Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: OUT OF PLAY by Jolene Perry & Nyrae Dawn


by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn
Expected release date: August 6th, 2013
Published by: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance 
Format: Paperback 

SUMMARY

Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—deserve to party, right? Wrong. After taking a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska.

Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absent-minded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered with the new tenants next door.

Penny’s too hung up on another guy to deal with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy
sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.

You can pre-order OUT OF PLAY now!!!


MY THOUGHTS

I am such a sucker for kissy-kissy bookcovers :) 

Love the realness to it! And the font and colors!

What do you think??? 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn


by J. Lynn 
Release date: February 27th, 2013
Published by: Self-published
Genre: New Adult - Contemporary, Romance 
Format: eBook

SUMMARY

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…


MY THOUGHTS

The cover is exactly what I would expect for this book!
You all know home much I loooove black and white covers with a touch of color!
So swoon-worthy!!! Just like Cam ;)

What do you think??? 



What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?

J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this oneIt really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic

For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says



**WAIT FOR YOU is available now!!!**



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - J. Lynn

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet.



Blog Tour: OUT IN BLUE by Sarah Gilman (Guest Post, Review & Giveaway!)




Today is my stop on 
Sarah Gilman's OUT IN BLUE Blog Tour 
being hosted by Entangled Select!

A big thank you to Sarah for taking the time to be a guest on my blog today!







GUEST POST

The Father and Son Relationship in Romance Books 
by Sarah Gilman

First, I must say how much I love this blog; it reminds me of spring! Spring is not far off, but here in Vermont, it’s still as frigid as ever. Thank you so much for hosting!

In romance, both adult and young adult, the story focuses on the developing relationship of the hero and heroine. One of my favorite themes is “love overcoming all obstacles,” which is why you won’t find characters at odds with each other until the very end in my books. As a reader and a writer, I enjoy witnessing two characters who want to be together fight not with each other, but fight everything else to secure a future together. Even so, a lot of factors come together to form a relationship worth fighting for.

One of the things that can bring two people together is a shared experience that few people can relate to. In Out in Blue, the hero, Wren, experienced the murder of his parents when he was ten years old. The heroine, Ginger, carries a similar burden. That shared pain and the basic understanding of each other it creates, by itself carries more weight than a thousand casual conversations.
A person’s relationship with their parents always makes up a vital part of their personality. It goes without saying that Wren and Ginger wouldn’t have connected over, say, broken toys; the loss of parents, particularly the violent loss, alters a child forever. When writing any character, I consider how their relationship with their parents will affect the story.

In all three of the Return to Sanctuary books I’ve written so far, the hero’s father plays a vital role in the plot. The heroines and their fathers are also crucial, of course, and so are the mothers of the characters, but I find myself often putting emphasis on the father and son relationship.
The father figure is fundamental in who a given hero is as a person and a character. Basic biology comes into play, of course: Wren has wings because his father is a fallen archangel. But as in real life, it’s much more than biology. Wren’s father, Raphael, is a character who relentlessly protects his family. As a ten year old, Wren witnessed his father fight for all their lives despite having no chance against the antagonist. As a character, this sets the stage for Wren to become a fighter, someone who won’t give up in the face of dire odds especially when it comes to someone he cares about—a crucial factor in how he deals with his relationship with Ginger. If his father had left him to fend for himself, saving his own neck, Wren would have grown into a considerably different character.

Not all romances give mention to the hero’s father, but many do. I think it’s an important way to develop the hero. How a man views and treats women is often a product of his relationship with his father, as fathers teach by example in their own relationships. Good fathers, evil fathers, geek fathers, military fathers—all play a role in the hero’s life and ultimately, the hero’s relationship with the heroine.

When I first started writing Out in Blue, curiosity drove me: What would it be like to have an archangel as a parent? The question helped spawn a whole series. 

Readers, what romances have you read in which the hero’s father played a significant role?

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Out in Blue
A Return to Sanctuary Novel
by Sarah Gilman
Release date: January 29th, 2013
Published by: Entangled Select
Genre: Adult - Paranormal Romance
Format read: eARC

SUMMARY

In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.

Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.


MY REVIEW

Sarah Gilman's take on fallen angels and demons is like no other that I have ever read before - this story captured my attention within the first few pages...

