5/31/2013

MAY 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!

5/30/2013

Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels is on SALE!

Dangerous (Dangerous #1)
by Suzannah Daniels
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: March 23rd 2013
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Stone Hamilton had never known fear...until the accident. Since then, his life has spiraled out of control. He's been kicked out of private school, deemed a disappointment by his father, and forced to endure his own guilt, anger, and grief. The last thing he wants is a relationship with someone who will have expectations of him. But once he's enticed by the shimmering pink lips of the oh-so-popular, academically-excelling, straitlaced hottie from his new school, he knows he's in trouble.

Seventeen-year-old Dara Golding has one goal for the summer: make enough money to buy a car, so that she can drive to school her senior year. After starting a new job, she realizes that she'll be working with the brooding, motorcycle-riding, bad boy who started attending Quail Mountain High last year. With his less than stellar reputation, he's everything she's afraid of...and that makes him dangerous.

Their undeniable attraction has Stone struggling with his inner demons. As Dara slowly allows Stone to claim her heart, a little white lie to cover an ugly truth could determine whether she's his savior or the final straw that will break his sanity.

5/29/2013

(ARC) Book Review: September Girls by Bennett Madison

September Girls
by Bennett Madison
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: May 21st 2013 by HarperTeen
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss (thank you!)
Purchase: Barnes & Nobles | The Book Depository | Amazon
When Sam's dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he's all for it-- at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him. 

Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she's different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he's going to get her back, he'll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.

5/23/2013

The Liberator by Victoria Scott Excerpt + Giveaway


The Liberator (Dante Walker #2)
by Victoria Scott
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Help me reclassify this if I'm wrong!)
Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Entangled Teen

Bad boy, meet bad girl.

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

Today I'm very happy to share with you an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from the second book in the Dante series written by the awesome Victoria Scott. There's a giveaway too, folks! Who doesn't like giveaways? Sad people, that's who. READ ON AND GET YOUR ENTRIES IN!

V Mafia represent! Pow!
 Excerpt from THE LIBERTOR
By Victoria Scott

      When I open my eyes, the sun is trying to murder me. It’s shining on my face and making my head pound. Or maybe it’s my hangover that’s giving me the headache, but nonetheless—me and the sun?—we’re not on friendly terms.

      Charlie murmurs beside me. My arms are still wrapped around her waist, and I suddenly realize I must have crashed out in her bed last night. If Grams wakes up and finds me here, she’ll run me a bath…and toss in the toaster.

      “Morning, babe,” I whisper.


5/22/2013

I *heart* Ryan GOING UNDER Blog Tour: Guestpost + Giveaway + AND A BIRTHDAY VISIT!




Going Under 
by S.Walden
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Createspace (paperback) | Kobo
Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

5/21/2013

(ARC) Book Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby


Golden
by Jessi Kirby
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: May 14th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss (thank you!)
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

5/20/2013

Author Spotlight #7 + Giveaway: Priya Kanaparti


Dracian Legacy (Dracian #1)
by Priya Kanaparti
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Published: February 14th 2013
Purchase: Amazon
MY REVIEW of DRACIAN LEGACY
Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.

Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.

Things prove to become difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by the Goarders, humans who sold their souls, a Proxy Succubi, and the leader of the Telalians, who has been searching for her as well.

With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.

Cover Reveal: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista


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Title: Romancing the Bookworm
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Expected release date: July 9, 2013
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.

It's spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick's Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational's organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he's concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he's convinced it's a risk worth taking. What he hasn't planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

(ARC) Book Review: Alter by Lilliana Anderson


Alter
by Lilliana Anderson
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: May 16th 2013
Format Acquired: ARC from author in exchange for an honest review
Purchase: Smashwords | Amazon

During a routine meeting to discuss the welfare of one of her students, Mia is introduced to Dr Cayd Donnelly, a man so devastatingly attractive that she almost forgot to say no when he asked her out - despite her loyalty to her long term boyfriend, Eric. 

Shortly after, the usually predictable Mia becomes anything but. The change in her behaviour delights Eric, but concerns her best friend Louise when she stops signing while they talk. 

After a month of worry and frustration, Mia finally seeks professional help in a bid to discover why she is missing chunks of her memory.

