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Teaser Tuesday!!

Published September 25, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!).

“Something landed on my desk: a half sheet of notebook paper, folded into a square. I didn’t look up, not wanted to know who’d lobbed it at me. Slipping it beneath the desk, I opened it in my lap and looked down.

U the guy who burned his school? it read in messy handwriting.” page 14

Exclusive Abbi Glines cover reveal!!!!

Published September 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

     Title: Just for Now (Sea Breeze, #4)

Age Group/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Expected Release: October 23, 2012

Cover Design: Mooney Designs

Book trailer created by: Hellion Works

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Summary

The day Preston Drake figured out that wealthy women paid well for a set of tight abs and a pretty face his life turned around.

The run down rat-infested trailer he had shared with his alcoholic mother and three younger siblings was now only a place he visited to pay the bills and stock the pantry with food.

He no longer worried about his family starving or living without electricity. The money he made entertaining rich older women more than covered his family’s needs and his own. He had it all figured out. Except…

There was this girl.

She was as innocent as he was tainted.

Amanda Hardy wished her knees didn’t get weak when Preston walked into a room. She hated the fact her heart raced when he flashed his smile in her direction. He had a different girl in his bed every night. He was the kind of boy a smart girl ran from. So, why was she coming up with ways to get close to him? Even when it was obvious he wanted to keep her at a distance.

Maybe her heart knew something the world didn’t. Maybe Preston Drake was more than just a pretty face.

Book trailer link: http://youtu.be/zn0yOaSnVQE

Bio:

Abbi Glines can be found hanging out with rockstars, taking out her yacht on weekends for a party cruise, sky diving, or surfing in Maui. Okay maybe she needs to keep her imagination focused on her writing only. In the real world, Abbi can be found hauling kids (several who seem to show up that don’t belong to her) to all their social events, hiding under the covers with her MacBook in hopes her husband won’t catch her watching Buffy on Netflix again, and sneaking off to Barnes and Noble to spend hours lost in the yummy goodness of books. If you want to find her then check Twitter first because she has a severe addiction to tweeting @abbiglines.   Facebook is also somewhere she visits a little too often. She blogs regularly but rarely about anything life changing. She also really enjoys talking about herself in third person.

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Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout Cover Reveal!!!!!

Published September 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

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http://jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com/p/october-1-2012.html

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Find Jennifer on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #2)

Published September 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #2)

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit… From Goodreads.

Now Brigid is a new author to the YA world and I have yet to read something from her that wasn’t amazing. I read Elemental (0.5), Storm (1), and Fearless (1.5) and I loved each one of them. But this one was just as great as the other ones were. I loved getting to know the dynamics of the family more so this time around.

Gabriel had such a bad temper but that makes sense due to the fact of his element that he can control. I mean fire makes me think of anger and passion too. He wasn’t just one of the bad boys, he really cared about his family and eventually he starts to care about more than just hooking up with girls. He ended up falling hard for Layne, which I loved because she needed someone to show that she is perfect just the way she is.

Now Layne has had such a rough life and so has Gabriel but that I believe was discussed in my review of Storm. Layne grew up rich, and from there she learned early on that she wasn’t good enough for her mom because of an accident that happened when she was very young. Once her mom left her, her dad, and her younger brother, she ended up taking all the responsibilities that should go to her for herself. She cleaned, she cooked, and she made sure her brother was taken care of. And she is only a sophomore in high school.

There isn’t much that I didn’t love about this book.  I can’t wait for the next books to come out, I see on Goodreads there will be a Nick Merrick novella, which I want now and then the final book in the series, Spirit. Every book has gotten better with Brigid. I was very surprised and I loved how she created a whole new world within our own world.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Published September 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly. From Goodreads.

There are few authors that write as well as Jennifer does. I picked up one of her books just to read it and ever since then, I have read all but 1 of her books. I loved the fact that this book had planes in it. There aren’t very many books where the main characters are daredevils.

I do have to say that I loved Leah’s character but I did not like the way she thought everyone thought about her. Of course it doesn’t help that the one boy that she has liked for years thinks she is white trash (I am using better language then what he really thought btw). I did like that no matter what though she was willing to let it go and still help the boys out. Of course Grayson doesn’t make it easy by blackmailing her.

