Sunday, September 29, 2013

Apologies, Farewells and New Beginnings

I realized today that it's been 3 WHOLE weeks since I logged into my blogger account and actually wrote a post! (Although I did pop on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter every once in a while.) That's probably the longest break I have ever taken and hopefully it'll be the last.
Apologies for being MIA and thank you so much for all the awesome people who stopped by even when I failed to post new stuff. And really sorry for not being able to respond to all those lovely comments, I hope to stop by and return your comments! :)
Rachel will no longer be blogging here at Say It with Books because she has launched her very own blog, My Book Empire! She's also hosting a PH Only and International giveaway so don't forget to stop by and say Hi!
I'm totally gonna miss her and it's really sad to see her go. But I respect her decision and I am absolutely proud to see her start her own blog! :)
Rachel had short farewell message for you guys so here it is....

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Published: August 26th 2013- Amazon Digital Services, Inx.
Website: Author's Website

The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers. 

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life. 

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty. 

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all… 

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

                   My Thoughts

“We have this strange way of making each other happy by making each other miserable.”

In this story, you will meet a boy (a hot nerd at that one) with obnoxiously long eyelashes and a girl who is feisty on the outside but a softie on the inside.

When I first started reading, I’ll have to admit that I didn’t like Cali that much because I didn’t see the point as to why she was pretending to be a tough, mean girl and hanging out with the girls she didn’t even like. But as I kept reading, I realized why. This book does not only offer us a fun, and witty banter between the two main characters, but also lessons that we must remember as life goes on.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Blogging with R & N: Co-Blogging

Blogging with R & N is a new feature over here at Say It with Books where I'll be talking with you guys about my experience as a blogger. Rachel will be occasionally joining me and together we'll share the best and the worst of the blogosphere.
I've been seeing a lot of bloggers going on  hiatus, worrying about blogging slumps and  freaking out about that never-ending review books pile. A lot of them seem to be taking on co-bloggers to help manage the workload. So today I'm hoping my experience of taking on a co-blogger will help people decide if co-blogging is for them or not.
When I started this blog back in November I did a lot of research to make sure that blogging was something for me but I had no idea it would be so consuming. It started out as something that I did just cause I was bored but now it's practically a routine. If I'm not reading, I'm blogging and when I'm not reading/blogging I'm thinking of blogging/reading. Yep. It's a vicious cycle. 
I made the decision to switch from blogging solo to co-blogging back in March
So why did I make switch?
Way to many review requests, way too many social networks, way to many books to read, way too many mails to respond, way too may blogs tours  and so little time.
I was  starting to look a little like this.....
So now that I made the switch am I glad I did it? Hell Yes.
But of course it's not all sunshine and rainbows because  if so then everybody would be co-blogging right?
So what I can do for you is give you a breakdown of the pros and cons. Maybe it'll make the decision easier for you to make. Or maybe it'll make you think twice.
1. You can FINALLY have a life that is not consumed by blogging.
One of my worst nightmares is that if I go offline for the weekend my blog will disappear into the deep dark place where all abandoned blogs go to die (did I mention that I was dramatic? Oh well, add that to the list).
Pre-Rachel I couldn't take a mid-month break because I was having a reading/blogging slump. But post-Rachel I can actually do that without freaking out that my blog's going to crawl into a well and die.
I don't have to whip out 3-4 posts a week now. I can read books at my own pace and review them when I feel comfortable because I know I have someone that I can rely on to keep the blog alive when I'm not feeling up for it.
Knowing that someone's has your back and will cover for you when you decide to take a spur of the moment hiatus is an amazing feeling. 
2. “Two heads are better than one.
Whether it's promoting blog posts or coming up with new ideas it's always better to have a helping hand. Both Rachel and I have our own social media networks so it's twice the number of tweets, twice the number of pins, twice the number of connections on Goodreads and twice the number of Facebook shares! End result=Double the exposure. And I have the stats to prove this, after I took on a co-blogger I could clearly see a spike in the blog traffic.
Shared responsibilities is definitely a perk too. Now I don't have to juggle all the bazillion tasks involved in blogging single-handed-ly! 
3. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review: The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

Title: The Unidentified Redhead
Author: Alice Clayton
Published: October 15th 2013 by Gallery Books
Source: Publisher

The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his? 

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistrybetween her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

                             My Thoughts

Imagine having a ‘Super Sexy 24-year-old Scientist Guy’ and ‘33-year-old Unidentified Redhead’ in Los Angeles where pretty much anything can happen… You’ll get one hilariously sexy and crazy story!

First of all, I want to give Alice Clayton a big, tight hug for writing this book and for giving me another book boyfriend to dream about, Jack Hamilton. *swoons*

When I first read about Jack, I was sure that I’d fall in love with him right away. He’s close to perfection with his accent and his dark emerald green eyes with flecks of gold. (Sorry I’m a sucker for guys with beautiful eyes.) Being in L.A. again means so much to Grace Sheridan. This is her last chance to make her dreams come true, because the first time didn’t go so well for her. Now, her best friend, Holly, who has a talent agency, helps her in achieving her goal. Let me just say that I loved the portrayal of Los Angeles in this story. We always see it as the city where all dreams come true, but in reality, one’s dreams can also be shattered and crushed right there. Honestly, it’s one of the places that I want to live in someday, because of the craziness that it can bring me but also because of the calm I know is still there despite all of the chaos.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published: April 4th 2013 - Headline
Source: Publisher

If fate sent you an email, would you answer? 

In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith's new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle," the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names. 

Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don't tell each other everything; Graham doesn't know the major secret hidden in Ellie's family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.

When the location for the shoot of Graham's new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie's mom want her to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs? 

Just as they did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, the hands of fate intervene in wondrous ways in this YA novel that delivers on high concept romance in lush and thoughtful prose. 

                               My Thoughts

One email. One pet pig. One small town girl. One celebrity.. Equals one happy and dreamy love story.

Once I started reading the first few pages of This is What Happy Looks Like, I just can’t seem to stop. There is definitely something special with Smith’s writing because readers will surely be engaged while turning the pages. I cannot imagine exchanging emails with someone I don’t know anything about, but in the case of Ellie and Graham, they totally made it into something that’s effortlessly sweet. Of course they still had some boundaries, no personal questions and no specifics, but their conversations were touching and inspiring. I thought that reading their exchange was going to be weird and awkward but boy, I was wrong.

Monday, September 2, 2013

September is for Sequels Giveaway Hop

September is for Sequels is a giveaway hop hosted by Lisa Loves Literature & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.
Today I'll be featuring Michelle Abott's Locked Together, the sequel to In Chains. This book was  recommended to me by Annmarie at Fandom Fanatic and I can't wait to read this one.
You can read her 5 Star review here!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

August - Monthly Wrap Up

August was a pretty great month on the blog, we got some stuff done without stressing out and feeling burned out. 
I've decided to blog at my own pace instead of trying to keep up with everyone else-And it feels great to do this instead of worrying about posting regularly and stuff. Having a co-blogger definitely helps since I tend to go MIA a lot!
We wanna say hello to our new followers, we hope you guys are having fun! Thank you so much for being part of Say It with Books, you guys are awesome. And both Rachel and I are thankful for every visit and every lovely comment that you guys left!
Review: Pivot Point - Kasie West
Once again, Kasie West exceeds my expectations and delivers a book that'll make you want to read it one sitting and finish it, only to pick it up once again. 
Review: Walking Disaster - Jamie McGuire
Walking Disaster will take you to the world of Travis, and reading through his eyes will make readers understand every bit of him. 
The Guys Are Props Club Tour Stop: Excerpt + Giveaway
Rachel shared an excerpt and giveaway from Ingrid Seymour's The Guys Are Props Club.
Chat Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend & Anatomy of a Single Girl - Daria Snadowsky
Daria's brutal honesty paired with her sense of humor will show you what exactly you can expect from your firsts.
I want to encourage all young readers to follow Dom's journey of self discovery, it doesn't get any real than this.
Author Interview + Giveaway: A Class Apart - Stephen Henning
I think what YA books do well is to create a heightened, fairy tale ideal of our world. Love stories are powerful and all-consuming, main characters are driven by a sense of destiny, the fate of worlds is held in the hands of higher beings.                                                                 I think that’s great because it fires the reader’s imagination.
Daria's 25 & The Anatomy Series Giveaway
Last day to enter this INTERNATIONAL giveaway to win SIGNED copies of Daria Snadowsky's Anatomy of a Boyfriend & Anatomy of a Single Girl!
Review: A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles
A Song for Julia will teach us and inspire us that if we are determined to do something, we can achieve it, as long as we have the drive and the passion for it. 
If you are a newbie to the Steampunk genre like me, The Aether Chronicles is a great place to start!
Mary Gray can say 'da bomb' and get away with it without sounding like a total dork. She is da bomb.
Read my free-hand interview with Mary and enter to win an ARC of her debut, The Dollhouse Asylum!
Splintered is a wonderful retelling of the original Alice in Wonderland. Readers will love the madness, romance, action, and the dark twists and turns of the story. Howard’s outstanding writing, bizarre but loveable characters and mysteriously fresh tale will take you to a whole world where everything is unexpected yet fascinating.  
Love re-tellings? Authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes have put their own spin on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in their new Shakespeare-inspired YA novel, Anyone But You!
Rachel shares an excerpt from this NA book!
If You Find Me is such an astonishing debut novel by Murdoch and readers will surely crave for more. A story that is intimidatingly beautiful yet hauntingly eye-opening.
So both Rachel and I added some pretty sweeeeeet books to our shelves this month-Check it out!
Nuzaifa's Haul: