Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Eternal (Haven #3) by Kristi Cook

Hi guys!! I am so excited today to be part of the cover reveal for Eternal by Kristi Cook! This post was provided and organized by GCR Promotions.

In the final book of the Winterhaven trilogy, Violet McKenna and her friends find themselves right in the middle of a vampire war. The stakes have been raised, the danger unavoidable now. As the Warriors’ senior year draws to a close, not everyone makes it out alive. Who will be left standing at the end of it all? Will Aidan be a part of Violet’s future, or is he just a specter of the past?

About The Author

YA author Kristi Cook is a transplanted southern gal who lives in New York City with her husband and two kids. Her YA debut, HAVEN, was released in Feb. 2011 by Simon Pulse.


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Audiobook Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publish Date: January 8th 2013
  • Read by: Allyson Ryan
  • Source: Audiobook provided by Simon &Schuster Audio for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository | Simon & Schuster

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

My Thoughts

I love a good suspenseful book and this one sounded really great. I really enjoyed how the visions seemed to intensify when it got more urgent and how it really reacted depending on how close Jules was to figuring it all out. Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was the family dynamic. The relationship that Jules had with her brother and sister was great. And then there is the whole thing where the boy she has been in love forever belongs to her family's rival! This also touches on mental issues which I thought was a great addition to the story too.

Jules was a character who I really enjoyed. She was flawed in a lot of ways, but it made her very easy to relate to. I loved how her brother Trey is her best friend, and how she will do anything for him or her younger sister Rowan. I feel bad when she starts to doubt her own sanity due to family history of mental issues. She thinks that she might be going insane when she keeps seeing this vision that no one else sees. She somehow knows that it's more than that though, and she really keeps fighting to save innocent lives whether anyone believes her or not. I think she is brave for coming out and telling Sawyer (her longtime love) about it, and her brother Trey. I also think that she is extremely selfless that she is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent the vision from turning out how it's supposed to. Her obsessiveness over Sawyer gets a bit annoying at times, and her little phrase of saying "Oh my Dogs" or "Thank the Dogs" really started to wear on me and it came to a point where I wanted to hit things when she would say it.

There is of course some bit of romance, but it's more Jules pining for Sawyer. Except Sawyer is her family rival and he won't give her the time of day. They used to be friends until their parents found out and forbid them from seeing each other. There are also a lot of secrets that their families are keeping from them too. I loved watching it all unravel. Why their families hate each other so much, the reason behind Jules fathers hoarding, why they can't just get over things and drop the family rivalry.

Now, my thoughts on the audio. I really loved the reader. I thought that she really captured Jules personality really well. She had the emotion and panic, and the little freak outs that Jules has. She vocalized Jules awkwardness, her snarkiness, and her when she is vulnerable. The reader really made me believe what Jules was going through. I honestly think that trying to read this book, I would have really been annoyed with Jules and not connected well. I don't do well with whiny, irritating characters, but I guess I understood her through the readers voice and things that would bother me didn't. I could also feel the urgency of the situation. I think that the audio was fabulous.

Overall I really enjoyed this story as a whole. The plot, the characters, and especially the emotion that the reader was able to bring to the audiobook. If you enjoy audiobook's and are a fan of psychological, suspense books, you should try this one out. It's a very fast listen being just over 5 hours. I flew through this one quickly and am looking forward to the next book.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Clayton Falls - Review of Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Giveaway

On my stop for the Clayton Falls Blog tour, I have my review for Veer, a giveaway for either an ebook copy of Veer, or some bookmark/postcard swag. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page on Xpresso Book Tours. The first book in the series, Derailed is free for Kindle and only $.99 for Nook for the duration of the tour! These are companion novels, so you don't need to read them in order.

  • Publisher: Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Publication date: 11/25/2012
  • Series: Clayton Falls , #2 
  • Source: ebook provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Only when you let go can you learn to live.

Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it's been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.

Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.

When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed Derailed, the first book in this series, but I honestly couldn't stand Gavin. When I heard this was his book, I was intrigued, but also a bit nervous going into it. I really wanted to know more about Becca though, and I was hoping that Gavin could redeem himself in my eyes. It took a while, but he totally did. And I loved Becca. The characters are my favorite part of this series. Not just the ones that the book focuses on, but all of the secondary characters too. Alyssa Rose Ivy makes you really fall for the characters and care what happens to them.

Becca was a character that took a bit to get used to, but I really love her as I got to know her better. She really kind of stays in her own shell and it takes a lot to start breaking that down. As we find out why it makes a lot of sense why she acts the way she does. The only thing that I was really bothered by, was how she was constantly trying to push Gavin away. Almost trying to make him not want to be around her. She could be really bitchy, but I suppose I might act the same in her situation too. She really had a lot of growth through this book though, and I respected her a lot for really caring about her career and wanting to make sure that she completed school and worked toward the career she has been dreaming about. No matter what came her way, that was always the most important thing for her.

Gavin is a tough one for me. I never thought that I could like him. He was such an arrogant, pushy jerk in Derailed and was still a total douche in the beginning of this, but once we start to discover things about his past, you kind of understand him more. Don't get me wrong, he is still a bit too straight forward and pushy, and boy does he do a few really stupid things. Really though, underneath all of that he is just as broken and insecure as Becca is. He is actually super sweet, charming, and romantic. By the end of this book he totally made my swoon-worthy fictional guys list!

This book had all of the things that make a contemporary great to read. It had romance, drama, misunderstandings, more romance, and most of all, character growth. I loved watching Gavin and Becca get to know each other and uncover each others pasts as they grow to trust each other more. Of course there is heartbreak and plenty of moments that make you laugh too. Overall, the writing was great and I loved this. I really enjoyed Becca and Gavins story and I can't wait for Wrecked to get Jake's story!! 

Books in this series

Derailed and Veer are available now. Wrecked has not been published yet. Clicking on the covers will take you to the books goodreads page.

About the author

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Author Links: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

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Waiting on Wednesday 1-30-13

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.

This week my Waiting on Wednesday is Wrecked (Clayton Falls #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I have been loving this series and want more!

  • Publisher: Self published
  • Expected publish date: Spring/Summer 2013
When your past catches up, it's time to stop running.

Jake Mathews messed up yet again— but this time his misstep lands him in the hospital. He wakes up to find the girl of his dreams and the memory of having his deepest secret revealed.

Emily Taylor needs a break. She's been working double shifts as a nurse just to pay the bills while trying to heal a broken heart. The last thing she needs is to fall for a patient.

Strapped with community service and the knowledge that he's disappointed everyone in his life, Jake is determined not to let Emily slip through his fingers. Emily wants Jake, but can she really open herself up to heartache again?

I just recently read Veer, the second book in this series (my review is up today actually) and I loved Jake even more after it. He is just such a fun and great character and I am really looking forward to his story and hopefully, happy ending. 

So what book are you going crazy to get your hands on this week? I would love to know. Leave me a link and I will check it out!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Hysteria by Megan Miranda - Review

Welcome to my stop on the Triple Threat Blog Tour hosted by Bloomsbury! Today's stop will be my review for Hysteria by Megan Miranda.

  • Publisher: Walker Children's (Bloomsbury)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others. In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

My Thoughts

I love a good mystery, especially when it messes with your mind. I loved the memory loss aspect of this. I also liked that we weren't quite sure what was going on, whether Mallory actually is crazy or not. You start to wonder if you are missing something which to me was more frustrating than anything. With most mysteries you get hints here and there, but this wasn't like that. We don't learn anything about what happened until Mallory does. We are as in the dark about what really happened as she is. I was so frustrated and confused, but it made me eager to keep going and figure out what the eff was going on.

Mallory is one hard character to figure out. Mostly because she is totally unstable. She is constantly paranoid feeling like Brian's presence is around and she swears that she can feel it. She hears the booming heart beat, and she even wakes up with bruises from where she feels someone or something grabbing onto her. She is constantly in fear, but doesn't know whether it's real or not. She is away at a fancy boarding school, but things are not better for her. People are weird, and she doesn't know who she can trust. The one person she thinks she can trust is the person who pushed her away years ago. I didn't connect with her, but I did like her and enjoyed going through this book in her head.

There is a little bit of romance in this, but it's not a main focus of the story. I liked that there was a bit of history to Mallory and Reid too, it wasn't just some random guy. Their families know each other and their fathers were best friends. They used to be friends so they already know each other. And even at that, they don't just all of a sudden jump into things with each other. Reid is just there for her when she needs him and he believes her when she doesn't even know if she believes herself.

This is a super hard review to write because I can't really say anything without giving things away. I think you are supposed to go through this book absolutely confused, and I definitely was. I think that it's intentional and I kind of liked it. I am one who figures out mysteries relatively easy, but this book just doesn't give you much information to really figure anything out until nearly the end. When it all unravels it makes sense, but not all of it is anything you would see coming at all. I only wish that there had been at least a little bit to go on even if it didn't let you figure things out. This to me was quite confusing for most of it to the point where I was going "WTF is going on?" in my head. I did enjoy it overall, but I think that it was too secretive for the fist 2/3 and then the last part was a bit too much too quick.


Cover Reveal: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Hey guys!! I know you have probably been seeing this cover around a lot, but I want to keep the momentum going by sharing it now and also the fantastic giveaway that Laura Howard is doing!
The Forgotten Ones

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long–lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

  • Author: Laura Howard
  • Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance
  • Expected release date: May 15, 2013
  • Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney 

*author photo and bio from Gooodreads

About the Author

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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Cover Reveal: Special Black & White Edition of While He Was Away by Karen Schreck

Hi guys!! Today I am taking part in the cover reveal for the special black and white edition of While He Was Away by Karen Schreck thanks to Sourcebooks. I love the cover, but, I'm a totally sucker for black and white which seems to be the new trend. (I'm glad to be moving on from the girls in pretty dresses trend) I won't keep you waiting. I will show you the original cover and synopsis, then the pretty special edition.

  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
One year--he'll be gone for one year and then we'll be together again and everything will be back to the way it should be.

The day David left, I felt like my heart was breaking. Sure, any long-distance relationship is tough, but David was going to war--to fight, to protect, to put his life in danger. We can get through this, though. We'll talk, we'll email, we won't let anything come between us.

I can be an army girlfriend for one year. But will my sweet, soulful, funny David be the same person when he comes home? Will I? And what if he doesn't come home at all?...

Purchase links: Amazon ~ B&N ~ The Book Depository

That is the original cover, now for the special edition cover!! 

So what do you think? I really like both. I think the first one is more romantic and cute looking, where as the special edition looks more like an adult romance than a YA one, but they are both appealing to me. I also love the pink on the black and white!! I would pick up either off of a bookstore shelf though.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Blitz: Fighting To Survive (ATWD #2) by Rhiannon Frater

Today I am so excited to be taking part in the BookBlitz for Fighting To Survive (As The World Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater! I loved this series so much and I am super happy to help promote the mass market paperback release of the second book!! I have a guest post and a fantastic blitz wide giveaway!

Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater (As the World Dies, #2) - Adult Zombie Series
 Paperback Release: January 29th 2013 / Tor Books

It’s time to clear the hotel.

The fort has grown crowded as survivors of the zombie apocalypse have found safety between its walls.  Winter is coming; soon it will be too cold to live in tents and other makeshift shelters.  The leaders of the survivors—Katie, Jenni, Juan, Travis, and Nerit—decide it’s time for an assault on the zombie-occupied hotel that looms over the town square.

A pitched battle in the banquet room is the start of a harrowing, room-by-room struggle from Reception to roof.  As the sun sets, the people of Ashley Oaks gather in the hotel’s rooftop ballroom and gazebo to celebrate their survival.  Gazing out over the beauty of the surrounding Texas countryside, it’s hard to believe that death and danger lurk around every corner.

The fort’s search and rescue teams have attracted unwanted attention from bandits who see the fort as competition for food . . . and as a ready source of women.  The first attacks are minor, but everyone knows there is worse to come.

And beyond the fort’s walls, the zombies shamble, moaning, eyes fastened hungrily upon the living.

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Review: Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen #2) by Rebecca Maizel

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Source: ARC sent from the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human—and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.

With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead...

My Thoughts

It's books like this that remind me why I really like reading paranormal books. I have gotten away from it lately in favor of other genres and it's been quite a while since I read a really great vampire book. I really love Rebecca Maizel's writing and how she really immerses you in the story. I also really love that she didn't recap everything that happened in the first book like some sequels tend to do. I fell back into this world rather quickly. What makes this book wonderful is the suspense, the emotional turmoil, and the increased danger. Things are much more crazy in this second installment and the intensity has been turned up a few notches.

Lenah has gotten used to being a human for the most part, but her adjusting is the least of her worries. She now not only has to worry about her own safety, but the safety of those who she cares about. She has to endure more deaths while also suffering the agony of heartbreak. Still trying to heal from losing her best friend, and not really knowing where things stand with her boyfriend Justin, she realizes that being human is far harder than she thought. She is also fighting her inner demons. The memories of what she was, how vicious and evil she was as a powerful vampire queen. I loved watching how she grows in this one and how she does anything she can to protect everyone. She is a bit selfish, but she realizes it and really wants to change and be a good person. Not just for her, but for everyone. I loved seeing that side of her come out. 

There is a new, very powerful vampire who wants the ritual Lenah used to become human. She is determined to kill everyone Lenah has ever cared about one by one until Lenah gives it to her. It will make her the most powerful vampire to ever exist. She is smart and dangerous. Far more dangerous than Lenah or anyone expected. She will stop at nothing. She is not afraid to attack in public or even go onto the school grounds or Lenah's dorm. This is one scary vampire chick, that's for sure!

I think that what I loved most was the interactions and emotions between the characters. Lenah wanting to love Justin, but not knowing how after having loved Rhode for literally hundreds of years, Justin trying to forgive Lenah for still loving Rhode and doing anything he can to make her happy, and Vicken... oh, he just cracked me up half the time. He had some of the funniest lines. What surprised me the most was Tracy. She seems so quiet and hidden inside her own shell after all of the events that have happened, but she really amazed me at one point. She was so different from how we see her. I don't want to say anything else about that. What I am trying to say is that the characters just have so much depth and it just takes a while of stripping away each of the layers to see all the sides of them. Fantastic story continuation, amazing character development, and a great ending that leaves you wanting more, but is not a major cliffhanger. This book was really great and it has renewed f my love for vampire novels.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook - Review and Giveaway

Hi guys! Today is my stop on the Nobody But Us tour hosted by Itching For Books Blog Tours. I have my review and the tour giveaway!

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Source: eARC from publisher via Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

My Thoughts

When I first heard about this book I was really excited to read it, then as early reviews started appearing I started to get a bit nervous. I know we all have different tastes when it comes to books though, and I was still interested in this. I am glad that I decided to still give it a try, and then signed up for the blog tour. It's not a book that I would say I loved, but I did like it. It took a bit for it to all settle in after I was done. Had I written my review right away it may have been totally different from how it is now. Upon finishing the book I didn't think that I really liked it, but as days passed and I thought about it there really was a good story underneath.

I will start with my feelings on Zoe. She's fifteen, but has had a pretty rough life. Her father is an  abusive drunk, and she basically has to try to take care of the household while living in fear of being beat or worse. Her mother died when she was younger so she has been suffering her fathers abuse with no one to protect her or stand up for her. She's obviously very broken and just wants someone to care about her. She finds that in Will. He makes her feel special and when he asks her to run away with him of course she is going to say yes. She starts off very weak and easy to walk all over, but she does start to come out of her shell and she is a smart and nice girl who just wants to do what is right. Unfortunately I never connected with her character, but I did sort of come to understand her.

Now onto Will. I have a hard time with bad boys who are actually bad. It's one thing to be broken and act like a tool, but the whole flying off in a rage and mentally abusing is not okay with me. I did not like Will. I don't care what he has been through in his life, I can't make myself like a character like him. I could tell that he really, truly cared about Zoe, but when she would say or do something he wouldn't like he would insult her and make her feel bad, and even things to the point of pulling the car over and yanking her out of it because she said something he didn't like. Not okay. He is like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off and he actually scares her at times because she has become so used to abuse. I am sure he does have some redeemable traits, but really, I was totally over trying to get to know him within a chapter or two.

You would think that this would involve a lot of stealing and running from the cops, but it didn't. It was mostly all just Will constantly being paranoid and thinking they are being followed. For someone who is afraid to be caught he really does some stupid things too. Once again, having to do with his ridiculous temper. There was really not much action or suspense in this book. In fact it was pretty boring for most of it. Mostly, I think it's supposed to focus on the characters and not on plot at all, but with characters that you don't care much for it doesn't make for a very interesting read. If I had been invested in the characters I think that this book would have been suspenseful and emotional, but it was just okay to me. Underneath all of the seemingly boring stuff, there is a depth to the characters that I think some people will really like. This may not have been a favorite of mine, but I do think that a lot of people will really like it.

About the author
Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite who loves good coffee, good food, good music, good sports, good causes, and good reads. She’s both intense and a goofball, introverted and gregarious. Nobody But Us is her debut novel.


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (40)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Hello everyone! How was your week? I know, I am confusing you by doing this on Saturday again aren't I? I once again have a blog tour scheduled for tomorrow. This will be the last time I do this on Saturdays though. For now on I will not schedule blog tours on Sundays. I got a few really awesome things this week. A few review books and a few bought, but all awesome!! I will just get on with the post since I tend to ramble. 

