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  1. I Said I'd Do A Giveaway!

    Saturday, October 25, 2014


    So yesterday I said I'd do a giveaway - just because we love and appreciate all you followers and for no other reason.

    We're not going to make this tough - you just have to be a follower of the blog with extra entries for being on Twitter or Instagram.

    Giveaway #1

    First up - Find my tweet and repost making sure to use the hashtag #ficfarefallcleanup and I'll pick 2 winners and reposters to choose two books of choice from this stack.

    Second up - Find my instagram picture and repost it making sure to use the hashtag #ficfarefallcleanup and I'll pick 2 followers who have reposted to win 2 books of choice from this stack.

    PLEASE NOTE - I WILL BE PICKING A WINNER VIA THE HASHTAG SO MAKE SURE YOU USE IT! 

    Giveaway #2
    BUT I know not everyone who follows us are here for the YA stuff so I wanted to do something for those of you looking for something a bit more... adult.


    I'll be giving these books away via the rafflecopter below - make sure you are a blog follower via email and that's really all I ask!

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  2. STONE COLD TOUCH
    By: Jennifer Armentrout
    Publication Date: October 21, 2014
    Every touch has its price

    Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

    But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

    ABOUT JENNIFER
    # 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer 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, 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

    She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
    Jaime's Thoughts
    Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I’m pretty sure the first question I got asked when people saw me reading Stone Cold Touch was “Are you Team Zayne or Team Roth?”

    I’m not entirely sure how to answer this question even after finishing. If you’ve read any of Jennifer’s books, then you know she does swoony guys amazingly well, and well, when she’s got two in one story that just makes it even harder to decide which one you’re going to cheer for.

    Stone Cold Touch picks up shortly after White Hot Kiss. Can I just say that I’m glad I waited to read these two books back vbg back because that cliffhanger would probably have had me sending Jennifer random gifs of sobbing people via twitter. Jumping back into Layla’s world, she is trying to figure out where she belongs as well as work out her feelings for the two guys who have stolen pieces of her heart. Roth who she connected with in ways she never expected and Zayne, her lifelong friend who is absolutely off-limits, but keeps hinting at things not staying that way.

    Suddenly Layla’s powers aren’t exactly the same, they keep changing and she isn’t exactly sure why. And the Warden’s… the people she’s considered family all these years are keeping secrets from her and she isn’t really sure who she can trust.

    Okay so yes… love triangle. Deal with it. The best thing about this one, at least for me, is that I can’t even decide who I’d like to see her with. They are both amazing guys and they both love her for the same types of reasons. It’s hard to decide who I’d like to see her with in the end.

    Which leads me to the guys. Totally lovely guys. Guys who will sacrifice and betray for her. I loved every second of it.

    And Layla is a wonderful character herself. The struggles she’s presented with in this book really have her making some tough decisions and her struggle to figure out who she can trust and confide in and ultimately lean on was a great part of this story.

    The end… though not really a cliff-hanger in my eyes, I have to say that I kind of saw that coming. That doesn’t mean I’m less excited for what’s next, in fact, just the opposite. I can’t wait to see what Jen does to our group in book 3!

    If you’re looking for something a bit different – gargoyles are nothing I’ve read before, then you’re going to want to pick this series up. In true Jennifer Armentrout fashion, she hooks you with an amazing story, wonderful characters and swoony guys who will probably have you drooling a bit.

    Thank you to Harlequin Teen for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.


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  3. What is Flashback Friday you ask?  

    I know... I know... As if you don't have a million and one memes to follow! BUT we're hoping that you might want to participate in just one more!  

    If you're like us, you read a lot... you add a ton to your 'to be read' lists and you sometimes forget about some amazing things because they get pushed down either your favorites list or that pile of books you need to read.  That doesn't mean those books are no less amazing!

    This is a way for us to highlight books that are older that maybe don't get as much recognition now because they have been out for a while.  Books that we read and loved or books that have been on our To Be Read lists for ages, but we just haven't gotten around to them yet.  

    On to the details - Pick a book... any book that meets the following criteria:  

    1.  Must have been published at least 2 years ago or 
    2.  Preferably is still in print or available to read

    Grab our button or make your own then simply feature it on your blog... See the example below, and then come back here and link us up!! AND Spread the word!!
    Jaime's Pick
    THE FIFTH FAVOR
    By: Shelby Reed
    Publication Date:  January 2004 (original pub)

    I was completely surprised by how much I loved this book.  The summary had me kind of thinking I was crazy for even considering reading it, but the writing was wonderful, the story was so intriguing and I found myself falling a little bit for Adrian.  If you're thinking you might pick this up, but aren't sure, at least give it a try!  Highly recommended!! 
    Here's my original review! 
    Imagine a world where a woman’s every pleasure, every wish and wildest fantasy is granted by the man of her dreams…

    Such a world exists inside the walls of Avalon, an elite private club that caters to women’s deepest desires. Billie Cort, a reporter from the raunchy magazine Illicit, has come to Avalon to interview the club’s most popular escort, the breathtakingly sexy Adrian.

    Expecting nothing less from a place like Avalon, Billie is still stunned at how effortlessly Adrian brings out her sexual side. Adrian, too, is surprised to find himself thinking about Billie long after their interview is over. Adrian, of course, is irresistible, but Billie isn’t accustomed to being pursued by outrageously attractive male escorts. Adrian wants her, but soon realizes that she can fill a role in his life that’s more than just physical…


    ABOUT SHELBY
    At the age of ten, Shelby Reed wrote her first romance with Prince Charming — literally! — as the hero, and it's been non-stop story spinning ever since.

    Despite the idealistic place from which she embarked, she's partial to writing realistic, flawed, multi-faceted characters, lush emotion, and the ever-possible happy ending.

    While currently published in the sub-genre of "Romantica" with Ellora's Cave, she hopes to explore other literary horizons such as suspense, fantasy, and young adult romance in the future.

    When not pecking away at the computer keyboard, Shelby enjoys creative projects such as portraiture and decorating, and lives a bucolic life with her own Prince Charming in North Florida.

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    Erin's Pick
    SOME GIRLS BITE (CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES, #1)
    By: Chloe Neill
    Publication Date: April 7, 2009

    I love this series and I love that it is set in Chicago.  Merit and Ethan are great main characters and Neill creates this world where humans live amongst the paranormal and everyone knows about it.  There is action and romance and enough vampire politics to keep you turning the pages.  If you haven't checked this series out and you enjoy a good paranormal, consider this one.  Neill is still writing this series and #10 just came out so go get started!

    Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

    Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,
    four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

    But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?


    My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

    ABOUT CHLOE
    Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest—just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia's to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys—her husband (also her favorite landscape photographer) and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.) Visit her on the Web at www.chloeneill.com.

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  4. THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES
    By: Jeaniene Frost
    Publication Date: August 26, 2014
    In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. 

    Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. 

    Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…


    ABOUT JEANIENE
    Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.
    Jaime's Thoughts
    The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    New Adult from Jeaniene Frost!! Count me in! Yes, that was my initial reaction when I heard about this new series. I’m a huge fan of her Night Huntress series so I knew I was going to give this a try, and I’m glad I did.

    Ivy has always had strange visions… she never thought they were anything but hallucinations. But when her sister goes missing, she finds that everything she thought was true, really isn’t, and now her sister is trapped in a parallel demon realm and she will do anything to save her.

    Even learn to trust the one person who actually believes her … and just happens to be bound the one person who is destined to betray her. Adrian certainly doesn’t support the people who raised and trained him, but he’s convinced that the past will repeat itself with him betraying Ivy in a devastating way. But for now, they have to work together to find a relic that will save her sister. But along the way, feelings become entwined and the fight to stay away from each other becomes even harder.

    Plus… Ivy has her own destiny and eventually it will have them on opposite sides of a war that could doom the world as we know it.
    I have to say that while I enjoyed this first book, I didn’t love it for a couple of reasons. That’s not to say that won’t read on… in fact, I’m actually looking forward to book 2 a bit more now because most of the groundwork is laid here in the first, and I think (I hope!) that many of the issues between Adrian and Ivy are now out in the open and we’ll see them work through them going forward.

    So my hangups… I really, really struggled with the information withholding on Adrian’s part. He knew the full story, but refuses to answer Ivy’s questions or give her any clue as to the full picture of what is really happening. The best example I can give is the mirrors, and when you read this, you’ll know why. And yes, I get that that is part of moving the plot along, but I think it really just frustrated me. That’s not to say that the pacing on the plot is off… On the contrary, I thought the storyline was paced really well, and I never really felt a lag while reading. Instead, I think it was used in a way that made me feel as lost as Ivy, and I don’t think it was necessary, mostly because I had guessed what happened with the mirrors along the way.

    The worldbuilding was a little flimsy for me too. I felt like from the very beginning of the story, we’re thrust into the action of the story, without much to build on and the small details we get along the way really weren’t sufficient. The head Angel who comes and goes never really felt like much of a character to me and I never really connected with our main characters either. I liked Ivy and Adrian… but I didn’t love them. I didn’t get that connection that pulls me into their story and makes me cheer and cringe and cry for them and for the most part when I read, I need that.

    My review makes this sound like it was all bad, but you can see by my rating that it wasn’t. The story itself is filled with action and somewhat interesting to me… and yes, we even get a bit of steam here in book 1. I am definitely going to be reading book 2 when it arrives so definitely check this one out and let me know what you thought once you’re done!

    Thank you to Harlequin for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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  5. LAILAH (THE STYCLAR SAGA #1)
    By: Nikki Kelly
    Pulblication Date: October 7, 2014
    Lailah by Nikki Kelly
    The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

    On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

    In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

    Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

    About Nikki
    Nikki KellyI was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. So it will probably come as no surprise that when I'm not dreaming in Vampires & Angels, I dream in chocolate! For the past ten years I have lived in West London with my hubby and two dogs, Alfie - the Pug & Goose - the Chihuahua.

    LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes. Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.

    These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

    Erin's Thoughts

    Lailah by Nikki Kelly
    My rating: 2.5of 5 stars

    Lailah by Nikki Kelly is the first in a paranormal YA fantasy and it was an interesting introduction to the world that Kelly has created as well as the characters. I have to admit, this story didn’t win me over and I felt like I was just reading about Lailah running and fainting all the time but I also have to admit, I am curious to see where Kelly will take this series.

    Lailah doesn’t really know anything about herself (including her name – she actually goes by the name Francesca early on) but she does know she is different. She has been drifting through life trying to stay separate from people because she knows after a while they will notice that she doesn’t age. The other thing she can recall is a face and name…Gabriel. She dreams of him often and has no idea why.

    On her way home from work, things change drastically for Lailah. She comes across an injured boy (Jonah) and decides to help him even though she knows something isn’t right about him. In her efforts to help him out, she realizes quickly he is a vampire and in some serious trouble. When Jonah’s friends finally show up, we find out that Gabriel isn’t just a dream…he just happens to be an angel.

    If you dig deep, you will find an interesting story - good vs. evil and Lailah’s heritage plays a huge role. I liked it but there were parts I found frustrating. It drove me crazy that Lailah was so jealous all the time and then would string Jonah around to make Gabriel react. I also wanted more of the good vs. evil stuff instead of all the relationshippy stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the swoony stuff but I wanted a better understanding of who Lailah was and why everyone wanted a piece of her. Also…why is everyone always so perfect and gorgeous?

    Yes, there is a love triangle here and who the heck knows where Kelly will go with this. I also have no idea where the next book will take the reader in regard to Lailah’s heritage and her relationships with those around her. That may be why I find myself adding the next book onto my to read shelf but I’m not absolutely certain what side of the fence I am on with this book. If you enjoy Twilight and books with a similar storyline, you might also enjoy this one.

    Thank you to Macmillan for the review copy.
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  6. REVIEW: Witchrise by Victoria Lamb

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    WITCHRISE (THE TUDOR WITCH TRILOGY #3)
    By: Victoria Lamb
    Publication Date: September 30, 2014
    Witchrise (The Tudor Witch Trilogy, #3)
    Only one witch can rise above the coming storm ...

    When Tudor witch Meg Lytton receives an unexpected legacy - her mother's magical wand, ring and spellbook - she has no idea her future happiness is in danger. For the witchfinder Marcus Dent is back in her dreams, and he will use any weapon to gain her newfound powers for himself.

    Now Meg must discover the secret of Invictus, her mother's magical ring. Summoned back to Hatfield, she knows a battle is coming. But Meg is no longer alone in her struggle against Dent. Surrounded by her friends, she faces her greatest challenge head-on: losing Alejandro, her beloved. For it seems the Spanish novice has been keeping secrets from them all.

    Powers clash and hearts break in the spellbinding third book of The Tudor Witch Trilogy.

    About Victoria
    Victoria LambVictoria Lamb lives in a farmhouse on the wild fringes of Bodmin Moor with her husband, five kids, two cats and a crazed Irish Red Setter. She is addicted to social media, and on dark nights has been known to sneak out and howl at the moon.




    Erin's Thoughts

    Witchrise by Victoria Lamb
    My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

    Witchrise by Victoria Lamb is the final book in the Tudor Witch trilogy and I thought Lamb wrapped this one up well.

    The book opens with Meg living at her father’s house with Alejandro and Richard. She is also working with Richard to reach Meg’s mother in the afterlife as they are hoping to get some answers from her directly. As they come face to face with Catherine, she shows them (kind of) where she hid her spell book, athame, and some other magical items. Once Meg finds them, she comes to realize exactly how powerful these magical tools are and what that means for her.

    Meg is still the same character. She is tough and independent. She definitely doesn’t want her reputation to affect Alejandro which is why she continues to put off telling him whether she will marry him or not. On top of that, she knows that since she is a commoner and English and he is a noble and Spanish, they could never really marry…despite what he really thinks. Add to that the fact that he wants her to give up her magic and she knows they could never really be together. Even though she knows this, she is very reluctant to give Alejandro up as she truly does love him. Eventually she does push him back into Princess Elizabeth’s household as her father doesn’t want him to be under his roof.

    As Meg continues to dig into her mother’s past as well as the magical items she found, she finds out Marcus Dent is still a threat to her and those she loves. He continues to attack her and as he does so, he finds out about the athame and the ring she carries. When he has the opportunity, he does whatever is in his power to get these items from Meg and tries to get his revenge against her.

    The secondary characters Lamb writes definitely add to the story. Richard is Meg’s support in magic, Alejandro is the man she loves and will do whatever he can to protect her (whether she wants him to or not), and Elizabeth is the princess who commands Meg and even provides her a bit of protection every now and then. I have to admit, there were times that I was annoyed with Elizabeth…mostly because of the things she would ask Meg to do for her and then turn around and get angry or break the rules when she didn’t hear what she wanted.

    I don’t want to say too much about the story as I don’t want to give anything away. I think if you enjoyed the first two books of this series, you will find that this one is a solid conclusion. There were times that the story moved a bit slowly but overall I felt there was enough action, swoony bits, and story to keep it moving along. I did enjoy how Lamb wrapped this one up for Meg and I look forward to reading more from Lamb in the future.

    Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for the review copy.



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  7. LOVE & OTHER THEORIES
    By: Alexis Bass
    Publication Date: December 31, 2014

    I absolutely fell in love with this when I saw the cover... but then I read the summary and now my impatience for it is at new heights! We're definitely excited for this to arrive on shelves!! 
    If you want more, you have to give less.

    That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

    So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.


    So...What are you waiting for this week?

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