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    The Extras: Teasers #8

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    There were quite a few passages to choose from, all of which tease, so it made things very difficult. I tend to love all things sarcastic, but decided to go for something a bit more on the steamy side without being too revealing.

    Because, I figure, if you want to know more, you’ll just have to read it yourself. This is a teaser after all.

    Alex and Aiden:

    Breathing became difficult as we continued to stare at one another. His dark waves had fallen forward into his eyes. He wasn’t moving, and I couldn’t even if I’d wanted to. I didn’t. Oh, gods, I didn’t want to move ever. I saw the moment he recognized the change in me. Something shifted in those eyes of his and his lips parted.

    This is one book that’s not all about the love story. It’s eerie so I knew I had to choose a passage that fit. And while I would have loved to tease something about the closet it would have been just too revealing.

    And so here’s just a little something to lure you into Frost House.

    Leena:

    Over the summer I kept thinking what good luck it was I’d stumbled upon Frost House that day. If I’d believed in anything more mystical than textbook facts back then, I might have wondered if it had been fate. I have no idea, now, if fate exists. But I do know one thing about the day I found Frost House:

    Good luck had nothing to do with it.

    When I think of the word “teaser” when it comes to this book, the first – and only – thing that comes to mind is Mirko. He is such an unbelievable tease.

    While there are many, many scenes which showcase just what a tease he is, I thought this one about a completely innocent training session was totally tease-worthy.

    Brooke and Mirko:

    We intertwined and melded our bodies together in intimate ways. I tried not to think about that, but there were moments when his warm breath blew across my neck, or his leg stroked the inside of my thigh, which kept the thought fresh in my mind.

    In this epic book there were a lot of wonderful scenes to choose from. From heartbreak to longing to despair, the entire story feels like one long tease. So I tried to find a passage that has just a little bit of everything in it.

    And because it’s a teaser, I won’t say who the boy is.

    Elisa and…

    Even more than the cold, I’m frozen by the sadness in his beautiful eyes, deep and true. He squeezes them closed a moment and breathes deeply through his nose. Then, with one swift movement, he cups the back of my neck with a strong hand, pulls my head forward, and presses his lips to mine….

    This book is romantic and charming and sweet with so many lovely moments that will just draw you into the story.

    But the biggest tease, and my favorite, has to be in the preface, which I’ve only included just a tiny glimpse at.

    Liz and…

    “Your boyfriend won’t mind if you dance with someone else?” a familiar voice whispered in my ear, barely audible over the loud, trancelike music….

    He pulled me closer before I could respond to the question. His arms wrapped around my waist, and I rested my head on his shoulder, closing my eyes and inhaling the sweet scent of pine coming off his skin.

    I included my favorite line in my review, which came from a much longer scene that I loved.

    Well, just to tease a little more, here is a peek at the paragraph right before that one line.

    Elise and…

    And I liked the feeling of being almost crushed, of being so much smaller than him, of his body enveloping mine, and of his mouth hot against my lips.

    It was tricky to find a short enough passage to tease without giving anything away about where this story is headed or just how this story ends.

    So, here is just a small one that gives a little insight into how Anya thinks.

    Anya and Win:

    I knew I wasn’t supposed to care what Win thought of me anymore, but I did. Had I known he was coming, I might have had time to steel myself against him. I might have refused him altogether. But my feet kept walking me ineluctably toward the table where he sat…

    As with the first book in this series there are so many beautiful passages. But since I had to choose something that teases, I thought I’d choose one that pulls you into this story right from the start.

    It certainly left me dying to read more. And yes, I am not revealing who the characters are on purpose.

    He’d moved in closer. While her eyes were closed, he’d stepped forward until the back of his hand brushed the bare skin above her elbow. The contact made her ache to close what little space was left between them. It stirred something deep within her. Every inch of her became super sensitive, her flesh reaching out for him, knowing he was the source of some unknown thrill.

    The only way to tease this book is with just how frightful and disturbing Furnace Penitentiary is. And since most of the book is set in Furnace, it’s all pretty much the stuff of nightmares.

    So, here is just a little something that hints at what Furnace has to offer its residents. And it isn’t even one of the more gruesome ones or ones that top my list of favorites. But it’s still seriously awesome.

    Alex:

    The wail of the siren cut out, and at the same time a thousand red lights embedded in the prison walls burst into life. I was plunged into a thick, choking silence, like someone had thrown me into a pool of blood. I saw the world in shades of red and black, and quickly found myself praying for night again. At least you can hide in the dark.

    As I mentioned just days ago, this entire book is filled with gorgeous, amazing and enticing passages. I listed one of my favorites in my review, but here’s another peek at just one more.

    Amazing, right? Do I even have to ask?

    Juliette and…

    Everything is on fire. My cheeks my hands the pit of my stomach and I’m drowning in waves of emotion and a storm of fresh rain and all I feel is the strength of his silhouette against mine and I never ever ever ever want to forget this moment. I want to stamp him into my skin and save him forever.

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    Review: Descended by Blood

    Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace was released in the U.S. on August 26, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Accendo Press, the print edition is 252 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them.

    In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.

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    Until she arrived in Buena Vista, Brooke Keller never really felt like she could call anywhere home. Having a mother who liked to pick up and go on a whim, she was never really able to make friends, have a relationship, or even feel settled.

    But after two years, Brooke finally felt like things were almost perfect. She had a best friend, Kaitlynn, and after years of harboring a secret crush on Jaren Matthews, he finally asked her out. The last thing she wanted was to have to move again.

    So when she notices a strange man who appears to be following her, she’s desperate to keep her mom from finding out. Even when her suspicions become reality and his interest in her goes beyond watching from a distance. Because if she has to leave, she’ll lose everything. And she’s not ready to start over yet again.

    She never dreamed that keeping this secret would turn her entire world upside down. That staying silent would make her life a living nightmare. That monsters really do exist, and that everything she thought she knew about her mom, herself, her life, was a lie.

    Because her mom’s been keeping secrets, too. And after what she learns about herself, where she descended from and what’s in her blood, nothing will ever be the same again.

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    Descended by Blood is not just another vampire story. With an intriguing and wonderfully creative history that has vampires divided by class – born, made and half-bloods – and trying to maintain a tenuous peace, author Angeline Kace has written a story that stands out.

    When an attempt is made on Brooke Keller’s life, she fights back. To protect herself and Jaren, the boy she loves. But what she uncovers about her attacker and what it all means for her future, sends Brooke’s life into chaos.

    On the run for their safety, Brooke and her friends are left under the protection of Mirko, a dark-haired, incredibly good-looking and overly-confident boy. One that Brooke can’t help but be drawn to.

    But until Brooke is ready to embrace who she is and what she has the potential to become, she will never be able to return to the life she left behind. That is, as long as she’s not too late and there is still something she can go back to.

    Descended by Blood brings readers into a world on the verge of upheaval, where the peace that has existed for centuries between vampires and humans is about to be challenged by those no longer happy to remain in the shadows.

    Although the paranormal element doesn’t make an appearance in the first quarter of this story, once it does, the action picks up dramatically and carries forward through the remainder of the book. And while the entire story is fast-paced, the setup for what the story is to become takes a bit longer than might be expected.

    Each of the characters that the author has introduced has a distinct personality. The main character, Brooke, starts off this story as someone who is shy and non-confrontational. She is resistant to the changes in her life, fighting against becoming someone she doesn’t think she wants to be, but with the help of her friends and protectors, she begins to transform. She is ready to accept who she is, but only when she begins to see just how fierce she can be, does she truly become someone worth rooting for.

    Jaren is the good boy – nice, fun and charming – but he is also incredibly flawed and is quick to act before thinking about consequences. Kaitlynn is Brooke’s loyal best friend who is ready to stand by her no matter what. And Mirko is both bad boy and the perfect protector – strong, brave and dedicated – but he is arrogant and an undeniable flirt.

