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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013 Giveaway Hop

I'm very excited to join Happy New Year 2013 giveaway hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Babs Book Bistro. I'm offering the chance to win a book from Book up to USD 15!

  • There isn't any rule for this giveaway. If you're interested in the book, just simply fill in the form below. But, it would be nice if you follow me via GFC/twitter/goodreads too :)
  • TWO winners will be selected for the Happy New Year 2013 giveaway hop!
  • This is an International giveaway Anyone can enter as long as book depository ship them free of charge :D.
  • Winners will be notified via email.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. 
  • Of course, I'm not responsible for any lost packages.

Thank you so much for participating!! The winners for this 'Happy New Year 2013  Giveaway Hop' are Lily B and Jacklin Updegraft

Don't forget to check out the other giveaway stops on this blog hop:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop

The "Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop", hosted by  I Am A Reader, Not a Writer is here! Here's my favorite reads of 2012. You can win Kathy Reichs' Virals (Virals #1) or Seizure (Virals #2).


  • There isn't any rule for this giveaway. If you're interested in the book, just simply fill in the form below. But, it would be nice if you follow me via GFC too :)
  • You may fill in the form and choose one of these books. There's going to be ONE winner for Virals and ONE winner for Seizure. One lucky winner could win them both.
  • This is an International giveaway Anyone can enter as long as book depository could ship them to you.
  • Winner will be notified via email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. 
Thank you so much for participating!! The winners for this 'Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop' are:
  • Brandy M. (Virals)
  • Jenny Stanek! (Seizure)
  • Giulia A. (Virals & Seizure)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Book excerpt: On the Rim of Love by Marie Astor

Marie Astor is now on tour with On the Rim of Love. I'm very excited to share an excerpt from her novel, On the Rim of Love. Please visit her tour page on CLP Blog Tours for more information and a giveaway!

As they walked back to Taylor’s truck, Maggie drew a sharp breath – this was the moment of truth, the moment when she had to tell Taylor that they could no longer see each other. Their evening together made her attraction for him even more intense and the thought of never seeing him again filled her with desperate longing; yet, she knew what had to be done. 

She was just about to kick off her tirade by thanking Taylor for a wonderful night when, all of a sudden, before she could say another word, Taylor pulled her close to him. In an instant, his lips were pressed against hers, and his arms were wrapped around her in a tight embrace. So that’s what it’s like to be held in Taylor Denton’s arms, Maggie thought.

“Taylor, wait,” she gasped. “We can’t do this…”

In an instant he let go of her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you.” He seemed distant and cold, an altogether different man from the one who had his arms around her just a moment ago. 
“No, it’s not that.” In the scant light of the parking lot Maggie could see the hurt expression on Taylor’s face and she felt her insides twinge – she could not lie to him - both of them deserved the truth. “It’s just that things are so complicated… I don’t want to interfere with your life.”

“I think it’s a bit too late for that.” Taylor shook his head. “Ever since I met you, I can’t seem to get you out of my head.”

Maggie’s knees buckled at the sound of Taylor’s words – she yearned to tell him that she felt exactly the same way about him, but to admit it out loud would be equivalent to sealing their own dooms. “Taylor… I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed spending time with you, but I don’t want to be in the way of things. I know how much the documentary means to you, and us,” she paused, unsure of how to characterize their relationship, “being involved could ruin everything. Jeffrey can be very spiteful, and I don’t want him to cancel the project because of me. If only things could have been different.” 

Instead of wasting his breath on words, Taylor scooped her into his arms again, pressing his mouth against hers. The powerful tug of his lips against hers was impossible to resist – she was, after all, only human.

“I don’t care about the project or Jeffrey,” Taylor said after he finally pulled away from her. “All I know is that I can’t be away from you, and if being with you means giving up the documentary, that’s the price that I’m willing to pay.”

Maggie was out of excuses – some vague, distant part of her kept reminding her of her resolution to say no, but the larger, dominant part of her ached to be with Taylor. 

