Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Gemina (The Illuminae Files_2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, this is my stop on the Gemina blog tour!

Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 
Illustrator: Marie Lu 
Publication: October 18, 2016
By: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Reader

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” 

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. 

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. 

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

*I received an ARC and an audiofile from the publishers in exchange for an honest review(s)*

~ My Thoughts ~

Sci-Fi/Space/Books That Are Smarter Than Me are not my usual go-to jams, I'm more of a romance-with-a-side-of-any-other-genre kind of girl, however, this series is special. Not only did it suck me in from the very start, Illuminae, Book One in the series, had a similar effect on both of my boys, ages 12 and 16. I can't remember the last book all three of us read at the same time and enjoyed talking about. 

When Gemina arrived in the mail, it was like Christmas morning!

My youngest son tag-teamed both the book and the audio, which made for an even more enjoyable reading experience. 

Photo credit: Jenuine Cupcakes
Audio: Not enough stars in the universe! If Illuminae hadn't ruined me for other audiobooks, Gemina certainly would have. Seriously. Part of me wants to see this story on the big screen but the other part of me doesn't because the audio cast is SO FREAKING FANTASTIC. Anyone else would pale in comparison.  

(Steve West and MacLeod Andrews, two of my absolute favorite narrators are part of the cast. I've suffered through other less than stellar books JUST because I wanted to keep listening to the sound of their voice(s). Wow, okay...that sounds a lot creepier on the page than it did in my head. Anyway. What I mean is, either of these two could read my grocery list and make it sound amazing.)  

Story: Okay, so this is harder to put into words without spoiling anything, so I'll use some gifs....

 Opening to the first page of Gemina and pressing PLAY on the audio like, okay, I'm ready.

 Meeting Nik and Hanna and Jackson and Ella

Nik, Heimdall's resident bad boy, has enough charisma to charm to the spacesuit off pretty much any girl he wants to, but he has sight set on Hanna.
Hanna is Princess Heimdall, though she kicks a*s and takes names as well--if not better than the guys on board. She has Jackson, her dad's right hand man, wrapped around her whispernet and scrawling "J + H 4Eva" into his palm pad.
Ella is a hacker genius, and my favorite character.

Oh, and Hanna and Nik supposedly don't like each other.

 Uh huh, I wasn't buying it either. These two put the "T" in Tension. 

But then Jump Station Heimdall is invaded by a bunch of BeiTech lackies, which is so not "bliss", and all kinds of crazy shizz starts going down and I'm like...


  Poor cow cows.


Which had me like...




Kady and Ezra and AIDAN show up and things are a little better, but then I'm confused and seriously...

But then....

And finally...

Gemina is an action packed, heart-stopping, head-spinning, mind-blowing companion/sequel that DOES NOT disappoint! Do yourself a favor and read it. You won't regret it, I promise.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

EARLY REVIEW + SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY: On Broken Wings (Wild Aces #3) by Chanel Cleeton

Series: Wild Aces #3 
Author: Chanel Cleeton 
Publication: January 3, 2017 
By: Berkley 
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The author of Into the Blue and Fly with Me returns with the newest, hot and high-flying Wild Aces romance...

A year after losing her husband, Joker, the squadron commander of the Wild Aces, Dani Peterson gets an offer from his best friend, Alex “Easy” Rogers, to help fix up her house. Dani accepts, and their friendship grows—along with an undeniable attraction.

Racked by guilt for loving his best friend’s widow, Easy’s caught between what he wants and can’t have. Until one night everything changes, and the woman who’s always held his heart ends up in his arms. Yet as Easy leaves for his next deployment, he and Dani are torn between their feelings and their loyalty to Joker’s memory. 

But when Dani discovers something that sends them both into a spin, the conflicted lovers must overcome the past to navigate a future together…

 ~ My Feels ~

Let me tell you a story about how badly I wanted this book...I happened to be in the car, riding shotgun while the 16yo drove to his college class, when my phone dinged, alerting me to a new email. I opened it, saw Easy's NG widget, and proceeded to FREAK THE CRAP OUT, scaring the bejeebus out of my boys and the woman in the car next to us. (If she knew why, she'd have been excited too, just saying.)

Then, after practically shoving the oldest out of the driver's seat with a wave and a, "Hope class goes well! See ya later, bye!", I spent 20 minutes driving around, my laptop open on the 12yo's lap, desperately searching for the nearest Wi-Fi. (Waiting 2 hours until I could go home and download it was not an option.) Starbucks came to my rescue--or rather, their parking lot did. I downloaded it, sent it to my Kindle and my phone, and then had to WAIT to read it.

