July 30, 2015

Upcoming Release Excerpt & Giveaway: Awake by Natasha Preston

Today I'm happy to share an excerpt and giveaway of an upcoming release called Awake by Natasha Preston. It sounds so good I just had to share it with you guys! Enjoy :O

Once everything was ready it was time to get dressed for the ceremony. I was taken back to the house, and I was instructed to have a bath and get ready in the dress set out on my bed.

I did as I was told because there was little else I could do right now. After soaking in a bubble bath, using most of it up as my own little screw you, I got out, dried and went back to my room.

Unsurprisingly the dress I was to wear was full-length and white. It was pretty and thankfully not a slim fit so I would be able to run properly in it. I held it up—this is what I’m supposed to die in. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be. I instantly hated it.

I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I pulled it and was satisfied when I could stretch both arms out to the sides.

There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there wasn’t a lot I could do about that. I couldn’t ask for shoes and have them question why I’d need them if I was getting in a lake. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails or hot coal to get away.

I looked in the mirror and took deep breaths to calm my nerves. I could do this. I was strong.

“Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.

Time to fight for my life.

Two things entered my mind as every member of Eternal Light stared at me from the meadow. One, no matter how hot it was outside it never warmed the water enough for it to not be cold. And two, if this didn’t go to plan I would be dead in forty minutes.

Since they’d stood up and opened their eyes they hadn’t stopped staring at me.
I pretended to look around, turning my body so I could take a few unnoticed steps back towards the other side. Running in water wasn’t easy and I would be slow to get out, giving them plenty of time to make it around the lake. I had to give myself as much time as I could. At least they would be further away as they called upon nature to accept and cleanse me for the final time.


Soon I had to run for my life in a cold, wet dress. I had no idea how long it would be before I could change. Or how cold it was going to get in the forest at night.

In the distance I could just about see their lips moving but I had to strain. Some of them had their eyes closed again. Why couldn’t they all do that? My heart started to pound. How long would they chant for, and why hadn’t Noah called me yet? Had someone realised that he’d slipped away? He said they’d be so focused on what they had to do to that he didn’t see a problem with getting away. I couldn’t be so confident—this was my life on the line.

Title: Awake
Author: Natasha Preston
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.

Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her...and a secret that could get her killed.

About the Author
UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn’t looked back since.

She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.

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July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #18

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies @Breaking the Spine. It entails some of the books that we are eagerly waiting for! 

Alex’s WoW Pick

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

I've never read anything by Susan Denard and the anticipation is killing me! This cover is giving me a Throne of Glass kind of vibe and brings the excitement level 100% higher. Truthwitch? LIKE WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?? It makes me so curious as to what the title means.

Expected  Publication: Jan 5 // Goodreads

July 24, 2015

Book Review: Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (Sea of Shadows #2)

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Sea of Shadows #2
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars :star :star :star :star 1/2
Source: Paperback copy (own)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of Publication: April 1st, 2015
424 Pages // Goodreads

Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.

Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies—not all of them human—and even avert an all-out war.

My Review

Although I read Sea of Shadows last year, it wasn’t one of my favorite fantasies. I felt like the story was great and it had a ton of potential (the world was amazing) but I mainly felt the best part was the ending/last part of the book. It definitely was a cliffhanger and the last portion of the book really got great and had me really sad it ended. So, when Empire of Night was released I decided to buy a copy (I mean, look at that cover!) because I had a good feeling about it. Plus, I was in the mood for a young woman to kick some ass. 

Moria and Ashyn are sisters and Keeper and Seeker, revered positions they are born into and also, I may say, positions that completely fit their personalities. Ashyn is more shy, feminine, and socially graceful…she communes with the spirits. Moria, who also hears the spirits is the warrior who battles them and knows her way around a sword. She’s not so much a romantic, although I’m happy to say she does find love (in all the right places, ahem..) in young bastard prince Tyrus. *sighs* I really love Tyrus. We get a lot more of him in this book. We also see a lot more of Moria. This book (and the last) have chapters split up into both Moria and Ashyn narrators.
So this is what all the fuss is about. This is what the bards sang about. What Ashyn swooned about. And it wasn’t nearly as silly or pointless as she thought.
If you are a high fantasy lover like me, you probably feel as I do about how important balance can be.  I really felt like this sequel had balance of romance, adventure, mystery, twists, and friendship/character development that is so important to have in a high fantasy novel. Whereas the last book had more of a world-building / character developing plot with so much back and forth I got a headache :|| this one was way different! I felt that, although Moria did have more emphasis than her sister Ashyn did, I didn’t mind at all. It gave the novel more balance and I really did enjoy seeing Tyrus and Moria fall for each other. They’re so cute! :L I’ve officially shipped  Tyrus + Moria. :k

Overall I would recommend this series to lovers of high fantasy an badass female characters who have to have their weapons near by… ;) 

If you have read Sea of Shadows and liked it (even just a little) you NEED to read this book! It’s excellent and way better than the first book. It’s a series I am excited about and I’m definitely waiting impatiently for the next book! :O

July 22, 2015

Guess That Book Cover: GAME

We're always looking for fun and innovative segments to start here on this site. If you've got any ideas, we'd love to know in the comments! And who knows, maybe we'll use your idea in the next segment. But today this is a new one we call Bookish Gamin'. It's a game that revolves around books. Today we're going to play the good ole' Guess That Book Cover Game. THESE ARE SOME TOUGH ONES SO GOOD LUCK! I also apologize in advance if the photos are kind of pixelated, that's the price you have to pay when you want to blow up things :P

Round 1: 

Round 2:

Round 3: 

Round 4: 

Round 5:

Have you guessed all the names of these book covers? Stay in tuned for next week, where I reveal the answers!

July 21, 2015

New Release Giveaway + Review: Resonance / Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke (US)

To celebrate this weeks’  release of the sequel to Dissonance... Resonance by Erica O’Rourke is up for grabs (or Dissonance if you haven’t yet read it)! So thanks to Simon & Schuster you can win  either a paperback of Dissonance OR hardback of Resonance, your choice (US only)! Enter in the Rafflectoper below! :e

DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars :star :star :star :star
Source: Paperback via Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication:
Genre: Fantasy, romance, alternate reality

Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.
Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.
When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn't keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.