3/03/2015

Need to Read March 2015


We've waited for these books, drooled over their covers, and added them to our TBR lists. Now, they're here. Need To Read is a monthly meme, posted on the first Tuesday of each month, to highlight the books that we just need to read and can because they release this month! Want to join us? Grab the button, post your Need To Read list, and leave the link in the comments.

Here are my Need To Read books of March 2015:




The Norns think they’ve won,
but it’s hard to control a teenager,
let alone a powerful one…


Raine Cooper’s life should be perfect. She’s an Immortal Seeress, most likely to be elected Prom Queen, and envied by the girls at Kayville High for dating the dreamy quarterback, Torin St. James. Instead, she’s haunted by the smug facial expressions the Norns’ wore during their last meeting.

As a Norn-In-Training, Raine crossed the line long ago when she sided with the Valkyries and Mortal Witches. When the Norns return with demands of their own, Raine feels trapped. She must repair the battle grounds and wipe out the memories of every Mortal witness. Torin tries to convince her that the Norns are manipulating her, but she refuses to listen. At least until the Norns’ demands focus on someone she loves. When Raine refuses to cooperate with them, their punishment is swift and gut-wrenching, turning her pain into fury.
Raine plots revenge on a massive scale and makes deals with unsavory allies. Her goal? Total destruction of the entire Norn race. Raine’s only hope of salvation is Torin, but how much will he sacrifice to save her?

(I usually edit Ednah's books, which is so much fun because I love her writing, but this time around my editing schedule was booked and I had to pass on this one. Still, I'll be grabbing a copy to see how this series continues.)

Expected publication date: March 17 (Firetrail Publishing)




Mike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change. 

Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.

Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?


(Okay, yes, this is my book, but I'm really excited about it.)

Expected publication date: March 17




The gods of chaos cannot be trusted.

Since battling her best friend, Darlena’s grip on Red Magic has been shaky. She heads to Scotland after the Winter Solstice in search of another Red Witch.

On a sightseeing excursion with girls from her hostel, Darlena arrives at The Vaults, a mysterious underground city beneath Edinburgh. But there is something there that make Darlena’s instincts go haywire, as she lets loose a defensive burst of Red Magic, putting everyone around her in danger.

If there was ever a time when Darlena needed the help of another Red witch, it was now. But beware the witch who wields Red Magic
.
 

(I really liked Daughter of Chaos, so I'll be checking out this sequel for sure.)

Expected publication date: March 31 (Month9Books)



When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen’s dad wants him hanging out with–but they’re a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don’t always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he’s getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn’t fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.

Stephen’s fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer’s dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of “bad times,” and many of the town’s oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn’t one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.

Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.

(I haven't read anything by Heather Brewer in a while and this sounds really good.)

Expected publication date: March 31 (Harper Teen)





What do you Need To Read this month?

3/01/2015

Taylor Swift Book Tag!

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Hey, y'all! So this tag was created by Sarah at The Book Life, but I found it over at Love at First Page.

I haven't been tagged by anyone or anything. But ya know...I want to do it, so I shall.

Here goes!


P.C. and Kristin Cast's House of Night series. Ohmygosh, I was SO into that series. The first few books were meh, then Stark came along...but now I'm over it. Much too long. I made it through the ninth book and was trying the tenth and just gave up. Maybe someday I'll go back, but for now...we are so done.



Deity (Covenant, #3)

Hello, gorgeous.

There are SO MANY from my early days of reading. L.J. Smith's Secret Circle trilogy. Or her Night World series! I have so many distinct memories for those stories. Pretty much anything L.J. Smith, I suppose. All of her books were early, early reading days for me, and they link to specific parts of my past. I love them.

The entire Night World series by L.J. Smith??? Ha. But for real I'm going to go with Evernight by Claudia Gray because I'm feeling so sentimental to Lucas and Bianca right now (even though I was a firm Team Balthazar).

First that comes to mind is Dark Visions by L.J. Smith (which is actually a trilogy but whatever). So much love for Gabriel. Second in mind is Dante Walker. Because how can I not fall for D-Dub?

Allegiant. 

I've been thinking and thinking about this answer, and what keeps getting me is "extensive." What character particularly went through a ton of character development? But I think I have one now! Graves from the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. One of my absolute favorite series, and Graves does go through/change a bunch throughout the five books. (Though, of course, I was a firm Team Christophe--and he definitely went through character development, too.)

Right now I'm most anticipating (AKA fearing, but whatever) Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout. My heart is going to break, y'all. There's no way around it. (I am also super pumped for The Heir by Kiera Cass and believe it should get a mention here.)


Daemon and Katy from the Lux series. If I had to pick an OTP, it'd honestly be them. Close runners-up are Adrian & Sydney from Richelle Mead's Bloodlines series and Levi & Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! (But Daemon & Katy take the cake on this one. Let's be real.)


My entire Lux series. The only person I lend those to are my brother and that's largely because we live in the same house. I NEED those books near me pretty my all the time. Because what if I need a Daemon fix? Hmm? Hmmmmmmm?


Does crying for a SOLID 20 minutes (at the very least) at the end of the book count as "a lot"? Because... The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Dear goodness, The Darkest Minds. (Also, Don't Die, My Love by Lurlene McDaniel. It gets me every. Single. Time.)


Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I'm all in for that book any day. (And guess which team I'm on??? HA.)

This is SO DIFFICULT. Because I've been very lucky in the way of signed books. I've been lucky with how many authors I've gotten to meet, and I've been lucky by what some awesome ones have written in my books. I'm not sure I can even choose. I love ALL my books signed by Victoria Scott because in every single one she writes the nicest things to me. Same for my books signed by Jennifer L. Armentrout--especially Sentinel (where she wrote Seth <3 me) and Opposition (where she wrote I'm da bomb). My Tiffany King books, where she quotes Gilmore Girls because we're besties. So...yeah. I'm lucky and so, so thankful. There are no words for how thankful.

Evernight Academy (from Claudia Gray's Evernight series). I just feel like that school would be so, so cool to attend.

This one is difficult because my mind is going blank from all retellings I've ever read... Oh! Okay. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn. It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and I love it. And I suspect A Court of Thorns and Roses is going to be an answer for this (Beauty and the Beast retelling), but I'm only like halfway through so I can't TECHNICALLY answer with it... ;)


Okay, that's it! I actually really enjoyed this, so if I see more I may or may not do them. We shall see. But for now what do you think? How would you have answered the questions? Leave me a comment! And if you like the look of the tag, you should DO IT (and then leave me a link here so I can see!)


2/19/2015

Swoon Thursday (172): Right or Wrong







It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know!

Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  This week's title comes from my swoon.  A swoon-worthy moment can happen at any time, whether it's the right thing to do, or the wrong thing...and most of the time, I don't care which it is. :)


Happy Thursday, y'all!


ASHLEY:  Swooning over Trisha Wolfe's FADING OUT:

"The hero has to make a choice.  It always boils down to that in any story.  Whether it's right or wrong...that really doesn't matter, as long as he can justify his motives."   
"Do you really believe that?"  I say, my whole body igniting with heat.  Anticipation has me sliding her shirt up, splaying my fingers against her silky skin.   
A trembling breath steals past her lips, and she says, "Yes."   
That's all the permission I need.   
It's like a play being called; I'm spurred into motion by her soft assent, then my mouth is covering hers, stealing her breath, coveting her mouth.  My fingers curl into the fabric of her thermal, and I pull her to me.
KELLY: Swooning over Finding Thor by Kai Strand:


Finally Nik crushed his lips against hers and relief coursed through her. Then a giddy pleasure took over and she parted her lips.
When Nik groaned into her mouth, she snaked her arms around his neck to pull him closer. Her fingers tangled into his silken waves. She'd never felt so many things at once before. Physically or mentally.


TRISHA:  Swooning over SOMETHING GREAT by M. Clarke :

"Do you want more, Jenna? Tell me you want more or I'll stop."
 His hot breath on my skin just added to what I was feeling. "More," I cried out with my eyes closed as his tongue slipped inside my sweater. With a slight twist from his head, I felt it on the side of my breast.
  
Delicious Repeats:

KELSEY: Swooning over Out of the Ashes (Birth of the Phoenix #2) by Ashelyn Drake:

One second I'm staring into Logan's blue-gray eyes and the next my lips are crushing his. He moans and wraps his arms around me. My head spins and I part my lips, deepening the kiss. His touch is so intense I almost expect all my memories to come flooding back. But they don't. Not a single one. I wrap my arms around his neck, and he lifts me off the ground, carrying me over to the couch and laying me down. He pulls back just enough to look into my eyes.

"My God, Cara, you have no idea how much I've missed you." 



JESSICA:  Swooning over WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout : 

Ren cupped my cheek, his hand gentle as he tilted my head back, and before my heart could take another beat, he kissed me.  
It was no slow or seductive kiss.  
He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me. His mouth was demanding as he tilted his head, his lips moving over mine, his tongue tracing the seam of my lips, willing them to part, and I...I opened for him. My lips parted, and he made this sound, this deep animalistic groan that sent flames lapping over my skin. The kiss deepened, and his tongue slid over mine, along the roof of my mouth. He took me with his mouth, tasted me and claimed me.  
When he lifted his head, he was breathing deeply as he stared into my eyes. They swirled in a multitude of greens as he dragged his thumb along my lower lip.




HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:


I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.



NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"

and:

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”



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