Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Book from Cindy C. Bennett!!

Now available: Cindy C Bennett's The End of Feeling

After missed deadlines and pushed-back release dates, it's finally here!

Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality.

Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm—friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into her life through what he claims is just friendship.

Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls—something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the fa├žade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.

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Here's what's being said about The End of Feeling


The End of Feeling is a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Haunting, heartbreaking, in other words, another winner for Bennett!
~ Sherry Gammon, author of Unlovable

From the moment I picked it up, my heart was warmed, melted, broken, and pieced back together again. A beautiful story that will leave you aching long after the last page.
~ Jamie Canosa, author of Falling to Pieces

A tale of hope and love about a couple of teens who have every reason to believe in neither. It's raw and real, but leaves us believing in the power of redemption.
~ Juli Caldwell, author of Psyched

The reality both characters live makes their story captivatingly unique, and emotionally powerful. . . Demonstrates the beautiful truth that two people can learn to be true to themselves, no matter what—especially while falling in love. 
~ Heather Frost, author of The Seers trilogy

The struggles in this story bring to light the fact that beauty and truly miraculous things can be found in the everyday, and that the most important thing any one of us can possess, is love.

Once again Cindy C Bennett's incredible talent shines through yet another masterpiece . . . a triumphant story of love, compassion and human strength.

Bennett brilliantly weaves the fears and trepidation of two teens treading the hazards of acceptance, young love, and. Curl up with this story and enjoy the ride—it's terrific.

Learn more at Cindy C Bennett's blog.

Visit The End of Feeling blog to read the full reviews.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Image & description from goodreads.com
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do--and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.


My Thoughts:
I took my time with this one.  Knowing it was the last in the series, I wanted to savor every second with Perry & Aria.  This book was so action packed I had to stop & take a breather.  My heart was pounding out of my chest!  With the fate of so many resting on their shoulders, Aria & Perry have insurmountable obstacles to over come.  I ached as they made sacrifices that seemed unbearable.  This story is a testament to the human spirit.  When all fight, negotiations & even hope were lost, they didn't give up.  Just like the other two books in this series, the characters are amazing.  Even the villainous among them were spectacular.  I have only stumbled upon a few dystopian series that I loved and this one is my all time favorite!  Relationships take time and need to evolve which is exactly what Rossi does expertly.  The world she created just envelopes you.  While I am sad to see the series come to an end, I hope one day we'll get to read about Aria & Perry's future.  Maybe a spin off series will come along.
Jump into this series ASAP!  You will not be disappointed.

ARC provided by the publisher for a fair & honest review.  


Monday, March 10, 2014

5 star Review: Crash into You by Katie McGarry

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The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

My Thoughts:

I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series, but this one is my favorite so far.  I don't know if it's the stereo typical bad boy crush or what.  Isaiah is loyal almost to a fault.  He sticks it out through bad & worse.  He's like a tattooed knight in shining armor!  Rachel was exactly the person Isaiah needed to show him his true self worth and he was the person she needed to stand up for herself.  Both were victims of their circumstances.  Neither one let those circumstances limit them.  I loved watching the growth in both characters.  Katie McGarry always knows the perfect recipe for making her characters pragmatic and so easy to love.  Her books handle sensitive subjects with delicacy and realism. Of course I highly recommend them all!

For readers 15 & up.

Mild language & some sexual content.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

~OMG!  Those eyes!  I can't wait to read this.  I've read all the books in this series & I'm here to tell you, it is FULL of some hot, delicious man-candy!~


Brigid Kemmerer website: http://www.brigidkemmerer.com

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Barnes & Noble link to Elemental Series: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/brigid-kemmerer/3072647




Monday, January 20, 2014

Review: The Offering by Kimberly Derting


True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.



My Thoughts: 
At first I didn't want to read this book. For no other reason than I didn't want to see this awesome series come to an end. But Kimberly did a perfect job, so I am proud to add it as one of my first books to finish in 2014. In this book we watch as Queen Charlaina (Charlie)tries to prevent war for her country all the while continuing the battle against Sabara for control over herself. We also watch unfold, the struggle Charlie has with herself over the real reason behind some of her decisions. With enemies closing in on her inside & out Charlie makes some very difficult, but brave choices. As with the books before the characters are easy to relate to and completely fall in love with. The new characters are wonderful additions to round the story out. The series retained its uniqueness in all three books. If you're truly looking for something new & fresh I beg you...read this series!!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop ~ INT


My fellow book junkies!  You are awesome and I'm so glad there are so many of us!  Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Guest Post: 10 Things About Kimberly Derting

True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

The amazing author of The Pledge, The Essence & The Offering has given us some tid bits we, or at least I, didn't know about her. 

1. When I was little, I collected Star Wars trading cards. All of them! I cataloged them in shoe boxes. I might have been a little nerdy.


      2. I love Nerds bubblegum. I once ordered a 20-pound box because they’re almost impossible to find in stores.

      3. I can’t get enough of online shopping. I’m pretty sure the UPS guy thinks I’m a shut-in.

      4.  On writing days, I only get “writer-ready” which is good enough for my family, close friends, and maybe even the UPS guy.  #showeringisoptional

      5.  I consider Entertainment Tonight / US Weekly/ People Magazine “the news”.  Is it wrong that I love hearing all about Hollywood’s hook-ups, break-ups, and meltdowns??? 

      6. I once went 10 years without eating chocolate. I’ve only recently started eating it again.

       7.  My favorite treat: plain M&Ms in popcorn! (The trick is to heat up the M&Ms first so they’re melty!)

       8. I love to floss my teeth. It’s like an obsession.

       9.  My favorite scenes to write are the ones from the serial killers’ perspectives. They come surprisingly easy to me.

      10.  As far as research, I’ve been doing that since I was in my teens, reading psychological thrillers and true crime books, watching documentaries on serial killers, along with every kind of crime drama out there (CSI, Bones, Medium, Criminal Minds, Law & Order). 
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    Thanks Kimberly!  You are one of my favorite authors! I am in AWE that you went 10 yrs. without chocolate! #willpowerofsteel


  
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