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September Sequels Giveaway Hop: Win a copy of Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman!

Welcome to the September Sequels Giveaway Hop! I am all about sequels. One book never seems like enough for me, so I strongly prefer series. Second books tend to be my favorites, because the world is already introduced, but you don’t have to say goodbye yet – you can just let yourself be fully absorbed into the world the author has created.

So anyway, what can you win? Grrr, my fluffy white beauty, has kindly consented to be our presenter.

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Win an ARC of Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman.

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The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…

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Flawed (Perfection #2) by J. L. Spelbring Book Blitz + Giveaway!

Title: Flawed (Perfection #2)

Author: J.L. Spelbring

Release Date: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.

Family, friendship, and love.

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father’s work didn’t die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

 

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J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

Her novel, Perfection, released in July 2013 and the sequel, Flawed, releases August 2014.

 

 

 

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Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern Book Blast + Giveaway!

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February 2024: Desperate to find refuge from the nuclear storm, a group of civilians discover a secret government bio-dome. Greeted by a hail of bullets and told to turn back, the frantic refugees stand their ground and are grudgingly permitted entry. But the price of admission is high.

 

283 years later… Life as a slave in the Pit had never been easy, but for seventeen-year-old Sunny O’Donnell it was quickly careening out of control. Her mother was killed in the annual spring Cull, leaving her alone with a father who decided to give up on life. It’s not that she blamed him for grieving, but if they didn’t earn enough credits to keep their place inside the Pit, they would be kicked out into a world still teeming with radiation. That left her to earn the credits for both of them. It didn’t help that her boyfriend, Reyes Crowe, was pressuring her to get married and abandon her father.

 

Sunny didn’t think life could get any worse, until she was forced upstairs to the Dome to serve and entertain the elite at a bachelor party. That’s where she met Leisel Holt, the president’s daughter, and her fiancé, Jack Kenner. Now Sunny and Jack Kenner are wanted for treason. If they catch them, they’ll be executed.

 

She thought Leisel’s betrayal was the end…but it turns out it was just the beginning.

 

Sunset Rising is Book One of a series.

 

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Praise for “Sunset Rising”

“Sunset Rising is thrilling; there is no better word for it. Romance, intrigue and action all come together beautifully here to create an experience that will leave anyone asking for more.” – Molly Burkemper for Readers Favorite

 

“Sorry to all the Hunger Games fans but Sunset Rising surpasses my expectation. Sunset Rising is a rollercoaster ride with a terrifying drop at the end. A beautiful love story filled with danger and horror.
The Greatest Book I’ve Ever Read.” – Selena Liaw, reviewer for Books and Sweet Epiphany.

 

“FABULOUS!!! I fricken loved this story! I have to agree with another reviewer who said this is 7 star book not a 5 star ~~seriously it is THAT good! How is this not on every bestseller list yet? Listen to me now, please… if you love Dystopian YA novels ~~~ READ THIS BOOK!” – Paula Fetty King, Goodreads Reviewer.

 

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I had decided I didn’t want to give up on my plan to help change things. After all the hardship I had brought on my father and Summer, I owed it to them to try to make things right. I didn’t want to fail.

Jack stood up and went into his T’ai Chi stance. I followed. He began the fluid movements and I tried to keep up, but he seemed to be going a lot faster tonight.

“So you want to start stopping people in the hall and ask them if they want to join the rebellion?” Jack asked, his tone light.

“Well, it sounds stupid when you say it like that.”

“Alright, we’re all warmed up now.” Jack faced me in a defensive stance. “Take your best shot.”

“I don’t feel like it anymore.”

“Come on.” He flicked a hand out at me, stopping inches from my face. “Pretend I’m Reyes. You must be mad at him.”

I threw the heel of my hand toward his face, which he blocked easily. I followed with a roundhouse kick at his stomach. He pushed me away.

“That’s weak, Sunny,” he said. “Come on. The other night you just about ripped my head off when you were mad about Summer.”

I had been really mad about Summer. Even the thought of her now in the clutches of that crazy president was making me angry. He had my father, too. My anger snuck out of the place where I thought I’d had it tucked safely away and gripped me again.

I threw a punch as hard as I could at Jack, then another. He blocked them both, but I kept coming at him. First with my right leg followed swiftly by my left. He threw a right punch at me, but I pulled my head back and he missed. I instinctively knew he was going to follow with his left fist, and I ducked. He missed again. He was smiling at me. I came at him to wipe the smile off his face, but he turned, and I missed. He grabbed me from behind.

“I see the boyfriend isn’t the key to getting you mad. Your best friend is,” he whispered in my ear.

I drove my elbow as hard as I could into his stomach. As soon as I made contact, I heard his breath forced out of him. I realized I might have hit him too hard.

“I’m sorry!” I turned around to see if he was okay. He was bent over, holding his stomach. “Jack, are you hurt?”

“I’ll be fine,” he choked out.

I felt a little helpless watching him struggle to get his breath back. He finally straightened up and gently touched a couple of his ribs.

“Nothing broken.” He limped off to sit in a chair. “Maybe I should have told you the first rule of sparring before I started teaching you. You don’t actually hurt your partner.”

“Sorry. I guess I let my frustrations get the better of me.”

“I don’t suppose there’s a hot shower in here?” he asked, even though he must have known the answer.

“No.” I laughed at the thought. “But I can take you to the common bath.”

He got up from the chair. “Take me.”

I found a couple of towels and a bar of soap in a cupboard. “We only have about forty-five minutes left before lights out. We need to be back by then.”

We left the apartment and headed toward the bathroom. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jack changed his mind when he saw where he had to bathe. It wasn’t anything like the private hot shower in his apartment. When we reached the common bath, I was silently relieved to see that the water had been changed recently. It wasn’t bad at all.

“It’s freezing!” Jack exclaimed when he put his hand in the water. “I’m not getting in there.”

“You don’t actually get in. Soak your towel in the water and wash off that way. You can dry with mine. You go first.” I started toward the door.

“Wait. We’re supposed to be married. Isn’t it going to look weird if we’re taking turns in here?”

“I’m not watching you have a bath. I’m only prepared to take the pretend marriage thing so far.”

He gave me a wry look. “We’ll just turn our backs on each other. It will save time, and we can get back before lights out.”

“I don’t know. It seems a little…intimate.” But there was a guard on duty within view of the bathroom, and he might wonder why we were taking turns.

“I promise I won’t peek,” Jack said, but I wasn’t convinced. “Hey, I’m taking a big risk here, too. You know how many girls would love to see the Jack Kenner naked?”

That made me smile. A week ago, that was probably true. “I can’t believe I’m going to do this. Turn around.”

We both turned our backs on each other. I stripped as fast as I could so I wouldn’t have time to change my mind. I heard his clothes drop to the floor. An image of my hands on his naked chest came back to me, and a feeling of excitement began to grow in the pit of my stomach. If I turned around right now we would both be naked and only inches apart. A warm sensation spread through me at the thought, and my chest tightened, making it difficult to breathe. I wanted to banish the thoughts from my mind. I didn’t want to think of Jack in that way.

I dunked one of the towels into the water and scrubbed my arms. The water was freezing and made me shiver, but at least now I could blame my heavy breathing on that. And I was grateful it was helping to douse the heat that seemed to be consuming me. When I was done, I rinsed the towel and stuck it out behind my back to pass it to him.

“That was quick,” he said. I heard the water splashing behind me then Jack sucked his breath in. “Oh my god, it’s cold!”

I dried off, put on my clothes and waited for him to finish and get dressed before I knelt down to wash my hair.

“Not so bad,” Jack said, but I could tell he was lying.

He dipped his head in the water, ran the bar of soap through his hair, and then rinsed. I was still working on my long hair. A lot of coal was coming out, darkening the water and I felt a little guilty considering it had just been changed.