The author immediately throws us into Ginger's world where archangels exist - fallen angels, humans think that they are disgusting, evil and don't deserve to live. There aren't many left, but they do exist. Poachers hunt them down for their feathers - feathers softer than silk - and a box full can bring in millions of dollars.

Ginger is minding her own business and having a cup of coffee when she overhears a conversation - a group of poachers have found where an archangel has been hiding and they are planning on waiting for his return to capture him, take his feathers and then kill him.
But Ginger is not your ordinary human, she grew up with the Guardians - Demons whose job is to protect the archangels. And she would be dishonoring her father if she didn't do something to stop these poachers. Her plan gets askew a bit, but in the end, she does end up saving the archangel, known as Wren.

There is an instant connection and attraction between these two, but it was written so well and convincingly, I barely noticed it, and actually liked what was going on between them.
Ginger never showed any weakness, yes there are moments when she worries and was frightened, but she never backed down and always became better and stronger when she stood her ground.
Wren, there are no words to best describe him. His pride was strong and heartening, but even so, he never took shame in his weakest moments and never held back when it came to showing his love.
What I really loved about both Ginger and Wren was their strong bond of family and loyalty. It is rare to find a story where the bonds of family and friends, no matter how they came about, are so strong and heartfelt.

Out In Blue is brilliantly told from two different point-of-views. Both main characters, Ginger and Wren, have such refreshing voices where they spoke their mind and were honest with everyone, especially with each other. Nothing was ever a game to them.
Sarah Gilman's writing is fluent and capturing - she gives us just enough to picture the story in our minds, but not too much, which is something that I love when an author can accomplish this. It gives the reader the freedom to add in the extra small details that they would like to and make it their own.

Even if you're not a fan of angel-type stories, I would still highly recommend this book to you! It is so unique and believable, it will definitely have you looking up to the sky, searching for a fallen star... an archangel.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Sarah Gilman

 Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. 
Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. 
Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels.

Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.



Follow the OUT IN BLUE Blog Tour!!!
There are a ton of excerpts, guest posts, reviews, prizes, etc..! 
Be sure to stop by all the blogs listed below for more!!!

February 11th - Fiktshun After Dark
February 13th - Kindle and Me
February 15th - My Shelf Confessions 
February 20th - Ren's Rambles 
February 22nd - Cocktails and Books 
February 25th - Reader Girls Blog 
February 27th - Bumbles and Fairy-Tales 
March 2nd - The Book Cellar 
March 4th - Always YA at Heart 
March 6th - Simply Ali
March 6th - Fade Into Fantasy 
March 8th - Girls With Books 
March 11th - Young Adult Book Reviews
March 13th - Urban Fantasy Investigations 
March 13th - Ramblings From This Chick 
March 14th - Goodreads Group: Never Too Young for YA Books
March 15th - Kristina's Books and More 
March 16th - Return to Sanctuary Facebook Chat

(2) GIVEAWAYS

Enter to win an eCopy of OUT OF BLUE!!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There is also a blog tour scavenger-hunt giveaway for 4 paperback copies of OUT IN BLUE!
Enter below!!!



Waiting On Wednesday #49: THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS by J. J. Howard

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 
This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)



What I'm waiting on... 

by J. J. Howard
Expected release date: April 1st, 2013
Published by: Scholastic Point
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary 

SUMMARY

A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake—and facing a terrible tragedy— Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there…but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question… 

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, last heartaches, and the importance of an excellent playlist.


Why I'm waiting on "That Time I Joined The Circus"... 

Circus. Music.
Snarky NYC girl.

Circus. Music.
First kisses.

Circus. Music.
Heartache.

Hmmm... there seems to be a parttern that I am liking here ;)
CAN'T. WAIT.

So, what are you waiting for???

Tell me in the comments below, please :)
Happy reading!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Tour: LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger (Excerpt & Giveaway!)


I am so very happy to be a part of the LET THE SKY FALL Blog Tour today!!!
Scroll down to read a small excerpt and enter to win a copy of the book :) 


by Shannon Messenger
Expected release date: March 5th, 2013
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy, Romance

SUMMARY

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.


EXCERPT

"You deserve to be happy," He whispers. "No matter what you think or what you did. You deserve to be happy."

"I-"

"You do. And what better than ow-staring down a fight we might not even make it through - is there to start? Let your hair down. Throw that horrible jacket in the Dumpster. Give yourself a break."

"I can't, Vane."

