Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Hardcover, 367 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Published by: Simon Pulse
Shade #2
Source: Library
For fans of: Paranormal, Romance, Ghosts, Music, Hot Guys

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart. (From Goodreads)
     There was so much I want to say about this book. Putting the words together for a review is going to be terribly hard. I just loved it to pieces. At some point it ripped me in shreds and other times it made me smile like the events had really happened to me. This book surprised me on so many levels because normally I DO NOT LIKE sequels but this was a GREAT follow up. I don't think I ever rated a sequel the same as the first book.... Since like... ever. 
     I think I liked this book so much because of all the information that was given.... And it was given in the right way. It wasn't an overload and seemed to be given at the right times. And with the information being about Aura, her mother, and someone else important in her life, not being weighted down with the information was a big plus. Because believe me when I tell you.... When you get to it, you will have the same reaction I did... "Mind = BLOWN!" It will seriously make you not want to do ANYTHING else but finish this book. 
     And you just cannot write a review about this book without talking about the boys. *le swoon* Zach, I am forever in love with you! You are the most perfect fictional man ever! Accent, not afraid to be yourself, seriously romantic, cares greatly about your girl, and uses your pain from the past to help you get through the future. If you don't call that absolutely amazing, I don't know what you would. As for Logan, I was definitely on your team in Shade (see my review HERE) But just like in real life, there came a time that I had to let you go. I found myself wishing you would move on and be happy. And let Aura be happy as well. And last but not least... WTH was with Dylan?! I found myself so mad at him and Aura. So many things that definitely shouldn't have been done. No matter what the cause was. 
    Finding out just how big a part that both Aura and Zach play in the Shift, I am sitting here DESPERATELY wanting the next book in the series, Shine. But still trying to decide if I want to read it right away... It would make the ending of the series too real... And I'm not sure if I'm ready for that yet. 
Overall, I give this

This is the "River scene" from Zach's point of view. If you read Shift and know what I'm referring to, definitely read this! You will NOT be disappointed! It's purely BEAUTIFUL! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 6/27/2012

This is a bookish meme hosted by Breaking the Spine! It features those books that we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for!!!

This week I'm waiting on a book with a very AMAZING premise. Like when I say AMAZING, I definitely mean it. And the cover of the book isn't bad either! Don't believe me, you be the judge! 

The Nightmare Affair
Expected Publication: March 5, 2013

16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.
Now the Dusty has to follow the clues--both within Eli’s dreams and out of them--to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

This book has such a unique premise and character..... I am literally DYING for this book. Like really. 

What do you think of it? What are you waiting on this week? 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #5

This meme shows the blogoshphere what we have bought, borrowed, received for review, or got just for fun. It's hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)

Sorry its a little late guys, but I swear I thought I had it scheduled, but it turned out I had just saved it as a draft.... 

Anyways, take a look at what I got this week:

Gifted: (from my most wonderful boyfriend who has given in to fueling my addiction :] )
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

What did you guys get this week? Leave a link and I'll be sure to comment! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Hardcover, 375 pages
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Published by: Penguin Young Readers Group
Source: Library
For fans of: Supernatural, Romance, Ghosts

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever. 

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. 

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after. 

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

     Everything about this book was amazing. From cover to cover. Speaking of the cover, it was what initially drew me to the book. After reading the story, it fits perfectly and I love it even more. 
     The actual story was fun and easy to read, even with a premise that could have been taken so seriously.   I also loved that the chapters were titled from song lyrics that went along with the events that played out in the chapter. To go along with that, I saw on her website that she had a playlist to go along with the book, so I was able to read and listen to it and it was great. It made me connect with them even more. But what I loved the most was the fact the comical aura of Brie even though she was D&G. I laughed throughout this entire book. 
     As far as the characters, they were all great assets to the story.  Everyone that was in it came with a specific purpose. There were some that I felt so incredibly sorry for and others that I felt so happy with and others that I was  sad about. My favorite character in the book though was not Brie, but Patrick. He was such a sweetie and he was there for Brie through everything. And he just seemed to complement Brie so well. From his constant teasing her to his seriousness about certain subjects.
     This book will leave you breathless. I certainly was. I found myself like oh yeah I know what's going on like trying to guess only to find out that Rothenberg went and through a plot twist in the mix. It was an amazing story. Spoiler... Highlight to see it...  (One thing that I would love to see though, is a story from Sadie's POV. I just want to see how she was feeling when the rumors were flying about her and Jacob and how she handled it.)
Overall, I give this 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bookish News & Cover Reveals!

