Posted in 2016, Blogger Love, February

Blogger Love with Rita from BookishR


Hi All!

I am here with our first Blogger Love since…I think 2011 or 2012?? YES! It has been that long!

So without further ado…

I introduce you all to Rita!

How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in mid-December of 2016, so it’s been almost two months now. It feels like such a long time ago, though!

What is the meaning of your blog name or how did you choose it? Well, my name is Rita and I’ve always been called a bookworm. Because I didn’t like the sound of bookworm, I decided to change it to bookish.

What is your favorite genre? I absolutely love non-fiction, particularly essays. That’s something I discovered my love for in the past year by reading essays related to science, feminism and multiculturalism.

How many books do you read each week? When I have to study for school I usually read one to two books a week. During the summer time I tend to read something along the lines of four to five books.

What is your favorite book character and why? That’s a really hard choice to make! After a lot of thought I think I’ll have to go with Elizabeth Bennet. She has a really strong personality and insists on doing things her way, regardless of her family’s opinions. Although she has her faults, she is able to see them and surpass them. God, I just love her!

A little about Rita:

My name is Rita, I’m seventeen years-old and I’m a book blogger based in Portugal. I love writing and anything book related, as well as having bookish discussions. I read mostly adult fiction and non-fiction but I love young-adult as well, as well as graphic novels and comics.

Go check out Rita’s Blog:

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Thank you Rita! You have an Uh-Mazing Blog!!!

heather

Posted in 2016, February

Cover Reveal: Omega by Jus Accardo


Title of the book: Omega (The Infinity Division, #2)

Author’s name: Jus Accardo

Release date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Entangled TEEN

ISBN (if available): 9781633758254

Website: http://www.jusaccardo.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JusAccardo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJusAccardo/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jusaccardo/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33509081-omega

Preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Jus-Accardo/dp/1633758257/

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One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

About the Author

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in thumbnail_jus-accardoher grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I read the first book AND LOVED IT!!!

heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, February

Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing!!!

I had heard a lot of hype over this one and why not? I mean…it’s Mindy Mcginnis…duh! But I also heard that it was not a genre that we had seen from her so I really wanted to check it out. I picked up my kindle, paged through and came across this book in my TBR shelf. I had really not looked too much at the blurb prior to reading so I was not sure of what I was in for. Now I am kicking myself in the butt for taking so long to actually read this book! It was that good!

I really enjoyed getting three POV’s and being able to see all sides of the story. My favorite character would have to be Jack. He kind of wrestles with himself internally about what is right and what is wrong and I find it interesting that he has this fascination with Alex since she is so dark. I really liked Peekay too and thought she was a sweet and loyal friend.

The ending was mortifying, but I found myself not shedding a tear??? I think it was because Alex finally got what she wanted and was in peace?

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

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heather

Posted in 2016, February

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


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DNF

I tried, I really really tried to read this book. I had such a hard time following the characters and the different meanings of the words. It just kind of fell flat for me and I ended up not finishing. I am saddened because I had heard such great things about this book and was truly excited to start it:-(

I will not give up on Ms. Schwab’s writing however, I have more books in my arsenal and am hoping that I have the same experience with her as I did with Rainbow Rowell. I read one book and disliked it but read another and ended up loving it!!!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

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Posted in 2016, Book Tours, February

Blog Tour: Wintersong By S. Jae-Jones w/Excerpt


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugh! This book!!! The Feels!!

I have to say that my body went through every emotion while reading this book! I started off as nervous and by the end, I was crying!

I really loved this story line! Elisabeth is the oldest daughter of a poor family whom always is looking out for everyone else but herself. She helped her brother become a violin prodigy and basically gave up on the one person whom she had always had an attraction to her sister to marry. She feels lonely and like the ugly duckling of her family. One day she meets The Goblin King and she still fights to save her sister. But he is not all that he appears to be.

My favorite character was Constanze, Elisabeth’s crazy grandmother! She always talked in riddles and the family just entertained her craziness as long as it was convenient. She was a hoot!

The ending…ugh! Get your tissues ready cuz this one will leave you crying:-( I felt for Elisabeth and Aric. I am not sure if this is a stand alone but I am really hoping that we will get to see more of these characters in the future!!

