We are delighted to host a cover reveal for INACCURATE REALITIES’ fifth volume. If you don’t know, Inaccurate Realities is a YA speculative fiction anthology of short stories in which each issue focuses on a single theme. Two of the bevy’s members have actually had stories featured in previously published volumes (time travel and magic, respectively), so suffice to say we are excited for this latest edition. As is appropriate with Halloween soon approaching, the theme of this edition is MONSTERS. Volume 5 will be available on Friday, October 31st, 2014 but you can pre-order your copy today at the link found below. So without further ado, check out the chilling cover below!
Now, let me just start by saying that I’m not really a fan of covers with people’s faces. Like human faces. Like human faces without ANY context, especially ones that are staring into your soul. I’m also not too into the whole couple-in-the-midst-of-PDA, like of course romances and some contemps are going to feature this, but I always go into 5 year old child mode and shield my eyes (I guess this would explain why I prefer reading ~graphic scenes rather than watching them). With all that said, however, I actually like this cover that we’re revealing on the blog today! I don’t know, maybe it’s the colours, maybe it’s the angle of their faces, maybe it’s because I’m like “Oh yay, they look happy! MAYBE THEIR STORY WILL END HAPPILY.” Whatever the reason, check out the cover and synopsis of AT ANY MOMENT below! (Also scroll down for a Goodreads giveaway~)
*At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey*
*Release Date: October 27, 2014*
*It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!*
Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family–and if so, with whom? She can’t dodge the tough questions–not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.
*You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…*
Adam Drake knows that he’s made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia’s facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia’s life or the man she can
love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first…even if it means he’s out of the picture entirely.
*Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?*
*This novel is the third and final book in Adam and Mia’s trilogy, but they will be featured in future Gaming the System novels*
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we create top ten lists that involve books.
one the retribution of mara dyer by michelle hodkin FINAL BOOK, Y’ALL two in the afterlight by alexandra bracken another ‘finale’ and oh my god Bracken is going to break me I’m sure of it. three all broke down by cora carmack four the start of you and me by emery lord I just have a lot of emery lord feelings. five something strange and deadly by susan dennard first on my list of “catch-ups” six make it count by megan erickson seven even in paradise by chelsey philpot eight defiance by c.j. redwine nine is everyone hanging out without me? by mindy kaling ten my true love gave to me by stephanie perkins featuring A LOT OF AWESOME AUTHORS
Hello, friends! It’s been one year since I participated in the blog tour for Paula Weston’s Shadows, and now I’m excited to help kick off the tour for the next installment in the series, Haze. Check out my review below, see what character I got from the fun character quiz, follow the rest of the tour stops through the Tundra Books blog, and happy reading Haze!
Gaby Winters’ life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.
With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim – a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.
She knows she’s alive when she’s meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn’t she out there looking for him?
Paranormal books aren’t my thing at all anymore, but then something like this series comes along that makes me think, “Well, maybe you’re wrong.” There are many layers to enjoy in Paula Weston’s writing, but here are a few highlights from Haze for me:
• While Haze picks up right where the first book left off, Paula Weston allowed the reader a recap of the events from Shadows. Recaps are usually something that bug me, simply because it’s time to move the show along, but I think it really worked in this case. The story and mythology of The Rephaim is complex, and this catch up served as a reminder that Gaby, the main character, is also trying to get a grasp on everything. However, while Gaby is understandably overwhelmed at times, I felt that Paula Weston had me quickly wrapped in this world again and I was eager to find out where Gaby’s story would go next.
• Gaby is the kind of protagonist I love to read about. I enjoyed her a lot in the first book, but she was simply amazing here. Though she’s still trying to understand her own identity, come to terms with her past, and figure out the situation with her brother, she shows so much determination. Naturally, she does have her moments of uncertainty, but she always comes out a much stronger person. As the series continues, I am certain that Gaby will be a force to be reckoned with.
• I’m basically over the ~bad boys~, but Rafa grew on me in this book. He displayed different facets of his personality and I really enjoyed the tension between him and Gaby. Much more, though, I love that Paula Weston didn’t allow their relationship to overtake the story. Since Gaby’s past and identity is so important, I enjoyed how it continued to be the central focus of their relationship, with little extra good stuff here and there.
• Paula Weston has created a fantastic setting with rich characters. The leads are engaging, but the minor characters shine as well. Though this series is truly Gaby’s story, I feel that Paula Weston has managed to layer her writing to make every character be distinct, adding such an interesting dynamic to every point of the story.
Overall, this series continues to be a standout. There’s a certain energy to the atmosphere, characters, and writing that makes this so different from other paranormal series and I’m looking forward to seeing where the course of Gaby’s story goes next.
New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie’s death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn’t left with Reeve… If Kat had only stayed with Rennie… Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?
Ugh. I was into Ashes to Ashes in a BIG way, much more so than the previous two books, until the abrupt end-ish. I actually did that thing where you turn the page for more, only to find LE FIN. Fire with Fire ended with a couple of crazy twists but Ashes to Ashes just didn’t rise up.
Every once in a while, I watch/read a series that I’m not that into, really, but for whatever reason, have intense opinions on how it should all go down. The Burn for Burn trilogy is one of those. (PS: I thought the series was supposed to be four books? Did my brain make this up?)
The thing I did love about Ashes to Ashes was deviating from the revenge plot. Getting revenge on the mean kids by being doubly awful rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. I know, so why’d I keep reading? Honestly, I’m a sucker for a good friendship story and I loved the progression of Kat and Lillia recovering their friendship that had been torn by Rennie.
Listen, I know it’s not an author’s job to make people (me) happy, but when you’re leading up to a certain thing (or many. this is just an example, NO SPOILERS HERE) for three books, then change course suddenly at the end of the series, THAT’S NOT COOL. I FEEL WHIPLASHY.
If you take out the epilogue and make a more…full ending, it could have been a really great end to the series. Like I said though, I wasn’t a huge fan of the series to begin with so I think real fans of the series will be relatively happy with the last book.