Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (39) ~ What Happens When the Sleeping Fae Boy Wakes Up?

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

Releasing January 13th, 2015 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads description:
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough? 
 Why am I waiting on it?
I'm very susceptible to excitement other people have for certain books. It feels so contagious! A lot of people seem to be excited for this one, so of course I'm curious about it. I wasn't initially very interested in reading it, but . . . the cover and description grew on me and now now I really want to read it! I'm just hoping that it turns out to be as good as it looks.

That's my WoW this week! What's yours?

Release Day Launch ~ The Fine Art of Pretending (Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Happy release day to The Fine Art of Pretending! I'm really excited for this one. It looks like such a cute and romantic read.☺ The Fine Art of Pretending is the first book in Rachel's The Fine Art of Pretending Series published by Spencer Hill Contemporary.

Enjoy the excerpt and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!



The Fine Art of Pretending
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 Synopsis: 

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player. With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time. But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

EXCERPT 

 An exhale of breath leaves Brandon’s lips, almost like a laugh, and he scoots closer to me on the blanket. I twist my legs under myself, sitting tall as I face him. He cups my chin and tilts it toward him, drowning me in the now dark-green depths of his eyes, the cologne I gave him for his birthday filling my head. It’s woodsy and yummy and I always loved how it smelled on the store testers, but on Brandon, it’s even sexier. My eyes flutter closed, and I inhale again, this time slowly. Goose bumps prickle my arms, and my head gets fuzzy. Brandon slides his hand down the column of my neck and brings the other up, threading his fingers through the hair at my nape. His breath fans across my cheek, and everything south of my bellybutton squeezes tight. When his mouth first meets mine, it’s hesitant, questioning. But as I move my lips with his, he quickly grows bolder, coaxing them apart. Desire, pure and raw, electrifies my veins as his tongue sweeps my mouth. A whimpering sound springs from my chest, and instinctively, I wrap my arms around his neck, tugging him closer. Needing more. My teeth graze his full bottom lip, and I pull it, sucking on it gently. He moans and knots his fingers in my hair, and a thrill dances down my back. Brandon is an amazing kisser, just as I knew he would be. I have no control over my body’s reactions. I lose myself in his lips, his tongue, and his strong arms, forgetting time and space and even my surroundings—until Gabi’s snicker brings reality crashing around us, reminding me we have an audience. And that I’m kissing Brandon. We break apart, out of breath, and stare into each other’s eyes. That was unexpected.  


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Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (13) ~ Books That Were Hard For Me to Read

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and a weekly meme where we simply make a top ten list for the week's topic.

Top Ten Eight Books That Were Hard For Me To Read 
(because difficult of book, subject matter, because it was cringeworthy-- however you want to interpret)

I don't think I've ever had a tough time reading any book because of its subject, so most of the reasons why I'm adding these books are length, writing, or a lack of interest. 
The writing in this one was hard to get used to. There were also a lot of boring parts and a lot of really long paragraphs to work through.

I wasn't very interested in this one at all. I had to force myself through it for school, though.

Up until the time I read The Count of Monte Cristo, it was the longest book I had ever read. It's one of my favorite books, but it sure took forever to get through!


I read The Count of Monte Cristo in class, but I read this one all on my own (for school, but it was my independent read for a trimester). It's also the longest book I've ever read. It was a big commitment.

Jane Eyre was the first classic I had ever read outside of class.I hadn't even read that many others inside class, so it was a little challenging (both because of the writing and my own wavering interest). 

This book had many exciting parts, but it also had many slow parts. This was tough to push through and it took me a really long time to finally finish.

This was a little hard to read because the main character irritated me SO MUCH. I was also irritated with pretty much everything else in the book.

It was hard read this because crying and reading while wearing glasses makes it tougher to see the words and I cried a lot while reading Torn Away.

What books were hard for you to read?

Books Worth Staring At (2) ~ Eye-Catching Spines

This is a feature where I share pictures of books I feel are worth staring at! Up to four books will be featured every Monday. The pictures will also be shared on Twitter with the hashtag #BooksWorthStaringAt. Books will be chosen for a variety of reasons: a pretty cover, a gorgeous spine, eye-catching features, interesting colors, cool maps, etc.

This week I've chosen the following three books mainly because their spines have been catching my eye a lot lately.

A Really Neat Looking Paperback - Every Day by David Levithan


I come across quite a few paperbacks that just look and feel really neat. They're sorta . . . cute (if that makes any sense). Their spines are nice and sharp and I just like holding them in my hands. Every Day is one of those paperbacks. Between its format, the creamy vs. dark colors, and the really pretty cover, I love to look at this book!

Vivid Red - Visions by Kelley Armstrong


I chose this one because the red "Visions" keeps catching my eye. It pops out! I also love the light green behind the birds. The photo is really nice to look at and I really like how it's on the spine too.


Hello Gorgeousness! - Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke


This cover and spine really stands out! I love the winter-y feel to it and the pretty font. I also love the blue and orange (especially the orange) against the black and white. The photo of the snowy mountain, the cabin, and the couple is just gorgeous!

What do you think of the looks of these books?

Entangled Teen Release Day Blast ~ Two Paranormal Reads!

Entangled Teen has two paranormal books releasing today! I've read Storm already, so you can check out my review here.

A new companion novel to Alison Kemper's Donna of the Dead

(Both titles can be read as standalones and involve completely separate characters)

About the book: 

The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning… 

Glenview, North Carolina. Also known—at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg—as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.

At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone—or something—rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…
Pick up your copy: 


 
The exciting conclusion to the Salt duology!

Goodreads Description: 
A little salt. And a whole lot of magic…

Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away.

But power has a dark side.

Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons—it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope transforms into something far beyond his worst fears…
Get your copy:



Are you looking forward to reading either of these books?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Does Your Blog Name Have a Story Behind It? (Q&A Discussion Launch)

My blog name can be linked to a memory from middle school (over four years ago). I was a part of Battle of the Books (which you can learn about here if you've never heard of it) in 8th grade and read 10 or maybe 12 books throughout the year in order to prepare for the competition. It was the first time I participated when I a) was an actual avid reader and b) finished every single book on the list (I still kinda feel proud of myself for doing that). When the competition finally came . . . well, we sucked. Out of entire school, there were only two people signed up to go: me and this little 6th grade boy that I had just met. Most teams had three people and most schools had two teams there. We ended up getting second-to-last place, which is . . . not so good.

However, it was a lot of fun! Looking back, it is one of my favorite memories from all of middle school.

You're probably wondering how on earth all that connects to my blog name--a name I came up with more than three years after that even took place.

Well, I was given a certificate for participating (I wish I knew where it was so I could share a picture) and at the bottom there was a quote:
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” ~ Walt Disney
I decided in that moment that the quote was my new favorite because it was SO TRUE and then when it came time to the struggle that was coming up with a blog name, I thought of Battle of the Books--the reading, the competition, the fun--and decided to just figure out something that fit with the quote and voila! Reading is My Treasure was born.

The End!

Now, the "Q&A Discussion Launch" bit:

This post is the start of a new sort-of-feature where I write discussion posts based off of questions. For this first one, I decided to go with a question of my own that I've wanted the opportunity to answer.

However, from here on out, I want to write the posts based off of your questions. What do you want to know about me? What bookish things do you want to know my opinion on? What are some things outside of reading and blogging that you want my thoughts on? Ask me anything!

I'm hoping that by having questions submitted by you guys will motivate me to actually write discussion posts (a lot of my ideas fizzle out before I even start typing). Plus, I'm curious about what questions you may ask.☺

If you want to submit a question for me to answer in a post, go ahead and include it in with your comment on this post!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (37) ~ Exciting Book Mail & Email

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves. I like to use the meme to also give a recap of my week in reading and blogging.
(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads.)

