Book Reveal | Monster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower (@jmdarhower)

21 April 2014

I love all of J. M. Darhower's books and I am privileged to be taking part in the book reveal for her latest book, Monster In His Eyes. 

From the bestselling author of Sempre and Sempre: Redemption comes a thrilling new two-book series.

Monster in His Eyes (Book 1)
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 350

Torture in Her Soul (Book 2 in the duology) is tentatively scheduled for release fall 2014.

Cover:

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Blurb:

And the summary:

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.

It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that's both terrifying and thrilling. He's a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn't stop me from loving him, too.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This book is intended for a mature audience only, due to some dark and erotic content.

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How awesome does this sound? So, so awesome! If you needed anymore convincing of how amazing this book will be here are some excerpts:

(EXCERPT #1)

My heart races in my chest, each beat painful, as it seems to reverberate through my body. I'm achy, my head pounding in rhythm with my heartbeat. Panic bubbles in my gut that I try to ignore, to push back, but it's no use. I have no idea where I am, no idea how I got here, or how long I've been in this place. I'm confused, sore, disoriented...

And my bladder feels like it's about to explode.

Slowly, I sit up in the bed. It's fit for a king—way bigger than any bed I've ever owned. The mattress feels like fluffy clouds and the intoxicating scent clings to the pillows and the sheets. Everything is bright white, crisp and clean, and I'd probably think it was a hotel room, with how impersonal it feels, if it wasn't for the fact that there's no goddamn bathroom in the vicinity.

I strain my ears to hear, but it's dead silent, except for the soft sound of air swishing from the fan. My panic eases a little when I see I'm still fully dressed, wearing the god-awful eighties clothes from last night.
That was last night, right?

As I contemplate what to do, I hear footsteps off in the distance, calculated and exaggerated as they grow near. I hold my breath when the knob across the room turns, the door slowly opening.

Oh shit.
Oh shit.
Oh shit.

What have I gotten myself into?

The moment I see him, memories start to trickle in. The bar, dancing, drinking, stepping outside as I search for Melody but somehow find him there instead. I remember looking at him, talking to him, and then there's nothing.

I'm drawing a blank.

He's wearing the exact same thing as last time I saw him, though, having still not changed.

Or maybe black suits are all he owns.

He hesitates in the doorway when he sees me sitting up, his hand still grasping the knob, but after a moment he lets go of it and takes a few steps toward me. Instinctively, I grab the blanket and pull it up, shielding myself, despite the fact that I'm still fully dressed. 

The act makes him hesitate a second time. He pauses, and stares, but he doesn't speak.

I'm not sure what to do, or say, or how I should feel or even what to fucking think, so I just stare back. 
Awkward.

After a moment the corner of his lip twitches, revealing the deep dimple. "You're awake."

"I am."

Ugh, my voice sounds like sandpaper and feels just as raw.

"I was worried," he says. "You've been out for a while."

"Where is this?" I glance around the room anxiously. "Where are we?"

"My place."

(EXCERPT #2)

He steps toward me, quiet as he speaks. "Do you love me?"

"You know I do."

"Say it," he says, his voice dropping lower. "Tell me you love me."

"I love you."

He cups my cheek. "Say it again."

"I love you."

His hand drifts lower, wrapping around my throat. "Again."

"I love you."

He squeezes lightly, not painfully, just enough to make me gasp. "Again."

My voice is barely a whisper as the words pour out of me. "I love you, Ignazio."

His expression hardens when I say his name, his eyes darkening. The monster is peeking through, peering at me from behind his mask. He wants to come out. He wants me to play with him.

He says nothing, though, letting go of my neck. His hand drifts lower, down my chest and across my breasts. 
He gropes them through the fabric before reaching down and grabbing the bottom of my shirt, pulling up on it. I raise my hands in the air, letting him pull it off. He unbuttons my pants, tugging down the zipper, and I step out of them when he pulls them off of me.

Slowly, his eyes scan me then, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes before trailing back up again. He meets my gaze as he takes another step forward, standing right up against me. I can feel the heat emanating off of him, his cologne intoxicating.

It makes me dizzy.

"If you could read my mind..." He pauses, laughing darkly. "You'd be trembling."

About the Author

And just in case you're not aware of the amazingness that is J. M. Darhower, here is all you need to know:

JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn't writing (or fangirling about books) she's usually ranting about those things.


Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.


The King by JR Ward

18 April 2014


Rating: 

Publisher: Piatkus
Pages: 592 pages

Summary:

Long live the King . . .

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle- with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response - or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out . . . or tortured legacy take over?

So, The King...

I was so excited to get my hands on this book, so excited that it was going to be Wrath's book. Even more excited than I was for Blay/Qhuinn's book. Beth and Wrath were going to fall pregnant and have a baby. It had so much promise and it just didn't live up to my expectations. 

I wanted to love this book as much as I loved most of the other Black Dagger Brotherhood books but I was disappointed with it. There are just too many sides stories now. You have the story of the Brothers, Sola, Selena, Trez and Iam. It's just too much and there was far from enough of the Brothers in this book. 

I found myself skim reading most of the side stories by the time I got three quarters through, only really paying attention to the scenes with Wrath, Beth or the brothers in. The only side story that really interest me was the Shadows one and the campaign to oust Wrath. Other than that I saw them as an unnecessary use of the book.

I guess the saving grace for this book was, as it always is, the Wrath, Beth and the Brothers. I loved every single scene they were in and the wedding scene? Oh my, that was just perfection and I could just imagine in my head how proud they would all have been, stood there looking all big and hot in their finest threads. 

And then there was the baby storyline. Just perfect, so so perfect. I was glad Wrath stood his ground at first but I'm equally glad he came around. The moment he found out they had a son on the way? Best. Thing. Ever. He was so proud and happy. So, so happy. And then the Brothers arrived and it was even more perfect. 

I also loved getting to see the back story for Wrath through his parents eyes and seeing the struggles they went through. It was a great parallel between them and Wrath and Beth.

So, I guess the book wasn't an entire bust for me but I really, really, really hope we get more of the Brothers in the next book and less of the others. I would prefer if we saw more of the events that happen through the Brothers eyes.



Blog Tour & Giveaway | A Ripple Through Time by TD Bogart (@TaniaBogart)

09 April 2014

I was gifted a copy of TD Bogart's book, A Ripple Through Time by Indie Sage Promotions a few weeks ago. Read on to find out what I thought plus all you need to know about the book and TD Bogart, plus the chance to win a $50 Amazon voucher, an ecopy of the book and a leather bound adrift journal.

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Synopsis

What if an unspoken past finally found its voice? After inheriting a damaged painting and a handful of journals from his grandfather, Ryan, and his girlfriend Natalie, find themselves immersed in a mystery. Ryan is a third generation Naval Academy graduate and Natalie restores paintings. Together, they begin to unravel clues that lead them down a twisting path of raw emotion and vivid memories as they are taken back to the 1940′s.

This journey unveils the previously unknown world of WWII veterans Derrick and Jianna, as their relationship faces the hardships of war and the reality of sacrifice. Derrick and Jianna must learn to evolve, adding to the love they share and the strength that comes from enduring trying times of combat. While overcoming events that cripple the foundation of who they are, they must stand the test of time, and find their way back to themselves, and each other.

Through the restoration and reading old journals, Ryan and Natalie find out that they are connected through more than just their relationship with one another. They uncover an engaging and unpredictable story while experiencing historical events that bring everything full circle. The dynamic of Ryan and Natalie’s relationship brings an added twist to the tale, unearthing a sequence of events that will change their lives forever. Parallel love stories spanning two generations are linked through words and brush strokes, casting a ripple through time.

My Review:

I read A Ripple Through Time, the first book in the Adrift series by TD Bogart after being gifted an arc by IndieSage Promotions. A Ripple Through Time tells the tale of two couples in tandem, Ryan and Natalie who are together and very much in love in the modern day and Derrick and Jianna, two war veterans who fell in love just before America entered the war as a result of the Pearl Harbour attacks. 
The book opens shortly after the death of Ryan's grandfather, Derrick. Derrick has left a painting to Ryan that is in a poor state. Natalie, Ryan's girlfriend, works to restore the painting and unravel a story about Ryan's grandfather that nobody knew about.

