Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The bomb right? Well Hell yea it was the bomb and a whole lot of diggity!
|Here I am with my book (if I were a boy) and had the |
actual book instead of e-book ;)
|Next I took to the bottle!|
I want it NOWWWW!
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Saturday, January 19, 2013
When you read as many YA Contemporary Romance novels as many of us book bloggers do you tend to occasionally grow what I call the “Grinch’s heart”.
After a while sweet love stories filled with the hot bad boy and the goody two shoes girl or the teens with the angsty pasts, or perhaps it’s the overprotected sheltered girl who learns to open up finally, can become just another story.
Don’t get me wrong I love them all, I do! I love contemporary romance novels and I really love the YA/NA genre. But, I have to admit that sometimes they are just another story I’m reading and I don’t feel the impact because I read so many.
That is not the case with Unmaking Hunter Kennedy! This story was so dang sweet that my little Grinch’s heart couldn’t help but grow THREE sizes bigger as I read this book.
Teenage rock God, Hunter Kennedy, suffers somewhat of a meltdown (think Britney Spears and the infamous head shaving) and is sent packing to small town Colorado to come to grips with his mistakes.
There he meets terminally boy shy Vere Roth and her family who help him “unmake” himself from every teenage girls dream to every teenage kids nightmare.
The end result:
Oh my goodness this is the most clueless and “adorkable” couple of kids I think I may have ever read about.
Vere, with her amazingly awful clothing and horrible social skills is the exact opposite of somewhat stuck up and very stand-offish rock star Hunter. They are such a great pair as they remake Hunter into a major teenage dork. Hunter teaches Vere how to open up and start relaxing around boys and Vere teaches Hunter that perhaps not everyone around him is out for what he can give them, maybe?!
This is seriously one cute book. The awkwardness of these characters makes you cringe. They are so real and true to life. The dialogue is witty and fun. The premise is a change from many YA romances.
I recommend this story to lovers of YA romances and gave it 5 feathers! This is a clean romance story made for teens but enjoyable for all.
As a youth mentor I LOVE to find books I can recommend to my teens and this is certainly one you can suggest to the teens in your life. There are even parents (gasp!) involved in the story. Good loving ones at that! :)
I actually love that I had a conversation with the author about how younger teens need love too! This is such a great book about the discovery of love and yourself in the tumultuous teen years! It would make a totally fun series on the CW too...maybe someone should make a call?!?
Swoonworthiness? Yes! Hunter is sweet rockstar once he gets over his initial issues. He is fun and cute and by the end of the book he is so loveable the I didn’t want it to end.
I hope you take a chance on this book and let me know what you think!!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Why, you ask?
Well because not only did she release Book 2, Awaken, in the series back in October but she is about to release #3, Chosen, at the end of the month!!
I am a baaaaddddd, bad blogger because I had every intention of sharing Awaken with you before now! Better late than never though right???
So here you go...
The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
My gushy mushy very short review:
Words can NOT even describe this book. I love it!! Kristen takes all the things you love about Forsaken and then adds even more. This book get's darker (really darker!) in a way I wasn't expecting but soooo loved.
Finn is still totally sexy and mysterious and his relationship with Stasia is still fabulous. This one is a nail biter that takes you to the underworld and leaves you breathless with an ending that will make you glad that Chosen is just a few weeks away!!
Here is my proof of how great Forsaken and Awaken are:
I did a Read 2 Review with both of these books on my Goodreads group page for Kristen. Here is what they rated the books:
Forsaken - 23 readers and the rating average was 4.6! Two 3's and the rest all 4 or 5*
Awaken- 23 readers and the rating average was 4.69! Two 4's and the rest were 5*
Seriously if you love young adult paranormal books with a little magic, mythology and fantasy you MUST try this series out!
Oh Nadia!! I can NOT wait to see her get what's coming to her! Kristen knows that I will be knocking on her door the second she pushed the publish button so I can read this one. I NEED it NOW!
Chosen is due out January 29th to catch up on Forsaken and Awaken if you haven't already
and add Chosen to your TBR Shelf !
Also, for you UtopYA peeps...Kristen will be there with a booth so be sure to read these book before you get to meet her in person!! I for one can not wait to get me some signed paperbacks! These are worthy of adding to my bookshelves for sure!
About the Author
I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.
When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.
Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of
water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive
imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet
for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these
days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy
Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest
books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses,
swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy
comfort of her office.
I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.
Amazon Author Page
Barnes & Nobel Author Page
BOOKS BY M. LEIGHTON
Beginnings: An M. Leighton Anthology
Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: To Kill an Angel
Down to You
Madly & Wolfhardt
Madly & the Jackal
The Wild Ones
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