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! 
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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

Find Michelle: Website | Twitter | GoodReads

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.
Buy Your Copy: Amazon

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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. 

Find Chelsea:
Goodreads | Twitter | Website | Facebook

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

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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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