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Bloggiesta! post & Giveaway!: Top 10 Favorite Books Read in 2012 so far!

Posted September 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Events, News / 21 Comments

This is another mini-challenge for Bloggiesta! This is a challenge set up by Girlxoxo! You have great ideas and I’m looking forward to doing more posts like this in the future.

A list of my top ten favorite books read in 2012, so far! It was hard coming up with this list, and there were a few close calls. 
If I did a review, they are linked up to the titles.

In no particular order:

Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Takes my breath away. I fell in love with Matthew, his world, his love of wine and beautiful surroundings. In fact, this book was for a book club and my girl friends and I had the biggest appetite for red wine afterwards!
Well written, mysterious and lots of fun.

Firelight by Kristen Callihan– Romance! Drama! and Fire! A beauty and the beast story I couldn’t put down. Miranda is the girl to root for and Archer, handsome, mysterious and cold Archer is …

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (erotica)- Nora and Zach, the anti love story. Soren. Wes. Michael. Grace. A truly hot, steamy and emotionally complicated love story about who we are and who we choose to become. Uncomfortable, edgy and guaranteed to keep you reading all night.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio– A beautifully written book of Auggie, a very intelligent child with a face deformity. Auggie’s narration, struggles and triumphs left me speechless for days. A must read.

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen– Robin Hood and his band of merry men include young Scarlet, a feisty girl masquerading as a boy. This is a fun retelling of the story.

A Tryst With Trouble by Alyssa Everett– I don’t think this is out yet. I got my copy on NetGalley, but I have heard since the publisher went under and I believe another publisher will hopefully be putting this out soon.
But when you see it, grab it! A murder mystery, a love story, sibling rivalry, steamy romance, this book has it all!

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig– Miriam Black, I wish I could meet you in real life. And then I would probably run away. When Miriam touches you, she’ll see how you’ll die. She can’t help it. She can’t change the course of events. Or can she?
Very dark and delicious. I loved Miriam’s attitude problem, fierce survival skills and madness. 

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater- Perfectly wrapped up, Forever is book Three in the series. 

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens– Book One in the Graveyard Queen series. 
Why haven’t you started reading this yet?
A deeply creepy ghost story that will make you pause before driving by a cemetery.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter– Book Two in the Goddess Test series.
Loved more than book one, we follow Kate and Henry through more trials and challenges including finally meeting the elusive Persephone, first wife of Henry, Hades. Danger is everywhere and the gods don’t play fair.

Tell me what your top 10 books are so far and you may could win

a SIGNED copy of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier.

Just leave a comment with your top ten books read this year!
Winner will be chosen on October 5th. US residents only please.
You must be 18 years or older to enter.
If winner does not respond within 48 hours of my email to them, prize is forfeit and I will pick another winner.

Good luck everyone!

Posted September 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Events, News / 21 Comments

Author Interview, GIVEAWAY & Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Posted August 23, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests, Interviews / 31 Comments

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: January 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.

Why haven’t you read this yet?

Cinderella gets a major makeover in this futuristic and heartwarming tale. 
Cinder is adopted by a nice man and taken home to live with his wife and two daughters. But then the plague hits, the man dies and Cinder is left with her step-mom and two step-sisters. Think you know the story yet? I don’t think so.

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic, her only pleasures fixing androids and spending time with her side kick Iko and nice step sister. She lives in New Beijing, minding her own business. Until one day, Prince Kai walks in and needs her help in fixing an older, broken android. And then, the adventure begins.

Of course, the cover is totally eye catching and made me curious as to what was inside. But I wasn’t prepared for the awesomeness that this book contained.
Cinder is a wonderful role model. She’s smart, clever, strong and vulnerable. I love her quick wit and her compassion for her family and friends. I really lovePrice Kai as well. It is refreshing to have a nice guy be the love interest. Make no mistake- Prince Kai has a lot of personality, is charming and holds a great deal of responsibility. He’s not a flat cookie cutter kind of guy. Their relationship grows naturally and never seems forced.

New Beijing isan incredibly unique setting. Between the mixture of cultures and the additional Lunar people, I wished I could see New Beijing for real, maybe as some theme park in Southern California. That would be awesome. The mysterious Lunar people added another layer of danger and once the story wraps back around, the aHa! moment is fun and exciting.
I don’t want to give too much away. I didn’t know where the book was going so the surprises really made me want to keep reading.

Overall, a fun and creative retelling of Cinderella. I can’t wait to read Scarlet, book two.

Author Interview with Marissa Meyer!

Have you always had aspirations of being a writer?
Yes, ever since I was a little kid. As soon as I realized that the books I loved so much were the creations of real people—and that it could be a real job—I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

What was the last book you read?
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. It was so much fun, and also very thoughtful and heart-warming. (It also has an amazing book trailer that everyone should go watch – it’s like a movie preview!)

Kai is such a warm and down to earth character, especially for a Prince. And Adri is a deeply angry and lonely step-mother. Which character was the hardest to write?
I would say Kai was the most difficult because my brain kept wanting to force him to be something he really wasn’t. When I first started writing this book, I had it in my head that Kai and Cinder would have a love/hate, Pride & Prejudice type love story, for which Kai would have to be arrogant and something of a jokester, but that just wasn’t him. Once I finally stopped forcing him to be what I thought he should be, then his compassionate, strong, somewhat-sarcastic character started to shine through.
Adri was difficult at the beginning, too, just because I hadn’t yet figured out what had made her so cruel and hateful. Once I gave some thought to her past and how she came to be the guardian of Cinder, then her motivations became clear. She was a lot easier to write after that.

Cinder’s cover is really unique and eye catching. The illustration of the bright red shoe and the mechanical workings underneath make it stand out from other covers. Do you buy a book based on its cover?

It’s impossible not to be affected by a cover in some way—for good or bad. There have been books that I bought based on the cover and ended up being very disappointed in, and others that I never would have chosen because of terrible covers, but maybe a friend recommended it and I ended up loving it. I love Cinder’s cover (and Scarlet’s!) and am so lucky to have my publisher’s creative genius behind them.

Cinder experiences a lot of heartbreak both before the novel opens and as the events unfold throughout. But there is still a lot of humor and lighthearted moments, especially between her, Peony and Iko. Was it difficult to balance the grim world and the lively characters?
The lighthearted moments tend to come pretty easily. Cinder and I share a sense of humor, and Iko is such a flamboyant and hilarious character that I can always count on her to roll in and say something awesome. Creating a balance between the grim and the lively wasn’t something I did intentionally, it just came about from creating characters that I adore.

How do you like your potato?
Mashed. With lots of butter. (Or if it’s a sweet potato, then sweet potato fries.)

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
An aspiring writer.

Do you have a favorite literary crush?
Mr. Darcy! You just can’t beat him.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I read an awful lot and on the weekends my husband and I go to a lot of estate sales and antique stores. We also love roadtrips, which generally consist of baseball games, wineries, and stumbling into insanely creepy Bates-motel-like inns at 2:00 in the morning because we can’t keep our eyes open anymore and this is the last town for 80 miles. Yeah, we know how to live it up.

Your next book, Scarlet, comes out in February, continuing The Lunar Chronicles series. This new story is about Little Red Riding Hood. With two more books after that, how did you pick which fairy tale characters to become part of this world?
When I first started imagining a series of futuristic fairy tales, I made a list of my favorite tales and started brainstorming neat sci-fi twists I could give to them. These four stories (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) quickly rose to the top. Not only did I have lots of ideas for each individual story, but as I brainstormed and plotted, the tales started growing together into one continuous arc, with my cyborg Cinderella caught in the middle of it all

Thank you Marissa for stopping by!

You can follow Marissa on Twitter @Marissa_Meyer or check out her website
And yes, you can win a SIGNED Copy of Cinder!

Just fill out the rafflecopter form below! US residents only please!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Reading!

Posted August 23, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests, Interviews / 31 Comments

Giveaway & Book Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted August 16, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests / 14 Comments

Title: Pushing The Limits

Author: Katie McGarry

Publisher: HarlequinnTeen

Publication Date: August 2012

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction/Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.


7am- a couple of chapters before I begin my day.
9am- Another couple of chapters. This is pretty good.
1pm- Lunch. Another few chapters.
4pm- Should really do some stuff around the house. Another couple chapters- then will seriously clean.
7pm- Forgot to eat dinner. Continue reading. I can clean tomorrow. This is goooood!
9pm- Where’s my husband? Oh yeah. Continue reading.
1130pm- Just another couple chapters!
12 midnight- Must. Stay. Awake to finish book…Zzzzzzzz

Yeah, that was my Saturday because I was reading Pushing the Limits.

Echo Emerson’s life has been dramatically altered and worst of all, she cannot remember what happened. She begins tutoring Noah Hutchins, dangerous, beautiful and loner Noah Hutchins. At first, Noah and Echo really don’t like each other, but as their lives begin to intertwine, they realize they may have more in common than they thought.

Congrats Katie McGarry for writing whole and complicated characters. The cover may look like it’s a typical romance story, but don’t be fooled. The teens in here are dealing with some real serious issues. Narration switches back and forth between Noah and Echo, giving them each a distinct voice and views into their private thoughts. Some of the dialogue is sappy romantic, but not in a bad way. More like a “I wish a guy spoke to me like that” way which will make most girls swoon.

I don’t want to give anything away, but will only tell you to pick it up. I could not stop reading this book.

Fans of Simone Elkeles and Sarah Dessen will love the romance, real life issues and fully developed characters.

Rating: 8 Cookie Worthy

*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion or review of this book.

Win a copy of Pushing The Limits!

A special thanks to HarlequinnTeen for supporting this giveaway! 
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Posted August 16, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests / 14 Comments

The Succubus series Giveaway Begins!

Posted October 15, 2011 by Kimberly in Contests / 10 Comments

Hello there happy readers!
The Succubus series Giveaway Begins!

One lucky winner will win the first book in the series, Succubus Blues and another lucky winner will win the last book in the series Succubus Revealed!

Thanks for following! and be sure to share!

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Posted October 15, 2011 by Kimberly in Contests / 10 Comments

GIVEAWAYS in my favorite month for some favorite books!

Posted October 3, 2011 by Kimberly in Contests / 3 Comments

Hey everyone!
I thought I’d drop a quick note today instead of a normal book review.

October is my favorite month. What’s not to love? Candy, Costumes and a feeling that the creatures that go bump in the night are out there… and we love it! 
This is the month autumn is in full swing, the leaves change to colors of gold and pumpkin and Halloween is the biggest party of all!

This being my favorite month, I’ll be hosting two giveaways! Both having to do with my favorite books, in my favorite month, at my favorite time of year.

And so……

I’m announcing a Succubus  series by Richelle Mead giveaway that will have TWO lucky winners!

One lucky reader will win the first book in the Succubus series, Succubus Blues, and another lucky reader will win the last book in the series, Succubus Revealed.

This will take place October 10-16th when my Succubus series reviews go up. Nothing says October and Halloween than a succubus from hell. With a heart of gold. 

The second giveaway is the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop which will go up October 24th to October 31st, hosted by Diary of a Bookworm and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. 
This prize is a mystery for now- cue dramatic organ music!

So keep checking back! You don’t want to miss the giveaways! 

Happy October!

Posted October 3, 2011 by Kimberly in Contests / 3 Comments