April 20, 2017

Review: Don't Kiss The Messenger by Katie Ray + Giveaway!

Don't Kiss The Messenger
by Katie Ray
Expected publication: April 10th 2017
by Entangled: Crush

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For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett isblindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett.CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love. 

Mini Review on GoodReads:

Yess!!! I needed this book! I've been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal that I was starting to feel a little burned out. So happy I got the chance to read this one early. Not only is it written by one of my favorite authors, but it was exactly what I hoped for and more. Love Katie Ray's (Kacvinsky) books! 


I want to be CeCe! She is so wild and free. She doesn't let her scar or the stares and whispers stop her. I mean, sure, they hurt, but she keeps on going and refuses to let it sink her. Her life starts to turn when Emmett enters the picture. All of a sudden she's met her match. They like the same books, music, are dorky in their own way, they are just perfect for each other. Only Emmett doesn't know it. He falls for the hot one and turns to CeCe for help on winning her over. Little does he know that all his late night emailing and texting is not with Bryn, but with CeCe. She was thrown into the role of Cupid and she played it a little too well. In the end, she ends up falling for Emmett, and she falls hard. 

Aside from the romance, I couldn't help but fall in love with every single character in this book. Even the airhead. I loved their friendship with one another and how easy it was to relate to them. CeCe, to me, was the little leader. It was strange to read a novel about a girl battling with life turn out to be so brave and bold. Usually they are at rock bottom and you spend most of the book reading and waiting for her to snap out of it all. It's definitely a nice change. CeCe's attitude is contagious! 

If you are looking for something quick to read filled with laughter, romance, friendship, and lots of exciting moments, definitely pick this one up! So worth it!!! 

I cannot wait to see what comes next from Katie Ray!!! 

5 Stars!

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April 18, 2017

GIVEAWAY BLAST! | Desire Me by Skye Malone!

esire Me by Skye Malone (Demon Guardians #2)
DESIRE ME by Skye Malone
New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publication: May 30th, 2017
Demons have changed my life forever, though mostly they’ve just torn it apart. In the space of a week, I’ve become the target of the most powerful forces in the demon world and nearly lost my best friend to a madness that would have consumed her mind and soul. Even my own magical abilities are barely in my control.
But when a strange man from a secret society of demons finds me, everything becomes even more complicated. He claims my life is in danger. He says he can help. His group holds the key to my identity, my history, and my place in this supernatural world. But he also brings me a warning: for my own safety, trust no one.
Especially not Amar, the sexy and mysterious guy I’ve fallen for.

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April 11, 2017

SUPER SECRET PROJECT REVEALED: The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken + Giveaway!!

The Bachelors of Arizona, #2
April 11, 2017
eBook: $4.99 USD
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She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . .

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again—her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass.

Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love—nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .

     “I’m writing a kissing scene!” she blurted, mentally kicking herself for screaming it in his face. “And the guy’s a complete jackass. Since my only experience with jackasses is you…” Her voice was shaky, just like her body. Could he tell how much she wanted him? How much she hated that her response was this—raw. “I-I figured you were the only one who could show me what it’s like.” Good one, Margot. Do you really have to sound so…desperate?
     “What what’s like?”
     “A kiss. From a jackass.”
     “Got the jackass part.” He treaded water and then grabbed her by the arm and pulled her deeper into the pool until they were on the opposite end, his body pressed against hers. At least his eyes were still locked on her face. “And you’ve never been kissed?”
She rolled her eyes. “Not by someone like—”
     “If you keep insulting me, this kiss won’t ever happen, Red.”
     “Don’t call me that,” Margot whispered. Was she so weak that she’d forgive his abandonment for one kiss? “Please?”
     “This kiss.” His calculated gaze didn’t make her feel any better about the situation. “How long does it need to be? How deep? Where do you want my hands?”
Margot’s mouth dropped open. “That’s not how kisses work! You can’t just map out the kiss. That takes all the romance out of it!”
      “Oh, so you want romance?”
      “Yes! No! I mean. I didn’t say that!” Her face flamed, and she sagged in defeat. Admitting she wanted romance kind of felt like she was on the losing end of the little battles they’d been having, like she was giving him an in. And if he got in, he’d only hurt her again.
     “I was joking,” he said, just before his lips brushed hers. His tongue slid across her bottom lip and then sucked it for a few seconds before he slid it into her mouth and deepened the kiss.
Her lips softened beneath his gentle coaxing, and his hard thighs pressed against hers as a deep hunger awakened within her.
     Oh, this was bad.
     So bad.
     And very, very good at the same time.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult, Regency, and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, son, and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!


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Interview w/ YA Author Mindy McGinnis + Given to the Sea Giveaway!

Given to the Sea
by Mindy McGinnis
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 11th 2017
by Putnam's Childrens

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given. 

Tell us a little about yourself and GIVEN TO THE SEA: 

I write across genres and this is my first fantasy. GIVEN TO THE SEA is set on an island country that is believed to be the only land that exists. It’s discovered that the seas are rising and aren’t going to stop. Panic ensues.

Describe your main character in 6 words.

There are 4 characters that share equal page time, so that would be hard. Across all 6 though I can definitely apply two: Determination & Desperation.

What scene was your favorite to write? 

Anything with Dara, the female half of the Indiri twin. She spins insults faster than I can type them.

Tell us what comes to mind when you think about the release of GIVEN TO THE SEA.

I’m eager to see how fans react to my first fantasy.

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? And why?

Someone willing to commit murder for me, because that would be useful.


Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.



Week One:
April 3 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Author Guest Post
April 4 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Reasons to Read Mindy’s Books
April 5 – Mundie Moms – Review & Favorite Quotes
April 6 – SuperSpaceChick – Given to the Sea Book Look
April 7 – Fiction Fare – Author Q&A
Week Two:
April 10 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File
April 11 – Good Choice Reading – Author Q&A
April 12 – Oh the Book Feels – Given to the Sea Pinterst Board
April 13 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review
April 14 – Dark Faerie Tales – Author Q&A
Week Three:
April 17 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A
April 18 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
April 19 – The Hardcover Lover – Given to the Sea Mood Board
April 20 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
April 21 – YA Wednesdays – Author Guest Post

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April 03, 2017

Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Title: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Published: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)
Hardcover: 352 pgs

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Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence. While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways. But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her. So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for. Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Note: Mindy McGinnis is also the author of Not A Drop to Drink (a book that I really did not enjoy). But if you're interested, you can read that review here

I loved, loved, loved this book. I will admit that it may not be something that everyone wants to read - it is dark, there are clear mentions of rape, murder, and sexual violence - but it is still labeled as YA, so it's not as detailed as it would be if it were marketed toward adults.

The reason I loved this book is because you personally struggle right alongside our protagonist, Alex. She's angry, she's conflicted, and she has a tendency to lean toward violence. And we understand her emotions completely. In real life, we may only imagine some of the things that Alex thinks about, but most of us know and understand that there is a line we cannot cross. Alex also sees that line, but she can't help herself when it's crossed. She understands that there are some things that are simply out of your control.

Because Alex's story and her raw emotions are pretty intense, the other chapters are written in the other characters' point of views. I'm not sure if it was intentional - to give us a break from Alex - but it works. The change in voice allows you to catch your breath for a second and go back into "normal", everyday mode. But honestly, I just found myself wanting to get back to Alex's chapters as soon as I could.

Finally, I couldn't think of a book more appropriate for this past political year -- rife with feminists, feminist haters, and double-standards. I know that some of you will roll your eyes as you read that. And I know that some of you will want to give me a fist-bump. But as much as we want to deny that there is a clear issue when it comes to sexual violence & ownership, and what men and women are "allowed" to get away with, the issue will always remain. Our current President can speak about violating women's bodies and still get elected. Meanwhile, female politicians are pushed to wear skirts and "smile more". It's a culture that needs to change and I love thinking about how this book fits into all of it.

Did you read the book? What did you think?

5 out of 5 stars.