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July 31, 2012

Cover Reveal: Options by Abbi Glines

Hey guys!
Today I'm honored to take part in the cover reveal for Options by Abbi Glines, one of my favorite indie authors out there. (If you recall, I mentioned her Vincent Boys series in my Favorite YA Contemps post.;)) Options is the first book in a a new YA Urban Fantasy trilogy to be released in 2013. I love Abbi's writing style so I'm very excited about this new trilogy!

So, here's the new cover (designed by Stephanie Mooney from Mooney Designs) and the blurb:

Release Date: February 5, 2013
(Eep! That's two days before my birthday!:D)

Goodreads:

Two paths.

Two completely different roads.

Each one standing before me.

Each one holding a different destiny.

In life you're just supposed to choose one path.

In life you're not given the chance at choosing one specific future.

Until now.

Until me.

Why am I different? I don't know. But I'm going to see those roads and walk down each one. When it's over I'll know which one to choose because I'll know my - options.


WOW! How gorgeous is this cover?! *stares* I love the vivid colors, the contrasts and all the elements! That tunnel is stunning - and maybe a little scary (does it even end?). I can't wait to see if/how it fits the story! And I'm really excited to find out all about the heroine's options - and what path she ends up choosing.

Add Options to your TBR lists ASAP. And if you haven't read anything by Abbi Glines before, do it. NOW.



Find Abbi Glines: Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


Happy reading!
xoxo

Cover Reveal: Options by Abbi Glines

Hey guys!
Today I'm honored to take part in the cover reveal for Options by Abbi Glines, one of my favorite indie authors out there. (If you recall, I mentioned her Vincent Boys series in my Favorite YA Contemps post.;)) Options is the first book in a a new YA Urban Fantasy trilogy to be released in 2013. I love Abbi's writing style so I'm very excited about this new trilogy!

So, here's the new cover (designed by Stephanie Mooney from Mooney Designs) and the blurb:

Release Date: February 5, 2013
(Eep! That's two days before my birthday!:D)

Goodreads:

Two paths.

Two completely different roads.

Each one standing before me.

Each one holding a different destiny.

In life you're just supposed to choose one path.

In life you're not given the chance at choosing one specific future.

Until now.

Until me.

Why am I different? I don't know. But I'm going to see those roads and walk down each one. When it's over I'll know which one to choose because I'll know my - options.


WOW! How gorgeous is this cover?! *stares* I love the vivid colors, the contrasts and all the elements! That tunnel is stunning - and maybe a little scary (does it even end?). I can't wait to see if/how it fits the story! And I'm really excited to find out all about the heroine's options - and what path she ends up choosing.

Add Options to your TBR lists ASAP. And if you haven't read anything by Abbi Glines before, do it. NOW.



Find Abbi Glines: Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


Happy reading!
xoxo

July 29, 2012

Giveway: Win a NOOK or a SONY e-Reader with Covet and Brazen Books at Entangled Publishing!

Hi guys!


Entangled Publishing is launching two new imprints and they are giving away two e-readers to celebrate. Woohoo! Check out their new, shiny, hot books and complete the Rafflecopter forms bellow to enter the giveaways!


COVET:
Contemporary romance with a paranormal twist.
Get ready to laugh, experience romance, and fall in love with this brand new take on paranormal books.

Covet is a digital only imprint from Entangled Publishing, an exclusive, boutique publisher of romantic fiction. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Entangled's goal is to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving both readers and authors the best of both worlds. Get more information at www.entangledpublishing.com.


Deceiving the Witch Next Door

Length: 291 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-952-3
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Covet

Storie Bell has a little secret—she’s a witch. But magic hasn’t exactly kept her life from being a complete mess—her love life is non-existent and the town thinks she’s a total nutter. Plus there’s her neighbor Reid Malone who runs hot one minute and cold the next.

Reid Malone can’t wait to escape Bloomington, Texas. Unfortunately, he’s stuck where he is unless he helps his father hide a very illegal secret. The only key to Reid’s freedom lies with the eccentric Storie…and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the information he needs from her.

But Reid’s holding something back. Something big. And if he’s not careful, he’ll find out exactly what when you try to deceive a witch…

Now on AMAZON only $2.99



Take it Like a Vamp

Length: 293 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-950-9
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Covet

Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.

But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?

Now on AMAZON only $2.99!



Tall, Dark, and Divine


Length: 291 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-953-0
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Covet

Eros, the Greek god of love, swore off the useless emotion after his ex ran off with some Viking godling. He’s lost all interest in his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, until he spots the sweet baker who works across the street. Before she stirs his sullen heart, he’ll match her and get back to his ambrosia-laced wine in no time.

Lonely baker Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds exactly like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter, workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.

Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.

 Now on AMAZON only $2.99

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 August 2012!


***


BRAZEN: the naughty little sister of our Indulgence line.
Brazen publishes steamy category romances that blend young, fresh voices, and explore the more seductive side of modern relationships.

Brazen is a digital only imprint from Entangled Publishing, an exclusive, boutique publisher of romantic fiction. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Entangled's goal is to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving both readers and authors the best of both worlds. Get more information at www.entangledpublishing.com


Wrong Bed, Right Guy

Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 249 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-951-6
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Brazen

Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she’s been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he’s completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother’s matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan—buy some lingerie and climb into her boss’s bed. The plan goes brilliantly…until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead.

Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started. Though her holier-than-thou attitude puts a serious damper on his mood, Gabe’s never been one to give up on something he wants. And he wants Elle. But does a man who lives on the dark side really have a chance with a proper lady?

Buy from Barnes & Noble / Amazon for only $2.99


Seducing Cinderella

Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 277 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-949-3
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Brazen

Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.

Soon Reid finds himself in the fight of his life…winning Lucie’s heart before she gives it to someone else.

Buy from Barnes & Noble / Amazon for only $2.99

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 17 August 2012!

Good luck everyone and happy reading!

xoxo


Giveway: Win a NOOK or a SONY e-Reader with Covet and Brazen Books at Entangled Publishing!

Hi guys!


Entangled Publishing is launching two new imprints and they are giving away two e-readers to celebrate. Woohoo! Check out their new, shiny, hot books and complete the Rafflecopter forms bellow to enter the giveaways!


COVET:
Contemporary romance with a paranormal twist.
Get ready to laugh, experience romance, and fall in love with this brand new take on paranormal books.

Covet is a digital only imprint from Entangled Publishing, an exclusive, boutique publisher of romantic fiction. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Entangled's goal is to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving both readers and authors the best of both worlds. Get more information at www.entangledpublishing.com.


Deceiving the Witch Next Door

Length: 291 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-952-3
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Covet

Storie Bell has a little secret—she’s a witch. But magic hasn’t exactly kept her life from being a complete mess—her love life is non-existent and the town thinks she’s a total nutter. Plus there’s her neighbor Reid Malone who runs hot one minute and cold the next.

Reid Malone can’t wait to escape Bloomington, Texas. Unfortunately, he’s stuck where he is unless he helps his father hide a very illegal secret. The only key to Reid’s freedom lies with the eccentric Storie…and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the information he needs from her.

But Reid’s holding something back. Something big. And if he’s not careful, he’ll find out exactly what when you try to deceive a witch…

Now on AMAZON only $2.99



Take it Like a Vamp

Length: 293 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-950-9
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Covet

Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.

But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?

Now on AMAZON only $2.99!



Tall, Dark, and Divine


Length: 291 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-953-0
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Covet

Eros, the Greek god of love, swore off the useless emotion after his ex ran off with some Viking godling. He’s lost all interest in his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, until he spots the sweet baker who works across the street. Before she stirs his sullen heart, he’ll match her and get back to his ambrosia-laced wine in no time.

Lonely baker Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds exactly like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter, workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.

Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.

 Now on AMAZON only $2.99

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 August 2012!


***


BRAZEN: the naughty little sister of our Indulgence line.
Brazen publishes steamy category romances that blend young, fresh voices, and explore the more seductive side of modern relationships.

Brazen is a digital only imprint from Entangled Publishing, an exclusive, boutique publisher of romantic fiction. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Entangled's goal is to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving both readers and authors the best of both worlds. Get more information at www.entangledpublishing.com


Wrong Bed, Right Guy

Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 249 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-951-6
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Brazen

Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she’s been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he’s completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother’s matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan—buy some lingerie and climb into her boss’s bed. The plan goes brilliantly…until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead.

Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started. Though her holier-than-thou attitude puts a serious damper on his mood, Gabe’s never been one to give up on something he wants. And he wants Elle. But does a man who lives on the dark side really have a chance with a proper lady?

Buy from Barnes & Noble / Amazon for only $2.99


Seducing Cinderella

Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 277 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-949-3
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Brazen

Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.

Soon Reid finds himself in the fight of his life…winning Lucie’s heart before she gives it to someone else.

Buy from Barnes & Noble / Amazon for only $2.99

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 17 August 2012!

Good luck everyone and happy reading!

xoxo


Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Hey guys!

How are you all doing? I haven't abandoned you (again), I've been in a  a little vacation this past week. And here's a book I got to read and really enjoyed:

Team Human

by Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan


Published: July 3rd 2012
by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Goodreads:

Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity.

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.



My thoughts:

What a delightful read! Quick, fast-paced and lots of fun, Team Human is a treat for vampire lovers and readers who’ve had enough of vampires alike. An all around awesome read!:)

You know those books where the naive heroine falls in love with the supernatural being, despite him being all scary, dark and deadly, and there’s the best friend who tries to wake her up to reality and make her realize that what she’s doing is all sorts of wrong and dangerous? Well, this book is told from that BFF’s POV, which was unique, refreshing, interesting and oh, so hilarious! We get to see the romantic, dreamy love story as well as the outsider’s take on it. Like I said, lots of fun!

Despite being a tad different and having different interests in life, Mel and Cathy have always been best friends. All’s nice and good in their normal high school life (well, as normal as life can be in a vamp city). They keep to themselves and the vamps stay in their creepy side of the city. And then along comes Francis (I know, right?*) – and everything changes. Cathy’s little obsession with vampires becomes too much – she falls in love with him  instantly (insta-love? check!): he’s handsome, an old school vampire and likes the same things she likes. They’re so perfect for each other and she’s sure she’s finally found her soul mate! *face palm* Their relationship and adoration is so out there and sweet and um… cheesy (and a bit cliché), it’s almost nauseating to watch (and I'm not saying that in a bad way). Of course, the authors put all this in such a way that you can’t not be thoroughly amused by it!:))

“Pleasure to make your acquaintance.”
That was all he said. He gave yet another tiny head bow, then turned and walked away to the principal’s office or the little vampire’s room or wherever. I didn’t care. I had other things to worry about.
Namely Cathy, her big dark eyes open wide and glowing as if she had fireflies trapped inside her head.
“This year is going to be amazing,” she said with deep conviction.
Yeah. We were in trouble.

Except Mel is not amused. She’s disappointed. Aggravated. Annoyed. Incredulous. She can’t believe her BFF falls for all that old school nonsense. And she’s set to do her best to make her see things her way – the right way - before it’s too late and she makes something stupid she can’t reverse. 

Cathy’s eyes were bigger and shinier than ever. There would be no switching classes. I was going to have to keep watch over Cathy. I wondered how her mom would feel about me moving in.

But the more Mel tries to point out Francis’s flaws and to keep her away from him, the more Cathy loves him and becomes engrossed in that dreadful, obsessive relationship. It’s all so irritating (but so damn hilarious to read!). 

“He could be a vampire.”
“Yeah, I can see it,” I said. “He moves with the predatory grace of a penguin."


He had the kind of looks that made normal sensible thoughts turn into stupid poetry: hair like sunlight trapped in shadows and eyes that were an insane cornflower blue. A face like a sculpture on a tomb, all clean white perfect lines.

On top of that, she gets caught up in a crime mystery and before she realizes it, she’s way over her head. There are vampires, zombies, a may be murderer  and possibly Francis and his vamp family involved – yikes!

Thanks God there’s this funny, nice, sweet boy that seems to be as disturbed all this vamp nonsense as she is – despite him living with them and all. Maybe there’s a chance for thing to work out, after all. (that's all I'm saying about him, but I LOVED him! I mean, for once, I was Team Human as well. :D)

This book was like a parody of all the vamps books out there, that’s why I’m saying you can’t not enjoy it! Plot-wise, there’s not much going on (of course, there’s that mystery and a possible murder, but still… It’s lighter that your usual vampire story). Anyway, that’s not the point of this story. It's supposed to be light and fun! 

He did sound English, but it was hard to tell with older vampires, because in the past lots of rich Americans sounded English. Most vampires claimed to have been royalty or one of the Astors or something equally snotty. Astonishing how few peasants and regular people got vamped back in the olden days, when it wasn’t regulated.

Mel is such a great heroine, I loved reading from her POV! She’s smart, witty and she has the best lines. Of course, she’s also determined, caring and very loyal to her friends – she’d do anything to help them. There’s a little romance for her as well, a romance so much nicer and easier to take! LOL 

I shot to my feet and grabbed her hands. “I’ll kill him.”
Cathy’s shoulders shook. “I—I—”
“I’m taking the un out of undead. I swear,” I said.

So if you want a quick, different, highly entertaining read about vampires, give this book a try - you won't be disappointed!;)

*The vampire inclined his head to both of us in a way I knew Cathy would shortly be describing as “courtly.”
“Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Francis Duvarney.”
“Heh, Francis,” I said.
The cornflower eyes iced over.
“Not funny,” I continued. “Obviously. Not a funny name. Does anyone ever call you Frank? Frankie?”
“No,” he said, the word coming down like an icicle dropped on my head from a height, though he wasn’t all that tall.

And one of my favorites: 

Let’s examine what a prize that [becoming a vampire] is one more time: no more direct sunlight ever again, no more laughter. You get eternity, but you don’t have the sense of humor to enjoy it! Also, vampires don’t eat food. You never get to eat chocolate again. Ever.
I’d rather die.
All the vampire wannabes and vamposeurs mystify me. Who would choose the possibility of immortality over chocolate?

Go Team Human, right?:))


Get the book: Amazon  / Book Depository
Find the authors: Justine Larbalestier: Website / Blog / Twitter
Sarah Rees Brennan: Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr


Happy reading!

xoxo



Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Hey guys!

How are you all doing? I haven't abandoned you (again), I've been in a  a little vacation this past week. And here's a book I got to read and really enjoyed:

Team Human

by Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan


Published: July 3rd 2012
by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Goodreads:

Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity.

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.



My thoughts:

What a delightful read! Quick, fast-paced and lots of fun, Team Human is a treat for vampire lovers and readers who’ve had enough of vampires alike. An all around awesome read!:)

You know those books where the naive heroine falls in love with the supernatural being, despite him being all scary, dark and deadly, and there’s the best friend who tries to wake her up to reality and make her realize that what she’s doing is all sorts of wrong and dangerous? Well, this book is told from that BFF’s POV, which was unique, refreshing, interesting and oh, so hilarious! We get to see the romantic, dreamy love story as well as the outsider’s take on it. Like I said, lots of fun!

Despite being a tad different and having different interests in life, Mel and Cathy have always been best friends. All’s nice and good in their normal high school life (well, as normal as life can be in a vamp city). They keep to themselves and the vamps stay in their creepy side of the city. And then along comes Francis (I know, right?*) – and everything changes. Cathy’s little obsession with vampires becomes too much – she falls in love with him  instantly (insta-love? check!): he’s handsome, an old school vampire and likes the same things she likes. They’re so perfect for each other and she’s sure she’s finally found her soul mate! *face palm* Their relationship and adoration is so out there and sweet and um… cheesy (and a bit cliché), it’s almost nauseating to watch (and I'm not saying that in a bad way). Of course, the authors put all this in such a way that you can’t not be thoroughly amused by it!:))

“Pleasure to make your acquaintance.”
That was all he said. He gave yet another tiny head bow, then turned and walked away to the principal’s office or the little vampire’s room or wherever. I didn’t care. I had other things to worry about.
Namely Cathy, her big dark eyes open wide and glowing as if she had fireflies trapped inside her head.
“This year is going to be amazing,” she said with deep conviction.
Yeah. We were in trouble.

Except Mel is not amused. She’s disappointed. Aggravated. Annoyed. Incredulous. She can’t believe her BFF falls for all that old school nonsense. And she’s set to do her best to make her see things her way – the right way - before it’s too late and she makes something stupid she can’t reverse. 

Cathy’s eyes were bigger and shinier than ever. There would be no switching classes. I was going to have to keep watch over Cathy. I wondered how her mom would feel about me moving in.

But the more Mel tries to point out Francis’s flaws and to keep her away from him, the more Cathy loves him and becomes engrossed in that dreadful, obsessive relationship. It’s all so irritating (but so damn hilarious to read!). 

“He could be a vampire.”
“Yeah, I can see it,” I said. “He moves with the predatory grace of a penguin."


He had the kind of looks that made normal sensible thoughts turn into stupid poetry: hair like sunlight trapped in shadows and eyes that were an insane cornflower blue. A face like a sculpture on a tomb, all clean white perfect lines.

On top of that, she gets caught up in a crime mystery and before she realizes it, she’s way over her head. There are vampires, zombies, a may be murderer  and possibly Francis and his vamp family involved – yikes!

Thanks God there’s this funny, nice, sweet boy that seems to be as disturbed all this vamp nonsense as she is – despite him living with them and all. Maybe there’s a chance for thing to work out, after all. (that's all I'm saying about him, but I LOVED him! I mean, for once, I was Team Human as well. :D)

This book was like a parody of all the vamps books out there, that’s why I’m saying you can’t not enjoy it! Plot-wise, there’s not much going on (of course, there’s that mystery and a possible murder, but still… It’s lighter that your usual vampire story). Anyway, that’s not the point of this story. It's supposed to be light and fun! 

He did sound English, but it was hard to tell with older vampires, because in the past lots of rich Americans sounded English. Most vampires claimed to have been royalty or one of the Astors or something equally snotty. Astonishing how few peasants and regular people got vamped back in the olden days, when it wasn’t regulated.

Mel is such a great heroine, I loved reading from her POV! She’s smart, witty and she has the best lines. Of course, she’s also determined, caring and very loyal to her friends – she’d do anything to help them. There’s a little romance for her as well, a romance so much nicer and easier to take! LOL 

I shot to my feet and grabbed her hands. “I’ll kill him.”
Cathy’s shoulders shook. “I—I—”
“I’m taking the un out of undead. I swear,” I said.

So if you want a quick, different, highly entertaining read about vampires, give this book a try - you won't be disappointed!;)

*The vampire inclined his head to both of us in a way I knew Cathy would shortly be describing as “courtly.”
“Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Francis Duvarney.”
“Heh, Francis,” I said.
The cornflower eyes iced over.
“Not funny,” I continued. “Obviously. Not a funny name. Does anyone ever call you Frank? Frankie?”
“No,” he said, the word coming down like an icicle dropped on my head from a height, though he wasn’t all that tall.

And one of my favorites: 

Let’s examine what a prize that [becoming a vampire] is one more time: no more direct sunlight ever again, no more laughter. You get eternity, but you don’t have the sense of humor to enjoy it! Also, vampires don’t eat food. You never get to eat chocolate again. Ever.
I’d rather die.
All the vampire wannabes and vamposeurs mystify me. Who would choose the possibility of immortality over chocolate?

Go Team Human, right?:))


Get the book: Amazon  / Book Depository
Find the authors: Justine Larbalestier: Website / Blog / Twitter
Sarah Rees Brennan: Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr


Happy reading!

xoxo



July 20, 2012

Quick Note on the YA Crush Tourney - Part 2 (#TeamAiden)



Update:
So, after invading Twitter (and probably driving people crazy) with our #TeamAiden tweets, Aiden won his first match. *throws confetti* It was a tight one, the competition was fierce and both Aiden and Ash were in the lead at some point. There was a very little difference of votes in the end. Anyway, our boy Aiden won, but... The real challenge just now begins, because in the next match, he's going to be against Dimtri. Yes, that Dimitri. Vampire Academy, YA idol, vampire extraordinaire, perfect book boyfriend, years worth fanbase Dimtri. *gulp* I know he has a lot of devoted fans around here (even in Romania), but, just like I said in the last year's Heroine Tournament when Rose (same Vampire Academy) went against Alex (The Covenant series) AND ALEX WON, I think it's time for other hero to shine and be up there in the top. VA is already finished (no, Bloodlines doesn't count here) and if there's anyone worth going against Dimtri in a fair fight and if there's anyone worth of our love and loyalty from now on (remember, this is only the beginning with The Covenant Series), then that's Aiden. But, don't worry, I'll make a special , convincing post for the match right before the big battle. LOL


For now, visit Jennifer L. Armentrout's blog to read the incentives we got after all those votes. And our winning prize: Aiden's POV from Pure.
Enjoy!
Till next time!;)



*****


'Morning everyone!


Once again, I'm here supporting one of my favorite characters ever! Oh, how I love the YA Crush Tourney - I get to remember why I love so much particular characters and to find new book crushes. Fun! And today we have a suuuper intense match: Ash (The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa) vs Aiden (The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout). I know, right? How did this even happen?! *thud* They're both strong, swoon-worthy, very loved characters! (ZOMG can you imagine an actual battle between the two of them? With all the ice and fire and badassery going on? *dies*)

Anyway...

Today I'm all about #TeamAiden. And here's why (and why I think you should vote for him in this match as well):



I'm not a  big fan of the (High) Fantasy genre (I'm more a Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance kind of girl), I can count the Fantasy books I read and actually liked on one hand. The Iron Fey series is one of them, and Ash had a big role in me enjoying that series. Especially after The Iron Knight, it was impossible not to love him. I get chills just thinking about it. BUT. Then along came Aiden, and suddenly I was like 'Ash, who?' 
Seriously, there's so much to his character, that I don't even know where to begin. In one word, he's PERFECT. (And I don't say that easily. Trust me.)



If you were here last year when I went crazy supporting Alex in the YA Heroine Tournament, you already know that I LOVE the Covenant series. It's one of the few YA series I got all fangirly about. Really, I couldn't talk enough about it and I couldn't push enough people to read it. (BTW, you're welcome;)). It's fun, original, intense and super badass. Awesome writing, great characters, sizzling romance, killer action (pun intended). My kind of series. <3

Now, I'm not going to get into details on why I think Aiden is a perfect crush. I might need a few hours and a way too long blog post to do that. But his advocate in this tourney, Kaileigh, did a fab job in representing him and telling you all about his awesomeness: Here's a preview:

*Aiden is one of the strongest characters you will ever read about. He is fiercely protective and always out to protect the ones he loves.

"I have to. I told you before I'd never let anything happen to you. I meant it."

*Aiden will always do what is right even if it means sacrificing himself.

"I kissed her like I was never going to see her again, because in a way, I wasn’t. Not this way, and as much as that killed me, I knew the difference between what felt right. And what was actually right."

*Aiden always sees the best in everyone.

"She was so incredibly strong and I couldn't fathom how she didn't know that."

*Aiden always fights for what he believes in. No matter how dangerous it might be.

"If the Gods want a war they'll have one."

“Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule. You’ll become the centerof someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.”

And when it comes to his looks, he couldn't be more perfect, and I think you ladies would agree with me: he's tall, dark, drop dead gorgeous and his storm colored eyes turn to shades of silver when he feels strong emotions. *swoon*

He's a very intense character with a will so strong, it makes my heart clench. There are so many instances throughout the series when any other character would have just given up or snapped, but not Aiden. He's too perfect and cares too much to do that. Also, he has badass skills and can control Fire. Not to mention that if there's ever anyone capable of making you cry, smile, laugh, swoon, melt, cheer, curse, go crazy, all in a very short time, that's Aiden.

Anyway, read Kailegh's very convincing article HERE. There's also an International giveaway at the end of that post. Just sayin'. ;)

Ok, this 'quick' note is already getting too long. Oops!

But I really, really, reaaaally need you all to vote for Aiden today because he really deserves to win this match! I know that Ash is awesome, I love him too, but... Wasn't his time to shine like two years ago? I mean, c'mon, his story is already over. Aiden is all fresh and gorgeous and right here, getting better and lovelier with every book. Why wouldn't you vote for him? Hmm???


And in case my rambling and Kaileigh's post aren't convincing enough for you, here's what Jennifer has to offer: 

250 Votes: Aiden Teaser from Deity


500 Votes: Seth Teaser from Deity


750 Votes: Onyx ARC (Pepe, Sztelle, Jen) randomly given out


800 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity


1000 Votes: Swag Pack of awesomeness given out


1500 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity


1750 Votes: Aiden Teaser from Deity


2000 Votes: Cookie Scene in film (special feature from Onyx)


If Aiden wins his first round, I will do the zoo/car scene from Pure from him POV!

Did you get the part about the zoo/car scene from his POV??? *hyperventilates*


Need I say more here? GO. VOTE. NOW.



Oh, and if you haven't even read this series yet, what are you waiting for???*gives the virtual equivalent of a death stare* 

Here's to hoping we see Aiden in the next match!

Happy weekend!
xoxo

Quick Note on the YA Crush Tourney - Part 2 (#TeamAiden)



Update:
So, after invading Twitter (and probably driving people crazy) with our #TeamAiden tweets, Aiden won his first match. *throws confetti* It was a tight one, the competition was fierce and both Aiden and Ash were in the lead at some point. There was a very little difference of votes in the end. Anyway, our boy Aiden won, but... The real challenge just now begins, because in the next match, he's going to be against Dimtri. Yes, that Dimitri. Vampire Academy, YA idol, vampire extraordinaire, perfect book boyfriend, years worth fanbase Dimtri. *gulp* I know he has a lot of devoted fans around here (even in Romania), but, just like I said in the last year's Heroine Tournament when Rose (same Vampire Academy) went against Alex (The Covenant series) AND ALEX WON, I think it's time for other hero to shine and be up there in the top. VA is already finished (no, Bloodlines doesn't count here) and if there's anyone worth going against Dimtri in a fair fight and if there's anyone worth of our love and loyalty from now on (remember, this is only the beginning with The Covenant Series), then that's Aiden. But, don't worry, I'll make a special , convincing post for the match right before the big battle. LOL


For now, visit Jennifer L. Armentrout's blog to read the incentives we got after all those votes. And our winning prize: Aiden's POV from Pure.
Enjoy!
Till next time!;)



*****


'Morning everyone!


