Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (Tour Review w/ Q & A)

Welcome to my stop on the Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Blog Tour.  A huge thank you to Raincoast books for this tour
 and the awesome Q & A you will see!! I hope you enjoy!!

Contemporary, YA
Publication Date:July 15, 2014
Published By:  Sourcebooks Fire
WebsiteBreathe, Annie, Breathe on Goodreads

Miranda Kenneally Website
My review copy:Netgally, Provided for honest review in tour

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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.(Goodreads)

  Instead, I can focus on this new CamelBak water-hydration device I'm wearing like a backpack. It kind of looks like a bong. I slip the plastic tube in my mouth and sip some water, pretending I'm taking a hit. Kyle would laugh at how ridiculous I'm being.
  Stop thinking about him.  Stop already.
  The only negative to Matt's program?  In the gym locker room, old ladies just love walking around naked for some reason.  I pray that when I'm old, I don't have any sudden desire to flaunt it.
  I look down at the plain white panties I wore today.  They're good for running     they keep the wedgies at bay     but they certainly don't make me feel pretty.  They make me feel gross.  I am gross.  What I did today was skanky and selfish.
  "Well, this sure is interesting."  I open my eyes to find Jeremiah.  Without a shirt on.  Watching his brother stretch me in a way that probably looks like dry humping.
  I'm happy Jeremiah's okay, but I want to punch his lights out too.  I'm also glad he came to sit in my section at the Roadhouse.  I don't like all these random emotions.  My life is a damned clown show. 

My Thoughts

Absolutely AMAZING!! 

  This book was nothing short of amazing.  The synopsis sounded promising, but being the person that has always sucked at running, I feared that I would not be able to fully connect with the characters.  I could not have been more wrong!  If anything this book has me believing that with the right support and attitude, you can do anything that you set your mind to.  People are always telling each other this, but the power in Miranda Kenneally's writing has me truly convinced that we need to listen better to these words.  This entire story was a show of strength, and proof that greatness does not have to be achieved to know that you have accomplished something.

  There was emotion in every bit of this book.  Everything felt alive, felt real and slipping into the story was easier than breathing.  There is no real way to describe how the book will make you feel, because I do believe it will be different for everyone.  However, the entire book is a ride and one that pulled me along at a pace that was perfect and yet always kept me wanting to know what was next.  It isn't like there was a huge plot twist, but more I was routing for Annie and hoped that she could achieve what she wanted.  Not because it would change the world, but because it was important to her and would help her achieve the closure she needed.  

  Annie was an amazing character, and I love her.  Plain and simple, she was someone that was easy to feel for and yet she did have an inner strength that didn't call for that.  We have all lost someone or something dear to us and though loss touches us all differently, it is the suffering that we understand.  I didn't think I would ever be able to fully relate to a runner, but I found myself wishing I had some of the strength Annie had.  She wasn't a runner, in fact prior to the accident she never even liked it.  But everything changed in a flash and she was determined to do something she never even considered possible for a moment.  Annie is the type of character that I could read over and over, and never get sick of.  She is strong and yet her weakness is often right there, but ultimately her drive pushes it away.

  The romance was on and off throughout the book.  Not in annoying or I love you/I don't love you way, but more that it was not on the front lines all of the time.  Sure Jeremiah was often on Annie's mind in one way or another, and his appearances are unforgettable, but I guess you could say the formation of their romance was more prominent.  Maybe that is another thing I loved so much; the fact that there was no instant love connection but more of a genuine relationship development.  Sure some things happened a little fast, but things happen in the heat of the moment and they are part of the ride.  Plus I really liked Jeremiah.  He had his own things going on that needed working out.  It just so happened that Annie was going to be a part of that process.  Even if this did mean him doing some things that even made me shake my head, and be proud of Annie and her reactions.

  Breathe, Annie, Breathe is contemporary YA at its best.  You get the emotion and a story that you can really throw yourself into.  I have found myself mor drawn to NA contemporary lately but this read has me convinced that I should reconsider this action.  I will be picking up the other books in this series that I have not yet picked up.  Miranda Kenneally's writing is superb and she with this book has convinced me that I should have already read the previous books, instead of only now doing so.  If you are a fan of contemporary I highly suggest this one with no hesitation, and if you are normally hesitant... Well this one should change your mind! 

Q & A

Q: Recently, there has been a huge trend with dystopian YA novels. Why do you choose to write realistic fiction?
A: To tell you the truth, I would love to write sci-fi or fantasy, but I've never been all tha t great at world-building. I love reading contemporary fiction, and people say you should write what you love reading.

Q:  What are your favourite books so far this year?
A: I've loved A MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Sharon Biggs Waller, CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, and THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkowski. Also, it doesn't come out until 2015, but I got a sneak peak at Trish Doller's next book THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, which is an awesome thriller.

Q: This year has seen so many YA books turned into movies, from The Fault in Our Stars to The Giver. What is your favourite movie adaptation of a YA novel? Or which adaptation are you most anticipating?
A: Honestly, I loved the adaptation of Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 and 2. I could watch it over and over again! Also, I loved the Harry Potter movies.

Q: You tend to write strong characters who are also athletic. Were you considered a jock in high school?
A: Not at all! If anything, I was a chorus geek. I played soccer, but I wasn't very good at it. I also managed the boys soccer team, but that was really just an excuse to hang around hot guys after school.

Q:  Your main character, Annie, is training to run for a marathon. You also provided a great deal of detail about how hard it is on your body to train for a marathon. Did you do any background research for this?

A: Yes! In the past I ran a marathon and a half-marathon, so I used experiences from training for those races to write BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE. I also consulted "Runner's World" magazine and interviewed trainers at my gym. I also spoke to a few former pro-athletes.

About the Author

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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Lies Told In Silence by M.K. Tod [Book Review & Giveaway]

02_Lies Told in Silence CoverPublication Date: June 29, 2014 Tod Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

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In 1914 Paris half the city expects war while the other half scoffs at the possibility. With knowledge gained from his role at the War Department, Henri Noisette fears that Germany may soon attack Paris. He therefore sends his wife, mother and two younger children to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. By late 1914, instead of a safe haven, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front. As war unfolds, Henri’s daughter, Helene, grows up quickly and in 1917 falls in love with Edward Jamieson, a young Canadian soldier. The novel examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequence of lies.

Praise for Lies Told in Silence

‘Dramatically depicts the horror and heartbreak of war, while also celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.’ - SHARON KAY PENMAN author of A King’s Ransom

'An intricate, well-researched novel of life forever changed by WWI yet still sweet with the tender innocence of the age.’ - DONNA RUSSO MORIN author of The King’s Agent

‘M.K. Tod is a powerful new voice in the historical fiction genre.’ - AMY BRUNO Historical fiction blogger at Passages to the Past

‘An absorbing and rewarding historical read .. depicting the ruinous impact of war on human lives across the generations.’ - MARGARET EVANS PORTER author of The Proposal

‘A compelling read right up to its taut page-turning ending.’ - RICHARD LEE founder of the Historical Novel Society

  Ahhh, an historical fiction novel... Yes please. 

I went into this novel with some expectations. Since I am a long time lover of the genre, I anticipated really enjoying this book about a French family caught in the middle of the first World War. M.K. Tod DID NOT disappoint!  This novel reminded me a lot of "Gone With The Wind." The characters, places, historical background and the flawless plot all made me feel as if I was reading a companion novel of the classic. Although the storyline is much different, the telling of the events that started the war and the devastation that plagues the family, is a great remembrance of the novel. 
But if I enlist now, I'll have better opportunities. Better opportunities! She threw the words back at him. What possible opportunity could come from your enlistment? An earlier opportunity to die or to kill men from another country? A better opportunity to watch the horror unfold? A chance to see your friends disfigured, their lives forever altered? Tell me, what opportunity, Guy?
The language of this novel is very reminiscent of the old days. "Maman" is used for mother, the respect that young people have for their parents is so refreshing, I just fell in love with the writing from page one. The detail that was put into explaining the different places was exquisite.

This novel takes a look at WWI from the viewpoint of Helene a young girl who is shipped off to a far off country town before the war even starts. Her Maman, grandmere, and younger brother occupying her to Beaufort. Helene is not happy at all. Coming from Paris where all the excitement is, she can't imagine leaving all her friends and starting over in this "poe dunk town" but she goes anyway. While there, the bonds that are forged between three generations of woman is remarkable. The three women really help each other out. They get better acquainted and make the best of this horrible situation.
No, she thought, war is for history books, not for us to experience firsthand. It's for faraway places known only on maps.
If you are a fan of historical fiction as I am, you simply MUST pick this book up and give M.K. Tod the opportunity to "wow' you as she has me. I will soon be picking up "Unraveled" the companion novel to this one. I can't wait to read more from this writer.

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About the Author

03_M.K. Tod
M.K. Tod has enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in her early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. During her twenties, armed with Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, she embarked on a career in technology and consulting continuing to read historical fiction in the tiny snippets of time available to working women with children to raise.

In 2004, she moved to Hong Kong with her husband and no job. To keep busy Mary decided to research her grandfather’s part in the Great War. What began as an effort to understand her grandparents’ lives blossomed into a full time occupation as a writer. Her debut novel is UNRAVELLED: Two wars, Two affairs. One Marriage. LIES TOLD IN SILENCE, her second novel, is set in WWI France and tells the story of Helene Noisette who featured in Unravelled. Mary has an active blog - - which discusses all aspects of historical fiction and includes author and reader interviews. Additionally, she is a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. Mary lives in Toronto where she is happily married with two adult children.

