Finished Friday #54 - July 2014

 

Finished Friday is weekly meme created by Jennifer of Books That Spark where you share your reading accomplishments for the week, month, or just whenever you want to take part!

 

Accomplishments July 2014:

  • Tahereh Mafi: Shatter Me 2.5 : Fracture Me
  • Cherrie Lynn: Ross Siblings 2 : Rock Me (re-read)
  • L.A. Witt: Market Garden 3 : If It Flies (re-read)
  • Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory: One Dozen Daughters 1 : The House of the Four Winds
  • Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum 14 : Fearless Fourteen
  • Jaymin Eve: A Sinclair Story 1 : Songbird
  • Troy Denning: Star Wars Crucible
Thus, feeding the Box: 4.50 + 2€

WoW #102 - Kiss Kill Vanish & Hit

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Kiss Kill Vanish
Author: Jessica Martinez

Expected Publication: October 7, 2014

Summary:

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.
One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.
She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.
She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

Why I am lurking on this: First off, that title is just awesome. It rings all the right bells with me. And then add that summary, and I am so sold! A real betrayal story... can't wait!

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Teaser Tuesday #57 - Songbird

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

"Did everyone see me fall apart?" she whispered.
He shook his head. "No one but Charles, and he would never say anything. He understands wounds and sorrow." He kissed her lips. "We all understand heartache. Maybe not to the level you've experienced, but don't think you're alone." [54%]

It's all a bit insta, but I love it! Melodee is basically the OC that's always around in my head for my stories, so gotta love her, right? And everything else is pretty good, too.

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Songbird (A Sinclair Story 1)
by Jaymin Eve

Melodee Lee is not your average twenty-three year old. Her parents were government trained assassins and the base definition of evil. The best thing they ever did was leave her an orphan at thirteen.
Life’s circumstances have honed her into a strong, independent outsider. She’s made it a point to never settle down, and trust is the last thing she gives. Utilizing her only skill, she makes money in the underground cage fighting scene and anyone who doesn’t like it … well, Melodee can kick their ass as well.
Nathan Sinclair is a man with the world at his fingertips. His family is rich, politically connected and owns half of Syracuse, NY. A rising basketball star, set to be signed by the NBA, the last thing he needs is a woman with attitude crashing into his life.
Tragic circumstances bring these two people together when their worlds should never have collided. Will Nathan be the man to show Melodee that trust and a real home are not as unattainable as she believes? Or will his own demons and Sinclair family drama destroy the life they could have before it has begun?

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In Her Shoes ~21~ .:. Clarice of Swansgaard

In Her Shoes is a bookish meme invented by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then tell what you thought of her, what you would do in her stead, or what you've learned from her.

Featuring:
Clarice of Swansgaard from
The House of the Four Winds

 

Clarice was nothing like a princess, at least not as you expect, with beautiful dresses and a long line of suitors, nope. She was really steadfast and intelligent, adative, and so on -- all the things a real leader needs. A daddy's girl, I dare say, but he and her mother both shaped her into a wonderful person. Then again, Clarice has a knack for the sword just as much as for leadership. I liked how she ended up on the sea and seeing the whole world just like she always wanted. Yes, she may be trained to lead a country and it was hers by birthright before her baby brother was born, but that doesnt' mean it was her wish to rule. Nope, she's an adventurer, and where better to go for adventure than to foreign countries and across the seas? And for that, her facade as a man servied her purpose well. I believe she would've let go of it eventually anyway, and became known as a swordmistress, so famous even her family would hear praise and stories from strangers about her. She has both the skills and the character for it.

Well, she found the adventure she was looking for, and she handled it in stride for the most part. She handled pirates, an evil witch, and fell in love with a good man who first thought her a boy. Definitively not your everyday princess story, but a part of her is still princess at heart, just like the other part is adventurer/pirate.

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WoW #101 - Bleed Like Me

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Bleed Like Me
Author: Christa Desir

Language: English
Expected Publication: October 7, 2014

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers-even her best friend, who is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days the only way Gannon knows she is real is by carving bloody lines into the flesh of her stomach.
Then she meets Michael Brooks, and for the first time, she feels like she is being seen to the core of her being. Obnoxious, controlling, damaged, and addictive, he inserts himself into her life until all her scars are exposed. Each moment together is a passionate, painful relief.
But as the relationship deepens, Gannon starts to feel as if she's standing at the foot of a dam about to burst. She's given up everything and everyone in her life for him, but somehow nothing is enough for Brooks--until he poses the ultimate test.
Bleed Like Me is a piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of a love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat.

Why I am looking forward to this: This sounds very painful, conflicted, and even a little creepy. And it's certainly not your everyday story (unless it has a happy ending, and I very much hope it doesn't!!).

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