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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/

 

3 stars to Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter

Published January 16, 2014 by katheryn13

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

 

Review:

Having been recommended this book several times, I had to give it a go. I started it a few months ago, and thought the characters were interesting, the story somewhat different to what I’m used to, but at least it was fun.

I mean, Zombies? That’s not an everyday occurrence for me. :P I liked Alice. I thought she was strong, brave, and rather funny. Kat was what a best friend should be; trusting, fun, loyal…and then there’s Cole. The bad boy. Yeah he might have helped me like the book.

I had thought there might be a love triangle with Justin and Cole wanting Ali, but turns out Justin wasn’t really a strong contender. Cole I found pushy, rather hot and cold, and a little annoying. I mean, you can’t go around beating people up for just looking at the girl you sorta like but don’t like but do…you know? It doesn’t make sense. He either wants to be with Ali, or he doesn’t. It’s not rocket science. And what’s more is Ali is only 16 and thinking of all these things that to be honest should not be going through a 16 year old girls head! Or am I just a fuddy-duddy? Who knows.

I liked the premise that zombies were spirits and the zombie hunters could part with their bodies and fight in the spirit world, or whatever it was. Although in some cases I think my nonreligious self found it cheesy.

Now, I did get 3 quarters a way through this in a steady time, but then I had to stop. Not because of the story itself, but in honesty, I found some of the bits too…cheesy. I mean, if you’re in the middle of a fight with zombies, you’re injured and tired, you would hardly have the time to recognise a smell of the guy you like. I mean, who smells sandalwood in among rot and blood?

That is pretty much what made me stop reading. Until a couple days ago when I decided to tackle it again and I finished, but it wasn’t really up there in my top books. I wanted to love it, but despite the action, the hot romance and the zombies, there were just too many “ugh, really?” moments for me to give this more than a 3 star.

Kat

5 stars to Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Published December 19, 2013 by katheryn13

On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Len, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.

Review:

Wow, Lauren DeStefano has done it again. Another fantastic read, admirable characters, beautiful prose and a world completely and utterly original. (well, for me.)

I can’t get over how this book blew me away and that’s no pun. Or maybe it is. Hmm.

Perfect Ruin is one of those stories that’ll make you think “why didn’t I think of that?” because that idea of a…island? Country? In the sky, is just…unthinkable.  I mean, planets, yes. But one that’s still in the earths atmosphere? No.

So this was something new, something different and I was sucked IN. In the city of Internment, Morgan Stockhour is a daydreamer and someone who doesn’t comply to rules. Or so it would seem. Her brother, Lex was a jumper. This left him blind and therefore unable to see the way their world is changing. Especially when a murder happens. The first in many years. It’s so unheard of that some people start questioning the safety of Internment and whether it’s becoming corrupt.

Morgan is one of those people, and she begins to wonder what is beyond Internment. The Ground is fascinating to her, and she isn’t content with what she has. She is warned from thinking about it. It’s classified as treason, after all. Not knowing who she can trust, Morgan feels trapped.

In this world, everyone is partnered with a betrothed from before they’re born, everything runs on a schedule, and anyone caught straying from the path is classed as “Irrational”. I personally loved Basil, Morgan’s betrothed, but I also had a soft spot for Judas.

When tragedy strikes, Morgan soon realises there is a hidden rebellion beneath the world she knows and it rocks her. Eager to join in the plans, she goes on a journey that may or may not kill her.

I am stupidly excited  to read the sequel. The ending to this left me high and dry and holding my breath. I mean…I was biting my nails with anxiety throughout most of the book. Lauren really has a gift for telling a story. One thing I must say is I’m glad there isn’t as much “fancy prose” as there was with the Chemical Garden series. But that’s just a personal preference.)

Great job!

Kat