22 December 2014


magic sizeTitle: Sail Book Two in The Wake Series
Author: M. Mabie
Releasing: Early 2015

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: This isn’t just a two-year long one-night stand. It’s my life.

This is my life. Our life. It isn’t just some careless affair.

I’ve made the worst decisions a woman could, but I’ll earn my second chance.

She can try keeping all the guilt for herself, but I’m just as much to blame.

Loving Casey wasn’t my biggest mistake. Fighting it for so long was.

I’ll show her how fearless our love makes me. I’ll protect her torn heart.

He still has magic in his eyes. He’s the man who makes me happy.

Her voice still brings me to my knees. She says my name like it’s sacred.

I live for the day when I’m his. To take care of him. To love him the way he deserves.

I can’t wait to be all she needs. I can give her a happy life, security and so much love.

Sometimes two ships never meet in the night, but ours did.

Sometimes the water is rough. It beats you all to hell until you have no choice but get stronger.

Our love story reads more like a tragedy, but to me it’s clean and pure.

Let them point their fingers. Without a love like ours, they haven’t really lived. I pity them.

I’m a cheating wife and a villain. I am his honeybee.

I’m a snake in the grass and I sleep best when I’m lying next to his wife.

I want to be his everything.

I’m nothing without her anyway.

This isn’t even close to over.

It’ll never be over.

Sail is the second book in the continuing Wake Series. For more information on the first book in the series see the link for Bait below.

Sail Links: Goodreads | Casey's Playlist | Blake's Playlist

Connect with M. Mabie: Website | Amazon | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads| tsū

Other Books by M. Mabie: Fade In (Standalone Contemporary Romance) | Bait: Book One in the Wake Series


Special Note: This weeks Book Wars will be open for voting for two weeks instead of the usual one. Due to the Holidays and busy schedules we'll be skipping next week to spend time with our families. Happy Holidays!

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet.  Often when a title is released here in the US, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Michelle from Much Loved Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) By: Colleen Hoover is..... the US COVER!!!  Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner!

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK

Title: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Author: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Publisher: US - St. Martin’s Press, 320 Pages (October 14th, 2014) UK - Macmillan Children's Books, 359 Pages (October 9th, 2014)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

For more information about each author author: 

Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White

Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Lisa 'Tis the Holiday season and this week we've picked out a book filled with some pretty amazing novellas from twelve amazing YA authors. I've read about half or so of the stories and have LOVED them!

And for this weeks cover I'm so torn. Just when I think I decided which one I'd vote for this week I've changed my mind. I love them both.

BUT, I have to choose one and I think I'm going to go with the US cover. The UK cover is simple and pretty. However with the twinkle lights being pink it doesn't draw me in as much as the skating couples do on the US cover. I mean there's twelve stories and you can't help but try to pick out which couple is which from each of the stories.

So, for me this week I'm going with the US cover because it's whimsical and I just love it! So, which cover is the winner for YOU this week? Don't forget to vote below.
Michelle This is an easy choice for me this week. While I do like the US cover and how it has some aspects that link to the story itself, my vote goes for the UK cover.

The UK cover has more going for it than the US one, but also as I have seen this in real life I know that the cover is nice and shiny and looks amazing when you get the full effect. I'm afraid to say that the US one never stood a chance against the UK.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories NOW!


21 December 2014

The Maze Runner
20th Century Fox

Escape Into the Box Office Sensation that Grossed 
More Than $225 Million Worldwide* When It Comes Home for 
the Holidays on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 16

Based on the novel with the same name By: James Dashner

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

Synopsis: LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 3, 2014) – Will you make it out alive? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to unlock the mysteries of the maze on December 16 when THE MAZE RUNNER hits Blu-ray™ and DVD. Based on the book by James Dashner that made The New York Times best-sellers list for more than 100 weeks, THE MAZE RUNNER brings together an up-and-coming cast of young talent including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf,” The Internship), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”) that do whatever it takes to survive.

In this heart-pounding survival thriller based on the best-selling novel, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” ) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn — especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night — Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose… and find a way out before it’s too late!

THE MAZE RUNNER Blu-ray™ comes in a 2-Disc Combo Pack, including two hours of pulse-stopping bonus features that make for the ultimate fan gift this holiday season. Created especially for this release by BOOM! Comics, dive into the backstory world of the Gladers before Thomas’ arrival, with the limited-edition, twenty-four page prequel comic book written by director Wes Ball and co-screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. Fans will also receive a limited time offer for the mobile game featuring a bonus runner “Newt” plus free in-game currency on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

*According to Box Office Mojo: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=mazerunner.htm


24-Page Prequel Comic Book
Deleted Scenes with Commentary from Wes Ball
Navigating The Maze: The Making of The Maze Runner (A Five Part Documentary that includes: The Maze is Born, Creating the World, Finding the Gang, The Movie Inside the Maze, and The Digital Details)
The “Chuck Diaries”
Gag Reel
Visual Effects Reels
Ruin Wes Ball Short Film in 2D and 3D with Commentary from Wes Ball
Audio Commentary by Wes Ball and T.S. Nowlin

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Official Websites

Visit the Official Website | Like ‘The Maze Runner’ on Facebook | Follow @MazeRunnerMovie on Twitter | Follow on Google+, Instagram, YouTube

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Title: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 400 Pages (*August 5th, 2014) *This release date is for the movie tie in hardcover.
Add to: Goodreads
Order here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

Synopsis: Perfect for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games, this special movie tie-in edition of the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Maze Runner features an eight-page full-color insert with photos from the film. The Maze Runner movie features the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien, as Thomas; Kaya Scodelario as Teresa; Aml Ameen as Alby; Will Poulter as Gally; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt and the second book, The Scorch Trials, is soon to be a major motion picture, hitting theaters September 18, 2015! And look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com

“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday

“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com

“Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly

“Heart-pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times[STAR]

“James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred

About the Author:

James was born and raised in Georgia but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. He has four kids, which some might think is too many but he thinks is just right. Once upon a time, James studied accounting and worked in the field of finance, but has been writing full time for several years. (He doesn’t miss numbers. At all.)

In his free time, James loves to read, watch movies and (good) TV shows, snow ski, and read. (Reading was mentioned twice on purpose.) Most of all, he’s thankful that he gets to make a living writing stories and considers himself pretty much the luckiest guy on the planet.

Find James Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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20 December 2014

Inspire Title: Inspire (The Muse #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: (December 15th, 2014)
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Order here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Amazon UK | The Book Depository

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.  

Review: 4.5 Stars - Inspire is the first book in author Cora Carmack’s latest series - The Muse. It’s a supernatural “New Adult” title that’s welcomed to the category that’s lacking in all things otherworldly and Carmack’s story is unique and thrilling.

Finally we have a NEW and exciting supernatural story to love within “New Adult”! I enjoyed this one so much and the characters were intriguing. Kalliope – Kalli is an immortal muse. She’s been living among humans for thousands of years. She moves around often because she doesn’t age. Each night at midnight her body resets back to the same person she’s always been and always will be.

She has a tough job where she walks a very fine line between influencing artists and pushing them into madness. With living a long life she’s naturally promoted many lies, so living a solitary life and never getting too attached to anyone for longer than needed has resulted in a sad and lonely person who longs for something more, something lasting.

So when a chance meeting puts Wilder Bell in her sights she feels drawn to him yet doesn’t understand why. He’s not an artist and it’s this strong pull that makes her run.

Wilder has made a lot of changes and has sacrificed so much for his family. He’s moved home to help out and is trying to find a way with his new life. He’s a pretty amazing character because all he’s given up on top of who readers have a chance to learn all about throughout the story.

These two characters have their work cut out for themselves with all they are facing and Kalli has a lot to lose if she’s caught by those who are watching.

And I can’t even tell you much about the story because I’d give so much away. I’ll just say that the deeper you get into the story the more you feel so wrapped up in what’s going on and what’s about to happen that you really can’t look away.

There’s so many heated moments between these two characters as well. The passion Carmack conveys between is pretty epic.

The only reason why I can’t give this a full 5 stars was the beginning was a touch slow go for me. I was worried reading the first bit but there’s a scene that you hit and it’s all so fast moving from that point that it’s like I said above, I couldn’t look away. I didn’t want to put the book down; I had to know what was going to happen next.

And then that ending??? I wanted to throw my Kindle. I had a bit of a freak out and Carmack… you are EVIL! Seriously, talk about a book hangover!

There’s no doubt in my mind that readers will be loving this book as I have and will follow along with me in stalking the author for the next book in the series entitled – Inflict out in 2015. If there’s any doubt, I recommend this title to all readers. It’s out now, so go buy and read and freak out along with me. Enjoy!

About Cora Carmack: 

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Find Cora Online:

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19 December 2014

Title: Crush (Bayonet Scars #4)
Author: J.C. Emery
Publisher: Left Break Press, (December 15th, 2014)
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Order here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK, Kobo

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Young love is always perfect. Until it's not.

Cheyenne Grady is a total daddy's girl to her bad-ass father, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. She's funny, and kind, and she just wants that deep, earth-shattering love like her dad has with her school secretary, Holly. But Cheyenne's been looking in the wrong direction, because the only good that can come from the way she looks at Jeremy Whelan is a lesson in heartbreak.

Jeremy always wanted to prospect for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and wear the same patch as his father. When a life-long dream becomes reality, Jeremy realizes that the outlaw lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy on relationships. He wants to be a good man, but temptation is everywhere.

Cheyenne is beautiful, and strong, and exactly what Jeremy could have forever. As long as he doesn't screw it up.

Love is never more powerful than the first time.

About the author:

As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.
Find J.C. Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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