Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Song Of The Moment- Ash and Ember by Augustana

22021611Just One Night
by Gayle Forman
Release date: May 29th
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


My Rating: 5 stars

Review:
So I wasn't going to review this because I don't normally review novellas but I thought I would put together a sentence or two on this book. My problem is that I was completely fine with the way Just One Year ended, shocking right? I think I might have been the only one! Having said that this book was written for the fans who were disappointed by it. It was fun to quickly immerge myself back into this world and it was a fun quick thirty minute read but essentially it was pointless. Fun and enjoyable? Yes. Necessary? For me, no. I do really like that a lot of it was about all the people that helped them get to this moment and find each other. And again this book was everything it was meant to be but for someone like me for loved the ending of Just One Year it was slightly pointless. I'm confident that the fans who have been waiting for forever for this will be more than happy with it but in the end I was fine with the way it was originally tended to end with Just One Year. I don't regret reading it, I still gave it five stars cause it was fun and everything you really could have hoped for, and it was nice the immerse myself in the world once more.


Would I Recommend This? Yes
Who To? People who were unhappy with the ending of Just One Year
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Of course!


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Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Son Of Set by Kelsey Ketch - Excerpt and giveaway

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19469776Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2)
by Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: 05/02/14
Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours
Summary from Goodreads:
 “. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.” Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra. Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands. 
*Note: Content for Upper YA*

*Excerpt* 
Seth wrung a blood-soaked hand towel until the fabric pinched the flesh of his aching palms. Droplets of Natti’s diluted blood trickled into the running water. When the cotton began to dry, he drowned it again and wrung it out even tighter. Yet, no matter how sore his hands were, the haunting bloodstains on the towel wouldn’t wash away. Exhausted and frustrated, he tossed the towel into the basin. He slammed the faucet off, leaned over the counter, and stared at his reflection. Dark circles and black kohl accented his turquoise eyes. Large, swollen bruises coated his lightly tanned skin, each screaming with the slightest movement. Dry blood encrusted his wrists. His back ached and his knees were coated with grime. Even so, his injuries carried little pain compared to the memories he was still trying to process: his own father, Sean, drawing Seth’s Glock 38 on him at the hospital; being chained down in Set’s Temple and listening to Natti’s screams while his father dosed her with synthetic scorpion venom; watching Sean enslave her essence; seeing the ceremonial dagger poised over her breast. Seth shoved his fingers through his copper hair, trying to force the images out of his mind.
A soft moan, a harsh groan, and then a scream echoed from the next room. Seth’s overwhelmed system surged with adrenaline. He raced into the bedroom of the hotel room. Natti had her back pressed against the pillows and headboard as she manically swiped at the old, floral bedcover. She abruptly withdrew her hand with another scream and began to cower, her knees brought up to her chest.
“I don’t know,” she bellowed. “I don’t know.”
“Natti?” Seth rushed to her side. He stared at the bedcover, trying to determine who or what she was shouting at.
Natti turned her glassy eyes to him with a gasp. She scrambled sideways, and Seth had to catch her before she fell over the edge of the king-sized bed. Her panicky screams transformed into desperate cries for help. Afraid someone would hear her, Seth quickly covered her mouth. She struggled against him for a brief moment before she finally went limp in his arms. Her silver-violet eyes were filled with fear.
“Shh,” Seth cooed, trying to keep his own heart from leaping out of his chest. He stared into the eyes that had bewitched him on the first day they met. When she looked back at him, it was like she was gazing at a stranger. He swallowed a lump that formed in his throat and slowly raised his fingers from her lips.
“I don’t know,” she whimpered. “I don’t know. I swear, I don’t know.”
“Natti, it’s me,” Seth whispered, mentally begging the gods to help her. “It’s Seth. We met at school in mid-September. I rescued you at the festival. I helped you escape from the temple. Don’t you remember?”
Her body tensed under his hold, and her gaze went wild while she scanned the room. “Oh God, please. . . . I don’t know.”
“Natti.”
She wasn’t paying any attention to him. Her eyes were beginning to dilate, and her body vibrated with fear. Seth finally called on his blessing from Set, his magical charm, to try to calm her, but her mind was too wired and her veins throbbed under his touch. She suddenly screeched and thrashed violently in his arms.
“No. No, stop. I don’t know.” Her anxiety was building. Grabbing hold of her flying fists, Seth pinned her down on the bed. Her back arched and her legs kicked while she attempted to wrench herself from his grasp.

