Wednesday, May 8, 2013

REVIEW MADNESS AND MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!!!

Hey everyone! *waves*
Okay, so things have bee massively insane lately with The Prophecy being finalized plus 4 other books in the works (yes, I am insane)
So I've become backed up in my list of reviews.
Now, what better way to get them out there in the shortest amount of time possible than to have a
MASS REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!!!
That's right, with every book that is reviewed there will also be a chance to win an ecopy of said book ;) (all the paperbacks are being used in the Birthday Giveaway Extravaganza in JUNE!!!)
Now, this won't be a regular series of reviews where I go into depth about how awesome the books are (or if they suck, which luckily this list doesn't have any sucky ones). Instead, they're going to be short and sweet and directly to the point! *throws confetti*
Not all the books listed below I have read. They will be separate from those that are being reviewed BUT they are the next to go on my TBR and will be included in the giveaway ;)
So, all you guys ready for some massive craziness? You better be, cause here we
GOOOOOOO!!!!
 


 
 
 
MICHELLE LEIGHTON'S REVIEWS

Down To You



One girl. Twin brothers. An uncommon triangle. When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport—twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia.

Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone—a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable and intensely passionate—and already taken. But all it takes is one soft stroke to make Olivia forget he belongs to someone else.

However, Olivia is in for a surprise. These boys have a secret that should make her run away as far and as fast as she can. If only it wasn’t too late. A sensual game between three players has begun, and it’s about to spin deliriously out of control.

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Okay, this book was yummy. And I mean, seriously freaking fan yourself Yummy.
And the twists! OMG the freaking twists drove me insane! (in a completely awesome way, of course)
While I wanted to slap the MC's at times and just throw them at each other and be all 'JUST GET TO IT ALREADY!!! I WANT MORE SMUT!!!' the story in itself was highly entertaining and hilarious. The wit was outstanding, and I loved how the characters interacted with each other ^.^
The only downside to me was the ending. You kind of get tired of happily-ever afters after awhile, and I wanted MORE. Just wanted to keep on reading the story, but alas, all good things have to end.... or do they?
We continue on with book TWO
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Up To Me


For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt so right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash’s ‘bad boy’ reputation is well-earned, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.

Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.

Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life—and for Olivia that’s much easier than letting go, and trusting him with her heart.

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Now things start off really smoothly from the epilogue in Down To You. I mean smooth as butter. And while things are still spicy, since they're already an established couple it's (to me) not as hot as the whole first love thing. BUT in Up To Me there is a series of action packed, tense moments that completely make up for the 'new to love' hotness, and bring about a spice of their own.
AND HOLY SH*T DO I EVER NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES!!!
Because of Nash *sigh* holy hell the twists that come about with the twins are epically awesome, and they're both hot.
They can pour some sugar on me at any time ;) (sorry Jeremy)

The Wild Ones


 
Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.
 
The darling daughter of a champion Thoroughbred breeder, Camille “Cami” Hines has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future—until she met Patrick Henley.
 
“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her—and he just happens to be so sexy she can’t keep her hands off him. While they both know that Trick would lose his much needed job on the ranch if anyone finds out, they can’t resist the lure of their scorchingly hot encounters.
 
But when Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, and secrets with the power to tear them apart…



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I seriously loved this book. It's the perfect type of love story that makes you totally homicidal towards the MC's because all you want to do is see the happily together (with lots of smut! Bring on the smut!) BUT of course they have to f*ck up. ROYALLY!
I mean, OMG why can't they just get their heads out of their own asses long enough to get it on? (hehe)
But it comes together in a wonderful way in the end, and leaves you with an uber feeling of the warm and fuzzy's.

MISTY PROVENCHER'S REVIEWS

Cornerstone
 


CORNERSTONE is the story of Nalena Maxwell, a girl who's been dubbed The Waste at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately needs
something to change in her life. But when she receives a sign (and it's the
wrong dang one) that invites her into an ancient community, EVERYTHING changes-
what she knew of her family and her life and her future. While seventeen years
worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena's life, it is the boy...the
one with eyes as clean as Jesus...that steps up to help Nalena figure out what
he already knows about her...
Okay, I have to be honest. I really didn’t know what in the world to think of this book. As I stated reading it, I found myself with more questions than answers, and even while the MC started becoming frustrated and angry over not knowing and not being told anything, I found myself reflecting the sentiment.
While that would normally throw me off reading a book, Misty has a way of capturing the reader’s attention, and sucking them in from the get go. While I was still fuming and wanted to call her up, demanding to know what the hell was going on, I couldn’t seem to peel my eyes long enough away from my Kindle to actually do so.
The pacing is one of the best that I’ve seen. It’s like a huge build up to a heartbreaking, yet empowering, ending without any lagging between ‘action’ scenes. That’s how curiosity pays off, you’re never bored with what you read, and Cornerstone is definitely not a boring book.
While a lot of YA books tend to be fanciful, full of angst and care free troubles (which can be fun reading when you really don’t want to think about anything, or have any of your values shaken), Cornerstone isn’t like that. While it’s as engaging as the previous mentioned YA types, I’ve discovered that it also has a deeply intellectual value to it also. Now, whether or not Misty decided, whether knowingly or unknowingly, to put in such a sociological base to the book, we may never know. But regardless, it adds even more value to the story, and makes it, in my opinion, a classic that will last throughout the ages.

 
Keystone


There’s a man-made storm coming, like a rip in the world, and it’s called the Cusp.

Struggling to fit into the destiny she’s accepted, Nalena Maxwell has been left with one objective: she must find her murdered grandfather’s Memory. Stolen and hidden away by her own father over seventeen years ago, the Memory could be the key to ending the Cusp and destroying the Ianua’s rival community, The Fury.

Driven by each individual’s selfish desires, The Fury has always lacked the loyalty and organization it needs to be an actual force of power.

Until now.

Someone masterminded the Fury’s massive attack on the Ianua, slaughtering twelve of their thirteen community leaders, the Addos. Now there are rumors that the 13th Cura, to which Nali belongs, has gone to the Fury, manipulating the last Addo in order to control the other 12 Curas.

As the Cusp brings the Fury and their own communities against them, Nalena’s Cura must preserve the Ianua, but finding the key to the Cusp isn’t as simple as it seems.

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HOLY HELL WE'RE GETTING DEEP NOW!
This series just keep getting better and better. Seriously, you'll have your socks knocked off as you fly backwards with wtf moments through this one!
I have no idea how in the hell Misty comes up with these plot twists, but they are SEAMLESS! And with how many there are it is truly remarkable. She doesn't stumble once! A-freaking-mazing ^.^
Now, while we continue with the awesomeness that is her writing, there is still the sociological base that makes you think without making you feel stupid, which is fantastic! While some aspects of Keystone will make you think (sorry to break it to you, but yes, you must use your mind) it is truly engaging regardless! But I am still full of questions which leads toooooo.....
 
JAMB

A second ago, Nalena opened her eyes.
And she was safe in Garrett’s arms.
Then it all comes rushing back—the riots, The Fury, the Cusp. The Ianua community is in a major jam.
Forced into survival mode, the Ianua are holed up in the fortress of the Hotel Celare. Each Cura’s top-ranking members have gathered to guard the last remaining Addo, as the entire community also scrambles to trust one another and organize a new game plan to overthrow The Fury.
The trick is to keep the human race alive.
But The Fury’s game has changed. They have a Mastermind at the helm and he is out to destroy the Ianua.
Terrifying and brilliant, this mysterious Mastermind has organized and focused The Fury like never before. He has recruited the Simple and unleashed the Cusp’s wide-spread chaos all around the world.
And behind the scenes of this big picture, Nalena and everyone around her are busy trying to keep up, while also absorbing the rapid-fire aftershocks of their changing lives. There are traitors everywhere.
While The Cusp is expected to bring twists and turns, Nalena and Garrett never expected it to throw a silverware-drawer full of forks into the road. Each path tests their loyalty and their faith and makes them question who is who.
Including themselves.
And each other.
And in the end, some things, you can never see coming.

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Okay, the only thing I can really manage to utter after reading JAMB is:
 

 
SERIOUSLY! JAMB leaves you freaking hanging! (but in a good way)
You're soooo freaking close to the epic finale, yet it doesn't come!
aaaaahhhhhh!!!!! *head desk*
I need more, STAT!

