THURS THOUGHT:What We Don’t Talk About..DNF-ing

 In this weeks thought we discuss DNF-ing.


sOOooo.. after devouring GONE GIRL, and Just One Day, and Up To Me, I had intended on reading The Book Thief.  However, I feel it is NOT agreeing with me.  And I almost want to blame myself.  I feel we all do that.  And I am one to DNF books if I feel I can not get through them. [For those who do not know, DNF= do not finish].  But to me, I’d rather cut my losses than suffer through a miserable reading experience.  I love reading, and I would like to keep it that way.  So I give EVERY book a fair chance [about 100 pages] and then I make my decision.

But, THIS is a book I want to read, just not right now.  Have any of you had this happen?  And you have to move onto something else?  How do you determine what you want to move onto?  What do you think about putting books down?

Do you have any suggestions, such as just powering through?  Have you had any DNF-ing issues?  Sometimes I experience genre slumps as well, where I can’t get out of one genre, and then I need a .. what I call breather book.  Breather books tend to be novellas, or quick reads, or even a series book that I’d been meaning to get to.

I HEAR YA DAWSON! [from MeMeGenerator]

What do you guys think?  Tell me your experiences! Does it hurt you to DNF a book?




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Review: UP TO ME by Michelle Leighton

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Up To Me
By: M. Leighton
Received: From Author for Honest Review
Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.

Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.

Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time. And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back. Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.

Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises. Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well. She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option. And this is one of them. If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life. But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

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Disclaimer:  This book is a sequel.  If you haven’t read Down To You, read that before reading this.  This review is spoiler free for book TWO but not for book one!
Let Me Start Off…
I have read MANY new adult books at this point, and there are two series that I love more than life.  The Bad Boys Series, and the Avoiding Series.  Each leaves me in such a stupor when I’m done its like.. a book hangover.  This book, no exception.  Michelle has done it again.  Okay.. on with the review.
So Basically…
Since we all know what happened LAST time, and the surprises of the double life, and the lies, that is where we pick up here.  We pick up with Olivia and Cash totally into each other, but having some issues. Can you blame the girl, though?  He lied to her from day one, I can’t say I don’t understand not trusting Cash entirely. But, we come full circle and we meet again with Marissa, who.. lets just say, shocks me in this book.  We knew some drama was about to unfold from the ending of Down To You, but what ACTUALLY happened was like.. damn.  I can’t exactly explain how Michelle does it, but she actually incorporated a decent amount of crime into a new adult novel.  And as a crime junkie, I LOVED that fact!  It was super awesome.  The book takes you on travels that you don’t expect, we meet some new characters, whom you will LIKELY love to hate, just like I did.  And we are left with yet another ending that made me want to cringe.  

What’d Ya Think?
Is it shocking that I loved it?  Just as much as book one, if not more.  The surprises are what kept me so in love with this book, and the sexy scenes of course, with CASH will neverrrr hurt!  But I loved that it almost seemed like this book was set up for you, but then CRASH BOOM BANG, uh no.  There are twists and turns that do not disappoint and are every bit as epic as the first book!  

TTT: Top Ten Blogging Goals

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderfully wonderful Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Blogging Goals for 2013

Write More Reviews.  
I’m going to estimate that I only review a third of the books I read.  This MUST change.

Come Up With New Features!
This is already being remedied! My Couple Swap feature did quite well, and my new feature with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, goes live the end of the month.  

Stay More Active in the Community!
I spend a lot of time on twitter, but thats where my conversations end a lot of times.  I vow to fix this.  

Try New Genres.
This goes along with one of the features that will be coming your way soon.  

Read More Adult.
After a year of reading MOSTLY YA, I stumbled upon absolutely beautiful ADULT reads, and it made me miss them oh so much.  So I must find some more.

Switch to WordPress.  😐
Ahhh.  Scary.  But yes.  This will be the year. I’m doing it.

BOUT OF BOOKS: Goal Post!

I sincerely hope you’re all joining in the fun!  Hosted by the FABULOUS Amanda and Kelly, 
Bout of Books always promises a good time!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team


TIME DEVOTED TO READING
I will be reading at lunchtime Monday through Thursday
ALL DAY on Satuday
And Sunday Morning!


MY GOALS

Three books! AND to partake in today’s 1pm twitter chat!
I know, I know.  Its a pretty weak goal, but I’m working every moment of my life this week except Saturday! 

BOOKS TO READ



and one, to be determined!  We’ll see what I’m craving after these two!

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Couple Swap! [He’s With Her?]

This is a brand *spankin* new feature over here at Books With Cass.
It can get fun, it can get crazy, it can get.. interesting.
This is a feature in which we take a male and a female from some of our favorite reads, and pair them with each other.  The interesting part is we’re pairing them with other characters from other books.  Then we’re going to discuss it!  Sound simple enough?  Let’s do this!


Lola, from Lola and the Boy Next Door.. now if you haven’t read this, you may not be aware of her eccentric fashion sense and florescent colored wigs.  You may also not be aware of the fact that she is righteously independent in every sense of the word. But the girl has heart, and she isn’t afraid to show it.

“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person every day.”  -Lola

Alex, from the Delirium Trilogy [swooooon] is a rebel in his own right.  He does not like what the government has decided, and he is not going to abide by it.  I believe his love for Lena is partially due to the fact that she is so innocent and hasn’t experienced life in The Wilds. Oh, he also loves poetry! And he has a love for nature as well. So..

“Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is.” -Alex

Could Alex and Lola work?  Could Alex handle Lola’s independence and style?  Could Lola handle Alex’s rebellious streak against what the government states is the right thing to do?  Or would it all be too much?

My opinion? 
I think it may be a nice little fling for these two.  But after a while their arguments over what matters would drive them apart.  Lola is more a foot loose and fancy free kinda gal, and Alex is a bit more serious.  He’s all about love and everything, but when it comes time to get serious, he needs the kind of girl that he may not think Lola is.  And Lola, she may want someone who is more adventurous in other ways.  Not like, defying actual government regulations kinda ways.

What do you think?  Have you read both these books?  Would Lola and Alex make it?

MINI REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


clicking the cover takes you to Goodreads*

Gone Girl
by: Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer.


One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around

Buy Your Copy:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Sell It In Sixty Seconds

Let’s just say that, when a book is hyped up as much as this one, I get nervous it will fail me.  This one right here, DESERVED the hype, the awards, the rave reviews.  A twist at every corner, a book that will keep you guessing til the very last page.  This is one in which you finish and you just sit there, almost startled, and thinking about it for a while.  There isn’t a book I can remember reading in recent times that kept me wanting to devour it more.  And MIND YOU I have read some five star reads lately! But thrillers are different, they take you to a place where many people’s minds don’t often travel.  I also think anyone who enjoys psychology, especially the psychology that goes into a relationship, will absolutely crave this one.  [ahem, yes, i was a psych major].  Don’t let the reviews scare you away, this is one that you need in your life.  A palette cleanser from contemporary, or romance, or holiday reads.  This author is now on my watch list.  For life.

Quick Comment:  If ever you’ve had a dilemma with how to feel about characters, especially main characters, this is it.  Nick and Amy are each likeable to a point, and hate-able to a point.  You’ll see.

Recommended For:  Thriller readers.  Those needing something different.  Those who love a good mind-fuck. [pardon my french]  Fans of: Lee Child, James Patterson, Harlen Coben
Rating: 5+/5 Yeah.  That’s right.  I rated it ABOVE the maximum.  That’s how invested I am in making you all read this one!

Cassie’s Thought: The E-Reader Debate

Let’s get one thing straight, this was a THURSDAY thing.  But today, its a Monday thing.  
Got a problem with it?  No? I didn’t think so!
The Thought:  The E-Reader Debate.  Why the hate?

Maybe I’m seeing it more now that I’m more involved in the book-blog-o-sphere, or MAYBE its that I work part-time at a bookstore where people unleash their opinions on you unexpectedly.  Regardless, the issue is there, and I can’t seem to get why.  
Can any of YOU tell me what it is that people have against e-readers?  Listen, I also need a good BOOK every now and then.  But, if I can carry thousands of books on one device rather than break my back trying to lug around a monster like Evolution of Mara Dyer, or The Diviners, I’m gonna download the ebook.  
So, all I wanna know, is who uses an e-reader AND reads physical copies?  Who ONLY uses an e-reader, and who ONLY reads physical copies?  And can you tell me why?  I just would like to hear from all of you regarding this issue!  And taking it one step further…
Have you met those people that actually hold it against those who use e-readers?  Because recently I have.  And I mean really? How can you hate on something that is just a matter of preference?  Plus, e-books are cheaper than buying actual books [for the most part] so its definitely a money saver.  And with the $79 Kindle Paper White and $79 Nook Simple Touch, they’re pretty decently priced now-a-day.  Not like when they first came out for like $400.00!  That was crazy!  But yet, they still sold!  So, I’d like to hear as usual, from you guys!  Let me know.. what do you prefer?
or…
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Sound off below!  And Happy Early New Year Guys!!! 

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Review/Giveaway: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless
By: Colleen Hoover


Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
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Summary:
The thing about the above synopsis is that it DOES tell you the plot, yet it totally does NOT do this book justice.  Unfortunately, I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys.  So all I am going to say that this is a story of appreciation of life, in all its forms and meanings.  Sky is a girl who thinks she has it all figured out, and her best friend Six is right there next to her at all times, until she isn’t.. Sky is luckily able to find another awesomely-awesome totally witty best friend, Breckin.  As per USUAL, Hoover’s secondary characters are top notch, and I can promise you that you will be wanting some more Breckin in your life!  He’s so animated and so perfectly matched with Sky, its just great.  Anywayyy, (sorry, total Breckin obsession).. we bring Holder into the picture [the deliciously delicious specimen] and Sky is in for a rude awakening.  Everything she thinks she knows about life and love, is about to be turned UPSIDE DOWN by Holder.  And so the storyline continues.. *I’m sorry I can’t give you more, but I just.. can’t.  You need to experience this on your own, guys!*

Review:
OH MY FREAKIN GOD.  Number one, I can’t believe that it is possible for me to love characters as much as I loved in Slammed and Point of Retreat.  But honestly.. guys.  I just did.  I had to relax for a little after completing this book.  It was just so beautiful and poignant and perfect.  I can’t even think of anything that I didn’t like.  There were things that I had figured out shortly before I was told, but that always happens. And then there were the THINGS that I was like, “OH NO WAY! No, no, let me re-read that to make sure..”.  Seriously.  This book.  Just.. this book.  Sky and Holder captivate you from the first page, and they will not let you out of their grasp until you finish.  Its too good.  The thing is, Colleen Hoover knows exactly how to tie together a pretty little book just right every SINGLE time.  The woman writes like she’s written forty books before, not three.  Its mind boggling how good this book is.  Its just.. Love.  This book IS love.  I don’t live it, I love it.  [You’ll understand that part when you read the book].  AND for the amazing price of $3.99, I mean, you CAN’T pass this up, and if you do, you’ll have ME to deal with!

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Who Should Read This?:
Anyone with a pulse.  Any fan of Slammed, Pushing the Limits, or My Life Next Door.  This book has heart and soul that is sometimes hard to find in a contemporary novel.  It leaves you with so many emotions, and it will stay with you for a LONG time to come.  I finished this and OFFICIALLY named Colleen my FAVORITE author.  There’s no one that competes with her anymore.  There just isn’t.  First she gave me Will and Lake, and now she brings me Sky and  Holder.  She can’t be topped!  The woman is unstoppable.


PS.- BECAUSE I adored this book so so much, I am doing a giveaway for it!  Anyone with a Kindle or Nook can win an e-book copy of Hopeless!




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Cover Lovin! (6)

Ahhh, this week I am lovin some covers! (As usual!) Wanna participate!? Leave your link in the comments!
*Click the covers to see the Goodreads Page 


I read and loved this book.  Seriously, if you haven’t read it, it is AMAZING.  I have the sequel (however, I don’t like the cover as much)
This cover is so representative of the story, which is SO unique in so many ways.  
Yes please!  That will be all.  This is ALREADY released on Amazon, and is coming for the Kobo and Nook sometime in the next few days! I just adore the Hopeless fading throughout the cover.  Plus the girl on the cover is super pretty.  (Jealous!)
The “eh” cover of the week?  
Yeah, I know.  Lots of people like this one.  And I have heard GREAT things about the book, but I just don’t like that the huge pink font takes away from the rest of the cover!  (Maybe its my aversion to pink..hmmm..)  Regardless, This one IS on my TBR and has great reviews!  
So as always, we should have learned!  Don’t judge a book by its cover!

Stacking the Shelves + A Round Up

This is a meme hosted over at Tynga’s Reviews.  Be sure to check her out and link up!
*Click the book covers to go to the Goodreads page
MOST of what I got this week was review books, however I also purchased some as well!
I purchased:
Ex-Mas by Kate Brian after reading a GLOWING review over at Rather Be Reading.  Those girls (Magan and Estelle) are awesome and have seriously amazing taste in books!

Avoiding Responsibility by K.A. Linde
There was NO way I could not buy this.  And i absolutely devoured and loved it! [review to come!]



For Review:




Thank you to the folks from Harper Collins, 
St. Martins Press, and Atria Books! 



I also finished reading Unwind by Neal Shusterman this week, & wow! What a read! Pretty interesting stuff and definitely unlike anything I have EVER read before.  I do recommend giving it a go! 

Also, on a separate note- I am sorry for lack of posts this week.  It is a bit time consuming having two jobs now, but I am surely trying!  A few reviews have been written, and some more exciting stuff coming your way!  Just stick with me 😀