Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #93: GATES OF THREAD AND STONE by Lori M. Lee (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 



This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)

What I'm waiting for...


by Lori M. Lee
Expected release date: August 5th, 2014
Published by: Skyscape
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardback, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook 


SUMMARY

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: 
keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.



Why I'm waiting on GATES OF THREAD AND STONE... 

This book has me on edge just from these key words:
Labyrinth, magic, "manipulate threads of time"!!!

A.G. Howard says it's "inventive, romantic and gripping"!!! 

The covering is stunning, and I am getting such a good vibe from it!
I cannot wait to read this book :)



SO, what are you waiting for this week?!?!

Monday, July 21, 2014

RUN TO YOU Read-along starts TODAY!!! Let's chat, quote favorite lines and enter to win!!!


Starting today!!! 
Join Harlequin Teen, author Clara Kensie, and a whole bunch of bloggers for a RUN TO YOU read-along!!! 
LIKE Clara Kensie's Facebook page to join in!!!


Here's the schedule:




FIRST SIGHT, Part 1, is FREE on Amazon and 
Barnes & Noble right now!!!
NO excuse not to join in ;) 


There will be lots of chatting, questions and more!
A GIVEAWAY too!!!

*TEN winners will receive a set of RUN TO YOU postcards!!!

*10 winners will receive a set of bookmarks and a necklace with a RUN TO YOU quote!!!

*FIVE winners will get to choose a Harlequin Teen book of their choice!!!

*GRAND PRIZE WINNER - will receive a set of signed RUN TO YOU postcards, a custom necklace, a $25 gift card to Amazon AND the ENTIRE RUN TO YOU series!!!

In order to enter the giveaways, you must participate!!!
The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning :) 


Prefer Twitter? We will also post the discussions on Twitter, and you can participate by using the hashtag#readRunToYouFollow @ClaraKensie and @HarlequinTEEN or save the #readRunToYou hashtag as a search for updates.
The following bloggers are helping with the read-along. They are made of awesome, and so are their blogs. Be sure to visit and subscribe!
Christina at Allodoxophobia
Katie at Mundie Moms
Danny at Kismet 
Erica at The Book Cellar
Lauren at The Young Folks 

I hope to see you all at the RUN TO YOU read-along! 

We’re going to have a blast!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Clara Kensie

Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she's swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn't changed one bit.


Today Clara is the author of super-romantic psychic thrillers for young adults. RUN TO YOU, the first serialized novel from HarlequinTEEN, begins February 1 2014 with weekly releases. The sequel, also a three-part serial, begins June 1 2014.

Her favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. But not together. That would be gross.




Cover Reveal: PLAY ON by Michelle Smith (YA)


by Michelle Smith
Expected release date: April 2015
Published by: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Paperback, eBook


SUMMARY

In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius; she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek - he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the fa├žade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn't everything — maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.


MY THOUGHTS

This definitely sounds like me type of contemporary story to devour in one afternoon...
and the cover is absolutely adorable! I love the theme!

Definitely looking forward to this one next year :)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Michelle Smith

 Michelle Smith writes books for teens (and adults who aren't ashamed of their love for YA). She's a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and is a complete sap. 
She advocates for mental health awareness, and is a strong supporter of The Trevor Project, Love is Louder, and To Write Love on Her Arms.




Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: RUN TO YOU Part 5 - FIFTH TOUCH by Clara Kensie (YA)


The continuation of Harlequin Teen's first serial book releases this month!!!
RUN TO YOU Parts 4, 5, and 6 are finally here!!!
Don't miss out on the conclusion to this epic thriller!!!



by Clara Kensie
Release date: July 14th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Thriller/Romance
Format: eBook
Format read: eARC from publisher


SUMMARY

Part Five in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Tessa’s nightmares feel all too real, and the hope of getting her family back together has never seemed so slim. Although a psychic warns her that leaving town may mean her death, Tessa cannot stay when she uncovers a new lead to her brother and sister. Not even if she must go alone and risk losing Tristan forever.

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan's saga — two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.




MY REVIEW

The queen of epic cliffhangers - that is what Clara Kensie is all about! My heart...

When you are willing to do anything, even sacrifice your own life, for those you love, you'll do it; Tessa is unintentionally the most bravest and selfless teen you will ever meet. After losing so much, including, almost losing her own life, she will go through hell and back to find her brother and sister. Even with unresolved premonitions lying ahead, predicting the worst outcomes, Tessa knows that the right thing to do is to find them before the wrong people do. Even if that means betraying and risking her relationship with Tristan.
Tristan, trying to be Tessa's savior, has disappointed me a bit through this point of the story. He is so adamant about being the one to save Tess and her siblings. I wish he could see that even though he does have a psychic power, he is still a human boy that needs to understand that he can't do it all and he cannot continue to try to dictate to Tessa what she can and can't do, even if it is for her own good. But again, I understand the need to be there for someone and to do what you think is best for those you love.

