Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox (25)

"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.

This week, I bought:
Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) by

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blog Me MAYbe!

Hello Bloggy Followers!
So I just discovered Blog Me MAYbe created by Sara McClung. It's a fun blogging effort taking place during the month of May to prompt us to write great blog posts!

The Purpose: To get back in the habit of blogging regularly by following a weekly format for the month of May. (Or if you already post regularly, to have an easy schedule to follow without having to struggle with what to blog about.) (But if posting every day sounds like too much, or if you miss a few days, or only do a couple posts a week, who cares, yanno?)
What you DON'T have to do: Follow every blog that participates and comment on everyone's posts every day. This isn't a blogfest to gain followers--although maybe that will happen! And of course if you WANT to follow everyone, feel free :)

But really the point of this is to focus mostly on our own blogs and to write posts about things we're interested in that our followers will want to read about.
The Schedule:

  • Mondays: May I tell you something about writing?
    • This can be anything writing-related. A post on craft. A post on your process. A snippet of your WIP, if you like to share. A book on craft that you want to recommend. Things you struggle with. Things you rock at. ANYTHING at all!
  • Tuesdays: May I tell you something about myself?
    • Pretty self-explanatory :) Share something about yourself that your follows might not know. Or maybe they do. It doesn't matter--this is just so people who read your blog can get to know you a little better.
  • Wednesdays: May I ask something about you?
    • Ask your followers something about themselves.
  • Thursdays: May I tell you something about someone else?
    • Make this post about someone else. A writing friend. A critique partner. A person from history who's fascinating. A character from a book. Anyone you want :) Have a guest poster. Give an interview. Get creative! Just let the spotlight shine on someone else.
  • Fridays: May I share something funny?
    • Fridays = the starts of weekends! BOOYA. Reason to celebrate and laugh on it's own--plus, who doesn't want to see something amusing after a long week?

Taken from Sara's blog.
Sounds fun, right? If you'd like to participate head on over to Sara's blog and sign up!  :))
-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Daemon Invasion!

Over the last couple of weeks, you might have heard us talking about the upcoming #daemoninvasion and I'm so excited to finally share with you what is going on.

Really excited.

The beautiful and uber cool models, Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz, who grace the Lux covers, will be joining us in the United States!  You heard right.  They are flying here, from Hungary to spend a few days as Daemon and Katy! While they are here, they will be working with Vania, from VLC Productions (the team behind Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Melissa de La Cruz, Kimberly Derting, Moira Young, Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, Hillary Duff, Lauren Destefano, and many, many more authors’ book trailers), to film book trailers for the Lux Series.
During the filming in Atlanta, they will be accompanying Jennifer on tour! What does that mean? You get to meet them. In the flesh. They will be participating in the signings and events. At those signings, we'll be giving away signed posters, photos, and other swag. There will also be meet and greet events you can join in on.
At each signing, there will be advanced copies of Onyx given away!
And to top things off (as if this isn’t enough, but we don’t do anything small), there’s something very, very exciting in the works! It involves advanced copies of Opal, water, and a little destination known as the Bahamas.
I am not kidding.
This will be epic.
Are you excited? I am! This tour is going to be so, so much fun, and I’m so thrilled that Pepe and Sztella are a part of it. We owe them a huge thank you and a giant welcome making the 16 hour flight to meet the readers of the Lux Series.  You!
Daemon Invasion Signing and Event Schedule
June 8th
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

June 10th
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Jacksonville, FL

June 13th
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Orlando, FL

June 14th
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL

There are several #daemoninvasion street teamers out there (including me!) and if you want to join a team to win exclusive prizes, search down the #daemoninvasion hashtag to join one of the teams or just let me know in the comments!

Don’t forget to visit Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog to win a signed set of Half-Blood and Pure HERE in celebration of her adult romance release, Tempting the Best Man, under pen name J. Lynn.  It can be purchased HERE.
-Kristen ♥

Blog Tour: Clockwise by Elle Strauss (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Hello Bloggy Followers! I am so excited to be participating in this book tour organized by A Tale of Many Reviews for Elle Strauss' novel: Clockwise!

And..... I have an excerpt from the book to show you on the blog today! :)) But first, a little bit more information about Elle:
Elle writes time travel and merfolk chic-lit, light SF and historical YA fiction. She's a married mom of four, and lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, famous for beaches and vineyards. She's fond of Lindt's sea salt dark chocolate and hiking in good weather. Her Young Adult rom/com time-travel CLOCKWISE series and contemporary/otherworldly Middle Grade IT'S A LITTLE HAYWIRE are now available on Amazon.

Just as we approached the exit I spotted Nate. What was he doing here? Seeing him outside of the context of school was weird, though any context seemed to have the same effect on me. Dry throat, butterflies in my stomach, the urge to squeal.

I tried to make a smooth maneuver out of his line of vision, but instead ran directly into a rack of blouses, almost knocking it over. He saw me. Of course he saw me! The whole store stopped to observe. His eyes didn’t flick away. Okay, I’m a train wreck, you don’t have to stare.

He finally looked back at what he was watching before—Jessica presenting a pretty ivory dress. At first, she seemed startled to see me but then she grinned her evil grin. What? Did she think she was getting married to him? It looked like a dumb wedding dress. I really hoped she didn’t pick that one.

A wave of dizziness smacked me as I tried to stand. Then a flash of bright light.

Clockwise (Clockwise, #1) by Elle Strauss
Synopsis: Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.

Add Clockwise to Goodreads.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story by Veronica Roth

Hello Bloggy Followers!
Just in case you didn't already know: HarperTeen held a contest where if we reached 35,000 preorders of INSURGENT, we freed Four! And we did it! Now, you can read a never-before-seen piece from #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth: a pivotal scene from DIVERGENT told from Four's point of view.

You can read the story HERE.

I've read it and can tell you- it's ahhh-mazing! You don't want to miss it!

-Kristen ♥

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer, #2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 23, 2012

Synopsis: Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.

Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next.

About the Author: Michelle Hodkin grew up in South Florida, went to college in New York, and attended law school in Michigan. When she isn't writing, she can usually be found prying strange objects from the jaws of one of her three pets. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is her first novel. Find out more on her blog and on Twitter.

Her previous work:

-The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The beautiful cover:

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin, #1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: April 3, 2012

Synopsis: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Verdict: **le sigh** Grave Mercy is ahhh-mazing! Robin LaFevers had given me a new book to add to my favorites shelf! This book tells the story of Ismae, a handmaiden of death. She serves St. Mortain at a convent by training to be an assassin. The nuns teach the handmaidens over a hundred different ways to kill a man so that when Mortain gives someone the marque, they will be able to kill them. Ismae is given a very important assignment and is sent to the city of Brittany under the disguise of a mistress to Duval. While there she must balance the task of serving Mortain and her duchess, Anne, while staying true to her heart. I adored all the characters in this book! Ismae is a wounded soul who only wants to do what is right. Duval is handsome and extremely loyal. Anne is very young and already had the weight of the world on her shoulders. I loved the plot, the writing, and the sweet budding romance!  The sequel, Dark Triumph, will tell the story of Sybella, a fellow handmaiden of death and dear friend to Ismae. I am interested in reading Sybella's story, but am really hoping to read more about what has become of Ismae and Duval! Overall, I definitely recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction, assassins, and those who just want to read a really good book.  <3

A copy was provided by publisher via Netgalley.
Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop! which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer. 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 the above blog.
The Cozy Reading Corner's prize for this hop will be a pdf file ebook of The Duff by Kody Keplinger!!!

The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is contacted on April 23rd, he/she will have 5 days to respond to my email beforea new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is read my giveaway policy and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

Monday, April 16, 2012

Taste by Kate Evangelista: Book Trailer & Excerpt Reveal

Title: Taste
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: May 2012

Synopsis: At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

About the Author: When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

Author Website:
Twitter: @KateEvangelista
Crescent Moon Press page for Taste:



I mentally stomped on the intimidation their perfection brought into my mind and said, “Excuse me.”

The group froze, startled by my words. The girls had their brows raised and the boys stopped mid-speech, mouths agape. They stared at me with eyes the shade of onyx stones.

I smiled and gave them a little wave.

The boy a step ahead of the rest recovered first. His stunning features went from shocked surprise to intense interest. He reminded me of a hawk eyeing its prey. I gulped.

“A Day Student,” he said, his eyes insolent and excited.

Something about the way he said “Day Student” made my stomach flip. “Excuse me?”

They snickered. The boys looked at each other while the girls continued to stare, muffling their laughter by delicate hands. I seemed to be the butt of some joke. 

“You broke the rule.” The boy’s grin turned predatory.

The students formed a loose semi-circle in front of me. My gaze darted from face to face. Hunger filled their eyes. The image of lions about to chase down a gazelle came to mind. I mentally shook my head. I was in the mountains not the Serengeti for crying out loud.

I took a small step back and cleared my throat. “Can any of you give me a ride back to the dorms?”

The boy wagged his forefinger like a metronome. “Ah, that’s unfortunate for you.”

One of the girls pinched the bridge of her nose. “Eli, you can’t possibly—”

“It’s forbidden, Eli,” another boy interrupted, pronouncing the word “forbidden” like a curse.

The nervous murmur at the pit of my stomach grew louder. Six against one. Not good odds. Instinct told me to cut my losses and run. Bad enough I faced expulsion, now it seemed like weird, beautiful people who’d suddenly appeared on campus wanted to beat me up. No, scratch that. Judging from the way they studied me, beating me up wouldn’t satisfy them. Something more primal prowled behind their looks.

I definitely wasn’t going down without a fight. Years of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat classes had me prepared. While other children from rich and important families got bodyguards, I got defense training. But I think my father meant for my skills to go up against potential kidnappers, not against other students who may or may not be crazy. Oh God! Maybe I stepped into a parallel universe or something when I reentered Barinkoff.

“None of the students are supposed to be on campus,” I said. Then, realizing my mistake, I added, “Okay, I know I’m not supposed to be here either. If one of you gives me a ride back to the dorms, I won’t say anything about all this. Let’s pretend this never happened. I didn’t see you, you didn’t see me.”

“We’re not ordinary students,” Eli answered. “We’re the Night Students.”

He’d said “Night Students” like the words were capitalized. I didn’t know Barinkoff held classes at night. What was going on here?

Eli smiled with just one side of his mouth and said to the group, “She’s right, no one will have to know. We’re the only ones here. And it’s been so long, don’t you agree?”

The rest of them nodded reluctantly.

“What’s been so long?” I challenged. I fisted my hands, ready to put them up if any of them so much as twitched my way.

“Since the taste of real flesh passed through my lips,” Eli said. He came forward and took a whiff of me then laughed when I cringed.

“Flesh.” Yep, parallel universe.

“Yes,” he said. “And yours smells so fresh.”

Someone grabbed my shoulders from behind and yanked me back before I could wrap my mind around the meaning behind Eli’s words. In a blink, I found myself behind someone tall. Someone really tall. And quite broad. And very male.

I realized he wore the same clothes Eli and the other boys did. Not good. He was one of them. Although… I cocked my head, raking my gaze over him. He seemed born to wear the uniform, like he was the pattern everyone else was cut from. My eyes wandered to long, layered, blue-black hair tied at the nape by a silk ribbon. Even in dim light, his hair possessed a sheen akin to mercury.

I looked down. The boy’s long fingers were wrapped around my wrist like a cuff. His fevered touch felt hotter than human standards, hot enough to make me sweat like I was standing beside a radiator but not hot enough to burn.

“I must be mistaken, Eli,” the boy who held my arm said in a monotone. “Correct me. Did I hear you say you wanted to taste the flesh of this girl?”

A hush descended on us. It had the hairs at the back of my neck rising. How was it possible for the atmosphere to switch from threatening to dangerous? Unable to help myself, I peeked around the new guy’s bulk. Eli and his friends bowed. They all had their right hands on their chests.

“Demitri, I’m sure you misheard me,” Eli said.

So the guy standing between me and the person who said he’d wanted to taste me was named Demitri. I like the sound of his name. Demitri. So strong, yet rolls off the tongue. Definite yum factor.

“So, you imply I made a mistake?” Demitri demanded.

“No!” Eli lifted his gaze. “I did no such thing. I simply wanted to show the girl the consequences of breaking curfew.”

“Hey!” I yelled. “Don’t talk about me like I’m not here!”

Demitri ignored my protest and continued to address Eli. “So, you threatened to taste her flesh.” His fingers tightened their grip around my wrist. “In the interest of investigating this matter further, I invoke the Silence.”

All six students gasped, passing surprised glances at one another.

Before I could ask about what was going on, Demitri yanked me down the hall toward the library. But why there? Oh, maybe we were getting my things. No, wait, he couldn’t have known about that. Everything was too confusing now.

Eli and the others didn’t try to stop us when we passed them. Demitri’s cold command must have carried power. Handsome and powerful, never a bad combination on a guy.