Talk about torture.

Once I started, I couldn't stop, nor did I want to. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 books, but this, THIS is the story I have been waiting for! I stayed up well past my bedtime, convinced Chanel Cleeton was trying to kill me. My heart broken for these characters. I wanted them to heal. I needed them to find happiness and to start living again.

I was not disappointed!

YOU GUYS, Chanel Cleeton handled this story and it's characters, both of whom are struggling with grief and misplaced guilt, with grace and empathy. She broke my heart and stitched back together again.

Easy and Dani's relationship is complicated and painful, but their journey is hopeful too, and heart-achingly romantic!

Read it.

~ Book Links ~

Click HERE and HERE to read my reviews of the first two books
Click HERE to pre-order the 3-book series. 
Click the book covers below to start the series. 


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Friday, October 7, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, this is my stop on THE LOVELY RECKLESS Blog Tour!

*hands you a cookie dough cupcake* 

Photo: Jenuine Cupcakes

Author: Kami Garcia
Publication: October 4, 2016
By: Imprint 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…

Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad―an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him . . . and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review*


Edgy, sexy, and completely addicting! 

Once I started this, I couldn't put it down--I didn't want to either. My dad is a retired cop so I could easily relate to Frankie's relationship with her dad. I enjoyed the setting, the characters and the friendships that developed, especially between Frankie and Cruz. The scenes where she's teaching Frankie how to drive a stick cracked me up! (I would love to see Cruz get her own book. Hint, hint, Kami.) 

The romance between Frankie and Marco was immediate and intense, but not surprising under the circumstances.  

Grief and guilt play key roles in this story, both of which, often lead to rash decisions with lasting--and sometimes--serious consequences. Kami handled both in a way that felt realistic and believable. And it's true, sometimes people make bad choices for the right reasons. 

This is perfect for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Don't Look Back, Katie McGarry's Crash Into You, and Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry series.

At a recent signing, Kami mentioned that Marco is hot, and she was not lying. She also said Marco is mine...


"A perfect blend of electrifying romance, pulse-pounding street racing, and page-turning suspense.” ―Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Problem With Forever 

“The Lovely Reckless is a thrilling ride full of twists and turns and a love story that will melt your heart!” ―Katie McGarry, award-winning author of Nowhere But Here

“With a feisty heroine, an irresistible bad boy, and an attraction so sizzling the words practically burn up the page,The Lovely Reckless is an insanely addictive, sexy, rush of a read you’ll return to again and again!” ―Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals series 

PHOTO CREDIT: Vania Stoyanova

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4, 2016, followed by THE X-FILESORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS, a novel about a teenage Fox Mulder, in January 2017, both from Imprint (Macmillan).

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at www.KamiGarcia.com and on Twitter and Instagram @kamigarcia.


September 27 - Lost in Literature Blog (Blog Review + Insta Feature and ARC giveaway)
                        - Mara @bookmarauder (Instagram Review + Feature)
                        - My, My Shelf and I Blog (Review & 25 things you don't know about Kami)
September 28 - Mundie Moms (Review + Interview)
                        - Bookworm Boutique Blog (Review + BookTag)
September 29 - Vilma's Book Blog (Review)
                        - Page Turners Blog (Review)
September 30 - Benjamin of Tomes (YouTube Review)
                        - Once Upon a Twilight (Review and Interview)
October 1        - Courtney @LibraryCutie (Review and Instagram Feature)
                        - Schmexy Girl (Review)
October 2        - Nose Stuck in Book Blog (Review + Interview)
October 3        - Taylor @Taylorreads (Instagram feature + review)
                        - Ursula @Ursula_Uriarte (Instagram review and feature)
October 4        - Oh The Book Feels Blog (Review + Insta feature)
October 5        - Supernatural Snark Blog (Interview)
October 6        - Hikari @foldedpagesdistillery (Insta feature and review)
October 7        - Jenuine Cupcakes Blog (Review)
October 8        - Caden @athousandbookstoreads (YouTube booktag + Insta feature)
October 9        - Evie @eviebookish (Review)
                        - Reading Teen Blog (ARC Giveaway)
October 10      - YA Bibliophile Blog (Review)
                        - Casey @caseyannbooks (Insta feature)
October 11      - Fangirlish (Review)
                       - Young Adult Book Addict (Review + Insta feature)
                       - Supernatural Snark Blog (Review)