"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Update and Book Haul #50

It's unbelievable on how much time goes by - it has been awhile since I have done a book haul :) 
Things have really slowed down around here on the book blog... we are currently at about 30 weeks preggo and we're really trying to get everything ready for the new baby! Also, kiddos start school a week from Monday - lots to do in the upcoming weeks, new schedules, new baby, lots of real life stuff getting in the way, lol! 
So, things will be slowing down even more around here... I'm hoping for all good things - and that things will pick up after the holidays and new year :) 
Please bear with my sporadic posts and such until then... xo!

Current book haul from the last 2 months...
I am participating in Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday :)

What I received for review...
- The Iron Traiter (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) (Signed ARC) by Julie Kagawa (YA) from Harlequin Teen
- Relic (Books of Eva #1) (ARC) by Heather Terrell (YA) from Soho Teen
- Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader (YA) from Merit Press
- Deceived by Julie Ann Lindsey (YA) from Merit Press

What I won from giveaways...
- Undercurrent (ARC) by Paul Blackwell (YA) from Epic Reads
- The Diviners (Signed ARC) by Libba Bray (Adult) from Tara of Tater's Tall Tails 

Gifted to us from Sarabeth of The Next Chapter :)
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (YA)
- Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez (YA)
- Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 2: Homecoming by Sean McKeever (YA Comic)
- Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes by Tom Taylor (YA Comic)
- Origami Yoda #2: Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger (MG)
- Origami Yoda #3: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger (MG)
- Ralph S. Mouse #1: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (MG)
- Ralph S. Mouse #3: Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary (MG)
- Do You Doodle? by Nikalas Catlow (MG)

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Be sure to leave your links too :) 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #63: FIND ME by Romily Bernard

"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 on... 

by Romily Bernard
Expected release date: September 24th, 2013
Published by: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult


“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.

Why I'm waiting for FIND ME...

It's been a long while since I have read a good YA suspenseful mystery!
And this one has me deeply intrigued... and the cover is amazing!

SO, what are you waiting for right now??? 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cover Reveal: THE MONSTER WITHIN by Kelly Hashway (YA)

by Kelly Hashway
Expected release date: April 7th, 2014
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, eBook


  The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side--a completely unfair shot at life.

     But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.

     She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.

     But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.


She's a monster!!!

And, the cover is stunning!

I am really looking forward to reading this one!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Kelly Hashway

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein's Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University.
After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books.

She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake.

When she isn't writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: FOREVER (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins (YA)

Temptation Series #3
by Karen Hopkins
Expected release date: January 28th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardback, eBook


All I want is my happily-ever-after.

That's all I've wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I'm carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there's a storm on the horizon, and it's sure to cause serious devastation.

If we can get through this, we'll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.

But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.


I love the new cover - it's within the same theme and feel... 
colors are vibrant!

And will they finally have their "happily-ever-after"???? 

I cannot wait to find out :) 

What do you think???

Read more about books 1 and 2...

by Karen Ann Hopkins
Release date: June 26th, 2012


Your heart misleads you.

That's what my friends and family say.  

But I love Noah. 
And he loves me.  

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms. 

It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. 

But it won't be. 

Because he's Amish. 
And I'm not.

by Karen Ann Hopkins
Release date: April 30th, 2013


I left everything I knew behind. 
But it was worth it. He was worth it. 

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself. 

If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE 

together forever. 

But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Karen Ann Hopkins

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

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