Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Stack of Books!! YAY!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013 with
Hello bookish peeps,
We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! It's StS/Sunday Post again. But before we get to talking about the books, some linkage first from the week.


Now, for the the books! 

E-galleys via Netgalley and Edelweiss
Defy by Sara B. Larson
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Another Little Piece of my Heart by Tracey Martin
Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella by Samantha Young
The Professional: Part 1 by Kresley Cole
Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

A SEAL's Salvation by Tawny Weber

Physical books for review
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Bloodstone (Rebel Angels #2) by Gillian Philip
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie


I bought a bunch of books during Black Friday. Here's my damage...
Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti
Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery (e-book + audiobooks for $5.48!)
Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (e-book + audiobook for $8.28!)
Code Name Verity by Elisabeth Wein (audiobook for $4.95)
<<We already have a physical copy of Code Name but I couldn't resist getting the audio since it was so cheap.>>

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh (physical from Barnes & Noble)

What new books did you guys get? I wanna see! Leave your STS/Sunday Post link so I can come gush over them.

Happy reading,
Michelle (& Leslie)

**Stacking the Shelves, or STS, is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hello fellow book nerds,
Happy Thanksgiving!! May your day be filled with happiness with your family, yummy foods and lots of great reading.

Peeps, I finally saw Catching Fire the movie!! And I saw it with some of my favorite people from library school... a bunch of future librarians all going to see a movie based on a book we all read? Yeah, it was awesome.

As for the movie itself, I LOVED it. I had a couple of issues, but I will get to that later. First, the things I loved:

  1. The Hunger Games was amazing but Catching Fire is even better. 
  2. It's been years since I read Catching Fire and my memory was a bit fuzzy but it was evident that they stuck close the books's story line. Great job, Hollywood!
  3. In The Hunger Games the CGI looked totally fake but in Catching Fire, it was 100% better. 
  4. The costumes (especially the Capitol clothes) were much better and looked more luxe rather than cheap, alien rejects.
  5. Jennifer Lawrence is just as bad-ass as she was in The Hunger Games. They really hit the nail in the head when they cast her as Katniss. I admit I had my doubts in the beginning about her but now I cannot picture any young actress who can do a better job.
  6. Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) were okay actors. They don't really stand-out and I'm okay with that because I'm not watching the movie for the cute boys (this time) or the romance. I'm watching it for Katniss and rooting for her to triumph over President Snow.
  7. And speaking of... Donald Sutherland plays a mean President Snow. 
  8. Catching Fire is two and a half hours long but it didn't feel that way. It went really fast and I wish it was longer. 
  9. It was great seeing Oahu (North Shore, the tropical rainforest with typical-Hawaii plants and trees, the familiar mountain range) in the movie. 
  10. For me, because I hardly go to the movies because I'm a big ole cheapskate and I think Hollywood is robbing us by making us pay $11 per movie (I much prefer to wait for the DVD to come out because then I can get it via Redbox for way, way less) the way I measure a movie is whether I'd pay the "big bucks" to see it again a second time. My answer for Catching Fire is a huge YES!!
My issues with Catching Fire.

1. I'm Team Peeta all the way and I disliked that way he was portrayed in the movie. He seemed too weak--the-boy-with-the-bread in distress. Katniss was treating him like a fragile baby. Peeta is in his own way pretty bad-ass in the novel but I didn't really see any of that in the movie.
2. I know Hollywood is playing up the love triangle but there's too much kissing! I'm all for kissing but Katniss was kissing the boys too many times that it loses its special-ness and impact.

But other than those two things I loved everything about the movie. If you haven't seen it yet, SEE IT!! If you have, let's discuss here or you can hit me up on Twitter (@chelleyreads).

Leslie is going to see it this weekend and I am so excited because then I can finally talk to her about it.

May the odds be ever in your favor,
Michelle
Happy Thanksgiving!! Nom, nom, nom...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Hello bookish peeps,
We are excited to be part of the Fireblood blog tour with Rockstar Book Tours. First, we have Michelle's review for you. Then, more about the author of Fireblood, Trisha Wolfe and the giveaway where you can win your own copy of Fireblood! Without further ado...

Format: e-ARC
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 376 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Netgalley
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.
When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.
Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.
When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.
But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.



I was really excited to read Fireblood. I looked at the cover (the girl and guy wearing medieval-like clothes, the castle in the background) and thought, it's been a while since I've read a medieval-ish magical fantasy... except it wasn't really.

I was a little confused in the beginning but once I got my head around the fact that Fireblood is a dystopian that is a bit medieval-ish I was able to get into the story. I enjoyed Fireblood overall. I thought it was written in a readable, consumable way where you can just keep flipping the pages quickly.

I liked Zara's character for the most part. She was stuck in an unfavorable situation where she was forced to marry sociopathic Prince Sebastian but she just didn't sit and accept it. She tried her damnedest to get out of it. She was strong and determined. But at same time she annoyed me, especially when it came to Sebastian. Yes, he was a jerk to her but she gave him as good (or sometimes worse) as she got. I liked Sebastian. He was definitely a tortured character and you see flashes of good in him. I think Zara could've turned him around. Sebastian was definitely the most interesting character in the novel.

As for the romance, it slowly grew and was woven into the story. I really liked that it was a slow burn. The synopsis hits of a love triangle but if you're like me and dislikes them, I'm happy to say there wasn't really one here. Two guys, Prince Sebastian and Sir Devlan Capra, were vying for Zara's hand but it was clear where Zara's heart lied and one of the guys never had a chance.

The world building was interesting. Like I mentioned before, it was a blend of futuristic dystopia, medieval setting and Camelot. Basically, the backstory was that a deadly virus wiped out most of the world and Karm was the only safe, livable place left but the twisted, evil king of Karm rules with a cruel iron fist and a group of rebels were working to overthrow him. It was a mish-mash of futuristic and old-time-y things but I thought the author did a good job creating a world where the mish-mash worked.

Fireblood is a good read. Yes, I did have some issues with it but they were minor in the scheme of things. If you like dystopian and medieval fantasy with a sprinkle of Camelot, Fireblood is for you.

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About Trisha Wolfe
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk Destiny's Fire (Omnific Publishing), Astarte's Wrath NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, December 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS and my NA Contemp THE DARKEST PART are available now.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

Check out the rest of this website TrishaWolfe.com for more on my books and bonus material. Follow me on Twitter @TrishWolfe

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Check out these other stops in the blog tour:
11/28/2013- The Demon Librarian
11/29/2013- Fiktshun
11/29/2013- The Cover Contessa

Happy reading,
Michelle & Leslie
The Secrets of Lily Graves romance and mystery set in a funeral parlor? Count me in!

With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.

The Secrets of Lily Graves will be released on May 13, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.


What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us 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 we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

THESE BROKEN STARS Fun Fact + Giveaway

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 with
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Hello fellow book nerds,
This post was supposed to go up yesterday but either Google or I screwed up and it did not get posted.

But we are excited to reveal a fun fact about the upcoming novel, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I know you're going to be happy to hear that...

These Broken Stars is the first in a trilogy of companion novels set in the same galaxy. Each novel takes place chronologically after the novel before it, and each builds on what happens before, but they all focus on different characters and are complete stories in and of themselves. Because they’re all part of the same universe, we’ve had a lot of fun putting little easter eggs in each of the books that connect them, details that careful readers will be able to find and detect and share.
Great news, right?! I know I'm excited. If, for some reason you have not heard of it, here's the description and the gorgeous cover:

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
A timeless love story, These Broken Stars sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
I remember when I first read the description of These Broken Stars, I wanted to read it right then and there. I got approved for an e-galley and I want to devour it right now but grad school is sucking all of my time right now. It's definitely the first book I'm going to be reading this winter break.

More about Amie and Meagan:
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. You may also sign up for their newsletter as well! These Broken Stars will be available in North America on December 10, 2013.

FYI: If you pre-order the book from Malaprop's Bookstore, you can also get a collectible TBS poster autographed by the authors!

The giveaway:
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Happy reading,
Michelle

Saturday, November 23, 2013

New Stack of Books!! YAY!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013 with
Hello everyone,
It's StS/Sunday Post** time! Before I get into the awesome books we got this week, here's some linkage first:

Monday: Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
Wednesday: Book I Covet: Magnolia by Kristi Cook
Thursday: Lisa Desrocher's A Little Too Hot Cover Reveal
Friday: Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Physical books
Champion by Marie Lu (bought)
<<My copy of Champion finally came!! So excited to go home for winter break and devour it.>>

I won these books from author Jessica Spotswood (the author of Born Wicked). Thanks Jessica!
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey

Striking Distance by Pamela Clare (bought)
<<Pamela Clare is one of the best romance writers out there in my opinion. Her books are always winners for me. I read the prequel novella First Strike and I really enjoyed it. So excited to read the full novel.>>

E-ARCs
You guys, I have no self-restraint when it comes to awesome books on Netgalley and Edelweiss especially when I'm pre-approved. So, yeah, here's my damage.

Vengeance by Megan Miranda
<<I really enjoyed Fracture (book 1--my review). Super excited to read the sequel.>>
See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (part of blog tour)
Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando

Burn by Julianna Baggott
Dangerous Dream: A Beautiful Creatures Story by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky
Codename Zero by Chris Rylander
<<I couldn't resist downloading these awesome-sounding middle grade novels via Edelweiss.>>

The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell
When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath

Unstoppable by Shannon Richard
Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti

A Christmas to Remember (novella) by Jill Shalvis et. al. 
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
<<I'm in the mood for some romantic holiday stories.>>

My Sweetest Escape by Chelsea M. Cameron
Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye
Needing Her (A Novella) by Molly McAdams

What new books did you guys get? I wanna see! Leave your STS/Sunday Post link so I can come gush over them.

Happy reading,
Michelle

**Stacking the Shelves, or STS, is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Format: e-ARC
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 440 pages
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Netgalley
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
An alpha hero's attraction to the one woman he can't have could draw him into a killer's snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance—including a past that might come back to haunt them both.
Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted.



Getting Rowdy was my first Lori Foster novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a little nervous when I was started though because I investigate new-to-me authors and check out reviews of their other books before I pick up a book of theres. It seems like Lori Foster is one of those who are "hit or miss" types. But Getting Rowdy is definitely a hit!

In Getting Rowdy we have Rowdy Yates, a bad boy with a heart of gold, and Avery Mullins, a rich girl who ran away because the guy her family is pressuring her into marrying assaulted her but no one in her family believed it happened. Rowdy just opened a bar and Avery works for him as his bartender. But Avery is more than just someone who works for Rowdy. They are true friends and Avery was a huge help to Rowdy getting the bar up and running.

From what I gather, Rowdy and Avery were mentioned in the previous books in the series (Getting Rowdy is the third book in the Love Undercover series) and there was always this chemistry between them. I did not read the first two books in the series and I think their relationship built a little bit in those books. I'm sad I missed those moments but it was not hard figuring out their backstory and where the two of them stand. Getting Rowdy can easily be read as a standalone novel.

I really liked Rowdy Yates. His character stood out a lot more than Avery's character. Avery was perfectly nice but nothing truly unique about her. But Rowdy was something else. His character was a lot more interesting and memorable. Maybe because he had a lot going on for him--from his childhood with his abusive alcoholic parents to his being a thug to earn money and protect this sister to really finally opening a bar and being bar owner to trying to gain the trust of a poor boy who had the same crappy childhood as Rowdy to trying to seduce Avery? He stood out on the page.

Getting Rowdy was a fun, quick read and the smexy scenes were quite hot. The plot, pacing and writing was solid and the characters were well-developed. While I don't have an urge to seek out the first two books in the series or other books by Lori Foster, Getting Rowdy was a good read and I enjoyed myself. I don't have any complaints about it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lisa Desrocher's A LITTLE TOO HOT Cover Reveal

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 with
Hello everyone,
We hardly ever participate in cover reveals but we do make exceptions on books that are part of series we love. If you've had a chance to read my reviews of Lisa Desrocher's A Little Too Far and A Little Too Hot you know how much I loved both books and consider them two of the best NA novels ever.

The third companion book in the series A Little Too Hot is being released on January 21, 2013 (so happy that the wait time between the books are not that long) and today the cover is revealed! YAY!!

The Cover

iBookstore | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Google Play

About A Little Too Hot
From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.
If you've read A Little Too Far, you already met Samantha. She's Lexie's friend who had a big crush on Trent. I wasn't that fond of her in ALTF but we were seeing her through Lexie's eyes so she might just surprise us when we see things through her perspective. Nevertheless...

I. NEED. THIS. BOOK. NOW.

Happy reading,
Michelle

P.S. For more info about Lisa Desrochers and her books, you can stop by her Facebook, her blog and her twitter.
When I first saw the cover of Magnolia I was all "vampires in plaid?! Whuuutt...?" The couple on the cover are freakishly white-skinned.

And then I read the synopsis and I. NEED. THIS. BOOK. NOW. I love the premise of Magnolia--it's my kind of book. 

In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

Magnolia will be released on August 15, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.


What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us 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 we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Format: e-ARC
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304 pages
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Netgalley
Series: Animal Magnetism #4
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
He’ll help unleash the new woman in her…
Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect.
Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life.
To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting…



I can always count of Jill Shalvis for a fun contemporary read and that's exactly what I got when I read Rumor Has It**

We first met our heroine and hero, Kate and Griffin, in Rescue My Heart (the third book in the Animal Magnetism series)--Kate is Holly's (the heroine of Rescue My Heart) best friend and Griffin is Holly's brother. Kate has had a crush on Griffin forever but he's always seen her as his little sister's best friend. When he comes back to Sunshine to recuperate after getting hurt in the war, he kept running into Kate and, as they spend time together, he realized that Kate might just be the person he needs in his solitary life. Griffin is your typical Jill Shalvis hero in that he is sexy, a bit growly and alpha but the right woman can bring out his softer, more vulnerable side.

The best part of Rumor Has It is Kate. I really liked Kate and felt an affinity towards her that I don't usually do towards other romance heroines. She's kind of awkward, she's a science nerd and when she's nervous she says random science facts. Holly sees her as sweet and delicate and someone she's always protected (especially from her player of a brother) but, really, Kate was much stronger than she seemed. Kate was a nurturer by nature and was happiest when she's taking care of everyone, from her younger siblings to her father (who fell apart after their mother passed away) to her ex-boyfriend turned good friend. But when it comes to taking care of herself, she doesn't. 

Kate, tired of Griffin seeing her as his sister's friend, decided to seduce Griffin at Holly and Adam's engagement party and hilarity ensues. It was really fun seeing watching Kate and Griffin fall in love as they work out through their personal issues. 

While Rumor Has It didn't become an instant favorite for me, it still hit the spot for a satisfying, hilarious contemporary romance read. There's a reason why Jill Shalvis is an auto-buy author for me and that is she always delivers. With well-developed characters that you grow to care for, a swoon-y romance and hot sexy-times, you really can't go wrong with Rumor Has It.

**Rumor Has It is the 4th book in the Animal Magnetism series but it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

New TBR Pile Additions! Woot!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013 with
Hello everyone,
It's StS/Sunday Post** time! The TBR pile gets a little taller again this week. But before I get into the awesome books we got this week, here's some linkage first:

Monday: Review: The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist
Tuesday: Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers
Wednesday: Book I Covet: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

E-ARCs
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
<<EEEPP!! So excited for this one.>>
Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Starbreak by Phoebe North
Erased by Jennifer Rush
<<I need to get my hands on book 1 so I can read Erased.>>

Her Sexiest Mistake by Jill Shalvis (reissue)
Before We Fall by Courtney Cole
The Rogue's Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Ripped by Sarah Morgan

One & Only by Viv Daniels
<<Viv Daniels is Diana Peterfreund! I really like the premise.>>
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
<<I was going to wait for the paperback but the e-book was only $1.99 so I got it.>>

Physical book
The lovely folks at Forever sent this book and other treats as an early holiday gift. Thank you Marissa and Jessica! :)
Christmas in Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis
<<Includes Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing (also 2 short stories) which is awesome because those are the 2 Lucky Harbor books that I don't have in my book collection.>>

What new books did you guys get? We wanna see! Leave your STS/Sunday Post link so we can come gush over them.

Happy reading,
Michelle (& Leslie)

**Stacking the Shelves, or STS, is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book I Covet: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 with
#scandal reminds me of one of my favorite YA contemporary of all time Good Girls by Laura Ruby. Reading the description, I'm really curious to know how everything will work itself out for Lucy.

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

#scandal will be released on June 17, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.


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"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Hello and welcome to the Mundie Girls Tours / Mundie Moms Blog Tours for Lisa Desrochers's newest release, A LITTLE TOO MUCH! Lisa Desrochers's new release is an adult title and will be featured on a variety of adult book review blogs through this week. Each stop on the tour will either feature a review of the book, host an author interview, excerpt from the book, and includes a giveaway!

About The Book
Format: e-ARC
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Pages: 416 pages
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Edelweiss
Series: A Little Too Far #2
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive new adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.


Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.


As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?



If you read my review of A Little Too Far (if you haven't it's here) you know I'm crazy about it. I loved everything about it and I thought A Little Too Much couldn't possible top it. I was wrong.

A Little Too Much was equally just as good, or better even.

I may just like it a bit more than A Little Too Far and the reason why is Hilary. She was a complicated character, a force to be reckoned with, kind of a bad-ass and she just filled the pages with her personality. Hilary was the opposite of Lexie, who's such sweetheart and someone I could picture being friends with but I think I'd be too intimidated by Hilary if I met her. But she grew on me the more I got to know her. She's led a hard life and had to grow up quickly but beneath her bad-ass-ness lies a vulnerable middle.

I felt that first and foremost A Little Too Much was Hilary's story more than anything else. Not hers and Alessandro's and their road to happily ever after but hers. Hilary coming to terms with her past, with Alessandro and what happened between them, with her mother, her sister and with her life in the present. It was Hilary's coming of age story and the romance wasn't the main focus of the story (it was a big part of the story but it wasn't the main focus) and I really liked that.

Of course I cannot write this review without mentioning Alessandro. We met him in A Little Too Far and he was the almost-priest that Lexie formed a deep connection with. He was sexy then but kind of aloof, which was okay because I rooted for Trent to end up with Lexie. In A Little Too Much Alessandro is just as sexy but he's more open, playful and wonderful and romantic (especially towards the end) and I melted because he's just so darn sweet.

I loved the author's descriptions of New York--similar to Rome in A Little Too Far, New York was an integral part of A Little Too Much. I've visited the city a few years back and reading this novel reminded me how much I enjoyed my time there. But after reading this novel I wish I can go back and explore the hidden gems of the city that Hilary and Alessandro visited.

A Little Too Much should be the way new adult is written--deep, heartfelt and focused more on the main character's growth as a person than the romance. The writing, pacing and voice was solid. Lisa Desrochers keeps getting better and better with each book. If you read A Little Too Far then you have to read this book. But if you have not read it yet, pick up and read A Little Too Much anyway. It can be read as a standalone and it is excellent--one of the best NA I've read this year and one of my favorites ever.

Read more about the book HERE and buy the book from


About the Author
Lisa Desrochers lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. If you'd told her five years ago she'd write a book, she'd have laughed in your face. As it turns out, she'd owe you an apology. Writing has become an addiction for Lisa and A Little Too Far, courtesy of HarperCollins, is her first novel for adults. She is also the author of the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan. When she's not writing, she's reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

Visit Lisa via her: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook



The Giveaway
Thank you to Lisa, we have an awesome giveaway fans following the tour will want to enter to win! Two winners will get six signed NA or YA books plus swag, and two winners will get a silver butterfly pendant and swag. (4 winners total) Signed books by Katy Evans, K.A. Tucker, J. Lynn, Cora Carmack, Victoria Scott, Jay Crownover, Sophie Jordan and Lisa, herself.

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