Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Release News!!!

I am very excited to announce that S.R. Johannes' debut novel comes out today!!! Woot-Woot!!!  :))

Title: Untraceable
Author: S.R. Johannes
Series: The Nature of Grace, #1
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Publication Date: November 29, 2011

Synopsis: 16 year old Grace was reared in the wilderness. Her first pet was a bear named Simon. Her first potty, an oak tree. And, her first swing, a forest vine. Grace has lived in the Smokies her whole life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her everything he knew about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. But when Grace's dad goes missing on a routine patrol, unlike everyone in her sleepy mountain town, she refuses to believe he’s dead. When a Cheetos bag and stolen government file materialize, Grace is convinced she’s one step closer to proving all the non-believers wrong.
Then one day while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from imminent danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent, that's definitely not from her neck of the woods, and a secret. Grace has never felt a connection like this before, certainly not with her ex-boyfriend, the adoring, but decidedly unrugged Wyn.
Now with renewed confidence, Grace travels deeper into the wilderness that has always been her refuge only to learn that her father's disappearance is not a mere coincidence. Soon she's enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it's going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kickass heroine to emerge from an epidemic that's spreading like wild fire, threatening everything and everyone she's ever loved.

Let's see what others are saying:
"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn't need a boy to save her. With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page—and still begging for more!"
-Kimberly Derting, author of the The Body Finder

Sounds good, right?!?! You want to buy it, yes? Well, luckily it's available in paperback and ebook format at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and other sellers.  :))

-Kristen ♥

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (7)

"In My Mailbox" is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books that I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week. But since I haven't done mine in a few weeks I'll be catching up BIG time.  :))
From a Goodreads Giveaway, I won:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gratitude Giveaways Hop!

Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaways Hop!, which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Tiger @ All-Consuming Books. A "hop" is when participating blogs hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. So, to find the linky all you have to do is click the link for one of the above blogs.
But on to the important stuff: The main reason for this giveaway! This hop was created because Thanksgiving is coming up and it's the time to be thankful. And I wanted to take this time to thank each and everyone of my followers- old or new- because it means the world to me that you liked my blog enough to follow it. Thank you so much!!! ♥  
The Cozy Reading Corner's prize for this hop will be a pdf file ebook of Old Magic by Marianne Curley!!!

Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Synopsis: Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn't know why. The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.
Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey -- one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.
This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is announced on November 28th, he/she will have 7 days to respond to my email before a new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is read my giveaway policy, become a follower (unless you already are one) and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review for Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Title: Fairy Bad Day
Author: Amanda Ashby
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: June 9, 2011

Synopsis: While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy - and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?

Verdict: Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby was fairy, fairy good (<-- See what I did there?)!!! It was action packed and kept you guessing the whole way through. I loved the characters and the whole concept of the story. And I especially loved the sarcastic, tiny hipster fairies. The main character of this book is Emma Jones, who is supposed to be a dragon slayer. I mean, it's pretty much a given since her mom was a very famous dragon slayer. But (uh-oh), Curtis Green ends up becoming a dragon slayer and Emma becomes a fairy slayer. We should probably clear a few things up, there has never been a fairy slayer before, because they're pretty much harmless. So, you can imagine that Emma gets really upset (understatement). But moving on, Emma's two best friends at Burtonwood Academy are Loni and Tyler. Loni is a horoscope-reading gal and she's a goblin slayer. Tyler is a betting guy and he's a slayer of fire-breathing salamanders. Now, in order to be a slayer you have to have the sight. That's because sight-blind people (a.k.a. regular folks like us) can't see the elemental creatures. The story progresses and the mystery starts to unfold as Emma and her friends have to battle a giant killer fairy. Overall, this book was ├╝ber awesome! And I definitely recommend it; because I for one totally enjoyed it! :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (5)

Teaser Tuesday 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 teaser!

