read it ;)

Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
1. I began my first novel in the eight grade
2. I have been to six European countries
3. I have three year old twins
4. I have worked as a book seller, barista, recycling coordinator, retail manager, marketing coordinator, and claim analyst
5. I have a tattoo based on the comic Elfquest


Can you tell us a little about the main characters in Copper Girl?
Sara Corbeau is the titular copper girl. She's a metal Elemental, and her mark is a copper raven emblazoned across her back. Her father and brother went missing after the Magic Wars, and she's been trying to lay low and avoid the same fate. Her love interest is Micah Silverstrand, also a metal Elemental, who just happens to be an elf from the Otherworld, and the Lord of Silver. He takes Sara to his ruler, the Iron Queen, to help Sara find her missing family members. We also meet Sara's best frenemy, Juliana; her siblings, Max and Sadie; and her mother, Maeve, who is a bit more than meets the eye.

What would you do If you could rewind time?
That's a loaded question! I would probably leave myself winning lottery numbers or stock tips.

What's the last book you've read?
I just finished Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

what's next?
I've got the next three installments of The Copper Legacy to get out - Copper Ravens, Copper Veins, and Copper Princess, respectively. There's also a spinoff duology in the works. I'm also gearing up to re-release my epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, in 2014, and I'm working on an urban fantasy set in Scotland. You could say that my plate is full.

Rapid Fire(what it the first thing that comes to your mind when I say....)
Twilight  - dusk
Black - blue
Harry Potter - Sorcerer's Stone
Hot - sauce
Wings - Buffalo
Coffee - yes
T.V. - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Copper 
- girl


You can check out the FIRST chapter of Copper Girl HERE !


ABOUT THE Author
Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, a parrot (maroon bellied conure, to be exact), two cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.
Friend me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jennallis
Follow me on Twitter: @parthalan


GIVEAWAY



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: The Elusive Wife


THIS BOOK IS FOR ADULTS

The Elusive Wife
Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. However, he doesn’t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn’t seen her since. The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl’s attention. Newly arrived from the country to stay with her school friend for the Season, she is appalled to discover that her husband, Lord Coventry, doesn't even recognize her. She's not about to tell the arrogant arse that she is his wife. Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by day. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… Too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible. 


Source: Netgalley (Thanks Entangled Publishing!)
My Thoughts:
This book was SO MUCH fun!

I loved it so much.It's been a very long time since I've read a book in which there was a love-hate relationship between the main characters which led to hilarious events.Usually the characters hate each other for no good reason but there's a VERY good reason in this book.

Jason doesn't want a marriage of convenience but his grandfather's will demands that he marry a lady of his choice.Jason gets drunk and gets married but doesn't remember anything about his wife and he doesn't want to find out anything either so he flees.

Lady Olivia the unlucky person who is chosen is dismayed to find out who she is to get married to and shocked to find that her "husband" has run off. Things get sticky when they meet again and Jason doesn't recognize her.

This book was HILARIOUS. Especially when Olivia decided to show her backbone. This has to be one of the most fun and entertaining romance that I have read in a long time. I cannot wait to get my hands on another book from the Entangled Scandalous line now.

Overall, this book was just what I needed and I would definitely recommend it to romance readers.

My Rating:
4/5





Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review: Marriage Mistake


THIS BOOK IS FOR ADULTS

The Marriage Mistake (Marriage to a Billionaire #3)
Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager. Now she’s earned her MBA and come to work at Michael’s new venture, America’s fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she’s still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company’s new CEO, still barely notices her.

Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off limits. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand—and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he’s not ready for, Max is miserable—and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed….

Source: Edelweiss (Thanks Gallery Books!)

My Thoughts:

This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
The first two books of this series followed a SET formula. I was able to ignore that because the characters were distinctive and drew you in but I was still wary of reading this book because I wasn't sure I would be able to forget the formula for the third time. Fortunately Probst decided to deviate from the set formula and keep me thoroughly engaged in this one as well.

There's loads of tension between the main characters.Carina has had a crush on Max since forever but she's decided to move on with her life and enjoy new experiences. Unfortunately Max isn't exactly on-board with her plan. Max wants Carina to stay in her clearly defined role of goody two shoes. What transpires is a lot of tension ,arguments and fun.

Marriage Mistake is great fun and the best part is that I couldn't predict exactly what would happen next in the last 10% to 30% of the book. My complain is regarding the blurb. It gives away TOO much. The things stated in the blurb don't happen for a long time and I kept expecting it to happen but it didn't . The blurb doesn't spoil the entire story but it gives away a little too much information in my opinion.

I hope this isn't the last book in the series. It was stated it was a trilogy but one sister is still left so fingers crossed.

