Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Fire & Flood

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
THIS WEEK I'M WAITING ON:
 
Fire & Flood
By Victoria Scott


Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

RELEASE DATE: February 25th, 2014
Why I'm Waiting: Animal Companion... BAM! That is all I see when I read this summary. I NEED IT NOW! Plus, look at the pretty cover!!!

What are YOU waiting for?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Worlds I don't want to live in

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC IS:
Top Ten Worlds I don't want to Live in...

Awaken (Awaken, #1)Arclight (Arclight, #1)Cassie Scot: ParaNormal DetectiveDeviants (Dust Chronicles #1)Code Name VerityInnocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles, #1)The Always WarUnraveling (Unraveling, #1)Not a Drop to Drink Ashes, Ashes (Ashes, Ashes, #1)Outside - a post-apocalyptic novel (Outside #1)Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)

1.) Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky~ Awaken is set in a world that is completely digital. People don't interact often and if they do it's with apprehension. I could not handle this! I like being outside and although I don't always love people becoming a recluse is not high on my list of things to do. This would be a world that I would not EVER want to live in!

2.) Arclight by Josin L. McQuein~ Guys... I'm afraid of the dark... This is a dark world... I would not be able to handle this...

3.) Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective~ Most likely if I lived in a world filled with witches and warlocks and people who took words and actions so seriously, I would end up dead... or maybe I would end up in a swamp, or something similarly awful...

4.) Deviants by Maureen McGowan~  I don't do heat, I don't do sand, and I do NOT do dust...

5.) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein~ World War Two was so terrible and I don't think I would be able to handle it at all! Plus OMG, that BOOK! It kills me every time...

6.) Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear~ The thought of Aether and destruction and getting caught in a fairy realm is just plain old creepy!

7.) The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix~ Thinking of war and thinking I might die or that one of my friends might be injured would seriously cause me problems.

8.) Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris~ A countdown device and parallel universes colliding... I would be so afraid... like sooooo afraid...

9.) Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis~ Protecting things? So not my thing... I am a free spirit!

10.) Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari~ Viruses, vaccines, and dogs, oh my! I would not want to trade places with Lucy, the main character, for anything!

11.) Outside by Shalini Boland~ So I can live in a enclosed area here.. that is "safe"? No thanks! I like my freedom even if it's a bit dangerous out there.

12.) Incarceron by Catherine Fisher~ Ugh... Prison and fancy dresses... blah.... Great book, but so not a world I'd ever want to live in!

What are worlds you don't want to live in?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Waitning on Wednesday: Stone of Destiny

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!

THIS WEEK I'M WAITING ON:
Stone of Destiny
By Laura Howard





Stone of Destiny (The Danaan Trilogy, #2)Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan' s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?






RELEASE DATE: February 28th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: I loved the first book and can't wait to see what happens in this next installment! 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Mini Hiatus, because yeah... It's that time of the year...

So I don't know if you've noticed by my posting this past month has fallen... a lot. And there are a lot of reasons.  One being the rapidly approaching horror you may all know as midterms. YUCK! So that's one of my main reasons, I guess... Also just some personal other stuff.

But there is another reason.

For the past month or so I haven't felt quite satisfied with my blog. I haven't been liking the design. I haven't been able to think of any good post topics, I haven't wanted to write any reviews... so I just haven't.

And then I started getting more and more spam comments about living green... and it's been a drag.

When I started my blog I created everything from the title to the original design (it has since changed) in a spam of an hour. I didn't put a lot of thought into the name, or anything else really. And it's been bothering me. I'm to the point where I need change.

So for the past 24 hours (that's a long time of consideration for me) I've been thinking about how I plan to change this.

And I've come up with a solution, I'm going to revamp my blog, in every way possible. I'm going to change the name, (I have something in mind now) and I'm going to complete redesign the entire thing...

This was actually something I put a lot of thought into (shockingly, have I mentioned my impulsiveness yet?) and I'm really nervous about it. I already am a fairly established blog... I mean definitely not super established, but I have a couple hundred followers, I think there are some people out there who know my url... and the thought that maybe I'll lose people because of that is kind of scary.

But that's the thing. I'm not happy with my blog, and my happiness is the thing I care most about. I want to be satisfied with what I'm doing so I'm making the choice to change everything... And I really think that's the right choice for me...

Thus, until further notice I'll be on a hiatus, taking midterms and working to change the world my blog.

Although I think I have some prescheduled posts going up... so YAY maybe you'll see those!

