Monday, August 29, 2016

Cover Reveal - The Secret Lives of Rockstars by Suzanne Lazear



Hey everyone! I'm one of the tour stops today for the cover reveal of The Secret Lives of Rockstars  by Suzanne Lazear and hosted by Shine. This book sounds so interesting and I don't think I've ever read anything about Elf Punk so I'll definitely be looking into this. Plus, that cover is so awesome! I absolutely love the colors. :) Look below for more info about the book, author, an excerpt and a giveaway! 


Saving the world, one tour stop at a time.


The Secret Lives of Rockstars: Book One
by Suzanne Lazear
Genre: New Adult Elf Punk, Urban Fantasy
Published September 26th, 2016 by Leap Books

Blurb: 

Saving the world, one tour stop at a time.

Eighteen-year-old Bitsy Butler has never quite fit in, not with the dragons who raised her, the druid who took her in, or even with the non-human members of the cirque noir punk band she thinks of as family. Her chance to prove she can make it on her own comes with her band's first big solo tour. It’s all going according to plan when an angel walks into a bar and demands help with his demon problem. 

If she doesn't step up, a magical war will break out, threatening Arizona and all those who call it home. With the help of a human, a sexy dragon, and the members of her band, Bitsy must stop an angry mob of chaos demons before the band leaves for their next tour stop.

It’s nice to be needed, but Bitsy has no idea how to defeat the demons and she just might get herself killed trying. But then, at least one problem would be solved...

Fitting in doesn’t matter if you’re dead.



Excerpt from The Secret Lives of Rockstars:
“I’m Jake, Jake Messenger. I’d like to speak with you alone, if you please.”
My blood ran cold and everything around us ceased to exist. “Why?”
But I knew. There was only one reason why one of the Grigori would seek me out. Somehow celestials just knew when someone could work gates properly, especially the angels who walked the Earth. Anyone could make gates, but it took a linewalker to work them without it being suicide. Linewalker wasn’t a race, but an inherent ability. One I had.
Also, if the celestials – the angels, demons, and the like – needed help from outsiders, things were very bad. The kind which ended in running, screaming, and death.
I so didn’t need this right now.


About Suzanne Lazear:
Suzanne Lazear spins tales of the fantastic. She’s the author of the New Adult Elfpunk The Secret Lives of Rockstars (Leap Books) and the YA dark fairytale steampunk series The Aether Chronicles (Flux). Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter and husband where she’s trying to make tiny dragons out of wool. One day she’ll actually create a working cupcake cannon.


Visit Suzanne on TwitterFacebook, and her website.








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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bookish News of the Week #1 (August 26th, 2016)



Happy Saturday everyone! Hopefully, everyone has had a great week so far. :) Today I am posting my first Bookish News of the Week. It's not a meme but it is a post that I will hopefully be able to do every week or every other week. I thought I'd post about interesting or big news that has happened throughout the week. Maybe some of it will be news that you guys haven't seen or heard of yet. I found all of this info on Twitter too. :) Here goes nothing! Let me know if you like or if you have any big news of the week! 

*I'll try to post in order of the day info was released.*

Monday, August 22nd, 2016  

- Book Releases! 

Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy and The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon were published by Entangled Crush. YA Bound Book Tours will be hosting a book tour for The Boyfriend Bet and I will be one of the stops on August 31st. So make sure to stop by for a review of the book! 

Daring the Bad BoyThe Boyfriend Bet (Boyfriend Chronicles, #2)


- Sarah Dessen and her 13th book!

Sarah Dessen tweeted the official announcement of her 13th book, Once and For All, on the 20th of this month. She also tweeted again for anyone who missed today so it's part of this week's news. :)  The book is set for a summer 2017 release. Read the official announcement at publishersweekly.com to find out more! 



- Are you into Twitter giveaways? 

If so, Victoria Scott (@AuthorVScott), author of Fire and Flood, is giving away signed swag from various authors until August 30th. The giveaway is also international. Make sure to enter to win if you are interested! Check it out here - https://twitter.com/AuthorVScott/status/767870393034027008

- Rupert Grint and TV 

Rupert Grint will be starring in Snatch, a drama series based on the film by Guy Richie. Honestly not too sure what it's about other than it being inspired by a real-life London heist. There are a few articles around about it but I found my info on USA Today's website. 

- Netflix and Anne of Green Gables

I read Anne of Green Gables when I was younger and I remember liking it. Apparently, a TV adaptation will be produced by CBC and you'll be able to see it on Netflix sometime in 2017. The eight-episode drama will be called Anne. 
Click here for more info - http://www.themarysue.com/netflix-anne/

Shadowhunter Season 2

- Day 1 of Shadowhunters season 2 started filming today! The Shadowhunters television show is based on The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. 
@ShadowhuntersTV tweeted this - 



Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Book Releases!

