Friday, February 28, 2014

Book Review: Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

Lingering Echoes
by Erica Kiefer

Series: Lingering Echoes #1
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published October 30th 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Blurb (Goodreads):
She's broken with guilt. 
He harbors a chilling past. 
It's safer if they keep their distance... 
But, the echoes that linger connect them. 

Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants to do during her final summer before college. For her, the family cabin she spent her youthful summers in, now holds a dark memory that has haunted her every day for the last year. 

While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. He's dark, dangerous and he keeps showing up when Allie least expects him to. She has every reason not to trust him. So why does she find herself opening up to him in a way she hasn't been able to with anyone? 

As pieces of Damien’s identity emerge, answers to a rumored mystery begin to unfold. By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.

My Thoughts:

Allie and Damien both had a broken past. They're both living the present with lingering echoes from the past. But this, somehow, will lead them together close. I have read some books with the same theme and I'm skeptical about reading this for the fact that I've read some just recently. But I gave Lingering Echoes a chance since the book setting was different from other books. Maybe the way their story was told, their connection, and overall will be also different.

I like the main characters' background story, for starters. I like how the author wove their stories and make it feel like it's real. However, even before things were revealed, I already knew the story. I also wasn't moved that much by Damien, who, in the first place, had the worst past I've ever read. He deserved more spotlight and I wasn't that much convinced when he told his story in one sitting, even if everything that happened to him was horrible. I think he should've had a POV in the book. There, I might relate and know him more.

Allie was okay. I don't hate her or love her. She's a good character and I felt her while reading her story. I just hope she wasn't that attracted to Damien (insert: physically) so I'd be more convinced. While there's Aaron, a friend of her step-brother who she became friends with as well. I liked him a lot. I think I don't have problems with love triangle this time coz I'm obviously pinning for the other guy. That's a first.

Lingering Echoes is a book about broken people with unfortunate pasts who found their way together and strive to stand up again. The story was good but I feel like I was looking for a more push from the main characters. The pace was fast and other scenes were entertaining but it was also predictable. I'm still debating if I like the overall story or not. Meanwhile, read it and find out if it's for you.

*Thanks Clean Teen Publishing and Netgalley for the ebook galley!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review: Three by Kristen Simmons

by Kristen Simmons

Series: Article 5 #3
Genre: YA, dystopian, action, sci-fi
Published February 11th 2014 by Tor Teen

Blurb (Goodreads):
Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

At fighting back.

My Thoughts:

Three is the last installment of Kristen Simmon's Article 5 trilogy. This trilogy drove me to different expectations, feels, and reactions. Article 5 (first book) didn't reached my expectations, while Breaking Point (second book) exceeded it. It was crazy and I've been waiting the day I'll read the final book.

The first thing I noticed was the relationship between Ember Miller and Chase Jennings. Their relationship was just like any other couples have--with trials, misunderstandings, and making-up. What I like about theirs was the strong bond never breaks whatever happens--even if they're on the midst of a life and death situation.

While Breaking Point was action-packed, Three was more on revelations. There were action scenes, but not as much as BP had. Even though I wished for more of it, the revelations supported the [back] story of the entire trilogy. It gave more answers and depth. And when there are actions, the thrill was always there. Just as exciting as with BP's.

I've grown to love Article 5 trilogy after the second book, and closing Three goodbye was saddening. This book proved to me that my found love on this trilogy wasn't a waste. The sequence of events are exciting and I found myself once again absorbed, lost in their world. The ending was heartbreaking but also satisfying. I'm so glad I reached the end with a smile on my face. I'm happy that it Kristen wrote an ending the main characters deserve to have after all the chaotic events.

Article 5 debuted with a promise of an epic adventure, Breaking Point showed me the best, and Three was a wonderful book to end a trilogy. Thrilling yet heart-warming, this trilogy was a well-written story of a girl fighting for what she know and love, a story of friendship and family--where friendship wasn't so different with family. Wishing for more action scenes aside, there's nothing more I'd ask for from Three

Check out my review for Article 5 (book one) and Breaking Point (book two).

*Thank you so much Alexis and Tor Teen for a print copy of this book in exchange of an honest review!


WWW Wednesdays (57) / Waiting on Wednesday (57): Otherbound

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer (Lingering Echoes #1)

Finished Reading:

Three by Kristen Simmons (Article 5 #3)

Read Next:

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming book releases everyone is waiting on.

by Corinne Duyvis

Expected publication: June 17th 2014 by Amulet Books

Blurb (Goodreads):
Everyone has a theory about what’s wrong with Nolan. He has hallucinations. He has seizures. He has an overactive imagination. Or is what Nolan sees whenever he closes his eyes impossibly, fantastically real? 

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every single time he blinks, he’s transported into the mind of Amara, a girl in another world. As a mute servant who’s tasked with protecting a renegade princess, Amara lives a life of magic and danger and pain; she’s completely unaware that Nolan can see through her eyes. 

Until he becomes more than an observer. Until he learns to control her—and the two of them communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then furious. She’s already spent a lifetime as property and punching bag. The last thing she needs is another force controlling her. 

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive . . . and discover the truth about their connection.

This book sounds really awesome. I just hope it wouldn't turn out to be an all-romance book instead.


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Music Monday (24): I'm Not One of Them

Today's edition of Music Monday is about girls (don't close this page yet, boys. You  might get some tips. *winks*) who are not like the other girls or what the boys think/want, especially when it comes to love. There could be a Mr. I-have-it-all out there but there are girls--us--who you cannot easily get, and we also have better stuff for you than the other girls can give. The songs below says as well.

  • I Guess We're Cool by Cassadee Pope
"I'm a little scared 'cause I wanna share
The best of me with you
But along with that comes a few red flags
You should know what you're getting into"

  • Love Song by Sara Bareilles
Coz sometimes, you're better off without him.

"I'm not gonna write you to stay
All you have is leaving
I'mma need a better reason
To write you a love song today"

  • Without The Love by Demi Lovato
Not all girls can be swooned by love songs, you know.

"Why are you singing me love songs?
What good is a love song?
What good is a love song without the love?"

  • Put it in A Love Song by Alicia Keys ft. Beyonce
LOL I know this contradicts the last song and message I gave you, but my point in here is: Girls likes it when boys earn them.

"Gotta work it baby, work it out 
If you want me baby, Work it out 
If you need me baby, Work it out"

  • Hey Stephen by Taylor Swift
"All those other girls, well they're beautiful but would they write a song for you?"

  • I'm Not One of Them by Lauren Alaina

"There’s a lot of girls who might just fall for what you got but I’m not one of them."


Are you not one of them?
Do you have your own playlist for being the different girl when it comes to love?
Share them below!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Review: In Bloom by Katie Delahanty

In Bloom
by Katie Delahanty

Series: The Brightside #1
Genre: NA, contemporary, romance
Expected publication: February 10th 2014 by Entangled Embrace
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Pre-order: Amazon * Barnes and Noble

Blurb (Goodreads):
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me. 
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…

My Thoughts:

Bands, LA, ordinary girl, and a promise of an epic you-and-me-against-the-world love story. This the the formula of some of the books that I loved such as Thoughtless by S.C Stephens and A Song For Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles, to name a few. So whenever I came across a book sounding like them, I check it out and read the synopsis thoroughly. And In Bloom captured me.

In Bloom is about Olivia Bloom--an ordinary girl trying to live an ordinary life. But her life changed when she met Berkeley, the frontman of the famous--and her favorite--Berkeley and the Brightside band. The first chapter hooked me up instantly and I became more interested in this book. Olivia's perspective was fun and very fangirl that it was easier for me to read and like.

Even though the love story was a bit fast for me, I have to say that the chemistry between Olivia and Berkeley was undeniable. I had the feels and it made me smile and feel ticklish. I enjoy reading their moments together. 

The title was different from the main story of this book. In Bloom turned out to be a lingerie line named after Olivia. It was cool, but the connection between the title and the story wasn't strong enough. I hope it was more related. However, I found an interesting fact about this book and the characters. I read Katie Delahanty thanked Sara Bareilles for [early] tweeting about the book on her Acknowledgements. I searched for the tweet on Google and found more interesting and fun stuff. In Bloom is a true-to-life lingerie line and the book was first an "interactive, fictional fashion-romance novel being presented in blog format". (Check it out here.) Upon further research, I found out that the famous-from-the-book Twitter handles of Olivia Bloom, Berkeley Dalton, Parker Mifflin, Blair Hamilton, Mrs. Bloom, and more. Which was reaaally cool. I also read their tweets and those were the exact tweets they exchanged as featured in the book. These things makes Olivia, Berkeley, and In Bloom's world more realistic. Fun!

Overall, In Bloom was an enjoyable read. I like most of it but I feel like there's something lacking. I'm so glad that this is actually a series. I'm excited to find out what happens next. Readers who like YA/NA contemporary romance or chick-lits would enjoy this book. If you also liked the two books I mentioned above, Thoughtless and A Song For Julia, you'd want to read this as well.

*Book contains minor sexual references and occasional coarse language.

Thanks to Entangled Embrace and Netgalley for an e-ARC of this book!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Review: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Me Since You
by Laura Wiess

Genre: YA, contemporary
Published February 18th 2014 by MTV Books
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Blurb (Goodreads):
Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.

Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?

Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.

If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.

Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?

My Thoughts:

I got curious first time I came across Me Since You. It was when Kate from The Bookaholic Blurbs wrote a status saying this book made her cry. When I saw it on Netgalley, I requested and thankfully, I've been accepted. I've grown to love books that make me cry. Because it meant that book is special to have an effect on me.

The first part confused me. It started with Rowan's--the female lead character--point of view and then next it became a third person perspective. I was really confused that I wanted to stop reading. I did paused but started again after reading a book or two. I don't want to abandon the book without knowing what happens and the main reason why the point of view shifted. After that chapter, Rowan's POV was back.  And I did get the point in the middle. I'm so glad I continued reading.

This book told a lot of story from different situations in life. The story of Rowan, the teenage girl who doesn't know who she really is and what she really wants. A story a father and a policeman who only wants her family, daughter, and other people to be in good path. A story of a mother and a wife who did everything to make everything alright. A story of a boy who moved on and learned a lot in life after a heartbreaking past. These are just some of the stories told in this book. There were many but it was all connected to one. I liked how the author did the ripple effect even though the situation was devastating--I think that was the reason why this book was more realistic. The characters are also good and effective--that makes this book more powerful. But that doesn't stop me from hating and cursing Rowan's best friend. She's the worst literary friend ever.

Me Since You is an emotional read. I didn't cried like I thought I was going to but it was heart-wrenching enough to break my heart over and over again. It told a realistic story of a person--a family--grieving, loving, forgetting, forgiving, and moving on. People who've had their heart broken, grieved, and let go or in the midst of it will relate a lot in this book.

*Thank you so much to MTV Books and Netgalley for an ebook review copy of this book!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

Hey everyone! You're here to witness the cover reveal of Ruth Silver's upcoming paranormal fantasy novel, Dead Girl Walking!

Dead Girl Walking
by Ruth Silver

Series: Royal Reaper #1
Genre: YA, paranormal, fantasy
Expected publication: Summer 2014 by Patchwork Press

Blurb (Goodreads):
In 1346, Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.



           "The scroll chose you. For whatever reason, she's your reap."                "Well, that sucks." Leila chewed her bottom lip. "If I don't do it?"                Edon hesitated before he said, "Her soul will rot inside her body. Do you have any idea what that’s like? She'll be a living corpse, a shell of a person. She won't feel anything including love. We as reapers, the undead, feel more than she ever will alive."                Leila swallowed the lump in her throat. "How do you know that?"                "Because I've seen what it does to a person," Edon said. "That little girl deserves better."

About the Author:
Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005.  While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004.  Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.  Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia.  Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing.  She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories.  Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing and Patchwork Press, ABERRANT, was released April 2013.  The second novel in the series, MOIRAI, continues the saga. ISAURA, is the final installment in the ABERRANT trilogy. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager.  Her current writing projects include a YA science-fiction fantasy series, ORENDA, and a YA paranormal series, DEAD GIRL WALKING. Both novels are due for release in 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

You can visit her online at

Check out the cover below!

What do you think of the book? Would you add it on your tbr?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WWW Wednesdays (56) / Waiting on Wednesday (56): Maybe Someday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

Three by Kristen Simmons (Article 5 #3)

Finished Reading:

Solving For Ex by LeighAnn Kopans (review with excerpt and giveaway here) and Me Since You by Laura Wiess (review on February 21st).

Read Next:

Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer (Lingering Echoes #1)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming book releases everyone is waiting on.

Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover

Expected publication: March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

Blurb (Goodreads):
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

Well it's because it IS written by Colleen Hoover, not to mention the positive feedback I've been reading around. Have. To. Read. This!!


