Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Toxic Bad Boy by April Brookshire



I'm very excited and privileged to take part in the blog tour for April Brookshire's Toxic Bad Boy, the final book in her Beware of Bad Boy series, organized by Bewitching Book Tours!  Check out these hot book details and the giveaway below!


Beware of Bad Boy (Book 1)
Available at Amazon






Danger! Bad Boy (Book 2)
Available at Amazon











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Toxic Bad Boy by April Brookshire
Book 3 in the Beware of Bad Boy Trilogy

Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2015

Caleb and Gianna’s lives were ruined by a brutal attack. She ended up in the hospital and he was thrown in juvie.

For Caleb, being apart from Gianna is worse torture than being locked up. He’s unable to help her through the aftermath of the assault and dealing with the confinement of youth corrections.

Gianna is lost, her mind going to dark places. She loves and misses Caleb, but doesn’t know how to deal with the upheaval and panic attacks. Emerging, are new threats to her safety and her relationship with Caleb.

While Gianna struggles with her ability to be Caleb’s girlfriend after he’s released, Caleb struggles to hold on to the only girl he’s ever loved.





I'm updating this blog tour post to include a review.  I just received the eARC for this yesterday and finished it.  So I wanted to have an opportunity to include some thoughts about it.  

This book, and the entire series actually, is just as hot as it looks!  I love Caleb and I love Gianna!  This final book was such a thrill ride.  After what happened to Gianna in the second book, which I won't say in case you haven't read it, I was so impressed with Caleb and his actions, and how he stayed so true to her.  Then he still maintains that bad boy persona we've all come to know and love.

I did question a few of Gianna's actions, but then again, after what happened, I can kind of understand why she might make these decisions.  But honestly, you just have to love these books,  and that's all there is to it.  The author has done an amazing job on this series, and this was a wonderful conclusion to it.  The writing was so good, so well-paced, and so touching.  If you haven't read the series, you have to get it!!  It has heart, and it's hot too!  What more could you want!?


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About the Author:

April Brookshire  is the author of the Beware of Bad Boy and Young Assassins series. She also co-authors the Dead Chaos series. She writes under the contemporary romance and apocalyptic fantasy genres and has a few projects in the works for 2015.

Growing up with four brothers, she doesn’t like chick flicks but devours romance books of all genres. A book addict, she’s read almost two thousand books to date.

April lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, where she raises her young son. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually reading, but also enjoys attending concerts and plays in the numerous venues of the city.



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Finally, the tour is giving away 1 print set of the trilogy!  Open to U.S. Shipping only.  Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below!!





Look for my review of the book, coming soon!!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen


When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.



This story has been aptly described as The Scarlet Letter meets The Minority Report, and I think that description is completely accurate.  Imagine being tested and labeled as a future murderer when you've done nothing wrong, and then having to wear a badge or brand that effectively ostracizes you from the rest of society.  This is exactly the story in Sophie Jordan's Uninvited.

While the concept for this story itself has been done in at least one other book that I've read in the past couple years (that of DNA testing a person's pre-disposition to violent crime), I have to say that Sophie Jordan took her story to an entirely new level, and there were plot directions and twists that made her take on this idea completely fresh and new.

Part of that fresh quality was the originality and sympathetic quality of the characters.  I loved Davy immediately.  Although she had a certain level of "I can't believe this is happening to me," she didn't spend the majority of the story feeling sorry for herself.  She stepped it up and did what she had to do to survive.  She was smart, brave, and strong.  She pushes herself to overcome this stigma, and is fiercely loyal to the others she befriends in her circumstances, such as Sean.

Ahh, Sean.  What can I say except that this guy was exactly what I like to read.  He's a fellow "carrier" like her, has a touch, a big touch, of the bad boy in him, the strong silent type, but is also extremely caring and honorable.  You couldn't help but love him.

What these two characters go through to survive had me on the edge of my seat rooting for them.  The romance was slow-building with plenty of sexual tension that just curled my toes...which I think is an element that Sophie Jordan is uniquely talented with, going on all the books of hers I've read before.

This one was a big hit for me and I'll definitely be looking for the sequel.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Discussion Post: Does borrowing books support our authors?



Linking back to Feed Your Fiction Addiction, and to It Starts At Midnight who host the 2015 Discussion Post challenge.

My Discussion Topic This Week - How does borrowing books support our authors?


Let me first say that I'm excluding ARCs or eGalleys from this discussion, as those are a different animal altogether. If I receive one of those, I feel like I'm paying for the book, in a way, because I'll be helping to promote it by providing an honest review and publicizing it to my blog, as well as online retailers.  This is strictly a discussion about borrowing books.

So this is a question I've had on my mind quite a bit, and I'll admit that my thoughts are divided on this one. As an avid reader, I like to buy, and do buy, lots of books.  However, I also borrow books from other readers and from my local library.  I know quite a few people in the blogosphere do the same.  I try to buy more than I borrow whenever I can though.  Here are a couple thoughts that flit through my mind when I borrow, however:


  • As an aspiring writer myself, I'm well aware of the fact that authors receive no royalties from borrowed books, but...
  • If I review the borrowed book as I would an ARC, promote it to my website, social media and online retailers as I would do an ARC, does that make up for the lack of royalty for the author since they are receiving the publicity and support?


I like to think that borrowing books a little here and there is still showing support for the author by assisting in promotion of that book and its author, which is what the purpose of what I do is all about, in my view.  Yes, I'm here to fangirl about books and authors that I love, but part of what I do, to me, is to help promote the books and authors that I love because I want them to succeed so that can continue to write great books for me to enjoy... which is something they may not be able to continue doing if they aren't making a living from their work.

What are your thoughts?  Let's discuss...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tempting New Tales



Tempting New Tales is my weekly post where I share what new books I managed to acquire this week.  Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Here's what I got this week...

































What did you get this week?  Leave a comment!
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