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 😀


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!

Hurricane Sandy and Mara Dyer..

Much like the hurricane coming to my home state, I feel swept away and crazed by the Mara Dyer series.  I can not express in words how amazing and captivating book two was.  If you haven’t; get your hands on The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Available on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Seriously, I rated this a five out of five and will be re-reading it shortly to make sure there’s nothing I missed!  Let’s just say it is even better than the first! Thank you Michelle Hodkin for being so amazing!

REVIEW to follow in a few hours!

Finally, who else is stuck inside due to this hurricane!?
I’ll be tweeting throughout the storm, so let’s talk books! 😀

PS- I’m getting the NOOK HD! Anyone getting a new e-reader? I know the Kindle Fire HD is out as well! Let me know what you’re getting in the upcoming months!

Books Worth Reading (1)

So, its been a busy week for me and two reviews are coming your way this week!  However, wanted to make special mention and make sure you’re aware of two VERY amazing books.

If you haven’t read them, be sure to get on it!

One Good Hustle
ONE GOOD HUSTLE: Billie Livingston
A story of a girl who grew up the daughter of two hustlers, and her struggle to make it.

AVOIDING COMMITMENT (Avoiding #1): K.A. Linde
Lying, cheating, love, lust, hotness.  That will be all. 
This book is amazzzzingg.  And it has some absolutely DELICIOUS male specimens to boot!

Reviews of BOTH to follow!

Fall Into Autumn: Day 1: BLOGGER INTERVIEW! Me My Shelf & I

Welcome to the Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge!  To celebrate day one, I have with me here today, the FABULOUSLY FABULOUS Amber from Me, My Shelf and I!

Amber, the FIRST thing I notice about your blog is the AWESOME design!  How did you get so good at designing? 
Wow, thank you so much! To be honest it was a lot of trial and error. I have been doing design on some level for almost 9 years now. 
How did you find your co-bloggers for MMSAI? Did you guys instantly connect? (There’s QUITE a few of you!)
I’m afraid this isn’t the most interesting of answers, I simply put out a tweet asking if anyone wanted to work on MMSAI. There was a application they had to fill out, and my co-owner Rosmelie and I went over them and made our choices. We tend to agree on most things, so picking our new additions wasn’t too hard for us. 
If you had to choose one TYPE of book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is the meanest question I have ever been asked! LOL. I assume by type, you mean genre …so I would have to go with Contemporary or possibly Horror. I find I tired of Paranormal if I read too much it all together so I think I would be safe with one of those options. 
Are there any books you like to read, and do read, but don’t blog much about?
You know, I haven’t read anything that couldn’t be reviewed on the blog in forever. I don’t have a lot of extra time and so when I do read, I read from my blog TBR. It’s ok though, I chose YA for the blog because I enjoy it so it’s not as if I’m being tortured or something! LOL. Books I do enjoy but wouldn’t review on the blog would be,  True Crime. My favorite is a book called A Rip In Heaven, though the author escapes me at the moment. 
Favorite authors.. I’ll give you FIVE.  Go!
I…tried….I…can’t. I just don’t have any favorites. That sounds so terrible, don’t it? I love them all equally. It’s like asking me to pick a favorite child!!!
For the challenge we have going on now (Fall Into Autumn), we are TRYING to read outside our norm.. what would YOU try to read if you were participating?
I suppose I would try Steampunk or Mermaids then, since I really don’t like them much and I wouldn’t read them normally.
What is your favorite time/way to read? (Time of day/outside/inside/with the fam, alone,etc)
Anytime I can squeeze it in. With the family, all the activities, the blog….I would give anything for just an hour once in a while. This reminds me, I am so behind on my reading!!
Do you see yourself blogging for a long time to come?
I’ve tried to leave and can’t. I really want to write but the blog takes up so much of my time it’s nearly impossible. I think I will be apart of MMSAI for a long time,though maybe I won’t be running it someday. 
What do you like to do OUTSIDE of blogging/reading?
Write. Waste time on Pinterest and Tumblr. Hang out with my family, watch Dr. Who and kick my husbands butt in Phase 10.
Favorite book of 2011, and of 2012 thus far.  What are they?
2011 – FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma
2012 – VELVETEEN by Daniel Marks or DARK INSIDE by Jeyn Roberts

AMBER!  Thank you so much for being here at Books With Cass.  I personally adore your blog, and am sure many more out there do as well!  I wish you continued success 🙂 Thank you again.
Thank you for having me!!! It’s always great fun to be on the other side of the questions from time to time!

Connect with Amber: Blog | Twitter

P.S.- If for SOME CRAZY REASON, you haven’t signed up for the Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge, you should do so!  HERE! Join Loretta, Alexa, Danie and Myself for epic giveaways, challenges, updates, interviews, and reviews!  I mean, what do you have to lose?

