Monday, April 29, 2013

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Doktorski

3/5 Stars
How My Summer Went Up in Flames
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Rosie’s boyfriend dumps her and then is seen all over town with his “skank” of a new girlfriend. Rosie doesn’t take this well and in a moment of impulsivity ends setting his car on fire. Her ex-boyfriend then files a temporary restraining order against her and her parents force her on a summer road trip to get away from the situation. Rosie sets off with the boy next door, who has been her friend forever, and the boy next doors best friend and older brother.

I really like road trip books and How My Summer Went Up in Flames was no exception! The camaraderie between characters was my favorite thing about this book. After Rosie gets over her initial shock and frustration about being on the road trip she settles in with the boys and we get to know each of them in turn.

At first Rosie got on my nerves she was very selfish and wouldn’t let go of her relationship with her ex. I really wanted to play on a loop “He’s just not that in to you”. Luckily as the novel progressed and she put some distance between her and the ex Rosie got a lot better.

It was the boys Rosie was on the road trip with that really stood out to me. I loved her relationship with Matty, who had been close with her family since forever. He was a great foil to Rosie who was rash and impulsive he was calculating and dependable. I also liked Matty’s best friend Spencer who was a totally likable dork. That brings us to Logan who is the reason this road trip is happening in the first place, he was a funny leader, even though I don’t think he ever intended to be funny. I also liked the little relationship that developed between him and Rosie it was sweet and I liked how grown up Rosie was about it. 

Overall, How My Summer Went Up in Flames was a very cute beachy read, I really enjoyed Rosies’ character transformation and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 56

Level 2 by Lenore Applehans (Thanks Kelly @ Effortlessly Reading!)
Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Thanks Margie @ The Bumble Girl!)
Winter Queen by Amber Argyle

I got all of these books at my local thrift shop for $7! I think I might go back and buy more of the Sookie Stackhouse series but I wanted to make sure I liked them before I bought the whole series.  
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 
Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Forever by Judy Blume

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
Starglass by Phoebe North

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Blitz: Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe

♥ Excerpt ♥
“What’s your rank, baby blue eyes?” the guy asks, pushing off his cot and stalking toward the prince. Everything in me screams to act, but I don’t want to declare alliances this early on. Not without understanding the dynamic of placements and bonds already formed among these people. But I’ll not let this hulk of a man harm the prince. I brace my heel against the wall, ready to push off and lunge. Prince Caben rises to his feet, slowly turning to face him. He straightens his spine, squaring his shoulders. “I don’t have one. And my name is Payne. Not ‘baby blue eyes’, meathead.” Big guy laughs, his husky voice bounces off the rock walls. “I’m Crew”—he beats his chest hard once, like a barbarian—“and I’ve won three fights. I’ll win the next two and be the one awarded the freedom ring.” He leans down toward Prince Caben, leveling their faces. “So don’t even think about you or your princess over there walking out of here. I’m ranked as a Colossal. The strongest Colossal in Bax’s league.” Princess? I nearly scoff. Then I realize what the problem with Crew is: he feels threatened by Prince Caben. That revelation almost makes me laugh out right. What does a big stack of muscles like Crew have to fear from the prince? The other prisons slowly circle around the stand-off in the center of the cell. Tension thickens the musty air. It coils around my spine, tightening my muscles. If I allow the fight to continue without interruption, will the guards stop it? They’d want their fighters in pristine shape, wouldn’t they? Prince Caben doesn’t back away from Crew. Instead, he moves into his space. I roll my eyes. Stupid, conceited man. “Freedom ring?” the prince questions. “As in, there’s a chance to leave?” He rubs his chin, and I notice the dark shadow of facial hair that has darkened his features overnight. “Is there a season that has to be won, or can someone gain five wins during their entire imprisonment?” Crew’s eyebrows pinch together. He’s clearly despondent that he hasn’t succeeded in intimidating the prince. “We’re in a season right now, you weakling. If you don’t win—you’re dead. Which by the looks of you, will happen in your first match.” Prince Caben nods, as if he’s simply piecing together a jigsaw puzzle and not being told of his demise. “What is the cuff for?” He points to the iron clamp around Crew’s wrist. “It’s our biometric monitor.” Crew shoves the cuff up close to the prince’s face. “See those three blue lights? Those are my wins. When the fifth lights up, I’m outta’ here.” “Has anyone ever won the freedom ring before?” Prince Caben asks. Crew’s massive arms tremble. “No,” he grinds out. “But I will.” He cocks his cuffed hand back, then sends a blow to Prince Caben’s chin. Hell. I’m up and racing across the cell before the prince hits the ground. Crew spots me from his peripheral. He turns and swipes the air. I duck, roll, and come up behind him. I jump on the cot and leap onto his back. “You squirrely little ...” he mumbles, trying to reach over his shoulders to get a hold on me. Tightening my arms around his thick neck, I squeeze. He gasps for air, and rams my back into the wall. I wheeze as the air whooshes from my lungs, pain splintering through my already bruised chest. But I hold tight, bearing down harder, and cut off his supply of oxygen. Finally, I feel Crew weaken beneath my hold. He drops to his knees, and I only release him once I’m sure he’s knocked out. Stepping around the now limp Crew, I glance at all the wide eyes studying me, and meet the prince’s. Fury ignites his stormy blue irises. He picks himself off the floor and heads toward one of the side chambers, throwing the tattered material aside as he stalks inside. I follow after him. When I step inside the tiny, dank room, my eyes trail Prince Caben as he paces. He reaches each side of the small chamber with three quick strides. Back and forth. On his third round, I open my mouth and get out a single syllable before he holds up a hand, halting me. He drives his hand through his dark hair. “Thank you for making me look like a spineless jerk.” He shakes his head and faces me. Taken aback, I say, “This is my duty to protect—” “No. In your country it was your duty to guard me. In my world and here”—he opens his arms wide—“a man fights his own battles. He does not depend on a woman to fight them for him. You just disgraced me.” Fire simmers in my core. “I’m still assigned as your protector no matter what realm we inhabit, Your High—” I stop myself before addressing him by title out of habit. “Your pride is polluting your reasoning.” He laughs. “Yes, well. Thanks to your show out there, I no longer have my pride to worry about.” 

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Around The World: Nuzaifa & Rachel @ Say It With Books

Welcome to Around The World! Every Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week on the Blog I have Nuzaifa and Rachel from Say It With Books!

Say it with books also has an International Giveaway going on right now make sure to stop by and enter to win!


Where are you from?
Nuzaifa- Sri Lanka
Rachel-Republic of the Philippines 

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from? 
Nuzaifa- Best thing would be the food and beautiful landscape! The worst thing would be the lack of great bookstores-It takes AGES for YA books to hit the shelves. And by the time it comes to the book store more or less the entire world has read the book.
Rachel-Best thing: the people, worst thing: the weather

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there? 
Nuzaifa- Like I mentioned because of the unavailability of YA books in my country, I have order all my books from Amazon or Book Depository. There is also an issue of geographical restrictions on ebooks. 
Rachel -Not being able to attend book signings.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
Nuzaifa- Sadly, no. 
Rachel -Sadly, there are only a few events like that here, as far as I know. So, no. Not yet. Hope I can attend them one day. Since I am a new blogger, I am still finding ways to know more about signings and launches, so I’ll tell you if ever!  

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live? 
Nuzaifa- Some of them are and some are not so willing.But I hope that this will not be a problem once the blog starts gaining a little more exposure. 
Rachel -Yes, some are willing to work with me. Say for example, Soho Teen gave me a galley of Escape Theory. But, I’ve tried asking some publishers too and it seems that it’s hard to work with bloggers out of US/Canada.

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?
Nuzaifa- I haven't had the chance to read a lot of Sri Lankan books but I’m looking forward to reading The Swimmer by Roma Tearne and A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman. 
I’ve not read many books set in the Philippines or written by Filipinos, but this book by Jose Rizal, our national hero, is, I think, one of the books that are really close to the heart of the Filipinos.

A Few Of My Favorite Things: 
Favorite Book (overall): Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Favorite Book Recent Release: Going Under by S. Walden
Author: Sarah Dessen
Social Media: Twitter
International Food: Gelato, next to it is pizza

Favorite Book (overall): Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Favorite Book Recent Release: I’m a HUGE fan of dystopians so I’m really looking forward to Erin Bowman’s Taken.
Author: John Green, Sarah Dessen, Katie McGarry, Colleen Hoover, Kristin Cashore
Social Media: Twitter,Goodreads,Pintrest,
International Food: Does Gummy Bears count? 

Emily: Nuzaifa and Rachel Thanks so much for stopping by it was great learning about Sri Lanka and the Phillines!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

2/5 Stars
Life After Theft 
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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When I started Life After Theft I thought it was going to be a light beachy sort of read. It was not what I expected and upon finishing something felt off to me. I later found out Life After Theft was meant to be a modern retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, a story I’ve never read, and that may be one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy this more.

Jeff moves from Phoenix to a new school in California, on his first day he sees the ghost of Kimberlee, the girl who used to rule the school and was universally regarded as a “bitch”. He is the first person who has been able to see her and after some coaxing Kimberlee cons Jeff in to helping her with some unfinished business so that she can move on. 

I wanted so badly to like Jeff, mainly because I really like male POV in YA novels but his voice never felt natural. Jeff also never truly came off at male, At times Jeff’s and Kimberlee’s voices could have been interchangeable. I did like that throughout the novel Jeff was an overall good sort of guy even when Kimberlee and everyone else were making things truly hard for him to do the right thing.

That brings us to Kimberlee, she was a terrible person in life and a terrible person in the afterlife. At the least she was consistent even if I couldn’t stand the girl. I kept waiting for her to change but she stays the same bitchy secretive person right until the last few pages of the novel. Her conniving and unreasonable actions irked me.

Overall, this story was just all right. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t really enjoy it either. I think if I had been better able to connect to the characters and they had gone through more of a transformation then I would have really enjoyed it but unfortunately these things never happen. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Crown Of Midnight

Crown Of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Expected Publication: Aug 27, 2013

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

My Thoughts: 
I was totally shocked by how much I loved Throne of Glass and now I am super excited for the sequel Crown Of Midnight! I downloaded the Throne of Glass novellas a while ago and just finally got around to reading them and my love of Celaena and her complete badass-ness has been rekindled. August can not come fast enough.

Side Note: I am a little bothered that the title is "Crown of Midnight" and the cover is like a rising sun...I feel like there was a disconnect between title and cover lol  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

2/5 Stars
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: Oct 23, 2012

I’ll admit it. I liked the first three books in this series they were my guilty pleasure. The characters were lack-luster, the love interest was totally ridiculous, and I hated how the best friend disappeared and reappeared but there was something that kept drawing me in and forcing me to read the series. I was actually excited to begin Finale, despite the lackluster title. I went in with high expectations for a great ending to the series. Unfortunately all of the bad aspects of this series finally caught up with it and I ended up getting frustrated and not enjoying this “finale”.

Finale begins where Silence ended. Nora is the leader of the Black Hand and is trying to decide between leading the army, ending the war, and how all of this will affect her relationship with Patch. That was fine; in fact the storyline could have been interesting and even sucked me in, had all of the characters not started getting on my nerves very early on. 

Nora has never been a strong heroine, throughout the series she has gotten better but I felt like in Finale all of those steps forward Nora had made throughout the series she took back. She became way jealous about not only Dabria, who was helping Patch, but Marcie as well. She became so jealous that she let it cloud her judgment and miss obvious things. I had no idea why she had such a hatred of Marcie. The girl actually seemed like she was trying but instead Nora was just a total jerk to her over and over again, I actually don’t blame Marcie for treating Nora badly. 

Patch pretty much stayed the same, which isn’t saying much. He was never my favorite character, he was always too protecting and too secretive. I wasn’t really sure until Silence if he really loved Nora or not. In this novel I didn’t doubt his feelings as I had earlier in the series but I doubted whether Patch and Nora should even be together. Nora became a crazy person and I kind of wanted to whisper to Patch “hey man, that girls got crazy eyes you should probably stay away from her”. Alas, even if I had been able to whisper these things he probably wouldn’t have listened. 

That brings us to Vee, Nora’s fat friend. That is literally all I know about this girl. This never bothered me before and I can’t really say why but as Vee disappeared in and out of the story only to reappear right at the end. I started resenting the fact that her character hadn’t been further fleshed out and the fact that the only thing we know about her is her pant size. 

*sigh* This book and me seriously didn’t get along, and the epilogue really didn’t help. I’m not sure why this book rubbed me the wrong way when the rest of the series didn’t. Maybe I’ve grown up since the series began or since the last installment. All I know is that somewhere, something went wrong, and I ended up truly disliking this ending.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pretty Dark Nothing Blog Tour

Pretty Dark Nothing
Author: Heather Reid
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013


It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.

Guest Post:

My Journey To Publication 

“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”
Woodrow Wilson

Am I Really Going to Be a Published Author?

Yes, I really am.

Like the Woodrow Wilson quote, I have nourished and protected this dream, nursed it through bad days and after 26 years of dreaming, it’s finally come true. The dream sparked to life when I was ten. I was sitting in my 7th Grade English class. Instead of working on my spelling assignment like I was supposed to, I spent the class writing the first chapter of my first novel. I wanted to be a real writer with a real book on a real book store shelf. I imagined the smell of the freshly printed pages, and what it would feel like to hold my book in my hands. I wanted it. I spent months working and writing in my notepad. No, you can’t read it, I’ve buried the manuscript in the middle of the desert and it’s guarded by a three headed dingo. Yeah, it was that awful.

The years flew by. When you’re that young, it’s hard to hold onto a dream, hard not to get distracted. Life got in the way. So did middle school bullies, hormones, boys, and surviving high school. I channelled my angst in poetry and short stories that never saw the light of day. The idea of being a published writer became overshadowed by other goals. But no matter how much I pursued other things, writing never left my soul, it haunted me, tapped me on the shoulder every now and then to remind me that was my gift and I shouldn’t waste it.

At the age of twenty-one, I was working as a receptionist for an IT company, unhappy and lost in my life. A magazine had been left on my desk by my boss on her way into her office. Bored, I started flipping through it. I’ll never forget seeing that ad for The Institute of Children’s Literature. It spoke to me. It dared me to take a chance. I tore out the page and decided it was time to get serious. It was the first step to get myself back on the write path, of really learning the craft, learning discipline, connecting with other writers, and developing confidence so that I could achieve the goal I had set when I was a child.

That was nearly fifteen years ago. In that time I’ve written picture books, short stories, poetry, and magazine articles. Some came close to publication, but ultimately, none found a home. Then I had an idea for a YA paranormal novel which would become my debut,Pretty Dark Nothing. Writing a full length novel scared the crap out of me. I had never ventured to write anything that long before, but they story, the characters nagged at me, urged me to write. Something clicked. I knew I had finally found my voice. The words poured from me. Euphoric. I was in love with my characters. I worked hard for two years. I wrote draft after draft, polishing and working it until I thought it shined. Then I crossed my fingers and sent it out into the world. After several rejections, an editor with one of the big six asked for the full. I could hardly contain myself. This was it. It had to be. I waited nine months for a decision only to be disappointed when they ultimately passed.

I felt discouraged. I wanted to cry and scream in frustration. There had been days when I wanted to give up before, but this rejection hurt more than all the others put together. It took me awhile to pick myself up again. But I had a fire in my belly. I couldn’t let go of my dream. I started several other books, but none of them excited me as much as my first one. Pretty Dark Nothing wouldn’t let me go.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~Confucious

After three years resting in a virtual drawer, I took it out and started reworking it. It had potential, but I knew it could be better. I spent eight months rewriting the entire manuscript. I expected that rejections would come, just as they had before. And then something amazing happened.

On March 2nd 2012, all the dreaming, the rewrites, the determination paid off. I opened my e-mail to an offer. Pretty Dark Nothing, had sold in a two book deal. I couldn’t believe it. I read the e-mail over and over, pinching myself each time. Me? A two book deal? I felt like the luckiest girl on the planet. I thanked the ten year old me for setting that goal twenty-six years ago. Wow! That’s a long time to carry a dream with you. But I’m here to tell you that it can happen. If you’re willing to work at it, if you’ve got the vision, the passion, the fire in your soul for something, if you can’t imagine doing anything else in the world, your dream will come true. When you least expect it. When you feel like it’s never going to happen, just remember to pick yourself up, keep striving for your dream every single day, and don’t let anyone tell you you’ll never get there.

So in the words of Henry David Thoreau – ‘’Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Author Bio:
Heather L. Reid eats mayonnaise on her fries, loves men in kilts, and met her husband playing Star Wars Galaxies online. This native Texan now lives with her Scottish hubby in North Ayrshire, Scotland, where she wanders the moors in search of Heathcliff and William Wallace.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Morning Star Blog Tour

The Morning Star
Author: Tania Penn
Publisher: Penn Pal Publishing
Publication Date: Jan, 10, 2013

Being the daughter of Lucifer keeps seventeen year old Dawn Belial busy. For almost her entire lifetime, she has been trying to think of a way to free her Archangel mother, Michaela, whom her father has held captive for centuries. She's also attending high school - balancing trigonometry, history, and recruiting souls for her father along with her wicked half-sister, Venus.
There has been no time for love until she meets mysterious Gabriel, a British exchange student. As they fall in love against their will, she discovers a startling secret about him, and a shocking connection to her mother that changes everything.

Author Interview:

What inspired you to write about angels? 
I had been wanting to write a story about Lucifer in a different light, and involved in a love story since 2005. At the time, the rage of Werewolves and Vamps, and not a whole lot of angel books. By the time I got around to figuring out how I wanted the story to play out, I almost didn’t write it because suddenly, the YA world was inundated with angel stories!

Have you always wanted to be a writer? 
Yes and no. I’ve always written, since I was about 5 years old when I would do picture books. I wanted to write, then be a cartoonist, then I had aspirations to be the first female major league baseball player, then I wanted to go into journalism, screenwriter, I was a singer/songwriter/musician for a while — always though, writing was at my core. 

The struggle between good and evil is an age old one, can you remember the first good and evil story you read that affected you or affected your writing? 
Probably the bible. My mom was always reading passages to me. The other one that pops into my head that I remember as a child, even though not a book, was the original Star Wars movie. 

How long did it take you to write your first draft of The Morning Star? 
Total of 4 months. 

Are there any plans for a sequel? 
Yup, I’m working on book 2, “Equinox” and there will be a third, as well as a novella - prequel that goes further into the love story/triangle between Lucifer and Michaela and Ramiel.

A few of my favorite things:
Reading spot — cozying up on my leather couch next to the fireplace :)

Food - Ribeye steak, rare. I mean, über rare, like still mooing! Throw in a side of cheesy garlic mashed potatoes and I’m good :)

Musical Artist — The Mavericks, U2, Etta James

Movie — Raiders of the Lost Ark

Social Media — I’m a member of Facebook Addicts Anonymous!!!

Thank you for having me Emily!!

Emily: Thank you Tania for stopping by!

Author Bio:
Author of debut young adult novel, The Morning Star. Currently working on the sequel, Equinox, as well as a chick-lit, rom-com, slightly sleazy and funny story with a twist, Catching Frogs. And, because I'm loco in the roco, I've got about 12 more on the back burner. When I'm not writing I can be found kayaking, hiking, ninja-training, traveling, and taking a ferry over to the San Juan Islands to search for the elusive creature known as the "Orca." I also am constantly adding ridiculous wants, needs, must-see's and do's to my ever expanding bucket book.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Around The World: Salima @ Reviewing The Writing

Welcome to Around The World! Every Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This Week On Around The World I Have Salima from Reviewing The Writing on the blog!
Interview Questions: 

Where are you from? I was born and live in London, United Kingdom but my mother is French and father Moroccan so I have some cool bloodlines going along.

What is the best and worst thing about living in London?
The best thing about the London is that we have the Royal Monarch. I love visiting Buckingham from time to time because the landscape and palace is beautiful. Also, the UK is a multicultural country so it offers a lot from other places so sometimes there’s no need to travel elsewhere! But the worst thing is the weather; that’s what we’re famous for. One day completely boiling and off the charts and the next freezing and snowing.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger in the UK? 
The most challenging thing about being a book blogger in the Uk, is that you don’t have a lot of book blogger friends. Most of my book blogging activity is related with people all the way in the US but the Uk is so small that you don’t know who is a book blogger. Even book conventions and author signings are so rare that you have to quickly take the opportunity; sadly I missed the Lauren Oliver book signing event since it was a school day!

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events? If the book events aren’t on school days I do go! I’ve only been to three so far but they were awesome. I got all my books signed from Maggie Stiefvater, Karen Mahoney and CJ Daugherty.

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
Since I self publish, I work on my own. But I do get the help from my friends to critique my work and then I’m the one to reach out to the publishers. Fingers crossed I get published some day; I’d love to see my book on the book shelf.

Do you have any favorite books set in the UK or written by authors who are from theUK?
CJ Daugherty who wrote the Night School series is a wonderful read about boarding school life where a deadly mystery takes place. We also have the famous Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl who are my favourate childhood authors, not to mention Karen Mahoney with her urban fantasy series and Mary Hooper, my all time favourate Historical fiction author, as well as Cathy Glass.

A Few Of My Favorite Things Section:

Favorite Book (overall): I absolutely love Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon. It’s the greatest mystery book about a boarding school and a paranormal element. It’s amazing.

Emily: I also really enjoyed this book and no one seems to have read it!

Favorite Book Recent Release: My favourate book recently is The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe. It just came out and I’m so lucky to have the sequel ARC because it’s such a magical and romantic read and again it’s about boarding school and a deadly secret.

Author: Such a hard one it’s almost unfair! I have too many. But I can narrow it down to ten: Yvonne Woon, CJ Daugherty, Maggie Stiefvater, Mary Hooper, Karen Mahoney, Amanda Hocking, Lauren Oliver, Julie Kagawa and Lauren Kate.

Social Media: Goodreads is amazing because you can really reach out to people who share the same passion as you.

International Food: Does chocolate count?

Emily: Salima Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! It was so nice getting to know you and learning more about blogging in the UK =D

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

4/5 Stars
The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
The Immortal Rules was probably my favorite vampire novel last year, in an oversaturated market it was a breath of fresh air. I loved that it reminded me of two of my favorite movies I Am Legend and Underworld. Needless to say I was excited to start The Eternity Cure and continue the series.

The Eternity Cure begins a few months after Allison has left the humans at Eden and she is now searching for her sire. Kanin is being held captive and tortured by the awesomely crazy vampire Sarren. During her search Allison comes across her blood brother Jackal and we all know the excellent parting terms the two of them left on, from there awesome-ness ensues and the book hooked me in just like the last one.

My favorite part of the story was once again Jackal. I was in the minority during the Immortal Rules when I declared by love for Jackal but now it looks like the minority has became the majority and everyone seems to have enjoyed his presumptuous, asshat personality. Jackal really added to the story and can’t wait to see more of him! 

I also really liked the turn the relationship between Zeke and Allison took in this novel. During The Immortal Rules Zeke was just too goody goody for me. I wanted to roll my eyes at him and was actually kind of excited when Allison left him at Eden…I thought maybe Allison and Jackal could then have some kind of future, where they ruled the wastelands together and embraced their vampire nature. Alas, my envisioned future didn’t come true but Zeke really grew on me throughout the novel and by the end I was totally rooting for him and Allison to make it work. 

One of my gripes with this story though was that it took a while for the action to get going and honestly the novel was kind of long 400+ pages on my e-reader. I felt that some of the information in the beginning was just superfluous and needless repetition of what happened in the last book. I would have been happier if this book had been 100 pages shorter and then the action would have begun almost immediately.

Overall, I enjoyed The Eternity Cure, it was a solid sequel that left me excited for the next book. 

Thank you Netgalley and HarlequinTeen for allowing me to review and advanced readers copy of this title.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Truly, Madly, Deadly

Truly, Madly, Deadly
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Expected Publication: July 16, 2013

Sawyer Dodd has it all. She's a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She's free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by "an admirer" and printed with two simple words: "You're welcome."

My Thoughts:
I saw this on another bloggers WOW last week and I freaked the freak out! This sounds SO GOOD!! That last quote "You're Welcome" not even kidding sent shivers down my spine. I can not wait to get my hands on a copy of this.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Castles On The Sand Cover Reveal

Castles on the Sand
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Released: August 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Re-designed by: Okay Creations
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If there’s one thing Madison Lukas understands, it’s pain. The pain she feels when her mother ignores her completely. The pain her best friend endures as her parents starve her as punishment. The pain of a dangerous boy whose mother has to be carried away by law enforcement on a regular basis. She gets it. She feels the pain of others as if it were her own. But when a mysterious man claiming to be her long lost brother appears with promises of relieving her suffering, trusting him could reveal more truths than Madison is ready for. Because the truth can hurt, too. -- "A fast-paced blend of high-stakes drama and average teenage concerns (sex, appearance, friends), capped with a welcome message of hope." - Kirkus Review of Castles on the Sand   About the Author Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.
Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

National Library Week

Starting Yesterday it is National Library Week! There is a host of different events National Library Week is sponsoring that you can check out below. If none of those strikes your fancy your local library is probably hosting a fun event or two!

The entire reason for National Library Week is to get people to their local libraries. Libraries are a center for community and communities matter. Engaged communities that foster learning have lower crime statistics, and a higher percentage of kids going to higher education. So go out, get involved, and support your local library!

National Library Week Events

Operation Teen Book Drop 2013-April 18

On April 18th it is Teen Lit Day! In honor of this momentous day Readergirlz are organizing a Rock The Drop event where you can donate a book to a local library, hospital, or leave a book anywhere (I wouldn't recommend this in SD as it did just snow, but listed below are places you can donate a book).

Here's how you can get involved:
  • Follow @readergirlz on Twitter and tweet #rockthedrop
  • Print a copy of the bookplate and insert it into a book (or 10!) On April 18th, drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) Lucky finders will see that the book is part of ROCK THE DROP! 
  • Post the banner at your blog and social networks. Proclaim that you will ROCK THE DROP! 
  • Snap a photo of your drop and post it at the readergirlz Facebook page. Then tweet the drop at #rockthedropwith all the other lovers of YA books.
In Vermillion, South Dakota book donations are accepted at:
  • Sanford Hospital
  • The Vermillion Public Library
  • The Civic Counsel 
  • The Vermillion Nursing Home 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 55

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
How I Became A Teenage Survivalist by Julie Casey (Thanks Pants On Fire Press!)
The Space Between signed Swag Pack (Thanks Victoria Smith!)

The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
The BrokenHearted by Amelia Kahaney

Friday, April 12, 2013

Around The World: Lucia @ The Loyal Book

Welcome to Around The World! Every Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week I have Lucia from The Loyal Book on the blog!

Emily: First off I have to say I LOVE your name! It is so cool! I also love the fact that your blog is in both Italian and English! Now that that is out of the way here are the real questions =P

Where are you from?
I'm from Perugia, Italy. I live in a small region called Umbria, which is known for being the 'green heart' of my country. Also, there is a chocolate festival every October! But I do move quite a bit around Italy, I just can't seem to stay in one place for too long.

What is the best and worst thing about living in Perugia?
Italy is going through a very difficult period, both politically and economically. It's hard to find a job, very, very hard and I think this is the thing I hate the most about my country. If you don't know someone, you just don't get noticed. But I love the food. It's a cliché, I know, but I've traveled quite a bit and, although I eat almost everything, real Italian food is simply the best.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
Waiting… waiting… waiting... Basically, waiting for books to be translated, which is why I decided to read in English when I was around 13 (I blame it on Harry Potter). And a lot of great books DO NOT get translated and that's frustrating.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events? 
There are very few book signings and launches here; they are not as popular as they are in the US, so, sadly, no, I don't get to go to bookish events that often BUT… once a year I attend the Bologna Children's Book Fair because I am a translator and often US publishers allow me to get some titles from their shelves. You cannot buy books at the Fair because it's a trade fair, but I've always been lucky to find kind people and I got tons of books! This year I came back from the fair with so many good titles that I felt I could almost cry… tears of joy, of course.

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
I'd really love to say 'yes' but actuallly… no. Just a couple of Italian publishers seem to be willing to work with bloggers. Usually, emails don't get answered, publishers simply ignore the majority of bloggers. I have to say that I work much more with UK and US publishers than Italian ones and that's sad. I got a few ARCs from foreigner publishers, which is sort of amazing since my blog is small, but Italian publishers are less willing to send books for review and I often cannot afford to buy all the titles I want.

Do you have any favorite books set in the Italy or written by Italian authors?
Oh, yes! I love Albion by Bianca Marconero, a stunning debut novel by a very talented Italian author. It's a YA urban fantasy and I fell in love with her writing after the very first pages. I can't wait for the sequel.

A Few Of My Favorite Things Section:

Favorite Book (overall): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the Harry Potter series. Not very original titles, but they did change my life.

Favorite Book Recent Release: Ah, that's an hard one. I've loved With all my soul by Rachel Vincent and Clockwork Princess was emotionally devastating. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout was really good, too.

Author: Jane Austen, Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, Kathy Reichs.

Emily: I also love Sarah Rees Brennan!

Social Media: Facebook

International Food: I love pancakes, the way my US friend used to cook me. And pizza, of course.

Emily: Lucia thanks so much for stopping by! I learned so much about Italy and hope to some day visit =D

Connect with Lucia:
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

The Truth About You And Me
Author: Amanda Grace
Publisher: Flux
Expected Publication: Sept, 8, 2013
Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things.
Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she's so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennet. He's cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she's endured—and missed out on—in order to excel academically and please her parents. Now, for the first time in her life, she's falling in love.
There's only one problem. Bennet is Madelyn's college professor, and he thinks she's eighteen—because she hasn't told him the truth.
The story of their forbidden romance is told in letters that Madelyn writes to Bennet—both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.

My Thoughts:
Not to sound weird but I really like teacher/student romances and this one seems like it is going to be something special and different. I like the thought of it being told in letters and can't wait to see how the story progresses through their relationship.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

Top 10 Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

This is probably my all time favorite book and I have loved it since I read it for the first time back in High School.

This book is the first book I was physically sad to finish and might have even cried a little because I was so sad to say goodbye to the characters

I found this book series on a 'If you like Harry Potter you'll like' table at Borders, I ended up totally loving the series.

I have no idea how I even got my hands on this book but since finishing the first novel I have been a Cassie Clare fan. I can't wait for the movie to come out this summer! 

I love this. Enough said. 

I found this series on my sisters shelf and was skeptical at first but I got sucked in to the action. After the third book though the series got kind of weird and I lost interest. 

Love. Love. Love. I really liked the Hayao Miyazaki movie but the book is even better and more fantastical there is nothing not to love about this book!

I'll admit it, I had a brief and intense love for Twilight when the books first came out back in High School. But like all High School Romances it was brief, intense, but it couldn't last. 

I also found this book on my sister shelf and like the cover so I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did because it is just an awesome series and I hope Waters writes more about it!

I put this at number 10 not because it's #10 in my heart but because I feel like it's so obvious, this has got to be everyone's favorite series before they became bloggers!

Honorable Mention
Julius Caesar -So technically this isn't a book but rather a play. I still feel like it should be on my list though because it was the first piece of 'require reading' I really enjoyed. Also Cassius is awesome. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

5/5 Stars
In The Shadow Of Blackbirds
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication: April 2, 2013
Goodreads ♥ Amazon

In The Shadow of Blackbirds is set in 1918, World War I is in full swing and the Spanish Influenza is sweeping across the nation killing millions. It is a terrifying time and with so many dying the survivors are turning to spirit mediums, séances, and spirit photography to connect with their lost loved ones. I absolutely loved how Winters seamless integrated the flu, WWI, and spirit photography in to one story.

Mary Shelley Black was an amazing heroine, she had a silent strength. She wasn’t snarky, or high strung, she was a girl making her way through one of the worst times in history. Her mother is dead, her father is arrested for speaking out against the war, her childhood sweetheart is killed in the war and the flu is knocking on her door. Yet through all of this she remains calm, steadfast, and analytical. The way Mary Shelley worked through her problems was methodical and I liked seeing her struggle with the supernatural vs. the scientific. Without even knowing when it happened Mary Shelley became one of my favorite heroines in YA.

The research that went in to this novel was impressive, I especially liked the descriptions of the flu and what people did to prevent contacting the virus. I had no idea that onions were used to stave off the flu, or how intense the use of masks was. Winters descriptions of these things as well as the descriptions of trench warfare and what the soldiers experienced in Europe were just amazing and they evoked instant emotion.

This novel also tackles the issue of PTSD which is something we are all familiar with now but during World War I PTSD was not widely understood and the men suffering from it did not receive proper treatment. The soldiers were sent to sanitariums and forgotten. This is an issue we don’t see enough of in general, and this is the first YA novel I have seen mention even it. It’s a tough issue and I really appreciate that Winters chose to include it in the story.

I would also be remiss if I didn't include a quick mention that this novel includes pictures from 1918 at the start of every other chapter or so that reflect the chapter and really bring the story to life. The pictures were dark and sad and further added to the ambiance that Winters created.

Overall, I can’t say enough times how much I loved this novel. It was different, and tackled so many different issues seamlessly. The characters were all fleshed out and I cared for each of them in their own way. This was an absolutely stunning debut by Winters and I can not wait to read more from her!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 54

Stacking The Shelves #54 AKA The Netgalley edition. I actually didn't get any physical books this week but I am crazy excited for the galley copies I got. I am especially excited to start Ink =D