My Haul

Digital

For Review
I accepted a few review requests this week! I read the Amazon preview of Ashlynn's Dreams and liked what I read, so I decided to accept it. I got a request to review Veil of Anonymity for anti-bullying week (November 17th-21th in the UK). It's told in the perspective of a cyber bully, which sounds really interesting! I'm excited to read it.☺

Won
Thank you to TeamRead Reviews and Christine Fonseca for Collide! I won a couple of other ebooks in the same giveaway, but they haven't been sent to me yet. Those will probably be on next week's haul.

Thank you to Farrah for The Warrior

A Gift From My Secret Sister
This was the second month of the #OTSPSecretSister program (like Secret Santa, but six months long). I'm really excited to finally have this book! I've heard so many amazing things about this author. Thank you, Secret Sister!☺

Bookshelf Additions

Won
Thank you to Misty @ Addicted 2 Heroines for Visions and Renegade and Kristine Wyllys and Ashley for Wild Ones! (I won Wild Cards in the No Blog Left Behind giveaway.)


For Review
Thank you, Dela! I'm really excited to read The 52nd! This one releases on October 27th.

Blogging
It was a big week! I had a lot to post. I also have a lot being posted this upcoming week (more promo than usual, some reviews, the usual memes, a monthly recap/TBR post).

New Feature - Books Worth Staring At: This is a weekly feature where I share pictures of print books I feel are, well "worth staring at." I'm loving this feature. I'm going to have a lot of fun with it. You can check it out here.

New - Romance TBR Jar: I made a Romance TBR Jar, pulled a few titles out of it, and posted a poll for you to vote on! I'll read the winning book in October. You can vote here or over in the sidebar.

Memes: I posted the top ten books on my fall TBR and featured Ignite by Sara B. Larson as my Waiting on Wednesday pick. 

Reviews: I reviewed Survival Colony Nine by Joshua David Bellin, My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins, and I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Cover Reveal: I helped reveal the pretty cover of Beautiful Curse by Jen McConnel!

Readathon: I posted my Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon wrap up and my sign up post for the #ReadingCram Chills and Thrills Readathon.


Upcoming - I'm starting school!
I'm finally starting college on Monday. (I know, my fall term starts pretty late.) I've been on summer break all the way since the end of May and I'm excited to get back into a classroom setting. My hauls from here on out will probably include some sort of update from my life outside this blog now that I'll have something to actually update on.

That's it for me! How was your week? What books did you get?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#ReadingCram Chills and Thrills Readathon!

I've decided to sign up for this fun spooky themed readathon hosted by Dana @ Danasquare, Jenny @ JuliaBabyJen'sReadingRoomRachel @ APerfectionCalledBooks and Little Red Reads! I'm not that into Halloween stuff, but I really liked participating in #ReadingCram last year. 

For this readathon, the focus is on spooky reads! The books have to fall under one of these themes:

Paranormal
Witches
Zombies
Vampires
Werewolves
Thriller
Mystery

I won't know for sure what I'll be reading for the readathon, but I have some possible choices:
Beware the Wild is the only one I know for sure that I'll be reading. I'd prefer to read review copies because I know that if I cheat on my TBR a lot, I'll be stressed out later in the year as I try to catch up.

I was a winner in a giveaway Courtney Alameda recently had and I won a copy of both of these, but since they haven't arrived yet, I can't guarantee that I'll be able to read either for the challenge. They look like the perfect Halloween reads, though, don't they?

I have a poll for an October read and this seems to be the only one on it that can be considered spooky enough for this readathon. If it wins, I'll read it during #ReadingCram, but if it doesn't, I'll probably pass it up until another time.

Follow the arrow to get to find the poll -------> ^^^^

Are you joining this readathon? You should!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review ~ I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 384
Publication Date: September 16th, 2014
Publisher: Dial
Goodreads Description: 
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell 

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. 
Source: I read a copy of this book on an ARC Tour. Thank you to the gals behind On the Same Page!

I'll Give You the Sun was such a beautiful read. It was wonderfully written and full of emotion--I cried and laughed smiled and worried and just plain felt as I read Jude and Noah's story. Both of their POVs were amazing and I can't decide if one was better than the other. The characters were very well developed and fleshed out. Each one had a vibrant personality that made them so lovable. The romances were swoon worthy. Giggle worthy too; the flirting was adorable and the characters' trains of thought were so funny! I loved how each relationship developed at a really nice pace and how every emotion that the characters had felt genuine. I loved the family focus and the strong bond the twins had, even when they were barely speaking. I loved how the characters' art, the beautiful writing, and the strong messages made the story feel like such an artistic one. I loved how perfect the title is for the book. Something about it just made certain parts of the story feel more meaningful because of how they connected to the title. I loved how quotable the book was and how happy reading it made me. 


Overall, I'll Give You the Sun was fantastic. I finished the book with a smile on my face and tears rolling down my face because of how beautiful the story was and how perfectly it wrapped up. If you want to read something with beautiful writing, amazing characters, and a truly great story, look no further! This is a must-read for you.

This book was very quotable, so I have some great quotes to share!

(All of these quotes are taken from the ARC and may have been changed in the final copy of the book.)

"Still a reckless idiot, yes, but damn, he looks fine, sitting on that bike on this sunny winter day. Guys like him really shouldn't be allowed on motorcycles. They should have to bounce around on pogo sticks, or better: Hippity Hops. And no hot guy should be allowed to have and English accent and drive a motorcycle.
Not to mention wear the leather jacket or sport the cool shades. Hot guys should be forced into footie pajamas.
Yes, yes, the boycott, the boycott." ~ Jude (ARC 174-175) 

"Oscar starts taking off his clothes.
I repeat: Oscar is taking off his clothes!" ~ Jude (ARC 188)

"'God was very drunk when he made him. A little bit of this. A little bit of that. Brown eye. Green eye. Crooked nose, crooked mouth. Lunatic smile. Chipped tooth. Scar here, scar there. It is a puzzle.'" ~ Guillermo (ARC 192)

"No woman can resist a man who has tidal waves and earthquakes beneath the skin." ~ Jude, about Guillermo (ARC 204)

"I'm over being a coward. I'm sick of being on pause, of being buried and hidden, of being petrified, in both senses of the word." ~ Jude (ARC 311)

Some more quotes are in my Reading Progress:
Question time!

What was your last 5-star read?

Review ~ My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Series: anthology
Genre: YA mix (contemporary, paranormal)
Pages: 320
Publication date: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Goodreads Description: 

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

My True Love Gave To Me is a heartwarming and diverse collection of romantic holiday stories. They were mostly contemporary, but some paranormal and fantasy were mixed in as well. Most left me smiling because they were so darn adorable! I read a story here and there for around two weeks and I really liked getting a little dose of the book nearly every day. They were nice breaks between full length novels.

My favorite story out of all twelve was Stephanie Perkins' "It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown." I loved the characters' banter and the way they get to know each other. They were the most memorable out of every one in the book for me. I also loved the characters in "Angels in the Snow" by Matt de la Peña. It was the first time I'd ever read anything by him and now I'm very interested in trying his full length novels! "Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell was absolutely adorable and "What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth" by Gayle Forman was pretty funny. Kiersten White's "Welcome to Christmas, California" seemed to be the most heartwarming out of all the stories for me.

There were a few that I didn't care much for. Those were mainly the paranormal/fantasy ones because they didn't seem to hold as much holiday spirit. That said, my least favorite was a tie between "Krampuslauf" by Holly Black and "The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. They just didn't interest me very much. They weren't necessarily bad stories, though!

Overall, My True Love Gave To Me is perfect to read during the holiday season and even great to read any other time in the year. The stories were short, romantic, and very enjoyable!


Reading Progress
Each update is my reaction after finishing each story.
Question time!

Do you like reading holiday stories?

Cover Reveal ~ Beautiful Curse by Jen McConnel

I have a really pretty cover to share with you today! Jen McConnel's upcoming release is a "contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid." Doesn't that sound interesting? 

Anyway, here is the cover!

Beautiful Curse
Release Date: December 2014
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.

She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.

So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.

BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.




Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.

Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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