Friday, August 29, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan. This book completely disintegrated my mind!

Reason to Breathe (The Breathing Series #1)
BY: Rebecca Donovan

PUBLISHED: June 4, 2013 by Skyscrape 
GENRES: YA • Contemporary Fiction • Gritty Realism • Abuse • High School • Drama • Romance • Sports
READ: JUNE 2014 (softcover)

USA Today Bestselling Novel
"No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide. 

One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.

Have you ever read a book that completely blew your mind? 
As in complete and utter melt down. 
inside your cranium. 

That was my shattered mind after reading this book. I literally had trouble functioning hours after I finished. Holy Mind Destruction. And I LOVED it. I absolutely loved every freaking syllable of this book.

This was beyond brilliant. This was so jammed pack with luscious story lines, complicated situations, moving character development and horrific details. The seriousness, the depth and the severe biting nature of the scenes were overwhelming.

Hallelujah! The angels were singing. My shoulders relaxed and I breathed deeply in that satisfied reader hangover mode. Having a giddy flashback moment... OK.. onward to the characters. My personal favorite was Sara, the BFF of Emma. She reminded me of Tarzan's best friend with her tenaciousness, her boldness, fierce loyalty and dazzling personality.

I could not help but fall in love with Evan. (Sigh) I mean... really. Who wouldn't. But there was a section in the book where he made my jaw drop and it took about thirty minutes to wire it shut. Scrumptious plot twist, oh yay!

The main character was Emma, a girl who shut everyone but Sara completely out of her life. She was so believable. Her emotions gutted me. The sheer determination, gumption and self control she had left me gobsmacked. I wanted to shake her, warn her, hug her and smother her in bubble wrap and take her home with me. All at the same time. 

Rebecca was able to wrench my heart from my chest with a dull spork and then carved it into mince meat with a blender. Some authors can make you feel. A precious few can literally pull a Potter move and suck you into the book and drop you smack dab into the middle of what was written, like you are living it. She is one of them.

For a majority of this book, I felt like I was watching a train wreck about to happen. You know... the slow motion, the inability to get their attention... the absolute horror that you know you'll see but you can't stop it from happening. I literally had to put the book down to wipe the sweat off my hands.

Rebecca masterfully incorporated everything a reader could want into one book. It was a smorgasbord of delicious writing ingredients, all incorporated and baked to delectable perfection. It was tension filled, drama infused, twisted, rich, raw, organic and believable. 

I have to break out the minions to truly express my now obsessive compulsive addiction to this series. Rebecca created a gem among the many CF books out there with the amount of complexity, harsh dynamics and impact.

Bravo, Rebecca. Bravo. 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tonight's Reading Material

Guess what came in the mail today? Oh yeah. That's right! ON THE FENCE by Kasie West! No sleep tonight, baby.... 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Advanced Copy of CHASING FREEDOM by Nicola S. Dorrington

BY: Nicola S. Dorrington

Ebook Format

GENRES: YA • British • Supernatural • Werewolves • Vampires • Shapeshifters • Witches • Mind Readers & Clarvoyant • Action • Suspense • Mystery • Good vs Evil • Modern Day • Romance

 (technically 4.7)

NOTE: I received an ARC in return for an honest review.

Chase Finn is being hunted, and if he ever stops running he’s going to end up dead.

It doesn’t matter that he’s only seventeen. It doesn’t matter that just a few weeks ago he was a normal teenager. All that matters is that he is a threat, and the Agents tracking him will stop at nothing to see him neutralised.

With the line between friends and enemies blurring, Chase discovers he is just a pawn in the middle of a war that’s lasted for centuries, but he isn’t going to let himself be used any longer.

Soon both sides of the war are going to learn that the most important thing about Chase Finn isn’t that he’s a werewolf, it’s that he’ll sacrifice everything, even his own freedom, for the people he loves.

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Mmmmm.... This was a yummy read. Nicola created yet another British based novel that was a delight. I must say, this really fits the bill for someone looking for a true YA novel. The romance is light and very age appropriate. 

I just want to cut to the chase. (Hahahaha... I HAD to do that!) A gorgeous, rugby playing, British accented Werewolf who needs someone to be there for him? Yes please! Sign me up!

Nicola has a very unique style of writing that I quite enjoy. I loved how she took so many different character types and melded them into one cohesive storyline that worked. The characters meshed well and I thought (apart from Chase) that the secondary characters really shone.

As for the romance (rolling up sleeves)... it was organic, natural and well paced. Instant attraction, yes. But no insta-love. YAY! The crowd roars!!! It couldn't help but be reminded of the Beauty and the Beast kiss while reading it. Chase is this big, beast who's beautiful inside and out. Vix is the quite, delicate yet strong and determined brown haired beauty. SIGH. Will they fall in love? Will they ever kiss? HA! No spoilers here my friends! ;) (EVIL GRIN)

There are a host of other characters in the book that I thought fell into the lame duck category. You know the types: angst ridden, masochistic, guilt ridden and frozen with doubt. Will they get back on that horse or are the doomed to stay locked up in the prison of their own making?

I find that the storyline, though paranormal is very rateable. People go through all kinds of changes and sometimes those closest to us can deal with it, and sometimes they can't. How do we handle rejection and how do we process unexpected detours in life? What if you had your whole life mapped out in front of you and then BAM! something happens. You're whole life plan is out the window. What do you do?

There were a few grammatical housekeeping items I saw that needed to be polished up early in the book but overall I felt the writing was excellent. British life fascinates me and I love to read from that point of view. Character development is a big point for me. She subtly but dramatically molded each personality throughout the story. I remember reading a line saying to myself, "Wow, when did they grow up?" That kind of finesse is hard to accomplish.

Nicola had quite a bit of tension and drama throughout the book. A couple of scenes had me reaching for tissues or freaking out. You always know if a book is a good one if it pulls emotional responses out of you. 

This isn't listed as a series but I really, really, REALLY hope Nicola adds to the story. There was a MIGHTY big cliff hanger that has me dangling and it is a moral imperative that I find out what happens! So Nicola, (I know you're reading this) PLEASE put me out of my misery and tell me there are more installments coming!! Also, I must say I love the cover graphic with the moon, trees and model! Love it. LOOOOOOVVVEEE it!!

I urge you guys to go get a copy and read it today! Well done my friend! 


I am beyond excited for this long awaited release from my friend, Author Lindsay Cummings!

BY: Lindsay Cummings


GENRES: Dystopian • Sci Fi • YA • Thriller • Romance • Mystery • Action 


An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

CLICK TO THE BOOK's LINKS ON: and Barnes and Noble!

Monday, June 09, 2014

The migraine month from Hades... but I'm medicated now ;)

Hi everyone! 

I am so sorry I've been off the air. I had a three week long migraine that made my vision double and triplicate. I couldn't see to type! Then after I got a shot and new medicines to fix that... my vertigo acted up. It was bad. Bad. Bad. BAD. So now I've gotten my equilibrium back I will be posting frequently to catch up as much as I can. I hope you have been reading! 

Much love, 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

WINNERS! Abbi Glines Contest!


I will be contacting the winners via email! Thanks for entering!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


DOROTHY MUST DIE (Dorothy Must Die, #1) 

Written by Danielle Page
Published: April 1, 2014 by HarperCollin

GENRES: Fantasy • YA • Retellings / Fairy Tales • Magic  & Witches • Adventure • Paranormal 

"Fantastical and full of fun! Such a cool stinkin' idea. Danielle Paige is a doll and she's got a new fan. *points to self* :-)"

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.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

NEW RELEASE! NOW & FOREVER by Susane Colasanti

NOW & FOREVER just hit bookshelves!

Written by Susane Colasanti
Published by Penguin Teen

GENRES: YA • Music • Contemporary Romance 


What if your boyfriend was the world's biggest rockstar?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she's ever met, but he's an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he's believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he's thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she's attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan's monumental sold-out concerts.

It's a dream come true...but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when "forever" comes to an end?

You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million

BOOK TO FILM NEWS! New film in Pre-Production

Stephenie Meyer is at the Producing helm again with this film adaptation of Down A Dark Hill, written by Lois Duncan. (Who is known for writing I Know What You Did Last Summer)...

First published in 1990, this book is a paranormal suspense thriller. Full of ghosts, Gothic tones and mystery.

Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students?

Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?

RELEASE DATE: None has been issued so far as it is in development.
Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bad eyes, migraines & reminders

I have been struck by the demon of pain this week. My head has felt like it was stuck in a blender, rolled over by truck and smashed with hammers. I had to go get my eyes checked since my vision was going and I had to sport these extra lovely shades.

But I wanted to remind everyone that the Abbi Glines contest ends tonight at midnight so hurry and enter!

These gems have hit shelves too so be sure to check these out!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bite Size Book Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

The Winner's Curse

By: Marie Rutkoski

5 stars. I might just make it infinity for this one.

If you want a book to read, I just found the new love of my life. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I proposed to my copy and am excited to marry it. Oh My Lord that was such an amaz-freaking-awesome-choirs-of-angels-singing-ing book. I have to make a new word because I can't describe how fantastic that book is. Full review to come.