My Rating:

This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

The first two books of this series followed a SET formula. I was able to ignore that because the characters were distinctive and drew you in but I was still wary of reading this book because I wasn't sure I would be able to forget the formula for the third time. Fortunately Probst decided to deviate from the set formula and keep me thoroughly engaged in this one as well.

There's loads of tension between the main characters.Carina has had a crush on Max since forever but she's decided to move on with her life and enjoy new experiences. Unfortunately Max isn't exactly on-board with her plan. Max wants Carina to stay in her clearly defined role of goody two shoes. What transpires is a lot of tension ,arguments and fun.

Marriage Mistake is great fun and the best part is that I couldn't predict exactly what would happen next in the last 10% to 30% of the book. My complain is regarding the blurb. It gives away TOO much. The things stated in the blurb don't happen for a long time and I kept expecting it to happen but it didn't . The blurb doesn't spoil the entire story but it gives away a little too much information in my opinion.

I hope this isn't the last book in the series. It was stated it was a trilogy but one sister is still left so fingers crossed.

My Rating:

4/5 



Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Graceling


 Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone









Note: Not suitable for Younger Readers
Source: Bought
My Thoughts:

Sometimes you don't where exactly a book fits in the specific genre. Graceling is one of those books. This is not your typical young adult novel in which there's a guy and a girl and they live happily ever after. This is also not a book for people who have a strong  pro-marriage stance. 

The heroine in this book should actually be called the HERO. Because this "WOMAN" deserves it. I've read lots of books and Katsa has to be one of the most strongest and most stubborn woman I have read about. She is the embodiment of strong. She can beat up people who are stronger and better at fighting than her and she can do it without flinching. The best part about her is that she is not a robot. She feels everything and over the years she has become strong enough emotionally to deal with what she is capable of but she hasn't resigned herself to her fate. Katsa rebels against the stifling authority in any way she can.


Enter Po , In many ways he is the opposite of Katsa personality wise but he's someone who is fascinated and understands Katsa as well .I love Po he is an amazing friend and a wonderful character. It's very hard not to love him.Sometimes I just wanted to whack Katsa on the head and be all "Be nice to him Katsa!" 

The story is fascinating and so different. I might have been saying that in my recent reviews quite a bit but I guess I have been reviewing quite a lot of different books recently. Basically this is the story that I expected out of Throne of Glass but didn't get. I think it's safe to classify Graceling as fantasy with romance and loads of adventure. The fantasy element does not take a backseat in this book and the main character does talk about her feelings but not all the time.  


My Rating:
4.5/5


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer


 Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future



BUY :  AmazonFlipkart

Source: Bought 

My Thoughts:
Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale and when I found out that there was going to be a retelling of it in a futuristic world I was very skeptic.Most of the time I avoid reading things that try to give a new spin on something I love because then my expectations are sky high but Cinder does not disappoint!

This book has actually made me fall in love with Cinderella once again! People who think that Cinderella is lame because she just sits around moping all the time and wishes that a prince would whisk her away will LOVE Cinder. In this retelling Cinder stands up for herself doesn't swoon over the prince all the time and is a cyborg! Interested yet? You should be.

The best part about this book is the fact that it's so unique yet familiar at the same time.Meyer introduces us to a completely new world which has scenes and characters that remind us of our beloved fairy tales.The world building is fascinating and at the end of the book leaves you wanting more. You don't want to leave the wonderful yet sad world that the characters live in.

The story is captivating but in parts predictable but I think that might be intentional.The plot doesn't slow down and there are ample twists and turns. Even though I knew what the big reveal would be before it was revealed I couldn't put the book down and that in itself speaks for the story and the plot.

The characters are amazing. I love Cinder she's like a badass and more awesome version of CinderellaKai was an interesting character as well but I felt that there wasn't enough of him in the book to actually form much of a bond with. Iko was one of my favorite characters in this book as was Peony.

Overall, I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel which is supposed to feature Red Riding Hood. If the author manages to make all the books in the series as amazing as this one she'll be on my auto buy list forever ! 

My Rating: 

4/5






Sunday, July 7, 2013

Review: Pivot Point

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Links: GoodreadsAmazon (Currently on Sale on Amazon Kindle)

Source: Publisher for Giveaway (Thanks HarperCollins!) 

My Thoughts:

This book has a very unique and is based on a different concept.The author introduces us to world that has a genetically superior secret society.The people belonging to this society have different abilities. The main character in this book is a Searcher. She can see what would happen in her future if she picked a particular path.

