Cover Reveal: Here Lies Love by Dan Thompson

I’m honored to be part of the cover reveal for Dan Thompson’s YA novel, Here Lies Love, which comes out in April 2014. It’s always fun to get the first peek and now you will too!

Here Lies Love Promo Cover

When she is sold by her father, Abbey discovers that nightmares can occur when you’re awake. Trapped inside a wooden cage, Abbey is forced to listen to the horrors and atrocities above; time ticking down until it is her turn. But Abbey isn’t prepared to become a victim; she will escape.

Although, what Abbey isn’t prepared for, is how harsh and unfair the world can be. With the sun turning its back on humanity long ago, life gives no opportunity. The only thing Abbey can do is learn to survive. To exist. And that means stealing any opportunity that comes her way. Haunted by the unpleasant memories bestowed upon her only nurtures Abbey’s paranoia, until she realises that to truly live in the world, she must confront the person who was responsible for her misfortune – her father.

Here Lies Love is a tale of actuality, of facing up to the fact that love comes in many guises. Can Abbey find the one glimmer of hope or will she be overcome with the darkness of revenge? Here Lies Love is coming April 2014.

What do you think? I think the cover is very intriguing and mystic. Combined with the synopsis, this book looks like it’ll be a dark tale where only the light of love can be let in. I’m also curious as to what horrors and atrocities Abbey will have to endure and overcome. Either way, the cover does catch the eye and I’m always up for a red-headed heroine.
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Learn more about Dan Thompson and his books at his website: www.danthompsonauthor.com
Dan Thompson Author PicDan lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (England) with his young daughter and his shabby dog, Skye.
He is the Author of the charity poetry book Life is all but a vast array of Colours and phobia Novella The Caseworker’s Memoirs. His first full length novel, A YA Fantasy entitled The Black Petal will be available soon. Also in 2014, a dark new adult novel entitled Here Lies Love will be released.
A lover of YA and fantasy fiction, you can often find him writing on his blog, writing book reviews and connecting online with other writer-type people and interviewing authors. Dan grew up reading Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, secretly coming up with his own inventive adventures, and R.L Stine’s The Goosebump series, before turning to the works of Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer and Marcus Sedgwick and slipping away into alternate realities. He also loves a good Historical Thriller too.
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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

This book has rave reviews from across the blogosphere and I purchased it right away, but once it was on my shelf, I couldn’t bring myself to pick it up. It just seemed too good to be true; I mean, everyone was talking about this book being the next big thing and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be disappointed if it wasn’t.

13514612 “You have to kill him.”   Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

I have mixed feelings about this book so this will be a strange review, but I will say this is a brilliant story with a wonderfully executed plot, I mean it was like clockwork it was so perfect. It had great writing, a great concept and relatable characters, so why the mixed feelings? I’m not completely sure but this book was like a roller coaster from hell. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time. This story is told in alternating point of views between present Em and past Marina. Each chapter slowly unraveled why the Em was trying to kill someone from the past and the reader gets to watch in horror as past Marina has to deal with the consequences of her future self when she has no idea what’s going on. The suspense caused me to have breathing problems. I couldn’t get enough of this book but I also know a runaway train when I see one. I just knew this was going to crash in the end, it was going to be a well-written, wonderfully executed, perfectly planned out crash, but a crash nonetheless.

Now, the ending wasn’t exactly a crash, but my emotions crashed into a bottomless pit. It was like the two main characters couldn’t win (even though they kind of did) and I couldn’t take the agony of the sacrifice and heartbreak in the end. This story is a whirlwind of emotions; the lines between good and bad are blurred so deeply that it reverberates across time. I loved how Terrill really played with the idea of consequences and how people can never really change. The romance between Em and Finn hit on the complexities of a relationship when someone still has feelings for someone else even if the circumstances are beyond typical. The romance was sweet but it wasn’t really central to the story. The relationship with Marina and James was the more central relationship and incredibly complex. I guess that’s what you get for falling for a genius.

