Cover and excerpt release for ‘Walk the Edge’ by Katie McGarry

walk the edge

Yesterday, author Katie McGarry announced that the cover for the second book of the Thunder Road series, Walk the Edge, was going to be released today. And she didn’t waste time releasing it.

Early this morning, USA Today released and article that not only released the official cover but also the first excerpt from the book. In the excerpt, we get to a first look inside of Razor’s mind as he starts his first day of his last year in high school. We are reminded of the stigma he has for his real name, so it’s highly likely we will find out the truth behind it. You can read the excerpt below.

There are certain common-sense rules all girls in town comprehend. It’s not knowledge that has to be taught. In fact, sitting here on the top step to the entrance of my high school and watching this potential disaster unfold, I search my memory for the first person who mentioned I should stay clear of the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club.

Because when it pertains to the threat that is the Reign of Terror MC, it’s not learned, it’s known. Like how an infant understands how to suck in a breath at the moment of birth or how a newborn foal wobbles to his legs. It’s instinctual. It’s ingrained. It’s fact.

“Do you think his motorcycle will work this time?” Addison asks.

“Hope so,” I breathe out, too terrified to speak at a normal level out of fear that we’ll draw the scrutiny of the men wearing black leather vests circling the broken-down bike. Reign of Terror arches over the top of the black vest; in the middle is a half skull with far too much fire in and around it. It’s ominous and I shiver.

It’s edging toward nine in the evening, but the August sun hasn’t completely set. Darkness, though, has claimed most of the sky. Temperatures during the afternoon hit over a hundred and I swear the concrete stairs and pillar absorbed every ounce of today’s sunshine and are now transferring the heat onto my body.

Sweat rolls down my back and I shift to peel my thighs off the step. Why I thought it was a fantastic idea to wear a jean skirt, I have no idea.

I take that back. I do have an idea. Tonight is the first time my entire grade has been together in one room since the end of last year. My goal for the year may seem simple to some, but to me, it sometimes feels impossible. I’d like to be seen, to be known as something more than “freakishly smart Breanna Miller” at least once before I leave this town. I’d like to somehow find the courage to be on the outside who I am on the inside.

An annoying sixth sense informs me that I’m about to make a huge impression—on the evening news. Two friends on the verge of starting their senior year vanish without a trace. Because that’s how motorcycle clubs would handle this—they’ll kidnap us and then hide our bodies after they’re finished with whatever ritual act they’ll use us to perform.

One of the gang members stands from his crouched position at the motorcycle and the guy we attend school with inserts a key and holds on to the handlebar of the bike. As he twists it, I pray the motor will purr to life.

My heart leaps, then plummets past my toes and into the ground when the motorcycle cuts off with a sound similar to a gunshot. Addison’s head falls forward, and I bite my lip to prevent the internal screaming from becoming external chaos.

Addison pulls her phone out of her purse and taps the screen. “I’m texting Reagan. If we go missing, I’m telling her to point the finger at Thomas Turner and his band of Merry Men.”

Thomas Turner. He’s the guy that swore loudly the moment his motorcycle’s engine died again. Thomas is the name called on the first day of school by our teachers, but it’s not the name he responds to. He goes by his “road name,” Razor.

He glances over his shoulder straight at me and my mouth dries out. Holy hell, it’s like he’s aware I’m thinking of him.

“Oh my God,” Addison reprimands. “Don’t make eye contact. Do you want them to come over?”

I immediately focus on my sandals. As much as every girl knows to keep a safe distance from Thomas and his crew, we’ve all snuck a glimpse. Thomas makes it easy to cave to temptation with his golden blond hair and muscles from head to toe, and he owns this sexy brooding expression a few girls have written about in poems.

My cheeks burn and there’s this heaviness as if Thomas is still looking. Through lowered lashes, I peek at him and my heart trips when our eyes meet. His eyes are blue. An icy blue. His stare causes me to be simultaneously curious and terrified. And I obviously have a death wish because I can’t tear my gaze away…

Walk the Edge is the second book of the series. The first book, Nowhere but Here, was released this past May and left the fans wanting more. We got to fall in love with the two couples in the book while McGarry introduced us to a whole new world of motorcycle gangs that we will get to explore. This is the first series that she has written since the Pushing the Limits series which found it’s way on the NY Times Best-Seller’s list multiple times.

There is still no official synopsis for the book, but we do know that we follow Razor’s journey as he tries to decide what his life is going to be like in the motorcylce gang. Walk the Edge is set to come out March 30th, 2016 and is not yet available for pre-order. You can keep up to date on news from Katie McGarry by going to her website or following her on Goodreads.

What do you think of the cover and excerpt?

examiner

Book of the week – “Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy” by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

shadowhunter-academy-01

This is the first book in the surprise spin-off series from Cassandra Clare’s NY Times Best selling The Mortal Instruments. We follow Simon as he starts his training in being a Shadowhunter while trying to get his memory back.

No doubt that we will see some of the characters that we fell in love with during the series, but the fact that focus is going to be on Simon is the best news ever. Simon is perhaps the fans favorite character (outside of Clary and Jace) and are excited to see where his story takes us. And not only do we get one, but we get one every month for the next ten months.

Are you going to read Welcome to the Shadowhunter’s Academy?