I wrapped the towel around my head to hide my red hair until I could reapply the coal. “We better get back before lights out,” I said.

Jack opened the door for me. “Even though it was freezing, it feels good to be clean,” he said.

“I like the cold. It’s refreshing.” Maybe I would have to have a bath every night if my body was going to continue to respond to Jack like that, I thought.

Back at our apartment, I busied myself hanging up the towels and brushing out my wet hair. I was feeling a little vulnerable without the coal, but knew I would have to wait until my hair dried before I could reapply it. The lights would go out any minute now. I put the brush away and turned around to find Jack flopped in a chair observing me.

“What?” I asked.

“Nothing.” He looked away. But there was something about the way he was looking at me…

“Did you peek?” I asked.

“Sunny,” Jack shook his head, but a smile tugged at the corners of his mouth and his cheeks turned pink. “Of course I peeked. I’m a guy.”

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S.M. McEachern (also known as Susan) currently resides in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. With a background in international development and resource management (Dalhousie University), as well as being the wife of a military officer, Susan has had first hand experience in international affairs and policies. She attributes Elizabeth Mann Borgese—daughter of Nobel prize winner, Thomas Mann—as one of the greatest influences on her view of world politics. Susan had the privilege to work and study under Mann Borgese, an author, teacher and political activist for world peace. The first book of a series, Sunset Rising combines Susan’s knowledge of politics and resource management with her love for romance, action and adventure. In March 2014 she published Worlds Collide, the second book in the series. She is currently writing the third book.

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth: A Let-Down of Matrix-Level Proportions

Allegiant
by Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Series: Divergent #3
Source: Purchased
 
Book Summary:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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I’ll say it again: a let-down of Matrix-level proportions. Why do I say it? Because, like the Matrix Trilogy, with the last installment, the entire story collapsed under its own weight, crushing (ie. killing off) basically all of the characters, to the point where the audience is so horrified that they lose all emotional attachment to said characters and start to wonder if maybe everyone would have been better off staying blissfully ignorant?

Now, as with the Matrix, I experienced the whole series back-to-back. I can’t even imagine the betrayal felt by fans who waited and waited for each book to come out, only for it to end like this. The same emotional reactions could have been elicited without the story becoming so unnecessarily tragic. Actually, there would have been a better emotional reaction, because the reader would not have been struck numb by shock. The tragedy was simply unnecessary.

So that was the ending. Let’s talk about the book:

The more I think about it, the Great Revelation of the last book was just okay. Not bad, really, but not enough, given the ending.

I did like that Tris and Tobias each got to narrate. Tobias is so, so much more sympathetic a character that I found his narration refreshing after Tris’ harsh, judgmental coldness.  However, the narrative “voice” of both Tris and Tobias sounded virtually identical, and I often had to go back and check to see whose chapter I was reading. I know it can be hard to pull off dual narration, but I do wish there had been more differentiation.

This is how it should have ended: Allegiant Alternate Ending

And this should have been the epilogue: Allegiant Alternate Ending Epilogue

If, like me, Allegiant either ripped your heart out or numbed you to the whole series, read those, and salvage yourself.

I can only hope they fix this massive mistake in the movies. I won’t hold my breath.

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Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent

by Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Series: Divergent #2

Source: Purchased

Book Summary:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

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Definitely better than the first book. Insurgent opens up the world and gives us a peek at the other factions, specifically Amity and Candor. Amity is my favorite faction, so I enjoyed getting to see them up-close, even if they too have major flaws.

But that peace serum they make? I think Tris needs to be on it all the time. She’s so much easier to like that way.

I liked her better in this one, even when she was spinning out of control and alienating everyone. And I especially liked her more when she finally got it together

The Candor truth serum sounded terrifying in Divergent, but we get to see it in use here, and you know what? I think it’s awesome. I wish it existed. So many problems are created by dishonesty, especially in this book, that Candor started to look really appealing, even if their leadership was composed of spineless idiots.

We get more character interaction here, which I always like. We get to know the Dauntless-born initiates better and even some characters from unexpected factions become allies and friends.

Oh, and the factionless! I still think it’s weird they exist. This world was supposed to be a utopia, with a place for everyone, so why so many displaced? Perhaps things would have worked better if there had been fewer or no factionless. Either way, it was cool getting to meet them.

The thing about this series: I like it intellectually, but I don’t love any of the characters. I’m not sure why, but it’s a shame.

And like many people, I wish I’d stopped reading at Insurgent.

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Ethereal Fury (Gemini Rising #1) by Jessica O’Gorek Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Ethereal Fury
(Gemini Rising #1)
by Jessica O’Gorek
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Publisher: Cogent NY
Date of Publication: April 2013
 
Book Description:

BEWARE! THE PLANET IS WOUNDED… THE GEMINI ARE RISING AND OUR TIME ON EARTH IS LIMITED

Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from these possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.

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Chapter 18- Sisters

Violette was in hell.  She had no other description for what was happening to her. All she could do was endure the evil that had taken her over. Helpless to defeat it, she marched towards the church, her pain preventing her from shutting down completely. If she could sleep, maybe it wouldn’t hurt so badly. But every time she felt herself growing faint, her pain receptors jerked her awake again.

She felt suffocated by her own behavior, completely removed from the body she cared for; it had betrayed her, giving in to this force. The pain kept her quiet. Fear of permanent disfigurement did too. She needed her fingers! They were sickly bouncing around at her side, only the skin kept them attached. She promised herself she would read that book on demonology from front to back, if she got out of this alive.

You should’ve been a little nicer to me. It spoke to her now, but not out loud because they had entered the church hall. This shouldn’t hurt too badly. Violette watched her fingers move in backwards motion to the healed state.

Okay brat, now we are going to have a little fun. What is your name?

 “Violette,” she announced out loud.

No talking out loud, idiot! My name is Lilly and I can tap into your memories like a movie, okay? I can watch the whole story, which would keep me here longer, or we can play question-and-answer. Which do you prefer?

The thought of this “Lilly” monster getting into her thoughts and memories made her quiver.

Question-and-answer was Violette’s detached reply.

Good idea, although I would’ve enjoyed the other more, I’m sure.

She walked a few feet towards the dining hall, found a table, and sat down heavily. They were visibly tired from the internal battle and conversation.

Now, I need to know what you normally do from day to day, with no variations. No reason to draw attention to ourselves. I need for you to tell me where to go and what to do to blend in. Lilly’s arrogance was rather oppressive and Violette did not find it easy to obey her, but her sarcastic reply was classy.

Mass. You need to go pray for your soul. The statement was followed by Violette’s uncharacteristic cackle of laughter.

I’m glad I amuse you, Lilly said flatly. Then she touched the delicately healed fingers of her left hand as a threat.

I can’t go to mass. Give me something else, Lilly demanded, getting impatient.

Confession is next. Violette informed her.

Okay, we’re going to pass on both of those. Where can we go to hide? There was no immediate response; Violette was pondering.

The field, under my magnolia tree, the…. she trailed off, and didn’t finish which made Lilly deeply curious.

 The what? Lilly insisted. What were you going to say?

There was a pregnant silence before she muttered the answer, the cellar. Her voice was barely audible.

Lilly perked up at the mention of a dark underground place. It would be much like home.

On the inside, Violette shook just thinking about the place where she had recently encountered the bishop. The memory of hitting that floor so hard, and hearing very clearly the smack of her cheek, froze her veins.

Lilly stood up, not needing directions on how to get to the cellar, her strength in this body increased as Violette weakened more with every passing minute. She could feel the girl getting smaller; her essence began curling in on itself. She put up a good fight, but of course, she would lose.

Please tell me why you are doing this.

