Saturday, November 30

Wrapping Up Netgalley November


So this month I, along with Laura from Bookish Treasures and Faye from A Daydreamer's Thoughts hosted the Netgalley November Challenge.

Back at the beginning of the month I challenged myself to...

Medium: 5-10 books

My feedback percentage at the beginning of the challenge was: 23%

My Progress by the end...

I finished a total of 7 Netgalley books and I DNF'd 1. So I achieved my goal as it was inbetween the two for Medium. YAY

Here are the books I finished...


I have sent feedback to all but one so far (Pawn which I literally just finished this morning). My feedback rating is now: 28.1%

I am really happy with how much I got done this month on top of working my hours + overtime. My percentage is still no anywhere near where it should be so I am still going to keep reading my netgalley books. I am hoping to alternate so read one personal read, one netgalley book or something like that until I get caught up completely.

To see how I liked each of these books plus the additional book I read this month join me tomorrow for my November Wrap-up vlog and post.

I love Netgalley November so plan to host it next year as well. How did you all do?
Do you plan to rejoin next year?

Let me know




Friday, November 29

Netgalley November: Week 4 Wrap-Up


Hey guys,
So it's almost the end of November... like seriously how fast has this year gone?!?!
Anyway here is the wrap-up for this week of Netgalley November. Look out for my whole month wrap-up coming tomorrow.

What Netgalley Books Did I Read This Month?


Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls
Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

What Netgalley Books Am I Reading Now?


I am 50% through this one so I am hoping that I can finish this one up today or tomorrow ready just in time for the Netgalley November Challenge ending.

How Many Netgalley Books Have I Read So Far?





Thursday, November 28

Early Review: Alienated (Alienated #1)

Alienated (Alienated #1)
Melissa Landers

Published By: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Date Read: November 26, 2013
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: eARC from Disney Hyperion and Netgalley
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet

"The fact that you purchased an inferior gift hardly seems like any failing on my part. It's common knowledge that shiny rocks are preferred among human females."

Oh my alien goodness. This book was so freaking awesome. Ever since reading and devouring the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout I have been searching for the next big YA Alien series... people I have found it. Alienated has everything you could possibly ever want in a book. It has romance, action and nail-biting drama.

Cara has always been top of her class. She excels in everything and when she defeats the other students for valadictorian she is thrilled... until she finds out that she has been chosen for the foreign student exchange program. And by foreign they mean from another planet. Cara never asked to do this but when she meets cold, clever and stunning Aelyx she can't help but like him. But the longer he is there the more angry the community starts to get against the L'eihr's. Suddenly Cara is the most hated person in school... well other than the alien next to her. As things get more and more dangerous can Cara abandon the one person she feels more for than she ever has been or will she continue to love him and damn the consequence.

Melissa Landers is an author to watch out for in the future. Alienated may be her debut YA novel but it is right up there with the long-standing bestsellers. I fell head over heels in love with Alienated and Melissa's fantastic and addictive writing style pulled me in right from the start and spat me out breathless and begging for more.

Cara is such a fantastic character. At first I wasn't sure about her she was the girl dating the jock and I immediately thought oh no I'm so not going to be able to identify with her (yes people I was the nerd in school). But the more I read the more I liked her. I could really identify with her and I just loved her more and more. I started to get really angry at her best friend for what she put Cara through and many times just wanted to jump in the book and defend Cara. I adored her.

Aelyx... oh bestill my heart I freaking loved him. He may be cold and aloof at first but his race really don't know emotions well and I loved how much he grew throughout the novel. Although there are times when you wanna throttle him for ignoring his feelings you understand him and by the end you can't help but be head-over-heels in love with him.

Alienated just had everything that I love in this book. I am in love with this story and these characters and by the end of the book I was just dying to know what was going to happen next. I need the next book... like right now.

Alienated is filled with lovable characters that you will fall for and be so invested in you feel like it's happening to your best friends. Alienated left me breathless on the edge of my seat dying for more. I would recommend this book to everyone. It's just the perfect book. Filled to the brim with nail-biting drama, heart-stopping action and breath-taking romance.
A must read for everyone... and yeah I'm a L'annabe!

"She's part of me. A threat against her is a threat against me."

Wednesday, November 27

Blog Tour: Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry - MY REVIEW


Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
Katie McGarry

Published By: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Date Read: September 27, 2013
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other

"Each tattoo represents the only happy memories I've had. And you, Rachel, you're the happiest."

There are no words to explain just how incredibly excited I am to have this book in my hands. I have been an enormous Katie McGarry fan from when I got an eARC of her debut novel, Pushing the Limits. Since then I have been dying to read everything that she writes. When reading the first book in this phenomenal series, Pushing the Limits, I fell in love with Isaiah and I have been dying to get my hands on his story and see him get the happy ending that he definitely deserved. Well I can honestly say that Katie McGarry pulled it out of the bag and did not disappoint at all. Crash Into You was everything I wanted and more. It was fantastic.

Rachel's life should be perfect. She has the perfect family and goes to the best Private School money could buy. But her life is anything but. Keeping her secrets from her family, even her twin brother is taking its toll and Rachel just wants to get away. With a need for speed she races away in her Mustang. Enter Isaiah. He is everything that Rachel should be afraid of. Typical bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks covered in tattoos. But she isn't. Embarking on a dangerous and thrilling journey and feeling the need to speed draws the unlikely couple together... but as they try to race away from their secrets sparks start to fly. Can they make it through the danger lurking together... and even more important alive?

Crash Into You was everything I cold have wanted and more. I have been dying to read Isaiah's story for what feels like forever. I loved Isaiah in Pushing the Limits and man my heart just hurt for him all the way through Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. I am so happy to say that Isaiah's is the story that I loved the most. It was utter perfection and Katie McGarry has once again proven herself as a fantastic author in this genre. There is nobody better at YA Contemporary than Katie and it has been proven once again with Crash Into You. It's addictive and moving and I couldn't put the book down until I had devoured the entire thing.

Rachel was such a great character. When we were first introduced to her I wasn't sure how it would work with Isaiah as they are so different but that is the magic of Katie's books. Showing us the unlikely and the different and showing us how it can work. I loved that Rachel has her own problems and was strong enough to handle them. A lot of YA heroines need to lean on someone else to be able to handle their problems but Rachel was super strong and the more I read about her the more I adored her.

Isaiah... oh my Isaiah how happy I am to have finally read your story. I already loved Isaiah from the moment I met him in Pushing the Limits and then even though I adored Ryan with Beth my heart just hurt for him in Dare You To. Crash Into You made me love Isaiah even more. He is just the sweetest, perfect guy. And did I mention he has tattoos? Man I can't resist a super hot tattooed guy. I fell head over heels in love with him even more and he has claimed one of the top spots in my heart as one of my top book boyfriends. I just adore him!

Crash Into You was without a doubt one of the best books I have read this year. I absolutely loved every single second of it. I just couldn't put it down and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting. Katie McGarry has cemented her place as one of my 'auto-buy' authors. It doesn't matter what she writes about just knowing she has wrote it is enough fro me to buy and read it. Yeah I adore her that much.

One thing I adored about Crash Into You is that I fell in love with pretty much all of the smaller characters. Rachel's brothers were just awesome. I cannot wait to read West's story. Don't know who West is... don't worry YOU WILL! I loved him in this book and I can't wait to see what he gets up to in Take Me On. I am also keeping my fingers crossed that we get an Ethan and Abbi novella or novel as I loved them both so much. Crash Into You was fantastic and is a must-read for everyone. Go get it now!

"Maybe this is what happens when you fall in love. On the outside a lighter is nothing amazing, but it holds all the ingredients that can create something wonderful. With a few pushes in the right direction, you can inspire something so brilliant that it pushes back the darkness."


Waiting on Wednesday


This weeks pick...

Fire & Flood
Victoria Scott

Published By: Scholastic
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: YA - Paranormal
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From Goodreads:
A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Having read and adored Victoria Scott's Dante Walker series I am a super fan for life. I adore all of her books and she is just an awesome person. I was so excited when I heard about this book and a good friend of mine is Victoria's assistant/intern and so has already read this book and she raves about how amazing it is!
Not only does it sound amazing but look at that cover. It's gorgeous! I would be buying this book just for the cover alone. It is too beautiful to not have on my shelf but I already know that it is gonna be gorgeous. But I already know the inside is gonna be ever better. I am counting down the days until this comes out.

What do you think?


Tuesday, November 26

Review: Inhuman (Fetch #1)

Inhuman (Fetch #1)
Kat Falls

Published By: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Date Read: November 24, 2013
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: eARC from Scholastic and Netgalley
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy

Inhuman was a book that I hadn't heard of but when I saw it was available on Netgalley as a "Read Now" book as part of the Waiting to Catch Fire promotion I had to download to read. I am such a massive fan of YA Dystopia novels and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. One thing I have been dying and waiting for is to find that incredibly unique and fresh dystopia novel/series that stands completely apart from the rest... Well... I have finally found it. Inhuman is that book. It's brilliant and unqiue and new and it may be one of my favourite dystopia novels to date.

Lane lives behind the wall and even though she is curious to see if her Dad's crazy stories about the ferals beyond the wall are true she knows that it's safer where she is. However when her Dad's life and reputation is in jeapordy she must cross the wall and do the impossible to save him.

Inhuman was so incredible. I am without a doubt blown away by this book. I had never heard of Kat Falls before but I am officially a fan. I adore her writing style it sucked me in right from the start and I just couldn't put this book down. I loved the entire thing, from the unique storyline to the amazing characters... everything was just amazing.

Lane is such an awesome heroine. I seriously love her. She goes on such an incredibly journey thorughout inhuman and you really see her grow. From the innocent girl from the west to the wild-child at the end I just loved living this story through her. She is a great character to experience everything through as you can really feel every emotion she goes through. There were many times I was almost in tears just because of what she was going through.

Rafe... oh my Rafe I am in love. My beautiful wild boy! I have so much love for him and he breaks my heart so much. Rafe is the snarky bad boy that you just can't help but love and I fell head over heels in love with him. He is just the guy that nobody could resist.

One thing I love about this book is that the romance takes a backburner approach in this book. You are so taken away in this incredibly unique, new world and story that you don't even need the romance. The romance does come but it's very slowly developed and I LOVE THAT! So many YA reationships happen so fast so I love that this one takes its time to develop.

Everything about Inhuman was perfection. I loved every single moment and the ending left me reeling heartbroken and cripped. Ms Kat Falls well done you captured my heart and threw a dagger in it at the end. I am emotionally crippled yet again by the hands of a book and its author. Inhuman is the perfect book for fans of YA Dystopia novels. If you're looking for a book that will capture your heart, take you on a heart-pounding adventure full of action and intrigue with a dash of romance then Inhuman is a must-read. It stole my heart and left me breathless. I am counting down until I can get my hands on book 2.


Monday, November 25

Blogger Ramblings: Books to Movies

Hey Guys,
So I don't usually do posts where it's just my views on something (other than books in my reviews) but I really wanted to write this post about Movies and in particular Movie Interpretations of Books.

There are a lot of YA Books being turned into movies right now and I admit I love book-turned-movies so much but some of them I just don't want to see. Is it right for me to judge whether to see these movies based on the trailer? I think yes. It's anyones right to look at a trailer and decide whether or not we want to spend the money to go and see a movie. This counts for any movie. Not just book-turned-movie adaptations.

There are gazillions of movies out there and there is not enough time in our lives for us to watch every single movie out there. So we decide which ones we wish to spend our time, and money, watching. How do we decide what to see? Is it storyline? Trailer? Reviews?
I think I am being fair to say that we judge movies all the time based on their trailers. That's why trailers are revealed. For the movie makers to "sell" their movie to us. So if it looks like something we will enjoy we go see it... if we don't we pass. This is a every-day thing for the majority of us and we don't feel like we are 'judging' the movie. So is that expectation the same or different for movies based on beloved books?

Let me put it is perspective for you...

Recently, the trailer for the upcoming Vampire Academy movie was released. I have to say I am not a fan and I am not sure if I will go and see the movie. I am a huge fan of the books and I was excited for the movie until I saw the trailer. Now it just doesn't look like the kind of movie that I would enjoy. Now after stating on a social media website that I didn't want to see the movie after watching the trailer I was accused of "bitching" and told that I can't judge the whole movie based on the trailer and I should 'give it a chance'.

This got me thinking... does this mean that our 'judgement' is different depending on whether the movie in question is an original 'movie only' idea or a books adaptation. I think it is. Let's imagine for the moment that Vampire Academy wasn't a book. It was an original idea just for movie. Would I then be accused of 'bitching' and 'judging too early' for saying that I didn't want to see it based on the trailer? No I wouldn't. Why? Because that's the general consensus of how we decide which movies we want to invest our time and money in and if we don't like what we see then we don't go watch it. So why does it seem that this consensus is different for Book-Turned-Movie Adapatations?

I always look at books and movies seperately. When I saw The Hunger Games and City of Bones I don't think of them as the same of the books just a different outlet of the story. So then why should us deciding whether to see the movie based on the trailers be perceived as different when faced with a book adaptation than with a normal movie?

I really think as a movie watcher and someone who is going to pay the money to go and see a movie we have every right to judge whether we want to see the movie based on the trailer, regardless of whether it's a book adaptation or not. Just because we loved the book doesn't mean we want to see the movie so the trailer is an indication of whether we want to see the movie and whether it is going to tailor to our likes or not. In my case with Vampire Academy it doesn't tailor to my likes so I am going to skip it. As a reader and a movie watcher that is in my right and I don't think I am being judgemental or 'bitching' about it. It's my personal opinion and choice.

What's your thoughts on the subject?
Leave me a comment and let me know.

Blog Tour: Running on Empty by Colette Ballard


Hey Guys,
I am so beyond excited to be a part of the blog tour for new Contemporary Running on Empty. The debut novel by Colette Ballard. If you follow my blog you will know that Running on Empty is the first book from the new Spencer Hill Press imprint, Tulip Romance. Check out my Spensations feature on it by clicking HERE.

Let me tell you a little bit about the book...

Running on Empty
Colette Ballard

Published By: Tulip Romance
Publication Date: November 25, 2013 (E-Book) / May 6, 2014 (Paperback)
Genre: YA - Suspenseful Romance
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From Goodreads:
What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember.

I'm so excited to welcome the amazing Colette to the blog for an exclusive guest post...

PERSEVERANCE TO PUBLISHED


My road to publication was not a sprint it was a marathon—one filled with lots of detours, pot-holes, and dead ends. Had I quit at any one of these points, I wouldn’t be writing this blog post.
Many years ago, when I really got serious about writing, I started researching how to go about improving my work and taking steps that would take me to my goal of getting published. Here’s what worked for me:

Treat it like a job: Above all, I realized I had to treat it like a job even though I wasn’t getting paid. It was equally important knowing that I had to be reasonable and flexible—I’ve been raising three kids during all of this.

Books: The most helpful book for me was Writer’s Digest, Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market Guide. It has tons of how-to information as well as agent, publisher information, and best of all, contests.

Contests: Discovering contests was a huge step for me. I could pay a small entry fee and get honest feedback from experienced writers from the comfort of my home. In the beginning, I’d only told a few people that I was even writing so this was a big deal for me.

An organization called PNWA offers a great annual contest. Even though they don’t offer critiques, Writer’s Digest is a big one to enter and looks good on a query letter if you place. Later down the road a friend introduced me to the awesomeness of RWA contests—they frequently offer a variety of contests with low entry fees, plus feedback.

Join writing organizations: First I joined SCBWI, then later the RWA—fantastic organizations where you can gain tons of knowledge.

Conferences: If you get the opportunity to attend conferences or workshops, take it. It is incredibly comforting meeting like-minded people with the same goal. I’ve made many great friends who have traveled this journey alongside me and it’s been great watching everyone progress. The SCBWI offers fantastic annual regional conferences that are fairly inexpensive.

Join a critique group: The single most life-changing step in my journey was finding a critique group (which I did through the SCBWI listserv.) Now, when I write and revise I have all five of my critique partners’ voices in my head. Sometimes it’s overwhelming but I find myself adding in more internals from my characters, or dialogue tags, or being aware that I’ve used the senses because I’ve learned what each of my partners will ask for.

Revise, Revise, Revise: until you and your critique group agree that it’s time to start querying agents. I was fortunate enough to score an agent fairly quickly but then it took nearly two years to sell my first book. During that time, I kept writing. Sometimes it was hard because I was pretty devastated after the first book didn’t sell. But I didn’t give up, I started a second book and I’m happy to report I’ve recently signed the contract for it!

So keep writing, continue to push forward. It’s certainly not an easy road, but I’m living proof that perseverance can lead to published! ☺


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I Still Haven't Read...


This week's pick...


The School for Good and Evil Series by Soman Chainani:

#1 The School for Good and Evil
#2 A World Without Princes (Out Apr 15, 2014)
#3 Untitled Third Book (Out 2015)

I am such a huge sucker for anything fairytale related so when I heard about this book, about a school where the graduates are fairy tale heroes and villians I could not wait to get my hands on it. I adore twists on fairytales and this, to me, sounds like one of the most unique ones. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this from HarperCollins along with an 'I'm a Never' badge... that's right people I'm evil I so wanna go to the school for evil.... it sounds like fun. I am defintiely planning on reading this very soon. At the least I want it read before the second one releases next year, that gives me 5 months to do so.

Have you read this?



Sunday, November 24

Book Haul

Hey Guys,
Welcome to my book haul for the past 2 weeks...




Hardcopy Books:


Gifted:

Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz (Review HERE)
The Dark (Portal #1.5) by Heather Self (Review HERE)
Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout (Review HERE)
Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout (Review HERE)
^Thanks to Lisa Amowitz, Heather Self and Jennifer L Armentrout

Bought:

Extracted (Lost Imperials #1) by Sherry Ficklin & Tyler Jolley

For Review:

The Kelpie by TJ Wooldrigde
^Thanks to Spencer Hill Press

Swag:



Bitter Sweet Love Sneak Peak Brochure
Let's Get Lost Postcard
Pawn Bookmark
^Thank you to Harlequin TEEN

E-Books:

Bought:

  
Stolen (Freedom of Souls #1) by Keren Hughes
No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.5) by Danielle Paige (Review HERE)

For Review:


Angelbound (Angelbound #1) by Christina Bauer
Bitter Sweet Love (Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout (Review HERE)
Phoenix Island by John Dixon
Scintillate (Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy Clark