22 May 2015

Review: The One

The One - The Selection #3
by Kiera Cass






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What they say: THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the third instalment of THE SELECTION series!
For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.
Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants. The breathtaking third title in THE SELECTION series will make you swoon!

Don’t miss out on the chance to read the third in The Selection series, ahead of The Heir  (Buy here)!
ISBN: 9780008106089

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See my review of The Selection & The Elite.


I received a copy from Harper Collins Children's UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: After really enjoying The Selection and then being disappointed by The Elite, I wasn't sure what to expect from The One (I should probably point out that I read it as soon as I finished The Elite because I wanted to give America and Maxon the chance to win me over). Although the drama and angst was still there, I felt the characters were MUCH more mature and balanced in this instalment. 

I had real problems with America's indecision and Maxon's multiple dating in The Elite but I felt Kiera Cass had a much better handle on explaining this. Even though there were still moments where I wanted to shake some sense into the pair of them, I didn't find myself getting too angry over the angst and could buy into the action and the romance.

Without giving too much away, it was nice to see a more decisive America. She worked hard to move past her insecurities and doubts. She knows what she wants now and is willing to listen and is far less rash than before. I felt that by the end of The One America had matured the most and would actually make a good royal.

I was hoping we wouldn't see the Aspen situation drag on, and there were a couple of times where I found myself shouting "just tell Maxon!" But in general I appreciated the direction her relationship with Aspen went (they reminded me of Wendy and Finn from the Trylle trilogy).
 

I was flipping peeved at Maxon after The Elite (yes I was probably being a bit unfair considering the point of the selection itself is for him to date multiple girls to find a wife) but I understand his reasoning regarding Kriss a bit more now. I read a review somewhere where the reviewer commented on how Maxon choosing Kriss would have been like Bella choosing Jacob in Twilight. She went on to add that although this would have been a viable option as Bella does love Jacob, it just wasn't as much or in the right way as she loves Edward. You can make up you're own minds about the Twilight comparison, but after I finally accepted Kriss really was another option for Maxon, I can see where this reviewer was coming from. But I still didn't really like how things developed with them in The Elite and some of The One.


Maxon has also matured a lot but he faces a vast amount of responsibility which can be extremely stressful. I liked how he tried to look after all the girls and worked hard to see America's viewpoint this time, rather than always getting angry with her (not instantly declaring her love). There were of course still moments where old insecurities reared their ugly heads (with both of them) and I really just wanted America to finally tell him about Aspen but that she loves Maxon.

Cass also managed to make me not hate Celeste, which was quite a turnabout! I loved how supportive Queen Amberley was with the final girls and it was nice to see the process through her eyes.


There were a few sad moments (and some not so sad) but I was happy with how the story ended. I read the unlocked extra epilogue online (here), which really made me smile. I'm really looking forward to reading The Heir and catching up with some of our fav characters whilst meeting Eadlyn.



4 Stars in my Sky!



21 May 2015

Cover Reveal - Guyliner

Guyliner
by J. Leigh Bailey


Release Date: November 10th 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary




Synopsis:

Seventeen year old Conner works his butt off to maintain the Golden Boy persona he’s created. He has the grades, the extracurriculars, the athletics, the perfect girlfriend, and a part-time job at his dad’s shop. He does everything that’s expected of him and plans every detail to ensure he gets the college scholarships that will be his ticket out of the podunk town where he lives. The last thing he needs is an unexpected attraction to Graham, an eyeliner-wearing soccer phenom from St. Louis, who makes him question his choices, his dreams, and his sexuality. Sure, he’d noticed good-looking boys before—that doesn't have to mean anything, right?—after all, he’s got a girlfriend. There’s no room on the agenda for a relationship with Graham. But the harder he fights his feelings for Graham the clearer it becomes that attraction doesn't always follow the rules.


And when family pressures, bad luck, and rumors threaten to derail his carefully laid plans Connor must face the hardest question of all – does he even want the future he’s fighting so hard to create?



Excerpt:

Connor rushed into the locker room already unzipping his duffle bag. The Student Council meeting had run behind schedule, making him late for practice. Coach Petrewski didn’t mind his athletes being involved in other activities, but he did expect that if it came to a scheduling conflict, baseball would take precedence. Connor whipped around a bay of lockers and collided with someone. As they fell to the floor in a tangle of arms and legs, Connor twisted his body so he hit the floor first. A sharp elbow knocked into his cheek and he hit his head against the tiled floor.
“Ow! Man, I’m sorry. Are you okay?” He shook his head to clear his vision and he got a look at the person he’d run into. Ice blue eyes rimmed with thick black eyeliner stared down at him.
“Crap!” Connor tried to jerk into a sitting position but Graham’s lanky body draped awkwardly over his. He stopped moving and stared at the other boy. Every cell in his body vibrated. It was like something out of a chick flick. Time stood still and he expected music to swell at any minute, a violin concerto to signify that that this was a Moment. A capital M Moment.
He swallowed hard and tried to moisten his dry mouth.
Graham didn’t speak, apparently caught in the same spell.
He didn’t know how long they lay there, just looking at each other, neither moving. It could have been seconds, minutes or days. What he did know was that, no matter how terrified the thought made him, Connor didn’t want the moment to end.