"Yes, you can. You just have to let go."

My stomach growls again and he swears.

"Com on, this is insane."

He looks so earnest. So honest. And he cares

No one cares about me-not even me.


BOOK TRAILER



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is her first novel, with LET THE SKY FALL, a young adult novel, to follow in 2013. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. 



GIVEAWAYS

1. If you pre-order LET THE SKY FALL!!!...
GO enter Shannon's giveaway here!!!

2. Enter to win a copy of LET THE SKY FALL down below!!!

Rules:
US residents only.
(international fans can enter as long as they have a US address 
Simon & Schuster can send the book to.)
- You must be 13 yrs & older to enter.

Good Luck!!!


Book tour for:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: IMAGINABLE (Intangible #2) by J. Meyers


(Intangible #2)
by J. Meyers
Expected Release date: April 2013
Published by: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

SUMMARY

Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers. 

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.






MY THOUGHTS

I have to be honest, I usually don't like faces on covers - but I have to be even more honest:
This one is absolutely gorgeous and one of my favorites of this year!
She's so pretty! And the colors and font are amazing! 
I really do love it!

I don't read much by indie authors lately - there are only a few that I like and follow with a true and dedicated kind of fandom, lol! And J. Meyers is definitely one of my faves! I highly suggest reading her series and keeping an eye out for her :) 

GET ON THE MAILING LIST!!!

You know, the wonderful people on J. Meyers’ New Release Mailing List are the first to find out when a new book comes out. If you’d like to join them, sign up here. 
She won’t ever share your address, 
and will only email you when a book has been released or is newly available.



Get to know the Intangible Series by J. Meyers NOW!!!



Get INTUITION for FREE on amazon NOW!!!

My review of INTANGIBLE!

My review of INDOMITABLE!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - J. Meyers

J. Meyers grew up in Vermont and now lives in Central New York. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s chasing her four kids around, exploring the outdoors with them, relishing the few quiet moments she gets with her husband, baking sweet treats, and forgetting to make dinner. Though she cannot actually see the future nor heal with a touch of her hand, she likes to think her children believe she can. Intangible is her first novel.


REINVENTING CLAIRE by Darian Wilk Amazon Freebie for ONE week!!!



You must pick this one up today!!!
Yes, I'm yelling about it :) 
Darian Wilk is one of the few indie authors that I follow and adore!
Her books are the perfect amount of adult chic lit that I love to read!
I highly recommend, Reinventing Claire... 
You can see my review here :) 


Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk is FREE this week (2/25 to 3/1) on Amazon. Get your copy and find out how to enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card below.

Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk
August 20, 2012 

SUMMARY

People get divorced, but that's what happens to other people. That's what Claire thought anyway, until her husband, Charlie, tells her he wants a divorce.

Claire has no choice but to take on the title of Divorced Woman, and face the question she has no idea how to answer. Who is Claire without Charlie? Her family believes her newly divorced woes can be cured by landing herself a boyfriend. With her dating dunce cap in hand, Claire stumbles her way through the foreign territory of online dating.

A teacher from hell, a softball coach, and a sap later, Claire proclaims herself the dating idiot she thought she was, and fears she's doomed to be a lonely, crazy cat lady. But an accidental run-in with an old acquaintance might change everything. What starts with comparing dating battle wounds over a cup of coffee, quickly turns into something Claire had given up on.

As Claire discovers maybe there is love after Charlie after all, Charlie realizes his mistake. He wants her back, and he'll do anything to prove it to her. Now Claire must choose who deserves her heart, and if she's really willing to give it away again.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darian Wilk was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the younger of two children.  While still a toddler her family moved back to their home state of Michigan, where she still lives today. 

After high school Darian tried her hand at college, majoring in Nursing, while she worked as a Physical Therapy Technician.  "I loved my job, but I still couldn't picture doing it forever," she says now.  But before she finished her degree she became pregnant, and focused her attention on the challenges of being a single mother to her daughter.

In 2005, Darian married her best friend, Steve, whom she met and became close friends with several years earlier.  In their second year of marriage, Darian became pregnant with her son.  She worked on and off throughout her twenties as a Home Health Aid to the elderly, but preferred to stay home and raise her babies.

In 2007, her mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Darian quit working to tend to her mom.  It was in those three years of taking care of her that Darian realized how precious, and short, life really is.  In her moms last year of life, she finally had the courage to pursue what her heart always secretly longed for; becoming a writer.  It was then that she started her debut novel, Love Unfinished, and continues her writing journey today. 


