Month9Books Gift Blitz ~ Merry Christmas and Awesome Titles!



Welcome to Month9Books’ gift blitz for our amazing winter titles: CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil, PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride, ENDLESS by Amanda Gray, A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley, DEAD JED (1 & 2) by Scott Craven, and TRACY TAM by Krystalyn Drown! Are you looking for the perfect winter/holiday read? Then these are the titles for you! Oh and as a thank you to our readers we have an amazing giveaway for you!


Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil
Summary:

Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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Praefatio by Georgia McBride

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway. After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth. Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?

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Endless by Amanda Gray

Summary:

Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble onto an old music box with instructions for "mesmerization" and discover they may have more in common than they thought—like a past life! Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai has traveled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny, and Nikolai race against the clock—and the Order—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life and beyond death.

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A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

Summary:

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vadya and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

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Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven

Summary:

The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed asks for the one thing he's always wanted--a dog--and again, his parents tell him they're not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie dog bearing his namesake--a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his undead pet. When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be expelled if he can't expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the shadowy group. Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school, Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he'll need even more duct tape and staples than usual.

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Dawn of the Jed (Dead Jed #2) by Scott Craven

Summary:

As the fall semester ends and kids head home for winter break, Jed and his parents gather for the annual exchanging of gift lists. Once again, Jed asks for a dog, leading to a heated argument and a firm "no." But when Jed spots a stray, he chases it until the dog darts into the street where it is struck and killed by a car. Grief stricken by what he's done, Jed cradles the dead dog in his arms. Soon, ooze from the dog mixes with teardrops from Jed, creating Tread the zombie dog. Finally getting his wish, Jed must convince his parents to let him keep the undead dog. But a zombie dog turns out to be the least of Jed's issues. It seems some parents don't want Jed attending school with their kids. Enter the mysterious NZN Network. They've been distributing anti-zombie propaganda in an effort to get Jed expelled. But Jed wonders if the creation of Tread has caused his relationship with Luke to sour. And why, just as he seems to need them the most, have his best friends abandoned him? Could they have bought in to the anti-zombie way of thinking? Was creating Tread a mistake Jed will live to regret? 

When Tread goes missing, and with his very existence at stake, Jed must rely on his instincts, team up with an old nemesis, and fight for his right to have just as miserable a middle school existence as any other student—undead or alive.

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Tracy Tam: Santa Command by Krystalyn Drown

Summary:

Tracy Tam doesn't really believe in Santa Claus, at least not like the rest of us do. She also doesn't believe that Santa can possibly deliver all of those presents in one night, to children around the world, without a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, after all, and Santa's magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. How else could he know what every little girl and boy wants for Christmas and who has been naughty or nice? In order to test her theories, Tracy sneaks onto Santa's sleigh then ends up at Santa Command, where a team of (gasp!) humans monitor Santa's big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus into the system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world (oops!). Santa won't be able to deliver all the presents in time! Now, Tracy must fix time and help Santa, but she has no idea how. How can a girl who doesn't believe help Santa and save Christmas before it's too late? With a little Christmas magic, of course!

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1 Winner will receive A Taste of Christmas Gift Basket US Only.
3 Winners will receive eBook bundles of 5 Month9Books. International.




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Release Day Blitz ~ Inspire by Cora Carmack ~ Giveaway!

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We are so incredibly excited to be able to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and the first book in her new Muse Series!! Holy canoli, y'all. Go out and get this today!

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About INSPIRE: Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.  


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Excerpt: I can feel Wilder’s breath against my lips. More than that, I can see it. The sun has set and the temperature has dropped, and air fogs between us. There’s something about actually seeing it, like our lips are touching, we are touching, despite the distance between. And as we sway from side to side, my heart gradually begins to pick up speed. The strains of guitar music flowing out from the restaurant are nearly indecipherable over the heavy heartbeat in my ears. But Wilder must hear it. His hands are strong on my body, guiding my movements, and I’m practically clay in his palms. We dance, eyes on eyes, lips nearly on lips, and there is lightning beneath my skin each time his body brushes against mine in a new way. His touch is firm, but gentle, never pushing or pressuring, though I can tell from the dark look in his eyes that he’s just as affected as I am. The music shifts, building to a crescendo, and he spins us. My chest pushes tight against his, and I bite back a gasp. I don’t know if it’s the cold or him or some combination of both, but the tips of my breasts are painfully tight. Just the pressure of my bra is enough to rub them raw. I remember the night at his apartment, the way he’d taken his time learning my body. I think of the heat of his mouth on my skin, and the memory alone is enough to make me shiver and clench. He’s back to being business, grown-up Wilder tonight in his button down and glasses. Only now that I know him, it doesn’t seem like such a stark difference. He is neither the straight-laced man nor the tattooed bad boy. Or perhaps he’s both. Regardless of what he’s wearing, Wilder is caring and loyal and strong and so sexy that I’m having trouble remembering why I shouldn’t push him into the backseat of his SUV and crawl on top of him.


