Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wait for You Cover Reveal

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?

“J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my
heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud,
fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes
and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

“I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved
me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy
and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

“Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best
work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

“For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a
little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic

“For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

“I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says

Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU?


Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery
Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever
changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her
left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few
friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never
planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s
building for herself.

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of
striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably
stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with
his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with
him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around
each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she
wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her
to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she
resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down
with her?

Some things are worth experiencing…

Some things should never be kept quiet…

And some things are worth fighting for…

WAIT FOR YOU is available now!

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY
Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and
award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal,
and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and
stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching
reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer
by visiting the following websites:




I'm so excited for this!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

{Mini Review} The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1) by: Derrolyn Anderson

Three Stars

Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity. 

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a honest review.

At the beginning, it was very interesting. I loved how Cali saw auras, but didn't complain a lot. She was very interesting to read, since she was an outsider. Add the fact that she liked to read, and I was hooked.

Cal, the love interest seemed a bit uninteresting at first. He wasn't focused on what to do after graduation. However, when Cali came into his life, he pretty became perfect.

There was some insta-love, which was annoying.

Some parts in the book dragged at times.

The writing was overall well done, but seemed forced at times.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Every Day by David Levithan

Four Stars

Goodreads Summary:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Interesting concept. A (I didn't know that was his name until almost half way through the book) is someone that switches bodies every day. I always thought of him as a guy, but I suppose he doesn't really have a gender. He can only be people his own age, which, I guess, is a blessing. Who'd want to be five one day and fifty the next?

A was an interesting character to read about. He is still himself in every body, but each of the bodies do different things. For example, he is an addict in one body and constantly craves drugs. However, in the next body, he is fine.

When he was little, he thought everyone changed bodies, too. That seemed realistic.

Rhiannon is the love interest. And this was one of the most annoying cases of insta-love that I have ever read. Rhia is a cool girl, I guess, but the way A constantly thinks about her was annoying. I don't even think it was love; more like a crazy obsession.

A thing that was annoying was that we have no idea how the changes happen. Everything just happened with pretty much no reason.

The writing was good. At some parts, it was too angsty, but overall, it was great.

Besides the insta-love, the plot was well done.

I liked how every day was a chapter. Some chapters were much longer than others, and they show how important that day was to A.

I also really enjoyed how Levithan stressed how people don't fall in love with a gender; they fall in love with an individual.

The ending seemed real and like what a normal person would do. It left the book very open to a sequel. I'm hoping there is one, since I want to know more about how this stuff happens. 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Angelfall 2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting for: Untitled (I'm just going to call it Angelfall 2)
Series: Untitled (Penryn & the End of Days #2)
Author:  Susan Ee
Expected publication: October 2013

No Cover Yet.

And No Blurb

Watch me be sad. I need this book now.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by: Elizabeth Eulberg

Three Stars

Goodreads Summary:

A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom.

Don't mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it.

That was a long title. I just had to get that out of the way first.

Lexi is a girl with great personality. That's what everyone says to her. Benny is one of her best friends; he's gay and fat. He has a crush on a guy, and Lexi wants him to go out with him. Benny agrees start talking to the guy if Lexi starts flirting and doing things that make her more popular. They start doing favors for each other. Lexi wears make-up, and Benny has a conversation with his crush.

In her home life, her father is divorced from her family. Lexi's mother eats too much and is obsessed with beauty pageants  She takes her little sister, Mackenzie, all over Texas, spending money the family doesn't have. When Lexi tries to talk to her mother about spending too much money, her mom accuses her of being jealous. When Mac tries, Lexi's mom just brushes it off.

Lexi was an easy character to like. She seems to be funny, even though we don't see many of her jokes in this book. Lexi had many different personalities. It wasn't that she was schizophrenic or anything like that. At home, she was a great big sister. At work she was a nice worker. 

I loved Mackenzie, even though she was a brat. Something about her reminds me of me when I was seven.

There wasn't really a plot, which was one of the reasons for giving this a three stars. It just described how her changes in life changed the way people acted around her.

The ending was great. I like how she didn't end up with any specific guy and was herself.

Elizabeth's writing made me feel like I was in the story. Some of the parts were a bit awkward, but most weren't.

This was a very quick read. If you are looking for a middle grade novel, this would be the one.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1) by: Mindee Arnett

Four Stars
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

This was actually a really good book. It sort of reminded me of Hex Hall and Harry Potter, with the paranormal academy. There are many different "creatures," but not so much that the story was screwed up.

Dusty was a great main character. She was really easy to like. Her relationships with people seemed real, and not forced. 

I really liked how Dusty didn't think that she could do everything. She had doubts, occasionally.

There was some romance in this story, but not a lot.

Some parts in this book were predictable, but the main antagonist wasn't. There were a few places in the book that made it feel like it was too easy.

Occasionally, this felt like a textbook. A person would speak a line, and the next paragraph would be dedicated to explaining why they said that.

The setting was enjoyable.I liked the idea of a magic school, even if it is overused.

The plot was great.Some parts were a bit slow, though.

The writing was easy to understand. 

Overall, this was a well written book and I look forward to the next one.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting for: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
Author:  Katie Alender
Expected publication: October 2013

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.

Serial killers. I'm in love with this book already.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Soul to Take by: Rachel Vincent

Four Stars

Goodreads Summary:

She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

This wasn't actually that bad. I was expecting the typical YA book, just with different characters and "mythology". 

Kaylee was pretty much a likable character. Some places, I didn't like her that much, but overall, she was pretty good.

Nash was pretty cool. There was some insta-love, which annoyed me, but it Kaylee and Nash didn't start kissing over and over throughout the entire book.

Tod was great. I didn't learn that much about him. And this is going to be a love triangle. I just know it.

I don't know a lot about banshees, so I wouldn't know if the mythology was screwed up. 

The writing flowed well. I liked the twists in this book. 

The beginning didn't hook me. After a couple of pages, though, it became very interesting.

This seemed like a really short book to me, and I finished it within a day.
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Friday, February 8, 2013

My Immortal by Tara Gilesbie

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary:

Enoby, a self-proclaimed goth and a vampire, falls in love with another vampire who goes by the name of "Satan." However, their relationship is not all its cracked up to be...

I don't know if this is the best book ever or the worst. My fortune cookie from a Chinese take out place said to be more optimistic. So I guess this is the best.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

{Mini Review} The Boy Who Couldn't Die By: William Sleator

Three Stars

Goodreads Summary:

When seventeen-year-old Ken's best friend Roger dies in a plane crash, Ken suddenly realizes that he too could die at any moment. Terrified, he seeks out a plump, middle-aged psychic named Cherie Buttercup, who grants him invulnerability from death in exchange for his soul. Eager to test his new powers, Ken talks his family into a vacation in the Caribbean, where he can swim with sharks. There he is entranced with Sabine, a young scuba instructor, and shares his story with her. 

When Ken begins to have vivid dreams of secret murders, he and Sabine realize that Cherie Buttercup is using his soul as a zombie to do her will. But the dreams also give clues as to where his soul is hidden--so the pair set out to retrieve it.

Since this is a really short book, this will be a short review.

Ken's best friend, Rodger has died. He freaks out about dying himself, and goes and sees Cherie Buttercup to make him immortal. He pays her for doing this fifty. There's always a catch, though. Cherie makes him a zombie. It's not the usual dead body coming alive sort of thing, though there is some of that in this book. She controls his soul, and, in his dreams, controls what he does.

This book had an interesting enough idea. I really liked the Caribbean mythology in it.

When Ken goes to the Caribbean to test out if he really is immortal, he meets a girl. And there's insta-love. 

The characters seemed real enough. 

There were some twists, but I guessed most of them before they happened.
The ending wasn't really good. It seemed way to easy.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Hey, Alice in Zombieland? This is how you write an Alice retelling.

Alyssa, the protagonist, can hear bugs and flowers. Of course, she thinks she's insane, just like her mother. And, again, of course, she's not. Alyssa's ancestor is Alice Liddell, from Alice in Wonderland. She goes through the mirror, and she finds herself in Wonderland. This book put a spin on the Wonderland we know of. It's not happy and carefree; it's dangerous. There, she tries to fix the Alice's mistakes. However, Jeb, her crush, comes along for the ride. Like all popular books, this has a love triangle. Morpheus is from her past. Alyssa doesn't know if she can trust him or not, which is one of the main reasons I like her.

Like I said before, Alyssa is very easy to like. She doesn't do whatever people tell her to do. Her personality was easy to relate to. 

I didn't like Jeb as much as Morpheus because he seemed to tell Alyssa what to do all the time. Being the great heroine she is, she does what she wants.

Morpheus is Alyssa's "guide" through Wonderland. I put guide in quotation marks because he left her alone most of the time to figure things out. He also believed in her, unlike Jeb. He's the Caterpillar, or this book's version, at least.

The writing was great, and I didn't realize until half way through that it was in present tense, It was that good. The descriptions were amazing. I could "see" everything happening in front of me. The world-building was awesome.

There's twists through out this book that I felt like I should have seen. As Teresa Mary Rose puts it, " It doesn't follow a straight line with easy connect the dots; it is more of a maze where the floor can fall out at any moment and descend into madness." All the loose ends were tied up very well. I really hope this is a series because I'd love to see more of this world.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Reassigned (Codename Fairy Godmother #1) By: Tanjlisa Marie

Three Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

What do you get when you splice Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft with Tinker Bell? Meet Agent Thunder, a kick-butt Huntress with the Fairy Godmother Organization (FGO). Find out what happens when the FGO’s #1 bounty hunter encounters Earth’s most infamous villain and gets Reassigned for her own protection. While in her fairy godmother protection program, Agent Thunder is eventually tracked down by Ciaran, the alluring terminator-leprechaun that she went into hiding to evade in the first place. Ciaran, a seasoned seducer gains the fairy godmother’s trust and introduces her to experiences she’s never even contemplated He doesn’t appear to be as menacing as Agent Thunder was led to believe . . . or so she thought. As they spend more time together and feelings evolve she soon discovers the life-altering truth, not only about the villainy leprechaun, but about conspiracies surrounding the FGO, and everything she's ever held as gospel. If you like chicks that kick butt, conflicted villains, arbitrary fight scenes, nude fairy godmothers, terminator-leprechauns, pixies, conspiracies, or hot and heavy petting, then this book is for you.

This book was the first book I won as a giveaway on Goodreads. Naturally, I was ecstatic.

The idea of this book was very refreshing. I mean, fairy godmothers? Genius.

In this story, the fairy godmothers do grant wishes, but only to children between five and puberty. They also have to pay a price. Later in their life, they have to do something similar to another child what the godmother did to them. If they don't, they are hunted by the Huntresses. Really? I never thought the Huntresses would actually hunt something! Thunder is one of these Huntresses, if you couldn't guess.

When Thunder meets a Leprechaun, one of the enemies of the fairies, she must be assigned. The Queen Mother decides to put her with the Wish Granters, which we call Fairy Godmothers.

Making Leprechauns and Fairies enemies was a brilliant idea. 

The queen was very fun to read. She was hilarious at times.

The setting was great. Fairies live on another planet. They can warp, or teleport to Earth. However, at times, I didn't think this planet was thought through enough, and was only used as a plot device.

In some incidents, Reassigned  was very funny.

At the beginning of this book, I thought I would love it. The Huntress, or Agent Thunder was epic. She knew how to fight and scare people. The nickname, Homosap, given to humans, was an awesome idea. 

There were some twists I didn't see coming, and some I did.

Now, for the parts I didn't like.

First, the way Thunder met Ciaran. He was a lawyer to one of the people Thunder had to hunt down. And he was, like, nineteen. Nineteen. Ciaran's boss was a rich guy, and he decided to hire a nineteen year old. 

Some of the fight scenes were stupid. For example, Thunder did a cartwheel towards a guy . A cartwheel. This isn't Xena, okay? And, Karate-chopping a guy's neck. I don't know why, but whenever I see karate-chopping in a book, I start laughing. I do martial art, and I don't Karate-chop anyone. They also screamed a lot during the fighting scenes. No. Not the "fighting" scenes. The actual ones. That annoyed me a lot.

Sometimes, Thunder was an idiot. For example, she didn't realize Ciaran wasn't human when he saw through lots of smoke. Also, in a burning fire, she thought about how hot Ciaran's face was.

There was also some insta-love.

There was some bad grammar. During the telekinesis thoughts, all the sentences seemed to run together.

I didn't like how Thunder kept on screaming, "Holy Fairy Dust!" Yes, I get what it means. It just bugged me a lot.

There was also that Twilight scene where the guy stares at the girl and the waitress is clearly lusting over him, but the guy doesn't see it.

Also, there was this Star Wars moment. Just saying.

All in all, this was a descent book. It was sort of light-hearted and fun. 

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