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!!!Cover reveal!!! for Enscrolled by Connie L. Smith!!!

Published June 20, 2014 by katheryn13

Hi!! It’s cover reveal time and look what we have?

Enscrolled: The Division Chronicles #3

By Connie L. Smith

 

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before, and time is hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, their secrets the only chance the warriors possess of forever closing the Division and saving their world from a brutal finale.

But with every second that passes, the Division expands, more demons – equipped with an incurable toxin – managing to enter the realm to inflict their terror where they can. The clock is ticking on the soldiers already tainted with the venom, their lives depending on the quick creation of an unknown antidote. And beyond those worries, reason exists to suspect that magic might be vanishing. Should that belief prove true, the ramifications could cripple the army’s abilities, insurmountably, prior to the war’s conclusion.

Never has the conflict felt quite as desperate to the Essenced soldiers, danger escalating and hope lessening with the slow drain of each issue’s hourglass.

Will the answers to these dilemmas surface in time, or will the efforts of the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?

 

 

Ready for the cover?

 

Release Date: Fall 2014

 

Excerpt

McKenna watched him leave before refocusing on Johnny, confused at the expression her boyfriend wore. “What are you smirking at?”

            He shrugged. “I’m just not sure how this could be such a bad memory. My girl glued to my side.” Wiggling his eyebrows, he continued. “Playing nurse…”

            “Well, you are poisoned,” she deadpanned. “That puts a damper on these types of situations for most people.”

            “Oh, you’re serious again.” His smirk broadened. “Are you gonna yell at me like you did when my leg was broken? That was attractive…”

            Though she fought against it, her smile emerged, spreading over her lips as she shook her head. “You’re impossible. You know that?”

            “Nah. I just learned along the way how to make my girl smile.”

            Her grin lingered until her attention descended to his leg, the spot of the poison’s initial contact. Then she frowned, her eyes filling with tears and her hands beginning to tremble. Just ten days, she thought.

            “Hey.” Johnny cupped her face, gentling bringing her gaze to lock with his. “We’re not gonna think about that because that’s gonna get taken care of.” Tobias again entered the medical room, moving directly to the corner reserved for the cure’s research to recommence his work. “See?” Johnny nodded his head toward the angel. “Look how dedicated he is to finding this. Think of all the soldiers around us who are perfectly capable of getting whatever weird ingredients he comes up with. If you do, ten days will seem like a lifetime, because it’s plenty of time.”

            And then she was the one smirking. “That’s quite optimistic.”

            He laughed, shrugging. “I told you that you’re rubbing off on me.”

            “And you’re trusting others. Like you finally flipped a switch.”

            “It isn’t like flipping a switch.” He smiled, revisiting the lecture she’d given him while stranded on a cliff. “It’s like deciding not to be in the darkness anymore. You take steps, and the light comes a little at a time until the darkness is gone.”

            She quirked an eyebrow, chuckling. “That seems vaguely familiar.”

            “Someone really smart once told me that.” Pulling her closer, he tapped the tip of her nose with his finger. “She was really hot, too.”

 

Enter the Goodreads Giveaway for the first book in the series Essenced!

Don’t miss the first two books in the series:

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About Connie L. Smith

Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and will be forever sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. When she isn’t reading or writing, there’s a good chance she’s goofing off with her amazing, wonderful, incredible, fabulous nieces and nephew, or listening to music that is severely outdated. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either) and likes to snap photos. Oh, and she likes apples a whole big bunch.

 

Links:

Blog/Main Site: http://clsmithbooks.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clsmithbooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7257320.Connie_L_Smith

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/conniel0194/

 

4.5 stars to The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Published June 14, 2014 by katheryn13

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

 

 

Review:

PRAISE YOU, KIERA! *high fives* I loved that bit in the Acknowledgements! lol

If I had any doubts about how this would pan out, then I wish I could go back to myself three days ago and slap my face. Shake my shoulders and tell me that I’m being silly. I won’t spoil it because it’s a pretty  big ending.

Anyway, America…wow she became so much more in The One. I’ll admit she got on my nerves a bit in The Elite because of her “indecision” over Maxon and Aspen. I mean, really. There is NO comparison. (pssst I love Maxon!) But I could also see her point of view. She’d only ever known Aspen and change isn’t always good, sometimes it’s freaking scary and if you don’t know what’s waiting on the other side, why would you want to change?

There were plenty of sad moments, however in this final instalment. I cried. I know, I know, I try not to. But…those letters. *zips lips* I can’t. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it.

I wanted to slap America at one point, though. Her attention to secrecy regarding Aspen was bound to slip at one point and when it did I was ready to start an intervention. This girl…hasn’t she learned anything by now? Secrets aren’t good.

The romance in this is swoooooon worthy and awww man….can i just grafitti my love for Maxon MAXON MY DARLING MY DEAR COME TO MEEEE! (I’m not crazy, I promise!)

I love her family, though. May…however overly giddy, she is a sweetie. Kota bugged me. Such a self-righteous git. Grr. We get to meet Kenna properly this time.

There are also new characters involving the Northern Rebels, and there are some surprises that took me by surprise.

I’m so sad this is the end of America’s story but I will forever love it. Such a roller coaster of feelings. I wish I could be a princess. *sighs*

Kat

4 stars to Shattered (Slated #3) by Teri Terry

Published April 30, 2014 by katheryn13

Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now she’s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own.

In this stunning series finale, Kyla finally finds out who she really is, and the road to this discovery, and to deciding who she wants to become, is full of dangerous twists and turns that will keep readers riveted.

 

 

Review:

So this last instalment of the Slated trilogy was a tornado of feelings. First off, how many names does Kyla need? I got so lost. Anyway, I loved this book. Was sad to see the series end, but it tied off loose bits and we find out more about  who Kyla really is. Or rather, we try to.

Having set off with a new identity, Kyla travels to Cumbria to meet her birth mother, Stella. Who well, I’m sure you can guess, has some secrets of her own. Things are never as straight forward as one hopes, and Kyla soon realises that there are more details of her life to unravel, just when she thought things were calming down. Become somewhat normal in a world full or terrors.

Kyla and Aidan, a guy who I actually forgot existed (it’d been a while since Fractured), helps her find the answers. Although there are new people introduced along the way, you still get the same classics like Ben. Oh Ben, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?!

That’s all I can on the matter.

Kyla becomes heavily involved with MIA and helps Mac and Aidan to unleash the truth about the Lorders and the government in order to shut them down. Unfortunately Stella’s mother who happens to be JCO (don’t ask me what that stands for, I just remember reading it a lot. >_<) for the Lorders and ends up sabotaging most of MIA’s effort, until a final revelation is revealed. This ending completely mind bombed me (new phrase, you like?). Page after page I needed to find out what and how this story would be resolved but damn if it didn’t kick me in the gut occasionally.

A dystopia with a twist to the future, this series is by far in my top 3 of series to read.

<3

-Kat

5 stars to Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Published February 19, 2014 by katheryn13

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew – about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam – was wrong.

There may be spoilers, so beware.

Review:

You’re all expecting some deep and profound review, I bet.

But all I want to do is cry and sob and heave and cry and stamp my feet and cry. Because this series is over and  I honestly feel so lost.  I reread all the books prior to reading this, because I wanted to put it off as long as possible. Unfortunately, unless I stopped reading it altogether, it was bound to happen. And when it did, I felt shattered into tiny pieces. I really don’t know how I’m going to cope knowing there’s no more Juliette, no more Warner, no more Kenji, and even…no more Adam or James. Despite how irritating I found him in Ignite Me.

What can I say? Tahereh Mafi shoots and she scores. I can’t find a fault. Okay, so If I’m really picky? The ending… If you call that “closure” I think you need a dictionary. That was by far the most open ended ending to a series since Requiem. I’M NOT KIDDING!

I felt like there could have been at least another 100 pages or so, just to tighten it up, to give some hint as to what happens next. No epilogue needed, just some guidance. Now I feel like there needs to be a spin-off series. Hint Hint double Hint triple HINT!

Anyway, *breathes* My love for Warner. Will it ever stop growing? I don’t think I can contain it all in one tiny heart. I liked him in Shatter Me, Loved him in Unravel Me and my god…

Kenji, man, you rule! I felt so bad for him, but also he really brings life to this story. I realise he was trying hard to keep spirits lifted because what happened to Omega Point not only destroyed him, it almost killed Castle, who he considers a father. Or  near enough.

Juliette, she really grew in this. She changed from a shy, unimpressive, scared girl to someone who can become proud of herself, take charge of her powers and not have to answer to anyone. I really, truly wish I had her guts. I found at times her attitude was so inspiring, I was nearly in tears with jealousy. Adam constantly telling her she had changed for the worse, and basically calling her stupid for it, was wrong, and for that I just got so annoyed with him. Yes, so what, she broke up with him, but that doesn’t mean you go around being a dick over it and insulting her. She broke up with him for HIS OWN GOOD, and the fact he couldn’t appreciate that, rather than shoving it in her face, was just beyond a joke. Warner was always going to be the better choice, because as much as he was callous and cruel, he believed in her, he loved her, and he wanted her to become herself,  the truth inside of her. Wow that sounds cheesy, but you know what I mean? He didn’t underestimate her.

For the other characters, Sara and Sonya, Lily, Alia, Brendan, Winston, even Ian, I  mean these people…they made the book. They each brought their own quarter and stopped it from being entirely ‘the Adam and Juliette soap drama’ because that’s what it would have been.

As for Anderson, have fun in hell, you bastard!

There are a couple of…rather steamy chapters that I will not spoil, but just be warned. Oh my. Near the 50’s. Just saying. *winks* and these are beyond anything I ever imagined. Tahereh, you kinky sod! :P Love ya.

I am so so so SO deeply sorry to see this series end, and it has by far been one of the best, if not THE best ever in my life and I just can’t deal with the parting. It hurts. I’ve invested so much time and emotion into these beautiful characters, I can only imagine how painful it is for Tahereh to stop, to leave them. Unless there is a spin off in which case….*throws tiny hearts your way*

Good bye my loves, I’ll miss you. *sobs*

Kat

3.5 stars to Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Published January 24, 2014 by katheryn13

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.

Review:

When I first read Divergent, I was in awe. Here was one of the first dystopian, futuristic novels I’d ever read, and I loved it. It gave me everything I could possibly want: action, romance, a hot bad boy, drama, and even some light humour. I was all over Four in a heartbeat. Many of my friends were the same way, and we wrote fan fiction and just…embraced the fandom fun.

Insurgent was released and I was so excited. I read it in a matter of a day or two, and was enamoured. I thought it was twice, three times as good as Divergent in terms of quality, action, character development.

Then came the long wait for Allegiant. Of course for months we speculated about the title. Some joked it would be called Detergent. I have to say, that cracked me up every time I saw it!

November 2013, Allegiant is released and the world goes wild. Well, maybe not the world. But Twitter certainly had a lot to say about it. I didn’t actually recieve the book until a couple weeks after the due date (like it’s a baby or something. haha) but I wasn’t that bothered. I could manage. That is, until certain people began posting spoilers on tumblr, twitter and every other social site they could find. Luckily, I managed to avoid these spoilers and I didn’t see what the fuss was about. What did piss me off were the people talking in general about it, and specifically, how bad the ending was.

I’d spent months, a year, looking forward to this book, this conclusion to a beloved series, and all I hear is how bad it is. What a mood killer. It actually tampered down my hunger to read it, so I left it a couple weeks, maybe longer. Finally I pick it up. Because of the gossip, I found I couldn’t get into it as quickly as I’d have liked. The characters weren’t talking to me quite so easily, and I kept on picturing the actors from the movie (which fyi I’m not really a fan of, but that’s another matter entirely.) so it wasn’t as thrilling. I stopped. I put down the book. And I read other things. Took my mind off it.

Two months later, I pick it back up and decide I will finish it. All that time and energy into the series, and having loved books 1 and 2, I can’t just not read it. No matter what people are saying.

And you know what? I actually didn’t find it as bad as I guess I was expecting. Not brilliant by a long shot. In fact in terms of Divergent and Insurgent, it was like an injured puppy following slowly behind. But I didn’t let that bother me.

I’ll start off with what I did enjoy:

The pacing. Well thought out. The action was top notch, and dramatic. I like lots of drama, especially if it feels genuine, not forced. The dilemmas between the factions and the factionless, the wars, and the bureau. The fringe.

These were all new developments, new areas, uncharted waters, as you might say. New characters. I specifically liked Mathew.

Nita, not so much. I saw something ugly in her from the start.

Now, for what I didn’t like: I won’t spare you any feelings. In one name, one name only: TOBIAS!

WHAT THE HELL, DUDE?!

His character was unbelievably, undoubtably THE most whiniest, annoyingly, irritating in all of the main leads I have ever read. Going from book 1 where I fell in love, to book 3 where I now kinda couldn’t care less, is a damned impressive job. Well done, Veronica!

Now, that’s not to say he didn’t have his good bits. All up to chapter 7 or 8 were fine, within reason. Tris tried to steer him onto a sensible, logical path, but he would not listen and for the first time ever I found myself wanting to kill him myself.

Not necessarily something I disliked tremendously, but something that bothered me: the plot that people can be genetically damaged or genetically pure. I guess obviously it was made up, but the characters views on this were very much annoying, and I think that was the point. David was someone very similar to Jeanine in that he didn’t care who he killed in the process of getting what he wanted.

Uriah…well.

Christina…she really showed herself, and I like her more now. The same with Cara.

Caleb I could take or leave. He never really grew on me. Peter…well we won’t even go there.

Tris. Always liked. Maybe more in this than in the first two books. She became stronger, more mature, and I swear she was older than 16 the way she behaves. She’s got a head on her shoulders and no matter the truths or lies they are all told, she decides what to believe, what decision to make and she sticks with it. Brave.

For the ending…well, several chapters before the end in actual fact, something big happens. I won’t say, although I can guess most that are going to read the book, already have done so, and therefore already know what happened. After this revelation, I honestly couldn’t see the point in the rest. I was sick to the teeth of His Whiniest, and I just…became fed up. I did finish it though. I give Allegiant a 3.5 star mostly for its hard effort to be something amazing. It tried, it didn’t conquer, but it also didn’t fail in my opinion. It told the story of a group of kids fighting for their lives, to find a home and keep peace. It told of love and bravery and honesty, of bitterness and anger, of selfishness and selflessness and how sometimes the two together aren’t so bad. I can’t really think of anything else to say, and quite frankly this is almost a story in itself, this review.

I hope many of you found enjoyment in Allegiant even if you didn’t like the outcome. I am glad I read this, and I do recommend it to others. I also wish Veronica Roth the greatest luck in the world for whatever else she may complete in the near future.

Kat

5 stars to Awaken (Abandon Trilogy #3) by Meg Cabot

Published October 2, 2013 by katheryn13

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew that by accepting the undying love of John Hayden she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, but now her happiness and safety in the realm are threatened. The Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules and revived a dead soul. If the balance of life and death isn’t restored, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home on Earth will be wiped out by the Furies’ wrath. Pierce has already cheated death once . . . can she do it again?

 

If you have not read the series, there may be some spoilers. Also, what are you doing? GO READ IT!

Review:

I can’t believe this series is at an end, and what a damn…well…content ending it was too. I wish that it wasn’t over, and that we could continue to follow John and Pierce’s story for longer, but alas, that is not to happen.

I adore paranormal/supernatural stories, and when mixed with Green Myth, even more so. Ever since I read Abandon, I fell in love and was hooked. There’s just something about Meg Cabot’s writing that grips you and makes the characters feel real. And so funny, and generally normal. Well, if you can call running the Underworld “normal.”

