Book Blitz – Amnesia by Cambria Hebert

I don’t normally do Book Blitz posts, but I knew I had to read this book as soon as I read the synopsis. I already picked up my copy, get yours here today!



Amnesia
Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

I washed ashore in a little lake town.
A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…
No one knows me.
I don’t know me.
If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?
I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.
I am invisible.
To everyone, to everything, even to myself.
Except to him.
I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.
I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.
His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.
I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.
They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.
I don’t even know mine.
I am amnesia.

Goodreads / Amazon


EXCERPT:

Slivers of light pricked my eyelids, which up until this moment seemed far too heavy to lift. As I lay against something soft at my back, thought and awareness barely registered.

The gritty feeling as I struggled to raise my eyelids scraped and burned over my eyeballs as if warning me it wasn’t a good idea. Swallowing past the sandpaper in my throat, I stopped working and lay still. Cognizance slowly came forward in the form of something weighing me down and the echo of footsteps nearby.

Adrenaline jackknifed through me, and my body arched upward with the force of my gasp. The weight of whatever held me caused severe panic to fill me, and I began to fight against it.

“No!” I screamed, flailing about, trying to escape the binds. “Let me go!”

High-pitched beeping filled my ears, and the footsteps I’d heard grew more insistent and much closer.

He was coming!

“No!” I screamed.

Strong hands grabbed my arms and pinned me down. I tried to fight back, but they were much stronger than me. Kicking my legs, I tried to free them, but even more weight came down, holding them still until I was gasping for breath and ready to beg.

“Please!” I pleaded as wetness coated my cheeks. It made me realize the grittiness under my lids was rinsed away, and my eyes sprang open.

A man was leaning over me. He had graying hair and wore some kind of white shirt. The scream that ripped right out of me scared us both.

More hands and voices came out of nowhere, and I thrashed around again.

“Miss!” the man yelled. “Miss, calm down.”

“Get away from me!” I screamed again.

“Miss!” another voice yelled, a woman this time. Turning in her direction, I saw a pair of kind brown eyes staring at me. “We aren’t trying to hurt you.”

I calmed some, but the thundering of my heart made me feel as if I might spiral out of control. “You aren’t?”

“No.” The woman, who was also dressed in white, spoke. “You’re at a hospital. You were in an accident.”

“W-what?” I stammered, collapsing back against the bed, no longer straining against the binds.

“You’re at a hospital.”

“You’re trying to hold me down!” I accused.

“We don’t want you to hurt yourself.” the woman explained. The hands, even the man’s, remained.

“I don’t like it,” I admitted, recoiling.

The man straightened, stepping back. The nurse was slower to withdraw, but she did so after a few seconds.

“My legs,” I rasped. Suddenly, my throat hurt.

“It’s just the blankets.”

A quick glance down proved I was covered with blankets. Between suspicious glances at the people crowding my room (there were four), I gazed around, concluding I was in fact in a hospital.

“I don’t understand,” I admitted, all my weight pressing into the bed.

“It’s okay,” the man replied. He was a doctor, with a name badge and a stethoscope. “It’s completely normal and expected to be confused after the ordeal you’ve been through.”

“What ordeal?” I asked instantly, anxiety pressing in on my ribcage.

“We were hoping you could tell us,” the doctor said.

“What?” My brows furrowed.

The nurse leaned close, over the side of the bed. I noticed the railings were pulled up on each side. It made me feel as if I were in jail. Instantly, I hated it and began shoving at the bars, trying to push them down.

“Okay, hang on,” the nurse said and put the rails down. Once it was done, she pinned me with an insistent stare. “You have to stay still. You can’t thrash around. You’ll rip out your IV and reinjure yourself.”

“What happened to me?” I asked for what felt like the fifteenth time. I looked around at the four people in the room, hoping one of them would just spit it out.

The doctor motioned to two of the nurses and then quietly left the room.

I glanced back at the nurse. “Can you tell us your name?” she asked.

“My name?” I nodded once, then opened my mouth… only nothing came out.

Anxiety spiked in me again; I started to become agitated. “I… don’t know.”

“Calm down.” The nurse reminded me.

How dare she tell me to calm down? I couldn’t even remember my name.

Oh my God, I didn’t know my own name!

“I don’t remember!” I gasped, jerking up into a sitting position. “Why can’t I remember?”

Before I could fling the covers off and jump out of bed, the doctor was there, pinning me back down. “If you don’t calm down, we’ll have to sedate you. I don’t want to do that. You’ve been out long enough.”

I stilled. “How long?”

“A while.” The nurse hedged.

I ignored her. She was terrible with questions. “How long?” I demanded.

“A little over two months,” the doctor replied.

I gasped. “What’s my name?” I yelled.

I’d been here for two months and they were asking for my name? Shouldn’t they know it?

The doctor wasn’t looking at me; he was looking at the nurse, giving her a curt nod. She rushed out of the room.