From there, she discovers something about herself that is so life altering, things will never be the same for Mia again...

5/18/2013

Blogger Spotlight #7: Nuz and Rach @ Say It With Books


PROFILE

Names: Rachel Ramos, Nuzaifa Hussain
Blog Name: Say It With Books
Preferred Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Dystopian/Utopian, Realistic Fiction, Crime/Action, Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Chick Lit


Short bio:
Rach
A 19-year-old girl from the Philippines who got in a relationship with books just recently. A sucker for HEAs and book boyfriends (her favorite BB is Kellan Kyle from the Thoughtless series, by the way). She loves books but aside from that, she loves chocolates and ice creams too. (Tee hee)

Nuzaifa
Obviously a total book-a-holic with an intense love for all book-ish things. I'm an incurable e-book Hoarder (with more than 200+ unread books on my Nook & Kindle), a Blog Stalker, a Pinterest Addict Who Loves Gummy Bears, Black Coffee, Indie Nail Polish and Giveaways. I have a weakness for pretty covers, smart-ass fictional characters and Supernatural (♥Dean♥).

5/17/2013

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard


The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)
by Laura Howard
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Published: April 30th 2013 by Finding Bliss Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

Cover Reveal: Endre by ST Bende



Endre (Book II in the Elsker Saga)
by ST Bende
Release Date: September 23, 2013
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: New Adult paranormal romance

Sometimes, finding your destiny means doing the exact opposite of what The Fates have planned.

Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she's knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak -- not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming. And the gods aren't even close to ready.

5/16/2013

Blog Tour Excerpt + Giveaway: Gadget Girl by Suzanne Kamata



Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible 
by Suzanne Kamata
Publication: May 17th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS meets STONER AND SPAZ

Aiko Cassidy is fourteen and lives with her sculptor mother in a small Midwestern town. For most of her young life Aiko, who has cerebral palsy, has been her mother's muse. But now, she no longer wants to pose for the sculptures that have made her mother famous and have put food on the table. Aiko works hard on her own dream of becoming a great manga artist with a secret identity. When Aiko's mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition of her work, Aiko at first resists. She'd much rather go to Japan, Manga Capital of the World, where she might be able to finally meet her father, the indigo farmer. When she gets to France, however, a hot waiter with a passion for manga and an interest in Aiko makes her wonder if being invisible is such a great thing after all. And a side trip to Lourdes, ridiculous as it seems to her, might just change her life.

Gadget Girl began as a novella published in Cicada. The story won the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction and was included in an anthology of the best stories published in Cicada over the past ten years.

5/15/2013

Cover Reveal: Barbie World by Heidi Acosta



Barbie World by Heidi Acosta
Series: Barbie Girl, #2 
Publication date:  May 2013 
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

“One Night is all it took to change everything between Barbie and me. One night to potentially lose the girl of my dreams forever. How do I prove to her that she can trust me? That all I want to do is protect her carefully guarded heart. I need to prove to her that I want to be a part of her world. But How? ”

Dylan lost Barbie once before, now he is determined more than ever to win her heart and trust back. Easier said than done, especially with the new hot guy in town who is in a rock band and is the complete opposite of Dylan.

Barbie has been hurt beyond repair or so she thinks. It would be easier for heart to decide if she didn’t have to protect her little brother. And if Dylan would just put on a shirt! Dylan is not making this easy on her. It helps to have the distraction of the new guy in town cute bad boy Kai. But even though her heart is damaged it still knows what it wants. 

When Barbie learns she has a family and with the help of Roxie and Kai, oh and Third and Dylan. They embark on a journey to help bring Barbie closer to a past she never knew existed. 

Heidi Acosta brings you the heart felt story of friendship, love and heartbreak in the second book in of the Baby doll series Barbie World.

5/13/2013

Book Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Title: Splintered (Splintered #1)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
Format Acquired: Paperback from Fullybooked
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family.

She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


(ARC) Book Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller


The Summer I Became a Nerd
by Leah Rae Miller
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: May 7th 2013 by Entangled Teen
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher (thank you, Heather!)
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon The Book Depository

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

5/11/2013

Blogger Spotlight (Newbie Blogger Edition) #6: Aki @ Bookfests in Bed



This week I was supposed to feature the ladies from Say It With Books, Nuzaifa and Rachel, unfortunately technology was being a cranky little beyotch so they won't be joining me on the blog just yet. Not to worry though! The Blogger Spotlight continues with Aki from Bookfests in Bed!