Books Mentioned

  • Bookmarks from the Release twitter party (Valerie @ Stuck in Books)
People Mentioned
Thank you to Sourcebooks, St. Martins Press, and NetGalley for the review books. Thanks so much to Autumn for asking if I wanted to review Courtney's book. Thank you Courtney for sending it to me. Thank you to Anna for having your editor send me a copy of The Ruining. And thanks to Valerie for the swag and for hosting not only the Release tour, but the awesome twitter party too. 
Weekly Recap

Search Terms
  • aphrodite jones - Ummm isn't she some reporter chick? Not sure why you ended up here lol!!
  • the vincent brothers teaser - I don't remember if I have a teaser or not. Most likely I do. Love the Vincent Brothers books!!
  • books by m. leighton bad boys book #3 - The Bad Boys Book #2, Up To Me just came out. I don't know when book 3 is expected to publish. The best way to keep up on that is to check her website. Even more awesome news about that is that series has also been picked up by Berkley an imprint of Penguin!!
  • brunette angels - Don't know what this is about, but a silly pet peeve of mine, on the Unearthly series covers Clara is brunette, when in the books she is in fact blonde. Just putting that out there. Still one of my favorite series.
  • neverfall brodi ashton parental book review - Didn't I have this search last week too? Yes, I am a parent. My reviews aren't parental though, just plain reviews.
  • candance fleming on the day i died mai charcters - Oh, I did do a review on this book and I probably mentioned a lot of the main characters. It was really a pretty neat book. 

That's my week guys! Next week I will be back to my normal day again and Saturdays will be dedicated to Book Girls Don't Cry... They Vent. I will no longer have tour stops on weekends. I would love to know what you got this week and what happened on your blog. Leave me a link and I will check it out! 

Review: What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

A teenage witch juggles popularity and romance while keeping her powers a secret in this spellbinding debut.Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age—so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.

On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified—and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for!

My Thoughts

I really like witch books, so I was excited to read this one. It sounded so fun and cute. And it was. The story was fun to read and I enjoyed seeing what would happen next. I liked how the characters interacted with each other, even if I didn't particularly care for a lot of them. This book gave me a kind of Mean Girls vibe, and I really enjoyed it.

Brooklyn is from a family of witches who don't really use their powers, so hers have been locked. It's not until her 16th birthday that her powers are unlocked. She has always been invisible, and so what is the first thing she does? Gives herself a makeover to be supermodel perfect so she can try to get a coveted spot with The Elite. She gets so obsessed with being popular that she does awful things and seems to lose who she really is. I get that she just wanted to be popular, but I felt like she really took it too far. She knew that the things she was doing was wrong, but she kept convincing herself that she was almost in with the popular crowd. I'm sorry, but if someone kept giving me "tests" to see if I would really fit in, I would tell them to eff off. Underneath it all though, Brooklyn is a great girl, it just took a little too much for her to finally realize how stupid she was being.

Asher was probably my favorite character. He was so understanding and great to Brooklyn. He didn't care if she was popular or not. He liked her for the real her, not the fake Brooklyn trying to fit in. In fact, he doesn't like The Elite and doesn't see why Brooklyn wants so badly to be part of their group. He will pretty much do anything for Brooklyn. He was so sweet and charming. I really wanted him to get through to Brooklyn. I was hoping that how much he cared about her would me more important than popularity.

Overall I thought that this was a fun book, but I was so mad that Brooklyn kept lying and hiding things from Asher when he had been nothing but understanding even when discovering she had lied before. All he wants from her is honesty and she could have prevented so much drama if she just opened up to him and didn't lie. I also was annoyed that she kept letting The Elite walk all over her. It's one thing to prove loyalty, but they keep having her do all this illegal stuff and she's totally okay with it. She is pretty shallow and stupid a lot of the time and I couldn't quite get past that. Otherwise I thought that it was a great book.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater eBook Sale!!

Hi everyone!! As you all know, I am a fan of Rhiannon Frater and I wanted to spread the word about the eBook sale for Pretty When She Dies. It is the first book in the Pretty When She Dies series and it will be on sale for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo from 1/25/13 to 1/31/13 for only $.99. You don't want to miss this great deal!! 

Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry...

... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way...

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation... or her death?

Purchase Links: Amazon ~ B&N ~ Kobo

Series so far. (Click on book covers to be taken to Goodreads page)

This deal will only last for one week, so make sure you don't miss it!!