Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge 2014 : May-Dystopian

So this year Readers Live A Thousand LivesCorrie The Book Crazed Girl, and Lovin' Los Libros have teamed up to host the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge! For this challenge, the goal is to mix up the genres/categories we read. We have all had those times when we have gotten stuck in the genre/category we are currently reading and read nothing else for a while. The goal here is to mix that up! Each month we will feature a different genre/category and the goal is to read and review one book or more in that genre/category during that month. This month we are focusing on Middle Grade. If you want to find out more and join in, go sign up here.


We Plan to Read:






Cover Reveal : ''Empower : Fight Like A Girl'' Anthology by various authors

Women of TV have united against lupus!

Presenting Empower: Fight Like A Girl, a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. 

In this anthology, you'll discover supernatural thrillers, crime mysteries, horror, comedies, and more. 

"Empower: Fight Like A Girl" 

Anthology of short stories ranging from crime mysteries to paranormal thrillers 

Words Empower Media 

Release date: 
May 1, 2014 

Praise for Empower: Fight Like A Girl

"Even non-girls will feel empowered by these stories about ordinary, flawed characters finding their own strengths. Highly entertaining and original." 

- Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Chase and King City, whose mother lost her hearing to lupus.

Authors contributing stories to this 
volume include: 

  • Amy Berg
  • Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
  • Akela Cooper
  • Liz Edwards
  • Jane Espenson
  • Shalisha Francis & Nadine Knight
  • Lisa Klink
  • Pang-Ni Landrum
  • Lauren LeFranc
  • Kam Miller
  • Jess Pineda
  • Jennifer Quintenz
  • Lisa Randolph
  • Kay Reindl
  • Kira Snyder
  • Jeane Wong

  • All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Lupus Foundation of America to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.

    Cover Reveal : The Witch with No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison

    The Witch with No Name
    (The Hollows, #13)
    by Kim Harrison

    Release Date: September 9th, 2014

    Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy



    At long last... The final book in the New York Timesbestselling Hollows series by Kim Harrison!

    Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.

    To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.

    To add all the books in The Hollows Series click HERE

    About the Author

    Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling Ever After, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina until the lure of snow pulled her back to Michigan When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found landscaping her yard or on the links with her mom.

    Blog Tour: Blackout (Lewiston Blues #2) by F.X. Scully


    (Lewiston Blues #2) 


    F.X. Scully
     Expected pub: April 30th 2014 
    By Author Self Pub 
    Arc for Review 


    Ross Black is a failure. 

    He failed to protect his little brother from their past. He failed to keep him out of trouble. And now he’s having trouble holding onto the one girl who gets him. The one who makes him want to act like more of a man and less of an asshole. But he has a choice to make--take care of his brother or take care his heart. It's not an easy decision especially considering he's finally done something he never thought was possible: Fall in love. 

    Sheila Carlson is a lost cause. 
    She lost her sister. She lost her dream. And now she’s about to lose the one person she can count on. The one who makes her forget the worst parts of her life. When she learns a truth about her sister, she must decide what's more important, doing what’s right or what feels good. 

    Despite their issues, Sheila and Ross have something. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s probably wrong. But they’re determined to hold on for as long as they can. Especially if it means letting go of the things they’d rather forget.

    The Way I See It

    After reading Because of Luke I was very excited about Blackout…Things left off pretty dreary I won’t spoil either of the books in case you haven’t read them but man the ending was bleak. There are so many things I wanted from Luke that he just wasn't ready for ya know? He made a lot of mistakes and by the end of the first Lewiston Blues book he had yet to learn from them. In fact he kinda messes up pretty bad at the end, and causes not only himself pain but also those that mean most to him. He and his brother Ross were victims of their parent’s good intentions. Well you know what they say about the road to hell and what it’s paved with right? Blackout focuses on Ross Black he has serious demons to battle and he is determined to get it right. FX doesn't do daisies and rainbows her writing is gritty and very realistic. Her characters have lots of flaws and they don’t magically do a 180 turn they fall and fall and little by little they seek to find redemption. Ross is no different he had dreams and aspirations all of which he threw away to take care of his brother Luke when their parents were taken away. Losing his dreams Ross turned to a life of girls, parties, and booze. After realizing he and Luke could “make it” he latched on to a different dream. The girls and booze remained but instead of the parties they went on tour. Every decision Ross made lead to the current state of things with Luke and he feels like he has once again let down his brother. Blackout was intense and real…I can’t wait to see what FX has in store for this band of misfits.