PROFILE

Name: Aki ♥

Blog Name: Bookfests in Bed :}
Blogoversary: Okay. This one—okay, if my blog was my baby, I’d suck as a mother. I’m not sure when I made the blog itself, but I’m pretty sure that was around January 2013. My first post ever was on January 21, so (since my memory is failing me) I’d say that’s my ‘official’ blogoversary :}
Preferred Genres: It all depends on my mood, actually. In general, I like paranormal thrillers, paranormal romance, suspense thrillers, contemporary realistic fiction and romance, in general. Now, I’m into contemporary realistic fiction. I was into paranormal romance for a while. :}
Short Bio: I’ve been living for almost two decades, and I’ve discovered my love for reading way before I went to school. No, really. My mom said I threw dolls out the window as a kid, and I loved books. I still do. :”>

5/07/2013

Book Blast + Giveaway: The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette

The Tale of Mally Biddle
by M.L. LeGette
Published: November 21st 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & NobleAmazon Kindle

When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other.


Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers.

Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...

5/06/2013

Author Spotlight #6 + Giveaway: S.Walden


Going Under
by S. Walden
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Published: March 14th 2013 by Penny Press
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)

5/05/2013

daynight Book Tour: Guest Post from Megan Thomason


On Tour with Prism Book Tours...


It's time to leave Earth and cross over to the other side... it's not as far away as you think!!


Planning Ahead - continued Mortality Bites

What a weird feeling. I started daynight over 3 years ago. I spent more than 6 months writing, and way more than 6 months doing edits and rewrites. For months at a time I let it sit on the “virtual shelf” while I attended to my family and waited for inspiration to hit. Since publishing last November, I’ve promoted it around the clock—doing author interviews, guest posts, blog tours, book blasts, read to reviews, submitting for professional reviews and awards, freebies, giveaways, free promotions, paid promotions and more. It’s been exhausting and exhilarating.

5/04/2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon



A Different Blue
by Amy Harmon
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: March 27th 2013
Format Acquired: Ebook from the author
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is.  She doesn't know her real name or when she was born.  Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old.  At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on in life, she is just a senior in high school.  With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are.  Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

Blogger Spotlight #5: Kate @ Reading Under the Willow Tree


PROFILE

Name: Kate
Blog Name: Reading Under the Willow Tree
Blogoversary: 10th May
Preferred Genres: Romance, YA, Dystopian, Historical, Science Fiction, Horror, Crime…pretty much everything

Short Bio: My name is Kate and I run Reading Under the Willow Tree.  I am a 26 year old student who is studying for a degree in Environmental Science.  In my spare time I like to read and decided to start this blog to share my love of books with the world.  I will read pretty much anything from YA to Adult and Comedy to Horror. I live in the South of England near London. I love sport and if you follow me on Twitter you will often see me twitting passionately about it.  Please do not be afraid of my shouty cap tweets. I also love music and movies  I am a bit of a nerd, I like comic books and superheroes. I like zombies and Japanese horror, one of my dreams it to go to SDCC

5/03/2013

Cover Reveal: Sleeper by S.M. Johnston




Title: Sleeper (Book I in the Toy Soldiers series)
Author: S. M. Johnston
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: NA speculative fiction

After a life saving heart transplant, eighteen-year-old Mishca Richardson is plagued by nightmares and an urgent desire to find her birth parents, which she puts down to post-operation depression. But her new heart seems to bring more than a second chance at life in the form of speed, strength and love at first sight.

5/02/2013

Book Review: Tainted Love by Eva Márquez

Tainted Love (Sweetest Taboo #2)
by Eva Márquez
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: March 5th 2013 by Terra-Mia Press
Format Acquired: Ebook in exchange for an honest review
Purchase: Amazon

“My name is Isabel Cruz, and I’m nineteen years old, almost twenty. I go to Lincoln University where I’m majoring in English. I’m a straight-A student, and I know what I’m doing with my life, but things weren’t always that way. Or rather, I’ve always known what I wanted, and it just hasn’t always gone along with society’s views. In high school, I had an affair with my swim coach. I wanted him, and I took what I wanted. We were together until I graduated, but he had a wife and kids, and I left him behind to come here. I left everything behind to come here. At least that’s what I thought.”

Isabel was never like the other girls at her school in the sleepy town of Hillside, California. At sixteen she fell in love with Tom, a married swim coach at Royal Oaks High School; their exhilarating and sultry affair continuing in secret for several years. Finally, Isabel realized that her own future had to come first, but even after relocating to Washington, D.C. to study at Lincoln University, she finds herself still wracked by guilt over jeopardizing the happiness and security of Tom’s young family. Now almost in her twenties and desperate to start a new chapter in her life, free from past controversies, Isabel will once again find that her beauty and precociousness will captivate another older man, this time a professor at her university. Confronted by this burgeoning affair, Isabel realizes just how deeply she still loves Tom and, in spite of the disapproval of her hometown community, her feelings become too strong to deny.

When Isabel returns to Hillside, reunited with Tom, she feels herself falling for him all over again, only this time with the tantalizing promise that things could really work out for them, especially since she is no longer the naive teen she used to be. But all is not as it seems; Isabel begins to hear rumors about Tom’s involvement with other girls at Royal Oaks High. Quickly this salacious gossip leaks to the local media and the authorities begin to investigate the claims. Only then does the true gravity of Isabel’s misguided choices begin to profoundly affect those around her and threaten to derail her life completely.

Tainted Love is the thrilling follow up to Sweetest Taboo by Eva Marquez, and rejoins Isabel Cruz as she tries to put her complex and forbidden romance with Tom behind her. Written from the perspectives of both Isabel and Tom, the irrational and desperate love they share is brought to vivid life by Marquez. Inspired by the conviction of one of her former high school teachers for sexual misconduct with a minor, it addresses a poignant modern taboo, one that is becoming increasingly common in the US, with unnerving insight and precision. Tainted Love is a must read for young adults, their parents and all fans of romantic fiction.


5/01/2013

APRIL 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!


Book Review: Sweetest Taboo by Eva Márquez

Sweetest Taboo (Sweetest Taboo #1)
by Eva Márquez
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: October 1st 2012 by Terra-Mía Press (first published September 18th 2012)
Format Acquired: Kindle copy, won
Purchase: Amazon

Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart.

This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.

Join Isabel as she makes her way through this dark love story, hiding from teachers, lying to her parents, and defying the authorities to make a life with the man she loves. Watch as she discovers the wonders of love and romance, and the terrible betrayal of jealous friends. And cry with her when she learns the hard truth about life and the people in her world. 

Sweetest Taboo is inspired by the true and tragic stories of students who fall in love with their teachers, and live with the hard truths of forbidden romances. In a world full of after-school specials on sexual predators, this touching book seeks a different path, casting both student and teacher in a gentle light, and showing that true love may lie at the base of even the most illicit romance.

When I'm Gone


I just thought I'd share this video of me singing the Cup Song from Pitch Perfect while I'm busy fighting procrastination. I really should have 2 reviews up by now but I'm just so so so lazy. It's Labor Day today in the Philippines and that means I get a day off from my internship. This is the first time I'm actually able to appreciate the holiday because I've never gone to work before. AND BOY DO I APPRECIATE THE DAY OFF.

Book Blast + Giveaway: The Newstead Project by Melanie Schulz

The Newstead Project by Melanie Schulz
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Expected Publication: May 1st 2013 by Black and White Publishing Co.
Purchase: Amazon | Amazon Kindle


the giant.

Joel Cranston shouldn’t exist. He just doesn’t know that yet. He’s lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you’ve ever played normal. Normal ends the day Newstead shows up with an invitation to come to their school.

the school.
Newstead is a private high school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It’s a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn’t exist while you train them to become tomorrow’s rulers, tomorrow’s dictators, tomorrow’s gods.

the unexpected.
Rachel Newell thinks she’s just passing through. She never stays any place more than four months and with Newstead so close to Weston, she has even more reason to make this her shortest stop ever. The last thing she expects is to have a reason to stay.
Together Rachel and Joel uncover the truth behind what is

the newstead project.