Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Hi everyone! I hope you all are as happy as I am for the holidays and for the new year. I love this time of the year when everyone is happy and having a great time. And of course the gifts. We can't forget the best part and since you guys have been amazing and I love you all, I decided for a little giveaway! 


I wish I could give everyone a gift, because you all deserve it, but two very lucky people will get a little something from me.

First Prize
One lucky winner will get to choose between a $10 Amazong Gift Card or a book from the Book Depository for up to $10.

Second Prize

Another winner will get the signed bookmarks and ribbon in the picture above.

The giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you and/or you can recieve an Amazon Gift Card. Giveaway ends Jenuary 10th.

Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hourse to respond before another winner is chosen.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year and good luck in this giveaway!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Reason and Romance by Jenn Young (Review + Giveaway)



Hi guys! I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour for Reason and Romance, hosted by YA Bound. You can check out the tour schedule here to follow the rest of the amazing stops!

Reason and Romance
Release Date: 12/09/14

Book Summary:
Being stuck in the godforsaken desert is Adrian Blake’s worst nightmare come true. Senior year is all about making fun memories. It’s not about starting over at a new school and navigating a new Brady Bunch family. It’s really not about living with a sexy, arrogant would-be stepbrother who knows how to push her buttons.

Alex Montgomery is the very definition of a player. The only thing he commits to is a one night stand. He’s exactly the kind of guy she hates­. When she sleeps with him, it’s the biggest mistake of her life. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Not at school. Not at home.

Sometimes the best mistakes are the ones that you make over and over again…




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My Thoughts:

It's been such a long time since I last read a fun and light book. I'm usually more into dark romance books, but when I read the blurb for this book, I was very intrigued, so as soon as I got my copy of it, I had to start reading it.

This book is told from Adrian's third POV, and follows her as she and her family move to live with their new step-mom and her children in Arizona. Life isn't so easy when everyone in the household pretty much hates each other and doesn't want to be there, add to it a strong attraction to Alex, her step-brother, a new school with people who's only amusement is gossip and you've got a whole lot of drama.

I don't think I've enjoyed a contemporary book as much as I enjoyed this one in a very long time. I could not put the book down, even when my eyes couldn't stay open anymore. I started Reason and Romance as I went to bed, right around 2-3 a.m. which turned out to be a huge mistake since I couldn't get enough of it, but I was so tired I kept drifting off. You can trust me when I tell you I woke up extra early the next day to continue the book.

Adrian is a complex character. She's very self-conscious, and has little confidence even though she behaves like nothing matters to her at all and that she doesn't care what people think of her. Inside though, it eates her up, and she just wants to loved and accepted. I felt for her very much, and I loved her throughout the whole book. I loved how she could pick herself up and stand strong even when she was breaking inside, and how she struggled with life at school and her problems made her a very real character to me and someone to relate to. Then there is Alex. I liked him very much. He's hot, sexy and a jerk. My favorite combination. I can never turn down a jerk and Alex certainly fit the bill. Things tended to get really steamy whenever he was around, so hot in fact, that he had me fanning myself over him.

Adrian is one of the things that had me hooked on Reason and Romance. She is one diva you never want to cross or get on the bad side of. She proved to be constant amusement as she dealt with school, boys and jealous teenagers. The other thing is the drama and gossip. I've never been one for drama and I usually stop watching a show or reading a book when I feel like the drama level is high, yet with this book, I never had enough, I wanted more, and Jenn Young certainly delivered! There wasn't a moment when something wasn't going on or when someone wasn't plotting something. It had me giggling, gasping and laughing out loud while I was reading it. And that ending, oh god that ending. I was just staring at the screen of my iPad, flipping pages and gaping at the fact that there was no more to read. I wanted more and I couldn't believe that things ended that way. I need book two ASAP.

Reason and Romance is for fans of Gossip Girl. It's fun, short, light and with enough emotions to have you addicted.

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About the Author
Jenn Young writes primarily Young Adult and New Adult. She used to write contemporary teen drama and romance under the pen name Myrika at Fictionpress. She also used to write under the pen name Moreta. Jenn is an unabashed lover of romance, soap operas, and paranormal/supernatural stories. 

When Jenn's not working at her day job, she drinks too much coffee and buys too many books. She loves to hear from readers. Contact her via her website, jennyoung.com, or follow her on Twitter at myrikami. She can be found on Facebook too. 


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #9

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


This week I'm waiting on:

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publication: May 12th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile

Blurb:
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.


I saw this book a few weeks ago on another blog, and I just fell in love with it. I'm not usually a big fan of retellings, but I've never read A Thousand and One Nights retelling before and I really want to know how this one will turn out.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Blitz: Feel by Karen- Anne Stewart (Excerpt + Giveaway)




Feel by Karen-Anne Stewart
Publication date:
December 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
The one whose emotions I can’t feel is the one who makes me feel the most.

I was a sensitive, at least that’s what I was told by the boy who saved me from the overwhelming emotions that consumed my soul, the boy who saved me from myself when my gift became stronger. Through the years, he was my redemption, my reason to take my next breath…then, he was gone.

Jensen always told me I was strong, but I didn’t believe him until I was forced to be strong on my own, and I kept breathing without him. I’ve taken 42 million breaths since the moment he sent me away. Now, four years later, he’s standing in front of me, and I can barely breathe.

This isn’t just a story about the abilities I possess; it’s a story about something much stronger…the love of the man who possesses every part of me.

***Disclaimer – Feel is intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.

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Giveaway:

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AUTHOR BIO
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the 2013 RONE Awards.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book Blitz: Surfacing by Kristin Halbrook (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Hi everyone! I'm very happy to be part of the Surfacing book blitz! I have an excerpt to share with you guys and an awesome giveaway! Check them out below and don't forget to share your thoughts! 

Surfacing by Kristin Halbrook
Publication date:
December 10th 2014
Genres: Mystery, New Adult

Synopsis:
Katie Sawyer has spent the past three and a half years cultivating the perfect UCLA experience. She has the perfect boyfriend: a football star. She has the perfect social life: she’s President of Delta Gamma. But her perfect best friend, Chelsea, just drowned. Worse, the body tumbled out of the closet in Professor Griffin’s chem lab.

Katie’s fairy-tale fa├žade hides a past she would like to forget, but Chelsea’s death brings every old emotion to the surface. If she’s going to move on from her hurts, Katie has to pull her not-so-perfect self together and search out the identity of Chelsea’s killer, even if it means turning to Josh Hunter for help. It’s not easy. Josh infuriates her. Once upon a time, they were next door neighbors and best friends. They were confidants. They were even teenagers fumbling and exploring each other in the dark. He knew everything about her. He owned her heart. That was before things changed.

Now, secrets are surfacing. Chelsea was seeing someone. And she was pregnant when she died. Katie must come to terms with Chelsea’s other life…and face the fact that she has some secrets of her own. Even if it means letting the past–and Josh Hunter–back into her life.

A college Clueless meets Veronica Mars, Kristin Halbrook’s new adult mystery is full of sexy romance and twists that will keep you guessing until the end.



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Giveaway: 




(US/CAN) ends Dec. 18th.
  • 7" Voyager Tablet (found on the rca website: www.rcatablets.com/tablets)
  • Signed copies of All Lined Up and Finding It by Cora Carmack, 
  • Print copy of A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers, 
  • Print copies of Best Kind of Broken and Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine.
AUTHOR BIO:
When she was little, Kristin Halbrook wanted to be a writer, the President of the USA or the first female NFL quarterback. The first one stuck. Even when pursuing other dreams, she always took time to write, including stories for adults, teens, and children. She is the author of Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and the forthcoming Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, April 2015). Surfacing is her new adult debut.

When she's not writing or reading, she's spending time with three pixies, her Mad Scot soulmate, and one grumpy cocker spaniel; traveling across oceans and time; cooking and baking up a storm; and watching waves crash and suns set on the beach. She currently lives, loves and explores in The Emerald City, though she occasionally makes wispy, dream-like plans to move to Paris or a Scottish castle one day (if just temporarily).





Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Blitz: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Hi guys! I have an excerpt for you from My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling. I love the sound of this book and can't wait to read it, I mean a Greek Goddess and Prince of the Underworld? Sign me up! 


My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
(The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1)
Publication date:
April 1st 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)

b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.
Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

My Ex From Hell is a YA romantic comedy, Greek mythology smackdown. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book one of this teen fantasy romance series. Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo and Juliet had it easy.



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AUTHOR BIO:
Tellulah Darling
noun

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing YA romantic comedy books. Her books span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alones to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ARC Review: Eluded by Lyra Parish


Title: Eluded
Author: Lyra Parish
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: July 28th 2014

Summary (Goodreads):
Lives intersect only to be changed indefinitely... 

Lauren 
This isn't your typical girl meets boy.There isn't a glass slipper or Prince Charming.I've lived it and now it will be told.Welcome to my personal hell...

Derrick I once saved lives and now... I so easily end them.Women are drawn to me like a moth to the flame, and like the moth not all of them continue on. Some are broken, others are damaged, and a few never make it out... but it's their decision to live. Only they often don't know that until it's too late.
F*ck the rules, I create my own in a world where I have nothing left to lose. Living is a game, and I'm the reigning champion by being stronger and smarter than my prey.
This is your warning. If you radiate vulnerability... Well, you could be my next victim. Don't try to hide. I'm not easily eluded.

Abbot It started with me and now it will end with me.Some people call me an uncontrollable killing monster. I f*cking laugh at the mention of the word.Monsters have no control.I've got plenty.I don't kill without reason. I don't kill the innocent.I hunt the ones that deserve it, the real monsters, the ones without regret or a soul. 





My Thoughts:

**An eARC was provided in exchange of an honest review**
**Contains spoilers**

I'm constantly on the look-out for new dark romance books. This genre is my favorite and as soon as I see a book that is remotely dark, I have to read it. Imagine my reaction when I saw this book and read the blurb. I was already clicking on it, adding it to my TBR-list and requesting a copy fore I had read the whole synopsis. When I got a copy, I was over the moon happy and couldn't wait to read it. I mean, we have not just one but two anti-heroes that sound darker and more twisted than the other, so of course I'll be all over this book.

It started out good enough. I liked where the book was headed and and I was enjoying it, until we hit about 25-30% and things went down hill from there. Lauren gets kidnapped by Derrick, who is kind of Abbots rival and is trying to take over London from him. She is put in a cage with another woman, Sophie who's been there for a long time and who Derrick is trying to break for some reason. Abbot is trying to get back all the taken woman and return them to their families, including Lauren whom he met a few times before her kidnapping.

Things didn't make sense then. Lauren's reaction during her captivity didn't feel genuine or real and totally not how I imagine a kidnapped woman would react. She immediately knows to make Derrick believe she has feelings for him so he won't kill her, and Sophie who's been there for a long time, seems to go along with the plan to pretend to like him too when just a few days ago she was so not team Derrick. And the fact that he seemed to believe them was mind boggling. He's supposed to be this badass guy who kills and rapes and destroys very easily, yet he believed two women he kidnapped, raped and constantly humiliated would fall in love with him in the span of a few days. The fact that she didn't react to Abbots involvement in the whole thing when she thought he was a normal guy before and didn't question him was another thing that had me shake my head and just stare at the screen of my iPad in wonder.

Then there is Abbot. He's supposed to be the good bad guy. He's the leader of the Gang of London, he keeps the streets clean of drugs and kills the bad guys, yet I could not see a difference between him and Derrick, the villain. He killed without mercy and was brutal in everything he did, and most of the things he did where not good. I sometimes favored Derrick over him because at least he didn't pretend to be good, he just was his sick, twisted self and didn't hide it.

Both guys where trying to take down the other without caring about who got in the middle. The whole book pretty much consisted of Abbot striking Derrick who despite the fact that he is supposed to be smart, seemed not so very smart and was easily tricked while Abbot got all the information and took down every guy pretty much by himself and without effort. Not very realistic that one guy, no matter how badass he was, could take down about a dozen men armed with guns while he only had a knife. It had me rolling my eyes and sighing. I was just trudging along by that point and waiting for something to happen to the story aside from the back and forth between the two leaders. When their war was finally over, I did not see a difference. Things didn't go anywhere and no developments were made. There where a lot of plot holes, like the whole Sophie situation and how she made it all this way and time and what really happened to her, and the whole thing with Abbot and Lauren and their epic love. They only met two, maybe three times before her kidnapping, and then even less after that, yet they seemed so in love with each other that it did not make sense and had me wondering when it happened.
All in all, Eluded is not a book I would recommend. While I like the idea of it, I don't like how it's done.

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Waiting on Wednesday #8



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


This week I'm waiting on:

Title: Confess
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genres: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: March 10th 2015 by Atria Books

Synopsis:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… 


It's been a while since my last WoW post. I've been so busy with my studies, and then life sort of just got in the way, but I love this meme so I'm trying to pick it up again. As for the book I'm waiting on this week, well, it's a CoHo book, so that immediately puts on top of my TBR-list, add to that the gorgeous cover and the blurb and I'm dying to get my hands on it.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Ripped by Katy Evans



Hi, everyone! I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour for Ripped by Katy Evans, hosted by AToMR Tours. Check out the tour scheduele here to follow the amazing stops along on this ride. 

The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.

New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: December 9, 2014
Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.

That's alright.

Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.




My Thoughts:

I've been such a huge fan of this series since it first came out. I've pretty much stalked the author on every social media site and been dying to read more of her books. We've met Pandora in the previous books in the series and I've always been curious about her and her story, so when I found out that she would have her own story, I was over the moon excited. I knew her book was going to be sad, but I didn't expect it to be so heartbreaking.

Pandora is a girl who doesn't trust men, and doesn't like them very much. She's had her heart broken by the one she guy loved years ago, but she's never been able to move on from that betrayal, so when said man comes into town with his band, she makes it her mission to embarrass him at his own concert. She doesn't expect to be sucked into his world and definitely not his life or be still attracted and drawn to him.

Gah, I loved this book so much. I could not put it down, even though I started reading it somewhere around two a.m. So I ended up falling asleep with my iPad plastered to my face. And then I woke up a few hours later and continued on reading. I ended up staying in bed that day just reading and giggling and fanning myself and crying a little. Pandora is one character that you can't help but love. She's one of those people who are tough and hard and behave like they don't give a flying monkey about anything, but are really nice and sweet and tender on in the inside. I loved her so much for that. She'd through a lot of hardships in her life, things that could break most people, yet she kept on surviving and didn't give up.

Then there is Mackenna. Holy hot rock stars, but that man could set panties on fire. I was totally grinning and fanning myself every time he made an appearance in the book. I might have hated him a little in the first few chapters, but he won me over fast and then I was all for team Mackenna. He's nice, he's vulnerable but he's a badass with a side of jerk. A perfect combination in my opinion, and the best kind of badboy that you love to hate but would totally steal and keep for yourself.

Ripped is told from both Pandora and Mackenna's POVs, which made the experience all the more emotional. Especially the last chapters. I could probably reread them a hundred times and still cry. I loved that surprise at the end even if it was sad and heartbreaking, but I was not expecting it and it was so shocking I had to stop for a moment and just gape at the walls before I delved right back in.

This book is a must-read. Heart-wrenching, steamy and full of surprises Ripped will have you reading until you can't keep your eyes open and there are no more words to read.

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About the Author
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…