“Do you want to go to my place?” She whispered – never in her life had she been so forward about sex, but then, she was a different person around Taylor.

“I have a better idea. Let’s go to my house instead.” 

She kissed him by way of answer.

The engine whirred and the tires screeched as Taylor steered the truck onto the road. 

The road was dark and they were going so fast that at first, Maggie feared that the car might swerve off the road, but when she saw how in control Taylor looked behind the wheel, she calmed down, trusting him completely.


**Everyone who leaves a comment on Marie’s tour page will be entered in the giveaway! Anyone who purchases their copy of On the Rim of Love  before December 24 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will receive 5 bonus entries! Five individual winners will receive a piece of jewelry shown to the right, and one bonus winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card! Please note this is open to US residents only.** Visit CLP Blog Tours for more information

Author Bio: Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.

If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website or visit her on Facebook

Books by Marie Astor:

This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.

Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.

On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.

A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.

Over the Mountain and Back – young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes his snowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knew existed.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: The Selection

The Selection (The Selection #1)
by Kiera Cass

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication: April 24th 2012 by Harper Collins USA
Format: Paperback, International, 352 pages
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
To tell the truth I picked up the book because of the cover, wondering why on earth is the girl smelling her armpits. Then I read the summary that instantly reminds me to a fanfiction I read years ago. It sounded a bit familiar with princess competing to win the heart of certain prince. I decided to give The Selection by Kiera Cass a try.

The Selection, in my opinion focused more on developing the relationship between America and Prince Maxon. Of course, there are a few scenes with the rebel attack to the palace which got me really curious. I wasn’t really fond of America. I mean she loves Aspen and was heartbroken when he broke up with her. America obviously is starting to like Prince Maxon a little bit as she gets to know him. But when Aspen showed up again into her life, she wavered. Then there’s the part where she wanted Prince Maxon to be her friend, but get really jealous when Maxon spend his time with the other candidates without her knowing. It was a bit frustrating.

If I have to compare between The Selection and that fanfiction I read years ago, I would say that the fanfiction definitely better in characterizations and plot. But still, I would read the continuation of the selection, The Elite, just to find out about the rebel attacks – what was really happening, why are they attacking the palace and what is it about the country’s history?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Book Review: The Cold Wife

The Cold Wife (The Virginia Series)
by Ruth Ann Nordin

Genre: Historical Romance, Romance
Publication: February 27th 2010
Format: ebook
When Carrie Allen learns that her father has arranged a marriage between her and Justin Monroe, she knows that a pair couldn't be more mismatched. And she wants out! Justin Monroe has loved Carrie for years, so he jumps at the chance to marry her. But he's in for a surprise when she tells him the truth...and asks for an annulment. Too bad for her he's not willing to give up.

I was reading this book for fun as the synopsis sounds good. The Cold Wife began with Carrie’s father goes bankrupt and her father arranged her to be married to Justin. Justin loved Carrie for years and had no idea that Carrie was opposing the idea of marrying him. It was after the wedding that he found out that Carrie never wanted to be married to him. He vowed to win her heart after some period.

I thought The Cold Wife was an okay read. I enjoy the moments between Carrie and Justin and their banter. It was fun to watch how they learned about each other and gradually, Carrie fell for her husband.  I also enjoyed the scene between Carrie and her brother. It was funny.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Book Review: Unmasking Maya

Unmasking Maya
by Libby Mercer

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit
Publication: December 12th 2012
Format: ebook
Connect: Blog, Goodreads, Twitter
Defamed, Disgraced and Displaced...

Fresh from a career-killing scandal, New York fashion girl, Maya Kirkwood, arrives in San Francisco to reinvent herself as a fine artist. She's offered the opportunity to create an installation at the Silicon Valley headquarters of a hot new tech company. Fabulous, right?

Not so much.

She can't stand Derek Whitley - wunderkind software genius and CEO of the company. Hot as he may be on the outside, inside the man is a cold, unemotional, robotic type. Way too left-brained for her right-brained self.

