Monday, September 29, 2014

Help Wanted!!


Hey y'all!

I have posted a couple of times before about wanting help with the blog but it didn't work out long term either time. I am hoping the third time is the charm! :) Below is a little information about what I am wanting. I am hoping by being upfront and a little more direct I will be able to find the right people for the job! 

What I Want:

1. Someone that is wanting to do this long term- I am ultimately wanting a blogging partner. I want someone that loves reading and wants to share their love of books. Of course, I understand that things happen and life gets busy. That's fine! I will completely understand but I want someone that at least thinks they are going to be to do this long term!

2. Someone that is able to post once a week- That's roughly 4 posts a month, 2 of which I would like to be reviews. The other two posts can be discussion topics, interviews, memes, features, ect. 

3. Someone that loves YA books- While I do sometimes feature new adult or middle grade the primary focus is YA so I'm looking for someone that loves YA.


And that's the three main things I am looking for! If you think this is something you would be interested in please email me at whollybooks1@gmail.com. I am looking for two-three bloggers to join! 

Once I get your email, I'll send out a little more information about how things will work if I decide you are a good fit and you accept! 

I look forward to hearing from you soon!!


Book Blitz: The Last One










The Last One by Tawdra Kandle
Publication date: September 28th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:


Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone’s life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan’s looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.
But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn’t need excitement, and he doesn’t want romance. Fun is out of the question. He’s been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.
When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won’t be easy. Sam’s tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.
Nobody ever said love was simple.

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AUTHOR BIO




Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books run from YA paranormal romance (THE KING SERIES), through NA paranormal and contemporary romance (THE SERENDIPITY DUET, PERFECT DISH DUO, THE ONE TRILOGY) to adult contemporary and paramystery romance (CRYSTAL COVE BOOKS and RECIPE FOR DEATH SERIES). She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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Q: Tell us a little about Meghan and Sam, the couple in THE LAST ONE.

A: Meghan just finished her junior year at art college in Savannah. She’s dealing with a lot of family turmoil: her father died over a year ago, her brother found out he was a father (and shortly thereafter became a husband), and her mother remarried a long-time family friend. Meghan feels like she’s the only one without a plan for her life, which leads to her volunteering as an art teacher in a small town where the art program has been cut.

She met Sam under less-than-ideal circumstances, and when they’re thrown together over the summer, neither of them is particularly happy. Sam is a totally serious, responsible guy. . .some might even call him a little uptight. He lost his parents when he was eighteen, and he had to carry a heavy load of responsibility. Sam sees Meghan as a flighty party girl, and he’s not shy about letting her know how he feels. Or. . .is that really how he feels?

Q: How did you choose the names for your characters?

A: Most of the time, characters’ names simply come with them. Meghan was already named from her appearance in THE POSSE. Sam’s name came from a Civil War general, Samuel Cooper, who was the highest ranking Confederate general. Although our Sam’s name is Samuel Pierce Reynolds, after his fictional great-great-great-grandfather, I thought of General Cooper as I wrote Sam.

Another little note on names: I almost always include some nod to friends or family or readers in my books. In THE LAST ONE, Meghan’s best friend and roommate is Laura, and her boyfriend, a Marine, is Brian. Brian is named after the husband of my very dear friend who retired from the Corps a few years ago. I would have used my friend’s name, too, but I know she doesn’t love her name. . .and she does love Laura Ingalls Wilder. . .so I gave her Laura’s name instead. Got that?

Q: Do you set a certain number of hours to write each day?

A: Up until recently, I have not. My life has been a little haphazard the last few years. I have four children, and although they’re mostly grown, they still require attention and time. My youngest is still being homeschooled. And until this past summer, we also cared for a sweet four-year old little boy several days a week. So writing came whenever I could spare a few minutes to sit down.

Now, however, I am in a routine. I write every day from 8-12, and then after lunch, I work on social media, promotion, answering email, checking on my son’s school work and I even try to get a work-out in. I will often write more in the afternoon and after dinner, too, if I can.

Q: There are two more books in The One Trilogy. Will we see more of Sam and Meghan?

A: Sam and Meghan will definitely be around, but they won’t be the main characters or the persons whose POV we follow. THE FIRST ONE, which is the next book, is about Ali, Sam’s sister, and Flynn, her high school boyfriend. Sparks are going to fly when Flynn comes back to town eight years after he left Ali there. But since Ali lives in the same house with Sam, and Meghan is spending a good deal of time there now, too, we’ll definitely keep our eye on that relationship, too.

THE ONLY ONE is about Rilla and Mason. We haven’t met Rilla yet, and we haven’t met Mason by name, though we have seen him. And something special will be happening for Meghan and Sam in that book. Stay tuned.

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Tawdra has been kind enough to let each stop give away a copy of her book The Posse.
The ebook will be sent out to the winner from the author after October 27.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Flashback Friday (1)





Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast, showcasing books that are at least two years old!

My pick this week is Glass Houses by Rachel Caine. Glass Houses is the first book in the Morganville Vampire series. It's a great series that I really enjoyed and if you haven't read it, you should definitely give it a shot!





Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Release Date: October 3, 2006
Pages: 239


Goodreads Description:

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (54)



Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.









Title:  The Ruby Circle 
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: February 10, 2015











Goodreads Description:

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.


After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

Why I'm Waiting: This is one of my favorite series and I can't wait to find out how things work out with Sydney and Adrian. 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Made for You Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway






Made for You by Melissa Marr
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Southern Gothic, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


Purchase:
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About Melissa Marr




Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

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Made for You is very different from other books I have read my Melissa Marr. Most of the books I have read are from the Wicked Lovely series but I did also read Carnival Souls. Made for You is wholly, uniquely, different from all of those. 

I wasn't completely sure what to expect with this book. I had skimmed the description but I hadn't put much thought into what the book was about. Turns out it was mostly mystery novel but with added insight into the killer and also a supernatural element. I loved the mystery aspect and I found that the Judge's chapters were creepy but also extremely interesting. The Judge's mind was twisted in such a way it was fascinating to read. I do wish she would have given a little more insight into how he became the way he did. She does mention it a little but I felt it was more in passing than anything else.

Eva was one of the sterotypical small town, southern, rich girls, only she wasn't, not really. Eva is from a small town and she is undeniably rich and popular but I don't think she wanted it to define her and she definitely wasn't one of those mean rich girls. She was actually a very likeable character as was most of her friends. That being said I didn't like her boyfriend, Robert. He was a jerk and I completely agreed with Grace from the get-go that Eva needed to dump him. I loved Nate but was disappointed in the fact that it took him running into her at the hospital after she had just had a car accident to make him talk to her. I feel like he should have done it a long time ago. 

Eva's parents are difficult for me to understand. In the beginning, Eva talks about how they are never at home and seem distant. However, once they arrive home they almost become the world's most perfect parents. I understand that after almost losing your daughter could change your attitude but the complete 180 they did makes it hard for me to believe that they were ever distant at all. 

The pacing of Made for You is excellent. I was on the edge of my seat dying to know how things would end. I love that Marr gives you clues as to who the killer is and that you are slowly able to weed out the different suspects and figure out who the killer is become Eva and the rest of the gang. 

Made for You is an unique, suspenseful story that fans of Melissa Marr are sure to love! 







Tour-wide giveaway (US & Canada)

  • All 5 of Melissa's Wicked Lovely books (paperback), 
  • The Desert Tale - Wicked Lovely companion book (paperback),  
  • A hardcover copy of Made For You

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Anatomy of a Misfit

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Title: Anatomy of a Misfit
Author: Andrea Portes
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4 Cows
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodreads Description:
 
This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.




Anatomy of a Misfit has a feel kind of like Dangerous Girls (which I loved and if you haven't read it you definitely need to). Now, remember I said kind of, not exactly! The book begins with the ending then works it way back. There's a love story, there's mystery, and you're never quite sure how things get to that end point. When I first started the book I felt like there were only a couple of ways it could end but as the book went on I came up with several other possibilities.
 
The thing I loved most about Anatomy of a Misfit is the way it was written. Anika is very straightforward narrator. She tells the story with wit and humor but also with unapologetic honesty. However, her honesty is a double edged sword. While on the one hand I loved it, on the other hand I took real issue with some of the things she said. I don't think I am someone that is easily offended BUT at times she offended me. I get that the book was trying to hit on stereotypes but I felt some of things were unnecessary. My biggest issue was the way she talked about Shelli's mom that is a Christian. The things she said about her were offensive. She calls her racist, a nutjob and made various other negative comments about her thoughts and beliefs. Now, I wouldn't have been as offended had there been something to back up her claims but we never even meet the woman and Shelli never mentions her mom in a negative way either. Also, I felt like with the number of times that it was mentioned there had to be some reason for it later on. Maybe we discover that Anika wants to be a Christian or something and while that is hinted at, it's never stated in a way that makes all of the negative comments seem necessary. Honestly if this would have been taken out it would have been a homerun for me but as it stands it just didn't quite make it over the fence.
 
I was back and forth on the two guys in this book. I loved Logan and Jared at different points in the book and I also disliked them both at different points. I struggled with trusting both of them. They both had these qualities that made them instantly likeable but also had qualities that made me question their character.
 
Bullying is another one of the major issues that Anatomy of a Misfit deals with. Becky is the most popular girl in school and also the school bully. She is mean and hateful. I couldn't believe that anyone liked her.
 
Despite the fact that I had ideas of how things would end and the fact it was one of my theories, I was still surprised by the ending. I had convinced myself that theory wasn't an option. Yet, it was and it was heartbreaking.
 
I'm really torn on the rating to give this book. I want to give it 5 cows. I really, really do because I flew through this book and read it in a day but I just don't think I can. The unnecessary negative comments toward christianity is going to have to bump this one down for me.
 
 
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AudiobookMobile Tour


Alright y'all audiobook lovers in Brooklyn and Philly get ready! The AudiobookMobile is heading your way!! The APA is launching this campaign to help gain awareness about the growing audiobook industry. It sounds like an awesome experience so if you live in the Brooklyn or Philadelphia area be sure to check it out! You can find out more information about the tour below!




The AudiobookMobile is the biggest ever consumer awareness campaign for audiobooks. Anyone who stops by the colorful, custom-wrapped truck, which proclaims--"A Good Book Speaks Volumes"--can speak to staffers about audiobooks, catch clips from the studio on a monitor as they wait for an ice pop, and try their hand at the prize wheel where they can win t-shirts, ear buds, posters, and free audiobook downloads.
The APA has partnered with marketing agency GoGORILLA Media to create a custom-wrapped “AudiobookMobile” that will travel to five cities in the northeastern United States August 30-September 27, introducing the audio format to new listeners.
The AudiobookMobile will make stops at the
National Book Festival in Washington, DC (8/30),
Baltimore Comic Con (9/6), and the
Brooklyn Book Festival (9/21),
as well as at libraries in Philadelphia, PA and Darien, CT,
reaching more than 250,000 potential listeners!
In addition, in celebration of the AudiobookMobile and to bring further awareness of the audiobook craft, top APA narrators, including Norman Dietz, Richard Ferrone, Tavia Gilbert, Katherine Kellgren, Robin Miles, and Sean Runnette, will perform with the Golden Voices Theatre, followed by a Q&A facilitated by APA President Michele Cobb. Performances are scheduled for

Free Library of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA (9/27).
Full details of the schedule are listed below.
The AudiobookMobile’s eye-catching design features colorful super-sized headphone graphics and proclaims the campaign’s slogan: “A Good Book Speaks Volumes.” The truck is outfitted with speakers and video screen to broadcast audio and video clips from the recording studio to draw in passersby. There’s even a spot for a photo op: one side of the truck asks attendees to fill in the blank “I love audiobooks because…” and share their reasons via social media using the custom hashtag #listenlit.
In each market volunteers from APA member publishers and GoGORILLA Media’s professional street team will be on hand to engage with consumers, talking with them about listening, answering any questions they have about audiobooks and offering free downloads to take home. Attendees will also have the chance to spin a prize wheel mounted to the side of the AudiobookMobile for a chance to win giveaways including headphones, t-shirts, buttons, posters, and more.
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THE AUDIOBOOKMOBILE and GOLDEN VOICES THEATRE REMAINING SCHEDULE:
AudiobookMobile:  Sunday, 9/21 in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Book Festival
Borough Hall Plaza
10 am — 6 pm
AudiobookMobile:  Saturday, 9/27 in Philadelphia, PA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Branch
2228 Cottman Ave
12 pm — 5 pm
Golden Voices Theatre Performance/Q&A:  Saturday, 9/27 in Philadelphia, PA
Michele Cobb, APA President/facilitator with narrators Norman Dietz, Tavia Gilbert, & Katherine Kellgren
Free Library of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Branch
2228 Cottman Ave
2 pm
Read the full AudiobookMobile Press Release here.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Audio Review: Ugly Love

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Title: Ugly Love
Author:  Colleen Hoover
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Pages: 320
Format: Audio
Publisher: Atria Books

Rating: 5 Cows






Goodreads Description:


When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.



I have only read two Colleen Hoover books so far, Maybe, Someday and Ugly Love but I think it's safe to say that she has a huge fan in me! Ugly Love is a suspenseful, heart-wrenching story with relatable characters.

I have to admit that I both loved and hated Miles and Tate. In end the end, love won out for both of them. Before I get to the love part, let me explain what I hated about each of them. Ladies first, I suppose. I hated Tate for settling for less than she deserved and knowing that she deserved more. Tate knows that she has real feelings for Miles but since Miles can't love her she takes what she can get. She settles for the little bit he can give her and puts her heart through so much. I hated Miles for doing that to Tate. Miles could tell that Tate really cared for him but he continued to see her anyway. He constantly tells her that it's just sex and to not to expect a future with him but does things that makes it impossible for her not to. Actions speak louder than words, Miles!

BUT....I loved Miles and Tate, far more than I hated them. Miles is impossible not to love. Despite his actions, it's obvious that Miles is a good guy. He's upfront with what he wants. It's also obvious that he has real feelings for Tate, but he's just too screwed up to let them out. It also helps that he's a pilot. I have always had this thing for pilots! Tate is a smart girl with ambition. I love that she was going to school and working. I loved that she was independent and didn't mind working hard. I loved her personality.

The book is told in two different stories. The first is Tate's in the here and now while Miles's is told six years in the past. This adds a level of suspense to the novel. You know that something happened to Miles to make him not want to fall in love but you just don't know what. The six years earlier chapters slowly reveal how he became the person that he is today. Also, can I just say that I love Tate's inner dialogues?!

Obviously, Ugly Love has a lot of sex. No, seriously, there's A LOT of it. That being said, I love the way Hoover writes sex scenes. I'm actually not a huge fan of sex scenes. Most of the time they just come off too cheesy for my tastes. Hoover's sex scenes somehow manage to not be cheesy. She doesn't use the porno-type descriptions found in a lot of romance novels.

I listened to Ugly Love on audio and really enjoyed the narration. I didn't like the narrator for Miles quite as much as I did the one for Tate but I still thought he did an okay job.

I highly recommend Ugly Love to Colleen Hoover fans or anyone looking for a great NA book!




Friday, September 12, 2014

Movie Review: If I Stay


    




The weekend If I Stay released I headed out to my local theater to see it with my sister, and three of my cousins. I convinced them to come and we were having a girls night out. I had checked the website the night before for times but when I looked the next night the times were gone. I called the theater and got their recording of the movies times and got the times from there. I figured that it must have been some glitch on their website. When we got there though we were informed that it wasn't playing there and that they had some problems at the last minute. They said that the website was changed but that they must have forgotten about the recording. They said that they would get it, just not this weekend. I was totally bummed as was the rest of my crew. We managed to savage the night with a trip to Taco Bell because of course Taco Bell solves all problems.

The theater finally gets If I Stay in and take my mom. Unfortunately, we were about 15 minutes late so I have no idea how the movie starts. Still, I saw enough of the movie to give an accurate opinion of it.

As a whole, I really liked it. I thought that all of the actors/actresses did a great job. I really enjoyed the music and being able to see Adam's band play. Also, watching the way Mia played the cello was beautiful. It seems like it would be a very difficult instrument to play.

I think the dynamic between Adam and Mia was spot on. It was amazing seeing their relationship develop on screen. I also loved seeing Mia's family. Mia's parents were so different than most parents and I think they did an excellent job portraying her family.

As expected, the movie was heartbreaking. I somehow managed not to cry but came very, very close to it at one part. I think knowing how everything worked out helped me a lot.

If I Stay was very well done and I hope that they make Where She Went into a movie as well. Of course, my real hope is that they will make Just One Day into a movie. It's my favorite Gayle Forman book.





Any one else see the movie? Thoughts?






Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil Blog Tour: Review



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Get Even
Don't Get Mad #1
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.
Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.
When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
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Get Even is a great mix of mystery, love, revenge, and suspense. Four girls decide to take matters into their own hands when their school does nothing to punish bullies. I loved the premise of this. It was almost like the four girls were Robin Hood except instead of stealing and giving money to the poor, they gave the school bullies a taste of their own medicine. 

Get Even is a story that really pulls you in. It constantly had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure who was doing what and what was going to happen next. Sometimes, I was able to see things coming while others I was completely taken by surprise. I've been really into the mystery and suspense YA books these days so Get Even was just what I had been looking for. 

The book alternates between the four main characters. At times, this can be somewhat confusing. Sometimes I would forget who was narrating or forget what had happened the last time tht narrator had been reading. Still, it wasn't a big enough problem to take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I loved all of the different relationships. My favorite was John and Bree. I loved their friendship at the beginning and even though they started having problems later on in the book it's easy to what where the problem actually stems from. Margot and Logan was another interesting relationship. I am really cheering Margot on. I loved that throughout the book she gains confidence in herself.  

For some reason I had been thinking that Get Even was a standalone. I didn't realize there was a sequel until I was about two pages until the end and I still didn't know who the killer was. Needless to say, Get Even leaves you hanging. There is no resolution. 

I liked that all four of the main characters where very different. It kind of reminded me of John Tucker Must Die when he was dating three different girls from different groups. That's how it was for Margot, Bree, Olivia, and Kitty. Each one had their own reasons for becoming part of the club and it was interesting discovering each one's motive along the way.

Get Even is full of tons of action and suspense. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book to find out who the killer was but I guess I'll be waiting until at least until book two comes out. 




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Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. She is a founding member of vlog group theYARebels where she can be seen as "Monday," and she is an active member of both The Enchanted Inkpot, a group blog of YA and middle grade fantasy writers, and The Apocalypsies, a group blog of 2012 children's debut authors.
You can find Gretchen on TwitterFacebook, and on her blog.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (63)




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books that I Think are Underrated

I found this to be a really difficult topic because most of the books and authors that I love are fairly popular or at least I feel like they are. So here are ten books that I think are underrated. 


1. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West- This is one of my favorite books. Seriously, everyone should read it.

2. Dangerous Girl by Abigail Haas- I was shocked to find out that this book didn't do well. Obviously, that's because they just didn't read it. This book jaw-dropping!!

3. Tease by Amanda Maciel- This book hit on a tough issue and gave the issue a very interesting perspective. 

4. The Archived by Victoria Schwab- I loved this book and was surprised that it get more recognition. 

5. The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno- This was a great book with an unique subject matter that didn't get enough buzz in my opinion. 

6. Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlyknowski- I loved, loved, loved this book. It was hilarious! 

7.Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston- I feel like this series is one that was overshadowed by series by Julie Kagawa, Melissa Marr, and Aprilyne Pike.

And that's all I could come up with... 

What books do you think didn't get enough love??




Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Virgin








Title: Virgin
Author:  Radhika Sanghani
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Publisher: Berkley

Rating: 3 Cows










Goodreads:

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.


Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.




I have mixed feelings about Virgin. There were some things I liked but there were some things that I didn't like as well. Seeing as it was compared to Bridgett Jones (which I love) I had some high hopes and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to them.

First, let me start off with what I did like. I liked the honesty. The main character, Ellie, is very open and honest about her life. No subject is off limits for Ellie. She isn't afraid to tell her embarrassing stories and that was refreshing. I found that Virgin did have a lot of funny parts. I'll admit that I took pleasure in some of Ellie's pain.

The thing I didn't like was the way that Ellie acted sometimes. I thought her mission to lose her virginity was going to be funny. However, it wasn't. It was kind of sad. She tries to hook up with the first guy that shows her any interest. Then, she is rejected while her best friend hooks up with a guy that she had thought was cute. I felt bad for her but I didn't like the way she reacted. She was whiney and self deprecating. I felt that Ellie let her virginity define her. She made it into a much bigger deal than it actually was.

I did feel that Ellie did have some character growth by the end of the novel. It took her a long time to find herself and be okay with who she was but she does get there.

Virgin was an okay book for me. I did enjoy it I just wish that Ellie would have realized that her virginity wasn't that big of a deal a lot sooner. Of course, that probably would have made for a much shorter book.









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