Friday, October 24, 2014

TDA (The Dark Artifices) Snippet

(Image by Cassandra Jean)

JULIAN & EMMA!!!! A couple days ago Cassandra Clare snuck in a TDA snippet on Tumblr, when she was answering fan questions. Some how I totally missed this posting that on the blog. Just in case you missed it, here it is....
“I know things haven’t been exactly right between us since I got back from England,” he said. “And I don’t know if it’s because I’m a little jealous of Cristina, or a lot jealous of —“
“JULIAN,” Emma said.

UGH! That is an evil snippet. I need more from this scene....

New Details on The Mortal Instruments T.V. Series

Cassandra Clare shared some new details about The Mortal Instruments T.V. Series! Check it out below:
  • Episodes will be one hour long
  • The show will begin with City of Bones and continue into the series
  • Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne who were executive producers on the film will be producers on the show
  • Production begins in 2015 [x] [x]
There's still no word about a cast or network, but I would imagine we'll be hearing more news soon. I am so THRILLED about this being a T.V. series, and that the show will begin with City of Bones and go through the series. I think there so much more potential with a T.V. series than a movie. I'm hoping that once they start with the TMI series, they'll make a T.V. series out of The Infernal Devices.

FanArt Friday

Happy Friday! 
Check out some of the latest Shadowhunter fan-art Cassandra Clare has shared via her Tumblr page

Cassandra Jean's got some new art work featuring Clary (above) and Alec (below).

It's Wessa!!  Y'all know that whenever I get the chance to, I can't help but share new fan-art of Will and Tessa. Check out this piece below.

Cassie shared it here on Tumblr.

Have you seen any new Shadowhunter fan-art recently that you'd like us to share? Leave me a link in the comments so I can feature it here on the blog. 
If you have some favorite YA book fan-art you've recently seen, please let me know in the comments as well. I'd like to start featuring more YA book fan-art too. There are so many talented artists out there who have done an amazing job with creating pieces featuring some of our favorite characters. 

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Chapter 4 Teaser!

We're less than two weeks away from the release of The Retribution of Mara Dyer! On November 4th, fans will finally be able to get their hands on the third book in the Mara Dyer series. Today I'm thrilled to have the chance to share a sneak peak into chapter 4. Before I do, here's a little bit about the upcoming release.

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

Out on November 4th from Simon & Schuster, you can pre-order The Retribution of Mara Dyer from Amazon | B&N, and add it to Goodreads


India, Unknown Province

THE DAY AUNTIE DIED, OUR NEIGHBORS WATCHED warily as we walked from the village bearing her body. The air was as dead as she was; the river sickness had taken her just days after Uncle had brought me home. Auntie had been the only reason they’d tol- erated him, in his different clothes, always blue, with his dif- ferent words and different looks. She’d been special, Uncle had told me. When she would assist at a birth, the baby would rush out of its mother’s womb to meet her. Without her we were unprotected. I did not understand what he meant until he died.
Word of us spread from village to village. Wherever we went, plague and death had already struck, and we followed in its wake. Uncle did his best for the people, sharing reme- dies, making poultices, but whispers followed in our footsteps. Mara, they called us. Demons.
      One night Uncle roused us from sleep and told me and Sister to leave at once. We must not ask questions, just obey. We crept from our hut in darkness, and once we set foot in the jungle, we heard his scream.
A column of smoke rose in the air, carrying his cries with it. I wanted to go to him, to fix it, but Sister said that we’d promised not to, that we would suffer the same fate if we did. I had taken nothing but my doll. I would never leave it behind.
My long, tangled hair stuck to my neck and shoulders in the damp nighttime heat as Uncle’s screams were replaced with the sounds of the forest, rising with the moon. We did not sleep that night, and as the sun broke through the clouds and hunger gripped my belly, I thought we would have to beg for bread, like the orphans. But we did not. Sister spoke to the trees, and they gave up their fruit for her. The ground gave up its water. The earth nourished us, sustained us, until we reached the city.
Sister took me straight to the tallest building at the port to see the man with glasses. He called himself Mr. Barbary, and Sister walked straight toward him. We were dirty and tired and looked very much like we did not belong.
“Yes?” he said when we stood before his desk. “What is it you want?”