OF BLOOD AND BONE: Release! By: Courtney Cole

I am on tour this month for the fantabulous Courtney’ Cole’s new novel – Of Blood and Bone.
Make sure to check it out!  Here is the cover, synopsis and a BONUS teaser for you guys!
This book is being released SEPTEMBER 16th, 2012 by Lakehouse Press.
Check it out on Goodreads, here.

About Of Blood and Bone:

As a little boy, Luca Minaldi was told he was a monster.
As an adult, he knows it is true.
He lives in Malta, a fairytale-like place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best kept of them all.
Eva Talbot arrives in Malta for the summer to finish up her doctoral dissertation. When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping tycoon, there is an instant attraction, a disturbing and beautiful energy that she has never felt before. But she senses the darkness that lives within him. Eva is hired to care for his mother, who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save. Her life becomes a swirling chaos of darkness and romance, of secrets and mystery. And the question that emerges will become the most important answer of all.
Can she save Luca from the darkness that plagues him without losing herself?
The answer is a matter of life or death.

Here is a teaser from the book for you guys to enjoy!

Luca crosses the room in three strides and pours two glasses of what looks to be Scotch.  He walks back and hands me a glass.  I can practically feel the power emanating from him.  He’s the type of person who has been born into it.  It has been cultivated in him from the time he was an infant and it shows.  Power and money are in every molecular strand in his body.
“To sanity,” Luca says, tipping his glass toward mine. And then he downs his in one gulp. 
I take a tentative sip and realize quickly that I was correct.  It’s Scotch.  Neat.  Without one ounce of tonic or even an ice cube to dilute it.  It burns my mouth and warms my chest as it slides smoothly down.  But for some reason, I don’t want him to know that it makes me want to gag and cough.  I want to seem unfazed, so I drink the rest in two gulps and hand Luca back the empty glass.
It is worth my numb lips because there is approval in his eyes as he takes it.
“Aren’t you going to ask?” he says as he sets the glasses down on a heavy wooden side table.  He is still staring at me and his gaze makes me feel like my skin will be ablaze soon. 
“Ask what?”  I feel slightly woozy from the Scotch.  And to be honest, I’m also woozy from being so near to Luca Minaldi.  For several different reasons, he has an interesting effect on me.
“Wouldn’t you like to ask me if you’re safe here with me?”
I look at him, remembering his mother’s startling words.  My son is evil. 
“Am I?” I ask and my voice is barely a murmur. 
“Probably not.”
Luca’s voice is quiet in the study, as dark as the night surrounding us, and I suddenly feel like I should run, somewhere far away from here.  But at the same time, I know that I won’t.  I am ridiculously drawn to this man and the more I find out about him, the more I want to know.  So I shake my head.
“I’m not afraid.”
Luca looks at me again and I don’t see one ounce of the vulnerability that I have seen there before.  Instead, he is expressionless once more and darkly handsome. 
“Well, that’s the rub,” he answers.  “You should be.”

About Courtney Cole 

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

Find Courtney:    website | twitter | facebook | facebook fan page

And.. we’re back. (ALMOST)

Hey guys!  SO SORRY for the long absence.  I’ve been extremely busy at work.  Monday I will be prepping some posts for you guys – just bare with me a little longer!

I tried last week to film a video for you guys on my new Canon camera.. it was HD.  It failed halfway through, and I gave up.  Over two hours to upload? Crazy!

Also, if you are on Instagram I post a lot a lot of pictures on there (not book stuff, typically), just pretty scenic things.
If you wanna follow me: Its @cassiextaylor

Miss you all!

Currently reading: The Night Circus.
Next Read: One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston

Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge is still happening! Be sure to sign up!

The NEW Review.. MINI REVIEW.. I need your help!

So, I am going to be starting something new.  It will be a mini review series.  Some books will continue in my traditional review style, while OTHERS I will be doing mini-reviews for.  I need a name for these.. (that’s where you guys come in!)

These MINI-reviews will be for those books I do not have for review, and am just reading because, well.. I want to!

MINI’s will consist of: 

  • Goodreads Synopsis
  • Rating
  • Who I’d Reccomend For
  • Three – Five Sentences on my opinion of the book!
  • Links for Purchase
  • Link to Goodreads.

So! What do you guys think? Any name in mind?


Do yourself a favor everyone and check out this video!
It will be your go-to-guide of what’s gonna be happening on the blog the next few months!

Interview with Rebecca Rogers & Giveaway of LAST SUMMER!
Blogger Interview with Amber of MMSAI!

Hosts (so far)
Loretta @ Between the Pages
Danie @ Booktacular

Remember, the aim of the challenge is to read outside your norm! Interest? Comment me~!