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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…

Wreckless by Bria Quinlan

Author: Bria Quinlan
Publication: June 7, 2013
By: RogueGiraffe Books
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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!
Witty Rebellion at it's mo…

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

Author: Laura Howard
Publication: April 28, 2013 (ebook)
By: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: NA Fantasy
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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!

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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

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 ki…

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…

TWITTER PARTY: A Darkness Strange & Lovely

Participate in the Twitter Party todayby 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? |

Anywhere But Here by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Author: 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…

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

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…

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 ch…

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Author: 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 …

Consume (The Clann #3) by Melissa Darnell

Author: 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 f…

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 fee…

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

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 Stratte…

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, th…

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Author: Cristin Terrill
Publication: September 3, 2013
By: Disney-Hyperion
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"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,…