Friday, March 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Vault by Emily McKay + Giveaway!

If you've read my reviews for The Farm and The Lair by Emily McKay, you know that I'm a pretty big fan of these books. That's why I'm so stinking excited to be a part of the cover reveal for the third and final book in the trilogy - The Vault AND give away an awesome set of swag to one lucky reader!
About the book:
In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there is only one choice — resist or die. But fighting the vampires comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter . . . 

With Lily exposed to the vampire virus and lying in a coma, it’s up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure. Time is not on their side. With every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire. 

Desperate, Carter and Mel decide to split up. Carter will recruit human rebels from the Farm in San Angelo to infiltrate the guarded kingdom of the vampire Sabrina and steal the cure. Mel will go back to her mentor, her friend, her betrayer, Sebastian, who is the only one who can access an underground vault that may house the secret to the cure.

I'm in love with this cover. It's creepy, cool and fits the mood of these books perfectly. I'm also so excited for Mel to get some action; usually Lily's been the kick-ass sister in the previous two books!

Giveaway Info:
- (1) One winner will win a set of swag from author Emily McKay
- Open internationally
- Giveaway ends March 28th

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Lair by Emily McKay

The Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 432
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Source: Publisher
In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been "quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.
Let me start off my review by asking: WHY are more people not reading these books?! I was highly, highly impressed and in love with The Farm when I read it last year. It was scary and disturbing and intense and romantic and EVERYTHING I love about a good dystopian/paranormal book. The Lair was all of these things and more.

One of the main reasons I was so excited for this book was to read Mel and Lily separated. That sounds SO horrible, I know, but Lily spends pretty much the entire time in The Farm worrying about Mel and trying to keep her safe. I wanted to get inside her head when she wasn't brainstorming bad, desperate ideas to save the day. Away from each other, Mel and Lily really shine. But whereas Lily was my favorite in the first book, I have to say that Mel was my favorite in this one. It was such a transition with Mel going from her riddles to clear, coherent thoughts but it was handled SO well. I could sense her getting stronger and stronger with every chapter that she was with Sebastian.

Speaking of Sebastian ... having a bit of mixed feelings for him. I have a feeling there's more to him, a better kind of more, that hasn't been revealed yet. I hope that's something we get in the third book and I'm crossing my fingers he does SOMETHING to redeem himself because right now ... tsk, tsk.

Overall The Lair is just as great as The Farm, maybe even more. The story has become so intense and I've become so wrapped up in these characters that I just want to throw my arms around them and pull them into this world so they'll be safe from the Ticks. *sigh* If you're looking for a gripping, action-packed, scary and romantic dystopian - these books are definitely the right choice. I highly recommend!

Other reviews for The Lair:
The Reading Date
Pretty In Fiction
Reader Girls

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 526
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Source: Purchased
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 


I've had a few days to process this book so my thoughts aren't clouded by grief and the extreme aggressiveness I had whenever I even attempted to talk about it right after finishing. And now that the haze has worn off, I can say that Allegiant for me was ... well ... meh.

As far as trilogy/series endings come, this was definitely the most disappointing for me. It wasn't a bad book and I did enjoy it. But I didn't feel even a fraction of the love I have for this series when I closed this book.

And I know that a lot of people will automatically assume I feel this way because of the ending and yes, that has a little bit to do with it. Of course it does. Who likes it when their favorite character dies? But my reasons for not totally loving it stem from a few different things.

First - the alternating POVs. I was all for this idea when it was announced. Four seemed like such a complex, thoughtful character and I was all too eager to get inside of his head. However, once I started reading, if there was no dialogue, I found myself having to flip back to beginning of chapters to remind myself whose POV I was in. Four and Tris are supposed to be opposites but their POVs were so similar that I couldn't tell them apart unless somebody was addressing them directly. I don't know, maybe that's just me but I guess I expected a bit more from his character.

Second - It was a bit anticlimactic. This book was a huge step down - action and intensity wise - from Divergent and Insurgent. The action is one of my favorite aspects of this series. The way Veronica writes these gripping, fast-paced scenes with such strong emotions from the characters mixed in is so wonderful. I was left hanging a bit with this book.

Third - Tris' death. Yeah. I've seen so many people preach that it's not okay to be angry about her death because this is Veronica's story and that's the way she told it. And I totally agree with that. But I've invested so much time and emotion into these books and these characters and hell yes I'm going to be angry and devastated when you kill my favorite one. But I could've accepted it and even approved of it if I felt her death was necessary. (Like Girl of Nightmares, for example) I didn't think it was. After everything Caleb did, I felt like his character needed this sacrifice to redeem himself. Why did Tris HAVE to take his place? Yes, I know that she thought she had a chance of resisting the death serum but she also knew there was a larger chance that she was going to die. It was all so pointless and it makes me wonder if the entire thing was just a shock factor. I just ... I can't get behind the way she had to go. I've heard argument after argument but I can't get over it.

But despite my problems with it, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. I did. The action may not have been on point but the emotion certainly was. I was up until six in the morning reading this book and I sobbed myself to sleep. Seriously. The proof are the hideous bags under my eyes when I got up the next morning -

And even I didn't totally love this book, I'm still a huge fan of this trilogy. It brought out so many emotions and fangirl feels from me over the past few years. I'm so sad to see it go but I look forward to whatever Veronica has for us next!

Monday, October 21, 2013

13 Nights of Halloween Books: Carrie Harris!

Bad Taste In Boys & Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris!

I can't talk about perfect Halloween books without mentioning these two novels written by the wonderful Carrie Harris. She's the master of blending horror with comedy which is a HUGE compliment from me since I'm not regularly a fan of "funny" books. (Not sure what to call them ... books like Beauty Queens by Libba Bray! Not my cup of tea at alllll) Bad Taste In Boys (zombies) and Bad Hair Day (werewolves) are both quick, fast-paced reads but they're loaded with scares, grossness, humor, action and even some romance! I said in one of my reviews for the books that Carrie Harris is like a boggart from Harry Potter with how she makes these two iconic "monsters" so amusing and I firmly stand by that statement. If you're looking for a speedy read this Halloween, I can't recommend these enough! Okay, enough fangirling. Go read these books!

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