Cover Reveal: Black Hearts by Karina Halle

Karina Halle’s The Artists Trilogy is one of my favorite series, next to her Experiment in Terror books (Dex!!)

So of course I am super excited for her newest spinoff, Black Hearts. How swoonworthy is this cover??



For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

NOTE: Black Hearts is book one of the Sins Duet, with the sequel, Dirty Souls, releasing in March 2017.

These books can be read as a standalone – though they are a spinoff of the Sins & Needles and Dirty Angels trilogies, Black Hearts & Dirty Souls are set 20 years in the future and follow new characters. You do NOT need to read TAT or DA to enjoy or understand this duet.

The author, Karina Halle:

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Newest Editions To My Library


I loved One Day by David Nicholls. I watched the movie starring Anne Hathaway, but it didn’t have the same charm as the book.

I found these two by the same author at Book Off today. I hope they won’t disappoint!

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Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux Beginnings Cover Reveal!

The Lux series is one of my favorite YA Paranormal Romance books ever. I love me some Daemon Black! And coming June 3, 2014 will be the release of Lux Beginnings, the first two books in this series.

Lux Beginnings cover

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) official Blurb:


There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.


Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

LUX: BEGINNING (Obsidian & Onyx) Links:



Barnes & Noble:

About the author: 

JLA author photo

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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 is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Review: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle


Donners of the Dead
by Karina Halle
Published: February 24, 2014
formats available: Amazon Kindle, and other retailers TBA

I never thought the horrors could get any worse, but they were, day by day.

Holy crap. Karina Halle, you’ve done it again. You tore my heart out of my chest in Lying Season, continually scare the baloney out of me and yet I keep coming back for more. Donners of the Dead is everything I love in a Karina Halle book, set in the Sierra Nevada area 1851. With zombies.

Yes, this was just as awesome as I thought it would be.

Eve Smith, a half-Native eighteen year old, is commissioned by a small group of men to track one of their relatives who had disappeared around Donner Lake. Her best friend Avery and a neighbor girl come along to chaperone and help her. It’s a dangerous journey, though Eve looks forward to taking home some good money to her family. What she doesn’t expect are the horrors she and the rest of the search party come across as they make their way into the Sierra Nevadas. As tensions mount within the group, Eve finds an unexpected ally with rugged Texan Jake McGraw. Jake initially comes across as a bit of a smug, cigar-puffing cowboy, and definitely not one you want to cross. But with the dangers increasing as they get closer to Donner Lake, she realizes Jake may be one of the few she can trust.

Donners of the Dead hooked me from the start. It’s an excellent mix of horror, romance and action; well-paced with a strong  heroine that can hold her own and a swoon-worthy leading man.

“Love is a wolf, he said, the fire dancing in his eyes. “Perhaps that’s why they howl in the dark of night. Love drives them mad like it does to everyone. Fast or slow, whatever way it hits you, love will drive you mad.”

4.5/5 stars

Don’t forget to check the very end of the book for a sneak peek at Karina Halle’s Dust to Dust, the final installment of the Experiment in Terror series!

*ARC was provided for an honest review

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Are You Ready for Karina Halle’s Donner of the Dead?

Karina Halle Donners of the DeadKarina Halle: Donner’s of the Dead

***A Standalone Horror Romance***

Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

***This is NOT New Adult***

Buy Links

Amazon Kindle
, other retailers TBA

About Karina

Karina HalleWith her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

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Book haul!

Tons of Kindle books were on sale this weekend (Why go out into the madness when you can do your shopping in the comfort of your home and PJ’s?) and I managed to snap up:

Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan – .99!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 2.99

Legend by Marie Lu – 2.49

Love’s Rhythm by Lexxie Couper – Free!

Relenteless by Cassia LeoFree price has changed to .99

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 2.51
I auto-buy everything Jennifer Armentrout!

Demigoddess 101 by Kacie Ji – .99


And my favorite deal I got this week was a paperback copy of Come Alive by Karina Halle. If you haven’t read the Experiment in Terror series yet, you should go check them out now while all the books are on sale for .99! In fact, Ashes to Ashes is expected to be released this month so it’s a perfect time to catch up on this awesome series! 

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Book Quote of the Day


“So you are saying I am right. This is what is real, and the life I had before was the dream.”

“That is correct. And now it is time to wake up.”

-Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel


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Latest Book Haul, and What I’m Currently Reading

I’m really excited my copy of Graceling came in today. Unfortunately there’s a total rip on the corner of the book jacket 😦 I have since tried to mend it with a bit of Scotch tape.


I bought this used on the Amazon marketplace but its condition was listed as “Like new”. I guess it’s not a super big deal, but I’m disappointed that they didn’t describe the damaged book jacket in the listing.


Anyway, I’m excited to check this book out when I get the chance. I finished The Infernal Devices last week (so good!!) and I’m currently reading Texas a Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. I haven’t gotten too far, about a third of the way in, and I’m not loving it yet. I’m going to give it some more time because sometimes it takes me till the halfway mark to get into a book.


I also managed to pick up Beautiful Creatures at the local library bookstore recently. Have any of you read this yet? Reviews are overall really good on Amazon but on Goodreads they are mixed. I think it sounds like it could be interesting, and I am a big fan of YA paranormal and fantasy. I know this was made into a movie, I wonder if it was any good?

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Book Quote of the Day


…Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor.

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street



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Jennifer Armentrout releases the cover for Origin!


It needs to be August 27 now!!

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