Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This is my version of Top Ten Tuesday...

Top Ten Reasons to do CampNaNoWriMo

1. Parachuting out of your comfort zone and into Try Something New Landia! Because that's always fun and not the least bit terrifying.

2. Get a jumpstart on that book everyone keeps telling you to write. (Btw, they tell you this because they enjoy your FB status updates and your Tweets. They just haven't realized yet that your wit and amazing sense of storytelling is limited to 140 characters. After that it's all downhill.)

3. You meet some fantastic people who are also taking this journey with you! They will encourage you, praise you and even YELL AT YOU to get your AIC (Ars In Chair) which is completely motivating and not at all scary. 

4. No pesky bugs to deal with and no worries that someone will steal your underthings and fly them from the flagpole.

5. You get to word sprint which is way more fun than real sprinting, trust me. No sweating, heel spurs or worrying about face planting the sidewalk.

6. It's beneficial to your health, especially once you learn (the hard way) that self-editing is the equivalent of doing drugs, it not only kills your total word count but also your brain cells, so "Just Say No!"

7. It's a way to get those people out of your head. You know, the ones who keep you up at night because they have something to say and you are the only one who can give voice to their words? (If this doesn't help, I hear medication works wonders.)

8. You get to eat all the cupcakes you want! Okay, so maybe that's just me.

9. Write or Die Kamikaze mode. Everyone should try this at least once, writer or not.

10. Knowing that you accomplished something, whether it's reaching your goal of 50K, finishing a second revision or a final draft, you did it! (As of this post, I am 601 words away from meeting my first goal. I'll set the next one if those last "few" words don't hogtie me and stuff me in a closet first.)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wreckless by Bria Quinlan

Author: Bria Quinlan
Publication: June 7, 2013
By: RogueGiraffe Books
Amazon | Barnes & Noble
4 Stars

*I LOVE this cover!*

Wreckless... Where obsession and rebellion collide.

Bridget Larson's never met a rule she didn’t like. Drawing inside the lines isn’t just a way of life – it’s the only way she can make it through the day. And through it all her BFF Leah has stood inside the lines with her through the unspeakable. Then Bridget catches her boyfriend with Leah--and the last thing on her mind is staying safe.

Salvation... A bad boy and his jacked up pickup.

Jake Moore was everything she needed and nothing he claimed to be. With one night of freedom and a spontaneously scribbled Rebellion List, Jake leads Bridget down every path she thought was forbidden... And into the one place she'd thought was lost to her forever.

 Here's my "list" of reasons why you should read WRECKLESS. Besides the fact that it makes for a great summer read!

Rebellion at it's most fun!
Conflict resolution (Not an "open to interpretation" ending - YAY!)
Loved Jake  <-- This counts, don't even try to argue with me.
Emotional punch
Sweetly romantic
Skinny dipping  *high fives* Bridget! I would've totally peeked too. ;)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy - Book 1)
Author: Laura Howard
Publication: April 28, 2013 (ebook)
By: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: NA Fantasy
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

Thank you Laura Howard for this ebook!

What I Liked: Beautiful cover! I think this is the first NA book I've read that has NOT been a contemporary so, yay for that! I also appreciated that this is a fairly clean read as far as NA's go. It still has romance and swoon, but it doesn't delve too deep or get graphic which was refreshing. I love all things Irish and the twist on why Allison's mom is the way she is was creative and interesting. And then there's Ethan. I think he was my favorite character which is why what he experiences left me a little heartsick. WHY LAURA? WHY?! ;)

What Left Me Wanting More: I dove into this without rereading the summary and the fantasy element through me for a loop, but not in a bad way. I just wasn't expecting it. The ending felt a little abrupt to me, however, it does a great job of creating interest in where the story will go next which is always a plus. 

Final Verdict: Engaging start to a new series! 

Review also posted at YABC

W.O.W.: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

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.

It's been awhile since I've done one of these but this book warrants it...

Crash Into You (Pushing The Limits #3) by Katie McGarry
Publication: November 26, 2013
By: Harlequin Teen

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

I enjoyed Noah and lurved me some Ryan but Isaiah stole my bookish heart all the way back in Pushing The Limits and this is how I feel about his story...

November, please hurry up.

What's your W.O.W.?


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

COVER REVEAL & Q&A: Broken by C.J. Lyons

 Broken by C.J. Lyons
Expected Publication: November 5, 2013
By: Sourcebooks Fire
For Scarlet Killian, every day is a game of Russian roulette—she has a 1 in 5 chance of dying… New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons makes her YA debut with a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page. 

Fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has one chance for a normal life. Only problem? It just might kill her. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, Scarlet has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. Scarlet has come to terms with the fact that despite the best efforts of her doctors and parents, she's going to die. Literally of a broken heart.  So when her parents offer her a week to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now... or never.

Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But for the first time in her life she makes real friends. She also makes new discoveries about the truth behind her illness... a truth that might just kill her before her heart does.

Q & A with CJ Lyons

Q: Is Long QT a real disease?

CJ: Yes. As a pediatrician I diagnosed my niece with Long QT Syndrome when she was born. Her heart specialists believe she's the youngest person in the world diagnosed with Long QT. She's had to take medicine every day of her life and can't ever skip a day. So far that's added up to over ten thousand pills taken.

You know that feeling you get when you've run as hard and fast as you can and you stop but your heart keeps galloping along? And you wonder for a second if maybe it's not going to stop, but will keep galloping out of control? But then of course it settles back down. For people with Long QT, their heart doesn't change gears well, going from regular to galloping and back again.

So they have to avoid anything that would make their heart race. No sports or aerobic exercise. No horror films. No roller coaster rides. No jumping into cold water on a hot summer's day.
But that doesn't have to stop someone with Long QT like my niece from having a great life. Today she is a brilliant, active fourteen-year-old who gets straight A's, enjoys riding horses, archery, reading, breeding Rottweilers, and who wants to grow up to be either a fashion designer or President of the United States. Her main fashion accessory is her portable defibrillator, Phil, who goes with her everywhere, including camping, to the beach, and recently to her first Broadway show.

BROKEN is dedicated to her fearless approach to life where outwitting Death is simply part of her daily routine.

Q: What was it like working in an ER? Is it like on TV?

CJ: Definitely nothing like Grey's Anatomy, but the first few seasons of ER get it right. Working in the ER is basically about learning how to control (and live with) chaos, the art of listening, and how to quickly decide what's the most important thing you need to tackle next. I worked three jobs to put myself through medical school and one of them was waitressing at a very busy family restaurant. Honestly, that was the best preparation I ever could have had for life in the ER.

Q: Why did you leave medicine to write books?

CJ: I've been a storyteller all my life—a fact that used to get me placed in time-out a lot as a kid. But writing stories has always been my way of making sense of the chaos that goes on in the world around us. I wrote my first novel in college and wrote two more science fiction novels in medical school.

Then, while I was an intern at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, one of my close friends was murdered. Dealing with that grief and trauma while still working seventy hours a week and trying to save lives—I wasn't prepared for that. So I turned to my writing and that's when I wrote my first thriller. I never thought about actually making a career of it until years later when friends who were published authors encouraged me to enter a national writing contest and I was a finalist. This led to several publishing contracts and I realized that as much as I loved being a doctor, here was a chance for a second dream come true: being a full time writer.

It was a huge leap of faith leaving my job (and my patients—I missed them, a lot!) but I've always believed that if you're going to dream, you should dream big, so I went for it. Since then I've published twenty books, hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, won awards for my writing, and most importantly, have had the chance to impact millions of people through my novels. Talk about a dream come true!

Q: What's your best advice for someone who wants to be a writer?

CJ: Never surrender, never give up. Writing is hard work, it takes years to master the craft, so you need to stick with it. And read, read, read…pay attention to what makes the books you like work as well as why the books you don't like fail. You never stop learning in this job, but that's also what makes it so much fun.

About CJ Lyons 

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge thrillers with heart. CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine), and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday). The author of thrillers such as the Lucy Guardino FBI series, she has sold over 1 million books in the last year.

When not writing, she can be found walking the beaches near her South Carolina Lowcountry home in Columbia, SC, listening to the voices in her head and plotting new and devious ways to create mayhem for her characters. To learn more about her Thrillers with Heart go to

Monday, July 22, 2013

TWITTER PARTY: A Darkness Strange & Lovely

Participate in the Twitter Party today by tweeting your questions to Susan @stdennard using hashtag #ADarknessStrange, and you just might win a SIGNED copy of the book in Paperback or Hardcover!

Susan will begin answering questions around 4pm West Coast time/7pm East Coast time!

A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY comes out July 23rd!
Are you ready to take on the dead?

susandennard.com | twitter.com/stdennardsomethingstrangeanddeadly.com

Anywhere But Here by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Anywhere but HereAuthor: Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Publication: October 15, 2013
By: Simon Pulse
3.75 Stars

Cole’s small town is a trap he’s determined to escape in this fresh and moving debut novel that balances loss with humor.Ever since his mom died, Cole just feels stuck. His dad acts like a stranger, and Lauren, his picture-perfect girlfriend of two years, doesn’t understand him anymore. He can’t ditch his dad, so Cole breaks up with Lauren. She doesn’t take the news very well, and Cole’s best friend won’t get off his case about it.

Now more than ever, Cole wants to graduate and leave his small, suffocating town. And everything is going according to plan—until Cole discovers the one secret that could keep him there…forever.

Thank you Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for this eARC. 

I like the color scheme of the cover, the loneliness it portrays and how well it relates to the story. Anywhere But Here is a well written, thought-provoking story about Cole and his desire to escape small town life. He's grieving when we meet him so he doesn't always make the best choices. Through the encouragement of a school Guidance Counselor, Cole uses his interest in cinematography to create a documentary of his town, the people in it and his reasons for wanting to leave.

During the course of filming however, Cole learns some important lessons about life, love and friendship. He also discovers that sometimes, the very thing you're trying to escape is the one thing you need to hold onto. 

Review also posted at YABC.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Time After Time (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone

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

I love this cover!

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.

Thank you Disney and Netgalley for this eARC. 

What I want my review to say: I love you Tamara Ireland Stone. That is all. 

What I probably should say, besides telling you to just READ IT!...

What I Loved: This is one of the best sequels I've read!

Tamara Ireland Stone gives readers a smart love story with intelligent characters who realize that despite what they may want or how they feel about each other, nothing is set in stone. (She also has  great taste in music!) I so enjoyed watching the story unfold from Bennett's POV, seeing Anna through his eyes and having the chance to get to know his family and friends. 

Bennett and Anna struggle with the unusual challenges their relationship presents, how it affects those they love and the possibilities (both good and bad) that go along with Bennett's ability. They have to make choices that are not always easy and often mean sacrificing what limited time they have together. But love is about putting the best interests of the one you love ahead of your own, and for Bennett and Anna, that may mean giving up the one thing they both want most in the world. 

What Left Me Wanting More: I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END! 

Final Verdict: Bittersweet, funny and heart-achingly romantic, TIME AFTER TIME pulls at your heart-strings, ties them up in knots and reminds us that true love really does stand the test of time.  

Review also posted at YABC.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Darker Days (The Darker Agency #1) by Jus Accardo

Author: Jus Accardo
Publication: August 19, 2013
By: Entangled
3.75 Stars!

Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course...

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they're recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing...

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.

I won an e-book copy of this while I was at BEA!

What I Liked: Action, adventure, and romance with a paranormal twist, DARKER DAYS has a little something for everyone!  The fast pace keeps the story moving and the twists keep it interesting. Jessie is a kick-butt, take no prisoners MC with a good heart who had me laughing out loud, and Lukas is a swoon-worthy love interest full of mystery. As with her DENAZEN series, Jus Accardo does a great job with world building and characterization, pulling the reader into the story and allowing them to experience everything her characters do.

I think one of the most challenging things for a series writer is to find the right balance of closure and interest. You want your readers to be sated by the end of a book yet eager for the next one, and I think Jus has accomplished that with DARKER DAYS.

What Left Me Wanting More: I liked Jessie and Lukas together but their relationship felt a little too fast for me.

Final Verdict: Great start to a new series!

Review also posted at YABC.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

UndercurrentAuthor: Paul Blackwell
Publication: July 23, 2013
By: Harper Teen
3.5 Stars

This cover is pretty cool!

In this suspenseful teen thriller with a touch of the otherworldly, perfect for fans of Neal Shusterman, a boy goes over a waterfall and wakes up to find himself in a twisted version of the life he knew.

A shadowy figure. An intense roar. The sensation of falling—fast.

That’s all Callum Harris remembers from his tumble over the waterfall. But when he wakes up in a hospital bed and finds his best friend trying to kill him, Callum knows something is seriously wrong. Unfortunately for him, the mysteries are just getting started.

Why are his parents acting like he’s some big sports star all of a sudden? And why are all the buildings in town more run-down than Callum remembers? Worst of all...what happened to Callum’s brother? Either Callum has gone seriously crazy or something happened when he went over the falls. Something impossible. Callum needs answers, and now. Because in this twisted new version of the life Callum knew, his former best friend isn’t the only one who wants to see him dead.

Filled with mind-bending suspense and unsettling thrills, Undercurrent is a grippingly paced teen debut that will pull you under and never let go.

What I Liked: The cover is what piqued my interest about reading this one. I liked the male POV, Callum is a relateable character and I felt he had an authentic "boy" voice. I was looking forward to a fast paced, thrilling read full of twists and turns and for the most part, that's what UNDERCURRENT delivers. The story lags in a few spots and readers who tend to pick up on "clues" (like myself) will probably figure out what's going on fairly early but I don't think it will detract from the story itself. 

What Left Me Wanting More: The ending was left a little too open for my taste.

Final Verdict: Fast-paced thrill ride with a Sci-Fi twist. 

Review also posted at YABC.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Consume (The Clann #3) by Melissa Darnell

ConsumeAuthor: Melissa Darnell
Publication: August 27, 2013
By: Harlequin Teen
3.5 Stars

These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,

Which, as they kiss, consume.

—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy—and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

Thank you Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for this eARC.

What I Liked: I was not a huge fan of the first two books in this series, however, I enjoyed Tristan's character enough that I wanted to see how it all ended, and I'm happy to say, this final book does not disappoint.

Tristan and Savannah experience a lot of growth by the time this book ends, both individually and as a couple.  The fact that they had to deal with real-life issues like school drama, parents and knowing when to put the brakes on in addition to the impending battle between the Clann and Vamps made them more relateable. The dual POV provides valuable insight despite Savannah and Tristan being able to hear each others thoughts. The story moves at a good pace and includes a few twists I wasn't expecting and there is an epilogue of sorts that will make die-hard fans happy.

What Left Me Wanting More: I am not a fan of this cover and I would've also enjoyed seeing both Savannah and Tristan on it.

Final Verdict: Satisfying ending to this series!

Review also posted at YABC.

Official FRIGID Trailer Reveal

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Click HERE to enter Jennifer's FRIGID IS OUT WINNERS Contest!

Official FRIGID Trailer



Monday, July 15, 2013

This Side Of Jealousy (The Innocents #2) By Lili Peloquin

This Side of Jealousy (The Innocents, #2)
Author: Lili Peloquin
Publication: August 20, 2013
By: Razorbill/Penguin
3 Stars 

Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie. If by nothing, you mean everything. The sisters haven’t been able to stop fighting since they arrived in Serenity Point two weeks ago. Those two weeks changed their lives. And Serenity Point has changed them.

Friends didn’t. Charlie has a new group of friends and a new life. Jude and Cybill are beautiful, exciting, and dangerously seductive. And though Sasha is proving to be a friend and confidante to Alice, Alice can’t get away from the people, places, and events that mire her in the past.

Boys couldn’t. Alice loves Tommy, but the memory of Camilla, dead and gone, is driving a wedge between them. And Alice’s ex-boyfriend Patrick won’t give up on her, no matter what she says to keep him away. Jude is slowly giving up his bad boy ways for Charlie—but it’s not smooth sailing if Cybill has anything to say about it. And then Nick arrives: Dr. Van Stratten’s former intern seems to know things about last summer— things that Jude and Tommy would rather not be revealed. Alice is determined to find out what.

Their family falling apart never would. While the sisters grapple with the terrible truth about their family, the one-year memorial of Camilla’s death looms. The tension mounts and sparks fly as bright as July Fourth fireworks—and Alice and Charlie team up to find out the truth that everyone seems to be hiding.

Until they got to Serenity Point. Is Camilla their enemy and rival—even six feet under? Or is she their sister, whose memory they have to protect? And what really happened to her that night on the bridge? In a town built on secrets and lies, can the truth stay buried for long?

This sequel picks up right where THE INNOCENTS leaves off and is filled with all of the mystery, romance, drama and unanswered questions that readers enjoyed about book one. 

Things between Alice and Tommy heat up only to be tested when Patrick rolls into town. Then there's tall, dark and broodish bad boy Jude and Charlie's hot mess of a relationship that Cybil can't seem to stay out of and Camilla is still haunting people's dreams. Toss in a few new faces, some teenage binge drinking, a few colorful drugs and a splash of sexual experimentation and The Innocents don't look so innocent after all. *raises brow*

The questions surrounding Camilla's death are answered, sort of, as are the ones involving her mother, father and Tommy's doctor Dad, sort of. But never fear, there is still plenty to keep Nancy Drew wannabe Alice busy. She has her heart set on vengeance and fans of this series will want to find out if she gets it. 

Review also posted at YABC.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Jennifer Echols Week: Jennifer's Boys

Thank you Katelyn at Tales of Books and Bands for hosting
 Jennifer Echols Week!

Today's Topic: Jennifer's Boys

 Oh, Hellew favorite day of Jennifer Echols Week! 

