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On Sale For A Limited Time!!! Roar by Cora Cormack

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR, now available in eBook for $2.99 today only! ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Grab your copy today!

About ROAR (Stormheart #1):

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut: Roar.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

 

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Throw Back Thursday………Sweet Evil (Sweet #1) by Wendy Higgins

“He was smoking hot. As in H-O-T-T, hott. I’d never understood until that moment why girls insisted on adding an extra t. This guy was extra-t-worthy.” 

“We have to face difficulties to find out what our true strengths are. How we come back from failure is a very valuable test.” 

“Wait,” Kaidan called from behind me. I squeezed my eyes shut for a second, but kept walking. Then I felt his hand around my 
wrist, spinning me in a half circle and pulling me to his chest. His face was so close. He reached down and cupped my face with one
woolly hand, and wiped the top corner of my lip hard with his thumb. I flinched back. 
“What are you doing?” 
“I…” He appeared to have no idea himself. “I wanted to see your freckle.” 
A vulnerable tenderness flashed across his face, more painful to see than the coldness. It took every ounce of strength I had not to 
beg for one last kiss. As fast as his expression had softened, it was back to stone again. 
“What do you want from me, Kai?” 
“For starters?” His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.” 
A powerful shiver ripped through me.” 

“The beauty of poetry is that it can mean different things to different people at different times.”

Even after all this time, reading these quotes, I have all the feels!! Seriously Kai!! Ugh!! Sweet Evil to this day is one of my favorite paranormal romances. I know it is listed as YA, but this is more Mature YA. It is sexy, seductive, intense and full of action. I couldn’t get enough of this book. And once you meet Kaidan and Anna, you will totally understand. Their story sucks you in from the very first page and I promise you won’t be able to put it down.  It had everything I look for in a great read: Romance, Betrayal, and Heartbreak. It is fast paced and there is never a dull moment………

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. 

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns

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Review: Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota #3) by Julie Hammerle

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Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.

And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to intervene, she does. Holly helps her flirt with him over text. And then again. And again. Now she’s stuck texting him as her cousin, and Elda is the one going on the date. Holly thought she could settle for just conversation with Danny, but talking with him is some kind of magic. He’s got the perfect comebacks, she makes him laugh, they text until everyone is asleep.

She just can’t ever tell him it’s her he’s really texting.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has hot texts, gingerbread wars, and a slow-burn romance that could melt a Minnesota winter.


My Review

It’s that time of year. The weather is getting cooler and I can’t stop myself from diving into the holiday reads. This time, I took a bit of a departure and switched things up with a YA read. When I came across Approximately Yours, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the synopsis of the story and just knew I’d have to dive in.

Approximately Yours was an absolutely cute read and while I do think this book could be enjoyed by any age group, I do think that leans more to the younger side of YA. With festive names and holiday details around each corner, there is no denying that this is one festive book. Danny is one of the sweetest guys ever and is getting over a broken heart. When he asks Elda out, he has no idea that Holly is the one really texting him. Holly and Danny’s banter is entertaining and you can feel the chemistry between the two of them. I loved watching the two of them get to know one another and couldn’t wait to see what would happen when Danny realizes he hasn’t been talking to Elda this whole time….It is the perfect YA set-up.

If you’re looking for a book that is sweet, light, festive and totally YA, look no further.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

October New Releases

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Oct. 1st

American King by Sierra Simone

Covet by Ella James

Messy Love by Stephanie Witter

The Choices I’ve Made by J.L. Berg

Dear Vanessa by Elizabeth Lee

Logan-A Preston Brothers Novel by Jay McLean Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ggmUVQ

Battle Scars by Jane Harvey-Berrick Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xDVlMj

Oct. 3rd

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wfMw8X iBooks: http://apple.co/2wK14kl

Ringer by Lauren Oliver Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wJZq2i iBooks: http://apple.co/2wfOUwq

Ally by Anna Banks Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w9my8L iBooks: http://apple.co/2w9bt7G

Breaking Hollywood by Samantha Towle

The Wicked Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vACXQ8 iBooks: http://apple.co/2viNHYh

Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wApoVA iBooks: http://apple.co/2vipQrE

Misadventures of a Good Wife by Meredith Wild & Helen Hardt Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wK1LKt iBooks: http://apple.co/2izHJfE

Because I Was A Girl by Melissa de la Cruz Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAAycM iBooks: http://apple.co/2wT4j8j

Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wg2cJB iBooks: http://apple.co/2w9gcXa

Warcross by Marie Lu Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAEBpo iBooks: http://apple.co/2vYOQDO

Stolen Kisses by Annie Rains Amazon: http://amzn.to/2izXHq3 iBooks: http://apple.co/2v67ogN

Puck Love by Carmen Jenner

Oct. 4th

Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iyGux9 iBooks: http://apple.co/2wJPQMM

Shock Jock by A.M. Madden

Oct. 5th

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w98PyR iBooks: http://apple.co/2wAFcHE

The Chosen by J.R. Ward Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w9onmi iBooks: http://apple.co/2vWd0iL

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gh3xMn iBooks: http://apple.co/2x44jzg

Oct. 8th

Unloved, a love story by Katy Regnery

Oct 9th

In Pieces by Danielle Pearl Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vAMeYp iBooks: http://apple.co/2iz334O

Oct. 10th

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ggyYGl iBooks: http://apple.co/2wAFSNc

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ggLNAv  iBooks: http://apple.co/2wT2Q1Q

From This Moment by Melanie Harlow Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iyJ06B iBooks: http://apple.co/2viptNS

Sure Thing by Jana Ashton Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ggZtLX  iBooks: http://apple.co/2ggBMU5

Roomies by Christina Lauren Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wJOXUr iBooks: http://apple.co/2xo3fak

Broken Rebel by Sherilee Gray Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wfH8mh iBooks: http://apple.co/2ghWzGD

Can’t Walk Away by Sandy James Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w8Lr4w iBooks: http://apple.co/2xompNg

Sweet Time by Nina Lane

Maverick by Karina Halle

Oct. 16th

Andre by Sybil Bartel Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w9pEd4 iBooks: http://apple.co/2xnYe1w

Oct. 17th

The Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iAYx5L iBooks: http://apple.co/2wfS9UM

Most of All You by Mia Sheridan Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w8PFJh iBooks: http://apple.co/2w9voTU

Ruthless King by Meghan March Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wK3E9U iBooks: http://apple.co/2iB71tw

Sleeper by Lexi Blake Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAoWqf iBooks: http://apple.co/2xDM6sJ

Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ggFMUm iBooks: http://apple.co/2w9yl7i

Slap Shot by Kelly Jamieson Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wJKiC0 iBooks: http://apple.co/2wfRcf1

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wJVKNN iBooks: http://apple.co/2xDZQnh

Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w9tyCG iBooks: http://apple.co/2uoLkyF

Oct. 20th

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by JK Rowling Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wa14Zz

Oct.23rd

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely iBooks: http://apple.co/2ggMnhO

Cuffed by K. Bromberg iBooks: http://apple.co/2wJBzQ8

Move The Stars by Jessica Hawkins Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gg598S iBooks: http://apple.co/2ggWXoN

The Final Fight by J.B. Salsbury Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w9bR60 iBooks: http://apple.co/2wAjpzV

Oct. 24th

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAfGCl iBooks: http://apple.co/2iyLiCJ

Over Us, Over You by Whitney G. iBooks: http://apple.co/2xEeyKK

Pulled Under by Lisa Renee Jones

Respect Aleatha Romig Amazon: http://amzn.to/2k23THQ iBooks: http://apple.co/2yE9Jm5

A Little Too Late by Staci Hart Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wU8AF6

Oct. 27th

Wicked Envy by Sawyer Bennett iBooks: http://apple.co/2wK5S9w

Go To Hail by Lani Lynn Vale Amazon: http://amzn.to/2viuxlb

Oct. 30th

Dirty Little Promise by Kendall Ryan Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vitcuQ iBooks: http://apple.co/2xE9mH5

The Misadventures of the First Daughter by Meredith Wild & Mia Michelle Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iyLwK3 iBooks: http://apple.co/2wK4SCl

Totally His by Erin Nicholas Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAgtTP iBooks: http://apple.co/2wAGmmA

Oct. 31st

Lover’s Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie iBooks: http://apple.co/2viuXrL

Ride Wild by Laura Kaye Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAK7IC iBooks: http://apple.co/2gfDvck

Can’t Let Go by Gena Showalter Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wJOa6a iBooks: http://apple.co/2vAavhp

Inked Memories by Carrie Ann Ryan Amazon: http://amzn.to/2w9Av6V iBooks: http://apple.co/2iAVcnq

