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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Review)

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend
By: Katie Finn

Summer, boys, and friendships gone sour. This new series has everything that perfect beach reads are made of!

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long? 

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is? 

Katie Finn hits all the right notes in this perfect beginning to a new summer series: A Broken Hearts & Revenge novel.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Killer Instinct: Guest Post + Giveaway

Killer Instinct
By: S.E. Green

She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges. Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one herself. Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs. And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts. When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...

Guest Post on My Heart Hearts Books

In my research on KILLER INSTINCT I stumbled across a lot of interesting facts about killers. I really wanted to understand the minds, the backgrounds, the motivations for people who cross the line into violent crimes. Though it’s not an excuse, many of these people come from horrible backgrounds: mental abuse, manipulation, physical violence. Yet others come from seemingly “normal” homes. What is the exact equation that makes a serial killer? I honestly don’t think there is one—not after everything I’ve read.

These are the top five cases that have really stuck with me.

1. Ed Geins exhumed bodies and fashioned trophies from their bones and skin. His case influenced the making of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

2. Jeffrey Dahmer in his early years would collect roadside carcasses, dismember them, and store them in jars.
3. Dr. Marcel Petiot assisted Jews in escaping Germany. He would then “inoculate” them with poison, steal their belongings, and cremate their bodies.

4. Erno Soto was dubbed “Charlie Chopoff” because he would remove the victim’s penis.

5. Luis Garavito is thought to hold the record for most killings coming in at 400+ victims.

Lane, my main character, doesn’t know exactly what she is. But as the book unfolds she delves into nature versus nurture and discovers which one (or maybe both) are most applicable.

Check out SE Green talk about Music on Gone with the Words and on Girls in the Stacks you can read about the dark side of Green's book. Last week SE Green was on Forever 17 talking about her maybe not so "normal" characters.

To Pre-order: Amazon | Books-A-Million | IndieBound 


To celebrate the upcoming release author SE Green is giving away some neat stuff: A personalized copy of KILLER INSTINCT, a Tshirt, autographed poster, and an an evidence bag of swag!

Meet the Author

S. E. Green was raised in Tennessee but now calls North Florida home. KILLER INSTINCT is her debut young adult thriller.

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Guess Who's Back!!!

So by now, I'm more than a little embarrassed about my hiatus post. Everything that I said, was true and I'm so amazed by all the support that I received. If I could go back in time and rewrite the post, I'd definitely try to make it less dramatic. 

I also feel like I need to explain:

I hate quitting. Growing up, my mother always taught me that quitting wasn't a solution to any problem. I felt like taking a hiatus was like quitting. Things with school and my internship were getting to be too much and I felt like I was failing at blogging as well. Something had to give, so I felt like I had to give up on blogging...for a little bit. But it got to the point where I thought that I wasn't going to graduate on time.

But, I've turned in my first major research paper of the semester and there's even time in my schedule to start reading again for me. Once it got to that point, I realized that, I needed, but most importantly, wanted to come back. I'm not at a point where blogging is not fun. I love blogging. It's still so much fun. 

Still, I have two more research papers to turn in in the next couple of weeks, but I'm back. It's going to take a while for me to get back into the groove of things but I'm back and ready to blog. 

I just want to say thank you to every single person that supported me. This is why I needed to get back to this community because you all are so freaking amazing and such a support group. People reached out and went above and beyond and I'm so appreciative of that because my blog is one of the few places that I can share my fears. I usually contains those dark and scary thoughts, but every time that I've spilled something major on the blog, I've never regretted it. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

We Were Liars

We Were Liars
By: e. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Open Road Summer (Review)

Open Road Summer
By: Emery Lord

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Great (Review)

By: Sara Benincasa

Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Last Best Kiss (Review)

The Last Best Kiss
By: Claire LaZebnik

Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.

Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.

All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.

Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too....

Monday, March 31, 2014

MHHB Hiatus

Okay, as I write this, I'm trying my hardest not to cry. Trying my hardest. Because this is so freaking hard. I've written a post like this twice before and twice I've deleted it. Until, now, when I think I finally have to post it and it's finally real. 

So, I accidentally uploaded this before it was ready, so I'm just going to continue on with my thoughts. 

So it's my last semester of college and to saying it's hasn't been smooth sailing, it's putting it mildly. I just have so much going on and when I get ahead in one class, I'm still drowning in another. It's like this constantly juggling act. 

Not to mention, I have an internship. As far as internships go it's really cool, but it still takes up time. More than I had anticipated. 

And blogging. I've been behind since this semester started but I'd had so much scheduled, it was okay for awhile. 

Then everything started catching up and something's got to give. Unforunately, until I graduate, it's going to have to be blogging. Which really sucks because I was starting to see so much progress.

So what does this hiatus mean? Well, I'm going to try to fulfill all my obligations. I have some e-ARCs that need to be reviewed, so I'll catch up on those eventually. I'll still try to be around on twitter, but mostly if you'll see me socially online, it'll probably be tumblr. I have an addiction with that site, for better or worse. I have a few more scheduled reviews left, so I won't be completely gone. 

I'll try to check in occasionally, but my main focus is graduating. I just need to do that and everything will be all right. 

ARC You Excited?!?!

I don't know why I have this weird relationship with ARCs. I don't necessarily blog for the ARCs, I blog because I love reading YA. I love getting caught up in the story. Sometimes, I love living vicariously through characters. That's what I love, but I think there's this idea in the community that ARCs illustrate success. I don't know how it started, but I'd be lying if I said if I didn't feel vulnerable to this school of thought sometimes. Sometimes, I just think and plot about how to get so successful that I'd be worthy of the ARCs. I don't know. That's how I feel sometimes. 

But I was literally just thinking to myself about it and I decided that I needed to write and think it through by blogging. 

What do I love about ARCs? It's more than the status thing for me, but it's definitely part of it too though. How do you measure success? I can't by numbers. Or at least the numbers don't really mean anything to me (which I think it funny because isn't that how you score ARCs?). I gain new followers slowly. I don't want to gain followers by giveaways because that just seems like an empty number to me. What's the point of having +1000 followers if they're not interacting. Also, I just don't have the money to sustain giveaways. I have to plan and save to do a giveaway and honestly if I'm being really honest, I'd rather just spend that money on books that I can read. 

I don't count success by page views or comments either. I mean, I have a goal of the number of page views that I like hitting daily and I have a goal that I like to have every post to have at least one comment. But I think those are personal goals, not something that publishers care about. 

So as I sat on my desk, thinking, I had a little epiphany. It wasn't anything profound, but I just thought: Even if I had all the ARCs that I wanted I'd have absolutely no time to read them. Which I think might be worse. So that's where I'm at right now. 

I think for the time being that I'm just going to concentrate on reading the ARCs that I do have and reviewing them. I just want to fulfill this commitment before I take on more, you know? School is so hectic and I have so much to do and I'm falling behind on both the academic and blogging front. 

So right now, that's where I'm at. I haven't really won this big war in my relationship with ARCs, which I think, is this connection I've made between being worthy, being successful, blogging and ARCS, but I think I've won a small but very important battle.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book Haul #9

So I usually try to do a book haul every other week but I haven't done one in almost a month. So there's a lot. 

Review Books

Love & Leftover
Fever 1793
The Karma Club
Last Sacrifice
Queen of Kentucky
The Book of Blood and Shadow
Time Between Us
The Ruining

I got most of the books on the picture from the left from Goodwill for only $23 (except Divergent where I got at Walmart and was lucky enough to get it signed by Shailene Woodley and Theo James. I also bought Insurgent and Allegiant from T.J. Maxx at a great discounted price...about $12 each).

I got Time Between Us & Unrembered from Little Shop of Stories at the Girls Gone Sci-Fi event. I also got The Ruining & Jane Eyre (B&N classic version, not pictured) at Barnes & Noble.

*Also I'm giving a way a signed Divergent poster (signed by Shailene Woodley and Theo James). It's open internationally!


Borrowed from Sandra at Waiting for Wentworth.
I was super bummed when I didn't get a copy of Only Everything then Sandra let me borrow it from her and gahhhhhh! I'm going to read it this weekend!


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