Saturday, July 18, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (#5)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks.

Here's what I've added to my shelves since last time...

For Review - From Author

- Four Play by Amalie Silver
- Finding Erin Campbell by Kathy Cunningham

Purchased - Amazon Kindle

- Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel
- The Missing - Volume I - Illusions by A. Meredith Walters
- Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) by Cameron Jace
- Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Audiobooks - Borrowed from Library

- A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Share your links to your Stacking the Shelves in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Four Play



Title: Four Play

Author: Amalie Silver

Release Date: July 13, 2015

Blurb

From the author of the Internationally Bestselling Satire Word Play comes this collection of laugh-out-loud novellas, all guaranteed to curl your toes and challenge your morals.

Titles include:

Surrendering to Innocence
(Previously published in Forbidden Fruit, Volume II)

Big Balls
(Previously published in Nighttides)

Debating Number Ten
(Previously published in Hot for Teacher)

Fair Play
(The brand new prequel novella to Word Play)


Links to Buy

AMAZON US / UK

Also Available


AMAZON US / UK

Excerpt

“No, no, no,” Jack cut in. “You need to get her engine fired up. Make her panties wet. You have to be forceful, take control. They eat up that shit.”

Martin shook his head. “No. I’m telling you, there are only two ways to get a girl in your bed at a place like this. Shakespeare or poetry.”

“Shakespeare?” I asked. “Don’t you think that’s a little cheesy?”

“Not at all,” Martin replied. “Just walk up to her and say ‘but soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!’”

“And then add,” Jack insisted, “the sun isn’t the only thing around here that rises.” He wiggled his eyebrows.

Why was I even considering listening to them? It seemed that the guy who was about to become a priest had the best advice.

“Shakespeare? Really?” I wasn’t comfortable with it, but with the alcohol and one glance at the blonde that had just walked in, I felt my inhibitions fade away. Maybe the guys knew more about this kind of thing than me. Although judging from their track record in school, I had my doubts. I didn’t remember the last time any of them had a girlfriend.

Fuck it.

Why not? You only live once. Why shouldn’t I have tried to take advantage of the situation? Jack was right, as painful as it was for me to admit. By my calculations, ninety-three percent of the women at the bar were there for the convention. My chances of scoring one who knew something about Shakes were pretty good.

I slammed back the rest of my drink and pulled a wad of courage from my left nut.

I can do this.

None of the guys looked convinced. Duncan gave a lopsided smile, Martin shoved his earbud back in his ear, and Jack sat cross-legged, calmly folding his hands in his lap. I really hoped they wouldn’t watch me; it was going to be hard enough as it was, let alone while I had an audience.

I drew two deep breaths and stood. The blonde at the bar sat alone, sipping her drink, and I took several confident strides toward her as I tried to piece together what I was going to say.

“Hi,” I whispered.

But the music was too loud, and she couldn’t hear me.

So I tried again.

“Hi,” I shouted, causing her to flinch and dribble some of her drink down her chin.

Smooth, asshole.

“It’s loud in here!” I said, without as much force that time.

She smiled and tucked her hair behind her ear. I shoved my hands in my pockets and tried to remember the line I was supposed to use.

But it wasn’t coming. We remained smiling at each other until the moment became strange.

Then uncomfortable.

And then it verged on painful.

What was I going to say? Did we decide I was going to introduce myself? Or was it poetry?

Shakespeare!

“But soft, what…light through yonder window breaks,” I began, trying not to stutter.

Her eyes widened, and I knew I had her attention, but as my palms grew clammy and my chest hollowed, I realized that the Juliet line wouldn’t work.

Unless her name was Juliet. Which was unlikely.

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. That’s not going to work! Dammit! I need something else! It’s too late! I have to finish the damn quote!

I swallowed, and spat out the first thing my mind could make sense of.

“My dick rises in the east.”
Review

I absolutely love Amalie Silver's writing style. It's so fun and fresh.

There are four unique stories included in Four Play and I loved each and every one of them.

Debating Number Ten - This one was definitely my favorite. I love Simon! An such an awesome ending.

Surrendering to Innocence - This story is a very close second favorite. Very hot! Sexy and forbidden! I loved it. Major bonus, I giggled snorted a few times.

Fair Play - The prequel to her book Word Play. Enjoyable, especially if you've already read Word Play. This story would certainly peak your interest to read it if you haven't already.

Big Balls - Cute story, but probably my least favorite of the bunch.

Rating
5 out of 5 stars

Author Bio


Amalie Silver resides in Minnesota with her husband, two toddlers, and German Short-haired Pointer, Saba. She consumes approximately three pots of coffee a day, and credits this for her survival over the past decade.

When not completely consumed in her writing, she can be found taking road trips to northern Minnesota, engaging in fierce Scrabble games, or reading a good book. She’s a sucker for all romance genres, literary fiction, and psychological fiction.
Author Links


Giveaway

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Off Balance


Title Off Balance

Series Ballet Theatre Chronicles, book 1

Author Terez Mertes Rose

Release Date May 10, 2015

Tour Host Sage's Blog Tours

Alice thinks she’s accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice's boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he’s got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It’s pain she’s kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do.