So I know I've been MIA, but school and some personal reasons have been causing me not to be around as much :( But now I'm back in the swing of things, so be looking out for some catch up posts! 

With that being said, the past two weeks were filled with EPIC-ness! Yesterday a very COOL trailer hit the internet and tv! You should already know I'm talking about the Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 trailer! If you, ya know live under a rock or in a cave and haven't seen it yet, then this post is for you! 

The movie is set to release November 16, 2012

Me personally, I LOVE it and CANNOT wait. What about you guys? 
Do you like it? Can you wait for this EPIC finale?

The next thing that hit the book world, was the truly EPIC covers that have been released! Let me just tell you guys, these covers for the fall books are nothing short of AMAZING! I truly loved them all!So without further ado, take a look for yourself!

OMG!!!!! Guys look, I absolutely ADORE this series, and I'm soooooo glad they decided to keep the girl with the flowy dresses on the covers! Volume one (which can be seen here on GoodReads) was the opposite with a black background and a white dress and I merely liked it. I LOVEEEEE this one. I think it has to do with the dark on the light background. Whatever it is, it made me pre-order it from Barnes and Noble lol 

This one is the sequel to Darkness Before Dawn. I do like it, buttttt it kind of looks a little too similar to the first one. (Which can be seen here on GoodReads) I was a little surprised that it was out already though, seeing as the first just came out pretty recently, but hey, I'm all for it lol 

If you know me, you know one of my favorite series is the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White.... So naturally, I was excited when I heard she was starting a new series and it finally had a cover out!  I don't know about you, but the way it seems like the pictures are making up the bigger picture is sort of an illusion, which is a "mind game." I LOVE this cover because it fits so well with the title. I cannot wait for this!

Now I've only read the prequel and the first book in this series, but when I saw this, my jaw dropped! It is definitely time for me to get back into this series! Her eyes are piercing and purple and she seems so intense! I think this is one of my favorites for the week!

Ok, I lied.... THIS one is my favorite for the week. The smoke, the dress! Geez! I haven't even read the first one, but this cover alone is making me want it.... I thought the first was pretty (which can be seen here on Goodreads), but wow this one is GORGEOUS! I love how they kept the same color scheme too with the red, black, and white. 

And last but certainly not least, is this cover. It is actually the sequel to the Shatter Me series. I have not yet read it, but Tahereh Mafi is SOOOOOO sweet! (Follow her on Twitter @TaherehMafi to see what I mean!) These covers are actually the newer ones. I like both, but these ones are too DIE for. (You can see the first one here on GoodReads.) 

Monday, June 18, 2012

One Moment by Kristina McBride

E-ARC, 272 pages
Expected Publication: June 26, 2012
Published by: Egmont USA
For fans of: Contemporary, Mystery, Chick-lit, YA

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of OppositesOne Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

     I was originally intrigued by this book's GORGEOUS cover. Then when I read the blurb, I just had to read it. So I requested it. Well it wasn't that I didn't enjoy it, I just felt like it was extremely predictable. I knew everything and all the plot twists before they even happened. 
     But the thing that I did like about the book was the words and the feelings and emotions they brought on. I could feel the emotions that Maggie had just from reading McBride's words. 
     The one thing I didn't enjoy, was the romance part. I was expecting some kind of romance, but it felt like there was none present. Especially since I was able to guess before it even came up. I'm not sure if I would classify this as a contemporary romance, it seems more like a great mystery because all Joey's secrets were still left untold. 
Overall, I give this 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #4

This meme shows the blogoshphere what we have bought, borrowed, received for review, or got just for fun. It's hosted by Tynga's Reviews :) 

This week I out myself on a book buying ban since my TBR pile was so high. But then as soon as I did that, I began to get emails from NetGalley saying I was able to view these certain types of books. And low and behold, I got some good ones. So, without further ado, here's what I got: 

For Review:
One Moment Love and Other Perishable ItemsMeant to Be  Beautiful Lies

One Moment by Kristina McBride
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

A big thanks to Random House Publishing, Egmont, Bloomsbury, and NetGalley! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

TGIF & Follow Friday!

Sooo its Friday! Which means time off! And this week I was lucky enough to have the whole weekend off, so I'm super excited to just chill, relax, watch Glee on Netflix, and read :) 

So anyways, here's this weekend's questions:

Happy Father's Day! Who is your favourite dad character in a book and why?

Of course being the indecisive person I am, I can't pick just one. So, I'm going to go with three.... (lol no judgement please...)
1.The stereotypical answer of Charlie from the Twilight series. He just seemed so... well protective and loving. And he was always there for her. No matter if he wasn't around mostly for her. 
2. James from the Hex Hall series. He was just really great despite all the secrets he held. 
3. Lastly, I would choose the man from my favorite book EVER To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch. He was so driven and determined and heart felt! He was AMAZING! 

So those are my favorite dads. Anyone else choose what I did? Or agree with why I picked them? 

From your personal collection of books, which ones hold the most value to you?

I would definitely have to say without a shadow of a doubt, my Harry Potter series. I know this is probably the answer for almost EVERYONE, but in all honestly, I grew up with this story. I remember starting this series when I was in the fifth grade and re-reading it over and over even then. Also because I have so many memories surrounding the series. For instance, I remember finding out that the Hasting's in my city was staying open until 1:00 am to start selling the Harry Potter book at midnight. I remember asking my mom to let our aunt take us, and when she arrived, she was yelling about winning $400 off the lottery, but I was still more excited about going to get my Harry Potter book! lol I was also the first one in Galveston to get it from their store, so I got my picture taken and was put in the newspaper. It was a great night. But my favorite memory of all is receiving all the books the midnight it came out and going home to tease myself and only let myself read one chapter before going to sleep. It was torture, but I managed it. Gahhh there's so many more memories I have, but I figure me rambling like this is enough lol 

What do you guys hold near and dear to your hearts? Do you have any special memories surrounding those books that are your favorite?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Fault in Out Stars by John Green

Hardback, 318 pages
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Published by: Dutton Books
Source: Library
For fans of: Tear jerkers, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, YA

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. (-from GoodReads)

     First off, I want to say I thought this book would be a little hard to read considering my niece is named Hazel and my aunt has breast cancer. But somehow John Green found a way to take this sad situation and turn it into witty charismatic love story with some amazing characters.  
     The book was filled with power and emotion. And not all the emotion was bad. Just like in life, there were some fun times and other times they of course were not so good. Which is what I liked most about the novel. All the events that took place seemed so well researched and for it to be fiction, it seemed so real... And that's what I loved most about it. Although it was completely fiction, I still found that connection with Hazel and her family and I loved it. 
     As for their romance, I really thought it was amazingly sweet. Augustus was a very sweet boy and was just what Hazel needed to open her eyes about some things. They fit very well together and it was very evident that they loved each other.
     There is really nothing else I can say about this book. I loved every second of it and I am so glad I finally was able to read it. This is my first novel by John Green that I have read and I can definitely ensure you that it will NOT be the last. His way with words is something that cannot be ignored. 
Overall, I give this

Waiting on Wednesday: 6/13/12

This is a bookish meme hosted by Breaking the Spine! It features those books that we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for!!!

This week I'm waiting on a book that has recently been floating around the blogosphere for only a short time. But once word hit about this book, it seems like EVERYONE added it to their TBR pile! Including me! 

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Expected Publication: March 2013

Vane Weston should have died in the category five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past—except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She's swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she's real.

Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs. 

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, they start to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them. 

Set amongst the desert airstreams of Coachella Valley in California, LET THE SKY FALL is about two teenagers broken by their pasts, divided by their futures, and bound by love.

If the synopsis alone doesn't make you want to read it, look at that cover! I think its gorgeous! (It was actually what made me look the book up on GoodReads smh shame I know)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Paperback, 281 pages
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Series? Companion Novel. Hundred Oaks #1
Source: Library
For fans of: YA, Contemporary Romance, Sports. Strong Women

     What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate. (From GoodReads)

     With Jordan being the captain of HER football team, she has to continue proving to herself, her team, and her family that she isn't some wimpy little girl that cracks under pressure. And she does a really good job of that... Until the new guy comes to town.
     Jordan is a great character. She's strong, independent, focused, and determined. But somewhere along the way she forgot to be a girl. It was fun to see her remind herself though. Trying to decide on what underwear to wear and wearing her first fitted shirt in ages and awkwardly hanging out with the cheerleaders was hilarious. But then Ty comes into the picture. His past still torments him which ends up making him extremely clingy. Which made him try to contain Jordan. And no one (especially Jordan) likes that he's so controlling. 
     But out of nowhere comes the love triangle. I don't know how I didn't pick up on it. But after it was said, I began to look at all the signs and I was like "Ooooooh I see it now!" There were signs the entire beginning of the story, but I felt like Jordan did when it came to that situation... Completely lost. But in the end, I feel like she made the right decision. Her and the person she picked are definitely the perfect match :)
     The number one thing I loved about the story was the fact that it involved sports and romance. There aren't many books out there that contain both with the girl actually involved in the sport. And for the sport to be FOOTBALL of all things?! It was a different kind of premise and I loved it. I also loved the fact that it seemed to give some empowerment to women. I wanted to play football for my local Little League team when I was in the second grade, and I couldn't for the life of me understand why my mom wouldn't let  me but signed me up for girls basketball instead. By diving into this story, I was able to become Jordan and live out one of my fantasies. One of the main reasons I love reading so much. 
     Overall, I give this 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #3

This meme shows the blogoshphere what we have bought, borrowed, received for review, or got just for fun. It's hosted by Tynga's Reviews :) 

This week I decided to go to the library because I bought so many books last week. And low and behold, I got some GREAT books!

Borrowed from the library:

(Ignore my remote lol) 

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally 
I wanted this because its a combo of football and my favorite genre right now YA contemporary romance! #CurrentlyReading 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book was recommended to me... Multiple times. I couldn't do anything BUT pick it up.

The Disenchantments by Nia LaCour
Ok, I'm breaking all sorts of cardinal rules, but I liked the cover *gasp* yes I judged a book by its cover lol But the reviews on Goodreads haven't been too bad, so I'm going to give it a shot....

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
At first I didn't want to read this because I'm not a huge fan of historical type settings, but then I heard the romance was extra swoon-worthy for this type of book and decided to give it a go.

Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr
I'm not a fan of Faerys, but this is another one where I judged the book by its cover smh I have really got to stop that lol 

What did you all get???

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

E-Book, 384 pages
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012
Published  by: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley*
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, YA, Realistic Fiction, Hot Guys, Tear Jerkers
So wrong for each other...and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again. (-From GoodReads)

     This book was an emotional roller coaster. I cried my eyes out at some points and I smiled like an idiot at some points. But everything was so worth it. 
     Noah and Echo (I loved her name :] ) couldn't be more different. But through all their differences and the drama that is evident in their lives, they look at their similarities and fall for each other... And they fall hard.
     Both Echo and Noah are very strong characters. The story went back and forth between their point of views which made it easier to connect with both characters. This made every discovery they made about their past and each other even more intense.
     As for their romance, it felt real and not rushed. It wasn't the insta-love that normally creep up in YA novels and I really enjoyed that. I also loved the fact that McGarry didn't have to make any other part in the story suffer to help make their love work. Everything was well put together and well balanced. 
     Everyone should add this stunning debut by Katie McGarry to the TBR pile. She definitely does NOT disappoint. 
Overall, I give this 

*FTC Disclosure: I received this egalley from NetGalley. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Armchair BEA #4: Beyond the Blog

     Well, I've never even thought about expanding my blog to anything else, or monopolizing it and using it to make money. But I wouldn't want to do that because for now, its fun. Anything I have to do for money I assume is work lol and I don't want to consider blogging as work. Then I'd end up getting bored or annoyed with it. 
     But what I have considered is getting a career in the publishing world and/or in a library. At four years old (yes I said 4 lol) I told my mom "When I grow up I'm going to be a librarian." Amazingly, I never let go of that dream. I STILL want to become a librarian. But I have also found a new love of editing as I took on ARC's from NetGalley and other bloggers, or publishers. I know they say big as day *UNCORRECTED PROOF*, but I still think to myself hey this should be such and such. It's a bad habit, but good for practice. But right now, I am currently working towards a Master in Library Science and I am taking some elective classes such as Creative Writing and a small intern like thing for publishing is in my near future. So, as you can see, reading has been a huge part of my life since long before I started this blog. 
     So, with that being said, I guess I should add some random facts about me since I really didn't apply to the beyond the blog question.....

-I consider ALL types of reviews for EVERYTHING. Any time I am buying off line, or someone is telling me what I should read, or what food I should try, I ALWAYS consult reviews first. 

