Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram {Cover Reveal + #Giveaway }

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 


Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
Teaser excerpt: You do have someone who cares, he said softly. No matter how bad things are at home or at school or whatever, you have me. Youre my best friend, too. You have my number now. Save it in your phone and call it anytimeday, night, the witching hourit doesnt matter. Okay?
It took me a momentand a series of deep breathsbefore I could respond. Okay.
I promise. As long as I always have you, Ill be fine. I kicked myself internally and laughed. Wow, that sounded really cheesy. You see? Thats why I didnt want to call you. I can filter my stupid mouth so much better when I have to type out my thoughts.
Cinder laughed again. Ah, but then you would miss out on all the sweet nothings I plan to whisper in your ear now that I know how much you like my ultra-sexy voice.
I blushed but refused to let him know that his flirting rattled me. I never said ultra, you egomaniac. But you should definitely consider recording audiobooks for a living.
Hmm. Thats not a bad idea. Cinders voice dropped to that slow, seductive purr again as he asked, Would you like me to read to you, Ellamara?
I thrilled at the thought and couldnt quite mask my excitement. Seriously?
Why not? Before you called, I was getting ready to have a Top Gear marathon all by my lonesome.
You are such a liar. Tonight is Friday night, and its Halloween. There is no way you dont have plans.
I dont have important ones. Its just a stupid party that my sort-of girlfriend wants me to go to.
Your sort-of girlfriend?
Yeah. Cinder stretched the word out in a long breath. Its a long story, but Im not that into her. Id much rather stay home and read with you. Besides, I cant hang up on you when youve had the worst day ever. What kind of best friend would that make me?
I almost cried again. The offer was so sweet. And thoughtful. Reading was a passion Cinder and I shared. We read and discussed books all the time. Wed even decided to read the same book at the same time before, but wed never read one together. Cinder had to know how much that would mean to me.
It has to be The Druid Prince, I said.
Cinder laughed. Its already in my hands.
Look for Cinder & Ella October 1, 2014!
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

#BookLook 32: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Hello readers and daydreamers! Welcome to this week's #booklook ! All the links are by the picture and make sure you follow me on bloglovin (for the blog) or Polyvore (for the clothes). 

Deep Blue

The first in a series of four epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fractured by Erin Hayes {Blog Tour + #Giveaway}

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the FRACTURED blog tour! Enter to win the EPIC giveaway and, please, enjoy your stay!

Fractured by Erin Hayes
Publication date: July 8th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror

Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability.

A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.

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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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How Reading has Impacted My Writing.

Hi there!

I’m Erin Hayes and I’m the author of the horror novel Fractured and a few other books across a wide variety of genres. I’m sci-fi nerd, a geek, and a bookworm. I’ve been a reader ever since I could read ”See Spot Run”, and I even sat by myself during recess in elementary school to read. If it weren’t for my voracious reading, I probably would have never written a single book.

Here’s why:

I devoured every book I could get my hands on as a child. From Redwall to Narnia and a Wrinkle in Time, I moved across universes and experienced different worlds. They opened up my imagination to infinite possibilities.

It was around this time that I started writing my own novels. While other kids played soccer or volleyball, I sat at my computer and typed. Pretty impressive for a nine year old, eh?

As I grew, my reading palette expanded as well. I learned more of the characters I liked to read. I learned how dialogue flowed and how different characters spoke. I learned story arcs and how keep the plot moving.

I took techniques from the books I read and combined them into my own. My books got more complex until they became what they are today. The best way to learn writing is to be inspired by reading. As I read somewhere, “Read more than you write.” I try to do just that.

I only took one creative writing class my entire life, and I was told that genre fiction like horror would never make it. If not for my reading, I would have stopped at that class and never pursued being an author.

So, here I am today as an author. And I have these different worlds to thank for their inspiration.

Thank you so much for having me today! Keep reading and be inspired with your imaginations in whatever you do!

Erin Hayes

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I hope y'all enjoyed your stay! Don't forget to enter the giveaway above and feel free to browse the blog! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Who's Books Do I Have?

Find the full list and our wonderful host at The Broke and the Bookish!

Who are the top ten authors you own the most books from?

Mine are going to be in no particular order, but here they are!

  • Rachel Hawthorne
  • L.J. Smith
  • Stephanie Meyer
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Wendy Higgins
  • C.C. Hunter
  • Kiera Cass
  • Aprilynne Pike
  • Jocelyn Davis

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Who's books do you have?

Let's Chat: with Shannon Richard about her Dream Vacay and Bucket List

Hey everyone! How's your day going?

Let's all give a big Happy Book Birthday (ish) to Shannon Richard's UNSTOPPABLE, which is in print for the first time today. How amazing is that?! Forever Romance was nice enough to give me a copy for review, and I cannot wait  to dive into this fun-looking read!

Shannon was nice enough to tell me about her SO FANTASTIC SOUNDING dream vacation and bucket list:

My dream vacation is anywhere in Scotland. If it’s possible to fall head over heals in love with a country, I have.

I went on a mission trip in the summer of 2005, it was right after I graduated from high school, and it was amazing. I was in Glasgow for about six weeks and it literally changed my life. The people, the places, everything. I was fortunate enough to get to go back in February of 2010. It was only for a week and it wasn’t nearly long enough.

There is a place about an hour and a half north of Glasgow called Dalmally. It’s surrounded by lochs and mountains (and sheep for that matter), and everything is green. Well, at least it’s green in the summer. When I was there in the winter it was all white as it was covered in snow, but it was still beautiful. It’s one of my favorite places.

I hope that my feet will touch Scottish soil again sometime in the future (see number three on my bucket list) J

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Inspired by Unstoppable’s Melanie O’Bryan and her “I Didn’t Kick the Bucket” List:
(These are in no particular order of importance)

1.) Write full time
2.) Make it to a bestseller list
3.) Go to Scotland again (I’d also like to make this a general United Kingdom trip and visit the set of Downton Abbey…preferably when Maggie Smith is there so I can stalk her. Hello, she’s awesome).
4.) Meet Benedict Cumberbatch
5.) Become best friends with Sara Bareilles
6 & 7.) Fall in love and get married (preferably in that order)
8.) Have children
9.) See Adele, OneRepublic, and/or Snow Patrol in concert…I could go on with more artists/bands that I’d like to see, but these three are currently at the top. I’ve been fortunate enough to cross some of my other favorites off this list i.e. Mumford and Sons, Eric Church, Sara Bareilles, Sugarland, and a whole lot more. I have a small (HUGE) obsession with music.

10.) Write books for the rest of my life, I pray I have that many stories in my head.

Do you want to know more about her novel, UNSTOPPABLE? 

Some things you don't dare let go . . .
Melanie O'Bryan knows life is too short to be afraid of taking chances. And former Air Force sergeant Bennett Hart is certainly worth taking a chance on. He's agreed to help her students with a school project, but she's hoping the handsome handyman will offer her a whole lot more. Yet despite his heated glances and teasing touches, Mel senses there's something holding him back . . . 

Bennett Hart is grateful to be alive and back home in Mirabelle, Florida. Peaceful and uncomplicated-that's all he's looking for. Until a spunky, sexy-as-hell teacher turns his life upside down. After one smoldering kiss, Bennett feels like he's falling without a parachute. But with memories of his past threatening to resurface, he'll have to decide whether to keep playing it safe, or take the biggest risk of all. d

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Does this book sounds like your cup of tea? There's this other Forever Romance Series that I sort of need in my life. Want to check it out? I just love chick-lit....

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So what do y'all think? Make sure to leave Shannon some comment love and Birthday wishes!

Monday, July 28, 2014

ARC Review: His Reverie by Monica Murphy

His Reverie by Monica Murphy
Published July 28, 2014

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley and publisher

What is it all about?

I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want.

The only girl I could ever love.

She is light.

I am darkness.

She is innocent.

I’ve done too much.

She is good.

I am bad.

She is my every dream.

I should be her every nightmare.

We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…


Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.

The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.

Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.

Reverie means daydream. This girl, I believe, lives in her daydreams. Not in a good way.

Let’s start with the beginning, shall we? In the begging there was potential: a privileged girl with dreams that could take over the universe. She longs for love like she reads about in books. Sounds like anyone you know? >>Just every reader ever<< We also have a boy with a troubled past. Wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit and a mother dead from cancer, he’s broken. When they find each other, it’s forbidden. He’s the help and she’s the one being helped. From here, my dear, lovely, wonderful friends, it only goes downhill.

To me, it seems that the further the book progresses, the more naïve Rev gets. The farther the book progresses, the stupider I think their “love” is. Honestly, I didn’t really like either of the main characters. At all.

Don’t get me wrong, the writing was fantastic. I just didn’t like the actual story line. It’s kind of funny actually. All the teasers I’m seeing everywhere online from this book, they sound so romantic and swoon worthy when in the context of their teenage, secret-filled desperation, seems just like that: desperate.

Overall, I can’t recommend this book. I just didn’t enjoy it. And the ending just fell really flat. *le sigh*

 So I am still excited to read Ms. Murphy's other series. Because the writing really was good. Who's read it? Was it good?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

#BookLook 31: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Hello readers and daydreamers! Welcome to this week's #booklook ! All the links are by the picture and make sure you follow me on bloglovin (for the blog) or Polyvore (for the clothes). Happy Saturday!


Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reading in another language

The struggle is real y'all. It's more real than any of y'all could ever imagine.

Next school year I shall be on my fourth year of Spanish and in order to prepare myself for THAT particular struggle, I'm reading Twilight in Spanish. It's a whole lot harder than it sounds. I'm pretty sure the only reason I know what is going on is because I read it in English.

Anyways, do y'all have any Spanish book/ music suggestions? How do you feel about reading in another language?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid {Book Blitz + Giveaway}

Let's Get Lost
Release Date: 07/29/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Early Praise:
“Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.” – School Library Journal

“Five love stories, beautifully woven together by a special girl in search of adventure, hope, and full appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. A do-not-miss.  ” – Justine Magazine

“Moving and poignant.”  - Glitter Magazine

“An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut.” – Kirkus

"Leila's quest to find the Northern Lights takes readers on a captivating cross-country journey, where four strangers' adventures collide into one riveting tale of finding yourself." ―

“This will likely be a popular summer hit, especially for older teen about to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.” –Booklist


What Inspires Me to Write. . .

I think people will never tire of asking this question of authors because we never tire of the answer, which, as far as I know, always has been and always will be: Everything.

If life in its entirety did not inspire us to write, we wouldn’t be writers. Obviously, we don’t walk around constantly inspired by every little thing around us, because that would make us go insane. But the reason that stories keep getting churned out, published or unpublished, it’s because writers can find inspiration anywhere, in any little detail of life, at any time, whether we like it or not.

The difference, of course, is how that inspiration gets turned into a story, what each writer connects to and finds worthy of writing about. In the little Q&A that included in a flap in the amazing-looking ARC of Let’s Get Lost, I said that what usually does it for me is people. To delve a little further, I think most of my writing is inspired by the need to explore the connections between people.
The muse itself, whatever catalyst sets me off exploring those connections in a story, well that can be absolutely anything. A little scene from daily life, a reaction to another story. An overheard line of dialogue, a dream, thin air. A bush, or a guy walking past a bush, or the guy’s bushy beard, or the thought of a world without bushes or beards or guys and how the people in that world would interact with one another, and maybe of just one teen living within that world.

There’s a story in everything, it only requires an author to come along and think so.

About the Author
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.  
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