7/30/2013

Three-Blog Hop Wrap Up Review + Giveaway: Since You Asked by Maurene Goo



Since You Asked
by Maurene Goo
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: June 25th 2013 by Scholastic
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher/Jess of The Reading Nook (thank you!!!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
No, no one asked, but Holly Kim will tell you what she thinks anyway.

Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim is the copyeditor for her high school's newspaper. When she accidentally submits an article that rips everyone to shreds, she gets her own column and rants her way through the school year. Can she survive homecoming, mean-girl cliques, jocks, secret admirers, Valentine's Day, and other high school embarrassments, all while struggling to balance her family's traditional Korean values?

In this hilarious debut, Maurene Goo takes a fresh look at trying to fit in without conforming to what's considered "normal" in high school and how to manage parental expectations without losing one's individuality...or being driven insane.

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Published: November 15th 2011 by Harper
Format Acquired: (Signed) Paperback from Louisse of The Soul Sisters (thank you!!!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

7/29/2013

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Format Acquired: Paperback from Fullybooked
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

7/28/2013

Trailer Blast + Giveaway (US Only): Dare Me by Eric Devine



Dare Me trailer

Dare Me
by Eric Devine
Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Running Press Kids
Pre-order: Amazon
When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?

7/27/2013

Kiera Cass Book Signing (National Book Store)

A week from now.... ;-)


National Book Store brings “The Selection” author Kiera Cass to Manila

New York Times bestselling author Kiera Cass of The Selection trilogy is coming to Manila for book signing events on August 3 at 4 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1 and on August 4 at 3 pm in the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu.

Described as “a cross between The Hunger Games… and The Bachelor” by Publishers Weekly, The Selection tells the story of America Singer who is chosen to be one of the 35 girls to compete in the Selection to win the heart of Prince Maxon and be Illea’s next queen. For America, at first, being Selected is a nightmare—she has to leave her secret love Aspen, a caste below her, and to live in a palace that is threatened by violent rebel attacks. But meeting the prince changes everything she believes in.

7/26/2013

Book Review: Destiny's Flower by Linda Harley

Destiny's Flower (Saldiora Book 1)
by Linda Harley
Genre: Science Fiction
Published: September 1st 2012 by Infinity Publishing
Format Acquired: Paperback from the author (Thanks, Linda!)
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Doctor Lynn Davis is kidnapped by handsome Lord Kyle von Talion and taken to a far off planet, Saldiora. As she finds herself in this unfamiliar culture, she must learn to fight with a sword, ride a talking horse, and endure the politics of a royal court if she is to survive. Kyle has his hands full keeping Lynn from making cultural blunders and ensuring her safety. The Juntu's are plotting to take over Saldiora and consider Lynn to be a threat to their success. Will Lynn live long enough to fulfill her destiny and save the kingdom of Saldiora?

7/25/2013

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

Ahhhhhh!!! I've been excited for this cover reveal ever since I got the email with all the details in it. Heck! I've been excited for it since I found out L.M.'s (or Liam's?) working on a New Adult Romance book. HEH! So here it is! The pretty almost kissing cover for L.M. Augustine's upcoming book, Two Roads!


Two Roads 
by L.M. Augustine
Release date: August 26th, 2013
Category/Genre: New Adult Romance

The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all...

7/24/2013

Three-Blog Hop Kick Off: Since You Asked by Maurene Goo



Since You Asked
by Maurene Goo
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: June 25th 2013 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
No, no one asked, but Holly Kim will tell you what she thinks anyway.

Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim is the copyeditor for her high school's newspaper. When she accidentally submits an article that rips everyone to shreds, she gets her own column and rants her way through the school year. Can she survive homecoming, mean-girl cliques, jocks, secret admirers, Valentine's Day, and other high school embarrassments, all while struggling to balance her family's traditional Korean values?

In this hilarious debut, Maurene Goo takes a fresh look at trying to fit in without conforming to what's considered "normal" in high school and how to manage parental expectations without losing one's individuality...or being driven insane.

7/23/2013

Sizzling Summer Giveaway (TWO Kindle Fire HDs!) Featured Author: Cherie Colyer


Embrace
by Cherie Colyer
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: December 20th 2011 by Omnific Publishing (first published December 18th 2011)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

7/19/2013

Blog Tour (ARC) Review + Giveaway: An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan



An Endless Summer (Summer #2)
by C.J. Duggan
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: 07/17/13
Format Acquired: eARC from author (thanks!)
Purchase: Amazon USAmazon UK | Amazon Canada
Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.

“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”

After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:

Boarding School.

Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.

How had her dad let it come to this?

With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

7/18/2013

Blog Tour (ARC) Review + Giveaway: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

Romancing the Bookworm
by Kate Evangelista
Release date: July 9, 2013 by Omnific Publishing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
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, Rony, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Rony 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: Too Close by Lilliana Anderson

Too Close: The Beauty in Between (Beautiful #0.5)
by Lilliana Anderson
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 30th, 2013
Before A Beautiful Struggle, Katrina and David's friendship was a bond that couldn't be broken.

Starting with that fated moment when David carried Katrina to the emergency room, we travel back through David's memories as he waits to hear that his best friend and the one woman he truly cares for is going to survive...

“I can’t lose her. You don’t understand how important she is to me,” I ramble. I guess I’m in shock because all I can think about is the sight of all that blood over Katrina’s beautiful face. “She’s my world. I can’t lose her.”

This is book one in the novella series 'The Beauty in Between' the companion series to Lilliana Anderson's best selling 'A Beautiful' series.

7/17/2013

Book Review: The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
by C.J. Duggan
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: December 17th 2012
Format Acquired: Kindle copy from the author (thanks!)
Purchase: Amazon
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.

7/16/2013

Blog Tour Promo + Giveaway: Barbie World by Heidi Acosta



Barbie Girl (Baby Doll #1)
by Heidi Acosta
Publication date: November 1st 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Amazon
My Review here
The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?
EXCERPT
Excerpt from first chapter of Barbie Girl

Barbie starts to walk in my direction; her green, plaid mini skirt is so short that I am not even sure it can be still classified as a skirt. She has on a tight, black tank top that exposes a gold belly button ring, torn fishnet stockings with knee-high combat boots completes her look. That cannot be dress code. Her big, freaky blue eyes are lined in heavy black liner, and they are looking right at me. I am frozen in my seat. A predator holding its prey, and I am the prey. Crap. She walks up the aisle in front of me, flipping her long, bleached blond hair with one hot pink strip over her shoulder. “Dylan Knight?” her voice is a knife cutting through me. I nod too stunned to talk. 

Official Trailer Reveal: Frigid by J.Lynn

Frigid (Frigid #1)
by J. Lynn
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: July 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

7/15/2013

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards




Today I am super excited to share the cover to WINGS, the third and final book in author's Elizabeth Richard's BLACK CITY series!

7/12/2013

Book Blitz Excerpt + Giveaway: Rush by Eve Silver



Rush (The Game #1)
by Eve Silver
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | KoboThe Book Depository | Amazon
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

7/11/2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (Day 2)

I am back with day 2 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Last time I shared 15 book related confessions and this time it's all about my bedtime reading ritual.


DAY 2: What's your bedtime reading ritual?

I usually get a lot of reading done at night before sleeping but I wouldn't really call it a 'ritual' because I go about it differently each time. One thing that's constant though is that I always have to read before sleeping. It doesn't matter if I only get a couple of pages in a chapter, I just need to read before sleeping. I usually read from my ereader when I'm in bed. I have the tendency to fall asleep while reading and that can be a problem for my paperbacks. I have a huge bed and I move a lot in my sleep. I don't want to have to accidentally lie down on my book and fold the cover or anything so ereaders work best for me. I've never rolled over my ereader for some reason so that's good. There have been a couple of instances though where I was dozing off while reading and I was holding my ereader above my head and... you get the point. Swollen lip. Lesson learned.

Cover Reveal: Devious by Suzannah Daniels


Devious 
by Suzannah Daniels   
Series: Dangerous, #2 
Publication date: August 22nd, 2013
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Stone Hamilton had never been known for being the good guy. Just ask anyone who knows him. But things have changed since he started dating the sultry goody-two-shoes that he met over the summer. Now that it’s his senior year at Quail Mountain High, can he manage to hold on to the girl who’s stolen his heart or is it only a matter of time until he screws it all up?

If someone had told Dara Golding last school year that she’d be dating an ominous, wheelie-popping, biker boy her senior year, she would’ve scoffed. But she’s learned there’s a lot more to Stone Hamilton than she originally thought. Or is there?

How far will Stone go to hold on to the girl who has changed his world?

Book Review: Shadow by Amanda Sun

Shadow (Paper Gods 0.5)
by Amanda Sun
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Download: Amazon (FREE!)
Meet two teens whose worlds are about to change forever in this paranormal Young Adult novella, a prequel to Ink by debut author Amanda Sun…

Katie Greene’s worst nightmare comes true when her mother dies, and she’s devastated to learn that she will have to leave the only home she’s ever known. Desperate to find where she belongs, she must decide if she has what it takes to start a new life across the ocean.

For Yuu Tomohiro, every day is a nightmare. He struggles to control his strange ability, and keeps everyone at a distance so they won’t get hurt—even his girlfriend, Myu. At night, a shadow haunts his dreams, and a mysterious woman torments him with omens of death and destruction. But these haunting premonitions are only the beginning…

7/09/2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (Day 1)

Hi! Hi!!! :D (too much caffeine)

So I joined the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted Good Books and Wine because I think the items on the list sounds a lot of fun to write about. I can't promise I'll be able to do everything on the list or post regularly but I will definitely do my best! Scout's honor!

Okay I have never been a girl scout.


DAY 1: Make 15 book related confessions
  1. I'm very judgmental of books with nearly naked people on the cover.
  2. I read all three books in the Fifty Shades trilogy and liked it.... for about a week. I came to my senses. Don't worry.
  3. I have books that I just want to give away because I know I'll never read them but I can't imagine parting with them. So I don't. At least not right now. I'm selfish like that.
  4. I've only started reading YA and NA as consistently as I do now when I started blogging last year. I used to read across genres and not this often.
  5. I read ebooks faster than physical books.
  6. Paperback > Hardback
  7. I cover my books with plastic film before I start reading them.
  8. Percy Jackson is my favorite book boyfriend.

Nerd Blast + Giveaway (INT): Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe


Over the Rainbow
by Brian Rowe
Expected publication: August 6th 2013
Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion  a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population has mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

(ARC) Book Review: Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas

Subject to Change (Picturing Perfect #2)
by Alessandra Thomas
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: June 25th 2013
Format Acquired: eARC from author (thanks, Alessandra!)
Purchase: Amazon
Joey made her dad a deathbed promise that she would become a doctor, and dedicate herself to fighting the very cancer that took his life. There’s just one problem -three years into her pre-med classes, she's struggling to stay on top of the curve, let alone prove she's dazzling enough to earn a spot in an Ivy League medical school. In a Hail Mary move, she throws a basic Business 101 class into her semester schedule, banking on a perfect score to boost her GPA.

That is, until she’s paired for a final project with Hawk, the bartending, motorbike-riding, gorgeously bedheaded loser who falls asleep in class and communicates in one-word sentences.

Hawk does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, which sets Joey on edge – in every possible way. As they get to know each other, her urge to scream at him is curbed only by her fantasies of tearing his clothes off. Soon those fantasies become reality, and Joey realizes Hawk makes her feel more fully herself than any of the rich boys her mother and sorority sisters approve of.

But the promise to her father hangs over her head, and the harder Joey tries to succeed in her chosen career, the faster everything falls into a hopeless tailspin of bad grades, broken promises and guilt. It doesn't help to have Hawk sitting like a devil on her shoulder, insisting she should be free to live however she wants to live - like he does.

The only thing Joey knows is that her neatly organized life is crushing her - and Hawk's bad attitude might be the only thing that can save her.

7/08/2013

Giveaway Alert: In Your Dreams by Amy Martin

In Your Dreams (In Your Dreams #1)
by Amy Martin
Published: August 16th 2012
Sixteen-year-old Zara "Zip" McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone's known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip's life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip's heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret--he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran's parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm's way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she's afraid of what might happen.

As You Wake (In Your Dreams #2)
by Amy Martin 
Published: April 2013 
Zara "Zip" McKee and Kieran Lanier thought they had put the threats from Kieran's past  behind them in the first installment of the In Your Dreams series. But when danger comes for them once again, Zip, Kieran, and their families find themselves on separate summer road trips that none of them had anticipated. When all paths converge in North Carolina, the two families are forced to deal with each other and the secrets they've kept out of love and fear.

But Kieran is keeping the biggest secret of all from everyone but Zip. He hasn’t had a dream—about the future, about anything—for months. And while Zip and Kieran are grappling with what the new twist in Kieran’s sleeping disorder might mean, a mysterious stranger reveals information that could change Kieran's life--or end it.

7/06/2013

Book Review: The Love Game by Emma Hart

The Love Game (The Game #1)
by Emma Hart
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: March 27th, 2013
Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords
A New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

His challenge? Make her fall in love with him.
Her challenge? Play the player.
Until life changes the rules of the game.

Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he's everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, doesn't she say no? She doesn't know either.

Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her - and he'd do anything to have her, hence why he's agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it's the only way he'll get what he wants. Sex.

But, as Braden discovers, there's more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined - and he can't help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes.

Maddie finds Braden isn't just a walking erection - he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don't exactly hurt. That means trouble - but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren't so alike anymore.

And maybe, just maybe, they're exactly what each other needs.

7/04/2013

Blog Tour (ARC) Review + Giveaway: Chameleon by Kelly Oram


Chameleon (Supernaturals #1)
by Kelly Oram
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: June 25th 2013 by Bluefields
Format Acquired: eARC from author (thanks, Kelly!)
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction.

As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help.

Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.

Cover Reveal: Veiled Shadows by Morgan Wylie

Veiled Shadows (The Age of Alandria #2)
by Morgan Wylie 
Cover design by PhatPuppy
Shadows linger where light is obstructed, and truth is veiled.

Evil is an untreated disease in the once beautiful realm of Alandria.

Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile. She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends.

Daegan, the Ferrishyn warrior, is conflicted by more than his loyalties, and is confronted with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. A choice must be made. A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give.

The Droch-ShĂșil—enforcers and servants of the ancient darkness—continue to cast their shadow over Alandria seeking those who can be turned to their side.

The magic of The Orchids is growing, but not everyone will survive what is to come.

Veiled Shadows is the second installment in The Age of Alandria series: the story of the Sol-lumieth’s quest for freedom of self and the power to battle the evil of the Droch-ShĂșil.

7/02/2013

Cover Reveal + Gift Card Giveaway: The Prince's Man by Deborah Jay


Award winning novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN, has been described as ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’ - a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with an underlying thread of romance.  

Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor and spy, loves his life, never better than when he’s bedding a gorgeous woman. So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him. 

And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.  

Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god - and each other. They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince. 

For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.