Sunday Showcase #4

Here we are… Sunday, the day after the Rapture, and I’m still here. If you’re reading this, I’m sorry, but you’ve also missed the Rapture. It’s up to us, the ones left behind to continue to make the world go around in the apocalypse. Ironic I received a book this week which addresses just that–the Apocalypse.

Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.

That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation,Rageis the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

Why I picked it up: Karen at For What It’s Worth, recently finished this book (her review here), and got me curious. After she loaned me Hunger, the first in the series (my review), I was ready to take a chance on Rage also, so I made the purchase.

Available: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

“Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will.”

Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces erotic slavery to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

Why I picked it up: I have to admit, I hadn’t planned on reading this one. Though I absolutely LOVED Comfort Food (review here), Guilty Pleasures (review here) wasn’t my thing. When Kitty Thomas contacted me with a review offer, I was little reluctant, since I had the impression she was taking her work more in the direction of Guilty Pleasures. She mentioned individuals who’d been more partial to Comfort Food than Guilty Pleasures have enjoyed Tender Mercies. I agreed to try it. After all, I could stop reading at any time, right? Okay. 🙂 I’ve already read Tender Mercies and enjoyed it. Definitely glad Ms. Thomas decided to contact me. My review is scheduled May 30, 2011 so keep an eye out. Though the link won’t be active until then, I’ll go ahead and post it for people who visit in the future (review).

Available: Smashwords and Barnes & Nobles

Sunday Showcase #3

Just one lonely book this week, but a worthy one. 🙂

Eighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered “dogless sled” in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father’s alchemical masterpiece.

With her modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali wouldn’t normally hide from a confrontation, but taking on a whole airship single-handedly is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the other racers won’t assist her–they’re too busy scheming ways to sabotage her unorthodox sled.

When a sword-slinging stranger shows up, wanting to hire on as her protector, she’s sure he has ulterior motives, but he’s the only one interested in helping her. The question is…why?

An 18,000-word (80 page) novella

Why I picked it up: As you might recall, Lindsay Buroker stopped by last week for a Teaser Tuesday and Who Art Thou Thursday. I fell in love with her excerpt of Flash Gold and ran to pick it up. Okay, okay. It’s an eBook. So I lounged on the couch and clicked a few buttons until Amazon sent it to my Kindle.

Available:  Smashwords and Barnes & Nobles


Sunday Showcase #2

Welcome to the second edition of Sunday Showcase. I”m pretty sure I missed last week, but I’m too lazy to go check right now. I do know I’ve received two reads since my last post. 🙂

Mercy in an exile from heaven with shattered memories of who she used to be. She’s doomed to “wake” repeatedly on earth in a new body, each time assuming a new life. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by her lost love, who pleads with her to find him.

But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old reeling from the loss of his twin sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped two years ago. Only Mercy and Ryan believe his sister is still alive. For the first time since she can remember, Mercy has a purpose: she can help. So she doesn’t understand why the man in her dreams cautions her not to interfere. But as Ryan and Mercy come closer to solving the mystery of Lauren’s disappearance, danger looms just one step behind.

Will Mercy be able to harness her extraordinary power in time?

The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery and the supernatural into a spell-binding tale that readers will devour.

Why I picked this book: After reading Unearthly (see review here), my curiosity about YA books with angels has risen. It’s just that simple. 🙂 I requested from NetGalley, and they approved.

Available: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

Why I chose this book: My buddy, Karen over at For What It’s Worth, recently finished the second in this series, Rage. Check out her review of it here. She mentioned it was a pretty decent read, so of course I was curious. 🙂 But you know me, I start at the beginning of the series. Good ole Karen even hooked me up and loaned her copy out to me. I’m actually reading this right now. I read the blurb to my daughter and got her interested. We’ve actually been switching off with it over the last couple of days. I promised her I’d finish it tonight so she could take it to school with it tomorrow.

Available: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

Sunday Showcase #1

So I’ve decided to add yet another feature to this poor blog, called Sunday Showcase. What’s this all about you ask? I’m going to use this day for one of two things. First and foremost, a chance to share the reading goodies which have come in. The thing is, the arrivals I receive are so sporadic, I can’t guarantee a mailbox post every week. To supplement and on Sundays I’m a sad little girl with no new treats, I’ll share some books I’ve read in the past and have enjoyed. Sort of a recommendation Sunday kind of thing. 🙂 Some may have been books I’ve reviewed here, others may just be oldies I’ve read and want to share. So that’s that.

This week, I was a lucky one. I signed up for Netgalley and was approved for three releases. Behold!

Savannah Grey needs to keep moving. She doesn’t know why, but she can’t let herself get tied down by too many people. It’s almost like she’s being chased by something. And now something strange is happening with her neck—with her throat.

Then she meets Reece—a guy who seems to understand her needs. He even knows about her neck. The same thing is happening to him. It’s as if their voices are becoming weapons, warming up for some kind of attack.

Nature has been preparing for battle with the universe’s ultimate monster for millennia. The time to fight is almost here. The weapon is Savannah Grey.

Why I picked this book: The cover art of this book caught my attention. Wasn’t quite sure what was going on with it. To be honest, it doesn’t look like my kind of read, but I decided to move on to the blurb anyway, just because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t passing up anything good… because like I said it did catch my attention. The first paragraph of the blurb was rather vague and NOT catchy, but the doom and gloom of the last paragraph seemed like my thing. I’m taking a chance on this one. Let’s hope this hops into the excitement, bad guys and all.

Available: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

New York City’s spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from each other and into the cold comfort of technology.

Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They’ve never met. Seemingly, they never will.

But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.

Why I picked this book: Okay… I’m totally eager to get more dystopia in my hands. And this looks like YA dystopia, right? RIGHT? And it seems so, so, so very weird. I’m really looking forward to this and hoping it’s a rockin’ book.

Available: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

EVERY GIRL who has taken the test has DIED.

Now it’s KATE’S TURN.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.If she fails…

Why I picked this book: Basically, I’m a fan of Greek mythology, especially the big names (Hades, Zeus, Poseidon, etc). Add Young Adult to the mix, and I’m stoked. Plus, it’s a modern take, which is totally cool.

Available: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository