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    By: Alexis Bass
    Publication Date: December 31, 2014

    I absolutely fell in love with this when I saw the cover... but then I read the summary! We're definitely excited for this to arrive on shelves!! 
    If you want more, you have to give less.

    That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

    So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.

    So...What are you waiting for this week?

    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - make sure you head over and see what other people are waiting for!

  2. REVIEW: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    By: R.C. Lewis
    Publication Date: October 14, 2014
    Stitching Snow
    Princess Snow is missing.

    Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

    Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

    When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

    About R.C.
    R.C. LewisR.C. Lewis teaches math to teenagers—sometimes in sign language, sometimes not—so whether she’s a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don’t like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R.C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues of photons.

    Erin's Thoughts

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I love, love, love Fairytale retellings and this book did not fail me. I know that a number of people have been comparing this story to another series that I absolutely adore and yes, there may be some similarities but overall I didn’t strictly identify it with that as this is Snow White’s story.

    Essie has been living on the planet Thanda for a while now and she has done her best to avoid strangers and anyone that could figure out who she is. One thing we learn about her is that she is great with technology and is a fighter. When a mysterious stranger crash lands on the planet and Essie makes the decision to help him, things take a turn and she finds herself on her way back to the danger of her home planet, Windsong and within easy reach of her stepmother Olivia.

    As the story progresses, we find out how Essie really escaped Windsong and I’m not going to tell you what happened because that would give a bit of the story away. Just know that there were some people within the palace that recognized the danger she was in and due to promises made, did whatever they possibly could to keep Essie safe. Even if it meant sending her to a freezing planet to make it on her own.

    We also find out that Olivia hasn’t given up. She will do whatever she possibly can to get rid of Essie and eventually take over ruling Windsong. Once Essie comes back, the only thing standing between Essie and Olivia’s plans are Dane….the mysterious guy who crash landed on Thanda.

    I loved how Lewis built out these worlds and the way the characters were developed. If you know me at all you know I love a good character driven story and Essie and Dane as the main characters were done well. Essie is strong, tough, and smart - Some of my favorite aspects to a female lead. At first she is standoffish to everyone around her with the exception of Petey but I couldn’t blame her for it. She was protecting herself and doing so by keeping her distance.

    While at first we didn’t get to know Dane very well, as he spent more time with Essie, I found him more interesting. I don’t think I would consider him as well developed as Essie but in the end it didn’t bother me. We found out the important stuff about his background and what he was trying to accomplish when he crash landed on Thanda. Add to that the fact that he delivered on the important parts which were helping Essie and the swoony bits and I was happy. For the record, I would have loved more of the swoony stuff.

    One of the things I didn’t care for was the twist with Essie’s father. I don’t know that it was necessary but it is what it is. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to ruin any of the story – even this part. I also would have liked to know more about Olivia’s drive for power. It wasn’t very clear (to me at least) why she wanted it. It could be possible there wasn’t a reason but I guess I wanted there to be one.

    Overall I really enjoyed this one. The plot follows through and provides a solid ending and it has plenty of action and romance. If you enjoy fairytale retellings, definitely check this one out. I found myself engaged in the story and hope you do too!

    Thank you to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for the review copy!


  3. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome and wonderful people over at The Broke and The Bookish

    I've totally been slacking in the Top Ten Tuesday department lately... it isn't helping that Erin is traveling around Italy so I'm holding down the fort on my own here.  Anyway, this weeks topic is Top New Series I want to Start.  This is a harder category for me, because I don't usually have any trouble starting a series from the beginning and waiting (even though the wait might kill me).  So there are very few series books out there that I haven't started that I want to, but there are a couple!  Here we go... 

    I bought this book the day it came out because that cover for one and for two ... ghosts. I love a good ghost story and I'm prepared to love this one.  

    There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

    Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

    As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.
    I wanted to have already started the many worlds series by Anna Jarzab, but I'm fail apparently.  I do hope to start this soon.

    Everything repeats.
    You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
    Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
    Welcome to the multiverse.

    Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

    To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.
    This one actually just recently came out so I'm not that far behind on starting it!  I'm so excited for it though... romance...magic...fantasy!!

    Lark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes,and he will kill her.

    Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.

    Meg will kill me when she sees this... or if she doesn't kill me, she'll definitely be giving me the stink eye.  I really, really do want to read this and soon.

    The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

    Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

    Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.
    I absolutely, positively need to start this book - I've heard good things about it and I even had the chance to meet the author on tour and she made me want to read it even more!!

    I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

    But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

    Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

    What happened? Dorothy.

    They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

    My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

    I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I've been given a mission:

    The Tin Woodman's heart,

    The Scarecrow's brain,

    The Lion's courage,

    And then—

    I've actually wanted to read this one for a while... I just have to move it to the right pile so that I remember to grab it the next time I'm finding something new. Erin really liked it so that bodes well...

    The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

    When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

    Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

    Erin really liked this one too, so I'm definitely hoping to start it soon! I've already got book 2 so there really is no reason why I haven't yet! 


    For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

    If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

    There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
    I definitely need to start this series soon! I really enjoy Jennifer Echols books and I think this is going to be the perfect blend of drama, romance and swoons!  
    Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

    Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger. 

    As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…
    I had every single intention of reading this when I got the ARC for it, but I just kept pushing it back for some reason... even though I've heard really good things about it.  I definitely need to start this one soon! 

    You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

    Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

    Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

    Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

    Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
    I have heard so many mixed reviews on this one that I am determined to read it for myself. I'm excited to get to it soon... I hear a movie is going to be made so I'll have to at least beat that being made! 

    On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

    Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

    But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.
    So there you have it!! The top ten series books that I NEED to get to reading! What books are on your list?  Have you read any of mine?  Let me know in the comments! 


  4. Beware the Wild
    By: Natalie C. Parker
    Publication Date: October 21, 2014
    Beware the Wild
    It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

    Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. 

    This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

    About Natalie
    Natalie C Parker grew up in a Navy family where having adventures was as common as reading fairy tales.

    She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in English, then went on to earn her MA in Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Continuing her efforts as a lifelong scholar, she currently works on a project studying climate change at the University of Kansas where she eavesdrops on the conversations of brilliant scientists gathering fodder for future novels.

    Though still baffled by having ended up in a landlocked state, she lives in Kansas with her partner in a house of monsters.

    Erin's Thoughts

    Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
    My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

    Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker was an interesting read and I wasn’t really sure what to expect going in which I think made me even more interested in the story. If you like a story that pulls you into a creepy, swampy setting, you should probably check this one out.

    Sterling is the main character and when she and her brother, Phin, have an argument, he walks off. Unfortunately he walks off in the direction of the swamp that borders their house and when he doesn’t come back, Sterling begins to worry. To make things even more interesting, someone else (Lenora May) replaces Phin and no one even knows that she isn’t really Sterling’s sister.

    As Sterling digs into what the swamp did to her brother, she finds out there is more to the story than she thought and this is something that has happened before. She also confirms that there really is something weird about the swamp and Lenora May is somehow connected to it all.

    I loved the relationships that Sterling had in her life. She was very close to her brother due to the things they had to deal with growing up and I loved that Sterling was willing to do whatever she needed to in order to bring her brother back. She also had a great support system with her best friend Candy and I would even add Heath to the list due to the recent events. I also liked the fact that yes, we see the relationship build out for Heath and Sterling but it doesn’t become the center of this story. It is one aspect that adds to the overall story.

    As Sterling finds out more about Lenora May, she also learns more about her family and the role the swamp has played in all of their lives. I can’t say much here as I don’t want to give anything away…sorry. Just know that I couldn’t put this one down because I continually needed to know what was going to happen next. Parker has created this creepy world where anything can happen and it all centers around the swamp.

    If you are looking for a unique story that is fast paced and will have you turning the pages to find out what will happen next, you should definitely check this one out.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for the review copy!


    By: Ilima Todd
    Publication Date: October 14, 2014
    Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

    But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision 
    and worries about her upcoming Remake Day -- her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be.

    When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom 
    Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is 
    pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test 
    her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?

    Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and dives for octopus with her dad every time she visits—otherwise she’s diving into books in the Rocky Mountains where she lives with her husband and four children. She graduated from BYU with a degree in physics and eats copious amounts of raw fish and avocados without regret. But mostly she loves being a wife and mama and wouldn’t trade that job for anything in the world.


  6. REVIEW: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    By: Cora Carmack
    Publication Date: October 28, 2014
    In life, you can't only fight for what you believe in . . .sometimes you have to fight for what you love

    Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

    Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and not at all her type, she can't help being fascinated with him.

    Yet another lost cause.

    Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team.

    Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

    Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

    Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series. 

    Jaime's Thoughts
    All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    4.5 stars!

    Once again, Cora Carmack has reminded me why I love her books so much. All Broke Down is the second book in the Rusk University series and to say that Silas really wasn’t a favorite character in book 1 would be an understatement.
    By the time I turned the last page of this book, I was on the Silas bandwagon with pom poms and a ‘Silas Is #1’ foam finger.

    In All Broke Down, we meet Dylan. Dylan hasn’t exactly had the perfect life, though looking at things for her now, you’d never guess. She’s a supporter of lost causes now, and her current one has landed her in jail. Surprisingly… or not surprisingly, this is where she meets Silas.

    Silas himself is a bit of a lost cause. The only thing he knows is football and trouble, and he’s banking on one to keep him away from the other. When he finds himself in a bit of trouble because of his anger issues, and football is taken away from him, he is determined to get back the one and only thing he cares about.

    As you might have guessed from my comments above, you can probably tell I wasn’t expecting to care all that much for Silas, especially after some of the things he did in book 1, but I found that I really cared about him by the end of this book. Carmack does an amazing job telling his story, and making readers connect with him. The boy is so damn cocky and full of himself, usually two things that drive me nuts. But honestly, it totally worked for him because he’s actually charming and holy sex on legs you guys. *fans self*

    While I really liked Silas as a character, I pretty much loved Dylan. Her early life wasn’t easy … and in some aspects neither is her current life. The expectations her family has of her are somewhat ridiculous and because of her history, she’s become a bit of a fixer of things… and it’s apparent to her that Silas needs her help. What I loved most about Dylan was this… she never let Silas walk all over her. To be honest, I was waiting for it to happen. His personality is so big and in your face and she’s a bit shyer and definitely more timid… at least she appeared to be! I loved that she stood up for her beliefs and she stood up for Silas to his roommates and she never let him railroad her into anything.

    Like Cora’s other stories, the pacing and flow of the story are really well-done and her writing is some of my favorite in the new adult genre. I can always count on her for a story that will keep me turning pages and characters that I will fall in love with.

    If you haven’t started the Rusk University series, definitely grab book 1 so you’re ready for book 2 when it arrives! You won’t be disappointed and I’m definitely looking forward to whatever Cora has coming next!

    Thank you to Edelweiss & William Morrow for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.