Her voice was further away now and Lilly didn’t bother to answer her. Violette spoke again, almost in a whisper: What do you want? Why won’t you t…talk to me?

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I grew up admiring my father, Barry Weinstock, as an author. He took me around the country to different places so he could research and write his Wilderness Survival books. One of his greatest works, “The Path of Power,” was written with a great medicine man, Sunbear.

When I was twelve I started hand writing novels. My first one was two thousand pages. My dad always encouraged me and would rave about my writing. He gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing and follow my dream. My daughter, who is twelve, is currently working on her first novel. I hope to continue the legacy.

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Cover Reveal: Tore Divided Love by K.D. Ferguson

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Tore Divided Love
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Release Date: 06/06/14
 
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A future set in stone.
For eighteen year old Krissa Channing a government ruled pairing with Braiden
Connor and a move to Headquarters were her set fate. Until Braiden’s sudden
disappearance threatens Krissa’s entire future.
After months of endless worry, Krissa has an unexpected meeting with Duke, a
perfect suitor that could offer her the future she’s always dreamed of. Just
when she begins to regain hope, Braiden returns.
Now, Krissa must find where her heart truly lies. Torn between two loves, she
must decide which of their worlds she belongs in. But is such a decision even
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Everyone has a choice. Abide by the government’s rules and regulations and you may live the average life. Or you can become a Sweeper. Krissa Channing’s destination was clear until Braiden entered her life and clouded her future. 

Krissa’s future, which once seemed so promising, is compromised when her relationship with Braiden is forced by the hands of the government. The pressure of an automatic pairing pushes them both down a path they never dreamed they’d travel. 

While Krissa accepts the change, Braiden revolts against the government leaving Krissa alone, her heart torn. Should she follow the rules and regulations and continue down the road mapped out for her? Or should she go against everything she’s been taught and follow after her true love?
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Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor Book Highlight + Giveaway!

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Title: Mine to Spell

Author: Janeal Falor

Series: Mine #2

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publication: May 5th, 2014

Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.

For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.

 

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“Have you made any progress?” Serena asks.
After giving my necklace a tug, I randomly pick one of the three choices of a future owner I’ve narrowed it down to. At this point, there’s nothing different about any of them. All are rich warlocks offering much for possession of me but say little else. Any warlock who said anything more always said something distasteful. “Contact this one. And make sure he pays for me before you sign anything.”
“You’re making the decision so soon?”
There’s no holding back my emotions any longer. This isn’t something I want any more than she does, but there’s a part to play. I focus all my negativity into cheer. It comes out in a squeak of giddiness. “Naturally I did, Serena. I can’t wait until I’m with my new owner. Excuse me while I go embroider a handkerchief with his name on it.”
The stunned look on her face makes an apology want to tumble from my lips, but there’s no saying the words. I spring from the room like I’m the happiest woman in Chardonia, not the one returning to a world full of hexes and beatings and warlocks. A world I despise.


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Amazon best selling author Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it’s time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, fencing, or drinking hot chocolate.

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Grabby Paws: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

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“Grabby Paws” is my version of the Waiting on Wednesday meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that I can’t wait to get my paws on. 🙂

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Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

Why I have grabby paws…

I’ve had The Program for a while, and was going to read it until I found out it was a duology. I figured I’d wait for the second book and now it’s almost here! Yay! (Though I liked the pill cover better) The books have such an intriguing concept.

Releases April 29th


Grabby Paws: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

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“Grabby Paws” is my version of the Waiting on Wednesday meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that I can’t wait to get my paws on. 🙂

Today I have grabby paws for…

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Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

Why I have grabby paws…

See, I’m a night person. I just like the peace and magic of it. And there is a stigma. People think I’m weird because I stay up late, and they think I’m lazy because I sleep in late. So I’m intrigued by what a world that took the day/night divide to the extreme would look like. Plus I can’t resist forbidden romance. Or alternate history.

Releases April 8th