Top Ten Tuesday #6: Characters who would sit at my lunch table

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Today’s Top Ten is characters I want to sit with at the school lunch table. I am a long way from school, but it’s not hard to imagine which characters I would want sharing my lunch table. These characters would have made my life fun and entertaining, not to mention would have made great friends. This time around I have more than 10, so I’ll put some people in groups.

1. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Fred and George from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- These characters range from loyal to witty to clever to fun to awkward. But every single one of them is amazing. Harry’s loyalty, Ron’s awkwardness, Hermione’s wit and intelligence, Fred and George’s naughtiness and fun element would make our lunch table a riot, not to mention diverse.

2. Percy, Annabeth, Tyson and Grover from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan- Again a diverse group of characters like Harry Potter. I’m pretty sure the two groups will get along very well too. Annabeth and Hermione might end up being the best of friends and Fred and George will have an accomplice in the form of Grover.

3. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I always loved Anna. She was smart and quirky, witty and sarcastic and so much fun.

4. Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- Lola is creative, quirky, fun. She doesn’t care about what people think about her as long as she is happy. A girl after my own heart. We would have been the best of friends.

5. Robin Goodfellow a.k.a Puck from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa- Puck is naughtiness incarnate. His one-liners and wittiness will just be the spice of the table. He’ll find his soul-brothers(if that’s even a word) in Fred and George. The three of them will be the life of the party, or rather my lunch table.

6. Breckin from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover- He is gay and a Mormon and awesome as all get out. I totally love him.

7. Six from Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover- Six is the best friend of Sky from  Hopeless. She is fun, independent, has a filthy mouth and just plain awesome. She is spunky, sassy and feisty and I love her.

8. Morpheus from Splintered by A.G. Howard- A creature of the Wonderland, Morpheus is as much a devil as anything else. He is nefarious, but also fun and sexy. He is going to be the bad boy of my lunch table.

9. Alice Mae from Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper- Alice oozes self confidence and is happy with all that she is. She may be sly and by her own admission manipulative, but she is kick-ass.

10. Leo, Hazel and Frank from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan- Again some great characters I would love at my lunch table. Leo is fun and humorous, Hazel is a bit reserved but smart and Frank is a little bit awkward but just plain lovable.

So here are my table-mates. Who all made it to your table?

Review: Winning Love (Love to the Extreme #3) by Abby Niles

winning love I got a copy of this book from Entangled in exchange of an honest review.

This book was an absolute delight to read. I love it, mainly because of Gayle. The story was great to and the characters realistic and lovable.

Mac “The Snake” Hannon is a broken man. After losing his wife and unborn child to a tornado, Mac has lost his zest for life. He is just going through the motions rather than living. He doesn’t laugh, he doesn’t smile, he is pretty much like a dead man walking. He left his hometown, Kansas after losing his wife, but now he is back to help his friend out. He never even in his dreams expects to crash into someone like Gayle Andrews.

Gayle is a a free-spirited woman. She is fun, vivacious, flirty, happy and just wonderful. It is hard not to love Gayle. She just worms her way into your heart. Her wittiness and live life king size manner manages to cut through Mac’s steel shields. Her persistent nature and crazy challenges thrown Mac’s way helps him make peace with his past and look forward to a future. All is fine until the moment Mac realizes that Gayle chases the very thing that scares him shitless, the very thing that destroyed his life.

Meteorologist and storm chaser, Gayle is no stranger to loss and heartbreak. Having lost her whole family and high school sweetheart to a tornado, Gayle is determined to help people. She is determined to do whatever it takes to make sure no one else loses their family and loved ones like Gayle did. Heartbreak is nothing new to her either. She is no stranger to being abandoned by people she has loved. Even though it took years, she has learned to live in the moment and enjoy life rather than get involved long-term.

In teaching Mac to let go of the past and look forward to the future, Gayle learns she hasn’t let her past go completely either. Together they have to find a way to help each other find a bright future. There were times where I thought Mac was acting like a fool. He did let his fears stop him from moving on and the consequence was another heart-break for Mac. But he redeemed himself in the end. There were times when he handled himself pretty well in the face of Gayle’s profession and times when he faced his fears head-on. Those were the times I loved and respected him the most.

Overall a wonderful book dealing with love, loss, facing your fears and moving on. I loved Abby Niles’ writing, the way she portrayed her characters and sucked you into the story. I’ll be reading more of her book for sure. A truly well-done and amazing work.

4/5 stars.

Release Day Blitz: Blood Beyond Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown

It’s HERE! The day has
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The final book in the Darkness Series has arrived!!
 

After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.


The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.


But this price may be too high—even for her.

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Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.


When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

 

 
 
**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series**
 
 
Darkness of Light (Darkness #1)
 

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.


When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2)



It’s been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

Beast In The Darkness (An Elighan Dragen Novelette)
 
(Darkness #2.5)
 




We know the story from Ember’s POV, but what happens to Eli after Ember disappears? Crawl inside Eli’s mind and experience what he goes through. Be warned his mind in not a fuzzy warm place to be….




 
Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3)
 
Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part Demon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak.
Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever. 

But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen. 

But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.



 

 
 
 

Waiting on Wednesday #3: Burn For Me

waiting“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

burn for me Burn For Me

Hidden Legacy #1

Author: Ilona Andrews

Publisher: Avon

Expected Publication:  October 28, 2014

Synopsis(from Goodreads):

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Why am I waiting for it?

It’s Ilona Andrews. Anything by this writer duo, I’ll read it. I am a very big fan of the Kate Daniels series and I am sure Ilona Andrews will continue their magic in this book too.

2014 Mid Year Book Freakout

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I just found out about the Mid Year Book Freakout questionnaire, on one of my favorite blogs and thought it would be a superb idea to showcase some good reads from this year. I know. I know. It’s the almost the end of August and technically not mid-year, but hey, whatever.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.
Now that’s an unfair question if there is one. I absolutely adored Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. It was just plain awesome. After all the a**holeish behavior in Magic Rises, Curran redeemed himself big time. This book made me want to hug Curran tight and never let him go. Another favourite for this year was Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. Absolutely devoured that book.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.
Again Magic Rises and Shield of Winter. Both of them were totally unexpected and totally amazing.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. I already have the book, but the thought that I’ll spend the day crying is what is stopping me right now.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
1. Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones: After the cliffhanger in Sixth Grave, I NEED this book.

2. Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh: I have been curious about Janvier and Ash for quite a while now and not to mention Raphael’s powers that woke up in Archangel’s Legion. We’ll be sure to find out more about them.

5. Biggest disappointment.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. After hearing such amazing things about this book, I was sorely disappointed with it.

Fall From India Place by Samantha Young. I love Samantha’s On Dublin Street series, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting Hannah’s book. But it was a BIG let down.

6. Biggest surprise.
Fall From India Place again. Not at all what I expected and not in a good way. I did not like the male protagonist at all, and even Hannah, a girl whom I loved from the very first book fell short.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Addison Fox. I read her book Baby It’s Cold Outside and absolutely loved it. It was just so amazing. The characters were great, the story was great, the book was just adorable.

8. Newest fictional crush.
Caleb Fox from Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick. He was just an amazing and stand-up guy. He was understanding, caring and loving. Not to mention hot. Just perfect.

9. Newest favourite character.
Taryn Warner from Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright. She was sarcastic, witty, strong, independent, affectionate and could kick-ass like nobody’s business. All the Taryn parts in the book were so much fun to read. She knew how to hold her own and never let anyone walk all over her.

10. Book that made you cry.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. Nobody can make you cry like CoHo can. It was an amazing book and I had the worst book hangover.

11. Book that made you happy.
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Daynda Jones. Charley always manages to make me laugh.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 
I got nothing. I haven’t seen any book to movie adaptations this year. But I did see season one of the T.V. show Bitten and enjoyed it. Of course there were differences, but it was well done nevertheless.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
On Dublin Street series. I wrote the reviews of On Dublin Street, Down London Road, Until Fountain Bridge and Castle Hill this year and I love them.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Unfortunately I didn’t buy many paperback copies this year. Most of my books have been e-books. But I do think this copy of Scarlet is pretty awesome. Out of the e-books I love the cover of Locks by Sarah J. Pepper. I even won a hardbound copy of These Broken Stars. And that, my dear, was PRETTY AWESOME!!!

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15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I absolutely need to read Beautiful Ashes and Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost by the end of the year. And I can’t wait to read Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young either.

Release Day Blitz: Fated

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 Amaranth by Rachael Wade – Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

 Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford– Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

 Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

 Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

  Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.

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Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown

Ember Brycin was the school weirdo thanks to her natural jet black hair with red streaks and her eyes: one was “bright yellow greenish illuminated like a cat’s eye” and the other “pale blue lavender outlined with electric dark blue and purple.” This makes her stand out and more often than not, she finds herself in the middle of trouble. It doesn’t help that the local sheriff; Sheriff Weiss and her school principal Mitchell  are out to get her and blame all that goes wrong in the school; namely the electrical explosions, on her.

Her sarcastic attitude along with the fact that she is always in trouble leads to the principal and the sheriff deciding on sending her to Silverwood Academy, a school for the troubled. There she meets the ever elusive, dark and dangerous and stupendously hot Eli Dragen. He takes an instant disliking to Ember for reasons unknown. Let;s not forget the mysterious but charming and handsome Torin, who visits Ember in her dreams claiming to help her.

No one is what they seem to be including Ember and the people around her. She does not know what she is and those who do are not really friends. Ember has her hard time recognizing who her true allies her. Her unexplainable attraction to Eli does not help things.

The author keeps Ember’s true identity a secret until the end, and when it is finally revealed, things take a different turn. The book is well written with great characters. It is fast paced and easy to read. The banter between Eli and Ember is fun as well as full of their repressed sexual tension.

Join Ember on her journey into finding out her true identity and her true allies. This book has easily made it’s way into my top favourites. I can hardly wait to get on with the series. Not to mention it is hard not to pick up the next book as soon as you finish the first one. Afterall the author does leave you curious as to what happens next.

A 4-4.5/5 for Darkness of Light.

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Book Promo: War Kids by Hayley Lawson

 WAR KIDS

By H. J Lawson

Contemporary/ YA

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When fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she
thinks is that her life has completely changed forever.
But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must
use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.
Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters.
With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.

“Her blood-stained, long yellow nails cut into my ankle. I let out a scream of shock and try and jump back. Her wrinkled, thin lips slowly part, and white foam begins to pour from her mouth.”

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Hayley Lawson

Hayley Lawson is the author of War Kids. She has written a young adult contemporary novel set in Syria; a story about the Syrian Civil war though the eyes of children.

She was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings; was hard, and also character building.As a young child she found a passion for drawing, and continued this into adulthood, graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA(Hons) in fashion design.At aged twenty seven, Hayley and her husband packed up their belongings for a lifelong dream to move to California. Her America dream was complete with the birth of her daughter. Her love for traveling, continued after the birth of her
daughter traveling around America with the family, and the best travelled dog.A new job positioned opened up New York, and the family decide to relocate to Long Island, NY, which is where she
currently resides.On August 21 she was moved by the images of the Syrian conflict, and embarked on an unlikely journey of writing her
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