Sunday, December 15, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Can you believe this year is almost over? Yikes! Anywho, I haven't done one of these in a while, so why don't we go ahead and have at it? Woot, woot!

For Review:

*Avalon by Mindee Arnett (goodreads/amazon)
*Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton (goodreads/amazon)
*Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (goodreads/amazon)
*Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young (goodreads/amazon)
*Fragile Spirits (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey (goodreads/amazon)
*A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (goodreads/amazon)

For Review:

*Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker (goodreads/amazon)
*Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Souders (goodreads/amazon)


*Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally (goodreads/amazon)
*The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand (goodreads/amazon)

***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Penguin, Penguin Teen, Tor Teen, and my very awesome blogger bestie Karen from For What It's Worth.***

Weekly Round-Up:

*THE PROMISE OF AMAZING blog tour-review-excerpt. You can win a signed book and some swag!
*Want to win all three hardbacks in THE DARK DIVINE trilogy? It's super easy!
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring FREE TO FALL by Lauren Miller.

There you have it! I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday. What books did you guys get this week?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week my pick is FREE TO FALL by Lauren Miller.

"What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?"

Why I Can't Wait: Whoa, even though the summary is pretty vague, it has definitely grabbed my interest. Being the insanely indecisive person I am, I would love an app that tells me what to order, where to eat, what shoes to wear, etc. Or maybe I wouldn't? Not too sure, but I'm positive Lauren Miller will tell me the pros and cons. If you've read my review of PARALLEL, you already know how much I adore that book and Lauren's writing in general. This woman knows how to weave a tale filled with lovable characters and complex thought-provoking situations. Really, I could fangirl all day and night, but I have to go back to work...and I don't want to look like a creeper. Needless to say, I can't wait to get my hands on FREE TO FALL.

Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by HarperTeen


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel (And A Dark Divine Trio Giveaway)

This month, the fabulous people at Egmont are promoting their eNovellas. My personal favorite has to be THE LOST LETTERS OF BROTHER GABRIEL (The Dark Divine #2.5) by Bree Despain. The mythology is one of the reasons why I love this trilogy so much, and THE LOST LETTERS OF BROTHER GABRIEL takes you further into that. Don't worry, no spoilers here.

As part of the promotion, thanks to Egmont, I am giving away one hardback of THE DARK DIVINE, THE LOST SAINT, and THE SAVAGE GRACE. That's right, one lucky reader will one the entire trilogy. Whoa. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends December 22nd, just in time for Christmas!

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

"Brother Gabriel, Daniel’s mentor and an ancient Urbat, plays an important role in The Lost Saint as well as the upcoming conclusion to the Dark Divine trilogy, The Savage Grace. We were first introduced to Gabriel in The Dark Divine when Grace recieves a book of ancient letters that Gabriel (a young monk at the time) wrote to his sister during the Crusades, detailing his search to know more about the Urbat. The book of letters ends just before Gabriel falls to the Urbat curse, leaving us to wonder what happened to him in the following years to turn him into the man he is today.

Most of Gabriel’s letters were written during the thirteenth century, and later translated and compiled by an Orthodox priest in the eighteenth century. For whatever reason, some of Gabriel’s letters were lost after translation and did not make it into that original book. But good news! A few of these “lost letters,” detailing Gabriel’s fall to the Urbat curse and his quest to seek revenge on the man responsible for his demise, have recently been “discovered” by the indomitable crew at Egmont USA, and are compiled here for your reading pleasure."

*Barnes and Noble
*Bree Despain's Website

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt / Giveaway For The Promise of Amazing

Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review and part of the Fantastic Flying Book Club Blog Tour

First line: "'None of you are going to Harvard.'"

Thoughts: THE PROMISE OF AMAZING's title basically speaks for itself. The cover and the summary basically speaks for itself. As a huge fan of contemporary novels and romance in general, I had to get my hands on this novel as soon as possible. Well, I'm beyond grateful I did. I savored, devoured, and loved every single minute of Wren and Grayson's semi-charmed kind of life.

As you can guess, the novel is told through alternating points of views. The truth is, I love when authors do this as long as the voices are distinct. Otherwise, it's just a disaster waiting to unfold. Well, folks, no need to worry here. Even if the chapters weren't labeled with the character's name, I would have been able to tell who it was. Wren has this genuine sweetness and innocence to her that I simply adored. Grayson, on the other hand, may have this suave player exterior but embraces this kindness to him that totally makes him swoon-worthy. There were moments in the novel where I wanted to slap him...hard, however, he seemed to redeem himself rather quickly. Thank goodness for this.

Though the story very much has the stereotypical characteristics of a YA contemporary romance novel, it also offers this quirkiness to it that seems to be lacking in certain other novels. The romance between the couple kept me captivated. I never knew exactly where it was going to go but constantly hoped things would just work out between the two. They were just so darn cute together! Oh, and the kissing scenes? Hot, hot, hot!

Overall, I would highly recommend this novel to all you YA fans out there. Like I said before, the title speaks for itself.


4 Stars

Excerpt from Grayson's point of view:

"After rushing the snow off the Chrysler, I drove away, even though I knew I should have footed it home. The adrenaline from the last set counteracted most of my buzz, and I drove extra slow, on destination in mind. Wren's house. She had said to call her, right? I knew where she lived, but this was the first time I'd gone there.

It was a large stone house, decorated with icicle lights for Christmas. A place I'd imagine Wren living. With snow falling it looked like a Christmas card. I wondered which window was hers. Was she awake? Sleeping? Thinking of me? I did feel lke a stalker. I took out my phone to text her, then paused.

Was Luke right? Was Wren something I had to get out of my system?


I'd never felt like this before."

Giveaway: For the tour, we're giving away a signed copy of THE PROMISE OF AMAZING as well as some swag. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Before sure the check out the first of the tour HERE as well as the other posts for today.

*Some Like It Paranormal -> Review
*Reader Rising -> Review + Interview
*YA Midnight Reads -> Promo Post
*Bookworm In Barrie -> Review

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each bloggers most anticipated books. This week my pick is SAY WHAT YOU WILL by Cammie McGovern

"I want someone who will talk to me honestly about things. You're the only person who ever has. Maybe you don't know this, but when you're disabled almost no one tells you the truth. They feel too awkward because the truth seems too sad, I guess. You were very brave to walk up to the crippled girl and say, essentially, wipe that sunny expression off your face and look at reality. That's what I want you to do next year. Tell me the truth. That's all.

Amy and Matthew didn't know each other, really. They weren't friends. Matthew remembered her, sure, but he remembered a lot of people from elementary school that he wasn't friends with now.

Matthew never planned to tell Amy what he thought of her cheerful facade, but after he does, Amy realizes she needs someone like him in her life.

As they begin to spend more time with each other, Amy learns that Matthew has his own secrets and she decides to try to help him in the same way he's helped her. And when what started out as a friendship turns into something neither of them expected, they realize that they tell each other everything—except the one thing that matters most."

Why I Can't Wait: I seriously love me some realistic contemporary novels with romance. The fact that Matthew calls Amy out on her perky facade intrigues me. What does he say to her? What brought him to do so? And they build a friendship/possible romance based around honesty? Love that!

Expected publication: June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blog Tour/Review: The Lair (The Farm #2)

Title: The Lair (The Farm #2)
Author: Emily McKay
Published: November 5th 2013 by Berkley Trade
Source: Finished copy courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been "quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built."

First line: "I wake to a thirst unlike any I've ever known."

Thoughts: Mel, Lily, and Carter are back, live and in color. Welcome back to the world of vampires or rather "Ticks", where it's better to run from them than live on the Farm. So, how's the sequel? Well friends, I have to tell you that Emily McKay truly outdid herself with THE LAIR. It's better than THE FARM and packed with so much more action, love, and betrayal. Get ready, you're in for a treat!

This novel is told from Mel, Lily, and Carter's points of view. Like the previous novel, it alternates between these three and gives you some perspective in how life is living in the land of ticks. The only real difference is Lily's point of view happens to be told in third person. Why this is, I have no idea, but I personally didn't think it took anything away from the novel. Like the previous novel, all the voices are distinct and add something different to the overall story. Of the three, I like to think of Mel as the brooding one only because she's not necessarily the happiest of three yet, to me, is the most interesting. If you've read the previous novel and remember the ending, you know what happens to her. Her transition isn't exactly easy, but at least she has Sebastian to help her out (love Sebastian).

As far as the other two go, they're proof that romance and the vampire apocalypse do not mix. They both need each other and don't exactly know how to fit in or how to make things work. The romance in this novel somewhat broke my heart and frustrated me only because even though it's there, it's difficult to maintain. There will be betrayal, and there will be heartache. I'm definitely curious as to how things will work out for Lily and Carter in the next novel.

Now, I must add that THE LAIR brings on the action. I honestly don't remember there ever being a dull moment. In my personal opinion, this book definitely blows THE FARM out of the water. I was never bored nor did I ever want to put this book down. I had to know what happened next, even if it meant being late for work. My only regret now is having to wait so long for the third novel, especially with the way things ended. Yikes.

Overall, I highly recommend this novel to fans of THE FARM. If you read THE FARM and didn't care for it, please pick up THE LAIR and give it a chance. You won't regret it. For those who haven't read THE FARM, do it so you can discover all of the awesomeness that is THE LAIR. Word.


4 Stars

Friday, November 22, 2013

All Our Yesterdays

Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrell
Published: September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review & purchased finished copy

"'You have to kill him.' Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice."

First line: Em- "I stare at the drain in the center of the concrete floor."

Thoughts: From the very beginning, I knew ALL OUR YESTERDAYS would be amazing. The summary, the cover, time-travelling...What's not to love? Something I wasn't expecting was how much this novel would affect me. It's intense, insanely emotional, and filled with both the perfect mix of nonstop action and romance. Swoon-worthy moments? Brace yourself!

The novel starts off with the bang to beat all bangs. Em is imprisoned in what I can only describe as a modernized Guantanamo Bay. You see, she knows something, and the evil scientists want to know what. They're not beneath things like oh, I don't know, torture and beatings. The thing about Em is she cannot be broken. And even though she's stuck in her prison cell, she can still hear and talk to Finn, her love and possibly the one person who can get her out of this mess. The only way to fix all of this is to travel back into time and kill the person who invited the time machine.

Enter Marina. Marina is the girl almost all girls can relate to. She's a little dorky and usually goes unnoticed, especially when she stands next to her two gorgeous best friends. It doesn't matter whether or not other guys notice her, as long as her next door neighbor James does. James is brilliant, awkward, and everything Marina has ever wanted. The catch? Well, as you can see, someone is trying to kill him. Did you put two and two together yet? Are you starting to? Good.

I'm so insanely grateful the author decided to write this novel in alternating points of views. It wouldn't have been the same if she hadn't. It was interesting to see Em in the future, Marina in the past, and how it all slowly played together. Though the novel is mainly plot driven, I still found the characters to be both relatable yet complex. The relationships between each of the characters (Em, Marina, Finn, and James) all had the perfect mixture of complicated and lovable. It was funny how I'd root for one person, then root for the next even though I knew what the future held for them. I easily fell in love with everyone, especially Finn. Not going to lie, there were moments, especially in the beginning, where I couldn't help but think "Dang it, Finn! Jerk!". Of course, he'd follow it up by doing something adorable or noble to where I couldn't help but swoon. Boys!

It's hard for me to go into details because I feel as though they may slip into the spoiler route. Just know that things aren't always what they seem and to please follow along. Things can get tied up or complicated if you don't pay attention. Seriously.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to all YA and book fans out there. Though the book deals with time-travelling, it's mainly about the sacrifices and crazy things people will ultimately do for the ones they love. It's so beautiful yet heartbreaking to where I actually shed a few tears in the end. And y'all, I hardly ever cry. That's how much this novel impacted me and really shows you how much I loved it. Honestly, I'm not doing the best job describing this book. I can't do it justice, and I knew that going into writing this review. Just listen to me when I say you need to read it.


5 Stars

Favorite Quotes:

“There are risks, but progress is always dangerous, isn't it? Most of the time, walls don't get dismantled brick by brick. Someone has to crash through them.”

“I tell her she's beautiful and perfect and she's going to be okay. I tell her she doesn't need to change herself to fit in with shallow girls or to matter to someone. I tell her everything I wish I had ever known. I tell her I love her, and I realize as I say it that I love me, too.”

“I squeeze Finn’s hand back, and my eyes fall closed. I feel something like the whisper of a touch to my face. Deep from the back of my mind, a voice that sounds a lot like my own speaks to me like a memory, telling me I’m strong and loved and that everything is going to be okay.

And, for some strange reason, I believe it.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each bloggers most anticipated books. This week my pick is WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart.

"A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.:

Why I Can't Wait: Seriously? It's E. Lockhart. I adore her Ruby Oliver series and will most definitely read anything she writes. I love the concept of a pack of friends that turns destructive. Lies upon lies? True love? You had me at "A".

Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To The Reluctant YA Reader

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is basically a "Choose your own adventure" topic- Top Ten Books You'd Recommend to _____. If you can believe it, there are still adults out there who are still reluctant to read YA novels. How? Why? No idea, but I've met they. THEY EXIST! Eek! Thus, here are the top ten books I'd recommend to them.

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West. I effing love this book. I mean, geez! It's about a girl who can look into the future and see multiple outcomes. She can see the effect before the cause! Throw her into a "Norm" high school, and you've got a recipe for win! Plus, the romance? Swoony!

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It's basically a fantasy version of The Hunger Games...but better. Wait, did I really just say that? I think I did.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth. This one is kind of my "Go to" book when recommending YA novels to adults. There's something for everyone in it, and no one, not one person, has yet to tell me they didn't love it.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Seriously, who will say no to a futuristic, badass, loose retelling of Cinderella? The best thing about this novel? The sequels get better and better.

5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is definitely my favorite Maggie Stiefvater book. I simply adore her writing style. She has an amazing way with words, and THE SCORPIO RACES is a great example of this.

6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe how amazing this book is. I'll be the first to admit that the first half of this book is slow and yes, hard to get through. The last half, though? Holy crap. I always recommend this one to historical fiction fans.

7. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman. What I wouldn't give to be there person who gets to experience these novels for the first time. Definitely a fabulous rec for the hesitant contemporary fan.

8. Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally. Another book I'd recommend to contemporary fans who are iffy about taking the YA plunge. I do recommend reading both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker first, but it's not necessary. Seriously though, read those two first and keep going.

9. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. For fans of poetry, this is a fabulous book for you. This novel is written in verse and tells a beautiful story of loss and growth. Whenever I'm feeling blue, I turn to you, CHASING BROOKLYN. Okay, that was a little cheesy. My bad.

10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I just finished this last night, and it's AMAZEBALLS! I would definitely recommend this to sci-fi fans who want to take a ride on the YA side.

There you have it! What books would you guys recommend to reluctant YA readers?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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 ONLY EVERYTHING by Kieran Scott.

"High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker?

When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.

Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina...

Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever?"

Why I Can't Wait: I really liked Scott's He's So/She's So trilogy and will read anything she writes. I love the concept of Eros being banished to New Jersey and finding solace in playing matchmaker. Plus, the cover? GORGEOUS! Can't wait for this fabulous book!

Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

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 Covers I Wish I Could Resign. I couldn't come up with ten, but how about five? Sorry about the white blocks around the book covers. Didn't have time to edit it out.

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins. I think the cover is pretty and most likely fits the story well (We'll see next year!), BUT I hate that it doesn't match the other two books. I'm a neurotic blogger and like all of my books to match. Now I have to buy all the paperbacks whenever they come out. Good job, Penguin!

TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) by Sarah Mlynowski. This book is HILARIOUS, and I wish the cover conveyed this. From the cover, it just looks like some cheesy teen book yet it's so much more than that.

NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Siobhan Vivian. I just don't like it. It's too plain and kind of boring. Love the book, though.

DEAD BEAUTIFUL by Yvonne Woon. I don't know. The cover with the font just doesn't work for me.

LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles. Love the book, dislike the cover.

There you have it! What are some of the covers you wish you could redesign?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I haven't done this in a couple weeks and have loads of books to share with you guys. Shall we?

For Review:

*Something Real by Heather Demetrios (goodreads)
*Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young (goodreads)
*To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (goodreads). THANK YOU SO MUCH, BECKY FROM STORIES & SWEETIES!!!
*Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker (goodreads)
*The Book of Love by Lynn Weingarten (goodreads)
*The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine (goodreads)

But wait, there's more...

For Review:

*The Lure by Lynne Ewing (goodreads)
*Fugitive X by Gregg Rosenblum (goodreads)
*Pawn by Aimee Carter (goodreads)
*Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb (goodreads)


*Allegiant by Veronica Roth (goodreads). My name's in the back. I'm seriously THAT baller (And apparently arrogant).
*A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers (goodreads)
*Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage (goodreads). Super cute, sexy, and hilarious read. Just saying.
*Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee (goodreads)
*A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (goodreads)
*The Program by Suzanne Young (goodreads)
*Heat Up The Fall : New Adult Box Set with books by Gennifer Albin, Colina Brennan, Mila Ferrara, Denise Grover Swank, Lyla Payne, and Alessandra Thomas (goodreads). Totally worth $1.99
*Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (goodreads)
*Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn (goodreads)
*Foreplay by Sophie Jordan (goodreads)
*Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins (goodreads)
*Trust In Me (Wait For You #1.5) by J. Lynn (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Harlequin Teen, Berkley Trade, Macmillan, Simon Teen, Becky from Stories & Sweeties, and everyone who recommended books for me. I clearly meant it when I said I'd buy it.***

Now, the Weekly Round-Up. I've had a crazy busy week but somehow managed to still get at least one review posted. Guys, it's a good one!

*Wherein Lena reviews, swoons, gushes, and actually gets giddy over A LITTLE TOO FAR by Lisa Desrochers

There you have it! Have a great rest of your weekend! What books did you guys get this past week?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Review: A Little Too Far

Title: A Little Too Far
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Published: September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins
Source: Bought

"Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way."

First line: "My ex is a douche."

Thoughts: Can we just stop for a minute and talk about how insanely sexy and hilarious A LITTLE TOO FAR is? I'm fairly certain that while reading this novel I forgot what day it was and possibly what my name is. That's how enthralling this book is. Wowzas!

First off, Desrochers doesn't waste any time captivating the reader. You instantly get thrown into Lexieland and all the drama that this entails. Talk about a girl with guy problems! There's an ex, a stepbrother, and a hot Italian deacon. Wait, did I say problems? What's the opposite of problems? In this case, I'm going to have to say blessings. What I adored about this novel is even though things heat up between her and her stepbrother, she doesn't alter her life and drop everything for him. Lexie is an artist and has had this study abroad program planned for ages. Study in the land of art? Ahh, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica...Talk about a trip of a lifetime. Though the trip itself seemed like the perfect escape, I truly don't believe Lexie would have dropped everything for Trent. Her experience in Italy probably would have been drastically different, but where's the fun in that?

Another thing I admired about Lexie was her sense of humor. She would say and do things one would not deem inappropriate, and I loved every minute of it. Let's just say there's a confession in a certain chapel somewhere that is a tad on the risque side. Almost dropped my iPAd when I came across that scene. Yikes.

The romance in this novel is the perfect blend of angst, drama, and swoon. While I cherished the scenes between Alessandro and Lexie, I must confess I found the scenes between Trent and Lexie far more enticing. I liked Alessandro, but I found him to be more of a friend type. Did I love the conversations and exchanging between the two? Of course! Alessandro took her on an adventure and a great one at that. The thing is, in my personal opinion, Lexie and Trent had more chemistry. They had that sizzle you can't fizzle. With all of this said, it doesn't change the fact that I can't wait for the next book to come out. For those who have read A LITTLE TOO FAR, you know why.

Overall, I recommend A LITTLE TOO FAR to contemp fans and NA fans. I've noticed a lot of NA novels out there like to push the line between sexier than YA and erotica, however, I found the sex scenes in A LITTLE TOO FAR to be tasteful yet smoldering. NA books are either hits or misses for me, and this one was a big hit. I sense a reread in my future!


5 Stars

Favorite Quotes:

“'You never seem to run out of ways to blow my mind, Lexie. You’re my best friend, and you’re the one woman I can imagine spending the rest of my life with. Do you know how lucky that makes me?'”

“Passion can sometimes bring out qualities in a person that they never knew they possessed.”

“Yep. The tingle in my groin is unmistakable. I've got the hots for the good reverend. I thought I was going to hell before, but this pretty much cements it.”

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!!

***Spookified a book Kendare Blake signed/doodled for me way back when***

Happy Halloween, Everyone! I seriously love this time of year. Pumpkin carving, crazy decorations, candy, and all sorts of treats. As Cady Heron would say, "In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.". Though I haven't dressed up in years, I did find this gem in my photo stash:

Yep, that's me as Little Red Riding Hood and my friend, Cory, who came as Tiger Woods. Oh, college. Enjoy it while you can!

To kick of this awesome day, I thought I'd share with you guys some of my all-time favorite spooky books. Remember this jewel?

How is this book even a children's book? Seriously, I cannot tell you how many times SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK almost made me sh*t my pants. Do you remember the illustrations? I sure do. They're forever burned into my memory no matter how hard I try to delete them. *shudders*

Another one of my favorite Halloweenish books is this beauty right here:

Duh, I had to include ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. To those who have read it, you know why this is on my list. Ahh, the humor, the gore, the overall "Eek" factor...awesome.

The next and final book on my list definitely delivers when it comes to the scary, horror factor. I give you...

There are no zombies or vampires, but there are plenty of horrific and "Dang, that's effed up" moments that kept me up at night. I wasn't the same after reading THE DIVINERS.

To all of those going trick-or-treating tonight, may the odds be ever in your favor. Be sure to be safe and if you're in Houston, bring an umbrella with you. What are some of your favorite Halloweenish reads?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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. My pick this week is DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by Sarah Mlynowski.

"Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening."

Why I Can't Wait: TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) is one of the funniest, best contemporary books I have ever read. I loved it, so it's kind of obvious that I will read anything Sarah Mlynowski writes. This book sounds hilarious and awesome. Telepathic teenage girls and high school drama? Bring it!

Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Random House Children's Books

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Fault Line

Title: Fault Line
Author: Christa Desir
Published: October 15th 2013 by SimonPulse
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"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."

First line: "I thought Ani could be fixed."

Thoughts: To say this book is an emotional roller-coaster is an understatement. I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to stop reading it, due to too many feels, yet couldn't. The need to know what will happen next and how things will play out kept me going. I wanted to throw-up, and I wanted to keep reading. Seriously, that's how well-written and beautifully done FAULT LINE is.

When I initially read the summary, I had a pretty good idea of what I thought happened to Ani the night of the party. What I didn't expect to find was how insanely extreme and intense the situation truly is. It's amazing how one night can change a person forever and in this case, it altered two lives. From the very first page, you get a glimpse into how severely messed up Ani and Ben are. After that, it jumps back to six months before, back to the beginning until you reach the end. In so many words, the book is told from what I call a Tarantino perspective: Start from the end, flash to the beginning, and end where it began.

FAULT LINE reminded me of so many recent cases I've read about online. I cannot fathom how teenagers can grow up knowing their peers can be so dangerous and evil. Whatever happened to going to the movies and grabbing a bite at Chili's? It's a cruel world out there, and Desir isn't afraid to talk about it.

How many times did I just want to reach out to Ben and hug him? Plenty, my friends. Plenty. You can just tell how much he loves Ani and wants to help her. The thing is, some people just don't want to be helped. I wanted to hate Ani. I did but couldn't because what happened to her was awful. How can you hate someone who had to deal with such an ordeal? Thus, all you can do is watch the train wreck unfold and pray for some sort of resolution or miracle.

One of the things I kind of wish the author did was split the points of views between both Ben and Ani. Though you get to witness through Ben how distraught and broken she is, you can't fully grasp why she's doing the the things she does. She doesn't let Ben in and even though she kind of tells him why, it's not enough. That's how I felt, and that's totally my opinion. After all, this is Ben's story to tell. Maybe Desir should write a few short stories through Ani's point of view and post them on her blog? I would love that!

Overall, I would recommend FAULT LINE to all fans of realistic contemporary novels. If you're looking for a light and easy read, look away. If you're looking for a fantastic novel with raw, real emotions, you've come to the right place. I will say this novel is a bit on the sexually explicit side. Some events are very detailed, so if that's something you're uncomfortable with, I would not recommend this book for you. For those who are on the fence about reading this book, just do it. It's worth it. I really liked it and think you will, too.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to follow this book up with a cocktail and a few cheesy 90's movies.


4 Stars

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Character Names I Love/Found Unusual

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. The name of the game is character names! Some are fabulous,, not so much. Shall we play?

1. Harper. I'm sure several people have encountered this name, but the book I remember it from is SAVING JUNE. I love it when authors pay homage to legendary authors (aka Harper Lee). Love!

2. Charlie/Charley for girls. What can I say? I love boy names for girls. A LITTLE WANTING SONG first made me fall in love with it, and INTO THE DEEP reminded me how much I adore it.

3. Wren for girls, not boys. Though Wren from THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US annoyed me at times, I couldn't help but think about how great her name is. I'd like to change my name, please!

4. Raleigh. Okay, so technically Raleigh is the bad girl in UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP. Either way, her name has this southern yet unique edge I love.

5. Nastya. Okay, so this goes under the didn't love category. In THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY, it just didn't fit the main character's personality nor looks. Plus, I just think it sounds too similar to the word nasty. How are you suppose to love someone nasty?

6. Kaspar. Kaspar reminds me of Caspar The Ghost. It's hard to swoon over a guy named Kaspar, especially in THE DARK HEROINE- DINNER WITH A VAMPIRE. Boo.

7. Ezra. LOVE this name. It worked so well for the main character in THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. Made me love him even more.

8. Jude. Again, love the boy names for girls. I know I've seen it several times but most recently in THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS.

9. Kaleb. I just don't like it. It kind of sounds like "Kay, love!" which makes me think of a British boy and when the boy turns out not to be British, I end up feeling disappointed. Weird, I know. It doesn't help that I can't stand Kaleb in THOUSAND WORDS.

10. Delilah. Love it. Since I'm a 00s chick (2000s), I automatically think of the Plain White T's song and start to swoon. Such a fabulous name for a protagonist. With a name like that, how could I not pick up FIXING DELILAH?

There you have it! I clearly love more names than hate. What can I say? I guess I'm a lover, not a hater.

What are some of your favorite and least favorite character names?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. You guys, I'm having the best book week ever. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:

*Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (goodreads)
*The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe (goodreads)
*The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (goodreads)
*What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fiztpatrick (goodreads)
*Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira (goodreads)
*Plus One by Elizabeth Fama (goodreads)

***Special thanks to the fabulous people at Penguin Teen and Macmillan. You guys rock!***


*Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee (goodreads)
*Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage (goodreads)

Weekly Round-Up Time!

*Waiting on Wednesday which, ironically enough, features a book I received in the mail. Proof Santa exists? I think so...
*Wherein I fangirl like crazy over INTO THE DEEP by Samantha Young

That's all, folks! Can you believe it's already October? Where in the world did this year go? Yikes.

I hope you guys have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review: Into The Deep

Title: Into The Deep
Author: Samantha Young
Published: August 9th 2013 by Samantha Young
Source: Bought

"Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…"

First line: "'Did you go food shopping yet?'".

Thoughts: I wish so badly that I could be the person who hasn't read INTO THE DEEP yet. I'd love to experience the angst, love, laughter, and hurt for the first time all over again. Going into this novel, I had somewhat high expectations. You see, I absolutely adored ON DUBLIN STREET, so I already know how delicious Samantha Young's books are. She knows how to create lovable yet flawed characters you can easily fall in love with. With all this said and done, it's no wonder why I savored every page of this delectable story.

As you can see, INTO THE DEEP is a second-chance love story with a rather tragic twist. The relationship didn't fall apart because the couple stopped loving each other. Something terribly tragic happened and with the way the story is written, you can't help but be curious as to what went wry. The novel begins in the present (Four years later, studying abroad) but flashes back to when Charley first met Jake. The chapters continue to alternate until you finally get to the part where things went wrong. I honestly loved this about the novel. If you wanted to, you could skip every other chapter, and it'd feel like you're reading a whole different book. This constantly left me both frustrated as well as intrigued. Sometimes, the chapter would end in a bit of a cliffhanger leaving me waiting for at least ten or so pages to find out what happens next. I'm not going to lie, I was tempted on several occasions to just skip the flashback chapter and jump back into the present. I wanted to, very badly, but didn't. I'm glad I didn't because I would have missed out on this beautiful chemistry developing between the two love interests.

Unlike many New Adult novels out there today, INTO THE DEEP doesn't have extremely graphic sex scenes. Is there sex? Yes, but it's done tastefully and doesn't go into excessive details like an erotica novel would. It's actually quite sweet yet steamy. I definitely found myself fanning my face a few times due to all the sexual tension and swooniness.

Other characters in this novel I adored are Claudia (Charley's best friend and roommate), Beck (Jake's best friend), and Lowe (A possible love interest and great friend). Honestly, this book has loads of charming characters and possibly leaves room for other books to be written from their points of view. Do it, Samantha. Write a book from one of their points of view. I'll love you forever!

Honestly, I can gush over this novel forever, but I won't. I will say I simply cannot wait to get my hands on OUT OF THE SHALLOWS, the sequel to INTO THE DEEP. While the story has a very well-rounded and satisfying ending, it still leaves room for more. I'm curious to see what will happen between Charley and Jake and also the other characters in this novel (*ahem*, Claudia and Beck). I recommend INTO THE DEEP to all contemporary fans, especially supporters of second chances.


5 Stars

Favorite Quotes:

“'I knew after weeks of meeting you that I was never going to love another girl like I love you. You’re it for me. They write books about what we have.'”

“I’m going to kiss you when you least expect it. And it WILL be epic.”

“'You’re not…jealous?' He eyed me warily.

I shrugged. 'I’ll always be jealous of any girl who’s had that part of you, but I’m not worried about it. If you wanted her, you’d be with her. But you’re not. You’re with me. A sound choice, I might add.' I smirked suggestively.”

Jake threw his head back in laughter. 'God, my girl is cocky'

'Pot, meet kettle.'

'Good thing we’re both attracted to cocky, then, huh?'

'Good thing.'

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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 I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

"From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-me-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti."

Why I Can't Wait: Seriously? I absolutely loved MY LIFE NEXT DOOR and have been looking forward to Huntley's next book ever since. I shed several tears when I found out I would have to wait two years to get my hands on her next novel. WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE sounds amazing. A push-me-pull-me romance with depth? Right up my alley! EEEK, can't wait!

Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Dial Books for Young Readers

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I haven't done one of these in a while. Let's see if I even remember how!

For Review:

*The Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay (goodreads)
*Sekret by Lindsay Smith (goodreads)
*Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci (goodreads)
*Desert Tales- A Wicked Lovely Companion by Melissa Marr (goodreads)
*The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Berkley Trade, Macmillian, and Harper Teen***


*Into The Deep by Samantha Young (goodreads)
*Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage (goodreads)

So this past week has been pretty crazy for me. Lots going on in my personal life. With that said, I failed as a blogger. Only posted one review. *SMH*

*Wherein I gush and swoon over JUST ONE YEAR (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman

Don't forget, there's a Dark Days giveaway going on. You can win a surprise pack of books courtesy of Harper Teen!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Just One Year

Title: Just One Year (Just One Day #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Expected publication: October 10th 2013 by Dutton Children's
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day

After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself."

First line: "It's the dream I always have: I'm on a plane, high above the clouds."

Thoughts: I swear, there is nothing like that feeling you get after reading a truly exceptional novel. JUST ONE YEAR is everything I hoped for and believe me when I say I had high hopes for this novel. This book will have you questioning fate, how things just fall into place, and the other side to every story.

First off, if you couldn't tell from the summary, JUST ONE YEAR is Willem's story. One of the biggest cliffhangers in JUST ONE DAY has to be what in the world happened to Willem. Where did he go? Why wasn't he there to meet Ally-Lu? Was that blasphemous teacher-tour guide right? Are all men truly scum? Well, JUST ONE YEAR will answer all of these questions and much more. This novel is basically a puzzle waiting to be solved. While you know the general ending, you still have to figure out how he got there.

I have to mention how spectacular Willem's journey truly is. Willem's tale, much like Ally-Lu's, involves travelling and self-discovery. His story, in my personal opinion, is much darker than Allyson's. Though they're both attempting to figure out who they are and where they'll end up, Willem is also dealing with the loss of a loved one and trying to reconnect with those he let go along the way. You get to experience him recapping his thoughts on his journey with Lulu and how he felt about her. He most definitely had me swooning all over the place. Not even gravity could hold me down. If I ever questioned Willem's motives before, I stopped after reading JUST ONE YEAR. I may not know how I feel about hagelslag, but what I do know is that I truly adore Willem. Even after finishing this novel, I'm still remembering certain scenes and wanting to reread them over and over again. Needless to say, this is a book you'll rush to finish, and then reread just so you can experience it just one more time.

Overall, I believe fans of JUST ONE DAY will fall in love with JUST ONE YEAR as easily as I did. Dare I say this is possibly my new favorite book by Gayle Forman? My only complaint is even though I cherished the ending and believe it to be well-rounded, I couldn't help but want more. I didn't want the story to end but alas, everything must come to an end. With all this said and done, I highly recommend JUST ONE YEAR to all fans of contemporary YA and good books in general. If you haven't yet, get your hands on this book as soon as possible. You'll regret it if you don't.


5 Stars

Favorite Quotes:

“Sometimes fate or life or whatever you want to call it, leaves a door a little open and you walk through it. But sometimes it locks the door and you have to find the key, or pick the lock, or knock the damn thing down. And sometimes, it doesn’t even show you the door, and you have to build it yourself. But if you keep waiting for the doors to be opened for you... I think you’ll have a hard time finding single happiness,let alone that double portion.”

“I’ve since come to understand that the universe operates on the same general equilibrium theory as markets.It never gives you something without making you pay for it somehow.”

“Loving someone is such an inherently dangerous act. And yet, love, that’s where safety lives.”

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dark Days Live Blogger + Giveaway

Last Friday, a few fabulous Pitch Dark Days authors visited Htown. Y'all, I have to tell you guys how hilarious these five women are. If you ever want someone to throw you a really awesome Star Wars themed party, be sure to hire Mindy McGinnis, Sherry Thomas, Rae Carson, Michelle Gagnon, and Madeleine Roux. Anyway, I believe it's time to enter the dark side. Shall we?

Here's a picture of Mindy and Sherry. I'm not quite sure what they're talking about, but there were many laughs that night. Some advice from Mindy... If you want to live, you need to buy NOT A DROP TO DRINK. Learn how to filter water and shoot people. Lynn, the heroine in this novel, is basically a female Daryl from The Walking Dead which is pretty badass.

As far as THE BURNING SKY goes, Sherry described it as a book about cross dressing, magic, and kissing. Nice!

FYI, these ladies looooove kissing scenes!

RAE CARSON! If you haven't read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, what are you waiting for? Rae was here promoting the last book in her trilogy, THE BITTER KINGDOM but also gave us insight on her next project. She's writing another trilogy and described it as Michael Bay meets the Gold Rush but with kissing. Looooove kissing!

Michelle Gagnon and Madeleine (Maddie) Roux! Michelle confirmed that the PERSEFoNE series will be a trilogy. I personally haven't read DON'T TURN AROUND yet, but after listening to her and the other ladies talk about it, I definitely need to remedy this.

Madeleine discussed her book, ASYLUM, and I have to say it has the creepiest cover I have ever seen. There's no kissing in this book, however, there is an awkward date. Sounds like my entire dating history! Oh and FYI, Madeleine had a fantastic idea. The next Pitch Dark Days signing should be held in a bar. I agree with her 100%.

After many laughs and discussions as to why Elisa from THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS should date Luke Skywalker (she's from the desert, he's from the desert), it was finally time to line up and get some books signed. Though I don't have a picture with all the ladies, I do have one with Sherry Thomas.

I found out that Sherry went to UT grad school. We're basically sisters since I'm a longhorn and she's a longhorn. Texas Exes, wha wha!

If these ladies are coming to a town near you, GO! Seriously, you'll laugh all night and wish they could have stayed longer.

Without further ado, a special giveaway courtesy of HarperTeen. It's a surprise pack of books! Even *I* don't know what's in it, but I do know it's made purely of win. To enter, all you have to do is follow the instructions and fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends October 20th. The winner will be emailed so come October 21st, CHECK YO EMAIL!

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

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I haven't done one of these in a while! Anywho, let's get this party started.

For Review:

*Nil by Lynne Matson (goodreads/amazon)
*Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler (goodreads/amazon)


*Left Drowning by Jessica Park (goodreads/amazon) THANKS, KAREN!!!

Special thanks to Macmillan, Simon Teen, and my awesome friend Karen from For What It's Worth.

Weekly Round-Up:

*Wherein I Review INFINITYGLASS (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire. Such a fantastic book!
*My picks for the Top Ten Best Sequels Ever.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares.
*SIX MONTHS LATER Blog Tour- Review, Excerpt, AND a giveaway. One that involves Starbucks! ;)

That's all, folks! Did you guys get any awesome books this week?