30 November 2014

Blogger's Note: Google+ Comments Disabled + CAPTCHA Disabled (UPDATED)

So a couple of weeks ago, I made the shift to use Google+ which I had a hard time trying to figure out, even up to now, but I'm kind of getting the hang of it. Along with the move, I decided to enable Google+ comments as well, which turned out to be great. The layout was awesome, and clicking on the commenter's name would link to their Google+ profile. I loved it, because of the easy access.

But then I realized that other bloggers from different platforms wouldn't be able to leave me a comment unless they use a google account as well, so I've decided to disable it... And the comments created through Google+ disappeared, which was really sucky, because I assumed they would still remain even if I reverted back to the old comment form box.

I wrote this post in case any of you guys would decide to look up your old comment and not find it, and assume I had deleted it, because I would not ever delete your comments. I love feedback and conversations, and I would definitely want to hear from you all. I would gladly appreciate it if you look up a post of mine, and leave a comment... in fact, not just on my blog, I encourage you all to do that in ever blog post you read. Bloggers love comments, because that would show that we're actually relatable (and undeniably awesome, lol). Kidding aside, feedback is important, and any comment you guys make I will surely respond.

P.S. I've also disabled CAPTCHA from my comment box, so you guys can freely comment away without stressing about how to prove if you're human or not, lol. I get the purpose of CAPTCHA is to avoid spam comments and such, but it gets really stressful too. The process is really simple which I read off Northern Belle Diaries

Have a happy Sunday, Mischievous Readers!
27 November 2014

BOOK BLAST: The Academy: Thief by C.L. Stone [Excerpt + Giveaway]

The Academy: Thief (The Scarab Beetle #1)
by C.L. Stone

Genre(s): Contemporary New Adult, Mystery, Spy Thriller
Publisher: Arcato Publishing
Date Published: February 26th, 2014
Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.

24 November 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Winter Wolf by R.J. Blain [Release Day Blitz]

Winter Wolf
by R.J. Blain

Genre(s): Paranormal Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller
Date Published: November 24th, 2014
The Hunted Wizard 

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live. 

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race. 

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted. 

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls. 

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…

21 November 2014

BOOK TOUR + REVIEW: Entangle by Veronica Larsen

by Veronica Larsen
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Expected Publication: December 1, 2014
Format Acquired: ARC from Author via Enchanted Book Promotions
My Rating:

It begins small.
His smoky blue eyes strike hers until the air between them flickers.
Her whispered suggestion blows the spark into a flame.
A guarded heart. A relentless pursuit.
An insatiable chemistry that yields to a torrid affair.

Alexis Stone 
I tried to do things the right way.
I wore the big white dress and rode off with Prince Charming.
Then Charming changed his mind. 
See, that's the part they don't tell you; he can change his mind.
These days, I don't put my heart in anyone's hands because I don't even know where I've left it.
Enter Leo. Blue-eyed specimen of a man, stirring me awake in ways I never thought possible. I think I should indulge myself for once. Because one time is all I need.
Then he goes and weaves simple, deliberate movements into pure, gilded pleasure. And I'm hooked.
I'm so blinded by desire I barely notice the gaping hole opening underneath me, the one that's sure to swallow me entirely.
Because every time I've dared to get close to someone, they've cracked me wide open. Why should this time be any different?


There are good books that I read, but put down eventually for quite some time to return to life. And there are good books that I devour straight up, with very little or no breaks... and this is one of those books. The moment I picked this up, I couldn't put it down. Nope. 

Veronica Larsen places two emotionally unavailable characters together and mashes them so perfectly, they just bounced from flawed to insanely perfect. The novel is written in first person, bouncing back and forth between the thoughts of Alexis Stone and Leo Conrad.

Alexis is the boss-woman of her own booming company. She's a smart, strong, independent woman, who doesn't need a ring on her finger, or she thought she did once... until her ex-husband decided to do a U-turn out of her life, just because she couldn't be the type of woman he wanted: the trophy housewife and homemaker. Two years later, you'd think she's already moved on properly from the heartbreak, but then, who does move on easily? Having been ditched by a husband who recited 'till death do us part' vows to her once, it's not an easy step to move on from that, especially when her ex-mother-in-law sends her an invitation to his wedding. Wow-ee. 

