Monthly Archives: December 2012

COVER REVEAL {24} Dear Cassie PLUS Contest!!!!

DEAR CASSIE
AUTHOR: Lisa Burstein
SERIES: Companion Novel to Pretty Amy
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: March 2013 by Entangled Teen
EDITION: Paperback, 352 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?
You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
You’d be wrong.
There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent there. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.
What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?
But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t – he can’t – the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.
And yet I can’t help but wonder … what if?
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

We kept walking on the lake trail, the bullfrogs croaking. There was also a humming in my ears from the nicotine.
 It could only be from the nicotine. It had nothing to do with being outside, at night, alone with Ben. It had nothing to do with Ben coming to the cabin and taking me instead of Nez and it definitely had nothing to do with the stars above us shining like they were the sky’s tiara. 
I stopped on the trail and looked up, taking them in, when all of a sudden bright colored lights exploded in the sky—fireworks, one after another, on top of each other, huge kaleidoscopes of light, like sparkling rainbow spiders.
“How did you know?” I asked, my voice going softer, like if I talked too loudly they would stop. It was so beautiful, after weeks of so much ugly. 
Ben turned to look at me, the colored lights in the sky turning his skin pink, blue, green. “I’m magic.” He shrugged.
I geared up to tell him to fuck off, because that was some corny-ass shit, but then I realized that he really kind of was. In that moment he was able to actually make me forget being me.
 “I would try to kiss you,” he said, “but I’m afraid you’d kick me in the balls.”
“I probably would.” I laughed, the sky filling with noisy color like paint launching from a giant popcorn popper. “But like I said, it wouldn’t be about you.”
“I guess I’ll have to figure out how to make it about me,” he said, taking off his boots and socks and standing. “Come on.”
“There is no way I am getting near that water again,” I said.
“I’ll make sure nothing happens to you,” he said, holding his hand out to help me up.
            I looked at his palm, open, waiting, just wanting to hold mine. For once, I didn’t think about anything except that there was a cute, sweet, smart-ass boy standing in front of me with his hand out.
I pulled off my boots and socks and took it.  
We stood at the lakeshore, our hands still clasped, the water licking our feet, fireworks decorating the sky.
I turned to him. He was looking up, his mouth open in wonder like he was trying to swallow the moment.
It was definitely one worth keeping.
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CONTEST INFO: Lisa is hosting an EPIC CONTEST to celebrate Dear Cassie’s cover reveal. So what do you have to do? Lisa wants you guys to share diary entries of your favorite fictional characters. That’s right, choose ANY character from books, TV, movies, a cereal box and write 500-750 word diary entry from their point of view. Top 5 will b e chosen and then the masses can vote on their favorite. The favorite will be published in the final version of Dear Cassie. Yep! You read that right, published with the author’s name! Tha additional four will win $20 book buying gift cards. TO ENTER: Send your entries to prettyamystories@yahoo.com by JANUARY 1st with the top 5 voting to begin January 7th and the winner chosen January 14th!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at East Washington University. She lives in Portland, OR with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Dear Cassie is her second novel.
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Happy reading!


Save the Date {14} Stolen Nights

Stolen Nights
AUTHOR: Rebecca Maizel
SERIES: Vampire Queen #2 | Book #1: Infinite Days
EDITION: Paperback, 303 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: January 20th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, 2nd in a Series

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human – and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.
With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead…
MY THOUGHTS: So the first book in the series, Infinite Days (which I totally bought because I loved the cover!) came out August 3rd of 2010! Yeah, that means by the time Stolen Nights releases, it’ll have been two years and 5 months! Sorry, but that’s just WAY too long to have to wait. I know that I LOVED Infinite Days, but I barely remember anything from it – so I’ll definitely have to reread it before I get the second book. But I do remember really loving it – and loving Lenah’s character. This is not your run-of-the-mill vampire book, that’s for sure! It’s unique and different that everything out there, and has enough to keep anyone engaged. Plus – did you READ the synopsis? Yeah! Can’t freaking wait!
Happy Reading!

What Now? {4}

IF YOU LIKED:                                   
                                       

TRY:
WHY: All six of these series offer similar themes while giving you enough of a difference to enjoy them. Look for the following similarities to keep you engaged: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Romance, Angels, Supernatural, and/or Werewolves.
City of Bones – The Mortal Instruments #1 – Cassandra Clare
Glass Houses – The Morganville Vampires #1 – Rachel Caine
The Summoning – The Darkest Powers Trilogy #1 – Kelley Armstrong
The Iron King – The Iron Fey #1 – Julie Kagawa
Vampire Academy – Vampire Academy #1 – Richelle Mead
Hex Hall – Hex Hall #1 – Rachel Hawkins
Happy Reading!

Retro Review {3} Review {20} Lola and the Boy Next Door

LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
AUTHOR: Stephanie Perkins
SERIES: Companion Novel to Anna and the French Kiss | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After (Publication: May 7th 2013)
PUBLISHED: September 29th 2011
ACQUIRED: Borrowed | Library | Need to Own
EDITION: Hardcover, 338 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
RATING:  5.00/5.00  |  GOODREADS RATING: 4.06/5.00
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

MY THOUGHTS: I absolutely ADORED this book! Every character in it was just amazing and so individualistic and quirky! I wish they would all come to life and be my friends, I’d never be bored again!
Lola is truly inspirational. She is fantastic, and so comfortable with herself and who she is and what she wants in life. Lola proves that you can have a crazy family, batty friends, and frenemies for neighbors and still come out on top. Lola talks to the moon for advice and wears wigs and crazy outfits and truly embraces her individuality.
Cricket is the boy-next-door/science nerd. I have a thing for nerds, so let the crushing begin!!! He’s the ultimate swoon-worthy heartthrob. He’s so sweet and gentle, and loves to help out those he loves – including Lola. He’s willing to do anything for anyone.
The relationships between Lola and her parents is different from any other book I’ve read. Her birth mother, Norah, was a teen mom and Lola doesn’t have a good relationship with her. However, her relationship with her parents, Nathan and Andy is great. They are cute and help show a good balance between two males in a relationship and raising a teenage daughter.
The story starts out with Lola dating bad-boy Max, who’s 22 to Lola’s 17. He is the rock-star, tattooed, alcohol consuming, pot smoking bad boy who does try to appease Lola’s dads, but ultimately it just doesn’t work out. 
And then our beloved Anna and Etienne St. Clair make their appearances. But… I didn’t like them in this book! I know, what the heck, right? Because I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss. Absolutely adored it!!! But they just annoyed me in this book.
As far as the writing style goes, Perkins melts my heart, she truly does! Her writing is FANTASTIC. It never feels forced or out of touch, and it is very quickly paced and engaging. I can’t think of any parts where I really wasn’t into the book, and couldn’t find any scenes that the writing failed at. She handles scenes with grace and force, and it’s so easy to picture myself back in my seventeen-year-old shoes! Perkins writing portrays real life scenarios, and she handles them perfectly. Her characterizations make you feel like you live in Lola’s world, like you know all of these characters personally, and her visualizations are wonderful as well.
The thing with Perkins as well, is that she will give her characters their “happily ever after” but you better believe that they are going to work for it!! After all the crud that Lola dealt with throughout the book, she lived, she learned, and she got the prince in the end. It wraps up neatly and perfectly, as is Perkins style.
My final thoughts are these: I want to go back and be seventeen again, and be Lola for a day! Really, I do! Perkins has created this amazing character in Lola. Someone who falls down but picks herself right back up, brushes herself off, and continues on conquering the world in her costumed-fabulous way! Lola inspires you to follow your heart and dreams and to be whoever you want to be, because the real you is perfect just the way you are!

Favorite Quotes:

“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

“Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring.” I smile. “You don’t think I’m perfect?” “No. You’re delightfully screwy and I wouldn’t have you any other way.”

“And if I’m the stars, Cricket Bell is the entire galaxy.”

“And I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars.”

“And it didn’t matter how many songs or poems had already been written about them, because whenever he thought about the girl, the stars shone brighter. As if she were the one keeping them illuminated.”