    and, Ross realizes that he can no longer pursue his dream of stardom but now he is broken and doesn't know what to do.
    ove, seeing Luke in so much pain makes Ross vow to do what he can to restore some sort of happiness to his life no matter the cost.
    gony, Sheila losing the one thing that mattered most her leaves her in pieces the only solace she finds is in Ross’ arms.
    oward, Ross knows his life needs to turn and fast. He knows what he needs to do to help Sheila, but losing her frightens him deeply.
    ind, Cole has been helping Sheila as best as he can now he will help Ross see the way things must be no matter how painful the outcome.
    pportunity, Ross’ past will make a plea for him and try to push Sheila away. Knowing the decision she has made is final, Sheila will be honest with Ross and help him find a new dream with stability.
    mbrella, Ross has always been there to protect his brother. Luke realizes his actions are his own and he demands to stand on his own two feet from now on. He made a promise he intends to keep no matter the cost.
    ruth, Sheila and Ross have been through a lot, so many of their actions were self destructive it took a lot of mistakes and falls to realize where they belong. Their rode hasn’t come to an end it’s just begun.

    Sigh…I completely understand FX and the way things are in the end she shows us all of the consequences these beautifully flawed characters have to live with. Life is hard you won’t find anything sugar coated in these pages. It takes everyone quite a long time to realize their mistakes but they work very hard to fix them. They aren’t fully mended but everyone is well on their way. I want Ross and Sheila to find happiness, I want Luke to become the man I know he can be…I want so much!!! Seriously I’m anxiously waiting to see how everything plays out.

    My Rating
    3.5 Rum, Broken, Intoxicated, Solo, Ex, Renovations, Subpoena, Cabin, Best Friend, College, Boston, Cemetery, Toddler, Love Confession filled stars! For a roller coaster of emotions that will have you at the edge of your seat pick up this gritty novel!

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    I knock but she doesn’t answer. So I take a chance and open the door. She’s sitting at the foot of the bed when I enter and all the lights are on. Like she’s afraid of what might come out the dark if she risks it. She’s perched on the edge of the mattress in nothing but her underwear and one of those thin tank tops she always wears. My body is urging me forward, begging me to sit beside her and wrap her in my arms. But my mind tells me to focus.
    Focus on the mission, Ross. This isn’t the time to get distracted.
    “Hey,” I say quietly. She doesn’t even flinch. “I just wanted to check on you. See if you’re okay.” I inch forward. “I’m so sorry. I wasn’t thinking. I don’t know what I was thinking.” She blinks her empty gaze shifting from the floor to the wall. “I know that must have been hard. I can’t even imagine.” Taking a few steps forward, I lower myself onto the bed beside her. “I just want to help. And I know I screwed up tonight. I was distracted by all this stuff with the club opening and I wasn’t thinking straight. I wasn’t focused on you and what you need, like I should have been.” I take her hand, sliding my fingers between hers. I rub my thumb slowly back and forth across her silky skin. “I’ve been here for you from the beginning, Blue. And I’ll always be here. I’m going to make sure you get through this.”
    Sheila finally turns her head, her wide, watery blue eyes swallowing me whole. “She’s alone.”
    Shit. I move closer and almost as if on instinct, she does the same, crawling into my lap. I force myself to stay neutral—fighting the urge to ease her off my thirsty body while at the same time coaching myself not to fall into old habits. Sheila presses her palm against my cheek and I close my eyes, my resolve quickly melting. Her lips brush slightly against mine and just when I think I’m about to explode, she rests her head against my shoulder and lets out a little sigh.
    I brace myself, enjoying this for just a few more minutes before hoisting her up and moving to the side of the bed. I place her down gently, and pull the blankets over her. I know I shouldn’t ask, that it will make an already tough night damn near impossible but… “Do you want me to stay with you?”
    She nods.
    I make my way across the room and turn off the main light. Then I start to remove my clothing. First my shirt, then my vest. But when I get to my jeans I pause. Crawling into bed half clothed, I reach across to turn out the lamp, but she stops me.
    “Leave it on, please?”
    “Okay,” I reply. Then I settle next to her, our bodies fitting together simultaneously—the smell of her hair torturing me as I coax myself to sleep.

    About the Author

    F.X. Scully loves romance, but she doesn't write your typical Happily Ever After. Because let's face it, in the real world, it can sometimes take a lot of angst and pain before you get there. And some of us never do. But since most of us pick up books to escape the real world, her stories don't lack hot boyfriends and sexy encounters. Neither will she leave you completely heart broken, sobbing into a tub of ice cream. Rest assured you'll be on a roller coaster, but you'll be glad you went along for the ride.

    F.X. is the author of TWO THOUSAND 3 (November 2013) and BECAUSE OF LUKE (February 2014).

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    Book Review : Hold Me Tight (Take Me Know, #3) by Faith Sullivan

    Hold Me Tight 

    (Take Me Know, #3)
    by Faith Sullivan

    Published: April 24th, 2014
    Source: Author

    eArc received for honest review

    He loves me. He loves me not.

    Ivy's heart shatters upon hearing Eric's crushing ultimatum. Despite how much she cares for him, she won't give in to his demands. She has no choice but to leave, even if it's the hardest thing she's ever had to do. She loves me.

    She loves me not.

    When Ivy walks out, Eric can't help feeling betrayed. Unwilling to put her at risk, he values her safety above all else. By refusing to compromise, he's blindsided when she moves in with a man who's already stolen so much from him.

    I love you. You love me not.

    Lauren sees Eric and Ivy's split as an opportunity to end their relationship once and for all. When Ivy places herself at the mercy of Eric's rival, Lauren plots to destroy the fragile tie binding them together, even if she endangers Ivy's life in the process.

    Take Me Now Series

    Take Me Now (Take Me Now, #1)

    Meant For Me (Take Me Now, #2)

    Hold Me Tight (Take Me Now, #3)

    My Review

    Hold Me Tight by Faith Sullivan is the last installment in the Take Me Now series. I have read the previous books in this series and I was anxiously waiting for Hold Me Tight to release because Meant For Me (Take Me Now, #2) ended with a HUGE cliffhanger!! I am so happy about how Faith Sullivan wrote this last installment! I had so many unanswered question from the previous books and Hold Me Tight had the answers to all those questions that were driving me CRAZYYYYYY!

    Okie dokie! Where do I start with Hold Me Tight? I can't really say much about the storyline from this installment without giving away what happens in the previous books. You definitely will have to read TMN and MFM before reading HMT. In Hold Me Tight Ivy and Eric are facing some major obstacles. Somebody from Eric's past comes to cause trouble in paradise. Eric will do whatever it takes to make sure history does not repeat itself. Twists and turns, betrayals, lies, jaw-dropping revelations, this book had it all! I was shocked to find out what was behind all the blackmailing that Lauren was doing! She's been a major B**** since the moment she was introduced in TMN and she did not change at all!!! I had a moment of hope while reading the book, but then I got a slap in the face and came back to reality soon enough. One can only dream, right? :P Well, let me tell you that she played a major role in this series and I loved to hate her with a passion! I can only think of two other characters from another series that made me feel that way. One thing is sure, I won't forget about her!

    Ivy and Eric are two characters that I have loved from the very beginning! Even if both of them were stubborn at moments, which left me wanting to virtual slap them, they have grown has individuals and has a couple. I loved the way Eric fell in love with Ivy. It was hard for him to accept his feelings at the beginning, but Ivy stole his heart. He found his soulmate. Ivy is remarkable. No matter the obstacles that came her way, she grew stronger and more confident. She gave her heart and soul to Eric and never looked back. They have been through a lot and it was finally time for them to find their well deserved HEA. 

    I absolutely loved the different POV's in this book! It was great to see some of the characters from the previous books and some new ones as well. I loved Tim! He was a key player in this installment. I wish we could have met him before. I liked the friendship between him and Ivy. She understood him in a way nobody could. 

    My Rating

    I give, Hold Me Tight, by Faith Sullivan 4.5 heart-pumping, touching, page-turning, fantastic stars! I'm sad that this series is over, but I can't wait to see what's next from Faith Sullivan. ;)

    About the Author

    Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.