Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway - Cutlass, by Ashley Nixon

It has been quite some time since I picked up an adventure such as this. I was very excited to start this novel, and it did not disappoint.  Thank you, Xpresso Book Tours and Ashley Nixon for allowing me to be part of this tour. To check out the schedule of the tour, click here. There is also a giveaway at the end of this post which I encourage you to enter!

Title: Cutlass
Author: Ashley Nixon
Release Date: April 23, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult 
Source: Author 
Purchase Links: Amazon 
Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancĂ© seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancĂ© to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.

But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his  strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Choosing You, by Allie Everhart

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Hey Bookluvrs!

We get multiple blog tour requests every single day, without fail.  In order to be able to read some of my own picks, keep my reading on track and continue to get some blog posts up I am only taking tours that really call out to me.  Choosing You, by Allie Everhart is one that called out 'You'll regret not reading me'.  So I took it

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When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.

Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Netgalley Book Review - The Sinners and The Sea, by Rebecca Kanner

Title: The Sinners and the Sea
Author: Rebecca Kanner
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Howard Books
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Book Depository
The young heroine in Sinners and the Sea is destined for greatness. Known only as “wife” in the Bible and cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, this unnamed woman—fated to become the mother of all generations after the great flood—lives anew through Rebecca Kanner. The author gives this virtuous woman the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories come alive like never before.

Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a haven for outcasts. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons. But living in this wicked and perverse town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her takes its toll. Noah’s wife struggles to know her own identity and value. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite its pious upbringing, develops some sinful tendencies of its own. While Noah carries out the Lord’s commands, she tries to hide her mark and her shame as she weathers the scorn and taunts of the townspeople.

But these trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world. As the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor, and when the water finally recedes, she emerges whole, displaying once and for all the indomitable strength of women. Drawing on the biblical narrative and Jewish mythology, Sinners and the Sea is a beautifully written account of the antediluvian world told in cinematic detail.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Random Reads - April Pick!

Random Reads is hosted by I'm Loving Books, and for a reader that has a list that is way too long, this meme is perfect. It helps me to pick out a novel in the list that may be sitting there forgotten for a long while.

This meme is pretty simple. The idea is to pick one random book (or more if you are ambitious) out of your Goodreads To-Read list (or any other list you maintain using to read within the month.
My March Random Read was Brood of Bones, by A. E. Marling. No review for this one... Couldn't get into it, though I gave it a fair chance. I will be featuring a short review on a future DNF post in the near future.

Again, this post comes late this month. Work schedules are not getting any less hectic, and my final exam is coming up for a course that has been keeping my personal time occupied.  But I love it too much not to continue it this month. I figure that I can at the very least fit in one book in the month, right?

So, getting to it, this is what had for me this month.
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.
Found a copy at the library, and I couldn't resist a hardcover copy. It's been a while since I have read a real, live book. It's also really nicely illustrated (It's considered a children's book which I didn't realize) so that's also a cool treat.

Added this in February 2012 and have no recollection why. But excited to get into this book. Hopefully I luck out with this story. I have not been hitting any novels that have really captured my attention in the last little while.

Joining in the monthly fun? Definitely leave a link in the comments. I will pop in to see what you are randomly reading this month!

Happy reading.


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