Sister told him who she was, who her father had been. He saw us with new eyes.
“I did not recognize her. She has grown.”
“Yes,” I said. “I have.”
I had never spoken to him before, or anyone except Sister

and Uncle. I had never needed to. But I knew why we were here, and I wanted to impress him.
It worked. His eyes grew wide, and his smile spread beneath the funny bow of hair above his lip. “Why, she talks!”
I could do more than that.
He asked me questions about what had happened to us, and about other things too—what I had learned since I had last seen him, what talents I had developed, whether I had fallen ill. Then he measured how much I’d grown. After, he gave Sister a pouch, and she bowed her head in gratitude.
“I must inform her benefactor of your change in circumstances, you understand,” he explained.
Sister nodded, but her face was a mask. “I understand. But her education has not yet been completed. Please inform him that I will take over for my father, if I am allowed.”
Mr. Barbary nodded and then excused us, and Sister led me out of the building by my hand. I wondered at how she knew the city so well. She had never come with Uncle and me before.
Sister paid a man to find us lodging, and then she bought us clothes, fine clothes, the sort Uncle used to wear. She purchased a meal for us to eat in our room.

It was like nothing I had ever seen, with tall beds carved
from trees that were dressed in linens as soft as feathers. Sister washed me and dressed me, and then we ate.
“We will leave after dark,” she said, scooping up fragrant yellow rice with her bread.
As my belly filled, I began to feel pleasant and drowsy. “Why not stay?”The room was solid, empty of dust and drafts, and the beds looked so clean. I longed to bury myself in one.
“It is better to go unnoticed for as long as we can, until we find a new home.”
I did not argue. I trusted Sister. She had taken care of me when I was little, as she would take care of me until she died.
It happened long after Uncle had been killed, though I don’t know how long.Time held no meaning for me—it was marked only by my visits to Mr. Barbary for inspection. Uncle kept no calendars, and neither did Sister. I did not even know my age. We moved along the outskirts of villages like ghosts, until we were driven even from the fringes.Then we moved to the next.
“Why must we keep moving?” I asked her as we walked. “Why won’t they let us stay?”
It was envy, Sister said. The people we lived among were not gifted like us. They were as ordinary as blades of grass, but we were like flowers, beautiful and rare. They suspected our differences and hated us for it. So we had to pretend to

be what we were not, so we would not be harmed for what we were.
But they harmed us anyway. No matter how hard we tried to remain unseen, someone would always recognize or sus- pect us. On our third day in the most recent village, they took Sister as night fell, the way they’d taken Uncle. The way they tried to take me.
Arms pinched my flesh and I was grabbed from my mat. Sister was screaming, begging them not to hurt me, swear- ing to our innocence, our harmlessness, but before I was even properly awake, her words were cut short. A man had smashed a rock into her head. Just once, but it had been enough.
I went slack in the arms of my captor as the same man raised the rock again to hit me with it. I wanted him to die.
His body shuddered, and something ripped inside him, sending a torrent of blood from his nose. He dropped his rock and moaned, backing away from me.
The others backed away as well. I did not speak to them. I did not scream at them. I looked at Sister, her mouth slack, her body limp, her hair glistening with blood, and I wanted.
I wanted them to feel as she felt. I wanted them to never see another sunrise, since she would not either.
I sat beside her, cradling her crushed skull in my lap. The others formed a wide circle around us. Then someone threw a stone.
It missed me. And struck someone else.

