Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fated Release Blitz & Giveaway

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Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Title: Whisper
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Genre: New Adult Paranormal

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms. 

Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side. 
 Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…   


Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Title: Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
Source: Read via my local Library.

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, in my opinion, was fantastic. It's gothic and haunting mixed with love and friendship. A fabulous story of a girl who falls in love with a boy who isn't what he seems. Classic "never judge a book by it's cover" scenario.

Violet lives in a small little town by the sea. She spends her time with her best friend, Freddie and her brother. Her parents are always traveling and it seems that this last trip, they've forgotten they even have children back home. When money gets tight, Violet rents out their guest house to River. A stranger in town. And that's when stuff hits the fan.

“River had never lost his cool, not since I'd know him. That was the thing about River. He was calm. Calm as a summer's day. Calm as a gentle nap in the sun. Even when girls were fainting and men were slitting their throats in front of you.” 

River is dark and mysterious. A cool cat. (did i really just say that?) He's essentially a devil in disguise. He befriends Violet, Freddie and Violet's brother. I loved River. He was bad boy to the bone. Devil may care attitude. Everything that makes a girl's heart swoon. Violet adored him. Even after she became wary of what he may really be, she couldn't get enough.

April Genevieve Tucholke's writing style is hypnotic. She shares just enough creepy descriptions to really get your mind rolling. I loved the vintage feel that this story had. Like a quaint, little town that was lost in a time warp. Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will suck you in and spit you out before you know what hit you. It's disturbing, fascinating, upsetting and witty. I literally paused my life until I was done reading.

From the local legends of mysterious cave men and missing children, to the horrific scenes that play out before your eyes, BtDatDBS is full of everything you could want in a horror story. 

“Sunshine, if I ever disappear, please tell people that I ran after the Devil, trying to get my soul back.” 

Hands down, one of my favorite reads so far this year. If you can stand a little grit, then I urge you to give Between The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea a read. I'm pretty sure it'll top your list too!

I give Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 5 Hearts!

Friday, August 8, 2014

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Rivals (Skid #2) by Doug Solter

Title: Rivals (Skid #2)
Author: Doug Solter
Publication dateSeptember 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Eighteen-year-old Samantha Sutton is back for a new racing season in Formula One. The hot new racing star of Wolert Porsche has everything she wants. An awesome team. An awesome car. And the perfect boy. But her optimism sinks when her boss steals arch-rival Emilio Ronaldo away from Ferrari and makes the sexist jerk her team’s premier driver.

Stressing about Emilio, Samantha struggles with her new public life as a teen sports star. Finding time to be the best girlfriend to Manny proves more and more difficult. It also doesn’t help that Manny’s ex-girlfriend Hanna shows up. The girl who was just released from a mental hospital.

The pressure on Samantha becomes unbearable. Paranoia, mistrust, and jealousy take over. She lashes out at everyone as the world seems determined to bring her down.
Can Samantha rise above it all and win the world championship? Or will this be the end of everything?


Growing up in Oklahoma, Doug Solter began writing screenplays in 1998 and became a 2001 semi-finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His script Father Figure was one of 129 scripts left from 5,489 entries. Doug made the switch to writing young adult novels in 2008. Doug is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Doug respects cats, loves the mountains, and one time walked the streets of Barcelona with a smile on his face.

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I, for one, am excited to continue this series! Rivals looks and sounds awesome. I was given the opportunity to review Skid on my blog a while back and I really enjoyed it. Be sure to check out my review, HERE. Also, Doug has a special little deal going on right now for signing up for his newsletter. If you sign up, you get your pick of an audio book or an ebook of Skid for FREE! So, what are you waiting for?! Sign up for Doug's newsletter HERE.

Check out this excerpt from Rivals!

“Are you ready to meet your new teammate?” Benito asks.
            Not really.
            Outside the main garage, the three of us take the little sidewalk that leads to the scenic overlook near the back of the office building. The overlook is this cozy spot with chairs and benches. Lots of Wolert Porsche employees walk over here to have lunch or to take a break from work to stare at the pretty view of the deep valley and the pointy tops of the Alps surrounding it.
            A slight breeze runs up the valley and smacks the side of the mountain we’re on. The sun spreads Emilio Ronaldo’s shadow over the molded-stone pavement as he leans against the wood safety rails that prevent people from falling over the steep drop.
            I join him along the rail.
            Emilio takes a long drag from a cigar, blowing out a large plume of smoke. He tucks his hand inside his sport coat and pulls out another cigar. “Do you smoke?”
            “Seriously? You’re offering me a cigar?” I ask.
            “They’re very good. Very strong. Grow hair on your chest.” Emilio grins.
            Yeah, right. Smoking a cigar is a macho-guy thing. They need it to feel like men. Hmm. I wonder if little-old me is intimidating him again. The same girl who made him flinch during that race at Spa. That would be awesome if I’m getting under his skin.
            Emilio slips the cigar back into his coat. “But if you don’t feel adventurous I understand.”
            Wait a second. Is he saying I’m too timid? That I can’t handle a cigar just because I’m a girl?
            “I’d love a cigar,” I say, acting like it’s no big deal.
            Emilio pulls out the cigar. I snatch it and place it in my mouth. The foreign object lays heavy on my tongue and feels like I have a wad of paper stuffed in my mouth.
            “You need to cut off the end first.”
            “I know that.” I pull the cigar out and notice the round end that isn’t cut off. I bite into that and rip it off with my teeth. I taste flakes of pure tobacco on my tongue and it’s like ash and it’s disgusting and I spit it all over the stones at my feet.
            Emilio smiles and holds up some rectangular-looking tool with a round hole in it. “I have a cutter. You don’t have to bite the end off.”
            Now I feel like an idiot. Emilio must be enjoying this. Another genius plan to embarrass and humiliate me. Too late to stop now. I hold out the cigar and he cuts off the end. I put the cigar back in my mouth.
            Emilio takes out a lighter and flicks. The flame licks the end of my cigar. “You must inhale to draw the flame in and light the tobacco.”
            I breathe in and smoke fills my lungs.
            Oh My God! I cough hard and bend over, belching smoke from my mouth like a dragon. I feel my eyes watering. A definite sign my body is yelling. What the hell are you doing to me, Samantha?
            Enjoying my discomfort, Emilio inhales his cigar, the end of which glows bright red. Like a demon.
            I take another drag on the cigar and my lungs belch out the foul smoke again. But I try to stand casual. Like the smoke doesn’t bother me.
            “I would like to begin,” Emilio says. “By mentioning that our past grievances should be left in the past. We are both competitors. We both fight to win. But starting today, we will be teammates. Do you understand? When both of us do well, the team does well. The team will always matter more than one driver. I look forward to working with you. Not against you.” Emilio takes a moment for a puff on his cigar. “What is your opinion on that?”
            My opinion? Someone actually wants to hear my opinion? It’s a mountain of cow puke. That’s my opinion. This is still my team and Emilio is not going to come in here and take it away. All this crap about team this and team that. It’s only to put a pacifier in my mouth so I won’t complain. Be the good little girl, Samantha. Play nice and get along with the boy who stole your place on the team.
            I puff on the cigar and cough. Jeez. That’s what this cigar is. It’s a pacifier. Make baby Samantha shut up.
            I take the cigar out of my mouth.
            “Is it too strong?” Emilio asks.
            This guy can read people crazy-well. He read me like a book right before our final race at Spa. Emilio detects weakness in others like a hawk drifting over a limping sheep, patiently waiting for it to fall over before attacking.
            I won’t let him read me ever again.
            “I agree. We so got into it last year and it was insane.” I use my sweet girlie voice that fools most guys. “And there were times I actually wanted to kill you. Like that time at your home in Brazil?”
            “I remember,” he says. “I mentioned something about how you could never win the world championship.”
            “Because I was a woman and didn’t have the killer instinct or something like that.”
            Whoa. Easy, Samantha. Don’t lose it. Stay in control. Do not let Emilio beat you.
            “Yes. Something like that,” Emilio says, his voice quieter. “You proved me wrong. The way you hunted me those last few laps at Spa. You were ruthless. Unyielding. You chased me down like a cunning animal that had learned patience and the art of intimidation. My observations please you?”
            Crap. He caught me smiling.
            “It was impressive. We are teammates now so I can mention this. You are not some female racer who shows off her body more than her racing skills. You are quite different.”
            If that’s his version of a compliment, I guess I’ll take it. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

REVIEW: The Outside by Laura Bickle

Title: The Outside
Author: Laura Bickle
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Source: Via Oyster Books

One girl. One road. One chance to save what remains…

After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.

And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?

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I didn't think that The Outside could top the first book, The Hallowed Ones but I was wrong. The Outside was full of action, Greek mythology, science fiction & vampire nuns. Yes, you read that correctly. Vampire. Nuns.

Katie, Alex & her English friend, Ginger are shunned from the Amish community and sent into the dangerous Outside. With the hope of locating Alex & Ginger's families, they set out on a journey north. Ginger was also in The Hallowed Ones. She was an older lady who bought puppies from Katie's golden retrievers. She was trapped inside the community when hell broke loose. I loved Ginger. She was like a mother figure to Katie.

The Outside deals with loss, survival & faith. Katie sticks to her guns when it comes to her beliefs and how she was raised. Alex clings more to science and the Greek gods. It's interesting to read the stories and see how they are applied to the situation that they are going through.

The vampires are still blood thirsty monsters. We experience many more in The Outside than the first book. Their journey is not an easy one. Every night brings the threat that they may not see the next morning. A lot of this reminded me of The Walking Dead. Just in the survival/fighting lifestyle that they were leading. A few of the situations that they encounter are touch and go. It would be terrifying in real life!

My favorite scenario is when they camp out inside the department store. It was such a touching/feeling moment. And I loved the survivors they run into along the way but i'm not sure that I'm a fan of the solution that they discovered. It was a strange one but it didn't change how I felt about the story as a whole. It worked. And overall, it was fantastic.

You need these books in your life. Trust me. You will not be sorry.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Review Blitz & Giveaway: A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

Title: A Risk Worth Taking
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale. 

Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.

Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn't have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations. 

Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy. 

When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.

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A Risk Worth Taking was my first NA book. It was fresh, fun & a bit sassy. I'm really not one for "love stories" but Heather drew me in with this one. It snatched my attention from the get go and I couldn't help but root for Summer & Ford!

Summer wants nothing more than to leave home and enjoy being in the city. But after her mother leaves, she doesn't have much choice but to move back and help out her dad with the business. What she doesn't expect to come home to is a hot new employee. Summer is the best character. She's fun, quirky & seems like someone I could totally relate to. The BFF type. I really enjoyed her character. I can't think of anything about her that turned me off! The hot new employee would be Ford. Delicious Ford. I actually love the name Ford! It's unique and I haven't come across a Ford in any other book so far. He can be a little frustrating at times. He knows he isn't going to be at the farm long and doesn't want to hurt Summer. Which makes sense, but still.. get over it. The whole "I love you but we can't be together" plot just irks me. 

The country setting was fantastic. I grew up on a farm. Not nearly as big as this one and ours wasn't a business, but still. It felt like home to me. I instantly grew to love the whole crew. Everyone in A Risk Worth Taking is lovable. While reading you feel as tho you are a part of this big family and it's a joy to follow them on their journey.

You will experience all the emotions with A Risk Worth Taking. Love, abandonment, hate, sadness, ALL THE EMOTIONS. It really is an amazing story of taking chances and living your life to the fullest. We never know what can happen if we just open ourselves up and let our hearts show us where to go. 

I HIGHLY recommend A Risk Worth Taking. You will not regret picking this book up. In fact, you will thank me for it. So, you're welcome!

