Stuck in Good Book Hop

Hiya Lovelies!

This is our second time participating in this hop and I just love visiting other blogs and seeing what books other readers are obsessing over. For this blog hop, we are giving away an ARC of a book I know many people have been anxiously anticipating. It also just came out this week but, hey, it a free book, who's complaining?

Want to know which book is it?

Are you ready?

We are giving away an ARC of I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I was able to pick up an extra copy at BEA this year and I've been dying looking for the perfect opportunity to give it away. So all you have to do is enter the information requested on the rafllecopter and good luck! (Please be aware that this is a US only giveaway)

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Now that you’ve entered the giveaway here, check out all of the other blogs on the hop listed below for a chance to win some more books! Best of luck to you all!

Favorite Friday (#5) - The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Have a favorite book? Series? One that you've just read or are currently reading? Favorite Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Swoons where we spotlight some of our Favorite Reads. Everyone is welcome to join. Just enter your information on the linky or leave us a comment!

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.
She used to think her problems were all in her head
They aren’t.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

THIS BOOK. OMG THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING I EVERYTHING I LOVE.  It has the swoons. It has the cocky, bad boy with the English accent. It has banter and sexual tension off the charts. The story line? I never know what to expect. OMG. I LOVE this book. I CANNOT wait until the third book, The Retribution of Mara Dyer comes out because I need to know how this will end. And I need Noah Shaw. Like, NEED him.

About the author:

I grew up in South Florida, went to college in New York, and attended law school in Michigan. When I'm not writing, I can usually be found prying strange objects from the jaws of one of my three pets. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was my first novel.
Author's links: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads / Tumblr / Pinterest

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What is one of your favorite reads?

Review: Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Crash Into Me
Author: Albert Borris
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARCycling
Review by: Samantha
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back. "Crash Into Me puts readers in the driver's seat with four teens teetering on the edge of suicide. But will their cross country odyssey push them all the way over? Only the final page turn will tell, in Albert Borris's finely-crafted tale of friendship forged from a desperate need of connection.

3 stars out of 5 stars

         When I stumbled upon this book and read the synopsis on the back cover for the first time, it gave off this implication of eagerness to become a life changing young adult coming of age novel that would appeal to teenagers all over the world for truly depicting the hardships adolescents face every day, which in all honesty, the novel did not achieve.

I did not find this book relatable or alluring and perhaps it was on the grounds that I do not want to commit suicide, although as an author who writes novels with teenage characters for an audience of young adults, it is his or her job to make sure the reader is completely enthralled inside the world of the narrative story no matter the topic and understands who the characters are, what they are thinking and why they are thinking that.

One aspect I judged refreshing in this storyline was the friendship among Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae, which I notion the characters could have had a little bit more depth in terms of character development. This band of juveniles are all so loosely tied to one another and hail from such distinct backgrounds and personalities, it seems almost impossible that these youngsters would even become acquaintances, except for the fact that they all want to check out of life for good. I thought their companionship was engaging and oddly beautiful in a way. They were all lost within themselves by virtue of their emotional issues that accompany being a teenager, trying to find their sense of purpose similar to every other expected to act like an adult, but treated like a child adolescent and needed each other to help find acceptance for so-called misfits in a world lacking approval.

An element of the novel that is empathetic is how Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin- Ae throughout their suicidal odyssey become indecisively hesitant to whether or not they are going to end their lives, something representative of all teenagers and the stress that comes with facing adulthood.

The plot was predictable considering the fact that the whole storyline was basically told on the back of the book jacket. I did not understand the reasoning behind why these teenagers wanted to commit suicide and found myself sighing in exasperation every time the conversation led to what they were going to do at Death Valley, their final destination.

In essence, I anticipated an immense sentimental turning point or a somewhat life- transforming revelation that would leave me breathless and sobbing in my pillow. “Crash into me,” is a mediocre and inherently dissatisfying novel with an easy to foretell plot and disappointing conclusion.  The novel had its “deep” moments, but it should have had more “deep” moments considering the emotional and delicate topic. There was an abundance amount of potential aptitude for this novel to be momentous and memorable that the author did not take advantage of. I was hoping this book was going to be one that would become dear to my heart, but it simply was not.

Waiting on Wednesday (#76)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: October 14, 2014
Love is beautiful, dangerous, scary, sublime.

From the moment she sees Colin, Lucy knows she’s meant for him. But their love is no ordinary love; Lucy is a ghost, and Colin can only physically be with her when he’s standing on the brink of his own death.

Willing to give anything for their stolen moments together, Colin pushes his daredevil tendencies to the extreme time and again. But as he becomes obsessed with testing the limits between his world and that of the dead, Lucy begins to wonder if she’s meant to be his guardian—or his destruction.

If you're a reader of this blog, you know we love Christina Lauren. We read anything and everything they write so it no big surprise that we're super excited about their first YA book. If you haven't read their books yet, I say get started on it!

