Friday, November 20, 2015

Cover Reveal: Summer Break Blues by J.A. Campbell

Summer Break Blues Series: The Clanless, Book 2 
Genres: YA Urban Fantasy
Release date:  Nov 30th 2015
Released by: Untold Press  
by J. A. Campbell 


 I survived my senior year of high school despite being turned into a vampire. Summer break should be a snap. No getting up early or making excuses why I can't make it to class or hang out with my friends.

I had hoped to put the events of last year behind me. Unfortunately, the Sidhe won't let me. Nobody holds a grudge like they do, especially when you kill one of their own. They're intent on making my life miserable and considerably shorter. When Ann's parents vanish while vacationing in Maine, we head out to find them. Of course the Sidhe follow and I manage to capture the interest of another vampire. One who wants answers as to what makes me different. Answers I don't have and that might just get me killed for good this time.

Dealing with supernatural attacks while trying to find Ann's parents keeps us on our toes but as long we’re together, we can handle anything. At least until things really start to fall apart.

About J.A. Campbell

Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor.She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult fantasy series Tales of the Travelers. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers of America Association and the editor for Steampunk Trails fiction magazine.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (20)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted at Tynga's Reviews.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
Wake by Amanda Hocking - This has the most beautiful jacket I've seen!
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth 

For Review:
Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore [Expected pub: January 5th 2016 by HarperTeen]
Purchased for Kindle:
Mason by S.M, Shade
Everly by S.M. Shade
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner - ONLY $1.99!!
The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner - ONLY $1.99!!

Thanks a bunch to HarperTeen because after all this time I'm still auto-approved on Edelweiss. TT___TT Also Fullybooked because sale is love.

This week on the blog:

Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3)
by Susan Ee
Kindle, 344 pages
Published on May 12th 2015 by Skyscape
Purchase: Amazon


End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

When I first read Angelfall, it wasn’t the big hit that it was today. It was just an indie book and there were like less than a hundred ratings for it on goodreads. I only picked it up out on a whim. And back then, Susan said this was supposed to be a five-book series. I also thought it was so cute how Susan was so excited about rave reviews that she would put the review links or the bloggers' blurbs on her website, until the rave reviews got too many and by the time I visited her website again, that section had been removed already. I can’t believe that it has been four years since that time and Penryn and the End of Days has finally come to an end. Excuse me while I get emotional for a sec.

Okay. So for me, this series as a whole is…


Seriously freaking Hell! I was close to raging and flipping all the tables in the vicinity when Raffe lost his wings again, but daaaang that Penryn x Raffe moment in the last chapter was too cute that all the rage evaporated immediately.

Had I known that End of Days was this good, I would’ve read this months ago. It would’ve cured my reading slump right after the first chapter. Oh, I missed the characters so much! Penryn is one heck of badass girl and Raffe is still such a bae. He gives you all these cute and fluffy romantic feels in the pit of your stomach. This is even magnified by the fact that he's not the type of guy to display such romantic acts. And Raffe's Watchers are love! Well, except one – Beliel. However, in this book, his character is finally given light. It’s finally revealed why he betrayed Raffe and although the reason is unfair for Raffe, Beliel’s bitterness toward him is still understandable, and I actually found myself sympathizing with him.

I fell in love with Raffe’s Watchers. They are all so witty and extremely loyal to him, which IMO, are the two most important traits a character has to have in this series. Penryn, also, didn’t lose her humor and I fell even more in love with the dynamic between her and Raffe! All their conversations are gold. And oh, Dee and Dum! I didn't know how much I missed them until they made their appearance here. However, if there’s one unrealistic thing (aside from the supernatural side) here, it would be that there are way too many exciting and fun characters to be co-existing in one story, but that’s also the one unrealistic thing I have no problem with. Because of them, there’s honestly no dull moment in the book. Speaking of the characters though, if there’s one whom I wanted to know better, it would've been Paige, especially after she changed. I felt like there's more story to be told about her, and I'd love to read a novella featuring her!

Weeks after reading and re-reading this, I still can't get over just how good End of Days is. This book really is such a super duper exciting read (excuse my lack of vocabulary) that you’ll probably be needing oxygen by the time you reach the epilogue. I almost thought that there was going to be a fourth book because the last 20 pages were too intense that I thought it was impossible to wrap the story up without seeming rushed or failing miserably, but Susan Ee managed just that, and it wasn’t just a well-written ending, but Susan ended the trilogy EPICALLY and MAGNIFICENTLY PERFECT!

I'll just try not to think about the fact that archangels don't age whereas humans do.

Great job, Susan Ee!!! I can’t wait to read her next series because I know it’s going to be another fantastic one!

Rating: 5/5 stars!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (49): The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

"A contemporary YA romance with a time-travel twist?" 100x YES PLEASE!! I couldn't even care less that people have been calling this the next Hunger Games, or so according to the website. THG is one of my favorite series ever but a quantum-physics themed YA romance with time-travel (Pivot Point, anyone?) is already enough to catch my attention. I love physics and I'm going to major in it when I get to college, so most definitely I say YES to this book!

The Square Root of Summer
by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Expected publication: May 3rd 2016
Visit website: Fierce Reads
Pre-order: Kindle

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is…Seventeen. Motherless. A math genius. And she’s losing time. Literally.

When the fabric of the universe surrounding Gottie’s sleepy seaside town begins to fray, she is hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died.

To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral.

To the day her childhood best friend Thomas moved to Canada, leaving her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, this summer Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide – and be changed forever.

With time travel, quantum physics, and world-stopping kisses, this stunning YA debut is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and figuring it all out.

About the Author

Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE, and InStyle in the U.K. The Square Root of Summer was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and her lifelong obsession with YA romance, which includes a thesis on Dawson's Creek, part of her dissertation on romantic comedies at Newcastle University. She lives in Nottingham, England.

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