Sunday Post (28)

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @
Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~. It’s a chance to share News; a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 

Last Week on the blog

I’ve read some pretty awesome books this past week, including Cora Carmack’s All Lined Up, Lex Martin’s Dearest Clementine & Finding Dandelion, and of course, Tarryn Fisher’s The Opportunist, which completely broke me. I just… I don’t even know how I can write a review of this one. But suffice it to say, this has been a really good reading week for me. Plus, my order of Melina Marchetta’s The Piper’s Son FINALLY arrived. And I also got some cool swags (personalized book plate and signed bookmark) from author Livia Blackburne! Woohoo! 🙂

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Review: REBOOT by Amy Tintera

RebootTitle: Reboot (Reboot #1)
Author: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

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Excerpt & Giveaway: THE EARL’S MISTRESS by Liz Carlyle

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*Avon is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Giveaway for Print Set of St. James Society Romances Including: A BRIDE BY MOONLIGHT, THE BRIDE WORE SCARLET, and THE BRIDE WORE PEARLS.

 

The Earl's MistressTitle: The Earl’s Mistress (MacLachlan Family and Friends #10)
Author: Liz Carlyle
Publishing Date: August 26, 2014 (from Avon Romance)
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | iTunes

Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose sensual skills are the stuff of legend. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap to his face, then stalks out with references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is left burning . . .

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty-but the latter is no use to a servant. With orphaned sisters to feed, eviction nearing, and Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . .

But when fate unknowingly sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice-draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.

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Thirsty Thursday (10): Top 5 New Adult Female Characters

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Thirsty Thursday is a weekly feature, hosted by Nikki & Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers, where we discuss all things swoon-worthy: from quotes, book covers, book boyfriends, and even that worth-the-wait book kiss.

Last week, I featured my Top 5 NA Male Characters. This week is all about the ladies. So here are my picks for Top 5 NA Female Characters…

Stephanie from Isn’t She Lovely
Max from Faking It
Lucy from Before Now
Jayne from Plain Jayne
Dallas from All Lined Up

 

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Review: RAVEN’S BLOOD by Cassandra Lawson

raven's bloodTitle: Raven’s Blood
Author: Cassandra Lawson
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N

Following the death of her wood nymph mother at the hands of vampires, Raven worked hard to build a life for herself in one of the few remaining human settlements. Her life takes a frightening turn when she finds herself an unwilling guest in a vampire settlement, but things are not anything like she expected them to be. Still, she cannot help but feel that her attraction to the vampire leader is a betrayal to her mother’s memory and her human friends.

From the moment Connor first laid eyes on Raven she has thrown his entire world off-balance. In order to prove his strength as a leader, he has no choice but to take her up on her offer to trade her freedom for that of her human friends. Having begun his life as a slave, he has no interest in keeping the wood nymph captive. As a man, he has no desire to feel this overwhelming attraction to a woman who hates him and his kind.

As Raven spends more time with the vampires, her feelings for Connor grow even stronger and Connor finds that she may be the one thing he cannot live without. Unfortunately, a new danger emerges that could threaten the survival of vampires and humans alike. As Connor struggles to unravel the mystery of the attacks from a new species of vampire, a madman will go to any lengths to get Raven’s blood.

No cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone novel.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday (42): I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

i was here

I WAS HERE

by Gayle Forman

Release Date: January 27, 2015

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

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Excerpt & Giveaway: NOT QUITE A WIFE by Mary Jo Putney

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*Kensington is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway of Three Print Copies of NOT QUITE A WIFE.

 

Not Quite A WifeTitle: Not Quite A Wife (The Lost Lords #6)
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Publishing Date: August 26, 2014 (from Kensington)
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | iTunes

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….

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Top Ten Tuesday (33): Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read but Don’t Own Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. 

 

Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read but Don’t Own Yet…

 

the piper's son
PIPER’S SON by Melina Marchetta. When I found out that this is a sort-of sequel of SAVING FRANCESCA but featuring another (beloved) character, I know I have to read it. And soon. I actually ordered this one already from TBD but it hasn’t arrived yet.

 

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ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins. Why is this book not yet carried by our local bookstores? T___T I have been waiting too long for this and I want a physical copy. And I’m dying to read this ever since I read the sneak peek from NetGalley.

 

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SOMETHING REAL by Heather Demetrios. I haven’t read this author yet but I did see a lot of anticipation for her upcoming book, I’LL MEET YOU THERE, and when I checked out her backlist, I found this. The story sounds good.

 

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SIX FEET OVER IT by Jennifer Longo. I really, really like the premise and it releases today so I hope I can get my copy of this one soon.

 

this song will save your life
THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales. I’ve heard great feedback about this one so this is a must-read for as well.

 

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Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: BROKEN by Lauren Layne

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*Loveswept is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $25 eGift Card of Winner’s Choice Bookseller and Loveswept Tote and Mug.

 

cover-brokenTitle: Broken (Redemption #1)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publishing Date: September 2, 2014 (from Loveswept)
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes

Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both… or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

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Quote-tastic Monday (19): DEAREST CLEMENTINE by Lex Martin

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QUOTE-TASTIC is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that’s grabbed ya for one reason or another.

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE

by Lex Martin

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