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Top 10 Rockin’ Summer Reads for 2014!

5 Jun

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If you love a steamy new adult novel, then check out this list,
curated by InkHeart Authors…
Betcha can’t buy just one!

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For fans of Cruel Intentions and Dangerous Liaisons…

Matteo Benenati has spent his life wrapped in wealth and privilege. He is shallow, selfish, jaded—and he likes it that way.

When bold American art student Riley Tremaine crashes into his life, her light forces him to examine the dark places inside of his soul, the ones he thought he’d buried with his father. He knows he should let her go… but he’s never claimed to be a good man.

When Matteo is pitted against his unscrupulous stepsister Emilia Guerra in a bid for his late father’s empire, he must decide between honor and vice. In need of a wife—and desperate to possess her—Matteo makes Riley an offer she can’t refuse. She will be his bride—in every meaning of the word—so that he can protect his legacy.

But Matteo soon learns that Emilia’s soul is darker even than his own. And by marrying Riley, he has made her a pawn in a power struggle that could shatter their world.

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Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee JonesInfinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones

Infinite possibilities….

Infinite passion…..

Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loved to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard down, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

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Infinite Possibilities Book 2

Secrets and lies. They are everywhere: haunting her, tormenting her. In the midst of it all, he’d been her escape, her passion. The only person she’d trusted in six years. And then he’d made her doubt that trust, cutting her deeply. But as she’d once told him, she was damaged, not broken. She is ready to fight and not just for survival. She is fighting for the truth and she won’t stop until she has it, not even for…him.

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Chase Winter let the love of his life slip through his fingers and into the hands of his best friend and mafia boss of the Abandonato family. Now that he’s been given a second chance to right a wrong, he refuses to let his own selfishness stand in the way. The only problem? He’s not fully in possession of his heart, so when Mil De Lange — the girl who’s innocence he stole and heir to the worst of the worst mafia families in the US — asks him for a favor… he says yes, not realizing that one yes has the power to destroy them all.

Mil’s been in love with Chase Winter as long as she can remember, but as the years went by, love turned into hate, and now that he’s agreed to help her, she’s wondering if she made a fatal error. Because Chase isn’t a teenager anymore. He’s a hot-blooded male, bent on owning every part of her, body and soul, and he’s willing to kill anyone in his path who dares stand in the way.
Secrets will finally be revealed… but make no mistake, it’s going to take a lot of bloodshed for those truths to be discovered.

You’ve never read a New Adult Mafia story like this before. Loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated.

Welcome to the Family. Blood in — No out.

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breathe into me

How did my life get so broken? It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker ex-boyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.

And then she meets Everett, whose presence changes her entire existence.

Everett is an outsider to her small community, in town for the summer housesitting one of the grand mansions off the Mississippi coast. When he saves her in a bar one night, she’s grateful but wary of his intentions. Lacey doesn’t trust most men in her life, but for reasons Lacey can’t understand, Everett is completely captivated by her. He’s determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. As she works with him to free herself, Lacey desperately yearns to trust him, to move on and perhaps start fresh.

But what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her about himself was a lie?

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Girl, Interrupted meets Beautiful Disaster in this thrilling and sexy debut novel, in which a college student learns her perfect life is a lie and finds new love where she least expects it—a mental institution.

Freaks, misfits, and psychopaths. Those are the kinds of people found at Newton Heights Psychiatric Hospital, and high-society girl Lucy White’s new home.

Freaks, misfits, and Jayden McCray. Jayden has his own set of rules for life at Newton Heights, and in this enigma, Lucy finds a way to live with the events that left her cheating boyfriend and best friend dead—and Lucy in the middle of the investigation into their demise.

The problem? Jayden makes her want things she’s not supposed to have, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality and making Lucy feel more at home in Newton Heights than she ever did at home. But this isn’t how her life is supposed to be…

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stupid girl

 

Only fools fall in love…

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

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When Alexis Cassidy, an overweight, self conscious college sophomore, takes an au pair job in Greece, sitting for the daughter of Nikko Georgiou, a gorgeous, billionaire CEO, she knows he’s just the guy to give her the sexual experiences she’s looking for. Too bad he’s her boss, which means he’s hands off. But when she glimpses his hot neighbor through her bedroom window, she can’t help but wonder if he’d be interested in teaching a full figured girl a thing or two between the sheets, at the night club…in the hot tub.

Nikko catches the way his new au pair looks at Dimitri, his business partner/neighbor, and instantly knows what she wants. Since he and Dimitri share everything, professionally and personally, they put together a seductive plan…give Alexis the authentic Greek experience she’s after, all the while showing her that four hands are better than two.

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fast and mine

Geeky college student Claire Thomas suffers a humiliating rejection from the man of her dreams, and vows to learn the tricks of seduction. Her friends have the perfect tutor—Yardley College’s gorgeous king of one-night-stands, Sawyer Tremaine. Claire makes a wild proposal to Sawyer: she’ll tutor him in exchange for lessons in pleasuring a man. But she doesn’t know he’s more interested in giving her the hottest sensual pleasure imaginable than in teaching her skills.

Sawyer is the hottest and fastest rider on the East Coast illegal street bike racing circuit, but he’s fighting to escape the dangerous world and its high-stakes gambling. His psychotic ‘sponsor’ will go to any lengths to force him to ride. Can Sawyer break free and protect Claire—or will he lose her once she learns the dark secrets of his past?

Book 1, Yardley College Bikers. For readers 18 +. Previously published in the New York Times bestselling Riding Desire Box Set.

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**The first book in the USA Today Bestselling No Regrets series**

A new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction. Blackmail. And Power…
Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it’s the thing that makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about love… Love isn’t patient, love isn’t kind. Love is a game, a chase. A thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight for themselves. At least that’s how it was for me. A high-priced virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love and to sex. Even though I’ve never had either. I controlled love, played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell down from those highs, and I’m being blackmailed for all my mistakes, forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don’t regret.
Trey.
**** With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary. They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and numbed the awful memories that wore away at my ragged, wasted heart. Until I met Harley. She’s the only girl I ever missed when she walked away. But now she’s back in my life, every day, and there are no guarantees for us, especially since I don’t know how to tell her my secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she’s the closest I’ve ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of it.
How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?

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You ever really think that you’ll win the lottery? Meet Mr. Right? How about two Mr. Rights?

Somehow the universe is handing me everything I want (except for that lottery part…), and I don’t like it. Not one little bit. Because just when you get all your dreams handed to you on a silver platter, that’s when an airplane dumps its sewage on your house. Or your mama’s diabetes takes a bad turn. Or your mobile phone gets stuck in your hoohaw.

(What? It happens…)

Boring old average me got everything I wanted already, moving from small-town Ohio to big-city Boston to follow my heart. So when the fancy invitation offering me a pile of money to come with the band, Random Acts of Crazy, to perform on an island resort and be their manager arrived, I thought it was a cosmic joke. Enough money to help my mama get what she needed, five days in sunny paradise, and a shot at greatness for the band? Unreal. One big shoe was waiting to drop. On my head.

Just like no one really ever finds a naked man wearing only a guitar standing by the side of the road hitchhiking and ends up falling in love with him and his friend and moving halfway across the country for true love, no one gets an invitation to come to what turns out to be a resort where people make what me and Joe and Trevor do together look like a chaste peck on the cheek. But…

Well.

I guess these things do happen.

To me.

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Top 10 New November Book Releases You Must Read!

3 Nov

#1: Sia by Josh Grayson

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When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.

