Monday, July 24, 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Because You Love to Hate Me (Q&A with Samantha Shannon and Regan Perusse)


I have been a huge fan of Booktube for years, so when I saw this book was coming out, I was so excited. Some amazing authors were pairing with some of my favorite bookstubers and I couldn't wait to see how it turned out! As part of this blog tour, I was able to read the book and have a Q&A with Samantha Shannon and Regan Perusse (one of my most favorite booktubers ever, even though we don't have the same taste in books at all. She's just so fun to watch!). Enjoy!

1. If you could be any villain, who would you be and why? 
Samantha: Maleficent. Those cheekbones. Those horns. That fearsome outfit. And who wouldn't want to be able to turn into a dragon at will?   
Regan: If I could be any villain I think I would have to go with Loki. Not only does he have glamorous hair and magic, but he is gray in morality. I feel given the chance perhaps he could end up being a good guy? I suppose my answer is a bit of a cop-out, but I can’t help it – I love the guy! 
2. What hero do you think would make a great villain and why? It could be from any story, classic or recent. 
Samantha: Robin Hood would be pretty easy to twist into a villain. In some versions of the tale, he and his Merry Men were not above violence -- for example, in one ballad, Mulch the Miller's Son kills a young boy to silence him, and one fifteenth-century text describes Robin as a siccarius ("knife man" or "cutthroat"), implying that he wasn't just stealing, but killing.   
Regan: I think Kaz Brekker would be a fantastic villain. To be fair, he is considered a villain by a large amount of people in his world so I feel like his transition could be quite seamless. Not to mention he already has a lot of underworld connections, which I feel like would allow him to become 100% bad very easily (versus the 50% bad he currently is) and I would be 100% into it.
3. If you had to choose a classic or fairytale to retell in your own novel, what would you choose and why?
Samantha: There are many, many stories I'd love to retell. One of those is that of Saint George and the Dragon, which I have retold in a high fantasy context in my upcoming novel The Priory of the Orange Tree, with George as a less-than-heroic figure. That story -- the ultimate tale of a damsel in distress -- has been screaming for a hefty dose of girl power for centuries. (And here's something I've never told a soul: the Bone Season series is a partial re-imagining of a myth.) 
4. If you could ask any author to write you anything, who would it be and what would you ask them to write?
Regan: I am going to exclude Harry Potter as a possible choice to this question (because if this was real possibility my answer will always be Harry Potter). 
I would have Patrick Rothfuss write me a pirate centered fantasy story. Patrick Rothfuss just has the most wonderful writing and I absolutely love his characters. I feel very strongly he could create a fantastic swashbuckling pirate story full of sword fighting, romance, and adventure.


Thank you so much to Samantha and Regan for answering my questions!! 


Because You Love to Hate Me
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).


Win a copy of Because You Love to Hate Me! US/Canada only. 



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book Review: King by T.M. Frazier

King (King #1)
By T.M. Frazier
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Source: Book Signing 
Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.


Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.
 



To say I was excited to read this book would be a huge understatement. With an average of 4.24 stars on Goodreads, I was expecting a mind-blowing story. What I didn't expect was the dark, gritty story that I fell in love with. 

Doe has no idea who she is or where she came from. All she knows is that she woke up beaten and alone and no one is looking for her. King is dangerous. Having just been released from 3 years in prison, King is hard on the outside and even harder on the inside. When Does falls into King's life, King doesn't take it easy on Doe. He knows he should let her go. But there's something connecting the two together that neither of them can understand, but neither of them wants to lose. 

Holy moly. From the start of this book, it's dark. Doe is literally starving to death and only has a drugged-up hooker as a friend. Doe is thrown into King's life and has no idea how she's going to survive. I was drawn into this story and could not put it down because I had to know what would happen to Doe. And even though King is a dangerous guy who has done some pretty bad stuff, I was just as intrigued by him as I was with Doe. Why are the bad boys always the most intriguing?? 

While I was sucked into this book from the beginning, what really sold me on this book were the twists and turns with every page. Some serious stuff goes down in this book that I was literally not expecting, so I was definitely impressed how shocking T.M. Frazier could make the story. I will say, there are some pretty graphic and horrifying scenes in this book, so if that's not for you, don't read this. But if you love a raw, gritty, dark look at romance, you are going to love this book. And that ending! As soon as I put this book down, I picked up book two because I had to know what would happen next. 

I cannot believe it took me this long to read a book from T.M. Frazier, but I'm so happy I finally did. I fell in love with all of the characters in this book and am dying to read their books later on in this series. I'm so happy I got to read this before meeting T.M. so that I could truly fangirl over her and buy the rest of the books of this series. All of you dark romance lovers out there have to pick this book up!



