One Lovely Blog Award

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So I am so very pleased to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Brin over at Brin’s Book Blog. Thank you so much Brin, you rock!! Everyone go check out her fantastic blog!

The rules for this nomination include:

  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. You must list the rules and display the award.
  3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I am a student at Northern Arizona University.
  2. I am 100% Italian and proud of it!! Italian is my soul food!
  3. In the past 6 months or so I have become a diehard Supernatural fan and I love Dean Winchester with all of my being!
  4. I have what is probably an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.
  5. I am one of the few people who bring my Kindle to the gym so I can read on the treadmill/elliptical.
  6. I am a huge fan of alternative/rock music! Favorite bands include: Paramore, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Three Days Grace, Skillet, Panic! At the Disco, Breaking Benjamin and a plethora of others.
  7. One of my short stories was published this year in the first ever Young Adult anthology for Arizona young writers. The book is titled Bloom and you can buy it on Amazon here! My story is titled “I Should Have Taken the Stairs.” (eventually once I get it copy written I will post it on my blog).

I Nominate the Following Blogs:

Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Cynthia Stacey’s Blog

Amy @Read What I Like

Kirsten @Reading My Reality

Carrie @Book Consumed Diva

The lovely ladies @Book Gossips

Gabi Daniels’ Blog

Emma @A World of Books

Jordan @Trusty Page Turners

You are by no means obligated to participate. It’s just a fun way to spread the blog lovin! Thanks again Brin for the nomination!

 

 

Cover Reveal: Wicked (The Wicked Trilogy #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

BIg news!!! I am so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!

 

Just look at that cover!!

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WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

 

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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.

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

 

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Review: Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer Armentrout

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Goodreads Description:

It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

My Review

I was more than excited to read this last addition of the Covenant series after having thoroughly enjoyed reading the rest of the series. And that ending!! Dang! Recap: Alex just had her a** handed to her by Ares and practically died from the encounter.

Sentinel basically picked up right where Apollyon left off and instantly jumped into the action. For the most part there were plenty of intense moments though there were a few dragged on scenes, but they definitely did not detract from the awesomeness that was this book. As the imminent battle with Ares looms overhead, Alex is willing to do whatever it takes to bring him down (and I mean whatever it takes). Lines are drawn, enemies are not so bad anymore, and Alex finds herself taking yet another trip into the Underworld to ally herself with the most unlikely of beings. Yes I said “beings.”

The romance was once again absolutely beautiful in Sentinel. Alex and Aiden’s love continues to be tested in this book, but neither of them ever gives in. Their love for one another is so insanely powerful; it overcomes every obstacle that gets thrown in their way, and there are oh so many obstacles for them.

Once the epic ending rolled around the suspense was nonstop! I literally could not put it down. It was a great workout companion on the elliptical/treadmill.  I was only slightly disappointed by how quickly parts of the conflict were resolved. However, a HUGE curveball gets thrown in shortly after the “resolution” that had me throwing out all sorts of inner cuss words (if I wasn’t at the gym I totally would have voiced them aloud, but I’m sure my facial expressions were enough to explain my emotions to my fellow gym goers). Thankfully, all was resolved perfectly, though most definitely not in the way I had anticipated. So though it was a completely unexpected ending, I found myself really enjoying it as well as “awing” all over the place. The ending was different but lovely and satisfying all at the same time. The Covenant series is a must read for all YA readers and especially for Jennifer Armentrout fans!

You can buy Sentinel on Amazon here!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table. I’m basing this after book boyfriend, and awesomeness appeal.

 

1. Daemon Black from The Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout: He’s my #1 book boyfriend, so naturally I included him in this list. Honestly, I would be perfectly content with having him as the only occupant at my lunch table for the rest of forever!

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2. Reed from The Premonition Series by Amy Bartol: Another one of my top book boyfriends! Aw this would be such a wonderful lunch time experience!

132067603. Captain Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I love his character so much, lunch with him is bound to be filled with laughter and witty banter!

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4. Ian from The Host by Stephenie  Meyer: To put it plainly, I love him and everything his character is!

5. Wanda from The Host: In the book she’s actually an awesome lunch table participant, because she shares all her awesome stories about all the planets she’s lived in. So she would be the best story teller with the most fascinating information!

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6. Dumbledore from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: There would just be so much knowledge to gain from this incredible man it would be fantastic!

7. Snape from Harry Potter: I would want to learn anything and everything I could on what it was like to play both sides and to look into the face of the darkest wizard of all time and lie straight to his face!

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8. Alice from Alice in Zombieland: She is such a kickass character and has dealt with so much! And I would love to pick up some awesome zombie survival tips from her!

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9. Wesley from The Princess Bride by William Goldman: I would totally interrogate him hardcore about all his adventures as the Dread Pirate Roberts!

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10. Alex from Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J Bick: I love these books so much, and one of the main reasons for that is because of how strong of a character Alex is! She goes through so much and still comes out on top! She seems like she’d be pretty great to hang with.

So there ya have it folks, my random assortment of characters I would take to lunch with! This would probably make for the most attractive, interesting, most badass, most sophisticated lunch table any school’d ever seen. We would be the “Regina George” table, we’d be telling everyone else “you can’t sit with us,” and “on Wednesdays we wear pink.”  I had to throw in a Mean Girls reference, I mean come on, we’re talking lunch tables here!

What characters would you want at your lunch table? Comment below!

 

Review: Sadie’s War (A Supernatural Uprising #1) by Jayelle Cochran

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Goodreads Summary: 

A blind traumatized teen learns of love, and becomes the catalyst for a revolution.

Abandoned by her parents to live on the streets, Sadie never knew kindness without first paying a terrifying price. The lessons from her childhood fuel a paranoia that makes it impossible to trust anyone, or accept their help. That all changes when she meets Fester, a young man with his own painful past. After he saves her from freezing to death, Sadie realizes that she must learn how to trust another if she wants to live; a feat that is easier said than done.

Meanwhile, a war is brewing. For decades the supernaturals have been plotting their revolt against a tyrannical government that exploits them. After using her own supernatural power against an attacker, Sadie and her friends soon find themselves in the government’s cross-hairs. To survive, they are forced to team up with a criminal who has plans for Sadie and wishes to ignite the war.

My Review

Sadie’s War brings about a heart wrenching tale of a girl who has seen so much struggle and strife that you cannot help but feel pity for her situation. Though she may be what is called a “supernatural” with a kickass power, she has been so abused and mistreated by her own parents, that she barely knows how to function in society. Luckily, the ever compassionate Fester finds her and takes her in. However, her situation soon becomes dire when her power threatens her life and the lives of those she comes to love.

I was so not used to reading about such a vulnerable and weepy main character, so that took some extreme getting used to in this book. Of course, Sadie’s breakdowns were perfectly justified, because the things this poor girl has gone through are so inhumane, I can’t imagine how someone would cope with it. The abuse that has been inflicted on her literally alters her entire perspective of right and wrong, so it was super interesting to read from that sort of twisted POV.

Sadie’s power was super legit, and totally reminded me of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I also very much appreciated the other characters’ supernatural powers, though I really would have loved to see more action from their powers, and just more action in general would have been awesome! Fortunately, Sadie got the ending she deserved and a romance that was strong enough to overcome any emotional obstacle. Though I wanted a little more action from the storyline, and a little more plot movement, Sadie’s War was a cute romantic book that demonstrated what it takes to overcome the hauntings of our past.

You can buy Sadie’s War on Amazon here!