Follow Friday

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This week's question is: Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?


MY ANSWER: I guess it depends on what we mean by "festivities". I'm sooo not the SPRING BREAAAAAK kind of gal.

But I wouldn't mind going to Disney World! Yup! Still a total Disney girl and I soooo want to go see the new Fantasyland! Belle's castle people!!!


And of course since it's right across the way (somewhat, I can't remember since it's been over 10 years now since I was last there) I want to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

The upside is, since I still have yet to go to this magical place, when I eventually get there (hoping for next year!) I will at least be able to see the park and its newest additions!

So yeah, there's my dream Spring Break trip!!




Review--The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif's search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn't Grif's biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .



Finally read The Taken, Vicki Pettersson's first book in the Celestial Blues series. And it was quite different than I expected. It was an intriguing read with a good mystery built up and awesome characters, I guess I just thought there would be a little more paranormal involved. Though, we do get that with Griffin Shaw, since he's sort of an angel and all!

Griffin Shaw was murdered 50 years ago. He's now a Centurion and basically helps souls cross over. There's a more intricate process than simply helping a soul move on to Heaven or whatnot. But I won't get into all that. After helping out a soul, Griffin makes an uh-oh and his punishment is to be human for awhile. Didn't quite grasp as to the whys and hows of that, but it basically puts him in Kit's path. He's to let her die and he is to cross her soul over before taking his proper place back.

Kit is a blast from a past. She's a genuine rockabilly and from what I grasped, it means she enjoys the lifestyles from time past. She enjoys dressing in the 50s fashion and even her house and car are retro 50s style. But she still holds to some modern tech in her career as a reporter. 

Needless to say, the character building was awesome! It took a bit of understanding at times to what was going on with them in their world, but I followed along rather well. 

The mystery aspect was great too! A genuine murder mystery, as Kit's best friend was murdered and she's determined to find the culprit. She follows her reporter instincts and gets herself into a bit of trouble, but luckily for her, Grif has made himself her guardian angel for the time being.

The mystery was rather good. It got really into the thick of things with prostitution rings and all that illegal jazz, involving secret clubs. Creepy stuff, because that kind of stuff is real. So uber creepy. Vicki really knows how to do her research and integrate into the story in a professional and easily understandable way.

The romance was good too. It was the slow building kind, for at first, Grif is still mourning the murder of his wife. She was killed 50 years ago, just before his own murder. He has yet to see her in the afterlife and wants to. He also wants to find justice for their murders. So he wasn't really looking to fall in love. But Kit has a special way about her and a romance slowly builds and forms. It was beautifully done!

I guess my only complaint was that there wasn't as much paranormal-ness to the story. Sure, Grif's a Centurion and he gets visits from other celestial friends throughout the book, but that was about it. I guess I just thought that the mystery itself would tie in more paranormal goodness, but it didn't. It was a purely humanistic or rather inhuman case. But the read was still overall enjoyable! I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series over the next month or so (since the third and final book, The Given releases May 27). A highly recommended read if you like a good mystery, and of course were a fan of Vicki's Signs of the Zodiac series!


Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars



RELEASE DAY BLITZ--Search

Today is the release date of Search!! Alyssa Rose Ivy's second installment in the Empire Chronicles and it was A-MAZING! See my review here.
 

Casey isn't human. The revelation should terrify her, but it doesn't. Instead it excites her. Too bad not everyone is as excited as she is.
 

Torn between two lives, the only one she's ever known and her life as a paranormal princess, Casey has to decide whether she can trust the man she loves.

Sometimes being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.










Check out these teasers:

And an excerpt:

“Don’t take this the wrong way, but my place or yours?”
He got a twinkle in his eyes. “What way would I take that, Casey?”
I shut my eyes tight. I wasn’t supposed to get that shiver when he said my name. Not after what Nelly told me. Not after Jared. Not after finding out the truth. But I did. I reluctantly opened my eyes again.
“Let’s go with mine. It’s more spacious.” His eyes studied me, waiting for my reaction.
We had memories at his place. Recent memories I’d been trying to forget.
“All right.” I tore my eyes from his face. He’d gotten a far off look, and I knew he was thinking about the first kiss. The one that felt more like perfection than any other kiss before or since.



Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.














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Random Thursday

Easter is almost here!! This Sunday is Easter and I was just wondering, how do you all celebrate it (if you do)?

I remember when I was a child, our tradition was that the Easter Bunny would hide our basket somewhere in the house. And we had to find it in order to get our surprise!

And then of course there's the egg hunt! In fact, I just went o an adult Easer Egg Hunt last weekend! Did it last year too, but this year I was better prepared! The rule is, you don't follow the rules! Learned that the hard way last year! ;)

And naturally, my final favorite thing about Easter--not necessarily a tradition or a celebratory way--is the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs!

Because, as I might have previously said, I love the shapes the best! They are filled with sooo much peanut butter! Look at that egg!! And this is the last shape of the season! :( Meaning that there won't be anymore of these yummies until Halloween, when the cycles starts back up again: pumpkins, trees, hearts and eggs.

Hope you all have a Happy Easter this Sunday if you are celebrating and if not, hope you have a GREAT day as well!




Cover Copy Reveal--Otherworld Nights

Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.







Looking forward to this one! Mostly because with some of the stories that are said to be in there, I haven't read. So I do enjoy these compilations of all Kelley's short stories! According to another "edition" of this book from Goodreads, the stories inside will be:

1) Demonology - Adam's mother discovers what he is
2) Stalked - Clay/Elena honeymoon story from "My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon"
3) Hidden - SubPress 2012 Elena/Clay novella
4) Twilight - a Cass story from "Many Bloody Returns"
5) Chivalrous - Reese's backstory from SubPress's long sold-out "Tales of Dark Fantasy 2" (the Dec'14 SubPress graphic novella picks up this storyline)
6) Lucifer's Daughter - Hope/Karl story from "Blood Lite II: Overbite"
7) From Russia with Love - Elena bonus story included with hardcover of "Thirteen"
8) Vanishing Act - brand-new Savannah/Adam novella set after "Thirteen"


Okay, so I have read 4 and 7 but not the rest! PLUS look at #8! A BRAND NEW STORY set AFTER Thirteen with Savannah and Adam! Squee!! Also a bit confused if this is going to be a paperback novel. Looking at Goodreads, again, it shows for the US this paperback version and a Kindle book. Guess we'll wait and see, but I plan on buying it no matter if it's hardcover or paperback!

Which is another thing...you ever notice we say paperBACK and hardCOVER. No hardBACK (or maybe sometimes we do) or paperCOVER...weird...


Otherworld Nights releases October 28, 2014 (but earlier for Canada)



 

Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.


In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper is trusting her intuition and heading to Sin City to bet on a friend’s innocence....

When police show Abby surveillance video of her best friend and business partner, Candice Fusco, shooting a man in cold blood, she can’t believe her eyes. And when the cops tell her they think the victim has ties to the Mob—and perhaps Candice does too—she can’t believe her ears. Surely there is a logical explanation. But Candice is nowhere to be found.

Abby decides the only way to find out the truth is to go to Vegas herself—which may be the biggest gamble of her life. Once in town she begins to uncover a rigged game of dirty double-dealing where the stakes are no less than life and death. And if she’s not careful, Abby can forget about ever leaving Las Vegas...alive.


This is one of my all time fave cozy paranormal mysteries! I say cozy, because they aren't hard core mystery. Simple ones with murder, mayhem and the like! ;) And it's also a "light" paranormal. The paranormal coming from Abby being a psychic! From the moment I read Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, I have been hopelessly addicted to Victoria's writing!


TITLE: Fatal Fortune
AUTHOR: Victoria Laurie

PUBLISHER: NAL
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2014





Cover Copy Reveal--Tiger's Promise

Just as I was writing up my review and adding the finishing touches, I see that there is now some cover art up for Tiger's Promise! This is the prequel novella about Yesubai and she ended up playing a role in the curse over the brothers.

But it's really just more of the story that leads us to all that and ends just at the right moment!

Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father's threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she's willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything. 


Tiger's Promise releases in ebook format only on June 1, 2014

And my review will be up next month, in case you were curious as to the story!





RELEASE DAY BLITZ--Don't Look Back

I am sooo looking forward to Jennifer L. Armentrout's Don't Look Back, releasing TODAY! That means when I get home later, it will hopefully be waiting for me!

Here's what people are saying about the book:

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK


Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?


Here's a special excerpt:

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or
friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.
Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,
wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.
Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as
sharp gravel dug into my feet.
My bare feet?
I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.
Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t
wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of
my jeans.
My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I
stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.
Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.
Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.
Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails
were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my
chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale
flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to
remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.
A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of
my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly
scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT.
Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.
The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on
his shoulder before he looked at me.
“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a
deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high
school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said
gently. “Are you okay?”
I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the
motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”
“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer
about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing
out here?”
“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.
His smile strained. “What’s your name?”
My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his
question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”
He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”
I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.
And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.
“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my
arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”
Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the
Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police
cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and
wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.
Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.
“Everything’s going to be okay.”
But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could
everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name? 




# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



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Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

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Here are the rules:  

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page    
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE    
4. Name the title, author, etc.


Okay, I struggled to pick just one teaser this week, because I am soooo enjoying Reborn! Della freaking rocks! So here are two teasers that are nearly following the rules. I do have one with Della saying 4 lines after a character says 1, but rule breaking is just too fun! I think Della is rubbing off on me! ;)


"'Can't you give a guy a break?' he finally asked.
'Arm? Leg? Neck? You name it, I'll break it." p 96*

* * * * * *

"'Geez, what's with the entire camp wanting to know about my menstrual cycle? Can't some things just be private?'" p 126*





 
 *These quotes comes from my ARC copy, therefore they and the page numbers are not final.




TITLE: Reborn
AUTHOR: C.C. Hunter

PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Griffin
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2014







Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.




This week's topic is: Top Ten Characters Who Stole My Heart!


*in no particular order


1. Valek (Maria V. Snyder's Study trilogy)--yeah, he totally swept me away!
2. Hunter (Jennifer L. Armentrout's stand-alone in the Lux series that will hopefully one day be a series!)--how can you NOT be swept away by this man?!
3. Daemon (Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series)--all right, I feel a little skeevy over this one, since I'm older than Daemon, but oh my! 


4. Clay (Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series)--he can come off a bit alpha male like, but he has a good heart and I loooove his accent!
5. Marc (Rachel Vincent's Shifters series)--he's a good guy too! Gotta love his devotion to the girl who can't get her act together, but does in the end!
6. Ethan (Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series)--sigh...Ethan...


7. Reyes (Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series)--love that man!
8. Barrons (Karen Marie Moning's Fever series)--a definite alpha male, but you gotta love him!
9. Bones (Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series)--of course! Does this man need explaining?


10. David (Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series)--my favorite Djinn!




It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Search by Alyssa Rose Ivy (ARC) (5 stars)
The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (4 stars)


Review That Was Posted:

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (ARC) (5 stars)


About to Start Reading:

Reborn by C.C. Hunter (ARC)


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck (ARC)
The Taken by Vicki Pettersson


Other Posts of Interest: