Friday, June 29, 2012

Book To Movie - Divergent

One of my favorite novels in on it's way to becoming a major motion picture! I usually don't post book to movie news on the blog but I just couldn't help it with Divergent. This has been in the works for a while now and most of the time optioned books to movies don't really get anywhere. 

What's so special about Divergent? Well the filming is planned to start later this year! The screen play is done, written by the same person who did Snow White and the Huntsman. (I haven't seen that one, if you have let me know what you thought of the screen writers job). The casting is also under works. I can't wait to see who they cast for all the characters. 

Of course, things like this isn't always definite. There is no director yet. Can't have a movie without one of those. We can only hope!

Are you excited to see Divergent become a movie? OR are you worried it will be over shadowed by The Hunger Games since they both are dystopeans. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Comment System! (Again)

Isn't Snoopy so cute? 
As you probably know my blog layout has crashed ... well a lot. This one seems to be working and I haven't had any problems so far. Well I FINALLY got around to getting the old comment that I use to have back up. The one where I can reply to everyone's comments and such. I loved having it and happy to get it back. I don't know what took me so long.

I just thought I would give you guys a heads up that it's back again! :)

Have a great Wednesday guys. Hope the weather where you are is as good as it is here in New Jersey!


Waiting on Wednesday

Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.
When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ©, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.
This one just sounds so enticing. There is nothing about that summary that I don't like. The cover is also grabbing. I love the purple mask. This is one that I can't wait to read. 


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Cold Kiss

Another review from my cousin Kelli! She's completely awesome for helping me out. :)

Cold KissCold Kiss 
By Amy Garvey
Source: ARC from publisher
Summary ~  Be careful what you wish for. . . . 
When Wren's boyfriend, Danny, died, Wren decided that what she wanted—what she had to do—was to bring Danny back. And so, in a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, she did. 

But the Danny who returns isn't the boy Wren fell in love with, and she must hide him away while her life unravels around her. Then Gabriel transfers to her school and somehow he knows what she has done—and he wants to help make things right. But Wren alone must undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

When Wren's first true love dies in a tragic accident, she does what we all wish we could, brings him back. Cold Kiss was... different. I haven't read many, if any, books about zombies or the undead, and it was also the first I've read by Amy Garvey. This was a good start though! It wasn't too suspenseful, but I also wasn't dragging myself through it. I enjoyed reading it and finished it pretty quickly. The plot was unique and so were the characters. It took quite a few unexpected turns... in a good way.            

I can't imagine losing someone the way Wren lost Danny, and I have no idea what I would do in the situation. If I had the power to bring him back to life though, I'd jump on the chance. This is what she did, but without thinking about the consequences. How will she hide a person who is supposed to be dead? How will she answer his questions? One too many secrets later, Wren is having major trouble and regret about the entire situation, yet she still loves Danny. 

few things bothered me though, one being how unrelatable and aggravating the characters were. Wren got angry with the wrong people and was nice to the nasty ones. She was rude to her friends that were just trying to maintain a friendship, but sweeter to a kid who needed to clean up his act. Her short temper mixed with her own confusion left me unsure on my thoughts of her. Also, Danny (Wren's undead boyfriend) is one of very few fictional characters that I didn't find myself crushing on. He was annoying and clingy, so I found it difficult to put myself in Wren's place. I was actually pretty surprised when I found out that there's a sequel, called Glass Heart, coming out in October. I didn't love the storyline, but Amy Garvey's writing was excellent and I'm looking forward to reading the next one!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

In My Mailbox (80)

I completely forgot today was Sunday! Sorry guys, I don't really keep track of the days during the summer. I should probably start doing that...

Here's my IMM a little late.

From Library:
Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)

                                                    Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires, #12)
I traded for this one with from Katie from  who put a bunch of awesome book marks in the book but I don't have a camera of right now. 


Friday, June 22, 2012

Bookish Accessories

These are just some bookish accessories that I'm just drooling over. Really if anyone wants to get me a present, please feel free to pick from something on this list. They are all so pretty.
All these items can be found on

Wrap Up With A Good Book Scarf: Pride and PrejudiceIf I had 40 dollars to kill, this would be my first purchase. I LOVE scarves and this one is so cool! That's Pride and Prejudice print on there, just in case you were wondering. It's no secret how much I love that book. It also comes in Jane Eyre and Tale of Two Cities.
Can be bought HERE

I really love this necklace because it's not in your face kind of fan gear. It's something yo can wear on a daily biases. Just a small and cute necklace.
Can be bought HERE.

HUNGER GAMES bracelet,inspired mockingjay bracelet with retro bronze arrow,brown leather bracelet---B015 I've seen the Mocking Jay pins everywhere recently. I really like this bracelet because it's different. I also think I'm going to buy one since it's only 3.98. That's pretty cheap.
Can be bought HERE.

Four "Tracker Jacker Venom" Hand Sanitizer Inspired By The Hunger Games
Another Hunger Games product, I thought these were really cute. Tracker Jacker Venom hand sanitizers.
Can be bought HERE.

I might start making a meme out of this. I've done this a few times before and it's just so much fun. I'm thinking every Friday. What do you think?


Thursday, June 21, 2012


Hey guys! I had already made a post with this giveaway but I forgot to add a end date. So here's the post again the I'll be closing the giveaway on July 10. I'm giving it a couple of extra weeks in hope that I'll finally have a new car by them (since my last one was totaled in my car accident), to get the book shipped out.

Summary: Jenna Kingsley has a gift. She knows things. With a simple touch she can pick up personal information from jewelry or objects. While at a neighbor’s party, a voice mesmerizes her. Jenna is momentarily frozen as a ring is placed in her hand. White electricity surges through her and a dire prediction is made. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. You’re going to break my heart.”

From the moment they meet Jenna is enchanted and entranced with Reece Walton. She’s thrilled to learn he’s spending the summer two houses away from hers. Every moment they spend together is magical. But she can’t get the prediction out of her mind. As the summer draws to a close and secrets are revealed, can Jenna get past the fear of being left with a broken heart to live in the moment with Reece or will her fear of being hurt fulfill the prophecy?

Now for the Giveaway for a signed copy of Heart Waves!

Fill out this form to enter:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Glitch (Glitch, #1)
Release Date August 7th

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

I've recently become a sci-fi geek. After Across the Universe, and Inside Out I just can't get enough. Glitch sounds simply perfect. I've also heard some great things about it. This is one I can't wait to get my hands on. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls
By: Cassandra Clare
Source: Bought 
Summary: The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series

Review: Who could say no to more Shadowhunters? Honestly I will keep reading these books as long as they have Jace in them. He is hands down one of my favorite literary characters of all time. He's just there with Mr. Darcy, Peeta and all the other great literary guys. I also read the novel for it's quirky and sarcastic dialog and it's gripping plot. Cassandra Clare just has a gift for both of those. Most of my favorite quotes have come from a Cassandra Clare novel. Probably because of love sarcastic comments but I just get get enough of Ms. Clare's writing. 

As much as I love this series, I have a feeling it should have stopped after the third book. At first it was just a trilogy, and how it ended in the third book left me feeling good. I loved the characters but I also enjoyed where it ended. They were all happy and I pictured them living a nice happy life together. Now in the 4th and 5th novel, I feel that they are just dragging on. They had already fought this villain, is it really necessary to do it again?  

The beginning of the novel also lacked Jace, who is my favorite character (but we've already established that). It also felt very slow to me, the quirky dialog wasn't there and the plot was just dry. However half way through the book it started picking back up and I became addicted, just like I do with every Mortal Instruments novel. 

This is a series that I will always read, no matter how many Cassandra Clare writes. I do hope that they start to have the spark that the first three had. Yet I still enjoy them and recommend the series to everyone I meet.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Touch of Power

Last day of junior year today! I'll be able to read and review books more often now. I love summer. <3 Anyway on to the review...

Touch of Power (Healer, #1)
Touch of Power (Healer #1)
by Maria V. Snyder
Source: Finished copy from BEA
Release Date: December 2011

**This is actually an adult novel, since it's published by Harlequin and not HarlequinTeen. It does cross over, many people think it is a young adult novel. There isn't anything here you wouldn't be able to find inside a YA novel. 

Summary: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...
Review: First I feel like I should let you know that I'm a HUGE Maria V. Snyder fan. The Poison Study Series and the Insider Series are just genius. I don't know how she creates the worlds that she does, but they are usually so beautiful, descriptive and just so easy to picture. However I had a few issues with Touch of Power. The story and characters didn't click with me like they usually do in Snyder's books. I did enjoy the story and plot twists but I feel that it could have been much better. 
One thing I love Maria's novels for are the spunk that her characters have. Their personality just flies off the pages. Those are characters I want to read about. However, Avry just didn't have that in Touch of Power.  She's a character that I never completely connected with. I also never saw her reasoning, for why she did the things she did. However the supporting characters were wonderful. They each had their own personalities and you learned more about them as you continued in the plot. Flea and Belen were my personal favorites, I think they made the whole book. However, the whole band of guys just had great chemistry together.
Another part of Touch Of Power that I  didn't particularly enjoy was the romance. The romantic lead, Kerrick was abusive and  mean in the beginning of the novel. I just couldn't get over the things he did to Avry. I would never support someone that started off so abusive. Also there was another guy, Belen who was so kind and gentle, you could tell he really cared about Avry. If I was her there would have been no competition. There was a good transition from enemies, to friends, to romance. Maria V. Snyder did do a great job with that. I just didn't care for the Kerrick, he did start to grow on me at the end. I just couldn't get passed how he treated Avry. 
While  Touch of Power did have it's faults, the story, plot and enchanted world that were all amazing, I had my ups and downs with the novel. I would still recommend it to fantasy lovers off all kinds, if you haven't read any of Maria V. Snyder's novels yet I would start with Poison Study. It's will forever be my favorite book by her. Tons of bloggers have loved this one, so while it might not be for me, check out a few more reviews. Who knows, it could be the perfect novel for you. 
Scent of Magic (Healer, #2)The sequel comes out in 2013, so I'm glad I didn't read it earlier. The cliff hanger was not bad but I am eager to find out what happens to Avry next. Here's the cover, I think it looks much better more then Touch of Power. What do you think? 


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)

Summary: Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.

Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next.

October guys! That seems so close! I'm so excited to see what is next in the Mara Dyer series. The first was so good. I also really like how the covers seemed to flow so far. 

Who else is extremely excited? 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What I did at BEA...

It's now been about a week now since BEA. I have finally found sometime to sit down and type this post out. This was actually my second time attending the Book Expo and I feel like I actually got the hang of it by the end of the third day this time. It didn't feel as crazy and I wasn't getting lost every time I turned around.

What did I do while I was a BEA? Well I started with getting up at 5 in the morning to catch the 6:20 bus. That was the earliest I could get my mom to get ready by on the first two days. The rides were long, quiet and tiring. I give props to the people that do this ever day. I don't know if I could.

Once we arrived at the Port Authority my mom and I took a taxi over to the Javits Center and the fun began! The first day on line I sat next to Joy Preble. She wrote Anastasia Forever which is such a great book. I enjoyed talking to her.

The first hour of BEA is crazy, as it always is. Once it died down I got some great books and ran into some great bloggers, way to many to nae but they were all awesome. I loved talking to other book lovers.

My book haul the first day...

Sorry it's such a bad picture. I can't find the cord to upload pictures from my camera. I took this one with my phone. 

I got back home around 8:30 the first day, after leaving the expo around 4:30 - 5 ish. I wasn't able to go to TAC but I'm super jealous of everyone that did. 

The second day went pretty much like the first. Except I got to meet Chris Colfer!

I'm a huge fan of his and I was so excited to finally meet him! I only got to see him for a few seconds while he signed my book but he was so nice. Also his book is surprisingly really good!

Here is my book haul from day two: 

I tried to by more picky on day two. 

I don't have a picture of day three's book haul but here is my complete collection of BEA 2012 books!

Aren't they pretty? They took up THREE bookshelves. I guess one for each day...

Since I'm such a geek I also separated them into release months. The first pile is already released, then the next in July then August and so on. October has the most. 

