Sunday, May 31, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Spelled by Betsy Schow


Spelled
by Betsy Schow
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Rate: 3 Stars

Synopsis:

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after. 

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.


I had my doubts about whether or not I would enjoy this book. 
In the beginning it seemed like it was going to be a miss because it was a bit slow and uneventful. As Dorthea and The Prince began the wacky journey that she set in motion with wishing on a cursed star it became clear that it would be a fun, crazy and enjoyable read.

Most of the crowd had dispersed. The final few stragglers looked at me with the all­too-common look of fear mixed with trepidation. Pix ’em. They were just servants. It wasn’t like their opinion mattered.
Only one remained, watching me with open curiosity. He looked to be in his late teens or was magically enhanced to appear so. He could have been a hundred for all I knew. I’d never seen him before in my life. He was handsome enough, for a commoner, even in his worn leather pants and cracked work boots. A foreigner, his hair was unruly and dark auburn, which complemented his tanned but dirt-smudged complexion, though the tall, dark stranger vibe was ruined by his piercing pale blue eyes.
Well, I’d had enough of being a sideshow for the day. “If you’re the new gardener, the hedges are overgrown and in need of a trim.” I pointed in the direction of my father. “While you’re there, you can help the king with the wisps.”
The young man’s expression clouded over, but he didn’t move.
I stamped my foot and pointed more forcefully. “Off with you. Courtyard’s that way. Be sure to clean those awful boots before coming back in.”
“Someone told me I’d find a princess of great worth here. One with the strength to be the hero this realm needs.” He stared at me with those unsettling blue eyes. They were cold, like ice water—made me shiver from head to toe. Then his gaze seemed to search even deeper. Finally, he looked through me, like I was nothing.
In brisk steps, he strode across the marble to the courtyard. But before crossing the threshold, he turned back to glare at me with his lip curled ever so slightly. “It seems she was mistaken.”
Just like that, I had been sifted, weighed, and found wanting.
I felt my own lip curl in response. How rude! Who the Grimm was this peasant to judge me? I was wearing a Glenda original. Original! Not some fairy-godmother knockoff worn by those servant girls turned royal. I was a crown princess, for the love of fairy, and no one dismissed me.
Before I could put the boy in his place—down in the dirt, where he belonged—a clatter came from behind, making me nearly jump out of my shoes. I checked and was relieved that Sterling had simply dropped his sword. By the time I looked back, the gardener was gone.
After stowing his blade, Sterling held up his shield, not in defense of the entrance but so he could look at his reflection. “Clearly he’s blind and doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
I didn’t ask for Sterling’s opinion, but it made me feel better.
Until he opened his mouth again.
“Worth, pffft. I mean, look around at all the jewels. Your palace has everything you could ever want. Honestly, I don’t know what you’re fussing about. Why would anyone want to leave?”
Because a cage is still a cage, no matter how big or glittering the bars are.
And I would find a way free, no matter the cost.





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BETSY SCHOW is the TODAY Show featured author of the non-fiction book, Finished Being Fat; however she’s been mixing up real life and fantasy for as long as she can remember. If someone were to ask about her rundown truck, she’s 100% positive that mechanical gremlins muck up her engine. And the only reason her house is dirty is because the dust bunnies have gone on strike. She lives in Utah with her own knight in geeky armor and their two princesses (that can totally shapeshift into little beasts). When not writing, she acts as the Tournament Director for Odyssey of the Mind and helps teach kids creative thinking (or how to turn their toasters into robots).
Her debut novel, Spelled, comes out June 2015 from Sourcebooks. She is represented by Michelle Witte, Mansion Street Literary Agency.


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Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: Charmed by Michelle Krys


AUTHOR: Michelle Krys
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series
PAGES: 368
SOURCE: Edelweiss

Outline:
Indie has spent the last few weeks frantically searching for Paige. She's tried every spell imaginable, but witchcraft has gotten her nowhere, and she's going crazy with guilt. Despite what her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, tells her, Indie knows it's her fault her best friend was kidnapped by the Priory. And with the Priory destroyed, finding Paige feels more hopeless than ever-especially when Indie discovers that Paige isn't even on Earth. She's trapped in Los Demonios, an alternate dimension of Los Angeles filled with evil paranormals. No one who has gone there has ever come out.

Fueled by terror and loyalty, Indie is desperate to find a way into the underworld prison. She'll worry about getting out later. But facing the dark world's most dangerous witches and warlocks on her own means keeping her plan hush-hush-and forging alliances with some sketchy people, including a seriously sexy sorcerer.

Sometimes a witch must keep secrets from the people she cares about most. And sometimes she isn't the only one with secrets…


MY THOUGHTS

The stakes are definitely upped in Charmed the second book in Michelle Krys' Hexed Series.
Ever since Indie found out she was a witch, and her life went through the ringer it seems to be non-stop.  She doesn't know where her BF Paige is at, but she will STOP at nothing to find her. Even if it means going against the people who care for her (and are just trying to keep her safe.) 

Basically the story revolves around Indie trying to find Paige and when she learns that she's trapped in a witch/wizard prison she finds a way to get there, and along the way meets some helpful (and hot) guides. Not only that, but she learns truths about others and herself that could either break or make her.

Indie is definitely becoming a favorite of mine for so many reasons. I mean sure she started off kind of bratty and snobby, but she's grown so much. She's caring and loyal to a fault, determined, strong willed and like I said will stop at nothing to find her friend. :)  I enjoyed seeing her powers become something more than just flying, and what not.

Then you still have Bishop hanging around. We really didn't see a whole lot of him like I wanted. :( We did get to meet another yummy character named Cruz (see a paragraph above). 

There are definitely some unfortunate events that happened that made me wanna cry.

Blog Tour + GIveaway: Charmed by Michelle Krys

CHARMED (The Witch Hunter #2) by Michelle Krys Official Blog Tour Hosted by MMSAI Tours 

ABOUT THE BOOK
 CHARMED The Witch Hunter #2
Author: Michelle Krys
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Delacote Press

SYNOPSIS: Indie has spent the last few weeks frantically searching for Paige. She's tried every spell imaginable, but witchcraft has gotten her nowhere, and she's going crazy with guilt. Despite what her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, tells her, Indie knows it's her fault her best friend was kidnapped by the Priory. And with the Priory destroyed, finding Paige feels more hopeless than ever-especially when Indie discovers that Paige isn't even on Earth. She's trapped in Los Demonios, an alternate dimension of Los Angeles filled with evil paranormals. No one who has gone there has ever come out. Fueled by terror and loyalty, Indie is desperate to find a way into the underworld prison. She'll worry about getting out later. But facing the dark world's most dangerous witches and warlocks on her own means keeping her plan hush-hush-and forging alliances with some sketchy people, including a seriously sexy sorcerer. Sometimes a witch must keep secrets from the people she cares about most. And sometimes she isn't the only one with secrets…

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi there! I’m the author of the YA novel HEXED, out now from Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books, as well as the sequel, CHARMED, and a separate, standalone novel called  DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY. I live in Northwestern Ontario with my husband and son and work part-time as a NICU nurse. I’m repped by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Book Blitz: Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

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NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’sThunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

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   About NOWHERE BUT HERE: An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
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From Emily's Point of View.
Set up: Emily is riding a motorcycle for the very first time and she's riding it with Oz.

THE MOTORCYCLE ACCELERATES AND THE FEW inches I had established between me and Oz: gone. My body slides forward, colliding into his, and we click together like two puzzle pieces. Heat rushes up my neck and onto my cheeks. My thighs are too close to his, too tight against his body and this is way more intimate than I have been before with a guy.
Even when the two of us kissed.
Oz veers left, away from Olivia’s, away from the main road, and the entire motorcycle pitches to the side. My heart thun­ders and my fingers clutch not only at Oz’s belt loop, but at the material of his jeans, and his hips.
Oz glances at me over his shoulder as the bike straightens out. “Lean with it, Emily.”
Right. Lean with Oz and the bike. Got it. The narrow road curves ahead and this time when Oz and the bike tilt, I move along with it. Oz releases one of the amazingly high handlebars and massages my knee before returning his hand to the grip. Whether in reassurance or to affirm I mastered the curve I don’t know, but either way, I sit higher.
The wind whips through my hair and onto my face and I shut my eyes for a brief second and pretend that I’m flying. There’s something energizing, something hypnotic, something inside me that begs to burst out of a cage in search of freedom.
The motorcycle kicks forward and our speed increases. Beams of sunlight filter through the towering trees and green foliage blurs together as we fly over the road. From head to toe, my body vibrates with the loud growling of the power­ful machine.
My knee still tingles from where Oz laid his fingers on me and I’ve never been more aware of my hands in my life. I should let go of Oz’s body, but I can’t. Belt loops weren’t enough and my fingers have somehow edged up and onto his sides. Oz is solid. Yes, definitely solid. Every inch of him that I touch is tight muscle.
Oz is a year older than me, but somehow he seems older, wiser and hotter than any other guy I’ve known. Just the way he rides his bike creates this overabundance of confidence.
Warm sensations I’ve never experienced before blossom through me. We enter another curve and I lean with him. I like how in sync I’ve become with Oz and the motorcycle. Like we’ve merged into one.
The purr of the engine deepens and Oz eases the bike to a stop. His feet hit the ground and he turns the machine off. It’s as if all sound in the world ceased, or maybe I’ve gone deaf because there’s no way anything can be this still or silent.
The wind picks up and the silence is frightened away with the roar of the trees bending. Both Oz and I shift with the flow of air and Oz doesn’t move the bike until the breeze gentles.
Oz kicks down the stand and the bike tilts, but not too much. He sets a hand over the fingers that I laced together across his stomach. Oh, hell, I’m plastic wrapped to him. I drop my head onto his shoulder and it places me closer, and closer is not what I need.
I go to unglue myself, but Oz squeezes my fingers, send­ing a jolt of electricity up my arms. “You okay?”
I have to clear my throat to speak and that just sucks. “Yes.”
Oz slides his fingers against mine and a fluttering occurs in my stomach. It’s a light fluttering. Ticklish even, and my survival instincts scream at me to get off this motorcycle.




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About Katie McGarry: 
Katie McGarry Author Photo  Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.  

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wed: Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke


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: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Hardcover, 343 pages
Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Saga Press
Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:

Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.

Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter.

Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret.

Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve.

But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, factions will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over…
Why I'm waiting on this?
It sounds a bit different with the 4 Main characters (I'm assuming). The cover is also a bit mysterious looking.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Summer in the title


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
Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads 
(I actually did it a little differently this time so I hope you enjoy)

I haven't read any of these, but I have Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson on my kindle and the summer series by Jenny Han on my shelf along with Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Subscription Box: Owlcrate Box for May


Here's what I got in my May Box.

This months box theme was Parallel Worlds


Here's everything from the box.


The book that came in this months box was Magonia


The card that tells what's in the box.


These are book stickers


Geek Tats of Alice in Wonderland


A pretty sticker


Signed book plate

Book Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys


AUTHOR: Michelle Krys
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series
PAGES: 384
SOURCE: Edelweiss

Outline:
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.



My thoughts
Witches will forever and always be my most favorite of the supernatural. (I know that my favorite series happens to be about vampires, but overall it's witches that I love.) I think it's because they are the most relate-able to humans. I mean face it they're humans with magic. An old friend and I even had a never-ending story going about witches and fairies. Can you guess which I was?

With that being said, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy Hexed or not. Hexed is just one among millions of witch books out there, and you have to have something pretty amazing to catch my attention. 

The beginning was a bit slow, but as the story progressed it picked up the pace. Things started to happen, and Indie began to learn who she was. (Being popular is not always what it looks to be) There were things that happened to her throughout the book that kept putting her in tough situations, but I believe she came out on top as best she could. -insert boy here-

What is it with these boys named Bishop that have this alluring factor to them. (See-The Book of Ivy) I'll admit at times I thought Bishop was an ass, but in time he became an ass that I liked. (personality wise people)

Paige is the kind of friend you always hope you'll have growing up, and then well on in to adult hood. Sure Indie treated her like a lepper for so many years, and then when Indie's life begin to crumble who was it she went to for help? Paige. She stood by Indie. I loved watching the friendship grow.

There were more characters throughout the story Jezebel (a hot with friend of Bishops), The Priory (Sorcerers set on killing witches), The Family (The Witches Coven basically), Aunt Penny (Indies wild Aunt), Leo (Bad guy), and more. I believe will see them a bit more in Charmed. Well at least some of them.

So with the pace and characters out of the way...
There was one main part in the book that had me grasping my seat and gasping for air. I literally had an intake of air when Indi's mom died. My hubby looked over at me, and was like are you okay. Probably wasn't a good idea while he was driving. (My poor husband and what he deals with when I'm reading. I love him so much.) 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers of 2015 I love


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
It's a freebie -said in the mario accent-
I picked Book covers of 2015 I love.

1.
I think I like this one because of the colors. I love red and black.

2.
I love that it looks like you're looking down the staircase, and the little spot of red is maybe a person.

3.
I pretty much love all the covers in this series.

4.
This one is just pretty, and fairytale-ish

5.
I love the covers two both her books. Entwined is beautiful as well.

6.
I like the cartoonish feel of this one.

7.
I like the the use of colors in this one.

8.
These are really pretty covers in this series.

9.
I like the dress.

10.

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