Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review and Giveaway: How I Fall by Anne Eliot

How I Fall by Anne Eliot

Blurb from Goodreads:

ELLEN LIKES CAM * CAM LIKES ELLEN * 
What if the one person you can't stop thinking about... 
...can't stop thinking about you? 

*CAM LIKES ELLEN * 
What if during one long day you failed at everything because you met this glitter-crazed new girl who practically ruins your life? Worse, she insists you and your secret crush become best friends—with her?!! Only you don’t have time to be friends with insane people, and you think your crush might need to stay the way it’s always been: Distant. Impossible. In your head. This is because you have problems and secrets a crush would never understand. 

*ELLEN LIKES CAM * 
But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, and rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Working on the project suddenly makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem completely normal when it’s anything but. 

ELLEN LIKES CAM * CAM LIKES ELLEN * 
What if you fall for each other just enough to kiss…and it’s perfect? You tell secrets and make the kind of promises that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen. Which is why, long before it all falls apart, you already knew nothing this beautiful could have been meant to be yours for long. 

But what if… 
My Review:

How I Fall is definitely the first book I've read in which one of the characters has cerebral palsy, and although this condition certainly affects the story, the book is about so much more.  The book is not only an education into the condition of CP, and an excellent portrayal of living and succeeding with this condition, but it is also exemplary in dealing with so many important YA themes such as first love, insecurity, and the future/reality after high school.

The book is told from the POV of both Ellen and Cam, two characters that from the outside could not be more different.  One of the things I love about Anne Eliot's writing is her ability to write books in seamless, rotating POVs, male and female.  She is so good at this and How I Fall is no exception!!  We learn through the book that Ellen and Cam are more alike than they appear from the outside and to their peers, but also that they want the same thing (and not just each other).

I absolutely loved this book, and I have loved all of Anne Eliot's books -- they are the perfect YAs and they are all so different!  Anne's writing is character driven and you will be hard pressed to find other YAs that get so into the heads of characters.  Please read this book AND ENTER TO WIN A COPY BELOW!!
"Is this what kissing is?  Elation at the sound of my name on his lips? Regret for the minutes I wasted not kissing this guy?  Longing...longing...longing for me?  Breathing. Him. Breathing. Me.  
I already know I will never forget the sound of his heart beating along with mine like it is now." 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Last Light (The Night Owl Trilogy #2) by M. Pierce

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Last Light (The Night Owl Trilogy #2) by M. Pierce!!




From Goodreads:
Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead ...

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret ...

Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED Night Owl, the first book in this trilogy!  It ended with a crazy cliffhanger/twist and I cant't wait to read Last Light, which is scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 and you can pre-order here!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??


Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler


Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
Release Date: 09/16/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

EXCERPT:
“I know. But come on, Liza. Let’s dress up. I want us to look good for Will.” “Why?”“Because he’s somebody new!” She spun around, the purple top in her hands flailed out. “He doesn’t know us like everyone else. He doesn’t have us tagged yet. We’re not weird Janie or Jane Austen-obsessed-Eliza yet. We’re just us.” Janie threw herself down on the bed, arms spread wide open. “We can be whoever we want to be.” “I am who I want to be, Janie.” She sat up and faced me. “Listen…” Janie always said listen when she wanted to talk serious. “You want someone to like you for who you are, but they can’t get past your shirts or your crazy nineteenth century speeches. Sometimes I think you do it on purpose.”“Um, ouch.” “Cole Foster would walk right by you. Mr. Darcy would walk right by you.” “Not if he’s my Mr. Darcy. In the book—” “This isn’t a book, Liza. This is real life. In real life, Darcy wouldn’t look at you.” She propped herself up on her elbows. “That is, even if there are Darcy’s out there at all.” “There are.” “Sure. Then why am I still single?” She took the magazine from my hands again and stared at Cole in a bathing suit on some white sandy beach. “It’s early yet.” “Early? Really? What about Lydia? And Marianne? And Catherine?” I raised my eyebrows. “Lydia? Please.” “Okay. That was a bad example, but the other two weren’t.” “Agreed.”“Then go put on a pair of jeans and this purple top.” She grabbed the shirt off the bed and tossed it at me, then she laid back down on the bed with her feet crossed behind her and read the article about Cole. Inside, Janie kept her romantic conforming side all locked up with the key hidden in her ripped jeans.




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About the Author
Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater!!



From Goodreads:
The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
If you are not reading this series, you are seriously missing out.  It is one of the most beautifully written, complex and brilliant YA series out there.  I cannot wait for this book -- I am actually going to re-read the first two books in the series prior to its release because there are so many details in these books and they are the perfect books for fall!  Blue Lily, Lily Blue is scheduled for release on October 21, 2014 and you can pre-order HERE!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston!!



From Goodreads:
She walks in with her music, and walks out with his wallet Kaz Barrett should be saving for college. Instead, he saves his pay from the Sit'N'Spin Laundromat to send his mother to a very expensive sleep clinic in New York. His mother suffers from a rare neurological disorder, and both Kaz and his kid sister worry that one day, maybe tomorrow, their mother will fall asleep and never wake up.

But when pink-haired Zoey walks past the laundromat's window, Kaz's ordered life begins spinning out of control. Smart, mysterious, and full of music, Zoey is unlike anyone Kaz has met...but there's another side to her that he can't quite figure out. When he goes looking for answers, he finds a whirlwind of lies, half-truths, and violence.
Something about this description really draws me in although I've never read anything else by this author!  Blues for Zoey is scheduled for release on February 8, 2015 and you can pre-order HERE!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Monday, September 1, 2014

Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!



1.  Hands down, my number one choice would be Olivia from The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher.  Let's be honest, though, I would not mind at all if Caleb joined her!

2.  One of my latest favorite books is How to Kill a Rock Star -- although I love Eliza, I really want Loring to sit at my lunch table!

3.  Um, every single one of the Rock Chicks please!!!!


4.  Rosalind James' Escape to New Zealand series is my favorite contemporary romance series out there right now and there isn't a main character in any of the books that I wouldn't love to sit with although I'd probably get along with Hannah best.

5.  If anyone would be a great and patient companion, it would be Anne Elliot.

6.  Kat and Daemon from the Lux series by JLA -- probably because there are so many epic lunch room scenes in this series and I love both characters.


7.  I don't know anyone that hasn't read and loved the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead who didn't also want Georgina to be their new best friend, myself included!


8.  Blue and all of the Raven Boys from the series of the same name by Maggie Stiefvater are so interesting that I think they would ensure that lunch was never boring. 

9.  Kate from Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally is the most like me when I was in high school and there is comfort in that.
  


10.  And just to keep things really interesting, Senna from Mud Vein would have to be at my lunch table.  What can I say?  Tarryn Fisher writes the most complex, infuriating and damaged souls out there.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires #11) by Chloe Neill

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires #11) by Chloe Neill!!



From Goodreads:
Between standing Sentinel of Cadogan house and making society appearances with House Master Ethan Sullivan, a new member of the American Association of Vampires, Merit has her hands full. The last thing she needs is trouble, especially of the deadly kind.

But when an old friend shows up in need, Merit can’t refuse. Morgan Greer, Master of House Navarre, has gotten himself into serious debt with a dangerous Chicago crime syndicate known as the Triad. And they’re willing to exact more than a pound of flesh for payback—unless Merit can find a way to stop them.

Only the Triad’s connections go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last…
I finally read books 9 and 10 of this series when book 10, Blood Games, came out recently.  I am happy to report that this series is back on track and the Ethan/Merit dynamic is better than ever!!!!  So excited for the next book in the series!!  Dark Debt is scheduled for release on March 3, 2015 and you can pre-order HERE!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??