Cover Reveal: Cross Me off Your List‏

Welcome to the cover reveal for Cross Me Off Your List (Saturn Series #2) by Nikki Godwin. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

cross me of your listTitle: Cross Me Off Your List [Saturn Series #2]
Author: Nikki Godwin
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:
Spring break in Los Angeles with her BFFs has been Marisol’s driving force to get through senior year. But when a falling out dents her plans, Marisol tucks the broken friendship into her back pocket with her cell phone and spring break bucket list.

Surf city Crescent Cove isn’t exactly LA, but once she meets a tattooed brunette named Noah in the hotel elevator, Marisol really doesn’t mind crossing off the items on her list without her friends – especially after Noah offers to help. Unaware that Noah fits the criteria for item #3 (meet a celebrity), Marisol is instantly thrown into the world of paparazzi, wild nights, and a spring break she’ll never forget.

While her friends are making memories in LA, Marisol is making tabloid headlines. But after slipping a Spaceships Around Saturn secret to the media, Marisol has to fight hard to survive her fifteen minutes of fame and get back on Noah’s good side before he crosses her off of his list for good.

About the Author:nikki
Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. She adores pro surfer John John Florence and has made it her life goal to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan.

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Tour and Interview: Raven

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Welcome to the Raven Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

RavenTitle: Raven [The Legends Saga #2]
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publication Date: May 26, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:

An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

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Interview:

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Stacey Rourke! Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series and is now back, and here, to talk about her new series, The Legends Saga!

Hey, Stacey Rourke! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thank you so much for having me here!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Gladly! I live in Michigan with my husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. I love to travel, have an unhealthy shoe addiction, and consider myself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in my head.

What inspired the story for The Legends Saga? Did you know you were going to write an entire series from the get-go?

My love of the classics inspired me! I have been obsessed with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow since childhood. The teenage years brought on my appreciation of Poe. Retellings are quite the craze right now and it was my honor to put a fresh spin on the amazing works of Irving, Poe, and the mystery author(s) that will appear in the final book. I’m also hoping that after reading my books people that may not be familiar with the classics may want to check them out! As to the series element, when I started Crane I contemplated making it a standalone, but I enjoyed it so much it demanded to be part of a series. Who was I to argue?

Depending on the author, sequels are either harder or easier to write than the first book. How was writing Raven for you? And how was writing this book similar or different from writing Crane?

It was completely different and proved quite a challenge. For Raven I had to submerge myself in all things Poe; his life, his works, his madness. Needless to say it was a ghoulish—and incredibly twisted—endeavor. Be that as it may, I enjoyed the entire process and am very proud of the end result—even if it is darker than any of my other books!

What was the publishing process like for this series? Any advice for aspiring writers and others who are trying to get their work published?

I publish all my works through Anchor Group Publishing, a small press. The crew there handles cover creation, editing, and formatting and ensure each of my book babies put their best foot forward. For aspiring authors I stress the importance of all those elements! Ask yourself, if I found this book on a shelf would I pick it up? If the answer is no, make the needed changes. You need to grab readers from the first time they gaze at that cover and engage them with a quality blurb.

When new ideas strike in the middle of a WIP, how do you deal with it?

Sometimes as I’m writing, the story will veer off in a direction that surprises even me. I love those moments, because that’s when my characters seem the most “alive” to me! As long as it works with the plot, I roll with it!

For all the readers out there, could you name the top three books you think everyone should take a chance on?

Crane and Raven- of course! LOL!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion –I loved the movie, the book was even better. A zombie in love. How can you go wrong with that?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn-this book blew my mind. I could NOT put it down!

Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in your free time? Any odd hobbies?

Odd hobbies? Is stalking pretty shoes on the Internet and ogling them in stores considered odd? Because I do both of those things—a lot.

 

My final question: What is your favourite word?

Persevere; it’s the only way to succeed in life.

 

Thank you so much, Stacey Rourke, for taking the time to answer our questions! Extremely excited to read Raven!

Thank you so much for having me! I hope you enjoy Raven!

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About the Author:Stacey

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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1st prize: US only
  • $25 Amazon gift card
  • A signed copy of Raven
  • Ebook copies of the books 1 & 2 of The Legends Saga
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Tour & Review: The Neumarian Chronicles

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Welcome to The Neumarian Chronicles Blog Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

EscapementTitle: Escapement [The Neumarian Chronicles #1]
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

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Author: Ciara Knight
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Synopsis:

Haunting memories.
Terrifying dreams.
Crippling lies.

Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our crumbling future.

BalanceTitle: Balance [The Neumarian Chronicles #3]
Author: Ciara Knight
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Life on a war-ravaged Earth is a dying experience. Finally, after years of tyranny, the rebellion rises. Once I rescue my fiancé Ryder Arteres, I, and the rebel general, will fight to free our people. In a war where alliances shift and friends betray one another, will the final battle prove the truth of the prophecy the queen has so feared—her death—or will I lose everyone I love?

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Review:

 I really enjoyed this book. The characters were awesome and the world building was amazing!

The Neumarians are enslaved and outcast by the Kantians. They’re seen as parasites, as things to sacrifice. However, when the Kantian princess, Semara, crosses the line between these people, she’s sent away to be fixed and prepped for being a “true” princess, and a future queen by her own mother. Just as she thinks it’s all over, she’s saved by Ryder, a cold hero, helping only because his sister, Raeth, asked it of him. The perplexing thing? Semara had left Raeth to her death years ago, so why was she trying to save her now?

The characters in this novel were awesome. I loved the friendship between Semara and Raeth, and the fact that both girls were amazingly strong, in body and mind, but in their own distinct ways. They were realistic and I honestly loved seeing two very strong female characters. That being said, I am kind of in love with Ryder. The character development throughout this novel is well done, allowing you to see the little changes in each character as they grew. I really felt this with Ryder. Where he started off cold and disconnected, he became caring, and even in love with Semara as the novel went on, and it was done just right that it didn’t seem cliche anymore.

The world of The Neumarian Chronicles is amazingly vivid. The descriptions are extremely detailed and I love that reading this book made it feel like the rest of the world was falling away and a new one was taking its place.

Escapement was absolutely riveting and spellbinding. Although it took a while for me to get started with this book, I definitely loved it. The story is unique, the characters relatable and interesting, and I actually couldn’t put it down after the first chapter. It was not very good for productiveness, but I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read it!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.97/5

About the Author:Ciara

Ciara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her young adult speculative fiction books. Her most recent Amazon best-seller, Escapement, book I of The Neuamrian Chronicles, released to acclaimed reviews securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from InD’Tale Magazine.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

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  • Signed copy of Escapement by Ciara Knight (US only)
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Author Interview: Kate Scott

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2014 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads!

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Kate Scott! Kate Scott debuted in February with her stand alone, young adult novel Counting to D and she is here today to talk to us about it!

Hey, Kate Scott! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

I’m excited to be here!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I tend to keep myself very busy and always have a million things going on in my life. I’ve always loved making up stories, so even though publishing is new to me, writing isn’t. In addition to being an author, I’m also an engineer, and a mentor to at-risk-youth. Basically, I enjoy adventure in real life, and when real life gets dull, I make up fiction.

As a debut author, you must to extremely excited (and nervous) about getting your work out there. What/Who inspired you to start writing?

That’s a tough question to answer, because making up stories is something I’ve always loved. My uncle was a professional artist who passed away a few years ago. Even though we create in very different mediums, he was probably one of my biggest inspirations. He proved to me that creative people can actually make a career out of creating things.

18518158How has your life contributed to Counting to D? Why did you believe that this story had to be told?

Sam, the main character in Counting to D, is dyslexic. I am also dyslexic, and it is definitely not an accident that my first novel has a dyslexic main character. I’ve always felt that dyslexia isn’t accurately depicted in fiction and wanted to share an honest account of the teenage dyslexic experience. That being said, this book is still very much fiction. It’s just fiction with a personal touch.

What is your writing process like? What was the hardest part about writing Counting to D?

I’m definitely a pantser. I’ve tried outlining, but it just doesn’t work for me. When I’m drafting, I tend to write very fast, which is fabulous, but then I need to spend A LOT of time revising. Making sure all the various scenes that pop into my head actually fit together into something resembling a plot is probably the hardest thing for me. Well, that and spelling. I’m a very bad speller. But that’s what copy editors are for.

What was the publishing process like for you? What is your advice for others who are trying to get their stories out there?

I had a well-respected literary agent for about two years before I opted to pursue indie-publishing. Figuring out how to get books in brick-and-mortar stores without a traditional publisher is a challenge, but I’m still very glad I opted to go the indie route. The publishing world is changing a lot, and authors have the option to gain a lot more artistic freedom as a result.