 
Hale Maree

Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life, going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she can eventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But for now, she's just a 18-year-old girl with a flimsy hope, barely getting by with her alcoholic father, Jerry.
But for Hale, 'crappy' suddenly takes a nosedive, when Jerry becomes the sole witness to a horrible accident. It is an event which means to affect everyone, especially Hale, who wasn't even involved.
While the depth of the accident has just begun to unfold, Otto Maree, a prominent business man and old family friend, stands to lose everything because of it. Otto is desperate for Hale's father to stay quiet about what occurred the night the two men meet for a drink. Out of mutual moments of desperation, the two fathers forge a deal. Jerry is desperate to gain financial stability for both himself and Hale, and Otto Maree is more than willing to pay to keep his secret just that.
But deals like this need to be made of the strongest vows and bound with the most faithful of loyalties. Otto proposes a marriage between Hale and his playboy-son, Oscar, in order to assure that the secret remains 'in the family'. The mystery surrounding the accident continues to grow and Hale struggles against her own mysterious feelings that begin to develop for Oscar, who turns out to less of a playboy, but just as fiercely loyal and dedicated as his father.
As the pressure around her continues to escalate, Hale realizes that she's got to decide if this arranged marriage is really just a big mistake or an amazing twist of fate that has been waiting around for this particular accident to happen.
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So nice, you’ll read it twice.

Dive into a love story where barbaric ideals become a great romance. Throughout the story, I found myself swaying between wanting to slap somebody, to feeling that lovely warm, fuzzy bubble of happiness that makes you want to whimper in joy for the characters, right back to wanting to slap someone.

Oh what a beautifully descriptive roller coaster ride of emotion.

What I loved most about Hale Maree was that it was a ‘real’ love story. Not in the sense that it actually happened to someone, but the fact that it could happen. Some people didn’t like the book for that reason, seemingly wanting to stay with the more fanciful versions of a love story, but to me, it was entirely refreshing. And here’s why:

Hale is a completely complicated, damaged person. She’s gone through so much sh*t in her life that trust comes easy, and love is even harder. When you’ve been raised with an alcoholic who has ruined everything that life has to offer, only to find yourself being ‘sold’ like some barnyard cow, how can you look anything in the face without waiting for the shoe to drop? So, when she’s faced with a man that she is supposed to marry, to find that he already has a girlfriend, and said girlfriend kept showing up, then of course she would be expecting him to take the girlfriend back and leave herself homeless. Its to be expected because that’s the type of behavior she has come to know from people. To believe otherwise would have been a lesson in futility, even though through all things, there will always be hope.

So, with that in mind its completely understandable that she wouldn’t trust him, would be expecting the worst, but yet would still hold a smidgen of hope that everything will turn out alright. After all, if you don’t have hope, there is nothing left to live for.

The book was a quick and lively read, with great witticism and spunk. I found myself devouring it rather quickly, and falling in love with each character, or becoming homicidal with certain characters as the story unfolded and the plot morphed and twisted on itself, sending me through a loop. Brings to mind the saying, ‘you may think you know, but you have no idea’, because it rings true with this story. Regardless of how active your imagination can be, in the end you’ll be shocked to find what happens, because it wasn’t even in the realm of possibilities. Plus, it was pulled off beautifully.

Now, there were some areas that had me almost gritting my teeth in pure anger. While I understood Oscar's need to get Hale out of her shell and to become comfortable with him, at times he seemed almost too pushy, but never crossed the line to truly offend me, and Hales reaction to it always appeased my sensibilities.

I truly loved this book, and did, in fact, read it twice (because it was so nice;)). I highly recommend it, and it is a must read if you’re in a romantic slump (You know how it is, read so much of the same genre that if you even look at another book you’ll end up pulling out your hair and throwing something).

TARA BROWN

Cursed

 
One tragic event can change everything in a life.
It can change the way we see the world around us.
Sometimes it can change the worlds we see.
Worlds we didn't know existed.

When she slips into the In-Between for a few seconds she sees him.
He's more beautiful than anything she has ever seen before.
She's drawn to him in a way she can't explain.

Between the popular girls being poisoned and love's first kiss,
she hardly has time to chase down a mystery man.

As the poison that sent her to the In-Between wreaks havoc on her body,
the man she met there is equally damaging on her heart.

Discover how it all started

How it all unfolded

The first time

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So I love the premise of this book, and the characters were fascinating, the story line intense and the plot twists thoroughly thought out. BUT I was left with more questions than answers, which can be a good thing because it makes me want book two NOW DAMN IT!
hehe
Anyways, its a really really good book. Even though it was frustrating at times I still breezed through it and had a good reader/character relationship.
 
JA REDMERSKI

The Edge Of Never
 
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

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OH MY FLIPPING MONKEYS!!!
I was seriously tempted to freaking hunt down and slap the author over the ending! (and yes, I did tell her that ;)
And it's not because its bad, but HOLY fudge monkey!
Seriously??? *sputters*
she should be soooo thankful there was an epilogue or I would have started a riot!
The Edge Of Never is truly, truly heartfelt.
It made me weep, shocked me to my core and I HAD, my soul demanded, that I read it again (which I did. Three times in a row ;)
It's a must read!
 
JAIME MCQUIRE

Beautiful Disaster

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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First off, I have to say that I loved the concept of the book. The characters were interesting and the story line was great!
Overall I enjoyed it and will read it again.
BUT at times it seemed like the problems would just never be solved and that the MC's would NEVER grow up.
Hey, I'm all about things being thrown in the way to f*ck up a budding relationship, but at times it was getting close to ridiculous.
Still though, there were many many redeeming qualities, and as stated, I would read it again ;)

HEATHER HILDENBRAND

Imitation
 
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.

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A lot of people when they read the synopsis pass this book by.
BIG FREAKING MISTAKE!!!
Imitation is highly refreshing in the YA market. I loved it from beginning to end and have wanted more from it (which lucky for me there will be more *happy dance*)
Heather has a way of captivating readers with her 'voice'. I highly admire her work and her books is one of the  main reasons that I, myself, became an author ^.^ Yes, she is THAT good!

I loved the characters (all of them, there weren't any 'just because' characters. Each one has a purpose) and hated the villain (you will find no sympathy from me!) Imitation consumed me and I literally finished it in 3 hours. Now, that may not seem like much to you, but I have 4 kids, so reading an ENTIRE book in 3 hours with them causing hell is unheard of except in special cases. Which this was one of few ;)

It's highly addicting and a must read! 

GEORGIA CATES

Beauty From Pain

They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth makes him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

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This book made me want to become a stripper O.O
The MC is NOT a stripper, but if you have read this/will read it then you will understand WHY I opened up my review with that particular statement.

I really loved Beauty From Pain, and adored the fact that there wasn't a happy ending. Love too swiftly that is automatically wedding bells kind of piss me off. This book has none of those.
And it's HOT! Oh lordy how its hot! (sorry Jeremy)
I can't wait to get my greedy paws on the next one!
 
CHANDA HAHN 

UnEnchancted

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crushes life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it's next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.

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A very refreshing take on the Grimm fairy tales. I LOVED IT!
The story line was awesome, and I loved the MC and how she's not one of those 'woe is me, I can't do this' type of people (the ones you want to smack on the back of the head). Nope, Mina's got some balls and will do whatever it takes to protect her family, even putting herself at risk! She's freaking fabulous!


Fairest
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who is the Fairest of them all?
In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don’t all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story’s first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family. But a new player arises to challenge Mina while new rules revamp the game she has just barely begun to understand.
All the while, people are mysteriously disappearing, including Jared, whom Mina must finally determine to be friend or foe. And with the loss of her greatest weapon, Mina must try to outwit a lethal hunter. Can Mina survive the most difficult quest yet while protecting those she loves from falling victim to one of the deadliest tales of all? Or will she become a pawn when she strikes a bargain with the Queen of Fae?

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OOOOOH its getting tricky up in here!
She does it again with warping a Grimm fairy tale! (and I love the Grimm's, seriously, I do).
It normally pisses me off whenever someone messes with a legendary tale, but I have to say Chanda did the proud!
While keeping the main points of the fairy tales, she's also adding the twist of putting them into a modern era (woot woot)
WARNING: HIGHLY ADDICTING!
 
JA TEMPLETON

The Deepest Cut
Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother's life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she's somehow responsible for her mom's death, Riley is desperate to see her mother's elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn't get worse--that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley's falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she's not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn't complicated enough, the malevolent spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she'll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.

