Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011!

Another year is almost gone! I can't believe it. 2011 just flew by for me. It was amazing and hectic and wonderful, but now I can't wait for 2012 and all it will bring. And since it's New Year's Eve, I figured I'd talk a little about resolutions and books and writing for this post.

Last year, I had one resolution for 2011. It was to read 100 books within the year. I really, really didn't believe I would actually make this. I figured I was shooting way over on this. I've never kept track of how many books I read before so I had no idea really how many I normally read in a year. This year I kept track. And ya know what? I made my goal and some! I've read 108 books this year. (And no, I didn't neglect my job, house chores, social life, ect, to meet this goal.) So, since I read so many, I thought I'd share some of my favorites from this year. There were so, so many books that were amazing but I don't want a huge list so I'm just gonna go with my favorite 10 for the year. (In no particular order) (Also, click on the pictures if you want a link to their Goodreads' description)












Okay, so that was 12 because I just couldn't narrow it down anymore and I didn't want to have just one book in it's own row. (ummm OCD?)

So yeah, 2011 was a great year for books, but I know tons more amazing books are going to be coming out in 2012 too and I can't wait! But for this coming year, my resolution won't be about reading. I'm going to focus more on my writing. I've decided that my resolution for 2012 is to finish the book I'm writing--first draft, edits, revising, all of it--and get it into the dreaded querying phase. (I'm at about halfway through writing my first draft for this WiP)Which means, a lot less slacking for me. This month, with all the holiday preparations and such, I barely got any writing done. I just finished a chapter yesterday that I started at the beginning of December! Crazy. (Usually I'm not that slow) You can see though that I need to step it up a bit.

So that's my resolution. What about yours? Any other reading or writing related resolutions out there or any just in general? I'd love to hear them!

Have a fun, happy, spectacularly amazing New year and stay safe!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Hope all of you are having a great holiday with friends and family! Maybe reading curled up by a fire--that would be awesome! Too bad I don't have a fireplace. Anyway, have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas is so busy!

Hello lovely readers, it has been such a busy couple of weeks lately. Christmas and work and everything in between. I've been doing shopping, making a tacky/ugly sweater for my work's Christmas party, wrapping presents and doing quite a bit of painting for some porcelain ornaments and such. And in all of that, I haven't had a chance to get any real writing done. I'm itching to get some in, but I think it's going to have to wait until my break starts. For now, I need to finish up all the holiday things, like baking cookies and cupcakes!

One thing that I have gotten to do related to books and writing and all was that I got to meet Cassandra Clare (author of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy) and Michelle Hodkins (author of TheUnbecoming of Mara Dyer)! I love both of their books and it was such a great time seeing the two authors talk about their books and get mine signed. If there's ever something that can get you out of a writing slump, I think it's hearing an author talk about their books and their journey about how they got where they are.

Anyway, enough talking! How about some pictures!

(Cassie Clare and Michelle Hodkin talking about their books)


(Cassandra Clare and me!)


(Me with Michelle Hodkin)

It's always so exciting to meet an author(s) that you admire and love their work. How about you guys? Have any of you met any authors that you love?


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Changes to the blog

Lately I've been debating on what to do with this blog and it's been a hard decision for me. I don't want to let go of it completely, but at the same time, doing reviews has been feeling more like a chore or homework that I need to do but keep pushing off. I already feel like I have so little time (work has been ridiculously busy & tiring, edits need done for friends, and I'm hardly even getting any writing done now too which makes me pretty sad, and that, you know, not including regular adult chores and such that always seem to be piling up!). So yeah, my reviews keep getting pushed and pushed until I feel guilty for not posting any.

I love book reviews. And I love positive book reviews even more. But I've come to the realization that I'm not in love with doing them. That's not to say that I won't ever mention a book I really enjoyed or talk about specific ones though. I think I've decided to take this blog and gear it more towards my writing journey while also still being able to tell people if there was an amazing book I just finished or what books I'm excited about that are coming out. And then, of course, I still want to keep giveaway! Because what's better than sharing awesome books?!

Anyway, I hope to see you all still here as this blog progresses and changes, but if my new blog turns out to not being your cup of tea, I'll understand...sniff sniff.... :)

Winner!


Congrats to M.A.D.! for winning the books Need and Captivate by Carrie Jones.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Neglectful...

I've been so neglectful this month. I'm sorry, guys! November is always a busy month for me with work, family, holidays, ect. It's part of why I don't even attempt Nano! (PS-anyone out there doing Nano? How's it going for you?)