SIMILAR READS: Past Perfect by Leila Sales | Shut Out by Kody Keplinger | Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | Saving June by Hannah Harrington | Amplified by Tara Kelly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi there, I’m Steph and I wrote Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. They have funny bits and kissing, so you should totally read them. If you’re into that sort of thing. The final companion is called Isla and the Happily Ever After, and it will release in 2013. I have two additional YA Novels that will also be published by Dutton – a teen slasher in 2014 and a yet-to-be-named project in 2015. I often miss blog comments made on Goodreads, so if you want to make sure that I recieve your message, please click over to my actual blog and leave it there, thanks! For more ways to reach me, go Here. (taken from Goodreads)

Happy Reading,

12 Days of Magic (Spellbound) Book Blitz and Giveaway!

Hi! Welcome to the book blitz for Nikki Jefford’s Spellbound Trilogy, hosted by Giselle at Xpresso Reads! Read on to learn more about the series and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway!
Spellbound Book 1: Entangled – February 20th 2012
Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.


Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.



Spellbound Book 2: Duplicity – March 20th 2012

If Graylee Perez thought sharing a body with her twin sister was bad, dealing with a duplicate of herself is two times worse. Gray the second doesn’t seem to get that Lee’s boyfriend, Raj McKenna, is off limits. Then there’s the problem of Adrian Montez. He expects one of the Grays to be his.

Nearly a year later, the council is onto them for past misdeeds; Lee, along with the rest of the coven, has lost control of her powers; and Gray is being stalked by what looks like the Grim Reaper. 

If they work together, they may stand a chance of setting things right and making it out alive.



Spellbound Book 3: Enchantment – April 2013

In the third and final installment of the Spellbound series, Graylee Perez (the duplicate), goes to Spain for a summer of escape. There she meets new friends and comes face to face with her old adversary, Adrian Montez. 

When Gray tries to setup a spell that will banish Adrian from her life, she inadvertently falls under a love spell instead.

Charlene returns, having hijacked a new body, for one final battle between the twins.



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AUTHOR BIO
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. She writes edgy teen fiction, including the Spellbound Trilogy and Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter.

Nikki married Sébastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.


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GIVEAWAY TIME!
GIVEAWAY #1
It’s open internationally, and the last day to enter is December 27th.

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GIVEAWAY #2

 It’s open internationally, and the last day to enter is December 27th.
The prizes:
-Signed Entangled Paperback, 
-A box of peppermint chocolate Polar Bear Smooches, 
-12 eBook Winners: choice of book 1, book 2, or voucher for book 3 when it releases
Happy Reading!

Frost Fire Book Blitz PLUS Giveaway!

FROST FIRE
AUTHOR: Olivia Rivers
SERIES: Tortured Elements #1
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: November 20th 2012
CATEGORIES: YA, Paranormal, Witches, Romance, Magic
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: “Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for permission before it destroys you.”



Like sand in an hourglass, Allai’s future is dwindling away. She’s spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most. 



She’s a Mage. 



Though ancient law mandates Allai’s death, she still has one last chance of survival. His name is Drake Rhaize, and he swears he can lead Allai to a sanctuary for Mages. Allai hasn’t seen Drake in years, but she remembers him as the Demon boy who used to hold her close and softly whisper that he’d keep her safe. But Drake has changed since then: He’s now suspected of murder, and has been out-casted for betraying his own kind. 



While Allai doesn’t trust Drake, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands and hope he can get her to safety. Because Allai’s father has hired a pack of Demons to bring her back to him, dead or alive–and Demons never stop the hunt.  



SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT? SO WHY DON’T YOU BUY IT ON AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE!

ALL ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Olivia Rivers is a high school student, a literary agent intern, and an obsessive-compulsive reader. She has a slight obsession with Kootenai County in Idaho, and she’s pretty sure life will always be awesome as long as Irish accents exist. She lives with dysautonomia, a chronic medical condition affecting her nervous system. Portions of proceeds from her “Tortured Elements” series go toward supporting youth with dysautonomia.

WHERE TO FIND OLIVIA AROUND THE WEB: 
WANT MORE? CHECK OUT THIS EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM Frost Fire!

Luke cleared his throat, bringing her thoughts back to the present. “So,
about these nightmares.”
“I thought we changed the subject away from them.” Allai crossed her
arms and fingered the sleeves of the old t-shirt she used as a pajama top. She
always felt like her hands had to be doing something. The Demons she lived with
were constantly alert and responsive, so the least she could do was look active.
“You changed the subject,” Luke said. “I never agreed to it. So how are you
going to stop your nightmares?”
“You said it yourself. They’re not just going to stop.”
“Of course not. You have to make them stop.”
“How the hell do you expect me to do that?” She took a deep breath, and
then said in a calmer tone, “He tried to kill me, Luke. You were there, you know
the details. How am I supposed to just push that memory away?”
“Don’t push at it,” Luke said. “Just accept it. Embrace it, and then move
There was no way she could do that. Part of her wanted to; getting that
memory out of her head would be beyond relieving. But the other part wanted
to remember, because every memory she had of Drake Rhaize was a piece to
a puzzle. And part of her hoped that once she put together the entire puzzle, it
would tell a different story than her nightmare.

