Monday, September 28, 2015

Halloween Roundup

Halloween is fast approaching and I wanted to share a few books that are sure to get your heart racing, your spine tingling and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. They might even make you question your sanity. 

 No worries though...

The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall  

The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallAuthor: Katie Alender
Publication: August 25th 2015 
By: Point
Amazon | Goodreads 

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

 The Dead House

The Dead HouseAuthor:
Publication: September 15th 2015 
By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Amazon | Goodreads

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace...

...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

 The Vampire Combat Field Guide (Adult Coloring Book)

The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book For Fighting the Bloodthirsy UndeadAuthor: Roger Ma
Publication: October 6th 2015
By: Berkley
Amazon | Goodreads

In The Vampire Combat Manual, Roger Ma, the nation’s preeminent expert in undead warfare, prepared the average citizen to defend against a brutal vampire attack. But without appropriate training, even the most adept slayer of bloodsuckers can be left vulnerable.

Therefore, the Institute for Undead Combat Studies has once again created an essential practice handbook for anyone seeking to avoid serious injury, infection, or death at the hands of a vampire. This comprehensive guide includes:

*Detailed illustrations to aid in identifying various types of the undead and their vulnerabilities, as well as anatomical drawings you can color to promote knowledge retention

*Interactive mental and physical exercises that will teach invaluable fighting techniques and prepare you for battle

*Work pages to hone weapon selection, defensive and offensive techniques, and precise staking strategies

*and much more!

With the proper preparation, no one need fear death by exsanguination or an eternity spent in darkness. Learn to ward off these bloodthirsty creatures while you can—or say good-bye to your days in the sun…

 A Madness So Discreet

A Madness So DiscreetAuthor: Mindy McGinnis
Publication: October 6th 2015 
By: Katherine Tegen Books
Amazon | Goodreads

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

 Hotel Ruby

Hotel RubyAuthor: Suzanne Young
Publication: November 3, 2015
By: Simon Pulse
Amazon | Goodreads
Stay Tonight. Stay Forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

This Monstrous Thing

This Monstrous ThingAuthor: Mackenzi Lee
Publication: September 22, 2015
By: Katherine Tegen Books
In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…


Friday, September 25, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Forever With You (Wait For You #5)
Publication: September 29, 2015
By: Avon

In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .



“Armentrout packs a powerful emotional punch in her fifth Wait for You new adult contemporary (after Fall with Me)... Armentrout tugs at the heartstrings while delivering an intense, gripping tale.” –Publishers Weekly

“Armentrout presents an emotional installment in her Wait for You series…[she] does it again, presenting a fast-paced tearjerker that fans will devour.” -Booklist


~ My Thoughts ~ 
I'll be honest, I was hesitant to read this one because I wasn't a huge fan of Stephanie in the previous books. I wasn't entirely convinced either that Jennifer could make me like her, let alone love her. But I was wrong.

In the previous books, Steph always seemed standoffish as far as the other female MCs were concerned, but after reading this one--and loving it, I totally understand WHY.

Nick is a delicious mix of good looks, a great sense of humor and a huge heart. Like, I can't even.

This book made me cry. Without going into too much detail for fear of spoilers, it deals with a subject that is very close to my heart, but as usual, Jennifer nailed it; the feelings, emotions, aftermath, all of it. And she did it with grace and humor.

Fans of the series will not be disappointed. If anything, it will shed a new light on Steph and her story AND the ending made me cry again but for a totally different reason. ;)

Excellent addition to the WAIT FOR YOU series!

And don’t miss the previous titles in the Wait for You Series!

WAIT FOR YOU (Wait for You #1)

TRUST IN ME (Wait for You #1.5)

BE WITH ME (Wait for You #2)

STAY WITH ME (Wait for You #3)

FALL WITH ME (Wait for You #4)

DREAM OF YOU (Wait for You #4.5)

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer L. 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, 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Press Release: CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rainbow Rowell
coming 10/6!

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We’re so excited to share it with you soon!
Until then, here are a few things to tide you over.

By Rainbow Rowell

1. CARRY ON comes out October 6th in the US and October 8th in the UK.

2. It’s a standalone fantasy novel about Simon and Baz, two characters you first met in FANGIRL.

3. If you pre-order now, you can get an Emergency Reading Party kit (see below!).
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4. Rainbow is going on tour!
It’s going to be MAJOR.

