Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint ANythingOk, I am going to say it. I don’t just love Sarah Dessen. I ADORE her! Man, I have been missing me some Sarah since The Moon and More came out about 2 years ago. Basically I had started my obsession with her writing with Just Listen and plowed through all of her writings in about 2 months. I am not sure I can describe what draws me to her. Her writing just seems so effortless, like it’s just there on the page and she doesn’t even have to try. Easy as breathing. But the topic of each book brings to life those teen years when everything is so in flux, fluid, complicated and scary. Whether dealing with rape, dating violence, complicated parental relationships or just finding out who you are and where your place is in the world, Dessen nails it. EVERY. TIME. I bask in her words and am always sad when I am done!
SO Saint Anything, what’s it about? Sidney Stanford has always been the invisible one to her older brother. He was so vibrant and full of life and color until, one night, he is involved in a drunk driving accident which results in a 15 year old becoming paralyzed. Sidney feels so much guilt for what she perceives as her family’s inability to accept that ultimately, the responsibility falls squarely on her brothers shoulders. In the aftermath of her brother’s incarceration, Sidney seeks solace in the arms of the Chatham family, especially their son, Mac, where for the first time, she really feels seen. Such an AWESOME read. Also, this cover totally rocks it!  Amzing!!  Dessen’s best yet!!

5 stars

The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott Cover Reveal

Y’all, I am SOOOO excited to be able to share all the good stuff about Ginger’s newest endeavor, the final book in her This is Falling series.  If you follow my blog at all, you know I LOVE me some Ginger!  Check out my reviews for the first two books in the series, This is Falling and You and Everything After

SO??  Are y’all ready??  Here it is!

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Don’t you love it??  Totally swoon worthy! So what’s it about?  Well here is a bit of a sneak peek:

I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.

Because I like you

EXCERPT:

I’m slow with my hand, and when she sees my fingers near her cheek, her breath hitches again.

“I like you, Paige,” I repeat, my voice a whisper, my lips close to her ear. I barely remember how to do this, how to do any of this, but every movement, every word with her right now feels so natural. “I don’t want to. You don’t want me to. But I do. And so do you. And we can keep fighting, and you can walk away from things, and you can yell at me when nothing makes sense and you don’t have anyone else to blame. I’m okay with that. I’ll be that guy. Even though part of me doesn’t want to. That part is fucking terrified. But the rest of me…”

I step back again, my hand fully on her cheek now, her weight resting on me, her eyes closed, lips still trembling.

“The rest of me just wants to kiss you,” I say, closing the inches quickly until my lips touch hers, surprise hers, claim hers and quell her fears all in one action. Her protest is short, and soon her hands find my shoulders and then my back and she pulls me into her. My hands are holding her face, and we both walk backward until her back is against my door.

I reach with one hand, frantic to find the doorknob, desperate to open the damn door. Panicked that if I break this contact she’ll stop, that she’ll slap me, that she’ll go back to not wanting to…anything. When I get the door open, we both fall inside, but our lips never part, our grip remains tight on one another. Reaching with one hand, I close the door behind us gently, not wanting to make any sound that could possibly get us caught.

This cannot be interrupted. It’s still too new, too at risk for being the only time I get to feel this. Goddamn does she taste like the most expensive drink I’ve ever had. Scooping her into my arms, I pull her even closer to me, until my legs hit the bed. I don’t want her to think anything other than this kiss is enough. I’ve thought about more. Fuck, I think about more twenty-three of my twenty-four hours, dreaming when I’m sleeping, daydreaming when I’m awake. But this kiss—it’s enough right now.

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About the Author:

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.  A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.  When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Broken Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Broken BloodSo I have to apologize for the lateness of my review!  Crazy happenings in my personal life, moving, work, kids…ARGH!!  I’m so BEHIND on my reading so I am going to give y’all several reviews today!  First off, the last installment of the Dirty Blood series, book 5.  Broken Blood begins where Blood Rule left off.  Wes is wanted to for the murder of Cord’s Hunter friend and Tara has been kidnapped by Stepp’s crazy hybrids and tortured so Stepp can use her for his own devious plans.  Will she see her wolf pack again?  What has Alex’s role been in all of this and can she trust him?  And what will her ultimate choice be?  Leading the Cause with Wes?  Or a choice that will result in her death or the death of those she holds dear?

I really did enjoy this series and felt this book was a great end to it.  The world building is wonderful.  It felt totally believable and I could immerse myself in that world.  The characters were spot on (although at times I wanted to throttle Tara’s mom–COME ON, WOMAN!!) and the plot was well written and kept me wanting more.  All and all, a great ending to a fantastic series!  If you are a fantasy fan, and want to see a different type of werewolf story, check it out!  Bonus?  She has a spin-off series coming out in 2016.  I can’t wait!

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout Cover Reveal!!!

