30 May 2015

Book Haul - May 29, 2015

Good morning lovelies! I hope your excited! I have a whole lot of goodies to show you from last nights YA author panel!

The Books:
Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks
The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
City of Savages by Lee Kelly

Short hall but it has lots of awesome stuff! Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to leave me links to yours below :)

29 May 2015

Review: The Messengers by Edward Hogan

The Messengers by Edward Hogan 
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 224
Synopsis:  If you could see the future, would you have the guts to change it? A new psychological thriller from the author of Daylight Saving.

Fifteen-year-old Frances is sent to her aunt’s house for the summer to escape difficulties at home. Soon she meets Peter, a man unlike anyone she has ever known. Peter is a messenger—but his messages never bring good news. Peter believes that Frances is a messenger, too. In a compelling page-turner as complex as it is chilling, the author of Daylight Saving poses the provocative question: If you could change the future, where would you start?

 My Review:

I received The Messengers by Edward Hogan from the publisher and this is my honest review.

First, let me start of by saying The Messengers has an incredible premise that I fell in love with. The book is about a teenager named Frances who moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin after things fall apart at home. Soon after moving in, she meets a mysterious young man in his late 20’s by the name of Peter. With his help she starts to learn about the abilities she did not know she had.

Ever since Frances was a young girl she had black outs that lead to her drawing pictures that were only clear to her. To everyone else what she drew were just shapes and nothing more. When Frances meets Peter she discovers that her drawings are messages just like his, and the two become close while Peter teaches her how to use this ability.

This book was a short and quick read which I loved. It was on a topic that I had never seen done before which I thought was interesting and refreshing. While reading I did not get too close to any of the characters with the exception of Frances, her brother, and Peter. Both of their families were merely introduced but nothing more. As of now I am not sure how I feel about that. Part of me is okay because getting too close to characters and then having a small book end is rough. But the other part of me wishes I got to know them as well as I knew Frances.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the language used. The author writes in the English language because he is from England so it was amusing to hear things like, “bloody hell” and or “bugger off.” I have only read a few books that use these types of sayings and I have liked everyone of them and this book was no different. I think it is just a nice change to deter from my normal language to a one not so common to me.

I am having a hard time reminiscing about the end of the book for the sole reason that it was difficult. The ending killed me, because I was so closed to both of the main characters and I just had a hard time dealing with it. On the other hand though the end was indeed well written and why it happened the way it did was clear, and I had no problem understanding why Hogan did what he did there. I may not have liked it but I did understand. Overall, the book was really very good, and I would recommend it to anyone. 

28 May 2015

Cover Reveal: Library Jumpers by Brenda Drake

Library Jumpers
Release Date: January 2016
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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27 May 2015

Release Bltiz: 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Lauren Blakely's 21 STOLEN KISSES!! 21 STOLEN KISSES by Lauren Blakely is a standalone New Adult Forbidden Romance from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author being published by Bloomsbury Spark! Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories. 21 STOLEN KISSES is a beautifully written forbidden romance that will have you holding your breath and turning the pages as fast as you can!


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21 Stolen Kisses - coverAuthor Photo  ABOUT 21 STOLEN KISSES: When I first met him I resisted. Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass. That was a lie. It never faded. And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard. There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love -- the big, intense, never-been-like-this-beforelove -- landed me in therapy. Now I'm heading to college, and it's time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he's still in my life? Because the one man I've always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can't have… And he wants me just as fiercely. Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?


About Lauren Blakely: Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and eleven on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).

Excerpt: He inhales sharply. The look in his eyes says we’re crossing into the danger zone again. It’s the only place I want to be with him. Because when we’re there, nothing between us feels dangerous. Everything feels right.

“I turn eighteen in a few more weeks,” I say, like my birthday is an open invitation for us to slam back into each other.

He nods. “I know.”

A breeze blow by and rustles his hair. A lock falls out of place. Instinct takes over. I raise my hand to reach for his hair.

But he’s faster. He grasps my wrist, and the second he does, the moment expands. It stretches and unfolds into the thing I will replay tonight and tomorrow and the next day. I stare at his hand clasped around my wrist, flashing back to all the times he held my hand, touched my wrist, and ran his fingers along my arm. I shiver as the memories collide, the past slamming into the present.

I look up from our hands to his eyes. Blazing, full of heat. Full of all that restraint from him that I know so well.

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26 May 2015

#RYBSAT Wrap Up (May 18-25, 2015)


Thank you everyone for stopping by! I hope you had fun if you participated in this read-a-thon! Also, if you know of any that are coming up please let me know in the comments. I forgot to mention that in the comments.

Day 1:
Page Count: 50 pages
Finished Books: 0

Day 2:
Page Count: 283
Finished Books: 2

Day 3:
Page Count: 114 Pages
Finished Books: 0

Day 4:
Page Count: 167
Finished Books: 1

Day 5:
Page Count: 93 Pages
Finished Books: 0

Day 6:
Page Count: 73 Pages
Finished Books: 0

Day 7:
Page Count: 100 Pages
Finished Books: 0

Day 8:
Page Count: 89 Pages
Finished Books: 0

Page Count: 969 Pages
Finished Books: 3

25 May 2015

Release Day Blitz: Always Yours, Baby by Airicka Phoenix

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Today is the release day blitz for ALWAYS YOURS, BABY by Airicka Phoenix. This is a new adult, standalone novel that is the 4th book in The Baby Saga. Check out the materials below for buy links, an excerpt, and a giveaway!

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Title: Always Yours, Baby Author: Airicka Phoenix Genre: NA Contemporary Romance Series: The Baby Saga Series Number: #4


How could someone so pure want filth like him? Damon Comb was no stranger to pain, hunger, loneliness, and abandonment. Being given a family that would die for one another didn’t erase six years of torture. It didn’t take away the nightmares. She did. She was everything someone like him should never be allowed. She was goodness and strength and she made him human. How could someone so broken complete her? Willa McClain had it all, a family that adored each other, the love of an entire town and a future she worked her butt off to get. But all she wanted was the boy with the sad blue eyes and the crooked smile. He was her best friend, her protector and the only one who really understood her. How could a love like theirs be extinguished? But nothing ever lasted forever. Damon knew better than anyone how quickly the tides could change. Can he keep his past at bay before it consumes the only light in his dark world? Can he finally tell Willa the truth, or will his fears tear them apart forever? How could love so strong ever fail?

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She beamed, but it didn’t go all the way to her eyes like it normally would. There were lingering fingers of shadow along the edges that prickled his attention. “What?” “Does it feel different?” she asked. He hooked her hair with a finger and dragged them back behind her ear. “Does what feel different?” “Us,” she whispered. “I feel like it should feel different, but I feel the same.” He hummed quietly, knowing full well what she meant. “How do you want to feel?” “Like this,” she said immediately, eyes growing urgent. “I love the way I feel when I’m with you. I don’t ever want that to change. But I have been so scared for so long that I just … I wasn’t expecting to feel exactly how I always felt.” He let his fingers ghost along the elegant curve of her brow, down the lines of her face to the hollow of her cheek. He watched as her eyes closed and her head tilted into the touch. “How have you always felt?” he wondered, his voice constricting with the band that had tightened around his chest at the simple gesture. “Loved.” Her eyes opened and met his. “Wanted, happy, excited. A little sad.” He felt his muscles stiffen at the confession. “Why sad?” “Because I know one lifetime with you won’t be enough and it kills me.” Her eyes bore into his, reflecting the fear she spoke of. “I can’t lose you, Damon. I’d never survive.” He kissed her gently on the mouth with one hand lifting up to cup the back of her head. He pulled back a second later before caution could be thrown to the winds and he started something he would be powerless to stop. “You will never lose me,” he promised. “I won’t ever let that happen.” Teaser 3 Twitter Banner 1


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24 May 2015

Book Haul Part 2 - May 24, 2015


Good Evening Lovelies! It is time for my weekly book haul! Sorry the video doesn't have a picture. Youtube just flubbed up on me I guess.

The Books: 

The Program by Suzanne Young
The Treatment by Suzanne Young
The Remedy by Suzanne Young
Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
Tigers Curse by Colleen Houck
Tigers Promise by Colleen Houck

From Work:
Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson

The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories by Jimmy Olsen

Thank you everyone for stopping by and if you happen to have or have read any of these books let me know below! :)

22 May 2015

Early Review: srsly Hamlet by William Shakespeare + Courtney Carbone

srsly Hamlet by William Shakespeare + Courtney Carbone
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Book Format: Hardcover

# of Pages: 128
Synopsis: Hamlet, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and the tragic Ophelia had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
A kingdom on the brink of war.
A stolen throne.
A boy seeking revenge.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

My Review:
I received SRSLY Hamlet by William Shakespeare + Courtney Carbone from the publisher and this is my honest review.

I recently reviewed another book in this series called, YOLO Juliet and I loved it. It was fun and easy to read. SRSLY Hamlet was much of the same thing. One of my favorite parts of this book was in the beginning where the book shows us the Emoji’s as those who are in the book, and then on the next page it shows us people with no pictures because they do not have smart phones. I thought that was extremely cute.

I had never read Hamlet before this, but I knew what the jist of it was. Any teacher would probably have a heart attack if they knew this was the version I chose to read. But I think it was a cute version to read, I got what the story was about, it made me laugh, and smile quite a bit which I was not expecting. When I said yes I was a little skeptical because Shakespeare is usually required for school I never felt the need to read it outside of school. But this version was entertaining and I am glad I got the chance to read it.  

21 May 2015

#CrushYourTBR Read-a-thon Wrap Up May 15-17, 2015

The #CrushYourTBR Read-a-thon was so fun, and I am happy to learn that it happens once every month! I will definitely be taking part every month! Here is my wrap up for May!

Day 1:
Page Count- 252 Pages
Finished Books- 1
The Messengers by Edward Hogan

Day 2:
Page Count- 32 Pages
Finished Books- 0

Day 3:
Page Count- 233 Pages
Finished Books- 1
Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard 

Page Count- 517
Finished Books- 2

I have to say that I am so proud of myself for finishing any books let alone two! I usually am not this good with read-a-thons! Can't wait for next month! :) Let me know in the comments if you participated and how you did. Or if you are planning to participate next month!

19 May 2015

Blog Tour: Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper + Giveaway

Welcome to the tour for Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper! This is a sci-fantasy novel that is adult but clean and appropriate for young adult readers. 
Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper
A year after Kate, Jenny, and Mandy Lockwood inherit The Rocking L, the sisters try to concentrate on their collective and individual futures. In the previous book in The Lockwood Legacy series, Baxter’s Draw, the women made startling discoveries about their father’s secrets, but are mistaken in their belief that everything has now come to light. In Alice’s Portrait, the ghosts of Langston Lockwood’s past once again confront his daughters, forcing them to re-evaluate their understanding of their father and of what it means to be a Lockwood.



Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies. Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”

“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”

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18 May 2015

Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here by Gayle Forman 
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Day: January 27, 2015
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 270
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

My Review:
I borrowed I Was Here by Gayle Forman from Barnes & Noble and this is my honest review.

I Was Here is about a young girl named Meg who goes off to college, and not too long after starting she commits suicide by poisoning herself. Before she dies she writes an email and sets it to send to her parents, and best friend a few days after so that they cannot save her. After her death her best friend Cody is tasked by her parents to go down to her dorm at school and clean it out for them. While there Cody meets Megs friends, mostly acquaintances and learns much about her best friends estranged life.

I have read a few different stories about suicide, but I have to say this by far has been the most unique one. Meg decides to take a very rare poison to off herself. I have always had a thing for road trip books so the fact that Cody had to take many road trips to get herself through this book was fascinating.

I enjoyed meeting all of the characters including Richard, as well as his family, Alice, Tree, and especially Ben. In the beginning I was convinced not to like Ben because well he was involved with Meg before she died, but by the end of the book I was hooked even if I did not want to be. I loved Cody as a character, she was extremely determined to find out what happened to her friend and why she did what she did. It was nice to see that kind of friendship between two people even though at some point it went south.

Overall, the book showed me what true friendship was and how meaningful it is.

17 May 2015

Release Day Blitz: Requiem For The Living by A.J. Locke

Reqiuem For The Living by A.J. Locke
Synopsis: Selene is slowly dying...too bad that’s the least of her problems. 
You could say that Selene Vanream has a lot of problems. First there’s the Rot that’s slowly killing her, despite everything Ilyse and Micah are doing to find a way to save her. 
Then there’s Andrew, the ghost of her boss who is anchored to the living world. Selene would like to ignore him, but anchored ghosts with unsettled business turn into anchored beasties, so she can’t write him off. The government has sent a team to post up at Affairs of the Dead and keep an eye on her, which includes making sure she plays up to Andrew to keep him from turning. 
On top of that, someone is using Selene’s new power to create anchored ghosts for their loved ones to keep around. Not good since the culprit doesn’t have a clue about that whole anchored beastie angle. Now Selene has a criminal to catch while trying to stay out of the hands of government goons who have stripping her reanimation power on their agenda. 
When Micah and Ilyse finally find a way to save her, Selene thinks she can cross one bad thing off her list--until she learns the terrible price that must be paid to keep her alive. Full plate doesn’t cover it. Overflowing plate doesn’t cover it. Selene’s plate has damn near exploded.


There were a few things that made me feel like my day was not off to the best start. For starters, I had overslept by an hour and a half so I was monstrously late for work. Then there was the scent of smoke creeping into my bedroom accompanied by loud swearing, which meant my ghost roommate had made a disaster of whatever he was trying to procure for breakfast. The sky was overcast so it’d probably be a rainy day. I had a slight headache…and oh yeah, I was looking into my backyard at my Yorkie, Luna, digging furiously in the dirt. I was almost certain what she was trying to unearth wasn’t one of her toys.

I stood there for a few moments more, trying to decipher what it was that Luna was pawing at, then shook my head and ran out of my bedroom. I almost collided with Ethan, who was on his way to my room with a frying pan in his gloved hand and the charred remnants of what he’d come to dub the wake-up bacon.

“It’s burnt, but I figured waving it under your nose would still get you out of bed any—Hey, what’s wrong?”

I brushed past Ethan and ran into the yard where I snatched up Luna, then had a good, hard look at what she’d been wrestling with. I’d been hoping that it was some oddly shaped root or five fingered toy I didn’t remember buying for her, but no, it just had to be the worst possible thing.

A human hand.

Meet The Author:

A.J. Locke is originally from Trinidad and Tobago but has resided in New York City for over ten years. She knew early on that she wanted to be a writer, penned her first novel at fourteen, and hasn’t stopped since. Creating is her passion, and other than writing she enjoys drawing, painting, graphic design, and any other creative whim that may take her.

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16 May 2015

Book Haul Part 1 - May 16, 2015


 Good morning lovelies! It is time for a book haul! I can't remember the last time I did one on here, but here it goes! :)

The Books:

From Work:

For Review:


Well that's all! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link me below or just tell me what you got this week! I'd love to know :)

15 May 2015

Virtual Book Tour: Clearer In the Night by Rebecca

Clearer In The Night by Rebecca Croteau
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Synopsis: Cait’s still reeling from her father and sister’s deaths when a werewolf bite changes her life forever. Two men seem frighteningly familiar with her condition and the world of magic she’s thrown into. Torn between sweet, too-hot-to-be-true Eli and dark, alluring Wes, Cait must choose sides... before it’s too late. 
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Meet The Author:

Rebecca, Ree to her friends, lives with her family in the wilds of New England. She is owned by two cats, and enjoys discovering the various ways that one can enjoy string. She is fueled by coffee, and strong autumn breezes.
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*How to you manage being a writer and keeping up to date in your personal
life. How do you find the time to write?*

Holy wow, if that isn't the million dollar question.

It probably helps that I'm ridiculously introverted. Spending days in my
house, seeing no one but my spouse and my kids really doesn't bother me.
If I start to feel lonely in the middle of the day, I'll walk to the
corner store for my mid-day coffee. I'm good for a couple more days. I'm
used to being really sleep deprived.

I'm only halfway kidding.

I miss out on a lot of things that my friends do. I don't go to most
parties, I skip a lot of events, and if I do manage to go, I'm likely to
bring my laptop along with me. I only let myself watch two or three shows
as they air. I have only played two video games through beginning to end
in the past couple years. My family is very tolerant of the fact that if
my laptop or my notebook are out, I am only half listening to anything
they're saying.

That makes it sound like I totally hate what I'm doing, which is horrible;
I'm living the dream here. And everyone finds their own equilibrium with
this. I have writer friends who write at a coffee shop three times a week
so that they can people-watch, and friends who get out even less than I
do. It's all about what works for you. Right now, I'm typing this out
while my kids watch an old Sesame Street episode from the 70s, and I can't
imagine changing one single thing.

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