Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Welcome to the Book Blitz for
A Vault of Sins
by Sarah Harian!

Title: A Vault of Sins
Author: Sarah Harian 
Series: Chaos Theory #2
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

In her stunning New Adult debut, The Wicked We Have Done, Sarah Harian introduced readers to the Compass Room: a twisted experimental jail where the guilty and the innocent suffer alike. But breaking out was only the beginning…

Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever…

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.

The person who owns her heart…

Time is a luxury I didn’t acknowledge until recently. “Wait,” I repeat. His eyelashes flutter against me as he blinks. I count, forcing myself to wait a full minute before our lips meet. His tongue coaxes me open, hands fisting the back of my shirt. I unwrap him, fingers fumbling on every button of his coat. He shrugs it off, and my hands roam from his collar to his belt, sliding beneath his shirt to risen scars. Familiar territory.

 “Fuck the media. Fuck everyone. I can’t live like this.” He flips me onto my back and slides on top of me, even though I know he’s hurting.
 “I can’t keep ignoring you. I can’t keep pretending I don’t give a shit about your life when half the country would kill you if they had the chance.”

 “It’s too dangerous.” The second the sentence leaves my mouth, I know it will never persuade him. 
Hand cupping the back of my neck, he says, “I’d take a bullet for you.”

 “Don’t you ever say that again,” I threaten.

 He rolls his eyes. “Regardless, we’re fucked anyway, Ev.” No, I want to say. I’m fucked. And it’s the truth. Before we entered the Compass Room, we signed a contract that said we could be retried for our original crimes. Casey’s lawyer is fantastic. 
His sentence will be minimal. Me on the other hand—no further evidence has been found unearthing what really happened the day of the shooting; it’s a closed case. If I’m lucky, I’ll be sentenced to life in prison. I don’t remind Casey of this.
 It isn’t just his hip that pains and slows him. I see the shape of his soul in his eyes and the lines of his face. And I want him, as selfish as that is. While I deserve all of this self­loathing, being with Casey reminds me that I’m capable of other emotions too. 

 I nod. “Then we’ll make something work.” His smile reaches his eyes, skin crinkling around his lashes. He leans in, and our kiss is slow. His sweeping tongue savors me, and the feeling borders between euphoria and pure torture. My fingers fumble with his belt buckle until he stops me.

 “Not tonight.” I gape at him, but before I can argue, he cuts me off. “Evalyn, I have three more hours before the sun comes up and all I want to do is stare at you. Let me.”
 I relax in defeat and touch my forehead to his. His eyes search mine and I want to ask what he’s looking for, but the question would be too much of an interruption. So for three hours, we say nothing. His fingers comb through my hair as I think of our confessions of love in the Compass Room, wondering if they were contrived by circumstance—by desperation. Maybe they were and maybe I don’t care. 
Casey makes me feel human. It’s different with Mom, and even with Liam in the brief moments I’ve seen him since I escaped. In the same breath they say they believe me, they also want to forget, hoping I’ll reboot and begin again. Casey knows better. 
He knows it’s more complicated than starting over. At five in the morning, we call our cars and leave our shitty Missouri hotel. I shut the door behind me, and beneath the eaves, he leans in and kisses me on the cheek. 
 As he limps toward his car, I realize we haven’t exchanged a word in three hours. And those three hours were exactly how they should have been.

Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. 

When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

Blitz-wide giveaway
Prize: Eight winners will receive their choice of one of the following New Adult Scifi/Fantasy ebook titles (INTL):

CARRIER by Anne Tibbets
KING HALL or KING CAVE by Scarlett Dawn
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by Whitney Martin 3:00 AM No comments

Welcome to the Tackle Your TBR update! 
This is a challenge hosted over at Wishful Endings!

This is my mid challenge update:

I've been doing pretty well in the challenge! 
I've completed 6 out of 10 on my TBR pile goal! 
And I've entered a few giveaways, 
and visited other participating blogs! 

Here's a list of Completed books for the Goal!

Now that's all folks! Enjoy your week! 

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by Whitney Martin 2:30 AM 2 comments
Title: Beauty and the Mustache
Series: Knitting in the City #4
Author: Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

 Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee. 

 This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.

