14 July 2012

Blog Tour: First Frost by Liz DeJesus


I'm soooo excited to be a part of this blog tour for First Frost! I have been waiting to review this book for you guys! Thanks for stopping by, everyone!





Title: First Frost
Author: Liz DeJesus
Pub. Date: July 4, 2012
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Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

13 July 2012

Review: Ta Ta for Now! by Bethany Lopez







Title: Ta Ta for Now! (Stories About Melissa #1)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Pub. Date: June 16, 2011
Acquired: From author, for honest review
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Melissa begins her freshman year with one goal in mind, getting Brian Jackson to be her boyfriend. She will soon learn that things don't necessarily turn out the way you plan them, the value of true friendship, and the importance of family.

12 July 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers


Thanks for stopping by on the Hollywood Ever After blog tour and giveaway! And a BIG thank you to Ms. Summers for stopping by and talking to us, today!





Title: Hollywood Ever After
Author: Sasha Summers
Pub. Date: July 14, 2012
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Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?

11 July 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up!


In case you missed the previous posts, the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon is hosted by Angela at Reading Angel, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog, and Lori at Pure Imagination.

I am SOOOOO proud of myself! Not ONLY did I finish the two books that I committed myself to finishing, but I also got 66% through a THIRD book! Yay for the Read-a-Thon!
((I'd like to take this time to thank my husband and children for having a rather, um...DISTRACTED wife/mommy for the past three days.))

Anyway, a HUUUGGGE thank you to Angela, Candace, and Lori for an AWESOME and AMAZING event (and an awesome and amazing excuse to do nothing but read for most of the day)!
You guys rock! And, I'll be seeing you next year!

My List:
UnGuarded by Ashley Robertson
Ta Ta for Now! by Bethany Lopez
Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade :)

Now, to answer the mini-challenge question from Christy at the Reader Bee:

My most anticipated release for 2012 is DEFINITELY, without-a-doubt....

Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck




Waiting On Wednesday(12): Wake (Watersong #1) by Amanda Hocking


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


Title: Wake (Watersong #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: Aug. 7, 2012
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

10 July 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Tuesday Night Update!


In case you missed the previous posts, the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon is hosted by Angela at Reading Angel, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog, and Lori at Pure Imagination.

I DID IT!!!! I finished ONE WHOLE BOOK! ((Let the applause begin!))
I'm being sarcastic, by the way. I realize that most of the other participants have probably read WAY more than one book so far.
That's alright, though! Because now I have one whole day to finish Ta Ta for Now! and I'm actually already 10% through it. So...In the extremely rare case that I manage to finish this book tonight, I'm going to add one more book to my list. Okay? Okay! So, here's my updated list:

UnGuarded by Ashley Robertson
Ta Ta for Now! by Bethany Lopez
Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade

Wish me luck!

For updates via Twitter, I'll be using #OUreadathon.

Review & Giveaway: Shadowland by C.M. Gray



Title: Shadowland
Author: C.M. Gray
Pub. Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Acquired: From author, for honest review
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‘I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.’

On the night of midwinter’s eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

09 July 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Monday Night Update!


In case you missed the first post, the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon is hosted by Angela at Reading Angel, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog, and Lori at Pure Imagination.

So...Yeah. I didn't get through much of UnGuarded today, unfortunately. With my kids it's one thing after another. BUT, I'm going to do what I can to finish it tonight (even if it means staying up REALLY late) and hopefully tomorrow I can start Ta Ta for Now!.

For updates via Twitter, I'll be using #OUreadathon.

And, for an answer to today's mini-challenge from IB Book Blogging:

Question 1:

What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.

Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck. I LOVE that series! And the cover is amazing!

Question 2:

Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

Eh, sometimes. But, only really if it's a toss-up whether or not I wanted to read the book in the first place. If I already wanted to read it, a "bad" cover won't dissuade me.


Blog Tour: All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them by Anne M. Strick


Alright guys! Thanks for stopping by my blog today for a glimpse at All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them by Anne M. Strick! I hope you enjoy!







Title: All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them
Author: Anne M. Strick
Pub. Date: Aug. 20, 2011
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A first-ever career guide to unknown, high-paying jobs in film and television.

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Begins!


Well, it's time for the second annual Once Upon a Read-a-Thon!
This Read-a-Thon is hosted by Angela at Reading Angel, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog, and Lori at Pure Imagination.

The Read-a-Thon's purpose is, for those of us signed up, to commit to reading more books in the next three days, than we normally do. So, seeing as how I usually read a book every three days, I'm commiting myself to reading TWO books in this three-day period.
I know, I know...TWO?! That's not very many. Buuuut, when you have a hard time finishing two books in a WEEK, normally, then, I guess it's a start!

So, here are the two FABULOUS books that I'm going to read by the end of Wednesday...



So, here I go! Wish me luck!
I'll be updating my reading status on Twitter throughout the Read-a-Thon, if you're curious. ;)


08 July 2012

Review: Into the Mist: Silver Hand by Steve Finegan




Title: Into the Mist: Silver Hand
Author: Steve Finegan
Pub. Date: Jan. 30, 2012
Acquired: From author, for honest review
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Thirteen-year-old Gabe Wrenn has always taken refuge in his imagination. Refuge from his hovering mom and bullying brother. Refuge from the smirks and stares of his classmates. Refuge from his epilepsy. But now his imagination seems to be running wild. And he can’t stop it. And the only person Gabe can confide in is a girl who thinks his "weird brain" is the key to unlocking the secret of the Brynmor Witch.