Saturday, December 29, 2012

What's the Story McCoy? The one with the epic Boxing Week Steals!!!!


Hello Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Holidays, can you believe it's almost 2013? I can't wait! I'm sorry I've been lacking in the posts department this month, but wow what a month it has been, I'm very much looking forward to January! Luckily I got some amazing steals this week at work...

All the books below were either $4.99 or $5.99 and I got my employee discount on top of that, so I scored pretty well! I have a lot of these titles in ARC form but I really wanted Finished Copies, and they're Hardcover! Double Score! :)

From the top left down,
Timeless by Alexandra Monir (Delcorte Press)
Eve by Anna Carey (HarperTeen)
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey (Harcourt)
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (Henry Holt)
The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten (HarperTeen)
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison (HarperTeen)
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott (Simon Pulse)
The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (Source Books Fire)
Balthazar by Claudia Gray (HarperTeen)
Tempest by Julie Cross (St. Martin's Griffin)
The Secret Circle The Divide by L.J. Smith (HarperTeen)
Hereafter by Tara Hudson (HarperTeen)
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (HarperTeen)
Two Truths and A Lie by Sara Shepard (HarperTeen)

And I got some awesome Teen and Middle Grade titles for review!
ARCs
Finished Copy
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I haven't had as much time to read this month as I would have liked, but I have a ton of new Kindle Crack reads to review in January- I've definitely been on a New Adult bender lately haha!

That's my story for this week, thanks so much to Harper Collins Canada, Scholastic Canada, Ic13 Books and Chapters, for making it so epic!

What's your story?

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!!!
Regular posting will resume starting December 28th!!!


Until then, HAPPY READING!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

ARC Review & Giveaway: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me
By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: February 5th/13!!!
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pre-order Here or here
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

My Thoughts:

Wow, I thought Shatter Me was epic, Unravel Me blew it out of the water!

Juliette continues to be one of my favourite YA heroines and she faces a whole new set of struggles in Unravel Me, with her powers and the men in her life.

Unravel Me, basically picks up where Shatter Me left off, Juliette and Adam have joined the rebel resistance and our currently staying at the Omega Point Headquarters, where they attempt to master their skills "powers". Although I felt that this plot point resembled the X-men Academy, Mafi does a great job of putting her own unique spin on the mutant "Super Power" theme. Of course her ability to write amazing metaphors three dimensional characters, doesn't hurt either. We're introduced to a whole new batch of rebels and it was nice to see Juliette make some actual friends!

My heart broke for Adam and Juliette in this instalment. Adam has been keeping a VERY important secret from Juliette, that has some serious consequences their relationship. But not to fear, Juliette always has Warner waiting on the sidelines. Yes, that's right, Warner is back, and he plays a very important role in Unravel Me, we actually get to see a whole different side to him that may have some Adam fans switching sides haha. I do have one complaint about the men in this instalment and that's that I wish Adam was written in more. We were given so many great Juliette/Adam scenes in Shatter Me, and don't get me wrong, there's quite a few good ones in Unravel Me, I guess I just can never get enough Adam haha. 

There's also a MAJOR plot twist regarding Adam and Warner, I won't say what but it's a good one!

Along with a great cast of characters, Mafi also does a great job of blending suspenseful action into Unravel Me- they are preparing for a war after all. 

And that ending! Why Mafi, why? I need book #3 yesterday!!!

If you loved Shatter Me you're guaranteed to love Unravel Me!

Happy Reading!!!
ETA: If you follow me on twitter you know that this post was suppose to go up on Thursday. Unfortunately I scheduled it for the 27th instead of the 20th (my mistake!!!). So here it is now, and I apologize to anyone who came looking for it and got confused.
GIVEAWAY TIME!!! That's right, I'm giving away my precious ARC of Unravel Me to one lucky winner! PLEASE READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FORM ON THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM BEFORE ENTERING!!!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Our Song by Jordanna Frailberg

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!

I LOVE the synopsis for this week's pick! It sounds like such a romantic book!

by Jordanna Fraiberg
Release Date: May 2nd/13 (So far away!)
Publisher: Razorbill
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place. Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession. Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.

What titles are you waiting on this week?

Happy Reading!!!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading

This week's teaser comes from Jessica Brody's upcoming March release, Unremembered!

Enjoy!


"Who are  you?" I demand.
I watch the smile vanish from his face. Replaced by a dismal frown. His thick brown eyebrows knit together, forming a deep crease in his forehead. "It's true then, isn't it?"

Unremembered, p. 51

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

I have one request

I had planned to do an ARC giveaway of Unravel Me today, but after the horrific events of late last week, I wanted to take the time to send my condolences to all those who have been affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

As I write this post I realize that there really are no words for what happened, it was horrific, senseless and my heart goes out to all those innocent souls who's lives ended much before their time.

I have one request for all those who read this post, and that is, to not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There is never any shame in seeking out help, never.

My prayers, and my family's prayers are with all of you.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Book Blitz: Spellbound series by Nikki Jefford


Today I'm happy to be hosting a spectacular book blitz to celebrate Nikki Jefford's upcoming novel, Enchament (Spellbound #3)!!!

Entangled (Spellbound #1)
By: Nikki Jefford
Now Available!!!




Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.

Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.



Duplicity (Spellbound #2)
By: Nikki Jefford 
Now Available!!!




If Graylee Perez thought sharing a body with her twin sister was bad, dealing with a duplicate of herself is two times worse. Gray the second doesn’t seem to get that Lee’s boyfriend, Raj McKenna, is off limits. Then there’s the problem of Adrian Montez. He expects one of the Grays to be his.

Nearly a year later, the council is onto them for past misdeeds; Lee, along with the rest of the coven, has lost control of her powers; and Gray is being stalked by what looks like the Grim Reaper. If they work together, they may stand a chance of setting things right and making it out alive.


Enchantment (Spellbound #3)
By: Nikki Jefford
Release Date: April 2013

In the third and final installment of the Spellbound series, Graylee Perez (the duplicate), goes to Spain for a summer of escape. There she meets new friends and comes face to face with her old adversary, Adrian Montez.

When Gray tries to setup a spell that will banish Adrian from her life, she inadvertently falls under a love spell instead.

Charlene returns, having hijacked a new body, for one final battle between the twins.



Here's a special teaser from Enchantment just for you!!!

 Make The Girl Love You (Enchantment, Spellbound #3)

IN THIS SCENE: 
Adrian’s grandmother returns in book three, accompanying him on his magic tour in Europe.



“This food no good.”

Adrian’s Nan glared down at the plate of paella the waiter had set before her.

They were seated at an antique marble table attached to legs made of curly cast-iron supports. It was only noon, which made Adrian and his Nan the first lunch customers of the day. The Spaniards wouldn’t be out for their mid-day meal till closer to two.

Adrian was already three bites into his dish. “There’s nothing wrong with the food, Nan.”

“Food better in Paris.”

“Spanish food is fine. You just miss the pastries.”

“What wrong with pastries?”

Adrian grinned. “Come on, you have to admit it’s good to get out of the apartment.”

Nan scowled in answer.

His Nan had barely stepped foot outside since arriving in Barcelona two weeks prior.

“Why we come to Spain?”

“I told you. I had an opportunity to perform.”

“Perform!” Nan spat on the ground then tossed up her arms. “You perform plenty in Paris. I know why we come to Spain. The girl.”

Nan missed the look of warning on Adrian’s face.

“You almost kill yourself for this girl and still I no meet.”

“I did not almost kill myself for her. It doesn’t matter, anyway. She hates me.” She probably hated him even more after last night. It was of little consequence. Adrian had not expected to see Graylee Perez again, at least not this soon. Her mother had forbidden it. He smirked at the thought. No one forbade Adrian Montez anything.

Nan huffed. “Love. Hate. Doesn’t matter. You powerful warlock. Make girl love you.”

Adrian wasn’t above manipulation or the use of magic to get what he wanted, but in this instance the mere thought of it made him physically recoil. “I am Adrian Hedrick Montez. I will have a woman’s sincere love or I won’t have it at all.”

Nan huffed again.

Adrian smiled slowly. “Besides, I already have the love of a good woman.”

Nan came the closest to a giggle as Adrian had ever heard. Her lips puckered into a brief smile and she actually took a bite of her food. But as soon as she’d swallowed, she leaned forward and asked, “When we return to Paris?”

It was like dealing with a four-year-old.


About the Author:


Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. She writes edgy teen fiction, including the Spellbound Trilogy and Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter.

Nikki married Sébastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.


Connect with Nikki:




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Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rules by Stacey Kade


I only just found out about this week's pick, but it looks EPIC! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

By: Stacey Kade
Release Date: April 23rd/13.
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

What titles are you waiting on this week? 

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

ARC/Indie Review: Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters

Bad Rep
by A. Meredith Walters
Release Date: December 21st/12.
Source: E-ARC from author
Bad Rep on Goodreads
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:

"Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes".

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.

She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.

It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.

But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?


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My Thoughts:
Another great New Adult title! Definitely a Kindle-Crack read!

I've been having the best luck lately with my reading, everything is just so good! But on to BAD REP or more precisely, the sexy Jordan Levitt. How sexy is that name, right? Just rolls off the tongue. Personally, I felt as though Jordan was too good to be true and I wanted to strangle Maysie's insecurities out of her. I'm not one for facial piercings but for Jordan I'm willing to make the exception :). He's kind, smart, popular, funny, romantic as all hell and HOT!!! I think I could take a Bad Rep to be with him, haha.

My only complaint about Jordan was his reluctance to end things with Olivia, Maysie's arch rival, or is she? You'll just have to read to find out!

I was conflicted with Maysie a bit in the beginning, but after reading the first few scenes between her and Jordan, I started to enjoy reading from her perspective and was rooting for her all the way to the end, which I was sad to see come. I think a lot of us can relate to Maysie in her need to be liked. She goes through quite a lot to be with Jordan and I felt really bad about the way others treated her without knowing the full story. Although I felt like this was very realistic of most Greek Sororities and Frat houses. Walters does a great job of penning her insecurities and it was always nice to see Jordan there to save the day.

I can't finish this review without mentioning the steam factor between these two. O Lordy was there steam! So many amazing quotes from Jordan that had me sighing, he really is the best boyfriend ever!

Fans of Thoughtless and Beautiful Disaster are sure to enjoy Walter's upcoming release. This was my first read of hers, but I can promise you it won't be my last!

Please say there'll be a book #2!

Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review & Spotlight: The Scourge by A.G. Henley

The Scourge
Now Available!!!
Source: E-Copy provided by Kismet Blog Tours
The Scourge on Goodreads
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.

And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's.

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.

As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.



About the Author:
A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult novel, THE SCOURGE. She is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.aghenley.com

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My Thoughts:

I devoured this read! I urge everyone to go and buy an e-copy of Henley’s debut. It’s just that good!


Honestly, The Scourge reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games, in respect to the atmosphere and tone of the book. We’re given a futuristic society that’s in destitude, food and shelter are a luxury, and citizens are forced to hunt (or grow/harvest) their food, as well as collect their own water. This society is broken into two “factions” the Groundlings who dwell on the ground and the Lofties who live in the safety of the trees. Both factions have a common enemy though- The Scourge (think forest zombies).

Our heroine, Fennel, is a Groundling as well as Sightless, and so she is tasked with having to get water for both her Groundling peers as well as the Lofties, in exchange for their security. And that security comes in the form of Loftie Keeper, Peree. These two begin their daily trips to the lake amongst the ravenous Scourge, Fenn slowly making her way on the ground, while Peree takes aim from up above. This is when the fun really begins...

The journey these two take, and the discoveries they uncover, had me laughing, holding my breath and sighing all simultaneously. I actually found myself asking out loud, at one point, WHAT?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Major revelations and plot twists that had me up well into the night saying, "Just one more page" I ended up finishing this one in one reading and not going to be until 5:30am, because I just had to know how things were going to work out for Fenn and Peree and I'm so glad I did!

Fenny is an epic heroine! I loved absolutely everything about her. She's brave, loyal, kind, honest- just a strong character and role model. I had to keep reminding myself of the fact that she was blind because Henley does such a brilliant job of narrating Fenn's surrounding environment through her other, heightened, senses. I routed for Fenn the entire way through this book, she really wants what is best for everyone, and puts the needs of others before herself. She's not bitter about her Sightlessness but uses it to her advantage to help those who need it. To put it simply, she's awesome!

And then we have Peree- he's Fenn's equal counterpart in every way possible. He's brave, kind, I would imagine handsome and willing to do anything for Fenn. They're romance definitely has a Romeo and Juliet aspect to it. They know they shouldn't want each other, but they can't fight their feelings. I couldn't get enough of these two and can't wait for book #2, I need it yesterday!

Thank you so much to Henley for allowing me to join Fenn and Peree on their journey!

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