Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Last Thing by Briana Gaitan

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The Last Thing
Release Date: September 2nd
Designer: Cover it designs

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Synopsis

Plagued by past mistakes in both love and life, Quinn Bardot is in a bad place. With nowhere else to turn, she escapes to LA clinging to the promise of a fresh start. 

Chase Crowley is known for being selfish and unbelievably persistent. All he's ever wanted is to become a successful actor. But now that he is about to have it all, he finds that something is still missing. Money and fame isn't what he expected.

Suddenly the two of them are thrown into a situation that neither is prepared for. Can Quinn extinguish her fears and let Chase in? Can Chase learn to put someone else's needs before his own?

The Last Thing is a novel all about love, Hollywood, and accepting what life throws at you even if it is the last thing you want. 

(This is a New Adult Romance novel & contains language & adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17)
***The Last Thing is a stand alone book with NO cliff hanger ending. It is book one in the Hollywood Timelines series.***


ADVANCED PRAISE ON GOODREADS

"The Last Thing is a story about love and loss, rediscovery of ones self, and self determination to find a way to continue on...I would suggest this book to lovers of the ten tiny breaths series and of the many Abbi Glines book lovers out there. Briana Gaitan has a knack for true descriptive writing as you feel yourself submerging into the story while falling in love with the characters."


"Quinn moves to LA to live with her soap star cousin Ginger, and meets the gorgeous rising star Chase at a party. They have amazing chemistry, but have a bit of a rocky road as Quinn has to overcome with her past and they both have to deal with the consequences of their actions in the present...Also Chase is just amazing, possibly the perfect book boyfriend"


"Great book with sadness, humor, compassion, love, and awesome characters."

About the Author


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Briana Gaitan grew up in the South, but calls herself a geek at heart. She is a blogger,author,and fangirl who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, and Jewelry (bet you never thought you'd hear those three things in a sentence together) For fun, she loves watching any show on the SyFy channel, relaxing with her family, reading, and listening to indie music (sometimes all at the same time). Briana loves to write stories where there are no limits to the imagination. She is also the co-author of the fantasy Ethereal Underground series.


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Review for Gypsy (The Cavy Files #1) by Trisha Leigh



Release Date: 05/13/14
378 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.




My Review:

I was immediately drawn into Gypsy's world. I loved the idea that her superpower, so to speak, was the most inconsequential of the group (and am wondering if this will turn out not to be the case in the sequel!). This gives Gypsy the unique ability to fit in quickly with the outside world. Turns out she has a supportive father to take her in, and quickly makes friends at her high school. Yet at the end of the day, Gypsy is different, and she will do anything for her fellow Cavies. 

Gypsy is a fully dimensional character, and I sympathized with her. Despite her Xmen-esque origins, she's a teenage girl at heart, and there's plenty she has to deal with: high school, her first crush on a boy, figuring out how her new life works. She wants to be that average teenage girl, but it's not the life she's going to be able to lead.

I also liked the full cast of Cavies, as well as Gypsy's school friends. Both Jude and Dane Kim are great characters, complex and interesting. I am wondering why Jude ended up at the facility where Flicker was kept. There's secrets that he must be keeping! I also suspect there's more to Dane than what meets the eye.

I'm looking forward to reading the next installment! 



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About the Author


Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies,  reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #8


Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from the library, review books, and of course e-books! This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews


Review ARCs


Giveaways


BEA ARC Giveaway from Books of Love blog, thanks Grace! 


What books were added to your shelves this week?



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Books N Blogger Swap Package Reveal :)



So I received my amazing swap package from Ricki Jill from Art at Home.

Please forgive the poor photo quality. My phone doesn't take very good pictures at night, unfortunately. :( But I think you can still detect all the awesomeness!

My first book was the book that my blogger friend loves. Ricki Jill wrote: I don't know what it is about Karen Russell's books ... kind of like watching a train wreck. I'm really excited to read this. I read Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves a few years ago and loved it. It was surreal, beautiful and sad, and I'm sure this book will be just as wonderful.



Next up was a book from my wishlist. Ricki Jill wrote: I loved this one as it reminded me of my youth. I haven't read any of Rainbow Rowell's books yet, and I've heard great things about Eleanor and Park.



And finally, a book that both of us wants to read. Another Rainbow Rowell, yay! I can't wait!


In addition, Ricki Jill sent me the cutest doodling pad (For reading your inner artist because she's hungry!) and mini journals (To jot a little or a lot because you never know when the muse will share). I just know I will put both to great use. 

Thank you so much, Ricki Jill!!

And thanks again, Chaotic Goddess Swaps, for hosting!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top Ten Favorite YA/MG Classics


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is the top ten books classics. I've decided to narrow it down to the top ten YA/MG classics. :)

10) 

The controversial classic that I'm sure every teenage girl/preteen has read.


9) 

I cried every time I read this book. 


8) 

I read this book in high school, and it haunted me for years. 


7) 

Another childhood favorite. :)


6) 

I liked all the books in this Arthurian fantasy series, but this one was the best.


5) 

The beloved classic. Which sister was your favorite? Jo was always mine.


4) 

An intensely lovely/strange/lyrical novel. 


3) 

A gripping story about one girl's struggle to keep her family together. 


2)

I think this might have been the first science fiction book I ever read, and it changed my life forever. 

1) 

So freaking good. It's a fantasy, a philosophical rumination, a heart-breaking love story. Just read it, if you haven't already.