May 31, 2012

New Releases for May 2012

Anticipated Books Released in May

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen

Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires #12) by Rachel Caine
Published May 1st 2012 by NAL

In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires... their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.

  Barely Breathing (The Breathing Series #2) by
  Rebecca Donovan 

  Published May 1st 2012

   Emma’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe. Now everyone in Weslyn knows Emma’s secret, but Carol can’t hurt Emma anymore. Some are still haunted by the horror of that night, and some must face the repercussions of their choices. Fans of Rebecca Donovan’s debut novel will discover there’s still much to learn about Emma’s life.

Endure (Need #4) by Carrie Jones
Published May 8th 2012

   Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army. Zara isn’t sure what her role is anymore. She’s not just fighting for her friends; she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king . . .
   Unexpected turns, surprising revelations, and one utterly satisfying romantic finale make Endure a thrilling end to this series of bestsellers.

 First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
 Published May 8th 2012 

   Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.
What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.
   But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.

Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses #9) by Ellen Schreiber
Published May 15th 2012

   Athena "Stormy" Sterling is coming to Dullsville, and Raven is both excited and panicked in anticipation of Alexander's little sister's visit. Alexander tells Raven that she and his sister have a lot in common, but can the mini-Raven be everything she hopes for? Alexander calls her Stormy for a reason.    Stormy's visit stirs up the perfect immortal whirlwind. Raven is forced to take a good look at what it would really mean to be a vampire in the Sterling family, aside from some of the things she already loves, like shunning the sun and sleeping in a coffin with Alexander. When Raven compares her life with Stormy's, she can see that it's not all starry skies and black roses. But Raven knows she's always wanted to be a vampire.    Alexander is as romantic and dreamy as ever, and though he keeps showing Raven how much he loves her, will she ultimately be able to convince him that it's the right thing to turn her? This final chapter of Vampire Kisses' nocturnal romance will keep all mortal and immortal hearts racing.

Original Sin (The Alexandra Jones series #2) 
by Samantha Towle 

Published May 22nd 2012

   Original Sin is book two in the Alexandra Jones series, the sequel to First Bitten.
   Alex has run. Leaving everything she knows and loves … Nathan, behind. She’s a fugitive; hiding from the Original Vârcolacs who want to claim her for themselves.
   Hiding in Italy, she has changed her identity and her appearance; working in a coffee shop in the quiet town of Sassano.
   Then Zeff steps into her life. He’s solid, sturdy, but more so he’s human – he’s someone real, tangible, a friend throwing her a lifeline in a world of loneliness.
Believing she's safe from attack, nothing prepares Alex for what's lurking in the woods, on her doorstep, intoxicating her into a web of control and deceit.
   Danger is closer than her shadow ... the hunt is on again, forcing Alex into the hardest dilemma yet.

 Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen  
Published May 29th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

   I don't do dangerous.  Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me....        
   NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

Easy by Tammara Webber
Published May 25th 2012

   When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
   Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.
   Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.
   Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

