Saturday, October 19, 2013

Courage Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Courage blog tour, organized by Grapevine Book Tours! I have a review of this fabulous book coming up, as well as a giveaway for copies of Courage. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Courage (Mark of Nexus, #2)
Release date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: Mark of Nexus #2

Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future—until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.

Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along...

Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.

All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light—even reinvent himself through questionable means--but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.

My Rating: 5 Roses

An absolutely perfect sequel, Courage was a fantastic read! It was romantic, thrilling, and full of secrets. I really liked the first book, Strength, but this book was even better. Loved it!

Rena did a lot of growing in this book. In book 1, I got annoyed with how impulsive she was. You know, "run into a dangerous situation now, think about it later." But, in this book, she became much more clever in how she dealt with the ERA. She became a stronger heroine and I ended up liking her more. I thought she was great.

Wallace was as sweet as ever. I just adore this guy. He's so sweet and wonderful and perfect. As with Rena, he became much more crafty in this book. He as up against a dangerous organization and he knew the way to beat them was brains rather than brawn (which he had a lot of). He proved he was a formidable opponent. I thought he was wonderful in this book and I totally adored him.

The romance was more intense in this book. Rena and Wallace face a lot of obstacles and deal with their insecurities. Their relationship deepens and it was sweet to see. The sparks between them were definitely there, though that part of their relationship was light. They were a lovely couple and I can't wait to see how things turn out for them.

Corynn and Aiden played big roles in this book, so I just want to mention them. When I read the blurb for this book, I was so worried that these two would become alternate love interests for Rena and Wallace and I really didn't want that to happen. Don't worry, it didn't. But, they did cause a bit of a mess. I wanted to hate Corynn at first, but I couldn't. She was a great character who would do anything for her family. After everything that happened to her in this book, I hope she gets a happy ending. And, Aiden...
Well, the real Aiden was super sweet and adorable and I completely loved him. But, then he does something that completely changes him. And, the person he becomes is a total jerk. I'm anxious to see what happens to him in the next book, because I want the sweet Aiden back.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were so many secrets and surprises in this book that I never knew what was coming. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me itching to get my hands on book 3.

Courage was a fantastic New Adult paranormal romance. I loved this book! The story was thrilling, the characters were great, and the romance was sweet. I can't wait to see more of this series. NA lovers, this book, and the entire series, is a must read.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Strength (Mark of Nexus, #1)
Release date: August 16, 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: Mark of Nexus #1

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

Up for grabs are 1 signed paperback of Courage (US only), 5 e-copies of Courage (INT), and 1 limited edition Mark of Nexus pillowcase (US only). Ends November 3.
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About the Author:
Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Her passion for New Adult fiction led her to co-found NA Alley—a widely recognized informational hub for the category. She is the author of STRENGTH (Mark of Nexus #1) and COURAGE (Mark of Nexus #2).

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