I wore the big white dress and rode off with Prince Chrming. But then Charming changed his mind. 

She's not in love with him anymore, but for sure, she does hate him so much for having been able to move on, while she now appears as a stuck up, prissy boss who intimidates her blind dates and employees, except for one hunk, Leo, her new Engineering Director, who sends her heated glances that make her feel nervous and giddy every now and then... and Leo seems like the perfect itch scratcher. 

As much as Leo is a total hunk, he is basically the typical hot bachelor who loves living the single life. A, he's cool with flings, and B, he's not into commitment. Though he comes off quite aloof, perhaps due to the reason that he's fairly new in the company, but that doesn't stop him from fantasizing about his stunning employer. Despite his attraction towards her, he doesn't want to take the step forward, because he knows what's going to happen:

She will develop unrequited feelings, eventually become bitter toward me, and make my life hell. That's the natural cycle of these things. I've see it too many times to question its existence.

F*ck. Bitterness. Hell.

But you know, no matter how many times you try to deny and reject an attraction, the tension is always over the top. 

We don't acknowledge it with words but our gazes dance in the air between us, passing secret notes back and forth and no one else in the room seems to notice.

I have so much mixed feelings for this book, but majority flows to the positive. When was the last time I've actually read a book where the woman is a dominating creature, where she holds the reigns in and out of the relationship, intentionally or unconsciously? I don't remember. But this book nails it. Alexis Stone is the dream woman -- minus the terrible emotional package -- but nonetheless, she is someone I would bow down to. And not only do we have a dominating woman in the form of Alexis Stone, we've also got the perfect male counterpart to her highness, which doesn't seem quite obvious in some points in the book, but in the very end, he's the king, absolutely ready to bow down to his queen. Now, that's what I call equality.

But just like any other person, they're very broken. They both come with a package that they've tried so hard to get rid of. For Alexis, it's her past, particularly, her mother, the woman who ditched her kids for drugs and alcohol after her husband ditched the family. There's lots and lots of ditching going on in this book. Her messy childhood led to hardwork that got her sister and herself college degrees... and then came her divorce that led to creating a very daunting woman unaware of her stature on her high pedestal... with unbreakable walls. Meanwhile, Leo, hailing from family money, and disliking every bit of it. The commitment, the lack of freedom and imposed control. Leo is the man who just wants out of a 'two' and would most prefer to be a 'one'. While Alexis feels she's had her chance for her Happy Ever After, Leo has never encountered a single aspect in life that would be worthy of calling a Happy Ever After. 

We become fools that think love, in and of itself, is enough to fix broken things, broken people.

I had known this quote was overly familiar, and I felt at ease when I read the author's acknowledgments where she mentioned being inspired by my two favorite poets ever, Christopher Poindexter and R.M. Drake; and the quote above hails from this beautiful masterpiece. 

"And in the end, we were all just humans... Drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness." -- Christopher Poindexter

And no, it's not an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, despite what everyone else is saying. 

And moooving on. 

With the aforementioned poetic verses, this is where I am pleased about the author's writing style. A prose in itself, she uses beautifully placed quotes and verses that almost results as a punch in the gut of how on point they are (And kudos to the poets who've inspired those quotes). Although some of the readers may dislike that type of writing and would call it overly dramatic; as a person who writes poetry, I simply loved how the author played on words, although at some point, I would agree that it did fall into a very dramatic motion, but it wasn't to the point that it was overly and unecessary.

As I suddenly feel that my review sounds so jumbled up, bouncing from topic to topic, I'd also like to acknowledge the other characers in this book whom I enjoyed reading about: Alexis' sister, Emily, is my spirit animal. She's a fresh graduate lawyer... with a loud potty mouth. Reading about her was so much fun, even as a minor character, she brought the sun to this dramatic romance. 

My adoration for this book kind of went a little downhill when I reached the ending, because it lacked closure. When reading novels, the Epilogue is my most favorite part of the whole thing... and this book did not have any. As cliche as it may sound, I love the idea of time skips after the "I love you's" where they show how they turned out to be and also, what happens to the others... not unless there would be a next book, which I'm quite unsure of. But nonetheless, I still loved how everything flowed. I just felt as if I was cut short at the end.

