Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and The Bookish. Let's go ahead and get this started!

Tori from Divergent. What can I say? I like her tattoo.

Tessa from The Infinite Moment of Us. She's the perfect best friend.

Drew from The Sea of Tranquility. Oh sweet mercy, how I LOVE Drew. I would like a Drew of my very own, please!

Scott from Dare You To. He's such a good guy that means well.

Dee from Just One Day. Who doesn't love Dee? He's that friend that makes you a better person and can see things you can't see. LOVE Dee.

Brimstone in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I loved his wisdom and character in general. He's unique in a world filled with stereotypes and cookie cutter characters.

Isabel from Shiver. For those who have read the trilogy, you know she plays a larger role later on. I'll always remember her as the feisty girl with way too much attitude.

Mickey from Shade. After reading BRIDGE (A short story where Mickey is one of the two main characters), I couldn't help but fall in love with Mickey. His heartache and guilt completely overwhelmed me. All I've ever wanted to do was hold him. I guess I love the broken boys.

Minho from The Maze Runner. Is he considered a main character or a secondary character? Ya know, this series has so many characters, it's hard to decipher this. I do know that Minho was one of my favorite Gladers. Word.

Cinna from The Hunger Games. If you don't love Cinna, we can't be friends. No, I'm kidding, but I do love him.

What are some of your favorite secondary characters?

Monday, August 26, 2013

New Money Blog Tour With Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (And A Giveaway!)

You guys, I have the honor of hosting Lorraine Zago Rosenthal on my blog today! Her latest adult novel NEW MONEY comes out in a couple weeks, but before we get to Lorraine's interview and the giveaway, I wanted to give you some background and a a mini review. Here we go!

"A young Southern woman of modest means suddenly finds herself thrust into New York's high society when she discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire.

Savannah Morgan had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. But at twenty-four, she's become a frustrated ex-cheerleader who lives with her mother and wonders if rejecting a marriage proposal was a terrible mistake. Then Savannah's world is shaken when she learns the father she never knew is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left Savannah his fortune on the condition that she move to Manhattan and work at his global news corporation. Putting aside her mother's disapproval, Savannah dives head first into a life of wealth and luxury that is threatened by Edward's other children--the infuriatingly arrogant Ned and his sharp-tongued sister, Caroline, whose joint mission is to get rid of Savannah. She deals with their treachery along with her complicated love life, and she eventually has to decide between Jack, a smooth and charming real estate executive, and Alex, a handsome aspiring writer/actor. Savannah must navigate a thrilling but dangerous city while trying to figure out what kind of man her father truly was.

New Money is a keenly observed, exciting peek into a world of privilege and glamour with a spirited and charming heroine at its center."

Thoughts: Quoting Kristin Hannah, "This book is the perfect summer beach read." Though I completely agree, I also think it's the perfect book when you just need to de-stress after a long day of work. Hello, Southern girl moves to the big city after inheriting quite a fortune? Isn't that what all us Southern girls dream of?

There's something for everyone in this novel: A relatable protagonist, romance, and enough drama to make your head spin. Savannah is one of those characters that you can't help but admire and at times be annoyed at. Like anyone in her situation, she constantly makes mistakes, however, she's doing the best she can. It's hard not to get lost in the New York City life, and I personally believe her imperfections made her a much more interesting character. She has depth, and I truly appreciate that.

I very much enjoyed reading NEW MONEY and believe fans of contemporary literature as well as YA will like it, too. It may be an adult novel but the pacing reads like a YA book. The author genuinely knows how to write believable characters and also knows how to tug at the human heart. I'm just grateful I didn't end up in tears like I did with OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE!

Where do you draw inspiration for your books?

I’m a character-driven writer, and the characters always come to me first. For example, in my debut novel—OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE—Ari (the main character) and her family were in my mind for quite a while before I fully understood Ari’s story and began to write it. When that story crystallized, I just wanted to tell it and share it with readers. Ari was my inspiration all along. I was also inspired by the concept of “limerence,” which pertains to the intense emotional highs and lows a person can experience when involved in a romantic relationship. Limerence plays a crucial role in the story.

