Sunday, March 31, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (49)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hi everyone!! Happy Easter!! Hope you all have been having a fabulous weekend. This week my book haul is filled with winnings!! I had a bunch that came in almost all at once. I figure since I have had a huge week the past two weeks that I will probably have nothing next week which would be totally okay with me since I have a huge TBR pile. I do love getting books though. ;)


Books Mentioned

Review
  • Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter (Audiobook) Not mentioned in vlog because I got it after I had already filmed and wasn't going to do it over. 
  • Thin Space by Jody Casella (NetGalley)
  • Wrecked by Alyssa Rose Ivy (InkSlinger Promotions for blog tour)
Won/Gifted
  • Flutter by Gina Linko (Won from author / twitter giveaway)
  • Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan (Won from Autumn @ The Autumn Review from blog tour)
  • Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan (from Shelf Awareness news letter / Penguin)
  • When We Wake by Karen Healy (from Lauren @ 365 Days of Reading / Little Brown)
Bought
  • Camp Kiss by J.K. Rock (Free download) Forgot to mention this in my vlog
  • Glitter & Doom (Masque of the Red Death #1.5) by Bethany Griffin 
  • Spellbound by Cara Lyn Shultz  (Free download at the time through Harlequin. I think it's ended now.)
  • With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent
People Mentioned
 
Big thank you to Simon Audio, Simon Pulse/Netgalley, InkSlinger Promotions, Gina, Autumn, Penguin, Little Brown, and Lauren!! You made my week awesome! 

Since I suck and waited until last minute I am not including my weekly recap or search terms. (Though I am still calling it Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves just because that's what it's always called.) It's Easter weekend and the weather has been beautiful so I haven't been around and didn't have a lot of time to put together this post. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Leave me a link to your post and I will stop by on Monday. :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Book Girls Don'tCry (9) Bloglovin' and Other Reader Options


Hello fabulous people!! This weeks topic on Book Girls is Bloglovin' or other such readers since Google Reader will be going away. I don't really have a whole lot to say about it because I don't really use a reader. I talk about it a bit, but not much. If you want some real info, check out Giselle's post. She really looked into the readers and gives a lot of information and even screen shots for both Bloglovin' and Feedly. If you want to hear my thoughts, you can watch my vlog. :) 

We will be posting as follows:

Jenni @ Alluring Reads - Mondays (YouTube Channel)
Giselle @ Xpresso Reads - Thursdays/Fridays (whichever works best) (YouTube Channel)
Amy (Me) @ Book Loving Mom - Saturdays (YouTube Channel)

This weeks posts from the other BGDC girls:



Dude!! Epic face!! I even changed the thumbnail on YouTube too so I don't know why it is that one!

So yeah, I guess my reader of choice (when I actually use it) is Bloglovin'. I have put my follow buttons below for you if you would like to follow me. That's all I have for you this week. Hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Witch Avenue Series - Review of Released Souls by Karice Bolton


Hi my lovelies!! I am super excited to be taking part in this tour. I have been lucky to part of the tours for the previous books and I am loving this series!! I have my review for you and a tour wide giveaway. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above.

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Triss and Logan’s love is becoming stronger by the day as they harness the powers between them, but will that make them blind to the evil they’re facing?

After uncovering startling information about her family, Triss is determined to right the wrongs of her ancestors. Triss and Logan uncover who has infiltrated the covens across the globe, and they realize the plans of the dark side are far more sinister than they’d ever imagined.
As the power of this hidden world is exposed, Triss learns her role in the covens. With Logan, Dace and Bakula’s assistance, Triss is now able to fully realize the abilities her ancestors have given her.
It won’t be long until the dark forces regain their strength, especially as their leader, Eben, continues his quest for a power that can never be revoked. Triss must stop him before it is too late.

My Thoughts

Going into the third book of a series, the reviews get harder to do. I really enjoyed this one and I thought that where the story went was fabulous. Triss and Logan are determined to fix things and save the world after discovering that her grandfather is just about as evil as they come. New discoveries make things even more complicated and they don't know who they can really trust except for each other.

Triss is going through all sorts of stuff in this. She is changing and learning more and more things about her family. She is trying to come to terms with a lot of things and all the while she is fighting to keep her, Logan, and their families and friends safe. They are being hidden away, but it's never really a break. All she wants is a little bit of time with Logan without having to worry about everything else, but being constantly attacked and on the run isn't giving them much couple time. I like that she is strong enough to know that their love can survive anything, but hate that she keeps doubting herself and thinking every person who gets hurt or has to do horrible things is her fault. She does a lot of growing in this, but for a lot of the book she was having quite an internal struggle with herself and what the future holds.

Logan is really a great guy!! He is there for Triss no matter what. He will risk himself for her, and does, over and over again. He just wants to love her and protect her, not only from what they are facing, but from herself. She can really be her own worst enemy and he is always trying to make her see past the bad things and to focus on the good. He is willing to face down his own dark side just so she will never have to cross that line of magic, no matter what. He is so absolutely in love with her and just what she needs.

There is a lot of action and some twists thrown into the mix with this book. All sorts of new things about Triss come out, and we see a different side of Logan. I liked how their relationship isn't always easy either like so many in books tend to be. They have their issues and they work them out. What I loved the most was even when they are fighting or angry at each other, making sure the other is safe was still their number one priority. The love they share is strong and sweet. It makes them stronger and gives them a weakness. So many of their situations stem from their love for each other, but it puts a lot of emotion into the story and I really enjoy it. I love where the story is going and I can't wait for the final book in this series!!





About the Author

Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the sweetest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.




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Dear Cassie Read-Along!!

I am so excited to be helping out with the Dear Cassie Read-Along! I have taken part in a few read-alongs, but have never been one of the hosts of ones, but Lisa Burstein is fabulous and her books are amazing. What better book to help out with a read-along with than Dear Cassie!! Lisa has organized this read-along. Also helping out with the read-along is Andrea from The Bookish Babe

So what does a read along mean? It means you and other people read Dear Cassie at the same time on a schedule. Maybe you've already read it. Maybe it's been waiting on your shelf or e-reader, or maybe you've been meaning to read it. Whatever the case- now you can read it and WIN PRIZES and HAVE FUN!

How do you participate? Lots of ways. 
  • You can comment on discussions on the book page on Goodreads:  
  •  You can tweet you favorite lines, passages, characters using #CassieReadAlong or take photos of favorite passages/quotes, or of where the book is while you read, etc.
  • You can shout-out your daily "fucks" count, or favorite use of swear word.
AND, that's not all, each tweet you send or discussion you start or respond to enters you to WIN your choice of 5, 3 or 1 - Entangled Teen Digital Books!

3 Lucky Winners!

It all ends with a twitter chat hosted by Teen Librarian Toolbox on May 1st, where you get to tweet with other readers and ask Lisa questions!


Schedule:
Week of April 1st- Chapters 1-7
Week of April 8th- Chapters 8-15
Week of April 15th- Chapters 15-22
Week of April 22nd- Chapters 22-29
Week of April 29th- Chapter 30

If you haven't heard of the book (it's okay, I forgive you) I will put the info below with the gorgeous cover!!


What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

You’d be wrong.

There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.

What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?

But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.

And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?
Buy Links for Dear Cassie


Lisa Burstein

PRETTY AMY May 2012 Entangled Publishing
THE NEXT FOREVER January 2013 Entangled Publishing
DEAR CASSIE March 2013 Entangled Publishing
www.lisaburstein.com


And, I also have the fabulous book trailer to share with you too!!


I hope to see many of you joining the read-along!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Audiobook Review: Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Series: Infernal Devices Series , #3 
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Daniel Sharman
  • Source: Audiobook provided by Simon and Schuster Audio for review & also I purchased hardcover copy of the Collectors Edition.
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

*This review is spoiler free and is just my overall feelings about the book. I do not give away any details on any of the events that occur in the book. 


 My Thoughts

This is one of those books that is so hard to review. I do not want to say anything about the actual events in the book because I know that I avoided any reviews or mentions of this book like the plague until I could finish it myself out of fear of hearing anything about it. I can probably say this is my favorite book of the year so far and it's going to be mighty hard to top!! I have loved this series since the first book and it was bittersweet going into this, but it was so amazing and honestly ended perfectly for me!!

I don't know that I have ever felt so much while reading a book. This book had my emotions on overdrive to the point I would be bawling my eyes out while smiling at the same time. I physically hurt at times reading this and it took me a long time, even for me to get through the book because it was actually too hard to continue at some points. That is all due to how invested in the story and the characters I have become through this series. I knew there would be tears, lots of them. I didn't know how utterly broken and put back together I would be over and over again. I was so nervous about where this book would go and how it would end, and all I will say about that is, it was so amazing what Cassandra Clare has done with this. Even though I was broken to pieces and could feel my heart constricting, I can say this was amazing and beautiful and she has ended the series in such a way that I think it will make everyone happy.

Now onto the audio aspect of it. This was a fantastic audiobook. Daniel Sharman does a great job at putting the feeling into the characters and making them each distinct so you never question who is supposed to be talking at any time. He is flawless at switching back and forth with the accents and made me really feel the atmosphere and settings. The other benefit of the audio is that when the tears were streaming down my face and there would have been no way to continue reading through my tears, I could still listen while I sobbed. If you want the full experience of this book, I highly suggest listening to the audiobook. Don't forget the tissues! This will take you for an emotional ride that will leave a mark in your heart and stay with you!


Cover Reveal: Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin

Hi guys!! I have a cover reveal for you today brought to you by GCR Promotions!! The first one this week actually!! I told you I was trying to cut back lol!! So I have for you Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin the second book in the Stone Gates trilogy.

(P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #2)

Expected publication: May 24th 2013 by Dragonfairy Press 
  
***Genre - New Adult Paranormal Romance

P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.

In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.

After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she'd have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?
   
First book in this series


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday 3-27-13

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 WoW pick is All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. It sounds super awesome!! So last week I said I would be choosing one Adult or NA book and one YA or MG book, but I put this together last minute so I just chose one this time. Maybe next week I will try again for the two book thing lol!


  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
Marina has everything. She’s got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she’s best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America’s most famous families.

Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they’re the same person.

Now Em must travel back four years in time in order to avert the terrible future from which she’s fled, and there’s only one way to do it. She must kill the person who invented the time machine in the first place: someone from her past. A person she loved.

But Marina won’t let them go without a fight.


Time travel can be a tricky thing, but I am totally intrigued by time travel novels and this one sounds really cool. I am interested to know how Em ended up in jail and why she has a different name if she is the same person as Marina, just a few years apart. And is she there while Marina is somewhere else? I know that typically in time travel novels you have to be careful to not let your other self see you, so I'm assuming that will be an issue too. Lol!! I am way over thinking this, but anyways... yeah, I want to read this one!

Leave me a link to your post or let me know in the comments what you are excited for!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Spotlight: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

Hi guys!! Today on my blog I am spotlighting Chosen Ones (Lost Souls #1) by Tiffany Truitt in a pre-release celebration for the sequel, Naturals (Lost Souls #2) coming out soon!! I will be re-posting my review of it, and I will give you all the details of the next book. Oh yeah, and I also have an ebook giveaway for Chosen Ones so you can read that before Naturals if you haven't already!

*This review was previously posted on my blog on 6/11/12 and I am re-posting to spotlight the book in anticipation of the second book in the series!

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Source: eARC from the Publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

My Thoughts

Right now dystopians are one of my favorite genres so I will read almost anything and everything dystopian. I try to go into them with no expectations, but sometimes I just can't. I have been really excited about Chosen Ones so my expectations were pretty high going into it. It didn't let me down. I enjoyed the setting and that the chosen ones are artificially created beings. All male, because the council believes that women are weak. The chosen ones are made to not have emotions, and be strong and fast. They are built to be soldiers. There are no books or music allowed anymore. The naturals (or the actual real humans) are living in poverty. The women are essentially slaves. I was totally drawn into this story.  I enjoyed the darker feel of this book. There are lots of secrets, some violence, and romance. All balanced really well.

I really liked Tess. She is emotionally fragile, but she really keeps strong. She puts up such a solid wall to protect herself. She ends up having to take her sisters place working at Templeton and we get to see her wall breaking down. She starts to do things she knows aren't allowed, and she starts to fall for James who is a Chosen One which is totally not allowed. She starts to discover a lot of secrets that change how she thinks of the world they live in. She begins to realize that it doesn't have to be so black and white. I love the strength that she is able to find within herself. 

I really didn't know what to think of James. I didn't know whether to trust him or not. He was absolutely swoon worthy, but also being a Chosen One, I didn't know if he could really have emotions and feel the way he did. I really wanted him to be sincere and I wanted for him and Tess to be together. I really wanted to figure him out. Find out why he seemed so different from the other Chosen Ones. 

