Friday, August 31, 2012

~Back to the Books Giveaway Hop~OVER

Welcome to my fantastic giveaway. A great big thank you and shout out to our host
I am very excited to be giving away one of the books listed below. Clicking on the book will take you to the Goodreads page with book information.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Such a Rush Bittersweet

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Giveaway: ARC of Pushing The Limits

Pushing the Limits
From Goodreads:
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
Up for grabs today is an ARC of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.  I was lucky enough to receive an extra copy of this book and decided to share it with one of my lucky followers. 
Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open to US only (sorry)
  2. Ends 9/14/2012
  3. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me Review

The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Jess Rothenberg
375 pages
Published by:  Penguin Young Readers
BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars
First, I love the cover of this book.  It is beautiful!  That is one of the reasons that I bought it.  I wanted to love this book but I just could not get into it that well. 
The story is too cutesy for me.  Brie literally dies of a broken heart after her boyfriend dumps her.  On the other side, which happens to be a pizza place, she meets Patrick.  Patrick is a fellow deadee that is going to help her come to turns with her death.  (think Tom Cruise in Top Gun)
At first it is fun and games to visit her family and friends.  When Brie plots to get back at the people who have wronged her; we find out that things aren't always as they seem.  With everything falling apart  the best things in life are with us all along.
The writing style was really good.  The characters were well thought out.  I enjoyed the twist and turns.  It seems that everyone was keeping a secret; from dad to the ex.  Even though this did not float my boat I will read more books by this author..

The Fault In Our Stars Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.


I gave this book 5 glorious stars!

I can not say enough good things about this book. John Green is brilliant. I love every one of his books. I get so wrapped up in the story, that sometimes I read them too fast. You have to slow down and savor each and every word.
This is a story about love and loss mixed with devastating surprises.
Hazel is living with cancer. Her life and her parents life revolve around keeping her well. Everything is pretty much routine and then she meets Augustus Waters. A intelligent handsome boy who's cancer is in remission. Together they take us on a magical short journey. They teach us more about life and love and loss than any teenager should have to do.
I was very intrigued by the Peter Van Houten character, the author of An Imperial Affliction. The book appears so often that it is a character within itself. I often wonder why Hazel was so obsessed with this book.
This review does not do any justice for this book. There are not enough words to describe it or what an impact it has had on me. Take my word for , you just have to read it.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Beautiful Disaster Book Review

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel

Beautiful Disaster
Jamie McGuire
Publisher:  Atria Books
Published May 26, 2011
432 pages

Synopsis: The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

I have one word for this book..AMAZING. In some parts it was like watching a train wreck. I just couldn’t put it down. I know there are several bad reviews for this book but I think it is awesome. The characters are so well written and you feel like you are eavesdropping on their life. And girls, you have to admit, everyone has fallen in love with a bad boy at some point. That is what makes this book so appealing.

Abby is one of the main characters in this book. She is the good girl running from a bad home to start life anew at a far away college. Travis is the all-american bad boy. He can have any girl he wants except for Abby;  who seems resistant to his charms. When she looses a bet to him, just how far will he go to keep her. 

Reading this book will sometimes make your head spin. It is full on all the time. There is so much information packed into it. Sometimes Travis doesn’t always make the best decisions and saying he has a temper is quite an understatement. You have to admit though he does love her and love makes us do crazy things. Please read this, you won’t be sorry.