Tuesday, July 31, 2012

#TeamPatch YACrushTourney Update

By @Megunz21
by @Megunz21

I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Patch! I have some specific people I'd like to thank but if I forget someone, PLEASE FORGIVE ME, it isn't intentional. (It's late and my brain is fried from staring at the twitter all day and my time spent in the twitter jail. Twitter jail - when you are denied access to your updates because you've reached your tweet/RT limit. It's real and it's not fun.)

Here goes...
I'd like to thank the Academy (<-- I've ALWAYS wanted to say that) aka the FANTABULOUS girls at the YA Sisterhood for the opportunity to advocate for Patch.

Thank you to Team Simon and his awesome advocate BenjiHis Simon post was fantastic and his Team Simon supporters were great competitors! (I happen to adore Simon, BTW) You can find Benji's blog here and you can follow him on twitter at @NonReluctant. <-- do this! *bosses you*

Thank you to author Becca Fitzpatrick for giving us Patch and Nora in the first place AND for her very generous donation to Kids Need To Read!  If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so by going to KidsNeedtoRead.org

Thank you to Patch'sOtherGirl Jenn & Rebecca at HushHushFan for all of the RT's, posting on Becca's blog, Becca Fitzpatrick.com  FallenArchangel.com and the Fallen Archangel Facebook page. You two ROCK!
Thank you to the #TeamPatch MEGA FANS who are made of AWESOME, @emeraudelima @Megunz21 @The_Poupette @DrewMeDoyon

Thank you also to @Megunz21 and @The_Poupette for all of our Round 2 #TeamPatch avi's! You can find most of them here.

Thank you to the UH-MAZING Jeri Smith-Ready and her "boys" Logan Keeley and Zachary Moore for all of their tumbls, tweets and RT support. I *hearts* you boys SO HARD! ;D

A HUGE AYE! goes out to my fellow #TeamKilt peeps who voted for Patch, especially @clairehuggy @RebekahMillet @tnmedicgirl  @Jaynes_Ire  who flooded their twitter feeds with "Vote for Patch" love!! 

Other twitter peeps who are made of awesome are @RachelllRaeee @TeresaMaryRose @Reading_Mama There are SO MANY more of you who helped Patch win and I can't possibly list you all but know, WE SAW YOU and we LOVE YOU for it!

Thank you to EVERYONE who tweeted, RT, sent pictures, etc. all in the name of #VOTE4PATCH!! You ALL are INCREDIBLE! 

Thank you to all of the people who tweeted kind words about my Patch posts - it's extremely humbling and means a lot even if I didn't have a chance to "@" you back.

Thank you to ALL of the tumblr fan pages devoted to Patch and the Hush Hush series... your re-blogging was a HUGE help!

Thank you to my FB and local friends who voted for Patch, many of whom had no idea who or what they were doing - I love you and I owe you cupcakes.  

Last but not least, thank you to my family for putting up with...well, the list is too long really, so thank you. I love you. That is all. :D  
On to Round 3

Now, please excuse me while I do this --> *face plants pillow*


Destiny (Immortal #4) by Gillian Shields

Destiny (Immortal, #4)
Author: Gillian Shields
Publication: July 31, 2012
By: Katherine Tegen Books
2 Stars

In this fourth book of the Immortal series, Helen's story takes center stage but is told from various POV's.  Without having read the previous books in the series, I wasn't sure I would be able to follow along with the storyline but the author gives enough background that it was easy enough to catch up on what was going on. 

This book has an overall theme of good vs. evil, self-sacrifice and shows that each one of us was created for a purpose greater than ourselves.  Having said that, I personally found the book to be a bit overly dramatic and Helen's character wasn't my favorite. She's whiny and moody to the point of rudeness and yeah, I understand she's grieving for her mother and doubts she'll ever find the kind of love her friends have but she didn't need to be so annoying about it.

