Thursday, May 21, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Tarnished

Tarnished (Perfected #2)
Release Date: 2015
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Freedom comes at a cost...

Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet—graceful, demure...and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman’s gilded cage. Her escape started a revolution, but she’s trapped, unable to get back to Penn—the boy she loves—or help the girls who need her.

Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she's tried to save...


Book One:
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Praise for Perfected:
“Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”
— Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls

Read my review of Perfected HERE

Buy Links:
Amazon * Barnes & Noble

About the Author:
Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com

Author Links:
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Haunted Love

ISBN: 1507619928
Pages: 492
Publication Date: February 23, 2015
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Appearance:
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Summary:
My name is Thea Bell and I was murdered.
I always assumed that death was the end. So when my life was cruelly taken away from me, I never thought I would get a second chance to say what I needed to.
But then I was given a choice, a choice that allowed me to see the people I had left behind, and I knew I had to take it.
I wanted to say a proper goodbye. I needed justice for what happened to me.
But even in death, things rarely go to plan.
I never expected to meet him. I didn't anticipate falling in love. I hadn't considered the repercussions of coming back. I never realized I would put another person in danger.
I didn't know my actions were going to haunt us forever.

My name is Detective Aiden Mercer, and I think I have gone insane.
I am seeing the murder victim of my current case alive and in the flesh, and that is simply not possible.
I can see her, hear her, touch her. She’s real to me, however I know this cannot be real. Right?
But try telling my heart that, because as I grow closer to catching Thea’s killer, I also fall deeper into trouble.
Because love is rarely anything but trouble and I know this love will haunt me forever.

Hello everyone! School absolutely hates me because right after APs we have PARCC so excuse my pretty extended absence in terms of reviews this month. I was originally going to post my Entangled Crush reviews before this one but I didn't have time...either way I'll get to them this weekend because praise the heavens we have a long weekend! Anyway, enough of this random talk, let's focus on this review~

Theresa Bell makes one mistake the night of her murder. She walks into her house and let her guard down. When she wakes up, she surrounded by light and introduced to a man whom she dubs Santa Clause for his white beard. Santa tells her she has two options, she can move on to the Afterlife or return back to the mortal world. The catch is that she can't choose who sees her and the first person to see her is the only one who can and she is bound to him or her. Thea chooses to go back because she needs to know if her killer gets justice and if her younger brother Flynn will be okay. When she goes back she finds herself bound to Detective Aidan Mercer who is working on her case. What starts off as a deal to bring Thea's murderer to justice turns into a relationship that can only end in heartbreak.

This is just a heartfelt story with the perfect amount of suspense and romance interwoven together. The rising suspense and the tension balances the softer romance aspect of the story. I knew that this book was going to have paranormal aspects to it but I didn't think that it would be so well done. Just how vivid the characters seemed made the relationship occur very naturally. There were just so many parts where I cracked up because Thea and Aidan were once again at each other's throats about something, but each time they worked through a problem their relationship strengthened and the hole in my stomach got bigger.

The character development in this story is amazing. Thea is snarky and so full of compassion for everyone she meets. She's the perfect example of an innocent victim who has so much potential in life to do great things and the injustice of her death makes you all the more determined to find the killer and make him suffer (is that too extreme?) Aidan is your perfect good hearted guy who just happens to be married to his work. He's dedicated but finds himself easily overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work and has a couple cracking points. With Thea, he can act his age and take things easy. What man doesn't appreciate a well cooked meal? Thea's brother Flynn goes through a lot in this book from dealing with his sister's death to finding a new family - so to speak. If possible, I want to give him a big hug for everything he's been through. Then there's Aidan's grandmother who is possibly my favorite character just because she's so cool and fun. Her faith in the unbelievable and her love for Aidan is so amazing and overwhelming. I might have shed a tear at the end...

The suspense, like I said before, is a perfect contrast to Thea and Aidan's relationship. It offers a feel of tension that wraps the story and heightens every second Thea has with Aidan. The revelation is a mix of "oh I saw that" to "that is seriously messed up" which in my book is a pretty good combination. It was a bit expected but not with the special twist thrown in. The ending had essentially two parts. Part One had me sobbing my heart out and I think we can guess why while Part Two had me half sighing from cuteness and half rolling my eyes because I wanted a more exaggerated ending. Not exaggerated with fanfare per say and in some cases it was heroic, but I couldn't help but feel like I wanted something more.

Overall, definitely recommend this. I can't get it out of head and I swear every time I think about this book I get a smile on my face.
4 out of 5 stars
 

Foreverly Obsessed,

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Planning Ahead (10) + Bout of Books 13.0 Wrap Up

Hello everyone! It's been a while since a Planning Ahead post but APs are FINALLY done which means I can get back into the swing of blogging. I thought I'd combine this scheduling post with my Bout of Books 13.0 Wrap Up since today is also the last day. Even though it's still early I have a bunch of things to do today as well as all my homework since I spent most of yesterday on a bus reading. So let's just get straight into the wrap-up first and then transition into next week's plans~

Bout of Books
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This should come as no surprise that the first book I finish is not on my TBR...but this is probably my favorite read out of all the books so at least it turned out to be a win-win situation.
 Rating: 4/5 stars

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I FINALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK! Excuse the CAPs but I was very excited to finally finish this book after reading it for almost 2 months. This didn't exactly live up to my expectations but I'll go into more detail in my review which (sadly) won't be up this week as you will soon see in the schedule.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Oh look! Another non-TBR book. I realized after looking at my calendar that this book was releasing on May 19 and I hadn't finished it yet so I decided to get on it. This is the second book in a series but I think it's okay to read them separately...
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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I FINALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK #2! That's all that needs to be said.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

So overall I think this read-a-thon is a big success. I managed to finish two books that I have been dragging on for forever so that is a huge accomplishment in itself. I also managed to read two other books and start a couple others. 


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This is also releasing on the 19th so I managed to get started but I'm only about 10% through the book. It's okay, I still have time. Don't have much of an opinion yet but that's one mad squirrel...
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I'm participating in a blog tour for this book on Friday the 22nd. I'm about 40-50% of the way through and everything is just a complete "WTH is happening." I didn't read the first book in the series but I have been told that they can be read as standalones. It's good, just confusing.

(In Order of Review)

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That's all I've got! This post turned out to be quite long...either way, if you participated in Bout of Books let me know down below how you did!! Thanks for reading and I'll talk to you all later~

Foreverly Obsessed,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bout of Books 13.0 - Day 1

Bout of Books

Hello everyone! Happy Bout of Books 13.0 Day One! I don't think I'm going to do updates every single day, but I'm currently in procrastinate mode so I'm reading a bit and thought I'd do an update as well as today's challenge! Today's challenge is the Bookish Survey, hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale and contains five simple questions: 

1. How do you organize your shelves? 
I don't really have an organization plan when is comes to my bookshelf. Speaking of shelves, I'm in desperate need of some new ones because my old ones are sinking and I've created a pretty large pile of books on the floor. I use three shelves on my bookshelf with the four reserved for my dad's large computer books. The current order goes something like this:
Shelf 1: Rainbow TBR - I've read a couple but they're mostly TBR books
Shelf 2: My Nicholas Sparks books + Random Favorites/Other
Shelf 3: Massmarket Paperback Fantasy Novels and Classics
Floor Shelf: Everything Else

2. What is one of your favorite books that’s not in one of your favorite genres? 
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I absolutely adored this book, words cannot even express the feels that overcame me. The best way I can categorize this book is NA Paranormal which is definitely different from my usual fantasy preference.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read? 
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I'm pretty picky about 5 star ratings - it takes a lot to blow me away which kind of makes sense that The Final Empire was my last one. I've been reading a lot of 4 star books lately but haven't hit a new 5/5 yet.

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? 
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While I only want to make progress on this book and not necessarily finish it, I'm super excited to start! I've read the preface and part of Chapter One and the language is just so beautiful!
Book I actually want to finish: Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan

5. What book do you recommend the most? 
Besides stating the obvious answers, a brand new 2015 release that I absolutely loved is The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by CJ Dushinski. It's a fantastic retelling of Romeo and Juliet that just completely blew my mind and expectations towards the story.
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Alright, moving on to my meager progress report:
Well of Ascension: ~8 pages (1 Chapter)
The Picture of Dorian Gray: Preface + 3 pages of Chapter 1

So that's kind of sad, but I had school, an AP test, and piano lessons. Hopefully I can read a bit more while doing homework! I'm going to try to do updates on Twitter so be sure to follow me there @crzybunni96

Foreverly Obsessed,


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Summer by Summer

ISBN: 0310729637
Pages: 288
Source: BookLooks/Harper Collins
Appearance:
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Summary:
When Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with. In short, he’s everything she dislikes in a guy.
Bray had a plan for the summer: party, hang out with friends, and forget all the responsibilities waiting for him back home. But every time he’s forced to be around Summer, her dour, serious mood sets him off. Not to mention she has a habit of picking up on what he already knows is wrong with him.
Then the two find themselves on a dive trip gone wrong, stranded on a remote island. As they focus on survival, their differences melt away, and they find being together may be what both needed all along.

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another review, so I'm FINALLY posting my Summer by Summer review because it's been a while since I said I was going to put my review up. Let's get right into it~

Summer is beyond thrilled when she is accepted to be a nanny for Josh Garrison and tag along the annual Garrison family trip Belize. It is going to be the perfect summer vacation before she starts college in the fall however she soon discovers that the vacation may just have one pretty major annoyance in the form of Bray Garrison. He's everything she despises in a person and worst, Mrs. Garrison is constantly pushing for them to spend time together. When Summer and Bray go on a diving trip and end up stranded on an island, they have to work out their differences to find out a way to survive.

I was originally super pumped for this book because it seemed like a really fun read. The beginning of the book just hooks you in and you can't even stop turning pages. However, the more I read, the more exhausted I became. The story is full of really common cliches involving stranded island thrillers, romance, and survival. There are some parts of the story where I was rolling my eyes so hard because there was a line or scene that you could replicate over a couple stranded island movies or books. For me that kind of killed the story because I started anticipating things that I knew were coming based on how present things were going. Also, while being stranded is no fun experience, Summer and Bray were definitely really lucky over the course of things.

The unique aspect of the story definitely came through in the characters. While Bray does identify as your rich frat boy, he shows more depth and a different side to him as the story progresses. He's got some wicked survival skills and definitely someone I want with me if I'm ever in that position. Summer is like a mish mosh of stereotypes. She hates rich people but her reason is actually quite surprising and it makes your sympathize with her more. She's passionate about children (as seen with Josh) and writing. At the same time she's protective of who she lets inside her heart because she's been hurt too many times. The characters overall made the story more alive, but they still embodied a cliched relationship especially with that ending.

For me in particular, I was expecting something more with the story. I can't exactly place what, but going into it knowing that it was Christian Lit kind of had me anticipating being blown away. However, if I overlook that for a minute, this book wasn't that bad. It had the right elements to keep me interested to some extent through the entire story and while some parts were a bit hard to get through because of certain parts, it still delivered a solid story. 

3 out of 5 stars
 

Foreverly Obsessed,

Saturday, May 9, 2015

TOUR STOP: Swept Away

ISBN: 1481436090
Pages: 320
Source: Fantastic Flying Book Club/Author
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Summary:
Beachfront love blossoms in this refreshing summer romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer and Seventeenth Summer.
Mandy Sullivan isn't exactly looking forward to the summer months as tourists invade her seaside hometown on the coast of Maine. Her best friend, Cynthia, has abandoned her for camp and her older brother just announced he'll be staying at college taking classes for the summer, leaving Mandy with nothing to do and no one to hang out with. Hoping to keep herself busy, Mandy takes a volunteer job at the Rocky Pointe Lighthouse. On her very first day, Oliver Farmingham asks for a private tour. A new and incredibly cute face in Rocky Pointe, Oliver seems more interested in Mandy than the lighthouse and its history.
Without her best friend at her side, Mandy is scrambling to act the right way and say the right things when Oliver is around. Cynthia not Mandy has always been the confident, flirtatious girl that everyone wanted to be around. As Mandy and Oliver spend more time together exploring the coast, biking through the woods, and attending the local summer festivals, their budding friendship becomes much more. But with Mandy's insecurities creeping to the surface, can she open her heart to someone who will only be in town for three months?

Hello everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for the Swept Away book tour! I survived my APUSH test yesterday and I'm still in disbelief. One down, two more to go and then I can relax and wait for BookCon 2015 to come! Anyway, let's just get into the review~

Mandy Sullivan's summer is pretty much ruined. Her best friend Cynthia is off to a fancy camp for upcoming theater stars and her older brother is staying at college to take summer courses. Even worse, her mother has roped her into helping out at the local "Candy Cane" lighthouse officially called Rocky Pointe Lighthouse. However, her summer starts to look up when newcomer Oliver Farmingham arrives to visit his grandfather Freaky Farmingham for the summer. Without Cynthia to guide her in the arts of flirting and romance, Mandy has to figure out how to maintain a steady conversation with Oliver without making a fool of herself. What starts as a friendship starts to develop into something more, but Mandy's faced with the constant reminder that once summer ends, Oliver will have to leave.

Thank you so much to FFBC and the author for allowing me to review this book! Swept Away is your typical summer romance story but with all the awkwardness and stuttering. The relationships in this story is so real and raw that it brings the "book romance" to life. I've found with a lot of YA summer contemporaries that the romances seem almost story book like and hard to recreate, at least in my won life, but Mandy and Oliver's relationship is so vividly real. Both characters are awkward and adorable in their own way and it was so sweet to watch their relationship develop from stolen glances and awkward stammering conversations, so an easygoing friendship and then something more.

In addition to exploring the changes of a first relationship, the characters also display considerable character growth. While I was kind of annoyed at Mandy in the beginning she really grew into her confidence and learns to not judge her appearance by the people surround her such as "celestial Celeste," her confident and talented best friend, and her extremely smart brother. She learns her own strength and how not to be so judgmental based on appearances.. Similarly, Oliver is so awkward in the beginning it's kind of painful, but you get to learn more about him as the story continues and more about his passions. One thing I want to address is the concept of the "weirdo" in town. Freaky Farmingham is Oliver's grandfather and the whole town thinks he's weird. However, yes he's a bit odd, but his personality goes to show that there's more to people than the town rumor.

So after reading this, I can conclude that I really want to go visit Maine for the summer, even if I'm not a huge fan of lobster myself. Definitely check this book out if you're interested for a light but beautiful summer read~

GIVEAWAY

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle Dalton is one of the many names Carla Jablonski uses when writing. Her two YAs written as Carla Jablonski (published by Razorbill/Penguin), Thicker than Water and Silent Echoes, were included on the NYPL Books for the Teen Age list, and her graphic novel trilogy Resistance (illustrated by Leland Purvis, published by :01 Books) has won several awards, including the Sydney Taylor Silver Medal. In addition to writing novels she is an actor, playwright, and former trapeze artist. A native New Yorker, she is eternally grateful to her friends who invite her to their beach houses.

4 out of 5 stars
 

Foreverly Obsessed,

Cute Brown Spinning Flower