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BOOK PROMO: The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Publication: July 29, 2014 St. Martin's Press  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Goodreads
Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi," is the Princess Diana of nineteenth-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse.
Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National—until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked…

All of You by Christina Lee

Series: Between Breaths #1
Author: Christina Lee
Publication: July 1st 2014 
By: Berkley/NAL Trade
3 Stars

In this powerfully emotional New Adult novel, Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor.

He’s irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.


Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she’s perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother’s bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, Avery can only handle a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking-hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won’t accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straitlaced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery, and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him to…

COVER REVEAL: Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan

YOU GUYS!  I am SO EXCITED to share this cover with you. UNINVITED is one of my FAVORITE reads of 2014 and I am DYING to read UNLEASHED!
So, here it is...
Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan Expected Publication: February 24, 2015 By: Harper Teen What if the worst thing you ever did was unforgivable?
Davy’s world fell apart after she tested positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. She was expelled from her school, dumped by her boyfriend, abandoned by friends, and shipped off to a camp that turns HTS carriers into soldiers. Davy may have escaped, but the damage has already been done. The unthinkable has happened. Now, even worse than having everyone else see her as a monster is the knowledge that they may have been right about her all along. Because Davy has killed.
On the run from government agents, Davy is rescued by Caden, the charismatic leader of an underground group of rebels. Despite Caden’s assurances that the Resistance is made up of carriers like her, Davy isn’t su…

Fast & Furious Friday + Giveaway

Welcome to another Fast & Furious Friday,  where I highlight a few of the books I've read this week.



The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston
Publication: May 20, 2014
By: Disney-Hyperion
Amazon | Goodreads 

Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.

But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he's using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it's time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemi…

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) Leigh Bardugo

Publication: June 17, 2014
By: Henry Holt
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*incoherent feels*

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she…

COVER REVEAL: Four Houses by Victoria Scott

Four Houses will be available July 22, 2014, and is an extended version of the original story published in 2011.
Cover designed by Jeremy West of Red Creative Design. A frightened girl.

An empty field.

Four houses.

Which house would you choose?

FOUR HOUSES is a dark short story told in an unusual format that leaves readers wondering how they'd react if found in the same situation as seventeen-year-old Maddy.





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GUEST REVIEW: Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* I gave it to my fourteen year old son and made him read it instead. This is his review. :)

Author: Ava Dellaira
Publication: April 1, 2014
By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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4 Stars


It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to …

BOOK PROMO + GIVEAWAY: Good Morning, Mr. Mandela by Zelda la Grange

I rarely read non-fiction, but when I was approached about this one, it sounded too interesting to resist. You can enter to win a copy at the end of this post!

GOOD MORNING, MR. MANDELAA Memoirby Zelda la Grange
Viking ▪ $28.95 ▪ Strict On-sale date: June 24, 2014 ▪ ISBN: 978-0-525-42828-2 A white Afrikaner, Zelda la Grange grew up in segregated South Africa, supporting the regime and the rules of apartheid. Her conservative family referred to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as “a terrorist.” Yet just a few years after his release and the end of apartheid, she would be traveling the world by Mr. Mandela’s side, having grown to respect and cherish the man she would come to call "Khulu," or “grandfather."

Good Morning, Mr. Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young woman’s life, beliefs, prejudices—everything she once believed—were utterly transformed by the man she had been taught was the enemy. It is the incredible journey of an awkward, terrified young…

Early Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #2
Publication: October 28, 2014
By: HarlequinTEEN
5 Stars!
Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads 

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breakin…

On The Fence by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West
Publication: July 1, 2014
By: Harper Teen 
Amazon | Goodreads 
4 Stars

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.


I'm a huge fan of…

COVER REVEAL: Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3) by Sophie Jordan

On-sale 11/18/2014 | ISBN:9780062279910
A good girl goes bad in the third and final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series—where three Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.
Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of adventure at the secret campus kink club?
In the shadowy den of the club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to the opposite sex. Now he’s telling her to go home-”good girls” don’t belong here!
Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget-…

Audiobooks: The One + Mila2.0:Renegade

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

THE ONE – unabridged
Written by Kiera Cass Performed by Amy RubinateUnabridged – 9780062324153 – Ages 13 and Up – $21.99
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The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever.  For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with, and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives. Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

To read my review of The One, click HERE.
To read my Audiobook review of The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard, click HERE.

I really enjoyed…

EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: The Homecoming by Robyn Carr

The Homecoming (Thunder Point #6) by Robyn Carr Publication: August 26, 2014 By: Harlequin MIRA 
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1644-2 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads In a small town, reputation is everything. In her latest novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores the burden placed on a young man returning home to face his mistakes—the first step in claiming the life he was meant to live ...

At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been.

Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his …