Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Forgetting Release Day Celebration!


THE FORGETTING
Release Day Celebration Hosted by MMSAI Tours
February 3, 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK:


The Forgetting
Author: Nicole Maggi
Release Date: 2/3/15
Publisher: SourceBooks Fire

SYNOPSIS:


Georgie's new heart saved her life...but now she's losing her mind.

Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn't seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she's been allergic for years? Why can't she remember last Christmas?

Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets. Everyone thinks she committed suicide, but Georgie is compelled to find the truth - before she loses herself completely.



BOOK LINKS


PRAISE FOR THE FORGGETTING:

"[T]his story is a powerful call to action. Yet even with its obvious motivation, it is never preachy. Strong characters, a well-developed mystery and a budding romance all come together to make this a story worth reading. Admirably and appropriately, Maggi refuses to shy away from what Georgie uncovers, including drug use and graphic scenes of sexual violence against children. Dark reality for sturdy readers." - Kirkus Reviews

"As long as teens buy into the book’s premise, they will be drawn into its suspenseful, exciting story that sheds light on an important social justice issue not often addressed in YA fiction. This book is a solid purchase for its innovative subject matter." - School Library Journal

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age.  She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare.  After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats.  She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, published by Medallion Press.  The first book, WINTER FALLS, is available now.

Contact Nicole:

GIVEAWAY
Three Winners will each receive a signed copy of THE FORGETTING by Nicole Maggi

Ships in US only | Must be 13+ To enter

Friday, January 30, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Hard print (real thing) or Kindle/Nook, which is your favorite?

If we're talking about favorite's then definitely hard print! They just look so pretty on my  book shelf (and hands) but I do read ebooks. Especially if I'm not sure if I'll love the book, I tend to buy the ebook first and see how it goes but hard print's will always be my favorite.

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Save Me by Jenny Elliott (ARC) ~ Short DNF Review



Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Pages: 309

Goodreads Summary

Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

My Review

I had high expectations for this book and maybe that was the problem. Cara is a whale watcher and on one of her excursions with the new comer David she falls overboard and he saves her. Soon after their life threatening experience he asks for her number and also on a date, she agreed because she felt a connection with him and a voice in her head said she can trust him . Now keep in mind that they just met and yet their already going on a date. I know this may not bother other people but for me it just doesn't work, I'm not even 20 pages in and I'm already having doubts.



ATTENTION: Mini spoilers ahead if you consider less than 40 pages in, spoilers. Read at your own risk.

I tried, I really did but I just couldn't bring myself to keep reading. Cara's character felt flat to me and she wasn't such a compelling narrator either. And then there's the instant love. No, just no. If there's one thing I loathe about reading YA books, its the instant love that some of them contain. (Yes I admit it. I have a love and hate relationship with YA novels.)  I'm on page 30 and she's already fallen for David and kissed him too even though they just met and she knows nothing about him other than him being new in town. Really? I was expecting something different from this book (a swoon worthy thrilling romance like the summary said.) but I guess instant love is all I'm gonna get. I feel bad for DNF-ing this book, especially since I haven't even reached 100 pages yet but I just can't bring myself to do it. I tried to finish this book because I hate leaving books unfinished but as of right now, nope. This book just isn't for me. 

Thanks to Emma @ Miss Print for giving me her Arc review copy of Save Me.  ;)



Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award


I've been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award! I was nominated by Paranoid Puppet @ The Inside Mind of a Paranoid Puppet and Michelle @ Michelle's Minions. Thank you so much! You guys are amazing and so are your blogs! You should definitely check their blogs out!

Here are the rules for the The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site.

2. Post the award's logo onto your blog. 
3. Answer the 10 questions you've been asked.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 questions.


These are the rules but since I've been nominated by two bloggers I decided to change it a little. Since each blogger asked me ten questions I won't be doing all twenty because then that'll be a pretty long post so instead I'll pick five questions from each of them and then answer them! ;)

Questions asked by Paranoid Puppet

1. What's your favorite book and why?


BOOK!! Your asking what's my favorite book? Gahhh I can't just choose one their's so many!! My favorite series is currently the Bloodlines series and Angelfall  AND a bunch of other books which are swimming in my brain and that I'm not gonna name because then this will turn into a long post of my never ending favorite book list!!!

2. How did you start reading?

I suppose like how anyone starts reading, my mother bought me all the Disney stories and I just fell in love from there. I was like...oh I don't really remember how old I was but I was really young. In fact I was actually looking through (more like scavenging, I swear my closet looks like a hoarder could live in it.)  my closet the other day and I found it. I was happy and really sad and mad at myself because I had left them their to gather dust. I can't believe I forgot about them.

Here they are:




3. A book everybody loved and you didn't?



The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, I tried I seriously did! There were so many good reviews and I had big expectations but...I couldn't get into it! I was depressed really because it seemed like a great book. Maybe it was just me but I just couldn't...

4. A book everybody hated but you didn't?




I don't know if everyone hated it, but Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick was my favorite when I was (I probaly still am) a brainwashed starved for romance and adventure 14 year old girl. I admit it! I even have all the books though the last book was a downer I always loved the first book.

5. What's the biggest book you have ever read?



Biggest book I've ever read? Haha I read a lot of big books. Okay no I don't but one that I can think of that is pretty big is Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead it has 594 pages. Yep you heard me, 594 pages. I still can't believe I read the whole thing! I have it on my book shelf and it takes up a lot of space and it weighs a ton at least to me it does.

Questions asked by Michelle's Minions

6. Who is your favorite book or literature couple?

SYDRIAN for life (Sydney and Adrian from the Bloodlines)!!! Yep they are my favorite!!! I just love them if they ever make shirts I'm totally buying them!!! I also have an ultimate Korean drama couple and I just love them together they are just so beautiful and I can't even...I know you said books but I just can't leave my ultimate Kdrama couple out!!! And they are Yeo Wol and Kang Chi from Gu Family Book!!!

Gahh their just to beautiful!!! These are some of my favorite scenes of Gu Family Book !!! ;)


Gahh!! All the feels!! My ultimate SHIP!!

7. How big is your TBR pile (to be read) currently?


Nope I don't have a big TBR pile. At least I don't think it is, I only have about 700 TBR books. Pfft its not even 1, 000 I consider it a medium pile. ;)

8. What do you like to eat or drink while your read?


I don't like eating while reading because I have had bad experiences trust me. Just look at my Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, it's full of stains I blame it on my younger self. As for drinking well I do drink Arizona Green Tea while I read it's my favorite drink.

9. What is your favorite type of book to read? (genre, books about anything in particular.)




From these two pictures, guess what's my favorite genre? Done guessing? Fantasy and retellings!!! I love them they're my ultimate favorite!! I read all types of genre's but these two are my favorite!! ;)

10. Do you have other hobbies besides reading?

Why yes! Yes I do in fact I can show you in a picture what I love to do besides reading! Which is Jewelry making! Whenever I have time or I'm taking a break from reading I like to bead and make little trinkets.


In case you're wondering, yes my stuff is on a blanket of Frozen! Me and my sister both love Frozen! Although, honestly it feels like she loves frozen more she even has the doll of Elsa. Lol!

My Nominees:

Blessie @ Mischievous Reads
Angelique @ Ang Reads!
Jennifer @ Asterisk Pearl

I know the rules say to pick ten but I'm just gonna go with four! And if anyone wants to do this tag. Feel free to do so! PS. If you don't want to participate and I nominated you, that's fine just ignore it! ;)

My questions for you:

1. What are two of your favorite book series?
2. What book was your first or what book made you fall in love with reading?
3. Do you read Manga or Comics or just books?
4. Who are your favorite characters from books and why?
5. If you had to live in the world of one of your books, which book would it be and why?
6. Do you watch the movies of books? Why or why not?
7. Do you have any favorite TV shows?
8. What genre of books do you like to read?
9. Who is your favorite book or TV show couple? 
10. Who are your favorite authors?

Thanks for stopping by! If I've nominated you, leave your post of Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award and I promise to check it out! I can't wait to see your answers!







Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Spelled by Betsy Schow


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:


Publication: June 2, 2015

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance

Goodreads Summary

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after. 

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.

Why I'm desperate for Spelled:

I am desperate for this book for no other reason that it being a retelling! I just gaahh their my ultimate favorite and I can never get enough of them. Plus did you see the author's name? Did you? Betsy Schow! That's my name! Betsy! I feel so special! *smirks* (Yeah I get excited over the little things. ;)) And just look at that cover! I have no words. *speechless*


What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!





Monday, January 26, 2015

Hidden Agenda (Southern Crimes #3) by Lisa Harris Review



Genre: Suspense, Christian, Romance, Death

Series: Southern Crimes #3
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Genre: Suspense, Christian, Romance, Death 
Release: Date: January 1, 2015
Pages: 305

Goodreads Summary

Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from taut suspense writer Lisa Harris will leave readers breathless as they race to connect the dots before it's too late.

My Review

I received this book through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Michael is an undercover cop who is in danger of being killed after his identity is revealed to the criminals he was hunting down. Now not only does he have the cartel after him but the cops are after him too. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

The character's in Hidden Agenda were well-written, the struggles and pain that they felt, felt so real that I couldn't help but sympathize with them and root for them. Michael is a cop with worries just like the rest of us but he pushed himself to the limits even when he felt like he was fighting a losing battle. He grew doubts and was exhausted of trying to fight the corruption in his police department but even then he kept on fighting which is what made him so realistic.

Olivia the daughter of Antonio Valez the cartel drug lord was a truly strong heroine and not only physically but emotionally as well. When she found out her father was a criminal and a drug lord at that, she felt so betrayed and that really hit home for me. Even when it was her own father and it hurt her so deeply to find out the truth she accepted it and decided to help Michael bring down her own father. To me that made her really courageous in my eyes to have the guts to do the right thing even when it would destroy the only other family she has left apart from her teenage brother Ian.

The plot was action-packed and full of suspense that it kept me glued to the book. I was looking for a nice blend of mystery and romance which is exactly what I got and more. There was murder, running, kidnapping, and betrayal all rolled into this book it was a complete roller coaster ride. The romance in this book was sweet and fit right in. The love between Olivia and Michael grew gradually and it was a nice change for me. My only complaint is that at the end of the book it felt like everything fell into place way too quickly and easily. I was expecting a bit more of a show down but that's just my opinion.

 This book is a perfect read for those who love romance, suspense and a great mystery!

Rating: 3.5 stars


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves # 6


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews  and is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves be it in virtual form or physical. You can include books you’ve won, bought, borrowed from the library or review books.



Hey, guys! I know its been awhile since I posted an STS but I decided to post one just once a month now since I felt like it would be better to just gather all the books I've gotten in one post. So here goes!

In the month of January I got.....

Bought

Everneath (Everneath # 1) by Brodi Ashton
Olivia Twisted  by Vivi Barnes
Glow (Sky Chasers # 1)  by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Of Beast and Beauty  by Stacey Jay
Possess by Gretchen McNeil

I've been literally frothing at the mouth for Ruby Red and Of Beast and Beauty, so as soon as I saw them I couldn't resist. Plus their covers are just too beautiful and they deserve to be in my hands. (At least that's what I told myself.) As for the others I've seen them around and just decided I might as well because their's no turning back once you have ordered one or two books. Right?

And this month I also won 2 arc's that I've been seriously desperate for...drum roll please..

Won

OMG!! You guys would not believe how much I fangirled when I got Shutter!! In case you don't know I've been seriously desperate for an Arc copy!! I had given up hope after I entered my fifth giveaway of it. Yes you heard me FIFTH. (yes I kept track.) *fans self* Anyways, sorry guys for spazzing but yeah I was super excited. Save Me has also been on my wishlist for quite awhile and I was so fortunate enough to win a copy. 


That's all for this week! Leave a comment and/or link to your Stacking the Shelves. I'll make sure to check them out too. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews?

I normally just post my reviews on my blog, Goodreads, and Amazon but I plan on posting them on other websites. I still need to make a Netgalley account, I've heard about that website a lot. Probably in the near future....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight # 1) by Melissa Grey


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:


Publication: April 28, 2015

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction

Goodreads Summary

For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
 

Why I'm desperate for The Girl at Midnight:

Fantasy is my favorite genre and plus I loved City of Bones at least the first book anyways so I'm sure I'll be loving this book. Apart from that I'm really loving the MC's name Echo gahh I love it! I'm hoping this book will blow my socks off.


What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Emissary (Legends of the Realm #1) by Thomas Locke



Series: Legends of the Realm #1
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Fantasy, Christian Fiction
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Pages: 385

Goodreads Summary

Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam's extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light--and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease? When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder.

He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path--which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities--and dangers.

My Review

I received this book through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Emissary had the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure but I wasn't that invested in it until I came to the first half of the  book. The world building was what grabbed me the most, it was what kept me flipping the pages with its beautiful imagery not the character's which are always a hit and miss for me. I've always loved a good adventure and Emissary did not let me down but what did were the characters. I could not bring myself to care for any of them except maybe Joelle and even then I wasn't sure.

Hyam is the main character and yet I could not connect with him at all. I was reading through his perspective and yet nothing about him really compelled me to care much about the struggle he was going through. He felt flat to me, and the only thing that made up for it was Joelle whom he didn't meet until halfway through the book. He didn't seem alive until her character showed up which did help matters. I felt like the only thing that saved the book was the wonderful world building which I'm grateful for.

The romance aspect of the book also felt a bit forced to me. I couldn't come to really care for it and in fact I felt like the book didn't even really need the romance, I felt like Joelle and Hyam could have just ended up being friends but maybe that's just me.

This book was more fantasy than romance so if that's what you're looking for then you should check this book out!

Rating: 3 Stars

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Birth of a Destiny (Light Bearer #1) by T.R. Milne Review ~ Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway




Book Title: Birth of a Destiny (Light Bearer #1) by T.R. Milne

Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure

About the book:
 Evil stalks her. True love finds her. Destiny claims her.
Rose wakes from a coma to find her life has changed forever.
Her parents were killed in the accident that nearly claimed her life. Now orphaned, her mother’s sister brings her to live in the country with her cousins, who quickly make their resentment known.
Once courageous and full of life, she only wants to be left alone to wallow in the murky shades of grief. Yet, evil stalks her dreams, and fate moves her towards her destiny.
Ghostly meetings, attacks under the cloak of storms, and a threatening dark presence brings danger and adventure to Rose, her cousin and new friend. Her special abilities, known to no one, must remain a secret – somehow.
The trio uncover a portal that takes them to a magical kingdom threatened by an evil creature thirsting for eternal darkness. Only one can stop him . . .
Already heart-broken after the loss of her parents, Rose struggles to deal with the hostility from her cousins, the constant danger, and the guilt that keeps her from Diamond, her horse. But, she is totally unprepared for a turn of events that has staggering consequences. Her special abilities are strengthened as she is tested, time and again.
Birth of a Destiny is the first book in the Light Bearer series. It is the beginning of a tale of a lost champion, found by fate and guided by love – growing through adversity and turmoil – on a journey that becomes a crusade. Readers will join Rose, a young girl crossing to a young woman who must travel dangerous and unexpected paths to recapture her warrior spirit, heal her heart and claim her destiny.

My Review

I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review.

Birth of a Destiny captured me from the very first sentence and I could not put it down, and I am really sad that I finished it so quickly. I was so invested in it that when the last page came I was so depressed to see it end.  I loved Rose she was just the kind of character you can't help but love and cheer for.  She was strong and independent. I really felt for her, her grief at her parents loss was really heart wrenching especially at such a young age but she didn't let her grief get the best of her she fought with all she had to protect the people she loved.

I could not get enough of Rose's character! One of the things that made me positively happy was that even though Rose liked James she didn't let her feelings get in the way and she knew she couldn't trust James completely. I'm glad she wasn't like other typical young girls blindly trusting a guy she just met because he was cute and nice.

I, on the other hand, really came to love James! I found him adorable even if he did keep secrets from Rose. He was just such a wonderful character apart from Rose, he truly did care about her and to me that's what really counts. Their romance was barely flourishing since their really young so it was understandable. The magical aspect of the story was what truly intrigued me and I would have liked to have seen more of it, hopefully the next book has more! 

Everyone who loves a good adventure with a strong heroine and a good vs. evil plot needs to read Birth of a Destiny!

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Links:
About the Author:
T.R. Milne was shaped as a writer by early childhood where she grew up in a haunted house on a farm where her imagination grew wild.

Her love affair with writing began nine years ago, when her first child was still a baby. Since then, between working part-time and parenting a brood of scrumptious children, she has been writing during little stitches of “free” time in coffee shops, kitchen tables, libraries, and her study.

She now lives with her husband and three children in Melbourne, Australia where she is a Change Manager and Author.

T.R. Milne finds inspiration for writing in all the things that bring light into her life T.R. Milne loves writing for Young Adults, stirring their fertile imaginations and eager sense of adventure. Birth of a Destiny, the first in the Light Bearer series, is her debut novel.



Author Links:

Website/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

The Giveaway: 

(2) paperback copies of Birth of a Destiny by T.R. Milne open Internationally

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