-I have a weird form of OCD. All my inanimate objects I must name. But only my electronics. (Example, My Nook =Nookie, my phone = Sophie, my laptop = Rayne and so on...) 

-I am a sweets FANATIC. My favorites are any type of sour gummy candy. 

-My real name is PATIENCE but I go by Nikki because no one ever believe me when I say it lol 

-I only drink cold coffee, but not hot. Unless my mom brews it and it has LOTS of creamer in it. lol 

-I am a HUGE sports buff. My undergraduate degree is in Mass Communication Broadcast Journalism with a Specialization in Sports. I LOVE ESPN and I am in love with all things NBA and NFL. (And Quidditch... But I didn't think that counted as much haha)

Well, that's about as random as it gets for me! Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 6/6/12

This meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine and it gives light to those books that we are waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! 

This week, my WoW is dedicated to the contemporary kick that I'm randomly on (If you know me, you know I usually don't read it unless there is some sort or paranormal character or some sort of dystopian world...) and the fact that its ironically Contemporary Month around the blogosphere. Here are a couple straight contemporary books that are by authors I have read, or plan to read in the near future.

Isla and the Happily Ever After 
by Stephanie Perkins
Expected Publication: 2013

Isla and the Happily Ever After is the final companion to Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Sadly there is no synopsis or cover, but that does not stop me from being excited. I LOVED St. Clair and I also loved Lola and her story. Perkins helped get me out of the no contemporary funk. 

Untitled (Fullriders #1) 
by Simone Elkeles
Expected Publication: 2013

"NYT bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series Simone Elkeles' first two books in her FULLRIDERS series, about high school football players from diverse backgrounds who seem to have gotten a "full ride" in life but whose lives are more complex than they seem, finding love where they least expect it and managing personal challenges on and off the field.

Sadly again there is no synopsis or cover, just another author that changed my views of contemporary YA with their previous stories. If you know me, you know that I gush and fan girl about the Perfect Chemistry series all the time and I can't wait to see what she gets when she brings in romance and my favorite sport!

Stealing Parker 
by Miranda Kenneally
Expected Publication: October 1, 2012

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.
So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?
But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

Ok, so I know I haven't read Catching Jordan yet, but that's actually next on my list... I'm visiting the library tomorrow and that's what I plan to get. 

So, if you have any other contemporaries that are out that you would like to recommend, if you know of any good ones coming out, or if you just want me to visit your WoW, leave me a comment and I definitely will! 

Armchair BEA #3: Networking in Real Life

     Unfortunately, I am not one of those fortunate enough to have much experience in this category. Granted I have a couple friends who I knew before I started blogging who read just as much as me, but none really that I just gained from the blogging world and speak with all the time. And with me being such an introvert, its hard for me to just jump out and be like "HI I'M NIKKI WANT TO BE MY FRIEND?!" lol (Ok, I know it probably wouldn't be like THAT, but still lol) I do have some friends who I have gained from winning giveaways, and commenting on their posts, or them commenting on mine, such as Sara over at Forever 17 Books. She usually has the same opinion in books as me, so I usually like "stalk" her blog for her memes and reviews lol
     Another unfortunate thing is the fact that the town where I stay only has one Barnes and Noble and it serves as the university campus bookstore. However we do have a Hasting's that is barely hanging on to life. Yes, my town is just that small. So, with that being said, there are never any author events, or bookish events for that matter, near where I am. The closest would be Houston which is an hour away or Dallas which is three hours away and with me being a student and having a job, it gets hard to try and get to those places.
     I see networking as having someone I can "fangirl" with on the regular and they not think I'm strange. Basically just being a YA Book Club lol (Btw, I have been looking everywhere for one near me. Unfortunately they don't have one of those either :\)
     I don't really have any advice for anyone except to continue to put your blog out there so that it is seen and to join in with different memes and activities that go in the blogging world. Also, getting other social medias that have to do with your blog is a good idea. There have been many pageviews that I received just from posting my blog links to my Twitter.  Me personally, I have a twitter account, a Tumblr, a Library Thing account, a GoodReads account, and of course I'm on Barnes and Noble. And if you guys have ANY advice for me, leave me a comment and let me know! Or, if you would like to be my fangirl go to person, let me know that as well lol You can see all the books I reviewed and a link to them on my tab titled "Reviews A-Z by Title."

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