May 29, 2012

REVIEW: Easy by Tammara Webber

4.5/5 stars

     Absolutely loved it! Can I just say that Tammara Webber is amazing! After reading her Between the Lines series I was itching for more and eagerly anticipated the release of this novel. I was not disappointed. Easy is one of those novels that you can't stop reading because it's a page-turner from the very start and leaves you panting for more when you encroach on the end. I didn't want it to end! I know it's unrealistic but I just wanted more.
      Let me just say that I have a new hero to obsess over! Lucas is my new obsession. He lies in good company with my other obsessed about heroes; Travis (), Christian (Fifty Shades), Gideon () and Daemon(). His description alone was enough. Sexily tattooed and pierced ( the lip ring-too sexy), reformed troublemaker turned highly studious knight-in-shining-armor. He can save me any day.
     I think I enjoyed this novel so much because it was so dynamic. There were characters that were so real, like Erin and Benji! Totally loved him by the way. The situations so real. I really reveled in the drama because it made the novel even harder to put down. There was so much going on, you just felt like this could be me and my friends. Like this could really happen. Jacqueline dealt with so many things in this novel; her messy breakup from her longtime bf, falling behind in class and facing her first academic failure, the mystery shrouding her econ. tutor and most of all the situation that really brought Lucas and her together, the incident(s) with Buck. Lucas also had his share of issues especially his past that left him closed off, retreating when things got too personal. What he endured well, it hurt my heart and made me tear up a bit.
     Jacqueline is a really strong heroine. I can't say enough how much I dislike heroines who let the men in their lives have free reign. This girl wasn't one of those. She could have been perceived that way for following her boyfriend to college instead of applying to a music program and following her own path but I didn't begrudge this. Though it seemed silly for her to fit her life to his, they were in a long- term relationship so she was justified in wanting to be near him. But this douche's reason for dumping her makes me want to kick some ass. He didn't deserve her anyway and I'm glad she stuck to her guns when the ass-hat came crawling back.
     On to happier parts, I really liked how Jacqueline was with Lucas and would be thinking about Landon, waiting for his emails. Right, Landon is her econ. tutor. Even though I liked this mystery with the tutor, I found myself thinking as the teacher suggested her a tutor to catch up that Lucas would turn out to be the tutor. Then I was thrown because the prof. called the tutor Landon. Then when we found out about Landon I was like . . .right!
     I loved the development with Lucas and Jacqueline's (NOT Jackie) relationship. It didn't move too fast neither was the progression too slow. I just wanted more Lucas! When he admitted his slightly stalker tendancies to her I was awww instead of creepy!
     And him wanting to sketch her, totally had a Titanic, Jack and Rose flashback. But rest assured there was no nude sketching.
    And then there was Lucas being everywhere! 

         I had never noticed Lucas before that night. It was as though he didn’t exist, and then suddenly, he was everywhere.

    Gosh I can't tell you how I cracked up when another of his jobs was revealed. I swear Erin took the words from my mouth when she said: 

      “Parking enforcement officer? Jesus, how many jobs does he have?” she mumbled from the side of her mouth.
      “No shit,” I mumbled back.

     Jacqueline really wasn't exaggerating when she said at the beginning that he was everywhere. 
     I'm just going to continue my never ending babbling if I don't stop now. Anyone who reads my reviews knows I tend to babble when I really like a book and then it's like repetition and disjointed thoughts tapped out. 
    I'll just close and say I really really loved this book and will be quasi-stalking this author for new releases. (Ms Webber, I mean no harm. ;), I'm just a very enthusiastic reader who can't wait to read more of your work).

I can easily recommend this book because it's very easy to love! You won't regret it!

   Happy Reading! 

May 24, 2012

REVIEW: The Janitor by Jan Irving

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

      I really liked this story, it was so different. The leads were complete opposites. Here you have a shy, extremely intelligent guy from a wealthy family where he's sheltered and coddled like a child. Then you have the big, brawny janitor/boxer who like a squishy teddy-bear on the inside despite his hard exterior. 
     I found the characters endearing, especially Dane. He was so adorable! Despite being a good story, there were some inconsistencies that made it impossible for me to give this novel full 5 stars.
    First off, the sudden change in Noel's demeanor was unbelievable. I couldn't wrap my head around this extremely shy guy with no sexual experience, not even gay really, asking Dane to strip for him in the University library and suddenly becoming a Dom. It was just too abrupt. I felt like Noel had to work up to it. 
     I guess I could chalk it up to him becoming brave and taking something that he realized he wanted but I couldn't look past Noel's abrupt personality change.
     Then  there was Dane. As much as I loved him and wanted to give him hugs most of the time, I felt he was too mushy on the inside. I understood and even reveled in this story with the brutish male being the submissive and wanting to be taken care of but Dane was a little too, I don't want to say childish, soft I guess. I can't think of the right word right now but I just felt he was too dependent on others for his happiness. His self-portrayal on the whole completely endeared me but it was taken a bit too far. 
     My next and final issue with the story was his way of speaking. I knew he wasn't even as close in intelligence as Noel was but I didn't think he was stupid. I felt the way in which he spoke was overdone.

     But all in all, I really liked this story which is why I couldn't give it any less than four stars even with the inconsistencies.
    And I just have to say I really hated Noel's bastard of a father.
     Good read though.

                                                    HAPPY READING!

