As You Turn Away (The Walker Boys #1) by Molli Moran

Beautifully written and full of emotion, As You Turn Away, have you getting wrapped up in such a gorgeous love story brimming with self-discovery, courage, and bravery.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before, was absolutely sweet, funny, charming, and definitely emotionally charged.

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past Midnight , is a wonderfully compelling and captivating read that is unbelievably hard to put down until you have practically binge read the entire book in one sitting.

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5 by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner is a gorgeous stand alone companion novel to this awesome series, that is beautifully poetic and full of raw emotional turmoil.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen + Giveaway

Alright guys, today is the day that I've definitely been waiting for! I'm so excited to get to participate in this cover reveal for The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen, that was graciously hosted and organized by Lola's Blog Tours. I've had the absolute pleasure of exchanging a few emails with the lovely Sarina about this amazing series and I'm definitely excited for this particular book in general. If you're a fan of LGBTQ books, then you are going to be excited for this one too. 

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The Understatement of the Year 
Ivy Years #3

Sarina Bowen

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon and Kobo

What happened in high school stayed in high school. 
Until now.
Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual preference from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.
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Excerpt from The Understatement of the Year

Bella grabbed the front pocket of my Vermont sweatshirt and actually pulled me through the din of the most crowded room, toward a table where Graham sat in a booth, across from Hartley.

Ugh. I had no idea this would be so cozy. In fact, there was nowhere for me to sit. For a second there I felt like it was seventh grade all over again, and I didn’t know where to sit in class.

That’s how I met Graham — seventh grade Spanish. We were the two runts in the back row with terrible gringo accents and no friends. The teacher always made the class pair up to practice dialogue. Graham and I were partners.

Hola, Miguel.

Hola, Juan.

Te gusta el futbol?

Sí, me gusta el futbol.

The early days of middle school had been awkward. But this? So much more awkward than that.

“I’ll sit on Graham’s lap,” Bella suggested, grabbing a slice of pizza off the tray.

“Naw, let me find a chair,” I said, turning quickly into the crowd. And lo, by the grace of God, I found one in front of an ancient pay phone. Setting the chair at the end of their booth gave me some much-needed distance. Bella sat on the end, boxing Graham into the corner. Bella’s hand found its way onto my knee about two seconds after I sat down.

Someone filled my glass. “Have a slice?” Hartley offered.

“Thanks, I already ate,” I said quickly. But I sucked back some of the beer. It was pretty wimpy stuff, but I’ll bet the price was right.

“Tell us about your transfer,” Bella prompted while the others dug in. “You said you’d tell it over beers.”

Right. Too soon. “Well,” I hedged. The thing was, I’d told people I was gay many, many times. I was actually pretty good at it. But you don’t say it when you’re all trapped at a table. You have to drop the bomb when your victims are free to walk away from you. Because even the people who are going to turn right back around and be there for you often need a minute to digest the idea.

And the fact that Graham was sitting three feet away, staring at his slice of pizza as if it might reveal the secrets of the universe, made this a particularly bad time. I didn’t want to look vulnerable in front of him. I’d tried that before in my life, and it ended badly. Very badly.

“Thing is, I haven’t had enough beer yet to tell it.”

“There you go with the buildup again,” Bella said, nibbling on a slice.

“Yeah? Well my stories don’t usually disappoint.” That was a bit of pointless bravado. But it was probably true.

I happened to glance toward Graham then. And even in the low light of the pizza place, I saw him freeze. And I realized just how far a little smack talk about stories I might tell would freak him out. I hadn’t meant it like that. But the effect on him was instant and powerful. His jaw went hard and his fist clenched on the table.

Easy, boy. “Tell me about the practice schedule,” I said to change the topic.
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About the Author

Sarina Bowen makes her home in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where she lives with her family, eight chickens and a large pile of skis and hockey equipment. She is a graduate of Yale University.

15 Days of Being A Book Blogger featuring Day #07: Blogging Quirks

What are some of your blogging quirks?!

We all have them, even if we don't think we do. I know I have a few little crazy ones that stick with me and have this tendency to niggle away at my thoughts and somehow sort of affect the way that I blog in general. Some are silly little things and some really have this way of giving me thoughts. 