I'm not sure how fans of this series will react to the ending; I guess it will depend on whether or not they're fans of Helen to begin with but I had mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, I liked how certain "things" were connected in ways that brought some of the characters lives full circle but at the same time, the element of "love at first sight" seemed silly to me. 

Again, this is the kind of book that while it may not be for me, someone else will most likely stay up till all hours trying to finish it.

Monday, July 30, 2012

*tap tap tap* Is this thing on? 


Hi, I'm Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes and I'm here, along with Nora Grey, to tell you why Patch Cipriano from Becca Fitzpatrick's, "Hush Hush" series is totally crush worthy and deserves your vote!  ("Hush Hush", "Crescendo", "Silence" & "Finale" - coming in Oct.)

First, Patch and I want to thank all of Team Patch, Patch's Army and everyone else who helped to get him to this point today. You guys are made of AWESOME! 

Let's recap why you should VOTE FOR PATCH today!

Song that plays as he walks into a room: Back in Black by AC/DC
Hair: Dark 
Eyes: Black as a midnight ocean 
Ethnicity: Angelic 
Physique: Tall, lean, hard, all kinds of wrong but in all the right ways. 
Distinguishing Marks: Wing scars on his back. (A result of mistakes he's since learned from.)
Attire: Came to Earth stripped naked but prefers dark T's and jeans. The tighter the better.
Ride: Motorcycle, Jeep Commander, Feathers (he is an angel after all)
Personality: Possesses a witty sense of humor that's full of snark and he has the ability to turn any situation into an innuendo. (I bet if you looked up "Innuendo" in the dictionary, Patch's picture would be next to it.)
Special Traits/Skills/Abilities: Besides Hotness? Well, there's cooking, helpfulness, fiscal responsibility.
"Tacos?" I echoed.
This seemed to amuse him. "Tomatoes, lettuce, cheese."
"I know what a taco is!” 
"Come here. I'll teach you how to make tacos."  
"I could get you to smile like that, and without sales tax."  (See? Frugal!) 

Swoonability: He's always there when you need him...
“I didn’t break his jaw, but if he lays a hand on you, it will be the first of many things to break,”
“Or, if you decide you want to sleep at my place, on opposite sides of my bedroom with a Do Not Cross line drawn down the middle, I'll do it. I won't like it, but I'll do it.”  

He also has a softer side but let's talk to Nora about that...

Jen: Thanks so much for joining me today Nora!  Anyone whose read Hush Hush knows how you and Patch met, but can you take us back and share your initial impression of him? 
Patch (appears out of nowhere): "Angel". “Keep in mind that people change, but the past doesn't.” 
Nora: "Patch, what are you doing here?"
Patch: *shrugs* "I missed you, Angel."
Jen: *waves* Hi Patch! 
Nora: “I can't imagine why you're so interested."
Patch: *shakes his head* "Interested? We're talking about you. I'm fascinated.” "If you need one more reason, I love you."
Jen: Um, actually, we're talking about you Patch but don't mind me.
Nora: "You admit you're doing this on purpose?" 
Patch: "This?" 
Nora: "This - provoking me."
Patch: “Say 'provoking' again. Your mouth looks provocative when you do.”
Jen: *clear throats* Still sitting here.…
Nora *rolls her eyes but grins*: "I knew the names of all my classmates…except one.  The transfer.  His black eyes sliced into me, and the corners of his mouth tilted up.  His smile wasn't friendly.  It was a smile that spelled trouble. With a promise. 
Jen: Sounds intense.
Nora *nods*: "Patch wasn't the kind of guy mothers smiled on. He was the kind of guy they changed the house locks for.  He was so wrong it felt right, and that made me feel completely out of control.  The more time I spent with him, the more I knew the feelings weren't going away."
Jen: Hmm, yeah, sooo, how would you describe his appearance?
Vee *gate crashes*: "He's...hard-edged. Sexy." "rough-and-roguish".
Jen: Hey Vee!
Nora: "He had an annoyingly confident walk, the kind you find paired with faded T-shirts and a cowboy hat. Patch wore neither. He was a dark-Levi's-dark-henley-dark-boots kind of guy. I wouldn't have been surprised if under his clothes he bore several scars, souvenirs from street fights and other reckless behavior...Not that I wanted a look under his clothes.”
Jen: I believe you. *giggles*
Patch: “You laugh, but you haven't seen me in a tux. Or maybe you don't like broad-shouldered guys with muscular chests and washboard abs?”
Jen: O_O Maybe the voters need a visual…