All I needed, more that anything, was for someone to convince me that love is worth the risk. We are built for love. We are hard-wired for the experience. And if we don't risk losing ourselves in it, we risk never finding ourselves  at all. 

But nonetheless, this story was fantastic! A highly recommended read! 

Until next time!

BOOK REVIEW: Lovers Restored by Kelsie Leverich

Lovers Restored
by Kelsie Leverich
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen Imprint)
Date Published: November 17th, 2014
Format Acquired: ARC from Publisher
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My Rating:

So much need. So much desire… 

It's been exactly ten years since Halle Morgan last set foot in her tiny hometown. Now she's back, but only long enough to honor the memory of her best friend and try to leave the past behind her. But with one look at Cooper Bale, Halle knows there is no escape from the past—or from the man she wants like no other.

Cooper can't let go of his painful memories, or the guilt that tore him and Halle apart. And try as he might, he can't forget the bittersweet night they once shared. Even now, longing sizzles between them, potent and insatiable. Though blissful nights spent in Halle's arms heal the bitterness in Cooper's heart, they know they have no future…until they let go of the past that brought them together.

I never expected this book to be quite an emotional read for me. Obviously with the title, this is a story of a second chance romance, and how I love books with themes like these, especially when the reason behind the break up is something so painful. 

The return of Halle Morgan to her small hometown was totally unexpected. The last time she had been in town was ten years ago, when they buried her best friend, and she left. As much as she didn’t want to return, she’d once made a pact with her late best friend to dig up a memory box they’d buried when they were kids. And now she’s back to get that box, then leave. The last thing she needs is coming across her best friend’s older brother and the boy she fell in love years ago, and it’s very obvious Cooper hasn’t forgiven her for what happened to his little sister. 

Cooper has never forgotten everything about Halle, especially from the night they spent together, and fell in love with each other. But she doesn’t just bring intimate memories, but also the memories of his late sister. With Halle, there’s always Peyton. They’re literally a package deal, despite one of them already gone. The terrible thing is that, he’s got no idea whether to hate her or love her for coming back.

"It should have been me," she said. "I wish it was me."

This story kind of touched a nerve when I was reading this, because it revolves around a loss of a loved one, depression and taking responsibilities. I absolutely felt for these two characters, Halle and Cooper, because they’ve had it real bad. With Halle blaming herself for her best friend’s death, and feeling that she’s being hated and doesn’t belong because of what happened, which caused her to hightail right after Peyton’s funeral. And with Cooper, ditching his dreams to becoming a medical student, in order to care for his mother who fell into depression after the death of his sister and his father bailing out on them. These two are terribly broken in their own way; I feel the need to give these two a big hug. 

In regards to the brazen feel of this book, which I kind of had mixed feelings towards, I felt it was kind of rushed at the beginning despite their back story. Halle comes in town, Cooper is pissed at her return, and next thing you know, he can’t keep his hands off of her. Then later on, he’s walking away because he can’t handle the ache. Make up your mind, Cooper!!!

"I might hate that you’re here – hate the grip that chokes me every single time I look at you.” Moving his hands to the side of her neck, he leaned in close. His words were almost lost to the storm as he whispered, “But that’s all I want to do. I want to look into your eyes until I can no longer breathe."

This was also the reason why I kind of disliked his character at the beginning because he was too harsh on Halle, but reading further, I began to appreciate his character and the reasons why he acted that way. 

This book shook me a little bit, and I had not expected such intensity from a Brazen imprint, because normally, books like these would be highly sensual, but I truly applaud the author of this book for such an amazing drama input. If you’re into sexy reads and a little bit of intense drama to match, and second chance romances, this book is definitely for you. 

18 November 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top 10 Sequels I Can't Wait to Get

It's been ages since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday, which really sucks, because I always end up forgetting then suddenly remembering about it the next day. 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the Broke and the Bookish, where you share your top ten picks, depending on the topic stated for the day... and today's topic is: Top 10 Sequels I Can't Wait to Get!

