Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: All Broke Down by Cora Cormack

We are so excited to get to share the cover for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN today! 
A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! 
But you can pre-order it NOW! Check out what it's about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

Author: Samantha Young
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Adult
Narrative: first person/past
Year Published: 2014
Format: paperback copy
Challenge: Sequel-prequel 
One simple lesson in seduction between two friends can turn into so much more… 
Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.
Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.
The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left broken-hearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever…
Okay, so, honestly, I don't have that much to say about this book. But I didn't want to leave it without some written review, because quite frankly, I enjoyed the book immensely, and I'd hate for you not to know that.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Author: Maria V. Snyder
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: first person/past
Year Published: 2004
Format: paperback copy
Challenge: TBR
Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear.
Oh my effing god. Why on earth did I wait this long to read this?! What was I thinking?! I knew it was a must read, but... ARG! I AM SO MAD AT MYSELF RIGHT NOW. I didn't even get books 2 and 3 with this one, just the first, and I NEED more, like, now. Like, I need it to breath. What am I supposed to do!?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ready, Photo, Set! (Intro)

So, it's been a while since I've last did any post unrelated to reviews. There's work and all sorts of occasions coming up... Doesn't leave me much time to just be and so I often didn't have the energy to actually sit and... well, think of eloquent ways to write what I think.  

It's in this time that I found a new hobby - book photosets on Tumblr. I started experimenting with photosets a while back. It took me literally AGES to figure out how to create this layout on tumblr (which turned out to be really simple, and I'm just extremely stupid), but from the moment I finally managed it turned out to be great fun. 

And so, when I don't have the energy to write blog posts, I... photoset. Sometimes a lot

My tumblr page doesn't get too much love on this blog. It started out as just something I opened to check this big bad "tumblr" out, and to have a place to reblog all the bookish things I find there. But now, it's a bit more than that, and I want to share it with you guys.  

So, here are the photosets I created so far. Press the image to get to the photoset itself. If you like what you see, please follow me on Tumblr cause I will probably continue with these quite a bit. If you want to find links to all my photosets, instead of scrolling all through my tumblr blog, here's a page dedicated to that! :)

Endless List of Favorite Books

As the name clearly indicates, this list of photosets is for my favorites. It's the one I use most frequently, as I feel the need to share the love about a lot of books. I also love the results for this one.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Author: Morgan Matson
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult 
Narrative: third person/past
Year Published: 2014
Format: hardcover copy
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try... unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough. Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait... what?
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Um...
Okay, what is this with books leaving me wanting MORE lately?! SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE looks a bit intimidating (it's a big book, y'all!) but it's a fast and engaging read, sure to make you cheer on the MC and scream KISS ALREADY at the top of your lungs (I know I did).
If you're looking for a fun summer read - do yourselves a favor and pick this up.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Author: Rainbow Rowell
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Adult
Narrative: third person/past
Year Published: 2011
Format: paperback copy
"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . " 
From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace.
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
It's not a secret I adore Rowell's Fangirl. It's the only book I own two editions of in my own library. So, naturally, I've decided to read all of her books. Attachments was a fun, funny, story of growing up (sort of) and a proof that not all love stories are predictable and similar.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Author: Sarah Dessen
My Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars
Age Genre: Young Adult
Narrative: third person/past
Year Published: 2006
Format: paperback copy
Challenge: TBR
Annabel Green is "the girl who has everything" — at least that's what she portrays in her modeling shoots. But Annabel's life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly,and her older sister's eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracized at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen -- intense, music obsessed, and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?
As a contemporary fan, I knew Sarah Dessen was an author I just had to check out... But it took me quite a while to decide to do that. When I did, I went on Goodreads and picked the highest rated book of hers, as I figured that was a good place to start - right? 
So, now, after reading this, I can honestly say that... I'm very, very conflicted.
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