October 23, 2014

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown
Published: June 5, 2012
Hardcover, 419 pgs

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It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer? 

Sidenote: I have yet to see this movie, so please don't spoil it for me! But...I would like to know if it was good compared to the book -- leave a comment with your thoughts :)

Okay...so my review: I loved, loved, loved this book.
As most of you probably know by now, Gone Girl revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne, wife of Nick Dunne. No one knows how, no one knows why, but all signs point to Nick. Did he kill his wife? Or is he the innocent man he claims to be? The only remaining item that can even give a clue of what happened is Amy's diary (and it's creepy, to say the least). But things may not always be what they seem.

I truly adore a good mystery novel, and Gillian Flynn does such a phenomenal job. She keeps you in suspense, pointing fingers at nearly every character, and then doubting what's real or not -- even within your own mind. The pages will turn ridiculously fast and I guarantee you will be completely immersed in this thriller.

5 out of 5 stars

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October 22, 2014

#REDEEMED by P.C. & Kristin Cast Blog Tour : Excerpt & #Giveaway!



Title: Redeemed
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #12

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.



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         Kalona streaked across the billowing thunderclouds almost in time with the lightning. The storm’s winds buffeted him, but Kalona took no heed of it. He had one duty, one responsibility, one edict from his Goddess. He would protect the people in need. No matter the cost, he chose to stand between Neferet and those he had come to value, even to love.
         Suddenly, the clouds before him began to boil and change form until Kalona was staring into the glowing eyes of the White Bull.  His body was an enormous cloud, his horns dripping with a rain of blood.
         Though it has been eons since last we met, you are as predictable now as you were then. The voice blasted through Kalona’s mind. What mutually beneficial deal shall we make this time, Kalona?
         “None, bull. Last time we met I rejected you in words, but not in my heart, nor in my deeds. Last time we met I allowed your Darkness to feed that which was weak within me and poison my life. This time I am different. This time I reject you in words, in heart, and in deeds.”
         Really, Son of the Moon? Would you still reject me if I told you I had the power to restore to you everything you lost during the eons you have wandered the mortal realm?
         “There is nothing you can give me that would be worth the price.”
         But you haven’t even heard my price. It would be so very little in comparison to that which you have lost…

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October 21, 2014

Read-Along Week three - The Perfectionist by Sara Shepard and Giveaway!

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Hey GCReaders!

Welcome to this weeks read-along for THE PERFECTIONIST by Sara Shepard.

Don't forget to enter the AMAZING giveaway below! All you have to do is comment and enter via the rafflecopter!

Week Two - Chapters 10 - 18



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In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke...until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.





CHAPTERS 19 -27

I can't take the suspense anymore. I want to know who did it, and what is going to happen next... NOW! Things are just getting weirder and weirder, and more crazy for the girls.

All five girls think that their teacher Mr. Granger is the murderer, but I honestly don't think it is. I could be wrong, but I have some ideas of who it can be. I will say that Mr. Granger is one screwed up dude, and whatever he has coming to him he deserves. It's a bit frustrating because I am not one to keep my mouth shut, and Ava goes through a very scary moment with him and has the proof, but yet decides not to say a word. Had it been me I would have stood up in that class and spoke up. 

My heart goes out to Julie, Parker, and Mac in these chapters. They try so hard to stay on top of things, and it only takes ONE person to completely unravel their worlds. I don't understand how some people can be so hateful. Julie needs to do something about her little copycat. That chick is nuts! Parker is still struggling with a lot, and therapy isn't what she expected at all. I am dying to know what comes of that.

Caitlin, on the other hand, is burying herself into one big ball of hot mess. She is steal dealing with the loss of her brother, and now with the murder of Nolan, that her emotions are all over the place and I don't think she is really thinking straight. I mean, really, who could with all that they are experiencing? But I do think that she is letting her emotions get the best of her.

There were so many twist in these chapters that I have no idea now where the story is leading. I think I have an idea, but then the next couple of pages shuts it all down.

Loving this story so far!!




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Teaser Tuesday & Giveaway: FULL CONTACT by Sidney Halston!

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She looked so fragile, so alone, and so scared that Slade wanted to put her in a protective bubble and stand guard. From the day they’d met, he’d felt this way about her. He was notoriously selfish, but when it came to this woman, a surge of protectiveness consumed him.



Title: Full Contact
Author: Sidney Halston
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: October 28th, 2014 by Loveswept

Sidney Halston returns to steamy Tarpon Springs, Florida, where a hell-raising bad boy prepares to get down and dirty for the woman he loves.

How could she have been so stupid? When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?

Mixed martial arts fighter Slade Martin knows he has a bad reputation. Hell, he's probably earned it. So it won’t be easy to convince beautiful, vulnerable Jessica that she can trust him—that from the moment she walked into his life, she’s been the only one he’s wanted. Powerful and confident, Slade knows he can honor his vow to protect Jessica body and soul. Winning her heart will be another matter . . . but a woman like Jessica is worth the fight.


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USA Today Bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike.
And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote the successful New Adult series, Seeing Red and Seeing Black. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing. Currently on sale is the bestselling contemporary romance, Against the Cage and soon to be released Full Contact, the second of the Worth the Fight series.
Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading…  She’s a reader first and foremost.When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way., she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.


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October 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Laces & Lace by Toni Aleo (Assassins #6)


Release Date: November 24th
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Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after in each other…or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?

Lacey has a strength inside her that comes alive with the things she’s most passionate about. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she’s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most—love.

Karson is doing the one thing he loves most—playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago—Lacey.

Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present, and a possible future?

Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way to finally live life together to the fullest?

Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve?


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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.


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Book Highlight & Giveaway: Game On by Collette West


Title: Game On
Author: Collette West
Genre: Romance
Publication: October 17th, 2014

Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.

Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.

Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.







          His clumsy attempt to show his feelings started off as something beautiful, something I'll never forget, and I want him to know that.
          "Jilly…" I say tentatively, and his eyes instantly snap to mine. "The way you held me all through the night, felt so…right. The way you touched me, running your hand up and down my arm, and later when you were stroking the inside of my palm with your thumb. God…it felt so good. You didn't have to say anything. I could feel it."
          "You don't know how long I'd wanted to do that," he whispers softly, his face turning red.
I smile, breaking eye contact because I'm completely overwhelmed. He's saying the words I've always wanted him to say. This is the talk we should've had a long time ago, and I want him to know everything that's in my heart.
          I meet his eyes again. "What made it even better was that…you didn't have to touch me in all of those places…any other guy would have to make me want you. Your fingers on my arm were enough. I was in agony being so close to you and not being able to do anything more. I wanted you to take me somewhere, anywhere, to finish what you started—upstairs to one of the bedrooms, outside on the porch, in the back seat of the car—so I could kiss you everywhere I wanted to—but you didn't."
          He's staring at me so intently that I'm afraid to go on, but I have to. I'm almost there.
          "I know neither of us got much sleep that night because all I could feel was your hand caressing my body from my neck to my fingertips. But the next morning, as soon as it got light, you couldn't wait to get out of there. You started muttering to yourself about being late for something, propped me up on the side of the couch, and left me there. You didn't even say goodbye. Do you have any idea what that felt like?" 
          He meets my eyes for a second before looking away. "If you were tightly wound, you can imagine how I felt. You don't remember what you were doing right before that, do you? How you were running your leg up and down mine? Your knee at my—” He stops, burying his head in his hands. “I had to get out of there because I—"
          I swallow, realizing now why he did what he did. 
          "But I could've…" I stammer. "Helped you…with that."
          He pushes himself away from the table, and I'm afraid he's going to leave me sitting there all alone again. "I didn't know what to do. I—"
          "Jilly, I was yours for the taking." 
          "Are you still?" His gaze burns into me.
          I look into his soulful, brown eyes, which are holding nothing back from me. He's taking a giant leap for me now, even if he couldn't do it back when we were kids. Things could've turned out so differently if he had, but here we are, in New York City, sitting across a table from each other, four years older, four years wiser. 
          I’d thought he was lost to me forever, never to be a part of my life again. But he's here, offering me a second chance at what I've always wanted—to be with him.





Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.





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October 16, 2014

That's what HE said Thursday w/ Giveaway: From Deities by Mary Ting!

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Title: From Deities
Author: Mary Ting
Series: Descendant Prophecies #2
Publication: October 13th, 2014

A mysterious stranger enters Skylar’s inner circle, throwing her life out of balance. As secrets are revealed, she learns of the New Olympus; a dwelling for the descendants of the Gods. The Grand family must strive to work together with these descendants to discover the key to their rescue from the clutches of the growing evil vultures of Hades. As the threat increases, Skylar must learn to control her newfound powers before it’s too late.


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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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October 15, 2014

Blog Tour/Giveaway: Promise Me This by Christina Lee






Promise Me This
by Christina Lee
Published October 7th 2014
by InterMix

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A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side...

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It's not that he doesn't respect or trust women; he doesn't trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn't do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn't take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.



This is my first book by Christina Lee and by the end of this book, I promised myself to pick up the rest of her series. I absolutely devoured Jessie and Nate. These two characters were written in a way that I felt like they could be my friends. It felt like I was reading a story of two of my friends. They're both down to earth and easy to be around. (If they were real)

Being that this is my first book in series, I knew nothing about these two characters. So they were completely fresh to me. My point being is I totally fell in love with both of them. I absolutely LOVED Nate. Yeah he was a bit of a man-whore, but of course he has a story behind that tough exterior. And that story makes you forgive him and understand him. What's even better is that throughout the book, he works on himself with the help of Jessie.

As for Jessie, I really liked her character, she had that bad girl kind of image. Such as, she was tatted up like your typical bad boy in most books today. But you get to read how every tattoo meant something special. I felt a connection with her mostly because in this book, she's still mourning for her dad. He passed a few years back but she sad about it. And I can relate to her. She was a sweetheart, a hard worker student and a wonderful friend to Nate.

Moving along to the chemistry between these two characters. It was HOT! HOT! The scenes between the two of them was like "Whoa!" But what I liked most about these two together was that they weren't sicking. They weren't all lovey dovey, I wanna puke or gag me with a spoon. They were able to act like humans despite their raging hormones. Together these two bring lots of sizzle to the page. 

I give "Promise Me This" a 4.5 stars and a definite Good Choice for Reading!!






Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip gloss, salted caramel everything, and believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.