What are you "Waiting on?"

Blog Tour Stop: Review + Giveaway: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition

Finding Mr Darcy: High School Edition
Author: Erin Butler
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Review by: Nahomi
Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

3 stars out of 5 stars

I am a fan of Jane Austen; so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to read this book. I thought the story was cute, and had a modern twist on Pride and Prejudice. The story flowed seamlessly from beginning to end, the pacing was steady and kept me moving right along with the story.

Eliza is a bit of a flake. She doesn't really know what she wants and is having a hard time deciding who she wants to be with. Although she is a nice character she comes off as a little silly and very self centered. Janie is much like Eliza, but she likes to dye her hair and acts rebellious. Will and Ryan are the main love interest and neither really had the swoon factor for me.

There was a love square I would call it going on throughout the story which had me confused for most of the book. There are some very touching scenes in the book which warmed me up to the story, and the trip to England was fun to read about and imagine. All in all the story was good but not really my cup of tea.
You can follow the rest of the blog tour here.

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About the Author:
Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.
      Author Links: WebsiteGoodreads / Facebook / Twitter
Blog Tour hosted by: YA Bound Book Tours

Cover Reveal: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Wicked ( A Wicked Saga, #1)
 by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: December 8, 2014
Links: Amazon / Goodreads
 Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. 

 Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. 

 But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

About the author:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dream of becoming an author started in algebra class,where she spent most of her time writing short stories...which explains her dismal grades in math.

Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Author Links: 

Cover Reveal Organized by: InkSlinger PR

Quotes (#74)

Morning Lovelies,

No lie, that is legit me this morning. Like, I can't even function. Maybe some quotes will help me get in a groove.

"I am different, not less." - Temple Grandin

"Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit." - Henry Adams

"I want to know everything about you, so I tell you everything about myself." - Amy Hempel

"Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers

"As human beings, we have a natural compulsion to fill empty spaces." - Will Shortz

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." - Amelia Earhart

"Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold." - Zelda Fitzgerald

That's from me. I hope you all have a great week. Hopefully I can make it out of bed today.

Favorite Friday (#4) - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Have a favorite book? Series? One that you've just read or are currently reading? Favorite Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Swoons where we spotlight some of our Favorite Reads. Everyone is welcome to join. Just enter your information on the linky or leave us a comment!

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees... Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy. Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side. As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny? Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Unearthly is one of my favorite books ever! Definitely in my top five all time favorite books. I really love Cynthia Hand's writing and I'll pretty much read anything she writes. This book is about first love and coming of age with all the wonderful and not so wonderful things they entails. 

About the author:

I'm the New York Times bestselling (sheesh, I will never get used to saying that) author of the Unearthly trilogy with HarperTeen. My other great love besides writing is teaching, and I've spent the past six years teaching courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. This summer my family and I moved back to Boise, Idaho, where I am working on two new novels. See my Books page for information about my books.

Author's links: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What is one of your favorite reads?

Review: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien

The Vault of Dreamers
(The Vault of Dreamers #1)
Author: Caragh M O'Brien
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Source: BEA 2014
Review by: Jenn
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedules include twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year film student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras. What’s worse, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.
From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.
2.5 stars out of 5 stars

I've been dying to start this book since I got back from BEA this past June. However, other responsibilties delayed me in starting it. And once I finally started it? I was completely hooked. I was so curious about The Forge School and how everything worked.

Rosie was an interesting enough character but I honestly couldn't see what made her so unique and special to have been in The Forge School to begin with. I also couldn't see what really prompted her to skip her sleeping pill and to go wandering about the school. I could see how she was curious in the middle of the book, but in the beginning? Not so much.

I will not give away plot spoilers but I will say that I quickly became exasperated with Rosie. When she discovers some secrets about The Forge School and an important player behind the scene, I just couldn't believe how she chose to just blurt everything that she knew without thinking of the consequences. I also feel like she became a different person towards the second of book because I couldn't understand her motivations at that point.

My other complaints with the book was Rosie's love interest, Linus. I found him to be more of convenient plot device than an actual love interest. I didn't find anything romantic about their relationship.

I'm disappointed with how this book turned out to be. I was really hooked and I couldn't read fast enough but then I hit a point in the book that I just stalled and couldn't pick it up. There were so many questions and not enough answers were being provided. I finished because I was just fed up with the book staring at me and wanting to know how it ended but it was a struggled. I think the last 30 or so pages, I skimmed most of it. I only learn that there would be a second book when I went on Caragh's Goodreads page and saw that she's writing a sequel. I was not expecting for there to be a second book and I think that also added to my disappointment. I was even confused with the ending and have no idea what really happened. I just hope some other reader does like it and maybe will tell me what I just can't understand.

Waiting on Wednesday (#75)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: October 7, 2014

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

I stumbled across a teaser of this book and immediately added it to my TBR pile. It sounds really good! What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


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