I think that the appeal of dystopians for me is that they tend to be darker and have a mentally chilling feel to them. You can really imagine these things happening. This book was so like that to me. I could see the government trying to make artificial people to be better than real humans and phase out all of us. We get sick, we have emotions, we have a conscience. If they could create a perfect new race, I have no doubt they would try to. They already have control over so much so it's not too far fetched to think that they could keep controlling more until it would be similar to what this book is. I was very wrapped up in the whole thing. There were a few surprises thrown in that I was totally not expecting too. This is a fantastic book and I can't wait for more of this series. Tiffany Truitt has written an awesome debut that has me pining for more. 





  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Lost Souls #2

Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

About the author:

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of  one McDonald's and Banana Rats (don't ask) she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The OutsidersSpeakNight, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger GamesThe GiverThe Uglies, and Matched.
Tiffany around the web:



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Monday, March 25, 2013

Mini Review: Flirting With Maybe by Wendy Higgins

  • Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 92
  • Source: OwnPurchased eBook 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
He was fifteen and she was seventeen.

When sophomore Ryan "The Kid" McPhearson makes the Varsity baseball team, he finds himself submersed into the life of upperclassmen, and falling in love with senior Brooke Bennet. To Ryan she's his dream girl, perfect. Maybe to the outside world a two-year age difference doesn't matter, but this is high school. Everything matters.

Ryan soon realizes Brooke's life is not so perfect. He becomes her closest friend, her safe place to fall when she needs to escape. Ryan seems to be benched in the friend zone with no chance to bat.

Time is both a curse and a blessing. It ushers Brooke away to college, and Ryan into the arms of his first girlfriend. It alters Ryan from a kid to a high school graduate, ready to venture to college himself. But when Ryan sees Brooke again he realizes there are some things even time can't touch.

Though much has changed, one question still remains. Will the things that mattered in high school always stand between them?

(A contemporary/realistic fiction novella available only as an ebook)
(note: an epilogue can be found on the author's website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com/p/e...)
 
My Thoughts

When I saw that Wendy Higgings was writing a contemporary novella I was so excited. Quick, but wonderful, this story was full of emotion. The characters were so  fun to get to know and I felt satisfied as if this were a full length novel.

Brook was a bit of a mess. She comes across as bubbly and friendly And perfect, but really she is broken, afraid, and insecure. Her mom and stepdad are horrible and her absent father is an alcoholic. She is embarrassed by her life so she doesn't tell her friends. She feels like guys only want her for her body. She wants to get away and start a new life, but she's really just making more of a mess of her life by partying all the time.

Ryan is sweet and caring. He's completely head over heels for Brooke. He's the only one who really knows her. When she goes off to college he tries move on, but he still cares about her. He knows that he doesn't belong with the other girl, but he hopes he can grow to love her. Brooke is his everything and the more she distances herself, the more it hurts him.

Even with just being a novella, I felt like this had all the content, character growth, and emotion that you see in full length novel. I was so caught up in their story and I cared what happened to them at the end of it all. I loved the writing and I am definitely hoping that Wendy Higgins writes more contemporary in the future!!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (48) OMG! That's A Lot of Books Edition!

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I have a huge book haul this week and it's full of awesome middle grade books from Macmillan and YA books from HarperTeen!! I am stoked!! Oh and my very first bday present this year!! (It's a month early, but it's awesome!) I think I almost died this week at all the books!!


Books Mentioned

Review
Won/Gifted
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People Mentioned
Dude!! That is like a ridiculous amount of books!! Most of those middle grade books are pretty short though, and they come out in June, July and August. All the HarperTeen ebooks are September/October releases. The only ones coming out soon are the physical copies that Harper sent me. 

I want to send a big thank you to Macmillan, HarperTeen and Simon and Schuster Audio nad Soho Teen for the review books!! Also thanks to Leigh Ann Kopans for ONE for review! Thanks to Autumn for Margaret from Maine and super tackle hugs to Eileen for Pivot Point!! This week was EPIC!!

Weekly Recap (I didn't link to them, let me know if it's something you still want me to do or not.)

