Friday, August 31, 2012

Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly by: Susan Dennard

Release Date: July 24, 2012 from HarperTeen
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"The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance."


My Thoughts:


I did not think it was possible for me to become obsessed with any more books, but this book has proven me wrong. I loved every single word written in this book. From the characters to the setting to the plot, I just could not get enough of it.

Eleanor is a great heroine. She is incredibly strong while still embodying the proper characteristics for a lady in the Victorian era. I truly enjoyed reading from her perspective. She is smart, courageous, and not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right. She has all of the characteristics that make up a great heroine. She is not some lady that can be easily pushed aside and I love that about her.

Then we have Daniel. Please give me a moment while I add him to my incredibly long list of book boyfriends. Daniel is simply a great character. He is not your typical love interest and because of that I love him more. Daniel is an incredibly smart and talented inventor; however he also has a dark past. He is a complex character and he is very tough to gauge, but I just know that there is an incredibly sweet guy in there somewhere. He is smart, funny, witty, and sarcastic; so naturally I adore him.

Okay so the book has a great heroine and a swoon worthy hero, but that is not all! It also has a wonderful story line. The story will keep you guessing as to what is going on and who is behind it all. While I did have my suspicions, I was still surprised by the events that transpired. I also absolutely loved the setting; Philadelphia during the late 1800s is the perfect setting for zombies to show up. It was also a great setting for social class struggles. Eleanor and her family are from a notable family, but they have run out of money. The book delves into all of the family alliances and “friendships” of the elite during this time. Eleanor learns that the people she has grown up with may not really be her friends and she finds her friends in the most unlikely of places. I also simply enjoy all the pretty dresses and corsets.

Now here is where I thank the day I decided to join the blogging community, because without you guys I probably would have never picked up this book. I have never read a book about zombies before because they never really appealed to me, but after reading so many good reviews I decided that this book was worth a shot. Well now I am in love with the book. It was fast paced and gripping and not what I expected a zombie book to be like. I am now of the opinion that zombies are awesome as are parasols and corsets.

All in all, Something Strange and Deadly is a fabulous read and one that you should check out soon. The story will intrigue you, the characters will grab you, and the zombies will frighten you. This book is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Swoon Thursday #10: Shift by: Jeri Smith-Ready



Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! We want to know :-)

This week my swoon-worthy moment is from Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready:
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"Zachary stared at me for less than a heartbeat. Then with one long stride, he was in front of me, grasping my shoulders. He pressed his forehead to mine as his words poured out. 'Aura, I never wanted anything else. And when I thought we couldn't be together, not without maybe killing ouseleves or ruining the world, I tried to lose myself in whatever I thought could make me forget. Schoolwork, soccer, even Becca. But nothing worked.' His warm whisper brushed my cheek. 'I can't forget you, any more than I can forget my own name.' He kissed me then, and the world, which no longer mattered, completely fell away."


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #12: Ceaseless by: Abbi Glines



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.


This Waiting On Wednesday is all about Ceaseless by Abbi Glines:
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"Can he make her fall in love with him… again? 
When Pagan Moore proved worthy of Death’s devotion, he was given the gift of getting to keep her. 
But Dank was never promised that Pagan would keep him.
When a soul is created, so is its mate. In every lifetime those souls find each other. They complete the other’s destiny. It’s time for Pagan’s soul to choose if she truly wants an eternity at Death’s side or if she wants the mate created just for her. 
Dank didn’t think he had to worry about her choice. He knew where her heart belonged. Until he realized that every kiss, every touch, every moment of their time together would be washed from her memories. He would have to win her heart all over again and prove to her soul that he was where she belonged. 
If only her soul’s mate wasn’t right there standing in his way."

Not going to lie, this synopsis has me a bit worried. If Dank and Pagan do not stay together, I may not survive it. I adore Dank and I do not approve of someone getting in the way. I need to know how this series ends.... and now! Oh and look...  it's Pepe and Sztella!
Ceaseless will be released on September 18, 2012.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #12: Onyx by: Jennifer L. Armentrout


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser this week is from Onyx (Daemon's POV Scene) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout:

"Air punched out of my lungs. I held her tight, and I knew right then I would burn down the whole universe for her if I had to. I would do anything to keep her safe."


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review: Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by: Kendare Blake

Release Date: August 7, 2012 from Tor Teen
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"It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor."


My Thoughts:


This review contains spoilers for Anna Dressed In Blood.

Sometimes you read a book and you just fall head over heels in love with it. Then you discover that there will be a sequel to this awesome book and completely fangirl all over it. You wait and wait for months on end, counting down the days until you get your hands on this book, agonizing over the wait. Then the day comes where you FINALLY get the book and you drop everything else you are doing, because you just HAVE to read this book. Then you read the book and you love it and devour it, but it just does not live up to the original book. Well that is the case for me with Girl of Nightmares. I truly enjoyed every single word, but it was simply not Anna Dressed In Blood

Cas was once again a great character. Reading from his perspective is simply enjoyable. He has a great voice and thinks some incredibly funny things. He is still determined and strong, but this time his determination is geared towards finding and saving Anna. He is willing to stop at nothing to save her from Hell, not only because he owes her but because he loves her. This time around though, Cas has the help of Thomas and Carmel and this time he does not fight their help.

Anna was probably my favorite part of the first book, so the severe lack of her character in this book was disconcerting to say the least. I seriously missed her character and I missed her ability to terrify me. After the end of the first book, I knew she was going to be in this book less, but I guess I was hoping she would pop up more than she did. I’ll say it again, I missed her in this book and the lack of her made it much less creepy.

While Girl of Nightmares was scary, it was not terrifying and it did not keep me up frightened late at night like Anna Dressed In Blood did. A lot of this book is spent searching for a way to find and save Anna and while that was interesting and kept me guessing, it was not particularly scary. Don’t get me wrong, this book definitely had its scary and creepy moments, but it was not prominent throughout the book. I would say the book was more mystery and less thriller.

The ending to Girl of Nightmares (and the series) was bittersweet to say the least. The ending makes sense and is satisfying, but it is not what I expected nor is it what I was hoping for. I was left with my mouth hanging open and tears streaming down my face. While I think some points could have been expanded on, all of the important plot points are wrapped up.

Although it was no Anna Dressed In Blood, Girl of Nightmares was still a great read. I really did enjoy every single page and every single word. I laughed and cried (a lot) and loved taking the journey with Cas and his friends. The plot had me on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what was going to happen next. The book surprised me at numerous points and had me second guessing certain characters. I never knew what to expect all the way up until the very end of the book. As you guys probably know, I love books that keep me guessing.

Overall, Girl of Nightmares is a great read and a great sequel. While it may not have lived up to the first, it is still very enjoyable and something I would gladly pick up again.  



Sunday, August 26, 2012

PAYA 2012

So PAYA 2012 was my very first signing where there were a ton of authors for me to visit. It was a wonderful experience; one that I hope to repeat in the future. I got some of my favorite books signed, and I also discovered some new books I need to read.

One of the best parts of PAYA was that I got the chance to meet my all time favorite author: Jennifer L. Armentrout. She was super sweet and meeting her kind of made my day, no year, no life!

I also got the chance to meet the super awesome Jeri Smith-Ready and the wonderful Wendy Higgins.

And now let us look at all the goodies I got, all signed of course =] 

Along with the awesome authors and goodies, I also met Vi from Confessions of a Vi3tBabe.

So, in the end, PAYA was fabulous and I will definitely be going back next year.


In My Mailbox #10


IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

So two of my favorite books arrived this week. Cannot wait to re-read them both.

Next up, I got  myself some more eBooks (I have an addiction, I know)

I also got these pretties for review.

I also received Eve and Adam from Netgalley.

Last, but not least, my paperback of The Wild Ones arrived with some swag as well.


And here is a list with links to Goodreads:
Beautiful Disaster by: Jamie McGuire
Onyx by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lucid by: PT Michelle
Cold Kiss by: Amy Garvey
Shadow Future by: Madison Louise
Word and Breath by: Susannah Noel
Undeadly by: Michele Vail
Eve and Adam by: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
The Wild Ones by: M. Leighton

What books did you get this week? Link me.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Character Interview: Trick and Cami from The Wild Ones by: M. Leighton

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So, just in case you guys have not noticed, my recent obsession has been The Wild Ones by: M. Leighton. Naturally I was dying to know some more about Trick and Cami. So what did I do? I interviewed them of course! Please join me in jumping up and down over the FIRST EVER character interview with Trick and Cami.
If you want to check out my review,  just click here.

Hi guys! Thank you so much for taking the time to come and speak with me today. Words cannot express how excited I am to have both of you here.
Let’s start off easy. If you had to describe each other in two words, what would they be and why?
Trick:  Stubborn and beautiful.
Cami:  Stubborn?
Trick: *grins*  Yes, stubborn.  You’re stubborn as a mule and you know it.  Luckily, you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever laid eyes on, so I don’t care as much.
Cami: *smacks Trick’s arm*  Wow, you really know how to compliment a girl.
Trick: Oh, was I supposed to be going for complimentary?  *leans in to whisper in her ear*
Cami:  *giggles*  Okay, you’re forgiven.
Trick:  That’s what I thought.  So what about me?  What two words would you use to describe me?
Cami: Selfless and gifted.  I’ve never met someone who is more determined to take care of the people he loves.  Never.  I’ve also never met someone that has so many different talents.  He’s pretty amazing.
Trick:  *smiles at Cami*  Amazing.  That’s the best word to describe Cami.  In every way, she’s just amazing.

What would you say is your favorite pastime? Other than riding of course.
*both laugh*
Trick:  What is this interview rated?
Cami: *slaps Trick’s arm again*  Ohmigod, I can’t take you anywhere!
Trick: Sure you can.  *waggles eyebrows*
Cami: *rolls eyes*  He’s been like this since I said I’d marry him.  It’s all he thinks about.
Trick: Now be honest, if you were lucky enough to have the love of a girl who looks like this, wouldn’t you be thinking the same thing?
Cami:  *blushes*  Next question!  Please God, next question!

So Trick, I’m curious… when you first spilled that beer on Cami was it really accidental or were you looking for a reason to talk to her? And Cami why did you not pick treat right away?!?!
Trick: I noticed her right away, but it really was an accident.  If I hadn’t spilled the beer on her, I’d have found another way to talk to her.  Probably something equally horrifying, though.  I wouldn’t want to completely overwhelm her with my charm.
Cami: *jerks thumb toward Trick*   Can you believe this guy?  Actually, that’s a total lie.  He was so overcome by my awesomeness, he lost his balance and spilled his beer.  Right, babe?
Trick: *smiles*  Damn straight.
Cami: As for why I didn’t pick treat right away, I had to make him work for it a little, ya know?
Trick:  *laughs*  Whatever!  You were dying to pick treat!  You’re just a naughty little tease.
Cami:  *grins*  Okay, maybe I wanted to pick treat.  Just a little.

So this question is a bit spoliery, so future readers here is your warning. Cami, if Trick hadn’t have shown up at the bar that night, do you think you still would have chosen him over Brent and broke the rules for him anyway? Trick, what made you finally decide that Cami was worth the risk?
Cami:  Yes.  Definitely.  He was never far from my mind.  Even when I couldn’t see him.  It was just a matter of time before I realized I couldn’t live without him.  That I didn’t want to try.
Trick: I knew from the first moment I saw her she was worth the risk.  Worth anything.  I just needed some time to work out the logistics.
Cami:  Whatever!  You tried your damndest to resist!
Trick:  Okay, I tried, but there was no point.  She was part of my future, part of my life from the first word.  You just can’t fight that.  And who would want to?

Trick, this one is for you, what sparked your initial interest in wild horses?
Trick:  My father.  He took me to see them once when I was little.  He would make up stories about some of them, stories about their future and what amazing Quarter Horses they’d make if someone would only give them a chance.  I think, even at that age, I knew that I would come back one day, come back to rescue one.

Cami, you think and say some of greatest/funniest things, but after meeting your mother and father I have to wonder where you got your sense of humor from. So please explain?
Cami:  *laughs*  I think I just stumble into most funny things.  And with a friend like Jenna, I have to be on my toes at all times.

One last serious question, if you could go back and do it all over again, is there anything you would change?
Cami and Trick:  *at the same time*  Yes!  *both laugh*
Trick:  I wouldn’t waste one single day overthinking things with her.
Cami:  And I would’ve picked treat.

Time for some silly This or That:
Vanilla or Chocolate?
Cami: Chocolate.
Trick: Vanilla
Cami:  What?  How can you even say that?  That’s just wrong.
Trick:  What?  Vanilla’s good!
Cami: *rolls eyes*  He’s clueless.  Please overlook him.

Action or Romance?
Cami:  Romance.
Trick:  I guess I’m supposed to say action, right?  Since I’m a guy?  But there’s nothing better than a romantic comedy. 
Cami: *pokes Trick in ribs*  You are such a liar.
Trick:  *laughs*  Okay, action.  Of course!  What, did I suddenly grow ovaries?

Dogs or Cats?
*both say*  Dogs.  *both laugh*

Batman or Superman?
Trick: Batman.  He has the coolest cars.
Cami:  Superman.  Because he has x-ray vision.
Trick: Wait, I want to change my answer.  *laughs*

Green or Blue?
Cami: Green, of course.  Like his eyes.  Well, sort of.
Trick:  Blue, of course.  Like her eyes.  Well, sort of.
*both laugh*
*Trick takes Cami’s hand and laces his fingers through hers*


See, now I love Trick and Cami even more than I already did. Thanks so much to the fabulous M. Leighton for taking the time and for just being awesome.

About The Author:

M. Leighton is a native of Ohio, but she relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: writing fiction. Twelve of Michelle's novels can now be found on Amazon, as well as several other sites. She's currently working on sequels, though her mind continues to churn out new ideas, exciting plots and quirky characters. Pick one up and enjoy a wild ride through the twists and turns of her vivid imagination. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Book Review: All Things Different by: Shawn Underhill

Release Date: June 26, 2012
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"Late in the summer of 2005, starkly independent Jake Thornton was on the verge of turning 16, expecting little more than his driver’s license in the fall, and the continuance of the quiet life shared with his father. So when 14-almost-15 year old Sara moved in next door and began vying for his father’s attention, Jake wasn’t exactly thrilled, and couldn’t quite understand his father’s motives for allowing it. But certainly he never anticipated the dramatic shift their lives would take as a result.
As the summer fades and autumn takes over, friendship between the two teenagers begins blossoming into a bond, until fate steps in once more, threatening to tear them apart as quickly as they’ve come together. The decisions that follow, and the emotive tale that results, opens Jake’s eyes to the simple yet life altering truth, a truth that Sara has understood all along: that love—not the feeling but the action—is the most powerful force in the world."



My Thoughts:


When I first read the summary for this book, I expected a light coming of age story. While I did get a coming of age story, it was also much more serious than I had initially anticipated. That did not make it bad, it was just a bit of a shock for me. While the book has its funny moments, the overall tone is very somber and serious. These two young teens have to deal with things that even adults should not have to deal with.

The book focuses on the lives of Jake and Sara. We meet them at the ages of 15 and 14 respectively. When Sara shows up, initially Jake is not thrilled to have her living next door. However, she manages to get under his skin and worm her way into his heart. Sara has had a difficult past, to say the least, and for some reason she takes to Jake and he helps her move on. They become extremely close and share a bond that is not easily broken. Now I know what you are thinking, they are only 15 and 14. Yes they are, and the author manages to show this bond in an appropriate manner for their age. They simply come to love each other as friends and over time that love grows.

Jake is very serious for a 15 year old and he is very independent. He is set in his ways and knows what he wants out of life. On the other hand, you have Sara who is exuberant and energetic and full of life, despite her past. The contrast between these characters was one of my favorite parts. Despite how different they seem, deep down they were exactly what each other needed and they did not even know it.

I must warn you though; this is not a story to be picked up lightly. As I have said before there are some very serious circumstances involved and while the characters may be young, I believe this book is geared more towards more mature readers. I do not think I would classify it as Young Adult even though the characters are young. This is not a light and fluffy read, but it is a good one.

As a whole I enjoyed the story and the plot moved along nicely, with twists and turns in all the right places. However, I do have one tiny complaint, and this might just be a “me” thing. At points the dialogue seemed to be very back and forth without any tags or descriptions in between. To me, it made the conversations seem very fast paced (and for some conversations that was okay, especially with Sara) and it was hard to follow who was saying what after a while. At certain points, I would have to go back and re-read the dialogue to make sure I got it right in my head. Like I said though, that might just be a preference thing. I tend to like tags in between the dialogue.

All in all if you are looking for something meaningful to read, then this is the book for you. The ending is heartbreaking and good all at once and will have you smiling through your tears. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blog Tour: Inbetween by Tara Fuller (Review, Excerpt and Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop on the Inbetween Blog Tour hosted by Itching For Books. I have a review, an excerpt, and there is also a chance to win your own copy. 



Summary:
"Since the car crash that took her father’s life two years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option. 
It’s not easy being dead especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left...his soul."

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Release date: August 28, 2012



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Review:

When I first read the synopsis for Inbetween months before its release, I immediately added it to my to-read list. To put it simply, it sounded like exactly my type of book. I waited impatiently and as I waited my expectations grew. Inbetween was exactly what I expected it to be; a great paranormal romance that will make readers weak in the knees and keep them on the edge of their seats.


In my opinion, the best thing about Inbetween is simply the characters. Each and every one of them is great in their own way. From our hero Finn to the villain Maeve, they all have something intriguing about them. It is probably best I start with Finn, since he is our hero and love interest. Finn is probably one of the sweetest characters I have ever encountered. He is charming, devoted, protective, determined, and willing to go to extraordinary lengths for Emma. Speaking of Emma, she is a very likable character. She is thrust into a supernatural world, and does her very best to keep up with it, even resorting to some ridiculous/desperate solutions. She may not be strong in the “I can kick your butt” sense, but she is definitely a survivor and a strong one at that. Now, on to my favorite character Cash. Cash is Emma’s best friend and he is a good one at that. He is funny, sarcastic, witty, and loyal. He is Emma’s rock, whether she realizes it or not. He was my favorite for all of these reasons and it is clear that there is much more to his story.

The romance in this book will not disappoint you! It is the ultimate forbidden romance that comes with numerous consequences and asks the question: can love defy the odds? Well, I’m not going to tell if it can or not, you will just have to read this fabulous book and find out for yourself. I will say that the romance will make you sigh and swoon and wish for your own personal Finn. There is nothing better than a good romance, and when it is forbidden it is even better.

Tara Fuller manages to grab the reader’s attention from the get go and she keeps it until the very end. She does this by switching up the perspectives as the book progresses. She allows the reader to get inside both Finn and Emma’s head. I always enjoy when a story switches perspectives, because it allows the reader to see exactly what is going on inside the character’s heads. I knew exactly how both Finn and Emma felt and was able to therefore understand their motivations better. Also, by switching from Finn to Emma, the reader is not stuck inside one characters bubble and is able to see events going on outside of one characters path.
 
Overall, Inbetween is a book that pararomance fans need to read. It is everything you want in a paranormal romance. It is sweet, gripping, fast paced, and packed with wonderful characters. Pararomance fans will not be disappointed with Inbetween; it is everything you want and more.


**Source: Received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review**

Now For An Excerpt Of Inbetween - Enjoy!

Cash's voice wafted in with the breeze, stirring the sheer ivory curtains that hung over my blinds. I looked up from my journal to watch him climb through my window, his familiar sketchpad stashed under his arm. I snapped a mental picture and added it to the collage of memories that made up Cash and me.

"Please tell me your mom's already gone," he grumbled as he pulled a chair up next to my bed. "The last thing I need is her running off to tell my dad I'm over here trying to get in your pants."

"She's at Spin class." I looked at my alarm clock. It was too early for Cash to be awake, let alone at my house. "Trouble in paradise?"


He shrugged and pulled his pencil out from behind his ear, opening his sketchpad. "You could say that. What about you?" He nodded to the journal in my hands. "More dreams?"

I nodded and closed my eyes, trying to remember more of my dream. It was already fading. Damn it.

"Well, don't let me bother you." His lips quirked into a grin as he started to draw. His messy black spikes stood straight up on his head, flecks of red and gold paint glinting from the tips.

"What are you drawing?"

"You." His wrist moved fluidly, his pencil scratching against the paper as he studied the curve of my face.

I groaned and stuffed my face in my hands. "Seriously, Cash. I just woke up."

"Come on, it's for class," he said. "We're supposed to sketch someone in a natural pose. Someone who doesn't know we're drawing them."

I raised an eyebrow. "Seems a little stalkerish. Besides, I know you're drawing me, so that sort of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?"

"So pretend you don't know I'm here. Go back to whatever you were writing." 

Not possible. I couldn't immerse myself in those kinds of memories while he was sitting here analyzing every one of my expressions. Cash knew me too well as it was. My horrible poker face was only going to make everything worse.

"Besides, the light is amazing in here right now. Don't move. Don't even blink. I swear, the way the sun is hitting you..." His inspiration must have stolen the rest of his words because he sank into a heavy silence, the hiss of his charcoal pencil speaking for him as it frantically worked at replicating my sleep-mussed state. 

I peered around his sketchbook to see which T-shirt he was wearing today. This one said, I'm only here because my flux capacitor is broken. It was the same one he'd been wearing yesterday.

"You do realize kids in our generation are not going to get a reference to Back to the Future?" I asked.

"You just did," he said without looking up.

"Only because you've forced me to sit through it like three hundred times."

"Yeah, well, I don't wear them for anyone else. I wear them for me."

I sighed. So much for trying to distract him. "I never agreed to this, you know," I said fruitlessly. I knew he'd get what he wanted, even if what he wanted was my humiliation served on a silver platter. Or in this case, a leather sketchpad.

"I'll let you punch me if you let me finish," he said.

"Not good enough. You have to buy me coffee and a chocolate croissant and let me punch you."
-pg. 32 - 34, eGalley

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About The Author:

Tara Fuller writes novels; some about grim reapers and 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.



Swoon Thursday #9 (Something Strange and Deadly) and Giveaway WinnersAnnounced



Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! We want to know :-)

This week my swoon-worthy moment is from Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard:
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"Then suddenly his lips were on mine again. And I kissed back. His hands rose to cradle my head, and he tugged me more tightly into the embrace. He pressed me to the lamppost, his body a shield to the world beyond, and I slipped my hand all the way around his waist. His stubble scratched my chin, but I didn't care. Long, hard kisses turned into quick, desperate ones and then back again. This, whatever this was, had flared out of our control. His skin was as salty as it smelled - delicious and intoxicating."


What made you swoon? Link me.

Now on to the winners of my 100 Followers & Happy Birthday To Me Giveaway! 

So I cannot believe that when I first put this giveaway together I had just broken 100 followers. Here we are about a month later and I have passed 400 followers! I mean, seriously, I am floored. It is seriously the best birthday present I could have ever asked for and because of that I have decided to have 4 winners (one for every 100 followers). So here they are:
Congratulations Tammy F, Carmen, Endofmissc, and Danielle.



Winners have been contacted and have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner.



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