Wednesday, September 30, 2015

[Book Blitz #Giveaway] Summer Crush Collection

Summer Crush
Release Date:
Evernight Teen
272 pages

Summer Crush: A wonderfully romantic boxed set of Upper YA short stories by today's hottest authors. 

Summer is the time for lazy days at the beach, sun-kissed hair, flip-flops, and sizzling nights with a new crush. Those stolen glances and first kisses can quickly spark a flame. However, the road to love isn’t always a smooth ride.

Every Summer has a story, whether it’s a second chance on love, seeing a friend in a different light, or taking a step in a new direction with someone special. Love and long days create endless possibilities, but can a summer crush really last?

Sutton Summer by Sasha Hibbs:
After breaking Dylan's heart last year, McKenzie returns to Sutton Lake for another summer. McKenzie realizes love was in front of her the entire time, but is it too late for Dylan to forgive her?

Exquisite Torture by S.D. Wasley
16 year old Ryan thinks he's in for the summer from hell, stuck at his Gran's farm in a remote town ... until he meets the adorable Connie. But why is she so cagey about her past?

Forbidden by Melissa Frost:
The new guy in town has a bad reputation and a bad boy demeanor to go with it. Even so, Olivia can’t help feeling drawn to Gavin. Can she convince her mother he’s not the delinquent everyone believes, or will his past tear them apart?

Taking the Plunge by Diana Stager:
Overwhelmed and alone, Jessica is a teenage mother struggling to give her son the best possible life. Erik, a lifeguard at the local pool, never expected the girl of his dreams to have baby in tow. They have issues, but will it keep them from pursing the relationship, or are they willing to take the plunge?

Boarderline Love by Deanna Dee:
Nearly drowning wasn’t part of Dalya’s vacation plans. Neither was being rescued by a guy with a perfect six pack and a haunted look in his eyes. Mason reminds Dalya too much of her over-protective older brother, but when he offers to teach her to surf, she can’t say no. Can Dalya get past her frustration with her brother to realize how much Mason means to her?

An Ocean of Their Own by Bridie Hall:
Lola spends her days trawling the sand dunes in search of the perfect subject for her art. She finds it in a solitary, beautiful girl. Sarah doesn’t just fill the pages in her sketchbook, she enchants Lola’s heart too. But how can Lola tell her family about Sarah?

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About the Author
By age 5, Sasha Hibbs' favorite movie was Gone With the Wind. By age 12, she completed her 7th grade book report on the sequel, Scarlett. By 18, she met and married her very own Mr. Rhett Butler and as it turns out, she never had to worry about going back to Tara to win the love of her life back. Fortunately, he stuck with her.  

With a love of all things paranormal, the ambiance of the South with its gigantic antebellum mansions and canopies of Spanish moss, and a love for her husband’s rich storytelling of blacksmiths and the mythology surrounding their origins, it wasn’t long until the world of her debut novel, Black Amaranth, was born.

When not working her day job as a nurse, you can find Sasha dreaming of her next beach trip, reading the latest YA novel, and drinking more white chocolate mocha than she should.  

Sasha lives in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, Tim, and their two daughters, Aeliza and Ava. She is currently hard at work on her next novel in The Vulcan Legacies series.

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Author Twitter Links:
Sasha Hibbs @SashaHibbs | S.D. Wasley : @SDWasleyAuthor | Bridie Hall: @BridieHall13
Melissa Frost: @MelissaHosack Diana Stager: @DianaStager
Deanna Dee @desantismt

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[Waiting On Wednesday] #27 - Into the Dim

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming books that we eagerly anticipate and cannot wait to get here!

"Into the dim - janet b. taylor

Into the Dim
“Seventy-two hours, then we have to be back at the clearing. Sunrise on the third day.” 

Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. 
After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. 
Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. 
Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.


Time traveling has always appealed to me and as always, I am sucker for an incredibly beautiful covers. So of course I'm going to obsess over this! Too bad I have to wait until 2016 for that :'(


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

[Release Day Book Blast] Until Beth By Lisa Amowitz

Happy Book Birthday UNTIL BETH! We're so excited to be sharing this fantastic Young Adult novel by Lisa Amowitz with you today! Be sure to stop in at the bottom, and enter the giveaway for books, swag and a guitar pick necklace! The giveaway is open internationally!

About The Book
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Release Date: September 29th, 2015 Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press  ISBN-13: 978-1633920330
She doesn’t just play, she kills it.
Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she's accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they're also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who's so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who's trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?
Praise For Until Beth
"I  wish I could have read about a protagonist like Beth when I was growing up--a girl who doesn't fit into her society and must learn to use her abilities for good instead of evil. Her struggles will resonate with teen readers, and the hidden agendas of the school and its students will keep readers guessing up to the final page." - Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of Rogue

"This unique and compelling novel grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. With unforgettable characters and a story that is by turns heartbreaking, thrilling and uplifting, UNTIL BETH is a must-read.” - Christine Johnson, author of The Gathering Dark

About The Author
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. She is a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly twenty years. She started writing eleven years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children. Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency.
BREAKING GLASS, released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series was released September, 2014. FRACTURED, a novella combining the worlds of BREAKING GLASS and VISION releases as an ebook only, June 7, 2015. UNTIL BETH, the first in the Life and Beth trilogy will be released September 2015.
Lisa Amowitz is available for guest appearances, Skype visits, school visits, libraries & interviews. Please contact her for scheduling.

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Ebooks of Breaking Glass, Vision & Fractured also by Lisa Amowitz
Swag AND a hand made (by the author!!) guitar pick necklace.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

[Bookish News] Waterstones launches 'Books for Syria'

Source: Waterstone Launches "Books For Syria"
Waterstone launches "Books for Syria"

I think that it is very honorable when authors or anyone that has the power to change the world is taking leadership to do something. In less than a day, authors raised £100,000 for Syrian refugees and help them during the struggle. Syria and its situation has been around news for a very long time and I am glad that although authors could be seen in their own little world, they are helping others to ensure that their life is worth living. 

Some of my favorite authors have promised to match a certain amount for this movement. These are authors such as Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Foreman, Tahereh Mafi, Brandan Reichs, Ally Carter, Margaret Stohl, Jenny Han, Shannon Hale, Siobhan Vivian, Richelle Mead, and Ransom Riggs. 

On top of that, some of the largest publications like Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster are donating the biggest titles to Waterstones to sell in the book stores to raise more money. 

what are your thoughts? Do you think authors are doing the right thing by trying to take this movement forward? Do you think this will make some politicians to reconsider the situation in syria?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Now I'll Tell You Everything The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret The Lottery and Other Stories
Speak Fight Club
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Friday, September 25, 2015

[Book Review] Alive by Scott Sigler

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief — she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people ... and no answers. 

She knows only one thing about herself — her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin — yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust each other. 

Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

"Consequences have actions. We all own a piece of the blame - but only a small piece, because we wouldn't have made those bad decisions if someone hadn't put us down here in the first place."

Everything starts with pain. 

Girls wakes up what feels like a coffin and tears up her retrains. Something woke her up. She tried to get out of the coffin and ends up breaking the lid. After discovering others that laid there just like her, she decides that need to get out of that place and fast. All of them don't remember anything but have slight fuzzy memories that come up on surfaces. They look like adults but it couldn't be possible - it's the day of their 12th birthday. Salvage becomes the leader and she doesn't know anything that could be more perfect for her, even though she has doubts. After stumbling on another groups of "kids" , they try to figure out the tunnels and avoid areas where the skeletons and bones are not as bad. 

The story itself is hard to summarized without any spoilers because after you know the truth, everything just makes sense! In the beginning it's pretty unclear what happened to them or what the world building actually includes. But it doesn't make the book boring, the actions and the discoveries of kids' memories is exciting and made me fall in love with the book. I cannot wait for the next book, I'm really curious on what happens next!

*Thanks to Random House Publishing Group for providing me ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Full review includes my own opinion and is spoiler free.*

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

[Waiting On Wednesday] #26 - Inherit the Stars

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming books that we eagerly anticipate and cannot wait to get here!

"Inherit The Stars" - Tessa Elwood

Inherit the StarsThree royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Author Tessa Elwood's debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.


DOESN'T THIS AMAZING? TELL ME IT SOUNDS AMAZING! BECAUSE I THINK IT SOUNDS AMAZING. And look at that cover *swoosh*! Royal families in space? I cannot get my hands on this! 


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

[Waiting On Wednesday] #25 - Illuminae

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming books that we eagerly anticipate and cannot wait to get here!

"Illiminae" - Amie Kaufman & jay kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


New series always get me excited & this one looks absolutely incredible! Super galactic wars in the future? Umm yes please! Sign me up for this! 


[Book Review] How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots by Ron Bates

How to Survive Middle School and Monster BotsHow to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots
Sometimes, being smart just isn t enough

It s been a rough semester for Howard Boward, science genius. Not only is he having to dodge winter s most feared weapon (snowballs), his close friend, Winnie McKinney, is barely speaking to him. If that weren t enough, he s the favorite target of some bullies who seem determined to make life at Dolley Madison Middle School as miserable as possible. 
But then Howard learns about an upcoming robot-building contest finally a chance to show off his science skills and beat archrival Gerald G-Force Forster! Unfortunately, the only way to win is by using his secret monster goo, a formula that has terrifying side effects. 
Can Howard resist the temptation? Or will he unleash a robot rampage that could destroy the town and ruin the school dance?

First of all - Howard Boward. How fun is it to say his name? If there is a person out there with a real name like that - I want it & you are my hero! How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots is really a fun read and perfect for middle grade. Although he is very smart and can be considered as "geeky", the bullying from other kids doesn't stop him from still thinking he is the best. When he doesn't get invited to a science club that has a contest in building robots, he will do anything to win. 

I loved the life lesson that this novel represents. A lot of the times, middle grade characters are not portrayed the way they should be and it's good to see that this is not the case. Howard and other boys are a perfect example of that age group and definitely think that middle grade boys should check this out. Monster robots with a hidden life lesson? Definitely a winner!!!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255