- Under the Lights by Abbi Glines was released today! This is the second book in The Field Party series and I can't wait to get my hands on it. If you haven't read the first book, Until Friday Night, then you definitely should. 

Under the Lights (The Field Party, #2)


Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

- Kasie West and a Cover Reveal!

Epic Reads revealed the cover of By Your Side by Kasie West! By Your Side has to do with two teens stuck in a library overnight. Is there any better place to be stuck? No. I'm so excited for this book and cannot wait until it's released in 2017! The cover was revealed and so was the first chapter. 



 - Cassandra Clare and LoS Snippet 

The 23rd was Clary's birthday (The Mortal Instruments character) and Cassandra Clare posted a snippet from Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) in honor of her birthday! But beware - this is a spoilery snippet if you haven't read Lady Midnight and the story in the back of the book yet!!!



Friday, August 26th, 2016

- Susan Dennard and UK Cover Reveal

Susan Dennard is the author of Truthwitch if you aren't familiar with her. The UK covers for both Truthwitch and Windwitch were released today! Check them out -


- Full-Time Paid Internship! 

Literary "Lit" Hub is hiring a full time paid intern and August 31st is the deadline to submit a resume plus extras. Hurry up and check it out if you are interested! 



- Another Snippet!

Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn) is the author of many beautiful books in case you didn't know. Her NA contemporary, Fire in You, is set to be released in November of this year! This is the 6th novel in the Wait for You series. She released a small snippet from the book today. Warning! This includes spoilers if you haven't read the other books in the Wait for You series! You have been warned!



Hope you all enjoyed this week's Bookish News of the Week post! Hopefully, you learned something new and exciting. :) Let me know what you think.

Vanessa

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day's posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Hey, everyone! It's been awhile since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday post and I'm pretty excited to start it up again. Today's topic is Ten Books That Have Been on Your Shelf Since Before You Starting Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet. I actually didn't have a TBR before I started blogging so I couldn't think of any books from before then. So I decided to use ten books that I have had on my TBR the longest since I've started blogging. If that even makes any sense. :D 

Let me know which books you haven't read yet in the comments below! 

*Books in no particular order*

1. Angel Fever (Angel #3) by L.A. Weatherly - The first book in this trilogy was one of the first that I read and reviewed when I started my blog. I absolutely loved it and the concept of Angels in YA. I read the first two books but then stopped because either the third hadn't been released or it wasn't available at my library. I kept meaning to buy the kindle book but never got around to it. I definitely want to finish this trilogy because it kills me to have unfinished series. I'm thinking I'll probably have to re-read the first two books, though...

2. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay - I can't remember if I wanted to read this because I had read Juliet Immortal but I know I've wanted to read it, like, forever. I'm all for any kind of Beauty and the Beast retelling I can get my hands on so I definitely want to pick this up. I just have to find the time to buy it first. :) 

3. The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset - I honestly can't remember what this book is about but I know that I still want to read it. I think. I saw this book at Barnes & Noble a few years ago and absolutely loved the cover. I totally wanted to buy it then and there but didn't have the funds at the time. I still kinda like the cover and would definitely give it a try. Maybe someday. :)

4. Fire and Flood (Fire and Flood #1) by Victoria Scott - I remember when this book was released in 2014. There was a good amount of hype and the cover just called my name. But...I still haven't read it! I heard things like Hunger Games and Pokemon combined so I'm still interested in reading. I just have to buy the book first. 

5. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys - I have heard so many great things about this book. I think the reason that I've put it off for so long is because it's Historical Fiction. I read Historical Fiction the least (if at all really) and I just can't get myself to pick it up. I want to though because, like I said, I've heard great things!

6. Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton - Another angel book and this one has to do with fallen angels. I think. :) I found this one when I was going through my Fallen Angel and Vampire stage. (Not really over it to be honest.) It sounded interesting then and it kinda sounds interesting now so... I've seen it on BookOutlet so I will buy it at some point. 

7. The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing - The thing that kills me is that my online library has the second book but not the first! I've wanted to read this one since it was released because of the cover. And that's pretty much the only reason. I don't remember what this one is about but the last two books in this trilogy have pretty good ratings so I'll give this one a try someday. 

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - This is a classic that many have raved about! I've wanted to read this since I knew what classics were. For some reason, I have yet to pick it up but I know I'll like it once I do. :) I mean, it's Jane Austen! 

