July 31, 2013

Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer

Publisher’s summary: The next thrilling novel in the internationally-bestselling Nightshade series!

Fans asked for it, and now they've got it! Andrea Cremer is continuing the story she began in in her internationally bestselling trilogy: Nightshade, Wolfsbane and Bloodrose. In this new installment, Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All. Will he turn Adne to the dark side? Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world? In a novel filled with magic, romance and breakneck action, master storyteller Andrea Cremer's newest installment will not disappoint!
My take: You guys have no freakin’ idea how exciting it was (and still is!) that I got the opportunity to read Snakeroot early! I’m a huge Andrea Cremer fan, and I was super excited when she announced that she was going to continue her Nightshade series with the side characters from the Nightshade Legacy. And OMG!...Andrea totally satisfied my hunger for this world with Snakeroot!

I’ll have to admit that as I was getting close to the end of Snakeroot (and even after I was finished), I started to get super worried that there wasn’t going to be any more books following this one. But whew! I cleared it up with Andrea…Snakeroot is the first book in a NEW trilogy. And thank goodness there’ll be more because this story isn’t close to being finished in Snakeroot.

In Snakeroot, the story is told in several different points of view. The primary point of view is Adne because she obviously will be playing a big central part in this trilogy. We also get to read in the POV of Connor, Sabine and Logan Bane. The best part about reading a story with these side characters is that we get to really understand their characters better than we did in the Nightshade trilogy. For example, my view of Logan is totally changed from the way I saw him in the previous Nightshade trilogy to how I’m thinking of him now from reading Snakeroot (Nightshade Legacy.) I don’t know why I just thought he was a wimpy punk in Bloodrose, thinking that was the reason he did what he did in the last book (or if he was just starting to see what the Keepers were doing wrong), but I for sure didn’t see him for who he really is…and we get to see who he really is in this book.

The one thing that frustrated me big-time is the lack of communication between Adne and Connor. This seems to be a common factor in a lot of YA books, but I guess if we all had perfect communication, we would never have issues…right? LOL

There’s a whole new plot twist that I really liked where the Searchers now have no idea what to do with themselves, and there is a whole lot of craziness going on as they try to figure out what to do. On the other hand, there is something truly horrible going down that the Searchers really should be putting their focus on.

I just know this is going to be a great new trilogy where I’ll constantly be dying to read the next book in the series because I’m already craving for the Nightshade Legacy book #2 and Snakeroot isn’t even scheduled to come out until December. *sigh*

Make sure you come back tomorrow to see Andrea Cremer’s Guest Post for the 2nd Annual Authors are Rockstars event. To make it even better, it’s Andrea Cremer’s birthday tomorrow and there’ll be a giveaway!

Impatiently Waiting! The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

Expected publish date:
April 22, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

July 30, 2013

Bloggers Are Rockstars, Too! Giveaway

Poster_DRK_PURP_announcementIn less than two days we'll be kicking off the 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour. We have some seriously amazing authors on this year's tour. But the blog hosts we have for this year's event are also awesome.

Yes, we think bloggers can be rockstars too!

And so, before the event kicks off, we wanted to thank the bloggers who are hosting all of these incredible authors throughout the month of August.

You have all been amazing and without you, too, this event couldn't be the success it will be and already is!



And while we'd have loved to be able to give something to each of the participating bloggers, as we have well over 150 blogger hosts on tour, it's just not feasible.

So, instead, we're offering up a couple of signed books for giveaway as a way of saying thank you. It is ONLY open to the blogger hosts on tour. And we're keeping it open until August 15th just in case any of the hosts who are interested in entering can enter.

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A SIGNED copy of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau + a SIGNED copy of THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey and some Authors Are Rockstars stickers - to ONE Winner

  The Deets

- MUST be an Authors Are Rockstars Blog Host

- Giveaway IS International

- There will be ONE Winner

- There are NO requirements to like or follow, but leaving a comment is always appreciated!

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July 24, 2013

Impatiently Waiting! Ruins by Dan Wells

Expected publish date:
March 11, 2014

There is no current official summary for this book yet, but I couldn't wait to post this! I love Dan Wells' previous two books to this one! And I can hardly wait for this one!!!

Take a look at my reviews of the previous two books so you can see why I'm Impatiently Waiting Ruins.


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

July 17, 2013

Introducing... Perfection by J.L. Spelbring

About the Book

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.

Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.

Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.

But he does.

His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.
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About the Author

J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.


July 16, 2013

A Darkness Strange & Lovely Tour Stop!

About the Author

Susan Dennard is a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. She used to be a marine biologist, but now she writes novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (she really likes swoon-worthy rogues).

She lives in the Midwest with her French husband and Irish setter, and her debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, is now available from HarperTeen.


About the Book

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

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My Top 5 Favorite Book Hero/Heroines

1. Taran and Princess Eilonwy from The Book of Three
Taran and Eilonwy from were the first characters I REALLY got behind as a reader—and Eilonwy was the very, very first heroine I’d ever seen who could not only hold her own with the guys but who could dominate-the-crap-out-of-them. Her personality just exploded off the page, and I LOVED that. Plus, I loved how her relationship with Taran developed.

Actually, when I wrote Something Strange and Deadly, I really wanted Eleanor to have some of Eilonwy’s spunk. ;)

2. Sophie & Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie is SO strong, and Howl…mmmm. So swoon-worthy. I read this book long before the movie ever came out, so the book characters are the ones I hold near-and-dear to my heart. These two were the first characters I read about in which their romance TOTALLY blindsided me. I mean, at age 10, of course I was going to think Howl was the bad guy for most of the book, and it amazed me to find that my heart was softening more and more toward him. Oh, I was so happy at the end when they got together—two very strong, very quirky leads.

Actually, a character in A Darkness Strange and Lovely is very similar to Howl. I didn’t do that on purpose, but I have no doubt that Howl’s “dramatic side” is what subconsciously drove me to write my character that way too.

3. Lirael from Lirael
Lirael’s whole character arc—growing from a place of utter self-doubt and shame into a full kick-butt heroine—was something that really resonated with me as a teen. I could just identify with Lirael so much, and I so desperately wanted to have the Disreputable Dog as my companion.

Also, a lot of the spark for necromancy and walking dead in MY series stemmed from this series. I just LOVED how creepy Nix made it all, and I knew I wanted to evoke a similar atmosphere in my alternate Philadelphia.

4. Attolia & Gen from The Queen of Attolia
I read this series as an adult, and while Eugenides (Gen) REALLY hooked me with his swaggering, rogueish heroics, it was Attolia’s quiet, unwavering strength that really blew me away. Basically, everything about this series blindsided me. I HIGHLY recommend it.

5. Anastatia & Dimitri from the cartoon Anastasia
Okay, okay, so they aren’t from a BOOK, but Anastasia is one of my all-time favorite heroines. She’s tough, she’s snarky, she’s not afraid to do what’s right, and she fights for the people she cares about. That’s everything I want in a heroine, and I’m pretty sure she was a BIG influence on how ultimately wrote Eleanor Fitt in Something Strange and Deadly.

And then Dimitri…Dimitri. SWOON. He’s one hot cartoon. Plus, his whole shady past—that he’s clearly trying to overcome—and his angsty longing for Anastasia…UNGH. A certain hero in my own series might have also been influenced by my love for this Russian scalawag.

Tour Schedule:

7/15/2013 Bookcase to Heaven - Interview
7/16/2013 Magical Urban Fantasy Reads - Guest Post
7/17/2013 Tynga's Reviews - Review
7/18/2013 Supernatural Snark - Interview
7/19/2013 The Book Cellar - Guest Post
7/22/2013 Read-A-holicZ - Review
7/23/2013 IceyBooks - Interview
7/24/2013 Working for the Mandroid - Review
7/25/2013 The Reader's Antidote - Review
7/26/2013 Two Chicks on Books - Guest Post ideas

Giveaway Details:
There will be 10 winners total and the prizes are…..
5 Winners will receive A Hardcovers of A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY and a paperback of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, and signed swag US ONLY.
5 winners will receive an e-novella of A DAWN MOST WICKED and signed swag INTERNATIONAL.

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July 15, 2013

Authors Are Rockstars On Tour: Announcing the Tour Stops

We are super thrilled to announce the line-up for the 2ND ANNUAL AUTHORS ARE ROCKSTARS TOUR! While there are a few spots still available, should we get any last-minute adds, we wanted to post the list of participating authors and bloggers now!

Currently we have 166 confirmed stops on tour this August. Which means that most days will have five or more stops. And who knows? We may just reach our magic number of 186 before the tour is over.

We are so excited for this tour to begin on August 1st. As it's just a couple of weeks away we don't have too much longer to wait. Which is a good thing. The anticipation is killing us!

The tour will consist of guest posts and interviews - and a few bloggers have even mentioned they'll be adding reviews to their posts. Some of the stops may even have giveaways hosted by the author or the blogger or both. And every blogger will also be sharing their reason why they think the author they're hosting is a rockstar.

So if you want to know why the bloggers on tour think their author rocks, be sure to visit all the stops.

When we started this event last year, we wanted the community to be able to join in something fun together and we wanted to put the authors that make each and every day of blogging worthwhile in the spotlight. We think we accomplished that. And we hope that we can achieve that again this year.

And what would make this event even more awesome is for you to check out a few - or all - of the stops on tour, say "hi" to the authors and blogger hosts on the tour and to share your thoughts about your favorites in the comments.

The tour will kick-off on each of our blogs with information about the upcoming tour and with the month-long giveaways we are hosting on August 1st. We will also be hosting the first three authors on the tour that day.

If we have any new adds to the tour, we will update the schedule in this post. So be sure to check back before August 1st to see the most up-to-date schedule!


The Tour

August 1st
Tour Kick-off Posts at
Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Rachel Vincent stops at Fiktshun
Page Morgan stops at Two Chicks on Books
Andrea Cremer stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

August 2nd
Leigh Fallon stops at A Soul Unsung
Dawn Metcalf stops at Kaidan's Seduction
Kim Harrington stops at Stories & Sweeties
Amanda Sun stops at I Am, Indeed
Cecily White stops at A Dream Within A Dream
Katlyn Duncan stops at Two Chicks on Books
Katie McGarry stops at Bewitched Bookworms (also on 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30)

August 3rd
Karen Ann Hopkins stops at A Bookish Escape
Lisa Burstein stops at Jenna Does Books
Corinne Jackson stops at NightlyReading (Priscilla)
Hannah Moskowitz stops at Book Jems
Jennifer Banash stops at Bittersweet Enchantment
Miranda Kenneally stops at Book Nerd Canada

August 4th
Jessica Spotswood stops at Fiktshun
Katherine Longshore stops at A Glass of Wine
Amy Butler Greenfield stops at The Eater of Books!
Cat Winters stops at Carina's Books

August 5th
Dan Wells stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Elana Johnson stops at Fire and Ice
Joelle Charbonneau stops at The Book Cellar
Lisa M. Stasse stops at Downright Dystopian
Mike Mullin stops at Paranormal Reads
Ammi-Joan Paquette stops at Word Spelunking

August 6th
Amanda Hocking stops at Just Another Rabid Reader
Chloe Neill stops at Avery's Book Nook
Anna Banks stops at Icey Books
Shannon Messenger stops at Musings of a Blodger
Gabrielle Zevin stops at YA Romantics
Heidi Kling stops at Burning Impossibly Bright
Robin LaFevers stops at Once Upon a Twilight

August 7th
Amy Tintera stops at Emily's Crammed Bookshelf
Dan Krokos stops at Step Into Fiction
Heather Anastasiu stops at Shortie Says
J.A. Souders stops at Little Read Riding Hood
Jennifer Rush stops at The Book Hookup

August 8th
Becca Fitzpatrick stops at The Reading Geek
Cynthia Hand stops at Kari's Crowded Bookshelf
Leah Clifford at Me, My Shelf and I
Wendy Higgins at Reading with ABC
Suzanne Lazear stops at What the Cat Read
Gina Damico stops at Lili Lost in a Book

August 9th
Jodi Meadows stops at That Artsy Reader Girl
Renee Collins stops at Book Labyrinth
Sherry Thomas stops at Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf
Cinda Williams Chima stops at Tsk, Tsk, What to Read? (Shelley)

August 10th
Sarah Ockler stops at Katie's Book Blog
Jennifer Echols stops at In the Best Worlds
Kimberly Sabatini stops at Just a Booklover
Chelsea Pitcher stops at The Phantom Paragrapher
Jennifer Castle stops at Confessions of a Bookaholic
Jenny Han stops at Blog-o-rama

August 11th
Kasie West stops at Fic Fare
Julie Cross stops at Turning Pages
Lauren Miller stops at A Book Obsession
Elizabeth Norris stops at Shiirleyy's Bookshelf
Myra McEntire stops at Jenuine Cupcakes

August 12th
Sophie Jordan stops at IB Book Blogging
Kathleen Peacock stops at The Book Belles
Jordan Dane stops at Paranormal Book Club
Laura Toffler-Corrie stops at I'll Tumble for YA
Michelle Zink stops at Fiktshun

August 13th
Aimee Carter stops at Never Too Fond of Books
Lesley Livingston stops at Emilie's Book World
Talia Vance stops at BookPics
Tessa Gratton stops at Lisa Loves Literature
Josephine Angelini stops at Books As You Know It
Jackie Morse-Kessler stops at Chapter by Chapter

August 14th
Claudia Gray stops at Realm of the Sapphired Dragon
Cara Lynn Shultz stops at Tar Heel Bibliobabe
Danielle Ellison stops at Tater's Tall Tales
Sarah Beth Durst stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Scott Tracey stops at The Fake Steph Dot Com
Brittany Geragotelis stops at BookMark Belles

August 15th
A.G. Howard stops at Dark Faerie Tales
Gena Showalter stops at Parajunkee
Bethany Griffin stops at The Bookish Brunette
Mary Lindsey stops at Nocturne Romance Reads
April Lindner stops at Curling Up With A Good Book
Sarwat Chadda stops at Bookalicious

August 16th
Sarah J. Maas stops at Fictitious Delicious
Susan Dennard stops at The YA Sisterhood
Chloe Jacobs stops at Readers Live A Thousand Lives
Rachel Harris stops at We All Make Mistakes In Books
Fiona Paul stops at Fiction Freak
Kady Cross stops at Fiktshun *Rescheduling another date*
Kami Garcia stops at Bookalicious

August 17th
Kiki Hamilton stops at Tsk, Tsk, What to Read? (Kathryn)
Amanda Ashby stops at Rampant Readers
Alex Kahler stops at Sweet Southern Home
Tara Fuller stops at City of Books
Cyn Balog stops at I Heart YA Books
Megan Shepherd stops at Daydreaming bookworm

August 18th
Jennifer Bosworth stops at The Reading Nook Reviews (Jess)
Jus Accardo stops at NightlyReading (H. Lee)
Kelly Keaton stops at Into the Mystic
Victoria Schwab stops at Wholly Books
Jennifer Archer stops at Book Chic Club

August 19th
T. Michael Martin stops at The Reading Nook Reviews (Elliot)
Alexandra Monir stops at The Bo0ki3
Trisha Wolfe stops at Bookish Things and More
Mary Gray stops at Say It With Books
Georgia McBride stops at Books of Love

August 20th
Elsie Chapman stops at Sparkles and Lightning
Suzanne Young stops at Peace, Love, Teen Fiction
Mindy McGinnis stops at WinterHaven Books (Amber)
Emmy Laybourne stops at Paper Cuts
Kristen Simmons stops at Stuck in YA Books

August 21st
Josin McQuein stops at Another Novel Read
Gennifer Albin stops at BookHounds YA
Erin Bowman stops at Good Choice Reading
Lenore Appelhans stops at Scott Reads It
Jessica Brody stops at Good Books and Good Wine

August 22nd
Michelle Gagnon stops at The Princess of Storyland
Julia Karr stops at Mostly YA Books Obsessed
Debra Driza stops at Justin's Book Blog
T.M. Goeglein stops at Read-A-holicZ
Tiffany Truitt stops at Book Loving Mom
Mari Mancusi stops at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Alexander Gordon Smith stops at Smiling Ina's Bookish Corner

August 23rd
Gayle Forman stops at WinterHaven Books (Crystal)
Megan Miranda stops at Chick Loves Lit
Nova Ren Suma stops at Lost At Midnight Reviews
Marni Bates stops at Alexa Loves Books
Robin Mellom stops at My Guilty Obsession
Elana K. Arnold stops at The Book Barbies

August 24th
Liz Coley stops at Inspiring Insomnia
Sarah Guillory stops at Kate's Tales of Books and Bands
J.K. Rock stops at Beauty and the Bookshelf
Ann Redisch-Stampler stops at Living in a Bookworld
Claire LaZebnik stops at Owl Always Be Reading

August 25th
Jennifer L. Armentrout stops at Mundie Moms
Tahereh Mafi stops at Some Like It Paranormal
Stacey Kade stops at Books With Bite
Melissa West stops at K-Books
Karri Thompson stops at Dizneeee's World of Books

August 26th
Gretchen McNeil stops at Gone Pecan
Jeri Smith-Ready stops at The Reader's Antidote
Jessi Kirby stops at My 5 Monkeys
Louise Rozett stops at Books are Magic

August 27th
Ann Aguirre stops at Supernatural Snark
Lauren Oliver stops at Fantasy Book Addict
Melissa de la Cruz stops at In Wonderland
Sarah Crossan stops at Singing and Reading in the Rain
Veronica Rossi stops at The Happy Booker

August 28th
Lisa Desrochers stops at Page Turners
Kristi Cook stops at Debbie's World of Books
Victoria Scott stops at The Book Goddess
Elizabeth Miles stops at Read My Breath Away
Cristin Bishara stops at Two Chicks on Books
Naomi Canale stops at Fiktshun

August 29th
C.J. Redwine stops at A Life Bound By Books
Elizabeth Richards stops at Literary Exploration
Leigh Bardugo stops at Cuddlebuggery
Michelle Rowen/Morgan Rhodes stops at Tales of the Ravenous Reader
Rae Carson stops at The Reviews News
Ilsa J Bick stops at Parajunkee
Vivi Barnes stops at Fiktshun

August 30th
Heather Brewer stops at Two Chicks on Books
Rachel Caine stops at Poisoned Rationality
C.C. Hunter stops at Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Allison van Diepen stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Christine Johnson stops at Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Aimee Agresti stops at Ali's Bookshelf

August 31st
Simone Elkeles stops at Fiktshun
Maria V. Snyder stops at Two Chicks on Books
Karsten Knight stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Tour Wrap-up Posts at Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

July 14, 2013

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Publisher's summary: The third book in Rae Carson's award-winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns fantasy trilogy. Elisa, the seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen, will travel into an unknown enemy's realm to win back her true love, save her kingdom, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. Veronica Roth called The Girl of Fire and Thorns "intense, unique . . . definitely recommended."

Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and George R. R. Martin's style of sweeping and deeply satisfying epic fantasy, the third and final book in the trilogy takes the young queen on a journey more dangerous than any she has faced before. Elisa will stand before the gate of the enemy. And she must rise up as champion—even to those who have hated her—or her kingdom will fall. Full of sorcery, adventure, sizzling romance, and secrets that challenge everything she believes, this is a bold and powerful conclusion to an extraordinary trilogy. As USAToday.com proclaimed, "Rae Carson has proved she's a master and has shaken up the YA genre."

My take: I’m totally blown away and in complete and utter awe with what Rae Carson has accomplished in The Bitter Kingdom! There was so much that happened in this story that it’s hard to believe that it all happened in just one book!

I’ve done a lot of thinking when it comes to Elisa’s character. OMG! She has changed so much from that first scene in the first book (The Girl of Fire and Thorns) when she’s getting herself ready for her wedding. She’s now so much more independent, confident and way more calculating than she has ever been before. And she handles every situation throughout this book perfectly.

I didn’t really have many expectations for this book because the characters and world Rae Carson has created are so completely unique and, after she killed off some pretty important characters in the first book, I went in with only one expectation, and I’m pretty freakin’ thrilled with the way the story turned out.

I think my favorite character in this book is a new character that is introduced pretty early on in the story. She plays such an important role throughout the story, and adds some fun spice as well, that I just loved, loved, loved it!

I’m sad to see this series go, but I don’t think the series could have had a better ending than the ending in The Bitter Kingdom.

July 13, 2013

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

Publisher's summary: A magical romance between a boy cursed with invisibility and the one girl who can see him, by New York Times bestselling authors Andrea Cremer and David Levithan.

Stephen is used to invisibility. He was born that way. Invisible. Cursed.

Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. When you’re invisible, no one can hurt you. So when her mother decides to move the family to New York City, Elizabeth is thrilled. It’s easy to blend in there.

Then Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen’s amazement, she can see him. And to Elizabeth’s amazement, she wants him to be able to see her—all of her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their way—a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses. And once they’re thrust into this world, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how deep they’re going to go—because the answer could mean the difference between love and death.

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Andrea Cremer, who wrote the Nightshade series, and David Levithan, who wrote Every Day and co-wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist with Rachel Cohen and Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, as well as many other novels, comes a remarkable story about the unseen elements of attraction, the mortal risks of making yourself known, and the invisible desires that live within us all.

My take: Invisibility was a fun, fresh and relaxing read, and I adored the story.

I’ve nothing but amazing things to say about David Levithan’s Every Day, and I’m also a huge Andrea Cremer fan, so when I first heard about this book, I was dying to get my hands on a copy.

The only thing I struggled with in this book was wrapping my head around the whole invisibility thing. It was hard for me to make it real in my head when all I kept thinking about was, “How the heck did Stephen’s mom take care of him when he was a baby?!” But enough about that…it’s just a story right?

The romance between Stephen and Elizabeth was heart melting. Their journey to discover why Stephen is the way he is, why only she can see him, and whether there is anything they can do to change his condition was so much fun that I’m smiling even now as I write this. I think the best part of this journey is Laurie. Laurie is Elizabeth’s brother, and he is by far my favorite character.

The overall feel of this book is kind of a contemporary feel, but with a paranormal twist. If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, relaxing, cute and romantic read, then this is the book for you!

July 12, 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Publisher's summary: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
My take: This book is amazing! Really, I’d have to say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year!

Whenever I tell someone about this book, I always paint a picture of the first scene in the book because, for me, it totally sets the tone for the entire story. And I knew I’d love this book right after that scene transpired.

What makes this book amazing? The whole premise of the book is awesomely unique, the characters were very well developed and the execution was perfect!

As far as the characters go, I’m not quite sure if I’m really all that fond of Cassie, the main character, because her actions were really flip-flop to me. One minute she’s being super mean to pretty much every dude her age she interacts with, and the next minute she’s changing how she reacts to the other dude (can’t say cause it’s a spoiler). Yes, I know in her internal dialog she notices this character trait about herself, but she doesn’t really do anything about it, and it still bugged me. Plus, I’m not thrilled with how she feels about one of the characters by the end of the book. There are 3 other POVs in this story (all 3 are male character POVs), but two of them are kind of spoilers so I’m not going to talk about them (other than to say that one of those 2 is my FAVORITE POV.) The one male POV that I am OK with discussing is Zombie’s. I’m actually really fond of his character, and I think he rocks! OH! And pretty much all the other side characters from Zombie’s POV are my favorites too. I was always thrilled to be in is POV.

The ending is the BEST and I loved it! I’m so excited about this book…I truly believe it 100% deserves the hype it’s been given, and I know this one will be a big hit!

July 11, 2013

Keeper of the Lost Souls Blog Tour! Dream Cast

About the Author

As a child, I used to lose myself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that I’m all grown up, I get to create my own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect.

I’ve always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options I realized that writing was what I loved the most so when I found myself with some free time on my hands, I decided to give it a shot. As it turned out, my very active imagination helped me achieve my goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another.

As I keep moving along in achieving my dreams of becoming a published author, I divide my time in between my four children and my very understanding husband.

About the Book

Summary from Goodreads: Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts. Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn is part of a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls, whose main purpose is to guard those spirits which are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living.

Because Bryn is a witch, she’s fairly comfortable dealing with all sorts of threats, which she does with ease and confidence. Handling supernatural creatures is as easy to her as baking a pie. Dealing with people however, is something she is yet to learn how to handle.

Unfortunately, as her 18th birthday approaches, and the time for her to take on her first assignment finally arrives, Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches. A vendetta he has carried on even after death. However, as much as he might hate them, in order to stop a century old threat, he must join forces with one. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge.

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The Dream Cast

Lucy Hale
as Bryn McCaskey

Mike He
as Johnny Shaw

Famke Janssen
as Bryn’s mother

Taylor Momsen
as Marianne

Dianne Wiest
as Grams

Zhao Wei
as Una

3 e-books of Keeper of the Lost Souls, Open Internationally!

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