Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #149: Kiss Kill Vanish


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Kiss Kill Vanish
By: Jessica Martinez
Release Date: October 7, 2014

"Valentina Cruz no longer exists. One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind. She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real. She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse
By: Marie Rutkoski
Released: March 4, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wow The Winner's Curse was amazing! There was so much hype around this book and it certainly lived up to it.

Kestrel is the general's daughter and has the choice to either marry or join the military. She is a wonderful and complex protagonist. She is flawed, but it just made her even more realistic. I especially love that she is witty and smart. 

Then there is Arin, who was another complex character. He is a slave and is purchased by Kestrel. I loved that there was so much more to Arin than what was first expected. Both of these characters were just developed so well. I also love the way the relationship developed between them. There were plenty of really great side characters as well.

The plot was exciting and filled with twists. There was a great balance of drama, action, and some romance. I couldn't put this book down for long, especially once I reached the last half. Not only was Rutkoski's writing absolutely stunning, but she also built this fascinating world. Every aspect of this book was strongly developed and complex. I loved that there were so many layers to this story and that I still can't stop thinking about it.  

Overall I loved The Winner's Curse and strongly recommend picking up this book right now. You don't want to miss out on this story. I will certainly be counting down the days until the sequel is released.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #148: Black Ice


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Black Ice
By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 7, 2014

"Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Soul Bound Cover Reveal


Soul Bound
By: Linda Foster

Ash laughed -- an evil, hollow sound – and grasped his knife more firmly. Kali blinked slowly, her heart breaking. This wasn’t her Ash, she reminded herself. This wasn’t the boy who’d sold his soul to save his sister, or fought by her side. This wasn’t the boy who had changed everything she thought she knew about life, love, and herself.

“I’ll die before hurting you,” Kali repeated, lifting her chin. He possessed the greater strength now, she knew, and would beat her even if she fought. At least, in the end, she would die at his hand rather than someone else’s. Maybe he would still win his soul back that way.

A boy who sold his soul to save his sister’s life.

A fallen angel turned demon, seeking her redemption.

And a surprising love story that could save them both … or destroy the world.

Join Ash and Kali, and a cast of dark characters, as they fight for the fallen angels of the world,

the right to choose their own path, and the one thing they never thought they’d find – true love.