Waiting On Wednesday [#93]

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

Crash Into You (Pushing The Limits #3)
Author: Katie McGarry
Expected Publication: November 26, 2013

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

I loved Pushing The Limits! I still havent read Dare You To but I'm still looking forward to this none the less!!! Can't wait to read Isaiah's story!

What are you waiting on this week?

New Releases June 25-July 1

Ashes on the Waves 
Author: Mary Lindsey
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: June 27, 2013

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, "Annabel Lee," Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

Other New Releases This Week:
Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun (6/25/13) [Harlequin Teen]

After Daybreak (Darkness Before Dawn #3) by J.A. London (6/25/13) [Harper Teen]
The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton (6/25/13) [Random House]
Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett (6/25/13) [Harlequin Teen]
Hidden (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley (6/25/13) [Bloomsbury]

Stacking The Shelves [#58]

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

Weekly Recap (x2):

Cover Reveals:

PODs Prize Pack

Memes & Other Posts:

Cover Reveal: Shark Out of Water by Jenn Cooksey

TODAY (6/21) Tristan Daniels is in the first match in the YA Crush Tournament!!!

Shark Out of Water (Grab Your Pole #3) by Jenn Cooksey
Expected Pub: Summer 2013

With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling. In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.

Author Bio:

Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she’s no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey’s roof is female. She’s sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

Author Links:

Shark Bait (GYP #1) by Jenn Cooksey - ONLY $0.99!!

Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won’t help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.

Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she’s thrown some kind of “social” life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie’s heart flatline on a recurring basis, he’s also the one guy who seemingly doesn’t know she exists.

Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?

Author's Note:
While the tales themselves are fictional, some of the events and characters are very loosely based in reality and on my experiences—but don’t worry, the names of the characters, most of their unfortunate fashion sense and/or questionable taste in music has been changed to protect the not-so innocent.

Due to language and some adult content, this book may not be suitable for readers under the age of 16.

The Other Fish in the Sea (GYP #2) by Jenn Cooksey

In Shark Bait, readers everywhere met and fell in love with the new girl, Camie Ramsey, and swooned over her sure to be future husband, Tristan Daniels. Now, in The Other Fish in the Sea, the long awaited second installment of the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey, Camie and Tristan are back, but so are their friends!

So, find a breathing apparatus and shimmy into your scuba gear, because it's finally time to dive deeper into the lives of the GYP gang, but be warned, it's a big world out there and an even bigger ocean where danger might be lurking around the next corner and realistically, anything could happen.

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

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Pages: 272
Source: Hardcover/Library

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.

Review: I really enjoyed this book! So I'll be honest. This book wasn't even on my radar until I went to the Tucson Festival of Books and actually met Elizabeth Eulberg. But I went to two different panels that she spoke in and she just sold the book to me. So if any one else has seen her in a panel or signing since the beginning of March then she probably has talked a lot about this right? And she probably told you the story about being told she has a great personality, which kind of means your fat and ugly. (Seriously, if you haven't seen her tell this story, your missing out!) She tells this story with such fun and she really gets into and with just how much excitement she put off telling this story just sold the book to me right then! 

Anyways, on to the book! So Lexi, the main character, is the sister of a 7 year old pageant girl. Let me start out with this. I felt so bad for her. Her sister is literally what the blurb says she is, A TERROR! Growing up in the pageant scene made her an absolute spoiled brat! She complained literally about almost everything and got upset over the stupidest things. And what was worse is that her mom let her get away with it! Lexi pretty much had to deal with constantly getting put down by both her mom and her sister but still be forced to do everything for them. I was just so unfair. And then when Lexi tried to do something nice for herself they get all pissed off at her. Like Lexi has a job, she bought herself something nice to wear and they jump down her throat! And then they think she's trying to purposely make Mackenzie feel bad and outshine her when she wears a little bit of makeup. It was freaking ridiculous. I got so tired of reading about them doing that. 

I loved Lexi! She... She is like me. Like with the way she acted in dealing with her sister and mom half the time is how I would have dealt with it too honestly. She didn't take crap from her family. She did what she had to for them, but she also did what she wanted for herself. She wanted to buy herself something nice, so she bought herself something nice and didn't let her mom and sister bring her down about that. She wanted to wear a little makeup. She did that too and didn't let her mom and sisters comments get to her. She did so much for her family and got nothing for it, so she deserved to treat herself to something when she earned the money for those things herself. She also deserved a little happiness. I mean she actually met a guy and got to date him for a while. She deserved the happiness she found in that when her home life was so miserable. I cant even begin to think about living Lexi's life. She did so much for her family only to be used and treated like garbage! She had every right to happiness and doing what she wanted to do as well as her sister. I also wanna give a shout out to Lexi's friends Benny and Cam, but especially Benny. He really helped her in coming out of her shell and in return, she did the same for him. That was also a really huge part of the story is their friendship and how they help each other be more confident in themselves! I loved that as well!

One thing I have to get off my chest is that I absolutely hated her mom. Not only did she treat Lexi like trash, but she was always forcing her to use the money she earned from work on her sister! WHAT THE HELL!!! She had no right to do that at all. And then when she took all the money out of Lexi's bank account, that Lexi was saving for COLLEGE, and paid for other things with it..... I don't blame Lexi for the way she went off on her mom for that. Her mom had absolutely no right to do that and Lexi had every right to go ballistic on her mom for stealing her money. But what was even worse, was her mom tried to rationalize stealing Lexi's money!!! Are you freaking kidding me??? There is never a rational reason to steal money from your children! Lexi's mom seriously got what she deserved at the end of the book! She deserved every ounce of pain she felt from Lexi going off on her and then Lexi helping Mackenzie get out of the pageant scene. She deserved it! I mean come on, we found out Mackenzie didn't even want to be doing pageants anymore but her mom was literally forcing it on her. I'm sorry, but if you are as bad a mom as Lexi's was, forcing one kid into doing one thing she doesn't even wanna do anymore (and not listening to her REPEATEDLY when she says she doesn't want to do it anymore) and then stealing from the other AND treating her like trash at the same time, you definitely deserve the pain inflicted upon you. She should have listened to her children and stopped trying to run their lives the way she thought they should be run, and doing what she saw fit with everyone's money, money that wasn't even hers to begin with!!!! I feel no sympathy whatsoever for her mom.

4 Stars!

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu

A huge thanks to Shane @ Itching For Books for hosting this blog tour!

Shutdown (Glitch #3)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley/Publisher for Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon

The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.

The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy.

Review: I definitely felt like this book was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy! I also feel like it definitely made up for what I felt like was lacking with the characters in the previous books! So I guess I want to start with Zoe. I really loved that she developed so much control over her gifts. From the point she was at when she first figured out her gift, to the point she ended at in this book, she definitely made a huge improvement! The only thing she still struggled with was controlling her gift while sleeping, which I can understand because its really hard to control much of what you do when your sleeping. Lol. But she gained so much control over her telek, and she also found out with Adrien's help that she had another gift related to her telek. And she really took to that gift as well and learned it and had control over it much faster than her original struggle with the telek. But also, she was able to use her gift to control her cells from causing an allergy attack. I think that was as amazing as her other talents because she couldn't even step outside before let alone survive for days without a suit. But she was able to have that much control that she could be outside for extended periods of time without having an attack! That in itself really helped over the course of the entire book, since most of it took place outdoors. I was also happy to see Zoe's growth as a person. She went from being a follower to leading people which was definitely not an easy task when not everyone was on board with her leading. But she stepped up as much as she could and did what she had to. She also grew a ton emotionally, especially when it came to Adrien and the person he was becoming. 

On that note. I wanna talk about Adrien. This poor boy. I mean seriously. I wasn't sure how things would turn out for him after the Chancellor chopped up his brain in the last book. I seriously wasn't even sure he would survive for long. But overall, I was pleased with the way things turned out for him. So he wasn't the same Adrien we met in Glitch. He still had some of his characteristics, but they were brought out a little differently with the new him. He got better with the regrowing of parts of his brain (physically), but his emotions were just all over the place when he finally started getting them back. Not to mention, he still couldn't associate those emotions with any memories. So he had the separate emotions and memories and people telling him that he should be working on trying to become the person he was before, but he couldn't. And that really upset him a lot throughout the book as we find out. Everyone was so focused on him becoming like the boy he was before that they weren't focusing on the boy he was becoming now, which was still a pretty awesome guy. He finally stopped pushing Zoe away though when he realized that she liked the new him as well as the old him. I felt like that was the huge turning point in the book. It wasn't any specific battle, it was when Adrien finally realized people liked the new him as well. I was very happy when he let Zoe back into his life along with the others he had been pushing out for so long.

OK, now to the Rez/Zoe vs. Chancellor business. I seriously hate the Chancellor! She had so much to her advantage it wasn't even funny. How was anyone supposed to be able to take her down when she never let you have even one thing in your advantage?? Even just a small thing! It was so aggravating! She was always like 10 steps ahead of anything the Rez and Zoe was doing! She even found the Foundation and forced all the people that could get out (thanks to her surprise attack) to go on the run! And once they were forced out of the Foundation, they never stopped being on the run after that (hence where Zoe's being forced to be outdoors most of the book comes from)! The Chancellor was just relentless in her attacks and tracking Zoe down! And she didn't even care how many people she killed to do that. I was just absolutely disgusted in the Chancellor! And then don't even get me started on her new idea with the V-Chips and how angry that would have made me. All she was after was control over everyone! And that was sickening! I was very satisfied with what happened to the Chancellor in the end of the book. All I can say is that she deserved what she got!

Overall, I was very pleased with how this book ended. I'm not spoiling it, but I think people will be very happy with how Adrien and Zoe's story ends, along with the huge changes that end up happening due to what happened to the Chancellor! I was very satisfied with the overall ending of the book! Especially with what happens in regards to Zoe's brother (which if you paid attention, she's been wanting to save since the day she left the Community). So many good things happened at the end of the book that you definitely not regret finishing this trilogy!

4 Stars!

So for my stop I also get to share my favorite quote from the book. I found two that really stuck out to me but this one is my absolute favorite! It also directly relates to the major turning point with Adrien!

Favorite Quote: 
"But then when we were out in the wilderness," his words were a rush now, "and the rendezvous site was burned and I knew you'd go into an allergy attack at any moment, all logic fled from my head. I had to save you. I didn't question the impulse, not till later. And then when I did, it was so clear to me what I'd been denying all along." His eyes met mine. "I love you, Zoe. Every incarnation of me will love you, even when this body is just bones and dust."

About the Author:

Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.

www.heatheranastasiu.com | twitter.com/h_anastasiu

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Waiting On Wednesday [#92]

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

Infinite (Newsoul #3)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication: January 28, 2014

The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

I absolutely loved Incarnate and Asunder! I definitely cant wait to see what happens in this book with Ana's exile and all! 

What are you waiting on this week?

New Releases June 18-June 24

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: June 18, 2013

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Other New Releases This Week:
Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller (6/18/13) [Spencer Hill Press]
Tarnish by Katherine Longshore (6/18/13) [Viking Juvenile]
Intuition (Transcendence #2) by C.J. Omololu (6/18/13) [Walker]

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

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 Books On My Summer TBR List

1-6, Books That Are Already Out

1. The Impossibility of Tomorrow (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams - I read the first book, The Alchemy of Forever, a little after it came out last year and I seriously fell in love with it. It is such a good story and totally didn't get as much buzz as it should have. But it was so good that I knew I'd be reading the second the moment I got my hands on it (or as close to getting my hands on it as I could). 

2. Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins - Ok, so we all know I absolutely loved Sweet Evil when I read it last year! I've been dying to read this ever since! And I finally bought a copy 2 weeks ago so I shall be reading it VERY soon!!! 

3. Siege (As The World Dies #3) by Rhiannon Frater - OK! So we all know how I have this HUGE obsession with Zombies! I love this series so much! The first books were absolutely awesome and I'm so excited to see what is gonna go down in this book! And I'm finally the first in line on the holds for this at the library! So I shall get my hands on this pretty very soon!!!! :D :D :D

4. Obsession (Arum #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Ok seriously. Its JLA. You'd have to try and give me a good reason NOT to read it cuz I will read anything this chick writes. Lol

5. In Honor by Jessi Kirby - Ok. So I had all intentions of reading this last year. But my library didnt even get copies of it til May of this year. So since I finally was able to check out a copy, I can finally read it and I'm really excited to as well!

6. Tidal (Watersong #3) by Amanda Hocking - So I plan on reading Lullaby and Tidal back to back to get caught up on this series, but also, I'm really interested in see where this story is going. 

7-10, Book That Are Coming Out This Summer

7. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas - Ok, so whose not excited for this??? Cuz Everyone I talk to definitely is! And I got approved for the Galley on NetGalley!!! So I shall be digging into this very soon!!!

8. Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey - I am very excited to read this!!! Its based off the Edgar Allen Poe poem of "Annabel Lee." And I just loved Mary's other book Shattered Souls! I definitely wanna see how this books turns out!!!

9. Frigid by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout) - Come on, again. Its JLA. 

10. Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols - This books sounds pretty good! And I'm on the blog tour for it next month (Check out my stop on July 11)!!!

Frigid Pre-Order Promo & Chapter Reveal

Today is an exciting day - we have FOUR HUGE SURPRISES for you! Jennifer L. Armentrout's (writing as J. Lynn) FRIGID is set to release on e-book at the end of July. If you're anything like us, you're probably on pins and needles and just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy of this book.

FRIGID has already been given the honor of being named a Romantic Times Top Pick and we're super excited for you to be able to read it as well!

Well, there's good news! Are you ready for those four awesome surprises? Here we go!

1. Due to all the excitement surrounding FRIGID, we have decided to run a special e-book pre-order promotion. We have worked out a deal with the distributor to release FRIGID a full two weeks early -- on JULY 15th!!! -- if we meet our e-book pre-order goal. EEEEP! That's right, if you are like the rest of us and want to be able to read FRIGID in its entirety before its original release date, all you have to do is PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK NOW! What are you waiting for? GO! Pre-order it!

Pre-Order Links: Barnes & Noble/Amazon

2. Need something to hold you over until FRIGID releases? Well, starting right now, you can read the first three chapters of FRIGID for free! Just read below!

3. Can’t get enough of the hot FRIGID cover? Want to see some behind the scenes photos that are sure to make you swoon? You’re in luck! Below you can watch a slideshow of all the behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot! Go on and watch it. We’ll wait, because there is still one more great surprise!

4. And last but not least, if you live near Philadelphia, PA, you're in for a very special treat -- Jennifer will be in Philly in November signing not only FRIGID but also the last book in her immensely popular COVENANT series, SENTINEL! But that's not all, Adam, the super hot cover model from FRIGID will be there as well! So, yes, you'll get to meet Jennifer and Adam! Plus, there will be other great prizes that you seriously won't want to miss out on (dinner with the author and model, perhaps?)! Stay tuned for more details to come!

We hope you're as excited as we are! So now....Go pre-order FRIGID! Go read those chapters! Go watch that slideshow! And Enjoy!

Cover Reveal: A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers


Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother.In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for better part of the last few years…and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to Confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt…and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy on the eyes deacon…only eight months away from becoming a priest. As Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

 "I trace a finger along the lines of the tattoo over his heart—the kanji symbol for knowledge—as he grasps my thighs and rolls his hips underneath me."
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Blog Tour + Giveaway: PODs by Michelle Pickett

PODs (PODs #1)
Author: Michelle Pickett
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Pages: 312
Source: ARC from Spencer Hill Press

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Review: I absolutely loved this book!!! I felt like it was very well rounded. It had a fantastic mix of sadness, romance, fear, absolute terror and even happiness. It is one of my favorite reads of the year so far!!! I definitely suggest it to all dystopian fans out there!!! I absolutely loved Eva! I thought she was an awesome lead character! She is strong yet sensitive, but also very independent. She wouldn't let anyone but herself make her decisions for her. I really loved that. She knew what she wanted, and she never gave up on getting that, even if it went against what other people thought would be better for her. Though she did do what she needed to do when she absolutely had to do it. 

I wanna talk about the PODs. These things were interesting. First of all, I know it definitely wasn't an accident that only younger people got chosen in the raffle. I just didn't make the other connection that Eva did in regards to their grades in school. But after finding that out, it definitely made sense. I have to say. I think I'd go nuts if I was locked in a POD with like 9 other people I didn't know. I just wouldn't adjust well to that at all! Though Eva did a fine job of it. She made friends really quickly and adjusted really well despite the pain of leaving her family behind. Almost everyone in the POD did really. They all were hurting after having to leave their families behind but they made the best of it! I found it really interesting how when everyone started schoolwork in the PODs they were slowly being pushed towards what their career would be when they left the PODs. Like Eva was slowly being pushed towards becoming a teacher even though that was something she never considered before being put in the POD. The government pretty much had control over what everyone in the PODs would be doing once they were chosen to be in it. I didn't exactly like that but at least they were taking into account what subjects the people were good at and chose a field for them that coincided with their strong points. That at least was better than being put in a field you know absolutely nothing about! On another note, I was absolutely horrified at what happened to the people in PODs that had people who showed signs of the virus! Everyone in the POD was killed!!! The POD was shut off and crushed!!! It was just horrible knowing that those people that didnt show signs of the virus in those certain PODs never had a chance. They had to die with the others who were showing signs!!! I know the government did it for containment measures, but why not give the people who were still healthy a fighting chance? 

People time!!! Ok. I absolutely loved David!!! He was such a sweet guy! He really cared for Eva and did whatever he could to protect her from the bad, whether inside the PODs or out. I was totally getting annoyed with him though closer to the beginning. He was such a freaking chicken about telling Eva his feelings. There was so many times when he just started to, but then shut up and chickened out! I was seriously freaking happy when he finally just kissed her!!!! I was seriously thinking "ABOUT TIME" in my head! Lol! I also loved though, that David was also a typical teenage boy with hormones as well. He was a great guy, but he also couldn't help the fact that he was attracted to Eva either. But I do have to give both David and Eva credit. Despite the fact that they really wanted to take their relationship to an intimate level, they still had enough common sense to realize the consequences of doing that would make their survival in the world that much more complicated. So they still managed to control themselves and that, that definitely wasn't easy for either of them. Now onto the others. I loved almost everyone in Eva's POD except Josh. He was just a massive pain in the butt! My favorites though were Tiffany, her baby Faith and George. Tiffany was such a nice girl! I really liked her and the friendship she formed with Eva. And George was definitely one of the nicest guys in the POD! I thought the whole thing with George and Tiffany liking each other, but not even realizing it until like 2 months before they left the POD was funny. I mean I swear it was painfully obvious to everyone but them! It was funny. But I was also happy that they had each other to lean on and look out for each other! I thought the whole thing with Tiffany going into labor was weird though! No doctors from the main POD came to help! They pretty much forced those in the POD to deliver her baby! That was ridiculous!! I still don't understand that one! I also really liked Katie. She was the youngest of the 10 in the POD. She also developed a good friendship with Eva. I do feel bad for her though because being the youngest she had the hardest time dealing with leaving her family and then knowing people in other PODs were being killed including someone she got to know. 

I do have to say I did kinda see the virus mutating into something worse than the original virus happening 100%. Virus's usually mutate into a new form after some time, so I knew it would and not just die like the government thought it would. It just how much it would mutate, no one knew. Definitely made life living outside the PODs more interesting if you weren't in a village. Having to hide and run from the Infected. The one thing I'm still wondering about though is why does the Infected's blood sting if you get it on you? What makes it sting so much??? I really hope we get that answered in the next book! I definitely cant wait to see what will happen on the next book!!!

5 Stars!

Favorite Quote:

I had to concentrate on what David was saying, "I know what you said about a relationship down here not being a good idea-"

Yeah, I take that all back. I think a relationship down here is a great idea. 

"-and you're probably right. But I don't give a damn about the POD. I don't care where we are or where we end up. I just want you to be mine. I don't want to wait until we're out of here." - pg. 110 of ARC

About this author

I'm a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order. I've been an avid reader since a young child. I began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a degree that didn't encourage creativity is a mystery to me.

I'm addicted to Reese's peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write. I have a weird obsession with hoodies and can't write without wearing one. I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows.

I'm an unabashed romantic and love swoon-worthy happy endings that give me butterflies for days.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and a cat that thinks she's queen.

I write adult and young adult Sci/Fi, urban fantasy and paranormal romances.

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Waiting On Wednesday [#91]

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

Monsters (Ashes Trilogy #3) 
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Expected Publication: September 10, 2013

The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End...is now.

When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse-until the doctors found the monster in her head.

She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.

Now, with no hope of rescue-on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit-she discovers a new and horrifying truth.

The Change isn't over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And...they've had help.

With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply.

A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise.

I absolutely loved Ashes and Shadows! Despite the somewhat gory scenes I could never put either of them down for second! I am really excited to find out what happens in this final book!!! I've been dying to get my hands on it since I finished Shadows last year!

What are you waiting on this week?