Saturday, 23 February 2013

Stacking the Shelves #28

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Only two books this week. Things have been quiet.

Edge of Dawn (Midnight Breeds #11) by Lara Adrian

This is one of the few adult book series that I am in love with and this book has been an excellent addition to the series as well. I am breezing through this book, when I have time to sit down and read. I wish I have had the past two days off but unfortunately not.

Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons

Finally arrived in the post. Took a while for Amazon to decide when it was coming. I enjoyed Article 5 and I am interested to see where this one goes.



Becky

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Book Promo: Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Title: Pieces (The Breakaway #2)
Author: Michelle Davidson Argyle
Publisher: Rhemalda
Release Date: 14th February 2013

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Staying in love can mean running away...
Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her...until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie-in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.


When she answered the knock on her door, Naomi found Finn standing on her front porch with a cup of iced tea and a Styrofoam box she guessed contained a slice of almond cake.
“I’m sure you could order this somewhere else,” he said with a lopsided smile as he held them out to her, “but nobody makes the combo quite like Java, and you said you wanted to order some when you got back.”
She couldn’t keep the smile off her face as her mouth started to water. “Finn, I invited you over for dinner. That didn’t mean you had to bring something.”
He rolled his eyes. “No, I invited myself over for dinner against your protests, so that does mean I had to bring something. Now, enjoy.” He pushed the cup and box at her. She took both. “And here’s a straw.”
She balanced it on top of the cup and stepped aside to let him in.
“What can I help with?” he asked, rubbing his hands together as he entered the kitchen. “You clearly said this isn’t a date, so I’m going to help.”
Naomi was still standing by the door. She pushed it closed with her foot and followed Finn into the kitchen. He was wearing the ripped jeans again. In fact, she was sure they were the exact same pair he always wore. She smiled at his black Jimi Hendrix shirt.
“It’s pretty much done—just spaghetti. Nothing special.”
He walked to the oven and peeked inside. She had put in a loaf of French bread earlier. “Did you make that?” he asked, looking over his shoulder.
“I haven’t mastered baking yet,” she said, shrugging. “I bought the loaf at the store, but I made a garlic spread to put in the middle. It’s warming up in there.”
“Still, it looks great. And the sauce?” He lifted the lid off the stockpot and peeked inside. “Did you make this from scratch?”
Chuckling, Naomi walked to the counter and set down her almond cake and iced tea. “Yeah, I did. Why are you so fascinated?”
He returned the lid on the pot and turned around. “I don’t know. My mom doesn’t cook much—she never cooked when I was growing up—so, yeah, this all smells amazing. I’m used to eating at Java or boiling ramen noodles.” He put on a wicked smile. “I knew it was a good idea to invite myself over. Maybe I’ll do it more often.”
Naomi grabbed the straw on top of her iced tea and began tearing off the end of the wrapper. “Finn, about us hanging out, I called you because I’m … well, I have a problem and I don’t think anyone will understand except you. I don’t think my housemate Becca would understand what I’ve done since she’s never dropped below a 4.0 GPA. She tends to judge people who slack off.” She finished unwrapping the straw and shoved it through the hole on the cup lid. “And my mom will kill me when she finds out. I’m not sure what I’m going to do and I ….” She picked up the tea and took a long gulp. The heavenly taste kept her tears at bay for the moment. There was no way she was going to cry in front of Finn.
He waited for her to finish. She took another sip of the drink and continued.
“And I have things I need to tell you because you seem to understand me on a level not many people do. Well, two people. You and Jesse.”
Finn nodded.
“Jesse is my boyfriend.”
“I thought as much.”
She looked down at her feet and noticed her nail polish was almost worn off. She always painted her toenails red—the same red Evelyn had used on her nails. When she looked back up at Finn, he was peeking into the uncovered pot on the back burner.
“Noodles,” he said, smiling as steam rose up around his face.
Naomi rushed forward. “I need to check them.” She snatched a spaghetti spoon and leaned past Finn so she could reach the pot. He didn’t move as she twirled the spoon and caught some noodles.
“Want me to get out of the way?” he asked, grinning down at her.
With the spoon still poised over the pot, she looked up at him and realized he was close enough for her elbow to brush against him. He smelled like almond cake. She asked herself for the hundredth time why she had let him come over for dinner.
“No, I’m good,” she said, backing away with the spoon raised in the air. She looked at the dangling noodles dripping hot water onto the floor. The ends were beginning to turn white, which meant they were done. She lifted the spoon above her mouth and took a bite. “Perfect,” she mumbled, chewing. As soon as she noticed Finn watching her with a huge grin on his face, she turned away. “Can you drain the pot in the sink? There’s a colander already in there.”
“Sure.”
Fumbling her way around the kitchen, she let Finn help her set the table and dish up the food. When they were both seated, she put her hands on her knees and took a deep breath. No matter what happened, she wouldn’t screw up. She wasn’t going to hide anymore. She was going to tell Finn the truth, trusting he would understand and be there for her when nobody else could be. She hoped confiding in him would show him how highly she thought of him. His eyes were on her. He unfolded his napkin and set it on his lap. She let out her breath and picked up her fork. “Let’s eat.”




AUTHOR BIO
Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.
Author Links:
-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelle.ladyglamis


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Becky

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #25

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, showcasing books that we are waiting to read.

Title: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Device #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker
Release Date: 19th March 2013

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If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?
The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
Words cannot express how excited I am for this book! *jumps up and down with glee*
I need this book. I need to find out how the story ends. Who she ends up with, if either of them. And to have all the questions answered, from both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Questions, questions, questions, this series is full of them. I love it! *jumps up and down some more*.


Becky

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Stacking the Shelves #27

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Bought














  • The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead *Goodreads* *Review*
  • Tiger's Curse (Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck *Goodreads*
  • Sever (Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano *Goodreads*
  • Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton *Goodreads*
  • Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover *Goodreads*
I have only read The Indigo Spell so far. I loved it! Richelle Mead is just pure awesomeness.

I have heard many good things about Tiger's Curse. I was shocked to see it on the shelves in a UK bookshop (before I've only seen it online or when I was in America), I just had to buy it. The woman behind the counter said she had received it for review and they wanted to create a buzz in the UK around it but it didn't work. I think we only get buzzes for books that are about to be turned into movies.

While I am not a huge fan of the Chemical Garden series, it has it strong and week moments, I am interested to see how it ends.

Everneath intrigued me. I hope Everbound intrigues me further.

Now I have heard nothing but amazing things for Hopeless. Everyone is saying I should read it. So I bought it on Kindle. I really enjoyed Slammed so I hope it is just as good or even better.

 Happy reading!

Becky

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #24

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, showcasing books that we are waiting to read.

Title: Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 1st March 2013

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Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.
Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…
This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.
Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…
The release date on Amazon.co.uk seems to be different to that on Amazon.com. I will either get the book in March or April. Hopefully March.

I enjoyed Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. I love the romance and the deep topics that are discussed in these books. I look forward to continuing the series.


Becky