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Lauren's Beach Crush (Crush #1) by Angela Darling

Author: Angela Darling
Publication: May 7, 2013
By: Simon & Schuster

Twelve-year-old Lauren Silver is ready to hit the beach for her annual family vacation. Aside from the sun and sand, she’s especially thrilled to be reunited with her gorgeous summer crush, Charlie Anderson. Sure, she’s only spoken to him once, for exactly thirteen seconds, but she knows they are meant to be together. She’s even spent all year developing The Love Plan, a foolproof way to get to know Charlie and have him fall for her.

But plans don’t always work out, which Lauren learns when she finds out a friend from school, Chrissy Porter, will be joining her family on their vacation. As if having to make Chrissy part of The Love Plan isn’t bad enough, Lauren then has to face a very tough reality of crushes: Sometimes they are not mutual. And sometimes, when fate is playing a really mean trick on you, the object of your crush ends up crushing on your friend Chrissy.

Can Lauren survive her beach vacation? And more im…

Goddess (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

Author: Josephine Angelini
Publication: May 28, 2013
By: Harper Teen
3.5 Stars

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart unto…

Crush (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams

Author: Nicole Williams
Publication: April 23, 2013
By: Harper Collins
3 Stars

Football glory. A giant diamond. A wandering eye.

Jude and Lucy are happily engaged . . . but that doesn't mean life's a bed of roses.

Once again, Jude and Lucy are torn apart by football training and a summer job that creates new tensions. This time Jude's the one with trust issues. Will Lucy's life-changing news bring them back together or end their relationship for good? Can love triumph forever?

What I liked:I really like the black and white color schemes of these new covers.  It's well written, fast moving and not quite as dramatic as the previous two books. The ending was satisfying and the Epilogue was very sweet and made me ugly cry. *shrugs* I have a soft spot for Epilogues. ;)

What left me wanting: This series has definitely "matured" from YA to NA over the course of the three books and the love scenes are explicit at times.

Final verdict: Fans of the Crash Trilogy will…

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publication: June 4, 2013
By: Viking Juvenile

3.5 Stars

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she …
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In the Name of Love

SIGNED copies of:
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Easy by Tammara Webber
Fallen Too Far & Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
FATE by Elizabeth Reyes
CRUSH by Nicole Williams
Disastrous by EL Montes

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

SIGNED copies of:
Slammed & Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
What a Boy Wants, What a Boy Needs and Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn
Sleep My Child by Eyvonna Rai…

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

Author: Katie McGarry
Publication: May 28, 2013
By: Harlequin Teen
4.75 Stars!

This cover makes me want to fan my face.

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do cr…

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Author: Sarah Ockler
Publication: May 21, 2013
By: Simon Pulse

When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Ju…
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Belonging (Temptation #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication: April 30. 2013
By: Harlequin Teen
3.25 Stars

I left everything I knew behind.

But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.

If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE
together forever.
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

Thank you Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for this eARC.

What I liked: The cover is what piqued my interest followed closely by the plot, like an Amish Romeo and Juliet. It's well written with a clear distinction between the dialect of the Amish verses the English (anyone who isn't Amish) and of course, there's plenty of romantic tension.

Belonging provides more of an inside look into the world of th…

Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication: May 28, 2013
By: Kensington Teen
4 Stars!

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…

Thank you Kensington Teen for this eARC. 

What I loved:I was both excited and nervous to read Hunter's story because even though I enjoyed him in the previous books, I was pretty sure he would've let me hit the ground i…

Breathless (Elemental #2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication: April 30th
By: Kensington Teen
4 Stars!

Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.

Thank you K-Teen for this eARC. 

What I loved: It's a Merrick boy, do I really need to say more? Yeah, didn't think so, but I will. I really enjoy Brigid's characters (like, really, really, really) as well as her style of alternating POV's becau…
Cover Reveal: TREMBLE (Denazen #3) by Jus Accardo Publication: May 7, 2013 By: Entangled Teen

Dez Cross has problems. She’s almost eighteen and on the verge of losing her
mind thanks to the drug the Denazen corporation used to enhance her abilities.
People close to her have turned their backs on the underground and are now
fighting for the wrong side. And then there’s Kale... Things couldn’t get any

Until, of course, they do. Denazen is about to start a new trial—this one called
Domination—and it works. But that means out with the old and in with the
new. The order has been given to terminate all remnants of the second trial—
including Dez. The good news is that there’s a survivor from the original trial. A
woman whose blood may hold the cure for the second generation of Supremacy
kids' defects. But the underground Sixes aren’t the only ones who know about

Dez's father is willing to throw away everything he has to keep Dez from getting
the cure—including the one thing that might t…

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication: April 30, 2013
By: Harlequin Teen

How do you face the end of eternity?

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood.
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.

DISCLAIMER: This review, try as I might, will not do justice to this book...

Thank you Harlequin Teen for this ARC. I enjoyed THE IMMORTAL RULES (BLOOD OF EDEN #1) SO much I wrote a poem but THE ETERNITY CURE left me speechless - and rocking back and forth in a corner.

What I Loved: Julie Kagawa tells a story like few people can and this book wrecked me. She is a master world builder whose character…
 Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes! This is my stop on The Wanderer Blog Tour.

About the Book The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) Author: Robyn Carr
Publication: April 1, 2013 By: Harlequin MIRA 4 Stars
From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.

Nobody is as surprised as Hank Cooper when he receives a phone call informing him that his old army buddy, Ben, has been killed and left a few things for him in his will. When Coop arrives in Thunder Point, Oregon, he’s stunned to find Ben’s Bait and Tackle shop in total disrepair. Even more surprising - in his will, Ben has left Coop the entire property.

A nomad at heart, Coop never imagined himself settling down for long in any one place, let alone a rundown tackle shop/bar in the middle of nowhere. Things get further complic…

COVER REVEAL: Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Title: LOST AND FOUND Author: Nicole Williams Expected release date: May 7, 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance Age Group: Mature Young Adult, New Adult/Adult crossover Cover Designer:Okay Creations Cover reveal organized by:AToMR Tours

There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling. 
After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing. Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly …