Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Armchair BEA 2015 [Day 1]: Introductions!

Armchair BEA

Hello! So I couldn't go to BEA this year because I fell extremely sick (actually everyone in the family did, no one was spared) and my BEA dreams were crushed. But I remembered from A LONG TIME AGO, I actually took part in ABEA 2012 and introduced myself then too. So I decided to join this year again! Day 1 is just to introduce ourselves and we had to pick 5 questions to answer out of 12, here are mine.

QUESTION 1: Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

I'm Lisseth, I'm 21 and have been blogging for more than 3 years! I'm from NY. I got into blogging because my little sister suggested I make a blog, after I read 200+ books the summer of 2011, and wouldn't stop recommending her books to read (she's not a reader). So that's how I got into blogging.

QUESTION 2: Why do you loving reading and blogging?

Like my blog header says, I read to escape, when I was smaller I went through a lot and books always helped me find a safe happy place where I could escape. So reading has always been something I've loved. As for blogging, I do it because I love sharing the love of books I have with others.

QUESTION 3: What is your theme song?

This was a tough one! I would have to go with My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers" because I'm always going to be stuck in my teenage rebellion stage, I tend to rebel against a lot of things, so these two are my theme songs.[Video below, enjoy!]

QUESTION 4: What is one book everyone should read?

I will never stop recommending UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld! It was my first YA book and I reviewed it here. It got me out of my 2 year reading slump back in middle school and I fell in love with the YA genre and read the whole series around 5 times, though Uglies I've read more than 5.

QUESTION 5: What book are you reading right now?

More like books. I'm read "Bride by Mistake" by Nicole Helm, which is an adult romance book and "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas, which is YA. I'm enjoying both of them right now and yes I multi-read (is that a thing? IDK)

THAT'S IT! DID YOU JOIN ABEA THIS YEAR? LIKE ANY OF MY RESPONSES, LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!
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Waiting On Wednesday - Lulu [55]: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

So lets start with my Waiting on Wednesday. I love doing this meme every Wednesday. "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating.

THIS WEEKS BOOK I'M EAGERLY WAITING FOR IS...


Title: Emmy & Oliver
Authors: Robin Benway
Published Date: June 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 352
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Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life. She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart. He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

This sounds like an emotional roller coaster, I cant wait to read it! This sounds to me like a YA contemporary drama which sounds super fun and heart achingly good for the summer. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this one on Goodreads because I'm so excited to get my hands on it soon!

IS THIS ONE ON YOUR TBR PILE? HAVE YOU HEARD OF EMMY & OLIVER? LIKE THE COVER? EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT? LET ME KNOW!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lizzy - Review [ 1 7 3 ]: Gown Girl by Kat Cazanav


Title: Gown Girl
Author: Kat Cazanav
Publisher: Self-published (via Amazon)
Publication date: May 18th, 2015
Pages: 213
Series: Lost In Lace #1
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Life has a few harsh surprises for Maddy Gill. When a fire sweeps through her Seattle apartment and destroys the little she has left, she finds herself living out of her car. But not the kind of gal to feel sorry for herself, she scrambles to get back on her feet.

As a reporter for a local newspaper, she seizes the opportunity to interview the elusive wedding couture designer, Sophia Nicoletta. When she unintentionally tries on Sophia’s most expensive creation, the zipper just won’t budge.

Trapped in the clutches of a million dollar gown and with the risk of losing her job, she has no where to turn until sexy charismatic sculptor Atticus Wolfe arrives to pay the delinquent tab on his ex-fiancées wedding gown. Now Maddy realizes she’s a hostage in the same dress. With no immediate solution to the problem, she’s forced to go home with the brooding young artist.

As one of the hottest new sculptors on the art scene, Atticus Wolfe can have any woman he wants, just not Maddy Gill. Certainly not like this. No way, no how. With nothing in common other than a faulty zipper, his futile attempts to undress her and set her free only fuel a heated attraction.

When a hot kiss and unforgettable night forces him to re-examine his feelings for her, Atticus finds himself wondering if losing the gown means losing the girl he’s been waiting for all his life.

I ended up really enjoying this book. Going into this I had no real expectations and literally started to read this because I wanted to see how this plot of getting "stuck" in a wedding dress and meeting a hot sculptor played out. Plus I want that gown in the cover XP

Any who, I loved how the author really made me feel like all the situations in the book were actually plausible and how everything clicked or was connected in some way. I liked the theme of "Disaster can bring something good" because Maddy, literally lost everything in a fire and is homeless yet she fights it through, gets the chance of her life, tries on a gorgeous dress, and finds the most perfect guy! A lot more positives than negatives. The story of course is NA, which means there is a sex scene (BE WARNED IT IS INTENSE), which I was not anticipating but it wasn't unnatural, since the chemistry between Atticus and Maddy was pretty evident and strong.

I also really liked that there was a whole other tragic love story mixed in with the main one, with Sophia the wedding dress designer and Atticus's father. It was really sad and when I learned the secret and the connection, I was like:

I had been suspecting as much but when it was verified I was like YES! Atticus is like the embodiment of perfect. He's hot, kind, funny, generous, warm hearted, rich, intense, and caring! He did suffer from being the black sheep of the family but I really liked him and reading through his POV.

The few things I kinda didn't like was the insta-love, they meet before the gown and he starts spewing poetry and how he feels a tug for her. I mean it can happen but he fell HARD for her and she took it a bit more slowly and logical. Plus when there was a tragedy Atticus went through at the end of the book, I think he got over it pretty quickly and that's something one does not move on from quickly.

Besides that, everything was good. I'm excited for the next book in the series, because I'm pretty sure it has to do with Atticus's brother, Levi, who is a douche-y jaded playboy and Jen, a single mother assistant to Sophia. Who in the epilogue have a very interesting conversation.

Overall, it had a great cast of characters, a good romance, and was a quick read. I'm definitely looking forward to book 2. Overall I give it 4 STARS!

[SIDE NOTE: Also don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for an eBook copy of this book, Open internationally, CLICK HERE]

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book Blast: Gown Girl by Kat Cazanav [Plus a Giveaway]

Back again and excited to share with all of you this awesome book. Keep on reading, leave me some comment, and enter the giveaway!
As part of the Literati Author Services, Inc. Book Blast.


Title: Gown Girl
Author: Kat Cazanav
Publisher: Self-published (via Amazon)
Publication date: May 18th, 2015
Pages: 213
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Life has a few harsh surprises for Maddy Gill. When a fire sweeps through her Seattle apartment and destroys the little she has left, she finds herself living out of her car. But not the kind of gal to feel sorry for herself, she scrambles to get back on her feet.

As a reporter for a local newspaper, she seizes the opportunity to interview the elusive wedding couture designer, Sophia Nicoletta. When she unintentionally tries on Sophia’s most expensive creation, the zipper just won’t budge.

Trapped in the clutches of a million dollar gown and with the risk of losing her job, she has no where to turn until sexy charismatic sculptor Atticus Wolfe arrives to pay the delinquent tab on his ex-fiancées wedding gown. Now Maddy realizes she’s a hostage in the same dress. With no immediate solution to the problem, she’s forced to go home with the brooding young artist.

As one of the hottest new sculptors on the art scene, Atticus Wolfe can have any woman he wants, just not Maddy Gill. Certainly not like this. No way, no how. With nothing in common other than a faulty zipper, his futile attempts to undress her and set her free only fuel a heated attraction.

When a hot kiss and unforgettable night forces him to re-examine his feelings for her, Atticus finds himself wondering if losing the gown means losing the girl he’s been waiting for all his life.

Kat Cazanav graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in film.

She went on to work in television before moving to Seattle where she now lives with her husband and two crazy dogs

FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - Lizzy [72]: Just a very special one...

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you show off books you're adding to your shelves.

My May box from Uppercase Box came and got this pretty purple thing! I will be posting the full box on Monday, so stay tuned.

  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Gray - BOUGHT / SIGNED (Uppercase Box Subscription - May Box + some cute goodies)
  • POSTS & GIVEAWAY YOU MAY HAVE MISSED SINCE LAST STS: (everything is linked)

  • Thursday - 5/14 : Cinder by Marissa Mayer [Reviewed by Lulu]
  • Saturday - 5/16 : Spotlight on Spelled by Betsy Schow [Excerpt + Giveaway]
  • Sunday - 5/17 : The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter [Reviewed by me]
  • Monday - 5/18 : Book Blitz for IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS US by Ingrid Jonach [Excerpt + INT Giveaway]
  • Friday - 5/22 : Cover Reveal for Serpentine by Cindy Pon [Plus an International Giveaway]
  • THAT'S ALL I GOT THIS WEEK! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! LEAVE ME YOUR STACKING THE SHELVES IN THE COMMENTS!
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    Friday, May 22, 2015

    Cover Reveal: Serpentine by Cindy Pon [Plus an International Giveaway]

    Back again and excited to share with all of you this awesome book. Keep on reading, leave me some comment, and enter the giveaway! Been super sick this week but life goes on, hope you had a great week, and read some great books!


