10/30/2013

Cover Reveal: Wasteland by Lindsay Leggett

Wasteland (Flight #2) 
by Lindsay Leggett 

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Wasteland, the next book in the FLIGHT trilogy, takes place a few months after the ending of book one.

Trapped in a cell and experimented on, Piper Madden’s only hope is remembering Asher. Then, Elder Corp President Rupert Elder gives her new orders: to be a leader in a war against the Harpies. Without a choice, Piper must obey Rupert’s commands or suffer from paralyzing and painful Nanomachines. But the war is just beginning, and Asher has gone missing. The resistance is slowly building, and the upcoming war will be larger and bloodier than anything seen since the Devastation that ruined the earth. Throughout all of this, Piper remembers the time before she ran to Ichton, when David was alive and her hope in Elder Corp was still strong.

About the author
Lindsay Leggett

Nearly every writer struggles to put together information about themselves, perhaps because we’re so used to detailing the lives and ways of others. For the most part I am a writer, editor, photographer, and all-around artist living in the wilds north of Toronto, Ontario. I thrive on the juxtaposition of beauty and grit, enjoy urban crawls, indie everything, and time well-spent in the woods.

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10/29/2013

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Better by S. Walden

Better (Too Good #2)
by S. Walden
Expected Release: November 19, 2013
Their relationship has been exposed, and now their lives are changed forever.

For Cadence Miller, the fast track to adulthood proves intimidating and frustrating. She’s a little girl lost—abandoned by her parents and uncertain of her future. She doesn’t think she “fits” anywhere. She’s eighteen. She wants to be older. And the result is both comical and heartbreaking.

Mark Connelly will do anything to provide Cadence a stable, loving home—to be her protector. But he’s just as broken and lost, and his heart won’t let go of his past so easily. He knows he must share his secret with Cadence. And he hopes his revelation won't tear them apart. He hopes it will draw them closer, and make their love better.

10/28/2013

Nerd Blast Giveaway: Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala


Knowing Vera (Chance for Love #3)
by Rachelle Ayala
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 6th 2013 by World Literary Press
Purchas: Amazon
Some secrets are best untold.

Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.

After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. When she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.


Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?

10/25/2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Broken Symmetry by Dan Rix


Broken Symmetry
by Dan Rix
Genre: YA sci-fi
Published: July 28, 2013 by Burning Ember Press
Format Acquired: ebook (thanks Dianne of Oops I Read Again Tours and Dan Rix!)
Purchase: Amazon
Eleven months after the father of sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams vanished without a trace, he's found wandering outside The Scripps Research Institute vomiting blood and speaking gibberish, his sole possession a worn leather diary filled with an unrecognizable language. He has a message for her.

As he dies in her arms, he claims he never vanished. She vanished.

In a nearby military quarantine zone, scientists are being called in from around the world to sequence a previously unknown strain of DNA. Scientists…and soldiers.

When her father’s autopsy reveals a rare chromosomal disorder—a disorder, it turns out, she inherited—Blaire begins to suspect her father’s last words weren’t induced by amnesia. Like her dad, she has an additional set of instructions in her genes—instructions for what, doctors can’t say. Only one thing is certain: it’s what killed him…and it will kill her too.

But now she’s haunted by prophetic nightmares of the Yellowjacket—a young murderer, eyes the black of charcoal, who lures his victims to suicide without ever paying them a visit. The only clue she has to his handiwork is a lingering feeling of déjà vu. That, and the nagging suspicion that all she knows is a mirage. She is certain of two things—though it may mean confiding in the wrong side of good and evil, he has the answers she needs.

And he is recruiting her.

10/21/2013

Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
by Colleen Hoover
Published: December 19th 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format Acquired: egalley from Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

10/18/2013

(ARC) Book Review: More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

More Than Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #2)
by Kelly Oram
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: October 15th 2013 by Bluefields
Format Acquired: eARC (thanks, Kelly!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Jamie Baker, the only girl in the world with superpowers, has now accepted who she is and learned to control her power. Not to mention she has the best boyfriend on the planet. Life is finally looking good. But the day she witnesses an accident and decides not to save the guy out of fear of being exposed, she realizes that simply being Jamie Baker isn't enough.

After seeing Jamie so wrecked with guilt, the ever-helpful Ryan Miller decides it's time to make all of his fantasies about turning his girlfriend into an honest-to-goodness superhero become a reality.

Of course, coming up with a decent Super Name and fending off all of Ryan's attempts to get her into spandex aren't the only problems Jamie faces. The more her alter ego starts to make headlines, the harder it becomes for Jamie to hide her extracurricular activities from her best friend, the government, radical scientists, and the mysterious new guy who is determined to steal her from her boyfriend.

Book Review: Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1)
by Kelly Oram
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: June 14th 2010 by Bluefields
Format Acquired: ebook (thanks, Kelly!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High's resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

10/15/2013

I Have A Confession: I Don't Like Being Bothered When I'm Reading

This sort of like a topic post except it sounds more like me thinking out loud. Which isn't always pretty. Or organized. This is me blabbing. That's why I'm calling this The Confessional.
Hi and welcome to another Confessional post! I'm so sorry for being MIA for the past five days. I know, I know... I'm terrible. :( But I can explain!

The explanation

It's pretty simple, really:
1. Finals week (two weeks ago)
2. Exhaustion (from finals)
3. Three-day Revenge marathon
4. Revenge fangirling
5. Had to go out to do stuff

Result: No reading, no blogging. But here I am! Back and ready to blog. Ooh ooh~ ooh ooh~ *cue awkward dancing*

The confessional (dun dun dun.... no? Okay)

I apologize in advance if this post gets really ranty along the way because I am ranting. I don't want to be mean though but if I am, I'm sorry. It's just that this is something I notice every time I read in the presence of other people: they talk to me.

10/09/2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: After Hello by Lisa Mangum

After Hello
by Lisa Mangum
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: August 21st 2012 by Shadow Mountain
Format Acquired: ebook (thanks Dianne of Oops I Read Again Tours and Lisa!)
PurchaseAmazon | B&N | The Book Depository
What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?

Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.

Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.

When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.

10/07/2013

Book Blitz Giveaway: No Angel by Helen Keeble


No Angel 
by Helen Keeble
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication date: October 8th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

Helen Keeble’s debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it “refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.” No Angel brings you angels and demons like you’ve never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.

10/05/2013

Featured Book: More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

More Than Jamie Baker, the second book in the Jamie Baker series by Kelly Oram is almost here! 

Haven't read book one yet? No problem! 
For a limited time Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1) is available for $.99 on Amazon and Barnes&Noble!

10/04/2013

Blog Tour Dream Cast + Giveaway: Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup


Second Verse
by Jennifer Walkup
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Luminis Books
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

Murder Then
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

Murder Yet to Come

But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

10/03/2013

(ARC) Book Review: Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1)
by Simone Elkeles
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication date: October 1st 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Kobo
After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

10/02/2013

Book Review: Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans

Not Pretty Enough (Not Pretty Enough #1)
by Jaimie Admans
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: August 1st 2013
Format Acquired: ebook (thanks Dianne of Oops I Read Again Book Tours and Jaimie!)
Purchase: Amazon
“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.

2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.

Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.

As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

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Not Pretty Enough is a contemporary young adult comedy suitable for ages thirteen and over.

Book two in the series will be released early 2014.

10/01/2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

American Girl on Saturn (Saturn #1)
by: Nikki Godwin
Genre: contemporary YA romance
Date of Publication: August 29, 2013
Format Acquired: ebook (thanks Dianne of Oops I Read Again Tours and Nikki!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords
The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys...in their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.