Killer Instinct by S.E. Green – Guest Post & Giveaway!

9th Apr 2014 Jess and Lety @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways, Guest Posts

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green – Guest Post & Giveaway!Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
Published by Simon Pulse on May 6th 2014
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
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She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.


Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...


5 songs that would be found on a Killer Instinct soundtrack

I’m not the type of writer who listens to music while I type. BUT I totally do while I’m plotting. Right now I’m listening to Train. I just love them. They make me happy. However, Train is not who I listened to while plotting KILLER INSTINCT. This is a dark novel and requires instrumental, haunting, and deep sounds. This list is exactly what Lane, my main character, would listen to as well. Though her mind is often in turmoil, though her actions are violent, some readers might think she prefers hard rock. Indeed she does not, and in fact can’t stand it. This is the music that would keep her focused and calm.

1. Adele – Turning Tables (Instrumental)

2. Johann Sebastian Back – Aria Da Ca

3. Daniel Licht – House – Dexter

4. Tricky – Past Mistake (the voices in this make the music even more evocative)

5. Angelo Badalamenti – Fire Walk With Me

To celebrate the upcoming release author SE Green is giving away some neat stuff: A personalized copy of KILLER INSTINCT, a Tshirt, autographed poster, and an an evidence bag of swag!

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To Pre-order: AmazonBarnes & NobleBAMM.comIndieBound


To find out more about SE Green and her books visit
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About S.E. Green

S.E. Green

S. E. Green or Shannon Greenland is the author of the award winning Middle Grade spy series, The Specialists, which was an ALA top pick and a National Reader’s Choice Recipient. Killer Instinct marks her debut into the world of thrillers. It’s due out in hardcover 5.6.14 under her pseudonym, S. E. Green.

Shannon is an adjunct professor and an avid adventurer. She can be found mostly in Florida where she’s outside enjoying all the Sunshine State has to offer.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books We’ve Read

8th Apr 2014 Jess and Lety @ Gone with the Words 2014, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books We’ve Read


Today Lety and I have tackled this topic together. We figured it’d be easier to each do a top five, and yeah, it totally was, haha. So here’s what we came up with!

Jess’s Top Five


1. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – This book is written as a dictionary. Each page holds an entry to a word and as a whole it tells a heartbreaking story of a complicated relationship. It’s beautifully written. :)

2. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Jandy Nelson wrote this book in such a poetic way. And I love how there’s images of poems written by Lenny, the main character, on different things.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – This story follows a girl who has committed suicide and has left tapes for different people telling them how they contributed to her decision. It’s heartbreaking and eye-opening and unique. Love it.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Such impact in such a small package. The narrative is all in letters and you never know the addressee.

5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I thought this book was unique because, not only did it remind me of the movie The Village which I love, the main character, Mary, is not really a likable character. I hadn’t read a book before where I didn’t much like the main character but loved the story and setting overall. Also, holy emotional book!

Lety’s Top Five


1. Defy by Sarah B. Larson – What I liked the most about this book was that it had such a strong female lead. We often see strong female leads in the YA genre but this one stuck out to me as being in a different category than the rest. Alexa is an incredible swords-woman and actually better than most of the boys. She is fierce, loyal and has incredible will power. Also, when Alexa finally decides which love-triangle boy she prefers most, I was a bit surprised. Check out my review of this fantasy YA novel here.

2. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – I am adding this one to this list based on the writing alone and because OMG that ending!! Tahereh Mafi writes unlike others in this genre, I’ve never read such colorful descriptions and metaphors. I also think what made this series unique to me was how the ending panned out. I was stunned with the ending, but I was thoroughly captivated by all the twists and turns of the overall storyline and the love triangle. When it became obvious who Juliette was going to “choose” I was actually overjoyed. I do not think it can be described as the “normal love triangle ending” and that is quite refreshing.

3. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin – So much tragedy and chaos happens in this book. This one is my favorite of the ASOIF series so far, it is unique in that characters that you grew emotionally attached to are killed off in the span of a few pages. It’s heartbreaking, but also not what you would normally see in these epic novels. Once a hero is clearly identified, you always know that they will save the day and there will be a happily-ever-after. Not in this one.

4. Wounded by Jasinda Wilder – This was a very emotional read and what’s different about it is that it takes place during a war. And in the middle of all that chaos, killing and destruction, a love story emerges between an Iraqi prostitute and an American marine. Neither of which speak each other’s language. I don’t think I’ve ever read quite a captivating love story. This is most definitely not your typical romance story.

5. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – I haven’t read very many zombie romance novels, but I still felt that this novel was quite different. The fact that “zombie romance” is an actual thing is distinctive in itself. Also, this book is told from the zombie, “R’s” perspective. What I also thought was interesting about this novel, is the reversal that happens with the zombies. Additionally, the way that R’s thoughts form and the things he collects was something I don’t think I’d ever seen before.

 Those are our picks! What are some of yours? Tell us in the comments or leave us a link to your post!



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Shattered by Mari Mancusi – Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

7th Apr 2014 Jess and Lety @ Gone with the Words 2014, Cover Reveals, Giveaways

Shattered by Mari Mancusi – Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

Happy Monday, friends!!

Today we’re happy to help reveal the SCORCHED sequel, SHATTERED.

Shattered Cover

In only a few short months, her world has changed forever. She’s on the run with Emmy, the last living dragon, and their bond is tested at every turn as their enemies grow ever closer…
He’s betrayed his mission to destroy the dragon, and now he must protect Trinity and Emmy with everything he has. But he isn’t sure he’s strong enough to save them both…
He knows each time he visits the Nether he’s one step closer to losing himself completely. But the pull of this fantasy world is becoming harder to resist each day.
By a twist of fate, this girl from the wrong side of the tracks has a chance to save the world—or at least the world’s last dragon. And she’s willing to risk everything to do so…
When a cell phone video of Emmy goes viral and the government starts closing in, Team Dragon is running out of places to hide.


Lety loved SCORCHED (see her review HERE), so I know she’s excited about this reveal.

What do you think, Lety?

Omigawd look at this cover y’all!! I can’t stop staring at it, I’m in a dragon-induced trance. Look at that lovely, lovely creature! Those piercing blue eyes, those menacing claws… those horns… those sharp teeth. Oh my! If I thought Emmy (the dragon) looked fierce on the Scorched cover, she looks downright terrorizing on this one!

I like how on the first cover Trinity (the girl) looked a bit sheepish, hiding behind Emmy’s claw, with a very uncertain expression on her face… on this cover she is up front and center and looking like she is ready to pounce and a lot more comfortable with Emmy. Not to mention, she has a very determined expression. (Extra points for the chucks!)

In the first book we were shown a tiny glimpse into the world of dragons and Trinity’s bond with Emmy. It sounds like their bond is growing stronger and Emmy surely is growing. I mean look at the size of her on that cover! Things are getting intense! Can’t wait to read what Mari Mancusi has in store for us in this sequel.

And to help celebrate this release, Mari Mancusi is giving away something really special! So be sure to enter!

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About Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small–so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys goth clubbing, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their dog Mesquite.

Mari is pronounced like the name Mary.
Mancusi is pronounced man-COO-see.

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The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz – Spotlight & Giveaway!

1st Apr 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Book Blasts, Giveaways

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz – Spotlight & Giveaway!The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Ring and the Crown #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Pages: 362
Format: Hardcover
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Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.



Today is the release of Melissa De La Cruz’s THE RING AND THE CROWN and I could not be happier to be able to share in the excitement!!

Check out these beautiful images showcasing three of the ladies in THE RING AND THE CROWN (I’m missing one for Isabelle, who is also very intriguing and strong from what I’ve read so far.)

Don’t they sound intriguing?!

Check the above images and so many others on the THE RING AND THE CROWN Tumblr page!!

