Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gotta Have It YA Releases: March 2013

I'm on time this month!  Let's check out the great releases that are coming in March 2013!

Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels  (3/2013)
Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally  (3/1/2013)
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson  (3/1/2013)
Death, Doom, and Detention (Darklight #2) by Darynda Jones  (3/5/2013)
Tainted Love (Sweetest Taboo #2) by Eva Marquez  (3/5/2013)
Spellcaster by Claudia Gray  (3/5/2013)
The Bane by Keary Taylor  (3/5/2013)
Infatuate by Aimee Agresti  (3/5/2013)
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West  (3/5/2013)
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett  (3/5/2013)
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger  (3/5/2013)
Unremembered by Jessica Brody  (3/5/2013)
Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver  (3/5/2013)
Strength by Carrie Butler  (3/7/2013)
Surfacing by Nora Raleigh Baskin  (3/12/2013)
 Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza  (3/12/2013)
Deep Betrayal  (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown  (3/12/2013)
Pretty Sly (Pretty Crooked #2) by Elisa Ludwig
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare  (3/19/2013)
Everafter (Kissed by an Angel #6) by Elizabeth Chandler  (3/19/2013)
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley  (3/19/2013)
The Art of Wishing by Lindsey Ribar  (3/21/2013)
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma  (3/21/2013)
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt  (3/26/2013)
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch  (3/26/2013)
Avenger (Halflings #3) by Heather Burch  (3/26/2013)
Imposter  (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway (3/26/2013)
Period 8 by Chris Crutcher  (3/26/2013)
Destiny (Brightest Kind of Darkness #3) by P.T. Michelle (3/31/2013)
Leave a comment and let me know which ones you're dying to get!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

MY KISS CAN KILL. I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself. Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy.... Nightwatchers.  When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...  -

The second installment to the Nightwatchers series has amped up the story and the suspense!  This was a great sequel to the first book, and everything I loved about the first book is present and even better!

The characters in this story are amazing.  I love the dynamic between the group, all the angels, the demons in the group even, and Samantha.  Their interactions together are some of my favorites parts to the book.  We get to see new depths to these characters also, as we didn't have a lot of time to really get to know some of them in the first book.  The space constraints didn't really allow for deep exploration of all the characters, since it is a big cast... so this book did seem to take a bit more time to develop them and allow the reader to really know them.

Relationships are definitely tested, boundaries crossed, and some relationships you thought were set in stone are revisited and redefined.  There are a couple twists relating to the characters that were definitely unexpected and changed a lot.  Three I can think of, in fact, and they were all surprising, but very welcome! It should makes things even more interesting for the third book.

I loved watching Samantha move toward her destiny and learn the truth around what she really is.  She has a surprising streak of nobility in her that really surprised and amazed me, and it added an emotional depth to her actions that kind of broke my heart a little bit.

Michelle Rowen has crafted a really intriguing world here, and I loved her combination of writing style with suspenseful, with some humor, and moments of deep emotion.  I loved the book, and can't wait for the third installment.


Chasing Nikki & Finding Chase by Lacey Weatherford

Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford
Release Date: February 29, 2012
Publisher: Moonstruck

Finding Chase by Lacey Weatherford
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Moonstruck 

Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.  Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.  Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough?  -

In a word, these two books were heartbreaking.  But at the same time, they were uplifting as well.  I found this two book series quite by accident while looking for another book.  I am so glad that the summaries looked interesting to me and I decided to pick them up out of the blue.  I was so gratified to have read them.  These are the types of books that wring your emotions, make you reach for the tissues, but also laugh and feel so good when it's over.

Chase was an unforgettable character.  Not because he was perfect, quite the opposite.  But because he was flawed, admitted it, and grew throughout the course of both stories in the most deeply gratifying way...that by the time you reach the end of the story, you feel like you know him, you love him, and you want what's best for him.

All of the characters in these stories are real, like your best friend, the people you learn from throughout your life, and those amazing family members that make such an impact on you.  They will all stick with you.

