Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Releases July 31-August 6

Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series.


Hide and Seek (The Lying Game #4)
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012

My friends and I used to play lying games.

Now my twin sister is living one.

When I was alive, my family seemed picture-perfect. My adoptive parents adored me, and my little sister, Laurel, copied my every move. But now that my long-lost twin, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder, we're both learning just how flawed my family really is.

Laurel is shooting Emma nasty looks and sneaking around with my ex-boyfriend. And it turns out my parents are keeping a huge secret--could it be the reason I'm dead?

How far would they go to keep the truth buried? No one can harm me now, but Emma is still fair game. And if she's not careful, she'll end up buried, too. . . .

From Sara Shepard, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012


For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.


Destiny (Immortal #4)
Author: Gillian Shields
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012

Everything is connected. We weave in and out of one another's lives, like circles within circles, and everything is for a purpose.

Helen has always been the "crazy" one among the girls of Wyldcliffe, scarred by her bleak past and her troubled relationship with her mother, the former headmistress and leader of the Wyldcliffe coven, Mrs. Hartle.

But Miss Scratton promised Helen that a love "beyond the confines of this world" is waiting for her. Could this be Lynton, the mysterious music student who visits Wyldcliffe for his lessons? And what about the brooch her mother gave her--what can the Seal reveal about Helen's past and future?

Now that Miss Scratton is gone, life at Wyldcliffe takes an even darker turn. An unexpected threat arrives in the form of a new high master, whom Helen remembers from her unhappy childhood. Can Helen, Evie, and Sarah finally overcome Wyldcliffe's darkness? Will Lady Agnes come to their aid? And what sacrifices must they make to fulfill their destiny?

"Destiny" is the stunning conclusion to this gripping series about sisterhood, the circles of time, and love.

Fearless (Elemental #1.5)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012


Being a force of nature doesn’t keep you safe.

Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they’re right.

Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.

Maybe that’s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She’s shy, quiet, and intense, but she’s sought him out. There’s no telling what she wants from him.

But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it’s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he’s ready to face…


Survive 
Author: Alex Morel
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: August 2, 2012

Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.

Other New Releases This Week:
Flawed by Kate Avelynn (8/1/12) [Entangled Publishing]
Otherkin (Otherkin #1) by Nina Berry (7/31/12) [K Teen]

Monday, July 30, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#50]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

1. "I only have seconds to make my decision. Let Nick go, and with him our only connection to the mythological world. Or..."

2. "Without another thought I dive headfirst into the black."

pg. 166-167 of ARC of "Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2)" by Tera Lynn Childs 

*Quotes from ARC are not final and should be checked against final version*

Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins (Fins #1)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 19, 2010
Pages: 293
Source: Hardcover/Library

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.


Review: I really enjoyed this! This is the first mermaid book I've read and I just really enjoyed it! First of all, this book was way cute!!! You could tell how naive Lily was. I mean she had this never ending fantasy about her and Brody and how he would just accept her being a mermaid and they'd live happily ever after. I mean, how much more naive could you get? I did love her anyways though. Cause even though people told her that it wouldn't work out with Brody she still tried so dang hard to get him. At least she's persistent. I really loved Lily's dad though. He noticed something in her and her situation that Lily was to blinded by her fantasy to see, and her dad kept pushing her to take her blinders off and see it. I also really loved both her human and mermaid best friends. They both were always supportive of her even if they could see she was doing the wrong thing. 

Quince. I couldn't get a read on this guy at the beginning. I mean he was nice, then mean, then nice again. Once he started being nice more regularly though I started liking him. I mean, he's a pretty cool guy. I was getting so annoyed with Lily and her blinders. Quince was seriously being a nice guy, he tried really hard to prove his feelings for her and he even accepted her being a mermaid. It just got on my nerves that Lily didn't notice that until the end when she was forced to finally confront her feelings and the fact that anything with Brody wouldn't work out. I just really loved this book. It showed how naive people can be, how people will miss the things right in front of them because they have this fantasy of something else they think will happen, and how in the end people will finally realize that fantasy isn't what they thought it would be and actually see whats in front of them. The story was just so good! And this was a quick read as well so you can read it even if you don't have a ton of time for reading. I cant forget the mermaids either! This is the first mermaid book I read and it was a definite success! 

4 Stars!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stacking The Shelves [#13]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

Library:
From Jeri Smith-Ready:
  • Team Kilt Sticker and Bookplate
  • 2 Signed Shine Bookmarks! 
Weekly Recap:


Blog Tour:

Memes & Other Posts:

TBR Intervention Challenge [#39]

TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by Dani@RefractedLight, Anayami@Whatever You Can Still Betray & April@Books4Juliet.

The goal of this challenge is to help each other (fellow readers and bloggers) manage our enormous and constantly growing TBR (To-Be-Read) List. The rules are simple and everyone is encouraged to participate. It does not force you to commit to more than what you can manage to read in a week or so, but participants are encouraged to read at least one book within a week. You are free to choose the book you want to read and commit to this challenge. You may post your entry every Saturday, at the frequency of your choice--EVERY WEEK or EVERY TWO WEEKS. However, we will sponsor this event regularly every Saturday.


Here are the rules:  

1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it. Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one).

2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer). Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week.

3. Grab the TBR Intervention Button and post it on your blog sidebar so you will be constantly reminded of the challenge, making it easier for you to commit. This will also encourage other readers/bloggers/visitors to join the challenge.

4. Add the link to your post in the Linky below and make sure to visit the other blogs. Comment, encourage, and spread the love to our fellow readers.

Last Weeks TBR Book:
Dear Bully
Author: Various Authors


I'm about halfway through this book. I keep having to stop because some of the stories are intense or something I can relate to and it just makes me have to stop and think. And I've been having a lot of stuff going on this week (mostly car trouble, on multiple days) so I haven't had much time to read this week. I've only finished one full book and half of this one. So I'm gonna keep this as my book for the next week. But just so you guys know, its really good so far. Definitely something I think everyone needs to read.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Follow Friday [#44]

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

*Just a note, if you choose to follow me I'd prefer you follow through GFC and/or Email. Thanks!*
 
Q. Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?
 
This is easy. I seriously forgot what year it was but we read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. That was by far my favorite book that I was required to read.  
 
TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads. There's a weekly question and then we do a re-cap of the weeks posts.
 
Q. Christmas In July: If Santa were to come down your chimmney in the middle of summer, which books would you want him to leave for you under the tree?
 
 Hmmmm.... Well, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Tilt by Ellen Hopkins, I'd really love the entire Shade series!!! I love them but I haven't had the money to buy them for my collection yet! 

Cover Reveal: Override by Heather Anastasiu

Blurb from Goodreads:
Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.


I'm really excited for this! I have Glitch on my Kindle right now for review but I'm pretty sure I'm gonna enjoy it so I know I'll be looking forward to this! And look at the cover! I think it looks really nice and it definitely goes along well with the cover to Glitch!

What are your thoughts on the cover? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario + Giveaway

I'm very excited to be taking part in the Blood Of The Demon Blog Tour! I haven't had the chance to read Blood Of The Demon myself yet but it does sound fantastic and I hope I can read it soon! I'll be posting a fantastic interview done with Rosalie Lario!

1.  Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am the paranormal romance author of the award-winning Demons of Infernum series and the Fallen Warriors series. I love to write about things that some might find to be contradictions, like honest demons and sinful angels.

2.  What was your inspiration to write Blood of the Demon?

It started with a dream about a half demon hero. I didn’t know much about him other than he’d be a tough but decent man with a tortured past. Hot too, of course! I also knew his love interest would have psychometric abilities. The two of them became Keegan and Brynn, the hero and heroine of BLOOD OF THE DEMON.

3.  What was your favorite part to write in Blood of the Demon and why?

I absolutely loved the final battle scene which takes place in the Valley of the Kings. I majored in Anthropology and Classics as an undergraduate so I have a special love for Egyptian mythology and history, and it was absolutely amazing to write something based in such a magical place. I almost felt bad about the damage done in the story, though, lol.

4. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 4 years in this industry, it’s that it can spit you up and chew you out. Oftentimes for little to no reward (financial or otherwise). If you can do something else, do it. If not, then my advice is simple: never, ever give up. No matter what anyone else says. If you truly have a vision, you can find an audience for it.
 
Blood of the Demon
by Rosalie Lario

Demons of Infernum, book #1
Re-released in print on July 31st
Entangled Publishing

Blood Of The Demon on Goodreads!

Summary:

Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment.

Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drain people of their life force means she has demon ancestry. Unfortunately for Brynn, she's also the key to raising an ancient zombie army, which puts her on every demon's Most Wanted List.And no one wants her more than Keegan's father.Keegan must protect Brynn from his father by any means necessary, but he'll have to learn to harness the other half of his genetics-the far deadlier, uncontrollable half-when he starts to fall for the one woman standing between him and the vengeance he so desperately seeks. The one woman he'll never be able to resist.

Purchase Blood Of The Demon: Amazon/Barnes & Noble

About The Author:
Formally trained as a corporate and real estate lawyer, I practiced law for 5 years before finally admitting to myself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. As an avid reader of romances and supernatural stories, I knew I wanted to write urban fantasy and paranormal romance.  Tales of vampires, demons, and other supernatural beings ensued.
I’m currently working on the Demons of Infernum series, a series of paranormal romance novels featuring four sexy half-demon brothers and their reluctant heroines.
When not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son in our home state of Florida, as well as searching out things that go bump in the night. I still haven’t found any, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
If I ever do find evidence of the supernatural, it remains to be seen whether I’ll jump around in excitement, or run screaming in terror (but I’m betting on the latter)! 
 Entangled Publishing is also providing a Ebook copy of Blood Of The Demon for a Giveaway! So make sure to enter for your chance to win it! It's open to everyone!

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Waiting On Wednesday [#48]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Time Between Us
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Expected Publication: October 9, 2012

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, TIME BETWEEN US is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction.


This book sounds really awesome! I'm a sucker for time travel books and this one sounds romantic as well! It definitely sounds like something I'd really enjoy! And not to mention, for some reason I just really love the cover as well! I think it really captures the essence of what the book is supposed to be like based on the blurb. 


What are you waiting on this week? 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This weeks topic is:
Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

1. Panem - This one is probably going to be an obvious choice but it is!

2. Paris - Every book I've read thats setting is Paris always describes it so well so I always have an amazingly vivid picture of Paris

3. London - Same thing with Paris. Its always described so well and gives me a great picture of it. 

4. The Uglies World (Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Series) - I could seriously picture everything about this world Scott Westerfeld brought to life. I could picture the cities, the ruins, everything!

5. The Society (Matched) - I could definitely picture everything about this world as well. Right down to the little compact Cassia had. 

6. Space/Spaceships (Across The Universe/ Sky Chasers) - Both of these series have given me such vivid descriptions of outer space (or at least the outer space they were in) and life on a spaceship.

7. The worlds in Eve and Article 5 - Both of these had a few similar aspects to them. But both were dystopians and both described abandoned stores, abandoned cars, military coming after them. Both were just so vivid in their descriptions of it and I loved picturing the nitty gritty of those worlds.

8. The Last Survivors World (Susan Beth Pfeffer) - You felt like you were living in the world with each one of her characters, experiencing what they experienced. Saw what they saw.

New Releases July 24-July 30

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 24, 2012

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3)
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 24, 2012

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal.


Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1)
Author: T.M. Goeglein
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: July 24, 2012


Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.


Guitar Notes
Author: Mary Amato
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: July 24, 2012

A heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship forged between a straight-A, classical musician and a bad-boy guitar player told through notes, lyrics, texts, and narration.









Other New Releases This Week:
Drain You by M. Beth Bloom (7/24/12) [Harper Teen]
Circle of Silence (WiHi #2) by Carol M. Tanzman (7/24/12) [Harlequin Teen]
Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel (7/24/12) [Random House] 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#49]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

1. "For a second - half a second, really - I consider blurting out the one thing I know will derail her lecture permanently."

2. "But I've heard the stories. I know what happens when a human finds out a mermaid is a mermaid."

-pg. 4-5 of "Forgive My Fins" by Tera Lynn Childs

Review: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done (Birthright #1)
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Pages: 354
Source: Hardcover/Library

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.


Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.

Review: I thought this book was really interesting and definitely different. Ok, the first thing that really hit me about this book was that Anya's grandma was born in 1995 in it. That's two years younger than me. So that would make me even older than her grandma. That was mind blowing. When you read a book you know is set in the future but it doesn't give you exact dates you don't think about it, but when you have a specific date like that and its really makes you think about your age, then your like OMG NO WAY! Ok, now that I got that out of the way. Chocolate being contraband and Caffeine being illegal! NO! Say it isn't so! Those are things all of us have or have access to all the time and just thinking about them not being legal is also mind blowing. And then on top of that, her family is in the chocolate business. They own a chocolate company and she still has access to chocolate due to that and she has to hide it to get away with it. That's tough. It was also tough because due to certain things that happen in the book (to be discussed in the next paragraph) she ends up being torn between following her heart and what she wants or living up to her birthright and becoming a part of the chocolate company. That's a tough decision for such a young girl. I felt so bad for Anya, she went through so much and it never seemed to get easier for her, just harder and harder no matter how much she tried to make life better.

I really like Win! Win was pretty cool. He found out certain things about Anya and he was ok with those things, and he respected other things he found out about her, like how she felt about certain things due to her religion. I really loved that he stuck by her, even knowing things that could get them both in trouble. He was also very persistent in many instances and I loved it. He wouldn't give up whether it was trying to date her, or just be there for her when she needed someone the most. What happened at the end between them made me sad. I'm still not sure how I feel about Anya's brother Leo her sister Natty. They really didn't make life easier for Anya even when they knew she was trying her hardest and that got on my nerves. I do have to give it to Anya, even though her brother and sister could be massive pains at times she did everything she could in her power to protect both of them even though it caused her to get in trouble for them. She is so dedicated to her family and it amazed me seeing the lengths she'd go to to protect them. I'd be glad to have Anya as my sister any day. I did like Anya's best friend Scarlet. Even though Scarlet got mad sometimes over silly things she was still a pretty good best friend and was always there for Anya and her family and I loved that about her. Overall, I really enjoyed the story!

4 Stars!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stacking The Shelves [#12]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

Library:
Remember, I still have Giveaways of Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready and Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent going on! Both giveaways end this week so be sure to enter for your chance to win!

Weekly Recap:
Reviews: 

Memes & Other Posts:

TBR Intervention Challenge [#38]

TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by Dani@RefractedLight, Anayami@Whatever You Can Still Betray & April@Books4Juliet.

The goal of this challenge is to help each other (fellow readers and bloggers) manage our enormous and constantly growing TBR (To-Be-Read) List. The rules are simple and everyone is encouraged to participate. It does not force you to commit to more than what you can manage to read in a week or so, but participants are encouraged to read at least one book within a week. You are free to choose the book you want to read and commit to this challenge. You may post your entry every Saturday, at the frequency of your choice--EVERY WEEK or EVERY TWO WEEKS. However, we will sponsor this event regularly every Saturday.


Here are the rules:  

1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it. Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one).

2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer). Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week.

3. Grab the TBR Intervention Button and post it on your blog sidebar so you will be constantly reminded of the challenge, making it easier for you to commit. This will also encourage other readers/bloggers/visitors to join the challenge.

4. Add the link to your post in the Linky below and make sure to visit the other blogs. Comment, encourage, and spread the love to our fellow readers.

Last Weeks TBR Book: 
The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg

So I didn't get a chance to read this before I had to return it to the library (someone put a hold on it, so I couldn't recheck it out). So I'll make sure to get it read the next time I can get my hands on it. I also have my Review of All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin up!











This week I'm committing to read:
Dear Bully
Author: Various Authors

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Discover how Lauren Kate transformed he feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class.

Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.

I've been wanting to read this for awhile. I always love reading books that deal with everyday issues and this just sounds amazing since its author stories about bullying. I cant wait to get into it!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Follow Friday [#43]

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

*Just a note, if you choose to follow me I'd prefer you follow through GFC and/or Email. Thanks!*
 
Q. Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?
 
Um, well, I'd preorder both Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh & Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Yup, that's what I'd buy. I need these books like no freaking tomorrow. Lol.

Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Pages: 384
Source: Galley from NetGalley/Publisher

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.  

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series 

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Review: I loved loved loved this book! I had heard from so many people that this book is fantastic so I knew I had to push reading my galley of it up a few weeks. Where do I start??? I really felt for both Echo and Noah. They both had to deal with some really devastating events in their life. I felt so bad for all the drama they both had to deal with, both outside of school and inside. Both had issues to overcome, Noah, getting himself in line to be able to be a guardian for his brothers and so the state wouldn't see him as emotionally unstable; and Echo, she starts having flashes of what happened to her that night, not to mention she had to deal with her dad and step-mom which put way too much pressure on her and kept trying to control her. Echo especially really had to deal with a lot and I just felt so bad for her at times. Despite the fact that Noah and Echo's friendship got off to a bad start I liked him more than any of her friends because he listened to her and was there for her when she really needed it, her friends just kept pressuring her to be like she was before and get over her problems. It really pissed me off that her friends could be so inconsiderate to her. Even Noah's friends were more considerate of his problems. I even liked the dang counselor more than I liked Echo's friends most of the time. At least the counselor was there when Echo needed to talk and Noah wasn't available and the counselor was also trying to help her deal with her problems. I liked her a lot. 

Ok, I have to talk about Noah and Echo. I loved this thing they had going on even before they got together. I mean, Noah wasn't the "boyfriend" type at all and then suddenly he legitimately starts falling for Echo. And Echo, she tried not to let herself like him but she couldn't help it. He was there for her, and she couldn't stop thinking about him just like her couldn't stop thinking about her. And even when she tried to be with Luke again she just knew inside her she wanted Noah instead of him. I loved when they finally realized everything and they got together. I also loved how he supported her in everything, including fixing her brothers car which meant a lot to Echo. I also loved how protective he was over her, and he was also ten times more considerate of her feelings most of the time than Luke ever was and that got him brownie points with me. I also loved how being with each other also seemed to make their problems a little more bearable for the both of them. I was really happy with the ending of the book, even though Noah made a tough decision. The best decisions were made for both Noah and Echo and I'm happy about that! 

5 Stars! 
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