We reached the heavy double doors in seconds. He jerked one open effortlessly. I’d needed all my strength just to squeeze through that same door earlier. To him, the thick wood might as well have been cardboard. I raised an eyebrow and mentally listed the benefits of going to gym class.

“Why are we here?” I asked after my curiosity overpowered my worry. I’d almost forgotten how frightened I’d been right before Demitri showed up. I wasn’t above accepting help from strangers. Especially from gorgeous dark-haired strangers with hot hands and wide shoulders.

Demitri kept going, tugging me along, snaking his way deeper into the library. I had to take two steps for every stride his legs made. I tried to stay directly behind him, praying we didn’t slam into anything.

He stopped suddenly and I collided with him. It felt like slamming into a wall.

“Hey,” I said, momentarily stunned. “A little warning would be nice!”

He faced me, and I gasped. His eyes resembled a starless night, deep and endless. Their intensity drilled through me without pity, seeming to expose all my secrets. I felt naked and flustered beneath his gaze.

“You could have died back there,” he warned.

A lump of panic rebuilt itself in my throat.

-Kristen ♥

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox (24)

"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.

From Simon & Schuster, I received a finished copy of Shine (Shade, #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready

From Rachel Brooks, I won a box of six YA books!

-Kristen ♥

Friday, April 13, 2012

Trailer: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Synopsis: 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.


-Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 2013

Synopsis: For sixteen years, Alyssa Gardner has lived with the stigma of being descended from Alice Liddell -- the real life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's famed novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But cruel jokes about dormice and tea parties can’t compare to the fact that Alyssa hears the whispers of bugs and flowers ... the same quirk which sent her mother to a mental institution years before.

When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an unusual website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend / secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place more twisted and eerie than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

There, creepy counterparts of the original fairytale crew reveal the purpose for Alyssa’s journey, and unless she fixes the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, Wonderland will have her head.

About the Author: When Anita first began publishing short stories, one of her editors referred to her work as “eloquent and mind-startling.” That carried over into her novels, and to this day she’s most at home when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She’s inspired by all things flawed, utilizing the complex loveliness of human conditions and raw emotions to give her characters life, then turning their world upside down so the reader’s blood will race.
Married and mother of two teens (as well as surrogate mom to two Labrador retrievers), Anita divides her days between spending time with her family and plodding along or plotting on her next book.
When she’s not writing, Anita enjoys rollerblading, dirt-biking, snow skiing, gardening, and family vacations that at any given time might include an impromptu side trip to an 18th century graveyard or a condemned schoolhouse for photo ops.
Be sure to drop by Anita's twitter or blog and say "Hi." She's always up for meeting new friends!


And now, the beautiful cover:

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trailer: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin, #1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: April 3, 2012

Synopsis: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


**Side Note: I am reading this book right now and it is ahhh-mazing!!!**

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blog Tour: Here by Denise Grover Swank (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Hello Bloggy Followers! I am so excited to be participating in this book tour organized by A Tale of Many Reviews for Denise Grover Swank's novel: Here!

And..... I have an excerpt from the book to show you on the blog today! :)) But first, a little bit more information about Denise:

Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning. Denise is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary.

You can find out more about Denise and her other books at or email her at You can also follow her on Twitter: @DeniseMSwank or  friend her on Facebook:


Evan leans forward. “What’s that?”

Covering it with my hand, I slide it toward my backpack. “It's just doodling. I started doing this after the accident.”

He reaches for it and stops. “Can I see?”

I hesitate. No one’s seen my drawings. But the gentleness in his eyes is reassuring and I slowly slide it toward him. “Sure, it’s just doodles. I don’t even think about it when I draw. It just flows out.”

He pulls it closer to look, then sucks in his breath. “You don’t know what this is?”

“No. Do you?”

His face is paler than usual and after a moment of hesitation, he nods.

“What is it?”

Evan scoots the notebook between the two of us. “See this? It’s a Celtic love knot.” His finger traces a scroll design in the middle. The lines on the page are so intricately woven it’s difficult to make out. Finally, two elaborate interwoven hearts jump out, one upside down on the other.

“I didn’t even know I was doing this,” I whisper. “I can’t believe I drew that.”

“Why not? You’re an artist.”

I purse my lips and shake my head. “No. I don't know why I said that last night. I wasn’t lying, though. It just slipped out.”

His lips part as he stares at me in disbelief. “But you can draw. Look at this.” He points to the paper.

“No, I only started doing this after the accident. I could never draw anything before.”

He sits back in his chair in silence.

“You said this was a Celtic knot. I thought Celtic knots were three interwoven triangles, not two hearts.”

After a couple seconds, he sits straighter. “Um…” He rubs a hand over his face. “Celtic knots have lots of different shapes and styles. Triangles usually represent the Holy Trinity. This is a love knot, which is why it has two hearts. The lines don’t have a beginning or an end. It represents a timeless love.”

“How do you know about Celtic knots?”

He pauses, then, for the first time since he saw the page, he smiles. “I’m Irish. Part of my heritage.”

“Whittaker doesn’t sound very Irish.”

“I’m Irish on my mother’s side.”

“Lucky you. I’m German. You get St. Patrick’s Day and Celtic folklore. I get wiener schnitzel and sauerkraut.”

The smile disappears. “You’re different.”

Dread creeps in. “I thought that was obvious.” My words are clipped.

“Wait. That’s not what I meant.”

Pulling the notebook away, I close the cover. “That’s okay. I know what I am.”

“And what exactly do you think you are?”

I heave a sigh. “A freak.”

He grabs my chin and turns my head to face him. His eyes narrow and he looks angry. “You’re not a freak and don’t you let anyone make you think you are. You’ve been through hell.”

The courage to ask the question burning in my gut erupts. “Why now, Evan? Why notice me now?”

He searches my face. “Because it took me this long to find you.”
Here (On the Otherside, #1) by Denise Grover Swank

Synopsis: Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Superlative Saturday (1)

Book Superlative Saturday is a meme hosted by Bengal Reads in which you get to vote on a character/book for each topic posted.

Topics to Vote On:1. Hottest Literary Boy/Girl
2. Best Book Couple
3. Funniest Literary Clown
4. Most Outgoing
5. Best Dressed
6. Most Thought About

1. Hottest Literary Boy/Girl: For me the hottest literary boy ever would have to be Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. But since this is a YA book blog, I'll have to go with Daemon from Obsidan by Jennifer L. Armentrout because this is one smoking-hot alien!

2. Best Book Couple: I love Shane and Clare from the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine! They are so amazing and cute together!

3. Funniest Literary Clown: I loved Scout and Lily from the Dark Elite series! Together, their funny antics always made me laugh! 

4. Most Outgoing: Lily from the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill is one of the most outgoing characters (I can think of at the moment). She could probably get along with anyone.

5. Best Dressed: I would have to say Isabelle from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. This girl knew how to dress in style. And has even battled demons in a dress and high-heels.

6. Most Thought About:
The most though about book for me would probably be Delirium by Lauren Oliver! This is seriously my favorite book ever and I absolutely loved the sequel, Pandemonium, as well. If you haven't read this series yet, then you need to get on that, like, right now.  :))

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

Title: The Weepers: The Other Life
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Series: The Other Life, #1
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Publication Date: May 15, 2012

Synopsis: 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.

Verdict: I really, really, really, really, really liked this book. But I didn't love it. It seemed to be lacking that big spark that makes me obsess over a book even when I'm not reading it. Now, don't get me wrong, I was very interested in the book and will definitely be reading the sequel because I want to know what happens to the characters that I've become attached to. I loved the main character, Sherry, and her little brother, Bobby, and little sister, Mia. And I totally have a crush on Joshua, the hot and troubled hero. This book takes places sometime in the future when the government has been experimenting with rabies. But it got out of control and has turned people into man-eating monsters called weepers. The government sent out a warning telling people that they would need to hide out in bunkers for a while till it was safe to come out. Sherry and her family have been in their bunker a very long time- longer than expected. And they have run out of food and lost communication with everyone. So, Sherry and her dad decide to venture out of their bunker to look for food and to find out what has happened to their neighbors. But once outside they discover the horror of the weepers and things don't go exactly as planned. This book was fast-paced, action-packed and it flew by. I really, really liked it. And I definitely recommend it to lovers of dystopian, hot gun-wielding hunks, and fans of the movie I Am Legend. :))

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Awesomeness in the Blogosphere!

Hello Bloggy Followers! :))
I want to bring to your attention four awesome things that are happening in the blogosphere RIGHT NOW!  :))

The promo for Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the Month of Cinder, Daemon Invasion 2.0, and the Chapter Reveal for City of Lost Souls.

