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Guest Post by Quinn Loftis

Published March 24, 2013 by crysbookreviews

I was lucky enough to be a part of the Fate and Fury tour for the Grey Wolves series by Quinn Loftis, which is a great series so far. I asked her to do a character building guest post because I know how much you all love to hear about that from the author. This is what she had to say:

The three best friends in the Grey Wolves are loosely based off of some of my closest girlfriends from high school. I don’t really know how that came about but as I wrote their characters they just sort of evolved into those personalities. I took the closeness that I had with them in high school and wrote it into Jacque, Jen and Sally’s relationship. I wanted girls to see that you could and should have close girlfriends even when you have a strong relationship with your boyfriend.

The guys were actually more difficult to write because I wanted to make sure that I wrote characters that complimented the girls well. I wanted the guys to have strengths where the girls were weak and wanted the girls to be strong where the guys were weak. I wanted their personalities to complement each other but also to create a little friction between them as well.

 

How great is that?! I definitely recommend that you guys go out and get ALL the books that are out for it now. Seriously..go like right now.

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Fate and Fury
(The Grey Wolves Series Book 6)
By Quinn Loftis

Synopsis

Author Bio:

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Quinn lives in beautiful NW Arkansas with her husband, son, Doberman and cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

Links
Website: http://www.quinnloftisbooks.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthQuinnLoftis
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5014564.Quinn_Loftis

Excerpt:
Jen looked down at the dirt where she had been tracing with her finger and her eyes filled with tears as she saw she had drawn the markings that covered Decebel’s skin.
She turned away from the drawing to face Jacque and took her hand. She held it between her own, rubbing it, probably more for her comfort than Jacque’s. She looked at her red headed friend and her heart ached to see her in such a helpless state. She stared pushing her will at Jacque as if that would be enough to make her open her eyes. If Fane were here he would be going crazy; but he wasn’t. None of their mates were, and for the first time she felt alone. She needed Decebel, no matter how much it bothered her to need him, she did. She needed his strength and his comfort. She needed his brooding presence so that she would have someone to be sarcastic with and know he would be able to take it. She needed to hear him tell her she would be okay, their baby would be okay. She needed him to tell her when she needed to shut the hell up, because as her fear rose so did her sarcasm and irritability and she knew none of the others needed that nor deserved it.
“Damn you Desdemona for taking him from me,” she muttered into the cold, dark night. Her eyes narrowed and she looked out into the forest, wishing that the witch would come walking out in all her evil glory. Jen never though she was capable of being cruel, but she decided then and there that she would peel the flesh from Desdemona’s writhing body while she still lived. Was she a little blood thirsty? Maybe, but then the witch had taken her mate, putting him in danger and causing him immeasurable suffering; for that alone she had signed her death warrant, not to mention all the other atrocities she had already committed in her long, meaningless life.
“Jacque where are you?” She asked her friend. “I want you to know that I will take care of you, always Jac. And I’m going to give you hell for lying there on your back while we do all the work.” Jen snorted out laughter to herself as she thought of the remark Jacque would give her to that comment.
Her heart sunk as she continued to watch the steady breathing of Jacque, but no other life was apparent in her. She wanted to run. She wanted to shed the human skin and let her wolf run free, howling at the pain that she felt for the loss of everything. Jen missed her parents and she smiled to herself thinking it was a feeling she had never thought to feel. But when she stood to lose something that she never imagined loosing, she admitted that she didn’t want to lose them, no matter how tense their relationship had always been.
She continued to sit staring into the night, a lone sentry guarding her friends. Part of her was eager to go to sleep hoping to hear from her mate again, but another part of her dreaded hearing the desperation in his usually calm, secure voice. He needed her just as badly as she needed him and here she sat unable to do a damn thing for him. She growled in frustration and gradually all the ugliness of her reality set in and took root in her heart. She bowed her head and closed her eyes giving into the monster of defeat, if only for a little while, she would let herself be weak, let herself fall apart while there was no one to watch.

 

Other Books by Quinn Loftis:

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Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves Series, Book 1)
Blood Rites (The Grey Wolves Series, Book 2)
Just One Drop (The Grey Wolves Series, Book 3)
Out of the Dark (The Grey Wolves Series, Book 4)
Beyond the Veil (The Grey Wolves Series, Book 5)

Elfin (The Elfin Series, Book 1)

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Pity Isn’t An Option Promo Tour!!!!

Published March 21, 2013 by crysbookreviews
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Watch out for the review to this book on my blog sometime soon!!!
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Title: Pity Isn’t An Option
Author: Jessica Brooks
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Synopsis:
Seventeen year-old Jonas Norton is trying to come to terms with what his blood disorder has robbed from him, including his two most favorite things: basketball, and competing in Hatchet Racket, Wanless’ annual hatchet-throwing contest. The facts that his father works constantly to pay for his blood tests and Jonas can actually see the disappointment in his eyes for being such a failure only make matters worse. And even worse than all of that? Jonas’ own twin brother, Micah, is perfectly healthy and becoming quite the basketball player. Also, Hattie, the girl Jonas has loved for forever? She has no idea how he feels.
Sixteen year-old Hattie Akerman lives down the hill from Jonas. Though her father, Heath, tries to hide his lack of mental clarity behind the bottle and she’s pretty much given up on having any kind of relationship with him, she would still rather her younger sister, Lucy, not have to deal with the consequences of his behavior. Hattie helps her mother by baking food to sell at Market and looking out for Lucy. No matter what the rest of the town says about her crazy father, Jonas sticks up for them. He is, by far, her very best friend.
As if things aren’t complicated enough already, Heath and Micah are unexpectedly drafted into President Kendrick’s army (an army from which no one ever returns) just days before Thanksgiving. When Heath disappears instead of arriving at the Meeting Place to check in, Hattie and Jonas decide they’ve had enough, and take matters into their own hands. And though nothing could have prepared them for what happens next, Hattie and Jonas learn that hope can be seen in every situation. You just have to know where to look.

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Suddenly, there are gasps all around me. Assuming someone in the Union is going crazy again and a tree is about to fall from the sky, I brace myself, and look around.
People are pointing somewhere off in the distance. Within seconds, I hear sirens.
Nothing good ever comes out of a draft. It only brings the bad. People pass out, parents try to fight the officers who are delivering the news about their precious children, some beg to take their place, others get sick—all are natural reactions. About two years ago, it just turned into one of those automatic things—if someone was drafted, then along came the ambulances. It’s the one time those who don’t have Kendrick’s insurance are allowed medical help. Just shows how sick he is.
“It almost sounds as if they’re going—” Jonas stops and looks at me. He doesn’t have to finish. –Hattie
 
About the Author:
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Jessica resides with her husband of over fifteen years, three awesome daughters, and a plethora of pets in Central California, where fog, frost, triple-digit heat and various items of produce arrive bountifully, depending on the season. She has an affinity for both coffee and owls, and loves to connect with fellow readers and writers on most social networks like Goodreads, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also connect with her on her blog, My Thoughts Exactly.
Jessica writes both young adult and adult fiction. PITY ISN’T AN OPTION is her debut novel.
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twitter: @coffeelvnmom

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There are two giveaways. One is US only, and the other is INTERNATIONAL. Please post both codes. 🙂
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1 paperback copy of Pity isn’t an Option by Jessica Brooks plus some surprise swags

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1 ebook copy of Pity isn’t an Option by Jessica Brooks plus some surprise swags
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The schedule for the tour is:

March 18
Coffee, Books and Me
Book, DIY’s and Randomness
March 19
Izz “Pingle” Bookish Place
March 20
Sara In Bookland
March 21
Crys Book Reviews
March 22
I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
Mr. Book Wonder

The Forest of Adventures by Katie M. John (Knights Trilogy #1)

Published August 16, 2012 by crysbookreviews

The Forest of Adventures by Katie M. John (Knights Trilogy #1)

For Mina Singer, falling in love with a knight on a white horse was never part of the plan.

Finding herself catapulted into fairyland she discovers that the Real World is not quite what she thought and fairyland is not quite what she imagined.

The question is… who will come out alive? From Goodreads.

I found this one day on Goodreads and I fell in love with the story. I get the whole insta-love with Blake and Mina, they had been dreaming of each other their whole lives so it technically wasn’t insta-love. I loved the retake on the Arthurian legends, yes I admit I love Camelot and everything with it. I even watched the show on Starz Camelot with the soon to be Jace from Mortal Instruments, Jamie Campbell Bower.

Mina was a nice girl who just happened to be dating her best friend and had to break his heart because she fell in love with Blake. She ends up finding out all his secrets and eventually learns that Morgan Le Fay wants Blake something fierce. She was willing to do a lot of horrible things to get him, but that just showed me that she didn’t really want him.

Sam ends up getting in a car accident and falls into a coma meanwhile Mina and Blake get close and kinda start dating before she is able to break up with Sam. Of course she eventually has to make a huge decision that ends up breaking her heart, Sam wakes up and they break up. Now you would think happily ever after for Blake and Mina? Of course not, Morgan is around and had already made Blake do something so horrible he isn’t able to forgive himself.

Honestly I really loved this book and I couldn’t put it down when I read it. I was just lucky to be one of the winners that one the trilogy when she did a blog hop for the release of the third and final book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Published July 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about. From Goodreads.

Seeing as the book starts off from where Whitley is getting to know that she got wasted enough the night before that she slept with someone was interesting. It was like holy hell, I thought Whitley was very calm even though she could barely remember the whole night at the time.

I felt that the flaws in the characters in the book were really good. I like how Whitley has issues not with just one parent but with both because they honestly don’t notice how much pain she has been in since they divorced. I love how her brother really cares about her but it’s hard for him because of the distance and the fact that he has a baby and wife. I thought her mom needed a wakeup call because she wasn’t helping the situation at all.

I liked how she eventually realized that she was using it as a poor coping mechanism but of course it took something almost to happen to her soon to be stepsister. She had some eye opening moments throughout the summer before her first year of college, which she kinda needed. She was a hot mess before that summer and her dad was also a mess because he treated her like a little sister instead of as her dad. I couldn’t imagine my dad being that way but I know it happens though, especially to the dad’s that are dads way too early and finally taste what life outside of a family would be. This is exactly what happened to her dad in the book.

I loved how she finally got the family that she needed and her first friend since middle school. I felt that she grew throughout the book and I really liked that it was like ALL of a sudden either. It took mistakes and trust to get to where she was in the end.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more of Kody’s books, she really is an amazing writer.

 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Published July 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1)

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, “For Darkness Shows the Stars” is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it. From Goodreads.

There is a part of my heart that absolutely loves the retelling of stories that people love. Okay mainly book people obviously but still, and I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I loved the different take on the story and I am pretty sure a lot of you guys who read it loved it too.

Elliot was such a hard working girl that she was willing to endure her selfish sister and father to make sure everyone that worked for their farm was feed and that the whole place had enough food for the winter time. She willingly gave up love for them and always regretted it, you could tell that she did by the way that she always hoped that Kai was out there in the world happy and safe. I felt so bad for her; she was always putting everyone and everything above what she wanted. It was nice to see and almost unbearable at times to read about what she went through to make sure everyone was safe.

When Kai showed up I was like “OMG!! They are finally going to get together!!!!!” Of course, there was still quite a bit of the story left so I should have known. There was so much tension between Kai and Elliot but I am sure that it was because they loved each other and he didn’t fully understand why she stayed behind. I liked that they eventually both got what they needed and wanted, which after 4 years, they kind of deserved.

The whole story was amazing, which based on the cover of this book I was really hoping for. I hoped that the amazing cover didn’t make my decision on reading this book, but once I finished the story, I knew that it helped in me wanted to read the book but it wasn’t the best thing about the book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I hope we get to learn more about Kai, Elliot and Ro’s adventures.

Teaser Tuesday!!!!

Published July 24, 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!)

“The fierce longing that had surged up in her so swiftly receded with a sharp recoil that was like an elastic band springing back. She went numb, even as Sebastian’s lips pressed down on hers and his hands moved to cup the back of her neck—she went numb with an icy shock of wrongness. Something was terribly wrong, something even more than her hopeless longing for someone she could never have. This was something else: a sudden jolt of horror, as if she’d been taking a confident step forward and suddenly plunged into a black void.” page 174

“Sometimes” Simon shook his head.”Clary, you’re crazy.”
Her heart sank. “You mean…”
“I mean that I would never date a girl who insisted that I cut you out of my life. It’s non-negotiable. You want a piece of all this fabulousness?” He gestured at himself. “Well, my best friend comes along with it. I wouldn’t cut you out of my life, Clary, any more than I would cut off my right hand and give it to someone as a Valentine’s Day gift”
“Gross,” said Clary. “Mus you?”
He grinned. “I must.” page 524

 

Going Under by Georgia Cates

Published July 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Going Under by Georgia Cates

Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.

Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge? From Goodreads.

This story was really good. I had moments where I swooned literally and honestly was like “Why didn’t that happen with my husband before we got married?” Then I realized we were a lot older when we started dating. There were other very emotional parts of the book and I couldn’t help the tears that came to my eyes. Emotional rollercoaster is more likely what this book was.

Poor Jessie, you could honestly see that there was a good kid in there but his situations would not allow him to be. I love how he was going to get back at Forbes for just being an ass but ended up really falling for the girl he was going to steal from him. I really didn’t like that his grandma was horrible to him and that he had to visit his brothers at a foster home because his mom was just as horrible. I felt so bad for his character but I do like that he rose above that.

Now Claire seemed like she had everything but when in reality she was just so miserable in her life, she didn’t care about her boyfriend and he was being pushy. I am glad that she gave Jessie the time of day even if in the beginning it was to get back at him for something he said about her. Yea they definitely had a crazy relationship. But when he hurt her, I started to cry for her because you could just feel how horrible it was for her based on the amazing writing.

Now Claire’s dad seemed like an amazing person and so did her mom even though she had her moment that I seriously did not like. Her best friend was so funny, I loved how she didn’t take Forbes or Jessie’s crap and always ALWAYS stuck up for Claire.

I can’t wait for her next book to come out. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.