Instead, they both got a reason to change their minds…
Forever was never an option…
… Never Say Never.
Never Say Never follows two friends, Kasey and Jonah, that have known each other just short of forever. In a single moment, they decide to take their friendship to a different level…with no strings attached. Neither of them intended for things to go so far. Kasey and Jonah fall, fight, and re-fall for each other in only ways that the two of them can. Knowing each other’s past can be a double-edged sword. But in Harden Fields, there are always skeletons left hanging in the closet…they just don’t hang around for long.
Spooked is the story of Lorelei, a girl with the unique power to steal people's secrets. When her powers manifested, Lorelei's parents dropped her over to her aunt, in order to protect her from the shadow spooks. After years of learning how to hide her gift and finally adapting in her everyday school life in her small town, something terrible happens. Girls from her school start disappearing and Lorelei is faced with a dilemma, use her powers and figure out who the abductor, putting herself in grave danger or trying to stay away and live with the burden that she didn't do anything to help those girls. When one of her friends becomes the latest missing girl in town, Lorelei can't take it any more and starts digging inside people's mind to find out their darkest secrets, soon after the spooks come after her. Now Lorelei has two different enemies and no way to stay safe from either.
This book was a welcome surprise. I went in knowing pretty much nothing about the author or the book itself. I really enjoyed every bit of it. It was creepy, sweet and sometimes harsh. I loved how there was no sugar coating any situation. The characters were very realistic, which made them adorable and cruel at the same time.
The story moved fast and it took an unexpected turn. I never expected things to turn out that way. I love when an author can still surprise me. I don't know if there is a sequel, but the storyline could move forward. I'd love to see more of the world Tracy Sharp created. And I am definitely going to check the rest of her books.
Sally the succubus sucks at her job, no pun intended. Being a former secretary with no love life to speak of doesn’t exactly give her much experience in the “Hot Seductress” department. So when her Master says she’s not meeting her monthly soul-corrupting quota, he does what any loving boss would do – he sends her to Elysian, a reform school for the “wicked at heart.” Determined to prove she’s not terrible at her job, Sally sets out to become the best succubus she can be. And with her long-time crush Hector, the Underworld’s most infamous incubus, as her teacher, Sally’s even more anxious to prove her mettle.
Too bad no one told her that people have been mysteriously disappearing from Elysian, only to show up as mutilated corpses a few days later. Then she might not have been so eager to go, man candy or not.
When the killer targets Sally, it’s up to Hector and her to put a stop to the evil force once and for all. But doing so may cost them their hearts – and their souls.
Fast, fun, and flirty, Carnal is a steamy paranormal romance that’s sure to leave you aching for more.
WARNING: Adult language and explicit sexual situations. Recommended for 18+
Lola Taylor is a pen name for my, erm, “steamier” novels. I like books that make me laugh, gasp, and swoon, which is what I try to shoot for in my stories. I’m a sucker for fantasy books, particularly those involving vampires and the supernatural – especially while said vampire is sweeping a gal off her feet. I like horror movies, playing around in Photoshop, and wearing the battery down on my ereader. I have two rescued kitties, and a husband who hates to read but gives me his unconditional support, all the same. During the day, I work in a cubicle for customer service and hash out new story ideas in my many notebooks. At night, I work on my stories until I faceplant on my keyboard. Then I wake up and do it again the next day. I love it. =) (The writing part, not so much the “faceplanting-on-the-keyboard” part.) I love Game of Thrones, reading manga, and have a slight Pinterest addiction.
Finnegan MacCullen: a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament.
Gideon Lir: a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own.
Secretly, these blue-collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood…when they are not battling each other.
Finn (not bleedin’ Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.
Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn’s survival.
Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of “fighting Irish.”
All her life, the archetypal hero and his journey have enthralled Darby Karchut. A native of New Mexico, Darby grew up in a family that venerated books and she spent her childhood devouring one fantasy novel after another. Fascinated by mythologies from around the world, she attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in anthropology. After moving to Colorado, she then earned a Master’s in education and became a social studies teacher.