Those are my BEA adventures. if I can get my camera pictures I'll post those on here soon. I have fun pictures with other bloggers and authors on it. 

Did you do a BEA recap post? I would love to read it, leave a link below!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Monument 14 - Blog Tour

Hey guys! I'm super excited to have Monument 14 author Emmy Laybourne stopping by my blog today for a blog tour! Her awesome guest post is about her physical author tour that she has been on for awhile. if you haven't read Monument 14 yet I really recommend it. It's an action packed book you can't put down. 

Here's Emmy's guest post, 

I'm delighted to be here today, reporting in from my blog tour with the Fierce Reads authors. So far we've been in California - La Verne, San Diego, Petaluma, San Francisco, Menlo Park - and now we're in uber-cool Seattle, WA! Here are some of the things I've learned about being an author on a big book tour:

Check out these images from Mrs. Nelson's in La Verne! Man, don't you wish this was your door?

I also liked this sign up in the bathroom at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego.

It has been such a joy to connect with readers. Having fun and joking around and taking silly pictures has been my greatest joy on a tour filled with some pretty awesome things. 
We met some high school bloggers at a lovely lunch at Book Passage in Corte Madeira, CA.

And here are readers responding to Anna Bank's question: "Who here thinks I have a Southern Accent?" We all do, Anna. It's charming! Get over it! 

Last night we were joined by the incredibly cool Lish McBride. Her book, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, is one of my favorites in the YA genre, so I was a bit over-excited to meet her and behaved in a slightly dorky manner. It will not surprise you to hear that she was cool about it. Lish even said she'll blurb Monument 14 for me. Be still, my beating heart!

You know, WordPress sites look pretty fancy. So all the blogs that I'm reading about YA books have shared a certain standard of professionalism - they look great, they work great and I really never have a sense of the age/experience level of the blogger behind the scene. What I'm finding is that some of the best blogs are being written by the youngest bloggers. Take Benji for example, here in this picture, in the center. His blog "The Non-Reluctant Reader" ( is absolutely awesome and he's so nice - well spoken, polite, funny… I was just blown away by meeting him.

We have stayed at the most amazing hotels. My top hotel: The Hotel Monaco San Francisco. This hotel is insane! Gorgeous rooms, beautiful decor and an astoundingly helpful and gracious staff. Yes, I have signed up for their loyalty program! Yes, I will insist my husband comes with me if I am so lucky as to get to tour again! No, I have not been paid by Monaco Hotels for this endorsement!

Okay, beyond the gift basket that I found in my room last Tuesday night, the best surprise came for me at the SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT. Look, just look at what Marissa Meyer spotted in the airport bookstore:

It was just there with the other books, on a table, no less! I felt exhilarated and touched and almost tearful. There's my baby, out in the world, fending for himself! That's it for my Tour Report #2. I will give my final reflections from a life on the road at on Friday 6/15. 

And lastly, as promised on my own website, I have a contest winner to announce! A big thanks to all those who entered my recent Giveaway. The assignment was to answer the following question: You know you love Post-Apocalyptic stories when….

And here's the winning answer, chosen by my mom, Geraldine Laybourne:

You know you love Post-Apocalyptic stories when…. the town hall decides to hold a protest banning all books. You have demolished the rainforests, due to your huge paper consumption. Reading has now become a criminal offense.

Rebecca Hipsworth, you won!!! My mom thought yours was the funniest of all the entries! I will be sending you your signed copy of Monument 14, along with a poster and some bookmarks.

Thanks so much to Danielle and everyone at With A Book, for hosting my report from the Fierce Reads Tour. If you live in Salt Lake City, come party with us tonight at King's English!

Thank-you Emmy for stopping by my blog with the great recap of your physical author tour! I wish I could go to one of the stops, it seems like so much fun. :) 

If you want to find out more about Emmy's book Monument 14 you can visit her website HERE
If you've already read Monument 14 you should go check out the short story prequel HERE
You can also find out more about her physical author tour with the other Fierce Reads authors HERE

Sunday, June 10, 2012

In My Mailbox (79) - BEA Style

Hey everyone! Sorry this is a little late today, I was in a car accident last night. Someone ran a red light and hit my car. I'm just a little bruised up and sore. Other then that I'm okay. However, it's just been a very long day. I just couldn't sleep last night. But I just had to put this up today. I'm so excited about all of these books, I even made this video while I'm only running on 2 hours of sleep. So I've looked much better in these videos, so don't judge.

My BEA recap post will be up on Tuesday! With pictures and more about my experiences in New York.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

John Green Abundance of Kathrine's Cover Reveal

Hey guys! I'm still getting every set back up after BEA. I'll have my recap post up next week and an IMM on Sunday. Till then I don't want to leave my blog empty, so I thought I would share a video with you.

While walking around the convention center I was reading twitter and notice John Green was going to be at penguin revealing a cover. Of course I had to stop by, while I haven't read his books yet I love his youtube videos! I actually got a GREAT spot to take a short video of the cover reveal so here it is!

Oh and just so you know, that is not me screaming. They were standing next to me so it's really close to the mic of my phone.

Till Sunday!

(Oh if your for some reason going to the Ceeloo Green concert in NJ on Saturday, I'll be preforming with a few students from my marching band, for the Microsoft store launch, I'll be playing the piccolo. Make sure you look for me!)


Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: Lucky Fools

Lucky FoolsLucky Fools
By: Coert Voorhees
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Release Date: July 10th 2012

Summary: David Ellison dreams of acting at Juilliard, but he's expected to attend nearby Stanford University, just like all of his classmates at hard-driving Oak Fields Prep. As if wasting his private school education weren't enough, David is also on track to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend, Ellen, when he finds himself falling for his new co-star, Vanessa. 

With David's Juilliard audition approaching, and his relationship teetering on the brink of disaster, Oak Fields is thrown into chaos as a mysterious prankster begins attacking the school's highest achievers, determined to sabotage their college aspirations. Anyone who excels is a potential target, and David, the star of every play, could be next.

From the author of the highly praised The Brothers Torres comes a dangerously insightful book about enduring the pressures of high school, surviving the ins and outs of love, and fighting for your dreams, no matter what.

Review: Lucky Fools drew me in because of it's summary. I'll be a senior in the fall and I have no idea what I want to do you college. David seemed just a confused as I am, expect he knows where he want's to go. He's just expected to go somewhere. There's a big difference from Juilliard and Stanford. Both amazing school but excel in different things. This is why I was connected to the book, he had college problems. Just like I do. 

While David is torn between school's he is also torn between girls. He has a long time girlfriend that he still loves, but is starting to have feels for his co-star Vanessa. I actually love love triangles, I like that feel they add to the novel. 

The main character David wasn't my favorite. I just didn't feel the connection to him. At first I thought it was because he was a male narrator but then I realized that wasn't it. He didn't grow at all in the novel until the very last chapters. He didn't have an layers or anything to give you that connection to him. 

The plot it's self was not bad. As I said above, I could connect to it because I'm going to be a senior in the fall. Yet one thing I don't think will happen to me is fighting for a chance to get into Stanford. When the school announces that only one student from each high-school can be accepted to the college the pressure on David gets even worse. While this sounds like an unbelievable situation, the author actually made it work. I really didn't think twice when I read it. 

Lucky Fools was a fun quick read. It's a novel that I would recommend to high-schooler's. I feel that they will be able to connect to the plot more then anyone else. It might even be able to help people that are put into between two schools as David is. It also has the cute romance for anyone who loves reading romance as I do. This is a really cute novel if it falls into a genre that you like. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Out for BEA until Thursday! If your going shoot me an email or a tweet and maybe we'll be able to meet up! I want to meet as many blogger as I can.

I have a few scheduled posts but since I'm traveling to New York City every day you probably won't see much of me until it is over. If you want to hear about my adventures before I post about them here, follow me on twitter! @withabook

I'll be taking as many pictures and video footage as possible so keep your eye out for that when I get back. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Stealing Parker

I loved Stealing Jordan I can't wait to see what this author does next!

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?


