30 Jul 2014

Aspen by Rebekah Crane

Title: Aspen
Author: Rebekah Crane

Publication: May 30th 2014 by In This Together Media
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley ● I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.
Aspen doesn't want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.
Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control ... and doesn't want to.
A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.


Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor—your name if your mom was a high school girl that got pregnant. Indeed, most teenage girls who get pregnant would give their child the weirdest name anyone could have.
Can you miss someone who’s supposed to be dead but keeps popping up everywhere and scaring the shit out of you?
Aspen is gratifying to read! I really love the humor of this book. It makes me laugh every time. It does not let me down on the funny parts.

It pictures to me that even though Aspen’s mom smokes pot a lot, she still care and think of her. It showed me the love of a daughter towards her mother in spite of her amiss doing.
I couldn’t help but smile. In my experience, people who laugh hard, like their laughs are bursting from the bottom of their stomachs up through their chests; make the world a little lighter.
Aspen made my world a little lighter. But I saw a negative to this book. It’s somewhat racist! Aspen’s friends, Kim and Cass, talked and bullied their selves with their race. It was like a true-friends-bully-each-other-publicly talk but to me was an insult. But it’s true that Asian people have the title of having the skinniest race because half or more of the population is starving.

Even though, Ninny, Aspen’s mom was a dope smoker, she was so damn coooooool. I think it was because she gave birth during her high school days and that she is still a teen thinker.
Sometimes what we feel can’t be defined because it would take every word, every sound, every emotion ever created to do it. That’s what I think love is.
I declare myself lucky for this book was approved to me on Netgalley. A very big thank you to its publisher and awesome author. I would have not read such tremendous read.

I highly recommend this to every one for your summer (on Western areas!) and rainy days read especially for the baffled, traumatized, frustrated, and also having parent problems.






24 Jul 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publication: May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2014)
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary
Format: Kindle Edition, 240 pages


A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.




This is the worst book I have read. First chapter and I have put it down. Definitely NO. STAR. RATING. I could give it negative stars if you want me to rate it. You do not have to read it at all just to prove yourself it is a sick book. This is shit’s bull of work. You will be disturb because you have read it and regret that you open and flip its pages. You will comment down to this post that I was right; this is the worst book ever. You will be sorry.

But you will not.

But because I am lying.

Think again… I was lying. Yes. Please, think again… Think the opposites of what you have just read because I am not lying. Suffer fools.

You have read We Were Liars.
Yes.
No.

Just lie. I do not care.

How it end?

Just lie.
Lie.

Because We Were Liars.
(noun.) Cadence, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat; Gat, Mirren, Johnny and Cadence.

Couldn’t. Couldn’t. Wouldn’t.
Even write a review for this book because Liars.

It did not left me silver linings but golden retrievers.

Please.
Let me not review for this.

It does not deserve any.

Good Lord.

Why E. Lockhart? She, who left me no heart for this book.






20 Jul 2014

Forget You by Jennifer Snyder





Cold Creek Companion Series
New Adult Contemporary
Expected Release: September 2, 2014
Cover  designed by Lindee Robinson Photography

   Eva Bennett might be known for her candid approach and sharp tongue, but on the inside she’s still a vulnerable twenty-four year old who’s sick of kissing toads and being habitually single.
   Full of comical one-liners and wielding a charming smile, Sawyer Keeton is more than meets the eye. After the news of his brother’s tragic death, however, Sawyer is pulled into a place filled with crippling emotions and pain—a place no one can seem to reach him…until the moment Eva steps into his life.
   A twist of fate will bring them together and then tear them apart, forcing the two to learn there are people in life whom you cherish and pray will never forget you.







About the Author

   Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

   SHATTERED SOUL was my debut novel and no, you haven’t seen the end of me yet…




The author is offering an ARC of FORGET YOU to one lucky person! To enter, please visit the giveaway on Jennifer Snyder's Facebook page or enter below!






18 Jul 2014

Shameless by Nina Lemay


IFB is hosting the cover reveal for Nina Lemay's NA Contemporary Romance. See it below and continue for the giveaway:



















Genre: New Adult Romance
Release date: August 18th 2014





Synopsis via Goodreads:

Girls like me don’t get happy endings.
I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?
But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.
He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.
The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.
This is a standalone novel, no series, no cliffhanger.




Nina LemayAbout the Author
Nina Lemay is a YA writer by day and author of sinfully twisted New Adult…well, also by day. She loves all things dark and edgy and never tires of tormenting her characters. While Nina is a fan of all things scary, Gothic, and fantastic, she doesn’t shy away from a gritty contemporary romance when the muse strikes. She lives in Montreal, a city that never fails to inspire, with her partner and her dog.






EXCERPT
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   His hand slides, hesitant, across the edge of his seat as he leans closer. The black ink of the letters on his knuckles is stark against his skin.

   “Show me,” I say.

   And he kisses me. Our lips don’t meet smooth and choreographed like in movies. The stubble on his cheek grazes the corner of my mouth, leaving behind a burning trail, and then his lips cover mine. Nothing hesitant about them. Assertive, self-assured like I thought his kiss would be, the promise of those strong hands and broad shoulders and arrogant posture made real. But he’s anything but arrogant. He gently nips on my lower lip and his hands caress my neck, my jaw, cup my face. He’s holding me like I’m something fragile and precious.

   I’m afraid to close my eyes.

   He has that lavender scent, sharp and clean, with a note of wild muskiness lurking underneath when you get close enough—that note that’s just him. I don’t know what to do with my hands so I slip them under his jacket and put them on his waist, right above his belt. I finally start to sketch out what his body looks like under his shirt: sinewy and fit and hard.

   His hands finally move on, mirroring mine, down to my bare belly exposed by my cropped top. The little hairs along my spine stand on end. An involuntary shudder courses through me, making my abs tighten and quiver. His hand finds the small of my back and settles there, guiding me forward with smooth confidence, pulling me toward him. The heat of his palm melts through my skin into my bones and up my spine, softening my muscles until my entire body feels like hot wax held together by a membrane of skin. I tuck my hand under his belt, just the fingertips—past the hem of his shirt where the pads of my fingers find hot, smooth skin over taut muscle.

   He groans softly into my mouth. I lean in and slide onto his lap, barely aware that I’m clambering over a car seat. It’s just so smooth and natural, the grooves of our bodies clicking together like a jigsaw puzzle. His hands on my waist, spreading goosebumps all over my belly, up my back and down my arms; then they move up, up, under my top, stopping when they find my bra. Pausing, hesitant.

   I kiss my way along his jaw and his neck, peel away the collar of his shirt to continue down his clavicle. His hand settles over my bra and I can feel its heat through the fabric, a tiny little jolt of sensation that lights up my nerve endings like a Christmas tree.

   My mind floats up, under the closed sunroof of the Audi, and watches me from there, impassive. I’m aware of everything I’m doing, too aware, but I don’t stop. My body continues like an automaton, the lips, the hands, performing the motions. Like I’m a car on cruise control, easing into the familiar mode. I know what happens next.

   A part of me, very deep down, hopes I don’t.

   Only one way to find out.

   I go for his belt buckle, find it, tug on it. It yields with a soft clink.

   And just as I’m about to stick my hand down his pants, he pulls away.

   “’Annah,” he pants. His hand slips out from under my shirt and dives down to catch my wrist. His fingers wrap around my wrist bone, strong and firm.

   Maybe it’s the touch that zaps me back into my body, disrupts my functioning. The false step that throws off the whole routine, the bad note that ruins the aria.

   “What?” I whisper. My body’s nerves settle into normal mode one by one.

   “No.”

   “Why not?”

   “This isn’t right. This is… overstepping.”

   I sit back. I’m still balancing with my shins on his legs—kind of like at work when I lean in, my hair brushing over a customer’s face, and ask in a seductive whisper if he wants another dance.

   I blink at him in utter dismay. Thrown off. Tossed overboard into unfamiliar territory and I don’t know what to do.

   But I want to be doing this, I start to say. We aren’t doing anything wrong. “I’m attracted to you,” he says. His voice still holds a hint of breathlessness. “But then again, you already knew that.”

   “But I’m—” I’m attracted to you too. This much should be obvious.
   “I know,” he says softly. He lets go of my wrist and instead takes my hand between his hot, hot palms. He brings it to his lips. “But this isn’t right.”









14 Jul 2014

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Title: Flipped
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Publication: May 13th 2003 by Ember (first published October 1st 2001)
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 212 pages

Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.




I cried a lot on this book. I think I cried on every chapter? My God. I am sorry for I am terrible at keeping myself from crying. And this explains that Flipped is enormously good. 

I have read it last year, first school semester. I did not attend a class just to read and finish the book and it was my first time to skip in college. Ha. I spent all my time at the library.

Juli and Bryce made me do it. They let me fall off their story. Juli let me climb the sycamore tree and taught me how the world is so beautiful when you are at the top. And, Bryce assured that not all boys are bitter and vain.

This would not be a long post. I wrote this because I wanted to tell everyone who has not read Flipped that this book is a fantabulous read. I sadly have known that not all book bloggers have read it. It has been a movie. I have not watched it but I can feel that the movie is as best as the book.

Awesome, amazeballs, splendid, you name it.  (!!!) Flipped is the book that your time is worth on flipping its pages until the end.




12 Jul 2014

We Own The Night by Kristen Strassel




presents the cover reveal of



We Own the Night by Kristen Strassel
(The Night Songs Collection #3)
Publication date: September 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Designed by By Hang Le


     The Ultimate Manipulation. 
     Callie Chabot would stop at nothing to save her ex-boyfriend Blade Bennett from the clutches of vampire clan leader Talis de Rancourt, even if means becoming immortal herself. What she doesn’t know is that Blade has already defeated Talis, and he’s waiting for Callie in the afterlife.
     Now Callie only has her creator, Tristan Trevosier, to turn to for guidance. But he’s too wrapped up in the debauchery of the Las Vegas rock scene to give a damn about the particulars of being undead. That’s enough to drive Callie crazy on its own, but female vampires are automatic clan leaders.
     Not only does Callie have no idea how to wrangle a vampire clan, but her would-be followers have more to gain from her failure. They instead choose to follow Blade—and he’s hell-bent on making Callie pay for her bad decisions. Since he took out the existing clan leader, that automatically puts him at the helm of what should be Callie’s new clan.
     A Master of Deception.
    That’s when seasoned rogue vampire, Cash Logan, shows up, shrouded in magic and mystery. No one is sure which side Cash is on, but Callie needs to take a chance on the one vampire who is willing to give her the answers she needs, no matter how dark and frightening they may be. Callie must trust her instincts and form alliances that may backfire. Cash shows Callie that playing nice is no longer an option, and that fixing her wrongs won’t always make everything right.
    To take control of her clan, Callie must look to her rival to discover exactly what makes her a leader.


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The first two books were also re-designed to match the third book.



     Sex, Blood And Rock n' Roll.

     Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust.
     Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery. 

    Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.
      Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.
     But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

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      We bonded in darkness, over darkness.


     Melanie Vaughn's job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options.
     Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable. When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder's luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band's heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clan leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.
      Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder. The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band's tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in uncharted territory. 

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Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.

See Kristen Strassel's The Night Songs Collection on Goodreads and connect with her-- Website, Facebook, Twitter and Deadly Ever After.com.







9 Jul 2014

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Title: Fan Art
Author: Sarah Tregay
Publication: June 17th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC, 368 pages
Source: Pinoy Book Tours
Purchase at: Book Depository




Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend. As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?



Warning: I might spoil you with this review but I am so eager to share this to everyone! Most of the post contains notes from my reading…

On the first two chapters, I did not get the point of Jaime. What is he really up to on narrating his doings everyday without the presence of Mason? It is just so lame to think that I am not getting any interest. There’s no thrill to me… If I was not just thinking about the synopsis from the back of the book, the phrase from the front and also my interest on LGBT characters and arts, I would have put this book down. Sorry.