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I'm pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry - and fussing at my kids. I'm a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I'd grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I'm a fan of puns.)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Title: The Hallowed Ones
Author: Laura Bickle
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Source: Read via Oyster.

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

I absolutely loved The Hallowed Ones. Ms. Bickle did an amazing job with this story. It was the perfect blend of horror, gore and God.

Katie is a 16 year old Amish girl. She's happy with her life and her faith in God but she seeks more. She's excited about her upcoming Rumspringa. To experience the Outside world and see what life has to offer. She spends her days with her best friend, Elijah. She knows that he'll be her husband one day but she's focused on enjoying their lives in the present. I loved Katie. I thought that she was the perfect little rebellious Amish girl. She did her chores, respected her parents and cared for her little sister. I don't feel that her rebellions were that bad. She acted on her gut, what she felt in her heart. No one can be disliked for that. Elijah, on the other hand, I did not care for. He just seemed a little to good. He had that, "I'm to high and mighty for this petty stuff" attitude. 

Katie defies the Elders of her community by taking in Alex. He's hurt and she can't turn a blind eye to that. I like Alex. I like Alex and Katie together. And I loved how he defended her and took all the blame on himself. Selfless. That's admirable. I can't wait to find out how their relationship progresses in the next book!

That brings us to the vampires. I've always been a vampire fan. I was excited to see them depicted as vicious monsters instead of gorgeous creatures. Vampires are monsters. They should be scary! Ms. Bickle made them scary. From the red, glowing eyes to the blood soaked carnage they left behind them, They were terrifying. 

I don't think that I've read anything about the Amish before. It was intriguing. To learn about their lifestyle and their beliefs was just an added bonus to the story. I also really enjoyed Katie's struggle with her faith. It was realistic. We all struggle with our beliefs, especially in times of tragedy. It was something that I loved seeing her work out. 

I would recommend The Hallowed Ones to everyone. This has been one of my favorite books  that I've read so far this year! I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to dive into the next book! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Infinity Unleashed by Sedona Venez

Title: Infinity Unleashed (Valkyries: Soaring Raven #2)
Author: Sedona Venez
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for an honest review.

A new adult story of Betrayal. Sex. Addiction. Love. And Power...

Mason's diabolical plan had actually worked. 

In a matter of minutes he had kidnapped me, stripping me of everything...money, family, and freedom. It was humbling, depressing, and damn infuriating but I refuse to go down without a fight. I refuse to be defeated. 

Boulder will find me. I didn't know how, but I felt it deep in my soul. 

Boulder...the one man that made my body quake with just one look. It was madness. There was so much I didn't know about him. For that matter, there was so much that he didn't know about me…like the evil darkness lurking inside me, waiting to be unleashed. 

Could he accept me without judging? 

That's where most men failed. Accepting the real me. But after years of hardening my heart, and sealing it behind a steel cage, I was ready to give myself to him freely. Knowing, that he planned to take everything I offered with both hands, until all I thought of...and wanted...was him…

Infinity Unleashed is the second book in the Valkyries: Soaring Raven series. If you read my review of the first book, Infinity, then you know I wasn't sold on it. Which means I wasn't excited to continue my reading. I must admit that Infinity Unleashed was much better than the first. Although, I still wouldn't consider myself a fan.

It's pretty action packed from page one. Infinity has been kidnapped by Mason and taken to the tiger-shifter compound. Her memories have been wiped due to being sedated and drugged. She's told that her friends and family are dead. She is to become Mason's mate and rule the tiger-shifter community. Or something, it's all quite confusing.

Boulder is determined to find Infinity. She is his true mate and he will do everything in his power to bring her home safely. I want to like Boulder, I really do. But he is so cave man. My woman. My mate. I protect you. You are mine. I am yours. Blah, blah, blah. The only sexual scene in the whole book is during Boulder and Infinity's mating claiming thing. I swear if I read the words, "I am yours and You are mine" one more time, I was gonna barf. I got it the first time it was said, you don't have to keep reminding me.

The cussing was right on par with the first book. Excessive. I reached the point where in my head, I completely skipped the bad words and the story sounds so much better! So much cussing is not sexy, it's trashy. I think this was the one thing that bothered me the most with Infinity and Infinity Unleashed.

Overall, the story line is fantastic. I really do love it! It's just not fun to read about when it's in such poor taste. I honestly don't think I will be continuing with this series. I still wouldn't recommend these but I also wouldn't say don't read them either. Try them out for yourself! Just because it didn't float my boat, doesn't mean it won't float yours.

*** This is a new adult paranormal novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers. ***

Review copy from the author via Xpresso Book Tours.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Infinity by Sedona Venez

Title: Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven #1)
Author: Sedona Venez
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

The first moment I saw Boulder... his helmet-covered head snapped in my direction and stared. 

My eyes greedily took in the hardness of his thighs encased in dark jeans, his kick ass motorcycle boots, and leather jacket. I licked my bottom lip, stifling the crazy urge to leap out of the car and climb him like a tree while burying my nose into the crook of his neck like a possessed woman.

I needed to see his face, and as if answering my request, he pulled off his helmet impatiently, and literally, something clicked in my head as his warm apple-green eyes locked onto me and he muttered, "All mine." 

Well, that's what I imagined he was saying as his lips moved silently. He could have been whispering, "Stalker girl," but hey, I was willing to stalk him into submission.

Infinity is a rock star. Everyone loves her but someone hates her. She discovers supernatural secrets about her past and her future. She has fantastic friends. She has hot bodyguards who both draw her attention. Infinity seems to have everything she could want. But things quickly turn sour.  

Infinity has the story line to make for a great story. I'm just not sure that's what was achieved here. I don't read many books that's I don't care for. I just really love books! I think they are all great in their own way. But Infinity just felt, lacking. I feel like there was to much chitter chatter. Lots of useless, meaningless conversations. For example, Infinity and her 2 best friends had a chapter long conversation in the back of a limo about the party they were fixing to attend. 13 year old girl gossip at it's best. 

Once the threats on Infinity's life begin, a security team is hired to protect her. A werewolf security team. Which brings in Boulder & Torch. They march right into Infinity's world and take over. Boulder declares is undying love for her after about 10 minutes together. Torch treats her like an ugly stepsister but yet gives off sexual vibes towards her at the same time. It's all very confusing.

This is a new adult novel, so there is "adult" things happening. One of those is cussing. I have nothing against a good f-bomb drop where it's fitting but I felt that Infinity had an overabundance of them. As if were dropping bombs just to be dropping them. And for all this sex talk, we find out that Infinity is a virgin. She's scared to take that next step. And to be honest, after finishing Infinity, I'm not even sure who her love interest is intended to be. Boulder? Torch? The vampire guy who I can't even remember his name? Her "brother"? It's just to much.

I love the concept of this story, just not the execution. Would I recommend Infinity to you? It wouldn't be high on my list, but I would never tell someone to not read a book. Try Infinity for yourself. You may love it! You never know until you try!

Review copy from the author via Xpresso Book Tours!

Friday, March 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR STOP & GIVEAWAY: Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand

Welcome to my stop on the Deviation Blog Tour! I was so excited to be a part of this. Heather is one of my favorite authors, so of course I couldn't pass this up! Check out my review for Deviation, the second book in her Clone Chronicles Series. Also keep on scrolling down for a sweet giveaway!

Title: Deviation (The Clone Chronicles #2)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publication Date: March 12, 2014
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

Protect. Obey. Sacrifice.

These words are the mantra of my existence. I’m not sure if it’s Titus Rogen inspiring my desire to go against what I am or my own DNA deviating. All I can think is how Titus will look when he meets his end. It trumps even my wish for freedom. In this moment, I want nothing more than to watch the life bleed from Titus’s body. And I want it at my own hands.

Titus. The Creator.

I stare at my palms. Strength aside, I wonder if I’m capable of taking a life. A human life; one with a soul. And I wonder if that isn’t easier than taking the life of an Imitation. At least humans have souls that live on. What do I have after this? Where will I go? Back into a syringe? Will Titus recycle me? Or will I be lost forever down a lab drain?

We don’t deserve that.

We don’t deserve him.

Deserving and receiving are so very different here. And I am beginning to understand, to beat someone in this world, I‘ll have to play in it.

Fantastic! That should really be all you need to hear to entice you to pick up Deviation for yourself. But, I suppose, I'll elaborate..

If you've followed any of my reviews, you know by now that I am a huge HUGE fan of Heather's writing. I haven't read anything she wrote that I've disliked and Deviation is no different. 

We pick up right where Imitation leaves us hanging. Unlike the first book, we are thrown right into the action. How will Ven and Linc break free? Will they be able to save the others? What happened to Daniel and Melanie? Does Titus finally get what he deserves? So many questions going into Deviation and I can say that most of those are answered!

I'm still loving Ven and Linc's relationship. He's quickly becoming one of my favorite "book boyfriends". Aside from Wes. If you're a Heather fan, you'll understand! It's fun to learn how Ven handles all of her feeling. How she copes with understanding she's more human than she thinks. And Obadiah. What can I say about him except that I love him. He's quirky, loyal & a definate risk taker. Everything that Ven needs in a best friend. 

There isn't much world building in Deviation. But that's understandable, considering all of that was done for us in Imitation. We do get a look inside the infamous Twig City. And it will make your skin crawl. On one side, it's cool. I mean, clones? That's cool. But on the other, it's lifeless. A horrible place that cooks up a terrible mans experments.

I don't want to give to much away! Reviewing series books always makes me nervous because I'm afraid I'll say to much. And I'm also afraid I'll be to vague. So I'll just say this. Read it. Read Imitation. Read Deviation. Then read every single Heather Hildenbrand book you can get your hands on. You can thank me later. 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

Title: Imitation (The Clone Chronicles #1)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

Everyone is exactly like me. 
There is no one like me. 
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing? 
My entire life is an imitation. 
I am an Imitation. 
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun. 
I am a prisoner.

                                                                           I am not Raven Rogen.
                                                                           I am here to die.

Imitation is a fantastic story of genetic cloning & world domination. Well, kind of. Ven is an imitation. She is asked (forced) to step in for her Authentic due to death threats. Her mission? Help find out who is trying to kill "her" and save her Authentic. Imitation is a fast paced, exciting read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

I haven't read many books on cloning. So Imitation was a nice story to start out with. It was an interesting dynamic. You start out learning about the lives of the hundreds of Imitations within Twig City. Their daily routine, their friendships, their fears & expectations of the outside world. You quickly make a connection with Ven and I loved her through out the whole story.

There are a good many characters to learn in Imitation. Our main ones being Ven, Linc (her love interest) and Titus Rogen (her "fake" father). I loved the relationship between her & Linc. It was sweet & special without being "gag me with a spoon" sappy. I loved Linc's character & hope to learn more about him in books to come! Titus Rogen is demanding, controlling & violent. His mission in life? Take over the world. As much as I hated Titus, I liked him for the role he is playing. He makes a good villain. Of course you face many more faces in Imitation & I was happy with them all!

The world Ven lives in, I would describe as dystopian. Slightly, as in it's headed there fast. I enjoyed how Heather painted the scenes as they travel through out the city. You can really imagine yourself being there with them. From high society social events to the slums outside the inner city, you can easily immerse yourself into Ven's world.

Overall, I loved Imitation! I would definitely recommend this as a quick read to anyone who enjoys a strong female character. I highly doubt you will be disappointed.

*Heather recently released a NA version of Imitation called The Girl Who Wasn't. While it is the same story, she's added in the nitty gritty for those who prefer a more adult version. I haven't decided if I'm going to do a review on The Girl Who Wasn't just because it's the same! But I might do a quickie review just to give my two cents on the added extras! Let me know if you'd be interested in seeing that!

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