I've never read a romance book with a historical twist to it and never one that tells the story of two couples in different time eras. It would have been extremely easy for the author to confuse the reader with the switches in the story telling, but it helped that we alternated stories in chapters opposed from jumping back and forth throughout chapters as some books I've read have. Each arc of this story ran its own distinct path and you really felt the emotions they were both going through, especially in the case of Derrick and Jianna, their story was so powerful and really brought home how new couples felt at the outbreak of war and not knowing by the end if they would still be together or ripped apart by the consequences of war. 

This story really struck a cord with me, I loved feeling all the emotions the characters felt and it made me laugh and cry. There were some really heartwarming and tender moments in this book, one of my favourite being Ryan's proposal, it was so sweet and perfect for the two of them. 

Another thing I loved was how some of the chapters reflected each other's experiences, so you read Ryan and Natalie's proposal and then you read Derrick and Jianna's. It was great seeing what they had in common and what was different. 

And then there was the ending, both couples had my heart in my mouth and I was praying they would both be okay and be together. I couldn't put the book down until I found out they were okay and going to be together. 

I guess my main reason for not given the book five stars is that the prose sometimes got a bit confused. At points you couldn't tell right off who was speaking as it wasn't so clear but aside from that I loved this book and I can't wait to read its sequel when it's released. 

Read on to find out all you need to know about this book and its author, TD Bogart.

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About the Author



In my almost twenty six years on this planet, I have endured more than most would ever dream of. These experiences have fueled my writing. I’ve created a fictional setting with characters that live out elements of my life that I felt compelled to share.

I have a creative mind and an artistic spirit, and I thrive when there are elements of imaginative spark. My fur babies are my children, and I am an advocate for those that have special needs. I’m a proud Navy wife, and a forever student, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a certification in project management. Being a military wife is a gift; an adventure on its own. So grab a blanket, a steaming cup of tea, and enjoy this journey with me!


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Red Hill by @JamieMcGuire

22 March 2014




Rating:




Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 384
Summary:

When the world ends, can love survive?



For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can't outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you'd die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn't let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

Red Hill is the latest release from Jamie McGuire, the author of Beautiful Disaster, and boy is it different to anything else she has written. Red Hill follows the story of a number of individuals caught up in the first day of the zombie outbreak. We meet Scarlet, Nathan and a group of friends, Bryce, Cooper, Ashley and Miranda as they realise what is happening and fighting to protect those they love at all costs while getting the hell out of dodge. 

I've never read anything like this before, usually with apocalypse books, the characters are either dead in the outbreak and fighting to survive or at the end of it. Never before have I read a story from the beginning where you see how these people (most of whom have never fought in their lives) have to totally readjust their lives and fight to live. I loved seeing how they all coped while reading the switching dialogues from the characters varying points of view and what they were fighting for, scarlet for the safe return of her daughters, Nathan want to protect his daughter at all costs and the group who wanted to keep each other as safe as they could.

Along the way, via various different routes and after battling their own battles they come to be at the same place, Red Hill, along the way adopting others into their group and helping to rescue a little girl from her own personal hell. Scarlet was great at the end of that. I gave the girl a high five.

An undercurrent to the story is Scarlet's need for her daughters safe return, she constantly waits for them to come over the hill and return to them and when watching and waiting gets to much she gets proactive. I loved how she came out of her shell and became this tough momma bear to the group, they certainly needed it.

Of course, not everyone survived, and the group took the time to mourn and bury their dead with respect and love as they all came to love each other. Some more so than others, yes I'm looking at you Nathan and Scarlet, but I think they needed to find each other, or they would never have survived as well as they did.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone to read. I loved it, and I can't wait to see what Jamie releases next. *cough*Maddox brothers*cough*



Blog Tour | Nerd Girl by Sue Lee

05 February 2014




Title: Nerd Girl
Author: Sue Lee
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Tour Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC
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Synopsis:

Everyone knows that office romances can be risky, but how much are you willing to sacrifice for love?
Julia Hayes is beautiful, successful, sometimes nerdy, and perpetually single. She lives in Seattle and just landed her dream job at one of the most iconic technology companies in the world.

