Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | August 27, 2013 | 432 pages

I will have a review posted soon, most likely next month.

Summary (Goodreads)

The world’s safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way.

Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she’s in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There’s even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica’s first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash-and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as “super,” they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.

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For a limited time only THE SILENT SWAN by Lex Keating is available for $0.99 on Amazon!

Check out my review of THE SILENT SWAN to see what I thought.

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Happy Release Day!

Today is the release day for A.G. Henley’s sequel to THE SCOURGE, Brilliant Darkness book one, THE DEFIANCE!

Grab both of these books TODAY at a discount! Today through Friday, August 2nd only THE SCROUGE is $0.99 and THE DEFIANCE is $2.99.

Grab your copies today!

The Scrouge (Brilliant Darkness, #1) by A.G. Henley

The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2) by A.G. Henley


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Happy Release Day to Courtney Cole’s second book in her The Paradise Diaries series, Mia’s Heart!

The first book in the series, Dante’s Girl, was one of the cutest, swoon-worthy books I have ever read. Read my review of Dante’s Girl.

Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole

Mia’s Heart (The Paradise Diaries, #2) by Courtney Cole

Lakehouse Press | November 13, 2012 | 458 KB

  Summary

My name is Mia Giannis.
I am seventeen years old.
I live in Valese, Caberra.

This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.
Yeah. I have amnesia. Messed up, right?

You don’t know the half of it.

Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn’t feel right. Or, if what they’re saying is true and that really was me, I’m not sure I like that person very much.

And then there’s my love life. Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated. But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults. He knows me inside and out—the real me. Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell. Sounds perfect, right?

But then… there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American. His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.

Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?! I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.

I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in. And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left.

Excerpt

I was given four excerpts to chose from and I picked this one. It’s a great scene. A tad bit spoilery but I liked it best than the others. I hope you enjoy! Gavin is one of my most favorite characters from this book and the first book too.

I flip over and suddenly, I’m terrified.

I’m panicky.

The sea is so very vast.

And I’m so very alone.

I scream.  I can’t help it.  And as I do, I accidentally gulp in a huge mouthful of water.  Everything that follows is a blur.

I start coughing and flailing my arms and even though I’m wearing a life-jacket, I’m thrashing around like a lunatic.  I hear the boat motor start up and then I feel the wake of the boat as it crests up to me.  Gavin is next to me and before I know it, he’s hauling me over the side of The Shining. 

I’m in his lap, on the floor of the boat and he is holding me and I am shaking.

OhMyGod.

I’m such an idiot.

I’m such an idiot.

And I must be repeating it out loud, even though I don’t mean to, because Gavin is telling me, “No, you’re not.”

But I am.

I really am.

“I don’t know why I got so afraid,” I tell him.  “I think I had a panic attack.”  My voice sounds pathetic and I hate it.

Gavin tightens his grip on me, his strong arms are wrapped around me and I suddenly realize that his skin is pressed against mine and it feels really, really good.  I push into him harder and clutch him to me.

Because for some insane reason, I’m still unnerved.

“It’s okay,” he tells me softly.  He’s stroking my back and I’m trying to catch my breaths like a normal person.  “You’ve been through a lot. I shouldn’t have let you float like that alone.  You seemed like you were doing fine, so I climbed up onto the boat to watch you and I must have fallen asleep.  I’m so sorry.  This is my fault, Mi.”

I look up at him.  He’s so sexy and concerned and my heart melts.

“It’s not your fault that I’m insane,” I tell him firmly.  “I don’t know why I panicked. I can’t even explain it. Everything just all of a sudden felt so big and I felt so small and alone.  I guess I kind of freaked out.”

Understatement of the year.

Gavin’s dark eyes are soft as he stares at me.  He brushes a thumb across my cheek and says that he is so very sorry.

“It makes sense, Mia,” he tells me.  “You can’t remember who you are.  So you feel sort of alone in the world.  And when you fell asleep while you were floating and woke up, the sea felt big.  And everything came down on you at once.  It’s okay. I get it.  But you’re never alone.  I want you to know that.  You will always have me. You always have and you always will.”

My heart swells until it might burst.

It feels so incredibly, amazingly good to have this beautiful boy tell me that.  To know that he has always been my friend, that he knows me inside and out.  And then I do something unexpected.

I lean up and kiss Gavin.

On the mouth.

Sweet Angel of Mercy.

His lips are soft and warm from the sun.  I can taste the sea on them and I weave my hands into his hair, pulling him closer.  He tightens his grip on me and kisses me back; hard, hard, harder.  He tastes like fruit and smells like sunshine.

It’s really nice.

Wonderful.

Amazing.

