Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: These Broken Stars

[Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly linkup spotlighting upcoming book releases, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine]

My choice for for this week is...

Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman ,Meagan Spooner
Number of Pages: 384
Pub Date: December 10,2013
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it. -- A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Doesn't this sound like an awesome read? 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Vicious By V.E Schwab

[Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!]

My Teaser for this week is...

“Truth be told, Victor didn't care for graveyards, either. He didn't like dead people, mostly because he had no effect on them. Sydney, conversely, didn't like dead people because she had such a marked effect on them.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Crash into You

[Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly linkup spotlighting upcoming book releases, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine]

My choice for for this week is...

Title:Crash into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Number of Pages:474
Pub date:November 26,2013

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Who isn't excited for this one? Right? The first two books were amazing!!! I can't wait to red Isaiah's Story!! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Crewel By Gennifer Albin

[Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!]

My Teaser for this week is...

“Jost's lips crush into mine, and I reach out without thinking and pull him closer against me. My hand tangles in his hair, and the web shimmers around us. The rest of the world is perfectly still, but we are in motion, crumbling into one another.”


Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review: The Distance Between Us By Kasie West

Title: The Distance Between Us
 Author: Kasie West
Pub Date: July 2,2013
Number of Pages: 320

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop. So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company. She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

First thoughts before reading
I wanted to read the distance between us for two reasons. One: because I’m such a fan of contemporary romance novels. Two: because I’d just read pivot point by Kasie West and loved it, so when I heard that she was doing a contemporary later this year I knew I had to read it.

My thoughts
First off, I knew I would like this book. I knew it would be cute, fluffy, and an easy read. What I didn’t know was that I would love it, or that it would exceed my expectations (LOL! I just stopped to think about harry potter for ten minutes after writing exceeds expectations. Ok, I’m back! I really enjoyed the distance between us.

The distance between us is about a girl named Caymen, who lives with her mother, and works in their doll store. Her mother has taught her that the rich will leave you and that they don’t talk to the lesser. One day she is working at the doll store when I rich boy walks in and beckons her to help him. First impressions are everything and he just blows it. After she helps him she thinks that is all she will ever see of him, but she is wrong and he returns. Now she finds herself spending less time at the creepy doll store and more time with the super-rich boy, Xander.  The question is will their “relationship” last or is their world just too far apart for them to connect together.


Caymen- she is a great character, very relatable. She’s just an ordinary girl. She goes to school, and works in her mom’s doll shop. It’s pretty much been this way her entire life! What I loved about her is her wit! She is so sarcastic, and sarcastic people are my favorite people, and it’s all day sarcasm too, it never stops. I’ve deemed her my new best friend, LOL.

Xander- I call him the boy I grew to love. After his first impression at the doll shop I deemed him as a arrogant rich boy, who believes everyone should bow to his feet, that quickly changed. He turns out to be so much more than his money. He’s in a constant state of confusion, and worry.  He really enjoys hanging out with Caymen and as the story develops they help each other discover something about themselves.
The secondary characters really balanced out the story. Caymen’s best friend and her boyfriend really helped balance out Caymen’s teenage life. Caymen’s mother is also a HUGE factor in the story and the way the plot sways.

Kasie West is turning out to be one of my new authors on the rise. This story was the perfect blend of romance, mixed with friendship and family. The writing blends everything together so effortless and is paced so well. The dialogue between all the characters is to die fun. I was either constantly laughing or smirking at the things that comes out of the characters mouth.

Overall, this was a wonderful surprise. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys contemporary romances!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Blitz: Dark Musical Trilogy By Laura Deluca

Summary from Goodreads:
The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.

Summary from Goodreads:
When Justyn and Rebecca set off to attend the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.

It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.

Summary from Goodreads:
Rebecca Hope has looked death in the face twice and lived to tell her tale.

She and the love of her life, Justyn Patko, land a summer internship at a local dinner theater, performing the musical Hyde. While they are excited about their first paid acting gig, they soon find themselves surrounded by more experienced cast mates, jealous of their success. As if the tension isn’t bad enough, they soon discover that the business might be a front for something much more sinister.

When Justyn is accused of a crime that she knows he would never commit, Rebecca must decide if she wants to follow her head or her heart. While trying to prove his innocence, she makes a shocking discovery of her own.

Everyone has something to conceal in the grand finale of the Dark Musicals Trilogy. Rebecca has to look beyond the fa├žade to discover the true Hyde or face her final curtain call.

About the Author
Laura "Luna" DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.

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