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Waiting on Wednesday (33)

April 30, 2013 Aman 8
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by
Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

This week I'm waiting on
 
  Burned (Dani O'Malley #2 | Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning
Releases on January 14, 2014

by Delacorte Press
 

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Review: Legend by Marie Lu

April 29, 2013 Aman 14
Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Published: Putnam Juvenile | Nov 29, 2011
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Series: Legend
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Review:

     I don't read a lot of Dystopian or post apocalyptic books, and the ones I read are mostly based on romance like Cinder or Shatter Me, so I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Legend even though it was more focused on the world and it's happening rather than love story between the two characters. It felt like I was reading an entirely new genre, I know it sounds stupid but for a romance addict like me, I loved this new change in direction and am so glad I picked this book up. Legend was a powerful, addicting, engaging, and a well-plotted read. I loved it! If I start this book again, I can clearly point out every hint that was dropped throughout the storyline that lead to the end revelation. I was simply amazed with how brilliantly Marie Lu pulled off her debut novel and after finishing Legend, I'm a fan!

     The United States is divided into two regions, the west side turned into Republic and the east turned into Colonies. In Legend, we focused on the Republic side and met two individuals with a completely different background yet the same passion and mindset. June is raised in a high-class family with everything provided to her and Day is born in a slum, diseased infected area with poor financial conditions. See, that's why I read this book. Forbidden Romance! Or Opposites Attract! Or whatever you call it. Oh My God, I loved Day! He's the most wanted criminal in Republic but damn, after learning more about him and why be became a criminal and how he survives on a daily basis, you can't help but feel a little sad and a lot of love for him. Some of his flashbacks were really heartbreaking but how can you not love someone who has survived the worst and is still living strong. Day was fucking awesome and he rocked the book for me.

     I don't know if I like June in the same way as Day. She improved a lot by the end of Legend but I really hated her in the beginning. I loved her character though, she was smart, intelligent and a very keen observer, which helped her a lot throughout the story. But she also worked for the Republics (Yuck, the government is always shit in Dystopians and Legend didn't disappoint in that factor), and they made her do certain tasks that I was against from the beginning, but I really can't blame her for that. June is a very interesting character and I love that she follows her brother and doesn't hesitate to take the right step no matter how challenging it is. I really admire June and am looking forward to discovering more about her.

     Legend was a refreshing read and I can't believe I waited so long. One of the best things about Legend was the dual POV. Even if the font weren't different and no names were given, I could easily point out the narrator because their voices were that distinct. I loved Legend and I highly recommend fans of dystopian reads to give this one a try. One of my favorite part was the non-cliffhanger ending, Marie Lu ended Legend in a very satisfying way and you don't have to rush into Prodigy to know what happens next. Still, I think I'm going to do some rushing :)


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Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

April 27, 2013 Aman 12
Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published: Poppy/Little Brown | Jan 2, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
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    Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

    Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

    A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

    Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

    Review:

         This book is Ah.Dorable!!! I love it! It's cute and romantic and just perfect in every sense of the way. First of all, it gets an award for THE BEST BOOK TITLE EVER! The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one of the coolest and catchy titles I've ever heard. Whoever came up with it is a genius! Besides that, I loved that the story took place in a 24 hour time period and covered little events throughout the day that ended up making all the difference in our protagonist's life. Statistical Probability is a prime example of why I enjoy reading books with coincidental occurrences and fate interventions. I love when beautiful things happen just because.

         Hadley is dreading going to her father's second wedding in London; she hated that her parents separated at the first place and she doesn't like it one bit that he has moved to across the sea permanently and is now settling down with some woman Hadley has never met. I loved this part of the story, I completely understood Hadley's fear of going into an unknown environment and pretending as if everything is fine between herself & her father, when really it's not. She misses her flight by four minutes and ends up meeting a really nice and adorable brit, who aside from a fellow passenger turns out to be much more than Hadley ever expected.

         I believe in love at first sight. No matter how unrealistic it might seem to some people, I believe than things happen for a reason and if it's meant to be, you'll know it in the first glance. It's that gut feeling and that strong unreasonable connection between two people, and Oliver & Hadley had that connection from the first moment. They were so relaxed and comfortable with each other's presence and I loved how easy & effortless it was for them to communicate and have a good time. I loved their little moments and one of my favorite part was them talking about a stowaway (Read the story for that!). Statistical Probability is full of sweet, heartwarming, beautiful and cute-sy moments. It has everything a great contemporary requires in a perfect balance. I can't talk enough about how much I loved Hadley's journey. It was something special without it being too deep or emotional.

