Monday, June 30, 2014

RELEASE DAY: TEACHING ROMAN by Gennifer Albin!!! #ReleaseDay #BookBirthday #TeachingRoman


A while back I reviewed the first book in the Good Girls Don't series, Catching Liam (here's the link to my review),  and finally it's companion novel, Teaching Roman is out!!! I absolutely cannot wait to read this one, and I hope you're excited, too!! :D

Check out the book summary below, and if it piques your interest, I've got some buy links and author links for you! :D


CATCHING ROMAN (GOOD GIRLS DON'T #2) by Gennifer Albin

RELEASE DATE: TODAY (June 30th)!!!! :D

Book Summary:

Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

This is the 2nd book in the Good Girls Don't series.
Buy Links
Amazonhttp://amzn.to/1iR1hG1

AUTHOR BIO

Gennifer Albin holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri. A recovering academic, she turned to writing her own books.  In her free time she sits on the National Novel Writing Month Advisory Board, laughs (and cries) with her mom writers group, and watches too much Doctor Who (if that's possible). Gennifer lives in Poulsbo Washington with her family. (Bio from Website.)
Author Links: WebsiteFacebook Fan PageTwitterGoodreads

I know I'm excited to read Teaching Roman, are you???
And if you haven't heard of the series until now, are you interested in it?

Cover Catch-Up (11): New Finds this Week!! :D

In "Cover Catch-Up" I share some covers that have either been recently revealed, or that I've just found and really wanted to share. 

The covers that I have to share this week are all one that were recently revealed in the past week! I stumbled upon them all throughout the week, and couldn't wait to share them with you all!!! I love them all!!! :D

The first cover is for Victoria Scott's Four Houses!

 

This one is a short story by Victoria Scott that she's re-releasing on July 22nd! :) This cover is so vibrant and eye-popping! I just love it! I also love that even though it's a short story, it has an awesome cover!! :D

Victoria Scott is also running a giveaway for a digital copy of Four House and an ARC of The Jewel right now, and I'm sharing it right here; it's hosted completely by her. :)

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The second cover I have today is for Lesley Livingstone's Transcendent!


I still have to finally read the second book, but I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series, Starling, and I just love these covers! They're all so gorgeous!! :D The story is also incredibly fascinating and unique!! :D

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The final cover that I have to share today is for Kelley Armstrong's Empire of Night, the sequel to Sea of Shadows!!! :D



I LOVE THIS COVER!!! I find this cover a bit creepy, but I have to admit that I'm one of those readers who kinda likes creepy covers! haha I just love the way that the beast on the cover looks as if it's made of mist...it looks amazing, and I have a feeling it would look even better in person! I also love that the text still looks like the text on Sea of Shadows's cover, too!!! :D



What do you think?
Do you love these covers as much as I do? :)

Mani Monday (10): All You Need is a Little Bit of "Stardust"!!

It's Monday again, so it's time for another Mani Monday!

I'm a HUGE fan of Julep's textured polishes, so I've jumped at the chance to get any of Julep's newer ones! One of those textured polishes is Julep's Stardust polish in "Jennine"! It's a gorgeous blue colour, and I absolutely adore it!

For today's Mani, I just used Julep's lovely "Jennine" by itself! :D

For anyone interested in becoming a Julep maven, I'm just going to start posting a disclaimer and referral link in any of the posts where I mention Julep. :P So, you can use my referral link: Become a Julep Maven! And you can get your first Maven box free! Just make sure to put FREEBOX (all one word) in the promo code box. Note: the link I've used is a referral link of my own, so I do get rewarded "Jules" per referral, but if you're really interested in signing up as a maven, I'd really appreciate you using my link. Even if you don't though, make sure you remember the code or your first box won't be free. :)

This is what "Jennine" looks like!! :D


Isn't it gorgeous????? :D

I love the texture of this polish. It feels really neat, and it looks awesome, too...almost like sand!! :D I also absolutely love this colour!!! It's so pretty, and it looks amazing all by itself! :D

What do you think?
Do you like "Jennine"?
And are you a fan of textured polishes, too?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Review: Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

Source: Received an egalley from publisher through Edelweiss.
Publisher: Greenwillow
Release Date: Already Released!
Number of Pages: 520 (Hardcover)


Description from Goodreads:
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
I must admit that what first caught my attention with Salvage was its stunning cover...but once I started to read the book, it was the story that truly won me over. Nowadays, most books come in trilogies or series, so when I found out Salvage was a stand-a-lone, I was both pleasantly surprised, and also a tiny bit disappointed because part of me would have absolutely loved more of the world that Alexandra Duncan has created! :P I'll just have to settle for reading absolutely everything that Alexandra Duncan writes in the future now I guess. ;)

One of my favourite aspects of Salvage was the world-building! It was wonderful, so flushed-out and vibrant, and extremely fascinating to read about! I also really enjoyed learning about the ships that Ava grew up with, and I loved reading how Duncan re-imagined our world. That's one of my favourite aspects of dystopia: seeing how our modern world has changed and what similarities or differences exist between the fictional world and our own...and Duncan did that very, very well! :D

The characterization was also amazing!! Ava was wonderful, and I loved that she played two very different roles throughout the story. Aboard the merchant ships, she was knowledgeable and was the source of information for the reader, but when she came to Earth, she was just as clueless about everything as we were, and I thought that created an interesting dynamic. It also allowed for an extremely wonderful case of character progression, one that I truly loved seeing. Instead of just passively going on throughout the story, Ava changed soooooo much! I was so proud of her by the end of Salvage...she's one of those protagonists that I'd love to know in person because she was remarkable!

Salvage also seriously played with your heartstrings! Throughout the book, your emotions will be severely tested! I felt so much while reading it!! I laughed, I cried...I was heartbroken, elated, proud, and so much more!  Now, I'm not going to go into a lot of detail, but the ending of the book was definitely the most emotional part for me. I found it both heartbreaking and rewarding...and again, I was so proud of Ava, but I also hurt so much for her! For me, the emotional aspect of Salvage is what really pushed this book from something that I enjoyed to something that I absolutely loved and will never forget. Salvage quickly dragged me into the story, and it kept me so emotionally invested that I really didn't want to stop reading...at all!

Overall, Salvage was a wonderful story! It was imaginative, and inspirational. It's one of those books that I know I will definitely be reading again, and that I'll never forget because Ava, and her story, are truly unforgettable! I'd recommend Salvage to readers who love to see a character come into their full potential...and if you like stories that affect your emotions, you'll definitely love this one! :)

What do you think?
Does Salvage sound like something you want to read?
And if you've already read it, what did you think?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass!

Today, I've got a super duper special cover reveal for you! It's for Alexis Bass's LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES! And if you keep reading, I've also got a teaser quote and a giveaway in this post!! :D

If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all:

Don’t fall in love.
Photo from Goodreads
AUTHOR BIO:

Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.

Visit her at www.alexisbassbooks.com or on Twitter: @alexisbasswrite


Check out this teaser quote for LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES:

LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is available for pre-order: 

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(The winner will be revealed Monday, June 30th.)
EEK! I can't wait to read LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES! It sounds fantastic!!! And I absolutely LOVE the cover!! It's simple, but also so detailed, and I just love, love, love it! :D 

What do you think?
Are you as excited to read LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES as I am?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (16): Illusions of Fate!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!


ILLUSIONS OF FATE by Kiersten White

Hitting the shelves on September 9, 2014 from HarperTeen

Book Description: 

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

MY THOUGHTS

I absolutely LOVED Kiersten White's Paranormalcy trilogy, and I really love the sound of Illusions of Fate....and I must admit that having the description mention both Cassandra Clare and Downton Abbey REALLY tempts me! haha

Who else wants to read Illusions of Fate?
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tea Tuesdays! (9): Today's Tea is...Mango Fruit Punch!

I'm totally obsessed with tea, so every Tuesday, I'm sharing one of my favourites...and maybe sometimes something just totally awesome and tea-related.

Recently my biggest tea obsession has been loose tea! If you're new to loose tea, check out my first Tea Tuesday post and see how easy it is to brew! You can also click my "Tea Tuesdays!" button above to see my previous tea posts! :D

I haven't been posting much lately...and it's definitely been a while since I posted about tea, so I'll have to jump right in and share my favourite recent one! 

TODAY'S TEA IS MANGO FRUIT PUNCH from DAVIDsTEA! :D


Mango Fruit Punch is from DAVDsTEA's Summer Collection, and it's a delicious fruity mixture that tastes like heaven on your tongue! ;D

Here's what it looks like:

See the chunks of fruit, and that pretty, pretty colour!!! :D

Doesn't it look YUMMY?! :D

And here's what DAVIDsTEA has to say about MANGO FRUIT PUNCH:
IT PACKS A PUNCH
At every summer party, it’s the same. The punch bowl is where the action is. So you’ve got to serve a drink that’ll please kids and grownups alike. Something fun and fruity, yet rich and exotic. Something with big pieces of pineapple and mango, tangy slices of tangerine and orange, sweet strawberries, and pretty marigold blossoms. And we’ve got that something right here. It’s guaranteed to punch up any picnic, pool party or bar-be-cue.

INGREDIENTS
Pineapple, mango, orange peel and slices, tangerine, safflower, marigold, strawberry, artificial flavouring*.
And this is what Mango Fruit Punch looks like when it's brewed...and yes, it's as tasty as it looks!!! :D


Has anyone else tried Mango Fruit Punch?
Are you a fan of fruity teas?
And what's your favourite tea right now?

Review: The Savage Blue (The Vicious Deep #2) by Zoraida Córdova

 
Source: Received an arc from Raincoast books for an honest review.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: Already Released.
Number of Pages: 416 (Hardcover)

Blurb from Goodreads:
A storm is coming...

The ocean is a vicious place. Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning —and no one is safe.

In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends' support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla — the only girl he's ever loved.

I've had this review also completely written for quite a while now, but have been procrastinating in finishing it all up, so I figured that with the final book in the trilogy releasing shortly, now was the perfect time to post it! I read The Savage Blue when I was in Mexico last year, and it was actually my first time being so close to the ocean and the first time I ever swam in it! My new experience gave me an entirely different feeling when I was reading the book, and it made it mean even more to me. I could picture everything more fully, and the story just completely enraptured me, and I didn't want the book to end...and instead I prolonged reading it for as long as I could during my vacation. 

The Savage Blue was an amazing sequel to The Vicious Deep! It took right off where the first book ended, and kept going at the fast pace that its predecessor had established! Along with the action, Tristan provided the constant humour and goodwill that encompasses this trilogy, and I had so much fun reading it! 

I absolutely loved the first book, but I loved this one, The Savage Blue, just as much, if not more! It was hilarious and had me constantly smiling and chuckling. It had me shocked, and heartbroken for the characters, and it had me completely riveted to every single thing that was happening on the page. I really do love this trilogy! The characters are fantastic, it's full of action, and it's hilarious! I also love Tristan as the protagonist. You don't read too many YA books with male leads, and I'm sure this is the only one where the male lead happens to be a merman...and I find that extremely refreshing! ;D

As soon as I finished reading The Savage Blue, I couldn't wait to read the next book, The Vast and Brutal Sea, and thankfully, the wait is almost over! :D It's a bit bittersweet because I love this trilogy and would love to have more of it to read, but at the same time, I really CANNOT wait to find out what happens next! :D 

What do you think of The Vicious Deep trilogy?
Have you started it yet?
 If you haven't, do you like the sound of a trilogy about mermaids, where the main character is a guy?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cover Catch-Up (10): Pop of Red! :)

In "Cover Catch-Up" I share some covers that have either been recently revealed, or that I've just found and really wanted to share. 

Today, I've got two AMAZING covers to share with you all! :D

The first is one that I just saw last week! It's for First World Problems by LeighAnn Kopans!

 

First World Problems is a companion novel to Solving for Ex, and since I absolutely LOVED that one, I really can't wait to read First World Problems! I also just love that they kept the chalk-like art in the background like they had on the cover of Solving for Ex, it's just such a neat effect! I also love the heart in the middle of the doodle of the globe...it definitely gives you a hint as to what's going to happen in the story, and I think that's awesome! :D



The second cover I found a while ago, but I really wanted to share today! It's for The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset!



I seriously just LOVE this cover! It's gorgeous! I love the colour, the way that there are two worlds blending together, and I really love how the text is fused into the image, it's just breathtaking! :D The story also sounds AMAZING! :D I also love the rose that seems to be connecting the two separate images...so pretty!



What do you think?
Do you like these covers?
And who else can't wait to read these two books?

Mani Monday (9): "In the Spotlight" ImPRESS Manicure!

I've been slacking a bit this summer on blog posts, but I'm getting my butt in gear a bit more this week, and since it's Monday, it's time for another Mani Monday!
The manicure I'm sharing today is from a couple of weeks ago, but I still love this one every time I look at the pictures!

This is another ImPRESS Manicure by Broadway nails, but this time, it's one that I purchased on my own. I wanted some dressy nails for my University Convocation, so I picked up a pretty set of ImPRESS nails to wear, and I decided on "In the Spotlight"! It's a gorgeous orange and yellow glittery gradient, and I am so smitten with it!

Here's what it looked like:


I really love Broadway's ImPRESS nails, and this design is definitely my favourite out of them all so far! :D

And if this is your first time reading one of my mani posts on Broadway's ImPRESS nails, they're press-on nails that don't require glue! You just pick out the ones that best fit your nails, remove the protective plastic backing which covers the adhesive already on the nails, and then you press them on. It's super duper easy! :) I've also included links to their website so that you can check out all of their gorgeous designs, and even get some additional info on the nails. :)

What do you think?
Do you like this design?
Have you checked out Broadway's ImPRESS Manicures yet?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Vast and Brutal Sea Blog Tour: Q&A with Zoraida Córdova

Today, I've got an extra special post for you! With the release date of Zoraida Córdova's The Vast and Brutal Sea approaching, I was lucky enough to be a part of the blog tour, and today she's let me ask her some questions...and her answers are pretty great if I do say so myself! ;D

Without further ado, here's my Q&A with Zoraida Córdova! My questions are in BLACK, and Zoraida's answers are in BLUE. :)



Welcome, Zoraida! Thank you so much for answering my questions, and for stopping by my blog!

I just have to say that I am a huge fan of your Vicious Deep trilogy, and I absolutely love Tristan. I also find it extremely refreshing that you have a male narrator in your trilogy! Why did you choose to have a male main character? And did you have any inspiration for the epicness that is Tristan? ;)

When I decided I wanted to write the mer-story that I wanted to read, I knew I wanted to reverse the roles and have a merman. I was at Coney Island, tanning and reading, as you do. I remember checking out the lifeguard on duty who was young and beautiful and had these crazy blue eyes. He was totally a merdude ;) But really, I started to form Tristan’s backstory. Lifeguard. Coney Island (mermaid central). Urban setting with magical creatures. The return of the sea court. A wave. It all clicked.


Along with a fantastic main character, you’ve created an elaborate world for the mermaids embedded within our own. How did you craft such a unique world, and if you had any inspiration, where did it come from?

I had a friend tell me to write the mermaid story I wanted to read. I wanted to have a monarchy structure, and I wanted there to be a quest. These are tropes that are very familiar. Plus, I grew up on Disney. Other than that, I came up with my own mythology for the creation of merpeople. Why are there so many “sightings” and stories of merfolk ALL OVER THE WORLD? Because they travel on the Sea Court’s Toliss Island, duh. When the island arrives, only the members of the sea court who are granted the ability to shift back and forth between fins and feet can go inland. The Sea King’s trident is basically what keeps merpeople from going crazy and murdering ALL THE HUMANS.
 


With The Vast and Brutal Sea releasing shortly, how does it feel to be finished your Vicious Deep Trilogy?

Equal parts relieved, sad, and terrified. Relived because Tristan’s journey needs to come to an end. Sad because I really do love these characters. I want to write more about them. Terrified because I want people to love the ending. I hope I did these storylines justice.


What is your writing process like? Do you listen to music, brainstorm, etc.?

I sit on my couch. Type for a long time. Go on Twitter and Facebook. Then I move down to the floor (my poor back). When I feel stuck I do listen to music. It’s a great auditory bidet. Sorry, that’s a little gross. I’d like to think that I set goals. I’m all, YEAH 5K WORDS OR BUST! And then I have a measly 400 words. 


Now that we’ve learned a bit about your process, do you have any tips for other aspiring authors?

 It’s okay to write a measly 400 words. Write any words. Get them down on paper. And by paper, I mean your word document because chances are you won’t be able to read your own handwriting later on.

Read everything, and write always.



As a huge booklover, I am always looking for more books to read, so do you have any recommendations?

If you haven’t read Holly Black’s Urban Fairy Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside), then do. Amerlia Atwater-Rhode’s Kiesha’ra series is great if you love shapeshifter and high fantasy.

Gretchen McNeil’s Get Even Trilogy is on my HURRY UP AND RELEASE Goodreads list for fans of horror.



Finally, now that your trilogy is finished, what do you have planned next?

