Monday, April 30, 2012

Noteworthy New Releases 4/30 - 5/6

New in Hardback:

Insurgent  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Bitterblue  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
This is So Not Happening - Kieran Scott  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Black Dawn - Rachel Caine   ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Destined - Aprilynne Pike  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Revived - Cat Patrick  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Shine - Jeri Smith-Ready  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Infinity - Rachel Ward  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )

New In Paperback:

Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins   ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Forever - Maggie Steifvater  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
The Magnolia League - Katie Crouch  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
He's So Not Worth It - Kieran Scott  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Forgotten - Cat Patrick  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Shift - Jeri Smith-Readdy  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
So Much Closer - Susane Colasanti  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Illusions - Aprilynne Pike  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Lost Voices - Sarah Porter  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Friday Hops 4/27

Follow Friday! #54

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It's a great way to meet new blogger friends!

Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

A. Yes! I have had quite a few characters disappoint me. Most recently, it was Aspen in The Selection. I really liked him in the beginning of the book, and steadily fell out of love with him by the end of the book.  Check out my review if you want to know why this happened. I don't want to ruin it for anyone!

TGIF at GReads #21

TGIF at GReads is a Friday Feature hosted by Ginger at!

Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time. What helps you overcome those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?

Sometimes when I have the reading blues, I go in search of a book that's outside my reading box. Recently I did this with a sci-fi book, which I loved, and it really got me hooked back into reading.

Sometimes, I need to watch a movie. For some reason that always helps me get back into reading as well. I guess it's because I don't want many movies. lol!

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1400 Followers Giveaway: Win a May 2012 New Release!

It was pointed out to me recently that I had reach a milestone of 1400 amazing followers!
It still surprises me everyday when I get a new follower. I love you guys!

So to share the love, and to say THANK YOU, I've decided to have a giveaway!
(I haven't done a follower giveaway in Forever... shame on me.)



All of my followers are the best!

On to the giveaway...

TWO winners
(1 US and 1 International)
will get to choose One of the May 2012 New Releases listed above!

The Rules:
  • TWO winners will be chosen, the winners will get to choose ONE of the books listed above.
  • Open to US and International
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Please note that the book will not ship until it's release date!
  • Giveaway ends May 10th, 2012
  • Winners will be contacted via email. If you do not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • By entering this Giveaway, you are agreeing to the terms listed above.

    Good luck!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #64 * The Evolution of Mara Dyer

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #2)
by Michelle Hodkin

Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

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Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.

Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next. (Goodreads)

Mara Dyer! I loved the first book, and I can't wait to get my hands on this one as well. I love the cover, and am glad that it is so similar to the first. HURRY OCTOBER!

Thank you to Kathy for pointing out the cover to me. I completely missed the reveal!

What are you Waiting on this week???

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

by Elizabeth Norris

Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 445
ISBN: 9780062103734
From Publisher for Review

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Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming. (Goodreads)
Unraveling is a highly addictive sci-fi novel by debut author Elizabeth Norris. I am so pleased to have had the chance to review this book for my blog!

Seeing her life flashing before her eyes after being hit by a pickup truck, seventeen year old Janelle knows that she is dead. Only she isn’t dead at all. She wakes up to find a loner schoolmate, Ben, kneeling over. Did he really bring her back to life? That is the question Janelle keeps asking herself. It’s up to Janelle to find out how, and why, Ben saved her. And she must also find out if Ben has anything at all to do with the clock that is counting down to the end of the world.

Janelle proved to be quite an interesting main character. She was a very bright, intelligent young lady. She is much like her father with her keen observation skills, and never seems to miss a thing. When tragedy ensues, Janelle takes matters into her own hands. Ben’s character is one I knew I would like from the beginning. He was so very mysterious, and I enjoyed unraveling the mystery that is Ben.

The secondary characters in the story were intriguing as well.  I really came to care for quite a few of them; Alex, Janelle’s best friend, also for her dad and brother, Jared. They all were very well written, and made quite an impact throughout the book.

I found the book to be very well paced; I finished most of it in just a day’s time.  The plot held my attention, and I have to say it was a great breath of fresh air compared to some of the books I’ve read lately.  There is a bit of romance in the book, but I didn’t overpower the book as I expected it to.  There were more than a few moments in the book where I was screaming: “Oh my gosh, I know that didn’t just happen!” The author definitely didn’t hold back. I am also pleased to say that this book kept me guessing right up to the end.

Overall:  I’m not much of a sci-fi fan. However, I enjoyed reading Unraveling a lot more than I expected to. The unique characters and the addictive storyline all flow together to make a wonderful read.

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Noteworthy New Releases - 4/23 - 4/29

New in Hardback:

The Selection - Kiera Cass  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Masque of the Red Death - Bethany Griffin  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Purity - Jackson Pierce  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )

The Story of Us - Deb Caletti  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Thumped - Megan McCafferty  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Eve of Destruction (Dark Eden #2) - Patrick Carman  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )

New in Paperback:

Social Suicide - Gemma Halliday  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
The Warlock (Nicholas Flamel Series #5) - Michael Scott  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Ascend - Amanda Hocking  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )

The Last Little Blue Envelope - Maureen Johnson  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Dark Eden (Dark Eden #1) - Patrick Carman  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )
Bumped - Megan McCarfferty  ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads )

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In My Mailbox #62

** In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's a great way to showcase the books you've gotten over the week, whether they are bought, borrowed or free. **

For Review:
Rapture - Lauren Kate

Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Sthol

So excited to have gotten approved to review Rapture! I'm curious to see how the story is going to end for Daniel and Lucy.  I picked up Grave Mercy from the library, as my e-galley is fixing to expire. I also picked up Beautiful Creatures because I see that it's being made into a movie, and I must check it out!

That's all for me this week. What did you get in your mailbox???

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Friday Hops 4/20

Follow Friday! #53

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It's a great way to meet new blogger friends!

Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

A.  Hmmm... I'm going to say my two most favorite kick ass herories:

I think I would go with Allie from The Immortal Rules, because she's a vamp and she's kick ass amazing, and Sophie from Hex Hall, because she's part Demon, and can kick as as well!  

As for who would win... BEATS ME! But what an awesome fight it would be. :)

TGIF at GReads #20

TGIF at GReads is a Friday Feature hosted by Ginger at!

Book Blogger Influences: Has there been a particular book blogger who's influenced what you read? Share with us a review/book blog that convinced you to pick up a certain book.

Yes! I am easily swayed by books as it is, but there are a few blogs that always get me excited about reading new books. Here are just a few of them!

Kathy - A Glass of Wine - Kathy is amazing, and I love her reviews. She has turned me on to SO many new books that I normally wouldn't have read.

Lori - Pure Imagination - Lori's blog is one of the very first blogs that I started following!  I love her reviews, and I have added many, many books to my to-read list because of her. I later discovered that we are from the same state, which is even more awesome!

Marla - Starting the Next Chapter - Marla is another fellow blogger from my state! I always love visiting her blog. Her reviews always manage to get me excited. And she is great for recommendations as well!

Carina - Fictional Distraction  -  Carina is one of the first people I started chatting with when I first started my blog. She's always coming up with interesting new posts on her blog, and I'm always grabbing the books that she recommends. :)

Petra - Safari Poet - Petra is another blogger that I chatted with when I first started blogging. She is always posting interesting stuff on her blog to get me excited about new books. And she's super sweet as well!!!

These are just a few. There are TOOOOOOONS more!

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