Review & Release Day Blitz: Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

bridges burnedBridges Burned by Chris Cannon
Series: Going Down in Flames #2
Published by Entangled Teen Ember on January 19th 2015
Genres: Dragons, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 312
Source: ARC copy from publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

Don’t just fight the system…burn it.

Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…

But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally.

Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.

Bridges Burned
By Chris Cannon
January 27, 2015
Don’t just fight the system…burn it.
Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…
But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally. Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.
BUY IT ON AMAZON,
ITUNES, BARNES AND NOBLE, & KOBO: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/bridges-burned/

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~*~ABOUT CHRIS CANNON~*~

 

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Chris Cannon lives in
Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who
sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and
Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the
Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down
caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames
is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.
what i thoughtI received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Wow, this was 10x better than the first! I’m so glad the writing improved and the overall story! I actually had difficultly putting the book down, I was completely immersed in this story!!!
This immediately picks up where the first book left off. Bryn may be accepted by her grandparents, but people still aren’t accepting her. The threats to Bryn are still coming and people still want her dead. But she’s not the only one they want dead. After finding out who Bryn can really trust, something devastating happens to her and it completely changes her life. Even with this big change, she can’t seem to catch a break between all these death threats. Trying to make the best of her Christmas, she spends a lot of time with her grandparents and her knight, Valmont.
I was honestly very nervous going into this book because of my overall thoughts on the first book. This was soo much better! In my review for the first book, I had pointed out the amount of times Bryn’s under garments were described in detail; luckily that only happens maybe twice in the book! Bryn’s character does a complete 180 and becomes a character I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved her sarcastic attitude the most.
I’m interested in how this romance will develop and who she will chose. Though I REALLY like Valmont, I do like Jaxon as well. In the first book, I was still undecided who I wanted Bryn to choose, but Zavien was also in the mix. Obviously I despise his character now and absolutely hate him.
I’m sad to say that we don’t get much of Ivy and Clint who are Bryn’s best friends. Because of what happens to Bryn and the constant threats, she is staying with her grandparents.

This had a lot more action and more drama, which I think made it very interesting and what kept me reading. I had no idea what was going to happen and I was constantly wanting to know what was going to happen! This does end in a cliffhanger, which stinks. But I think the third book is going to be even better and I’m excited to see who Bryn ends up with; kind of hoping for Valmont! :)

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“I want to be with someone I love, not someone the Directorate deems as my compatible mate.”

“Good.” He looked up. “Then there’s only one suitable answer.”

“What?”

“This.” He leaned in, giving her time to back out if she wasn’t interested. Did she want him to kiss her? Hell, yes. Was it wrong? Right now it didn’t feel wrong. Letting her eyes flutter shut, she moved toward him; his warm breath feathered across her lips and–

Knock. Knock. Knock.

Startled, Bryn jerked backward.

“Of all the lousy timing.” — Bridges Burned, Chris Cannon

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Stacking the Shelves (#27): The “I’m Moving Out” “Catchup” Edition

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Meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where I post all the bookish things I’ve received/purchased either physical or e-book.

Hey guys! I’m so sorry it’s been several weeks since my last stacking the shelves post! I’ve been so busy with my new semester starting and getting ready to move out! Here’s my entire haul from my last post!

Physical Copies:

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I bought the Harry Potter books from Book Depository late December/early January and they came at different times, so I am just putting them into one picture. ;) I made a Book Outlet order mid January right before I started my book buying ban, I spent I think $30 including shipping! :D

Physical Copies Sent For Review:

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VERY excited for both of these books! :D

Purchased Kindle Books:

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Free Kindle Books:

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Release Day Blitz: Snake Eyes by Melissa Pearl

Snake Eyes
By Melissa Pearl
RELEASE DAY BLITZ
January 30, 2015
Caitlyn Davis expects her sophomore year at UCLA to be perfect…until she walks into her dorm room
to find Special Agent Zoey Kaplan of the FBI waiting for her. In that instant,
she knows her idyllic year with new best friends, Nicole and Dale, along with
her super hot boyfriend, Eric, is about to fall apart.
Having been forced to work with the FBI months earlier, Caity accidentally gave away her special
ability to read people’s emotions and know whether they were telling the truth.
Now, Kaplan wants Caity to go undercover again for a secret operation that will
bring her close to the sadistic Diego Mendez, a man believed to be involved in
human trafficking.
Eric Shore is not a man who trusts easily. Having been burned multiple times, it’s hard for him to
open up completely, but his love for Caity makes him want to try. Yet, her
sudden withdrawal worries him, particularly when she chooses to spend time with
her new roommate, Quella Mendez, over him. When Caity’s behavior begins to
match that of her wild roommate, Eric wonders if their relationship is as
strong as he believed.
As Caity struggles to maintain her relationship and do her job, she finds herself pulled further into
a dangerous world that could take away everything she holds dear. Will Eric
learn the truth in time to save her? Or will the man with the eyes of a snake
destroy their perfect romance?