Lana, lonely and unmoored, desperately needs some help, and her mother, back home, vows eternal support. But when Lana begins to profit from Alice’s advice and help, her mother’s constant attention curdles into something more sinister.

Together, both women must embark on a journey of painful rediscoveries, not just about career opportunities won and lost, but the mothers they thought they knew.

OFF BALANCE takes the reader beyond the glitter of the stage to expose the sweat and struggle, amid the mandate to sustain the illusion at all cost.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25425597-off-balance
Review

I know very little about ballet and was somewhat hesitant to read Off Balance because of my lack of knowledge. In fact, I tend to shy away from books that have a focus on something I don't know much about. I'm worried I won't understand certain things or I won't enjoy the story as much as someone that has a deeper understanding of the subject. However, I didn't need to worry with this book. Even without extensive ballet knowledge, I was still able to thoroughly enjoy the book.

Overall, this was a really good book. Off Balance was well written and kept my attention from the very beginning. The characters, especially Lana and Alice (and maybe Gil), really brought the story to life. I can definitely see myself reading the next book in the series.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

About the Author

Terez Mertes Rose is a writer and former ballet dancer whose work has appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. She reviews dance performances for Bachtrack.com and blogs about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl. She makes her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, son and too many cats. She loves good food, good wine, and a good (but not too hard) adult ballet class. She also publishes under the name Terez Rose.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: Chasing River

Title Chasing River

Series Burying Water, book 3

Author K. A. Tucker

Release Date July 7, 2015

Armed with two years' worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn't let her die, but he also couldn't risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it's because he saved her life, or maybe it's because he's completely different from everything she's left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn't the kind of guy she'd want to catch.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23522253-chasing-river
Review

Unlike the first two books, I wasn't left unsatisfied with the ending of Chasing River. Of course, I'd love more of Amber and River's story, but it's not because of a lack of conclusive ending. It's purely wanting more of two characters I enjoyed. So, once again, K. A. Tucker delivers another book that I absolutely love.

Pros:

- Ireland: This book definitely gets bonus points for taking place overseas (and in a place that I'd love to visit).
- River: Swoon worthy! And I'm totally a sucker for green eyes.
- Ivy: Seeing Ivy in this book makes me impatient to get my hands on her book, Surviving Ice (expected publication October 13, 2015).

Cons:

- Not enough travel! Amber was set to travel the world and I selfishly would have liked to see more of it.

Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review: Finding Erin Campbell

Title Finding Erin Campbell

Author Kathy Cunningham

Release Date May 25, 2015

Erin Campbell is lucky – she’s popular, she’s been accepted at Berkeley, she’s got the perfect boyfriend, a great car, parents with plenty of money, and a future that’s going to be even better than her dreams. Lucky, right?

But then one Tuesday afternoon, Erin’s luck runs out. She’s in her car, driving on a deserted country road, and she reads a text from her boyfriend. It’s only a few words, no big deal. What could happen in ten seconds, anyway? But she doesn’t see the boy on the blue bicycle. Not until it’s too late. Not until he’s lying in the road, broken and bleeding, and she’s standing there staring down at him, her cell phone in her hand.

Things get worse when another girl – Macy Wilkes, an outsider at Erin’s school – is charged with the hit-and-run. Macy is black, she doesn’t live in Erin’s upscale neighborhood, and it would be so easy for Erin to just let Macy take the rap. Or would it?

This is a novel about what it means to do the right thing in a world that isn’t always fair. Confessing could cost Erin everything – college, her boyfriend, her parents’ respect . . . even her freedom. But not confessing could cost her even more.

Sometimes the world can fall apart in the time it takes to read a text message. Erin Campbell lost herself on a Tuesday afternoon; finding herself again will mean looking at who she really is. Warts and all. And there’s nothing harder than that.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25609739-finding-erin-campbell
Review

Finding Erin Campbell was such a great read.

The story felt very true to life. The elements of racism and classism easily ring true to today's society. We see how Erin struggles to come forth with the real story about what happened on Canal Rd. We see how her decisions, both to keep quiet and to ultimately tell the truth, affect those around her. The characters feel like they could have been picked out of any high school in middle America. Their realness adds to the believability of the book. This entire book reads like real life and that's definitely one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much.

I can easily recommend Finding Erin Campbell to anyone that enjoys YA that mirrors real life.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (#4)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks.

It's been a couple of weeks since my last Stacking the Shelves, so this is what I've added to my shelves since last time...

For Review - From Netgalley

- Awake by Natasha Preston

For Review - From Author

- Love Spell by Mia Kerick
- Off Balance by Terez Mertes Rose

Purchased - Amazon Kindle

- Girl Unseen by Kate Ellison
- The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur
- Unraveling You by Jessica Sorensen

Share your links to your Stacking the Shelves in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit!