Friday, March 29, 2013

Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend 0.5) by J.K. Rock

Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend, #0.5)
Author: J.K. Rock
Publication: March 26, 2013
By: Spencer Hill Contemporary 
3.5 Stars!

The Camp Kiss That Started It All…

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out…





What I loved: This was adorable and took me right back to my summer camp* years! The story is cute yet realistic with characters who act their age (neither too young nor too old) which was refreshing. I LOVED that Lauren wears glasses and has braces (Been there. Done that.) because it shows that girls in that stage of life are just as pretty as the ones who look like they stepped out of a Barbie Dreamhouse. Seth is completely swoonworthy and makes the perfect camp boyfriend!

What left me wanting: I wasn't ready for camp to be over, and by "camp", I really mean Seth. *smooshes him*

Final verdict: Great start to the Camp Boyfriend series which debuts July 2, 2013.
 
Personal note: I spent many a summer at Safety Patrol camp which was run by my Dad's division of the P.G. County Police Department. If you aren't familiar with Safety Patrol Officers, they're the kids who rock the yellow or orange nylon belts while telling you when it's safe to cross the street or use their mad ninja skills to kick out the side windows when the school bus is on fire. 

In fact, the Sandra Bullock/Keanu Reeves bus movie, "Speed" was inspired by Safety Patrols - how to takeover an out of control bus was the first thing we learned and I'm totally kidding...about the movie, not the ability to takeover a bus in an emergency situation because I could so do that.

Anyway, I had my first kiss at Safety Patrol camp on a Thursday night after the weekly dance. Yes, it was perfect and no, we were not wearing matching orange belts. ;)



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

COVER REVEAL: FRIGID by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn

Cover design: Okay Creations
Photographer: Jennifer Rush

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.


Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013
Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2013





J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She 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 Russel 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.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: April 23, 2013
By: Harper Teen
4.5 Stars!

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


Thank you YABC and Harper Teen for this ARC.

What I Loved: I was so excited to read this, especially having just read The Prince (novella) and The Selection days before but I'll be honest, this was one of the most stressful books I've read in a long time. The Elite picks up right where The Selection leaves off and we find America still struggling with her feelings for both Aspen and Prince Maxon (as was I) as tension among the other girls continues to rise and the danger the rebels pose becomes more real.  

Like it's predecessors, this is beautifully written and Kiera Cass has done a fabulous job of creating a world that looks modern but employs some rather old and at times, barbaric practices and the predicament the three main characters are in is the epitome of "love triangle".  *whimpers*

I like that consequences are shown even if the severity of those consequences seemed harsh at times. The romance between America and Prince Maxon feels relateable because it's not an easy one. There are other people's feelings to consider as well as insecurities on both sides and my heart broke for both of them.  I really wanted them to make different choices because I really JUST WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY!  

With all that is going on, America begins to realize that there's more to the Selection then just winning Maxon or a crown, and she'll have to decide how best to use the position she's been put in, even if it means losing. 

What left me wanting: I like both of these male characters but I also wanted to grab them and shake them quite a few times.  I love Prince Maxon and I realize the whole process is new to him but I still wish he'd made better choices, been more open with America. He talks about trust but trust works both ways. And Aspen, we all know that you screwed up in the tree house, but these things take time to fix - a simple apology just won't cut it.

Final verdict: Excellent sequel and I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Review also posted at YABC.



 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Emblaze Blog Tour


Thanks for stopping by - this is my stop on the Emblaze Blog Tour!



About the Book:
Emblaze (The Violet Eden Chapters, #3)Emblaze (The Violet Eden Chapters #3)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publication: March 1, 2013
By: Sourcebooks
 
Once again Violet Eden faces an impossible choice ... and the consequences are unimaginable.

Violet has come to terms with the fact that being part angel, part human, means her life will never be as it was.

Not afraid to raise the stakes, Phoenix seemingly holds all the power, always one step ahead. And when he puts the final pieces of the prophecy together, it doesn't take him long to realise exactly who he needs in order to open the gates of Hell.

With the help of surprising new allies, ancient prophecies are deciphered, a destination set and, after a shattering confrontation with her father, Violet leaves for the islands of Greece without knowing if she will have a home to return to...





