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Cover Madness Giveaway Hop

June 30, 2013 Aman 237
Alluring Reads
Hi everyone! There are so many upcoming books that I'm dying to have. Not only do they have great premises, their covers are one of the best! Have a look at the list below and let me know in the comments which one you want to win (You still have to fill out the rafflecopter). On a side note, I'd really like to thank Giselle (Xpresso Reads) and Jenni (Alluring Reads) for making The Cover Madness Giveaway into a hop.


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Review + Giveaway: Devoured by Emily Snow

June 28, 2013 Aman 9
Title: Devoured
Author: Emily Snow
Published: Touchstone | May 28, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Adult/Erotica
Series: Devoured
All Over You (Prequel)
Devoured
Consumed

Goodreads | Amazon | TBD
Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

*This novel contains adult situations and content*
Review:

     Oh My God! This is exactly what I needed right now!!! After reading so-so romance last week, I can't explain how happy I was with Lucas and Sienna's relation. It was hot, sexy and sinfully delicious! I don't know if I want to call it erotica because they didn't really sleep together (oh, who am I kidding? HAD SEX!) until the very last pages; there were a lot of steamy make out sessions and future punishment promises (yes, it's BDSM!), but does that make it an erotica or simply adult? You be the judge.

     Sienna and Lucas are not strangers to each other, they've been together in the past, but it ended terribly because of Lucas' love for handcuffs. Sienna couldn't handle being controlled by someone and left Lucas' house that night. Fast forward two years, they meet again at a courthouse where Sienna ends up making a deal with Lucas to work for him for 10 days only if he agrees to stay away from her grandmother's foreclosed house. I wasn't a fan of the storyline, it seemed like they were pushed together for some nonsensical reason, but it didn't matter much because I was in it for the romance and the characters, and I was beyond satisfied with both. I loved that Lucas was a famous rockstar and had people under his command all the time, but the only person he couldn't control was Sienna. On other hand, Sienna is a pushover/people pleaser, but the only person she stands up to is Lucas. I loved both of them! They challenged each other, pushed boundaries and in the end, turned out to be exact piece missing in the other. The epilogue was my favorite because it showed us the vulnerable side of Lucas and you know me, I love when guys show emotions.

     Devoured was a fast, fun and sexy read. It's one of those books where you don't have to think too much about, just sit back and enjoy the ride. I loved how easy it was for me to get into the story and connect with the characters. We were introduced to some of Lucas' skeletons from the past and I was shocked by the discovery because I thought this was a standalone, but this makes the story more interesting. I have a lot of questions, so I'm glad that there is a sequel coming out in September. I can hardly wait.


A Copy was provided by the Publisher for an honest review. (Thank You!)

Giveaway 


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Review + Giveaway: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

June 26, 2013 Aman 23
Today, I'm hosting a tour stop for Laura Howard's The Forgotten Ones Blog Tour, organized by AToMR Tours. Full schedule can be found here. I have a review and giveaway to share, but first here's a bit about the book.
 
Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Published: Self | April 28, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, NA
Series: The Danaan Trilogy
The Forgotten Ones

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Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.
Review:

     Set in a small town named Stoneville, The Forgotten Ones follows the story of a 22 year old girl, Allison O'Malley, living with her grandparents and her schizophrenic mom. Due to her mother's condition, Allison is a very indoors kind of girl, she doesn't like to go out and have fun with friends; books are what she prefers more than any guy, even if the guy in question is practically in love with her. Honestly, I didn't get why she played the hard-to-get game with Ethan, everyone can clearly see the attraction between them but for some unknown reason, Allison just doesn't want anything to do with Ethan even though she melts everytime he comes near her. What gives?

     After having strange dreams for weeks, her estranged father showing up randomly one day and certain crows watching her every moment, Allison feels something isn't right. On top of that, she keeps hearing weird voices in her mind and it makes her question if she's going crazy just like her mom. But since we already know that the story focuses on Tuatha de Danaan aka the fairy folkore, Allison is not actually losing her mind, she's being introduced to this new enchanting yet scary world of fairies. I have read a few books about fairies before, but their world never really interested me (with exception to Fever series by Karen Marie Moning), so when I came across the one in The Forgotten Ones, I was surprised with how much I ended up enjoying it. The author constructed and executed the world brilliantly, and that was definitely a selling point for me. A few negatives I have is the numerous amount of characters introduced (most of them I don't remember), the slower pace of the first half (bored me to sleep), the abrupt ending and the overall characterization of Allison (very trusting towards stranger).

     The Forgotten Ones was a decent read. I loved the second half much more than the first and even though I complained about Allison, I still think she has a potential to be a much stronger heroine in future books. I like the twist in the end and I'm really looking forward to see where the author will take Allison and Liam's (her father) journey next. 


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

About the Author
Laura Howard

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

Find Laura on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Giveaway

Enter to win:

(1) eBook copies of The Forgotten Ones – mobi format – International
(1) $25 Amazon Gift Card – open to countries able to accept Amazon Gift Cards
(2) Swag Pack: includes keychain, bookmark, and postcard 

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Waiting on Wednesday (41)

June 25, 2013 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
 
  Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake
Releases on
September 10, 2013
by Tor Teen


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Early Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

June 24, 2013 Aman 20
Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publication: MTV Books | July 16, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, YA
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Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…
Review:

     As much as the Jennifer Echols fangirl in me was prepared to uplift her books after the disaster that was Levitating Las Vegas, I don't think I can go on with that speech. Dirty Little Secret was not my favorite read by the author. Granted that it's a decent, fun read with a lot of country reference in it which was refreshing, I don't like how certain elements in the story ended up ruining the book for me. For example, the love interest, Sam. Even after finishing the story, I'm not really sure what his intentions were towards Bailey. Did he really love her? Or was he with her because she added a great value to his band and didn't want her to leave? Plus, Sam was not a nice person and I certainly did not swoon over him. The other thing was the ending, but I'll get to that later. 

     Bailey and her sister Julie have always been a team. While Julie sings and plays guitar, Bailey fiddles and add the extra oomph to the song. When they are discovered by a record company that only wants Julie, Bailey's parents send her into hiding and she ends up becoming the dirty little secret. Throughout the story I felt so bad for Bailey and the way her parents treated her for no reason. Just because one of their daughter gets discovered doesn't meant they get to shun the other one. The whole scenario was so unfair for Bailey, but I loved that she never gave up her music. She practiced her fiddling everyday and when she's sent off to live with her grandfather for summer, she gets a job at the mall in an impersonator music group (I don't know what to call them officially). That's where she meets Sam, a charming boy with a great voice, and when he asks her to join his band for a gig, she takes a wild step against her parents rules and says yes. 

     Bailey is one of those people that you can't help but love. She's not perfect in any way, she did lash out when her parents stopping caring about her; she cut her hair, changed her look completely and started acting out as a wild child, but inside she was very pure and a little hurt from the indifference. Between all that mess, she never disrespected her parents or did anything to harm Julie reputation. But I didn't get how easily she forgave them at the end. They were horrible towards her since the beginning; for God's sake, she wasn't even invited to any of Julie's concert or CMA performance! In the end when Bailey is suddenly needed because Julie is having some stage fright, I just wanted her to say: Fuck all of you, I'm in a good place, I'm great fiddle player and I'll do what I want! The ending completely ruined the book for me. It was ridiculous and I can't see that happening in real life. Major problems resolved within few paragraphs! Are you kidding me? No.No.NO!

     If you can overlook the ending and Sam's character, then Dirty Little Secret is a very good book. Plus, if you're from the south and love country music, then this might be the perfect summer read for you. That's another thing I couldn't relate to, a lot of the country references went above my head and even Bailey's mall job was kind of hard for me to picture. Performing as celebrity impersonators, I've never seen that. But all in all, I would say that Dirty Little Secret was a fun read. Highly recommended to fans of light contemporary and music lovers. I would still recommend new fans of Jennifer Echols to read Going to Far and Such a Rush first because they're just that good. 


A Copy was provided by MTV Books for an honest review via Edelweiss. (Thank You!)
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Stacking the Shelves (9)

June 23, 2013 Aman 19
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 last week.

Click on the images for their Goodreads page. 



Bought



Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen Super Excited for it!!!
Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young
How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski


Won


When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney 

Thanks to Melissa from I Swim for Oceans!

That's all for this week! How was you week in books?
Leave me a link :)


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Early Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

June 21, 2013 Aman 22
Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publication: HarperTeen | July 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, YA
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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
Review:

     What a refreshing read! Initially I didn't knew what to expect from the story (not really big on reading synopsis) besides a creepy doll shop and a rich boy-poor girl relation, but I have to say that Kasie West has made a fan out of me. I loved The Distance Between Us! This is what a perfect summer book is suppose to be like. It was funny, romantic, light with enough issues to keep you addicted and it had a very unusual yet extremely entertaining cast of characters. Caymen totally rocked this book for me! I may have a girl crush on her, though I have to point out that to completely enjoy this book, you have to grasp her sarcastic nature or else Caymen would come off as some weird girl with issues. It took me few chapters to get a hang of her personality and after that, I couldn't stop admiring her. She's definitely one of a kind!

     Caymen is a senior and works for her mom at a doll shop. She is very judgmental towards rich people, not because she is poor, but because her rich father left her teen mom pregnant and on top of that, paid her off to keep her mouth shut. Plus, Caymen's grandparents disinherited Caymen's mom after the news about the pregnancy. So you can see why she doesn't have a very good opinion about the rich folks, but that changed when Xander entered her life and made her realize that not everyone fits the stereotype. And speaking about Xander, Oh My Gawd, he is so filthy rich. More like a young, male Paris Hilton but with a great personality and awesome charm. I kept forgetting that Xander was rich because he was so normal with Caymen but then every once in a while she'll mention his sports car and perfectly ironed clothes and I'd be like damn, the boy's rich! But that's what made Xander so special and likable. His humble nature was intensified times 100 with Caymen and no matter how different they seemed from outside, Caymen & Xander couldn't be more alike. They were adorable together and I loved them!

     Even though The Distance Between Us is one of my favorite reads this year, I did find some flaws in it. Starting with the presence of Mason--a second love interest for Caymen-- his character was pointless because never once did Caymen showed any interest in him other than friendship. I don't get why he was in the story. Other than that, the ending seemed to be resolved pretty easily in my opinion. But that didn't bother me much, so all in all I'm immensely satisfied with this book. Now that I've finished The Distance Between Us, I completely understand the buzz surrounding Kasie West, her writing is so beautiful and she'll make you fall in love with anything. The Distance Between Us is strongly recommended for summer reading. It is a must have book for any contemporary fan!


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Book Blitz: Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller

June 20, 2013 Aman 4
Hi everyone! Today, I'm featuring Kimberly Ann Miller's debut novel, Triangle. I have an excerpt and giveaway, but first lets see what the book is all about. Event organized by YA Bound Book Tours.

Triangles
Kimberly Ann Miller
Released on June 18, 2013
By Spencer Hill Press

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

Excerpt 


“Are you all right, honey?”

I opened my eyes. An attractive young woman with red hair and brilliant green eyes was looking at me. What I thought was salt water from the ocean must have been tears because my face was the only one nearby that was wet. I glanced at her concerned expression and smiled. “Yes, thank you. I’m fine.” I swiped away a tear with my finger. “Just…everything’s fine.”

She stepped closer and lowered her voice. “This cruise will change your life. Nothing will be the same when it’s over, but it will be worth it. You’ll see.” Her emerald eyes twinkled, and she nodded her head once.

I forced a laugh to be polite. “Thanks. Enjoy your cruise.”

What a weirdo. What did that even mean? How could a cruise change my life? I moved from my spot to avoid more weirdness from her and found a less populated area at the back of the ship. New York and New Jersey disappeared behind us as we charged toward Bermuda and away from the mess my life had become.

A cloud covered the retreating sun, sending shivers through me. A white-haired lady dropped her purse and lots of change tumbled out. A penny hit my foot and landed on tails.

My cell phone buzzed. I pulled it from my pocket. I had thirteen messages and thirteen texts. How would Nisha survive the next five days without hearing from me? I took care of the messages and told her I’d call her when we got back to Jersey.

Even though I was not very superstitious, a bad feeling crawled into the pit of my stomach and took up residence.

I knew what I was leaving behind, but what was I floating toward?


About the Author
Kimberly Ann Miller

Kimberly Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook with her.

Find Kimberly on: WebsiteBlogTwitterGoodreadsFacebook

Giveaway

(2) $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (US only)
Spencer Hill Press is also doing a giveaway for a cruise! Click HERE to enter to win! 
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Cover Reveal: Hold On To Me by Elisabeth Naughton

Aman 3
Hold On To Me
Elisabeth Naughton
Release: Fall, 2013
Companion to Wait For Me
He thinks he’s finally found the one.
Mitch Mathews never believed in love—at least not the happily ever after kind. Then he met Simone Conners. Just one night with the sexy lawyer made him reevaluate his priorities and look toward a future he never planned. The only hang up is making her see it too.

She’s almost ready for a second chance.
What started out as a casual hookup with a rugged geologist has turned into something a whole lot more. Simone’s on the verge of handing over her heart, but fear over what Mitch will say and do when he learns who she used to be holds her back.

The past could destroy their future...
Just when Simone is about to take a chance on forever with Mitch, the mistakes of her past catch up with her. Suddenly it’s not just her safety on the line anymore, it’s his too. Forced into hiding, Mitch demands answers, and Simone realizes the only way to protect everything she holds dear is to delve into a past she’s spent fourteen years trying to forget. As they search for the truth, they discover secrets, lies and a rekindled passion that burns hotter than before. But they also uncover a conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of society. One that could cost them more than just their future…it could cost them their lives.

My Thoughts


Oh.My.God! I didn't knew there was going to be a companion to Wait For Me, which is one of the best romantic suspense I've read to date, so this book is very surprising to me. Well, I knew that Mitch and Simone had a thing for each other, so it's good to know that we are finally going to see how it goes for them. I can't wait!
 
Have you read Wait For Me? What are waiting it? It's my Unforgettable Read! Highly Recommended to die hard romance fans. Plus, it's about second chances romance and has a bit of amnesia in it. You know it's going to be good! Get your copy before it's companion comes out!


About the Author
Elisabeth Naughton

I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.

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Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

June 19, 2013 Aman 14
Title: If You Find Me
Author: Emily Murdoch
Published: St. Martin's Griffin | March 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, YA
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There are some things you can’t leave behind… A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.
Review:
Simple. Beautiful. Heartbreaking.

     Those are the perfect words to describe If You Find Me. The story might seem very complex with a lot of twists and mysteries seeing that the MC lived in the woods for most of her childhood, but it's really not. If You Find Me is a very simple, straight-forward story about a girl and her 5 year old sister trying to adjust in a civilized life after being raised in the woods by their mother. And such a horrible mother at that, but there no point in discussing her because then this review will turn into a rant. Moving on, I described the story as beautiful because of the precious sisterly bond between Carey and Janessa. Oh my god, I loved them! I loved that even though they didn't have everything, not the best clothes or enough food, they had each other all the time and none of them let the other down. Carey was basically Janessa's mom, she fed her, taught her, took care of her and maybe that's what made them so special and beautiful overall.

     There are a lot of WHYS in this storyline. Why did their mother took them in the wood? Why did she leave them? Why did Janessa stopped speaking? And the answers to those questions were completely heartbreaking. I knew something bad had happened for Janessa to act that way, but never in my life did I imagine what really went down. The last part was so hard for me to read, I couldn't see beyond my tears. It is surprising that such a short length book (250 pages) ended up touching me so deeply. In few pages, I learned a lot about family, strength, hope and love. There's this funny thing Carey always did that I thought was so sweet; whenever she wanted something, she prayed on a can of beans or actually the creator of fava beans, Saint Joseph because that's the only stable (I guess) food she had in the woods. Ahhh, I loved those parts, they made Carey so genuine. My favorite quality in Carey, besides her strength, innocence and her overall confidence was her respectful nature. She was so polite to everyone, her father, stepmother and even the annoying/immature step-sister, but she wasn't naive at all. If someone was rude to her, she'll gave them back in her own unique way. How awesome is that! I loved Carey!

     There are so many other things I want to share about this wonderful book, but then I'll spoil everything and we don't want that. In short, If You Find Me is a MUST READ! Highly recommended to anyone who loves contemporary and realistic reads. I do want to point out that this book is not about how Carey survived in woods, but more about how she's adapting to the new changes. Within few pages, she's rescued by her father, so we get to see the woods scenes in form of flashbacks. Though they still end up making such a powerful impact in the overall storyline. I don't think I'm going to forget Carey and Janessa anytime soon. They truly left a mark on me and I'll be revisiting their story again. Go pick up If You Find Me, you won't regret it.


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Waiting on Wednesday (40)

June 18, 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
 
  Infinite (Newsoul #3) by Jodi Meadows
Releases on
January 28, 2014
by Katherine Tegen Books


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Review: One Tiny Lie by KA Tucker

June 17, 2013 Aman 22
Title: One Tiny Lie
Author: KA Tucker
Published: Atria Books | June 11. 2013
Genre: Contemporary, NA
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths
Ten Tiny Breaths
One Tiny Lie
Four Seconds To Lose

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Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
Review:
DISAPPOINTING.

     I was so close to DNFing it and the only reason I didn't was because I loved Ten Tiny Breaths, it is one of my favorite NA's to date and I really wanted to give it's companion an honest try. Also, Livie was a doll in Ten Tiny Breaths, I adore girls like her, so naturally I couldn't resist her story. Ugh! I can't believe how long I waited for this book and how bad it turned out to be. Plus, wrong on so many levels. One Tiny Lie was a pathetic read and it made by head hurt. I think it's better for me to do a list review instead of the usual. 

Things I loved


1. Twin 6 years old boys undergoing leukemia treatment. Livie is a pre-med student and volunteers at a hospital where she plays with Eric and Derek every week. Oh My God, I loved these little boys! They were adorable and so mature for their age. Their scenes made me smile and cry at the same time. Loved loved loved them!

2. Livie's college roommate, Reagen. She was a fun, party girl and kept the story entertaining. 

3. Ashton, Livie's love interest. He was douche in the beginning, but after a while I got use to his personality and started liking him a lot. He was a manwhore from the outside but a closed up guy with dark background on the inside. Livie brought out the good in him, but the minute I started loving him, he made the worst mistake possible and simply fucked it up. Ashton is basically in the love-hate section

Things I dislike hated


 1. The transformation in Livie's personality. Within few weeks of college, Livie turned from a straight A, studious, goal oriented, focused girl to someone who likes to party, doesn't study enough, is not getting good grades, is more interested in a guy than anything and just somebody I couldn't recognize anymore. I loved the angel sister I met in Ten Tiny Breaths and I couldn't find her in this book. I'm not saying that her transformation was impossible, but few weeks or even few months is not enough time period to change someone's direction in life. Give it a year and I would've believed it. Even the things she did and the way she acted was utterly ridiculous, I couldn't picture Livie acting that way at all and that is probably the main reason I disliked One Tiny Lie. This book made me hate Livie.

2. The love triangle or should I say the cheating mess. I don't even get why it was needed, the whole triangle was pointless and added nothing to the story but unnecessary complications. Connor, the second guy, was a sort of third wheel in the story. He's the one dating Livie but the funny thing is we never saw them together except one or two incidents. Useless!

3. The love triangle brings me to cheating. Do you know how much I hate cheating? I gave one star to Thoughtless because I couldn't stand cheating of any sort. In One Tiny Lie, it's not just one person doing it, BOTH of them are lying and pretending in front of everybody and I hated Livie even more for that. It doesn't matter how sad or terrible Ashton's story was, what they did was wrong!

4. Dr. Stayner. I didn't hate him but he was too much in this story and I was getting so bored/pissed off with his interruptions. Cut his scenes or something. On a side note, I think he's either a magician or a genie with the way he solves everyone's problems in an instant. Go Dr. Stayner!

5.  The ending. Everything resolved within few pages and I was left wondering what the hell just happened. It was extremely rushed and I felt like the ending was created on a whim just to wrap up the story. It didn't flow naturally or felt genuine in any way. There was a very happy epilogue, but it didn't made me emotional or anything like the one in Ten Tiny Breaths did.

     All in all, One Tiny Lie was not what I expected, it didn't make my heart race or made me feel all the feels. Not even the romance made me swoon and this is coming from a hopeless romantic. Everything felt so wrong. I would recommend you to read Ten Tiny Breaths first and if you're curious about Livie's story, then only give One Tiny Lie a try. Otherwise, I'd skip over it.


A Copy was provided by Atria Books for an honest review via Netgalley. (Thank You!)
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