         Jennifer E. Smith is now officially one of my favorite contemp authors. Her work really reminded me of Sophie Kinsella's chick lits with the way it touched my heart without making me go through 100 different emotions. You know you're going to have a great time while reading SK's books with lots of laughs and some hard core swooning. That is the exact feeling I had while reading Statistical Probability and I enjoyed every minute of it. Though I have to point out that Hayley's father is one of the best father's I've read in YA, he made mistakes but he never disregarded Hadley. He was so supportive and patient towards her and never stopped being her day and I love him for that. His flashbacks made me go awe. Statistical Probability is highly recommended to readers who love the power of fate and the difference it can make. I'm a sucker for fate intervention stories! Don't let this one pass!


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    Blog Tour: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

    April 26, 2013 Aman 5

    Author Interview: Ruth Silver


    Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005.  While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004.  Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.  Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia.  Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing.  She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories.  Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager.  She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. 

    Find Ruth on: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 

    1. Hi Ruth! Welcome to Enticed by Books. Tell us something about yourself and your new novel, Aberrant.
    Hi! Thanks for taking the time to interview me. I'm Ruth Silver, the author of the YA Dystopian novel, Aberrant.  I love writing and telling stories. I've spent years penning novels, writing fan fiction and role playing with friends. Yes, I know I sound geeky but it goes with my love of writing. It has even led me on a trip to Australia, to meet one of my online friends and writing partners!

    Aberrant, is a story set in the future society of Cabal. It's a story of both love and survival , when all odds seem to be against our heroine, Olivia, refuses to give up.

    2. How did you come up with creating Cabal, dystopian society in Aberrant? What inspired you?
    The name itself, Cabal, comes from its definition. "A small group of secret plotters," which I felt fitting for a dystopian society. I wanted the name to signify a revolution because Cabal is not the perfect society that the government wishes and pretends it to be. I wanted Cabal to strive for Utopian but instead of being perfect, it was something else entirely.

    The inspiration itself comes from most of us striving towards perfection. I don't think there are many people that want a world without jobs, filled with homeless people that are starving. I think it's easy to see what's going on in society, what's happening now and see a glimpse of the current world in its worst. It made me want to imagine a better world and then I realized how would this perfect world be flawed?

    3. What is the hardest thing to write in a dystopian world?
    For me, the hardest part is often writing and watching the characters suffer. In a dystopian world, things aren't pretty or pleasant. It's not purely a romance story with a little angst. There's a lot of suffering and our heroes are constantly being pushed beyond their limits to a point of pain (whether it's emotional or physical). At times it's difficult to write because I don't like making characters I love go through pain but I know that in the end it will make them stronger.

    4. When did you start writing? Why dystopian?
    I started writing when I was a teenager. I used to write poetry and then I turned towards fan fiction. It was easy to write characters that were already developed, and was a good starting point to create stories. In college, I continued to write and self-published my first novel 'Deuces are Wild'. Eventually I shifted towards dystopian fiction. I loved 'The Handmaid's Tale', although at the time I didn't realize it was dystopian, and was inspired to constantly search out similar stories. It wasn't until 'The Hunger Games' that I reconnected with the genre and the story of 'Aberrant' began.

    5. What books do you like to read? Any recommended authors/books.
    I really loved The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.  Divergent by Veronica Roth is also a favorite. I recently finished Withered and was impressed by the story and it made me think of The Handmaid's Tale as I read it - another favorite story that I read in college. A less popular (and adult genre) book is Forever by Pete Hamill. It's not dystopian but definitely delves into the fantastic. It also offers up a lot of questions about mortality and what life would be like if one was immortal.

    6. In few words, why should we read your book?
    I believe Aberrant will appeal to readers who liked the suspense of 'The Hunger Games', the thrill-seeking tests of 'Divergent' and the romance and unique abilities of 'Graceling'.


    Thank You Ruth for the interview! Now, here's a little bit about Abberant, the first book in an upcoming YA Dystopian series.



    Aberrant
    Ruth Silver
    released on April 17, 2013
    By Lazy Day Publishing
    Aberrant #1



    In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

    With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.


    Excerpt


        Joshua came into my room, ignoring all rules as he helped push the dresser further from the wall, knocking it to the floor allowing me more than enough room to grab the journal and go. I tossed it inside the pack and Joshua put the map inside before we stepped out of my bedroom. I glanced down the hall, not sure what I expected to see. To the right the dormitory had been hit, and a roar of smoke and fire filled the confined space. Jacqueline was gone. Hand-in-hand we ran in the opposite direction toward the staircase. 

        My eyes burned. Coughing, I refused to let go of his hand as we stepped outside. Drones weren’t the only things attacking Haven. Tanks rolled into town. A few soldiers jumped off, taking over the perimeter, guns drawn. I paused, gripping Joshua's hand as we were shrouded in smoke. Just a few feet away, a soldier lifted his weapon and unleashed fury on a group of innocent people. I covered my mouth with my hand to keep from crying out when a child no older than three hit the cement. His eyes remained open as blood seeped from his head. He didn't move. Didn't blink. It took only a moment to realize he’d died instantly. All I could do was stand there in shock. 


        "We have to move," I heard Joshua's voice, but it didn't register. The smoke swirled around us and gunfire erupted in every direction. He grabbed my arm. "Olivia, I need you to focus." I nodded once, trying my best to clear the cobwebs from my mind. I couldn't, though. I wanted to run out to the child and protect him, but it was too late. I was too late. They were here because of me, innocent blood on my hands. I felt the heat radiating from the dormitory and my eyes flashed back. "I need you here with me, Olive." 


        "I am," I insisted, knowing if I didn't focus we'd both be dead. I spotted more soldiers – their standard issue uniform and the Cabal crest on their jacket sleeve told me all I needed to know. The government had come looking for us. "Which way?" I couldn't see the exit. With the smoke enveloping us and the fear coursing through my veins, I forgot the direction we'd come from.


    Giveaway


    Ruth is giving a signed copy of Aberrant along with a $25 gift card AND a chance to have a character named after you in the sequel. Don't forget to enter! Just fill out the rafflecopter below.
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    Feature & Follow (30)

    April 25, 2013 Aman 17
     Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
     Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

    Q:  Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?

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    Review: First Time For Everything by Aimee Carson

    April 24, 2013 Aman 3
    Title: First Time For Everything
    Author: Aimee Carson
    Published: Harlequin KISS | February 19, 2013
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
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      "So tell me, suit," she said, as lightly as she could. "What exactly is a virgin supposed to act like?"Jacqueline's new boss is none other than her friend's older brother—hot-shot lawyer Blake Bennington. His control freakery and his need to always, always be right would normally send fiery, unconventional Jax running a mile—but even she has to admit he looks edible in his bespoke suit!

      She's quickly realizing she's way out of her depth…but with this contained, experienced guy, trying to get him to lose his cool is just a little too tempting….


      Review:

           Harlequin Kiss is a very hot & flirty imprint and I've usually enjoyed books from them but this one just didn't work. I was so confused through the story, none of it made sense. It was one of those times where I was so lost figuring out the character details and their work background that I just couldn't grasp what was happening with the story. After finishing First Time For Everything, I'm still not sure what Jax's, short for Jackqueline, job was. Was she a music therapist (?) or some sort of music counselor for foster kids? I have no freaking clue!

           The only part I did understood about Jax was that the club where she meets and counsel (or something) these kids was running out of funding and shutting down and she needed to bring awareness to her little program. Her solution was flash mob, which I though was so cool, but somehow she ended up in jail for disturbing the peace (Can you seriously get arrested for that?). Fast forward, she meets the hot shot lawyer who bails her out and bada bing bada boom, sex, tease, tension, love and all that jazz and happy ending. I really didn't care for this book; the girl might be old but she acts so childishly, and the guy (Blake) might be a really good lawyer but he talks too uptightly. Like he was in a courthouse all the time. I was getting a headache because I couldn't keep up with him and his hi-fi words. Just give it a break!

           Though I did enjoy the end 30%. Technically, 70 to 90%. The part where we get to know a little background on Blake was really good, I would have loved the old carefree Blake, he sounded so fun. Also, the doctor's visit was hilarious and the only reason this book is not getting a 1 star. I loved that scene! That's why they say, don't mess with doctors. Blake got his lawyer ass handed in a very embarrassing way and I enjoyed watching him lose an argument. Overall, First Time For Everything sounded great in the premises but I wasn't happy with the result. It did have heat, but I wasn't invested in the story enough to care. This book is not something I would recommend.


      A Copy was provided by Harlequin for an honest review via Netgalley (Thank You).
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      Waiting on Wednesday (32): One Tiny Lie

      April 23, 2013 Aman 3
      Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by
      Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

      This week I'm waiting on
       
        One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker
      Releases on June 11, 2013

      by Atria Books
       

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      Blog Tour: Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

      April 22, 2013 Aman 10
      Today, I'm hosting a stop for Abbi Glines' Twisted Perfection Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours
      I have my review and a giveaway to share, but first here's a little bit about the book.

      Title: Twisted Perfection
      Author: Abbi Glines
      Published: Self | April 22, 2013
      Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
      Series: Perfection
      Twisted Perfection
      Simple Perfection

        Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
        Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. Besides there was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

        Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

        What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.

        The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…
        Review:

             Abbi Glines writes the most addicting and hypnotizing reads. I stayed up so late finishing Twisted Perfection and was wrought out with high emotions by the end, but I freaking loved it! It is not the usual flirty and playful Abbi Glines book, it is a much stronger, emotional and highly angsty read. So different than what I would have expected but I loved the change in direction and with an ending like that, I'm dying to get my hands on the next installment in the Perfection series.

             Woods & Della started out their relationship in reverse. They met at gas station, had a very hot one night stand and never saw each other again until Della comes back in town and starts working for Woods. That's when sizzle, sparks and love happened. Woods is a very goal-oriented person, he has worked so hard in his father's country club and now wants to step up from his position and get what he was destined for. The only problem in his plan is his father demanding him to marry some hand-picked rich girl, but Woods doesn't want to be controlled by his father and tied down with someone he doesn't love or can't stand. I loved Woods in Too Far series but I never really knew how complex his life was until now. His father is on the same level as Abe, completely horrible and I felt so sad reading about his lifestyle, but what made me happy was seeing Woods with Della. She gave him that extra push he needed to make a decision for himself and change the path of his life for good.

             As for Della, she is one messed up girl and it's not even her fault. I connected with her the MOST. After having the worst possible years, she's finally free to explore life and live as she wants. On her road trip to finding herself, she meets Woods and have the best sex of her life. Seriously, it was smoking hot. Woods is one dirty talker and because this book is dual POV (Yay for that!), he is dirty thinker too. I loved him even more for that! When Woods & Della meet again, they pick up where things left off, that meant more sizzling sexy scenes. Twisted Perfection is one of the hottest and most sensual Abbi Glines read to date. No denying that fact. Besides all the smexiness, I loved how invested I was in Della's story. With every flashback, my heart ache and I wanted to cry for her. She wasn't a very strong character, but I won't call her weak either, Della was a very brave person overall and I admired her courage to make the right decision no matter the consequences. She's truly special and I want to know more about her.

             Twisted Perfection is an apt name for Della & Woods' story. There lives are so extraordinarily twisted and difficult yet they still manage to make their relationship work and I love that. Woods really feel hard for Della and it showed with his actions. Plus, we get to see his possessive caveman side which I wasn't expecting but damn, he can go caveman anytime he wants! Bottom line, Read This Book! It was fucking brilliant! Perfection is another Abbi Glines series that I'm going to follow by heart. It does have a tiny cliffhanger, but a good one. The one that makes you go: Oh, there's more to come! Can't wait!


        A Copy was provided by AToMR Tours for an honest review, as a part of blog tour.

        About the Author
        Abbi Glines

        Abbi Glines was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in the small town of Sumiton, Alabama where she left the summer she turned eighteen. She didn’t get far… she chased her high school sweetheart down to the coast and she’s been there ever since.

        Abbi now lives in the quaint southern town of Fairhope, Alabama with her three children and husband Keith (the high school sweetheart she chased after). Her life is never dull and Keith always makes sure there is another “experience” for them to explore.

        Books published by Abbi include The Vincent Boys and the USA TODAY bestseller The Vincent Brothers, Breathe, Because of Low, the USA TODAY bestsellers While It Lasts and Just For Now, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless, and The New York Times bestseller and Wall Street Journal bestseller Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far.

        When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

        Find Abbi on: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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        Abbi is giving away an iPad mini to one lucky winner. How cool is that!
        Don't forget to enter. Just fill the rafflecopter below.
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        Review: My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

        April 21, 2013 Aman 8
        Title: My Life After Now
        Author: Jessica Verdi
        Published: Sourcebooks Fire | April 2, 2013
        Genre: Contemporary, YA
        Goodreads | Amazon
        Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it's all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.

        And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family?

        Now her life is completely different...every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

        Review:

        Do.Not.Miss.This.Book! So Freaking Good.