My thoughts:
What I liked: action, non-stop thrills and romance - Emblaze
has everything fans of The Violet Eden Chapters love.  The battle to stop Phoenix takes Violet, Linc and the rest of their crew to the beautiful island of Santorini and from there, all hell breaks lose - almost. Twists and turns keep the story moving, the tension between Violet and Lincoln keeps you guessing and the cliff hanger of an ending will have you begging for the next installment in this series. 

What left me wanting: Linc and Violet need to get together already. There, I said it. ;)

Final verdict: Good addition to the series.

Favorite Quote:   
“Would you die for her?'
I almost stopped breathing.
I could feel his eyes on me.
'I do. Every day.”


 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris

Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)Author: Elizabeth Norris
Publication: April 23, 2013
By: Balzer + Bray 
5 STARS!

I *cupcaking* love you Ben Michaels!*

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?


Thank you YABC and Balzer + Bray for this ARC and a HUGE THANK YOU to Elizabeth Norris for writing this piece of amazingness!
 
I'll be the first to admit that Sci-Fi isn't my favorite thing to read because most of it feels over my head. (Code for: I end up feeling like the loser on "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?) But every so often an incredibly well written, creative idea catches me off guard and sends me through a wormhole of awesome which is exactly what happened with Unbreakable. (I read Unraveling, Undone (novella) and Unbreakable in quick succession and was unable to put them down.)

What I loved: The word building is so detailed it's visual and I kept forgetting that I was reading and not watching this story play out on a screen. Fast-paced action, complex characters, multi-layered relationships and a heart wrenching romance makes Unbreakable very difficult to put down. Janelle is a fantastic female MC - smart, fearless, sarcastic and doesn't take crap from anyone - yet she's selfless, often putting the needs of others ahead of her own. Ben is tall, dark and full of swoon. His love of family, friends and Janelle is fierce but he doesn't allow it sway him from doing what's right.  

Cecily was thoroughly enjoyable as was Elijah even in all of his potty mouth glory. Janelle and Taylor Barclay find themselves in a situation where they must work together for either of them to succeed, and the relationship that develops is interesting and endearing. 

Janelle and Ben's romance is complicated at best and anyone whose survived a long distance relationship (and lived to tell and/or love again) can attest to the struggles these two face.  I'm a huge fan of romance and kissing and all that goes into it, however, what makes this story really enjoyable is that the romance isn't the only focus but when it is, Elizabeth Norris doesn't pull any punches when she's aiming for your feels. (Linkin Park, anyone?)

A few twists are thrown in, but the action and suspense keep coming right up to end which left me a little bit breathless and a whole lot of happy. 

What left me wanting: I didn't want this story to end!

Final verdict: Fans of Dean Koontz, X-Files, 24 and The Bourne Identity - Read it. Fans of rainbows, unicorns and kissing - Read it.

Favorite quote(s): 

"...because if the good guys are going to cross that line and torture someone, what is it that separates them from the bad guys?" 

"Whatever, [ ] "This is the second *bleeping* time I've gotten shot when I was with you. I don't think we can be friends anymore."  <--snarkilicious

Review also posted at YABC.

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!
This is my stop on the Why Can't I Be You Blog Tour.



About the Book:
Why Can't I Be YouAuthor: Allie Larkin
Publication: February 26, 2013
By: Penguin/Plume

At one time or another, everyone has wished she could be someone else. Exploring this universal longing, Allie Larkin follows up the success of her debut novel, Stay, with a moving portrait of friendship and identity.

When Jenny Shaw hears someone shout “Jessie!” across a hotel lobby, she impulsively answers. All her life, Jenny has toed the line, but something propels her to seize the opportunity to become Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. Lonely in her own life, Jenny is embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends—and finds unexpected romance. But when she delves into Jessie’s past, Jenny discovers a secret that spurs her to take another leap into the unknown.







BUY


My Thoughts:
What I liked: This is well-written with an interesting storyline and engaging characters who are flawed, yet completely relateable. I think most people have wondered at some point in their lives what it would be like to be someone else and watching Jenny/Jessie's story unfold was entertaining and thought provoking. 

What left me wanting: The ending felt a little abrupt and I wanted to know what happened next with a certain someone. *wink*

Final verdict: Humorous yet endearing look at being true to yourself and living life on your own terms.


About the Author:
Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay, and the upcoming novel Why Can’t I Be You (2013).  She has never ordered a dog off the internet or assumed a new identity to attend a high school reunion. When Allie writes, she wears an oversized circa 1980’s acrylic sweater that is a crime against fashion and good taste in general. She loves Boston.  The band, not the city. But the city is great too.

Allie lives with her husband, Jeremy, their German Shepherd, Stella, and a three-legged cat.
 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication: March 19, 2013
By: Margaret K. McElderry Books
4.75 STARS* 

*stares at the gorgeous cover with all the clues*

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.



BUY

This book was like an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end and at times I wanted off if only so I could get a better grip on my feels before continuing. I've been Team Will from the start and while I enjoyed Jem, his relationship with Tessa never felt as true or passionate as the one she shared with Will which was immediate, intense and palpable. I had to resist the urge to flip to the back of the book to see who Tessa ended up with and was completely unaware of the family tree that was hiding beneath the cover of the book until someone mentioned it to me. However, even looking at that early, while somewhat spoilery, doesn't give you the whole picture until you've come to the end of the book.

What I loved: I really enjoyed getting to know the other characters more, like Gideon and Gabriel Lightwood, Sophie and Cecily and it really does help paint a broader picture for The Mortal Instruments series. The world building was detailed as always and a few plot twists I didn't see coming kept me on my toes. This is told from multiple POV's and blends together so seamlessly that it prevents any breaks or halts in the story.   

What left me wanting: I am usually a HUGE fan of Epilogues and this one had me crying all the tears until about midway, at which point it felt like an appeasement which was disappointing to me. I want to explain what I mean but to do so would be a HUGE spoiler and I don't want to ruin it for anyone. (*I realize I may in the minority here but that's okay.)

Final verdict:
Excellent addition to both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series!


Favorite quote(s):  
"Are those scones under your bed?"

"She was forever asking questions; leave her alone in a room, and she'd begin asking questions of the furniture and plants." 

"All Lightwoods look the same to me---"

"For this I would have been damned forever.  For this I would have given up everything." <-- By the Angel!

"Dw i'n dy garu di am byth," he said. "I love you. Always."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cover Reveal/Teaser Tuesday: The Avery Shaw Experiment & Giveaway




Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: ebook
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Release Date: May 2013


Summary:

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Teaser One - Avery

Grayson finally noticed Aiden and I on the couch. “What are you two dorks doing?”

“Learning about steroids,” I said cheerfully. “You should probably know that using them can cause acne, testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, prostate enlargement and gynecomastia.”

Grayson looked rightfully appalled. “Gyneco-what-ia?”

“Enlarged breasts in men,” Aiden translated. “So you should lay off the juice before you have to start borrowing Avery’s bras.”

I gasped at the mention of my underwear and whacked Aiden’s shoulder hard.

Behind me, Grayson laughed. I knew he was about to deliver a comeback, but I refused to look at him. Seconds later his breath was warm on my neck. He whispered just low enough that his mother couldn’t hear what he said. “I like my bras colorful and lacey, Aves. Not sure your collection would do it for me.”

Total mortification. Grayson may be as close as family to me, but he was still one of the hottest, most popular guys in our whole school. Him discussing my bras in that low sexy voice that could stop a girl’s heart on the spot made my lungs constrict. Plus, he was right of course. My bras were all of the plain white cotton variety.

Teaser Two - Grayson

I started to leave the room but she stopped me at the door. “Grayson?” Her tone tugged at something inside me. “You really want to take me with you tonight?”

She sounded so small and unsure of herself. It was how she always sounded at school and around strangers, but never when she was at home with us. I think my brother had really broken her. I was seriously going to have to beat him sometime.

“You don’t have to if you don’t want to. I know I really freaked out on you earlier, but I promise I’ll be fine. Aiden’s right.” She swallowed back a lump in her throat. “I’ll manage without him somehow.”

“Aiden’s a tool. You can learn how to manage tomorrow. Tonight’s New Years Eve and for once in your life you’re going to spend it without Aiden or The Discovery Channel.

I knew I was making progress when she cracked a smile and asked, “What about Whootylicious in 7 B?”

I thought of the luscious booty I’d originally planned on seeing tonight and sighed. “That will be an unfortunate loss, but, like you, I will just have to deal.”

I winked and then decided I’d give her ten minutes before I came back and physically dragged her out of bed.

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Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

Taken (Taken, #1)
Author: Erin Bowman
Publication: April 16, 2013
By: Harper Teen 
3.75 Stars

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?


Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Teen for this ARC.

What I loved: Interesting concept, engaging characters and detailed world-building bring this Hunger Games/Maze Runner mashup to life.  As a male MC, Gray Weathersby is equal parts strength and vulnerability and I enjoyed watching the story unfold through his eyes. Bree is badars, that is all!  Emma is a strong character as well and doesn't let Gray get away with much which is good considering he tends to be rash and impulsive. It isn't the norm for a YA love triangle to revolve around the guy but this one offers a curious role reversal and the ending brings some closure while also creating interest in where the story will take these characters next.  

What left me wanting: There are several plot twists, one of which wasn't much of a surprise to me and the whole idea of the slatings was a little unsettling for me. Emma wavered in her convictions which surprised, disappointed and confused me. I really hope her reasons are explained in book two. 

Final verdict: Dystopian fans will enjoy this!

Also posted at YABC.

Monday, March 18, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington


Paperback, 380 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2013 by Imdalind Press
Eyes of Ember is the second book in Ethington's Imdalind Series.

Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased, no memory of Joclyn remains. But, Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. While, in reality the black eyed monster that possesses him, attempts to kill her over and over.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan. The man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only thing she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and while she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then there is her father.

The man who has never been there, is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be.

The Silnỳ.



Kiss of Fire (book #1)



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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fix by Force by Jason Warne

Fix by ForceAuthor: Jason Warne
Publication: March 28, 2012 (Read in 2013)
By: Westbow Press
3.5 Stars


Spencer doesn't have a choice. He can't choose to be different than what he is--the son of the town's worst enemy, the weakling who can't stand up for himself, the loser without friends.He can't change the way things are. Or maybe he can. Immediate confidence.Rapid change.Instant hope. These are the things Spencer believes he needs to fix his life, and that is what the steroids promise--a quick fix. But promises can be broken and shortcuts are often treacherous, and Spencer must decide if those risks are worth the perceived rewards--if "artificial" hope is strong enough for him to be fixed, by force.






I obtained this eARC from Thomas Nelson and their Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. 

What I liked: This is a hard story to read and it deals with issues like, bullying, drug addiction and loneliness but the underlying message is hope, real, living hope, not the temporary kind that Spencer finds.

What left me wanting: Nothing really. I'm a sucker for an epilogue and I would've liked to have seen where Spencer was a few years down the road, but that's just me. :)

Final verdict: Gritty, realistic view of what happens when we focus on the wrong things.
  

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Luck of the Draw (Shamrock Falls #2) by Kelley Vitollo

Luck of the Draw (Shamrock Falls, #2)Author: Kelley Vitollo
Publication: January 13, 2013
By: Entangled Bliss
4 Stars

Rowan McKinley isn’t looking for one wild night while vacationing in Vegas, but she gets it anyway when she meets professional poker player—and professional ladies’ man—Breck Wilder. Breck’s easygoing charm and lighthearted banter draw in the reserved Rowan, and though she’s always dreamed of the kind of forever love her best friends Sidney and Kade share, she’ll settle for one night with the charismatic player.

After their crazy one-night stand, Breck never expected to see the mysterious redhead again. So when he shows up at a Shamrock Falls B&B looking to get away for a few weeks and Rowan answers the door, he’s floored. Breck’s rolling-stone lifestyle and ill-fated history with women means he’s not interested in anything long-term. But the longer he stays at the B&B, the more he considers dropping the poker face and putting all his cards on the table…for Rowan.





Thank you Netgalley and Entangled for this eARC.

What I liked: This was well-written, funny and romantic without being over the top. A bit predictable as far as the ending but sometimes that's exactly what you want in a story! The characters are engaging - I loved Rowan's spunk and Breck is hilarious even if there were moments I wanted to smack him into next week. ;)

What left me wanting: I wanted to know if Rowan and Breck's intuition was right?! I'd be willing to bet we'll find out in the next installment in this series. ;)

Final verdict: Great addition to this series.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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.


The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Publication: July 2, 2013
By: Harper Teen 

The Distance Between Us
 
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.


She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
 
 
I'm really looking forward to reading this!
 What's your W.O.W.? 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: April 9, 2013
By: SpencerHill Press

5 STARS!

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.


Thank you Spencer Hill Press for this ARC. I don't know how she does it but Jennifer L. Armentrout has outdone herself again because this was amazegods!  She brings the world of Greek mythology to life in an engaging and humorous way like no one else and don't even get me started on the kissing scenes. *fans face*

What I LOVED: Each of The Covenant Series covers have a unique ethereal beauty to them and I'm a sucker for a pretty front cover, however, the back of Apollyon is probably my favorite! It's truly creeptastic! (Creepy + fantastic = creeptastic) 

Apollyon picks up where Elixir (Covenant #3.5) leaves off and if you haven't read that yet, which I can't imagine you haven't, I mean, it is an entire novella of just Aiden. (AIDEN ST. DELPHI PEOPLE! *shakes fist*)  Anyway, if you haven't read Elixir, I suggest you do ASAP, otherwise, the emotional intensity of the first chapters won't have quite the same significance. 

One of the things I enjoy about Alex's character besides her snarkiness is that she's a fighter. She doesn't just give up when things get tough.  Yeah, she might want to run away or you know, hide in a closet but that's totally understandable. *shrugs*  She knows what her purpose is and the risks surrounding it but she still wants to make sure the people she cares about will be okay even if she's not.  Alex also tries to see past people's faults and wants to believe there's still hope, even for someone like Seth, much to the chagrin of everyone else.  
  
The relationship between Aiden and Alex is bittersweet and his willingness to do whatever it takes to bring Alex back; to not let her forget who she really is regardless of what it may mean for him is heart-achingly beautiful. (If you don't fall in lurve with the swoonilicious Sentinel by the end of this book, then you have issues. Just saying.)  

The witty banter between the characters and Jennifer's ability to infuse humor into the most stressful situations had me laughing until I cried.  The pop culture references are always entertaining and I think Persephone is my new favorite goddess.  
 
What left me wanting: Can I have Sentinel today please?! *bribes with chocolate peanut butter cupcakes* ;)

Final verdict:  Action, adventure and a whole lot of swoon, Apollyon is easily the best Covenant novel to date! 

Favorite quote(s): 
Eíste pànta mou... You are my everything. <-- O.O

"There's nothing creepier than having a psychotic Apollyon caged in the basement."
 
He turned, brows furrowed. "I don't even know what that move was."  I flipped the dagger in my right hand.  "It's called being awesome and it worked." 








 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Rise (Eve #3) By Anna Carey

Rise (Eve, #3)Author: Anna Carey
Publication: April 2, 2013
By: Harper Teen

I love the colors in this cover!

 How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?

When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started.

Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?

In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.


Thank you YABC and Harper Teen for this ARC. 

Let me just say, that this review is incredibly difficult to write without been spoilerish but I will do my best. 

What I loved: Rise picks up where Once leaves off and the action, suspense and adventure are virtually non-stop.  Carey's prose is beautiful, her dystopian New America engulfing, and the characters engaging.  If you've followed this series you'll most likely find yourself turning the pages with your heart in your throat as you wait to find out if the gut-wrenching cliffhanger Once left us with is true or not. All I'll say about that is that yes, it does get answered, however, it may not be what you are expecting.

What left me wanting: I had two specific theories going into Rise and I was right on both accounts but that's where things got frustrating because I waited 308 pages...and then, it ended. IT.ENDED. I know this is ultimately Eve's story but Caleb played such an important role in the first two books and the ending of this left me feeling short-changed. *cries*

Final verdict: This needed an epilogue. 
 
Review also posted at YABC.