Beauty and the Mustache begins when Ashley has to go back home after being gone for eight years because she can't get a hold of her mother and she's worried. Upon returning back to her home town she is reunited with her brothers, and a new handsome stranger who seems to instantly hate her. 

Drew has a bad past when it comes to women, and now seeing Ashley just changes his whole outlook on the matter. Especially when he's heard so many things about her for so long when he thought she was a guy not a girl. Now as Ashley, her brothers and Drew have to deal with the problems ahead, Drew and Ashley are fighting a major attraction to each other that seems to be leading to more. Even though they don't want it to.

I really enjoyed this book. It had the perfect amount of humor in it to have me laughing a whole heck of a lot. But at times it was also a little sad. I also really loved the hero! He was sweet, and passionate, and a freaking peoet!! *Swoons*

The heroine was interesting, but some times she got a little bit on my nerves. However, I completely felt bad for a lot of the stuff she had to go through. It all just seemed like to much at times. But the book ended with an awesome HEA, and I was sad to see it end! This was another great addition to this hilarious series of Knitting in the City! 
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by Whitney Martin 1:30 AM No comments

Monday, September 15, 2014

Title: Melancholy
Author: Bella Jewel

"There's never been a time I've cared about anything more than my club. Today that all changed. Today I got you." 

 To truly understand a story; you need to start from the beginning, but to start from the beginning; you have to go back, further than just you. After all, our stories don’t start with us, do they? Our stories start with the person before us, and the person before them. We are created from the stories of those people - from their mistakes, from their achievements, from their love and their hate. 

 No one’s story is ever truly their own.

 I tried to create my own story, my own path, and my own actions. I’ve seen things people only see in their worst nightmares, but I never let it beat me down. I never let it become who I was. I picked myself up, and I kept going. Everything was what it was. 

 There was no point analyzing what it could be. 

 Could be’s didn’t matter. 

 Until Maddox came into the picture. He saved my life. He changed my world; giving me the second chance some of us only dream about. There was only one thing missing in my second chance, and she was the reason I fought so hard to survive.

 My sister. 

 My sister who is supposed to be dead, well, at least, that’s what I thought. 

 That’s what he told me. 

 Now is where my story changes, but to understand this story, you have to start at the beginning…where it all began…and before. 

 This story is the second book in a series. You can get the first book on all major retailers. (Precarious - Jokers' Wrath MC Book 1) 

 This contains no cliffhanger and has a HEA. 18+


Melancholy begins just after the first book in the series ended. The heroine has just been shot and is waking up in the hospital. Things between her and Maddox seem to change some, but she's unsure of her a feelings. And Maddox doesn't seem to be really acting on his either. But these two also have to deal with someone who seems to want to hurt her, along with finding more information about her sister who she thought dead, but is actually alive!

This book was good. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first one in the series, mainly because there wasn't "Krypt's Angel" sorry I had to say that, I can not stand that from the first book! (And there was one part in this book when I thought Krypt was a hypocrite for getting mad at Maddox about something, when he wanted to keep secrets from his "angel")

All right I'm done with that now.  Anyways, I loved Maddox and Santana together. They were an awesome couple. However, Santana got on my nerves at the beginning the way she kept acting was driving me nuts. It was also great getting to see all the other characters. And this book didn't just have drama, it had some sexy times, and lots of action as well. It made a great story that pulled you in the beginning and had you wanting more in the end. 

Other than that though I really enjoyed the book, and I loved getting to see Mack to! I think his book is going to be my favorite! I'm super excited about the next one now. I can not wait. 

Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She's crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell's Knights was released in August 2013.

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by Whitney Martin 3:00 AM No comments
Welcome everyone to Movie Monday!
This is a meme hosted here at Shooting Stars Reviews! 
To enter just click the linky below and make a post answering the question and share your love of movies and t.v shows!

This weeks questions is...
Who is your Favorite ACTOR?

My A:
Tom Cruise

Favorite movie with him is...
Top Gun
from IMDB:
Maverick is a hot pilot. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the Carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father's death in combat that killed others due to his father's error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in a different way to Charlie, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted.

That's it folks!
Now don't forget to link up and tell me YOUR favorite ACTOR!

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by Whitney Martin 2:30 AM 2 comments

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