Jun 30, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #14


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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Crescendo
By Becca Fitzpatrick



Synopsis: 

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.

My Recap:


Just like the first book I don't remember much of this book. I had to read the synopsis on it just to try to piece some of the things together.

I remember that Patch is with Marcie a lot. I know that it really hurts Nora because there are things going on that she just doesn't understand at the time. I know I was pretty upset with Patch in this book, but it all works out at the end to where I am okay with him again.

I read about Scott coming into Nora's life, but I don't remember it at all. I am now ready to get sucked into the pages to be able to remember who he is.

I know when I read this book I was angry through most of it. Like I said above, Patch made me mad and I'm sure it will do the same this time around. I know things turn out okay in the end, but since I don't remember much of the in between, I will feel the anger emotions all over again. That is okay though, because it means the book is good enough to get any emotions out of it at all :)



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Jun 29, 2014

July TBR!!

Here I am with yet another TBR list!!

July is my birthday month, so I want to try and read some really good books this month. I've been buying quite a bit of new books and I have also asked for a lot of them from my family. I am now finding out that I have a book buying problem (I've actually known this, but I wanted to stay in denial). When you have a book buying problem, you find out that your TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer. After my birthday I am going on a hardcore book buying ban til I get some of my other books read.


Here is what I plan to read this month :)


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#scandal
By: Sarah Ockler


Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

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#biggest Flirts
By: Jennifer Echols


Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

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Hung Up
By: Kristen Tracy


Can you fall in love with a voice? This witty romance, told entirely through phone calls, chronicles the tale of a wrong number gone right. 

It all started with a wrong number. The voicemails Lucy left on James’s phone were meant for someone else—someone who used to have James’s digits. But then when James finally answers and the two start to talk, a unique bond forms between the two teens. 

Gradually Lucy and James begin to understand each other on a deeper level than anyone else in their lives. But when James wants to meet in person, Lucy is strangely resistant. And when her secret is revealed, he’ll understand why…

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TBR Jar Pick!!
It's not you, It's me

By: Kerry Cohen Hoffman

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Zoe loves Henry.

Henry dumps Zoe.

Zoe wants Henry back—at any cost.

Zoe’s two best friends come up with a plan to help Zoe get what she thinks she wants. The plan: make Henry jealous.

But the plan takes a surprising turn. . . .

Spanning thirty-one days in the cycle of a breakup, Kerry Cohen Hoffmann’s humorous and poignant novel depicts a girl whose single-minded focus on her ex-boyfriend has pulled her far from the person she most needs to win back—herself.

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Clockwork Angel
By: Cassandra Clare


In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

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Clockwork Prince
By: Cassandra Clare


In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. 

 With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? 

 As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

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Clockwork Princess
By: Cassandra Clare


Tessa Gray should be happy—aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.




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That's my TBR for July, What are you all reading?

Jun 27, 2014

Review -- The Infinite Moment of Us

17290266The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 316
Format: Hardcover, bought

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Synopsis:

For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn't even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them...


My Review:

Wren is a good girl. Always doing what she is told to do from her parents, even being told stuff she likes when she actually hates it. One day she finally has enough and changes her future without her parents knowing. She signs up to defer college and go to Guatemala. Then Charlie comes into her life. She now has the decision to stay or still go, but then is she a failure if she stays behind? All of that could come to an end when the truth about their lives comes out....

I bought this book a while ago, mainly because the cover was gorgeous, but the story sounded alright. I found out a few weeks ago that the book has a lot of sex in it. I was shocked to hear that since it is a YA novel. They were correct though. It had a few detailed scenes in it, but for me, it wasn't horrible. It somehow worked for the story, though I am older. I don't know if I would want my teen to read this if they were a younger teen, but I wouldn't mind from an older teen. Heck, they probably hear worse than this book just going to school.

Charlie has some skeletons. He had a rough past and he is having trouble letting it go. I feel bad for him, but I also got annoyed that he tried to hold everything back from everyone instead of letting it out and working to get over it. He told only one person and it was someone that he shouldn't have told anything to, but he was young and made a mistake, or several, but you know how it goes. I still really liked his character. He is relatable and wins you over. Even when he messes up when with Wren, he still finds a way to fix it all.

Wren is a goodie goodie, but not in a bad way. She still goes out and has fun just hasn't found a guy that interested her. Part of it is her parents sheltered her for so long that now she is trying to break out and become her own person. She still messes up from time to time as well. Instead of talking out how she feels when she is upset, she curls up inside herself and doesn't let anyone in. This does tend to get annoying because you want to just go into the world and just yell at her to stop it, that she is messing up something that she won't be able to handle if she loses it. She gets really needy in parts and tries to stop herself from feeling jealous at times, but she can't seem to help it.

I like the idea of the story. It was really sweet and nice to follow through the story of a first love. It isn't perfect but you can also tell that it could also be true love even though it is a first love. The youth within the main character is what is making tiny bumps in the road, but you can tell things could work out if they learned to just let go. I also liked that they both had baggage of their own. They just didn't know how to deal with it. That is very common with most teens, even though some have it worse than others do.

My reasoning for the 4 stars instead of 5 is one the neediness of Wren. I understand he is her first everything but man, she can get annoying with it. Also it seems to be going well at one point then something would happen, then it would go well again and another dilemma would come. I understand to have some climax to it, but that was a lot just for one book. Then the ending, it ended in a way that you could easily figure out how it would happen, but at the same time, I think she should have continued with the ending at least a little bit. There was so much going on at the end and you never really got closure from that.

This book is still worth the read and I am glad that I own in. I know I will one day come back to re-read it and enjoy it all over again. Anyone out there looking for a cute contemporary with some dark pasts mixed within, this story is for you!

Jun 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday


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



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Beautiful Oblivion
By: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: July 1st, 2014

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The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

Jun 24, 2014

Teaser Tuesday -- Crescendo


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

"  'When I kiss my boyfriend, I want to know he feels it!'
As soon as I said it, I regretted it. I didn't want to hurt him--I just wanted to get this moment over with as quickly as possible before I unraveled and broke down sobbing. But I'd gone too far. I saw him stiffen. We stood face-to-face, both of us breathing hard.

Then he strode out, yanking the door shut behind him. "

On Page 58 of Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Jun 23, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #13 (Hush, Hush Review)


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)
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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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6339664Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 13th, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 391
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Synopsis: 

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

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

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems 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 she 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 Nora her life.

My Review:

It is amazing how not reading a book for a few years can make you forget so much. I forgot mostly everything. I remembered Patch and that he was kind of a bad boy, I remembered parts of Nora. That was it. It is actually embarrassing at how little I remembered.

The good thing about forgetting so much is it was like reading the book for the first time. I got to be in shock and watch things unfold without knowing how it was going to turn out.

I love Patch. I knew he had this bad boy thing going, but there was just something telling me in my heart that he isn't a bad person really. He might have done some bad stuff, but he still has a good heart. I know that probably makes no sense, but to me, that is how I feel. I am Patch fan, was back when I first read this and I still am now.

Nora annoys me a little. She is so irrational and doesn't seem to think things through. She tries to be strong at times, but ends up caving so much even to herself. I wish she was a stronger character. I don't remember if she gets stronger as the books go on, but I know she is quite a pushover in this book. She is also fighting things that she knows in her heart she shouldn't be but she is still trying to anyway. I just don't understand it. I see how it makes for more drama to suck you into the pages though.

I love the idea of fallen angels. I didn't think I would, but this book has proved me wrong. The idea is nice and I like being able to follow something that I haven't read before. I like the different layers of the angels in this book. I also like the Nephilim. I have heard that term in other books too and they all pretty much are the same thing. Angels that have made babies with a human pretty much.

This series does start off kind of slow. It is mainly Nora fighting to stay away from Patch most of the book. Even though it is slow, it does have me sucked within the pages. There is still enough action going on within the book to keep you intrigued. When there isn't any action going on, the author does a great job of keeping you in suspense to what is going to happen.

I am so glad I decided to re-read this series. I am now off to get sucked into book 2.




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Jun 21, 2014

Stacking the Shelves


Apparently if you pre-order a book months ago and put in an order close to the release of the pre-order, Amazon waits to ship all of them in the same box.

This made me wait an extra week to get my package. Oh well, it is finally here!!





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Unearthly
By: Cynthia Hand


In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees... Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

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Hallowed 
By: Cynthia Hand


For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

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Boundless
By: Cynthia Hand


The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

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#Scandal
By: Sarah Ockler


Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

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Hung Up
By: Kristen Tracy


Can you fall in love with a voice? This witty romance, told entirely through phone calls, chronicles the tale of a wrong number gone right.

It all started with a wrong number. The voicemails Lucy left on James’s phone were meant for someone else—someone who used to have James’s digits. But then when James finally answers and the two start to talk, a unique bond forms between the two teens.

Gradually Lucy and James begin to understand each other on a deeper level than anyone else in their lives. But when James wants to meet in person, Lucy is strangely resistant. And when her secret is revealed, he’ll understand why…

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Fins are Forever
By: Tera Lynn Childs


On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?

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The Boxcar Children
By: Gertrude Chandler Warner


Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies.

Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life themselves--until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

This story will delight any child who has fantasized about being on his or her own and overcoming every obstacle.


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That's all I got this week!

What did you all get??

Jun 20, 2014

Review -- The One

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Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Synopsis:

The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began--and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.

The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants. Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!


My Review:

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I was so scared that I would get to the end of the book to have the entire trilogy end in a way I hated. I got lucky, I loved it. I had to re-read the ending a few times, because I just couldn't wipe the smile off my face.

In the other books I found America slightly annoying, that wasn't the case this time around. She has changed so much and come into such a wonderful lady. No matter what was happening to her, she kept her head held high. It was so nice to see her realize who she could be. She had so much go on within the whole story, but this book definitely put some more onto her, but she took it all.

Aspen didn't even annoy me as much in this one either. I didn't like Aspen through much of the series, especially after reading The Guard, but this book changed my mind. Even he grew into his own person and shocks us all in the end. I was happy the way it all ended up.

Maxon...what is there to really say about him other than he is wonderful. He messes up sometimes, everyone does, but he follows his heart to the end. Even when you think he won't, he comes through when you need him to, and that is all that matters. He is the epitome of what a real prince should be.

This book is a big shocker of a book. Just when you think things are going to slow down and work out, another curve ball gets thrown. Usually this makes me mad, but like America, I took it in stride and was hopeful I would get a great ending. I kept being swept around within the book, not sure where things were going. It was crazy how much happened within this book. She has so much happen within the book that you just can't stop reading it. She sets some of it up so you know its coming, but others she holds quiet till the end and leaves you speechless. It was nice to still be surprised through the pages. I was in shock several times and I still can't believe some of it. The last 50 pages will definitely suck you in. There is such a huge climax at the end that it is unbelievable. Part of the ending was definitely sad. If I wasn't wanting to what happened so bad, I think I would have cried, but my need to know the ending helped me keep back the tears.

Kiera does a wonderful job with the ending. She gives you enough to make you happy and know how it is going to go, but she also leaves it slightly open in a way that you can figure out for yourself what is going to happen to the country.

It has been a little while since I had a book that had captured me so deeply. The first few books in this series, I liked them, but I didn't feel the insane pull towards them as I did this book. I started this book yesterday, read as much as I could before bed. I sat there debating on finishing the book that night. Since I am a preschool teacher and kiddos lives are in my hands, I felt it best to get the sleep and not be tired. It was a very tough decision to make, though. I fell asleep dreaming about it, I went to work thinking about it. I couldn't wait to get home so I could get my hands on it again. I did the few things I needed to do, then ran outside to sit in my chair and devour it. I was sucked in. For that amount of obsession, I applaud you, Kiera.

This book/series has a love story, but I have found in this book that there is so much more to the story than that. There is hope, there is a way of showing how things should be in the world, there is friendship, there is loyalty. It is so hard to explain but this is a book that I feel has changed my life. This is a book that I know I will be re-reading sometime soon because I will need to revisit it all over again.


Jun 19, 2014

Book Blitz -- Fan Art (Excerpt and Giveaway)

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Author: Sarah Tregay
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Tour Host: YA Bound Book Tours

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Synopsis:

When the picture tells the story…

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.


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Book Excerpt


An Excerpt from Fan Art, by Sarah Tregay:
Chapter Six

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In art, Ms. Maude has the lights off and the projector on, and we’re flying through art history at breakneck speed. We started the semester with the cave paintings in Lascaux and, with three weeks of classes to go, we are up to Marcel Duchamp and his urinal. Ms. Maude is certain we’ll get up to present-day art by the end of the term, but the class has a bet going—most of the girls say she will and the guys say she won’t.
I write $1 in my notebook and slide it across the table to Eden.
In my pocket, she writes back.
I’m about to write No way when Ms. Maude leaps ahead half a decade and sums up Dadaism in one sentence. No fair. She segues to the Bauhaus, and I know I should be listening. Those Bauhaus dudes are the founding fathers of graphic design.
But I’m not listening. You going to prom? I write. Again I slide my notebook to Eden.
She looks at me, an are-you-crazy? expression on her face.
I gesture at the note.
She writes something. Slides the notebook back. No.
Why not? I scribble.
She doesn’t wait for me to pass the notebook; she just reaches over and writes. No date.
Be mine.
She looks at me again then writes: I thought you were gay.
I freeze. How the hell does she know?
Eden takes the paper back before I write anything. And you want to go to prom with me?
Yes.
Not possible, she scribbles.
Why not?
Ms. Maude glances our way, and Eden pretends she’s taking notes on the lecture. When she slides my notebook back, it reads: You’re out of my league. Not to mention the wrong gender.
The wrong gender? I try not to look surprised and I ignore that part. What league?
The popular one.
I’m not popular. I’m in band.
Eden sighs as if I’m clueless, and she pushes my notebook back at me without an answer.
Please, I write. I didn’t know dating involved so much persuasion.
Why?
Because you’re cool. I offer her the notebook.
She reads my note and shakes her head.
I try again. Because I want to get to know you better.
She fake gags on her finger.
Because I’ll have a good time if you’re there.
Eden smiles.
And I have a prom date. 

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About the Author

Sarah TregayRaised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she's not jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots. Her next book, Fan Art, will be released in June.



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Jun 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday


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


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On The Fence
By: Kasie West
Release Date: July 1st, 2014

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She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

Jun 17, 2014

Teaser Tuesday -- Hush, Hush


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

" A muscle in Elliot's jaw jumped just before he cracked a smile. 'The girls. I heard they were a lot finer around these parts. The rumor proved true.' He winked at me, and an ice-cold feeling shot from my head to my toes. "

On Page 105 of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Jun 16, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #12


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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Hush, Hush
By Becca Fitzpatrick



Synopsis: 

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE


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

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems 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 she 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 Nora her life.

My Recap:


It has been years since I have read this. I know I really enjoyed reading it, even when so many people said they didn't like it.

I remember Patch seeming like a character that I would find attractive. Tall, skinny, black hair. I know Nora seemed to find him as a bad egg for a while and was trying to stay away from him.

Other than that I sadly don't remember much. It makes me sad to know I forgot so much about a book that I know I really liked when I read it. It will be nice to be able to re-read the series and finally read the fourth and final book to know how it all ends.



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We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series? Would you like to read it with us?

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