May 31, 2012

Author Interview with Michelle Pennington

Today I am pleased to say that I have Michelle Pennington on the blog with an interview AND an excerpt from her novel Candid! I was so thrilled when she agreed to do an interview with me and also share an excerpt from her wonderful book Candid. You guys are going to love the excerpt! It's one of my favorite parts in the book!


You can find my review for Candid here! Without further ado here is my interview with Michelle Pennington!


Me:  Hi Michelle! Before we jump into the interview could you share a little about yourself first?

Michelle: Here are a few things that kind of sum me up:
  • I desperately want to be a good gardener, but I'm only good at growing weeds and big fat bugs.
  • I'm a stay-home-more-than-is-good-for-my-sanity-mom. (I'm working on getting out more.)
  • My life seems a lot funnier on Facebook.
  • I can bake anything in the world except rolls from frozen dough.
  • There is currently a baby powder/water paste smeared on my leather ottoman that I dread cleaning up-which is why I'm here instead of there.
  • I like cooking, reading, photography, scrap-booking, sewing, crafting, painting, singing, and (my latest fetish) freezer paper stencil painting on t-shirts.
  • I LOVE writing so I don't get around to those other things as much as I'd like.
  • I once got addicted to buying fabric. Some people store food, I stock pile cute fabric. If the economy collapses and the stores empty out, my family will always have something to wear. I think my husband would look good in floral print trousers, don't you?
  • I once shot 10 of 16 clay targets with my .410 shotgun. It was only the second time I'd ever shot it too.
Me: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Michelle: I don't remember ever wanting to be a writer. Of course my memory is not that great. My younger sister remember everying-and I mean from when she was still in the womb, so I might call and ask if she knows.

Me: Sienna has such a passion for photography do you share that same passion or was it something you had to do a lot of research on to get it just right?

Michelle: I've always loved photography and I have a knack for it that not everyone has. I haven't invested the time into that Sienna has however, so to do her justice I had to do some research. My mom and one of my brothers know a lot more than I did, so they helped me out a lot. I'm an artist though, so I understand how she would see the world through her photography.

I've always grumbled that I have too many interests to ever get very good at any of them. I've realized though that my real passion in life is writing. All my other interests help me get into the heads of characters and flesh them out from my own experiences, though, so I'm glad I have them.

Me: Lee is such a chivalrous and swoon-worthy character! Is he based on anyone you knew in high school?

Michelle: Oh, my gosh! Do I really have to answer this? There was a guy I went to school with that had Lee's manners and serious approach to basketball-which you'll see  more of in the next book. Lee's good manners are probably one of the more unbelievable character traits I gave him, but funny enough, it was one of the only things about him that I borrowed from someone I know. I won't say the guys name, just in case this ever gets around to him, but he married one of my nest friends from high school and I know he's never changed. His mother was an influence on Lee's mother too-which makes sense when you think about it. It takes a certain kind of mother to create a son like Lee. Great. If anybody that I went to school with sees this, they'll know who I'm talking about. I mean , there were fewer than 40 kids in my class so it isn't like it will be hard to figure it out.

Me: Where did the idea for Candid come from?

Michelle: I was in yearbook in high school (the editor my senior year) back in the days of film photography. we had to sift through and organize hundreds of photos every year. We spent hours in it. I think all the time around photos affected my dreams one night because that's where Sienna came from. She was a student who was obsessed with photography and had a room filled with beautiful artistic photography. She was always a little unique and didn't fit the typical mode of a teenage girl. I couldn't stop thinking about her, but once her love interest showed up, I knew I was going to have to write her story someday. The technical side of the story has had to change a lot, but the story has always remained true to that first inspiration.


Me: I'm dying to know, what can we anxious readers expect to see in the sequel to Candid? Lots of Lee I hope! ;)

Michelle: Oh, Lee. How you do make us girls want more of you. Yes, there is a sequel. Candid is only the first book in the True Image Series. The next book is Focused. Not only will there be lots of Lee, but we're going to get the story from his point of view as well as from Sienna's. I can't wait for you guys to get a peek inside his head!

Me: Did you know when you first started writing Candid that you would be writing a sequel as well?

Michelle: Yes. I always planned it that way. I wanted the chance for my characters to really grow and change. That takes time. One of the characters that will grow the most is Sienna's mom. I know my characters really well-their past, future, flaws, and strengths. Sometimes it actually blinds me because I forget that the readers don't know everything I know. For a while I was surprised at the violent reactions people have had to Sienna's mom, but then I remembered that I know the rest of her story and they don't-yet.

I also wanted to show how a relationship grows. So many romances are focused on getting the characters to those three magic words (I love you) that they don't show what happens after that. So many times we say we think we love someone and then find out later that there was so much more to come.

Me: Now for some this and that questions!

Coffee or Tea? 

Michelle: Hot chocolate actually-even in the summer!

Me: Summer or Winter?

Michelle: Summer all the way. I can't stand being cold. I think my husband would be happier living in the Arctic than in Arkansas. Sometimes I expect to see penguins running around my house because he keeps the thermostat set so low.

Me: Wuthering Heights or Romeo and Juliet?

Michelle: I must confess I love Romeo and Juliet. I memorized the balcony scene in high school and I can still recite it. "I am no pilot; yet, wert thou as far As that vast shore wash'd with the farthest sea, I would adventure for such merchandise." *le sigh* While I'm confessing, I haven't read Wuthering Heights. No teacher ever made me and the movie didn't impress me.

Me: Dogs or Cats?

Michelle: I prefer dogs, but I don't have one. A giant orange cat named The General Lee (from the Dukes of Hazard's car) is curled up next to my laptop right now. My husband won that argument, and I have to admit that as cat's go, The General is pretty awesome.

Me: Johnny Depp or Leonardo Dicaprio? 

Michelle: Johnny Depp. Leonardo Dicaprio just doesn't impress me. Even my 5 and 7 year old daughters are in love with Captain Jack Sparrow. What is it about that man that women find so attractive? I don't even think he's that good looking. He's just has an elusive something that we call charm or magnetism because we can't come up with a better word for it.

Me: Thanks so much for stopping by today Michelle and doing this interview! It was a pleasure having you here! I'm so excited for Focused to come out! 


You guys if you saw my face when I read that there will be stuff in Focused from Lee's point of view you would have been laughing your butts off. Now Michelle has surely made the wait impossible! Pick up a copy of Candid and get prepared for Focused! You can get a copy easily from Amazon.com. You know you want to after all this talk about Lee! The moment you read this excerpt I'm about to share with you from Candid your gonna be dying to read this book. And now for the excerpt from Candid...*drum roll*


 
Turning the corner, I stumbled to a stop. The new guy was there, doing battle with a squeeze bottle of sweet relish. He must have felt me watching him, because he looked over to where I was frozen next to him. He smiled and shook his head. “I hate these bottles,” he said. “You can’t ever get the stuff to come out.”
Finding my voice, I answered, “I wouldn’t know. I hate relish.”  Then I fumed at myself for saying something so stupid and wasting a chance to impress him.
He laughed though. “I may have to pass on it myself.” 
“Can I try?” I offered. He silently handed the bottle to me. I closed the lid and gave it a hard shake upside down, forcing the relish to move towards the lid. Handing it back, I said, “That should do it.”
“Thanks,” he said, taking it back.
I felt the sweep of his warm, slightly callused skin against mine as our fingers accidently brushed each other. Our eyes met briefly before we both turned away.
I picked up a bottle of mustard and concentrated on squeezing it out in one long, perfectly straight line across my hotdog. Just as I sat the mustard down, I heard what was being said over the loud speakers.
“And here we go, folks. Luis Ramos, #31, will kick off for Haskins. It’s a good high kick and the Webster Warriors will take possession at the 15 yard line.”
“Oh, flip!” I said, forgetting that I was trying to look cool. The third quarter had started. I glanced at my hot dog, then down at my camera and realized that I could only manage one of them at a time. With my bad luck, I would probably miss the most important play of the game if I didn’t hurry. I hated to waste perfectly good food though. I held my hot dog out to the new guy and said, “I gotta go. You want this?”
“Uh, well….”
I didn’t wait for him to say more before I practically tossed it at him and hurried back to the field. I got set up again just in time to catch a great shot of an amazing interception that put Haskins in possession at their own 30 yard line. Within a few plays, they made a touchdown, and I’d been lucky enough to be in the perfect position to get a great shot of the running back as he crossed the goal line with a defender in hot pursuit.
I stepped back and relaxed as Haskins kicked off again. I was just regretting the loss of my dinner when I heard someone right behind me say, “Hey, do you want your hot dog back?”
Spinning around, I saw the new guy holding my hot dog and bottle of water over the fence. I couldn’t believe he’d followed me. “Uh, yeah, thanks. I think I have time to eat it now.”
“Great. I don’t really like mustard.”
He handed it to me over the fence and I asked, “Why didn’t you just throw it away?” Then, knowing I needed to hurry and eat it, I took a bite.
“Well, I could tell you really wanted it. You must have been hungry.”
I swallowed and tried to decide if he was making fun of me. His expression showed only friendly interest, however, so I relaxed. “I was starving. Maybe I won’t faint on the sidelines now.”
He laughed and I was spellbound by the deep masculine tones that danced over me like a symphony. It was the greatest sound I’d ever heard. Realizing that I was grinning back at him and probably looking like an idiot, I took another bite.
“My name’s Lee Franklin. I just moved here a few days ago.”
After awkwardly finishing my bite, I said, “Yeah I know. I mean, I knew you just moved here, not your name.”
We looked at each other silently for a moment before he prompted, “So what’s your name?”
Wanting to kick myself, I told him, “Sienna.” Then remembering that I had a last name, I added, “Whitfield.”
“Sienna? That’s a cool name. Are you on the school paper or yearbook staff or something?”
I glanced at my camera, staring at it for a second before I remembered what it was. “Oh, yeah. Both. I don’t do much writing though. Mostly I just cover the photography.”
“It looks like a hard job. Well, I’d better let you get back to it. I didn’t mean to distract you for so long. I’ll see you on Monday though?”
“Yeah. Definitely.”
As he left, I turned back to the field and stared at the game without watching it. It was like he’d put my attention in his back pocket and walked away with it. 
 
Oh Lee how I adore you! After sharing that I'm totally going to have to reread this book. That is just a small dosage of how good this book is. Hope you enjoyed my interview with Michelle and the excerpt from Candid. Make sure to add this book on Goodreads!

May 30, 2012

Candid

I had never heard of Candid by Michelle Pennington until she contacted me asking if I'd like to review her book. It sounded like a really cute book so I instantly said yes. This book was far more than just cute-it was outstanding! I devoured this book in one sitting, I just couldn't stop reading not for one second.

Summary from Goodreads:

Life is simple for high school senior, Sienna Whitfield. With a few good friends, a camera, and a dream, she has everything she needs to be happy. But when Jordan Rubio, the most popular girl at Haskins High, makes her mad, she decides to use the power of photography to right a few social wrongs. As if that doesn’t cause enough drama in her life, she realizes she’s falling for the new guy, Lee Franklin. Strong and protective, he’s just what she needs to survive the craziness she’s stirred up at school. If only she didn’t have to keep her feelings for Lee a secret from her mom.


Candid is about a senior girl named Sienna Whitfield. When we first are introduced to Sienna she is on her way to her schools football game to get some photos for the paper. I instantly liked Sienna. She's not a character of perfection, we first meet her and she's having a bit of an embarrassing spell with a gate that seems to hate her. Her love for photography and passion to go far in life was really something that I loved about her. She was driven something that I could relate to. Honestly, Sienna was one of those characters who I thought "Hey, she kind of reminds me of me." it allowed me to really relate to the main character and get so engrossed in her story that I couldn't stop reading. 

