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In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Published July 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences? From Goodreads.

Holy cow, this book was sad and hot at the same time. If it had been my brother who died I would have done the same thing that Honor did. I was just one of the few that were lucky when my older brother actually came back alive from being in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But wow the chemistry between Rusty and Honor was amazing. I thought that might have been an issue with her brother but I don’t think it was ever addressed between the two best friends or ex best friends. He was mad at him for giving up college to go to the military, since they both were giving full scholarships for football. He did turn that down for a good reason but I still think he should have talked to his sister about why he was doing that. I know I would have been upset and hurt to find out that was the reason why my brother went into the military. Of course my brother was just following family tradition (my dad was Army and so was he) but still.

It was a really cute and sad story, I almost wish the end of the book was different but at the same time, it was more realistic then a lot of books I have read recently. No matter what you learn about yourself and love, you aren’t always just going to be together immediately. I wish there would be another book, maybe a few years in the future where Rusty and Honor meet back up but I don’t think that will happen.

I don’t want to give so much of the book away but it was worth the read even though I was kind of scared to read it, it was and is my worse fear for my older brother.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn

Published July 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn (What A Boy Wants #2)

A companion novel to WHAT A BOY WANTS.

Jaden Sinclair knows he’ll never amount to anything…so why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza?

Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it’s his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris.

Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives…and he knows he can’t keep tagging along for the ride.

The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they’ve been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden’s friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn’t find out what a train wreck he really is.

When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he’s ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Contains mature themes. Some sexual situations and language. From Goodreads.

I almost want there to be a third book about what happens after this book ended. Just because I loved these characters so much. Jaden, Pris, Aspen and Sebastian, were amazing friends to each other and more.

This book was about Jaden and his discovery of not only who he is but why he is worthy of being someone. There were so many moments that I loved Jaden for but there were other moments that I wanted to hit him harder than I wanted to hit Sebastian in the first book. I honestly thought about throwing my Nook Color across the room because how he thought of himself and how he refused to let anyone help him.

No matter what though they all loved him and wanted to make sure that he would be okay. They were not happy to find out that Jaden was disbanding their group and moving to Texas to stay with his uncle. I couldn’t believe he would do that to Sebastian but not only him but Pris. I wanted them to fall in love and stay together forever.

On the road trip that they talked him into going on still, he learned that he was a better person than he knew or was told his whole life. Before he left, he found out that the dad he always thought was his ended up not being his dad at all. When that happened something broke inside of him and he couldn’t understand why his mom would allow some stranger to talk to him so badly his whole life.

The book was amazing, I don’t want to give too much away but the characters themselves are worth reading the book. They remind me of my best friends, we would do anything for each other no matter what. There were secrets that were eventually told; Jaden let someone in on everything. It was a great book and I already kind of miss the characters.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

Published July 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn (What a Boy Wants #1)

Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together.

And then he falls in love…

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan.

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig.

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it. From Goodreads.

This book was amazing. I don’t normally read books that are solely from a guy’s POV but I loved it. It showed that they care as much as girls do. When I started reading this book on my Nook I couldn’t put it down and I was really upset that it took me this long to read it.

Sebastian is one of those guys that you love to hate and then you just love. He is super cocky about everything that has to do with himself. But he shows that he cares about his friends more than anything. He doesn’t put up with girls talking bad about his 2 female besties, Aspen and Priscilla, or better known as Woodstock and Pris.

He also has Jaden as his wingman to help in situations with dads or at parties. Jaden is always there for Sebastian, he drives him to school and everything. The only thing is that no one knows about his Hook-Up Doctor gig that he does.

He eventually realizes that he is in love with Aspen when he does realize it, it is awesome. They make an amazing couple and I felt like it was about time that they got together. Not every guy would drink soy milk for a girl. But when he gets a phone call after an amazing weekend away for Pris’ birthday it goes to hell.

I honestly wanted to smack him but I got it, he was afraid. I get it, falling in love and allowing someone to have a part of you that you never gave away before is scary. You don’t know the future, it could ruin your friendship that you have, trust me I get it. I was just smart enough to let all that go and eventually so was Sebastian. The difference is I was older so he learned the lesson a lot earlier then I did when I was a teen.

There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t love this book, there were moments that were funny and moments that made me cry a little. I was really happy that I saw it on my recommended to read from Barnes and Noble.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Wiggins

Published July 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffins (Masque of the Red Death #1)

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her. From Goodreads.

I absolutely loved this book, I sat down to finally read it and I just sat there all day until it was done. The characters were amazing, I could actually visualize the city that they lived in, of course that may be because I watch a lot of movies with plagues in them.

Araby was such a broken character, I honestly just wanted her to be happy and not fake it. You don’t see a lot of books where the heroine is so damaged inside. It was so different; she took the drugs at a club just to get away from herself for a while. I honestly didn’t think that she was going to try and get any better at all. At least she managed to get a best friend that actually cares about her enough to make sure she gets home safely every night.

April lives across their building in the other penthouse and is so positive about everything even at the end of the story. Araby cares enough about her that when she finds out that April is missing she decides she is going to find her and make sure that she is okay. April is the only person that Araby really cares about.

Will takes care of the club that April and Araby go to when they go out. Araby likes him but isn’t willing to do anything about it because she made a vow. I won’t tell you about the vow because it is a major part of why she is like that. Will seems like a great guy, I get why he did what he did. I mean I do, really. I just can’t understand why it had to be him that betrayed her.

Elliott seemed like an ass. I am sorry he did. He definitely had his moments where I thought he was insane, really insane. But he would explain himself in a way that makes sense. I get it, the prince was abusive in all matters of the word and it might have made him a little cruel too. You could see that he wanted to be better than that though. I was definitely more Team Elliott, I really wanted Araby to choose him.

I can’t wait to read the next book; if each book gets better then the next one is sure to blow my mind.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday!!!!

Published July 18, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets. From Goodreads.

Why Am I Waiting For It?

I absolutely LOVE Amanda Hocking’s book. I have all of her other books, The Trylle Trilogy, The Hollows series, My Blood Approves series. I have yet to not like a single one of her books, so I figured  that I would absolutely love The Watersong series. I hope everyone else loves her as much as I do eventually because she is just AWESOME!!!!!

 

Teaser Tuesday!!!!

Published July 17, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

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“Clary snapped the compartment open and frowned. She took out a shiny folded pamphlet, the kind they kept stacked in clear plastic stands in hospital waiting rooms. “How to Come Out to Your Parents,” she read out loud. “LUKE. Don’t be ridiculous. Simon’s not gay, he’s a vampire.” page 213

 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Published July 13, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

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 story was amazing, I had to force myself to put it down or else I would have probably stayed up till the sun came up reading it. I loved how it was told from both perspectives so we knew how Noah and Echo both felt not only about each other but about their situations.

Now this book hasn’t come out yet but it will be out at the end of the month, so I don’t want to give too much away. I loved how no matter how broken Echo was, she was able to eventually learn to love herself and others. I was glad that she had friends like Lila and Natalie, I didn’t like Grace too much because of the public/private thing. Although she did give her some very good advice that did help Echo out when she needed it the most.

Noah has had a completely different life but similar at the same time. He has 2 best friends in Beth and Isaiah, and they are honestly really great characters. Although they have their own issues, I want to know all about their relationship and how it grows but that would be a whole other book. Noah is very loyal to his little brothers and is willing to do almost anything to have them in his life, of course what older sibling wouldn’t want their younger ones when push came to shove?

There were so many parts to this book that I wanted to cry at, because I understood how it felt, to a degree. I know how scared it is to be a younger sister and watch your older brothers go to war; I know how scary it is to lose someone you are close to. This whole story made me rethink everything, as a whole which is what makes this story honestly a great one. I can’t wait to see what else Katie comes out with.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and thank you Netgalley for lending it to me before it came out!

Exclusive Cover Reveal and Excerpt!!!

Published July 12, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Beat the Game, Save the World.

One Stuxnet type worm,

One Greek-themed MMO,

One real world scavenger hunt,

Three teenagers on the run

And a ten-day countdown to total nuclear annihilation .

Pandora’s Box isn’t just a myth anymore …

When seventeen-year-old Pandora Walker opens an email attachment, she uploads

the most frightening worm ever invented—and in doing so, brings about total technological

Armageddon. Everything from the internet to communications to utilities collapses and suddenly

Pandora finds herself on the run from Homeland Security, the FBI and every police department

in the country, all of whom blame her for the technological wasteland sweeping across the U.S..

With the help of stepbrothers Eli and Theo, her neighbors and the two hottest guys in school-

– plus codes encrypted in a world famous MMO– she sets out on a real life scavenger hunt that

only she can solve. A scavenger hunt that pits her against one of the most brilliant men in the

world—the maker of the Pandora worm. Her father. Only by unraveling the clues left by him in

the MMO, and in real-world places around the U.S., can they hope to beat the clock ticking the

days off until the entire planet is Doomed.

 

Excerpt

“That’s not the really puzzling part,” Agent Lessing finally continues.  “Especially if you insist on your innocence in this matter, how is it that starting at seven-fifteen this morning, someone from this IP address opened the twelve different sections of code that make up this worm and uploaded them onto the internet, one by one?”

Emily gasps and I want to protest.  I want to tell the FBI agent that she’s crazy.  That I have no idea what she’s talking about.  But the truth of the matter is that suddenly I do.  I know exactly what I was doing at seven-fifteen this morning.

The tentative fairy tale I’ve been building in my head all day—the one I wasn’t even aware of until right now—collapses.  I swear, I feel it shatter and my stomach, though close to empty, chooses that moment to revolt.

I spring up from my chair.

“Hey, you can’t go anywhere.  Sit back down!”  Lessing tells me firmly, reaching into her jacket and pulling out her gun.

I don’t stop; I can’t.  Even so, I barely make it to the trash can in time.  I don’t know how long I sit there, puking my guts up, but by the time I finish, Lessing has put away her gun.  Emily is looking at me in dismay, while Mackaray and Lundstrom—who rushed in at Lessing’s alarmed shout—are wearing identical expressions of smug triumph.  Even Lessing seems satisfied, and I know it’s because I’ve blown it big time.

It’s pretty hard to protest your innocence when you get so upset by what they’re telling you that you hurl.

I don’t get up right away.  Instead, I stay on the floor, my head resting against the cool wood of a cabinet.  I think about my laptop, stuffed in my backpack, with all the incriminating evidence on it.  I think about what else is in the bag—namely the pictures from my father that I’d shoved in there at the last minute.  All twelve of them.

I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to figure out why me, and the answer has been there all along.  The psychopath who did this, the one who chose me as this harbinger of destruction, is my father.

He did this to me.  Used my curiosity against me—and the world—and turned me into a modern-day Pandora.  Like my namesake before me, I’ve brought a new kind of evil into the world and there’s no going back.  Maybe Emily’s dad and the others can fix it.  Maybe they can’t.  But either way, I have a feeling that deep, dark hole they want to throw me in just got a lot deeper and darker.

Every writing campaign I’ve ever partaken in for Amnesty International flashes through my head.  Letter after letter about Guantanamo Bay.  Sierra Leon.  Somalia.  Story after story of Americans taken to foreign countries and tortured because they’re suspected of terrorism.

Even as I tell myself I’m being silly, I hear the president saying the United States doesn’t tolerate terrorists.  That’s what I am, what my father has turned me into with a few strokes of my keyboard, a few picture downloads that I thought were to celebrate my seventeenth birthday.

A cyber terrorist.

I reach for the trash can again as dry heaves shake my entire body.

What am I going to do?  What am I going to do?      What. Am. I. Going. To. Do?

Behind me, I hear movement and brace myself to be yanked to my feet.  But that doesn’t happen.  Instead, Emily settles on the ground next to me and hands me a bottle of water.  I rinse my mouth out, drink a few sips.  Then she’s hugging me, stroking my hair.  “It’s going to be okay, Pandora,” she whispers to me.  “I promise. It’s going to be okay.”

I open my mouth, plan on telling them everything and begging for mercy.  Instead, only four words come out.  Four words I never thought I’d say.  “I want a lawyer.”

“A lawyer?”  Mackaray’s eyes gleam with triumph as he crouches down next to me.  “Pandora, where you’re going, lawyers rank right up there with fairies and unicorns as mythical creatures.”

“You can’t do that!” Emily protests.  “She didn’t do anything wrong!  My father—“

“Your father is one of an elite few who could pull off something of this magnitude, Ms. Wood.”  Lundstrom speaks up for the first time in a long while.  “So I suggest you close your mouth unless you want to bring a lot of trouble down on him as well.”

Emily shuts up then, her eyes wide and frightened as she presses her back against the cabinet, almost like she wants to shrink inside.  The arms wrapped around me start to tremble, but I barely notice since I’m shaking just as hard.

“She didn’t do anything,” I tell them, wondering if I should just tell them everything?

If I should send them next door to retrieve my laptop from Eli and Theo and get them involved in this?

Do I admit that my father is behind this and let them arrest him, lock him up and throw away the key like they’re threatening to do to me?  But if I admit I had an unwitting part in this, are they going to believe me?  The looks on their faces say no, that they’ve already made up their minds about my guilt.  My best bet, then, is to wait for Mr. Wood.  He’s one of the best computer security guys in the country.  He’ll know what to do.

I shut down then, refuse to say anything else.  They keep asking me questions, but I ignore them.  Even when Mackaray grabs onto my arms and lifts me into a standing position, I don’t protest.  I’ll wait for Mr. Wood, I tell myself.  He’ll be able to fix this.

As we wait, the house grows quiet around me.  The front door opens and closes numerous times and I hear the slam of car doors outside.  The rev of engines that mark the end of the search.  Everyone else has done their jobs and now I’m left alone with these three.

Mr. Wood finally arrives, with a police escort.  He’s all outrage and concern as he wraps his arms around us, but it becomes clear very quickly that he won’t be able to help me.  He’s not my parent or guardian and no matter how much he argues with the agents—he knows two of them personally—they aren’t budging.  But at least Emily seems safe, and that’s something.

“I have to go to the bathroom,” I say, after Mr. Wood’s been here about an hour.  They’ve told him both he and Emily are free to go, but he hasn’t budged.  I know it’s because he doesn’t want to leave me alone with them.

“Tough,” Lundstrom tells me.  “You’re not going anywhere.”

“Jesus, Mike, she’s just a kid!”  Mr. Wood exclaims.

“She unleashed cyber Armageddon—computer genius trumps kid every day of the week.”

“Please,” I say.  “I really need to use the restroom.”  Even though I don’t.  I just want a couple of minutes alone to think, a couple of minutes where they aren’t staring at me like a bug under a microscope.

“I’ll take her,” Mackaray finally says, and I almost change my mind.  I don’t want to be alone with him, even for as long as it takes to walk to my bathroom.  But it’s not like I have a choice now, not after I made such a big deal of having to go.

We leave the kitchen together and when I try to head upstairs to my bathroom, he grabs my elbow and directs me to the half-bath down the hall.  The one without any windows.  I shake my head in disbelief.  They already think I’m some kind of genius hacker– now they think I can mastermind an escape from federal custody as well?  Who the hell do these people think I am?

“Leave the door open,” Mackaray tells me when we get there.

“What?” I stare at him incredulously.

“You heard me.”  The face staring back at me is implacable.

“Where am I going to go?  There’s no other way out of the bathroom!”

“Take it or leave it.”  Something moves in his eyes and I know he’s waiting for me to leave it.  But I won’t give him the satisfaction.

“Does your wife know you get your kicks by listening to teenage girls pee?”

The hand on my elbow gets tighter, his fingers digging into my flesh until I start to see stars.  He pulls me towards him and whispers, “You don’t want to play games with me, little girl.  I win every time.”

I’m straining so hard in the other direction that when he finally lets me go, I stumble, crack my funny bone hard against the door frame.  He laughs, at me and at the helpless tears of pain that spring to my eyes.

I go into the bathroom, leaving the door partially ajar.  I turn on the faucet, splash water on my face, blink back the tears.

“Hurry up!” he says after a minute.  “We don’t have all night.”

Before I can respond, the lights blink once, twice, then go out completely.  My entire house is plunged into an inky blackness.

“What the hell!”  Mackaray says, slamming the bathroom door open all the way.  “Either get it done or not, kid.  You’ve got one minute and then I’m taking you back to the kitchen.”

I barely hear him over the pounding of my own heart and the panic clawing through me, trumping everything else.  Even my fear of going to jail.  I hate the dark, hate it, hate it, hate it.  Ever since I was five and ended up getting trapped in my uncle’s storage shed, under a pile of heavy boxes that fell when I was looking for my Christmas presents.  There’d been no lights, or windows, and I’d laid there in the dark for hours, crying, convinced that no one was ever going to find me.

Curiosity had been my downfall then as well.

“Tom?”  Lessing’s voice drifts through the hall.

“Yeah?”

“Just checking.  It looks like the whole grid just went down.”

“I can see that.”  Lessing must catch the sarcasm in his voice because she shuts up quickly.

“Pandora—“  In his voice is a warning and I know my time is up.  But he stops abruptly and there’s a muffled thump, followed by a slithering sound that has me imagining a bunch of snakes sliding down my hallway.  I press myself back against the wall and try not to scream.

Something large moves in front of the doorway.  “Pandora?”

“Theo?” I whisper incredulously.

He leans forward, until his face is only centimeters from mine.  “Let’s go.”  His voice is pitched so low that I have to strain to hear it even this close.

“Go where?”

“Out of here.  Come on, we’ve only got a couple of minutes before they come looking for you.”

“Looking for—you want me to break out of federal custody?”

“Would you rather I leave you here?”

“I don’t know.  I—“ My head is spinning.  Of all the ways I envisioned tonight ending, this wasn’t even in the top thousand.  “Where’s Mackaray?”

“I hit him.  He’s out, but I don’t know for how long.  Now are you coming or not?”

Am I?  I look back at the kitchen, where Emily and her father wait with the other agents.  I can’t leave her—

It’s like Theo can read my thoughts, because he says, “Emily will be fine.  She’s not the one in trouble here.”

He’s right; I know he is.  But still.  Can I do this?  Bad enough to be a federal suspect—but to be a fugitive?  How is it even possible?  They’ll find us in minutes.

Except, the electricity just went out.  Communications are gone.  No cameras to catch us running by.  No way to get out word of a widespread manhunt (or in this case womanhunt).  No way for them to track me when they’re basically blind, deaf and dumb. It could work.

But still, do I really want to do this?  Do I really want to go down this road?

Hell, yes, I do.

I slip my hand into Theo’s, not bothering to ask how he knew I was in trouble, and we glide as silently as possible through the hallway into the living room.  He seems to know exactly where he’s going and I wonder how long he’s been here, prowling around the house, without anyone knowing.

He slides open the glass door that leads to the deck just enough that we can slip out.  As he silently closes the door behind us, I realize this is it.

I really have reached the point of no return.

 

I want to thank Tracy Deebs for sending this to me and allowing me to help her with her cover reveal!!! How amazing is it? The book is secheduled to be released on January 8, 2013.  You can check out her blog at  www.tracy-deebs.blogspot.com  for more information about her books and herself. I hope you enjoyed this!

My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon

Published July 11, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon

There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.
Now to appease her parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique store in tiny Elsbury, Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.

As Libby’s feelings for Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she may not survive Blaine’s reluctance to say the ‘L’ word. When Blaine finally commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t come too late.

**This book does contain some mild language and sexual content. It is meant for upper YA readers**  From Goodreads.

I honestly wasn’t sure where the story was going to go. The first page explained how she got kicked out and eventually I fell in love with the whole story. I think Magan did an amazing job writing it. All the characters were very lovable and hate-able at the same time.

Now Libby at first seemed like a total princess that got almost whatever she wanted. I was like sorority girl, great. But honestly she was way more than that. She was insecure about a lot of things and I was glad that she came into her own as a person. I understand that she was picked on and bullied while growing up but I am glad that she realized that she wasn’t that person anymore.

Blaine was amazing and a pain in the butt at the same time. He made some massive mistakes but when he was sweet to Libby, I could literally feel myself swooning over him. He was such a Southern gentleman it was great. He was always there for her in the end no matter what mistake he made before.

Her family was amazing, I would have liked to have gotten to know more about Britt but she is a 15 year old girl and it was summer break, I wasn’t surprised that she basically came and went in scenes. I really liked how even though she had her moments that I didn’t like, she was always willing to help Libby.

I almost wish there would be a second book so I can find out what happens next for Libby and Blaine and everyone else. I know it would be amazing but I think this book is a stand alone.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday!!!

Published July 11, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet.

Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life? From Goodreads.

Why I am waiting for it.

The first two books of this trilogy were very good and the covers for all 3 books are amazing. I love the star crossed lover stories, a lot. Probably more than I like any other love stories. At the ending of Hades, I really can’t wait to see how it all ends.