Monday, September 30, 2013

Kat's Fall TBR Pile!

Well, now that Sealer's Promise is finally nearing its end, I'll have time to READ! (Imagine that!) I wanted to do the Top 10 Tuesday topic about Fall TBR a while ago but I was knee deep in doing the re-write, so that wasn't possible. But now that I'm only a couple chapters out, I finally have time to sit down and list what I want to read between now and mid December. Ready to see what you'll likely get reviews for between now and Christmas? Read on! :)

The Devil's Tattoo
by Nicole R. Taylor
An overnight music sensation. A hot rock star (or four), some trust issues and two bands on tour. Have I listed enough variables to create an interesting premise yet? :D I don't sign up for a lot of tours, but The Devil's Tattoo seemed like something I'll love so I'm looking forward to sitting down with my kindle and diving in. 
Crown of Midnight
by Sarah J. Maas
I absolutely adored Throne of Glass, so waiting to read this--especially waiting after it came in the mail!--has been torture. Will we see more of Celaena and Choal together? What does Dorian think of this? And what new secrets and perils will we face during this journey into the realm of Adarlan? I can't wait to find out! 
Wild Cards
by Simone Elkeles
Having read and loved Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry trilogy early on in my time as a blogger, I have eagerly awaited her next series for quite a while. Wild Cards sounds like a totally awesome contemporary read which will give her other books a run for their place on my favorites list. I have been counting the days for this book for a while now. :) 
The Burning Sky
by Sherry Thomas
Magic elixers? Check. An evil Bane? Check. A PRINCE?! Triple check. And the reviews I've read are giving major praise to the romance in this one, which is always a welcome thing to see. This is a new to me author, and I only found out it's historical after I bought it, but I still can't wait to read it. There is just too much "Read me now!" going on here for me to ignore. 
If You Leave
by Courtney Cole
Can the absolute awesome-sauce that is If You Stay be topped, or even matched? I must know, and I downloaded If You Leave onto my kindle the day it released. I've been (not so patiently) waiting to read it since. Now, as soon as I finish 2.5 chapters, I *can*!!! Maddy had her flaws in Pax and Mila's story, but I'm anxious to see her get an HEA and to see *how* she'll get that. 
The Mephisto Mark
by Trinity Faegen
How did I miss the release date for this? Have I really been sleeping under that big a rock? With that outta the way... Holy crap, this is Phoenix's book! Woo! I absolutely must read this. This guy has been breaking my heart from the beginning of the series and I *must* see how he will get a happy ending. The glimpse we got of Mariah in the last book has me intrigued by her, too. I need this now, dammit!
Finding It
by Cora Carmack
I totally loved Losing It and I really enjoyed Faking It. So reading Finding It is just common sense. I really liked Kelsey, despite the fact that our personalities would clash in real life. I think I can say this much about my enthusiasm: it's not going to be dull reading about her adventures to find love. Plus, she's over in Europe. That certainly can't hurt, right? (I love books that are set in places I haven't been.) Another book that will likely be a day one purchase.
by Kendare Blake
Feathers growing under someone's skin? A fever that can eat a man's flesh? And that shit is happening to the Greek Gods? Yeah, you bet I'm right there. I grabbed this a couple weeks ago (how could I not?!?!) and it's been testing my resolve to get my writing done before I open it up. (Maybe I should set it on my table during these last couple pesky chapters?) I totally loved Anna Dressed In Blood, and I love Greek Mythology--and seeing what people can do to it. So yeah. I have to read this. 
Shooting Scars
by Karina Halle
Earlier this year I read Sins & Needles and On Every Street and totally loved both. Karina Halle has a way of writing characters that are fascinating shades of gray--you cannot predict what they will do from one moment to the next, but you are taken so deeply into who they are that you want them to succeed regardless. After the way Sins & Needles ended (OMG) the fact I haven't opened this and started reading is shocking. I'm really looking forward to it! 
by S.T. Bende
Norse mythology? Going away to university on another continent? Loves books? Winds up dating a Norse God? Has visions that might be able to stop Ragnorok? Ummm... Yeah. To say this grabbed my attention would be a massive understatement. Another book that's been sitting on my kindle and waiting for me to have time to read. I read and really liked the sample for this, and I'm honestly very eager to open it up and read the whole thing. 

Have you thought about what you're going to read this fall? Are we reading any of the same things? Feel free to let me know in the comments, or link me to a post you've made about it. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Blitz: the Courtlight series by Terah Edun

Today I'm thrilled to be part of the book blitz for the Courtlight series by Terah Edun. I decided to take part in this blitz because of the stunning covers and interesting series premise. Curious what the Courtlight series is all about? Read on and find out. Oh, and there's a giveaway, too. :)

(Summaries provided by Xpresso Book Tours)

Book One:

Sworn To Raise
by Terah Edun
Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

Are you intrigued? Add it on Goodreads! 