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (253)

 

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From For the Love and Books and Florida Signing


I went down to Florida last week and got to go to the For the Love of Books and Florida signing! I got to meet T.M. Frazier and Kandi Steiner and it was amazing! We went to the after party as well and got to spend the whole night hanging out with Kandi! As usual, I got way too many books, but they're all signed and all amazing!


As you can see, I got A TONNNN of books! Sarah bought me Lawless and Soulless for my birthday, but the rest I bought for myself and they're all signed! I'm so excited to own all of these! 


From Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day had AMAZING deals on books and also a $5 off $15 coupon. I ended up getting all of these for only $13! I couldn't resist! 


Books-A-Million

The day before the signing, Sarah had some homework to do, so we went to Books-A-Million and I had to browse! I found these three in the clearance section and they were buy 2 get 1 free! So I got all three of these hardbacks for only $10! 


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling #16, Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)
By Nalini Singh
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Source: Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to herextraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that's exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence--her mind clear of all emotion--Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That's what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious...and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed
 


Nalini Singh has been an author on my TBR for so long now. Everyone raves about her books, but I'm super intimidated by starting a series that is already 16 books in. When I saw this spin-off series was coming out, I thought it'd be the perfect book to dive in with. 

Silver Mercant has pledged herself to silence in order to protect herself and her family. But when her life is threatened, Silver has to turn to people she never thought she could trust: Bears. Valentin Nikolaev is the alpha of the StoneWater bears and will put everything he has into protecting his bears. He knows Silver is meant to be his, so he insists on offering his home when Silver needs a safe place to stay while responding to traumatic events in the area. He knows about Silver's vow of silence, but nothing will stop him from finally earning not only Silver's trust, but also her heart. 

From the start, I thought this book was a bit….slow. Within the first 100 pages, nothing really happened in my opinion and I was quickly losing interest. This book took me almost two weeks to finish, which pretty much never happens to me. I just wasn't that into the story and I couldn't connect with Silver. She was supposed to be very emotionless for a reason, but there was something about her that I just didn't care for. And as for the romance, it appeared a little bit too quickly for me. 

While there was a lot of action and suspense, there were soooo many characters that were hard to keep track of. I don't know if they all were in previous books and would be easier to understand if I had read the previous 15 books in the chapter, but there were just so many! I would get lost in the names and the random chapters from someone else's point of view and I ended up getting confused throughout the novel. 

Overall, this wasn't the amazing paranormal romance I was expecting from Nalini. I don't know if it's because I jumped into the series at this book, but I couldn't connect with the main character or the other characters in her world. I am definitely intrigued by the world that Nalini has built for this series and want to pick up book #1 at some point, but this one was more of a miss for me.




Cover Reveal: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward


We are excited to bring you the upcoming standalone from New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Penelope Ward.

DRUNK DIAL will release on AUGUST 21!

   

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Vadim Ivanov
Cover Photography: Kevin Roldan

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets. 

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.

       
(No Amazon e-book preorder. Will go live on/around release day.)

 

About the Author

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a sixteen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 11-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
           

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

 

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.


An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.


Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 
     




“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Bastard.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“Not funny.”
I shrugged.
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”




First off, can we discuss how gorgeous this cover is? When I look at it, I don't think YA at all, which makes it so intriguing. I've only read Lick by Kylie and couldn't wait to jump into her newest release. 

Edie thought she had her whole life ahead of her, spending nights at slumber parties with her best friend and just trying to survive the mean girls in high school. Until one night changes everything. After surviving a drugstore hold-up and robbery, Edie looks at life differently and finds herself fed up with the bullies, so she enrolls in the public school. Edie doesn't expect to run into John, the very boy who saved her during the robbery and the only other person who could possibly understand what she's going through. Edie and John start a friendship as Edie becomes more wild and John finds himself taming down and helping Edie do the same. 

Wow, did this book suck me in. From the first page of this book, I was hooked and shocked by the situation Edie had found herself in. While I hadn't read the synopsis before going into this book, it was pretty obvious she was going to meet John again when she transferred schools. I loved how relatable Edie was and how she wasn't this gorgeous, confident girl. It was so refreshing how she was actually just friends with John for a majority of this book, but of course couldn't help but crush on him. With a guy like John, especially when he started to straighten up his act after the robbery, who wouldn't have a crush?? 

With the shocking beginning of this book, it was easy to forget that this was a YA, but as Edie went to a new school and found new friends, I was quickly reminded how young they actually were. You still had the petty popular girls who would tried to bully Edie and the cliche girls who threw themselves at John because he was the hot bad boy in school. This, though, made it so much more apparent how much Edie was changing and I loved watching her grow and change, in both good and bad ways. 

Overall, this was definitely a raw, emotional book about two people who go through a tragedy and only have each other to lean on in the aftermath. I was pleasantly surprised at Kylie Scott's dip into YA and the addicting and real story she gave us.





About the Author

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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/   



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