Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SENTINEL TOUR: Deity Day!


Welcome to DEITY DAY!
This is my stop on the Sentinel Blog Tour which is being hosted by Stuck in Books.



Deity (Covenant, #3)Publication: November 6, 2012 (Read in July 2012)
By: Spencer Hill Press
LOVED.IT.HARD! 
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"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...


OhMygods...Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again! I could not put this book down, even when it literally fell apart in my hands from the heat. (Seriously, the glue on the binding melted off and Chapter 25 fell out onto my lap.) My first thought was, "Wow, Aiden is too hot for the pages!" *winks*

In this third installment in the Covenant Series, Deity brings all the things we love about JLA's writing to it's pages; blood pumping action, bittersweet romance, witty humor and heart-stopping suspense. And this ending is...*clutches chest*... intense! I went from laughing hysterically to having my heart handed to me on a titanium covered platter in a matter of sentences. This is truly one of the most creative and entertaining series' I've ever read.


Deity picks up where Pure left off and we find Alex and Seth back on Deity Island where they're pretty much attached at the hip or rather, their marks of the Apollyon. Alex has had little time to deal with what happened in the Catskills and all it could mean for she and Aiden. Her internal battle between love and Fate continues and even though she is dead-set on graduating and becoming a Sentinel, her role as the second Apollyon may super-seed her wants. Her heart belongs Aiden but the akasha running through her body pulls her closer towards Seth whenever he's around. And he's always around. Seth amps ups their "training" and Alex suspects he does so in the hopes of her Awakening early. (Things she "does not want".) He continues to assure her that everything will be better and together, they'll be able to bring about change. But is it the kind of change Alex wants? 

Things become even more complicated when Aiden is assigned to guard Alex while Seth is away on a super seekrit Apollyon mission. The time they spend together allows them to explore their feelings for one another and in the process, they uncover an ugly truth about the past and a plot designed to take Alex out before her birthday. It seems history is set to repeat itself unless something or someone changes it. Alex also learns that trust doesn't mean the same to everyone and her reckless, knee-jerk reaction, which is only balanced out by her willingness to put others first, could have deadly consequences. 

As her birthday quickly approaches, so does the threat of losing everything she holds dear. And when the gods finally show up, all Hades will break loose leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake. Alex may not be able to stop her Awakening from happening but she and everyone around her can only hope that her natural strength will be enough to keep her from losing herself and her heart in the process. *fingers crossed*
Jennifer writes her characters in such a way that I'm always left feeling ALL THE FEELS. We meet some new faces in Deity but we also get to see different sides of familiar characters - some that will make you laugh, swoon and fan your face and others that will leave you choking on your own tears. Good times. 


The character who surprised me the most was Aiden. I've been a proud member of "Team Aiden" since Daimon but Deity had me swooning, OhMyAiden! Seth left me torn between wanting to hug him or punch him in the face and Deacon, Luke and Leon had me in fits of laughter. I love Alex but she really frustrated me, especially when she would make decisions that were not going to end well. I actually found myself yelling at her, "Don't do it! Don't do it!". (I have similar reactions to scary movie MC's who go against the instinct that tells them to "RUN!" but instead they feel the need to "check out" the noises coming from the kitchen. *rolls eyes* Everyone knows the kitchen is the favorite hiding spot of ALL THE BAD THINGS.)

Author Interview

JC: When Deity opens, Alex has a cold which seems to surprise several people especially since she's a Half-Blood. Is there any significance to that (that you're able to share) or was it just a random thing? 
JLA: Yes, there is a significance to that but it's kind of spoilery. Once you've read Deity, I think you'll understand why that happens.


JC: Seth and Aiden both change quite a bit before Deity book ends. Who do you think will be more surprised, the Team Seth or Team Aiden people?
JLA: I think the Team Aiden peeps will be most surprised as he is the one who goes through the most change in Deity. As for both of the guys, there's always been hints to what was coming.

JC: Does the gift Alex receives for her birthday have any extra meaning or the ability to help her in the future?
JLA: Why, yes, it will have a special meaning in Apollyon. =)

JC: Do you already know how The Covenant Series ends or are you still plotting that out?  
JLA: I already know how it ends. Sniffles.

JC: What song best describes Alex in Deity?  
JLA: Kanye West's Power. 

JC: Thanks Jen!
JLA: Thank you! 


