Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bookish Birthday Bash!

As some of you may know, my 24th birthday recently passed and I am now officially in my mid twenties. In order to make myself feel more like a child, I spent my birthday at Disney World- which is the best way to spend a birthday! But I also wanted to celebrate on my blog. So to celebrate I'm giving away the box of books pictured below. But first, a celebratory gif! 


-One winner will win a box of books including all the books pictured above
-You must be at least 16 years old to enter this giveaway
-The giveaway is open to the US only
-Giveaway will run until September 29, 2013
-Winner will be chosen at random through rafflecopter and notified via email
-Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items

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Huge thanks to Lisseth @ Read-A-Holicz for making the giveaway button!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Book Review: Cake by: Nicole Reed

Release Date: August 1, 2013
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"Would you be willing to make a mess of your life to get exactly what you want?

Kylie Lord has known Trent Moss and Dray Savage since college. Trent, the smart and kind-hearted humanitarian has had her heart from the moment they met, but someone else always has his. Dray is an arrogant professional football player who happens to be Trent’s best friend and Kylie’s nemesis “with benefits.”

Five years after graduation, Kylie is commanding the world with a new image and a successful business; however, she lacks the one thing she wants and the one thing she can never have. That is, until one fateful night when Kylie decides to go after all of her forbidden fantasies and risk everything.

Two men, completely different and poles apart, but together they are her idea of perfection. One can only offer her tonight and the other forever, but can Kylie settle for just one man, or can she have her cake and eat it too?"

My Thoughts:

Cake was not what I was expecting at all. For those of you who have read Nicole’s Ruining series, this book is nothing like those. That’s not a bad thing and it was actually a pleasant surprise for me. Really it just shows Nicole’s diversity as a writer. Cake was such a fun read and OMG it was hysterical.

Kylie is the kind of character that is easy to like. She isn’t perfect and that’s what I love about her. She doesn’t always make the best choices and sometimes she gets herself into trouble, but that’s what makes her real. We all mess up and Kylie definitely makes mistakes, but when it really counts Kylie does what needs to be done. 

Then we have Dray. I adored Dray. Again, not because he is perfect but because of his imperfections. Dray doesn’t always make the best choices either and some of his actions make me want to introduce him to my backhand, but again he is realistic. He reacts how you would expect someone in his situation to react and I can’t really fault him for that. 

Then we have Trent. Trent is the one character I thoroughly disliked. I don’t know. For all of his “save the world” nonsense, to me he just came off as selfish. He may have redeeming qualities, but as a whole I struggled with him. I also need to mention Madison. Love this chick! Again, she isn’t perfect, but she is a good friend. She is the kind of friend who will tell it like it is and isn’t afraid to call you on your crap, but when push comes to shove she is the friend you want by your side. 

As I mentioned before, this book is hysterical. I laughed out loud so many times. I took a real liking to the innuendos and dirty jokes. But along with that there is a serious undertone. An undertone of loss and grief. The book while it made me laugh also brought me to tears at one point. 

The plot in Cake was not at all what I expected. It took me by surprise on numerous occasions and some of the twists left me shocked. I could not fathom a way in which everyone came out happy, but I’m also very happy with the way things went. It was a rollercoaster of a ride. 

Cake is a great read and definitely one I would recommend. It’s funny and cute but also sexy and real. It’s a book contemp fans are sure to enjoy.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Swoon Thursday #62: Crown of Midnight by: Sarah J. Maas

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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"The kiss obliterated her. It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing. His lips were hot and soft against hers - still tentative, and after a moment, he pulled back far enough to look into her eyes. She trembled with the need to touch him everywhere at once, to feel him touching her everywhere at once. He would give up everything to go with her. She twined her arms around his neck, her mouth meeting his in a second kiss that knocked the world out from under her.

This book was so so so so good! I loved it so much. Drop by for my review on Monday.

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #64: Antigoddess by: Kendare Blake

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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"The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin."

I loved Anna Dressed In Blood, so naturally I am super excited for this book!

Antigoddess will be released on September 10, 2013.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

Love today's topic, a great secondary character can make a book.

1. Puck, The Iron Fey by: Julie Kagawa- I'm not sure he counts as a secondary character, but for the purpose of this list I am going to count him as one. I absolutely adored him and his humor. 

2. Jackal, Blood of Eden by: Julie Kagawa- What can I say, Julie creates the best secondary characters. Jackal is hysterical and absolutely made The Immortal Rules for me!

3. Garth Black, Near & Far by: Nicole Williams- It is a good thing he is getting his own book, because there were numerous scene where Garth stole the show!

4. Daniel, Losing Hope by: Colleen Hoover- I adored Daniel! He was so funny and I loved his inability to call anyone by their actual name.

5. Breckin, Hopeless by: Colleen Hoover- Everyone deserves a Breckin!

6. Raphael, Wait For You by: J. Lynn- Yes he is a turtle, but I don't care he belongs on this list. I'm sure anyone who has read this book will agree.

7. Isabelle, The Mortal Instruments by: Cassandra Clare- I love Izzy, she is so kickass and strong and can steal a scene!

8. Apollo, Covenant by: Jennifer L Armentrout- He has wonderful timing or bad timing depending on how you look at it, but he is funny.

9. Drew, The Sea of Tranquility by: Katja Millay- Drew brought a much needed lightness to this story and I loved him. I took a liking to his inappropriateness. 

10. Adrian Ivashkov, Vampire Academy by: Richelle Mead- Yes he gets his own series and is not a secondary character in those, but he was originally a secondary character and a secondary character who stole the show on numerous occasions! 

What made your list?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review and Character Interview: A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) by: Heather Lyons

Release Date: August 30, 2012
from Cerulean Books
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Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn't a normal teenage girl. She's a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she's a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she's to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.
That's nothing compared to the boy trouble she's gotten herself into. Because a guy she's literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe's once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible."

My Thoughts:

I complained a lot as I was reading this book. I wanted to strangle the characters and knock them upside the head. I mean seriously, I wanted to shake them and just tell them exactly what they needed to do. I also absolutely loved and adored this book. It was just so good and everything I want from a fantasy read. 

Let me start with Chloe. I really really wanted to smack Chloe. I can say at least 70% of the book, she made me want to smack her and the other 30% I wanted to shake her. But I also loved her. You could completely understand why she acted the way she did and even though I wanted her to act differently I know why she didn’t. 

Then there is Jonah and Kellan. Before I move on, let me address the love triangle. While frustrating, this is a good love triangle because it works and because it makes sense. Also both are likable characters and genuinely good guys. I’ll start with Jonah since he is my favorite of the two. I really loved him. He is sweet and good and just plain old lovely. I don’t excuse all his actions, but again I understand his actions. Then Kellan, I like him too, but Jonah for some reason beats him out a bit. He is willing to do anything for Chloe, no matter what she does, and he always has her best interests at heart. Chloe really is stuck between a rock and a hard place with these two. 

The whole world created in this book is just plain old awesome. It’s definitely original and something I haven’t really encountered before. It has everything I want in a fantasy world and everything has an explanation. I’m not left simply having to accept thing or fill in the gaps.

I also love that there is more to the story other than the romance. Sure the romance is a heavy part, but there is much more at play. Things are not looking good for Chloe. There are things out to get her, things that will stop at nothing. There is also the typical drama that comes along with being 17. 

One thing I need to address though is Chloe’s friends. I don’t think they were always the best of friends. Sometimes I really wanted to smack them (I’m sensing a theme here…). Unlike with Chloe, I didn’t see why they did what they did a lot of the time. They weren’t the most considerate and always seemed to think they were right, Cora especially. To the point where they stuck their noses where it didn’t really belong. But I digress; Chloe put them in their place when necessary. 

A Matter of Fate is a great read, simply put. No matter how much I complained or how frustrated I got, I simply could not put the book down. No matter how many times I wanted to scream at the characters and call them hypocrites, I was also very much invested in their story. All in all this is a book that will hook you and you will be invested in the story.

Character Interview:

Hey Chloe, thanks so much for stopping by today. I know things get a bit busy for you, being the Creator and all, so I appreciate you taking the time.
Thanks for having me, Teresa! It’s nice to take a bit of a break from work, you know? Although, I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I’m supposed to be in a Council meeting in about forty minutes. Hopefully it’ll be a short one today!

So for those who don’t know, can you give us the quick and dirty on your story, A Matter of Fate?
This is basically the story of how I learn what my Fate is and whether or not I accept what I’m told to be. It’s also . . . (coughs) a look at the relationships I have with the two most important people in my life. I guess, overall, you could say it’s a story about the journey I decide to take.

If you have to describe yourself in two words, what would they be and why?
Hmm . . . that’s hard. Maybe emotional and tenacious? I’m pretty sure everybody I know would agree that I’m a bit emotional. (laughs)

Now can you describe Jonah in two words? Kellan as well?
Oh, wow. If I thought the last one was hard, this one takes the cake. Huh. Jonah is . . . loyal. Loving. Kellan is exciting and passionate. 
(is silent for a long moment)
Actually, two words for each of them is way too few, because they both mean so very much to me.

What are the best and worst things about being the Creator?
The best thing would be the chance I have at bettering the civilizations I work for; the worst is the threat of destruction. While I know it’s necessary at times, it’s also hard to come to grips that I’m the reason certain things no longer exist.

You find yourself between a rock and a hard place throughout the story, while it may seem awesome to have two great guys interested in you, can you tell us what it is really like?
Honestly? (laughs quietly, bitterly) I wouldn’t want to wish this situation on my worst enemy.

While your free time is limited, what are some of your favorite things to do when you do have free time?
I really love to read, so when I do have some downtime, I definitely reach for my e-reader. Jonah got me one a couple weeks ago that’s considered to be the top of the line on the Dwarven plane, so I’ve really been excited about downloading new books on it. I also love going to the movies, so there’s that, too. Annar has some of the best movie theatres! And I’m trying to learn how to surf—I totally suck at it, but I refuse to quit trying until I get it right!

If you could have one day to yourself, to do anything you wanted to do, what would it be?
I think I’d want to pretend I was completely normal, like the weight of the worlds wasn’t resting on my shoulders. I’d want to maybe go somewhere I’ve never been before and just take in the experience. Just . . . be there in the moment, and not have to worry about work or whether or not I’m hurting somebody. That’d be heavenly, actually.

You are stuck on a deserted island and can have one person with you, who do you want it to be?
It would be—wait. Haha, I see what you’re trying to do here. (wags finger) Since I can’t say THAT name, maybe I should say my mom? Because then we’d have a chance to really talk together?

And last question, favorite snack?
Churros. Oh my gods, I love me some sugary churros.

Thanks Chloe for taking the time to drop by today. It was great having you here.
It was great being here! (looks behind her; sees Karl waiting and tapping on his watch). I’m off to my meeting now. Thanks, Teresa! Take care!

About The Author:
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to. Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Epic M. Leighton Giveaway!!!

September 3rd is approaching and that is an exciting day! It is the day Everything For Us by the wonderful M. Leighton releases into the world. This is a fantastic addition to an already fantastic series. You can check out my review here. To celebrate I have some awesome goodies to give away. Up for grabs are signed copies of all three books in the Bad Boys series (Down To You, Up To Me, and Everything For Us) as well as a swag pack which includes a t-shirt, shot glass, bookmarks, post cards, and bracelets. 

"When it comes to passion this hot, it’s all or nothing.

Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.

An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.

With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive."

-One winner will win all three signed books and a swag pack
-Giveaway is open to the US and Canada 
-Must be 18 years old to enter
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Book Review: Madly (Madly #1) by: M. Leighton

Release Date: November 7, 2011
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"Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

This novelette introduces you to Madly and prepares you for the quest of a lifetime."

My Thoughts:

I am a terrible person. We all know I adore any and all M. Leighton books, so why it took me so long to start this series I will never know. This novella was so much fun and has me ready to dive into the rest of the series. I’ve never read a mermaid book before, but if there are others like this, I need to fix that. 

Madly is a fun character. The kind of character that doesn’t like to take no for an answer, has no problem breaking rules, but isn’t reckless to the point where she makes you crazy. I definitely took a liking to her immediately. Then we have Jackson. And HELLLLOOOOOO Jackson. I can already tell that I am going to really really really like Jackson. He is just the right mix of delicious and badass… aka my kind of character. So I can’t wait for more of him. 

So yeah, Madly was a great novella and kicks off the series in a great way. I cannot wait to dive further into this world.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Blog Tour: If You Leave (Beautifully Broken #2) by: Courtney Cole (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for If You Leave by Courtney Cole hosted by Inkslinger PR. For my stop, I have a review and a giveaway. Click here if you would like to check out the other stops on the tour.

Release Date: August 6, 2013
from Forever
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"26-year old Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be, anyway. As an ex-Army Ranger, Gabe never thought he needed anyone. But after one horrible night in Afghanistan scars him in a way that he can't get past, he needs someone who can help him heal...even if he doesn't realize it.

25-year old Madison Hill doesn't need anybody...or so she thinks. She grew up watching her parents' messed-up abusive relationship and she knows there's no way in hell that she's ever letting that happen to her.

They don't know it in the beginning, but Gabriel and Madison will soon develop a weakness: Each other.

But Gabriel's got a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome... And Maddy's got issues that she's afraid Gabe will never understand. They quickly realize that they need each other to be whole, but at the same time they know that they've got demons to fight.

And the problem with demons is that they never die quietly."

My Thoughts:

I seriously loved this book. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. I really enjoyed If You Stay, but If You Leave was just incredible. I just fell in love with the story, no matter how many times it made my heart hurt. Gabriel and Madison’s story was just absolutely wonderful in so many ways. I love this series because it takes characters that are broken, but shows the goodness and beauty in them.

Madison was a great character in If You Stay, and even then you could see how much she gave up for Mila. In If You Leave, you really see the difficult choices she was forced to make. You also see how much her parents messed up relationship hurt her. Madison doesn’t trust easily and she has good reason not to. I loved her for her strength and determination and for her ability to love so deeply despite everything.

Then there is Gabriel and I absolutely loved Gabriel. My heart broke for him over and over again. I loved him for everything he was including the things he thought he wasn’t. He was so strong and brave, even though he couldn’t see that. I also loved the lengths he was willing to go to for Maddy, even if he didn’t necessarily agree with them. He is a wonderful person even with all those demons of his.

The plot in this story will break your heart into a million different pieces. There were so many times where I felt heart broken and for so many different reasons. The story is so much more than Madison and Gabriel’s story together. It is also their story as individual people. Both of them have demons to face and finding each other isn’t going to magically fix everything, they have to fix themselves. But they are able to find happiness in each other and they are exactly what each other needs.

We also get some more Pax and Mila in this one, more than I thought we would. I loved it. I loved getting to see a bit more to their story and it was nice seeing them again. It was great seeing Maddy interact with them and to see how much she has come to like Pax after being very anti-Pax initially. I was just as invested in Pax and Mila’s continuation as I was Maddy and Gabriel.

If You Leave is a read that will pull at all your heartstrings. It is the kind of book that is very difficult to put down. You easily become attached to the characters and their journey. It is a story you won’t soon forget.


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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo. Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Grand Central Publishing | Grand Central Twitter | Grand Central Facebook

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Swoon Thursday #61: Madly by: M. Leighton

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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"And then there was an explosion, only it was contained behind the walls of my heart. Jackson's fingers wrapped around my wrist and it was as if my body, my mind, my power were all suddenly hooked up to jumper cables. A blinding light burst behind my lids, sending a shower of colorful sparks flying into the sky of my brain. With a gasp, my eyes flew open. I turned to him and I was immediately lost to the world around us. My bones melted and swirled inside me, leaving me with nothing more than the electricity of Jackson's touch to keep me upright. A feeling, a want, like nothing I'd ever felt before squeezed my lungs and burned in my chest. It was primal and profound, and I knew that he felt it, too.

This was a great novella and I think I already love Jackson!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Stalked By Death (Touch of Death #2) by: Kelly Hashway (Character Guest Post and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Stalked By Death by Kelly Hashway. This is such a fun series and I am so glad to be a part of the tour. For my stop I have a guest post from Alex and there is a giveaway too.

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"Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi--a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac--will fall on her shoulders... and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.

Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been.

Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn't want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else.

Jodi needs to figure things out fast--because death is stalking her at every turn."

A Typical Day in the Life of a Necromancer 
By Alex Montgomery 

I’m not sure you can anything the Ophi do typical, but I’ll give this a shot. You might think we spend all our time raising zombies, and well, you’d be mostly right. We raise a lot of corpses. But it’s not for fun. We’re training, trying to perfect our abilities, because let’s face it—an untrained necromancer is wicked dangerous, and not just to humans. (Though I’d warn all of you to steer clear of us unless you have a death wish or are looking to take a one-way trip to Hell.) We’re also dangerous to ourselves though. Think of the biggest enemy you’ve ever had. Now multiple that times a million and you have Hades. He wants us all dead. No, not just dead. He wants us in the Underworld where he can torture us and then strip us of our powers. Sound fun? Welcome to my life. 

So, yeah, we train a lot, which isn’t easy because most of our powers don’t kick in until we’re eighteen. That means that while we can raise the dead, we suck at controlling them until we’re adults. I guess I can see why Hades thinks we’re playing games with his souls, but how will we ever learn if we don’t train? And training is life or death. More death though since the things we’re fighting are well… corpses. Zombies try to eat whatever moves, and while they can’t technically eat us without dying from our poisoned blood, they don’t exactly have the brains to think that move through. That means getting hurt is a very real possibility, especially for the newbies. 

But the worst part? Tony’s lectures about Ophi history. I mean, Medusa is cool and all. She’s our ancestor, so I get learning about her, but the slideshows? I’d rather battle a cemetery full of hungry zombies. But being an Ophi isn’t bad. In fact it has a lot of perks. We’re crazy powerful. I mean if Hades hates us so much and wants our powers so badly, we must be powerful, right? It’s kind of awesome to know we make the god of the Underworld shake in his boots, even if he is shaking more from anger instead of fear. 

Throw in a few bowls of mac and cheese and you have a typical day in my life. Okay, if I’m being totally honest, I’m also going to make sure I get in a few make-out sessions with Jodi each day. ;)

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Waiting On Wednesday #63: The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by: Holly Black

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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"Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black."

This one just sounds so creepy and good and I have seen a lot of great early reviews for it.

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown will be released on September 3, 2013.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Life As a Reader/Blogger Easier

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

1. Goodreads- I love Goodreads! It helps me keep everything organized and remember when I actually read a book. The shelves also make my life a lot easier. I also love it because I find great books.

2. My Calendar- I do not know what I would do if I didn't have my calendar. If I didn't have it, I would probably forget half the posts I need to do. 

3. Publish On Option- This is a lifesaver! I always schedule my posts ahead of time and it makes my life so much easier. With my job, there is no way I can physically post each day, so I just schedule everything up.

4. Post It Notes- I use post its for everything. I always have at least five sitting on my desk at any one time with reminders for myself.

5. iPad- I love my iPad. It is so much easier to read my eBooks on it. I am a huge fan of the kindle app!

6. iPad Keyboard- Fun fact, I need to write my reviews immediately after I finish a book, otherwise I forget the most important things or I just don't have the same enthusiasm. So, I usually don't want to pull my laptop out so I just use my iPad and the lovely bluetooth keyboard I have makes my life so much easier.

7. Quote Journal- I always record my favorite quotes in a journal, so when I need a quote for a post or what not I always have a place to start looking.

8. Excel- I use excel to keep track of all the books I have and have not read. Also it has any books for review and ARCs and what not, so I can keep track of what needs to be read and when. And yes I totally acknowledge this is the accountant in me.

9. Other Bloggers- You guys know who you are. But seriously, my blogging buddies make blogging so much easier and much more fun. I always have someplace to go when I need a sounding board or when I need to rant. 

What made your list?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Review: Everything For Us (The Bad Boys #3) by: M. Leighton

Release Date: September 3, 2013 from Berkley
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"When it comes to passion this hot, it’s all or nothing.

Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.

An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.

With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive."

My Thoughts:

First things first, there is no way I can write this review without including spoilers for Down To You and Up To Me simply because so much of what happens in those two books shape the events in this one. It will be spoiler free for Everything For Us

I’m not going to lie; I was a bit leery about Everything For Us. Don’t get me wrong I was excited for it, like I am with all M. Leighton books, but I was worried I wouldn’t love Nash and Marissa as much as I did Cash and Olivia. Really though, there was no need for me to worry. I easily came to love both of these characters in a completely different way from Olivia and Cash. This book was so addictive and just plain good. I loved seeing this series come to its conclusion. Although I’m sad it’s time to say goodbye. 

Marissa worried me a lot simply because I hated her in the first two books. However, I’ll give credit where credit is due; Marissa comes a long way in this one. Her abduction changed her and made her take a look at her life and she didn’t like what she saw. She makes decisions for her and her alone and pretty much makes a one-eighty. I have to say I actually really like the person she became. 

Then we have Nash. Nash is very rough around the edges and he has a lot of walls. Actually I don’t think walls adequately describes it, more like steel fortresses. He sees nothing but revenge and anger. He wants no attachments and trusts no one. In his mind there is nothing more important than exacting revenge against those that ruined his family and his life. But underneath all of that, there is still the Nash who was buried seven years ago. And that Nash is a great guy and one that any girl would be lucky to have, even if Nash doesn’t realize that. 

The chemistry between Nash and Marissa is scorching hot. Some of the scenes between those two…. Holy fu- hell. In honor of Nash, I censored myself there. But back to the point, as with most of her books, this one requires a cool down. The chemistry and intensity practically leap off the pages. 

Not only is the book hot, but the story line is also intense. Everything with the Davenport brothers past finally comes to a head. It is time for it all to end one way or another. While the story was heavily focused on Nash and Marissa, we still got the closure to the storyline that began in Down To You and I can’t say I was disappointed. 

Now we all know I’m a Cash fangirl, so we all knew this was coming. I loved getting to see Cash and Olivia again in this one. Even though they were on the sidelines, it was nice because I missed them. Cash managed to make me swoon even though he was no longer the main guy. Cash fans are going to find a lot to love in this one. Well other than Nash that is, cause Nash is yummy. 

All in all, Everything For Us was everything I hoped it would be and more. It was steamy and sexy and sweet. It was also addictive and unputdownable. There is a reason M. Leighton is one of my favorite authors and a book like this just proves my point. This is a book all romance fans need to read.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekly Recap 8/18/2013

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A Beautiful Fate by: Cat Mann
Taste The Heat by: Rachel Harris
Kissing the Maid of Honor by: Robin Bielman
Lucky Break by: Kelley Vitollo
The Darkest Part by: Trisha Wolfe
Jordyn by: Tiffany King
This Girl by: Colleen Hoover
Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver
Into The Deep by: Samantha Young
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by: April Genevieve Tucholke
Caught Up In You by: Roni Loren
The Training by: Tara Sue Me
Archangel's Legion by: Nalini Singh
Drawn Together by: Lauren Dane
The Mark of Athena by: Rick Riordan
Dark Inside by: Jeyn Roberts

Stalked by Death by: Kelly Hashway


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