This one comes out on October 1st!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Great Gatsby Trailer

I know this is probably old news for you guys by now, but I just had to post this on here. 

The brand new, beautiful Great Gatsby Trailer! It's just so pretty and sparkly. I've had to have watched it at least 50 times by now. I'm just in love. If you don't remember I read The Great Gatsby for the first time in English this year and I'm just addicted. I've read it twice since the class, and it has to be one of my favorite books. Fitzgerald's writing was just amazing. I just love this book. But anyway on to the trailer!

Doesn't it just look perfect? I know so many people are upset and think it's going to be a disaster but they are just crazy! Leo is perfect for the role, actually he's perfect for any role. He can do anything. I've only seen Carey in An Education but she was really good in it, and from the trailer it seems like she pulled off Daisy. 

The only slight problem I have to far is with Nick. He's not my favorite actor and his voice in the beginning just seemed like he was trying to hard. But I'll try not to judge till I see the movie. 

I'm also happy with the director. He did Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet two of my favorite movies, and I can't wait to see what he does with the book. 

I haven't seen the older movie, but I'm going to try and watch it soon. 

What do you guys think of the trailer?


Friday, June 1, 2012

Review and Giveaway! Heart Waves by Danielle Sibarium

Hey guys! I'm kicking of the blog tour for the awesome novel by Danielle Sibarium. This is her second novel, For Always being her first which she published last year. And now to start the tour I have a review and giveaway of Heart Waves!

Heart Waves
Heart Waves
By Danielle Sibarium
Release Date: June 1st (Today!)

Summary: Jenna Kingsley has a gift. She knows things. With a simple touch she can pick up personal information from jewelry or objects. While at a neighbor’s party, a voice mesmerizes her. Jenna is momentarily frozen as a ring is placed in her hand. White electricity surges through her and a dire prediction is made. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. You’re going to break my heart.”

From the moment they meet Jenna is enchanted and entranced with Reece Walton. She’s thrilled to learn he’s spending the summer two houses away from hers. Every moment they spend together is magical. But she can’t get the prediction out of her mind. As the summer draws to a close and secrets are revealed, can Jenna get past the fear of being left with a broken heart to live in the moment with Reece or will her fear of being hurt fulfill the prophecy?

Review: Heart Waves was such a great novel because it appeals to so many different readers. Whether you are a fan of romance, paranormal or contemporary novels you will find something for you in Heart Waves. Since I'm a huge fan of all of these genres, you can only imagine how much I adored this book. I've always been a fast reader but something just kicked in while I was reading Heart Waves and I couldn't stop. I had reached the last page and was dying for the sequel in just one day. 

How can a fan of contemporary like a book with a paranormal twist? Well, the magic vibe was very hidden in the book. Yes in the first chapter Jenna makes a prediction about Reece and herself but the book doesn't revolve around Jenna's gift. Throughout the middle of the book it was Jenna dealing with life. Trying to realize if she should trust Reece, getting into a fight with her best friend, and everything a regular teenager goes through. At the end her gift comes up again and it sets itself up for a sequel, which you'll be itching for my the end. Yet, don't think this book isn't for you if you are not into paranormal. The contemporary feel that you know and love is there. Just as Danielle's first novel, For Always had. 

The romance in Heart Waves was so cute. I loved Jenna and Reece, they were perfect together. I'm a huge sucker for a good romance in novels and this one had it. The characters were also very relatable. Jenna felt like every other teenager, I could relate to so many things that happened to her. That's something that doesn't happen very often in books with a paranormal twist. 

Heart Waves is over-all a great novel that you will not want to pass up and if you haven't already you should pick up For Always while your at it. Danielle Sibarium's beautiful writing is something you don't want to miss. 

Now for the Giveaway for a signed copy of Heart Waves!

Fill out this form to enter! 

Also check out the trailer for Heart Waves!

Also make sure you go to the next stop on the Heart Waves Tour:
June 4th at for a guest post by Danielle Sibarium and another giveaway! 

You can also stop by Danielle's website (The author's not here haha) for another giveaway that includes a bunch of stuff from Point Pleasant NJ (where the novel was set)! 


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