Find out more at DarianWilk.weebly.com


Giveaway Details
One winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
Giveaway ends at midnight on March 1, 2013 EST.
Open internationally as long as you can use a Amazon.com gift card. 


This book blast and giveaway is hosted by Krazy Book Lady. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Beehive Book Haul and News #39

Happy weekend!!! 
It's that time again, to wrap-up the week and have a bit of fun!
Not much happening around here, but things are about to pick up again :) 
Be sure to check out the giveaways and my special 'guest blogger review'!!!

What happened on the blog last week...
- Cover Reveal: Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Sounders (YA)
- Review: Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau (MG/YA)
- Review: Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath by Helene Boudreau (MG/YA)
- Review AND Giveaway: Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels by Helene Boudreau (MG/YA)
- Waiting On Wednesday #48: September Girls by Bennett Madison (YA)
- Guest Blogger Review: Sarabeth of The Next Chapter reviews The Goddess Inheritance (The Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter (YA)

Current Giveaways...
- Paperback copy of Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton (YA)
- Hardback copy of Notes From Ghost Town AND paperback copy of The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison from Egmont (YA)
- Paperback copies of the Real Mermaids Series by Helene Boudreau (MG/YA)
- (2) Paperback copy of The Goddess Inheritance (The Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter (YA)




What I recieved for review...
- Dueling with the Three Musketeers (The Enchanted Attic #3) (paperback) by L.L. Samson (MG)


What I purchased, traded, won, etc...
- Seven Wonders #1: The Colossus Rises (ARC) by Peter Lerangis (MG)
- Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) (hardcover) by Kiersten White (YA)
- Attachments (signed) by Rainbow Rowell (Adult)
- Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption (eBooks) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (YA)
- On the Jellicoe Road (eBook) by Melina Marchetta (YA)
- A Dark Grave (The Elysium Chronicles Short Story #0.5) (eBook) by J.A. Souder (YA)
Let Them Eat Cake (French Twist #1) (eBook) by Sandra Byrd (New Adult)
- Entangled (Spellbound #1) (eBook) by Nikki Jefford (YA Kindle Freebie)
- UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Tale #1) (eBook) by Chanda Hahn (YA Kindle Freebie)

Mentions and THANK YOU's...
- ZonderKidz/DJC Communications
- Harper Collins

What to look for on the blog next week :)
- Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA)
- Book Blitz: Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk (Adult)
- Cover Reveal: Imaginable by J. Meyers (YA)
- Book Tour: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (YA) - Excerpt
- Waiting On Wednesday #49
- Blog Tour: Out In Blue by Sarah Gilman (Adult) - Guest Post, Review and Giveaway
- Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
- Cover Reveal: Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes (YA)


Thank you SOOO much for stopping by!
Please leave your links in the comments below! 

Happy reading :) xo

Friday, February 22, 2013

*Guest Blogger Review by THE NEXT CHAPTER: The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter


TGIF my bookish friends!!!
I am SO very excited today to have a very special 'guest post' to share today!!!
As most of you know, I received a wonderful ARC of The Goddess Inheritance from Harlequin Teen Canada recently - I was so thrilled to be honored with this opportunity, but, so sad that I had not been able to read the series yet. I have heard many wonderful things about it... mostly from my sister! 
And then this idea came about... 

I'd like to introduce you to Sarabeth of THE NEXT CHAPTER!
Sarabeth has been blogging for quite a few years now over on The Chronicles of Sarita - where she shares all of her creative scrapbooking layouts, mini-albums and cards. 
She loooves dinosaurs, chicken strips and, of course, books! 
And has decided to create a separate book blog to share all of her most favorite reads :) 

Yes, we're sisters! Best friends, through thick and thin :) 
But, I rarely share my books with her and she knows why, lmao!
And I am so very happy and excited that she has decided to start reviewing her own reads now too - 
our likes and genres are quite different! And she will surely be able to bring a variety of wonderful things to share with you all too!

And I am so very lucky to have her help me out and review The Goddess Inheritance today for us!!!


***Please note that even in the summary provided by various sources have spoilers***

by Aimee Carter
Release date: 02/26/13
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Source read: ARC

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)

Summary:

Love or life.

Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

(back cover reveal 09/20/12)

Sarabeth's review:

"The final battle - it's begun."

Talk about a cliff hanger after reading Goddess Interrupted and thank goodness for The Goddess Legacy to hold me over!  This was by far one of my favorite endings to a series.  A quick page turner for sure!  Aimee Carter nailed it spot on and I couldn't be happier.  I'm so in love with this series that I can't even move on to a new book!  
"A fresh take on the Greek myths adds sparkle to this romantic fable."  Cassandra Clare couldn't have said this any better!

I was always intrigued about the stories of the Greek Gods- Persephone, Aphrodite...even Zues' side of the story; so when I heard that Aimee Carter had created this mythical-paranormal world in the Goddess Test Novels, I was in, no questions asked. 

Whisked away into the land of the Gods, your emotions travel like a roller coaster with excitement, fear, confusion, frustration, hate...but most of all you feel the passion of love and understanding.  We were left with Kate being kidnapped by Calliope after finding out literally moments before that she is pregnant-talk about a jaw dropping cliff hanger sheesh!  Needless to say I was honored to have been passed this ARC and even more so to share my thoughts on it.  Thank you, Margie (Bumbles and Fairytales)!!!!!

“Sadness doesn't equal weakness, sweetheart. If anything, it shows the love you have inside of you, and nothing stronger in this world exists.”

Kate Winters is a strong heroine who we should all admire.  Although she has her share of waterworks going on - she regains her strength and belief in love and continued seeking out the good  giving her the drive to try to do what is right.  Although extremely stubborn at times, she always makes a valid point and I would indefinitely be Team Kate all the way!  Henry (Hades) said it perfectly "I love you.  Even if you are frustratingly good sometimes."  

Ah Henry.  What an amazing couple.  Henry is also tried in this book and must keep his act on to protect Kate and the baby.  His role may seem a bit "off" at some parts but he proves to be the perfect God for the Underworld, an incredible husband and the perfect father for little Milo.  His passion for Kate is simply real and you feel it with them.

“I don't need to be ancient to be worth something.” 

At the end Kate must figure out who she really is in the midst of all the Gods who have been around forever, those who have the experience.  All Kate wants to do is figure out how everyone can just survive.  How can she get her family back.  She also has the most difficult decisions to make that will be crucial to her survival, her family and humanity.  She is poked and prodded, deceived and tested all at the same time.  Poor Kate is constantly reminded of her downfalls because she isn't experienced with any of this...at all.  As the secrets unfold in this tale, even I became saddened and frustrated-how will Kate ever figure this out!  I was clutching my blankets in bed while reading as she was tried and tried, again and again.  

Although he was the reason they were going to into battle, I was intrigued by a newly developed relationship with Cronus - although evil, he did bring some things to surface that was necessary.  Of course being selfish and manipulative as he was, will only get you so far and he did get what he deserved.  

I was curious about a promise made with James (Hermes, her best friend) and furious with Zues' manipulation upon his children and wife.  I was frustrated with the decisions forced upon Aphrodite and in awe at the choices even Kate's mother had to endure!  I'm also not going to lie to you and tell you I did want to give little Calliope a smack down each time her mouth opened.  I became to understand Persephone's tone in the series - as her long lost sister, who wouldn't have some of these issues to begin with.

There is a significant death that I won't go into detail about, however, there does have to be a balance and it was a necessary. The act of giving and sacrificing always comes with a cost.

“Live this love now," I whispered. "And never stop.”

There were so many times I wanted to leap into the book and take care of the things Kate was missing...however, we learn that each action of all the characters was crucial in understanding the big picture-what would you do for life and love.  


***** I gave The Goddess Inheritance 5 stars 
and it absolutely holds a place close to my heart! *****



PS - My favorite part of the book, 
the last page written by the very talented Aimee Carter:

"And so the GODDESS TEST series concludes - for now."

OMG-is there hope for more?  
Perhaps Henry's side of the story
or a little Milo novella adventure?  
Fingers crossed people!


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Author Aimee Carter:

I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying I was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a sub-concentration in Screenwriting. I write. I watch a lot of new movies. Read a lot of books. Tweet too much. Love dogs and have two spoiled Papillons.



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THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, Sarabeth, for sharing your review with us today :) 

Please, be sure to check out her new blog... The Next Chapter... today!!! 

http://costhenextchapter.blogspot.com/

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