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Omens by Kelley Armstrong Review

30 Aug

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I’ve never read the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong but I did read The Darkest Powers trilogy and I remember liking it a lot thus I picked up her first book in her new series, Cainsville. Actually, when I was buying this book I thought it was a standalone but unfortunately it is a series. I wasn’t looking to start a new series because I really do not enjoy waiting a full year for the next book to come out. I rather read a new series when all the books are out and I can read it all at once, that way you won’t forget the characters or the plot. Usually, when books are released a year apart, I always have to re-read the whole series and that is very tedious, especially if there are more than three books in the series. Sorry about my little rant.

Nevertheless, moving on…

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Reckless Longing Cover Reveal

30 Aug

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The cover for Reckless Longing by Gina Robinson was designed by The Killion Group.

Synopsis:

Ellie Martin hates her beautiful, man-crazy mother. Her mother’s wild and wanton behavior has left Ellie with a deep longing. To escape. To belong. To know who her real dad is. To really be loved. Her mother finally crosses a line that sends Ellie running, escaping to college with one focused goal–to find and confront her bio dad, who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she meets Logan. Hot, charming, and troubled. He turns her world upside down and puts all her plans in jeopardy.

Logan Walker is hiding a shameful and painful secret. One that nearly cost him everything. When he meets the beautiful and mysterious Ellie at a Week of Welcome event, something inside him awakens and he finds himself drawn to her.

But the attraction they both feel for each other is as delicate as the web of secrets they each hide behind. And as the truths are revealed,  their reckless longing may not survive the fallout.

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Reckless Longing by Gina Robinson
(Reckless #1)
Publication date: September 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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AUTHOR BIO

Gina Robinson loves humor, romance, suspense, and spies. Not necessarily in that order. Her latest toy is a video spy pen. She plans on putting her engineering degree to good use by building a tasar out of a disposable camera using the instructions and schematics from The Evil Genius series. Fair warning–she hasn’t held a soldering iron in quite a few years.

She writes contemporary romance featuring sexy spies and plenty of adventure and humor. The Spy Who Left Me, the first book in her new Agent Ex series, published by St. Martin’s Press, is available now. Diamonds Are Truly Forever, the next book in the series, will be released on May 22, 2012.
Her first two novels are published by Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing.

She’s also published a humorous women’s fiction novel, Pink Slipper. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you’ll enjoy Pink Slipper.

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Top 10 Books to Read in the Summer of 2013

28 Aug

Here are 10 books that should be on everyone’s reading list, especially this summer. If you haven’t read these yet, you should check them out before summer ends.

**Note: Click on the cover & it’ll take you to the goodreads page for it, where you can find a synopsis & reviews on the book.

#1: The Moon & More by Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is by far the best author I know to get you right into the summer mood… or keep you in it as summer ends. Her new release is a must-have for all those looking to live the perfectly imperfect summer vicariously through a novel!

#2: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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With it’s 21st of August 2013 release date as a movie, City of Bones is on the pick-up shelf and definitely at the top of the Top 10 list of books to read this summer! Be sure to read the book before the movie because – and let’s face it – the book is always better!

#3: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1)

Set to release on March 21, 2014 as a movie, it’s a good idea to get a head start on the series. Soon, the movie will be out and you’ll be wishing you had read it before the fandom around you spoils the book before you even get to read it.

#4: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Host (The Host #1)

It was released March 29th, 2013 as a movie and even though Stephenie Meyer may not have won us all over with Twilight (you know who you are in this equation), The Host runs in a completely different crowd, and the movie was respectable, too.

#5: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium #1)

January 23rd, 2013, Lauren Oliver announced that Delirium would become a TV series! And even though it drives some people crazy when the book-to-tv rendition is so different, it’s still a great time to read the book and pay respects to the original ideas before the new ones take hold. You can read the full blog post about the tv-show announcement here: http://lauren-oliver.tumblr.com/post/41284293685/announcing-the-delirium-tv-series

#6: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

Set to release November 22 of 2013, every loyal fan of The Hunger Games awaits with bated breath for the second movie, Catching Fire. It’s definitely time for a reread, because how else are you supposed to keep track of everything?

#7: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

This is by far the best road-trip adventure I’ve ever read about, and it probably helps that the author took the exact same road-trip as research for the book. There are awesome pictures of their adventures, receipts, maps, etc. that complete the package. If you’re looking for a light-hearted summer read about the long stretch of The Loneliest Road, this is the book to read!

