Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #129: On the Fence


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


On the Fence
By: Kasie West
Released: July 1, 2014

"For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can out-run, out-score, and outwit every boy she knows--including her long-time neighbor, and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chi-chi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and bedazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pick-up game. To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm really excited for On the Fence, it sounds really good!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You
By: Katie McGarry
Released: November 26, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"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" (Summary from goodreads.com

Katie McGarry has written another beautiful and realistic story that I just absolutely fell in love with. I loved Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, and now Crash Into You as well.

Crash Into You is the story of Isaiah and Rachel. Rachel is under pressure from her family to keep up appearances. The only time that she feels like herself is when she is driving her car. Then there is Isaiah who lives on the other side of town and desperately needs money. The two meet during a drag race, but find their lives are in jeopardy and have six weeks to find a way to get out.

I was so excited to finally read Isaiah's story and I just fell in love with him even more. I loved learning more about Isaiah and his past. Then I really enjoyed getting to meet Rachel. She was such an interesting character and I could connect with her immediately. She is a complicated situation at home and trying to make everyone else happy. I liked how she worked on cars and knew so much about them. I found myself learning more about cars from her than I knew before I read this book. Both Isaiah and Rachel were developed strongly throughout the book.

I also loved the way that a relationship developed between Rachel and Isaiah. They are so different, but at the same time they have much in common too. I especially loved how they shared a common love for cars. I loved the side characters too. I especially loved seeing Noah, Echo, Ryan, Beth, and Logan again. I also enjoyed getting to know a bit about Abby.

The plot was captivating and I stayed up to the early morning just to finish this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down until I found what would happen to Isaiah and Rachel. This story was exciting and sweet. It made my heart race and I admit to crying quite a bit.

Overall, I loved Crash Into You! I will definitely be rereading this book over and over again. I strongly recommend this book, as well as Pushing the Limits and Dare You To.

My Rating:


Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Releases: 11/24/13 - 11/30/13

New Releases: 11/24/13 - 11/30/13
 

 
November 26:

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout Sneak Peek


Jennifer L. Armentrout has a brand new series coming out with Harlequin Teen. 
Prequel: Bitter Sweet Love (Dec 2013)
Book 1: White Hot Kiss (March 2014)
Book 2: Stone Cold Touch (November 2014)


Title: Bitter Sweet Love
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release: December 1, 2013

Summary: In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons. Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally. And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Racing Savannah Pre-Order Gift Campaign

Racing Savannah Pre-Order Gift Campaign  
I'm a huge fan of Miranda Kenneally's books and I'm really excited about Racing Savannah. So I thought I would share with you the awesome pre-order campaign that Sourcebooks is currently holding.
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From Sourcebooks....

They’re from two different worlds, but Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules. . . get the next contemporary novel from blockbuster YA novelist Miranda Kenneally: RACING SAVANNAH!
Right before her senior year, Savannah’s father whisks the family off to Tennessee to work as head groom at fancy Cedar Hill Farms. Savannah finally sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn extra money as an exercise rider—no matter how many others don’t want a girl around the barn.  But she’s also caught the eye of Jack Goodwin, the owner’s son. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries. With her dream of becoming a jockey, Savannah is not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack.
We’ve put together a fun campaign to thank readers for pre-ordering: send us your proof of pre-order and we’ll send you this fabulous horseshoe key chain!
A Gift for You, for Pre-Ordering RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally
We have a special offer for U.S. and Canada YA fans for the release of RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally in stores in a little over three weeks! If you pre-order the book, we will send you an exclusive horseshoe key chain—perfect for any busy teen on the go! You have until December 2 or until quantities run out.
Here’s how to get your charm:
1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)
2. Email your proof of purchase (receipt or picture of the receipt) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com. Put “Racing Savannah Pre-Order” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your home address (US & Canada only please) so we can send you the horseshoe key chain! If you’ve already pre-ordered this book—not a problem! Send us your receipt!
3. You will get an email back confirming when the items have been sent out. 
4. Enjoy Racing Savannah when it comes out in December!
Optional: take a pic of you and your horseshoe key chain and share it with Miranda Kenneally or Sourcebooks Fire on Twitter! You can find Miranda @mirandakennealy and Sourcebooks Fire @sourcebooksfire.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Blog Tour Review: The Lair by Emily McKay

The Lair
By: Emily McKay
Released: November 5, 2013
Source: Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

 "In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been "quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . . After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety. Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge. But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built" (Summary from goodreads.com)


I really enjoyed The Lair. I've been looking forward to this sequel for so long because I loved The Farm, and The Lair was definitely a great follow up.

The Lair is told through Lily, Mel, and Carter's point of views again. I love how different all three of these characters are and how McKay continued to develop them in this book. The events of what they went through in The Farm are affecting them which makes these characters realistic. Mel is transitioning into a vampire and adjusting to being separated from her twin sister, Lily. Mel's point of view was my favorite to read in The Farm because her chapters were so beautifully written. They were different this time around though, but I still really enjoyed her chapters because she is going through this completely new experience. Then Lily and Carter have made it to the base camp. Lily is definitely my favorite character in this series because she is tough, but not perfect. I can understand her motives. I also liked how the relationship between Lily and Carter was developed more in this book. I was happy to see the return of McKenna as well. She is definitely a character that has taken me by surprise.

The plot was really exciting and I immediately got hooked back into this world right away. It was difficult to put this book down for long, especially once I reached the last half. There was a great mix of action, suspense, and twists. I wasn't entirely sure where McKay was going to take this story next after The Farm, and I was pleasantly surprised. One of the things that I loved so much about The Farm was the creepy world that McKay created and she expanded on it even more in this book. Some of my lingering questions were finally answered, but I also found myself with new ones. 

Overall, I really enjoyed The Lair. It was an excellent sequel. I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series. I definitely recommend picking up these books. 


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Waiting on Wednesday #128: The Secrets of Lily Graves


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

The Secrets of Lily Graves
By: Sarah Strohmeyer
Release Date: May 13, 2014

"Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like. But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper. So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects. As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm a big fan of Sarah Strohmeyer's previous books and I'm so excited for her next book. It sounds so good!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Seeking Her Cover Reveal

Seeking Her
By: Cora Carmack

A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal. 

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her,the more he wants her.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Glass House Press Cover Reveals: P.T. McHugh, Linda Foster, Mary Fan

 

Today is a joint cover reveal of three authors from Glass House Press, PT. McHugh, Linda Foster and Mary Fan.


Fallen Souls
By: Linda Foster

Ash never thought going to a party could be dangerous. He certainly never thought it would change his life. But when a man with red eyes begins following him – and his sister – he realizes he was wrong. Soon they’re running, leading the man on a desperate chase over icy roads. When Ash crashes his car, nearly killing his sister, the red-eyed man offers Ash a choice – save his sister, but pay the highest price possible. Bring Grace back to life, at the cost of his own soul. Suddenly, Ash is facing a choice he never sought. But will he use that choice to save his sister? And if he does … what will it mean for Ash himself?
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Someone has started a revolution in Heaven, his betrayal and lies tearing the fabric of the angels apart. Things are coming quickly to a head, and before long the angels will find themselves at war … with each other. Friends and allies will turn against each other, each choosing their own side of right and wrong. If that happens, the world as they know it will end. It's up to Kali, protector of angels and humans, to stop the treachery before war breaks out and peace is shattered forever. But how far is she willing to go to save the lives of the angels? Will she turn against her own dearest friend to save her world? And if she does … will anything be left for her to come home to?
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Join Ash and Kali on their individual adventures as we see what – and who – led them to find each other in Soul Bound, the first book in the Realm of the Claimed. 

About Linda Foster
Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband and four (very spoiled) ferrets. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse. By the time she was 15 years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later. Soul Bound is her first published novel. Visit Linda at www.linda-foster.com to connect with her personally, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.



The Fire Dragon
By: Mary Fan

Almost a hundred years ago, the Enchanters defeated the Lord of the Underworld in one of the most fearsome wars the world had ever seen. The public thinks that this victory means the people are safe. But they’re wrong. The supernatural beasts the Lord unleashed remain on the earth, multiplying and ravaging what’s left of civilization. As long as these monsters exist, mankind will be in danger. And though the government, ruled by the magic-wielding Enchanters, seeks to protect their people, they are too few in number. They need the Defenders – a special class of non-magical humans – to fight the monsters. The Defenders are an elite force, and mankind’s only hope against the horrors that live beyond their gates. Fourteen-year-old Aurelia “the Firedragon” Sun has been training since she could walk to become a Defender, and her extraordinary combat skills have earned the attention of the powerful government. In fact, she’s been tapped to represent her nation in an international monster-fighting competition, which pits champions from across the globe against creatures of the Underworld in a violent spectacle. If she wins, she will become a full-fledged member of the Defender force. But as Aurelia moves deeper into the competition, she realizes that all is not as it appears. There’s something sinister behind the competition, something that could change the way she sees everything … and the Enchanters, it seems, are not the heroes she thought. Aurelia begins to ask questions. But before she can discover the truth, she is pitted against the most dangerous monster in the competition – one that will take her life if it can.

About Mary Fan
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well. Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.



 
 Broken Stone
By: PT McHugh

Reis Slayton is a man without a home, family, or direction until the US military comes along. But the moment he joins, his ‘talents’ come to the attention of those higher than him – he has a sharp eye, and a willingness to shoot first and ask questions later. His deadly skills are finely tuned … and used. But this isn’t what Reis wanted to be. Years later, after too many undercover operations, and countless lives taken, he finds himself questioning his direction. Does he believe in the government? Does he agree with his assignments? Or is he wasting his life – and conscience – on someone else’s goal? With that thought in mind, Reis takes a leap and interviews for a new company, where he’s given the role of body guard. Against his better judgment, he takes a job that no one else wants – guarding the daughter of a wealthy family – and grudgingly moves into a new life. Soon after taking a job, he realizes that he might have found the one thing he’s never had: a family, and someone to fight for. He grows to love his new charge, and begins to feel fulfilled for the first time in his life. But no matter how hard people try, they cannot escape the sins of their past. Will Reis be able to leave the life of an assassin behind him, and protect his new charge? Or will his history come back to haunt him, in the worst ways imaginable?

About PT McHugh
PT McHugh didn't start out as a storyteller. He was, however, born into a family of that encouraged imagination. He became a fan of history in school and then went to college to become a construction engineer, to build a world of straight lines, angles, and equations. He was just as surprised as everyone else when he realized that he believed in magic, and might just know the secret of how to jump through time. Since then, he's been researching the possibility and learning everything he can about history. Just in case the opportunity arises. PT was born and raised in New Hampshire and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Bob, daring to dream of alternate worlds and cheering for his beloved New England Patriots.




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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #127: Cruel Beauty


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



Cruel Beauty
By: Rosamund Hodge
Release Date: January 28, 2014

"Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm so excited for Cruel Beauty! I love Beauty and the Beast and this sounds like a really good read.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson


Deep Blue Secret is Book 1 of the Water Keepers series

A sweet, mysterious teen romance with a refreshing fantasy twist.

California teen Sadie James thinks her life couldn't get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. 

But her carefree life is turned upside down when she's rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won't even tell her his name. Each time the boy appears, Sadie's unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. 

The boy is there to protect her, but as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day...why does Sadie need one? As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn't as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.

Check out the first chapter

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #126: After the End




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



After the End
By: Amy Plum

Release Date: May 6, 2014

"World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie. Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I loved Amy Plum's Die for Me series, so I'm really looking forward to this new book!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year
By: Gayle Forman
Released: October 10, 2013
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . ." (Summary from goodreads.com)


I loved Just One Year! Just One Day is one of my favorite books, so I have been anxiously counting down until the release of Just One Year and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

Just One Year is in Willem's point of view and follows his year after losing Lulu. In Just One Day, the reader really doesn't know much about Willem, so I loved getting the chance to learn all about him in this book. It was also great to read his side to the story about losing Lulu. Forman does an excellent job with developing him throughout the book. He has his own personal journey to go on through the course of the year. It was also great to meet some new characters.

The plot was captivating and held my attention from the beginning. I loved that I can now put together both Willem's and Allyson's stories. I especially loved getting to travel the world with Willem. I love a book that can bring me to new places and that is exactly what Forman did with this story. Forman's writing was gorgeous once again as well. I just love her writing style and the way that she tells a story. Just One Year broke my heart at some moments, but also made me smile at other moments. The only complaint that I have is that I want more of Willem and Allyson's story. 

Overall, I loved Just One Year! I definitely recommend Just One Day and Just One Year to fans of contemporary stories.


My Rating:

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Reading Geek Turns 3!

The Reading Geek turns 3 this month!

I can't believe that I have been blogging for three years now. These past three years have been so amazing! I have truly loved being a part of this community and having a place to talk about books. I've discovered so many more books that I probably never would have picked up without the recommendations of other bloggers. Most importantly though, blogging has led me to new friendships and I'm especially the most thankful for that. :)

Thank you to every single person who has visited this blog. Thank you to the followers who have stuck with me from the beginning. Thank you to every person who takes the time to leave a comment. Thank you to all the bloggers who have helped me out these past few years from advice to book recommendations. Thank you to all of the wonderful authors and publishers that I have worked with. Thank You!   


Giveaways:
To celebrate three years, I have three giveaways...

Giveaway #1: 
One winner will win an ARC of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Divergent stickers and tattoos, Mortal Instruments pins and tattoos, Vitro postcard, Dangerous Dream postcar, Allegiant sample, and The 5th Wave sample. (US only)

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Giveaway #2:

One winner will win a Vampire Academy pack which includes a movie poster, t-shirt (size medium), bag, and a copy of Vampire Academy. (Open to US and International)



Giveaway #3:
  
One winner will win a Matched poster, Time Between Us bookmarks and stickers, Divergent tattoos, Mortal Instruments pins and tattoos, Twilight button, Dorothy Must Die sample, Allegiant sample, The 5th Wave sample, and Dangerous Dream postcard. (US only)

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