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#BOOKHAUL #1 – March 2015 edition #YA #Fantasy #Contemporary #Dystopian

Posted 28 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

BOOK HAUL #1

March 2015

I’ve not done a book haul in….oh god, years? I’m pretty sure this is either the second or third post I’ve ever done on it. I keep meaning to, but you know how it goes…

Now, I know the end of the month is a weird time to put one up, but granted, I don’t get books all the time, so it might not be every month, and when in the month I don’t know. I’m confusing myself. Right…On with it.

This month I seem to have accumulated quite a few books, from either the library or buying, or even as freebies ( Who doesn’t like a freebie, huh?)

Bought books:

Legend/Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu – Last year sometime, I got Legend from the library. It took me ages to track it down, but once I did, I read it and loved it and I guess I got a bit sidetracked because I kept meaning to get the next two but didn’t. And the book shop would always have one without the others, so I couldn’t buy them in order. Until now, that is. FINALLY. I saw the Legend series in Waterstones and I was like “Those are MINE!” kinda like Gollum except not quite as creepy. I can’t wait to continue reading the series, but as you’ll find out, I have many more to get one with.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton – What feels like a long time ago now (but was only actually a few months) I requested and was accepted a copy of Seeker from Netgalley. Now, for those of you new to reading my blog, I’m TERRIBLE at reading ebooks.  I don’t have a kindle so I read off my laptop. I prefer print copies, therefore when I saw this in shop, I had to get it. Now I can flit through it like a…very fast reader? I dunno, I’m not fast at anything. But I’m excited to try this. It’s got a fantasy element with lots of action and adventure. 🙂

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve had this book a good month or more, which I guess doesn’t count as a march haul, but it will do for now. I had heard such big things about it, and also…some not. So I’m a bit unsure about how I’m going to get on with it. Still, it will be interesting. Sometimes I’ll hear bad things and then read it, only to find I love it. Everyone’s different.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I had pre ordered this way back in November, and finally managed to pick it up in February (the warehouse had issues, and apparently didn’t want to email me to tell me that Waterstones had the book delivered already -.-) so again, not technically a March book, but you get the picture. I’m catching up. I am currently half way through this beast of a book, and let me tell you…it’s a good one. However, I’ve hit a bit of a…rut, as it were, with reading and so have come to a halt. I want to finish it, but it might be a while. I blame Netflix. Then again, I was the one that signed up for a month…*sigh*

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve waited for EVER to get this. I’ve seen reviews and also, I loved Hex Hall (though the sequel…not as much…) so I was looking forward to this. When the paperback was finally up on Amazon, I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I have tried to read a bit of it, and I just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe once I’m fully out of my rut, I’ll have a fresher head to deal with complex descriptions, but for now it’s going on the back burner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – Another one I’ve heard endless praise for and when I saw it, I thought oh what the hell? I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you all know when I do.

 

Library Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Not necessarily a book I’ll read twice, but people have talked about it and it’s got me intrigued. I think it’s a horror kind of story so I’m unsure. But hey…the name caught my interest.

Tape by Steven Camden – The name, the cover, the blurb on the back…It’s not my usual kind of book, but it sounds good.

Riot by Sarah Mussi – Again, the cover caught my attention. I think I’ve seen this advertised before, but wasn’t sure about it. So that’s why I get from the library the ones I’m on the edge about. 

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – I’ve seen this around for ages, but now I finally bit the bullet and got it. 🙂

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I was meant to get this last summer. I’d entered a contemporary kick and was all over them like a crazy person. But what bit I had read of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it. So now I can read it without the added commitment…squeee! 

 

Freebies!!!

As I said before, who doesn’t like free books?! I recently got invited to a book blogger event for Maria V Snyder, promoting her new book Shadow Seeker. Though I’m shy and awkward and socially inept, I did have a good time. It was lovely to meet Maria and the many other book bloggers. I don’t usually get involved in the community like others do, so it was a bit daunting. I hadn’t known what to expect as it was my first ever blogger event, so I was surprised when they gave out goody bags at the end.

Inside these were:

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry – I loved Pushing The Limits, but didn’t necessarily like the others in that series, so I’m so happy to finally have more of Echo and Noah. 

Monster by C. J. Skuse – I’ve not heard of this before, but I guess that makes sense as it’s an advanced copy. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait to dig in.

