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Exclusive Cover Reveal and Giveaway!!!!

Published July 27, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Blurb:
I could be surrounded by a million people, but I would still feel alone. I smile on the outside, but inside I feel like I’m slowly dying. I cry out for help, but nobody sees me, at least not the real me. They see a façade, a mask that I put on to hide the pain.
 
I pretend that I’m normal, but really, what is normal? Maybe what I’m feeling is normal. The hurt, the disappointment, the loneliness… it could be all just be a part of life. Maybe I will never know what normal is.
 
I put on long sleeves and makeup to hide the bruises, but they only mask the outside. What happens when I can’t carry my burden alone any longer? What would happen if I told somebody the truth?
Don’t Tell is a YA Contemporary Romance about love, forgiveness and hope.  Coming Fall 2012.
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VERY short bio:
Mercy Amare writes YA fiction books. She has a slight addiction to NOS, and her guilty pleasure is Pretty Little Liars.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure you click on the link to go to the Rafflecopter to sign up for the giveaway!!! I will randomly pick a winner but the winner I will pick will be someone who has done all 6 rules. I really hope you enjoy this book!!!!! I will pick a winner on July 30th, 2012 at 8PM EST (7pm CST, 6PM MST, and 5PM PST). It can be international as well since the ebook is coming from Smashwords!!! ENJOY

The Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (Glitch #1)

Published July 26, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (Glitch #1)

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy. From Goodreads.

I got this book from Netgalley a few months ago; I don’t know what I was doing waiting to read it. I loved it so much I didn’t want to put it down to sleep last night. Zoe and Adrien were sooo cute; I just wanted her to be happy after everything that she learned.

I love how Zoe thinks that she is in this all alone but after an almost disastrous run in with one of the Uppers, Adrien is almost always there to make sure that she is safe. It was amazing that she was learning all her emotions and how felt about everything. I like how they are basically super heroes in a way, they all have different Gifts. Adrien can see the future, Max can shift into anyone in a way its shifting, Molla has X-Ray vision (awesome I know) and Zoe has telekinesis, I think her ability might be the coolest.

The book is about trusting friends, trying to find yourself and being family. Reading this book made me realize how we all basically take what we feel for granted and I know I would be devastated if I was basically made into a zombie.  Throughout the story you learn with Zoe as she finds out familial love, love love, hate and hurt, betrayal, fear, anger and everything else.

Even though I was totally Team Adrien, I have to say that I felt bad for Max. He just wanted Zoe so bad but he didn’t seem to realize that they didn’t seem right for each other. Now what he did to Molla was really messed up, I felt so bad for her. Especially at the end of the book, which I won’t tell you what happens because I am sure you are going to want to read it yourself.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday!!!

Published July 25, 2012 by crysbookreviews

The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.

When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.

What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.

But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.

Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.

A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT. From Goodreads.

Why Am I Waiting For It?

I have been waiting a while for this book because I absolutely LOVED the Mephisto Covenant. I can’t wait to read this book because that means I get to reread the first one. Which also means you guys get another review. The covers to both books are amazing. This book comes out September 25, 2012. I will definitely have the book ASAP, I can’t wait to find out which brother she will redeem.

Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson

Published July 25, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson

I swear, my life was always totally normal.

Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don’t have any superpowers, no one’s showing up to tell me I’m a princess you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.

And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.

But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . . From Goodreads.

Oh how I love vampire stories. Obviously that stems from no not Twilight, but from Anne Rice and the black and white version of Dracula that I have loved since I was a kid.

Sophie is a hilarious character; she is always snooping around but totally blames it on the fact that she is a journalist. She is a total loner and doesn’t have any friends even though people try to be her friend all the time. I like that she cares about her school and her stepsister enough to do some crazy things. Of course who wouldn’t do that for her family?

I like how James and Sophie’s friendship and relationship was, I loved that they are always joking with each other and obviously cared about each other before he moved away with his family. Every vampire in the book except for Vlad had their moments where they were really funny. Vlad mainly stayed crazy for me, I couldn’t believe that he threatened Sophie then did a complete 180 with her.

Of course he was too late and she was with James at that point, kinda at least. Sophie gave up her life for her stepsister just so she could live. Of course James made sure that she didn’t go away because he has loved her since they were kids. I almost want that there to be a second book to see how Sophie handles everything else now. But as a standalone it was really good. I laughed throughout the book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Published July 25, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale. From Goodreads.

I read the synopsis of this book and I was like “Oh wow, this sounds really good. I can’t wait to read this.” I was definitely let down in the story. I really felt that the story lacked something, don’t get me wrong it was a cute story but I just couldn’t get into it as much as a lot of other books that I have read recently.

I like how the main character, Delilah, likes to read books, even if they are children’s fairy tale books. I like fairy tale books as much as the next person, I just felt that she was missing something, some anger toward her dad for leaving her and her mom and starting a family all the way on the other side of the planet. Anger for her mom thinking she was crazy, which honestly if I had a child and they were telling me that a character in a book was talking to them I might think the same thing but if I was Delilah I would have been furious that my mom didn’t believe me.

Oliver definitely sounded like the heart-breaker that he obviously was, since he broke the princess’s heart while he feel in love with Delilah. Of course, I really like how the author of Between the Lines (the book in the book, I know slightly confusing) imaged Oliver after her son Edgar. Oliver had his moments of complete bravery and it was nice to see.

I really liked the idea of a mom and daughter working together to create this story, and I think they did a good job with story. I just have that personal vendetta against the insta-love that this book had. I get that she was pretty and he was gorgeous, but that doesn’t mean that you are madly in love already. But all in all it was a cute read.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Published July 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about. From Goodreads.

Seeing as the book starts off from where Whitley is getting to know that she got wasted enough the night before that she slept with someone was interesting. It was like holy hell, I thought Whitley was very calm even though she could barely remember the whole night at the time.

I felt that the flaws in the characters in the book were really good. I like how Whitley has issues not with just one parent but with both because they honestly don’t notice how much pain she has been in since they divorced. I love how her brother really cares about her but it’s hard for him because of the distance and the fact that he has a baby and wife. I thought her mom needed a wakeup call because she wasn’t helping the situation at all.

I liked how she eventually realized that she was using it as a poor coping mechanism but of course it took something almost to happen to her soon to be stepsister. She had some eye opening moments throughout the summer before her first year of college, which she kinda needed. She was a hot mess before that summer and her dad was also a mess because he treated her like a little sister instead of as her dad. I couldn’t imagine my dad being that way but I know it happens though, especially to the dad’s that are dads way too early and finally taste what life outside of a family would be. This is exactly what happened to her dad in the book.

I loved how she finally got the family that she needed and her first friend since middle school. I felt that she grew throughout the book and I really liked that it was like ALL of a sudden either. It took mistakes and trust to get to where she was in the end.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more of Kody’s books, she really is an amazing writer.

 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Published July 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1)

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, “For Darkness Shows the Stars” is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it. From Goodreads.

There is a part of my heart that absolutely loves the retelling of stories that people love. Okay mainly book people obviously but still, and I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I loved the different take on the story and I am pretty sure a lot of you guys who read it loved it too.

Elliot was such a hard working girl that she was willing to endure her selfish sister and father to make sure everyone that worked for their farm was feed and that the whole place had enough food for the winter time. She willingly gave up love for them and always regretted it, you could tell that she did by the way that she always hoped that Kai was out there in the world happy and safe. I felt so bad for her; she was always putting everyone and everything above what she wanted. It was nice to see and almost unbearable at times to read about what she went through to make sure everyone was safe.

When Kai showed up I was like “OMG!! They are finally going to get together!!!!!” Of course, there was still quite a bit of the story left so I should have known. There was so much tension between Kai and Elliot but I am sure that it was because they loved each other and he didn’t fully understand why she stayed behind. I liked that they eventually both got what they needed and wanted, which after 4 years, they kind of deserved.

The whole story was amazing, which based on the cover of this book I was really hoping for. I hoped that the amazing cover didn’t make my decision on reading this book, but once I finished the story, I knew that it helped in me wanted to read the book but it wasn’t the best thing about the book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I hope we get to learn more about Kai, Elliot and Ro’s adventures.