Wednesday, October 1, 2014

**Young Adult Review ~ Spin ~ Darcie J. Gudger**

Spin (Guarded, #1)
Spin by Darcie J. Gudger
Guarding #1
Release Date: September 20, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: I received a complimentary copy from Mountainview Books in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Goodreads

Synopsis
Sophomore Kisrie Kelley longs to fit in. Instead, she's always been a misfit, a fact her nemesis Wendy won't let her forget. At least she's got color guard and photography, right? She almost feels normal when she's out on the field performing or behind a lens. Truth be told, they're the only reasons she even shows up at school, though her professor mom thinks they're both a waste of Kisrie's time. Add a serious affinity to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that has her battling the bulge and a pestering "prodigy" little sister who thinks she's a bush baby, and Kisrie's contemplating moving to a different planet.

The stakes are raised even higher when she overhears Wendy plotting against Kisrie's English-teacher uncle all over a stupid grade! Should Kisrie snitch and risk Wendy's wrath? Ever since elementary school the young beauty queen has bullied Kisrie as if it were an Olympic sport. Who's going to believe Wendy's story anyway?

Everything spins out of control as vicious rumors fly and lives are on the line. Only the truth can set them all free, but will it be too late?



Spin is an impressive debut in the YA genre. Ms. Gudger has a strong voice and I liked that she touched on so many different teen topics.

Kisrie Kelley is a talented young woman who doesn't fit into the typical teen girl mold - at least the mold her mom would like her to fit into. If only her mom could see where her talents lie. Thank goodness she has some good friends and a dad who're very involved with her well-being. This is so important because Kisrie deals with quite a bit of bullying - especially from one girl who Kisrie refers to as "the Queen of Mean." Aside from worrying over grades and body image, Kisrie also struggles with whether to do the right thing when it means certain physical harm.

Wendy Wetz is the perfect antagonist. She seems to have it all, just the kind of girl we love to hate. She's pretty, smart, popular, cunning, and seemingly wealthy. But things aren't always as they appear. However, Wendy does purport some heinous actions on Kisrie and others. And it's when she sets a certain plan into motion that Spin really begins to spin.

Spin touches on many relevant teen topics such as bullying, body image issues, making smart choices, as well as timely topics like cyber-bullying and suicide. And it did so in such an honest way and by wrapping a compelling story around these issues. I liked that all these topics are discussed. It made the story complex and, at times, dark. But what I liked even more was seeing how these topics affected the characters and the character growth brought on by dealing with them. Kisrie does begin to make some mature decisions towards the end of the book, as does Wendy and even Jacque, Tammie, and Gwyn, Kisrie's mom. The potential in all the characters is something I love and will draw me back for the next installments.

Overall, I found Ms. Gudger's debut fantastic! The story was engaging, well written and suspenseful. And she gave an honest picture of the teen landscape - the things they face every day. I'm eager for the next in the series. I can't wait to see where our heroine and villainess go from here. 


**Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Special Event**


I'm thrilled to be participating in this event hosted by Wordsmith Publicity. As y'all know, my grandma, whose birthday is today, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. So this is a cause that's very near and dear to my heart. 


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We are hosting an event for Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October!


Here's how it will work: 
We have an amazing book bundle to give away to one winner. 



To enter to win, a donation needs to be made to Susan G. Komen, HERE.



*Donation amount doesn't factor in your chances of winning. 


*Please note that donations will be made directly to Susan G. Komen. Wordsmith Publicity will not be handling funds in any way.


