Showing posts from January, 2012

What's Wrong With Me? Blog Tour

What's Wrong with me? By Daree Allen
Source: From Author for Tour

"It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves. Today’s age of everything-goes media messages and in-your-face sexuality has led to many teen girls grappling with self-esteem and self-worth. Author Daree Allen, MS guides girls through their young adulthood by teaching lessons shared from her own experiences in her debut offering, What’s Wrong With Me?: A Girl’s Book of Lessons Learned, Inspiration and Advice. She offers self-empowering building blocks designed to strengthen young women’s inner truths in the face of relationships with themselves, others, and God. Fundamental to the inner truths are the foundational blocks that allow them learn to love the skin they’re in, realize their dreams, and make a positive impact on the world. In this part memoir-part self-help guide, Daree addresses the timeless issues most girls struggle with in adolescence, including: accepting body image and dressing appropriatelyha…

Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy By Robin LaFevers Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Published on April 2012 Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Summary taken from Goodreads:
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Nun As…

Hemlock Giveaway!

I'm going to Disney World!  We are so excited to be able to go to Florida to see my husband's family and to go to Disney- for a VERY low cost!  We are so excited- we want to share our excitement with you!

We are giving away one ARC copy of Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock!  You KNOW you want to get your hands on this book!

AND  We are giving away a copy of Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins!

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The Misfits

The Misfits By James Howe Published On:  2001 Published by: Aladdin Paperbacks

Summary take from Goodreads:
Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That's how it was with us. Skeezie Tookis and Addie Carle and Joe Bunch and me. We call ourselves the Gang of Five, but there are only four of us. We do it to keep people on their toes. Make 'em wonder. Or maybe we do it because we figure that there's one more kid out there who's going to need a gang to be a part of. A misfit, like us. Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby -- they've been friends forever. They laugh together, have lunch together, and get together once a week at the Candy Kitchen to eat ice cream and talk about important issues. Life isn't always fair, but at least they have each other -- and all they really want to do is survive the seventh grade. That turns out to be more of a challenge than any of them had anticipated. Starting with Addie's refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance an…

Faery Tales and Nightmares

Faery Tales and Nightmares By Melissa Marr Published by Harper Teen To be Published on February 21, 2012 Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Summary Taken from Goodreads:
Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.

From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

Table of Contents:
"Where Nightmares Walk"
"Winter's Kiss" (Fairy Tales)


 Illuminate By Aimee Agresti Published by Harcourt Published on March 6, 2012 Source: Around the World ARC Tours

 Summary taken from Goodreads: Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.
     As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aureli…
This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?  This question is very easy to answer (I have many ha ha).  I avoid Horror, Erotica (and bodice rippers), and most Mysteries.  I don't like reading about a gruesome death or steamy intimate scenes.  That is why I mainly read YA- I can avoid all of that! TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.

Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?

Where do I get my books?  The library, yard sales, discount book stores, Amazon.  What would I prefer?  To be able to buy all my books from Indie bookstores- but sadly, I don't have the money for that.  I don't have money for buying books in general- so books that don't come from giveaways or publishers, come from the library.

Best Book Ever: Dystopian

Welcome to Best Book Ever!  Every week we pick a new theme and authors, bloggers, and book readers decide what is their favorite of all time!  This week we are talking about one of the hottest genres in YA literature: Week 9: Dystopian

Ooh... this is hard picking just one, because there's so many well written YA Dystopians out right now. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is FABULOUS!! I seriously love everything about this book. I'm being so serious when I say that. Tahereh writing is engaging. She completely swept me off my feet with her story. Her world building is fascinating, and I really enjoyed the plot twists, danger, action, romance, and  all the surprises that Tahereh throws into her entire story. I completely fell in love with all her characters, even the not so nice ones, because she allows readers to understand the reasoning behind the way they are and the choices they make. This book was a complete package of awesomeness for me! Katie @ MundieMoms

My pick most …


Allegiance By Cayla Kluver Expected publication: February 28th 2012  Published by HarlequinTeen  Source: Net Galley

Summary taken from Goodreads:
Only I saw Narian for who he truly was: a young man with courage and an independent mind, and made to pay for what was outside his control. He couldn't help his past any more than he could help the way those intense, deep-blue eyes pierced me and held me captive.

An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return...

Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn't truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica-until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge.

Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and …

Guest Post: Austentatious Movie Casting

Today, we are welcoming Alyssa Goodnight- the author of Austentatious!  She is here to give us her picks for who would play the characters in her book if there was a movie!

I'm one of those bare bones writers. Basically it's just me, typing away at my keyboard, using Microsoft Word on my desktop computer, but sometimes shaking things up with my Alphasmart. Obviously I don't use special software, I don't listen to music, I don't pre-cast my books, and I don't use any peripheral charts or really any extranneous anything. Recently I've started collaging, and that's made a world of difference in keeping the story fresh in my mind, but I wasn't even doing that with AUSTENTATIOUS. So the casting came afterwards. I don't know if that makes any difference, but I just wanted to lay it out there that these faces weren't inspiring me through the writing, rewriting, and revisions. But now, they seem absolutely perfect!

Nicola, Main Character
(I love…