My Teaser(s):
"I feel the temperature around me chill. There's a hissing crackle. The beast has come!"
-Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

And because I couldn't choose between the one above and the one below, I included both!  :))

"My strange entwined reality with Denbury felt more real to me in that moment than did the sun warming my cheek through the leaves."
-Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

-Kristen ♥

Monday, November 14, 2011

2012 Debut Author Challenge!

I am very excited to announce that I will be participating in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren! This will be my first time doing the DAC and I can't wait to get started!

  • To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013.
This should be lots of fun!!! If you would like to participate in it yourself or if you just want more information on it, then mosey on over to The Story Siren's blog for all the deets!!! But be sure to check back here, because as you can see, there will be lots of exciting new books by new authors just waiting to be read and reviewed!  :))

2012 Debut Novels Read Thus Far: (12/12) - Completed

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Meme!!!

Hello Bloggy Followers!!!

I have had this idea for quite a while to create my very own meme but the question has always been: What will it be about?!?! Well, I have finally figured it out; it's going to be a meme for Awesome Book to Movie Adaptations (ABMA)!!! You like? Now, just so that you can get the basics, this isn't a meme that will have a set date it will be posted. I'm just going to post it whenever I discover awesome book to movie adaptations. If you're wondering if you can also use me meme, the answer is: Of Course! But I would appreciate it if you would credit it to me. Thanks!

Now, I'm guessing you want to see the meme, right? Well, here it is:

I hope you like it! I designed it myself, so I know it's not a masterpiece or anything. But I think it looks alright. Antyways, if you'd like to create your own picture for the meme, that's alright too, but feel free to use the one above as well.  :)) Now my first post for the meme will be up sometime soon! I hope you enjoy it. :))

-Kristen ♥

Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: December 1, 2011

Synopsis: What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.

Verdict: Catching Jordan is the chocolate cake you eat after a very fulfilling meal. I couldn't get enough of it and it ended way too soon. Miranda Kenneally has written a fantastic story that I am absolutely in love with. The main character of this book is a fantastic Quarterback and Captain of the Football team. And her name is Jordan Woods. That's right, she's a girl. She's a very strong character that grows a lot throughout the story. Her fellow teammate and best-friend is Henry. And this guy is totally drool-worthy and down-to-earth. He's the type of guy that reminds you that, yes!, there are still some really sweet, funny, and sensitive boys out there. Jordan's two other really good friends and teammates are J.J. and Carter. Jordan's life was pretty normal, right up until Ty Green shows up. This guy is smoking hot with a sad past. This book revolves around Jordan realizing that what you want is always what you need. This book is filled with true love, acceptance, friends, and (of course!) football. And it's all wrapped up in a pretty cover. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone, because when you get right down to it, this book can be summed up in one word: AWESOMENESS!!!

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Book I Am Most Thankful For

So, Beth Revis (the author of the ahhh-mazing book: Across the Universe) is having an awesome giveaway where she asked entrants to post about the book we are most thankful for. Well, this really got me thinking, because there have been a lot of books that I've read- some I've liked, some I've hated, some I've seriously considered marrying.......... You get the picture. But which of these AM I MOST THANKFUL FOR????

I decided to do a little research to come up with the answer. The first place I went was my bookshelf, my eyes scanned over titles such as the Vampire Academy Series, Shadow Falls Series, Morganville Vampires Series, the Darkest Powers Series, Delirium, Divergent, Unearthly, this list went on and on and on..... and on...... and on....... well, you get the picture. But then my eyes landed on the Twilight Saga. Now this series has had A LOT of controversy. Some people love it...... some pople hate it....... From the very beginning I have been a fan of Twilight (and yes, I will be there on November 18 to see Breaking Dawn Part 1 in theaters!!!) But besides it being a great vampire love story, Twilight is what reawakened my love of reading.

Ever since I was little, I have loved to read. But some reason as I got older, my love of reading kind of lyed dormit...... that is, until Twilight. Which is the biggest reason that Twilight is the book that I am most thankful for this year!!!  :))

Click the button below to also enter the giveaway!!!

-Kristen ♥
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