Friday, November 30, 2012

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Uses for Boys
Author: Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Publication: Januray 15, 2013
By: St. Martin's Press
4 Stars 

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer.

Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC.
This book wasn't anything like I expected it to be based on the summary. It's beautifully written and I felt like I was caught up in a poem.  Anna's story is not an easy one to read and is full of raw and often heartbreaking moments.  She finds a kindred spirit in Toy but even that doesn't fill the void carved out by her mother.  Anna is looking for love and just like the song, she tends to look for it in all the wrong places.

It's not until she meets Sam and his family that she gets a glimpse of what love and family are supposed to look and feel like.  They're also the first people to see Anna for who she is and all she can become.  One of the things I really enjoyed was the way this ended, full of love, forgiveness and acceptance.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

 Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman
Expected release date: January 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Jen Minkman
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

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Author Jen Minkman
Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English,
career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.

In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

Guest Post/Author Interview with Jillian Dodd

What do you think makes a good story? 
I’ve been an avid reader. Books have always been an amazing way to escape my life and live someone else’s for a little while. For me, if I fall in love with the characters and invest in them emotionally, it’s a good book.

What was different while writing STALK ME as compared to other books you’ve
written? Challenges? 
Because Stalk Me is the first of a six book series, there was a huge amount of planning that went on prior to the first book’s release. My books tend to be character driven and this series has a lot of characters. Each character got their own character profile, their own character arc. I also did a ton of research for this series. My notes and research on real life stalking cases, sociopaths, personal security firms, and boarding schools could fill a book of their own. I traveled to Malibu for more research. I tried to live out a day in Keatyn’s life. I shopped where she shopped. Went to restaurants she goes to in the book. Walked the beach in the private Malibu Colony where she lives. Talked to surfers. Saw some celebrities. I researched daughters of famous actors. How many of them do stay out of the spotlight. Clint Eastwood’s daughters in particular. I shop for and plan outfits for Keatyn to wear. I created a fictional boarding school. Complete with their own mascot, colors, and school uniforms. I even did horoscope work ups for Keatyn and her love interests to help me delve further into how they would relate to each other.
What is your favorite scene in STALK ME or was your favorite to write?  
Pretty much any scene with Cush or her little sisters was fun to write. Even though I
do a lot of planning, sometimes characters decide they want bigger roles than
what I planned. Cush is one of those characters. Keatyn’s going over to help him
clean up after a party was really just supposed to show that she can be a caring
and helpful friend. But this quote from Cush pretty much guaranteed that he was
going to become someone more than a party boy in the background. “You taste
salty too. Maybe I should grab a bottle of tequila and we should have some fun.”

Is there anything you would like readers to take away after reading the book
they may miss that you want to point out?  
I think most people will both love and hate Keatyn in the first book. She really is living two lives in a way. She’s the perfectly dressed popular bitchy girl at school, but then you see the way she is with her little sisters at home. Everything that happened in book one was to show you where Keatyn starts out. If you are mad at me for what happens in her life at the end of the book, if you are sad about the choice she makes, I’m glad. It means that you did invest in the characters. If you are Team Cush, I’m also glad. Also, remember that although Keatyn is pretty mature, she is still only seventeen. She’s going to make some mistakes. But you will also see her grow incredibly throughout the series.

Any tidbits or hints you can give readers for book #2? 
The books are aptly titled: Stalk Me, Kiss Me, Date Me, Love Me, Hate Me, and Come and Get Me. Book two, Kiss Me, involves a lot of kissing. A lot of cute boys. The book moves very quickly and covers just one month of her life. There are some scary moments. Some sad moments. Some extremely steamy moments.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?  
I love college football. I like to paint. Spend time with my family. Shop. My latest addiction is Polyvore. If I’m not writing, I’m probably shopping for future Keatyn outfits.
Thanks so much Jillian! 

The Book:
Stalk me.
STALK ME (Keatyn Chronicles, #1)
Author: Jillian Dodd
Genre: Romance
Age Group: Mature Young Adult
Release date: September 1, 2012 

Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker.
An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. 

But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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KISS ME (Keatyn Chronicles, #2) will be released Nov. 28, 2012. STALK ME (Keatyn Chronicles, #1) will be on sale for .99 the week of the tour then return to its normal price of $2.99 on Dec. 2.

Author Bio:
Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy.

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Wednesday, November 28, 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.

 Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Publication: January 8, 2013
By: Dutton Juvenile
 Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
 From Goodreads:

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

What's your W.O.W.?  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee

Right Where I Belong
Author: Krista McGee
Publication: December 11, 2012
By: Thomas Nelson

Pretty cover

How do you find your place in the world?

Tired of watching her father flit from one wife to another and having formed a true bond with her most recent stepmother, Natalia decides to move with her from Spain to Florida when the divorce papers are finalized.

There are a couple things Natalia knows for sure: 1) She's being groomed to take over her father's international business. Success is expected. 2) There is no such thing as true love. Just look at her father. 3) Her stepmother's faith is real. And Natalia wants more of it.

Being in a new place, though, has a way of challenging one's preconceived notions. Natalia is still searching but before it's over, she hopes to discover right where she belongs.

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for this ARC. Once again, Krista McGee has proven that the message of Christ's love can be presented in a way that is neither preachy nor cheesy. (I think I love her.)  Right Where I Belong, a modern day retelling of the story of Ruth, is a fun read about friendship, love and the blessings of God's gifts. (There may also be a swoon worthy boy or two. *winks*)

Figuring out what you want to do with your life can be hard, especially when your parents seem to have your future all mapped out for you. Knowing where you fit in can be even harder when you're starting over in a new country with language and culture barriers that seem too complicated to master all while helping your latest step-mother get through her divorce from your Dad. 

Natalia's dad goes through wives faster than you can say, "I do." and it does a real number on her heart and skewes her view of love.  She's spent years watching him mishandle all of his relationships, and as a result has sworn off boys and love - forever.  When her latest step-mother cast-off, Maureen, decides to move back to Florida, Natalia follows her in the hopes of finding a fresh start and God's calling on her life.  She meets new friends and has heart rending adventures and discovers that sometimes what we want and what others deem best for us aren't the same thing.

I liked Natalia.  She's kind, compassionate and her willingness to do what she feels is right is both brave and admiral.  She also doesn't focus a lot on what others think which is refreshing but while Natalia makes herself available to others, she has a hard time letting her own guard down. This is a companion novel to McGee's other books, so we get to hang out with Addy from First Date. (Love this girl!)  Addy, along with her BFF Lexie, become friends with Natalia and help her navigate through her new surroundings.  Addy and Lexie are kind and patient and Lexi is HILARIOUS! I love her sense of humor and outlook on life.

"Me and Jesus need some more of those little meatballs, though. Catch you later." ~ Lexi

One of the first people Natalia meets is Brian, the pastor's son.  He's the tallest, palest person she has ever known but there's something about those kind blue eyes and that hair...Natalia isn't sure she's ever seen hair so red. Brian is cute, funny and has a heart for God but he's no Spencer, the school's "it" guy.  With his stunning good looks, athletic skills and big bucks, Spence is used to having any girl he wants and he wants Natalia. This creates a bit of a problem for the girl with the "no dating" rule but it won't be long before she learns that God gives beautiful gifts and those gifts can look an awful lot like true love sometimes.  

A discussion guide is included in the back making this perfect for small groups.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

2012 Books to Read

My goal for 2012 was to read 100 books and I met that goal but I may or may not have gone over by a smidge.

Here is a small sample of 2012 books I have LOVED so far this year!
 Have you read these?  If not, tell Santa to shove 'em in your stocking.

(In no particular order, lest any book characters get their feels hurt.)

1. Insurgent (Divergent #2) - Veronica Roth

2. Such A Rush - Jennifer Echols  

3. The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) - Michelle Hodkin

4. Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi 

5. False Memory (False Memory #1) - Dan Krokos

6. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) - Leigh Bardugo 

7. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) - Julie Kagawa 

8. Sweet Evil (Sweet Evil Trilogy #1) - Wendy Higgins

9. This is Not A Drill - Beck McDowell 

10. Something Like Normal - Trish Doller

11. Timepiece (Hourglass #2) - Myra McEntire

12. The Lux Series & The Covenant Series - Jennifer L. Armentrout 

13. My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick

14. Defiance - C.J. Redwine 

15. Easy - Tammara Webber

16. Like Moonlight at Low Tide - Nicole Quigley

17. Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker - Miranda Kenneally (If you haven't met Sam Henry yet, I'm not sure how much longer we can be friends. Just kidding! Maybe. *winks*)

18. Send Me A Sign - Tiffany Schmidt

19. Ashen Winter (Ashfall #2) - Mike Mullin

20. Mystic City (Mystic City #1) - Theo Lawrence 

21. Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars #1) - Jay Kristoff 

22. Spark - Brigid Kemmerer (The whole Elemental Series is great!) 

Why does my list only have 22 and not 25?  Because this is what rebellion looks like. \m/ 

Friday, November 23, 2012

(Hint: The correct answer is, OhMyDAEMON YES!!!)

Jennifer L. Armentrout has a contest going on RIGHT NOW because...
a) She's got a few copies to share.
c) Daemon made her do it.
d) All of the above

(Again correct answer is... d) All of the above)

Head to her website HERE and enter! 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

**OPAL Trailer Reveal**

Opal (The third book in the Lux Series)
Available in both print and digital version on December 18, 2012
Barnes and Noble

Official Opal Book Trailer 
Let the *FLAILING* begin...

Amazeballs, right?!

Check out Jennifer L. Armentrout on the following sites:
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ten Bookish Things I'm Thankful For

1. Book Boys. *shrugs*  Especially the ones who Tweet me. ;)

2. Author Interviews. Thank you to all of the authors who've taken the time to do an interview with me! I had fun getting to know more about the brain behind the book. :)

3. Author Signings/Meet & Greets. I went to several of these this year and it's a little like meeting a celebrity. There's that sense of awe and of course, awkwardness because if I'm around, I can guarantee "awkward" isn't too far behind.

4. Author Assistants/Publicists. These are the hard working people behind the scenes who help make an author's job a little easier and help fans connect through fansites, contests, and giveaways. I owe a special thanks to a certain taco making angel for the friendships I've made with Jenn and Rebecca from ;)

5. YABC. Besides getting to know amazeball people like M.G, Jill, Claire, C.J., Erica, Christina and Kim, also having the chance to read a book months in advance is so exciting! It's also a privilege and one I don't take for granted.

6. YACrushTourney Rep. Thanks to the fabulous girls over at the YA Sisterhood, I was able to be a Crush Tourney advocate this year which allowed me to meet some awesome people from all over the globe on twitter!  #OMP!  #TeamPatch FTW! ;)

7. Reviewers/Bloggers. I'm thankful for all the fellow Reviewers/Bloggers I've met this year on the interwebz (and in person) and the books I've had the chance to borrow as a result of their generosity. The world would be a much nicer place if everyone remembered to share more.

8. Fandoms. It's always nice to know you're not alone in your obsession love for bookish boys things. ;) #TeamKilt & #OMP #TeamPatch FTW!

9. Writers. All of you. From the DC Mafia to the Indies, Self-Pubs, Yet to be signed, Soon to be Published, and seasoned Vets. Thank you for your stories. Keep 'em coming!

10. YOU. Yes, *points to you*, you. If you're here at my blog for the first time or the bazillionth time (like my Mom), I'm thankful you stopped by and I hope you'll come back in the future. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Parallel Visions (A Teen Psychic Novel #1) by Cheryl Rainfield

Parallel Visions (A Teen Psychic Novel, #1)Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Publication: November 15, 2012
By: Rain and Sun Press  
4 Stars

A new YA fantasy from award-winning author of SCARS and HUNTED Cheryl Rainfield.

Visions can kill you. Would you risk your life to save someone else’s?

Kate sees psychic visions of the future and the past—but only when she's having an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, she needs more visions to try to save her, along with a suicidal classmate—but triggering her asthma could kill her. Parallel Visions is the story of one brave, caring girl whose unusual gifts put her own life in danger.

This is a quick read about Kate, a lifelong asthma sufferer who sees visions whenever an attack strikes.  She's able to see the past as well as the future, but her ability doesn't do a lot of good when no one believes that what she sees is real.

She longs to be a normal teen whose family doesn't hover 24/7 and whose not always known as the "sick girl" at school, especially around Gil, the guy she's crushing on.  When Kate suffers multiple attacks in one day and sees two different life threatening situations, one involving her sister and the other, someone close to Gil, she'll have to decide if telling him about her ability is worth risking their friendship.  Not wanting either person to suffer, Kate figures out how to bring on the visions in an effort to use her "weakness" to help, but each time she does, she poses an even greater risk to her own life.

This was my first book by author Cheryl Rainfield (who graciously provided an e-book copy for review) and I found her writing style to be creative and enjoyable.  I liked that Kate was concerned about others and willing to do whatever she could to help them, even if the cost to her was great. 

Domestic abuse, bullying, rape and suicide are all relevant issues addressed in this book.

Find out more about award-winning author, Cheryl Rainfield


Saturday, November 17, 2012

All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

All the Broken PiecesAuthor: Cindi Madsen
Publication: December 11, 2012
By: Entagled Teen
4.5 Stars!

How cool is this cover?!

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

Thank you Entangled Teen for this ARC. This is such a unique concept that's equal parts creepy, cool and romantic. There's also kissing which I'm a HUGE fan of!  Liv appears to suffer from multiple personalities and one might jump to conclusions that's she's either schizophrenic or riding the crazy train, but she's not. Even though she has no memory of her life before her accident, she does have really vivid dreams she can't explain and the answers she gets from her parents are shady at best.  When she starts a new school, she longs to find a place to fit in, but that's almost always easier said than done. The voices aren't much help as they argue about whether she should hang with the popular crowd or be friends with everyone. 

Spencer is the one person she can be herself with, even if she isn't exactly sure "who" that self is.  When we first meet him, he's a giant angrypants but the more he and Liv hang out, the more he lets his guard down. *clutches Spencer*  He's as broken as Liv is, but in different ways and my heart melted into a big puddle of swoon as they worked through her list of "firsts", slowly rebuilding each other along the way. 

The "creepy" element comes into play as you try to figure out what the heck happened to Liv and when everything is revealed, it's a total "WHOA!" moment. The ending was both unexpected and bittersweet and had me crying ALL THE TEARS! :)

One of the things I enjoyed about this read is that there's nothing to cringe about. It has it's heart melting kisses but no sexy parts and the language is mild. (one s-word, I think.)   

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Friday, November 16, 2012

AToMR Tours Present

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Release date: November 15, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
 Age Group: New Adult

The Edge of Never

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until
everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction


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Excerpt #3 – The Field Scene 
“Do you want to get out and walk around?” he says, still waiting for the rest of my answer. Getting an idea of my own, I smile brightly at him and nod. “Yes, I think that’s a great idea—is there a blanket in the trunk?” He looks at me curiously for a moment. “Actually, yes, I keep one in that box back there with the rest of my emergency roadside supplies—why?”
“I know it might be cliché,” I begin, “but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do—have you ever slept under the stars?” I feel a little silly asking, I guess because it is kind of cliché and nothing about Andrew thus far has come anywhere near cliché.
His face spreads into a warm smile. “As a matter of fact, no, I have never slept under the stars—are you gettin’ all romantic on me, Camryn Bennett?” He looks at me with a playful sideward stare.
“No!” I laugh, “Come on, I’m serious; I just think it’s the perfect opportunity.” I motion my hands toward the windshield. “Look at all of the fields out there.”
“Yeah, but we can’t lay a blanket out in a cotton or corn field,” he says, “and most of the time those fields are saturated with ankle-deep water.”
“Not the ones covered with grass and cow bombs,” I say.

“You want to sleep in a field where cows sh*t?” he says casually, but equally humored. I snicker. “No, just the grass. Come on…,” then I glare at him teasingly. “What, are youafraid of a little cow sh*t?”
“Haha!” He shakes his head. “Camryn, there’s nothing little about a pile of cow sh*t.”
I scoot back over next to him and lay my head right dead-center on his lap, looking up at him with a pouty face. “Please?” I bat my eyes.
And I try hopelessly to ignore what my head is actually lying on.

(1) Kindle or (1) Nook copy of THE EDGE Of NEVER
Open International.

Author Bio:

Author of THE DARKWOODS TRILOGY and DIRTY EDEN, mother, werewolf & zombie
fanatic, book addict and a happy hermit obsessed with the Universe. Oh, and AMC’s “The
Walking Dead”.

Addictions: Starbucks every morning, trolling Barnes & Noble’s shelves once a week, detesting
winter, shopping flea markets and preparing for the collapse of society as we know it. Do I own a
tin foil hat? Maybe. :-)

I was born in Arkansas and have lived here most of my life, except the couple of times when I lived in Pennsylvania. I started my first novel at the age of thirteen and have been writing something ever since. Generally, I love characters in life and on paper. I pay attention to people, especially those whose personalities make them different from the rest of us: the drug addict roaming the Laundromat that talks to himself, the young, inattentive mother in the park with the meanest kid on the playground – (the entire cast of ‘Swamp People’) – characters fascinate me and I hope that it shows in my literary work.

Some authors that inspire me are Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Cormac McCarthy, Max Brooks, J.K. Rowling, Richard Matheson, William R. Forstchen, Carrie Ryan, David Moody, Phillipa Gregory and Lisa Smedman. I’m always on the lookout for the next great book to pull me into its world and piss me off when I read the last page and know that it’s over.

I’m a sucker for anything Christopher Lee, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton and Cate Blanchett. But my biggest fan-girl superstars are Alex Filippenko, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Michelle Thaller and Neil Degrasse Tyson!

Also, almost more than anything I love nature and this beautiful planet that I live on. I just wish everyone else did too….


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanks for stopping by Jenuine Cupcakes!  I'm excited to be a part of the Once Upon a Second Chance Blog Tour and I'm really looking forward to reading it. Check out the excerpt below, add it to your goodreads shelf and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Group memos like this one find their way into my inbox almost every day and are
typically filled with nothing more than boring office news. An announcement about Sally-so-and-so’s upcoming retirement, or a notice about Joe-shmoe’s birthday next week. Nothing unusual or earth shattering. This particular memo started out that way, nothing worth panicking over. That is, until I arrived at the second paragraph and came to the two little words that currently have me in a choke hold.
Two. Little. Words.
Nicholas Kerkley.
Okay — dream or hallucination? If I’m expected to live until the end of this e-mail, it has to be one of the two. A dream is easy enough to check, right? If this is a dream then something nonsensical or fantastic will be going on, like one of my co-workers will be Paula Deen from Food Network which, in my dream universe, will somehow make perfect sense. Or, I’ll open the door to our office and it will lead into my grandma’s kitchen. Then there’s the ever popular — if not a bit cliché — one where I’ll be naked.
I look around the office: no Paula Deen. The office door is open: no grandmother’s
kitchen. Last but not least, I glance down at myself, hoping — yes, hoping — to find that I’m only wearing underwear, but find myself fully clothed.

 Author Bio:
Marian Vere is a twenty eight year old writer of Women's Fiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania, she received her degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in--oddly enough--vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and storytelling. Marian is represented by Carly Watters of PS Literary, and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, and two daughters.

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Wednesday, November 14, 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.

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: April 9, 2013
Spencer Hill Press

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)

Alex is now 18...and nothing will ever be the same again; War is coming,and when the gods are involved, no one is safe. 


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reached (Matched Trilogy #3) by Ally Condie

Reached (Matched, #3)
Author: Ally Condie
Publication: November 13, 2012
By: Dutton Children's Books
4 Stars!

I love this cover!

Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising--and each other--Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.
In this gripping conclusion to the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

I was so excited when I found out I was going to have a chance to read this early!  Thank you Penguin and YABC!

There's always a lot riding on the final book in a series, from unanswered questions to a love triangle that needs to be sorted out, and Reached is no different. Topping off at a whopping 500+ pages, readers will learn the true identity of The Pilot, The Rising makes it's intentions known and the mystery of Ky's inclusion in the Matching pool is solved. If readers thought Cassia, Ky and Xander were through the worst of things, they may want to pop a green tablet because before all is said and done, love will be pushed to it's limits, people will die and new beginnings forged.

One of the things I enjoyed most about Crossed was the dual POV.  It's always nice to be able to "hear" what's going on in another character's head and the fact that it was Ky made it all the better. *flails*  Reached ups the *flails* factor by including Xander's POV, giving readers a chance to see the story unfold from...count em', one, two, THREE  different angles.  BTW, if that seems spoilery then I apologize, (not really) but feel free to open your tablet containers and pop a red one - then you'll forget I even said anything.  Maybe. *winks*

What I liked: 
~ Reached picks up where Crossed leaves off and we find Cassia, Ky, and Indie all working for The Rising in some capacity, while Xander seems to have taken a different route. He's still holding onto the hope that Cassia will see that they are in fact, a perfect match but if she doesn't agree, I'd be more than happy to volunteer for the position. 
~ All three of these characters have grown quite a bit since we originally met them in Matched. They all discover that not everything is black and white and each of them have a purpose to fulfill, even if it means sacrificing what they want. 
~ While the high page count seemed a bit daunting at first, it was necessary in order to tie up all of the loose ends.
~ This was one of the more interesting love triangles I've encountered and I felt all three handled it maturely.  No one came to their final decisions lightly and it seemed to work out for everyone in one way or another in the end.  (Regardless of who Cassia chose, I'll forever be, Team Kyander!)

What I didn't like: 
First let me say that, "not liking" certain aspects of a book is not necessarily a negative. 
~ The Matched Trilogy has always felt like a love story to me.  Yes, there's questions about The Society and the role that the Rising plays but I expected this final book to focus more on the love aspect and it fell short for me. (There was not nearly enough kissing in Reached for my liking. There, I said it.)
~ I wasn't a fan of Indie in Crossed and I really didn't like her in Reached.  Her behavior, which was borderline obsessive in book 2, is amplified in this one.  She made a few choices that were selfless but for the most part, her actions made me uncomfortable.  
~ I understand that any good love story needs to go through a time of "testing" but I felt as if these characters had been through enough already.
~ The focus seemed to be more on the future of their world and their government but I would've liked to have seen a glimpse into the future, a "Where are they now" kind of thing.  What line of work did they choose?  What about their relationships, etc.

This was a good ending to this series and fans won't be disappointed.