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Mini Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

April 30, 2014 Aman 5
Title: The Geography Of You And Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication: Little Brown Books for Young Readers | April 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
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Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

I don't get it. What is the point of this book? Is it a promotional piece for postcards or a random tour around Europe for people who haven't been there? I simply don't get it! At first I thought it was about blackout in New York and 2 strangers having fun for a night around the city, but pretty early on I'm proved wrong as the blackout plot is done in under 50 pages. Then I thought maybe it's about long distance relationship... well that would've made perfect sense IF there was any kind of relationship between Lucy and Owen! They were practically strangers who spent a couple of hours together one lonely night and by the end, had no connection whatsoever. I might even call some of their actions a bit creepy ([spoiler]picking up a used cigarette and keeping it as memento? O.o[/spoiler]). I don't know what the author was going for with this book, but it's safe to say that whatever it was, it didn't work for me.

The Geography of You and Me is told from Lucy, a rich girl with traveling parents and Owen, a pretty normal guy living with his financially unstable single father, 's perspective. There was nothing special about either of these characters, they were boring and too dull for a contemporary. Though I have to say that if Owen would've had a story of his own about the roadtrip he had with his father and the emotional coping resulting from his mother's death, I would've liked that story far better than this one. All I can say about The Geography of You and Me is that not everything by your favorite author is for everybody. And this was not for me. Fun fact: I feel asleep reading this book, which is very rare and only happens with books I've wished I would've DNFed.


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Waiting on Wednesday (48)

April 29, 2014 Aman 9
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.
Waiting on Wednesday is back on Enticed by Books!!! I stopped doing this meme months ago because I wanted to start Top Ten Tuesday and I didn't want two memes back to back, but you know what, I'm stopping that nonsense right now! It's my blog and I'll do what I like! I love both WoW and TTT, so I don't see any point in dropping either of those in order to make my blog look more "professional". It needs to be personal anyways and this makes it personal. What do you guys think?

This week's WoW is by an author whose debut dystopian series highly impressed me and made her an auto buy author, which is huge! It's none other than Marie Lu!!! Her new series is called The Young Elites, it's a high fantasy and here how Marie Lu described it "Think X-Men meets Assassin's Creed 2 meets Game of Thrones" GAME OF THRONES!!! I don't need any other reason to read this book! Check out it's premises!

Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Publication: Putnam Juvenile | Oct 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: The Young Elites #1
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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Isn't it exciting? I can't wait!

What are you waiting on this week?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday (22)

April 28, 2014 Aman 11
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish.

Topic: Top Ten Book If You Like the Below Mentioned movies/TV Shows


I really like this topic! All the books I picked are my favorite, so you are definitely in for a treat!


1. Like The Vow, Try Wait For Me or Forget You


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2. Like True Blood, Try Immortal After Dark series


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3. Like The Time Traveler's Wife, Try Time Between Us


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4. Like No Strings Attached, Try On Dublin Street


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5. Like Lost, Try On The Island


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6. Like Life As We Know It, Try Smooth Talking Stranger


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7. Like Star Crossed, Try Lux series


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8. Like Reality Shows like The Bachelor & Amazing Race, Try Falling For You & Stuck on You


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9. Like Once Upon A Time, Try Lunar Chronicles series


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10. Like The Ugly Truth, Try Before Jamaica Lane


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So, what do you guys think?


Ofcourse, these books have a similar story as the movie/TV, but it's not the exact same. For example, there is no magic or over the top drama in On The Island, it's a really good survival story like Lost. I hope you found some books to add to your tbr :)


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Review: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

April 27, 2014 Aman 5
Title: Before Jamaica Lane
Author: Samantha Young
Publication: NAL | Jan 7, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: On Dublin Street #3
Source: Won
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One simple lesson in seduction between two friends can turn into so much more…

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left broken-hearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever…
~Readalong with Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination). Read her review here.~

I shouldn't be surprised by this because Samantha Young has been delivering amazing, heartwarming and utterly romantic reads ever since she first published On Dublin Street, but I still was! Before Jamaica Lane was much better and swoonier (?) than it's predecessor, Down London Road! And the sheer credit for that goes to the adorably cute main characters, Nate and Liv! These two were so damn perfect for each other, they had a best friend romance going on, but what attracted me to their story was the level of comfort Liv felt with Nate, and ofcourse I loved the I'm-inexperieced-and-want-some-sex-classes-from-you scenario! That plot is always a win for me because how can you not like two people unintentional falling in love and then denying it for the later half of the book only to end up together in the very end. So romantic...and a bit dramatic, but then again, that's why we love these books!

Liv was first introduced to the cast in Jo and Cam's book, Down London Road as Jo's uncle's daughter who lives in the US, and to be honest, I thought Liv was going to be one of those preppy, stuck-up girls I wasn't going to like, but surprise surprise, she turned out to be pretty cool in a very geeky way. She ended up settling in Scotland with her father and took a job as a librarian. Now that's one sexy job! With time, she formed a close friendship with Nate, Cam's friend, who is a movie/video game reviewer for some magazine and they ended being part of this old married couple lifestyle. They would do things together like watch movie every other day, they knew each others food preferences and really personal stuff like that you wouldn't normally share with your guy best friend. Nate and Liv had a very beautiful, friendly relationship up until the point things started turning steamy between them and gradually they became more than friends ;) Before Jamaica Lane is probably the most sexually explicit book in this series; out of all the time Liv and Nate spend together, 70% of it was focused on sexual advances and dirty talks, but I'm not complaining at all! Though I do have a tiny criticism for Liv: I wished she wasn't so damn stubborn in the end. [spoiler] Competing with a dead cancer girl was so low, even for her. In some ways, I get where she was coming from, but I had hoped that Liv atleast would've been sensitive about the subject, knowing Nate's history. [/spoiler]

All in all, I had a great time devouring yet another book by Samantha Young. I loved how she paralleled Joss and Braden's Castle Hill story with this book because let's be honest, their story is always the center of attention in any book and I certainly don't mind knowing more about their lives! Though Nate and Liv are my second favorite couple in this series, but seeing some Hannah scenes in this book, I have a feeling she's going to be a stealer of my feels in her upcoming book. I can hardly wait! If you haven't read this series, then I strongly suggest you do because not only these books have a very sizzling romance, the foreign setting makes them extra unique and adventures for us readers.

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Stacking the Shelves (27)

April 25, 2014 Aman 16


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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews.

I haven't really bought much books this past month, but here are some of the few I did! As you all know that I loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, so when I saw his other books (Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns) on sale at BJ's, I knew I had to get them!

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And I bought some ebooks! I'm almost done with The Geography of You and Me and I wasn't a huge fan of it, but it's okay for a summer read. The one I really loved is Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge! Best Novella of 2014 so far!


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I got Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer from Arcycling, Free to Fall from HarperTeen for the blog tour and Wild from HarperTenn as well via Edelweiss! A Huge thanks to HarperTeen for making my week with Free to fall!!!

That's about it! How was your week in books?


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Review: Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young

April 24, 2014 Aman 10
Title: Until Fountain Bridge
Author: Samantha Young
Publication: InterMix | June 18, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Series: On Dublin Street #1.5
Source: Bought
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Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister.

Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.

But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips.

Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.

~Review has spoilers, but only for someone who hasn't read On Dublin Street~

Now this is the part where I wish I wouldn't have read this novella because it gave me a glimpse in Ellie and Adam's past lives that I'm not a fan of. First of all, Adam is a douche. Yes, I loved him in On Dublin Street, but at that point I didn't know how he'd been treating Ellie for the past several years. Lets backtrack a bit first, Ellie has been in love with her older brother's best friend, Adam for as long she can remember, but Adam, having that bro code with Braden, never saw Ellie as anything other than his wee sister. It's a very cute storyline and certainly one that makes my heart melt. Ellie is a fun girl who believes in happy ending and has a very hopeless romantic heart, which I love!  In On Dublin Street, Ellie reminded me a lot of myself, but now seeing how she acted in the past with Adam, I'm seriously doubting my judgement.

Until Fountain Bridge opens up with Ellie going through her journals in which she shared a lot of details about her feelings for Adam growing up. She is hoping that Joss would maybe find her next romance book from her (Ellie) story, which is so Ellie-like! Then Adam shows up and they both read her journals and give us a flashback into their meant-to-be romance from Ellie's perspective. The back and forth storytelling was a perfect style for this book and seeing Adam's reaction to all the times he was a dick to Ellie was just priceless! Speaking of Adam being a dick, I can't believe he's the same person I once thought was so swoon-worthy. Don't get me wrong, I still like him, but man, he doesn't know when to step up! Ellie getting a tumor was probably a good thing for Adam because I don't think he would have confessed his love if nothing drastic would've happened. Throughout the story, I was so mad at Adam for sending mixed signals to Ellie all the time and not letting her live her life. Whenever she wanted to date someone new, Adam would alway mess it up, intentionally or unintentionally. At times, I was mad at Ellie too for giving him the upper hand. I hate that I'm saying this, but Ellie can be a bit of a pushover when it comes to Adam. She would do anything for him and yes, it's very romantic and blah blah blah, but you've got to have a backbone. Come on, girl!

Ranting aside, I did enjoy this novella, particularly the present scenes because then atleast we know that everything worked out for them and Adam & Ellie are happy together. I just wish I wouldn't have read this novella because in a way, it ruined the beautiful love story I had in mind for this couple. It's not like Samantha Young gave us a different story in this novella, we all knew what had happened between Ellie and Adam and how they got together, but actually reading it made it all so real and hurtful. Seriously Adam, I've got to have a tumor for you to say you love me? That's really pathetic. Nonetheless, I do love this couple. I may not be a fan of their story, but I love them together.



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Review: Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge

April 22, 2014 Aman 10
Title: Gilded Ashes
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publication: HarperTeen Impulse | April 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Series: Cruel Beauty Universe #1.5
Source: Bought
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"A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale, Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author's debut novel, Cruel Beauty."

Besides that, I highly suggest you don't read the rest of the premises as it spoils the story. Plus, going in blind is always fun, specially when it's a novella!




Cruel Beauty had a very deadly enchanting world that mesmerized me from the first page, so I expected nothing less from Gilded Ashes and I'm so happy to say that it did not disappoint in any level! The world is still terrifying and messed up, thanks to the Gentle Lord and his twisted wishes, but at the same time, that's what made this story so different from the original Cinderella tale.

Upon introduction, I was in love with Maia! Granted that she has a very humble, chirpy, cherry personality (on the outside, atleast) that annoyed me a bit in the beginning, but when I found out the reason behind it, Mind=Blown! The twist Rosamund Hodge pulled in her version of Cinderella was absolutely fantastic and so apt according to this crazy world. It's sad that Maia had to constantly pretend to feel certain way in order to protect the people around her from getting hurt, but I loved that nevertheless, she had a very strong and honest personality. Her scenes with Lord Anax were one of the best! Even though she was a servant and he was a Lord, she was always honest with him and gave it to him straight, which I think was very interesting and completely different from the Cinderella we've read about in our fairytales. I keep comparing them, when in reality Gilded Ashes was far better than any Cinderella interpretation and far more creative, might I add. Plus, how can I forget about Gentle Lord? The conniving, charming, cruel, Gentle Lord who in a way made this story happen in the first place.

All in all, Gilded Ashes is one of the most finest and beautifully written novella's I've read in a long time. Funny enough, I wasn't planning on reading this anytime soon, but downloaded it just because I was bored and the cover was pretty; two hours later, I can't be more happy with my decision! I loved it! This felt like a full length book to me and dare I say, I enjoyed it much more than Cruel Beauty. Maia is very likable! I highly suggest fans of high fantasy and retellings to read this series, the order doesn't matter, start with whatever appeals to you the most (this one!).



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Review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

April 20, 2014 Aman 11
Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publication: Penguin Group | Jan 10, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Bought
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Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture! TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012! “The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. 


~Readalong with Janhvi (The Readdicts)~

Why I waited so long to read this book?


Initially I wasn't planning on reading this book at all because at the time it was really popular, I - don't hate me for this - went on Wikipedia and read the story. Yeah...speechless here as well. That was years ago, so beside the ending, I didn't remember anything else, so when I heard that the movie was coming out, I wanted to read this book and experience the feels everyone felt. So I did, with Janhvi and....on to the next question.

How was it?


Pretty spectacular! I wasn't expecting the story to touch me as much as it did. The Fault in our Stars made me happy, cancer books aren't suppose to make you happy, but this one surely did! I laughed more than I cried, which by the way was only once and not during a scene you would expect ([spoiler]when Van Houtan showed up at Gus' funeral[/spoiler]). For me, the characters made this book unique and special. Hazel in particular was my favorite, she had a very realistic outlook to life which I love, but my favorite quality about her was her sense of humor. She lit up even the dullest of the scene with her hilarious monologue, the opening scene is a great example to that. Plus, she was a reader!!! Totally relatable! Hazel is the type of person I want to befriend, she is aware of her priorities but at the same time she has a very chill personality which makes her a great person to hang out with. She might not have too many friends, but the one she does are the closest to her heart. She has their backs all the time, ups and downs, highs and lows, and I love that!

Augustus Water was another brilliantly portrayed character in this book. I loved his sarcastic humor as well, but most of all, I was a fan of how he looked at life and used metaphors in such unique, heartwarming ways. He had one of the best quotes in this entire story and I don't want to link any because it's better if you discover them yourself. The romance was utterly cute and had me over the moon with it's sweetness. Yes, some parts were so cheesy, but it didn't matter because the rest of the book was filled with awesomeness! Though I have to say that I didn't fell in love with Augustus in a diehard manner like every other reader, but there was something utterly charming about him that I can't deny.

Did my prior curiosity tactic lessened my enjoyment level?


Yes. A tiny bit, simply because I knew what was going to happy, so I was prepared for the reason everyone ugly cried in the end. I wish I wouldn't have read the spoilers, but what can you do about it now? Not read spoilers from now on, that's what! But I still gave it 5 stars and that's saying a lot! The Fault in Our Stars is an incredible read, Hazel's journey touched me in the deepest places and it's not something I'm going to forget ever! I hope everyone gives this beautiful book a try because I'm telling you, it's not a sad book.

Favorite Scene


[spoiler]It's not a scene per se, it's more of a journey. Hazel's journey, but not the cancer one, the one where she loves this book and wants to know more about "what happened after the end?". I loved the passion she had for the book and the lengths she went to just to get her questions answered. But then again, there are so many other scenes I loved as well, like when her parents told her that they would put her in orphanage if she turned into a burden. That scene was soooo cute! And when....lets just say, you've got to read this book![/spoiler]

Least Favorite Scene


[spoiler]None. I can't think of any scene I didn't enjoy or wish was edited out. Every scene is so beautiful and funny and touching. Sometimes a little sad (when Augustus called Hazel in the middle of the night :( ), but still meaningful. John Green is the best! I get the hype now.[/spoiler]


Fun Fact: I didn't cry that much during the book, but watching the trailer, specially the last okay? okay. scene had me in tears. I don't watch movies that are based on book, but this is most definitely going be my one exception! I can't wait for June 6th!!!

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Happenstance by Jamie McGuire

April 16, 2014 Aman 11
Hi everyone! Jamie McGuire, best know for her best selling NA novel, Beautiful Disaster is coming out with a YA novella and I'm so excited to share it's cover and first sneak peak with you guys! There's an awesome giveaway at the and of the post, thank to Wordsmith Publicity! Be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy! Here's the cover!!!

Title: Happenstance
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publication: Jamie McGuire LLC | May 9, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.

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“What are you reading?” A deep voice asked from the seat behind me.

I barely acknowledged Weston’s question, holding the cover of my book just high enough for him to see.

He nodded, waiting for me to speak. When I didn’t, he offered a small smile, and began to sit back. “What are you reading?” I asked.

Weston immediately leaned toward me, sharing his cover the way I had.

“Piers Anthony?”

Weston cleared his throat to stifle a cough, and then smiled. “I like his stuff.”

I nodded. “I approve.”

“Good,” Weston whispered. “I was worried.” After a short pause, he leaned into my ear again. “Why don’t you ever talk to me in Art class?”

We had Art together in seventh period, the class I looked forward to all day. Weston was in there, but more importantly, people like the Erins and Brady weren’t. We were serious about our work, and it was the one place during the school day that I could be myself.

“I guess I was just busy.”

“Are you going to be busy today?”

“Probably.”

“Well, maybe I’ll get lucky and you’ll take a break.” I turned around to hide my grin, but not before glancing back and seeing the familiar look of hatred in Alder’s eyes.

Whore, she mouthed, glaring at me.

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Enter to win all the books by Jamie McGuire; ecopies of Red Hill, Providence series and print copies of Beautiful series!


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About Jamie McGuire


Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.


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Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Aman 9
Title: Slave to Sensation
Author: Nalini Singh
Publication: Berkley Sensation | Sept 5, 2006
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Source: Bought
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In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

First of all, I would like to thank Janhvi (The Readdicts) for making me read this book because this is my first 4 stars read after months and months of depressing books, so YAY!!! Thank You so much, babe!! Now on to the actual review.

I've been a huge fan of Nalini Singh ever since I read her Guild Hunter series 2 years back, so it was natural to try out out her older Psy-Changeling series which is still going strong with over 10 books. And....no surprises here, I loved Slave to Sensation!!! Nalini Singh creates one of the most complex and engaging world and this time around, it was no different. Besides a tiny issue I had with the Psy or rather how their minds work, I would say this book wa a hit!

We've heard of Changelings before, they are basically species who change forms, in this book that referred to werewolves and panthers, but we've never heard about Psy's before. Psy's are mainly emotionless people who dominate over everyone else. Years ago, their minds were intentionally mutated in a way that they feel nothing. Rage, love, jealous. None of that. Psy's believe that this trait helps maintain a peaceful environment in their society and more importantly, make them powerful in the mind. Now here's something I don't understand about them: Psy's have PsyNet through which they communicate with each other and do certain other tasks like search over the Psy data. My question is: Is the PsyNet like an internet and phone combined in their brain or is it something else entirely? Psy's are a very interesting, advantaged species and I think PsyNet is such a great technology, but it sure makes things a bit difficult to grasp from readers perspective. It's going to take a few more books for me to fully understand the Psy genetics, but seeing how addicting this book was, I have no doubt that I would be on to the next book before the end of this month.

Aside from the world, I was a huge fan of the lead characters, Sascha (Psy) and Lucas (Panther, Alpha). They meet during a collaborative construction project between the Psy's and Changelling's community and from the first contact, the sparkles between them were clearly visible. Sascha is one of the rare Psys who are not completely emotionless, but in order to protect herself from the Elder (Council members), she has act a certain way and hide her newfound abilities. Lucas doesn't make that easy because in his presence, Sascha feels a lot and it's not just sexual attraction. I loved how throughout the story Lucas breaks down Sascha barriers and makes her whole again. I loved their chemistry, I loved their teasing arguments and what else can I say? Lucas and Sascha make a great couple and they make me happy! Their scenes with Julian and Roman are the best!

All in all, I'm so glad to have read this book! Nalini Singh never fails to impress me and with Slave to Sensation, she has definitely earned a position in my all time favorite authors list! I would highly recommend her books to urban fantasy and paranormal readers, she knows how to hook you on and keep you hanging for the sequels! Good for me, I have so many books in this series to devour before I feel the torture of waiting :D




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Release Day Blitz (Excerpt + Giveaway): Don't Look Back by Jennifer L.Armentrout

April 15, 2014 Aman 14
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Hey Everyone! Jennifer L. Armentrout's new suspense came out today and I'm so excited to share a tiny part of it with you guys! Thanks to Inkslinger for organizing this blitz! Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for a paperback of the book.




Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: Disney Hyperion | April 15, 2014
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult
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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Excerpt


I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood. Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of my jeans. My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones. Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt. And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders. Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

Giveaway


Enter to win a paperback of Don't Look Back from The Book Depository. Open INT, though if the winner is US, I can give a hardcover from Amazon.

Update: Giveaway is closed. The winner (Katy S) has been contacted.




About Jennifer L. Armentrout


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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