Thursday 26 September 2013

Left Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

Author: T.R. Graves
Pages: 330
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: September 1, 2013

Your own two feet are all you have when you've been left.

A naive Baylee loves Colt, her boyfriend of four years, more than she ever thought possible. After a little snooping, she's convinced she's well on her way toward hearing an once-in-a-lifetime proposal and starring in the wedding-of-the-year event. Instead, she's blindsided by a very public breakup and the crushing news that Colt is marrying someone else… someone more befitting him and the role his father expects him to take in his law firm.

Baylee may have spent years resenting Ariana, her mother, and her suicide, an intolerable show of weakness in Baylee's opinion, but after Colt leaves her just short of the altar, Baylee sees the world through her mother's eyes. She sympathizes with Ariana's actions and realizes that some things—soul-deep aches—can irreparably damage you and make moving on nearly impossible.

At least that's how she feels until she meets Ryker. With his help, Baylee discovers there is life after Colt, and she prepares to move on by pulling herself up by the bootstraps, holding her head high, and standing on her own two feet. Unfortunately, a new jealous and hateful Colt has his own plans for her, and they are plans no one—especially Baylee—ever saw coming.


Taking in what I just said, Ryker watches me, and suddenly it occurs to me how he's gotten so far in his company. He studies people by sizing them up, using their strengths to drive them further whenever possible and their weaknesses against them aas an option of last resort. 
Right now, he's doing what he does best. Only I'm not a worker in his company. I'm a woman who needs answers.
 "What're your thoughts about me, Ryker?" I ask casually, curiously. I'm still strolling around the apartment, making mental notes without actually touching anything.

"Excuse me," Ryker says, and I can tell I've caught him off guard.
"Well, I have to assume that you're very good at what you do. I mean, look at this hotel room. You've been studying me non-stop for a while now. I'm assuming you've come to some conclusions. Maybe if I hear them aloud, I can make the necessary changes so I'm not ever put into this position again. I mean - Jesus - I was just left downstairs so there has to be something about me that must be changed," I say sensibly.
Now matter how level-headed my request is, the self-conscious and hurt woman inside of me cringes and waits for the news that men don't want women who are too tall, too gaunt, too clumsy, too... Oh hell! The list could go on forever. 
 Ryker says nothing. I suspect he's too much of a gentleman to tell me what he thinks.
"Go ahead. I can take whatever you have to say," I say, squaring my shoulders and preparing myself.

Even then, I can't make eye contact with him. I've been hurt enough for one day. No matter what I say, hearing anything negative about myself right now - now even if it's constructive - will be another kick to the stomach.

I must be a sadist. I'm begging for this stranger to share his opinion about me because I know there are things I don't see. I'm close to see them. Colt saw them all and decided they were terrible enough to get rid of.


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About the Author:

T. R. Graves, the author of The Warrior Series and The Secrets Series and The Underwater Series, is a 2012 NaNoWriMo Winner. 

She lives along the Texas coast with her husband. Together, they raise T. R.'s beta reading daughter and their football-loving son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as a registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals high on her list of fulfilling accomplishments.

Monday 23 September 2013

The RIght Kind of Wrong Blog Tour: Review & Favourite Quotes and Giveaway

The Right Kind of Wrong
Author: Jade Eby
Publication Date: August 2013

Nothing stays hidden forever. 

Kara Pierce has held onto the same dream since she was a little girl: to be the next Katie Couric.

Vince Gage, a budding filmmaker whose I-don't-give-a-shit attitude cancels out his charm, almost ruined it for her once, and now he’s back, threatening to do it again.

When the two of them are paired together for a college competition with a $20,000 prize, the only thing they agree on is winning.

They return to Iowa where Kara grew up to research her grandfather's service in World War II, instead they find themselves in the middle of a family scandal kept quiet for far too long.

As Kara and Vince investigate the scandal deeper, they realize the price of uncovering the truth is so much more than they bargained for.

I was genuinely surprised with The Right Kind of Wrong. I had no clue what I was going into when I received the book for review. Judging from the cover and title, I assumed it was a bittersweet romance that had your typical bad-boy, good girl cliché. Luckily, this wasn't the case.

Our protagonist, Kara Pierce is partnered with Vince Gage for a college project that is based around a unique story lead. Not only was this worth their whole grade, but winning the competition would result in receiving $20,000. I appreciated the topic they chose - World War II. It wasn't primarily focused on the war as much as I would like, but I did, in fact, enjoy the twist at the end.

Kara and Vince have a nasty past of plagiarism. Their last project that they worked on together nearly affected their whole career. They have their differences, but as a couple, they complimented each other nicely. To me, Vince, has to be the most realistic male character I've ever read. He's a laid-back, easy-going type of guy. I'm glad Vince wasn't introduced as cold or heartless. I've read too many books with similar guys like that. From the top of my head, I could name several of my guy friends who are like Vince.

The Right Kind of Wrong reminded of one of my favorite films, Letters to Juliet. Certain scenes from the story brought me back to this movie constantly - which would have been the main reason why I liked it so much. Actually, after reading this, I took the time to re-watch the film that I haven't seen in a while.

With a realistic male interest, light romance, and surprising twist at the end, you'll be breezing through this in no time.

Favourite Quotes:

"He rolls his eyes. 'I'm a guy, remember? I know how the apology booty call works.'"

"He was the right kind of wrong, if that makes sense."

3.5/5 STARS

About the Author:
Once upon a time there was a little girl who fell in love with books then she grew up to write her own.
Jade has participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) six times and enjoys copious amounts of coffee. When she's not writing, she enjoys trashy reality T.V. and reading everything she can get her hands on.
Mommy to two dogs and two naughty kitties, she feels like she might be on her way to having a zoo.


Monday 16 September 2013

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Millions Sun (Across the Universe #2)
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 386
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 10, 2012

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.  

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceshipGodspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

Have you read a book that has ever given you goosebumps? For me, I haven't experienced that until I read this. Life gets tougher for Elder as he deposed the use of Phydus. Taking the role of Eldest, it becomes difficult for him and Amy to be together as responsibilities build up. The people begin to realize that they don't need Elder, that they are free to do whatever they want. Some become lazy, leaving off their duties and some commit suicide. With Orion's clues left all over the ship, Amy is determined as ever to figure out out the secrets that the previous leaders kept hidden.

You know with middle books, I expect the romance to increase since usually the first book are the starting point of a relationship, but with this one, the romance is very minimal. Is that a bad thing? Certainly not. To me, you don't need a lot of romance for it to be a great book, just a spark of romance or chemistry is enough for me. If Beth was to bring the romance up a notch, it would certainly bring the book to fall short. With so much twists, I don;t think the romance would've helped the situation. Amy and Elder's moments were quick but incredibly cute. 

A Million Suns, the second installment in the Across the Universe trilogy, has the perfect amount of action, thrill, and mystery; you'll have a hard time putting this down. With Beth Revis' descriptive writing, you'll be excited to turn the pages. 

4.5/ 5 STARS