Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Monday, August 24, 2015

This time, the hype did not disappoint me. GLORIOUS BOOK IN HERE, YOU GUYS. If you haven't read it, YOU SHOULD! STAT! Let me convince you so.

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and The Dawn #1)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR
Date of Publication: May 12, 2015

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

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{Blog Tour} Excerpt + Giveaway: Secrets Don't Keep by Elora Ramirez

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Today, I'm sharing an excerpt for Secrets Don't Keep by Elora Ramirez, which is out now! I've been meaning to read this one because the blurb got me super curious and so I'm so happy to make you want to read it too. Because this excerpt definitely made me want to read more. Don't forget to join the giveaway as well!

Title: Secrets Don't Keep (The Grove #1)
Author: Elora Ramirez
Date of Publication: August 10, 2015

My name is Kera Collins, and I would do anything for a golden nod.

At first glance, my life appears perfect: the best friends, the best school, the attention of Dex Albright, the deliciously irresistible grandson to the Headmaster. All I need is the prestige behind La Boheme, an elite secret society formed within the walls of my school, and my life would be complete. Once I’m in, I’ll be the one with all of the secrets.

It’s just…no one told me these secrets could kill.

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{Blog Tour} Excerpt + Giveaway: Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Today, Karin Slaughter's novella BLONDE HAIR, BLUE EYES is out! This is in anticipation for her psychological thriller, PRETTY GIRLS, which will be out this September 29. Check out a short excerpt below and get a chance to win!

Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes
Title: Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Date of Publication: August 18, 2015

A beautiful young girl was walking down the street―when suddenly…

Julia Carroll knows that too many stories start that way. Beautiful, intelligent, a nineteen-year-old college freshman, she should be carefree. But instead she is frightened. Because girls are disappearing. A fellow student, Beatrice Oliver, is missing. A homeless woman called Mona-No-Name is missing. Both taken off the street. Both gone without a trace. Julia is determined to find out the reasons behind their disappearances. And she doesn't want to be next…

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Review: Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker

Monday, August 17, 2015

I finally got to read this! Onwards with the sequel we go!

Title: Wildflower (Wildflower #1)
Author: Alecia Whitaker
Publisher: Poppy
Date of Publication: July 1, 2014

The best songs come from broken hearts.

Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family's bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennesee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.

Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She's even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird's star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?

In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Title: Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: October 27, 2015

Fighting for redemption…

I've lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I'd ever loved-the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I'd made one promise-a promise I'd intended to keep. I've broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me even if she can't forgive me?

Learning to move on…

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I've loved him, but at least I won't spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I'm finally beginning to move on when my brother's wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don't know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

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Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I am deeply concerned and totally cringing that the letter 'S' in Homo sapiens is capitalized in the title. My science nerd self is totally not cool with it. I knew italicizing the scientific name would be tricky because it's the title so I ended up being cool with that but THE CAPITALIZED S, I CANNOT. It's like going everything against what I was taught. Am I overreacting? Maybe. But scientific name syntax is important, you guys! Carl Linnaeus would be so proud of me. I'm completely off-tangent here because I don't want to talk about how the hype killed this book for me.

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: April 7, 2015

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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