When Julia embarks on a new career opportunity, a serendipitous event literally throws her in the path of Ryan McGraw, the hot and charming VP. As the attraction grows between them, it’s not long before Julia realizes that things are more complicated than they appear.

Nerd Girl is a heartwarming love story about a woman at the crossroads between true love and her career. It’s about deciding what’s most important in life and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it’s about not letting your mind prevent you from following your heart.

About the Author:

I live in Seattle, in my favorite neighborhood, Queen Anne, with my husband and twin seven year old daughters.

After more than a decade of running the corporate rat race, I left Microsoft and finally found time to pursue my dream of doing something truly inspiring. I wrote Nerd Girl. I’m a voracious reader and thought it would be a fun adventure to merge my unique history and knowledge of Microsoft with a heartfelt love story.

Apart from reading, writing, and spending time with my family, I enjoy strong coffee, weekend getaways in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, running, Husky football, and cooking gourmet meals.

Contact:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SueLeeAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SueHLee
Website: http://sueleeauthor.blogspot.com/

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Sempre Redemption by J.M. Darhower (@JMDarhower)

05 January 2014


Rating: 


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 528
Summary:

In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.

Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.

Sempre Redemption is the follow up to J. M. Darhower's debut novel, Sempre, which follows the lives of Carmine and Haven, two young people from different world's who find themselves falling in love despite their differences. 

When the first book in this series came out I devoured it, I stayed up until silly o'clock reading it and I did the same with its sequel. I was truly as hooked on Sempre Redemption as I was Sempre. It opened up with Carmine winning me over as he always has down, being all swoony, throwing around Italian words and phrases and loving Haven. 

This all changes very quickly though, Carmine pledges allegiance to Chicago's Mafia and leaves in the dead of the night without telling Haven his plans, she wakes up to find a note from him and is now alone in the world again. JMD did something that needed to be done here, in my opinion, Haven needed to get out in the world and have her own life away from Carmine to find herself and who she is. If Carmine hadn't swore allegiance Haven wouldn't have found herself like I believe she did in this book. Haven really did come into herself and even though she was alone she wasn't really. She had Corrado looking out for her and Gavin, a guy she never evens knows is looking out for her. 

And then you have Carmine, who just goes into a downward spiral and finds it difficult to cope with his new life without his beloved Grey Goose and a drug hr discovers, Molly. My heart really broke for Carmine while he was on this journey, I just wanted to reach in and hug the boy and yes, he's still a boy, despite his bravado he is a boy and I think he will be for a while.

Along the central storyline you have the running side story of Corrado's trial and Vincent DeMarco too, I really wasn't expecting how their story would end and who would come out of it the other side and I really don't think Carmine would have survived it without Haven's support and love. 

All in all, I loved this sequel to Sempre and, for me, it read much better than the first book did and I can't wait to see where Carmine and Haven's story goes from here! 


Giveaway Blast: The Shadow Reader Series by Sandy Williams (@williams_sandy)

Rabid Reads are hosting a giveaway of The Shadow Reader Series by Sandy William, for all the book's details and information on how to enter read on!

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December 31, 2013 was the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in a long time. The Sharpest Blade, the third book in my Shadow Reader series, hit the shelves. The Shadow Reader books follow McKenzie Lewis, a human who can not only see the fae, but she can track them when they fissure (or teleport) from place to place. That little talent of hers has put her in the middle of a fae civil war, a war that finally comes to a conclusion in The Sharpest Blade.


Readers have waited a long time for this book. I’m so grateful for their patience, and for all their support these last few years. The reception McKenzie has received has been awesome, and I’ve met so many wonderful readers since The Shadow Reader was published. Thank you all for sharing McKenzie’s adventures with me, and I hope 2014 brings you many hundreds of fabulous and kickass reads.


About Sandy Williams
Sandy Williams author picSandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn't suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn't sneak in novels there, but every other line of her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into books.

Sandy is the author of The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a human who can both see and track the fae. When Sandy isn't writing, she's taking care of her twin boys, who also debuted in 2011. They keep her busy, but she's occasionally able to sneak in time to read books by her favorite authors, and she still enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Agricola.

