Wednesday, May 30, 2012

book cover Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Egmont
Release Date: February 14, 2012
ISBN: 978-1606842633

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: none
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place—possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home. But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"—a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind. As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined—a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.

Leslie's Review:
Unlike my sister, I'm not a huge fan of mysteries. I think they're okay and sometimes interesting but I don't really get caught in the piecing together of clues. But for this book, The Butterfly Clues, I found myself doing just that--which made this quite a thrilling mystery read and enjoyable for me despite some minor issues.

It was the sudden suspense of the beginning that really caught my attention--from the first page of the book I was thrown into Lo's complicated life and perspective. And for a while after that, Lo's exciting adventures of twists and turns had me at the edge of my seat. But when I got about halfway through the book, I was getting restless. Eventually it came down to the mystery being dragged out too long that I was getting bored and frustrated. Lo would be so close and then get thrown off yet again by another perplexing clue--and that would happen again and again and again. This might be appealing to someone like my sister who loves that kind of stuff but it drove me bonkers! Thankfully though, towards the end of the book, Lo was finally getting onto something, and when she did, I was completely surprised and got into the book again.

Another aspect of the book that grew throughout the story was Lo and Flynt's relationship. I liked how it was really sweet. I especially loved how Flynt totally understood Lo and loved and accepted her for who she was. But, I also thought Lo and Flynt's relationship was a bit too insta-love to be convincing for me. Other than that, I liked the couple overall and the ending they had together was lovely.

All in all, The Butterfly Clues is a thrilling, suspenseful read with a lot of action that I enjoyed and recommend to anyone who is craving a nice mystery YA. This book is a debut novel by Kate Ellison, and I look forward to reading more by her in the future.
Why Leslie covets Beautiful Redemption: The series is amazing! And I have a lot of burning questions that I want answered.

book coverBeautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
(LBYR; out October 23, 2012)
Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

Why Michelle covets Archangel's Storm: Well, first, Nalini is a hell of a writer! I'm a huge fan of both her series (Guild Hunter and Psy-Changeling). Second, I'm dying to know more about the mysterious Jason and his heroine. And, of course, I can't to delve into the Guild Hunter world again and revisit all the wonderful characters.

book coverArchangel's Storm (Guild Hunter #5) by Nalini Singh
(Berkley Sensation; out September 4, 2012)
Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.
For more info about Beautiful Redemption and Archangel's Storm, click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
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"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here. It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I got NEW books!! (3)

Sunday, May 27, 2012 with
I got two books in the mail this week for review:
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (for review)
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (unsolicited)

And I purchased two books for my Kindle: (I Kristan Higgins!!)
Too Good to be True by Kristan Higgins
Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

Did YOU get any new books? Let us know! We'd love to see your new additions to your bookshelf.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fated Trailer and Giveaway

Thursday, May 24, 2012 with
We are excited to present to you the trailer for Alyson Noel's new series called Soul Seekers. The first book is Fated and is out in stores now!

But read on for a chance to win Fated.

book coverFated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel
(St. Martin's Press; out May 22, 2012)
The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.
But first, the trailer: (it's a really good one too--one of the best I've seen in a while!)

Now that you've read the summary and seen the trailer you want to win the book, right?

All you gotta do to add your name to the hat (or Rafflecopter in this case) is to tell us what you thought of the trailer in the comments.

Open to US residents only. Ends June 7th. Good luck!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why Michelle covets this book: Anna Dressed in Blood was my favorite paranormal read of 2011--it was one of the few paranormal YAs that truly made me excited to read paranormal YA again.

I'm counting down the days I can get my hands on Girl of Nightmares. After the ending of Anna, I am dying to know what happened to Anna... I seriously need this book NAO!!

WARNING: If you haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood and hate spoilers, don't read the summary for Girl of Nightmares below. It totally spoils Anna.

book coverGirl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake
(Tor Teen; out August 7, 2012)
It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

For more info about Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares, visit check out the author's website. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
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"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here. It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

book cover Mass market: 400 pages 
Publisher: Forever
 Release Date: May 22, 2012
ISBN: 9781455503728
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Lucky Harbor #4 (standalone)
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she's expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she'd like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he's only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he's gone...
For the first time in his life, Ty can't bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn't -- including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all...anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.

Michelle's Review:
Lucky in Love is my favorite book in the Lucky Harbor series so far. It has the heavier emotion I prefer in my romances but it also had its funny moments. Lucky in Love is also a bit more steamier than the previous novels in this series which is a plus.

I enjoyed both Mallory and Ty's characters. The chemistry crackles between them and it was fun watching them fall for each other despite both wanting to keep things light and commitment-free. Both were very likable. I saw a lot of myself in Mallory--it's not often I find heroines I can relate to. And Ty was just plain yummy! He was a genuinely good guy despite him starting off reclusive and pushing everyone away. Both Ty and Mallory had issues to work through and some growing up to do. It was great watching their character development throughout the book especially Mallory, who was a pushover in the beginning, gain assertiveness and self-confidence.

The town of Lucky Harbor is always fun to visit. I love reading about the close-knit community and its crazy, gossip-loving, meddling locals. Nosy, old blue-haired Lucille (the keeper of the town's Facebook page with all the latest town gossip) is back and she is as zany as ever. I seriously want to live in Lucky Harbor!

Although Lucky in Love is being labeled as the fourth book in the Lucky Harbor series, it actually starts a new Lucky Harbor trilogy that focuses on three new women--the Chocoholics group. And to go with the chocolate theme, there were fun chocolate quotes at the beginning of each chapter that made me crave chocolate the entire time I was reading this novel.

Unlike the first three, which was just good reads for me, this novel is fantastic and the new trilogy has truly caught my interest. It is just as readable as the other novels but there's an extra oomph in this one that has me turning the pages faster. I love how Mallory and Ty got together and the female friendship between the women! I am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy especially since we get glimpses of the simmering tension between of Amy and sexy forest ranger Matt in this book. Definitely excited to read their story and to once again visit Lucky Harbor!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

We got NEW books!! (2)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 with
It's great week for us in books! I got three new review books that I am very much looking forward to reading:
Michelle's Books
Imperial Scandal by Teresa Grant (for review)
Sweet Spot by Kate Angell (for review)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (unsolicited)

I also got swag from Megan Miranda (author of Fracture) who sent me a signed bookplate, a signed Fracture and signed Slide bookmark. My copy of Monument 14 came with a Fierce Reads temporary tattoo.

I won Croaked by Gina Damico and I had it sent to Maui to my sister. Gina also sent us swag!
Croak by Gina Damico + swag
(Thank you Gina!)

Did YOU get any new books? Let us know! We'd love to see your new bookshelf additions.

Friday, May 18, 2012

About a month ago I bought something that I swore I would never buy: an e-reader.

Yup, I've switched over the "dark side."

We began our blog in 2009, just when e-readers were gaining popularity but I've always been adamant about my love for physical books and only physical books.

But e-readers have always been in the back of my mind. It's kind of hard to not be aware of 'em as a book blogger ...and, in the last year, as a library and information science grad student--e-readers and e-books are hot topics in the library world.

Then, on a whim, I entered HarperTeen's Pretty Crooked promo giveaway and I ended up winning a signed copy of the novel and a $100 gift card. After a few weeks of weighing the pro's and con's (the biggest pro being that as a future librarian it's important that I have personal experience with the technology so I can have a true opinion about it), I eventually took my winning as a sign that maybe it's time I get myself an e-reader.

So, I ordered the $79 Kindle just because it's the cheapest and it had great reviews--I didn't want to get one that is more expensive when I wasn't really sure I would totally love it...

And after using it for a month, I find myself really liking it and I think I might eventually love it even. I'm having a ball with Netgalley and Edelweiss. I love that you can get books like that **snaps fingers**.

And the reading experience is no different from reading from a physical book... Well, I find it more comfortable reading a physical book while lying in bed. I can't quite find a comfortable position with with the e-reader in my hands and simultaneously press the button to go to the next page. As I do most of my reading in bed, that might be a problem...

So, I guess this post is my bookish confession that I, the former Miss Anti-E-books-and-E-readers, after resisting for years, have gotten myself my a Kindle.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book I Covet: Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 with
Why Michelle covets this book: Legend was my favorite dystopian read of 2011 and I cannot wait to find out what will happen next to June and Day in Prodigy.

But, hot damn, it doesn't come out until next year... Well, that just means if you haven't read Legend yet you have time to do so. ;)

I really like the cover of Prodigy as well, much more than Legend (which I thought was too plain).

book coverProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
(Putnam; out January 29, 2013)
The Elector Primo of the Republic has died, with his son assuming power over what’s left of the USA’s West Coast as it teeters on full-blown chaos. June and Day join up with Patriot rebels so they can rescue Day’s brother and head east for the Colonies. In order to help, though, the rebels want June and Day to kill the new Elector, who may pose an even greater threat than his father.

For more info about Prodigy, visit check out the author's website. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
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"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here. It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

book cover Mass Market: 384 pages 
Publisher: Avon
 Release Date: May 29, 2012
ISBN: 9780062072900
Source of my e-galley: publisher
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #2**
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is…
But she's managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge — in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy—no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly tempted her, and it's getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.
Daniel Smythe-Smith might be in mortal danger…
But that's not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family's annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she's a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending…

Michelle's Review:
Although I've read a couple of books by Julia Quinn in the past, she is not an author I often read. Her romance novels are more on the light, fluffy side and mild in the "steam" level whereas I prefer my romance novel reads with lots more angst and on the hotter end of the steam level. However, I was inspired to pick up A Night Like This after seeing a Q&A video featuring the author and I thought I'd give her newest a try.

Overall, it was just an okay read for me. The pacing was uneven: nothing really big happened in the first two-thirds of novel and the plot only picked up once the villain and his intentions were revealed.

What I liked:
Daniel Smythe-Smith. He was exiled after a foolish duel where he accidentally shoot his friend in the leg, permanently disabling him. On the day he returned to London, he met Anne Wynter and falls for her. As a reader, you get to know Daniel right away and he was an all-around nice guy. He really loves his family and he was very patient in getting Anne to open up.

Harriet, Elizabeth and Frances: The true stars of the novel were Daniel's cousins, the three Pleinsworth girls Anne was the governess for, Harriet, Elizabeth and especially unicorn-obsessed Frances. They were funny and stole every scene they were in.

The dialogue and banter between the characters.

The fact that we readers don't know whether the villain was from Daniel's past or from Anne's past and who he was truly after.

My issues:
The moment Daniel sees Anne, he fell for her. This is just me, but I am not a fan of "love at first sight" type of meeting between the hero and the heroine.

I would've liked to see a relationship develop between Anne and Daniel's mother. I haven't read the first book in the series so there might've been interactions between Anne and Daniel's mom there but I thought there would be some hesitance on the mom's part when it came to Anne for Daniel. I mean, the family know nothing about her and she obviously has a past that Daniel is now caught up in too. I just thought since she just got her son back, there would be more of a reaction on her part than just insta-acceptance.

Some scenes were dragged out more than they should have been, like the scenes where Daniel, Anne and the Pleinsworth girls were chatting at the breakfast table or the reading and acting out a play written by Harriet. The scenes, although fun and I enjoyed them, were overly long and didn't add to or move the plot.

Final Thoughts:
A Night Like This was an okay read. Like I said, it's not my type of romance novel but I was entertained by the story despite my issues. It has the signature Julia Quinn charm and fun dialogue/banter and I think fans for Julia Quinn will devour it right quick.

**A Night Like This is the second book in the Symthe-Smith quartet but you do not need to read the first book to enjoy this one.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

We got NEW books!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012 with
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, especially to ours! We love you mom. Thank you for... everything.

My sister and I added a bunch of awesome titles to our bookshelves! We are super excited to read these. First up, what I got this week:
Michelle's Young Adult Books
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
[CoLS is for Leslie. I bought it for her. I've never any of Clare's books.]
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Michelle's Romance Novels
A Woman Made For Pleasure by Michele Sinclair (for review)
The Rake by Mary Jo Putney (for review)
Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks (bought)

I already got an ARC a couple of months ago but Berkeley Romance (thank you!!) also sent me [a surprise] hardcover finished copy of Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh. Eeeepp!!
I'm crazy for Nalini Singh and her Psy-Changeling series (as well as her Guild Hunter series). Lol, I'm crazy for Nalini's books period. 

Leslie got a bunch of awesome books back on Maui too!! These are the books she got in the last two weeks.
Leslie's Young Adult Books
Revived by Cat Patrick
Earthseed by Pamela Sargent
Purity by Jackson Pearce
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
(All of these books are for review. Thank you to LBYR and Tor Teen for sending the books!)

Did YOU get any new books? Let us know! We'd love to see your new bookshelf additions.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

book cover Trade Paperback: 352 pages 
Publisher: Gallery Books
 Release Date: February 14, 2012
ISBN: 9781451657470
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: none
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers—a gift aided by the secret “birthing spoons” she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can Hannah refuse her duty to a suffering woman? Hannah’s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the baby and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life.

Michelle's Review:
I don't usually read historical fiction (unless it's a romance novel) but I was drawn to the cover of The Midwife of Venice and after reading the summary and a few reviews, I've surmised that there's no crazy affairs and/or secret lovers in the novel. This novel is not a Philippa Gregory type of historical fiction with all the crazy drama and romantic entanglements--and that means it my preferred kind of historical fiction.

After I flipped the last page, I was surprised by how much I really, really enjoyed this novel. I liked that the story alternates between Hannah, a Jewish midwife, and her husband, Issac, who has been captured at sea and was sold into slavery in Malta. The alternating point-of-view between the characters allowed the reader to be transported to Hannah's dark, gritty Venice and then to Issac's sunny Malta and I love that contrast in the setting. But at the heart of The Midwife of Venice was the deep love Hannah and Issac has for each other.  Readers "see" first-hand the struggles Hannah and Issac went through to get back to each other.

Although Hannah and Issac were wonderful, three-dimensional characters, some of secondary characters (mainly the Conte, his wife and the Conte's brothers) could have been a bit more fleshed out. The plot had one weak point for me. I felt there could have been more to the story of the Conte and his wife since they were such big, important characters for the first half the book. I do not want to give anything away so I won't go into any details, but how they exited the story made me go "What? That's it?" Also, I would have liked an of epilogue as well--although I was happy with the ending, it was abrupt.

This novel is definitely well-written and well-research. I know next to nothing about the customs of the Jewish religion or the treatment of Jews by Christians in 16th century Venice and I really enjoyed learning about that in this book. I was also fascinated (and sometimes repulsed) by what a midwife had to do to bring a baby to world and what they may do during a difficult birth. I appreciated the glossary and the list of books for further reading the author provided at the end of the book.

I definitely recommend The Midwife of Venice. It had great characters, especially in Hannah and Issac, set during a very interesting time in history and the plot weaves in a number of fascinating subjects. The ending was abrupt but it may have been deliberate as there may be a sequel in the works? I hope there is. I'd love to read more about Hannah and Issac.
Why Michelle covets this book: I fell in love with Meant To Be after reading the synopsis. It promises to be a giddy-worthy romantic contemporary young adult read.

I gotta say I have yet to read a YA contemporary that equals the awesomeness of Anna and the French Kiss. Is Meant To Be it?

book coverMeant To Be by Lauren Morrill
(Delacorte; out November 13, 2012)
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.
For more info about Meant To Be, visit check out the author's website. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here. It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Monday, May 7, 2012

After a week-and-a-half long blogging hiatus, I am back and, man, it is good to be back! I missed blogging but it was also good to take a break and truly focus on just school. Unfortunately, I still have one more paper and one more presentation to do but I am already on summer mode...

I love summers! I love the extra free time. I love the sunny weather. I love that I have more time to just sit and read. I cannot wait for it to be officially summer!

I do not want my first blog post in a while to be too content-heavy, so instead of a review post like I initially planned to do when I sat down to do this blog post, I am instead going to debut a new blog feature called "3 Pretty Covers and a Synopsis" that I am planning to do here once in a while.

We will be highlighting four upcoming books: three chosen for their pretty covers (we are cover whores here!) and one chosen for its fantastic, I-want-to-read-it-NOW synopsis.

This week, my picks are romance novels.

Covers Pick
book cover 1 book cover 2 book cover 3
These books sound wonderful as well from their synopsis (especially A Woman Made For Pleasure because I love the "childhood friends turned lovers" trope) but the first thing that caught my attention were their pretty covers.

Synopsis Pick
Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas
book cover
Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage—and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.

It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more… Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabelle, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife…

As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship—or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?
For more information about the books featured today, click on their covers to take you to their Goodreads page.

I will be posting my review of The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich. Hope you stop by then!