Waiting On A Thousand Pieces Of You

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that bloggers are excited for. This week my pick is:

a thousand pieces of youAuthor: Claudia Gray

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: Science-Fiction

Expected Release Date: November 2014

Summary: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure. (Via Goodreads.)

My Thoughts: It’s just so pretty! This cover is literally the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! And the plot sounds so interesting! I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

 

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Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new top ten list and this week is  Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween. So here are my answers:

1) Hermione Granger – I know this one is a bit of a cliche but I regret nothing.

2) Clary Fray – Such an easy costume! A red wig, black clothes and snazzy weapons.

3) Buffy Summers – The original Bad Ass Female! I always wanted to be Buffy growing up and being her for Halloween would be super easy and super cool.

4) Batgirl – Barbra Gordon is Queen Bee! Love her, would love to be her!

5) Mara Dyer – Noah Shaw comes with the costume right? Right?

6) Celaena Sardothien – My Queen! She is super cool and super badass and knives and swords!

7) Black Widow – This list is essential badass females…I regret nothing.

8) Daisy from the Great Gatsby – 1920s dresses and pearls! Such fun.

9) Daenerys Targaryen – I would need a blonde wig and dragons and I would be Queen of the world.

10) Belle from Beauty and the Beast – You think the library comes with the costume?

Waiting on The Retribution of Mara Dyer

retribution of mara dyerAuthor: Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: YA Paranormal

Expected Release Date: November 4th 2014

Summary: Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived. (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: It’s almost here!  *Heavy Breathing* I cannot wait to get my hands on this. I am so excited for Mara to start fucking shit up! It is going to be fantabulous!

Top New Series I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new list for bloggers to answer and this weeks is Top New Series I Want to Start. Without further ado, here are my picks:

1) Defiance Series by CJ Redwine – I have heard a lot of people rave about this series and it has been on my TBR list forever! Now, I finally own it and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it!

2) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I am so excited for this series and I don’t even own the first book! Anytime I see the cover I just want to do the Xena War Cry! Must order soon!

3) The Selection by Kiera Cass – I have decided to bite the bullet, even though I hear such mixed things about The Selection, I have decided to finally read it.

4) His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LeFevers – Another one that has been on my TBR for what feels like a lifetime! I will get around to this one eventually.

5) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – This sounds so good and the covers are so, so pretty. I want!

6) The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I love Marie Lu. I loved the Legend Series so I am very excited to start reading her next one.

7) The Magisterium Series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – I adore Cassandra Clare so this is a obvious one.

8) The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare – Not technically out yet but when it is it will be mine!

9) Just One Day Series by Gayle Forman – I adored If I Stay and Where She Went so I am dying to get my hands on another Gayle Forman Duology.

10) Embassy Row by Ally Carter – Love Heist Society so I know I’m going to love this.

 

Twisted: Excerpt

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Author: Lola Smirnova

Publisher: Createspace

Summary:  In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine opportunities are scarce. Young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – harbor dreams of a better life. Naïve and tempted by the allure of ‘quick’ money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever.

Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions? Can they hold on to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant companions? How far are they willing to go to make a buck?

Twisted is a disturbing behind-the-scenes look at a world that most will never see. It is shocking, raw, and explicit.

Warning: Explicit 

 

 

Excerpt:

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‘Sag es!’ he screams at me.

The heavy motorcycle helmet is so tightly strapped to my head that I can hear the blood rushing through my ears. The smell of stale sweat reeks from the worn padding inside it. I struggle to swallow. A drop of spit runs down the ball gag that has been shoved into my mouth, then down my chin, and drips onto the couch beneath my knees. My shoulders are screaming from the pull of the handcuffs, which force my hands together behind my back.

He stands in the middle of the small and gloomy room and I can see the outline of his large body. Two bloodshot eyes are firmly fixed on my exposed nipples. A fleshy tongue slides backwards and forwards through the gap in his teeth. He licks the sweat off his lips, moans, and starts rubbing his groin, rocking his wide hips back and forth. He increases the pace, while his moans get louder and louder. Next, he stops abruptly, moving his eyes from my chest to my face, scowls, and takes a few menacing steps towards me. I shrink instinctively, tensing my body …

‘I know him. Don’t be scared Jul. He’s a bit strange, but a harmless motherfucker.’ That is what my sister, Natalia, managed to whisper in my ear half an hour ago, before I followed this freak, with the brain bucket in his hand, upstairs.

Natalia and I were sitting at the bar counter when he walked in. He didn’t even have a drink; just stepped in the door, looked around, stopped his stare at me, and mumbled, ‘I want you. Let’s go.’

‘It’s time to work!’ teased Natalia. Her naughty look followed us all the way up the stairs.

‘Sag es!’ the crack-head screams again, which I think means ‘say it’ in Luxembourgish or German.

He grunts, and with a wild thrust shoves his hips right into my face. He doesn’t even bother to take his jeans off. A quick unzip and he pulls out a flaccid penis, puts one foot up on the couch and starts violently pumping it, so close that his clenched palm is punching the helmet. Lucky for me the visor is shut.

I sigh deeply and try to shift on the couch to get rid of the cramps, which start crawling up my legs and back.

A bit strange? Come on, Natalia! You could call him anything – cracked, insane, alien on Earth – but hardly ‘a bit strange’!

I glance at the half-empty bottle of champagne seductively chilling in the ice bucket. If I’d known what Natalia had meant by ‘a bit strange’, I would have finished it before he handcuffed me and shoved the damn ball into my jaws.

‘Sag es!’ brings me out of my thoughts again.

I peep at his red face … What the hell does this crack-head think he is doing? I wouldn’t even call it masturbation! He tortures his penis in a spasmodic exertion. The awful tongue tossing in his distorted mouth, the dark brown hair stuck to the film of sweat on his broad brow, and the whimpering noises coming out of his fat body make a disgusting spectacle.

‘Sag es!’

According to the instructions he gave me before we started this session, I was supposed to say ‘I love you, I forgive you’ through the gag.

I wonder what my seventh-grade teacher would say if she walked in the door right now? She always believed in me and encouraged: ‘You are going to come out on top, Julia …’ Good shot, Anna Ivanovna. You were pretty close!

He shuts his eyes and wrinkles his forehead in concentration. Frustrated, he drops his limp penis and squats next to the small table in the centre of the room. He pauses only to wipe the trickle of sweat from his forehead. Then he quickly snorts the line of blow on the glass table, and doesn’t get up for a while, staring deadpan at the wall.

Hey, fat boy, get on with it so we can have some together after this. I think I deserve a little pick-me-up for my efforts here.

I wonder what could possibly have happened to turn his grey matter inside out like this. A few hours later, when I kick my ‘labour hour’ around with the girls, they will tell me some rumours about him having had a motorbike accident. Apparently, he was riding ‘under the influence’ with his fiancée in tow. She died there on the street, in his arms, in a puddle of mud. With the last beats of her heart, he stared at her wide-open eyes, full of terror, and at her bleeding lips that breathed in agony: ‘Please, baby, I don’t want to die.’

I shudder. I don’t know if he was injured in the accident, but after this short time we’ve spent together I can assure you that his brain was nowhere to be found after that crash.

‘Sag es!’

Yeah, whatever …

He finally comes back to the couch, pulling and beating his poor half-dead cock in front of my plastic shield. I try to say what he demands – anything to get this over and done with, and me out of here – but ‘I love you’, that forms beautifully in my throat, dissolves into an incoherent mumble as it hits the ball.

His small eyes devour every inch of my naked body, which is truly just skin and bone with boyish nipples where there are supposed to be breasts. The only reason why any man would choose to fuck me (aside from being a paedophile, of course) would be my big blue eyes and long blonde hair.

‘Sag es!’

His whole face is scrunched up in an ugly leer and his bottom lip is quivering as he makes a weird whining noise.

Oh please! Don’t tell me you are going to cry now! Pathetic, sick, even disturbing, but not just ‘a bit strange’, Natalia?!

He keeps on yanking and jerking and thrusting like a maniac – harder and harder. He’s going to pull that thing off if he doesn’t stop!

‘Sag es! Sag es!’ he whines over and over, then forcefully flips the visor up and pulls the bottom of the helmet so close that his soft crotch hits my face. I shut my eyes a second before the first squirt of semen hits them.

‘It’s over’ slips with warmth and ease into my head, then streams down through my body, echoing the semen on my face. My eyes are closed but I can still hear him sobbing, sniffling and mumbling.

I can’t believe this fucker just ruined my make-up!

All I’ve got from this pathetic episode is an experience I will never be able to share with my grandchildren and €60 with no promise of a tip.

About The Author:

Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine, who for many years worked in the sex industry. She recently released her debut novel Twisted. Twisted is a work of fiction, but it is inspired by the author’s real life experiences making a living in the sex trade.

Lola Smirnova is currently working on her second novel Crave – a sequel to Twisted. To learn more, go to http://lolasmirnova.com/.

Connect with Lola on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BookTwisted

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twistedlolasmirnova

Blog Tour: Finding Her Way Back

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finding her way backAuthor: Heather Van Fleet

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Genre: New Adult Romance

Summary: Meet Callie, a chubby-sexy nineteen-year-old girl who fears high heels, commitments, and has a love/hate relationship with her running shoes. Nine months of college down the drain and all she has to show for it is her freshman thirty.

But alas, life has other crap plans for her–one that includes a strict regiment of “do this and do that” from her she-devil sister, all while trying to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky: the ex-best friend-turned-sex god who lives across the street.

Meet Ky; a nineteen-year-old wanna be country music singer and a boy-turned-man who still wears a proverbial skateboard around his neck from wasted high school days. When Callie returns home, he realizes that she’s exactly the muse he’s been missing all this time.

Now, if only she can stop running long enough to find out where their love could lead. Finding Her Way Back is a new adult novel about finding love while learning how to love yourself. For all the chubby-sexy girls who tend to feel invisible, this one’s for you

Disclaimer: I received this book for free as part of YA Bound Book Tours. 

Review:

When I first received Finding Her Way Back I expected it to be a sexy tale about the boy next door and, to an extent, it was but it was also so much more. It was about family, it was about loss and struggling to move on and it was wonderful.

There are some issues with the book – the plot is a little convoluted. I mean how much can one family take? But I loved Callie’s voice and how strong and powerful it was throughout the book – even when she was struggling and breaking down. I really felt for Callie, I rooted for her, I loved her. She was a wonderful lead character.

I did not like Callie’s family. They may have been loving (except Anna but reasons) but they were dysfunctional as hell and at times they were boarding on annoying but it didn’t distract from enjoyment of the book.  I very much felt that this was Callie’s story and her family had to be a part of it and even though they had their own stuff I mainly saw everything from Callie’s POV and didn’t sympathise with her family as much – or at all.

I also really enjoyed Ky’s story – even if it was very Callie centric (but as I said it’s Callie’s story.) I am usually wary when it comes to dual POV’s because I worry the voices won’t be distinctive enough but that wasn’t an issue here. Ky’s voice was just as strong as Callie’s and while I liked Ky (he’s very sexy.) I do think more could have been done with his storyline.

Overall, Finding Her Way Back is a sweet, sexy (very!) book with some powerful moments but it still remains an easy read. I would recommend it.

3 Stars.

 About the Author:

heather van fleetMidwestern native Heather Van Fleet lives in a small town on the Iowa/Illinois border. She’s a wife to her hubby–and high school sweet heart–Chris, as well as a mom to her three little girls, Kelsey, Emma and Bella. When she’s not obsessing over her fictional book characters, cooking dinner, or running around chasing her crazy kiddos, you can usually find her with her head stuck in her Kindle, sucking down White Chocolate Mochas like they’re water.

To learn more about Heather Van Fleet and her books, visit her website.You can also find her onGoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

Waiting on The Cure for Dreaming

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine which highlights upcoming release that bloggers are excited for. This week my pick is:

cure for dreamingAuthor: Cat Winters

Publisher: Amulet Books

Genre: Historical Fictional (Paranormal)

Expected Release Date: October 14th

Summary: Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout. (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: A kickass psychic feminist in the 1900s. I want it so badly it hurts.