(Also by the way, any hints to changing my url on bloglovin'?)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chasing Forever Down: Interview with Nikki Godwin

Chasing Forever Down
Title: Chasing Forever Down
Author: Nikki Godwin
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Series: Drenaline Surf #1
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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Nikki Godwin about her book, Chasing Forever Down.
Not only is she beyong amazing, the book is too! And I was so happy to get to ask her some of my burning questions!
Below my questions are in black, while her answers are in blue, but first here's a bit about the book!

After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer. 
If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
1.) What was it that made you want to write a book about surfing?Honestly, I'd never really read anything about surfing or set in surf towns around surf culture, and I knew it wasn't a big thing in YA books. I wasn't sure how it'd turn out, but I like to be different. I wanted to give it a try, and I fell in love with the sport/culture. Also, living in Mississippi, far away from any ocean or good waves, it really is a personal escape for me.

2.) So… This next question is extremely important. What made you decide to make lime green the color of Drenaline Surf as well as Haley’s favorite color? I've always seen Haley liking bright colors. Orange is my favorite, so I wanted her to have something different. Pink was more fitting for her BFF Linzi. Lime green just felt like a Haley color to me. Plus it's just a great color in general. It feels beachy.

3.) When writing Chasing Forever Down did you already know exactly how it was going to end and who Haley would end up with? Or did you come to it as you wrote it all?
Honestly, in the original outline, this was going to be a romance between Haley & Colby Taylor. Halfway through writing the book, I just wasn't feeling it. I absolutely hate forcing something in a book that doesn't feel natural, so I went back, deleted all romantic elements, revamped what I had written, and re-plotted. I'd always known in the back of my mind that she'd end up with who she ended up with, at least for book 1. ;)

4.) Out of every character in the book, who was your favorite to write? Was there any that stuck out for you? Or any that you would consider giving a spin off novel to?
A.J. Gonzalez was my favorite to write. He's a character who had been in my head for a very long time, and he was just waiting for the right book to work his way into. I was so crazy excited to get to his chapter and introduce him during the writing process. As far as spin offs go, I only have one spin off in my plans as of right now. It's technically a stand-alone NA novel, but it's set in the surf world, so obviously Drenaline Surf is part of it. Plus, the characters from it will be in the final DS book, but readers could read it or skip it - it won't make a difference to the DS plot line, aside from already knowing the characters when they show up.

5.) For the book, did you have to do a lot of research? Or did you have a lot of prior knowledge?
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I knew absolutely nothing about surfing when I set out to write this book. I watched some YouTube clips, read up on surf lingo, and read about the history of surf culture. It never really felt like research because it was so fascinating. I didn't start following professional surfing until a few months after CFD was published.

6.) Chasing Forever Down was the first book you published, right? How did that feel? What was it like knowing that people were actually reading your book?
Yes, CFD was my debut, although a lot of people seem to think American Girl on Saturn was. CFD's release was a very different experience because I did zero promo (hence why I'm touring now). I was still learning the basics of formatting and uploading and all the technical stuff, so the book was pretty invisible to the world for a very long time. It was a bit disheartening to go through all that work and see the book just sit there, but after I got my first reader e-mail, I felt like it was worth it. Plus, sales have definitely increased since AGOS's release. I've had a lot of readers tell me they searched my name to see what else was out there and then loved CFD too, if not more.

7.) If you could be one character out of this book, who would it be and why?
Haley - We're a lot alike already. When my mom read CFD, she said that she could see a lot of my personality traits in Haley. I think it's hard not to let some of yourself into a character. BUT she is waaaay braver than me. I could've never pulled off the journey she did, and I definitely wouldn't have been brave enough to stand up to everyone like she did at that age. (And she gets to hang out with awesome people on the beach all the time - who wouldn't want to be her?)

8.) What was your favorite scene to write from Chasing Forever Down? Are there any that have really stuck with you?
My favorite scene is the "jet skiing with A.J." scene. I knew from the outline that this scene would be so much fun, and it definitely was. I love to reread chapter nine just because I love A.J.'s intro. The other scenes that stick with me are 1) the scene where Haley meets Miles and Topher for the first time and Topher pops up on the pool table, and 2) the scene where Haley says goodbye to A.J. and uses the line about The Wizard of Oz. That goodbye scene nearly killed me.

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Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/New Adult author from the southern USA. She is a city girl who can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she's not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She may or may not completely love One Direction.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Learning to Swim: Cover Reveal

Today is a momentous occasion for me. Why, you may ask. Because this is my first ever cover reveal! *squeal* I have always avoided cover reveals just because I'm not a big fan of surprises I don't like not knowing what the cover I'm signing up to reveal will look like. I don't want to feel the urge to lie and say a cover is beautiful, when I really think otherwise.

But the moment I read the summary of the book, I was super curious! And then, when I got the chance to participate in the reveal, I thought, why not!

And I am so glad I did! I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Here's the cover you all came to see!


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When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.
Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?
As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.


So what do you think of the cover? Are you as excited for the book as I am? 

Monday, January 13, 2014

What's in the Snow?


Today I am so excited to finally be able to share my post for the What's in the Snow? Scavenger Hunt hosted by yours truly, as well as Jessica over a Fly to Fiction! (You can find the GIVEAWAY and the informational post HERE!

Anyhow, I am so sad to see the end to this event quickly approaching! (If I do say so myself, it was an amazing event! =D) But I am so excited to be sharing this post with you. Following will be a list of books and their summaries in relation to an activity. Each activity will be a read at your own risk situation, so please follow proper precautions for determining if you are experienced enough to manage the multitasking.

For when you go skiing...
Now I'm sure many of you when you think of skiing you think of skiing, like actual skiing, but there is so much more to it. You're probably also thinking, when would I have the time to read while participating in such an invigorating activity. *laughs in your face* Well my friend there is of course the lodge, where you could read and drink hot chocolate to your heart's content. But that's boring, for me anyways I like to ski, rain or shine, 0 degrees of 50 degrees, so I must resort to squeezing in reading time the following ways: On the lift because there's always some time to kill there. (Although please note that you can't hold the ski place responsible if you drop your book in the snow) Or when your sitting in the snow. Now this is of course a rare moment for me because I am amazing, but to those snowboarders out there, this is brilliant! And if course while your skiing! Just watch out for those trees! Now here are just a few suggestions!
The Ex Games

The Ex Games

 Brace yourself for the battle of the exes...

Hayden and Nick used to be a hot item, but their brief affair ended with a highly publicized breakup. Now the two are "just friends," excluding the occasional flirtation.

When Hayden wins the girls' division of a local snowboarding competition, Nick is unimpressed, claiming that Hayden wouldn't have a chance against a guy. Hayden calls Nick's bluff and challenges him to a head-to-head boarding contest. Their mutual friends quickly take sides, the girls on Hayden's and the boys on Nick's, making for an all-out battle of the sexes. This friendly competition is bound to get heated—and they might end up igniting some old flames

Love on the Lifts
Love On the Lifts

Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe:
8 oz steamed whole milk
(no skim! doesn't work!)
2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops)
1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet)
4 dried, crushed mint leaves
(or 1 tbsp. mint syrup)
Snow in LoveSmart Girls Get What They Want Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute...Enjoy.







Snow in Love

Welcome to Alaska!
A special welcome to my boyfriend, Jake, the cutest tourist I've ever met!
Explore our natural beauties and untouched wilderness.
Jake and I like to hike our great (romantic!) nature trails. . . .
Enjoy our perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions.
Be sure to catch Will Parker doing his snowboarding tricks. He makes all the girls in town melt. (Except for me. Who needs Will when you've got Jake?)
Experience our world-class resorts and spas.
While you're there, find out what's up with that hot girl Jake brought to the lodge this year. She's probably just his cousin or something. Right?!
Get ready for a vacation you'll never forget!
(Note I have not read this one yet....)



Smart Girls Get What They Want
Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she'll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . .

When you wish you curl up by the fire with a cold read!
Icing on the Lake
Icing on the Lake

There's no real summary, but from what I remember it was a good book....














Coffeehouse Angel
Coffee House Angel
From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down.  Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .





Ex-mas


Ex-mas
Two Exes. One holiday adventure. Merry Ex-Mas?

Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith's parents just left for vacation, and Lila's all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.

Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler's older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila's musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.

 It'll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love...all over again?
Kissing Snowflakes
Kissing Snowflakes
Just in time for the holidays comes the perfect winter break read! This fun, sweet, wintertime book is filled with humor and romance.

The picturesque montain ski lodge is the perfect place to spend winter break...if you have a boyfriend! Otherwise, that cozy leather couch in front of the crackling fire looks a lot less inviting. Good thing that there are lots of cute, blond, sweater-wearing ski instructors around to choose from....

This fun, sweet tale of holiday romance on the slopes is the perfect wintertime read!

Decked with Holly


What to read when you're on a cruise.... 
Decked with Holly
Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, "Awkward", with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she's pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she's greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly's face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can't risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend - just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be "fauxmantically" involved with a cute rock star? She's about to find out...

When you're building a Snowman and want to stay cold...
PeakPeak
The only thing you’ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below. – Peak Marcello

After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit--and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life.

Roland Smith has created an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk. The story of Peak’s dangerous ascent—told in his own words—is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.
The perfect book to make snow angels to...
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own
Books to warm you up...
ScatBestselling author and columnist Carl Hiaasen returns with another hysterical mystery for kids set in Florida's Everglades.
Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.
But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance.
And he does! But not in the way they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. And Nick and Marta will have to reckon with an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture.
That's life in the swamp, kids
















The book to skate to....

Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

When there's a Storm...
Frost (Stork, #2)In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.

After the drama of finding out that she's a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack summons as a gift to Katla turns into the storm of the century, attracting Brigid, a gorgeous scientist who, in turn, attracts Jack. Between the school play, a bedridden, pregnant mother's to-do lists, and keeping an eye on her aging grandfather, Katla doesn't have time to question Brigid's motives or deal with Jack's increasingly cold behavior. But Katla's suspicions mount when Jack joins Brigid on a research expedition to Greenland, and when the two of them go missing, it becomes clear that Katla is the only one who can save her beloved Jack from the Snow Queen who holds him prisoner. Adventure, romance, and myth combine in this winter escapade for teens who like a bit of fire with their ice

Snowed In
Well, apparently I live here now—my mom just bought the place. And named it after me, Ashleigh, which was nice. But did she know how cold it is here??

Um, it's a tiny island with not much to do, unless you really like sleigh rides. But I gotta say there are quite a few hot guys on this cold island . . .










With any luck, you;ll find a great new book and also be able to multitask! What do you all think? Did I do a good job in picking out books?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Merch Girl Review and Giveaway

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Merch Girl

Title: Merch Girl
Author: Rebecca Lewis
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Music
Source: I got this book as part of a review tour, which in no way affected my review
Rating: Bison

THE PREMISE
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of a tour bus, underneath the half-naked body of the hottest teen rock star in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the band too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol, nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize that life on the road isn’t always a smooth ride...

MY THOUGHTS
Merch Girl was one of those books that I easily fell into and could not put down. It's one of those fluffy books that maybe if you have a hard time accepting events that would most likely never happen in real life, then you would probably have a hard time getting through it.
Personally I absolutely loved reading about Lacey and her adventures as she attempted to sell merchandise for her favorite band. I thought Lacey was a great character and watching her navigate her way through the mass amounts of fans and getting the guy she wanted was hilarious!

On a separate note though, I was not a fan of Trina... At all. To me she seemed like a terrible friend and I was so surprised when Lacey kept forgiving her for acting like a complete idiot. I get that maybe Lacey didn't want to just drop her like that, but the fact that Trina repeatedly made such stupid decisions got on my nerves. Maybe this is just me, but having a best friend like that would just annoy the heck out of me.
BUT... The good thing was that I absolutely adored Devin, a girl that Lacey met on the tour who helped her out so much selling the merch. Not only was she a great addition to the characters, I loved her humor and whenever she was there I thought the book was so much better. She was by far my favorite character from the book and I had such a great time reading about her quirks! (I mean come on, she's a fangirl blogger, who is following the band around because she loves them so much. It doesn't get much better than that!) I guess she's also the other reason why I disliked Trina so much. I mean, whenever possible Trina was nasty to her I just wanted to throw my kindle across the room. Devin really helped to make the book for me and I do think that without her I might not have enjoyed it nearly as much.

And now onto the love interest. Logan was adorable. I loved him and Lacey together and

watching their relationship progress was great. He clearly cared about Lacey and I loved that.

I also really liked the little problems that arose throughout the book. Clearly the book was meant to be a romance with some showing of the characters growing up throughout the summer. There was also little events spread throughout the book meant to entertain the reader. I really enjoyed reading about each problem as it came up.

I did think that things wrapped up a bit too easily, but I guess that I've been feeling that happen a lot more recently. So I guess that it's not really a bad thing, just not an amazing aspect of the book.

In all I felt that this book was an enjoyable read. I do believe that Trina should just go fall in the hole and even as I wrote this review and reread some parts with her being completely nasty, I just couldn't stop thinking that. She is definitely not my favorite character and I really don't think she underwent any character growth. I did really like Lacey and Devin, so that more than made up for it. I would definitely recommend this book to those in need a cute, fluffy, light read!



BISON=FOUR STARS

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Rebecca Lewis is the author of the Young Adult novel, Merch Girl, and a lover of all things music! She's been writing stories since middle school and penned her first fanfic about a semi-popular boyband in 1997. Her passion for music and writing brought her to Boston University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Communication. During her college career, she interned for various record labels in Boston and New York City, sold merch for local bands, worked at record stores, and did a whole lot of grassroots marketing. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and puppy.



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Friday, January 3, 2014

The Best experiences of 2013: The Bookish and Non-Bookish

What is this? IT'S ALMOST 2014?! Where did this year go?
*mutters about the insanity of time*
Anyhow... With the end of the year comes me looking over much of the year.
The good experience and the bad. (Still trying to block out all bad things! LOL!
And because of that I wanted to do a post about all the stuff that's happened to me this year! So here it goes!

1.) Starting a book blog! DUH! I began my blog March 31st  and it may have been one of the best experiences ever! Sure my blog started out a little bit rough, but since then I've begun to feel really proud of it! My blog has helped to open me up to new experiences and also helped me to discover who I am. Because of blogging I've also managed to discover SO many new and amazing books!

2.) Next up is the friends I've made this past year! (I actually have a post on this going into more detail.) This year I've met so many new people, both through blogging and also in general and that for me is fantastic. I'm definitely not the most friendly person out there! (Introvert for LIFE! Thus the reason why friends are super special if I actually don't mind talking to them!)

3.) Getting to work with some of my favorite authors as well as getting to know and love new ones. This past year I actually had the chance to work with Elle Strauss, who quite possible is one of my favorite authors out there. Getting to do a character interview with her was beyond what I ever believed would be possible! (Don't even get me started on how excited I was when some of my fav authors followed me on Twitter.... like O_O)

4.) THE BOOKS! This happens to be another of those duh, moments... Because clearly I've read some FANTASTIC books this year!

5.) Winning giveaways. (Yeessss... WITH AN S! As in multiple!) I actually won quite a few giveaways! And that was probably one of the most amazing things ever! I got some books I'd been DYING to read before they even came out!

And now for some non-bookish happenings... because I'm sure you're all dying to hear about my personal life! (JK... but I like to see things and by doing this it makes me feel happy!)

1.) By far one of the most exciting things that happened to me was that I went on a backpacking trip.... Alone... Well not alone, but I just mean without my parents and brother. I was gone for 7 days and was in a different state from my parents with no phone, internet connection or anything else. It was my first time being completely away from then, like not being able to talk to them or anything... So for me that experience was incredible. The whether absolutely sucked (think pouring rain above tree line with 60 mph winds! O_O) but the experience really made me grow and change as a person!

2.) One of my other favorite things that happened this year was that I went with my French class on a trip to Quebec! I had previously never been out of the country, so this was super exciting! I loved going and it really was such a beautiful place! (Even though it was snowing like crazy and I had only brought sneakers! Lol!)

3.) I also began volunteering at an animal shelter which has been such an amazing experience... I'm not even a big fan of cats but being able to go there and feel like maybe I am helping something in the world, makes me feel happy!

And that's about all I have to say! Clearly not a lot, but those have definitely been some of the high lights of last year! (It feels crazy saying that! I can't believe it's 2014 already!) So everyone, what are some of the best things that have happened to you in 2013? Anything you care to share????

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blogging Friends in Retrospect

(Psssttt... This post was supposed to go up before the end of the year... but you know... I completely forgot to post it! Lol!)

So I know recently I've had a couple posts mentioning the awesomeness of book bloggers and just blogging in general.

And because the year is ending I just wanted to highlight the bit of progress I've made with my blog since I started it. One of the biggest and most important strides I've taken is I've made friends.

Way back in May, about two months after I began blogging I was participating in Feature and Follow Friday and the question: What blogger would you like to meet in person? was asked.

My response: No one. (Well actually I said more than that and you can see that post here... Embarrassing... I know)

Anyhow, that has recently changed dramatically. There are so many bloggers I would love to meet in real life. SO MANY! And looking back I'm kind of shocked that I just couldn't think of any. But truthfully, I can tell you why.

Back in pre-summer days I didn't have a twitter. Yep. To make friends in the blogging world (Good friends at any rate. Like ones you actually talk to instead of just commenting back and forth on each other's posts...) you need a twitter. All bloggers are on twitter and that's where they all connect.

