Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review: The Holiday Survival Guide by Jane O'Reilly

Title: The Holiday Survival Guide
Author: Jane O'Reilly
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publication Date: January 1, 2014

Synopsis: Witty, clever, and sharp. It's going to be the holiday from hell...and that's just how Erica wants it. 

When tabloid journalist Erica Parker is forced to take a holiday, she's determined to make it the most miserable holiday she possibly can, but not even her impressive imaginative powers could have come up with sharing a tent with survival expert Nathan Wilde. Nathan was a married man with a successful TV show before Erica got to work on his life. Now the hottest man she’s ever met is single, furious, and he’s got her alone in the wilderness for three long days…

Review: The Holiday Survival Guide was a quick, entertaining read with some sweet moments. I never fully liked Erica, but luckily Nathan had enough charm and likability for the both of them. I realize the story was short, but the insta-love aspect was a bit of a turn off and I felt the author could have drawn the process out for a little longer to make it more realistic. Erica was also considering doing a pretty crap thing to Nathan near the end of the book after they both had already confessed their love just so she could keep her job, which really made my opinion of Erica drop further. In conclusion, this is not a bad book by any means. I thoroughly enjoyed the story while snuggling under some blankets as I imagined how freakin' cold it must feel where they are at.

A copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #6
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: May 27, 2014


I am coming. 

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

About the Author: Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

AND NOW, for the big reveal..... *cue drumroll*

Ahhhhh!!!!!!! Much Excitement! Such Pretty! Very Want!

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Out for Blood by R. Barri Flowers (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Title: Out for Blood
Author: R. Barri Flowers
Series: Transylvanica High, #2
Publication Date: November 3, 2013

Synopsis: From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of the young adult vampire novel, COUNT DRACULA'S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, comes the exciting book two in the Transylvanica High series, OUT FOR BLOOD.

Sixteen-year-old honor student Kula Lockhart is in her second year at Transylvanica High School in Harbor Heights, Michigan. It is one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist.

Kula recently learned that she is the half human, half vampire daughter of Count Dracula. This has made her a target for those who hate her powerful Dad and vamps in general.

As she comes to terms with her heritage and newfound abilities, things begin to heat up between Kula and her mortal boyfriend, Eriq Pratt. She also has her vamp guardians Ivan and Amelia, as well as several human and vampire friends, to balance her evolving life and times.

When Kula suddenly finds herself being pursued by a new handsome half vamp at school, Sebastian LeBlanc, she is strangely drawn to him, even if her heart belongs to Eriq. Yet Kula can’t help but wonder if it is more than coincidence that Sebastian just happened to arrive in town at around the same time that a vampire or vampires began killing humans. Could Sebastian be behind these vicious attacks?

Another new vampire, Gabryela Roswell, befriends Kula, but has a hidden agenda.

In the meantime, Kula has competition from an attractive human girl, Yvonne Elwood, who has her eye on Eriq. She also has to deal with the gorgeous and mean-spirited cheerleader vamp, Jacquelyn Brossard, a member of the rival Doerzic clan.

As Kula grapples with these issues and the changes in her life, she tries to learn more about her mother, who died in childbirth, from the only person who can give her answers--her dad, Count Dracula.

Fans of popular teen vampire and paranormal fiction series such as Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, and Vampire Academy will love OUT FOR BLOOD in this captivating series.

Previous book in the series:

About the Author: R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of crime and thriller fiction, crime nonfiction and true crime, relationship novels, and young adult mysteries. The author is a member of the American Crime Writers League, International Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

Guest Post:
Ten Things You Didn't Know about R. Barri Flowers

1. The author has written more than seventy books and numerous short stories and articles.

2. His bestselling legal thriller, JUSTICE SERVED, was a 2005 Finalist for a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award.

3. His true crime bestseller, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, was a. Suspense Magazine's Best of 2011 Book.

4. He has written a dozen romances for Harlequin under the pseudonym, Devon Vaughn Archer.

5. He is left-handed, but plays tennis with his right hand.

6. He took twenty-nine credits in his final term as a college undergrad – or the equivalent of a double load – in order to graduate that summer.

7. He began his writing career by getting his Master’s degree thesis, published as a book.

8. His all-time favorite television soap opera is Dark Shadows.

9. His dream vacation is to go to Australia and New Zealand.

10. The author’s range of fiction and nonfiction books spans more genres than any other writer on the scene today.

11. Honorable mention – he has written five screenplays.

R. Barri Flowers will be offering 30 ecopies of Out for Blood. The copies will be in PDF format.

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-Kristen ♥

Monday, January 13, 2014

Preorder Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Hello fellow Jennifer L. Armentrout fans!

In case you have't heard, the much-anticipated sequel to Wait for You, BE WITH ME, is now available for preorder! If you preorder BE WITH ME (in either print or ebook format), you will receive an extra scene featuring Cam and Avery from WAIT FOR YOU! This scene is only available to those who preorder the book—once it goes on sale on 2/4/2014, this opportunity passes by. So don’t let it! In order to claim your preorder prize, all you have to do is go to this landing page and enter your order number. It’s that easy!

-Kristen ♥
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