Monday, April 29, 2013

While It Lasts by Abbi Glines

While It Lasts (Sea Breeze #3)
By: Abbi Glines
Released: July 31, 2012
Source: Audiobook from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this book is New Adult

"Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it. Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay? Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible. Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows. Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoy this series a lot and I like every new book more and more. Each book follows a different character but these characters are all connected with each other in some way.

Eva has just recently lost her fiance. She has been best friends with Josh since they were little kids and she grew up to fall in love with him. They had their entire lives planned out around being with each other. Although the book begins with Josh's death, it is still made clear just how much Josh and Eva loved each other. Eva was a great character. She has lost her first love and is trying to move on with a life without him. She is clinging on to a friendship with Josh's twin brother, Jeremy, because of his connection with Josh. Eva is developed strongly throughout the course of the story.

Then there is Cage who is sent to work on a farm after getting a DUI. Cage is a bad boy who doesn't want to ever commit to one girl. I admit I wasn't a fan of Cash for half of the book. I did like that Low was included still in this book and the friendship between Cage and Low is still there. Cage definitely develops really well too though. Also the chemistry between Eva and Cage is clearly evident.

I liked that the chapters alternated between Eva and Cage because it really helped move the story along. The plot was really captivating and hooked me in immediately. It was predictable but that didn't make me enjoy the story much less. Just the beginning brought me to tears though and I had barely even known these characters yet. My heart broke for Eva as she tries to move on. There are definitely some sad moments, but also some really sweet ones too. It's a realistic story. 

The audio for this book was good and I think the Southern accents just brought me into the setting even more. Overall I really enjoyed While It Lasts and so far this has become my favorite book in the series.

My Rating:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Releases: 4/28/13-5/4/13

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Always Remember Cover Reveal

Always Remember
By: Emma Hart
Release Date: May 13, 2013
 
Blurb:
How long does it take for a long-distance relationship to break down? Sixteen months. When Jen and Carl put their relationship to rest after Christmas, Jen’s biggest problem is going back to London ten days earlier than planned – and her ever-present attraction to Samuel ‘Bing’ Edwards. Bing has no idea why Jen left Devon so fast. All he knows is that he wants her as much as he did the first day he laid eyes on her – so spending time with her while Lexy is still in Devon isn’t exactly a hardship for him. When he finds out she’s single, the only thing on his mind is finishing what they started at his dad’s fiftieth birthday party. Feelings that have been a long time building between the two explode, and they both find themselves sucked into an easy yet passionate relationship, with Bing determined to prove to Jen that she’s it for him. That she is The One. But in a city like London, the odds are stacked against them, and there’s always that one person ready to stir things up… And Jen doesn’t know how much of that she can take – even for the guy she loves more deeply than she ever imagined, and eventually she breaks. Bing isn’t down with that. He wants Jen, and he wants her by his side for good. Jennifer Mason must learn that Samuel Edwards doesn’t do giving up. Especially not when his forever girl is involved.
 
Excerpt:
JEN
He chuckles low, and I suppress the shiver that’s threatening to run through my body. His hand
closes around mine, and he pries the hairspray from my grip. His fingers slip between mine, his palm
hot. My eyes flick to our hands and how dainty mine looks encompassed in his.
His other hand rises to my face, his thumb tracing down my cheek to the dent below my ear. It
ghosts along my jaw, tracing the shape of it, and finally settles on my lower lip. He tugs it from between
my teeth gently, and the pad of his thumb strokes across it.
My eyes rise to his, our faces inches from each other.
“You know it’s you, don’t you?” he says softly, uncertainly.
I nod silently, unable to form any words.
“I mean it, Jen.” He cups the side of my face. “Whatever she tries to say, it’s all lies. Even if she
hasn’t said it yet, I can tell you it’s a lie.” He dips his face towards me, resting his nose alongside mine. I
let my eyes flutter shut, feeling the realness in the moment.
“I know,” I whisper. “But that doesn’t mean-”
“Don’t. Say. It,” he orders in a hushed voice. “I just got you, Jen. I waited for too long to have
you, but I do now, and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let her get in between us. I told you, didn’t I? I told
you that if anyone doubts us, if you ever doubt us, to come to me.”
“Yes.”
“Then do it. Come to me, babe. Don’t let her get under your skin. She’s nothing to me. She never
was anything. Not like you.”

I run my free hand along his arm until it rests on his hand cupping my cheek. “What am I, Sam?”
“Everything, Jen. You are everything. Don’t ever doubt that.”
 

Author Bio:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books. She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.
 
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Revival by Jena Leigh

Revival
By: Jena Leigh
Released: November 14, 2013
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life. If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is. After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe. Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Revival was a really exciting and enjoyable story. It was paced well which made it a quick read too. I'm a big fan of superhero stories and comic books so when I first read the synopsis for Revival, I was really excited to read it. This story definitely reminded me of some comics, but it still had its own twist.