In Awaken, we’re taken to where Pierce and John are dealing with the aftermath of what happened at the end of Underworld *spoilers* when Alex was brought back to life. Sure, you’d think he’d be appreciative of this, but his whole attitude is pretty much ignorance and when he finally learns the truth, and believes it, he’s still an obnoxious ass.

Karla is inevitably involved for no other reason than being Pierce’s best friend, and she soon finds a fancy in Frank, who I really like. He’s tough but has a sense of humour, in any case. I’m going to miss the witty banter that went on with these “pirate” people. (I know they’re not actually pirates but I can’t think of another word to call them.) They seemed to bring some light when everything else seemed dire and at worlds end. Especially when the Fates seemed to have deserted them and John, in a “hero” attempt, becomes close to death. I won’t say anymore about that, because I’m treading on thin ice. Let’s just say, it’s intense.

Pierce and her group of gangly friends go above ground to find a way to fix the problems with the Underworld, as well as get John back, and they soon come across obstacles. And all around them is chaos, as hurricane Cassandra is blowing Isla Huesos to pieces. Things can’t get more disastrous than that. Well, until she’s being hunted by furies, that is.

I honestly think this was the most jam packed book to end a series. I mean, there were so many conflicts and emotions for Pierce, and then the other problems with Alex, Frank, and a few other revenants that appear, that I didn’t know which way to look. Oh not to mention Pierce’s parents and her grandmother and the Rectors.

If I had to recommend a good story for anyone that likes thrills, romance, humour, action, and a dark theme,  this would be it! The moments between John and Pierce were so sweet and touching, if not a little distracting from all the issues going on around them.

I was going to rate this 4.5 stars then I realised I have no reasons NOT to give it 5 stars. It entertained me in all the right ways, make me swoon, laugh, aww, and at some points, even terrified me that someone important would die.

If you haven’t read the series, do it! (But start with Abandon, because that’s the first. :P )

Kat

4 stars to This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover

Published July 28, 2013 by katheryn13

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. 

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

Review:

Let me start off by saying that this review will contain spoilers!! If you have not read any of the Slammed series, PLEASE do not read this review. You have been warned.

Okay. Let me officially start. I had to give this last book 3.5 stars overall (despite the title of this post. It was just hard to choose.) because it is simply Slammed from Will’s point of view with a little mix of their honeymoon. It was sweet seeing his point of view for all the things from the first book, but I felt it wasn’t exactly needed. I would have liked to have seen their married life or something. I already understood how much Will loved Layken from Point of Retreat. Just felt like I was reading something again with just a boys emotion instead. It’s hard to explain… I felt I was reading it again but because I had read Will’s POV before, it made it feel even more repetitive. Believe me, it’s worth the read because it is cute and the little honeymoon scenes are adorable, so if you read the first two, pick this one up.

Now… I must give the epilogue 4 stars. I will NOT spoil that but that part was so sweet. THAT’S what I wished this book would be. I would have rather read more into their lives… how did the marriage go, what happened to the boys, how did school go, which house did they move into… that’s what I had wanted. I didn’t get that in the story but the epilogue gave me a little something special that I was looking for. I was really happen that that’s the way it ended. Sadly, when I read that… I wanted more! But, that’s typical of the last book in the series.

There isn’t much more I can say… I love Will still. I love Layken still. Overall, it was cute. It’s worth the read if you have already read the first two. It gives you a different perspective on Slammed. I gained a new love for Will and a new frustration for why he couldn’t have just kept their love a freaking secret. But, that’s just me. I love that Will and Layken were so amazing throughout this series. They both endured things no one should have to and I’m glad to see them have each other for love and support. Truly a power couple without a motorcycle and tattoos. Though… Will being a teacher… with tattoos… now THAT… *dirty thoughts*

I’ll end that here… Keep reading if you love Will! <3

-Christy Lyn