Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cover Madness Giveaway Hop!

I am so excited to be participating in the hop hosted by Giselle of Xpresso Reads and Jenni at Alluring reads, we all love our covers and their has been a ton of great new covers released lately so check out the collage below and you can enter to win any of the books you see below, if the book is a sequel you may choose another book in the series, the giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. Good luck and happy hopping!!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Rush (The Game #1) By: Eve Silver

 Title: Rush (The Game #1)
 Author: Eve Silver
Published: June 11th, 2013
Source: E-galley from publisher
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

My Thoughts:

 Ok, so I don't even know where to start with how I felt about this book, the beginning was just completely and totally confusing and in the beginning I didn't understand what was going on. You are thrown into the middle of the story and it was hard to get over the beginning and really get into the story. 

Miki's whole life is changed when she is pulled from her life after running into the street to save a deaf girl from getting hit by a car. When she is pulled from her life she ends up a part of a 3 person team that fight aliens. The aliens are called Drau and her and the team of teenagers she joins, she is thrown into fighting against these aliens  with no real training or any idea of what to do. Jackson Tate, their team leader is the one person who has all of the  answers that Miki seeks, but he is not so  willing to just give them all up to her, along with another boy from her school Lucas Miki becomes a part  of a subtle love triangle that makes her life that much more confusing.

When I started reading this book I felt like you were dumped into the middle of the book instead of the beginning, I  am all for a book starting off with a bang but, the action couldn't overshadow the fact that you didn't really understand what was going on and it was hard to get into the action when you didn't quite understand what was going on.

I felt like the book moved too fast for itself, with the lack of set up everything just felt rushed (no pun intended) There was a brewing love triangle between the team leader Jackson, Miki, and another team member that Miki already knew Lucas.  It didn't feel like the romance was real, they spend time together in the game, and when they returned to the real world it was like no time had passed at all they were dropped right where they had left when they were first pulled but, they didn't have much time for real life and the characters kept getting pulled into "the game" to fight over and over again.

Overall, Rush just wasn't for me,  although the action did keep me reading the book I never got really interested in the story because of the lack of set up, although with the cliffhanger ending I just might read the second book to see how everything turns out!

Wants some more thoughts about Rush? Check out the links below!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

What's Next (57)

I am so excited to be participating in a new meme every Thursday hosted  by Iceybooks, this meme is designed to help us bloggers get some help from our reader's on what to read next, so every week I will post 3 books that I am trying to decide between and you guys can vote on which one you think that I should read next. Cast your vote through the poll at the bottom of this post.

Happy Reading!

 My 3 choices for this week are:

Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy #1) By: Kerstin Gier
Goodreads Summary:

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) By: Colleen Houck

Goodreads Summary:

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Dash and Lily's Book Of Dares By: David Levithan and Rachael Cohn
Goodreads Summary:

  “I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post, Review, and Giveaway, Tragic (Rook and Ronin #1) By: J.A. Huss

 Guest Post:

First of all, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  I love living in Colorado, I’m not from here, but I’ve been here for fifteen years. Almost all of my books are set in Colorado.  My science fiction series is all centralized around Colorado Springs, various places in the mountains, and the Eastern Plains.  TRAGIC takes place in Denver, LoDo/Five Points, to be exact.  Right across from Coors Field, which is our baseball stadium, for those not familiar with the Rockies.

I didn’t really plan it that way, but when I pulled up Google Maps to find the Five Points boundary I saw a large building sitting across the street from the stadium and decided to make that Chaput Studios.  From there the world building just took off and I really, really love the Denver I created in the Rook and Ronin books.

I became a full time write this past January, but before that I spent the last seven years as a farm inspector for the State of Colorado.  My job was to ride around the Eastern Plains in some very stupid little cars that had no business being on a dirt road, and go check out the eight large commercial hog farms we have here. 

It was a pretty easy job, they were all upstanding people, the corporations they worked for weren’t bad guys looking to pollute the water like people try and make them out to be.  They were just some cool country folks that I really enjoyed working with. 

But the best part of that job, besides the cool people, was being able to travel all over Colorado.  I pretty much know the eastern half of the state by heart. I spent seven years driving those dirt roads, most of which have no street signs. And it was a lot of fun watching wild turkeys in the fall, or baby cows being born in the spring.  I noticed things like whether or not there were a lot of antelope around this year or if we were gonna have a good or bad corn season.

I feel like I know Colorado very well and we’re old friends. In short, I love this state very much and I plan on writing a lot more stores set here.  There is so much to see, it’s almost ridiculous, and I hope readers enjoy their stay when they come visit Colorado in my books.

Title: Tragic (Rook and Ronin #1)
Author: J.A. Huss
Published: May 20th, 2013
Source: E-galley for blog tour
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
Goodreads Summary:
Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s camera.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language usage
My Thoughts:
This book was amazing, steamy in just the right places, everything I am looking for when I want to read a New  Adult book, J. A. Huss did an amazing job creating the characters of Rook and Ronin. Tragic was one of those books that  when I sat down to read it, nothing else matters I couldn't put it down and nobody and nothing was going to stop me from reading this book.
Rook's character is exactly what you expect her to be from reading the title of this book, tragic. She is young only  19 but, she has had more pain in her life than anyone in her life at her age deserves to have had. From growing up in foster care and junkie mother, thinking she found a way out of her life with a boyfriend who abused and terrorized her. Finally getting up enough courage to leave him she hops a bus to a new town and new life, Denver, Colorado. Living in a homeless shelter and just getting fired from her job, Rook is down on her luck but,  when a second chance at becoming a model comes her way she isn't going to let anyone stop her.
Roman is a model and in my own pictures of his imagination he is the steamiest and sexiest model that has ever existed. He has his sights on Rook, she intrigues him and it is obvious to him and everyone else that  she is broken but, he can't seem to get her off his mind  and he wants to have her for himself.
I loved this book!! Tragic is the perfect mix of steamy romance and a story of girl who wants to change her life. It's one of the few books that is written in my home state so that had me very excited and I pictured the  backdrop of Denver in the book at every chance I got, it made me enjoy the story even more. I loved that Rook's character was strong, even though she had gone through all of these terrible things in her life she didn't let anyone push her around or take advantage of her just because she is down on her luck.
Despite being a gorgeous model who could get anyone he wanted Ronin was a good guy, he knew he wanted Rook but, he wasn't going to just use her, he wanted her completely and I was all for it. He was really sweet and gentle and had me swooning page after page.




J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers. 

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