I also got given a copy of Shadow Seeker by Maria V Snyder. It was funny because I’d only rushed out that day to get it to get signed…only to be handed one at the event. Sods law, really. I’m a few chapters in to it now and loving it! FYI the UK cover is so much better. 😛

 

I would mention what I got from Netgalley as well but I’m afraid that might make me sound worse than I feel. HaHa.

What are you reading? Any books you’re looking forward to that are out in April? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xxKatxx

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#BookTour: How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown @LBrownRoberts @entangledteen @nereydag1003

Posted 5 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

How (Not) HOWNOTTOFALL_1600pxTo Fall In Love

by Lisa Brown Roberts 

Release Date: 02/03/15

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Finding true love on the other side of the tracks was never so much fun in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary novel.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.

Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.

Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.

Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?

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Thanks for stopping by, Darcy. Let’s start with an easy question. Hobbies?

I like to make jewelry, but I don’t have much time for that. Things are sort of…chaotic right now.

You’re talking about your dad, right? What’s it like having him missing? All the rumors online about him? How do you feel about it?

How do you think I feel? It’s awful. I’m sick of reporters making stuff up and spreading lies about my dad. Everyone thinks he totally abandoned his company, and his family. Those stupid internet trolls are accusing him of embezzling a ton of money and fleeing the country. But he didn’t. I know he didn’t…

Where is he, Darcy? Have you talked to him?

(Long silence)

Darcy? A lot of people are looking for your dad. If you know where he is—

I don’t know where he is! But I know what kind of person he is. He’d never steal. And he wouldn’t just abandon my mom and me without a good reason. He’s coming back. I know he is.

David Letterman doesn’t think so. Did you see his Top 10 list of reasons why your dad bailed?

Lucas was right. I never should’ve come here. You’re just going to spread lies about my dad like all the other reporters. (Stands up to leave)

Darcy, wait, don’t storm off. Who’s Lucas?

He’s a friend. One of my only friends right now.

So he’s the protective type? Your knight in shining armor?

He’s not…we’re not…(takes a deep breath). We’re not, um, a couple.

You sure about that?

HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE by Lisa Brown Roberts

A girl who’s lost everything meets a guy who can fix anything. Just one problem: Falling in love isn’t an option.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.

Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.

But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself…if she has the courage to follow it.


lisa brown robertsAbout the Author
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.


Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter. 

 

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#Review: 4.5 stars to All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter #YA

Posted 4 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Fun, Funny, Mystery, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was given a copy off Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also…I explain at the end about what happened. 😛 Also, there may be the odd spoiler. It’s hard to tell what’s classed as a spoiler or not. Sorry in advance. If anyone spots one in time, tell me and I’ll cut it. Also, sorry it’s long. I may have gone over board on the padding thing. >_<

Forgive me, it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so I may be a bit rusty with words. All Fall Down has been the first book I’ve managed to finish in 2015, and that’s both great and sad, because I’ve been reading about 5 books… I wish I was one of those monsters that has lots of eyes. Maybe an octopus? Yeah. Then I could hold lots of books as well. *sigh*

Without sounding too basic: I really liked this book.

Now, I guess I need to…what is it you people say? ‘pad it out’? Well, alrighty then.

I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter since I first picked up I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. Which, now that I think about it, was maybe about 5 years ago? Wow, how time flies. I fell in love with the Gallagher Girls series and its characters and the basis that a girl can be a terrific spy without a dudes help!

I then followed Ally with The Heist Society, and there’s just 3 books, but I don’t care. ( I’m really hoping there’ll be more!) Because we all know Ally has something else up her sleeve. 

Yeah, like Embassy Row. Jeez, it feels like forever ago since she was talking about writing it, and now it’s HERE, and I’ve READ IT, and it’s EVERY BIT AS AMAZING AND COOL AS I EXPECTED IT TO BE!

*breathes* How’s THAT for padding out? Oh, you want more?

Grace is the main character in this fabulous tale of politics, mystery, murders and teenage rebellion. Oh and spying. There has to be spying and espionage. (Wait, isn’t that the same thing?) 

There’s even a line in the book that made me squeal, where Grace thinks “If only I knew a spy.” I just instantly thought “CAMMIE!” but that’s me going off on a tangent. ha.

The secondary characters are just as awesome. You’re first introduced to the ever elusive Alexei Volkov (I instantly thought of the evil guy from Chuck, but again…tangent) and he’s Russian (duh!) and he’s cute. I think. I can’t always trust my imagination. He’s also sworn to keep Grace out of trouble because he’s her brother, Jamie,  best friend. Confused yet? No? Good.

Then you have Noah, who runs into Grace’s (and our) life like a gust of wind, and he never fails to keep us on our toes. He’s been assigned as Grace’s best friend by Ms Chancellor (who we’ll get to in a bit.) and he’s every bit the friend. He’s trusting, caring, eager to lead Grace into trouble (or is that the other way around?). I wasn’t sure about him at first, to be honest. I much preferred to see more of Alexei. Noah seemed too..one sided. Not much to him besides acting like puppy. I don’t know.

There’s Megan and Rosie, who are pretty cool, though we don’t know much about them besides they are good at stalking and hacking into things (computers, mostly). 

Now, where was I? Grace witnessed her mothers death when she was 13, and since then she’s been haunted by  the image of what she saw there, a man with a scar on his face. She’s accused of making it up, and everyone says it was “an accident” but Grace doesn’t believe that, so when she has to move back with her Grandfather on Embassy Row, she sees the scarred man and plots to take him down, so to speak. Little does she know…literally. There’s so much plot twisting in this it almost gave me whiplash. The hidden tunnel system under the ground was genius, I must say, and made me want to know more. 

Grace and Friends go on a quest to find out what the Scarred Man is up to, after hearing some things, and finds herself caught in a web of lies and…maybe a bit of brainwashing. I’m still trying to figure it out. 

I didn’t think much to her grandfather, and I had liked Ms Chancellor up until the point where I didn’t…and then I did…see what I mean by the ‘whiplash’? It’s like “woah there slow down!” lol But yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed getting jolted here there and everywhere. I heard there was a cliffhanger, but in my opinion, I’ve read much worse. It was an ending that certainly makes you want to know what the hell is happening! But it’s not one that’s left me screaming off the rooftops. If that makes sense?

I take half a star off because, mostly, I had started reading this off an ARC I recieved off Netgalley, and if you know me, it takes a long time to read ebooks, until I got the paperback and read it much swifter. There were the odd moment where the pacing could have been better, but 98% of the time, I had no trouble. 🙂 

Can’t wait for book 2. I hear it’s set in the Med? Oooh…sweet. Anyway, that’s it from me. Go add this to your goodreads, if you haven’t already.

😀

-Kat

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#BlogTour: Paper Or Plastic by Viv Barnes @nereydag1003 @vivibarnes @entangledteen

Posted 3 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

PAPER-OR-PLASTIC-500x750Paper or Plastic

by Vivi Barnes 

Release Date: 2015

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage…

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only thing stranger than the staff is the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and completely below her social sphere—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her starting spot on the school softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst store in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

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Your first job—do you remember it? I worked in a drycleaners (manning the front), which was kind of fun, actually, because my best friend worked there as well. Shenanigans ensue when you work with your friend—as Lex quickly finds out during her summer at SmartMart.

I backed up, hefted the can in my hand and rolled it toward the boxes. Jake and I both laughed as boxes flew everywhere.

“Your turn to set up,” he said.

I couldn’t help myself. I crouched down to pick up the boxes and built a macaroni box pyramid—proud that I made four tiers instead of Jake’s three.

“Okay, your turn,” I said, turning to face Jake, but Noah was standing in his place, frowning, his arms crossed. Jake was nowhere to be seen—probably ran as soon as he caught sight of the manager.

“What are you doing?” Noah asked.

“Oh, um, I was just—“

“You can’t stack boxes of food like that. What are you thinking?”

Crap. “I’m sorry. I’ll pick it up.” My face burning, I turned back to the pyramid of boxes. It sucked being called out by Noah like that. I’d have hoped he’d have a better sense of humor. Or at least not make me feel like such a slacker.

A can rolled past me, knocking into the pyramid and scattering boxes everywhere.

I whipped around to see him smirking. “Told you,” he said. “You didn’t build it with enough support at the bottom. Way too easy.”

I picked up the can of green beans and hefted it in my hand, walking toward him slowly. His eyes widened as if he thought I was going to throw it at him, though the shit-eating grin still lingered on his face. “Your turn to set it up,” I said when I reached him. “Let’s see if an architect can build a better a pyramid.”

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Vivi Barnes is the author of Olivia Twisted and the upcoming release, Paper or Plastic. She was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. Now living in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, she divides her time writing, working, goofing off with her husband and three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. www.vivibarnes.com

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The ‘Avril (freaking!) Lavigne’ #BOOKTAG! #YA

Posted 1 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Everybody in the blogosphere seems to be doing the Taylor Swift book tag. Now, I LOVE TayTay. But I think if I were to do that, I’d be jumping on THAT particular band wagon. Time for a mix up, eh? So this time, I’m going to bring out the old school music and go for…

Avril (FREAKING!!!) Lavigne!

Granted, her older stuff is way better than the new, but who cares? Here goes my list!

(P.S. Sorry about the set up. I’ve tried it fix it like…10 times, but the alignments just won’t do what I want.)

Anything But Ordinary

 

This book. Oh this book. I got it a few months after it came out. I heard all the hype. I tried it, didn’t like it, couldn’t get into it, dropped it. Months later, tried again. Same result. A year later…I read it, and BOOM. Something in my brain clicked, and then I couldn’t get enough! This is definitely anything but ordinary!

 

 

My Happy Ending

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’d LOVED the first two, Divergent and Insurgent. I’d had hopes for Allegiant, but since so many complained about it before I’d managed to get a copy, I found myself losing faith…Why couldn’t we have worked it out?!

What The Hell?!

So this could be both ‘what hell were you thinking?” or ‘what the hell, I’m gonna like this even if you don’t!” And with that, I declare:

The Fallen series is my biggest ‘WHAT THE HELL?!” series ever. I loved it (granted, the last book was let down a bit, but the rest…great.) Now. I’m sure you’re wondering why I haven’t put Twilight under this tag. I would. But so many others have also done this, it now seems redundant.

 

Push

“Maybe you should just shut up
Even when it gets tough
Baby ‘cause this is love.
And you know when push comes to shove
It’s gonna take the both of us
Baby, this is love
Baby, this is love”

 

NEED I (or Avril?) SAY MORE? All the hearts.

Goodbye

“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my love
I can’t hide, can’t hide, can’t hide what has come

I have to go
I have to go
I have to go
And leave you alone
But always know
Always know
Always know that I love you so
I love you so
I love you so, oh”

 

Here’s To Never Growing Up

 

Pretty sure this title has to go to Harry Potter. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the books and though I know it’s read by many adults, it’s still the first fantasy book I ever picked up (at 14? I think.). I’ll never forget it. ♥

I’d put in pictures, but there are too many. haha.

 

Not Enough

The House Of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast.

Sorry, but I’d loved these books…and then by book 9 they just started to get ridiculous. I can’t believe they’re still going, or have just finished –  I lost track. It saddens me when this happens.

“I’m sorry if this hurts you
But I tried to keep what we had once I was wrong
It wasn’t keeping me awake

You didn’t listen, you didn’t hear me
When I said I want more, I got no more
You weren’t stealing me away

It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To give me what it is I want
It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To get me everything I need
And I, I wish it was
I think it’s time to give this up”

4 Real

“‘Cause I’m 4 real, are you 4 real?
I can’t help myself, it’s the way I feel
When you look me in the eyes, like you did last night
I can’t stand to hear you say goodbye

Well, it feels so right ’cause it feels so right
Just to have you standing by my side
So don’t let me go ’cause you have my soul
And I just wanted you to know

I don’t wanna look back ’cause I know that we have
Something the past could never change
And now I’m stuck in the moment and my heart is open
Tell me that you feel the same.”

The award goes to:

Silver Shadows Collage

I can’t believe this series is coming to an end, with Ruby Circle being the last book. *hear my cries!* I’m going to miss Adrian. SYDRIAN FEELS EVERYWHERE! And just…the whole world that Richelle Mead has created. I look forward to what she does next, but I don’t know…will it…CAN it…top this?

The Best Damn Thing

It’s a toss up between:

       AND          

I recently discovered the Geek Girl series and I am in love, but then Silver Shadows was the best thing ever and….*sigh*

 

When You’re Gone

“When you’re gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you’re gone
The face I came to know is missing too

When you’re gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through
The day and make it ok
I miss you”

Yeah, I really miss this. I reread all the time, but it’s not really the same, is it?

Innocence

“It’s the state of bliss you think you’re dreaming
It’s the happiness inside that you’re feeling
It’s so beautiful, it makes you wanna cry.”

This book was one raved about book and I am so glad it came into my world. I loved it. The world, the people, the story itself…

All the hearts!

 Wish You Were Here

This goes for several series that have ended, but the biggest one (and yes, I know she hasn’t ended the world of Shadowhunters, she has finished this series!) has to be:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

I actually wanted to put Twilight, lol. I really want to. Can I have two? I think…okay. So this song goes to both Twilight and TMI AND TID and well okay SO many. But yeah…you get the picture. *sniffles*

Last but not least!

Smile

“Yo-u said “Hey,
What’s your name?”
It took one look
And now we’re not the same
Yeah you said “Hey.”
And since that day
You stole my heart
And you’re the one to blame”

‘Nuff said. 😀

Lyrics from MetroLyrics and pictures from goodreads and google.

I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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Review: 4.5 stars to Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale #Funny #UKYA

Posted 10 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, YA / 3 Comments

by Holly, Smale
four-half-stars

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.”

It’s the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

 

 

 

Review:

Wow. The Geek Girl series has to be, as of now, one of my favourite series. Granted, it’s a completely different kind of genre than I usually read, and is aimed at a much younger age group, but it does the job just as well. It makes me laugh, it makes me almost want to cry (true story!) and it makes me wish I could jump into the story and give Harriet Manners a really big hug.

If you’ve read the previous two books, you’ll know that Harriet is a Geek (actually I think she’s more a nerd…but oh well) and she’s got one best friend and a stalker. She’s also too smart for her own good. But there are situations she doesn’t know anything about, and naturally those are the things she’s thrown into.

Harriet is so sweet. She writes these lists and plans what to do, and then it’s almost sad when they fall through. Here she’s preparing for Sixth Form and then her dad announces they’re moving to New York.

Have you ever read a book full of just…so much…but you just don’t know how to sum it up?

There are funny, laugh out loud, moments, but if I’m honest, this part of Harriet’s story had a lot more depth. Among the humour there was so much heart. She tries so hard to fit in, and lets people lead her into situations she has no control over, and it’s so sad. And like with many coming of age stories, she soon learns her lesson and I’ll admit, I almost cried in one particular scene when she realises her mistakes. I could feel how much she regretted what she’d done.

She’s all for wanting to be grown up, but come on, at 16 years old you rarely know for certain who you are or what you’ll become. You also never really realise the consequences of your actions until it’s far too late. I think that’s why I felt so sorry for Harriet, but also kind of admired her for trying to break out and try. I wish I’d had those guts at 16. Hell, I’d take them guts now. o.O

So over all, I feel like I’m watching one long movie and seeing this wonderful character grow before my eyes, from a girl to a young lady and it’s rather heartwarming. I give full marks to Holly for writing such a  joy to read. I can’t wait for All That Glitters. 🙂

-Kat

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#YA releases in #2015 – TOP 20

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Funny, Mature, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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So for the past few years I’ve assembled a list of books released in the year, month by month. But because of time and effort, I’ve decided to compile my top 20 most anticipated books in Young Adult!

In no particular order:

1: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead

It’ll be such a shame to see this amazing series end. I have loved every book of Bloodlines, just as I had with Vampire Academy. I’m really excited to see how it ends. Sad, too.

2) The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3) by Maureen Johnson

It seems like decades ago since book 2 was released. After that cliff hanger, I thought I wouldn’t survive the wait, but here I am. Alive and kicking and screaming, wanting book 3!

3) The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

When The One was released, I read it as fast as I could and then suffered from the biggest book-hangover. The prospect of having MORE of these adorable characters….words fail me.

4) End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3) by Susan Ee

I was a late comer to this partaaay! But I fell in love with Penryn and Raffe, and can’t wait for more.

5) All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Yikes! It feels like forever since the Gallagher Girls series ended, and then you had Heist Society which seems to have gone on a break – and I’m very excited for All Fall Down. The wait is nearly over!

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

What can I say? It’s Rainbow!

7) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve heard a lot about this book and I look forward to putting the rumours to rest. I’m sure I’ll love it!

8) Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters kicking butt…just the way I like it. 🙂

9) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han

I wasn’t sure if there was ever going to be a sequel, but here we are. And I am bouncing.

10) All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4) by Holly Smale

I’ve yet to finish Geek Girl 3 (I’d been reading it in the book shop because I’m waiting for it come out in paperback) but am hopping with excitement over book 4!

11) The Selection Stories: The Queen & The Favorite (The Selection, #0.4, #2.6) by Keira Cass

It’s Kiera. End of discussion.

12) Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

I’ve enjoyed Maria’s other word (Poison Study series, and I’ve got the others somewhere…) so I’m looking forward to this.

13) The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

I missed Rachel’s work. I loved the Soul Screamer series, and this sounds just as good!

14) Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters. LOVE IT!

15) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Interested.

16) Menagerie (Menagerie, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Another new gem from Rachel and I can’t freaking WAIT!

17) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I heard this is a Middle Grade story, but I don’t care. I heart Tahereh’s writing so much. She’s just…perfection.

18) Burn (The Rephaim, #4) by Paula Weston

Ahhhhhh! This has to be one of the most underrated series ever. I love these.

19) Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles, #2) by Lauren DeStefano

SQUEEE!

20) Please Remain Calm (This Is Not a Test, #2) by Courtney Summers

Book 1 was wild. Book 2 must be CRAZY.

As you can see most of these are continuations of a series, but there are a few that are new. Let me know what you’re excited for in the comments below. 😀

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#Promo: Miles From Kara by Melissa West

Posted 8 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance / 0 Comments

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 The Charleston Haven Series (stand – alone) ❤

New Adult Contemporary 

Releasing December 2, 2014 

Published by Penguin/InterMix 

Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…
Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.
Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.
Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin…

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TEASER!!

Colt started to say something, then shook his beer. “I’m out. Want another?”


Three? I’d nursed the second one, so I wasn’t feeling it just yet, and I’d already said and done more than I would have if I were fully sober. I should stop. I should let my buzz wear off and go sleep in Ethan’s room. But instead, I kicked off my sandals and pulled my legs crisscross on the sofa. “All right, I’ll have another,” I said, mimicking his accent.

He grinned. “Very funny. You know you have an accent, too.”

Yeah, but mine’s not nearly as sexy.” As soon as the words slipped from my mouth, my eyes went wide and I covered my mouth, my face burning. “I . . .” There was nothing I could say to take it back.

His grin switched to a smirk and he cocked his hip against the kitchen counter, crossing his arms so his biceps bulged against the tightness of his T-shirt. “You think I sound sexy, huh? What else do you think of me?” He started toward me, a slow strut that made my insides ignite. His dirty blond hair fell over his eyes as he studied me. His jaw was covered in fine stubble and I found myself wishing I could run my fingers across it. I flushed.

Nothing.”


All right. How about I tell you what I think of you?” I started to argue, but he continued before I could get a word out. “I think you’re smart, though you doubt yourself. I think you’re kind, though you’re hard on yourself. I think you’re funny and your laugh draws attention no matter where you are.” He was standing before me now, staring down, his presence a force I couldn’t ignore. “And I think you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen in my life. So beautiful, in fact, I have a hard time being around you . . . without staring.”

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 About the Author 

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Miles From Kara by Melissa West #NA #Contemporary

Posted 2 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Giveaways, New Adult, Release Day Blitz, Romance / 0 Comments

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The Charleston Haven Series (stand – alone)

New Adult Contemporary

Release: December 2, 2014

Published by Penguin/InterMix

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ iBooks
Google Play ~ Kobo

Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin…

Add to your Goodreads list!

TEASER

Colt took a step in my direction. “Can I ask you a question, Kara?”


My eyes drifted up to his. He was so close now, close enough that I could smell his woodsy scent. Most guys smelled like cologne or soap, but Colt was all earthy. All male. It was too much. “Maybe,” I said, unwilling to offer more.

Why do you stay with him?”

Of all the questions I expected to hear out of his mouth, that wasn’t one of them. It was the one question I couldn’t answer, even to myself. I drew an uncomfortable breath and shook my head, my gaze finding the floor. “What do you mean?”

Another step. “You know what I mean.”


Why do you care?”


He paused, his arms still at his sides, his heart beating noticeably in his chest. “I don’t know.”

Our eyes met, and in his gaze I saw the same war that brewed in my heart. This wasn’t right, yet I couldn’t keep myself away. The moment drew on, an electric charge building all around us. Every nerve in my body ached to close the distance between us, to see if his skin felt as warm as it looked. I wanted to trace the lines of his tattoos. I wanted to hear and feel his breath on my face. I swallowed hard, my resolve to be the good girl my mom raised me to be faltering.

About the Author

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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He took a step toward me. God, I loved

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: The Trouble With Faking by Rachel Morgan @MarkMyWordsPR #Contemporary

Posted 2 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Release Day Blitz, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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  The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan  

   Release Day Blitz  

  December 2, 2014!! 

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After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumour’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they really want to be with. Brilliant plan, right? Especially since Damien is the guy Andi’s always wanted. But now there’s Mike, the guy Andi’s pretending to be interested in for the sake of the fake relationship plan, and Noah, Damien’s annoying best friend—who is so not Andi’s type—and suddenly the plan isn’t looking so brilliant anymore.

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Rachel Morgan is a South African author who spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy-land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.

She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

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