Month: October 2015

Oct 31
{Giveaway} #Books I’m #Grateful I Read

{Giveaway} #Books I’m #Grateful I Read

Welcome to my stop on the books I’m Grateful I read giveaway hop! This giveaway is international! So what books do am I grateful that I read? Let’s be honest- ALL OF THEM! I love reading so much that I am grateful every time I read a new book. Or even a re-read. But some really great standouts this year for me are… The top pick winner is an easy one for me: Cage of Deceit was so freaking good. I have been recommending it to everyone that I can! It is a young adult fantasy and it just gives me shivers it is so good. Other books that I’m grateful I read are: All of the book covers link to my review If either of the winners are international, they can pick an ebook of any of the above mentioned books that I have been stuck in If the winner is US they can either choose any of the above books (1) to get in ebook format, or they… Read more »

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Oct 30
{Series Review} Sweep by Cate Tiernan

{Series Review} Sweep by Cate Tiernan

In honor of Halloween, I decided to dust off an old witch series and do a review of the entire series. There are 15 books in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. I started reading the Sweep series probably about 6 or 7 years ago (before my blog) when my Borders was going out of business. They had the first three bind up volumes for next to nothing so I grabbed books #1-9 (there are 3 books in each bind up) for I think $5-6 total. Once I started reading I really got into the witchy atmosphere and elemental vibe of the magic in Sweep, so I went back to Borders and grabbed the rest of the books that were out. Books 10-15 I had to get individual novels because their bind up wasn’t out yet, and consequently my series doesn’t match, which makes me kind of mad. The Sweep series started out really strong. I read the first 4 books in no time at all and I couldn’t get… Read more »

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Oct 29
{Review} Losers Take All by David Klass @MacKidsBooks

{Review} Losers Take All by David Klass @MacKidsBooks

Losers Take All put a huge smile on my face. It was funny, heartwarming, different, and full of love-ably quirky characters. At Jack’s school, they are sports OBSESSED. Their last principal keeled over in the middle of a school run, and their new principal is even worse. He has decreed that all seniors must take part in a school sport team. Jack’s friends band together to form a C soccer team, and make a pack that they will always lose. I thought their act of “rebellion” was pretty funny. And what happens after is even funnier. Jack’s father was a huge sports legend at his high school and he is still a town hero, so I know that must have been hard for Jack at home. I really liked how David Klass used sports and social media/school politics in Losers Take All. It is a parody of sorts, full of humor but not so far removed from real life. I could see something like this happening today. The pressure from… Read more »

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Oct 28
{Review+Giveaway} Troll by @Ashley_C_Harris @Barclay_PR

{Review+Giveaway} Troll by @Ashley_C_Harris @Barclay_PR

Troll is a totally new take on paranormal. It is the first in a new young adult series, by the same name, from author Ashley C. Harris. I don’t know about you, but I have never read a young adult paranormal book that features trolls. And I am a little ashamed to admit that my understanding of them is practically nonexistent.(the closest I have to a depiction in my mind are from frozen haha) Troll takes the reader on a fast paced exhilarating journey underground to the world of the trolls. Plus there are the knights, who are the enemies of the Trolls. Plus, there is a romance and mystery surrounding Wilhelm and Abby. Yep, lots going on to keep your attention. I really liked the mystery surrounding Abby, and Abby herself. She was my favorite part of the story. I was really interested in Abby’s friendship with Leo, but he was mainly in the beginning of the story, and I found the that part to be really confusing. Even… Read more »

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Oct 27
{Review} Life After Falling by Alyssa Rose Ivy @alyssaroseivy

{Review} Life After Falling by Alyssa Rose Ivy @alyssaroseivy

It is so nice to get to read a contemporary by Alyssa Rose Ivy. It was just what I needed last night. Lately, I have been focusing more on her paranormal books, which I love, but I forgot how great her contemporaries were too. When I read the summary for Life After Falling and I saw that the main character goes on a journey of sorts to fix an old cassette tape, which she believes holds the key to happiness, I knew I was in. That sounds just kooky enough to be a good time. And it totally was. (a good time, that is.) I loved this sweet feel good romance between two people- Cassidy and Leo, who are both trying to find their way for very different reasons. I loved how mysterious the cassette tape was. We didn’t find out why it was so important or just what the heck was on it until rather late in the story. What is impressive though is the lengths that Cassidy went… Read more »

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Oct 26
{Review} Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas @sprineas @harperteen

{Review} Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas @sprineas @harperteen

Ash & Bramble is the perfect embodiment of everything I love about fairy tale retellings. It is a wildly imaginative take on not only the classic story of cinderella, but also on the fairy tale world in general. I love the dark atmosphere, and all of the moving parts to Ash & Bramble. There is a whole lot going on, but they all fit together in such a fascinating way. The reader is given just enough information to be tantalizingly confused. Not overwhelmingly so, just enough to make you want to get to the next page a little bit faster. And as with all of my favorite retellings, there is a wonderful mixture of classic fairy tale elements put into a wonderfully imagined world, and spun around and mixed up to show the authors creative take on it all. I loved the main character Pin. I love how inquisitive, brave and independent she was. And I love that her bravery and spunk inspired Shoe to be braver. That is the… Read more »

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Oct 25
{Weekly Wrap Up} Weeks Of October 13-25th

{Weekly Wrap Up} Weeks Of October 13-25th

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews Hey guys! How has your week been? Mine has been much better. I am happy to report that my dog Harry is doing so much better. Last weekend my boyfriend came into town and we celebrated my birthday. It was really nice, and this weekend I went home to visit my sister and Harry. (and we won’t even talk about last nights football game.) Books I got these past 2 weeks: *Thank you so much to Leap Books, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Disney-Hyperion, Macmillian, Henry Holt, Berkely, Penguin, Signet, Balzer & Bray, Harper Collins, St. Martin’s Griffin, razorbill, and all of the authors for these awesome books! * (Click on the book covers to go to the book goodreads/amazon page) ebooks:    Bought & Books in the Mail:    Hard Beat: A Driven Novel by K. Bromberg The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace) by Erin Bow Passenger by Alexandra Bracken First &… Read more »

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Oct 23
{Review} When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey

{Review} When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey

When the Stars Align is a new adult contemporary romance by Jeanette Grey. It follow Jo and Adam, as they travel to Puerto Rico for the summer to take part in a prestigious astronomy program. I loved that Jo and Adam at first glance seem like total opposites, but as we get to know them they are really very similar. I thought they balanced each other out in all the best ways. I really enjoyed their story. I should note that my content warning up above should be strongly bolded. This is a very racy new adult book. I loved the summer time romance between Jo and Adam and I thought the sizzle between them was excellent. (I just wanted to point it out for YA readers out there.) Jo is very guarded girl. I am kind of split when it comes to my opinion on Jo. She instantly rubbed me the wrong way because of the assumption she made, but I was also almost instantly gratified when the author… Read more »

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Oct 22
{ARC Review} His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder #klovers @KensingtonBooks @SSchroeder_

{ARC Review} His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder #klovers @KensingtonBooks @SSchroeder_

If you guys remember from my 3 reviews of the original Hot & Nerdy trilogy by Shannyn Schroeder, you know that I really enjoyed the was a series formula. First, I love that the books are told in dual narrative between each of the main guys and girls and I think you all know by now that is my favorite story telling narrative method. and Second, the trilogy follows a group of three friends. The books are each of their stories, BUT the cool part is that each of the books take place in roughly the same time period. So there will be a bit of overlap in each of the stories, but from a different characters perspective. What a cool concept right? I loved reading them all and seeing how they each fit together. The first three books in the Hot & Nerdy trilogy followed a group of girls. Well, Shannyn has decided to do another three books with the same series concept, but this time following a whole… Read more »

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Oct 21
{Interview+Giveaway} #DontGetCaught @KurtDinan @SourcebooksFire

{Interview+Giveaway} #DontGetCaught @KurtDinan @SourcebooksFire

Describe your book in 140 characters or less? A high school nobody recruits a crew of misfits for heists and pranks to get revenge on the mysterious Chaos Club. #DontGetCaught How did you come up with the idea for Don’t Get Caught? Look, who hasn’t wanted to rob a bank?  Or at least hasn’t thought about it?  I can’t be the only one, right?  Right? So, I suppose Don’t Get Caught is my way of robbing a bank without risking actual jail time because, let me make this clear, I would not do well in prison.  I love capers, heists, and schemes, and while the crew in this novel aren’t robbing banks, they are satisfying my criminal thoughts by doing the teenage equivalent of bank robbery–wrecking havoc in their high school. Tell us about the main character. Max is a high school nobody, a kid who’s smart enough and nice enough to get by, but who doesn’t really fit in anywhere.  So basically, he’s me at sixteen.  But what Max… Read more »

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