9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Another classic of sorts about the horrible death of books! I just have to read this and am so upset that I never got to read it for school. (I actually like reading books for class but that's another story.) I can easily borrow this online but I just haven't felt like I've had the time to read it. Weird, huh? :) 

10. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - Everybody loves this book! My brothers and my mom have read this book and they don't even like to read! How have I not read this yet? I blame my English teachers because I never got to read this in an English class like so many others. And I blame myself now because I'm honestly too lazy to add it to the top of the list when I have so many other books to read too. When will I have the time? Your guess is as good as mine. 


Angel Fever (Angel, #3)Of Beast and BeautyThe Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld, #1)Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)Out of the EasyAngelfire (Angelfire, #1)The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)Pride and PrejudiceFahrenheit 451The Outsiders



Those are some of the books that have been on my TBR for awhile now. Are any of them on yours? Let me know! 

Vanessa

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review - The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts


The Replacement Crush
The Replacement Crush
By Lisa Brown Roberts 
Expected publication is September 6th, 2016 by 
Entangled: Teen
400 pages

4 stars - Enjoyable and Entertaining! 

*An e-arc of this book was provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart. 

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.


Review:

I was instantly intrigued by the summary of The Replacement Crush. A book blogger and a cute guy? Sign me up! :) 

Vivian is a book blogger which is right up my alley (obviously) and her mom owns a bookstore which is just plain awesome. Viv loves any and all kinds of romance novels and is upset when she realizes that her crush (aka the guy she's been making out with during the summer) isn't all that he seems. So she devises The Replacement Crush mission to help her get over her old crush. Along the way meets Dallas (also known as McNerd) and basically ignores her feelings for him for most of the book. 

I did enjoy Viv's character because she was quirky and smart and funny. But there were also times when she was incredibly stubborn and insisted on ignoring her feelings for a certain McNerd. I think that this definitely made the book a little longer than it actually had to be. Aside from those annoying scenes there were also some pretty cute scenes between Viv and Dallas. :) 

Aside from Viv and Dallas, I also enjoyed the book group discussions because those were incredibly funny. :D Viv's friends were also pretty great at certain times. Oh! The music parts near the end were awesome as well because we all know I love when authors mix books and music. There were a lot of Star Trek references that I didn't really understand because I'm not into Star Trek, but that might work for you if you are a fan.

The Replacement Crush was interesting and entertaining but it wasn't exactly everything that I thought it would be. I enjoyed the characters and the whole idea of the book but there were times when the pacing felt slow. There were also times when the characters just kept making the same mistakes over and over. Again, aside from those few points this was an enjoyable read and perfect for summer because of the setting. I recommend to those that are fans of all things "nerdy" and looking for a fun and enjoyable read! 

Vanessa

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review - You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross


You Before Anyone Else

You Before Anyone Else
By Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Published August 2nd, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
400 pages

4 stars - Thoughtful and emotional read!

* An e-arc of this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.



Review:

I wasn't too sure what to expect from You Before Anyone Else when I requested it and when I started reading it. I haven't actually read too many books about models or modeling so that was definitely something that intrigued me. The beginning actually took a little bit for me to get into. Once I became used to Finley's and Eddie's voices and their surroundings I was pretty intrigued. 

I enjoyed both Finley and Eddie as characters and I loved when they interacted with each other. Neither of them were what I expected them to be and I liked that. Eddie was definitely a surprise and even more so once I figured out what he was hiding. 

The whole story had a pretty nice flow to it but the ending was definitely this big surprise and, honestly, something I didn't see coming. Either way I was cheering for Finley and Eddie. :) 

This was definitely a great summer read and a book that kept me hooked until the very end. It was sweet and thoughtful but it was also emotional and serious near the end. I shed a few tears here and there but also smiled and laughed as well. I enjoyed my time reading this book and I enjoyed the fact that these characters defied the stereotypes that some might think of. 

Definitely give this one a try this summer! 

Vanessa

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review - It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


It Ends with Us

It Ends With Us
By Colleen Hoover
Published August 2nd, 2016 by Atria Books
384 pages

5 stars - An honest and heartfelt novel not to be missed. 

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Review:

What can I say about It Ends With Us? Honestly I can't say enough good things about this book. There are probably a ton of reviews out there that adequately describe and explain the greatness and the brilliance that is this book. You should probably go and read those and you'll be set. Because, to be honest, I'm not sure that I'll do this book justice with this review. I'm going to damn well try though. :) 

It Ends With Us was nothing that I expected it to be. Honestly I didn't know anything about this book before I started reading it. I knew that a ton of people loved it and I saw the 5 stars that it had been rated, but I didn't actually know what it was about. So I went in blind and I'm all the more grateful for that. I definitely recommend not knowing anything about this book and because of that I won't give too much away. Actually I'm not even posting the synopsis that this book has because I didn't even look at that. 