“Fifty Shades” dominates Valentine’s Day box office

fifty shades 3

It comes as no surprise that the first book in the NY Times best selling Fifty Shades trilogy by EL James, Fifty Shades of Grey, is the number one movie Valentine’s Day weekend.

But the movie did not just top the box office. Oh no. With the estimated $81 million opening weekend it had, it allowed director Sam Taylor-Johnson to have the biggest opening for a female director beating out Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke at $69 million.

The movie not only did well here in America but in foreign box office bringing in an estimated $158 million giving the total opening box office to $239.6 million. Not bad for a bunch of up and comers.

The other new movie. Kingsmen: Secret Service, also did well in its first week bringing in an estimated $35.6 million. The movie was a favorite to those who completely were turned off  of Grey.

kingsmen

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water falls from the top spot but still does well bringing in an estimated $30.5 million. The movie should cross the $100 million mark by the end of the week.

Rounding out the top five is American Sniper with an estimated $16.4 million and Jupiter Ascending with an estimated $9.4 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

Fifty should remain on at the top for a few weeks not getting any big competition until Insurgent comes out at the end of March.

What movie did you see this weekend?

Review – “Fifty Shades of Grey” – a fluff movie that you won’t regret watching

50 shades 5

Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini
Director: Sam Johnson-Taylor
Rated: R
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2322441/

In the first book of the worldwide phenomenon written by EL James we find Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) as she meets billionaire tycoon Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and begins an illicit affair with him but it comes with a catch. He’s not the typical knight in shiny armor as he has darkness in him that comes out in the form of BDSM.

When this book came out, it took the world by storm and changed countless relationships because of it. Girls were falling in love with Christian and wanting him to be their boyfriend. When news was released that we would be getting to see this book unfold on the screen, fans went crazy with anticipation.

And the movie didn’t disappoint.

It’s hard to begin a review for this movie without pointing out the two main characters first. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were relatively unknown actors in the business, where Johnson is known because of her famous parents and Doran is know for his role as The Huntman on Once Upon A Time on ABC, so you got two actors know that this is going to be the role that changes their lives, for good and bad who knows.

50 shades 1

The movie series could very well end up like how the Twilight series ended up for their stars, but this movie was able to dive deeper in to the story that was overshadowed in the first book.

Ok. Let’s start with the downfalls or what I like to call ‘the things fans of the book will nitpick about’.

First off, Jamie Dornan’s appearance as Christian. His torso specifically. His body is supposed to be covered in various scars including a number of cigarette burns and also chest hair. He had little to none on either account. The number of scars will bother those who liked the story more and the chest hair will bother the fans of Christian Grey more. Also, fans are having a hard time seeing him as this broken soul. He didn’t obsess over Ana eating food (like he does in the book) and you don’t get that feeling of him being broken.

That’s what other fans thing. This fan believes he was great. Yes, there are some things that need tweaking which I think will be done in the next two movies. But overall, he captured what I had pictured as Christian Grey. His smirks, the way he looks at Ana, the physical he struggle he has around her. All good. My only issue (and many fans probably won’t notice) is that I could sometimes hear his Irish accent. But the good news is you probably won’t notice if you aren’t looking for it.

fifty shades 4

Without a doubt the best part of the movie is Ana. She captures that essence of the character to a tee and would be hard pressed to find an actress who could have pulled it off like she did. She is funny, smart, and is able to really bring Ana Steele to life. It’s the little things that she does that really make her perfect like the facial expressions and her nervous demeanor when she’s around Christian. And the best part is, they did this without making Ana sound like she’s 12 yaers old. This is an issue I personally had with the book. She’s this smart and intelligent young woman but the book sometimes made her sound like a teenager the way she talked about her ‘inner goddess’. The movie Ana was mature, but naïve at the same time. The way that she should be.

Now for the scenes that everyone wants to talk about. Yes there are some BDSM scenes in the movie, and some of them might make you blush, but it’s nowhere near as graphic as it was in the book. Director, Sam Taylor-Johnson did an amazing job at showing that side of their relationship while keeping it so that it can be rated R and not NC-17. She focused more on the romance and the relationship and less on the sex part and for me, that’s exactly what I wanted.

Fifty Shades is a ‘fluff’ movie where it’s not going to be that blockbuster kind of movie like The Avengers but it’s got enough hart that will keep you wanting more. If you go in thinking that, then you will come out feel satisfied.

Rating: B

What did you think of the movie?

examiner

The first clip from “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been released

fifty shades

It is that time of the year where we will start to see more and more of Christian Grey and his ‘playroom’ from Fifty Shades of Grey. The first clip was released this morning on The Today Show.

In the clip, Christian (Jamie Dornan) is at a hardware store, coincidence or not it is the same one that Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) works at. He asks for some run-of-the-mill items (at least to the unsuspecting eye) and you see the fun nature of their relationship as she makes a joke about him being a serial killer (which is especially ironic considering Jamie Dornan plays one on his show The Fall) before getting that ever elusive smile from Christian.

You can see the clip by going here.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in the NY Times Best-Selling series by EL James. It’s about a broken man who on the surface looks calm and collected but underneath harbors a different passion in BDSM.

The tickets are available now on Fandango but you need to get your tickets fast as they are selling out at some places.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and Luke Grims and is set to come out February 13th.

What do you think of the clip from Fifty Shades of Grey?

examiner