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Jul 26, 2012

Theme Song Thursday (5): Marianas Trench - So Soon


Theme Song Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous Jena over at Shortie Says that takes place on Thursdays (obvi, lol!) where you pick a book you've previously read or is currently reading and then pick one song that you think fits that book. Also, post the lyrics, maybe a snippet leading up to the first chorus, explaining why you think that song fits said book like a warm, snuggly glove ;)


I think it has become a whole lot of obvious that I am in love with this book because today's post makes this the fourth time I've talked about this book. But I just can't get enough of it and now that I get to combine it with music, oh you better bet that I'll be featuring it with a song!

This was the only song that I listened to when I read Crash so in all the ways possible, I associated this song with Jude and Lucy.

Crash
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents.

Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.

Jude's everything she knows she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find, is the only thing she's incapable of.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.

Jul 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (25): Crash by Nicole Williams


This meme is brought to you weekly by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

Anyone can play along, just do the following:
  • 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 that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR List if they like your teaser!
My Teasers
"The name's Jude Ryder, since I know you're all but salivating like a rabid dog to know, and I don't do girlfriends, relationships, flowers, or regular phone calls. If that works for you, I think we could work out something special."
- Ebook: Location 140

BWAHA, how about that for an introduction to the oh-so-sexy, Jude Ryder!
Even as I said the words, with as much conviction as I could muster, my eyes weren't able to peel themselves away from him as he ambled down the beach, spinning the football between his fingers.

Stopping suddenly, he turned around, that smile reforming when he found my stare on him. "So, Lucy," he hollered, tucking the ball under his arm, "How much further are you going to let me get before you give me your phone number?"

Whatever premonitions I'd had about Jude and heartbreak going hand in hand flew out the window. I wanted to get up and break dance I was so stoked.

However, I still had some dignity in the name of all women and couldn't make this easy on him. "How far do you think the edge of the world is?" I called back, rolling onto my side.

Jude shook his head, chuckling silently. "You playing hard to get, Lucy?"

"No, Jude," I replied, arching a brow. "I'm impossible to get."
- Ebook: Location 260

CRASHI am all sorts of in love with Crash that I just can't take it! Everyone seriously needs to check it out and give it a shot! There are so many scenes that I wanted to share with you but I love these two, especially that second one! It was so cute and Jude...goodness, I love him so much!

If you have a Teaser Tuesday, link me and I'll stop by to check it out!

Happy Tuesday and always, happy reading!



Jul 23, 2012

Author Interview with Nicole Williams & A Giveaway


Very recently, I finished Crash by Nicole Williams and instantly I knew it was going to rank high up there with my top favorites so without a doubt, I had to feature the wonderful, Nicole Williams, on BOB today! Crash is such an amazing and oh-so-heartwarming novel that you seriously cannot miss it! And luckily for all of you bookworms, there will be a special giveaway for all of you to enter at the end of this post! So, let's get to it and welcome Nicole Williams to Books Over Boys!


BOB: Crash is your first YA Contemporary. How was it to switch from a YA Paranormal state of mind to write about regular, human people (aka how I refer to Contemporary when I’m not talking to bookish people, lol)?
NW: I thought it would be difficult to transition from the paranormal side of things to write “everyday” characters, but I was so wrong. I’d actually written the first couple chapters last summer and set the book aside to work on a couple other projects. But the characters haunted me, almost everyday, begging to have their story told. So a few months ago I buckled down and revisited CRASH and once I did, the story spilled from me. I finished the first draft within a matter of three to four weeks. I was a writing fool. To sum it up, it was incredibly easy to transition between the world of paranormal to the world of the “everyday” character.

BOB: I know most authors generally get asked, "What inspired you to write so and so...?" and you know, that's what the Book section and the FAQ on the author's site are for, right!? Lol, so instead, let’s pretend this is twitter for a second. How would you pitch Crash in 140 characters or less?
NW: I love this question! How about . . . “Lucy’s always been a sucker for a hard luck case. Her latest one just so happens to be a smokin’ hot bad boy by the name of Jude Ryder. Let the heartbreak begin.” Was that around 140 characters?
BOB: Omg, that was so not 140 characters. I took that and plugged it into twitter and it ended up being -21. You're so over, lmao!

BOB: Okay, and because I’m really curious, where did the inspiration for Crash come from? Haha!
NW: Ah, you got me! I’m a girl who loves any kind of star-crossed lovers tale with a twist. I also love a solid bad boy/good girl love story. So I decided to take two of my passions and meld them into one. The rest just came together late one sweltering hot summer night. I was actually in the process of writing UNITED EDEN and the story for CRASH just started pouring out of the grey matter, so I started outlining it out.

