Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dusty Reads (12)

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Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted here, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time. To participate, add your link at the bottom. 
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My pick this week:

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Fallen
Lauren Kate
Released December, 2009

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There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

I know, right? I can’t believe I haven’t read this one either! Frankly, I’m not quite sure I really want to after seeing the incredibly strong opinions on it. It seems people either hate it, or hate the haters. What do you think of this series?

Review: Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning

Posted by on 12/12/2011 • 24 Comments

Dark SeekerTaryn BrowningReleased September 27th, 2011

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For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai…

In My Mailbox (13)

Posted by on 12/11/2011 • 115 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve  received/ purchased/ borrowed during the current week.  Are we all ready for Christmas? We’re putting our tree up tomorrow and most of my shopping is done – FYI, I don’t like shopping o_O. So you know how I said I wasn’t buying any books before Christmas, well, Clockwork Prince happened to be at Costco for half price so… yeah I couldn’t very well leave it there now could I? =) Let’s see what else I got this week. I got for review (click on cover or links for Goodreads): 1. Blood Rights by Kristen Painter 2. Flesh & Blood by Kristen Painter 3. Bad Blood by Kristen Painter 4. The Future of Us…

Interview & Giveaway T.P. Boje

Posted by on 12/10/2011 • 13 Comments

TP, author of the Afterlife series, is dropping by Xpresso Reads today for an interview. She has also generously offered up a few copies of Beyond, the first in the series, to some of my lucky readers.

THE BOOKS:

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BeyondTP BojeReleased September 9th, 2011

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Beyond

Have you ever wondered where you go when you die?

Meghan is 16 when it happens to her. She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle. She meets Mick who helps her through a difficult time in a different world filled with heavenly magic. One day she finds a mirror in the cellar of the school and goes through it. She…

Fresh Batch (Dec 11th – 17th)

Posted by on 12/10/2011 • 19 Comments

Exclusively titled for Xpresso Reads, Fresh Batch features the hottest releases of this upcoming week. Flavour of the week: =”1″>

Hunted

Cheryl Rainfield Goodreads / Purchase 

Caitlyn, a telepath, lives in a world where all paranormal talents are illegal. She is on the run from government ParaTroopers. When Caitlyn falls for Alex, a Normal, and discovers dangerous renegade Paranormals, she must choose between staying in hiding to protect herself or taking a stand to save the world.

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I love to read. Books nurture me, helped me survive the abuse I endured as a child and teen. I also love to write. I write fantasy books and edgy, realistic fiction for teens. My fantasy books often…

Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié

Posted by on 12/09/2011 • 22 Comments

UnleashedNancy Holder & Debbie ViguiéReleased November 22nd, 2011by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

*A copy…

Dark Seeker Tour Stop

Posted by on 12/08/2011 • 27 Comments

Today, I am happy to have the Dark Seeker blog tour, hosted by The Magic Attic, drop by Xpresso Reads to give you a teasing excerpt as well as a chance to win a copy!

What is Dark Seeker? Take a look:

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Dark SeekerTaryn Browning

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For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she…

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Posted by on 12/07/2011 • 101 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  My pick this week:

                                    The Unquiet                                     Jeannine Garsee

                                    Release date: July 17th, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents’ separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications (again!) and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home and school. She refuses to be daunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn’s bedroom, or that her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there….