    Descended by Blood is a fun and exciting read and the first book in this new trilogy by author Angeline Kace. The second book in this series, Enemy Within, will be released in 2012. And with the cliffhanger ending, this wait is sure to be a long one.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    What surprised me most about Descended by Blood was just how much I got caught up in the story once the action started. From the second events took a turn for the worse for Brooke, the story got my full attention and I could not put it down.

    I’m sure a large part of that had to do with Mirko, but Brooke really came to life when everything began to fall apart around her. Sometimes danger and excitement are what it takes to bring out the best part of a character’s personality. Well, it did so for Brooke.

    I knew before I started reading that I would be a total Mirko fan. From getting a few behind-the-scenes looks at both Mirko and Jaren, I knew that this sexy, arrogant and oh so confident boy would be the one I’d make the connection with. And once I got to know both boys from reading the story, I knew my initial feeling was right. Definitely Mirko.

    Sure, Jaren had the dimpled smile, the all-American charm and good looks. But he wasn’t Mr. Perfect. And he wasn’t Mirko. And with everything Brooke discovers about herself, her history and what’s ahead for her, Mirko is her perfect match. Not Jaren.

    I didn’t fall instantly in love with Descended by Blood. But I did fall in love. I wasn’t able to connect with Brooke until she met Mirko, and I never really connected with Jaren. As soon as the man in the trench coat made his move and Brooke was forced to act, I felt that pull. The one that makes me single-mindedly focus on a story, and everything else just disappears. And I remained glued to this story right up until that incredibly torturous cliffhanger ending.

    I loved this completely different take on vampires. I didn’t even think it was possible to find a new way to talk about vampires, but Angeline Kace did it. And I loved that there was this hierarchy between born vampires, Pijawikas, made vampires, Zao Duhs, and the half-bloods, melez.

    Aside from the scenes with Mirko – all of which were my favorites – the time that Brooke spent with Lijepa I found the most captivating. Learning about who she was and what she was capable of changed Brooke from someone who was weak and pitiable to the strong, kick-butt female main character she was expected to be.

    There were definitely a few surprises thrown in, which kept things exciting. But the biggest surprise is the one revealed at the very end and now I’m stuck waiting for book two to find out more.

    Although there is a love triangle between Brooke, Jaren and Mirko, to me it’s really just more a matter of time. Time for Brooke to see just how much better suited to her new life Mirko is.

    I am super thrilled that I got a chance to discover this amazing new story and I can’t wait until the next book’s release. I’m hoping the wait isn’t too long, because I’m not really great with heights and hanging off cliffs is no fun.

    Favorite passage:

    Eventually, I drifted off to sleep and fangs, blood, chains, and fire met me in my nightmares.

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    To read an excerpt of Chapter One on the book’s website, CLICK HERE.

    To learn more about the book, visit the website, HERE.

    Book trailer for Descended by Blood:

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    This review is based on an eARC I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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    My Reading Pile #23

    I’ve decided that my mailman hates me. I’ve been waiting on sixteen books that are yet to arrive. Some have been missing for almost two months. Poor, poor books.

    But, I will not complain too much because I did get one absolutely amazing book in the mail. Ashley from What’s Your Story? sent me a signed copy of Abandon by Meg Cabot with this lovely post card. It is absolutely gorgeous. And it’s signed. The book that is.

    I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the amazing bookmark Ashley also included with her website’s details. I’ll have to take a snap of it for next week’s post, as it’s currently holding my place in Blood Bound.

    I also wanted to show a picture of the lovely goodies I ordered from Leah Clifford’s new online shop for all things A Touch Mortal. They arrived super quick so at least I have something else to show other than my one lonely book. I’ve been using them all, which, by the way, has caused me to miss Az all the more. Now I really, really, really want to read A Touch Morbid.

    I just have this feeling that at some point next week my mailman is going to show up at the door with a bunch of my missing items, a few of which are for review. I am hoping that next weekend’s photo will be a happy one. In the meantime…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (August 21-August 27, 2011)

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    First up is The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. I received an unsolicited printed ARC from the publisher, HarperTeen, a few weeks ago and although I hadn’t read I Am Number Four, I decided to pick up a copy and review both books.

    As I’m just starting the first book in the series I’ll be reading this one in a couple of days, but I did take a peek at the description on Goodreads. I had thought that this book would be about Six, but it’s actually about Seven, a completely new character that I didn’t meet in the film version of the first book.

    So, now I am intrigued. According to the description, Seven is ready for a fight and I wonder if the six remaining beings from Lorien will be joining together and taking the fight to the Mogadorians rather than remaining in hiding as they had been.

    And I can’t wait to find out.

    To browse inside the first book in the series, I Am Number Four, on the publisher’s website, click here.

    To take a look at the first seven chapters of The Power of Six, on the publisher’s Facebook page, click here.

    Next up is Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace. I received an eARC from the author for review in anticipation of the upcoming release and blog tour for her book – my stop will be on September 3rd.

    I have been excited to finally get a chance to read another book about vampires as it seems like ages since I read one. And I’m even more thrilled to finally meet Jaren and Mirko. Yes, Brooke is the heroine, but I’m much more curious to find out if I’ll choose the nice guy or the bad boy in this series.

    Being a part of the tour has allowed me to get a longer look at the characters behind the scenes and right now I’m leaning toward Mirko. While Jaren seems like the perfectly charming, blonde-haired, blue-eyed all-American boy, Mirko seems much more dark and dangerous. Yeah, I’m definitely Team Mirko.

    But I also can’t wait to meet Brooke and see where her journey takes her in her attempt to find out who’s been trying to kill her and whether or not she is safe when the story ends. As this is the first book in the new Vampire Born series it’s still TBD whether or not there will be a cliffhanger ending. I can’t decide whether I’m excited or terrified of that possibility.

    To read the first chapter from the book’s website, click here.

    Book trailer for Descended by Blood:

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    I decided to only add two books to the pile this week since I still have to start Reading Pile #22. I’m catching up. But super slowly. I think by mid-September I’ll finally be on track.

    Sadly, I won’t be able to read books that aren’t required reads for awhile. I know Bloodlines is coming out and I’m dying to read it, I just don’t think I will get the chance until at least November. It breaks my heart a little. But then it just means there will be a shorter wait for book two, The Golden Lily, in the new spin-off series.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Bloodlines is my only wishful thinking read this week. I can’t afford to be wishfully thinking about anything right now and must remain focus on the books in the pile. But if I ever magically found myself with extra time on my hands I would use it to read this book.

    Even if the book isn’t about my two favorite characters from the Vampire Academy series, I want to dive back into that world. And even if there is no mention of them, I just know I will still love this book. If ever there was a book, author and series to be biased toward, it would be Richelle Mead’s new series.

    Those left behind:

    Yet again, everything on last week’s pile was left behind. At least I’m now mostly just one pile behind, rather than two. Of course my reviews are another story. As soon as I can get the time I must sit down and write reviews for a few of the books that I’ve read but still haven’t reviewed.

    I’m concerned about too much time lapsing or I will need to re-read those books. Because if I no longer have that connection with the book, I just can’t adequately express my opinion about it. I certainly don’t want to sound disinterested or detached about a book I loved.

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    I have been hiding from NetGalley for fear I’ll request more books and I just can’t afford to right now. Winter is quickly approaching and I don’t want to miss out on sequels of some of my favorite old and new books.

    The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of December being a month I use to catch up on favorite missed reads and read only new or upcoming books I’ve been dying to read. That sounds just so perfect.

    One of these days I’ll figure out how to properly allocate time and create a better balance between reviewing, blogging and socializing, but in the meantime I’m still trying to keep my head above water and tackle one reading pile at a time.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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