Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (253)

 

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From For the Love and Books and Florida Signing


I went down to Florida last week and got to go to the For the Love of Books and Florida signing! I got to meet T.M. Frazier and Kandi Steiner and it was amazing! We went to the after party as well and got to spend the whole night hanging out with Kandi! As usual, I got way too many books, but they're all signed and all amazing!


As you can see, I got A TONNNN of books! Sarah bought me Lawless and Soulless for my birthday, but the rest I bought for myself and they're all signed! I'm so excited to own all of these! 


From Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day had AMAZING deals on books and also a $5 off $15 coupon. I ended up getting all of these for only $13! I couldn't resist! 


Books-A-Million

The day before the signing, Sarah had some homework to do, so we went to Books-A-Million and I had to browse! I found these three in the clearance section and they were buy 2 get 1 free! So I got all three of these hardbacks for only $10! 


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling #16, Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)
By Nalini Singh
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Source: Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to herextraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that's exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence--her mind clear of all emotion--Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That's what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious...and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed
 


Nalini Singh has been an author on my TBR for so long now. Everyone raves about her books, but I'm super intimidated by starting a series that is already 16 books in. When I saw this spin-off series was coming out, I thought it'd be the perfect book to dive in with. 

Silver Mercant has pledged herself to silence in order to protect herself and her family. But when her life is threatened, Silver has to turn to people she never thought she could trust: Bears. Valentin Nikolaev is the alpha of the StoneWater bears and will put everything he has into protecting his bears. He knows Silver is meant to be his, so he insists on offering his home when Silver needs a safe place to stay while responding to traumatic events in the area. He knows about Silver's vow of silence, but nothing will stop him from finally earning not only Silver's trust, but also her heart. 

From the start, I thought this book was a bit….slow. Within the first 100 pages, nothing really happened in my opinion and I was quickly losing interest. This book took me almost two weeks to finish, which pretty much never happens to me. I just wasn't that into the story and I couldn't connect with Silver. She was supposed to be very emotionless for a reason, but there was something about her that I just didn't care for. And as for the romance, it appeared a little bit too quickly for me. 

While there was a lot of action and suspense, there were soooo many characters that were hard to keep track of. I don't know if they all were in previous books and would be easier to understand if I had read the previous 15 books in the chapter, but there were just so many! I would get lost in the names and the random chapters from someone else's point of view and I ended up getting confused throughout the novel. 

Overall, this wasn't the amazing paranormal romance I was expecting from Nalini. I don't know if it's because I jumped into the series at this book, but I couldn't connect with the main character or the other characters in her world. I am definitely intrigued by the world that Nalini has built for this series and want to pick up book #1 at some point, but this one was more of a miss for me.




Cover Reveal: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward


We are excited to bring you the upcoming standalone from New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Penelope Ward.

DRUNK DIAL will release on AUGUST 21!

   

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Vadim Ivanov
Cover Photography: Kevin Roldan

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets. 

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.

       
(No Amazon e-book preorder. Will go live on/around release day.)

 

About the Author

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a sixteen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 11-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
           

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

 

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.


An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.


Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 
     




“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Bastard.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“Not funny.”
I shrugged.
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”




First off, can we discuss how gorgeous this cover is? When I look at it, I don't think YA at all, which makes it so intriguing. I've only read Lick by Kylie and couldn't wait to jump into her newest release. 

Edie thought she had her whole life ahead of her, spending nights at slumber parties with her best friend and just trying to survive the mean girls in high school. Until one night changes everything. After surviving a drugstore hold-up and robbery, Edie looks at life differently and finds herself fed up with the bullies, so she enrolls in the public school. Edie doesn't expect to run into John, the very boy who saved her during the robbery and the only other person who could possibly understand what she's going through. Edie and John start a friendship as Edie becomes more wild and John finds himself taming down and helping Edie do the same. 

Wow, did this book suck me in. From the first page of this book, I was hooked and shocked by the situation Edie had found herself in. While I hadn't read the synopsis before going into this book, it was pretty obvious she was going to meet John again when she transferred schools. I loved how relatable Edie was and how she wasn't this gorgeous, confident girl. It was so refreshing how she was actually just friends with John for a majority of this book, but of course couldn't help but crush on him. With a guy like John, especially when he started to straighten up his act after the robbery, who wouldn't have a crush?? 

With the shocking beginning of this book, it was easy to forget that this was a YA, but as Edie went to a new school and found new friends, I was quickly reminded how young they actually were. You still had the petty popular girls who would tried to bully Edie and the cliche girls who threw themselves at John because he was the hot bad boy in school. This, though, made it so much more apparent how much Edie was changing and I loved watching her grow and change, in both good and bad ways. 

Overall, this was definitely a raw, emotional book about two people who go through a tragedy and only have each other to lean on in the aftermath. I was pleasantly surprised at Kylie Scott's dip into YA and the addicting and real story she gave us.





About the Author

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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/   



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sale Blitz: Nova by Rebecca Yarros



We're so excited to be sharing this sale with you today! NOVA, the second standalone in Rebecca Yarros's Renegades series, is on sale for $0.99 on all retailers for a limited time only. Hurry up and get it now!

 

He’s got one shot to make it right…

He’s Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.

They say a girl broke him once—
That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I’m that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He’s the one who destroyed me,

And I’m too smart to let that happen again.


Get NOVA now for just $0.99!


 

About the Author

 

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory, Renegades, and Legacy series. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fifteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a tortoise who might be faster than the bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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