Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

Since I just finished the first book in the series, Dark Inside and LOVED it, of course I can't wait for the follow up. Not to mention the cover is fab! 

Title: Rage Within (Dark Inside #2)
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Publication Date: September 24, 2012
Published By: Simon & Schuster

Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael have survived the first wave of the apocalypse that wiped out most of the world's population, and turned many of the rest into murderous Baggers. Now, they're hiding out in an abandoned house in Vancouver with a ragtag group of surviving teens, and trying to figure out their next move. 

Aries is trying to lead, but it's hard to be a leader when there are no easy answers, and every move feels wrong. Clementine is desperate to find her brother Heath, but it's impossible to know where he'd be, even if he is still alive. Michael is still haunted by the memories of his actions during his harrowing struggle to survive. And Mason is struggling with something far worse: the fear that he may be a danger to his friends. 

As the Baggers begin to create a new world order, Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive.

Rage Within (Dark Inside, #2)

This book just sounds like it could go so many ways the curiosity is killing me.

Title: Monument 14
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publication date: June 5, 2012
Published By: Feiwel & Friends

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. 

A huge store isn’t the worst place to be stranded. There’s food and water, bedding and books. But what if it’s not safe to leave? Emmy Laybourne had us from the get-go with her utterly fresh and fast-paced debut. 

Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids are trapped together in a chain superstore. Together they build a refuge for themselves inside, while outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapon spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

Monument 14

What are you waiting on??

Monthly Book Giveaway


These are the books you get to choose from this month, Good Luck peeps!!

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) Lauren Destefano
Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells
Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
Dead To You by Lisa McMann
When the Red Sea is Rising by Cat Hellisen
Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

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Monday, 30 January 2012

Dark Inside Review

Title: Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1)
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover, 329 pages

*I purchased this book*

Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it’s our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everyday people into hunters, killers, crazies. 

Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she’s about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd. 

Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.

My Thoughts
Dark Inside is an intense and bloody thrill ride. This book is packed with heart stopping action from the very first page straight through to the last, you just can't put it down. With relatable characters and true to life scenarios this book scared the friggin pants off me. I was up all night, not reading, just trying to stop jumping at every stupid little noise. You know a story has impact when your wondering if your neighbors have turned into bloodthirsty killing machines. 
The story has a 28 days later feel, but even scarier is the fact that the people in this version don't turn into mindless zombies. Jeyn Roberts' monster retain their problem solving skills, meaning no matter where you go, they'll find you. They can even trick you into thinking they haven't been affected and pounce when your back is turned. So how could I not be awed by the iron will her characters have and the hope they refuse to lose. Four teenagers who have lost everything, the whole world turned to chaos around them, and yet they still push forward searching for safety. This is literally the definition of me against the world.
If you haven't noticed already, I love this book. Everything about it. The people, the fast paced plot, the insanity that this could actually happen, the foreboding feeling that lingers while you read it. I've even wondered if maybe her theory about the fall of these ancient civilization is dead on. If you like dystopian you should definitely read this. It isn't post-apocalyptic, it IS the apocalypse, so definitely something you'd enjoy. Jeyn Roberts made a killer debut with this book and I am pining for more of her work. 5 out of 5, obviously.

Dark Inside

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Hitting The Shelf { 2 }

So, I've decided to continue doing this post every week because it's helping me remember when everything is coming out. I'm nothing if I'm not scatter-brained. If anybody knows anybody who can make me a button for this post, let me know, much appreciated ;)

January 31 2012
Incarnate (New Soul #1) by Jodi Meadows / Katherine Tegen
Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons / Tor Teen
New Girl by Paige Harbison / Harlequin Teen
Lenobia's Vow (House of Night Novellas #2 ) by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast / St. Martin's Griffin

February 1 2012
The Other Life by Susanne Winnaker / Usborne
The Girls of No Return Erin Saldin / Scholastic
Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire #2) by Courtney Allison Moulton / Katherine Tegen
Clarity (Clarity #1) by Kim Harrington (paperback) / Scholastic

February 2 2012
Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne / G.P. Putnam's Sons
A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2) by Kelly Keaton / Simon Pulse

Friday, 27 January 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

books I bought this week

Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved 32) by Cate Tiernan
Crave (The Clann #1) by Melissa Darnell
The Demon Lover by Juliet dark

For Review

Until Next Time (The Angel Chronicles #1) by Amy Lignor

Thanks to Tribute Books ;)

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Feature & Follow Friday

This weeks question

Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

Self - help books, I just can't get down with someone telling people the right way to live, how too change this or that. The whole genre seems contrived and preachy, two things I just can't get down with. Other then that I'd pretty much read anything as long as it sounded interesting. Oh, and instruction manuals, for electronics and the like. Never read one in my life! LOL

leave a link to your post ;)

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

I am starving for Dystopian, I have a mind to go max my credit card on them, that's all I seem to want to read these days. So in keeping with the theme, I am DYING for these books.

Author: Galaxy Craze
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Published By: Poppy

Happily ever after is a thing of the past.
The year is 2090. 
England is a barren land. Food is rationed. Oil has decimated the oceans. The people are restless.
A ruthless revolutionary enacts a plan to destroy the royal family, and in a moment, the king is dead. His heiress, Princess Mary, and her brother, Jamie, have been abducted, and no one knows their fate. Princess Eliza Windsor barely escapes, and finds herself scared and lost in London's dangerous streets.
With a mind for revenge and the safe recovery of her siblings, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. There she is tempted by her first taste of independence -- and true love. Ultimately she must summon her courage and fight to ensure that she does not become... The Last Princess.

The Last Princess

Title: Glitch (Glitch #1)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Published By: St. Martin's Press

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

Glitch (Glitch, #1)

What are you waiting on??

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Hitting The Shelf

So, I've decided to start doing a post every Monday to let you guys know some of the awesome books being released that week. Mostly just as a reminder, since I have my eye on so many I tend to forget there release dates and don't realize they've come out until much later. Then I'm left thinking, DAMMIT I could have read that weeks ago!!

If this goes well and you guys find it informative then I'll continue to do it and get a graphic made to put at the top and whatnot. So as always feedback is appreciated, help me help you. now without further adieu, the awesomeness that is this weeks releases.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Life Eternal (Dead Beautiful #2) by Yvonne Woon / Disney-Hyperion

Diabolical (Tantalize #4) by Cythia Leitich Smith / Candlewick Press
Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan M. James / HarperTeen
Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodie Ashton / Balzar + Bray
The Way We Fall (The Way We Fall #1) by Megan Crewe / Disney-Hyperion

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick / Lerner Publishing

*links will take you to the books Goodreads page*

Saturday, 21 January 2012

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

The books I bought this week =D

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods and Monsters #1) by Kelly Keaton
Another Faust (Another #1) by Daniel and   Nayeri
Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2) by Gweb Hayes
Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1) by Yvonne Wood
XVI (XVI #1) by Julia Karr
Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda hocking

ebooks bought this week

Dream Dark (Caster Chronicles #2.5) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Never To Sleep (Souls Screamers #5.5) by Rachel Vincent
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
Craved (Gwen Sparks #1) by Stephanie Nelson
Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness #1) by P.T. Michelle
Descended by Blood (Vampire Born #1) by Angelina Kace

I seriously need an ereader, I use MyKindle for my computer and it sucks, but the deals are so good I can't say no. Hopefully soon I can add a real Kindle to my IMM ;)

Leave a link, so I can check out your books!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Before I Fall Review

Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Published By: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 417 pages

*I purchased this book*

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

My Thoughts
Before I Fall is a truly heartfelt story about friendship, love, life and death, but most of all, choice.  It's also highly addictive, so when you read it make sure you have lots of time to do so. This is my first Lauren Oliver book and it won't be my last, she captivated me from the first sentence with her uncanny use of words, she puts so much depth and feeling in to the simplest sentences. I don't usually put quotes in my reviews but i'm breaking a rule here. "What a rebel right?" This part of the book is the kind where a sob gets stuck in your throat and your eyes get all blurry.

"Promise me you'll stay here with me?"
"I promise," he whispers.
And then, just at that moment, when I'm no longer sure if I'm awake or dreaming or walking some valley in between where everything you wish for comes true, I feel the flutter of his lips on mine, but it's too late, I'm slipping, I'm gone, he's gone, and the moment curls away and back on itself like a flower folding up for the night.

*sniffles* Beautiful huh? before you go thinking I ruined the book, it's not what you think, it's just a small part, I didn't give away the ending or anything.
 I've never seen one character grow so much in one book. You watch Sam go from typical, vapid, popular girl, to someone who realizes her choices and actions effect everyone she comes in to contact with. Thus reigning in her petty ignorance and flippant attitude. I really started out not liking this girl, to being genuinely upset that she has to endure all of it.
The supporting characters in this book have a strong presence and are well developed. I cared about every single one, there is a part of all of them you can relate too. Lindsay, who covers insecurities with cattiness. Elody who just wants everyone to get along and forget the things in life that make you sad. Ally, the girl who  seems to has everything money can buy, but not the things it can't . And then there's Kent, who is a scatterbrained disaster in a bowler hat and just wants to be Sam's hero.
Before I fall is the kind of book that really makes you take a look at yourself, and makes you realize that maybe something has to change. After all, today could be your last. If you haven't read this, do it. I laughed, I cried, I even got a little angry, but this book will forever be one of my favorites.

Before I Fall

Monday, 16 January 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B @ Should Be Reading

Title: Stolen Away
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date: January 17, 2012

"Where's your mother's stash of PMS chocolate?"
"Behind the dried lentils, but it's for emergencies."
"Hello?" I pointed at her. "Kidnapped" Then at myself "Shot."
"Good point. Give me a piece of that."

~Stolen Away, pg.161

Stolen Away

Friday, 13 January 2012

Author Interview With J.J. Bonds and Giveaway

On my stop of the blog tour you get an Interview with  J.J. Bonds, author of Crossroads, a chance to win a digital copy of the book and a clue for your chance to win a Kindle Fire. So read on lovelies and Good Luck ;)

As if high school isn’t miserable enough, try being uprooted and dropped fangs first into an uptight prep school where everyone knows your name and they’ll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets of your past.

When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren’t exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds’ most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.

But Katia will do her time at Crossroads. After all, she’s only enrolled at the prestigious school for pure blood vampires to fulfill a promise to her Great Uncle Aldo. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Katia hopes to shed the demons of her past and focus on her education. Raised blissfully unaware of the entire vamp world, she’s got a lot of catching up to do.

As Katia learns more about this dark society and her own legacy, protecting her past becomes increasingly difficult. Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can’t explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried. What choice does she have? Exposure will shake the Elder’s Council to its core and likely result in a death sentence at the hands of the Linkuri.

Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia’s secrets may be the darkest of them all.


J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes young adult speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Crossroads, was released in fall of 2011. It is the first in the Crossroads Academy series. J.J. lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where her love of all things paranormal keeps life interesting. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious dogs and is expecting a new addition to the family in March.

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J.J.:  Hi Tristan! Thanks for featuring Crossroads on Reads with Reckless Abandon! I’m really excited about the blog tour and appreciate all of the support from bloggers like yourself who are hosting the tour stops.

Moi: Hey J.J. welcome to the blog, and my first author interview (YAY me!)

 First I want to say Congrats on your debut novel, and ask what inspired you to write Crossroads?

Thanks! To be honest, it was a long time coming. I actually started writing Crossroads a while ago and had tucked it away to focus on more practical things (like paying the bills) until my father was diagnosed with cancer last year. It was a heartbreaking, but much needed wakeup call for me. I had pushed aside my dream of being a published author in favor of more practical pursuits, but ultimately I realized that I wanted to be doing something I was truly passionate about. I didn’t want to look back and have any regrets and I wanted to make each day count. Throughout it all, my father has been one of my biggest supporters and without him I don’t know if I would have found the courage to chase my dream.

Are any of your characters based on people you know?

I wish! I have some pretty amazing friends, but they aren’t quite as intense or dramatic as the Crossroads cast. That’s not to say they can’t be as mysterious, quirky, or sexy (thankfully they’re not as angsty!) but it’s definitely in smaller, less exhausting doses.

 What books/authors have influenced you most?

I read a lot of Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine growing up which definitely helped feed my love of all things paranormal and also got me thinking about writing as a career. In high school I used to draft my own crazy mysteries although in retrospect I realize those manuscripts left a lot to be desired. I’d also credit Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series for bringing me back to the YA genre after years of reading more adult fare.

 Do you listen to music when you write, if so any specific songs or bands that were important to the writing of Crossroads?

I listen to music about half of the time when I write. It just depends on the day and my mood. My playlist runs the gamut from classical, to alternative, to rock. Here’s a sampling of my playlist which is totally random!

*‘Possum Kingdom’ by the Toadies
*‘Doll Parts’ by Hole
*‘False Pretense’ by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
*‘Hell’s Bells’ by AC/DC

 If you were to cast Katia and Nikolai in a movie, who do you think could portray them best?

Hmm… I don’t want to sound like a movie snob (because let’s be honest, if there was a movie I’d go all fan girl and die happy!), but I’m not sure I’d want an established actor or actress to take the lead. Hear me out! I’ve always loved underdogs so I think I’d rather take a chance on some fresh new faces (sans typecasting) for Crossroads. But if I had to choose... Katia would be played by Lilly Collins. I know she’s moving up in the world, but I’m sure she’d happily cast off The Mortal Instruments for Crossroads. Besides, it would be fun to see her play a tougher, less vulnerable character. For Nikolai I’d cast Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Obviously because he is gorgeous and completely embodies Nikolai.

 Any hints as to where the next book in the series is headed, and when it's schedules to release? (I need more Nikolai, not gonna lie)

Oh, that makes two of us! I could us a little more Nikolai in my life too! And I promise you will see much more of him in book two which I plan to release this summer. Hints, huh? I guess I could give you a little something. Let’s just say that Katia will be branching out from Crossroads Academy and that you can expect more action and some interesting new characters in book two!

 What was your favourite scene to write in Crossroads? 

Oh, I don’t want to give anything away so let’s just say that writing New Year’s Eve was a highlight for me.

 If you could have any superpower what would you choose and why?

If I could have a super power? Who says I don’t have one? My husband would tell you that my uncanny ability to talk for extended periods of time without stopping for breath qualifies. But really? I’d love to have psychokinetic powers. How awesome would it be to have the ability to move things with my mind, teleport, and create force fields? Need I say more?

 Guilty pleasure?

Just one? Between you and me, I’ve got quite a few not the least of which are wine, chocolate, and scary movies (yes, even the really bad ones). My absolute favorites are Riesling (I love sweet wines), Hershey’s chocolate bars (I live 40 minutes from the factory), and Resident Evil (which I realize isn’t exactly scary, but it’s got zombies - more or less - so I figure it counts because who doesn’t love zombies?). Truthfully, the movies that actually scare me are the ones that have the potential to be real, but the ones I watch the most are the ones with zombies! I also enjoy foreign horror films and don’t let those pesky subtitles stand in the way of a good scare!

Name the first 5 things you see on your computer desk?

I guess I’m an oddball, but I don’t actually write at a desk. I’m trapped behind a desk at my day job (think cubicle maze!) so I try to avoid the same when I’m home and do most of my writing at the dining room table or from the couch. So the truth is, I only have a handful of items within reach at any givne time and while they’re not that exciting, it does minimize the distractions and make clean up easy!

Here are the deets for the giveaway:

1. Comment to win!
2. One random comment will be selected to win a digital copy of JJ Bonds Crossroads
3. All comments will be counted to win a KINDLE FIRE with a Crossroads Gel Cover
4. Collect Clues along the tour for a chance to win
5. Comment at each tour stop for extra chances to win
6. Tweet and use #crossroadsbooktour for extra chances to win along with random drawings to win digital copies of the book
6. Collect clues to find the final entry to win the Kindle Fire
7. Winners will be selected January 31st