I've also been trying to get more writing done but that's slow going too this month. Ehhh...Anyway, I do have a couple book reviews to put up soon and since the holiday season is coming up and I have a few extra books sitting and waiting for someone, how about another giveaway?

I have a copy of Need by Carrie Jones and Captivate by Carrie Jones (both hardback) up for grabs!




Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-Tweet, Facebook &/or blog about this contest and get one extra entry.
-Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
-The winner will be picked randomly on December 5th!
-U.S. residents only.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spooktacular 2011


I'm so excited be part of the YA Spooktacular, hosted by Frenzy of Noise & Wicked Awesome Books. Yesterday, you got to follow along with Story 3: PARTY TIME and follow the adventure. Today, you can enter the Story Prize Pack! Yay!!

If you missed it, check out story 3 at the beginning here!
Also, check out more awesomeness with story 1 here! and story 2 here!

To find out all the updated information on all stories and prizes head on over to Frenzy of Noise (one of our amazing hosts!) where they can get updated information for ALL the stories:

OH! ALSO! Don't forget to enter the GRAND PRIZE giveaway going up Oct. 31st at Frenzy of Noise and Wicked Awesome Books!

Now for the good stuff! Prizes, prizes, and more prizes to go along with the 3rd story!


Here's what's in the prize pack:
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children book/poster
  • Quirk Books Tote Bag
  • Signed copy Swoon/Swear by Nina Malkin
  • finished copy of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
  • signed copy of Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
  • After Obsession (ARC) by Carrie Jones
  • Unleashed (ARC) by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  • Signed ARC Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Springsweet (ARC) by Saundra Mitchell
  • Signed copy of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  • copy of Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin
  • SWAG


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: The Pledge

Description:

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

Review:

The idea of this story was so interesting--a world separated into different class systems based on what language(s) they are allowed to speak--and it did not disappoint. I really liked this book!

Charlie (Charlaina) is an interesting character. She's strong, caring, and loyal while stuck in an oppressive society. I really enjoyed her as the protagonist and rooted and cheered for her the whole time. And then there's Max. Oh, I lurrvvv him. I don't want to talk too much about him and spoil his story but I'm confident that if you read this novel, you'll love him too! (Oh his note to Charlie!)

So yes, this is another recommended read! This story had great pacing and several very nice twists. One in particular that I didn't see coming at all but I loved it! This book was wonderfully and beautifully written and I can't wait for the next one! So check out The Pledge when it comes out on November 15, 2011!

ps-how gorgeous is this cover?! I love it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!



Hey everyone! Here's another giveaway, part of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by iamareadernotawriter (Just to clarify, the is not part of the YAspooktacular that's hosted by Danielle and Nikki which you can find out more info on here)

The rules for this giveaway are going to be simple. It will run from Oct. 24th to the 31st and I'll pick a winner a day or so after. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below letting me know you want to be entered along with a way for me to reach you if you are the winner! That's it! You *don't* have to be a follower (but if you wanna click that follow button, it'll make me smile)

And now on to the prize for this giveaway! One winner will receive a copy of Time Riders by Alex Scarrow!


Also, this Hop is HUGE! Make sure you check out some of the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of other participating blogs! You can find a list of them here!

Thanks for entering and good luck!~

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spectacular Spooktacular!

So there's this HUGE event happening on October 24. You may have heard it.

This event is going to be spectacular guys!! Seriously! It's hosted by Danielle at Frenzy of Noise and Nikki at Wicked Awesome Books.


This year there are three Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories! How awesome is that?! Plus, TONS and TONS of prizes! So many! Three stories, LOTS of prizes and some of your favorite authors participating. You can click here to see the full run-down of the authors, the bloggers and even some of the prizes. You won't want to miss it!


Story One starts on October 24 at Pure Imagination.
Story 1 Authors:
Beth Revis
Lia Habel
Kate Kaynak
Shannon Delany
Ty Drago
Jen Nadol
Kim Welchons
Caroline Richmond
Christina Ferko (Hey, that's me! Yup, I'm happy to say that I was given the opportunity to write one of the parts for this story! So don't forget to check it out!)
Zoraida Cordova
Nova Ren Suma

Story Two starts on October 26 at Reading Teen.
Story 2 Authors:
Tessa Gratton
Gretchen McNeil
Ariane Mandell
Leigh Fallon
Leanna Renee Hieber
Heidi R. Kling
Amy Garvey
Cindy Thomas
Ilsa J. Bick
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lani Woodland

Story Three starts on October 28 at Page Turners Blog.

Nick James
Jessica Spotswood
Scott Tracey
Patricia Osei
Jennifer Rush
Elizabeth Miles
Kimberly Derting
Kristi Cook
Victoria Schwab
Danielle Bunner
Adele Griffin




Now, you can help the spread the word--and win!!

Tweet! Use the #YASpooktacular hash tag on twitter. We'll be there all week!

Or post something on your blog/faceboook. Feel free to grab our YA Spooktacular button, header, or write another post telling all your followers about the event. The more people that know about it, the better!

If you leave a comment on this post or the one at Wicked Awesome Books with a link to where you posted/tweeted/etc about the #YASpooktacular, then you can be entered to win a mini-prize pack before the event even starts! It runs from now until Sunday, October 23 at 10pm.
  • ARC of In Darkness by Nick Lake
  • ARC of The Radleys by Matt Haig
  • ARC of Enthralled anthology
  • ARC of Going Underground by Susan Vaught
  • ARC of A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
  • Welcome To Bordertown anthology
  • ARC of The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  • Generation Dead & Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
Happy Tweeting! Get ready for the #YASpooktacular!


So yeah, check out the stories and don't forget to come stop back here near the end of the contest because I'll also be hosting one of the story prize packs! (which is a crazy amazing prize guys! Trust me. I want to win it lol)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Description:

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.


Review:

Wow. Oh, wow. This book was amazing (with a beautiful cover too!). I devoured it. This is one of those novels that is a complete page-turner. The opening letter itself was wonderful. Pulls you right in with lots of intrigue.

Mara is a great character. Intriguing, full of depth, and such a snarky smart-aleck. I loved her.
And Noah is just as snarky right back to her but oh so sweet too. There relationship was fun to 'watch.' It was interesting to see it change and grow how it did.

And the storyline! I felt for Mara, I did. Michelle Hodkin really puts you right in Mara's shoes as she experiences life without all her memories after an accident that left her friends dead. Mara was confused, I was confused (but not in a bad way. In a oh-what's-happening-and-what's-going-to-happen-next-and-I-can't-wait kind of way!) And such great pacing. I wasn't left think 'oh this part could be shorter' or thinking that I wanted to skip some pages. In fact, I couldn't read fast enough and had to reread parts because I kept getting ahead of myself! It was just so good though! So full of twists and turns; a wonderful rollercoaster to be on! Seriously, check this book out guys! I can't *CAN'T* wait for the next one! I NEED it now! Who do I have to bribe for it?!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Description:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.


Review:

I loved this book so much. I don't know how Stephanie Perkins does it. I think I'll read anything she ever writes. I couldn't read Lola fast enough yet I didn't want it to end either! I'm amazed at how she creates such wonderful stories with such realistic relationships and problems.

I loved Lola and all her outrageous outfits. (And that fact that, on the cover, she has purple hair like me must mean this book was written for me. Right? Right?!) Anyway, yes. Lola was a wonderful character. Fun, realistic, layered, and caring. She's wonderful.

I really enjoyed how the relationship between Lola and Max shifts and how Lola and Cricket's (love his name) relationship evolves. All of the characters were believable and I thoroughly enjoyed 'watching' their lives change and seeing them grow.

This book is a definite read. Just like Anna and the French Kiss! (click Here to see my review of Anna) Stephanie Perkins writes books that I just want to read and read and read again!

(And Cricket is just as sweet and cute and adorable as Etienne was!) (Also, Yay for seeing Anna and Etienne in this book! Love it and can't wait for the next one!)

(I also think it goes without saying that there wasn't one part in this book were I thought it was too slow or where I became bored. Perfect pacing.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eep.

Hey, lovely readers. So, first off, I'm sorry for the lack of posts! I've been having problems with my right foot and going to the doctors and have been, just in general, pretty grumpy because I haven't been getting sleep from it. So yeah, I've just been reading lots to keep my mind off of it and haven't been online much. So...sorry. Eep.

That aside, I wanted to tell you guys about an awesome contest going on for anyone that writes (and to get an extra point for myself! Bwhahahah) Eh*hem....the contest. Yes. Check it out: YA author and critiquer Kathleen Foucart is offering up a first chapter crit to two lucky winners! Go enter and look at her new website here!

Also, I promise to put up a couple reviews soon. I just finished reading Lola and the Boy Next Door and it was equally as amazing as Anna and the French Kiss (both by Stephanie Perkins and both wayyyy spectacular!)

So have a great day, check out Kathleen's contest & site, and go read Lola-it won't dissapoint! :) Night, friends!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wildefire Winner!


Congrats to KATIE! who one the copy of Wildefire! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wildefire Giveaway!

Happy Friday, guys! In hopes of making your weekend just a little more fun I'm doing another giveaway!

One winner will receive a copy of Karsten Knight's Wildefire! And if you don't know about it or haven't read my review on it, you can check that out here! (spoiler: I loved it!)



Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-Tweet, Facebook &/or blog about this contest and get one extra entry.
-Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
-The winner will be picked randomly on September 22nd!
-U.S. residents only.

And don't forget to check out Karsten Knight on his blog (where there is some pretty awesome/hilarious dancing) to find out more about this HOT trilogy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Forgotten

Description:
Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies


Review:

This was such an interesting book. I picked this book up randomly at the bookstore based on the cover. And I'm glad I did. This story did not disappoint. I was worried that it would start to feel a bit repetitive since every morning London's memories are erased and she needs to read notes to know everything. But it didn't. It was a fresh read for me. Thrilling and intriguing.

I really liked the character of London. I really became attached to her, rooting for her, feeling sad when she did, and so on. And I absolutely loved Luke. So sweet and charming. You'll definitely fall for him if you read this book!

The plot was wonderful. Like I said, it wasn't boring (or confusing) like I worried it might be. It actually had some wonderful twists that I really enjoyed. It was fast paced and I don't think there wasn't a time when I wanted to book the book down--despite needing to. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. In fact, I was thinking about it long after I finished reading it even. Which is wonderful in a book and doesn't always happen!

So check this book out! I doubt you'll be disappointed!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Review: Vanish

Description:

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.


Review:

Vanish is the sequel to Firelight and let me tell you, I love this series! I just want to read it over and over again and I can't wait for the 3rd book!

Sophie Jordan does a great job of making it hard which guy to root for! Usually, I'm all about one guy and want to see him with the protagonist. But with this series, I want both! Will and Cassian are both so intriguing and layered. And so different.

I love how in this sequel we get to see old characters maturing and growing and deepening along with meeting several new ones that are equally well written.

The plot and pacing of this book was terrific too. I wanted to read to the end to find out what happened but at the same time I didn't want it to end! You'd think that regular life back with the pride might be a bit boring, but I promise you it's not. There are so many different reasons that this book kept me turning the page and staying up late at night. I won't give spoilers but I will say, pick this series up if you haven't already!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: The Vespertine

Sorry for being a bit MIA lately guys. I've just been busy with the new school year starting up and other things. But here's a review to make up for it and later this week I think I'll post another giveaway!

Description:

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.


Review:

I don't usually read many historical type books, but this one was too beautiful not to read. I'm glad I got it! It was elegant, dark, and swoon worthy. I loved it.

The characters were amazing. I loved the interaction between Amelia and Zora. They had a great 'sister' chemistry. I liked how they danced between being proper girls and being 'wicked.' It was a lot of fun to watch them. And then there's the relationship between Amelia and Nathaniel. Oh Nathaniel; he just draws you right in. I loved him and all his secrets. The interaction between Amelia and Nathaniel wonderful, so scandalous and sweet.

I really enjoyed how Amelia's 'talent' played out in the book and the rewards/consequences of it. It didn't overshadow the other aspects of the story but it didn't get pushed on the back burner either. It had the perfect blending of historical and paranormal.

The whole plot and pacing of this book was really well done. I think I read this in a day and half. I didn't want to put it down! The writing was gorgeous and the ending was so intense. I was left wondering how exactly things would pan out up until the last page! This is a definite read if you like historical type books, and even if you don't you should still give it a chance. It was beautiful!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

White Cat Winner



Ashley Holt!!


Congrats to the winner and for all those that didn't win, don't worry! I've got a stack of books waiting to be given away so check back soon!

Also! Go take a look at TangledUpInWords to read interviews by Erica O'Rourke (TORN), Mindi Scott (FREEFALL), Michelle Hodkin (THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER), Kristi Cook (HAVEN), and Lauren Oliver (DELIRIUM)! Along with several giveaways!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

White Cat Giveaway!

Hey everyone! So, I have an extra copy of White Cat and wanted to know if any of you lovely readers wanted it? Yeah? Awesome! Then it's time for another giveaway! Yay!

So, up for grabs is a paperback copy of White Cat by Holly Black

(Click on the pic for a Goodreads description)


Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-Tweet, Facebook &/or blog about this contest and get one extra entry.
-Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
-The winner will be picked randomly on September 1st!
-U.S. residents only.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Supernaturally

Description:

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.


Review:

Supernaturally is the second book in the Paranormalcy trilogy and what a great sequel it was! If you haven't read Paranormalcy yet, 1) what are you waiting for?! and 2) you can check out my review HERE. But if you have read Paranormalcy, and loved it (and really, who didn't?) then I can almost guarantee you that you'll love Supernaturally just as much.

Evie is just as adorable, strong, and witty as she was in the first book. I think she's one of my favorite main characters out there. And of course, we have all of the other amazing characters like Lend and Reth (oh Reth, I'm pulling for you buddy...even though I love Lend too.) Plus a few new ones, like spunky silly Jack. Oh he was fun and made me giggle lots with his twisted little mind and dimples.

The plot was fast paced and intriguing. I had a small suspicion about one character but overall was left wondering who was after Evie and what would happen. And I loved that we get some answers to Evie's past in this book. I read Supernaturally so quickly. I wanted to read it all but at the same time didn't want it to end either! It was so good. Kiersten is an amazing writer and I kinda wish she was my best friend. I think she'd be a lot of fun to hang out with. Lol.

So, overall Supernaturally has the same great voice and humor as Paranormalcy with a great plot and amazing characters. And I can't wait for the next one! So, what are you waiting for?! Go read it!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Interview~

Wanna learn more about me than you probably ever cared to? Yeah? Awesome! Then go HERE to check out my interview over on the Tangled with Words blog!

Have an awesome weekend everyone and enjoy the last bit of the summer!


Monday, August 15, 2011

New Blog!

Hey, lovely readers! Guess what?! I'm part of a new collaborative blog! Yay! It's not a book
review blog but more of, us as aspiring writers and our journeys. There's gonna be tons of awesome stuff! We have a resources page for any other aspiring writers out there and also we have a resident published author helping out too, Jennifer Armentrout (her book, Half-blood, comes out Oct. 2011 and is amazing!)


So if any of you wanna check out the new blog here is the link (just click on the picture!)



Hope to see you there!


(ps-I'm due for more reviews. I've read some awesome books recently and need to post their reviews. So, those are coming. Soon. Promise.)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Hop Winner!


And here is the winner for the Summer Blog Hop giveaway:



Lyssa Anne


Congrats and I hope you enjoy the book!~ Stop back later for more contests and book reviews, lovely readers!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop!

Sorry this is a day late guys. I had a memorial to go to yesterday and didn't realize it was the 1st day of the giveaway hop. Anyway here it is now!

Giveaway ends Aug. 7th
U.S. Giveaway only, sorry.
You don't need to be a follower to enter (but that would be awesome)
Just comment below to enter (& include your email)

Here's what's up for grabs:

Now go here to check out all the other amazing blogs doing more giveaways!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Covers!

Check out these two covers! They're so gorgeous.

Perception is the sequel to Clarity by Kim Harrington
Perception is set to come out March 1, 2012


Fever is the sequel to Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Fever is set to come out Feb. 21, 2012

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wolves, Tasers, and a Pyro!

What's that? Some awesome books came out today?! Check 'em out!



Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (Sequel to Nightshade)

Supernaturally by Kiersten White (Sequel to Paranormalcy)

Wildefire by Karsten Knight (go here to check out my review)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Texas Gothic

Description:

Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

Review:

I just finished reading this book and loved it! Who knew Texas and ghosts went together so well. If you're looking for a good ghost story then you need to check this book out.

I loved the humor and wit in this book. So many parts where what the characters said or the descriptions that were given made me laugh.

Each character in this had a strong, well-developed, and unique personality. The tension and interaction between Amy and Ben is so fun and frustrating to watch. I loved their chemistry and dialogue. Phin was a great character too--a little absent minded professor meets ghost hunter, kinda reminds me slightly of Velma from Scooby-Doo. I think the interactions between the characters was one of the best aspects of this book. So believable and lots of fun.

The story and pacing of the book were wonderful too. I love the way history and fiction mingle in it. This book had a well thought-out, complex plot that I thoroughly enjoyed. It had the perfect amount of suspense, mystery, and tension. It also wraps up very nicely, so I don't think there will be another, but I can still hope right? I love Rosemary Clement-Moore's writing and look forward to her future work! Check this book out. If you're a fan of a good ghost-lore story then you won't be disappointed!

(Loved the snark in it...and isn't the cover gorgeous?!)