Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sunday Journal {2} + On My Bookshelf {12}

Hey Bookworms! The Sunday Journal is a book and non-book related post, highlighting my Just Finished, Currently Reading, and Up Next books, as well as posts that went up during the week, and any interesting fun facts that happened during the week.

JUST FINISHED: The Indigo Spell [Bloodlines #3] by Richelle Mead


CURRENTLY READING: Icons [Icons #1] by Margaret Stohl |[Book Club Pick] Falling Kingdoms [Falling Kingdoms #1] by Morgan Rhodes |[Read Along Book] Innocent Darkness [The Aether Chronicles #1] by Suzanne Lazear


UP NEXT: Impostor [Variants #1] by Susanne Winnacker



ON MY BOOKSHELF {12}

I ended up going into a part of the city this weekend where my favorite used book store, Rust Belt Books, is located. I picked up 2 books, plus received 1 ARC to share with you!

PURCHASED
Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy & Ben H. Winter

RECEIVED FROM PUBLISHER
The Fury [The Fury #1] by Alexander Gordon Smith


I also picked up this makeup kit from Ulta that was put out by Nyx cosmetics in anticipation of the release of The Mortal Instruments movie. You can check it out in more detail HERE. I haven’t played around with it too much yet, but I am planning on trying out the two looks that they give you instructions for. I am considering doing some type of post where I do makeup looks inspired by book covers, or movies. I’m still playing around with the idea and how I would do it (photos versus videos etc) but if you think that would be cool, let me know in the comments.


WEEKLY WRAP-UP
I spent a good part of this week sick with something eerily close to the flu, and got behind in my reading. This weekend was a busy one, too so I really have to buckle down, since between the book club book, the read along book, and then my review book… I’ve got a lot to read! We had nice weather this weekend, so I was able to spend some time with friends and boyfriend and I also took his parents out for their anniversary, which was really nice! We tried a new restaurant that we found, and luckily for us they had vegan options so we were happy about that. This upcoming week we have a 4th of July BBQ with boyfriend’s side of the family (his sister, who happens to be my BFF will be up visiting from Long Island with her hubby and my beautiful niece/goddaughter who just turned 1 in February!) and then Saturday is a Girl’s Day at a local spa, which I CANNOT WAIT FOR! What are you up to this week, and what are your plans for the 4th? Any traditions in your family that you do every year? We go up to the University at Buffalo (aka UB for the locals!) to watch fireworks – best display in town!

UP ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK
MONDAY – I gave 3-Stars to Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood in my review of this historical-paranormal novel about witches.
TUESDAY – I focused on mermaid themed covers on I Love Your Cover.
WEDNESDAYSave the Date {18} featured Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
THURSDAY. FRIDAY. and SATURDAY I didn’t get anything up because I was feeling so yucky.
Happy reading!

Save the Date {18}

TITLE: Still Star-Crossed
SERIES: Stand-alone
AUTHOR: Melinda Taub
EDITION: Hardcover, 352 pages
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: July 9th 2013 by Delacorte Press
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Retellings, Historical Fiction, Romance, Delacorte Press, Melissa Taub, Still Star-Crossed, July 2013 Release
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that’s settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo’s best friend, still anguished by the loss of his companions, and the chosen Capulet maid is Juliet’s older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved and whose refusal of Romeo’s affection paved the way for bloodshed. Contrary to their late cousins, there’s no love lost between Benvolio and Rosaline, yet they forge a bond to end the renewed feud not only to escape their forced betrothal, but to save their lives and the city of Verona itself. 
MY THOUGHTS: Holy… I.. Oh man. I want this book, like, now! I don’t know what it is about Romeo & Juliet, but anything to do with a retelling or a spin-off type story and I am so there! I think this book has tons of promise, and it is one that I am going to most likely buy immediately. I also adore the cover, and that alone is enough to draw me in.
What do you think? Is this a TBR or Pass for you?
Happy Reading!

I Love Your Cover {2}

Hey Bookworms, and welcome to a new meme here at The Little Pink Book Boutique. I went to college for fine arts, and consider art one of my passions in life. I decided to create a meme where I can mix my love of books with my love of art; and decided to focus on cover art. These books are ones that I have not read (Unless I say that I did…) and I am just discussing their cover art, not any of the content within the book.

THIS WEEKS THEME: Mermaid themed book covers!

FORGIVE MY FINS (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
One thing that is going to be standard on all Mermaid/Sea Creature covers, is blue and green coloring. Almost every cover I see has those two colors in some form or context. This one seems to have added a filter that gives the model a bluish-green tint, and then her eye shadow and lipstick tie in these hues as well. I think the font used for the title is great, and lends a girlishness to it, as well as keeping with the flowy, watery theme just like the white-dot waves that surround the title and authors name. I always like when the title is bold and really stands out, and giving the author’s name a standard, simple font allows that to happen.

The title is placed well, in contrast with the model’s face which dominates the upper cover. I’m curious about the blue “breath” it looks like the model is either inhaling or exhaling… I do own this book, but haven’t read it yet. Now I’m getting curious! It also makes me want to try out a “mermaid-y” makeup look… hmmm, future post, maybe? FINAL SCORE: 3.50/5.00

TEMPEST RISING (Tempest #1) by Tracy Deebs
Another one that I own but haven’t read, I must say part of the appeal of this one, is that gorgeous cover! Plus, Tera Lynn Childs does say that it’s “Dark, magical, and achingly beautiful.” How can you ignore that?! 

What I really love on this cover is the contrast between the dark watery background and the model’s pale skin and wavy blond hair. The shimmery iridescence of her tail scales and that awesome purple back tattoo really draw me in. It’s also pleasing to the eye because the background has some purplish-blues in it, so to me it really ties the two elements of the cover together.

This one also appears to be well balanced, with the flowy title font, author’s name in a more simple font, and then the recommendation at the bottom work well opposite the model. It lets the boldness of the tattoo and tail really stand out and come at the reader, while remaining more demurely on the side. FINAL SCORE: 4.50/5.00

RIPPLE by Mandy Hubbard
This one I have read, and while it was a good story, it wasn’t the best mermaid book that I’ve read. I like the cover on this one for the fact that it’s different than most. Instead of blatantly showing you that there is a mermaid involved (which I didn’t know until I read the jacket) they decided to incorporate a few of the themes from the book to give you the mermaid-y impression.

First, the water. I love the water! So shimmery, and blue and green and the light from the moon reflecting off of it! And the way the tree splits the cover in half without really drawing from its appeal gives the sky it’s place on the cover as well. Having the female model in a flowy green dress that almost matches the water color gives the illusion that there’s some type of relationship between them. And then the swirly tattoo crawling up her calf also gives us an idea that she’s not just a boring old human!

I like that they did the placement of the author’s name and title and then a little blurb at the bottom the way that they did. This layout really works, especially with the title going vertically. Because there is so much going on nearly the entire length of the cover, placing the title horizontally, in my opinion, really would’ve drawn away from the attractiveness of it. The simple font works well on this cover too, as anything more scroll-y or fancy wouldn’t have worked. FINAL SCORE: 3.50/5.00

SIREN (Siren #1) by Tricia Rayburn
OH! Did I love, love, love this book! I definitely buy books for their pretty covers, and this one was no exception!

I love when a book that is a little darker, or not as light and airy convey that on the covers. With this one having a dark almost sepia tone to it, it’s clear that it won’t be a fun, fanciful tale. I love how the water is rough and wavy, these dark rocks are just jutting up from the surface with three figures standing on them. It’s so mysterious! It immediately makes you want to read it to find out why there are there – and what they are doing! 

I like the 3D-ness of the title, created by using shading and highlighting. It makes it pop from the clouds, and doesn’t look static as to distinguish it from the rest of the cover. The author’s name in white also give it a pop of color and looks better than I think it would had they used black. It would’ve drawn from the title as well. FINAL SCORE: 4.50/5.00

Have a suggestion for a cover theme? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!








Review {28} Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked
AUTHOR: Jessica Spotswood
SERIES: The Cahill Witch Chronicles | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Star Crossed #2
ACQUIRED: Borrowed | Library
EDITION: Hardcover, 330 pages
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: February 7th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Witches, Romance, Magic, 3.5 Stars, Putnam Juvenile Publishing, Jessica Spotswood, 2013 Read, Book 1 in Series, Born Wicked, The Cahill Witch Chronicles
RATING: 3.50/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 3.95/5.00
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.


Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

MY THOUGHTS: Born Wicked was an interesting read for me. It’s not one of those action-packed, fast-paced stories where you’re constantly getting whiplash from how quickly the plot goes and how crazy the scenes get. Instead, the first installment in the Cahill Witch Chronicles moves slowly, dishing out dangerous liaisons, magical misuse, and secrets that rock a town to its core.
Cate Cahill is our protagonist. She is almost seventeen, the oldest of three girls, and very maternal since her mother died several years ago. Cate feels that it is her duty to not only care for her two younger sisters, but also to make sure they are not using any of their magical powers, lest the Brotherhood finds out they are witches and tries them. Once tried, a witch would either be sent to the Harwood Asylum or be killed; neither of which are viable options for Cate and her sisters.
Born Wicked is set in an ‘Alternate 1900 New England’ where the Brotherhood rule and at the age of seventeen a girl must announce her intentions to marry (and to whom) or join the Sisterhood. At first I wasn’t sure how I would feel about reading a story taking place in an ‘alternate’ place and time, but once I was into the story, Spotswood does a wonderful job creating the world where her characters live.
The characters are well developed, each with their own personalities and attitudes. I can’t say I necessarily loved Cate as the protagonist, but I am going to assume that she will be a wholly different person in the next book(s) to come. Where she tried to stay as out of sight as possible, I think we are going to see a giant change in her, now that she knows how things really are in New England.
One character I really enjoyed, however; was Finn Belastra. He was a wonderful love interest, and one of two guys to make up the love triangle. He’s smart, witty, and willing to fight anyone or anything for the people that he loves. In that way, he and Cate have a lot in common. They only want to protect their families, and put themselves last. He is wonderfully selfless, and a great match for Cate.
Cate’s two sisters, Tess and Maura, each have a unique voice to the story. Cate is overprotective and suffocates them, and Maura acts out at any chance she gets. Tess is the quieter, gentler one who just wants the three of them to stay unified while making decisions together, rather than suppressing their magic and being told how to behave.
One character that I completely disliked was Sister Elena, from the Sisterhood. She annoyed me from the first page she appeared on. I’m not sure completely what it was that irritated me, but she just rubbed me the wrong way! And how she played the sisters against each other and played with Maura’s heart and emotions was just unforgivable.
The slower pacing of the story, I believe actually helped the story to achieve an eerie, kind of maybe almost Gothic-Victorian type of air to it. I would say it felt rather dark and gloomy than a light, airy read. The Brotherhood is oppressive in their rules – and just like any other “government” type body, they have their corruption and flaws. I will be curious to see how things change within the Sisterhood that will ultimately affect the Brotherhood in the end.
There is a great prophecy that is entangled in the web of this tale as well; one that could have several different outcomes and consequences. There is a bit of a twist at the end – one that I cannot say was completely unpredictable, but I am anxious to see how Cate handles her choices and how it will affect those around her.
Overall, I enjoyed this read for the straight-forward story that it is. I would willingly recommend to anyone who enjoys paranormal, steampunk, historical fiction, or just a good fight-for-love story.

SIMILAR READS: Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne | When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen | Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock | The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges | Gilt by Katherine Longshore

Happy Reading!

