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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout Book Review

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Source: Trade

Pages: 304 Pages
Release Date: February 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making. Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.
I can't even tell you how excited I am about this book. I just recently heard about it, but I'm already dying to read a copy....so if anybody gets an ARC and wants to share, just let me know! Why am I so excited? JUST LOOK AT IT!! It's gorgeous! But more importantly, it looks like it's going to be an exceptional fantasy and we all know how I can't get enough of that genre! A unique (and completely original) setting, a tough heroine, magic, dangerous missions, and you can't forget that "future king" part. Please let the wait for this book pass quickly! 

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!


That One Summer by C.J Duggan Blog Tour Stop

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Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens Book Review

An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction. 

 Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth. 
 
A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White Book Review

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.
The sisters have been m
anipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.
But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.



Source: Edelweiss
Pages: 232 pages
Release Date: February 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #57

Hi, everyone! It's Ariella here :) These are all the books I got from the past month.

Bought


The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson: I already read this book and I felt like it was okay. Loved the ending though!

Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau: Already read this one as well and I loved it!


Cress by Marissa Meyer: Got two copies! One's for a friend since I'm going to a signing today! :)

Gifted


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: I read this one a long time ago but I don't really remembered what happened. I'll just have to re-read it!

Let the Sky Fall: I also read this one a long time ago. I can't wait for Let the Storm Break!

Eleanor & Park: Loved this book!


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: I've been meaning to get this book forever but now I got it, great timing! 

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier: This one looks really interesting and I've seen this everywhere. I haven't had time to read it though.

Legacy of the Clockwork Key: I always wanted to read this one too! Now that I got it, I really need to read it!

Thank you to Montana for the awesome present! :D

That's all I got for this month. What did you get this week? I'd love to check your haul out :)

My name's Ariella and I'm a 15 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!

Cover Reveals: Perfect Couple, Mortal Heart, and Take Me On

There's been so many amazing cover reveals these past few weeks! I originally was just going to spotlight one cover, but then two more were revealed that I love. Here they all are: 

Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)

Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.
Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

What do you think of all the new covers? I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor Book Review


Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.
Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.
Even when she isn't sure what to say.
Even when Olivia misses months of school.
Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.
The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.
In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe's unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Waiting On Wednesday: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3)
In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:
TEAM WATCHER relies on King Gaius’s cruelty and Lucia’s powers to unlock the Kindred.TEAM CLEO slays with sweetness and the secret that they hold the key to controlling Lucia’s overwhelming magic.TEAM KRAESHIA will stop at nothing—including deceit and betrayal—to seize the Kindred and claim Mytica as their own.
Whoever wins will control the fate of Mytica—but fate can be fickle when magic is involved…

I'm really excited for the release of this book but I can hardly wait until it's release in December. The last book (which was just as good as the first) had a bit of a cliffhanger and I desperately want to know what is going to happen!! I really like the writing style and the plot is really intense. I also love the cover, it's so mysterious! And really fantasy like :)

Girly For Life
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt Book Review

Bright Before Sunrise
When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, "miserable" doesn't even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother's first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real... until she breaks up with him.
For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she's really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She's determined to change his mind, and when they're stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance.
Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.? One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself.
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 288 pages
Release Date: February 18, 2014

Solving For Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans Blog Tour Stop












Hi! I'm so happy to have the chance to feature Leigh Ann Kopans, the author of Solving For Ex, on the blog today. I'm currently reading Solving 
For Ex and loving it so far! :) Here's the interview: 

Which Jane Austen novel is your all time favorite?

Mansfield Park, which is why I wanted so badly to write a retelling! Though Sense and Sensibility is a close second. 

Was Solving For Ex easier or harder to write than your previous two books?

It was easier in a way, and harder in a way.  Easier because I already knew the basic plot – some key things that had to happen, some essential traits of characters,  how it had to end – but harder because I had to figure out how to re-mold the story to be palatable for a contemporary audience.

Are there any other YA genres that you’d like to eventually write in? 

For now,  I’m pretty comfortable in sci-fi and romance, though I could see myself exploring the mystery genre someday. 

How long did it take you to write Solving For Ex?

The draft took about seven weeks, and I spent another few weeks on revisions and edits. Probably three months, total. 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors? 

It sounds so cliché and awful, but just keep going. Write more and more and more, read as much as you can for pleasure and for critique. Keep working, and eventually you’ll hit the sweet spot when you KNOW your work is good. 

What do you like to do when you’re not reading or writing? 

I’m a fairly solitary person, so quiet walks with my favorite music, or watching TV or movies, are big favorites. I even like long, quiet drives, as long as I’m driving (I get carsick.)

Quick Questions:

Action or Comedy? Action. I think comedy can get too slapstick and my face hurts from trying to laugh too much. 

Dystopian or Sci-Fi? Sci-Fi! Constant imminent danger feels exhausting. 

Chocolate or Vanilla?  CHOCOLATE.

Hawaii or New York? Right now? Hawaii. It’s so freaking cold.

Solving for Ex1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess

SIMPLIFY.

Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy. 

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.

SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.
There's also an amazing giveaway! 





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February 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up


Hi everyone! Here's the review link-up for the second month of the YA Contemporary Challenge. There's another prize pack giveaway this month, which is international. If you'd like to join the challenge and haven't already, you can sign up here. Thanks to all of the participants and happy reading! :)

Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Swag for Solving For Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans





Valentine's Day Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day! For this giveaway, the winner will get to choose two books of their choice from the options below and they'll also win a heart shaped book necklace of their choice from this store. This giveaway is international and the entry form is below:

Better off FriendsWhite Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)Love Me (Starstruck, #2)Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Cruel BeautyHeartbeatBright Before Sunrise
















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Also Known As by Robin Benway Book Review

Also Known As (Also Known As, #1)
Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?
Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three digits, why bother locking it at all?)
But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she's attending a private school with hundreds of "mean girl" wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school's elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat... all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world's greatest spies don't have a mission plan for love.

Source: Netgalley
Pages: 318
Release Date: February 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

The Art of Lainey
Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him 
back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame. 
Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn't going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him... 
Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what's really worth fighting for.
I'm on the street team for this one, and The Art of Lainey sounds like so much fun. The synopsis alone sounds hilarious, especially the "Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield?" part. What are you waiting on? :)


Split Second by Kasie West Book Review


Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)Life can change in a split second.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the 
future w
hen presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

Source: Publisher
Pages: 360 Pages
Release Date: February 11, 2014