When I first read the summary I thought oh man this girl is gonna cause some series drama at her high school. And yes, there is drama in this book but nothing like I was expecting. In fact what Sienna did actually did some good even if at first you didn't really see the good in it. Though her actions did have consequences let me tell you. I won't reveal exactly what kind, but lets just say she made the wrong people mad that is for sure. But even with the consequences, I liked that Sienna was posting these photos of classmates that didn't get the kind of notice or attention that they should have on blog. Yes she's a blogger! That was really cool to get to read since I myself am a blogger! Just the concept of her blog was really cool and inspiring! She wouldn't have been the same character I liked if she didn't post those pictures on her blog. 

Lee. Oh man, Lee. That boy had me drooling over him the moment he smiled at Sienna. Lee is what every girl wants. He's sweet, kind, hilarious, good-looking while still possessing a personality to die for, and not to mention he's got the kind of manners that seems to be non-existent these days with guys. He's just...Lee. I loved this character more than I can say. It was so obvious how much he liked Sienna but she was just to blinded by the fact she didn't think she was pretty to even see that this guy was head over heels for her. Their whole relationship is pretty complicated like seriously complicated, but at times oh so bittersweet. 

In Candid Sienna's mom has set this rule that she is not allowed to date until she graduates from high school. Sienna never had a problem with this rule. One guys never seemed to notice her and two its not like she was really into any of the guys at her school. Then Lee enters the picture and everything changes. These two have the kind of chemistry ever girl wishes she and her biggest crush had. It's so real and true that it makes you go "Awww!" I was so frustrated with Sienna's mom through out this book because she just seemed so unrealistic about the whole dating thing. Yes, I understood where she was coming from but then I just didn't anymore. You can't help yourself when you have feelings for someone and because of her moms mistake she is getting punished. Well, I shouldn't say punished because really she isn't being punished. Her mom loves her. She really does and you soon see that everything she is doing is because of how much she loves Sienna. 

Michelle Pennington has a way of writing a story that instantly takes you captive. She wrote this really fantastic story that had all the right touches of romance and drama, and those moments were you burst out laughing. Candid is defiantly a book that needs to be ready by anyone who loves to get lost in a story with fantastic characters. I'm giving Candid 5 out of 5 stars! I can not wait for the second book in the series to come out! I need some more Lee. Read this book you will love it as much as I did and you won't be able to stop reading until you've read the very last page!



~~Thank you Michelle Pennington for providing me with a copy of Candid!~~

May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. You do this twice from any random page just make sure the teasers are not SPOILERS! This week I will be sharing two teasers from Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins.

"She responded to my hands by sliding closer to me until our sides were pressing into each other from shoulder to foot. It felt incredibly right, sitting beside her, touching her skin and feeling her softness." (from pg. 107


"His mouth trailed softly, slowly along my neck and behind my ear, then over my ear to my face, leaving a warm tingling wherever his mouth went. He was moving deliberately slow that it was driving me insane." (from pg. 177)




I've already finished Temptation and absolutely loved it and I figured I would share some teasers from this one since I thought it was so good. Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked out! :)

May 28, 2012

Intangible

I was beyond excited when J. Meyers asked me to review her book Intangible because it was one book I'd recently seen some great Teaser Tuesdays on and totally wanted to read. Intangible was far better than I ever thought it would be. It was a story that once you started you got sucked in instantly by the world and the characters J. Meyers created.

 Summary from Goodreads:

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

Intangible is not a book that lacks suspense, mystery, romance or any of that other good stuff. The moment you start reading your sucked into a vision Luke is having. It's not a very pleasant vision, he's seeing his twin sister about to die. Through out Intangible Luke is struggling with trying to figure out how to change the future to make this vision not come true. The thing is Luke's visions always come true. Not once has he been wrong. There is a lot more to this book than just that though. There is so much stuff that you learn the more you read that-some you didn't expect others you saw coming-leads to a really outstanding lead for a second book.

Intangible is written in third person and is told from many different characters points of view. This surprised me since I thought it would mainly just be focused on Sera and Luke and just alternate between those two. But there are far more many points of view than just those two characters. At first this threw me off a bit, but then once I realized that all these points of view were perfect for this story I didn't even think about it anymore. Sera was my favorite on who's point of view I liked to read. Just everything about her was great. She was funny, strong willed, and wasn't one of those girls who sat around while the boys got there hands dirty. She fights for the people she cares about even if it means putting her life on the line. She's a really admirable character.

I also really liked when it was from Luke's or Jonas's point of view.  Luke is such a great character. In times of stress and chaos he some how fits in this one line that makes you crack up. He's also a lot like Sera when it comes to being admirable. He puts his life on the line in this one too. I loved that about these two siblings. They have such a great relationship and they'd give their lives for each other. For me I've always wanted a brother and I loved that J. Meyers made these two close siblings rather than two siblings who constantly were bickering.

Jonas I must admit at first I was just unsure about him. Because surely he was a bad guy. Right? Not even close. He turned out to be one of my favorite characters. The more Jonas showed up in Intangible the more I loved him. I wasn't all that surprised when we learned what Jonas was it was pretty obvious but I was surprised by the other kind of things that were in this book. There were a lot of different things in this book that I wasn't expecting. It was cool having all those unexpected things shock me. Fey I wasn't expecting I kind of thought she was something else. I don't want to say what everyone is because I don't want to ruin anything! But I will say that I knew there was more to Quinn than what was being revealed. There were hints about him though that you easily can catch on to if you pay attention.

They were so many great characters in this book. Might I just add that I'm not a big fan of third person point of view. I like it when I get to know characters completely and with third person you don't always get to know them the way you would with first person. But with Intangible I never once felt like I was missing any important things with the characters.

There is romance in this book, not anything overbearing but nothing to little either. I liked Marc I really did. But the more the book progressed the less I liked him. Honestly though Jonas had a big part in this. The more I liked Jonas the less I liked Marc. Because again, honestly, how can you not love Jonas?! He's Jonas! He's so sweet! I got a sense that in sequels to Intangible that there might be a love triangle developing. Also that there might be some romance between two other characters. Not gonna say who because you will just have to read to find out!

Intangible holds inside just the right amount of everything you'd want in a book. Though at times there were some predictable plot lines that didn't make the book less enjoyable because there were plenty of plot lines you never see coming. This book ended in a way that leaves you wanting more and I can't wait for book two and what adventure Luke and Sera will be on next. Just from that ending I know its gonna be one heck of a ride! Intangible is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me. It's definitely a fantastic read and anyone who loves venturing into a world full of people who can heal and see the future read this book! And even those who enjoy Contemporary books will enjoy this one. It's a book that anyone who loves to read definitely needs to get their hands on!



~~Thank you J. Meyers for providing me with a copy of Intangible!~~

May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine were you spotlight a book that hasn't come out yet but you are dying to read. My Waiting on Wednesday pick this week is...

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington:

Summary from Goodreads:

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school -- until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

Oh my goodness I want this book RIGHT NOW! That cover is so awesome and that summary gave me chills!! I am a sucker for ghost stories even though they scare the bejeezus out of me...but I can't resist a good ghost story. This one sounds quite awesome! Wish it was out already, but it doesn't come out until January 1st of 2013. Yikes that's a long wait!! What book are you waiting on this week?

May 22, 2012

Chopsticks

When I first came across Chopsticks I thought it had a really beautiful cover and a summary that really made me want to read it as soon as I could. I had no idea that this book wasn't the typical book I'd read. It's a story told with pictures and very few words. I was shocked, but completely enthralled to read it.

Summary from Chopsticks site:

Glory is a piano prodigy. After her mother died, she retreated into her music. Her father raised her with the goal of playing sold out shows at Carnegie Hall and across the globe. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to Frank, who moves in next door. She loses herself in his paintings and drawings, mix CD’s and late night IM conversations. Soon, Frank becomes both her connection to the world and her escape from reality.

Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song Chopsticks; F and G notes moving closer together, and farther apart.

Now, Glory has disappeared. But nothing is what it seems. And we must decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along...


 


To be perfectly honest I don't even know what to say about this book. It was really different than anything I'd ever read. It was odd and strangely beautiful and it left me with a ton of questions. The moment I got the book I had to read it and see what it held inside since it appeared to hold a really interesting story. And an interesting story it held inside indeed, one that I can't get out of my head.

I loved all of the pictures in this book, it was all really amazing. But I felt like I wasn't getting all that I wanted out of it. Don't get me wrong I loved how different this book was from anything I've ever seen or read. I loved that instead of a thousand words to describe something there were images, stunning images. It was all really fascinating and very airy. It took a really ominous turn though.

You follow all these pictures of Glory and Frank who fall in love and it's really beautiful and makes you smile. Glory is a pianist of only sixteen and already she is going on an international tour. She lost her mother at a young age, her father is driving her mad and he hates Frank. And suddenly all she can seem to play is Chopsticks. Honestly, I didn't get to know these characters at all, not really. It was really difficult to find anything to grasp onto and really get to know Glory and Frank. The two exchanged letters, IM's and few snippets of conversation that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It was a bittersweet romance from start to finish and whether it actually happened or not is totally up to the reader to decide really. I don't want to give anything away, but the way this book ended reveals that nothing is at all what it appears to be. Not. At. All.

I really, really wish that this book would have been longer. It ended right as it was starting to get interesting. You're left with so many questions! I'm still so torn whether or not I liked this book or not. In a sense I did enjoy it, but it just wasn't something that had me totally whisked away. I will say though that the moment I started it I couldn't stop. As I type this I find myself wanting to go back to look at everything more closely, to figure out just what this story holds. Glory is obviously ill, but was everything made up or was some of it actually real? I don't know, but the way the book ended with those beautiful images defiantly makes me want more.

I'm not sure if I understood this book that well, but I think that everyone who reads this book will get something completely different out of it. Just depends on how you see each and every image and word. This one defiantly makes you think, hard. I definitely think that everyone should experience this book, because it really is beautiful. It's totally different than anything you will ever read. Chopsticks is getting 3.9 out of 5 stars from me. This book is going to stick with me for a while. And the longer I think about it the more I like it. It may not be for everyone, but it's defiantly going to stick with anyone who reads it.


May 20, 2012

Book Haul

Book Haul is a weekly meme that I do on Sundays to share what bookish goodies I got for the week whether it is stuff I bought, received or won. Also I didn't come up with the Book Haul idea someone else did so.. yeah it wasn't me who made Book Haul. Just making that clear. :) This week I got a book on Netgalley and two review books.

Review Books: 



I've already started Intangible and so far its been pretty good. I'm really intrigued with the story and everything! The characters are great. I plan to start Candid right after Intangible. Thanks to Michelle and J. Meyers for these two books! :)

Netgalley:

Sooo excited about this book! I have been dying to read it so I'm super stoked about getting approved for it. Can't wait to start it! Thanks Netgalley and Harlequin!

That's all the bookish things I got this week. Nothing to big but I'm pleased! What kind of bookish goodies did you get? Let me know in the comments with a direct link to your post! :)

May 17, 2012

Blood Song

Blood Song is a book that is only published in Australia and thanks to Dani @ Refracted Light Reviews I got the chance to read it. She was hosting this book tour and I knew I just had to sign up. I am so very glad that I did sign up because this book was amazing. Way more amazing than I ever thought it would be.

Summary from Goodreads:

I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.

Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.

Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares?


Zeraphina is a princess. She's an odd princess with hair only two shades away from solid black and eyes that are like staring into ice. She's a princess with a hunger...a hunger for blood. The moment I started this book I couldn't stop. I was instantly captivated by the story and its characters. Zeraphina is a girl who kicks butt at archery and has a cat an eagle as pets. Right from the start I liked Zeraphina. She wasn't the kind of character to just sit when told to sit. No, she had to defy those orders and make it clear that she wasn't sitting because she was told to sit. She was sitting because she wanted to sit. I love characters like this. I love reading from a prospective where the character just doesn't do what she's told. It makes it such a interesting read, especially when reading how the other characters react. She's often sticking her nose where it shouldn't be as she tries to figure out what just is going on with her and what the strange things are in the sky in Pergamia.

Rodden. I just have to talk about him right away because I loved him so much. Zeraphina has it so wrong with him at first. She is so convinced he's the bad guy in the story, when really he's not. It was so funny the way these two interacted. Not once was there a scene with these two characters when they weren't bickering. You instantly can see that these two like each other, even though they don't want to admit it or are blind and can't even see that they are meant to be! Rodden is a really broody, mysterious character who likes to push Zeraphina's buttons. There's a lot you don't learn about Rodden in Blood Song, but I like that. I like that Rhiannon left me wanting to learn more about him. Rodden is most definitely a swoon worthy  character that has me wanting to read all his parts in the book over again!

Now there wasn't much romance in this book, and by romance I mean the protagonist and her main boy kissing it up and professing their love to each other. None of that was present. But what was in this book was better. It was more...real I suppose. The tension between Zeraphina and Rodden is a mile long, but you get these tender and bittersweet moments between them that makes it so beautiful. There is most defiantly a strong connection between these two, a big one if I might say so myself. I can't wait to see how their relationship will progress. Just thinking about reading more about these two makes me get so excited! 

The world that Rhiannon created is so amazing and so unique. I honestly don't even know where to begin to describe the creatures she's created. In the book their called Lharmellin. They're these really monstrous looking things who wear dark cloaks and instead of having feet float around on a worm like tail. Lots of people are calling these things vampires, but I don't know. They drink blood and all so I guess they would be vampires. They sure aren't sexy like some vampires I have fallen for in books. These are definitely not any creatures you want to get caught by. Lharmell the world which these monsters live in was really dark and creepy. Everything about the world in this book was amazing and not to mention addicting. I just couldn't stop reading. It's all I could think about because I was so engrossed in Zeraphina's story and learning along with her just what she is.

Rhiannon Hart defiantly has a gift for writing. It was so easy to fall into her way of writing. Sometimes with new authors it can be a bit difficult getting used to the way they write, but with Rhiannon it just flowed so easily and beautifully. She created a world that was so well described and vivid I could picture everything in my head.

Blood Song is getting 5 out of 5 stars from me. It was such a unique read that left me wanting book two right away. This book was so outstanding. It's defiantly a book that needs to be published in the states so everyone can fall in love with the world  like I did. If you ever get the chance to read this book take that chance and totally read this book! It is amazing! More amazing than its stunning cover, which is totally amazing! It portrays Lharmell so perfectly. And the model is Zerphina to a tee! I could gush and gush about this book for hours but I'm just going to leave it with this: Read. This. Book!


~~Thank you so much to Dani @ Refracted Light Reviews for providing me with this book!!~~

May 16, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine were you spotlight a book that hasn't come out yet but you are dying to read. My Waiting on Wednesday pick this week is...

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry:

Summary from Goodreads:

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Pushing The Limits has been on my TBR list since I first read its summary. It sounds like my kind of book. It's just so intriguing and already I want to know more about Echo and Noah. Pushing The Limits comes out July 31st of 2012. I requested this one on Netgalley recently so hopefully I will get approved! It's just one of those books I can't wait for any longer to come out even though July isn't that far away. Far enough away though for a bookworm who once she wants a book impatiently waits for its release. It is not easy waiting for a book to come out. Not at all.

May 15, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. You do this twice from any random page just make sure the teasers are not SPOILERS! This week I will be sharing two teasers from Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart.


"I heard growling, and searched the shadows for my cat. He was under the bed, rigid with fear. I dragged him out and held him, but he sat awkwardly in my arms, paws pressed agaisnt me as he stared wide-eyed around the room." (from pg. 32)

"I want to forget him," Lilith whispered. "I just want everything to stop. I try to look ahead and its like there's nothing there." (from pg. 17)







I haven't started this one yet, but I plan to start it today. I got this book as part of a book tour and the book is only published in Australia so I'm excited to get the chance to read it. Hope you liked the teasers I picked out!

May 14, 2012

The Unquiet

The Unquiet by Jeanine Garsee drew me in by its cover alone. It gives off this really mysterious vibe that instantly drew me in and I had this hunch that this book was going to be awesome. The summary for the book is what sealed the deal. I gotta say my hunch was right, but this book totally suppressed my hunch. This book wasn't just awesome, it was amazing.

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless s√©ance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?


Rinn is a really complicated character. From the moment we first meet her she is really cynical and angry, but she's also got this great sense of humor that makes you laugh. What exactly is wrong with Rinn? Well, lots of things. Rinn isn't that character who's biggest issue is scoring a date for homecoming. Rinn is that character who tried to kill her self after she killed her grandmother. The book's summary makes it sound like Rinn physically tried to hurt her grandmother, but really that isn't what happened. Yes, maybe if Rinn would have done things differently that night her grandmother might still be alive. Through out the book Rinn is battling with her past and the awful things she's done. But it isn't just her past she's battling. No, not even close.

The moment I started this book I could not stop. I had to keep reading because with each passing second, with each single word the book just kept getting better and better. I couldn't come up for air because I so desperately wanted to figure out what the heck was happening. Let me start of by saying that this book really is insane. It makes you think and wonder and go "Holy crap! Never saw that coming." Lots of strange things happen and sometimes you just don't know whether Rinn is actually insane or if she might be the sanest person in the book. Rinn is bipolar and is on medication to keep the voices and delusions away. I honestly never questioned Rinn's sanity until a couple chapters towards the end of the book because things started to get real weird. Everything that takes place before the ending all made sense in the ways that Rinn was pieceing everything together so it seemed like she was perfectly sane, that there really was a ghost screwing with everyone's lives.

I don't know how Jeanine Garsee did it, but she wrote this amazing book that was so vivid I really felt like I could see everything in my head perfectly. I haven't read a book like this one, not in a while. It was seriously like I was watching a psychological thriller in my head. The book really makes you think and you have to really stay on your toes and pay attention to every little detail. 

Jeanine Garsee is not an author who is afraid to kill off characters. Lots of people die in this book. People you come to like too. I'm not gonna say who dies, just that everyone who falls victim to Annalise never make it out unharmed. That ghost gets what she wants, and she wants to get payback to those who wronged her. I pretty much figured that storyline out easy and fast, it was predictable. Honestly the first character to die and the people who wronged Annalise were the only things predictable. The rest? Did not see coming. Lots of the stuff in this book was intense, and creepy at times too. 

Nate was one of my favorite characters. I loved it when he appeared on the pages. Though I will say at first he's kind of flat and you just aren't sure if this dude is gonna ever turn into an interesting character and then BAM! Nate Brenner turns into this character who you love. I definitely fall for the farmer boy characters pretty fast. By Chapter 3 I knew I was madly in love with this character. The thing with this book though you gotta be careful who you let yourself like because in The Unquiet not a single soul is safe.

Lets talk about that ending. THAT ENDING. What in the world? What does it mean? Does it mean what I think it means? I just don't know. That whole ending was kind of weird. In a good way, but weird. The very last words made me want to yell in protest. That can not be the ending. There must be a second book! Right? I sure hope so. I would love to dive into Rinn's world some more. There are still some unanswered questions such as-Where's Lacy? What's gonna happen to Meg? What does that ending mean?! The Unquiet isn't even out yet and I desperately want more. I will cross my fingers and toes and hope there is another book. 

The Unquiet is no doubt a book that everyone has to read, a book everyone will be sorry they even thought to pass up. It's freaky and spooky and down right wonderful. After this I can't wait to read another book by Jeanine Garsee. I'm giving The Unquiet 5 out of 5 stars. How could I not? The book had me hooked right from the start. Rinn's story is really fascinating and readers will instantly get caught up in the crazy stuff that starts to happen. Pick up this book the day it comes out. Do not wait or hesitate, because you will regret it. The Unquiet is expected to be published on July 17 of 2012.

~~Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book before its official publication date!~~

May 13, 2012

Book Haul

Book Haul is a weekly meme that I do on Sundays to share what bookish goodies I got for the week whether it is stuff I bought, received or won.This week I got approved for a book on Netgalley and then I bought two books and won two e-books. I actually forgot to add the books I bought and won in my post last week. I often do this with these posts! But anyways here is what I got this week! :)

Bought:

I actually already own a copy of The Truth About Forever, but I've read it so many times that the binding is getting so bad that I just had to buy another copy. I couldn't help myself. Keeping The Moon I can't wait to read! I've read all of Sarah's books except three, including Keeping The Moon, and all have been wonderful.

Won:



I won an ecopy of Reveal and Capture by Brina Courtney from Jessirae @ Words, Pages and Books!Thanks Jessirae! :)


Netgalley:

I got approved for Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins! I am so excited to read this one!!

So that is all the bookish goodies I got this week! What kind of bookish goods did you get this week? Let me know in the comments! :)

May 12, 2012

Unbreak My Heart Blog Tour

Today I have Melissa Walker on the blog as part of her blog tour for her new novel Unbreak My Heart which is coming out on May 22nd!


I am so honored to have been able to interview her! I absolutely adored Unbreak My Heart and can not believe I haven't read anything by Melissa before this. Her writing is just so amazing guys. Pre-order Unbreak My Heart and be prepared to fall in love with its story and not to mention the redheaded hunk James. You can Pre-order a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and the Book Depository.  Now that I have gushed a little bit about the book (if you want to see my full blown gush fest read my review here) I will now move on to my interview with Melissa Walker!


Me: Hi Melissa! Before I jump into some of the interview questions I was wondering if you could introduce  yourself a little. 

Melissa: Sure! Lets see, I'm a former magazine editor who now writes Young Adult novels full time. I run a daily newsletter for teenagers at iheartdaily.com, and I love really light-and-sweet iced coffee, mix tapes, Brooklyn, and UNC-Chapel Hill basketball. I'm married and I have a 9-month old baby girl named June!

Me: What inspired you to write Clementine's story, was there anything specific that sparked the idea?

Melissa: I've had the experience of losing a friend, and I wanted to write something about it, because it was (and still is) really painful. It was cathartic for me to talk about Clem and Amanda's friendship, and how it fell apart.

Me: Why did you decide to set Clementine's story on a sail boat?

Melissa: I spent lots of time with my parents on a sail boat growing up. The close quarters encourage lots of...closeness (for better or worse) and I figured I could really show family dynamics in this setting.

Me: Do you plan to write more about Clementine or is UNBREAK MY HEART the only book we will see of Clem?

Melissa: I don't have a specific plan to write about Clem again, but you never know! I do make a point to let my past characters appear, very subtly, in each book I write.

Me: There is a lot of different type of music mentioned in UNBREAK MY HEART and I was wondering if you listened to a lot of music while writing this book?

Melissa: Yes! I lived in headphones while writing this book. I have a mix tape very much like the one Ethan makes for Clem, and it was on constant rotation when I wrote the flashback scenes. Music sets an emotional tone, and I wanted to FEEL what I was writing, even if that meant tearing up in a coffee shop.

Me: Do you think you have the same kind of taste in music as Clementine?

Melissa: Yes. I was listening to what she was listening to, so I didn't want to torture myself with stuff I didn't like.

Me: Was there any part in UNBREAK MY HEART that you found difficult to write, what about the easiest?

Melissa: I struggled with some of the parent scenes. I know parents aren't usually huge parts in YA novels, and I worried that things might get cheesy or boring when the parents were involved. So I rewrote a few mom-and-dad parts to try to make sure they were characters readers would like too.

Me: I've never heard of the song game and was totally curious if the song game was something you actually played or did you come up with it specifically for this book?

Melissa: I played it all through high school! I think I made it up back then, but who knows? Maybe its a thing? My character Violet in the Violet on the Runway books also plays it. It's too fun not to include whenever possible.

Me: If you could spend one whole day with one of the characters you created in UNBREAK MY HEART who would you pick?

Melissa: Olive, Clem's little sister. She was a lot of fun to write and she made me laugh a lot (which sounds crazy because I was creating her, but really, it was like I could hear her in my head)!

Me: Do you have any advice you can give to aspiring writes like myself?

Melissa: Read, read, read. As much as you can! Notice how authors pace their stories, how they get characters out of crazy situations, how they start chapters, what their dialogue sounds like. And then try writing, try a little bit each day and see what comes easy and what's harder. Then do more of the hard parts, for practice.

Me: Of all the amazing bits and pieces in UNBREAK MY HEART what was your favorite line or chapter from the book?

Melissa: I liked writing the "drive in the country" scene, because it was full of so many emotions, from excitement to fear to longing to heartbreak. Sometimes there are moments frozen in time that contain 100 feelings at once, and that scene felt that way.

Me: Now some this and that questions! :)

Me: Coffee or Hot Chocolate?

Melissa: Iced coffee! Except when it snows. Then definitely hot chocolate.

Me: Summer or Winter?

Melissa: Summer! I love an outdoor cafe beyond reason.

Me: Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Melissa: Team Jacob. I love a friend-turned-boyfriend. He earned it!

Me: Wuthering Heights or Romeo and Juliet?

Melissa: Romeo and Juliet, if only because I fell for the Leo/Claire Danes movie 18, and I still love it.

Me: Thank you so much Melissa for taking the time to answer all these questions and most of all for writing such an amazing book that really touched my heart! It's gonna be with me for a very long time!  


Hope everyone enjoyed the interview and pre-orders this book! It's so fantastic guys. You will LOVE it! You can find Melissa Walker on her author site, twitter, and facebook.

May 10, 2012

100 Followers Giveaway

Novel Nerd has hit 100 followers!!! I never thought my blog would even get 10 followers so thank you so much to all of you who followed! And because you guys rock I'm holding a giveaway for the big 100 in a way to say thank you to all of you who have stuck with this blog from the start. So this is what will be in the giveaway.

This is how it will work. There is going to be three winners. The first winner that is drawn gets first choice of the three books, and the second winner drawn gets next pick and the third winner gets which ever book is left. There possibly might just be a fourth and fifth winners who will be drawn and will get some swag. It will just be a surprise whether or not I add those extra winners or not. ;)

This giveaway is not international as much as I wish I could make it so! I'm sorry international people! I promise there will be one sometime soon. This giveaway is open to anyone in the USA and Canada. You must be 13 years or older to enter or have a parents permission to enter if you are younger than 13. Also need to state that once these books are handed over to the PO I am in no way responsible if they get damaged or lost. All you you have to do to enter this giveaway is fill out the Rafflecopter below!



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May 9, 2012

Don't You Wish

Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire was one of those books that sounded really interesting and had a great cover that I knew I just had to read. I was really surprised by this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it when I first started the book, but it turned out to be a fantastic read!

Summary from Goodreads:

When plain and unpopular Annie Nutter gets zapped by one of her dad's whacked-out inventions, she lands in a parallel universe where her life becomes picture-perfect. Now she's Ayla Monroe, daughter of the same mother but a different father—and she's the gorgeous, rich queen bee of her high school. 

In this universe, Ayla lives in glitzy Miami instead of dreary Pittsburgh and has beaucoup bucks, courtesy of her billionaire—if usually absent—father. Her friends hit the clubs, party backstage at concerts, and take risks that are exhilirating . . . and illegal. Here she's got a date to lose her V-card with the hottest guy she's ever seen.

But on the inside, Ayla is still Annie.

So when she's offered the chance to leave the dream life and head home to Pittsburgh, will she take it?

The choice isn't as simple as you think.



Annie Nutter is a no body. She's invisible to the popular people at her school and she wishes that her life was different. She wishes she was drop dead gorgeous, rich and popular and didn't have a brother who burps nonstop and a dad who collects junk and makes crazy inventions. Her wish comes true, but life turns out to be anything but perfect when you are flawless, rich and popular girl. Turns out life kind of sucks. I loved Annie instantly. She was just one of those characters who you got to know instantly and loved them. The first few chapters are Annie as Annie but soon Annie isn't Annie anymore. Well, Annie is still Annie only she's now in another girls body. And I gotta say there were a lot of chapters where I started to dislike Annie for the things she was doing. I understand that Annie thought that her being Ayla was just a dream and all so what harm would come out of the things she did if she was only dreaming? But still in those chapters when she was so worried about screwing up and losing her popular status in this new life I really didn't like her. But then Annie started to realize that even though she was Ayla, she was still Annie and Annie didn't do drugs, she didn't give it up to a jerk she doesn't even like, and she sure as heck isn't the type to steal. Once she started to be the character I liked in those few chapters when we meet this character it made it really hard to put this book down.

I really loved how Roxanne St. Claire created this story. You have two completely different girls, and Annie ends up living Ayla's life. But what really made this book interesting was how the two lives intertwined. We see lots of characters from Annie's life in Ayla's, but nothing is the way it is back in Pittsburgh. Everything is different in Miami. I got so caught up in the story and with trying to figure out exactly how this happened to her in the first place. Roxanne explains it so clearly that I never got confused even though it was a confusing concept of how it all happened. 

This book was a great way to show how money can't buy you happiness. For starters, back in Pittsburgh Annie totally got dissed by the hottest guy in school right before she ended up as Ayla. And now she has this smoking hot boyfriend, Ryder. I instantly hated Ryder. He didn't even need to say a word to know he was a complete jerk. He may be hot and all, but when the guy is a tool he totally becomes unattractive. Ryder most definitely has to be ranking number one on the jerk charts of contemporary YA. 

Don't You Wish all so goes to show that when your popular their are people out to take your place as Queen Bee. And that means even your friends, who aren't really your friends. Jade was one of those so called friends, but she wasn't the one who got on my nerves the most. She actually seemed okay at some points in the book, but she definitely was not someone you want to call a friend. It was Bliss who annoyed me to no end. That girl needs a real good slap. Maybe it would knock some sense into her. Probably not. Only way to sum up Bliss is to say that her and Ryder were made for each other. Get my drift?

Charlie Zelinksy. The moment Charlie was introduced into the book I was instantly intrigued. Something just told me this was the boy who was going to get Annie to see that she was perfect as just Annie. I was right about Charlie, and I was sooo right about him being the character that totally was going to sweep me off my feet. I mean seriously how can you not love Charlie? He's so not what everybody thinks he is and I loved learning more about him and his life. I was so sure this was going to be one of those books were you fall for the guy only to get a sad, yet romantic ending where they don't end up together. The ending could be sad for Charlie and Annie. Or it could be happy. Or possibly it could be a mixture of both. You will just have to read the book to find out because I'm not gonna tell you! But I'll just say that the book ended how it was supposed to end and it was a ending that wrapped up a great book perfectly.

I really enjoyed this book! More than I thought I would, and I say that only because there were points in the book were I just couldn't get into it. That was all when Annie was trying so hard to keep her popular status that I just couldn't relate to her decisions that it just made it hard to read. But once she got past that I totally got engrossed in the story and its characters. Roxanne St. Claire has written a solid story showing you how money may get you some fancy things, but it can't get you what you need most in life like friends, family, and love and support. I think anyone who is a fan of contemporary will love this book! I know I enjoyed it and am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Defiantly check this one out! I would recommend the book instantly to anyone.


~Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this book before its publication date!~

May 8, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. You do this twice from any random page just make sure the teasers are not SPOILERS! This week I will be sharing two teasers from Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire.

"Find another one," Bliss calls out from inside the stall. "You made your grave, Ayla, so sleep in it." (from pg. 290)


"I plan on it, " he assures me, relaxing a little. "And don't you make anymore deals with the devil."

For a flash of a crazy second, I wonder if that's what I've done. Is that how I got here, with my every wish come true? (from pg. 174)







I'm really loving this book. I plan on finishing it today so my review should be posted tomorrow! Definitely check this one out. It's been a really interesting read. So those are my teasers for you guys this week! Hope you liked them!

May 7, 2012

Vampire Academy Graphic Novel Giveaway

I have these extra copies of The Vampire Academy Graphic Novel and want to give them a home! Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is definitely by far the best Vampire series ever. And the graphic novel is an awesome addition. Frostbite the next graphic novel comes out May 24th of this year so now would be a good time to get your hands on the first one so you can go out and buy the next! :)


Okay so this giveaway is US/CA only because I don't have enough cash to send it to anyone out of the US or Canada! Sorry international people! Also you must be 13 years or older to enter, or have a parents permission to enter. And also must state that once I give these books to the PO I am no way responsible if they are damaged or get lost. All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter below!



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May 6, 2012

Book Haul

Book Haul is a weekly event that I do on Sundays to share what bookish goodies I got for the week whether it is stuff I bought, received or won. This week I bought a few books, received some swag in the mail and got approved for a book on Netgalley. Also sorry in advance for the terrible quality in pictures. Not sure what was going on with my camera.



Bought:


I pre-ordered Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and it came this week! I am super excited to start it. Black Dawn I just had to buy. I just had to. I broke my rule of only buying this series in paperback to keep them matching because I just couldn't wait until October for the paperback release. I can not wait to start this one. Going to have to wait a bit until I finish some review books, but at least I have it and can read it ASAP when I finish those books. If you haven't started this series by Rachel Caine I totally would! It's amazing!

Won:


Thanks to Pretty In Fiction who I won this from! I've had every book in this series but the first one and now I have them all! And the bookmark is awesome. When you move it a certain way droplets of water appear, as you can see in the picture. Also ignore the horse butt, I needed something to hold up the bookmark. :)

Received:

The very awesome Jessirae @ Words, Pages, and Books sent me some bookmarks that I love. The Anathema by K.A Tucker bookmark is signed! Totally love the Dreamless bookmark. It's so pretty! Thank you Jessirae for sending this swag! Make sure to check out her fabulous blog!


Thank you so much Jennifer L. Armentrout for sending me this swag! She sent out swag to anyone who sent in a receipt for pre-ordering Obsidian and it came in the mail yesterday! All the bookmarks are signed and the guitar picks are made of awesome! I will totally be using the Half-Blood one for my guitar lessons.


NetGalley:



Got approved for The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee on Netgalley. This book sounds so awesome. Can't wait to start it!


That's the bookish goods I got this week! What kind of goodies did you get? Let me know in the comments! :)

May 4, 2012

Song Of The Week

Song Of The Week is this thing I do every Friday sharing a song that I have had on constant replay.  Feel free to join in if you'd like! This week I have had a few songs on constant replay so I figured I'd just share all three with you. :D

Give Me Love by Ed Sheeren:



This guy I discovered through One Direction. He wrote some of the songs on their album and I looked up some of his own music and instantly loved it.

The Last Day On Earth by Katie Miller-Heidke



This song was played on one of my favorite shows called Dance Academy and it's just such a beautiful song it's hard not to like it. In case your curious about the show you can only find it on Netflix since its an Australian show. It's made of awesome!

More Than Life by Whitley

This one was also on Dance Academy. Those lyrics are amazing and the guitar sounds beautiful. I really love this song!

Those are the songs that have been on replay! Have any songs you have been listening to constantly? Let me know in the comments? Love to know what your listening too!