             2013 is such a great year in books. Forget about Top Ten, I might be doing a Top 30 or 50 this time around. My Life After Now is one of the best books I've read this month, I loved how easy and simple the storyline seemed from afar, but was filled with realistic emotions and fears on a deeper level. Going into this book, I knew the basic storyline and the type of issue it covered, but for some reason I expected a very sad read and imagine my surprise when I felt good and happy reading Lucy's journey. Jessica Verdi has delivered a beautiful story with a strong message in a very subtle and memorable way.

             Lucy is a high school student who loves theater. Being on Broadway and acting is her life, passion and dream, and she is working hard to achieve that. Lucy is a very normal girl, at times I felt like I was reading about me. Her decision and opinions are so realistic and she has a very girl-next-door vibe which makes her extremely relatable. I loved that she had two dads, it's the first time I've read about homosexual parents in YA and damn, if every parent were just as fun and understanding as them. They loved Lucy and it showed the way they supported her at every step. I adore them, more so than Lucy.

             After having a bad week at school and some disagreements at home, Lucy goes out to party one night and ends up getting infected by HIV. Ah! Horrible! Once mistake. That's all it took for Lucy to change her course of living. Instead of the carefree way, she had to take certain precaution and medication on a day to day basis. But I'm so proud of the way she handled the situation. She was frustrated, angry, terrified and scared at first which was expected from any sane person, but after she discussed it with her parents and told them about the incident leading up to it, she started to feel more comfortable with herself and gets on a path for a normal life. With Lucy, I learned about the virus in a step-by-step informative way. I thought I knew enough about HIV, but I clearly don't. My Life After Now was certainly a very good learning experince for me and I wouldn't forget it anytime soon.

             I loved it! Loved it! LOVED IT! My Life After Now is the newest addition in my Unforgettable Reads list and I highly recommend everyone to give this book a try. I can't believe this is a debut novel for Jessica Verdi. The writing was beautiful, addicting and easy to follow. I devoured it within few hours and immesely enjoyed my time with these characters. Plus, I loved that it ended at a very positive note. It was perfect. Do read this book! I might not sound very excited in my review but it was a feel good book (even if it talked about the virus) and I felt great after finishing My Life After Now.


        A Copy was provided by Sourcebooks Fire for an honest review via Netgalley. (Thank You!)
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        Stacking the Shelves (4)

        April 19, 2013 Aman 18
        Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review where 
        bloggers shares the books they bought, won or received for review.

        These are the books I got in the last 2 weeks.
         Click on the images for their Goodreads page.

        Bought

         

         

        Going Under by S. Walder
        Exiled (The Protector #1) by M.R. Merrick (Amazon Freebie)
        Coffee and Cockpits by Jade Hart (Amazon Freebie
        The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
        Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
        Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu (Super Excited for this series!!)
          Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu  
         

        For Review

         


          Twisted Perfection (Perfection series #1) by Abbi Glines
        My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

        A Huge Thanks to Abbi Glines, Soucebooks Fire, AToMR Tours and Netgalley!

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        Review: Detect Me by Selma Wolfe

        Aman 2
        Title: Detect Me
        Author: Selma Wolfe
        Published: Self | March 4,2013
        Genre: Romantic Suspense
          Goodreads | Amazon
          When Nikki Reed walks into Mark Harrison's office, she's there to sell out. Nikki is finally ready to give up her dream of being a professional artist and get a sensible 9-5 job. Working in marketing probably won't be so bad, especially with a hot boss like Mark.

          Only it's Detective Harrison, and Nikki's in the wrong office.

          Mark is hot on the trail of notorious art thief Ghost, and when Nikki's art knowledge proves useful, she finds herself dragged along for the adventure.

          As she starts to fall for Mark's brilliance and gruff kindness, Nikki knows she has to fight it - Mark is a workaholic who clearly isn't interested in a serious relationship. And while Mark finds himself wanting to investigate Nikki as closely as one of his cases, he knows the consequences could be dire if he gets too close.

          Because every detective has a past, and the secrets in Mark’s could prove deadly for both of them.

          Review:

               What initially attracted me to this book was the wrong-place-right-time theme. It seemed very coincidental and I liked it. After struggling for a year in New York and not being able to achieve a successful art career, Nikki Reed decided to go for a pen-pushing job in a marketing company but instead of landing a nine to five boring job, she mixed up her interview room and ended up helping a freelance detective, Mark Harrison, by partially solving a crime case and ultimately catching the infamous art thief named Ghost.

               I loved Nikki. She was smart, quick on her feet and extremely bright. Given that at times she didn't have a filter and regretted what she said the next minute, I still loved how nice and caring she was to Mark, even though he was a stranger to her. She pulled in her contacts on time and really made an effort to be helpful. I loved her sincerity and passion for art. Honestly, Nikki would have made a better detective than Mark. As for him, I don't even know where to start. One: He was a too frightened and scared person to be in a field like that. I get that something bad happened in his past to make him act like an immature and paranoid officer but he should have quit or taken a break instead of stressing himslelf. Two: Mark shouldn't have kept any secrets related to Ghost to himself. He knew that thief on a personal level yet never shared his story with Nikki, which I thought was stupid and created unnecessary misunderstandings. So besides Mark, everything worked wonderfully in this book and I enjoyed the overall package.

               Detect Me is a short length book and a delightful afternoon read. One of my favorite element in this story was the gradual relationship between the couple. Nikki and Mark had hots for each other since their first meeting but I absolutely loved that they didn't give into their feelings until they knew each other well enough. Plus, I loved that the story was told from dual POV's and not once did I find anything confusing. Kudos to the author for pulling that off. Detect Me by Selma Wolfe is recommended to readers who enjoy quick reads with an engaging plotline and a realistic romance.


          A Copy was provided by the author for an honest review. (Thank You!)
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          Feature & Follow (29)

          April 18, 2013 Aman 21
           Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
           Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

          Q:  If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

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          Book Blitz: Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto

          Aman 2
          Today, I'm hosting a Book Blitz stop for Rebecca Berto's Drowning in You, organized by Xpresso Book Tours. I have an excerpt and a giveaway to share, but first here's a little bit about the book. 

          Drowning in You
          Rebecca Berto
          Released on April 12, 2013
          Contemporary Romance, NA

          Secretly crushing

          Crushed by a tragedy

          Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

          Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

          And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

          When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.

          But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

          Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.

          Excerpt


          From a note tucked under her pillow:
          I like Dexter Hollingworth.
          Dexter Hollingworth “killed” my parents.

          1. Killer Crush
          Charlee

                As per all the fourteen- to eighteen-year-olds at our school, I started crushing on Dexter Hollingworth around the age of fifteen. There was one girl who hated him, but she was into girls. 


                From the football field sidelines to graduation day and beyond, my best friend Rosa and I have wanted him. But guys like Dexter don’t notice girls like us who spend most of our time talking about cool people like him. 


                At twenty years old, I still “love” him. 


                I love the way his body personifies what a male God should be without looking like Fabio. 


                I love the way his perfect tanned skin is inked and how he wears those aviator sunglasses and how he’d use up his lunchtimes to teach the little kids in our school guitar lessons.


                But I hate the way I love him.


                I hate how Dexter was the one controlling the ski lifts at Mason’s Ski Resort the day my mom was killed because it also put me here, in this position, praying to a God I’ve never believed in to spare my dad’s life.
          In this hospital room, the air is as quiet as the still of night and my dad’s languid breathing and drawn-out, heavy movements remind me that my perfect family life was never meant to be forever.


                If I’m being honest, it seems like things are already over. Dad’s skin keeps a yellow color—at best—from the IV drip. His meds help with the simple tasks his heart and other organs can’t. My thoughts wander again. I don’t let myself consider the alternative—that maybe it’s wishful thinking. I go with this:


                “Dad,” I say, jealous my little brother, Darcy is holding our dad’s hand—the hand he can squeeze with. “Look at you.” I wink.


                “Is she okay, Dad?” Darcy asks, sounding as though he’s confused.


                “Charlee?” The confusion is contagious, but Dad’s patient zero—not Darcy.


                There are bars that raise and lower around Dad’s bed, and they’ve been raised forever. Surely they must be there because they’re too hard to put down in their scratched, old state. My dad doesn’t need silly bars around his bed! My dad owns Roycroft Engines.


                “I think you’re squeezing Darcy’s hand too tight,” I say.


                “Wha-at?” Darcy says. He’s staring at me with squinted eyes, probably thinking what’s wrong with my sister? She’s supposed to be the adult. 

           
                It hurts smiling like this, the creases halfway up my cheeks. But maybe it’ll work. “Isn’t that right, Dad?”


                Dad’s eyes are like I remember them now. There’s vibrancy in the rich brown color, like my eyes. I bet he’s thinking is his daughter crazy? He tilts his head to the side—


                Injured people don’t understand things like this. Injured people don’t get what’s unsaid. Dad’s not that injured.

           
                —as it clicks. Dad shakes out of Darcy’s grip and waggles his finger at him. “That nurse…”


                “Lisa Hollingworth,” I say.


                 “Yes, Lisa. That nurse Lisa said motor function is good. Squeezing someone’s hand uses up a lot more strength than you think, son.”


                Darcy’s mouth flops open and stays that way. He checks out Dad, who’s nodding, and me—should I nod?—so I nod also.


                “Squeezing your hand probably takes Dad twenty muscles and millions of brain cells just to do something like that.”


                “No way!” Darcy grins and punches the air. “Dad, that’s cool.”


                And just like that, Darcy has that same face on as he had when Mom told him she had to wait three hours in line to buy Desert Warcraft and yeah, she really, really got it for him.


                That face is why I haven’t downed twenty sleeping pills yet. God knows these last weeks have felt like months, which actually felt like years. That makes me the most ancient twenty-year-old alive.


                Why, Dexter? Why did it have to be you in that seat, in that room, at that time?


          About the Author
          Rebecca Berto

          Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, DROWNING IN YOU. She is also a freelance editor.

          She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers  are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

          Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

          Find Rebecca on: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

          Giveaway


          Rebecca Berto and Xpresso Book Tours are giving away 5 digital copies of Drowing in You.
          Make sure to enter if you're an NA fan. Just fill out the rafflecopter below.
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          Review: Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

          April 17, 2013 Aman 6
          Title: Apollyon
          Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
          Published: Spencer Hill Press | April 4, 2013
          Genre: Paranormal Romance, Greek Mythology, YA
          Series: Covenant
          Daimon (Novella)
          Half-Blood
          Pure
          Deity
          Elixir (Novella)
          Apollyon
          Sentinel

          Goodreads | Amazon
          Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

          Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

          The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

          Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
          Review:

               With a 4th book in the Covenant series named Apollyon, you'd think we'll get plenty of Seth and his undeniable charm but NO. There was no Seth in this book, well yeah except 2 or 3 "glimpses", but damn. Seriously?!? No freaking Seth! I was so mad and disappointed. Given that I'm not on his team and I hated what he did in Deity but come-on, he is a true entertainer and I love reading about him. He is one bad boy that I love to hate or at times only love with all my heart. Apollyon made me realize his worth in this series and I will say that Covenant series is nothing special without Seth. He brings on that extra oomph and energy that makes all the difference between a good book and a fan-fucking-tastic book. And Apollyon was a good book.

               Now that my Seth hangover is out of the way, Apollyon was an eventful read. It starts off right after Elixir and it is important for you to read that novella from Aiden's POV. Alex has awakened and is practically a Seth slave on an Apollyon high, she doesn't think straight and wants to kill everyone including Aiden. Honestly, I loved Evil Alex. Her thoughts were bad but her inner monologue was hilarious. Though I do feel bad for Aiden, seeing your loved one being that vicious and under someone's influence must have been horribly hard for him but kudos to Aiden for sticking up with Alex and believing in her. It did pay off and I loved watching it unravel. Aiden finally showed his naughty side in Apollyon! I have always termed him as a goody two shoes and rule follower but he proved me wrong in this installment. He was open with his relationship with Alex and took so many unwanted risks for her and not to mention the bedroom scenes. Yes, there were lots of heated moments and non-graphic sexual scenes which I obviously enjoyed reading.

               Other than that, I loved that Apollyon was heavy on Mythology. We met numerous god and goddess and learnt about their purpose/opinion on the war. My favorite part was the ending where Seth's lineage was revealed. Damn! It was so unimaginable and shocking that I still haven't come to term with it. Well done, Armentrout! That part was done brilliantly and I wouldn't have expected anything else. The scene that touched me the most was the little background we learn about Seth, of how he was treated as a kid and what kind of environment he grew up in and all I have to say is that I get him. I totally understand his reasons to be with Lucien and no matter how wrong they are, I still love him. There is hope for Seth and I wish he recovers from Lucien's fakeness and get better & wiser. I will always love you, Seth.

               Overall, Apollyon was an action-packed adventure read and I really liked it. The writing was easy and addictive. The storyline was engaging and entertaining. The characters were true to themselves yet showed immense growth (except Seth who wasn't even present *sad face*). Deacon is still my favorite in the gang though I loved Apollo too. All in all, do read Covenant series if you're a fan of Greek Mythology and forbidden love. This is my favorite JLA series and I can't wait to read Sentinel. Simply because it will have Seth in it ;)


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          Waiting on Wednesday (31): The Liberator

          Aman 12
          Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by
          Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

          This week I'm waiting on
           
            The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott
          Releases on August 27, 2013

          by Entangled Teen
           

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          Happy Birthday ABBI!!!!!