Was it difficult transitioning from writing a YA novel to an Adult Contemporary novel?

Not at all—because when I wrote OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE, I wasn’t strictly targeting a teen audience. I believed that both YA and adult readers could relate to the story—and based on the feedback I have received from readers of many ages, this is true. The adult characters in that book—including the main character’s mother and twenty-three-year-old sister—play a major role in the novel and have their own back-stories. Some aspects of OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE are specific to the teen years, and others aren’t.

Because OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE is a mature YA novel, I didn’t find writing adult fiction to be particularly different; however, the major difference between the two novels is that OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE unfolds slowly and is quite introspective, while NEW MONEY is more of a commercial work that is rather fast-moving and—although it has serious aspects—is more lighthearted than OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE. So the biggest transition was writing in a different style—but I really enjoyed it. I think it’s important for an author to be versatile and to constantly challenge herself.

Where is your favorite place to write and read?

I always write in my home office, and I like to read on my couch.

What's your favorite book?

I admire and have been influenced by so many authors. One of my all-time favorite authors is Emily Bronte. I love Wuthering Heights because of its emotional intensity and Bronte’s ability to make me understand and sympathize with characters who aren’t necessarily likeable.

Are there any snacks or drinks you like to have around while writing?

Chocolate always helps!

What are you currently working on?

NEW MONEY is the first book in a two-part series, and I recently completed the second book. The next step will be finalizing it for publication in 2014.

In Twitter speak (140 characters or less), tell everyone why they should read NEW MONEY.

To answer that question I will defer to the fabulous Kristin Hannah (the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane), who has read and endorsed NEW MONEY. I think she did a great job of explaining why this novel will appeal to readers. Here is a portion of her quote about the book:

“NEW MONEY is a fun, funny, heartfelt novel with
a heroine so human and charming you can't help rooting for her.”

Giveaway time! Thanks to the awesome people at St. Martin, I'm giving away an ARC of of NEW MONEY. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends September 9th.

Be sure to check out the rest of the NEW MONEY tour as well as Lorraine's blog for updates, tours, etc.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. This is actually two weeks worth of books, and it has been a great two weeks. Let's do this!

For Review:

*Just One Year by Gayle Forman (goodreads)
*Just One Day by Gayle Forman (goodreads)
*The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (goodreads)
*Thornhill (Hemlock #2) by Kathleen Peacock (goodreads). I haven't read Hemlock yet, but I guess now is the best to do so!
*Sweet Legacy (Medusa Girls #3) by Tera Lynn Childs (goodreads).
*New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (goodreads)

Weekly Round-Up

*Where I gush and gush over THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring Jennifer Echols' latest novel.

Hope you guys are having a fabulous weekend! What books did you get this week?

Wednesday, August 21, 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 BIGGEST FLIRTS (SUPERLATIVES #1) by Jennifer Echols.

"The "Superlatives Series" is about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class Who's Who categories, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives."

Why I Can't Wait: Okay, so there's not a lot of information about the book, but it's JENNIFER ECHOLS! Enough said? You bet! At any rate, how cute is the cover? So adorable! Even though there isn't a lot that can be said in the summary, I'm still loving the concept behind the book. Plus, that snippet? Do you see it? "Sometimes you just want to kiss and tell". Eek!

Expected publication: May 2014 by Simon Pulse

Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: The Book of Broken Hearts

Title: The Book of Broken Hearts
Author: Sarah Ockler
Published: May 21st 2013 by Simon Pulse
Source: Copy sent by the publisher for an honest review

"When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking."

First line: "The law of probability dictates that with three older sisters, a girl shall inherit at least one pair of cute shorts that actually fit."

Thoughts: Every year I look forward to Sarah Ockler's latest book. TWENTY BOY SUMMER use to be my favorite, but then it was replaced by BITTERSWEET. Will THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS surpass the rest? The answer is yes. With the same beautiful writing, complex family relationships, and a romance to die for, THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS is easily the perfect summer/winter/every day read.

