Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Tempest by Julia Cross

You guys! I have one book that I’m really, really looking forward to! Would you be surprised if I tell you that after seeing this yesterday…it jumped to top 5 books on my wishlist?

I present…

Tempest by Julia Cross!

Jackson thought he had all the time in the world with Holly. Until time took him away from her . . .

Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy . . . who just happens to be able to travel through time. It’s all just harmless fun until the day Jackson witnesses his girlfriend, Holly, get fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years, but it’s not long before the people who shot Holly come looking for him. And these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit (or kill) this powerful young time-traveler. Jackson must decide how far he is willing to go to save Holly . . . and the entire world.

Why I like it so much:

It sounds like a novel with romance, fantasy, action and suspense. I love the idea of being able to jump in time. The elements of danger and responsibility also add color to the novel. And the cover is freaking gorgeous!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: Tiger's Curse + Wildefire

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

-Grab your current read.
-Open to a random page.
-Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
-Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m currently reading two titles: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck and Wildefire by Karsten Knight.

My Teasers:

Mae West, a famous vaudeville actress, once said, “A man’s kiss is his signature.” I grinned to myself. If that was true, then Ren’s signature was the John Hancock of kisses.

-p. 251, Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (ARC)

With a crackle from above as if the fabric of heaven itself were tearing in half, Lizzie’s head snapped back, and a bolt of lightning shot from her mouth up into the clouds. The flash was blinding.

-p. 40 of 401, Wildefire by Karsten Knight (ARC)

What’s your teaser this week? Comment below and I’ll drop by later! 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review: Angel's Fury by Byrony Pearce

Book Description via Goodreads:

ARC, 341 pages
July 4, 2011, Egmont UK

I've started to have dreams while I'm awake. I remember music I've never heard ... I've got all this extra stuff in my head, but I'm forgetting things from my own life. I feel like I'm being taken over.

Cassie Farrier has always suffered from terrifying nightmares. On a trip to Germany she recognises scenes from her dreams and finds evidence of a sixty year-old massacre. Fearing for her sanity, her family sends Cassie to a retreat where she meets others with symptoms like her own and finds out that she has lived a number of past lives.

However, the Doctor at the retreat is not what she seems. Cassie and the boy she comes to love must escape the Doctor’s influence but can they also escape the misery of their shared past?

Source: Egmont UK & Jo (Thank you!)

My Thoughts:

For as long as Cassie could remember, she had dreams about death and violence. Every night, she relived the horrifying scene. She was restless and troubled. But she still had to live her life, study and make the most out of everything. When she went to Germany, she came face-to-face with a world that she visited every night in her dreams. While in Germany, her dreams came with a renewed intensity and ferocity that she did not expect.

Pearce’s writing was hypnotic. The terror, creepy vibe of it washed over me in waves. The fast pace only intensified the eeriness of Angel’s Fury. Soon I was flipping through the pages. The reincarnation theme in this novel was backed up by a really good twist on the usual mythology. When Cassie went to Mount Hermon, she found out about the truths behind her dreams and that she was not alone with her struggle. There were other people at the facility too, some of them even younger than her. Each one of them had their own burden.

But the treatment that was supposed to cure her was doing the opposite. Cassie felt that she was unraveling. She was losing herself, being taken over, and foreign things filled her mind day and night. The Doctor said that she was making good progress. But could she really trust the Doctor after everything she had seen and experienced in Mount Hermon?

Cassie found herself attracted to Seth. He was the friendly, charming type who seemed like a big brother to all the other kids there at Mount Hermon. There was a little surge of electricity between them. It was a good start to a budding romance.

I was emotionally invested in Cassie and even Seth. The characters were well-developed. It was so easy to like them. During their stay in Mount Hermon, I was worried. The Doctor appeared to be keeping secrets from them. Pandra, the longest-staying patient, treated the Doctor’s words like gospel. That kind of dedication was too intense that it was scary. Things were always interesting inside the facility. I always found something that piqued my interest. Sometimes I was amused, sometimes I was overwhelmed.

Angel’s Fury is a breath of fresh air, an original and intriguing take on angels and nephilim. Compelling, haunting and heart-pounding, Angel’s Fury will satisfy readers with its smooth plot, strong heroine, psychological touch and its tale of cycles, hope, and redemption. I highly recommend this to readers of paranormal and angel enthusiasts!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday in YA (4) Bookish News

Hi everyone! Classes were cancelled yesterday because of heavy rain. That means I had time to surf the internet, check other bloggers’ posts and join a few contests.

As of the moment, I’m happily downloading the audiobook of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater from Sync. For each week, they have two free audiobooks. On July 28-August 3, you can download Jo Treggiari’s Ashes, Ashes.

Yesterday, I saw the most beautiful 2012 cover I’ve ever seen. It’s Everneath by Brodi Ashton. See those wisps of red and the smoke? I love it. Very dramatic effect. And read the synopsis. It sounds SO good!

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

Book 1 is scheduled for release in January 2012.

Candace at Candace’s Book Blog is giving away Steel by Carrie Vaughn or a pirate book.
She is also currently hosting an event called My Favorite Things. There are lots if giveaways included. Check it out here.

The wonderful people at Fire and Ice are giving away an ARC of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.

Melissa Walker is also giving away 5 ARCs of Small Town Sinners at her site.

And…if you’ve been here around May, you’ll know that I raved about Legend by Marie LuI found another art by Marie. It’s so pretty that I just can’t help but posting it here.

Last but not the least, Jennifer Murgia, one of the nicest, sweetest and most generous authors ever is having a contest. She is looking for an angel to be introduced in the third and final book of her trilogy.

What you need to do: Create an angelic character with a Fanart photo and a character description.

Email your entries to jennifermurgia8 (at )!

Check the contest poster for more details!