Monday, February 15, 2016

Release Day Blitz: RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Title: RoomHate
Author: Penelope Ward
Publication Date: February 15, 2016

Synopsis: From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?

Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile.

Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

About the Author: Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

-Kristen ♥ 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #3
Publication Date: May 24, 2016

Synopsis: We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.


I finally read the first two books in The 5th Wave series last week, and they definitely lived up to the hype! The 5th Wave was fast-paced and action-packed! The Infinite Sea was a little slower, but raised so many new questions and has me unbelievably excited for the big finale, The Last Star!

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Giveaway)

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 9, 2016

Synopsis: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

About the Author: Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to readtoo many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays.

One winner will get a RED QUEEN Prize pack from HarperTeen, which includes:
- 1 Physical Copy of CRUEL CROWN (0.1 & 0.2 Red Queen)
- 1 Red Queen foam sword that reads “Kneel or Bleed”
- 1 Scarlet Guard scarf
Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only

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-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Love Letter to Hamilton

I know this post isn't about books. But the thing we love most about books are the stories, and Hamilton is an absolutely amazing story that has become really close to my heart. In case you haven't heard, Hamilton is a Broadway musical about one of the (best) founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, written and performed by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda.

I'm going to be honest, before I listened to the album (I haven't actually seen the show yet because New York is really freakin' far away) I didn't know much about Alexander Hamilton. I knew he was a founding father. I knew he started our national bank. I knew he was the dude on the ten dollar bill. And that was the extent of my knowledge. 

What I was to learn is that he was an immigrant who came to America to make a name for himself. He basically taught himself everything he knew, and he was a genius, you guys! He was stubborn and brave and kind and straight-forward. He made mistakes, but ultimately, he was a good guy. An amazing guy. And I can't believe I have this many feelings for Alexander Hamilton.

The music is amazing. Lin-Manuel Miranda is seriously awesome. It's amazing how all his songs interweave and I loved his delivery of Hamilton. And the other actors are just as fantastic! Leslie Odom Jr. kills it with his portrayal of our narrator, Aaron Burr. Not to mention George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette, and King George. And if they are this amazing through voice acting alone, I can't wait to see them in person.

The ladies in the show are killer! The Schuyler sisters' songs are wonderful and their roles in the musical are pivotal. Their main songs are definitely some of my favorites and they all have beautiful voices. 

The story is inspiring. And not just Alexander Hamilton's story. But also the story of how a diverse cast of actors can come together and perform a hip-hop/rap musical about him all these years later and finally give him the credit he deserves.  <3

Favorite Songs:
-My Shot
-You'll Be Back
-Right Hand Man
-Wait For It
-Say No To This
-The Room Where It Happens
-It's Quiet Uptown
(Basically, all of them.)

-Kristen ♥
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