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?
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Sound off below!  And Happy Early New Year Guys!!! 

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Review/Giveaway: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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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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!*

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!


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 😀

COVER REVEAL: Up to Me; M. Leighton

It gives me so much pleasure to give to you the SECOND installment of the FABULOUS Michelle Leighton’s Bad Boys series.  Yep, that’s right.. its time for more Cash. And look at this gorgeous cover! 
*Click the image to go to the Goodreads page

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.
Release Date: January 6th, 2013

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Sidenote; I am SO excited for this book.  Is anyone else? Because it hasn’t left my mind since I finished Down to Me!  Who’s excited!? Sound off below!

2012: End of the Year Book Survey

Its basically the end of the year, and Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has compiled her yearly survey for all us book-lovers out there to take! So, here we go!

Best Book You Read in 2012
There’s too many.  Honestly.. I have to break this down.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
…the entire Hunger Games Trilogy.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?

Crossed by Ally Condie.  I really enjoyed Matched but couldn’t finish Crossed.

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 

Honestly? BASICALLY ALL the New Adult I read.  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, and the Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde especially.

Book you recommended to people most in 2012? 

Hands down (THREE way tie).  Divergent by Veronica Roth, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

Best series you discovered in 2012? 

Shatter Me Series/ Hunger Games Series.  I was late, I know!

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? 

Is all the YA an acceptable answer? Because I mostly read adult before this year.  And due to the Hunger Games and the Maze Runner, I became an AVID lover and reader of ALL the YA.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? 

..Its technically 2013 release, but Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.

Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I really don’t re-read.  But, maybe I will re-read Catching Fire, but only because I’ll have to catch myself back up before seeing the movie.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

Most memorable character in 2012? 
Mara Freakin’ Dyer. [The Unbecoming/Evolution of Mara Dyer]

Most beautifully written book read in 2012? 
Delirium Series.  Lauren Oliver can destroy anyone with a pen and paper.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Where She Went, Gayle Forman.  And yet again.  
Slammed; Colleen Hoover.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 

The Hunger Games series.  What was I THINKING!?

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
“Love: It will kill you and save you, both” 
― Lauren OliverDelirium

“I run for I don’t know how long. Hours, maybe, or days. Alex told me to run. So I run. You have to understand. I am no one special. I am just a single girl. I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way. But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope,and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.” 
― Lauren OliverDelirium

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

HanaA Delirium Novella- Lauren Oliver [Shortest]
The Evolution of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin [Longest]

Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers! 

ALL of Unravel Me, and The Evolution of Mara Dyer.  I can’t speak about it, STILL.

Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Ugh, SO MANY! Adam & Mia, If I Stay & Where She Went.  Will & Lake, Slammed.  Noah & Echo, Pushing the Limits, and Samantha & Jace, My Life Next Door

Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?

Lola and the Boy Next Door Stephanie Perkins.  I adored Anna, and Lola was seriously amazing as well! 

Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
A Want So Wicked; Suzanne Young.  Loretta from Between the Pages told me about this series, and I LOVEDDDD this book!

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

The conclusions!  Aka; Reqiuem, Lauren Oliver and Divergent #3, Veronica Roth, ALSO Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller!

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging in 2013?

Going to a bookish event! That would be really fun and I wish I could have gone to anything this year but I was far too “new” to this world!

Final Thought:
I opted to skip the Blogging Section simply because EVERYTHING was new to me this year.  But, there was a question about the post that got the most love, and that was my Author Interview with Trish Doller.  Since I adore Trish so much, I wanted to link back to that so if you didn’t read my blog then, you can check it out!

By bookswithcass Posted in 2012, Meme

REVIEW: One Good Hustle

One Good Hustle 
by: Billie Livingston
Received: From the author 
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death–a goal Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.

With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and each other–and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for the “weird, spearmint-fresh feeling” of life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
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This review is relatively short for the sole purpose of not giving away spoilers.  If i speak too much, I will.  And no one likes a spoiler-y review.  That will be all.  A supremely HUGE thanks to Billie for giving me the pleasure of reading this novel! 

So, as someone who has a huge liking for stories of an underdog, I had to read this.  I love stories where the girl/guy has it rough, and has to rise above the BS that surrounds them.  This literally, described Sammie’s life to a T.  
Sammie is raised by a hustler father and an alcoholic mother.  Cool life, right? Uh, no.  Poor Sammie just wants nothing more than to leave the shadows of her parents behind, but with a co-dependent mother.. this is way harder than it seems.  The life Sammie has been accustomed to, also seems to make her more closed off to real friendships, and even to love.  She has never really experienced what LOVE is, even from her parents.  This story chronicles her journey to what she hopes to be a normal life, and we get to see everything she encounters along the way.

I loved this.  Not because it was sent to me by Billie Livingston herself, not because Billie is WAY awesome, but just BECAUSE.  This is a book that I didn’t want to end, because I just wanted to keep following Sammie’s story.  I literally would LOVE a story of Sammie later in life, and may have to try my hardest to convince Billie to write that book!  [hehe].  But Sammie is just one of those characters.  You become attached to her, and feel for her.  And even at times want to shake her and be like “girl, snap back to reality!”.  But, the story ended where it did and… yeah.  I can’t say more because that would be giving things away, and I’m simply not going to do that!  This book was a five star read for me.  I adored it, and that was mostly because of the writing and the main character.  The hustles were pretty freakin’ great too!  I loved reading about cons and schemes and everything in that world, it was new to me, and I happen to know that Billie got one of the ideas from a real life NY hustler.  [way cool!].  

Who Should Read This?:
So, I reccommend this book to anyone who likes to watch someone who had it rough, grow up, and try to make it on their own.  And also to anyone who likes to fall in love with the main character.  ‘Cause, its an awesome read, and I can’t wait for more by Billie!
If you can get your hands on this, please do.  Its one of those that you 
won’t regret reading and will be uber happy you did.

DECEMBER: Thank you to YOU!

This video is my thanks to all my readers, bloggers, friends, authors, etc.  For real, you all ROCK.  I didn’t expect much coming into blogging, but I got so much more!  This is the season of giving.  So I would like to offer a December e-book giveaway!  I will give away two books.  Please, sound off in the comments for what you’d like to receive.  Watch the video below to see my faves of 2012!

What do you think should be in the top six of 2012? Let me know!
PS- I havent had  coffee, so dont mind the monotone-ness and appearance!

TTT: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and is a way for us to connect each week!
If you couldn’t tell, this weeks topic excited me so much that I made a graphic for it! 😀

This is going to be a LOT of cheating, cuz some of these books aren’t even out yet! But Santa is all powerful, and DEFINITELY has some connects in the publishing industry, so I put ’em on my list anyway!  PLUS in MY opinion I’ve been super-good this year so maybe Santa can pull a few strings!

1. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
because i’ve heard amazing things.
2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman (2013)
so many insanely good reviews from bloggers i TRUST.
3. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (2013) 
i’ll read anything she writes for the rest of my life.

4. Every Day by David Levithan
i’ve never read anything by David, and this has a great storyline.

5. The Originals by Cat Patrick (2013)
Cat has some of the most original books out there 
and this is no exception!

6. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn (2013)
i love debut authors, and this sounds uh-may-zing.

7. The Ruining by Anne Collomore (2013)
i’ve never even heard of this one til today. sounds frickin epic.

Okay, that’s it.  Since I’m askin’ the big guy for a lotta  favors, I’m only asking for seven!  Seems like a fair trade off to me.  What are you guys hoping Santa brings? (especially if he has pull with release dates).  Let me know in the comments!  

COVER REVEAL: Deeper We Fall; Chelsea Cameron

It is my great honor and priviledge to present to you, my lovely readers, the amazing cover for Miss Chelsea Cameron’s new novel, Deeper We Fall. This cover reveal brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours!

*The cover is designed by Okay Creations

Be sure to add this one to your TBR! Click the image to go view the book on Goodreads

Deeper We Fall
by: Chelsea M. Cameron 
Release date: January 12th, 2013
Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to try and forget the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie’s face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can’t help but listen. He loves “To Kill a Mockingbird” as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie’s discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. She must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache. 

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is. 

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