I will tell you that It Ends With Us deals with some difficult topics and does so beautifully. Colleen Hoover did a fantastic job with this book, the characters, the situations and decisions. She created something amazing and she destroyed me at the same time. Kind of in a good way though. 

So, yes, there are difficult topics and situations that these characters have to deal with but there are some really awesome moments as well. Just like real life. These characters are so real and I couldn't help but fall in love with all of them. I loved them for their strengths and despite their flaws. Lily was just everything. :) 

Then there were the relationships in this book. The friendships that Lily had were some of the best. Her friends were supportive and understanding and so caring. When you read this book you'll see what I mean. 

But what I loved the most is also what hurt me most. I loved that we experienced everything when Lily did. We found things out at the same time she did and not a moment sooner. And because of this I was able to feel the same emotions that Lily felt - the love, hurt, betrayal, fear, and grief. It tore me apart by the end but it also helped me understand the decisions that Lily had to make. 

Overall, this book exceptional in the fact that it moved me so deeply. I sobbed at certain points and I couldn't stop thinking about the ending after I finished reading. I couldn't think about this book for a few days without tearing up. I had to explain the whole book to my mom because I was so moved by it. Colleen Hoover has always been one of my favorite contemporary and new adult authors. Her books have always been hits for me and each one has impacted me in a different way. But this one was something all together different. It is definitely one of her best novels because it is so honest and heartfelt. 

Anyone and everyone should read this book because it is about something that just needs to be shared and known. It is a book that really gets you thinking and feeling. Read this book soon if you haven't because you will not be disappointed! 

Vanessa

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

5 Books to Give a Try Before the End of the Summer!

Hey everyone! Can you believe that summer will soon be over? It's already August and a lot of us will be starting school soon. So I thought I'd make a list of some contemporary or summer-ish books that you should give a try before school starts. Or the end of summer. Whichever comes first I guess. So here is a list of 5 books that I've read this summer and have enjoyed! I hope you enjoy as well. And let me know if you've read any of these books or if you are excited to. :) 

*Books listed in no particular order.*

1. Little Black Dresses by Laura Stampler - Harper Anderson is about to have one exciting summer because she just landed her dream internship as a dating blogger at the magazine Shift. There's just one problem: Harper doesn't actually know anything about dating. Follow Harper as she tries her best to give dating advice, explores New York City, has run-ins with the neighborhood dog-walker, and learns more about herself all by the end of summer! An awesome and witty book that kept me laughing and reading all through the day! Published 2016 (4 stars)

2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West - Kasie West is at it again with this sweet and addicting read! Things get interesting for Lily in her boring chemistry class when someone anonymously responds to her scribbled song lyrics on her desk. Soon Lily has herself a pen pal that has the same taste in music and understands her worries and frustrations. Now Lily wants to find out who this mysterious person is but will she like what she finds out? Find out yourself in this fun and addictive read! Published 2016. (4 stars)

3. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West - Another Kasie West book that is funny and addictive. When Gia's boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot during her high school prom, Gia has to find a solution quick. Enter fill-in boyfriend. Gia makes it through the night with her fake boyfriend but soon finds that she can forget him quite so easily. Follow Gia as she learns more about herself, finds out who her real friends are, and grows more attached to her fill-in boyfriend. This was published last year but was such an easy book to get caught up in. I finished this one in one night and laughed and swooned along the way. (4 stars)

4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson - Andie's summer before senior year was already planned and ready to go off without a hitch. Until it wasn't. After a scandal involving her politician father, Andie realizes that she doesn't know how her summer is going to turn out at all. That doesn't stop Andie from having an amazing summer full of adorable dogs, a cute guy, fun with friends, and a father she's getting to know all over again. The unexpected can be fun every once and awhile! I definitely enjoyed this summer read and LOVED Clark! Plus there are dogs. Dogs are always fun. Published 2016. (4 stars) 

5. We Own the Night by Ashley Poston - Ingrid is an eighteen year old outcast that has dreams that are larger than the graduating class of her small town high school. She works at a candy shop during the day but is free to be herself as, "Niteowl" the deejay, by night. Throughout the summer Iggy will learn more about herself, her friends, and her talents. But she will also experience heartbreak of various natures and wonder if her dreams are pursue-able. What Iggy doesn't know is that by the end of it all she'll be surprised in more ways that one. This was such an awesome read for me! A mix of music and friendship can never go wrong. :) Find out more about Iggy and her friends in this summer read! Published 2016. (4 stars)



Little Black Dresses, Little White LiesP.S. I Like YouThe Fill-In BoyfriendThe Unexpected EverythingWe Own the Night (Radio Hearts #2)


There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my list of 5 books that you should definitely give a try before the end of the summer. 

Vanessa