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Saturday, 31 May 2014

BLOG TOUR!! Just Sing by Rene Gilley

Just Sing (Seven Oaks #1)
Released: 5 June 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Kobo  |  Barnes and Noble  |  TWCS PH
At the Other End:
Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.

But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.

  
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Author Bio:
By day, RenĂ© Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into. 

Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.

She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and four dogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer. 
Find Rene:

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Website  |  Goodreads

Interview:
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I worked and still work at a fortune fifty corporation as my day job. I’m a portfolio manager, it’s like a cross between a project and finance manager.
I love reading and impatiently waiting for Blood Promise by Richelle Mead to come out, I was doing a search and discovered Fan Fiction. I started reading and then one day decided to write my own stories. I went to the Romantic Times convention in Los Angeles with a friend and took a beginning writer’s workshop. I was hooked and from then on, with all my free time I write.


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
A combination of a few things. I wrote a short story with a different setting, with a couple I fell in love with, Aiden and Lily. I liked them so much I wanted to build a series around them. I used to work in entertainment industry and I live in LA, so the singing theme was inspired by that. I grew up in a small Northern California town like Hilltop.  Mix that all up and you have Just Sing.


3. 
You are a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and you have decided to give some of your profits from Just Sing to a cancer foundation. How has this experience affected your life and your writing?
My cancer journey and my writing journey are parallel. I got the email TWCS wanted to offer me a contract and 45 minutes later my surgeon called to tell me my biopsy was positive for cancer and I needed to come in to discuss options for treatment. I was on the right track, but life is short and you should do what you love. I have stories in me and it’s my wish to share them with the world and bring my characters to life. Surviving breast cancer intensifies this view of life and doing what you love.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
I don’t appreciate it when people attack authors, there’s just no need for that kind of behavior. But Writing and preferences are subjective, so I understand mixed reviews on items and appreciate personal likings. Negative and hurtful reviews will be tough to take, but I will try to pick out the constructive criticism and grow as an author. My goal is to write the story I want to read and I don’t think that will ever change no matter what a review states.


5. How long was the writing/planning process?
Just Sing was my first book. It took about 3 months to write it and 3 months to edit. Then I took a class and did a rewrite, that took another 3 months. So about 9 months, but with each book my speed is increasing and my process is becoming more streamlined.


6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
When we decided on the final artwork, I was in love. I absolutely love my cover. It conveys the feel I want to reader to have when they read the book and get in Lily’s head.


7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

Yes, right now, book II of the Seven Oaks Series, called Going home. I’m also writing a new adult story about a teen single mom who has a deaf son that lost his hearing since he was a preemie.
For the future, I have many books planned out, I just need to find the time to write them. They’re all good, I promise ;)


8. Top 5 books

Off the top of my  head…
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • Here Without You by Tammara Webber
  • I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Judy Blume is my all-time favorite author, so I wish I wrote her book Forever. It’s such an amazing, timeless story. Judy Blume did New Adult and Young Adult before they were popular, she’s amazing.


10. Why read your novel?

For me it’s about escaping. I love to get lost in the world of the novel and experience things with the main character.


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Friday, 30 May 2014

Stacking the Shelves (12)


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Whoo, another Friday Stacking the Shelves!
*fangirling so hard right now*
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Review:
Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia and Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me these review copies!

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia
The Caller (Shadowfell #3) by Juliet Marillier
AHHHHHH!! My favourite author's new book!!!! P.S. If you haven't guessed, this is what I'm fangirling over

Thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Nowhere Boys by Elise McCredie
Ohhh, this one sounds really interesting! I didn't know it was already a TV series on ABC???? Anyone seen it?

Purchased:
If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman
Book Depository FINALLY got this to me :D Love this cover, so pretty and simple. Now my sister is going to steal it..... I am worried for my book. Yep, definitely leaving a death threat on a sticky note if she hurts my book >.<

Thursday, 29 May 2014

FIRST LOVES GLOBAL BLOG TOUR! featuring Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor

Welcome to the First Loves Global Blog Tour, hosted by Bloomsbury!