BOOK BLITZ [Release Day + Excerpt + Giveaway]: Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny

Kissing Frogs
by Alisha Sevigny

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: November 18th, 2014
Popular party girl and high school senior Jessica Scott has a secret: she used to be a nerd — a big one; a goody two-shoes, grade-skipping, all-state spelling bee champ. But she lost the braces, put on some contacts, and applied all her academic genius to studying and imitating the social elite. Now she rules the school from the upper echelon of the high school realm. With her cool new friends and hottest-guy-in-school boyfriend, life’s a beach — and that’s where she’s headed for Spring Break. That is, until her teacher breaks the bad news that she’s failing Biology — and her only chance to make up the grade is to throw away the culminating trip of her hard-earned popularity and join the Conservation Club in Panama to save the Golden Frog.

Unable to let go of her faded college dreams, Jess finds herself in a foreign country with a new social crew, and one handsome face that stands out as a blast from the past, threatening to ruin her queen bee reputation. Travis Henley may have grown up, but he still likes to play childish games and as payment for retrieving Jess’ lost ring from the bottom of a jungle pool, he wants three dates. While Jess does battle with spiders, snakes, wildfires and smart mean girls, she desperately tries to hang on to the last vestiges of her popular existence like the Golden Frog from its webbed toe. But as she starts to care about something more than tanning and texting – a species on the verge of disappearing forever – she may realize the worth of her inner nerd, and the one frog in particular that could be her prince in disguise.

Set in the lush and tropical El Valle de Anton, this modern fairytale re-imagining of “The Frog Prince” is toe-curling contemporary romance with an environmentalist heartbeat, in the tradition of Stephanie Perkins.

17 November 2014

BOOK BLITZ [Release Week + Excerpt]: Icy Pretty Love by L.A. Rose

You guys! One of my favorite NA romance authors, L.A. Rose, just released a new book out two days ago! This book seems like a different feel than her previous works.

Icy Pretty Love
by L.A. Rose

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: November 15th, 2014
Glass-doll beauty. A shy, proper smile. Georgette Montgomery is the perfect billionaire’s fiancĂ©.

Or she would be, if she existed.

A dark past. A smile that hides everything. At nineteen, Rae Grove escapes her disaster life by pretending to be other people—specifically, whoever the man paying her that night wants her to be.

Until she’s offered enough money for a one-way ticket to a better life. All she has to do is fly to Paris and pretend to be the fiancĂ© of young business tycoon Cohen Ashworth for one month. Within an hour of meeting Cohen, Rae knows three things about him:

1. He hates everyone and everything.

2. He has abundant wit and a knife-sharp tongue.

3. He uses 2 to make everyone aware of 1.

Before long, Rae’s determined to crack open his unbreakable shell. Cohen’s determined to stay unbroken.

But no one escapes unscathed when two opposite worlds collide.

15 November 2014

SOUNDTRACK SATURDAY: Filthy (Serial) by Megan D. Martin

So, here we are again with another round of Soundtrack Saturday. I missed two Saturdays because the first Saturday, I was sporting a terrible headache and now I'm all better! And the second Saturday... I just forgot... sue me. *cries*

Soundtrack Saturday is a meme created by my dear friend, Erin from The Hardcover Lover. And all you have to do is create a soundtrack or playlist of any book of your choice. Sounds easy, but it's actually challenging.

14 November 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Love by Numbers by Sara Donovan

Love by Numbers
by Sara Donovan
Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary, Chic Lit
Publisher: AUS Impulse
Date Published: July 1st, 2014
Format Acquired: Review Copy from Publisher via Netgalley
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My Rating:

What if there was a scientific 7-step formula that triggered your heart into feeling passion? Would you follow it to fall in love with your 'nice guy' bestie - the sensible choice who was actually available? Set in the glittering lower north shore of Sydney, Love by Numbers follows the story of April, a successful HR executive who is in the middle of a serious man drought. To deal with her boredom, she fantasises more than she should about her hot, but uninterested-to-say-the-least office crush, Ryan. When April finally gets Ryan to drinks one night and she watches him fall for her flirtatious house-mate, April decides to never again trust her instinctual 'man-picker'. Her only solution is to rewire her brain, and create passion with the one guy she knows she can trust. This is a story about how far you can go to control your heart's choices, and what happens when you try.

When this book caught my eye, I knew this was going to be a good read, because 'Neuroscience'. The talks about psychology and influencing the brain to trigger emotions, well, that caught my attention. I'm no psychology major, but anything related to it has always got me interested.

April works in the HR department for an IT company called Odyssey and she's got this massive crush on Ryan of the Sales department. But her crush is kind of getting out of hand, with all the daydreaming and the lovesick thoughts of them together (Yes, it may be normal... but he's never shown interest at her ever since). And a psychology major in graduate school, she's suddenly blown away by the idea that she might be diagnosed with 'Limerence', a kind of love addiction, which includes the following symptoms:

Symptom one: regular, intrusive thoughts about the love interest
Sympton two: An intensity of feeling that makes all other concerns secondary.
Symptom three: shaky hands, excessive talking and other signs of regression when the love interest is around. 
Symptom four: the limerent person is ALWAYS looking for signs of returned love

Uh. Oh. 

With the assumption that she might be obsessed with Ryan because the checklist above is a perfect score, she decides to attempt to un-crush him by mapping out his flaws to the point of eventually disliking him. But worse comes to worse when she gets promoted and transferred to the Sales department, and her workspace is literally two seats away from his. Talk about awkward. How is she going to un-crush him now, especially when he suddenly asks her out for a drink?

In every after work club or bar night, it is required to have a wingman-woman, and April's got one. Her best friend, Nathan, and what's weird is that he's got the hots for April's roomie, Holly. Let's just say, Holly is the complete opposite of April. She's bold, outgoing, and flirty. Nothing like April. And everything goes down when Ryan arrives to the bar scene and Holly starts flirting with him. Very, very harsh and disrespectful. 

And because of April's denial about her feelings for Ryan, well, let's just say that gave Holly Shmolly the approval to pounce on her crush, which leaves her with a need for "rebound", although there was no relationship to begin with. And all there's left is Nathan, who's also upset about Holly picking someone else over him. 

In lieu of 'Operation: Un-crush Ryan', April comes up with a scheme that would help both her and Nathan get over their feelings for their crush. A seven step routine to falling in love. And the goal is: To fall in love with each other instead. 

How to Fall in Love with (Almost) Anyone in Seven Easy Steps

Choose an available compatible guy-friend who doesn't turn you off and rewire your brains for a hot and heavy romance.

1. Get emotional while watching a sad movie. 
2. Share a major adrenaline rush. 
3. Be competent at something cool, but don't make a big deal out of it. 
4. Have him provide food from the hunt (a good restaurant will do). 
5. Eyegaze until it doesn't feel weird. 
6. Fulfil each other's primary fantasies within reason and without judgment. 
7. Sleep together like stacked spoons. 

Repeat the above until love and lust click in. Then send your love brain chemicals into overdrive by not seeing each other. That's when things really get cooking.

Easy peasy. I mean, just follow the steps and everything's going to be cool, right? WRONG.

Crazy stuff happens, like awkward first kisses and nightmare double dates and feeling your best friend's or rather, friends plus plus's morning wood poking you in the back after a whole night of cuddling, and jumping off an aircraft, and lots more, I'd rather not spoil further whether April's seven EASY steps are a win. 

In regards to the characters, like any other normal book or movie, there are characters you'll love, and there are characters you'd hate. April is almost literally me. Her awkwardness and her humor is just over the top, I laughed a lot of times while reading this book. If this was a movie, this would do perfect with Katherine Heigl starring as her. The humor and the quirks that Heigl has displayed in her films work perfect for April. I adored Ryan as well, despite his aloof personality. Their friendly relationship was what hooked me. 

And for the characters I really disliked, Holly was number one. She was just the cockblock to everything, basically the bitch who got everything she wanted. I just wanted her out of the story plot, but alas, her role was necessary, I was in no position to complain. Nathan, the best friend, is in between the level of "okay" and "not okay", because althroughout the story, he tends to be annoying and such a wussy, however, there were moments I couldn't help but say "...but what about Nathan?". He was literally the character who just got tossed about, but he's got this mantra going on that made me want give him a huge bear hug: "I only let people reject me once." (I feel you, bruh)

As much as I liked this read, I wasn't all amused with the way it ended. It may have been quite unexpected but I still felt so confused as to why it ended that way. I kept asking "WHYYYY?" when I ended the book, I felt like I missed a huge part that I felt the need to check the previous pages, perhaps I had missed something. 

But either way, It was a funny, sweet, romantic read that made me giggle althroughout. If you guys are into romantic chic lits, this is definitely a book for you. 

