July 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #27

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading.

Inbetween by Tara Fuller (Kissed by Death #1)
Expected Publication Date: August 28, 2012
I laughed at the shadow of a boy with green eyes and pressed my hands against his chest. "What?"
"My name. The way you say it...you say it like it matters. Like it still means something."
I kissed the corner of his mouth and whispered, "Finn." Location 1055.
I imagined what it might be like to take Emma by the hand and pull her down onto the sofa with me. To kiss her until neither of us could breathe. To feel her laughter against the hollow of my neck. Location 1566.

and one more because I love this book so much..

"I tell myself everyday in the mirror." He grinned and shoved half of the cupcake in his mouth, then grabbed a clean spoon off the counter and stared into it. "You are made of awesome. You are the master of the universe, You have a really huge-" Location 1215.

ohsweetheavens. I love this book to death ;) Seriously. Everything either makes me smile or laugh or I'm completely swooning so much I don't know what to do with myself. Please please please, pick up this book when you can because it's freaking amazing. <3

So let me know what you thought of those teasers I shared and leave your teasers or links in the comments below! 

July 30, 2012

REVIEW: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5)
Author: Aimee Carter - Website || Twitter || Facebook
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Format: Netgalley eARC* 395 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

My thoughts, feelings & reactions.
The Goddess Legacy was a wonderful addition to The Goddess Test series! I was thrilled that Aimee Carter decided to write these short stories. I was really able to fall more in love with all the amazing characters that Aimee Carter created.

I love the characters that Aimee Carter chose to write about and place into this book. What was so great was the fact that I was able to dive deep into the feelings and emotions of these characters. I was able to understand and even sympathize with them. Even better, I really got to know these characters in a new light, understanding why they came to be what they are in The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted. Aimee Carter gave them real human emotions and made them into characters that I can relate to. Even though there is more than one POV, Carter wrote each character with a different voice, personality and feel. You really connect with these characters in a specific way and you may even have a change of heart for some.

Hera/Calliope’s story was very eye opening. I really got to see how and why she is the way she is. Although I still don’t condone or think what she did to Kate was right, I can understand why Calliope acted the way she did. I really felt her despair, resent, anger, betrayal and loneliness. I like that I got to see a before and after side of her and what really made Calliope lose it. In this story, there is more background with how the council came to be and I enjoyed reading about that. I also got to know more about Zeus/Walter in this story and I totally get why Calliope feels the way she does.

Ava/Aphrodite’s story was very heartfelt and happy. I liked her story because I also got to see a new side of her. A side that was vulnerable and loving (in a true way). Ava just wanted to think for herself, make her own decisions and be happy. I loved reading about how she saw the difference between wanting and needing and passion and commitment.

Persephone‘ story just made me hate her even more. While Aimee Carter developed her character and story well, I just couldn’t bring myself to feel sorry for her. I found her to be extremely selfish and hurtful. It was pretty painful to read her story because of the pain she put Henry through. However, I did see that she never wanted what was placed before her. Persephone had no choice and while I pitied her because she was unhappy, I was angry because she lacked such immense amount of insensitivity. Like with Calliope, I understood her and I get why she decided to do what she did.

James/Hermes’s story was everything I hoped it would be! It was adventurous, full of humor and it was just plain fun. His story was all about finding true love, family and acceptance. He learned about adaptation and humility.

And then Henry/Hades. His story really hit home. I never did understand why he loved Persephone, but I really felt all his pain, sadness, sorrow, grief and burden of living an eternity alone. I loved knowing why Henry decided to fade. I enjoyed knowing more about the decision to find him a new queen, seeing him with Ingrid and my most favorite, when he got to see Kate for the very first time. It was so great to read about. Henry is my favorite character and with this short story from him, I loved him even more.

Overall, The Goddess Legacy was an amazing read through and through. Fans of The Goddess Test series will rejoice and devour this collection of short stories. It’s a definite must-read!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read this book :)

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July 28, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #6

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share books obtained via the bookstore, the library, online, through trade, borrowed from friends, gifted and/or received for review that you're adding to your shelf.
(pssst, if you click on the cover of the books it'll take you the Goodreads page!)  

For review/blog tour:

ebook haul:

-Special thanks to my favs, Momo @ Books Over Boys and Jena @ Shortie-Says for recommendations of Crash, Reflection and Wrong Bed, Right Guy!

From my boyfriend, who is awesome <3

And then on Tuesday, I went to a signing for Kiersten White's Endlessly which also had appearances from Marie Lu, Cynthia Hand and Robin LaFEVERS!
Courtesy of Arianne <3
I wish I could tell you I took a lot of pictures, but I did not. I only had my handy iPhone and the darn thing has no zoom and is crappy as hell! But if you want more scoop on the event, Arianne wrote up a beautiful post HERE

I did have an AMAZING time. I was so thrilled to meet Kiersten again :) Like always, she's super nice and just adorable. Also, I was thrilled to see Cynthia Hand since I missed her the last time she was in the city. And Marie Lu was amaaaazing. She loved my name *blushes* and of course, Robin LaFEVERS is always epic! I got a chance to meet her the first time around the LA Times Festival of Books! 

All the books I got signed! :)

Random Notes during the event!
  • Watership Down was one of Marie Lu's favorite books, but it's also a book that traumatized Cynthia Hand!
  • Fantasy was all the four authors first (genre) love.
  • Grave Mercy was not the authors first pick as a title. It was Nightshade and Dark Mercy. Both didn't work.
  • Unearthly was originally called Angel Blood. It was much harder process to title Book 2 and Book 3.
  • Legend by Marie Lu was first called Republic while Prodigy was first called Patriot! Marie Lu is supposedly terrible at coming up with titles! LOL
  • Kiersten got to pick her titles, but Book 2 was originally called Extraordinarily while Book 3 was Supernaturally.
  • Dark Triumph (Book 2 in the His Fair Assassin trilogy) is borderline psychotic, said by Robin LaFevers.
  • During the event, Marie Lu said she just finished and sent of chapter one for Book 3 in the Legend trilogy.
  • Mind Games by Kiersten White is definitely darker
  • Tucker will get less page time in book 3, Boundless, than Christian, but both will have more page time in general! (I was pretty much crushed! TEAM TUCKER)

And some swag I got through the week and from the signing!

And that's it.
Let me know what you got this week!

July 26, 2012

REVIEW: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Title: Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
Author: Aimee Carter - Website || Facebook || Twitter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: March 27, 2012
Format: First Edition Paperback, 296 pages
Rating: 5/5


Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry's first wife, Persephone.

My thoughts, feelings and reactions.
Goddess Interrupted was even better than the previous book. Once I started the book, I immediately realized how much I missed the world and all the characters in the story. Aimee Carter really outdid herself with this book. 

Goddess Interrupted starts off with Kate returning to Eden for the autumn equinox, coming back to Henry and to be crowned Queen of the Underworld. Just when things seem to be going well, Kate has doubts about her marriage with Henry. She fears that she will always be second best to her sister, Persephone, and that Henry will never love her. To top it all off, a powerful being happens to abduct Henry the day of Kate’s "coronation".

Already, the book dives into the action, excitement and darkness. I loved how familiar everything felt, from the setting, to the characters and their abilities. I had no trouble at all getting back into this enchanting world that was built up in the first book. The new threat that plagues Kate and the council is brought into the book in a well thought out way that is understandable and clear. Carter takes this part of the Greek myth and makes it into her own. She develops this well, giving readers a good twist. 

One of my favorite parts of Goddess Interrupted was Kate’s journey in the Underworld. While she was there, I got to imagine what Kate saw: the beauty, the fantasy, the despair and the sorrow. I’m glad that Carter described and visualized the Underworld. She also put in plenty of background and explained the inner workings of the Underworld to make it really seem within reach of reality.

Because of Goddess Interrupted, I felt even more close to Kate. Although her insecureness bothered me, I really felt her aching, her pain and all the hurt she was feeling. I completely understood what Kate was going through. Watching Kate slowly wither away from her doubt and fears really broke my heart. Reading about how much pain and heart break she was going through was so intense and emotionally charged, I had to keep putting the book down to pull myself together. But even through all that, Kate was brave and selfless all the way. Her devotion, love and loyalty, to Henry was inspiring. Her determination to save Henry and other gods/goddesses was especially admirable because Kate knew it could mean her life and she was willing to sacrifice herself for the love of her family. Even when having to face the one person she can’t stand, she still pulls through because that’s how amazing Kate is.

Goddess Interrupted was full of suspense, danger, but also plenty of romance. While reading it, I was swept up in a whirlwind of emotions from gut-wrenching sadness, to anger, to frustration and then to joy and back. And with that ending, I was wishing I could get more. Overall, this second book in the Goddess Test series was one fulfilling journey.

Read my review for the first book: The Goddess Test.

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July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #26

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading.

Florence by Ciye Cho
Published: July 1, 2012

"His face was angular, his skin the color of persimmon. His brows were straight lines that rested over two deep-set green eyes. Half in the shadows, the tone of his hair was auburn in the shade, but orange gold when it caught the light. His hair had been slicked back by a waxy substance." Location 268.

"I looked away but felt him watching me. I took another bite. And another. But I couldn't shake the feeling that he was trying to take me apart with his eyes." Location 2005.

What do you think?
Don't forget to leave links to your teasers! Happy Tuesday :)

July 23, 2012

REVIEW: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington -
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Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Published: May 1, 2011
Format: Paperback, 322 pages
Rating: 5/5
When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.
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My thoughts, feelings & reactions.
I adored Saving June by Hannah Harrington. Right when I finished the novel, I had an intense urge to reread and relive the whole book all over again. I can say that this is rare for me to feel this way for a book, as only a handful of books make me want to dive right back in. Saving June was a sad, yet uplifting and an inspirational read that really wormed it’s way into my heart. Although this book started out sorrowful due to June’s death, I had a great time reading the book. 

Main character Harper was a great narrator.

  • She had this spunk and edge that was evident from the start of the book. The best part of her was the unique voice she had that really grabed attention. She’s not your typical protagonist. She wasn’t exceptionally beautiful or even extremely intelligent but she had a type of personality that can intimidate anyone with her seemingly impenetrable tough exterior along with her constant rebellion. Nonetheless, Harper was just an average teenage girl trying to grieve and honor her sister. I loved all the little quirks about her.

I loved the road trip and music-oriented aspect of this book. 

  • I got to travel along with Harper, Laney and Jake as they made their way across the country towards California. I enjoyed this journey because each stop and each moment had a song that was significant and relevant to Harper being able to grieve her sister. It was another step closer for Harper to grow and to find closure. Most of all, it was step for Harper to build something with Jake. 

Harper and Jake’s relationship was a breath of fresh air.

  • I loved the fact that they didn’t particularly like each other. In fact, they couldn’t stand one another and the only thing keeping them going was their common ground in knowing June. However, as the story progressed, their sexual tension built up and I was begging and waiting and dying for them to finally tip that scale and BOOM. Harrington delivers and this release of tension was indescribable. 

The ending wraps up everything nicely.

  • Like a good mix, the book had incredible build up, a surprising climax, and a wonderful ending that had me longing for more, but left me satisfied beyond measure. 

Overall, Saving June was a charming book with poetic writing, witty banter, and inviting characters. A definite must-read.

July 21, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #5

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share books obtained via the bookstore, the library, online, through trade, borrowed from friends, gifted and/or received for review that you're adding to your shelf.

(pssst, if you click on the cover of the books it'll take you the Goodreads page!)  

-Thanks to Netgalley: Harlequin Teen, Entangled Teen and Candlewick Press

-Thanks to my good blogger friend, Bailey @ Novel Nerd
She's so awesome and she rocks my world so you must must must check out her amazing blog <3

-Both from Amazon for my Kindle.
I just finished Freeing Carter and it was AMAZING. It's definitely a must-read! ;)

That's all for this week!
Tell me what you got so I can check your awesome books out too =]

July 20, 2012

REVIEW: Kindred by J.A. Redmerski

Title: Kindred (The Darkwoods Trilogy #2)
Author: J.A. Redmerski - Website || Twitter || Facebook
Published: July 20, 2012
Format: eARC*
Rating: 5/5
Isaac Mayfair is hiding a dark secret. And just when Adria Dawson thinks the worst of her life among the werewolf world is over, she learns the secret that can rip her and Isaac’s love apart. Adria must come to terms with what the truth means for her. What it means for her life and how much time she has left to live it. She must choose between two different fates, neither of which can offer life as a certainty.

As if Isaac’s betrayal isn’t enough, Adria learns that there are things out there older and more powerful than werewolves could ever be. An archaic entity known only to few as the Praverian, unlike anything Adria has ever known or heard of.

As Adria struggles with her own fateful dilemmas, she must also try to find out why the Praverian is so interested in her and do everything in her power to stay out of its way.

Due to adult content, this book is recommended for 17+.

My thoughts, reactions & feelings
If I thought The Mayfair Moon was amazing, Kindred was spectacular. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, J.A. Redmerski writes Kindred, which completely blows The Mayfair Moon out of the water. Every part of Kindred was so brilliant, I’m still reeling from it all. 

Kindred starts off a few months later from where The Mayfair Moon left off and already, Redmerski had me wanting more Adria, more Isaac, and more werewolves. She starts off the book with one hell of a scene that kept me on my toes the entire time reading it. I had no trouble falling back into story with Adria and all the werewolves. It felt like coming back home to something comfortable and familiar. Kindred was not as fast paced as the first book, but it’s even more riveting. For me, Kindred had a pace that continued to build up chapter by chapter. The intensity, the tension, and Earth-shattering revelations hit me all at once and left me speechless. Redmerski’s storyline and overall writing was executed perfectly with great amount of emotion and passion. My curiosity and desire to find out what was going on compelled me to read this book at a much faster rate, not wanting to be away from the book for too long. At the same time, the closer I reached the end, the more I wanted to slow down, savor the book, and let it all draw out. 

I loved Adria in The Mayfair Moon, but I admired and adored her way more in Kindred. I really got swept up in all of Adria’s emotions. She’s gone through so much and even in this book, she’s still going through even more. After everything, Adria was still brave, still strong and she was still holding on even when she felt hope slip away. I love her selflessness and how she was always thinking and putting others before herself. Adria was just as tough as ever and I felt she was even more independent and fierce in this book. Adria and Isaac’s relationship was a lot stronger and deeper in Kindred. I saw how much they cared and loved each other in The Mayfair Moon, but I felt their love and connection in Kindred. Even though both are hiding secrets for the sake of each other, I understood why. I was able to sympathize with both of them. I think because of the events in Kindred, their bond became more solid. I loved seeing a gentle and softer side to Isaac. He was always kind, but I can tell in Kindred he’s less reserved. He really showed how much he loved Adria and how much she meant the world to him. What I loved most was that he never gave up on her and he never lost hope.

I was thrilled that Kindred had more background on Isaac and of course, the werewolves. I really got to learn more about how Isaac lived his life, what his duties and responsibilities were along with finding out some of the rankings in his family and the werewolf hierarchy. It left me utterly fascinated and had me wanting to know even more of this world. There was also another supernatural creature in the mix called Praverians. They read minds, control emotions, watch out for humans, but also feed off their essence. They’re super powerful, dangerous and even scarier than the werewolves. Praverians can crush a human and werewolf skull with just one thought and seriously, that had me amazed to no extent. I absolutely loved that Redmerski added the Praverians because it gave the book more mystery and suspense than ever before. Just when I thought Adria’s life couldn’t get any more complicated, she gets caught up with the Praverians. This gave the book more wow-worthy plot twists that really had my heart racing with anticipation and shock.

It truly is an understatement to say I loved this book so much. I loved The Mayfair Moon, but there was something about Kindred that really took my breath away. It was darker, sexier and definitely edgier. Better than the first, Kindred was forceful and out there, completely overpowering and downright phenomenal. I can’t wait for the third book!

*Thanks to Jessica for sending me a copy for review

July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #27

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where you share an upcoming release that you're anticipating on reading.

Ceaseless by Abbi Glines (Existence Trilogy#3)
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
From Goodreads:
Can he make her fall in love with him… again? 

When Pagan Moore proved worthy of Death’s devotion, he was given the gift of getting to keep her. 

But Dank was never promised that Pagan would keep him.

When a soul is created, so is its mate. In every lifetime those souls find each other. They complete the other’s destiny. It’s time for Pagan’s soul to choose if she truly wants an eternity at Death’s side or if she wants the mate created just for her. 