“No!” I shouted. “No drugs! Please! Tell me my name. I just want to know my name.”

“You need to calm down. You’ve had a great deal of trauma, miss.”

I dropped back against the pillow, boneless. He called me miss. “You don’t know my name, do you?” I asked, meek.

Sensing all my energy was drained away, he moved back. A frown pulled at his lips. “You were brought in with no identification.” He began.

Fear unlike anything I’d ever felt wrapped around my heart and squeezed. I searched every corner of my mind for something. Anything.

There was nothing.

“I don’t remember…” I whispered.

The doctor seemed to soften. “I know this must be very scary, to wake up and be so disoriented.”

I laughed, but it wasn’t a humorous sound. I wished I were disoriented right then.

“You’ve been through a lot. Give it a few days. Now that you’re awake, your mind will catch up and you will remember.”

“I will?” I asked.

“There’s a good chance.”

Disappointment speared me. “If I don’t?”

“Let’s take it one day at a time.” He placated me.

“Easy for you to say. You know your name.”

A ghost of a smile appeared on his face. “Time.” He reminded me.

The nurse came through the door, holding a syringe, and I cringed away.

“I don’t think we’re going to need that,” the doctor told her.

I let out an audible sigh.

He glanced around again. “Now that you’re awake, I’ll get you down for testing.”

“What kind of testing?” I asked.

“Routine stuff for someone who’s been in a coma.”

Nothing about this was routine. I was in coma… for two months. And I didn’t even know my name.

When both the nurse and doctor were gone and I was alone, my eyes overflowed with tears and a formidable feeling of dread crowded inside me. The doctor said there was “a good chance” I would remember my name very soon.

The problem was it wasn’t just my name I needed to remember…

It was everything.

 

Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Top Ten Tuesday (7)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s been a while since I did one of these because either I couldn’t connect with the topic or I was just too busy! The next few weeks look really good though so I’m hoping to be able to find time to participate. 

The topic this week is….

Brace yourselves – you’re about to get spammed with some of my Insta posts. I think pictures can speak better for me than words. 🙂


.1.

Space! I’m pretty obsessed with space and sci-fi right now. Read my reviews on Defy the Stars and Illuminae if you’re interested. 🙂

 


.2.

Kick-ass females. I’m reading Flame in the Mist right now and looooving it. I can’t wait to finish and share my review! Other favorite strong girls: Katniss, Cealena and Zoey (Collector Series, read my review here).


.3.

Angels! I loved Penryn and the End of Days (except the end, that was just meh for me). I’ve read so many books about angels, and I don’t even care if they don’t get great reviews. I’m still probably going to read them, lol.


.4.

Friendship. I think The Lunar Chronicles are a a great representation of this. 


.5.

Greek Gods/Goddesses. The tale of Persephone and Hades is my favorite, but anything Greek Gods and I’m down. The paranormal Romance series Lords of the Underworld is a great place to start if you are looking!


.6.

Fae. All of them. lol My favorite Fantasy series is ACOTAR/ACOMAF (ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS UNTIL ACOWAR Y’all!!!) My second favorite fantasy series is called the Collector series by Stacey Marie Brown. I mentioned it above, but I’m going to link my review again here. It’s so good! It’s a Fae/Urban Fantasy NEW ADULT (Sex and language, but no more sexy than ACOMAF was). 


.7.

Beta Males. This is a new one for me, but Beta Males are totally my thing. Every once in a while I like a good Alpha male book, but those sweet Betas get me. 😍😍😍 If you are in the mood for one, check out Archer’s Voice. UGH SO GOOD. (Review on Goodreads here). 


.8.

Anything Beauty and the Beast Related (See caption under Insta post to see reasons why).


.9.

Actually…..anything fairy tale retelling related, lol. 


.10.

A great romance. I’m such a romantic person, so it had to make this list. 🙂 Slow burns are my favorite(*cough* See the Collector series mentioned in numbers 2 and 6*cough*), but I can get into insta-love if done right. What I don’t do – love triangles. More on that next week though 😉 


What about you? Link your lists in the comments so I can visit your page! 🙂

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Re-tellings (Beauty and the Beast)
Format: Paperback
Description (Source: Amazon):

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.”


Overall Assessment:
I have been on a Beauty and the Beast retelling binge lately. I’m going to be honest, I picked this one for the beautiful cover. I mean, just look at it! 😍😍😍


  This was an okay read for me. The story was entertaining, but not remarkable. I found myself not really caring what happened to the characters, but finishing out of curiosity. I honestly don’t even care enough to write a full review, so I’ll just add the high (and low) lights. 

Rating:

   

What I liked:
– Nyx’s sassy attitude. I like that she didn’t roll over in the face of conflict with Ignifex.
– Like I said above, it was a fairly entertaining read. It did slow for a few points in the middle, but for the most part the story moved quick, which made for a fast read. 

What I didn’t like:
– Without giving too many spoilers, it kind of had a love triangle. Blegh

– The ending felt rushed and confusing. 
– Nyx’s relationship with her family was annoying. The way she couldn’t make up her mind really grated at my nerves. Actually, her indecision in general really bothered me. 
– The romance itself was meh. It felt like a lot of the novel focused on it, but I still didn’t feel any sparks or connection between Nyx, Ignifex, or Shade. 

Final Thoughts:
– It was okay. I think there are a lot better retellings out there though. I’m still probably going to read the next book in the series though, since I already bought it, lol. 


Slumber by Samantha Young

Title: Slumber
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook (self-purchased)
Description (Source: Amazon):

Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.

Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.

Wolfe Stovia.

The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.

At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…

Overall Assessment:
Slumber is set in a land with magic. The king (Kral) and princess (Princezna) of this land have a type of magic that envelopes the lands around them into a calm and peaceful state. Seems cool, but maybe a little manipulative, right?

There are several types of magic:

  • Dyvatzi – only the Kral (aka King) and Princezna, Haydyn
  • Glava – kind of hard to pinpoint, but from what I understood they have multiple powers that can vary per individual Glava. These powers can include: controlling the elements, telekinesis, and a very strong intuition.
  • Dravilec – healers
  • Azyl – essentially, seekers. They have the power to find things. They used to be able to find things the Azyl themselves most desired, but over time it evolved to only being able to find things that others ask for. This is what the female protagonist, Rogan, is.

The story starts when Rogan, is 11. She is headed home with her younger brother after a day of playing in the meadows when her whole world falls apart in a matter of seconds. Since this happens in the very first chapter I don’t think it’s really a spoiler. A man who works for the Kral, Vikomt Stovia, comes to her home to announce the Kral’s death. He is rounding up all children who have strong magic to bring to the castle to help the Princezna, as she is only 8 so her magic is not very strong. –>there is a lot more to this, but I don’t want to get in the weeds here. Vikomt Stovia  is insanely cruel and slaughters Rogan’s entire family right in front of her. He then uses Rogan’s magic to find other children, and then slaughter’s their families as well.

Fast forward 8 years. Rogan is now 19 and the best friend and handmaiden to the Princezna. The Princezna has become ill, and because of this her powers are waning. Chaos is beginning to break out in the outer limits of the kingdom. All of a sudden the Princezna falls into a sleeping sickness and Rogan is told there is only one plant that can save her. The problems: 1) it’s very far away and in dangerous territory, 2) Rogan needs to be the one to retrieve it because she is the only one who knows were it is, and 3) She has to travel with the son of her family’s murderer to find it…enter Wolfe Stovia *drools*. “Strikingly tall, broad, a thick head of silky chestnut hair, olive skin and beautiful almond shaped eyes. His was a strong face, masculine, powerful. I disliked it greatly.”


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Top Ten Tuesday (4)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

Well, actually the topic was “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them”, and a suggestion was kissing. I decided to take it a step further and encompass all romance in. I know this is not everyone’s thing, so feel free to skip this post if sappy isn’t your style. I love a good swoony romance in a book because I am a hopeless romantic. Some of these may be the first book in a series where it gets a little more “romancey” further on, but shhhhhh… no spoilers 😉 And some of these books might have some romance in them already, but they don’t quite quench my need for more, lol

‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Format: Audio, via Audible
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Continue Reading” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review. 

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‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult (Some may say YA, but I’ll explain below)
Format: Audio, provided to me by eStories. Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
Description (Source: eStories):

When nineteen16096824 year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

 

Overall Assessment:
Wow. I’m on a roll with listening to amazing books this month. I could.not.stop. listening to this book. I found myself devising ways where I could listen to this book as much as possible and finished it in only 2 days (it was a 16 hour book!). For my note about why I would not classify it as YA, there are a few steamy scenes. More steamy than other YA novels, but tastefully done and not overly graphic. Just be prepared for a little more romance than usual.

TLDR; Strong heroine, a good amount of romance, likable characters, unique story. 

 

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If I could give it more, I would. 

‘Taking on the Dead’ by Annie Walls

Title: Taking on the Dead

Author: Annie Walls

Genre: Horror (I guess?), Zombies, Romance

Format: Audio and eBook

Description (Source: GoodReads):

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever. Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles. In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, it is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

Overall Assessment:
Meh. I’m not sure what else to say overall. I was very underwhelmed. I’m sure I’ll read the next two books eventually, but I’m in no hurry.

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‘After the Ending’ by Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh

Title: After the Ending

Author: Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh

Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Format: eBook

Description (Source: GoodReads):

The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them–with the rest of the world–but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now–broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing–we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1) by [Fairleigh, Lindsey, Pogue, Lindsey]

Overall Assessment:
DNF – I almost never DNF a book, but I just have too many other books on my shelf that interest me to waste time on something I tried for a month and a half to get into.

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