Monday, October 5, 2015

Blog Tour: Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Title: Daughters Unto Devils
Author: Amy Lukavics
Publisher:  Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: 9.29.2015
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Historical
Series: N/A
Source:  ARC from publisher

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries. 

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who
live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

I am a horror junkie. I watch horror movies to fall asleep to and as background noise all the time. I watched the scene of Turistas where they were cutting people open to harvest their organs to study for my anatomy midterm. The scarier the better.

Horror books are a little harder sell for me. Because I'm used to creepy and crazy, the book has to balance character development with creepy and throw in some unreal twists. DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS does just that.

Amanda, the main character, is a little hard to read in the beginning. She's made some bad choices and believes herself already claimed for hell (remember, back then it was all about morals and religion and straying outside the designated lines was cause for social suicide and families banishing/disowning members). She's accepted this fact with a calm sort of stoicism that gives the reader a chill. But as the story progresses, you see Amanda come to life and start to fight for herself and her family.

The setting is what helps bring the book to life. The isolated prairie life where you're miles from neighbors and civilization is enough to give anyone the willies, but throw in a house that's drenched in blood and a some sadistic campfire tales, and it takes on a whole new level of OMG. 

Like I said before - I love horror and I've watched/read a lot of it. This book gave me an actual nightmare. That never happens. Amy Lukavics gets a major award from me for that fact alone. If you're squeamish and afraid, might be best to let the big kids handle it.

And yeah, that was totally a challenge.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

BFF Blog Hop: Blogger Besties

When your friends ask you to do something - you do it (unless it's jumping off a bridge because .... Oh, who am I kidding? I'd do that, too). When my friends at FictionFare and Swoony Boys Podcast asked me to participate in their Blog Friends Forever Tour, I jumped at it. Meg, Jaime, Kassiah, and Erin have become my Fab Four (that's how I refer to them in my head) in the last few years.

Having hung out with them multiple times at BEA, watched them all 4 jump in whenever I needed a blog tour host, or exchange countless tweets and messages, I can safely say that these four girls are incredible and I am so blessed to know them.  So for my Blogger Besties post, I have to give it up to my Fab Four, whom I love and adore beyond words. I don't say it enough, but I love the phenomenal force that is you four. The way you're always willing to help me and the way to absorbed me into your group is humbling and I am so grateful for each of you.

With Kassiah & Meg .... why do I not have a pic with Jaime & Erin?!
I can't mention Blogger Besties without mentioning my actual bestie, Nicole from Paperback Princess. Blogging brought us together a few years ago and now I can't imagine my life without her. You know how you have that one person who just gets you? Who accepts your faults and your flaws, understands that you can be a hyper whackadoodle or a gloomy gus in the span of 5 minutes but still loves you? That's Nicole.

Nicole, you are my person. Always.

My HarCo bloggers, Jess and Jen. Finding these two within a 2 mile radius of me has been a lifesaver. They never flinch when boxes of books arrive at my house to be sorted, they just ask what time I need them to show up and what kind of pizza (Jess) and cupcakes (Jen) I want. 

I don't say it enough, but thank you both for being there for me even when I am a total, psychotic PITA that you would like to disown.
With Jess
With Jen
My 2 Stephs. Steph and Stephanie brighten my day on a daily basis. From road trips to voxer rants, to makeup trips and blogger tips, you two are the bees knees of bloggers. I'm pretty sure the definition of Stephanie is AWESOMESAUCE with a side of JAMMF.

The Brown One (aka my Amazon Princess) is my brain twin. This girl understands my penchant and drive to organize, prep and plan like no one else. If I ever go to battle, I'm making Stephanie my General.

The Sinclair One (aka my Mini-Mom) is one of the few people I know that just loves to take care of her friends and family. Steph is that person I need in my life to help me see other perspectives and keep myself in check at times.

With Stephanie & Steph
My girls Liza and Andye who I fell in love with one magical rooftop party a long time ago. There is no one else I would rather trade texts with at 7 am. You two have brought so much joy into my life. 

With Andye & Liza
All my YADC friends. You guys never fail to amaze me with your creativity, your beauty and your compassion. I am so blessed to have you all.

So those are MY blogger besties. Now ... how about a giveaway or two?

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

No one packs an emotional gut-punch quite like my girl Jen Armentrout. Readers met Steph back in the beginning of the series, and I'll admit that I was a bit surprised myself when I saw she was getting her own book, but guys, I am fully #TeamSteph now.

The connection between Steph and Nick is undeniable. Armentrout can write sizzling chemistry between a tomato and a cucumber, but this book felt extra hot and touching to me. Maybe because both characters were so much alike and my heart was rooting for them the whole time.

I'm sucker for happily ever after, what can I say?

Fans of the Wait For You series will love this book and the chance to catch up with past characters. If you're new to the series, start here with Steph. I promise you'll be hooked immediately.


“Armentrout packs a powerful emotional punch in her fifth Wait for You new adult contemporary (after Fall with Me)... Armentrout tugs at the heartstrings while delivering an intense, gripping tale.” –Publishers Weekly

“Armentrout presents an emotional installment in her Wait for You series…[she] does it again, presenting a fast-paced tearjerker that fans will devour.” -Booklist


In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .


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And don’t miss the previous titles in the Wait for You Series!

WAIT FOR YOU (Wait for You #1)

TRUST IN ME (Wait for You #1.5)

BE WITH ME (Wait for You #2)

STAY WITH ME (Wait for You #3)

FALL WITH ME (Wait for You #4)

DREAM OF YOU (Wait for You #4.5)

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International 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, 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. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Blog Tour: 5 Hottest Book Couples w/Emma Mills

Hey y'all! I am so excited to have Emma Mills, author of the new YA contemporary FIRST & THEN here to talk about our favorite book couples!

EMMA: Top 5 Hottest Couples in Fiction

1) Elizabeth and Darcy – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

I mean, for the nineteenth century, this was pretty darn hot. You can practically 

feel the sparks fly when they’re at odds!

2) Claire and Jamie, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A passionate and intense romance, but definitely not for the faint of heart!

3) Amy and Richard – The Pink Carnation, Lauren Willig 

A super cute couple—when they finally get their act together! I love couples who 

just can’t stop snarking at each other.

4) Sookie and Bill— Southern Vampire Mysteries, Charlaine Harris

When it’s good between them, it’s so, so good. 

5) Tessa and Will – Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare

They’ve got chemistry—intense Victorian chemistry!

Hannah: Top 5 Hottest Couples in Fiction

1) Emma and Brendan--Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Of course I'm kicking it off with my #1 book couple ever. 

2) Daemon and Katy--The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

These two are the perfect blend of sugar, spice, sarcasm, and sexy. 

3) Jay and Violet--The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting

J&V are my hands down favorite YA couple. They're amazing.

4) Emmy and Oliver--Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

These two just .... Sigh. They make my heart sing.

5) Drew and Constance--A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

Most of you have probably never heard of these two, but this book is one of my all-time favorite because of their romance.

Leave a comment below with your favorite book couple & email address to win a finished copy of FIRST & THEN!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna

Title: Crosstown Crush
Author: Cara McKenna
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Adult, Explicit, Contemporary, Kink
Series: Sins in the City #1
Source:  Finished copy from publisher

Rating: 3 ½ Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
The first in a new series from the “wicked-hot”* author of Hard Time and Give It All explores the fantasies of a daring married couple—and those of a stranger invited to play along in their scandalous little games… When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harboring appetites only his wife gets to glimpse…

When Samira first learned of her husband’s fantasies, she was reluctant, even alarmed. But after witnessing the way they set him on fire, she yielded, and happily indulged. As their games have intensified, so has the rush. And now so has the risk—they’re poised to take Mike’s indecent desires to the next level, by opening their bed to a sexy, brazen stranger. A man seeming custom-made to grant every last one of Mike and Samira’s sinful wishes.

Welcoming someone new into their lives was always a dangerous proposition, but the couple imagined if anything was at stake, it was their privacy…not their hearts.


You know when you have that one book friend whose opinions are eerily similar to your own so when they say, "READ THIS" you do if for no other reason than you trust their judgement? That's what happened with CROSSTOWN CRUSH. Jessica, the publicist whose judgement I trust implicitly, sent me an email and said I should read this.

I immediately grabbed it as my next book and what followed was one of the strangest, hottest, weirdest books that still has me all twisted up and turned around.

I get kink. I get fetish. I know that some people fall on the blander than vanilla side of the sex spectrum while others are off the charts the other way. As long as the adults are being safe, rational, and all consenting ... It's your life. Cuckolding was not a kink I had really seen before in a book. I've never given it much thought, but I tried to keep an open mind reading this.

Samira and Mike have been playing this game for awhile now where she pretends to cheat on him (the first paragraph is her walking into Sephora and splashing on some men's cologne to give her husband the impression she was with another guy). She comes home, an argument ensues that by now is more of a well choreographed dance between them. It ultimately ends with Sam telling Mike he isn't man enough to satisfy her and him proving he is. Cue hot sex and adorable post-coital pillow talk. For reasons that are made clear early on, Mike is always in controlled Alpha mode and this is the only way he knows how to release his inner anxiety. I get it. It do. I understand that on a clinical level.

When they decide to take it to the next level and find someone for Sam to "cheat" on Mike with (Mike watches the whole time either hiding somewhere or via video), Bern enters the picture. Yes, his name is Bern. Yes, I hate his name, too.

Bern is a great guy and what follows is 3 people exploring all their kinks and fantasies together. Lots of steamy, smexy times. Some a bit stranger than others, but as a whole it worked.

But (and you knew there was a "but" didn't you?) things inevitably start to fall apart. What I love is how strong and rational Sam stays throughout all of this. She's wonderfully accepting and giving, but she's no pushover. She's a great female character.

I can't exactly say where or why things fall apart and what the outcome is. I recommend reading this book for yourself if you want to know. But if you're not familiar with this kink (or the world of kink and fetish - even in books, if not real life), make sure you go into it with an open mind. No, these people are not crazy. No, they are not brainwashed. Yes, this does happen in real life. If you're not comfortable with kink, that's totally OK. But I wouldn't recommend grabbing this book.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Letter to the Author: Sweet Temptation Blog Tour

Dear Wendy,

While most people are writing about their eternal love for Kai and why they adore him and the series so, I wanted to take a second to say why I adore you, Wendy Higgins.

Your book career started when I had barely been blogging for a year. I remember the first time I ever noticed SWEET EVIL. It was during a Waiting on Wednesday post that I tumbled across this book. The cover is what grabbed my attention first - that blood red dress and creepy vibe. I loved it. It gave me the best shivers. So I did what any responsible book blogger would do - I added it to my TBR and followed you on Goodreads.

But then ... you followed me back. 

I was somewhat new to this world and the idea of an author following me was thrilling. We interacted a few times and I remember thinking, "This is a cool lady. I like her."

But, oddly enough, I never actually read SWEET EVIL. I purchased it. I intended to read it. But something kept dragging my attention away. A year later when SWEET PERIL came out, I planned to binge read both books to catch up. I bought book 2, but ... Well, it never happened.

But that's all right! Because by now I had met you and knew how awesome you were. You were always full of smiles and light. When SWEET RECKONING came out, I had it pre-ordered. No, I still hadn't read the series, but I intended to.

Then you posted about SWEET TEMPTATION and needed a beta reader who hadn't read any of the SWEET books to weigh in, and I jumped all over that. It was like fate. 

During the time I was reading SWEET TEMPTATION, I fell in love with your writing. But I realized I had already fallen in love with Wendy, the person. (Not like in love in love. But like, friend love ... You know what I mean!) At every event, with every hug and acknowledgement, with every single time I watched you interact with one of your numerous fans, I was able to see the woman behind the pages and that has been the best part of knowing you.

Yes, Wendy Higgins is a fantastic writer with a gift for words and characters. But the heart and soul of the person creating the book magic is the person I'm so proud to call my friend.


Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it. 

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve. 

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I've always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.

I live in Virginia with my husband, daughter, son and doggie Rue.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 9.1.2015
Pages: 240
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Illness
Series: N/A
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I finished reading EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING months ago and I’m still having a hard time figuring out exactly how I feel about this book. Nicola Yoon managed to intrigue, confound, and amuse me in one fell swoop, and even know, I’m trying to puzzle my thoughts into a review that makes any sort of sense.

Let’s talk about what worked: Madeline is a character you can’t help but love. With the odds severely stacked against her, you have to love how she still keeps her sense of humor and wonder of the world around her despite the entire world seemingly trying to kill her via an allergic reaction.

Madeline’s journey of self-discovery and refusing to let the terms of her illness dictate her life is what I found so inspiring. She was never ready to give up and always looked for hope. She didn’t let her illness define her as a person.

That being said, there a few instances where all reason is completely thrown out the window and it made me roll my eyes a bit. Those bizarre instances aside, EVERYTHING EVERYTHING is a book that will inspire and plant hope in your heart. I expect great things from Nicola Yoon in the future. 

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