Shouts erupted, and the air filled with fear. The village emptied that night as the men—the murderers—fled, taking their women and children with them.
I saw tools but ignored them. I began to scoop dirt with my hands, and buried Sister when I finished digging her shallow grave, right where she had fallen. I slept there until the following day. Even the insects did not disturb me. When I woke, I began walking to Calcutta alone. I passed the scattered bodies of the villagers on my way. The skin above their lips was smeared with blood, but the flies did not touch them. They did not dare.
I avoided people. I bathed in my bloody, simple shift. The forest would not give up its gifts for me, so I skirted villages and stole from them to eat. I was ignorant of everything but my loneliness. I missed Sister, and Uncle, too, in my way. But they were gone now, and all I had left of them and my life with them was ash and dust and the doll Sister had made me, and the words Uncle had given me, taught me, so that I could speak with my benefactor in England someday.
Someday had arrived.
I walked to the port, to Mr. Barbary, unaccompanied for the first time in memory. He took in my stained clothes and my matted hair. I looked like a wild thing, but I spoke as cleanly and crisply as he did, and in his own tongue at that. I told him my education was complete. He sent me to an inn nearby, and would fetch me when my passage to England had been arranged, he said.

I bathed in clean water that night, and scrubbed my body with milled, formed soap, a luxury I had learned of but not experienced. I marveled at the foam on my skin, the lather in my hair, and when I was finished, I climbed into bed naked, and let the air dry my body. I felt as though I had shed my skin like a snake, and this new skin would carry me to my new life.
The next day Mr. Barbary appeared at the door to inform me that my benefactor had died the previous week, but not to worry as he had provided for me in the event of his death. His widow had been informed of my existence and had agreed to take me in, as he would have someday. Mr. Barbary had booked my passage on the first available ship. It would leave the following week, and I was to entertain myself until then.
And I did. He left me a purse with my own coins, and I bought new clothes and food I did not have to prepare. My body softened after a week in the city, after stuffing myself whenever I wanted with glistening, steaming sweet and spicy foods.
The night before I was to leave, I laid my new things in my new small trunk with great care. I took out my doll from beneath my pillow, where I hid her during the day. I ran my fingers over her seams, touched the spot of Sister’s blood that marked her wrist, and wondered what shape my new life with- out Sister would take.
“Why does the white man pay for me?” I had once asked Uncle, after a trip to Calcutta for my inspection. The coins jingled with his steps.

“Because he believes you are valuable. And when you go to him, you will be.”
I took this in. “When will I go?” “When you become,” Uncle said. “Become what?”

But if I am not myself yet, then who am I? I thought.


I can't wait to pick up this book! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fire In The Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton, Blog Tour: Guest Post & Enter To WIN!


Welcome to the third stop in the paperback release mini tour for Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton, presented by Month9Books, and hosted by Chapter by Chapter! Today Jennifer M. Eaton vlogs about how the hero in Fire in the Woods is different from all the rest! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post, and to check out the other amazing blogs participating in this tour!

The Guest Post

About The Book

When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.
But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?
Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught.
Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.
As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
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Jennifer M. Eaton
Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle. Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally. Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Compulsion by Martina Boone, Book Review

By: Martina Boone
Published by: Simon Pulse
To Be Released on: 10.28.14
Source: arc from publisher at BEA
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Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunts South Carolina plantation insteada prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her familys twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isnt what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Ghosts, curses, magic and romance. Martina Boone's Compulsion is a fabulous gothic debut with plenty of Southern charm and alluring history.

I love a well developed Southern Gothic story. What Martina has created was mesmerizing. I was hooked from the moment I started reading Compulsion. From her characters and their rich back stories, to being enticed by Barrie's quest for answers, and uncovering the history of the curses that have spanned generations on her family's land as well as the other two founding families on Watson Island. I enjoyed being swept away in Compulsion's world of magic, lore, curses and danger. The history this book has is fascinating. I loved it. I'm a sucker for a rich history, and Martina created one that had me looking things up to see if it was fact or fiction, it was so well crafted. 

There was this element of excitement I felt from reading Barrie's story. Having never been to Watson's Island until now, there is a lot for her to learn, and adjust to. Barrie is the key to unlocking the secrets and mystery that have surrounded the island and her family for generations. In her quest for answers, Barrie discovers that there is more to the history and curses that tie her to her family's land than she first thought. Her compulsion won't let her rest until she gets the answers, and finds what the spirits are leading her to. Thankfully not only does she have her Aunt to give her some answers, she has the help of Eight.

