Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Review: The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne

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Release date: September 24, 2014
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review via Netgalley
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.

Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.

Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.

But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?

In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.
When I picked up The Edge of You, it was exactly what I needed: a quick romance that made me happy with its deeply likable characters and happy ending.

Quite honestly, I don't have too much to say about The Egde of You. Both of our main characters, Jake and Maya, are likable in that they're people willing to give up their own happiness for others--which always sells me quickly. While very different, they're alike in their dedication to their families but also in their desires to strike out their own paths. But Jake is torn between this dedication to his mother and the life he's made for himself--and his deepening relationship with Maya.

I liked the characters. I enjoyed reading the book. I was happy with how it ended. How much more do I need to say?


About the author:

Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves {128}


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been wonderful! We went on vacation, so we spent the week roaming around St. Augustine, Florida, and thoroughly exhausting ourselves. I didn't post anything aside from what I'd scheduled ahead of time, so I pretty much didn't exist here. I'll catch up this week, though!


For review:
A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher

Won:
Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3) by Susan Dennard
THANK YOU ZOEY!

Traded:
Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Monday - Review: Frostborn (Thrones and Bones #1) by Lou Anders
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Books I read this week:
Frostborn (Thrones and Bones #1) by Lou Anders
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels #3) by Sarah MacLean

I'm currently reading:
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

So that's been my week! I'm definitely a historical romance fan now. I'll be throwing some of those in between all my other reads quite often. And oh my gosh, I'm so excited that I have A Little In Love, mah gosh. :) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury {101}

Title: The Forbidden Wish
Author: Jessica Khoury
Release date: February 23, 2016
She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world... 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's entire existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

Aladdin, the son of rebels executed by an evil regime, intends to use his wishes to marry the princess and enact revenge on the king. But he falls hard for mysterious Zahra. He begins to question his lifelong wish for vengeance in favor of another wish, a dangerous wish that would allow them to be together like any other boy and girl...a wish he could pay for with his life.

As their love builds and Aladdin plans a perilous new life for them both, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. 

I've only read one of Jessica Khoury's books, but I liked it, and this is sooo my style. And it's so preeeetty! :D

 So what are you guys waiting on this week? :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1) by Lou Anders

Release date: August 5, 2014
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher provided for review
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.
I really don't read much middle grade, but sometimes something about a book just screams at me. In the case of Frostborn, it was a mixture of a quote from Garth Nix about the books (one of my favorite authors everrr) and the promise of a book both Norse inspired and board-game centric.

And it was too fun! Karn and Thianna's adventures are filled with all the best kinds of creatures and a lot of cool fictional history inspired by real ancient history. There are (effectively, but not quite) zombies, a dragon, wyverns, treachery, and a lot of strategy. It's a non-stop adventure, and so entertaining all the way through.

Both Karn and Thianna have grown up feeling a bit out of place in their homes. Karn is more interested in what's going on outside of his farm and playing Thrones and Bones, but he's destined to become the hauld of his family's farm. Thianna is half frost giant, half human, tall but not quite tall enough, not quite giant enough. But each is thrown into circumstances out of their control, running and fighting for their lives and to protect those they love, and through their adventures, they come to learn so much about themselves, what they want, and what they have to do.

Both lighthearted and filled with messages, Frostborn certainly appealed to me, and I know it'd appeal to kids. Karn and Thianna are utterly easy to root for, and the ending is closed enough but leaves a good opening for the sequel, which I'm excited to read soon.


About the author:

Lou Anders's research on Norse mythology while writing Frostborn turned into a love affair with Viking culture and a first visit to Norway. He hopes the series will appeal to boys and girls equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over 500 articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. Frostborn, which Publishers Weekly described as “thoroughly enjoyable” (starred review), is his first middle grade novel. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stacking the Shelves {127}


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been good! Again, nothing much exciting? I am heading off on vacation tomorrow, though, so yay! I dunno what that means for posting, quite honestly, but I hope to have at least a few posts up this week... And I'm quite sorry my pictures are less than stellar this week, even for me, but I got lazy, so. :)

For review:



When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare

Purchased:


The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare


Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Gifted:


Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (UK edition! :D)

A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Monday - Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross
Tuesday - Teaser Tuesday: The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Friday - No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop!

Books I read this week:
Didn't finish a thing all week!

I'm currently reading:
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

So that's been my week! As I mentioned last week, I went down the historical romance rabbit hole. And I love it. I went to my local used bookstore and used credit from a bunch of books I brought in that I didn't need anymore to get some fun romance! It's the only stuff that's holding my attention right now. :) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Friday, July 17, 2015

No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop!


It's been a while since I did a giveaway hop, but I couldn't help but sign up for this one! I had a big stack of books looking for a new home, so I thought I'd let somebody provide that home!

What's fun about this hop is that it's a no strings attached hop, which means there's not a single hoop to jump through. Everybody gets one entry, but there aren't any requirements. :)

So, for this hop, one US entrant will win two books of their choice from the stack!


Enter away in the Rafflecopter! And make sure the email you use in Rafflecopter is one you check, since that'll be the one where I contact you. Again, US only and the giveaway will last through the 22nd. 
And hop away! :D


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner {100}

Title: Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Release date: December 1, 2015
A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

Ohhhhh I'm so excited for this! It's so preeetty and this series is so gooood. I can't wait to see how it ends!!

 So what are you guys waiting on this week? :)