Month: November 2012

Blog Tour: Infraction [Excerpt]

Posted November 21, 2012 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: Infraction
Author: Annie Oldham
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Source: eARC
Average Rating: 4.00
Challenge: Blog Tour at Reading Addiction Blog Tours

Violent nomads. The coming winter. Jack’s unspoken feelings. Leaving the relative peace of the settlement is more difficult than Terra ever imagined. But what she should fear most is the government that professes to protect its citizens. Imprisoned in a labor camp, Terra learns just how much the corrupt regime wants absolute control. Never has she felt more powerless to act. But there’s always the call of the ocean, and her captors just might underestimate how powerful that call can be.


“What’s your name?”

I study him, study his fingers hovering over the notepad screen. I grab his hand. He tenses a moment and pulls back, but I look at him insistently and he relaxes.

Aren’t you going to give me a number?
He smiles sadly. “No, I want to call you by your name.”
I watch him carefully, searching his eyes. They’re black, almost as black as my hair—or what used to be my hair. I self-consciously run my palm over the stubble on my head. I can’t read anything in his eyes. Jack’s eyes are hazel, but deep in their colors and emotion. Dr. Benedict’s are reflective, bouncing my face back at me. I don’t want to trust him, but he’s the first kind person I’ve come across here. Should that make me trust him even less?
“I like that.”
I drop his hand.
“Now I just need to see your arm and get your tracker number.”
I go rigid, all of me freezing to the exam table. He must see the panic in my eyes because his lips turn down and several creases appear between his brows. He tugs on his ear absently.
“This is standard procedure, Terra. We just need to record who comes through here, give trackers to those who have chosen to, um, remove them. Or make sure there aren’t any phony trackers.”
My fingers curl around the edge of the table, and I can’t release them. I can’t even blink.
“It’ll just take a moment.”
He doesn’t understand my paralysis. How could he? Those who have cut out their trackers are pretty common, especially among the nomads. But those who never had one?
Dr. Benedict steps forward slowly, as one might approach a frightened animal. He lifts a hand, his palm up. He looks submissive even. I watch as his fingers inch toward mine. They brush the skin, and his hand is warm. He gently pries my fingers from the table, and then gradually runs his fingertips up to my wrist and turns my arm over. His eyebrows raise.
“You’ve never had a tracker?”
I feel the color drain from my face, and I shake my head.
“Were you born in a city, Terra?”
I shake my head again and pull the towel closer around me, wanting to hide from him and the other questions that will surely follow, but he surprises me.
“I think that’s everything we need for this exam.” He writes down a few more notes. “But you’re not quite done here. You’ll need to go through that door.” He nods to the right. “They’ll inject a tracker.”

I’m to be branded. I’ll never escape them now.

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Top Ten Tuesday (3)

Posted November 20, 2012 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday bloggers make a top ten list from the topic of the week.

Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For:

1. Jane Austen: I have fallen in love with her writing and I love how I am transported to a different time period and Jane Austen has made me love books that much more.
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry: This book is what got me into the dystopian genre and it is one of my all-time favorites.
3. Richelle Mead: She created an amazing heroine (Rose Hathaway) that I fell in love with. Richelle’s amazing writing and imagination inspire me.
4. J.K. Rowling: She is an inspiration…enough said. :]
5. The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty: This series made me fall in love with epistolary novels. 
6. Jodi Picoult: She inspires me with coming up with ideas that are so controversial.
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Well, because, it’s The Hunger Games…
8. Stephenie Meyer: For getting me into the vampire genre.
9. Edgar Allan Poe: Well… he’s Edgar Allan Poe… enough said. :]
10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

What’s your Top Ten?

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Posted November 13, 2012 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday bloggers make a top ten list from the topic of the week. Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island: Because I need some classics that I adore and can read over and over again… 1. Pride & Prejudice […]

The Pledge [Review]

The Pledge [Review]

Posted November 8, 2012 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

  My Thoughts: I loved this book! Charlaina [Charlie for short] (love the name!) is a great character! She’s smart, feisty, strong, and caring. The way that she protects her little sister, Angelina, is a remarkable trait to have. This book kept me wanting to read more. There was action and mystery and history and […]

WWW and Waiting on Wednesday (1)

WWW and Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Posted November 8, 2012 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, simply answer the three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? I am currently reading The Lifted Veil by George Eliot. I am reading […]

Cover Reveal: Rogue by Leigh Talbert Moore

Cover Reveal: Rogue by Leigh Talbert Moore

Posted November 2, 2012 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: RogueAuthor: Leigh Talbert MooreRelease Date: November 27, 2012Mature YA/Light Historical/Theatre RomanceBook Description: Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.Freddie Lovel, Hale’s wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy […]