Thursday, February 28, 2013

 Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes 
This is my stop on the None of the Regular Rules Tour!

About the Book
Author: Erin Downing
Publication: November 20, 2012
Genre: YA Romance/Coming-of-Age

Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.

My Thoughts
What I liked: It's well written, the characters intriguing and the "list" keeps it entertaining. This begins as your run of the mill YA contemporary and you almost expect it to be all about a boy and whether or not he and Sophie are "meant to be", but it's not. Part way through, a devastating secret is revealed leaving Sophie to decide for herself how she wants to live her life. The relationships are complicated, realistic and relateable.

What left me wanting: I would've liked a little more background on Grace and Ian's relationship. 
Final verdict: Engaging coming of age story that will pull at your heart-strings.   

Author Bio

Erin Downing has written more than a dozen books for young adults, tweens, and kids. Her guilty pleasures include an unhealthy obsession with reality TV and cheesy romantic dramas (Revenge! Alias!), an addiction to Us Weekly magazine, and cupcakes.

Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a book editor, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. Erin has lived in England, Sweden, and New York City, and now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and kids. More information about Erin and her books can be found at:


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?

“J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes
and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

“I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

“Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

“For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic

“For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

“I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says

(hint: the answer is YES!)
Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU?
(Again, the correct answer is, YES!)
Here you go...

(cover perfection)

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…


WAIT FOR YOU is available now!
(go buy it) 

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY
Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites:

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.

 Time After Time (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone
Publication: October 8, 2013
By: Disney-Hyperion

This cover is gorgeous!

Time After Time

Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

Time Between Us was such a great read, but when it was over I couldn't help wondering how it would all work out (long term) for Anna and Bennett, and now I'll have the chance to find out

What's your W.O.W.? 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!
This is my stop on the Frost Fire Blog Tour
which is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Frost Fire (Tortured Elements, #1)
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publication date: November 20th, 2012

“Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for permission before it destroys you.”

Like sand in an hourglass, Allai’s future is dwindling away. She’s spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most. 

She’s a Mage. 

Though ancient law mandates Allai’s death, she still has one last chance of survival. His name is Drake Rhaize, and he swears he can lead Allai to a sanctuary for Mages. Allai hasn’t seen Drake in years, but she remembers him as the Demon boy who used to hold her close and softly whisper that he’d keep her safe. But Drake has changed since then: He’s now suspected of murder, and has been out-casted for betraying his own kind. 

While Allai doesn’t trust Drake, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands and hope he can get her to safety. Because Allai’s father has hired a pack of Demons to bring her back to him, dead or alive–and Demons never stop the hunt.  

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3 Stars
What I liked: This was an enjoyable read and the writing really impressed me, especially since Miss Rivers is still in high school. The pacing is just right, the characters well developed and I liked watching the story unfold from both Allai and Drake's POV. The twist at the end was REALLY intriguing and I'm curious to see what happens next.

What left me wanting: The history that Drake and Allai share is mentioned a few times but I didn't feel connected to it which made their romance seem a bit "insta-loveish". Hopefully, the next book will provide some more background detail.

Final verdict: This is a entertaining start to a new paranormal series by a talented young author.


Olivia Rivers is a high school student, a literary agent intern, and an obsessive-compulsive reader. She has a slight obsession with Kootenai County in Idaho, and she’s pretty sure life will always be awesome as long as Irish accents exist. She lives with dysautonomia, a chronic medical condition affecting her nervous system. Portions of proceeds from her “Tortured Elements” series go toward supporting youth with dysautonomia.

1 ebook copy of Frost Fire by Olivia Rivers
Must be 13 years old.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Confectionately Yours #3: Sugar and Spice by Lisa Papademetriou

Confectionately Yours #3: Sugar and SpiceAuthor: Lisa Papademetriou
Publication: February 1, 2013
By: Scholastic
4 Stars!

*The macaroons on the cover make me think of Paris*

Confession: Breaking up with my best friend is harder than I thought. . .

Hayley, her little sister, Chloe, and their mom have finally settled into their new home above their Gran's tea shop. But things at school aren't so peachy. Hayley's former best friend, Artie, is back in the picture and getting between Hayley and her new pal Meghan. Artie and Meghan are like oil and water -- they just don't mix! This looks like another recipe for disaster!

Thank you Kids Books Central and Scholastic for this ARC.

What I loved: The cover, the recipes and how Hayley strives to bring out the best in others regardless of how they're treating her.  Her family is close nit despite the recent divorce of her parents and her friendships reflect the awkwardness that comes along with the middle school years.  Girlfriends argue, guy friends begin to stir up funny feelings and class clowns are anything but funny.  The relationship between Hayley and Chloe is really sweet and it's nice to read a book where the sisters actually enjoy each other, for now anyway.

What left me wanting: The stage is set for sweet romance to bloom and I was hoping to see more of that in this book but my guess is the next installment will reveal whether or not Hayley gets a "happily-ever-after". 

Final verdict: Another sweet offering from Lisa Papademetriou about family, friendship and just being yourself. 

Review also posted at KidsBooksCentral.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Welcome To Jenuine Cupcakes
This stop on the Things I Can't Forget Blog Tour!

*hands you a cupcake*
*scrapes all my green beans onto Matt's tray*

Author: Miranda Kenneally
By: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4022-7190-8/Ages 13+
Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)
Some Rules Were Meant To Be Broken.

Kate Kelly has always been labeled the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. Kate turned her back on everything she’s been taught to help her best friend Emily, who accidentally got pregnant. And the guilt over her decision is weighing on her. This summer, she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. Unexpectedly, she runs into Matt – the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt – with her. He’s inspiring feelings in her that make her question everything she’s been taught about the world – and help her understand what Emily experienced. Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy.


*FM Radio's "Be My Only" reminds me of Kate and Matt.

My Thoughts:
I have enjoyed all of Miranda Kenneally's books thus far but this one, THIS ONE, with THIS BOOK BOY sent me spiraling into the land of "I LOVE THIS AUTHOR AND I WILL READ ANYTHING SHE WRITES!"

What I loved: Matt Brown. OK, I'll come back to him in a minute. Miranda Kenneally is a master at covering the hot button issues with grace, honesty and compassion. She has the ability to make the reader see both sides of a situation and creates characters and stories that are realistic and completely relateable. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the choices being made, you're still able to empathize with what these characters are going through. 
Life isn't black and white and a person's faith and beliefs are just that, personal, but there comes a point in life when you have to decide what you believe and why. You have to own it. Or not. Kate struggles with a lifetime of expectations and it isn't until she finds herself reeling with guilt over helping her friend that she truly begins to understand this. While spending the summer at church camp, Kate comes face to face with people and situations that go against everything she's ever been taught is "right".  She finds herself challenged in ways she never imagined and she'll have to decide for herself what's most important, rules or relationships which is easier said than done especially when she runs into Matt again.

Fans of Miranda Kenneally's know that she writes AMAZEBALL BOOK BOYS! I mean, I loved Sam Henry in Catching Jordan and Will Whitfield in Stealing Parker but Matt Brown is truly one of the Things I Can't Forget!  Matt is the kind of boy you want your daughter to bring home and your son to be. He's smart, funny, artistic, and definitely not riding the ugly train especially with those biceps. *fans face*  Matt is also grounded in his beliefs and he helps Kate see that nobody is perfect, he teaches her how to forgive and how to see good in others.  

Matt also shows Kate how to love. *swoons*  These two could be open and honest with each other about every aspect of their relationship which is not always easy to do and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it grow.

What left me wanting:  Not.enough.Matt.Brown. In fact, I could read an ENTIRE book dedicated to Matt and his love for music, literature, green beans and of course, his biceps. *hint hint Miranda* ;)

Final verdict: Things I Can't Forget is a beautifully written story about faith, love and becoming the person you were meant to be. READ.IT!

Top Ten Places Sam Henry and Jordan Woods from CATCHING JORDAN have been caught kissing.

1.      Waiting in the security line at the airport. TSA was not amused.
2.      Study hall. When the teacher confronted them, Henry said, “But we’re studying!” The teacher replied, “What exactly are you studying?” And Henry said, “Anatomy.”
3.      The “Kiss-Cam” at a Nashville Predators game. Henry and Jordan didn’t even notice, because they were kissing even before the cameras were trained on them.
4.      On top of the Franklin city water tower. Yes, the police were called. But no charges were pressed, so all was okay. Don’t try this one at home!
5.      The paint sample aisle at Home Depot. They were there to buy mulch for Jordan’s mom, so how they ended up in the paint sample aisle isn’t clear. You are free to try this one “at home.”
6.      In the garage in the bed of her father’s truck. Her father subsequently dragged Henry out of the garage by the collar of his shirt.
7.      At the automatic carwash following an afternoon of “mudding.” The carwash manager gave them a lecture stating, “This is a family establishment!”
8.      Inside a tent in the camping section at Wal-Mart. They claimed they were “testing out the sleeping bags.”
9.      In Jordan’s grandfather’s favorite La-Z-Boy recliner. Her grandfather subsequently dragged Henry out of the house by the collar of his shirt. Not because he kissed Jordan, but because he dared to sit in Gramps’ recliner.
10.  At the movies. What’s sad is that they didn’t even make it into the theater. They started kissing out in the lobby and missed nearly all of Pitch Perfect.

About the Author:

Miranda Kenneally writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. She is also the co-creator of the website 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mini-Challenge #3

One of my FAVORITE books is Saving June by the extremely talented Hannah Harrington.  Part of the reason I loved that book (besides Jake of course) had to do with the music.  I can't sing to save my life (or anyone else's for that matter) but I don't let that stop me from enjoying it and when it's combined with a book it's like a match made in Heaven!
Saving June's playlists are a fantastic mix of old, new and indie.  Most of the bands/songs I could already sing by heart but I was introduced to some new flavors too like the band, Blind Pilot and I will forever equate their lead singer's voice with that of Jake Tolan. *swoons*

Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum 

1) Start Me Up- The Rolling Stones
2) O Sweet Nothing- Velvet Underground
3) Nights In White satin- the moody blues
4) Stairway To Heaven- Led Zepplin
5) Gloomy Sunday- Billie Holiday
6) Where Is My Mind- The Pixies 
7) Asking For It- Hole
8) Boom Swagger Boom- Murder City Devils
9) Train In Vain- The Clash
10) Under Pressure-Queen feat. David Bowie
11) If Six Was Nine- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
12) American Girl-Tom Petty
13) Tangled Up In Blue- Bob Dylan
14) Don't Know Much About History- Sam Cooke
15) Michelangelo- Emmylou Harris
16) Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)- Nancy Sinatra
17) God- John Lennon
18) Where Did You Sleep Last Night- Nirvana
19) The Sounds Of Silence- Simon & Garfunkel

Jake's "Say My Name" Mix

1) Me and Bobby McGee- Janis Joplin
2) Come On Eileen- Dexy's Ridnight Runners
3) Demon John- Jeff Buckley
4) Stephanie Says- Velvet Underground
5) Daniel- Elton John
6) Layla- Eric Clapton
7) A Boy Named Sue- Johnny Cash
8) Ruby Tuesday- The Rolling Stones
9) Peggy Sue-Buddy Holly
10) Joey- Concrete Blonde
11) Charlotte Sometimes- The Cure
12) Jacqueline- Franz Ferdinand
13) Gloria- Patti Smith
14) Deanna- Nick Cave
15) Allison- Elvis Constella
16) Clementine- Elliot Smith
17) Hey Jude- The Beatles

Saving June

1) Going To California- Led Zeppelin
2) This Time Tomorrow- The Kinks
3) Thunder Road- Bruce Springsteen
4) Take a Chance on me- ABBA
5) Falling is Like This- Ani DiFranco
6) Let it be- The Beatles
7) Southern Cross- Crosby, Stills and Nash
8) You Can't Always Get What You Want- The Rolling Stones
9) Never Argue With a German If You're Tired or European- Jefferson Airplane
10) Rebel Girl- Bikini Kill
11) Touch Me- The Doors
12) California Love- Tupac, feat. Dr. Dre
13) God Only Knows- The Beach Boys
14) On The Radio- Regina Spektor
15) Fix You- Coldplay
16) I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco Cover)- Nickel Creek
17) Chelsea Hotel No.2- Leonard Cohen
18) The Book of Love- Magnetic Fields
19)3 Rounds and a Sound- Blind Pilot
BONUS TRACK- Saving June- Jake Tolan

Broken Wings (Angel Eyes #2) by Shannon Dittemore

Broken Wings (Angel Eyes, #2)Author: Shannon Dittemore
Publication: February 19, 2013
By: Thomas Nelson Fiction
4 Stars!

Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.

Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.

Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.

Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

But can she fly with broken wings?

Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for this ARC.

This is the beautifully written, action packed sequel to ANGEL EYES. Told from multiple POV's, it's a powerful and tangible story of holding onto faith in the midst of brokenness and defeat. One of the reasons I tend to steer away from Christian fiction (and I am one) is because the stories come across too sugary or too "good" and that's not how life is.  However, I really appreciate that Shannon Dittemore doesn't shy away from depicting the darker side of faith, that belief in God isn't a guarantee of a pain-free life and, yes, it can be really hard to hold onto faith when your questions and prayers seem to go unanswered.

The characters and relationships in this story are complicated yet relateable and my heart broke for both Jake and Brielle.  I'm not usually a fan of cliffhangers because it means I have to play the waiting game but I am really looking forward to how this story ends! :)

Review also posted at YABC

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes! 
*hands you a cupcake*

I'm really excited to be participating in this years Book Blogger Love-A-Thon hosted by Alexa from Alexa Loves Books and Katelyn from Tales of Books and Bands.

I was paired up with fellow blogger Diana from Little Miss Drama Queen 

*waves to Diana*

Click her blog button to check out her blog!

 We had the chance to ask each other some fun questions. Here's what Diana had to say...

1) What is your favorite book?
Well right now I'm obsessed with The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter, but chances are as time goes by and that infatuation subsides, it'll still be a favorite. But my all time favorites are The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Cleopatra's Daughter be Michelle Moran.

2) What has been the best experience you've had as a book blogger so far?
Other than getting to discover a lot more amazing books. I'd say my best experience would be last year when Mandy at The Romance Bookie asked if I'd cohost a Meg Cabot blog hop (the Meg-a-Readers), which she tweeted about, and Meg herself ended up not only helping to spread the word about it but sponsoring the giveaways we had throughout the two month event. It was so cool being mentioned on her blog and looking at the Referring URLs section on my blog and seeing I think I have a screenshot of it.

3)If you could live inside a book, what book would you choose and why? (Maybe you like the setting, clothing, technology, etc.)
First book that came to mind was the Toadhouse trilogy which I recently reviewed. It's actually about a girl that not only grew up living in one book (though she didn't know it then) and gets to travel around other books. Would that be cheating? Wanting to live in a book that lets me travel around others? The first book I'd visit though would be Libba Bray's The Diviners. I love anything pre-1950's I'm always saying that I was born in the wrong era.

4) If you were stuck on a deserted island and had to eat the same thing everyday, for all three meals, what would it be?
Hmm. Well I already eat a lot of pasta as it is.

5) One thing you want to do before you die?
Live. I say that being both cliché and somewhat sincere since I am the "do it now or forever wish you had" type. I had a list of things of so many random things I wanted to do before I die, that I doubt I could narrow it down to one. I used to post about them on my blog (called my "To Do List") but it's been too long since I last did.

6)Least favorite movie?
Probably harder than picking a favorite. Looking over at our DVDs I'd say Ghost Ship, I'm not one to have a problem with "language" in a movie but it kind of annoys me when it's so frequently used that before it's aired on TV a good 60 to 70 percent would need editing because of it.

7) If you could have dinner with any author or fictional character, who would it be and why?
Prince Maxon from The Selection, if I'm gonna dine it might as well be with a prince.

8)Favorite color?
Can I get poetic and say it's the shade of blue at sunset? I'm actually not trying to be poetic I really have no clue what that color is. It's a lavender blue mix.

9) What song do you have on repeat right now?
I almost always dread questions about my music likes because whenever I answer I always receive a "really?" It's like anything short of Katy Perry and Taylor Swift wasn't expected, I can never tell what people want of me when it comes to that question.
Anyway since I recently got a new computer I had to move my music around so I still haven't added about half of what I had before. Plus I've been listening to a lot of Pandora, which is another thing that would scare people were they to see it since besides the one contemporary and country stations (which I rarely touch); it mainly consist of world, classical crossover, rockabilly, big band and just recently one from the 1920's. (See last part of question 3).
But to attempt to answer the actual question, the song on repeat right now is probably Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

10) Besides reading, what else do you like to do?
Besides reading? You mean there's more?
I'm into crafts, I love creating new things. Mainly jewelry, hopefully by either the end of the summer or year (whichever comes first) I'll have something set up to sell some of the stuff I make. 

You can find out what I had to say over at Diana's blog, Little Miss Drama Queen