Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reverse Thursday: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 Reverse Thursday is a feature/MeMe that I think I came up with. I haven't seen anything like it around. If there is I'm sorry just let me know, and I can give credit where due. :)
What is Reverse Thursday you ask?
Well I started thinking that we give so much love to those books that we are waiting on that aren't released yet that maybe we forget those that have been out for awhile. I know I'm totally horrible about this.That's why so many older books go unread by me. So to fix that problem Reverse Thursday was born. It's kind of like a TBT (Throwback Thursday for books)


What I picked this week?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Hardcover372 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by Dutton Juvenile 

Outline:
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


Why I chose this?
It was so hyped up that I think I kind of let it slip through the reading cracks, but I really want to see
why there are so many good reviews on it.

Books in this series
Lola and the boy next door
Isla and the happily ever after

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Readathon: Bout of Books: Main Spring 2015

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th  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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Monday: May 11th
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Tuesday: May 12th
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Wednesday: May 13th
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Thursday: May 14th
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Friday: May 15th
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Saturday: May 16th
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Sunday: May 17th
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BOOKS ON THE LIST TO READ 
I realize there are quite a few books on this list, and I'm sure I won't get to them
all.  I'm pretty pumped to knock out some books. :)

Books
Betrayals by Lili St.Crow

Waiting on Wed: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

Waiting on Wed is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
It's something that she does every Wed where we pick a book that hasn't been released yet.

Author: Carolyn Lee Adams
Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Simon Pulse
A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.

Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless.

When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup trick, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.

At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.

The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.

Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.
Why I'm waiting on this?
I like books like this that have that thrill in them.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Blitz and Giveaway: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A letter from Sabaa Tahir.

    Dear Readers,

    Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

    And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

    All my best,

    Sabaa



Title: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


Check out the book trailer!



About Sabaa:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.








Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US Only.

Ends on May 9th at Midnight EST!

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This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters who just are...


Hi everybody! How's everyone's week been going? 

 If you want to see all the other top ten post head on over to The Broke and the Bookish.

Todays topic
Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)

Snarky
 1.Cammie from The Gallagher Girls Series
-Where are we putting paper towels again? (Bex)
Depends. What's on it? (Liz)
Spaghetti Sauce ...I think or blood? (Bex)
So either they love pasta or are a family of axe murders? (Cammie)

2. Evie From The Paranormalcy Series
 We spent the rest of the morning conjugating. (a word that sounds dirty but is in fact boring)-Evie

3. Sophie from The Hex Hall Series
-I tugged at my brand new Hecate Hall-issue blue plaid skirt (kilt? Some sort of bizarre skirt/kilt hybrid? A skilt?)  (Sophie)
-Or maybe they were staring at me as I tried to descreetly wipe sweat away from between my breasts with-out appearing to get to second base with myself. (Sophie)

4. Alona from The Ghost and the Goth Series

5. Rose from The Vampire Academy Series
-I don't think it's fair to keep me away from umm religious beliefs. (Rose)
I wasn't aware you had any religious beliefs (Kirova)
I found Jesus while I was gone. (Rose)
Isn't your mother an Athiest (Kirova)
And my dad's probably muslim, but I've moved on to my own path. (Rose)

6.Adrian from The Bloodline Series/Vampire Academy
- Some of the best things in life happen while sweating (adrian)

and still working on it.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Keeping You Posted: Life isn't always rainbows and Unicorns

"Keeping you posted" is my weekly round-up from Monday-Sunday. Things I've posted on the blog the past week, and things that have gone on in my life.


Real Life Happenings
I don't mean to sound so negative, but have you ever had one of those weeks where you're glad it's finally over? If you're a regular follower then maybe you've seen other posts of mine where I seem down. It's something that I struggle with daily. Some days I can get through just fine without feeling that hopelessness, and other days (or 7 if you count this week) I feel like everything I do is wrong. I love my job, I love my husband, but sometimes there's that nagging feeling that I could be better, do better, and it totally sucks because I feel like I'm letting people down. Having people constantly tell you that you need to do it better doesn't help either. I know my hubby loves me, and I know he tries, but when I get like this I know I'm difficult. I shut down. I push him away. I don't do it to hurt him (yet I know it does.) I do it because it's part of me being depressed. It's a coping mechanism. If I let it go maybe it will go away. (Note- It doesn't) I finally couldn't handle it Friday, and the tears came out. If you know someone who suffers from depression remember it's not something that goes away, and it eats at us everyday. Whether we show it or not.

What happened on the blog this past week?
Monday
Nothing

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday



Sunday


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sharing with the Group (End of April)



Bought
Of Metal and Wishes by Sara Fine
Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
Survival Colony Nine Joshua David Bellin

Won from Andye at Reading Teen
The Eternity Key by Bree Despain (signed)

Won from TheNovl
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

Won from Christina at Confessions of a book Addict
At the waters Edge by Sara Gruen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade


AUTHOR: Stacey Kade
PUBLISHER: 
 Hyperion
PAGES: 304
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series (The Ghost and the goth, Body and Soul)
SOURCE: bought
OUTLINE:

The Ghost

Okay, I admit it. I'm not perfect, no matter what you've heard. First off, I'm dead. Second, I got send back from the Great Beyond. I mean, seriously, who is running things up there? Now I have to spend the summer after my senior year working - and on behalf of a bunch of whiny spirits, no less. But a girl's got to what a girl's got to do.

It's a good thing Will Killian is still around. Even though he drives me crazy, and he could seriously do with a tan - Hello! It's summer! - I'm glad he's here to help me. Now he's all distracted by this frizzy-aired girl who can - big deal - communicate with the dead, too. Whatever. I don't need Will. But there are some things - like saving my parents from a couple of horrible mistakes - that would be easier with his assistance. Still, I will get what I want... with or without him.

The Goth
I'm still totally amazed that Alona Dare is my spirit guide and that it works. Yes, I've had a crush on her since sixth grade, but I also kind of hated her. And sure, she had to die before she'd talk to me - but I don't know, I kind of like having her around.

Things get confusing when I meet Mina, who's the first ghost-talker I've ever encountered (other than my dad). I always thought Alona and I were doing the right thing helping those other ghosts, but mina has me thinking otherwise. Plus, she might know stuff about my dad that even my mum doesn't. But if there's one thing I should have learned by now, it's not to ignore Alona. That's never a good idea.

MY THOUGHTS
I'm not going to lie the covers are what really had me interested in the series. Suffice to say that I've not had a problem with the first two books. The Ghost and the Goth was definitely a first book. We met the characters, we dove into the lives a little bit. We got just enough that we wanted to know more.

I really enjoyed Queen of the Dead. Alona and Will find new troubles as they continue to play ghost hunters. Although they begin their stories together in Queen of the Dead they start to drift and Will becomes invested in learning about this group of ghost talkers who claim to have known his dad. They want him to join their cause, and while doing so he neglects to  help Alona whose persistence to help her family not forget her causes more of a problem. She gets herself stuck in Will's comatosa friend.

You really got to hate to love Alona (yes I know it's love to hate, but go with me here.) even in death she knows what she wants. She'll step on people to get what she wants, but I love that she also knows how to show compassion when needed. I can't wait to read the next book to see how she gets outta the predicament shes in.

Poor Will is stuck between what he's always done, and what he's found out so which one is right?


Follow Friday: That which we call a rose by any other name

Question of the Week: How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you? - Suggested by The Paperback Princess



Answer:

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.  
Why did I choose Bookaholics Anonymous as the name?

Well like I said in one of my above post I had another blog for about 20 days and it was okay. However it just wasn't catchy enough for my taste. One day I remember talking to my Sis-in-law, and she mentioned how I should join a group for bookaholics. Then it hit me AA. There should be a group of people sitting around talking about their book addictions. I was in love <3. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reverse Thursday: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

 Reverse Thursday is a feature/MeMe that I think I came up with. I haven't seen anything like it around. If there is I'm sorry just let me know, and I can give credit where due. :)
What is Reverse Thursday you ask?
Well I started thinking that we give so much love to those books that we are waiting on that aren't released yet that maybe we forget those that have been out for awhile. I know I'm totally horrible about this.That's why so many older books go unread by me. So to fix that problem Reverse Thursday was born. It's kind of like a TBT (Throwback Thursday for books)


What I picked this week?
Wicked Lovely by Melissa MarrPublished June 12th 2007 by HarperTeen
Outline:
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.


Why I chose this?
I have yet to read a book by Melissa Marr even though I have each book in this series and a few on my kindle. I've read through some of the goodreads reviews and they vary. 

Have you read this series by Melissa Marr?
Ink Exchange (Book 2)
Fragile Eternity (Book 3)
Radiant Shadows (Book 4)
Darkest Mercy (Book 5)

Should I put it up higher on  my list?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Subscription Box: Book Riot box for April


This is the box for April



Waiting on Wed: Mindwalker by A.J Steiger

Waiting on Wed is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
It's something that she does every Wed where we pick a book that hasn't been released yet.

Author: A.J Steiger
Expected publication: June 9th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers 
At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain's superiors warn her to stay away. Steven's scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven's memories, it becomes clear that he's connected to something much bigger…something the Institute doesn't want the world to discover.

Lain never expected to be a rule breaker. She certainly didn't plan on falling in love with a boy she's been forbidden to help. But then, she never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.
Why I'm waiting on this?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Review: Love, Lucy by April Linder



AUTHOR: April Linder
PUBLISHER: 
 Poppy
PAGES: 304
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Stand alone
SOURCE: E-Arc from Netgalley
OUTLINE:

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse have to be, does it?
In this stunning novel, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

MY THOUGHTS
I'll admit I haven't read any of April Linder's other re-tellings like Jane or Catherine, but if they're similar to this then I don't know what I've been waiting for. I'm not a huge fan of romance-y type books, but sometimes I need a little fluff. Love, Lucy is definitely that fluff read. It gives you that hope that sometimes summer romance turns into something more, or that Paris fling turns into a thing. :) 

Love, Lucy was told in two parts.
Part one: Italy
Part two: Philadelphia
and then an epilogue of sorts called Florence

Part one: Italy
As slow as the beginning was I still really enjoyed the story. In Italy, Lucy roams about with her friend, but what she doesn't expect is to fall for a guy who they kick out his hotel room. How does that even work? Steal the guys room and steal a kiss.  I guess. Over the course of being in Italy Lucy ends up spending more time with Jess, and less with the friend she came with. Musicians always seem to fall in love so easy which I guess I can understand. Play me a song, and it's on. I think that's a sweet gesture. When Lucy's time in Italy was over I became a little sad. I didn't really care to see her life at a school, or anywhere Jess wouldn't be. A deal is a deal though and she had to return to the states and keep the promise she made to her dad. 


"Well, you can't have the spotlight and the applause without the auditions and the stage fright," Sarah said.

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