Saturday, August 23, 2014

Book Review - Talon by Julie Kagawa

By Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication: 28th October 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
My Rating:
My Review:
My first thought when I saw this book... a book about dragons... I'M SO IN!!!
Being a huge fan of Julie Kagawa it wasn't a hard choice when I saw this baby up on Netgalley, my finger had a mind of it's own *REQUEST* lol. Best moment, opening your kindle app and seeing it waiting there for you to devour! Bare with me while I TRY to put what I felt about this book into words...

Another mind-blowing story from the brilliant mind of Julie Kagawa. I now know why this book is being made into a movie.
We meet Ember & Dante, two dragons (they're twins also, which is unheard of in dragons) that have completed a part of their training and are now tasked to blend in and live among the humans over summer break. Ember is so happy to finally be out and being able to experience a little freedom before she's sent back to Talon to fulfil her destiny. Talon is very strict with the rules: curfews, no shifting, no flying, never associate with the enemy, etc. The one thing they're adamant on is humans are expendable.
There's a rogue dragon loose in town and he seems to have his eye on Ember. There's something about this rogue that she finds interesting. He's dark, sexy and full of secrets.
When a young man named Garret bursts into Ember's life, she finds herself being drawn to him, she starts to experience feelings that dragons aren't meant to have. But what's a girl (I mean Dragon) to do?
Loved Ember, she was such a fun character. I loved that she wasn't the type to let anyone walk all over her, she has backbone! She can also be sweet and loving. She cares dearly for her brother Garret, being twins I think in any form always leaves a special bond. But unfortunately, Dante looks to have been sucked in by Talon and Ember does everything she can to make him see the light.
Garret is all grit, until he meets Ember. She brings something out in him he's never experienced before. Also, he's definitely book boyfriend material ... tingles alert lol
I loved everything about this book ... from it's compelling storyline & lovable characters, to it's blood thirsty soldiers and fire breathing dragons. This story will take you on a whirlwind adventure, that you won't want to end. I'm strapped in and ready for the next adventure!


I loved this story so much that I'm going to have a giveaway. 1 lucky winner will win a (PREORDER) Hardback copy of Talon from The Book Depository.
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**BOOK BLITZ** Double Negative by C.Lee McKenzie

Double Negative
 by C. Lee McKenzie
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: July 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

“My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn’t been laid yet. I couldn’t go into the slammer before that happened.” Hutch McQueen.
Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is trapped between an abusive mother and an absentee father. Shackled by poor vision and poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. After another suspension from school and suffering through one of his mother’s violent attacks, he escapes to a friend’s house that turns out to be a meth lab. The lab is raided and Hutch lands in juvenile detention. When the court sentences him to six months in a new juvenile program, he meets a teacher with Alzheimer’s who will change his life and hers.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Next to You Blog Tour - Excerpt & Giveaway

Where Life Takes You
(Life, #1)
by Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple of years later, things ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, but that only work during the days when the nightmares didn’t come back to haunt her. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now, she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel.


**BOOK BLITZ** The Druid Series 9: Baird by Marata Eros

The Druid Series 9: Baird
 (The Druid Series, #9)
by Marata Eros
Publication date: August 22nd 2014
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Paranormal

Siana has disappeared. As an Exotic and Druid warrior queen, she is not fully beholden to the magick call of sex slavery as her sister Druid witches. She does not realize as she runs, Baird and Kael follow with opposing agendas.

Now that Jessamine is within the subjugation of the undead, the Druid females will be ruled by the fair hand of Imogen and her Reaper mates, Carrig and Quinn.

Altho, and the gifted Druid female Seraphina, cannot reconcile the inception of their relationship, and her promise to be his as payment. Altho seeks shelter from the Reaper leader, Maghnus… only to discover what is important was not as he thought.

Can Siana obtain the freedom she wishes and the love she denies? Will the new kingdom of Reapers succeed in the protection of their Druid females? Do Altho and Maghnus hold the key to revolutionizing the power structure of both Druid and Reaper?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

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**COVER REVEAL** Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

Captured Love
 by Juliana Haygert
Publication date: November 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Warning: strong language, sex scenes
Word count: ~70,000

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.
Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.
Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?



While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

**BOOK SPOTLIGHT** In Bed with a Rogue by Samantha Grace

In Bed with a Rogue
By Samantha Grace
Soucebooks Casablanca
Historical Romance
September 2, 2014
ISBN: 9781402286612
Mass-Market Paperback
He’s the Talk of the Town
The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.
She’s the Toast of the Ton
Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…
Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s Robin Hood. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publishers Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
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