• Splintered - AG HowardSplintered
  • A Matter of Fate - Heather Lyons
  •  inescapable - amy a bartol
  •  graceling - kristin cashore
  •  someone to love - addison moore
  •  breaking beautiful - jennifer shaw wolf
  •  the perfect game - j sterling
  •  the edge of never - ja redmerski
  •  independence - shelly crane

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #16

Hosted by Should Be Reading

I'm reading 
Capital Girls
by Ella Monroe

     She recognized Taylor's headstone instantly by the little yellow daisies at the base. Someone had left a fresh bouquet every week since Taylor's death, but Jackie didn't know who. She'd asked Taylor's twin brother, Daniel, if they were from him. His response? "Taylor thought daisies were practically weeds."
    - Chapter 1 (ARC)

Leave your Teaser Tuesday link for me!

July RAK Wrap-Up

Book Soulmates

I Received:
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake from Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes from Michelle @ Michelle Chew Writes
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (ARC) from Briana @ The Book Pixie

I Gave:

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins to Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile
In Honor by Jessi Kirby to Michelle @ Michelle Chew Writes
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult to Kelly @ Reading Kelly
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (ARC) to Briana @ The Book Pixie

A BIG thank you to Isalys and Vanessa at Book Soulmates for hosting!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #19

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  It is a weekly blog that allows the blogger to brag about what they received in the mail, got for review, won in contest, purchased, ect.

Books Mentioned:
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
Anew by Chelsea Fine
ARC of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
Nocturne by Christine Johnson
Night School by C.J. Daugherty

Always YA at Heart
The Book Pixie
Rabid Reads

What's in your mailbox?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

{Vlog Review & Mystery Feature} Random Magic by Sasha Soren

Random Magic
by Sasha Soren
Publisher: Beach Books, LLC
Pages: 397
Source: Sasha Soren in exchange for a fair and honest review
Available as of January 1, 2010

When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Book Week Tour Trailer

My Review

Open July 21, 2012 - August 15, 2012
Prize Pack Includes:
First Edition Copy of Random Magic
Absinthe Gumballs
Edgar Allen Poe Rag Doll
Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser

My Special Mystery Feature!

Check out the other booktubers on tour...
July 21 - BooksUnbound: http://tinyurl.com/7fvnabd
July 22 - JoanieFontana: http://tinyurl.com/6pfdocb
July 23 - SnowdropDreamsCM: http://tinyurl.com/6vgeegd
July 24 - SableCaught: http://tinyurl.com/6vx2l7b
July 25 - OpheliaDagger: http://tinyurl.com/6pf77lt
July 26 - FilmableJAM: http://tinyurl.com/7st8vkj
July 27 - ChristinaVlog622: http://tinyurl.com/7l3kwqy
July 28 - ScooterDoodle31: http://tinyurl.com/6qnza9z
July 29 - CowsWithWords: http://tinyurl.com/7t4jwmg
July 30 - InkyPages: http://tinyurl.com/7uamlyj

FTC Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feature & Follow #12

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It is a great way to make new friends and gain followers.  

You can follow me via any of the following:
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Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads 
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This Weeks Question:
Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you 
were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

I loved reading 1984 by George Orwell for my AP English 11 class in high school.
It captured me from page one and it is one of my favorite books.
Loved it.

What's your favorite required read?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

{Review} Destiny's Revenge by Nancy Straight

Destiny's Revenge
by Nancy Straight
Publisher: Nancy Straight
Series: Destiny (#2)
Pages:  278
Source:  Self Purchased
Available as of August 2, 2011
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

There was no reason for Lauren to be in a coma. Her physical injuries had healed, but she had been non-responsive for so long that her doctors told her family and Max to move on. She awoke to find her life in a shambles; the man she loved was gone, her friends had moved on with their lives, and her family was ripped apart by her accident. No one knew of the evil forces watching, waiting for her in the shadows, in the lonely corners, even in the eyes of those she loved. Lauren needed to reclaim her destiny, to get her life back; the last thing she ever expected was Destiny’s Revenge.


This review may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book in the trilogy.
Meeting Destiny

My Review:
I fell in love with Lauren and Max in Meeting Destiny. Now, I'm more in love with them. Nancy Straight wrote an amazing second book to her Destiny Trilogy that left me wanting more.

Two years have passed. Lauren is just waking up from a coma. Max isn't around and Lauren is heartbroken. Her home is now a retirement center and it's there where she meets an old man who will forever change her Destiny.

Upon waking from a coma, Lauren learns that Max left her. The only explanation she receives is that the doctors never thought she would wake and told him to move on. So, he did the only thing he could... join the military. He thinks everything is his fault and throws himself in harms way to overcome his guilt. Sadly, she has no way of getting a hold of him. However, she is slowly learning how to use the gift she was given when she broke the binds that held her.

So much of this book was spent with Max and Lauren separated, which I liked. We got to know them a little in Meeting Destiny, but not to the extent we do now. With their separation came some negative outcomes, but that is what was foretold. Their separation would only cause bad things to happen and they are better together. In Meeting Destiny, we were introduced to one of many people who influence choices. Now we get to know a few more of those people, but we are never told which side or who specifically "the bad guy" is. Destiny's Revenge provides the reader with multiple perspectives and ideas of who that person is. In the end, I was have issues deciding who was good and who was bad.

Overall, Destiny's Revenge is a well written second addition to the trilogy. If you enjoyed Meeting Destiny, you need to read book two.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #16

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

This week I'm waiting for.....

by Corrine Jackson

To Be Released on November 27, 2012

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

This is Book One in the Touched trilogy.

Why I'm waiting:  
I just randomly stumbled across this one on Fishpond and thought the cover was gorgeous. Then I peeked at the summary and it sounds like it could be really good. That and it is also rated well on Goodreads. Needless to say, I have another book on my Must-Reads list.

What are you waiting for?

Wishlist Wednesday #16

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

Ben has always had it pretty easy--with no acting experience, he landed the lead in his high school musical, and he's dating the prettiest girl in school. Haunted by memories of 9/11, he makes the decision to enlist in the army--with devastating consequences. Somehow nobody ever thought Ben would be one of the soldiers affected, but after his convoy gets caught in an explosion, Ben is in a coma for two months. When he wakes up, he doesn't know where he is, and he doesn't remember anything about his old life. His family and friends mourn what they see as a loss, but Ben perseveres. Although he will never be the person he once was, this is the story of his struggle and transformation.

Why it's on my wishlist...
  I found this book on Amazon through their recommendations.
Little did I know, this book was published in 2012 and has some military aspect.
Therefore, I have to read it.

What's on your wishlist?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #15

Hosted by Should Be Reading

I'm reading 
Random Magic
by Sasha Soren

     "Why's it called the Grey Forest?" he asked, his voice echoing back at them as they picked their way through a massive oak.
     "Well," Winnie said, her face eerily luminescent in the half-dark, "it's halfway between the White and the Black."
    - Chapter 7

Leave your Teaser Tuesday link for me!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #18

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  It is a weekly blog that allows the blogger to share what they received in the mail, got for review, won in contest, purchased, ect.

Books Mentioned:
Blood Debt by Nancy Straight 
Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling
Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne
Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren
Any Other Night by Anne Pfeffer
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Worst-Case Scenario Pocket Guide: Cats by David Borgenicht
Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin
Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala
The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Blogs Mentioned:
Ali @ Ali's Bookshelf
Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Candace @ Candace's Book Blog
Evie @ Bookish
Michelle @ Michelle Chew Writes
Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side

What's in your mailbox?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

{Winner} Entangled by Cat Clarke

The winner of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver is...


An email has been sent.  If I do not get a response within 48 hours I will pick a new winner.

Be sure to check out my other giveaways going on now:
The Lovely Bones
The Dark Divine Trilogy
Book of Choice from my Read List

And be sure to check back for other giveaways coming up soon...

{Review} Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Never Eighteen
by Megan Bostic
Publisher:  HMH Children's Books
Pages:  200
Source:  Self Purchased
Available as of January 17, 2012
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Fishpond
The Book Depository | Books-A-Million

I had the dream again. The one where I’m running. I don’t know what from or where to, but I’m scared, terrified really.

Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. But in the short time he has left there’s one thing he can do: He can try to help the people he loves live—even though he never will.

It’s probably hopeless.

But he has to try.


My Review:
There have been a very select few books where I read not just the story, but every single page because I'm not ready to part with the characters or the feelings that have been stirred up. Never Eighteen is officially added to the few. Megan Bostic wrote a powerful, moving 200 page story of a boy in love with a girl that went above and beyond my wildest imagination. 

Austin Parker will never live to be 18 because he was diagnosed with cancer and he's slowly dying. His best friend, Kaylee, agrees to help him accomplish an undisclosed set of things he needs to do before he dies, a bucket list of sorts. After 9 years he can only hope she returns his feelings so he can die happy.

After being told he only has so long to live, Austin sets out to accomplish a never-ending list of things he wants to do before his time ends. He feels insignificant and realizes some of the people he knows aren't living their lives, but squandering them away. His life has an expiration date and all he wants is to face his fears, have a teenage experience, and encourage those who aren't living their lives to the fullest, to do so. Austin was an amazing character. I have never met someone who was as down-to-Earth and selfless as he was. He spent time helping others instead of focusing completely on himself, even when he knew he didn't have much time left. Kaylee was his rock through it all. She put up with all of his shenanigans, even the most insane, without the slightest hesitation.

I absolutely loved Never Eighteen. When I ordered it I didn't realize how small the book was, but its size fooled me. So many emotions were brought to life in the few hours and half-a-box of tissues it took me to finish this heartbreakingly beautiful book. I was hopeful, happy, angry, and sad. I laughed and cried. Putting the book down was torture. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more.

Overall, this was one of the best books I've ever read and I highly recommend it. This small book packed a wicked punch.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Followers Giveaway #4

It's time for giveaway #4!!!
Giveaway #2 for The Lovely Bones is still open!
Click here to enter.

Feature & Follow #11

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It is a great way to make new friends and gain followers.  

You can follow me via any of the following:
GFC, Linky, Networked Blogs
RSS or Email
Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads 
(all are located on the right sidebar)

This Weeks Question:
Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

For whatever reason this question is really easy for me this week.

The first book on my list is Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart because it's only available in Australia.
It can be ordered at Fishpond.com, but it's just a tad expensive.
Book number two would be Something Like Normal by Trish Doller because it is one of this years many
 military related books that I haven't purchased yet.

Which books would you buy?

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