Month: April 2016

Apr 06
{Review+Giveaway} The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman @rrsmythe @Month9Books

{Review+Giveaway} The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman @rrsmythe @Month9Books

The Requiem Red is the first in a new, young adult series by Brynn Chapman. The Requiem Red is a fantasy/horror/suspense/historical story, and that is a mix of genres that really works well for me. I enjoyed this story a lot, and it left me pretty desperately wanting the next book. Brynn Chapman clearly excels in books with a flair towards the historical. She can paint a time period picture unlike most authors. She has a gift in that regard. I loved the mystery and suspenseful atmosphere Brynn created in The Requiem Red. The asylum setting is the perfect place for the creepies to set in. Throw a mystery into the mix and sprinkle in some fantasy elements, and you have a book that I was dying to read. Strangely enough, the thing that I normally crave and gravitate towards the most, the romance, was the thing that did the least for me in this instance. But even more strange, was the fact that it didn’t bug me nearly as… Read more »

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Apr 06
{Review+Giveaway} Life in the Lucky Zone by @patriciabtighe @swoonromance

{Review+Giveaway} Life in the Lucky Zone by @patriciabtighe @swoonromance

Life in the Lucky Zone is the second book in the Zone series, by Patricia B. Tighe. The Zone series are each young adult standalone novels told in dual narrative. While you can read these books by themselves, if you are given the chance, I think it would be nice to read them ion order. They follow a group of high school friends, and I loved the first book in the series. I liked this one too, but I think I enjoyed the couple from the first book, Life in the No Dating Zone, just a little bit more. However, the writing in Life in the Lucky Zone is very solid, and the romance will grow on you just as much as the characters will. What I found to be really interesting about Life in the Lucky Zone, is that we not only knew the main character from the first book, but she was in a serious relationship at the time. I was expecting the second book to be about… Read more »

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Apr 05
{Book Trailer+Giveaway} #TheHaters by @_Jesse_Andrews_ @abramskids

{Book Trailer+Giveaway} #TheHaters by @_Jesse_Andrews_ @abramskids

I partnered with Abrams Books to offer this giveaway for The Haters by Jesse Andrews, author of The Haters and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. He is here today to share the trailer for his new novel, The Haters. So check it out and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.   BOOK TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLsacrTHxOE LEARN MORE Learn more at abramsbooks.com Follow Abrams Books on Twitter #TheHaters   Pre-Order Contest Pre-Order The Haters and Score this bumper sticker and a Jesse Andrews-signed bookplate! Pre-order The Haters from your favorite online retailer, then fill out the form by clicking on the link below to receive your exclusive gift. http://www.abramsbooks.com/thehaters/ To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win DISCOVER A NEW BAND TO HATE TO LOVE One (1) winner receives: a copy of The Haters and branded bumper sticker; plus a Spotify premium 3-month subscription gift card. Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Abrams Books. Note: Book Briefs Contest… Read more »

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Apr 05
{Review+Giveaway} #LoveMeNever by @Sara_Wolf1 @EntangledTeen #LovelyVicious

{Review+Giveaway} #LoveMeNever by @Sara_Wolf1 @EntangledTeen #LovelyVicious

Love Me Never was previously published as Lovely Vicious. Love Me Never is fully revised and updated edition of the previous book. It got a new cover, and because I loved books 1 and 2 of the Lovely Vicious Series so much, I decided to re-read Love Me Never. I am still thinking about Love Me Never days after I read it the first time. And I loved it just as much my second time reading it, as Love Me Never. This book really affected me and left a mark on me. I ended up absolutely loving it. Sara Wolf did an amazing job creating a book that was beautiful in it’s sadness. But that isn’t the thing that most got to me. I have loved books before and books have made me think about them long after I read them before, but not quite like this. You see, in the first part of the book, I didn’t think I was going to like it nearly as much as I… Read more »

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Apr 04
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Nightstruck by @JennaBlack @torteen

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Nightstruck by @JennaBlack @torteen

Describe Nightstruck in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Ordinary teenage girl tricked into opening gate to a malevolent world that takes over Philadelphia every night. What is something we would be surprised to learn about Becket? Becket knows how to fire a gun. She figured it would be “lame” not to be able to fire one when her father is the police commissioner. Her knowledge of firearms comes in handy more than once over the course of the book. What are some of your bookish pet peeves at the moment? This goes for books, movies, and TV—I get tired of scenarios where one character is keeping a secret, and then just when that character has nerved him- or herself up to reveal it, it comes out accidentally. It’s supposed to create tension, but because it’s done so much, you know from the moment the person in question decides to keep the secret that it’s going to be revealed by someone else and create drama and angst. What is one… Read more »

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Apr 04
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken @RachVD

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken @RachVD

The Matchmaker’s Playbook is the first book in a new adult contemporary romance series, called Wingmen Inc., by Rachel Van Dyken. As the title and series name suggests, the story centers around two college friends that have a side business where they set up women with their crushes. The whole book had a very Hitch vibe (you know, the Will Smith rom com) They don’t advertise, you just pass around a card when you are done to a “women in need.” The main man of Wingmen Inc. is Ian, and the book is told in dual narrative between him and Blake. Blake is an athlete through and through and she goes to Ian for his help catching the eye of her childhood friend, and crush. Ian ends up falling for Blake. Don’t worry, I am not spoiling anything for anyone, you can tell all of this from the very first line in the summary. It is a very cutesey setup, and one that I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to… Read more »

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Apr 03
{Top 10+Review+Giveaway} A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land @authorACLand

{Top 10+Review+Giveaway} A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land @authorACLand

Today I have the author of A Shot of Bourbon, AC LAND here to tell us some things we didn’t know about her. Thank you so much for being here today 🙂 Top 10 things you didn’t know about ME! (A.C. Land)   My senior prophecy predicted I’d ride into my ten-year reunion on the back of a mountain lion. I have four months to procure, train, and learn how to ride a mountain lion… I’m a HUGE Star Wars nerd. (There’s a vinyl Darth sticker on my computer and I may or may not be wearing a Boba t-shirt right now). The way to my heart is humor and book puns. I.e.-if you were a book, you’d be fine print. There really is a Bourbon, Missouri. The locals think the water tower by the highway is filled with Bourbon. A ladder, wire cutters, face paint, and give-em-hell attitude needed to determine if this is, in fact, true. A Shot of Bourbon is set geographically in Bourbon, but the book… Read more »

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Apr 02
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Natural History of Us  by @RachelHarrisBks @SpencerHillP @InkSlingerPR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Natural History of Us by @RachelHarrisBks @SpencerHillP @InkSlingerPR

The Natural History of Us is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris. Each of the books back be read as standalones, and they are each told in dual narrative between the book’s main couple. The Natural History of Us features Justin and Peyton. I loved Justin and Peyton so much, and their story is just as cute as I wanted it to be. The Natural History of Us is told in dual narrative between Justin and Peyton, as well as told in a dual time line format- alternating between freshman year and senior year. Rachel Harris made a note in her afterword/acknowledgment section saying that both of these dual formats is not for the faint of heart, and I completely believe her. It is a lot to keep up with. (it makes me wonder how she wrote it too. Did she do all the freshman year stuff, and then the senior year events, or did she write it… Read more »

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Apr 01
{Giveaway} Raining Romances Giveaway Hop

{Giveaway} Raining Romances Giveaway Hop

As the title suggests, for this hop I am going talk about romances. While I love reading every genre, the one thing that is consistent, is that I like all of my genres to have some kind of romance in it. So you will find books in YA, NA and adult from everything from Contemporary to High fantasy. Something for everyone. I would highly recommend each and every one of these books. And every one of these books, a has an awesome romance in it! The winner can choose any romance book they would like, from amazon and I will send them an ecopy of it! (Up to $8 us) I put together a goodreads shelf with some of my all time favorite romances that I have reviewed on the blog. You can check out all of the books on that shelf here, or by clicking any of the pictures below Book Briefs Favorite Romances To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win any indie published ebook (up to… Read more »

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Apr 01
{Review} Controlled Burn by @ShannonStacey @CarinaPress

{Review} Controlled Burn by @ShannonStacey @CarinaPress

Controlled Burn is the second book in the Boston Fire series by Shannon Stacey. Each of the books can be read as a standalone, and I have to admit that I had no idea this was book 2 in a series, until I pulled it up on goodreads to write this review. (That should tell you that it really can be read a true standalone.) Now I am very curious to check out who book one is about, and get my hands on a copy of that as well. Controlled Burn is a great contemporary romance. I really connected with the subject matter of the book because it deals with something near and dear to my heart with the elderly and the issues they face while aging. It warmed my heart to see Jessica come to help out her grandparents, even though she had never met them before. It was really touching to see. And I loved how real their family dynamic was. There was no black and white good… Read more »

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