Thursday, July 18, 2013

[Blog Tour] Shudder by Samantha Durante: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

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Shudder (Stitch #2) by Samantha Durante
Release Date: June 15th, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
-- Book 2 in the Stitch Trilogy --

It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.


The Story

I liked this story a lot. In a way much more than the other one because we are able to get a little more dystopian goodness this time around. But I will say that missed the crazy twist ending from that last end. Really through me off!

The Writing

The writing is great as always! And now that its in a different setting (than a college) it makes  more sense and fits more.

The Characters

I really like that we get to know the characters better this time around. Which really helps with the alternative POV's.

I like to know my heroines and I really got to know Alessa better this time around. Which was great because one negative factor for me from  Stitch was that I really had was indifferent towards the characters.

The Good

List 'em:

1. The writing
2. Improvement on the characters
3. More adventure and dystopianess? (I know, that's not a word)
4. Creative
The Bad

List 'em:

1. Slow sometimes
2. Like to get into characters more
My Final Thoughts

Good Book! I do recommend. Though it was better than the first although if you don't read the first book you be very much behind :)

The crunch of broken glass outside the dumpster broke Isaac’s train of thought. Alessa looked up at him with alarm and he just held her tighter in his arms, his ears straining to track the movement of the sound.
The noise moved back and forth, back and forth, as if someone were pacing only steps away from the dumpster. Isaac held his breath, his pulse pounding in his ears, his skin crawling with every snap reverberating through the empty dumpster.
And then suddenly the noise came faster, like more sets of feet tramping across the pavement in a violent rush. His ears pricked at the intrusion of their snarls and growls, eerily raspy and shrill at the same time. He couldn’t place the sound at all – it was unlike anything he’d ever heard.
Squinting in the darkness, he tipped his head back and strained the muscles in his neck, hoping for a glimpse through the crack in the lid of the predators beyond.
There was a quick flash as a hulking mass darted past the front of dumpster; Isaac jumped, quelling the gasp at his lips. Alessa convulsed under his arms, her face still buried in the front of his coat.
For a moment everything grew quiet. Isaac fought the tingling in his limbs and willed himself a statue, not daring to move or breathe, his senses prickling at the slightest hint. Had the hunters left?
The force of whatever had just landed on the lid thundered through the dumpster, the walls and floor ringing with an earthshaking rattle. Isaac and Alessa flinched as one, him bearing down instinctively over her curled, trembling body as the center of the ceiling crumpled inwards under the weight of their attackers.
From above their heads, a magnificent piercing howl penetrated their hiding place, resonating off the walls of the hollow enclosure and chilling Isaac to his core. Any sense of security that Isaac had felt was shattered with that nightmarish wail; whatever it was that wanted them was directly above their heads.
A series of crashes shook the dumpster from the sides, Isaac and Alessa lurching away from one thunderous bang only to be bombarded from the other side with the next.
Another jolt from above and a savage grating snarl sent Isaac jerking to the floor, his eyes wide with terror as he gaped at the buckling ceiling. This was no wolf, and no cougar – this was something far more dangerous.
He seized Alessa in his arms and said a silent prayer for mercy. The only thing they could do now was wait to live or die.


Enter the Giveaway HERE!!!

Author Bio:

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her
Samantha Durante, Author of the Stitch Trilogy
cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at

Haven’t read the first book in the series? Check it out on Amazon and Goodreads. Just $0.99!

Monday, July 15, 2013

[Blog Tour] Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton: Review + Giveaway

Broken Forest
by Eliza Tilton
Release Date: May 1st, 2013
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Format: ebook
Source: Good Choice Reads book tours, in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hopeless he'll never be more than the boy who didn't save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn's golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino's world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won't fail again.


The Story

In this historical romance/ adventure, a brother and his friend tries to save his kidnapped sister. The story is pretty good. I don't read a lot of historcal fiction the the concept was pretty new to me.

I was a little slower  in some moments that I would have liked to to be. But lots of action to make up for it . And you know I love soem good action.

The Writing

The was also pretty good not great but good. I only say that because it was a little hard for me to undertsand at some parts. For me, at least. 
The Characters

The characters were not the hightlight of the book for me. The story itself was much better. I found Avikar to be annoying, he made a lot of dumb decisions and was really selfish. He seemed to want to save his sister, not because he was worried about her but becausehe did not want to feel responsible for another siblings death.

All the other characters were otherwise boring and Jeslyn was you typical damsel in distress. The only character I really liked was Raven. A total oppisite of Jeslyn. 
The Good

Was the action. I love abook with action and this one had lots of it.

I liked Raven. She was the only character that didn't make me cringe whenever they talked. And the writing was nice.

The Bad

The rest of the charcters. The just annoyed the heck out of of me.

The slow parts in the story were also a negative for me.
My Final Thoughts

I liked the book but for me it ws missing a few things. Hence, the 3 star review. But I would recommed it to people who like historical fiction.
About the Author:

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s
not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.


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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-thon Day #6: "Hound Dogs"

Hey Guys! Chloe here and it is the sixth dat of Summer Lovin' Read-a-thon. You can learn more about it HERE
Participation Post
This participation post is when we list our favorite bad boy or show a picture or do a bio OR where we would go on a date.
Gosh this was such a hard one because there ar SOOOO many choices. But ultimately I would have to go with the first bad boy that stole my heart and that would be Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series
And because I am not happy with who they casted to play Jace this is how he looks in my head...
Thats better.
He's just so toutured and swoonworthy and just ahhhh...
Challenge Post
This challenge post is about which fictional character would you would want to have summer fling with and my pick is....

