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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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