Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween Giveaway!


Happy Halloween ghouls and boys! I hope you get lots of treats and maybe even a few tricks!

Leave a comment below telling me either your favorite Halloween costume you've ever worn --OR-- your spookiest encounter!

(US ONLY)
ENDS 11.03

Prize list:
ARC of How to Hang a Witch
ARC of Labyrinth Lost
ARC of Spare and Found Parts
Villainous candle from Novelly Yours
Creepy Eyeball gum balls
Ghoulish bookmarks

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Traveler by L.E. DeLano

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm.

To participate all you have to do is:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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Traveler (Traveler #1)        I should be ashamed of myself. Stupid other me. I am really, really mad at me for this. I wish I could give me a piece of my mind. I catch a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror. "Do you realize the mess you left me?" I ask myself. ~ARC pg. 267
      Oh, Jessa, you sassy girl you. This gave me a good laugh :)

Have a teaser this week? Link up below!




Monday, October 24, 2016

ROCKSTAR BLOG TOUR + Giveaway: Glitter by Aprilynne Pike




About the book:

Title: Glitter 
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: October 25th
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, ebook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble 
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.


Review:

Sex, drugs, and classical music? With a provocative premise that blends both eighteenth century glamour with all the allure of futuristic technology, Glitter is a thrill from the very beginning!

Danica is a girl looking for an escape. She is smart, strong spirited, protective, and kind. But that’s not to say she isn’t without flaws and she doesn’t make mistakes. I actually felt really bad for Danica, her mom basically pimps her out to the king in exchange for political gain and her dad is addicted to drugs. Poor girl.

The drug, Glitter, in and of itself is completely fascinating! Like, that stuff is hardcore. Put it on as a patch or mix it into some makeup and you have a pretty powerful addictive substance. Not to mention the amount of money you can make off of that stuff? Danica sees her way out and that’s when the real trouble begins!

I adored Dania’s friends, Molli and Aaron! I can’t say too much without giving anything away but Molli is a doll, sweet as can be and Aaron is plain hilarious!  Ugh, then there is Justin, ugh….did I say ugh? Truly atrocious. Terrible. Horrific. Despicable. Just bad. I love how Aprilynne was able to invoke that feeling in me about a character though, that’s when you know a story has strong character development. A+ Oh! And I can’t forget Saber! This guy! He is the serious bad boy type, swoony, mysterious and part of the wrong crowd. I needed more of him! Prequel please!?

If you’re looking for a unique read with an insane storyline and an intriguing cast of characters then you should definitely check out Glitter!!

Giveaway



About Aprilynne:

Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.

Tour Schedule: 

10/19/2016- Pandora's BooksExcerpt
10/20/2016-  BookHounds YAReview
10/21/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:
10/24/2016- Brooke- ReportsReview
10/25/2016- Brittany's Book RamblesGuest Post
10/26/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
10/27/2016- A Glass Of Wine BlogInterview
10/28/2016- Mundie MomsReview


Be sure to check out all the other tour stops!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

Sad Perfect
Sad Perfect
Author: Stephanie Elliot
Publisher: FSG

For sixteen-year-old Pea, eating has always been difficult. Some people might call her a picky eater, but she knows it’s more than that, and it’s getting worse. And now there’s a monster raging inside of her, one that controls more than just her eating disorder. The monster is growing, and causing anxiety, depression, and dangerous thoughts.

When Pea meets Ben and they fall crazy-mad in love, she tries to keep the monster hidden. But the monster wants out, and as much as she tries, she can’t pretend that the bad in her doesn’t exist. Unable to control herself, a chain of events thrusts Pea into a situation she’d never imagine she’d find herself in.

With the help of Ben, her family, and her best friend, Pea must find the inner strength to understand that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her. ~Goodreads

Sad Perfect took me by totally surprise. The characters were complexly written and the plot was emotional a full of depth, I enjoyed reading this one.

 What I liked about Sad Perfect is that not only did it entertain me, it taught me something as well. Never before had I heard of AFRID, so I’m really grateful to have read this story. Something as simple as eating, and food in general, is taken for grated sometimes. Food is everywhere, at birthday parties, work meetings, school, dates—it’s such a social aspect. Well, try being Pea— where you don’t even like food, you don’t crave it and it flat out scares you sometimes. That in and of itself can lead to some pretty nerve-wracking social situations when most of them revolve around food.

I liked Pea a lot, she was honest and completely real. Her thoughts were downright scary at times but this story, Pea’s story, is an important one. Pea feels as though she’s alone and that she’s not normal and she struggles a lot. So when she finds something good in her life, for example, a cute boy—she clings to him.

Pea and Ben’s relationship is intense. I liked the way in which Stephanie captured their moments together. Their puppy love is sweet, gentle, understanding, they have mutual respect for one another. Now, that’s not to say that neither of them make mistakes, because let’s be real, they are both still super young and mistakes are made but overall their relationship was realistic and quite adorable.

I loved how Pea’s parents were involved in her story. Although she may have not have felt as though they were, their presence was strong and important—especially her mom’s. I’d honestly love to read this story told from Pea’s mom’s point of view. (The things we put our parents through—they deserve medals!) 

Another aspect of Sad Perfect that I appreciated was the fact it pointed out coping mechanisms, both positive and negative ones at that. Pea’s mom drinks, her dad busies himself with sports and Pea turns to self-harm. This book is a book about hope and change. Ultimately Peas WANTS to get better. Some people don’t realize this until it’s too late. Pea learns to overcome her demons.


Overall Sad Perfect was a powerful debut and I can’t wait to read more by Stephanie.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Traveler by L.E. DeLano

Traveler (Traveler #1)
Traveler (Traveler #1)
Author: L.E. DeLano
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

How absolutely gorgeous is that cover?! Omg—I could stare at it for days! And man oh man is the story inside just as captivating! Traveler is filled with suspense, romance, and adventure— it’s an absolute must read!

Traveler follows Jessa, a high schooler, who is living a pretty ordinary life. That is, until the guy of her dreams (literally) appears right in front of her. Dun, dun, duuuuuhn! Now, I know what you’re thinking, “this has been done a million times, Brooke,” “That is so cliché.” But oh my goodness gracious you guys, no. Just no. This story is unlike anything I’ve read before.

Traveler deals with the concept of the multiverse theory; where mirrors are portals into different universes! HOW INSANELY AWESOME IS THAT?! Every place Jessa travels to is utterly unique and fascinating in its own way. I loved how L.E. DeLano depicted each reality. Also, each Jessa herself changes drastically too—from being a goth artist to a ballet dancer to even being completely deaf in one alternative universe. The other really cool thing is that Jessa retains the other Jessa’s memory—so, when she switches with deaf Jessa, she already has all the knowledge of that other Jessa, for example, sign language. It’s all pretty darn awesome. The details of the story are so intricately woven and fast paced yet so easy to follow and just GAH! I loved it.

Jessa is funny and smart and awesome. Her best friend Ben is a total sweetie, loyal to a fault. And Finn, oh Finn….he is mysterious and protective and ALSO A FREAKIN’ PIRATE IN ONE OF THE ALTERNATE UNIVERSES. SUH-WOON.

Traveler is an incredible debut and I am desperate for the next installment. *tosses self at bathroom mirror in hopes of traveling to an alternate universe where book 2 is already published* *smacks face against mirror* Looks like I’ll have to wait :P



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Poison's Kiss


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm.

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To participate all you have to do is:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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Poison's Kiss (Poison's Kiss, #1)After I finish dressing, while the boys are laughing over a game of dice, I warm two loaves of flatbread, smear them with butter and sprinkle them with cinnamon. Then I pour each of us a tall glass of orange juice.

I make sure Deven gets the poisoned one. ~ARC Pg. 111

This book, you guys. SO. GOOD! 
Do you have a teaser this week? Leave your link below!