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Sunday, July 27th 2014

The Book Blogger Test Tag

Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but unfortunately WordPress hates me so it’s slightly delayed. Sorry about that!

I was tagged by the lovely Ashley over at Words We Heart for the Book Blogger Test tag – thank you so much! :) Questions and answers are below (plus, Kim might be joining me for this later on as well! Yay!).

What are your top three book pet hates?

1. Too many typos in books – it just takes away from the story and makes the experience so much less enjoyable.

2. When the book is paced ridiculously slowly for the first 90%, and then the author suddenly realises that nothing’s happening and the ending comes zooming at you. (It’s kind of like the author just went OH MY GOD NOTHING’S HAPPENING I NEED TO PACK A WHOLE NOVEL’S WORTH OF ACTION INTO THE LAST 20 PAGES)

3. Having people assume that reading = doing nothing whatsoever and then proceeding to sit down and talk to you while you’re like can’t you see I just got to the best part?!

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Describe your perfect reading spot.

My reading nook, hands down! (Starbucks is a close second, though. Or really any coffee shop. I enjoy the background noise.)

Tell us 3 book confessions.

1. Even though I love, love, love hardcovers, I rarely buy them because they’re ridiculously expensive – only with my absolute favourite books (or the ones I can’t find in paperback). I’m totally not opposed to people giving me hardcovers, though – that’s a whole new story! ;)

2. You know that one really weird person you see who’s sitting on the bus reading, and tears are literally streaming down their face because they’re that invested in fictional people who have never and will never exist (and when you get off they look up and ask you what stop it is, and you find out that they were supposed to get off four stops ago)? Yeah. That’s me.

3. I’m a sucker for mysterious/brooding/tears-behind-the-painted-smile boys in books. (*cough* DEAN WINCHESTER *cough*)

When was the last time you cried during a book?

Last week – it was a reread of The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness. Such an amazing book, oh my gosh. I was bawling my eyes out. :P

How many books are on your bedside table?

Just one – my current read (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini). I try not to keep too many books on my bedside table, mostly because that’s where I keep all my notebooks and a couple of pencils, so it tends to get really crowded if I have a billion books there too.

What is your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

It’s not technically to eat, but I love drinking hot chocolate while reading. Makes me feel so cozy. :D (Bonus points if it’s raining and/or snowing out!)

Name three books you would recommend to anyone.

Oh, that’s an easy one! Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell; The Diviners, by Libba Bray; and Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes.

Show us a picture of your favourite shelf on your bookcase.

Right now my tablet is temporary out of order so I can’t take a photo, but that’ll be posted soon! :)

What is your biggest reading secret?

There was that one fiasco when I decided that eBooks were more convenient than physical ones, so I sold all my books. (Hint: that only lasted for a week. I missed them so much that I bought them all back and promised I’d never subject myself to that again.) *sigh* I was young and naive back then. ;)

Write how much books mean to you in three words .

Three words?! This doesn’t begin to encompass how much they mean to me, but it’s a start: they’re my wings.

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Thursday, July 24th 2014

US Book Haul!

Helloooo, everyone! Remember me? (That other person who writes for YA Asylum sometimes?) Alas, I’ve been pretty silent here over the past couple of weeks – for which I apologise. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get Wifi for less than 30 bucks a night in Los Angeles! But the good news is, I’m back in action, having arrived back home a couple of days ago… and on top of that, I figured out how to fit all the books I bought in New York/Washington D.C./California in a suitcase and they arrived safe and unharmed! That, my friends, is what I call a victory.

I managed to dig the majority out of their various nooks and crannies in my suitcase (I believe there’s two missing, but I’ll find those soon… hopefully!):

US Summer Book Haul

THEY’RE SO BEAUTIFUL. *strokes book spines in a totally not-creepy way* Final count: 11, not including the two that are missing. Those shown in the picture include…

Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles, by Kim Newman. Being a slightly obsessive Sherlock Holmes fan, I tend to devour any and all variations of the canon. I’ve never read one from Moriarty’s perspective, though – I can’t wait to see how this book turns out.

Argon Desaki’s Report from Earth, by Alan Walworth. Coolest story ever: I was in Stanford University for a summer camp – an amazing experience, but alas, the Stanford campus is ridiculously huge… a curse for somebody like me, who has zero sense of direction. So there I was, wandering around on the fourth day of camp, getting lost on the EXACT SAME ROAD for the third time that day, asking everyone who passed if they knew the way back to my dorm. One man stopped and said he had a map, then offered to walk me back. Turns out he too was slightly directionally challenged, so by the time we had actually turned the map the right way up and found our way back, there was plenty of time to make small talk and find out that – surprise, surprise! – his first book is being published this year! He gave me this copy of one of the later drafts, so that was quite lovely.

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. I will never, ever be over the poignancy and precision of Ness’ writing. I could read a grocery list by him and still give it a five-star review. ;) The Chaos Walking trilogy was amazing, but More than This was the book of his that just blew me away – of course I couldn’t miss this one.

Paper Valentine, by Brenna Yovanoff. I saw a couple of reviews for this (including Kim’s!) and was intrigued by the concept – I mean, ghosts and serial killers! How could I resist? – but I couldn’t find it in any of the stores at home. One of New York’s hole in the wall indie bookstores came to the rescue and now I can’t wait to start reading it. :D

Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler. This was one of those hey-this-book-looks-pretty-on-the-shelf-why-don’t-I-pick-it-up kind of discoveries. It was actually meant to be an airplane book (who else thinks airport bookstores rule?!) but I ended up sleeping through the flight, so that didn’t exactly work out. :P Fun fact: Daniel Handler is Lemony Snicket’s real name, something I didn’t know until I casually mentioned the author’s name to my sister and she – a hardcore Series of Unfortunate Events fan – totally geeked out on me. So this should be an interesting read. ;)

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. I’m a sucker for classics with beautiful covers, and The Secret Garden is one of my favourite books ever. (Basically, anything by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. She’s a genius.) ‘Nuff said.

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart. The world seems to be raving about this book – my friends keep insisting that I read it, five-star reviews are popping up everywhere, and the Tumblr page is… intriguing, to say the least. I’ve kind of been salivating over this book since I heard of it (but of course, it hasn’t come out here yet. Grrrrr.), so I snapped it up in the first bookstore I came across and it’s next on my TBR!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han. The premise of this book is so interesting – I’d read a bunch of reviews and promised myself I’d try and find it once I came to the US, and I did! :D I haven’t really read a great contemporary romance in awhile, so hopefully this won’t disappoint.

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. There are no words to describe how much I love this book. (I did a review on it - and I genuinely tried to be coherent, I swear! - but it didn’t really work. I just kind of melted into a puddle of fangirliness.) Obviously, I had to have it.

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. I’m determined to just hoard all of Rainbow Rowell’s books, as you can see. I was so incredibly excited when I found out that this is actually the exclusive collector’s edition – see the light blue rather than tan book cover? It has fanart and an author Q&A inside too. :D Haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet – I’m saving it for a rainy evening and a mug of hot chocolate!

The Finisher, by David Baldacci. I was in New York for the awards ceremony of a writing competition (Carnegie Hall! Whoo!), and when I checked in the day before they handed me a bag filled with the usual things: my medal, certificate, some info on a dance that was happening, an anthology of the winners’ works, and… a random book? Alright, then. Totally not like I’m objecting to free books. ;)

What books are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Friday, July 18th 2014

NA Debut Cover Reveal: SHAMELESS!


IFB is hosting the cover reveal for Nina Lemay’s NA Contemporary Romance. See it below and continue for the giveaway:


Release date: August 18th 2014

Synopsis via Goodreads:
~New Adult Contemporary Romance — recommended for mature readers~

Girls like me don’t get happy endings.

I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?

But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.

He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.

The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.

This is a standalone novel, no series, no cliffhanger.

Nina LemayAbout the Author
Nina Lemay is a YA writer by day and author of sinfully twisted New Adult…well, also by day. She loves all things dark and edgy and never tires of tormenting her characters. While Nina is a fan of all things scary, Gothic, and fantastic, she doesn’t shy away from a gritty contemporary romance when the muse strikes. She lives in Montreal, a city that never fails to inspire, with her partner and her dog.


EXCERPT
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His hand slides, hesitant, across the edge of his seat as he leans closer. The black ink of the letters on his knuckles is stark against his skin.

“Show me,” I say.

And he kisses me. Our lips don’t meet smooth and choreographed like in movies. The stubble on his cheek grazes the corner of my mouth, leaving behind a burning trail, and then his lips cover mine. Nothing hesitant about them. Assertive, self-assured like I thought his kiss would be, the promise of those strong hands and broad shoulders and arrogant posture made real. But he’s anything but arrogant. He gently nips on my lower lip and his hands caress my neck, my jaw, cup my face. He’s holding me like I’m something fragile and precious.

I’m afraid to close my eyes.

He has that lavender scent, sharp and clean, with a note of wild muskiness lurking underneath when you get close enough—that note that’s just him. I don’t know what to do with my hands so I slip them under his jacket and put them on his waist, right above his belt. I finally start to sketch out what his body looks like under his shirt: sinewy and fit and hard.

His hands finally move on, mirroring mine, down to my bare belly exposed by my cropped top. The little hairs along my spine stand on end. An involuntary shudder courses through me, making my abs tighten and quiver. His hand finds the small of my back and settles there, guiding me forward with smooth confidence, pulling me toward him. The heat of his palm melts through my skin into my bones and up my spine, softening my muscles until my entire body feels like hot wax held together by a membrane of skin. I tuck my hand under his belt, just the fingertips—past the hem of his shirt where the pads of my fingers find hot, smooth skin over taut muscle.

He groans softly into my mouth. I lean in and slide onto his lap, barely aware that I’m clambering over a car seat. It’s just so smooth and natural, the grooves of our bodies clicking together like a jigsaw puzzle. His hands on my waist, spreading goosebumps all over my belly, up my back and down my arms; then they move up, up, under my top, stopping when they find my bra. Pausing, hesitant.

I kiss my way along his jaw and his neck, peel away the collar of his shirt to continue down his clavicle. His hand settles over my bra and I can feel its heat through the fabric, a tiny little jolt of sensation that lights up my nerve endings like a Christmas tree.

My mind floats up, under the closed sunroof of the Audi, and watches me from there, impassive. I’m aware of everything I’m doing, too aware, but I don’t stop. My body continues like an automaton, the lips, the hands, performing the motions. Like I’m a car on cruise control, easing into the familiar mode. I know what happens next.

A part of me, very deep down, hopes I don’t.

Only one way to find out.

I go for his belt buckle, find it, tug on it. It yields with a soft clink.

And just as I’m about to stick my hand down his pants, he pulls away.

“’Annah,” he pants. His hand slips out from under my shirt and dives down to catch my wrist. His fingers wrap around my wrist bone, strong and firm.

Maybe it’s the touch that zaps me back into my body, disrupts my functioning. The false step that throws off the whole routine, the bad note that ruins the aria.

“What?” I whisper. My body’s nerves settle into normal mode one by one.

“No.”

“Why not?”

“This isn’t right. This is… overstepping.”

I sit back. I’m still balancing with my shins on his legs—kind of like at work when I lean in, my hair brushing over a customer’s face, and ask in a seductive whisper if he wants another dance.

I blink at him in utter dismay. Thrown off. Tossed overboard into unfamiliar territory and I don’t know what to do.

But I want to be doing this, I start to say. We aren’t doing anything wrong. “I’m attracted to you,” he says. His voice still holds a hint of breathlessness. “But then again, you already knew that.”

“But I’m—” I’m attracted to you too. This much should be obvious.
“I know,” he says softly. He lets go of my wrist and instead takes my hand between his hot, hot palms. He brings it to his lips. “But this isn’t right.”







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Monday, July 7th 2014

The Merciless: Someone Please Put Me Out of My Misery

The Merciless The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Published by Razorbill on June 12th 2014
Pages: 279
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Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?
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Today, I’m pleased to welcome Timon, YA Horror writer and lover, to YA Asylum! 

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First off, a big thank you to Kim and Topaz for allowing me to guest post. Both are wonderfully gifted writers and bloggers, who do great work with YA Asylum.

When I first heard about The Merciless by Danielle Vega, I tried not to get excited. I love horror, and religious horror is one of my favorites types of horror. At worse, I expected over-the-top, crazy-for-crazy’s-sake, Bible thumpin’ nuttery with a dollop of the grotesque, a la the movie Alice, Sweet Alice.

And then everything went horribly wrong. Warm up your chainsaws, folks, this cheerleader won’t dismember herself.

First, the things I loved. Sofia is Hispanic, living with a devout Catholic grandmother and a non-religious mother. Vega nails this part with perfection. There’s also a moment later on that involves candles, a pentagram, and a crucifixion that was genuinely creepy.

Everything else is an earth-shattering, mind-breaking apocalypse of awful.

Only once did I believe a character’s motivation. None of the girls are sympathetic or likable, not even the one who gets cheated on. Vega’s attempts to make the readers question themselves only muddle an already muddled book. The violence, one of The Merciless selling points, falls completely flat. Then her own subtlety and consistency undercut the already empty violence to the point I stopped noticing it.

The book also makes the jump from non-supernatural religious horror to supernatural horror in the last third. Basically, the character easiest to hate, and that the book tries the hardest to paint as an insane religious whacko, was really right all along, without ever telling the reader that there is a legit supernatural threat.

For a novel like this to work, I, as the reader, need to see the step-by-step logic that leads to the bloody exorcism. So when the Christian characters make the leap into insanity, I feel the full weight of their decision, the point of no return.

Just one problem.

I never bought Riley’s religious talk. In fact, every time religion is mentioned it felt like someone spliced Deliverance into an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I actually forgot this book had religious elements several times while the characters still preformed the exorcism. For a book that desperately tries to be splatterpunk in religious vestments, it fails on both counts.

Since the religious element doesn’t work, the atmosphere never gels. Without any atmosphere, there’s no sense of dread, without dread, this book is dead.

Now imagine three of the most cliché endings you can think of for a book like this. All three of them happen. I’m not even kidding.

To add insult to injury, if Sofia had a cell phone or a foot, or a brain to power said foot, 80% of The Merciless doesn’t happen. The plot-enforced stupidity tries so hard to protect the ending that nothing ever horrifies, terrorizes, and barely startles.

Whatever potential The Merciless had, it perpetually undermines itself by never revealing the actual stakes, characters juggling multiple idiot balls, and never playing fair with the reader. By the end, The Merciless, can’t even suspend disbelief. This book is terrible in the all the worst ways.

 

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Friday, July 4th 2014

MORE THAN MUSIC: Amazing debut NA read!

MORE THAN MUSICMORE THAN MUSIC by Elizabeth Briggs
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: ARC from author

Please Note: I received this book for free from ARC from author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Goodreads
Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.
Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.
As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.
Remarkable Read
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Rapid Fire Review:

First Impression

 The writing is polished and perfect, and I instantly loved the main character, Maddie. I love how she isn’t your typical rocker girl.

The Plot:

I’m a sucker for shows like The Voice, so I loved that a reality TV show was the center of the plot. I’m also a sucker for the should-we-no-we-shouldn’t romance and that was pretty much Maddie/Jared. I loved the tension that was created in the plot. How Jared had to be the playboy everyone expected, and how that meant a big no-no for Maddie/Jared. I also am so fascinated by behind-the-scene workings of reality TV shows. Seeing the balance of what’s real, and what’s not real.

The Characters:

Maddie: Like I said already, I love how she isn’t what you would expect from someone who dreams of becoming a rockstar. I don’t think everyone out there reflects what their ultimate dreams always is, so I liked that about Maddie. She wasn’t your typical main girl either: she had both flaws and perfections.

JaredPlayboy/bad-boy rockers aren’t my thing. I like the good boys, but once you get by the initial feel of Jared you see that he’s not what you thought he’d be — he’s very swoon worthy if there ever was one. If you loved Adam Wilde from If I Stay and Where She Went, you’ll love Jared. They aren’t exactly the same (they aren’t really alike that much, actually) but the feel of them is similar to me. I don’t know if that makes sense haha..

The Romance:

It was definitely one of the best parts of the story. I loved the initial descent into giving up and wanting to be together, and I understood the conflict of the I need to pretend to be a player that Jared felt. It added another tension level to the relationship, and forced Maddie to decide whether she really wanted to be a secret, or if it was better than they don’t even try.

Conclusion:

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Sunday, June 15th 2014

The Many Woes and Joys of Traveling with Books

So, I’m in New York!

And, because of the monstrously long 25-hour plane ride that it took to get here, I brought books along with me. (Ha. Like I wouldn’t have done it anyway.) However – and I’m very proud of myself for this - I limited it to three physical books, along with the entire contents of my Kindle library! Yes, I can show restraint sometimes. Shocking, I know.

Alas, I had underestimated the pull of the bookstores that I found in this lovely city. Here I was, thinking I could maybe get by with sneaking one or two books out of a shop when my mom wasn’t looking (although I love my mother, she doesn’t exactly approve of my copious book-buying habits). I mean, the stores here couldn’t be THAT much better than the ones in Singapore… could they?

Oh, how wrong I was.

There’s apparently a thing in New York where indie bookstores have “Free Books” shelves and they just pile on all the books that aren’t selling and let the public have at them. And they’re actually good books, too! WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS.

Because of this ridiculously amazing phenomenon, I’ve probably spent way more than my share of time here trolling around the shelves with the free books. Also, my grandparents are here with me, and since they a) only get to see me once a year and b) are my grandparents, they’re insistent on spoiling me (read: buying me every single book I even look at sideways).

I now have ten new books that I bought here, at least five of which have been on my TBR list for about a billion years, and the rest that just looked awesome/the covers were pretty/they seemed sort of lonely on the shelves/I vaguely recognised the author’s name/I thought my dog might like them. (My mom basically dragged me out of the bookstore on that last one. WHAT CAN I SAY.)

So yes. New York is awesome. But I cannot tell a lie: 99.9% of the reason I love it here is because of all the wonderful books that you never get in Singapore. (Also, half of them being free. That’s a pretty big perk.)

Next issue: fitting them all into one suitcase so I can get them home.

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Thursday, June 12th 2014

COVER REVEAL: FINDING DANDELION

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TITLE: FINDING DANDELION (a stand-alone novel in the DEAREST series)

AUTHOR: Lex Martin

RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2014

GENRE: NA contemporary romance

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SYNOPSIS

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if that means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

 

EXCERPT

Reid and Ashley disappear as I get lost in his kiss. We stand there while bodies crash around us to the music, and I’m caught against him like a wave breaking on the beach.

I don’t know what possessed me to kiss this guy out of the blue and pretend that we were somehow together. Right now, I’m blaming the three apple martinis. I just couldn’t stand one more interaction with Reid where I stammered like some kind of loser.

Am I imagining it or did I just tell off my ex? It’s hard to think clearly when I’m pressed up against this beautiful creature. I trail my hands up along his tall frame, dipping the tips of my fingers against the hard ridges and planes of his chest. He looks good in clothes, but the thought of what he looks like without anything on does delicious things to my body. I try to burn the sensation of what he feels like into my memory.

When we finally pull back for air, we stop to look at each other. And then we laugh.

“Holy shit.” I put my hand to my mouth, for the first time embarrassed that I’ve been trying to swallow him whole for the last five minutes. “Hi.”

He grins back. “Hi.”

