Apr 23

Waiting on Wednesday: Love’s Paradox by Laura Kreitzer

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Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2014 by Revolution Publishing, Inc.

Stalked by her abusive ex-fiancé, Rae Zachery retaliates by singing karaoke and spilling all their dirty secrets to the entire bar. When her ex attempts to silence her brazen performance, sexy, leather-clad Parker comes to her rescue and soundly punches her ex in the face. As valiant as that may be, Rae finds Parker’s violent assistance unsettling, yet she can’t help but be drawn to him and his tragic past.

Fighting her attraction for Parker is a battle Rae can’t win, and soon their night of sharing secrets morphs into an undeniable bond. But fate won’t so easily relinquish her grip on their happily-ever-after. Instead of blissfully skipping into obscurity, Rae and Parker are subjected to her ex-fiancé’s vicious proclivities. Who knew love could hurt so good?

“Ah, screw this. I don’t wait for him to make the first move; I kiss him.”

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Apr 22

Reviewed by Amanda (Student Reviewer): Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier

5 Stars, Review, Student Review 2 ★★★★★

Reviewed by Amanda (Student Reviewer): Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1) by Kerstin GierRuby Red Genres: YA, Young Adult
on May 10th, 2011
Goodreads
five-stars
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

I am really excited to have Amanda as a guest reviewer at the Passionate Bookworms.  She is one of my students and just is a lovely gal!

Gwyneth Shepherd belongs to a family of time-travelers, the Montroses. Along with her family, her love interest, Gideon de Villiers, and his family have a time-travel gene in their line of ancestry. The catch is, only twelve family members throughout time have this gene. Both families belong to the Lodge of Count St. Germain, a secret society that maps out and records the lives of the time-travelers and the secrets of their travels. Gwyneth’s cousin Charlotte is believed to be the twelfth and final gene carrier, the Ruby. They were born supposedly a day apart, but it is soon discovered, as Gwyneth shows signs of the gene, that they share the same birthday and Gwyneth is the final gene carrier.

​Ruby Red is the first book in the ​Gem Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. I truly enjoyed reading this book. There was somewhat of a historical aspect, given it was about time-travel, that intrigued me. The on-again-off-again romantic connection between Gwyneth and Gideon made me want to keep reading to see what happened next for them. The action while they traveled in time kept me on the edge of my seat because you never knew what to expect. This book had a sense of mystery to go along with it as Gwyneth traveled through time and uncovered some of the secrets that lie within the Lodge of Count St. Germain.

​This book was originally written in German and I think the English translation is beautiful. There was one or two times where the translation didn’t seem the most natural, but it never took away from the story. There were a few slow parts where I just wanted things to speed up, but once they got going, I couldn’t put the book down. This is now one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to read more.

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Apr 22

REVIEW: Fragile Facade (Blind Barriers Serials #3) by Sophie Davis

5 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, YA Appeal, Young Adult 1 ★★★★★

REVIEW: Fragile Facade (Blind Barriers Serials #3) by Sophie DavisFragile Facade Genres: YA, Young Adult
on March 28th, 2014
Source: From the Author
Goodreads
five-stars
Raven Ferragamo is starting a new life. Taking a year off after high school, she moves to Washington, D.C., leaving her childhood friends, her family, and her problems behind. The clean break with her past starts off better than she dreamed when a hunky neighbor offers to be her D.C. tour guide. For the first time in her short life, Raven really feels as though anything is possible.
Lark Kingsley had the perfect family, the perfect future, the perfect life. Born and raised in affluent Manhattan society, she was bred for success. Lark had it all. Until one day things go terribly wrong, and she vanishes without a trace.
In the midst of a nationwide hunt for the heiress, Raven happens upon Lark’s diary. Without warning, she is drawn in to the life of a girl with many secrets. Lark knew of the fate that would befall her before she ever disappeared. Her desperate pleas for help draw Raven in to a labyrinth of lies, money, deceit and horror. Seemingly coming from different worlds, the two have more in common than either could ever imagine.
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These books are such a tease length but I still love them!  Like I said in both of my reviews of the last two books Sophie Davis is just absolutely brilliant with pacing and timing.  There is really never a point you want to book down and since the books are so short (serials), I never had to.  I only ever find myself upset with these books at the end because I want them to be longer!

Raven is one step closer to finding out what happened to Lark in this book.  However, as close as it seems she is getting to helping Lark, I think in reality she has a long ways to go yet. I am so interested to see how everything ties together in the end.  My only grief with Raven is that maybe she should have gone to the police at some point.  Maybe that is my adult rationale talking but we are not talking about Veronica Mars here are we.  My only conclusion to this all is that Raven must serve a higher purpose.

I have loved all of Sophie Davis’ works and can’t wait for next book whenever that will be!

 

 

five-stars

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Apr 22

Teaser Tuesday: Chasing Desire by Jennifer Domenico

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Chasing Desire on June 9th, 2014
Chasing Desire by Jennifer Domenico!
Release: June 9th
 

High on life and all its luxuries, Brayden James has no intention of slowing down. That is until his womanizing ways catch up with him and he gets a much needed wake-up call. Just as he decides to clean up his act, the ultimate temptation enters his life.



When Mackenzie Reed meets Brayden, the attraction is instant and she knows that together they could achieve the kind of career success she’s always craved. But Mackenzie isn’t like most women. She has very good reasons for keeping her heart locked up tight. For her, this isn’t about love. This is about power.



Sparks fly as Brayden and Mackenzie try to avoid the one thing neither of them wanted. Each must choose between the life they’ve worked hard to achieve and the one they never imagined. Will they come to the same decision before it’s too late? Or will a hidden threat keep them apart?


TEASER

    “Love is not a game, Brayden. People can get hurt and do.”

    “Alright, you obviously have your guard up right now. Just don’t be surprised if I knock down your brick wall.”

    “If we were at home right now I’d sit on your face so you’d shut up.”

    “Don’t say shit like that. I’ll get a stiffy and won’t be able to walk.”

    “That’s your problem.”

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Apr 21

Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson COVER REVEAL!

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Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson COVER REVEAL!Divinity on September 23rd, 2013
When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel.

With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.

Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had.

What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too.

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Apr 21

The Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring

Blog Tour, Kindle Freebie 1 ★★★★★

The Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring

The Mystic Wolves by Belinda BoringThe Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring
Series: The Mystic Wolves #1
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
on January 19th, 2012
Source: Amazon Freebie
Goodreads
five-stars
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?

Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.

 
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The Mystic Wolves was a story of Love, Loss, and inner strength that had me completely hooked. It starts off playful and fun and then BAM. Right in the feels. Belinda Boring had a grip on my heart stings and played them like I was a dancing puppet.

While I loved the Werewolf aspect of this story I feel like it was just kind of there in the background. The story was not based around this fact. It was just a normal thing for all the characters and while there were a few points in the story where it was more obvious and centered around, I think the story was more Focused on the characters and their strength to get through heartbreaking times by realizing they have each other.

Darcy was stubborn as all get out. Mason may be her alpha and mate but that doesn’t mean she will just sit there when those she loves are in trouble. She will bend the rules until they work for her. Mason was.. endearing and fun. But also incredibly understanding and open. There were a couple scenes where tears definitely welled up in my eyes and then Mason.. oh Mason.. he would comfort Darcy and I would just swoon.

Belinda Boring has a way of writing that can shatter your heart in one sentence, and mend it in the next. It was a rollercoaster. I am so excited to see what happens in the rest of the series. Especially because I have a feeling a certain Swoony Vampire friend may come into play more ;) Yes there are vampires too! Paranormal creatures may not always get along, but they have a connection that cannot be denied and Mason’s pack has a relationship with the Vampires definitely comes in handy at times.

The Mystic Wolves is a series that I fear will leave me heartbroken. Possibly enraged, swoony at times and full of laughter. Pretty much just ALL the feels. I’m preparing myself for a wild ride and I could not be more excited.

