1/31/2013

JANUARY Stacking The Shelves / In My Mailbox

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted Tynga's Reviews. This is an opportunity for bloggers to show the books they're adding to their shelves, physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrowed from friends or the library, review books, gifts and eBooks. 


In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. It gives book bloggers the opportunity to show which books they have received, bought, won, or borrowed.

If you want to participate in either memes be sure to drop by their sites and link back to their posts!


I've decided to combine these two posts because Nicole and Michelle of The Twins Read inspired me.  (Heh. Hi!) Basically, Stacking the Shelves features books I've bought/borrowed, ebooks for review, eARCs, eBooks won/given as a gift and galleys. In My Mailbox features stuff I received in the mail like physical copies of books or swag. I'll only be doing this at the end of every month from now on. It's less work for me. ;-)
On to the good stuff!

STACKING THE SHELVES

I included Unearthly by mistake. It's supposed to be part of IMM.
BOUGHT
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Divergent by Veronica Roth

GIFT
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (thanks, Mom!)
Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa de la Cruz (thanks, Dad!)

WON



Books by Emma Raveling:
Whirl (Ondine Quartet #1)
Billow (Ondine Quartet #2)
Chevalier (Ondine Quartet #3)
Warrior Prince (Ondine Quartet #4)


Blue Moon (Holloway Pack #2) by J.A. Belfield
Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman (Which also happens to be for review... long story)
I Have People by Taylor Dean

FOR REVIEW
E-copies sent by the authors in exchange for an honest review




Math City by Ahmad Amani
Advantage Erin by Kris Kreisman
Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes

ARCs
Advance Reading Copies sent by the publishers via NetGalley
in exchange for an honest review




The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
Starseed by Liz Gruder
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry --- SQUEEE!!! :D
My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1) by Tellulah Darling 

IN MY MAILBOX

GIFT


Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (thanks, Nicole! xo)

WON


Signed bookmarks and posters from Emma Raveling

Awesome, awesome month! 
Looking forward to an even better February! Wuhoo!

1/30/2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday #8: Walking Disaster

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that features upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on.

My pick this week is...


Title: Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Expected Publication: April 2nd 2013

Synopsis: Walking Disaster is Travis' POV.

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

What are you waiting on? :-)
If you want to participate in the meme, go to Jill's page to add your post's link.

1/29/2013

The Voice Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway (INT)


Title: The Voice
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication date: January 29th, 2013

During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.

Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works—until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build.

Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it’s the same voice that she turns to—a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.

Gripping and tastefully told, The Voice is a story of healing, trust, and courage. 

EXCERPT
from Chapter 1


Lying in the dark cabin, I tried not to think about the foul smell of body odor mixed with the stench of urine. I tried not to think about how hungry I was, or when I would eat again. About the plastic zip ties cutting into my wrists, or the spider crawling up my arm. I kept trying and failing. There was nothing to do but think.

Audrey? he spoke in my mind.

“Here,” I replied, still not understanding who or what the voice was, hoping I wasn’t going crazy. Though, after what I had been through, crazy wasn’t too far off. Instead, I focused on what the voice was saying. After weeks of being stuck here, he was the only thing keeping me grounded and giving me hope.

I need you to do something for me.

He sounded drained. “Are you okay?” I asked.

Scream.

“What?”

I need you to scream as loud as you can. Now, Audrey! Scream!

Bill had left the cabin only five minutes earlier, and I was afraid to make any noise. What if he was still outside and heard me? Would he come back in? I was so sore and bruised that I couldn’t handle anymore.

Scream! he urged.

Finally trusting the voice, I sucked in a deep breath, closed my eyes, and screamed as loud as I could. At first I sounded like a cat that was being strangled, the sound barely audible and grating on my ears. But I kept trying, and the noise transformed into something loud and fierce.

Yell the word “help.”

“HELP!” My throat was raw, but that didn’t stop me. I took all of my hurt and anger, and used those emotions for the energy needed to sustain the scream.

Then a thumping came from the other room—maybe the front door. My body shuddered. Shimmying to the edge of the mattress, I tried to stand, but my legs gave out, and I fell to the rough, wooden floor, landing on my knees. With bound hands, I inched my way to the corner of the room, as far away from the door as possible.

Keep screaming!

I wanted to curl into a ball and disappear, but I did what the voice said and let out a shrill, loud cry for help. The sound bounced off the walls, echoing.

Wood shattered in the other room. I kept yelling, wishing that I had the power to destroy Bill with my scream.

The doorknob twisted. Please don’t hurt me again . . . please don’t touch me . . . no more, please. No more.
The door exploded open. Instead of Bill, there stood three hunters dressed in camouflage and bright orange vests. One held a shotgun, and another held an axe. I froze in horror. The men looked at one another and then back at me.

Audrey, tell them who you are. Your name.

“I’m Audrey Marshall. Please help me.”

“The kidnapped girl?” the older guy on the right asked. I nodded. “I’m calling 9-1-1. You’re going to be all right now,” he said reassuringly, his cell phone already at his ear.

“Thank you,” I whispered to the voice. But he didn’t respond.

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About the author
Jennifer Anne Davis 

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her high school sweetheart, worked as a legal assistant, and taught high school English. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

The Voice is her first novel.

CONTACT INFORMATION

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GIVEAWAY TIME!
  • One winner will be chosen
  • The winning entry will be verified
  • Prize: Kindle copy of The Voice (note: If a winner does not have an eReader, they can download the Kindle app for free for PC/Mac, iPhone, or iPad.)
  • Open internationally
  • Giveaway ends 2/19/13, 12am EST

Cover Reveal: The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

Title: The Only Exception
Author: Magan Vernon
Formats:  E-book, 272 pages
Publisher: Beautifully Broken Books
Expected Publication: April 9th, 2013

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.


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About the author
Magan Vernon

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman. 


CONTACT INFORMATION

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Teaser Tuesday #5

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading 
and slightly altered by Coffee, Books & Lipgloss

Basically a CBL TEASER TUESDAY works like this
  • Grab your current read
  • Share 2 “teaser” sentences from a random page or a part you rather enjoyed and post it as a teaser.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away; you don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  • As an option, you can give a short snippet of what you think so far... or not. That's optional.
  • Share the TITLE and AUTHOR too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
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Title: After Forever Ends
Authors: Melodie Ramone
Release Date: October 1st 2012 by Gingersnap Press
Buy It: Amazon
Add it to your TR List:


TEASER

There was never a question as to Oliver and me being together. I don't think anyone had any questions about us; we were just as natural as the sky and earth. 


Oliver's face came close to mine.

He kissed me. It was quick, smooth, and square on the lips. I felt my face go redder. I dropped my eyes and continued to chew my chocolate.

Oliver looked away casually and then turned back, "That was nice. I think you got more chocolate than I did. May I have another?"

I nodded and held out the candy bar.

That wasn't what he was talking about.

My Opinion So Far

Let me begin by saying this is one very long book. I liked how it started and the characters introduced so far but, like I always say every Tuesday, it's too soon to really form any solid opinion about it. I'll keep posting updates on Goodreads so you can just check there if you're curious. 
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*Reader's you can hop on to the next link to get more teasers 



1/27/2013

Book Review: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: October 26th 2010
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”


So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?



Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

1/26/2013

daynight Blog Tour: Book Review and Giveaway

Title: daynight
Author: Megan Thomason
Genre: Young Adult SciFi, Dystopia
Format: Paperback, 324 pages
Published by: Createspace
Published: November 26th 2012 (first published November 13th 2012)
Buy it: Amazon

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.

1/25/2013

Feature and Follow #5

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Q: What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

A: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. It took a while for me to get into the story but once I got to the point where all the magic happened, I never stopped reading it. I literally stayed up all night to finish it even if I had classes the next day. I tried going to sleep but it's like my tablet was calling me so I kept opening it. It was always "one more chapter" but you know how it is. It can never be just one more chapter. Lovely set of characters, engaging story line, overall great book. ;) (My review of The Sea of Tranquility: CLICK)

Leave a link to your Feature and Follow post and I'll check it out!
Oh and... I follow back. ;-)

1/24/2013

Liebster Blog Award #3

I would like to thank Melanie of YA Midnight Reads for "nominating" me. I really appreciate it ;-)

I'll deviate from the Liebster Blog Award rules for and just answer the questions. I'm sorry for not playing by the rules but it's so much work :-( I'll nominate 11 bloggers in a different Liebster post but I'm afraid I can't nominate every time. I might run out of people to nominate. Heh (I'm serious)



The rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees;

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs) (opting out of this one for now... sorry)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.


Questions from Melanie:


1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
The simplest grammar mistakes people consistently make but shouldn't. (e.g. you're/your, their/they're) I really don't want to be a grammar Nazi anymore but it still bothers me!

2. What do you like to do other than reading?
Watch/catch up on TV series: 2 Broke Girls, Grey's Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Pretty Little Liars, Modern Family, Suits

3. Do you have a habit of buying lots and lots of books?
Yes! Lately it's like I keep giving myself excuses to buy a book. Usually it's, "I'm sad. I need a new book."

4. What is your guilty obsession?
Justin Bieber's music. Don't get me wrong, I don't like Justin Bieber the person/celebrity. I just like his music. Not his music videos. Just his music. (Please don't judge me. Ha)

5. Do you have a piercing?
Just one on each earlobe.

6. Are you a morning person?
Definitely not. I'm usually crankier in the morning.

7. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard?
I can't really answer this one because the funniest joke I've heard is in Filipino. So... yeah, attempting to make it sound as funny, or even just funny in English would only be tragic. LOL

8. What is your favourite childhood book?
From The Files of Madison Finn

9. Do you still like to watch children's TV shows?
Of course! I'm 20 (turning 21 this year) and I think I'll never get tired of 'em.

10. How long do you spend blogging a day?
Err... I usually take too long like 4 or 5 hours because I can never focus on just one thing.

11. Do you think that dogs are better than cats?
Yeahuh! I have 6 dogs, by the way. So I'm very biased.


11 Random Facts About Me

1. I watch Friends while eating a bowl of instant noodles whenever I'm really really sad.

2. I own a Dell phone and I'm in love with it.

3. I think Mandy Moore is DA BOMB.

4. I love reading books by indie authors.

5. I love listening to indie music.

6. Woah does that make me a hipster?

7. I once tried not using emoticons ('haha's too) for one week. It freaked my friends out because they can never tell whether I'm pissed or not... and I loved every minute of it.

8. The next time I visit the bookstore I'll get either Anna and The French Kiss, Splintered, or The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. I've read ANTFK and DUFF but I enjoyed them so much I want a physical copy of it. As for Splintered, I haven't read it... need I say more?

9. I hate roller coaster rides.

10. It stresses me out just thinking about Shutter Island's ending.

11. That reminds me. I didn't know Shutter Island's actually a book.



What is the Liebster Blog Award?

I was really curious to find out what this was exactly seeing that there wasn't any sort of link to its host site. I did a bit of research (no really I just Googled it and clicked the first hit) and I found Sopphey's blog entry. Apparently she also wanted to find out what the Liebster Blog Award was after being nominated three times.

Having read her post, I say this is still a fun way to reach out to other bloggers. It's a bit time consuming but I think it's a nice gesture "nominating" someone. It's more like featuring blogs than anything else. The "award" in the title can be misleading. Oops. You may opt not to do the same but if you happen to pay it forward, good for you! Making blogger friends is fun!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! ;-)

Book Review: The Color of Grace by Linda Kage


Title: The Color of Grace
Author: Linda Kage
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback, 333 pages; eBook
Published: September 1st 2012 by Whiskey Creek Press (first published August 1st 2012)
Buy it: Amazon
Download Excerpt: Goodreads

When my mother remarried after thirteen years of being a widow, I had to move to a new town and enroll in a new school. Suddenly thrust into an entirely different kind of life, I just wanted to go home. I didn’t want to meet new people, didn’t want to leave my old friends, didn’t want to become a third wheel to my mom and her husband….and I really didn’t want to see Ryder Yates again. Ugh, I still don’t know why I turned down that too-good-to-be-true boy who flirted with me when we were attending separate schools.

But honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was worse.

Who knew becoming lost in a new life could help a girl find her true colors?

1/23/2013

"Waiting On Wednesday" #7: The Collector


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that features upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on.

My pick this week is...

Title: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
Author: Victoria Scott
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Expected Publication: April 2nd, 2013

Synopsis: He makes good girls...bad. 

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big, red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

What are you waiting on? :-)
If you want to participate in the meme, go to Jill's page to add your post's link.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Grimm Diaries Prequels 7-10


BB Book Tours

Grimm Diaries Prequels 7 - 10 by Cameron Jace
Expected publication: Jan 16, 2013
Buy It: Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong? 

Warning: these Grimm Prequels are like snap shots of a magical land you're about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again. 

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm 

The first book in the Series will be out in February 2013, called SNOW WHITE SORROW

Series Description: 

The Grimm Diaries are pages written in a Book of Sand, where each fairy tale character confessed the true stories once altered by the Brothers Grimm two centuries ago. To keep the truth about fairy tales hidden, the Brothers Grimm buried the characters in their dreams to never wake up again. But the curse is broken now, and the characters are allowed to wake up every one hundred years. They intend to tell the truth about really happened, and about an untold cosmic conflict between fairy tale characters.

Grimm Diaries 7-10 

Grimm Diaries 1-6
Buy It: Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)


Snow White Sorrow
Expected publication: February 2013 by Akmal Eldin Farouk Ali Shebl

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.
Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White… living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever



GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prizes:
The Grimm Prequels 1-6 & the Grimm Prequels 7-10
PLUS the first reader who follows Cameron Jace's Facebook page will get the first release date of Snow White Sorrow when it will be for 0.99 for one day!



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About the author
Cameron Jace

Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters

I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV – it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.

I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

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