So I guess my advice for pre-published authors, is don’t be afraid to dream big and imagine your own publication path. It doesn’t have to be the same dream as you had a decade ago, because the publishing landscape today is very different than it was even a year ago.

What are three songs that describe Counting to D?

I Wanna Be Like Me by Sara Bareilles

Tell Me a Story by Phillip Phillips

Underdog by Imagine Dragons

What are three books you believe everyone should take a chance on?

Counting to D, The Evolution of Emily, and … Just kidding. The problem with this question is that the world has way more than three fabulous books!

I’m going to say My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, and Wintergirls by Laurie Halts Anderson. Those are three of my favorite books, although they are only three books on a very long list.

Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in7276965 your spare time? Any unusual hobbies?

I love camping and hiking, although that isn’t very unusual. I’m also a big fan of video games, and jigsaw puzzles. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my friends and family.

Oh, my husband collects rusty metal. That is definitely unusual! I don’t want to fully claim this hobby for myself, because it’s way too easy to make fun of, but I do own a century old steam powered tractor. So yeah, maybe I’m a bit more eccentric than I like to pretend.

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

Life. Because the only value words have is their meaning and life is my favorite thing.

Thank you so much, Kate Scott, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release, and we hope to see more from you soon!

You won’t have to wait too long. My sophomore novel, The Evolution of Emily, is coming out this November.

Thanks again for having me here today; it was a lot of fun.

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To commemorate Kate Scott’s debut and success, we’re also hosting a giveaway!

Open internationally. We’re giving away 1 ebook of Counting to D by Kate Scott!

Contest ends September 30, 2014 at midnight EST!

Fill out the form below to enter!

Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Emily

We’re super excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Kate Scott’s newest novel The Evolution of Emily!

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Title: The Evolution of Emily
Author: Kate Scott
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Cover by Vinnie Kinsella
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Synopsis:

Emily Charles knows how to run away. Away from her overprotective, agoraphobic mother. Away from her biology-obsessed, autistic sister. Away from her quiet sheltered claustrophobic homeschooled life. When Emily’s escape plan involves starting her junior year at Kennedy High School, she realizes she’s no longer running away. Now she’s running towards. Towards her quiet thoughtful cross-country teammate, August. Towards her zany enthusiastic lab partner, Miles. Towards friendship, love, independence, and life.

Thanks to her sister’s special interest in biology, Emily knows all about the birds and the bees. Boys are a lot more confusing!

Readers who enjoyed Counting to D will enjoy Scott’s second title, also set at Kennedy High School.

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Kate Scott lives in the suburbs outside Portland, Oregon with her husband Warren. Kate was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child but somehow managed to fall in love with stories anyway. COUNTING TO D is her first novel. When Kate isn’t writing, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, camping, and spending time with her friends and family. Kate also spends a lot of time doing math and sciency things and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Book Blitz: The Reason I Stay

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Welcome to The Reason I Stay Book Blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

ReasonIStayTitle: The Reason I Stay
Author: Patty Maximini
Publication Date: September 10. 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Synopsis:

Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.

Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.

Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

My name is Mathew Rogers and those are the values I built my adult life around. They are also the reason I had to forsake everything I loved in Seattle and embark on a solitary road trip across the country, with no direction other than searching for the next small town, the next girl, and the closest liquor store. 

Boredom, frustration and a series of unfortunate decisions led me to the rickety-ass town of Jolene, Alabama—a town I wanted to leave behind from the moment I passed the welcome sign. But it was there where I met her. The girl who made me question everything I’ve always believed in, and the only one who has ever had the power to break my heart. 

Her name is Lexie. 

She’s beautiful, and I’m pretty sure she hates me.

And for once in my life, I give enough of a damn that I keep finding a reason to stay.

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Tanie laughs, and raises a brow. “He’s hot.”

“That he is,” I reply.

Jill yells, “Water break,” behind us.

The two girls abandon the ball and run breathless toward us, Matthew trailing behind.

“You, too, Matthew.” She waves him over and, to my absolutely horror, adds, “These gals thought you might be hot. Actually, they both said you were, and by the looks of the sweat in your hair, I think a little water break’ll be good for you.”

“Is that right?” He quirks his lips as he strides casually toward Jill.

His gaze travels from Jill to me to Tanie, and then back to me, where it lingers. I’m at the same time humiliated and dying to roll on my back and laugh until my stomach hurts, but all I can do is stare at him. His eyes are wide and filled with mirth. He stops right in front of me.

“You all think right. I’m really hot.”

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About the Author:Patty

Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.

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Day 30: A Book You Read In The Past 30 Weeks That You Think Everyone Should Read

I’m going to list three books that I’ve read this year that I think everyone should take a look at.

1) Podium Finish by Beth Pond

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With six months until the Olympic Games, seventeen-year-old Harper’s life is pretty much perfect. She’s fighting for the starting spot on Team USA Women’s Hockey, and for the first time ever, she has a crush on a guy who likes her back. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she runs a risky play at practice and breaks her knee, thereby sentencing herself to six weeks in a cast and possibly ending her Olympic dream before it even starts.

For seventeen-year-old Alex, being anything less than the best is unacceptable. That’s why, after a miserable debut season at the senior level, the former junior national singles champion switches to ice dance. Her skating partner, Ace, is an “all skating all the time” type of guy, which would be fine, if he’d stop keeping secrets about the real reason he and his former partner broke up. Now is not the time for second thoughts, but how can Alex skate her best if she can’t trust her partner…or herself?

As the pressure to make the Olympic team builds, the girls must rely on each other, because if there’s one thing they both know, it’s that the only thing harder than skating to the top is staying there.

 

2) Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

 

 

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When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

3) Lumière by Jacqueline E. Garlick

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One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

 

Review: Virgin

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Title: Virgin
Author: Radhika Sanghani
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
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Synopsis:

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

I can honestly say, I didn’t love this book. I never understood why some girls are obsessed with losing their virginity. Why did I read this then? I was told it would be entertaining and humourous. It wasn’t, really.

Let’s pause that for a moment and start with the main character. She does have a sharp tongue and I was relatively entertained, at the beginning, by her and her awkward escapades. The got old really fast. She screamed desperation and self-pity about a quarter way through the book, and that didn’t really stop until the last 10 pages. She was so determined to lose something, which really makes no difference when it comes to the real world, that she was willing to sacrifice her friends, her marks, and her own health for it. As a twenty year old virgin, I really didn’t see where this was even coming from. Yes, she wants to fit in with a certain circle of people, but it never occurs to her that there was nothing wrong with her, but maybe something wrong with the people she surrounded herself with. That being said, there is nothing wrong with hanging out with people who have sex, who are happy to show off their experience, but when it makes you feel bad about yourself, or lesser, then I think you need to start reevaluating the kind of friends you want, versus the ones you need.

She goes on and on about how everyone she knows has done the deed. Yay? I mean really, about 90% of my friends are still virgins, half of us have never even had our first kiss yet. Honestly? The fact that I didn’t love this book may also stem from the fact that I can’t really relate. People are going on and on about how yes girls talk about their sex lives, their waxing/shaving incidents, their blowjob nightmares. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with my friends because our lives just don’t revolve around that kind of thing. Was I entertained by her horror stories? No, I actually wasn’t. If anything, it makes me more fearful for when I encounter those situations. That so doesn’t help.

Something that I also didn’t understand was how she could be so naiive about things. Yes, I understand that she’s inexperienced, but she’s been at this since high school. You mean to tell me that she’s never encountered a book that talked about these kinds of things, or saw magazine articles that describe what the chicka is doing when she’s going down on someone? I can go to my local grocery store and point out at least 5 to 10 magazines that will tell you “How to Pleasure Your Man”. I mean she’s an English major for crying out loud, she should be able to find literature about this in so many places. I can understand knowing everything in theory and still screwing up, but I just can’t believe that someone so determined and interested in all this hasn’t utilized these resources that the pop-culture world has given us.

It also bothers me that the whole ending was cut off abruptly. This happens, that happens, there’s some vague acceptance and then she goes back on it by STILL worrying about people thinking she’s a virgin, and it’s just like you are not the centre of the freaking world. Honestly, no one cares. She treats her friends like trash, and SHE KNOWS SHE’S BEING JEALOUS AND ANNOYING. Trust me, I know how hard it is to cut that off, but really, maybe if you stopped being so self-deprecating and realize that if a guy wants your friends attention more than yours, you should probably move on to find someone who actually LIKES YOU, then you’d be a little happier with life.

The world will knock you down whether you want it to or not. Don’t just sit there and pity yourself in a corner crying about it ’cause no one can help you except you. Love yourself before you try to get other people to love you. If you are not happy in your skin then change it, get up and actively change your lifestyle to something that suits you, ’cause getting a guy honestly will not help you fully feel comfortable in your skin (if anything it can make you even more self-conscious and it sucks).

I thought that some of the little anecdotes were odd, quirky, and relatively entertaining, but at the end of the day, I just couldn’t relate to this book, and that has greatly affected my views of this novel. Overall, well written, relatively interesting, but also frustrating, as there was a vague revelation and a half-assed attempt at saying that this kind of behaviour can get you into some big problems. All in all, I was not impressed.

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 2.5/5
World Building: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 2.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.43/5

eARC provided by Penguin Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Guest Post: Alison Kemper

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2014 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads!

I am EXTREMELY excited to introduce all of you to Alison Kemper! Alison Kemper debuted in March and she is here today to talk to us about her young adult novel Donna of the Dead and her favourite zombie movies!

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Title: Donna of the Dead
Author: Alison Kemper
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
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Synopsis:

Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.

The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy head cheerleader, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.

But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…

Zombies. I read about them, I write about them, and I’ll watch any movie that includes them. Here are my ten favorites, but I want to hear about yours! Leave a comment with the name of your favorite zombie film.

1. 28 Days Later

You’ll find a ton of online debates about how this isn’t a zombie movie because it’s about the Rage virus. In my opinion, zombies, but with a believable premise about how they got so fast. Best scene: in the tunnel, when teen girl Hannah (Megan Burns) has to change a flat tire while the zombies close in. All the adults are freaking out, but Hannah just concentrates on changing that tire. You go, Hannah.

2. Shaun of the Deadasd

I’ve always felt that if my friends and I were stuck in a zombie apocalypse, this is how we’d behave. We’d be ill-prepared, and do something stupid like try to hole up in a bar.

3. Zombieland

Jesse Eisenberg makes this movie. I tend to imagine an apocalypse survivor as a badass action hero, but in reality, it might be the neurotic kid who uses a lot of hand sanitizer and always wears his seatbelt. Best scene: Bill Murray pretending to be a zombie.

4. World War Z

There’s a lot of hate for this movie. People complain that it doesn’t have enough gore, doesn’t follow the book, ends too abruptly. All of this is true, but it still ranks up there as one of my favorites. Why? Intensity. There’s a few slow minutes at the start of the film, and then bam, non-stop action until the final moments. Best scene: the mountain of zombies scaling the wall in Israel.

dsa5. Warm Bodies

Zombies, romance, humor, Nicholas Hoult. *fans self*

6. I am Legend

You can go online and find lengthy debates about whether these are zombies or vampires. I won’t get into that here. Great pace, awesome acting, super scary monsters. The novella is totally different, but definitely worth a read.

7. Night of the Living Dead (original)s

The 1968 black and white Romero classic. Watch it late at night with the lights off.

8. Dawn of the Dead (2004 version)

There’s not a dull moment in this one. Even the end credits. Especially the end credits.

sd9. Night of the Comet

A fun, cheesy 80s movie about teens who survive the Zompocalypse by holing up in a mall. There’s a ton of campy humor and sweet romance.  This is certainly not one of the best zombie movies ever made, but it makes my top 10 for changing the way I thought about zombies—for making me realize they could be scary and hilarious at the same time. Best scene: Montage of teen girls’ shopping spree which is, of course, interrupted by zombies.

10. Cemetery Man (Dellamorte, Dellamore)

A strange Italian film in which Dellamorte (Rupert Evert) is the caretaker in a graveyard where the dead return after seven days. The second half of this film drifts into confusion, but the first half is so brilliant it has to go on my list. Best scene: Dellamorte falls for the beautiful young widow who hangs around the cemetery. They, er, consummate their relationship on her husband’s grave—who chooses that moment to return.

Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite zombie movie?

Alison Kemper writes fun, nerdy romances set during the zombie apocalypse. Her first novel, DONNA OF THE DEAD (Entangled Teen), spent several weeks on the Kindle YA Humor bestseller list. DWIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD releases this September, followed by a third romantic comedy next year. Find her online at alisonkemper.com.

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Thank you Alison Kemper for your time!

Check out Donna of the Dead now, and get ready for Dwight of the Living Dead, out September 23, 2014!

Day 29: A Book You Couldn’t Put Down

Every book! Can’t say that? Shame. UH… Most recently would be Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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