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Friday, May 31, 2013

Books For Trade

I have several books that are filling my shelves that I would like to trade. I have included a form to fill out along with books I'm interested in trading for. If you are interested in one of my books but don't have one on my wishlist, please let me know and maybe we can still work something out. Most all copies listed are new or gently used. If you have any questions, please email me or include them when filling out the form. Happy reading!



My Wishlist
When God Was a Rabbit by SarahWinman (any form)
Bewitching by Alex Flinn (paperback)
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (hardcover)
Glass by Ellen Hopkins (hardcover)
Collateral by Ellen Hopkins (hardcover)
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (hardcover)
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (hardcover)
The Program by Suzanne Young (hardcover)
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler (hardcover)
Island of Lost Girls by JenniferMcMahon (paperback)
Crossed by Allie Condie (hardcover)
Reached by Allie Condie (hardcover)
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente (hardcover)
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford (hardcover)
A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford (hardcover)
A Touch Menacing by Leah Clifford (hardcover)
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (hardcover)



Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: Wide Open by Deborah Coates

Wide Open
by Deborah Coates

Published by: Tor
Released on: March 13, 2012
Hardcover
304 Pages
Rating: 4/5









   Wide Open is definitely different from the normal read. Deborah Coates definitely has a way of holding her readers, leaving them yearning for more. This was a great change for me and I am incredibly eager to begin the second book in the series called Deep Down.

   While being overseas and fighting in a war is hard enough, Sergeant Hallie Micheals is about to discover that her life is going to become that much more difficult. Receiving a phone call informing her of her sisters sudden death, she rushes off to her hometown.

   Upon arrival with absolutely no calls from her father, preparing her for what is to come, she hears the cause of her sisters death. She knows the story can't be right, She knew her sister all to well for something like that to happen. And she makes it her top priority to find out the truth and what's really going on.

   The mysteries that she uncovers leaves her that much more confused and desperate to find out what everyone is hiding. Being on a ten day leave makes it that much more challenging. If she ever reaches the truth of what's going on in this town and the real cause of her sister's death, will she even be able to do anything about it? Or will it be for nothing?


Received from Tor for review purposes.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program
by Suzanne Young

Published by: Simon Pulse
Released on: April 30, 2013
Hardcover
416 Pages
Rating: 5/5




*Please note, this review was based from an ARC copy*






   Let me start by saying that The Program has demanded it's way into by top 10 for 2013. I read many books every year but when you get one that screams when opened, I know it will be added to the list of favorites.
   My copy is an ARC so I'm not too sure if the published copy is like this, but there are three parts to the story and every part begins at page one, so it's like three stories inside. This is the first I have seen of this and really found it interesting.

   The story is about a time when a massively high amount of youth suffer from severe depression and thus, commit suicide if given the opportunity. There has been much work into helping save the kids and close observation is made for everyone. If signs are showing, they are whisked off to a place that everyone in their right mind fears. A place that alters your state of mind, making the children lose their memories and allowing them to return back to their lives as someone that they are not. Someone incredibly different than who they were because they have lost that person along the way. The children are said to be recovered, but anyone in their right mind knows better.

  Sloane has had many friends and family that have committed suicide. She has all eyes on her now and can't even get the time she so deserves to grieve for her lost loved ones. She knows that the life she lives will end up getting disrupted and makes quick decision to hide her past so her future won't be left blank. Her journey is far more unpredictable than anyone could imagine.




Received from Simon & Schuster for review purposes.
 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Giveaway: ARC of September Girls

Interested in winning an ARC of September Girls? I have a copy that I would like to pass along.




When Sam's dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he's all for it-- at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him.
Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she's different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he's going to get her back, he'll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.



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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Butterfly Migration Cover Contest (2-$25 Gift Cards and ebook)

The Butterfly Migration Cover Contest

The rules are simple.
  1. Copy and save the cover image from this post.

  1. Make it as many profile pictures and avatars as possible.
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Google+
MySpace *Yes I just went there*
Pinterest

  1. Tweet and tag Mia Castile so she knows to add your name to the drawing.

  1. The winners will be picked June 5, 2013


What you get:
Two winners will be drawn randomly, and the more places you put the image the more chances you have to win. Eligibility is also dependent on keeping the cover as your profile picture through the end of the contest. Each winner will receive an e-copy of The Butterfly Migration and a $25.00 Amazon gift card.


Copy and paste the following messages for easy entry:

Facebook:
The Butterfly Migration will be available on May 21st. I want to win a free e-copy from @Mia Castile

Twitter:
The Butterfly Migration drops 5.21 @miacastile I want to win a free e-copy and amazon gift card #tbm #tbc

Instagram:
#tbm #tbc #Thebutterflymigration drops 5.21. I want to win a free e-copy from @miacastile and #entwinedpublishing

You may have to friend and follow Mia if you don’t already, but remember the more places you put the cover the more chances you have to win.

Facebook: Mia Castile
Twitter: @miacastile
Instagram: @miacastile
Google+ : Mia Castile
The New Myspace: Mia Castile
Pinterest: Mia Castile

There are two different sizes to choose from. Take your pick!

 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Giveaway: Generations by Mia Castile

Up for grabs today is one copy of Generations: Book of Enlightenment by Mia Castile and some swag to go with it.

Ellie Solomon has always been sort of a loner. Between her brother(who is the only family she has left) and a few friends (that are more his friends than hers) she lives a boring life. The one person she confides in is her Guardian Angel who visits her dreams. He is her best friend, too bad he's not real. When strange wolves with red eyes begin chasing her one evening, a mysterious boy and his dog saves her, catapulting her into the secret of Her parents fate and who she really is. Together, with her new friends she embarks on a journey that leads her to the destiny of her Generation.






Rules:
13+
Open to everyone
Winner must respond within 48 hours


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Friday, May 10, 2013

Escaping Darkness Book Blast ($50 giftcard and ebook giveaway)

Escaping Darkness is the second book of The Stone Legacy series. Written by Theresa McClinton.
A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult and new adult paranormal and contemporary romance.

Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries and explored dozens of U.S. states—including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.



She may have spent years in an asylum, but that didn’t make her crazy–just fearless.
Dropped in Moscow with her friends on an impossible mission against underworld forces, Tara is left to her feelings of overwhelming inadequacy. Her boyfriend is a healer, her best friend is “the Guardian,” and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. The only thing she has been able to contribute are her memories, which has left her with nightmares of her time spent at the mercy of the evil Sarian–who everyone has gone to fight.
Alone with her emotions, Tara finds herself falling into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared.
He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground rings of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…

Find out what the Paranormal Romance Guild had to say here!  




The Stone Guardian

Book 1 in the Stone Legacy series 



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Thursday, May 9, 2013

First Kiss by Ann Marie Frohoff Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Author, Ann Marie Frohoff, reveals the cover for her debut novel, FIRST KISS, book one in her edgy hard-hitting trilogy, Heavy Influence. You can find out more information on her book website at www.facebook.com/heavyinfluence.  FIRST KISS is due to release June 11th, 2013. You can get hooked on the series by downloading her prequel novella, SKID OUT, on Goodreads for FREE at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12641062-skid-out.



It was all about the band, until the girl next door. Her innocence is tempting. A sexually charged coming of age story set in the throes of stardom.
About an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, when the girl next door becomes something more; they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family. Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it.



Release Date: June 11, 2013
Pages: 483
Find it: Amazon & Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.
The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, is tentatively set to release June 11, 2013 — The series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.
Annie is now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.







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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sirens by Janet Fox~Blog Tour + Giveaway



Be sure to check out all the stops during this tour and check out the giveaway!
8th @ Alice Marvel
9th @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
10th @ Rebecca's Book Blog
11th @ Chapter By Chapter
12th @ ReadingTeen
13th @ Little Library Muse
14th @ Mundie Moms
15th @ Fire & Ice
16th @ The Book Rat
17th @ Pieces of Whimsy

Sirens is the third novel in the Faithful series. 



When Jo Winter’s parents send her off to live with her rich cousin on the glittering island of Manhattan, it’s to find a husband and forget about her brother Teddy’s death. But all that glitters is not gold..
Caught up in the swirl of her cousin’s bobbed-hair set—and the men that court them— Jo soon realizes that the talk of marriage never stops, and behind the seemingly boundless gains are illicit business endeavors, gangsters, and their molls. Jo would much rather spend time the handsome but quiet Charles, a waiter at the Algonquin Hotel, than drape herself over a bootlegger. But when she befriends a moll to one of the most powerful men in town, Jo begins to uncover secrets—secrets that threaten an empire and could secure Jo’s freedom from her family.
Can her newfound power buy her love? Or will it to ruin Jo, and everyone around her?








Janet S. Fox (Janet Fox) is a writer, mom, and former high school English teacher. Her first young
adult novel FAITHFUL (Speak/Penguin, 2010), was a 2011 Amelia Bloomer list pick, and is set in Yellowstone National Park in 1904. FORGIVEN, a companion YA novel (Speak/Penguin, 2011) set in 1906 San Francisco at the time of the Great Earthquake, was a Junior Library Guild selection and WILLA Literary Award finalist. Janet's third YA, SIRENS, a "noir romance" set in 1925 New York, is available now. GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT is her award-winning middle grade self-help book for kids (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006). Janet is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been a Regional Advisor for the SCBWI. Janet currently lives in the mountains of Montana. The family loves dogs and is ruled by an elderly Basset hound.



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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: Dead River by Cyn Balog

Dead River
by Cyn Balog

Published by: Delacorte Press
Released on: April 9, 2013
Hardcover
242 Pages
Rating: 4/5









    The cover of Dead River looks freaking awesome! I am a huge fan of ghostly things and in reading the synopsis, I couldn't wait to read it. What I found wasn't exactly what I expected but nonetheless, it was a good read. This is the first book that I've read by Cyn Balog and I'm looking forward to reading more by her.

    Having to sneak off from her overprotected father to spend time with her boyfriend Justin and BFF Angela, Kiandra can't wait to get away. What she finds on this trip ends up being incredibly close to what her father had always been so scared about. It wasn't some exciting white water rafting trip. It's a trip that ends up explaining things from the past. Things about her mother, who died suddenly and this has always left Ki curious. This isn't the only thing she finds out. There are secrets happening right behind her back, and with it, comes new beginnings and final endings.



Received from the publisher for review purposes.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite
by Kiera Cass

Published by: HarperTeen
Released on: April 23, 2013
Hardcover
336 Pages
Rating: 5/5


*Please note, this review is based from an ARC*






  Oh, how glad I am that I decided to read this series. The Elite has delivered such an amazing and gripping storyline. I wasn't too sure as to just what was going to happen and was so delighted by the outcome. Yet, the last few chapters totally caught me by such surprise, I couldn't stop reading until finished. Nervous and on edge as to what was to happen, and what was going down. This series is so addicting and compelling. Whether you are into princesses or strong willed people, this series will succumb you!


  America holds onto her beliefs in the second book of this series. We see unexpected events occur that would've never thought possible. America's heart is broken, only to find out the true feelings of others around her. Not to mention, the feelings that others have for her. We see more girls sent away by Prince Maxon and Aspen holding onto America. Both men are there for her. It's her decision on what will happen and the events that go down might have heavy influence on her choices she makes.



Received for review purposes from HarperCollins.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Giveaway: ARC of Zombies Don't Forgive by Rusty Fischer

I have an ARC of Zombies Don't Forgive by Rusty Fischer up for grabs. Find out my thoughts on it here. This is the second book in the series, following Zombies Don't Cry.



Following Barracuda Bay’s homecoming cum zombie Armageddon, fellow zombies Maddy, Dane, and Stamp have fled to Orlando where they work at a theme park, hiding in plain sight at their jobs in the Great Movie Monster Makeover show. The three spend most of their time together in their apartment trying to avoid curious Normals and Sentinels—humans and zombie cops. While Dane and Maddy draw closer, Stamp drifts away, falling for a mysterious blonde. But when the mysterious girl puts their existence in danger, all Maddy cares about is hunting the blonde down to separate her from her head.






Rules:
US Only
13+
Winner must respond in 48 hours


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Friday, May 3, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Butterfly Migration by Mia Castile

I have the cover for the third book in The Butterfly Chronicles for you today. It is The Butterfly Migration and it is phenomenal. Due for release on May 21st by Entwined Publishing. There is also a launch party scheduled for May 18th at Bookmamas in Irvington. If you are in the Indianapolis area, be sure to stop in and join us! If you can't make it, the event will be on U-Stream, red carpet style.




The worst day of Lacey Baxter’s life was the day her parents announced their divorce and her boyfriend Chase Livingston went into a coma. Scratch that. The worst day of her life was two months later, when he woke up and didn’t recognize her. Now, as he pushes her away, she clings to the hope that each day will be the day he remembers how much they love each other. Turning to her new BFF Byron and his circle of friends, she does whatever she can to cope with the changes. She just wants to be numb and forget about everything.

The headaches, the panic attacks, the pressure to be this perfect boyfriend are incredibly hard for Chase to bear. He doesn’t love Lacey, or at least he doesn’t think he does. Still, he doesn’t understand this strong attraction to her, or the jealousy he feels over every guy that talks to her. Losing two years of his memory means strangers think they know him and he’s not sure where he fits in. Will his memories come back over time or all at once? Should he even wish for them?

Finding each other again could be harder than either of them thought, especially when everyone knows their business and has an opinion about it.


**This is a Mature YA Series, containing subjects concerning addictions and sexual content.**


Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Cover Reveal: Butterfly Kisses by Mia Castile

The new cover is released today for Butterfly Kisses, book two in The Butterfly Chronicles series. I  do hope you like it as much as I do!


Everything changed for the Baxter sisters last spring. Lacey blew it with Henry her lifelong crush, only to discover a blooming relationship with her best friend, Chase. While he picked her up and put her back together, they grew closer over the summer. Now that school has started, he’s found popularity thanks to his band Cate’s Ashes, and he’s hiding secret phone calls and text messages. Plus, did his ex-girlfriend just appear out of the blue at his show? Forcing Lacey to wonder if he’s over the feelings he pronounced for her at the beginning of summer. Add to the tension, a realization and secret of her own to keep about her worse enemy. Lacey vows to be the bigger person and keep Byron’s revelation, but what will it cost?
Meanwhile, as Lana tries to find herself again after her suicide attempt, she’s befriended by the school’s resident bad girl, Britt, and new chicano boy, Tomas, in the same week. Britt offers unconditional acceptance that Lana didn’t realize she craved, while Tomas brings out the best in her, and makes her feel alive again. Britt is dangerous and daring, while Tomas exudes security and safety. Vices come easily when you are already addicted to something you crave, and Lana muddles through figuring out who she wants to be.
With their parents constantly arguing, and their dad moving into the guest bedroom, the pressure on the girls may explode destroying them all. Is there a place for happiness when their world is crumbling around them?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Swag Tag- You in? (The May Edition)

  So, the idea for this came to me while I was thinking about some of the swag that I used to have and gave away and later read the books, fell in love, and really wish I hadn't gave my goodies away. I desperately want them back. The purpose isn't to only find lost swag out there, but hopefully establish friendships with fellow bloggers. It's a cheap and easy way to connect, receive goodies in the mail, and make connections. I do hope you enjoy what I have put together. Oh, did I mention that some FABULOUS authors have sent swag so that I can put together a package to send to one lucky participant every month?? The picture of this months prize is below. If you have suggestions or concerns, feel free to email me.

Have Swag?
Pass some along to others.

Looking for Swag?
Fill out the form and maybe someone will have what you're looking for. It's ok if you just want some swag too. We all do!

Don't have Swag but still want to Participate?
It's all good. Just send someone a note. We all love mail as long as it isn't bills, I'm sure. Small notes just saying hi or saying something thoughtful can really brighten ones day.

Pass it On!
Yes guys, if you receive something, I can't make you send something to someone else, but I do encourage you to.

Don't have a Blog?
It's okay. When filling out the form, just enter N/A in the section where it asks for you blog info.

Swag Tag form for May

I don't know how well this idea will hold up guys. Help spread the word and add your name to the list! Just add your name and if you want to send something to someone, send them an email to get their address. Please DO NOT add your mailing address to the list. In doing this, please don't forget our international people. Swag is only a few dollars to mail out of the country.



The Swag Package offered this month:

Special thank you's go to Catherine Ryan Hyde, Wendy Higgins, J.H. Trumble, Polly Holyoke, Chelsea Pitcher, Mindy McGinnis, and K.M. Walton for this month's goodies. I have more coming next month!







Cover Revamp Reveal: Becoming a Butterfly by Mia Castile

Today I have a new cover for Becoming a Butterfly. This book belongs to the Butterfly Chronicles series. I can personally say that with every book released, the better it gets. Now, there's brand new covers to go along with this amazing series.

Sixteen year old Lacey was never the center of attention, unless she was tripping, stammering, or being deposited into a pool by the local popular kids. All she wanted was to fit in, until one night when everything changed.
Jade and Tasha, her two best friends, helped her create an online personality that was everything she wanted to be– and it was only the beginning. In doing so, she attracted the attention of Henry, her lifelong crush and next door neighbor. Unfortunately, it was Farrah, her online personality and not herself, he was interested in.
She also attracted Chase, the brooding, quiet, anti-social new kid of Brownsburg High School, who easily figured out her secret and blackmailed her. They forged a friendship that was both unique and complicated.
Lacey must decide if revealing herself to Henry and her entire school as the cool, charming, and funny Farrah is worth possibly losing him forever. She finds herself needing to make an even harder decision than she ever thought possible. When did the lines between truth and lies get so blurred?

Becoming a Butterfly is a story about coming of age and finding yourself when you never knew you were lost.


**This is a MATURE YA FICTION SERIES.**