Monday, May 21, 2012

Book Release: Suffocate by S.R. Johannes

Title: Suffocate
Author: S.R. Johannes
Series: The Breathless Novelette, #1
Publication Date: May 21, 2012

Synopsis: Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes.

If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

The 2nd novelette in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for Fall 2012. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013.

About the Author: S.R. Johannes is author of the Amazon Bestseller Untraceable and a current nominee of the Georgia Author of the Year in the Young Adult category. After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her goldendoodle Charley (notice he is listed first :), her British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. You can find her hanging out online and visit her at

-Kristen ♥

Sunday, May 20, 2012

In My Mailbox (26)

"In My Mailbox" is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books that I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week.
This week, I bought:
Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1) by

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, May 17, 2012

From the Review Pile (1)

 From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.

The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.
This week, I want to bring your attention to:
Title: Moonlight and Oranges
Author: Elise Stephens
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Synopsis: A timeless tale of young romance.

Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarnished history of relationships.

When Lorona's curiosity leads her to Kestrin's journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.

-Kristen ♥

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cover Reveal: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend, #2
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Synopsis: The Elector Primo of the Republic has died, with his son assuming power over what’s left of the USA’s West Coast as it teeters on full-blown chaos. June and Day join up with Patriot rebels so they can rescue Day’s brother and head east for the Colonies. In order to help, though, the rebels want June and Day to kill the new Elector, who may pose an even greater threat than his father.

The Cover:

-Kristen ♥

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cover Reveal: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Title: Asunder
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul, #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: 2013

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

The Cover:

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Synopsis: In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.(

Verdict: When I heard Julie Kagawa was writing a vampire book, I completely flipped out. I had to read it. So when I found it on NetGalley, I requested it, got approved, and devoured it. In the Acknowledgements, Julie said that in the beginning of her career she vowed to not write a vampire book because she had nothing new to add to the masses. She was dead wrong. The Immortal Rules is a completely original story that has found a permanent place on my favorites shelf. In this vampire society, humans have almost gone extinct due to Red Lung Disease and vampires rule over the few that are left in their Vampire Cities. Allie lives in an abandoned school as an Unregistered, someone not under vampire control. She has to scour the streets for food and is always in danger of being killed. She lives there with three other street rats: Lucas, Rat, and Stick. But Allie has run out of food and has no choice but to venture outside the walls of the city where vicious creatures called Rabids roam. But on her journey back, she will never be the same again. One thing I love about Julie's vampires is that they are monsters. They are constantly aware of their hunger for blood and are always a danger to humans. I also really love the two potential love interests. There is Kanin, a troubled vampire with a dark past who is on a mission to right his wrongs, and there is Zeke, a selfless caring human who always manages to see the good in people. Overall, this story was ahhh-mazing! And I am absolutely dying to get my hands on the sequel! <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥
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