#8: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)

If you’re into the spooky-ghost-mystery-adventure type of books with a bit of a hot romance, this book is for you! It’s the type of book that grips you from the first page and holds you until the very end. One of the most gripping books I’ve ever read, that’s for sure!

#9: Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Uglies (Uglies #1)

The reason why this book will forever stay as one of the YA summer classics is because of the message this book sends, and the way it’s written. If you’re thinking about getting into a whirlwind of an adventure with a heavy message, this book’s for you! With this series, it’s easy to get lost in a different world that you’ll be thinking about for a long time after you’ve finished reading it.

#10: She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva

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It’s a cutely hilarious read that involves a lot of scheming, overachieving up-tightness, a hot popular guy with a killer grin, and a restaurant at stake. When you put all these things together into one book, you’re in for a lot of laughing and shaking your head. Also, one memorable summer read.

Death is But A Dream Cover Reveal

27 Aug

The cover reveal is here! And, lucky me, I get to be one of the first bloggers to share it with you! I must say, it’s just beautiful!

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Book Synopsis:

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes
Publication date: Fall, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
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AUTHOR BIO

Erin Gulyas is an advertising copywriter. Erin Hayes is her alter ego that writes book in her spare time. This is the blog of Erin Hayes.
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Summer-of-Reading Reflection

25 Aug

The-Mummy-rachel-weisz-13442217-852-480As summer comes to an end, I feel like it’s time to say goodbye to long days of sitting on the porch with a book (or kobo) in my one hand and a giant cup of tea in the other.

Typically, this is the time of year where I’m especially hard to reach. Being a giant book fanatic, I start to panic that I haven’t made a big enough dent in my TBR shelf and I start staying up late flipping pages and getting lost in adventure and romance before real life takes all my attention away. This annoys my parents and friends, but they just don’t understand. They might never understand. And I’m fine with that. Really. They just have to learn to deal with it. Pretty please?

This summer I’ve read 19 (almost 20) books varying in genre and length, and I admit, not all of them I remember. Not that I’d take back any time I spent reading them, though. It was part of the fun.

I still have quite a few books I want to read before school starts up, though. Specifically, Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen, the first two books of Morganville Vampires, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (it absolutely needs a reread, soon), Inside Out & Outside In by Maria V. Snyder, and any other hopelessly romantic book I come into contact with in the next two weeks.

My favorite trilogy I read this summer was The Darkest Rising by Kelley Armstrong. I had read the first book when the softcover copy came out, but I hadn’t had the chance to read the second until the third book came out. I went out and bought the last two books in hardcover (which bugs me to no end, since now the first book isn’t hardcover) for my birthday and read them all just as summer began. It’s a spinoff of The Darkest Powers series, which I LOVE, but it follows its own plot. And there are still a lot of questions I have about a lot of things that weren’t explained in both books. Kelley Armstrong better come out with a third playoff trilogy that answers these questions. Seriously. For now, I’ll try not to attack her by getting into her new book, Omens. If I can get my hands on it.

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My favorite book on its own is Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn), no surprise there. I absolutely fell in love with the story and went a little crazy. I’ve calmed down somewhat, but you don’t want to be asking me any questions about it yet. You’ll get sucked into a world of quotes and girly squeals and other things you don’t want to witness.

My favorite novella I’ve read this summer was Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey. It was really cute and country, which I enjoyed. The book had a homey-vibe that I love, and it got me right into the summer mood.

The book I couldn’t finish was Love Story by Jennifer Echols. I’ve read two books by Jennifer Echols, and I have to admit I didn’t favor them too much to begin with. But I don’t like not reading books just because I hadn’t liked the author’s previous works. People change and grow, and so does their writing. However, when I started reading Love Story (which sounded great) I just couldn’t get into it. At all. I’m sure Jennifer Echols has a very loyal fandom following her around, but her writing style is just not for me.

The most pointless book, also my least favorite book, I read this summer was Sweethearts. I have a review on it somewhere on my blog, so if you want to know specifically why, you can check that out. I’m just not going to get into it. It was a waste of my time and I refuse to let it waste my time any more.

A few other books I liked were Almost by Anne Eliot, My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron, The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kristy Moseley, and Playing for Keeps by R. L. Mathewson.

I wish I had reread The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong, but now I’m afraid that I won’t have any time to do so. If I do, I’m totally doing it, and then following it with Dark Visions by L.J. Smith. Speaking of, one of these days I will read these two books back to back and write a similarities/differences blog about it. Because, seriously. If  you’ve read them both, you’d understand.

I feel like I should also mention that even though I haven’t specifically read A Walk to Remember in a couple of years, I did re-watch the movie for the billionth time recently. Still makes me cry into my blanket, each and every time. I think this is absolutely the best book-to-movie make of all time. I also think I should reread A Walk to Remember and watch the movie and do a blog about that, too. Landen Carter ❤ Most girls can quote The Notebook at the drop of a hat, but I can quote A Walk to Remember. I’d probably be able to quote it from beginning to end if you asked me to. Yet, it never gets old.

See, this is how it is. Throughout the year I collect this whole reading list and then in the summer I fall down the hole of reading and don’t come out until I must. But I can’t help myself, and somehow, I absolutely don’t mind. Call me a geek or a nerd or whatever, but geeking out over books is something I’ve done my entire life. It’s become such an ingrained part of me that I can’t even stop myself if I tried. My whole life centers around books. Everywhere I go I always manage to zone into a book advert or blog or whatever, and I can’t stop myself from filing the information away until I have the chance to jump on it. I wish I remembered school stuff during exam times the way I remember the list of books I want to get into for the summer. But I admit, Goodreads helps. A lot. I think I’m on there 24/7.

So, without further ‘ado,  I must get back to reading. There is way too much left to read and too little time to do so.

Also, I think I need a new bookshelf. I’ve taken to putting books in corners or on the carpet next to my bookshelf (where I hide from the world and read) or even on the table next to my bed. It’s become an obsession of mine to buy books, and I know I don’t have room but I still do it. There’s something wrong with me. I mean, I already bought Wait for You in ebook format, and then I find out there’s a softcover copy coming out and I buy that too? Yup. Something is definitely wrong with me.

Happy reading!

Here are the books I’ve read this summer, starting with The Gathering.

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My Favorite Mistake Review

24 Aug

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Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first?

Taylor Caldwell can’t decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he’s a tattooed, guitar-playing bad boy. Maybe that’s why Taylor’s afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn’t want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it’s too late.

Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor’s sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she either truly loves or hates him, he’ll leave the apartment; and leave her alone.

But when the man behind Taylor’s fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.

**For mature audiences only. NA/YA read with mature subject matter.

This review is going to be short and sweet, because this book felt short and sweet.

It’s generally a really good lazy-day fast-read, and I admit I only picked it up because I recently read Wait for You and this sounded remarkably similar.  Both girls have issues with dating and handling themselves in a crowd. Both guys want to break through to the girl, but have their own issues to deal with as well.

Although this isn’t a book that you’d remember for days, or a book that would keep you up at night, flipping pages restlessly, it was a very good book. The plot was hilarious, and the characters were different and unique, which does make the book stand out.

I really like the cover. It’s so artistic and it connects to the plot, so that was a bonus. I typically love these kinds of covers. The colors and the contrasts and everything about this cover screamed PICK ME UP AND READ ME.

The beginning was a little hectic for me, and I didn’t think I’d like this book very much because of it. As soon as I started reading, a million and one things happened, including Taylor punching Hunter in the face and kneeing him in his nether regions. It had my head spinning and I was a little overwhelmed.

The rest of the book must have been written on cloud nine. The romance, once it got started (cuz we all knew it would) was sizzling hot! But then, I would fall for a guy who played the guitar, sang, and cooked like nobody’s business, too. They have a really cute connection, and it cracks me up to read about them bantering. This book made me extremely happy, and it held up an awesome sense of humor throughout.

I really also liked that this wasn’t a very dramatic read. I like drama, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the eye-rolling over-dramatic antics are just not something you want to read about. It was good that neither of the characters were overreacting, and the character development was not rushed.

I give this book 4 stars because, even though it was a very good read, it wasn’t my favorite book. It was one of those books that lets you enjoy not thinking and takes you to another word and brings out all your day-dreaming fantasies under the blue summer sky.

I do recommend you pick it up if you need a quick read before summer ends. Now that everyone’s rushing to get in as many books as possible (as am I, as you can tell, since I’ve been avoiding life and this blog and everything else in favor of just reading) it’s a good time to start picking up books like these.

Over all, well done! The author deserves a pat on the back for bringing this story into the world.

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