Thursday, February 28, 2013

Swoon Thursday: Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by  YA Bound.

Here's how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the chicks at YABound!

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"Is it even possible," he whispers, "that you can't feel this fire between us?"
His hands are traveling up my arms again, his touch so light, his fingers slipping under the straps of my shirt and it's ripping me apart, it's aching in my core, it's a pulse beating in every inch of my body and I'm trying to convince myself not to lose my head when I feel the straps fall down and everything stops. The air is still. My skin is scared. Even my thoughts are whispering 2
6 seconds I forget to breathe.
Then I feel his lips against my shoulders, soft and scorching and tender, so gentle I could almost believe it's a kiss of a breeze and not a boy.
This time on my collarbone and it's like I'm dreaming, reliving the caress of a forgotten memory and it's like an ache looking to be soothed, it's a steaming pan thrown in ice water, it's a flushed cheek pressed to a cool pillow on a hot hot hot night and I'm thinking yes, I'm thinking thank you thank you thank you

What made you swoon this week??

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?

J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic

For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says

Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU?


Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

WAIT FOR YOU is available now!

More about the Author: 

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites: TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE

Waiting on Wednesday 2/27/13: Indelible (The Twixt, #1) by Dawn Metcalf

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

Some things are permanent.


And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…


Expected publication: July 30th 2013
by Harlequin Teen

Come on!! Doesn't that just sound awesome!!! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!! 

What are you waiting on?

Monday, February 25, 2013

COVER MAKEOVER REVEAL: Astarte's Wrath (Kythan Guardians, #0.5) by Trisha Wolfe

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarian her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps its way into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

YA-Mature: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older.This is some quoted text.
Cover design: Stephanie Mooney

Publication: March


About the Author:

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk/Paranormal DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing) and the upcoming YA Sci-Fi / Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My published short stories have appeared in YA literary journals, Fantasy magazines, and anthologies. I’ve written five books in the past three years, and I’m currently working on a new YA Sci-Fi / Dark Fantasy project. I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional blog for the Young Adult genre. Also a proud member of YALITCHAT.ORG, SCWW, and The Apocalypsies. And I’m also a business owner, partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: If You Stay (Beautifully Broken, #1) by Courtney Cole

Title: If You Stay
Series: Beautifully Broken, #1
Author: Courtney Cole
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult 
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole. Seriously.
He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.

But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect fa├žade. So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right? Wrong.

And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila. Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?


My Mini Review:

Wow! This book, this book!! Now, I wouldn’t have found out about this really exciting read if it wasn’t for Momo over at BooksOverBoys. And I am so, so glad she recommended the book to me, showed me this bad boy was out in the world ready for me to read it.

This book packs quite a punch. It’s a very raw, and to me, real read. And I love books like that. The main character is rough around the edges, true and real. Actually, all the characters felt very real to me. The author made it where I could really imagine them, see them as real people, not fictional characters. So, that reality was a great and very enjoyable factor.
She's rambling. And it's cute as hell. I smile. And as I do, I feel like the Big Bad Wolf and she's little Red Riding Hood. 
Now, the way the book opens, that first page, it’ll blow you out of the water, that is how you open a book to pull your readers in. Okay, this book isn’t for the younger crowd, and that first page also proves that!  

Let’s discuss the leading male, Pax. Oh, Pay!! In the description you get “a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy,” the moment I read that, I knew had discovered my new fictional crush. He is everything like that, dangerous and sexy, but of course, there is a reason to why he’s such a bad boy. Pax is way more than meets the eye, and as you read, you figure him out. You understand the reasons behind his actions and how he became who he is. Getting to know this character was, well, lovely! He’s one of those guys’ there-is-more-than-meets-the-eye kinds of type. I also really felt for Pax, he’s a complex character, and even with his flaws, I enjoyed him.

Then you have Mila, and I really like her character also. She’s a very innocent girl, an artist. She’s sweet and kind; she is the perfect opposite of Pax. Now, they kind of met in a very different scenario then most characters do, but this draws them together. Though just like Pax, Mila has a few things that happened in her passed that shaped her, made her who she is today. So, like Pax she also grows in her character.
This girl makes me smile like an idiot. 
Not only did I enjoy Pax, which I highly did, and Mile, but I enjoyed the few side characters there are.  Now, the only thing I didn’t quite enjoy was the pacing. It did flow nicely, however, it was a very fast pace read. But Cole did a good job at making it feel like it wasn’t rushed. I do love the why Courtney writes, her writing style.

If You Stay will have your emotions everywhere, and if you love some bad boys, get ready to fall in love with Pax. It had moments that broke my heart, and moments that put the biggest smile on my face.

If You Stay is a raw, real, short and pleasurable read.  And don’t forget, do not read this one in public! Make sure you are alone, comfy and have time to read this book in one sitting! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quote of the Week: Slammed (Slammed, #1) #28 by Colleen Hoover

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!!

Quote of the Week:

Slammed (Slammed, #1)


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“Don't take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.” -Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 2/20/13: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 15th 2013 by Dial

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 2/19/13: Unravel Me( Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can tease others. 

Here’s how: 
  • Step 1: Grab your current read. 
  • Step 2: Open to a random page. 
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others. 
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
And that’s how you make a successful tease (as far as a book goes). 

I remember the pissed-off skies and the sequence of sunsets collapsing beneath the moon. I remember the cracked earth and the scratchy bushes and the used-to-be-greens that are now too close to brown. I think about the water we can't drink and the birds that don't fly and how human civilization has been reduced to nothing but a series of compounds stretched out over whats left of our ravaged land.

Share your TT!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard



YA/ FANTASY/ Romance

3.5 stars out of 5
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


My Review: 

This was an adventure in wonderland that I’m glad I fall into! Howard really did create a remarkable, slightly warped, but still exciting twist to Wonderland. Honestly, with all the other Wonderland twists and retellings, I wasn't hoping for much, maybe a little bit of a difference, however, I feel Howard created something truly unique and thrilling. She created a completely new tell for Alice and Wonderland.

Other than the reviews that drew my interest, I feel it was the cover that just had the final pull for me to read it. That cover is just amazing, simple beautiful and very unique. A book does need a cover that captures the reader’s attention, and Splintered does. It’s an all-around impressive story.

I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way I can stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the guy of an insect shuts it up pretty quick." 

Though I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t sure  how to rate this book, I know I did really enjoy this story, loved it. What I loved was Howard’s interpretation of Wonderland, how she really took and made her own version of Alice in Wonderland. That part was simply amazing, but I felt that the book could have been a lot better. I felt the actions scenes a bit slow and they didn't hold my interest that much.  Action scenes are hard enough for me to read sometimes, hard to find some that I can read without skimming, and I did, at times, end up doing that.

Howard's characters were pretty unique, especially Alyssa. She didn't blow me out of the water, but I did enjoy her character. She’s feared that she would end up losing her mind, just like every other woman in her family, just like her mother. Raving about Alice and Wonderland, not only that but she can hear bugs talk. Yeah, talk. However, she slowly begins to realize that maybe it isn't mad ravings, that wonderland really does exist and that her family might somehow be involved with that magical world. I did see some character growth in Alyssa, but she honestly  isn't the kind of heroine that I usually love reading about. I love the kick ass, stand up for themselves and don’t take crap from anyone, kind of heroines; you know Alex Andros and Katy Swatze kind of girls. (hehehe see a trend there?)

Now! Let’s talk about some fictional boys (my favorite topic). In Splintered you have two, yes, two yummy boys. The good one and the bad one. Oh my, are you for real? Yes, the classic good boy and the infuriating bad boy trio! I do have to say I enjoyed both characters, but my heart went with the good*snickers* ole bad boy! Can I get a Morpheus!!! Yes, even though good boy Jeb is a bit yummy, there was something about Morpheus that made him a bit better. Though, I just have a thing for bad boys ;) Jeb , to me, was just too much at times. Swoony, yes, but just a bit over-protective of Alyssa, he didn't believe she could stand on her own. See, I like a guy who knows his chick can handle herself, still has her back, but let’s her kick some ass, too.  And that is how Morpheus is, plus he’s got that charm that made my toes curl!

"You understand the logic behind the illogical."

The creatures and characters in Wonderland were what really made the story! Howard  did have some major  twists with the story, and she did a fine job  surprising me. I loved the things she bought to attention, small details, and how she interpreted things different.  This Wonderland is nothing like it seems. The detail Howard pays to each character and their story is just fascinating. And then the deeper and deeper you get it just gets weirder, in a good way, and curiouser. The imagery is pretty darn amazing, Howard’s version is filled with all different kinds of creatures old and new. Though some of them could be quite creepy, but they each had an allure to them. The pacing of the book, was very weird, no, at times it moved just right, but then it felt a bit too rushed. So, it was mix of those two, but it didn't really affect the overall story.

Howard created an very alluring Wonderland. Full of creatures that I would never have imagined. She took me into a world I really couldn't imagine, and made me see the original story of Alice in Wonderland in a whole new light. So, if you are looking for a new spin on a classic, give Splintered a try! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Quote of the Week #27: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!!

Quote of the Week:

This Lullaby


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"Love is the needing of someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you." 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Swoon Thursday: If You Stay (Beautifully Broken, #1) by Courtney Cole

Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by  YA Bound.

Here's how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the chicks at YABound!

My heart literally overflow with love for this girl.

And I don't care if that makes me a pussy or not.

 Okay, maybe not much of a swoon, but still a sweet moment!! 

What made you swoon this week??

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 2/13/13: Dracian Legacy (Dracian, #1) by Priya Kanaparti

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

Dracian Legacy (Dracian, # 1)

Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.

Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.

Things prove to become difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by the Goarders, humans who sold their souls, a Proxy Succubi, and the leader of the Telalians, who has been searching for her as well.

With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.

Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2013 by Self-Published


What are you waiting on?