As Maya and Derek get to know each other, however, their facades begin to crack. She catches her first glimpse of the man behind the superhuman tech prodigy, and he starts to see her as the woman she used to be. But is this a good thing? Once that last secret is revealed, will it bring them closer together or will it tear them apart?

I received an ARC of this book for free from the author to provide an honest review.

Unmasking Maya mainly focused on the relationship between Maya and Darek. I love Maya and how Libby Mercer voiced her. Maya was hiding a secret and identity of her past but she left behind her past. She held it together with her and move forward, which I really like about her. She was bright, funny and so much fun. Darek was the opposite of Maya. I thought that he sounded a bit mysterious at first. But I kinda like the mysterious side of him. It turns out that Darek was hiding a secret of his own. It was fun to read how they both get to know each other and unmasking each other. I love the conversations and interactions between Maya and other characters. 

There’s no doubt that I enjoy Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer. However I think that Unmasking Maya is a bit too short for my liking. I think the story could be longer. There are a few things I would like to see in the book, like what happen with Maya and her father? Or perhaps more Maya and Darek’s moments/relationship progress. Because it was a tad too short and Maya and Darek are very cute together.

Overall, Unmasking Maya was a really straight forward, cute and entertaining book which I finished it within one sitting. I would recommend it to anyone who was looking for a cute, quick read.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blog Tour: The Comrades by Lynne Sears Williams

The Comrades
by Lynne Sears Williams

Genre: Historical Romance
Publication: August 15th 2011
Format: ebook, 447 pages
9th century Wales...

Evan, king of Powys, returns from a wedding to find a village ransacked, with women and children dead. Neighboring Gwynedd has broken the peace, crossing the mountain to pillage and murder. The dead babes tear his heart, and Evan vows to break the heart of Gwynedd.

Gwynedd’s most guarded treasure is a pampered princess. In a bloody raid, Evan’s comrades return to Powys with Gwynedd’s heart. Evan knows holding the princess will be dangerous and her safe-keeping may mean the difference between the lasting peace he desires and a bloody war. He’s prepared for her to be kept safe but unprepared for the girl’s intelligence, compassion and damnably kissable mouth.

“Evan took in the vision of a scarlet gown, which barely disguised the shapely form and a river of black curls that caressed to girl’s waist. Oh, Lord. He wished he had ordered sackcloth.”

Morleyna’s secret gift of Sight reveals a cruel betrayal that sends Evan on a mystical journey where he discovers his only chance for redemption rests in the hands of his captive.

Her brothers will arrive to claim their sapphire-eyed sister. Will her kinsmen, bent on revenge, destroy Evan and his comrades? Or will destruction come from Morleyna who may be the reincarnation of someone whose beauty captivated a nation?

Purchase at Amazon – in Paperback $13.99 & Kindle Barnes and Noble in Paperback & Nook and iBooks 

You can also see the rest of the Blog Tour dates via BWR Tours

Wow! The Comrades is another book I thought I may not enjoy as I did. I’m guessing that it was because of the cover. I’m the type of person who would judge a book by its cover. But I choose to read The Comrades because the synopsis was very interesting. I was glad that I gave this book a try.

The Comrades got off with a slow start. It was a bit confusing with the introduction of many characters – Evan, Gareth, Owen and more. I had a hard time figuring out who is who at first. But it began to get less confusing once I get to know the character a lot more. But still, The Comrades had a good plot, memorable and powerful characters, sweet romance and I kinda like Lynne Sears Williams writing style. It was very relaxing and easy to follow. The dialogues and interaction between the characters are smooth.

I like Evan as a character. He’s a very kind man, in my opinion. I love the relationship between Evan and his men. The men are very loyal to Evan and together they are hilarious. I found myself grinning at most of the scene. I think the relationship between them is what I like the most in the book. I didn’t get to read lots of books with interesting relationship between the men. Well, mostly, the books I read would be focusing more on the girls’ relationship with her friends...

I like Morleyna’s character as well. She’s strong and I simply could not ignore the compassion she had towards other characters although she was kept as Evan’s hostage. The scene between Evan and Morleyna was something to look forward for. Although, I wish the author would write a little bit more on Morleyna’s gift of Sight.

I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance a good plot with princess and gorgeous men, slow and constructing romance with bits of humor and magic.

** I receive a copy of the book from the author for review as part of the blog tour.

About the Author: Worked as a writer for Canadian and American Medical journals, afflicted with a law degree. The street where we lived had contaminated water. Only 10 houses but 4 kids have law degrees. Coincidence? Doubt it! THE COMRADES deals with love, war and law.

You can find Lynne at her Website, Twitter, and Facebook

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Black Tiger by Greta van der Rol

Black Tiger 
by Greta van der Rol 

Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Publication: 20th September 2012
Format: ebook, 228 pages
He haunts the jungle – and her dreams

When Dr. Sally Carter travels to India to regroup from a broken heart the last thing she wants is to fall in love. But Raja Asoka (Ash) Bhosle is entirely too attractive to ignore, even though she knows it can only end in tears. Hers.

Ash guards his forest and the precious creatures within it, protecting the rare tigers from mindless slaughter, and a secret that lives in legend. From the moment he sets eyes on the Australian doctor, he wants her, even over the objections of his mother and the unsuitability of her cultural heritage.

While Ash fights tiger poachers, Sally struggles against cultural prejudice. Can the Legend of the Black Tiger be the bond that brings them closer together, or will it be an impossible belief that rips them apart. The closer Sally comes to understanding what the legend means, the more frequent the nightmares become. Is she losing her sanity, or is there more to Sally than she herself knows? The answers lie buried in her past.

When the Black Tiger breaks free to stalk the night, only one thing will control the beast.

Purchase at Amazon – in Paperback $10.99 & KindleBarnes and Noble for Nook and Various e-formats at Smashwords

You can also see the rest of the Blog Tour dates via  BWR Tours

I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy Black Tiger by Greta van der Rol and I did. It is not the usual paranormal romance like I thought it would be. It was more than that. Black Tiger focused on the issue of tiger poaching and conservation with a little bit of paranormal romance. I thoroughly enjoy how Sally struggle to fit in with the new culture – against the social standing, religion and belief and superstitious in India. I love the adventure with Ash as struggle to stop the tiger poaching issues.

I really like Sally as the heroine. She was strong woman who would stand for what she believe in. I was glad that Greta van der Rol didn’t press on the Sally-Ash romances. Instead, the author focused more on the tiger poaching issues. Sure, Sally and Ash like each other in the first sight, but I was so glad that the author takes their relationship slowly.

I would recommend to anyone who loves reading story with a mix of paranormal, romance and more action. Furthermore, you’re supporting tiger conservation when you purchase this book because the author is donating all the profits from this book to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation! How awesome is that?

** I receive a copy of the book from the author for review as part of the blog tour.

Greta van der Rol loves writing science fiction with a large dollop of good old, healthy romance. Black Tiger is a slight departure from her usual genre, because it's contemporary and paranormal., but, like her other books, it's fast-paced and action-packed. She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavors.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book Review: A Confusion of Princes

A Confusion of Princes
by Garth Nix

Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publication: May 17th 2012, HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Format: Paperback, 337 pages
Purchase: A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
You’d think being a privileged Prince in a vast intergalactic Empire would be about as good as it gets. But it isn’t as great as it sounds. For one thing, Princes are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Khemri discovers that the moment he is proclaimed a Prince.

He also discovers mysteries within the hidden workings of the Empire. Dispatched on a secret mission, Khemri comes across the ruins of a space battle. In the midst of it all he meets a young woman named Raine, who will challenge his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself.
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix is a story of Khemri’s three death and how he reflected on his three lives. It reminds me a lot to video games with its concept of multiple lives. Prince Khemri was stolen from his parents in order to become a prince. There are millions other prince like him all fighting against each other and one of them will become the Emperor.

