Blog Tour and Excerpt: Circle of Lies by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber

 

circle of liesTitle: Circle of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #2)

Authors: Sara Dailey and Staci Weber

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Description:

Aiden Wright is trying to figure out who he really is, but the truth could cost him his true mate—or his life.

 

Life has always been easy for Aiden Wright. He’s smart, athletic, funny, and the ladies adore him. But when tragedy strikes, Aiden discovers the truth about who he really is, and his whole world comes crashing down around him. Aiden thought that being a teenage werewolf was going to be awesome, but it might just cost him the one girl who could make him whole.

 

Since her mother’s disappearance, Teagan Rhodes’s life has been littered with her father’s empty beer cans and his hollow promises to change. Convinced that others would only let her down, she keeps everyone at arm’s length—but resisting Aiden’s charm is proving to be more difficult than she thought. Throw in a psychotic werewolf hunter out to terminate the species, and one wrong move, one wrong decision could destroy everything.

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ABOUT SARA DAILEY & STACI WEBER co-authors of Pack of Lies & Circle of Lies – the first two Red Ridge Pack Novels

Both Sara Dailey and Staci Weber are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives and soccer moms. They have been teaching together for the past ten years and writing together for six.

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Staci Weber is a graduate of the University of North Texas. Staci is a junior high school teacher with an addiction to reading romance novels. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have a close family, some good friends, a fabulous husband and two beautiful little girls.

Sara Dailey co-authored the Red Ridge Pack Novels with her good friend and co-worker Staci Weber. She has a degree in literature from U of H Clear Lake and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. Sara is a native Texan and lives with her wonderful husband and son in League City, TX.

 

I also have an extra special excerpt to share with you all!

I didn’t want to let Teagan go. Ever. Even if I didn’t remember what had happened the last time I’d dropped her off.

 

“You going to be okay?” I asked, praying I wasn’t overstepping my boundaries.

 

     “Yes,” she replied. “Don’t worry.”

 

     I think she blushed. I wasn’t sure if it was from embarrassment about her father or pleasure at my concern, but it made my blood burn. I wanted to take her back to my car and continue were we left off. Kissing Teagan was unbelievable. The way she’d looked at me, the way she’d grabbed the back of my neck, the way her lips had molded to mine… Nothing compared. No girl. I hadn’t known a kiss could feel like that.

 

     I was about to steal another delicious kiss when the door swung open, scaring the shit out of me. Teagan jumped, too. The man who stood in the doorway was a disaster. His clothes were wrinkled and dirty, and worst was the smell of cigarettes and beer that seemed to pour off of him.

 

     “Who the fuck is this?” he slurred at Teagan. He stood there looking me up and down like he was trying to figure me out.

 

     The memory of this guy belittling his daughter came rushing back. I could feel the tension in Teagan, and it made me sick. She tried to let go of my hand, but I wouldn’t let her. There was no way I was going to let this guy come between us. I hated him already.

 

     Teagan looked at me, and for a moment I thought about picking her up and taking her away from all of this; the sadness and embarrassment in her eyes all but killed me. Reluctantly, however, I let her hand fall.

 

     But I’d never felt this angry before. I couldn’t just let it go. He was a drunken bully used to pushing my girl around, and it wasn’t going to happen tonight. I would see to that. With full-on fury coursing through my veins, my jaw tight, I turned and looked her father straight in the eye. I poured every ounce of contempt that I felt for him into that glare, and her father visibly tensed. It made me want to smile.

 

     I turned to Teagan, who was looking at her feet, humiliated. I lifted her chin with my fingers and grinned. I leaned over and whispered in her ear, “I’m going to wait out here until I see your light come on, okay? Call me if you need me. Anytime. Ever. I miss you already.”

 

     Her smile made me bold. I grabbed her face in my hands and kissed her hard on the lips. I couldn’t help myself; I needed her dad to know that she was mine. Mine. And before I turned to leave, I stood toe-to-toe with him and said, “Lay a finger on her, you will regret it.”

 

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Book Review: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Inheritance (The Goddess Test #3)
Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mythology, Last in a Series
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Publication Date: February 2013
Pages: 283 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

My Review:

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book for a long time now. How gorgeous is the Australian cover? After the nail-biting cliff-hanger at the end of Goddess Interrupted, I couldn’t wait to see how the final war between good and bad was going to play out.

Kate’s been held captive by the evil titan Cronus and his sinister and sneaky goddess queen, Calliope, for the past nine months. Now the baby she never imagined she’d have is ready to be born. Kate’s maternal instinct kicks into overdrive and she does the unimaginable – she makes a deal with Cronus for the safety of her baby. For her and Henry’s son, Milo.

It surprised me how much I enjoyed the ending to this series. Kate’s grown up a lot since the first book and is now taking responsibility for her actions – as well as stepping up to the plate and accepting her role on the Olympus Council. She’s still prone to a little exaggeration and hysteria but I found her more likeable than I had in the previous instalments.

I loved meeting new characters and seeing the old ones again. The plot managed to keep me interested right up until the last page having action and drama happening on every page. There’s betrayal and misdirection with Kate never quite sure who she can trust. There’s mystic and an ending that I never expected. The romance was sweet and didn’t manage to consume the entire novel but rather made the read all the more worthwhile.

I’ve finally given up trying to work out the family tree. It’s too ridiculous – and I suppose in that way this book does somewhat represent an ancient myth. Everyone’s related to everyone and somehow you can be your own aunt on both sides with your mother also being your aunt and sister-in-law… it’s just plain crazy!

Overall, this series was worth reading. It brought a whole new twist onto the Persephone/Hades myth and evolved it into an entirely different story. If the author ever decides to write a spin-off where James finds his true love, I’d definitely check it out!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors on my Auto-Buy List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s topic is:   Top Ten Authors That I’d Put On My Auto-Buy List (basically an auto-buy list is no questions asked..you love this author so much that no matter what they wrote next you’d buy regardless of genre or subject matter)

I have a mix of young adult authors as well as more adult authors this week – and a few who dabble in both.


Richelle Mead
– I started reading her Georgina Kincaid Succubus series early last year. From there I read all of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline books. I have recently bought the first of the Dark Swan series and can’t wait to read it. This is an author that I pre-order as soon as they become available to order. I’m very excited about her new adult series Gameboard of the Gods which is released later this year.

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JK Rowling – I loved Harry Potter. So I went out and bought A Casual Vacancy as soon as it was released… and ever since that day it’s been sitting on my bed side table just waiting for me to get around to reading it.

JK RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneA Casual Vacancy

Laini Taylor – Having just finished Days of Blood and Starlight, I have Laini Taylor on my auto-buy list. Can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.

Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and BoneDays of Blood and Starlight

Melina Marchetta – Contemporary or Fantasy – this is an author that I absolutely adore and I would read anything she wrote.

Melina MarchettaOn the Jellicoe RoadFinnikin of the Rock

Veronica Roth (Divergent), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass) – these are authors where I’ve only read one or two of their books in a particular series but loved them. Will definitely be reading the rest of the aforementioned series!

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Meg Cabot – I’ve read almost everything she’s written. Even those books under pseudonyms. Definitely an auto-buy author for me. Even if I’ve bought Abandon years ago and still haven’t read it. I’ll get there some day!

Meg CabotThe Princess DiariesShadowland - the first book in the Mediator seriesThe Boy Next Door

Kresley Cole – I fell in love with her paranormal romance series, Immortals After Dark, and followed her to the YA novel, Poison Princess. For me, she excelled in both genres and I’ll follow her anywhere. The same could be said for Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Estep and Sherrilyn Kenyon – authors that I adore their paranormal/urban fantasy for adults who also write fantastic YA novels.

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JR Ward, Patricia Briggs, Larissa Ione, Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister – all paranormal/urban fantasy writers whose books I love and buy as soon as I see they have a new one released. All of these are writers of adult fiction rather than young adult.

 

So that’s my slightly longer than a top ten list of my auto-buy authors. Do we have any in common? Are there any authors on your list that you think I should know about? Please leave me a comment telling me your thoughts on this week’s top ten 🙂

Book Review: Avenging Amethyst by Kaitlyn Price

Title: Avenging Amethyst (Immortal Eyes #1)
Author: Kaitlyn Price
Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal, magic
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: 21 January 2013
Pages: 290 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Avery and her mother have always been on the run. After her mother is murdered by something supernatural, she is left to fend for herself, alone and filled with questions. She receives a note by a stranger, giving her the opportunity to get some answers, and Avery warily accepts. She would rather face the truth than continue to be on the run.

What she discovers is nothing like she could’ve imagined. The stranger’s name is Felix, and he’s part of a race of creatures called Lovac. He tells Avery that she is a Lovac, too, and that they’re the distant descendants of the ancient vampire Nosferatu, along with two other races—the Nesmyr and Zhulik.

However, the Lovac are doomed to insanity, and nearly all of them lose their minds in their early twenties. The only way to be saved from the curse is for a Lovac to find their Dimidium, the one creature that can calm the darkness.

Nightmarish visions, kidnappings, and a lifestyle she never knew existed consume Avery’s life as she begins the search for her Dimidium and to get revenge for her mother’s death

My Review:

This book starts with a bang! Within the first paragraph Avery witnesses her mother’s murder and the excitement just keeps on going. With her mother gone and her life in a mess, Avery finds a group of magical beings who hold the secrets to the questions Avery has had since her mother’s death. With the Lovacs now at her back providing her with information, training and the ability to track down her mother’s murderer, Avery has a new family and a mission.

I have to admit I was a little lost at the start of this novel. There’s so much that happens so quickly but as I got into the story – I loved every minute. The world of the Lovac’s is exciting. There are magical powers, evil villains and the Darkness that drives a person crazy after their twenty-fifth birthday unless they’ve found their Dimidium, the Lovac equal to a soul mate. Conceptually this book had so many ideas that I adored.

Avery is a strong character – in body and spirit. She doesn’t give up no matter how dire things get. Avery is determined to help those if she can. She might be a little vengeful but she’s good at heart no matter how affected she is by the Darkness. The other Lovac she meets are fun and interesting in their own ways. I loved the relationship between Avery and Felix. I can’t wait to see how that developed (all other parties considered) in the next book in the Immortal Eyes series.

At the start I also didn’t really believe in Avery’s emotions. Her mother – her only friend in the entire world – is murdered in front of her and she just… didn’t make me feel like it was a huge thing to her. Yes, she cried in a shower but I didn’t feel her heart breaking. Timing wise, things felt a little rushed at times. Only days pass between Avery’s mother’s passing, her meeting Felix and joining the Lovacs and so much else. That said, I thought the pacing of the story was great. Enough detail was given.

As I got into the story, I loved being privy to the world of the Lovacs. It had a Vampire Academy/Trylle trilogy vibe to it and I thought this was a fantastic debut novel.

Thanks to Kaitlyn Price for providing me with a copy for review.

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Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

This review will contain slight spoils of the first book in the series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) 
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: fantasy, angels, young adult, demons, supernatural
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (an imprint of Hachette), Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 8th 2012
Pages: 513 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.

My Review:

Karou is still reeling after Akiva and the wishbone revealed their secrets. Her family gone, her heart-broken and she’s now stuck in a war between Angels and Chimera. Feeling betrayed and lonely, Karou tries to find some piece and purpose in the world.

Much like it’s predecessor, this book is beautifully written. It makes reading every page a pleasure. I love the emotions of the characters that come across in thoughts and interactions. The plot is epic. It’s interesting and creative with twists that make perfect sense and yet I never saw coming. This book involves more than just Karou and Akiva – there are scenes with Chimera and Angels along the way that add to the brutality of the war that’s taking place. And there’s also Zuzana. I love the pocket-sized dynamo. She adds comic relief and a few laughs when the tension Karou thrives on gets to be almost too much. Her interactions with Mik are both humorous and delightfully romantic.

Karou is a little darker in this book. The things she does are taking a toll on her soul and she’s devastated about her feelings regarding Akiva. I loved getting some more insight to Akiva and his background. By the end I was feeling equally heartbroken on his behalf as I am for Karou. The world of the Chimera is an interesting one to be a part vicariously though her. There are some truly evil characters in this novel and their actions are at times truly scary.  The Angels are equally fascinating to read.

I have loved every moment I have spent reading this book and am a little devastated that I have to wait till 2014 for the next instalment of this fantastic series.

Many thanks to The Reading Room for providing me with a copy to review

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Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre: paranormal romance, fantasy, magic, witches
Publisher: Little Brown Books (an imprint of Hachette)
Publication Date: 1 December 2009
Pages: 563 pages
Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

My Review:

Without darkness there can be no light…

Gatlin is a small town with small-minded thinking. Ethan Wate feels like he’s been trapped his entire life. He’s counting down the days till he can go to college and escape. His dreams are haunted by a beautiful mysterious girl he’s never met. Night after night he fails her in these dreams. Things get even more spooky when he comes face to face with his “dream girl”, Lena Duchannes – old man Ravenwood’s niece, and she smells like she does in her dreams. Lemons and rosemary.

Ethan is drawn to Lena like he’s never been before. It’s magical the way they share dreams and thoughts. Lena isn’t like anyone Gatlin has ever seen before. But Lena has a secret. She’s not just any other girl. She has a dangerous secret and a family that puts the fun in dysfunctional. Creepy cousins, bizarre uncles and a house that changes furnishings instantly. Lena has a family legacy that will either free her or condemn her on her sixteenth birthday. The countdown is on and her relationship with Ethan only makes things even more confusing and dangerous.

I’ve not read many teen novels dealing with romance told from a male’s perspective. I liked that this book isn’t the typical girl meets strange mysterious boy kind of love story.

This is a long book and it took me a very very long time to read it. I started this book months ago and only just finished it. Some parts seemed to take forever for anything to happen and then there were action sequences that were a little rushed. I felt like some Southern stereotypes were played up and there were a lot of clichés used. That said, I liked the characters. Lena was the new mysterious girl with a dark past. Her family is eccentric and somehow loveable – all of them the light and the dark. Ethan was a little bland in comparison but he’s merely mortal (or is he?) and had an easy narration style to follow. Whilst I’m not sure a guy would pay quite so much attention to clothing I thought Garcia and Stohl manage to write a male point of view that was surprisingly authentic.

Conceptually I loved the story. There’s mystique and drama around every corner. The different powers were interesting and one of the supporting characters was an awesome librarian (however the name, Marian the Librarian reminded me a bit too much of The Music Man). I wasn’t convinced by the love story in terms of how it came to be but I loved the relationship between Ethan and Lena as the countdown ticked down and the Sixteenth Moon was upon them.

Overall this was an enjoyable read however it just took too long to get to the good parts and there was something about the way the South was described that got under my skin and irritated it.

 Additional Note:
I listened to this book as an Audible audiobook (Seventeen and a half hours!). Whilst I liked the narrator’s pacing, his accents infuriated me. I understand that the characters were from the South and needed Southern accents HOWEVER I couldn’t quite get into Ethan’s character since his dialogue was narrated in an accent but his thoughts and narration was not. It felt like the two were not quite the same person.

ALSO:

If you’re planning on reading this book do not, I repeat DO NOT!, go to the IMDB page for casting for the movie. I was talking to my sister about going to see the movie this weekend because she was excited about a certain actor/actress was in it. When she told me what character the person was playing it divulged a critical plot point that didn’t happen until the last ten percent or so of the book…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Characters In X Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s topic is:  Top Ten Favorite Characters In X Genre

I’m one of those people who collect favourite characters. I think I have a new one for the list in almost every book I read. But I’m limiting this to just the ten – and my chosen genre is quite predictably, Young Adult Fiction. 

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Viktor Krum and Sirius Black from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
 I’m trying to pick different characters from my usual – I could have gone with Hermione and Luna again but I’m trying something new. For some reason I’ve always loved Viktor Krum… probably has something to do with my fascination for professional athlete… (cue creepy fan girl grin). Sirius is the ultimate bad boy who’s misunderstood. I love that he’s trying to be more responsible and respectable. AND the closest thing Harry has to a fairy godmother is a wizard godfather 😀

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
 Celaena is no ordinary Cinderella. She may be serving time doing manual labour because she’s a convicted assassin HOWEVER she’s got a conscience and a heart. I adore her and can’t wait to read more of the Throne of Glass series.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)  by L.M. Montgomery
 Anne is an example of a strong female character even when she’s not kicking bad guys to the curb. I find Anne to be adorable and funny, strong and at times ridiculous. I adore her.

Karou and Zuzanna from Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor
 I love Zuzanna. Karou is awesome (I love a good well placed itch type of revenge) but it’s Zuze that takes the cake for me in terms of favourite characters from this series. I just finished the second book and Zuze is just amazing.

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Belen from Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder
 He may just be one of Kerrick’s gang of merry men however he stole my heart as one of my favourite supporting characters. He’s strong and kind and the kind of guy you want on your team when you’re up against evil powerful sorcerers.

Sydney Sage from Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead
– It takes a strong person to go against everything you’ve been taught and because of that Sydney is one of my favourites. She’s smart and well… kind of a mess at times but she’s there for her friends and trying to do what she believes is right.

Jackson Deveraux from Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole
– He’s Cajun, drives a motorbike and is just generally the bad boy character that I love to read about. Need I say more?

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Cinder from Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer
 I just finished reading Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) and it reminded me of how much I liked Cinder. She’s so young and I tend to forget that reading it because she’s smart beyond her years and when she’s on a mission? Watch out!

Francesca Spinelli from Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
– This is the book I related to most in high school and Francesca is the character that I could see myself most in. I love her and love this story.

Ian O’Shea from The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephenie Meyer
 I may not have been a fan of Twilight but I loved the Host and its characters. Ian is strong and gorgeous with a good heart and soul.

So that’s my list for this week 😀 Thanks for visiting.