Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Tortured Souls
The Orion Circle #1
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @Cymberle

Published: June 30, 2014
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Paperback: 364 pages
Rating: 3.5

The Orion Circle series:
Tortured Souls
book 2 - coming soon

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

My two-bits:

Nice start to a YA paranormal series.

This story follows a character with special powers who enters a group where she can be herself. She learns more about her powers and how to use her powers for good.

There are many scenes where we see the group in action and how their powers come into play.

Plenty of romance for the heroine as well, but not so much the push-pull kind, but the kind where coupledom is established at the start. So, lots of lovey dovey moments.

This book works as a standalone. However, there is a big threat that is hinted at which will continue into book two.


* review copy courtesy of author

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Start a Series

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!


January 27: Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club (or you could pick a specific kind of book club -- like if you had a YA book club or an adult book club or a science fiction book club etc.)

For my fantasy vvb32 reads book club here are my picks for the year - most of which are in my TBR pile.

Come to think of it, I think I will go ahead and make this official. I will post review links here as posts go up.

JANUARY: for Celebrity Read a Book Week (last full week of January)

and Ewan McGregor is reading...

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)
by Beatrix Potter
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> I will pick out at least two stories from the collection as January is already booked.

The Secret of Pembrooke Park
by Julie Klassen
-Christian, Historical, Jane Austen theme
Just released: December 2014
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> part of a book tour

by Justine Larbalestier
-Paranormal, YA
Release date: March 3, 2015
Amazon | Goodreads

APRIL: for National Poetry Month
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
-Poetry, Memoir
Amazon | Goodreads

MAY: for Zombies Awareness Month
Razorland #2
by Ann Aguirre
Amazon | Goodreads

JUNE: for Dirty Book Day (June 11)
Fear of Flying
by Erica Jong
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> NPR picked this as a dirty book last year and I'm curious why

JULY: summer/road trip theme
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
Amazon | Goodreads

Ruin and Rising
The Grisha #3
by Leigh Bardugo
-Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 18, 2015
Amazon | Goodreads

Shades of Doon
Doon #3
by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
-Fantasy, YA
Release date: September 1, 2015
Amazon | Goodreads

Night Film
by Marisha Pessl
-Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

A Fairy Tale
by Jonas T. Bengtsson
-Coming of Age, Scandinavian
Amazon | Goodreads

DECEMBER: for Jane Austen's Birthday
by Jane Austen
edited by Robert Morrison
Amazon | Goodreads


* source for themes found here

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blitz: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd


I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an excerpt from the book!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Shepherd, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and swag courtesy of Megan and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A Cold Legacy
by Megan Shepherd
Pub. Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
Pages: 400
Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.


Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”

We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”

“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”

Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.

“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”

He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.

Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.

“We must be getting close,” I said.

“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”

The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame, blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into the night.

The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed, just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?

Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked. Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the door flew open.

Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.

But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.

Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.

“We’ve arrived,” he said.


About the author:


I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty details. 

It wasn't until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, "have you ever considered being a writer?" that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children's literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I'm not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

Twitter @megan_shepherd

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography

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* definitely on my want list ;-)

* book blast sponsored by RockStar Book Tours

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 1.24.15

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!



by Shūichi Yoshida
-Japan, Thriller, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

The Vagabond Vicar
by Charlotte Brentwood
-Historical, Jane Austen theme, Romance
courtesy of author
Amazon | Goodreads


by Scott Westerfeld
-Paranormal, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

=====> reading this for today's National Readathon Day

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

Spandau Ballet

=====> had a blast from the past and saw this 80s English group in concert

READ about them here:

Spandau Ballet:
The Authorized Story
by John Travis
-Biography, Music
Amazon | Goodreads


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

Friday, January 23, 2015

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

Find out more about this book and author:
Book Soundtrack
Twitter @Jennifer Niven

Just released: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Mental Illness, YA
Hardback: 400 pages
Rating: 5

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


My two-bits:

This is one of those stories that tugs at the heart.

The characters and the relationship between the two main characters were presented with such heartfelt honesty, I enjoyed spending time with them and was very sad at the sad parts.

The character's school wander project provided a fun way to learn about different parts of the state of Indiana which prompted me to search for quirky and unusual places to visit in my state.

Got me thinking of the issue of suicide with its relation to mental illness.


* review copy courtesy of publisher

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Mental Illness