Talk about a southern gentleman. Eight is, well I'll just say that we all know that characters with a number name can wreck havoc on our hearts. Eight has set a new standard. Eight hails from one of the three founding families on Watson Island, and like Barrie's family, he too has a gift. I liked how he not only helps Barrie learn the way of their island, he helps her understand their tie to it, and their gift/compulsion. One of the things I loved about Eight, is even when he knew what was best for Barrie, and knew what she wanted, he allowed her to make her own choices. Barrie might not have grown up in the south, but she's a strong, stubborn southern girl who won't be told what to do. Thankfully there were times she would listen to Eight's advice, even if she didn't always take it. I seriously loved the bickering these two had. It was so natural, and at times comical. 

The romance. *sigh* I love a great southern romance, and there is plenty of that in this book. It's not the kind of romance that steals the center stage. Instead, it's one that constantly simmers in the back ground. It's not just the natural romance that developed between Barrie and Eight that I loved, but the romances that are richly embedded into the history between their families, and the third founding family's history. It's at the heart of that, where the mystery, and the heartbreaking past collide. I like how Martina didn't rush how the secrets of the past were revealed or how they effected the characters in the story. There's so much that is wrapped up into the story that I want to talk about. The way in which Martina wrote everything is so beautifully paced and so well crafted. It's kind of like a well wrapped present. Part of you wants to rip it open and find out what's inside of it, and the other part of you wants to savor each moment you spend unwrapping it.

Compulsion is one heck of a southern gothic YA read. The entire book comes to life with that southern gothic feel I find myself getting easily sucked in to. No detail great or small was left out of the story. The past and present collided perfectly. The romance was intoxicating, and developed effortlessly. The characters were fabulous. I adore Barrie's Aunt and Mark. Oh Mark. What a fabulous secondary character! Overall, this is one book I'd definitely recommend picking up. If this is Martina's debut, I can only imagine how her sequel will be!

5 stars!

Check out my interview with Martina here & enter to win all that you see below, HERE.

UNMARKED (The Legion #2) by Kami Garcia, Book Review

By: Kami Garcia
Published by: Little Brown
Released on: 9.30.14
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He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free. 

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

This sequel out did it's debut! It's haunting, heartbreaking, and a little horrifying. Kennedy's worst nightmares are coming true, and it seems as though there is no way to stop them. Especially when she has a powerful demon after her, and he can become anyone. Constantly on guard, Kennedy and her friends uncover shocking truths, betrayals and learn to either face their fears or have them consume them. 

Kami Garcia doesn't hold back in this book. UNMARKED is action packed. There are demons, ghosts, hauntings, supernatural events, and some serious butt kicking happens in this book. Let's just say that Kennedy and her friends don't hold back on their fighting off the demons, and the demons definitely don't hold back either. Much like when I watch Supernatural, I found myself on edge and a little jumpy at times with this book. The way Garcia wrote the scenes in this book made it easy for me to quickly get absorbed into the story and all that was going on. Hence my jumpiness at times. I liked that I wasn't excepting it be that on edge. Thankfully there are some moments with Kennedy and her friends that provided that right amount of humor that was needed. 

Oh Kennedy! I love it when an author allows their characters to grow and develop over the course of their series. That's something I felt Garcia does well with Kennedy. There are some serious betrayals and secrets that are revealed in this book, and much like when Kennedy was first thrust into this world, she makes the most of it, and looks for a solution to fix what's going on. But not in that's make everything go back to the way it was kind of way. She's brave, incredibly strong, and will do whatever it takes to make things right. One of those things is righting her accidental freeing of one of the most powerful demons, who's now after her. In the midst of that's going on, Kennedy also learns to accept some shocking revelations. I liked that she doesn't back down from anything, and I admire her for that. She doesn't scare easily, though she is vulnerable in fear of what can happen to those she's come to love.

Speaking of love, Hello romance! I love the way Garcia has developed Jared and Kennedy's relationship. It's sweet, intense, slow burning, and awesome all wrapped up together. Unfortunately for them with all that's going on, they don't get a lot of one on one time together, so those little touches, and sweet stolen moments, though few, are always bittersweet, and leave me wanting more. Oh Jared! I swear he's Kennedy's perfect match. I like that he's the one that completes her weakness with his strength. Like Kennedy, Jared definitely isn't scared of much. I mean the guy hunts evil things, what's there to be afraid of right? It's funny how demons have a way of toying with your fears, because the thing both Kennedy and Jared fear the most is about to come true.