“Natti, stop,” he ordered. “Stop!”

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About the Author: During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.
Author Links:Website - Goodreads - Twitter - Facebook

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ARC Review: Divided by Elsie Chapman

Song Of The Moment- Stars and Boulevards by Augustana

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Divided
by Elsie Chapman
Release date: May 27th 2014
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Series - Dualed book 2
Genre: YA Dystopian
Goodreads Link
Description -
The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

WARNING! Spoilers ahead for book 1: Dualed.

My Rating: 3 Stars - Meh.

Review: Once more I find myself conflicted when trying to rate and review this book, I liked it, the first half was boring but the second half picked up and kept me hooked, but overall I only liked it, I never loved it. I so very much wanted this book to make up for the short comings of the first book, where there wasn't enough world building and it was all about our main character West hunting her Alt when I wanted it to be more, i wanted her to realize that "The board"(the government that controls life in Kersh) was evil and fight back, I thought we would at least get to that in this book but not really.

Let's talk about -
  -The world - Despite it not being developed as much as I wanted it to I still love the world that the author has crafted, this place walled off from the rest of the world, where everyone is sterile which leads to the "board" making it to where every person born has an Alt, a twin, that they will have to kill if they want to live. It's an awesome and unique world especially when you add in this mysterious Board and the Strikers (assassins who are payed to kill of peoples alts), but I just don't feel like the world isn't used as well as it could be. It could be awesome and badass but is weighed down by slightly boring plots. I don't know about you but when I read a dystopian like this I want to see the characters taking down the man not just getting by. While we get a little more insight into "the board" and everything West doesn't even begin to think they might be bad until at least 75% into the book which is much to late.
  -The Plot - So West has retired from Striking but is pulled back in by the board. I don't know, I just wanted more than this. Half way through things do pick up and it gets more interesting but I wanted it to be more, you know? Also one of the reasons for this is so that Wests future kids wont have Alts and I don't know I just feel like their could have been a better reason for this, it made me feel like West was a lot older than she supposedly is and I don't know it was just weird.
  -Characters -
    -Chord - I like Chord, i do, I just don't get why he loved West, I don't feel the love.
  -West - is still immature and annoying, constantly making bad decisions and all around frustrating. At some points I just wanted to smack her to make her finally understand that the board and this way of life is bad! Though she is still kind of a badass.
Other random things -
  - This is small but really annoyed me, now I did read an ARC mind you and it might have been cut from the final copy but at one point towards the beginning of the book West compares something to FanFic, how does that even begin to exist in this world? It's just weird.

Overall - I feel the question now is why did I give it 3 stars when my whole review was complaining about it? Because despite it not being what I wanted it to be it was still a good book, the beginning is slow but the end is really good and I still have hope for this series even if it's not the best thing I have ever read.

Would I Recommend This? Yes. If you liked the first than definitely pick this one up.
Who To? People who liked the first one.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes. Because I want it to get better.


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

Song Of The Moment(AKA this books theme song)- Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield

21902292Since Forever Ago
by Olivia Besse
Release date: May 13th
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -
Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?

Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?

Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he's wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they're actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.


I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 3 stars - I'm conflicted!

Review: I just have so many mixed feelings about this book so let's just jump right in okay?

Likes -
  - It's Hilarious - This book is filled with so many fun and hilarious moments that make it feel like an awesome romantic comedy. The characters inner dialogue while sometimes annoyingly insecure and immature was just laugh out loud funny and highly entertaining.
 - Liz - She's the more mature and responsible of Riley's friends and I really enjoyed her character.
 - Max - While slightly annoying he was a really good character all around. Funny and sweet especially for a frat boy.
Dislikes -
  -Riley - While she could be really funny she was also really immature and just downright stupid at some points. Like she had no future plan because she thought her boyfriend would just take care of her after they graduated? Seriously? Pull your head out of you a**. And she was just so immature at some parts, spent half of the book drunk or high which just annoyed me and she was constantly "whining" or saying "bratty" things and I kinda wanted to slap her. Let's not even talk about her "relationships".

Overall - It was an all around good book but Riley annoyed me to no end and that made the book less enjoyable and the maturity level of this book was down right cringe worthy. Though really really funny.

Would I Recommend This? Sure if you want a quick fun read

Will I read more from this author(or series)? Maybe

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #16

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The Fault In Our Stars(movie)
Release Date - June 6th
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Trailer -




Why I can't Wait - Come on? Seriously? You know. YOU KNOW!
Also it had to be done. =)

What are you waiting for this Wednesday? 

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Song Of The Moment - Counting Stars by OneRepublic

Blog Tour: Remnants Of The Damned by Gavin Hetherington - Review+Quotes+Playlist


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18679374Remnants Of The Damned
by Gavin Hetherington
Series: Abyssal Sanctuary #1
Release date: October 9th 2013
Genre: YA/NA Horror
Purchase: Amazon
How I got it - Review copy provided for blog tour
Blog Tour Hosted by Itching For Books
Goodreads Link
Description -
Witness the Birth of Fear.
There has always been something wrong with the sinister and secluded town of Lakefield View. For one, people get murdered on the streets and nobody does anything about it. Even if they hear their screams curse the night skies, the number of saints has diminished. But it isn't the sick and twisted residents of Lakefield View that are the ones who you should avoid... it's the killers, the psychopaths, the witches and the monsters you should watch out for.
Five unsuspecting workers of a picturesque café get the shock of their lives when a family member is killed before their eyes. A chain of events ensue and they are all catapulted down a spiraling road of mystery and magic, each struggling to overcome constant obstacles that threaten their lives and the safety of their families. As the mystery progresses and the secrets get darker, the friends find it harder and harder to keep their heads above water.
The only thing worse than being alone in the dark, is finding out you're not!


My Rating: 4 stars - As a lover of Horror movies and a reader of books I really did enjoy it. =)

Review: What to say? I admit I had a hard time with just deciding on a rating for this book even more so on reviewing it. But then I decided I need to review it for what it is...a horror book. Horror books don't follow the same rules as Fantasy or Contemporary or any other genre, they don't have to and while I used to love reading "horror" when I was younger, I use the quotations because we're talking goosebumps and fear street, I don't really read that so much anymore, I read fantasy and contemporary which can't be compared to Horror because they are wildly different. Anyways on to the real review.
I would compare this to Fear Street because creepy Town where people die often and no one seems to care? Hello Fear Street. Also as a kind of weird mash up of Scream, Cabin in the Woods and Final Destination. Let me explain. Scream because of the men in masks who try to kill various character and pop up seemingly randomly until (spoiler alert) you realize there is more than one. Cabin In The Woods because, honestly, it's kinda pointless in the end, I mean there is going to be more books so the story will progress but still. And finally Final Destination because that's what it feels like at first because these character keep almost dieing and running from death and whatnot. Having said all of that it does make for a pretty great Horror story.

Likes -
 -  I liked the characters, they were wildly different from each other and yet all a little bit crazy. Also always a plus in my book one of the main characters is gay! Boom. Mind blown! Kudos to the author for that one. (Disclaimer: while it may sound like I'm being sarcastic here I swear I am not.)
  - I also really liked the pacing of the book. It's broken down into six parts, one for each character that starts after they leave this Cafe where one of the characters sister has just been murdered and leading up to about twenty-four hours(I think) later when they're thrown back together again and the last part being the epilogue where they are all reunited and trying to figure just what is trying to kill them. But this way you get to everything from each characters point of veil and it definitely keeps you in suspense.
 - Creepy - I fully admit this book creeped me out more than once, especially when I read a certain clown part in the middle of the night...yeah I didn't sleep that night and I am not normally afraid of clowns, you know except when they're in horror movies and books, but in general not afraid..

Dislikes -
  - Lack of plot. But seriously how many horror movies and the like have a plot? I just wanted to know more.

Overall - This is definitely a horror story, lots of blood, all kinds of nasty things and fairly creepy. Which is a good thing but also means that there's not allot of plot or character development, there however is going to be more books so I'm sure some of the unanswered things will be answered. Basically if your a horror fan read it.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? Horror fans
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably

Favorite Quotes -

"I see dead people all the time. A lot of the time they just want to tell me something. Once or twice they've tried to kill me." 
"The three deep bleeding scratches were still there. The creature had clawed him is his dream, but here were the scratches in real life."
"I have been so paranoid about every little thing. I nearly shit myself earlier because something rubbed up against my foot, but it was just my other foot."
 "Christina studied the photograph. It was of the back of her head as she was driving. The timestamp on the bottom revealed that it was taken only five minutes ago."
 "Yeah well everyone has the right to be an ugly cow, but you abused that privilege!"
  "Who likes a status about someone dying? It's sick!"
 "I put on air freshener today so I smell nice."


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Okay so I wasn't scheduled for a Playlist so I was just going to do my normal Song Of The Moment theme song thing but I couldn't pick one song so I did a playlist anyways!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gavin Hetherington currently resides in the town of Gateshead in the United Kingdom. A literature fanatic of fantasy, Gavin began writing stories when he was young, mainly about witches and the supernatural.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #17 - Freebie - Top Ten Epic Bromances

Song of the moment - Mama by Cherri Bomb
Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Topic - It's a free week!!!!!!!!!! Let's talk Bromances, everyone loves a good Bromance, right? I may have included one or two from tv shows. Also I may use the term "bromance" loosely. Also I did 12 because I couldn't narrow it down any further.


  • Scott and Stiles from Teen Wolf- Come on you know it's true, they are the best. I mean when Stiles was going crazy and everything in the newest season? You know.
  • Merlin and Arthur from the BBC show Merlin - So I may be slightly obsessed with this show and I may not have watched the last season yet because I don't want it to end...yeah. But they are hilarious and you know they love each other.
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  • Caleb and Nick from Chronicles Of Nick
  • Will and Horace from Rangers Apprentice
  • BONUS! - Knox and Syd from Proxy! - I originally skipped this because I include Proxy all the time but then I figured, why break tradition?
So okay I admit my version of a Bromance is very flexible. =)
What's your favorite bromance of all time?

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Extensions - Fangirls Spotlight and Giveaway

So without going into too many details I have had a rough couple of weeks this month, first I got a new Tattoo which is not a bad thing but it's on my wrist which made it difficult to type but more importantly some things have been going on with my family. Again I don't really want to get into at the moment but it's the reason I didn't have real 2nd blogiverasry post and the reason that I am so behind on this months Fangirls Spotlight, the next couple of weeks are going to be even more hectic not only the stuff going on in my real life but I am so behind on review requests it's not even funny and so I have decided that rather than making a new Fangirls Spotlight and new giveaway for June I am just extending this months to end on June 30th. Hopefully by July things will have calmed down and everything will be good to go but we'll see.
So yeah. Most posts over the next couple weeks will only be Top Ten Tuesdays, Waiting On Wednesdays and reviews, I have some fun ideas but I haven't had time to finish them and I keep falling behind on replying to comments and I apologize for that but things are crazy at the moment and my main goal is to still have time to at least read and review if nothing else. I hoping that the only way this affects the blog is in skipping the Fangirls Spotlight next month but I just don't know enough at the moment to plan things out any farther than that.
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Shadow Fire Sale Blast!



Shadow Fire
Favorite Quotes

The villagers will be awaiting my return, skulking in the shadows, desperate to catch a glimpse of the walking dead girl. ~Ashlyn

After all, love conquers nothing but fools. ~Delistaire

Perhaps you shouldn’t have chased the poor pirate all over the ship shooting light daggers at him. ~Zane

How would you like a tour of this grand vessel, my angelic beauty? I’ll show you my favorite trysting spots. ~Taranis


Praise for shadow Fire

"Shadow Fire has something for everyone: suspense, love, action, adventure…all woven together perfectly making this debut novel a winner." ~ BTS Book Reviews

"I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Author of Illuminating Gracie

"Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." Sasha Hibbs ~ Author of Black Amaranth

"It is a beautiful love story surrounded by mystery, adventure, and magic." Christy ~ Amazon Reviewer

“I have to say that this is one of the best books I've read this year… From a breathtaking cover to a Must Read story. This is one book you won't put down!” ~ Crossroad Reviews


Shadow Fire
Light Chronicles Book 1

Kimber Leigh Wheaton

YA Fantasy Romance


$0.99 May 25 - May 30

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of the Light Chronicles is a standalone story.


Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in the Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming August 2014. Also watch for Tortured Souls, a YA paranormal romance, coming July 14, 2014.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart +playlist

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by E. Lockhart
Release date: May 13th
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Contemporary?
Goodreads Link
Description -
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.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


My Rating: 5 stars -I loved it

Review: Jeez I don't know where to even begin. The writing? Beautifully spectacular. The story? Heart breaking and all consuming. The end? A complete and total surprise. This book just takes your emotions, your heart, and twists and squeezes until you feel like you can't breathe and no matter what you can not stop reading, no matter how much a part of you doesn't want to know what it is that happened, no matter how big that part of you is, you have to keep going, there is no way to stop, you have to keep reading until you find out and then and only then can you stop reading and fall apart at the beautiful heartbreaking book you just stayed up all night reading and then you just curl into a ball and repeat these words over and over again "what just happened. Oh my jeez. What the heck just happened?" You can't find words to even begin to describe this totally indescribably awesome book. You can't even begin to think of reading another book, not in your vulnerable state and you absolutely 100% can not tell anyone about the ending, so just lie.

Would I Recommend This? Yes, Yes, One hundred times yes.
Who To? People who like their hearts to be torn out of their chests whilst reading a book.
Will I read more from this author? Uh, yeah.

Did I Make a playlist for this book? Yes


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fangirls Spotlight on Poison by Bridget Zinn - Playlist!



So it's kind of a lot of random songs, I couldn't come up with a theme that fit perfectly with this book so I winged it. =)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #15

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18634726The Vanishing Season - 
by Jodi Lynn Anderson 
Pub. Date - July 1st 2014
Description(from Goodreads) -

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.


Why I can't Wait - First of all I can not express just how much I loved Tiger Lily, also by Jodi Lynn Anderson, and while I haven't read any of her other books I do think I would really enjoy them because she is an amazing author. This book sounds mildly creepy and all around awesome and I simply can not wait to read it.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #16: Ten Books About Friendship

Song Of The Moment - Not Afraid by Eminem 
Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

 Topic - Ten Books About Friendship
Thoughts - I love this topic, I love books about friendship over romance, though I did expand it too just really awesome friendships for some of them because while I love books about friendship there aren't many I can think of the are JUST friendships and I might have waited till the last minute to do this post and panicked slightly.

Picks -
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  • Percy Jackson and The Olympians - Come on? All Percy ever wants to do is save his friends, it totally counts!
  • Becky from one man guy - Becky is like the ultimate best friend character
  • Pendragon - Bobby and Mark are best friends and Mark helps him throughout the whole series even though it puts him in danger and he doesn't have to, that's devotion to a friend!
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P.s. In case you were wondering, yes I do try and make Aristotle and Dante fit on every list, I have no shame! No shame!

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Blog Tour: Aqua by M.A. George + Book Soundtrack

Aqua
Aquaby M.A. George
Release Date: April 16th 2014
Goodreads link
Description:
Meet Layla McKelland:
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),
Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),
International Woman of Mystery, and…
Okay, just scratch the bio.

The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene. Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels. The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt. And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction. And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water.

Especially not water.


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Book Soundtrack! -
M.A. George
Layla is a very music-savvy character, so it makes sense that the soundtrack to Aqua would come from her playlist.  She has pretty varied taste (meaning she’ll listen to anything, provided it’s awesome).  Here are some of the songs she references in Aqua (along with a couple thrown in by me, because I just can’t resist):
“Black”, Pearl Jam – Okay, so Layla doesn’t actually mention the specific song—just the glory that is Pearl Jam—but I have it on good authority that “Black” is the track Layla cranked up as she revved her Volkswagen Rabbit for the long drive to Texas.  She may have hit the repeat button a time or two.  Or four.
“Pour Some Sugar on Me”, Def Leppard – This is one of the songs Layla sings inside her head on one of her ritual ocean swims.  It’s got a good beat for freestyling through the waves, particularly when you’re trying to shake some bizarre recent events from your brain.
“Kashmir”, Led Zeppelin – It’s Led Zeppelin, people.  Layla says this one needs no explanation
“Pumped Up Kicks”, Foster The People – When the ocean proves too fraught with danger and peculiarity, Layla reluctantly abandons swimming.  She finds a reasonable substitute in jogging (with the ability to carry along an MP3 player being a huge bonus).  This track is perfect for a pleasant jog.  Too bad she has to take off in a fleeing sprint somewhere mid-song…

“Skin”, Zola Jesus – You won’t find this one referenced in the book, but I got approval from Layla to include it.  This song was a frequent flyer on my own playlist while writing Aqua, because it’s just a cool song.  Every time I hear it, I see slow motion clips of Layla, Tristan, Pyke, and Zría navigating the ocean depths.  Plus, watery explosions are always cooler in slow motion.


About the Author
M. A. George is part happily married mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent...Oops, probably just lost that job. Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night. Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend). She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus). She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it. And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she's now available (Discretion guaranteed...).
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

ARC Review: Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig

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Coin Heist
by Elisa Ludwig
Pub. Date - June 10th 2014
How I Got It: Review copy through Netgalley
Goodreads link
Description -
The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.

United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.
Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Review -
What to say? I really enjoyed this book, it's a fast fun read, something good for when you don't want something that is going to hook you and take up hours of your time but you still want something, this is that something. It has a nice variety in it's four main characters and I loved seeing things from each of their perspectives especially when it came to what they thought about each other and how you knew they were wrong for judging and then you got to see them changing their minds as they get to know each other they way you already do, that was probably my favorite part. The thing was none of them were very likable characters, I mean I guess the point was you got to see the differences between how they think they are and then how they act around other people, but just as I would read a chapter from one characters perspective and start to really love them they would be completely unlikable in the next chapter, this for me mainly happened with Alice. I guess my main problem with this book is while it was fun and enjoyable it's also forgettable, it's been like four hours since I finished it and I'm already having trouble remembering what I liked and disliked about this book.

Likes -
  Dakota - I really enjoyed her character and her romance with Benny.
  Jason - So he's kinda a flaky tool, he still really grew on me throughout the book.
  Benny - I did like Benny but also I felt he was more than a little cliche
  The premise - While not totally realistic it was still really fun to read about the "heist"

Dislikes -
  Alice - I wanted to like Alice I did, but on top of the whole switching personalities thing, between chapters told in her POV and the other chapters where she was mostly kind of a b****, she was the only one who didn't really care, she didn't have a reason for the heist, she wasn't trying to save the school or right a wrong or save her scholarship, she just wanted to prove that she was smart enough to do it, which just irritated me.
  Unrealistic - Mainly to me it was that the thought of four high school students being able to or wanting to pull off this "heist" that I found unrealistic and like if it's so easy why hadn't actual criminals figured it out before? I know I know it's a book!

Overall - It's a nice quick read when you don't want to have to think about what you are reading, when you just want a short escape, but not the best.

Would I Recommend this? Ummm. Yes. If you want something fun and quick without a lot of substance or swoony moments.

Would I read more from this author? I would consider it, if the book sounding interesting then probably yes.

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