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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don't Look Back....

Or you'll miss the release of Jennifer L. Armentrout's newest book. Yup - it's finally out for the world to enjoy! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and just finished it (review to follow) but you're going to love this book.


Don't Look Back blurb


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?



“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




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?

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Jennifer's Links....


Monday, March 31, 2014

Cover Reveal!!!

So last week we got to see the new cover for Lux: Beginnings (which have Obsidian and Onyx books) cover reveal and this week we get the new cover for Lux: Consequences (which have Opal and Origin books).


Here's the pretty!






Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin) official blurbs:

Opal
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
 Origin
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?  
Lux: Consequences will release on June 3rd, 2014 alongside Lux: Beginnings.

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Lux: Beginnings got some minor tweaking too to make it a bit more similar to it's counterpart. I like this version better. The red definitely stands out more than the white did. Lux: Beginnings releases June 3rd, 2014.



Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) official Blurb:
 Obsidian
There's an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?


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Here's also a nifty new bonus to the new covers.



What do you think?






# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.






Jennifer's Links....

Entangled Publishing is also hosting a giveaway for two fan inspired artwork made by fans of the Lux series from Jennifer L. Armentrout herself. Wanna win? Go here.




Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Last Knight by Nicola S. Dorrington

~~~Blurb from Goodreads.com~~~

Seventeen-year-old Cara Page knows what mark she's going to get on her English test next week. She knows in three days her history teacher is going to be late because his car broke down. She knows she's going to give the new boy a nose bleed on his first day.

She knows because every night she dreams of the future, and every day those dreams come true.

Now she's dreaming of a boy, and a future that can't be real. Because if it is, then everything she thought was myth and legend is actually true, and there is an evil coming that will tear the country apart.

Lance Filwer is a boy with secrets of his own, and a past full of mistakes he can't undo. Cara is his second chance, his chance to succeed where he failed before - if only she'll trust him enough to let him help her.

Cara needs to know what's happening, but the answer lies in a long forgotten past, and an ancient legend. To find it Cara will have to travel into the depths of Wales, and the heart of ancient Britain.

With Wraiths, creatures from the darkest of myths, dogging her every move, Cara knows it's only a matter of time before they catch up with her. And myth or not, they will kill her.

Her only hope is Lance, and the birth right she must claim, if she is to prevent the future she has foreseen.


 ☆☆☆ & 1/2

First and foremost, I am a sucker for pretty much anything Arthurian or Arthurian based. I love the tale and it's just not because of the whole Lancelot/Guinevere forbidden love. It's the era that it's set in, it's the forward thinking that Arthur had (which was far beyond his time) of equality. So, with that being said, I saw a recommendation from another author for Nicola S. Dorrington's The Last Knight. So I read the blurb and I wanted to read more and it was free on Kindle. I'm thinking this book is meant to be read by me so I downloaded it from Amazon.com.

While it's definitely an YA read, it is a good book. Definitely a unique take on a timeless tale. I had a hard time putting it down. I will admit there are things that bothered me. Cara seems to start off in the typical YA heroine position - semi-depressed, rough/uneasy childhood, very downtrodden with your singular parental figure* (there is more to the parental aspect but for sake of spoilers I will post it at the bottom of this post) who's world is suddenly rocked by a boy (who doesn't listen to the gossip about her and goes out of his way to make sure she's okay...etc) she doesn't know but instantly trusts. I know this is a common trope in YA and it works - it does there is no denying that - but it still bothers me.


There other thing that chafes me is this book is good - really good but the editing is sometimes hit and miss. There were parts where I had to reread things a couple times to determine what the other was trying to say or where two thoughts had collided but the sentence wasn't quite there. I know this is a self published book and I absolutely commend Nicola for putting her 'baby' out there for the world to see because if she hadn't the world would be missing an unique and amazing take on the Arthurian legend. The editing didn't stop me from finishing the book but I feel it is something that should be mentioned.

The book is set in England which I loved because it worked for the story but readers may find that some of the terms used for things are different than they are used to. Trainers for example instead of sneakers or shoes; lift instead of elevator or jumper instead of sweater. All in all though, nothing that would stop one from finishing a book. I do love how Cora gains confidence throughout the book and seems to accept her place in the universe though I wish that there was a bit more equality in her reasoning sometimes.

The pacing in the book is good, though there is a lot of realism stretching (the driving times/scenes for example) but nothing that would make one roll their eyes in my opinion. The book ends as if it could be a standalone novel (which it was intended to be) or the beginning of series. I did contact Nicola via her Twitter account and she did confirm that she is working on a sequel for it.




~~~About the Author (from Goodreads.com)

Nicola S. Dorrington is a 29 year-old writer from England, currently living in the Cayman Islands, where she procrastinates by staring at the ocean.

THE LAST KNIGHT is her first novel, set in a wet and mythical version of the country she left behind.

She fully expects to one day be a crazy old cat lady - only with dogs.


Contact her on Twitter @NSDorrington


Where To Buy:
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*About Cora's parental situation - both her parents are alive and she has interactions with them both, however her mother is not mentally sound to be a parent and her father while described as a lovable man and father is sort of cast aside/left in the dark during his daughter's escapade.