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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Jennifer Johnson, Bridget&Britney Darwin, Ana&Sophia&Stephi Carter, Cassandra Livingston, Crystal&Nicole Walker at So Many Books So Little Time.This is where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and/or reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for us to plan our reading week/month, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading. Usually Posted on Monday’s.

Read Last Week:

The Stranger (Just One Night, #1) Ask For It Entangled (Spellbound #1) The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel

The Stranger (Just One Night #1) by Kyra Davis
Ask For It by Sylvia Day  
Entangled by Nikki Jefford 
The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carrie 

Currently Reading:  

Crusade Hidden A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight, #1) Passion for the Game (Georgian, #2)

Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbe Viguie
Hidden by P.C. and Kristen Cast
A Shimmer of Angels by Lissa Basso
A Passion for the Game by Sylvia Day
 
 

What Are You Reading?

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What’s Next? #1


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What’s Next is a weekly meme hosted by Ana Carter, and Cassandra Livingston, at So Many Books So Little Time.  

Here’s how it works:
-Select three-five books (not too many, not too little!) that you want to read but can’t decide which one to read first.
-Post the cover, and synopsis or even a random line from the book, for each of your selections.
-At the end of your post, ask readers to vote on which one you should read next!

 
A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight, #1)

A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1) by Lisa M. Basso

**ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?
 
  
Passion for the Game (Georgian, #2)
 

Passion for the Game (Georgian #2) by Sylvia Day

Match Point

Infamous for satisfying his limitless wants and desires, Christopher is a free man again. And this time he’s on a mission to engage, deceive and seduce the one woman as ruthless as he is when it comes to games of passion…

Far from innocent in the ways of men, Maria is one step ahead of Christopher’s every move. It doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying every delicious look, every unbridled kiss, every moment of abandon. But she never saw her own feelings coming into play. She never imagined the moment would come when she would meet her match—and that she would surrender to him again and again…

 

Hidden (House of Night, #10)

Hidden (House of Night #10)

At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet’s evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side — but she’s far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. First, a mysterious fire ravages the stables. Then, Neferet makes a devastating move that will test them all.
With the seeds of distrust sown and Darkness breeding chaos at the House of Night, everyone must band together — but that’s proving to be more difficult than ever before. The twins are barely speaking and the House of Night’s former enemy, Kalona, has now become their warrior, pushing their trust to the limit. To top it off, Zoey is pretty darn sure she might be losing her mind. She saw something when she looked at Aurox through the Seer Stone that she can hardly explain to herself, let alone her friends. Is it possible that Heath has come back in a different form? Is that why Zoey’s so intrigued by Aurox, when it’s so obvious that he’s dangerous? And who would believe her if she told them? Zoey knows that following her instinct about Aurox might be just what they need to defeat evil . . . but if she’s wrong, it could cause the destruction of those closest to her.
With the tension at a breaking point and friendships on the line, can the nerd herd come together to stop the spread of Darkness before it’s too late?

S.E.C.R.E.T.

S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline

**ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

In S.E.C.R.E.T there are…

No Judgments. No limits. No shame.

Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.

What should I read next?

-Ana @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Whats Next

 

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Thanks to Asha for awarding us with The {Booker}Award!.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in UPDATES

 

The Stranger (Just One Night #1)by Kyra Davis


The Stranger (Just One Night #1)
by Kyra Davis
ebook, 128 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2013 by Pocket Star
Rating: 5/5 Stars
 
 
Description:
Kasie knows who she’s supposed to be. But one passionate night with a mysterious stranger will teach her who shewants to be. You should sleep with a stranger, her best friend whispers in her ear as they take to Vegas for one last pre-wedding fling. Despite her best intentions, when Kasie Fitzgerald enters the casino and sees him, a man whose tailored clothes belied a powerful, even dangerous, presence, she loses herself to the moment. Maybe it’s the dress, much shorter than she’d ever normally wear, or the Scotch, but something makes her give herself over to him more completely than she’s ever done with a man before.
It was supposed to be just one night. But right as she’s thinking she wants more, he shows up in her office with an agenda. As the billionaire CEO of a company that’s engaged her PR firm, his demands just became her reality…and he desires so much more than just some attention in the boardroom.
 
 
Review:

***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

*spoilers*

 
Wow! From the minute I started I was hooked! It was a quick read that left me wanting more! Just One Night, Part 1: The Stranger is a great read, and a superb way to start off a series.
 
The twists and turns keep the reader on edge, while reading the novel. The novel starts off with Kasie, (the main character) and Simone, her best friend, in Vegas for the weekend, before she settles down with her boyfriend of six years. While in Vegas, Simone gives Kasie some bad advice-‘sleep with a stranger’. ‘sleep with a stranger she does, from this passionate on night with this stranger (Mr.Dade), to sooo much more, Kasie wasn’t prepared for him in her town, wanting to work with her, however this is exactly what she finds happening. No matter how much she wants to be rid of him, she can’t escape him. The novel ends with Kasie walking away from Robert Dade, because of the text message she had received from her fiancé Dave, who at this point is very angry. In a sense you get this look into Dave and wonder what’s going to happen next. CLIFFHANGER!!! Ugh! L
 
I really enjoyed this novel, it was well written; I cannot wait until the next installment comes out in March! J
 
-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime
 
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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in ARC

 

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Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater


Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)

Hardcover, 360 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Scholastic Press
Rating: 5/5 stars
Description: 
The astonishing #1 New York Times bestseller.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
 
Review:
You know that feeling when you’re floating on water? All your senses are dampened, you are weightless, careless and completely relaxed. There aren’t any loud sounds, you are safe, perfectly happy and everything else seems a mile away… That’s EXACTLY how Maggie Stiefvater’s writing makes me feel. I want to hug this book and never ever let it out of my sight. 

Grace and Sam are finally together, but they live in fear. They are constantly afraid that things will go back to the way they were before, and unfortunately, it’s not something either of them can control. There are several new wolves in the woods and it’s up to Sam to take care of them all now – the old and the new. In addition, Grace’s parents finally started noticing things and decided to start honing their parenting skills.

Linger brings us two additional POVs. We get to see some of the events through the eyes of Isabel, to whom we were introduced in Shiver, and Cole, one of the new wolves. The two of them are so very different from Sam and Grace and having four POVs instead of two brought amazing balance to the story. While this would certainly bother me in Shiver, I was thrilled by it now. 
That doesn’t mean that I like Grace and Sam any less. In fact, if I had feelings for those characters before, it was nothing compared to how I feel about them now. They are both beautiful and strong in their own way. I’ve noticed that my favorite quotes usually come from Sam’s chapters, although Grace has her moments, too. There’s a reason for that, of course. Sam is just the type of gentle soul I can start loving in a heartbeat, and after all, he’s supposed to be good with words. There isn’t a character in YA literature I could ever love more than I love Sam. A look in his eyes is all it takes to make me cry! 

I did my best to find a flaw in Linger – this may sound odd, but I wanted to have at least one small thing to complain about because I thought it would add credibility to the rest of my review. I tried my best and failed miserably. Oh, I’ve read my friends’ reviews but I simply don’t agree with any of them. The first half was not slow for me, it was soft and beautiful. Isabel and Cole weren’t irritating, they were troubled and interesting. The prose wasn’t purple, it was… I already said that, didn’t I? I could go on and on for days, but it wouldn’t do much good. This is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you liked Shiver, you are going to like Linger too, I have no doubt about it. 
 
 
 -Nicole @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Friend Reviews

 

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Othermoon (Otherkin #2) by Nina Berry



Othermoon (Otherkin #2) by Nina Berry

Paperback, 320 pages

Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by K-Teen

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Description:

Everyone has secrets. I had no idea mine would lead me into shadow. Dez has found the place where she belongs. With the otherkin. With Caleb. Or so she thought. As the barriers between our world and Othersphere fall, a wall rises between Dez and Caleb, leaving her fiercest enemy her only friend. 

And maybe something more.

Now Dez must make a devastating choice: keep the love of her life, or save the otherkin from annihilation.

Review:

***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Ok let me start out by saying this book was just off the charts amazing. I loved everything about it from the beginning. We jump right into the action with this book with Dez having to deal with Lazar. She finds out just how much her world is changing again too and it may not necessarily be in a good way. I loved how Dez was such a strong heroine and you know that is one of my weaknesses. I absolutely live for strong heroines that can handle themselves and Dez is so fierce. She is kick butt when she is a human and then when she is a shifter she takes it to a completely different level.

Dez and the others involved in ending the Ximon’s plans in Otherkin have all had their homes broken in to. They discover that every one of them is missing something that contains their DNA. Deciding that this can not be good and Ximon must be up to something again Dez and gang head out to the new school.

Choices are made, secrets are kept and Dez might have to sacrifice her love for saving the world. An enemy is helping her and her friends and family don’t understand, leaving her isolated from the group. Facing obstacles at every turn, Dez must rely on her inner-strength to make sure they all survive, even when it might cost her everything she holds dear.

I loved all the action too in this one. It kept the story moving and flowing so well because it was edge of your seat action that kept you wanting to read more to see what was going to happen. I have to say I liked the world building when the kids went to Las Vegas and meet at the casinos. It was nice to see all the glitz and glimmer that comes with that area. I was funny to see all the kids interacting with one another and what all they were learning at the school. It was that kind of training that was good for them to have when it was time to battle the Tribunal. I have to say that I cried at the end of the book and was so upset about how it ended. I really need the author to get the next book out soon because I have to know how this is all going to play out. Overall this was a great read and I highly recommend it to lovers of shifter reads and of a great story.

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 
 

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The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel (Forgotten Castles #1) by Jamie Carie


 


The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel (Forgotten Castles #1)

by Jamie Carie

Paperback, 320 pages

Published February 1st 2012 by B&H Books (first published January 6th 2012)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Description:

The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

Review:

***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

This novel is an interesting inspirational historical romance set in Regency England, Iceland, and Ireland. This first book in A Forgotten Castle series will have you traveling across countries as Lady Alexandria is determined to find her parents…and Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is just as determined to find her.
Both Alexandria and Gabriel make for unique and endearing characters. Gabriel especially. He captured my attention from the very beginning and I always looked forward to reading one of his scenes. With all of the problems he is constantly facing—and now having to be a guardian to a young woman who is anything but compliant—had me cheering him on throughout the book.

A determined young lady, Lady Alexandria Featherstone, learns the King of England, believes her parents, treasure hunters on a mission for the King himself dead. He appoints her a guardian, the Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton. The Duke of St. Easton finds himself losing his hearing for some unknown reason. He finds comfort in Lady Alexandria’s letters. Lady Alexandria is determined to find her parents whom she believes is still alive but in serious trouble. She will travel across England, Ireland and Iceland. Finding allies along the way to help her in her quest, for she is also somewhat of a puzzle solving. This leads her guardian, Gabriel a merry chase across the countryside with her two new protectors in pursuit of her parents and the missing antiquities the King is searching for.

This story has some interesting elements but is not like a lot of fiction I have read set during the Duke and Lady historical period. I did not especially like how the story concluded. I do not like when they end books just so they can start another one. They pull you along as a relationship grows and then just leave you at the end with no resolution. What if you can’t afford to get the next book or your library does not carry the book? You will never know how the story ends. I will say, however, that the writing style was nicely done and the characters were interesting but I don’t think I will read anything by this author again.

Over all this was a fun book to read. The book ended as a cliff hanger but it definitely makes me want to read the next book.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance novel. Please if you haven’t checked out this book before you should. A very enjoyable read. Looking forward to read the next book in the series, when I get my hands on it J

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime                     


 

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in ARC

 

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