Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten books you've read so far in 2013. Y'all, I have road LOADS of amazing goodies thus far. Narrowing it down to ten will definitely be a challenge. Alrighty, let's do this!

You guys, I've been fangirling about THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY for months. Clearly, it was going to be at the top of my list!

I cannot tell you how much I adored WINGER. In fact, my review for WINGER has been in my drafts now for a month. The feelings are there but the words I can't find.

PARALLEL is one of those crazy awesome books that basically left me mind screwed me for a few days. Awesome.

Just to be clear, you don't need to read LOSING IT for FAKING IT to make sense. It's better if you do but still. Everyone needs to meet Cade and love him the way I love him.

Did anyone else desperately crave macarons after reading JUST ONE DAY? My life will be complete once I get my hands on JUST ONE YEAR. Word.

Oh, PERFECT SCOUNDRELS. How I love you, Hale but how you frustrate me to no end.

Just finished DARE YOU TO a couple days ago and loved every minute of it. Dare I say it's better than the first book?

Technically, I'm only halfway through THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS but you guys, I'm already in love with it.

From the very first page, I knew that I'd love GOLDEN. There's so much depth to this book and multiple stories I wasn't expecting.

PIVOT POINT rocked my world. How much, you ask? So incredibly much that I'm pretty sure Kasie West is one of my new favorite authors.

There you have it! What are some of your favorite books that you've read this year?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I've got a pretty small pile but it's still full of fabulous. Let's get this party started!

For Review:

*Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin. Really liked CREWEL so I'm definitely look forward to this one! (goodreads)
*The F-It List by Julie Halpern. Love stories about friendship and loss. (goodreads)
*Perfection by J.L. Spelbring. This one sounds super interesting! (goodreads)
*Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes. Love me some post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. (goodreads)


*How To Love by Katie Cotugno. SQUEE, been looking forward to this since I've heard of it. THANK YOU, KAREN!!! (goodreads)

***Special thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Berkley Trade, Spencer Hill Press, and my awesome bbb Karen from For What It's Worth***

Weekly Round-Up

*The Top Ten Books on My TBR Summer 2013 List!
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring Lauren DeStefano's latest novel.
*Giveaway: Enter to win a copy of A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

That's all, folks! What books are in your mailbox?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Giveaway: A Really Awesome Mess

Thanks to the fabulous people at MM Publicity, I am giving away one copy of A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. When a book is described as a hint of RECOVERY, ROAD, NICK AND NORAH's INFINITE PLAYLIST and Juno, you read it. Haven't heard of it? Lets remedy that!

"A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.
A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for."

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends July 12th. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

*Trish Cook
*Brendan Halpin

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Wednesday, June 19, 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 PERFECT RUIN by Lauren DeStefano.

"On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose."

Why I Can't Wait: I enjoyed DeStefano's Chemical Garden trilogy so it's only natural that I'm excited about her latest series. The summer for PERFECT RUIN sounds amazing. I'm curious to see what Internment is like and the mystery behind the murder. How will Morgan play a role in it, and is Judas innocent? Can't wait to find out!

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Summer 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at the Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books On Your TBR List For Summer 2013. I have loads, mainly review books, but lets see if I can pick just ten. Woot, woot!

*All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry- I have heard insanely amazing things about this book! (goodreads/amazon)

*Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan-LOOOOVED I'LL BE THERE (goodreads/amazon)

*Reality Boy by A.S. King- Seriously love this woman's work! (goodreads/amazon)

*Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney- Because summer wouldn't be summer without a bit of art and romance (goodreads/amazon)

*The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas- The fantasy fan in me gets giddy just thinking about this book. (goodreads/amazon)

*Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Dollar- Love the cover! (goodreads/amazon)

*New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal- It's not summer without a southern gal moving to the big apple (goodreads/amazon)

*This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales- Friendship, self discovery, AND music? Sold! Plus, MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS is amazeballs so...ya know. (goodreads/amazon)

*Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young- Love this Sliding Doors concept. Go to a party, stay at home, live both lives? Awesome. (goodreads/amazon)

*All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry- Two best friends in love with a guy who's music can awake an ancient evil? Sign me up! (goodreads/amazon)

There you have it! What books are on your Summer TBR list?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Sound of Letting Go Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Y'all, I'm super excited to be a part of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO cover reveal. I'm a huge fan of Stasia Ward Kehoe's debut novel AUDITION so I'm obviously looking forward to her next novel (which I hear is written in verse as well). Oh, and did I mention there's a giveaway? That's right, you can enter to win a signed HB of AUDITION, an ARC of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO and swag from Gretchen McNeil, Jessi Kirby, Elana Johnson, and Carrie Harris. Super seriously envious of the winner already. Without further ado, THE SOUND OF LETTING GO:

About THE SOUND OF LETTING GO: For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How do you know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

*Stasia on twitter
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Wednesday, June 12, 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 Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler.

"Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler's spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most."

Why I Can't Wait: Y'all, the contemp fan in me is definitely intrigued. When I read WHERE IT BEGAN, I fell in love with the author's writing but hated the characters. Stampler can undeniably draw some strong emotions out of you! I love the whole good girl gone bad spin. Plus, a destructive friend and a boy who may or may not come between them? Yeah, I'm going to need to read this as soon as it hits the shelves.

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Simon Pulse

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Summertime, and the livin's easy. No one loves reading on the beach/by the pool more than this blogger. Y'all ready for this jelly? Giggidy!

*Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (goodreads)

*Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen (goodreads)

*Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols (goodreads)

*Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (goodreads)

*Faking It by Cora Carmack (goodreads)

*Dare You To by Katie McGarry (goodreads)

*The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (goodreads)

*This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (goodreads)

*Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (goodreads)

*Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (goodreads)

What are some of your favorite beach reads?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Our Song Blog Tour + Giveaway

Y'all, I'm super excited to be a part of the OUR SONG blog tour today. If you've read my review, you know how I truly adore this novel. Without further ado, please welcome Jordanna to Addicted 2 Novels!

1. How did you find the inspiration to write OUR SONG?

I really wanted to write about a girl who comes to the end of her identity as she knows it, and I felt that having her literally die was the most dramatic way to force her to make this realization. While I've never had a near death experience personally, I've definitely experienced a lot of what I refer to as "small deaths" in my lifetime -- those moments of humiliation or challenge or defeat that feel like they're the end of the world as you know it, but are usually blessings in disguise. I think we try on different personas and experiences, especially in our teens, as we figure out who we are. Many times it's the people we date or fall in love with that trigger the most pain and evolution, so that's why I wanted Olive to experience what it's like to be with the right guy on paper versus the guy who sees you for who you really are -- and accepts you.

2. Do you base any of the characters on people you know? Possibly yourself?

Not in any direct or even conscious way, but once a book is said and done, I can sometimes read it and see that some of the characters share aspects of real people in my life. But I definitely drew from my own emotional and romantic experiences in shaping Olive's story, even though the plot isn't based on any real events. But I've definitely dated the wrong guy(s), I've had my heart broken, and I've had moments of thinking the pain would never go away, so I had some material to draw on. And conversely, I also know what it's like to get over that pain, to triumph again, to find lasting and authentic and meaningful relationships in life and love.

3. What books are you excited to read this summer?

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

4. Where is your favorite place to read?

If I could teleport, it would be in Maine -- anywhere in Maine in the summer. But short of that, I love reading in bed or in my backyard.

5. In Twitter speak, express why everyone should read OUR SONG in 140 characters or less.

If you've ever had your heart broken or felt like your life is over, OUR SONG will give you hope that you are in charge of your own destiny

Jordanna, thank you so much for taking the time out to answer a few questions for us. Now it's giveaway time. As part of the tour, we are giving away a finished copy of OUR SONG. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants.

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

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He s dark, handsome, mysterious … and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance until Nick makes a troubling confession.

Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.

Released: May 2, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Purchase: Amazon

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's been a slow week for me, but I definitely think that's a good thing. Lots of things going on right now! Anywho, here we go!

For Review:

*Towering by Alex Flinn (goodreads/amazon)
*A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin (goodreads/amazon)


*Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike- Signed!!! (goodreads/amazon)
*Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack (ebook/not pictured) (goodreads/amazon)

***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Epic Reads, Egmont, MM Publicity, and Cora Carmack***

Weekly Round-Up

*My picks for the Top Ten Books That Features Travel In Some Way.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring The 100 by Kass Morgan
*Where I basically ramble, rant, and revel in all that is PARALLEL by Lauren Miller.

There you have it, folks! What did you guys get this week?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Review: Parallel

Title: Parallel
Author: Lauren Miller
Published: May 14th 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: Finished copy sent by the publisher for an honest review
Browse Inside PARALLEL (courtesy of Harper Teen)

"Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach."

First line: "I hesitate, then point my gun at him and pull the trigger."

Thoughts: Originally, I thought to compare PARALLEL to a roller coaster ride. There are loads of twists and turns, leaving your head spinning, your adrenaline pumping, and your insides screaming for more. To do this would be an understatement. PARALLEL is more like a skydive. It's a freefall, an act of faith. You throw yourself into the abyss and hope fate (and Science) will lead you safely to the ground. Are you intrigued yet? Great because you should be!

First off, I do have to warn you that this book can get rather confusing. Please, for the love of cupcakes, read the title of each chapter carefully and pay attention. You don't want to get lost in the Parallax! The beginning of the book begins with Abby filming on the set of the movie Everyday Assassins. While this would be a dream come true for 99.9% of most girls (and boys), it's not Abby's. From the get go, you can tell how truly unhappy she is and how much she wishes terribly that things were different. The choices she made didn't lead her down the path she wanted. The girl had a plan and this wasn't it.

It isn't until the night of her eighteen birthday that everything changes. What people thought to be an earthquake was actually a shift into another reality. Everyone remembers these false memories and this false life. Everyone except Abby.

One of the things I loved about this book is how the author created not one but two main characters in the form of Abby herself. You have the Abby who remembers everything and slowly gets glimpses into these false memories she doesn't remember living, and then you have parallel Abby who doesn't realize there's a whole other reality out there. Here and there Abbys (Abbies?). While I adored parallel Abby and her innocence, I must admit that "here" Abby was my favorite. She was very take charge and didn't accept things just because that's how they are. Instead, she made choices and turned them into how she wanted to live her life, who she wanted to be, and who she wanted to be with. I respected her for that.

Now, one of the things I found interesting in this novel were the details the author puts into these universes. It's not like other books, how things just happen and you're forced to accept them. Miller provides a professor to the reader in the form of Dr. Mann. There's a theory and an explanation, and I loved every minute of it. There's also a best friend and guide in the form of Caitlyn. She helps Abby fill in the missing pieces of her life and basically helps her in every way a best friend should. Now, if there were only a solution to this mess.

Oh, and we have to talk about the boys! So, in many ways this book has a bit of a love triangle in it. There's Michael and there's Josh. The thing is, the love triangle really isn't a love real triangle. It's hard to explain, and you just really have to read it to understand. To say the least, it's quite interesting and riveting. Out of the two boys, I have to say that Michael, no Josh, no Michael...no Josh...was my favorite. Yeah, to be honest, I can't choose between the two. They're both sweet and funny and downright adorable. It's like choosing between your two favorite cupcake flavors. Do you go with pumpkin or red velvet? You can't so you order both and feel guilty later! I will say that there were so many moments where I couldn't help but feel bad for these two guys. They both love Abby so much and between parallel and "here" Abby, they must be confused beyond comprehension. I mean, heck, I was the reader and I was confused! If having two extremely charming boys to love is a crime than lock me up and throw away the key. I get goosebumps just thinking about them.

My only complaint about this novel is the ending. The last two pages nearly destroyed me, and I had to reread my favorite scenes to get over it. It's not necessarily bad nor tragic or devasting. It's just one of those frustrating "WHAT?!" moments that makes you want to throw the book into the fireplace.

Overall, I recommend PARALLEL to those looking for something exceptional and different to read. I heard several people complain about the grammar issues in the ARC, and I have to point out that I believe this was resolved in the final print. I didn't have this problem so it didn't affect my reading experience. Some may complain that it's too hard to follow. I feel the need to counter this with the fact that there's still an amazing story in there. You just have to concentrate and go with it. The romance will have you and your parallel swooning to the moon, the stars, and back again.


Favorite quotes:

"When you make sense of the chaos, the chaos disappears. Or maybe, what looked at first like chaos never was."

"And though I want to say more – how magical and significant this feels, how deeply I’m moved by the music, how honored I am that he shared this with me – I don’t, in part because I don’t want to interrupt the silence but mostly because I know words won’t be enough. So I touch my lips to his cheek in a soundless kiss – a silent thank-you – then sit back against the wooden pew, letting the music and the darkness envelope me."

"I want this. This moment. This reality. This life."

Wednesday, June 5, 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 reads. This week my pick is THE 100 by Kass Morgan.

"In the future, humans live in citylike spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland...before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust-and even love-again."

Why I Can't Wait: This book sounds a bit like both ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis and Star Trek, two things I love. I really wasn't a fan of sci-fi novels prior to blogging but the few I've read I loved. Plus, that cover? Umm, hot and gorgeous much? Exactly.

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Young Readers

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Books That Features Travel In Some Way

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Ready for my top ten picks for books that feature travel in some way? Giggidy!

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Heist Society by Ally Carter

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

What are some of your favorite books that involve travel?