Sunday Journal {1}

Hey Bookworms! Welcome to the first edition of the Sunday Journal! I am going to be working with a few new meme ideas until I find ones that fit the blog juuuuuuust right. The Sunday Journal is going to be book and non-book related, highlighting my Just Finished, Currently Reading, and Up Next books, as well as posts that went up during the week, and any interesting fun facts that happened during the week.

MY WEEK IN BOOKS

JUST FINISHED: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood

CURRENTLY READING: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

UP NEXT: Unremembered (Unremembered #1) by Jessica Brody

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG

  • On Monday, a new Book Blogger Confessions post went up that is all about BEA, ALA and attending these ginormous book events.
  • I debuted a new weekly post on Tuesday called I Love Your Cover. The first week’s covers were all vampire themed, and I had a ton of fun writing up this post! I think it’s a keeper. Also on Tuesday, I did a Cover Reveal for Conjure (Tethered #2) by Jennifer Snyder.
  • Wednesday showcased an upcoming book release, Forevermore by Cindy Miles, on the 17th edition of Save the Date.
  • Thursday‘s Book Blast included a Giveaway for Jill Cooper’s 15 Minutes. There’s still plenty of time to enter the giveaway, which is for a gift card, sunglasses, a purse, and several e-copies of some great books! You can also enter to win on the Goodreads page, which you can get to by clicking on the book title above.
  • Friday was filled with yet another Book Blast for Addicted to You by Colina Brennan, which is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. This one includes a giveaway too, so stop by the post to enter and visit the Goodreads page to enter to win also!
  • A day late, Sunday revealed my new books this week in my On My Bookshelf post.
In other bookish news, I joined a book club and will be hanging out and discussing books with Sara from Forever17 Books and Jessica from Jessabella Reads. If there is anyone else in the Western New York Area that is interested in joining, send me an email and I will give you all the details. Thanks so much to Sara for setting this up! Our first book is going to be Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.

And in non-bookish news this week… work dragged and I thought it would never be Friday! It was pretty uneventful otherwise, and on Saturday I went on a tour of the Flying Bison Brewery with my boyfriend and a couple friends. It was a lot of fun, even though I’m really not big into drinking. Then we hung out with friends to watch the Stanley Cup Finals, and here it is Sunday evening, about to relax and watch a movie… and I’m not ready for the weekend to end!!! 

Hope everyone had a fantastic week!
Happy Reading!

On My Bookshelf {11}

Hey Bookworms!

I am probably going to switch this to a monthly feature instead of weekly, because I really do not buy (or receive) enough books to bother with posting weekly. I do go to the library pretty much weekly though, so I  do “Library Insta-Hauls” on my Facebook (Which you can follow HERE) so if you aren’t friends with me on Facebook, go ahead and click the link above to LIKE The Little Pink Book Boutique’s page.
And now, for the new books on my bookshelf this week… (click the book titles to visit the Goodreads page.)

PURCHASED
Onyx -The Lux Series #2 – Jennifer Armentrout
Dreamless – Starcrossed #2 – Josephine Angelini
Winter Queen – Fairy Queens #1 – Amber Argyle

BORROWED
(Library)
Five Summers – Una LaMarche
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1 – Laini Taylor
Revel – Maurissa Guibord
Towering – Alex Flinn
Icons – Icons #1 – Margaret Stohl
Imposter – Variants #1 – Susanne Winnacker
(A great, big, huge THANK YOU to Jessica at Jessabella Reads for lending me her copies of Icons & Imposter)

GIFTED
The Loop – Shandy Lawson – Thanks to Katie @ Blook Girl 
Crown of Midnight – Throne of Glass #2 – Sarah J. Maas (Jessica from Jessabella Reads actually grabbed me an ARC of this one at BEA because I desperately needed it. My life, literally depended on it.)
That’s it for me this week. What did you guys get? Leave me comments & links below 🙂
Happy Reading!

{Book Blast} Addicted to You by Colina Brennan [NA Contemporary Romance]

When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter’s latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn’t a sex addict; she just doesn’t do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.
At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.
Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.
As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can’t kick.

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Colina Brennan is a new adult writer with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. When she isn’t writing, she’s attached at the hip to her kids or chasing her dog or daydreaming about what she wants to write next.

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{Book Blast} 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper – Excerpt + Giveaway

Paperback
Published June 15th 2013

I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

“She’s my mother,” my voice quivers. I close my eyes when he touches my cheek. “Ever since the first time I went back on my birthday—I can’t stop thinking about her, Rick.” I close my eyes and take a deep breath.

He nuzzles my cheek, and I feel his warming breath against my skin. I’m safe, comfortable.

“I saw how she was with me,” I whisper, because if I have to be any louder I won’t be able to go on. “I was a baby, and I saw how much she loved me. She sang to me. My dad—-we were all so happy.” I shake my head. “That’s what I want. I need that. He does too.”

Rick’s eyes soften. “And if you’re successful, you know things will change.”

“Of course I do. I’ll have my mom.”

“Not that.” He glances away, pain etched on his face. “Your life will change. Our life.”

My brow furrows. “What are you trying to say?”

“What if we don’t know each other anymore? What if we lose each other?”

The idea quickens my pulse. I brush his soft hair off his brow. “It won’t. Nothing could change how I feel about you.”

Doubt mars his face. I lean forward and brush my lips against his. Passion comes quick as our lips part, searching each other. I wrap my arms around his neck as he lifts his body onto the bed beside me. He kisses my jaw and rests his head against mine.

“I don’t want to lose our future, Lara. Are you willing to risk everything you know for this?”

Rather than answer him, I lay my head on his shoulder. He wraps his arms around me. I’m cocooned and safe.

Despite it all, the answer is yes.

PURCHASE YOUR COPY

Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. Early on she had dreams of writing romances and mysteries. It was something she did when most kids were trying out for softball or out riding bikes.

She’s always loved dark mysteries, but also enjoys a great comedy so she tries to include both these things in everything she writes, one way or another.

She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is the author of the YA series, The Dream Slayer, and the dystopian series Glistening Haven. She can be contacted at http:// www.jillacooper.com.

Save the Date {17} Forevermore by Cindy Miles

TITLE: Forevermore
SERIES: Stand-alone
AUTHOR: Cindy Miles
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: July 1st 2013 by Point
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Ghosts, Point Publishing, Cindy Miles, Forevermore, July 2013 Release
ADD TO GOODREADS
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On a misty cliffside, mystery and romance await. . . .

Ivy Calhoun’s life has been turned upside down. Her new stepdad has uprooted Ivy and her mom, bringing them to live in an actual castle in the misty Scottish countryside. There are stone-faced servants and shadowy corridors, and the ancient walls seem full of secrets. Ivy is at once frightened and intrigued.


Especially when she meets Logan, a gorgeous, elusive ghost who has haunted the castle grounds for decades. Ivy is immediately drawn to him . . . but Logan is not the only spirit around. Something dark and deadly is afoot, and soon Ivy finds herself in mortal danger.


Is Logan exactly what he seems? Could his mysterious past be tied to Ivy’s present? And can Ivy stop herself from falling in love with him?

WHY YOU SHOULD SAVE THE DATE: Ghosts? Check. Romance? Check. Paranormal themes? Check. Added to my TBR Shelf? Oh yeah! This one sounds so creepy, and eerie, and gothic, and tragic, and beautiful all wrapped up in a pretty little package!! Already reaching over 4.30 out of 5.00 on Goodreads, the reviews are all positive for this gem!
Planning to read Forevermore? Let me know why or why not in the comments below 🙂
Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal {30} Conjure by Jennifer Snyder

Available July 1, 2013

Sometimes to understand the present you have to conjure up the past…

The last thing Addison Harmon needed was to become tethered to the broody, often seemingly cold, Theo Van Rooyen, but that’s exactly what happened.

Forced to partner up with Theo to figure out a way to break the tether, Addison soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

(New Adult/Mature Young Adult: Contains sexual situations, language, underage drinking, and drug usage.)

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing new adult and young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.