Sneak Peek Saturday: Tangled

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Tangled
By: Carolyn Mackler

Pub Date: January 1st, 2010

Paradise wasn’t supposed to suck.

Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean. Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all.

It will change Jena, whose first brush with romance takes her that much closer to having a life, and not just reading about those infinitely cooler and more exciting. It will change Dakota, who needs the devastating truth about his past to make him realize that he doesn’t have to be a jerk just because people think he’s one.

It will change Skye, a heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who must come to terms with the fact that for once she has to stop playing a role or face the consequences. And it will change Owen, who has never risked anything before and who will take the leap from his online life to a real one all because of a girl he met at Paradise….

From confused to confident and back again, one thing’s certain: Four months after it all begins, none of them will ever be the same.
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The hot tub was steaming and there was only the dimmest light from the pool area. I tossed my towel on a chair, hit the button for the bubbles, and lowered myself in. As the warmth washed over my body, I stirred my legs around in the water. Maybe I could be like Francesca, full of untapped lust, waiting for the man of my dreams to pull into my driveway in his old pickup truck.

I’d just closed my eyes when a voice said, ‘How’s the temp?’

I looked up and my heart plummeted, I swear, into my colon. Because there, standing above me and ripping off his shirt was the guy. The guy from the diving board. The guy with the muscular calves and, oh god, the swimsuit riding low enough for me to conjure up some serious imagery.

‘It’s fine,’ I muttered. Then I sank even deeper into the water...
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This book sounds adorable! You can read the remainder of the excerpt here. Visit Carolyn Mackler's website here.

Also...Happy Halloween everyone! Eat some candy for me. ;)

Hail Caesar

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Hail Caesar
By: Thu-Huong Ha

He's just not that into anyone but himself. Until...

Caesar thinks he can't be touched by anything or anyone. Boys idolize him. Girls lust after him. And he has power over them, because he doesn't care about any of them . . . until the new girl comes along, and turns Caesar's world upside down.

summary from book

My Rating: 3.5/5

I was drawn to this book for many reasons, one of the main reasons being Caesar (John Miller). He seems like the kind of guy you try to avoid through high school and through life. He's the one that cares more about himself than anyone else and will use you to his advantage. I've always wanted to read a book through this kind of perspective. We get a lot of YA books where the protagonist is either an outsider or someone who desperately yearns to be popular and well liked. With Hail Caesar, John is already popular and it was very interesting reading things from his viewpoint. This book offered a kind of inside looking out perspective. I also enjoyed that John is male.

I have to say that even though I'm nothing like Caesar and I disagreed with a lot of the things he did and believed, I still liked him. I really applaud the author for staying true to his character through the books entirety. This is not one of those he's-kind-of-a-jerk-but-not-really-once-you-get-to-know-him-novels. I think he developed well and realistically as the story progressed. Things ended off well also. I felt the conclusion to be highly accurate.

I have to say I wasn't a big fan of Eva, the female lead that shakes up Caesar's world and shifts his perception of things. She was just a little bland for me. I did however greatly enjoy Kelly, Caesar's thirteen year old sister. Their interaction is great (especially in the later chapters.) Even though she was only a minor character, I think she added a lot to this novel.

Also, interesting tidbit of information. The author, Tu-Huong Ha won the PUSH novel contest when she was just fourteen. Isn't that insane? I love reading books by teenage authors. I think it's so incredible what they've managed to accomplish in such a short time.

Upcoming Release: Hourglass (Evernight, #3)

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Hourglass (Evernight, #3)
By. Claudia Gray

Pub date: March 9th, 2010

contains spoilers if you have not read the first two novel from this series: (Evernight & Stargazer)

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost?

Hourglass, the third book in this gripping vampire series by the author of the New York Times bestseller Stargazer, has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s books runaway successes.

summary from goodreads.com

I really enjoyed the first two novels in this series. There are a ton of vampire books out on the market today, especially in the YA genre and I have to say that out of the ones I've read, this series would qualify as one of my favourites. I love the twist readers are presented with in Evernight (Book #1) and things only proceeded to get more interesting and more intense in Stargazer. (Book #2)

Sneak Peek Saturday (On Sunday): Stupid Cupid

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Stupid Cupid (Book #1)
By: Rhonda Stapleton

Pub date: December 22nd, 2009

Felicity Walker believes in true love. That's why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid's Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn't just a matchmaker...she's a cupid! (There's more than one of them, you know.)

Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired...and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.
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Chapter 1


“So”—Janet glanced down at my résumé—“Felicity. You’d like to be a matchmaker. Can you go into more detail why?”


Because my mom threatened bodily harm unless I get off my lazy butt and get a job. No, that wouldn’t do. Better to try for the more professional approach.


“Well, I believe in true love,” I replied. “I think everyone has a match out there—some people just need a little help finding that special person. I think it would be fun to do that.”


Janet smiled, her bright, white teeth sparkling in the soft light pouring from the window. “Good answer. That’s what we believe too. Here at Cupid’s Hollow we want to find true love for everyone.”


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You can read the remainder of Chapter One here. Find out more about the series here at Rhonda Stapleton's website.

Book Cover Challenge Entry (Princess Bookie)

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Cindy is holding a super awesome challenge/contest over at her blog Princess Bookie.

You basically have to make a book cover (which I LOVE to do). As you can see, I chose, Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. I will take any excuse to open and use Photoshop haha. ;)

You can view the challenge here and the awesome entires here.



Good luck to everyone who entered!

Upcoming Release: Borderline

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Borderline
By: Allan Stratton

Pub date: March 9th, 2010

Life’s not easy for fifteen-year-old Sami Sabiri, especially as the only Muslim kid at his private school. And when Sami catches his father in a lie, everything he’s ever known comes into question. The FBI raids his home and suddenly his family is at the center of an international terrorist investigation. Sami must fight to keep his world from unraveling.

An action-packed page-turner with a smart and gutsy narrator at the helm, Borderline will keep readers riveted and guessing at the truth until the very last page.

summary from goodreads.com

I stumbled across this book on goodreads a little while ago and haven't seen much about it in the book blogging world so I thought I'd introduce it. Borderline not only sounds very captivating but it also holds a ton on potential. I'm really eager to hear more about it.

Jerk, California

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Jerk, California
By: Jonathan Friesen

Twitch, Jerk, Freak, Sam Carrier has been called them all. Because of his Tourette's syndrome, Sam is in near constant motion with tics and twitches and verbal outbursts. So, of course, high school is nothing but torment. Forget friends; forget even hoping that beautiful, perfect Naomi will look his way.

And home isn't much better with his domineering stepfather reminding him that the only person who was more useless than Sam was his dead father, Jack. But then an unexpected turn of events unearths the truth about his father.

And suddenly Sam doesn't know who he is, or even where he'll go next. What he does know is that the only girl in the world who can make him happy and nervous at the same time is everywhere he turns . . . and he'd give anything just to be still.

summary from goodreads.com

My Rating: 3.5/5

I picked up this book on one of my many trips to the library. I'd seen it around bookstores before and I remember always being drawn to it, reading the summary a handful to times and so on. Naturally, I decided to give it a try.

To be honest, this book took me a little while to get into. Jerk, California takes many different twists and turns throughout its course. Sam goes through an extensive journey in more ways than one throughout this novel's entirety. I think this book has a great story to tell with a profound leading protagonist. I'd never read a novel that dealt with Tourette's Syndrome and seeing the world through Sam's eyes as he dealt with it on a daily bases was very eye opening. I can see this book being very inspirational and touching to those who have ever dealt with Tourette's Syndrome first hand.

Jerk, California is great character wise. Sam was very well fleshed out as was his past and those in it. The only character I wasn't so fond of was Naomi. She was a little confusing, to say the least and I had a difficult time relating to her on occasion.

All in all, I really did enjoy this book. Like I mentioned above, it took me a little time to get into but I think it's definitely a book that people should check out.

Hush, Hush

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Hush, Hush
By: Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

summary from book

My Rating: 4.5/5

Hush, Hush is everything I expected it to be in a very good way. The hype for this novel just kept building until I couldn't take it anymore. I had to purchase and read it as soon as possible. I haven't been so excited to read a novel in quit some time and I am so happy that I picked it up earlier than later. I think it's safe to say that I'm already a little (okay, more than a little) obsessed with this series.

This book has a lot of elements that many people- myself included- are drawn to. It is the kind of book that reels you in and holds your attention until the very last word. There's forbidden love, suspense, anticipation, and the darkly mysterious quintessential bad-boy that you can't help but fall for.

Patch is a very memorable character. There's just something about him that you can't pinpoint directly although that doesn't stop you from smiling a little every time he's mentioned. Nora is a great character as well. I can relate to her on many levels, especially when it comes to always having to be in control and playing things safe. I think she's realistic and she balances Patch and his strong personality very well. The chemistry between the two is fantastic. Their flirtatious interactions and back and forth banter was a lot of fun to read.

 Hush, Hush is very action packed. This is a page turner for sure. I could have finished this book in one sitting but I chose to pace myself because I know it's going to be a little wait until the sequel Crescendo is published. There are a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming that made reading this novel all the more exciting. I love the concept of fallen angels; I think it's very creative as well as interesting. The background information that Becca created was fascinating to say the least.

Also, I've seen a lot of people comparing this book to Twilight (which seems to be the case with almost any paranormal book these days) and after having read Hush, Hush for myself, I really don't see that many similarities content wise. Both books contain a paranormal element as well as forbidden love and an addictive quality that you can't quite place. They are however vastly different in plot and in character. I think that like Twilight, Hush, Hush has the potential to be really popular. So many people are already completely consumed with this story. I wouldn't be surprised if it were made into a movie in the future either. Paranormal is all the rage these days.

I definitely recommend this book. I think it has something for everyone. I for one, still have so many questions that I can't wait to have answered. I'm highly looking forward to the sequel!

Sneak Peek Satruday:Tempted (A House Of Night Novel)

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Tempted: (House Of Night, #6)
By: P.C. Cast/Kristin Cast

Pub date: October 27th, 2009

So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.

Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal. Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her.

Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?
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Chapter One

The night sky over Tulsa was alight with a magical crescent moon. Its brilliance made the ice that coated the city, and the Benedictine Abbey where we’d just had our showdown with a fallen immortal and a rogue High Priestess, shimmer so that everything around me seemed touched by our Goddess. I looked at the moonlight-bathed circle that stood in front of Mary’s Grotto, the place of power where not long ago Spirit, Blood, Earth, Humanity, and Night had been personified and then had joined to triumph over hatred and darkness...
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Read the remainder of Chapter One. Find out more about the series at House Of Night Series

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In My Mailbox 17

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Credit for In My Mailbox goes to Pop Culture Junkie and The Story Siren

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So, I've officially jumped on the Hush, Hush bandwagon. Day after day I've been reading everyone's reviews on this book and I just couldn't wait any longer. I've already given in and read a handful of chapters even though I have a ton of library books that I still need to read. I love it so far.

Also, sorry about the lack of reviews recently. :( I've had a lot of stuff going on and have only been able to read a chapter here or there. Although I'm sure my review for Hush, Hush will be up soon-ish. 

Book Of The Month: October 2009

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October's Book Of The Month Is: Perfect You

This is "The Book" that started my Elizabeth Scott obsession. It's funny, meaningful, adorable and so much more. I read this book in one sitting, unable to put it down. I love how Elizabeth Scott can write a sweet fun romance filled novel like this one and then change paths and write something very different much like Living Dead Girl. I highly recommend that you give one of her books a try.

If you're interested, you can read my vintage (okay, it's not that old) review for Perfect You here.

Upcoming Release: Grace

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Grace
By: Elizabeth Scott

Pub date: September 16th, 2010

"When I am safely across the border, the first thing I will do is leave Kerr behind."

"I would kill him, but I already know I am too weak for that."

Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.

Told in spare, powerful prose, this tale of a dystopian near future will haunt readers long after they've reached the final page.

summary from goodreads.com 

So excited! It's Elizabeth Scott after all and I look forward to all of her novels.

Something Like Fate: Book Summary

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Something Like Fate
By: Susane Colasanti

Pub date: May 18th, 2010

I know a lot of us are pretty excited for this one. The cover alone is so awesome you can't help it. There wasn't an official summary posted but Susane has since updated her website and added one. I thought some of you might be interested in reading it.

Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control?

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she's known him forever. She's not sure if he feels it, too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin's boyfriend. Lani is determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than risk hurting her best friend.

How long can Lani keep running from the boy who might be her destiny?

Upcoming Release: Gimme A Call

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Gimme A Call
By: Sarah Mlynowski

Pub date: April 27th, 2010

Devi's life isn't turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn't join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.

Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!

Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn't some wacko—she realizes that she's been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she's already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?

Except . . .what if getting what you think you want changes everything?

summary from goodreads.com

I think this book sounds so so interesting. We've all done things we regret or not done things we wish we would have."What if this would have happened?" or "What if I'd acted on that?" and so on. We've all thought about it before and can all relate in some form or another, that's why I'm really curious to read this one.

Liar

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Liar
By: Justine Larbalestier

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies.

That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing?

Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.

summary from book

My Rating: 4.5/5

Books like Liar are the reason as to why I started blogging in the first place. I want to stay up all night discussing this book, talking about it until there's nothing more to say. This is definitely the type of novel that needs to be discussed. There is so much I want to type in this review although I can't, not without giving too much away.

Liar in its entirety is like a roller coaster ride. Micah promises she's not lying to you but you can never be so sure because well, she's a compulsive liar, something she'll openly admit and does admit many times. She says things that are contradictory, going back and forth between "this is the real truth" and "I'm not being openly honest." or "I lied about that last part." This book did take me places that I didn't see coming. One tip I have for readers is to read everything carefully and take everything in. You will notice a lot more that way because it's impossible not to get things messed up when you're being dishonest.

I really commend Justine Larbalestier for writing this book. It is such a clever idea and one of the most exciting novels I've read so far this year. We're used to reading novels where protagonists hold nothing back. We're used to being told the truth and nothing else. That's why I found this book to be so interesting. It was nearly impossible for me to put down. I had to know what was coming next. I had to know the truth.

I know that many people may not be 100% pleased with the ending although I kind of assumed it would end the way it did. Personally, I really liked the conclusion. I think it added a lot to the story and it will keep you thinking long after you've finished it. The ending is very true to Micah and to who she is. I don't see how it could have ended any other way. After all, she's a liar, remember?

How To Be Bad

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How To Be Bad
By: Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, E. Lockhart

Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend has gone suspiciously quiet since he left for college; Mel is the newcomer desperate to be liked; and Jesse will do anything to avoid a life-altering secret.

Each one has her own reason for wanting to get the heck out of their nowheresville town, even just for the weekend. So they climb into Jesse's mom's "borrowed" station wagon and head south.

Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

Summary from book

My Rating: 3.5/5

I've wanted to read How To Be Bad for quite some time now. I love the premise of a roadtrip and three friends being a little impulsive and discovering things along the way. This book is just a lot of fun. It's cute, sweet, funny, realistic and meaningful. It defiitley ended up being more than I thought it would be.

I really enjoyed the characters, especially Mel. Not only is she Canadian like me (WOHOO!) But I could  see a lot of myself in her when it came to personality traits, fears, insecurities etc. It's always freaky when you stumble across a character who resembles yourself in a lot of ways. It's also nice though, just another indicator to point out the fact that you are indeed normal (just in case you were wondering) ;)

Vicks and Jesse were also great and so different from each other. Every main character in this book varies greatly from the other which I thought was refreshing and made for some fun scenerios.

If you're looking for something fun, cute and meaningful to read, I would recommend that you check this one out.

New Releases: October 2009

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Above are some of the novels being released in October 2009



New in October 2009:
1. Once Was Lost/Sara Zarr/October 1st
2. Nothing Like You/Lauren Strasnick/October 20th
3. Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player/Antony John/October 1st
4. Almost Perfect/Brian Katcher/October 13th
5. The Everafter/Amy Huntley/October 1st
6. Temped (House of Night #6)/ P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast/October 27th
7. Fire/Kristin Cashore/October 5th
8. The Esspressologist/Kristina Springer/October 27th
9. Flash Burnout/L. K. Madigan/October 19th
10. Hush,Hush/Becca Fitzpatrick/October 13th
11. Never After/Dan Elconin/October 20th
12. This Girl Isn't Shy, She's Spectacular/Nina Beck/October 1st
13. Ex-mas/Kate Brian/October 6th
14. Ballad: A Gathering Of Fairies/Maggie Stiefvater/October 1st
15. Ice/Sarah Beth Durst/October 6th
16. Splendor: A Luxe Novel/Anna Godbersen/October 27th
17. The Goodbye Season/Marian Hale/October 13th
18. Girl On The Other Side/Deborah Kerbel/October 30th
19. Beautiful/Amy Reed/ October 6th
20. The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4)/ Melissa de la Cruz/ October 6th
21. Hold Still/Nina LaCour/October 20th
22. Bad Apple/Laura Ruby/October 6th
23. Gateway/Sharon Shinn/October 15th