Month: April 2013

Bout of Books Readathon!

Posted April 29, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading
I will be attempting to read all week!


My Goals

  • To read as much as I possibly can
  • To meet more bloggers and become friends!


Books to Read

  • List to come!

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Forty Days [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

Posted April 24, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Welcome to my stop on the Forty Days blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!
Title: Forty Days
Author: Stephanie Parent
Series: Neima’s Ark, #1
Release Date: February 10 2013
Source: eCopy for honest review and blog tour, about 125 pages
Average Rating: 4.04
Challenge: 2013 Page Challenge

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic……until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive? With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story. FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending. Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

First Lines:
“My grandfather is a madman, and the entire village knows it.”
My Thoughts:
How about that for a first line, huh? This book has a very interesting subject. Who has retold the story of Noah’s Ark? I don’t think it has been redone. So, I was very intrigued with being able to have the chance to read and review this short novel.
It is a very east read, it can be read in a few short hours. All-in-all, I liked the story and the whole gist of it. However, there were times where it was monotonous and the plot at times felt like it was going a little slow. But, other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think that the characters were pretty well done. I would have liked to see a little bit more characterization in all of the characters, but that can come in the second part, right?
I think that if you are into historical fiction, with some action and romance, you should pick up this book and at least give it a shot.  But beware, there is a cliffhanger ending! I know, the problems that happen when you’re a book lover. Honestly, I will be checking out Forty Nights when it comes out!

(Technically, I’d give it a 3.5)

About the Author:

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.
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Cinder [Review]

Cinder [Review]

Posted April 17, 2013 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

First Lines: “The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another.” My Thoughts: I loved this book! So much! I didn’t think I was going to […]

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Top Ten Tuesday (13)

Top Ten Tuesday (13)

Posted April 16, 2013 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. This week is a rewind: Top Ten Favorite Book Covers: 1. Waiting on Forever by Ashley Wilcox One, I’m super excited to start reading this book for a blog tour that I am a part of. Two, the girl on the cover […]

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The Unloved [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

The Unloved [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

Posted April 12, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Welcome to my stop on The Unloved blog tour by Jennifer Snyder hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule! Title: The UnlovedAuthor: Jennifer SnyderRelease Date: 07/30/12263 pagesSummary from Goodreads: Sometimes the love our heart needs to heal can be found in the familiar eyes of a childhood friend…Julie Porter learned the hard way that […]

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[Cover Reveal] Love at 11

[Cover Reveal] Love at 11

Posted April 11, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: Love at 11 Author: Mari Mancusi Genre: Contemporary Age Group: New Adult Cover Designer: Okay Creations Expected re-release date: April 24, 2013 Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours   When Maddy graduated from Columbia University, she was ready to change the world. She’d get a job at Newsline, meet a nice guy, and live […]

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And Then I Found You [Blog Tour]

And Then I Found You [Blog Tour]

Posted April 8, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Click here to see the rest of the tour schedule! Title: And Then I Found You Author: Patti Callahan Henry Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: April 9 2013 Source: Uncorrected eCopy, about 272 pages Average Rating: 4.12 Challenge: 2013 Page Challenge Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices. She’s made them before. Now […]

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Strangelets [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

Strangelets [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

Posted April 6, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Visit the rest of the Blog Tour here Title: Strangelets Author: Michelle Gagnon Series: N/A Publisher: Soho Teen Release Date: April 9 2013 Source: eCopy Average Rating: 3.42 17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley […]

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[Cover Reveal] Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett

[Cover Reveal] Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett

Posted April 4, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

  Title: Off Limits Author: Sawyer Bennett Genre: Contemporary Romance Age Group: New Adult Cover Designer: Vitalink Expected release date: April 16, 2013  “There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it.” Two years ago, Emily Burnham, […]

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Monthly Releases [1]

Monthly Releases [1]

Posted April 3, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

So, I’ve decided to have a post once a month that is dedicated to that months book releases. I’ve seen a few people do posts like this or similar to this. And, I’d like to start it as well. :] So, since this is my birthday month and since I am hosting a giveaway, why […]

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