The Violet Hour: July 28, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

ARC Review – Gated by Amy Christine Parker

GATED by Amy Christine Parker
ebook, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via NetGalley for my honest review

"She thought the evil lived outside the walls.
She was wrong.
In the Community, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban development have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives.

Lyla Hamilton and her parents moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.
Will is her Intended.
The end of the world is near.

Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves and prepare to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress–the Silo.

Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the development than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But as the end of days draws near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands."

I heard about Gated on Twitter and I was THRILLED when my request got accepted. When I was a teenager I went through a phase where I read anything I could get my hands on about cults. Charles Manson fascinated me. I think I even did a project in high school about one. I'm old now so those details are a little foggy, but there's just something about them.. Why would anyone join a cult? What could have happened in their life to make them want to be isolated from society? What makes a person decide to start one and how do they choose people? These are all questions that have been asked time and time again. Sometimes there are answers, sometimes there aren't. Luckily in Gated, we get a few of them.

I ate this book up. I finished it in two days. Amy Christine Parker wrote an amazing story that just would not let go of me. It begins with Lyla and her family. What happens to them is horrible, and as a mother, I tried putting myself in their shoes to see if I thought I would ever make a decision like they did. Of course, you never really know how you would react in a situation like that. Her family was so devastated by what had happened, it made them vulnerable to Pioneer, who came in and tried to take care of them. He convinced them, along with many others, to leave their homes to join him at Mandrodage Meadows, away from all the violence and horrors of conventional society. I was kind of curious as to the other members' stories as to why they joined 'the Community', but I guess it really wasn't that important. I'm just nosy. Mandrodage Meadows (which I thought was a totally weird name at first, then Parker explained and I chuckled) is laid out much like most communes/compounds are, but there is something that makes them different – they believe that the world is ending soon, as in, a few months. Their main goal is to be able to have all the supplies they would need for a FIVE YEAR hide out while the Brethren, their higher power, pretty much come and clean out mankind. The Community will live in the Silo shelter and defend themselves by whatever means are necessary. Parker did a fantastic job in creating a believable and intriguing story here.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Trailer Reveal for Enemy Within!!

AAAAH! I am SO psyched to finally get to talk about this! I was honored to be in on some of the planning of this trailer, so it feels really good to see the finished product and be able to share it! Angeline Kace is a very good friend of mine, and an AMAZING author. If you haven’t read her books in the Vampire Born trilogy, I’ll post some links for you below the video.
Without further ado… I give you…Mirko! *cough* I mean, the Enemy Within book trailer! =)

Isn’t that crazy amounts of AWESOME?! I love it so much!

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“Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.”

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Two guys who’ve stolen her heart.
Three races and only one of them worthy.
Countless enemies with insatiable bloodlust for power.
Will one girl’s curse ultimately save her? 

Half-vampire Brooke Keller barely survived the slaying of her worst enemy, only to learn that Zladislov—the world’s most powerful vampire, leader of the vampire world, and her father—wants her dead. However, this time, she’s not only fighting vampires but a raging monster within her that endangers what’s left of her humanity. And when a deadly disease threatens to take her best friend’s life, Brooke tries to convince Kaitlynn to accept a monster of her own: becoming a Zao Duh.

As a former slave to the Pijawikas, Mirko is driven to protect the innocent at all costs, but he has never faced a foe more formidable than Zladislov. And when the Commission bears down on Brooke, Mirko finds the stream of enemies runs deeper than he ever imagined.”

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So what did you guys think!?

Angeline is a Scorpio living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and dogs. She loves all things paranormal, believes ghosts are real, werewolves aren’t, and vampires? Definitely real! At least in the Vampire Born world they are.

She is currently at work on her first New Adult Romance, Wicked Thing, which releases September 2013.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog Tour – Sink or Swim by Jamie Canosa

‘There are some things you just can’t walk away from.

When sleeping in vacant warehouses and dark alleys becomes preferable to living at home, something is seriously wrong. But when word reaches Allie that her mother is facing a life threatening illness, she has no choice but to return to the place of nightmares. Leaving wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity, and if returning hadn’t been equally necessary, Allie never would have set foot back inside that hell-hole.

Dean is no stranger to hardship, but the day Allie walked out of his life, taking his heart right along with her, was hands-down the most frustrating. Six months later, she’s back and Dean refuses to rest until he figures out exactly what the hell happened.

Now, Allie’s drowning. Drowning in lies. Drowning in the truth. Drowning in pain, and anger, and fear. But there comes a time when every drowning person must decide whether they will sink or swim.”

Sink or Swim is the 1.5 in the Fight or Flight series by Jamie Canosa. I love this cover! Full review to come =)
New to this series? Here are a few links to help you get acquainted!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blog Tour – Even In Darkness by Cyndi Tefft

I am so honored to kick off the Even In Darkness blog tour! This book was absolutely freaking AMAZING, and I recommend this series almost more than any other. Aiden and Lindsey will always have a special place in my heart.
 I thought I would repost my review for Even In Darkness so you can see just how incredible it is! I've rarely gone through so many emotions during one book. It was crazy!!
This post is pretty long, but it's FULL. OF. AWESOME. (Giveaway form is at the very bottom!)

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