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 About About Cora Carmack: 

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. 

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Blog Tour ~ Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols ~ Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway!



By Amy K. Nichols
Published on December 9, 2014
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek.

One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body - his own, but different. Somehow, he's crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee - a girl who'd rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom--may be his only hope of getting home.

Eevee tells herself she's only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there's something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension... a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.
 



My Thoughts

 I am a happy book lover lately. Not that I'm ever unhappy to be a book lover, but slumps happen, bad books in a row happen, and it can get very frustrating. Lately, with one exception, I have been having great luck. Thankfully, that streak continues with Now That You're Here. Hence, I am a happy book lover! 

 Eve Solomon and her best bud Warren are physics geeks. the search for geocache's, they talk physics and Star Wars and Elvish and Clingon. After school and weekends, they hang out with Mac, the physics teacher at their school, and talk physics and help him with welding projects. They live in Phoenix, Arizona. Danny Ogden is a street artist, working for Red December with his best friend Germ.  Danny went to an art exhibit and was kissed by Eevee. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

 One day in class, Eevee is startled when Danny bolts upright in his seat and gasps for air. He looks at her, startled, before running out of the classroom. That night, he winds up at Eevee's house, broken and bruised, begging for help because she is the only person he knows. What he tells her makes her think he is a lunatic, but then.... something is different about Danny. Could he be telling her the truth?

 Now That You're Here is told in alternating POV's, Danny and Eve. Eve and Warren are trying to figure out how to get Danny home. But is that really what Danny wants? Or Eve? Does it really matter what either of them want?

 This was such a fascinating story. I loved the physics lessons, and the geekery in the story. It made me smile every time Warren pulled out the Spock. It was interesting to watch Danny try to make this alternate Danny's life his own, and maybe make it better for him. I loved watching Eve and Danny getting to know each other, and seeing that friendship turn into the sweetest of romances. And it broke my heart knowing that their hearts might very well be broken. Now That You're Here was a fast-paced thrill, with seriously wonderful characters who were relate-able; who I rooted for from page one. The science was interesting and not too advanced so that everyone can understand what is happening, and what is being said. The romance was sweet and honest, and one that I can easily root for. Never once did I feel myself getting bored. As a matter of fact, I had to make myself put the book down to get something to eat or run errands. And as soon as possible, the book was back in my hands.

 I loved this story of parallel worlds, parallel people. The writing was fantastic and flowed beautifully. The world-building, while maybe a little sparse, was still done extremely well. The POV switches were done perfectly. I never once had a hard time identifying who was speaking. This story was wonderful, and I loved every minute. I hope to see news about a sequel soon! The ending was heartbreaking, but perfect as the set-up for a sequel! I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone!

Quotes

" These guys are hairy and rude and they stink. I wouldn't be surprised if they started picking mites off each other and eating them" ~ Location 905, Kindle 

"She flies the last few feet, falls against me, and before I can even catch my breath, my arms are full of awesome. 'I've got you.' My arms squeeze her tight as I kiss her face and hair. 'I thought you were gone.' Her cries echo off the overpass walls. 'I thought I was, too.' I look into her eyes. 'Don't let me go. Please. Don't. Let me. Go.' Then my mouth is on hers and her lips taste like saltwater tears." ~ Location 2631-2635, Kindle 

About the Author

Amy K. Nichols lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children. In the evenings, she enjoys sitting outside, counting bats and naming stars. Sometimes she names the bats. NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE is her first novel. Visit her online at amyknichols.com.




