Friday, July 31, 2015

Beach Reads In August Giveaway Hop

I am so excited to be participating in another giveaway hop hosted by Stuck in Books!

  • Step One: You get to choose ONE of my favorite beach reads books (above and each image is linked to the goodreads description) as a physical book or an ebook.  If the book you choose is part of a series, you can choose any book in that series.  If you choose the ebook option for the Love Me With Lies series, you will get all three books in the series!
  • Step Two:  Open Internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you or you can receive an ebook!
  • Step Three: Enter in the Rafflecopter below! 
  • Good luck!

  • a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Check out the other participating blogs for more chances to win!

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Blog Tour Stop, Review and Giveaway: The Veil by Chloe Neill

    I'm so excited to be reviewing and giving away swag from Chloe Neill's latest book, The Veil, today!  This is the first book in a new series and, based on it alone, I know this is going to be one of my favorite UF/PR series!  ENTER TO WIN SOME SWAG BELOW!!!!!!

    Blurb from Chloe:
    Seven years ago, the Veil that separates us from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

    Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused…

    Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack — in full view of the French Quarter — Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs—even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

    As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn…
    My Review:
    I loved this book so much!  It reminded me of early Chicagoland books and early MEthan but set in New Orleans.  To be fair, the story in The Veil is totally different than CV but Chloe Neill's pace and character development shine through in both series so much for me to make the comparison.  Also, Claire, like Merit, is one kick-ass heroine!  I love that neither of them ever play the damsel in distress and they are both so brave.  And I would be remiss if I didn't drop a line about Liam: Ethan (from CV) is one of my all time book boyfriends and Liam is definitely testing me here!  I liked that he allowed Claire to shine and to fight without trying to overshadow her with his experience or suggest that she wasn't up to the task (as is often the case with some of these alpha males in UF).  Liam is not only a teacher but a protector of New Orleans, the same as Claire.  As anyone who's been to New Orleans knows and feels, there is a unique devotion, feeling and awakening of all your senses in the city -- Chloe Neill perfectly captured this spirit and it often felt that New Orleans itself was a character in this novel.  Finally, there is plenty of suspense and romantic tension in The Veil to keep even the most greedy reader totally satisfied.  I can't wait for more books in this series!

    I HIGHLY recommend this book to fans of the Chicagoland Vampires series (one of my all time favorites!) as well as any and every fan of urban fantasy and/or paranormal  romance.  I can just tell that this series is going to be just as awesome as CV and is the true epitome of anything one could want in a UF/PR series!
    Unfortunately, jazz wasn't enough to take my mind off Liam Quinn.  Last night had rocked me. To come so close to something I didn't even know I'd wanted, then to know that I did, only to have it ripped away . . . I wasn't exactly sure what was was going through Liam's head, or what he couldn't "afford" about me.  But I had a sinking suspicion.  I was a Sensitive-- a wraith-in-waiting.  I would become a wraith if I couldn't learn to control my magic properly.  If I wasn't vigilant enough, or if I made a mistake, I'd become the same monster that had killed his sister, that he hunted.  How could he want me when that was the case?
    The Veil comes out August 4, 2015, and you can purchase at any of these retailers:
         Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Powells | Books-A-Million | Kobo | Indiebound | Audible

    The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter THE VEIL Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs July 27 through August 7 on Chloe’s web site.
    What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
    • Fleur de Lis Amulet Pendant Necklace from New Orleans jewelry designer Mignon Faget
    • $50 Amazon Gift Card
    • THE VEIL 5″x5″ cloth screenwipe
    • THE VEIL tote bag
    • THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen
    • Chicagoland Vampires bookmark, sticker, pen, keychain, and lanyard

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Waiting on Wednesday: The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore

     "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

    Today, I am waiting on:  
    The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore!

    From Goodreads:
    Raymond Chandler meets Nick Hornby in this clever noir romp through hipster Brooklyn as a mysterious mix tape puts a young amateur sleuth on the hunt for a killer—and for the truths hidden within her own heart.

    Jett Bennett moved to New York to become a music journalist. What she found was a temp gig as a proofreader, but at least she’s fitting in with the artists and musicians in the tragically hip Brooklyn neighborhood she calls home.

    But when Jett opens up her mail and finds a mix tape meant for her neighbor, KitKat, a local queen bee renowned for her “enhanced” baked goods and retro videogame collection, everything changes. Jett drops off the cassette and discovers that it’s game over for KitKat: someone bashed her head in with a rolling pin… and left her pot brownies burning in the oven.

    KitKat’s boyfriend, Bronco, is M.I.A. Her sister is so desperate that she asks Jett to snoop around. Then there’s that mix tape. Jett didn’t know KitKat well, but she knows music. And a tape full of love songs from someone other than Bronco screams motive—sending Jett and her best friend, Sid, on an epic quest to find KitKat’s killer through record stores, strip joints, vegan bakeries, and basement nightclubs—a journey that resonates with Jett, and her past, in unexpected ways.
    I love love love mix tapes and love books with music!  This one sounds really good!  The Big Rewind is scheduled for release on February 2, 2016, and you can pre-order here!!

    What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

    TEASER TUESDAY + GIVEAWAY: The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar

    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!

    1.  Of course I picked Senna from Mud Vein first, everyone's favorite author!

    2.  Kat from the Lux series is awesome because she's a book blogger!

    3.  Cath from Fangirl is a fan fiction extraordinaire!

    4.  One of my favorite parts of Steering the Stars was Hannah's journey to become a writer.

    5.  No one is a bigger book nerd than Dora, who literally shuts out the entire world to go on multiple day-long book benders, barely pausing to do anything but read.

    6.  Not only do Matt and Hannah meet as writing partners in Night Owl but it is Matt's words that eventually inspire all aspects of their relationship including Hannah becoming an editor.

    7.  How could I not include the original literary couple: Georgina (book lover, book store manager and devourer of Seth's words) and Seth (the writer)?

    8.  I must admit that Eliza's job is the coolest: a rock 'n roll journalist -- who wouldn't want to spend their days interviewing rock stars and attending free concerts where you always end up back stage? 

    9.  The members of the Rabbit Back Literature Society are the ultimate book nerds: the best writers in Finland who will stop at nothing to be the absolute best.

    10.  Last but certainly not least, Jo March from Little Women:  a woman writing when that was the last thing encouraged of or expected of her!
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