But when Jamie and Mason did there zigzagging moment in the gym… Uh-oh, my feels, it started then! My delirium is bugging out! Well, it is not normal for a boy and a boy to act like they are boy and girl sort-of friends. Do you get my idea? Just totally gay and I weirdly like it. I did then thought of Mason, is he somewhat like Jamie, too?

As I read on, Jamie’s mom knew that he was gay. But how about Mason? Does he know? It confused me. No matter, I love how Jamie’s mom and stepdad accepted him when he told them he is a gay.

Since Jamie is a staff of their school magazine, he works for the graphics and layouts. And… YOU. HAVE. TO. SEE. THE. DRAFT. OF. CHALLIS!!! *You have to read the book. You have to read the book. Hahaha!* 

Sorry about that.

But there came a dead-problem on Jamie about what Challis submitted. I agree that the graphic short should not suppose to be in the literary magazine but in the sense that it is literature noun: Published writings in a particular style on a particular subject. It is democracy that talks to me on this. I have this belief that anyone could speak their mind—professional or non-professional and on any medium. Freedom of speech. I think there is no problem to express your feelings. It is up to the people who read it and judge it. Judge it anyway, but you cannot conceal any piece of impression especially if you work on a literary magazine or any medium that expresses all. 

I really love that Jamie and Mason went to a road trip… It is like an unconscious date for them. I am really confused on what does Mason feels for Jamie. What’s up, Mason? What’s up?! This is getting excited and I was right to give it a try.

Anyway, the best poem I have read from Fan Art was At Night I Dream… It was an open-minded impartiality. It speaks for the unspoken feelings and I deeply fell for it.

Did I say earlier that the best poem I have read from this book was At Night I Dream? Pipsqueak me! I did not expect who wrote it. I did not have any idea at all and this makes the book so good after all! *Whispers.* It is really good at keeping secrets.

Fan Art was a total fun and amazingly impressive. It opens the readers mind, LGBTs and homophobic and/or neutral, on how a person gets out from their closet, on how still you have friends even so you went out from your closet, and on how not all people still accepts those hearts are different from their physical appearance. It is a worth read anyway especially that it made me leap on the last chapters. But I warn you, if you are not interested on reading LGBT books like Fan Art, please, please, do at least open your mind for this because it is unlike on what you think of. I swear to you. Thumbs up to this book!





HI THERE! Thank you for taking time reading my review for the blog tour of Fan Art. A big thank you to Pinoy Book Tours for this. Anyway, here is the blog tour schedule:




FAN ART by Sarah Tregay
July 7 to 11, 2014

July 7
Jayvee of Writer for Misfits - Review
Maricar of blackplume - Interview

July 8
Janice of Roller Coaster Ride - Review
The Bookwhore Diaries - Excerpt

July 9
Algel of Tea-rrific Reads - Review
Yani of Paper Boulevard - Review <== You are here!
Biena of Library Mistress - Excerpt

July 10
Michelle of The Escapist - Review

July 11
Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs - Review




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1 Jul 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Books Waiting To Be Read




These books that I will feature today are still pending on my TBR shelf and are on the top to read next. I wanted to read them all at once but I do not have much that power! Some of the books are already published at some point and are from Netgalley for reviews. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do!


 

The Selection series by Kiera Cass
The book covers of each of this series are adorable!
I want the gowns to be in my closet right now but I know it won't fit. Ha!







I am craving for your comments, guys, about the books I am about to read next. If you already have a review on one of these books, please don't hesitate to comment. I would like to know more about them, in good or bad. 


Note: I am very sorry that I am not an everyday poster lately because school just started. I am not always online to make a review or other kind of posts. But I am trying harder to cope up with my reads, reviews, emails and tweets. Thank you to anyone that is silently reading my blog and telling me compliments about it!
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