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Tour Schedule

Week One:

12/1/2014- Reading YA RocksGuest Post

12/2/2014- Fiction FareReview 

12/3/2014- Xpresso ReadsInterview

12/4/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

                                                12/5/2014- Please Feed the BookwormReview                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Week Two:

12/8/2014- Page Turners BlogInterview

12/9/2014- Once Upon a TwilightReview

12/10/2014The Cover ContessaInterview

12/11/2014The Best Books EverReview

12/12/2014Me, My Shelf and I- Guest Post

Blog Tour ~ The Night House by Rachel Tafoya ~ Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway


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By Rachel Tafoya
Published on December 9, 2014
Published by Month9Books, LLC
Source: Chapter by Chapter/ Month9Books
Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.

But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.

As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth's strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she's worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.

My Thoughts

 I love this book! I had high hopes for it, but I was concerned that it would be "just another vampire book". Now, that is just laughable. This is anything but. Rachel Tafoya brought vampires back to life for me, made them mysterious and intriguing again. I am so excited to share my thoughts on this one with y'all!

 Bianca lives in Night House, a place where vampires come to feed. When they bite, they inject the human with a drug called nauth. Bianca is addicted to nauth. When Bianca was 13, her parents, who were "hunters", were killed and another vampire saved her life. Now, all these years later, she hates that she is basically a slave to the same things that killed her family. There is mystery surrounding her, questions. How did she end up HERE? 

 James was a foster kid who couldn't keep a family, until finally he was adopted by a family at 12, and gained a sister, Ally. James is different. He is an empath, but it is different for him. He doesn't just know what others are feeling; he FEELS what others feel. A cut on someones arm, he feels like his own arm was cut. When he is in a crowd, he has panic attacks from the overwhelming emotions of others. So, he stays home, with only his sister and his best friend Shiloh who know his secret. He can easily attach himself to the people he loves, and sometimes find them over a distance. It has never happened with a stranger. Until he goes out one night and meets Bianca. Bianca changes everything. And James is determined to do whatever it takes to save her.

 I loved both Bianca and James. Bianca is broken, she is addicted, she is scared, and she is lost. James is broken, scared, lost and wants to find someone who understands. Together, they are tentative, but hopeful. I loved their very slow building relationship. When Bianca is bitten, James feels it and he hurts, and Bianca hates it, but James refuses to walk away. They are a beautiful, broken couple and I root for them 100%. Ally and Shiloh are amazingly loving and supportive characters. I enjoyed every scene they were in. They are a few other notables, Finn, Micah, Jeremiah... Fantastically written characters, with their own depths, emotions, feelings, uniqueness.

 The Night House is a great story from page one. The pacing is perfect, feeding you enough information to keep you going and leave enough mystery to keep you invested. The vampires are not your normal vampires. This story is exciting, unique, interesting, heartbreaking and REFRESHING. With characters you can root for, a plot that keeps you on your toes, The Night House by Rachel Tafoya is easily one of my best books of 2014. 



About the Author

 
Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter of crime author Dennis Tafoya.





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Blog Tour ~ Since Inception by T.R. Graves ~ Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway!


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By T.R. Graves
Published on December 9, 2014
Published by CreateSpace
After discovering she has a problem worse than anything she could have ever imagined, Rainey Billows longs for the past—a time when she thought she was just a sadistic sleepwalker. Worse yet, this problem has been with her since inception.

Rainey, a woman who's suffered an entire lifetime of pain and humiliation because of her sleepwalking, is financially desperate when she takes in Carter Dodson as a boarder. With his presence in her house and her attraction to him, her internal conflicts, ones she's usually able to ignore, swim to the surface and take control. Before she knows it, her sleepwalking moves to a completely new level, and she's doing things she'd never thought possible.

In fear for Carter's life and without options, Rainey sentences herself to a nighttime ritual that would appear barbaric to others. In her mind, it's essential because, unlike anyone else, she knows firsthand the types of atrocities she's capable of in her sleep.

Carter, a man branded as unconditionally loyal by his friends, knows very little about Rainey but decides early on that she's a woman who has no one… a woman who needs someone. He commits himself to being that person for her. As soon as she makes her first request of him—to ignore her and her nighttime rituals no matter what she says or does—he reconsiders his pledge before quickly reminding himself he can't abandon her. She's had enough of that. 

Months later, study, research, and theories are not enough, and standing by is no longer an option. Carter suspects what's wrong with her. What she is. With his suspicions in tow, he searches out and enlists the help of Luke, a childhood friend who's fast-tracking his way to priesthood. After a series of unforeseen and life-threatening events, the two men learn that even the Almighty himself may not be able to help Rainey.


My Thoughts

 I was super excited when I was chosen to be a part of the tour for Since Inception. When I saw the cover, I knew it was a book that I had to read. Dark and creepy! The synopsis was right up my alley, and I jumped right in as soon as I received the ARC. While I did have some issues with the story, for the most part I really enjoyed the story. It was fairly fast-paced, with an interesting plots, and another story woven in the pages. 

We start off from Gigi's perspective, Rainey's grandmother and keeper of the family home. Through her small part, we learn that the house is basically its own character, with feelings and emotions. It very much loves Gigi, and when Gigi is threatened, the house tries to protect her. Things don't end up that way, however and Gigi dies. Rainey learns that Gigi has given the house to her, and we start Rainey's story as she begins her life there. Through a few back flashes, we see her place an ad for help around the house, and meeting Carter who becomes her roomate/ contractor. We also jump right into Rainey's struggles with Stormy, another soul trapped inside Rainey who only comes out when 
Rainey sleeps. 

 I don't want to get too into the plot, and who and what Rainey and Carter and Stormy are. I will just say that from the moment we see Rainey handcuffed to the bed to protect the world from Stormy, and Carter finally admitting his love for Rainey, things take a turn for the wild. There are so many beings in this book. Hellions and Hellhounds, Dark Wizards and Witches, Tartarus, Neptune, Motleys.... It can be very consuming, so you have to really go into the book ready to pay attention just to keep things straight. 

 Rainey was a good character, though she did some things that truly bothered me. I liked that she wanted to be a strong and independent woman, and I like that she is willing to do whatever it takes to save people that she loves. I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say that when Soule comes into the picture is when Rainey becomes a little less likable. For me. Carter is super sweet, gentle and loving with Rainey. He is 100% committed to her safety and he loves her. I liked his character, and I enjoyed the romance between these two. Soule, one of the other major players, was just.... Soule. Sexy, dark and mysterious. I enjoyed him as well, and I think he is so much more than what he seems. The other characters in the story were really well written, each with their own character and depth. That is one thing T.R. Graves does really well, making each of her characters their own person. 

 Like I said earlier, I did have some issues with the story. Sometimes, the pacing was very slow. There were so many words, but nothing actually happening and I found myself getting bored sometimes. I think this book could have been so much better if some of the extraneous stuff was edited out, and it kept to the meat of the story. My other issue was Rainey's families story, told to her by Gigi when she was a child. We are given the story in pieces, at the beginning of the chapters. I like this sometimes, but sometimes I would have to flip back and remind myself of what had happened previously. It would be awesome if there was a novella with this story, so we could read it all in one go. Finally, I feel like there were two stories in this book, and one was completely dropped when the other came into play. Basically, the first part was Rainey/Stormy, the second part was La Reine/Soule/Carter. I have a feeling it will all come together in the next books, though

 I know it sounds like I didn't like more than I liked with Since Inception, but really that isn't the case. I liked the story and I plan to read the next one. When I write reviews I want to be completely honest in them, so I felt like I had to state my issues. Regardless of those issues, I enjoyed this story and I think T.R. Graves is a very talented author with a crazy good imagination, and I look forward to more from her! 

About the Author

T. R. Graves, the author of Warrior, Secrets, and Still Standing series—currently available—and Vanishing and Underwater series—to be released next year—is a 2012 & 2013 NaNoWriMo Winner.

She lives in Texas with her husband, their nineteen-year-old daughter, and nine-year-old son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as an administrator and registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.





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Jaime's review of Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

By Ruth Silver
Published on April 27, 2014
Published by Patchwork Press
Source: YA Bound
Forget everything you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she's brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death. Recommended: Ages 14+




Princess Ophelia has a boyfriend, but he is not her betrothed. He is a commoner and her father, the King, has no idea. If he did, he would have him tried for treason and executed. So Ophelia has been sneaking out of the castle for a year, and only her sister knows. Her boyfriend doesn't even know that he is dating a princess, he only knows her as Leila. 

One night, after sneaking out to meet him as usual, things go terribly wrong and she is murdered. Once she leaves her body, she is given the chance to become a grim reaper, and she hesitantly accepts. She meets the other grim reapers in the area, who are now her team. Her appearance is changed, so that she is no longer recognizable as Princess Ophelia, and she takes the name Leila.

