Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stacking The Shelves - The Christmas Edition

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. This will be the last STS in 2012. Crazy, right?! Without further ado, let's present the books!


For Review:

*Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (goodreads)
*Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt (goodreads)
*Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (goodreads)


**Special thanks to Harper Teen, St. Martin's Griffin, and Egmont!**

Bought:

*Timeless by Alexandra Monir (goodreads)
*Amplified by Tara Kelly (goodreads)
*Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (goodreads)
*If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) by Rachel Vincent (goodreads)
*Bargains and Betrayals (13 to Life #3) by Shannon Delaney (goodreads)

Trades:
*Luminous by Dawn Metcalf (goodreads)
*Altered by Jennifer Rush (goodreads)

**Special thanks to Soph!**

I have to tell you guys about BookCloseOuts.com. Seriously the BEST book deals on the internet. Look at all these goodies I bought, and all for $27 AFTER shipping. I mean...whoa.



Gifted:

*Homemade Weddings
*The Newlywed Cookbook
*The DIY Bride: Crafty Countdown

**I'm seriously obsessed with wedding books, especially DIY ones. LOVE these. Mad props to Chris' mom, grandmom, and stepmom. LOVE Y'ALL!**


That's all, folks! I hope you guys had an amazing holiday, and I wish you guys a very Happy New Year. I shall be returning from my holiday tomorrow, so feel free to leave links to your mailbox posts below, and I'll be sure to comment once I get back!
Thank you guys for an amazing 2012. I look forward to hanging out with y'all in the new year. :-)

*MWAH*

Friday, December 28, 2012

Vacation!!!!

Friends! Lend me your ears.

I am currently enjoying sun and snow with my fiancé and future family in law. I shall return on the 31st and will be back with your Addicted 2 Novels viewing pleasure. Till then, be sure to enter the three very awesome giveaways listed above this post. If you guys need me, I'll still be on Twittter (Lena1xoxo).

Love you guys, and see y'all soon!

*Mwah*

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Ahhh, can you believe it? Christmas is in TWO days!!! I know Santa has been dropping packages off at my doorstep and hope he's doing the same for you. Any who, let's talk about books, baby!


For Review:
*Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (goodreads)
*Pulse by Patrick Carman (goodreads)
*Kiss Me Again (If We Kiss #2) by Rachel Vail (goodreads)
*Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg (goodreads)
*Flowers In The Sky by Lynn Joseph (goodreads)

Gifted:
*Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (goodreads)
*Pivot Point by Kasie West (goodreads)
*Dualed by Elsie Chapman (goodreads)


***Special thanks to Simon Teen, Harper Teen, Jordanna Fraiberg, Penguin Teen, and my very, very awesome friend Angela. You guys ROCK!***


Weekly Round-Up:

*The Farm Blog Tour AND Giveaway. Woot!
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring books by C. Desir, Robin Benway, and Lynn Joseph.
*Top five reasons why you should add EASY to your Christmas list (and a GIVEAWAY!).



That's all, folks! From all of us at Addicted 2 Novels (i.e. Dexter, Skittles, and me), we want to wish you guys a fabulous holiday. Feel free to link your mailbox posts in the comments below!

*MWAH*

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Add Easy To Your Christmas List (And a giveaway!)




5. A kick-butt (literally and metaphorically) protagonist. Are you sick books where the leading lady needs to be helped or rescued? Cinderella is great and all, but don't you want your main character to be more like Danielle from Ever After? Well, well, well, you'll be interested to know that Jacqueline from EASY is far from your average damsel in distress. She's the type of main character that will stand up for what she believes in and fight back, regardless of what other people think. Will she need a little bit of saving? Maybe every now and then but that doesn't mean this girl doesn't have some spunk in her, too. I hear she has a mean right hook. Just saying.

4. Lovable and relatable characters. Have you ever read a book where the main character, love interest, or best friend completely got on your nerves? Rest assure, because the characters your suppose to love are easy to fall for. I'm torn between who I love more, Jacqueline, Lucas, Erin, or Benji.

3. Lucas- The ultimate swoon-worthy guy. "“I noticed you the first week. Not just because of how pretty you are, though of course, that played into it. It was the way you lean onto your elbows when you 're listening in class, when something catches your interest. And when you laugh, it's never to get attention, it's just-laughter. The way you obssevively tuck your hair behind your ear on the left side, but let the right side fall down like a screen. And when you 're bored, you tap your foot soundlessly and move your fingers on the desktop like you 're playing an instrument. I wanted to sketch you.'" Whoa...whoa.

2. Unputdownable. Blogger is insisting unputdownable isn't a "real" word, but I'm saying it is! If any book in the history of books were ever to be considering unputdownable, it's EASY. Seriously, who doesn't love a book that not only offers delicious dialogue but also has fun text messages and emails? To me, it gives the story line a bit more character than let's say your average contemp. The only complaint I have is that this book doesn't come with a warning label. Warning: You will most likely accomplish nothing until you finish this book and even then, you'll be daydreaming about Lucas until you cave and read it again.

1. Brilliant. It simply is. From the writing to the context and everything under the sun, EASY was all I could ask for and so much more. It's truly the perfect escape from reality and also reminds us all to stay safe and possibly invest in some kickboxing lessons. Remember ladies, go for the crotch. Tammara Webber, you totally get me.



With all this said, be sure to add EASY by Tammara Webber on your Christmas lists. You'll regret it if you don't.


Want to win a copy? Thanks to the fabulous people at Berkley Trade, I'm giving away a copy! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends January 6th.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.


"Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.

But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.

Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?

Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves."

Why I Can't Wait: I am in LOVE with the summary! I'm dying to know what happened to Ani the night of the party and what people are saying about her. Will Ben be able to reach out to her? I NEED TO KNOW!

Expected publication: November 12th 2013 by SimonPulse



"Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover."

Why I Can't Wait: If you've read AUDREY, WAIT!, you'll know why I'm excited about this book. ALSO KNOWN AS sounds like such a fun book, and I can't wait to dive right in!

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury



"Fifteen-year-old Nina Perez is faced with a future she never expected. She must leave her Garden of Eden, her lush home in the Dominican Republic, when she's sent by her mother to seek out a better life with her brother in New York. As Nina searches for some glimpse of familiarity amid the jarring world of Washington Heights, she must uncover her own strength. She learns to uncover roots within foreign soil and finds a way to grow, just like the orchids that blossom on her fire escape. And when she is confronted by ugly secrets about her brother's business, she comes to understand the realities of life in this new place. But then she meets him-that green-eyed boy- who she can't erase from her thoughts, the one who just might help her learn to see beauty in spite of tragedy.

From the acclaimed author of The Color of My Words comes a powerful story about a young girl who must make her way in a new world and find her place within it."

Why I Can't Wait: LOVE the cover! The summary sounds incredibly touching as well as inspiring. And hello, green-eyed boy? Rawr?

Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen



What books are you guys excited about? Any of the ones I picked? Let me know!

*MWAH*

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Farm Blog Tour + Giveaway


It's the end of the world, and there are VAMPIRES in it! AHHHHH! Seriously, not all vampires sparkle, and it's fight or flight time. What would you do if you lived in the world of THE FARM?

While you ponder on that thought, let's have Emily McKay, author of THE FARM, let you guys in on what makes post-apocalyptic novels so baller. Word.



What do you think it is about post-apocalyptic novels that appeal to a young audience?

I think we all live with the fear that the world as we know it might end. There’s something appealing about the idea that, even if it does, there’s still something after. Something that is difficult and different but still has elements of good.

Giveaway:

Thanks to the very awesome folks at Berkley Trade, I am giveaway away a copy of THE FARM, along with a Vampire Apocalypse Survival Kit. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and will end December 31, 2012. That's right, once the clock hits midnight, not only will we have a New Year, we'll also have a winner! Woot.

Be sure to check out Poisoned Rationality tomorrow for another Q&A with Emily McKay and giveaway. Hey, that rhymes! Sweet!

And don't forget to check out Escape The Farm for all things Farm related...in a non-agricultural kind of way.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Can you believe Christmas is only 9 days away? INSANE! Any who, let's do this, shall we?