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy! It was superb! Definitely 5 stars!!

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Excerpt

Overture

      Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.
     Her grand mother had told her to beware the wolves that prowled in the wood, but the little girl knew the little boy was not dangerous, even if he was the king of the goblins.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not won der at how he knew her name.
     Oh, she replied, but I am too young to marry.
     Then I will wait, the little boy said. I will wait as long as you remember.
     And the little girl laughed as she danced with the Goblin King, the little boy who was always just a little older, a little out of reach.
     As the seasons turned and the years passed, the little girl grew older but the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, yet still ran to the forest to meet her old friend in the grove. Their games were different now, truth and forfeit and challenges and dares.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not yet understand his question was not part of a game.
     Oh, she replied, but you have not yet won my hand.
     Then I will win, the little boy said. I will win until you surrender.
     And the little girl laughed as she played against the Goblin King, losing every hand and every round.
     Winter turned to spring, spring to summer, summer into autumn, autumn back into winter, but each turning of the year grew harder and harder as the little girl grew up while the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, soothed her brother’s fears, hid her father’s purse, counted the coins, and no longer went into the woods to see her old friend.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the Goblin King asked.
     But the little girl did not reply.
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Posted in 2015, February

Blog Tour: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan


 

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ReignofShadows_cvrTitle: REIGN OF SHADOWS

Author: Sophie Jordan

Pub. Date: February 9, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

My Review:

I loved, loved, loved this book and really just wanted it to go on forever and never stop! I enjoyed EVERYTHING about it including the blurb that leads to a twist that you really are not expecting.

All of the characters were amazing but my favorite was definitely Luna. She is such a strong female character. Always willing to go off on her own and not afraid of anything. She would go to battle for strangers and has a wee bit of a deviant side to where she tends to get herself into some trouble.

The story line itself was unique and different. It reminded me a bit of Rapunzel but had plenty of aspects that made it very unique to itself. You do not find out until the bitter end that both characters have some major skeletons in their closet, but I can tell you that I was a little shocked!

I am awaiting the next book in the series, not sure when or what it may be but, crossing my fingers that it is sooner rather than later!!!

Thank you to Harper Teen for the review copy for this review!

5-stars

About Sophie:

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A Sophieformer high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon GC and signed copies of REIGN OF SHADOWS, FIRLELIGHT, & UNINVITED, US Only

 

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

2/1/2016- Supernatural Snark- Interview

2/2/2016- Good Choice Reading – Excerpt

2/3/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

2/4/2016- NightlyReading- Review

2/5/2016- Fangirlish- Interview

Week Two:

2/8/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Excerpt

2/9/2016- Unabridged Bookshelf- Review

2/10/2016- Bibliojunkies- Review

2/11/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

2/12/2016- Fiktshun- Review

Please find complete tour schedule at the following link:

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/2016/01/tour-schedule-reign-of-shadows-by.html

Heather

 

Posted in 2014, February, Giveaways!

Eden Series Bind Up Release by Janelle Stalder


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Janelle Stalder has put the whole Eden series in one special bind up!!!

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This cover is magnificent!!!!

Now you can read the whole series and pay only one price!!!

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Praise for the Eden Series:

“I don’t know if there are words enough to describe this series accurately. It’s exactly what YA fantasy should be like.”
– Alana Rock from Dark Obsession Chronicles

“All hail Janelle Stalder!!!!! Her Eden series doesn’t disappoint. She grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go until you are so enamored in this amazing world she has created. Her words are like poetry, they flow and mingle and leaves you breathless.”
– Julie Sumner from Up All Night Reviews

“It’s emotional, beautiful, heartbreaking, wonderful, spectacular, endearing, sweet, funny, amazing, dreadful, drool-worthy, and completely captivating! I’m officially addicted!”
-Maghon Thomas from Happy Tails and Tales Blog

“This is definitely one series I will re-read over and over and over again. I loved absolutely every moment of it.”
– Kayleigh-Marie Gore from K-Books

“The author pulls us into their world, and by the time the book is over, we want to go back. Go back to Eden and relive the experiences again. This is one of those books where when you’re through reading it, you miss the characters.”
– Emerald Barnes, Author Piercing Through the Darkness

About The Series:

This edition is the complete collection of the Eden Series, including all four books –
Eden
Eden-West
Eden-South
Eden-East
PLUS an exclusive preview of the upcoming spin-off series, Elysium.
Individual books still sold separately.

Eden is an epic Fantasy ride, following a young boy who is thrown into a world on the brink of war. Along with an ensemble cast of captivating characters, he begins a journey that will change his life and make him question everything he’s ever known.

Giveaway:

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Follow the link to enter:

https://www.facebook.com/janellestalder

h. Lee

Posted in 2014, February

Galley Review: Mustang Sassy by Daire St. Denis


 

This is not a YA book and it intended for mature audiences only.

It contains language and content that may not be suitable for those under 18 years of age.

20697920Mustang Sassy by Daire St. Denis

Published February 24, 2014 by Entangled: Edge

250 Pages

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amazon buttonWhen Sass Hogan catches her boyfriend slow-dancing and doing the tongue-tango with Tori Double-D-Cup Hunter, she pays him back the only way she knows how—by taking a tire iron to his beloved ’67 Mustang Fastback. There’s only one problem. She’s destroyed the wrong car.

Jordan Michaels wants his car fixed, now, and he wants Sass’s auto body shop to do it.  But the handsome blond has a secret−he’s really Jordan Carlyle of Carlyle’s Classics, Hogan’s biggest competitor, and he’s determined to prove himself to his family.

As Sass and Jordan get to know each other, the depth of the attraction has them falling in love. But a relationship based on lies will only leave them primed for the worst wreck of their lives.

My Thoughts

This book gave me all the feels! Laughter, love, lust and even some tears. The characters were well-built and the storyline was very real.

The main female character is Sassy and yup, that is her real name. Cool right? She steps into the local bar one evening and finds her boyfriend snuggled up to some other woman. Of course, she sees red and sets on a mission to sabotage him. She takes a tire iron to his precious mustang. Smashes it to pieces and actually feels quite an accomplishment. Until she goes to work the next morning at Hogan’s and the poor soul whose car she smashed shows up to get it fixed. It is then that she realizes, she hit the wrong car!!!

Now Jordan is known as the black sheep of his family. Always screwing up and he feels like he will never live down that he set his families shop on fire. His real love is drawing. He is on a mission to gain back his father’s approval, so when his car is smashed to bits, it makes it even easier to hit the competitor and find out what they truly can do. Under a guise of someone else of course!

These two are equally f’d up. Sassy has never lived down the fact that her mother left her as a small child and it seems that every time she falls for a guy, they always end up leaving. So she has made up her mind….she will not fall in love and no sleepovers. They are too intimate. Sex only! Jordan has had girlfriends in the past, the last one turned into a crazy stalker. The last thing he is looking for is a relationship but one look at Sassy and his heart starts doing crazy things. He needs to calm it down so that he can complete his real mission.

I really enjoyed this storyline and the characters felt very real. Their circumstances were sad and it was great reading about these too lonely souls that maybe could find love in each other. That was not such an easy task.

I loved getting the perspective from each of them with dueling POVs. At one point, they both were thinking that the other knew their secret. It was actually a little comical at times. The sex was intense and there was plenty of it!

I did really enjoy this book and thought the ending was really sweet. There were some points though that I felt that the story got drug out a bit but for me it just showed how much change Sassy had to go through to realize what she wanted and some things about her past.

Thanks to Entangled for allowing me to review this book!

4-stars

The book is only $0.99 on Amazon! You should go over and grab it now!

h. Lee

Posted in 2014, February, Giveaways!

Blog Tour: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne & Divergent Read A-Long Wrap Up!


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Published January 7, 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

288 Pages

I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it’s a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O’Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley’s parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn’t for her safety…but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O’Leary.

Praise for Truly, Madly, Deadly

“A fast-paced thriller.”–Kirkus Reviews

“What a ride! Full of twists and turns — including an ending you won’t see coming!”–April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

My Thoughts

Hannah Jayne is superb at writing YA mysteries. I had first Read Truly, Madly, Deadly and as soon as I spotted this book, I was intrigued enough to want to read it too!

The main character of Riley finds a birth certificate in her parent’s bedroom for an Elizabeth Jane. Her best friend, Shelby, comes up with all these elaborate scenarios about Riley’s parents but Riley cannot imagine any of them being true. Riley would like to forget that she found the piece of paper but she keeps receiving these strange post cards. So, she starts to investigate. Throw in a hot boy named JD and this book was a “shoo in” for fantastic!

Let’s start off with Shelby. She was hilarious. A little “over the top” but that is just how I love my best friends in books! I believe that she is really the person that convinces Riley that she has to investigate when she tells Riley that she has to ask her parents for her birth certificate and see what happens. This starts the whirlwind of complications.

I think that my favorite aspect of this book was the road trip!!! Yes, you heard me right…there is a road trip in this book where Riley goes with the school for the weekend to check out a college but, she finds herself going off course and doing something that she didn’t think she would ever do. This is where JD comes into play.

JD was definitely swoony! He is portrayed to be a “bad boy” but he is far from it. He is sweet and caring towards Riley when really she at first just wants him to keep his distance. I’m glad he didn’t though! And I really enjoyed that this was not love at first sight but the two characters getting to know each other over a small course of time.

This brings us to Riley. She is a “good girl”, always obeying her parents and let me tell you, they are strict with all kind of crazy rules for her. That should have been her first clue.

I really enjoyed this book and was sucked in from the first few pages. If you enjoy mysteries, action, romance and drama, then pick this one up. At only 288 pages, it is a quick read that will leave you guessing until the very end.

4-stars

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Last week:(

It is kind of bitter-sweet!

So sha-bam! That ending was NOT what I expected. What were your thoughts on the ending???

The ending was sad. Tris really has herself in some hot water now.

Thoughts on the serum used to make the Divergent robotic. What were you thinking while reading that scene?

Honestly, I kept thinking that Tris was going to be all alone and have to deal with this all herself. Up until that point, we still didn’t know if Four was Divergent or not?

My Favorite Quote. What’s yours?

“I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest.”

So, with that in mind, did you love the book?

This is actually my second time reading the book and I honestly loved it even more this time around!

Are you going to see the movie?

YES!!! And I cannot wait!!! I may even go opening night:)

I want to thank those of you have followed along for our first read a-long this month! Our next read a-long will be held in April and I am thinking The Fault In Our Stars?? Your thoughts??

Don’t forget to leave your comment and enter the giveaway:)

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h. Lee

Posted in 2014, February

ARC Review: Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens &


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Published February 25, 2014 by HarperCollin’s Childrens Books

336 Pages

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amazon buttonAn edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

My Thoughts

I haven’t been reading too much YA contemporary lately, so when I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that I had to have it!

The book starts off with Alexi and her family at the funeral of Bodee’s mother. Bodee’s mom was Alexi’s mother’s best friend. Alexi is thinking how sorry she is for Bodee and his brother now that their mother is gone and their father is in jail for actually murdering their mother. YIKES! This was just the beginning and I was already sucked in!

Bodee ends up coming to live with the Littrell’s and for some reason Alexi trusts him. He is kind of shy and awkward, the kids call him “kool aid boy” because he dyes his hair all different colors using kool aid. Alexi hangs out with the popular kids but she doesn’t trust them enough to let them in on her secret. Bodee helps to push her out of her comfort zone and I think she helps him as well.

Through out the book, I kept thinking that the person that caused the hurt to Lexi was one person and it turns out that I was dead wrong! I loved the fact that the author kept you on your toes until the very end.

I loved the relationship between Lexi and Bodee. They both had demons that they had to work through and stood by each other until they were worked out, even if at times it was through tough love. I also felt that Lexi leaned on Bodee so much more than he needed her but that may have been because the story was told from Lexi’s POV.

The ending was literally empowering! And one that I did not expect. The author wrapped up the story nicely and there were no loose ends left by the last page.

If you are looking for a powerful, emotional read, then this book is for you! I highly recommend it and will be on the lookout for more from this author!

5-stars

h. Lee