Okay, I really enjoy grim reaper stories. Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway is a great one, and I highly recommend it. However, I had a really hard time liking this book. I think it had potential, but there were so many things that bothered me that I just can't say with any honesty that I enjoyed it. 

First, Leila. I understand that the responsibility that comes with her new position cannot be easy, but she just decided that she wasn't going to do her job and caused a lot of heartache, with no repercussions. She was kind of a brat, and definitely whiny. She was reckless, and didn't think about what her actions would cost those around her. The other characters weren't nearly as bad, but they also didn't really have much personality. As Princess Ophelia, she was crazy in love with her boyfriend, but she fell in love with a fellow grim reaper mighty quickly not long after her death. 

My other issue with the book was the time period. There are kings and queens and taverns, and kingdoms so I thought this was the 1800's, but the speech is all very modern. The characters were using words and forming sentences that we say today, and it completely threw me.
There were just so many things that weren't working for me, and it was disappointing. The time period, the characters, the plot... which was basically Leila wanting to find her murderer, and protect her sister from the same fate. Which happened, but in such a roundabout way, and with almost no amount of time being dedicated to any of it. It almost felt as though the real plot of the story was finding someone you can love in death. Which would be fine, if that had been the point of the story.

All in all, this one just didn't work for me. The story felt  almost a little too young to be called YA. I think if I was a lot younger than I am, Dead Girl Walking may have worked a lot better for me. Alas, I am not that you anymore. I honestly can't say that I would recommend this one. I hate writing negative reviews. :(





Beautiful Curse ~ Jen McConnell ~ Blog Tour Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway!


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By Jen McConnell
Published on December 9, 2014
Published by Swoon Romance
Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed. 

She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks. 

So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him. 

BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.



My Thoughts

When I saw the word curse, I was instantly at attention, but I will admit that the "most beautiful creature on earth" caused some mild (massive) hesitation. But I forced myself to keep reading, and the hesitancy eased. I am really glad that it did. Beautiful Curse not only has a gorgeous cover, but the story is a pretty darn good one.
The Psyche and Cupid myth isn't one that I know very well, not as much as some of the others, but I know enough about it that I was intrigued. Now, I am going to have to go read the full, original myth so I can see the parallels, but even without knowing that, I can tell you that this is a great book, on its own.
The characters were all wonderful. Mya shows growth throughout the novel, and Ross is a very intriguing, but mysterious person. The romance was very heartfelt and emotional. The pacing was perfect. I never found myself getting bored, or wishing the story would hurry. I was fully involved from start to finish, and very sad to see the book end. The writing was very well done.
The plot itself is mysterious, and I loved that. I don't want to say much, if anything, about it, because I believe that was one of the greatest parts, watching the story unfold page by page.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who loves a sweet romance, and a story that pulls on your emotions from the get go. I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this book, and I am curious to see what this author writes for us next. And, again, just look at that cover! It is beautiful!

About the Author

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWINCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.

Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.


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Happy, Happy Thanksgiving From Jaime!





I just wanted to write a little post for the holiday. Thanksgiving is a special holiday to me, the meaning behind it, and I wanted to take a few minutes to.... you know, be Thankful! 

I am so thankful that I know Jesus, and that He loves me unconditionally!

I am thankful for the amazing husband that God blessed me with. I am blessed beyond measure to be loved liked he loves me!

I am thankful for my wonderful family. I don't know who or what I would be without them. I'm glad that I don't have to ever know.
I am thankful for my three babies (my dogs) Roxy, Andy and Tucker. And I can't wait to have a real little baby to join them some day soon!

I am thankful for my best bud in the world, Sara. She is a special gal, and I am thankful we both got up the nerve to talk to one another. It only took two years. Now I have a friend for life.

I am thankful for all of my other buds, too. Here's looking at you, Jolie! 

I am thankful for AUTHORS, their BOOKS and PUBLISHERS! 

Finally, I am thankful for The Best Books Ever and for every one of our awesome followers and everyone who swings by to see us every day or once a month or once a year. Thank y'all! 

My life is full of things that I am thankful and grateful for. I am blessed, I am loved, I have books! I know that Jesus loves me! And today, Thanksgiving Day, is a day that we get to share everything that means so much to us with the people who mean so much to us. I didn't want to pass up the chance to say THANK YOU to our readers, and to give myself a tangible reminder of just how many things I have to be thankful for. 

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