Date Published: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Series: Breaking the Darkness #1
You must betray your heart and walk amongst the darkness in order to find the truest light. Opening her eyes to an imposing prison of complete darkness, Kasha is accused of possessing powers and abilities she had no previous knowledge of until the moment she comes face to face with herself while meditating. Haunted by memories strung together by lies and deceit, she soon discovers that maybe her beloved grandmother kept a few secrets she hadn’t been aware of. Secrets that could be her salvation… or her undoing. As she struggles to control her newfound powers, only time will tell if they will be enough to help her decipher who has imprisoned her or what they want from her. She must search for the answers and the freedom she so desperately desires. Could a handsome guy who vows to help her get away prove to be the man of her dreams… or perhaps her worst nightmare? Not knowing who to trust, she must find a way to escape before she pays the ultimate price and finds herself taken by the darkness.
About the Author:
Author Felicia Starr lives five miles from her favorite Jersey Shore destination with her amazingly supportive family. She loves to spend time creating special memories with her husband and two young boys.
Everyone expected her first publication to be a cookbook, but her love for writing has surpassed her love for cooking.
Felicia graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a post baccalaureate in elementary education. She is a licensed real estate sales person, a certified yoga instructor, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom.
To celebrate the re-release of Taken with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, author Felicia Starr is running a giveaway with multiple winners! A $15 Amazon gift card, a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, and Taken swag packs! To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below:
We felines cannot wait to share the cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Stone Cold Touch, a young adult paranormal romance which is the second full-length novel in her The Dark Elements! And we know that you all can’t wait to see it, so here it is!! =^.^=
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Dark Elements #2
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…
Other Books in the Series:
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“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.” — Kirkus Reviews
About the Author:
# 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.
I’d like to thank A Book Obsession for letting me participate in this tour event. To see all of the blogs involved, please visit HERE! =^.^=
The first thing that I’m going to say about this is book is it NEEDS to come with a warning label! There is a reason why I ended up reviewing this and not Sara, though she was originally interested in it because of the synopsis, which is rather misleading. Instead of a story about a twelve-year-old boy who comes to discover that he’s been born with special gifts and the news reporter who takes on his story, this book is actually what happens to Tyler years after his experiences in Frazier’s compound and is decidedly violent. Now I’d like to think that I’m a very open-minded feline. I’ve read some stuff that has set my fur on end and even tested the limits of my tolerance level, but this book just hit me wrong on a great many levels. It’s heavy, intense, bloody, and a total mind trip, to put it mildly. And having said all of that, it was also one of the most intriguing stories that I’ve ever read. Yup, just when I thought I couldn’t take any more and was tempted to put it down and walk away, I found myself turning the page to read another chapter, and then another chapter, until I found that I was done with the book. Well done there, Fish, well done.
So, where to actually begin with this review?
I guess the first thing I’ve got to do is say, WARNING HERE THERE BE SPOILERS! Yeah, I’m going to try really hard not to spoil things, but given my reaction to this title, I can’t promise anything. So, consider yourselves warned.
When Sara first handed me this book to read, I’ll admit that I was skeptical because I honestly thought this was a YA title initially. With the way the synopsis is written, who could honestly blame me. Looking at Goodreads didn’t provide me any answers as to what sort of genre this was, and while one could argue that because the majority of the story focuses on Tyler when he’s twenty-two it could technically be considered a New Adult novel, given the level of violence and Fish’s writing style, I have to say this book is decidedly meant to be read by adults.
The characters were extremely well-developed, and I’ll admit that I had my favorites and I had those that I just wanted to shred with my claws. Corey in particular was one of them. It pained me greatly that he was still alive at the end of the book. He’s one character that I hope dies a slow, painful death in the second novel. ~hisses~ Yes, Fish definitely knows how to write complex, emotional, real characters. Even his secondary characters play important roles in this story, though you don’t initially realize it at first.
Likewise, the story development and plot were outstanding. Part thriller, part science fiction, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat with each chapter. If the mad scientist wishing to play God in order to create Gods doesn’t appeal to you, the battle to save humanity most likely will. Either that or you’ll get pulled into Whitey’s quest to get the scoop on the story of the century. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
So why did this book resonate badly with me? Why, despite having finished it, did I still come out of twitchy and on edge? What kept me from giving this book five paws? Oh where to being? At the risk of getting flack from fans who love the book, I’m going to have to be brutally honest. There were three things that I couldn’t stand in this book, and please realize that even though I finished the book, this in no way means that I didn’t struggle through parts of it. And this is where the spoilers are going to come into play, so be warned.
1. Brutal Violence (Human and Animal)
I can handle some violence in my reading, but this was a bit much for me and I often found myself cringing in some spots. From people being slashed to death, knees being blown out (though admittedly the character deserved it), emotional torture, near RAPE…I probably could handle most of it had Fish not gone into so much detail and made each moment so descriptively clear. And don’t get me start on the animals…please! Really, Fish, you had to go so far as to implode an owl?!! And that final fight with Sarah and her “children”…~shudders~ Call me misguided, but it is much easier for me to stomach violence being done to humans than violence being done to animals. But despite that, there was just too blood in this book for my taste.
2. Rape and Women as Objects
This touches some on what I mentioned above, but I’m expanding here because this is a big button issue for me. I don’t care how evil a character is, I DO NOT enjoy reading rape scenes, or attempted rape scenes in this particular case. The scene with Briggs and Jennifer…no. Just no. That scene was too emotionally charged for me as it was and I just about lost it when Briggs tasered Jennifer because I knew where things were headed. If Tyler hadn’t been there to intervene, I’d have stopped reading completely. Bad enough that Briggs is the type of person who gets off on violence, but to also have him be that disrespectful to a woman…I’m not a sheltered cat, but there are some realities of life that I don’t like to see in the books I read.
Likewise Corey’s thoughts towards Heather as a woman who needs a man to dominate her, and as someone who needed to be “controlled.” Okay, I know this is his character, but did it really need to be stressed that much that Corey was abusive to women? “[S]ome broads just functioned better as a victim…” Yeah, there’s a reason why I was thoroughly disgusted that Corey was still alive at the end of the book.
With all the violence already within these pages, to add these elements into the mix…well, I was gritting my teeth a lot to keep from hissing. And please, before anyone begins to berate me for my reaction to this stuff, keep in mind that everyone handles things differently. I’m fully aware that what bothered me about these scenes probably wouldn’t bother someone else. The fact that I finished the book despite having problems with it should be a testament to my keeping an open mind and giving the book a chance. And again, please note that I did find the book to be amazing in the end.
3. Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation Errors
The version of the book I was given to review was marked “Final,” so in my opinion I would expect it to be relatively free from glaring issues. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. And I probably would have been willing to overlook mentioning this if it wasn’t for the fact that in Fish’s Author Note he even mentions that he worked to correct the errors in the manuscript. Which made me wonder if the version I got really was the “final” version. I don’t often find myself highlighting errors while reading, but I did so with this because they kept pinging on my radar.
So, there you have it. I think for the first time since I started reviewing books I’ve managed to read something that’s not only intrigued my curiosity and needed to see where it was headed, but affected me on such a deep emotional and physical level that I was left floored at the end. I definitely am interested in reading the second book in this series. Would I recommend this book to others? YES! But I would caution them to be prepared for a roller coaster of a ride.
About the Author:
K.S. Fish was born in San Diego, California. Though he was a single child growing up, he was lucky enough to have worlds upon worlds of brothers and sisters bumping around in his brain. His first short story was inscribed on his mother’s uterus.
However, for much of his youth, he strove to make every wrong possible choice for his life. Subsequently, it was many years until he was able to realize his gift and begin to hone his skill as a writer.
His first book, Conception, amazed readers with its character driven narrative and exciting storyline.
K.S. Fish resides in Georgia with many friends, his goldfish Barney, and a lifetime’s worth of stories to tell.
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With so many exciting books coming out this year, the felines thought it would be fun to do a monthly post showcasing titles that they are anxious to get their paws on. Here are their picks for this month. =^-^=
Sara’s Choice: Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule
Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Willow’s Choice: Citadel (Languedoc #3) by Kate Mosse
Expected publication: March 18th 2014 by William Morrow & Company
Krystal Wade’s popular Darkness Falls trilogy is getting a makeover! That’s right, WILDE’S FIRE, WILDE’S ARMY, and WILDE’S MEADOW are getting brand new covers!
Take a look and let us know what you think! =^.^=
Series: Darkness Falls #1
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date Published: May 13, 2012
“There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most.” — Katriona Wilde
Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. She’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made.
Will she discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?
Wilde’s Fire is the thrilling first instalment of debut author Krystal Wade’s urban fantasy Darkness Falls trilogy, already exciting critics with its intensity and immersive, unique world and concept.
Praise for Wilde’s Fire:
“An unforgettable experience in magic, adventure, and love. I was immediately captivated by the story and couldn’t stop turning pages.” – Vicki Keire, Best-Selling YA Author
“Krystal Wade’s world of war, prophecy, and darkness takes readers on a twisting journey where the fate of a people is at stake and, through courage and faith, love and peace are the ultimate reward. If you’re a fan of YA fantasy, look no further than Krystal Wade’s debut novel WILDE’S FIRE.” – Sarah Balance, Romance Author
Series: Darkness Falls #2
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date Published: July 4, 2012
Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia’s rotting, stagnant air.
The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of. When so many she’s grown fond of die along the journey, will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?
Praise for Wilde’s Army:
“The action starts right at the beginning and never seems to cease! While there are some beautiful, romantic, electric moments that will leave you breathless, there is also plenty of doubt, fear, lying, pretending, and running from daemons to keep you reading straight through to the end! 5/5″ ~ Jackie Mcpherson @ Sated Faery
“Absolutely brilliant! Everything I hoped it would be and more! Thrills, romance, surprises…what more could you ask for? 5/5″ ~ Farrah @ The Golde Rule of 666
Series: Darkness Falls #3
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date Published: November 5, 2012
Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who’s already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her Draíochtans.
Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.
Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way.
Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?
About the Author:
Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there.
The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe this).
Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).