Monday, July 29, 2013

Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep (ARC)

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5)
Jennifer Estep
Exp. Pub.: July 30, 2013

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy, #5)Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

NEARLY BROKEN Blog Tour & Giveaways!



Welcome to the NEARLY BROKEN blog tour hosted by YA BOUND! Feel free to check out the reviews and enter to win some copies of Nearly Broken right here at the Crazy Dream blog and on the tour itself. My rafflecopter's below; for YA BOUND'S rafflecopter, just click on any live post!

***Blog Tour Schedule***
 
July 22nd:
Books I View - Review
Wintry Words - Promo Post

 July 23rd:
SBookLover Reviews  - Review
Book Freak - Review

 July 24th:
Mommasez... - Review
Book Fixation - Review
Comfort Books - Playlist

 July 25th:
Jany's Book Blog - Review
Bookworm Brandee - Review
 
 July 26th:
Christine's Blog - Review
Two-Tall-Tales - Review
Stuck In YA Books - Review
ki0lu& Mimi - Excerpt #1
 July 27th:
#BookNerd - Review
Unputdownable Books - Excerpt #2
whYAnot Reviews - Review
Nazish Reads - Favorite Quotes
Shawna's Survey - Review

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cover Reveal for FALLING UPWARD

Yep, you read right. Fans are asking, I'm delivering. I already had this story in the back of mind, wondering if I should put pen to paper, and I've finally decided, yes, YES I AM! Both guys in Jenna's life are sweet and deserve to be happy, so I'm gonna make sure the one that lost out gets an unexpected happily ever after of his own. I'll try to get this one out for Valentine's Day as well, but no promises! I've got three more novels to work on once I finish the one I'm working on now. But it'll definitely get worked in and released by summer 2014 at the latest!



A happily ever after novella for the guy Jenna didn't choose, told from his point of view.
 
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Monday, July 15, 2013

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest (Indie)

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire #1)
Bella Forrest
Pub: December 14, 2012

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince. Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night. Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?
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Sofia's life just went to crap, on her seventeenth birthday no less. Crushed to see her best friend and guy that she loves paying attention to someone else, she goes for a long walk on the beach by herself. Never a good idea ladies, and it proves costly for this heroine once she's whipped away by a vampire. She's taken to The Shade, an island populated by vampires and their slaves where a magical spell protects them from the sun 24/7. Turns out Sofia has been selected to be one of five girls in the Prince's new harem. He's freshly awakened and none to happy about it. Neither is Sophia, who's humanity is threatened at every fork in her newly paved road.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard (Indie)

Bloodspell (Bloodspell #1)
Amalie Howard
Pub: June 1, 2011

Bloodspell (Bloodspell, #1)The spell was simple... Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood).  But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?

Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds -- much less one that reveals she's a witch with unimaginable power.

What's more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own...

Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood's deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?
  

I'd like to give you the 4-1-1 on this novel, but I honestly don't remember too much of it, even though I finished just a few days ago. I'm not gonna lie, it took me awhile to read Bloodspell. The story seemed to drag on with very little action to keep me hooked (at least until the end, where it finally commanded some respect). I was actually looking forward to reading about not only a powerful witch, but a cursed one. In this department, Bloodspell delivered, because Victoria could do some awesome stuff. But sadly, the magical aspect of this novel was all I could categorize in the awesome department.
 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nearly Mended Updates & Cover Reveal Sign-Ups

Howdy all! The first blog tour for Nearly Broken will end tomorrow and the second begins later this month. I'm actually really excited over how well it's done so far. I woke up one morning to find it #13 on Amazon's Literature and Fiction list. Of course I didn't manage to snag a screen shot of that, but it was nice seeing my little Indie book surrounded by a ton of popular books backed by publishing companies (ie. all three Hunger Games books, both Divergent books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, all three Matched books, Looking for Alaska, the Legend novels, etc.). I couldn't have done it without you guys, so thank you! If you haven't checked it out yet, please do. :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry (ARC)

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
Katie McGarry
Pub: May 28, 2013

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

 
Beth's life sucks. Except for the few friends that've got her back, her life isn't one to envy. Her mother is always high or drunk and utterly refuses to leave her drug dealer boyfriend Trent, who makes it habit to beat up on Beth and her mother. Beth, in particular, he would kill in an instant if she ever came around again. Ryan is a star pitcher, looking to perfect his craft and earn his way into the majors after high school. But life throws him a curveball when he figures out his writing ability is good enough to make a living off of too, despite his father's disgust of him going on to college first. (Heaven forbid an athlete should get an actual degree and have a fall-back plan in case an injury comes along to squash his chances, right?)
 
Like all immature guys in high school, Ryan and his friends like to make bets to one-up one another and maintain a sense of pride. When Beth enters the fast food joint one night the guys are there, Ryan's new dare is to obtain the unattainable - her phone number. Of course Beth isn't gonna give him the time of day no matter his looks, because she can see right through him. After Beth goes off one night trying to help her mother, she gets caught trying to smack Trent unconscious with a baseball bat and is forced to go live with her uncle in a nearby town. And when Ryan realizes the girl that rejected him is now attending the same high school, his damaged ego is determined to still win the bet she'd cost him that night.
 
Boys and their bets, right girls? It's been awhile since I've been at high school, but I'm sure the stakes are still the same. Luckily Beth is smart enough not to be a victim from that nonsense but it doesn't keep her from involving herself with those that are playing. Kind of hard not to I suppose, when the guy practically stalks her to insert himself in her life. Which is pretty easy since her uncle is a famous baseball player and Ryan's new mentor. And since Beth is troubled, her uncle is happy that a kind, decent young man can look after her and be a positive influence in her life. Bleh. I feel for the girl, truly I do, because she was only in that spot because she'd tried to keep Trent from beating up on her mother.

Her mother. Lord it was annoying how much Beth fought for this woman, who clearly didn't deserve so much as the time of day. But I can't fault her for trying. I've witnessed this issue in real life, and much to my annoyance, I understand a person's need to keep their mother or father in their life no matter the heartache. That desire to be loved by family members will drive them to the end of the earth no matter how much these people hurt them. I just wished so hard that she'd let her mother go and do what was good for her for once. She even took the blame for the damage to Trent's car because her mother was already on probation. Hence the reason she was forced to move away...
 
As for the romance, I'm still not sure why these two got together. Did I like the scenes as their relationship grew? Yes. Did I like the relationship once it got going? Yes. But I'm still not happy about how they formed to begin with because it just doesn't make any sense. He's a jock. She's a little emo. Beth knew from the minute he approached her that he was only trying to score some points with his buddies by talking to her, and she was a complete you-know-what for some time to come because of it. So he was using her for a bet and she was just mean and angry all the time around him. So why the attraction? Thinking the other is cute is not enough to build a relationship. And if you're already wounded to begin with, this particular person is not the one you're gonna lean on and confide your deepest, darkest secrets to. Just saying...
 
All in all it was a good read. I won't read it again but I don't regret reading it either. It's got a little romance, a whole lot of heartbreak and some darkness surrounding the unhappy family dynamics all around. So if you liked Pushing the Limits, you're probably going to like Dare You To as well.

ARC provided by Harlequin Teen for honest review.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop! (INT)



Quick and Easy Entry. One international winner. Your choice of book from the Book Depository up to $12.


 

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Monday, July 1, 2013

NEARLY BROKEN Tour & Giveaway!

 
Welcome to the Nearly Broken tour with AToMR Tours. They've got their own giveaways (3 signed copies) going on, so click on a blog and check it out. I'm also running a giveaway for one signed copy here, so scan down to the rafflecopter below. Cheers!

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