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Sad News:( To Co-Blog or not to Co-Blog??? Thoughts anyone?


As most of you know, I have recently taken on a co-blogger! Priscilla and I have worked pretty well together maintaining the blog and writing up some awesome reviews! Unfortunately, Priscilla let me know that she will be unable to continue with the blog!!!! Although I am sad to see her go, I understand that sometimes life just gets in the way and that blogging is not for everyone. She will finish up in fulfilling any tour/ARC obligations and then maybe (if we are lucky) she will come on back once in a while to do a guest review? I wish her well, she has her whole future ahead of her and KEEP READING P!!!

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Sooooooooooo,

This leaves me with doing one of two things?

1. Keep blogging myself and post when I can

OR

2. Start searching for another co-blogger?

Decisions decisions…

Any thoughts on which you guys prefer??

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Review: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey




Find on Goodreads.

Published May 7, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.



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Review:

This book is fast-paced. There are a lot of flashbacks from Cassie to show how this destruction began, and normally those are tiresome for me, and while it didn't make me want to inhale the book, it did keep my attention.

The characters were awesome and soo strong! The POV changed multiple times, and for the most part I loved it, but there was one part where I had to drag myself through (but it only lasted for about 20 pages, and most people would love it) because of the POV we were on.

Great writing, strong characters, a great idea.. what could go wrong? For once, nothing. Nothing at all.

In Heather's review she mentions that this book would easily take you out of a reading slump. Funny, it really did for me! I've been feeling super uninspired lately, and this book is so.. fresh it practically yanked me out of that slump. :)

This book gave me all these.. feelings. *sighs contently*

It isn't jumping in my Favorites line, but it was definitely fast and thrilling!

4

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Cover Reveal & Book Blitz w/ Giveaway! :)


Cover Reveal:

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Love Among Pigeons by Abria Mattina
Publication Date: August 23rd 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Synopsis:
In this companion novella to Wake, Frank invites the Kirk family home to Smiths Falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Holidays are always a trial for the family that lost their daughter and sister, but Frank is hopeful that this Thanksgiving will be the exception. He has some happy news to share. If only he wasn’t so reluctant to talk about it.
AUTHOR BIO:
Abria Mattina works in marketing and book production. She holds a Certificate in Publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t writing she enjoys travelling, eclectic books, blogging, and baking. She lives with her fiance, Daniel.

Her debut novel, WAKE, is about the struggle to redefine life after experiencing cancer and caring for an ill loved one.

Author links:
 

*The giveaway for this tour is here!*

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Book Blitz:

Book & Author Details:

Nomad by J.L. Bryan
Publication date: July 26th 2013
Genre: NA time travel dystopian novel

Synopsis:
A new dystopian novel from the author of Jenny Pox - coming July 26.

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.




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AUTHOR BIO
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day servings the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic series.

His novel Jenny Pox is currently free on Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Sony, Kobo, and Nook!  

Enter to win an ecopy of Nomad here! :) (Epub or .mobi available for giveaway winner)

***Teaser Tuesday will be posted NEXT Tuesday instead of this one! Thanks for stopping by!***
Thanks to Giselle for hosting both of these tours!

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Review: Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin


Scent of DarknessFind on Goodreads. Purchase on Amazon.

Evangeline is eighteen years old when her grandmother gives her the ultimate gift-a scent she has created just for her. From the moment Eva places a drop on her neck, her entire life changes.

Previously unnoticed, she becomes the object of intense desire for everyone around her. Men dance close to her; women dip their noses deep into her hair; even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. Gabriel, the quiet student Eva has admired from afar, falls head-over-heels in love with her. But soon the gift begins to control Eva’s life: strangers follow her around, sniffing and touching her at every turn. When Eva meets Michael, an artist who barely registers her smell, Eva wonders if he is the one person who can love her for herself. Or is her scent impossible to escape? 

A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, Scent of Darkness seduces the reader’s every sense.

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Review:

On Tuesday, I did a teaser for this book (posted a short quote). Remember that? Well, here is it again:
“The room was still warm, and with my scent on the rise I feared that he would linger, unable to pull away, and I did not want our first meeting to include his lips on my face. But I had nothing to worry about.” -Scent of Darkness (page 90)

I love this author’s writing! Her choice of words and how she uses them really caught my eye. The first sentence above, for example: it’s really a simple sentence, but the author uses words like linger and short phrases like with my scent on the rise (rather than something like, “With my smell growing stronger…”). I just really enjoyed it, and it kept me reading.

The problem? That was the only thing that kept me reading.

The main character, Evangeline (Eva), was a lady that lacked willpower. She accepted her fate, and the answers came to her. She didn’t fight. She didn’t even try. Evangeline: Oh, I did something horrible? It’s ‘kay, I’m under a lot of stress, I’ll be forgiven. In the meantime, where is that boy I kissed that my boyfriend found out about? Mmmm, he was yummy.
The characters were all like that. Naïve idiots. I really couldn’t connect with any of them.

Now, I expected there to be a little action. You know, searching high and low for answers.. nope! I had it wrong! Funny, that was the only surprise I got in this book! *laughs dryly* Everything was so predictable it almost hurt.

There was insta-love galore, but Evangeline seemed unstable anyway, so I let it pass.

There were some really quotable moments in this book, quotes containing really great life lessons. They just didn’t hit as hard because I couldn’t relate to the person telling them to me.

Spot-on writing, rock-like characters, a huge lack of surprises.. this book wasn’t for me, but the author might be.

I also feel I have to add another vague example for Evangeline: in the story, she meets this guy. She’s soo attracted to him, this is what she says.., “I knew there were no ifs. No point in wondering if we were going to have an affair. If it would be good. Or if I even wanted to go ahead with it. I was simply thinking of how it would be.”
Yes, so.. you already have a boyfriend who loves and cares about you, but you’re just givin’ in to those delicious, ancient desires. No qualms at all, really.

She let people use her, people she knew wanted to suck her dry, and day after day she went back again.


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Teaser Tuesday! :)


The book:

Scent of Darkness




Evangeline is eighteen years old when her grandmother gives her the ultimate gift-a scent she has created just for her. From the moment Eva places a drop on her neck, her entire life changes.

Previously unnoticed, she becomes the object of intense desire for everyone around her. Men dance close to her; women dip their noses deep into her hair; even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. Gabriel, the quiet student Eva has admired from afar, falls head-over-heels in love with her. But soon the gift begins to control Eva's life: strangers follow her around, sniffing and touching her at every turn. When Eva meets Michael, an artist who barely registers her smell, Eva wonders if he is the one person who can love her for herself. Or is her scent impossible to escape? 

A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, 
Scent of Darkness seduces the reader's every sense.
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The quote:

"The room was still warm, and with my scent on the rise I feared that he would linger, unable to pull away, and I did not want our first meeting to include his lips on my face. But I had nothing to worry about." -Scent of Darkness (page 90)

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My review of Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin will be posted on Thursday. :)

FIND IT ON GOODREADS HERE.

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Vigilante Nights & Tour-Wide Giveaway (ALSO, GO VOTE #TeamRule in the NA Crush Tourney!)


Below is info about Vigilante Nights & the tour-wide giveaway. Earlier today was my review of The Elite by: Kiera Cass (here).  ALSO, please take a minute to vote for Rule here. I'm reading the book right now, and he's awesome. And his advocate is amazing, so seriously, pretty pretty pleeeasee click on this link here, scroll to the bottom, and vote for Rule. :) I love y'all!!!
 
 
Vigilante Nights
Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards
Publication date: July 18th 2013
Genre: YA contemporary w/light supernatural element

Synopsis:
A "good boy" will do anything for vengeance when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the darkness?

After a hideous car wreck, Lucas wakes from a coma to find that his world is gutted. Not only is his beloved twin sister, Silver, gone forever, but Lucas is broken in body and spirit. He will never be a college athlete, and is robbed of what he now realizes was the most important bond of his life. Although they weren't identical twins, Lucas and Silver shared a bond so fierce it defied reason, and was nearly supernatural.

After her death, that bond seems to endure when Lucas sees Silver everywhere he turns. Either he's crazy, or Silver is trying to tell him something about the California gang initiation they stumbled into that cost Silver her life. Lucas is bent on revenge, turning on Raymond, Silver's former boyfriend; the one Lucas never wanted her to date. He forms a posse of vigilantes to take out the gangsters responsible for Silver's death, but he risks not only his own life, but the love of the new girl on his block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.


Find on Goodreads. Purchase on:
 

AUTHOR BIO
 
Erin Richards
 

After bemoaning the lack of young adult books to read, Erin wrote her first novel at the age of eighteen hoping to shift the tide. Then everyday life took its toll on her writerly dreams until 2003 when she couldn’t ignore the writing bug any longer. By then, she had immersed herself in reading adult fantasy and romance novels. Writing paranormal & fantasy romance was a no brainer. Erin has published two adult romance novels: CHASING SHADOWS, a paranormal romantic suspense (EPPIE award finalist and Night Owl Romance 5-Star Top Pick) and WICKED PARADISE, a fantasy romance, released in August 2012. Erin will finally realize her lifelong dream of publishing a young adult novel when VIGILANTE NIGHTS debuts in July 2013.

Erin Richards lives in Northern California. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and American muscle cars.

Pre-Order your copy of Vigilante Nights before its official hardcover release date of July 18, 2013 and get an exclusive gift! Details at: http://www.erinrichards.com

 
Tour-wide giveaway can be found here. There is a free entry, one for following this blog, and a couple of others. Good luck! :)
 
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VOTE FOR WARNER!


Hey! I just remembered that today is the day that Warner needs our help. Vote here on as many devices as you can!! Purty please? :)) http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/2013/06/match-11-etienne-st-clair-3-vs-warner-6.html?m=1

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Review- Purple Daze by: Sherry Shahan


Find on Goodreads. Purchase on Amazon.

Purple Daze is a young adult novel set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965. Six high school students share their experiences and feelings in interconnected free verse and traditional poems about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, high school, and friendship.
Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's in America-- a time when young people drove a cultural and political revolution. With themes like the costs and casualties of war, the consequences of sex, and the complex relationships between teens, their peers, and their parents, this story is still as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.
 
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Review:
 
Before I begin, I need to say that I did not finish this title.
 
Okay, the characters.. there were mixed POVs and I really just forgot who everyone was. I never had enough time to connect with any one character before the book switched to another. I was constantly referring to the beginning of the book to remind myself who this was.
 
Because I didn't care for the characters, I didn't ever really connect to the story. I really feel like I could have enjoyed this story if it had stuck to one or two POVs. I love books written in verses, and the multiple POVs just wouldn't allow me to fall in love with the characters.
 
I really still don't know who was who, and I didn't enjoy this book at all. I got so frustrated trying to figure out who everyone was, I just had to put the book down. If you like what this book sounds like, aren't character-oriented, like multiple POVs, and/or books written in verses: give it a shot. You just might need to take notes.
 
 
 
 
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YA Crush Tournament:)


Before we start, don’t forget to look at the post below this one: my review of The Madness Underneath by: Maureen Johnson.

If you don't know what the heck the title is talking about, just know that our favorite fictional characters are set against each other, leaving us to choose the best book boyfriend between the two. And then that winner faces off against another winner, creating one huge epic war from multiple little battles that leave your heart racing and you just can't-- *end of rant*.

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#TeamDante

Can I just say: woah.
This is the first year I've ever really gotten into this, but boy did I ever. I was fighting for #TeamDante in his battle against The Darkling, but The Darkling won. Was I sad at first? Yes. How sad, you ask? Almost in tears sad. Seriously. I wanted Dante to win.
And then I looked at The Darkling. I haven't read the books, but the post his advocate made was really good. So good in fact, that I'm really okay with the outcome. Not ONLY did I meet some amazing people, I re-found a great series I passed up on: Shadow and Bone.
And Perry won the other battle, which just makes me feel good.

I do have to note that the advocate for #TeamDante was just so freaking awesome that I found myself talking to myself about her awesomeness. The great news? She's the advocate for "Rule" in the New Adult Tournament. Find her (Jessica) on Twitter @makesmeworse12 and on her blog "Just A Booklover".

Also, I just have to note that I didn't even know this had started yet, and by the time I did know.. Maxon had already lost the Maxon vs. Patch battle.

Are there any other battles you're looking forward to, you ask? Yes. The one I'm most in love with want-him-for-myself one. Warner. YES. Win.

Get details on the YA Crush Tournament here. Stop by, vote (for Warner on Monday!), and watch the numbers go back and forth. It's awesome. It really is a great experience, whether you win or lose. And that's comin' from a sore loser. :)

Find ME on Twitter @PS_Reads
If you're team Warner, we can totally be best friends. *winks* Seriously guys, tweet me! I love bookish people.