Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks topic is the top ten books I really want to read but don't own yet. Umm, narrow this down to ten? I guess I'll try...

1. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons. I absolutely LOVED Kristen's ARTICLE 5 series, so I'm definitely looking forward to her next novel,. The Handmaid's Tale meets Blood Red Road? Innnnnteresting.

2. Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Hello, this book was inspired by The Nutcracker. Enough said.

3. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I keep hearing amazing things about this book.

4. Come Back To Me by Mila Gray. Another one I've heard great things about!

5. Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot. This one sounds like a great yet possibly heavy beach read!

6. No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown. You guys, how cute is the cover? I'm also seriously in love with the summary.

7. The Bridge From Me To You by Lisa Schroeder. Umm, why don't I own this book yet, and why haven't I read it? I pretty much love all of Lisa's books, so I need to remedy this ASAP!

8. On The Fence by Kasie West. No idea why I don't own this one yet, especially since I loved PIVOT POINT.

9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. We've pretty much established how much I stink at book buying lately...

10. I Was Here by Gayle Forman. Love this lady and all over her books. Very much excited about this one!

There you have it! What books do you really want to read but don't own yet?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Infinite Sea Giveaway

"The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate."

Let us all take a moment and appreciate the cover of THE INFINITE SEA...


Okay, for those of you guys who have read THE 5th WAVE, I'm sure you're as excited about THE INFINITE SEA as I am. Rick Yancey couldn't write fast enough. We're less than one month away from the release, and it still feels too long. Ack!

Thanks to the fabulous people at Penguin Young Readers Group, I'm not only giving away a copy of THE INFINITE SEA, I'm giving away a SIGNED copy. WOOHOO! We'll go over that in a bit, but first let's take a moment and watch the epic trailer for this book.

EEK! Are you excited yet? If so, I'm got another surprise for you. You can actually read an except from this novel NOW! Check it out...

Okay, and now it's time for the giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and answer this question in the comments below: What 3 books would you want to bring in the event of an apocalypse? This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends September 16th.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: August 14th 2014 by Dutto
Source: Bought

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

First line: "It's midnight, it's sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy- that guy right over there- that's him."

*slow claps*

I can honestly say this is the best book I have read all year. From the very first sentence, the author pulls you back into her world filled with laughter, friendship, art, and so much love leaving my heart aching by the end. I've recommended quite a few books this year (thus far), but guys, this is THE book. This book tops every other book that you've read and will literally have you both smiling due to it's epicness yet crying because it's over.

One thing I highly recommend doing prior to reading ISLA is rereading both ANNA and LOLA. I personally read ISLA before rereading the other two, then went back and reread them all. The second time around (the one with the rereads) somehow made this whole experience much more magical. Every loose end is tied up, and it's done beautifully. Honestly, prior to the rereads, I forgot who Isla was. I loved that the author left little breadcrumbs in each book leading you towards the end. Quite frankly, I haven't read such genius since J. K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series.

Out of the three heroines, I must admit Isla is my favorite. I love that she adores wearing dresses and high heels. As a five foot nothing woman married to a six foot two man, I can assure you sometimes flats just don't work. I actually have a couple engagement photos that look like my husband is walking a small child rather than his future wife. At any rate, like most girls her age, Isla is confused about where her life will take her. Should she attend a university in New York or Paris? Maybe she should explore somewhere she hasn't been? What should she do with her life? As seniors in high school, we all ask ourselves these questions. There are a few that know exactly what they want to do with their lives (Josh being one), but I think it makes it even harder for people that don't know to be around people that do. Perkins does a great job of displaying this in her novel and to me, it makes the characters much more real.

Josh ended up being more complicated than I originally remembered. I didn't realize how sensitive he was nor how boyish he can be, but if anything, he is the epitome of a hopeless romantic. To all the single ladies, if you ever find a guy like this, do not let him go. He is a rarity and sees beauty in this world that you can't even imagine. I love that he's an artist who loves graphic novels. I love it even more that if he sees something spectacular, he has to drop everything and draw it. Memories come and go but drawings? Those can last forever.

Now, my favorite part of this book is the romance. Wowzas! I can see why this book is recommended for people 14 and up. The angst, the confusion, the chemistry, all of it led up to these intricate, perfect moments that had swooning all over the place. I felt like a cesium atom bouncing in a stable gravitational cavity. You guys, I'm actually sighing right now just thinking about it. I will admit sometimes the angst was just too much for me. Agony, so much agony! Can't we all just kiss and make-up? Alas, the world is not perfect, but all we can hope and ask for is a happily ever after.

All in all, as you can see from this ranting and raving review, I cannot recommend ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER enough. I loved this book so much that I ended up not only purchasing it but also purchasing the paperback copies of both ANNA and LOLA as well. Yes, I do own the hardbacks but hey, I have to have my favorite ladies matching, right? Right!


5 Stars

Favorite Quotes:

“I am hard on myself. But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? Before someone else can break your heart? Isn’t it better to break it yourself?”

“There's no story,' I say. 'I saw you one day, and I just knew.”

“Josh grins. It’s wide and relieved and reveals a rarely seen pair of dimples. I could live inside those dimples for the rest of my life.”

“You know that because you asked me out, you’re the one who has to pick the place, right?”
Throat. Dry.
Dry throat.
All of the dryness in my throat.
“Whatever you suggest.” He grins. “I’ll say yes. You’ll definitely get a yes. If that helps.”

Friday, August 15, 2014

All Lined Up

Title: All Lined Up
Author: Cora Carmack
Published: May 13th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Bought

"New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel."

First line: "In Texas, two things are cherished above all else- football and gossip."

Thoughts: Look at that first line. Just look about it and think. If you're from Texas, you know that truer words have never been spoken, especially if you grew up in either a small town or an urban subdivision outside a major city (the latter would be me). Also, if you're from Texas this world, that must mean you're very familiar with Friday Night Lights (If not, we need to have a serious talk about your life choices). This book is pure Friday Night Lights (minus season two) all wrapped up into a well-written, entertaining, and purely fun read. I must say this is Cora Cormack at her best, and I couldn't be happier.

Like most NA novels, this book is told in alternating points of views. You have Dallas (named after the Cowboys) who is a dancer and wants to separate herself from her dad's coaching life and her past. She hates that she lives in and attends a small town college and dreams about moving somewhere with a more established dancing program. The only thing is her protective and hard-headed father won't let her. Their relationship is strained, leaving Dallas stuck between a rock and a hard place. Now, mix that in with Carson, the newest member of the Rusk "Bleed Red" football team, and you've got a formula for drama. Hello, coach's daughter and one of his football players? Lights, camera, action!

Of the two characters, I found myself enjoying Carson's character more. He was just so laid back and easy to love. I love that he has this alpha protective nature but is also a complete and utter sweetheart. His actions on the field very much describe him as a person. What I mean by this is he's a loyal, hardworking, and passionate man who simply wants to find himself. Hey, isn't that what college is for? Plus, hello...he's a quarterback. You know what that means, right? Killer arms + six-pack abs. WOWSA!

The romance between the two was the perfect mixture of angst, yearning, and steam. Both the chemistry and passion were palpable, and it had me thirsty for me. Oh, and those kissing scenes? Can you say swoon? I'm smiling right now just thinking about it.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to all fans of FNL and well, fabulous books in general. I'm trying to think of any issues I may have had with this novel and am coming up blank. Seriously, I can't emphasize this enough, READ THIS BOOK. As Coach Taylor would say: "Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose".


5 Stars

Favorite Quotes

“God, do they make WD-40 for flirting? Because I am rusty.”

“I swallow and stare and swallow again, because dear, sweet Jesus riding a unicorn, he's perfect.”

“I don't know anything about this guy except that his eyes make my mind fuzzy, and his muscled arms make my mouth water, and the things he keeps saying... they burn – beginning in my flushed cheeks, blazing through my blood, and curling between my legs until I feel like I have to squeeze them together just to keep from combusting on the spot.”