Drawing from her extensive knowledge of world cultures, she blends ancient myths with modern urban life to write stories that relate to young teens today.
Darby is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, where she still teaches social studies at a local junior high school. She enjoys running, biking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains in all types of weather.
Her debut middle grade book, Finn Finnegan, released March 2013 (Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the series, Gideon's Spear (Spencer Hill Press), will be released February 2014. Her YA books include Griffin Rising (2011 Sharp Writ YA Book of the Year), Griffin's Fire, and Griffin's Storm.
Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.
Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.
Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?
Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents' constant warnings and lectures, he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and feel free… Until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no going back.
In this prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as“scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.
WARNING: This book is intended for mature teens due to coarse language and mature content.
Have you ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them?
Nicole Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.
But, when Dale is rejected from Columbia University in NYC, due to a police record that follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive her to do things she never thought possible.
There's more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole Tepper is about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.
Before is the story of Dale, what happened to him before he met Nicole. This really gets us inside his head to see what he have been through and what made him change. I really enjoyed his point of view, because even though we learned all the bad decisions he made in his life he was a very sympathetic character. I read this prequel first so I didn't know how he will trun out but I still loved him.
In Betwixt the main character is Nicole, a girl who seems to have it all. She is the queen bee, dating one of the most popular guys in school and hanging out with the in crowd. From the very first chapter Nicole gets hit by a car. After that, she wakes up in her bed like nothing ever happened, but people around her are ignoring her and after an encounter with her boyfriend she realizes that no one can see her anymore. There is only one person in the whole school who can hear her and that is Dale a.k.a Scarface, a nickname she gave him. Nicole soon figures out that she not really a ghost, she keeps popping back in her own body, only to be drowned in pain, as she tries to piece together the events of the night that led her broken at the side of the road, Dale has to try and find her before it's too late.
Betwixt was the first novel by Melissa Pearl that I read and I have to say I will keep on reading her books. Her writing style was easy to read through and I loved how unique the story was. Dale quickly became a favorite character for me, especially since I knew what he had been though and I could see how much he changed. He is a sweetheart. Nicole on the other hand was a completely different stroy, even though we learned her story I still could feel anything about her but annoyance. She was a really mean person and her past is not really an excuse for that. I couldn't understand why Dale liked her that much, but at least she started changing by the end of the book so there is still hope.
The story was mostly about the relationship between the two characters than the mystery behind Nicole's accident. But once the book was reaching its end there was more action and I must say I really enjoyed it. I didn't really like the way things ended with the people responsible for Nicole's accident but it wasn't that bad. It seemed like a good idea.
All in all, this was a fast and sweet book, even though Nicole is kind of a spirit this is more of a contemporary book than a paranormal. Great for lovers of both genres.
Beyond is the short story following Nicole after the events of Betwixt. Now that she is back in her body and dating Dale other problems start to come to the surface. Dale is looking for college's and Nicole is feeling left out, she would have to go through senior year without him and being left with no friends seems terrible to her. But when Columbia rejects Dale and he is devastated Nicole decided to do whatever she can to make his dream come true and show how much she loves him.
In the beginning Nicole was all whiny, only thinking about how she was going to lose Dale and how she doesn't deserves him. It was an on and on inner dialogue about all her problems, even the ones yet to come. She was drowning in her insecurities and that was driving me mad. But after a few pages she finally showed us how she changed and grew. She decided to put Dale first and tried to do anything possible to help him.
AUTHOR BIO Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”.
Today is the first day of the read-a-thon and it's time to set some goals, as I said at my first post, I plan to read at least 4 books, hopefully from the following list, although I usually can't stick to lists (even though I love making them).
I only have 50% of Spooked to finish it and then I need to pick up Path Unchosen for the Blog Tour, from then on I can pick whatever I want to, but I hope I will stick to my list.