There is one event in these books that thoroughly shocked me and broke my heart.  I was not expecting it in the slightest, and when it happens, I was overcome emotionally.  I felt so very, very bad for Chase.   But watching him grow this event, watching him become who he will amazing.

I dare anyone to read these books and not love Chase, love the characters, laugh, boo hoo, and never want to loan these books out.  Lacey Weatherford really had me by the heartstrings and never let go.  Her writing was raw and passionate and this story was unforgettable.


Monday, February 25, 2013

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Love or life.  Henry or their child.  The end of her family or the end of the world. Kate must choose.  During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.  In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.  With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything. Even if it costs her eternity. -

This has been one of my favorite series to come out in a while because I love Greek mythology so much, first, and second because I love the story that Aimee Carter has created in this series.  It's unique to Greek myth, brings something fresh to these old tales, and it is all about Hades who, as you know from prior posts, is my favorite Greek myth god.

The Goddess Inheritance was a perfect ending to what has been a wonderful, entertaining series.  The characters are just as intriguing, loveable, and unforgettable as always.  I loved the new closeness that the reader gets to witness between the Greek god family.  Up until this book, we've seen them but never really got to know them thoroughly.  In this book, a great portion of the story is lent toward building those relationships, integrating Kate into the group, and working as a team to defeat Cronus.  I loved this aspect of the story.

Kate and Henry are, of course, my favorite characters, and I loved them in this book particularly because at this point, all the barriers are down, and they are who they are supposed to be together.  I loved how loving and caring they are together, and how each is so eager to sacrifice for the other.  Kate, in particular, really came into her own during this story.  She has grown, changed, matured, and
has reached new depths.

The story itself was exciting and suspenseful.  Loved the fighting!  Also, it was probably, at least to me, the most emotional of the three books, which gave it a greater depth and invested me even more thoroughly into events and their outcome.  There was a really good twist that, although I suspected it, was still a bit of a surprise to me.

Aimee Carter has created an amazing world here, and her storytelling made it come alive.  All in all, this is one of the most beloved series I've read in the last two years.  This book was an amazing and had a rather perfect ending to round things off.  My only regret is that it's now over, but I know I will be rereading these books for years to come. 


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
Release Date: July 6, 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing

There are worse things than death, worse people too.  The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.  -

At last!!  This is my favorite of the Greek mythology stories.  Hades is my favorite Greek god, and this story was one that I have ALWAYS wanted to see retold as a romantic story.  I've seen a couple other books that came close, but this one, this one hit the mark perfectly.  What I liked about it the most compared to other retellings was that it kept very closely to the actual Greek myth, while still being a retelling set more in the modern world.  It didn't veer too much.

Hades was represented exactly how I imagined him.  I've always kind of seen Hades as very misunderstood, kinda roped into being the god of the Underworld, but someone who is lonely, but sexy!  Someone that needs and deserves some romance in his life, and a good woman by his side. And this Hades was exactly that!

Persephone was a perfect compliment to him.  She's got a great personality, and softens his edges a little bit, while still having some spunk of her own.  I love her inclusion in the underworld, as she brings life to what should be a dead and lifeless sort of place.  And this is exactly what she does for Hades as well.

I loved how the author weaved the actual myth into contemporary times and made it seem so seamless, like that's exactly the moment in time that the myth actually occurred.  It seemed perfectly natural and comfortable.

The writing was engaging and fast paced.  I literally flew through the pages and devoured this book.  The external dangers added some great suspense, and there was definitely a twist or two in there that I really didn't expect.  I loved, loved, loved this book!

A big, heartfelt thank-you to the author for reading my blog, seeing that her book was on my Christmas wish list, and offering me a copy.  It made my Christmas, and I am so happy to have read.  It was perfect.  I have already marked the next book in this series and can't wait to read it!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Here's what I got this week, and it was an epic haul for me!! I'm so excited.

 Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!

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