Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell OurselvesAuthor: Robin Talley
Series: Standalone
Published: October 3rd 2014
Publisher: Mira INK
Length: 336 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

It's 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it's Sarah Dunbar's first day of school, as one of the first black students at the previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda Hairston, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda have every reason to despise each other. But as a school project forces them to spend time together, the less their differences seem to matter. And Sarah and Linda start to feel something they've never felt before. Something they're both determined ignore. Because it's one thing to be frightened by the world around you - and another thing altogether when you're terrified of what you feel inside.

Lies We Tell Ourselves is more than just a book; it’s a reading experience, and a painful one at that. On page 7, I started clutching the book tightly, bracing myself for the pain it would inevitably bring. On page 11, tears were already streaming down my face and I wasted no effort in trying to suppress them.

Lies We Tell Ourselves is a story about two girls, as different as they can possibly be, but both incredibly brave in their own ways. Sarah is one of the first students to set foot into a previously all-white school and Linda is her exact opposite – a privileged white girl determined to make Sarah’s life miserable.

As hard as it is to like Linda at first, one can’t really blame her for her attitude. It’s all she’s ever known, all she’s been taught by her parents and other authority figures. Given the chance, she quickly realizes that her worldview makes little sense and the slow changes in her attitude start. How things unravel from there is both beautiful and extremely painful and the girls have to fight more than just prejudice if they’re to live the lives they both deserve.

Lies We Tell Ourselves is a heartbreaking book, but it is also filled with hope and love and eye-opening moments. I loved Sarah’s family, their courage and integrity. I admired Sarah for her strength and resolve and in the end, Linda completely won me over with her willingness to do what’s right at any cost.

I’ll admit that the romance seemed a bit superfluous at times, but by the end, it brought the point home nicely. Just because we’re fighting one big battle doesn’t mean we’re somehow exempt from others that may come our way and when they do, the first one has either broken us or prepared us to fight whatever we need to in order to survive. Linda and Sarah chose to fight for their lives and their love and while the world may not have been ready for them, they were certainly ready for each other.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.

Each chapter of this book is prefaced by a lie one of the girls has to tell herself in order to survive. I don't lie to myself that often - I'm very analytical and self-aware - but every now and then a girl needs a white lie to get through the day. 

I have been challenged by the lovely ladies at Mira INK to share one of those lies with you. 
Challenge accepted, ladies!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seventh Grave and No Body Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome, nocturnal readers!

I am honored to be part of Darynda Jones' Seventh Grave and No Body promo tour. I reviewed Seventh Grave yesterday (read my review HERE) and now I want all of you to read it as well. Charley always brings joy and laughter into my life, which is precisely what I wish for all of you. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review: Seventh Grave and No Body

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, #7
Published: October 21st 2014
Publisher: Piatkus
Length: 352 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
We’re doomed.

This being the seventh installment in the Charley Davidson series, there really isn’t much left to say that hasn’t been said already. Fans of the series already know what they’re signing up for, and those of you who have yet to meet Charley and Reyes… who are you and what are you even doing here, folks?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes: Jenn Bennett, Roaring Twenties + INT Giveaway

Hello, nocturnal readers!

I believe you all know by now that I'm a huge urban fantasy fan. There are many series I follow and many authors I adore, but Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell has a very special place in my heart. Jenn's new historical paranormal romance series, Roaring Twenties, is also a huge success. I was over the moon when Jenn accepted my invitation to participate in this event.

I'll leave you to Jenn and her choice of Halloween movies! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes: Heather Demetrios, Exquisite Captive + INT Giveaway

Hello, nocturnal readers!

Today is October 16th, which means that we've reached the second half of this event. Time really does fly, doesn't it? Please visit other Wicked stops as well:
Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Gin @ Gin's Book Notes: Erin Keyser
I am beyond proud to welcome the wonderful Heather Demetrios to The Nocturnal Library! Her book, Exquisite Captives, is one of my favorite reads this fall and I can't wait to share her post with you guys. So without further ado...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes: Kristen Painter, Sin City Collectors

Hello, nocturnal librarians!

Today I'm proud to welcome author Kristen Painter to The Nocturnal Library. A month or so ago, Kristen's new urban fantasy series, Crescent City, completely blew me away. I gave House of the Rising Sun 5 stars, which I don't do often. Now Kristen has a new series, co-written with another urban fantasy author, Amanda Stevens, and the fourth novella, Dead Man's Hand, was published today.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes: Seth Skorkowsky, Damoren + Giveaway

Hello everyone!

Today I am honored to welcome author Seth Skorkowsky to The Nocturnal Library. Seth's debut novel Damoren is the first in a new urban fantasy series. Seth combined urban fantasy and horror, with elements of thriller thrown in for good measure. The result is a debut unlike anything we've ever read before. Thank you for stopping by to read Seth's post and make sure to enter to win a copy of Damoren below. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes Trivia Challenge & Giveaway

Hi everyone! It's time for this year's trivia challenge! I promise to make it easy on you guys, the questions shouldn't be difficult to figure out at all.

Here's how this is going to work: You will have to answer to a series of bookish questions. Some I'm sure you'll know right away, and the others will be easy enough to Google. Each question will get you an entry in the Rafflecopter. All you have to do is  write down the correct answer under the right number and you're all set.

Oh, and you absolutely have to have fun. That is a requirement.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Bodies We Wear

The Bodies We WearAuthor: Jeyn Roberts
Series: The Bodies We Wear, #1
Released: September 23rd 2014
Publisher: Knopg BfYR
Lenght: 368 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman. 
People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died. 
Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye's plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she's become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?

The Bodies We Wear is my first book by Jeyn Roberts (although I own several) and I’m thrilled to have discovered an author with such a wonderful, strong voice. The story is in many ways deeply philosophical – it gives us plenty to think about as we put ourselves in Faye’s shoes and try to imagine what it would take for us to survive in her world.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes: Delilah S. Dawson, Servants of the Storm

Hi, everyone!
Today I am beyond thrilled to welcome Delilah S. Dawson to the blog! I think her new book, Servants of the Storm (published August 5th 2014 by Simon Pulse) caught everyone's attention with its creepy, but gorgeous cover. Delilah's work was highly recommended to me by someone I trust implicitly. Regardless of whether you like adult paranormal romance or YA paranormal thrillers, I hope you'll give her books a chance.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Black Ice

Black IceAuthor: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Standalone
Released: October 7th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

Britt Pfeiffer has never been that adventurous, but that's about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trekking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, where they find two knights in shining armour. Or so they think.
Britt quickly realises that the girls need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, she is forced to guide the boys down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to escape with her life is to pretend she is on their side. But is gorgeous, sexy Mason an enemy or an ally? Tension mounts, and it's only a matter of time before things turn deadly . . .
Dark and adrenaline-filled, Black Ice will have you on the edge of your seat right until the final twist.
Black Ice is a surprisingly exciting YA contemporary thriller, full of twists and heart-stopping moments. Thrillers finally seem to be finding their place in the YA market and I couldn’t be happier about it. This being my first encounter with Becca Fitzpatrick’s work, I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I needn’t have feared. Her control over the story is absolute, her sense of pacing is quite good, and her characters are flawlessly created, three-dimensional and very much alive.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes: Mercedes M. Yardley

Hi everyone, and welcome to our first Something Wicked Strikes post this year! Today I am beyond honored to welcome Mercedes M. Yardley to the blog. You might have noticed my fangirling over her recently published novel. Pretty Little Dead Girls is the best book I've read all year and I really hope you'll take a chance and discover this gorgeous piece of literature.