Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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 importantly, can she survive her first crush?



Thank you Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for this e-ARC.  

What I liked: This is a cute story about tween crushes, first loves and learning how to just be yourself.  It's well written with a steady pace. The friendships feel genuine and the focus on "romance" is not over the top. The "quizzes" cracked me up because I remember them all too well!

What left me wanting: The girls in this story are in MS but at times, it felt as if they were a little older. The boys seem older too but there's no mention of their ages. 

Final verdict: Cute summer read!

Review also posted at YABC.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Goddess (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

Goddess (Starcrossed, #3)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 untouched.


What I liked: This is well written, with detailed world building and enjoyable characters who are witty, brave and unselfish. (Hector is my favorite) We're introduced to new faces, thrown a few twists and there is a betrayal I did not see coming. *sniffs* Every secret/lie/oath is revealed by book's end and there is kissing - always a plus!

What left me wanting: The pacing seemed a little slow in the beginning and a family tree/diagram to keep track of all of the characters the previous "Helen" interacted with would've helped with my confusion, I think. 

There was a lot of romantic tension built up between Helen and Lucas in the first two books, so I expected there to be fireworks* of epic proportions in this one (they are Scions after all), and to a certain extent there were, just not in the way I expected. (*by "fireworks", I mean kissing, not graphic or explicit scenes.)

Final verdict: Entertaining end to the series.

Review also posted at YABC


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Crush (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams

Crush (Crash, #3) 
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 be happy with how this story ends. 

Review also posted at YABC.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and MoreAuthor: 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 balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.


Thank you to fellow YABC'er, blogger and author Kim Baccellia for sharing this ARC with me! Find out more about Kim and her books here.

What I liked: This was my first Sarah Dessen novel. It's well written with engaging characters and takes place in a beautiful setting. Emaline is an easy MC to like and her relationships felt authentic albeit slightly predictable.  I enjoyed Luke as well even though I wanted to kick him. 

What left me wanting:  This cover is gorgeous, however, Emaline is described as having long brown hair and clearly the cover model is blonde. That may seem like a minor detail but it threw me off while reading. The first line of the summary, "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." , felt like a dead giveaway that something was going to go down with Luke, and it does.

Final verdict: It makes for a great summer read and die-hard Sarah Dessen fans will no doubt love this. 

Review also posted at YABC


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


We are helping to spread the word about this amazing book giveaway that was created to aid the victims and families of the 2013 Boston Marathon Attack. Many best-selling authors have donated books in response to this cause. The books are grouped into bundle packs and a winner will be selected randomly through Rafflecopter for each bundle. 
Visit the book giveaway site for more details and how to enter.
 
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The auction will run from April 21-April 30th.

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 Rains
ebooks: Shark Bait & The Other Fish in the Sea by Jenn Cooksey

Just the Way You Are

SIGNED copies of:
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Inhale Exhale by Sarah Ross
Destined to Change by Lisa Harley
Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley
Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

I Walk the Line

SIGNED copies of:
The Thoughtless Series by SC Stephens
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Until I Break by M. Leighton-ARC
Collide by Gail McHugh

Book Bundle #5

Stand By Me

SIGNED copies of:
Love Unscripted & Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber
Collide by Gail McHugh
Love Em’ or Leave Em’ by Angie Stanton
On The Island byTracey Garvis-Graves

I Wanna Hold Your Hand
SIGNED Copies of:
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Naked, All In by Raine Miller
Collide by Gail McHugh
Signed Wreck Me, ebook Restore Me by JL Mac

Book Bundle #7

Superstition

SIGNED copies of:
Awaken and Avenged by Sarah Ross
Darkride and Crossfire by Laura Bradley Rede

Book Bundle #8

Whole Lotta Love
SIGNED copies of:
Fall Guy & Perfectly Unmatched by Liz Reinhardt
Lengths & Depths by Steph Campbell
Charade & Freeing Carter by Nyrae Dawn
Destined to Change by Lisa Harley
A Prior Engagement by SL Scott

Book Bundle #9


Maybe I'm Amazed

SIGNED copies of:
A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
Inescapable, Intuition, Indebted and Incendiary by Amy Bartol

Book Bundle #10

Ain't Too Proud to Beg


SIGNED copies of:
The Proposition and The Proposal by Katie Ashley
Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec
His Perfect Passion and The Undoing of a Libertine by Raine Miller

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)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 crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....




Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for this eARC. Let me just say that my words won't do this book justice, so I dare you to read it and see for yourself how Katie McGarry knocks this out of the park


What I loved: This a heartrending story about of love, forgiveness and learning how to trust. Beth and Ryan are the kind of characters who tug at your heart strings right off the bat, making it virtually impossible not to route for them. They're raw and edgy yet completely relateable and are supported by a cast of characters who want to see both them reach their full potential.  

Beth is a force to be reckoned with and I.loved.her. despite her potty mouth. ;)


Ryan puts the "swoon" in swoonilicious and the fact that he still had his rookie card had me doing this. --->

  









What left me wanting: My heart broke for Isaiah but I know his story is coming and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

Final verdict: I dare you to read this. I double dog dare you to read it and NOT love it! *whispers* Especially Ryan.

Favorite quote:
“I like you. I. Like. You. I'll admit you're annoying. Sometimes you agitate me to the brink of insanity, but you can throw it back at me like no one else. When you laugh, I want to laugh. When you smile, I want to smile. Hell, I want to be the one to make you smile.” 

Review also posted at YABC.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken HeartsAuthor: Sarah Ockler
Publication: May 21, 2013
By: Simon Pulse
4 STARS

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 Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.


Thank you Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for this eARC.

What I loved: I expected this to be just another tragic love story between a "good girl" and a "bad boy" but instead, I found a story that focused on the bonds of family and the heartbreak that comes from watching a disease slowly steal someone you love, one precious memory at a time. 

I enjoyed these characters and the witty banter had me laughing at loud. Jude is smart, funny and determined not to be swayed by the tall, dark and temptuous, Emilio Vargas and she fails, hilariously. Jude quickly learns that despite her sisters' warnings about the Vargas men, Emilio is nothing like his older brothers.  He's definitely cute and wastes no time trying to charm her but Emilio also possesses a unique level of compassion that even her closest friends aren't able to provide. He sees the good, the bad and the ugly that is her daily life and he doesn't run screaming for the hills. *smooshes Emilio*   He's patient and understanding but Emilio also calls her out on her "stuff" as he tries to make her see that life is meant to be lived, here and now.  

When everything comes to a head, Jude will have to decide for herself what and who she's going to live for but deciding is only half the battle, actually living will require risk, but it's always a risk worth taking. 

What left me wanting: I didn't want it to end but I loved the way it did! 

Final verdict: There are two kinds of people in this world, the kind that read this beautiful, heart wrenching story of family, first loves and learning what it really means to live, and those who don't.  

Review also posted at YABC.
 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!

Do you know any real-life heroines?

Heroine; a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.


HARLEQUIN'S MORE THAN WORDS AWARDS, 2014:

Each year, the Harlequin More Than Words award is given to three women who have worked hard to change people’s lives for the better. Inspired by their accomplishments, Harlequin donates $15,000 to each winner's charity of choice and then pairs each winner with a bestselling Harlequin author who turns her story into a novella that's released to the public as a free e-book.

Nominations for the 2014 awards have just opened and will be open until August 9th. To nominate someone you know who is making a difference in the world, or to nominate yourself, you need to submit a few sentences on the nominee, the charity she's involved in, what inspires her and how she's inspiring others. 


The nomination form is available here:
http://www.harlequinmorethanwords.com/nominate/

Nominations close in August and entrants are narrowed down to 5 finalists 
Public votes for 3 winners in November
Winners are announced in December
*honored through the $15,000 donation
*the novella written about them
*feature coverage on Harlequin's site!

It's a great program to honor all of the women who spend their time and energy doing things for others and might not be getting the recognition they deserve!


Want to read about the 2012 winners? 
Click the link below to download the 3 ebooks for free. 

- Good Neighbors by Sheila Roberts (inspired by Sally Spencer, who manages a mentoring program that rescues at-risk children)
- Just Joe by Carla Cassidy (inspired by Helen McGovern, who oversees Emergency Food Network, a food bank that serves all county residents, including those with health restrictions)
- Light This Candle by Cindy Dees (inspired by Mindy Atwood, who runs Patches of Light, a nonprofit organization where anonymous angels pay the rent for parents of desperately ill children)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Belonging (Temptation #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

Belonging (Temptation, #2)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 the Amish as Rose adjusts to her new life. Everyone expects her to fail and even Noah begins to have his doubts but her willingness to prove herself is admirable. Rose and Noah have their issues but I found them enjoyable and their struggle to balance the Amish old-fashioned ways with their desires was entertaining.

What left me wanting: I wanted to love this, I really did, but the insta-love that happened in Temptation, bordered on obsession and the drama wore on me after a while. I know the Amish have their issues but I was hoping for more HEA and less, "Dateline Special". The ending didn't surprise me at all which was a bit of a letdown.


Final verdict: If you loved Temptation, you 'll no doubt enjoy this sequel.

Review also posted at YABC.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS...
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK, STOP READING. 
I predict this series will end with:
*Rose and Noah getting married especially under the circumstances.
*They will go live among the Mennonites which would be a compromise of both worlds. 
*There will be plenty of shunning from both families before Rose and Noah finally get their HEA.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Spirit (Elemental, #3)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 in a trust fall. Brigid Kemmerer never fails to disappoint though, nor is she afraid to kick you in the feels, sometimes managing to make you laugh in the process. (Sometimes. Other times, she makes you cry like a little girl.)  


All of her characters have their own distinct voice and deal with issues that are easily relateable, Hunter is no exception. His struggle to not only to figure out who he is but where he fits in among the other Elementals is equal parts funny and gut-wrenching.  Hunter isn't your average teen but he still has a lot to learn about love, trust and friendship and who better than the Merrick brothers to impart those lessons, whether in word, deed or punch to the face. 

As with her other books, Brigid Kemmerer gives us fast-paced action, suspense, seamless alternate POV's and kissing. She even dangles an almost-but-not-quite-happily-ever-after in front of you like a carrot (or in my case, a cupcake, because a carrot? Seriously?) and just when you think Hunter will get his, WHAM!  However, before the story ends, you realize that Hunter may have found the one thing he didn't even realize he was looking for. 


What left me wanting: The cover model is cute, but I still want to see a picture of Hunter inked up and pierced. I'm pretty sure a cover like that would make me do this ---> O.O

Final verdict: Thank you Brigid Kemmerer for convincing me I could love Hunter as much as those Merrick brothers!

Favorite quote(s):  "I am going to stare at you until you respond. O.O"
"Why do you have earrings in your face?"
 
Review also posted at YABC. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Breathless (Elemental #2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Breathless (Elemental, #2.5)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 because they're so effortless and easy to follow. She isn't afraid to throw in a twist or two either which keeps the story fresh and engaging.

What left me wanting: I was a little heartbroken to discover I never stood a chance with this Merrick. You know, assuming I was a badars seventeen year old fictional character who stood a chance with any of them, but still. ;)

Final verdict: This novella is a Nick appetizer, just enough to hold us over until his full book comes out next year and worth every morsel.

Review also posted at YABC.





Friday, April 12, 2013

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
worse.

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
her.

Dez's father is willing to throw away everything he has to keep Dez from getting
the cure—including the one thing that might tear her apart from the inside out.


Find Tremble




Exclusive Excerpt
“I told them you wouldn’t come alone. Yet here you are,” Kale’s dark voice said
from the doorway. “You’re an odd one.”

“You don’t realize it, but coming from you, that’s kinda funny,” I said, swallowing
hard and turning to face him. The light from the hall lit the entire right side of his
face, leaving the left cloaked in darkness. Two sides of the same dangerous coin.
I wanted to back away but resisted, meeting his gaze straight on. My Kale was in
there somewhere—and he could sense weakness. “Did you kill her?”


“She’s dead.”


“I figured as much,” I said, jaw tense. Another step closer. “But I’m asking
if you did it.” 


He cocked his head to the left and I could see his expression. Confusion.
“You asked the same thing about the other girl. Why does it matter?”

“Because it does. It matters to you, too. You just don’t remember.”

He took another step. Inches. He was inches from me now, the warmth
from his body radiating like the sun. Every one of my muscles plunged into an all-
out war with my heart. Common sense screamed for me to match his steps
forward with ones away. Keep your distance—he’s dangerous!

My heart wanted to move closer. I wanted this to all be nothing more than a bad
dream.

“I feel like...when I look at you—” He shook his head and placed a hand on
either side of me, up against the mattress, and brought his face close to mine. For
the longest moment all he did was stare. When he did speak, there was so much
rage in his voice. “You stabbed me. When that didn’t do the trick, you pushed me
from the bridge. I’m asking you why?”

“I never did that, Kale. No one’s ever pushed you from a bridge as far as I
know. I promise. As for the scar, yeah. You were stabbed. Alex did it.”

“You’re lying, Kiernan.”

“I’m not. And my name is Dez,” I said, voice cracking under the weight of
his words. “Deznee.” I wasn’t ready to give up, so I went with what had always
worked for me. Something insane.

Pushing forward, I crushed my lips to his, wrapping both arms around his
neck to lock him in place. He didn’t resist and, to my surprise, didn’t shove me
away. Instead, after a moment, he responded, his lips moving fervently with
mine.

The kiss only lasted a few moments. I was the one who broke it, pulling
away as the clouds passed, allowing the moonlight to shine through the bedroom
window once again. For a second, neither of us said a word. His cheeks glistened
with my tears, making it look like he’d been crying, too, as he stared—eyes wide
and mouth agape—like he’d never seen me before.

For a crazy, insane moment, time froze. I thought maybe the kiss had
done the trick. That this time the princess had woken the prince. He looked at me
with a mix of shock and awe, the tiniest hint of my Kale gleamed through. My
heart pounded so loudly I could barely hear anything else. It was there. I could
see the spark in his eyes. “Kale?”

But it didn’t last. Or maybe it hadn’t been there at all. Maybe I wanted to
see it so badly that I imagined the whole thing.

His lips parted and the corners tilted upward just a hair. “Roz is right. You
are crazy.”


About The Author
Jus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to
follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to
the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay
with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing.

Jus is the bestselling author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction.

A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three
dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch was released in
November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is currently working on the next
book in the Denazen series.







Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication: April 30, 2013
By: Harlequin Teen
5 STARS!/A MUST READ

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 characters are complex, flawed yet easily relateable. I was sucked right back into Allie's world and I held my breath in anticipation throughout most of it as I watched Allie and company in their bloody and often violent journey for the cure.

Allie has become one of my very favorite heroines, she is an amazing mix of strength, courage and vulnerability and she's constantly striving to do the right thing despite what it may cost her. I enjoyed getting to know Kanin more and even Jackal, the smart-mouth bloodsucker who is exactly how I imagine a vampire to be.

Sarren, however, is the epitome of evil and I hope Allie guts him like a fish in the end! Yeah, I said it. COME AT ME SARREN! *hides behind Allie and her giant sword*

Then there is Zeke...I fell in lurve with Preacher Boy Ezekiel Crosse in book one and sweet baby bloodbags, he is even MORE perfect in this sequel! Zeke really is a light in Allie's dark world and the one person who has the ability to see past all that she despises about herself to the heart of her and his selfless bravery is no match even for the most evil of creatures.

What left me wanting:
There are NO WORDS for the final chapters of this book... NO.WORDS. *clutches chest*

Final verdict: Fans of THE IMMORTAL RULES will not be disappointed, but you should prepare yourselves because this book is like a stab in the feels with a katana.

Favorite quote:
"You're not evil...No one who fights so hard to do the right thing is evil." 


Review also posted at YABC.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013


 Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!
 This is my stop on The Wanderer Blog Tour.


About the Book
The Wanderer (Thunder Point, #1)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 complicated when he meets local coast guard Sarah Dupre and her younger brother, Landon. With the whole town watching for his next move, Coop must choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home….



My Thoughts
What I liked: Robyn Carr gives the reader a unique male protagonist in Cooper - he's a man's man who does what he wants, when he wants, but he isn't a jerk about it which was refreshing. He's a positive role model, a good friend and a swoonworthy love interest. I enjoyed the women of Thunder Falls too and yeah, they have issues but they aren't so broken that they require a man to "fix" them. Instead, they're a good blend of strength and vulnerability. The Wanderer is told from multiple points of view, all of which flow together seamlessly while still maintaining a distinct voice.

What left me wanting: I didn't want the story to end. :)

Final verdict: Fabulous start to a new series!

Favorite quote:
"I'm not going to push you, crowd you or worry you. I'm just going to love you...until you trust me enough to get your dreams back." <-- swoonilicious right there."


About the Author

A RITA award-winning author of 25 novels, Robyn Carr has found a whole new following with her stories about the independent women and former marines of Virgin River."

RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Contemporary Romance.


You can find out more about Robyn at the following links:






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Monday, April 8, 2013

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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

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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 nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded. 

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right- now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls. When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.    


 About the Author
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I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?