    Title: Serpentine
    Author: Cindy Pon
    Publisher: Month9Books
    Publication date: September 8th, 2015
    Pages: 300
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    SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

    Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

    When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

    EARLY PRAISE:

    “Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over--I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

    "Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright's transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it." ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

    "Serpentine's world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you'll want to lose yourself in." ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

    Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association's Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA.

    The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015.

    She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.

    FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | TUMBLR

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    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Book Blitz: IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS US by Ingrid Jonach [Excerpt + INT Giveaway]

    Back again and excited to share with all of you this awesome book. Keep on reading, leave me some comment, and enter the giveaway!
    As part of the OOPS! I Read A Book Again Book Tours.


    Title: In the Beginning There Was Us
    Author: Ingrid Jonach
    Publisher: Self-published (via Amazon)
    Publication date: April 28th, 2015
    Pages: 285
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    What would you do if you were God? If you had the power to not only give life, but take it away in the blink of an eye? These are the questions that haunt fifteen-year-old Abbey Baxter after she resurrects a boy, long lost to the ages.

    The achingly beautiful and eternally melancholy Cole not only serves as a welcome distraction from her long-time crush, Elwin, but also eases the heartache that persists since the sudden passing of her younger brother, Junior, four years earlier.

    As the intrigue of her relationship with Cole deepens, so too does the mystery that surrounds a growing phenomenon sweeping through her small West Virginian town, transforming the lives of its residents. Around her, two bedroom cottages are transforming into mansions without explanation and residents are waking up to bank balances that have tripled overnight, all under the watchful gaze of the sinister American Laboratory for Particle Physics, located on the outskirts of town.

    As Abbey searches for answers in a bid to solve the mystery in partnership with Elwin, she’s forced into a realization that that some things are better left buried, including her newfound love, Cole.

    This cautionary tale of heartache and obsession explores the endless possibilities of the universe and its devastating impact on two young lovers from different worlds.

    Ingrid Jonach writes books for kids and teens. Her young adult sci fi romance novels When the World was Flat (and we were in love) and In The Beginning There Was Us are available now.

    She is also the author of the picture book A Lot of Things and the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

    Ingrid has worked as a journalist and public relations consultant, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honors in Communications.

    She lives down under - in Canberra, Australia - with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.

    FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

    EXCERPT OF CHAPTER FOUR:

    WE HEAR THE music before we see the crowd.

    The Coal River Volleyball Tournament’s an annual event for Albert Falls and at least a quarter of its population’s standing around with cans of soda and hot dogs, or stretched out on blankets on the grass, wearing their masks like Elwin.

    This year there are a few rubberneckers too—those who have travelled from nearby towns just to see the infamous Albert Falls.

    “I thought it would be standing room only,” Mali complains, looking at the empty seats in the bleachers.

    “Not with half of the town still in lockdown,” Elwin says.

    “Really?” I ask. “I thought they'd lifted it last Tuesday.”

    “Not for West Albert Falls.”

    Mali suddenly stops in the middle of the crowd to dig around in her shoulder bag for her anti-perspirant. “Damn. Where did I… Aha!” She sprays her palms openly, ignoring a look from a woman with a hot dog shoved halfway down her throat—like she can talk.

    Elwin spots his friends—a group of college kids who are sprawled in the shade next to one of the courts. They all dress alike, like they belong in a commercial for Coca Cola, or Abercrombie and Fitch.

    Buck’s there too. He high-fives Elwin and then sinks onto the grass with the rest of his friends. I check the time on an oversized clock next to the nets. His game’s on in twenty minutes. My stomach sinks as I realize how much the day’s going to drag on without Cole.

    I slip a hand into my pocket again, reminding myself that he’s here. If I close my eyes I can actually see him, walking through the crowd towards me. He smiles and gives me a wave as he walks around a family spread out on a picnic rug.

    I open my eyes, but of course, there’s no Cole. Instead, I see a girl with cropped blond hair kneel down behind Buck and start massaging his shoulders. Crap.

    “Want to grab a hotdog?” I ask Mali, blocking her view of her crush and his touchy-feely friend.

    Mali holds her stomach and sticks out her tongue. “Blergh.” But then she brightens. “I could use a hit of caffeine though.”

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