Adrain Ivashkov from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines!!


So, these are my picks, whats yours? Leave a comment!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday # 10

Gain New Blog Followers

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme that allows bloggers to gain new followers and get to know each other. The meme is hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee's View and Alison at Alison Can Read.
If you'd like to follow me you may do it via GFC (I'm a little scared about this one since hearing the rumors...), Linky, Bloglovin or subscribe by email (you can do more than one if you want!), all are located on the right. Say "hi!" in the comments, and let me know your a new follower, leave a link to your blog and I'll be sure to follow back!
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers

    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.

    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.

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    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”

    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers.

    • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Q: Its US Independence Day!!! Share your favorite book with war in it, or overthrow of the goverment.

A: Hmmm.... Does Hunger Games Count. I mean they did kin of overthrow their goverment. Sorry thats the best I got...

Summer Lovin' Read-a-thon Day #5: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On"

Hey Guys! Chloe here and its day 5 of the Summer Lovin' Readathon Hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. Learn more about it HERE.
Participation Post
Ya!!! Congrats you guys for making through 5 days of the readathon. I hope you got to complete ALL your bookish goals :) I wanted to read al least three books this week but I think its only going to be two.

I'm about 65% into Unraveling so I hope to have it finished by the end of the day so that I can finish Perfect Scoundrels by the end of Sunday
Challenge Post
The cover title scrmble is when we take 5 cover tittles from each monh and unscramcle them! Let give this a try....
1) hte   h5t   vewa = The 5th Wave2) eht   scetrsahnen
3) ginwre = Winger4) sujt   neo   
skis = Just One Kiss

yan   shduesc  lwil   od
ti   dha   ot   
eb    ]uyo
tols  dan  
dfnuo = Lost and Found8) het   yelbon  gnki = The Boylen King9) neoc  noup   a   niprec
1) het   nomo   dan  remo = The Moon and More
2) ormts  dna  egies
3) rtas    dsceur = Star Cursed 
4) teswe  lsat   ira  
5) het   crenwmeo 
6) veorfre   oto   rfa
7) het  miatng   fo  deyrr  uanacvhga 
8) wot  fo  a  dnki = Two of a Kind
9)  neo   etswe  deri = One Sweet Ride
10) hwta  hte   kedu   sesdeir
11) kifagn   ti = Faking It
1) fi   het  ohes   tisf = If the Shoe Fits  
2) eth   eegd   fo  vnere = The Edge of Never
3) rfits  gisht   a   veonl  
4) utre   lvoe = True Love 
5) ehtre   tletil   rdswo = Three Little Words  
6) eht   gniht  si  velia = The Night is Alive
7) feprcte  gifln  
8) scoseh  hte   gronw   ugy   veag   imh  het  gwonr  gefrni       
9) meoh  ot   kewihsy   kecre

1) lafl   fo   veif = Fall of Five
2) wrnco    fo    gdminhit = The Crown of Midnight
3) hte   desah  fo  het   onom =  The Shade of the Moon
4) sero  bahrro   ni  mlobo
5) eht   rohe = The Hero
gib   ysk diwengd  
7) yatacasw  veoc  a  ltehrse  yab   venlo 
8)  siht   rilg   a   veonl  
9) mtetapinto = Temptation
Gezzz! That was Hard!
Tell me how you guys are doing and leave a comment!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-thon Day #3: "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee"

Hey Guys! Chloe here, joining the Summer Lovin Read-a-thon a bit late I know. Since this is day 3 and MY first day. But no worries, I'll make up for it. Learn more about the Read-a-thon HERE
Participation Post:
SandraDee2So, for today's post we participants our favorite fictional female character !!!! So MY awesome heroine pick is....

Claire of the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine

*Note - I've never actually thought of a specific actress that would play her when I read the books, but in my mind she would look something like this...

Name: Claire Danvers
Physical Features:
- Dark brown, shoulder length hair
- Dark brown eyes
- Fair skin
- 5' feet
- 110 pounds
About Claire: Don't let her small stature fool you, this is one tough chick! Originally very timid when she first came to the vampire run Morganville, Texas. Constantly fighting for her life has defiantly toughened her up. Shes smart (genius really!), resourceful and will do anything thing to protect herself and the people she loves. And gets herself in and out of plenty of crazy situations. Like the ones having to do with her crazy but AWESOME vampire boss Myrnin. 

Challenge Post:

For this challenge post we must pick a book we have not yet read, read its 99th page, give a summary of it and then decide if we still want to read it :)

Spellcaster (Spellcaster, #1)Goodreads Synopsis: When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.

Page 99 Summary:  So on this page the character named Mateo seemed to see something magical or not of the norm in the MC Nadia's attic. And Nadia is debating if she should tell him that she is a witch or not.

Will I read it ?: Definitely! I loved Claudia Gray's Evernight series and love books about witches so I am sure I will love this. Also the page totally drew me in!

Tell me what you guys think! Leave a comment!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-thon

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!