If you like books that focus on relationships with time travel, this book is for you. This book was epic and perfectly written. It didn’t make me fly high (like a Hunger Games) so I’m not giving it five stars but it was definitely entertaining and worth the read. Perhaps you’ll love it way more than I did.

 STARS: 4 out of 5.

Releases and Recommendations: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world. This week, I’m anticipating the release of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, which will be released on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

16069030In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare comes this brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music. Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I’m really intrigued by this “curse” and the fact that the heroine falls in love with her own slave. This one should be good. I’m excited to pick this one up.

The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

Sometimes I crave a good historical romance, and that’s exactly what it is — a craving. It’s similar to a craving for a molten chocolate lava cake from Chili’s or a need for something decadent and sweet. A historical romance has the heat of passion but the sweetness of love every. single. time. It’s practically guaranteed and it’s probably why this is such a widely read genre among women. We just need a little bit of happy in our lives. The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore is something I stumbled upon on Netgalley and it was exactly what I needed to curb my craving.

17333280Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.

The Rogue’s Proposal is the second book in the House of Trent series. I didn’t read the first book  but got along fine. I loved the idea of Emma doing whatever it takes to save her family, which includes practically destroying her reputation by traveling around with a man unescorted. This man, Lord Lukas, is exactly the type of hero I look for in this kind of book. He’s tough, sexy and rough around the edges. The romance between them was electric.

What sets this book apart from the many others just like it is the variety in scenery and the substance of the plot. Without the romance, this book could have stood on it’s own for mystery and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I understand with any historical romance, it won’t be entirely enlightening, but I really enjoyed this book and these characters were really something. I will definitely read more of Jennifer Haymore and I definitely want to see more of the men from the House of Trent.

STARS: 4 out of 5

Thank you NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Releases and Recommendations: Alienated by Melissa Landers

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world. Today, I’m anticipating the release of the debut novel Alienated by Melissa Landers, which comes out Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

13574417Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

What a beautiful cover! I can’t help but want to read this one because it kind of reminds me of the Luxen series by Jennifer Armentrout, so I’m hoping against hope that it’s just as good. I’m always up for some hot alien action!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is an intergalactic survival adventure that I won’t soon forget.

13138635It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

As I write this review, I am conflicted. This book was so good. The characters were wonderfully real and the world was fully developed. The story captured me and transported me into another world, literally. The flawlessness of this plot is astounding, and the care and authenticity of both Lilac’s and Tarver’s voice is amazing. After turning the last page, I’m speechless. I feel like I’m in shock.

The romance between Lilac and Tarver was such a slow burn that I hung on every word, every conversation and every glance or touch. The backstory for each character was perfectly weaved into their present, which made their motives and desires understandable and authentic. Their adventure through an alien planet was strangely hypnotic. I was never bored with the descriptions of their surroundings or the details of everyday survival. I am in awe of how perfectly this novel was written.

This sci-fi fantasy story really contains sci-fi and fantasy. There were unbelievable parts; there were unconceivable parts. At one point, my heart was crushed with such grief I needed the adrenaline of the ending to get me through the story. I loved the fact that this story was sci-fi, but that is also what I hated about it too. The fantastical element in the end kept me from fully committing and believing the ending, which created my conflicting emotions about this book. I feel like I’m not making any sense but one thing is clear, read this book. It is perfectly written with an amazing love story that breaks the boundaries of time and space.

STARS: 5 out of 5

Releases and Recommendations: Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world. This week, I’m anticipating the release of Landry Park by Bethany Hagen, which comes out Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

13479780Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.

I don’t even have to get past the first five words of the description and I’m already drooling over this title. I love Downton Abbey and I HEART The Selection so, so much. This book will have a lot to live up to. However, I’m most excited about this idea of good old fashion female oppression where they are forced to marry for position and they just want to be free! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!