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Friday, May 31, 2013

{PROMO TOUR: Teaser + Giveaway} Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Hey, lovelies! It's the last day of May and we're ending the month with a bang! I am so glad to be part of the Get Addicted Tour and today I'm featuring a teaser from the book Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie. This promo tour runs from May 27th to June 8th so make sure to check the tour schedule and visit the other blogs participating in this tour for more teasers, excerpts, interviews and guest posts. Oh, and there's also a tourwide giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC and an e-ARC of Addicted To You! It's open internationally so read on until the end of the post for a chance to win! ^__^

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Addicted To You by Becca and Krista Ritchie


Are you now ready to get addicted?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

{REVIEW} Passion Potion by Mary Beth Daniels

Passion Potion

Author: Mary Beth Daniels
Genre: New Adult Fantasy, Romance
Published: May 1st 2013 by Casey Shay Press
Source: Publisher
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Jet is a Nix, the daughter of an Enchantress who went outside her bloodlines. No one helps a Nix, and even though her father is in deep trouble with Dei Lucrii, a Dark Enchanter who paid her family an extraordinary sum to make a passion potion, Jet has no way to fix the powerful spell that killed her mother.

But someone is watching her. A very handsome someone whose face appears in a pewter bowl her mother always kept close by.

Could the boy be the secret to avoiding the curse of the Nix? Or is he the sort of distraction Jet REALLY can’t afford at a time like this?

Passion Potion is a paranormal new adult romance from the author of the romantic comedy hit Heteroflexibility.

**I received a free copy of this book for exchange of an honest review.**
“Sometimes we have to make the best of what life brings us.”
- Jet’s Dad

Funny, enjoyable and unique. Passion Potion is a light read but not boring, with the right amount of paranormal, fantasy and romance mixed together. Definitely one of its kind.

I practically devoured this book. Its colorful characters, interesting plot and quirky dialogue immediately hooked me in. The pace of the story and the flow of words are smooth and easy. There are no dull moments. Everything is cleverly written.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

{REVIEW} If I Should Die by Amy Plum

If I Should Die

Author: Amy Plum
Series: Book 3, Revenants series
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal
Published: May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
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I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?


“Whatever happens, remember that I will love you forever. Even if my spirit is dispersed and my consciousness released to the universe . . . whatever is left of me will never stop loving you.”
-Vincent
I am absolutely in love with this book. It’s perfect in so many ways and definitely the best in the trilogy. Reading If I Should Die is actually a bittersweet experience for me because this is the finale of a series I so dearly love and I’m still not ready to say goodbye to the characters.

Friday, May 24, 2013

{REVIEW} The K-Pro by M. Pepper Langlinais

The K-Pro

Author: M. Pepper Langlinais
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology
Published: March 26th 2013 by Createspace
Source: Author
Purchase Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes&Noble
Rating: 
What does the girl who can make wishes come true give to the man who has everything?

Andra Martineau is no ordinary young woman. She's a KlĂȘidouchos Propylaia (K-Pro for short), which means she has the unique ability to help certain people get exactly what they want. And Andra is good at her job--her clients have gone on to become a veritable who's who of the rich-and-famous.

David Styles is an up-and-coming actor with everything going for him: looks, talent, and countless beautiful women vying for his attention. But when Andra turns up in his bed demanding to know what he wants, his perfect world starts to spiral out of control. And it's not just his reputation on the line--what David doesn't know can certainly harm him, in ways he couldn't possibly begin to imagine.

With the help of David's incorrigible costar, Andra begins to realize not only her own true nature, but David's hidden identity as well. Andra is forced to battle not only her attraction to David (and she never gets involved with clients), but the being within him that wants to take away everything she holds dear.

As David continues to lose himself to the strengthening form within him, Andra navigates the jealousies of the film's director and David's would-be paramour in an effort to save him.

She can make others' wishes come true . . . But can she grant her own?