Dank didn’t think he had to worry about her choice. He knew where her heart belonged. Until he realized that every kiss, every touch, every moment of their time together would be washed from her memories. He would have to win her heart all over again and prove to her soul that he was where she belonged. 

If only her soul’s mate wasn’t right there standing in his way

Why I'm Waiting? 

1. It's Abbi Glines!
I love everything and anything Abbi writes, so naturally I'm waiting on any Abbi books. There is probably not enough Abbi books to make me content. I always seem to want and need more more more!

2. This Trilogy.
The Existence trilogy is my favorite of all her series. It's no wonder why I'm waiting (not so patiently) for this book.

3. Pagan's soul mate?
If you've read Predestined (book 2) then you know what I'm talking about. A new but familiar character comes and well, I just knew it wasn't some random appearance. I have to know what is going on!

I totally freaked and did a "WHAAAAAT!?" When Abbi released the summary for this book. I MEAN OMG, Pagan and Dank have gone through so much and ohsweetheaven I will die if she doesn't end up with Dank. FOR REALS. Just when I thought things were going so smoothly after Predestined, Abbi throws a curveball and BOOM. Holy Hell, I need this book.

Yes. I've fallen for Death. I don't care. I love him. I love him. I love him and sweet lord, I just want more of him. And he sings and plays guitar and writes his own songs and he's so kind and sweet and thoughtful and gentle and tender. Honestly, how can you not love him?!

I'll stop swooning if you tell me what you're waiting on! ;)

July 16, 2012

REVIEW: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry - Website || Twitter || Facebook
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Published: July 31, 2012
Format: Netgalley* 384 pages
Rating: 5/5 (but this book deserves way more!)
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My thoughts, feelings and reactions.
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry was one of my most anticipated reads and I will tell you that McGarry did not disappoint. She exceeded my expectations and she had me begging for more in the end. I can’t ever describe how much I loved this book so much. It was truly amazing and exceptional in every way!

Katie McGarry’s writing was phenomenal! There really is no other word to describe it. McGarry has the ability to create a story that was written and developed extremely well to easily capture an audience while building intense emotions from the characters and delivering that to readers. More so, her writing was simply descriptive but completely addicting in way where I couldn’t help but want to read more. While reading Pushing the Limits, there was no way to stop myself from turning page after page until I reached the end. 

One of the best parts of this book was the dual perspectives of Echo and Noah. It was such a pleasure being able to get into the minds of both these characters, giving the story much more insight to their personalities and their lives. From an outside perspective these two characters couldn’t have been more different, but not everything is always as it seems and with this split POV, I got to see both sides.

  • Echo had such a presence that made her stand out while having this sassiness that I loved so much. She was smart and well educated, but she was troubled, sad and even broken. After a traumatic event, Echo becomes damaged with her past that eating away at her. I saw Echo was a good person who lost confidence in herself. Yet she was still strong to keep living life. She got help, coped with her loss and tried her best to get the answers she needed to move on and get peace. I admired Echo’s willingness to fight even when she was terrified of the outcome. 

  • Noah looked like the dangerous bad boy to everyone, but he was such a sweetheart stuck in unfortunate circumstances. He, too, had his own pain and demons to deal with. Yes, he can be a complete jerk sometimes and even his confident arrogant side gets the best of him, but I really saw a side of Noah that ate away at my heart. Noah was a good guy who just loved his younger brothers deeply. He has trust issues, doesn’t care what people think and has an attitude to match his righteousness, but he’s also understanding. He had good intentions throughout the book. Most of all, he wanted to change and become a better man. 

Echo and Noah’s relationship was such an epic and thrilling experience to read. I loved how they started not even liking each other and only tolerating one another for specific reasons. Their banter and arguments were hilarious and highly entertaining. Already, I saw a serious connection between the two alongside this sexual tension that could not be ignored. As they got to know each other and as they opened up and shared secrets, emotions came pouring out. They fall in love and the way they do is passionate and intense, it burns and consumes everything. I loved that so much about them. I also liked how they were both understanding, how they were able to connect and comfort one another before and during their relationship. Their romance was a slow but sensual with a build up that was fun and lovely and so damn powerful to the core. Their romance really pulled me in and left me intoxicated. The best part about them together is seeing them be each other’s rock and how they made each other better and stronger. 

