Friday, August 31, 2012


Today is the LAST DAY to get your reviews linked for the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge. You guys have been rockstars, and we couldn't be happier with the turn out. Karen from For What It's Worth, Tiger from All-Consuming Media, and I would like to thank each and every person participating in this challenge. WE LOVE Y'ALL LIKE WHOA!

Now...get those reviews up! :-)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is your Top Ten Bookish Confessions. Oh, this might be my favorite thus far! Let's do this!

1. I sometimes skim through a book. I know, I know. This is probably the biggest book offense I can commit, but I'm impatient! Sometimes I just need to know what happens next. *Shame*

2. I have yet to read MOCKINGJAY. I bought it when it first came out, but I haven't read it yet. This is mainly due to the fact that I don't want it to end and partially due to fear that I may not love it. I've also somehow missed all the spoilers, *knocks on wood*. Don't you do it. Don't you spoil it in the comments!

3. Sometimes I start a new book before I've finished the last one. I don't know why I do this. I'll be reading a contemporary novel, and then decide I want to read something paranormal. Eventually I'll finish both books, but still.

4. I buy books ALL THE TIME and never find the time to read them. I have books I purchased last year that I still haven't read. And yet, I still continue to buy books all the live long day. O_O

5. Of the books I do buy and read, I sometimes don't review them. Let's be honest, blogging can feels like a job and every now and then, a little guilty pleasure is in order. In my case, this usually involves a latte (or tea or wine!), a cupcake, and a book. It just feels good to read something for me and not for everyone else.

6. I judge a book by it's cover. I know, the #1 book sin, and I commit it. The superficial book lover in me can't help me. She likes the pretty ones!

7. I can't stand it when people say rude, inappropriate, and personal things about an author in their review. Lets judge a book by it's content, not the author.

8. I also dislike people who "review" a book before reading it. This is leaning more towards Goodreads than the blogging world. Why do people judge books they haven't read? Whether it's 5 stars or 1 star, I think people should judge a book by it's content and not because they love or dislike the last book by the author or even the author her/himself.

9. I suck, suck, suck at leaving comments. Work + personal life often = to no blogging time. I basically have one day where I can leave comments and will hit up as many blogs as possible. Sometimes that just isn't enough. I've been working on this though!

10. I post a lot of things last minute or at work. I'm doing this right now!

And those are my confessions. Please forgive me for my sins! What are your biggest confessions?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Giveaway : 4,6,9

Yay, it's giveaway time. I'm giving away a copy of I AM NUMBER FOUR, THE POWER OF SIX, and and ARC of THE RISE OF NINE. If you haven't read any of these books yet, you're missing out! Well, here's your chance to win them.

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends September 27th. If you are an international participant and have a US address I can ship to, feel free to enter!

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

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review : Defiance

Title: Defiance (Defiance #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

"Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making."

First line: "The weight of their pity is like a stone tied about my neck."

Thoughts: Part fantasy, part dystopia, and 100% win, DEFIANCE offers readers a roller-coaster of a good time. I have read my fair share of fantasy novels and can say without a doubt that DEFIANCE is up there with my favorites. Plus, who doesn't love a story about star-crossed lovers?

As you can see from the summary, life in Baalboden is less than ideal. The Commander runs the community like a tyrant, destroying lives if it pleases him. On top of that, women aren't allowed to walk alone...anywhere. They must have have their protector (i.e. father or husband) to escort them.

Now, I know what you're asking. Why don't they just leave? Well, here's the thing- Truth be told, the land outside the safehouse isn't any better. There's a fire breathing beast out there called the Curse One, who, for some reason, cannot enter the walls of Baalboden. What I loved about this book is while it has that supernatural-fantasy element in it, it also has a more realistic terror as well. These people basically have a dictator who proclaims what the law is and believes he is above it. He can kill anyone, even if they didn't do anything wrong, just because he can. Double the danger, double the fun!

Every single character, especially the secondary ones, are so lovable and amazing. Oliver, for example, is Rachel's grandfather (and in a way, Logan's adoptive grandfather). He's like a giant teddy bear, so caring yet protective. He clearly goes out of the way for Rachel and Logan and never once asks for anything in return. He's there for them because he loves them, and that made me heart him so flipping much.

Then, of course, there's Rachel and Logan. I'm so grateful the author decided to alternate chapters between the two. It's laughable how much they have in common (and don't know it), and also have their own very distinctive voice. Rachel is strong and thinks with her heart, not with her head. Logan is logical and protective of those he loves. Both of them are independent yet they both need each other as well.

Of the two, my favorite voice was probably Logan's. I adored reading about his tragic upbringing, his strength, and his intelligence. He has this incredible sense of morality that is only slightly overshadowed by his radiant heart. Oh, how I swooned over him all the livelong day.

The adventure portion in this novel is well-crafted and painstaking good. This journey will tear Rachel and Logan apart yet bring them closer together. Like I said, there's a star-crossed lovers feel to this novel, and you'll have to read it to find out why.

If you're a fan of fantasy books, you need to pick this up as soon as possible. The romance will sweep you away, and the mystery/action will keep you reading until the very end.

Favorite Quotes

“Silent acquiescence in the face of tyranny is no better than outright agreement.”

Nicely put.

“I love how you still think if you tell me to do something, I'll just check my brain at the door and do it.”


"'It means'-I lean closer and will my words to take root within her-'I will always find you. I will always protect you. I won't let you down. I promise.'"



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Books I've Read During My Lifespan

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is my Top Ten Favorite Books I've Read During My Lifespan. Ahhh, time to get creative! It's game time!

My favorite series will always be Harry Potter, but my favorite Harry Potter book? Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Word.

When I was a kid, I use to beg my mom to read me Where The Wild Things Are every night. It's the one book Chris (my love) and I have in common. :-P

I cannot tell you how much I hearted Where The Sidewalk Ends. Maybe that's why I'm such a fan of poetry and verse?

Can't leave out The Hunger Games!

Lawdy, how I love me some Shiver. I laughed, I swooned, and I cried like a new born baby.

This Lullaby was my first Sarah Dessen book. Needless to say that after reading this book, I ran out and bought the rest.

How many times have I mentioned Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my blog? Seriously, if you haven't read it by now, YOU NEED TO!

Whenever my bro and I were in college, he threw this giant book at me. Told me I'd love it. What was that book, you ask? A Game of Thrones. 6 years later and 5 books down, I can honestly say that this series is the one that first got me into fantasy novels.

Going Too Far is still one of my favorite contemps!

And of course, Looking For Alaska. Can't really have a list like this without one of John Green's books, right?

And that's all, folks! Hope everyone is having a fantabulous Tuesday!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Y'all, I have some of the best friends ever. Lets get this party started!

*Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (goodreads)
*Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White (goodreads)
*The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson (goodreads)
*The Dark Light by Sara Walsh (goodreads)

***Special thanks to my very awesome friends Karen at For What It's Worth, Lyndsey, and Michelle at Windowpane Memoirs***

Weekly Round-Up

*My favorite Top Ten Tuesday yet! The Top Ten Couples I Think Would Make It In The Real World.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith.
*Finally, the winners of the Christmas In July giveaway and BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS.

And that's all, folks! I hope you guys are having a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Winner, Winner, Books For Dinner

Woooo, I've got a couple winners to announce. Thanks to everyone who entered, tweeted, and worked their little booties off. Two tweeters actually won the giveaways. Want to know whooooo?

The winner of BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS by Terra Elan McVoy is...


The winner of the Christmas In July Book of Choice giveaway is...


Congrats to both the winners. Emails have been sent. If you didn't win, that's okay. You can still enter to win PUSHING THE LIMITS (US/CA only) or TEMPTATION (international!). Believe me, you want to get your hands on these books. RAWR!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features our most anticipated books. This week, my pick is This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

"If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith's new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle," the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names.

Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don't tell each other everything; Graham doesn't know the major secret hidden in Ellie's family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.

When the location for the shoot of Graham's new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie's mom want her to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

Just as they did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, the hands of fate intervene in wondrous ways in this YA novel that delivers on high concept romance in lush and thoughtful prose."

Why I Can't Wait: I cannot tell you how much I adored THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, so needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to Smith's next book. THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE sounds too cute for words. I love that it has a You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle feel to it. Oh, how I cannot flipping wait!

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Poppy

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World (outside the book)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls at The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World (outside the book). I cannot tell you how much I love this topic! EEK!

Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie. They are by far one of my all time favorite couples. Their entire relationship is not only realistic (because sometimes life CAN get in the way), but also swoony. If they can't make it, I don't know who can.

Rachel and Logan. I'm fairly certain that if they can make it through the Wasteland, The Cursed Ones, and the Commander, they can make it in the real world.

Tris and Four. EEEEP! They definitely have each other's backs.

Echo and Noah. To me, they saved each other. You can't have that kind of history and not make it.

Avry and Kerrick. Take out the man eating plants, and they'll be doing a okay.

Rose and Will. These two...gosh. No words. Love them.

Ember and Chase. Goodness, their lives would be so much easier in our world.
They might even have a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a puppy name Fido.

Winter and Jesse. Bawled like a baby in this book and loved every minute of it. These two would be together in any world.

Hermione and Ron. Don't need to explain myself there!

Zoey and Doug. I'm telling you, these two would be "parking" all over town!

And that's all, folks! Hope you're having a terrific Tuesday! XOXO

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Stacking the Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Lets get this party started!

For Review:
*I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (goodreads)
*The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (goodreads)
*The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (goodreads)
*Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard (goodreads)
*Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia (goodreads)

Bought (not pictured above):
*Possess by Gretchen McNeil (goodreads)
*Savages by Don Winslow (goodreads)
*While It Lasts by Abbi Glines (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Strange Chemistry, and Simon and Schuster***

Weekly Round-Up:

*Ever wondered how it feels to be published? Find out from Forsaken author Lisa M. Stasse.
*Where I swoon, swoon, swoon over PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry.
*What's it like growing up Amish with TEMPTATION author Karen Ann Hopkins. Did I mention there's a giveaway AND it's international? Word.

And that's all she wrote! Hope you guys are having a fantabulous weekend! :D

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Growing Up Amish With Karen Ann Hopkins (And Giveaway!)

Hey everyone! In Karen Ann Hopkins' debut novel, Rose falls head over heals in love with Noah. It should be perfect only Noah's Amish, and Rose is not. So begins the whirlwind forbidden romance.

Today, Karen is here to talk about what it's like to grow up Amish. Take it from here, Karen!

When I moved to Mays Lick, Kentucky four years ago, I had no idea that my life was about to drastically change. Like most other people, I’d seen Amish occasionally. I knew the basics, such as the culture’s choice of living electric and motor vehicle free. What I didn’t realize was that I would become immersed in the primitive culture. Within days of moving to our new farm, a steady-stream of Amish teens arrived to welcome me and my five children to the neighborhood. The Amish adults were friendly too, but the younger members of the community were the ones who really made us feel at home. The bond that tied us all together was the horses. I’d brought twenty-one of them with me from the riding lesson business I owned in Tennessee and the neighborhood kids were anxious to observe and eventually learn a more disciplined form of horse-back riding from the bare-back escapades they were used to.

It didn’t take long for me to notice the interesting dynamics going on between the Amish kids and the non-Amish ones who rode at the farm. Along with some obvious flirting, there were also late night visits from Amish teens who simply wanted to watch a movie on my TV or play video games with my kids.

Eventually, the community elders restricted the amount of time that the teens could spend at the farm. The adults were worried that their children were interacting too much time with Englishers (that’s what the Amish call anyone who isn’t Amish) and the group gatherings in the arena were against the already established rules. You see, the Amish youth don’t enjoy the freedom of assembly that we all take for granted. They are only allowed to gather for church services and organized Amish events.

Most Amish youth go through a state of rebellion where they question of whether they will remain Amish is decided. This self-discovery time is called rumspringa. Not all communities allow the young people to practice this tradition though, and my own community is of the stricter societies.

The Amish teens surrounding my farm have two choices. They can either follow their community’s rules, or sneak around. A fair amount of the kids choose the later and suffer the consequences when caught. The punishment for watching a movie, playing a video game, taking pictures, or using a cell phone can be severe, so the art of sneaking is a required skill for every Amish teen.

Time is a major factor that limits the trouble most of the teens get into. There is just too little of it. Upon graduation from school at the end of the eighth grade, a typical boy will go straight into the work force, either employed by a family business such as building, welding or farming or they’ll work for another family in the community. The girls might take an outside job, but many stay home to help care for their younger siblings and the household. The ones that do work outside the home, might take a job at the community butcher shop, bakery, or do babysitting or house-cleaning for their non-Amish neighbors. Most of the teens who earn an income will subsequently pay their parents approximately ninety percent of that income. The remainder of their earnings is spent of personal items or saved for their future married lives. The teens will continue to pay a large portion of their earnings to their parents until they turn twenty years old or when they themselves are ready to marry, which is usually between eighteen and twenty-one years of age.

Even though the teens work forty hour work weeks, they also have daily chores to do at their homes. These tasks include farm work, child care, cleaning and laundry. You’d think with that kind of schedule, they’d have no energy for fun, but they still do. Each week they participate in an organized youth activity, which is held at community member’s home. Singing hymns and eating a basic meal are normal for the gatherings. Following fellowship, volley ball nets are raised or a softball game begins. The youth are well supervised and there is little mingling between the girls and the boys at these gatherings, but the teens still look forward to the time to relax and have some fun.

In my own community, I’ve watched a group of teens go through the rebellious period, begin courting, get married and have babies, all in the course of four years. The seasons of life move quicker in the quiet country landscape of the Plain people than they do in the outside world. But for all the negatives that non-Amish people might perceive with the culture, the Amish themselves appear happy and content. And in the end, that’s all that matters.

Lena, again! Karen, thank you so much for giving us some insight into the Amish community. It's nice to hear how the younger ones welcomed you and your family to their town and also fun to hear about the rebellious ones.

And now it's giveaway time. Thanks to Karen, you can enter to win a copy of TEMPTATION. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Did I mention this is open to international participants? EEK! This giveaway will end September 9th, and as always, extra entries will be rewarded to tweeters, followers, facebook likers, etc.

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

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review : Pushing The Limits

Title: Pushing The Limits (goodreads)
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"'I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise.' Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again."

First line: "Echo- My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mom has...well...issues."

Thoughts: I have been thinking about this review for weeks and wondering when the words will finally come to me. How can my mere words do this book justice? I mean, should I tell everyone about how addicting it is? How the chemistry between Echo and Noah gave me goosebumps? Or talk about how the sexual tension drove me insane? Sure, why not?

One of my favorite things, especially in contemporary novels, is when the author decides to alternate points of views. It's such a refreshing feeling to know what's going on with both characters, particularly if it's between lovebirds. While Noah's story was touching, sweet, and heartfelt, Echo's was intense, painful, and heartbreaking. It's incredible how the author slowly pieces the story together. From the sexual tension to the mystery of Echo's accident, little puzzle pieces are perfectly placed throughout the novel until you finally get that final picture you're so desperate for. Not once did the story feel slow or lack in placing. Something interesting, funny, or hot was always happening, and I loved it!

Oh, and did I mention the romance? Nothing could keep these two apart. Not friends, friendnemies, family, or past relationships. I was drawn to Noah from the start. Every girl deserves a Noah (well, probably not the one-night stand Noah, but the Echo's savior Noah). They didn't have instalove, but they did have an instant connection. This is something I crave for, wish for in novels. There's nothing better nor sweeter than that perfect connection with an imperfect person.

Ready for some quotes?

“I love you enough to never make you choose.”


“Luke used to give me butterflies. Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls.”

Girl, me too.

“We’d read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullsh*t about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind.”

Oh, geez. I think my heart just melted.

Overall, would I recommend PUSHING THE LIMITS? Abso-freakin'-lutely! If you're looking for a mesmerizing, sizzling summer read, this is the book for you. The entire novel completely captivated me from the beginning to very end. To say I devoured it is an understatement.


Want to win a copy of PUSHING THE LIMITS? Click HERE. This giveaway ends 8/26.

Monday, August 6, 2012

How Does It Feel To Get Your Novel Published With Lisa M. Stasse

Today, I am pleased to have Lisa M. Stasse, author of THE FORSAKEN, on my blog today to talk about about how it feels to be a debut author and have her first novel published. I'm sure it's something we wonder and dream about. Anyway, take it from here, Lisa!

One question I get asked a lot is, "How does it feel to get your novel published?" I understand exactly why people ask me the question, because I always asked it myself to a bunch of different authors. They would always answer, "It feels awesome!" or "It's incredible!" And that's completely true. It is indeed pretty awesome. But it's funny how their answers would end right there. Very few of them confessed to the more complicated feelings that they were probably feeling about publication. So I thought I'd just write something honest about how the whole process feels. The truth is, it's awesome, but also kind of scary! So, in a numbered list (for absolutely no reason), I thought I'd share my feelings with you guys.

1. Getting published is the coolest, most awesome thing in the world! I've been wanting to get published since I was in high school, so this really is the culmination of a big dream of mine. As a librarian at UCLA, I'm surrounded by books all day. So to finally have Simon & Schuster publish my debut novel feels fantastic. Because I'm a super nerd, I go and visit my book in stores and take photos of it on the shelves and stuff. I'm still amazed that my book is out there in the world, doing its thing. It's like my little baby has grown up and gone off to college! (Now I know how parents feel when their kids leave home!)

2. Now, for the scary part. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself. I want people to like the book. I want to do everything I can to promote it. And I want the book to do well, so I can write more books! My goal is to entertain readers and tell them a gripping story that they'll enjoy, and that will hopefully inspire them and make them think about stuff too. But I realize not everyone will love my book. And of course that's okay! But it's kind of stressful too. Like every other author, I look at the Amazon sales rank and how many people have added The Forsaken on Goodreads each day. I get excited whenever it looks like it's doing well (which luckily is most of the time so far), and I feel bummed out when it looks like it's not. The other day I heard that The Forsaken had already gone into its second printing, and I didn't only feel happy--I also felt hugely relieved! I don't want to let readers down, or myself down, or my kick-ass agent or my awesome editor and team at Simon & Schuster down. I want to make everyone excited and proud! So again, like I said, that can lead to some internal stress. But I guess that's what ice cream was made for. There is nothing that chocolate ice cream can't fix. Truly. Nothing in the world!

3. It's also funny how many people give me credit for the cover art. That's all thanks to the incredibly talented Lizzy Bromley, who did my cover (and also did Wither, Level 2 and some other great upcoming YA books too). I only wish I had Lizzy's awesome art and design skills. So if you like the cover art for The Forsaken, then Lizzy is really the one to thank (although I'm always happy to accept praise on her behalf!) I feel like she kind of gets ignored in this whole thing, but personally, I think her unique and eye-catching cover art is one of the reasons The Forsaken is doing well.

4. Having a book published is also really humbling. You realize how lucky you are to have made it this far. And you look at the authors you love and admire (like JK Rowling or Suzanne Collins) and realize what total geniuses they are. Not only did they write incredible books, but their books sold tons of copies, and changed people's lives. Those writers are endless sources of inspiration.

5. A friend of mine who directs movies once told me, "By the time one of my movies gets released, I'm already halfway through making my next one. And that way, I never really get stressed, because I'm already thinking about the next film." That makes sense. And he's right. I just finished Book 2 of The Forsaken trilogy right as Book 1 was coming out last week. And instead of being overwhelming, it was actually really fun to be writing Book 2, while also juggling all the promotional stuff and appearances for Book 1. So hopefully by the time Book 2 comes out next year, I'll be wrapping up the very end of Book 3!

Lena, again. Did you guys hear that, folks? Lisa is done with Book 2! Maybe she'll give us hints or spoilers... *nudge, nudge* :-P

Lisa, thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how this experience has been for you. Be sure to check out THE FORSAKEN and add it to your goodreads list!

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Let's get this party started!

*Girl of Nightmare by Kendare Blake (goodreads)
*Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (goodreads)
*Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt (goodreads)
*Fathomless by Jackson Pearce (goodreads)
*Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean (Borrowed! Thanks, Espe!!!) (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Tor Teen, Thomas Dune Books, Wendy from The Midnight Garden, Taschima from Bloody Bookaholic, and my very awesome friend Espe.***

Weekly Round-Up:

*Guest Post with Joy Preble and an ANASTASIA FOREVER deleted scene.
*The Top Ten Characters I'd Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours.
*Woohoo, The Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge started last week. Start linking up this reviews!

And that's all! Work has been crazy busy lately. On top of my every day tasks, I've been slapped with this side project for homework. Booo-urrrrns. Anywho, hopefully I can get some reviews and more things posted this coming week. :-)

Feel free to leave links to your mailbox/round-up posts below, and I'll drop by sometime today. I hope you guys are having a fabulous weekend, and don't forget to watch True Blood tonight!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge- Link Your Reviews!

It's time! Karen at For What It's Worth, Tiger at All-Consuming Media, and I are back and hosting the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge!

It's simple! Throughout the month of August, we encourage you to write as many reviews as possible. Sign-up to let us know you're participating, write a review and link it to the Linky below! Let's go over the rules again, shall we?


*You must have a blog or post reviews on Goodreads to participate.
*These must be real reviews, meaning more than just a couple of sentences describing the book. We'll be checking to make sure you're posting legitimate reviews!
*All reviews must have been posted for the first time during the month of August 2012. You can't just enter all your old reviews.
*No one review can be entered twice on the same blog. That doesn't mean you can't post the same review on each one of our blogs (for a total of 3 entries per review), just not the same review twice on one blog.
*This giveaway will be US only for Addicted 2 Novels and Tiger’s All Consuming Media, however, it is international over at For What It’s Worth.
*There will be 6 winners total! Two people will be picked using randomizer from each of the hosting blogs at the end of the event.
*Giveaway ends August 31st, midnight, CST.
*Rules and regulations are subject to change. Don't worry, you'll be informed if they do.

Do you want to go over prizes again? Sure you do. On Addicted 2 Novels, the first prize winner will receive this prize pack:

And the second place winner will receive this prize pack:

***Special thanks to HarperTeen, Macmillan, Penguin Teen, and Simon & Schuster for all their help***

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