Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: December 31, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

Review+Excerpt+Giveaway: Mutilate My Heart

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Title: Mutilate My Heart (Mutilate #1)
Author: Emily Godwin
Date of Publication: July 9, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA romance with paranormal elements


Punk rock band Mutilated Arteries has been seventeen-year-old Becca's world (aka obsession) for the last year. When the band schedules a concert in her hometown, she and her best friend Carli are the first ones in line to buy tickets. The night is everything she expects it to be and more, especially after making friends with the new super-cute bassist, Sketch.

Becca's mom warns her not to fall for a rock star because rock stars are always on the road - or they die in a plane crash, like her mom's favorite band did twenty-something years ago. But after the band's tour bus breaks down and they're stuck hanging out in Roizen Hills for a week, it's hard for Becca not to fall for Sketch and his caricature drawings and toxic green eyes.

Becca knows Sketch is leaving as soon as the bus is fixed, and she can't be his fan-turned-girlfriend anyway because of the lead singer's "No Girlfriends" rule. Plus, there's something strange about the guys that Becca can't quite decipher... like how they won't reveal their real names, their always-changing odd appearances, and the guitarist's obsession with blood and zombies. Still, Becca wants nothing more than for Sketch to mutilate her heart...but it just might not be in a way she expects.

My Review

I think that from the beginning, I was already drawn to this book because of its association with music. What I didn’t expect, though, was that it had paranormal elements in it as well. I never got that from reading its summary, so I was really shocked when I got to that part of the story. Although it was a bit weird, I think it was cleverly incorporated into the plot. It served as quite an effective turning point considering I had no idea that anything like it would happen. 
Becca and Carli were both really cool. I admired how they were always there for each other through everything. I found the romantic aspect quite sweet, too (Sketch is like Milo from American Girl on Saturn!). It’s every teenage girl’s dream to be able to hang out with a great guy from a great band! Sketch’s bandmates were also pretty awesome; they certainly lived up to their (kind of creepy) names. It was nice to see Spaceships Around Saturn mentioned in the story, forming a slight connection between it and AGoS.

I can definitely say that I loved the contemporary feel of the novel. It was a fun, light read, and I recommend it for anyone who finds interest in music, the paranormal, or both!

My Rating

Excerpt from the Book

I run out the door and climb into the passenger seat of Carli’s car. “Undead Masquerade” bleeds through the speakers, and the bass thumps against my flip flops. I really hope she turns their CD off before Sketch and Corpse get into her car with us. 
She doesn’t say anything as she backs out of my driveway. She has a completely calm persona on her face. We remain silent through the rest of the song, and then she turns the volume down.
“Are you freaking out? I’m freaking out,” she says in one breath.
If she’s freaking out, I have to stay calm. It’s our code. One of us has to act normal to try to hide the other’s complete spazzing moments.
“I’m good. Nervous. But good,” I reply. 
She nods her head. “Okay, good. We’ve got this.”
She pushes the eject button on the CD player and shoves the disc back into its case. Thank God. After the ringtone incident yesterday, I do not need anything else that will make me look like a fangirl. 
It only takes one drive around the mall for us to find the guys’ dead tour bus. Sketch and Corpse spot us, look once behind them, and run toward our car. Carli slams on the brakes, and my seatbelt catches me from landing face first against the dashboard. 
Sketch yanks my door open.
“Let us in!” he shouts. “Hurry!”
I jump out, and he yanks the seat down and dives into the backseat. Corpse jumps in right after him, and the two collapse half on top of the seat and half in the floorboard.
“Get in!” they scream in unison.
I get in quickly and slam the door shut behind me.

“Drive!” Corpse yells, slamming his hands against the back of Carli’s seat. 

About the Author

Emily Godwin is a Young Adult author. She enjoys writing, painting, and sewing her own line of non-evil voodoo dolls. She's a Slytherin, trying to disguise herself as a Hufflepuff, and wishes she could read herself into books.


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Waiting on Wednesday: At Any Price

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: At Any Price
Author: Brenna Aubrey
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Silver Griffon Associates
Publication Date: December 9, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she'll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It's a desperate step, but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO 

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he's sexy, driven and--as CEO of his own gaming company--he's used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what's happening, he's found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she's made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can't tell if he's playing her...or if he's playing for keeps.

This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.

Cover Reveal: Finding Joy

Remembering Joy
Release Date: 12/13/13

Book Summary from Goodreads:
Love is patient. 

It can happen when you least expect it,

where you least expect it,

with whom you least expect it.

Love is kind.

But love may not grow out of kindness. 
It can happen with the person who hates you most
because love knows no bounds. 

And it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love doesn’t hold a grudge.
Love forgives.
Love forgets.

But when the healing of your heart 
breaks the hearts of the ones you love …
it may seem impossible to

Find joy.

Book One:
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About the Author
Jenni Moen lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three crazy, exuberant kids that have the potential to burn the house down at any moment. 
When she’s not chauffeuring kids around town, performing her mom duties as a short order cook and maid, or vacuuming for her fastidious husband, she hammers away at her keyboard at her big girl job as a patent attorney. While vodka and exercise have provided some relief from the daily grind, it is reading … and now writing … that are her true escapes.

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Blitz + Giveaway: Impossibly Love

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Impossibly Love (Impossibly #1)
Release Date: 10/29/13

Summary from Goodreads:

All Moya Douglas wants to do is study hard, maintain her scholarship, and make her mother proud while attending college. She doesn't have time for a boyfriend or going on dates arranged by her best friend. Moya doesn't believe in love. And she has no intention of ever finding it.

Branden McCarthy is determined to change her views.  A selfless romantic who's had his heart broken in the past, Branden is fascinated with Moya's personality and hopes to develop something real with her—a connection so strong it'll open her heart. But just when things start to work between the two, Branden’s secret threatens to get in the way.  Will Moya finally do the impossible and give love a chance with Branden, or will fear keep them apart?

New Adult novel about finding love and oneself.

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About the Author

Shane Morgan is a lover of "interesting" books. Her imagination is always running wild so it's best to collect and organize them into separate stories. 

Shane's love for writing started the moment she picked up a Nancy Drew book. At a young age, she began writing short stories, delving into a variety of genres: from comedy and drama, to horror and contemporary romance. Shane's quite intrigued by the otherworldly or things otherwise deemed "impossible." Well, in her opinion, people never really grow up, do they?

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Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publishing Date: November 26, 2013



For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

Cover Reveal: Camp Christmas

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Title: Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5)
Authors: Joanne and Karen Rock
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary 


Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?

Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish

1.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I know that this one's a redesign, and all that, but seriously? The cover doesn't say anything about the book at all! :O It's just a plain solid color, with a little words here and there. Boring!  I'm glad I saw the cover at the right first; otherwise, I wouldn't even have bothered to try this book/movie!

2.  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I haven't read this series yet, although I've been hearing lots of great reviews about this.  I just can't push myself to read it when the cover's like this. (Yes, I judge the book by its cover :c)  I really don't like books with people's faces on it, I don't know why. :o

3.  The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
I don't like how the title was positioned; it looks so all over the place.  The words inside the letters seemed a little awkward, too.  The face of the girl also looks a little weird. x.x

4.  Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
The cover at the left just doesn't give the book justice; I wouldn't have read this if that was the copy that I first saw.  I actually like the cover of the paperback (right)

5.  Infinity Glass by Myra McEntire
I like the bottom half of the cover, but seriously.  I don't know what that girl is doing in the cover. Her position looks weird and awkward. o.O

6.  Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I definitely like the original covers better! The redesigned ones just don't show the cuteness and all of the story.  Although, they've started to grow on me, especially the Anna and the French Kiss's!

7.  This Girl by Colleen Hoover
Couples kissing on the cover? No, just no! I hate kissing couples as a cover.

8.  The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
This too! People's faces + Kissing. Nuh uh.

9.  Mutilate My Heart by Emily Godwin
I actually don't know what this cover wants to show. :o  I haven't read the book yet so I don't know if it's in any connection with the story, but I wouldn't be putting this in my TBR if I didn't see this when I was signing up for blog tours. :o

10.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I like the concept of the cover, with all the clouds and chalk-y fonts.  It looks adorable, and I'm a sucker for cute stuffs (not to mention it's blue).  However, I think that this cover doesn't really show what the book is about.  I read this book because my friend recommended it to me, without reading the synopsis.  I thought that this book's of a lighter mood because of the cover design, but I cried buckets of tears here. :o