30 July 2014

Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara Lee Reed

“The End” is Only the Beginning.

Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the Heartbreak box in her closet. Now Elle can’t remember the last time a guy made his way into her box.

When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-break up funk with a girls' night out /rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, Elle isn’t expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He’s definitely, maybe, The One.

In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, the interactive romantic comedy where you direct the plot, you play Elle Masters as she and her pals put the “antics” in “romantics.” Get ready to question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of modern dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. Will you accept a last minute date? Freak out if Nick wants space? Be the first to use the ‘L’ word? Live in sin? Or hold out for a ring? Wait, do you even want a ring?

With 60 good, bad and inexplicable endings, you’ll always have another second chance at love with Mr. Wright.


5 Words: What e-books were made for.

This book really explores the possibilities with e-books. It's interactive and puts you in charge and I really enjoyed that aspect. It's engaging in a way I haven't yet come across with e-books, and that was refreshing.

My ending was always the same... I guess I don't make the best choices! But it was fun to go back and explore what could have been if only.

I wasn't such a fan of the writing style, but I think that's because I didn't relate much to the main character. She was too different for me to imagine as myself, and none of her choices were really what I would actually do.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this pretty quick read, and being able to explore the book as I'd explore a new place, examining all the different nooks and crannies.

The first date is both your most and least favorite social occasion. Depending on the guy, it can induce nervousness, excitement and nausea. You figure it’s kind of like pregnancy. 
Your favorite part of a first date, however, is the excuse to buy a new outfit. If things go right, it’s an investment in your new relationship; if they go poorly, it’s a pretty, color-coordinated consolation prize. 
Still, you’re not known for your style prowess. Rachel says you’re more Fashion Weak than Fashion Week, so you let your friends tag along to help you find the perfect something for tonight. 
“This is torture,” you say as you walk into the fourth store. 
“It’ll be worth it,” says Val. “Trust us. At least, trust me.” 
“I hate that you have to pick out my clothes.” 
“Lots of people have interior decorators, so just think of us as your exterior decorators.” 
“Yeah,” says Rachel, poking your side. “Your insides can’t be helped.” 
Thirty minutes later, you’re shivering in your skivvies in a dressing room while they bring you outfit after outfit, plastic hangers clattering in their hands, their shoes clacking against the linoleum. 
They let themselves into the room and hold out their latest picks, smiling at you but rolling their eyes at each other. 
Valerie is first: a long-sleeved, black mini-dress with a high neckline, paired with black tights. It’s very pretty and will show off your figure while still leaving a lot to the imagination. 
Rachel’s selection is bolder: a deep red tube top and tight-fitting low-rise jeans - very sexy while leaving, well, not nothing to the imagination. 
“Are you kidding me?” exclaims Valerie as she examines Rachel’s pick. “Why don’t you just print the words ‘Dinner first. Sex later’ on the front? Could it be for lack of fabric?” 
“You’re right,” Rachel fires back. “Better to write ‘Your parents would love me’ or, even better, ‘Bad in bed.’ Actually, with all that material, you can use both!” 
You only get one chance to make a second impression, so whose fashion advice should you take? 
For Valerie’s pretty pick, turn to section 134. 
For Rachel’s sexy selection, turn to section 123. 



29 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #13

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From.

This one was quite interesting, and I did a lot of digging around to make sure I was right with this. What a surprise! I've also chucked on my favourite book from each, and you should definitely check them out. A lot of UK authors here too, I do love my brit-lit.

  1. Terry Practhett - Wyrd Sisters
  2. Ian Rankin - The Flood
  3. Kevin Brooks - Lucas
  4. Sarra Manning - Pretty Things
  5. Gail Carriger - Soulless
  6. Kate Ellis - The Merchant's House
  7. Melvin Burgess - Junk
  8. Elizabeth Chadwick - Shadows and Strongholds
  9. Kate Cann - Possessing Rayne
  10. Trudi Canavan - Thief's Magic

I think it'll be fun to do this again in a year and see what's changed. I know some will stay on there, because they're my favourite authors, but one will likely drop off as she's lost her publishing deal and I already have all of her books.

27 July 2014

Showcase Sunday #14

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

Not much this week because work has been more than hectic enough, but both books are fantastic. The second they dropped through the door, I had the packaging open and my head buried between the pages. Seriously, go out and get these books now.

War Girls is written by a whole host of my favourite UKYA authors, and each of the short stories is breath-taking. Just thirty pages had me in tears.

The Castle was featured in my Wishlist Wednesday a while back and was my first ever review-copy request. Ever. So I was thrilled when it came through the door on Thursday.


What do you have this week?

22 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #12

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island.

What a fun list this was! But also so so hard to write There's all sorts of reasons for why I'd bring certain characters, some just for fun and others for the whole survival things.

  1. Cassandra Mortmain from I Capture the Castle
  2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
  3. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy
  4. Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy (but, you know... before THAT happened)
  5. Genevieve Lefoux from Parasol Protectorate
  6. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
  7. Lacey Flint from Detective Lacey Flint
  8. Lucas from Lucas
  9. Peter Grant from Rivers of London
  10. Weed from Poison Diaries
So, who makes your top ten?

14 July 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London - and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch - she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama... the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year - his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps - not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences... and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

Amazon UK | Amazon US

5 Words: Surprising, love, friendship, family, heartbreak.

I have to start by saying that this was amazing. It was a perfect end to the two International School books. In honour of this awesomeness I'm going to try something a little different with my review.

Dear Chanel Cleeton, 
My name is Cora and I loved your first International School book, I See London. It was one of the books that helped to reinstate my faith in the New Adult genre. So when I was picked to take part in the blog tour for the follow up novel, London Falling, I was ecstatic. Thrilled. Excited. And I couldn't wait to get back into that crazy, passionate world where Maggie and Samir danced around their attractions. I was prepared for a bit of whirlwind, a lot of love and a bit of heartbreak. 
But I was absolutely not prepared for the journey that was London Falling. 
Maggie and Samir up the ante in this book. Their passion just EXPLODES from the page. I found myself getting all caught up in it and what was happening. I was giggling and frowning and I wanted to cry and to shout at the two of them. Fleur and Maggie had the best kind of friendship. I love those gals. 
It was surprising and heart breaking and it made me doubt myself. In the first half I wanted one thing, but when it got near the end and it seemed like that was going to happen? Make it stop! Change it! So thank you very much for that ending. I needed that ending. It was the right ending. 
I sat and thought for ages about how I could describe this book once I finished it. And all I could come up with was amazing. Because it was. It left me speechless, my thoughts incoherent. It was, in a word, AMAZING.
Lots of reading love.
Cora @ Tea Party Princess
PS. I need more about Fleur. I love Fleur. GIVE ME MORE FLEUR! She totally needs her own book. And with that mind-blowing ending I can't even remember what happened regarding the picture and the "send me money or else" and I think I'll have to read. Or you'll have to give Fleur her own book.

GIVEAWAY

Win a London Falling coffee mug, Tea, Signed London Falling bookmarks, Signed I See London bookmarks, Pens, a London case, and a $25 Amazon GC.

08 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Blogging Confessions.

I've done one like this before, but let's see how it turns out this time. I have a lot of confessions I need to make. I am a bad book blogger.

  • I abuse my books.
    All of them. Even the special signed ones. My copy of Candy by Kevin Brooks is falling apart it's been read so much, and it was one of my first ever signed books.
  • I sometimes read crap books just so I can rage review them.
    RAWR. Because it feels so good to just let it all out and rip a book to shreds sometimes. And anything I read after is always going to be wonderful.
  • Sometimes I bitch even when I like a book.
    Some of my reviews for 4 and 5 star reads are AWFUL. I guess I was just PMSing and took it out on the book.
  • I'm bad at reading what I'm supposed to.
    I easily have over 200 review copies/ARCs/giveaway wins sitting unread and yet I buy even more books every week. I do get round to them eventually...
  • My NetGalley ratio is appalling.
    Seriously, it makes me feel sick. I once had it up to 90% but then I got click happy and it's been below 40% ever since. I'm trying to read one a week but every time I up-date it I request more.
  • I'm addicted to Goodreads.
    It's the first site I go on when I get up and the last site I check before bed. I've got the app to blame for that.
  • I can't cope when Goodreads goes down.
    Seriously, I get all shaky and nervous and keep refreshing the page again and again. Then I go and vent a little on Twitter and refresh some more.
  • I spend more time on Goodreads and blogs than reading.
    I spend more time reading what other people think about books than reading the books themselves.
  • I get sad when I'm lonely.
    I always get sad when I comment on 100+ blogs and posts and reviews and only get two or three back in return. I know that those 100+ other people aren't all going to comment back, but it'd be nice if more of them did.
  • I'm bad at commenting back myself.
    So yeah, a little bit of double standards. But I spend so much time on Bloglovin' visiting everyone that I forget who might have visited me. I've even scheduled in a little while on a Sunday for me to comment back to everyone now.

What are your blogging confessions?

07 July 2014

Release Day Blitz: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London - and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch - she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama... the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year - his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps - not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences... and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

Buy London Falling!

My review for London Falling is coming in seven days. And I'm enjoying it so much! Read my review of the first in the series, I See London here, it's one of the books that helped to restore my faith in New Adult books! Although not necessary, you will get so much more if you read the series in order. It's fun and playful and sexy, with a hint of sadness. Perfect!

Why not buy I See London?

 


GIVEAWAY

Win a London Falling coffee mug, Tea, Signed London Falling bookmarks, Signed I See London bookmarks, Pens, a London case, and a $25 Amazon GC.

06 July 2014

Showcase Sunday #13

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

And this week, I've got plenty of UKYA to balance things out after last week's haul. Yaaay! They're all NETBA shortlisted books for my upcoming spotlight/feature.

THE HAUL

Books, glorious books! I was in town anyway on Tuesday, having afternoon tea with my sister at a quirky boutique hotel, so I hit Waterstones on the way back and bought some more NETBA shortlisted books. My collection is growing! I also got Crow Girl as I haven't read it and generally love Kate Cann's writing.

I also did a guest review of The Midnight Rose over at Shaz's Book Blog.


Crow Girl by Kate Cann
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
Roxy's Baby by Cathy MacPhail
Rani & Sukh by Bali Rai
Pantomine by Laura Lam

Isn't it a lovely spread?

02 July 2014

Blog Tour Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop...

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!


5 Words: Bookish, sweet, love, reading, friendship.

I freaking loved this. It was an easy and thoroughly enjoyable 5 star read, which I'd recommend to anyone who has ever gotten lost in a book. I've picked out so many lines, so many fantastic, wonderful quotes. I think I probably highlighted half of this. Easily.
“Time cleaning was less time reading, so I usually just did the minimal amount, and left it for another day, a day that would never come.” 
I could relate so much to the main character, Sarah. She was wonderful to read. She's exactly the type of character that I think every bookworm would love to read, she's so familiar. And I loved the romance between her and Ridge, although it was a little creepy how he just showed up. And I loved how everything with Sarah related back to the books she loved so much.

This is a happy story of love when you least expect it, with a little but of turmoil thrown in for good measure. It's set in a wonderful little town filled with wonderful characters who I want to read more about.

I will absolutely read more of Rebecca Raisin's work. AWESOME. I want to go to Ashford. I'm off to read the Gingerbread Cafe books now!