May 22, 2012

REVIEW: Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1) by Abbi Glines


     This is the first novel from Abbi Glines and honestly, she's gotten better as she continued because this wasn't one of my favorites of hers. The novel wasn't a bad but it was thoroughly predictable. For me at least.  I didn't connect with the characters at all. The relationship between Jax and Sadie, I just didn't feel the chemistry and the feelings between them seemed premature. I just didn't connect at all. The depth of the characters was severely lacking for me, but that's just one person's opinion.
     Marcus actually was the character that I liked in throughout which is why I am excited to read Because of Low  as it is his story. He was genuine where I felt like I didn't understand Sadie's draw to Jax at all. She said she saw the guy he was underneath the rock-star image but I didn't see what she apparently saw. Jax was always sure of himself and the vulnerable rock-star thing wasn't working for his character. 
     All in all not one of my favorites from this author since I know she's totally awesome after reading the first two of the Existence Trilogy and is eagerly anticipating the third.

 3/5 stars

May 21, 2012

REVIEW: Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

     Ms Donovan definitely knows how to weave an intense story riddled with tons of emotions. This book was pretty amazing but there were a few things that kept me from giving the full five stars.
     Though fantastically written, I just felt there was too much pain. After everything Emma endured in Reason to Breathe, I just felt that she deserved an ease in that department but she never got it. There was just bad thing after bad thing, that kept bringing her back to her bad place.
     I can't tell you how much I wished that Johnathan would just disappear throughout the entire book. Though they could relate due to similar type situations, I just knew he was trouble. I knew he was going to come between Evan and Emma which has been and will continue to be the most beautiful part of this series. The love between them was palpable, potent and I felt just like Analise did when she told Emma about the love she witnessed from Evan for Emma.
     Evan is truly the best character for me in this novel. I really love Emma as well, because of her strength. This girl is bad-ass having endured so much and still be able to face every day and try to be happy again and I felt that having Evan and Sara did that for her. She wasn't alone and she wasn't unloved.
     The end was really sucky for me. Though Emma was harsh with Johnathan, she was justified. He probably wouldn't have stopped beating Evan and I'm happy that she let him know how it was between them. Though I still believe he'll pop up in the next novel. Her leaving Evan broke my heart but I understood. I fervently wish that they find their way back to each other in the next book, Out of Breath. They belong together.
     This girl seriously deserves a happy ending. Though this one wasn't the hugely dramatic hanger that ended the first, I felt the author ended it right. Cannot wait! Please don't make me wait another year for this one! 
Must read series definitely. So much emotions, that your heart's clenching for the characters in almost every chapter.
    If I haven't said it already, I LOVE EVAN!
Fan-girl squee over . . .  need to bide my time till the next book!
Happy Reading :)

May 20, 2012

Can Onyx Come Any Faster?!


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars

     OMG! I love love this book! It totally left me panting for more Katy & Daemon! August why can't you come any sooner?!
    I just don't really know how to describe how totally awesome this book was but I'm gonna try to sum it up in one word, 'DAEMON!'
     From the start I loved Katy because she was a girl after my own heart, blogging about books she'd read. Loved her from the start and she was brave! And strong! When someone is constantly embarrassing you and in public no less, you're natural inclination would be to run away crying (okay maybe I would have. Confrontation is not my strong suit). But Katy was fierce! She didn't let Daemon's blatant dislike for her friendship with Dee to deter their friendship. 
     Me if I hadn't run away, I would have bitch-slapped the pretty boy back to his home planet ;) Okay no, that face would really let him get away with it. The cover model really gave a good visual for me picturing Daemon throughout the novel.
      Katy and Daemon's angsty confrontations with their underlying sexual tension was the icing on the cake of this fantastic novel. I love how they were trading insults back and forth and she always stood her ground with him even when she thought he was irresistible. The end was my favorite part but having to wait for Onyx is killing me! Really! 
     August is just too far away for my next fix. What ever will I do with myself?
I think that's why I hadn't read this novel till now because I didn't want the long wait. My impatience has doomed me!
     This novel is going on my keeper-shelf!

Cannot wait for Onyx!!!! 
The teasers have been torture. Pure TORTURE!