There wasn’t a single moment in this book that I did not like. I loved that even though she was being blackmailed, Leah tried to be a better person. I did not like her mom, who just up and leaves their kid alone like that? No matter what the age is, I still hear from my dad and he lives all the way across the country and calls me at least twice a week if not more sometimes and I am almost 30 years old.

The characters were very believable, they all had their flaws but in the end they were all willing to look passed them to end up as friends but depending on who it was they ended up as more than friends. I thought Alec was really funny and nice, I totally got why Grayson did everything he did, and Leah didn’t let them walk all over her even though she was the only chick pilot.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Waiting on Wednesday!!!!

Published September 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series. From Goodreads.
Why am I waiting for it?

The final book in the Caster Chronicles?? Not to mention the movie that will be coming out soon for it too? Yea I can’t imagine why I would want to read this book. I remember getting the first book from my bff/moh for Christmas like 3 years ago, I fell sooooooo in love with the book that I stayed up all night reading it. I mean literally all night!!! I went to bed at 8am once I was done with the book. Now I want to know what happens to Ethan and Lena because even though they have had their issues, they both deserve to be happy. This book is scheduled to be released on October 23, 2012. I am excited!!

Guest Post by J. Bridger author of Shifted Perspective!

Published September 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Guest Blog on Shifted Perspective

 

                Crys suggested that I look at the characters in the book. There are a lot because I like to integrate the parents into things. I think that’s refreshing to see college age kids having someone to go to who knows more than they do and can offer advice. Still, I figured in the interest of time that I’d profile the main younger people/shifters in the cast and, also, one very special character.

 

1)      Caleb Byrne – He’s the protagonist and the narrator for our story. He’s the one who has the misfortune to wake up one day as a Cocker Spaniel and to realize that he comes from a long line of canine shape shifters. His mom left his family when he was still a kid, and she definitely left that part out. He’s smart and droll, but also wounded in a lot of ways, especially because of his absent mom. He doesn’t like being a shifter, but he doesn’t have a lot of choice in learning to deal with it and accept his place in his extended family either.

 

2)      Joanna Queen – She’s Caleb’s girlfriend and a bit of a Lois Lane wannabe. She moved to their small hometown in North Carolina (Mt. Airy, which is literally Mayberry) from the big city of Charlotte and has always been very urban and a bit dismissive of the slower pace of life in a little mountain town. She’s determined to make her mark as a reporter, and, on top of that, has a nose for the weird stories. She struggles to be supportive of Caleb while he keeps her in the dark about a lot of the changes in his life, but she also grounds him too.

 

3)      Kalista Katsaros – She’s Caleb’s cousin, his mother’s sister’s child. She comes from a large family (a “litter” if you will) with three older brothers. Kalista’s been spoiled a lot as both the only girl in the family but also because of her father being close friends with the pack Alpha. She’s a bit shallow and has some odd life ambitions, top among them to place first at Westminster when shifted. Still, she envisions herself the Obi Wan to Caleb’s Luke Skywalker and tries very hard to get him integrated into his new world.

 

4)      Peter Moretti – Surly, angry, and always posturing, Peter is the Alpha’s son, and next in line to lead the Southern California pack. He’s always harassed Caleb, even when he was just visiting the west coast and long before he grew into his abilities. There’s a definite grudge there that Caleb can’t even begin to figure out. Still, at the same time, Peter’s in a burgeoning relationship with Kalista and seems to care deeply about the safety of his pack.

 

5)      Penny Spencer – She’s a bit of an eclectic case. Opting to skip college, Penny works as a “psychic consultant” for the L.A.P.D. by day and uses her enhanced senses and a bit of nascent shifter sixth sense to help solve crimes. By night, she is often used by the same oblivious group as a bomb sniffer for accident sites. After all, beagles have a superb sense of smell. She’s gruff around the edges and doesn’t humor Caleb often, but she’ll come through in a pinch.

 

6)      Sampson  –  Caleb’s pet Blood Hound. He’s been a part of Caleb’s family for years and is now a bit of a crotchety older dog. Since one of the odder side effects of Caleb’s shifting is the ability to speak dog (Barkenese), Sampson has become a running font of sarcasm in Caleb’s life. He’s not all jokes, however, and often offers hard truths and homespun advice, almost like a second father or a grandfather figure.