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5. Rainbow really, really hopes you like CARRY ON!
(And she’s posting sneak peeks!)

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And some more exciting news: we’re partnering with the UK to host a countdown to pub date and we hope you can join in on the fun by RTing, sharing, and using the #CarryOn hashtag!

Make sure to tag us in your tweets, posts, and Instagrams, too. We can’t wait to see what you think of the book!

With Love,
Team Griffin Teen

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Are you ready for the next piece of the OBLIVION cover reveal? 

(Hint: The answer is yes. Because Daemon. Duh.)

Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

 OBLIVION Pre-Order Links: 

Cover Reveal Schedule:

8am EST Reading Teen

9am EST The Irish Banana Review

10am EST Jenuine Cupcakes

11am EST Paranormal Book Club

12pm EST Mundie Moms

1pm EST Stuck in Books

2pm EST Kimberlyfaye Reads

3pm EST Nose Stuck in a Book

4pm EST Vilma’s Book Blog

5pm EST

And don’t miss the first books in the LUX Series! 

 LUX: Beginnings
Amazon | Barnes and Noble

LUX: Consequences
Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Jennifer L. Armentrout Bio: 

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer 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, 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)Series: Me Before You #2
Author: Jojo Moyes 
Publication: September 29, 2015
By: Penguin Random House/Pamela Dorman Books
Narrator: Anna Acton 
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads | Audio 

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.


Dear Reader,

I wasn't going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life. In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen.

It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them—especially Lou—again. And I'm hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy.

—Jojo Moyes

*I received copies of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

I tag-teamed both the hardcover and the audio for this review. 

STORY: It's really hard to review this one without spoiling it, so you'll just have to buy it and read it for yourself. (Trust me, you won't regret it.) This didn't suck me in quite as fast as Me Before You, and I spent a good bit of time frustrated with Lou and missing Will. (Just like his family ironically enough.) But then there was a twist I didn't see coming, one that grabbed hold of my heartstrings and refused to let go until the last page.

Jojo Moyes has done a fantastic job of illustrating the ripple effect our choices make. The hurt it can cause, as well as the hope it can bring.

I laughed, I cried, and I laughed through my tears. This is the book Jojo Moyes never intended to write, but I'm really glad she did.

AUDIO: The narrator does a great job of bringing all of the characters to life. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Series #4) by Wendy Higgins

 Sweet Evil (The Sweet Series #1)

If this book were a cupcake, it would be a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcake. From the outside it looks like a regular vanilla cupcake, but one bite reveals a delicious surprise---like Kai! 
Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
Embrace the forbidden.

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Read my completely unprofessional *fangirly* HERE.
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Sweet Peril (The Sweet Series #2) 

If this book were a cupcake, it would be a Twix cupcake. Rich chocolate cake, homemade caramel sauce (or what I like to call, liquid sin) and a cookie center. A little salty, a little sweet, and completely delicious. 
Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ B&N
Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ B&N
Read my review AND see the song I adapted for Kopano HERE.

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Series #3) 

If this book were a cupcake, it would be a Lemon--Strawberry. A little bitter, a little sweet but completely satisfying. 
Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)
It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

Read my review, see a dancing "Kai" check out my interview with Anna HERE.
Check out the Sweet Reckoning Launch Party details HERE
(There were cupcakes involved.)

Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Series #4) 

If this book were a cupcake, it would be a Dark Chocolate Cupcake. It's tall, dark, and sinfully delicious, just like Kaidan Rowe. It'll satisfy that chocolate craving without jeopardizing your waistline--everyone knows dark chocolate is the healthy chocolate---and leave you coming back for more.
Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Trilogy, #1-3)
Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

I LUV'D being in Kai's head and getting the chance to see the whole series from his point of view, LUVED IT! 

The odds are stacked against him from the start. Sure, he makes his fair share of mistakes. Who doesn't? But after meeting Anna, Kai sees that good really does exist, it can triumph over evil and hope is not lost. The most important lesson he learns though is, love really can transform you. 

If you let it. 

That epilogue though...I cried when I read it from Anna's POV in Sweet Reckoning, but seeing it from Kai's destroyed my feels in the best way possible. 

"Lust is the groveling cousin of love. It's the house made of straw and sticks. It cannot compare."


After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I've always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.

I live in Virginia with my husband, daughter, son and doggie Rue.

Week 1:
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9/10 - Reading W/ABC 
9/11 - Jenuine Cupcakes 

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