Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #181: The Night We Said Yes


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

The Night We Said Yes
By: Lauren Gibaldi
Release Date: June 1, 2015

"Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of. Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #180: Crimson Bound


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

Crimson Bound
By: Rosamund Hodge
Released: May 5, 2015

"When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat. Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?" (Summary from goodreads.com)


Monday, November 17, 2014

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen

On the Edge
By: Allison van Diepen
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back. But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really liked On the Edge and read this book in one sitting. I was looking forward to reading this one because the whole premise sounded great. From chapter one I was wrapped up in this story and couldn't put it down.

Maddie has a target on her back after she sees two members of the Reyes gang attack a homeless man in the park one night. When they jump her she is protected by the mysterious leader of another gang, Lobo.

 I liked Maddie because she is so determined, but there were times where I wasn't so sure about the decisions she made. Then there was Lobo. He was really interesting and I liked learning more about him. There were plenty of interesting side characters too. I have to say though that I was not much of a fan of her friend Iz.

The plot was captivating and exciting. There was a lot of action. However, it was also really predictable. I think that the story could have been paced much better. Some aspects of the plot were not given enough time to develop and I would have liked to see some parts slowed down. For instance I really found that the relationship between Maddie and Lobo came across as more insta-love. The characters had chemistry, but the romance did not come across as realistic for me. Besides those issues though I did enjoy the plot a lot.

Overall On the Edge is an exciting story that will hook you in from the beginning.     

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #179: Vanished


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


Vanished
By: E.E. Cooper
Release Date: May 12, 2015


"Kalah knew better than to fall for Beth Taylor…but that doesn’t stop her from falling hard and falling fast, heart-first into a sea of complications. Then Beth vanishes. She skips town on her eighteenth birthday, leaving behind a flurry of rumors. Not even Beth’s best friend, Britney, knows where she went. Beth didn’t even tell Kalah goodbye. When one of the rumors links Beth to Britney’s boyfriend, Kalah doesn’t want to believe the betrayal. But Britney clearly believes it-and before Kalah can sort out the truth, Britney is dead. Beth finally reaches out to Kalah in the wake of Britney’s suicide. Kalah wants to trust what Beth tells her, but she’s swiftly realizing that nothing here is as it seems. Did Beth really run away? Is Britney really dead? Kalah is caught in the middle of a deadly psychological game, and only she can untangle the deceptions and unravel the lies to reveal the unthinkable truth" (Summary from goodreads.com)


 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #178: Proof of Forever


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

Proof of Forever
By: Lexa Hillyer
Release Date: June 2, 2015

"BEFORE: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends. AFTER: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories. THEN: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed. NOW: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again. ALWAYS: Summers end. But this one will change them forever." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Reading Geek Turns 4! (Giveaway)


I can't believe that The Reading Geek is turning four years old this month!

This past year has definitely been filled with many ups and downs when it comes to finding the time to blog, but I am determined to keep going. I just love blogging. I love having someplace of my own where I can share my love for reading.

To celebrate four years I am giving four winners the chance to win and choose  one of my four favorite books that I have read so far in 2014. These are books that I really loved and want to share with you.




So four different winners will get to choose one book from either The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkowski, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, or Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. There will also be some various book swag included.

Enter by using the rafflecopter below. Open to US residents only. 
Good luck!




 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Find Me I'm Yours by Hillary Carlip

Find Me I'm Yours
By: Hillary Carlip
Released: November 3, 2014
Source: Publicist
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

 If you believe in destiny like I do, and you think there’s even a remote possibility we’re meant to be together, then find me I’m yours.” —Mr. WTF
In one sentence — one serendipitous moment — everything Mags Marclay, an offbeat, wry, 24-year-old struggling artist living in L.A., has ever known is forever changed as she is led on a treasure hunt to find her soul mate.
Find Me I’m Yours is a highly entertaining, unconventional virtual page-turner. Become immersed in Mags’s world through original artwork, hand-written lists, graphics, and Instagram photos within the book. You can go even deeper into the Find Me I’m Yours universe by clicking on embedded links leading to interactive content that’s expertly woven through the novel, including:

• Original rom-com style VIDEOS that star the handsome stranger Mags dubs “Mr. WTF,” who gives clues to the hunt.
• Thirty-three unique, custom-designed WEBSITES that further the narrative, blur the lines between fiction and reality, and offer endless ways for you to enjoy additional original content, including reality and comedy series featuring A-list talent.
• OPPORTUNITIES for you to share your own content (artwork, stories, songs, apologies, wishes, etc.), interact, connect, and personally engage with the story.

This revolutionary CLICK LIT® novel was conceived from the get-go as an ever-expanding, multi-platform entertainment experience. Created, written, and designed by Hillary Carlip, and co-created, directed, and produced by Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated TV comedy writer/producer/director Maxine Lapiduss, Find Me I’m Yours is a game changer in the way that stories are told and experienced." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Find Me I'm Yours was a really fun and interactive book. I have read a few books that have had some interactive things included in them, but I have never read anything that included as much as this book. There were tons of websites to click through, videos, lists, and photos. It was just an enjoyable story to read.

Find Me I'm Yours is the story of Mags who finds herself on a treasure hunt for her soul mate when she buys a used camera. Mags personality really jumped off the pages from the beginning. The photos and the lists included didn't just bring me into Mags world, but it also gave me the chance to get to know her better. I think that it was the lists where Mags sense of humor really came across. There were also some great side characters, like Coco.

The plot was fun and cute, but still had some more serious moments too. The ending wasn't all that I was expecting either, so I liked that it took me by surprise. The plot did feel a bit rushed in places though so I do wish that some areas of were developed more thoroughly. I've always been a bit cautious about interactive books because I worry that clicking through things will take me out of the story, but I never felt like that while I was reading this. The pictures gave me a chance to see for myself some of the artwork, clues, and the places that Mags was going to. When a website, picture, or a list appeared in the book, it all connected well with what was currently happening in the plot.

Overall I really liked reading Find Me I'm Yours. It was a whole different type of reading experience. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a fun and different type of book.

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You can learn even more about this book and explore some of the interactive content on http://findmeimyours.com/




About the Author:
Find Me I'm Yours is the fifth book written by best-selling, award-winning author Hillary Carlip (À la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers, Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stores From a Life Unaccording to Plan, Zine Scene, Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out). As a visual artist, her work has been sold in galleries and shown alongside Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst in a five-city museum exhibit. Hillary has been creating content, websites, and news in the digital space since 1999. The New York Times declared, "Ms. Carlip's curriculum vitae reads like a CliffsNotes version of American Popular culture," and the Chicago Tribune called Hillary, "Gloriously idiosyncratic."

Maxine Lapiduss is a Golden Globe-winning and four-time Emmy-nominated comedy writer who has written/directed some of the most popular sitcoms of all time (Roseanna, Ellen, Dharma & Greg, Home Important, and currently Disney Channel's Jessie). Owner of Lapiduss Creative since 2004, Maxine specializes in branding and creating platforms for successful businesses and creatives.