Friday, June 28, 2013

Blood Rule (Dirty Blood #4) by Heather Hildenbrand COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY!

I have another exciting cover reveal for ya'll today! Blood Rule is #4 in the Dirty Blood series. If you have not read any of these books yet, What are you waiting for?! They are amazeballs. This is the series that made me a werewolf fan. The covers have just progressively gotten better each time and Blood Rule takes the cake! I love it! It's dark and depressing and reeks of creepiness. I can't wait to dive into this book head first!

Blood Rule (Dirty Blood #4) by Heather Hildenbrand
Projected Publication Date: August 6, 2013
That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.
Two days. Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.
That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.
That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes.
That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I'm pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry - and fussing at my kids. I'm a multi-tasker. 

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers! 

*Taken from Heather's GoodReads profile.

Previous Dirty Blood Covers:

 So, what do you guys think? Are you as excited as I am? Let me know!

Plus, Also a giveaway! Cuz everything's better with a giveaway right?!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Nomad by J.L. Bryan COVER REVEAL!

NOMAD is a brand new release from J.L. Bryan, author of Jenny Pox (The Paranormals) series & The Songs of Magic series! I, for one, am stoked about this book! I am a huge, HUGE Jenny Pox fan, so Nomad just has to be epic! This cover is pretty bad ass if you ask me. Pink hair & platform boots? Yes, please.

 I. Can. Not. Wait.

*Cover by PhatPuppy Art ( http://phatpuppyart.com/ )*
NOMAD by J.L. Bryan
Expected publication: July 26th 2013

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood. By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, dogs Violet and Tiger Lily, and cats Shadow and Sue.
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PS. This was my very first cover reveal. I couldn't be more excited that it's for one of my favorite authors! Hopefully I didn't screw anything up! *crosses fingers*

Friday, June 21, 2013

Found (Penny Black #1) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Title: Found (Penny Black #1)
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Write Free
Publication Date: February 24, 2013
Source: via NetGalley for review

From the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy comes FOUND (Penny Black #1) the first book in a whole new NA trilogy set in the Society world.
Discover what happened to Zellie, Avery, Melody, and Ben!
And meet Penny Black, a girl with a past that can see the future.

Penny Black hasn’t had it easy. Just about everything you’d expect to happen to a harassed foster-kid turned junkie has happened to Penny. Add in the mysterious power to rewind time, conducting events around her, and it’s a wonder she held up on the streets for so many years. Now, at seventeen, the New Society has found her. Finally, Penny is where she belongs. But that doesn’t stop the visions, or the need to protect the victims shown to her.
Wyatt Adams is excited and intrigued when his sister Melody assigns him to be Penny’s Lookout. Being the youngest, and hopelessly ordinary in the family that created the New Society, has left Wyatt feeling like he has a lot to prove -- and Penny is a big deal. She’s got abilities that surpass any he’s seen before…and pretty much every quality he looks for in a girlfriend, but no one needs to know about that, especially Penny.

I received Found through Netgalley to review. I didn't realize that this was a companion book but I didn't find it hard to follow either.

Found seems to be set in a semi futuristic setting. The world seems fairly normal except that all the cars have auto drive. (which would be nice! Real world, get with the program!) People exist who have some sort of "superpowers". Nothing like super human strength but more like mind control and time warping.

There are lots of characters to follow through out this story but the main one is Penny Black. I really wasn't impressed. I didn't hate her character but I didn't connect to her either. Penny is a runner. She knows she's different but doesn't know why. She has spent her life thus far on the streets and moving from town to town. When the Society School finds her and takes her back to the safety of their "compound", I feel as tho she trusted way to easy. You spend your life running, but your going to trust the first people who show up and claim to be your family? Strange.

She quickly makes friends and connects to her Lookout, Wyatt. I feel like we didn't learn much about him (or any other character) but that could be because this is a companion book.

There is love, friendship and fighting. Actually, not much fighting, but I don't want to give away anything just in case you do feel drawn to read Found. The ending just seemed way to easy to me. It left me wanting more .. of something.

My one biggest peeve with Found is the overuse of the word bueno. Could you just have said good? great? amazing? awesome? But no, it was bueno. Every. Single. Time.

Found was not really that "bueno" for me. I just don't find that I have the interest to give the Zellie Wells series a shot. To each, their own.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure Review

Introducing imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPRESS is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPRESS, your nails will always be your best accessory.

imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit imPressManicure, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!
- Taken from the Broadway Nails imPress product page @ Influenster.
A few weeks ago I received the Influenster Spring Fever VoxBox. It was filled with different products for me to try and review. The Broadway Nails imPRESS nails were one of them. I received mine in the color Over the Moon. I will admit that this pattern is not something that I would have picked out for myself, but they are cute. 
I was pretty skeptical before I tried these. I mean, press on nails? In my mind, I picture the ones I always used as kids that would pop off after like 5 minutes. These are not those nails. I was super impressed (get it?!) with these nails! I applied them on a Monday afternoon and almost 2 weeks later, they were still on my nails. I eventually just pulled them off because I was ready for a change. The only thing I did as I was applying them was file my nails a bit. Just to sort of "rough" them up and give the glue something to stick to. I don't know if it was a fluke, or what, but I love these things! I am planning to buy some in all kinds of designs and colors, just to have on hand for when I want a quick, fun manicure!