I must admit that I didn’t really enjoy A Confusion of Princes. I think that there are too many characters and most of them weren’t completely developed. It’s kinda confusing to figure out who is who and what really happen to Khemri. I didn’t enjoy the book at the first half of the book where most of it was about Khemri and his adventure – how he went to the Navy, how he went through his mission until he met Raine. But I’m guessing that I didn’t enjoy the book because I didn’t enjoy science fiction very much. Nevertheless, A Confusion of Princes is an okay book.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Book Review: HDU

by India Lee

Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Publication:  November 30th 2012
Amanda Nathan just lost everything – her first real boyfriend to her lifelong best friend, her half of their shared apartment in St. Louis and her first post-grad job as a receptionist. Forced back under her parents’ roof in Merit, Missouri, the gossipy town she’d spent her life trying to escape, Amanda has but one saving grace – being an anonymous moderator on HDU, the Internet’s largest celebrity gossip community. Unemployed and alone, Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over – Hollywood gossip. Now, her idea of fun is getting lost in the glamorous lives of others and posting nasty rumors about her former bestie’s favorite actor, Liam Brody, a playboy notorious for dumping his model girlfriends on a monthly basis.

So who would’ve thought that Liam Brody would be Amanda’s answer to escaping Merit? When the controversial womanizer needs an image boost to land a new role, he turns to none other than HDU for some good press. As it turns out, Liam is as eager to shed his playboy image as Amanda is desperate to move out of Merit. The solution to both problems? Fake a romance in which Hollywood’s biggest playboy falls for an unknown, sweet and shockingly plain Jane.

With the help of Ian, a fellow HDU moderator and self-developed expert on stardom, Amanda packs her bags for her new life in New York, where the overnight fame and glamour of being a celebrity girlfriend awaits. But Amanda soon discovers that their little ploy is a lot more emotionally complicated than she imagined. And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle, so does manipulation.

I received an advance copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review. 

HDU is the kind of book which I wouldn’t pick up if I were to judge it by its cover or title. I mean, I wouldn’t know what HDU means or what the book is all about, judging from both. But, HDU is also one of the books where I would say, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, because the story is absolutely interesting.

The main character, Amanda Nathan has lost it all when she found out that her boyfriend cheated with her best friend and she had to return home to the small town of Merit, Missouri. She moderates the Internet’s celebrity gossip community called HDU, or ‘How Dare You?!’ for distraction and posted some rumors about her ex-best friend favorite actor, Liam Brody, the famous playboy. So, who would have thought that Liam Brody would contact her for an image boost in HDU? So, they both formed a contract where Amanda used this chance to get out from her hometown and headed to New York together with her new best friend, Ian Marsh, who was also a moderator from HDU.

I really like Amanda. She’s humble, kind, loyal to her friends and the kind of girl who would fight for herself. India Lee’s writing style was fluid and entertaining. It makes me totally absorbed into Amanda’s glamorous world. I found myself rooting for her happiness and success. What I really like about Amanda was she could adjust herself into the glamor world because she’s a moderator for the celebrity gossip community. She knows what she’s doing and how some of her decision could affect her life.

I love Amanda and Liam as a couple (or a fake couple). They are cute and funny together. I even caught myself laughing out loud a few times. My only complaint was that their relationship was a bit fast forward. I wish they spend more times to get to know each other before they start to like each other – that moment when Amanda’s opinion of Liam starts to change. After all, Amanda was never a fan of Liam even before they met.

In the end, I found myself falling in love with the characters and India Lee’s writing style. And HDU simply made it into one of my favorite books. I can’t wait to read the sequel to HDU. I would totally recommend HDU to anyone who prefers chick lit with a bit of glamorous world, friendship, romance and lots of funny moments.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Review: Scandalous

by Tilly Bagshawe

Genre: Adult, Chick Lit, Romance
Publication: 2010 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 406 pages
Sasha Miller comes to Cambridge with a dream and leaves on a mission. After falling for the lies and charms of her Director of Studies ′Theo Dexter′ she finds herself betrayed, humiliated and nursing a bundle of broken dreams. Heading to the US she is determined to rebuild her life.

