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Monday, 29 September 2014

Making Up For Monday #6: The Perfect Novel


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This week's question: If you could or are writing a book, what would you want it to be about?

UGHH! This question was literally the hardest thing ever because I've thought long and hard on this. I definitely want to be an author. Growing up, I've always been told that my essays for English were "beautiful", "perfect" or "touching" and I would really like people to read my words but the hardest thing is thinking of plots and ideas to write because everything, literally everything, has been done before and I don't want to be a writer that just re-uses old and worn out ideas. I want my work to be unique so if I had to write a novel, it will definitely be in the Young Adult genre, obviously and may be sci-fi because I'm not a huge contemporary lover. No love triangle because they are so predictable and sicken me. Maybe, I'll invent a new race/species of people because the whole "vampire-witch-werewolf-fairy thing" is overrated. I don't know, maybe I'll go a different direction and have an alternate universe, where we humans, are no longer the apex predators or maybe a story about someone who dies, talking about the "afterlife".

The point is, I have no clue what my novel will be about because I feel like authors get inspiration from their lives and the world around them and I have yet to really experience all of life in its magnificence. I am only 15, soon to be 16 (on Wednesday, WOOT WOOT!) and I feel like inspiration has yet to form into a solid, usable idea. I have a ton of random thoughts about the premise of a novel swirling in my mind but none are really focused and definite at the moment.

What about you guys? What would your novel be about? Zombies? Love? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next post, I love you guys to...infinity and beyond!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Stacking The Shelves #3 : Birthday Books + An E-book


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews that allows us to highlight the books that we've acquired throughout the week.


Hey, guys! Welcome back to my blog! I actually acquired a lot of books this week, well, relatively a lot, only 10 but that's a ton more than I usually get. The nine physical books were a gift from my parents, gift meaning, I picked out the books and they paid for it and I bought the e-book on a recommendation from Amber @ CosyingUpWithBooks. I'm not really the type to want and ask my parents for the most expensive things for my birthday, even though it is my 16th birthday next week Wednesday (October 1st). I just wanted some new books and they bought them for me so thank you so much Mummy and Daddy!

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1)#Forfeit by Caroline Batten (e-book that I bought myself)
2)The Maze Runner by James Dashner (The Maze Runner #1)----->Gift
3)If I Stay by Gayle Forman(If I Stay #1)----->Gift
4)The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)----->Gift
5)Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (NewSoul Trilogy #1)------>Gift
6)Prodigy and Champion by Marie Lu (Legend #2 & 3)----->Gift
7)Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin and Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout (The Entire Lux Series)---->Gift


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So that is it for all the books that I received recently! What books did you acquire this week? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next post, I love you guys to...infinity an beyond!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Book Blitz + GIVEAWAY: Garret by Alli Everhart

Title: The Reason I Stay

Author: Alli Everhart

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Publication: September 19th 2014



This full-length novel is Garret’s point of view from CHOOSING YOU (The Jade Series #1).

My life is nothing but rules. Rules for how I act. How I dress. Who I date. Who my friends are. I hate the rules and yet I keep following them. Until I met Jade. Being with her is forbidden. She’s not one of us. She’s not allowed in my world. But I don’t care. She’s different and I like her and I want her. And the fact that she wants nothing to do with me makes me want her even more.

But my father won’t allow it. Neither will the people around me. Being with Jade means making deals, blackmail, bribes–whatever it takes to keep my relationship with her a secret.

Jade has no idea what my life is like. She doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t know about my family and what they’re involved in. And although I can’t tell her all my secrets, there’s one rule she must know: Never ask questions. It’s a rule that I live by. Because in my world, knowing the answers can get you killed.





EXCERPT

As I approach the car, I’m disappointed when the ass I was admiring suddenly turns the opposite direction. I’m left with a view of the tan, athletic legs which are topped with an overstuffed black garbage bag. Small hands move up and down the front of the bag, trying to hold on to it as clothes seep out the bottom onto the ground.
A voice mumbles from behind the giant bag. “Shit, I knew I should’ve got—”
“Can I help?” I go over and pick up three black tank tops from the ground. I offer them to her. “Here, you take these and I’ll take the bag. It looks heavy.”
“I can handle heavy,” she says as she snatches the tank tops from me. She turns around, giving me another glimpse of that cute little ass.
The bag starts to teeter side to side. Despite what she said, she clearly can’t handle that bag. It’s practically twice her size and in about two seconds she’s going to drop it and everything inside it’s going to spill out onto the parking lot.
She knows I’m still there and says, “You can go now. We don’t need any help.”
We?
A guy holding a large box appears next to her. Where the hell did he come from? I didn’t notice him when I walked over here. Is he her boyfriend? Must be, although he looks a few years older than her. He’s kind of got that hipster artist look going with wavy brown hair that hangs down by his chin. But his clothes are just basic khaki shorts and a navy t-shirt, which doesn’t at all fit the artsy types I know who try to make a statement by wearing bold colors or patterns, or t-shirts with the names of bands nobody’s ever heard of.
Artsy Guy notices me and clears his throat. “Um, Jade, why don’t you introduce yourself?”
Jade. That’s an interesting name. I’ve never met someone with that name.
The girl turns around, the bag still blocking her face, and all I can see is a small hand sticking out. “Hi, I’m Jade. Nice to meet you.”
I peer around the bag but it’s so big I can’t even see her face. “I think you’re in there somewhere. You sure you don’t want some help with that bag?”
She doesn’t answer as she struggles to keep hold of it.
This is so strange. What girl doesn’t let a guy hold shit for her? Every girl I’ve ever dated tries to make me hold her shit; her purse, her shopping bags, her sunglasses. I never do, because most girls never ask. They demand. And I don’t do demands.
I watch as the garbage bag sways to the side, the tear on the bottom splitting open even more. I reach under the bag and attempt to take it from her. She reluctantly lets me have it. It’s not that heavy and I’m almost a foot taller than her so I’m easily able to hold it in one arm as I extend my other arm and offer her my hand. “Hi. I’m Garret.”
Now that she’s not hidden by the bag, I can finally see the owner of those legs and that hot ass. And holy shit. She’s beautiful. Her features are small, delicate. I’m instantly drawn to her lips, which are full and the perfect shade of pink even though they’re free of any lipstick. She has dark brown hair that’s almost the exact same color as mine, and she has it in a ponytail with loose strands hanging down around her face and neck.
She’s wearing a white tank top and although I usually try to be more discreet, I can’t help but glance down at her breasts, which are larger than I would expect from someone as tiny as her. As she leans toward me to shake my hand I can see some cleavage and damn, she’s got nice breasts. Combine those with the legs and the ass and shit, she’s so freaking hot it’s causing movement where there shouldn’t be, at least not while standing in a parking lot in front of a girl I just met.
She looks up at me and as soon as I see her eyes, I’m lost. I love green eyes. I always have, but hers are the most gorgeous shade of green I’ve ever seen. They’re surrounded by thick black lashes that aren’t coated in that black clumpy shit girls put on their eyelashes. Her skin is flawless and I notice she’s not wearing any makeup. There’s nothing on her eyes, her lips, her cheeks. It’s not a look I’m used to. Most girls around here wear so much makeup I wouldn’t even recognize them without it. Personally I think girls look ten times better without makeup. This girl definitely looks good without it.
Damn, she’s hot. She’s more than hot. She’s gorgeous. And I don’t toss that word around easily.
The more I look at her, the more I want to keep looking at her. When it comes to girls I never thought I had a type, but I do now. This girl is definitely my type. I don’t know who she is but I have to find out.










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Allie Everhart writes books about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance health writer for magazines and websites. She loves to read as much as she loves to write. And when she’s not reading or writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas.





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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blog Tour Review: Just For You by Rosalind James

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Title:Just For You
Author:Rosalind James
Publisher:Self-published
Publication Date:July 31st 2014
Format:e-book
Pages:103

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No shirt, no shoes, no … problems?

Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for.

Reka Harata hasn’t forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.

Sometimes, especially in New Zealand’s Maori Northland, it really does take a village. And sometimes it just takes a little faith.


Review
This book is a prequel novella to the Escape to New Zealand series and occurs before the series starts so it can be read as a standalone which I did and honestly, I enjoyed reading the book, it was cute but it's not something that I would personally read over and over again. It was really short, I read it in a day with a ton of pauses in between but everything felt rushed sometimes. I loved that I got to learn a ton of New Zealand slang words and culture. The actual story was really cute if a bit predictable and overdone.

I happen to really like when books are short and fast-paced. Short and fast-paced over long and drawn out any day. This book was exactly like that even though, I've not been really in the reading mood lately, I was able to finish it in record time. However, even though I enjoyed that aspect of the book, I felt that at some points stuff was butchered and rushed through e.g the romance, the character development. I get that it is a novella but I felt like time could've been spared for the important features of the book. Though it was a quick read, the rushing through of those features made the book a little less desirable for me.

The sheer amount of New Zealand phrases and culture in this was just...AHH! I loved it, I felt like I was travelling to the place without leaving my house and it was cool! There were so many lavish descriptions and it made me want to be in New Zealand. I learned some new words and I could live there. Seriously, because of this book, which had a frickin' New Zealand phrase glossary, I think that I would survive, like hardcore survive a day, possible two in New Zealand. Crazy huh?

The premise of this book was good and I read like the wind but I didn't feel like it was original and I didn't get a sense of genuineness from the romance in the story. It all just felt done before but it was funny. I mean, the characters were cool, their relationship was interestingly hilarious. Idk, for some reason, I just could not stop giggling and face-palming at the romance.

All in all, it was a decent read, a good one but it was more on the not-perfect side than the perfect side. Moreover, I enjoyed it, I both liked and disliked stuff about it and I feel like the bad stuff cancelled out the good stuff and the good stuff cancelled out the bad stuff so I was left with nothing. In which case, I did not know how to rate this book because it wasn't my cup of tea but I feel like it might be someone else's. In the end, I went ahead and decided to give this book 3 cupcakes because it's kind of the middle ground I think where the book is not so bad but it's not perfect either.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Book Tour Excerpt: Backstrokes by Dylan Madrid


Title: Backstrokes

Author: Dylan Madrid

Genre: Gay, Contemporary Romance

Publication: June 15th, 2014


After almost being expelled from a prestigious Chicago music conservatory for a prank gone wrong, twenty-two-year-old pianist Crawford Paul returns home to Northern California for what he predicts will be another boring summer. Concerned his scholarship is now at risk, Crawford accepts the only job he can find: accompanying a glamorous seven-year-old named Isabella to a community swimming pool for lessons. There, Crawford is befriended by a nanny named Nina, an aspiring fashion designer who finds it difficult to hide her disdain for children.

When Crawford meets Armando Leon, a lifeguard and Isabella's swimming instructor, he accepts Armando's offer to help him overcome his fear of water by way of private swimming lessons. As friendship turns into a summer affair, their lust for one another turns to love. When Crawford receives a chance of a lifetime audition, he is torn between returning to Chicago or staying in California to start a new life with Armando. As the end of the summer inches closer, Crawford and Armando fear they will be separated forever










EXCERPT
Crawford arrived five minutes past midnight. The temperature had dropped, a slight chill in the night air.
Armando was standing in the center of a circle of light, a white moonlike glow cast from a streetlamp outside of the pool building. He smiled when he saw Crawford and was still
smiling as they met in the ring of light.
“I didn’t think you’d come,” Armando said.
“Then you don’t know me very well,” Crawford told him.
“I’d like the chance to change that.”
“What do you have planned?”
“How daring are you?” Armando asked.
“Be careful,” Crawford said. “The last time I was dared to do something I was almost expelled from school.”
Armando smiled. “Have you always been this rebellious?”
Crawford laughed a little. “I’m actually not,” he said. “Until I spray painted a wall and got caught, I’d never done anything wrong or rebellious in my life.”
“I don’t want to be a bad influence on you.”
Crawford stepped forward. He kissed Armando’s neck and said, “Too late.”
Minutes later, they crawled through a hole in the fence near the pine trees. Except for moonlight and spill-off from streetlamps, the pool area was dark.
This place looks completely different at night. Creepy.
“You look scared,” Armando said.
“You know how I’m afraid of water?” he said. “I have a similar fear of dark places.”
“I won’t let anything happen to you. I promise.”
They stood together on the edge of the pool, staring down at the deep end at their feet. To Crawford’s surprise, Armando started to undress. Within seconds, he’d stripped down to nothing but a pair of boxers.
Crawford kicked off his shoes and peeled off his socks. He wiggled his toes against the cool concrete. He slipped off his jean jacket and then his T-shirt. All that remained were his favorite pair of khaki shorts.
“What are we going to do?” Armando asked.
Crawford was confused by the question. “About what?”he asked.
“Us. The end of summer,” said Armando. “It will be here before we know it. Everything worked out for you. I know you’ll be going back to school soon.”
Crawford nodded. “In five weeks.”
He could hear the hurt in Armando’s words. “That’s all we have left together?”






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Dylan Madrid is the bestselling author of the gay romance and suspense novels Mind Fields, Love in the Shadows, Backstrokes, and Star Dust Lullaby. A California native, Dylan grew up in the Bay Area. He opted to backpack through seven countries before heading to college and spent a year living in Europe, primarily on the Greek island of Ios. When he's not dreaming about living on the Italian Riviera or running away to Belgium, Dylan teaches college courses in writing and the arts.





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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Authors that I NEED to Read More Books From


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks' topic is the top ten authors that I've only read one book from but NEED to read more.

Authors!


1)Tahereh Mafi

I read Shatter Me and Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (not counting Destroy Me as a book because it was a novella) and they didn't live up to my extremely high expectations but they were still really good reads with potential for growth and improvement as the trilogy progressed so I really need to get my hands on the other books in the trilogy.

2)Marie Lu

I read Legend back in February, I think and it became my love and since then, I haven't continued on with the series. I just didn't get around to picking them up but not to worry, I have ordered the last two books of the trilogy from Amazon and they are on their way!

3)Libba Bray

I read Going Bovine by Libba Bray two, maybe three years ago and I hated most of it but I loved the ending. I hear really great things about her other books though and I'm just hoping that they're better than this one. Maybe Going Bovine just didn't agree with me.

4)Scott Westerfeld

I read Uglies, again, maybe 2 or 3 years ago and I really, really enjoyed it. Why the hell did I not pick up the rest of the series? I have no clue. Also, I was really close to reading his Leviathan trilogy and for some reason, I just didn't. I need to get a move on and read more of his books because I hear amazing things.

5)Ally Carter

Heist Society was my love, is my love! I haven't finished the trilogy yet and I really need to, not only read that, but read more of Ally Carter's work.

6)Ann Aguirre

The only book that I've read from Ann Aguirre is Enclave and I really enjoyed it. I need to finish this trilogy and also move on to her other books because I'd heard a ton about her New Adult novels, as well as her newest novel, Mortal Danger.

7)David Levithan

I know that I need to read something from David Levithan because I hear really good things but I'm super hesitant because the last book I read that was co-written by him and Rachel Cohn, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, I hated. I honestly cannot explain how much I did not like that book but if you want you can check out my review of it. Everything about it made me want to bang my head against a wall. However, I still want to read more from this author because I don't want to judge him by a book that he didn't fully write himself. I'm hoping that his other books are good and that this one was just a result of his and Rachel's writing styles not being compatible.

8)Rae Carson

Because I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns a year ago and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!


9)Dan Wells

I completed Partials last year and I loved it so I need to finish the rest of the trilogy and move onto Dan Well's other books which sound amazing, as well.


10)Meg Cabot

I read a random book from Meg Cabot's All American Girl series last year and I really loved it. I plan, in the near future, to finish that series and also to finish the Princess Diaries series :)

Book Blitz + GIVEAWAY: The Reason I Stay by Patty Maximini

Title: The Reason I Stay

Author: Patty Maximini

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Publication: September 9th 2014



Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.

Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.

Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

My name is Mathew Rogers and those are the values I built my adult life around. They are also the reason I had to forsake everything I loved in Seattle and embark on a solitary road trip across the country, with no direction other than searching for the next small town, the next girl, and the closest liquor store.

Boredom, frustration and a series of unfortunate decisions led me to the rickety-ass town of Jolene, Alabama—a town I wanted to leave behind from the moment I passed the welcome sign. But it was there where I met her. The girl who made me question everything I’ve always believed in, and the only one who has ever had the power to break my heart.

Her name is Lexie.

She’s beautiful, and I’m pretty sure she hates me.

And for once in my life, I give enough of a damn that I keep finding a reason to stay.





EXCERPT

“Hey there,” a chipper voice with a very noticeable drawl sounds to my right.
Lifting my head to acknowledge the source of the voice, through my peripheral vision I see a narrow waist covered in navy fabric and a hand with purple nail polish and a girly skull ring, but I don’t bother to look at her further. I just can’t. I know she’ll be some nice southern-hospitality enthusiast trying to start a conversation, and welcome me to this town. Being one hundred percent sure that I’ll lose it if I’m subjected to that I bend my elbows, anchor them on the table and burry my head in my palms.
“Welcome to The Jukebox. I’m Lexie.”
I roll my eyes at her stupid name. Of course you’re a Lexie.
“Excuse me, do you have a problem with Lexies?” she asks, the previous friendliness in her voice completely gone.
Unlike most people, I don’t flinch, frown or apologize when I’m called out on my rudeness. I’m me and I don’t give a fuck. Without removing my head from my hands, I reply the only thing I can think of. “No, I don’t.”
“Good, ‘cause you’re stuck with me . . . Lexie . . . your waitress . . . up here.” Her cheery tone is back, obviously trying to be cute with me.
Usually I’d take her cue and have some flirty fun, and if she ranks seven or up, I’d put some mild effort, leave her a big fat tip and take her home for the night. But as previously stated, I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE. Besides, considering how hard she’s trying to be nice, I bet she’s no more than a five in the looks department. With that in mind, I give her a sarcastic thumbs-up and return my hand to its place, holding my aching head up.
She chuckles. “Come on. You’re really not gonna even look at me?”
And now she’s pushed me too far.
I puff a lung full of air. “No, I’m not.” With my eyes fixed on the tabletop, I continue. “Listen, sweetheart, I’m betting you were prom queen of this shithole, and for that reason you’re sure that if I just look at you, we’ll fall in love, get married, and you’ll get to quit your shitty-ass waiting job and actually be someone in life. But I’m not interested. I’ve had about five of you this week alone, and I’m just sick of it. So why don’t you quit with the chit-chat and do your fucking job, which is not that hard, by the way.”
She takes in a sharp intake of breath and lets it out in a loaded sigh. “Wow. Okaaay then. I’m so happy we got that settled. Are you ready to hear the specials, order or leave?”









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Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.





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