Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July - Monthly Wrap Up

Whereas June was a crazy(and fun) month for the blog July was a little more relaxed. Relaxed as in half the number of posts than usual. This was mostly because I was still getting used to the weird shift at my new job and with Ramadan it was really hard to find time to sit and read/review. Rachel was also going through some major changes so neither of us were able to be there for the blog as much as we wanted to.
Anyway fingers crossed we are hoping to do a little more next month.
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!
Also we will be celebrating an important milestone-Thank you so much to all our supporters on Facebook! There's are some special giveaways lined up for you people so keep reading! ;)
 
 Chat Review: My Ex From Hell - Tellulah Darling
Perfect blend of the characters and well-written lines...My Ex From Hell is great choice for Mythology fans who love re-tellings and a good laugh. 
Tellulah's 25 & My Ex From Hell Giveaway
Usher's Arms, A Master's thesis on cross-dressing and sexuality in Bugs Bunny cartoons and a hatred for mushrooms - Read more and enter to win a SIGNED paperback of Tellulah Darling's My Ex From Hell - Open Internationally!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire


Title: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: August 14th 2012 - Simon and Schuster UK
Website: Author's Website
Source: Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis:

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE. 

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

 Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.



             

My Thoughts


Reading this book was like riding a rollercoaster, I felt confused, happy, gloomy, giddy, all sorts of emotion that you can think of out there. It is one unpredictable story that I will never ever forget. One of the reasons why is because of Travis ‘Mad Dog’ Maddox. He’s temperamental but he’s also sweet and funny at times. He can be possessive but he can also be protective. He can be a douche but he will undoubtedly leave everything behind for the one he loves. I can’t even believe that this guy is a straight A student. I mean, come on, with the lifestyle that he has, the fights that he participates in and the girls that he’s screwing with, I am very stunned by this fact – in a good way. He was not what I expected him at all to be. And I like that.

As for Abby Abernathy, I have a love-hate relationship with her. I loved her smart ass answers to Travis’ flirty attempts to get her to bed, and I also loved how she tried to stay away from the lifestyle that she was used to. But there were times when I also wanted to smack her in the head and tell her to just make her decision about Travis. One minute she wants him, then the next, she will push him away and I think that she was also selfish at times. And her dates with Parker, I don’t even want to start about that. But what I liked about her was that she always stood by her decision. And also, her friendship with America amazes me every single time I try to remember the things that they have gotten through together. They can be brutally honest with each other and they also fight, but I have to say, that I really admire their friendship.

I loved how the two main characters were both equally broken— but in very different ways.  They are dysfunctional together, but they are also perfect for each other.

One was trying to escape her old lifestyle and to start a new chapter, while the other one was still continuing his ways and going on with his life, no matter what people said about him. Travis is one guy who surely knows what he wants and when he wants it, and he will do everything in order to protect those people that he loves. Abby, on the other hand, will do everything just to get away from her past and she always worries about what other people will say about her. Their relationship is not the perfect one, and not even an ideal one, but the fact that they both strive to be better people each and every day that they’re together makes this story more appealing to me, and to the other readers out there.

But most of all, I loved the maturity that I saw in the characters toward the end of the story. Travis tried to be more considerate and not overly jealous and Abby finally knew what she wanted from Travis. Also, the slow progress of their relationship was another thing that I liked. It was not forced and it was well thought of.

Beautiful Disaster will leave you wanting more. INTENSE. RIVETING. ADDICTING. It is a DISTRACTINGLY RAVISHING story that readers will look forward to. I’m sure that people won’t forget Travis and Abby’s disastrous yet beautiful relationship. 

My Rating

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Reboot (Reboot, #1) by Amy Tintera


Title: Reboot
Author: Amy Tintera
Format: paperback
Website: Author's Website
Published: May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
Purchase Links: Amazon
 B & N | TBD
Synopsis:

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). 


Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum. 


The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My Thoughts

When I read the blurb for Reboot, it instantly sparked my curiosity. The cover was a plus for me too, by the way.

I was amazed with Tintera’s fresh idea for a dystopia novel. Reboots are said to be faster, stronger and less emotional – the perfect description for Wren. The idea of humans being rebooted after their death is certainly something that I haven’t read before and I look forward to reading. In Reboot, The longer you are dead, the better, the stronger and the more valuable you will become. Tintera’s concept of being a Reboot baffled me in the beginning but then I got a hold of it as I read on and on. I also noticed that they are called through their numbers which only emphasizes the fact that they are not humans anymore (even though some of them, especially those with lower numbers, still can’t accept this fact).

Wren is a tough main character and that is what I really liked about her. She is all about business and she has no time to kid around other Reboots. As what I’ve said earlier, she is the perfect example of a Reboot. On the other hand, Callum is the opposite of Wren. He likes to joke around and he thinks that he can still go back to his normal life and live a happy ending with his family. He is only a 22. And even though he is the exact opposite of Wren, he balances everything about her. She is too restrained, he helps her loosen up. She is too tough, he softens her up. She is too serious; he tries to lighten things for her.

Even if we see Wren as this strong and kind of harsh character, I’m glad that Tintera still showed some vulnerability in her character which definitely makes me think twice of the whole concept of Reboots. It kind of confused me, so I hope it would be answered in the second book.