Author Bio:
Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from The University of Arizona. She is the author of award-winning novels for teens and adults including, most recently, the critically acclaimed MARGOT, which was a Library Reads pick for September 2013 and also featured in O the Oprah Magazine, People, Ladies Home Journal, and Time.com. Her next book for teens, SEARCHING FOR SKY, will be published by Bloomsbury US on 5/13/14 and Bloomsbury UK on 7/3/14. 

Find Jillian:

Website  |  Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Twitter


First Love themed question: What’s your favourite book and/or movie about First Love and why?
Answer: I always enjoy reading and watching movies about first love in high school. (Maybe this is because I’m married to my first love/high school sweetheart?) But I feel like there’s something unique and life-changing about falling in love for the first time and my favorite love stories remind me of those feelings. My favorite movies about first love are the ones I grew up watching, Say AnythingPretty in PinkCan’t Buy Me Love, to name a few.
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Searching for Sky
Released: 1 July 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Australia
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Fishpond  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
River means everything to Sky. They have lived alone together on Island for as long as they can remember. The two of them hunt for food, wash in Falls and curl up together in Shelter. Their life is simple and safe. Until River sees a boat . . . 

Across Ocean is California, a place where nothing makes sense to Sky. She is separated from River and taken to live with a grandmother she doesn’t know. Lost and heartbroken, Sky searches for him so they can return to Island, only to find out that their paradise wasn’t as perfect as she thought, and everything she’s ever known and loved may have been a lie.

A gripping and beautifully told story of love and survival in a hostile world – ours. 


Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek:

A beautifully written and heart wrenching tale, of an island girl, stuck in our world. Brutally honest, this book makes you see everything in a different light.


Behind the 288 Pages
 
I absolutely, positively loved this book. I love Sky, and the only problem I had was that she didn't have much backbone. She didn't stop River from chasing down the boat and didn't stop everyone from calling her Megan. It got me annoyed because of how angry she got because of it, as well as what happened because of not speaking up. Seriously, I loved every part of this book. I laughed and I cried (yes, I cried) and I screamed and I was shocked from the truth of it all.

The story was completely unique, and I wasn't sure if I would actually like it, especially it being something that I've never read before. I didn't expect to get this emotional over this book. Everything being so unfamiliar to Sky and River, as well as slowly finding out the truth. How they came to be on the Island, and why. We see the horrors of our world thrown right in our face, even though that kind of thing isnt very common here is Aus, it's still relatable. I had a feeling of what Helmut did when Sky and River got to California. I guess I was kind of right, but then at the same time I wasn't. I kind of tried to hate River at the start, and a bit through the middle, bit just like Sky, I couldn't stay mad at him, even though he is definitely a "dreamer". the truth about everything is a real shocker, but it also makes me not hate River, but everyone else. Damn skeletons.

The romance in this book, doesn't actually show up until the very end. But it only makes the book that much better, because it HAD to happen. I knew it would happen, and I loved that it did, at the time it did.

I really really hated the grandmother. I know that she was trying, but she wasn't listening to Sky and she was keeping the truth from her. She was trying to turn her into someone that SHE wanted her to be, not to just by Sky. Because of this, it also made me hate the Mrs Fairfield and Dr Banks. They completely overwhelm Sky and try to turn her into some good little American that will be 'normal' (ewww...... Who wants to be 'normal). The three didn't take into account of what Sky wanted, and how unfamiliar everything is to her. Sure it may be easy to say things, and to force her into things, but they should have been able to see how unhappy she was, no matter how much it was "for the best". These characters didn't bring my rating down for this book, they actually made this book the one that it is. And I wouldn't be the same without these hate-worthy characters.

I think it's hard to explain this book. No matter what I say, it won't give this book justice. It is amazing, and even though it turns into a love story, it's also about the two surviving in this harsh and cruel world of ours.
This is a definite read. And I absolutely loved every moment of it.