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On My Bookshelf {9} – Vlog Edition!

This week’s On My Bookshelf is going a vlog version … Enjoy watching :))

Books Featured:

Borrowed | Library
Every Day – David Levithan
Beta – Rachel Cohn
Tiger’s Curse – Colleen Houck

Bought | E-book
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

And a HUGE GIGANTIC ENORMOUS thank you to Barnes & Noble!!

Happy Reading,

Movie Review {1} Anna Karenina

Release Date (US): November 16th 2012
Directed By: Joe Wright | Also Directed: Pride & Prejudice & Atonement
Produced By: Focus Features
Cast: Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina | Jude Law as Aleksei Karenin |Aaron Johnson as Count Vronsky |Matthew MacFadyen as Oblonsky |Alicia Vikander as Kitty | Domhnall Gleeson as Levin
Summary: The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.
Rating: R
Categories: Drama, Romance
Run Time: 2h 10m
My Thoughts: So I went into the theater expecting a movie similar to other historical dramas that Knightley has starred in. That’s not what I got, though. At first, when the movie started out – I was confused. Like, ‘what the…(insert nifty, creative expletive here)’ confused.
So the movie is played out like a play would be. This really does nothing to help explain it, and I’m sorry – but it’s so hard to explain! Basically, the movie opens up to a stage where there are a couple of characters. Eventually the stage fades away, but randomly appeared again throughout. And instead of scenes outside on sidewalks and streets – the characters would walk along the stage planks and back stage type areas that would typically be in an auditorium/playhouse. And if a scene ended with a character opening a door, the next scene began with that ending but the door was opening and the character was coming into the next scene. Yes, it is really hard to put into words!
Character-wise, I ADORED Jude Law! I mean, if I could’ve crawled into the movie, kidnapped him, and brought him home with me – yeah, I so would have! He absolutely rocked his role, and I’ve always liked him in his past films, but there was just something about this role that just made me swoon. Keira did a fabulous job, as always – wouldn’t expect any less from her! And the actor that played her lover did great too. At first I didn’t think they had chemistry, but then when things started getting steamy – there was definite chemistry! The side story between Levin & Kitty was eh. It was sweet and just okay. A nice interlude from the main story.
Would I recommend this movie? I think to the right person, yes. Someone who is into very abstract, unorthodox movies would enjoy it. And from the two chapters of the book that I read, it appears Wright did justice to Tolstoy’s esteemed work.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 61% = 3.05 Stars
My Rating: 3 Stars
Happy Reading (& Movie Watching!)

Save the Date {12} Boundless by Cynthia Hand

BOUNDLESS
AUTHOR: Cynthia Hand
SERIES: Unearthly #3 | Other Books in the Series: Unearthly | Hallowed
EDITION: Hardcover, 320 pages
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: January 22nd 2013 by HarperTeen
CATEGORIES: YA, Paranormal, Angels, Urban Fantasy
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: (Highlight over to read; didn’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read books 1 & 2) The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could have ever anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life. 

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her … even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one … with the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly Series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

MY THOUGHTS: I enjoyed Unearthly, and REALLY like Hallowed, so I’m very curious to see how the series ends in the third installment of the trilogy.  There are still lots of unanswered questions and I can’t wait to see how they play out!

Happy Reading!

What Now? {3}

Hey! Welcome to my new Tuesday post – What Now? This new once-a-week post is based off of Epic Reads – Like, Try, Why.

If you liked… The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
…Then Try… Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
…Why … Yes, I realize that they are really not the same as Harry Potter is dealing with magic, and Percy Jackson is based on Greek mythology, but here’s why I think you’d like Percy Jackson if you liked Harry Potter … both deal with unassuming boys turning out to be very important in the “other world” that they belong to. With their best friends as their sidekicks, and tons of adventure and danger, Percy Jackson will appeal to any Harry Potter fan, and then some!

Happy Reading!