Friday, March 30, 2012

Giveaway: Win an ARC of The Selection

Hey everyone! I am giving away an ARC of The Selection by Kiera Cass. If you haven't heard of The Selection, it's about thirty-five girls who compete to marry Prince Maxon. The book is told through America's point of view. She's hesitant about the competition, especially since the boy she loves is a class below her and therefore unworthy. As the competition continues, she begins to slowly fall for Prince Maxon and starts dreaming of a world unlike any she has ever known. I like to think of it as The Bachelor meets Cinderella.

To enter, all you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below. I will be checking the comments, so be sure to leave a comment about what you would do to grab the prince's (or princess') attention if you were in a competition for their heart. This giveaway is only open to US participants and will end April 18th. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

"For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined."

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Wednesday, March 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. This week, my pick is Adaptation by Malinda Lo.

"Reese and David don't remember what happened to them after a bird flew into their headlights on the Extraterrestrial Highway--not the resulting car accident and certainly not a bit of the 21 days of care at the military hospital in Nevada. It's a good thing, the doctors and colonels tell them, that they crashed on a military base, but they won't tell Reese and David what the extent of their injuries were, or how they were healed. They do tell them they're not going home, though, until they sign a confidentiality agreement.

When they get home, Reese can't help but find everything a little weird. Worldwide bird strikes resulting in plane crashes have grounded air travel, David won't talk to her, and she could swear she's seen her military doctors around the neighborhood. It's only when she meets Amber Grey that things in her life begin to really fall apart, and the mysteries of the bird strikes, the military, and her own treatment come together. Reese realizes that she must find out what they did to her in that hospital, but her search for the truth threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.

What if we aren't alone in the universe? What if the alien is inside us?"

Why I Can't Wait: I think I'm on an alien kick, but can you really blame me? I absolutely adored Ash by Malinda Lo, so I already know what an extraordinary writer she is. For some reason, this book kind of reminds me of the movie Push, which I loved. Another plus. Oh, and the cover! Isn't it the best kind of creepy? Ahh, can't wait!

Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Little, Brown BFYR

What about you guys? Will you be adding this to your wish lists?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Embrace

Title: Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Published March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for review (Thank you, Sourcebooks!)

Summary: "It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden… "

First couple line: "Birthdays aren't my thing. It's hard to get too exited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother's death."

Thoughts: I'm always on the fence when it comes to books about angels. Sometimes they're great like Hush, Hush, but other times, they fall between adequate and mediocre. After reading the summary for Embrace, even with all the skepticism I have about angel books, I knew I had to read it. And boy howdy, am I glad I did!

Violet isn't your quintessential teenager. The thing is, she just doesn't know it yet. The story starts off on Violet's seventeeth birthday. Birthdays are not very special to her, especially since her mom died giving birth to her. On top of that, her dad is so focused on his architecture company that he, to be honest, becomes quite neglectful. Luckily for her, she has Lincoln. Sweet, older, out of reach Lincoln, who helps make her stronger and trains her. Violet hasn't had an easy past, but Lincoln sure does help make up for it in her present.

Then, with just a cryptic note from her mother (saved to her for specifically for her seventeenth birthday), her life alters. A tattoo begins to weave up her arms, and she starts having weird dreams that can only be described as a prophecy of some sort. It turns out Violet isn't so typical after all.

I have to say, Embrace was a lot more addicting than I originally thought. We're talking action, suspense, and a romance worth dying for. Let's start off with Violet. I really enjoyed Violet as the protagonist. She's fun, fearful with a hint of fearless, and an overall good person. At times, she can be a bit whiny, but with all good reason. Besides, don't we all get that way sometimes?

Now, onto the romance. Can you say steamy? How steamy, you ask?

"He slid his arm around my waist and took hold of one of my hands. I felt the sparks of energy flare between us just as efore, and then he kissed me again, but this time he really kissed me."