          April 16, 2013 Aman 0

          Today is the Birthday of one of my absolute favorite author, ABBI GLINES. I hope you have a wonderful and fabulous day, Abbi!

          And Thank You for creating Rush Finlay!!!

          Event organized by AToMR Tours. Click here to see other participating blogs.


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          Review + Giveaway: Vain by Fisher Amelie

          April 15, 2013 Aman 10
           Today, I'm hosting a stop for Fisher Amelie's Vain Blog Tour hosted by Ink Slinger Blog Tours.
          I have my review and a giveaway to share, but first here's a little bit about the book.

          Title: Vain
          Author: Fisher Amelie
          Published: Self | Dec 24, 2012
          Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
          Series: The Seven Deadly
          Vain
          Greed

          Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

          If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

          Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

          I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

          Goodreads

          Review:

          A POWERFUL READ!!!

               Vain is such a beautifully written and brilliantly constructed novel. To be honest, before starting this book I though the storyline was very unrealistic & overstretched - a spoiled girl send to Uganda to live with poor, handicapped children and coming back transformed as a  humanitarian at the end - but now that I have journeyed back & forth with Sophie and felt every emotion so strongly like I was there in Uganda with her, all I can say is WOW. Boy, was I quick and extremely wrong in my judgement. Vain by Fisher Amelie is a masterpiece in it's own and should be read by EVERYONE! I don't think I can do justice to this book with my review but I'll try my best.

               Sophie Price is the most spoiled, egocentric, arrogant, proud, disloyal and simply a bad person to be around. Her parents are filthy rich and fake people who only cares about their image, which makes Sophie the queen of her world. She does drugs whenever she wants, makes out with whoever she wants and the only person she listens to is herself. I straight out hated Sophie in the beginning, but what changed my opinion was seeing her relation or the lack thereof with her parents. They are simply ignorant and negligent towards anything but themselves and I don't blame Sophie for turning out to be a spoiled, mean character. After caught the second time doing drugs, she is send to Uganda to serve a 6 month sentence. That's when the real story started and the genuine transformation in Sophie began.

              From thereon, the story takes a different route and every moment is so riveting and powerful that you can't look away. There was pain in seeing those children, anger towards the unfairness of situation, fear because of the evils lurking, but at then end of the day, there was love. And that's what Sophie learned. No matter how hard or rough their lives were in Uganda, there was always love and companionship for each other. It wasn't all hunger, disease and fight, there were really cute moments between Sophie and the kids. Moments where she'd help them in classes, swim at the lake, eat with them and just have fun. I loved the new Sophie. She was caring, humber, nice, open, and truly an amazing person. I was so proud of the development she showed in her personality and I believe that it could have happened to anyone in reality. Some things just bring out the real you and going to Uganda was that thing for Sophie.

               Vain is one of the best books I've read so far this year and I loved it to bits. A definite Must Read that goes in my Unforgettable Reads category. Sophie Price inspires me to be good and I don't want to stop reading about her. Besides Vain being an eye-opener, it does have a very sigh-worthy romance. Dingane was Sophie's guide/instructor (I don't know how else to describe it). They both worked together on daily basis and their chemistry was so sizzling and sparkling. Nothing R rated happened but even the innocent scenes were described so sensually that it made me all tingly. Ooh, I loved it! And it even had a cute little epilogue which is always a plus. Read Vain Right.This. Second! I have never read anything like this before. It's heart breaking yet hopeful. A one-of-a-kind read that you don't want to miss.


          A Copy was provided by Fisher Amelie for an honest review, as a part of Blog Tour. 


          About the Author
          Fisher Amelie

          Fisher Amelie is the author of The Leaving Series, Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. She began her writing career as a copywriter for an internet marketing company wherein one of their client's said, 'Hey! You're funny. You should write books'. Which in turn she said, 'Hey, get out of here! This is the lady's restroom.' While washing her hands and the embarrassment from her face, she thought they may have had a valid point. So, she took the thousands of hours of writing stories growing up, tucked them into her pocket and began writing and writing and writing.

          Find Fisher on: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Goodreads | Youtube

          Giveaway


          Fisher Amelie and Ink Slinger are giving away a signed copy of Vain and a bunch of Vain Swag. 
          Just fill out the raflecopter below.
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