Feb 25, 2014

Cover Reveal

Today on the Entertainment Weekly website they revealed the cover for Becca Fitzpatrick's new book Black Ice and oh my gosh am I totally in love with it. Like I want to stare at it all day in love with it. It's so dark and amazing. I have always loved this authors books and the covers but I have to say this one might be a new favorite!!

I adore everything about this cover. I can't wait for it to come out. It also makes me want to get caught up on the Hush, Hush series. What do you guys think of the cover? I really love it obviously...it's just so pretty! And dark! And awesome! And I really need this book. Ok, I'm done. Let me know what you think of the cover in the comments!

Feb 22, 2014

Cover Reveal

Guess what guys? An awesome cover got revealed today for Lindsay Cumming's middle grade book The Balance Keepers: The Fires of Calderon. I am really excited to read this authors work. All of it sounds so good and unqiue! But I wont ramble on and on about that. Here is the cover for the first book in The Balance Keeper's series....

What do you guys think? I really like it. I don't read much Middle Grade books but I want to read this one. Let me know what you guys think of the cover in the comments! And make sure to go over to Lindsay's blog and leave a comment telling her just how much you love the cover!

Feb 21, 2014

Don't Even Think About It

I was really excited to be pre-approved for Sarah Mlynowski's new book Don't Even Think About It on Netgalley because I knew it was one I wanted to read. The first book I ever read by this author I enjoyed so much and her writing was so fresh. I have to say I didn't enjoy this one as much but the writing was still very funny.

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.

When a homeroom of about twenty or so kids get a flu shot at school some strange things happen. They develop ESP meaning they can hear everyone's thoughts. Pretty cool right? Sure, everyone is curious of what everyone thinks but it can bring on quiet a lot of unwanted drama along with their new found ability. 

There was something really unique about the way this book that was written that made me like it but it was also a downfall at the same time. The good thing about the way it was written was it was unique to have the story told by not one certain character but every character all at once. It made things interesting but at the same time it made it really hard to connect to any of the characters because of how they we're all telling the story as a we rather than one single person.

There were a lot of characters in this book. Some I really liked, others I didn't like and some I simply felt indifferent about. I found by the end of the book that Tess and BJ were my favorite of the group. Which is funny because in the beginning I felt indifferent towards them. And then suddenly I was loving them. Cooper was one I loved from the beginning as well as Olivia. I loved how the ESP gave Olivia the confidence to do things. She realized people weren't paying attention to her that it was okay to dance because you wanted too. No one was watching! I could really relate to Olivia's shyness. I wasn't a fan of Pi or Mackenzie. They annoyed me actually.

Sarah Mlynowski has a way of writing really funny and cute books. I loved her previous book Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) that book made me laugh so hard and it was such a good book! Which is why I wanted to read this one. But it wasn't as good. Don't get me wrong I still found myself laughing here and there but I couldn't connect with the story all that well.

I'm giving Don't Even Think About It 3 out of 5 birds. Despite some things I didn't care about this book and how long it took me to finish it was a decent read and the ending was great. I enjoyed how it ended which bumped up my rating of the book a bit. I'll definitely read more by this author because she is a talented writer this one just wasn't a win for me like her other book. I think much younger readers would enjoy this book better and I would recommend it more so to middle school kids than anyone else.

~~Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book!~~

Feb 18, 2014

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. Which is what I plan to do today! I'll be sharing a teaser from my current read Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski!

"Tess bit her lip. I didn't mean that. You're not bitchy. Only a little bitchy. To everyone. Including me. Crap. I didn't mean that either. Yes I did. No, I didn't. All right I did. I just didn't want you to know I did." (from pg 85)

"No," she said, afraid of losing the connection. "Don't hang up. I don't mind hearing you get ready for bed." "Then here we go," he said. She heard the water run and then the sound of his electric toothbrush. "ARGH ARGH ARGH," he said. She laughed. "Am I supposed to understand that?" (from pg 89)

This has been a cute book so far.The dialogue has been hilarious. I'm liking it but it hasn't really hooked my attention fully. But I am liking it and hoping it gets better with each chapter. I really enjoyed a previous book by this author so much so fingers crossed it hooks my attention more soon! Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked out for you guys!

Feb 15, 2014

Going Long

After finishing Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott I was super excited to start the next book Going Long. I had got pretty caught up in Nolan and Reed's story and knowing it would be continued in another book made me eager to find out how their lives continued after Waiting on the Sidelines.

 They fell in love in high school and found their way back to one another despite the odds. But can first loves really be forever? For Reed Johnson, the dream was always football. But then Nolan Lennox took over his heart. Is he willing to give up his first love just to keep his true love? Or will he be too late?

Reed and Nolan’s story continues in "Going Long," sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines."

Nolan and Reed are no longer in high school. They are in college and navigating the challenges that come with growing up. Life can throw a lot of obstacles your way and sometimes holding on to your first love isn't an easy thing.

I have to say that I was really disappointed in Nolan throughout a lot of this book. She went from being this awesome character to a total wreck. Which is understandable to a certain extent but boy did she just keep making all these decisions that were screwing up her future. She slowly grew back into the strong character I knew from Waiting on the Sidelines but it took a while. 

Having chapters inside of Reed's head was the best thing Ginger Scott did for this book. For starters it made me understand this character fully and it made me love him more than I thought I could. Don't get me wrong I liked Reed in Waiting on the Sidelines but getting to see inside of his head made everything he ever did make sense to me. I adored whenever the chapters would switch to Reed's perspective. He really grew into an amazing young guy. He blew me away honestly the character development Reed had.

There was quiet a bit of cliche stuff in the first book but that grew even more in Going Long. Now because Ginger Scott is a good writer she gets away with it. But I have to say some of it this time had me sighing at how cliche things would get. It slowed down my reading because I felt like things could have been a little bit less dramatic than they were. 

Buck was a character I liked in the first book but I really grew to adore him in Going Long. He cracked me up with his speeches and always telling stories. He was a great character. I was also really happy that there was a bit of Sean and Sarah and Nolan's other friends in the book. I loved them! I also really loved the addition of Trig. He was a great new character. Gavin on the other hand--eh. He bugged me. 

My favorite part of this book was the ending. It was the best written part of the book. It made my heart warm and I found myself smiling. It was so sweet and a perfect way to wrap up Nolan and Reed's story. Despite often wondering if it would be best for them to go their separate ways and move on from each other. I am really pleased with how things turned out for them despite all the somewhat unnessicary drama.

All and all I enjoyed Going Long but not quiet as much as Waiting on the Sidelines. I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 birds! I'm glad that Ginger Scott wrote this book because it gives readers more into these wonderful characters stories. I simply wish the drama wouldn't have been so heavy. Though I'd recommend everyone read this one who have read the first book!

~~Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book!~~

Feb 12, 2014

Reading Challenges

Since I've started blogging I've always participated in reading challenges. They always are fun and they get me to read books I always seem to put off. It gives me a good push to finally read these books I have been wanting to read. Those reading challenges such as the To-Be-Read Challenges or Contemporary challenges are just for fun. Every year though my big goal is to read one hundred books.

And every year so far I haven't gotten nearly close. A lot of that had to do with either being busy or falling into reading slumps. Oh those damn reading slumps. You read this amazing book and you're just so caught up in it that you don't pick up a book for awhile. And before you know it it's been a couple weeks and you haven't read anything or posted a review.

And BAM! You're in a reading slump. They sneak up on you and they are seriously hard to get out of sometimes!

Don't even get me started on pulling up Goodreads and being reminded just how many books you have fallen behind in order to meet that goal. Thank you, Goodreads for reminding me I'm going to have to read twenty books in a few weeks in order to even be close to my goal.

I've found though this year that I've been nothing but ahead of my goal. Sure it's only been one or two books ahead of schedule but that is something big for me! I'm usually behind by now but I feel like this year I am really determined to meet my goal and read one hundred books. So far I've read twelve books and almost finished with my thirteenth book. I'm really hoping that I can keep this reading flow because it's been going really well and if I can keep on schedule I feel I might finally get all these books read.

I am very excited about the idea of finally meeting my bookish goal. Are you participating in any reading challenges? How do they normally go for you? Let me know in the comments! 

Feb 11, 2014

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. Which is what I plan to do today! I'll be sharing a teaser from my current read Going Long by Ginger Scott!

"Can I help? Do you want to test my IQ? I mean, I'm a genius, so it will probably throw everything off, but I'm willing to play dumb if you need me to." (from pg 13)

"He was, in so many ways, the brother I wished I had. Everything about him was good. When I decided to grow up, I told myself I would try to be more like Sean." (from pg 95)

I really enjoyed the first book Waiting on the Sidelines and this continuation of Reed and Nolan's story has been good so far. I'm really curious to see how things will turn out for them in the end. Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked out for you guys!

Feb 10, 2014

Waiting On The Sidelines

Waiting on the Sidelines was a book I hadn't heard of until I saw it on Netgalley. I knew after reading the description it would be something I would love to read and I'm so glad I got approved! It was a sweet love story.

 Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother’s hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it’s too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully, he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother’s footsteps might be all wrong.

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn’t flirt, she didn’t drink and she didn’t sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn’t look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed’s thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

Waiting on the Sidelines explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity. The story follows two young characters as they deal with mature situations, including the prevalence of bullying and promiscuity in today’s high school setting. Ultimately, Waiting on the Sidelines is a story of hope, honesty and those powerful, first true loves—the ones worth holding onto at any cost.

Nolan Lennox isn't the type of girl to wear dresses or a lot of makeup. She'd rather be in sporty shorts and knee high socks and play volleyball. Reed Johnson is the good looking quarter back who's got a bright future in football. Nolan never thought a guy like Reed would ever pay any attention to her but they develop an unlikely friendship.

Nolan is a really athletic girl who doesn't come from a very rich family. I really loved Nolan. I loved that even though people could make her feel bad about her love for sports she always accepted herself. Sure she struggled with it sometimes but she never allowed herself to really change for anyone. She knew how to stand up for herself and I though that was great. I really enjoyed watch her grow into herself as she goes through high school and into college. 

In the beginning I thought for sure I wouldn't like Reed. But I soon found that I did like him. He had his moments where I wanted to shake some sense into him but he could be so sweet and witty. What I loved so much about Reed was how flawed he was. It made him seem so much more realistic. He may be really sweet but he could also be really cruel. I really enjoyed watching him grow into a better person. Took some bumps in the road that's for sure.

Though this story was a bit cliche with some of the things that took place in the story it didn't make me love it any less. Ginger Scott was able to write a really wonderful love story that kept me engrossed. Sometimes you need a cliche love story and this one I really enjoyed. Had Ginger Scott not been as good a writer as she is I don't think I would have liked the book as much as I did. But this authors writing was easy to get caught up into.

There were quiet a few wonderful characters in this book and I loved how they always turned out to be so different than what I thought they would be. Sean--boy did he shock me! I really ended up caring for him. And Becky! I loved her and the friendship her and Nolan had. It was really great to have all these characters and to have them shock me. Some turned out to be some goodies while others ended up making bad choices. And then there was Tatum who was simply a bitch from beginning to end. 

Waiting on the Sidelines is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me! I really enjoyed this love story and will definitely be reading the next book to see where their story continues. I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a sweet if not complicated love story.

~~Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book!~~

Feb 6, 2014

Looking For Alaska

I have always heard nothing but good things about John Green. But I also heard a lot how his books tore people apart. Which is why I feel I always put his books off thinking I'd read them eventually--just not now. Now that I have read two of his books---Looking For Alaska being the second--I realize what an idiot I was to put them off. This guy is brilliant with words.

BEFORE. Miles "Pudge" Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

AFTER. Nothing is ever the same.

I'm not even going to try and give you a short summary of this book before diving into my thoughts. I'm afraid I'd give the whole book away if I did that so I will start off by saying how much I adored this book. I adored it. Especially those few final pages. Best, most beautifully written ending I've read in a long time. In fact it's the type of final words that stick with you down the line they were so beautiful and thoughtful. 

Mile's better known as Pudge was such an amazing narrative. I am not very familiar with having a male main character. And in the beginning I was really cautious about it. Why? Because it was something different and I wasn't sure if I would like it. I've found though the more books I read with a male protagonist the more I grow to love it. Miles has become one of my favorites thus far. From the very beginning I liked him. The very first pages he had me chuckling and that didn't ever really stop. But it wasn't really the way he made me laugh that made me like him so much. I can't even really say what it was exactly about Mile's that made me like him so much. All I can say is I really, really loved his voice and the way he thought so deeply about life. Not only that but I could not get over my fascination for his knowledge of people's last words. 

Looking For Alaska had some really great characters in it and two of my favorites were Alaska and Chip "the Colonel". Colonel I loved right off the bat from his first meeting Mile's. His dialogue alone was hilarious but add Mile's in there as well and you have some really funny stuff. And even though he always had me smiling I loved how loyal he was. He wasn't all funnies all the time. I also really loved the friendship that developed between Colonel and Mile's. 

"Hold on." He grabbed a pencil and scrawled excitedly at the paper as if he'd just made a mathematical breakthrough and then looked back up at me. "I just did some calculations, and I've been able to determine that you're full of shit." 

Alaska Young is such a fun and impulsive character. Again there was an instant liking to her when she shows up in the novel. The funny thing is Alaska is nothing like me yet I found myself understanding her. She's so quirky and at times even really selfish but yet you can't not like her. So I could totally understand why no one could ever really hate or stay mad at this girl. You couldn't help but love her and her wild self. 

There is so much to this story and it's characters and I don't feel like I am expressing that to you very well in this review. But then again if I did I would end up giving away the whole story. It's such a beautiful and thought provoking book that I honestly feel like everyone should read it. John Green has a way with his words and I regret that I didn't read his book's sooner. Now I can say I fully understand why everyone loves this authors work.

"She didn't leave me enough to discover her, but she left me enough to rediscover the great perhaps."

Looking For Alaska is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds from me. It's a really beautiful story and I will recommend it to everyone. Again, I may not have been able to express my feelings about this book in the way I would have liked but I feel like this is the type of book that you have to read it in order to understand why I love it so much. John Green is a brilliant writer and I will be buying the rest of his books for sure!


Feb 3, 2014

Manor Of Secrets

Katherine Longshore has a way of hooking readers even those who aren't familiar with historical reads. She has done that with me and I find with each book of hers I read the more books I want to read set in a time full of gowns and footman and balls. Manor Of Secrets was another hit for me from this author!

The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn't sure she possesses the courage -- or the means -- to break free and follow her passions.

Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

Janie and Charlotte couldn't have more different lives. Charlotte is a wealthy young girl who wants nothing more than to live, see things, write--be adventurous. Janie is a kitchen maid who is quick witted, doesn't know how to say no to a dare, and passionate. Yet these two girls build an unlikely friendship and they find they are more alike than they could have ever thought possible.

Charlotte is a very sheltered girl and because of this I felt she often made rash and foolish decisions. But I felt like that was for the best because it opened her eyes and she grew into someone who wasn't naive but able to speak louder than her mother who never seemed to listen. Charlotte really grew on me. At first I liked her but she would frustrate me. Yet with each alternating chapter I found myself not only liking her but also loving her character growth. I loved that she had a desire to be a writer and be who she wanted even if to some standards it would bring scandal to her family.

Between Charlotte and Janie's chapters I always found myself loving Janie's more. There was just something about her quick wit and voice that made me like her right away. She's very clever and strong but at the same time there is a lot of vulnerability to Janie. I loved that despite some of her feelings she always was smart enough not to act on them. She knew what she wanted and she wasn't going to throw that away not for some footman. Sometimes it would frustrate me though because I wanted so desperately for her to notice Harry's affections for her. Despite that Janie was a fantastic character and I loved how passionate she was for cooking. She truly loved it and I thought that spoke volumes of the type of character she was.

There are quiet a few charming good looking men in this book. Right off the bat I loved Harry. How could you not adore Harry? It was totally obvious he cared for Janie. He was such a sweetheart and despite what Janie thought not once has he ever wanted to hold her back. He always wanted what was best for her.

In the beginning like Charlotte I thought Andrew was going to be a bore but was really surprised when he turned out to be something so not like what I originally thought. In fact I really fell for the guy and was always eager for more interactions with him and Charlotte. He turned out to be a really fantastic character. 

One of my favorite things about this book was how I never saw any of it coming. I was seriously surprised whether it be about Andrew or Aunt Beatrice. It was all shocking and I loved that! I could get so caught up in the beautiful friendship between Charlotte and Janie that I never saw the other stuff coming. It made for a really great read. I just adore Katherine Longshore's writing. 

Manor Of Secrets is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds from me. Katherine Longshore has turned me into a reader who is eager for more books with beautiful stories of friendship with a historical backdrop. This one felt different from her previous books Gilt and Tarnish but in a really good way. I can't wait for more from this author!

~~Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book!~~