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Vivian Apple At The End Of The World by Katie Coyle

Series: Vivian Apple #1
Author: Katie Coyle
Published: January 6, 2015
By: HMH Books for Young Readers
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4 Stars

Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. 

With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.


*ARC scored at the NCTE Convention in D.C. back in November*
I'll be honest, I wasn't too sure what I was getting myself into when I picked this one up but the synopsis intrigued me. I was expecting a religious satire and while this does poke fun at the …

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Winter Sea by Di Morressy

Author: Di Morressy
Publication: December 30, 2014
By: St. Martin's Griffin 
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3 Stars

Escaping an unhappy marriage and an unsatisfactory job, Cassie Holloway moves to the little Australian coastal town of Whitby Point. There she meets the Aquino family, whose fishing business was founded by their ancestor, Giuseppe, an Italian immigrant, some ninety years before. 

Life for Cassie on the south west coast is sweet as she sets up a successful restaurant and falls in love with Giuseppe's great grandson Michael. But when the family patriarch dies, a devastating family secret is revealed which threatens to destroy her dreams. Cassie's future happiness now rests with her quest for the truth.



* I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
The cover is what initially caught my interest and this was my first Di Morrissey book.

Set against the backdrop of the Australian coast, THE WINTER SEA is part historical fic…

BLOG TOUR: Make It Last by Megan Erickson

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, this is my stop on the Make It Last Blog Tour!
Title: Make it Last
Author: Megan Erickson
SeriesBowler University #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: January 6th, 2014 by William Morrow Impulse
4 Stars!
After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.

Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.

The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to …

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne Of Glass #3
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Published: October 14, 2014
By: Brilliance Audio/Listening Library

Celaena Sardothien, heroine of theNew York Times bestselling series, rises from the ashes to burn even brighter than before.

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers and listeners all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third audioboo…

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

Author: Jojo Moyes
Publication: August 26, 2014
By: Penguin Books
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3 Stars


From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, a surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town on the verge of unwelcome change

Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves—if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel.

The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love—never deserve to love—again.

For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal—an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for develop…

ROAD TRIP: Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry

Thanks for stopping by Jenuine Cupcakes! I'm excited to be a stop on the Breaking The Rules Road Trip Tour. 
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.
For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so . . . different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who's never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything--except the one thing Echo's just not ready for.
But when the source of Echo's constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants--even as foster kid Noah's search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.
Now, with one week left bef…

Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

UNTIL MIDNIGHT is here…and it’s FREE!

Happy Holidays, everyone! I’m Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series, and I have a present for you—a brand new e-short from Disney Hyperion!

UNTIL MIDNIGHT takes place onboard an intergalactic transport, soon after ALIENATED ends and before the sequel INVADED begins. The story details Aelyx and Cara’s last day together before he returns to Earth to mend the alliance and she continues to his home planet. It’s sweet and romantic, and as a bonus, it includes a four-chapter preview of the sequel, which releases February 3rd.

Oh, and did I mention the best part? IT’S FREE!

You can download UNTIL MIDNIGHT from the following e-tailers:

Kindle | Nook | iBooks |Kobo | Google Play

*If you live outside the USA, no worries. I’ve uploaded the story to Scribd for you. (The only downside is it doesn’t include the bonus preview chapters, due to technical reasons from the publisher.) Link: http://www.scribd.com/AuthorMelissaLanders





Melissa Landers writes roma…

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner

Author: Sarah Rayner
Publication: December 23, 2014
By: St. Martin's Griffin
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3 Stars


Three people, each crying out for help.There’s Karen, about to lose her father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care, and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they’re brought together at Moreland’s Clinic.Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another, and share plenty of laughs. But how will they cope when a new crisis strikes? 

From the international bestselling author, Sarah Rayner, Another Night, Another Day is the emotional story of a group of strangers who come together to heal, creating lifelong friendships along the way.

* I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

~ My Thoughts ~
This was my first Sarah Rayner book, and while the third person present tense style took a little getting used to, the story itself is well-…

A Few Of My Favorite 2014 Books

I have a love/hate relationship with end of year posts like this because I read a lot. 
Like A LOT, A LOT.
A LOT. Asking me to narrow down the books I loved more than I love cupcakes is hard

REALLY HARD!
I'm bound to forget one.  Then that book, those characters and their author will feel bad.  And then I'll feel bad.   BUT, I love talking about books especially ones that resonated with me in one way or another. 

Here are some of the books that I read in 2014 that you should definitely check out. If you want to see all of the 230+ books I read this year, pop on over to my Goodreads page.
Notice I said"read"in 2014. Some are old, some current and some are yet to be published. I like to give you lots of options. Just like cupcake flavors.This one happens to be cookie dough.


Books I READ In 2014... Young Adult Kiss, Kill,Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Uninvited  by Sophie Jordan 

Rites Of Passage by Joy Hensley 

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler 

Infinite by Jodi Meadows (The whole …

After Us (Before & After #2) by Amber Hart

Series: Before & After #2
Author: Amber Hart
Publication: December 30, 2014
By: Kensington Teen (K-Teen)
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3 Stars
Sometimes secrets kill. Maybe slowly, maybe painfully. Maybe all at once.

Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars. Eight months after tragedy ripped her from her closest friend, Melissa is broken. Plagued by grief, rage, and the painful memory of a single forbidden kiss.

Javier has scars of his own. Life in the States was supposed to be a new beginning, but a boy obsessed by vengeance has no time for the American dream. To honor his familia, Javier joins the gang who set up his cousin, Diego. The entrance price is blood. Death is the only escape.

Two broken souls could make each other whole again—or be shattered forever.
Our time will come. And we'll be ready.
*I received this eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is the second installment in the BEFORE & AFTER books and can be read as a com…

Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day by Nick Bruel

Series: Bad Kitty 
Publication: January 6, 2015
By: Roaring Book Press
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5 Stars!

"This eight book in the popular Bad Kitty series features a day in the life of Kitty's ever-slobbering foe, Puppy"--















*I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

~ Review provided by the 10 year old ~
First Impression: Funny. Good. Hilarious.

What I Liked:I wanted to read this because I like cats. Once I started, I did want to stop until I was done. Bad Kitty is rude which I think is kind of funny. I also liked that it reads like a comic book. It was funny when Uncle Murray got yelled at by the police officer for not carrying a poop bag when he took Puppy for a walk.

I liked this book so much I started writing my own story about "Crazy Cat Mittens". 

Final Verdict: I can't wait for the next one!