How's your week been, so far? Nice books on your list? Share them below!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blog Tour (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway): Solving For Ex by LeighAnn Kopans

Welcome to my stop in Solving For Ex blog tour!
Check out my review, excerpt, and giveaway below. ;)

Solving For Ex
by LeighAnn Kopans

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published February 11th 2014
Source: Author

Blurb (Goodreads):
1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess


Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy. 

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.

SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.

My Thoughts:

*This review is based from an advance/uncorrected proof reading ebook copy provided by the author.

When I saw the first paragraph equation of Solving For Ex's blurb, I knew I have to read it. That's what I also told Leigh, the author. Having a crush on your best friend always makes me wonder how they deal with it and how will it end up. That, and this looking like a cute contemporary read sure won me wanting.

The first chapter proved right away that it is indeed a light and fun read. Something that would send butterflies in my stomach crazy, and it did. Ash/Ashley and Brendan are best friends and are Math geniuses. Their relationship are well, like best friends, but there's also spark whenever they're together. The first few pages are intriguing and enjoyable to read until the drop-dead gorgeous twins arrived.

Sofia and Vincent are the kind of characters a girl lead like Ash gets in trouble with. The twins arrived and her world turned upside-down. These characters are very effective as an antagonists, so great that I wanted to tear their faces and hair out because of being mean and just annoying, no matter how good-looking they are.

The story was something I expected, chaotic yet fun. However, I got a little bored and frustrated in the middle of the book. The events are irritating rather than cute and I came to the point where I'm not sure which character is the most annoying: Sofia, Ash, or Brendan. I also noticed some typos but since I read an uncorrected proof, I understand. The ending was a little predictable and I hoped I saw a better, cute ending than what I read. Nevertheless, this book was entertaining.

Solving For Ex was like something you'd watch on a rom-com movies or light contemporary novels. And just like others, this book has its own strengths and weaknesses. But in overall, I enjoyed reading it and liked it. I would recommend this to people who likes light and fun contemporary romance.

*Thank you so much Leigh for this opportunity and for the review ecopy!



Chapter One
the means of settling well 
If every problem had as clear and quick an answer as those on the Mathletes exam, I would have been winning at life. Too bad things didn't work like that, and Brendan, the guy I was hopelessly in love with, reminded me of the fact every day.
I could almost hear the smirk on his face from behind me on the rickety metal grated walkway at the top of Squirrel Hill's water tower. "If a is less than b, and three squared plus four squared plus five squared plus twelve squared equals a squared plus b squared is satisfied by only one pair of positive integers, what is the value of a plus b?"
I yawned. "Eighteen."
"Damn, Ashley. You didn't even write that down."
"I did in my head." I grinned, lining up my shot.
"Doesn't count. You've been practicing, haven't you? We swore we wouldn't practice. Now you'll be faster than me!"
"Not possible. And I haven't been practicing. Not that much." Only a couple of hours a day.
"I knew you were awesome, but man. That's fast."
My heart seriously skipped a beat.
I was in love with Brendan because he was Brendan, and I was me, and we were perfect for each other.
We weren't together because I didn't have the balls to tell him.
"So. You're psyched to be back, right?"
"Was there ever a question?" The truth was, wild horses couldn't drag me back to my old school.
It was the last Saturday morning before classes started for the year at Mansfield Prep, and in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, summer had overstayed its welcome. If I hadn't known better, I would have sworn the fog was steam. It draped itself over the sleepy Pittsburgh district like a blanket, conforming to the curves and angles of every street lamp, late-summer rose, and porch swing. And whoever sat on them. Including me.
Even though I knew sitting up here would make the top layer of my freshly straightened hair frizz, I loved the feel of the warm wet air on my face. I loved the mountains pushing up all around the moat of rivers that cradled the city of Pittsburgh. I loved how the fog diffused even the harshest summer-morning sunshine and cast the glittering skyscraper windows in a magical mist.
It was a welcome change from the farming town of Williamson, where my parents lived. Where I'd lived, until eight months ago.

About the Author
Raised on comic books and classic novels, I developed an early love of science fiction and literature.  As an adult, I rediscovered my love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted me as a teen. 

I live with my husband and four children in Columbus, Ohio. When I'm not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find me obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using my  kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)