Sunday, March 30, 2014

Promise Me Forever (Promise Me #1.5) by Sarah Ashley Jones

THIS IS A FOLLOW UP NOVELLA TO PROMISE ME THIS.

Charlie Jennings and Jhett Hudson knew that a single moment could change everything.

It took them one song to find each other, one question to give them a chance, one kiss to fall in love, and one night to almost lose it all. But they had one thing other couples lack - pure, unconditional love - and that takes more than a moment to walk away from.

Falling in love is only the beginning. Forever is what happens next.









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First line:
Sunlight shone through the newly hung sheer drapes above the sliding glass door, filling the bedroom with a soothing blanket of warmth.
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Source:
ARC from author
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Rating:
2 raindrops out of 5
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Warning. There is spoilers in this review. Don;t read if you don't want to see the spoilers.

I loved Promise Me This. Promise Me Forever, not so much. It was more of an extended epilogue than a novella with a plot line. And the scenes were disjointed and not continuous at all. I have no idea how much time passed between the beginning and the wedding. Not only were there disjointed time jumps to the future, it kept unexpectedly jumping back into the past, which just added more confusion. Charlie's mom dies and it's only mentioned once at the wedding. I don't even know how she died! Charlie breaks down at one point because she's depressed after the loss of the baby, and that is never brought up again, nor is there much about working through their grief together.

I think Promise Me This is better as a stand-alone, because this sequel novella kind of made me forget how much I loved the first one.

My Reading Pile (8)

 My Reading Pile is a meme hosted by Rachel over at Fiktshun. Every I'll list all the books I've read in the past week and four books I plan on reading over the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy. (The picture above is from Fiktshun)

Last Week:
Read:
 Promise Me Forever (Promise Me #1.5) by Sarah Ashley Jones
THIS IS A FOLLOW UP NOVELLA TO PROMISE ME THIS.

Charlie Jennings and Jhett Hudson knew that a single moment could change everything.

It took them one song to find each other, one question to give them a chance, one kiss to fall in love, and one night to almost lose it all. But they had one thing other couples lack - pure, unconditional love - and that takes more than a moment to walk away from.

Falling in love is only the beginning. Forever is what happens next.

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Review coming later today. It's definitely towards the bottom of the pile :/

The Rocker that Holds Me (Rocker #1) by Terri Anne Browning
Touring with four rockers is the thing of dreams…

At least that is what people tell me. To me those four rockers are my family. They have watched over me from the time I was five years old. Protecting me from my mother and her drunken, drug addict rages. When they made it big they still watched over me. And when my monster of a mother died they took over as my guardians.

In the six years since that happened I have watched over the four men that
mean everything to me. I take care of them just as they once took care of me. I handle all the dirty work behind the scenes of a rockers life. It isn’t always pretty. At times it came be damn near disgusting, especially when I have to get rid of their one night stands. Ugh!

Taking care of them doesn’t bother me though. I mean it’s not like I’m in love with one of them. That would be crazy. Falling for a rocker is NOT smart.

Okay, so I’m not smart. I love my guys, and one of them kind of holds my heart in his big old rocker hand. But I’m dealing. I’ve been able to keep it my little secret for years now.
I’m not, however, dealing with this bug that I seem to have caught. It scares the hell out of me. I hate doctors, but I’m suddenly more worried about finding out what is wrong with me than what the doctor might do to me.

When I get my test results back my life will never be the same again…

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This was a cute short novel. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.

Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen
I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend's locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she's neck-deep in it with him, whatever "it" is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.

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I adored this book. Though it ended slightly abruptly. Review linked below :)

Reviewed:
http://gabicreads.blogspot.com/2014/03/promise-me-forever-blog-tour-review-top.htmlhttp://gabicreads.blogspot.com/2014/03/before-they-find-us-blog-tour-review.htmlhttp://gabicreads.blogspot.com/2014/03/every-shattered-thing-by-elora-nicole.html


Upcoming Week: 
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?
An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.

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 I can't wait to finish this one!!!

The Story of You and Me by Pamela DuMond
She's driven to save her life. He's haunted by breaking one. Some secrets are risky to share. But nothing's more powerful than falling in love... Nineteen-year-old Sophie has the kind of hope that makes her do weird things—like leave her family and friends behind in her small hometown and travel thousands of miles to a strange city—Los Angeles. She didn’t plan on getting into the middle of a bar fight on the USCLA campus her first night in town. She didn’t want to be rescued by twenty-one-year-old Alejandro, the hottest guy she’s ever met. She has no time to fall for a guy because her stakes are high—life and death. Sophie’s starting a promising, experimental USCLA Medical study that could heal her debilitating disease. But California’s filled with all kinds of alternative healers offering medical miracles. When she ventures on her own to find them, she quickly discovers that L.A.’s a tough city, with bad guys more than happy to take advantage of her. She hires Alejandro to be her driver and her bodyguard. Their journeys take them to sunny beaches, dicey ghettos, campus hang-outs, gang-infested hoods and celebrity parties. And she learns that healing doesn’t always come the way you think you need it. Sophie’s healing is six-foot-two-inches tall, has stunning hazel eyes, black, shiny hair and a rock solid chest that shelters her. Her healing is a smart, gorgeous Alpha Boy with a killer sense of humor—Alejandro. As they fall in love, she realizes Alejandro isn’t your typical college party boy—he has a dangerous past. And Sophie isn’t the only one who keeps secrets. A Story of Hope. A Story of Love. A Story of Redemption. (HEA for Sophie and Alejandro.)
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I have a review copy of this one that I need to review in the next couple of weeks. It sounds interesting. I'm all about books with medical stuff in them ;)

Unbreak Me (New Hope #1) by Lexi Ryan
New Adult contemporary romance. Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is intended for mature readers.

“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my fa├žade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his.

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

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I've read New Hope #1.5 and #2, so I know how the story ends. But you know what they say. "It's not the destination that matters, but the journey." So, I'm reading the journey. I like dark nitty gritty books.


Lost in Me (Here & Now #1) by Lexi Ryan
Lost in Me is the first book in the Here and Now series, a spin-off of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Hope series. This sexy amnesia love triangle is intended for mature readers.

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The last thing I remember is having drinks at Brady’s and trying to avoid eye-contact with my life-long crush—the gorgeous, unattainable Maximilian Hallowell. They tell me that was a year ago, but I have no memories of anything since then. What I do have is this ring on my finger that Max says he gave me, and this much-thinner body I’ve dreamed of most of my life. Aside from a case of retrograde amnesia, everything seems almost...perfect.

But the deeper I immerse myself into this new world of mine—planning a wedding to a man I don't remember dating, attempting to run a business I don't remember starting—the clearer it becomes that nothing is as it seems. Do I have the life I’ve always wanted or is it a facade propped up by secrets I don't even know I have?

I need answers before I marry Max, and the only person who seems to have them is the angry, tatted, sexy-as-sin rocker Nate Crane. And Nate wants me for himself.

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Lost in Me is not a standalone novel, as the story continues in Here and Now book two, FALL TO YOU, releasing in June.

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I want to see how this ties into the New Hope series. Plus it releases next week, so I'm going to try and review it before it releases.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Releases: April 1 and 4

April 1
Lexi has a secret…

Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.

You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.

The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.



Bad for You (Sea Breeze #7) by Abbi Glines
Innocence was never meant for the addictive…

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed. 



Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty( by Rosamund Hodge
A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale, Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author's debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

Orphan Maia doesn't see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia's father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they'll all be struck dead by the curse.

Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn't believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What's the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she'll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn't believe in love. Anax can't help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can't help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother's deadly bargain?



In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him….










April 4
PG-13
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Before They Find Us Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

 I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend's locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she's neck-deep in it with him, whatever "it" is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.



Author Bio:
Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years.

Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irrationally large stash of pens and notebooks.
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Review:
First Line:
An IHOP, really? She thought after five years behind bars he'd want a steak, not soggy pancakes and sickly-sweet syrup.
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Source:
review copy from author
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Rating:
4 sacrifices out of 5
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Before They Find Us is a well written action thriller. Beck witnessed a crime when she was younger and now everybody hates her for identifying the perpetrator. When her best friend Ryan is framed for a school bombing, she and he go on the run to prove that he's innocent. I was on the edge of my seat to know what happened. The romance was also really sweet and slow.

Beck is stubborn and determined. She loves Ryan so much she's willing to go to jail to prove he's innocent. I loved that part of it. It's obvious from the beginning, her feelings for Ryan. Ryan is a wrestler. He'll do anything to protect Beck, but he also trusts her with his life. He's funny and smart. The two of them together is perfect.

Along the way, Jordan helps them hack phones to prove Ryan's innocent. Jordan is constantly trying to get to dress more stylishly. Over the course of the book, he realizes what love is by watching what Beck is willing to do for Ryan. Jordan pushes Beck to reveal her feelings to Ryan. Jordan is funny and insanely smart.

I loved the plot line, but the ending felt very abrupt. I want to know more. Luckily, if you subscribe to Michelle's newsletter (in the sidebar on her website, linked above), she'll send you an epilogue that was cut from the book! I can't wait to read it!!

Before They Find Us is a good book for people who like crime mysteries and suspenseful novels. Enjoy :)

Giveaway:
International
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Every Shattered Thing by Elora Nicole Ramirez

Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she's so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realizes. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn’t been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she’s at her lowest point, she’s hit with the beauty of love at any cost - redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough?








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First line:
Sunrises make me feel alive.
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Source:
review copy from author
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Rating:
5 sunrises out of 5
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I am absolutely in love with this book. It has dark, awful, incomprehensible themes in it, yet it is so full of hope and love. Stephanie's life revolves around her love for Kevin (her boyfriend), Emma (her former high school English teacher and best friend), and Pacey (her little brother). Those people also surround her with love. She finds hope in the sunrise, the beginning of a new day. Her father beats her and does other horrible, unspeakable things to her. Yet somehow, she is not a bitter person. Rather she learns to find joy in the small things.

Kevin. Ugh, how do I describe him. Perfect? Amazing? Sweet? All those words are inadequate for the loveliness of Kevin. He is uber sweet, loves Stephanie, and will do anything to protect her. Emma is the awesome best friend. She's there for Stephanie and always trying to help. She and her husband view Stephanie as there daughter, and are very protective of her. I loved all three of these people and couldn't get enough of them!!

That ending!!!! Please, someone, anyone, tell me there's a sequel! I need to know if he finds her!! I can't live not knowing!!!!

Every Shattered Thing is perfect people who enjoy darker books with a resounding theme of hope.

Waiting on Wednesday (91)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Rush Too Far
Too Far #1.1
Publication: May 6, 2014

From Goodreads: 
Fallen Too Far was Blaire's story. Now it's time for Rush to share his side.

Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story...

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Promise Me Forever Blog Tour: Review + Top Ten List + Giveaway

Promise Me This (Promise Me #1)
Welcome to the South - where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.

Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.

Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.

Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?



Promise Me Forever (Promise Me #1.5)
THIS IS A FOLLOW UP NOVELLA TO PROMISE ME THIS.

Charlie Jennings and Jhett Hudson knew that a single moment could change everything.

It took them one song to find each other, one question to give them a chance, one kiss to fall in love, and one night to almost lose it all. But they had one thing other couples lack - pure, unconditional love - and that takes more than a moment to walk away from.

Falling in love is only the beginning. Forever is what happens next.





Author Bio:
Sarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her husband and three dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she’s not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes and chapstick. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It’s rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up. Her huge imagination was always in overdrive as a child and now she is beyond excited to put it to good use as an adult. She plans to write as long as she has stories that need to be told.
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Promise Me This Review:
First Line:
Deep breaths. Keep breathing. Keep moving. Deep breaths.
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Source:
 Review copy from author
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Rating:
4 bike rides out of 5
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Promise Me Forever is an adorably sweet novel. Charlie is going to California to pack her twin brother's stuff up after his death. While there, she learns about Cameron's life there away from their strict, controlling parents. She has the desire for a life like that and on her journey she meets Jhett, Cam's best friend. Jhett is super sexy and wants to help Charlie, including giving her a place to live. And of course, the two fall in love. Until tragedy strikes (bom Bom BOM).

I love Jhett he's sweet and thoughtful, always thinking of Charlie or Cam. Charlie tended to be too stubborn. But the two were perfect for each other: Jhett with his laid back attitude and Charlie with her more uptight personality. I wish we could have seen more of Hanna. I love her!! She's bubbly and fun. I could have done without Ginger though. She was nasty to Charlie the whole time. And I understand that she lost her boyfriend, but Charlie lost her twin brother, so don't take it out on her. 

Promise Me Forever is perfect for those who love funny romances with serious undertones.