Jen: Nora, you and Patch share a lot of moments that make readers want to fan their faces.  Can you share one moment in particular?
Nora: “He trapped my hand against his chest and yanked my sleeve down past my wrist, covering my hand with it. Just as quickly, he did the same thing with the other sleeve. He held my shirt by the cuffs, my hands captured. My mouth opened in protest. 
Reeling me closer, he didn’t stop until I was directly in front of him. Suddenly he lifted me onto the counter. My face was level with his. He fixed me with a dark, inviting smile. And that’s when I realized this moment had been dancing around the edge of my fantasies for several days now. 
"Take off your hat," I said, the words tumbling out before I could stop them.He slid it around, the brim facing backward. 
I scooted to the edge of the counter, my legs dangling one on either side of him. Something inside of me was telling me to stop—but I swept that voice to the far back of my mind. 
He spread his hands on the counter, just outside my hips. Tilting his head to one side, he moved closer. His scent, which was all damp dark earth, overwhelmed me. 
"You should go," I breathed. "You should definitely go." 
"Go here?" His mouth was on my shoulder. "Or here?" It moved up my neck. 
 Patch’s mouth was roaming north, up over my jaw, gently sucking at my skin...
"My legs are falling asleep," I blurted. It wasn’t a total lie. I was experiencing tingling sensations all through my body, legs included. 

"I could solve that." Patch’s hands closed on my hips.”

Jen: Is it hot in here? It feels like it's getting a little warm. *fans faceSeriously, can we open a window or something?  OK, moving on, how does he make you feel?
Nora: "Solid. Safe. Finding him was like finding someone I didn't know I was searching for."  (<-- completely crush worthy feels)
Jen: Nora, with all you and Patch have been through, do you think he's changed much?
Nora: "Well,"
Patch (interrupting): "My history is long, and not much of it is good. I can't erase it, but I'm determined not to make another mistake." 
Nora (tries to speak): "I..." 
Patch (interrupting again): "No, hear me out. The long answer to that question is that everything about me has changed since meeting you. I gave up something I wanted for something I need. And I need you, Angel. More than I think you'll ever know."
Jen: *swoons* OMP! I think that is the sweetest thing I have EVER heard!
Nora: "Patch. I…"
Patch: "I loved you long before you loved me. Its the only thing I have you beat at, and I'll bring it up every chance I get."
Jen: Wow…if that isn't worthy of ALL THE VOTES, I don't know what is. 
Patch: "Vote for me. I mean it. Vote for me." *winks*

By @The_Poupette

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Starring Me by Krista McGee

Starring MeAuthor: Krista McGee
Publication: July 10, 2012
By: Thomas Nelson
4.5 STARS!

Great cover! 

Kara McKormick is told she's auditioning to star in a new teen variety show. But it's what she isn't told that could change her life.

The feisty New Yorker moves to sunny Orlando to participate in a month-long audition, where she'll live with nine other contestants and an eccentric housemother. Kara knows that the show already has a big-time celebrity lined up for the co-host, but she doesn't know who it is.

Chad Beacon quickly rose to fame after winning America's Next Star, but he doesn't want his entire career to be about singing. There is so much more he wants to do-like act. The new variety show sounds like the perfect next step for him, but his parents want him to have a co-star who shares his faith since they'll be spending so much time together.

Acting is high on Kara's priority list. But a relationship with God? Not so much. In fact, she's tried to stay away from anything religious. But God is after Kara's heart and He's put people in her life who are showing her there's far more to Christianity than rules and judgment.

And just when it seems that Kara's going to have to give up her acting dream, God reveals that she may have a starring role after all-in a story so big only He could write it.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for sending me this e-galley through their Book Sneeze program. Starring Me is a fun, refreshing read about a girl as feisty as her red hair, a cute boy and the chance of a lifetime. This story is loosely based on the biblical story of Issac and Rebekah and is a companion novel to McGee's debut, First Date, (where we first meet Kara).  

Kara McCormick was born to perform and while she didn't win the boy on The Book of Love, she came away with an even better prize in her new best friend Addy.  The girls have a lot in common but the one thing they don't share is Addy's belief in God.  Kara doesn't see the need for Him in her life even though she's seen Him work in Addy's.  All that changes when Kara gets the chance to audition for a new teen sketch comedy show, convinced it's her ticket to making her dreams come true.  When things don't go as smoothly as she expected, she'll discover that God works in our lives whether we acknowledge Him or not.  Kara also gets a lesson about what's really important and the meaning of real love - the kind that's all consuming and never ending.

I thoroughly enjoyed Kara!  She's straightforward, selfless and laugh-out-loud funny.  She shows integrity and an openness to what Addy and several others have to say. There's a sweetness to the friendship she develops with Chad and parents of younger readers have nothing to worry about. The idea of courtship; not dating until you're serious about finding a lifelong partner is addressed with Kara and Addy discussing the pros and cons of bouncing from one relationship to the next. 

Krista McGee is one of the few Christian authors I've found who is able to share a message of love, forgiveness and grace without sounding preachy or cheesy. McGee's characters are believable and relateable. I'm a Christian and I don't enjoy reading stories where everything is over the top or with characters who are too "perfect". 

There's also a Q&A in the back for small groups or book club discussions.

Giveaway time!  
Thomas Nelson has graciously agreed to giveaway up to 2 copies* of Starring Me for every 25 "likes" they receive on their Facebook page AND follows on Twitter. Good luck!
*Contest will be open for 1 week. U.S. Only.    

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Round 2 #Team Patch Update

OK Team Patch and Patch's Army, it's time to UNITE once again!

Our favorite Fallen Archangel goes up against the Geektastic vampire, Simon from The Mortal Instruments series on Monday, July 30th.

I'm a big fan of TMI and happen to think Simon is great but #TeamPatch, we have an army!  Tell everyone you know and even those you don't to,


You might make a new friend and then you'll be able to say, "If I hadn't voted for Patch, I wouldn't have met you." ;D

photo credit: likechildreninafairytale tumblr

We can do this!

Monday will be EPIC!
Monday will be FUN!
It's a #TeamPatch WIN no matter what because you all are made of AWESOME!
Just remember, we all love these book crushes but there are real people behind the tweets/posts/tumbls with real feelings. 
Kindness in competitiveness is BOSS!

 Speaking of vampires, I leave you with a message from the one that lives with us. He doesn't want you to be nervous about the tourney just remember....

Keep Calm and READ Hush Hush



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday
 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Impostor (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway
Publication: March 26, 2013
By: Balzar + Bray for Harper Collins 

 Impostor (Slide #2) 
From Goodreads:
What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.

I absolutely LOVED Slide and am so excited to see where Impostor takes Vee!  Not gonna lie, I'm also looking forward to more Rollins - Vee's knight in shining leather and jeans. *sighs* 

What are you looking forward to reading?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Pushing The Limits" by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication: July 24, 2012
By: Harlequin Teen
3.5 STARS!

 "I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise."Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. 

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.   

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

This is book is well worth the read!  It's raw, edgy and the characters manage to break your heart while giving you hope at the same time. I enjoyed the alternating POV's and watching the romance grow between two very unlikely people.

Echo and Noah have both experienced horrific tragedies and are left to cope with finding a new normal pretty much on their own. (At least that's how they see it.) Not knowing who to trust is hard but through their combined circumstances Noah and Echo discover "normal" isn't always what it seems and love can find you when you least expect it. 

Both of these characters are strong and Noah is completely swoon worthy despite his tough guy attitude and his potty mouth. ;)  It was interesting to watch Echo's transformation and the fact that she was able to hold on to certain "things" throughout the story was refreshing. 

Sometimes you read a book like this, and the pain and brokenness of the characters is too much often leaving you worse for the wear.  Not so, with this story.  Even though I was a roller coaster of emotions the message of hope and life being full of possibilities came through loud and clear. (for me anyway.) 

I was also impressed that the first line in the acknowledgements was 
"God - Luke 1:37" ("For nothing is impossible with God." ~ Luke 1:37)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Publication: August 28, 2012
By: Knopf for Young Readers 
Intriguing cover.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Thank you to Netgalley and Knopf for Young Readers for this ARC e-galley.
This is one of those books that some people love while others are left to ponder all of the unanswered questions they still have. *points to self*  This is certainly an interesting story, well written and the characters are engaging but I honestly don't know how I feel about it.  The idea that love knows no boundaries, defies physical appearances, constant change etc. is all good stuff but it doesn't always work out like that.  When you love someone you're supposed to focus more on their inner self and the outward shouldn't matter as much but it still matters. (If my husband woke up tomorrow and was suddenly a woman, it.would.matter.)

It bothered me not to know whether "A" was a boy or a girl at his/her core but it bothered me more to not know how "A" came to be. I also felt like all of the other stories we were getting glimpse's of were left hanging. It seemed a lot to keep track of along with the complexities of the love story that was taking place.  I'm a big fan of closure and I don't need a "Happily Ever After" ending but this one had me asking, "That's it?  What happens now?" 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs

I Loved You First
Photo obtained from Goodreads
Author: Reena Jacobs
Publication: July 29, 2011 (Read July 2012)
E-book provided by author in exchange for a fair review. 
3 Stars

My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one, but me, was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.

Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.

Thank you to author Reena Jacobs for this e-book. This was a quick, interesting read that deals with relevant issues. The characters are well developed and I enjoyed the friendship aspect of Alex and Seth's relationship but struggled with her unrelenting feelings for him.  When we meet them, they're at the point where she's known for quite sometime, years in fact, that he will never be able to love her the way she wants him too yet she still pines in secret. We don't always fall in love with the right person but at what point do you accept things for what they are and move on?  Seth isn't innocent in this scenario either because he's not only lying to himself and his family but to everyone else as well.  He uses Alex in ways that give her false hope and while they both know it's wrong, neither one is willing to do what's right or best for both of them.

Alex loses her identity in Seth and that made me sad for her.  She doesn't know what a healthy relationship looks like because she's never been in one and when she's offered a chance to find out she squanders it. Was Dink the perfect guy for her?  I doubt it but I felt she was unfair and unkind to him especially when you consider the help he lends.   What happens to Seth is horrible and never acceptable regardless of your view of homosexuality. Some good did come out of a bad situation because it forced he and Alex to face the facts and be able to move forward.  I would've liked to have seen Alex's journey a little further down the road but that's just me.

The end of the book includes the author's thoughts on her faith and the topic of homosexuality and how the two relate to one another. This was a perk for me because I'm always curious as to what inspires a book.  All in all, I think this is well worth the read.  

Click here to find out more about author Reena Jacobs. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hey guys! I'm Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes and I'm here to tell you why Patch Cipriano from Becca Fitzpatrick's, "Hush Hush" series is totally crush worthy and deserves your vote!  ("Hush Hush", "Crescendo", "Silence" & "Finale" - coming in Oct.)
I'm really excited to be Patch's advocate because last year's crush tourney is where I *met* Patch and his Army. (Lemme tell you, I've never wanted to enlist so fast before in my life! *wink* *wink*) Patch has some amazing fans, many of whom are from around the world and it's been so much fun to hear what they love about our favorite fallen archangel!

Without further ado, I give you, Patch... 

(Cue theme song, "Back in Black" by AC/DC)   

WARNING: The following photos are not for the faint of heart and have been known to cause increased pulse, heart palpitations, excessive drooling, and occasional fainting spells.  Licking your computer screen is also NOT recommended.


"Angel boy", "Dream Guy" and "Hotsauce with Wings" are just a few names for our crush but if we asked him what name we should call him, he would say... 

"Call me Patch. I mean it. Call me."    

What's he look like?  Well... to say he's "easy on the eyes" is the understatement of the millennium, I mean, Patch is definitely not riding the ugly train that's for sure!  He's tall, dark and all kinds of wrong but in all the right ways. He's lean and hard with dark hair and eyes as black as a midnight ocean. Even Nora's BFF, Vee would say, "He's...hard-edged. Sexy." "rough-and-roguish".

He's an angel, so what, exactly, does he wear?  Being of angelic ethnicity, one would assume that he'd leave a trail of feathers wherever he went but when asked, Patch had this to say: “Hate to disappoint, but no feathers. I came to Earth stripped naked.”  *mental picture blushing*

I'm sorry, what was I saying? Oh right! Clothes... Patch isn't into trends but prefers the monochromatic bad boy look of black shirts and black jeans; the tighter the better. He also has a couple, um, shall we say, "distinguishing marks", which of course, only adds to his appeal. Nora gives us an idea of what those marks look like and having touched them, she can also attest to their appeal. (Don't be jealous. I'm sure Patch would let you touch them too if you asked nicely. *winks*)

"In my mind I switched back and forth between the painting of the angel's scars and Patch's scars. Both scars had healed to the color of black licorice, both ran from the shoulder blades to the kidneys, and both curved out as they traveled the length of his back."

Patch's scars are a constant reminder of the mistakes he's made. However, being able to find the good in a seemingly bad situation is an important crush worthy quality... 

“All this time I've hated myself for it. I thought I'd given it up for nothing. But if I hadn't fallen, I wouldn't have met you.”  

(Once you're finished staring at those scars and trying to think of ways to help "heal" them, continue reading because there's a lot more of Patch to crush over.) 

What about his personality? Patch possesses a witty sense of humor that's full of snark and he has the ability to turn any situation into an innuendo. (I bet if you looked up "Innuendo" in the dictionary, Patch's picture would be next to it.)  

“You smell good, too,” said Patch
It’s called a shower.” I was staring straight ahead. “Soap. Shampoo. Hot water.” 
"Naked. I know the drill.”  

“I’m going to grab a cheeseburger,” I told Patch. “Want anything?”
“Nothing on the menu.”

While Patch is rarely at a loss for words and he's fluent in sarcasm, helpfulness is another one of his crush worthy traits. And who doesn't love a guy that can cook?!  Am I right?

"Tacos?" I echoed.
This seemed to amuse him. "Tomatoes, lettuce, cheese."
"I know what a taco is!” 
"Come here. I'll teach you how to make tacos." 

"I could get you to smile like that, and without sales tax."  (See? Helpful AND frugal!) 

Patch won't call you a typical endearing pet name like, "Honey", "Sweetheart" or "Baby". Nah, he'll call you something more ethereal than that because that's how he is...
"Hang on, did you just call me Angel?" I asked.
"If I did?"
"I don't like it."
He grinned. "It stays, Angel.”  

What is his preferred method of transportation?  Patch would tell you, "I move in mysterious ways." and "I can fly."  While both of these are true, his usual ride is a sleek, black motorcycle.
Will he come to my aid, be knight in shining armor?  Who needs a knight in shining armor when you can have a guardian angel in tight black jeans on a motorcycle?  (Besides, all that cold hard armor just gets in the way when mouth to mouth resuscitation is needed. And from what Nora tells us, Patch has had a lot of practice with the whole mouth to mouth thing and is quite good at, incredible even.) 
Patch does have a knack for showing up just when he's needed and he doesn't mess around, especially where his girl is concerned.