So I have been lucky enough to be a part of the cover reveal for the last book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Dark Elements series Every Last Breath.  The Dark Elements series includes the prequel novella Bitter Sweet Love, and three full length novels White Hot Kiss, Stone Cold Touch, and the final installment set to release on July 28, 2015, Every Last Breath.  If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you must!  A great blend of world building, romance, suspense; I love every aspect of it and one more win for Jennifer Armentout in my book!  I have not read one of her books that I haven’t fallen in love with starting with her YA novel Obsidian (Lux series-Dameon Black? Yes Please!!) and moving over into realistic fiction with the New Adult series Wait for You (The number of book boyfriends I have because of Armentrout is astounding!).  So, without further ado, here is the cover for Every Last Breath!  Don’t forget to pre-order, links below!  I am also including synopsis and brand new covers for the other books in the series!  Links for ordering all of these are there as well!  Enjoy!

Every Last BreathEVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

Stone Cold TouchSTONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.”

Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

White Hot KissWHITE HOT KISS synopsis:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

 Bitter Sweet LoveBITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

“With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers’ hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout’s previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!” –RT Book Reviews

Jennifer L. ArmentroutJennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

EVERY LAST BREATH Pre-Order Links:

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STONE COLD TOUCH Buy Links:

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WHITE HOT KISS Buy Links:

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Buy Links:

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Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlarmentrout

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4476934.Jennifer_L_Armentrout

EVERY LAST BREATH Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455817-every-last-breath?ac=1

STONE COLD TOUCH Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455815-stone-cold-touch?ac=1

WHITE HOT KISS Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455585-white-hot-kiss?bf=500&from_search=true

BITTER SWEET LOVE Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455811-bitter-sweet-love?ac=1

Blood Rule by Heather Hildenbrand (Dirty Blood book 4)

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Ok, man is this getting good!! Tara is now alpha to a pack, bonded to them as she is with George.  Vera and Alex are both in comas- Alex from the bite Tara inflicted and Vera from her illness.  And on top of all of this, Gordon Stepp has revoked The Cause’s amnesty, kicked Edie (AKA Grandma) of CHAS and has made Wes a prime suspect in the death of Cord’s friend, Mal.  Whew!  Now everyone must go into hiding until a plan is devised.  But Tara, never one to sit still, will have none of it, and the consequences will be far reaching, separating her from everyone she knows and loves!

Guys, it keeps getting better, and LORD is there a cliffhanger!  If you haven’t started it yet, pick up Dirty Blood now!!  You won’t be disappointed!!

Blood Bond by Heather Hildenbrand (Book 3 in the Dirty Blood series)

Blood BondHybrids.
If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.
Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.”

With most series I read, I tend to absolutely love the first one, the second one keeps me interested enough to keep going, and if there are more than three, well, at that point I just HAVE to finish it but have totally lost whatever captured my attention in the first book.  This series is NOT like that.  I actually love the third book in the Dirty Blood series as much as the first!  It is keeping me engaged, there is so much mystery and suspense layered in with the arc of story, It keeps me wanting more and I love it!

In this installment, we find Tara going across the country with George to the man that may be the only one that can help them both, her great uncle, Astor DeLuca.  Is he as crazy as the members of CHAS contend? Or does he hold the answers to Tara’s questions? Why does CHAS have it out for him? What does his research have to do with Tara? And why is she starting to shift to her wolf form now, instead of when she was younger.  Tara continues to grow into her role as the leader that Vera has seen her become.  And while she and Wes grow closer, Alex reappears, making her muddled heart even more so.

The most refreshing part about this book is that her explanations for life in the hunter/werewolf world actually make sense and that is not an easy task when dealing with a made up world so kudos to you, Heather!  If you haven’t checked out Dirty Blood yet, you should definitely pick it up!  Links to purchase are below. What do you have to lose?  Dirty Blood, the first in the series, is currently FREE in both Kindle and Nook formats!

Dirty Blood (Book 1) Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Cold Blood (Book 2) Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Blood Bond (Book 3) Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Blood Rule (Book 4) Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Broken Blood (Book 5) Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Cold Blood by Heather Hildenbrand (Book 2 in the Dirty Blood series)

 

 Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected.

For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they’re kicking your butt in the process.
At least I’ve got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De’Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he’s destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn’t going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point’s evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here? ” 

 So in the second installment of Heather Hildenbrand’s Dirty Blood  Series, Tara has been sent off to an elite boarding school for hunter and she is none to happy about it.  Basically, she is still kept in the dark about a number of things on both the hunter and werewolf side of things which is causing her to find solace with her new trainer, someone she feels a sort of kinship with.  Her family, as well as Wes, are still keeping her in the dark about so many things, who can she really trust?  I found this a great follow up to Dirty Blood.  Once again, the world building and writing is excellent. I also love her character development.  I find that I agree with every action Tara makes based on what she is told and not told.  There is only one instance I wanted to pull her aside and say NO!  You don’t want to do that!  I love the addition of Alex to throw a kink into the prophecy!  And he’s also a great character, I adore him! On the whole, a great addition to the series!  I can’t wait for the next book!