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~*~ABOUT MELISSA PEARL~*~
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, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. She
loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming up in 2015.

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“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.”

Release Day Blitz: Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson

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Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.

 

 

About Rachel Higginson

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to Read If I Had A Book Club

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘ Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club’. This is is no particular order.

This one was a lot of fun for me to make! I love participating in read-a-longs and those sorts of things so it would be fun to discuss these 10 in a book club setting!

the kiss of deception to all the boys i've loved before tiger's curse cruel beauty splintered the raven boys altered find me minders white cat

I chose these 10 because all of them have interesting synopsis’ and would make for a great discussion. Especially if the club is meeting several times while reading the book to discuss what is happening and what could happen. Some of these have mixed reviews, so it would be fun to get a take on everyone’s perspective! :)

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Release Day Blitz: Tease Me by Emily Goodwin

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Purchase on Amazon:

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**Do not read this book if you do not like fast paced, erotic plots, forward thinking women, dominant and tattooed Latin men, and dirty sex. Lots of dirty sex. Extra panties are recommended. Prudes be warned: this book is HOT. For readers 18+**

Ellie Morgan has played the role of the good girl her entire life. She follows the rules, works hard, does what she’s supposed to do, and rarely takes an unnecessary risk. But when she’s turned down again and again for a promotion at work, Ellie decides she must do something drastic to prove her skills as a police officer to everyone at work…and to herself.

But the small drug deal she tries to bust turns out to be bigger and more dangerous than she ever imagined, and she finds herself kidnapped and smuggled across the border to Mexico. Her life is now in the hands of Alejandro Calaveras, a handsome and powerful cartel leader.

Alejandro promises not to kill her…as long as she agrees to obey him. With his dark eyes, tattoos, and devil-may-care attitude, Ellie agrees, knowing that submitting to someone as dangerous and sexy as Alejandro could be her undoing…or her escape.

From the moment he lays eyes on her, Alejandro is drawn to Ellie. As an American police officer, Ellie is the forbidden fruit, the enemy, the one who has the power to destroy him.

After he gets a taste, he wants more. And Alejandro always gets what he wants.

 

TEASE ME is part one of a three part novella serial.

Tease Me, coming 1.27.15
Tempt Me, coming 2.17.15
Take Me, coming 3.10.15

About Emily Goodwin

Emily Goodwin is the international best-selling author of the stand-alone novel STAY, The Guardian Legacies Series: UNBOUND, REAPER, MOONLIGHT (releasing 2014), The Beyond the Sea Series: BEYOND THE SEA, RED SKIES AT NIGHT (releasing 2015) and The Contagium Series: CONTAGIOUS, DEATHLY CONTAGIOUS, CONTAGIOUS CHAOS, THE TRUTH IS CONTAGIOUS (Permuted Press).Emily lives with her husband, daughter and German Shepherd named Vader. She has degrees in psychology and nursing. Along with writing, Emily enjoys riding her horse, designing and making costumes and Cosplay.

 

Release Day Blast & Giveaway: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

 

I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an excerpt from the book!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Shepherd, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and swag courtesy of Megan and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: A COLD LEGACY

Author: Megan Shepherd

Pub. Date: January 27, 2015

Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins

Pages: 400

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After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.


A COLD LEGACY excerpt
p.21-24

Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”

We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”

“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”

Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.

“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”

He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.

Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.

“We must be getting close,” I said.

“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”

The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame, blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into the night.

The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed, just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?

Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked. Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the door flew open.

Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.

But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.

Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.

“We’ve arrived,” he said.

 

 
 
 
 
 
About Megan:

Hello!

I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty details.

It wasn’t until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, “have you ever considered being a writer?” that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children’s literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography
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