Find & Follow Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure @

(I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Source: purchased

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

Can Laini Taylor write or what? In face, she writes so well that I had to reread parts of this book just to make sure I understood it correctly. I'm not a writer and I'm definitely not an English major. My vocabulary is pretty basic. I even had to look up a few words to know their meaning. Wow, that makes me sound dumb. HA! Kudos to you, Ms. Taylor. You are a beautiful writer.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is about a girl named Karou. Karou is a human girl who was raised by demons, so to speak. She falls in love with an angel named Akiva. He's set on destroying all demons because they killed his one true love. This story is about angels and demons. Well, Chimera to be specific. it's about a war in another world from humans. It's about love and family and choices.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a brilliant story. I can't believe I haven't read it sooner. Through her writing, Ms. Taylor will make you laugh, cry, get mad, swoon and just feel. I love a good book that makes you feel. I loved everything about this book. Karou's character is fantastic. She's a human girl who was raised by the devil. She's bad ass and she knows it. Akiva's character is dark and mysterious. He reeks of a troubled past and a sensitive heart. The way these two characters connect to each other is fabulous. The cover is gorgeous, the writing is exquisite and the story is something you need to read to believe.

Don't walk, run and get yourself a copy. You do not want to miss out on the magic that is the Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Random Wednesday {Book Haul #1}

I've been trying to decide on a blogging schedule. Something that is easy and I know I'll stick to it. I've been pretty set on Monday's and Friday's being for reviews, but the rest I can't decide on. So I came up with Random Wednesdays. (I don't think this is an actual meme that's out there, but there are so many who can keep up?) And pretty much, I'll post whatever. Today it's a mini book haul & sale promotion. Next week I plan on doing my Influenster Spring VoxBox review post. Random...

I don't really get books that often, which is why I've opted to not do the Stacking the Shelves or IMM meme's. Maybe one day if things change, but for now I'll just have random book haul posts. The following are just a few books I've picked up over the last few weeks.

Gone by Micheal Grant - I've wanted to read this series since it came out. I saw Gone at Target for only $4 and I couldn't say no!
Shadow Falls - The Beginning (Books 1 & 2) by C.C. Hunter - I also saw this at Target. I'd never heard of this series before but it sounded interesting.
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor - I loved, loved, loved the first book. That review is coming up in a few days. So naturally I have to read book 2!
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger - Who doesn't love the sound of prim and proper girls who double as deadly assassins? Sign me up!

The following 3 books are thanks to Netgalley!

Dead Little Dolly by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli - This was a "read now" book on Netgalley and I thought it sounded pretty interesting. So I decided to give it a shot.
Bloodspell by Amalie Howard - Witches, Vampires & who knows what else. I always love a good witchy, vampire book.
Enamoured by Shannon Curtis - A story that has a fairy tale twist sounds awesome to me. I can't wait to read this one!

(Click on the titles to take you to the GoodReads page!)

Also, on a special note, I have an announcement about a book sale. I've recently signed up to be a part of the Dirty Blood Street Team. The Dirty Blood series is written by Heather Hildenbrand. She also has written a few other books and this is one of them. 

Everyone is exactly like me.
There is no one like me.
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing?
My entire life is an imitation.
I am an Imitation.
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun.
I am a prisoner.
I am not Raven Rogen.
I am here to die.

I, personally, have not read this book yet, but I know that I want to! And on Thursday, June 13 - Friday, June 14, Imitation is only $.99!! You can't beat a deal like that. I know I will be taking advantage of this great deal and so should you! Support an amazing author and read a great story!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Title: Entangled
Author: Nikki Jefford
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: February 20, 2012
Source: purchased an e-copy

Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.
Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn't half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.
The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.
Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

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Witches in high school. That kinda sums up Entangled. We have Charlotte and Graylee, twin witches, who are in a normal high school.

Our main character is Graylee. She's just your average girl. Nothing super special. She just doesn't like to stand out. She is the exact opposite of her sister. Charlotte is a popular (mean) girl. Hot boyfriend, dumb friends and slutty clothes.

Graylee has an accident and dies. Her mother works some forbidden magic to bring her back. The problem? She comes back inside Charlotte's body. this forces the girls to share, each living every other day.

I picked up Entangled because it was about witches. Although, half way through, I found myself getting kind of bored. But I trucked on just for the sake of finding out what happens.

I actually can't pin point what I didn't like about Entangled. To me, it seemed well written and pretty in depth with the characters. I just couldn't get into it. I hate that I can't figure out how to elaborate on my reasoning but I honestly can't figure it out. Perhaps I read it at the wrong time. Maybe my mood just wouldn't allow me to like it. Who knows? I've seen lots of love for this series, so pick up your own copy and decide for yourself.

It was still an ok read and I don't regret picking up Entangled. I just don't believe I want to dive any further into this series.

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