About the Author
 # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



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Friday, October 25, 2013

#ToDFriday



TRUTH OR DARE: The Weekly Confessions of a Hopeless Bibliophile
(aka: "Truth or Dare Friday") #ToDFriday

TRUTH: Usually will require you to answer a question or a prompt that can be completed in text format, such as a "discussion" or "list" post.

DARE: These will require you to "go out of your shell" a bit. You may need to complete a special project, share photos, vlog or complete some equally "daring" task. Let your inner dare devil come alive!


Truth: What is your biggest bookish-related pet peeve? 
 "Open to interpretation" endings in trilogies or series' are a steaming pile of poo! There, I said it. 

Why do I feel this way? Because I have just given you three years of MY LIFE and it's unfair to leave me hanging. I don't always need a HEA, but I DO need closure. When this happens, I no longer trust the author and will often refuse to read any of their future books. 

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In The Age of Love and Chocolate (Birthright #3) by Gabrielle Zevin

In the Age of Love and Chocolate (Birthright, #3)Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Publication: October 29, 2013
By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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4.5 Balanchine Dark Chocolate Bars!

All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.

Still, it is Anya’s nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life. 


In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the story of growing up and learning what love really is. It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin’s writing for young adults: the intricate characterization of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the big-heartedness of Elsewhere. It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.


Thank you Ksenia Winnicki for providing me with a finished copy for review! Thank you Gabrielle Zevin for such a wonderful end to this series!!

What I Loved: I have to say that I was afraid of how this would end. Like, legit scared I would end up in a corner somewhere mumbling about chocolate and coffee, which is why, I did something I rarely do - I read the last chapter first. Once I saw how it all ends I was able to take a breath and start at the beginning. 

This is one of the best final books I've read this year. The character development is so good you feel as if you've taken this journey right along with them, especially Anya.  We've seen her grow and mature over the course of three books and this one spans several years making her story feel that much more real. 

Her struggles to make the right choices (the first time, all the time) for both herself as well as her family was often difficult to watch. She's so stubborn but she's also selfless, regularly putting the best interest and wants of others before her own. Her relationship with Win Delacriox matures too, and even though they spend the majority of this book separated by distance and circumstances, their emotional connection is always there. Their text messages were some of my favorite parts. I literally "LOL'd". The scene with the strawberries was one of the most heart-achingly beautiful things I've read! *clutches chest*

Anya finally learns it's okay to ask for help and to let yourself be loved and the ending was perfect. 

What Left Me Wanting More: The only thing that could've made me happier (which is not the same as making the book better) is if Win Delacroix had been worked into every single scene. ;) 

Final Verdict: Great end this series! 

  
Favorite quote(s): "Because if you love someone, you love them all the way. You love them even when they make mistakes. That's what I think." 

"So I will wait, because I would rather wait for you than waste my time with someone who isn't you." 

Review also posted at YABC.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication: October 22, 2013
By: Harper Teen

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?


The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


I'll be honest, this is an incredibly difficult review for me to write. DIVERGENT is one of my favorite reads (EVER) and while I know a lot of people didn't like it, Tris' journey from Abnegation to Dauntless resonated with me on a deeply personal level.   


I've been waiting a year and a half for the conclusion of Tris and Four's story (just like everyone else) and I was expecting a gut-wrenching thrill ride, but not like this. This book has left me heartbroken and disappointed for so many reasons. 

Yes, the choices the characters make are consistent with who they are (mostly) and I "get" how the story comes full circle with Roth's faith woven into the fabric of it all. But the WAY it ends felt like it was done purely for shock value and just seems pointless. 


 









 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

Stir Me UpAuthor: Sabrina Elkins
Publication: October 1, 2013
By: HarlequinTeen
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3.75 Stars!


Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….







Thank you to HarlequinTeen Senior Editor, Margo Lipschultz for telling me about this book and for providing a copy for review!

What I Liked: You had me at wounded soldier. STIR ME UP is well written, with endearing characters and a story line that will break your heart in the best way possible. It will also make you extremely hungry, so I don't advise reading on an empty stomach. 

Cami has spent her life in the kitchen of her father's french restaurant and wants more than anything to be a chef herself, although not necessarily one who focuses solely on french cuisine. Dad wants what's best for her which, in his opinion, is to go to college.

There's also Luke, whose not only Cami's boyfriend, but also her co-worker. He wants what's best for her too, which he thinks is hitting a home run and planning a life with him. Cami isn't sure what she wants, not really. She just knows she's getting pressure from all sides and if she could just have some time to think, to breathe, she might be able to figure it all out.

And then Julian enters the picture, upending her house and her life. He's obnoxious, rude, insulting, and more than a little nice to look which just makes everything worse. He pushes Cami too and she pushes him right back. (She even throws food at him.) But as mad as Julian makes her, he also makes Cami think - about her future, her relationships and what she wants most out of life.

With Julian's help, Cami might actually be able to envision a future full of flavor and promise.  And with Cami's help, Julian might be able to start putting his past behind him. 

I felt like Sabrina Elkins did a great job of capturing the "realness" of relationships. Teens and parents don't always see eye to eye and it's never easy to end a relationship with someone. Figuring out how to balance and navigate feelings and hormones is awkward sometimes too. 

I REALLY liked that Julian pushed Cami to pursue her own dreams despite what that could mean for their future. So often, people can get caught up in the feeling of not being able to live without the other person that they set aside what they really want.

What Left Me Wanting More: There were times when Cami's words and actions seemed to contradict each other and I had to remind myself that she was a teenager. 

I liked the ending but I wanted an epilogue. (And by epilogue, I really mean, I needed more Julian.) Julian still had a ways to go to work through his issues and I felt like I needed to see how he was doing a year down the road. 

Final Verdict: Witty, romantic and heartrending debut!

Review also posted at YABC.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Recap: Pub Crawl 2013


Hey, thanks for stopping by!  

In case you don't know what Pub Crawl 2013 is, you can find out more about it by clicking HERE.

Let me first say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make Pub Crawl happen!  All five of the houses we visited were incredibly generous not just with their time, but their staff and resources too. Hannah and I both had a great day and enjoyed meeting all of you! Thanks to everyone who followed us on Twitter too!

Our day began at the butt crack of dawn. On a bus. In coordinating outfits which was completely unplanned. This was my first experience with Megabus and for the most part it went smoothly. I will say that trying to use the bathroom on a Megabus is a lot like trying to pee while riding a roller coaster.  

Hannah and I.




Pub Stop #1 - Macmillan 
(Located in the uber cool and historic Flatiron Building) 

Ksenia Winnicki met us outside while Hannah and I were taking pictures, and then we headed into Argo for some delicious refreshments while we chatted about books. I had heard a lot of wonderful things about Ksenia prior to meeting her, and I can assure you they're all true. Ksenia is one of those people I could spend all day with!

After Argo, we headed up to take a look around Ksenia's office.  She introduced us to a few people, showed us her bookshelves (yes, there are multiple) and then she took us up and showed us the view from Jon Sargeant's (CEO of Macmillan Publishing) personal balcony. I set aside my fear of heights because the view was just amazing!

Ksenia and I
Bookshelf full of 2014 titles



Pub Stop #2 - Bloomsbury

While at Bloomsbury Walker, we were greeted by the fabulous Lizzy Mason, who I'd had the chance to meet back at BEA when she was still with Disney-Hyperion. Lizzy took us around and introduced us to a TON of people, all of whom were so nice!  Then we met with several other wonderful publicists Bridget, Erica and Emily and talked books, bloggers and cupcakes while Murray and Co. looked on. 

Erica and Lizzy took us to lunch at LT Burger where we met up with fellow blogger, Nicole from Paperback Princess. The food was delish but the company was my favorite part! I think Erica and I spent 99% of our time fangirling over Trish Doller and her books. ;) 

 
All of the conference rooms are labeled a different city.


(L-R) Me, Erica, Hannah, Nicole, Lizzy

 
Pub Stop #3 - Disney Publishing Worldwide
  
The lobby of this building had really cool lighting and a metro-like turn style security checkpoint. (fancy) It also has an elevator system that was straight out of a Sci-Fi novel and I half expected to step out as a clone of my former self. Nobody bothered to tell us that you have to input the number on the outside, before entering the correct elevator. (Yes, there is a right one and a wrong one. Choose wisely my friends.)

We eventually made it and enjoyed a nice visit with the super efficient Cassie McGinty. Not only did she show us what she does all day, (which is the equivalent of three people) but we also had the chance to meet and chat with people in the Editorial, Marketing, and Art Departments. It was informative and it was awesome!

  
Elevator made of weird.
(L-R) Hannah, Minnie, Cassie, Mickey and Me.
 

Pub Stop #4 - Harlequin

It took us longer than expected to get to Harlequin because our taxi driver dropped us off on the wrong street which ended up being four blocks in the opposite direction of where we needed to be. 

Well played taxi driver.  

Once we finally made it to the Harlequin offices, it was a GREAT time! We met up with Executive Editor, Natashya Wilson (who we forgot to take a picture with - boo!) and Senior Editor, Margo Lipschultz, both of whom I'd met at BEA. We talked about books, books and more books and Natashya even gave us a sneak peek at a couple of upcoming covers.

Margo and I

Then it was on to our final stop but not without a few shenanigans in the back of yet another taxi first. 
I blame the caffeine deficiency.


It was a little windy in the cab.

Selfie of a selfie because that's how we entertain ourselves.


Pub Stop #5 - Little Brown/Hachette Book Group

The fantastic Faye Bi greeted us and showed us around the office, introducing us to some of the hardworking people at LB/Hachette, and the ridiculously cool glass doors (see Hannah's post for pics) and the conference table that transforms into a pool table. 

Then Faye rendered both Hannah and myself speechless... 
After Hannah and I each had our seven minutes in Heaven in the galley closet with the books, we headed off to dinner at an Irish pub (perfect way to end our Pub Crawl) where Nicole joined us again.

Let's discuss that book acquisition over a game of pool, shall we?
Looking down on the little people in the lobby. ;)

 The Galley Closet *insert angelic singing*
 
We said our goodbyes and climbed into the backseat of another taxi with a driver who thought we were filming a scene from Final Destination. Seriously, I didn't know taxis could go that fast! Apparently, neither did the twenty people he almost took out in the crosswalk. (There may have been gasping for breath and bracing for impact on my part. Maybe.)
 

What Bloggers Should Know

1. We Matter to Publishers - We do! Everyone we spoke to said how important bloggers are to the publishing industry.

2. ARCs - A lot of bloggers (new and seasoned alike) wanted to know how to go about getting an advanced review copy. The short answer is to follow the guidelines set by each publisher. Don't request too early and don't request the same title more than once. When you DO request, please keep it professional and respectful. Publicists are always happy to interact with bloggers but this is their job, they are busy and you are not the only blogger contacting them, nor are you entitled to an ARC just because you're a blogger.

3. Post Content and the Numbers Games - One of the questions I had for the publicists was, "Do you really check the post links?" The answer was, "Yes!" publicists DO check your social media numbers and they check to see what's on your blog as well. For example, if you have 5,000 followers, and 100,000 unique page views but little or no content i.e. only post memes or giveaways, those numbers aren't necessarily going to work in your favor. You need to be interacting with other bloggers and posting actual reviews of the books you're receiving. And if a publisher asks (again) for your stats, it's most likely because they want to update your profile in their system.

4. Quality Matters - When reviewing especially on Netgalley or Edelweiss, make sure the quality of your review is where it should be. Simply rating a book 4 stars and saying, "I liked it!" won't cut it. Publishers are looking for people who genuinely love reading and who are willing to push their book for them. 

5. Negative vs. Snarky Reviews - While most people get a good laugh at the snarky reviews, not all Publishers find them as humorous especially when they cross the line. Everyone we spoke to said that while some snark is okay, most publicists are looking for honest, professional reviews of books. It's okay if you didn't like a book, just back it up with reasons and be respectful about it.
 
  6. Ebook vs. Traditional - Quite a few publishers are moving into the digital age with ARCs because it's more cost effective and enables them to get the book in front of more bloggers. Personally, I prefer traditional books (they're much easier to snuggle) BUT if it's a matter of getting an ARC I desperately want to read vs. not getting one, you won't hear me complaining. 

  7. Social Media Matters - All of the publishers are using social media now and some even use it as a means to find bloggers they think will be a good fit for a specific blog tour or book promotion. Others use it to see how bloggers interact with one another, do they only tweet about their own posts? Or do they help promote their fellow bloggers, etc. 

8. Respect and Professionalism go a long way. This is true if you're just starting out or you've been blogging forever.
 

 Interview with Hannah from The Irish Banana 

Best part: Visiting Jon Sargent's office (he's the CEO of Macmillan). They let us out on his balcony which has an insanely gorgeous view of NYC. Who needs the Empire State Building when you have this? Runner up would be the impromptu selfie photo shoot Jen and I had in the back of a windy taxi, cruising down FDR Drive, next to the East River. We were ridiculously slap-happy at this point.

Worst part: Arriving at Disney a full 3 hours early because I mixed up addresses. *headdesk* Then we had to power walk through NYC to make it to where we were supposed to be.

Unexpected moment: How excited everyone was to see us! Not just the publicists and editors we had arranged to see - but people in their office knew who we were and what we were there to do and they were so happy about it!

Interesting tidbit: Learning that these publicists aren't just sitting around organizing blog tours and approving/denying NetGalley requests. They have so much that they're juggling at the same time, I was exhausted just hearing about it.

Wish I had more time for: Breathing. We hit the ground running at 10 am and didn't stop until we were waiting in line for the bus home at 8:20 that night. I felt like there was a big countdown clock hanging over our heads during each visit because our time was so limited.

Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by J. Lynn

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)Author: J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: October 22, 2013
By: William Morrow Impulse
Genre: New Adult
5 Stars!
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*love this cover*

It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery's life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?




Thank you William Morrow/Harper Collins and Edelweiss for this e-ARC. Thank you J. Lynn for giving us Cam's POV, which I LOVED harder than Raphael's shell!

You can read my review of Wait for You here.

What I Loved: There have been quite a few companion novellas published recently, all offering an alternate POV, most of which I've read but very few I have enjoyed. Why? My guess is because those other books didn't have a cookie baking Cam or a tortoise named, Raphael in them. Maybe. ;)

Cam Hamilton is not your average New Adult guy with broken feels, a colorful vocabulary, and "Restraining Order" stamped across his glistening six-pack abs. Yeah, he's made mistakes, he IS human after all, but Cam is paying his dues and has suffered the consequences of his actions. Actions that could've been handled differently for sure, but were backed with well meaning intentions. 

What also sets Cam apart is that he doesn't have a first class ticket on the Douche Express, and he doesn't wallow in his mistakes. He doesn't allow Avery to wallow in hers either. Instead, Cam shows her that despite the past, there is always hope for healing and something better. Always. Cam is also kind, compassionate and attentive, wooing Avery with his home baked goodies and Eggs Hamilton.

The insight into Cam's family was priceless and his interactions with his mom had me literally laughing out loud!

"A girl?"
I stared at the ceiling of my bedroom. "Yes, Mom, a girl."
There was a pause on the other end of the phone. "A lady?"
"Yes."
"A real, live female?" she asked. 
"Opposed to a fake, dead female?" 

Cam's reactions in Wait for You were emotional enough but watching them play out through his eyes took gut-wrenching to a whole new level. And I loved every minute of it! 

I also enjoyed the sneak peak of Be With Me, Jase and Teresa's story, which I'm super excited to read, for reasons.  

What Left Me Wanting More: Can we ever really have enough Cameron Hamilton, or Raphael for that matter? Me thinks not. 

Final Verdict: Camtastic addition to the series, fans of Wait for You will not be disappointed!

Review also posted at YABC.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review & Giveaway Dark Halo: (Angel Eyes #3) by Shannon Dittemore

Dark Halo
Author: Shannon Dittemore
Publicaiton: August 20, 2013
By: Thomas Nelson
3.75 Stars

One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.

Brielle can't help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it's everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she's ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien--and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight.

But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.

When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won't have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She'll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.

When confusing details about Jake's past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator's design--even if it means a future without Jake?


Thank you Thomas Nelson for this book in exchange for an honest review.

What I Liked: Of the three covers, this one is my favorite. This final installment of the Angel Eyes trilogy is action-packed, full of feels and has a great message woven into it. It picks up right where Broken Wings left off and leaves no question unanswered. Fans of Brielle, Jake and Canaan will not be disappointed. There's also a reading group guide included in the back.

What Left Me Wanting More: At times the pacing was a little slow.

Final Verdict: Satisfying end to the trilogy.

Review also posted at YABC.




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Friday, October 18, 2013

#ToDFriday



TRUTH OR DARE: The Weekly Confessions of a Hopeless Bibliophile
(aka: "Truth or Dare Friday") #ToDFriday

TRUTH: Usually will require you to answer a question or a prompt that can be completed in text format, such as a "discussion" or "list" post.

DARE: These will require you to "go out of your shell" a bit. You may need to complete a special project, share photos, vlog or complete some equally "daring" task. Let your inner dare devil come alive!


Dare: Replace one word/part of a word in the titles of FIVE books with “PIE”.

1. The Pie You Left Behind
2. Trust In Pie
3. All Our Pie
4. Losing Pie
5. Into The Still Pie

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1. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
2. Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by J. Lynn
3. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill 
4. Losing It by Cora Carmack
5. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi