Thursday, May 29, 2014

Don't Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein Blog Tour


Don't Fall
Release Date: 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Summary:
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend.
But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.


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Anya
Anya is my Rapunzel. She’s sweet and a bit naïve. But she’s also spunky and fun, and gains in confidence as she struggles to find her independence.

She loves photography, it’s because of this hobby that she meets Zander. She spies him in the library and can’t resist taking his picture. J

It is also through her pictures that Zander first gets a glimpse at another side of Anya. A side that’s not so timid, and not afraid to take risks.


About The Author
 Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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Review:
I picked Winger up at the library after hearing positive things about it on Goodreads. I didn’t know what it was about or what to expect but I ended up really enjoying Winger! It was something different and I found the voice of Ryan Dean West to be one of the most honest in any of the YA novels I’ve read this year.

Ryan Dean West was witty, sharp, funny, and completely relatable. I loved watching the transformation he goes through throughout this novel. In the beginning he was worried, and constantly calling himself a loser. By the end of the novel the Ryan Dean West we met in the beginning is nearly non-recognizable he becomes a fearless, go go-getter, but he still calls himself a loser which makes him all the more relatable.

One of my favorite aspects of this novel, which really set it apart, was the drawings that were included with the story. They were little doodles like graphs, or comics, and all of them were funny and added to the atmosphere.

My one qualm was that this book actually felt like two different books. I liked West and his transformation but the end of the book was very emotional and heavy. While there was a bunch of foreshadowing, so much that you knew what was going to happen, it still felt like the ending came out of left field and didn’t match the rest of the story.

Overall, I enjoyed Winger. All of the character’s voices were so honest that it made me love just reading about West and his friend’s day-to-day lives. I look forward to reading more novels by Andrew Smith and the sequel to Winger which I hear is coming out in 2015!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Top 10 Favorite Classic Books


Today's topic is actually scheduled for a few weeks from now on Broke and the Bookish's website but because I won't be able to participate that week I thought I would do it during the free week and share some of my favorite classics with all of you!

1 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
3 Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

4 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
5 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

6 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7 Sherlock Holmes (all of them) by Arthur Conan Doyle
8 Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

9 Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
10 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Stacking The Shelves 107

Friday, May 23, 2014

Predator by Janice Gable Bashman Cover Reveal




PREDATOR
Author: Janice Gable Bashman
Publication date: October 14 , 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

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"Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she's still got me. I want more!"
Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules
The hunt is on!

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.
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About The Author
Janice Gable BashmanJanice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers' ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Interview with S.E. Green author of Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct
Author: S.E. Green
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Synopsis:
“A zippy, gripping psychological drama.” ~Kirkus Reviews
She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.
Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.
Why?
Because she might be one herself.
Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...

Interview:
What inspired you to write about serial killers?
I am a huge fan of shows like Hannibal, The Following, and Dexter. So when I started plotting a new series, the serial killer theme was a natural fit for me.

Who was your favorite character in Killer Instinct to write?
Lane (the main character) for sure! She is unlike any I have ever written. She is very black and white, logical, and dark.

What were your three favorite things about writing Killer Instinct?
1) The retribution shown to those who deserve it. 
2) Exploring my own dark side through Lane 
3) The ending. My God the ending!

If Killer Instinct had a theme song what would it be?
Past Mistake by Tricky. It’s haunting and creepy.

What was the last book you finished and loved?​
I’m reading Anne Blankman’s Prisoner of Night and Fog. I don’t normally read historical fiction but I am totally engrossed with it. If you’re looking for a gripping and captivating historical thriller, then you can’t go wrong. I can’t wait to finish it!

About The Author
S. E. Green or Shannon Greenland is the author of the award winning Middle Grade spy series, The Specialists, which was an ALA top pick and a National Reader’s Choice Recipient. Killer Instinct marks her debut into the world of thrillers.

Shannon is an adjunct professor and an avid adventurer. She can be found mostly in Florida where she’s outside enjoying all the Sunshine State has to offer.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Invisible


Invisible
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication: September 13, 2014
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Synopsis:
Some things lie beneath the surface.
Joy Malone wants it all: power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.
Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more shattering than anyone can know.
My Thoughts: Last year Indelible was one of my favorite books of the year! The world of the Twit is just so different, and more original, then anything else I've been reading. I instantly liked all of the characters. I can't wait to jump back in to this world and see Ink and Inq again!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Top 5 Books About Friendship


I had a shard time putting together this list! Originally I looked at my Goodreads shelf, at books I've read over the last four years. The problem was while most of the characters had friends in the book the book wasn't actually about friendship. It was about something else entirely. So this week my list is only a Top 5 and I am going to be looking around at other lists because I love books about friendship....but apparently I haven't been reading them.

1 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Also about Welsh Kings and shiny cars)

2 Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling (Also about wizards and school and things)

3 Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (Also about voices in your head and kissing)

4 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Also about french boarding school and kissing)

5 How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktroski (Also about Roatrips)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Discussion: Bookshelves


One of my favorite things about Tumblr is that my dash is constantly filled with pictures of gorgeous bookshelves. Today for bookish discussions I wanted to show off some of my favorite kinds of bookshelves: The pretty kind, the stuffed kind, and the dream kind. 

The Pretty Kind
I have a love affair with corner bookshelves and always swoon when I see built ins! The only thing wrong with this picture is the intense amount of green.

I really like this idea although I would need a LOT of pipes to hold all my books

I love reading nooks and this one is just looks so cozy
The Stuffed/Practical Kind
I like that the bookshelves stretch along two walls. I have a feeling this room might make me a little claustrophobic though 

I wish my bookshelves were half this organized!

I would love to have a wall of books some day! Lovely!
Bookshelf Dreams
I never thought to install bookshelves like a library or bookstore in my house but now that I've seen this I want it so bad!

The juxtaposition of the old and new is so perfect. I just want to curl up and live in this picture.

My secret dream is to own a bookshelf with a ladder this build in takes it to the next level!

Bonus Picture: 

I'm fairly certain this J.Crew photo sums up what me moving looks like right now. Except my books are in waterproof boxes and I'm wearing old T-shirts. So actually me moving looks nothing like this. 

What are you favorite kinds or what do your bookshelves look like? Leave links to your bookshelf or your dream bookcase in the comments!

*All photos were found on Tumblr

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nantucket Red Blitz Tour


Nantucket Red
Author: Leila Howland
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Synopsis:
Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years. When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn't anticipated. It's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy. But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn't just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she's been trying to ignore-her own heart.



About The Author

Leila Howland was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. Nantucket Blue, for which she was named a Publisher's Weekly Flying Start Author, was her first novel. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and dogs. Visit her online at www.leilahowland.com and at http://twitter.com/leilahowland


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