BOB: And because I’m so heavily in love with Jude Ryder, how in the world did you create this bad-yet-oh-so-tortured-boy!? How did you make him so perfect in the most broken way possible?!
NW: Oh, goodness, that’s a question I still ask myself. In my other novels, I’ve always written about the “good” guys. I’m a sucker for an old fashioned, all-American good guy, so I wanted to challenge myself to visit the other side. And you know what? Bad boys are more fun to write about. Don’t tell the Eden trilogy fans who are team William, because I still love a good guy, but as a writer, a bad boy is easier to write. A good guy can get boring because he always does and says the right thing, so you have to find some way to keep him interesting so the readers don’t want to gag. A bad boy is instantly interesting because he gives the bird to every social standard and expectation known to man. With Jude, I wanted him to be a character you knew you should hate, but couldn’t help but love. I wanted him to come across as realistic, but just enough unreal. I toed a lot of fine lines as I created Jude’s character, but I knew once he’d won over my heart, I’d hit the mark.
BOB: So yeeeeeah...our wedding is still on for August--don't miss it! ;)

BOB: What was the easiest and hardest part of writing Crash, seeing that it was different than what you were probably used to? Did you have to do any weird research? Did you have to do something that you’ve never done before while writing Crash?
NW: Actually, in comparison to my other books, CRASH was one of the easiest to write in terms of research and outlining. In paranormal or dystopian, you’re creating a world, and have to make sure to keep all the facets of that world straight, but when writing a contemporary, there isn’t a lot of world building that goes into it. For example, readers get what high school was/is like, I don’t have to spend time building that setting for them.

BOB: I hardly ever ask this question because well, it’s kinda like what right do I have to ask but, I was just wondering why you titled the book Crash? It’s probably very obvious (or not) but I’d like to know the reasoning behind it. How did you come about choosing that title?
NW: Back when I first started writing CRASH, there were a bunch of titles I was toying with, but none of them felt right. CLASH was on that list and as I was reading the titles suggestions off to my husband, I read it CRASH, and that’s when I knew that was the right title. When I think of the word crash, I think of a violent impact, I think of instantaneous, I think of inescapable, and Lucy’s and Jude’s dynamic relationship fits into all of these buckets. I guess, in the end, it was one of those gut feelings. I went with it and I’ve never doubted the title, so that’s how I know it was the right one.

BOB: When you write, do you use outlines or do you just know where to start and end the story and everything else in between just comes as you write?
NW: The age old debate, to outline, or not to outline. I fall right in between the two. Before I start a novel, I write out several pages of notes on the characters, the plot, specific scenes I want to include, and then I start to write. Usually before I tear into a new scene, I’ll jot down how I want the scene to go, what my objectives are, and certain lines of dialogue that jump to mind. I like to let my mind run away with the story a little too, hoping my characters will get themselves into a little trouble. And they always do!

BOB: If there was/is a first draft for Crash, how did the final draft differ from the first? Were there any major plot changes? A different beginning? A different ending? Different subplots?
NW: There is a first draft, but very little changed from the first to the final. That’s pretty rare for me, usually I have pretty significant plot changes in the process of cleaning up a manuscript, but I had a pretty solid outline of where I wanted Lucy and Jude to go and stuck to it. It made my life a lot easier!

BOB: Oooh, this is a fun question that I always try to ask: What literary character (from any book) would you snog, which would you marry, and which would you avoid?
NW: Oh my goodness, this could get me into trouble. So I’d snog Beau Vincent from Abbi Glines’ THE VINCENT BOYS series or Patch from the HUSH HUSH series. You kiss the bad boys, but you marry the good ones, so I’d pick Peeta from THE HUNGER GAMES to marry. That boy just makes my heart swell. And I’d stay away from Damon Salvatore because that boy’s every right kind of wrong and I’d be in big trouble if I didn’t avoid him. BIG trouble.

BOB: Which story genre do you like to read or write the most?
NW: So my reading preferences change with the weather! In the summer/warmer weather, I prefer to read YA contemporary romance. When fall hits, I transition to the paranormal/dystopian side of things. Haven’t analyzed the reason why this is, but I’m sure a psychologist could have a field day with it. In terms of writing . . . I truly can’t decide right now. I loved, loved writing CRASH so much, but paranormal was my first love. The wonderful thing about writing fiction is that you can write whatever you want. It is the ultimate dream job for me.
BOB: HEY! I'm exactly like that too, with the whole seasons thingy! Like right now I'm totally into Contemporary because it's summer--just seems more fitting, I guess!

BOB: I know you have a few novels published already but Crash is your most recent release. Is there anything new that you’re working on right now? If so, could you elaborate a bit for us? Or…are there any sequels you’re currently working on?! ;)
NW: Hint, hint??? Right now I’m working on finishing the final book, FUSION, in THE PATRICK CHRONICLES. From there, I’ve got another YA contemporary romance outlined and I’m dying to get to this one, but I’m about a quarter of the way done with a dystopian series that has been a ton of fun to write. And who knows, because I know you won’t rest until it becomes a reality, there may be another story in Jude and Lucy’s future!
BOB: Omg everyone, I am dying for a sequel to Jude and Lucy! I'm starting a petition--#NeedMoreJudeDude--let's get Nicole to whip up book two! PLEASE!

