Stacking the Shelves (44) + February Recap

Under the Radar Friday (4): Yours Truly on YA Romances + Giveaway

Friday, February 27, 2015


Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.


It's the last Friday of February and this month, I've already featured contemporary NA and YA romances, as well as erotic romances. Now, I'm featuring my OWN under the radar reads, specifically my favorite underrated YA romances, regardless of genre. February surely feels lovey-dovey in here. Without further ado, here I go!


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{Blog Tour} Playlist + Giveaway: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My dear readers! Yesterday, Ellie Cahill (shhh, it's really just Liz Czukas of the super cute Ask Again Later and Top Ten Clues You're Clueless) released her first new adult novel, When Joss Met Matt. Today, I'm sharing Ellie's recommended soundtrack for the novel and I AM SO EXCITED TO SHARE IT. Plus, you get the chance to win the book so YAY! Here goes!

When Joss Met Matt
Title: When Joss Met Matt
Author: Ellie Cahill
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date of Publication: February 24, 2015

Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.

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Praise for When Joss Met Matt

“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

“This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wild

“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing

Playlist

Consider this your personal soundtrack. Get these songs cued up and ready to play while you read and I’ll give you the chapters that go with them. Warning: the following playlist may contain spoilers.




Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift


Ben. What a jerk. This is definitely the song Joss would have on repeat during chapter 3 when she’s trying to get over being dumped.


{Blog Tour} Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter
Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date of Publication: February 24, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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Accompanying Tweets to The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan: K

Sunday, February 22, 2015

kablooey, exclam.:  You and I may end, but we won’t end quietly

kale, n.: "What’s more surprising?” you ask. “That I found you, or that kale is everywhere now? I didn't anticipate either.”

kaleidoscopic, adj.: Sometimes my fragmentation impedes, but it can also reveal; I see new patterns as the colors inside me crash and crush.

karaoke, n.:  Warning—you’re going to see me roar.

karma, n.:  If you steal the sheets, you are much more likely to fall off the bed.

karoshi, n.:  I hear you typing away, long past midnight, and think nothing but love merits this hour, and you do not love your job.

kayak, v:  The satisfaction of not saying a word, of being at sea but near each other, loosening our thoughts to the subtle tide.

keel, v.:  It’s fine if we rock and we pitch; we just have to make sure the fear doesn't overwhelm us – only then will we go under.

keep, v.:  In the endless trade of taking and giving away, I want to be the thing that sits off limits, too precious to ever lose.

keepsake, n.: The fake feather that you found, now in my wallet; incomplete creature, completed by memory.

kegger, n.: I try to point out that we’re not in college anymore.

key, n.:  You’re led to believe there’s only one in the world that fits into each lock, when really, few keys or locks are unique..

kibitz, v.:  I can hear the four of you in the other room, the birdsong of your friendship blurring before it hits my ears.

kibosh, n.:  Without discussing it, we entered the stage where big purchases needed to be “discussed.”

kick, n.:  For sure, I get one of these out of you. Sometimes it makes me smile and sometimes it makes me rub my shin.

kickass, adj.: I look to you because you’d climb the tree to save the kite, while I’d stay on the ground, hoping a wind would come.

kickstart, v.:  When I open my eyes in the morning, I need a reason to open my eyes. And most mornings, it’s you.

Under the Radar Friday (3): Author Cynthia Sax on Erotic Romances

Friday, February 20, 2015


Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

On our first week, Lisa of Lost in Lit opened with her favorite contemporary NA romances. Last week, Inah of The Bibliophile Confessions shared her contemporay YA romances pick. Afterall, it's February, and we're all about love and I try to be inclusive. So this week, I have an erotic romance author who'll share her under the radar erotic romances because we all need a little bit (admit it: A LOT) of steam at times. Let's all welcome, CYNTHIA SAX!!!

About Cynthia Sax

Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say “I love you,” they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.

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Let's get some recs to get the sizzle and steam on. Take it away, Cynthia!

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Review: Fish Out of Water by Natalie Whipple

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fish Out of Water
Title: Fish Out of Water
Author: Natalie Whipple
Date of Publication: February 10, 2015

Mika is about to fulfill her dream of working at the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium when her plans are derailed by an unexpected arrival—her estranged grandmother Betty. Betty has dementia, and is no longer able to take care of herself. Betty is in need of her family’s help—and she’s not going to be particularly nice about it.

Mika has to give up her summer internship at the Aquarium and stick to working part-time at AnimalZone in order to take care of Betty. The manager at AnimalZone has hired his nephew Dylan to work there, and Mika thinks he’s entitled and annoying. Or is he just trying to become a better person?

Mika is trying to be as patient as possible with her grandma—but Betty doesn’t make that easy. And neither does Dylan.

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Under the Radar Friday (2): Inah of The Bibliophile Confessions on Contemporary YA Romances + Giveaway

Friday, February 13, 2015



Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.


This week, a Filipino (*pompoms*) blogger will share her favorite contemporary YA romances, a genre which I am absolutely gaga over. I am so excited to share her recommendations with you (and to get on reading them as well). Let's all welcome, INAH OF THE BIBLIOPHILE CONFESSIONS!!!!

First, let's get to know Inah with a quickfire interview!



A book (or five) you'd want with you if you're alone stuck in an island?

Umm... Can I please just add two more so I could bring all seven Harry Potter books with me? *winks* Yeah, it would be the Harry Potter series.


Favorite book (or let's be real, bookS)?


Okay, besides the one's I've mentioned for the feature, here are some others: 


Paper Towns by John Green

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Champion by Marie Lu
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite fictional couple/ship?


I have tons because I also love to watch lots of TV series but in books would be June and Day from Marie Lu's Legend Trilogy.


#1 book boyfriend?


This is getting harder. Hahaha! Okay... Noah Shaw from The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.


Favorite pizza topping?


I really really love eating pizza, which means I've tried different flavors/varieties of it, but for me, a pizza is not complete without black olives.


Celebrity crush?


Chris Evans! 


Most favorite trope (a.k.a. I will like this book because it has my weakness)?


Bestfriend romances! Plus points if the guy is nerdy/geeky and very adorkable! 



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Now that you have an idea on what Inah fancies, let's hear her picks for contemporary YA romance books that need more pimping! The floor is yours, Inah!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015


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JELLYBEAN KISSES is the story of Jax and Jacey, two best friends who fake a relationship at the expense of something real. It’s going to take a hurricane, a goose, and a pound of jellybeans to get them to confess their feelings to one other. But can they find the courage before it’s too late?


Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Flawed, #1)

River Alhers is the girl next door to the Beckerson Boys. The two brothers couldn't be more different, except for one thing: River.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and life long friendships will be tested for the sake of love. As the romance threatens to destroy everyone involved, a tragedy strikes that will leave more than just a friendship broken.


American Girl on Saturn (Saturn, #1)

When attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, the guys have to go into hiding ASAP with a secret service agent's family, which includes two teenage daughters and a five-year-old fangirl. But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what little sister Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.


To the Sea (Follow your Bliss, #1)

To the Sea is the story of twenty-something Kira, freshly out of college and newly married, when she faces the unexpected loss of her young husband. As grief weighs her down, she uncovers the secrets he left behind. While trying to overcome tragedy, she learns to surf—on a surfboard and the waves in life. She navigates new feelings of lust with Australian hottie Jamie, and the depths of love with soul-surfer Ian, all while discovering her own strength, overcoming loss, and transforming her life.


One Song Away

Sophie-Claire Wright keeps waiting for the lucky break that will launch her songwriting career, but lately her life feels more like a bad country song on repeat. When she moves home and tells a tiny lie--that she has a boyfriend--she turns to an old friend and crush to play the part of her fill-in boyfriend. Soon, sparks are flying between them, and Sophie can't tell which kisses are real and which are fake. Just as she decides to take a leap of faith, she receives a chance to return to Nashville and the songwriting dreams she left behind. Is the life she wants ONE SONG AWAY or has she already found it in Jake's arms?

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Review: Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Hurts
Title: Love Hurts
Authors: Various Authors (Compiled by Malorie Blackman)
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Date of Publication: January 29, 2015

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

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Review: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Kitchen When it Sizzles
Title: The Kitchen When It Sizzles
Author: Chrissie Peria
Date of Publication: August 16, 2014
Genre: sexy contemporary romance

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.

Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who's filling in for Olivia's cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can't help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?

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Under the Radar Friday (1): Lisa of Lost in Literature on New Adult Books + Giveaway!

Friday, February 6, 2015



Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

Today is the first ever Under the Radar Friday and I am *so* thrilled to start the recommending and the squeeing! To start UTRF with a bang, I have a book blogger I look up to and whose recommendations I always listen to. Let's all welcome... LISA OF LOST IN LITERATURE!

First, let's get to know our guest of honor for today's UTRF with a quickfire interview!


A book (or five) you'd want with you if you're alone stuck in an island?

The Harry Potter series.  Though I haven't completed the series yet (*gasp* I KNOW!!) I plan to this year.  I have a feeling this is a series I could read over, and over... and over again.  

Favorite book (or let's be real, bookS)?

No, I refuse to answer this.  Not a chance!

Okay... I've given it some thought and I'm ready to answer it now.  ;)  I'll stick with books that I could read over and over again, since picking a favorite is always hard for me.  I'll go with the Anna and the French Kiss series.

Favorite fictional couple/ship?

Lola and Cricket (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins)

#1 book boyfriend?

Ben (Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker)

Favorite pizza topping?

Eggplant - so yum!

Celebrity crush?

Dane Cook That guy is HILARIOUS!!  And easy on the eyes.  ;)

Most favorite trope (a.k.a. I will like this book because it has my weakness)?

Best friends to more relationships. I'm a HUGE sucker for childhood friends that grow into something more.  It gets my every time.

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Now that you have an idea on what books Lisa loves, let's hear her picks for books that need more pimping! Lisa initially wanted to share five contemporary YA novels but she ended up doing NA and she'll tell you why. Take it away, Lisa!

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Review: Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Love, Lucy
Title: Love, Lucy
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Date of Publication: January 27, 2015

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

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Review: All's Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria

Monday, February 2, 2015

All's Fair in Blog and War
Title: All's Fair in Blog and War
Author: Chrissie Peria
Date of Publication: June 2013

Five Cuevas @fivetravels
Three guesses to where I'm going next. Starts with an M. Ends with a U. Has a lechon named after it. #travel

Twenty-something travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when she gets invited to glittering Macau for an all-expense-paid bloggers tour. Think majestic old churches, sparkling casinos, exhilarating bungee jumps, and the world's most unforgettable egg tarts. The trip is practically perfect, except for one little glitch. She gets assigned to be travel buddies with Jesse, the world's most infuriating photo blogger, and it's definitely war at first sight.


Will Five let Jesse turn her dream vacation into a total nightmare? Or will falling in love be on the itinerary?

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