|Posted by anonymous on December 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
I've moved! I'm HERE now!
|Posted by anonymous on December 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Collector by Victoria Scott is hitting the shelves on April 2, 2013.
Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE! We need more adds, in order for the second excerpt to be released!
GET EXCITED PEOPLE!!!
|Posted by anonymous on December 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
I have had it. I am at my wits' end with Webs.
First, it was the formatting - for some reason, it takes me an hour to get ONE SPACE between two paragraphs (I'm not bothering with this post. If it does it, then yay. If it does not, then too bad).
Then, it was the fact that I made the actual website 6 years ago, and because of that, I have the old version of Webs. Which means that I do not have a WebsID. Which, as an admin of a website and blog of Webs, I should have one.
Then, it was the "subscripions" to my site. Those subscriptions are not email updates. They're just... there. I do not know what the purpose of them is.
Then, it was the fact that Feedburner and Blogtrottr do not recognize this blog as a blog. Which means, no auto-email-updates. Which means, VERY LITTLE BLOG FOLLOWING.
UGHHHHH. I am so frustrated with Webs. When the giveaway finishes, I am out of here. I am creating a new blog at Blogger as we speak.
It is a good thing that I haven't amassed hundreds of followers and comments and page views from the giveaway or my posts. Otherwise, this would be a shame. But I really do not care right now.
So, bye-bye, Webs! I will post the link of my new blog later, when I create it and make it pretty
P.S. WHY AM I EVEN USING WEBS?! No one else in the book blogging commuity uses Webs.
|Posted by lilleetleet on December 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
(This review is a little late. I read this book back in September!)
For the year of 2012, I have not given many five-star ratings (most of my reviews are on Goodreads), but this book definitely deserved all five stars. I do not understand why the overall rating of this book is so low. This book is incredible.
Summary (from Goodreads):
Mia is torn between two guys--and two worlds--in this epic, romantic fantasy.
Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she's concerned, that's about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia's not one to fall for just any guy, but she can't get Sol--or the brilliant tattoo on his back--out of her mind.
Then Mia's brother goes missing, and Mia's convinced that Sol knows more than he's sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol's not who Mia thought he was--and neither is she.
What I Liked: I am going to be honest - I had very high expectations for this book. I am a sucker for fantasy, paranormal, and a little science fiction. This book met all of my expectations and then some. I expected to see a weak-ish protagonist in the beginning of the book, with tunnel vision (to find her brother), and at the end of the book, she is defiant and brave, but still wary and concerned about herself and others. I definitely saw the character development in Mia. I liked her from the start, because she cared about her brother more than anything else. But I also liked how she attacked situations head-on, considering the factors that came on both sides of the decision. On the topic of protagonists, I liked Sol. He is one of my favorite heroes of Young Adult literature this year. And it is not because he is described as absolutely gorgeous - tall, brooding, and oh so ripped - but also because he is fierce and loyal, yet gentle and sweet. He seems so sure of himself, but not in a cocky, arrogant way; and yet, sometimes, he is nervous and hesitant in his actions and feelings. I loved the fantasy in this book - because Sol and Delane are warriors, which ups my respect for them. Delane is a cute, funny character, but he is serious and stern when he needs to be. I loved how Ms. Walsh ties the royalty and lands and wars aspects into this book. It is epic! Trust me. I could go on and on (but I will not).
What I Did Not Like: I cannot say that there was much that I did not like. This sounds stupid, but it is so true. I loved this book so, so much.
Would I Recommend It: YES! To all fantasy lovers out there, this is definitely a book for you.
Rating: 5 stars
I really hope this book is not a standalone, because I want more! Wonderful debut, Ms. Walsh!
|Posted by lilleetleet on December 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM||comments (6)|
Swoon Thursday is a hot meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at YA Bound!
- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering
- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting
This week, my swoon is from Pivot Point by Kasie West!
His lips come to rest against the soft spot below my ear. I can no longer think straight. It's then I realize I have a fistful of the back of his shirt. I clutch it tigether. He must consider this encouragement because he takes my face in his hands and presses his lips to mine, They move over mine softly, his breath seeping into my mouth. My heart feels close to bursting.
- Page 268, ARC
What do you think? What made you swoon this week?
|Posted by lilleetleet on December 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (5)|
Please go HERE (my new blog) to enter the giveaway! Your entries will NOT be lost, nor will I penalize anyone who entered here. Thank you!
Hi everyone! Today I have for you an excerpt and giveaway for Bethany Lopez's new book, I Choose You, thanks to Bethany Lopez and ATomR tours! Scroll down to read the excerpt, and enter the giveaway for an ebook copy of I Choose You (open internationally)!
I Choose You
Book Two of the Friends & Lovers Trilogy
Author: Bethany Lopez
Publication Date: December 27, 2012
Summary from Goodreads:
Up until now, Nicole's life has been mapped out for her. She'd go to college, marry Jake and become the upstanding minister's wife. When she leaves that life to begin again in a small town in Texas, she finally has the freedom to live as she chooses. There, she meets Kent, a guy whose charm and passion make it hard to stick to her morals.
Dodging his father’s fists and protecting his twin sister made Kent into the man he is today. He learned by watching his mother stay by his father’s side that it’s better to keep relationships simple. Then he meets Nicole. Her sweet smile and genuine response to him land like punches to his resolve. After a lifetime of learning to protect his heart, can he finally let down his guard?
They hit the trail hard. Nicole used the time to clear her head and to reflect on what Kent had told her about his childhood.
They’d led very different lives, and Nicole couldn’t imagine the obstacles he’d dealt with growing up, but she was very impressed with the man he was today.
Kent made sure they did some cool down stretches before getting back in the car.
He’d worried briefly that Nicole would look at him differently when he’d told her a little about his upbringing, but he was happy that he had. He wasn’t ready to tell her everything yet, but he was comfortable with what he’d told her.
He drove her back to her apartment and walked her to the door.
“Do you want to come in?” Nicole asked him, her face was flush from exertion and glistened prettily.
Kent felt a strong urge to gather her in his arms and take her to her room, kissing and stroking her gloriously toned body along the way. He imagined carrying her into the shower and lathering her up.
He shook his head, trying in vain to calm his raging hormones. He felt like a teenager again: unbearably horny and unable to find release. Well… At least not the way he wanted to.
“Um, no,” He replied gruffly. “I’d better not. You have to get ready for work and I have some stuff to do at my house. I’ll give you a call later.”
He leaned down and gave her a kiss on the forehead, then turned and jogged down the stairs, leaving her there staring off after him, the confusion she felt apparent on her face.
About the Author:
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.
Bethany is giving away (1) eBook copy of I Choose You, open Internationally! Winner must respond to the email within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter! Good luck!
|Posted by lilleetleet on December 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Make It Last by Bethany Lopez
Book One of the Friends and Lovers Trilogy
Publication Date: November 3, 2012
Rating: 3 stars
“New Adult”, “Mature Young Adult”, whatever you want to call it, has been catching the attention of readers and authors alike. These days, there is an abundance of books in this age level, and Make It Last is one of them. Please do not be deterred by my so-so rating – I actually enjoyed this book. There were some things in this book that I loved, and other parts of the book that I thought could use some work. Overall, this book is a quick, fun read.
Summary (from Goodreads): In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.
Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.
What I Liked: I liked the cast of characters that Bethany Lopez has introduced. There are so many, and I do not think that all of them go through some sort of character development, but most of them contributed nicely to the plot of the story, or to the major characters. Briana and Colin’s relationship is supposed to be rocky and tense at first, and then explosive and dynamic. I liked that Briana gave him a second chance – even though when they broke up so long ago, she said that she would not take him back. The overall feel of the book is pretty good. I enjoyed reading the story.
What I Did Not Like: There are a lot of things that I did not like. To start, I did not understand Colin’s real reasons for breaking up with Briana. The break-up scene seemed flat. And Briana said that she would not give him a second chance, but she did. I am glad that she did, but that was a little hypocritical. I think she should have a least drawn that out a little, because it did not take long for Briana and Colin to get back together. That was another thing that I did not like – the pacing. This book went be extremely quickly. That does not have to be a negative thing, as some books are meant to be short, but the sequence of events seemed rushed, and not fleshed out. As I said before, there should have been more time between Colin coming back to town, and Briana taking him back. I also saw little character development in Briana and Colin, the two leading characters. And Briana seemed very fake at times. For example, when she “broke up” with Kent, she seemed lifeless and automated. I did not want her and Kent to be together anyway, but Briana did not seem to care at all about Kent’s feeling, even if she said that she did. And I did not really feel anything towards Briana and Colin’s relationship. I liked them together, but I did not really get into the chemistry of the two. Furthermore, there seems to be no real conflict in this book. I did not really understand the point, I suppose, besides Colin and Briana getting back together, and moving forward in their lives. And one of my main sticking points is the grammar. I hate to say it, but the sentence structure is a huge hit and miss – mostly a miss. Spelling errors and misplaced modifiers were everywhere. I do not go looking for grammar and structural mistakes with a fine-tooth comb, but when they are obvious, or I can see them clearly, I notice, and point them out. Writing a book also means editing the book.
Would I Recommend It: Eh, if you like “New Adult”, contemporary, shorter, less complicated stories, go for it. Otherwise, you might be better off skipping this one.
Rating: 3 stars. Again, I enjoyed this book, but there were many things that rubbed me the wrong way.
This series definitely has potential, and I will read I Choose You (book 2), and the next book.
|Posted by lilleetleet on December 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm featuring:
By Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
What do you think? Less han a month for this one! I am so excited! On the publication day, January 22nd, Victoria and I will have a surprise here on the blog! So, see you then!
|Posted by lilleetleet on December 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is enjoying the day! I do have a teaser today!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser! From My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris:
I curl my lip and scoff. Now that I have his number, the lines are so not working on me.
My gaze sinks to his mouth.
Nope, not at all.
- Page 58
|Posted by lilleetleet on December 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!
On that note, this will probably be the only Sunday I post my weekly Stacking the Shelves entry, as Tynga does her post on Saturdays.
So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, December 16th to Saturday, December 22nd?
A hardcover copy of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, which I won from Erica and Katie at The Skip Kids!
A hardcover copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which I also won from Erica and Katie at The Skip Kids!
A signed paperback copy of Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols, from the author herself!
A hardcover copy of The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, which I won from Preet at A Written Rhapsody!
A signed bookmark from Wendy Higgins!
And that's it! This coming Saturday's post will have the books I received for the holiday (I *know* I'm getting a few!)