Month: February 2015

Feb 09
{Review+Giveaway} Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison @katiewriting

{Review+Giveaway} Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison @katiewriting

Of Sea and Stone is the first book in the young adult fantasy/magic series called Secrets of Itlantis. I love the covers of this series. They have a very Josephine Angeleini Starcrossed series feel to them. Four books in the Secrets of Itlantis series have already been released and each of the book covers is done in a different color scheme, which I love. They go really well together, and if you are new to the series like I am, you will be able to enjoy them one right after another. (I am not sure yet if the series is complete or if there will be more than 4 books.) The Secrets of Itlantis is a Young Adult fantasy twist on the tale of Atlantis, and I have to say, I love what Kate Avery Ellison did with the underwater city. It all felt very magical and fantastical, and it is something that I would love to see made into a movie. The characters in the story are wonderfully rich… Read more »

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Feb 07
{Review} Calling California by J.P. Grider

{Review} Calling California by J.P. Grider

Calling California is the first book in the New Adult Series, the Hunter Hill University Series. I got a copy of the second book, Mending Michael for review, but even though each of the books can be read as a standalone, I decided to read the first book before Mending Michael. Calling California is kind of a typical New Adult contemporary romance, told in dual narrative between the guy and the girl, which I love. I think I liked Griffin more than our heroine, Cali in Calling California. Griffin is just such a sweetie pie. And so is Cali. She really is such a sweet, sweet girl, but she bugged the crap out of me a lot of the time. She is just so hung up on money and is beyond super bitter about her financial situation. I understand her being a little upset or realistic about her experiences, but it seemed like every other word out of her mouth was about being poor and disliking rich people, yada yada… Read more »

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Feb 06
{Review+Giveaway} Dark Siren by Eden Ashley @Eden_byNite

{Review+Giveaway} Dark Siren by Eden Ashley @Eden_byNite

Dark Siren is the first book in the Young Adult paranormal series, called the Dark Siren Series. I love the cover of Dark Siren. The colors and the vivid-ness really work for me. A great things about this series is that the first three books are already out. So if you are like me, and you really enjoyed the first book, you can immediately grab books 2 and 3 and start reading. That is my favorite thing of discovering a great hidden gem series a year or two after its’ release. You can gorge on all the books at once if you want. I am also a sucker for some kind of mysterious or magical artifact. It’s why I love shows like the show, Warehouse 13, with all of the “historical” artifacts that actually have some hidden history or magic properties. Now Dark Siren is actually a paranormal book so it was a little different, but the artifact aspect of the story felt kind of similar. Kali, the main character… Read more »

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Feb 05
{ARC Review} City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown @S_MarieBrown

{ARC Review} City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown @S_MarieBrown

City in Embers is the first book in a new paranormal action series, called the Collectors. As you may know, Stacey Marie Brown’s Darkness series is one of my favorite New Adult paranormal series. The Collectors is set in the same world as that one and the electrical storm caused by the Dae in the Darkness series is what has rocked Seattle, where the main characters are on the run in City of Embers. Which I thought was the perfect crossover between the two worlds. It really added to the atmosphere throughout the story, and it was a cool throwback that fans of the Darkness Series would get. But you absolutely do not need to read the darkness series to get this one. They are very separate, with all new characters. I thought this book had a very different feel than the Darkness series. One that I ended up really enjoying. (But the Darkness Series is still my favorite.) Zoey grew up really bad off in the foster system. I… Read more »

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Feb 04
{Gift Guide} Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Book Lovers in your Life

{Gift Guide} Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Book Lovers in your Life

Today I wanted to do a little something different on the blog. It is hard to believe, but it is already February, which means Valentine’s day is right around the corner. Chocolates, flowers and teddy bears are nice, but for the book lovers in your life, what about getting creative and finding something really bookish and cool for them to enjoy? Plus, I just love shopping for book related goodies. I always end up buying some for myself as well. Here are some things that I think would make excellent Valentine’s day gifts for that special book lover. (or for yourself!) ___________________________________________________________________ 1. Book illustration word posters Have you guys heard of PosterText? It is the coolest thing! I bought one for my office/library that I am slowly putting together in my new apartment and I absolutely LOVE IT! Click on the poster below to find out more about it! The posters are pictures from classic (and contemporary) books that are made entirely out of text from that book. Isn’t… Read more »

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Feb 03
{Review} The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark @SwoonReads @kvanark

{Review} The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark @SwoonReads @kvanark

The Boy Next Door is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading from the new crowd-sourced Macmillan imprint, Swoon Reads. I absolutely love the idea behind Swoon Reads. It is a community that anyone can join online for free, writers can upload their manuscripts and readers can read them and vote on their favorites and leave feedback. It’s great because teens and readers in the Swoon Reads Community are telling the writers and publishers what they like and what they don’t, and they are helping to pick the next books that are going to be published. It is such a great concept. The Boy Next Door is an ice skating romance, that reminded me of Jennifer Comeaux’s Crossing the Ice– which I absolutely loved. So I was super excited to dive right into another pairs figure skating romance. And The Boy Next Door was a great one! There were some skating struggles, but there weren’t as many on ice problems as there were in Crossing the Ice,… Read more »

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Feb 03
{Sale Alert} Very Bad Things FREE & Very Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills $.99!

{Sale Alert} Very Bad Things FREE & Very Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills $.99!

Very Bad Things   From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills Amazon Top 10 Bestseller “One of the top five New Adult romances of 2013.” —A is for Alpha, B is for Book Blog    SYNOPSIS:   What happens when the perfect girl makes a very bad list? Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect. Or is she? Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex. Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her. When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference. As they struggle to stay away… Read more »

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Feb 02
{Review} The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

{Review} The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest is a book that I have been dying to read for a long time. And a lot of that had to do with the cover. I still sometimes get lost just looking at it. I love it that much. Plus, I was really loving the fact that this book is a standalone. And I did end up liking the book…just…not as much as I thought I would. Now, I haven’t read too many reviews for the Darkest Part of the Forest so I have no idea whether I will be in the minority or majority, but I will attempt to convey my kind of confused relationship with this book. I absolutely LOVED the way the book started and the way the book ended. In kind of an anonymous third person narrative that felt like the start of a fairy tale narration. “deep in the middle of the forest, there was a boy…” That kind of thing. But it was very well done at grabbing… Read more »

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