Whoa. Of course, Embrace does have a love triangle in it (Sorry, Karen). Personally, I'm all for Lincoln. He's just incredibly adorable and irresistible. Maybe it's the whole "you always fall in love with the first boy that's introduced" curse, but I couldn't help myself. I fell for him in the first chapter, and I love him still. I do have to mention that whenever him and Violet are together, the word frustrating doesn't even begin to describe it. You just want to scream "Why, why can't things just work out between them?!". I secretly wanted to throw the book due to an frustration overload but decided violence wasn't the answer. Oh, the passion this book evokes!

And, of course, there's Phoenix. He's your brooding, bad-but-possibly-good guy. While I liked him as a character, I just didn't love him as much as I love Lincoln. I must confess that some of the scenes between him and Violet are rather steamy. It made me wonder whether or not this is age appropriate for teens under the age of sixteen. As an adult, I throughly enoyed it (RAWR!), however, if your child is under the age of sixteen, please read the book before deciding whether or not this is age appropriate for your teenager.

Overall, I would recommend Embrace to fans of Hush, Hush, Fallen, and Halo. I know a lot of readers are hesitant to read angel books due to the religious content but rest assured. Embrace does not focus on the religious aspect of angels. Embrace is just one of those fun, intoxicating books that will leave you breathless.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Krist at The Story Siren. I didn't get much this week, but I'm uber excited about the books I got. Ch-ch-check it out!

*Underworld (Abandon #2) by Meg Cabot (Goodreads)
*Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (Goodreads)
*Signed Through To You Book bookmark

***Special thanks to Scholastic, Lindsay, and Emily Hainsworth.

What'd you get in your mailbox this week?

Wednesday, March 21, 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. This week, my pick is What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang.

Summary: "Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything. "

Why I Can't Wait: The story sounds like something I haven't read before. We all know that in the land of YA books, originality is hard to come by, so I really appreciate that. What's Left of Me also gives me this bit of a creepy vib, mixed in with contemporary and dystopia. It's rare that I'll pick up a book without any romance in it, but for this one, I'll make an exception. Plus, the cover? Do you see the two girls? LOVE IT! It's spooky and creative, which makes me believe the story will be as well.

Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Harper

Thoughts? Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Since it's the first day of spring (giggidy!), today's topic is the top ten books on your spring TBR list. Let's do this!

BITTERBLUE- I've waited almost three years for this, y'all! More Po, please!

THE SELECTION- It's like a post apocalyptic version of The Bachelor, but with princes! EEP! Another reason why this is high on my TBR list? Oh, I don't know... How about the fact that CW is turning this into a series AND Aimee Teegarden from Friday Night Lights is playing America? Yes, that could be it!

SECOND CHANCE SUMMER- Loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, so how could I not look forward to this?

TAKE A BOW- I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Eulberg and absolutely adored The Lonely Hearts Club. It looks like this book will be told through four points of view from four very different performing artists, and I can't wait to tear through it!

SHINE- Super sad to see this series come to an end, however, also uber excited about seeing where Jeri Smith-Ready will take us. <3 Zachary <3

WHEN YOU WERE MINE- A modern retelling from Romeo's intended lover, Rosaline? Yes, please!

ZERO- Loved, loved, loved Party by Tom Leveen, thus, very much looking forward to his sophomore novel.

THE LIST- What can I say? I love mean girls, and I love Siobvan Vivian! Giggidy!

GILT- I'm a huge Tudors fan, and Catherine Howard's story is not one that's normally told. The fact that it's told through her best friend's POV is definitely a bonus. EEP!

SWEET EVIL- Southern girl + bad boy = win

That's it, folks! Now the question is, what are the Top Ten Books on YOUR Spring To Be Read list?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Y'all, my mailbox was stuffed with goodies this week. Ch-Ch-Check it out!

*Until I Die (Revanants #2) by Amy Plum (Goodreads). Thanks, Hannah!
*The Temptation by by Alisa Valdes (Goodreads)- Thanks, Hannah!

For Review:
*The Selection by Kiera Cass- SIGNED! (Goodreads)
*Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (Goodreads)
*Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready- SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED!!! :D (Goodreads)- Thanks, Jeri!

***Special thanks to Hannah at The Irish Banana Review, HarperTeen, Bloomsbury (Where all things Friday Night Lights is made of win), and of course, the very fabulous Jeri Smith-Ready. Y'all, be sure to check out the very awesome KISS ME, I'M IRISH Giveaway Hop, where you can enter to win the very last Shine ARC. Exciting times!!!

So, what was in your mailbox this week?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Winners Galore!!!

Hey y'all, I've got some winners to announce. First off, thank you so much for everyone who entered the giveaways and participated in the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge. Can you believe there were 270 reviews linked during the challenge? Insane. Anywho, without any further ado, let's announce some winners!

The person who won a copy of Girl Meets Boy signed by all the collaborators is...

Tayte H!

The winner of Pure by Julianna Baggot is...

Melissa W!

And now, the winners of the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge!!!

The first place winner is...

Jacinda from Reading Housewives on Indiana for her review of I Am Number Four!

And the second place winner is...

Amy from Book Loving Mom for her review of Pure!

Congrats to all the winners. Emails have been sent, so please check your inboxes! Also, please respond within 72 hours or a new winner may be selected. Again, thanks to everyone who participated. New giveaways will be posted soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

How To Survive High School With Meredith Zeitlin

Y'all, I cannot tell you how super excited I am to have Meredith Zeitlin on my blog today. She's the author of the hilarious novel Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, and she's here to give you guys some pointers on how to survive freshman year. Take it away, Meredith!


My freshman year was both really hard and ultimately really rewarding. I started at a brand new school that year, which was nerve-wracking.I missed my friends from middle school and could barely find my way around the place, much less comprehend why I had to bear the additionally heavy cross of braces and awful bangs and a nose I had yet to grow into. But I actually ended up loving it - I did make friends, and figure out where to sit at lunch, and got cast in a lead role in the school play, and somehow ended up on the lacrosse team -a sport I'd never even heard of before. (In a related story, I was TERRIBLE at it. But I had fun!)

Of course, this is me as an adult looking back; at the time I know I was incredibly frustrated much of the time. It's so hard to be new. It's so hard to be fourteen! It took a long time for things to be mostly fun instead of mostly terrifying.

I've been asked a lot during this book tour what I'd say to myself if I could go back in time, and the answer is: PLENTY. Of course, I can't. So here are some tips for those starting on the often horrifying,sometimes awesome journey that is freshman year. Who, if they're anything like I was at fourteen... will probably ignore me. Ah, well. Points for trying?

1)Don't try so hard. Trust that people will like you even if you aren't always "on," or cracking a joke, or proving you're right about everything, or agreeing with the popular opinion, or whatever your go-to self-defense method is. Here's the thing - all the other kids are just as insecure about themselves as you are. Be yourself. Relax. All that energy you're expending working to fit in (or be deliberately different)? No one is noticing. Just do your thing.

2)The guys (or girls) you're agonizing over don't deserve your agony. People used to have to wait for their high school reunions to realize the crushes they lost their minds – and many, many tears, and occasionally even friends – over end up being, well, not nearly as great as they seemed at the time. In the era of Facebook, you don' teven have to wait! So have fun, date, hook up, flirt, and do all that stuff. Even get your heart broken – we all have to go through it sooner or later. But try not to take it too seriously if you can. You will look back and think “I liked THAT guy (or girl)?! Whyyyyyyyyyy?” in ten years. I promise.

3)Don't suck up to that junior after the cast list for the fall play goes up - or whatever your corresponding situation is. It's annoying to everyone else and usually backfires. You will be better off earning upperclassmen's respect and admiration for your writing or art or whatever makes you special. Let them come to you, or see if friendships just unfold naturally. .(Trust me on this one – that cafeteria scene with Julie Nelson in the beginning of the book? Ripped from the headlines of my life. Nightmare.)

4)Do not to go into Manhattan to stay over at the apartment of a random girl you barely know from camp. She turns out to be really weird and live in what is essentially a room filled with garbage! This will not end up being the cool adventure you think it's going to be – not even close.(Hrm. Maybe this one really only works for me? Sorry 'bout that.)

5)Don't let your parents – or teachers, or anyone - make you think that every single thing you do in high school is going to make or break the rest of your life. My parents had me panicked about my SAT scores the second I set foot in high school. Not to mention grades, extra-curriculars, clubs, leadership positions... the pressure to succeed was incredible. And I'm certainly not saying those things aren't important – of course they are. BUT. One C (or even an F!) on a paper or test is not going to kill your chances at a good school. Your SATs will not determine the kind of person you end up being or the quality of the life youend up having. So yes - study hard. Join clubs and activities thatinterest and motivate you. But also have fun. Make choices. Make dumbmistakes. Learn from them. Don't let this looming senior-year mission to get accepted to Yale or wherever predicate every move you make in high school. There are just as many important experiences to have that are never going to come up on a college application, and you don't want to miss them.

By the way - the advice I could offer for the next three years after ninthgrade? Or college? Well, that list was be too long for this post. Maybe next time... !

Lena, again! Meredith, thank you so much for taking the time to drop by Addicted 2 Novels. Everyone, be sure to not visit the random girl you met at camp! *shudders*

Also be sure to check out Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters. It's freakin' hilarious, and you are going to love it!

*Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, March 14, 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! This week, my pick is Smashed by Lisa Luedeke.

Summary: "A field hockey star grapples with addiction in this riveting debut that will appeal to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

Stay out of trouble for one more year, and Katie Martin can leave her small town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey star on the fast track to a college scholarship, but her relationship with alcohol has always been a little questionable. Then trouble finds her. Alec is the most popular guy in school, and also the biggest bully—with his sights set firmly on Katie. When Alec turns on the charm, Katie thinks she must have been wrong about him.

Except that she wasn’t. On a rain-soaked, alcohol-drenched night, one impulsive decision leaves Katie indebted to Alec in the worst possible way. This debut novel is a fast-paced and compelling story of addiction, heartbreak, and redemption."

Why I Can't Wait: The fact that says this will appeal to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak immediately makes me want to read this. I'm a huge fan of Speak, and if a book has the honor of being compared to it, than it must be made of win! Smashed sounds like a darker contemporary novel, and this intrigues me. I'm already wondering what Katie did and how she's indebted to Alec!

What do you guys think? Is this something you'll be checking out?

Expected publication: August 21st 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review : Glimmer

Title: Glimmer
Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Expected publication: April 17th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review (Thank you, HarperTeen!)

Summary: "What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?

And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?

When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.

Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls."

First line: "I come to life with a gasp in the darkness."

Thoughts: One of my biggest fears is seeing a book with an absolutely stunning cover but reading the story and having it fall flat. How can a book with such a beautiful cover have such a boring story, right? Well folks, rest assure because when it comes to Glimmer, this is not the case. The story is just as gorgeous as the cover.

Glimmer opens with both characters waking up next to each other, without any recollection of how they got there or who they are. It's quite interesting because the story alternates points of views and since both characters seem to be suffering from some form of amnesia, each chapter begins with "Him" or "Her". I loved how both characters stumbled through each chapter, wondering what the french was going on. Even things like their clothes felt wrong. And the strangest part was, all these people seemed to know more about them than they did.

As they began staggering through what they can only assume is their life, they begin to notice a strangeness in Summer Falls. Intense happy people? Glimmery people? What the french, toast?

One of the things I loved about this book (and if you read my blog, you know this is a rarity) is the pacing. The plot progression was outstanding. Every little detail and bit of mystery unfolds just at the right time, with the perfect amount of intrigue. It makes you want to keep on reading, just so you can find out what happens next. Needless to say, things like work, taking a shower, and eating become a bit of a hassle once you start this book.

Let's talk about world building. I loved Summer Falls and everything it has to offer. It's just the right amount of creepy and interesting: Not too much to scare you but enough to keep you guessing. This ghost town (as I like to think of it) is different than the ones I've read about before or seen in movies. The best way I can think about describing it is it's a mixture of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready and The Stepford Wives.

And the romance! Holy freaking cow. Before I started reading Glimmer, I honestly thought the romance factor would be subtle at best. Nothing could have prepared me from the sheer chemistry between Marsh and Elyse. As the novel progresses, you begin to read about their lives prior to waking up in the bedroom. They're not the type of happy go lucky couple you sometimes read about. They're the we've struggled together and belong together type. I easily feel in love with Marsh and his protective ways. Get this ladies, he's actually a good, sweet guy. Shut the front door!

Overall, I would highly recommend Glimmer to fans of contempory and paranormal novels. I have yet to read NUMBERS by Phobe Kitanidis, but I'll definitely check it out now. Please note: this book may cause exhaustion and lack of sleep due to awesome overload.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I didn't get much, but I'm super excited about the books I did get. Ch-ch-check it out!

*The Savage Grace by Bree Despain (Thanks, Angela!)
*The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I also got a neat little promotional pamphlet! Giggidy!

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with books, but I also bought the 2nd-5th seasons of Friday Night Lights. I can't help it if I'm hooked/obsessed with this series. <3 Saracen and Riggins <3

**Special thanks to Harlequin Teen and MM Publicity**

Soooooo, what'd you get in your mailbox this week? ;-)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Better Know A Blogger with Kailia from Reading the Best of the Best

Better Know A Blogger is a feature hosted by Karen from For What It's Worth, Tiger from All-Consuming Media, and myself, featuring bloggers we think you should know. Today I'm featuring the fabulous Kailia Sage from Reading The Best of the Best. Take it from here, Kailia!

Name: Kailia Sage

Blog: Reading the Best of the Best

Blogging since: I started this blog in September of 2009 but I really got serious with my book bogging in 2010.

How did you get the name for your blog?

It just kind of happened. The first book blog I ever saw was Reading Keeps You Sane and I fell in love with book blogging. I wanted something with reading and it just went from there.

How have your reading habits changed since you started blogging?

I read much faster than I did before and blogging has really narrowed down what kinds of books I like and what I don’t like, saving me a lot of time. I’ve also found so many amazing books that I necessarily wouldn’t have found if it hadn’t been for book blogging. Also, I now own an e-read and before book blogging, I couldn’t stand them! Now I’m very much in love with my Nook!

How do you choose which book to read next?

If I’m on a certain genre streak, I choose a book from that genre (i.e. contemporary at the moment) or whatever book looks good.

Who is your favorite literary couple?

I have a few that I can’t choose my absolute favorite from but they range from Lola and Cricket to Rose and Dimitri, and one of my oldest, Lizzie and Darcy!

What book are you looking forward to the most this year?

I can’t choose one so here are a few: Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, and The Savage Grace by Bree Despain.

YEEESSS, Insurgent and Bitterblue! AHH! Kailia, thank you so much for dropping by Addited 2 Novels. Be sure to check out Reading the Best of the Best, where Kailia's passion for books really shines through!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Embrace Blog Tour: Falling in Love at 17

Hot guys? Action? Suspense? Romance? These are just a few things that describe the latest, greatest angel story to hit the shelves since Hush, Hush. With the release of Embrace this week, what better way to celebrate than to have the author talk about falling in love at 17? Everyone, please welcome Jessica Shirvington!

"Falling in love is easy. Staying in love … more complicated.

At 17, life is about new experiences. It is about self-discovery, friends, adventure, mistakes, career and university choices. And let’s be honest, there are not many 17 year olds out there that aren’t interested in falling in love.

But how many are truly interested in falling in love with THE ONE at 17?

I’m not sure I was. In fact, I probably wasn’t. I was planning to take the world by storm – solo. So when I met Matt, well, actually … it was pretty darn amazing. But it was a little frightening too.

When we first got together, it was sweet and young and … perfect. I was head over heels. But things became complicated quickly. He was an up and coming athletic star and I was working in hospitality. So basically he worked hard in the day, and I worked hard at night. His lifestyle demanded routine and healthy living, mine … not so much. But we were determined to make it work.

Falling in love so deeply at a young age made it difficult to be as reckless as our friends. We watched them coast in and out of short, fun, but meaningless relationships and it just seemed so different to what we had.

Writing the Embrace series has been an opportunity for me to pour some of the incredibly intense emotions of young love into Violet’s story. It has been important for me as a writer, and a person, to recognize that it’s completely realistic for someone at her young age to experience the full effect and heartbreak of love. Violet is one hundred percent invested with her heart. She makes bad choices, but we have to. She regrets many of her decisions, because we all do. And she fights for what she loves, because she is compelled to. Violet’s story is unique to her, I don’t pull on parallel scenarios from my own life, but I do pull on the emotion of intense love. Love that I think adults sometimes forget that 17 and 18 years-olds are very capable of feeling.

I often find one question helps a lot of adults, who maybe disagree with this view, to be more open minded: Do you remember you first true love? Do you ever wonder what your life would’ve been like if you had stayed together? For some, the answer is a resounding NOT INTERESTED, but for others … the pause says it all.

Matt and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in March - I believe jewelry is in order ;)

Special thanks to Jessica and the team at Sourcebooks for putting all this together. Be sure to check out Embrace, y'all!


Wednesday, March 7, 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. This week, my pick is Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins.

Summary: "What is forbidden can not be forgotten...

The story of a love like Romeo and Juliet featuring an Amish boy and a girl who is not Amish, stuck in an impossible situation, separated by two very different cultures.

Why I Can't Wait: Oh em gee, how I love, love, LOVE the cover. It's the perfect combination of beautiful and sexy. RAWR! While there isn't much to the summary, I can't help but want this book. A story like Romeo and Juliet? AHHH!!!! No one loves an epic love story more than this girl right here. Let's just hope it doesn't end in tragedy!

Expected publication: June 26th 2012 by Harlequin

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Better Know A Blogger With Jacinda From The Reading Housewives (of Indiana)

Better Know A Blogger is a feature hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth, Tiger at All-Consuming Media, and myself, where we feature bloggers we think you should know. This week, I'm pleased to feature the amazing Jacinda from The Reading Housewives (of Indiana). Take it from here, Jacinda!

Name: Jacinda

Blog: The Reading Housewives (of Indiana)


Blogging since: January 10th, 2011

How did you get the name for your blog?

My sister and I decided we wanted to start a blog together. We both were throwing names back and forth at each other trying to come up with a name. Someway, somehow Jasmine came up with The Reading Housewives of Indiana and it stuck! We both didn’t have jobs at the time and were just homemakers. Obviously she came up with the name because of all of the “Housewives” reality television shows on Bravo. I’ll admit, I pretty much drop the “of Indiana” part of our name when I say/type it anymore. It’s such a LONG name!

How have your reading habits changed since you started blogging?

A little. I read knowing I have to review. So I think about what I will write in my review while reading it. I’ve tried taking notes on occasion, but that just doesn’t work me. I try to not let review deadlines hinder my reading. I do my best to not overly request/get review copies so I’m still able to read what I want to read. I call myself an emotional reader and I can’t force myself to read something I’m not in the mood for.

How do you choose which book to read next?

Oh geez. This is a hard one. I pick a book to read next in different ways. Sometimes I ask Twitter. Sometimes it’s a book I need to read asap for review. Sometimes it’s a book I randomly pick up off the shelf. Sometimes it’s a book that I see at the library that looks interesting to me. Sometimes it’s a book I see someone talking about on the internets and I want to read it asap so I buy it as an ebook. It all depends on my mood as well. Lately I’m pretty much only wanting to read contemporary, so I’m reading as much of that as I possibly can.

Who is your favorite literary couple?

I have to say this. Even though I don’t enjoy the books as much as I used to, these are the first two people who popped into my head…Edward and Bella. Seriously, don’t hate me! I was obsessed with the Twilight series after I read it. I read ONLY fanfiction for at least a year before I picked up your standard book. Since I’m not Teem Peeta, I feel like this couple was my only option.

What book are you looking forward to the most this year?

Toxic by Jus Accardo. If you haven’t visited my blog before, you probably wouldn’t know that Touch by Jus Accardo was my favorite book last year. I can’t wait to read book number two in the series! If you haven’t read Touch yet, you need to do so NOW!

Hmm, I still need to read Touch! Jacinda, thank you so much for dropping by Addicted 2 Novels today! Be sure to check out her and Jasmine's blog, where she hosts giveaways, interviews, reviews, and much, much more!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Review : Where It Began

Title: Where It Began
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Expected publication: March 6th 2012 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review

Summary: "Sometimes the end is just the beginning.

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. But when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there.

And Billy's nowhere to be found.

All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way.

It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes.

Especially if it means everything changes."

First line: "This is how it starts: some hapless girl in a skanky little tank top lying on her back in the wet grass somewhere in Hidden Hills."

Thoughts: I have to admit, what originally drew me to WHERE IT BEGAN was the cover. It's rather gorgeous, isn't it? Then, when I read the summary for WHERE IT BEGAN, I immediately knew this was a book I had to read. It sounded just like FORGET YOU by Jennifer Echols, which is one of my favorite contemporary novels. While I didn't love WHERE IT BEGAN as much as I thought I would, I still enjoyed the story and the concept behind it.

The story starts off with the main character, Gabriella, waking up in a hospital, with no recollection of how she got there. She slowly begins to remember little things about her life but mainly remembers Billy Nash. Billy Nash, her "perfect" and gorgeous boyfriend who's apparently way out of her league. As the story progresses, it begins to drift from present tense, to past, and back again. I have to admit, this was my favorite part of the story. I liked finding out little details about Gabby's life and believe me, it is far from perfect. One thing I have to say, though, is I felt like the transition from present to past tense was a little awkward. With the way the story is written, it was hard to differentiate, especially between some of the conversations she had. Even in the present, they read as though she was explaining a past event. Plus, the overuse of "Gabriella Gardiner Presents Teen Life in the Three B's" before each flashback became a bit annoying. Even so, the plot definitely made up for it!

What really kept me reading was the mystery behind what actually happened behind the night of, before, during, and after the car accident. I did guess what happened early on. Even though I figured it out, I still wanted details. Oh, and details I received! At certain times, I found the pacing to be a little slow, however, I did really enjoy how the story unfolded. Each character, whether main or secondary, played a role in the night of the accident, so be sure to play close attention! You don't want to miss any details.

Let's talk about characters. I have to say, I was so sucked into the story that at one point, I pretty much disliked every single character. In the beginning, I found a lot of them to be extremely superficial, especially Gabby's mom. Gabby's mom focused so much on looks. I mean, even after the accident, with all of Gabby's injuries, she still tried to make the biggest problem the way Gabby looked. Heaven forbidden Gabby actually look like she's been in a car accident! GASP! Oh, and Billy. Don't even get me started on Billy. The sweet things they did together were not sweet at all. Gabby went completely out of her way for Billy, and I never really understood why. I get he's the hot popular guy, but he had the personality of a wet towel. Ugh! Some of the characters did redeem themselves in the end, in a completely unexpected way. Which ones, you ask? Well, you have to read it to find out.

Overall, Where It Began is a complex, fascinating contemporary novel, contained with plenty of twist and turns. Although it had some minor flaws, I would still recommend it. The ending alone is worth the read!