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REVIEW! 
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
2/5 Stars
For a long time I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about The Darkest Minds and while I admit that it had its entertaining moments, this wasn’t a hit with me. Bracken’s novel had a very intriguing premise and I will admit that I’m a huge fan of super powers, so this looked extra promising. I would probably still recommend this book to other readers because everyone is different and might enjoy it loads more than me. I had several issues with this novel and while some are minor issues, others are a bit more complex. For starters, the size of the book. I know that it’s normal for dystopians or paranormal books to be lengthy, but this one was ridiculous. It was like reading a monster that never ended. Another issue I had was the main character, Ruby. She was so whiny and there were moments where I actually yelled aloud, “You’re so freaking stupid!” because, honestly? A lot of the problems she got into would have been so easily avoidable. She got herself into trouble and her wimpy self always cried woe is me, what have I done? For someone who is supposedly powerful and dangerous, she sure didn’t show it most of the time. The amount of times that she is “strong” and “dangerous” can be counted on one hand, and even THAT’s too many times. In an almost 500 page novel, that’s kind of ridiculous.A huge issue, in my opinion, is the unnecessary way that the novel concludes. RUBY got herself into that situation and what she did at the end is probably the smartest thing she’s done throughout the whole book. Also, a certain someone getting hurt could have also been avoided many MANY times. Now I turn to the love interest: Liam. Seriously, this guy is just…meh. I don’t really have to say much about him because he was just so…cliche and sappy. Liam’s been hardened by his past, yet he somehow finds a way to wax poetic in the direction of a girl who has knowingly put all of them in danger AND he’s only known for a blink of the eye? It’s just so hard to believe. I know that falling in love with characters like him is great and all, but I don’t know if it’s realistic. I don’t know. Maybe the sequel will be better and this one will be redeemed, but I don’t really get the hype. It’s got a cool concept, I’ll give you that, but the rest was just, meh. Happy reading!

REVIEW! 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

2/5 Stars

For a long time I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about The Darkest Minds and while I admit that it had its entertaining moments, this wasn’t a hit with me. 

Bracken’s novel had a very intriguing premise and I will admit that I’m a huge fan of super powers, so this looked extra promising. I would probably still recommend this book to other readers because everyone is different and might enjoy it loads more than me. 

I had several issues with this novel and while some are minor issues, others are a bit more complex. For starters, the size of the book. I know that it’s normal for dystopians or paranormal books to be lengthy, but this one was ridiculous. It was like reading a monster that never ended. 

Another issue I had was the main character, Ruby. She was so whiny and there were moments where I actually yelled aloud, “You’re so freaking stupid!” because, honestly? A lot of the problems she got into would have been so easily avoidable. She got herself into trouble and her wimpy self always cried woe is me, what have I done? For someone who is supposedly powerful and dangerous, she sure didn’t show it most of the time. The amount of times that she is “strong” and “dangerous” can be counted on one hand, and even THAT’s too many times. In an almost 500 page novel, that’s kind of ridiculous.

A huge issue, in my opinion, is the unnecessary way that the novel concludes. RUBY got herself into that situation and what she did at the end is probably the smartest thing she’s done throughout the whole book. Also, a certain someone getting hurt could have also been avoided many MANY times. 

Now I turn to the love interest: Liam. Seriously, this guy is just…meh. I don’t really have to say much about him because he was just so…cliche and sappy. Liam’s been hardened by his past, yet he somehow finds a way to wax poetic in the direction of a girl who has knowingly put all of them in danger AND he’s only known for a blink of the eye? It’s just so hard to believe. I know that falling in love with characters like him is great and all, but I don’t know if it’s realistic. 

I don’t know. Maybe the sequel will be better and this one will be redeemed, but I don’t really get the hype. It’s got a cool concept, I’ll give you that, but the rest was just, meh. 

Happy reading!