The way this book unfolds is very different. In one chapter we are in a future in which Addison chooses a specific path and in the next chapter we see the future as it would be if she had chosen the other path.This cycle continues till the book ends .So it's like switching realities in every chapter but it doesn't get confusing.This is another thing that's great about this book!

Addison was a delightful character. I loved her. She was funny, smart and sarcastic. She also takes some pretty tough decisions. She seems wise beyond her years and that is why when she doesn't act like an adult it comes as a shock but then I remember that she's a teen and it's normal to behave that way. 

I wasn't a huge fan of some of the characters but I think the author wants us to hate them.So I guess it's ok. One character I wasn't a huge fan of towards the end was Laila.Pretty much throughout the book I thought Laila was being very stupid and needed to be smacked on the head. I was also very suspicious towards some other characters throughout the book so I couldn't really fall in love with them.

One thing that is commendable is that the ending of this book was unpredictable.

The plot is interesting and keeps you hooked. Only in the middle of the novel you get a little frustrated because nothing important seems to be happening but the beginning and the end make up for it.

Overall, the unique narrative style,the main character and this world has me looking forward to the sequel. Definitely worth a read.

My Rating:
4/5 


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mini Reviews: Waking Up Married,Take It Like A Vamp & Don't Bite The Bridesmaid


ALL THESE BOOKS ARE FOR ADULTS


Waking Up Married

 BLURB:
Her first thought: "Who are you?"
It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well - a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!
Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible - been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter...no, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!
Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?
"I don't want a divorce."
Source: Netgalley(Thanks Harlequin!)
My Thoughts:
This is a typical romance novel that doesn't deviate from the tried and tested formula of romances. It is a fun one time read and if you need some fictional junk food this is the one for you. You don't need to use your mind . You just go with the flow and enjoy yourself.

The blurb pretty much sums up what you can expect from this novel. It's a nice cute read with a predictable end.

Overall, this book was just what I needed while taking a break from my studies.

My Rating : 3 stars
Short, Sweet and Predictable.



Take it Like a Vamp
 Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages, but the good old days seem tame compared to the last eight years he’s spent ruling the Supernatural Council. His only respite is with his cute neighbor Casey Meyers, a woman he wants more than any undead man should. Sure, he's forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but there’s no way he’ll test his own strength by getting too close to a human, and he’s not willing to risk her life--not with bloodthirsty family on the prowl out to ruin Nick’s life.

When said Nick’s kin shows up, the innocent Casey is caught in the middle of a centuries old fight, and Nick’s biggest fear is realized. Now, instead of keeping his hands off his neighbor, he’ll risk everything to save the human he’s come to love.
Source: Netgalley (Thanks Entangled Publishing!)
My Thoughts:
Take it like a Vamp is like candy floss. It's sweet and not exactly necessary but sometimes you just get a craving for it!

I was looking for something light and fun to pass the time during my vacation and this book was a perfect fit. This book doesn't go into too much specifics about the vampire world and is read like a romance novel in which instead of the normal conflict there's a supernatural conflict.

I enjoyed this novel and couldn't put it down but don't buy this novel expecting a lot of world building and vampire lore.If you need something light,fun and predictable this book will be perfect for you!

My only major complaint against this novel is that a lot of new information was introduced in the last few chapters and because of this the ending seemed rushed.Apart from this I have no major complains
My Rating: 3 stars
Don't Bite the Bridesmaid (Sons of Kane #1)
 Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister's wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancĂ© rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business. 

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he's never met. And Alice's offer comes at just the right time. 

What could possibly go wrong?

Source: Netgalley (Thanks Entangled Publishing!)
My Thoughts:
Don't Bite the Bridesmaid reminded me a little of Take It Like a Vamp at first because I started reading it as soon as I finished that book but then I decided to take a breather from this book so as not to get confused between the two.

This book has a Council that wants the vampire to get married as well so I thought that maybe it was part of the same series but it's not... I think that is a little weird.

Anyways,

Alice has been hurt and she needs an emergency date for her sister's wedding so as to prove to her ex that she's moved on. She decided to ask Noah her hot and sexy neighbor to be her date.Noah is not interested but says yes because he needs to get away for the time being as he wants to get out of a forced arranged marriage.

I didn't form a huge connection with the main characters but the story kept me entertained and engrossed.It was a nice fun,predictable and HOT book.

I really liked a character that was introduced in the last 10% of the novel which I think will be present in the sequels as well if there are any.I can't wait to find out more about the protagonist's father Kane.He's fascinating even though he has a small role in this book.

This book is told from the POV(Point Of View) of both the main characters.

Overall, If you've read Take it Like A Vamp and want something that is just like it read this one OR even if you haven't read that book and need a nice,fun time-pass novel .This is perfect for you

My Rating:3 stars

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