Monthly Archives: January 2013

Stacking the Shelves #15

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks.

Wow, it’s been forever since I posted my last StS, but I’m slowly going back to my routine after the holidays and more exams. Let’s see what I got in the past month (the highlights) 😉 Continue reading

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Review: Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Book: Overprotected

Author: Jennifer Laurens

Published: April, 2011

My Rating: 2/5

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Book Description:

Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.

Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.

Daddy hired him to be my bodyguard. Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

Charles: Obsessed with keeping her safe and keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.

Daddy was wrong.

My Review:

I still don’t know how I feel about this book.

Overprotected? That’s an understatement. I just can’t believe I read all of it at all. It had good and bad parts, the problem was the bad parts were B-A-D! Continue reading

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Waiting On Wednesday: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights an upcoming release we are greatly anticipating.

This week’s selection is:

Book: Invisibility

Authors: Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

Release Date: May 7th, 2013

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Book Description:

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

Why I’m waiting:

You may not know this, but David Levithan is one of my favorite authors in the whole wide world 😉 and duh! I would read anything this man writes! So imagine my excitement when I came across this book, and then imagine the size of my freak out after I read the first chapter. It was a major O.M.G! I’m serious, everyone should read it so I’m not alone in the world freaking out over all the waiting I have to do. So check it out! 😉

So, what are you waiting on?  Leave a comment with your WoW link below and I’ll make sure to check it out!

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Teaser: The Collector by Victoria Scott

If you can’t wait to read The Collector by Victoria Scott, then get ready to be ten times more excited. Here’s an exclusive excerpt Victoria has shared with the VMafia, and that now we are sharing with you.

The Collector: Excerpt #2

Apparently, Charlie Cooper doesn’t have a car. But don’t worry, she tells me, we can walk to school from here.

Thrilling.

It’ll only take a few lifetimes, what with her mad limp and all.

Charlie carries a brown lunch bag in one hand, and every few minutes she digs Skittles out of her pocket and pops them into her mouth. I have no idea how this girl survives high school. She’s a disaster. It’s kind of tragic. Why is she still alive while I’m a walking corpse?

I can’t stop staring at her mouth. It’s the only part of her that’s passable yet it never stops moving.

“Don’t you think?” she asks.

I meet her eyes. “What?”

She nudges me with her shoulder like we’re long lost pals. “Someone’s been daydreaming. Want some sugar?” Her open palm is a stained Skittle mess.

“I’ll pass,” I answer. I’m not sure how this chick stays so tiny. She eats like a hippopotamus. Deep in my pocket, I rub circles over my lucky penny. I’m trying to figure out how to corrupt this girl, and she keeps asking me questions.

Focus, Dante.

I narrow my eyes and do what I’m trained to do. At first, her body is exactly the same, short and skinny, like a weed that needs plucking. But then it changes. The familiar warm yellow light crawls over her skin and flickers.

Ah, soul light. If I could drink it, I would. The color of a human soul is the same for everyone. It’s the seals that make the difference. I count how many she has, then clench my hands into fists. There are twelve seals on her soul. Only twelve. And they’re not even big. Great. I’ve come to collect Mother Teresa.

Still, the fact that she has even twelve seals means Boss Man has probably had Charlie watched for some time, or at least the Peachville area. Looking at her, his reasons are lost to me.

But it doesn’t matter. I’ve got to collect her either way. If I don’t and she dies, she’ll go to Judgment Day, and Boss Man obviously doesn’t want to take chances.

Inspecting her soul closer, I notice some of Charlie’s seals are dark blue, others green or orange or whatnot. Every collector can place seals, and you can tell who sealed a soul by the color. Most of hers are green. That’d be Patrick’s work. Naturally, I was the one to train him.

Her soul is clear of any of my red seals. But that won’t last for long cause Papa’s come to play. “How much further?” I ask.

“Just on the other side of this hill,” she chirps. “Like I was saying, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to enroll this late in the semester, but at least you can see the school and stuff.”

“I wouldn’t worry about it.”

Charlie glances at me, and her eyes crinkle at the corners. “I think you’re nice, Dante.”

“That’s cause I am nice.”

She looks ahead and walks in silence for almost a full minute. It suddenly feels strange to be near her and not hear her speak. The massive trees hang in a canopy over the road, stretching to greet one another. Their leaves are dead.

Toothy Jack O’ Lanterns sit on porches and watch us pass. One looks like it’s mocking me, so I flip it off. Charlie sees me. She throws her head back and laughs long and hard. The sound startles me.

I wonder what it would feel like to laugh like that—with complete abandonment.

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Yes, you may say it. Eeek! As is I needed another reason to die waiting for this book, huh? And for that reason exactly is why I’m sharing this with you, so we can all freak out together! 😉

How did you like that?

Also, don’t forget to add it to Goodreads and pass by Vicoria’s blog. She has a poll on which cover she should use for The Collector, and it’s your call! You can check that out here.

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Debut Author Challenge 2013

Hello everyone!

This year I’ve set a few goals up for myself, and among them was to enter some challenge and actually be able to complete it. I’ve chosen DAC for many reasons, but mainly because I think it’s important to show some love to the authors just starting. What better way to pay for the amazing tales they give us than spotlighting their work?

For this year’s challenge I’ve chosen twelve books, one for each month, that I intend to read. At the very least those twelve. I’m obviously going to try to read more, but here’s my list:

  1. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
  2. Altered by Jennifer Rush
  3. Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter
  4. The Collector by Victoria Scott
  5. Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce
  6. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  7. Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
  8. After Eden by Helen Douglas
  9. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
  10. 45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson
  11. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
  12. Linked by Imogen Howson

It’s not to late to enter if you want to! Sign ups are still open, check all the details here.

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Tour Stop: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Title: The Edge of Never

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Release date: Nov. 15, 2012

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart? Continue reading

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Review: Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson

Book: Chasing the Skip

Author: Janci Patterson

Published: October, 2012

My Rating: 3/5

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Book Description:

Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.

Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.

My Review:

Oh my! It looks like I’m having a bit of bad luck when it comes to books this week. I’m rating this one 3 stars because even though it was sort of good it wasn’t what I expected and I’m left a little disappointed.

For what I’ve been reading in reviews after I finished I’m not the only one that expected some sort of cute story about a bad boy and a girl with family problems. And it was that, for the most part. Continue reading

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