“I didn’t break his jaw, but if he lays a hand on you, it will be the first of many things to break,” Patch said.”  

He's also honest about what he wants but isn't pushy.

“Is that a yes?" he asked, pushing his fingers through my hair, fanning it out around my shoulders and searching my face intently. "Please let it be yes," he said with a gravelly edge. "Stay with me tonight. Let me hold you, even if that's all it is. Let me keep you safe.”  

“Or, if you decide you want to sleep at my place, on opposite sides of my bedroom with a Do Not Cross line drawn down the middle, I'll do it. I won't like it, but I'll do it.” 

What about his softer side?  It's true that Patch is built to fight, protect and defend but he also has a softer side and doesn't hesitate to say what he feels. And trust me, he feels a LOT. 

“There's only one thing I know for certain anymore." He turned, his eyes a clear black. That I would do anything for you, even if it means going against my instincts or my very nature. I would lay down everything I possess, even my soul, for you. If that isn't love, it's the best I have.” 

Patch does tend to elicit ALL THE FEELS leaving one overwhelmed (revert back to photos above for clarification) but don't worry, follow the instructions below and you'll be just fine. 

PS - I asked Patch what his thoughts on the whole crush tourney were and he had this to say,"Vote for Patch. I mean it. Vote for Patch."


Waiting on Wednesday
 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa 
Publication: October 23, 2012 
By: Harlequin Teen 

 The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) 
From Goodreads:

Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

Ethan Chase is not the little boy we remember from The Iron Fey series. Nope, he's grown up quite a bit since then (and he is not riding the ugly train that.is.for.sure). Ethan has  his own story to tell now and I can't wait to read it!  
Apart from the pretty cover (and it is so.very.pretty *wink* *wink*) I know this story will be good because Julie Kagawa wrote it and she is made.of.awesome. That is all. 

What's your WoW?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

For Always by Danielle Sibarium

For AlwaysAuthor: Danielle Sibarium
Publication: October 27, 2011 (Read July 2012)
By: Indie/Self-Pub
3.5 Stars!

Pretty cover!

You never really get over your first love. Such is the case for fourteen-year-old Stephanie Barrano, self-proclaimed misfit and death magnet. A freshman in high school, Stephanie is befriended by Jordan Brewer, a hot, in-demand senior, who pulls her from the outer circle of obscurity into the realm of acceptance. Jordan quickly works his way into Stephanie’s heart. He’s her everything. And the only person she trusts with the truth about her father’s death. But he won’t act on the strong feelings he has for her. Stephanie vows to wait for him, knowing in time she’ll win his heart.

Two months before her eighteenth birthday, Jordan serves as an impromptu prom date. After sharing a magical evening, Jordan leaves Stephanie with the promise of a future together. Then tragedy strikes. Jordan not only shuts Stephanie out, he also blames her for what happened. Feeling broken and beaten, will she try one last time to get through to Jordan or will she lose him forever?

Thank you to author, Danielle Sibarium for this e-book! This is a nicely written contemporary albeit a little darker and heavier on the teen angst and depression than your traditional YA read.  Stephanie's story sucked me right in but hers is not an easy one and I was left feeling emotionally drained. Despite all she's been through, she showed courage and a willingness to make the most of her life even after she felt as though she'd hit rock bottom. (Refusing to give up is rarely a bad thing.) 

Jordan was a mixed bag for me because while I liked him, I also found him extremely frustrating. He had his own set of issues to deal with but I couldn't help feeling like he was stringing Stephanie along and using the age difference as an excuse. It was encouraging to see Stephanie hold onto more than just her hope for a future with Jordan, but I was a little surprised with how it ended. I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to finish this and was like, "Wait. That's it? But...but...I want to know more!"  This isn't a negative thing, it's just where my need for an Epilogue comes in. I am an Epilogue junkie after all. :D

To find out more about the author and her books, click here.