I don’t hear him so much as read his lips, which I can appreciate now that my mouth isn’t sealed against them. His head slants as though he’s pondering some deep thought, like maybe how he spent the last few minutes locking tongues with a crazy girl who doesn’t even know him.

And then my world slows down as I realize who he is.

Holy shit. It’s the sexy guy from the pizza place.

Jax.

 

 

Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

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Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

 

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Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

Horror Book v. Movie: The Shining

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The Novel: The Shining v. The Movie

Movie:

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Pros:

  • It gets to the point much quicker. If you’ve read the book, you know that pretty much the first half of the book is laying the ground work for the last half. But the creepy gets on it fast in the movie.
  • The kid that plays Doc is adorable.
  • The music. I love horror movie music. If you watch a horror movie on mute, it’s never ask scary as it is with the music.
  • Jack Nicholson. Can anyone look as insane/crazy/I’m-going-to-kill-you as Nicholson?

Cons:

  • The ending. highly prefer the book’s ending to the movie’s ending.
  • Wendy. The lady they got to play Wendy is a far cry from what she is described as in the book. About the only thing they have in common is that they are tall.

Book:

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Pros:

  • The internal monologue is pretty great in the book. It explains the characters well.
  • It’s a book by Stephen King.
  • Jack’s descent into insaneness made a lot of sense, in a twisted way.
  • Stephen King’s character development is always one of his strengths.

Cons:

  • Wendy. I don’t know if it makes me a horrible person or not, but I always felt sympathetic toward Jack. Not for the crazy things he does, or for hurting Danny, but Wendy … was so stupid. She bugged me.
  • It takes forever to start.

Conclusion?

This is a tough one actually. Mostly because books that take forever to start bug me, but I love the King, and Nicholson is insanely good in his role. But in the end … I think … this is one of the better movie adaptations out there. Definitely the best to ever be made from a Stephen King movie/short story. (Except, It maybe. Confession: I was scared of drains for weeks after I watched It.)

So what’s my answer? I like them both. But the book wins. The book explains the characters better and the Shining concept. Plus, Dick Hallorann isn’t done justice in the movie at all, and Dick was one of my favorites.

What about YOU ? Have you ever seen this movie ? Read the book ? What’s your opinion ?

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Monday, June 2nd 2014

Book Talk: Series? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em?

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So, series: How do you feel about them?

Do you love them? Love being able to stay closest to your characters for longer? To see the story for a longer period of time? Or do you hate them?

I think it depends on the series, of course. Sometimes they are awesome, and sometimes it’s just the same book repeated over and over again. What I hate about series is the waiting. I know, I know. You have to wait for everything, but I’m impatient about my beloved books. I want them all now, now, now. I usually feel like this: like I want to cry, cry, cry.

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Make it stop, give me the next book now. 

Novellas help with the wait now. I like getting little segments of the story to help tide me over until the next book in the series comes out.

But what I like to do the most is wait until all the books are out and read them. Sometimes, I get tricked into reading a series without knowing it. If I know something is in a series though, I might wait until the series is over before I read them. That way I can go through them in a week instead of having to wait three years.

So I leave you with this gif because I love it and OMG Captain America with glasses:

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Yeah, I waited in line to get the next book. I’m awesome.

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Thursday, May 29th 2014

#ArmchairBEA Giveaway Win Any of these #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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I saw this post during #WeNeedDiverseBooks and this would make for a great giveaway. These books either have diverse characters or they are written by diverse authors. I will give away one of the above books to the winner of the giveaway. OR a book of your choice that fits the criteria (a book by a diverse author/characters that are diverse.

All giveaways will have the following rules, unless noted otherwise:

  1. If you live outside of the US or Canada, you can win an ebook.
  2. If you live inside of the US or Canada, I will be giving away a physical copy or ebook — whichever you prefer.
  3. I use a random generator to select winners.
  4. You’ll get extra entries if you follow this blog (either with bloglovin’, some rss, or e-mail address), @K_Writes on twitter, or @topazwinters on twitter.
  5. This will close in two weeks.
  6. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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