New Releases: Jan 20th-26th

New Releases for this week; January 20th to 26th. Just click the images and you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page. :)

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Cover Reveal: Winter Queen by Amber Argyle

I just received an email from Amber Argyle for this Cover Reveal! Whoa. I love it! A LOT! It’s very pretty! She use covers that I really love. :)

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~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~

Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.

Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by the one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation.

With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.

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Amber Argyle

Amber Argyle is the author of Witch Song and its sequel, Witch Born. She grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy.

She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University.

She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.

You can find Amber on TwitterFacebookGoodreads, and Shelfari.

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Visit her at her website to know more  about her and her books. You could even sign up for Winter Queen Tour there. :)

Read: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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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.

Ratings: 4.5/stars

Release Date: 10th August 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

Again. I’m questioning it… Why the hell do we need a second book if it ends all good? :/ I mean, we got the Epilogue. I’m happy with it. So why bring another drama? LOL. Oh fine then. I’ll start the review.

So… Slammed… It was recommended by Lis and when she asked me when will I read it yesterday, she said ‘NOW!’ and since they all know I easily succumb to their clutches… They know how to make me read the books they want me to read. :P

Anyway… I don’t get it. I just mean the ‘Slam’ thingy. I mean, I do understand they make poetry then perform it. But how exactly did they perform it? Like what Shakespeare do? Er… Cause the whole time I’m reading that slam thingy when they’re at the Club, I don’t know what and how to imagine the scene. And maybe that’s why I feel a bit detach to the characters.

Mostly, I easily feel what the Hero or heroines feel. I feel a pang in my heart and there’s this grip on my heart that’s so strong that I really sympathize a lot. Sometimes I cry too (mainly cause the heroes cries in the books. I’m a sucker for crying men. :P) BUT that didn’t happen with this book. Sure, it intrigued me enough that I keep on reading it. I wanted to know why and what is the main issue. Cause from the first something chapters, I don’t see how they would have problems.

Lis told me it was all about the girl. Same with Hopeless. I thought it’s all about the guy but then it’s really about the heroine. So while reading this, I keep on waiting and make my own conclusions. (view spoiler) But of course what my own version of story didn’t happen. :P Still, when the bomb was dropped, I was just like, ‘Okay.’

Don’t get me wrong. I like the story. Because it’s real. It’s life. I mean, it really happens. It can happen (or already did) to you or you know someone who got this similar story. What I mean is, this is the real life that was just turned into a book. It can happen to anyone. There’re lots of life lesson in here that I really like.

Life lessons. Death. Healing. Grieving. Acceptance. No Regrets.

The only time I got teary eyed was when it was Eddie’s birthday and when it ended. I mean just the scene at the club at the end. It didn’t even continue, the tears I mean. LOL. Why is my tear ducts being mean to me and not let me cry even though I want to. >:(

For the story, I’m giving it a 5 stars but for the other parts, just a 4 stars, So in total, that’s 4.5 stars for Slammed.

P.S. I still don’t know why there’s second book. LOL. btw, it was said it’s two book series but I think I saw a third one. What’s up with that?

Read: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover {Jan 1st}

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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 17th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon| B&N | Kobo

Review:

I don’t know what to rate this book… I didn’t expect the plot to be like that. Speechless. :/ I’ll make a proper review later when I get home. :) For now, 5 stars.

After two days… I still don’t know what to say about this book… Hmmm… Okay… Let’s try…

First, I love the cover. That’s ALWAYS the first thing I notice about a book. Then of course, I DON’T read the blurb. But this book… I always saw people in my Goodreads Updates that they say it’s so good, it was amazing and all that positive feedback that I just had to bump it up in my TR List. I was that curious as to why they we’re having raving reviews. Oh, I didn’t read their reviews by the way, even the spoiler free reviews. :/ I want to know on my own.

So there, I started to read it… Then put it off cause I was on vacation and my family was demanding attention. :P Then when I got back, I started reading it again.

By the way, this is my first Colleen Hoover book. I have not read Slammed or Point of Retreat or whatever other books she have. So okay, back to the review…

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”

Linden Sky… she reminds me of Ang. Well, just because she’s also a noob in technology. :P In any case, I like her character because she’s strong. Contrary to her belief, I so agree with Dean Holder. That she is a strong woman. I don’t think plenty of women would be back up and walking again if that scenario happened to them.

“The sky is always beautiful.Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy,it’s still beautiful to look at….it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

Dean Holder… When we (Sky and I) first had a glimpse of Holder, my first thought was “HUH.” But that changed when he did what he did in that parking lot. I was now officially intrigued by this plot. I know there’s something in Holder. We both know there’s something holding Holder back.

I was so focused on Holder. I didn’t know that what he knew had would affect Sky too. (view spoiler) So imagine my shock when the secrets were all coming down fast to Sky.

(view spoiler) I did not cry. I was beyond horrified that someone could do that, when all the secrets were revealed. It actually made me remember my own written stories 4 or 5 years ago. I also wrote something like that. (view spoiler) The only time I cried was when Holder and Sky were talking in the hotel. I feel for them. :(

I like how the story progressed. How it was all connected to Sky. Why her ‘adoptive’ mother did all that. I like how Holder and Sky still got each other in the end and they tried to heal together. It’s not easy, but I think they could do it. :)

“Its real, Six. You cant get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. Its the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.”

I know this is not a good review, but that’s what summed up my thoughts on this book. So I’m retaining my 5 stars rating for this book. :)

P.S. To view the spoilers, click it and it’ll redirect you to my Goodreads review of this book. :)