BOB: And lastly, fill in this blank: "And I'll state something rash. He had the most amazing...__________!"
NW: Posterior. Again, a psychologist would have a field day with this answer, but I like to think it’s because my husband has a phenomenal one.

BOB: I always try to not get so crazy with my author interview questions but by the time I know it, I’m way past the allowed amount of questions I should be asking, haha! But it’s only because I’m so in love with your book that I really couldn’t help myself! Thank you so much for stopping by BOB; it was a great pleasure and we would love to have you back anytime!
NW: Don’t even worry about it. I really enjoyed all of your questions and I mean it when I say I’m honored to be featured on Books Over Boys. Thank YOU for taking the time to review CRASH and interview me.


And now, onto the giveaway! Nicole Williams is sponsoring this giveaway, so please tweet her (@nwilliamsbooks) and say thanks so much for the BOB sponsored giveaway...or something like that, haha!

CrashTitle: Crash
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: July 20th, 2012

Find Nicole Williams Online: Blog | Facebook | Twitter
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents.

Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.

Jude's everything she knows she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find, is the only thing she's incapable of.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.

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Related Posts: Book Review | Momo's Crash Playlist | Teaser Tuesday
The Deets:

- Must be 13 years or older to enter.
- Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
- Giveaway ends on August 1st, 2012.
- Open Internationally.
- Good luck!

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Jul 22, 2012

Book Review: Crash by Nicole Williams

CrashTitle: Crash
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: July 20th, 2012

Find Nicole Williams Online: Blog | Facebook | Twitter
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents.

Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.

Jude's everything she knows she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find, is the only thing she's incapable of.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.

My $0.02

As if it wasn’t obvious enough, BOB hasn’t published a review in the longest time.  I think it was because Momo lost her blogging mojo—in other words, she for seriously lost interest.  Every time she thought about writing a review, a whole slew of questions (that she seriously sat down and debated back and forth about) popped up that the actual sitting-down-to-write-the-review never occurred.  So, because of that, the reason as to why you’re reading this review for this book is kind of, sort of, really a big deal.

I can’t recall the last time I read a book in such a short amount of time as I did this one.  Crash was gripping, painful, inspirational and truly touching in all sorts of ways.  Crash kept me up all night, keeping a vise grip on me until I read every single word from start to end—until I unearthed all the secrets buried in it.

Before Crash, I’ve never read one of Nicole William’s novels; I did not know what I was getting myself into, I just knew I was excited to start Crash because it was contemporary and right now, I’m very much into contemporary.  When I started reading the first chapter, it threw me off for a bit.  I got confused and I couldn’t comprehend what I was reading and I had to read some of the lines over a couple of times.  But I pulled through because I love me some contemporary and deep down, I knew I was going to be in for a good ride with Crash.  Amongst all the confusion and what not, I couldn’t put Crash down because Jude Ryder was so incredibly captivating and charming.  I couldn’t get enough page time with him; I wanted, wanted, wanted more and more and more of him—and thank goodness, Williams had him in almost every page from the getgo!

Lucy Larson moves into a new town where she sets her gaze upon the gorgeous Jude Ryder from page one!  Soon enough, she discovers that Jude Ryder is all sorts of trouble, trouble that she most definitely needs to stay away from, yet something about Jude is so compelling that she just can’t fight it.  Before she even sees it happening, Lucy and Jude are thrown into the cruel ways of the universe where at every turn, something is trying its hardest to tear them apart.  Jude Ryder isn’t the bad boy that everyone makes him out to be, he was misunderstood before he got the chance to be understood and that theme or idea came up so many times throughout Crash that my heart broke into a million, billion, zillion pieces at least 354125768928798734958X during my reading.  He was so broken and beat up that he expected it all the time and that just broke my heart.  And yes readers, I absolutely shed tears, the waterworks came and they wouldn’t stop.

I enjoyed Crash so much and I love it so much harder than I thought I would.  I mean, I knew I was going to love it but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do and because of that I love it that much more.  Okay, not even sure if that made sense but hopefully you guys get what my splattered brain is trying to say.  Crash was a whole lot of sadness and pain; so, so, so, so much pain infused with light and easy and addictive banter between Lucy and Jude.  It was crazy to see every bad and horrible thing thrown at them, as if the entire Milky Way was betting against them working out.  There are two scenes that keep coming to mind that just broke me, well there are quite a few, but these two were totally my undoing.  Lucy and Jude were…reconciling after an incident and Jude was explaining to Lucy that whatever he thought was the right thing to do, always seemed to be the wrong thing to do in everyone else’s eyes and vice versa for what he thought was the wrong thing to do.  I just thought it was so sad for him to think like that and here comes in the whole being-misunderstood-before-given-the-chance-to-be-understood idea again.  Told ya, my heart broke a lot while reading this book—I don’t even understand how that was possible.  And not only that but I think I seriously fell in love with Jude.  Like for seriously; I’m going insane.  This isn’t an I-love-him-but-I-am-still-aware-that-he’s-a-fictional-character sort of falling in love thing.  It’s for reals and I think…I need help.  Actually, don’t send help.  ;)  Crash, without a doubt, wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for the tortured, misunderstood, and broken, Jude Ryder.  He is totally something else.  He had endured so much pain and agony that all I wanted to do the whole time I was reading, was wrap my arms around him and give him the tightest hug known to man and never let him go.  I wanted to wipe all of that pain from him and just take it all away.  Williams really knew what she was doing when she wrote him because he is the perfect broken guy.

Crash takes you through the rollercoaster ride of insanity!  Good insanity, of course.  Crash takes you through the ups and downs that every relationship experiences, except times all that stuff by ten, the twists and turns that life always finds a way at throwing at you, the loops and drops that have you questioning if God could really be that cruel—yeah, one rollercoaster ride you won’t be able to resist!  Crash was addicting and it had a little bit of everything that will bring forth all your emotions, one at a time.  And with one novel, Nicole Williams instantly became a Favorites Shelf author!  If you’re looking for a novel with sadness, pain, inspiration and hope, please, please, please pick up Crash because this novel will be unforgettable!

Links to purchase Crash: Amazon

Jul 21, 2012

Momo's Playlist (5): I Won't Let You Go (Darling)


It's been a while since I've done one of these, hasn't it? I've recently taken up another music related meme called Theme Song Thursday hosted by Jena over at Shortie Says. In two of my blog posts, I featured Nyrae Dawn's What A Boy Wants & What A Boy Needs and Tammara Webber's Easy where I listed a bunch of songs that made it onto Momo's Playlist for those specific books. But just recently, after hearing the song come through on my ipod, I realized that there was one song in particular that was so, so, so perfect for all three books that I don't know how I missed it the first time around.

And yes, this song is seriously perfect for Bastian, Jaden, and Lucas--all three of them would probably be besties if they knew each other in real life. I mean Bastian and Jaden already are but Lucas would also fit right in!

Dia Frampton - The Broken Ones


Extremely perfect, right!? Everything she says could be applied to Bastian, Jaden, and Lucas at some point throughout the song! These boys are totally the broken ones and my oh my, do I love the broken ones, or what? ;)


Now onto some other songs that have been on constant replay for the past few days! These songs are what I would call my fresh batch because right now they're up for grabs! Meaning that they're so new to me that they're not in a book playlist, just yet. But the next book(s) I pick up or whatever, will probably have these songs in its playlist!

Hedley - I Won't Let You Go (Darling)


This one--without even reading the lyrics--sounds so sad and for no reason at all, it makes me want to cry. Like whatever or whoever he's singing about just seems to be in so much despair and I just want to hug...the singer or someone! This song definitely makes me want to read a major tear-jerker; one that will open up the flood gates, one that will just tear me apart (but at the end it better put me back together again--cause those are the best ones), one that will make me want to curl up into a tiny ball and fade into nothing, one that will make me become an obsessive fan of the author ;)
so, who wants to take on the challenge and write the perfect book to match this amazing favorite song of mine?
Oh goodness, how I heart this song! I love how the song dies down a little around three minutes but as it climbs towards four minutes, it builds up again and then your emotions get flung all over the place and you just don't know how to deal! And that piano at the end--geez, just rip my heart out, why don't you!? Just throw it on the floor and stomp all over it! LOVE IT CRAY!

I was going to feature a few other songs but after really listening to this one, I think I'll just leave it at this! So, what do you guys think of this song?! It's the BEE'S KNEES, ARMS, THIGHS, AND LEGS, huh!? I KNOW. So much love for it!

So, if you've got a book suggestion that you think this song will be the number one song for, please, please, please, please let me know because like, that would be uber awesome!


What song are you currently obsessing over, right now, in this very moment?

For more of Momo's Playlist, check out the hashtag #MomosPlaylist on twitter to see what some of my current, in the moment, song obsessions are!

Jul 20, 2012

Vote #TeamAiden in the #YACrushTourney


Today is the big day, everyone! This year the YA Sisterhood is hosting their second, annual YA Crush Tournament! Today, I am here to help Kayleigh from K-Books spread the word about voting for the one and only, Aiden St. Delphi, from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Covenant series!

Last winter, I advocated for Alexandria Andros in the YA Heroine Tournament and so this is a big deal to me! The #HalfBloodLegion needs to come back full force and lead Aiden straight to the finish line! He'll be going up against Ash--the Ice Prince--from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series so this is going to be one ginormous tough match!

But JLA didn't leave her fans hanging! She has some pretty juicy incentives for all of us if we help pull Aiden through! Check 'em out!

Incentives:
250 Votes: Aiden teaser from Deity
500 Votes: Seth teaser from Deity
750 Votes: Onyx ARC (Pepe, Sztella, Me) randomly given out
800 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity
1000 Votes: Swag pack of awesomeness given out
1500 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity
1750 Votes: Aiden Teaser from Deity
2000 Votes: Cookie Scene in film (special feature from Onyx)
Match won: Zoo/Car Scene from Pure in Aiden's POV

Each of the teasers will be juicy. I promise.
All prizes will be given out randomly on Twitter w/ notice
Cookie scene is filmed w/ Pepe. He's a cookie monster.
THIS blog post will be updated with teasers.
But I mean, just look at that picture! That image alone was incentive enough! ;)) And now, here's Kayleigh's advocate post as to why everyone should click one little button to give Aiden that vote that he deserves!

VOTE #TEAMAIDEN



ATTENTION!

THE GODS ARE CALLING... AND THEY NEED YOU!
THEY NEED YOU TO VOTE FOR EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE PUREBLOOD!
Don't tempt fate and disobey the Gods...

VOTE AIDEN ST DELPHI!!!!

Hey everyone, I'm Kayleigh from K-Books and I am here with a task from the Gods... to advocate for the awesome Aiden St Delphi from Jennifer L Armentrout's phenomenal Covenant series!

Aiden is the perfect lead male character in the Covenant series. I'm going to convince you why you need to vote TEAMAIDEN! After all he is the world's best Pure Blood!!

Besides you wouldn't want to upset the Gods.... WOULD YOU?

*Please note there may be some spoilers from the Covenant series if you haven't read Daimon, Half-Blood and Pure please read on with caution. Any major spoilers will be highlighted before hand*

Personality

If you've read the Covenant series you won't need much persuading from me to vote for Aiden. He can do that all on his own. The one word to describe him and his personality is: PERFECT!
It's the truth he is just perfect! In every way!

- Aiden is one of the strongest characters you will ever read about. He is fiercely protective and always out to protect the ones he loves.

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"I have to. I told you before I'd never let anything happen to you. I meant it."
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- Aiden will always do what is right even if it means sacrificing himself.

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"I kissed her like I was never going to see her again, because in a way, I wasn’t. Not this way, and as much as that killed me, I knew the difference between what felt right.
And what was actually right."
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- Aiden always sees the best in everyone.

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"She was so incredibly strong and I couldn't fathom how she didn't know that."
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- Aiden always fights for what he believes in. No matter how dangerous it might be.

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"If the Gods want a war they'll have one."
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- Aiden is super romantic and increidbly swoon worthy. He can easily make any girl's insides just melt!

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“Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule. You’ll become the center of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.”
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Looks!

Aiden is tall, dark and drop dead gorgeous. He has the most intense storm coloured eyes that turn to shades of silver when he feels strong emotions.

Yes girls, it's okay to swoon!! He IS dreamy and drop dead gorgeous! Totally swoon worthy!!

Talents!

As a Pure Blood Aiden can control the element Fire. Yes, this boy is super HOT! In more ways than one. So watch out for Aiden, he may just burn you up ;)

Aiden is a wicked kick-ass fighter who is super fast and super strong. He has dedicated his life to fighting Daimons and has the skills to excel at it. Yes not only is he fiercely protective he has all the skills to save your life in the case of a Daimon attack. This is one guy every girl wants!!

He has super self-control, always sacrificing himself and his feelings in order to save and protect other people. He has the patience of a saint too. Come on to train Alex he kinda has to!

So... long story short: AIDEN IS THE PERFECT MAN! I KNOW IT... YOU KNOW IT.... THE GODS KNOW IT!!!

So there is only one thing left to do!!

VOTE FOR AIDEN!

Do the right thing!

And don't forget..... THE GODS WILL BE WATCHING!!!!!!


#TEAMAIDEN!

As everyone knows Jennifer is the best damn author in the world and she has some super awesome Incentives for Aiden's match...

Incentives!

250 Votes: Aiden Teaser from Deity
500 Votes: Seth Teaser from Deity
750 Votes: Onyx ARC (Pepe, Sztelle, Jen) randomly given out
800 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity
1000 Votes: Swag Pack of awesomeness given out
1500 Votes: Signed ARC of Deity
1750 Votes: Aiden Teaser from Deity
2000 Votes: Cookie Scene in film (special feature from Onyx)

If Aiden wins his first round, I will do the zoo/car scene from Pure from him POV!

Yes we all agree: Jennifer is awesome!!

Did you see that?
Did you?
Did you?
DID YOU????

I don't know about you but I NEED! that zoo scenes from Aiden's POV!

So you know what you gotta do!!

VOTE AIDEN!!

And Now... For a giveaway.

I have a Jennifer L Armentrout swag pack to giveaway. And if YOU vote for Aiden you can be in with a chance to win it!

It is INTERNATIONAL!


Includes:
1 - Half-Blood Bookmark
1 - Cursed Bookmark
3 - Deity Bookmarks
3 - Deity Island Stickers
1 - Deity Plec


You guys heard her! Get to it and do your good deed for the day and

Jul 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (18): The Dark Light and Inbetween

 

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
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The Dark Light

Title: The Dark Light
Author: Sara Walsh
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: August 28th, 2012

The Dark Light
Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she's concerned, that's about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.

That is, until Sol arrives. Mia's not one to fall for just any guy, but she can't get Sol--or the brilliant tattoo on his back--out of her mind.

Then Mia's brother goes missing, and Mia's convinced that Sol knows more than he's sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol's not who Mia thought he was--and neither is she.
Why I'm Waiting: Okay, so I totally agree with everyone who says that this cover is misleading but...I'm a sucker for tattoos and that one on his back is totally drool-worthy, is it not!? And for some reason, I'm getting the feel that this novel has something to do with angels (just a hunch) and well, I love me some angel novels. I can't wait to read this one to see what it's all about!


Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1)

Title: Inbetween
Author: Tara Fuller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 14th, 2012

Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1)
Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left...his soul.
Why I'm Waiting: Three words: Reapers. Sacrifice. And Entangled Teen. It's definitely going on the list of Omg-I-am-SO-reading-this-book-when-it-releases-like-STAT! Also, look at that cover! I love the tagline and the little reaper sword thingies at the bottom where it says A Kissed By Death book--it's so cute!


Oh man, I have so many books that I'm waiting on that it's insane! And if you'd like to add to my insanity, leave your WOW links below and I'll stop by to check out your picks! Maybe some of my insanity will be left with you and hopefully, I'll become a little more sane ;)

Happy Wednesday and always, happy reading!

Jul 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (24): The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas


This meme is brought to you weekly by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

Anyone can play along, just do the following:
  • 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 that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR List if they like your teaser!
My Teaser
Arobynn had sent Sam to see why Ben and Gregori were missing?

"If we'd grabbed his body," Sam said, refusing to back down from her glare, "it would have led them right to the Keep."

"You're assassins," she growled at him. "You're supposed to be able to retrieve a body without being seen."

"If you'd been there, you would have done the same."

Celaena pushed her chair back so hard it flipped over. "If I'd been there, I would have killed all of them to get Ben's body back!" She slammed her hands on the table, rattling the glasses.
- Ebook: Location 71

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass, #0.1)
Recently, I've been stuck on contemporary but now I'm taking a break from them and jumping into some fantasy and I think this series will be just the perfect kick! Melissa Buell from Have Imagination, Will Write let me borrow her copy of Throne of Glass but before I actually start the book, I'm going to read all the novellas first and well, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is the first one. I am so in love with novels like this one--the time period, the medieval time era that involves swords and weapons and horses and--it just amazes me! I haven't read a lot of stories like this, only Grave Mercy, but recently I've discovered quite a few more that fall under this category which makes me so ecstatic! I can't wait to dive further into this series because I know without a doubt that I'll love it obsessively!

I picked this teaser to share with all of you because at just five percent into the story, it already shows how BAMF Celaena is! She's so tough and kick-butt and I'm just like:





I know I'm going to love her like cray and I'm just telling you guys now, I'm adding Celaena Sardothien to my BADDEST CHICKS list ;)

THAT IS ALL.

Jul 13, 2012

Vote for Kaidan in the YA Crush Tournament


This summer the YA Sisterhood is hosting their second annual YA Crush Tournament. Today is Kaidan's first match up against Finnick from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. Kaidan is from Wendy Higgins's the Sweet Evil trilogy and his advocate is Tara from Tater's Tall Tails.

I, personally, haven't read the book yet but I'm here to support Tara and her man in the hopes of trying to persuade all of you to give him a vote! Now, I hand it over to Tara as she gives us her defense post!



ATTENTION!!!!!

Captain Tara here, your acting advocate for Kaidan Rowe, along with Shreya and Gianna, my second and third in command in the Kaidan Army, Infantry Division, part of the Tater’s Tall Tails troop. We are here today under orders from Pharzuph, the Duke of Lust, to increase awareness about his son Kaidan Rowe. He wants us to help Kaidan in this YA Crush Tournament that is going on under the command of the YA Sisterhood Troop. His orders are to inform everyone about the Seven Deadly Reasons to Love Kaidan Rowe and encourage the masses to VOTE for him to be the ultimate crush in the tournament. We hope to give you all the information you need to vote for Kaidan! We wouldn’t want him to get in trouble with his daddy or the other Dukes for not properly influencing the masses!

Now Kaidan is the unbelievably sexy main man from Wendy Higgins’s book Sweet Evil. Kaidan is a unique individual, although he is the son of the Duke of Lust, he in fact exhibits traits from all seven of the deadly sins. Kaidan Rowe is your typical gift from the gods: brown hair cut short on the sides and back, but longer on top, angling across the forehead. His eyes were a gorgeous color of tropical honeymoon waters, ringed in dark sapphire and enclosed by thick lashes. And he is smokin’ hot. As in H-O-T-T hot. Kaidan is extra-T worthy.

Now here are Seven Deadly Reasons To Love Kaidan Rowe:

1: Envy: Kaidan has been known to make the male population quite envious and jealous. Aside from his good looks, he has incredible talent.  According to our field agent, Private Jay, Kaidan Rowe has been described as: “…a killer musician, he gets tons of chicks, his dad’s loaded, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s got a friggin’ English accent!” p. 15

2. Gluttony: Kaidan has shown to make this rather unattractive sin, quite attractive. Know to be a disgusting sin; Kaidan has turned gluttony into quite a spectacle.  I believe he uses his lustful nature to influence others on this.
“He picked up a green pear from his plate and bit into lit, licking juice that dripped down his thumb.” p. 180

3. Wrath: Although Kaidan is the epitome of calm, silent and cool, there are times where the Duke of Wrath, Alocer, causes Kaidan to lash out. According to our information, one of Kaidan’s more recent admire, recalled a moment on their journey displaying Kaidan’s loss of control:
“With the swipe of an angry arm, Kaidan had sent a glass lamp flying off the dresser, where it bashed against the wall. He pointed at me, eyes blazing.” p.177

4. Pride: Being incredibly good looking and charming has its determents. Kaidan is often under influence of Rahab, the Duke of Pride. Kaidan has been known to use his bedroom eyes on unsuspecting victims and does not hid the fact that he sleeps in the buff. His pridefullness has gotten him the description of hotheaded, egocentric male slut by some local populations. But his pride has also interfered with his work: “Hum, moved too quickly. Rookie mistake.” But he is always quick to recover“But I can see you still want me.” p. 137

5. Sloth: Kaidan and his experience have been known to cause women to become quite lazy and unable to move under his expert touch. Many women describe a certain, cessation after their romp with Kaidan. Our incredible informant was kind enough to share a moment of her experience of the lazy, satisfying experience with Kaidan: With an expert movement, his stealthy hands went up to the back of my shirt, past the uncomfortable bra clasp that dug into my skin, fingers tracing my shoulder blades. The tense muscles spasmed weakly, then turned to Jell-O under his touch. p. 135

6. Greed: Not one of Kaidan’s better qualities or favorite sins, he isn’t known to show others his needs and wants. But there is one female in particular that causes Kaidan to feel a bit…possessive and needy. When Kaidan wants a girl, he wants it all…but his way. Just ask Kope for those stories. We have never seen him be as possessive as he is with his Luv, Ann…
“Just me, luv,” he said, close to my ear. “Aren’t you the picture of domestication? Do you cook as well?” p. 233
His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.” p. 347

7. Lust: Kaidan, being the son of the Duke of Lust, has no problem with this sin.  We have had multiple reports from the female officers about how good and lustful Kaidan can be.  But one striking encounter happened with Kaidan’s off the books assignment, in a hotel room outside of LA one afternoon.
We met halfway. His lips were as hot as his eyes, sending a shock way through me. His tender mouth opened mine and I could sense the red of passion, like silk, circling us, pulling us closer. I was aware of a halfhearted battle within me, but I clambered nearer, pushing the notebook and papers to the floor.
His lips broke away from mine and moved greedily down my neck. A moan escaped me at the feel of his hot breath on my skin, and it was all the encouragement he needed. p. 236

Now we have been instructed under the General of the Kaidan Army to talk about his secret weapon: his tender moments, where his lust moves to love. Kaidan doesn’t like the world to know what is under his badge.  But under all of his bedroom eyes, sexy tussled hair and tanned skin, there is a man with true heart. He has the ability not only to make you swoon over his good looks and talented hands, but his tender moments will touch your heart and you will forever be his.
 “Which was your favorite place?” I asked.
“I’ve never been terribly attached to anyplace. I guess is would have to be … here.”
I stopped mid-chew and examined his face. he wouldn’t look at me. He was clenching his jaw, tense. Was he serious or was he teasing me? I swallowed my bite.
“The Texas panhandle?” I asked.
“No.” he seemed to choose each word with deliberate care. “I mean here in this car. With you.”~ 153

Kaidan also knows how to truly love a woman. He might see it as his job or just par for the course but any woman loves a man that knows what he is doing. 
I can feel out someone within five minutes of conversation to know what I would have to say and do to lure her into bed.
I know secrets of the human body most people don’t even know about themselves. p. 158

And out last shining quality about Kaidan and a reason for you to vote for him is: Kaidan finds something attractive about everybody. EVERYBODY! That means he thinks there's something very sexy about each and every person, and he never thinks of anyone as "ugly." There are days where he is just staring at people, noticing all the little ways they are attractive.
…I felt his hand around my wrist, spinning me in a half circle and pulling me to his chest. His face was so close. He reached down and cupped my face with one woolly hand, and wiped the top corner of my lip hard with his thumb. I flinched back.
“What are you doing?”
“I…” he appeared to have no idea himself. “I wanted to see your freckle.”
A vulnerable tenderness flashed across his face, more painful to see than the coldness.  …
“What do you want from me Kai,”
“For starts,” his voice lowered to sexy dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.”

Now that we have given you all the information you need, we hope that you in fact will help spread Kaidan’s influence further by voting for him!! Remember we are under direct orders from The General of the Kaidan Army, Wendy as well as Pharzuph to ensure that we influence everyone we can!

YOU ARE DISMISSED! NOW VOTE FOR KAIDAN!



And well, you heard her so get to voting people! Spread the word far and wide and get it done! Oh wait, voting takes place here: YA Sisterhood!

Jul 12, 2012

Theme Song Thursday (4): Snow Patrol - Run


Theme Song Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous Jena over at Shortie Says that takes place on Thursdays (obvi, lol!) where you pick a book you've previously read or is currently reading and then pick one song that you think fits that book. Also, post the lyrics, maybe a snippet leading up to the first chorus, explaining why you think that song fits said book like a warm, snuggly glove ;)


This week, I'm taking it back to one of my favorite books/series--The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater! Shiver was one of the first few books that made me bawl like a baby and because it did so, it sits way up there for me. Today's song is very versatile and could probably go well with a ton of books, but for me, Run and Shiver go together like two peas in a pod! It's one of those songs that seems to bring me right back to Shiver whenever it comes on; the aching sadness of Sam and Grace's relationship and just...sigh. I can't even explain it. I just love it so much!

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.



the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
I posted two synopsis of the book. The first one is from Maggie Stiefvater's website and the second is from Goodreads. I loved both of them and I couldn't choose which one to post so I just did both, lmao!


Snow Patrol - Run


Why it's on the playlist: I feel like every. single. word. in this song came straight from Sam's voice, as if he was singing this to Grace.

I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go.


I like how these are the first two lines in the song because it kinda sets the feel for Sam and Grace's urgent and fragile relationship. In this series, Sam is so poetic and lyrical and such a music man that I feel as if he was telling Grace that he'll sing one more time for her but then they really have to go and if you've read the book, you would know what I mean.

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here.


I feel like these few lines couldn't have been more than perfect when Sam and Grace got in that car towards the end, when they were trying so desperately to get away!

To think I might not see those eyes
Makes it so hard not to cry
And as we say our long goodbyes
I nearly do.


And these next few lines just break my heart--every. single. time. When Sam and Grace were in the car and then it hits them that he really needs to run and his bright, golden eyes are looking at her. Aah, heart palpitations!

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you, dear.


And this felt like Sam's reminder to Grace whenever he was gone and in his wolf form.


Maggie Stiefvater is a goddess with her words! Shiver enchanted me, grasped my heart, and promised to never let it go! If you're looking for a heartbreaking, glass-shattering, tear-jerker-ing read, Shiver would be the one for you! Every time I think back to it, the one word that always comes to mind is: sadness. Sadness, but in an oh-so-very-addictive way! Some might say that Shiver isn't that sad or whatever, but when you pair it up with this song, oh yeah, tears will be shed! ;)

And before I let you all go, I have to share one more video of this song with you. When I fall so madly in love with a song--to the point where I know the lyrics inside out--I start youtubing live versions of the artist singing the song. I ran across this video a while back but whenever I watch it, I get so completely lost in it, mesmerized--as if I've become hypnotized! So, because this video has that effect on me, there's no doubt that I must share it with all of you bookworms!


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I KNOW! I FEEL THE SAME EXACT WAY EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I LISTEN TO IT TOO (with Shiver in mind, of course)! I also forgot to mention: I love, love, love, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE when there's nothing but music playing towards the end. That's when the tears start falling real hard! When you can hardly contain yourself. When you start reaching for the tissue box. When you start doing the ugly cry.

I love this video like cray. What do you think of it? What do you think of my song pick for this books/series!? Let me know, let me know, let me know! I seriously do wanna know! Do you agree? Yay or nay!?