Once again, I'm here supporting one of my favorite characters ever! Oh, how I love the YA Crush Tourney - I get to remember why I love so much particular characters and to find new book crushes. Fun! And today we have a suuuper intense match: Ash (The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa) vs Aiden (The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout). I know, right? How did this even happen?! *thud* They're both strong, swoon-worthy, very loved characters! (ZOMG can you imagine an actual battle between the two of them? With all the ice and fire and badassery going on? *dies*)

Anyway...

Today I'm all about #TeamAiden. And here's why (and why I think you should vote for him in this match as well):



I'm not a  big fan of the (High) Fantasy genre (I'm more a Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance kind of girl), I can count the Fantasy books I read and actually liked on one hand. The Iron Fey series is one of them, and Ash had a big role in me enjoying that series. Especially after The Iron Knight, it was impossible not to love him. I get chills just thinking about it. BUT. Then along came Aiden, and suddenly I was like 'Ash, who?' 
Seriously, there's so much to his character, that I don't even know where to begin. In one word, he's PERFECT. (And I don't say that easily. Trust me.)



If you were here last year when I went crazy supporting Alex in the YA Heroine Tournament, you already know that I LOVE the Covenant series. It's one of the few YA series I got all fangirly about. Really, I couldn't talk enough about it and I couldn't push enough people to read it. (BTW, you're welcome;)). It's fun, original, intense and super badass. Awesome writing, great characters, sizzling romance, killer action (pun intended). My kind of series. <3

Now, I'm not going to get into details on why I think Aiden is a perfect crush. I might need a few hours and a way too long blog post to do that. But his advocate in this tourney, Kaileigh, did a fab job in representing him and telling you all about his awesomeness: Here's a preview:

*Aiden is one of the strongest characters you will ever read about. He is fiercely protective and always out to protect the ones he loves.

"I have to. I told you before I'd never let anything happen to you. I meant it."

*Aiden will always do what is right even if it means sacrificing himself.

"I kissed her like I was never going to see her again, because in a way, I wasn’t. Not this way, and as much as that killed me, I knew the difference between what felt right. And what was actually right."

*Aiden always sees the best in everyone.

"She was so incredibly strong and I couldn't fathom how she didn't know that."

*Aiden always fights for what he believes in. No matter how dangerous it might be.

"If the Gods want a war they'll have one."

“Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule. You’ll become the centerof someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.”

And when it comes to his looks, he couldn't be more perfect, and I think you ladies would agree with me: he's tall, dark, drop dead gorgeous and his storm colored eyes turn to shades of silver when he feels strong emotions. *swoon*

He's a very intense character with a will so strong, it makes my heart clench. There are so many instances throughout the series when any other character would have just given up or snapped, but not Aiden. He's too perfect and cares too much to do that. Also, he has badass skills and can control Fire. Not to mention that if there's ever anyone capable of making you cry, smile, laugh, swoon, melt, cheer, curse, go crazy, all in a very short time, that's Aiden.

Anyway, read Kailegh's very convincing article HERE. There's also an International giveaway at the end of that post. Just sayin'. ;)

Ok, this 'quick' note is already getting too long. Oops!

But I really, really, reaaaally need you all to vote for Aiden today because he really deserves to win this match! I know that Ash is awesome, I love him too, but... Wasn't his time to shine like two years ago? I mean, c'mon, his story is already over. Aiden is all fresh and gorgeous and right here, getting better and lovelier with every book. Why wouldn't you vote for him? Hmm???


And in case my rambling and Kaileigh's post aren't convincing enough for you, here's what Jennifer has to offer: 

250 Votes: Aiden Teaser from Deity


500 Votes: Seth Teaser from Deity


750 Votes: Onyx ARC (Pepe, Sztelle, Jen) randomly given out


800 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity


1000 Votes: Swag Pack of awesomeness given out


1500 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity


1750 Votes: Aiden Teaser from Deity


2000 Votes: Cookie Scene in film (special feature from Onyx)


If Aiden wins his first round, I will do the zoo/car scene from Pure from him POV!

Did you get the part about the zoo/car scene from his POV??? *hyperventilates*


Need I say more here? GO. VOTE. NOW.



Oh, and if you haven't even read this series yet, what are you waiting for???*gives the virtual equivalent of a death stare* 

Here's to hoping we see Aiden in the next match!

Happy weekend!
xoxo

July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (7/18)

Hey guys!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.
*WoW button courtesy to Danny @  Bewitched Bookworms

This week, I'm looking forward to...

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)

by Kresley Cole


Release Date: October 2nd 2012 
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 384 pages

Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future.

Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…

Eep! I'm so excited about this one! I already spotted a few glowing reviews here and there, but we're talking Kresley Cole here, so of course this book is going to be awesome! I came to her books really late (I did a marathon of her Immortal After Dark series and read all books back to back this past spring) and I became addicted to her writing! I can't wait to see her take on YA. She's fabulous at creating original worlds, witty, kick-ass characters and sizzling romance! So, strong heroine, gorgeous and dangerous hero, ancient prophecies and the good ol' battle between good and evil? WIN!

What are you waiting on this week?

xoxo

Waiting on Wednesday (7/18)

Hey guys!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.
*WoW button courtesy to Danny @  Bewitched Bookworms

This week, I'm looking forward to...

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)

by Kresley Cole


Release Date: October 2nd 2012 
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 384 pages

Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future.

Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…

Eep! I'm so excited about this one! I already spotted a few glowing reviews here and there, but we're talking Kresley Cole here, so of course this book is going to be awesome! I came to her books really late (I did a marathon of her Immortal After Dark series and read all books back to back this past spring) and I became addicted to her writing! I can't wait to see her take on YA. She's fabulous at creating original worlds, witty, kick-ass characters and sizzling romance! So, strong heroine, gorgeous and dangerous hero, ancient prophecies and the good ol' battle between good and evil? WIN!

What are you waiting on this week?

xoxo

Review: Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Hey!

Over You

by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus


Pub: August 21st 2012
by HarperTeen
Hardcover, 304 pages

Goodreads:

After the grand explosion of her relationship, seventeen-year-old Max Scott developed what every girl in the history of the world has been waiting for: a way to get over being dumped. Now Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when her ex unexpectedly shows up in her neighborhood, Max’s carefully controlled world starts to unravel. With her clients’ hearts hanging in the balance, Max will have to do the seemingly impossible: get over him once and for all.

Brilliant at bringing humor to the trials and tribulations of the lovestruck, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have crafted a tale that will resonate with any girl who has ever been in love or had her heart broken. It brims with smart observations, features a pitch-perfect teen voice, and will attract fans of Jenny Han, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Barnholdt. Readers are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp spin on breaking up, making up, and getting even.


This was a fun, quick, chic read! It’s the kind of book you read by the pool, sipping a cool cocktail and daydreaming about cute boys, big cities, fancy fashion, parties and vacations... A perfect summer read! (after all the tragic, intense books I’ve read lately, I really needed something light and entertaining).

Told in 3rd person POV, Over You is a contemporary story about friendship, young love, relationships, break-ups, broken hearts and learning to move on.

I haven’t read many Young Adult books told in 3rd person POV before, so it took me a little while to get used to the writing style. But once I got into the story, I started to really enjoy it and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it! Of course, it also helped that Max was a very likeable character and it was easy to relate to her.  She’s smart, sassy, independent, confident, determined and a lot of fun to follow around! She’s always up to something, always in action. She started her own business - granted, it’s not really a business, more like a means to help girls in post-break-up distress, but still - she’s put to work some pretty impressive entrepreneurial skills.

Max sighs contentedly as she makes her way to Union Square, her tasks for the night completed. She relishes the feeling of being worn out by a full day of work, looks forward to getting into bed and waking up fresh tomorrow to tackle this new challenge of getting Bridget over the boy-next-door. Which is way worse than boy-from-camp, boy-in-school-play, or even boy-in-homeroom. She’s learned that there’s bound to be a strategy, she just has to think long and hard and shake down what the world has to offer.

She always tries to find the best solution for everything, but she’s also caring and reliable, so people look up to her and ask for her help frequently (I could have used a friend like her back in high school):

“This is your schedule,” Max says forcefully. “Up! Out of bed! And directly downstairs to the kitchen for a sugar-free caffeine beverage—”
“Sugar free?” Bridget asks through a mouthful of egg.
“No Coke. No Red Bull. No Frappuccinos. We can’t risk you getting artificially hyped and doing something ill advised.”[…] Little known fact: dehydration and depression go hand in hand.” She flashes a rapid succession of slides. “Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Courtney Love. Crazy? Maybe. Depressed? Probably. Dehydrated? Definitely. It’s astounding how the lack of electrolytes can suck a girl’s mojo. In conclusion, every morning, without fail. Caffeine. Protein. Shower. Real clothes. Water. CPSRW. I’m tacking it to the ceiling over your bed.”

She and her crew are always planning or working on something, so there’s no dull moment throughout the book. Max is resourceful, intuitive and likes to have everything under control – and if she doesn’t, she acts like she does – there’s people counting on her, after all. She’s positive and creative and always has a back-up plan. Or she used to – up until now.

Their latest case proves to be a little more challenging that the previous ones they’ve worked on. There may be more people and *gasp!* even some real feelings involved. So everything starts to be a little more complicated. 
Max had to moved a lot over the years, so she didn’t get the chance to build strong relationships.  Now it’s easier for her to just keep a cool façade and not to get attached to anyone. So when she faces what her ‘clients’ endure everyday and her perfect image begins to slip, her life gets a bit out of control and suddenly there’s too much to handle on her own. 

Guys are so confusing! She looks over at the pile of bananas. It’s so clear which fruit are good and which ones are rotten. You can see it before you make your investment. Why can’t boys be more like bananas? Why do you have to put your heart out there before you find out you picked a bad one?

She’s the kind of girl who always knows what to say and how to make people feel better, but when it comes to her own personal problems, she struggles to find a solution, to use her own advice or to  actually trust someone. But that’s when she starts to realize what she’s been missing all along; who cares about her and is always there for her, no matter how much she tries to keep them at a safe distance. Because, after all, there’s always more to a story than meets the eye. 

Since the story was told in 3rd person POV, we got some glimpses from other characters as well, which was refreshing and interesting, but in the same time, a little confusing. You get caught up in Max’s story and then BAM! There’s Taylor pacing around the room, talking to his best friend and having second thoughts about… something (spoiler). And then BAM! There’s Ben not wanting to admit that he has feelings for someone. And then we’re back to Max. Without any warning. Anyway, these sequences were few and far between and in the end, proved to be very helpful for the conclusion of the story, but still, they were confusing. 

Ok, bottom line: we have humor, wit, fashion, romance, friendship, loyalty, likeable characters, original plot and a writing that flows effortlessly - all the ingredients necessary for a delightful summer read! (actually, this is a perfect read for those days when you need a breather from all the dramas and paranormals and dystopians and post-apocalyptics and the like;)).


*Review copy provided by the publisher HarperCollins and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you!
**All quotes were selected from the Advanced Reader e-proof and they might be different in the final published edition. 

Happy reading!
xoxo

Review: Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Hey!

Over You

by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus


Pub: August 21st 2012
by HarperTeen
Hardcover, 304 pages

Goodreads:

After the grand explosion of her relationship, seventeen-year-old Max Scott developed what every girl in the history of the world has been waiting for: a way to get over being dumped. Now Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when her ex unexpectedly shows up in her neighborhood, Max’s carefully controlled world starts to unravel. With her clients’ hearts hanging in the balance, Max will have to do the seemingly impossible: get over him once and for all.

Brilliant at bringing humor to the trials and tribulations of the lovestruck, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have crafted a tale that will resonate with any girl who has ever been in love or had her heart broken. It brims with smart observations, features a pitch-perfect teen voice, and will attract fans of Jenny Han, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Barnholdt. Readers are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp spin on breaking up, making up, and getting even.


This was a fun, quick, chic read! It’s the kind of book you read by the pool, sipping a cool cocktail and daydreaming about cute boys, big cities, fancy fashion, parties and vacations... A perfect summer read! (after all the tragic, intense books I’ve read lately, I really needed something light and entertaining).

Told in 3rd person POV, Over You is a contemporary story about friendship, young love, relationships, break-ups, broken hearts and learning to move on.

I haven’t read many Young Adult books told in 3rd person POV before, so it took me a little while to get used to the writing style. But once I got into the story, I started to really enjoy it and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it! Of course, it also helped that Max was a very likeable character and it was easy to relate to her.  She’s smart, sassy, independent, confident, determined and a lot of fun to follow around! She’s always up to something, always in action. She started her own business - granted, it’s not really a business, more like a means to help girls in post-break-up distress, but still - she’s put to work some pretty impressive entrepreneurial skills.

Max sighs contentedly as she makes her way to Union Square, her tasks for the night completed. She relishes the feeling of being worn out by a full day of work, looks forward to getting into bed and waking up fresh tomorrow to tackle this new challenge of getting Bridget over the boy-next-door. Which is way worse than boy-from-camp, boy-in-school-play, or even boy-in-homeroom. She’s learned that there’s bound to be a strategy, she just has to think long and hard and shake down what the world has to offer.

She always tries to find the best solution for everything, but she’s also caring and reliable, so people look up to her and ask for her help frequently (I could have used a friend like her back in high school):

“This is your schedule,” Max says forcefully. “Up! Out of bed! And directly downstairs to the kitchen for a sugar-free caffeine beverage—”
“Sugar free?” Bridget asks through a mouthful of egg.
“No Coke. No Red Bull. No Frappuccinos. We can’t risk you getting artificially hyped and doing something ill advised.”[…] Little known fact: dehydration and depression go hand in hand.” She flashes a rapid succession of slides. “Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Courtney Love. Crazy? Maybe. Depressed? Probably. Dehydrated? Definitely. It’s astounding how the lack of electrolytes can suck a girl’s mojo. In conclusion, every morning, without fail. Caffeine. Protein. Shower. Real clothes. Water. CPSRW. I’m tacking it to the ceiling over your bed.”

She and her crew are always planning or working on something, so there’s no dull moment throughout the book. Max is resourceful, intuitive and likes to have everything under control – and if she doesn’t, she acts like she does – there’s people counting on her, after all. She’s positive and creative and always has a back-up plan. Or she used to – up until now.

Their latest case proves to be a little more challenging that the previous ones they’ve worked on. There may be more people and *gasp!* even some real feelings involved. So everything starts to be a little more complicated. 
Max had to moved a lot over the years, so she didn’t get the chance to build strong relationships.  Now it’s easier for her to just keep a cool façade and not to get attached to anyone. So when she faces what her ‘clients’ endure everyday and her perfect image begins to slip, her life gets a bit out of control and suddenly there’s too much to handle on her own. 

Guys are so confusing! She looks over at the pile of bananas. It’s so clear which fruit are good and which ones are rotten. You can see it before you make your investment. Why can’t boys be more like bananas? Why do you have to put your heart out there before you find out you picked a bad one?

She’s the kind of girl who always knows what to say and how to make people feel better, but when it comes to her own personal problems, she struggles to find a solution, to use her own advice or to  actually trust someone. But that’s when she starts to realize what she’s been missing all along; who cares about her and is always there for her, no matter how much she tries to keep them at a safe distance. Because, after all, there’s always more to a story than meets the eye. 

Since the story was told in 3rd person POV, we got some glimpses from other characters as well, which was refreshing and interesting, but in the same time, a little confusing. You get caught up in Max’s story and then BAM! There’s Taylor pacing around the room, talking to his best friend and having second thoughts about… something (spoiler). And then BAM! There’s Ben not wanting to admit that he has feelings for someone. And then we’re back to Max. Without any warning. Anyway, these sequences were few and far between and in the end, proved to be very helpful for the conclusion of the story, but still, they were confusing. 

Ok, bottom line: we have humor, wit, fashion, romance, friendship, loyalty, likeable characters, original plot and a writing that flows effortlessly - all the ingredients necessary for a delightful summer read! (actually, this is a perfect read for those days when you need a breather from all the dramas and paranormals and dystopians and post-apocalyptics and the like;)).


*Review copy provided by the publisher HarperCollins and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you!
**All quotes were selected from the Advanced Reader e-proof and they might be different in the final published edition. 

Happy reading!
xoxo

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