Some people like to pair wine with a good meal, but I prefer to pair a cupcake with a good book boy. Here are a few of my favorite "Jennifer Echols' boys" and the flavor they would be if they were, in fact, a cupcake. 

(In a perfect world, you would be able to "click" on the the photos below and the cupcake associated with it would pop out of your computer...)

Grayson ~ Such A Rush

First Impression: Bossypants with anger issues.

Cupcake Flavor: Lemon Blueberry. You might think the tangy lemon would overpower the sweetness of the blueberry, but one taste of this unlikely combination reveals a surprisingly refreshing flavor.

Why We Love him: Grayson is grieving and that can bring out the ugly in anyone, you know, like their blackmail tendencies. But Grayson's not just another hot body in aviators, the boy can fly a plane!  He comes through for Leah too, like a knight in shining wingspan, reminding her that love isn't something that has to be earned.

Sam ~ Dirty Little Secret

First Impression: He has "Heart breaker" written all over him. 

Cupcake Flavor: Double Chocolate.You can see it's bad for you, but you just can't stop yourself from eating one, or ten.

Why We Love him: There were plenty of times I wanted to kick Sam in the shins. I mean, how much more of a selfish jerk could he be to Bailey?  But behind his smooth talkin' swagger, Sam's insecure, afraid he'll end up a chip off the 'ole block. It's takes one tough cupcake like Bailey to set him straight and when she does Sam will be dancin' away with her heart! (Ours too.)


Doug ~ Forget You 

First Impression: Tall, dark and in need of a serious attitude adjustment.

Cupcake Flavor: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Looking at it, you think you're just getting a regular vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting, but one bite reveals a surprise filling of warm, gooey deliciousness. 

Why We Love Him: He's been given the shaft in more ways than one, (I'm glaring at you Doug's Dad.) Underneath all that protective bravado, Doug's a sweetheart. He's also a hard worker and Oh.Em.Gee...He pulls Zoe from a BURNING CAR! Never mind that she doesn't remember yet.  

John ~ Going Too Far 

First Impression: Dude needs to pull the stick out of where the sun don't shine.
Cupcake Flavor: Peanut Butter Oreo.This cupcake is complicated. A layer of peanut butter is sandwiched between two Oreos and hidden inside a chocolate cupcake. It's delicious, but complicated. 

Jon from GOING TOO FAR by Jennifer Echols

Why We Love Him:  Man in uniform. Need I say more? Okay, yes, because Officer After has a heart of gold and abs of steel. He sees the good in Meg and is determined to make her see it too. John also understands the value of a life and refuses to let Meg settle, which is exactly what she needs. 

Adam ~ Endless Summer 

First Impression: Friend zoned, or what?

Cupcake Flavor: S'more.  Just like it's fireside counterpart, these cupcakes will have you wishing for an endless supply and saying, "S'more please!"

Why We Love him: Adam is sweet, funny and doesn't let Lori's obsession with his brother Sean keep him from proving to her that he is the one she should be with!
Determined or what?   

*all photos found on pinterest.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our YesterdaysAuthor: Cristin Terrill
Publication: September 3, 2013
By: Disney-Hyperion
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

"You have to kill him." 

Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

Initial Reaction: This is one of the best books I have ever read!

What I Loved: Let me start with the author, who I had the pleasure of meeting last year when I attended my very first book signing. I have seen Cristin Terrill several times since then, including BEA where she so graciously signed my ARC for me. She is just as awesome as this book she's written. 

With it's fast-paced, heart-stopping action, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is time travel at it's best. It had me on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat from page one and left me in a puddle of feels at the end. (I hate to cry in front of anyone including my husband, who saw the struggle I was having to finish and suggested I turn the shower on when I escaped into the bathroom, where I buried my face in a towel and proceeded to SOB for the next fifteen minutes.) That's how good this book is. 

It's beautifully written and expertly plotted, but it's the characters who take hold of your heart refusing to let go with their unyielding love and steadfast loyalty to one another.

Em is a good person tasked with doing a bad thing and my heart broke for her repeatedly. James is complex and often times frustrating, but he has such a good heart, it's easy to see why Marina loves him. And then there is Finn, *clutches Finn tightly* the boy whose unwavering devotion and courage, not to mention witty sense of humor, makes for the best of friends as well as a finntastic love interest. 
I loved every minute of this story, even when I thought for sure it was going to kill me, and I can not WAIT to read the sequel!

Final Verdict: Brilliant debut and one of the best books I have ever read!

Favorite Quote: "There's always hope for us."

Review also posted at YABC