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January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #108 - The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Pick: The Oathbreaker's Shadow (The Knots Sequence #1) by Amy McCulloch
Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology.
Male POV :) Sounds like an interesting idea!

June 6th 2013 by Random House Children's Publishers

January 22, 2013

Book Review: Lumberjack In Love by Penny Watson

Series: Lumberjack in Love #1
Author: Penny Watson
Published: September 2012
City slicker Ami Jordan was just dumped by her back-stabbing boyfriend, has no job prospects, and can't find a decent cup of coffee in the entire state of Vermont. The last thing she needs is a sexy, bearded lumberjack complicating her life. Even if he’s smart, talented, and has the hottest ass she’s ever seen.

Tree house builder, environmental champion, and Bulldog owner Marcus Anderson has no patience for flatlanders with an attitude. But when landscape designer Ami Jordan shows up at his log cabin, he suddenly develops a hankering for a high-maintenance city gal. Now his house looks like a jungle, his recycling is in disarray, and his libido's on fire.

He's a lumberjack in love.
I love Penny Watson. I read her Klaus Brothers series and it became one of my favorites so naturally I wanted to read Lumberjack in Love. It didn't disappoint me!

Ami is a city girl with attitude!! She's visiting her sister in Vermont and the last thing she was expecting was to complicate her life with a sexy bearded lumberjack! She wears sexy boots, tight jeans and likes good coffee,  so she doesn't really understand how her sister could live here...

Marcus is hot! I never thought bearded man could be sexy until I read this book hehe. Of course he's also smart and doesn't like flatlanders like Ami, but he can't resist her either. He was very sure of himself but had such a tender heart for Ami. This made their relationship more interesting, because while Ami was struggling with decisions about her life, Marcus was waiting for her and getting hurt. But leaving aside that, they were on fire together! Just like the kind of relationships I like :P

Overall, I absolutely love this book! It was funny and hot, and Ami and Marcus are the perfect couple. If you're looking for a sassy romance, you should read this!

More about this book at pennywatsonbooks.comGoodreads, Amazon.

PD: The green cover was the original cover. I think it's a better match for the story, but the new cover is too cute to not like it!  :)

January 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves # 16

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

I haven't got many books these weeks, I'm trying to work on my TBR list, but still couldn't stop getting these:

Mimi's Mix - A Book From Each Series! by Mimi Barbour

Surprising Lord Jack by Sally MacKenzie (netgalley)

What did you get this week? Leave your links at the comments :)

January 18, 2013

Book Review: The Girl and the Genie by E. M. Lilly

Author: E. M. Lilly
Emily Mignon's love life is a disaster, and she's not at all happy about it! When she finds a genie and is granted nine wishes, she's determined to use one of them to find her one true love. But the genie warns her that any wish for romance always ends disastrously. Emily, not to be denied, will try to find a loophole to this rule.
The Girl and the Genie is a fun, exciting and charming mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, that will leave you rooting for Emily, the genie, and a fat little English Bulldog named Winston.
The Girls and the Genie was a freebie I downloaded a few days ago, and it was a fun book to read for a few hours in the morning.

Emily is waiting for her true love. She haven't been lucky in love, but know she found a genie and have nine wishes...and she wants to find her true love! Of course, every wish seems to backfire somehow and the Genie is someone she can't trust, right?

The Girl and the Genie was a fun book. I read it just in a few hours and enjoyed it, although sometimes I didn't understand Emily's attitude, and even when the Genie hinted a few times he was interested in her, I wasn't expecting that kind of ending.

It isn't my favorite genie book, but it was interesting and fun with a lot of twists (and I loved Winston!). It has a HEA ending, so I recommend it for when you want to read something light and fluffy.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday # 107 - The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What if Rapunzel was Snow White’s evil stepmother?From the author of Godmother and Mermaid, The Fairest of Them All explores what happens when fairy tale heroines grow up and don’t live happily ever after.
Living in an enchanted forest, Rapunzel spends her days tending a mystical garden with her adoptive mother, Mathena. A witch, Mathena was banished from court because of her magic powers, though the women from the kingdom still seek her advice and herbal remedies. She waits, biding her time to exact revenge against those who betrayed her.
One day Rapunzel’s beautiful voice and long golden locks captivate a young prince hunting in the forest nearby. Overcome, he climbs her hair up to her chamber and they fall into each other’s arms. But their afternoon of passion is fleeting, and the prince must return to his kingdom, as he is betrothed to another.
Now king, he marries his intended to bring peace to his kingdom. They have a stunning daughter named Snow White. Yet the king is haunted by his memories of Rapunzel, and after the mysterious death of his wife, realizes he is free to marry the woman he never stopped longing for. In hopes of also replacing the mother of his beloved daughter, the king makes Rapunzel his queen.
But when Mathena’s wedding gift of an ancient mirror begins speaking to her, Rapunzel falls under its evil spell, and the king begins to realize that Rapunzel is not the beautiful, kind woman he dreamed of.
August 6th 2013 by Touchstone

Sounds like an interesting twist :P

January 9, 2013

Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsidian
Series: Lux #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: November 23rd 2011
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.
Obsidian has been on my radar for a while, and after so many good recommendations and a fantastic sale at Amazon, I couldn't resist.

Now I know why almost everyone liked this book. Katy, the protagonist, is a book blogger, which of course made me kind of like her from the start, but she's not the typical dumb girl (of course not, she's a reader!), and Daemon, even when he is the typical sexy mysterious boy next door, he's irresistible.

But in a way is very similar with other YA books: sexy paranormal boy, his family is also beautiful, her mom is never home and the protagonist is new at school. Also, she's pretty normal but of course the sexy boy thinks she's stunning.

Ignoring that details, I really liked the writing. It was what got me from the beginning. It was easy to read, and it turned interesting very fast. There were some hot scenes, but for me it just made the relationship more realistic. Also, the Aliens haven't been really explored yet, so it was fresh, the Lux are very interesting. I really liked their story besides Katy and Daemon's romance.

Overall, I read Obsidian very fast, it was fun and sexy, it was interesting from the beginning and I literally couldn't sleep until I finished it. Although it has many 'cliches', I still enjoyed it very much and recommend it.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

January 7, 2013

Book Review: The Devil's Thief by Samantha Kane

Series: The Saint’s Devils #1
Author: Samantha Kane
Published: November 12th 2012 by Loveswept
The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.
Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.
When I think of The Devil's Thief, I think sexy! Wow, Julianna and Alasdair were on fire! It's not easy to write natural sexy scenes, but Samantha Kane knows how to do it. From the first line, I was hooked with this twenty years old thief, Julianna, who is capable of giving her body for a pearl. And Alasdair, who isn't a saint but more like a hot devil, I wouldn't mind breaking into his room too.

Julianna is feisty and smart, everyone see her as a wallflower, and she kind of is one, but she wants Alasdair, her neigboor. Or just his pearl, which have great value and selling it could mean the end of her money least some. I liked her, she had an opportunity with Alasdair and grab it, without forgetting why she was there. And I lover her attitude when he discovered her.

Alasdair is more complex, because he ain't no saint and he doesn't want to like her, after all she's a thief, but can forget having her body in his arms. He was naturally kinky, I couldn't help but like him!

The story was different than I expected it, which was a nice surprise. Also, Alasdair's friends were a great addition to the story, obviously I want to know more of them.

Overall, The Devil's Thief was an amazing historical romance, it was the perfect book to start the year. The protagonists were hot and sexy, it isn't easy to find such a good chemistry. Samantha Kane is definitely on my radar now, and I can't wait to read the next book of the series, Tempting a Devil.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

January 5, 2013

Stacking the Shelves # 15

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

It has been a while since I did one of these posts, but I didn't got more books until a few days ago, and then I gave in the temptations of sales!

I got it for only 0.99$! super sale :P

Free a couple of days ago
Just 0.99$

Champagne for Christmas by Jean Joachim
Won! @ Mrs. Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews

What about you?? Did you get ore boos to start the year reading? :)