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There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.



Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.


A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.


But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.


The Shattered Dark
A love declared. A war waged.
A future endangered.



McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…


McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war among the fae.


With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.


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Torn between two worlds.
Torn between two lives.



McKenzie Lewis’s ability to read the shadows has put her—and …those she loves—in harm’s way again and again. The violence must end, but will the cost of peace be more devastating than anyone ever imagined?


After ten years of turmoil, the life McKenzie has always longed for may finally be within her grasp. No one is swinging a sword at her head or asking her to track the fae, and she finally has a regular—albeit boring—job. But when a ruthless enemy strikes against her friends, McKenzie abandons her attempt at normalcy and rushes back to the Realm.


With the fae she loves and the fae she’s tied to pulling her in different directions, McKenzie must uncover the truth behind the war and accept the painful sacrifices that must be made to end it. Armed with dangerous secrets and with powerful allies at her side, her actions will either rip the Realm apart—or save it.


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Blue Into The Rip by @KevHeritage

02 December 2013



Rating: 


Pages: 324 pages
Summary:

Blue didn’t want to be in the future 
…they didn’t want him there either 

A Rip in the fabric of time, a far-flung globally warmed future, a flooded Earth and the only remainder of civilisation – a militaristic organisation living underneath ‘Desert Amazon’… 

Getting back home to rescue his little sister Annie was the only thing that mattered to messed up, mixed race teenager, Blue (named after his stupid, googly blue eyes) – and that was the problem – home was over four hundred years in the past. 

Ripped forwards in time from his odd hippy parents, their peculiar house and his lonely school life, Blue had only one thing on his mind: return. But how does a lowly cadet in a militaristic Academy living in a post-apocalyptic future achieve such a goal, especially with the distractions of girls, pilot training, spacewalks and his almost constant unpopularity? 

The more Blue found out about this flooded, gung-ho annoying future, about himself – who and what he was (was he even human?) – and the equally disturbing and shocking truth about his ‘parents’ – the more he realised getting home was the only solution. Wasn’t it? 

If Blue knew one thing, it was that he would at least try.

A few months ago, Kev contacted me and offered me an ARC of his new novel, Blue Into The Rip to read in return for an honest review. I finally got around to reading it a couple of weeks ago and am now FINALLY posting my review. Kev, I apologise for my tardiness! 
When I first started Blue Into The Rip, I was drawn in hook, line and sinker. I wanted to know who this boy, nicknamed Blue was and why his parents - once he is ripped through time - are considered terrorists in this 
new world Blue is now a part of. 
Once Blue arrives in the future the world is a very different place, the world is essentially inhabitable for life, to go outside a protective substance has to be applied to the skin just to bare the suns rays (something Blue learns is vital early on) and the Academy he is pulled into and becomes a member of are based in a huge underground world. This book isn't just enjoyable but it makes you think about what we're doing the the world we live on. All the conditions described by Kev could be in humankind's future.
Then there was the sci-fi space travel element, when Blue arrives in this new (to him) world, he becomes a member of a set of cadets who all come from varying worlds all over the solar system. I loved getting the know all the different kinds of otherworld beings there were, Kev created a diverse set of characters and described them so perfectly I could just see them in my mind as I was reading. The whole group can navigate easily to the other worlds with Blue and his fellow cadets doing so later on in their training at the academy. 
I loved all the supporting characters in this book especially Hermans, the ultra formal boy from another world who, over time, forms a solid friendship with Blue. There wasn't a character in this book that didn't play some kind of role in the story which I loved. 
And then there's the big twist, which I as always, did not see coming and it really did make the book even better and more enjoyable. I also loved the ending, it was so fitting for Blue and the story he tells in Blue Into The Rip.
All in all, Blue Into The Rip is an amazing read with great characters, an amazing story and a great ending. 
If you think you would enjoy Blue Into The Rip you can read the very first chapter on Kev's blog.


Book Tour | Review and Tour Wide Giveaway: The Weight of Words by @georgey_girl

26 November 2013



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The latest publication coming from Omnific Publishing is The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie, a beautifully written book about forbidden romance and wanting. Aubrey Price is in her final year of college and everything is going swimmingly, she has good friends, a good job with a great boss who is the Dean of the college. The only thing seemingly missing is a guy. That is until she meets the new TA on one of her courses, Daniel Grant. He's a hot hobo and Aubrey is instantly attracted to him and the feelings are mutual.
Since Daniel Grant is her TA, this relationship that develops is, of course, forbidden. Everything has to be hidden and secretive. I love how Georgina manages to achieve this and still throws in hot scenes where they are barely touching each other but you can feel what they are feeling and how hard this situation is for the both of them. You feel every emotion they feel and when an author can do that they are truly gifted. 
I loved seeing Daniel and Aubrey's relationship develop, it was great to read and can I just say, I think I love Daniel. He is so swoony, quoting Shakespeare, looking all hot and buying sweet gifts for Aubrey that aren't over the top or ostentatious. Aubrey is great too, she's fierce and independent but a loveable character who loves all her friends and would do anything for them. When she inadvertently hurts one of her closes friends you can feel how much it hurts her.  
It's not just the two leads that make this book great, it's the supporting cast too. Daniel's whole family are a hoot and great at winding him up and welcoming Aubrey into the fold when, not realising she is Daniel's student, Dean Grant (Aubrey's boss and Daniel's father) invites Aubrey for dinner in the hope of setting them up. Seeing the whole family interact with Aubrey was one of the highlights for me, they really welcomed her as one of their own. Even Daniel's stern response to seeing she's there when he turns up unexpectedly softens and makes for a fan yourself hot scene. I think (as a fellow Brit) Penny has to be my favourite member of Daniel's family, I just love the stuff she comes out with and Daniel's grandmother was great too, she had one small scene but owned it. Completely.
It's not just Daniel's family, Aubrey's best friend, Julie is great too, she comes out with some great lines and I think we all have a friend like her and if we don't we wish we did. Matt is lovely too, you can tell he will be there for Aubrey no matter what and he proves this when he stands up for Aubrey near to the end of the book, he got huge respect from me in that scene! 
And then there are those few so hot scenes I needed to fan myself.  I mean, seriously they are SO HAWT. Never have I wanted to play pool so much in my life! Although, even though these scenes are hot, they aren't over the top, they are perfectly written and you can feel both Daniel and Aubrey's frustration.
Before I sign off, I want to mention Georgina's writing, I think The Weight of Words may be one of the well written books I have ever read. Georgina has a great grasp of what makes a book amazing. Not just in terms of putting the words on paper but creating the story. This wasn't just an I love him and want him love affair, it is a real relationship, with real problems and real obstables which I love. I'm all for getting lost in the book world where anything is possible but it is so refreshing to read a real life type of relationship in a book. A story you could see two people in real life living through. Like I said earlier, you really feel every single emotion this pair goes through. 
So, all in all I guess you could say I LOVED this book. Really, really loved it and I can't wait to see what Georgina has in store for Aubrey and Daniel. Whatever is to come one thing I am sure of, Georgina will give these two the story they deserve and keep us falling in love with Daniel even more.

Title:  
The Weight of Words (Weight of Words #1)

Author: 
Georgina Guthrie

Genre: 
Contemporary Romance

Age Group: 
New Adult

Publication Date:  
November 26, 2013

Publisher: 

Cover by: 
Micha Stone and Amy Brokaw

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Synopsis

Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto.  Bright, witty and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college Dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction.  When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together.  Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy, made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record, keeps them apart.

Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family and classmates.

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About the Author

Georgina Guthrie has been a self-professed book hugger for as long as she can remember. An avid reader and compulsive diarist, she is thrilled to be taking the leap into the world of publishing. GG resides in Toronto, Canada, but she still considers herself a Brit through and through and can often be found roaming the aisles of her favourite British import shop.

A graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied English literature, GG is happy to fill her hours reading and writing, but she’s just as likely to be found enjoying a good film with her husband, dancing around the kitchen with her daughter, or hanging out with friends and family, almost certainly with a glass of red wine in one hand a bag of cheese and onion crisps in the other.

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