The Hernandez sisters may live all across the states, range in age, and be free spirits, but there's one thing other than family that binds them together. The book of broken hearts. Signed in blood, the girls promised many years ago not to ever get involved with the Vargas boys ever again. After years of heartache, it's meant to protect them from getting hurt. I think you know the direction this is headed.

Jude knows this. As the youngest of the Hernandez crew, she has witnessed secondhand what those evil Vargas boys are capable. So why is it she can't get Emilio out of her head? The spark was instantaneous. The minute she stepped into the auto shop and looked into his eyes, saw that cursed dimple, she was hooked. But she must resist. Even though she's spending practically every day with him fixing up her dad's old bike, she must resist. After all, he's only there to help with her dad's bike. He's not there for her...right?

What I love about all of Sarah Ockler's books is the complexity between not only the two love interests but also the protagonist and her family members. Ockler weaves this tale of first love mixed in with unforgettable family dynamics. Clearly a recipe for greatness. At any rate, since it's said within the first chapter, I do not believe it's a spoiler to mention how Jude's father is suffering from advancing Alzheimer's or as he likes to put it "El diablo.". It's Jude's last summer before college, and she chooses to stay home and take care of her ailing father. How many teenagers would do this for their father? Instead of partying, she's staying home and helping him (along with Emilio) fix her father's beloved motorcycle. I truly respected her for this. My heart constantly went out to not only her but her entire family. Of all the superheroes out there, I honestly think characters like Jude are the best kind of heroes.

Throughout the novel, I couldn't help but fall in love with the Herenadez crew and their Bear. There were so many moments where I found my eyes tearing up either from a touching moment or from the sheer pain of how this disease can affect not only the person with it but those who love them most. Though the cover may seem like a lighthearted novel, it is the furthest thing from that. Is it often challenging to read? Yes, but the shared moments, inside jokes, and just memories that fill each page with an abundance love. One could say I suffocated from all the love (in a good way).

Now, onto the romance! It's definitely there. I believe Ockler captured first love precisely like it is- awkward, sweet, and confusing. Sometimes when I was reading this novel, my fiance would constantly ask me why I was smiling so much. I'd simply reply "This book." and go back to reading. I adored Emilio and Jude together. Originally, I pegged Emilio as a stereotypical heart-breaker, but he definitely proved me wrong. Thank you, Emilio, for proving that a guy's guy can also be a gentleman and sweetheart.

Overall, I highly recommend THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS for all fans of YA contemporary literature. It's a must read novel, and I'd hate for you to miss out on it. I know for a fact that I'll keep this book on my shelf for years to come and share it with those whom I know will appreciate it.


“Don't settle, okay? Not for anything. I mean it. You only get this one chance at life, far as I know. Take it. Even if its not with me.”

“There was no going back to the way things were, because all you ever got was the way things are.”

“I took a deep breath, let it out slowly, watched it settle against Emilio's lips. He shivered and whispered my name, and in that moment I knew the whole truth. I was falling in love.”

Wednesday, August 14, 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 ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa C. Walker.

"If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.

Ashes to Ashes is author Melissa Walker's sweeping, romantic, and emotionally rich story about the things that torment and tempt us, even from the Great Beyond. This book is perfect for fans of Die for Me and Imaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.

When Callie's life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.

Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.

However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.

As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break."

Why I Can't Wait: You had me at IF I STAY meets the movie Ghost. Throw in Melissa C. Walker, and you've got a winner. I already know this book is going to be fabulous and unputdownable. I also have a feeling it's going to be an emotional roller coaster, and I can't wait to take a ride!

Expected publication: December 23rd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Books Set In New York

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about settings. I decided to go with one of my personal favorite settings-NEW YORK! Ready?

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (goodreads)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman (goodreads)

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (goodreads)

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (goodreads)

Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (goodreads)

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (goodreads)

Bunheads by Sophie Flack (goodreads)

The Ward by Jordana Frankel (goodreads)

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (goodreads)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (goodreads)

What are some of your favorite books set in New York?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: Dare You To

Title: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2)
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher and finished copy (purchased)

"Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

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

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

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

First line: "I'm not interested in second place."g

Thoughts: One of the true tests of a fabulous writer is how their sophomore novel compares to their debut. Will it be just as good or will it disappoint? I can say, without a single doubt in my mind, DARE YOU TO is twice as good as PUSHING THE LIMITS (if that's even possible). How many late nights did I spend rereading my favorite scenes or hugging the book and wanting to reach out to both Beth and Ryan and sometimes even Scott? Plenty, my friends. PLENTY!

Like McGarry's debut novel, DARE YOU TO is told through two points of views. Remember Beth? If you thought her life was complicated in PUSHING THE LIMITS, wait until you read DARE YOU TO. She finally gets a chance to tell her story, and it's definitely a complicated one. After a bar fight gone wrong, Beth finds herself trapped in her (now rich) uncle's home. How is she suppose to trust this man who abandoned her so many years ago?

After many screaming matches and a bit of blackmail, Beth agrees to give her life in Groveton a try. It's not until she runs into Ryan that she starts opening up. I loved reading about Beth's struggles and hardships. Most girls have to worry about what to wear to school or just fitting in. Not Beth. She could care less about those things. What she does care about most are her family and friends and protecting them from people who mean them harm. If Beth had a middle name, it would be loyalty. Of all things, she's most definitely a fighter, and I truly admired her for that.

The same applies to Ryan. While he didn't grow up with a rough childhood like Beth, he did grow up with a lot of weight on his shoulders. High expectations can often suffocate someone, especially if they're only a teenager. He has goals and wants to reach for the stars, but he also wants to live. Truly live. That's where Beth helps him. They're both so fantastic together. Their banter and wit definitely made this book unputdownable.

Oh, and by the way, you'll get an update on two of our favorite lovers from PUSHING THE LIMITS. Giggidy!

This book is more than just a romance novel. It's about family and overcoming your past. It's about moving on, growing stronger as a person, and learning to lean onto others when you need it most. Honestly, I could go on and on about this book, but you should just check it out for yourself. It's five stars and so much more!


“You're a lot like that bird in the barn. You're so scared that you're going to be caged in forever you can't see the way out. You smack yourself against the wall again and again and again. The door is open, Beth. Stop running in circles and walk out.”

“I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly fills it. When there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I close the bottle and hand it to her.

She raises a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle.

'It's our rain Beth.'

Her head barely shakes to show her confusion while I rub the back of my neck and search for my courage. 'I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle.'”

“That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn't care as long as you had that one person standing beside you.”

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Not a lot of books this week, but it's all about the quality. Super excited about these two!

For Review:

*No Angel by Helen Keeble (goodreads/amazon)
*The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White (goodreads/amazon)

***Special thanks to the fabulous people at Harper Teen***

Weekly Round-Up:

*Last week's edition of Stacking The Shelves.
*My picks for the Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring a book with a gorgeous cover by Lanie Bross.
*Earthbound Tour with a guest post from Aprilynne Pike. Get this, she talks about ROMANCE!

I know, there should be a review in that weekly round-up, but goodness! What a crazy week in Lena-land. Anywho, hope you guys are having a fabulous weekend. What books did you get this week?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Earthbound Blog Tour

Thanks to the fabulous people at Penguin Teen, I'm revealing part of the Earthbound Fortune-Video. This post is about romance. Eeek! Ready for it?

Swoon, much? If that wasn't enough, here's a special guest post from Aprilynne Pike about Benson.

You know what I love about the YA books that have come out the last few years? The return of the nerdy male hero. I. Am. A. Fan. Nerdy boys are awesome. Not just in fiction, in real life too. In my personal experience, the nerdy boys are nicer, more polite, more respectful, and come up with way cooler dates. When one of my siblings starts dating someone new, the first thing we ask is, “Are they nerdy?” and we expect the answer to be yes! So when I decided Benson was going to be a nerdy boy, I didn’t hold back!

Benson is a freshman at New Hampshire University, majoring in History, and meets Tavia because he’s a library intern. He wears sweater vests (super casual, but still!) and sports glasses and, I confess, hates math. He’s got that messy hair look and is comfortable with himself in ways that only a self-made nerd can be. I adore him!! He’s got an interesting set of skills, from microfiche to picking locks, and he’s a pretty good driver when he’s trying to evade someone who’s shooting at him. Like I said, just a nice well-rounded guy you’d be happy to take home to your mother.:D

But he’s not all perfection. He has secrets, he has bad habits, like we all do. But when you’re trying to help a supernatural being stay alive while being chased by assassins and secret societies, the secrets you keep can be your undoing.

Benson showed up in my head very-much full-formed, and even when his role in the plot underwent some drastic changes, he never really changed. He has a strange sense of humor and calls Tavia really silly pet names. He’s also in college, even though he’s only three months older than Tavia, and let’s just say that he took to adulthood and independence like a fish. There’s a depth to him that is a little different than any character I’ve ever written and it is an utter joy to write all of his scenes! Even the ending ones. You’ll understand that later.;)

So here’s a little description of Benson that eventually got pared down to about half this length in the actual book, but it’s one I still love!

“The first time I saw him I thought he was just a library nerd. But his comfortable grip when he shook my hand and the way his light green button-up shirt and gray sweater vest fell into a style that leaned more shabby-chic than nerdy told me this was a carefully crafted look—not a persona he stumbled into after a geeky childhood. A pastel hipster.”

Be sure to add EARTHBOUND to your Goodreads and order your copy ASAP (Amazon/Barnes and Noble)


#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike has created a heart-stopping romance built on a love triangle like you’ve never seen before and filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy. Give it to fans of Beautiful Creatures and Nightshade.

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--and that she may have been the true intended victim--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.

About Aprilynne:

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.

Aprilynne Pike's #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever...

Where to find Aprilynne:


Wednesday, August 7, 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 FATES by Lanie Bross.

"What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?"

Why I Can't Wait: Goodness, FATES sounds incredible. One must live and one must die? I love these battles of right versus wrong and love versus death. It also looks like this is the first book in a possible series. Excited!

Expected publication: February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten books I wish had sequels. Y'all, I wish every book I love had a sequel. Anywho, ten it is!

Saving June by Hannah Harrington. Another road trip for the lovely couple? I think so!

Easy by Tammara Webber. Goodness, I love this book. It should be a series that goes on and on and on...

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. I just finished it so it's fresh on my mind. While the ending isn't open ended, I'd still like to see a sequel.

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. Honestly, all of Sarah Ockler's books should have sequels. Seriously.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. That ending! It's screaming for a sequel or at least a companion!

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt. So much went down within the course of a summer. Was everyone able to forgive each other? COME ON!

Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal. This book ripped me a new one. I'm not sure what that phrase actually means, but it literally tore my heart out. I would love a recap as to how everyone turned out, what they're up to, etc.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Again, there should at the least be a companion novel.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Technically, there's a glimpse at Remy and Dex's life in JUST LISTEN, but it's not the same. More, please!

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. I just want to know if anyone ever took down the Fearsome Foursome.

What books do YOU wish had sequels?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. You guys, I am insanely excited about the books I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:

*Until It Hurts To Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard (goodreads/amazon) LOVE this lady!
*Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (goodreads/amazon) Squee!
*Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman (goodreads/amazon) Why yes, I did do a little dance when I got this book.

***Special thanks to Penguin Teen for rocking my socks off this week***

Weekly Round-Up:

*My picks for the Top Ten Beginnings/Endings of Books.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring POINTE by Brandy Colbert.
*Want to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card? You're in luck!

That's all, folks! What books did you guys get this week?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Giveaway: Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Happy Friday! What better way to end the work/school/whatever week than with a giveaway? Thanks to the fabulous people at Appliances Online-UK, I am giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. With loads of amazing fall/winter titles coming out this season, I'm sure we could all use this gift card. Since this is a book blog, the only thing I ask is that you spend it on books and yes, they can be ebooks. It's pretty easy to rack up $50 in books (of if you're me, $100+ in one sitting).

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US and UK participants and ends August 31st.

If you're in the UK, be sure to check out AO. If you're feeling particularly friendly, you can hook me up with a new espresso machine. Mmm...lattes!

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway