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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blog Tour Stop (Review + Giveaway) Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Publication Date: September 13, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin)
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 304
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?
*Digital copy provided by blog tour for an honest review*

Thrills, chills, and anticipation hooked me.  the excitement rallied in Jeanne Ryan's world of Nerve just kept the pages turning, and the author really knew where to get you wanting more, wanting to know what next was at stake and how far Vee would be willing to go. 

The pressure that surrounds the contestants in Nerve is engrossing, like something you would watch on television or online, because that is what Nerve is all about. Hooking you in. Vee and Ian were a great team, two that I enjoyed reading about. But, and yes there is a but to factor in, the sparks of insta-love had me frowning because it was unneeded in this story, in their character development. I'm not going to dwell on the topic anymore than it needs to be because I don't want to burden you with my over-expressed opinions on the matters of my biggest pet peeve in writing.

But all in all the anticipation of the novel throughout is one that just doesn't let you go. The events and pacing of the novel was moderate, and though sometimes there is more of a sense of telling over showing, but I didn't mind it for the most part because I was overwhelmed by wanting to know what was going to happen next in the story and to the characters. But the ending blew me out of the water.

Final Summation: Nerve's quirk to capture you and fail to let you go definitely did me in, it was a book that made getting away from college textbooks and studying for a little while worth it. Anticipation driven and engrossing, especially towards the very end, Nerve is a book to take you away from whatever your doing, and it does exactly that.

First Line: It took three days of waiting, but at four a.m on a Sunday, the street in front of her home finally emptied of all Watchers.
Story: S
Cover: S

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Blog Tour Stop (Excerpt + Giveaway): Dancing with Death by Andrea Heltsley

Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Publisher: Createspace
Young Adult
Pages: 410
Genre: Paranormal
Murders have plagued the woods in the past, making them a place of fear. Eighteen year old Wendy and her friends become worried when a new string of murders come to their high school. After a horrible car accident, Wendy returns to school, going from wallflower to popular overnight. As the murderer edges closer to Wendy she realizes things are changing. She is afflicted with nightmares that are all too real and she herself is undergoing unnatural changes. Learning the truth about her past, could be the key to saving her future.
 *Excerpt provided for blog tour*

“This is going to be hard.  All I want to do is kiss you.  However, I am going to try to restrain myself,” he said, a twinkle in his eyes.
The truth was that all I wanted to do was kiss him too.  Before he had a chance to say anything else, I rolled him over on his back.  Then I slid on top of him and pressed my lips to his.
All of my thoughts swirled away and I lost myself in that kiss.  His hands came up to sit on my hips, and he ran his fingers along the edge of my shirt as we kissed. 
In life, I was all about control.  I had never lost control of my composure until this week.  Now, I felt as if I was slipping.

*US Only Giveaway*
*INT Giveaway*

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Small Hiatus

Since I've started college I've been trying to manage and schedule my time with work and studying and book blogging/writing has been at the very back of my mind. I'll be taking a small leave of absence, I'll have my blog tour posts scheduled and such, but as for blogging, I think that September will be my little break month and by October everything will be fully functional :)

Also, towards giveaways, rafflecopter and I haven't been very "simpatico" at the moment so thank you for being patient and once I get it to work I will send out emails to the winners of the giveaways. Thank you!

Love all your faces <3 xoxo

Monday, September 10, 2012

Blog Tour Stop (Promotion + Giveaway): Dreamwalker by Andrea Heltsley

Publication Date: May 23, 2012
Series: Persephone's League of Immortals #1
Young Adult
Pages: 434
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Goodreads | Amazon
Noel Kennedy lost her boyfriend, her job and her dignity all in one week. Then something happened and she began to dream of this stranger she had never met. She couldn’t resist the man of her dreams named Jared especially when she met him in real life. Entranced, she slowly unraveled a world she was meant to stay out of. Her life was not what she thought it was once a sexy Boone stepped into the mix and shook things up. Can she escape a life of servitude or immortality for a chance at love?

US Only
INT Giveaway 
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery

Are the woods behind St. Bede's Academy really haunted, or does bad stuff just happen there? When Calista Wood, a new student, arrives midway through her junior year, St. Bede's feels like a normal school . . . until she discovers that a girl had disappeared a couple of months earlier. Some kids think she ran away, others think she was murdered, but it's only when Cally starts digging around that she finds the startling truth.
Watch as Cally enters a world of privilege, weekend-long parties, high school romances, and . . . well-kept secrets. This page-turner will appeal to teens looking for a fast-paced thriller. Written in a voice at once gripping and crystal clear, debut novelist, McCormick Templeman, will take readers on a twisting and turning journey as only a "new girl" can experience.
*Digital galley provided by publisher for an honest review*

Mystery and thrillers are tough books for me to get into, not because I don't like the genre, I enjoy a good thriller or mystery for that matter, it's just that The Little Woods failed to really get me into the story and what really failed to do so was the characters.

Good character development is a major factor that drives a book home. Cally, our main character, was one that I couldn't find myself connecting with, couldn't find myself wanting to know about her story. Getting a feel of who she is was difficult with her personality. A barrier between me, the reader, and her was set through the entirety of the novel and I just couldn't enjoy the book while knowing that I didn't know anything about the main character. Twists and turns aside. The lack of connection just didn't make this book anything for me to like or remember, and I wish that there was something or someone that I could have enjoyed reading about but there wasn't. It was a plot oriented book with paper cutouts of characters.

Final Summation: For a mystery novel The Little Woods does entertain in some aspects but the fact that I couldn't connect with any of the characters, especially the main character, everything else in the book fell flat for me.

First Line: The last time I saw my sister we played hide-and-seek.
Story: B
Cover: A

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (26): The Nightmare Affair

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
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16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn't get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target. 
Leave me a comment below with what you're waiting on this Wednesday!