Waiting on Wednesday (#40): The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

This week I’m waiting on THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER!! GUYS I HAVE BEEN WAITING SINCE FEBRUARY! I know that’s not that long compared to those that read the books to their release dates, but once I finished I was promised the summer.. Then like a week later, the date changed! I was so upset! I have such high expectations, I’m EXTREMELY nervous! I’ve already pre-ordered my signed copy and EXTREMELY excited to get my hands on it!

the retribution of mara dyerThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #3
Publishing by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 4th 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

I’m so beyond nervous and extremely sad to see this AMAZING trilogy ending.. It’s one of my all time favorites. I absolutely adore these books and I’m SOOO NOT ready for the ending! I REALLY hope it’s worth the wait! I can’t wait to see all the characters again! I DON’T LIKE THAT CLIFFHANGER! IT’S NOT TRUE, I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read To Get Into the Halloween Spirit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit’. This is is no particular order.

Halloween is just in 3 days and I’m really excited! I have always loved Halloween, I loved dressing up and going treat-or-treating as a kid! I LOVEEE watching Hocus Pocus, HalloweenTown and all those movies that would show on the kids stations when I was growing up. I always watch Hocus Pocus every year, it’s definitely my favorite! Now that I’m back in reading, I’ve made it a goal to read Halloween related books. However, this month I’ve totally sucked.. All I want is new adult, thanks Walking Disaster… But this would be my top 10 if I was actually in the mood!!

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1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: I will be starting this book (if not, I already have) by Halloween. This was one that I NEEDED to read. I own both books in the duology and will most likely read the 2nd one immediately after!

2. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting: I bought this not too long ago and it would be PERFECT for Halloween. Unfortunately because of my new adult kick, this may have to wait until next year or some other time between now and then.

3. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry: I bought this book last summer to read last Halloween… Did I do it? HAHA no. I’m terrible. Next year….

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4. The Devouring by Simon Holt: This book is extremely creepy (so I’ve heard) and is absolutely perfect! Again, maybe next year!

5. The Fall by Bethany Griffin: This recently released so I have an excuse.. Maybe next year! But really, this does sound incredibly interesting and a perfect read for October! Can’t wait to pick it up!

6. Hexed by Michelle Krys: I got an ARC of this forever ago on NetGalley, I’m terrible… I was planning on reading it this month, but hopefully I’ll still get to it soon! I’ve heard SOO many amazing things and I adore the hardcover edition!

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7. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter: Ohh boy, this is really high on my general TBR. The 3rd book in the trilogy just released and one of my good book friends is really pushing me to start this trilogy. I’ll probably be reading this before next Halloween, but would be a great Halloween read!

8. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender: I recently (as in like last 4 months) discovered this book! I LOVE the cover! It sounds PERFECT for Halloween.. Again, hopefully next year!

9. They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire: This JUST came out, but oh my gosh! THAT COVER! I IMMEDIATELY added it to my TBR when I saw the cover. Then I noticed it mentioned Pretty Little Liars which is one of my favorite shows (still on season 4, I’m far behind). But if it’s similar, HECK YES I WANNA READ IT! :D

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10. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings: I went to the signing, met her, been stalking this book FOREVER, STILL haven’t read it. Like seriously… I’m TERRIBLE! I WILL be reading this before next Halloween for sure, but it would have been a great book to read during the Halloween season!

Music Mondays (#1): Real by Katy Evans + Muse

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Music Monday is a weekly meme started by Athena @Total Book Geek. For the meme, you find a book/scene in a book and match it with a song; and trying to avoid spoilers.

Hey guys! I’m trying out a new meme and this one sounded like a lot of fun to do! The instructions are very simple in how you do this meme.. Just choose a book or a scene from a book and match it with a song and explain why you chose the 2!

This week I’m featuring:

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realReal by Katy Evans
Series: Real #1
Publishing on: April 8th 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 320

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

The song I’m picking to match with this book is Undisclosed Desires by Muse:

 

Basically how I’m matching the lyrics with the book is the chorus is Brooke to Remy, and the other vise versa. I absolutely love Muse, have since Twilight made them huge… But this song just stuck out to me the most.Here’s a snip of the lyrics:

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty’s not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

If you’ve read the book, you might know how I’m referring to the lyrics. I don’t want to give too much away though. This mostly focuses on Remy’s character and what goes on in the story. :) That’s all I will say! Comment down below (no spoilers though) and let me know if you agree! :)

See you guys next week!

 

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Release Day Blitz: Blood Ring by Kailin Gow

Blood Ring (Pulse #9) by Kailin Gow

A Ring that Controls the Immortality of Vampires!

The handsomely devilish vampire Jaegar Greystone, one of the Vampire Guardians of the beautiful mortal girl Kalina Calloway, a rare Life Blood carrier, has pursued the evil Vampire Queen, Neriti, to the End of the Earth, and is about to enter the realm of magic where the Queen will be renewed and re-born into the darkest evil of all the worlds. Jaegar, Octavius, Stuart and the other vampires from the Consortium of Vampires who keep the order so vampires can exist with humans have sacrificed much to prevent the Queen from true transformation. The Queen has already crossed into the realm, but her true transformation could not take place without a ring known as the Blood Ring…which only the true rare carrier of Life Blood can make.

Jaegar thought he would never see Kalina again. He thought she would finally give one of the other Vampire Guardians her gift of mortality, but when he meets her again…everything changes. When it comes to love, he can’t no longer be noble about what he wants…and he wants Kalina.

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His broad shoulders and confident stature reminded her of Octavius, yet his kind eyes brought Stuart Greystone to mind. As he stepped forward past the border of the Ring of Ice protecting the portal between Feyland and the Land Beyond the Crystal River, his shape became more solid and his voice boomed loud enough to announce his entrance. “I am Logan, the Wolf Fey Prince, and guardian of these borders.”

Jaegar’s blue eyes nearly bulged out of his sockets. “Damn, what do they feed you over there, genetically-enhanced dog food?”

Logan took one look at Jaegar and smirked. “More like ground minotaurs and an occasional vampire or dark fey, as we call you guys, over there.

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17 year-old Kalina didn’t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn’t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn’t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting.

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PULSE – It’s Available for Free right now. Complete Novel.
Life’s Blood (PULSE #2) – Complete Novel.
Blood Burned (PULSE #3) – Complete Novel.
Blue Blood (PULSE #4) – Complete Novel.
The PULSE Papers (PULSE #4.5) – Novella
Blood Bond (PULSE #5) – Complete Novel.
Blood Legacy (PULSE #6) – Complete Novel.
Blood Rights (PULSE #7) – Complete Novel.
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About Kailin Gow

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

Review: Real by Katy Evans

realReal by Katy Evans
Series: Real #1
Published by Gallery Books on April 8th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

what i thoughtTHIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I’m dying to get my hands on the second book, I need it now!

Brooke goes to an underground fight with her best friend, Melanie. These aren’t usually her “cup of tea”, all her life she was training for the Olympics until she hurt her knee. Now wanting to be in sports medicine and help out other athletes. While at the fight, she notices Remington who everyone knows. Remington is known for all the girls falling for him and what he does, but he’s only got eyes on her tonight.

Okay, so let’s get to the part as to why this is a 4 star and not 5… Okay, I had a big time issue with the beginning. Brooke meeting Remy like that just didn’t seem real. (haha no pun intended)… Too much like an insta-like/insta-love type situation that REALLY threw me off in the beginning. But OHH MAN after that whole thing, WHEW, did I LOVEEEE Brooke and Remy!

“I don’t want to be yours. I want to be your fucking REAL.” — Katy Evans, Real

It’s been about a week and a half or so since I finished this amazing book, and the feels are still there! I’m obsessing over this story and I NEED the second book like.. yesterday.

There is SO much sexual tension, but ohh do those tensions RAPIDLY release! I didn’t expect a lot that was going to happen. Remy’s back story and the way he is, I wasn’t really expecting. I think it made me love him that much more. I love that even though Remy is very kept-t0-himself, he expresses his feelings through music. I really loved that part to their story. A lot of these songs I already love, especially Iris.. I LOVE that song to pieces… There isn’t anything you can’t like about Remy, or Brooke for that matter. I adored their story and at one point in the story I wanted to punch Brooke for being so dumb. I don’t understand why she did what she did.

“The guy is just too much. Too much male. Too much masculinity and pure raw beast. Put together, he’s just like sex on a stick and every female around me is shouting at the top of her lungs how much she wants to lick.” — page 20

What I really liked about Brooke was seeing her mention science. I thought it was hilarious when she started talking biology and anatomy! Being a soon-to-be medical student, I absolutely loved her character!

I loved the side characters as well. Could have done without Scorpion, guy just gives me the absolute creeps, but still loved the characters (besides him).

I can’t wait to pick up book 2 and continue their story! I’m really excited (and nervous) to see what happens next!

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“You tie me up in knots. I want to play you a thousand different songs so you can get a clue of what… I feel inside me…”– page 144

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“You’ll leave me the second it gets too steep, and you’ll leave me with nothing – when I want you like I’ve never wanted anything in life. You’re all I think about, dream about. I get high and low and it’s not about you now, it’s not even about me anymore. I can’t sleep, can’t think, can’t concentrate worth shit anymore and it’s all because I want to be the fucking ‘one’ for you.”– page 162

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“I’m so fucking in love with you I don’t even know what to do with myself anymore.”– page 297

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“Why’d you want to have sex with me? To have a fucking adventure? What was I supposed to be? Your one-night-fucking stand? I’m every woman’s adventure, damn you, and I don’t want to be yours. I want to be your fucking REAL. You get that? If I fuck you, I want you to belong to me. To be mine. I want you to give yourself to me—not Riptide!” ― Katy Evans, Real

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Review: The Invitation: Surrender by Roxy Sloane

the invitation surrenderThe Invitation: Surrender by Roxy Sloane
Series: The Invitation #2
Published by Smashwords Edition on September 28th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 158
Source: ARC copy from author
Goodreads
five-stars

Welcome to your wildest fantasy…

The invitation arrives out of nowhere. No name. No address. Just one simple challenge.

‘Play with me.’

The games are intoxicating, each one more thrilling than the last. And pleasure is the ultimate prize.

He knows my secrets. He sees my darkest desires. He can drive me to ecstasy — and I don’t even know his name.

This is your invitation. Now it’s your turn to decide.

Are you ready?

what i thoughtOhh dear lord! THE SEQUEL WAS EVEN BETTER! If you thought thought the first one was hot, ohh, just you wait!

Justine has been receiving playful invitations from a mystery guy. Absolutely loving the thrill of this little game, she goes to places she didn’t think she would actually do.. But she’s loving it all. She can’t wait to see who this mystery man is and put a face to all these dirty little messages.. But he’s not ready to show himself yet. Who is he?!

“I can show you a pleasure beyond reason, beyond your wildest fantasies. all you have to do is accept my invitation. Are you ready to play?” — Roxy Sloane, The Invitation: Surrender

Holy guacamole…  This went to new levels I didn’t think Roxy Sloane would go to (in a good way!). I just wasn’t expecting it. ;) Holy cow, there were A LOT of steamy, erotic scenes! Justine doesn’t know who to go to. Her best friend, Ashton who left her but just can’t seem to let him go, or her mysterious, enticing man…

I NEED more… I LOVED the ending, but man do I need more!

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“For a few hours, you can forget about all your responsibilities and hang-ups, and just be yourself. The real world doesn’t exist.”– Roxy Sloane, The Invitation: Surrender

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Challenges This Belongs To:

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Bookish Confessions (#12): What’s Been Going On?

book confessionsHey guys! So I’m just kind of updating you guys on what’s been going on in my life and why I’ve been slacking on here lately…

Well, the most thing that is consuming my life right now is school… I’m taking 3 classes- nutrition (biology based), government, and the most time consuming, anatomy and physiology II… So yes.. That’s why. I’m over half way done with my semester which is good! All of my classes have 3 tests (I think nutrition has an optional 4th..) but I’ve finished the 2nd exams today! (A&P and government) So this is why I’ve been so non-existent lately.. Today is Friday the 24th, so I’m planning on getting a bunch of posts scheduled that way I have more stuff coming from my blog. However, since my classes are taking up soo much time right now, my reading time is very short so I’m sorry that I haven’t really had many reviews since August.. In December and January I’m planning on to read a BUNCH.

I’m STILL updating my blog.. Again, because of school I just don’t have enough time. I also babysit so my hours that I work are always different every week. Some weeks I work over 30 hours, some only like 10… That’s the only downside to being a babysitter, but I absolutely love my job! I’m definitely hoping to have it all updated around Thanksgiving and all that fun stuff! I’m tired of having like 10 different themes/designs going on. I absolutely love the designs that Amanda (Book Badger) made me!

Anywho, I just wanted to update you guys on why I’ve been so absent! I’m hoping to get a bunch posts ready today!

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