Till the next review!
12 November 2014

COVER REVEAL [Excerpt + Giveaway]: Capturing You by Katana Collins

Hey Mischievous Readers! I'm excited to share this cover of Katana Collins' new Contemporary Romance novel, Capturing You.

Capturing You
by Katana Collins

Release Date: December 16, 2014

After discovering she's infertile, Lydia Ryder has all but convinced herself that she doesn't need children or a family to be happy. All she needs is her camera, her passport, and a damn good manicure. And maybe, maybe a sexy male travel companion. But when her job as a magazine photographer lands her in the small town of Maple Grove, NH, a precocious ten year old and her single father barge into Lydia's life, turning what she thinks she wants onto its head. In this town full of happily ever afters, Lydia finds herself wishing for things she had sworn off long ago...

When Cameron Tripp's wife passed away from heart disease, he thought he'd never find love again. He certainly never would have expected a woman like Lydia Ryder to waltz into his life and awaken his dormant heart and libido. But despite his better judgment, Cam finds himself drawn to the vivacious and argumentative outsider. He quickly learns that, like him, she knows all about misplaced trust, heartbreak, and how quickly a family can fall apart if you let it. 

As impassioned arguments morph into frenzied kisses, the two wonder if one weekend can ever be enough. Despite lacking a maternal side, can Lydia connect with his ten year old daughter? And when Cameron finally learns the true nature of Lydia's article, the trust he worked so hard to build crumbles once again. With such doubts filling their minds, is there any hope that Lydia and Cameron will be able to start a new life together?

11 November 2014

BOOK BLITZ [Excerpt + Book Trailer + Giveaway]: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy
by Amy Engel

Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction (Dystopia)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date Published: November 11, 2014
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

07 November 2014

COVER REVEAL: After Death by Elle Jefferson

I am beyond excited to share with you guys the cover of  Elle Jefferson's latest book, After Death, which is to be released on November 21. 

TADA!!! The cover is absolutely stunning and so minimalist. I'm really loving the silhouettes. Gorgeous, yet simple, right? And yes, it looks all sweet and swoony, but check out the blurb below and be mind blown. 

After Death
by Elle Jefferson

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2014

It'd been building for months, festering inside her, begging to come out, but she controlled it.

But standing over his body, watching blood pool beneath his chest and soak into the carpet, waiting for him to take his last breath, she knew.

Control could go to hell. 

They all could go to hell and she'd send them there. 

She was letting the monster out. 

And with it, she would get her revenge.

06 November 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely

Stars in Their Eyes (Wrapped Up In Love #2)
by Lauren Blakely
Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Season Publishing
Date Published: October 9, 2014
Format Acquired: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
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My Rating:

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts, she'll need help from her biggest rival--hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He’s the last person Jess should trust, but he's her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing – to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he’s scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn’t have ulterior motives...

But there’s no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess' new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone's acting and no one's playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

Don't miss the prequel (Must be read before Stars in Their Eyes):

I've read a lot of Lauren Blakely books before and was hooked with the series Caught Up In Love and now this spin off series, Wrapped Up In Love, has got me all giddy and excited for the rest of the characters to get their own stories. 

This spin off begins with the story of Jess Leighton and Will Harrigan, two college students, both with hopes of fulfilling future dreams. Their story actually starts in A Starstruck Kiss, the prequel. And this ARC I had received included the novella at the beginning, so I'm going to have to review the flow of both. Mind you, A Starstruck Kiss is a must read because it is the introduction to their blooming romance. 

Jess is currently saving up money to pay for grad school, and she's working on it by being a papparazzo, snapping pictures of celebrities, young and old, for an agency. This is her only job, and she can't afford to lose it and even slack off. Always on the lookout, she's on alert as to where to find the right celebrity and even has them memorized from flash cards. Yes, that's how serious she is. But the moment she starts sensing competition from the new British hottie, Will Harrigan, who keeps popping up everywhere she tries to do her work, she feels the need to get all territorial. 

Will is on the lookout of a permanent job, someone to sponsor his stay in the States in order to shift his soon-to-expire student visa to a working one. And with Jess, he can't stop thinking about his 'American Girl'. All the more reason to stay in L.A. But Jess has no time for a relationship, she's sure she doesn't need or want one, but this British hottie will surely change her mind.