May 9, 2012

REVIEW: Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

This book gripped me from the very start and had me teary and all weepy. 
     Bullying is never easy, it's never nice . . . it's just plain wrong and from the start I was with this girl, Beth, who these jerks called "The Beast." Oh and the fact that her father called her ugly from the start? Heartbreaking. He's lucky he wasn't around 'cuz I wanted to kick his worthless ass! What parent says that?! From her description, she didn't sound beastly to me but teenagers can be cruel and immediately started thinking how much this could relate to a real life situation.
     Scott the best friend is a guy after my own heart. He's always loved her but the derogation she's known all her life prevents her from really seeing how much he felt.
     Derek! Now I knew this had to happen. It made the whole situation more complex. This love- triangle! He was smooth. I just couldn't like him, not after Scott. Scott had me from the start.
    But the more Derek there was, I just couldn't feel the way I did when I thought he was just the guy keeping two people who should be together apart. I was just like Beth making up all kind of possibilities for his distance, the secret he was keeping.
     It broke my heart and then I suddenly didn't care if she ever found her way to Scott because this guy was suffering through so much. When he told her that he was grateful to Scott for letting him have this time with her, my heart was breaking and I started tearing up. When it finally happened and she let him go, I cried and had to stop reading for a bit.
    I'm writing this review through blurry eyes.
I'll just cry more if I go on too long so I'll just say that this was a beautiful story of two people finding love when they needed it the most. Derek gave Beth everything she'd been looking for and she's able to give parts of herself now that she couldn't before. The author wrote this inspired by someone who actually suffered through Derek's same situation. She said it wasn't directly what happened to the guy she knew but it was in memory to him.
     What got to me was the DESPERATION that Beth felt for him! If it's one thing I dislike is a whiny, clingy heroine. It was a bit unhealthy how much she needed him. I guess that only made it harder for her in the end.

      The thing about her not being able to have kids was a bit much. Hadn't she suffered enough. Now she can't have the cute little babies she wanted?!
     Dislikes aside, this story is a good one because the story is so understandable, not always believable, but I understood.

Picture this, you're a seventeen year old girl who thinks she's hideous since birth and then suddenly you have guys interested in you. Paying you the good kind of attention instead of humiliation. You'd get overwhelmed too. When your life changes in a way that you never thought it would. When things happen that you only thought would exist in your dreams. So much things happened in such a short space of time. To have your whole world turned over on its axis is so overwhelming. She handled herself well in the situation.

If you can overlook the small things that detracted from the story, like I did, you'll see a great story. I won't soon forget it! Books that make me cry tend to stick with me!


May 5, 2012

This is how Vampires Should React!

REVIEW: First Bitten (The Alexandra Jones Series) by Samantha Towle

My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars

     This novel was a refreshing change of pace for me. I enjoyed most of all, Alex's reaction into being turned into a supernatural being that was supposed to be myth and something that shouldn't exist.
     This novel made me emotional too. I'll admit that I get emotional easily, but when a novel affects me, makes me feel something, I feel a contraction in my chest that tells me how involved I've become in the story and that it's so well-written that it's made me emotional,   like I'm experiencing the character's feelings. I felt pain for how much Alex hurt over the lost of her human life and from on the receiving end of cold, hurtful words from Nathan who she was falling for despite his moodiness.
     I liked Alex from the get-go. The way she told off her ex though still in love with him told me right way that she was no doormat heroine. She wasn't going to be a fool for no man.
     The Vârcolac thing was new to me. I'd never heard anyone refer to a half vamp/half were as that. I thought they were just referred to as Hybrids. But I liked the name. It was cool. What was even more real for me in this story was Alex's reactions and emotions.
     Upon finding out what had happened to her, it was like going into shock, she was so emotional, she even said she hated what she was. She grieved endlessly for the lost best-friend and the pseudo-family she'd never see again because as the only living female Vârcolac, she couldn't be discovered or risk becoming a breeder for the kind. While I was reading, I could only think, "That's how a person should react finding out supernatural creatures are real and you just became one." 
     The antagonistic, love/hate relationship between Nathan and Alex is another reason this novel was so great. I just wanted more of them being together, hence the 4.5 and not full 5 stars. It was a page-turner reading them go at each other at every turn and when his brother betrayed them I was like "F8ck no, bitch! You did not just do that!" 
      The end was sad and made me antsy! I hated that Sol didn't make it because I loved his character. I loved the declarations of love from Nathan and Alex, that entire scene. Was ripped up when she still left him though I completely understood why. And I'm antsy because the second book isn't out yet! :(

PS I didn't mind her dyeing her hair because I pictured her as the girl on the cover looking all fierce and the eyes, the blonde description threw me off, the cover drew me to the book. Sad though that she chopped it off.

Awesome book can hardly wait till  is published in June this year not sure about the actual date, got the info from what little it had on Goodreads.

 Oh and a another BTW how hot is this cover. I have it categorized as one of the most beautiful book covers on my FB page!

Happy Reading!!


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