Saturday, September 29, 2012

Blog Tour: At What Cost

Title: At What Cost
Author: J. Andersen

Synopsis (via Goodreads): During her junior year, sixteen-year-old Maggie Reynolds expected to shop for prom dresses not maternity clothes. Now, instead of studying for the SATs, she’s reading, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Maggie’s ‘Mother Dearest’ lives in fear that Maggie will somehow taint the family name, so Maggie can’t turn to her for help. Meanwhile, her father is oblivious to anything but his 9-9 job. And her boyfriend, Justin? She’s pretty sure he’ll stay by her side. While Maggie wrestles with her options, Justin offers a solution: abortion. It would solve all her problems quickly, easily, and effectively. And her parents would never know, which means they won’t throw her out and cut her off like they’d always threatened if she got herself knocked up. Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with: abortion or teenage motherhood. Either way, it’ll be a tough road to travel.

Author Bio: Jesse Andersen lives in a small town in Western New York with her husband and three kids. A former English teacher, she know spends her time writing while the kids are at school and the baby is sleeping. She volunteers at the local library and sings in the church band.

Author Links: Author Website; Goodreads; Twitter; Facebook; Personal Blog; Book Blog  

Review: Books about teenage pregnancy interest me just because I like to see what decision the main character makes and what hardships she and the rest of the people effected by her pregnancy have to go through. At What Cost was a perfect example of teenage pregnancy and is one of the few young adult books about it that doesn't sugarcoat the subject whatsoever.

Maggie was an annoying character, let's just get that over with now. Sure, she had pregnancy hormones and felt like nobody cared about her at home because of her dad's job and her mom taking advantage of the money he brought in, but that doesn't mean all she had to do was complain. It seemed like that was what she was doing a majority of the time: complaining. There were other solutions she could've done, *cough, cough* TELL PEOPLE WHAT WAS GOING ON, but she never did. I guess when teenagers do realize they are pregnant, of course they are scared, but if you don't want to be alone I would tell somebody.

Either way, Maggie's story brought out the truth of teenage pregnancy without applying a bunch of coverup to hide its true identity.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read.

Title: That Time I Joined the Circus
Author: J.J. Howard
Synopsis (via Goodreads): A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake—and facing a terrible tragedy— Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus. When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there…but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions. But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question… With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, last heartaches, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

My Thoughts: It's about a circus. How many twists do you think this book will have? Can't wait to get my hands on a copy, but first I have to read the books on my pile because I keep ordering more and I'm already behind thanks to school... *sigh*

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Guardian of the Moon Pendant

Title: Guardian of the Moon Pendant
Author: Laura J. Williams

The MacAlpin women are of a fierce clan, born from a rare bloodline that harbors a dark and powerful secret – a mystical heirloom called the Moon Pendant. It is the key to controlling the MääGord standing stones, a magical Portal into the Otherworld, the realm of the Fae.
Anabel and Izzy’s MacAlpin are two sisters, polar opposites, living separate lives. Anabel’s life is going precisely according to her plan, a ring on her finger from her steady beau, Edgar, and medical school in the fall. Izzy’s life is filled with scars and wounds from her past. Dubbed the “spare child” by her family and treated poorly, she rebelled, and now lives life by her own rules. These two sisters’s worlds are about to explode when one of them must go to Scotland and fulfill her duty as the Guardian of the Moon Pendant, by recharging this magical heirloom with four elementals, air, earth, water, and fire, and then finally close the Portal. There’s only one problem… The Baobhan Sith – a vampiric faery who lures men in with her hypnotic voice, feeding on their blood or transforming them into Màrmann, her zombie-like warriors who do her bidding – desires the Moon Pendant to take control over the Portal, opening a gateway into the realm of man, helping her to seek revenge on the MacAlpin clan, and to quench her eternal thirst for human blood. Anabel finds herself torn between a sinfully handsome Scottish warrior, Blane and her fiancée, Edgar. Izzy finds herself, angered by her sister’s lack of faith in her. Both sisters are forced to help one another, but may end up killing each other in the end. Will these two sisters put aside their differences before the final task to charge the Moon Pendant or will the Baobhan Sith, the vampiric faery, be successful and open the Portal into the Otherworld?

Author Bio: Laura J. Williams is a hopeless and lost cause, tucked away in her dark sleeping chamber, in her gloomy abyss of a writing cave, separated from the realm of man, chomping on chicken legs and quenching her thirst with large glasses of red wine. She is consoled daily by her rescued cat, baby-kitty, who only gives her love when she wants to. Aye, it is a sad life she lives…But, God danced the day Laura was born, the angels rejoiced, and the demons trembled. She’s just another day-dreamer with a story to tell, doing her best to kick arse. She hides behind a shroud of anonymity, creating a world of lost mythical creatures, breathing life into them, and praying that someone will take pleasure in her work. She is the warrior of the heroine, the sorceress of words, yielder of magic, teller of dark secrets, and the jester of tantalizing tales.


“Did that last burst of energy, drain you?” she said mockingly.
The light green veins underneath the Moon Pendant slowly seeped into a putrid forest green, its decaying color flowing through my body, extending out to my fingertips, a highway of throbbing vascular tubing stinging through my pale skin, robbing me of my energy.
“Did you not know, until it is fully charged, it will parch you dry, helpless, useless. That is why the Sentinel warned you,” Lainahwyn smiled impishly. “So sad, it only gets worse each time you charge it.”
My body began to spasm, crippling me with a searing pain. I crumpled down to the moist earth below, my eyes meeting Blane’s terrified gaze.
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Thanks to the Bookish Brunette for letting me be a part of this tour. Hope you enjoyed the excerpt! What do you think about it?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Unnaturals

Thanks to the Bookish Brunette, I am able to reveal The Unnaturals book cover (written by Jessica Meigs) to you all today! =)

My Thoughts: From the cover, this book looks like it's going to be an epic, action filled, spy-like young adult novel.

So... What do you think about The Unnaturals cover?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Writing Corner: The Meadow

Writing Corner is a daily post where I highlight aspiring authors' writing. This week's piece is The Meadow written by Irene.

Jewel hilted, blood stained swords abandoned, warriors lay fallen, the air once quiet again; only the pretty birdsong and bubbling creek broke the silence. Silken crisp wings brushed my face as I lay sidelong in the cool spring grass; a wet ruby drop kissed my cheek as I held him to me. He would die soon, too soon for my liking as it left an empty ragged void in my chest that could not be filled. His sea green eyes stared back as I gazed into them, only blinking on occasion.

"Why Adrian, why? Is it because you are such a gentleman to shove yourself in front of me?" I murmured painfully.

The bloody fight replayed over and over in my head like a bad movie, each scene broken and torn. My clear tear drops fell, soaking his green tunic as his strong hand stroked my cheek,

"Apparently it is destiny my dear, I was supposed to be your eternal mate as of the bond but I am dying. Don't shed tears for me, pity the living not the dead. Take care of Samier; he will eventually turn back wild.” brushing my tears away; his warmth pleasantly stinging my skin.

Adrian's animal kin, Samier, lay beside him, whimpering ever so softly from time to time as they shared the awful searing pain. He would slowly drown in his own blood as it crept up his lungs. I felt something inside me break as he kissed me softly and passionately for the last time, exhaling. Samier threw himself across Adrian’s still chest, a lone cry escaping his soft muzzle. Piercing the air like a knife through rock, shattering the serenity of nature it brought sorrow to all who hear.

My own kin, a sleek snow cat cowered beside me; all the sorrow touched her too. She reassuringly nuzzled my side, taking a small piece of my sorrow away. The link only broken by death connected you with a single animal kin and a single one of your own. You shared life, when spilt you were no longer whole. Racking sobs engulfed me as a sharp dagger of pain twisted my heart. Genevieve lay beside me, mewing she felt my pain; her rough tongue licked the tears away. I buried my face in her thick fur, trying to find solace as I gasped for breath.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: The Goddess Test

Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin
Rating: 5

Synopsis (via Goodreads): EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED. NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN. It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess. IF SHE FAILS...

Review: I. Loved. This. Book. I was sorta hesitant about buying it during my last shopping spree when I stopped by Barnes and Noble, but since I had heard good things about it and it was a signed copy, I bought it anyway. I didn't get to this one during the Back to School Read-a-Thon, although it did stay at the top of my to-read pile. Now, I need to go back to Barnes and Noble to get the next enstallment of this series.

The Goddess Test is obviously about Greek mythology, except Aimee oh-so-cleverly changed the names of her characters so they wouldn't be the same as the gods (even if they are the gods, which is confusing and weird at the same time and- oh, just read the book yourself!) Let's just say, I'm glad that at the end of the book there was a Guide of the Gods I could refer back to when I wanted to see which character was what god. It came in handy. A lot.

Romance in young adult books has recently become my weak spot. I get excited when a character I love finds the guy of her dreams (even if deep down I wished that guy was real because then he would be MINE) and I tend to spot that boy pretty fast. I couldn't in this book. My first thought was James. Had to be James. Except, it wasn't. In a way, The Goddess Test is sorta like Beauty and the Beast. Pretty girl gets kidnapped to help save handsome boy. Okay, so Belle had no idea what Beast really looked like, but she fell in love with him and they lived happily ever after anyway. As for Kate, you aren't so sure about the whole 'happily ever after' part. You have to get the next book.

That's just what I'm going to do.

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a daily meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It features the books we got this week to read and review.

This is what I got this week:

The Rock Star's Daughter by Caitlyn Duffy

Hidden Gem by India Lee

Swim by Jennifer Weiner

The Girl in the Converse Shoes by Yanitza Garcia

I found all of these for FREE on iBooks yesterday and thought I would give them a try. (= I do recognize the first one from Wattpad, so who knows? Maybe I will publish a book someday... (; And about the last book, I LOVE Converse. :P

What did you get this week?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Book Review: First Frost

Title: First Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Rating: 2

Synopsis (via Goodreads): I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift.  It's called psychometry - that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys. 
My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy--to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school - Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same...

Review: I have heard a lot of good things about Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series so I thought I would give it a try. Since my OCD always kicks in when book series are involved, I tend to read the series in order. That's the way it's supposed to be right? First Frost isn't the official first book of the Mythos Academy series, but because it was on sale and #0.5 of the series, I thought: what the heck?

This book was not what I was expecting at all. Maybe it's because I kept forgetting that it wasn't the first book of the series but more of a short introduction. Either way, I felt a little disappointed. First Frost was basically a short story introducing readers to Gwen Frost and her gypsy gift that makes her life a little bit more complicated than everyone elses. It helped me understand a little bit of her power and her family life, so in a way I'm glad I read this first before giving the rest of the series a go, but I'm really hoping for more detail and such in the next enstallment of Gwen's series.

If you've read First Frost, what did you think about it?