My heart is doing flip-flops when I finally pull away.

Gavin stares down at me in shock.

“I’ve always wondered what that would be like,” he admits.  “Kissing a firecracker, I mean.”  I smile.

“And?”

“It’s really too difficult to say from just one kiss,” he says, his dark eyes twinkling.  “We should try it again so that I have more to go on.”

He cups my face in his hands and dips his head, his lips meeting mine.

He tastes of butterscotch and man.

Twenty-five beats of my heart later, he pulls away.

“And?” I breathe.

“You’ll do,” he grins.

Connect with Courtney Cole

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.
Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

Penguin Books | November 27, 2012 | 464 pages | $10.88 (Amazon.com)

Summary (Goodreads)

Cosmically fast-paced and wildly imaginative, this debut novel is a perfect potion of magic and suspense

Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
     Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.
City of Dark Magic could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense novel—or it could simply be called one of the most entertaining novels of the year.

 

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Connect with Magnus Flyte

Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey II and the winner of an Ovation Award. She is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight and lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for W Magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.

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Happy release day to Laini Taylor and her second book to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series!

I read the first book a few months ago and LOVED it. I haven’t formally reviewed it yet but you should know it was one of the most unique books I have ever read! Go buy it now!

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) by Laini Taylor

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | November 6, 2012 | 528 pages

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Laini will be having a few events to celebrate her new release! Here’s the schedule. Go if you’re near these locations!

Can’t get out to those locations? No problem! There’s a brief Blog Tour too!

11/5: Page 44 – Forever Young Adult

Otherwise, get to reading! I was lucky to grab an eARC via NetGalley and I am currently making my way through this installment.


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So, if you haven’t already heard, today is the release day of Marissa Meyer’s debut novel, Cinder.

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

400 pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2012-01-03)

$12.09 (Amazon.com)

Read the first 5 chapters on Kindle for FREE!

Cinder: Chapters 1-5 by Marissa Meyer

pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2011-12-06)

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My Review

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Today is the release day for Marissa Meyer’s debut, Cinder. I posted my review earlier today. My next post will be a giveaway of an ARC. So please go enter and spread the word!

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

400 pages, Feiwel & Friends, (2012-01-03)

$12.09 (Amazon.com)

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Marissa Meyer’s LiveJournal

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends (January 3, 2012) 400 pages

$12.09 (Amazon)

First 5 Chapters FREE via Amazon Kindle!

Procurement

ARC received from publisher and eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Astonishing!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

Brilliant retelling of the Cinderella fairytale with a new cultural setting, sci-fi elements and a cyborg of a girl and one level headed handsome Prince.

Continue reading…


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The Iron Knight (Harlequin Teen)by Julie Kagawa

400 pages, Harlequin, (2011-10-25)$9.99 (Amazon.com)

Yesterday was the release of the final book in the Iron Fey series.

I absorbed the first three books. They are amazing adventure stories full of dangerous creatures. I’ve started The Iron Knight but unfortunately I haven’t finished it. I had hoped to get back to it and have a review ready for today, however, I ran out of time. My apologies! I’ll have review up as soon as I can.

Today I have the honor of presenting an excerpt from The Iron Knight! There are many other blogs participating, so keep going to see the other excerpts.

This was a dangerous part of the wyldwood, more so than most— not because of the catoblepas and the jabberwocks and other monsters that called the dark swamp their home, but because of the resident who lived somewhere deep within the marsh.

The one we were going to see. Something flew past my head from behind, barely missing me, and spattered against a trunk a few feet away. Stopping beneath the tree, I turned and glared at my companion, silently daring him to do that again.

I can certainly say that it is quite different being inside of Ash’s head. To be honest that’s why I stopped reading. He is not as flawless as Meghan made him out to be. He’s quite the brooding type and I was not in the mood to be reading about his depression. But I love this story and I will be giving it another go soon.

Read the next excerpt over at Reading Teen tomorrow!

Series

The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)by Julie Kagawa

368 pages, Harlequin, (2010-02-01)$9.99 (Amazon.com)

Winter’s Passage (The Iron Fey)by Julie Kagawa

Harlequin Teen, (2010-05-20)(Amazon.com)

The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen)by Julie Kagawa

304 pages, Harlequin, (2010-08-01)$9.99 (Amazon.com)

The Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen)by Julie Kagawa

368 pages, Harlequin, (2011-01-25)$9.99 (Amazon.com)

Summer’s Crossing (The Iron Fey)by Julie Kagawa

Harlequin Teen, (2011-06-01)(Amazon.com)

The Iron Knight (Harlequin Teen)by Julie Kagawa

400 pages, Harlequin, (2011-10-25)$9.99 (Amazon.com)


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