Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Heart for Yours


My Heart for Yours by Jolene B. Perry and Steph Campbell

Goodreads summary:
For Tobin and Delia, everything was always equal.

A bargain, a trade, a deal to be struck.

A kiss for a kiss.
Your shirt for mine.
Break my heart, I’ll break yours.

Their disastrous split was no different. Tobin’s spent the last year pretending Delia never existed, and Delia’s been in D.C., pretending to be anything but the country girl that she is.

When tragedy brings her back to town, Tobin and Delia realize that time apart hasn't healed either one of them. But staying away from each other is harder than they imagined, especially in small town Louisiana, and old feelings are quickly brought back to the surface.

In the mess they’ve created, is there anything to be salvaged of a love that they both thought would be forever?

My review:
This was a very emotional book for me. It really touched me in ways that I did not expect for it too. I liked everything about this book.

I loved the romance in this book. Love can overcome so much. It was hard to read this book at times simply because of all of the emotions. It completely drew me in though and I loved it.

5 stars

Saturday, November 24, 2012

In My Mailbox (22)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.
This is what I got in the last two weeks

For Review:
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Just a Cowboy and His Baby by Carolyn Brown

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James

Bet You'll Marry Me by Darlene Panzera

Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love

The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock

The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff by Robert Paul Weston

The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell

Bot Wars by J. V. Kade

Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Just One Day by Gayle Forman












Won/Gifted:
Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (via ARCycling)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Love and Other Perishable Items


Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Goodreads summary:
Love is awkward, Amelia should know.

From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It's problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, is 15.

Amelia isn't stupid. She knows it's not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia's crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.

My review:
This book. I am not sure what to think about it. There were certain parts of it I absolutely loved. There were other parts of it I couldn't stand, and then there were parts that I still can't decide how I feel about.
I usually don't include spoilers in my reviews, but I feel like I cannot review this book without them, so from here down- POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Despite the awful age difference between Amelia and Chris, I found myself rooting for them. I wanted them to be happy together. They seemed perfect for each other. Why should age matter? On the other hand, age is a big deal when you are still in high school. That is a big difference. But I still wanted them to be together. So I was so excited when it happened. He kissed her. Granted, he was drunk, but he kissed her. Then he became a jerk. I kept thinking they would get over it and end up together in the end right? Wrong. MAJOR SPOILER HERE- They don't end up together. Nope. That frustrates me. However, what I don't understand is why I did not hate the ending. Usually with an ending like that, I would be throwing the book down and be super upset. I wasn't. I wasn't thrilled about it either though. I am just kind of apathetic to the ending. It wrapped things up- kind of- and then it ended. This book has left me so confused about my feelings. Overall, I am glad I read this book but I will not be reading it again.

3 stars

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Winter Wonderland


A Winter Wonderland by Fern Michaels, Leslie Meier, Holly Chamberlin, Kristina McMorris

Goodreads summary:
Four special holiday offerings from today’s favorite authors remind us that when love is on your list, you never have to stop believing…
“A Winter Wonderland” by Fern Michaels
Angelica Shepard left New York for Christmas in Colorado to relax and unwind—but an out-of-control snowboarder almost had her laid to rest. When she wakes up in the hospital, all she remembers is the handsome angel who saved her…
“The Joy of Christmas” by Holly Chamberlin
Not all happiness is good for you—or that’s what Iris Karr thinks when she decides to move away instead of marrying her sweetheart Ben. Even years later, living with that decision isn’t easy—until a familiar face comes to call her home for the holidays…
“The Christmas Thief” by Leslie Meier
Elizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker’s Cove, Maine—until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor’s jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth’s mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. ‘Tis the season for a little investigating…
“The Christmas Collector” by Kristina McMorris
Estate liquidator Jenna Matthews isn’t one for Christmas nostalgia. But when one grandmother’s keepsakes suggest a secret life, unwrapping the mystery leads Jenna—and her client's handsome grandson—to the true heart of the holiday spirit…

My review:
Wow. I was very disappointed by this book. It was just not very good. The first story was really cute and I really enjoyed, but it ended pretty abruptly. I really wanted to know more and for the story to have more substance. The second story was so bad I ended up not finishing it. The third story was alright but was kind of boring, and I never really could get into the fourth story. Basically, this book should have just been the fourth story expanded.

2 stars
I recieved this book for free in return for an honest review.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Reading Challenge


This is the BLI Holiday Reading Challenge and you can sign up here.

Challenge Rules:

1. The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge will start on November 14 and will end on December 31.

2. You can read as many holiday themed books for the challenge as you wish, pick your level:

Santa’s Helper: read 1-3 holiday themed books
Serial Mistletoe-er: read 4-6 holiday themed books (This is the one I am trying for)
Candy Cane-aholic: read 7 or more holiday themed books

3. The books you read for this challenge must all be holiday related books. The holiday doesn’t matter, it can be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. and the story can have any connection to the holiday (for example set around Christmastime, or having Santa or an elf as a character, the cover being festive, featuring snowflakes, etc.).

4. The format, length or genre of the books do not matter, they can be ebooks, paperbacks, audiobooks, and short stories and novellas do count as well. It’s okay for the book to overlap with other challenges. The only thing is that they can’t be children’s books, but YA novels are good. Re-reads are also fine.

5. Start the challenge by signing up! Leave a link back to your challenge post in the linky below where you state your challenge level (and if you already know which books you’ll be reading a list as well).

If you don’t have a blog, no problem, you can still sign up with your name and e-mail address.

(There will be posts later where you can leave your links to your reviews and of course there will be a challenge wrap up post at the end).

6. And of course there will be prizes! There will be separate giveaways where you can win some holiday themed novels (the rules for those will be set out on the separate posts) and there will be the Grand Prize Giveaway: at the end of the challenge we will draw 3, yes THREE winners from all the review links. Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning.

1st winner: shopping spree of $15 USD

2nd winner: shopping spree of $10 USD

3rd winner: shopping spree of $10 USD

of any holiday themed books at the Book Depository or the online ebook retailer of winner’s choice if they accept payment through Paypal.

And now that the rules are set, let’s start the challenge!

Here is what I plan to read:
1. A Winter Wonderland by Fern Michaels, Leslie Meier, Holly Chamberlin, Kristina McMorris
2. My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
3. No Mistletoe Required by Jeanette Murray
4. Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
5. Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James

As of December 26th, I have read:
1. A Winter Wonderland by Fern Michaels, Leslie Meier, Holly Chamberlin, Kristina McMorris
2. Decked with Holly by Marni Bates
3. An Unexpected Angel by Janet Halling
4. Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
5. My Revised Christmas List by Erynn Mangum
6. Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James

The Christmas Spirit Challenge


To sign up, go here! The challenge will run from Monday, November 19, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013. Every book you read must be about Christmas, and no children's books are allowed although there is an additional category for that.

I think I am going to try for the Christmas Tree level which is 5-6 books! I plan to read these to start with:
1. A Winter Wonderland by Fern Michaels, Leslie Meier, Holly Chamberlin, Kristina McMorris
2. My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
3. No Mistletoe Required by Jeanette Murray
4. Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
5. Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James


As of December 26th, I have read:
1. A Winter Wonderland by Fern Michaels, Leslie Meier, Holly Chamberlin, Kristina McMorris
2. Decked with Holly by Marni Bates
3. An Unexpected Angel by Janet Halling
4. Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
5. My Revised Christmas List by Erynn Mangum
6. Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Make It Last Promotion + Giveaway


Make it Last (Friends & Lovers, #1) by Bethany Lopez
This is a Contemporary New Adult book
Event organized by AToMR Tours

Book Description:
In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.

Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.

Buy links:
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Excerpt:
“What did you come here for, Bree? Go back to your boyfriend and leave me be.”
“I don’t have a boyfriend.” Briana retorted. “I haven’t had the stomach for one since you left.”
Colin took a step closer. “That Kent guy isn’t your boyfriend?”
“No,” Briana responded. “Look, I came here because I was pissed that you got mad at us. You have no reason to be mad. I don’t get why you’re. You’re the one who left. You didn’t want me then, so why do you care now?”
With that she whirled towards the door, intent on leaving.
She only made it a couple steps before Colin grabbed her arm and whirled her back. He walked her quickly backwards until she was stopped by the door.
Before she could register what was happening, she was flat against the door and his mouth was on hers.
She didn’t think, she just reacted.
Her hands came up around his neck and his fastened under her bottom and lifter her up. She wrapped her legs around his waist, to get stabilized, then met his hot, hungry mouth with her own.
They kissed frantically, as if they had been starved for the contact. When his mouth left hers to trail kisses down her throat, her head fell back to allow him better access. As he licked his way back up to her mouth, she groaned loudly, and he paused to look at her.
“Wanting you was never the problem,” He stated, eyes black with need, then dove back in and began to drive her slowly crazy.

Author Bio
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.

Author Links:
IAN - http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/bethany-lopez.html
Webpage - http://www.bethanylopez.blogspot.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/BethanyLopez2
Facebook - http://on.fb.me/LypEaO
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/bethanylopez2/

Giveaway:
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cinder


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I received this book for free through arcycling

Goodreads summary:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My review:
This book was kind of weird...but I COULD NOT STOP READING!! It completely captivated me. I was so curious about how things would end up throughout the whole book. There are so many different pieces of the story occurring at the same time that it really keeps you on your toes.
I love Cinderella, so I loved the fairy tale part of the story. The futuristic technology part was confusing at times, but overall it was cool to see. I think it was a really creative idea.
I loved Cinder. She was so strong and had such courage. I was definitely rooting for her throughout the whole book. Kai was a sweetheart and I was very intrigued by the romance part of the book. I think this book was so well written! The only thing I did not like was not knowing the rest of the story and having to wait for the next book!!

5 stars

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Eight Keys

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Goodreads summary:
Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them.  There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor.
When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish.  Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar . . .

My review:
This book is a good middle grade that I think both girls and boys could enjoy. It was a good story, and really sweet how through the rooms she learned about her past. Knowing about her past helped her understand her present and future better. It was a great coming of age story. This was not a light book though. It wasn't deep either, but it had a somber mood the whole way through. There also was not every any suspense. I was bored by the book, but younger children may really like it.

3 stars

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Christmas Creche

As I'm sure you've all heard, some of your favourite writers including Scarlett Bailey, Abby Clements, Victoria Connelly, Miranda Dickinson, Michele Gorman, Belinda Jones, Carole Matthews, Talli Roland and Julia Williams have all given birth to festive little bundles of joy. It's wonderful when so many friends have book babies around the same time, because that means they can grow up together and be best friends too.


To help the tots cement their friendships (and to get a bit of peace and quiet - those deadlines aren't getting any easier!), the authors have enrolled them in the Christmas Creche*, where the ultra-capable Miss Dewey will look after them for a few hours a day until the Christmas holidays. And to keep the mothers from pestering her, she has kindly agreed to document what her charges get up to.
Poor Miss Dewey! She doesn't know what she's in for - these little ones already know their minds, that's for sure.

Readers can follow the Christmas Creche short stories over the next six weeks by popping over to the creche now, where Miss Dewey has posted the first story, or by following any of the writers on twitter or Facebook.
Follow the writers to keep up with all the fun...

Scarlett Bailey Twitter: @ScarlettBailey / Facebook: ScarlettBailey
Abby Clements Twitter: @AbbyCBooks / Facebook: Abby ClementsBooks
Victoria Connelly Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy / Facebook: VictoriaConnelly
Miranda Dickinson Twitter: @wurdsmyth / Facebook: Miranda Dickinson Author
Michele Gorman Twitter: @expatdiaries / Michele Gorman Books
Belinda Jones Twitter: @vidabelinda / Facebook: BelindaJones Travel Club
Carole Matthews Twitter: @carolematthews / Facebook: CaroleMatthews
Talli Roland Twitter: @TalliRoland / Facebook: Author TalliRoland
Julia Williams Twitter: @JCCWilliams / Facebook: JuliaWilliams

*That's nursery in North American!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In My Mailbox (21)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.

For Review:
Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane

The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James

Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati

At Every Turn by Anne Mateer

A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1) by Lisa M. Basso

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winter Wonder Week


Winter Wonder Week is a week-long event to celebrate the Winter Holidays with lots of prizes & gain followers at the same time! There will be 4 prize pack giveaways and a Grand Prize for a total of 5 prize packs. Winter Wonder Week will from December 8 – 15 and be heavily promoted. There are only 100 spots, so go here and sign up!

Loving Summer



Loving Summer by Kailin Gow

Goodreads summary:
Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt's beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans - her best friend Rachel and Rachel's brothers Nathaniel, and Drew. Here at Aunt Sookie's beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel's friend. For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did...and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.

My review:
I had heard so much about this book, and was really excited to read it! I ended up being disappointed though. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I did not love this book.

The whole book seemed very surface level. I can understand that for a young adult book, but then every guy falls in love with Summer. She kept finding herself caught between three different guys. I eventually found myself getting very into the book and rooting for one guy in particular. Until the book just stops. The ending seemed very abrupt to me. She never picks a guy either. I am interested to see what happens in the next book, and if she will make a decision.

3 stars

Monday, November 5, 2012

Masquerade+ Giveaway


Masquerade by Nicole Flockton

Goodreads summary:
After being humiliated by her fiancĂ©e, Sophie Franklyn has decided that getting involved with work colleagues and men in general isn’t for her. Now her focus is going to be on her career and her recent promotion. That is until at a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball, she meets a man that tempts her to question her choices.

Alex Scavoni is extremely dedicated to his job, so dedicated that his first marriage crumbled under the pressure of his dedication. Now he’s happily single, with a new job he’s excited to start. When he meets a masked Sophie at the ball, she fires desires in him he thought long dead. He spends a wonderful night with her, but wakes up alone.

The next time the two meet, it’s in the high pressure world of Emergency Room medicine where they must work side by side. While they deal with the stresses of the Emergency ward, they endeavor to keep their feelings for each other on a professional nature. When the desire that pushed them together that one night flares to life again, can they ignore them or will their one night together have consequences neither of them planned on?

My review:
This was such a cute book! It is really easy to read, and is a very quick book. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. I found the book to be very predictable, but that was not a major problem for me. I still enjoyed the story. This book made me laugh, made me sad, had some really sweet parts, as well as some really hot parts. I really liked the book, I just wished it was maybe a little bit longer! I want to know more about the characters!

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

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