Thursday, January 31, 2013

Swoon Thursday #32: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin

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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.

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"My eyes fluttered closed. "Like hell I won't," I whispered. "I could kill you." "Then I'd die happy." "Not funny." "Not joking." I opened my eyes and focused on his. "I'd be happier without you," I lied as convincingly as I could. "Too bad." Noah's mouth curved into the half-smile I loved and hated so much, just inches from my navel. My head was foggy. "You're supposed to say, 'All I want is your happiness. I'll do whatever it takes, even if it means being without you.'" "Sorry," Noah said. "I'm just not that big of a person." His hands traveled up the side of my jeans, up to my waist. The pads of his fingertips grazed the skin just underneath the fabric of my shirt. I tried to steady my pulse and failed. "You want me," Noah said simply, definitively. "Don't lie to me. I can hear it." "Irrelevant," I breathed." "No, it isn't irrelevant. You want me as much as I want you. And all I want is you." My tongue warred with my mind. " Today," I whispered. Noah stood slowly, his body skimming mine as he rose. "Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever." Noah's eyes held mine. His stare was infinite. "I was made for you, Mara."" 

Everyone meet Noah Shaw, my new book boyfriend!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #34: Walking Disaster by: Jamie McGuire

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

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"Walking Disaster is Travis' POV.

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes."

Despite extremely mixed opinions on Beautiful Disaster, I am incredibly excited for this book. I cannot wait to see this story through Travis' eyes. I'm sure it will be very enlightening.

Walking Disaster will be released on April 16, 2013.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #32: Black City by: Elizabeth Richards

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!)
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"I pinch the bridge of my nose, trying to push away the pain, but the pain isn't in my head. It's coiled like a snake inside my chest, and I can't stand it. I feel like I'm dying. There's only one place I can think to find any peace."

So glad I finally read this book!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Review: Hooked by: Liz Fichera

Release Date: January 31, 2013
 from Harlequin Teen
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"When Native American Fredericka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...


My Thoughts:

Fun fact about Teresa: I have been playing golf since I was about 9 years old. For years I dealt with all the “girls don’t play golf” crap and having to prove myself to the boys. Heck it still happens today. So it is not a surprise that this book caught my attention immediately. I just knew I had to read it. At the same time though, I was worried. As someone who knows golf, I was worried that it wouldn’t feel authentic and that I would be able to find discrepancies simply because I know they game. However, it is clear that Liz Fichera knew what she was talking about. She portrayed the game of golf perfectly and I was addicted to the story. 

Fred was a girl I immediately took a liking to because she was strong. She took her spot on the boys team even though she knew it would be difficult and that everyone would be waiting for her to fail. At the same time though, things did bother her and she did break down. At times the bullying got to be too much and yes I do consider what she had to deal with bullying. She is only human and at times she doubted herself. She was real and relatable and I loved it. 

Ryan on the other hand is what we could consider the typical pretty boy jock. He is not nice to her in the beginning; in fact he goes out of his way to be mean. However, he can’t seem to stop thinking about her and he finally realizes that “duh” he likes her. While Ryan was not the most likable in the beginning, I still came to love his character. This is because he owns up to his mistakes and tries to correct them. Like Fred, Ryan is not perfect, he is real and relatable and he really does try. 

I think my favorite part about Hooked was that I could really feel the characters emotions. I got nervous and excited and upset right alongside the characters. When Fred stepped up to take that first swing in front of the boys I could literally feel her anxiety and I flashed back to many similar moments I have had in my golfing career. Then when she miffed it, I cringed alongside her. Maybe I felt this way because I have been in the exact situation before, but I also think it had a lot to do with the way the author portrayed the situation. She did a wonderful job of portraying the emotions and not just describing them. 

While I loved the story as a whole, I do have one complaint. There was a lot, and I mean a lot, of drama in this book. We all know I eat up the drama, but only to a point. Towards the end I just got to a point where I was like “seriously, again.” Just when you thought things might finally get better, something else seems to get in the way. I was quite aggravated at certain side characters at one point. But I digress; this is a small point in a much bigger picture. 

All in all, Hooked is a great contemporary read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary with a bit of a different twist. The story is cute and fun, but it also touches on the difficulties of being different. Simply put, I cannot wait for the next book: Played.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekly Recap 1/27/2013

Goodreads Links:
Everbound by: Brodi Ashton
Caught Up In Us by: Lauren Blakely
Slumber by: Samantha Young
Dark Swan Graphic Novel by: Richelle Mead
Hush Hush Graphic Novel by: Becca Fitzpatrick
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin

Flawed by: Kate Avelynn
Unravel Me by: Tahereh Mafi


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Character Spotlight: Morpheus

So this week I picked a character that I have wanted to write about since the moment I finished the book, but I had to wait because I read an ARC. Now it is about a month after the books release and I simply cannot wait any longer to squee about this character. Without further adieu, this week’s spotlight is on Morpheus from Splintered by A.G. Howard. 

