Friday, April 25, 2014

Jennifer E. Smith's "The Geography of You and Me" + I Go Old School Cartoon Music

Jennifer E. Smith's "The Geography of You and Me"


Because I really liked The Statistical Probability of First Sight (aka Statistical) and loved This is What Happy Looks Like (aka Happy), this book is one of the books I decided not only to buy this year (I am a library girl - I firmly believe in reading a library copy and then buying a book only if I really love it and want to reread it someday - there's just no point in buying a ton of books you may never reread) but to pre-order a copy. In case you didn't know, I've recently learned that pre-ordering a book from an author is extra helpful for that author because then their publishers know there's a demand for their stuff.

So, yes, I pre-ordered the heck out of this book. As it's release date got closer, and then passed (I had my copy but was in the middle of two books when it came) I started noticing that a lot of people didn't really love it. This freaked me out until I realized that a lot of people - those same people - didn't love Happy! Once I realized this, I relaxed, because I love the heck out of Happy. 

Based on my recollections of Statistical, I'm going to say that I liked Geography more than that one but less than Happy. I love that it takes these two people and shows how they live life apart, evolve, grow - towards or apart from one another, I won't say. 

From Goodreads:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Quote! I'm only picking one this time, though there were a lot to choose from. I really liked this one and to me it sort of encapsulated the whole book somehow. It's about why Owen prefers sending postcards to e-mails.

With those, there was still time to change your mind: just after putting the pen down, or on the way to the mailbox, or at any point in between. But there was nothing to be done about the e-mail. With one click, it had gone flying across the miles, straight to Lucy's computer, and there was no getting it back.

Oh, okay, one more snippet of something.

they were heavy with things unspoken: questions without answers and promises without assurances

Normally, I'd stick a nice alt-rock or alt-pop or 90s song here, but this one got stuck in my head and insisted on staying.





Thursday, April 24, 2014

Release Day! Chelsea Cameron's "Slowly We Trust"

Chelsea Cameron's "Slowly We Trust"



BOOK SUMMARY

Audrey Valdez didn’t mean to fall for Will Anders. He isn’t her type. At all. But his goofy smile, Star Wars quotes and athletic body make it impossible. She's lived so long in the darkness and Will is like the sun. He makes her laugh more than she has in years and cares for her more than her own family.

But there are things about Audrey that Will doesn't know, things he can't know. She tries to push him away, but he just ends up getting closer to her, and to her secret. Is the risk of losing him forever worth the chance a being with the only person she's ever loved who has loved her back?


Excitingly enough, the whole series is now on sale for $.99 an ebook! I'm a cheapskate, I am, and I hate paying for ebooks, but these are SO WORTH IT. 

From my goodreads review: "I love love love Will, and I actually sort of lived Audrey's secret. Because of her secret, she's afraid to get too close to Will, but Will loves her and refuses to give up - "Because I had to give it a shot. Because I love you and I didn't know what else to do." 

The whole group of friends is great, and aside from the fact they are all ridiculously cute and kissy, I'd totally hang out with them. "You can only hang out with this group if you're a little f***ed up. You should also be a little of a nerd. It doesn't matter what about."





Author Information

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stacey Kade's "The Rules" & "The Hunt" + Lovelife's "Dying to Start Again"

Like I sometimes do, I requested a sequel on NetGalley without realizing it was a sequel and without reading the original first (like I read a novella in the middle of Brigid Kemmerer's awesome Elementals series, but then realized I had to read the whole series). This happened a couple of months ago when I got approved for a digital ARC of Stacey Kade's "The Hunt" without realizing it was the 2nd book in a trilogy I hadn't started. Luckily, my library responded to the purchase request I submitted for The Hunt and bought it!

Stacey Kade's "Project Paper Doll: The Rules"

From Goodreads:

1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Ariane is an alien-human hybrid who does everything she can to stay on the fringes of high school life, always afraid of being recaptured by the lab that created her. While Ariane generally stays quiet and on the fringes, the part of her that was abused as a child won't let her stay silent when someone is being bullied. When that someone is Ariane's only friend, she takes action to help her friend out. 

I really enjoyed this book and it's two main characters - they were both strong and caring despite being wounded and delicate, and they had their own special depth.

"Only someone living inside the privileged circle would feel quite so comfortable saying that. You have the option to be bored, to not care, instead of dreading every day. It's the powerful versus the powerless, and guess which side you're on."

The danger with pretending is taht if you do it well enough, it starts to feel real.

And some part of me - soft, hopeful, human - had died in that moment.

I looked down at my hands, remembering the sensation of Ariane's hand in mine. Light, tentative but trusting. And suddenly I felt smaller and less important than ever. 


Stacey Kade's "Project Paper Doll: The Hunt"

From Goodreads:

Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life. 

But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?

This book was almost completely different from the first book, which I really enjoyed. It was nice to go on a completely different ride with these two characters I liked and enjoyed spending time with (most of the time; ) I won't say more than that since it just came out yesterday, but I recommend giving this series a try.

It's hard to know you'll never be enough just because you're not someone else.

She was the first person who'd really seemed to like me for who I was, not for who I could be or should have been.

Ms. Kade is currently at work on the third and final book in this series, and I can't wait to read it! 








Chelsea Cameron's "Rise and Fall" Series - $.99 each!

The third book in Chelsea's Rise and Fall series (New Adult), "Slowly We Trust," is now available! For this release, all three books in the series are on sale for $.99 each! I'm super cheap and hate buying ebooks, I do, it's true, but these are definitely worth it.


Deeper We Fall - Amazon
Faster We Burn - Amazon
Slowly We Trust - Amazon

I'll even give you the B&N links, even though I am totally a kindle girl ;)

Deeper We Fall - B&N
Faster We Burn - B&N
Slowly We Trust - B&N (Okay, the link isn't up yet, hang in there!)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Countdown to release! 2 days! Chelsea Cameron's "Slowly We Trust"

Two more days until the release of Chelsea Cameron's "Slowly We Trust," the third book in her Rise and Fall series (see the previous post for more info).

This is a great book with endearing characters, sexy yet nerdy. 



Links to buy the first two books in the series!

DEEPER WE FALL (Book #1)

Amazon -  http://amzn.to/RvWDkT
B&N -  http://bit.ly/1ngfmh8

FASTER WE BURN (Book #2) 
Amazon -  http://amzn.to/1tjbcWZ
B&N -  http://bit.ly/1nuMQWm




Monday, April 21, 2014

Countdown to release! 5 days: Chelsea Cameron's "Slowly We Trust"

SLOWLY WE TRUST by Chelsea M. Cameron

April 24, 2014


BOOK SUMMARY

Audrey Valdez didn’t mean to fall for Will Anders. He isn’t her type. At all. But his goofy smile, Star Wars quotes and athletic body make it impossible. She's lived so long in the darkness and Will is like the sun. He makes her laugh more than she has in years and cares for her more than her own family.

But there are things about Audrey that Will doesn't know, things he can't know. She tries to push him away, but he just ends up getting closer to her, and to her secret. Is the risk of losing him forever worth the chance a being with the only person she's ever loved who has loved her back?



My review

I really enjoyed this book a lot. The more Chelsea writes, the more she evolves as a writer, and I have to say, she's good. I thought I loved the second book in this series, Faster We Burn, but when I read this one, my love paled in comparison. Will and Audrey are both great characters, and I really really love Will (just, don't tell my husband, also named Will, okay?; ) - he's kind and lovable and compassionate and patient. I identified with Audrey because I sort of had the same secret. I loved the camaraderie within the group of friends - we'd all be so lucky to have friends like these in college. 

Here's a snippet of the review I posted on goodreads:

I love love love Will, and I actually sort of lived Audrey's secret. Because of her secret, she's afraid to get too close to Will, but Will loves her and refuses to give up - "Because I had to give it a shot. Because I love you and I didn't know what else to do." 

The whole group of friends is great, and aside from the fact they are all ridiculously cute and kissy, I'd totally hang out with them. "You can only hang out with this group if you're a little f***ed up. You should also be a little of a nerd. It doesn't matter what about."


Author Information

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.








Thursday, April 17, 2014

Release Day! Chelsea Cameron's "Deep Surrendering: Episode 2"

If you've been paying attention, you know I'm a fan of Chelsea Cameron's, and not just cause she's a vegetarian from Maine who loves red velvet cupcakes! 

Chelsea writes New Adult stuff that gets better with every release. I actually haven't read Deep Surrendering yet (episode 1 or 2), but I have read the first book in the Surrender Saga, Sweet Surrendering, and I enjoyed it. DS1 and DS2 are on my kindle, queued up and ready to go, but I'm reading another Chelsea book right now, Slowly We Trust.

In celebration of the release of DS2, a release day post, complete with Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon giftcard! You can buy a lot of Chelsea stories with $50, let me tell you. Keep you busy with fun naughty things to read for awhile :D 



DEEP SURRENDERING Synopsis:

When Fin ran out on Marisol, leaving her naked on her couch, she swore she was done with him. There was no way she would forgive him, let alone see him again. But fate, or something else, had different ideas, and she ran into him again the very next day.

Instead of hating his guts and wanting him to die, Marisol finds that’s she’s still attracted to Fin. She just can’t get him out of her system. Maybe if they had one night together? Just one night and she could get over him. But will that be enough?



BUY LINKS FOR DEEP SURRENDERING - EPISODE 2: 
Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1h4y7Ma
Kobo:  http://bit.ly/1iqcpqT

BUY LINKS FOR DEEP SURRENDERING - EPISODE 1: 

Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1hCqMWa
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1gALqDA 

Chelsea M. Cameron's Bio:
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

GIVEAWAY: 

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. International. 

Please share this code on your site. 

Author Links:
Website: http://www.chelseamcameron.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chel_c_cam
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chelsea-M-Cameron-Official-Author-Page/304422529610919
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752359.Chelsea_M_Cameron




eta: For awhile I was doing PR posts on books I hadn't read for authors I hadn't read. I stopped that. Now I'm only going to do it for authors I've read and enjoyed. I deleted the other reviews :)