Month: October 2014

Oct 31
{ #Giveaway } Halloween Themed Books Giveaway from Hachette!

{ #Giveaway } Halloween Themed Books Giveaway from Hachette!

  Happy Halloween everyone! To celebrate the holiday, I have a super awesome giveaway for you guys! I have 2 sets of these four awesome books from Little Brown and Company. 2 Winners will each get a set of all 4 hardcover books!! If these books don’t get you in the Halloween mood, I don’t know what will. Check them out ————————————————   Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper You don’t know what you must give up to become a witch. Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island’s sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability. Avery thinks escape is just a matter of time, but when she has a harrowing nightmare, she can see what it means: She will be killed. She will be murdered. And she’s never been wrong before. Desperate to change her future,… Read more »

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Oct 30
{ #Review } The Sea of Tranquility by @KatjaMillay @AtriaBooks

{ #Review } The Sea of Tranquility by @KatjaMillay @AtriaBooks

HOLY SMOKES! What a moving, powerful book. How did this one elude my grasp for so long??  The Sea of Tranquility has been classified both as Young Adult and New Adult. I could see it going either way, but I think it is closer to upper Young Adult. Especially since both of the main characters are in high school. Even though they are each wise beyond their years. I really don’t know how to write a review that does this book justice. I have read a lot of really fantastic books, but the Sea of Tranquility will always stick out in my mind because of how much it moved me. This is a powerful book. It reminded me of the raw emotional power like in the books Lost and Found by Nadia Simonenko. And anyone that knows me, or has read my reviews of those new adult books, know just how high of praise that is. The Sea of Tranquility starts off feeling very mysterious. It took me a couple… Read more »

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Oct 30
{ #Giveaway } Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Compton @lbcrompton @fsgbooks

{ #Giveaway } Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Compton @lbcrompton @fsgbooks

    Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE CRUSH from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be. When she’s not writing Laurie enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing, running, going to the movies and drinking tea by the gallon. She lives near NYC, but loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest. She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency. WEBSITE / TWITTER / GOODREADS     To enter,… Read more »

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Oct 29
{ #Review } Diamonds in the Rough by @MichelleMadow

{ #Review } Diamonds in the Rough by @MichelleMadow

Diamonds in the Rough is the perfect follow up to The Secret Diamond Sisters. It is just as gossip girl-y, fun, and scandalous as the first book. I really liked that we got to know each of the sisters a lot better. As well as Madison and the whole cast of secondary characters. Just like the first book, Diamonds in the Rough is told in multiple points of views between the Diamond sisters and Madison. Each of the chapters was clearly labeled and it was really easy follow along. It was cool to read the book this way, because Michelle Madow’s writing style and voice changes with each of the sisters. It added to their very distinct personalities. Madison stereotyped the sisters and dubbed them as follows: Peyton- the slut, Courtney- the goody two shoes and Savannah- the wannabe. And I have to say, at first glance, I can see why she put them in those categories, but throughout the course of the story I watched each of the sisters… Read more »

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Oct 29
{ #Giveaway } Catalyst by S.J. Kincaid @SJKincaidBooks

{ #Giveaway } Catalyst by S.J. Kincaid @SJKincaidBooks

  S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013. The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014. WEBSITE: http://sjkincaid.com/ TWITTER: @SJKincaidBooks GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18054017-catalyst FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SJKincaidBooks To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to enter to win 1 of 3 copies of Catalyst Open internationally must be 13+ to enter void where prohibited by law Note: This giveaway is NOT sponsored by Book Briefs. All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below a Rafflecopter giveaway Have You Entered these Giveaways Yet? Click on the banners to enter                                 

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Oct 28
{Review+Giveaway} Love’s Last Call by Beth Matthews @IAmBethMatthews

{Review+Giveaway} Love’s Last Call by Beth Matthews @IAmBethMatthews

Love’s Last Call is the first in a new adult series called the Ladies of jezebel’s. Jezebel’s is a bar that both of the main characters work at. I had no idea when I started reading the story that this would be a series about some of the various secondary characters, but now that I know that I am super excited. I can’t wait for Ronnie’s story. We didn’t get to really know any of the other shot girls, but I can’t wait to get to know them too. Love’s Last Call was a classic New Adult story. Told in Dual Narrative between Norm and Lucy. It was a secret romance, because shot girls and bouncers are NOT allowed to date. It is pretty much the only rule the bar has. Norm and Lucy each have to keep their job for various reasons and because of that, they didn’t rush into a relationship. I really liked that because it gave me, as the reader, a chance to watch them interact a… Read more »

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Oct 28
{Guest Post Song+Giveaway} Get Happy by Mary Amato @maryamato

{Guest Post Song+Giveaway} Get Happy by Mary Amato @maryamato

I asked Mary what music inspires Minerva? And she shared an original song that she wrote with us! How awesome is that? I think Minerva would have slightly odd and broad taste. I think she goes for songs that are lyrically interesting. Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor would be among her favorites. I imagine Minerva frequenting open mics with Hayes and Fin and eventually singing her own songs, meeting more songwriters, and getting more and more confident. I love open mics and talent shows. My favorite thing to do at an open mic is play and sing a uke song because it’s so easy to bring along a uke. I love playing the guitar, but let’s face it, they are way heavier and harder to hide. You can carry a little uke with you everywhere and anywhere and whip it out. Parties. Parks. Airports. You name it. Here is one of the songs I wrote for Get Happy. I also asked Mary What we would find under her bed if we… Read more »

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Oct 27
{ #Review } The Fall of January Cooper by Audrey Bell @audreybbell

{ #Review } The Fall of January Cooper by Audrey Bell @audreybbell

Audrey Bell sold me on The Fall of January Cooper. I read her first novel, Love Show, and I can’t even say how much I loved it. I would recommend it to fans of new adult everywhere. So I knew that I couldn’t pass up The Fall of January Cooper. And when Audrey had me tearing up within the first two chapters of the book, I knew I was dealing with a powerful story. The romance aspect was a little tame compared to a lot of new adult, but the emotional slow burn reluctant romance between January and Christian was fantastic. January starts the story out as a rich harvard student. Everyone painted her out to being this huge B**ch, but that wasn’t exactly what I saw. I saw someone who was stuck up, yes, but not really a complete mean girl. I know that is what her friends described her as, but to be honest that only made me believe it less, because her friends were all beyond awful…. Read more »

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Oct 27
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Santuary by Pauline Creeden

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Santuary by Pauline Creeden

Title: Sanctuary Author: Pauline Creeden Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, clean NA In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going? Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble —————————————————————————————   Jennie filled the glass and set it on the counter. She needed an ibuprofen. As she reached up to the top shelf in the pantry, a vibration started in her chest. Holding the white bottle in her hand, she turned around confused. Like a jet when it… Read more »

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Oct 26
{ARC Review} Her Perfect Game by Shannyn Schroeder #klovers @KensingtonBooks @SSchroeder_

{ARC Review} Her Perfect Game by Shannyn Schroeder #klovers @KensingtonBooks @SSchroeder_

Her Perfect Game is the second book in the new adult Hot & Nerdy trilogy by Shannyn Schroeder. I knew after I read the first book, Her Best Shot, that this was a series formula that I was going to love. Her Perfect Game starts out at the same time that Her Best Shot starts out, but from a different friend’s point of view. This is Charlie’s story and I loved her and her hacking con even more than I loved Layla. I have always had such appreciation for people that know their way around computers. I am decent myself, but some of the things people can do just blow my mind. Plus, I have a bit of a nerdy streak in me when it comes to computer games as well. So this was the perfect storyline for me to get into. Her Perfect Game was almost completely about Charlie, Win, and Jonah. Her friends only showed up in phone call cameo’s and she still never told them her secret-… Read more »

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