Review! 
3/5 Stars 
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 
I’ve been wanting to read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia for a long time, especially since a reviewer mentioned that it was like the show Supernatural. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal and finding a storyline that offers a new look at a genre that Supernatural perfected was too good to ignore. 
This was fun, creepy, and it definitely left me wanting more. The romance is pretty predictable and though I’m not a fan of love triangles, I didn’t get too angry with this one (Come on, reading the synopsis should be enough to let you know that it’s inevitable for there to be a love triangle.) The reason why I didn’t get too angry about this one was because though there are moments where Kennedy, the protagonist, does waver on who she actually likes, she’s mostly pretty clear about where her interest lies. 
Kennedy herself is a very flawed character (as is humanly realistic, right?), but still realistically so. She’s not perfect and though the boys are immediately enamoured with her, she doesn’t act all aloof about the attention. She is constantly wreaking havoc and yet, these strangers still let her in. What I didn’t really like about her was how easily she went with these people. I understand that she witnessed a lot of creepiness before the twins showed up, but really, is that all it takes to trust people nowadays? 
The novel definitely left me wanting more and I think I’m going to blame this on the length of the novel. The book is very short, given the topic of the story. I haven’t read the second book yet, but something tells me that this series, no matter how long it’s going to be, could have been much shorter if Unbreakable was longer. Another issue with having such a short novel is that it’s harder to connect with the characters. I know that there are shorter books out there with characters that we fully connect with, or vaguely connect with (as the author wishes for us), but if we’re going to be reading about these characters for the next few books, it would have been nicer if we had a chance to get closer to these characters in the first book. 
The length of this novel also introduces the improbable idea of two characters falling for each other in only a matter of days, the hard to believe concept that a mystery hidden within their families for years can be deciphered in the span of a few days, and the unrealistic change in attitude for a couple of very serious characters. 
I enjoyed this one because I love when stories use ghosts instead of vampires. Also, I enjoyed the quick pacing and how addicting it was. Though the characters are flawed and the book could have used a few extra pages, it was still a fun read. I recommend it for fans of Supernatural, the paranormal, ghosts, and a quick and creepy read about hauntings. 
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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Review! 

3/5 Stars 

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 

I’ve been wanting to read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia for a long time, especially since a reviewer mentioned that it was like the show Supernatural. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal and finding a storyline that offers a new look at a genre that Supernatural perfected was too good to ignore. 

This was fun, creepy, and it definitely left me wanting more. The romance is pretty predictable and though I’m not a fan of love triangles, I didn’t get too angry with this one (Come on, reading the synopsis should be enough to let you know that it’s inevitable for there to be a love triangle.) The reason why I didn’t get too angry about this one was because though there are moments where Kennedy, the protagonist, does waver on who she actually likes, she’s mostly pretty clear about where her interest lies. 

Kennedy herself is a very flawed character (as is humanly realistic, right?), but still realistically so. She’s not perfect and though the boys are immediately enamoured with her, she doesn’t act all aloof about the attention. She is constantly wreaking havoc and yet, these strangers still let her in. What I didn’t really like about her was how easily she went with these people. I understand that she witnessed a lot of creepiness before the twins showed up, but really, is that all it takes to trust people nowadays? 

The novel definitely left me wanting more and I think I’m going to blame this on the length of the novel. The book is very short, given the topic of the story. I haven’t read the second book yet, but something tells me that this series, no matter how long it’s going to be, could have been much shorter if Unbreakable was longer. Another issue with having such a short novel is that it’s harder to connect with the characters. I know that there are shorter books out there with characters that we fully connect with, or vaguely connect with (as the author wishes for us), but if we’re going to be reading about these characters for the next few books, it would have been nicer if we had a chance to get closer to these characters in the first book. 

The length of this novel also introduces the improbable idea of two characters falling for each other in only a matter of days, the hard to believe concept that a mystery hidden within their families for years can be deciphered in the span of a few days, and the unrealistic change in attitude for a couple of very serious characters. 

I enjoyed this one because I love when stories use ghosts instead of vampires. Also, I enjoyed the quick pacing and how addicting it was. Though the characters are flawed and the book could have used a few extra pages, it was still a fun read. I recommend it for fans of Supernatural, the paranormal, ghosts, and a quick and creepy read about hauntings. 

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Happy reading!

Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden (3/5 Stars)

Release Date: October 31, 2013 

Author Info: Alys Arden

Series: The Casquette Girls

Age Group: Young Adult 

Genres: Paranormal, Romance

Format: ePub

Publisher: fortheARTofit

Source: Xpresso Book Tours

ISBN-13:   9780989757713

Goodreads: The Casquette Girls

Buy: Amazon | Chapters | Barnes & Noble 

Rating: 

After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined. 

Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows. Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from the Big Easy, but someone or something is draining life from its residents.

Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.”

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I can understand why so many people would love The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. It has the allure and magic of New Orleans, the morbid fascination that one gains when a story takes place in a nonfiction post-disaster setting, and of course, vampires and brooding romance. I did enjoy Arden’s novel for the most part, but at times it felt difficult to continue reading because of various reasons.

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Ruined by Marian Cheatham 
Publication Date: Summer 2014
Genres: Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
     “When your life has been ruined by lies, do you seek justice … or revenge?

Blythe Messina spends her senior year focused on her studies and college, and not on her ex, Stratford High’s lacrosse star, DB Whitmore. At least, that’s what Blythe keeps telling herself. But her younger cousin, Bonni, knows otherwise. Same goes for DB, who professes to be over Blythe and their breakup, but his teammates aren’t fooled. 
When scandalous photos of Bonni and the lacrosse captain are texted around Stratford, Bonni’s virtuous reputation is ruined. She pleads innocence, but no one believes her. No one, except Blythe and DB, who come together to uncover the truth. But, will they stay together?   

Ruined is a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean romance.  

"Deceit, loyalty, honor, and romance—Ruined has it all! A teen version of Much Ado 
About Nothing that Shakespeare aficionados are sure to savor!”
     
Kym Brunner, Author of Wanted: Dead or in Love & One Smart Cookie” 
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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A native Chicagoan and a graduate of Northern Illinois University, Marian Cheatham taught special education for several years before becoming a full-time writer. She would rather be writing than doing almost anything else, but of course, that isn’t always possible. So when she’s not writing, she enjoys time with her family, gardening, reading, walking the dog, travelling with her husband, and researching new projects. Not necessarily in that order.  Her first novel, Eastland, came out in 2013. Based on the real-life story of the 1915 Eastland boat disaster in Chicago, Marian lectures about the Eastland to schools, libraries, and book clubs. She writes a weekly post on the subject on her Facebook page. July 2014, she will be co-hosting a haunted Chicago tour of Eastland disaster sites.She also loves anything Shakespeare. An avid reader of Shakespeare’s biographies, she has travelled the world to see his plays, visiting Stratford, Canada as well as Stratford-Upon-the-Avon, GB, and the new Globe Theater in London. Her young adult novel, Ruined, is the first in a series of contemporary re-tellings of those plays. Book Two, inspired by the Merchant of Venice, is due out fall 2014.She loves to hear from readers, so please visit her at:                               www.mariancheatham.com                              www.facebook.com/mariancheatham.author                                   https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomMarianCheatham                              Twitter - @CheathamMarian                              www.amazon.com/author/mariancheatham.author     
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Ruined by Marian Cheatham 

Publication Date: Summer 2014

Genres: Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

     “When your life has been ruined by lies, do you seek justice … or revenge?

Blythe Messina spends her senior year focused on her studies and college, and not on her ex, Stratford High’s lacrosse star, DB Whitmore. At least, that’s what Blythe keeps telling herself. But her younger cousin, Bonni, knows otherwise. Same goes for DB, who professes to be over Blythe and their breakup, but his teammates aren’t fooled. 

When scandalous photos of Bonni and the lacrosse captain are texted around Stratford, Bonni’s virtuous reputation is ruined. She pleads innocence, but no one believes her. No one, except Blythe and DB, who come together to uncover the truth. But, will they stay together?   

Ruined is a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean romance.  

"Deceit, loyalty, honor, and romance—Ruined has it all! A teen version of Much Ado 

About Nothing that Shakespeare aficionados are sure to savor!”

Kym Brunner, Author of Wanted: Dead or in Love & One Smart Cookie” 

Check it out on Goodreads here.

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AUTHOR BIO

A native Chicagoan and a graduate of Northern Illinois University, Marian Cheatham taught special education for several years before becoming a full-time writer. She would rather be writing than doing almost anything else, but of course, that isn’t always possible. So when she’s not writing, she enjoys time with her family, gardening, reading, walking the dog, travelling with her husband, and researching new projects. Not necessarily in that order.  

Her first novel, Eastland, came out in 2013. Based on the real-life story of the 1915 Eastland boat disaster in Chicago, Marian lectures about the Eastland to schools, libraries, and book clubs. She writes a weekly post on the subject on her Facebook page. July 2014, she will be co-hosting a haunted Chicago tour of Eastland disaster sites.

She also loves anything Shakespeare. An avid reader of Shakespeare’s biographies, she has travelled the world to see his plays, visiting Stratford, Canada as well as Stratford-Upon-the-Avon, GB, and the new Globe Theater in London. Her young adult novel, Ruined, is the first in a series of contemporary re-tellings of those plays. Book Two, inspired by the Merchant of Venice, is due out fall 2014.

She loves to hear from readers, so please visit her at: 

                              
www.mariancheatham.com

                              
www.facebook.com/mariancheatham.author     

                              
https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomMarianCheatham

                              Twitter - @CheathamMarian

                              
www.amazon.com/author/mariancheatham.author     

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Review+Blog Tour+Giveaway: Only With You by Cecilia Gray (3/5 Stars)

Only With You (The Jane Austen Academy Series #5) by Cecilia Gray  

Publication Date: May 2014 

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Retelling

Age Group: Young Adult

Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph…

Emma has it all – looks, money, and luck. It’s not like she keeps it all to herself – she’s totally committed to helping those less fortunate. AKA, everyone. She invites her heartbroken friend to help with a weekend charity event with an eye to matchmake, but when that friend turns her eye toward the guy Emma wants for herself, how will she choose between friendship and her own feelings?

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The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…

The Jane Austen Academy series are modern retellings of Jane Austen classics set at a beachside California boarding school.”

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Buy it on the web: 

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My Rating: 

Only With You by Cecilia Gray is the fifth in the Jane Austen Academy series, but it can be read like a standalone book. Gray’s novel is light and a very quick read that can be easily enjoyed in one sitting. 

Emma, the protagonist, starts out as a selfish character who is determined to matchmake her friend with one of her guy friends. Right away, we’re introduced to Knight, Emma’s best friend and confidante, who also happens to be a kind of lapdog for her. 

Knight sounds divine and is also the only voice of reason that Emma refuses to listen to. When Emma’s world starts changing, he’s the first one she starts seeing differently. I loved the growth (and near downfall) of this relationship, since it helped Emma grow as a character. 

I enjoyed seeing Emma’s character growth throughout the short novel because the level of her selfishness was excruciating, so seeing her personality change was a welcome relief. At the beginning, I remember thinking that this particular trait that Emma had was a bit exaggerated, but then I recalled that Jane Austen’s Emma featured a very selfish protagonist. 

The narrative is a bit cutesy and very fluffy in tone, but it’s the kind of short novel that can be easily enjoyed in one afternoon under the sun. The storyline is pretty straightforward, since it takes place over the span of one weekend. In my opinion, however, I feel that the novel was much too short. It felt like issues were quickly passed over, leaving unresolved conflict at the conclusion of the novel. 

Emma’s relationship with her parents is very sad and while I understand her need to live up to her mother’s expectations, I found it kind of unfair not to give her the satisfaction of standing up to her mother. Yes, the romance in the story is important, and of course, character growth is a must, but the lack of a true conclusion made me crave more.