She was lovely. And hot. And feisty. Translation - Everything I liked best.

All of a sudden, his actions get a wee bit suspicious about him being a paparazzo. And then he tells her that he's got connections that can get them into the hottest and biggest celebrity wedding of all time. How can she ever turn that down? If she's going to want to nab those photos, she's going to have to trust him. The prequel ends with a cliffhanger that leads to Stars In Their Eyes

With all their secrets now open to each other, these two have decided to partner up instead in order for Jess to nab the hottest Hollywood wedding of the year. Two famous celebrities tying the knot and getting dibs on photographs of this event would definitely earn her big bucks and keep her on top of the game. 

The budding relationship between Jess and Will is just purely sweet and adorable, because of their display as the typical young adult relationship. They're cute together, sweet together, funny together and most of all, sexy together. Having read the prequel, these two have got me hooked. The chemistry between them is just over the top, because finally, Jess has quit her game of denial towards her feelings for Will. 

I have never doubted any of this author's romances. I've always enjoyed the chemistry of her pairings. Jess is a really fun character to read. She's funny, sassy and sarcastic and I could instantly relate to her personality. Definitely the type of girl I would want to be friends with. Meanwhile, Will is just epic. He's the sweetest book boyfriend ever (And the fact that he's British also counts as a major plus). 

Kissing her was not optional. It was mandatory, and as necessary as air or breath. 

Although, despite having enjoyed the over the top chemistry between these two, I also felt that the plot was kind of a little jumbled up, and the consistency of the story line was a little far off, especially with Jess's supposed mishap that led to a celebrity's downfall. I won't elaborate much because to avoid spoiling the plot twists, but upon reading that particular part, it felt so random and was basically an extra to the story that didn't even seem necessary. 

But nonetheless, this was a fun and slightly humorous read that did get me on my toes. I'm really looking forward to the next entry of this series. Oh, and a little tidbit, if you've read other books of Lauren Blakely, quite a number of her characters from the other books are mentioned here. 

Till the next review!
05 November 2014

BOOK TOUR [Character Spotlight + Giveaway]: Private Internship by Kitsy Clare

Private Internship (Art Of Love #2)
by Kitsy Clare

Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Sometimes sugar isn’t so sweet and secrets can be deadly...especially with matters of the heart.

Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty, practically shirtless and swinging from chains as he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous

Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz. 

COVER REVEAL: Gauge by Cara Nelson

I've been into New Adult books lately, and they're the new rave now. They're like the new sexy and edgy books that's piling up on my TBR list now. And I'm so excited to share with you another New Adult cover that screams "HOTT HOTT" (Yep, with double Ts, because tattoos)

by Cara Nelson

Genre: New Adult (17+), Romance 
Release Date: November 2014

Gauge Bronson has a simple rule: never mix business with pleasure. As the lead singer and guitarist of Provocative, he has his fair share of girls throwing themselves at him, but he refuses to get involved with clingy groupies or women he works with. When beautiful, beguiling Brynn joins the tour, though, he can’t deny there’s something about her he finds irresistible. It’s been a long time since a woman didn’t fawn over him. He’ll have to keep his appetite in check and keep her at a distance if he’s going to remember that she’s off limits.

Aspiring journalist Brynn Morgan has been given the chance of a lifetime to interview a rock band for a new magazine and launch her career. When she learns her assignment is the band Provocative, whose music she’s never liked, any disappointment is overshadowed by her excitement and determination to write a killer story. Plus, the fact that she’s not a fan will make it that much easier to keep things professional. One look at Gauge, though, and she feels an instant attraction to the cocky, tattooed rocker. But despite the sparks flying between them, she’s got a job to do.

As Brynn heads out on a world tour with the band and tries to get them to spill their secrets, the sizzling chemistry between her and Gauge becomes harder and harder to ignore…

01 November 2014

BOOK REVIEWS: Filthy Vol. 1-3 by Megan D. Martin

Filthy is a dark erotic serial novel that will release monthly in segments of around 50 pages each. This book is not for those who like a traditional heroine. Faye and Rhett's story is dark, complicated, and twisted with themes that are not acceptable to all readers. Read at your own risk.