Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thrifty Thursday (1)

A meme created to share ongoing book deals on Amazon. Enjoy!


A Brush with the Moon by Raquel Lyon (Foxblood #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Vampire Shift by Tim O'Rourke (Kiera Hudson #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice (The Sorcerer's Ring #1) - Goodreads / Amazon


Dragon by Finley Aaron (Dragon Eye #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon (Going Down in Flames #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest (A Shade of Vampire #1) - Goodreads / Amazon


The Maze Runner by James Dashner (The Maze Runner #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #1.5) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

What thrifty goodies have you gotten recently?

DISCLAIMER: These book prices are subject to change before the blog post so please check the price before you make your purchase. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday (1)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This is a once-a-week look at the book(s) we are anxiously awaiting release.

Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy

This book is to be released March 3rd, 2015. It is the second book in the Fowler Sisters series.

Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase--the second novel in New York Tims bestselling author Monica Murphy's sizzling series about three powerhouse sisters and the men who would have their hearts.

People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I'm never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I've been pushed too far one too many times, and I'm finally brave enough to do something about it.

Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy--that totally gorgeous guy--locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.

For once it's my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all--straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and feel in a way I never have before, but there's something else I can't quite place--something dangerous. Maybe our "chance" meeting wasn't so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there's no going back now.

And maybe I don't want to.

The Memory Key by Liana Liu

This book is to be released March 3rd, 2015. It is a stand-alone novel.

In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall.

Lora Mint is determined not to forget.

Though her mother's been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her--most importantly, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.

But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer's, that isn't easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora's key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother's disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad--burying the truth forever?

Lora's longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with authentic and poignant emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride. In the end, Liana Liu's story will spark topical conversations about memory and privacy in a world that is reliant on increasingly invasive forms of technology.

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill @lizczukas

Title: When Joss Met Matt

Author: Ellie Cahill/Liz Czukas

Publication date: February 24th, 2015

Pages: 368

ISBN: 9780553394511

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term "sorbet sex" with her charming twist on the age-old 'friends-with-benefits' story.

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn't want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again... until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don't fall in love.

I received an electronic copy of this book from the publishers at Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

When searching for the perfect book to kick off my reviews on my new site, I was anxious to embrace the genre I had loved for so long. Romance has been my bread and butter for the last year and had caused me to overlook other genres. Now that I have fellow bloggers to take over the reviews for genres that, while still good, aren't what gets my blood pumping. I had heard a lot about Liz Czukas and her Young Adult books (I even own a few), but when I realized that she also had a New Adult book coming out I fangirled a little (there were no pictures, so I can downplay the extent of my fangirling). The synopsis drew me in through a kinship to the theory created between Joss and Matt. Sorbet sex after a horrible break-up? How have I not learned about this sooner?! My interest was piqued.

Joss is not your normal girl. She is a little quirky and not afraid to be who she is around those she loves. However, she also seems to have incredibly bad luck with the fellas. Whether they be chronic cheaters, DILFs, or men with incredibly odd fetishes, she just can't seem to get it right. Thankfully every time she finds fault with the men she dates, she had her sorbet sex partner, Matt, to fall back on. She can spend a night in Matt's arms and then return to the hunt satisfied and refreshed. But... as with any situation, the more time you spend in the bedroom with someone, the more likely emotions are going to run amok. 

Matt has a sweet deal going on. He can date whoever he likes while still getting to experience a little "friends-with-benefits" sex with his best friend. What red-blooded man would find fault with that sort of situation? But when tragedy strikes and Matt leans on Joss a little more than he probably should, he starts to question whether what they are doing is the right thing for either of them.

Can Joss and Matt navigate the rocky path of sorbet sex without someone getting their heart broken?

Sorbet Sex. I mean, what a great phrase! It is so fitting and such a great concept for this book. It is not every day that I read something that is so original that it takes me aback. Ellie/Liz did an absolute service to the romance genre by coming up with this concept. Joss was a character I could relate to, Matt was a character I swooned over, and their relationship was not all flowers and rainbows. The author managed to keep the book romantic while not romanticizing every aspect. In some scenes, the sex was comical. Matt fussing with Joss's curly hair while they spooned? The scenes were so realistic and true to real life that I could picture them vividly. That is the mark of a true master of fiction. 

When Joss Met Matt is a debut new adult contemporary romance that makes me believe that sometimes your best friend could also be the love of your life.

Purchase Your Copy Today!

Monday, February 23, 2015

What Are You Reading? (1)

"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey.

Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne
Publication date: May 12th, 2015
Format: E-Book
Pages: 224
Received from: Netgalley

What happens when you start falling for your worst enemy? Fans of Abby Glines and Monica Murphy will relish this addictive novel of smoking-hot seduction--and revenge gone so wrong, it's wright.

I wasn't always this jaded. I had a clear head, things I wanted out of life, and a concise plan on how to get there. For being only twenty-one, I pretty much had it all figured out. Until the day my cousin died.

I spent months going over all the details surrounding her death, trying to figure out how I missed the signs, and the only thing I could come up with was she would still be alive if it wasn't for one person: her professor. So I transferred to his college, enrolled in his class, and set my new plan in motion.

First I'll seduce him. Then I'll ruin him. I've just got to stay strong and not let him charm and my emotions get the best of me. Because someone has to pay for her death. If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to break Noah. 

After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue
Series: The Ending #1
Publication date: February 22nd, 2013
Format: E-Book
Pages: 478
Received from: Amazon

The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, "they" thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family... they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them--with the rest of the world--but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We've all had to start over. I've been stripped of my home, my dreams... all that is me. I'm someone else now--broken and changed. Other survivors' memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won't let them consume me. I can't. My name is Zoe Cartwright, and I survived The Ending.

We've been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing--we'll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we're strong... we're survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Beginnings

We are currently in the midst of developing the site, designing some key graphics we will need for our posts and getting everything settled for the upcoming launch of the site. We are working as fast and as hard as we can.

As of right now, let me introduce our bloggers a little. My name is Danielle. I have been blogging for about two years on a site called Ladybug Literature. As it stands, I have not decided whether to give up the old site in favor of the new one or continue on with both. I am a Romance and coffee enthusiast and will be reviewing mainly that genre for this site. This is not to say that there may not be undertones from other genres that I will read too, but... Romance is my genre du jour. 

My review rating icons are coffee cups (naturally). They are on a scale from one to five, with one being cringe-worthy and five being spectacular. 

David is my boyfriend. People usually tell you not to mix business with pleasure, but they said nothing about hobbies. David has always been into the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres (what I call the 'guy' genres). He recently branched out in a bit of Paranormal Romance due to yours truly but he would prefer his usual genres.

David has never blogged before but he has a way with words (both in writing and speaking). When we discussed a new blog theme we settled on something that encompasses our two favorite beverages. Coffee and Tea. And thus, his rating system became that of his favorite drink. He, too, uses a one to five rating system.

Bryan was actually only recently added to the blogger roster. When he got word that I was starting up a new book review blog he asked about reviewing zombie books and books that could be found in the Horror genre. It was his idea to elect a single person for each of the genres in hopes of covering most of the books that need promoting. Bryan also has never blogged before but he's willing to learn and seems completely passionate about the job... It also helps that he can read all the gory books that I can't really stomach.

Bryan is Canadian and loves Tim Horton's coffee. To avoid copyright issues we thought of an alternative. To-go cups that are similar to his beloved brand.

So that is us. Check back for more updates closer to the time we launch and please follow us. We have an array of ways to do so off to the left of the page. We hope you enjoy our site and can handle the wait for just a bit longer!