Funny, readable, and populated with a host of entertaining personalities, The K-Pro is a fast-paced contemporary fantasy with a paranormal twist.

** I'd like to thank the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. **

Simple but creatively written, The K-Pro offers an interesting premise that delivers. It’s one of the unusual books I’ve read so far this year and I enjoyed it well enough to say that it’s a good read. 

The concept was really catchy. A girl who can make wishes come true? Sounds like a fairy godmother, right? But this book is not your average fairy tale. Heck, it’s not a fairy tale, period. The contemporary setting and mature characters give an intriguing twist to the fantasy genre we’re familiar to. Add a backdrop of ancient mythology and voila! You get a book that appeals to fans of fantasy and mythology, teens and adult readers alike.

Monday, May 20, 2013

{RELEASE DAY BLAST + GIVEAWAY} The Crimson Key by Christy Sloat

This book was awesome, scary and definitely gave me the hebie gebies!

I read this in one night, unable to put it down and hanging on every word to see what happened next.
~ Dawn Gray, author of Fire Storm


The Crimson Key

Book Two, The Visitor's Series
By Christy Sloat
Published May 2013 by Anchor Group Publishing

Buy at Amazon!

The truth can be deadly.

Brylee Branson’s best friend and boyfriend have fallen victim to a horrible curse that haunts her home. With the witches who cast it dead she has no choice but to rely on the ghosts inside the Brown house to help her find a cure. But time is not on her side, because Lynley's illness is spreading rapidly. 

Confused and scared, seventeen-year-old Brylee must confront a new ghost in the house she has never spoken to before. This spirit is not a Brown relative and makes no promises to help them … unless she can re-unite her with a loved one.

The fate of those she loves now rests on her. Can Brylee put the pieces of this puzzle together in time to save them? Or will the Brown house claim another victim?

The Visitor’s Series continues to scare and entice its readers with this gripping second book.

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{BOOK BLITZ: Excerpt + Giveaway} Surface by Tiffany Daune

Surface

by Tiffany Daune
Publication: February 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Buy Now: Amazon | Sony | Noble Young Adult
Bound to the water bound to land, a Siren’s soul will never be safe on either side of the ocean’s surface. Hidden beneath the rolling waves lies the secret to Theia’s past and as she unveils each haunting truth, she realizes the last seventeen years of her life have been a lie. Now, drawn into a mysterious new world and with nowhere to turn, Theia must place her trust in Luc, a beautiful boy who stops her heart with each dazzling smile, but even his unearthly charm can’t hide the truth—he has secrets— dark secrets binding him to his world—an underwater world where Theia will never belong—a world determined to destroy her soul.

The rain continued to drown out the sun, and Theia had no idea what time of day it was, but she was sure she wouldn't make it until nightfall. Her limbs grew heavy like an anchor seeking the sandy bottom. She let her eyelids slide closed. She couldn't fall asleep—sleep meant death in the middle of the ocean, but resting her eyes let her imagine someplace else—a place without so much water. 

Her head dipped below the surface, and she bolted up at once. 

Bad girl, she scolded herself. You want to die like this? You have to stay awake! 

She continued her mental pep talk as she straightened her legs and swam a little farther. Her legs worked like scissors, cutting through the thick water, leading her to nowhere, but she had to try to find the shore. She found her rhythm, moving with the flow of the water, moving faster now, imagining the shoreline before her. 

Theia kicked harder, her eyes focused on the horizon. She thrust forward, but, as she did, her ankle caught on something—she was stuck. She kicked with her left leg, but a crushing hold, like a fist wrapped around her ankle. Her scream was cut off as her head slipped under. Her body rushed through the water as if being dragged by an invisible tow rope. 

Theia twisted, wriggling free from the force, and she frantically paddled her way to the surface. Her leg burned with the sting of salt water—she had been cut. She reached for her leg, trying to see the wound, but she was swiped from the side. She screamed and tucked her legs up to her chest. Her gaze darted to the ring of dark shadows circling beneath her. 

"Oh crap—sharks!"




Tiffany Daune doesn't get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn't caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

{AUTHOR INTERVIEW} Carmen Stefanescu (Shadows of the Past)

Heya there, loves! Today's post is a special one because I'm having my very first author interview! Yay! ^____^ I'm so nervous and so excited at the same time. And since I'm relatively new to book blogging, please feel free to leave your thoughts about this interview. I'm open to suggestions and comments so I can improve things here on the blog. ^__^

So back to the topic, I'm interviewing Ms. Carmen Stefanescu, author of Shadows of the Past, today. It's a paranormal romance released on December 4th 2012. Read below for the short book blurb and author bio:

Friday, May 17, 2013

{BLOG TOUR: Excerpt + Giveaway} Gadget Girl by Suzanne Kamata

Welcome to my stop for The Gadget Girl in You Blog Tour! This tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and runs until May 27th. Visit the other blogs participating in this tour to read reviews, interviews and guest posts about Gadget Girl. What I'm featuring today is a short excerpt from the book. There's also a tour-wide giveaway of FIVE paperback copies of Gadget Girl so be sure to read on until the end of the post. Enjoy reading! ^__^

Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible

Author: Suzanne Kamata
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: May 17th 2013 by GemmaMedia
Buy from: Amazon | Book Depository
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS meets STONER AND SPAZ

Aiko Cassidy is fourteen and lives with her sculptor mother in a small Midwestern town. For most of her young life Aiko, who has cerebral palsy, has been her mother's muse. But now, she no longer wants to pose for the sculptures that have made her mother famous and have put food on the table. Aiko works hard on her own dream of becoming a great manga artist with a secret identity.

When Aiko's mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition of her work, Aiko at first resists. She'd much rather go to Japan, Manga Capital of the World, where she might be able to finally meet her father, the indigo farmer. When she gets to France, however, a hot waiter with a passion for manga and an interest in Aiko makes her wonder if being invisible is such a great thing after all. And a side trip to Lourdes, ridiculous as it seems to her, might just change her life.

Gadget Girl began as a novella published in Cicada. The story won the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction and was included in an anthology of the best stories published in Cicada over the past ten years.

{BLOG TOUR: Review + Giveaway} Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans

Welcome to my stop for Afterlife Academy Blog Tour hosted by Megan @ Reading Away the Days Blog Tours! Featured in this stop is my 4-star review of the book and a tourwide giveaway of Afterlife Academy swag pack. Make sure to read on until the end of the post for a chance to win! ^__^

Afterlife Academy

Author: Jaimie Admans
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Published: March 15th 2013; self-published
Buy Now: Amazon
Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all...

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.

** I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. **

First of all, I really love the cover! It's so pretty and honestly speaking, the cover was the first thing that drew me into reading this book. ^_^

Okay, time for the review. I enjoyed Afterlife Academy a lot. This was the first book of Jaimie Admans that I read so I really did not know what to expect from this author. Turns out that Ms. Admans is a talented writer and Afterlife Academy is a proof of that.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

{BLOG TOUR: Guest Post + Excerpt} After Math by Denise Grover Swank

Welcome to my tour stop for After Math Blog Tour! This tour is hosted by CLP Blog Tours and runs until June 3rd. Featured on the blog today is a guest post by author Denise Grover Swank and an excerpt from the book. But first, let's find out what After Math is all about.

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

{ARC REVIEW} Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead


Gameboard of the Gods

Series: Age of X, Book 1
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Adult Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Mythology
Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Dutton Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

'Amazing' isn't even strong enough to describe this book. But yes, it's amazing! Richelle Mead did not disappoint in this masterpiece.

I really enjoyed reading Gameboard of the Gods. It has everything I love in a book - action, mystery, a little bit of romance, mythology, suspense, paranormal. But it's not too overwhelming.  The different themes complemented each other and created a well-balanced story. The world-building is concrete, the character backgrounds well-thought of, and the setting is realistic for a dystopian society. The pacing of the story is steady and the build-up of suspense is great. I found it hard to put it down because I was always curious what happens next. That's how interesting this book is.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

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What is Children’s Book Week?
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!

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Celebrate & Promote Children’s Book Week by taking part in The Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop.

Friday, May 10, 2013

{RELEASE DAY BLITZ} Hope's Reign by Selina Fenech

Hope's Reign

YA Fantasy
Book Two in Memory's Wake Trilogy
Date Published: May 10, 2013

Summary:
Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.
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Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, an unnamed cat. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as a visual artist, and shared her imaginary worlds in paintings and now in her novels. 

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

{BOOK BLITZ: Guest Post + Giveaway} The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

The Heiresses

by Allison Rushby
Publication date: May 7th, 2013 by St Martin's Press
Genre: New Adult Historical
Buy Now: Amazon | Barnes&Noble
In Allison Rushby's Heiresses, three triplets--estranged since birth--are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone--least of all each other.

When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London--a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things--by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother's fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think.

Monday, May 6, 2013

{REVIEW} One Day by David Nicholls

One Day

Author: David Nicholls
Genre: Romance
Published: June 15th 2010 by Vintage (first published August 1st 2009)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Book Depository
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

I did not like it very much though I must say the story was good. It was a bittersweet love story and I appreciated it. I could have given it a lower rating but with all fairness, despite the boredom I suffered through the first half of the book, it has a redeeming quality to it. I was just quite disappointed because I was expecting too much since there were a lot of good reviews on it. Anyways...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May R.A.K.

Book Soulmates

Heya, loves! I signed up again for this month's Random Acts of Kindness hosted by Book Soulmates. This particular RAK month is particularly special because it's Book Soulmates' blogoversary month! Yay! ^__^ They're giving away a hardcover of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, but it is open only to RAK participants. But before you sign up, read first the following rules (taken from Book Soulmates blog).

COMPLETE RULES RE-CAP:
Please read carefully & follow all rules! Thank you!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Easy peezy!!

Links you will need:
Sign up for May 2013 [HERE]
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If you have already visited my wishlist page, you probably know by now that there are a lot of books I am craving to have. But here are the 5 books on the top of my ever-growing wishlist:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

But hey, any book on my wishlist will do. ^__^ If you're feeling generous enough to send me a book, just send me an email to booksandinsomnia @ gmail.com.

What are you waiting for? Sign-up now! ^__^

Thursday, May 2, 2013

{GIVEAWAY} Passion Potion by Mary Beth Daniels + $25 PayPal Cash!


Passion Potion is out today! Yay! Happy book birthday! ^__^


Okay, enough with the hysterics.



To celebrate Passion Potion's release, author Mary Beth Daniels is giving away fabulous prizes! What prizes, you ask? Wait for it...$25 PayPal cash and copies of her book! [insert screaming minions again]  I know, right?! Can this get any more fabulous? Apparently, YES! Because this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!! Woohoo! To enter the giveaway, answer this question below then head on to the rafflecopter form:
If you could get away with it, what celebrity would YOU use a Passion Potion on? Chris Hemsworth? (I'm already swooning.) Antonio Banderas? Or maybe you're a Hugh Jackman type?
Comment who you'd choose to win $25 in PayPal cash or a copy of the new Mary Beth Daniels book Passion Potion, a new adult paranormal romance about a girl who has just flunked out of college when her dad drops the bombshell that he needs her to learn how to become a witch within five days, and to fix the powerful potion that killed her mother. No one wants to help her, but then an enchanter boy arrives, willing to break all the rules.

Personally, I'd go for Ian Somerhalder or Chris Hemsworth. *yum* But this giveaway is for you, oh dear readers, so comment away for a chance to win! ^__^

**And don't forget that Passion Potion is 99 cents for a few days only!**

Mugs, T-shirts, Iphone cases, Tote bags, Throw Pillows, etc. available at REDBUBBLE!

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