Or... Buy It Now!

Book Two:

Sworn To Transfer
by Terah Edun
Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. With the death of the Princess Heir, the Ameles forest - the home of the kith, is dying.

The inhabitants of the forest, magic-wielding non-humans, are defiant. They have not forgotten their long struggles nor are they content to watch as the last of their lands perish. As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.

With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city’s nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she’s given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question.

To keep the Companions’ Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she’s faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.

This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.

Ready to read more? Add it on Goodreads!

Or... Buy It Now! 

About The Author:

Terah Edun is an international development professional and author/lover of all things Young Adult Fantasy fiction. She is a native Georgian, adoptive Washingtonian, unrepentant expat currently living in South Sudan, brilliant dreamer, lover of dogs and not-so-closet geek. Her first novel, Red Madrassa, was released on November 8th and her second novel, Sworn to Raise, comes out in April 2013.

Author Links:

So, has the Courtlight series caught your interest? Have you read the first book? Maybe even the second? I'd love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to leave a comment. :)

As always, thanks go to Xpresso Book Tours for having me along. :)

Waiting On Wednesday (Sept. 25th)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. We all get together to show each other books we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week's can't-wait-to-read-it selection is:

Finding It
by Cora Carmack
Oct. 1st, 2013
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life...or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

After reading and loving both Losing It and Faking It, I suppose it only stands to reason that I'm totally dying to read Finding It. I thought that Kelsey was a pretty awesome friend to Bliss and I missed her in Faking It. I'm really excited to see how her travels have gone... and, of course, to see her find love! Odds are high this'll be a day one purchase for me because I absolutely can't wait to read it! :) 

Has Finding It grabbed your attention? Add it on GoodReads

So, what book are you anxiously awaiting this week? Leave a comment or link me to your WoW! :) 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Blitz: Sia by Josh Grayson

Confession time: I slept in! Normally I do my blitz posts way in advance, but I've had company all week and that just didn't happen. Shows what happens when I leave things, I suppose?

Moving along... ;)

Today I'm thrilled to be part of the book blitz for Sia by Josh Grayson. This looks like it should be interesting. I love the soft sea blue color which is the main accent for the cover, and I think the premise has a lot of potential. But now I'm rambling (possibly due to a lack of tea?) and getting ahead of myself. Here's the cover and summary. Check this out for yourself. :)

by Josh Grayson
When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.

Did that grab your interest? Add it on Goodreads!

About The Author: 

Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.

Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).

Sia is his debut YA novel.

So, are you interested in reading Sia? I'd love to know, so feel free to leave a comment here. :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (Sept. 18th)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. We all get together to show each other books we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week's can't-wait-to-read-it selection is:

Bold Tricks
by Karina Halle
Oct. 15th
With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.

I love this series so much that I did video reviews for the previous installments. That should tell you something right there. Oh! And this may be the only series in existence I've ever read where I'm interested in the less "villain'-y guy. Who knew? Anyway, yes, must read this ASAP. Anyone else anxious for it? 

Are you eager to read Bold Tricks? Add It On GoodReads

So, what book has your attention this week? Feel free to leave a comment or link me to your WoW! :) 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (Sept. 11th)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. We all get together to show each other books we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week's can't-wait-to-read-it selection is:

Wild Cards
by Simone Elkeles
Oct. 1st, 2013
After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

I absolutely adored the Perfect Chemistry trilogy, so saying that Wild Cards is going to be a day one purchase is almost underwhelming and simply does not do justice to how excited I am for this book. This is the kind of pre-book excitement where I was practically BOUNCING around my room when I found the book listing on GoodReads, and that's a very scary thing considering (1) I'm over 30, and (2) this room is rather small. :p Anyway, you can count on seeing a review for Wild Cards here when it releases this fall because there is absolutely NO doubt that I'll be reading it. :D 

So, are you as excited for Wild Cards as I am? (With or without the jumping and squeeing?) Add it on GoodReads

So, what book has your attention this week? Leave a comment or link me to your WoW! :) 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Wicked We Have Done

Today I'm thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian. I think this book has a super interesting premise and the cover definitely goes well with it. Ready to take a peek and find out what The Wicked We Have Done is about? Scroll on down. :)






(Summery provided by Xpresso Book Tours)
Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

Did that grab your attention? Add The Wicked We Have Done on GoodReads

About The Author:

Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her fiancé, or rough-housing with her dog.

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So, what do you think of the cover for The Wicked We Have Done? Are you interested in reading the book? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know. :) 

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