Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: How We Fall by Kate Brauning

 How We Fall
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 304
Source: ARC for review from author (Thank you!!)
ISBN-10:  1440581797
Rating: 5 Hearts

Book Description

"Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus--and deepens Jackie's despair.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?"


Short and Sweet:

I loved this book! Swoony romance, murder mystery, and gah! Beautiful. *insert incoherent gushing*

To Elaborate...

I sat down with this book one morning, intending to just read for a while, and I spent the next 3 or so hours unable to put it down. It is exciting, intense, and completely captivating.

Going into this story, I expected to be challenged by the cousin romance, and I was in the best way. It is the perfect combination of taboo, heart-throb, and INSANE swoon that made me ship Marcus and Jackie so hard. I love how the characters deal with their feelings (especially when they handle it badly). It is moving, sweet, torturous, and unforgettable. It makes you think hard about what is socially appropriate and how societal norms play a serious role in relationships.

But beyond the incredible romance, the plot in How We Fall is just breathtaking. The mystery behind the missing/dead Ellie and the new-to-town Sylvia is engaging and builds in a marvelously paced suspense. I love how real the story makes it. It does a wonderful job of showing characters who are dealing with a lot on a big scale (a missing person, a possible stalker, a taboo romance, etc.), but they also have to face everyday challenges like doing homework, babysitting, and attempting to find some sort of balance between everything. 

Overall, I just can't say enough about how much I loved this story. Kate Brauning has a fantastic voice in her writing, and I'm impatiently eager to read more from her.  If romantic suspense is your thing, this would be an excellent read to try. 

5 Big Hearts! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bookish Talk: Midterms and Blogging

I know several bloggers who blog while also dealing with college/school of some sort (holla, y'all). Like I'm sure plenty of them have recently, I've been struggling with making it through midterms. So for funsies and just because, I got inspired to do a little bookish talk on blogging/reviewing during times school is particularly stressful (like midterms).
"You mean the universe magically gives me not one but TWO excellent reads I'm dying to finish the same week I have 4 tests/projects?!"


"I can just test on the books I'm reading right? Or something? If I make a blog post about it, it's testable right? Wait, what?" 




"Well that didn't work out well...On to the next subject..."




"Self, stop getting distracted by ALL THE BOOKS!"


"Seriously, time to buckle down. Let's do Human Biology- LOOK, THIS BOOK HAZ HUMANS IN IT! HUMANZZZZZ!!!"


"Alright, time for a study break. I should probably catch up on some reading...." 


Then, somehow miraculously, midterms are over, and you finally have a little extra time to read, but now...


I hope everyone who is dealing with school stress and blogging makes it through this semester! Yay bookish love support! <3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review & Giveaway: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I am so excited to be a part of this tour promoting the lovely Cat Winter's new book The Cure for Dreaming. Thanks RockStar Book Tours for hosting! I can't recommend Cat's books highly enough! Scroll down to read my review and for your chance to win copies of Winter's books!
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher:  Amulet Books
Pages: 368
Source: eARC for Review
ISBN-10:  1419712160
Rating: 5 Hearts
"Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout."


Short and Sweet:

Cat Winters does it again! The Cure for Dreaming was everything I hoped it would be and more! Absolutely stunning!

To Elaborate...

I have been a fan of Winters since her 2013 debut In the Shadow of Blackbirds. So this book easily became one of my most anticipated 2014 releases. All of that expectation can sometimes be detrimental to the actual reading experience, but definitely not in the case of The Cure for Dreaming
 This mesmerizing story begins with Olivia Mead reluctantly taking the stage to be hypnotized. After an intriguing evening, good-looking society boy Percy Acklen has set his sights on Olivia and asks to drive her home. Olivia accepts and when she arrives home her father, local dentist and assumed madman, Dr. Mead decides that Judge Acklen's son is exactly what his wild, suffragette daughter needs to keep her in line.

When Dr. Mead discovers a photo of Olivia under hypnosis featured in the next day's paper he gets the devilish idea to hire hypnotist Henri Reverie to remove her 'unladylike' impulses and thoughts. However, while pretending to comply with Dr. Mead's wishes, Henri instead hypnotizes Olivia to see the world the way it actually is while being unable to voice her anger about the injustices she experiences. Suddenly, she can't help but see the true nature of everyone around her.

Her very first visual of 'the world as it is' is of her own father's true nature: bloody and monstrously evil. Her new sense of sight is terrifying, but illuminating and surprisingly Henri seems to be the person she can trust most. However, while he may not agree with the act of reconditioning suffragettes, he has his own reasons for taking the job and refuses to reverse her hypnosis until her father is satisfied that her unacceptable dreams have been cured.

Meanwhile, the hungry desire to control is horrifyingly personified in men and women everywhere she turns. It becomes clear that those opposed to political equality are mostly interested in exploiting and maintaining the inherent weakness of the way things are for women. Olivia watches the women around her literally disappear into visions of opinion-less vapor and turn into voice-less, invisible ghosts. So, when her father decides to use her as an example of a silent, docile, reformed suffragette to regain his 'good-standing' within high society, Olivia must decide what she's willing to do to change the unacceptable way the world really is.

The Cure for Dreaming is every bit as captivating as it's intriguing synopsis suggests! I cannot recommend it, or it's creative author, enough!

About the Author:

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her upcoming novels include The Cure for Dreaming (Amulet Books/Oct. 2014) and The Uninvited (William Morrow/2015), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at
Photo by Tara Kelly
Find Cat Online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Pinterest

Book Trailer


1 winner will receive a brand-new paperback edition of IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, a signed THE CURE FOR DREAMING poster, a copy of the CD containing the music that inspired THE CURE FOR DREAMING (Kristen Lawrence's ARACHNITECT), and swag.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/6/2014- Word Spelunking- Interview
10/7/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
10/8/2014- Me, My Shelf and IReview
10/9/2014- Falling For YA- Interview
10/10/2014- Crossroad ReviewsReview

Week Two:

10/13/2014- Xpresso Reads- Interview
10/14/2014- Candace's Book BlogReview
10/15/2014- I Heart YA FictionReview
10/16/2014- Rainy Day RamblingsReview and Guest Post
10/17/2014- Bad Bird Reads- Guest Post

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! Multiple Prizes! INT!
Hosted by I Am A Reader

Welcome to our stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! I love this time of year so much so I'm going to go all trick-or-treat on you with the prize. What does this mean? It means that there will be multiple winners and multiple prizes! 

Option 1 (US Only):

Option 2 (INT- Outside the US Only):


Option 3 (US Only):

There will be 3 winners total! 2 US Winners and one guaranteed INT winner (as long as The Book Depository ships to your location).

Enter below for your chance to win! 

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Happy Autumn and Happy Halloween!

  Now Keep Hopping!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Source: ARC for review
ISBN-10:  0399167838
Rating: 5 Hearts

Book Description

"I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


Short and Sweet:

The Young Elites is an truly an incredible story. Its unique, dark plot is refreshing and addictingly entertaining!

To Elaborate...

Adelina is not your typical YA protagonist. She's been abused and mistreated nearly her entire life for surviving a blood fever that turned many children into scarred and often powerful outsiders referred to as 'malfettos.' Years of living on the receiving end of fear and hatred has twisted her into something dark and vengeful and the night that she finally tries to escape her spiteful father, her powers manifest and she accidentally murders him.

Adelina attempts to run from her mistake, but is soon caught by the lead Inquisitor, Teren, and publicly sentenced to death. Luckily, she is rescued from her own execution by a group of malfettos, the Young Elites, known for their own dark powers. She is nursed back to health and the YEs begin to teach her to control and strengthen her abilities. Adelina has been told her entire life that she is unlovable and worthless, but she slowly begins to believe that maybe she could belong somewhere after all. Maybe she does have value.

However, Adelina is motivated by ambition and revenge and quite literally draws her power from fear and hate (her own and those around her). Some of the YEs believe that she is corrupt and irreparably twisted. Adelina herself fears she'll be devoured by her own dark potential. But one of the Young Elites stirs something in her heart and she experiences true affection and kindness for the first time in years. However, Teren has once again found her and he has her sister. He blackmails her into spying on her new friends in exchange for her sister's life. And while everyone around her seems ready to use her as a weapon she must decide if she'll be sharpened as such, or if she'll make them pay.

Not for the faint of heart, The Young Elites is a dark, moody collection of antiheroes fighting to control their own fates in a society that views them as demons and villains. An absolute pleasure to read from beginning to end, this is one book you do NOT want to miss!

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