Thursday, July 30, 2015

July Wrap Up!

   I have been terrible this month with being online and blogging. It has been one of the busiest summers I've ever had. Camping, hiking, going to the cabin, non stop hanging out with my friends, holy crap. It feels like I haven't even gotten a chance to just slug around. Even though I haven't had a chance to slug around, the summer has been a blast.
   This summer I've been keeping up with my collection of books, I got Illuminae from the Two Thumbs Up program at McNally Robinson. Honestly I think I'll be done it by next week. I'm excited to see what they'll have for me next time! 
   Next month I plan on going on a bookish adventure with my sisters, we're going to go to a bunch of local bookstores, used and new books. Hopefully I remember to take pictures! I'll make sure to show you what I hauled in as soon as I can!
   My sister and her friends started a book blog just recently, it's just taking baby steps but it's looking good! I'm excited and proud of my sister, she's also asked me to help them get everything moving smoothly. I'll introduce the blog to you guys when everything is all set up with them!
   Finally for this month, you've probably noticed by now that I'm taking part in the Summer Blogger Promo Tour. I've been having a blast being apart of the tour, we're only half way done for the summer. Which means I still have a bunch of people to introduce you too!
   That's everything for this month, or everything that I can remember anyway. 

   Time for the bookish stats!

Books Read:

Book Haul:

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (ARC)
Storm by Amanda Sun (Paperback)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ( Hardcover)
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Paperback)
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Hardcover)
Reawakened by Colleen Houck (Hardcover)

Books Reviewed:

August Books I'm Excited For:

   I have a bunch more books to read this summer! Hopefully I get through them all! Now I just need to finish them in the next month!

Book Blitz: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s
Dark Elements Series...Who Will She Choose?

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.


Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: July 28th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Dark Elements, #3
Format: Paperback, 400 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   Some loves will last ‘til your dying breath
   Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.
    Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.
   Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…


And don’t miss the first titles in the Dark Elements Series!

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Dark Elements, #1
Format: Paperback, 392 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   One kiss could be the last. 

   Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

   Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

   Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

   But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Dark Elements, #2
Format: Paperback, 446 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   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…

Ohana Reads Review of Stone Cold Touch

   “Oh my God!” This time my hand connected with his arm. “You’re going to be in so much trouble, Roth! So much trouble.”

   He shrugged a shoulder. “Defended myself.”

   “Defended myself.” I mimicked him, bopping my head back and forth. “You can’t just go around killing Alphas, Roth!”

   “You killed those angels?” Stacey asked, so I guessed she did remember them.

   He sent her an innocent grin. “Well, I didn’t, but…”

   “Roth!” I shouted, backing away before I started choking the ever-loving life out of him. “This is not a joke. You—”

   He was damn fast when he wanted to be. One second he was several feet away from me and the next he was there, clasping the sides of my face. He lowered his head so he was eye level with me. “There are rules, Shortie.”


   “Rules that even the Alphas have to abide by. They cannot attack me without physical provocation. If they do, they tick the Boss off, and then the Boss retaliates in a way that makes what the Lilin could do look like child’s play. I’m not just some random demon. I’m the Crown Prince. They took a swing at me, and I defended myself. End of story.”

   But he had provoked them—maybe not physically, but he wasn’t an innocent bystander in this. As the shock ebbed, there was a different kind of bitter pill to swallow. What if Roth had gotten his rules wrong? What if more Alphas were even now on the way to avenge their brethren?

   “I’m going to be okay.” His eyes held mine as he stepped closer, lining his booted feet up with mine. “Nothing is going to happen to me. I promise.”

   “You can’t make that promise,” I whispered, searching his gaze intently. “None of us can.”

   His hands slid back and he curled his fingers in my loose hair. “I can.”

   Those two words were like throwing down a gauntlet to the whole universe. I lowered my gaze as he dragged my hair back, tucking both sides behind my ears. It was then, as he slowly withdrew his hands, that I remembered we were not alone.

   I jerked back and my gaze collided with Zayne’s. For a moment, I let myself really see Zayne. I hadn’t almost killed him. I had almost done something much, much worse than that. When a Warden lost their soul, they turned into a horrific creature. I knew that for a fact, because I’d seen what had happened to a Warden after their soul had been taken from them. I’d almost done that to Zayne, and he was still here, standing by my side.

   A hole opened up in my chest as I saw the keen wariness in his stare. My stomach twisted something awful and I opened my mouth, but I didn’t know what to say. My heart and head were suddenly tearing in two very different directions. Fortunately, I didn’t get the chance to say anything.

   “I leave you alone for a few hours, and you let Thumper fry and eat an Alpha.”

   Yelping, I spun around as Stacey screamed. Cayman stood in the center of the destroyed living room. He’d come out of nowhere. Poof. There. He wore dark trousers and a white dress shirt he appeared to have gotten bored with when it came to buttoning it up, and his blond hair was loose around his angular face. When it came to the demon pecking order, Roth had once explained that as an Infernal Ruler, Cayman was middle management. He was kind of like the demon-of-all-trades, and I had a feeling he was more than just a…um, coworker of Roth’s. Whether Roth claimed it or not, they were friends.

   “That was quick,” Roth commented, folding his arms across his chest.

   Cayman shrugged. “It’s a sign of the times, man. It’ll probably be on some Alpha’s Facebook wall within the hour.”

  Alphas had Facebook accounts?


  Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 New York Times and # 1 International 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, 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. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Top Ten 2015 Releases We Meant to Read But Haven't Yet with The Book Bratz

    The Summer Blogger Promo Tour was created by The Book Bratz as a fun way to promote blogs and make blogger friends.

Today I have Jessica and Amber from The Book Bratz!

   Amber & Jessica are both high school girls and longtime good friends. They started The Book Bratz back in 2014 and spent all of their free time reading and fangirling about books. Some of their favorite activities include reading, writing, sleeping, eating, and texting (duh). Today, The Book Bratz and its followers have grown tremendously and they’re super excited to be the co-hosts of the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Drop on by to and say hi - it’s always a good time! 

   Today the Girls and I will be talking about our Top Ten 2015 Releases We Meant to Read But Haven't Yet.

   I'll let the girls go first!

Now for my turn!

   I don't know how the girls feel about their ten books they haven't read, but I feel terrible every time I think of the books! I'm so behind schedule! 

   Thanks a bunch to Amber and Jessica for stopping by! You can give the ladies a follow here:

   And thanks again to everyone who stopped by! Next week I have even more in store for you!