Blocked by LP Dover Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ggNxd2 iBooks: http://apple.co/2xDQo32

Back in the Game by Erin Kern Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAwdqa iBooks: http://apple.co/2vAqtbk

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gh8eFP iBooks: http://apple.co/2wJY73x

Mr and Mrs by JA Huss Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xDUMlF

Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xDsGH3 iBooks: http://apple.co/2fxB70k

*Please note that release dates are subject to change*

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Review: Waiting For The Storm by Marie Landry

After the death of her mother, the last thing seventeen-year-old Charlotte O’Dell wants to do is spend the summer on Angel Island with her family. Her younger sister hates her, and her dad is in his own little world. It’s a recipe for a disastrous summer on the island, until Ezra Rhodes walks into her life.

The boy next door makes Charlotte forget her almost paralyzing fear of really living her life. Stunted from taking care of her mother in her last months, Charlotte is drowning. With Ezra, she feels something again, and as he repairs her family’s summer home, she dares to think he might actually be fixing her, too. Ezra challenges Charlotte to leave her comfort zone, and as their friendship slowly blossoms into more, Charlotte begins to come alive again.

But Ezra has secrets…secrets he isn’t sharing with Charlotte. Despite her new-found happiness in Ezra’s arms, Charlotte can’t help but feel there’s a storm on the horizon. And she isn’t sure if she and Ezra can weather it unscathed.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vEHLb6

iBooks: http://apple.co/2wI4AI7


My Review

Waiting for the Storm is a beautiful and emotional read. When we first meet up with Charlotte, she has just finished high school. She should be on top of the world, but instead is grieving for the loss of her mother. The last thing Charlotte wants to do is spend her summer on Angel Island. Her family is falling apart and is attempting to fulfill her mother’s last wish all at the same time. One thing she never saw coming was Ezra. Not only is he the boy next door, but he reminds Charlotte of what it is to live. He takes her out of her comfort zone and makes her feel emotions that she’s long forgotten. But, even Ezra has his own secrets and it will only be a matter of time for when the other shoe will drop…

Waiting for the Storm is a beautifully written and compelling story. From the moment you meet Charlotte, you can’t help but get caught up in her story. Her emotions are deep and extremely palpable. I thought her character exhibited a lot of strength in a time that most would fail. I found Charlotte extremely easy to relate to and her story definitely tugged at my heart. Before I knew I found myself quickly devouring the pages. I was not at all prepared for the incredible journey this book was going to take my emotions on.

Waiting for the Storm is a bit of a different read for me, as it is YA, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautiful story. I think this story can be enjoyed by all ages and is a story about love, family, friendship, loss and overcoming that undeniable grief. I finished Waiting for the Storm in just one sitting and am certainly glad I decided to check it out.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

 

Throw Back Thursday: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” 

“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.” 

“In my rush, I hadn’t tied my shoelaces. Noah was now tying them for me. 
He looked up at me through his dark fringe of lashes and smiled. The expression on his face melted me completely. I knew I had the goofiest grin plastered on my lips, and didn’t care. 
“There,” he said as he finished tying the laces on my left shoe. “Now you won’t fall.”
Too late.” 

“And just like that, I was completely, utterly, and entirely, 
His.” 

“Mara, I have never felt about anyone the way I feel about you. And when you’re ready for me to show you,” he said, brushing my hair to the side, “I’m going to kiss you.” His thumb grazed my ear and his hand curved around my neck. He leaned me backward and my eyes fluttered closed. I breathed in the scent of him as he leaned in and kissed the hollow under my ear. My pulse raced under his lips.
“And I won’t settle for anything less.” 

Since I’m featuring The Becoming of Noah Shaw as my Waiting For Wednesday, it only seems fitting that this week’s Throw Back Thursday would be the book that started it all, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It’s been years since I’ve read this book, but I can tell you this, it is still one of the most unique reads I’ve ever gotten my hands on. From suspense to mystery to romance and an overall creepiness, this book had it all. It kept me guessing the entire time, and Noah is impossible to not swoon over….

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

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Throw Back Thursday….Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” 

“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.” His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.” 

“If she was mine, I’d cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now”

And so my obsession with Jennifer Armentrout’s writing began. There isn’t one single thing that I didn’t love about this book!

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xxMZH5

Amazon PB: http://amzn.to/2f4prSE

iBooks: http://apple.co/2wX5Z15

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