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Lies Told in Silence Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule

Monday, July 28
Review at Unshelfish
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Book Blast at Our Wolves Den

Tuesday, July 29
Review at Just One More Chapter
Book Blast at Book Babe
Book Blast at A Book Geek
Book Blast at Mel's Shelves

Wednesday, July 30
Review at Bookish
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter
Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 31
Book Blast at Royalty Free Fiction

Friday, August 1
Book Blast at Back Porchervations
Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time

Saturday, August 2
Book Blast at Mythical Books

Monday, August 4
Review & Guest Post at A Bookish Affair
Book Blast at Historical Tapestry

Tuesday, August 5
Book Blast at Layered Pages
Book Blast at Princess of Eboli
Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, August 6
Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse
Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Thursday, August 7
Review at The Book Binder's Daughter
Book Blast at Kinx's Book Nook

Friday, August 8
Book Blast at The Maiden's Court

Monday, August 11
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Book Blast at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Tuesday, August 12
Book Blast at Book Nerd
Book Blast at The Bookworm

Wednesday, August 13
Review at The Writing Desk

Thursday, August 14
Book Blast at Words and Peace
Book Blast at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, August 15
Review at Lost in Books
Book Blast at The Mad Reviewer

Sunday, August 17
Book Blast at Brooke Blogs

Monday, August 18
Review at The Librarian Fatale
Review at Historical Fiction Notebook


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Found In Us by Layla Hagen [Book Review,Giveaway & Author Interview]

New Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Publication.Date  July 24, 2014
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services
WebsiteLayla Hagen

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My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

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**This can be read as a STANDALONE. The second book in the Lost series tells Jessica and Parker's story.**

All Jessica wants -as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating.

And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs.
A bad, bad boy

Dresses come in three lengths, as far as I'm concerned: stay-away-from-me length, buy-me-a-drink length, and take-me-home-with-you length.
Something that has everyone convinced I'm the perfect gentleman. Apart from Jessica. She saw right through me from the beginning. I don't know what tipped her off, but she's more right than she suspects. I'm not a gentleman. I'm just very good at pretending I am. Except when I'm around her. I realized the very first time I saw her that I wouldn't be able to keep my shit together if I was around her for long.  
Letting people near you gives them a chance to stab you in the back when you least expect it. 
Lies can be an efficient protection mechanism until we are strong enough to bear the truth. 

I'm so excited to have the opportunity to interview Layla. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is the second book in the "Lost Series." Let's get started.
Welcome to Bookish Layla. 

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I'd love to become a full-time writer one day. I know the odds of that happening are astronomical, but one can dream, right?

Which writers inspire you?
Oh wow, many. That's a tough question :) I read in various genres (romance, fantasy, sci-fi), and I love lots of authors. A few of them are Jasinda Wilder, J.K.Rowling, and Suzanne Collins.

So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Until now I've only published the Lost series which consists of a prequel novella Lost, Lost in Us and Found in Us. Lost and Lost in Us should be read together, but Found in Us is a standalone.

Give us an insight into your main characters in "Found In Us". What does he/she do that is so special?
Without giving too much away, Jessica and Parker are two people who have to learn to accept love and affection, and who slowly try to teach that one another.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I actually never imagine that. Usually fans send me pics and I'm like yeaaaaaaah, that looks exactly like the MC.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
During the week I try to sneak some writing after work, but it's mostly just sketching out scenes and then properly writing them over the weekend. I need a certain amount of time in order to "get inside the book",so I need to write 6-8 hours at a time. Unfortunately, I can only do that in the weekend.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer! Though sometimes I do take handwritten notes.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I am now more confident in taking risks with my writing than I was before. I guess you'll see what you mean when you read the blurb for Withering Hope :-)

How do you handle bad reviews?
I try to learn something from them if there is valid criticism. But they sting, I won't lie :) They make me doubt a lot.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding time to write. Seriously.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Just keep writing. Even if you think you'll absolutely have to delete what you are writing, do it. After enough "wrong" words, the "right" ones will come. Just don't take a break waiting for inspiration!! It might turn into a very long one.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Ebooks, because I have a kindle app on my phone and I can literally read whenever I have a bit of time.

What book/s are you reading at present?
The Fixed Trilogy :)

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I have two copy-editors and a proofreader. I am a bit manic about spelling (or other types of) errors :-D

What is your favorite motivational phrase.
If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal.

What is your favorite book and why?
This varies, but right now, it's The Hunger Games because I just think it's an excellent example of a strong heroine.

What is your favorite film and why?
Love Actually :-) it just makes me very happy every single time I see it!

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been?
The Hunger Games ;-)

Just give me a second because I have to stop 'swooning' long enough to write this review. I finished this book a week ago and I still can't get Jessica and Parker out of my mind. They are such amazing characters. I loved everything about them. Their flaws. Their hang ups. Their

idiosyncrasies. They were both characters in Layla Hagen's first book in this Lost series "Lost In Us" but they were not the main characters in that story. However, I loved the fact that I knew the back story about them when starting this book. Even though the first book is only a companion to this one, I would suggest reading the first because the first novel is just as good as this one.

This story takes off from the very beginning with Jessica starting a new job and trying really hard to keep her focus on her career. She is the original "party girl" and she is out to prove herself to her parents and herself that she is all grown up now and ready for responsibility. Jessica is a very strong woman and doesn't expect the typical happy ending, she is ready to be alone. She almost expects it, in a way from everything her past taught her.

Parker is also a strong character. He had to grow up fast in order to take over the family businesses. He didn't have much of a childhood and he seems very old for his age, in that he has lived far too much already. Parker is private and doesn't let many people in. He is guarded but he also gives unconditional love to those that prove themselves.

These two characters were so adorable. They didn't want to fall. They didn't think they were "meant to be." They just kept continually being pushed together and they both just didn't know how to handle it.

Layla is a great writer. You can really tell that she cares about her readers, as she spends a lot of time on each character so that the reader just can't help but fall in love. They story is steady, but not rushed. The characters grow throughout the book, but there is not a fast change. Another great thing that Layla did in this book is introduce Dani, just as she introduced Parker and Jessica in the first one. I love the way there was a small back story portrayed. She gives us just enough of Dani's story to get you hooked and waiting for the next installment. 

I loved this book, just as much, if not more than the first novel in the "Lost Series." I'd recommend this book to any new adult, romance fanatics. Layla Hagen is now on my "must read" list.

About the Author

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough
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What you can win: 
One e-copy of "Lost In Us" 
One e-copy of "Found In Us"


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A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott (Review)

Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Supernatural
Publication Date:  May 1st 2011
Pages:375 pages
Published By:  Aurora Press
WebsiteJayde Scott 

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My review copy:Bought for my Kindle :]
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The moment Amber starts her summer job in Scotland and sets eyes upon Aidan, her fate is sealed. Summoned by an ancient bond, she can never love another. Lost in the woods one night Amber enters Aidan's deadly world when she unknowingly participates in a paranormal race and promptly wins the first prize...a prize worth killing for.

In a world of forbidden love, ancient enemies, legends and rituals, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Life will never be the same again, unless she enters the Otherworld. But to do so, Amber must die...

It's said people can sense their imminent death. Maybe they hear death's song in the wind. Or the earth stops turning for a second, mourning those who are yet to pass.
"I remember when you glued tattoos all over yourself in the hope to get the receptionist job at a tattoo parlor." "I looked ridiculous." I returned the smile. "Shame they realized my body art was fake."
Congratulations. You've just won a vacation to a big, relaxing place called a grave.
Does he ever eat? Nope. Does he sleep during the day and only comes out at night? Yep. Is he so sexy you'd sell your soul to spend just a night with him? Double-yep. What other proof do you need?
Well, it is so nice reading about Vampires again. Damn, I have missed them! I was actually really impressed with A Job From Hell. Some people said that they got a Twilight vibe from it, but I didn't. It was more than just Vampires. There were all sorts of supernatural creatures. Which, I loved. So it was nice seeing more than just Vampires. 

It all starts when Amber begins a new job and within her first week, her brother has her stealing some gems from some random shack in the middle of the woods. Low and behold she holds the first place prize in this Paranormal Race.

What can I say about Amber. Well, at times, I didn't like her. There were times that I literally wanted to punch her in the face. But then I got to know her more as the book progressed and by the end of the book, I loved her. Amber became sassy and funny. And I just loved the stuff she would spit out. Aidan, I loved. But, we all know I love dark, handsome, brooding guys! I also loved all of the secondary characters. Especially Aidan's brother and Cass! They were hilarious!

The plot during the beginning was a bit dull but it was bringing in the information that you needed for the rest of the book and the rest of the series. But once you got passed the beginning and you were like 25% in, the book never stops. And I mean that in a good way. I was glued to my Kindle the entire time! I lost sleep, because the action kept going and I didn't want to put my kindle down. Every chance I got at work, I was reading this book. It just caught me.

I cannot wait to dive into the rest of this series! The next book is mostly about Cass so I am SUPER EXCITED for that one. I loved her! :] If you like vampires or anything paranormal, definitely check this one out!

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