Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Bing Wrap Up: Summer Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Book Bingo, hosted by the amazing Great Imaginations! Here was the original card:


And here's mine!


I have six book bingos! (That's more than I thought I would have) Now, here are the books I got for each one!

A Stand-Alone

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell: I've been wanting to read this book for ages. Even before it came out. And the book did not disappoint. The book started off strong and was super fun.

Read the full review here.

Sky on the Cover

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini: This was a super fun, quick read. The romance was a little weird, but I can't wait for the next one!

MC is LGBTIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual)

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall: This book has THIRTEEN points of view. THIRTEEN. One of them being a squirrel, another a park bench! The squirrel was my favorite. This takes place on a college campus, and one of the students is gay, and on of the professors is lesbian.

Set During Summer

Wake by Amanda Hocking: I enjoyed this book. It wasn't groundbreaking, and I didn't like the romance for the main character, but I liked it.

Pink Cover

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes: If this cover isn't pink, I don't know what is. I was going to write a review, but I don't think I ever got to it. It was fun, but Lainey was not my type of character.

Starts With S, U, M, E, or R

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch: Everyone, the second this book comes out, read it! It got me through having six mutant mosquito bites on my feet this summer. One might think it starts out slow, but trust me, it gets better. Get 1/4 of the way in, and you're a goner. Heck, I might go reread it right now.

A Thriller

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I actually read this one for a book club. Notice how I said a, I'm part of three, and counting. I really enjoyed this book, but would have liked more elaboration, or a sequel, with the ending.

Set on a Boat

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway: I had to read this for class, and despite the fact that all the adults I know hated it, all my friends and I LOVED it! Hemmingway's writing style was amazing, and I definitely want to read more of his work.

Asian MC

Tithe by Holly Black: This one also started out slow, but once I got a little ways into it, I really enjoyed it. I liked the different takes on faeries. Now I need to go read the rest of the trilogy. Also, I managed to get this signed by the author at LeakyCon, so I feel pretty awesome.

A Middle Grade Novel

A Magic Within by Sara V. Zook: The story definitely had an interesting start. Riley lost her dog, and before she knows it, she's being sucked into another world. It was a beginning that left me wanting to read more, which I promptly did.

Read the full review here.

A Series Finale

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I really love Jennifer L. Armentrout. The book starts crazy weird. I won't say why due to spoilers, but crazy weird. People are dying, things are exploding (EXPLOSIONS), etc. Everything a reader loves.

You can read the full review here.

A Retelling

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa: This a very loose retelling, but bear with me. I've read the rest of her books, but could never get through this one. Now I have, and a lot more things later on make sense. That said, it was still kinda slow.

Blue Cover

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater: After years of pestering, I finally read the Shiver trilogy, well, the first two anyways. I really really liked this book. I would definitely recommend!

A Summer Release

Defector by Susanne Winnacker: So much better than the first one. That said, I don't like the guy she likes for most of the book. Heck, I want to stab him to tiny little pieces. That's why I did a little (okay, big) happy dance when other possible love interests were introduced.

Strong Sibling Relationship

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I liked Fangirl, but not as much as Eleanor & Park. That said, I liked a heck of a lot more than Landline, which I kinda hated. I wanted to strangle the sister character for a good amount of time, but she pulled through in the end and made me like her.

Featuring an Animal Companion

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater: Okay, this is technically a werewolf, but whatever! It's still an animal. I really enjoyed this book, and the cliffhanger ending, while expected, was cool. Now I really should go read Linger. Also, there's a character with my name, and she's super kick-butt!

Set on an Island

A Break of Day by Bella Forrest: This series definitely improved with each book. This was one of the best. I liked how the series ended. Also, this book is indie published if anyone's interested.

Music or Dance Themes

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor: If you are expecting a fun read (like I was) do not read this book. Just don't. It has broken my feels and I can't get back up.

Road Trip

Into the Wild by Jon Krakaur: Do not read this book. It was horrible, I hated it. The only reason I finished it, no, the only reason I started it, was because I had to read it for school.

Magical Realism

Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman: So, Month9Books, a local publisher, had an event in August, and I got to meet a bunch of authors they publish. Brynn Chapman is one of them. Her book is about Sherlock's daughter and Watson's son. Needless to say, it was amazing.

Set in Europe

All Fall Down by Ally Carter: Ally Carter is very special to me. Mainly because she and Rachel Hawkins were the first author event I ever went to. I love Ally's books, and was very sad that I wouldn't be getting one this year. So when I got this ARC, I was ecstatic. I really loved All Fall Down, and I think you will too.

Water on Cover

The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset: I loved this book. I discovered this book and bought it on a whim this summer. I read it while in Florida for LeakyCon, and absolutely adored it. I can't wait for The Boy With the Hidden Name!

And finally....

Free Space (AKA Favorite)

I've decided that the free space will be dedicated to my favorite book from the three month period. I'll put my favorite, and the runner-ups.

Speak by Laurie Halse Andeson: Laurie Halse Anderson really has a way with words. She took me in from page one, and I just couldn't stop flipping pages. There are tons of metaphors in the novel, but they are all simply part of Melinda's thought process.

Read the full review here.

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley and The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter are close follow-ups.

This was super fun, as always! Did you participate too? And here's next month's card! I know I'm doing it again!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Ten Books That Were Hard for Me to Read


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - I was worried this book would make me cry, and it did. I read half the book one weekend and half the next because I needed a break in the middle!


2. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - This book was just plain cringeworthy.

3. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa - This book took two tries to get through. Not because it was bad, but because it was slow.

4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Another book I put off reading for a long time due to subject matter that I ended up loving!

5. The Giver by Lois Lowry - Everyone will hate me for this, but I hated this book. I had to read it for class and wanted to stab it the entire time. I wrote an entire essay on why Jonas was stupid.

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - I did like the book, but do due the fact that it's going on two-hundred years old, the writing style is a little out of date. Also, I read my mom's super old copy that was falling apart...


7. Revealed by P.C. & Kristen Cast - While I love the first half of this series, it's kinda gone downhill. I am excited to read the last book next month, but the last few have been disappointments.

8. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor - I did not finish this book. I was super confused and there were too many characters!

9. 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodriguez - This book made me too sad and mad to continue. I can understand some idioticness, but I couldn't stand this.

10. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I'm sorry, but not really. I honest to god did not like these books. The only reason I read them was to figure out what happened at the end of book seven, because movie seven part one had come out, but not part two, and I needed to know what happened. I labored over them at some point or another, and finally finished them. I still don't like them.

Which books were hard for you to read? Do you agree with me on any of my picks?

Book Blitz: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch of Rachel Harris' THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING! THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING is the first book in Rachel's The Fine Art of Pretending Series published by Spencer Hill Contemporary.

The Fine Art of Pretending

Title: The Fine Art of Pretending
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release: September 30, 2014

Synopsis:

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

You Can Find it At:
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Excerpt:

An exhale of breath leaves Brandon’s lips, almost like a laugh, and he scoots closer to me on the blanket. I twist my legs under myself, sitting tall as I face him. He cups my chin and tilts it toward him, drowning me in the now dark-green depths of his eyes, the cologne I gave him for his birthday filling my head. It’s woodsy and yummy and I always loved how it smelled on the store testers, but on Brandon, it’s even sexier. My eyes flutter closed, and I inhale again, this time slowly. Goose bumps prickle my arms, and my head gets fuzzy.

Brandon slides his hand down the column of my neck and brings the other up, threading his fingers through the hair at my nape. His breath fans across my cheek, and everything south of my bellybutton squeezes tight.

When his mouth first meets mine, it’s hesitant, questioning. But as I move my lips with his, he quickly grows bolder, coaxing them apart.

Desire, pure and raw, electrifies my veins as his tongue sweeps my mouth. A whimpering sound springs from my chest, and instinctively, I wrap my arms around his neck, tugging him closer. Needing more. My teeth graze his full bottom lip, and I pull it, sucking on it gently.

He moans and knots his fingers in my hair, and a thrill dances down my back.

Brandon is an amazing kisser, just as I knew he would be. I have no control over my body’s reactions. I lose myself in his lips, his tongue, and his strong arms, forgetting time and space and even my surroundings—until Gabi’s snicker brings reality crashing around us, reminding me we have an audience.

And that I’m kissing Brandon.

We break apart, out of breath, and stare into each other’s eyes.

That was unexpected.

Author Bio:

Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.  

You Can Find Her At:
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Book Blitz: Memories of a Different Future by David Pandolfe

Synopsis:

For Nikki, it feels like no time has passed since they rescued Henry’s sister from her abductors. After all, in the in-between realm, time is completely different than for those still “living.” Even though it’s been almost twenty years, only lately has Nikki started crossing between realms again. She’s been checking on Ian—the person they knew as Curtis before he jumped into a new life. Nikki hasn’t admitted it to the others but she’s been curious. Could Ian’s life really be as good as it seems? Can she find the courage herself to try the other realm again despite what happened last time?

When Nikki suddenly starts receiving ghostlike visits from Curtis—all these years since he returned to the physical realm—she can’t imagine how it’s possible. She also realizes it has to mean something serious. Nikki soon learns that, three days from now, an incident on Earth will end Curtis’s new life. Now, Nikki, Henry and Jamie must find a way to alter the outcome of a future event only they know will take place. They’ll also have just minutes to make that happen. Otherwise, Curtis is going to die again, taking with him any hope Nikki and her friends had for starting over.

You Can Find it At:
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Author Bio:

David Pandolfe is the author of three novels, Streetlights Like Fireworks, Jump When Ready and Memories From A Different Future (Jump When Ready #2). His short fiction has also appeared in literary reviews.

While he's still writing about himself in third-person, David should probably also mention that he lives outside Richmond, VA, with his wife, two kids and a dog who's terrified of thunder (not the best situation since it thunders from spring until fall in Richmond).

You Can Find Him At:
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Giveaway:

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper


I am super excited to be helping to kick off the Dead Over Heels blog tour! I'm partially through the book right now and loving it! I'm ecstatic to share a special excerpt with you AND a special giveaway! Here's some details on the book.

Title: Dead Over Heels
Author: Alison Kemper
Release: September 9, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 269

Excerpt:

Cole is still staring at me. “Sleet,” he says simply and moves in my direction.

I nod dumbly, my face too numb for talking. If I open my mouth, I’m sure I’ll start weeping. Cole somehow manages to wedge himself closer on the narrow rock ledge. Without a word, we wrap our arms around each other. He drops his face into the top of my hood, while I tuck my head in his shoulder. We do all this wordlessly, instinctively, knowing there’s no time for awkwardness or polite gestures. We simply need to minimize the parts of our bodies exposed to the freezing rain.

“It’s like a monsoon,” he says in my ear. “A sleet monsoon.” The freezing rain blows sideways. Cole shifts, repositioning his face somewhere between my ear and shoulder, trying to protect his face.

“I’m sorry I made you lose your hat!” I say over the spatter of a billion flecks of falling ice.

He shrugs. “This is more fun than wearing a hat. It would’ve taken me another two days to work up the nerve to touch you again.”

I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. “You make the best of every situation, don’t you? I can’t believe you’re flirting with me in a zombie-apocalypse sleet storm.”

“God almighty,” he says, “I don’t think I’ve ever been this cold. I’d give anything for a decent coat.”
“I hear you. If I ever get out of this mess, I’m buying nothing but fleece-lined clothing for the rest of my life.” I shiver in the semidarkness. “Fleece-lined pants, fleece socks…”

“Fleece underwear?”

Is he thinking about my underwear? Embarrassed, I try to change the subject. “And I’ll eat soup all day long.”

“Mmmm…soup…what kind?”

“Something hearty. Potato and bacon.”

“Oh, yeah,” he agrees. “Bacon.”

Bacon usually distracts boys from thoughts of underwear. “And hot cocoa,” I tell him. “I’ll drink the hell out of some hot cocoa. Like a gallon of it.”

We sit in silence for a full minute.

“Those things are all gone, aren’t they?” My voice breaks. “S-soup and hot cocoa and showers and TV? And even more important things. My friends back home. My relatives. Hell, maybe we’ll get to Glenview and my parents will be dead also.”

Soon, Cole will be gone, too. Alone. On his own in this crazy forest.

This time, the tears come and I can’t fight them any longer. I’m tired of fighting them. I’m scared and hungry and completely exhausted.

“I’m so sorry,” I whimper. “I don’t mean to cry.”

 His lips move against my temple. “Shh. Go on. I got you.”

***
Wasn't that awesome? I know I loved it! Wanna see what this book is all about? Read on!

Synopsis:

The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning…

Glenview, North Carolina. Also known―at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg―as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.

At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone―or something―rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…

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Author Bio:

Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent most of her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. Now that she’s grown up, she lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes.

Her debut novel, Donna of the Dead, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and followed by two companion books in the series. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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