So, blogging quirks for you!

Post Formats. I like for all of my posts to have a specific format, like my review posts are done all the same way, my WoW posts, my Top Ten Tuesday, etc. They're all formatted pretty much the same way, because I like for there to be a little bit of structure to my blog and for the posts I make to look half-way good.

Pre-Scheduling  Posts. In the past I've been incredibly rubbish about it, but here lately I've been getting a lot better. I've been really working on trying to get at two weeks worth of posts scheduled ahead of time, that way I don't get behind and feel like I have to massively play catch up like crazy or that I've forgotten that I was supposed to post this review or participate in that blog tour. 

Reviews. Reviews. Reviews. I don't always write my book reviews immediately after I finish reading a book, because I'm the kind of person who likes to sit for a few days and mull over what I've just read. I don't know, it's just part of the way that I process things. I need to be able to put all of my feels into coherent thoughts instead of jumbled up messy gibberish and OMG's. I also don't always write reviews for every single book that I read, but I do try and at least rate them on Goodreads and write a couple of sentences about whether or not I liked the book.

Reading Challenges. I am absolutely horrid at keeping up with reading challenges in pretty much any capacity. The only one that I've actually been able to stick to is the Goodreads challenge and that's because the site itself takes notes and marks down the books that I've gotten through and tells me how many more I need to read to meet my goal. I know, I should really try to get better at this.

Comments. Sometimes I worry about whether or not my posts are being read, because I don't get that many comments and I don't know if people are passing them by or if they're reading them and just not leaving a comment. I know this totally goes both ways and in order to get comments you have to be good at leaving comments. Obviously, this is something that I definitely need to work on. At the beginning of this year, I was doing pretty good with it, but now I've been sort of slacking off and I need to motivate myself to get back into the swing of it.

Netgalley and Edelweiss. I am so behind on my reviews for these, that it's not even funny. I really need to get on the ball with this and make sure to take a particular month and dedicate it to both these sites, the e-galley's I have for review, and the time to write and post the reviews for them. 

Archiving Reviews. I am awful about updating my review archive and making sure that my coordinating Pinterest board is updated as well. I don't know, but I just am. 

Booktube + Blogging. I love to film vlogs featuring the books that I've received for review, the books that I've bought, and/or checked out from the library. But, sometimes, it gets hard to always find the time to do this. Plus, between doing that and also trying to keep up with blogging in general, it's just hard. I feel like I'm sacrificing one for the other and I don't really like that, so I usually just end up choosing the blog over booktubing for the moment.

Social Media + Blogging. I am not the worlds greatest at remembering to schedule my tweets, facebook, and Google + posts for the posts that I've already scheduled ahead of time. This is definitely something that I really need to work on, loads. When it comes to blogging, page views, and getting the comments - social media is definitely the way to go.

So, those are just a few of my blogging quirks, what are some of your's? I'm curious to know what they are, so share in the comments below. :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blog Tour featuring The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin + Giveaway & Review

Journey of Creating a Book Inspired
Key Chain 

I am excited to be part of the special Blog Tour for the amazing young adult fictional non-fictional book, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by the wonderfully gifted and quite talented Adele Griffin. I thought it was a unique concept, because it wasn't your average Blog Tour, with this one the participants and bloggers would be writing in the voice of either Addison or one of the other characters, drawing, painting, sculpting, or creating anything that was inspired by Addison or this book in general. So, I decided to do two things for my post, which is talk about the book and how much I really enjoyed it like I did below, and to also design a really pretty and unique beaded key chain that was inspired by the book itself, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, that I will be giving away to one lucky person. 

For those of you who don't really know, I love creating and designing jewelry and other things. What started out as a small hobby for me about two and a half years ago, has now become a full fledged dream of mine and every day I am growing, evolving, and getting so much better in my designs. I take my inspirations from everywhere, from a piece of fabric, to an outfit that a character wore on a television show, and even from books. It's not always easy and it's definitely pretty challenging, but I love every step I take in the direction I am yearning for and every moment of the project. Sometimes, even the littlest mistake that I encounter could turn out to be the best mistake that I ever made. I've had that happen a few different times, here and there. 

The journey that I took, while trying to come up with a design concept for a key chain based on Addison Stone, was a little bit challenging and a equal parts daunting, because I wanted to get this right. Though, with Addison, I don't really know if there is a right way or a wrong way to do something - she just did it herself. It was one of the things that drew me to her character, was the way that she was just born to create and so inspired to design her own brand of "street art" that was unique in and of itself. For me, she was inside of her head a lot, dealing with the many demons that she faced in her tragically young life that was eventually cut too short. It just seemed dark and moody, full of insecurities and deeper issues that she was grappling with. It sort of helped, in a way, to set the mood and the tone for the piece that I wanted to create.

In all honesty, I don't want to give everything about the piece that I've created away, because like Addison's life and death, I want there to be some bits of mystery surrounding it. So, there are parts of it that I'm going to choose not to mention, because I want whoever wins this piece to be both surprised and happy with it. The color palate of this gorgeous beaded key chain, will say a lot about it, without saying too much. I wanted it to match the glimpse of Addison's head space that we were given in bits and pieces, through prerecorded moments and other things that she had said recounted by the various characters in the book. It's part of the reason why I chose it, I really wanted to delve into it, without spelling everything out in great detail. 

I have pictures that I've taken of the process of creating this key chain, but I haven't yet uploaded them to my computer from my camera, so unfortunately you won't get to see them until I update this post with them in a day or so. It takes me a while to clean up the pictures, plus I am still in the final stages of actually creating the key chain as well. 

Suffice it to say, that I really and truly hope that you genuinely love this piece that I've created, as much as I loved creating it and getting to know the mystery of who Addison Stone really was. In order to win this, you have to be from the US (I apologize to those of you who are International, but I just can't make that happen at this moment) and please fill out the Rafflecopter below. I will choose the winner and email you once the giveaway has ended, if you haven't responded back to me within a 48 hour time frame, then I will be forced to pick another winner.

Good luck and I hope that you enjoyed The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin, as much as I did. You can find my review for the book below. If you haven't read the book and it looks like a book that you might find interesting you can order it from (Amazon | Barnes&Noble | Indiebound) etc. 

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My Thoughts on The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
by Adele Griffin

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
Adele Griffin
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, is a unique experience all of its own. It isn't your ordinary everyday read, by any stretch of the imagination, and I think that's what I really love best about it. It's refreshing, to come across a book of this nature and to get the chance to read something incredibly different and a little bit out of your comfort zone. I have so much respect for Adele Griffin, for taking the chance and writing such an amazing and compelling novel that I absolutely didn't want to put down once I had picked it up and embarked on the journey with Addison Stone. It was an amazing experience to get to know this character, through the eyes of loved ones, friends, mentors, and others. 

I have honestly never read a book of this nature before and the idea of a fictionally written non-fiction book definitely intrigued me, so I jumped at the opportunity when it was offered as a review book from the publishers. Addison's story is full of mystery, intrigue, and emotional issues that she found herself grappling with. It's bold, daring, and full of amazing facets and details that lead up to her untimely young death and the mystery surrounding it. Every page of this story brought new things to light, introduced new people in Addison's life, boyfriends that have come and gone, things that happened, her rise to fame stemming around her brilliant and inspiring artwork, the daredevil that she was, and her own tumultuous issues that had arisen in the short span of her gorgeously creative life. There were many things about her that inspired me in so many fantastic and wonderful ways, that it's incredibly amazing when a book such as this one touches you in ways that it's almost hard to put into words.

I was essentially holding Addison Stone's life and death in my hands and the keys that would eventually unlock most of the mystery surrounding it. Wonderfully eccentric and beautifully flawed, readers will find themselves awed and inspired and maybe even a little motivated by Addison Stone. She was one of New York's "It Girl's" who was well on the rise for being known for her amazing street art that was unique in and of itself. I love how realistic and flawed her character was, the fact that there was so much controversy and mystery surrounding her untimely death, and that she was born to create and design beautiful art that moved and inspired others. She's different, this one, and it's absolutely brilliant. 

The wonderfully beautiful images of art and photo's depicting Addison at various points in her life, are one of the key things that kind of made this book a little more special and unique. It's almost as if they're telling their own story as well, apart from the one that we're reading about regarding Addison and her life. She's not an easy character to relate to, she comes with a good amount of flaws and at times, her actions can come off a bit childish and immature where her ex-boyfriend Zach is concerned, but that is understandable because who wouldn't feel like that at some point towards an ex. Addison has her own brand of thinking and style of dealing with things, in some ways it almost seems as if she's some sort of enigma in her own right. 

If you are looking for a fascinating read, that's incredibly unique, and unlike any other one that you've read before I would definitely recommend you picking up a copy of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, as it's different from any other young adult fiction that you would read right now. The way that Adele Griffin writes this book, pours her heart into the characters and their recounts and possibly guilt leading to Addison's death, Addison herself and dealing with all of her demons, insecurities, and other issues, and the art is absolutely captivating and heart breakingly beautifully epic. Really, I don't know what else I could say other than that, because for me this is definitely one of the best and most uniquely written stories that I've read in A LONG TIME and I realize that may be saying quite a bit right there. The best thing about this novel, is how it brings all different types of mediums together and spins this amazingly written story together in such a way that it captures your attention and pulls you further into the chaotic and emotionally intense world of Addison Stone. 
Adele Griffin

Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and highly acclaimed author of numerous books for Young Adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Witch Twins and Vampire Island series. Her most recent thriller Loud Awake and Lost will be out this fall from Knopf.

Adele lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.

Book Blitz featuring The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway with Excerpt&Giveaway

I am excited to get to be a part of the book blitz for The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway, she's definitely one of my favorite young adult authors to read. I've read the first book in her Touch of Death series and I can't wait to finish it, because I really enjoyed it. She's got a knack for writing witty characters who are strong and spunky too. So, naturally, I'm all excited for this book too!

The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.

She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.

But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.
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The car stopped, and Ethan’s hand slipped from mine. I turned to him, blinking against the fluorescent lights of the gas station. 

“Sorry,” he said. “I didn’t mean to wake you. I just needed to get some gas and a few things from the convenience store. There’s no food at the cottage. I thought I’d grab some crackers and soda. Stuff like that. I’ll even see if they have black licorice for you. I know you love it.” 

I nodded and started for my seat belt. 

“No. You stay.” Ethan opened his door and stepped outside. I let my hair fall across my shoulders, trying to warm myself against the night air. “I’ll be right back.” 

The trunk opened, and a moment later, Ethan opened my door, handing me one of his sweatshirts. “Here, you look cold.” 

I smiled. “Thanks.” He knew me so well. I watched him walk inside the store and heard the soft click of the car locking again. He wasn’t taking any chances with me. I knew he’d protect me from anything. He’d already protected me from death. He was my every- thing now. I would never see my family or friends again. I had to start over. The thought terrified me, but at least I had Ethan by my side. 

I hugged the sweatshirt to my body. I was too tired to actually put it on, and, this way I could breathe in Ethan’s scent while I kept warm. I inhaled deeply at first, and then my breaths became shallow, which was weird considering how tired I felt. I yawned. Exhaustion overwhelmed me. Apparently it took a lot of energy to return from the dead. 

I leaned my head on the window, hoping the cool glass would keep me awake, but my head spun, making me dizzy. My arms and legs tingled with the sensation of pins and needles. I felt like I had a million spiders crawling all over me. I threw the sweatshirt off me and onto the floor. My arms were bare. No spiders. But the feeling didn’t go away. I panicked. The walls of the car were caving in on me. The air around me was tight, strangling me. 

I searched the convenience store windows for Ethan, but all I saw was a guy in a cowboy hat, and a woman taking her little boy to the bathroom. Where was Ethan? The lightheadedness was getting worse—more intense. My breathing was labored. In a panic, I reached for the door handle. It took me a moment to remember it was locked, but when I finally got it open, I stumbled out of the car into the fresh air. I gulped oxygen into my lungs, hoping it would make me feel better, but it didn’t. 

I was suffocating. Life was draining out of me. I collapsed to my knees, skinning them against the pavement. Wheezing, I crawled forward, trying to reach the convenience store door. Trying to reach Ethan. I needed help. I didn’t know what was happening to me, but it felt like I was dying...again. 
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About the Author

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. 

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