Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My New Button + I'll Comment Back Policy

I apologize for the lack of posts recently. I really do love the blog and talking to everyone. It's just hard to keep up lately due to life in general...but especially school. I have what feels like a million projects, papers, and exams going on and coming up. This is what happens when the semester starts to end in college. haha

I do have a quite a few things I want to post though. Some are older, some are newer...whoops...but i hope you'll come by and comment when they go live.  Remember, if the post isn't a giveaway and you leave a comment, I WILL comment you back. It's the least i can do.

Anyway, the above button is my first ever for the blog. You can see it in the right hand bar of the blog, with the code, in case you wish to post this on your blog. I'll probably offer bonus points for future giveaways if you do post it....so feel free to do that whenever if you like.

And finally, for those that want a  blog button or something else designed for your site, visit The Blogger Boutique, who designed mine. Thank you!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Covers Revealed -Boyfriend from Hell + Earth Angel



Author E. Van Lowe has redesigned his book covers with an older audience in mind. I've read Boyfriend from Hell (the first in his new series) and it's definitely something that teens and adults would both like....so I think it's kind of fun to have some sexier, more mature covers.

Remember, if you are in a book club or want to form a mini book club just for this...we have a giveaway going to win a personal visit from E. Van Lowe himself. I posted about this awhile ago but things have changed a bit.

No official deadline yet but it will be in the new year sometime.
You need at least 5 people to buy a copy of Boyfriend from Hell to enter.
You must be from the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and Alaska, sorry!!)
Once you have your five copies purchased, send a picture of your club with the books or the reciepts...whatever you have to prove it here: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com and you are entered!!!
I am going to try and find some fun runner-up prizes as well, so that a few clubs win SOMETHING for being so kind as to enter.

Support the art of book clubs, support indie authors, support reading!!!

Send questions to the above email too. Spread the word. Enter now!!

The sequel, Earth Angel, comes out on December 6th. Here is the redone cover for that one-


And if you win the book club giveaway and get a visit from E. Van Lowe, he has some new bookmarks to bring along that he wanted me to share:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach


Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Review by: Lauren

Copy from: Publisher

Author Site: Geoff Herbach

Official Summary: I, Felton Reinstein, am Stupid Fast. Seriously. The upper classmen used to call me Squirrel Nut, because I was little and jumpy. Then, during sophomore year, I got tall and huge and so fast the gym teachers in their tight shorts fell all over themselves. During summer, three things happened all at once. First, the pee-smelling jocks in my grade got me to work out for football, even though I had no intention of playing. Second, on my paper route the most beautiful girl I have ever seen moved in and played piano at 6 a.m. Third, my mom, who never drinks, had some wine, slept in her car, stopped weeding the garden, then took my TV and put it in her room and decided she wouldn’t get out of bed.

Listen, I have not had much success in my life. But suddenly I’m riding around in a jock’s pick-up truck? Suddenly I’m invited to go on walks with beautiful girls? So, it’s understandable that when my little brother stopped playing piano and began to dress like a pirate I didn’t pay much attention. That I didn’t want to deal with my mom coming apart.

Review:

For awhile, I read a lot of books and then didn't get a review posted. This is one of those. It doesn't mean I didn't like it. I just got sidetracked by other things. Oh, life.

Anyway, beyond all of that...I really enjoyed this one. I was curious to check it out but I didn't know how much I would like it or not. You see, I'm not really a sports person and Stupid Fast sounded like a book that would deal with a little too many sports. But it doesn't. I think readers who are fans of sports and then those like me would both enjoy this one.

It's all about growing up, dealing with harder things, and learning to accept that not everyone is perfect; not even adults.

Felton wants to be normal...but he's never been. All of a sudden, he's fast and strong and the athletic kids are paying attention to him. But at the same time, his mom starts to fall apart and his brother is freaking out. Felton can't handle it all. He just wants to work out, deliver papers for his friend who is away for the summer, and swoon over the girl staying in his house. Eventually reality catches up to everyone and Felton learns just what it means to be strong.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: YA
Formant: Hardcover, 416 pages
Release Date: 7/12/11—Out Now
My Copy: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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Review by: Alicia
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Summary:

Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

Review:

I love Rosemary Clement-Moore’s books. Just absolutely love them. So going into Texas Gothic, I had high hopes that it would be just as fantastic as her other books. Luckily, Texas Gothic surpassed my hopes, and became my favorite Clement-Moore book.

I could probably sum Texas Gothic up in these words: hawt* cowboy, witches, ghosts, archeology, hilarious moments, and oh, did I mention the very hawt cowboy? All of these things make up one fantastic book that I recommend everyone reads. The archeology bits had the inner archeology/history nerd in me shouting for joy. I just love that stuff. And the parts with the dead bodies and ghosts were so creepy.

I loved reading about Amy. She was very easy to connect to and I enjoyed her journey. As soon as I started reading and got to the part where she ran outside in only her bra and underwear to chase a cow away from her car, I knew that I was going to love Amy and the book.

And then there’s the hawt cowboy, also known as Ben. I loved Ben right from the start, even though he acted like a jerk on and off throughout the book. Can I just say that I loved that Amy did not put up with his crap? Because that is something you don’t always see in books where the guy sometimes acts like a jerk.

All of the secondary characters were fantastic, from Amy’s sister Phin, to the university students working on digging up the bodies. I really loved Phin the most though. It was interesting how smart she was in regards to science, but when it came to other people she was totally clueless. I also really loved the dogs and the goats! The goats especially. Mainly because I found the way they acted hilarious.

If you are looking for a book that includes witches, ghosts, dead bodies and a fantastic mystery, then look no further then Texas Gothic. And if you need another reason to read it? The book takes place the summer before Amy starts college, which is something I absolutely loved.**

Cover comments: Gorgeous! And I’m in love with the font.

Overall: 5/5

*yes, I purposely spelled hot as hawt.
**I want more books about people in college/the summer before college.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: Envy by Gregg Olsen


Envy by Gregg Olsen

Review by: Lauren

Copy from: Publisher

Official Summary: Murder is such a dirty word…

In Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington, truth is about as hard to come by as a sunny day. One minute Katelyn is a depressed teen with a loser life. The next, she’s lying on a stainless steel slab, eyes glassy, skin frosted over, and very, very dead.

Down the street from Katelyn, twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan can’t escape the encroaching winter darkness. As they recover from the shock of Katelyn’s death, they realize how entwined they already are in the evil circulating Empty Coffin. And while they can’t explain it, an unknown force pushes them to uncover the truth. Is Katelyn Port Gamble’s first and only victim?


Review: One of the many things that I loved about this book is that it's truly a good read for adults and teens. I know a ton of YA books are being read by adults, and that's amazing...but ENVY actually focuses on the adult characters. While twins, Hayley and Taylor, are the main characters and their story is the main focus, others are highlighted as well. You get fellow classmates, the parents of teens around Port Gamble, and more that really come together to make this amazing book.

Normally I shy away from most books in a series because it's hard for me to keep up, so I'm really happy that I found this one as soon as it came out. Now, sadly, I have to wait about another year for the next one...but that's okay, if it gives everyone else a shot to read this one. Believe me, it's worth it. There isn't a ton of romance...if that's what you want...but there is a lot of suspense, horror (and not necessarily in the traditional sense), envy (of course), murder (oh yes!!) and definitely a lot of secrets. After all, for a small town where everyone knows everyone, you know there has to be some silent, deadly things lying in the wings.

I loved the mystery surrounding Hayley and Taylor and their "abilities" as well as their own back story. This sublot keeps you wondering until the end as well. And woah, the end!! You won't quite believe it. It's not really something you'd expect to find in a YA novel, but isn't that great? Along with the multiple points of view, this is just another way that ENVY defies expectations of YA novels. And I hope it picks up in other novels as well. I like finding books that can be a truly wonderful cross-over novel.

Overall, I loved this book. I don't love everything...but this is one book that was just really, really interesting from the beginning to the end. And I want more people to read it!!


Note: Kelly, if you're reading...this is for you. Now read it! :)