Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Delirium

Book: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Published: February 1st 2011 by HarperTeen 
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: YA - dystopian

Goodreads Summary:
"They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. 

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love."

My thoughts:

OH. MY. GOODNESS. I can't believe it took me so long to read this book! It was so good! And Lauren Oliver's writing is brilliant. This book is so creative, I wish I could meet Lauren Oliver and pick apart her brain and ask her all kinds of questions about this book! At first, in the beginning of the book, I had a hard time accepting this world that the characters are living in, but Lauren does such a good job of explaining how everything works. 

Seriously though, I freaked out so many times while reading this book. All of my reading friends are far away and I don't think they have read this book before. I really needed someone to talk to so I ended up making boyfriend come sit with me so I could explain this story and how amazing it is. I loved it, I am not even talking about the story, just fangirl-ing all over the place...take a breath, Amber.

For those of you who have read it... the last paragraph! I always hate the last few pages of books, they always seem like meaningless words thrown together just because you can't end a book in the middle a story. You have to have a end, that was what we learned in the first grade. But this last paragraph was so good! I didn't feel like I was getting some crap that made me feel distanced from the story. This pulled me in even more and totally captivated me. UNTIL THE LAST WORD. Amazing. 

Things I enjoyed about this book:

-I had no idea what was coming. There would be certain parts of the book and I would be freaking out because I thought one thing was going to happen and then it turned out completely opposite. And there are just so many twists and turns that no one could really see coming. It is a great book and keeps you on your toes the whole time!

-Great world building, I really feel like I am there.  When I first started reading I had a really hard time accepting this world because love is such a common thing for me. It is something I feel and openly express several times a day and so many of my decisions are driven by love that I cannot fathom living in a society where love is seen as a disease. Every time something would happen, I would have to sit and really think about it trying to see it as a person living in this world. But the world building was so great that I was eased into it and got a little more understanding with the little bits of information at the beginning of each chapter. By the time I was done with the book, I was so immersed in this book that every time I think of the word love, I am taken back into this world. 

-Such a creative idea for a book, Lauren Oliver... you are a genius. I was reading through the interview questions in the back of the book and one of them asked how Lauren came up with this subject for a book. I don't remember all the details, but she had read an essay about love and its influence on books and was thinking about that at the gym later when she saw something about a flu epidemic. Somehow the two things combined and here we are now reading Delirium. And even now after hearing about that, I am still in awe. It was such an amazing story, and the writing in it is beautiful. You really just want to keep reading! 

Things I didn't like want to know more about:
*There is nothing I did not like about this book, but I do have so many questions and things I just want to throw out there, so I will list a few of them here:)

-Grace! I love her so much! I have loved her since she was first introduced, I am not quite sure why. Well, obviously she is introduced as a character we like because of her bond with Lena. But she automatically stood out to me as one of the characters I would love. and I was right :) I cannot wait to see what happens with her, if anything (hopefully yes!) in the rest of this story. I really love her and I hope that she returns in Pandemonium and Requiem. 

-I still want to know so much more about their world. One thing that I had to really sit and debate with myself was how many emotions they do have and to what extent to the people in this society feel these emotions. For example, when talking about the girl who was removed from school and cured early because she was found with a boy, they mention how family's house had been graffitied.  But when I read about how their emotions are removed or controlled by the procedure, I struggled to understand how these people who walked through everything in a hazy state, woke up and felt enough hatred. To me that is a form of passion for something, in this case for the government and their society's structure and removal of love. So if they can have such strong feelings for some things and walk through life like they are sleeping the rest of the time, how does that work? I am assuming that somehow in the cure, they manage to leave fear intact since that seems to be how the government keeps its control over their people. But still, I would love to know more about how all of this works!!

Overall:  If you cannot tell I loved this book. Like seriously guys. It is awesome. And I have heard that so many times before, and I believed it but I did not feel the need to pick it up right away. I should have. So now I tell you, if you have not read this book, do it. 

Have you read Delirium? What did you think about it?


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published: Published December 2nd 2010 by Dutton
My rating: 5/5 Stars (WHY ONLY 5 STARS??!!)
Genre: YA

Goodreads Summary:
"Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?"

My thoughts:

Just a warning before you guys start this review... I loved this book, like it is a new top favorite so there is a chance that my review will be one big fangirl rave :) There will also be many words or phrases in ALL CAPS. Please feel free to imagine them being said with an obnoxious, high pitched fangirly voice. Because that is how I am thinking them. Now that you have been warned, you may procede:

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO SOOOO MUCH!! All I have been thinking about since I read this book is 1) How awesome it was 2) How I really really need to read Lola and the Boy Next Door and finally 3) I need to go to Paris. NOW. Like for real guys, I finished this book in the early afternoon-ish, then spent my entire afternoon looking up flight and hotel info to Paris. Now my savings account is titled "TRIP TO PARIS <3" and I have decided to set a specific amount of money out of each paycheck to save up. Unfortunately,  I have small paychecks so it will take me a while to get there, but it will happen!! 

Anyway, y'all probably don't care about my money situation so I'll drop it. You want to hear about this wonderful, amazing book :) Honestly, I was really nervous to start it. I have heard so many great things about this book and nobody I have talked to did not love it. But lately I have been in a bit of a reading rut. I am still reading and I really want to be enjoying it, but I have not been really loving the books I have been reading. They were alright, just nothing that really made me feel passionate about reading. So I was really afraid that that would happen with this book. I had such high hopes for it! I mean who wouldn't? Teen love, Paris, boarding school (I don't know why but I love reading about girls who attend boarding schools)! Thankfully, this book met all the very, VERY high expectations I had for it.

Things I enjoyed about this book:

-Y'all. If you have not noticed by now I say y'all a lot. It is a regular word in my vocabulary and I don't even notice when it is used. So when Anna said y'all in the book and everyone laughed at her, I had to back track and reread to catch it. I love that she says this. I don't know why, but it was just one of those things that made me smile :)

-World building.  I don't usually comment on world building, just because I don't always notice it. It is important but it is not really my main priority. But this book really made me second think that and appreciate a good book with good world building. Since I have never been to Paris, and I really dont know anything about Paris other than Oui and the have the Eifel Tower (a lot like Anna in the beginning of the book!), I really did not have a good solid picture of Paris in my head. And I really enjoyed reading about everything that was around here and learning about some of the history there. 

-Character growth. This is another thing that I don't always notice. I mean if a character starts out whiny and bratty and ends the book the same way I notice, but usually as long as there is a small change I am pretty accepting of whatever I am told. But in this book you really got to see the characters grow and learn about themselves. It was really obvious to me in this book, and it made me love this book so much more. Anna is such a great character and I felt like she was possibly a real person and I would totally be her friend!

-Everything. It was funny, adventurous, made me really feel like I was there. I cant even form coherent thoughts anymore, I should probably take a break because I am getting extra fangirly! 

-Their friendship grows into love. Okay, break was good, I'm a normal person again :) So another thing I really liked (okay loved) about this book was how Anna and Etienne's (I prefer this name to St. Clare) relationship started out as a friendship. It went through all the awkward stages expected in real life, especially since he had a girlfriend. they were friends, then they were awkward and liked each other and it continues to grow until they are best friends and more. To me, this is ideally how relationships should work (minus the gf of course). This growth of their relationship also showed the character growth. 

Things I didn't like about this book:

-Yeah right. I loved this book, everything about it. 

-Lola?  This is not, at all, a complaint or something I didn't like. I just wanted something in this section. But, I kept waiting to meet Lola from the next book and I never did, at least I don't remember meeting her. So I am curious how she is related to the series. Naturally, I would read the book to find out, but I don't get paid until Friday so, yeahhh...

Overall: Not only is this a really fun book that takes place in PARIS, but it is also written really well. I am a terrible writer, all my thoughts are jumbled around (notice the random order of my bullet points above), and I have a very limited vocabulary, so it really does not take much to impress me. Just give me a cute story and I'll enjoy it, written well or not. But this book really makes me feel like I should have higher standards for my books because this has it all. Really, it does. I loved it and you will to! 5 big, bright and shiny stars! 

Have you read Anna and the French Kiss? What did you think about it?

PS- I have an awesome giveaway going through the end of the month! Check it out HERE

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday (#10)

Hey guys, I am getting a late start to FFF today, I didn't think about it last night until it was already too late! So without further ado, here is my Feature & Follow Friday!

Today is Friday which means Feature & Follow Friday! FFF is hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read.  It is an opportunity to gain followers and find new blogs in the book blogging community! You can find more information about it here

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Question: Share your favorite literary quote! 

I have so many! Here are my top 3 :)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

 ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

This one is the first one I thought of after reading this prompt. I am not even sure exactly why, but this quote always stood out to me. This is the first sentence in Pride and Prejudice. Whenever I am having a bad day or am in a really bad reading rut, I turn to Pride and Prejudice. I have only ever finished the book once, but no matter how far I get, be it the first sentence or almost the end, it always makes me feel better!

*This next quote is the last paragraph of Delirium. I don't consider this to have any spoilers, but it is the last paragraph, so if you plan on reading this book or are reading and have not completed it, read at your own risk!

"You have to understand. I am no one special. I am just a single girl. I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way. But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope,and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.” 

― Lauren Oliver, Delirium.

Everything about Lauren Oliver's writing is beautiful. I was compelled to read, not only because of the story, but because of her writing. It captivated me and I just could not stop reading! This paragraph is my favorite, I feel like I can relate to certain parts of it, and in other ways I aspire to be more like this character. I want to have the strength and determination to achieve my goals and love without fear. 

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” 

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

And of course, the obligatory Harry Potter quote! But for real guys, this quote is just so great, especially for us readers! When I read a book, my boyfriend is always making fun of me for laughing as hard as I do, for crying, and yelling at my book. To me, just because a book is not always telling a true story, there is always someone who can relate to it or who uses a great book as a way to escape reality. Just because it is happening inside of my head, does not always mean it is not real. 

What are your favorite literary quotes??


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Losing It

Book: Losing It (Losing It, #1) by Cora Carmack
Published: February 26th 2013 by William Morrow
My rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Genre: New Adult 

Goodreads Summary:

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier."

My thoughts:

I really loved this book! The main character, Bliss, is on a mission to lose her virginity. Actually her BFF is on a mission to get Bliss to lose her virginity. So in an attempt to make this happen, she meets this really hot, British guy reading Shakespeare in a bar. Honestly, any guy reading in a bar would probably do it for me... add in an accent and I'm sold. But this is not about me and my odd reading habits  Anyway, a terrible excuse and 8 hours later Bliss walks into her final semester of classes and who is the professor? The really hot, British guy she left in her bed last night. Can't go wrong with this book!

Things I enjoyed about this book:

-Theater majors. Theater majors are always hysterical. They are dramatic, loud, loving, and everything bold and enjoyable. At least the ones I know are. And thats how these characters were! I loved reading about them, plus when you read about their classes, it is not like reading about someone taking a boring calc class. They were in a directing class and senior prep for life after graduation. I thought it was entertaining! 

-Bliss is totally socially awkward and nerdy, just like me. Okay, maybe not just like me but close enough to where I felt I could relate to the character. She always thinks too much or says the wrong thing and I know all to well how awkward that makes a situation. And she is a TERRIBLE liar. Prepare to be amused :)

Things I didn't like about this book:

-There's not really anything I didn't like about this book. I know that is lame. I like to have at least one thing that can critique because very few things are perfect and the beauty of books is that we can all interpret them differently or form our own opinions. But I really didn't have anything against this book. I really enjoyed it! 

Overall:  I know most of you have probably read this book. I have seen lots of reviews for Faking It, the sequel  and I plan to read that one soon! This is a great summer book, light, funny and forbidden love! Go get it now :)

Have you read Losing It? What did you think?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new top ten list is posted for us bloggers to share the books we love and discuss anything book related! To see more details about Top Ten Tuesday click HERE

This weeks topic is top ten books from summer 2013 on your TBR list, so for this list all my books on this list will be books that have been or will be released this summer (I'm considering May-Aug since that is when my summer break is).

This week I decided to include the synopsis, just in case you have not heard of these books and are interested! So enjoy my (rather long) list :)

Release date: June 4th 2013 by Viking Juvenile 
Goodreads synopsis: "Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer."

Release date: May 7th 2013 by Entangled Teen
Goodreads summary: "On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever."
Release Date:May 7th 2013 by Philomel
Goodreads summaryStephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth."

Release Date: June 4th 2013 by William Morrow & Company
Goodreads Summary: "Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel."

Release Date: May 7th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Goodreads Summary: For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue."

Release Date: June 9th 2013 by Abbi Glines
Goodreads Summary: Rush promised her forever... but promises can be broken.

Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more impo
rtant. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale... but no one can live in a fantasy.

Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.

Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone... too far?"

7) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Release Date: August 15th 2013 by Dial
Goodreads Summary:"You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch."

Release Date: May 7th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Goodreads Summary: "After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."

Release Date: May 21st 2013 by Simon Pulse
Goodreads Summary: "Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking."

Release Date:  July 30th 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
Goodreads Summary: "For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one."

Monday, June 17, 2013


Hey guys, so chances are you have already seen this, and I am sorry I am so late!! This is the first chance I have had today to get this ready for you guys! So... I have a chapter reveal for the new JLA book Frigid :)

And not only can you read the first few chapters, but you can also pre-order it NOW! And if enough copies are pre-ordered, it will be released early!!

Sorry for making you guys wait so long! Here is all the fun stuff :) So I know a lot of you guys have been telling me on my GIVEAWAY page that you are really excited for Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I am too! And now we can read the first three chapters!!! I am so excited, I can't wait to read this book! 

Here's a note from the publisher:

"1. Due to all the excitement surrounding FRIGID, we have decided to run a special e-book preorder promotion. We have worked out a deal with the distributor to release FRIGID a full two weeks early -- on JULY 15th!!! -- if we meet our e-book pre-order goal. EEEEP! That's right, if you are like the rest of us and want to be able to read FRIGID in its entirety before its original release date, all you have to do is PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK NOW! What are you waiting for? GO! Pre-order it!

Pre-Order Links: Barnes & Noble / Amazon

2. Need something to hold you over until FRIGID releases? Well, starting right now, you can read the first three chapters of FRIGID for free! Just read below!

Read the first three chapters now!

3. Can’t get enough of the hot FRIGID cover? Want to see some behind the scenes photos that are sure to make you swoon? You’re in luck! Below you can watch a slideshow of all the behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot! Go on and watch it. We’ll wait, because there is still one more great surprise!

4. And last but not least, if you live near Philadelphia, PA, you're in for a very special treat -- Jennifer will be in Philly in November signing not only FRIGID but also the last book in her immensely popular COVENANT series, SENTINEL! But that's not all, Adam, the super hot cover model from FRIGID will be there as well! So, yes, you'll get to meet Jennifer and Adam! Plus, there will be other great prizes that you seriously won't want to miss out on (dinner with the author and model, perhaps?)! Stay tuned for more details to come! We hope you're as excited as we are! So now....Go pre-order FRIGID!

Go read those chapters! Go watch that slideshow! And Enjoy!"

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: True

Book: True by Erin McCarthy
Published: May 7th 2013 by Penguin Group (USA)
My rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Genre: New Adult 

Goodreads Summary:
"When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…"

My thoughts:
I don't know why, but I did not really read about this book before I started it. Well, thats not entirely true, I read the synopsis a while ago when I first marked this book as a TBR but when I picked it up, I just knew I wanted to read it, I did not remember what it was about. I kept reading events that would happen in the book, like finding out her roommates payed the guy to have sex with her, and gasping at the horror! What terrible friends! And then later I read the synopsis and realized it was not supposed to be a big surprise, silly me!

Things I enjoyed about this book:

-The family dynamics. Both of their families are crazy, each in their own ways. It drove me nuts that their families are the way they are, but at the same time you can tell that even if they do not always do what I feel is right, they are caring for each other the only way they know how.

-Rory's family- Her dad is a scientist and would probably never talk to anyone if it wasn't for his social girlfriend. He is super awkward and avoids confrontation at all costs. He actually reminds me a lot of my dad and his side of the family (well, minus the science part). Anyway, even though he annoys me a lot in some parts, he is a father and is ultimately just trying to do what he feels is best for his daughter.  

-Tyler's family- When it comes to Tyler's family, I do not like his mom, at all. But then again I'm not supposed to... His little brothers are absolutely adorable and I kept hoping for Jessica and Riley to get together! I think they would be precious :) I really liked not only how Tyler and Riley take care of their family, but how they let Rory in. It made me love them even more. 

-Stupid friends.  This is a topic that is on the things I like and the things I didn't like. On one hand, they are trying to help their friend. Well, I don't think being a virgin is a bad thing, but in their eyes they are trying to help her. They really just want her to open up and learn to take an active role in life and not just watch it pass you by. Which was really caring of them to care about, even if I do not agree with how they did it. 

Things I didn't like about this book:

-Get angry, girl!. Her friends paid someone to have sex with her. If my friends did this and I found out about it like Rory, these girls would be going through hell. Of course I would forgive them, but let them know that what they did was wrong! Yes, I also understand this comes back to her not being confrontational, but still. Make them sweat a little!

-Don't try to make decisions for her.  I HATE when people try to make decisions based on what they think is right for me without even discussing it with me. Tyler tries to do this throughout the entire book, always saying he is not good enough for her. Rory is a big girl, let her decide what is good for her! 

Overall:  I recommend this book! It is a great read for those who are looking for a good NA. My issues with the characters should not deter you from reading this book.. as annoying as it was, it was necessary for the story line! Also, this book is about a girl whose friends set her up to lose her virginity, but for those worried, there is not a lot of graphic sexual content so if your not into that, don't worry!

Have you read True? What did you think about it??

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday (#9)

Hey guys, I am getting a late start to FFF today, I didn't think about it last night until it was already too late! So without further ado, here is my Feature & Follow Friday!

Today is Friday which means Feature & Follow Friday! FFF is hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read.  It is an opportunity to gain followers and find new blogs in the book blogging community! You can find more information about it here. This week's featured blogs are The Book Stop & Phantasmic Reads.

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This weeks question is: AN ACTIVITY! Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.

So, I am really not very good with poetry or creativity unfortunately, so in my head this makes perfect sense, but if not to you...just go with it for me :)

Also, my book collection is not nearly as big as some of you other awesome bloggers and most of my recent books have been ebooks so I have not been adding to my collection. So I am adding in a few little words to make my poetry make a little more sense.

The Night Circus

A beautiful darkness,
When it happens, just listen.
In the shadowland, a new moon is chosen.
Hush, hush... 
Sweet dreams.

Because I feel this makes no sense to anyone other than me... here was my thought process. It is titled by the book The Night Circus. In this poem the night circus, is your dreams. So line by line:

The Night Circus - dreaming

A beautiful darkness - nighttime, right before you finally (at least in my case) fall asleep
When it happens, just listen. - dont fight it, observe, accept your dreams, welcome them 
In the shadowland, a new moon is chosen. - something new in your dreams, a new beginning, exciting, refreshing
Hush, hush... - don't over think it, quiet your thoughts 
Sweet dreams. - sweet dreams! this is technically Swede Dreams but sweet went better.

So, don't judge me if you think this is terrible! I read, not write. All writers are readers, but unfortunately not all readers make good writers. I promise not to judge your poem if you are shy about it as well :) 


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Point of Retreat

Book: Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2) by Colleen Hoover
Published: February 25th 2012 by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 (big bright shiny stars)/5 Stars
Genre: New Adult 

Goodreads Summary:
"Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart. 

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’"

My Thoughts:
I love Colleen Hoover! As of now, I have finished the whole series, and it is so good! I could not imagined a better story, so thank you Colleen Hoover for this awesome series :) This book is a continuation of Will and Layken's story but told through Will's point of view. Now, they can finally be together.. YAYYYY! But, since this is a book and there would be no story without some drama... prepare yourself.

Things I liked about this book:
-It was from Will's POV. I always loved Will, and now we get to see their relationship from his perspective. This book we get more of their personal life, since it is not them hiding their relationship at school. We get to see them act as a family, that was one of my favorite parts!

-I loved the secondary characters! Although most of them we already know, like Eddie & Gavin, Kel & Caulder, Kierston (the crazy neighbor kid)! You get to see them all grow together. Also, they are never forgotten about and they have their own story lines too!

-Butterfly yourself, carving pumpkins, & the point of retreat. You guys should already know what carving pumpkins means, assuming you have read Slammed. Butterfly yourself and point of retreat are things you learn about in this book. I love how they have their own language (kind of) and these phrases mean so much to them. It is hard to explain but it just gives you that extra sense of love all the characters have for each other.

Things I didn't like about this book:
-Nothing. Sorry guys, that is a lame answer, I know. But I really did love this series and I do not have any complaints! So go read it now :)

Have you read Point of Retreat? What did you think??

PS- I've got a giveaway going right now for a great summer book! Check it out HERE.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new top ten list is posted for us bloggers to share the books we love and discuss anything book related! To see more details about Top Ten Tuesday click HERE

It's Tuesday :) TOP TEN TUESDAY! This week is top ten beach reads! I am excited to see what everyone puts as their beach reads. For me a beach read is something light and funny, although the occasional book with a little less lightness and a little more emotion is also appreciated! I feel like a lot of these books are in all of my lists so I am trying to change it up but I am sorry if you keep seeing the same 10 books in my top ten lists! In no particular order, here is my top ten list!

1) The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter: Mythology, a hot god of the Underworld, and a mystery! To me this is a great combo for a beach book. Check out my review HERE.

2) Wallbanger by Alice Clayton: If you have read my review, you know I feel that this unfortunatley fizzled out toward the end. The book as a whole was great and the first half had me crying I was laughing so hard. Check out my review HERE.

3) True by Erin McCarthy: I didn't know about this until NetGalley, and I am so happy I found it! I just finished it yesterday (Sunday) and really enjoyed it. This is a NA novel about a girl whose friends pay someone to take Rory's, the main character, virginity. I think you can figure out how this all works out... Review is on it's way :)

4) The Selection by Kiera Cass: This is a dystopian, which I would not normally categorize as summery or beachy, but this one is as fluffy as a dystopian can get! I like it for summer because it is not the stereotypical contemporary (which are awesome) but it still is light and fun :) Check out my review HERE.

5) Burning by Elana K Arnold: This is a contemporary but it is not as light and fluffy as some others. It is a book about a summer love between a gypsy girl and a small town boy going off to college. The narration switches and tells the story of each of the two main characters. It is a fascinating story and I really recommend it to everyone for a beach read! Check out my review & giveaway!

6) Slammed by Colleen Hoover: This book has it all. I was crying, laughing, and everthing in between. This book easliy became on of my top all time favorites! If you have not read this yet, please do! Check out my review HERE.

7) Fallen Too Far Series by Abbi Glines: I cannot just say the first or just the second book because I did not like the first one on its own, but the entire (well, the first two) series together is a favorite! I really loved this story and can't wait to see how it ends! If you plan to read the first, prepare to read the second immediately after!! Check out my review HERE.

8) Sarah Dessen... Yes I realize I only put an author. I have not read all of her books yet but the ones I have read are awesome, the perfect summer read! I really love Sarah Dessen, I am thinking I need to reread one of them.. probably The Truth About Forever! That is my favorite of hers :)

9) Spies & Prejudice by Talia Vance: I loved this book, it was fun, there was romance, and it was basically Veronica Mars in book form! I got this as a eARC from NetGalley. Everyone should definitely put this on their TBR list. Check out my review HERE.

10) Divergent by Veronica Roth: This book is not much of a beach read but it is the book that got me reading again so it makes the list :) This would be one of those few random books that are not light or fluffy but they are so intense and gripping that you read it all in one sitting, then go buy the second book, Insurgent, and repeat. The slowly die waiting for Allegiant. Everyone go read this now!
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