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    Onyx Blog Tour: Daemon Black Character Interview + Giveaway

    I was so unbelievably excited when I was invited to be a part of the ONYX Blog Tour. I am such a huge fan of author Jennifer L. Armentrout. Her writing is so very addictive. And her Lux series is no exception. And I don’t think there is a character who is quite as wickedly charming, but not wicked, as Daemon Black. Well, maybe he’s just a little bit wicked….

    If for some reason you haven’t yet “met” Jennifer on Twitter or on her blog, she is super nice and super awesome. And here’s just a little bit about her and a few places where you can find her.

    About the 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 also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

    If you haven’t yet read OBSIDIAN, the first book in the Lux series, just click its name to read the description on Goodreads. And if you have, and are anxiously awaiting ONYX‘s official release next week, check out the description below, or get a peek at the first two chapters HERE.

    About the Book

    Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

    Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

    Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

    The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

    But then everything changes…

    I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

    No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

    Find it: GOODREADS, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE

    For my stop on the tour I not only got to post my review, but I got a chance to interview Daemon Black. And the publisher offered up a paperback set of  OBSIDIAN and ONYX for giveaway (US), though I added in a couple print copies of ONYX because I just had to share. It’s that awesome.

    And for those of you who hadn’t stopped by earlier in the year for the 30 Days of Daemon Tour, I had the great pleasure of having Daemon Black on the blog for that event. My interview is HERE and the post includes information about OBSIDIAN and the novella about Daemon’s brother Dawson, SHADOWS.

    Anyway… I’m sure you’re wondering what Daemon has to stay this time….

    Hi Daemon! Welcome back to the blog. It’s been a few months but I couldn’t resist having you stop back for a visit. Especially now that I’ve read ONYX and am just a little bit more curious/infatuated/obsessed with you. And because I know even more about you than I did when I first got the chance to ask you just a few questions.

    “Of course you’re curious/infatuated/obsessed with me. It’s okay. I’m used to it.”

    [Fiktshun: Hmmm… that ego is still firmly in place….]

    The last time you visited you said that you were, and I quote, “pretty damn awesome.” Since your last visit, after everything that’s happened between you and Katy and everything you had to go through in ONYX would you say that you’re a bit more humble? Or are you just as confident as you were before? Are you, in fact, the same Daemon Black we’ve gotten to know and love or are you a changed Luxen?

    “I stand by my initial statement: I am still pretty damn awesome. And I’m the same guy. You just see more sides of me.”

    [Fiktshun: I did happen to enjoy those other sides. A LOT….]

    You and Katy made a connection, one that is seemingly unbreakable. How do you feel being bonded to Katy? Especially when she doesn’t seem to be quite so enthusiastic about it. And what kinds of things have you been doing to change her mind?

    “Bonded is such a strange word, but it’s not bad. Kat isn’t a big fan of it, but then again, she’s human, so these kinds of things freak her out. And I have some things I’m doing to help change her mind.”

    [Fiktshun: Well, you definitely have a connection and I like the idea of you and Katy having this bond. And yes, Daemon, you have been doing some things to change her mind. :)]

    Katy believes that what she feels for you isn’t real, that it’s a product of your connection. Do you feel the same way? Would you like her even if you weren’t connected?

    “I think I’ve told her a billion times how I really feel. It’s up to her to believe it.”

    [Fiktshun: Maybe with a little bit more of the showing versus telling and she’ll be convinced.]

    What is it with you, Katy and technology? You blew up a laptop, and there may have been another instance where a computer got overheated…. If your chemistry sizzles, literally, why not stay far, far away from costly electronic devices?

    “The chemistry between us is just that damn good. And it’s kind of hard to stay away from electronic devices. They are everywhere.”

    [Fiktshun: They’re not everywhere. Not by the lake…. If they were you might have destroyed hundreds of laptops.]

    What do you think about Katy’s book boyfriends? I believe she mentioned a certain Reaper named Tod she was quite fond of, and she also hinted at a reincarnated soul named Alden. How do you like the fact that Katy gets lost in these worlds with these other boys?

    “Well, see… the only guys that can compete with me are fictional, so I’m okay with that.”

    [Fiktshun: Ah, but you did have just a little bit of competition if I do recall correctly. And not from any book Katy was reading….]

    Speaking of other boys, there’s a new boy in town. One who seems to want to spend quite a bit of time with Katy. And one that Katy seems to want to spend a bit of time with. One whose name you just can’t seem to get quite right. Is this a jealous Daemon we’re seeing? What do you think about all the time Katy is spending with him? And what exactly is it you want to do to him when you seem them together?

    “I have no idea who you’re talking about.  Me jealous of Bob? Wait. What is his name? Biff? Bart? Bobo Baggins? Whatever.”

    [Fiktshun: Selective memory Daemon? And hahaha “Bobo Baggins” hahaha! Oh you always make me smile Daemon Black.]

    Whether you or she wants to admit it or not, you and Katy seem to be getting closer. If it came down to a choice between your family or her, who would you choose to protect? Okay, that may be an unfair question. So, how about, who would you choose to protect first and why?

    “That is an unfair question. But I will never have to choose between them. I’d never let that situation happen.”

    [Fiktshun: I really hope that’s true. I rely on you to keep that girl safe. And after what happened… well… let’s just say I really hope that’s true.]

    Katy is a book blogger. But you know this. As you’ve admitted to stalking her blog on occasion. How often do you visit her blog? And what’s your favorite post, feature or review you’ve read (or watched) on her blog?

    “I like to keep up on her posts, which by the way she’s been slacking on. I like her IMM.”

    [Fiktshun: And the fact that she’s slacking in no way has to do with you? I somehow think it might. Just a little. And yes, I know just how much you like her IMM. And I think she’ll get a lot more site traffic on those IMMs going forward.]

    If you had it all to do over again, would you still be as mean to Katy as you were when you first met? And what about later? The cafeteria incident affected her pretty deeply. Would you change what you said and did if you had the chance?

    “No. Yeah, call me a jerk or whatever, but I never wanted her to be a part of any of this. She almost died because of being too close to us. So no, I wouldn’t change a damn thing. Okay. Well, maybe I would’ve softened it a bit.”

    [Fiktshun: I wouldn’t call you a jerk exactly for that, but it was pretty harsh. You successfully, for a very short time, pushed her away. As you can see that didn’t work out so well. But I’m glad to hear you’d have done things just a little bit differently.]

    Katy is fierce and determined. Stubborn even. Much like you in that respect. Why, then, do you feel the need to be so protective of her? Do you not think she’s capable of taking care of herself?

    “She is very strong and brave, but being strong and brave isn’t always going to keep you alive. There are things in my world that would eat her as a snack. I can’t let that happen.”

    [Fiktshun: Things like you? Sometimes you look like you might want to have Katy for a snack. Just sayin’.]

    I don’t want to reveal too much, but there may have been a certain situation that got Katy in trouble with her mom. Was it purely accidental or did you do what you did on purpose?

    A sly look creeps onto his face. “What do you think?”

    [Fiktshun: Oh I definitely have my opinions on that one. And you are rather naughty aren’t you?]

    What is your very favorite thing about Katy? And don’t say her sock mittens. By the way, what is your fascination with those things anyway?

    “It’s not like I’m fascinated. I just don’t get them. They’re mittens for the feet! Who needs mittens for your feet?” He shakes his head. “Anyway, I love how she isn’t easy—she’s a challenge. And she’s strong.”

    [Fiktshun: When its cold, mittens for the feet are a good thing. Not everyone can withstand the cold quite like you. Yes, Katy is definitely strong. One of her great qualities. And for the record I’m so glad you didn’t call Katy easy.]

    What is your very most favorite moment that you spent with Katy? Were there any favorite Katy moments that didn’t involve the destruction of poor, defenseless computers?

    “My favorite moment was spending her birthday with her.” He nods. “Yeah, that was really a good time.  Second best moment was Thanksgiving.”

    [Fiktshun: Oh, both those moments were pretty amazing. Much like yourself. I couldn’t agree more. Loved those moments.]

    What do you do, exactly, when you’re not pestering Katy at school, at her home or watching her from afar?

    “I do not watch her from afar. I watch her from up close and personal.”  He pauses. “I like watching ghost hunting shows, but when I’m not with Kat or Dee, I’m out patrolling.”

    [Fiktshun: Ah but you do tend to keep an eye on her from a distance. When you’re up close and personal it always seems that there’s more than just your “eye” that is on her….]

    Just one more question… What’s with the poking? I know you like to get under Katy’s skin – again literally – but why poking? There are so many ways you can irk her, why decide to poke?

    “You know, my very first response to this was completely inappropriate. It had to do with poking. Just thought I’d share that.” He grins. “I don’t know. It annoys Kat. And she’s cute when she’s annoyed.”

    [Fiktshun: Hey, I’m a grown girl, I’d love to know what your very first response to this question was. *Pouts.* And oooh, I get a Daemon Black grin! *Blushes.*]

    Q. If you had to list your three best features or attributes what would they be and why?

    Only three? Seriously? Every part of me is my best attribute.

    Q. If you could be human for a day, would you?

    Uh, no. Humans can be way too fragile. They break easily.

    Q. If you could read minds, would you read Katy’s or would you allow her thoughts to be hers alone?

    I don’t need to read her mind to know what she’s thinking. She’s like an open book. Get it? Book? Kitten? Ah, I make myself laugh.

    Q. If you could use your powers to impersonate someone for a day, who would it be and why?

    I don’t have a need to impersonate anyone for a second let alone a day.

    Q. Are you able to look at a bowl of spaghetti without thinking of the cafeteria incident?

    Actually, when I see a bowl of spaghetti now, I have to smile.

    [Fiktshun: As far as attributes I’ll have to take you on your word. We haven’t had the opportunity to see all of your… attributes… just yet. And I’m so glad that you wouldn’t try to read Katy’s mind. She is an open book, but there may have been certain things you didn’t know until much, much later. Things about Bobo…. And haha, glad to see you can make yourself laugh, Daemon. And really, you’ve never had to impersonate someone before? Never? I’ll never look at spaghetti the same again either. To take a name from an old album, I now refer to it as “The Spaghetti Incident.”]

    Once again, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy, busy schedule – patrolling, keeping everyone you care about safe, poking Kitten – to answer all my questions. I’m so glad your visit to the blog here today was just a bit longer than your last one.

    You are always welcome to stop by. Though I’m sure you’d much rather be a guest on Katy’s blog rather than having to do the interview circuit on everyone else’s. Though I’m sure she would ask those tougher questions.

    Now I just have to get a certain author to stop by, someone who knows you way better than anyone else….

    The LUX Series

    If you haven’t yet checked out any of the awesome books in this series, click on the image of those three hot covers below to read the descriptions or add them to your Goodreads TBR pile.

    Yes, there are five books in the series that you can add. And yes, I am already dying to read OPAL which comes out on December 11th. I just so happened to have read the description and it’s killing me that I don’t have this one right now.

    August 8th – Reading Angel
    August 9th – The Bookish Babe
    August 10th – Fiktshun (me)
    August 11th – Reading Lark
    August 12th – Stuck in Books
    August 13th – Confessions of a Vi3tbabe
    August 14th – Mundie Moms
    August 14th – Romancing the Book
    August 15th – Good Choice Reading
    August 16th – Fantasy Book Addict
    August 17th – Xpresso Reads
    August 18th – The YA Sisterhood
    August 19th – Books Complete Me
    August 20th – K-Books
    August 21st – Two Chicks On Books (Jaime)
    August 22nd – Once Upon a Twilight

    What’s up for grabs:

    A paperback set of OBSIDIAN and ONYX by Jennifer L. Armentrout sent to ONE WINNER – US only – from the publisher at the end of the tour.

    AND to TWO WINNERS a paperback copy of ONYX that I will order from Amazon or The Book Depository – International.

     

    The deets:

    1. One entry per HOUSEHOLD.

    2. There will be ONE winner of the publisher’s giveaway and TWO winners of my giveaway.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Publisher’s giveaway is US. My giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012.

    6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on August 23rd in this post.

    7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

    The winner of the publisher’s giveaway for the set of OBSIDIAN and ONYX is…

    LoStInDr3aMs (unfortunately this winner wasn’t eligible for the publisher’s giveaway) Jeanette McGeough

    The winners of my giveaway for an order of ONYX are…

    Rabiah

    Annmarie

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    Review: Onyx

    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on August 14, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format only at Amazon and in both formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Onyx is the second book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. The third book, Opal, is slated for release on December 11, 2012.

    ***

    Goodreads description:

    Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

    Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

    Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

    The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

    But then everything changes…

    I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

    No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

    ***

    Katy Swartz’s entire life changed the day she met Daemon Black. Going back to the life she had before she met him wasn’t an option. But she wasn’t sure that moving forward with him was something she wanted either.

    After everything they’d gone through together, she just wanted a chance at normal for awhile. A chance with someone who didn’t drive her crazy. A chance with someone she wasn’t connected to. A chance with someone other than Daemon. Someone human.

    But try as she might, she just couldn’t seem to stay away from him.

    Even with the new boy more than willing to offer her a distraction. Even with the knowledge that being with Daemon put her and everyone she knew in danger. And even though the possibility of a happily ever after for them was more dream than reality.

    Maybe it was their connection. Maybe it was because she needed his protection. Maybe she really did like him. Or maybe it was just the simple fact that she was his Kitten.

    Whatever the reason, she’d have to make her mind up about Daemon fast, because time is running out. Someone’s been telling lies. Someone has betrayed their trust. Someone’s coming after them.

    And this time luck might not be on their side.

    ***

    Onyx is the electrifying second book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. Tension-filled, suspenseful and exciting from start to finish, this book will keep readers on edge as each new discovery is made, each secret uncovered, each new danger unleashed and each betrayal revealed.

    Shocking surprises, deadly threats, heartbreaking losses and sizzling chemistry all combine to make this sequel a blazing-fast and addictive must read. With the return of the series’ two favorite characters – Katy and Daemon – and the introduction of a few new ones, readers must decide what to believe, who to trust and who the real enemies are.

    As Katy Swartz tries to cope with the connection she has with Daemon, she’ll have to find a way to determine whether his interest in her is real or a product of their bond. And she’ll have to decide not only whether she can trust his feelings for her but whether she can trust her feelings for him.

    But with a new arrival in town, someone who seems to be able to offer Katy the normalcy she’s been longing for, things with Daemon seem that much less clear. So when she gets the opportunity to learn to protect herself instead of relying on Daemon she jumps at the chance.

    Even if it means keeping secrets. And even if it means risking her own safety by putting her trust in a stranger. Because as dangerous as that may be, it’s nothing compared to the risk she’d have to take by putting her trust and her heart in Daemon’s hands.

    Author Jennifer L. Armentrout has delivered yet another spellbinding book in this series. Her lovable heroine Katy and the easy flow to her writing will keep readers coming back for more. Her at times antagonistic protagonist Daemon will keep readers transfixed. And her intriguing and nail-biting plot infused with humor, sarcasm, fiery personalities and smoldering chemistry will leave readers anxious for Opal, the next book in the series.

    Onyx is an absolute must for anyone who enjoyed Obsidian, for readers who love an easy to devour book with characters they’ll want to connect to and for fans of paranormal/sci-fi books with a bit of a mystery, a whole lot of action and an electrically-charged love story.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    I completely and totally inhaled this book. Once I finally had a second to pick it up that is. And once I did I could not put it down. Yes it was unputdownable. Well, until just before the end when I didn’t want to keep reading because I didn’t want it to end.

    Onyx had all the heat and chemistry that Obsidian had. But it had so much more – more danger, more sizzle, more heartbreak, more angst, more danger…did I say that already? That’s okay. It deserves to be mentioned twice. The threats in this book were way more deadly than those in that first book.

    And there was more story development in this sequel. The plot progressed quite a bit actually. We got to learn so much more about this world the author created. And as far as character development? Oh there was a whole lot of that. Let’s just say that we got a much closer and longer look at Daemon.

    Yes, Daemon, who finally became more than the hot, sexy jerk he was in that first book. Though he was every bit as hot, every bit the tease, and every bit the tormenter of Katy, he showed us that isn’t all he is. There is more to him. And he has much more to offer.

    Katy drove me a little batty in this book because she was so stubborn when it came to Daemon and so secretive when she could have been so much more open. What about? Well, that I can’t say without being seriously spoiler-y. But she had a few chances to open up and chose to remain silent. And let’s just say there were consequences for those actions. Big ones.

    But Katy also was seriously awesome in this book. She did things…. Well I can’t say exactly what things she did or that would be spoiler-y too, but she did do some things that I never thought possible. Not by her. And by the end of this book she was definitely a different Katy than she was at the start of it.

    As if it wasn’t enough that this book was filled with action, and packed full of Daemon and Katy moments, there were some other moments that made my breath catch, made me bite my nails and made me wish and hope and plead for certain outcomes. And some that made me desperately wish they wouldn’t ever come true.

    I did get all twisty inside from this one particular scene and maybe another one. And very possibly a third. I actually couldn’t believe just how much happened in this book. The story was packed so full and yet I kept wanting more. At the end I just wanted to keep reading even though there was no story left to read.

    Onyx made me want to go back and re-read Obsidian the second I finished it. I wanted to compare the Daemon in that book with the Daemon in this one and I wanted to do the same for Katy.

    I loved this new side of Daemon that we got to see. I loved learning more about the Luxen. And I both loved and hated the new character that made an appearance in this book and in Katy’s life.

    I can’t wait to find out what happens in Opal. I am dying to learn what the meaning behind that particular title is. I am even more nervous about what’s going on with the DOD and incredibly anxious about some of the dangers that have arisen.

    I am so worried that things are not going to end well. And I’m terrified about just how other things will progress. Especially after what happened at the end. While not totally unexpected, as the author built it up so perfectly, there are so many different directions the story can take.

    Most of which have the potential to be utterly heartbreaking. And where things can go very, very wrong. Fast.

    I just know the wait for Opal will be so unbelievably tortuous. It’s only been a short time since I finished Onyx and I’m already going crazy. So a re-read of both books may be in order, because release date for the third book in the series is a long, long ways away.

    ***

    If I had to choose a favorite passage that sizzled I couldn’t pick just one. This book was full of all sorts of heat. So, I decided to choose one that summed Daemon Black up perfectly.

    …Daemon leaned over the center console and kissed me. The tender touch was so at odds with what he’d just said. Deadly and sweet–that was what Daemon was; two very different kinds of souls rested in him, fused together.

    ***

    To get a peek at the first two chapters of ONYX, click here.

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

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    My Reading Pile #62

    It was another fairly quiet week at the mailbox although there may be something waiting for me. I ran out without checking the mail today and when I got home there was a note saying that the office is holding something too big to fit in the box. Though I’m not expecting anything until next week. So, who knows….

    I did, however, get a package of awesome.

    Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS.

    The amazing M.R. Merrick sent me copies of the two books in his The Protector series. And yes, they are signed with two awesome personal inscriptions which I am not sharing.

    I have already read and reviewed both books, so they won’t go back on the pile until closer to release date for the third book in the series, but they have already found a home on my book tower dedicated only to personally inscribed books. And yes, those covers are even more gorgeous in real life.

    And while I didn’t get any brand new reads in the mail, I do have a couple reads planned.

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

    (May 20 – May 26, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey. Thanks to Flux and NetGalley, I get the chance to read this awesome book this week. Even though I won’t be able to post a review for a couple months, I just had to add this book to the pile.

    I can’t wait to go back to Belle Dam. I miss Braden, Trey and Drew. I even miss Jason and Catherine. I want to get lost in this dark world author Scott Tracey has created. And I don’t want to have to wait until closer to release date to do so.

    According to the description, in this installment girls are taken and demons seem to be responsible, Braden is still struggling with his witch eyes and more of Belle Dam’s dark history is revealed. And with the feud still very much alive and well, Belle Dam is not the safest place to be.

    I am so excited to have been approved for the eGalley. Demon Eyes is one of my most anticipated sequels and I am dying to read it. And as soon as I finish the books from last week’s pile I plan on devouring this book.

    Next up on the pile is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, Entangled Publishing through NetGalley, for being part of the 30 Days of Daemon Tour. While this is another book that I won’t be able to post a review for immediately, it’s also one I just can’t wait any longer to read.

    Obsidian wasn’t at all what I expected. I’m not typically drawn toward science fiction stories. But Daemon Black isn’t your typical alien. And from the moment I put Obsidian down, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Onyx.

    While it didn’t technically have a cliffhanger ending, I was very much on edge waiting for this sequel. I can’t wait to find out the status of Daemon and Katy’s relationship. The description promises that “he’s running more hot than cold” which is a very, very good thing. And I’m super curious to find out if Katy thinks so too.

    But, aside from Daemon and Katy – as if that’s actually possible – there seems to be a bit of a mystery involving a new boy at school, the appearance of someone who isn’t supposed to be alive and an ending in which not everyone will survive. It sounds so freaking epic and there’s no way I’ll be missing the chance to read it this week.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine is one of my wishful thinking reads this week. I received an ARC through a trade and it’s been begging to be read. I’ve had to fight the urge to pick it up. It’s been tough.

    Any book that has a Wasteland is one that captures my interest. And the fact that this book has assassins and heartbreak on top of that makes this a must read for me. As I am a bit behind I don’t know if I will be able to read it this week, but I really wish I could.

    I would also love to read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I received a signed copy that I ordered from Books of Wonder and have been living in fangirl bliss all week. While I would never think of breaking that spine, I would love to read this story again. It’s been ages.

    Those left behind:

    I somewhat went off pile again last week. I ended up reading Grave Mercy, a book that had been left behind from an earlier pile. And I started reading Embers & Echoes, which I should be finishing today.