The Mystic Wolves Series is an Adult Romance. While book #1 was fairy tame ( though still goosbump worthy with sexy scenes that simply didn’t go all the way ) I predict it to get steamier. Not recommended for younger readers. 

five-stars

About Belinda Boring

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A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self-proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. It wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams.

Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes. Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends, and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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Apr 20

I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl- Release Day!

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Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she’s spent five years in hiding – taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can’t be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else…the desire to stay. It’s her
one shot at a normal life.

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.

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Teaser

ZACH…

“This is different, you guys.” I shook my head. “I mean yes, she is gorgeous. And yes, I’m attracted to her, but it’s not just her looks. There’s something about her. She’s intriguing. It’s like she’s not all she appears to be or something.”

“You can tell that after two minutes of interacting with her? Give me a break.” Elliot balled up his napkin and threw it on the table. “I know I don’t know her at all yet, but I can tell there’s something more there.” I rubbed my bottom lip.

“She looks normal to me.” AJ shrugged.

“I think she’s pretty. She looks sweet, but…” Liesl turned to spy her quickly. “AJ’s right. She looks like any other transfer student. What makes her so different?”

“It’s something about her eyes. There’s a story in them. I can’t even explain why I think that. I just feel like she’s got a lot of layers and I want to peel back every single one of them.”

“I bet you do.” Elliot raised his eyebrows.

“Not like that.” I threw him a droll look. “I just want to solve the mystery that is Danielle Harrison.”

“Dude, there is no mystery.” Elliot slapped his hand lightly on the table.

“Yes there is. I can feel it.”

“Careful, Zachy, your Nancy Drew is showing.” Jaeda’s green eyes were large and round as she gave me a playful look.

“I don’t care.” I shrugged, confident in the truth that I really didn’t.

“That girl over there has secrets and I’m gonna figure out what they are.”

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Apr 17

Happenstance by Jamie McGuire excerpt and GIVEAWAY!!!!

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We are thrilled to share the gorgeous cover and a teaser
for Happenstance by New York Times, USA Today, and
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie McGuire! We’d love to know what
you think, so please be sure to comment below AND don’t forget to check out the
amazing giveaway!
Title: Happenstance
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC (May 9, 2014)
Print Length: 100 pages
ASIN: B00JOPR0ZK
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#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this
page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of
rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin
Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates
from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community:
daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and
everything Erin Easter isn’t–and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed
Weston since the 8th grade.
Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles
daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin
Easter’s feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins
sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and
acknowledge his feelings … both for his future, and for her.
But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin’s life is turned upside down in the
best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted
falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.

TEASER

“What are you reading?” A deep voice asked from the seat behind me.

I barely acknowledged Weston’s question, holding the cover of my book just high
enough for him to see.
He nodded, waiting for me to speak. When I didn’t, he offered a small smile, and began
to sit back. “What are you reading?” I asked.
Weston immediately leaned toward me, sharing his cover the way I had.
“Piers Anthony?” Weston cleared his throat to stifle a cough, and then smiled. “I like his
stuff.”
I nodded. “I approve.”
“Good,” Weston whispered. “I was worried.” After a short pause, he leaned into my ear
again. “Why don’t you ever talk to me in Art class?”
We had Art together in seventh period, the class I looked forward to all day. Weston was
in there, but more importantly, people like the Erins and Brady weren’t. We were serious
about our work, and it was the one place during the school day that I could be
myself.
“I guess I was just busy.”
“Are you going to be busy today?”
“Probably.”
“Well, maybe I’ll get lucky and you’ll take a break.” I turned around to hide my grin, but
not before glancing back and seeing the familiar look of hatred in Alder’s
eyes.
Whore, she mouthed, glaring at me.
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About the Author:

New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the Providence series
and contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband
and three children. She is an RT(R), a graduate of Autry and Oklahoma Northern
College, and a full time writer.

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Apr 16

Review: Hunted by Sophie Davis-Talented #3

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Review: Hunted by Sophie Davis-Talented #3Hunted on December 2012
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four-half-stars
In need of a distraction from her best friend's betrayal, Talia jumps at the chance to pack up and head to Washington, D.C., to have a purpose once again. She is tasked with administering the annual Talent Aptitude Tests, analyzing the children of the nation’s capital to identify those with powers. She knows that the Mandatory testing laws are controversial, but is still shocked by the protesters lining the streets of the city, and the curfew imposed upon its residents. These add fuel to her own misgivings about the Agency and its Director, the man who raised her.

As if Talia doesn’t have enough on her plate with that, the Director assigns her a task that will expose his dirtiest secrets. She soon learns that it isn't the children who are tested she needs to be concerned about; it's the ones who aren't. And when she encounters a face from her past, Talia must confront her toughest decision yet. Following her heart will put Talia and those closest to her in mortal danger. But the consequences of doing nothing are inconceivable.

The one bright spot in Talia’s new assignment is having her boyfriend, Erik, by her side. Because not only is Erik a source of comfort, but he is also as determined as she is to uncover the secrets behind the mysterious illness still plaguing her. Day after day, Talia never knows when she might be overcome by one of her unexplained seizures; she must pierce the veils of secrecy covering their origin, before someone decides she knows too much.

Life altering choices will be made. Loyalties will be tested. When the war begins, which side will Talia choose?

Hunted is book three in the Talented series, if you have not read the others STOP reading now!

Hunted begins only weeks after Caged ended and let me tell you, I was completely taken off guard by the end of Caged.  I didn’t see Penny’s betrayal coming at all.   But as much I was surprised, I don’t think everything is what it seems in Talia’s world.  Talia feels a big sense of loss through Penny’s betrayal and questions Penny’s intentions.  I definitely sided with Talia on this topic.  While everyone called Penny a traitor, I found myself thinking maybe Penny is from the right side.

There is a lot of questions answered in Hunted but I still was left questioning which side was doing the right thing?   Even at book three, I am totally sure who is the right side.  Through book 1 and book 2, I was wondering when Talia would join the good guys and take down the “government.”  Isn’t this the way that most dystopian series go?  However, it never happened.  But Book 3 does answer some of the other questions for me.

Let me just say I still hate Donovan, just hate that guy.  His bad choices like giving Talia his blood and the cheating develop into big plot twists in this book and it made me hate him even more.

This book is just as addicting as the rest and it makes me hungry for the next.

Created (Talented Saga, #4)

four-half-stars

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Apr 15

Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

4 Stars, Adventure, Dystopia, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, YA, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

Review: Taken by Erin BowmanTaken Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, YA, Young Adult
on April 16th, 2013
Goodreads
four-stars
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Taken is a great addition to all those dytopian tales out there.  It has kind of a Forest of Hands of Teeth sans zombies feel, a society that is operating within a walled city.  No one knows what is beyond the wall except that all people who attempt to escape over the wall are found dead right next to the wall.

The Heist is a really interesting idea because it forces an extremely old and traditional way of life.  Children are forced to take on large responsibilities and are forced to reproduce very early because all males are taken at the age of 18.  The first portion of the book revolves around the impending Heist for Gray’s older brother.  To everybody but Gray, the Heist is just a part of life.  Shortly after he loses his brother, Gray finds a letter from his mother.  This letter prompts Gray to consider the unthinkable, climb the wall.

Taken had a lot of potential in my mind but fell short in some places.  It took a long time to reveal what was really happening and it took the prescribed dystopian route.   I have to admit that I am getting a little worn out of dystopian novels.  I just really hate all the deception that you find in those types of societies and Taken is no exception.  But it is good enough to read the second book because I found myself invested in the characters.

I think this book could really appeal to young adult males.   Romance isn’t at the forefront and there is a lot of adventure.

 

BOOK TWO IS OUT TODAY!

four-stars

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