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Authors donating to the bundle include:


Bethany Lopez


Audrey Bell


Jessica Park


Eden Fierce


Kristen Strassel


Marquita Valentine


Claire Contreras


Rachel Harris


Ophelia London


Cindi Madsen


Steph Campbell


Kimberly Rose


Dina Silver


Laura Ward


Ginger Scott


S.P. Cervantes


Kennedy Ryan


Elizabeth Reyes


E.M. Tippetts


Lisa Burstein


M. Leighton


Tracey Garvis-Graves


Tina Reber


Jamie McGuire


Colleen Hoover

Abbi Glines

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

**Jumble Your Genres Review ~ Exposed: Just One Night Part 2 ~ Kyra Davis**



This month's Jumble Your Genres genre was Romance. Gosh, I never read romance. ;) 


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Exposed (Just One Night, #2)Exposed
Just One Night #2
Release Date: March 18, 2013
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased ecopy on Amazon
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Synopsis
Part 2 of the Just One Night series. One passionate night with a stranger turned Kasie's world upside down, and just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, her fiance finds out...

You should sleep with a stranger - those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel - a man whose name she never bothered to find out - is her company's biggest client.

As this unknown man becomes Mr. Dade at the office, and Mr. Dade becomes Robert in the bedroom, Kasie's passion won't let her deny him anything he wants. But when her fiance, Dave, finds out, there's no telling what he will do to keep her, or what Robert will do to steal her away once and for all.



I read the first installment of Just One Night a year and a half ago and it has really stuck with me. You can read my review here. All this time later, Kasie and Robert's story was still in my head. I can't believe I waited so long to continue the story. On the bright side, the entire series is now available. :)

Exposed picks up where The Stranger left off - with Kasie dealing with the consequences of her betrayal. Dave, Kasie's fiance, is determined to have her revenge - and if I hadn't already despised him, he definitely would have sealed that perception with his behavior in Exposed. Robert, of course, is set on protecting Kasie - no matter what it takes. But Kasie is strong and insists on taking care of things her way.

When Robert crosses the line and takes care of a problem, Kasie is left wondering if she traded one controlling situation for another. Of course, with Robert, she can't seem to stay away.

I enjoyed this second portion of the story every bit as much as the first. Kasie meeting Robert awakened parts of her that she didn't know were there. Although it's terrifying for her, because of her sister's descent and death, Kasie has never felt so alive. And seeing her explore these new found parts of herself was heartening. And Robert *sigh* he could make me melt. I think he's found something in Kasie he didn't realize he was looking for. All because of just one night...

**Release Day Blitz ~ Something Blue ~ Ella James**



Something Blue
A Love Inc. Novella
Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ry1sZk

Return to the Love Inc. ranch in this steamy, suspenseful followup novella, where all three couples get a satisfying happily ever after.

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Haven't started reading the Love Inc. Series? 
Selling Scarlett is currently FREE!



Elizabeth DeVille doesn't belong at a party like this--one where the gowns cost more
than her Camry and cigars run higher than her grad school utility bills. Dragged out
of seclusion by her best friend Suri, Elizabeth is merely playing dress-up, rubbing
elbows with a crowd that banished her troubled family years ago.

Hunter West is tired. Tired of parties, tired of pretending, and tired of trying to right
a wrong that haunts him every day. Bourbon heir and professional poker player by
day, by night Hunter is gambling with his life in a high-stakes game of crime and
blackmail.

When Elizabeth stumbles into Hunter's den of vices, she's a light in the darkness, a
flame in the void. And, just like everything he touches, Hunter mars her in a record
time. To rectify the damage done, Elizabeth needs money she doesn't have, and she's
come up with a foolproof way to get it.

Follow Elizabeth--code-named Scarlett--to the lush Nevada brothel where she'll
auction her virginity and risk the only thing that's not for sale: her heart. The highest
bidder is a familiar face, with wicked hands and the devil's mouth. And a secret so
dark that it could cost her life.

**Mature Content Warning** Not recommended for readers under the age of 17 due
to mature language, sexual content, and violence.

Free on Amazon: http://amzn.to/100b6td

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About Ella James

Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily
married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a
feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to
war over the placement of a comma.

Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the
Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among
Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her
on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog,
www.ellajamesbooks.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or email
her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.

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**Teaser Tuesday ~ #38**


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!


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Beast, Part IV (Beast, #4)Beast Part Four
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
Adult, Erotic Contemporary Romance

Description:
If you read Beast part three, and you should have, since these are serials, I don't think I need to entice you to one-click this novella. Beast and Annabelle are f*cked - and you know they're f*cking, too. Grab your guns and a few extra pairs of panties. We're on the lam, and it's sexier than ever.



***Teaser***

"I could be found in a few minutes. I could be shot here with him. Naked."

Monday, September 29, 2014

**Special Feature ~ OctobeRec Fest**


Thanks to you, my blogging friends, I've accrued many, many books on my ereaders. I'd been joking about spending a month reading these recommendations and finally decided, why not? So the entire month of October, I'm going to be reading those books that I've one-clicked thanks to your recommendations.

Here are some of the books on my schedule for the month. I'm sure you'll recognize your recommendations but I'll make sure to call you out in my reviews. ;)

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Torn from You (Tear Asunder, #1)Beyond Shame (Beyond, #1)First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)Angel Kin (Angel Assassins, #1)The Arrangement 2: The Ferro Family (The Arrangement, #2)Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates #1)Red (Transplanted Tales, #1)Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror, #1)Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)


Thanks so much to you all for sharing book love! And hopefully I can get a few of you interested in some new books to try. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #36**


Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)


Here's what was added to my ereader and/or my physical library this week:

BOUGHT

Not YetScarlett Red: A Billionaire SEAL Story (In the Shadows, Part 2)Beast, Part IV (Beast, #4)

I one-clicked a few things this week because I just couldn't resist. Now I just need the time to read. :) Not Yet was purchased thanks to Andrea @The Bookish Babe's lovely review. I one-clicked Scarlett Red because I loved Mister Black so I was anxious for this one, plus Naomi @Nomi's Paranormal Palace gave it 4.5 stars! And I picked up Beast Part 4 because I have to see how it all ends. :)


BAGGED

Nada!


Last Week's Reviews


Upcoming Reviews
Exposed: Just One Night Part 2 by Kyra Davis
Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley
Spin by Darcie J. Gudger


**Sidekick Showcase ~ #53**



Sidekick Showcase (previously known as Sidekick Saturday) is NOW a monthly bookish meme, hosted by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type

• Share a picture (if possible) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment


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September's themes are Best Friend, Fun, Ball of Energy, Humorous

Sidekick Showcase is now a monthly meme. I'm coming in just under the wire, huh? :)

My pick this month:
Andrea Nash

from Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels Series

Andrea is Kate's kickass best friend who can, well...kick some ass. Her favorite weapon is a gun, and Andrea never misses her shot. Despite being a beastkin, she works for the Order of Merciful Aid. Andrea has the way about her that makes everyone want to spill their life's story. She beautiful but doesn't think so. And she's funny...oh my goodness is she funny. :)

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"You're touching me," I chided him. 
He caressed my back, sliding his hand down, hitting every sensitive point I hadn't even known I had.
"No, this is touching you. That was just accidental contact."
"Oh? Good to know. If you touch me again and I break your arm off, you can be sure it will be completely accidental."
-Andrea and Raphael, Gunmetal Magic


I have him my Order smile: sweet grin, hard eyes, reached over to my passenger seat, and pulled out my submachine gun. About twenty-sever inches long, the HK was my favorite toy for close-quarters combat. The rider's eye went wide.
"This is an HK UMP submachine guy. Renowned for its stopping power and reliability. Cyclic rate of fire: eight hundred rounds per minute. That means I can empty this thirty-round clip into you in less than three seconds. At this range, I'll cut you in half." It wasn't strictly true but it sounded good. "You see what it says on the barrel?"
On the barrel, pretty white letters spelled out PARTY STARTER.
-Andrea, Gunmetal Magic


"I was a knight," Andrea said. "I'm not just going to start shooting every dickhead who mouths off to me."
"Just making sure."
"Besides, if I shot him, I'd do it so nobody could trace it back to me. I'd shoot him somewhere remote, his head would explode like a melon, and they would never find his body. He would just vanish."
-Andrea and Kate, Magic Slays