The Violet Hour

Friday, November 15, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway – One & Only by Viv Daniels

One & Only by Viv Daniels

ebook, 264 pages
Published November 8th 2013
Source: Copy provided by author for my honest review

One night they can’t forget…

Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she’s sworn to keep: the father who won’t acknowledge her, the sister who doesn’t know she exists, and the mother who’s content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets. But when summer ends, so does their relationship — Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.

One love they can’t ignore…

Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan’s life. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend…who also happens to be Tess’s legitimate half-sister. Tess refuses to follow in her mother’s footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she’s always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.

…And only one chance to get things right.

One & Only is the debut NA contemporary novel from Viv Daniels (aka Diana Peterfreund of For Darkness Shows the Stars) and I’ll come right out and say it, I adored this book. I’ve been wading deeper into the contemporary romance genre ever since I read Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace (which was awesome!), and I am SO glad I took a chance on One & Only. Daniels has written an amazing story about secrets, lies, love, betrayal and reconciliation. This book was FLAWLESS.

The main characters, Tess and Dylan, were both wonderful. They were so real and deep and complex. The whole time I was reading I felt like I was a secondary character watching it all unfold. Tess was amazing. All her life, she (and her mother) have had to live by her dad’s rules. Just the idea of having a dad, but not being able to claim him (and vice versa) is just SO sad to me. To grow up thinking they must not be good enough since her dad didn’t chose them would really do a number on a kid. I was very proud of Tess when she decided to buck the rules and take control of her life. I totally understand why she walked away from Dylan after their time at Cornell, and really, I applauded her. Trying to break a family ‘curse’ like that is serious stuff. What I love about Tess is that throughout the whole book, she had the strength of character to stop, to say no, to live in the moment, to care about someone when most people would have said ‘good riddance’. That’s not to say any of it was easy. Dylan is the freaking MAN, as far as I’m concerned. Sure, he did a few things he shouldn’t have, but you have to start somewhere to grow, to change. Dylan surprised me, and that hasn’t happened to me in a very long time. I thought I had a handle on where a particular situation was going, but nope. I was wrong, and happily so. There are so many things I want to say about these two, but I don’t want to give anything away. Discussion group, anyone?

As far as world building goes, Viv Daniels may as well have transported me to college with Tess and Dylan. Classes, a frat party, labs Even the world Tess and her mother lived in was perfectly done. The ‘rules’, One & Only is the perfect example of what (I think) a New Adult book should be. The intimate scenes are very tastefully done, but it was NOT the center of the story. There was this sense of teasing and tension with every part of the story. It was wonderful, and the ending made me tear up a little. Daniels told this story in such a compelling way. It is the first that I’ve read of hers, but she’s got me hooked. I’ll definitely be coming back for more, and am even more eager to finally check out her YA books. I will absolutely, 110% recommend this to everyone. There is no doubt in my mind that One & Only will be hugely successful, and I can’t wait for the next book, Sweet & Wild.

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IN ADDITION TO Viv’s giveaway, she’s also giving me a swag pack (complete with a One & Only bookmark, an assortment of gifts and books from me and other new adult authors, and a One & Only charm. Prize will be mailed by the author at the conclusion of the blog tour.) 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quick Review – Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published May 22nd 2012
by Feiwel & Friends
ASINB00779MWBM

"Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. 
Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been  looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. 
He needs her help–no matter what the risk."

Of Poseidon had been lingering around on my Kindle for a few months. Needing a break from my recent literary fare, I decided to crack it open and get my mermaid on. The story had a great base plot line, but I did have several problems. I'm really hoping they are resolved or at least improve some in the second book because despite my issues, I want to keep reading.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review – The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten, #2) by Julie Kagawa



The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten, #2) by Julie Kagawa
ebook, 304 pages

Published October 29th 2013

by Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley for my honest review

"In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 


After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. 

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all."

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wish I May Blog Tour and Giveaway

“I grew up wishing on stars.

My father taught me to believe…in destiny, in magic, in happily ever after. Dreams were my scripture and the starry night sky was my temple. Then Mom stopped believing, left him, and took us with her. At the age of sixteen, I cashed in my dreams to pay the rent, pawned my destiny to keep my sisters together. 

Now, seven years later, I’m returning home, grieving the death of my mother, and settling my sisters back into the life Mom threw away. I never intended to stay. I don’t want to deal with my father, who is so invested in the spiritual world he forgets the physical. I don’t want to face William Bailey, whose eyes remind me of the girl I was, the things I’ve done, and the future I lost.

This would all be easier if Will hated me. As it is, I have to hold my secrets close so they won’t hurt him more than they’ve already hurt me. But he wants to be in my life. He wants what I can’t bring myself to confess I sold. He wants me. I find myself looking to my stars again…wondering if I dare one more wish.”

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Lexi is giving away 4 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Cards and the grand prize winner will also receive a signed copy of UNBREAK ME during the tour! Open internationally.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review – Outlaw by Ted Dekker

ebook, 352 pages
Published October 22nd 2013
by Center Street
Source: ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for my honest review

"The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing. But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some places dwell in darkness so deep that even God seems to stay away. There, my mind was torn in two by the gods of the earth. There, one life ended so another could begin.

Some will say I was a fool for making the choices I made. But they would have done the same. They, too, would have embraced death if they knew what I knew, and saw through my eyes.
My name is Julian and this is my story. But more, it is the story of my son who was born to change the world."

Ted Dekker has been one of my favorite authors for almost ten years. I own almost every single one of his books. I love his imagination, the way he brings such incredible situations to life, how he can get me to see every detail, every color vividly in my mind. There hasn't been a single book by Mr. Dekker that I have not loved, but to be honest, none have touched me as deeply as the Circle series, until now. Outlaw was the most captivating story I've read this year, and it has shaken the way I view my world.

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The Violet Hour: May 25, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review – Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 3rd 2013
by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
ASIN B00DY8HARG
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

“Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?”

I don’t know how Jessica Sorensen can write such tragic and rough, yet beautiful stories (and so quickly), but I’m glad she does. Because the truth is that people go through the things portrayed in Breaking Nova, and it’s often swept under the rug and ignored.

This book made me cry numerous times, especially when we got to the truth about what happened with Landon. Sorensen writes in such a gripping way that I couldn’t stop reading even though the subject matter got hard at times. As a warning, there is a TON of drug use in this book. I don’t like that, but many, many people turn to it to escape their past. What I DID like was that Sorensen took a different route than a lot of books in this genre, and have Nova decide that no one else could fix her, but HER. I’m tired of the ‘love from someone else fixes everything’ idea. Sometimes it helps, but ultimately, you have to love yourself first. I love that message.

One small pet peeve was that the whole ‘famous drummer-wannabe’ thing really had no point in the story. Nova wasn’t in a band or anything like that. I only mention it because that was one of the things that drew me in about this book (it’s also in the first line of the synopsis, so I figured it would be a big deal). I was very pleased with the ending, and am REALLY excited for the following installment, Saving Quinton. This is excellent news because I am DYING! Fans of Jessica Sorensen will not be disappointed!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Review – Time After Time by Wendy Godding

Time After Time by Wendy Godding
ebook, 247 pages
Published April 1st 2014
by Escape Publishing
ISBN139780857991485
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
in exchange for my honest review
http://www.escapepublishing.com.au
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I am so glad I requested this on NetGalley. Wendy Godding has a new fan over here. Time After Time was an intriguing, well-paced read.

I just loved Abbie/Penelope. At times one more than the other, but both really captured my attention. It really is hard to say which setting appealed to me the most. I’ve always been a sucker for the old fashioned, but when I was a teenager I did go through a goth phase, so really this book was right up my alley. Godding did a superb job in making sure the reader knows the differences between the two. Too many times we’ve read stories where the settings/characters either bled into each other or seemed like the same person with the same personalities. The characters in this story are all great. Time After Time has a sort of time travel feel, so fans of that genre will love this just as much as paranormal and mystery fans.

Godding pulled me in from the very beginning, and held me tight until the end. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book, and I’m hoping there will be more to this. I’d love to see what life is like for Abbie after all is said and done.

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The Violet Hour: May 18, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Review – Slammed by Colleen Hoover


Slammed
by Colleen Hoover
Paperback, 321 pages
Published September 18th 2012 
by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 1476715904 
(ISBN13: 9781476715902)


“Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.”


Slammed was my intro to Colleen Hoover’s awesomeness. I had a few bloggers friends who LOVED her, so when I saw this one at my local library I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did! Her writing is so addicting.


As I got a few chapters in and learned about the MCs, I had an idea of what the ‘dun dun DUUUN!’  was going to be. I thought i had it all figured out, and… I was wrong. Gladly so! Slammed was an easy read that surprised me with an unforeseen twist.

This book worked it’s way into my heart with the story of people learning to LIVE. I love the concept of slam poetry, and loved the way Hoover built this world around it. She also incorporated my FAVORITE BAND IN THE WORLD. This is another reason I connected with Slammed so well. The Avett Brothers are already such a part of my life and their lyrics have spoken to me so much over the years that I felt like Lakyn and I were good friends. The lyrics Hoover chose to begin each chapter were perfect. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book, and the rest of Colleen Hoover’s work. 

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The Violet Hour: May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Cover Reveal! The Trial by Shay Lynam

Jack,

Read this carefully.

You and your brother need to disappear.

Take care of each other.

Please understand.

Please forgive us.

And please… try to forget.


Jack Morgan's world comes crashing down around him the day he receives a strange letter from his parents urging him and Ben to disappear. Feeling betrayed and confused, the brothers instead decide to go searching for answers. 

Neither of them could have ever imagined the truth behind their parents' desperate message and that Ben's past is somehow connected and has come back to haunt him.
-The Trial


I am THRILLED to be a part of the cover reveal for The Trial! I will forever be a huge fan of Shay Lynam's work, and have shared it with so many friends!
So without anything further, here we go!

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The Violet Hour: April 27, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Falling To Pieces Blog Tour

“Suffering the bitter tongues of her alcoholic mother and cruel boyfriend, Jade struggles just to look at herself in the mirror. She hates her life, her insecurities, her ineptitudes, but most of all . . . Jade hates herself. She wants nothing more than to disappear, and everyone seems happy to let her. 

Until Kiernan Parks moves back into town.  
Jade’s been crushing on him ever since kindergarten, when his family moved away. But now he’s back, and looking better than ever.  Hiding is a way of life for Jade, but Kiernan insists on uncovering the real girl he’s sees trapped inside her. On drawing her out of her shell, and showing her that she is someone worthy of love.  Together, they fight back the darkness she’s living in. 

But when they finally step into the light, will the secret Kiernan’s been trying to keep buried destroy Jade, once and for all?  For some people, happy endings are a fairytale.”

I am SO stoked to read Falling To Pieces! I love Jamie’s books! For a limited time, you can get it for ONLY 99 CENTS!! (Amazon)

And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

 Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit. Connect with her on Facebook and her Blog!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blog Tour!

Due to some server issues I was unaware of until last night, I missed my set day to post for this tour, but I really wanted to let you guys know about these books! I wasn't able to get to them yet, but they are coming up on my TBR and I am SO excited!

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The Violet Hour: March 23, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

LUX: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx) cover reveal and giveaway

I LOVE THE LUX SERIES! I was leery when I first started reading Obsidian when it was published, but quickly fell in love with the story. Plus, its set in my home state! I think this is a great repackaging of the series, even though the covers with Pepe will always be my favorite. It’ll release on June 3, 2014!

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx):
 Obsidian- “There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.”

 Onyx- Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?”

LUX: BEGINNING (Obsidian and Onyx) Links
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes&Noble  
We will also be raffling off two fan inspired artwork from fans of the Lux series sent from the author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, herself. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so make sure you wait for the form to load to enter. Leaving comments (while greatly appreciated) will not enter you for this giveaway.
Good luck!

 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Connect with Jennifer! She’s hilarious and awesome!

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The Violet Hour: March 16, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spotlight Feature: Thrown to the Wolves by Veronica Blade

Thrown to the Wolves: The Legend of Hannah & Eli (Shapes of Autumn: prequel)
Appx. 165 pages
 Release date: March 31st, 2014
 ISBN print: 978-0-9910756-3-8
ISBN ebook: 978-0-9910756-2-1

Published by Crush Publishing, Inc.

“A young werewolf must fight for her life to gain freedom, but her triumph could mean losing her only chance at happiness.

Hannah, a seventeen-year-old werewolf, would rather be a peasant and free than dripping in jewels and wife to the tyrant werewolf king. Running from him will get her hunted, and most likely killed, yet she formulates a plan.

Sneaking around the castle, she encounters Eli, a handsome blond shape-shifter and slave to the king. Drawn to Eli as a fellow captive, she admires his courage and honor — qualities rarely seen amongst her own kind. With him, Hannah finds rare moments of joy in the place she’s desperate to escape. Though she dreams of being with Eli forever, she knows he will never abandon his sister, another prisoner of the evil king.

Meeting in secret, Eli and Hannah’s bond deepens as he trains her to protect herself. When she discovers the king’s scheme to murder her after their wedding, Hannah must choose between a short life and brief happiness with Eli or freedom and a future without him.”

Isn’t this cover gorgeous?! I LOVE the colors. Wow!
Haven’t read anything by Veronica Blade yet? Here are links to get you started!

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The Violet Hour: Review – Time After Time by Wendy Godding

Monday, May 26, 2014

Review – Time After Time by Wendy Godding

Time After Time by Wendy Godding
ebook, 247 pages
Published April 1st 2014
by Escape Publishing
ISBN139780857991485
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
in exchange for my honest review
http://www.escapepublishing.com.au
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I am so glad I requested this on NetGalley. Wendy Godding has a new fan over here. Time After Time was an intriguing, well-paced read.

I just loved Abbie/Penelope. At times one more than the other, but both really captured my attention. It really is hard to say which setting appealed to me the most. I’ve always been a sucker for the old fashioned, but when I was a teenager I did go through a goth phase, so really this book was right up my alley. Godding did a superb job in making sure the reader knows the differences between the two. Too many times we’ve read stories where the settings/characters either bled into each other or seemed like the same person with the same personalities. The characters in this story are all great. Time After Time has a sort of time travel feel, so fans of that genre will love this just as much as paranormal and mystery fans.

Godding pulled me in from the very beginning, and held me tight until the end. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book, and I’m hoping there will be more to this. I’d love to see what life is like for Abbie after all is said and done.

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The Violet Hour: Review – Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Friday, May 23, 2014

Review – Slammed by Colleen Hoover


Slammed
by Colleen Hoover
Paperback, 321 pages
Published September 18th 2012 
by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 1476715904 
(ISBN13: 9781476715902)


“Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.”


Slammed was my intro to Colleen Hoover’s awesomeness. I had a few bloggers friends who LOVED her, so when I saw this one at my local library I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did! Her writing is so addicting.


As I got a few chapters in and learned about the MCs, I had an idea of what the ‘dun dun DUUUN!’  was going to be. I thought i had it all figured out, and… I was wrong. Gladly so! Slammed was an easy read that surprised me with an unforeseen twist.

This book worked it’s way into my heart with the story of people learning to LIVE. I love the concept of slam poetry, and loved the way Hoover built this world around it. She also incorporated my FAVORITE BAND IN THE WORLD. This is another reason I connected with Slammed so well. The Avett Brothers are already such a part of my life and their lyrics have spoken to me so much over the years that I felt like Lakyn and I were good friends. The lyrics Hoover chose to begin each chapter were perfect. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book, and the rest of Colleen Hoover’s work. 

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