#2: Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry

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The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

#3: Reckless Secrets (Reckless #2) by Gina Robinson

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At nineteen, Ellie Martin is finally happy. Deliriously, delightfully, delectably happy. Her junior year in college, while not without some major issues, is turning out better than she ever dreamed. She’s finally found closure to a question that has bothered her for as long as she can remember. She’s even been able to put some serious distance between herself and her twisted mother. Best of all, she’s in love with the hot, handsome, and mysterious Logan Walker.

If only she could share with Logan the one thing she must keep secret. The one relationship that, if he finds out about it, will blow apart everything that brings her happiness.

Even as Ellie and Logan learn to open up to each other, even as they get closer than they’ve ever gotten to anyone else before, the reckless secrets they’re holding on to may just be the thread that unravels everything.

#4: Until You (Fall Away #1.5) by Penelope Douglas

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Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her…they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back.

#5: Consumed (Devoured #2) by Emily Snow

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Now that Lucas has declared his love for her, Sienna is sure the drama between them is over.

She’s not afraid of Lucas’s ex-wife or whatever secret the other woman is holding over him. For two blissful days—the remainder of Sienna’s contract with Lucas—they hole up in a vacation house in the mountains of Tennessee, consuming each other. At the end of their stay, Lucas comes to Sienna with a proposition: his band, Your Toxic Sequel, is going on tour with Wicked Lambs, and he wants her with him the entire time. Sienna agrees to work wardrobe and be his official girl.

Life on the road is different from anything Sienna has ever known. Not only does she have to deal with Lucas’s band members, but she’s also forced to be around Cilla, the lead singer of Wicked Lambs, who’s clearly in love with Lucas. Despite horny band mates and a persistent gorgeous rock goddess determined to sink her claws into Lucas, Sienna stays by his side.

Then the threats start.

Lucas’s ex-wife Sam isn’t happy that he’s moved on, and Sam begins harassing Sienna—everything from threatening emails to phone calls and even fake accounts on Your Toxic Sequel message boards slamming her and spreading vicious rumors. Sienna keeps this from Lucas since she knows how bad Sam is for his music.

It’s not until Sienna is attacked by a crazed YTS fan hired by Sam, and Sam starts to aim her verbal threats at Sienna’s grandmother, that Lucas finally reveals his secret. And it’s a big one…

#6: A Little Too Much (A Little Too Far #2) by Lisa Desrochers

A Little Too Much (A Little Too Far, #2)

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

#7: Lie to Me (Redemption #1) by Chloe Cox

Lie to Me (Redemption #1)

The man who saved her is also the man who destroyed her… or is he?

Seven years ago, I decided I wanted to be a fighter. Marcus Roma showed me how.

Six years ago, my parents died in a car accident. Marcus Roma picked me up off the ground and held me until I could stand on my own two feet.

Five years ago, I fell in love with him.

And then Marcus Roma disappeared. No warning. No explanation. Just gone.

Yesterday, he came back.

And now I have to decide who’s telling the truth, and who’s lying. Who wants something from me, and who wants…

Me.

If I guess wrong, I could lose everything. I need to think clearly. But Marcus makes that impossible. Marcus makes me weak. Marcus makes me want, in a way I’ve never felt before.

Marcus Roma will make me fall. The only question is—will he be there to catch me this time?

#8: The Thrill of It (No Regrets #1) by Lauren Blakely

The Thrill of It (No Regrets, #1)

Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it’s the thing that makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about love…Love isn’t patient, love isn’t kind. Love is a game, a chase. A thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight for themselves. At least that’s how it was for me. A high-priced virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love and to sex. Even though I’ve never had either. I controlled love, played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell down from those highs, and I’m being blackmailed for all my mistakes, forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don’t regret.

Trey…

With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary. They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and numbed the awful memories that wore down my ragged, wasted heart. Until I met Harley. She’s the only girl I ever missed when she walked away. But now she’s back in my life, every day, and there are no guarantees for us, especially since I don’t know how to tell her my secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she’s the closest I’ve ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of it.

How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?

#9: Halfway Hidden by Carrie Elks

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When fear mixes with desire, who can you trust?