    But I did start reading Bloodlines from last week’s pile and I should be finished with that today, too. So, it’s just the review I’m a bit behind on. And while I didn’t get a chance to read Starling, I will be reading it before I begin on this week’s pile, because I’m dying to find out what’s going on with Fenn and his amnesia.

    Thankfully I have fallen back in love with reading and am finally over that snarky mood I’ve been in toward books. Getting lost in a book set in another century really helped. As did receiving a signed copy of a book by an author I’ve idolized since my pre-teen days.

    Now I just have to get back in the mood to write all those reviews I’m behind on.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I caved this week. When I heard that Demon Eyes was on NetGalley, thanks to Ina of Smiling Ina’s Bookish Corner and a few other wonderful bloggers on Twitter, I had to request it. And boy, that was one long day to wait and hope. But I was over the moon when I got that email saying I could download the eGalley.

    And while I did request the one book, I didn’t stick around long enough to check out any other titles that might be available. See? I can be good. But I couldn’t resist Demon Eyes. I just couldn’t.

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    All week long I’ve been fighting the urge to read If I Die. I just know I’ll be left in torment for the month and change until Before I Wake‘s release, so I’ve been resisting. Though I do have a few of the short eBook novellas to read for the SSRC and I could read Fearless, which I haven’t yet read. But I have the feeling that reading those books will just make me want to read If I Die all the more.

    And where last week I just couldn’t find one single book that I felt like reading, now I have so many I can’t wait to dive into. Sometimes having too many to choose from is almost as bad as having no choices.

    I really, really wish I could read faster and didn’t have those moments of terror before trying to sit down to write my reviews. And I really wish that there were more hours in a day, because time seems to be my biggest enemy these days.

    Anyway…. I hope your reading week was successful and that you found at least one new book to love. Last week I found three and I hope to fall in love at least two more times this week.

    As always, happy reading!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    30 Days of Daemon Tour: Character Interview Daemon Black

    When I first heard that there was going to be a thirty day tour that was all about Daemon I could not stop grinning. I mean, it’s Daemon Black. And thirty days of him. What could be more awesome?

    Well, the fact that there would be multiple stops each day. Yep. That’s definitely more awesome. I think it blew my mind. And I’m not too sure I’ve recovered….

    And the fact that I got to interview Daemon? Well… it was a dream come true. Didn’t help much in that whole recovering from the blown mind situation. But, at least I was left with just enough brain cells to post the interview. Anyway….

    For those of you who haven’t read Obsidian, I thought I’d give you a chance to check out the description before hearing what Daemon has to say in his interview. And if you haven’t heard about the amazing author of this series, Jennifer L. Armentrout, there’s just a little bit about her too.

    But I’m pretty sure you already know about JLA. It’s why you’re here reading all about Daemon.

    About the Book

    Starting over sucks.

    When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.And then he opened his mouth.

    Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me.

    You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

     

    About the 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 Russel 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 also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOKWEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

    Hi Daemon, thank you so much for stopping by the blog today to answer just a few questions.

    Not to boost your ego, but you have quite a few fans who are desperate to know everything you are willing to share about yourself – your likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, just what kind of workout regimen you have to make yourself look as good as you do shirtless….

    Anyway… before I begin bombarding you with questions, would you be so kind as to tell readers of the blog who may not have met you already just a little bit about yourself, in ten words or less?

    I can sum it up in four words: I’m pretty damn awesome.

    Fiktshun: Ego much? Yes. But it’s most definitely true. You’re so freaking awesome.

    From the moment you met Katy it seemed like there was a feeling of hatred and disgust toward her. Was this specific to her or was it your overall dislike for humans? Or did you really feel something else and were only feigning your disinterest?

    I was never disgusted by her. I just didn’t want her or any human living so close to us and buddying up with my sister. I’m kind of an equal opportunity hater when it comes to most humans. Of course, Kat has a way of wiggling past that.

    Fiktshun: Yes she does. She is quite determined when she wants to be, isn’t she?

    And from the moment we met you it seemed as if you were often shirtless. Did you do this on purpose to keep Katy off balance or do you just really enjoy being shirtless?

    Clothing can be so restrictive.

    Fiktshun: Oooooooooooh.

    You didn’t want to have anything to do with Katy and yet it was almost as if you couldn’t stay away. Why did you keep getting involved in her life? Was it just to annoy Katy or was there some other reason?

    I really don’t think I had a choice. Okay. Well, part of my involvement was to annoy Kat. I like it when she gets all feisty, but after a few incidents, we no longer had a choice. She was stuck with me.

    Fiktshun: Yes you are stuck together. And I’ll just bet she loves and hates it in equal parts. *GRIN.*

    Every chance you get it appears as if you are trying to get under Katy’s skin. You call her names like Kittycat and Kitten, which bother her to no end. Do you enjoy antagonizing Katy? Do you plan to keep doing it?

    I enjoy doing a lot of things that involve Kat, not limited to making up annoying nicknames or teasing her.

    Fiktshun: So I’ve read. *BIG GRIN.*

    Some would say the two of you have great chemistry. Others might say the two of you together are toxic. What do you think?

    Depends on the day.

    Fiktshun: That’s true, though I’m thinking it’s even more frequent than that!

    Katy was very hyper aware of every time you touched her. Did you know this? Did you do this on purpose? And did you feel the same way when she touched you?

    I’m pretty sure anyone would be hyper aware of me touching them, don’t you think?

    Fiktshun: …. …. Okay, that was me just mentally striking my initial response before this interview takes a totally different turn for this interviewer. 🙂 Let’s just say my answer involved having you put that theory to the test.

    If you had to describe Katy to someone who’d never met her, how would you describe her?

    Kitten. That would be all I would say.

    Fiktshun: Somehow I don’t think she’d like that very much, Daemon. Not very much at all.

    If Katy were to decide that she’s had enough of your games and your species and decided to date someone more like her, what would you do?

    Like she would decide to date something other than me.

    Fiktshun: Ahem, she just might. Even if it were just to get back at you. There are a couple more stories – at least – in which Kat (or Jennifer) might think some competition would fun.

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    And now for a few “Favorites” and “This or That” questions….

    Favorite movie?  Same as Dawson’s: Cocoon.

    Favorite thing to eat?  I pretty much just like food in general. 

    Favorite time of year?  Summer.

    Favorite thing about Earth?  Neighbors?

    Favorite thing about not being human?  Everything? 

    Favorite moment with Katy?  The lake.

    Favorite nickname you have for Katy? Kitten.

    Shirts on or shirtless? Shirtless.

    Tormenting Katy or kissing Katy? That’s a given.

    Vain or humble? Me? Humble as pie. Ha.

    Fiktshun: Neighbors, huh. Maybe one neighbor in particular, Daemon? And the lake was my favorite moment of yours with Katy, too. Although… the laptop scene was pretty H.O.T. And yes, Daemon, you are absolutely humble as pie….

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    This has been so much fun. For me. As you can imagine. Being so humble and all…. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by.

    Thank you for having me.

    I wish you could stay a lot longer…. *SIGH.* But I know you have another stop on the tour today and quite a few ahead of you. I wouldn’t want to be greedy and keep you all to myself. (Yes, I would.)

    You are always welcome to stop back, shirts are definitely optional, to talk some more about you, about Kat or just what your plans are for the not so distant future.

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    Other Stops On the Tour

    Today…

    The Reading Geek – Music that reminds me of Daemon

    Earlier… 

    May 15:

    Mundie Moms – Launch post + giveaway

    May 16:

    Pure Imagination – Dear Daemon post

    Stuck in YA Books – Dear Daemon post

    May 17:

    Two Chicks On Books – Obsidian scene from Daemon’s POV

    Book Kitty Blog – Obsidian Dream Cast

    May 18:

    Tater’s Tall Tails – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

    Book Loving Mom – Love Letter to Daemon

    Later…

    For the full tour schedule, check it out on Entangled’s website, HERE.

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    Other Books in the Series

    About Shadows

    The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

    Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

    Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

    Captivated. Lured. Loved.

    Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    About Onyx

    Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

    Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

    Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

    The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

    But then everything changes…

    I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

    No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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    Cover Reveal: Luminosity

    Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

    Book One in The Raven Chronicles

    Coming September 2012

    When I saw the cover for Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas in the email from the publisher, Entangled Publishing, I knew immediately that I would be participating in the cover reveal.

    This title is one I hadn’t heard of before, but the cover totally captured my interest. And the description definitely makes me want to find out more.

    I love the idea that the main character’s enemy comes to her in her dreams and that she somehow may have inadvertently helped him. And I’m super curious as to what secret Beatrice has been keeping that could put everyone in danger.

    Luminosity is a YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian and one that I am definitely excited to check out when it releases this fall.

    MY THOUGHTS

    I love this cover. What first drew my eye was the beautiful feathered, wing-like decoration on the model’s face – the raven’s wings. It, along with the darkly shaded lid, does have a very bird-like shape to it without it being too literal. Even the model has a graceful, bird-like feel to her pose. Which I think is perfect for this book.

    And I love the different shades of blue used throughout. The tones are cooler, giving the background a slightly ominous feel. And the blue-tinged skin of the model has an eerie, almost translucent glow to it. It’s… luminous.

    The striated skies in the foreground are an interesting contrast to the more hazy fog over the city in the background. I love how they follow the lines of the models upturned face. And the dry, cracked ground makes me curious about just what kind of a world this story is set in.

    The font is very unique. I’m not sure I’ve seen one quite like it on a cover before. The shape does lend itself to a Sci-Fi, futuristic novel such as this. And I like how the author’s name is dark over the model’s lighter skin, and light over the darker background.

    And of course that tagline gives just enough of a hint about what this book offers where the title itself is more of a mystery.

    This cover sold me on the book before I even got a peek at the description.

    Anyway… that’s what I think… but what do you think?

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    ABOUT THE BOOK

    My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

    The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

    But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

    FIND IT: AMAZONGOODREADS

    PLACES TO STALK

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s BLOG

    The author’s WEBSITE

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    Cover Reveal: Gravity

    Gravity by Melissa West

    Book One in The Taking series

    Coming October 2012

    I was invited by the publisher, Entangled Publishing, to participate in the cover reveal for Gravity by author Melissa West.

    I hadn’t heard of the book before, but once I read it’s description I immediately added it to my Goodreads TBR. And once I saw the cover I couldn’t wait to share it here on the blog.

    Gravity is a YA SciFi novel – not my typical pile add – but this one sounds incredibly intriguing. Spies. Betrayal. A love story. War. I am super excited to check it out!

    Gravity is due out in October and is currently available to pre-order at Amazon.

    MY THOUGHTS

    The colors are amazing. That shot of space and that planet is absolutely stunning. It’s framed just perfectly and I love the burst of light right at the edge of the planet and the lens flare that extends out into space.

    It’s simple. It’s beautiful. And for the cover of a science fiction novel it’s absolutely perfect.

    And I love the title. The gradient color connects it to the various hues in the background. And by adding those pretty swirly graphics on either side, it gives it a nice weight and balance so that the title doesn’t get lost on the page and allows it to remain a smaller font size. So it doesn’t scream GRAVITY at you.

    The font for the tagline and author’s name is also simple and beautiful and while sans serif, it stands out but doesn’t take away from that gorgeous background image. And I’m so glad that the tagline isn’t centered top to bottom on the page, or it really would have made it feel more important than the title.

    Even still, that tagline has me completely curious…

    Well, that’s what I think… but what do you think?

    ***

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    In the future, only one rule will matter:

    Don’t. Ever. Peek.

    Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed–arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

    Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know–especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

    FIND IT: AMAZONGOODREADS

    PLACES TO STALK

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s fanpage on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s BLOG

    The author’s WEBSITE

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    Cover Reveal: Toxic

    Toxic by Jus Accardo

    Book 2 in the Denazen series

    Coming May 1, 2012

    When I heard that author Jus Accardo was going to be doing a cover reveal for Toxic, I jumped at the chance to be one of the blogs involved. I love the cover for Touch, the first book in the series.

    It was cover love that drew me to the series in the first place. So, I couldn’t wait to see what Toxic’s cover looked like.

    Toxic is the second book in the Denazen series by author Jus Accardo. It is currently scheduled for release in May 2012 from Entangled Publishing.

    MY THOUGHTS

    This is another amazing cover in the series. Even if I hadn’t seen the cover to Touch, this cover would have caught my eye.

    I love the brown and bronze coloring. The color gives it a warmth that the first cover didn’t have. Even with the broken-down building and the littered street. And that sky is amazing.

    The cover model is pretty and she is totally rocking that outfit. I love the streaks in her hair, too. Of course I may love the yummy boy from the Touch cover just a bit more, but he was total eye candy.

    I also love that the title font is consistent on both covers. While it works so well on both, I think it looks even better on Toxic. The lettering appears almost as if it was touched by something toxic, which caused its destruction.

    And I’m thrilled to see a tagline on this cover. It definitely has me excited to get my hands on this book.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez’s problems.

    After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice—surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged—or losing someone she loves—Dez keeps the poison a secret.  But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.

    Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead…

    ***

    PLACES TO STALK

    The author’s Website

    The author on Twitter

    The author on Facebook

    The author on Goodreads

    The first book in the series, Touch, is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and eBook formats.

    To read an excerpt from Entangled Publishing’s website, CLICK HERE.

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