STACKING THE SHELVES #30

Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:19 PM
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

Books I loved:

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I know that I justr read 2 books but they were incredible! The books are actually ARCs but you won't have to wait long: Broken comes out in few days and Twisted next month!

What did you read this week???
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Sofia T.

Review: Darkness Eternal (Guardians of Eternity #7.5) by Alexandra Ivy

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 10:36 AM
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Title: Darkness Eternal
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Series: Guardians of Eternity #7.5

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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For the Guardians of Eternity, battle is a way of life—whether the plight of their world is at stake, or the fate of their heart…
After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of Hell, there’s no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by Uriel’s touch...

To tell you the truth, I had no idea that the author was planning on releasing a novella for the Guardians of Eternity series, not that I’m complaining. Darkness Eternal should be read after Devoured by Darkness (Layla and Tane’s story) and before Bound by Darkness (Ariyal and Jaelyn’s story).

As Victor’s right hand, Uriel can’t but follow his master’s orders. So, when Victor orders him to find and rescue Layla’s mother, Uriel must obey.

Held prisoner by her evil vampire twin for 400 years, Kata has finally found the means to escape only to fall into another vampire’s hands. As if that wasn’t enough, Kata is literally thrown into hell and if she wants to survive she must learn to trust Uriel. Only if they work together will they be able to survive hell.

A suspenseful romantic short story about two souls who have been through a lot. Uriel is a loyal, strong, determined alpha male who would never fail his master and friend Victor. It may have started as a mission but it turned into something that neither Uriel nor Kata expected. All Kata ever wanted was her freedom and a chance to meet her daughter. Despite what her sister did to her, Kata’s spirit never weakened. So, when Uriel tags along to the journey through hell, Kata isn’t sure if she should trust him. After being alone for so long, Kata yearns to be touched but is Uriel the right choice? Little does she know that Uriel has his own secrets…

This isn’t only a romantic story. It also has a lot of action as it follows Kata and Uriel’s journey through hell and their trust issues.

What I also loved was seeing Victor. I had forgotten how much I loved Victor and Juliet and this book gave me the excuse I needed to re-read their story, Yours for Eternity. Moreover, if you’re a new reader of the series then I definitely recommend reading this novella as it will prepare you for Bound by Darkness.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

Totally recommended!

*ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Sofia T.

Book Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:48 PM
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Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd 
(Deep Blue Eternity #1) 
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.

But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.

In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.

Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.
"A captivating, heart-wrenching, beautifully written story about those who scar us and those who help us heal. I could not put it down and am still thinking about it!" - Mia Sheridan, New York Times Bestselling author of Archer’s Voice

"Boyd skillfully navigates the scorching physical desire and personal insecurities of her protagonists, crafting a relationship that is tense, torrid and sure to keep the pages turning." ~ RT Book Reviews

“Fans of the Sea of Tranquility or Mia Sheridan will absolutely love this story.” ~ MissIngrid’s reviews. 

“I can’t recall ever reading a novel that made me laugh, smile, cry… just, feel as much as this one did.” ~ Books over Bros Reviews


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He made me feel like such a stupid little girl. He had no idea what it was like for me. None. I wanted to yell at him and slap him, but more than anything, I wanted him not to disapprove of me, and I couldn’t understand why. I’d never cared what anyone thought of me before. In fact, I’d gone out of my way to inspire less than comfortable thoughts in people. It was the way I operated. It was the way I’d survived the last few years in high school.

I realized with a start that I’d begun feeling comforted by his presence. We were building some form of quiet friendship. And the thought that he was disgusted with me caused shame to burn through my gut. But with that came anger. How dare he make me feel this way? Who was he to pass judgment on me? And pulling out what Abby would think had been such a low blow. 

I was pacing back and forth, coming up with the words I would hurl at him to get even when I’d caught sight of him through the small kitchen window and stopped dead.

Tom was ripping his shirt off over his head. He flung it angrily, his bare chest heaving. Jesus, he was ripped. Picking the ax back up, ribs arching, he swung it over his head, bringing it down with such force that every muscle and sinew bulged and flexed with the power of it. 

I sucked in air, realizing I’d been holding my breath. Emotion rolled off him, the air electrified. Wind I couldn’t feel tossed his hair. It was raw and almost painful to watch. He was part wild animal and part insanely beautiful human. 

His body was a blur of motion, and he seemed oblivious to the icy air. A strong working body. A man’s body, not a boy’s. So much man. No muscle unused. 

I’d been living with this huge, larger than life, virile male for almost two weeks. 

Old fears skittered down my spine.

And then his chest wasn’t just heaving with breath, his whole body was shuddering and curling in on itself. His knees folded, hitting the ground so hard, I winced. His arms wrapped around his middle as if he was trying to hold his body together. It was at once both shockingly strange and also familiar. I knew the kind of feeling that made one’s body do that. 

Pain. 

The kind of pain that threatened to tear your soul in two.

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$150 Amazon Gift Card
3 Signed Paperbacks of Deep Blue Eternity
5 Infinity/Anchor Karma Bracelets
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 About The Author:
Natasha Boyd is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author with a background in marketing and public relations. Her debut novel Eversea was a finalist in the 2013 Winter Rose Contest for Contemporary Romance and won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Adult Fiction. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and Island Writer’s Network in coastal South Carolina where she has been a featured speaker on book marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and lives with her husband, two sons and the cast of characters in her head.

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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #34 Lux (The Nocte Trilogy #3) by Courtney Cole

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:34 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Lux 
Author: Courtney Cole
Expected publication: May 2015

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LET THERE BE LIGHT.


My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.

My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.

Who is dead? Alive? Insane?
What is the truth?
I don’t know.

I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.

My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.

All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question.

It’s all been leading to this.

Don’t be afraid.
Be terrified.
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.

TOP TEN TUESDAY #26 Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:51 AM
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices. 

This Week's Topics is:

Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

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1. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead




3. Radiance (Riley Bloom #1) by Alyson Noel


4. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares




6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson






9. Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise #1) by Simone Elkeles




What are your top ten books from your childhood or teen years that you would love to revisit???
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Sofia T.

Review: Total Surrender (Sin Brothers #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 1:31 PM
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Title: Total Surrender
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Sin Brothers #4

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A fight he must win...Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.
A passion she can't resist...Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?
“I love you, Piper. All of you. The smart, the sweet, the lost. Everything you are and whoever you’ll eventually become.”
The story of the Dean Brothers has come to an end. A long awaited one! The final battle won’t be easy but nothing ever was for the brothers.

Created and trained by the Commander to be the perfect soldiers: merciless with heightened senses and special abilities, the only thing they ever wanted was their freedom. Five years ago, they managed to escape the Commander and burn down the facility in which they were held but at what cost?!

Shane, Matt and Nate have all found their HEAs maybe it’s Jory’s time to find his.

Total surrender tells the story of the youngest brother Jory who was presumed dead. Turns out that after a mission gone wrong, the Commander managed to recapture him. Now, two years later, Jory has finally regained his strength and has only one goal: save his brothers.

Piper isn’t a hero but she’s definitely intelligent. As one of the best hackers, Piper’s job is to repair Jory’s killing chip. The killing chips are devices that were put near the spines of each brother, as a means to control them and that will kill them if they aren’t deactivated by the right code. Piper has been warned not to trust Jory. She considers him a traitor of his country. If only she knew the truth!

Jory considers telling her the truth. He wants to trust her with his past but he knows better than that. The truth will get her killed. Their relationship is off the charts from the beginning.
They may not trust each other but they can’t deny what they feel.
Jory sees her as a way to escape but Piper’s motives are more personal. So, when things spin out of control and the traitor’s words make more sense, her choice isn’t hard to make.

Wow! The romance, the action, the suspense, the Dean Brothers all in one book. The romance between Piper and Jory builds up gradually but the passion is there from the beginning. Jory is a professional when it comes to seduction and with Piper he can’t but use his best moves. They were such an incredibly adorable and strong couple.
“I’m the hero of my own damn story, Jory Dean. Protect me all you want, but this once, I’m needed with you. War or not”
I think this book was the one with the most action. Being the last book in the series, I definitely expected more action and I wasn’t disappointed at all. There were many twists and turns, many surprises, many unexpected scenes and many incredible characters. Each book tells the story of a different brother but we always get to see how the others are doing. Total surrender was no different. We get to see Shane and Josie, Matt and Laney, Nate and Audrey and many new characters. We get some scenes from their POVs too.

I know that this is supposed to be the last book in the series but I hope there are more. I don’t want to spoil anything but there are some new characters, very connected to the Dean brothers, who need their stories.

You shouldn’t miss this one! Fast paced, full of action, suspense and romance, total surrender captivated me.

Highly recommended!

*ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Sofia T.

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Space Between by Nikki Mathis Thompson

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The Space Between by Nikki Mathis Thompson 
Publication date: March 20th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Georgia Bristol’s life hasn’t turned out the way she’d imagined…but it’s a good life.
Despite that fact, she finds herself yearning for something she can’t define. Haunted by the choices of her youth.
Regrets. Everyone has them. What if? Everyone wonders at times.
Lost in town a few heartbeats shy of deserted, Georgia encounters a mysterious woman who gives her a second chance to regain the life she thought she missed out on.
Some say getting lost is the best way to find where you’re going. And sometimes everything must be stripped away before you realize that what you have, is what you wanted all along.
The Space Between is one woman’s unconventional journey to regain what she holds dear, filled with heartbreak, friendship, and love. A thought provoking tale that will have you relating to her struggles and celebrating her triumphs.
Giveaway:

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$20 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
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About The Author: 

Nikki Mathis Thompson spent her formative years singing, dancing and creating her own world of make-believe. From an early age she developed a love of reading that has grown exponentially to near addiction. She has a business degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her degree looks great in the frame, but hasn't been utilized in years. She gladly left the cubicle life behind to raise her daughter and a son was added to the mix some years later. You can find her devouring a book while drinking a glass of wine, doing her part to save the planet or lip- synching to her favorite songs while running through her suburb. She lives outside of Dallas with her family. Rebound is her first novel.

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Sofia T.
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