It's also the best place to hang out when you have the time.... It's also very addictive, you have been warned.

Basically the point of this post is highlight some of the amazing friends I've made!
So, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Icy Cold Reads


Emz @ Icy Cold Reads
Emz is not only one of the coolest people around, she's also got a killer blog! I LOVE her to pieces and she's always there for me when I need a friend! I love this girl SO MUCH! And even better is recently we've started working on a new venture together! If you've yet to have heard of it, it is North Star Book Tours! So very excited to be doing this with such an amazing friend!




Just Another Teen ReadingJessica @ Just Another Teen Reading
Jessica is another of my favorite bloggers in the entire world! She started her blog a while ago and I found it through a Top Ten Tuesday link. I immediately loved her blog and I remember thinking that she had some great picks on her list. So the minute she joined Twitter I was psyched! I had been stalking her blog for a while and she was such a cool person to talk to on twitter! She is an amazing blogging friend and talking to her is fantastic!



Jessica @ Reviews Abound
This girl is lacking a blog button, but her, along with her blog, are AMAZING! We recently organized a fantastic event (What's in the Snow?) and out of it I got an amazing new friend. Jess is yet another example of the amazing bloggers out there! She is always around to talk to and is hilarious! I love her!

Arial @ In Italics
Arial is another of the AMAZING friends I've made. She is, like the others, always there if I need her help about something. She also helped to design the gorgeous graphics that we use for the What's in the Snow? event! She's so incredibly friendly and everyday I look forward to seeing her posts in my inbox! Plus her taste in fonts is impeccable! I know I can always go to her for advice that makes everything look better!

The YA Book ButterflyEm @ The YA Book Butterfly
When I discovered Em's book blog I was so incredibly proud of myself. It was at a time when I was only just beginning to feel more comfortable in the blogging world. The minute I saw that she was a teen made me all the more excited. Plus she was new to blogging to I didn't feel as awkward leaving a really exciting and stupid sounding comment on her blog. She was also the first person I interviewed for Teens Take Over! And she's always supporting me when I need her!



Sofia @ Loving the Language of Literacy
Sofia is a newer blogger that I've only just met. She's great to talk to and I love when she fangirls over books! She is definitely a great new addition to the bogging world.

Savanna @ Kiki's Dream Bookshelf
I actually edit some of her writing and stuff and she is such a fun person! I really like being able to talk to her!

Klaudia @ The Observant Girl
Klaudia is another of those people who make me glad that I became a blogger. She is so supportive right when I really need it! Like today (by the time I post this most likely a few days might have passed!) but I was working really hard to promote North Star Book Tours and she was there to help me out with her retweets and promotion!

Leigh @ Little Book Star
Leigh is yet another of those people who I find so easy to get along with! She is hilarious and is such a bad influence! (Sometimes... I mean really Leigh, books>sleep... not the best advice ever... =D) I really love getting to talk to her on twitter and her blog is beyond fabulous! Definitely an amazing person as well as a blogger.
The Lovely Grace


Allison Grace @ The Lovely Grace Book Blog
This girl is my spirit animal. Like, no lie. She really is! I love talking to her on twitter and we always have to same thoughts! (Like the Ruby Red movie! =D) She is such a fantastic person! I absolutely LOVE her!
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Jayne @ Fiction _The New Reality
Jayne is a fairly new blogger, who I really only just met! But, she quickly has become one of my favorite bloggers! She is amazing to talk to and gives amazing advice! On top of that she is always helping me promote stuff (like the scavenger hunt and North Star Book Tours!)



Sarah -- bloggless (Twitter: @EscapingSarah)
I absolutely love talking to her on twitter! She has such a fantastic personality and is really beyond amazing! I love, love, love talking to her!

Erica @ Friction to Fiction
Erica is a blogger that I feel like I don't talk to that much, but I really love reading her blog. She is an insanely sweet person!

Annie @ The Runaway Reader
I love Annie's blog so much. She actually recently restarted her blog and I always look forward to reading her posts! Another amazing person to talk to!

Emily @ The Blue Eyed Bibliophile
I LOVE Emily! =D Her blog is amazing and it's always cool to see what she's reading!

Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure
Kaitlin is SUCH a fun person! I'm obsessed with her blog and she really has some great quality posts.


There are so many amazing bloggers out there and I am positive I missed so many of them. But this post was really just me wanting to talk a little bit about the amazing blogging friends I've made over the past few months. There are so many fantastic bloggers out there!