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Okay, so this book SHOCKED me. Self-mutilation brought out into the daylight? HELL YES!
It is extremely emotionally touching as well as fantastically captivating.
I fell hard for the MC's and found myself rooting for them throughout the entire book!
Tis awesome my lovelies!!! *happy dance*
Which is why I was ecstatic that there was another book!
 
The Haunted
After battling a malevolent ghost that held the spirit of her friend Ian MacKinnon bound to the land for two hundred years, sixteen-year-old reluctant psychic, Riley Williams, felt as if she was finally easing into her new life in Scotland.

Or so she thought.

Laria, the spirit of the witch who had cursed Ian wants revenge for Riley's interference and she's bringing along friends--dark entities who thrive on evil.

The one bright spot in Riley's world is Ian's descendent, Kade MacKinnon, who could easily be Ian's modern day twin. The parallels between the two guys are undeniable. As Riley's relationship with Kade blossoms, she begins to realize Laria has grown in her power since their last confrontation--a power that could very well manipulate the living just as effectively as the dead.

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So I'm not the bravest person in the world, but I'm slightly masochistic (hehe).
I LOVE being afraid, and this book did it for me something fierce!
*shudders*
I had to have every light on in the house while reading and even thought about getting a priest to bless it, but it would probably just piss any malevolent spirits that MAY be in here off.
(a lovely thought to fall asleep to, let me tell you).
But damn, it was soooooo good!
 
The Departed
Psychic? Check.

Haunted by a malevolent spirit who is making life a living hell? Check.

In love with a smoking hot Scot, who is the reincarnation of the man creepy malevolent ghost murdered two centuries before? Check.

Friends and family think you’re losing your mind? Check.

Welcome to the life of sixteen-year-old Riley Williams, whose life hasn’t been the same since she moved to Scotland and met the spirit of Ian MacKinnon, and Laria, the witch who murdered him.

Since helping Ian cross over to the other side, Riley became Laria’s target, and now the witch has made it clear she wants her dead. Laria has already possessed Riley’s brother and friends, and Riley is starting to feel a little strange herself. She just hopes that she can stop Laria before the ghost takes everything from her. With her boyfriend Kade, her brother, and her buddies by her side, Riley is in for the fight of her life.

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Creepier than the second book!
Almost gave me nightmares!
I mean, holy shitballs! eek! *hides*
BUT, again while scaring the crap out of me, it was such a good freaking story!
The entire series had a flawless storyline to it and was highly addicting (even if terrifying).
I loved every single aspect of it and have plans to  scare myself again by re-reading it!
 
COLLEEN HOOVER

Hopeless
Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies?

Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she's tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.

Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.

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Holy.....
What the......
*shock*
I was stunned for days after reading Hopeless. It made my heart race, my blood turn to ice and for me to feel like I would projectile vomit when everything was revealed.
It has to be one of the most horrifyingly beautiful books that I have ever read in my entire life!
I didn't see it coming, I didn't want to see it coming. A part of me wants to scrub my eyes out just to get the words out of my mind. And of course, with reading I ended up getting a visual.
Not a lovely thing to do whenever you have children.
I'm seriously wanting to burn it because of what's revealed, but I also want to read it again because the overall triumph and story is amazing.
Geesh, I'm feeling bi-polar.


(on my TBR)
LAURA HOWARD

The Forgotten Ones
Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.
FRANKIE ROSE

Raksha
She has no name.

She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…

Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt…

Love.

When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

Raksha is the call of the dead. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.
DANI MORALES

Entrecalen
One girl faces tethered responsibilities in the form of three boys.
One boy dealt a hard hand but rises above in search of his destiny.
Two separate lives desperate for a break, collide.
Falling in love was never the plan but it happened anyway.
Time's running out and both their fears comes to light.
The key to defeating darkness lies within their family lineage.
Were they thrown together by chance or fate?
Will love conquer all or will a sacrifice be made?
NICHOLE CHASE

Suddenly Royal


Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

So there we have it! All the books that are in the giveaway below *points* except for ONE!
Hehe. My first book, The Prophecy, will be published on June 24th! BUT I'm adding an ARC copy into the giveaway (you're welcome) just for the fun of it.

How the giveaway is going to go down is that whatever order the winners come in will match the book that is being given away. If you own or have read the book you won, then let me know and you will win another book that is on the list of your choice ^.^
Lets start the fun!