Right now I’m working on an NA contemporary romance about a college drop-out and a celebrity chef set in Boston. It’s called Luck on the Line and it’ll be published by Diversion Books on 11/10/14.

As for YA, I’m dabbling in the same magical Brooklyn as The Vicious Deep, but from other magical creatures.

About the Author:

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night.


Links: 
Twitter | Author Facebook | Series Facebook | Website | Tumblr | Series Tumblr | YouTube | Goodreads
THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA,
 the final book in The Vicious Deep Trilogy, 
comes out July 1st!!!


Also, check out Zoraida's pre-order giveaway for The Vast and Brutal Sea!! :D

How the giveaway works: 

All you have to do it pre-order The Vast & Brutal Sea OR order a paperback copy of The Savage Blue any time until July 8th and you’re entered into the contest! After that everything else are BONUS points. Just remember to save your receipt to claim your prize! (INTERNATIONAL).




Is anyone else super duper excited for The Vast and Brutal Sea?
Did you enjoy the Q&A with Zoraida?
And if you haven't started The Vicious Deep Trilogy yet,
did the Q&A make you want to?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: Scorch (Croak #2) by Gina Damico

 Source: Received a copy from Thomas Allen and Sons for an honest review.
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: Already released.
Number of Pages: 332 (Paperback)

Blurb from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.

To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?



I absolutely loved the first book in the Croak trilogy, so I wasn't too surprised when I loved this one, too! Scorch is just as funny, interesting, and heartwarming as Croak...and you won't want to put it down!

I'm a reader who is constantly trying to predict what is going to happen as I'm reading, and Scorch was no exception! I was trying to figure it all out before Lex got there, but even I was surprised during parts of this book...and some of those surprises were very good ones!!! And ones that I was soooo thankful for!

 I was glad to see more of the characters, and I just loved their interactions even more! I also loved that in Scorch we got to see a bit more of the world that the Grims in habit and we got to know more about the other places they inhabit...and not just the small town, Croak. :D It was also just fantastic to get to come back to the story-world that Gina Damico has created! It's such a unique place with wonderful characters! I also love that with the awesome world-building, and character development, Damico still manages to add in banter that keeps you laughing and compelled right until the very last page!

Overall, Scorch was amazing! It definitely had heart-breaking moments, but it was also so freaking fun, and I loved getting to see more of Lex and everyone else (especially Drigg....I heart him to the max ;P)! :D

If you're a fan of unique stories that have amazing characters, and banter and jokes that constantly keep you laughing, then this trilogy is definitely right for you! :D I still haven't read Rogue yet, but I wanted to get this review out (FINALLY) before I did! :)

What do you think?
Does the Croak trilogy sound like something you'd like to read?
And if you've already started these books, what do you think of them?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (15): Breathe, Annie, Breathe!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!

BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE (Hundred Oaks #5) by Miranda Kenneally

Hitting the shelves on July 15, 2014 from Sourcebooks Fire

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

Read an excerpt: http://mirandakenneally.com/writing/excerpt-from-breathe-annie-breathe


MY THOUGHTS

I'm not really sure what's going on with the cover of Breathe, Annie, Breathe anymore, but I'm still extremely excited to read it! :D I absolutely LOVE Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oak's series, so Breathe, Annie, Breathe can't come fast enough!! :D

Anyone else extremely excited for Breathe, Annie, Breathe?
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (14): The Iron Trial!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!

THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Hitting the shelves on September 9, 2014 from Scholastic Press

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.


MY THOUGHTS

I love Cassandra Clare and I love Holly Black, so put them together and I'm totally sold! :D This story sounds super fun, and I can't wait to see what Holly and Cassie come up with together!! The Iron Trial is definitely very high up on my upcoming to-read list...sooooo excited!!! :D

Who else can't wait to read The Iron Trial?
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (13): Rustynailed!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!

Rustynailed (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton

Hitting the shelves on June 24, 2014 from Gallery Books

In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!

MY THOUGHTS

I read the first book in this series, Wallbanger, back when it was fanfiction, and reread it when it was published...and I still absolutely LOVED it! :D I'm extremely excited to read more of Simon and Caroline's story, and I'm especially excited to see it expand even farther beyond the original fanfic part of the story! :D I also just love that the titles of these books are all cocktail names! haha

Anyone else super excited for Rustynailed?
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?