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I have been the worst blogger/social networker for weeks and weeks now. I keep sitting down to get something done, and then nothing happens. I can’t stay focused on anything right now. My pregnancy hormones have my mind all over the place. All I want is to blog and baby won’t allow it! Ugh. I hope this doesn’t become a set thing… I promise I am still working on my new layout and rebranding, it’s just moving along slowly. I am honestly starting to consider hiring someone to whip it all out for me so I know it’s done right and done sooner, but I am also thinking about all the baby things I need to buy and thinking about how I could do it all for free instead. 

Anyway, exciting things have been happening. We had our anatomy sonogram yesterday and got the baby’s gender confirmed! Obviously, I have to share.. I mean, it’s like a requirement! babyannouncement

We are super excited. I really wanted a boy, but I am happy with either really. We’ve already chosen a name, though still working on a middle name. Everyone is getting so mad at me because I won’t tell anyone the name we chose. I want to wait until she arrives. Regardless if people mean to or not, when they know the name in advance and aren’t in love with it, they pass judgments on it. Once the baby is born, it’s not like you can change it, so they just love and accept it. I don’t want to deal with anyone trying to talk me out of it, or making me question our decision. It’s the first name we both agreed on and it feels right, so I don’t care what others think. I just don’t want the drama involved with dealing with their opinions and pregnancy hormones at the same time.

I promise I will try to make baby allow me to blog more often. I want to blog more often. I miss my blog so much. *cuddle* Hope you all are doing well!



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[Book Tour] Review: Astral Tide (Otherborn #2) by Anna Silver + Excerpt

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[Book Tour] Review: Astral Tide (Otherborn #2) by Anna Silver + ExcerptAstral Tide by Anna Silver
Series: Otherborn #2
Published by Sapphire Star Publishing on February 28th 2014
Genres: Aliens, Dystopia, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Provided by author
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London and her friends are fugitives in a reprocessed world where anything New is illegal. But as Otherborn, they’re different. They can dream and create, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. After fleeing Capital City with an assassin on their heels, the Otherborn found nothing went according to plan. Now, they are down by two and on the run in the Outroads, but the Tycoons keep mysteriously gaining on them. And seven months later, London is no closer to her promise to go back for Rye, if there is anything left to go back for. But Zen is teaching London that there may be more to her heart than the pieces she left behind, and London can’t help but feel guilty about not looking back since they fled New Eden. Should she hold on to hope that Rye is more than just a memory, or embrace a new life and love with Zen?

In their race to outrun their enemies, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: they can only run for so long. Eventually, they’ll have to face what waits when the road runs out. Eventually, their fates will catch up to them.

My Review

Seven months have passed, and London and her friends aren’t any closer to rescuing Rye or getting the answers they so desperately need to defeat the Tycoons. Everywhere they go, the Tycoons seem to be a half step behind them, catching up and keeping them on their toes so they can barely think straight. Add to that, London’s guilt that she hasn’t looked back and is slowly falling for Zen, and emotions are running high. Can they find the answers they need on the Astral Plane, or will their emotions keep them from growing and learning with their Others?

Astral Tide jumps in after a bit of a time skip from Otherborn. Roughly seven months have past since the conclusion of the last book, and we find out that our group have been traveling from camp to camp trying to gather what they need to move forward with their plans. Relationships are evolving, emotions are growing, and the dreaming is spreading.

The story is simple really. They are on the run from the Tycoons, and somehow always getting caught. They are wearing out their welcome everywhere they go, because they are basically a plague on the world. Everyone who lets them in, gets hurt in the process. London is filled with guilt because it’s been seven months and they are still no closer to freeing Rye, and she is starting to fall for Zen despite herself.

Which brings us to the only reason this didn’t get another star. A love triangle. It will be the death of me. I foresee it! There is a part where London and another are told about a choice in the end that could end in their deaths. I just.. I froze when I saw the words on the page. It won’t happen until the next book, I am certain of that, and if it happens the way I think it will, I will cry forever. I hate love triangles where you root for the obvious loser instead of the one you are supposed to. I just, don’t see my favorite winning this one. That leaves me horribly disappointed. I get too invested into the romance in a story, and this is going to be a heart-wrenching one for me. I am falling too much in love with London, and by extension, the other characters. It just cannot end pretty. It won’t go my way. I am beyond depressed.

Speaking of the characters, you get to see a lot more Zen and Kim, and even Tora in this book than you did in the last one. I was really happy to see that. Kim remains a side character. The really endearing thing about him is his extreme loyalty. It is unshakable and I adore him for it. I loved seeing more and more about Zen. He is such a nice character and I just want to snuggle him forever. The story was very character driven, and because of it, they are learning more and more about what they need to do.

There were times where things seemed to lag, but only for them to get rocked immediately. The lags are barely noticable. I would find myself starting to wonder when the story was going to pick up, just for it to toss me back into the squall, and I would realize, I had never left, the wind had just given me a chance to catch my breath. Second novels are usually so difficult to like because they are bridges, nothing more. They bridge the way to the third installment. That is how trilogies work. Book one is for world building and character introduction/development, book two is the bridge for preparing and build up to the final conflict, and book three is the end to all ends. Because of it, most of the bridge books end up being horrible and boring. While, I feel there might not have been enough progress made towards their final goal, this bridge was not boring in the least and is a regular tome of knowledge, giving us a lot of answers about the Astral that we were left with from the first book. I can’t fathom how it will go from here, and the semi-cliffhanger ending was confusing and a bit frustrating because I can’t see the direction like I feel I should be able to. I am horribly excited for the third installment. This series has hooked me in a way most dystopians can’t seem to do.

Astral Tide – Excerpt

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Astral Tides (Otherborn #2) by Anna Silver Excerpt.

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Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate #1) by Chelsea Fine

Releases: March 4th, 2014
Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward. All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.


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About Chelsea Fine

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Chelsea lives in Phoenix, AZ where she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.





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All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

Releases: May 13th, 2014
Two things in Texas are cherished above all else—
football and gossip.
My life has always been ruled by both.

When your dad is a coaching legend in Texas high school football, your life isn’t your own. Which is why Dallas Cole can’t wait to get to Rusk University and finally get out of her father’s shadow. But when he makes the jump to college ball—at her school, no less—it’s déjà vu all over again. Half the guys on campus avoid her like the plague—not wanting to come close to the notorious hard-ass coach’s daughter—and the other half want to use her to get closer to the legend. And then there’s Carson McClain, the hot, newly transferred second-string quarterback. He has no idea who she is, so when Carson approaches her at a party, Dallas decides, for once in her life, to kiss first and ask questions later. . . .



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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.





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