Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Week Blitz!

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's SCORCHED!! SCORCHED is a standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Frigid Series. And be sure to grab FRIGID, the first standalone in this amazing series!!

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SCORCHED Synopsis:
Sometimes life leaves a mark… Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now. Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers. Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself. Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

Praise for SCORCHED:
“Armentrout’s latest new adult offering tackles substance abuse and mental illness — and, thankfully, the love of a good man is not going to be what heals this heroine.” – RT Book Reviews

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SCORCHED Excerpt:

Andrea

              “You’ve been avoiding me all day.”

              “Have not.”

              He cocked his head to the side and raised both brows. “You practically hid in your room or attached yourself to Syd all day.”

              “I was…I was spending girl-time with her,” I said. “And napping.”

              “Andrea…”

              He’d been right. I had avoided him. Apparently, I wasn’t doing that great of a job of it.

              “The same with last night. You barely talked to me.”

              “What?” Dumbfounded, I felt like screaming that word. “I barely talked to you? You ignored me.”

              He stared at me. “Andy, I—“

              “This is stupid. This whole thing is stupid.” I lifted the bottle.

              A moment passed and he asked, “Do you really think you need another beer?”

              Annoyed, I slowly brought the bottle to my mouth and took a long drink. “Does that answer your question?”

              The hue of his blue eyes deepened. “Look, I’m not trying to be a dick—“

              “You might want to try harder. Just sayin’ Might just be my opinion, but thought I’d share.”

              He opened his mouth and then snapped it shut. Several seconds passed. “You know, I didn’t’ say that shit to you to piss you off.”

              I wanted to point out everything he’d done to piss me off, but…but shit on a brick. Anything that I told him would betray how I felt about him, and well, I was already embarrassing myself enough without going there. “You breathed,” I decided, nodding, and totally proud of myself. “How about that?”

              Shaking his head, he rested his elbows on the island. “You can usually do better than that.”

              “It’s not worth my time to do better.” I flounced past him. Well, I might have staggered past him, but in my head, I flounced like a Grade A Uppity Chick, and it was awesome.

              “I wish you wouldn’t drink so much.”

              My feet stopped. Dammit. My feet had a mind of their own, and they had stopped because he’d said that so quietly, not with an ounce of derision or scorn. Actually, it sounded like a plea. The alcohol churned in my stomach. All I could see was his look of pity.

              “Why do you drink like this?” he asked.

              To relax. To not act like a freak. To forget. To remember. To be funny. To have people like me. To not care if they do or don’t. To have fun. To just not care. A burning sensation rolled down my back as my head continued to shout out the answers. I just didn’t want to care.

              I didn’t say any of that. “You drink.”

              “I do. And sometimes I drink and I get drunk, but not every time.”

              Slowly, I faced him. He wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were on the island. “I don’t get drunk every time.”

              He shook his head again. “Andrea, you either get plastered or damn near close. Every time.”

              “That’s not…” I trailed off, and yeah, even I could see where he was right. I could probably count on one hand how many times I’d only had two beers or two shots and then stopped. Come to think of it, I wasn’t sure if I ever had.

              “My dad got shitfaced all the time,” he continued. “Never thought that I’d be interested in a girl who was the same way.”

              My brain registered two things at once. He was interested in me, which wasn’t a big duh. I mean, he’d had his hands in my pants more than once, so yeah, I should’ve known that. But he compared me to his dad, a man I’d recently discovered he pretty much loathed, which pretty much canceled out the first part. Hurt invaded every cell and festered under the skin. The back of my throat burned and I wanted to rush away.

              But I didn’t. “That kind of makes you twisted.”

              Another weak laugh came out of him. “I guess it kind of does.”

 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer 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 is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.87 of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Page Count: 321

Synopsis:
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Frostfire is the first book in the spin off series of Hocking's Trylle trilogy. I was super excited to hear about this new series because the Trylle series is one of my comfort series. I tend to read them when I was something easy and light to read. And I have to say, Miss Hocking didn't disappoint with this series either.

There were times when I was annoyed with the characters, but what character doesn't annoy you at least a little right? Bryn was pretty damn badass and I loved the fact that her relationship with Ridley didn't develop right off the bat. I mean hell, it technically still hasn't despite the fact that you know they have to end up together eventually....right? They couldn't NOT end up together. I really like the balance between the two of them. Bryn is someone who could make Ridley settle down and Ridley would make Bryn think about things before she acts and bring a sense of rational to the situation.

The appearance of Tove and Wendy! :D I was so happy when the book intertwined!

The whole story line was pretty much amazing. There was a lot of action and even though I could predict most things, it was still intriguing to read. I can't wait to read the next installment :)

Happy Reading
Tia

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.02 of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Page Count: 305

Synopsis:
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

Okay, so I absolutely loved TFiOS, which is another John Green novel and the first one I read of his, so naturally I figured that I would love this one as well. That however was not the case. Don't get me wrong. I liked Paper Towns, but I didn't feel the love for it I had felt for TFiOS. Some of the things that happened with Quentin finding the clues that Margo"left for him" didn't seem realistic and who does the things Margo does without getting in a shit ton of trouble? I mean a lot of books are like that, with main characters not getting caught for things they do, but come on. This was a bit much.

I still loved Green's writing though. His characters are 3 dimensional and developed and the writing sucks you in regardless of how you feel about the general story line.

My favourite characters though were the secondary characters. Quentin's friends were great and supportive despite how foolish his quest to find Margo was. I mean going on a road trip just to go to this "Paper Town" to see if she's really there shows they care a lot for Q.

I might see the movie, but I think I'll end up waiting for it to be released on DVD before I do.

Overall I gave Paper Towns 4 out of 5 stars. Hopefully my next John Green book will earn a 5 :)

~Tia