Pages

Sunday, March 31, 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #2




It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

Last Week I Read:








This week was amazing!  I loved everything I read!  So exciting.  Expect reviews coming soon for Wait For You and Flat-Out Matt.  You all now how much I love Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park so I was anxious and excited to read the novella Flat-Out Matt with a few chapters from Matt's POV.  It was perfect and I did not want it to end!  I also reviewed Book One of the Georgetown Academy.  It was so good that I immediately bought and read Book Two and will definitely read Book Three this week!

This Week I Plan to Read:








 Link up below!  What are you reading? 
 What great books did you read last week?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #3


Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q:  Tell us about the most emotional scene you've ever read in a book - and how did you react? 


 
From Goodreads:
Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
The first book/scene that comes to mind is from The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1) by Tarryn Fisher.  Specifically, the ending was so emotional.  I hate to give away spoilers but the ending of this book made me cry and I have only ever cried reading one other book (Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah).  Essentially, The Opportunist centers around Olivia trying to get the love of her life, Caleb, back after she did something pretty horrible.  There are chapters from the past interspersed with the present in a way that is just perfect.  Again, I don't want to give away the ending, but it just tore me up.  I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this series.  You can read my review of the second book, Dirty Red, and my WoW for the third book, Thief.   

I am just starting out so I would love love love followers via Bloglovin', RSS, or e-mail.  Thanks for stopping by!  Link up your FF below!

Review: Georgetown Academy: Book One by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy: Book One by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz 

Blurb from Goodreads:
It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.

While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.

For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?

Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.

Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.

New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.

With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.
In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.

Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.
My Review:

Georgetown Academy is my new favorite YA series, set in a private, exclusive school in Washington D.C. where everyone's parents are involved in politics -- from journalists to Senators to lobbyists, etc.  I heard about this series, and particularly this first book, on BookHounds YA!  It sounded right up my alley considering it was described as taking place in D.C. in a private school, plus was available on the kindle for $0.99!  This book is a mix between Gossip Girl and Choose Your Own Adventure with a heavy dose of Washington D.C. politics thrown in!  I really loved the Choose Your Own Adventure aspect -- there was a certain chapter where you could choose whose POV to read (although you could ultimately read all POVs) but it was so, so entertaining!  There were several times I laughed out loud reading this book!  Such a great, fun and speedy read!!

I highly recommend this to anyone that likes politics, the Gossip Girl series, and/or fun, funny, serial YAs.  Great read!  I am already on book 2 and almost done with it!
It was like watching a Nicholas Sparks book come to life,
but without all the sobbing and dying. 
                                       
Purchase on AMAZON for $0.99!!

Swoon Thursday: Every Which Way (Sloan Brothers #1) by Calia Read


Swoon Thursday is a meme hosted by YABound.  

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.



Today, I am spotlighting Every Which Way (Sloan Brothers #1) by Calia Read, which I read last week!  This book was a bit infuriating because of the suspense/will they-won't they/who will she choose aspect!  However, there were definitely a few swoon-worthy moments, and my favorite is highlighted below (although I am not telling you who this moment was with to avoid spoilers):
When he left her room tonight, she wanted his preference to be only her. His hands would only want her skin. He'd only fit perfectly with Severine.
I liked Severine but she was definitely unpredictable!  The next book in the series definitely sounds intriguing.  Who are you swooning over this week? Link up your Swoon below!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5) by Jessica Park

 "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 Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5) by Jessica Park!  Flat-Out Love was my favorite YA of last year so you can imagine how excited I got when I saw this on goodreads!!



From Goodreads:


From the author: "...it's NOT a sequel [to FLAT-OUT LOVE], and it's NOT a full book with a full story arc. It's about ten chapters (still figuring that out) from Matt's POV. Two prequel chapters, then retelling of some fan-favorite scenes, and then a bonus "jump" chapter with Matt and Julie. Not sure if that last chapter will be from his POV or Julie's, but it'll be steamy and fun. I'm calling this a "companion piece" for fans who know FOL really well."


I love love love Matt and I am so excited to read some of my favorite scenes from Flat-Out Love in his POV.  Matt is such an amazing and kind soul so I really want to get in his head a bit -- plus I heard a rumor that there is a steamy scene!  YES!  This book is slated to be released in April, 2013, and I cannot wait!

ETA:  It's up early -- You can purchase HERE!!!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most




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

 Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most



1. The Opportunist was my favorite book of last year and Dirty Red has been my favorite this year! 

2. The Brenna Blixen series by Liz Reinhardt is perfect -- my favorite contemporary, YA series by far! 

3. The Secret History is my favorite book of all time.


4.  I probably recommend The Lux series by JLA more than any other books. It's just that good!

5.   Flat-Out Love was my favorite YA book of last year and a book I truly think everyone should read. 

6.   Dying to Please is my favorite book from one of my favorite authors, Linda Howard. I credit this book with getting me back into reading post-college in a major way! I subsequently read every Linda Howard novel out there and have ever since I read this one!



7.   For my friends that don't think they like science fiction - The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

8.  For my friends that like vampires - Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill 

9.  For my friends that liked The Hunger Games - Divergent by Veronica Roth




10. The classic.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #1



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

Last Week I Read:


You can read my review of A Moment by Marie Hall here.  I am sorry to say that the other books I read last week were all fairly disappointing -- none of them were my favorites or will probably merit reviews.  Every Which Way had potential and I will probably read the sequel because it ended on such a weird note but there was just something off about the book.  Still going to keep reading The Moreno Brothers series by Elizabeth Reyes because I love her 5th Street series and I've purchased all the books.  

This Week I Plan to Read:


 Link up below!  What are you reading? 
 What great books did you read last week?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Moment (Moment #1) by Marie Hall

 
A Moment (Moment #1) by Marie Hall 
Obtained for Review via author

Blurb from Goodreads:
Ryan Cosgrove and Liliana Delgado are on a collision course with destiny. They don’t know it yet, but before the night is over their lives will be forever changed.
Spending Valentine’s Day at a burlesque bar, hadn't been Liliana’s ideal way of spending a Friday night. She’d much rather be back on campus doing homework… until she meets Ryan. Tall, athletic, and gorgeous, Lili can’t keep her eyes off him, and despite his gruff manners and drunken disposition she’s intrigued.
Ryan’s got demons, and they’re deep, dark, and eating him alive. Regardless of his attraction to the petite brunette he’s tired of fighting, of pretending the last fifteen years haven’t been a daily struggle just to get out of bed every morning. That night he decides to end his pain, to leave it all behind and float away into the blessed darkness of oblivion. But fate has other plans for him, Lily finds and rescues Ryan, determined she’ll not only save his body, but his soul too.
This is their moment…
My Review:

This was surprising read for me -- I hadn't read anything by this author before and I had no expectations but I was very pleasantly surprised!  Both Liliana and Ryan have serious pasts and without giving away any spoilers, I will say that Lili has overcome her past while Ryan has not.  As such, most of the book deals with Ryan's struggles and his desire to have his first real relationship with Lili despite those struggles.  There were definitely infuriating moments when Ryan tried to hold too much in and refused to come clean but the author did an amazing job of getting us inside of Ryan's head to understand why he did what he did.  I really liked the secondary character, Alex, Ryan's cousin and Lili's friend that brought Ryan and Lili together, albeit very reluctantly.  He was a great cousin and a great friend with his own struggles -- not sure but he might get a book of his own?!

I highly recommend this to anyone that likes emotional NA novels -- the kind that are not easy or simple but have lasting romance.  This one will tear you up at times but that just makes the good moments even more everlasting.
Is a moment like a school of silver fish?  The sum of many singular parts forming one cohesive unit? I tend to think so.  Because the moment I met Ryan, that was just one of the sum parts.

Purchase on AMAZON

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2


Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

My guilty please is definitely contemporary romance -- YA, NA and adult.  I read far more contemporary than anything else.  In terms of a certain type of book, I would say that my ultimate guilty pleasures are suspenseful romances like those by Linda Howard.  However, I definitely have a very guilty fondness for books set in college or boarding school (The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, The Ivy series, My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea Cameron, etc. etc.), no matter the genre.

I am just starting out so I would love love love followers via GFC or email.  Thanks for stopping by!  Link up your FF below!

Swoon Thursday: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Swoon Thursday is a meme hosted by YABound.  

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.


Today, I am spotlighting Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, which I just finally read!  I think this quote sums up my swoon but, to be honest, there are many swoon-worthy moments in this book!  Étienne St. Clair is definitely swoon worthy!

We are kissing like crazy. Like our lives depend on it. His tongue slips inside my mouth, gentle but demanding, and it’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced, and I suddenly understand why people describe kissing as melting because every square inch of my body dissolves into his.

This is definitely another one of those books that I held off on reading because it was so hyped but I love love loved it!  Link up your Swoon below!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine

 "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 Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine.  This book will be the latest in the Morganville Vampires series and given the cliffhanger that the last book, Bitter Blood, ended on . . . I cannot wait to find out what happens!



From Goodreads:


Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane. 
Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires. 
But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make...
This book will be the first in the series in which Claire gets to leave Morganville.  While I've waited and hoped for this day to come since I started reading the series . . . so many things are unsettled in Morganville that I don't know what will happen.  This book is slated to be released on May 7, 2013, and I am counting the days!

Pre-Order at Amazon

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten, #1) by Tracy March


The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten, #1) by Tracy March
Obtained for Review via NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.

When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever


My Review:


Liza has is still mourning the death of her fiance two years ago when her mom bids on a charity auction for a date for Liza with the hottest baseball player on the rival team, Cole Collins. Even for someone that is not necessarily a huge baseball fan, this romance was very cute! Liza and Cole knew each other when Liza was an awkward teen and Cole was attending her family's baseball camp. Of course, Liza is all grown up now and definitely not looking for romance. Cole has been in trouble with his team for his partying ways and needs to show he has settled down going into the playoffs and angling for a new contract. Not only do Liza's parents own the rival team to Cole's baseball team but there is also a past with Cole and Liza's parents because Cole thought he would be drafted by Liza's dad. Despite everything, however, there is a truly old-fashioned and romantic courtship between Liza and Cole -- along with a few twists!

I highly recommend this to anyone that likes cute, sweet and clean romances, even better if you like sports themed romances. Liza and Cole were really cute together and I really liked the baseball rivalry aspect.


Purchase on AMAZON

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread



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

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...
But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread



As you can see, most of these books are the first in series -- and mostly dystopian or fantasy YA. It is so hard for me to start para, dystopian or fantasy series. I definitely gravitate toward contemporary. And yet, when I find a great series that is dystopian, fantasy or para, I get hooked. So I bought all of these, mostly as kindle deals, and have yet to read them! I haven't read The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden yet because I was so disappointed in Sorensen's other book The Secret of Ella and Micha.
 
Imagination Designs