Garcia has done a fabulous job at playing with my emotions in this book. Just as I think things will be fine, she totally throws me for a loop in the HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME kind of way. Mixed into the awesomeness of UNMARKED's action packed plot, it's oh so well written romance, and the creepiness that kept me on edge, is a freaking cliff hanger from hell. Like literally. No pun intended, though now I might be laughing at how I just worded that. Somehow I should have seen that twist coming, and I didn't, and now I need the next book in my hands. Like now. I really enjoyed UNMARKED, and I have to say, unless there are spiders, dolls with eyes that open and close, and clowns, it takes a lot to keep me on edge, and Garcia definitely kept me on edge. It was awesome. I totally recommend picking up this sequel. 

4.5 stars! 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston

By: Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston
Published by: Putnam
To Be Released on: 11.18.14
Series: Heart of Dread #2
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Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind—sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. But fighting for the majestic Blue meant saying goodbye to Wes, breaking both their hearts. Back in New Vegas, citizens are threatened by the resurgence of magic and declare war on all the marked. 

Wes and his team travel to the extravagant indoor city of El Dorado looking for his sister, but when they are caught on the wrong side of the RSA’s strict new laws, Wes is forced to do the unthinkable—surrender and rejoin the military's quest to uncover the magical source, the same land Nat is struggling to protect. 

Now he and Nat find themselves on opposing sides of a war that could potentially destroy what’s left of the world.

I LOVED Frozen and I can not wait to jump back into Nat's world. I'm holding out hope for Nat & Wes. What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Release Day Launch / Read An Excerpt

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I am so thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!! You can read my review for it here.

Cold Stone Touch

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...

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 I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there. 

 I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings. 

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron. 

 After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey. 

 Where r u? 

 R u skipping, u ho? 

 A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp? Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this. 

 Bio is lonely. My boobs miss u. 

How weird is that? That was notably weird and yet not surprising. 

 If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault. 

 Holy sh**, Layla, where r u?!? 

 Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them. 

 U have no idea who just walked into bio!!! 

 Roth is here! 

 Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this? 

 Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect.  

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t. 

 Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead. 

 “What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.


And don't forget! The choice is yours... Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website,, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick. To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait! Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to and vote for your choice! 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: 
 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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.   She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   

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Top Ten Tuesday #8: Ten Series I Want To Start

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Today's Top Ten Tuesday feature is 10 Series I Want To Start. This post is a little embarrassing to me, because I have 4 shelves full of books that are either series I need to read, or series that I need to finish reading. There's way more than 10 series on my shelves. In no order, here are 10 series I hope to have read within the next couple of months. 

  1. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I LOVE fantasy, and back before Mundie Moms started, Cinda's book were one of the first I read. I've been meaning to read this series. Andye with Reading Teen has told me how awesome this series is. I am totally planning on having a Seven Realms readathon soon! 
  2. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresely Cole. I read the first book in this series, but somehow never wrote my review (don't ask, I have no idea how this happened). Now with book three coming out in a couple of months, I'm planning on reading the entire series. I can't wait to read the next two books!
  3. The Elementary Trilogy by Sherry Thomas. I adore Sherry, and her writing, and I'm totally embarrassed to admit I still need to read this series. I started book one (and holy crap it is AWESOME) and will be featuring it on the blog shortly. 
  4. Doon series by Carey Corp. Doon has been sitting on my shelves for awhile now, and it's one I plan on reading this next month. I have heard nothing but great things about it. It's sequel is hitting shelves in December! 
  5. Scorched by Mari Mancusi. Like Sherry, Mari is another local author whom I adore. I'm embarrassed to admit I still need to read both of her books. Seriously, DRAGONS!!! I'm sold. 
  6. Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis I guess one of the good things about not reading book one yet, is now I've got both books sitting on my shelve waiting to be read. I've heard these books are awesome, and the first book has been optioned for a MOVIE!
  7. The United States of Asgard by Tessa Gratton. I have finally started the first book in this series! Finally. I've heard a lot of great things about it. I recently received book two, and I will definitely be featuring both books on the blog soon.
  8. The Agency by Y.S. Lee This series has been on my shelves for longer than I'd like to admit. At the first three books have. This is another series I have heard nothing but great things about, and have been looking forward to reading it.
  9. The Bhinian Empire series by Miriam Forster I know, another awesome duo of books sitting on my shelves that have not yet been read. Have you seen the covers for these books? I love the covers and I can't wait to fall in love with the story.
  10. Katerina series by Robin Bridges. I love historicals and this is one! Russia, 1888. I can't wait to dive into this series.
These were a few of the series I'm looking forward to reading soon, what are some of the series you're looking forward to reading? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

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STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Book Review

Stone Cold Touch is out TOMORROW!!!  
I LOVED this book. 
Jennifer L. Armentrout fans NEED this book! 
Seriously, be prepared to be confused on which team you're rooting for after you read this book.....

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Harlequin Teen
To Be Released on: 10/21/14
Series: The Dark Elements #2
Source: arc from publisher to review
Purchase from: Find out where to purchase from HERE
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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…

Stone Cold Touch is Armentrout perfection! With a heroine who's trying to figure out where she stands with all the chaos happening around her, two swoon-worthy characters who complicate things with who has her heart (and mine too), plenty of Armentrout action packed scenes, that snark I love about her books, shocking twists and betrayals fans won't see coming, this is a book Armentrout fans will love!

PICK UP THIS BOOK when it hit shelves tomorrow! Read my full SPOILER FREE review here.

Compulsion by Martina Boone, Blog Tour: Author Interview / Enter to WIN! #CompulsionForMagic

Hello & welcome to the I Have A Compulsion for Magic blog tour
I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Today I'm thrilled to have author Martina Boone on the blog to talk about her debut release. After you my interview with her, be sure to check out the massive giveaway! Be sure to follow the entire tour for most chances to win, and check out the rest of the author guest posts. 

Hi Martina! Welcome to Mundie Moms. Thank you for stopping by today. Which character did you enjoy getting to know through your writing process for Compulsion?

 I love them all, but Barrie was the character that grew the most for me. I loved seeing her experience loss and find herself on the other side of it, and discovering her magic was so much fun!

 Were you surprised with any of your character's decisions?

 Barrie surprised me all the time. I didn’t always agree with her decisions—but that’s me looking at her as an adult, or as someone who isn’t dealing with grief. Every time I, as the author, fought something that she wanted to do, I ended up discovering that with everything that was pulling on her, she couldn’t have done anything different.

 If you could have one of the gifts your characters do, which gift would that be? Why?

 Could I have the gift without the compulsion? If so, then I’d take finding lost things. I’m constantly losing EVERYTHING. Of course, it would be nice to know what people want most, as long as I had the time and money to be able to help make their wishes come true.

Do you have a favorite line from the book you can share with us?

 "It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are, if you don’t accomplish anything in them.” It’s a good reminder for me to keep pushing to do more every day.

What have your recently read that you'd recommend to my readers?

 Oh, so many things. Let’s go with Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.

Thank you Martina for stopping by today!

About The Book

Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunts South Carolina plantation insteada prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her familys twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isnt what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Pre-order Compulsion

IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)

Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special I have a Compulsion for readingbookplate from Eight Cousins. Pre-Order Incentives Going on here.

Early Praise for Compulsion

Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, youll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” 

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” 
Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series 

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" 
Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen

About Martina

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.

Shes the founder of, a Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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The Giveaway 

Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don't want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away! 5 lucky winners will each win the following:

Grand Prize Winner - will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That's the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! *US residents only

Next Winner - will win a $100 gift card to the book store of their choice! *open internationally

3 Additional winners will each win a Compulsion prize pack which features a signed copy of Compulsion, a Compulsion necklace and bookmarks. *open internationally

To enter to win, please fill out the form below:
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Good luck!