2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge: January Wrap-up Post + Review Linky + Giveaway of Vortex by Julie Cross

Thursday, January 31, 2013


So the first month of the YA + MG Time Travel Reading Challenge is coming to an end...aaaaand Precious and I have yet to review a time travel novel. However, as an explanation for the lack of reviews, January for us is the month of emailing authors, organizing the whole thing, preparing and updating our very detailed spreadsheets. This is the list of posts we have so far: 


Here's the list of time travel books released in January: 

Timekeeper (Timeless #2) by Alexandra Monir 
Vortex (Tempest #2) by Julie Cross 

For February, only one time travel book will be released: The Pirate Kings (TimeRiders #7) by Alex Scarrow.

For our lovely participants, it's the time to link up your reviews! 

Also...to thank you guys and to encourage other people to join the YA + MG Time Travel Reading Challenge (you can sign-up here), we're having a giveaway. What's up for grabs, you say? A finished copy of Vortex by Julie Cross! Open internationally! Ends on Feb 28th.

Waiting on Wednesday (5): Velvet by Em Garner

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Velvet
Title: Velvet
Author: Em Garner
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date of Publication: July 23, 2013

After the Contamination—an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into violent, uncontrollable creatures—the government rounded up the “Connies” to protect the remaining population. Now, two years later, the rehabilitated are being allowed home, complete with shock collars that will either control, or kill, them.

Velvet Ellis has struggled to care for her ten-year-old sister since her parents were taken in the round up. When she finds her mother in one of the “Kennels,” Velvet resolves to do whatever it takes to put her family back together. But the danger isn’t over. It’s beginning all over again…

Gritty and grabbing, Velvet is a harrowing, emotionally charged novel for fans of Carrie Ryan and The Walking Dead.

Why?

The cover alone makes me want to grab it in a shelf and read it. Coupled with a fantastic premise, HELL YEAH, imma read this.

Cover Reveal: The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Title: The Only Exception
Author: Magan Vernon
Publisher: Beautifully Broken Books
Date of Publication: April 9, 2013
Genre: new adult romance

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.

About Magan Vernon

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

Spotlight + Giveaway: Entanglement by Dan Rix

Entanglement
Title: Entanglement
Author: Dan Rix
Date of Publication: November 16, 2012

"...the scientific explanation is quantum entanglement, whereby the boy and girl—even when separated by great distances—react instantaneously to changes in each other's states..." —Dr. Casler Selavio, on the entanglement of halves.

In a world like ours, humans are born in pairs. When a newborn boy takes his first breath in the coastal town of Tularosa, the exact time is noted, recorded in the Registry, and later compared to the birth times of other newborns around the globe. There will be one identical match—his half. They will meet on their eighteenth birthday and they will spend their lives together. Except this time, there is no match.

Hotheaded heartthrob Aaron Harper is scheduled to meet his half in twenty-nine days, and he doesn’t buy a word of that entanglement crap. So what if he and his half were born the same day and share a spooky psychic connection? Big deal. After breaking one too many teenage girls’ hearts, he’ll stick to brawling with the douchebag rugby players any day.

Until the day a new girl arrives at school and threatens everything he takes for granted.

Cold and unapproachable, Amber Lilian hates the growing list of similarities between her and the one boy she can’t read, Aaron: born the same day, both stubborn, both terrified of meeting their halves. . . . All the more reason not to trust him. That she would rather die than surrender herself as her half’s property is none of his damn business. But once lost in Aaron’s dangerous, jet black eyes, she’s already surrendered more than she cares to admit.

Tangled in each other’s self-destructive lives, Aaron and Amber learn the secret behind their linked births and why they feel like halves—but unless they can prove it before they turn eighteen, Aaron faces a lifetime alone in a world where everyone else has a soul mate . . . and he’ll have to watch Amber give herself to a boy who intends to possess not only her body but also a chunk of her soul.

ENTANGLEMENT, a 75,000 word YA thriller, will appeal to readers of Michael Grant's GONE and Ally Condie’s MATCHED.

Excerpt

First three chapters HERE!

Review

Read my five-star, glowing and worshipping review HERE!

Guest Post

Read Dan Rix doing some explainin' HERE!

Giveaway

Because I love this book so much, I asked Dan if he can sponsor five ebook copies for my giveaway and he said yes! It's contemporary YA with tinges of sci-fi and of course, romance abounds. If you read my review, I pretty much spazzed through the whole review. Haha! So there will be FIVE WINNERS of ONE EBOOK OF ENTANGLEMENT. Contest ends February 4. Winners will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or I will choose a new winner.