Also! The book trailer is one of the best I’ve seen, and not only because it features one of my all time favorite songs by an all time favorite band, but because it’s beautiful and captivating and it leaves you wanting to find out what is going on! Take a look…

Here’s the full song and music video featured in the trailer… <3

Now here’s your chance to win a copy!!


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About Melissa de la Cruz


MELISSA DE LA CRUZ is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series Blue Bloods, which has three million copies in print. She spent many summers on Shelter Island, which served as the inspiration for the fictional town of North Hampton. She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Top Ten Reasons To Get it Today!

3rd Mar 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess, Top Ten Tuesday

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Top Ten Reasons To Get it Today!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Top Ten Reasons To Get it Today!The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BfYR on March 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 355
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski has been reviewed beautifully by so many people out there, so when it came time for me to review it, I knew there was no way I could even try. Not in that way anyway. So I began thinking of ways for me to share my love of this book with you guys! And being that it’s Tuesday, the day I normally do Top Ten, AND also the release day of The Winner’s Curse, I figured I’d combine the two!

ALSO!! Thanks to the Fierce Reads team for these awesome graphic quotes!! I loved putting them together for this post!

TWC Quote Collage02

1. Kestrel

The moment you meet Kestrel you’re intrigued by this girl. She’s different and that’s obvious from the beginning. She accidentally ends up at a slave auction and the things that catch her eye about Arin are so interesting, but what makes her bid is when it’s mentioned he’s a singer. Sold! But why, Kesterl?! Why the singing?? You’ll have to read and find out. :)

2. Kestrel’s Not Fronting

I loved that Kestrel would speak up to her father, and I loved that her father listened to her. He didn’t bend to her whims, but he was fair, in my opinion. She’s honest about her strengths and weaknesses and I appreciated that. Keep it real, girl!

3. The Slaves

The Herrans are a race that has suffered so much at the hands of Valorians. They took everything from them. Some even have to serve in what used to be their homes. It was tough to read. No amount of being treated “well” could ever make up for what they took. I think Arin is completely justified in his cause too. There’s a lot of manipulation going on though! That kinds of stung….

4. The Valorians

Valorians to me seemed like flamboyant barbarians. They don’t shy away from fights, duels, battles, war…but at the same time they lead lives full of pretty clothes and big parties. They are into high society and gossip and they were so oblivious of the fact that Herran people would want to take back their land. Kestrel is definitely different, and people notice because they talk about her, and not in a good way. They’re dumb. She’s awesome.

5. Arin

I loved Arin. He was smart, strong, honest, and honorable. But oooooh, how he could manipulate. Our girl didn’t stand a chance, to be honest. I knew she’d fall for him instantly, but to get to Arin’s heart, you basically have to almost die for him. Or maybe he just felt like she was an impossibility for him. Either way, he doesn’t really get swoony until the last third of the book, I’d say, but it was glorious seeing him get there.

6. Realistic Fantasy

Did you know there was such a thing? I didn’t. I wasn’t sure how to classify this book…it reads like a fantasy novel, but there was no fantasy. So I decided to ask Marie Rutkoski on twitter and she explained about the Realistic Fantasy genre out there. I’m TOTALLY intrigued by it now! Hope I can read more of it. And the writing! I mean…it’s just fantastically written. Plot, prose, characters…SO GOOD!

7. War, Huh…

“What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.” But sometimes it’s so that people can get their land and their homes back. It was pretty brutal, this rebellion. Watch out!


9. ALLLL The Praise

There’s no shortage of people praising this book. Even I’m doing it!! For better breakdowns of this fantastic book check out the following reviews by ASHELEY | LAUREN | KIRKUS :)

10. The Ending

UGGGGH! I really didn’t know how it would end but I was not prepared to have my heart wrenched!

Ok, one more for the ending…

Ok, I’m good now.

Go out and get it today!!!



About Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society, about a girl who discovers that she’s not human and that her kind are terrorists in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened. The Shadow Society will be published October 30, 2012. Marie has also written the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globeand The Jewel of the Kalderash. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors.

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