For Review:
*The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (goodreads)

Traded For:
*Touching The Surface by Kimberly Sabatini (goodreads)

Gifted:
*Fall To Pieces by Vahini Naidoo (goodreads) (THANKS, HANNAH!!!)
*The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum (goodreads) (Signed! Thanks to my very awesome Secret Santa, Suey!!! She even gave me Utah Truffles! Whoa...whoa.)


***Special thanks to the ladies listed above as well as Atria Books***


Weekly Round-Up

*Wherein I root and rave about FINGERPRINTS OF YOU by Kristen Paige-Madonia.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring books by Jordanna Fraiberg, Leigh Fallon, and Nancy Ohlin.

Current Giveaway:

*Don't forget to enter the Goodbye 2012 giveaway. You could win any 2012 YA book of your choice! EEP!



That's all, folks! Happy Sunday to all. May the football gods be ever in your favor. :-)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. I've got a few picks this week, so let's get this party started!


"Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place. Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession. Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone."


Why I Can't Wait: Hello, it's a YA contemp! You know I'm all over this like white on rice. I love stories involving heartache, mystery and the possibility of new love. Plus, did you see the cover? Wowsas! This is definitely going on my wish list!

Expected publication: May 2nd 2013 by Razorbill



***Warning: This is the sequel to CARRIER OF THE MARK. If you have yet to read this book, I suggest you advert your eyes as the summary may contain spoilers.***

"Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal was spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past… far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy."

Why I Can't Wait: I really adored CARRIER OF THE MARK and *ahem* Adam, so needless to say, this one is high on my wish list. I'm excited to learn more about the tales behind being a carrier and what adventures Leigh (the author) has in store for them. I also like how the cover designer decided to just tweak up the original cover. Do I wish they did more than just change the color of Megan's dress and color of the sky? Yes, but at least it still matches the original cover.

Expected publication: July 9th 2013 by HarperTeen



"Looks to kill for...

Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.

And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection,
she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.

At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires.

But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?"

Why I Can't Wait: Originally, the cover intrigued me. I mean, look at it. Looks to kill for? *Shudders* This one seems to be part fantasy and part contemporary. Ahh, my favorite combination!

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse




That's all, folks! What books are you guys looking forward to next year?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review: Fingerprints of You


Title: Fingerprints of You
Author: Kristen Paige-Madonia
Published: August 7th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Copy received by the publisher/author for an honest review

"Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with.

On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be."

First line: "My mother got her third tattoo on my seventeenth birthday, a small navy hummingbird she had inked above her left shoulder blade, and though she said she picked it to mark my flight from childhood, it mostly had to do with her wanting to sleep with Johnny Drinko, the tattoo artist who worked in the show outside town."

Thoughts: You guys know what a huge fan of contemporary YA I am, especially when it's a coming-of-age story. With that said, when I first heard about FINGERPRINTS OF YOU, I knew I had to read it. I mean, look at the cover. Look at the summary! It just has to be good, right? Well, it wasn't good...

It was fabulous!

The story focuses on Lemon and the dynamic relationship she has with her mother, Stella. Much to Lemon's dismay, she's traveling down the same path as Stella, and it's not necessarily the best road to follow. From that very first moment in the tattoo parlor with Johnny Drinko, you knew what was going to happen.

Now, 17 and pregnant, Lemon begins to wonder about the father she never knew. With that said and a "gift" from her mother, she decides to travel in search of her long lost father in the hopes of finding answers and possibly more.

Though I knew I'd like this story, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it. I'm telling you guys, it's the writing. Kristen Paige-Madonia just has this undeniable natural talent for story telling. I literally went from hating a character one minute and loving her the next. Oh, Lemon. I'm having the hardest time trying to fathom into words how incredible her story is. Honestly, it's something you'll have to experience for yourself.

One of the things I loved about this book is that it reminds readers that there are consequences to having unprotected sex, one of which being pregnancy. It's not this glorified adventure that MTV portrays. Teenage pregnancy is becoming more and more common in today's world, and it doesn't help when certain novels exalt having unprotected sex. With that said, I bow down to you, Kristen, for writing such a brilliant and realistic novel and teaching everyone a very valuable lesson.

Though the book mainly centers around Lemon, somewhere along the way I became particularly invested in Emmy's story. When Lemon and her mother move for the millionth time, Emmy is the first (and only) person to befriend Lemon. They're both practically opposites and yet they mesh well together. The story with Emmy and her father in Afghanistan completely moved me in so many different ways. These two girls definitely don't live an easy life and for this, it makes me love them even more.

A mixture between The Wonder Years and Juno, FINGERPRINTS OF YOU is a novel you won't want to miss. I highly recommend to everyone that you grab a copy as soon as possible. Is it an easy read? No, but it's a undoubtedly a worthwhile one. I'll be shocked if this book doesn't win any awards. SHOCKED.




Rating:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up



Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Y'all, I am uber excited about the books I got this week. I should call this issue the "Some of my favorite authors" edition. Any who, let's do this!


For Review:
*Shadows In The Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton. (goodreads) Am DYING to see how it all ends!
*The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik (goodreads)
*Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Harper Teen and Grand Central Publishing***

Weekly Round-Up

*Goodbye 2012 Giveaway: Win any 2012 released YA book of your choice. You know you want to enter. Thank of the possibilities!
*The Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring books by Kendare Blake (My twin!) and Katie McGarry.
*Pitch Dark Author Reveal with a very awesome video involving puppies and minions!


And that's all, folks! Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pitch Dark Days Author Reveal


Dark Days 2013! Can I get a woot, woot? Today I have the please of hosting the last author on the blog tour/author reveal. Who might she/he be, you ask? Well it's none other than this lady right here:


That's right, it's MILA 2.0 author Debra Driza! Haven't heard of MILA 2.0? Lets remedy that, shall we?


"Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel."

But wait, that's not all. I also have a very special message from Debra herself, and all I have say about that is BAD MINION!




And HarperTeen still has one more reveal up its sleeve—the Dark Days tour stops! Check out pitchdark.com at 3PM EST, where we’ll reveal the cities that the lovely Dark Days authors will be visiting. Can’t wait!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. I've got a couple picks for this week. Are you ready to rumble?


"Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin."

Why I Can't Wait: Do you really have to ask why? It's Kendare Blake! Her Anna series is by far the creepiest books I've ever read. Plus, did you see the Kirkus quote? If Stephen King has to watch his back, you know it's going to be good!

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen
*Add it to your Goodreads.



"'I dare you...'

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...."

Why I Can't Wait: AHHHH, a companion to PUSHING THE LIMITS?! I loooooved PUSHING THE LIMITS!!! Plus, check out that cover. Steeeeeaaaammmmyyyyyy!!! Rawr. In the words of Jessi Spano, "I'm so excited! I'M SO EXCITED!!!"

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
*Add it to your Goodreads.




That's all, folks! What books are you guys excited about?!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me. Woot, woot, lets go!


All I've heard are amazing things about this book. I must find out what all the fuse is about!


I've been dying for the last book for quite some time now. Come on, Santa! Work your magic!


Another conclusion I'm dying to read.


I've had my eye on this one for a while now.


Since I'm getting married and totally heart The Knot.


Again, with the wedding and the planning.


My very awesome friend Sarah loaned me her ARC way back when, and now I'm dying for a copy of my own!


Technically this comes out in January, but maybe I'll get lucky. I have been a good girl...*snickers*


Love the cover, love the summary.


I LOVED TOUCH OF POWER and am very much looking forward to it's sequel. *AHEM*...I need this. PLEASE, SANTA! PLEASE!







And there you have it! What books are you guys hoping Santa will bring you this holiday season?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013 Giveaway


Can you believe it, folks? 2012 is almost over. It feels like we just finished celebrated the holidays last year, and now we're doing it all over again. Craaaaazy!

To celebrate the last month of 2012, I am giving away any 2012 YA book of your choice (Up to $20). Was there something you wanted but didn't get yet? Maybe one of the amazing conclusion novels such as FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick, BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, or even REACHED by Ally Condie? Well, well, well, now here's your chance to win one.

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Since I'll be ordering the book via The Book Depository, this giveaway is open to international participants (as long as TBD delivers to you) and ends December 31, 2012. What a great way to roll in the New Year.

Happy Holidays, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

(Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up)/ Winners


Happy December! Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Let's do this, shall we?

For Review:
*Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (goodreads)

Won:
*The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa. Also came with a really pretty necklace! (goodreads)
*Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey (goodreads)
*Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (goodreads)

***Special thanks to HarperTeen, Ticket To Anywhere, and Epic Reads***


Weekly Round-Up

*Wherein I review RENEGADE by J.A. Souders (soooo flippin' good, y'all) + A GIVEAWAY!
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring books by Daisy Whitney, Page Morgan, and Sarah Dessen.


Winners!

*The winner of DEAR TEEN ME is... ALYSSA!!!

*The winner of the Gratitude Giveaway (Book of choice) is... RABIAH!


I'll be emailing you ladies shortly but also feel free to email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com.



That's all, folks! I hope you guys have a fabulous Sunday. Be sure to check out my blog this week for an awesome announcement and an even awesomer (that's right, I said it!) giveaway. *wink wink*

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. I've got a few picks this week so ch-ch-check it out!


"Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity.

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harijuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died."

Why I Can't Wait: I really enjoyed Daisy Whitney's Mockingbirds duo. She writes these amazingly raw stories that completely touch me, yet always spins a bit of wit and light in them. This one sounds just like these stories I love which is why I cannot freaking wait!

Expected publication: June 2013 by Little, Brown


"After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried."

Why I Can't Wait: What originally drew me to this book was the title and the cover. Both are gorgeous, and I love the little Eiffel Tower in the corner. Then I read the summary, and now I desperately want this book. AHHH!

Expected publication: May 14th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers




"Emaline works at her family's vacation rental company the summer before she leaves for college. She must confront her values, goals and choices as her relationship with city-boy Theo evolves and she's forced to say goodbye to the beach town where she grew up."

Why I Can't Wait: It's by Sarah Dessen. Enough said.

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Viking Juvenile




That's it! What books are you guys excited for?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Renegade


Title: Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1)
Author: J.A. Souders
Published: November 13th 2012 by Tor Teen
Source: Copy received by the publisher for an honest review

"Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.

Her memories have been altered.

Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.

And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all."

First line: "My life is just about perfect."

Thoughts: Originally, I had no idea what to expect. I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi books, but I kept hearing amazing things about RENEGADE so I gave it a go. Let me tell you guys, this book blew me away. I cannot fathom into words how authentic and utterly spectacular RENEGADE is. I just...I can't. It's stunning. It really, really is.

First off, the setting? GORGEOUS! Imagine living inside a giant underwater dome. Imagine mending your garden but instead of birds, there are fishes and replace their chirps with whales singing. Mesmerizing, right? Indeed. When it comes to world building, the author uses such vivid details to the point where I honestly thought I was there. I constantly wanted to place my hand against the glass and watch the whales swim by. But is the scenery worth the price? That's the million dollar question, folks!

Evelyn aka Evie is the daughter of the people. I guess the best way to describe her position in this society is she's the princess and Elysium is her kingdom. Her life is practically perfect, except for the fact that her mind is constantly being altered and her "Mother" is a psycho. From the very beginning, you know her mind is being messed with. Her life is a constant battle between muddled memories and being the perfect daughter.

Initially, I wasn't sure how I felt about Evie. Here she is, sniffing roses in her garden and following rules like the good girl she has to be. She even gets to sleep in till 10:00 AM every morning! Eek! After the first chapter, though, I knew there was a fighter in her. Her life isn't perfect and as many time as they try (and sometimes succeed) to alter her mind, something inside keeps fighting for her to find out the truth. I constantly begged for her to remember. It's one of those moments you have where you, as the reader, know exactly what's going on, but the character doesn't. I can honestly say the phrase "Oh, come on" slipped from my lips multiple times. Needless to say, I heart Evie.

Let's talk about romance and oh yeah, Gavin. The romance in this book is mainly based around tension and desire. No one is allowed to touch Evie and even if they were, Mother has already chosen a couple other guys for her to "Couple" with. Gavin is a surface dweller that somehow found his way into Elysium. Normally surface dwellers are killed on sight, but not in this case. From the very beginning, you know Gavin is special. He's easy to fall for and just a down to earth water good guy. He just wants what's best for Evie and will even accept the fact that maybe what's best for her isn't him (thought *I* think he is). Can you believe that, folks? A good guy who is neither obsessive nor the jealous type? Insane!

And lastly, Mother. I have to be honest, I haven't read such an evil villain since Lord Voldemort. Excuse my vulgarity, but this lady scares the crap out of me! She's manipulative, malevolent, and all those other terrifying things I personally love in an evildoer. In the words of Damien from Mean Girls, "She's fabulous, but she's evil."

Overall, I highly recommend everyone and their mom to pick up a copy of RENEGADE as soon as possible. I'm literally sitting here, shaking from excitement and book bliss. That's how much I love it. To say I can't wait for it's sequel is an understatement. Friends and foe, add RENEGADE to your Christmas lists now or forever hold your peace.


Rating:


Giveaway time!

Thanks to the fabulous people over at Tor Teen, I am giving away a copy of RENEGADE. That's right, one lucky winner will be able to revel in all the glory that is book heaven. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and will end December 16. The winner will be emailed shortly after and will also be announced in that week's Weekly Round-Up. Yay.

Go...enter and may the odds be ever in your favor.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up And More


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I know I had one I'll never forget. Without further ado, le books!

For Review:
*The Dead And Buried by Kim Harrington (goodreads)
*The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (goodreads)

Trades:
*Touched by Corrine Jackson (goodreads)

Weekly Round-Up:
*Check out the Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For.

I know what you're thinking. Lena, is that really all you did this week? Well, I had posts planned and thought I'd have time to do it over the Thanksgiving weekend, but then something happened. Something amazing and surprising happened to me that literally took every minute of my time and breath away.


I got engaged, y'all! Want the story? Well, you're going to get it. On Wednesday night, my boyfriend fiance took me out to the this restaurant called the Aquarium located in downtown H-town. He kept insisting that he really wanted to eat seafood, which was one of many clues that should have tipped me off. Alas, gullible me being me, I just went with it.

The restaurant consists of an outdoor carnival area where you can take a train tour to see their Shark Exhibit or ride on the Ferris Wheel or do many other things. Originally, I wanted to go on the Shark Exhibit tour as well as ride the Ferris Wheel, however, Chris said he had reservations at 7:30, and we can't be late (another clue since we're almost always late). Thus, my shark and spinning wheels dream was over.

After dinner, Chris insisted on ordering dessert (the last and final obvious clue as I'm the one with the sweet tooth in our relationship). During dessert, a scuba diver with a sign jumped into the tank and started heading in our direction. I thought she was there to clean the tanks and entertain the children, but it turns out she and Chris had other plans. She swam over to where our table, waved to me and flipped over a sign that said "Lena, will you marry me?". My jaw dropped. I pretty much sat there in a state of shock for about a minute or two before I turned over to Chris, who then got down on one knee and proposed.

Then I cried.

Ever since then, we've been running all over Houston celebrating the good news with our family and friends. It's been exciting, entertaining, and a wee bit stressful (Moms! They're crazy!), but also completely filled with love. I couldn't ask for a better fiance, family, or friends. Yay!!!



Any who, that's it for me! Feel free to leave links to your mailbox posts below, and I'll do my best to drop by and say hello. Until next time kiddies, this is Lena signing off.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thanksful For. Yay, let's do this!


1. John Green. I'm thankful for John Green for many reasons. He makes me laugh, he makes me cry, he makes me tingle inside. He's awesome, and I will always look forward to his latest, greatest book.

2. Sarah Dessen. I'm thankful for Sarah Dessen because no one writes a contemporary novel like she does. Swooning from here to the moon.

3. Laini Taylor. I'm thankful for Laini Taylor and her amazing, beautiful stories. She's definitely one of my all-time favorite authors.

4. Jennifer Echols. I'm thankful for Jennifer Echols for many reasons, but one being that GOING TOO FAR was the first contemporary YA book I read and loved. I use to think I was simply a paranormal girl. She proved me wrong.

5. Maggie Stiefvater. Do I really need to tell you why I'm thankful for her? From her stunning writings to her hilarious and good nature, she's simply awesome.

6. Wicked Lovely. I have met some really awesome people because of this book. Thanks to the Rath & Ruins forum, I've been blessed with many lifelong friends. A fellow Rather (pronounced Rath-er) even suggested I start my own blog. So, thank you Wicked Lovely for a) being awesome and b) sending friends my way.

7. The Harry Potter series. I'm thankful for Ron, Hermione, Harry and the whole gang. Will anything be as epic as HP? Probably not.

8. The Jessica Darling Series. I'm thankful for Jessica Darling and having the opportunity to "grow up" with her. In high school, no one got me like Jessica did. I'm so grateful that Megan was able to continue her series and write a fifth and final book. Was afraid she wouldn't be able to.

9. Divergent. I'm thankful for Four/Tobias/the hot Dauntless guy. I purr just thinking about him...in a very non-weird/crazy way.

10. Far From You. I'm thankful for this:

“What I believe
is that life
is music and fabulous foliage,
but it's also cancer and wars.

That's just how it is.

Maybe God could do better.

But shit, so could we. ”


Because that is the best description of life I've ever read.



And that's all, folks! What books/authors are you guys thankful for?

Monday, November 19, 2012

(Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up)/Winners Galore


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Y'all, I'm super duper excited about the books I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*The Farm by Emily McKay (goodreads)
*Pantomime by Laura Lam (goodreads)
*Renegade by J.A. Souders (goodreads)
*The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale (goodreads)
*Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton (goodreads)


Bought:
*The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker (goodreads)
*The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys #2) by Abbi Glines (not shown) (goodreads)


***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Penguin Teen, Tor Teen, and Strange Chemistry***


Weekly Round-Up
*Check out the Top Ten Books I'd Want on A Deserted Island.
*Wherein I review/rave/ravish over FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. Put this on your Christmas lists!



And now, some winners.


The winner of the FOUR, SIX, NINE giveaway is...


Commenter #6- Vi Nguyen!


The winner of TEMPTATION is...

Commenter #26 WinterFaerie


The winner of STEALING PARKER is...

Josie!



Congrats to all the winners. Emails are being sent out. Please respond within 72 hours or a new winner may be selected. Of course, there are still a couple of giveaways going on so if you didn't win, be sure to scroll up to the top of my blog and enter to win some awesome goodies.


That's all for now. Love y'all! Have a fabulous Monday!


*MWAH*

Friday, November 16, 2012

Quick One Day Giveaways

Hey everyone!

So I've been trying for about a month now to select a couple winners for some giveaways I hosted. Since they haven't gotten back to me, I decided to go ahead and do a quick one day giveaway. The winners will be selected tomorrow morning and prizes will be sent out sometime next week. Here we go!

Prize A (US only)- I AM NUMBER FOUR, THE POWER OF SIX, and an ARC of THE RISE OF NINE all by Pittacus Lore.

Prize B (International)- TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins


To enter, just leave a comment below stating whether you'd like to win Prize A, B, or both.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: For Darkness Shows The Stars


Title: For Darkness Shows The Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Published: June 12th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Bought

"It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, "For Darkness Shows the Stars" is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it."

First line: "12 Years Ago...Dear Kai, My name is Elliot, and I am six years old and live in the big house."

Thoughts: Ever been in a reading slump? Just a few weeks ago, I tweeted to the world that I needed a new book love in my life. April from Good Books And Good Wine suggested I check out FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. I'm a fan of the author's Killer Unicorns duo, so I thought I'd give it a go. Turns out, this was exactly what I need it. There's tension, angst, letters, and the writing? Unbelievable. Mind = blown.

As you can see from the summary, this is your not so typical retelling of PERSUASION by Jane Austen. Retellings, to me, are either hits or misses. Will it do the original book justice? Will my love for Jane Austen shine through? When it comes to FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the answer is clear. Yes. Yes, yes, yes, Y-E-S!!!

The book is broken down into three parts and told through Elliot's point of view. Much like Anne Elliot from PERSUASION, she is reserved, kind, and goodhearted. Unlike Anne, though she does stay and let Kai leave, she doesn't do it because she's told he's not good enough for her. She does it because of her family and other issues that will pan out later on in the novel. This obviously leaves her completely broken and pained. Her only friend and love has left, what's a girl to do?

I really enjoyed Elliot and how the author portrayed her. Like the original, this book deals with issues such as social classes and whatnot. With Elliot, she can see past someone's position and think of them as her equal. She doesn't just sit back and let the workers work. Instead, she helps them in any way possible. She puts others before herself and really, aren't those the best kinds of heroines?

The romance and tension were (dare I say?) perfect. Peterfreund reminds us that you don't need sex or even intense kisses to show passion. Who needs lust when you can have true, exquisite love? Woe is me, for I have not read such a lavishing romance in ages.

Let's talk about the social class systems for a bit. I must admit, it took me a while to fully comprehend the differences between the Luddites and the Post-Reductionist. It was a little confusing, but it in no way takes away from the story. Once I got it, I got it. It just took a bit of time.

Now, Kai. What can I say about Kai? Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I wanted to punch him in the face. He's the perfect mix of angst, frustration, and brooding. He's incredibly passionate which explains why he's so...intense? Yes, intense. Him and I have a love-hate relationship and even though I'm usually not a fan of these types of guys, I was a fan of him.

Before I forget, I must mention the letters. Instead of including flashbacks, the story is partially composed of letters exchanged between Elliot and Kai. Some are when they're young children (and hilarious once you see the grammar and spelling), and others are when they're much older. You can see the life and pain these two have dealt with and how they've grown to love one another. It's spectacular to say the least.

Overall, I highly recommend picking up a copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS as soon as possible. I know there's some talk in the blogosphere about the ARC and the final copy being completely different, especially when it comes to the ending. For those wondering, I have read the ARC and the final copy. Towards the end, especially in part three, the ARC copy is a bit haste. The final copy, however, takes it's time. It still leads to the overall same conclusion, but it offers more insight and details rather than feeling rushed and a bit confusing. Think of the final copy as an extended edition. Obviously, if you've read the ARC, I recommend grabbing a finished copy. Trust me, it's worth every penny!


Favorite Quotes:

“Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of selfpity
and pain.”

“In every letter, in every line, she saw him. He hadn't changed - he'd only grown into the man he'd meant to be.”

“The old poems said that lovers were made for each other. But that wasn't true for Kai and Elliot. They hadn't been made for each other at all—quite the opposite. But they'd grown together, the two of them, until they were like two trees from a single trunk, stronger together than either could have been alone.


Rating:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Deserted Island


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten books you'd want on a deserted island. Woop, let's do it!


Seriously, if I'm going to be stuck on a deserted island, I might as well have Lucas there with me. Fo' shizzle.


The girl escaped from what I can only describe as a high security penitentiary in the middle of nowhere. Maybe I'd learn something from her. And speaking of survival skills...


A true fan wouldn't ask me why.



Hey, I'm from Texas. Football is in my blood! Also helps that this book is hilarious and wickedly sexy.


Can't go anywhere without my lover/cop John.


For when I think my life really sucks. Ha, just kidding...sort of. For when I need to escape and read something truly beautiful.


Just in case I need to learn to steal from monkeys or whatever. Also in case I need a feel good, fun read.


Because I heart Cricket like whoa.


I originally thought DIVERGENT, but then remembered how much more I enjoyed INSURGENT. Can't live without it!


Ahh, my current obsession. I cannot sum into words how truly amazing this book is. Love, love, love it!






That's all! What books would you guys pick if you were on a deserted island? Let's just hope this deserted island as wi-fi. Just saying. ;-)