Saturday, July 23, 2016

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas ~ Review

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Source: Gifted from Nikki! (Obviously this doesn't affect my opinion in any way.)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas


"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."


From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


Review...


I read Throne of Glass in the beginning of 2015--it was one of my first books of the year, if not the very first--and I LOVED it. I'd been nervous because, ya know, HYPE, but was so pleased when I fell for the story and the characters so fast. I finished the book totally on board with the TOG train.

...Then it took me over a year to pick up the next book. I have no excuse other than not being in a fantasy mood (I don't read high fantasy all that often, as you may or may not have noticed). But then around the end of the semester rolled around and I felt an urge to pick up a Sarah J. Maas book. So, logically, I picked up Crown of Midnight. Again, hype was an intimidating factor. Whenever I talked about how I was reading this book, so many people said this one was their favorite and/or that they LOVED it. I wanted so badly to enjoy this one as much as I did the first.

And, you know...I did. I enjoyed this book so much. It builds from where Throne of Glass ended, shaping Celaena's life as the King's Champion and showing how her relationships have adjusted to the change. Sarah J. Maas' writing is incredible, of course. She has a way with words that truly awes me, and crafted this story into one that was enjoyable and enthralling.

My reading experience was a fun one. I started the book slowly, savoring every page. It took me way longer than it should have to make it through the first half of the book, but I was loving it. Then I made it...oh, about halfway through...and then. Goodness. AND THEN. Ah. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I wouldn't say the second half was better than the first half, because I adored the entirety of Crown of Midnight, but I will say that the pace picked up big time the farther I got in the book. By the time I made it to the end...goodness. My heart. My soul. I don't even know. All I know is that it was AMAZING.

As for the characters, a magnificent thing happened in Crown of Midnight--I started loving Dorian. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate him before or anything. And I definitely don't ship him and Celaena now. But I was really taken with his character in this book. He is truly a great guy, and I am such a fan of the character he's shaped into. I, obviously, liked reading more Celaena. She's awesome, kickass, and all-around a great character to read about. We learned more about her in this book, both her past and just HER, and I look forward to more as the series continues. Lastly, there was Chaol. And I am in love. I seriously love that man. Like, even more than I did in Throne of Glass. He's humble and kind and caring and oh so many other positive adjectives. I am SO on board this ship.

Overall, Crown of Midnight was a well-written and all-around fabulous second installment in the Throne of Glass series that made me fall even more for these characters and their story. I truly look forward to reading Heir of Fire... once I'm brave enough to pick it up.


5 stars - An incredible, well-written, and all around fabulous second installment!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott

The VMafia got a treat in our inboxes yesterday---the cover of Victoria Scott's next novel, Hear the Wolves. We love Victoria Scott and her books and are so excited about this new story, so we're super happy to help reveal this awesome cover to y'all! Check out the cover and blurb and all that fun stuff below, and then enter the incredibly generous giveaway to win one of ten (yes, TEN) ARCs of Hear the Wolves! And, please, don't forget to let us know what you think of the cover in the comments! 



HEAR THE WOLVES


Releases March 28th, 2017 from Scholastic!


It's survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott!

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn't be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight -- it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she's already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn't stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that's tied there -- their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That's when the wolves start hunting them . . .

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About Victoria Scott


Victoria Scott is the author of eight novels including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, the Dante Walker trilogy, Hear the Wolves (April 2017), and Violet Grenade (June 2017). She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger Literary Agency.

Victoria’s latest novel, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood was nominated as a YALSA Teens’ Top 10 book for 2015. Victoria’s novels have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets. The author currently resides in Dallas, and loves hearing from her readers.




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Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan ~ Review, Tour Stop & Giveaway



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Coming July 26th from Avon




Source:  Received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.



ABOUT HELL BREAKS LOOSE:
Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage . . .

Shy and awkward, First Daughter Grace Reeves has always done what she’s told. Tired of taking orders, she escapes her security detail for a rare moment of peace. Except her worst nightmare comes to life when a ruthless gang of criminals abducts her. Her only choice is to place her trust in Reid Allister, an escaped convict whose piercing gaze awakens something deep inside her. Reid is nothing like her other captors.

He’s tougher, smarter…and one blistering look from him makes her hotter than any man ever has.

Reid spent years plotting escape and revenge . . .years without a woman in his bed. For this hardened felon, Grace Reeves isn’t just out of his league—she’s from another planet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her. Escaping Devil’s Rock was tough, but resisting this woman could be the end of him. For a man with nothing to lose, protecting her . . . claiming her as his own, becomes more necessary than his next breath.





Review...


I loved the first book in this series, All Chained Up, with Knox Callaghan! So, of course, I wanted to read this next book. I'm so glad I did.

Reid has a code. Yeah, he's been in Devils rock for eleven years but there are some things you don't do. And I loved his honor. Believed in his innocence. He'd argue with me. He may not of killed the man he is convicted of killing but he's done other things. But he doesn't break his code and most of what he's done has been things he couldn't avoid. The one thing he won't budge on is protecting Grace. No one will hurt her as long as he's around. I so love him.

Grace is the Presidents daughter but she's been living her life for his champaign far too long. She's caged herself in but this little experience has given her time to think, to figure out what she wants. It's not to be her dad's puppet anymore. I loved that her character came out as she fought to escape and to stay alive. I loved that she wasn't a stick either. Reid loved her curves and described her as a 1940's pinup model. I like that. I liked her.

Together, these two are sparks flying hot. Reid resists. Grace falls for his sexiness and wants though she feels like she shouldn't. It's a sexy battle they wage while they get to know each other. And it's so much fun to watch. Naked chase, "innocent" bed sharing, and "I need a cold shower" games all around. Fun times.

The story grabs you and gets you stuck right in it's pages. I read it pretty much straight through. There were a couple stress breaks where I had to text Jess and have some virtual hand holding. She's good at that. This story takes you down to the wire. I was cheering and hoping for this couple. Both deserved it. I may have wanted a few more details about the bad guys and what happened to them plus how things went down with her father but I was so happy with the ending. So happy.

Sexy and provocative, this book captured my attention and was a welcome distraction!

                              




ABOUT SOPHIE JORDAN:
Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Swoon Thursday ~ 7/21/16



Who doesn't LOVE a good swoon?!  We love them for sure!  Check out our swoon below and then add to the fun.

Post anything that made you swoon, past or present read.  Include the cover, blurb and links.  Please no spoilers.





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DON’T TEMPT ME is a standalone Contemporary Romance being published by HarlequinHQN. It is being released on July 26th, 2016. 



Five Things That Make Me Swoon by New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster



Easy enough to answer—as long as we are talking figuratively. In reality, the only times I've ever "swooned" (fainted!) was while pregnant, and with three grown sons. Those days, thankfully, are long gone. I have no idea why I was a fainter while carrying, but it happened, and came close to happening, all too often. (It made my husband extremely nervous. He walked around behind me with his arms open. lol)

Now if we're talking about feeling fainthearted from extreme emotion, I recently celebrated 38 years of marriage, and I can promise you my husband is still the one. We met on the 3rd day of my sophomore year of high school, and I was instantly hooked. We married right out of high school, and he remains the funniest, most caring, dedicated, honorable and motivated man I know. He easily reads me. Always has. And if I have a problem, it's his problem too, even if we're talking something as simple as a close deadline. He's always done what he could to make my life easier, and I'll forever love him for it.

If you follow me on Facebook, or if you enjoy the covers for my new books, you've probably noticed that the men either have chest hair, or they're wearing a shirt so you can imagine the chest hair. That's because I love men as nature created them. And chest hair is so manly! Besides, I don't write guys who groom their chests—definitely not guys who wax. My heroes are too busy kickin' butt, loving life and their lady, and making the world a better place.

I also adore anyone, male or female, who helps at-risk children and animals in need. It's each person's responsibility to help those who can't help themselves to the best of their ability. Being an author, unique opportunities are available to me, so each year I do an event (my annual Reader & Author Get Together - www.readerauthorgettogether.com ) and during that event we do some amazing raffles of baskets donated by authors and publishers. The raffles have always brought in significant cash to donate to charities, and for the past two years we've made $21,000 for the One Way Farm (www.OneWayFarm.org) a home for abused and abandoned children. To coincide with the event, I always write a book where the advance and all royalties go directly to the Animal Adoption Foundation (www.AAFPets.org) a no-kill animal shelter. You can see more about the benefit books here: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/

Lastly, I love flowers. A lot. Do you remember being a little girl and picking wildflowers? I'm getting close to 60 now, but I never stopped doing that. Ilove wildflowers. My three sons and my hubby all know it's a sure bet to give me flowers, and I don't even care what kind. Daisies are as special to me as roses. Fragrant flowers are amazing. The flowers don't have to be cut and in a vase. My property is surrounded by knock-out roses. They're so vibrant, smell so good and they're beautiful. Peonies and lilies, too. The more flowers, the better.

Of course, like you, I get absolutely giddy over a really wonderfullyromantic, sexy, fast-paced book, and if that book contains an Alpha hero who can defend one minute and successfully make the heroine swoon the next, that's good enough for me.

"Don't Tempt Me is a sweet, fast read about finding family, love, and more!  You can't go wrong with this book! It’s a must read!"—Night Owl Reviews

“Best friends find hunky men and everlasting love in Foster’s latest charmer.”—Publishers Weekly

Preorder DON’T TEMPT ME here!





DON’T TEMPT ME Synopsis:

Love comes along when it's least wanted 

Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself. 

Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet…



"It's lust at first sight and a double romance in this new novel of neighbors helping neighbors by the prolific Foster"—Kirkus




About Lori Foster:

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.

Links:






Val's swoon from this book...





She tried to get her gaze northward, but only got as far as his pec.  How nice would it feel to rest her cheek against that lightly furred chest? 

"Honor?"
"Hmm?"
"Keep looking at me like that and I'm going to get ideas."
Her gaze shot to his.
Lifting a brown, he corrected, "More ideas, I should have said." (Page 65 of ARC)




That's our swoon this week!  What about you?  Leave us a comment & a link.



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

No Falling Allowed by Melissa West ~ Review & Giveaway reminder

Source: Received eBook from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My life just went South…

Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down.

Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check.

Get fired instead of the promised promotion? Check.

Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check.

Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC—a place where no New Yorker belongs—disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type.

Southern.

Cocky.

Bartender.

Noah Hunter never should have made it back to my apartment in NYC, and I definitely shouldn’t be in his small town. But fate had another plan. Or a horrible sense of humor.

Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…



We have a giveaway for this book going on HERE. 



Review...


I have alway enjoyed this authors books and this one is no exception.  She is a master at getting her characters in impossible situations that feels so hopeless; then she tells a story that has you flipping the pages wanting to know how things work out for the characters you have fallen in love with.  Yep that's what happened with this book too.

I adore Noah and Grace.  Both are complex characters that have personal challenges all over the place, kinda like real people do.  The time, the place, and the situation that draws them together are all wrong.  But the feeling, the attraction and the results are all right.  Where the story comes in is how these two try to figure out how to deal with pride, circumstances and others so they don't miss this opportunity to be together.

I enjoyed the polar opposite worlds they come from.  New York compared to Cricket Creek, wealthy compared to middle class, driven to make a career to driven to make a home and they all play in trying to keep these two apart.  It's an interesting and provocative situation that causes a reader to think.  I like that.

A fast read, I devoured this in a few hours.  It's a short 200 pages and I might have wished for a bit more.  There were just a few places where I wanted to hear the conversation instead get the gist of what happened.  But that didn't stop me from enjoying this one.  

When you just want a great love story between two unlikely people, then pick this one up and enjoy a few hours of pleasure.



                                 



Waiting On Wednesday ~ 7/20/16


This is our version of Waiting on Wednesday but with more cuddles, books we can't wait to cuddle for various reasons.

What are we waiting on this week?  THIS!



Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.



Coming August 30th from Pocket Books

Why am I waiting?  I just finished the first book in this series and YUM.  Don't let this sweet cover fool you, this is a sexy series.  To Have And To Hold has a yummy alpha male!  I so loved Seth!  Can't wait to meet this Josh Tanner.


That's what we're waiting on this week! What do you think? What are you waiting on? Leave us a comment and link us up!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Torn (Wicked Saga, #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Release Day Launch

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The highly anticipated second book in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy is available today! Be sure to grab your copy of TORN!



   

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

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"You need this book. You need this series. It's paranormal at its best. It's New Adult at its best...Can I give this book more than 5 stars? I would if I could." ~Valerie, Stuck in Books


  TORN - RDL Teaser 1   

I lifted my right hand, reaching for my iron stake out of instinct, even though I knew it would do no good against the prince.
              “You shouldn’t do that.” His voice was deep with what reminded me of an English accent. “I know you want to, but it would be very, very unwise of you, Ivy.”
              My hand twitched.
              Creepy Prince smiled slightly. “Your friend has been very helpful.”
              That got my hackles up. I slid my sunglasses onto my forehead and forced my tone to stay calm and level. “I’m sure she has. Speaking of Val, happen to know where I can find her?”
              His lips curled in a semblance of a smile as he stepped closer. The prince was tall, taller than Ren, who was pushing six foot two. My entire back stiffened as I forced myself to hold my ground, even though every instinct demanded that I run and run super fast, because he had almost killed me once before. Correction. He would have definitely killed me if he hadn’t realized what I was and had, I guessed, healed me.
              “I’ve been waiting for you,” he said, instead of answering my question, his pale blue eyes fixed on mine.
              My hand curled into a useless fist. “That is extremely creepy to hear.”
              That cold smile returned. “Why don’t we talk? There are seats across the way.”
              “Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”
              The slow smile increased but never reached his eyes. “Oh, I know it is.”
              Fine hairs rose on my arms.
              “What exactly can you do right now?” he said in the same coldly polite voice. “Refuse me?” Creepy Prince laughed, and it wasn’t a bad sound. Again, it was something that was just cold, as if he were mimicking what a human would do. “You can’t.”
              “I can.” My palm itched to grab the thorn stake secured under my pant leg, but I held still. I might be reckless, but I wasn’t stupid.
              “Really? I will have to beg to differ on that. You see, humans surround us. So many of them, and I have an extraordinary appetite.” His eyes appeared to glimmer as his gaze slithered from the top of my curly head down to my toes. “A rather impressive appetite for many, many things.”
              “Okay. First off, ew.” My lip curled. “Secondly, I don’t want to hear about any of your appetites.”
              One dark eyebrow rose. “Oh, but you should know that I could kill twenty of these humans in less than five seconds and feed on the rest, leaving them to believe that it was this little red-headed girl who murdered these innocent people.” His voice dropped even lower as he leaned in and icy air brushed my cheek. “You deny me this, those lives will be on your hands, little bird.”
              Anger flushed hotly as my eyes met his. There wasn’t a single part of me that doubted anything he said. He had me. God, I hated to admit it, but he had me.


"Drama! Action! Romance! Twists! Torn had it all...Torn was a perfect continuation of the Wicked Saga." ~Kim, Kimberlyfaye Reads


    TORN - RDL Teaser 2    


Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED!


   

 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: #1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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