Review: Contaminated by Em Garner

Title: Contaminated Author: Em Garner Published: July 23rd 2013 by EgmontUSA Genre: Young Adult Dystopian / Zombie Apocalypse Source: Provided by the Author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble After the Contamination—an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink ThinPro that turned ordinary citizens into violent, uncontrollable creatures—the government rounded up the “Connies” to protect the remaining population. Now, two years later, the rehabilitated are being allowed home, complete with shock collars that will either control, or kill, them. Velvet Ellis has struggled to care for her ten-year-old sister since her parents were taken in the round up. When she finds her mother in one of the “Kennels,” Velvet resolves to do whatever it takes to put her family back together. But the danger isn’t over. It’s beginning all over again… This is less a story about zombies, and more a … read more

Review: Sideshow of Merit by Nicole Pietsch

Title: Sideshow of Merit Author: Nicole Pietsch Published: September 16th 2013 by Namelos Genre: New Adult / Young Adult Historical Source: This book was provided by the Author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble You couldn’t call Mount Rosa Hospital a good place to be in 1957, when you were fourteen. But it’s where Tevan George was, and James Rowley too, “convalescing” from tuberculosis. And it’s where both boys were abused by an older boy–although neither of them did much talking about it, then or later. Shut up! That’s what Tevan did. James too, but he never said much about anything anyway. Nine rocky years later, on the run together since they skipped out on a medical checkup at Mount Rosa’s in 1961, Tevan and James emerge early one morning from the ’55 Chevy they’ve been living in and come across … read more

Review: The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

Title: The Only Exception Author: Magan Vernon Published: April 9th 2013 by Beautifully Broken Books Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Source: This Book Was Provided By The Author/Publisher Via Netgalley In Exchange For An Honest Review. Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble IndieBound Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor’s son, Trey Chapman. No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her. A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, … read more

Blog Tour Double Feature: Barbie Girl & Barbie World by Heidi Acosta

Book 1: Barbie Girl Title: Barbie Girl Series: Baby Doll #1 Author: Heidi Acosta Published: November 1st 2012 Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Source: Free copy provided by author via Xpresso Book Tours Goodreads Amazon The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate. The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not … read more

Review: Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa

Title: Playing Tyler Author: T.L. Costa Published: July 2nd 2013 by Strange Chemistry Genre: Young Adult Thriller Source: This book was provided by the Author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again. Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games and, well, thats probably not going to get him into college. Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at … read more

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Title: Splintered Series: Splintered #1 Author: A.G. Howard Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of … read more

Review: The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Title: The Accidental Demon Slayer Series: Demon Slayer / Witch Bikers #1 Author: Angie Fox Published: April 16 2013 (originally released July 29 2008 by Love Spell) Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance Source: This book was provided by the Author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble IndieBound It’s never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that’s just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she’s seen it all, Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer-and all hell is after her. Of course, that’s not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you’ve never met … read more

Review: Damned If You Do: The Complete Collection by J.L. Merrow

Title: Damned If You Do: The Complete Collection Series: Damned If You Do #1-4 Author: J.L. Merrow Published: Published June 24th 2013 by Riptide Publishing Genre: Adult M/M Romance Source: Netgalley Goodreads Amazon Barnes and Noble IndieBound Sexy male succubus Rael has an insatiable appetite for men that gets him into all kinds of trouble. And he’s just found his favorite flavor: hunky blond detective Lars Thornsson. When those cool Nordic looks combine with Rael’s smoldering dark charms, all Hell could break loose. Lars’s job at the Paranormal Enforcement Agency means he’s supposed to be policing demons, not falling in lust—or love—with them. But there’s something about this feisty little sex demon that hits all his buttons. With no shortage of deadly sinners in his city, from serial-killing succubi to drug-dealing demons, all Lars can do is try to keep his private life from interfering with his work. But Rael … read more

Review: The Boy Next Door by Annabelle Costa

Title: The Boy Next Door Author: Annabelle Costa Published: December 2012 by Dev Love Press Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Source: Amazon Freebie Goodreads Amazon Through middle school, high school, bad dates, and an ill-advised punk phase, Tasha has always been able to count on Jason. Since the day he moved in next door, he’s gone from the weird kid in a wheelchair to Tasha’s most trusted friend. But lives change and the friends are going in different directions. When Jason and Tasha rekindle their friendship, sparks fly. After years of being a wild soul, now the ex-lead of a band turned music teacher is just looking for a relationship to last. When none other than Jason introduces her to a man who can give her what she wants, Tasha is on the verge of throwing passion and love away just so she can forget her troubled past and settle down. … read more

Review: Tamed by Douglas R. Brown

Title: Tamed Author: Douglas R. Brown Published: February 13th 2013 by Rhemalda Publishing Genre: Adult Horror Source: Netgalley Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble IndieBound Werewolves are real. And they make excellent pets. Owning one of the legendary creatures is the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and 100% safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters? While on a routine EMS call, paramedic Christine Alt is attacked by a rogue werepet. She escapes with her life, but the encounter leaves her with more than just scars. As her body begins to change, she discovers the WereHouse is hiding a terrible secret, and they will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing them. Werewolves are discovered, and mankind’s reaction to this? Kidnap them, enslave them, break their humanity and turn them into pets. It’s certainly a new and intriguing spin … read more

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