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J. Leigh Bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young

Adult and New Adult LGBTQ Romance by night. She can usually be found
with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A
book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well,
everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's a firm
believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual
orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.








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DEFEND - A Lost Tribe Series #2
by Kallie Ross 

Young adult fantasy adventure (be sure to grab DESCENT, the first book in this awesome series)!


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After emerging from her Descent into an uncharted underground world, Ollie Miller is sure of three things. First, her feelings for her best friend, Mateo, are far from platonic. She can't even look at Mateo without blushing at the memory of his lips on hers. Second, an evil man named Zadok is plotting to destroy the civilization above the surface. Third, there is no way to save the earth without returning underground. At least this time, she will have her mother along with Mateo and her friends to help guide her.

On their journey, noor, a mystical blessing guides them, but only if they’re willing to follow. Ollie’s determined to save the tribe from their evil leader, even if it means facing off with her long-lost grandfather. As Zadok comes face to face with his runaway daughter and his granddaughter, his plan starts to unravel, but is it too late to stop the destruction that he put into motion? Can the tribe survive and the surface be saved? Will Ollie learn to trust her own heart before it is too late?

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Kallie Ross has a love for learning that has gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. Her creative conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. Kallie's first novel Descent: A Lost Tribe Book 1, was released last year.

Kallie Ross loves being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. She began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. She has a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined her life would ever be this fun!

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The Consequences of Revenge
by Rachel Van Dyken





After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously
too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good
looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires
around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide
they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on
the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature
on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no.

Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, one
terrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him
down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to
win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is
Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim
once the cameras stop rolling?









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20 May 2015

Tour & Giveaway - Falling For His Best Friend



Meet Avery & Drew in Katee Robert’s newest sexy standalone from Entangled Brazen!

NOW AVAILABLE!






He's going above and beyond the call of duty...
Avery Yeung's biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family's medical history, she's running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective-and irritatingly hot-best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor...
Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery's dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won't let Avery shop for a "popsicle pop." He'll do what's right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.
But there's nothing "proper" about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can't get enough of it-or each other. And without knowing it, they've crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever...




Excerpt:

He jumped, and then climbed to his feet when Avery did, and followed her to the plump older nurse. She smiled at them, making him wonder if she were someone’s grandmother—the kind who made cookies and read bedtime stories and…

What the hell was he even thinking?

As soon as they turned the corner from the waiting room, she handed him a small clear cup that had a sticker with his information on it. “You’ll put the specimen in here, please.”

The nurse opened a door. “You can leave the cup in the room when you’re done.” She smiled at Avery. “You’re welcome to go into the room with him, but we ask that you ensure there’s no saliva or other fluids involved so you don’t contaminate the specimen.”

Avery made a choked noise. “That’s so not going to be a problem.”

The nurse laughed and patted her shoulder. “I’ve heard that one before, honey. I’ll just leave you to it.”

He barely waited for her to disappear back around the corner before he turned to examine the room. It looked like an entire frat house’s stash of porn had exploded in there. “Isn’t this a little much for a few tests?”

She looked at him like he was an idiot. “How else are you going to get your engine running?

Besides, this isn’t about tests—though I’m sure they’ll run a few. You wanted to help me make a baby, so let’s make a baby. Now go get ‘em, Champ.”

Jesus Christ. She expected him to leave a specimen so the doctor could shoot it up her…
Apparently when they’d talked about making a baby, something had gotten lost in translation.

“You’re shitting me.”

“Nope.” She slid past him into the room and meandered around, stopping in front of the television and eyeing the collection of DVDs on the shelf next to it. “Oh, look, they have Busty Blondes #37. I seem to remember you having one of these videos back in high school.”

He grabbed her shoulders and tried to steer her away from the shelf. “Not interested.”
Truth was, his inspiration for self sessions had migrated toward pretty Asian women who looked a whole lot like the one standing in the room with him.

“If you’re not into the DVDs, they have magazines, too.” She poked one with her finger. “Though this one appears a bit crusty.”

“Christ, stop touching things. Do you know what men do in here?”

She rolled her eyes. “Yeah, Drew, that’s kind of the point. They come in here, watch or read whatever tickles their fancy, and then masturbate into that sanitary little cup right there.”

When she said ‘masturbate’ he thought his head might actually explode. “Avery—”

“Are you worried about hitting your mark? That is kind of a small cup. Want me to go find something bigger?”

God, she was killing him. It would have been so much more bearable if he thought she was kidding, but Avery was drop dead serious. It was a sign of her nervousness that she hadn’t cracked a joke since he got into her Jeep.

He couldn’t do it.






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New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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