Morpheus stole my heart the moment he appeared in Splintered. Morpheus wears leather pants, a top hat, has wings, blue hair, and awesome masquerade markings around his eyes. I really never stood a chance against his charms. He is just darkly charming with a dark sense of humor to match. He is incredibly witty and he always has a response ready. He is also manipulative and it is tough to gauge his intentions. He is danger, manipulation, chaos, and madness. He is a true product of Wonderland. Honestly he describes himself best with this quote: “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”

Aside from his mad personality, I love Morpheus because he doesn’t doubt Alyssa. He knows that she is strong and he knows that she can handle herself. He may have his own purposes when it comes to her, but he also knows that whatever gets thrown at her she can handle it. He doesn’t spend time trying to protect her and keep her out of trouble because she is strong enough on her own. However, at the same time he is willing to die for her just to keep her safe. I always appreciate when a guy knows just how strong the girl truly is and Morpheus knows how strong Alyssa is. 

Morpheus is the kind of character that is not good but you just love all the same. In all honesty, there is a good guy underneath all of his crazy. He is the perfect example of a bad boy you cannot resist!

Favorite Morpheus Quotes:
“Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. "You want me. Admit it."
Even if he's partly right, I'll never tell him. "Why would I want you?"
He lifts thee fingers to countdown. "Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible."
"Such an optimist."
"My cup is never empty."
"Too bad your brain is." The words bite, but my smile softens with affection.” 

“I vow on my life-magic not to send away or harm your precious boyfriend as long as he’s loyal to you and your worthy cause. Although I reserve the right to antagonize him at every given opportunity.” 

“I hate you," I say, the sentiment muffled against his heart, hoping to make it true.
"And I love you," he answers without hesitation, voice resolved and raw as he holds me tighter so I can't break away and react. "A crossroads, my beautiful princess, that was unavoidable—given our situations.”

Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: February 5, 2013 from HarperTEEN
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"tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life."

My Thoughts:

Unravel Me was so much better than Shatter Me, and I really loved Shatter Me, so that is saying something. So much changes over the course of this book; things you thought were unchangeable turn out to be quite changeable indeed. This holds especially true for Warner. I have been Team Warner from the beginning – don’t shoot! – something about him just caught my attention. However, I think a lot of people, especially people who disliked him, are going to be torn about him after reading this book. There is much more to Warner than just an evil villain. Unravel Me introduces the real villain that we should fear and Warner is not it. 

Juliette grows up so much throughout the course of this book and I really came to admire her character. She was never one of the strongest characters out there, with very good reason, but in this book she really learns to stand on her own and I loved it. There is one quote that I think really sums her up perfectly in this one: “All I know is that it’ll never be safe for me to rely on someone else again, to need constant reassurance of who I am and who I might someday be. I can love him, but I can’t depend on him to be my backbone. I can’t be my own person if I constantly require someone else to hold me together.” I love that she recognizes that she can be strong without the help of anyone else. I am really looking forward to what she brings to the table in the final installment. 

Now do not get me wrong, I like Adam, I really do, but he kinda got on my nerves at points during Unravel Me. He was just very mopey for a lot of the book and while I understood why, I still got tired of it. I just don’t do well with characters who are depressed for a majority of a book. I still like him but I just felt like a lot of the time we saw him, he was upset and it would result in the same scene between him and Juliette.

Warner… we all know I love the broken ones and Warner is definitely broken. I don’t want to give too much away, so let’s just say the Warner in Unravel Me is not the same Warner we met in Shatter Me. He is the Warner I always knew was hiding underneath his crazy exterior somewhere. See, I truly think that Warner understands Juliette in a way that nobody else can. He truly gets what it is like to be her, because he lived a very similar life. Whether you are Team Warner or Team Adam, Unravel Me will make you question who is really better for Juliette. Because honestly I think Warner accepts Juliette as she is, while there are things about herself she has to change for Adam. But I digress, that may just be my Warner bias showing through. I do think there may be a lot of team switching after this one. 

Now I have to talk about Kenji. He literally stole every scene he was in. He has such an arrogant yet wonderfully witty personality. The things that came out of his mouth never ceased to amaze me. Kenji definitely has a way with words. 

The writing in Unravel Me is simply breathtaking. The writing is just beautiful and astounding and gosh I just don’t know how to describe it. The story flows so wonderfully and the writing is just flawless. 

My one complaint is the way Juliette is treated at the beginning of the book. Be warned this could be considered spoilery. It seemed as if the people at Omega Point just couldn’t understand why Juliette had trouble interacting with others and just wanted her to settle in and be BFFs with everyone right away. I’m sorry, but what did you expect from a girl who spent most of her life in solitude? I know she needed a push, I just don’t think anyone truly took the time to understand her and just kept telling her to suck it up instead. 

Overall, Unravel Me is a great follow up to Shatter Me, and please do yourself a favor and read Destroy Me the novella from Warner’s POV beforehand; it really adds something to the story. This book will grab your attention and hold it until the very end.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Swoon Thursday #31: Beautiful Creatures by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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.

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"I ran my hand through her damp hair. "Don't push me away, please. I can't stand to lose anyone else I care about." I unzipped her parka, slipping my arm around he waist, inside her jacket, and pulled her toward me. I kissed her as she pressed into me, until I felt like we would melt the whole front yard if we didn't stop." 

I'll never understand why I waited so long to read this book!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #33: With All My Soul by: Rachel Vincent

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

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"What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America?

It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (after all, she did die), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to the find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity and the rest on each other. And so she–and her gang–make plans to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath. And Kaylee realizes that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. Especially when one more person she loves is taken..."

I am DYING to read this book! This is one of my very favorite series and I just want to know how is all comes to an end. I would also like some more Tod yummy-ness.

With All My Soul will be released on March 19, 2013.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #31: Neverfall by: Brodi Ashton

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!)
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    "I pretended for a moment - and only for a moment - that I was the person she was making room for. That the hand she held up reached for me. That the heart thumping in her chest beat for me and me alone. I allowed myself that split second of weakness."

    This was such a great novella! I adore Cole!

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Book Review: Flawed by: Kate Avelynn

    Release Date: January 22, 2012 from Entangled
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    "Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

    Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

    Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact . . ."

    My Thoughts:

    This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write, and sitting down to do this has brought tears to my eyes once again. I have lost count of the amount of times I have cried over this book now. There are really no words I can use to truly describe my feelings at the end of Flawed. Flawed pretty much destroyed me and turned me into an emotional wreck. This is not a happy book and the situations are not easy to read, but at the same time I feel like this book needs to be read.

    Flawed is a beautifully told story about broken lives. Two teens who have grown up in an abusive household and have clung to each other because of this. Their relationship is not normal and you cannot expect it to be normal under these circumstances. It is easy to understand how these two would come to rely on each other so heavily and it is hard to fault them for it. While as a reader on the outside it is easy to see what choices the characters should make, it is also easy to understand how these broken people end up making the choices they do. These characters cannot be expected to act in a way that we may deem normal because nothing about their life has ever been normal. 

    Flawed is not an easy read. It is painful and heartbreaking and uncomfortable at times. However, this is how you should feel while reading this book. It is not a lighthearted book, or a gripping romance, or a book you read when you need a pick me up. No, Flawed is the kind of book you read when you want something truly meaningful and something that will really make you feel. Something that brings heartache and pain, but in the midst of it all there is still some happiness and some hope. Like I said, it is not easy but it is so worth it.

    Despite all the pain and heartache in Flawed, there is still a truly sweet romance. In the middle of all the pain, the romance will make you smile. It is young love with all the drama and insecurities that entails, but amplified because of years of pain and abuse. It is the kind of love you will root for from the very beginning. It is also the kind of love that looks past imperfections and obstacles and strives to fully blossom. It really is beautiful to put it simply. 

    This is a book that has the ability to truly make you stop and think. I had a very hard time processing everything once I finished reading. I was an emotional disaster and I really didn’t know what I was feeling when I closed the book. Devastated? Hopeful? Honestly, I’m still not sure. All I know is that this book made a lasting impression on me and I will not forget this book any time soon. This is a book that will stay with you and the kind of book you use as a standard to compare other books to. It may not be happy and it may not be easy, but it needs to be read.

    Cover Reveal: Blurred (Kissed By Death #2) by: Tara Fuller

    So I am super excited to share the cover for Blurred by: Tara Fuller. This is the second book in the Kissed By Death series and I simply cannot wait to read it. I loved Inbetween! Also, I am in love with this cover!!! Plus, there is a giveaway at the bottom.

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    "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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    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.Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Kissed By Death Facebook Page | Goodreads

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    Weekly Recap 1/18/2013

    I'm weird... I know

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    Devoured by: Emily Snow
    Ethan by: PT Michelle
    Neverfall by: Brodi Ashton
    Madly by: M. Leighton
    Madly and Wolfhardt by: M. Leighton
    Awakened by: Ednah Walters
    Betrayed by: Ednah Walters
    Hunted by: Ednah Walters

    Release by: M.R. Merrick
    For The Love Of A Vampire by: M. Leighton
    Ruining Me by: Nicole Reed


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    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    Blog Tour: Down To You by: M. Leighton (Excerpt and Giveaway)

    So I am super super super excited to be participating in the blog tour for Down To You hosted by AToMR Tours. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Down To You and really just M. Leighton in general so being able to take part in this tour is just extremely exciting for me. For my post I have an excerpt and a giveaway.

    Release Date: September 23, 2012
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    "The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not.

    Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

    Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

    Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?"
    “I like to use all my senses to get a good lay of the land.” 
    “Lay of the land?” she asks, the corners of her mouth dimpling.

    “Of course,” I reply. “So I can plan my attack.”

    “Do tell.”

    “First I start with touch.” I reach out and brush one dimple with my fingertip then slowly drag it inward, across her pouty bottom lip. “Touch is invaluable. The texture of the terrain tells me how…aggressive my attack needs to be. Some places require a much more delicate approach than others.”

    “I see,” she says softly, her warm breath tickling my finger. “What else?”

    “Smell,” I say, sliding my hand into her hair to hold it back as I bury my face in the lightly scented skin of her neck. “A certain scent can tell me if I’m heading in the right direction. Something sweet. Something…musky,” I murmur.

    I hear her gasp when I gently bite the flesh beneath her ear. “And hearing,” I whisper. “Sometimes the softest sounds, even a moan can tell me a great deal about how close I am to my attaining my goal.”

    I feel her hands latch onto my forearms. Her fingernails are biting into my skin through my shirt. All I can think about is how I want to feel them on the skin of my back instead.

    Her breath is coming fast and shallow in my ear. “What else?” she pants.

    I lean back and look down into her face. Her lids are heavy over her dazzling eyes and her cheeks are flushed with everything that’s happening between us. She doesn’t want to stop either. There’s no doubt in my mind.


    Her eyes flicker to my mouth and back again. “And what do you taste?”

    “Everything. I want to taste everything.”

    About the Author 

    New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. 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: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office. About Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair. Blog | FaceBook | Goodreads | Twitter | E-Mail | Amazon | B&N

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    Friday, January 18, 2013

    Book Review: Ruining Me by: Nicole Reed

    Release Date: September 26, 2012
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    "Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.

    Two years ago she had the world in the palm of her hand and in one moment it was all ruined for her. Secrets, lies and the worst imaginable betrayal will haunt her for the next two years, until all of it catches up to her and she will lose the control of the lonely world she has built around herself.

    Three guys from her past and present will be there when it all comes crashing down. JT the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up, Rhye the local bad boy “rock star” that made her forget the past and Kane the funny and sweet tattooed bartender that wants her future.

    Is it possible to change the path she chose for herself and still keep all of her secrets?

    Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations, violence and language."

    My Thoughts:

    I’m not really sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but it definitely wasn’t what I got. This is one of those books that really screws with your emotions. I kind of thought it would be a steamy and fun read for some reason but nope not at all. This is a serious book and it is tough at times. There were moments that had me cringing because I didn’t like picturing what I was reading, but the book is very engaging.

    From the beginning, it is pretty clear what event occurred that caused Jay to go into her downward spiral. It really doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. However I don’t think the point of the story was for you to guess what happened. I think the point was for you to see how it destroyed Jay and then to watch her finally start to open up again. This book will give you emotional whiplash. It is hard to know what you want to happen because Jay doesn’t know what she wants to happen in her life.

    Jay is broken and it hurt to be inside her head at times. This is a book where it is very easy to judge or condemn her actions but that would be wrong because everyone deals with tragedy differently. It would be wrong of me to sit here and judge her actions because thankfully I have no idea what she is going through. Jay is coping in the only way she really knows how.

    Kane is my favorite character in this book because he is a rock. He is tough and strong and oh so patient. Kane has had tragedy touch his past as well. He connects with Jay and it is extremely clear how much he cares and wants to help her. Then we have JT, who is Jay’s first love. After she begins to spiral down, she pushes JT away. Naturally JT is not one to give up so easily. Once Jay comes out of her shell, he begins to try and make sense of what happened between them. JT is sweet and caring and just genuinely good. Then there is Rhye who we don’t see too much of, but what we do see I kind of like. This is the rock star bad boy that falls hard for the broken girl. Now I know what you are thinking, three guys seriously? But really it’s not like that at all. This story is not about whom Jay should choose and picking teams. This is about a girl who is trying to get her life back together and these guys are all a part of the process.

    Now the writing is not perfect, but the story is great! Also there seems to be insta-love in the beginning buts it’s not really. I know that makes absolutely no sense, but once you finish the book you will see that it actually makes perfect sense. The book begins and seems to be going one way, only to completely veer in another direction, and then the floor drops out. Like I said, emotional whiplash.

    I don’t know what to make of this book. All I know is that I stayed up late to read it and there was nothing that could have made me put it down. There was a portion of the book where I wanted to throw my iPad, but that would have meant I had to stop reading. So yeah, I think you should read this book and then you may be able to grasp what is going on in my head right now.

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Swoon Thursday #30: The Vincent Boys by: Abbi Glines

    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.

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    ""Nothing about you is ugly. You're just as beautiful inside as you are out, but you don't see it. That's what kills me. Sawyer's my cousin and I'd do anything for him. But he's insane for keeping you up on some damn pedestal. I want the real you. The one that likes shimmying out of a pair of shorts knowing you're driving me wild. The one who runs through the woods to my truck smiling like nothing else matters." He cupped my face with his hand. "The real Ashton Gray is perfect, and I'm crazy in love with her."" 

    Beau Vincent --- Oh how I love you so!

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Book Review: For The Love Of A Vampire (Blood Like Poison #1) by: M. Leighton

    Release Date: April 20, 2011
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    "Like most seventeen year olds, Ridley Heller thought she had her future all planned out. What she wanted most in life was to get out of small town Harker. Her only goal was to keep her mouth shut and her grades high so she could win a cheerleading scholarship to Stanford. But that was before she met Bo.

    In Ridley’s wildest dreams, she could never have planned for someone like Bo, for a love so intense it left her breathless. No human girl could.

    A haunting stranger that watched her from afar, Bo stole Ridley’s heart from the moment she laid eyes on him. But he has secrets. Bo’s a vampire. Both his past and his present are a danger to Ridley, but the biggest threat is not her blood; it’s her heart. He’s feeding a thirst for revenge that will cost him his life, and it may already be too late.

    The more darkness Ridley uncovers, the more she realizes that her life will never be the same—with or without Bo. Can she sacrifice her future and her heart for someone who has a death wish?"

    My Thoughts:

    Once upon a time I read a little book called The Wild Ones and, well, an obsession began. I decided right then and there that I needed to read all of Miss Leighton’s books and I am slowly but surely making my way through them all. This was my first YA paranormal book by her and I now know that she can write adult and YA and that both are completely engaging and amazing. Long story short: I will seriously read anything by her. 

    I am a complete sucker for vampires, pun totally intended, and this book is exactly the kind of vampire book I adore. It is incredibly sweet and our vampire hero is swoon worthy. However the book has more than just “nice” vampires, there is a definite dark undertone. Our heroine is witty and feisty and very easy to like. Every element about the story just meshes together nicely and creates an addictive read. 

    Now I know what you are thinking, I am so sick and tired of vampires. Yes! There are a lot of vampire books, but that doesn’t mean we should stop reading them all together because there are some great ones out there. Vampires are cool and these vampires are no exception. I feel like there are two very distinct types of vampires in books today. We have the super sweet and nice vampire that doesn’t want to hurt people and then we have the dangerously sex crazed vampire. These vampires are neither, and they fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. It straddles the light and dark line perfectly. Our vampire hero Bo is super sweet and lovable, but he is still dangerous! 

    Speaking of Bo, I love him! He is the quiet type and doesn’t have much to say, but when he does say something it is amazing. I love his quiet demeanor and I love his devotion to Ridley. It is abundantly clear how much he cares about her and I seriously doubt there is anything he wouldn’t do for her. Personally, I love when you can see how much the love interest cares and not have to play the guessing game. Moving on to Ridley, I just like her; simple as that. She is strong, but not in the kick butt sense, more in the emotional sense. She takes in a lot of crazy all and once and she handles it well. When things scare her she acknowledges that but at the same time she doesn’t back down. She is just great. 

    Now up until this point, I had only read M. Leighton’s contemporary work. Those books are incredibly steamy and hot! For The Love Of A Vampire is not like that, but that does not mean I like it any less. I like her sweet and innocent (for lack of a better word) romance just as much as I like her steam-tastic romance. 

    All in all, For The Love Of A Vampire is a really enjoyable read, especially for vampire fans. You will root for the heroine, fall in love with the hero, and die a little bit on the inside when you read the ending. Now to make time for the next book!

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