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Monday, October 29, 2012

HELP IS HERE: Over You Giveaway + Break Up Kit

Stephie R. 

Over You

Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
Guys. Guys. GUYS! I absolutely adored this book. And i freakin' LOVED MAX! She's pretty much the coolest MC ever! So i basically fan-girled super hard to Emma & Nicola and they were sweet enough to send me some signed copies! AND i HAVE TO SHARE THIS AMAZING BOOK WITH YOU GUISE! And i HAVE to throw in one of these bad boys too!
So, check out my review, check out the trailer and enter below! You know you want to! 



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 306
Rating: 5 Striking Stars! 
In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.~Goodreads

Carnival of Souls was the very first book I’ve ever read by Melissa Marr and to say I loved it would be an understatement.

It was brilliant, beautiful and brutal. It was frightening, exciting and surprising. It was absolutely fantastic!

I fell for all of the characters immediately. Usually when I read a book where the story lines switch between characters I end up picking favorites. And when I pick favorites I find myself wanting to get back to THAT character’s storyline ASAP, but in Carnival of Souls that NEVER happened. I adored Belias & Aya’s narrative just as much as I FREAKIN’ LOVED Mallory & Kaleb’s.

I also loved how the book switched between worlds. It was an awesome contrast that really added to the plot and showed how large the gap between Mal’s world and Kaleb’s world was. Aya, Belias and Kaleb all live in The City where the Carnival takes place and oh holy wow! The way Melissa Marr depicts every scene is absolutely stunning and puts you right into the action. You are at the fights, you see the gore and hear the roar of the crowd. You’re excited and nervous. You don’t know who is going to win and who is going to play dirty. The fights were just so freakin’ remarkable. Hands down, my favorite part of the story.

I also ADORE-DORE-DORED Mallory’s dad Adam. He’s a witch and he’s protective and he’s amazing. I wants to reads more about him!

Overall, Carnival of Souls weaves enough secrets, stolen kisses and stabbings throughout the pages to keep anyone EXtremely intrigued! 

I HIGHLY recommend this book and I cannot wait for its sequel, Theatre of Deceit!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Glass Heart by Amy Garvey (+ARC Giveaway)

Glass Heart (Cold Kiss, #2)
Glass Heart (Cold Kiss #2)
Author:Amy Garvey
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Rating: 3 Stars!
Wren can do things that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life.

Wren knows her abilities are tinged with danger--knows how easy it is to lose control--but she can't resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side, someone who knows what she can do--what she "has" done--she finally feels free to be herself.

But as Wren explores the possibilities of her simmering powers, Gabriel starts pushing her away. Telling her to be careful. Telling her to "stop." The more he cautions her, the more determined Wren becomes to prove that she can handle things on her own. And by the time she realizes that Gabriel may be right, it could be too late to bring him back to her side.~Goodreads

Cold Kiss was one of my absolute favorite books last year  

(I cried my eyes out and it pretty much shattered my soul)
so I was SUPER FREAKIN’ THRILLED to find out there was going to be a sequel! Although I didn’t quite love it as much as the first installment, Glass Heart is still a story worth reading!

Wren Darby is back and she’s as cool as ever; with her cupcake earrings and docs, she floats around town creating photographs out of thin air and making out with her cute boyfriend, Gabriel. 

And the one thing I love most about Wren? It's that she makes mistakes. And major ones at that. She also reacts to things in such a TEENAGE way that she’s so freakin’ relatable. When she wasn’t making out with Gabriel, avoiding her dad, annoying Robin with her big sister act or hanging out with Dar and Jess...she was hangin’ out with some new cronies. And they were...very...interesting....

The new characters, Bay and Fiona, are cool college kids that “play” with magic and encourage Wren to do the same...but in public. At times they seemed like fun but at others they were terrible influences and perhaps slightly dangerous? It was hard to tell! I found myself second-guessing their intentions with Wren every other chapter. Like I said, sometimes they seemed super cool and other times they seem like total creeps. Garvey kept me on edge with them!

Mr. Gabriel seemed to be the only levelheaded one in this book. He wasn't afraid to tell Wren that doing magic in public is wrong and perhaps here new 'friends' aren't friends at all. But he was also dealing with a lot of his own issues—some of which weren’t played out on the page. So I kinda felt that there was a wall between not only Wren and Gabriel but also me and Gabriel though out the book- which made me sad. 

Overall, Glass Heart was a good addition to the series! And i would love to read about Wren and the gang again! Here's hoping for a third ;) 

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Music Monday♫ : Chris Brown Edition ♥

Christopher Brown. UNFFFF! 'Nuff said. 

SOOOOOOOOO are you totes in love with him or are you TOTES IN LOVE WITH HIM!? :P 

Sound off in the comments or lemme know what you're listening to this week! :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

CRASH Blog Tour: REVIEW + Giveaway

Crash (Crash, #1)
Crash (Crash #1)
Author: Nicole Williams
Rating: 5 Stars!
Team: Jude Ryder
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. 

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. 

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.~Goodreads

Hilarious. Sexy. Intense.

Crash totally took me by surprise and hooked from the very first moment a certain sexpot crashed (literally) into our main character on the beach.

I absolutely loved Lucy! She’s a fixer at heart and she wants to help everyone; including screwed up dogs and screwed up boys. Lucy isn’t a pushover though, she’s also one tough chick and I was mentally fist-pumping her multiple times throughout the story. She’s not afraid to give the aforementioned sexpot
a dose of his own medicine or set him straight and call him out on all his shit. Her inner dialogue was hilarious and adorable and, yeah she’s awesome.

Then we have Mr. Sexpot Jude Ryder. And just like Lucy, after the moment they met, I was unable to stop thinking about him. He’s the epitome of a bad boy; cocky, sexy, mysterious, sexy, witty, sexy, protective, sexy, a little bit dangerous and did I mention sexy!? He’s pretty much a broken mess and you can’t help but wanna reach through the pages and hug his pain and past away and then kiss the shit out of him. Oorrr....maybe that was just me? :P

I seriously loved this book and the plot and the characters and all of their flaws and ZEEEEEP! I can’t want to “crash” into the sequel! :)


About Nicole:
I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because i love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* to join me? 
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-ONE entry per household.

- Must be 13 years or older to enter.

- Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.

- Open to ALL.
- Giveaway ends Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 12:01am EST.
- Good luck!