Wednesday, October 30, 2013

-Review & A Story- Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

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She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather's daughter...

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Well, it's been some time since I read this book but I'll try to just say a couple of things,

First, the cover completely completely threw me off, as in I thought the book was going to be more about a girl and her life troubles and her overcoming life and obstacles and maybe even some unfortunate life/death experience and everything. At least that's what I thought just looking at the cover and since it is no news that I love amazing, shocking, attractive and well, beautiful book covers… I was all too happy to start reading the book.

Then came the hype… The hype for this book X_X I had wanted to get it after I read the author's fantasy books but somehow all this fandom suddenly came out of nowhere and I had to put on hold my reading of the series in case some intelligent fan thought to spoil me the stories (it soooo did happen) and now I finally gave in…

How and When did I gave in?
My younger sister… She was crying historically after reading the last book in the spinoff of this series… She came barreling down my bedroom door calling out, and I quote, "She KILLED HIM!! SHE FREAKING KILLED HIM!!! I HATE HER!!! OH MY GOD!!! OH MY GOD!!! --sobs sobs sobs sobs sobs--- "I hate hate HATE Abbi Freaking Glines!!!!" -sobs sobs sobs sobs- "If you're freaking friends with her on Facebook or if she even replies to your tweets would you let her know she has ruined me and my life?! I won't EVER EVER NEVER in my LIFE read a book by her EVER EVER again!!"

To all this, I had just sat calmly on my bead trying not to double over with laughter, since this was NOT the first time my sister lost it over a book I decided to wait it you… Of COURSE I HAD to say something…

"Hey, Kat (my sis' name) but you haven't even finished reading the book!! How do you know he's really dead?"

My sis: Stops dead, not even a tear shed… "You're right, but… I can't, I think I know that she killed him so… I KNOW… You know, I have this feeling I'm going to hate her for the rest of my life… I LOVEEEEED LOOOOVEDDD HIM!! Him!! He was perfect and she…" Right here she loses it again and starts sobbing even harder… Seriously people, I have videos to prove this…

Anyway… I convinced her to continue reading it in case she was wrong… She quieted down and I was left as alone as I was going to get with her in my room… To read some more…

Then…

My sis: "WHATT!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!!!! NOOOOOO NOOOO F*CK NO!!!! NOOOOO!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO SHE KILLED HIM!!! I TOLD YOU!! I TOLD YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If I hadn't begged for this iPad so bad it'd be broken from all the times I'd have thrown it against the wall by now!! JESUS!!! LOOK!! LOOK!!!!" -breaks down again and again and again-

In the end she just skipped every page until the end of the book to see if the character was indeed dead… Apparently the character was…

She told me not to read Never Too Far if I didn't want to be left all broken and sad…

My Thoughts?


Of course this made me want to read the book right there and then… So I did, I asked to borrow her copy, which meant her lending me her iPad… I killed two birds with one shot… I got to save the poor iPad and I got to finally FINALLY, read the books by this author that I was already a fan of…

Suffice it to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I instantly connected with the characters, all of them. It usually takes me sometime to get to connect with the male characters but no Abbi Glines character, no sir.
Her writing was simple and to the point, no over thinking or overdoing anything.
And I appreciated it and instead of making for a simple and trivial plot and over story it made me stay hooked right till the end and then I was left wanting, no, begging for the next one.

I loved Rush, I loved his personality, his strength to stay true to himself no matter what and his loyalty towards all the people he holds dear and close to his heart.

And Blaire, Blaire was just her, made me weep so many times I lost count (and without the help of someone dying) made me cheer her on with her determined attitude to make the most of what little she had.

She had courage, she had tons of love but she had also a lot of sadness in her and it all made for one hell of a ride.

I guess I won't get that much into anything else other than…

I dived right into the sequel so that's a story for another time, meaning another review.

But I loved the book, I loved the twists and turns of the plot and I loved most of all the fact that love got to be such a strong character all on its own so I was doomed from the start.

A story about reality and love… Real love… And the strength that comes from deep within.

I loved everything!

"I will do anything. Anything, Blaire, just to be near you. I can't think about anything else. I can't focus on anything…"

I give this book,
5= Clouds In The Heavens READ IT!



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

-Book Blast + Giveaway- Sisters In Bloom by Melissa Foster




You loved Danica and Kaylie in SISTERS IN LOVE, find out what happens next with

SISTERS IN BLOOM

Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now, her burgeoning baby bump, hormone infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister Danica glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie’s insecurities rise to the forefront—and her relationship, with fiancé Chaz Crew, is caught in the crossfire.

Chaz Crew has everything he’s ever wanted: a lovely fiancé, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he’s called away to woo the festival’s largest sponsor—and the lover he’s never admitted to having—secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.

With her baby shower around the corner, and her fiancé’s big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together—and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds—and their hearts.

SISTERS IN BLOOM is a testament to the bond of sisters, the strength of women, and the pains and delights that accompany motherhood. A book for every mother, sister, and daughter, SISTERS IN BLOOM will resonate with readers who love to explore family dramas.


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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Join Melissa and the YaYa Writer Girls at their annual in-person event. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

-Blog Tour, Review- Then, Now, Forever by Teodora Kostova


Hi guys! So excited to welcome you to my stop on the book tour!! :D
I'm going to share my thoughts on the book with you all even though it'll be a mini review I know I'll be able to portray every single feeling this book inspired in me.

THEN

"Gia had let Beppe into her life so easily, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She’d held him when he’d hurt so badly he’d thought he might die; she’d talked him down when he’d been so angry he’d considered doing something he’d regret for the rest of his life.
Gia had saved his life.
At least once he needed to be strong for her.
This right now, this moment, was theirs. It belonged to them, not to abusive or dead fathers, not to guilt, regret or sorrow, not to the past or the future."

But will their love survive when tragedy separates them?

“I have to go, Gia. I’m tired and I feel empty. I know you need me, but I have nothing left to give you. I need to heal.”

“I miss you so much it’s hard to breathe.”

NOW

"Beppe was still Gia’s closest friend. But they’d never be anything more than that again. Remembering what it felt like to have the person you love most in the world be torn away from you still hurt. Gia was determined never to be put into that position again."

There was never lack of love, but can Beppe win Gia’s trust again?

FOREVER

“When I was broken you gave me pieces of yourself and made me whole again.”

'Then, Now, Forever' is the second book of the Heartbeat series. It features characters from the first book in the series - 'In a Heartbeat' - but can be read as a stand alone novel. It's the complete story of Beppe and Gia - no cliffhanger.

New Adult Contemporary Romance, recommended for readers 17+


My Thoughts?

Gia's and B's story is one I had been dying to read as soon as I knew that there was going to be a story! So when Teodora told me she was writing their story next I knew I was doomed to be a lonely sad person while I waited for it.

And boy! I'm so happy I waited! I loved the book! Loved the story.
It has tons of romance, tons of kissing but above all else I loved the rawness and the amazing relationship that G & B had. I couldn't help but put myself in their shoes depending on whose POV I was reading from.

I loved the double POV again, loved the setting as I did in the first one.

And the plot had some twists I've got to admit I never saw coming, like you know who leaving or you know who doing... Well, I really hate spoiling stories just know, there's tons of tears involved and tons of scars as well BUT we also get to see a really amazing friendship develop into something much more beautiful to the point that it hurt not seeing them together.

They way that B took care of G just melted my bones and how strong minded she is and stubborn made me want to slap some sense into her from time to time.
And the love scenes had me fanning myself for quite some time.

In the end, I loved it. I cried (which, if you know me, means that I really got invested in the story) happy and sad tears.

A story of the strength that comes from facing your weaknesses and about a love that wouldn't give up on the 2 people that felt it even when they had already given up on it.

The book started as a fast-paced read and it only got slow a little in the middle of it but afterwards it was all good and fast again.

And OHMYCLOUDS!!! Did you see whose book is coming next?!! Yay!!! Cannot wait!! This'll be torture yet again!

I give this book
4= OhMyCloud!

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Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

-Book Blast + Giveaway- Back To You by Annie Brewer


Synopsis

On the outside, 17 year old Abby Lewis has it all. She is dating the HS Football star, has a best friend anybody would kill for and a love and passion for singing that could send her to Broadway. But on the inside a storm is raging inside of her that she can no longer hide. As her life at home becomes more unbearable she turns to the only rock she has ever known, Lucas. When her father abandoned her and her sister, Lucas was there to help her pick up the pieces. And now that her dad wants back in her life, Lucas will again be her source of strength. But she isn’t his and Abby can’t stand the thought of being anyone else’s. Will she ever be able to let go of the past? Or will she let it control her for good?


About The Author

Annie Brewer leads several lives. At home she’s a caring mother of two with a heart of gold. Online, she’s a best friend to several and puts a smile on her many fans every time she utters a word. In her own world, she’s a dreamer. But the biggest part of her is made of books, books, and more books. It’s not a surprise she’s turned out to be such a talented young author. Some of her many hobbies include reading, drooling over Ian Somerhalder, Channing Tatum,and Christian Grey (etc.), reading, reviewing, reading, watching Vampire Diaries, reading, and last but not least WRITING like a maniac. She currently resides in Texas, where she dies of heat-strokes every few seconds, with her many books and book-boyfriends, and her two adorable little girls.


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

-Cover Reveal + Giveaway- Sunrise by Mike Mullin (ohmyclouds!)


You have NO idea, NO idea how freaking excited I am to be showcasing the book cover for the third book in the Ashfall trilogy!!
These books have been mind blowing no matter how many times I've read them and the fact that there's an Alba in book #2 (Ashen Winter) was just the cherry on top.
Seriously though,
look
at
the
pretty.

It goes amazingly well with the previous book covers and of course is perfection when the tittle's involved... See the actual sunrise on the top left of the cover??
I couldn't be happier with the cover!!!

Synopsis
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

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Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

-Book Blitz, Excerpt + Giveaway- Choosing You by Allie Everhart


Choosing You by Allie Everhart
(The Jade Series #1)
Publication date: September 23rd, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.


Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.


Excerpt


He puts his phone away. “Can I come in? I’m kind of a target out here in the hall.”
“A target for what?” I ask, moving aside to let him in.
“Girls fondling me.” A smirk crosses his face as he waits for my reaction.
“Please tell me you’re kidding. Because if you’re not, then I need to start upping the insults again to bring you back down to earth.”
He’s trying hard to keep a straight face. “You saw Ava just now. Girls just can’t help themselves. What can I say?”
I shake my head and start rummaging through my drawer for a shirt. “I can help myself. I’m completely immune to whatever you think you’ve got going on over there.” 
“Yeah, I know,” he mumbles. “You need some help?”
“Why? You think I can’t dress myself?”
He stands next to me, staring down at the open drawer. “Everything in here is black.”
“Yeah.” I close the drawer and open the one beneath it. “And everything in here is white.”
“Where are your other shirts?”
“That’s it. Well, I have a few in the closet.”
He walks over to look. “You only wear black or white?”
“Uh, yeah. Are you just getting that? You’ve seen me how many times and you’ve never noticed that?”
“Huh. I guess not.”
“It’s just easier that way. Black and white go with everything.” I take a black t-shirt from the drawer.
“You should wear purple sometime.”
I almost choke laughing. “Purple? Are you joking?”
“What’s wrong with purple?”
“I’ve never worn anything purple in my life. I’ve never even considered it. It’s one of those weird colors that old ladies wear.”
“Lots of people wear purple. And with your green eyes, you would look great in purple.”
“I hate my green eyes. The last thing I want to do is draw attention to them.”
He comes closer and lifts my chin up with his hand. “How could you hate your eyes? They’re the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. Why do you think I’m always staring at them?”
“Yeah, that’s hilarious.” I push him back. “Now get out of here so I can change. Wait in the hall. I’ll be like two seconds.”
“Jade, you know I’m not safe out there.” He says it as if he’s really in danger. “Did you see all those girls running around in towels and robes?”
I roll my eyes. “I swear. The insults are coming, my friend. So tell your ego to get ready.”
He stands there.
“You’re really not leaving? Fine. Then turn around.”
I change into my jeans and black shirt. “Okay, I’m done.” 
He inspects me. “Yeah. You definitely need some color. The black and white thing is getting old.”
“Well, I’m not planning on buying new clothes so you’ll have to get over it.” I search through my desk drawer for money. “How much are movie tickets? I haven’t been to a movie in years, so I have no clue. Six bucks? Seven?”
“Don’t worry about it. Let’s go.”
“Garret, you’re not paying.”
“You just saved me from being man-handled by Ava. That’s at least worth the price of a movie ticket. Maybe even some popcorn, too.”

About The Author
Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. Before freelancing, she was a book editor for a publishing company where she worked on several NYT bestselling nonfiction books. She loves to read as much as she loves to write. And when she’s not reading or writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas.

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