  • Reviews: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley, Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Period 8 by Chris Crutcher, Great Exploitations by Nicole Williams, and Rotten by Michael Northrop
  • Blog Tours: Rotten Blog Tour
  • Cover Reveals: Eyes of Ember, Made of Stars, The Avery Shaw Experiment, Surrender and Justice, Precious Things, and The Dragon Carnivale
  • Weekly Memes: Waiting on Wednesday and Book Girls Don't Cry
  • Random: Transcend Time Book Blitz and Follow Me on Bloglovin

Search Terms
  • apollyon review - I did review this a few days ago! It was so good!!
  • best book boyfriends - I am so loving that this is a trending topic!!
  • jennifer l. armentrout - She is one of my favorite authors and you can find reviews to all of her books on my blog whether it's YA, NA, or Adult.
  • a summary of the undertaker's queen of the dead - I reviewed this one a while back.
  • chad gamble chase - Oh Chad and Chase Gamble are yummy!! So is Chandler, can't wait for his book in the Gamble Brothers series by J. Lynn
  • covenant series book- what are alex's marks of the apollyon - I could tell you, but you should totally just read Deity and you will find out!
  • ethan (brightest kind of darkness prequel) free read - I really enjoyed this. It's not free though, but it's only $.99 so if you are a fan of this series support the author by purchasing the ebook!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry (8) New Adult Books!!


Hello everyone!! I have to say that I am pretty excited about the topic this week! I am a huge fan of New Adult books and it seems like a lot of people just really have the wrong perception of what they really are. Nick from Nick's Book Blog suggested this topic for us, so thanks chick!! 

We will be posting as follows:
Jenni @ Alluring Reads - Mondays (YouTube Channel)
Giselle @ Xpresso Reads - Thursdays/Fridays (whichever works best) (YouTube Channel)
Amy (Me) @ Book Loving Mom - Saturdays (YouTube Channel)
This weeks posts from the other BGDC girls:
Oh that's quite a face. Sadly, it was the best out of all the thumbnails for my vlog.

I mention a few of my favorite NA books including

If You Stay by Courtney Cole
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
The Wild Ones by M. Leighton
Wait for You by J. Lynn

There are so many more I could mention (Going Under and Shallow by Georgia Cates were awesome too!) Okay, see what I mean. I have read a bunch and I have more than I can even count on my nook. Well, I'm sure I could count them, but really, who has time for that? 

So anyways, for those of you who didn't watch the vlog, I basically say that NA is just more mature topics and 20 something year old characters. They are at a different stage in life than the characters in YA books and it makes me feel way less creepy swooning over a 22 year old than a 16 year old. I know they are fictional and all that, but I'm not that young anymore and it makes me feel a bit dirty. NA makes me feel much better about the whole swooning thing. I feel like I can relate better to the situations that the characters go through, and I find that they tend to be much more character driven than a lot of YA books are. (That's not to say there aren't a lot of really awesome character driven YA novels too. I still absolutely love reading YA and even MG so this isn't meant to say they aren't as great at all!) 

What I forgot to mention in the vlog was that also the petty drama stuff tend to not be as much of an issue. There is still plenty of drama, it's just a more grown up mature drama lol! And yes, there's usually sex in NA, but that's not what it's about. It just happens that people that age tend to be doing it, and since the books are geared at older readers it's okay to write about it where as in YA if there's sex it has to be a fade to black type thing.

Now I am just getting carried away with my rambling and trying to remember what I said in my vlog so I'm done. Leave me your thoughts! Also don't forget to check out Jenni and Giselle's posts if you haven't already. They are linked above my video. And leave us suggestions for topics you want to hear about on the form in any of our Book Girls pages on our blogs!

Cover Reveal: The Dragon Carnivale by Heidi Garrett & Giveaway

I have a great cover reveal post today for Dragon  Carnivale by Heidi Garrett and a giveaway! She also has a great gust post that she included for the reveal too!




Why Do I Write Fantasy? or: You Never Know Who Might Show Up at Your Front Door
By Heidi Garrett

As long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the truths that my physical senses cannot explain: the mystical things occurring on this planet. Writing fantastical stories is my testament to these other layers of reality.

There are many ways of looking at our world. Imagine sitting at home, perhaps in your living room. There’s a knock on the door. When you open it, a funny little woman is standing there. She is about half your height, and a plaid crimson kerchief—knotted under her hooked chin—covers her head. Her dress is sack-like over her square body. She’s wearing an apron that could use a good ironing and she’s carrying a battered brown suitcase that’s almost as big as she is.

“As long as you’re staring, a glass of water would be nice,” she says.

Despite her gruff manner, you sense something mysterious about this stranger, and to be honest, you’re dying to know more about her. When she crosses the threshold of your home, a strong wind slams the door behind her. You both jump. There hasn’t been a breeze all day. In fact, it’s sweltering and heat waves have been rising from the melting pavement for weeks.

When you offer it, she almost grabs the glass from your hand, and you can’t stop your staring—even though you know it’s rude—as she drinks in noisy gulps.

“What? You’ve never seen a spring faerie before?” she asks.

Before you can answer, she wipes her mouth with the back of her hand. “Guess not, there aren’t many of us left. And I haven’t been to the Mortal World, since…”
She stops. Her deeply etched face softens. Something like sorrow pools in her dark brown eyes. She waves her hand. “That’s not what I’m here to talk about.”

Your heart tugs. You want to pull her from that sad place. “What’s in your suitcase?”

She points to the table. “I’ll show you.”

The suitcase is filled with eyeglasses. There are so many. Some have square black frames, others have round wire frames; there are a few speckled frames with octagonal lenses. You spy a pair of purple ones.

She shoves a pair of thick black glasses into your hand. “Put these on. Tell me what you see.” 

With the eyeglasses settled on the bridge of your nose, you can’t see anything but yourself. You blink. You can see your hands and feet, your legs and toes. But the spring faerie—if that’s really what she is—is just a blur. You pull them off. She trades them for a pair of wire rims. With these glasses you can see her and your home.

“What’s your name?” you ask.

“Flora.”

“Like flowers blooming.”

She nods and looks away with that whiff of sadness.

Again, there is something about her that pulls at your heart. You think of the miracle of spring after a long hard winter, and that she shouldn’t be sad—if she really is a spring faerie.

“But...you don’t have any wings,” you say.

She smoothes the wrinkles in her apron. “Not all faeries do.”

“But—”

She almost jerks the wire-rim spectacles from your nose. You reach for that purple pair. She doesn’t stop you. Now, you can see down the street; your eyes travel the highway. Your view elevates, as if you are a bird. Soon you see the entire city you live in. With each pair of glasses, you see the bigger world.

When Flora tucks the temple arms of a pair of red frames behind your ears, perspective zooms around you. It’s like the lens pulls you into outer space, and you can see the entire world and all the billions of people who live on Earth.

Your heart flutters in your chest; it’s a lot to take in.

“Now—” Flora hands you a pair of fuchsia glasses with tiny rhinestones embedded in the frames. “Try on these.”

When you put them on, you’re able to see beyond the physical entirety of the world into the things that you’ve always known exist, but since you can’t see, touch, smell, or hear them, sometimes you’ve doubted. But you’ll never doubt again, because now—with these special glasses—you can actually see the bonds of love that death can never sever, the strings of fate that wrap the brown paper package of all our lives with twine, the tide of time that alters us, even as we never change...

But most importantly, you’ve seen that you belong here, on this planet. And you know—without a shadow of a doubt—that everything fits. Including you.

“I dont ever want to take these glasses off,” you say.

Flora is already cramming the rest of them back into her bag. “Then don’t.” 
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The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy series that bridges the Mortal and Enchanted worlds. The main character, Melia, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal. She lives in Illialei, a country in the Enchanted World, with her two sisters and their mother. Melia’s father has been exiled to the Mortal World, and her best friend is a pixie.

When the story opens in the first book, Melia is troubled by her dark moon visions, gossip she overhears about her parents at the local market, and the trauma of living among full-blooded faeries with wings—she doesn’t have any.

As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.

In The Dragon Carnivale, book 3 of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, energies in the Enchanted World are shifting and new alliances are forming; the Battle of Dark and Light has begun. Melia is desperate to make things right with Ryder, the young priest from Idonne, but first she must warn the half-bloods in the Mortal World that Umbra is coming for them, and face the powerful Dragonwitch and her spectacular Dragon Carnivale.

The first two books in the series: Nandana’s Mark and The Flower of Isbelline are currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. Nandana’s Mark is free.

The Dragon Carnivale is scheduled for a June 18, 2013, release.

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Author Bio
Heidi Garrett is the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series. Her personal message to all her readers is:

Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world, too…

There is magic in all our lives; sometimes we need to look through different eyes to see it.

The Queen of the Realm of Faerie includes many strong female characters within an intricate fantasy land. It is also a fairy tale fantasy.
The first book, Nandana’s Mark, is one of those free ebooks; the second book, The Flower of Isbelline, is now available; and the third book, The Dragon Carnivale, will be released in June 2013.
The series was inspired by the 15th century French fairy tale, Melusine.
Heidi's hope is that when you read her books, you will rediscover the enchantment in your own life.
She currently resides in eastern Washington with her husband and their two cats. So far, she loves the snow. Being from the South, she finds it magical.
Learn more about Heidi and enjoy her stream-of-consciousness reading journal, Eating Magic, at: www.heidigwrites.blogspot.com.

If you want to say hello, give her a shout out on Twitter at @heidigwrites or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/heidigwrites.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Rotten by Michael Northrop Review


I am taking part in the Rotten Blog tour today hosted by Books With Bite. On my stop I have my review for you!

  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

A troubled teen. A rescued Rottweiler. An unlikely friendship.

Jimmer "JD" Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer "upstate." No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it's pretty clear that he has something to hide. It's also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away---a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny's powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.

My Thoughts

I admit that I was nervous going into this because I was terrified about what might happen to the dog. This story was very hard to read if you are an animal lover. It was emotional, enraging, and hopeful. This was a book that had me feeling irrationally angry at times, close to tears at others, and smiling at other times. This is about a broken boy and a broken dog and how they save each other.  I thought it was wonderful!

JD has been away for the summer and when he comes home his mom has gotten them a dog. JD is beating himself up over the secret that he's hiding, and isn't so sure about the dog, but he slowly opens up to him just as the dog, JR for Johnny Rotten, opens up to him too. JD seems like he might be a troubled boy, but he really is a good kid and he just happened to do some stupid things. Things that are now coming back to bite him as they have to fight to save JR. I thought that JD was insecure, afraid, and most of all, ashamed of himself. I loved the bond that he formed with JR and what he was willing to do to save him.

Now here is where I get a little personal in this review. The whole situation with them just labeling the dog as bad and dismissing him as an object makes me so mad. The fact that they can just dismiss how horrible the other people are because a dog is "just an animal" made me get very worked and angry. I got very emotional reading this book because I know what it's like to lose a dog because of a situation gone wrong. I won't go into my actual situation, but I do know how JD felt so this really hit my emotions hard.

This was a very quick read that was tough on my emotions, but really a fantastic book about friendship and hope. It shows the good and bad of people and what people are willing to do on both sides of the scale whether it be save the ones you care about, or destroy them for selfish reasons. It was about getting a second chance and doing everything you can to make the most of it because that second chance could be gone before you know it. This story was really harsh, but beautiful.




Mini Review: Great Exploitations by Nicole Williams

  • Publisher: Nicole Williams
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Source: eBook provided by the author for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Seduction. Infidelity. Blackmail. Scandal. It can all be bought for the right price and for Sienna Stevens, business is good.

Because she’s in the business of Great Exploitations.

She’s an Eve, a member of a secret society of women contracted by the wives of wealthy, powerful men for one reason and one reason only: to seduce their husbands. To ensure their pre-nuptial agreement will be null and void thanks to a little loophole known as the Infidelity Clause. To ensure that those wives don’t find themselves on the other side of a divorce without a penny to their name.

When it comes to the Eves, Sienna’s one of the best because she follows the number one rule of the Eves to the letter: don’t let it get personal.

When the job file of her wealthiest client yet falls into her lap, Sienna realizes that this case could be the one that’s impossible to detach herself from. The payout would lead to her independence, but will the cost be too high in the end?

My Thoughts

This book was such a fun quick read. I thought that the whole premise of it was really interesting and I loved how it was done! I don't typically read revenge books, but this one sounded like one I would really like and it didn't let me down. The business of being hired to seduce someones husband to get around a pre-nup was so fun, but learning how the business actually works was even more so!

The main character is what they call an Eve. We don't actually know her name because she changes her name and appearance for each job she goes on. She has to meet the requirements of the Target's taste in women down to the little details. For the purpose of this review I will refer to her as Sienna since that is the persona she takes on for this one. She is quite a fun character to get to know. She is very confident and knows just what to do to get any man to want her. She's not arrogant about it, it's just the way it is. She is trained well to do her job and she's the best at what she does. There's a lot of history that we only get little bits of, but I am looking forward to seeing it unravel and getting to know her better.

This was a great book about kind of serving up justice for the wives of scumbag husbands. It may seem wrong that Sienna is seducing these men to sleep with her so their wives get money in the divorce, but they totally have it coming to them. What goes around comes around and they totally get what they deserve. I thought this was an entertaining read and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series. It sounds like it's going to get a whole lot more intense!!