Part five is just filled with heart-wrenching-edge-of-your-seat moments. I seriously don't know how I survived through any of it...

I don't know how to emphasize enough that the RUN TO YOU serial-series is a must read now!!!


An eARC was sent by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.








ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Clara Kensie

Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she's swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn't changed one bit.


Today Clara is the author of super-romantic psychic thrillers for young adults. RUN TO YOU, the first serialized novel from HarlequinTEEN, begins February 1 2014 with weekly releases. The sequel, also a three-part serial, begins June 1 2014.

Her favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. But not together. That would be gross.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #92: THE FIRE WISH (The Jinni Wars #1) by Amber Lough (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 


This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)

What I'm waiting for...


The Jinni Wars #1
by Amber Lough
Expected release date: July 22nd, 2014
Published by: Random House
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

A jinni. A princess. 
And the wish that changes everything. . . . 

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. 
Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad — which she’ll do anything to avoid. 
So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. 
With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form — as each other. 

A jinni and a human, trading lives.  

Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered — enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.





Why I'm waiting for THE FIRE WISH...

JINNIs!!! 

I've never read a book with a jinni in it!

(Disney's Aladdin doesn't count, lol!)


What are you waiting for???

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 2014 New Release Giveaway Hop!!!



Welcome to the JULY NEW RELEASE GIVEAWAY HOP!!!
Hosted by Giselle @ Bo-ok Nerd


Here are some new young adult releases that I am looking forward to... 


- THE VANISHING SEASON by Jodi Lynn Anderson
- ON THE FENCE by Kasie West 
- CONVERSION by Katherine Howe
- SINNER (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
- FOUR (A Divergent Collection) by Veronica Roth
- ONE PAST MIDNIGHT by Jessica Shirvington
- LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid
- SILVER SHADOWS (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead


Which one is your most highly anticipated one???


International GIVEAWAY
- Contest starts July 14th, 2014. Ends July 31st, 2014.
- The Book Depository must be able to deliver to you. 
- Bumbles and Fairy-Tales is not affiliated with any other giveaway participants.
- Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged prizes.



Now start hopping! Good luck :) 



Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: RIDING THE WAVE (A Pacific Blue Novel) by Lorelie Brown (A)


Pacific Blue Novel #1
by Lorelie Brown
Release date: July 1st, 2014
Published by: Signet (Penguin)
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance (New Adult)
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: eARC


SUMMARY

The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life.... 

With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden.

The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree.

Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer…without getting burned?


MY REVIEW

RIDING THE WAVE is a wonderfully written summer story, with good family drama, a hot romance and a handsome main character.  

Tanner Wright is a pro surfer that has come home to win the World Championship, and also face what he's been running away from for the last 10 years. A family secret so hurtful that the burden of keeping it has caused him a lot of distress and to push away his love ones in fear that he might slip and tell. But his father is gone now, and that might make it easier for him to come home and keep it all together to accomplish his win and then leave again. Hoping that when he does, the secret will die with him and no one will ever have to know. 

Until that secret is threatened to be leaked to the media.

Now Tanner has to do what he can to do what is right for everyone in his life. It helps that Avalon is right by his side...
Avalon has always had a crush on Sage's brother. But being much younger, and never having a steady home life with her mom, she's always been able to blend in with the Wright family, Tanner and Sage's mom, Eileen, becoming her second mom. She would never do anything to jeopardize their relationships - it's the only solid thing she's ever had in her life. Now that she has moved back 'home' after finishing school and her boyfriend breaking-up with her, she is even more determined to embrace how lucky she is to have the Wright family to go back to. 
Until the opportunity to bump up her career is handed to her - she is to follow Tanner for the month until the Championship and capture all the pictures that she can for a magazine editorial portraying his career and, hopefully, his win. 
Can Avalon and Tanner keep their relationship strictly business and family orientated... or can they possibly juggle a carefree relationship as well???

I really enjoyed every single character, good and bad, in this story. Tanner was handsome and full of himself, his attitude was typical guy but he has such a huge caring heart, and I instantly fell for him too. Avalon was sweet and carefree, she knew her flaws and did the best she could without needing anything from anyone - I really adored her. 

However, I felt that there wasn't enough. Their romance felt flat to me. I didn't feel the spark between them - don't get me wrong, there was a physical spark that no one can deny, and that was fun. But I didn't feel that genuine spark of their true need for each other. I wish there was more details, more heart into it... as well as the other plot to the story - the secret. I also wish the author would have gone deeper with the revelation, everyone's reaction didn't give the story the climax I was expecting. Even though everyone is described as being down-to-earth and rational, I still feel like this would have had a bigger impact and that even calm people have a right to overreact and show their feelings. Everyone was constantly holding back or being held back. I would have liked more details, I am a very visual person and always strive on more of everything. 

In the end, I truly enjoyed the story, the beach scene and surf, the amazing characters, and highly recommend it for those looking for a quick summer read. 

This is book one to the Pacific Blue series, and I am really curious to see what book two is all about - AHEAD IN THE HEAT is due to be release January 6th, 2015.  


An eARC was given for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



PACIFIC BLUE series


- ONE LESSON (Pacific Blue #0.5)
- AHEAD IN THE HEAT (Pacific Blue #2)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Lorelie Brown

After a semi-nomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she’s settled north of Chicago. Because going from California warmth to northern snow seemed like the proper order of events...

Lorelie has three active sons and a tiny shih-tzu who thinks he’s son number three—not four, he’s too important to be the baby. Writing romance helps her escape a house full of testosterone.

In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie co-writes contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. 


Review: REASONS MY KID IS CRYING by Greg Pembroke (A)


by Greg Pembroke
Release date: April 1st, 2014
Published by: Three Rivers Press (Crown Publishing)
Genre: Adult 
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: Paperback from the publisher.


SUMMARY

A glimpse into the tribulations of parenting that is part documentary, part therapy, and completely hilarious.

It all started when busy father Greg Pembroke posted a few pictures online of his three-year-old son, mid-tantrum, alongside the reason his son was crying: He had broken his bit of cheese in half. In Reasons My Kid is Crying, Greg collects together photos sent from parents around the world, documenting the many, completely logical reasons why small children cry.  Among them: “I let him play on the grass” . . . “He ran out of toys to throw into his pool” . . . “The neighbor’s dog isn’t outside”.  The result is both an affectionate portrait of the universal, baffling logic of toddlers—and a reminder for burned-out parents everywhere that they are not alone.


BOOK TRAILER



MY REVIEW

In this hilarious book, the author shares pictures and quotes from parents capturing their own children having epic meltdowns over the most bizarre reasons.

As a parent, there is no way to deny that all of my kids have had a memorable moment or two that left me shaking my head in wonder - why is my child crying? Why is he so hysterical that his shoe is untied? Why did he just throw himself onto the floor because I used the red cup for his juice and not the yellow? And one of the best - he's crying because I wouldn't let him drink water out of the toilet!
All of the pictures and subtitles in the book are just that - moments our toddlers have had either do to their own reasoning or just common sense that these little babies haven't acquired yet.

The author, Greg Penbroke, originally started this trend when he started to share his own kid's breakdowns on his tumblr/blog. He then started to include pictures of other children from around the world when their parents started sharing pictures that they have captured as well. It has since become a well-known trend among families and friends to share these adorable yet questioning things that causes these little ones to have the most bizarre reactions.

Definitely a laugh-out-loud book to share with other family members over and over again.


I received a paperback from "Blogging for Books" for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Greg Pembroke

GREG PEMBROKE is the father of two sons (and the husband of one wife) from Rochester, NY. He works part time as radio advertising copywriter three days per week and stays home with his young sons two days per week.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales Updates and Stacking the Shelves #67: The mid-July Edition


Good day my fellow booknerds :) 
I thought I'd try to post a quick update and book haul since we're almost mid-July already! 
I have been able to catch up on reading, especially reading my review books! And I am almost caught up with posting my reviews... lies! lol! I have about 25 posts before I'm caught up on those, but at least I've been able to post a handful this past week and have another handful pre-posted for the next week or two too! Feeling quite good right now :)

I am also participating in Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews!!!


What I received for review...
- THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (ARC) by Caragh M. O'Brien (YA) from Macmillan
- WINTERKILL (ARC) by Kate A. Boorman (YA) from Abrams/Amulet
- RIDING THE WAVE (eARC) by Lorelie Brown (A) from
- RUN TO YOU Parts 4 (Fourth Shadow), 5 (Fifth Touch), and 6 (Sixth Sense) (eARCs) by Clara Kensie (YA) from Harlequin Teen

What I purchased...
- PETER PAN (HB) by J.M. Barrie
- MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE (HB) by Caela Carter (YA)
- SINNER (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)
- THE QUEEN OF TEARLING (HB) by Erika Johansen (A)

What I received in book-trades...
- FALLING INTO PLACE (ARC) by Amy Zhang (YA)

Cool swag...
- THE MURDER COMPLEX by Lindsay Cummings (YA)
- GATES OF THREAD AND STONE by Lori M. Lee (YA)

What I received in the Books 'n' Bloggers Swap, thank you Becky of Queen B!!!