Pushing the Limits also deals with popularity, drugs, alcohol, therapy, foster homes a and other dark topics that are real life issues that anyone can relate to. The amount of drama, chaos, and problems in the story was consequential and realistic. From the struggle for Echo to gain love from her father despite his controlling tendencies with the hardship of piecing back the memories from that horrific night to Noah’s battle to getting back the family he so desperately wanted along with his trust issues became the importance and drive of this book. The revealing truths that become known were heart shattering and so emotionally draining because I really got to feel what Echo and Noah were going through. But the growth that both of them experience was immense and seeing them do the right thing was emotionally touching.

Overall, Pushing the Limits was one spectacular debut from Katie McGarry. It was edgy and deliciously dark but also heart breaking and breath-taking all at once. Many times, I was utterly moved to tears. Pushing the Limits is definitely one unforgettable book that will leave you speechless at the end.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read this amazing book.

Purchase Pushing the Limits-

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July 14, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share books obtained via the bookstore, the library, online, through trade, borrowed from friends, gifted and/or received for review that you're adding to your shelf.
(pssst, if you click on the cover of the books it'll take you the Goodreads page!)  

Thanks to Netgalley & Random House, Reena Jacobs and Ciye Cho.

Signed ReVamped Poster from Ada Adams <3

Integration by Imogen Rose Promo Items
(will be used for the blog tour!)

That's all I got this week!
Let me know what you got in the comments below :)

July 13, 2012

REVIEW: The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

Title: The Unquiet
Author: Jeannine Garsee -
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Publisher: Bloomsbury's Children's Books
Publication Date: July 17, 2012
Format: Netgalley*, 388 pages
Rating: 4/5
Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?

My thoughts, feelings & reactions
The beginning of The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee had me hooked and intrigued at the get-go. I couldn’t help but want to know more about the story, about Rinn, about Nate and most importantly, Annalaise. I’ve always been interested in ghost stories and Garsee took the ghost story in The Unquiet and put her own spin and twist that really had me begging for more when I finished the book.

Rinn was one hell of a character! She was so hilarious, loud and had an attitude to match with her blunt, sarcastic and most definitely unforgettable personality. She was the main reason why I came to love this book so much. Rinn was the brightness that brought the book to life. When the dark parts of the book started to unfold, Rinn was the one character in the book that made everything better. She really brought the snark and the humor with her banter with Nate. It was interesting to have a main character be bipolar because I really got to see through her eyes. I learned to understand and sympathize with what she went through and what she had to deal with most of her life. Most importantly, I was able to connect with Rinn. With everything that happened with Rinn in this book, I was surprised and proud that she stayed tough and strong. She didn’t break down. Even better, I saw Rinn grow as a person, a friend, a girlfriend and as a daughter. 

I love that the romance in this book was low key. Rinn and Nate’s relationship developed in a natural way. The best thing was that their romance was prominent enough to get a sense of their chemistry and connection while not overshadowing the actual plot of the story. Despite the amount of romance, there are still plenty of moments between Rinn and Nate that had me swooning for sure. Their love for each other was subtle and sweet. 

The mystery and suspense within this book was always there through all of Rinn’s experiences. They were my favorite parts because while Rinn was questioning her own sanity, I was questioning whether the events were actually happening or not. I felt like I was losing my mind with Rinn. I kept wondering what was true and what was just made up from Rinn’s mind. It was overwhelming but also mind blowing all at once. 

Garsee gave enough information about the tunnel, the pool room and Annaliase at a good pace. Because this book was formatted by dates of Rinn’s every day experiences, the build up, the plot twists, and the truth came out in such a strong manner that it really hit me. I definitely got sucked into Rinn’s story. I liked the fact that Rinn’s past was revealed right away without it being drawn out to the end. While I can’t say that this book was scary, I can say that it’s pretty weird and freaky in the best way and in its own way. 

Overall, The Unquiet had the perfect amount of humor, creepiness and mystery. For me, it was a very enjoyable read and I’m hoping with that crazy ending, there will be more of Rinn!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read this book

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