TIS THE SEASON: Bookish Favorites

So, it is OFFICIALLY the holiday season, and shopping has begun!  However, to give our wallets a break.. I would just like to discuss some of our SEASONAL favorites, that happen to involves books!  
What are some of yours?

#1- Reading by the fire
[photo by me!]

#2- Reading with family!
-This only happens during this season with my family!-
[photo by me!]

#3-Reading Books about the City!
[photo by me!]

#4- Reading books where it IS Christmas Time!, duh!
-any suggestions greatly appreciated!-

#5- Shopping for books for others! (and……….myself ;] )

Photo from here

What are some of your seasonal faves? Let me know!


Top Ten Tuesday- Most Anticipated of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the FABULOUS Broke and the Bookish, be sure to join in!

This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2013
The Program- Suzanne Young
This sounds SO intriguing, AND its gonna be a series! I can’t wait!
Requiem– Lauren Oliver
What will the end mean for Lena?
Divergent #3- Veronica Roth
Feed me a conclusion to this dynamic dystopian!
Walking Disaster– Jamie McGuire
Travis’s side of the story.. IN.
I. cant. wait.

This Girl-/Untitled Colleen Hoover
More Will and Layken? YES PLEASE. However, the title is now gone!
Another GO TO author.  I adored Anna and Lola, give me more!
All That Was Lost– Trish Doller
I will read anything by Trish, ever.  Because she is that amazing.
This Is What Happy Looks Like– Jennifer E. Smith
This concept sounds adorable! Plus I loved Jen’s last book!
The Retribution of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin
I need to know what the heck is going on, PLEASE.

There can’t even be THAT many more covers here because half of them have yet to be revealed!  But needless to say, 2013 is going to be a year of AWESOME.
What are you looking forward to? Sound off below and let me know!

REVIEW: Sam Cruz’s Infalliable Guide to Getting Girls

Note: Click the book cover to go to the GoodReads page!

Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls

by: Tellulah Darling
Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship. 

Provided by: Netgalley for review.
Buy Your Copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A Quick Rundown:
This book very easily could have been a romantic comedy movie released for all us teens and adults alike who want to fall in love with the player and root for the couple that is the underdog.  Sam and Ally have been best friends for like, ever.  She’s never been the pretty girl, but suddenly she finds herself feeling like she needs to change a bit (can we say EVERY rom-com ever?, starting with Grease) to impress the opposite sex.  Enter Sam, the bffae-aeaeaeae to give her a magical makeover that makes her some sort of Goddess.  [Who knew makeup and wardrobe could change a person?] What happens next is to NEVER be expected… (sarcasm, ladies and gents!)

Its not that I didn’t like this book, because I did.  It was a light read, and it was cute.  Nothing intense, nothing unpredictable.  I would have preferred some unforseen moments, however.  Meaning.. I would like not to be able to write my books myself due to the cliche romantic comedy stereotype.  Sam and Ally were great characters, and each had a sassy little attitude and personality about them that were unique and quirky. I loved the “rules” that Sam had, and how he pretends to be a little hardass, but in reality.. the kid has a heart.  Ally was just adorable, I felt she could be my little sister that I had to help through the hard times and pressures of high school.  

Who Should Read This?
Anyone looking for a light, quick, fast-paced read should give this book a shot.  It is definitely cute, and for sure an easy read.  The characters are loveable, the only issue I had was for the younger audience (15 and below) this book definitely had some sexual moments that may not be appropriate.  Therefore, I would advise that you should be at least sixteen to dive into this one.  Tellulah Darling definitely has potential as an author, and I would not hesitate to pick up something else from her in the future!  My biggest gripe with the book – like I stated before was the predictability.  But, still a cute, light-hearted read!

-Because I received this book for review, I wasn’t aware of the WAY awesome price!  For both Nook and Kindle the book is only $3.99! A bargain for sure, so definitely makes it even more appealing!-
Cute and sweet, a good one for any reading slump

Black Friday Giveaway!

In honor of Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.. I will be offering a giveaway for all of you to enjoy!  The prizes are an ebook of your choice.  This prize is available for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble eBooks.  The choice is yours!

And they are as follows..

Happy Entering!
[Disclosure: The giveaway is US and Canada Only, and ends 11/26]

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Cover Lovin! (5)

So; Cover Lovin went on hiatus.. kinda like a May Sweeps kinda thing, but in the fall.  But we’re back!  For a nice THANKSGIVING edition of Cover Lovin! And my my my, do we have some beauties here!
[Click the covers to go to Goodreads synopsis!]

First up, we have the FABULOUSLY fabulous …

Point of Retreat : Colleen Hoover
This book was seriously amazing.  The first in the series, Slammed is definitely a MUST read.  And this one, while the cover looks simple, it  has much significance!  So.. give it a shot!

Just One Day: Gayle Forman
Ah, Gayle Forman!  You slay me.  This is just perfect.  Its so mysteriously gorgeous and leaves you wanting to know every emotion going on through this lovely girl’s head!  I can’t WAIT for this to come out in JANUARY! Ever since I finished Where She Went months and months ago, I’ve been missing Adam and Mia! And now I get a whole new story with all new romance!

I’m NOT Digging…

The End of Your Life Book Club: Will Schalbe

Can we say, boring?  I mean, what the heck is this!? However, this book is on many lists for best of the year! I will definitely be reading it. However, it just goes to show.. covers aren’t everything!

That’s it for this week!  What do you think of these covers? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

TTT: Top Ten Books I’m Most Thankful For

Thanksgiving Week Edition of Top Ten Tuesday!  Top Ten Books We’re Most Thankful For is what we’re talkin’ this week!  And boy oh boy do I have books I am thankful for! Join in the fun at The Broke and The Bookish!

1- The Art of Racing in the Rain: Garth Stein
This book showed me how to feel for a dog that wasn’t my own, and how to care for characters more than any other book has been able to.  I am going to forever recommend this book to anyone with a heart.

2-The Outsiders: S.E. Hinton
For being the best book EVER – in eighth grade, and now! This book has stood the test of time.  Just like Ponyboy and Dallas.  And if you haven’t read it? Don’t talk to me.

3-The Green Mile: Stephen King
Don’t ask questions.  Just read it.  This book is amazing, and it shows you a side of life you will never (hopefully) see otherwise.  Life on Death Row.  Its so, so, so, amazing.  And written by the King of Horror.  Can’t go wrong.

4-Delirium: Lauren Oliver

For showing me life after The Hunger Games.  Oliver showed me that I COULD love another series as much as The Hunger Games!  I love this series and CANT WAIT for its conclusion in 2013!

5-Slammed: Colleen Hoover
What’s that? I haven’t talked about this book enough? Okay, good! I didn’t think so either! 😉 Slammed is one of those books that stays with you, and leaves you thinking about how it made you feel.  It is just.. EPIC.

6-Where She Went: Gayle Forman
For beautiful writing, amazing characters and keeping me on the edge of my seat.  I love Gayle Forman OH SO MUCH.  She truly has a beautiful way with words.

7-The Kite Runner: Khaled Houssini
Seriously, this book is a masterpiece.  I thought I’d hate it.  I put off reading it.  I tried to avoid it.  But I had to do it.  And boy am I glad I did!  This is a must read, and I truly believe I will never read anything like it ever again.

8-The Maze Runner: James Dashner
This book is unlike any other dystopian I have touched.  The world building is truly phenomenal.  However, this book is on the list for a more important reason!  It is what made me want to start blogging!  So in essence, it brought me to you guys! 🙂

That’s it for this edition!  I’m not putting ten, cuz well.. I never do.  And I’m in a bit of a rush today! I hope you all have a GREAT Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget some wine, and your sweatpants for after the feast!

MINI Book Haul!

Since I gave up my Youtube channel; I have been dying to share some book purchases with you guys!  I was informed by a fellow blogger that I can upload directly to blogger, so here I go!

Mini Haul!

Books Mentioned:
Gone Girl– Gillian Flynn
Unwind, UnWholly– Neal Shusterman
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares– Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Make Me Yours– Kendall Ryan

Tell me, what did you guys get this week?

Shelf Strollin’ (1)

Welcome to a NEW feature here at the blog, titled Shelf Strollin’!  This feature is designed for those who are CONSTANTLY in bookstores strollin’ on through looking at book after book after book.  here is where we can share some of our finds, whether we purchased them, plan to, or are seeking other’s opinions on books we are considering picking up!

This week I spent WAYYYYY too much time in several different Barnes and Noble stores.  They happen to have the best of 2012 (thus far) up and I mayy have looked at a few of the books listed there.  As for the YA best thus far, those I found on my Nook while shopping, and suffice it to say, I have read MANY of those already 😀

Click the Book Covers to go to the Goodreads page for each title :-)!

The Age of Miracles: Karen Thompson Walker

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues

Unwind: Neal Shusterman

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Dodger: Terry Pratchett

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s . . . Dodger.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl—not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

All of these books I am considering picking up, if any of you have read any of them, please let me know your opinion!  And if you’d like to participate in the Shelf Strollin’ meme, go for it!

Til next time!

REVIEW: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed (Slammed#1)

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope. 
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart
Buy your Copy:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A quick rundown:
Girl; Lake– going through an extremely emotional and difficult move with her mother and younger brother.  This all after losing her father.  Guy; Will- extremely good looking whom also has a younger brother the same age seems to be making naughty eyes at Layken.  I mean, what better way to start off your first day in a new state?  At least the girl seems to have finally caught a break.  Maybe Lake will be able to distract herself with the prospect of having a nice hottie boy to look at/hang out with/ who knows what else!  But… nothing is ever that easy, especially for these two!  We get to see the obstacles Will and Layken have to overcome to grow as people, not even together, but separately.  Colleen Hoover sure knows how to bring the tears!
There’s no way in hell to not give this book five stars/coffee cups/whatever you rate in!  I adored it.  Namely the two main characters, Will and Layken.  However, the supporting characters were amazing and JUST as vital to the story.  This book is a must read for anyone with a soul.  The second in the series, Point of Retreat was easy to devour and ALMOST just as raw, emotional, and perfect as Slammed.  Also, to anyone who HASN’T been to a poetry Slam, I advise going.  I personally have been to several and they really allow you to get to see the creative writing of others and feel things other people are conveying on stage.  It is an amazing thing to witness and be a part of.  
Why did I love it?:
There is something about a challenge that I always love.  Will has been faced with daily challenges for years now and Layken has just started her painful journey through life without her father.  Eddie, is another reason I adored this novel.  She is so real.  She’s THAT girl.. the one that sometimes you want to punch because she has no boundaries, but yet she has so much heart it just makes you want to hug her.  She was such a perfect asset to the story, and she helped make it feel oh so real.  There are few books I have ever come across that make me feel as much as Slammed has.  Slammed had me laughing, crying, aching, wondering, confused, and a whole other mess of emotions!  But mostly… Slammed left me breathless.  This book is a must read. And due to that fact..
I would like to announce that we will SOON be having Colleen Hoover on the blog for an interview!  (::claps:: ::cheers::)  I was lucky enough to land an interview with Colleen!  But before that, I will be posting a review for Point of Retreat [book two], and also an eBook giveaway for Slammed!  
Let’s finish this up with an ASTOUNDING five coffee cups!