This novel was received for review via Bloomsbury Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

AUSSIE BLOG TOUR! Rebel by Amy Tintera

Rebel (Reboot #2)
Released: June 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Buy Me:  Found in all good bookstores and online: Fishpond  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she died five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed and healing - along with a lack of emotions - Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot Reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there is only one option left...

It's time for Reboots to become rebels.

Sum Up:
The ultimate, jam packed conclusion to the Reboot duology. Get your hands on this series, NOW.

Behind the 352 Pages 
One word spoiler included below. Highlight to read.... if you dare.

You know the constant thing that had me annoyed in this book, even though it actually wasn't in the book? THE BLURB. Oh how I will kill you, evil, evil blurb! 
And do you know WHY I hated it so much? IT'S SUCH A SPOILER! I could have been emotional and angry, and everything you expect from a scene like that. But no, the blurb just ruined it for me. And the worst part? The bit that was supposed to get you shocked before the blurb-spoiler hit, was actually predictable. I honestly knew it was going to happen, as soon as they said the word, hunt. Actually, I'm pretty sure I had a hunch before that! If I could, I would completely erase that blurb, and replace it with something like this:

'(keep first paragraph)
Now that they have both escaped with the Austin Reboots, they are ready to start a life in peace on the Reboot Reservation. The truths they uncover will put the Reservation leader, Micah on one side, HARC on the other side, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle. There is only one option left...
Rebel.'


Do you think this blurb is better than the original?


*rant over*

Other than that downfall, I was completely and utterly hooked on every word. Everything that they all go through is tough, but it makes the book better. I felt torn in between Callum and Wren. It's like agreeing with both sides when they dont agree, yet still being unsure as to what opinion you are leaning against. I guess this is mainly because of the POV change between Callum and Wren. We get to see inside their head, as well as their logic behind their opinion.

I absolutely loved Addie. She was a great side character that provided the right amount of spunk to the story. I admit, it would be bland without her in it. When I look back, I can see how much Wren grows. It's like she is growing into understanding emotions, and being able to fully tell the difference between right and wrong, no matter the situation. And along with Wren, Callum grows as well. We see him develop his mind around the 'Wren will protect me and tell me what to do' thinking. The best part is that he even admits to thinking this, and he changes because of it. He turns into a real leader, and someone that can bring a sustaining future later on.

Even though I got robbed of the big shocker at the start of the book, there were heaps of them littered throughout the pages. Ones that I didn't expect, and drowned me in feels. I swear, I hit the back of my head against the wall after one chapter at the end of the book. You cheer for everyone, you get scared for them, and you wait in anticipation at what is going to happen next, or what is about to happen.

I kept thinking that the ending will be rushed, especially because of the amount of pages there was left when I hadn't even started the final battle. But it actually wrapped up pretty nicely. Especially that last chapter. It was something completely unexpected and it makes us actually take a step back after we finish, and sigh happily. I don't think I have been this satisfied in a series ending.

This is a must read duology, that will leave you hanging for more, and leaving you fully satisfied.
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What's Next:
Reboot (Reboot #1)
Released: June 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Buy Me: Found in all good bookstores and online: Fishpond  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. 


Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Wren's favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she's ever seen. 


As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he's always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there's something about him she can't ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line - or she'll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she'll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum. 


The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
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Author Bio:
Amy Tintera has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, a Master's in Media Arts and is a member of SCBWI. She currently works in the film industry in Los Angeles.

Find Amy:

Website  |  Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Tumblr

Bookmarks:
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Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing these copies for review.


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This novel was received for review via Allen & Unwin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Re-Release Day Blitz!! Chosen by Kristen Day

Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3)
Released: 27 May 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
At the Other End:
The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up. Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life.  In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war.  As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point.  A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive.  In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance.  The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most.

Bookmarks!

