Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers

Monday, November 26, 2012

Title: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Genre/s:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

If there’s an upside to having your heart broken, it’s this: A broken heart makes you brave.

The first day of sophomore year doesn’t go the way Lucy planned. After a summer apart from her boyfriend, she’s ready to greet him with a special surprise and instead gets a shocking one in return: He’s breaking up with her. Beyond devastated, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life.

Enter three stunning girls with the unnatural ability to attract boys and an offer Lucy can’t refuse: They can heal her heart in an instant. And then she’ll be one of them—a member of a sisterhood that is impervious to heartbreak and has access to magic distilled from the tears of brokenhearted boys. But to gain their power, Lucy must get a guy to fall in love with her the old-fashioned way, and then break his heart in the next seven days.

While the sisterhood may need another Heartbreaker, Lucy’s only desire is to get her ex back. But how far is she willing to go, and who is she willing to cross to get what she wants?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Title: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Author: Rachel Harris
Genre/s: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy


On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze. 

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Guess What's in my Mailbox #7

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Guess What's in my Mailbox is a weakly meme I created to showcase all the books I received from authors and publishers for review and the books I received from other bloggers.

So for this weeks GWIMM, I have two awesome books to show you.

For Review

I received this gorgeous looking book, Starflower from its award-winning author, Anne Elisabeth Stengl and I can't wait to tell you what I think about it.

There are Reason Noah Packed No Clothes came from it's author, Mr. Robert Jacoby. Its story is about a 19 year old boy who failed to commit suicide and he was admitted by his parents into a mental ward. 

So that's all the books that I received. What did you get this week?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Midas Tree: Dr. Lesley Phillips Guest Post

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Title: The Midas Tree
Author: Lesley Phillips
Genre/s: Young Adult, Novel, Fantasy, Adventure, Metaphysical.


Joshua lives in the Garden Of Color and Light, an idyllic paradise where he is always playing and having fun. Each day is like any other, until he finds a magical golden acorn that enraptures him and propels him on an incredible adventure.

After being guided to chase the acorn as it flies through the garden, Joshua discovers a door at the base of a tree; and once he enters his life changes for ever. Joshua is transported into a mysterious realm within “The Midas Tree.”

Desperate to return home, he sets about exploring this unfamiliar environment. He encounters sticky situations and meets wily characters along the way. Fortunately he does not have to face them alone. His guides are the mystical creatures that live inside the tree, called Devas. They are keepers of ancient secrets that can help Joshua to cope with the obstacles he encounters and the challenges he meets.

Joshua learns from the Devas that if he wishes to return home, he must first transform himself – and “The Midas Tree”.

The Devas are fairylike nature spirits, who love “The Midas Tree” and live to keep it happy and healthy. Each Deva presides over a different realm within the tree and lovingly passes on their knowledge of their territory and the mysteries it holds.

Joshua’s quest is to uncover the spiritual secrets of the tree, overcome challenging situations and oust his inner turmoil to finally fulfill his destiny. He is taught different techniques and skills that help him cope with the trials he encounters. The Devas expose him to begin a path of revelation where he learns the truth about himself.

This spellbinding story overflows with challenges, magical creatures and mystical superpowers, which you too will discover along the way.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Graphic Novel Review: The Stereotypical Freaks

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Title: The Stereotypical Freaks
Author: Howard Shapiro
Genre/s: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Contemporary Fiction


Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school's battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band "The Stereotypical Freaks" because they feel stereotyped by their classmates - smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.

When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: Storm(Elemental #1)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Title: Storm
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance


Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Title: Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite
Author: Lianne Simon
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Intersex


Jamie was born with one testis, one ovary, and a pixie face. He can be like other boys after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. At least that's what his parents always say. But he sees an elfin princess in the mirror and male hormones would only turn her into a hairy little monster. To become the man his parents expect, he must put behind him the hopes and dreams of a little girl.

At sixteen, the four-foot-eleven soprano leaves home school for a boys' dorm at college. The elfin princess can live in the books Jameson reads and nobody has to know he isn't like the other boys. But then a medical student tells Jamie that he should have been raised female. Suppressed childhood memories stir and Jamie begins a perilous journey to adulthood. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may leave her, and a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt?

Friday, November 09, 2012

Book Review: Elemental #0.5

Friday, November 09, 2012

Title: Elemental
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre/s: Young Adult, Novella, Fantasy, Romance


Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.

As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Book Review: Point of Retreat

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Title: Point of Retreat
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary Novel


Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Book Review: Slammed

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Title: Slammed
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance


Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

September/October Review Wrap Up

Sunday, November 04, 2012
I just realized I didn't do any September wrap-up and so I'm going to do a double wrap-up of September and October. So here are the books I reviewed:

September Reviews

          • Prowl by Amber Garza
          • Assassins Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
          • Anthology 1: The Other Side by Hamidah Gul
          • Taste by Kate Evangelista
          • If I know It's Coming by Nick Hupton
          • Sleepers by Megg Jensen
          • Afterlife by Megg Jensen
So that gives us 7 book reviews on September.

October Reviews

          • Entice by Amber Garza
          • The Sundering by Megg Jensen
          • FireSeed One by Catherine Stine
          • For Keeps by Aaron Paul Lazar
          • Unveil by Amber Garza
          • Crewel by Gennifer Albin
          • Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
          • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
          • Flesh by Khanh Ha
          • Gift by Andrea Buchanan
          • Shakespeare vs Lovecraft by D. R. Obrien
I can't believe I did 11 reviews this October considering the school activities and all. I'll try to do more of this. So stay tuned for more of my reviews. :) 


Saturday, November 03, 2012

Libera Me Blog Tour: Chapter Reveal and Giveaway

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Welcome to the Virtual Blog Tour for LIBERA ME, Book #2 in the Requiem Series by Christine Fonseca.

Beginning after Lacrimosa and the short story Mea Culpa, Libera Me follows Zane and Aydan as they try to figure out who Nessa really is. Here's the blurb:

What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.

Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - he feelings for Nesy.

Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed.

The lines between good and evil have never been so blurred.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Back to Back Celebration Giveaway!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

This November I have two special events that I'm really looking forward to. First is my 20th birthday which is on November 12 and my 6th monthsary in the book blogging world. So to celebrate and share the love to all of you, I am going to have a month-long giveaway! *Yehey!*

So what is up for grabs? Well, a $15 worth of books of your choice and as always, it will be INTERNATIONAL as long as the Book Depository ships in your country. (if your not sure, click here)

The Contest Rules:
  • Open Internationally 
  • Must be 13+ to enter
  • Winners will be notified via email
  • A new winner will be chosen if a response is not received within 48 hours
  • Contest ends November 30, 2012


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Winners of Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Before I announced the winners to this giveaway, I'm going to thank, first, Mr. James Lyon for donating his book and also doing an awesome guest post. And lastly, I would like to thank everyone who entered this giveaway. You are all amazing!

So now, we have to announce the two lucky winners who won an ebook copies of Kiss of the Butterfly! *drumroll*


 Kelly Marissa 
Dawna Newman

You have 48 hours to reply on the email that I sent you or otherwise I'm going to pick new winner.
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