Good luck!



Stacking the Shelves (11)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

So I finally gave in and ended my book buying ban! All I had to see was a paperback of The Fault in Our Stars and I knew I will be buying books that day. Haha! So here's my haul!




For Review



Wee, these lovelies came in the mail last Monday. Gotta review these for the 2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge. Thank you so much, Erika of Candlewick! <3




Bought



I finally bought this and I now have my own copy! I didn't plan on buying a copy as I only borrowed Variant from Cherry and I'll be borrowing Feedback too. But then kids at home kinda wrecked Cherry's copy of Variant so I bought her a new one. So I now have her Variant and I cannot not have Feedback because I would need to complete the series. Haha! I can finally read Feedback soon, whenever my schedule clears up!




Bought



And I can finally read Insurgent! And I now have my own copy of Divergent (and Insurgent)! I only borrowed Cherry's copy but Divergent is awesome like no other so I really had to have my own copy. Yey! The boxed set is cheaper than buying them separately, heh. I debated just buying them all when the trilogy is complete but I can't resist!




Bought



Lastly, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS PAPERBACK!!! And The Little Prince diaries/planners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My life is complete with those diaries. I will buy more, definitely. Heehee.

Not pictured here but I also got my signed book plates from Jessica Khoury. Thank you so much, Jessica! <3

So that's it for this week! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. What did you get this week?

Review: After Dark (The 19th Year #1) by Emi Gayle

Friday, January 25, 2013

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)
Title: After Dark (The 19th Year #1)
Author: Emi Gayle
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Date of Publication: October 31, 2012

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Trailer


Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I won an ecopy of After Dark from J. Taylor Publishing but this in no way affected my views. Thank you Emi Gayle and J. Taylor Publishing!

I am not familiar with changelings and this is the first time I actually read a novel about them. So I don't know if this definition of a changeling in here is the common one so I'm not really sure if the idea's fresh. But for me, it's definitely a fresh and unique idea. Changelings can take any paranormal form they want. Why choose when you can be anything? Mackenzie can be a vampire, siren, fairy, demon, angel, dragon, any form she wants as she's a changeling, a rare form which only arises in the population every 50 years. It's really cool. But like all conflicts, if you can be anything, you have to choose. Mackenzie should pick a form by her 19th birthday, a form she'll stay on for the rest of her life. Changelings govern the paranormal realm of this world and the council is on her tail to choose her final form already.

Let's start with the characters. Mackenzie is so cool. She's that elusive popular girl in school. She's famous because she's gorgeous and rich but she also stays to herself aka she doesn't have friends or a boyfriend. Winn, her love interest is a hot geek. Cute and handsome at the same time with a to-die-for body but so studious and intelligent, he's my dream guy. Haha! So on the character front, we have two really likeable (and idolizable) characters with sizzling chemistry. They're so cute at the start with all the banter and then hot in the end. Hee. Moreover, there were a lot of side characters and they were all interesting. Mackenzie's mother and father were hilariously mismatched and Winn's sister 

The world building was great. I had no idea whatsoever from the start but never did I feel like I don't know anything. I wasn't confused and Emi Gayle has made the world of After Dark really easy to grasp and I can actually imagine it. The cool factor didn't hurt though. In a breath, she can be a vampire and in the next, she can be a siren.

I was planning to give After Dark four stars at first. But at the end, the pace got so rushed that I'd suffered from whiplash and had to go back a lot. Moreover, upon examining the book more closely, I found some characters only serving as exposition fairies. Like, it's not organic to their character to say or do this, but he/she says it anyway because secrets must be revealed and the plot must move. Upon realizing that, I felt like some plot arcs were forced into the story. Don't think I didn't enjoy these plot twists and arcs. I really did. But the way they were introduced wasn't a hit with me.

Lastly, I like the cover! Except for the tombstone superimposed, I think it got Mac's beauty and cool demeanor and kickassery and the feel that this is an urban fantasy. I really enjoyed reading After Dark and it helped me pass time while I was waiting in line THE WHOLE DAY. I am certainly looking forward to the next book (though I'm not the biggest fan of its cover)!

About Emi Gayle

Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years. 


Ironically, those years were some of Emi's favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she's still in love with him to this day. She'll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.

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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom

Thursday, January 24, 2013

 


Today, I am on for a review for the Allusive Aftershock! I admit I joined this tour because Pepe Toth is the cover model of the book. Haha! Nope, I am not that superficial. Just stay tuned for the plot and my review! (There's a giveaway too!)


Allusive Aftershock
Title: Allusive Aftershock

Author: Susan Griscom
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Date of Publication: December 18, 2012
Genre: YA romance

What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!


Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.



But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.



When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.



But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?


Excerpt



“I’m so sorry, Adela. I’m so sorry.” His soft voice barely registered in my ear while he stroked his hand over my head, trying to comfort me. I didn’t want comfort. I wanted to find my mom. I wanted her arms around me, rocking me the way she did whenever I became upset or sick. My legs buckled under me, and I collapsed to the ground. Max held on and sank down with me. We sat on the pile of my broken home. “I’m pretty sure she’s not here.” He continued, “I think she went to Sacramento with your dad.”



I sniffled, hoping Max was right. I knew we couldn’t search through this on our own. I just wanted to try.



I don’t know how long we sat there while I leaned against Max’s chest—could have been a few seconds, could have been a few minutes. It felt like hours. I dried my cheeks with the sleeve of my sweater but couldn’t lift my head from the comfort of Max’s embrace.



I thought about how I’d just used my sweater to wipe my tears and nose and sighed as I sniffled. Speaking softly into Max’s shirt, I said, “My mom would cringe if she saw me do that. She’d say, ‘Adela, stop, get a tissue. You’re going to ruin your sweater.’”



“Ah, you’re right, she would. Are you going to be okay?”



“No, but what choice do I have? I can only pray she’s with my dad and they’re okay—and hope Ambrosia and Aaron survived. We need to find them.”



“Right. First let’s find something for your hand.”



“My hand?”



“Yeah, look.” He placed his fingers around my wrist, turning my hand over; blood covered my entire palm. I stared at my blood-soaked hand as if it belonged to someone else. “When did I do this?”



“You fell when you were running toward the sweater.”



“Oh yeah, right, I fell.” I shrugged. “There’s a lot of blood, but it doesn’t hurt.”



“It will once the shock wears off.” He found a small dishtowel under the ramshackle pile of debris in the kitchen area and wrapped the soft cloth around my hand, tying a knot at the backside. “That should be tight enough to stop the bleeding. Let’s go to my house. My folks can help us.”



Review



My Rating: 3/5 stars



I really enjoyed reading this one. The YA landscape is so saturated with paranormal creatures (not that I don't love them but I gotta admit) so this novel of natural disasters is just the needed fresh breeze of air.



About Susan Griscom



I daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So I write to remember them. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.



I love writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky.



My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot.






Giveaway



Please purchase the e-book to be eligible for the swag pack. Please enter your receipt number. New purchases only, date must fall between 1-14 and 2-14. If you purchase my book and then win an e-book copy of AA, I will reward you with another book of equal value of your choice. Winners will be chosen on my birthday, February 23rd.



Waiting on Wednesday (4): The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Without further ado, here's my WOW for this week!

The Rules for Disappearing
Title: The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date of Publication: May 14, 2013

She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky... But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.
Why?

It's like the world answered my prayers! I've always wanted to know how is it to be in Witness Protection Program after watching countless shows and movies with a person in WPP. And now, we get a YA novel centered on just that, a girl who's on Witness Protection Program who just wants to settle in and stop moving around. Gah, love it! The blurb alone is amazing! 

{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Interred by Marilyn Almodóvar

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Today, one of our most awaited time travel book is finally released! Let's all give it up for Interred by Marilyn Almodóvar! Our radars immediately went ping when we read the blurb for this one. So good. Coupled with a very kind and lovely author, it's just the book we can't wait to get our hands on.

To celebrate Interred's release, here's a guest post from Marilyn about the time bending rules in Interred. (If you're interested in a character interview with Baxter, head to Precious' blog!) Plus, there's also an international giveaway! Got your ears perking up, huh? So join Precious and I as we celebrate Interred's book birthday!

Interred (Chronicles of the Interred, #1)
Title: Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1)
Author: Marilyn Almodóvar
Publisher: Iambe Books
Date of Publication: January 22, 2013

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.

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What a lovely cover, right? When I saw the cover, along with the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. And I am! Stay tuned for my review of Interred in the next few days!

Guest Post

Because I'm mighty interested in the different time traveling rules authors make for their books, I naturally asked Marilyn for hers. Here's her very insightful answer. Take it away, Lyn!

Time Bending Rules 101
by Marilyn Almodóvar

When I finally figured out that I was writing a Time Traveling series, the challenge was to find an element in it that would be fresh and original. While there aren’t many Young Adult books about Time Traveling, this topic has been done a lot on television and in film. As a Whovian, I wanted my Time Traveler to be as different as, say, the Doctor.

Thus, I explored the possibility of what it would be like for someone to have the ability to not only bend Time, but also create Time portals that could transport them into other eras, or simply from Point A to Point B. In the process of creating a world where people have these kinds of abilities, I had to decide things like how common Time Benders are, what other kinds of abilities people can have, how to govern all of them, and what kind of consequences they could invoke by using their powers.

For my main character, Baxter, I wanted her ability to bend Time to have a major downside since, of course, no one is invincible. Baxter has to cope with losing her own energy in the process of moving from the present to the past or future. The more portals she opens and the longer it takes for her to travel through Time, the more she ages. To help her with the energy loss, I provided a healer in the shape of Jack Ashdown, but he can’t work miracles or plastic surgeries. Otherwise, I’d be patenting his mad skills!

After I finished torturing—I mean, creating all the rules involved in Baxter’s ability—I decided that Time Travel shouldn’t result in the Butterfly Effect. I wanted to link historical periods in time to the main structure of the novel because I knew which time periods she would visit. So in my books, when portals are opened, this causes a shift in the world. Wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc., are the results of Time Traveling because the energy used by the Time Bender is not only his/hers, but also the world’s.

As you may have guessed, the Time Benders in my books aren’t meant to use their abilities to go back in Time to change things as they see fit. This becomes a significant plot element in the stories. Baxter has to choose whether she will go back in Time to change events that have impacted her life, or whether she will respect the power she wields.

Whenever the Time Benders in my stories create portals, they leave behind Fissures, which are like corridors through Time. These Fissures can be used by other Magical Beings, though it’s highly unlikely that those beings will survive going through the Fissures if they don’t have a Time Bender with them. Even though the Fissure is a crack in Time, traveling through one could potentially kill a person. Imposing this significant consequence was another decision I made while building this world.

Creating the world of Interred was great fun, and I absolutely adored playing with the possibilities that surround Time Bending. It allowed me to explore eras that appeal to me, such as the 1980’s (which I know only too well). It also allowed me to experience the point of view of a young girl who’s been thrust into a volatile situation with little knowledge of how her newfound abilities will wreak havoc not only on her body, but on her entire life. This intensity and wonder are what writers can expect when crafting new worlds for their readers.

Thanks, Dianne, for the opportunity to share a bit of Interred with your readers!

Thank you so much for that wonderful guest post and explanation, Lyn!

About Marilyn Almodóvar

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.

Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, will be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.


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Giveaway

Lyn is giving away an ecopy of Interred and some swag! What swag, you might ask? Oooohhh, just a magnet and a wristband, no biggie. What no biggie? Yes biggie! This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and ends <insert date>. Thank you so much Lyn for donating these prizes! <3

Unremembered Monday (1)

Monday, January 21, 2013



Today, I decided to join Unremembered Monday, to gear up for the release of Jessica Brody's Unremembered on March 5. So what exactly is Unremembered Monday? In the words of Jessica Brody herself:

In my new book, UNREMEMBERED (the first in a new sci-fi trilogy), the main character Seraphina, wakes up among the wreckage of a devastating plane crash of which she is the only survivor. She has no memories of who she is or her life before the crash but she soon discovers that her memory loss is not simply amnesia. Someone has been erasing memories from her mind.
Every week, Jessica features an author for a guest post and a giveaway. And every week, the question she asks is:
Which memory would you most like to be Unremembered?
Jessica now encourages bloggers to also join and so, I'm joining! I admit to having an ARC of Unremembered but I haven't read it yet because of school. But just know that I jumped up for joy and almost hugged my landlord (I restrained myself) when he gave me THE package containing Unremembered. Eeeeepp! Anyway, so without further ado, here's my answer!

This is by far my most embarrassing moment. I was in Grade 6, around maybe ten to eleven years old. I was a late bloomer so I just started wearing training bras or what we call here baby bras. Hmm, this is getting really personal. Heh.

So I was in the mall with my mom, in the ladies undies section. We were pressed for time so my mom just put the bra on top of my shirt and asked me to wear it so we can see if it fits. (I'm blushing just typing this post because this is so embarrassing.) So I was wearing a bra over my shirt when in comes my crush. He was with his older sister I think, accompanying her. So not thinking, I waved hi and said hello... only to realize I was wearing a bra on top of my shirt. Cue blushing and a life of eternal embarrassment. Of course he got shy too, seeing me like that (we're classmates) and me seeing him in that area of the mall. I just want to disappear at that moment. Haha! Good thing I changed schools come high school and he actually migrated to the US because I don't think I can see him anymore and not remember that day. We're Facebook friends and I still feel shy when I see his name on my feed. Eek, if I could only undo and unremember that day. Ha!

So that's it for my first Unremembered Monday! If you want to participate, head on over here for the details!

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Blurred by Tara Fuller


Title: Blurred (Kissed by Death #2)
Author: Tara Fuller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of Publication: July 2, 2013

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?

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About Tara Fuller

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.


Giveaway

Even though ARCs aren't available yet, you can win and be the first to have one! Yes, the first ever ARC of Blurred is the prize for this giveaway. Good luck!

Stacking the Shelves (10)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Woah, I can't believe I've been doing this for 10 weeks now! Haha! The books I got this week aren't as many as last week but they're signed copies! <3 So here they are!




Bought



I bought this on a whim! I was on a booksale, buying books for kids when I saw this one. I ended up not donating it because I really wanted it for myself. It just has the most magnificent illustrations. Tricia Tusa, you gained a fan in me! The watercolor paintings just rock. Anyway, I love this so much! <3




Won



Weeee! I recently won Sarah's Hanukkah Twitter giveaway and my prize just got here! It's SIGNED! Below is her message and signature. Wee! She also included a bookmark. Thank you so much, Sarah! I didn't know my love for Rumpelstiltskin will win me this book! Excited to read it!






Won





I also recently won a giveaway for Miss Fortune Cookie and some swag over at Book Whales! Wee, thank you so much Dani for hosting the giveaway! Yeah, it got to me with the big crease but my joy with it finally arriving can't dampen my mood! I've been pining for this for so long, even before I seriously got into book blogging. Lauren has been very kind and sweet over our emails and she even got stressed out because it took ages for the package to arrive. Really sorry for stressing you out, Lauren! Weeee, I love this! So she also included a bookmark, a bracelet (!) and a note. I thought that the note's the message and the sign but she actually signed the book too! Eeeeppp! See it below!




Hee, I guess my enthusiasm and spazzing and hyperness got to Lauren as I am "exuberant and delightful" according to her. Haha! I love your message, Lauren! Will take it to heart. "Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."

I also got Warm Bodies, The S-Word, Notes from Ghost Town, The Girl in the Wall and The Next Forever from NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley and all of the publishers of these books!

Thank you so much to Sarah Mlynowski and Scholastic, to Dani @ Book Whales and to Lauren Bjorkman! Lauren, I luff you so!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Comment away and share your haul!

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Shade of Vampire
Title: A Shade of Vampire
Author: Bella Forrest
Date of Publication: December 14, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.

An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

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Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I have a confession to make: I don't really get the whole vampire thing. Yes, send pitchforks my way but I just don't get the appeal of vampires. In fact, the only vampire-related I allow in my life or enjoy/like/love is the show adaptation of The Vampire Diaries. And nope, I haven't read the books. (I do love TVD and Damon so SO much.) So why did I agree to review this when I might be predisposed not to like it? Isn't that unfair? Because I want to like vampires. I feel like an outcast and so, I'd like to at least understand its appeal, if not to be completely under its spell. Moreover, Bella has been very lovely and understanding so I said yes to her review request. So here are the thoughts of a mermaids-and-angels-over-vampires-any-day kind of girl.

With the title and the author's name/pseudonym, I was kinda wary because I expected the novel to have tinges of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. I am happy to announce that that isn't the case! I didn't know that this was a short book so I was surprised at how fast everything went by. Even though it's a novella, the characterization was complete although they were stock characters. I liked all of the characters though, even the evil brother as he's delightfully hateful. He's so bad and I love him. Haha! The shortness of the book did not get in the way of establishing the world where it was set. I got a complete feel of its setting. However, since it's short, the action of the characters moved fast too. It was a little bit of instalove but I like that Sofia and Derek fought against it at first and then when everything was fine, a wrench was put in their way. I didn't really feel threatened with Derek's brother but I do think he will let hell break loose in the sequel.

I do think I will read the sequel but I am not dying to read it. It was a quick, enjoyable read though. I recommend this for fans of the genre and to those wanting to binge on novellas and quick reads. The search for a vampire novel that I will fall head over heels is still on.

About Bella Forrest

I've been telling stories pretty much since I could talk. Instead of having my parents read me bed-time stories, I would prefer to share with them my own made up tales.

As I grew older, I developed a passion for the fantasy genre. I'm an incurable Potterhead.

My debut novel, A Shade of Vampire, was released on December 14, 2012. The book became a Number 1 Christmas Bestseller in Vampire Romance, Paranormal and Fantasy on Amazon.

 
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