☄ Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Pentimento by Cameron Jace

Pentimento by Cameron Jace

Cameron Jace
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

The day Iris Beaumont turns seventeen, she is threatened to be taken by the Beasts, the rulers of the new America. After the destruction of the world, the Beasts provide citizens with whatever they need in exchange for the one teenage girl they enslave every week. They call them the Brides, and they never comes back. Iris isn’t the worrying type though; she’s been defying the system since she was ten and never cared for the Beast’s rules.

Then she meets Colton Ray, who is not like any other boy she’s ever seen. His confidence and dominance are otherworldly she can’t rationalize the attraction she feels for him. Colton had one slight problem though. It’s rumored he is one of the Beast, and Iris could be the next on the Beast’s list.

It's so nice not to be reading another of Cameron Jace's works that's NOT The Grimm Diaries or The Grimm Diaries Prequels. Pentimento is a dystopian retelling of Beauty and the Beast, it's a stand alone with a cliffhanger, and I finished it within hours of starting it.

☄ Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

The Dusk Gate Chronicles #1
Breeana Puttroff
Publication Date: August 31, 2011
Publisher: Musefish Independent Press

Quinn Robbins' life was everything she thought a teenager's should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she's just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter's, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn't always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

I apparently have books 2-4 from the Dusk Gate Chronicles back when Libboo was still open, and I got Seeds of Discovery when it was free on Amazon, which I believe it still is. The idea of a girl coming across an accident in which a boy disappears into thin air and then she manages to go into a different world after weeks of trying to figure out what he was up to was intriguing.

☄ Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blog Tour: Crossing the Ice - Guest Post + Giveaway

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Title: Crossing the Ice (Ice #1)
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: August 3, 2014

Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though...

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

ARC Review - Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

Bloody Mary #1
Hillary Monahan
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?
Advanced copy provided by Disney Hyperion for review via Netgalley – thanks!

I don't know the precise reason why I actually requested The Summoning in the first place. I do know that I must have been really intrigued by the idea of a retelling of Bloody Mary and maybe just wanted a break from the influx of YA books that have some type of romance running about. Or, I just wanted to measure Hillary Monahan's debut novel with a scare-a-meter.

☄ Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review: Gilded by Christina Farley

Gilded by Christina Farley

Gilded #1
Christina Farley
Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Skyscrape

Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she's next.

But that’s not Jae’s only problem.

There's also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae's heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own—one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae's been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she's always been looking for.

I first came across Gilded somewhere on the Internet – I don't even remember where, but I didn't really bother reading the synopsis. The second time I came across Gilded, over at Fiction Freak, I paid more attention to the synopsis and to find out Christina Farley's debut novel was based off of Korean mythology? I was extremely ecstatic, and I was NOT the only one. Both Kahlan and I were extremely disappointed to find that Gilded wasn't at the local library (NOOOOOOOO).