Apr 29, 2013

Our Song Giveaway!

Our SongHey guys, Jordanna Fraiberg is giving away some copies of her book Our Song. She has it listed on her blog for you guys on how to use twitter to be able to enter! Here is the link! I figured I would let you all get a chance to win it as well! I wish luck for all of you!

Amber

Apr 28, 2013

In My Mailbox

Hey ya'll! I'm here for my in my mailbox post. This is usually hosted by Kristi over at www.thestorysiren.com but because her due date is getting close she won't be able to host it for a little bit. I'm still posting it anyway :)

I was only able to get one book this week. But I'm hoping to be able to afford or receive more soon :) *crosses fingers*



Bought: This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith



What did the rest of you guys get??


Happy Readings :)

Amber

Apr 26, 2013

New Blog Layout :)

Hey guys! I switched up my background and stuff for my blog. what do ya guys think? I need to get a good header made for it, but other than that, I really like it. Took me 3 hours to find a good one and get all the colors right but it was worth it :) Anyone else do anything new to their blogs?

Apr 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

When You Were Here
When you were Here

By Daisy Whitney

Publication Date: June 4th, 2013

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harijuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

Apr 23, 2013

thanks for the support!

Hey all! I know I don't have many of you following me yet, but if ya guys could help put my name out there so I can get all the followers back I used to have on my old blog! I would greatly appreciate it! I will be picking books out at the store here for a contest once I hit 50 followers and will have a special extra book of your choice for the one who helps me get the most followers!

Happy readings!!

Amber

Waiting for You

Waiting For YouAuthor: Susane Colasanti
Release Date: May 14, 2009
Publisher: Viking
Shelfability: Pick it up!
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Synopsis: At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa things her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road--including her parents' unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek--test Marisa's ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground pod casts have the school's ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is--or does she?

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My Review: Susane does a wonderful job with her writing style. This book flows very well. I really enjoyed it.

The book follows Marisa's life through her ups and downs. You wonder throughout the book why she does the things she does even with the anxiety disorder she has. You feel emotions for the characters and are able to picture things as they happen. Derek is a big part of her life, as well as an old friend that has become a good friend again, Nash. You follow all the characters through a lot of their lives with a back shadow of her best friend Sterling as well. It goes through the whole school year and even splits the book up by the months that they are in.

There are parts of the book that to me are in there that don't need to be. almost as some filler as she is trying to get the book to flow along to the parts she wants to skip to next. The as she does that, she will then skip a while to a part that you don't realize how you even got to it and are missing the details in between you could actually use. There are also times that it feels repetitive with certain parts. The fact that she has an anxiety disorder to me is a little overplayed. I have an anxiety disorder myself so I fully understand it and how it affects your life. Its just some parts feel like you already read what you are reading again a few chapters later.

Other than the paragraph above, the book was great. It was a nice feel good book to read and I recommend it to anyone just wanting something fluffy and fun. After I was about halfway through the book I got sucked in and was not able to put it down until I completed it.

Apr 22, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen Chbosky
Release Date: February 1, 1999
Publisher: Gallery Books
Shelfability: Must read
Pages: 213
Format: Paperback

Synopsis: Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to fell infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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My Review: This book was one I never knew existed till I saw that it was becoming a movie. I am stubborn when it comes to movies coming out based on books in the way that I refuse to watch the movie till I have read the book. It was a good decision.

The story takes place in Charlie's hometown going between his school, his home, and also through the homes of the new friends he makes. He writes letters to a stranger in hopes that just having someone read his letters that they will understand him better. You can hear how he changes throughout the letters as the time passes and the difference that is coming in his life.

This book has more than just a story, it has a meaning far beyond the words. I had a rough time when I was in high school, so this book also had hard spots for me knowing I went through some of the same things he did. I really wish that I would have read this book back when I was in high school, it would have given me a lot of hope and determination to make it through. I don't want to say too much to ruin the story for all of you. Just know as you read this, you will feel all sorts of emotions. Anger, sadness, depression, happiness. I rethought my whole life after this book. I honestly wasn't able to see anything in the same light anymore. I felt like things were missing and I needed to find them. You know a book is good when you don't feel the same as you did before reading it.

I recommend this book to not only the young ones going through school, but also to anyone of any age. It has so much to learn for all different age groups. Just the meaning behind the story can make a difference in anyone's life.





Apr 20, 2013

Nothing new...

Just letting you all know I'm still here :) no new reviews scheduled for today, but I'm on my way to curl up with a lit candle and a blanket to start reading my next book! How are all of you guys doing today?

Amber

Apr 18, 2013

Walking Disaster

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)Author: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Atria Paperback
Shelfability: Strongly Recommend
Pages: 433
Format: Paperback



Synopsis: Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he things he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

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My Review: First reading Beautiful Disaster and tearing it apart, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. This is the same story as Beautiful Disaster, but it is in the eyes of Travis instead of Abby. Upon reading Beautiful Disaster, you have a love/hate relationship with Travis through most of the book. It is nice in this book to get inside his head to see why he did the things he did.

Travis sucks you into his head with not only what is going on at the present time, but also tells you the story of his past and why he does the things he does. He had a rough childhood, as did Abby. They both are holding that past against them, but use that past to help them both through the lives they now live. You definitely get a soft spot for Travis and learn to love him in this book.

My only complaint about this book is there are times in Beautiful Disaster that are not really explained in Walking Disaster. The book skips around a little bit but still keeps you on your seat. McGuire also goes one step further to give us an extension to the story that we didn't get to have in the first book. I but the book down still wanting to follow their lives, but also having a smile on my face.


Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Author: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Atria Paperback
Shelfability: Pick it up!
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback



Synopsis: The new Abby Abernath is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants--and needs--to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis's apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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My Review: Okay, to be honest first reason I picked up this book was because the cover drew me into it. I decided to pick it up and read about it and I wasn't so sure about it just by the synopsis. I decided to leave it on the table and went around the rest of the store. As I was looking for another book I ended up still thinking about this one. So needless to say, I walked right back to it and purchased it. It was a good thing I did. After the first few pages, I couldn't put it down I was sucked into the pages.

McGuire does such a wonderful job of putting you into the head of Abby Abernathy. As you read, you feel the characters love, anger, sorrows, and confusion. It was so easy for me to picture everything going on. Sometimes I even wanted to say get yourself together to either Abby or Travis.
There is so much that goes on within the story that even when you think you know how it is going to end, McGuire does a wonderful job with keeping you on your toes. The synopsis pretty much does a good explanation of the book that I can't really say much more about. There are of course more characters in the book that you also learn to love. You get good details on each of the characters as well as their personalities to suck you more into the book. I definitely give this book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a little romance to read.

Apr 17, 2013

2013 TBR Pile!

Okay, now for my second challenge of the year, my TBR pile! I am accepting this for one reason mainly, to get my shelves clean of books that I have had for years and have yet to touch them! I am going for the level of "A Sweet Kiss" But I'm hoping to even surpass that! Wish me luck!

Here is a link to where I found out about the challenge!

Happy Readings!

Amber





1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire -- Review
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins -- Review
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky -- Review
4. When In Doubt Add Butter by Beth Harbison -- Review
5. Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti -- Review
6. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks -- No Review
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green -- Review
8. Forever... by Judy Blume -- Review
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins -- Review
10. Tithe by Holly Black -- Review
11. Valiant by Holly Black -- Review
12. Ironside by Holly Black -- Review
13. The Selection by Kiera Cass -- Review
14. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff -- Review
15. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare -- Review
16. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare -- Review
17. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll -- No Review
18. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare -- Review
19. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare -- Review
20. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare -- Review
21. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott -- Review
22. Looking for Alaska by John Green -- Review
23. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins -- Review
24. Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene -- Review
25. In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg -- Review
26. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead -- Review
27. Frostbite by Richelle Mead -- Review
28. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead -- Review
29. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead -- Review
30. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead -- Review
31. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead -- Review
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2013 YA Contemporary Challenge!

Okay, I know that I am signing up for this kinda late, but I had to join anyway. I have seen this on a few different blogs and decided I wanted to take the challenge as well and try for as many books as I can. Since I am just getting back into the swing of the blogging again, I will just add books as I read them and keep updating this post! I am hoping for Level 3 for a big beginning back into my world of blogging! Wish me luck!!

here's the link for anyone interested in also being a part of the challenge!

Amber




1. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith -- Review
2. Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg -- Review
3. Young Annabelle by Sarah Tork -- Review
4. Untethered by Katie Hayoz -- Review
5. Holding On & Letting Go by Lucy Kelly -- Review
6. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen -- Review
7. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg -- Review
8. The Elite by Kiera Cass -- Review
9. Running from Romeo -- Review
10. Always Wanted by Sarah Tork -- Review
11. Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine -- Review
12. All I Need by Susane Colasanti -- Review
13. Taste Test by Kelly Fiore -- Review
14. American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin -- Review
15. Waiting for Romeo by Diane Mannino -- Review
16. Mutilate my Heart by Emily Godwin -- Review
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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: September 14, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Shelfability: Must have!!
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover



Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

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My Review: First thing I must say about this book is....sorry Suzanne, but your synopsis on the back of the book doesn't give any justice for your book!

I avoided reading this book for years. To me, I hated the synopsis and thought it didn't sound worth reading. So many other bloggers and friends told me how good it was, but I still had my reserves for it.

I finally gave in and bought the book on my kindle. All I can say is, I wish I didn't wait so long to read it. I flew through the book. I had my kindle in my face until I was able to finish it and then rushed to buy the other two books in the trilogy as well.

The writing style is wonderful and Suzanne does such a wonderful job of pulling you into the story. You feel like you are there either as Katniss or by her side, whichever view you decide to take as you read through the book. The characters are well described and make you love them as people. Suzanne does a great job of making you have emotions throughout the book. You experience anger, happiness, sadness, confusion and more as you make your way through the book. You never know what is going to happen next, that is a great type of book to read :)

There isn't much I can say about the book itself and the story without giving away too much about the book that hasn't already been said in the synopsis. I do apologize for that.

As I have also heard before, to you, I say "read this book". Take it from me who didn't want to read it and just give in to it. It will be one of the best decisions you make :)

Sorry for the Absence!

Hey guys! I know i've had my problems stayin' on here for one reason or another, but i'm finally graduating college and able to put more time into a blog!  I've missed the community here and i'm gonna be back for you all now! Reviews should be getting posted today or tomorrow! to start us off, why don't you all tell me how you've been...

Love,
Amber