Top Ten Movie Quotes:

“Everything I've done, I've done for you. I move the stars for no one.” – Labyrinth 
“Erroneous! Erroneous! Erroneous on both counts!” – Wedding Crashers 
“You sit on a throne of lies!” – Elf 
“Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.” – The Hangover 
“My life in New York works, Jake. But then I come down here... and this fits too.” – Sweet Home Alabama 
“Sometimes, the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy.” – Girl, Interrupted 
“You’re killin’ me smalls!” – The Sandlot 
“All you need is twenty seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.” – We Bought a Zoo 
“As you wish.” – The Princess Bride 
“It’s only after we lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” – Fight Club

Giveaway:
US/International
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Every Shattered Thing Blog Tour: Dreamcast + Giveaway

Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she's so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realizes. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn’t been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she’s at her lowest point, she’s hit with the beauty of love at any cost - redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough?

*Warning: Contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger audiences*





Author Bio:
Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space--including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband's lavender liqueur.
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Dreamcast:


Emma Roberts as Stephanie Tiller
I saw Roberts in We Are the Millers and knew instantly she was who I would want to play Stephanie. When I went looking for pictures, I got super excited when I saw this one because its perfect. Exactly how I envision Stephanie as Im writing her.

Pablo Screiber as Sam Tiller, Stephanies dad
If youve been watching Orange is the New Black you really need to explanation as to why I would choose Schreiber as Stephs dad. He can play a character equal parts sadistic, perverted and wasted.

Logan Lerman as Kevin Matouse
I knew Lerman would play an incredible Kevin when I saw Perks of Being a Wallfower. Its his eyes. I think those eyes would lead to some pretty intense chemistry in scenes with Stephanie.

Jeff Bridges as Sheriff Goldsmith
Hes the perfect creepy guy, you know? He would be responsible for some pretty shady stuff.

Natasha Lyonne as Stephanies mom
Another one I found via Orange is the New Black and then later saw on a New Girl episode. She can play angsty. And addicted. So she wins.

Oaklee Pendergast as Pacey Tiller
Ohmigosh the cuteness. Just yes. Please.

Jennifer Lawrence as Emma
I had to fit her in here somewhere, because I just love her, and the truth is theres not much of an age gap between Stephanie and Emma anyway. Emma is a young teacher and mom. J. Law would be perfect.


Bradley Cooper as Jude
Because I a) love him and b) his acting and c) his chemistry with J.Law

Nina Dobrev as Marisol
Shed be perfect. I know it.
















Giveaway: 
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Reading Pile (7)

 My Reading Pile is a meme hosted by Rachel over at Fiktshun. Every I'll list all the books I've read in the past week and four books I plan on reading over the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy. (The picture above is from Fiktshun)

This Week:
Read:
Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Flawed #1) by Cassandra Giovanni
Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.

River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...
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This was a great book!! I can't wait for the sequel.

My Life From Hell (Blooming Goddess #3) by Tellulah Darling
To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?

Good times.

Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.

It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.

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I was kinda confused in the middle, but otherwise, a great ending to the trilogy. I'm on a roll finishing series lately!!

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Promise Me Forever (Promise Me #1.5) by Sarah Ashley Jones
THIS IS A FOLLOW UP NOVELLA TO PROMISE ME THIS.

Charlie Jennings and Jhett Hudson knew that a single moment could change everything.

It took them one song to find each other, one question to give them a chance, one kiss to fall in love, and one night to almost lose it all. But they had one thing other couples lack - pure, unconditional love - and that takes more than a moment to walk away from.

Falling in love is only the beginning. Forever is what happens next.

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I barely finished two books with tech week and a soccer game. This past week was insane, but I'm sad to be done with the musical.


Upcoming Week:  
Promise Me Forever (Promise Me #1.5) by Sarah Ashley Jones
THIS IS A FOLLOW UP NOVELLA TO PROMISE ME THIS.

Charlie Jennings and Jhett Hudson knew that a single moment could change everything.

It took them one song to find each other, one question to give them a chance, one kiss to fall in love, and one night to almost lose it all. But they had one thing other couples lack - pure, unconditional love - and that takes more than a moment to walk away from.

Falling in love is only the beginning. Forever is what happens next.

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Blog post on Tuesday, so this will have to be a quick read.

Before They Find Us by Michelle A Hansen
I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend's locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she's neck-deep in it with him, whatever "it" is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.
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Blog Tour on Thursday. I'm looking forward to this contemporary thriller.

A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?
An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.
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This comes out in a few weeks, and I'm super excited about it!! I love reading about medical stuff, and I'm excited to learn more about the flu epidemic.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."


From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
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This book has been out for 8 months and I still haven't read it, despite preordering it. I love Throne of Glass. So I need to read the sequel.