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Check out my review for the series! Forsaken (Book 1)Awaken (Book 2)Chosen (Book 3) and Hearken (Book 4)

Author Bio:
Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.

When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001. 

Find Kristen:
Goodreads  |  
Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Chocolate Book Tag

With thanks to the amazing Kelly at Diva Booknerd, I've been tagged in the Chocolate Book Tag. So without delay...
TIP! Keep on the lookout for the word 'bookmark'. This link will take you directly to the bookmark to download :)


Dark Chocolate

A book that covers a dark topic.

I've got two for this (I couldn't decide):



Something like Normal by Trish Doller
This is a quick read, but nevertheless, it is an emotional warpath, and something that you definitely don't want to miss. It deals with Travis' struggle with returning home from Afghanistan, dealing with his family, psycho ex-girlfriend, new girl Haley, and the death of his best friend while in the war.






Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor
I just recently read this one, and it honestly, makes you look at our world in a whole new perspective. You see the faults in our world, and you question our most basic necessities from seeing it through Sky's point of view, as well as her struggle to fit into our world and return home to Island with River. An emotional rollercoaster that left me in tears at the end, and screaming at the people that are supposed to help her.



White Chocolate

Your favourite light hearted / humorous read.



The List: A Love Story in 781 Chapters by Aneva Stout

Oh this book is hilarious! It's a great pick-me-up and a very short read. This book is written in a list format. I'm not kidding, they are numbered multiple choice points, hence, 781 chapters is actually 781 multiple choice points. I laughed at some of the answers that were written, especially because of how true they are. The style of this book is witty and very clever. It's not necessarily a book, but the length of a novella, coming in at 94 pages.






Milk Chocolate

A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.






Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
GAWD. Who hasn't heard of how amazingly awesome this is! *grabby hands to the MAXXX*
NEW! BOOKMARK








Chocolate with a caramel center

Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while reading.

Sorry, breaking the rules again (wait? is there a rule about picking more than one??)





These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner
Tehehehehehe, these two characters are the cutest! A great love story, that made me all soft inside. It made me cry, it made me laugh, and it had me guessing the whole way through.
BOOKMARK




Captivate by Vanessa Garden

When you find out that this book really isn't the kind of paranormal as you thought, all I thought about was Miranda's stuggles to escape, as well as ending up falling in love with Marko. I even took part in a dreaded love triangle that I made up myself >.< I....... I just....... I am ashamed of myself..... stupid love triangle. I have fallen for this book, and it left me feeling things that I haven't before.


Wafer Free Kit Kat

Name a book that surprised you lately.






Dangerous by Shannon Hale
All I can say to this one is SAY WHAAAAAAT. This one completely took me out from under. I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this one. To make it even more whoaaaa, I'm still reading it, and will have no idea what to expect from the rest of it. EDIT. Ok, I'm on part three of the book and I'm still like, WHAT THE FUCK.....









Snickers

A book that you are going nuts about.


Mall Rats series by Lily Herne
I think I've probably drilled into your brains with how much I LOVE this series. Haha what can I say about this amazing series that I haven't said before? If you haven't picked up this series yet, you better! It's a breath of fresh air, when you think it's just another zombie story.


Hot Chocolate with marshmallows

What book would you turn to for a comfort read?


Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

This is my favourite author, and my favourite book of hers. I have read this countless times, and I still love it as much as when I first read it. If not this one, then you can't go wrong with Juliet Marillier's, Wildwood Dancing or Daughter of the Forest.
BOOKMARK








Box of Chocolates

What series have you read that you feel has a little something for everyone?
Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz
I've been reading this series for years! Seriously, it's been years and I still haven't gotten over this series. No matter how many times I read it, I still love it, and still go on the same emotional rollercoaster that I had years ago. This series has everything. It's got modern day spells (that actually are believable), mystery, love, suspense, action. The list just keeps going!


Who I'm tagging...

Angel at Angel Reads
Anastasia at Living in a Bookworld