Rachel Stone is stuck, contemplating that very question. Spending her time as a bartender in an isolated West Virginia town, she hides behind dark hair and an assumed name. She exists from day to day, trying not to let her past overwhelm her.

When a tall stranger walks into the bar at closing time, her attempts at hiding turn to dust. Muscled and intense, he is attractive enough for Rachel to ignore her instincts and listen to her baser desires. As a storm brews in the skies of West Virginia, confusion builds in Rachel’s mind. What begins as flirtation explodes into a darker, more primal passion, leading her to question everything she thought she knew.

While snow blankets the outside world, they are forced to remain inside, confronting their demons and the sizzling attraction between them. Submitting to their urges is easy; learning who to trust is anything but.

#10: Searching for Someday (Love Spells #1) by Jennifer Probst

Searching for Someday (Love Spells, #1)

Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.


But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love…only to find herself falling for him along the way.

Top 10 New September Book Releases You Must Read!

1 Sep

#1: Invincible (Invincible #1) by Dewayne Haslett

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Troy Connor has no idea who he is. He doesn’t know where he came from, or how and why he ended up in the crime-ridden streets of Detroit. All that he knows are the disturbing nightmares that haunt his mind, the strange, powerful skills he develops, and the plans he has in store for them.

As he learns to harness his new abilities, Troy must deal with being in love for the first time, a deadly enemy sent to destroy him, and a mysterious stranger who may hold the secrets to his past.

 

#2: Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair

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Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth:

Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers—Faith kidnapped her.

Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?

#3: A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison

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There’s a girl who could throw herself head first into life and forge an unbreakable name, an identity that stands on its own without fathers or brothers or lovers who devour and shatter.

I’VE NEVER BEEN THAT GIRL.

Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when she takes her pills, the bean sidhe beckon, reminding her of a promise to her dead mother.

Now, in the wake of the Headmaster’s sudden death, the whole academy is in turmoil, and Ophelia can no longer ignore the fae. Especially once she starts seeing the Headmaster’s ghosts- two of them- on the school grounds.

At the center of her crumbling world is Dane, the Headmaster’s grieving son. He, too, understands the power of a promise to a parent- even a dead one. To him, Ophelia is the only person not tainted by deceit and hypocrisy, a mirror of his own broken soul. And to Ophelia, Dane quickly becomes everything. Yet even as she gives more of herself to him, Dane slips away. Consumed by suspicion, rage, and madness, he spirals towards his tragic fate- dragging Ophelia, and the rest of Elsinore, with him.

YOU KNOW HOW THIS STORY ENDS.

Yet even in the face of certain death, Ophelia has a choice to make- and a promise to keep. She is not the girl others want her to be. But in Dot Hutchison’s dark and sensuous debut novel, the name “Ophelia” is as deeply, painfully, tragically real as “Hamlet”.

#4: Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #1) by Larissa Ione

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A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.

#5: The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan

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In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.

#6: Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simon Elkeles

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After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

#7: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

#8: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

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Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

#9: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

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The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

#10: Relic by Renee Collins

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After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.

Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.

Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.

Top 10 Books to Read in the Summer of 2013

28 Aug

Here are 10 books that should be on everyone’s reading list, especially this summer. If you haven’t read these yet, you should check them out before summer ends.

**Note: Click on the cover & it’ll take you to the goodreads page for it, where you can find a synopsis & reviews on the book.

#1: The Moon & More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon & More

Sarah Dessen is by far the best author I know to get you right into the summer mood… or keep you in it as summer ends. Her new release is a must-have for all those looking to live the perfectly imperfect summer vicariously through a novel!

#2: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

With it’s 21st of August 2013 release date as a movie, City of Bones is on the pick-up shelf and definitely at the top of the Top 10 list of books to read this summer! Be sure to read the book before the movie because – and let’s face it – the book is always better!

#3: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1)

Set to release on March 21, 2014 as a movie, it’s a good idea to get a head start on the series. Soon, the movie will be out and you’ll be wishing you had read it before the fandom around you spoils the book before you even get to read it.

#4: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Host (The Host #1)

It was released March 29th, 2013 as a movie and even though Stephenie Meyer may not have won us all over with Twilight (you know who you are in this equation), The Host runs in a completely different crowd, and the movie was respectable, too.

#5: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium #1)

January 23rd, 2013, Lauren Oliver announced that Delirium would become a TV series! And even though it drives some people crazy when the book-to-tv rendition is so different, it’s still a great time to read the book and pay respects to the original ideas before the new ones take hold. You can read the full blog post about the tv-show announcement here: http://lauren-oliver.tumblr.com/post/41284293685/announcing-the-delirium-tv-series

#6: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

Set to release November 22 of 2013, every loyal fan of The Hunger Games awaits with bated breath for the second movie, Catching Fire. It’s definitely time for a reread, because how else are you supposed to keep track of everything?

#7: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

This is by far the best road-trip adventure I’ve ever read about, and it probably helps that the author took the exact same road-trip as research for the book. There are awesome pictures of their adventures, receipts, maps, etc. that complete the package. If you’re looking for a light-hearted summer read about the long stretch of The Loneliest Road, this is the book to read!

#8: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)

If you’re into the spooky-ghost-mystery-adventure type of books with a bit of a hot romance, this book is for you! It’s the type of book that grips you from the first page and holds you until the very end. One of the most gripping books I’ve ever read, that’s for sure!

#9: Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Uglies (Uglies #1)

The reason why this book will forever stay as one of the YA summer classics is because of the message this book sends, and the way it’s written. If you’re thinking about getting into a whirlwind of an adventure with a heavy message, this book’s for you! With this series, it’s easy to get lost in a different world that you’ll be thinking about for a long time after you’ve finished reading it.

#10: She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva

She's So Money

It’s a cutely hilarious read that involves a lot of scheming, overachieving up-tightness, a hot popular guy with a killer grin, and a restaurant at stake. When you put all these things together into one book, you’re in for a lot of laughing and shaking your head. Also, one memorable summer read.

Top 10 Best Book Covers

19 Aug

We always say: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Except… we all do it, and that’s the truth of the matter. Before the readers even read the book or the synopsis or the reviews, we look at the cover. So, it helps when the cover is attractive. Here are a couple of books that are doing it right:

**NOTE: Click on the cover & it’ll take you to the goodreads page for it, where you can find a synopsis & reviews on the book.

#1: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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#2: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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#3: My Favorite by Mistake Chelsea M. Cameron

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#4: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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#5: Young Love Murder by April Brookshire

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#6: Touched by Carrine Jackson

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#7: Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

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#8: Switch by Janelle Stalder

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#9: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

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#10: Bitter Like Orange Peel Jessica Bell

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Top 10 Book-Related Pet Peeves

12 Aug

1: When someone reveals something that happens in the book I’m currently reading
You know the people. They’re excited to read this new book that came out, and so are you. You’ve been waiting months to read it. Finally, you get it, and they do too. They read it over night, but you’re seriously freaking out and trying to read it slowly and savor it because it’s taken you this long to get it and you don’t want to skim. They call, all excited, and you pick up, and then they blurt out the entire climax scene in two words. At that point, it doesn’t matter if you scream at them or threaten bodily harm. You know. The book is ruined. All that waiting, all the pain you’ve been taking to savor the book – all for nothing. And sometimes there are people who do this thing where they realize they’ve blurted something and try to back track like… “Oh, yeah, you’re totally like 1 page away from this anyway” or “This already happened from where you’re at, didn’t it?” so the blame doesn’t fall on them too badly. But you just know.

2: When you lend out a book and don’t get it back for a year.
To the serious readers out there, our books are equivalent to our babies. We let them out for play dates, but play dates in book world are only supposed to last about a week. So when it becomes a year, it’s like your baby has been kidnapped. And you ask and ask and they never give it back until finally, you’re at their house and you spot the book and finally, you know it’s back in your arms. And then you never let anyone borrow a book again. Until the next person asks.

3: When someone loses your book
Same as when they keep it for a year, there are people who lose the book. A year later, when you’re still asking, they’re forced to admit that they left it on the bus or at a library they were at or at some other friend’s house. In the real world, you’re a picture of serene calm as you tell them it’s alright. In your head, you’ve already tracked all the exits and know where all the possible weapons are. Someone’s gonna die.

4: When someone ruins your book
I’ve had friends who have borrowed my books, which had looked brand new, and returned them with dog-eared pages and mud/tea/coffee stains in them and pencil marks and who knows what else. Stop. Just… no. When you borrow a book, you must treat it like a baby. Support the head -er, spine..?- and keep it in a controlled, liquid free environment.

5: Borrowing library books that look like they’ve been through hell and back
That’s just gross people. The same as when you borrow a book from a friend, you have to take care of it when you borrow it from a library. You’re not the only one who’s gonna want to read it. I remember I had waited to read this one book for so long (a year and a half) instead of buying it (I didn’t know if it would be worth it), and when I finally got it… I can’t even tell you. The hard cover was bent, there was a page missing, there were neon green and pink drawings of stick people OVER the words. It’s like some kid got a hold of it and then used it as a chew toy with the dogs. It was disgusting. At least offer to buy a new copy!

6: When you read a summary of a book that sounds amazing and realize that it just summarized the entire story.
There are authors who write good summaries that describe the beginnings of the book and as you read you realize that there’s just so much more stuff going on and you love it! Then there are authors who have a knack at describing their entire book. You read the book and realize that you could have just read the summary again and saved yourself a few hours.

7:Books Turned into Movies
Let’s be clear. If you want to do a remake, you do it because you love the book and you want it to come to life. If you change everything there is about the book in the movie, to a point where there’s a new character involved and the people who read the books can’t even follow the plot, you’ve done it wrong. I realize that sometimes, some scenes just have to go because of budget. But is it absolutely necessary to change everything? It’s almost as bad as plagiarizing. What you’ve done is taken someone elses idea and rewrote it into a much worse version of what it once was.

8: Series that never end.
So you start reading this series, right? The first book is amazing. You can see why it could become a trilogy. The second book is okay, you still enjoyed it. The first book was better. The third book might also be okay but then… what? Wait, you mean, there’s more? Like… a fourth book? And then… a fifth? And sixth? Like… I could have ended this at the first book! I get that there comes a time where the characters become so real to the author, it would feel almost like a best friend dying if they ended the series. But you have to let go. Really. Because eventually, it will have to end. Don’t ruin something good by adding weird twists and turns that only leave us scratching our heads. (Although, there are some series that are amazing and I just can’t get enough of. Those books can go on forever. They have to. It’s just the ones that end up pointlessly holding out on the inevitable.)

9:Authors who just give up on their series.
Night World’s Strange Fate, anyone? I read the first 9 books as soon as they came out, and it was going fast. Now, the last book that ends it all and… nothing? It’s been years! How long can it take? L.J. Smith SAYS she’s working on other book series and trying to make this book perfect, and I’m all for that but… come on! I don’t even remember what the series is about anymore!

10: Books with bad grammar
Unfortunately, there are a lot of authors who decide to self publish. Or authors who end up with bad editors. Let me tell you one thing: It’s absolutely the worst feeling ever when you’re reading a book that you LOVE, but you’re constantly ignoring grammar errors and stuff. (The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window was amazing but the grammar was appalling.) It’s an even worse feeling when you start a book that sounded good, and it’s absolutely terrible, with horrible grammar to boot. And I look through reviews a lot before reading any books, but sometimes no one mentions it. And they should. They really should. It would save me from complete and utter disappointment. But maybe I just have high expectations?

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