One day Alex explodes the electronics at school after seeing her boyfriend with another girl and quickly becomes the talk of school. She soon discovers that she is actually a Variant though. Alex was a likable character and develops fairly well through the book. However, this is only the beginning of her story. Another great character, who actually became my favorite, was Declan. I loved learning about him and he has such a cool power. There were plenty of other fantastic characters as well.

The plot picks up immediately from the first chapter and held my attention until the last. The plot has some action and mystery, as well as a bit of a romance. It did get a bit predictable, but still remained enjoyable to read. I loved that Leigh explained the Variants clearly and introduced it into the storyline early. I just loved learning all about the different powers and I admit I wished I had one of those powers too. 

This book was definitely just only the beginning of this series and I think it sets it up well. I'm really excited to see where Leigh will take these characters next. Overall, Revival is an enjoyable and quick read.


My Rating:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Holding On by Emma Hart


Holding On (Memories #1.5)
By: Emma Hart
Released: April 15, 2013
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this is New Adult Book
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"Living in London after spending almost twenty years in a town with a population of three hundred would be hard on anyone – and Alec Johnson is no exception to the rule. When Alec followed Lexy to London, he knew his life would change drastically. He just didn’t know how much. With Lexy’s friends and admirer to contend with, he has to show there’s more to the country surfer boy than his ability to ride the waves. With his own shameless admirers, he has to keep Lexy’s trust – and despite her love for him, that’s no easy task. Beneath her tough girl exterior, all Jennifer Mason has ever wanted to do is paint. London’s School of Art can give her that, and she couldn’t be happier she’s finally breaking free from Lilac Bay. What she’s not happy about is having to leave Carl behind – or his reluctance to visit her while she’s studying. Their relationship is put to the test as living on her own for the first time and university take their toll on Jen. After all, three hundred miles is a long way to be away from your boyfriend when you’re eighteen years old. And it’s even harder when you can’t keep your eyes off your best friend’s older brother." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Holding On is a novella that picks up shortly after Never Forget. Alexis is back in London and her boyfriend Alec and her best friend Jen have joined her. Alec and Jen have both had to leave behind their lives in their small town to move to the big city. While Alexis is back in the city after spending months away.

I loved jumping into this book and seeing where these characters were now. They've all really developed. It's clear just how much spending time away from the city and with her grandma changed Alexis now that she is back home. Then Alec has now joined her in the city and the relationship between them isn't completely perfect. It's real. It's also clear just how far along that both Alexis and Alec have come since Never Forget.

I was really excited when I first read that Jen would be involved in this book more because she was such a great character. She's tough and hilarious. I love the banter between Jen and Alexis' brother Bing. Jen can hold her own. She left behind her small town and her boyfriend to move to London though. She's trying to make it work still with him but it's not easy.

This is a really quick read because it is a novella, but a lot still happens. Although I loved the small town setting in the previous book, I loved the change in setting for this one. I also enjoyed how the point of view alternated between Alexis, Alec, Jen, and Bing. At first I was a little hesitant because it's a lot of narrators for a short novella, but it worked and flowed well. I was happy to get more of Alexis and Alec's story and also get introduced more to Jen and Bing. 

Overall Holding On was a great follow up to Never Forget. I'm really looking forward to where this series will go next now. I definitely recommend this series!

My Rating:



Author Bio:
By day, Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and
cooking baby, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of wine – well, tropical juice now – and writes books. She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She's working on the companion novel to her latest release and NA debut, Never Forget (Memories #1), and The Love Game (The Game, #1) will release on March 29th. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes. Ironically, that's where most of her ideas come from. Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller - and this makes Emma excited.



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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #98: The Fiery Heart


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)
By: Richelle Mead
Release Date: November 19, 2013

"In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . . But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I can't wait for Fiery Heart because I love this series. I'm so excited to read what will happen next!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tour Review: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt


Naturals (The Lost Souls #2)
By: Tiffany Truitt
Released: April 2, 2013
Source: E-book from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 


"Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her." (Summary from goodreads.com)

 

Naturals was an interesting sequel to Chosen Ones. I was definitely excited to jump back into this fascinating world that Truitt has created again.

Tess is now in the Middlelands with the Isolationists while James has returned to Templeton. Tess has developed so much since the first book and continues to do so in this book. I like Tess because she isn't perfect and she is just growing up under these circumstances. It was also great to see some characters return and meet new ones too.

The plot itself started up instantly, but I particularly really enjoyed the last half of the book the most. It slowed down a bit for me after a couple of chapters in the beginning so it took some time for me to read this one until it picked back up for the last half. I wasn't really sure where this story would go next after the way that Chosen Ones ended, so I was definitely surprised by some moments. 

One of my favorite aspects of the first book was the setting, so again I just really enjoyed that. It was already really interesting as well as creepy and this sequel brought it to another level. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book now and can't wait to read what will happen next. Overall Naturals was a great sequel and I recommend this series.


My Rating:

 




About Tiffany Truitt: Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book). Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.” Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #97: Just One Year


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Just One Year
By: Gayle Forman
Release Date: October 15, 2013

"Companion to JUST ONE DAY. It will be in Willem's POV. "Can you fall in love in just one day? Can you become a new person? How about in just one year? In JUST ONE DAY and its companion novel JUST ONE YEAR, sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey and easygoing actor Willem De Ruiter are about to find out against a guidebook-worthy array of foreign backdrops. Equal parts romance, coming-of-age-tale, mystery and travel romp (with settings that span from England’s Stratford upon Avon to Paris to Amsterdam to India’s Bollywood) JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR show how in looking for someone else, you just might wind up finding yourself."" (Summary from goodreads.com)


Just One Day is one of my favorite books of the year and I can't wait to read Just One Year!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #96: The Uprising


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Uprising (The Forsaken #2)
By: Lisa M. Stasse
Release Date: August 6, 2013

"In this dystopian sequel to The Forsaken, Alenna has survived the brutality of life on the wheel—and now she’s going back for more. Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative. In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm so excited for The Uprising because I loved The Forsaken! I'm dying to know what will happen next to these characters and to jump back into this fascinating world!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List
By: Amy Spalding
Released: February 5, 2013
Source: E-book from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.
Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much. L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love. But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?"
(Summary from
goodreads.com)


The Reece Malcolm List was an enjoyable story about growing up. Devan has just lost her father and is moving in with her mother, who she's never met. She loves to perform in show choir though and is given the opportunity to attend a performing arts school.

Devan really developed over the course of the story and just really grows up. She has a lot thrown at her early in the story too. Devan's mother, Reece, was an interesting character. She is far from being perfect. The reader knows just as much as Devan knows about her too, so you get to learn more about Reece alongside Devan. It's definitely an awkward situation for Devan and Reece too because they just really don't know anything about each other.

The plot held my attention from beginning to end. There is a lot of drama but there were still a couple of fun moments too. It did get a bit predictable towards the end too, but it was still enjoyable to read. I loved that each chapter began with more of the list that Devan was making about things she learns about her mother. It showed just how much the story was developing. I also liked that this book wasn't just about Devan getting to know her mother, but more about Devan growing up and learning from her experiences. She's at a new school and making some new and interesting friends too. 

I have to add that I loved the setting in Los Angeles. I'm a sucker for books set in LA and Spalding definitely made me feel like I was there at times. Overall I really enjoyed The Reece Malcolm List. It was a story about growing up.      

My Rating:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tour Review and Giveaway: The Love Game by Emma Hart




The Love Game
By: Emma Hart
Released:
Source: E-Book for Tour
Purchase the Book: Amazon Kobo
*Note this is a New Adult book.
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review 

"His challenge? Make her fall in love with him. Her challenge? Play the player. Until life changes the rules of the game. Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he's everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, doesn't she say no? She doesn't know either. Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her - and he'd do anything to have her, hence why he's agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it's the only way he'll get what he wants. Sex. But, as Braden discovers, there's more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined - and he can't help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes. Maddie finds Braden isn't just a walking erection - he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don't exactly hurt. That means trouble - but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren't so alike anymore. And maybe, just maybe, they're exactly what each other needs." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed The Love Game and read this in one sitting. I couldn't put it down until I got to the end. It was just a fun and sweet story to read.

Maddie has moved across the country to go to school in California. Braden is the player on campus. Maddie and her friends come up with a plan to make Braden fall in love and then break his heart. Maddie, however, soon sees that there is more to Braden than what she assumed, and Braden learns that there is more to Maddie as well. I loved how both of these characters and their relationship developed. Maddie was especially a really great character to get to know. She has quite the past, but she is strong. I wasn't crazy about Braden at first, but as I got to know him, I totally fell in love with him too.

I loved Maddie's friends as well, especially Megan. It was great that Megan was also best friends with Braden too. I just really loved the relationships she shared with both Maddie and Braden.

The plot was really quick to get into. I loved that it alternated between Maddie and Braden because it helped move the story along. It was predictable from the beginning, but that didn't make me enjoy it any less. It was just a fun story with some drama mixed in. There were plenty of cute and funny moments, but also moments that made my heart break for these characters. Overall, I really enjoyed The Love Game and definitely recommend it to fans of New Adult books.

My Rating:



Author Bio:
By day, Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and
cooking baby, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of wine – well, tropical juice now – and writes books. She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She's working on the companion novel to her latest release and NA debut, Never Forget (Memories #1), and The Love Game (The Game, #1) will release on March 29th. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes. Ironically, that's where most of her ideas come from. Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller - and this makes Emma excited.


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1st Prize: a signed copy of The Love Game and swag.
2nd Prize: A signed bookmark, postcard, and $5/£5 giftcard to Starbucks.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire
By: Bella Forrest
Released: December 14, 2012
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains. Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince. Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night. Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

A Shade of Vampire was a captivating and enjoyable story. I just love books with vampires so I couldn't help but finish this in one day.

The book alternates between Sofia and Derek. Sofia has just turned seventeen when she is kidnapped and brought to an island with vampires. Derek is the Prince and Sofia has become his slave. There is more to Derek than just his thirst for blood though. I really enjoyed that the chapters alternated between them because it provided different perspectives, as well as helped develop both characters. I definitely liked the characters more as the story progressed and I got the chance to know them a little more. A character that I did find really interesting though was Vivienne.  

The plot starts immediately on the first page and it doesn't slow down. It held my attention the whole time and it never got completely predictable. It's creepy, dramatic, and romantic. I thought the whole setting on the island was fascinating too The island is filled with vampires and there is never any sunlight. Then there are also the other girls who are kept as slaves. It's a short book though so some of the plot and development is rushed, which left me with some questions.

Overall, I really did enjoy reading A Shade of Vampire. I'm really excited about where this story will go next, so I will definitely be looking forward to the next book. I recommend A Shade of Vampire to anyone looking for a captivating and quick read.


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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #95: A Darkness Strange and Lovely


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)
By: Susan Dennard
Release: July 23, 2013

"Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I loved Something Strange and Deadly and I'm definitely curious about what will happen next.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Author Interview: Leslie Stella

Leslie Stella, author of Permanent Record, kindly took the time to stop by and answer some questions.

1. First tell us a bit about yourself and your book Permanent Record.   Permanent Record is the story of a bullied Iranian-American teenager, and the powerful way he retaliates against his tormentors. But it is not only about bullying; it is about the all-out push for athletics at the expense of everything else, prevalent in high schools across our country; it is about the expectations of an immigrant family, and the line they tread between who they were and who they are becoming; it is about the stigma of depression and one boy’s determination to get better on his own terms. This is my fourth novel published since 2001, but my first for young adults. In the 1990s, I co-founded a politics and pop culture magazine here in Chicago called Lumpen, and my work has been published in the Mississippi Review, the Adirondack Review, Bust, and anthologized in The Book of Zines (compiled by Playboy editor, Chip Rowe), a collection of essays from the obsessive, frequently bizarre world of zines. The first time I was paid in actual money for a piece of writing was a fake interview I conducted with Fabio and Yanni.

2. What inspired you to write Permanent Record?
   School violence in this country is an issue that constantly lurks in my brain. I wanted to explore the link between it and bullying, and ask how they feed off each other. School violence takes many forms, and it is not always black-and-white, so that was at the forefront of my mind when I created Badi, the protagonist of Permanent Record. I wanted him in the gray area of a good guy who does bad things/a bad guy who does good things. I love the struggle of the flawed hero.


3. What is your writing process like?
   I have to fit my writing in between my part-time job and being a full-time mother. I don’t have the luxury of a set schedule for writing, so I’ve retrained my brain to make use of the time given me! I love when I have a huge chunk of uninterrupted time to write, but that hardly ever happens. I grab hours after everyone goes to bed, early mornings, and weekend days.
I don’t usually listen to music when I write; I find it interferes to hear words in my ears. But sometimes I will listen to instrumental music when I work, jazz usually. I’m irritated when I have to stop and eat, so I have terrible eating habits when I’m in the thick of writing. Like skipping meals, or eating cereal out of the box all day instead of proper meals. Sometimes I find myself starving at three o’clock, so I take a break from writing and run into the kitchen to grab a chicken leg and eat it over the sink like a barbarian. I don’t know if barbarians actually had sinks, so perhaps I am culturally stereotyping them.

4. What is your all-time favorite book?
   Depends on how shitty my day is, and how much I need to laugh to get myself out of the funk. I love Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis.


5. What was the last book you read?
    I wasn’t crazy about the last book I read, so I’d rather mention the book I am ABOUT to read, which I’ve preordered and am expecting any day now: Period 8 by Chris Crutcher. He’s my favorite YA author.


6. Are you currently working on anything new?
   When my contract is final I will post about it on my website (
www.lesliestella.com), but in the meantime I will say that it is another YA novel, this time about a girl overcoming a strange and troubling home life. For someone who used to write only comedy, I sure am drawn to some messy and dark themes these days.


Thanks again Leslie for taking the time to answer some questions. Make sure to check out Permanent Record!