1/27/2014

Heads Up! And Please Still Love Me :(

Dear Super Awesome Blog Reader,

I'll be a little inactive starting this week till the end of February. Just a little. I'll still post what I signed up to post (besides, they're easy to schedule) but I won't be making much of an effort to come up with a new post everyday or every other day. Reason for that is... my thesis. And a bunch of other school work.


As you may or may not know, I'm in my senior year at college and I'm studying Finance. In the Philippines, our academic calendar's different. We start in June and end in March. So right now, we're nearing finals. FINALS! My last finals EVER! (except when I get my master's degree but that won't be for another 2 years or so) Most of my courses right now require final papers so I'll be extra busy these coming weeks. Well, I've been busy for the past weeks. But it's CRUNCH TIME BABY! (sorry, I'm awkward like that)

Anyway...

I'll still be around Twitter and sometimes on Facebook but like I said, I won't make an effort to blog consistently. But I do promise my blog won't be totally quiet! Plus, my co-blogger Melo will be dropping by more to make up for my sort of absence. Be nice to him... okay?

Wish me luck! And hopefully I can get through the coming hell weeks with as little breakdowns as possible. :P

Love,
Sab

P.S. something awesome's happening on the first week of Feb! Don't miss it! :D

Did Not Finish: Defy by Sara B. Larson (ARC)

Defy (Defy #1)
by Sara B. Larson
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: January 7th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via NetGalley (thanks!)
A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

1/19/2014

An Excerpt from PODs by Michelle Pickett Plus An INTERNATIONAL Giveaway!



PODs
by Michelle K. Pickett
Release Date: 06/24/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Format: Paperback/ebook 312 pages
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | The Book Depository | Wal-Mart
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom Book Blitz + INT Giveaway



The Art of Letting Go (Uni Files #1)
by Anna Bloom
Publication date: September 25th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Purchase: Amazon
One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?

When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.

With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?

1/15/2014

Tellulah Darling's First Sucky Kiss And Oh Look! A Giveaway!




A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2.5)
by Tellulah Darling
Publication date: December 20th 2013
Genres: Comedy, Mythology, Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon | iTunes | It's free at Kobo
There’s bound to be pressure when it takes 2500 years to get to a second date. Which is exactly why Theo Rockman, a.k.a. Prometheus, would rather not go. With his best friend gravely injured and the fate of humanity still on the line, Theo has all sorts of creative excuses to avoid dating swoon-worthy god and love of his life, Hephaestus.

YA romantic comedy gets an epic mythological twist in the free (at select retailers) short story A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book 2.5). Being human hasn’t killed Theo, but this date just might.

1/14/2014

An Excerpt from Cora Carmack's Upcoming Book, "Seeking Her"

Seeking Her (Losing It #3.5)
by Cora Carmack
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by William Morrow Impulse
Pre-order Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Jackson Hunt gets his turn in this Finding It prequel novella …

Jackson Hunt hasn't been out of the military for long, but he needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he is going to keep his demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Becoming bodyguard (and babysitter) to spoiled rich girl Kelsey Summers isn't exactly what he had in mind, but it's a chance to travel, to get away. The catch: Kelsey's father doesn't want her to know she's being followed.

She's vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When Jackson sees her falling into the same patterns he suffered years ago, he decides it's time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know Kelsey is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

Release Day Launch: Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy




Drew + Fable Forever (Drew + Fable #3.5)
by Monica Murphy
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: January 14th 2014 by Bantam
Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon CAN  | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iTUNES
Monica Murphy returns with her most beloved characters, Drew and Fable, in this eBook original short story that brings her bestselling New Adult series full circle.


Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even accepting responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, yet again, he's found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?



Reality. Except now the honeymoon’s over. Drew's football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him constantly. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .

1/12/2014

Book Blitz + INTERNATIONAL Giveaway: Othello by C.E. Wilson


Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, #2)
by C.E. Wilson
Release Date: 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Smashwords
Shakespeare’s work features some of the most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.

While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is (thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a wider audience.

In this Young Adult retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Othello, the second book in her series Shakespeare for Everyone Else.

1/06/2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Savor by Kate Evangelista



Savor (Vicious Feast #1)
by Kate Evangelista
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Published: December 1, 2013 by Crescent Moon Press
Format Acquired: ebook for review (thanks Kate and Iris!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.

Book Review: The Sweetest Game by J. Sterling

The Sweetest Game (The Perfect Game #3)
by J. Sterling
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: December 25th 2013
Format Acquired: ebook from Amazon
Purchase: Amazon
This is the third (and final) installment in Jack & Cassie's story!

“It’s one hell of a sledgehammer to the chest when your baseball career comes to an end. It’s like you finally realize that baseball never loved you back. All the sleepless nights, the hours spent at the gym trying to stay fit, the conditioning, the training, the mental preparation, the holiday’s missed, the birthday’s passed, the memories you didn’t get to make with your family…all for what? It’s not like baseball lost any sleep over you. She didn’t stay awake for nights on end trying to figure out how to make you a better player. She didn’t care. Baseball’s a business. A sport. A game. And as much as my entire life has been wrapped up in it, it’s time to let it go.”

- Jack Carter

1/03/2014

(ARC) Book Review: A Beautiful Melody by Lilliana Anderson

A Beautiful Melody (Beautiful #3)
by Lilliana Anderson
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: November 30th 2013
Format Acquired: eARC from author (thanks, Lilli!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBookstore | Kobo
A Beautiful Series Book 3 - May be read on it's own, or in order.

Naomi thought she'd met someone wonderful when Elliot came into her life, but he simply wasn't into her. It's the story of her life.

While everyone around her is settling down, she gives up on trying to find her Mr Right, and turns back to the one thing she has always loved - music.

Enter Marcus, he was a year above Naomi at school and she always had a killer crush on him. He now fronts a band with his older brother Theo.

Marcus has the reputation of a playboy and Theo, well... he's just bad news. But their band is doing well and Naomi has the chance to join.

After spending some time in their company, Naomi see's something in each of them she can't ignore. She wonders if joining the band was perhaps a bad idea - you should never mix business with pleasure. Especially when that pleasure could divide families...

**Beautiful Series Reading Order (includes The Beauty in Between)**

(Too Close)
A Beautiful Struggle (book 1)
(Phoenix)
A Beautiful Forever (book 2)
(Commitment)
A Beautiful Melody (book 3)

1/02/2014

My New Year's Resolutions - Because Everyone Has 'Em

Every year, once January 1st rolls in, I always always make a list of my New Year's resolutions. And every year, I forget half if not most of the things I promised I'd do or stop doing. I list down the most ambitious things that are, honestly, waaay out there. It really isn't surprising that I never follow through. So this year, I'm doing things differently. I'm making it simpler. Almost.








1. Quit cracking my knuckles
2. Eat less junkfood (this I'm actually able to do now... FOR REALZ)
3. Hangout more
4. Procrastinate less (I know I won't be able to stop altogether but hey, at least I'll try)

Book Review: Snowed Over by Angie Stanton

Snowed Over
by Angie Stanton
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: October 12th 2012 by Vanguard Management, Inc.
Formact Acquired: ebook for review (thanks Angie and
Purchase: Amazon

To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?

Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.

A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.

Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.

However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best.