SAILOR MOON, PRETTY GUARDIAN VOLUME #2 by Naoko Takeuchi
PRETTY DEAD (PB) by Francesca Lia Block (YA)
TIDAL (Watersong #3) (PB) by Amanda Hocking (YA)

What's distracting me from reading...

My sister and I took a trip to a (not so) local Barnes and Noble...

We were very disappointed; not only by the bad service that we received from the manager.
But also - the condition of the store was SO bad! It was SO hot and SO humid that almost all of the books had some sort of damage to them! Especially the paperbacks - as you can see, most of their covers were curling over, I've never seen book spines and pages so wrinkled! Made me so upset to see how poorly all of these books were - and mad that they were expecting people to pay full price for them. I wonder what will happen to these damaged books :( 


Goofing off with my boys :) 

Taking local fun afternoon trips :) 


Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Happy reading :) 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Unboxing


I had so much fun joining in the Books 'n' Blogger swap this time around!!!
It's such a fun way to meet new people - bloggers/booknerd :)

You can see my original post about it here! for more details... 


I was partnered with Becky of Queen B, and was so happy to "meet" her!
She's a fabulous, vibrant new blogger that I instantly clicked with :)
Definitely need to check her and her new book blog out!!!

The sweet goodies Becky sent me :) 


- A book Becky loves: SAILOR MOON, PRETTY GUARDIAN VOLUME #2 by Naoko Takeuchi
- A book Becky hasn't read, but wants to and she's sharing it with me first: PRETTY DEAD (PB) by Francesca Lia Block (YA)
- A book from my wishlist: TIDAL (Watersong #3) (PB) by Amanda Hocking (YA)


Watch my unboxing here... 



Thank you SO SO SO very much for everything, Becky! You have totally spoiled me :) 

And thank you to Chaotic Goddess Swaps for hosting!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: RUN TO YOU Part 4 - FOURTH SHADOW by Clara Kensie (YA)


The continuation of Harlequin Teen's first serial book releases this month!!!
RUN TO YOU Parts 4, 5, and 6 are finally here!!!
Don't miss out on the conclusion to this epic thriller!!!



by Clara Kensie
Release date: July 7th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: eBook
Format read: eARC from the publisher



SUMMARY


Part Four in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger...

With no more secrets keeping them apart, Tessa and Tristan explore Tessa's developing psychic powers and embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school, or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she's awake.










MY REVIEW

Clara Kensie really knows how to keep the page-turning suspense going!

(My review is spoiler free, but will contain a few hints here and there about where the story is going...)

FOURTH SHADOW, the beginning of part two to the RUN TO YOU series, picks up right where it left off without losing momentum - basically the author pressed pause and now we're allowed to press play and jump right into Tessa's tumultuous life with losing a minute... and hoping for the best...

Tessa has one thing on her mind - finding her brother and sister. And it is not going to be easy since they've been taught how to run and having been doing it for so long. Combine that with their psychic powers, the chances of finding them anytime soon are very, very low. But Tessa is determined to do whatever it takes, even risking her own newfound psychic power to overwhelm her to a possible oblivion, or more, her life.
Tristan is completely overwhelmed with guilt for not being their for Tessa and letting her down with the mistreatment she received from the man that was in charged in capturing her family. And is even more determined to find Tessa's siblings. His love and devotion to Tessa is impossible to measure.
And on top of all of this, Tessa and Tristan must also try to balance life at home and school, which isn't easy when you're linked to the people who hurt or killed most of the students family members.

One of the things that I really enjoyed in this part of the story is getting to know Tristan's family, their psychic powers, and how Tessa is adjusting to living with them - and if you're following the story, you will understand why! There are some major key points to be learned here, and I am so happy with the authors thoroughness with all the details and revelations.

I cannot emphasize enough on how much I am enjoying this serial series! There is no other story that can compare! A must read for those who love realistic contemporary with a paranormal element!


I received an eARC from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.








ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Clara Kensie

Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she's swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn't changed one bit.


Today Clara is the author of super-romantic psychic thrillers for young adults. RUN TO YOU, the first serialized novel from HarlequinTEEN, begins February 1 2014 with weekly releases. The sequel, also a three-part serial, begins June 1 2014.

Her favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. But not together. That would be gross.


 
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