Years later, Sasha emerges from Harvard Business School with one thing on her mind, the downfall of the now famous Professor Theo Dexter.

Meanwhile Theo′s long suffering wife Theresa also finds herself betrayed and cast aside for a younger and prettier model. Unable to cope she returns to Cambridge a broken woman and tries to rebuild her life away from the scheming Theo Dexter.

One night Sasha turns up at Theresa′s door, she wants revenge at any cost, will Theresa help her?

From the deepest betrayal comes a shocking alliance.

Two vengeful women, one very unlucky man ...

This is the first Tilly Bagshawe work I’ve read. I have to say that I wasn’t expecting much from it. But I was hooked with the summary and decided to give it a try. Betrayal and revenge. Wow! These weren’t the usual combination I always read in my chick lit. I’m excited! 

The beginning of the Scandalous by Tilly Bagshawe was a bit slow. It began with young Sasha Miller coming to Cambridge with her passion on physics. Later, she fell for her Director of Studies, Theo Dexter lies and become entangled with him. But Theo broke her dreams and heart with his betrayal. Determine to destroy Theo for what he did, Sasha headed towards US to rebuild her life with a plan to destroy her professor for what he did.

I love the characters, mostly Sasha. It was great to see how she went through with everything after the betrayal.  The storyline was a bit predictable, but still, the book was enjoyable and I admit that I could not stop reading this book once Theo betrayed Sasha because that is where things are getting interesting.

Overall, Scandalous is a nice fun read. I would definitely recommend it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

November Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

The "Clear Your Shelf", hosted by  I Am A Reader, Not a Writer is here! I have a few books that I would like to clear out from my bookshelf and I would like to pass them to anyone who are interested.

  • There isn't any rule for this giveaway. If you're interested in the book, just simply fill in the form below. But, it would be nice if you follow me via GFC too :)
  • You may fill in one form or both form if you're interested.
  • This is an International giveaway.
  • Winner will be notified via email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. 
  • I'm not responsible for any lost package.

When You Open Your Eyes
by Celeste Conway

A consuming passion turns dangerous in this lush and lyrical novel set in Buenos Aires.The more you love, the more you stand to lose….

Tessa’s head over heels for Lucien, the son of a French diplomat. Sexy, artistic, and daring, he brings out a completely new side of her. With him, Tessa feels beautiful and exotic. So when Tessa’s strict father forbids her to see Lucien, she’s determined to keep their relationship a secret.

But as Tessa gets caught up in Lucien, he becomes increasingly volatile. What she once found alluring about him now feels alarming. Tessa must figure out how far she’ll go for Lucien before she risks losing not just him, but everything she loves.

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)
by Becca Fitzpatrick
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.

Be sure to check out the other giveaway stops on this blog hop:

The lucky winner for the "Clear Your Shelf" giveaway are: Michele Shroyer (When You Open Your Eyes), Michikit and Nuzaifa (Hush, Hush). Congratulation! Thank you everyone for participating :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)
by Andrea Cremer

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication: July 26th 2011 by Atom
Format: Paperback, 390 pages
This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended. Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered.

But then the Searchers make her an offer,one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

I love Nightshade. In fact, as soon as I finished Nightshade, I bought the second book, Wolfsbane as soon as I could. I could not wait to learn what was going to happen to Calla after she ran away from her pack to save Shay.

Calla and Shay are now with the Searchers. Calla wanted the Guardians to be given freedom and the chance to make their own decisions. For that, Calla and Shay has joined forces to help the Searchers to save her fellow pack from the Keepers. And the Searchers needed Calla’s pack to help them with their war against the Keeper.

Wolfsbane had quite a slow start. The first part of the book was a bit confusing with lots of information dumping on the Searchers and Keepers, Guardians, Scions… Then, I was introduced to a few new characters from the Searchers – Connor, Adne and others. It was a bit confusing to figure out who’s who.

But, things began to get a lot more interesting when Calla went back to her place and find out that everything has changed with her pack. It was quite surprising to learn what had happen to Calla and Ren’s pack after Calla escaped with Shay. The part where Calla, with the aid of the Searchers went to save her pack from the Keepers was interesting as there was a bit twist with Ren (not that I wasn’t expecting them).

Wolfsbane is a good continuation of Nightshade (But, I wasn’t really happy that Ren didn’t make lots of appearance in Wolfsbane). Andrea Cremer had solved a few questions regarding Keepers and Searchers. But I really wanted to know more about Scion (not that I like Shay that much). I hope that I get to know about them soon!  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#26 Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week:

I couldn't imagine what they had done in less then five minutes to displease Maxon, but I was suddenly grateful I'd chosen to be honest.

Just like that, we were down to twenty seven. - page 133, The Selection, Keira Cass
I'm reading The Selection by Kiera Cass this week. I've seen a few good reviews on the book, and decided to give it a try. I still am not sure what to think of this book.

What's your teaser?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness - November

Book Soulmates

(RAK is also known as Random Acts of Kindness. It is hosted by Book Soulmates).

So... Here's the rules for joining RAK:
Please read carefully & follow all rules!  Thank you!
  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post.  This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!

Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Here's my top 5 books in my wishlist!

1. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
2. Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn
3. Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
4. Dixieland Sushi by Cara Lockwood
5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Blake, Kendare

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book Review: Talisman of El

Talisman of El (Talisman of El #1)
by Alecia Stone

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Publication: May 20th 2012
Format: ebook, 251 pages


One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.

Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell any one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Charlie doesn't know why this is happening. He would give any thing to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home. He belongs with the others.

Charlie is an orphan who has been from home to home. And now, he’s living with his foster parent, Jacob. Things were pretty okay as he live with Jacob. He made a few enemies and friends, Alex and Richmond. That is it until Jacob begins to show his true colors.

Charlie also had a secret. He had dreams that appears vivid to him. When he Derkein, a man that appears in his dream, he knew that the dreams were real. Charlie and his friends, Alex and Richmond than discovers another world as they were trying to save Derkien from death while escaping from Jacob. Along their adventure, Charlie discovers that he wasn’t really who he thought he is.

Talisman of El is a fantasy, adventure young adult books with a bit of magic and mythology. The book started out pretty good. I was hooked with the story when I learned about Charlie and his dreams – that he can see the past. But once Charlie and his friends entered the Arcadia, I started to lose my interest. I have to admit that I’ve put down the book once, before I decided to give it another try. I think that the middle part was kinda confusing, especially when the characters from Arcadian entered the story. I have a hard time focusing on who’s who. Some of the actions and Arcadian's scenery confused me. I had to reread a few scenes twice to know what was happening. In the end, I get bored, and started to skimming around. There are some parts where the dialogue seems awkward and some humors that didn’t quite suit the scenes. I also thought that Charlie and the relationship between other characters were a bit unnatural. I think it would be great if the author could spend more time developing their friendship. 

Overall, Talisman of El was an okay book. I think I enjoyed the starting and the ending. (I really like the ending!) It had potential to be more than that, but I guess, it wasn’t really my taste. Perhaps teens would find this book enjoyable. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

#25 Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week:

“It’s a tradition here: we wrap a kiss and leave it on the bed of whoever we’re interested in.” 
“So you’re interested.” I mumbled into her hair. - Page 241, A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
My sister said that I've been reading too much books with female as the main character. This week, I'm reading A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix as its main character is a male. I didn't expect that this book would be a science fiction! But, it's kind of interesting to read something I don't usually read :)

What's your teaser?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
by Stephanie Perkins

Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication: August 2011
Format: Paperback, 372 pages
Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
I have to admit that Anna and the French Kiss is like most people said. It’s adorably cute!

Anna was shipped off to an American boarding school in Paris by her father, leaving her best friend, crush, family and her life. She was alone and was feeling a bit homesick when she met Meredith, her dorm neighbor. And later, she met with Etienne, a boy that Anna came to like a lot.

I love Anna. She’s sweet and funny. I love the relationship between her and the people around her –her friends and family. They sounded very realistic and alive!  And I love how Stephanie Perkins described Etienne. He sounded so hot! Even his name, Etienne St. Clair, sounded really cute! I love every detail Stephanie Perkins written to describe Paris, the Notre Dame, the cafes, cinemas… Reading Anna and the French Kiss definitely makes me want to visit Paris soon!

Anna and the French Kiss had a simple, straightforward romance kind of story. The usual friendship and relationship problems. What differentiate Anna and the French Kiss and other romance book is that it is absolutely cute and fluffy. The story and dialogues flowed up really well. The humor is inserted in the right moment and the appropriate time. Stephanie Perkins writing makes you feel a bit giddy from all the sweetness and the fluffiness!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

#24 Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week:

What if I don't know the truth? What if my feelings slip through my fingers like water every time I try to grab hold of them? - page 145, Wolfsbane, by Andrea Cremer

Actually, having Tom for a husband means I can watch brides and groom kiss, laugh and embraces, and I can smile to myself, knowing I'm going home to a great man. So when there are wedding glitches, I remind myself: I'm helping people get married - page 2, Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

I'm currently reading two books! Wolfsbane, the second book of Nightshade series is very interesting so far. Too bad, there's not much of Ren!

It has been quite some times since I read any cozy mystery. I heard that Diane Mott Davidson is good. But, I found out that Fatally Flaky is actually the 15th book of "A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery". Yikes!

Book Review: Half Moon Investigations

Half-Moon Investigations
by Eoin Colfer

Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication: March 2006
Format: Hardcover, 290 pages
Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname "Half Moon" because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he's had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And after graduating at the top of his Internet class, he is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world. He even has a silver-plated detective's badge to prove it. Everything is going along fine until two things happen: a classmate hires him to solve a crime, and his prized badge is stolen. All signs point to the town's most notorious crime family, the Sharkeys. 

As Fletcher follows the clues, evidence of a conspiracy begins to emerge. But before he can crack the case, Fletcher finds himself framed for a serious crime. To clear his name, he will have to pair up with the unlikeliest of allies and go on the run from the authorities. Fletcher has twelve hours to find the guilty party--or he "is" the guilty party.
I'm a fan of the Artemis Foul books. When I found Half-Moon Investigations written by the same author, Eoin Colfer, I get excited. Plus, I’m also a fan of mystery. I figured that this is going to be a good book.

Fletcher Moon (or Half Moon) is a detective. He even got a silver-plated badge when he graduated in his internet class. When April Devereux, one of the girls in his school hired him to investigate the missing lock of a popstar’s hair, which April thinks was stolen from Red Sharkey, Fletcher accepted. Besides, Fletcher suspected that Red is also responsible of stealing his detective badge. This would be like killing two birds with one stone. But things started to go wrong when Fletcher was framed for arson. Now he has to team up with the Sharkey to find out the real criminal.

I didn’t expect much from Half Moon investigation since it is a light and well, innocent read. But I love the twist. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen, and who the real criminal really is. And it’s not that Eoin Colfer distract me with lots of suspicious characters in the book (or I was probably too slow to think of the character as suspicious).

I absolutely love the idea of how it started with a small case – to find a missing lock of popstar’s hair before it turns into something more dangerous. The development of the case and the mystery are interesting.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

#23 Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week:

What am I going to do? I'm in love with my new best friend.- Page 258, Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
I'm a bit slow on reading this week since work been piling up again. But, I manage to read Anna and the French Kiss. I got this copy from a friend! The book is definitely a cute and fun read! There's lots of funny moments too. The teaser is actually where I'm stopping right now.


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