First, let me splain' what this Insurgent promo is all about.
There were FIVE blogs that became leaders of the factions.
Divergent Fans— Dauntless
Divergent Examiner— Abnegation
Divergent Lexicon— Amity
The Story Siren— Candor
Bookalicious— Erudite
Each Faction also gained nine initiates! You can follow the information on Twitter by looking for the hashtag #DivergentNation. Each faction is competing against one another to get the most traffic to the URL that they have provided on each of their blogs. Some are even hosting giveaway for an ARC of Insurgent!  :)) So, head on over to their blogs to join the fun!

Next, The Book Life is hosting the Month of Cinder! Yes, that means a whole month of fun activities all related to Cinder by Marissa Meyer!
Head on over to her first post to watch a video about the Adventures of Cinder HERE. (Pssst, did I mention she's also got a giveaway running?)

Next, is Daemon Invasion 2.0. This is hosted by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the author of the Lux series and the Covenant series HERE!

Taken from her blog:

We are looking for Lux fans--rabid Lux fans who want to be a part of an elite street team who will help promote all fun things related to the Lux series... and of course Daemon and the upcoming invasion.

What are we looking for?

Anyone who is the fan of the series.

You can live anywhere! US. International. For those who have responded to Misa and me about living in and around the areas of Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami, you will NEED to fill out the form below, too. This is separate.

As a member of the Lux Street Team you will have access to:

Exclusive swag
Exclusive content such as: deviant art, deleted scenes, t-shirts, first looks at trailers, behind the scenes filming, etc
Meet and Greets
Skype chats
Name in book
Story written for YOU
Annotated books
Gifts Cards
And so, so much more.

Sounds great, right? So, we are looking for people who are serious about being on the street team and not just looking for free stuff. Some of the things above are gimmies for the Street Team, but the big things, the really exclusive things will be earned. Earned in really fun ways.

So if you're interested in being a part of the Lux Street Team, please fill out the form [on her website].

Last, but certaintly not least, is the Chapter One Reveal for City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare!  :))
Visit each of the blogs below and piece together the first chapter of Cassandra Clare's next installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments!

Wednesday, March 28th
Thursday, March 29th
Friday, March 30th  
Monday, April 2nd  
Tuesday, April 3rd  
Wednesday, April 4th

This is the ONLY sneak peek you'll get until City of Lost Souls goes on sale on May 8th! And you'll also have the chance to win a very limited edition Shadow Hunter Family Ring!

-Kristen ♥

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cover Reveal: Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Astarte's Wrath
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: (Kythan Guardians, #0.5)
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: July 2012

Synopsis: A Kythan Guardians Novella

Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Kythan Astarte vowed to free the Kythans from the binds that enslaved them to the Egyptian pharaohs and sorcerers. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls...This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarian her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s…human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar, Caesarian’s own father, creeps its ways into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythans free themselves of their servitude, or protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

About the Author: Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk/Paranormal Romance DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific 2012). Her published short stories have appeared in YA literary journals, Fantasy magazines, and anthologies. She has written four books in the past two years, and is currently working on the sequel to DF and a Sci-fi project. She is the creator of YA Bound, a promotional blog for the Young Adult genre. She's also a proud member of YALITCHAT.ORG, SCWW, and The Apocalypsies. She is represented by the fabulously talented Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. She's a business owner, partnered with her husband. When she's not busy doing all of the above, she's a wife. . . and the mother of a gorgeous boy who's the sounding board for her male characters.
Astarte's Wrath is the prequel to Destiny’s Fire.
Whenever the sky bleeds, covering the once-blue pallet with crimson, and the bright ball of fire burns through billowy puffs of white, staining them and the earth in hues of red-orange and amber…and ash floats on a non-existent breeze, I know the Narcolym Guardians are waging a battle.
            Shuttering my window, I unloose the hemp thread, and a sheer curtain veils the sand-covered horizon from my vision. My fingers trail the cream fabric, the tips tracing the darkening clouds against the light material as my other hand curls into a fist by my thigh, dousing the swirling vortex rising up at the charge in the air.
            Astarte, I correct inwardly, but pinch my lips closed. “Yes, Habi?”
            Habi’s footsteps echo throughout the mud-brick room as he approaches. “It’s time…”
And now, what you've all been waiting for. The beautiful cover:
-Kristen ♥
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