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Tantalizing Trailers: The Morganville Vampires Web Series

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Series: The Morganville Vampires
Author: Rachel Caine

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If you aren’t familiar with Morganville – a brave teen (Claire Danvers) moves to the very isolated West Texas town to attend the local university, only to (a) run afoul of the local mean (very mean) girls, and (b) move to the safety of off-campus housing with three strangers. 

But the plot thickens when she discovers that her new housemates aren’t crazy: Morganville really is run by vampires. They own it, and every one in it. And now … they own her. 

Tantalizing Trailers: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

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Title: The Book of Ivy
Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: 11 Nov 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

Buy links: Amazon/B&N/iTunes/Kobo

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About Amy Engel

Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.

Find Amy online: Website/Twitter

Tantalizing Trailers: Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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Title: Messenger of Fear
Series: Messenger of Fear #1
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: Aug 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads

I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . .

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Spotlight plus Trailer: Stay With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout

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 STAY WITH ME Synopsis

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should.   She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes and Noble/iTunes/Kobo/ GooglePlay

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Links: Website/Facebook/Twitter/J. Lynn Goodreads/Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads

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Review and Trailer: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

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Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: March 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

REVIEW BY BETH

Before anything else it’s important to wallow in the beauty of Walton’s cover. The cover of this novel is so delicately beautiful I’m so happy to have a copy on my shelves and it’s worth it just to look at. The novel itself went off in some directions I wasn’t quite up to speed with but this didn’t detract from overall enjoyment.

This novel is strange, the title has got that much right and plenty of it is very beautiful (cover included). The story is entirely unique and Walton’s style draws you in in a simple, subtle way with no trickery or pacy action to keep you on your toes. There is a dream-like atmosphere throughout created by Walton’s prose and her quirky characters.

There is a magical element to this novel which always makes me feel a bit uneasy as I’m not a massive fan of anything fantastical or too out there but Walton’s novel needed this element to make it as good as it was. I have read many reviews saying this book was impossible to put down and whilst I didn’t feel this, I did look forward to going back to it and getting drawn gently back into Ava’s world and the world of those around her.

The characters, as mentioned, are as quirky as they come. Walton produces a cast of perfectly characterised people who genuinely jump out of the pages and their voices are almost audible. Her bad guys are just as effective and I really enjoyed how well each and every character was crafted.

I think the magical realism in this novel worked for me because it is a completely illogical inclusion. People turn into birds, ghosts appear and despite these facts, the plot seems like something that could genuinely have happened.

Walton’s novel covers some pretty massive themes amongst its whimsical tale. The power of love seems to undercut all the other issues and there is a real moralistic sense that the strength of a person is far more powerful than that of love. It’s whimsical, it’s magical and it’s the kind of thing I shouldn’t really like, but I did. Bittersweet and extremely memorable.