If you enjoy light, quick reads that also happen to be brief adaptations of classical literature like Jane Austen’s, then I recommend this one for you. Gray’s young adult contemporary, romance novel is great for summer, which is (thankfully) right around the corner!

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Author Bio 

Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.

Find Cecilia on the web: 

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Review: After the End by Amy Plum (4/5 Stars)

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Author Info: Amy Plum

Series: After the End

Age Group: Young Adult 

Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller, Romance

Format: eGalley

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: Edelweiss

ISBN-13:   9780062225627

Goodreads: After the End

Buy: Amazon | Chapters | Barnes & Noble 

Rating: 

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.”

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After the End is the first book I’ve read by Amy Plum and I have to admit that I’m not at all disappointed. Though I was skeptical going in, I was genuinely surprised to see how quickly I fell in love with this story. The blending of genres in this one acts as a great reminder of society’s near-obsession with the idea of a dystopian world. Unconventional and surprisingly addictive, After the End is a fantastic contemporary read.

Before I get too into this review, let’s set the record straight. This is NOT a dystopian or a post-apocalyptic novel. This is a contemporary novel with a hint of the paranormal, thanks to the protagonist’s unique abilities. Yes, the story is introduced as a possible dystopian or post-apocalyptic setting, but it is not. 

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Review: Renegade (MILA 2.0, #2) by Debra Driza (5/5 Stars)

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Author Info: Debra Driza

Series: MILA 2.0

Age Group: Young Adult 

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance

Format: eGalley

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Edelweiss

ISBN-13:   9780062090393

Goodreads: MILA 2.0 Renegade

Buy: Amazon | Chapters | Barnes & Noble 

Rating: image

BE WARNED: This is a sequel—the review will be hidden from this point in order to avoid any unwanted spoilers.

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Review: Rebel (Reboot, #2) by Amy Tintera (5/5 Stars)

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Release Date: May 13, 2014

Author Info: Amy Tintera

Series: Reboot

Age Group: Young Adult 

Genres: Dystopian, Adventure, Romance

Format: eGalley

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: Edelweiss

ISBN-13:   9780062217103

Goodreads: Reboot Rebel

Buy: Amazon | Chapters | Barnes & Noble 

Rating: image

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Calling California by J.P. Grider 
Publication Date: June 2014 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Age Group: New Adult
“Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate – her father is dying, she’s working to help pay the rent, and she’s two-years behind in college.
Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world – he’s acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she’s immediately smitten and thinks she’s found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.Cali doesn’t belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn’t understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?”
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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Author Bio 


“J.P. Grider is a Young Adult and New Adult author. She is the author of six novels. Her young adult series The Honor Trilogy consists of A Touch of Honor, A Man of Honor, and A Heart of Honor, while her first two novels - Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) and Maybe This Life - are standalone adult contemporary novels.

Her most recent release is the new adult romance Calling California, which is the first in her Hunter Hill University series. The next book in the series – Mending Mick – will be released in October, 2014. All the books in the Hunter Hill University series will be standalone books and can be read in any order.”
Find J.P. on the web: 
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Calling California by J.P. Grider 

Publication Date: June 2014 

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate – her father is dying, she’s working to help pay the rent, and she’s two-years behind in college.

Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world – he’s acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.

When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she’s immediately smitten and thinks she’s found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.

Cali doesn’t belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn’t understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.

Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?”

Check it out on Goodreads here.

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Author Bio 

J.P. Grider is a Young Adult and New Adult author. She is the author of six novels. Her young adult series The Honor Trilogy consists of A Touch of Honor, A Man of Honor, and A Heart of Honor, while her first two novels - Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) and Maybe This Life - are standalone adult contemporary novels.

Her most recent release is the new adult romance Calling California, which is the first in her Hunter Hill University series. The next book in the series – Mending Mick – will be released in October, 2014. All the books in the Hunter Hill University series will be standalone books and can be read in any order.”

Find J.P. on the web: 

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

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New Adult Review Extravaganza: The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover!

I’m crazy behind on these reviews, so I’m just going to post them in one big post as quickie reviews! 

BE WARNED: Before you read these reviews, keep in mind that there might be spoilers. If you don’t want to know which character each book will be about until you get to the books, then please just read the first book review and leave it at that :) Also, these reviews (particularly the last one, which is my most recent read) are honest and are my opinion. Don’t let them ruffle your proverbial feathers ;)

Most of these books are from Harper Collins, via Edelweiss! 

Find the Marked Men series on Goodreads here.

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Rule (Marked Men, 1by Jay Crownover 

Release Date: December 30, 2012

Rating: 

Rule is Jay Crownover’s first book in this series, which right now spans four books, with a fifth book coming out later in 2014. I’m a huge fan of this series because I love seeing other characters get their happy endings. Plus, I’m a sucker for being able to see what happens to the other characters later on in a series. 

Rule is possibly one of my favourite books in this series because not only does it start an epic collection, but it’s where we’re first introduced to the Marked Men, which are a group of friends who work in a tattoo shop (plus a musician), who also happen to be incredibly attractive. 

Duh. 

The thing about Crownover’s books is that whereas the stories are addicting, there’s a strange sense of density with each novel that makes the pages drag. I don’t particularly mean this in a bad way, but whereas I would normally finish a book like this in a day or two, this one takes me three to four days. Another little thing is that they’re all a bit…cliche. It’s all good fun, but almost all of the guys have the same body type and tattooing/piercing addiction (if not the guys, then one girl).

You’ll enjoy this series if you like your men rugged, tattooed, pierced, and on the jerky side. 

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Qualify (The Atlantis Grail #1)  by Vera Nazarian
Publication Date: May 25th 2014 
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
“The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward earth, and the descendents of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.
But there’s a catch.They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.Because there’s a loophole.If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.There is only one problem.Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition—including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her class, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.You Qualify or you die.”
Check it out on Goodreads here. 
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AUTHOR BIO! 


“VERA NAZARIAN is a two-time Nebula Award Nominee, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer and reader with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.
She is the author of critically acclaimed novels DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE and LORDS OF RAINBOW, as well as the outrageous parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES and NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS, and most recently, PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: MR. DARCY’S DREADFUL SECRET in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series.After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.”
Find Vera on the web: 
Website | Twitter | Goodreads
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Happy reading!

COVER REVEAL!!

Cover designed by Go On Write!

Qualify (The Atlantis Grail #1)  by Vera Nazarian

Publication Date: May 25th 2014 

Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction

Age Group: Young Adult

The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward earth, and the descendents of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.

But there’s a catch.

They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.

Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.

Because there’s a loophole.

If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.

There is only one problem.

Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.

This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition—including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her class, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.

Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.

You Qualify or you die.”

Check it out on Goodreads here

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AUTHOR BIO! 

VERA NAZARIAN is a two-time Nebula Award Nominee, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer and reader with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.

She is the author of critically acclaimed novels DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE and LORDS OF RAINBOW, as well as the outrageous parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES and NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS, and most recently, PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: MR. DARCY’S DREADFUL SECRET in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series.

After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.”

Find Vera on the web: 

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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Happy reading!

BOOK BLITZ+EXCERPT!! 

The Gatekeeper (Otherworld Series #1)  by J.A. Templeton 

Publication Date: May 1st 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Age Group: New Adult

“If you’re not careful, your money’s gonna fly—and that ain’t a pretty sight ‘cause money ain’t no bird.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had strange dreams that always came true, and experienced terrifying powers that set me apart from everyone else.

It’s not until my eighteenth birthday do I begin to understand what those dreams mean. When my grandfather is attacked and left for dead, I am thrust into the Otherworld—a medieval-like land of beautiful immortals with amazing gifts. One of these immortals has stolen the key between the realms, and it is up to me, Brynne Davies, the next gatekeeper, to reach the key before the power struggle that exists in the Otherworld occurs on earth.

Complicating my task are the members of the Royal House of Parthas, especially the king’s brother, the handsome Murdoc, Warlord of the king’s army, and then there’s the charming Fae prince who seems to always be one step ahead of me.

Time is running out for me to find the key and close the door. If I don’t, the world I left will never be the same…because of me.

The Gatekeeper (Otherworld series, #1) is a New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.”

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Buy it on Amazon here

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EXCERPT! 

The chamber wasn’t large, or maybe it was the tall, muscular man standing before the fireplace that made the space feel smaller than it actually was. His powerful back was to me, the shoulders broad, making a V to a narrow waist. His dark, almost black hair was cut short on the sides, but the top was long—an edgy faux hawk that no one else would be able to pull off, but I thought was incredibly sexy on this very masculine warrior.

The guard motioned me farther into the room. He cleared his throat loudly. “The visitor is here, my lord.”

I refrained from rolling my eyes. As if he didn’t hear us enter.

I took a baby step into the room. Now was not the time to lose my cool.

“You may go, Egan,” the warlord said with the same brogue I’d heard since meeting Kai.

The warlord turned and looked at me, and my mouth went dry.

Murdoc had razor-sharp cheekbones and piercing ice-blue eyes framed by ridiculously long lashes. He wore a silver torque about his neck and one on each wrist, and slender hoops hung from his earlobes. He also had full-sleeve tattoos, similar to the man who had led me here. A charcoal-colored tunic hugged his wide chest, and expensive-looking leather pants fit perfectly against solid thighs and laced at the crotch. I forced my gaze back to his, trying to ignore the heat racing up my neck to my cheeks.

Okay, the warlord of Parthas was hot. More rugged than Kai in many ways and yet oddly similar, especially through the eyes. Before I had time to ask if the two were related, he approached me, his gaze shifting over me once again, taking everything in with a glance.

It was all I could do not to take a step back for each one he took forward. But I thought of Pops and stayed completely still, steadying my nerves for what was to come. A good plan, but I panicked and dropped into an exaggerated curtsy, at the same time I heard a ripping sound.

I instantly straightened. A seam had given under the strain. This was not the time for a wardrobe malfunction.

His brows lifted to his hairline, but I didn’t miss a beat and pretended I couldn’t feel a slight draft on my backside. “Good day, my lord.”

He stopped inches from me, giving me just enough room to stand up straight. Unfortunately, he stood so close I had to bend my head back to look at him.

“My brother tells me you journey from the coast lands.”

“Brothers?” I said with a smile. “You two look alike. I mean, not exactly of course, but there is a very strong resemblance. Do you have other siblings?”

Oh my God, I was rambling. I bit the inside of my lip to keep from saying anything else.

His brow furrowed as he watched me in silence. As the seconds ticked away, he relaxed his stance. I wish I could say the same for myself. He made me nervous and I had the feeling he could see right through me.

“Aye, I do.”

It was obvious he wasn’t about to cough up any more information.

“What is your name?” he asked, a dark brow lifting nearly to his hairline.

This warlord had perfected the art of intimidation. I was terrified. “Brynne…McCane.”

He stared at the talisman at my neck, and for a heart-stopping second I thought he might yank it off. I hoped Art was right and it shielded my thoughts from immortals, because I would hate to have him know what I was thinking.

His gaze shifted back to mine. “May I call you Brynne?”

“Aye.”

“What brings you to Parthas, Brynne? What is it exactly that you are wanting?”

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AUTHOR BIO 

I wrote my first young adult novel over ten years ago, and took a slight detour from writing YA to publish nineteen adult romances. Now, I’m following my heart and writing in the genre I’ve been passionate about for so long, and about characters who don’t exactly fit into any specific box.

Aside from writing and reading, I’m obsessed with history, love research, traveling, and riding motorcycles with my hubby, my first and only love, who stole my heart when I was fourteen and he was eighteen (yes, he robbed the cradle). I am also a medium, which gives me a unique perspective when writing about the paranormal and characters like Riley, who can see, hear, and feel spirits.

I’m passionate about books, and I’ll never tire of writing love stories.”

Find J.A. on the web: 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 

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