Monday, July 29, 2013

OCD Love Story

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Goodreads Summary:
In this raw and relatable romance, Bea learns that some things just can’t be controlled.

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down...and she might end up breaking her own heart.

My Review:
This was a really good book. It was sweet, and romantic, and painful. There were so many different emotions happening throughout the book. It was a really touching story about characters who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Parts of this book were really hard to read. While it is NO WHERE NEAR as bad as the characters in this book, I struggle from OCD as well. For the most part, it doesn't really affect me. There are days when it will flare up though, and I will be annoyed by everything that isn't perfect. Sometimes I have a hard time playing certain cards games because all of the stacks of cards aren't nice and neat. So, like I said, my OCD is extremely mild. However, it did make certain things in the book difficult. I can't imagine having OCD as bad as these characters did. My heart really broke for all of them, but particularly Bea.

I constantly wanted to just make them stop doing what they were doing wrong. Sometimes it just got flat out annoying. Overall though, this book really touched me. I loved the progression of the story as well.

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

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Get Lost

Get Lost by Dannah K. Gresh

Goodreads Summary:
Have you ever ditched a friend for a guy? Filled your journal with more thoughts about guys than God? Found yourself jealous because that other girl gets all the dates? Maybe it’s time to get lost—in God.
 
Discover how to get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find you.
 
Dannah Gresh traces God’s language of love through Scripture to help you pursue your heart’s deepest desires and seek love the way God designed it to be. Because once you identify your true longings and let God answer them, you’ll know just how to respond when romantic love comes along.
 
With a guided ten-day Love Feast Challenge, Get Lost will help you see for yourself how getting lost in God opens the door to lifelong fulfillment.

My Review:
This is a great book about what is means to fall head over heals in love with Jesus. There truly is no love that is stronger, or greater, or better than the love you can experience with the Lord and Savior. He is love.

I believe that you cannot be truly and completely happy without knowing the love of God. Sure, romantic relationships are great and will make you happy at times. However, they cannot complete you. Only God can complete you. He is the only one who will love you Unconditionally, all the time, no matter what.

The main idea of the book is this: "Discover how to get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find you."
I agree with this to an extent. Like I said above, I think you have to experience Christ's love in order to have true happiness. Therefore, I want my spouse to love the Lord as I do. I want him to put God first, and me second. The main problem I have with this idea, is that it is almost teaching that as soon as you love God and are content in Him, he will send you your significant other. That's not necessarily true. (That may not have been the author's point, but I know many people who interpret it that way.) The goal is to be so in love with God, that you don't need anyone else. If He so chooses to send you a significant other, that should just be a bonus. All you need is God.

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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What I Have Been Up To

I apologize for not posting recently. July has not been the best month reading wise. I have totally slacked off. I have decided to enjoy my summer, and this month that has not included reading unfortunately.

How is your summer going?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Not Pretty Enough Cover Reveal

Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans
Publication date: August 1st 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis:
“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

Not Pretty Enough is a contemporary young adult comedy suitable for ages thirteen and over.

Book two in the series will be released early 2014.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Random Acts of Crazy Guest Post

I am so excited to have Julia Kent here on the blog today! check out her new book!! It sounds so good!

(Sorry for the weird format of this post. I do not have access to a computer currently so I am doing this from my phone.)

New Adult and the Romance Writing Industry
by Julia Kent
I am writing this sentence, right now, in the libby of the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, at the national Romance writers of America convention. More than 1,000 hotel rooms. More than 2,000 romance novelists, unpublished writers, editors, agents, librarians, and readers, all clustered in one place full of excitement, a love of reading, and chocolate.
Where there are romance writers, there is always chocolate!
What struck me, coming here after a nice, direct flight out of Boston, is how New Adult is everywhere. EVERYWHERE. The first elevator I entered today had an enormous advertisement (seriously -- the sixe of a human being) for william Morrow New Adult authors, like Cora Carmack. The top romance spots on Amazon, Apple and B&N are New Adult.
The author chats at the bar are sprinkled with the normal talk about which publishers are offering great contracts, new deals for emerging authors, and new deals for established ones -- but New Adult is the star that shines bright.
When I published Random Acts of Crazy in May New Adult was hot, with authors like H.M. Ward, Jasinda wilder and Mimi Strong doing well. Now, new breakout authors like Krista Lakes and Emme Rollins are hitting the top 100 on Amazon, and Elle Casey's Shine Not Burn is touching the top 10 -- and staying nice and high on the bestseller lists.
The next five days, for me, will be filled with workshops and talk around Starbucks and the lounge about the publishing industry and my new books. What this convention means for New Adult, though, will have a ripple effect for readers. What you buy, read and review has a profound effect on the massive changes in publishing, as readers shift from print to eBooks, and as authors try out self-publishing with various sucess
New Adult authors are shaping what readers access, but it's readers who are, in turn, making the trends happen. As one of many authors, I thank you.

Meant to Be

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Goodreads Summary:
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

My Review:
This is a fantastic summer read. It was a fun book to read, and made me want to take a class trip to London. (Although, I mainly just want the romance ;) ). I really enjoyed reading this book.

Everything about this book felt real, even though it was taking place on the other side of the world from me (and it's fiction. duh). There were times when Julia would do things, I would just get embarrassed for her (while also laughing hysterically). She was such an awesome main character, and I really enjoyed following her around London throughout the book.

Mark. Chris. Jason. Who is Julia's meant to be? Who does she hate? Wow. Sometimes I had a really hard time keeping up with all of the romantic prospects. At times it became a little excessive, but it was still cute. I loved when she finally figured out who the right guy for her is.

Overall, this book was just a cute read. However, in the last few chapters there are multiple surprises. They had me laughing, smiling, and OMG-ing. It shocked me in the most perfect way. I definitely recommend this book.

4 stars

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Teaser Tuesday


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


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


So, I'm cheating and sharing more than two sentences. It's from the beginning of the book though, and doesn't spoil anything.
My Teaser:
"I kept my back to him because my cheeks were getting warm and I hated the idea of him seeing me blush. I was being so silly. I reached for the two action movies I'd rented and started to turn around to show him when he moved in behind me. I froze. My body went on high alert, and I took several gulps of air." - pg. 41 from The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

Monday, July 15, 2013

Love of Truth Promo + Giveaway

Love of Truth by CT Oliver

Book Description:
For the next eleven days all Amelia Adler wants is a nice relaxing vacation on the beach. All she’ll do is drink pineapple margaritas and read sexy steamy romance novels. She doesn’t want to think about the stress of her daily life nor the fact that she doesn’t know what to do with her life.
Craig Patrice just wants to spend his last spring break catching wave after waves during the day in the Pacific Ocean, and relax as much as he can at night. This is his last break before finishing law school and starting at a firm this upcoming summer. He has no desire for a fling or a girlfriend. All he wants is to buckle down and finish this year off right. That is until he gets a glimpse of his vacationing neighbor, and for the life of him, he can’t look away.
Though Craig and Amelia are somewhat reluctant for a relationship, they seem to find comfort in one another and can’t let go of each other. Finding romance on vacation is one thing, but can their relationship withstand the demand of real life and once their past catches up with them will believing in each other’s truth save their future.

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Excerpt:
Craig leans forward and kisses my forehead. “Because you were tired and needed your sleep. We were up late.” He reaches over and runs his hand up and down my stomach making me catch my breath in surprise. “So, I know you’re friends are here and everything, but I want to take you out to dinner tonight.” He tilts his head over and gives me a quick kiss on the lips. “It will be our first date. ” His grin gives me chills down my spine while his touch is blazing my skin.
“Oh, okay,” I whisper, trying to mask my excitement. I’m feeling really joyous at the idea of going on a date with Craig. I want to jump up and down and do a little dance on the bed, but decide to play it cool.
“Good.” He leans in and kisses down the side of me face. “I can’t wait for tonight. Pick you up at 1900, that’s 7:00 PM for you.” He plants a big, wet, curl your toes kiss on my lips while his hand roams over one of my breasts making me lift my hips towards him. All of the sudden he breaks from the kiss with a big smile on his face. “Tonight, baby.” He brushes his thumb over my nipple a couple of time before grabbing Larry and hops out of bed leaving me hot and bothered.
I gasp. “Tease!”

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (1)

I've decided to switch over to Stacking the Shelves for book hauls!! I'm so behind on my reading. I need to do some major catching up.

For Review:
Desire by Design by Paula Altenburg

Love Me (Take a Chance #2) by Diane Alberts

Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark

Charmed by Erica Ridley

Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Russian Roulette (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz

Brotherhood by A.B. Westrick

QB 1 by Mike Lupica

Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron

All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry












Won:
A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction #2) by Jen Turano

The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith












From Book Exchanges:
These two books were from the same person, but there was not a note in the package. So, I'm not sure who they are from! If it's you, let me know! Thanks so much for these books!!!
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers












Bought:
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Once Upon a Readathon Wrap-Up


My goal and update post is here.

I knew that this was a bad time for me to be participating in a Readathon,, but I did it anyway. I was only able to finish one book (Burn for Burn). It was nice to finally be able to finish it though. I had been reading it for a couple weeks now, and just could not get through it. The readathon was the perfect push to finish the book.

Burn for Burn

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Goodreads Summary:
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY...
THEY GET EVEN.

Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

My Review:
Wow. It took me FOREVER to get through this book!! It wasn't bad by any means, but it was just kind of boring. While it is full of drama, the first 100 or so pages were extremely slow. I kept having to push myself to keep reading.

Once I got past the first part of the book, things did get more interesting. It finally made sense how all of the characters came together, and why they were related. I liked how each chapter was from a different girl's point of view. It let us know a lot more about each character. It was confusing at first though, when we didn't know who these people are.

This was a story full of emotions, which makes sense since it is all about revenge. Some of the reasons why the girls wanted revenge were really heartbreaking. Others were a little more shallow. All in all, everyone had their own reason, and it meant something to them. I liked learning the true reasons behind the wanted revenge for each person.

The ending of Burn for Burn was a little disappointing. Yes, there is a cliffhanger there. However, I don't feel like there was any kind of closure at all at the end of the book. It was just kind of left wide open. While I didn't necessarily love this book, I do want to read the next book in the series. I am interested to know what happens to these characters.

3 stars
I received this book for free from arcycling in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Catching Liam Book Blitz

Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu

Synopsis:
Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint.

Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

Goodreads

AUTHOR BIO
Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between. In real life, I'm likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is. Life is pretty good.

Author links:
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Take Me Now (Take Me Now #1)
Release Date: 07/16/2013

Summary from Goodreads:
How do you survive the internship from hell?

Don't fall in love.

Ivy thought being a reporter-in-training at the Independent Gazette would be her dream summer job. Little did she know, interviewing Eric, a landscaper with a heart of gold, would derail her plans. It turns out Ivy's boss, Lauren, has been eying his chiseled physique for quite some time.


But at twenty-four, Eric already has a tragic past, one that he is still reeling from. Even though his ordeal turned him into some sort of local celebrity, it's been a while since he's shared his bed with anyone. When he comes to Ivy's rescue out of the blue, it's not long before the two of them start seeing each other behind Lauren's back. When they get caught, Ivy's journey toward a college degree is jeopardized and her relationship with Eric is severely put to the test.

Career versus love? In the end, a shocking turn of events provides Ivy with a revelation she never saw coming.


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Once Upon a Read a Thon Goals and Updates


Goals:
This is an insane few days for me, so I probably will not get much done. However, I really need to finish Burn for Burn. I've been reading it for a while, and have had a hard time getting through it.
I also want to start Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck.

Monday
Almost done with Burn for Burn.

Mini Challenge:
1. Which book you are most excited to read in the coming year? It can be already released or coming soon.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West! I have been dying to read this book forever! I just ordered it on Amazon, so hopefully I'll get to read it soon!

2. Which book would you re-read if you had the time and weren't so busy reading ALL of the other good things?

The Lauren Holbrook series by Erynn Mangum. They have been my favorite books for a long time, but I haven't read them since they came out several years ago.
I would also like to re-read the Elsie Dinsmore and Millie Keith series by Martha Finley. These were my favorite series when I was in elementary school, so I would like to re-read them.

3. and lastly, If you could meet any fictional character who would it be and why?

Probably Lauren Holbrook. We are a lot alike, but very different at the same time. I feel like we would totes be BFFs! ;)



Tuesday:
I didn't get any reading done today since I was babysitting all day.


Wednesday:
Finished Burn for Burn!!

Taste the Heat Release Day + Giveaway

Book Blurb:
One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef. One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing on finding the perfect mother for his daughter. But when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason can’t say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

Rachel Harris Bio:
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her atwww.RachelHarrisWrites.com.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Also Known As

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Goodreads Summary:
Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

My Review:
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!! I was expecting a lot from it, and it definitely met my expectations. Everything about this book was fun. I read it in one sitting, and now I want more!

I liked how funny this book was. It was told from the point of view of Maggie, the main character. I really liked getting to see her thoughts and feelings about things. She wanted to be such a normal teenager, and it was something that she really struggled with throughout the book.

The romance was so sweet, and so perfect. I couldn't have asked for anything else. It was so sweet to see Maggie fall in love for the first time. Jesse was the perfect guy, and really liked Maggie.

The end of the book was really where it all came together. Some people may have had the book figured out, but it was a total surprise for me. It had the perfect amount of suspense, and then the book closed on a sweet, happy note.

5 stars

Friday, July 5, 2013

Giveaway!!

My birthday is next month (21!! Yeah!!). So, I am having a giveaway to celebrate! One winner will receive their choice of a book up to $15.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Change of Fortune

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Goodreads Summary:
Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancé, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she's determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society—all the female ones, at least—are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone.

Eliza's hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton's path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza's determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone's antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence.

When all of Hamilton's and Eliza's best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

My Review:
I loved this book!! This was my first book to read by this author, but I can't wait to read more! I just realized that I downloaded the novella in this series for free on Amazon a while ago, so I will definitely be reading that soon!

There was mystery throughout the whole book, which kept it interesting. I am usually not a fan of mystery, but this was the perfect amount. It wasn't scary or extremely suspenseful, but it was intriguing.

The romance was really sweet, and I loved all of it. At times I wanted to just yell at them to tell each other how they feel! It was really cute though, how they reacted with each other.

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

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cora Carmack Cover Reveal- Finding It


This is the cover for Finding It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #3)

I am so excited for this book! I cannot wait!

Book Blurb:
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life...or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.