Callum is definitely a character that I loved in this book. Even though he can be stubborn at times, his playfulness lightened Reboot’s heavy plot. He was also able to bring the ‘life’ back to Wren, especially at times when she believed that she doesn’t have a heart anymore. What I didn’t like about him was his weakness, physically and emotionally. I know that he was built to be like that but I just wished that there was something there that made him stronger and tougher than Wren in both aspects.

I was a little disappointed with the romance element of this book because I think that it became the main point of the whole story, and the beginning of another chapter in their lives as Reboots. The fact that it became a big deal wasn’t what was wrong, but I think it would have been better if romance was not the motivating point of this story.

Overall, I still loved the action, suspense, humor and fast pacing of Reboot. The new concept that the author offered didn’t disappoint too. The ending definitely made me want to read the next installment and I wonder what Tintera will offer to her readers this time around. 

My Rating

So, have you guys read Reboot? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! :)


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Two Roads by L.M. Augustine: Cover Reveal + Giveaway

I am ubeeeer excited because today, we are going to reveal the cover for Two Roads by L.M. Augustine, who also made us laugh and fall in love in Click To Subscribe.

*drumroll please*

Presenting, the cover for Two Roads...


The cover was designed by the lovely E.M. Tippetts, check out her site below! :)


~Cover designed by E.M. Tippetts Book Designs~


Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Expected Release Date: August 26th, 2013
Category/Genre: New Adult Romance
Blurb:

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...



                  About the Author

L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

When It Rains by Lisa De Jong: Cover Reveal + Teaser




 

Hey everyone! Today, we will be doing a cover reveal for another novel by Lisa De Jong, who made us swoon in Plastic Hearts. Presenting, the cover for When It Rains..


It's a gorgeous cover we got there, isn't it? :)

Title: When It Rains
Author: Lisa De Jong
Expected Release Date: September 21, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Cover Designer: Mae I Design & Photography
Cover Reveal Organized by: Shh Mom's Reading
Synopsis:

One night changed my life forever. 


 Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't. 

I haven’t told anyone. 


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Characters – Love Them or Hate Them?

Characters are people. Often they are based on real people. I know mine started that way. But then they develop a life of their own. They have distinctive physical features – blue eyes, curly hair, scars, tall, short, thin, obese, tattoos, dark skin, freckles and anything else you can think of. They could have a limp, a lisp, a stutter, habitual blushing – the list goes on. But whatever the combination, it’s unique. The same way you are unique.
Why do we like some and not others?
The same reason you like some people and not others – there’s always something that appeals to you about someone – their kindness, their passion, their determination, their loyalty, courage, humor. The things you like about other people are also the things you like about a character.
The main thing about a character, though, is that in a book, they have an obstacle, a quest or a dream they want to overcome or reach. Hence, they are often put in situations where their integrity or spirit is challenged. They must make decisions that you may or may not agree with, but which you want to understand. For me, I have to be rooting for a character – wanting them to succeed, or do the right thing, or fall in love with the right person. I guess I want to feel their hope and success.
But like people, characters always have a flaw that holds them back – whether it’s greed, self-doubt, a fear or naivety – something that constantly interferes with their quest. But that’s what makes them real. For me as a writer, my greatest challenge is to make people lovable even when they screw up – you want to forgive them and hope they’ll get it right the next time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: The Distance Between Us - Kasie West


AuthorKasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 2nd 2013
Source: Publisher
Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
My Thoughts
When I added Kasie West's The Distance Between Us to my TBR list I did it solely for that gorgeous cover. Boy am I'm glad I did it because this heart warming story just became one of my favorite reads for 2013. 
The Distance Between Us takes cliche poor girl/rich boy scenario and turns it into an amazing story that will leave you gushing about it weeks after you turn that final page! 
I feel that characters can make or break a book. The Distance Between Us is a solid example of this-If the characters were flat and poorly constructed the whole rich guy/poor girl story would have been a huge fail. So I'm glad to say that the awesome-sauce characters were one of the strengths of The Distance Between Us.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton: Review



Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Expected Publication: August 13th 2013 by Gallery Books
Format: paperback
Website: Author's website
Purchase Links: Amazon pre-order 
 B & N | Amazon kindle
Source: Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
Synopsis:

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an—um—intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed “dating hiatus,” and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly. . . . 


In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...




My Thoughts 

If you want a book that will make you laugh your ass off, well, Wallbanger is the perfect read for you! Alice Clayton had me at:


“Oh God.”
Thump.
“Oh God.”
Thump thump.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tellulah's 25 & My Ex From Hell Giveaway


Who is Tellulah Darling?
 1)  In the geek vs nerd breakdown, I fall on the geek side of things. I think nerds are slightly smarter but I have better social skills.
2) Some people know their credit card numbers by heart. I know my library card number. I think that’s cool. Discuss.
3) When I was 3, I fell into a neighbour’s pool. Underwater, I saw a window, with a battle raging on the other side. With cannons. A man, who I later realized was a Viking, came to the window and told me I couldn’t come through. At that moment, my uncle grabbed me and pulled me out of the pool. I have no affinity for Vikings. True story.
4) I like to Statler and Waldorf my way through life – overheard conversations, Oscar awards, commercials featuring wide-eyed puppies – all are heckling fodder.
5) I love to sing and do so often. My apparent inability to carry a tune, and tendency to sing lyrics phonetically as opposed to what they really are, are not my problem.
6) When driving, I swear like a sailor.
7) The plan when I grew up was to live in a penthouse apt. in NY with my pet black panther Sebastian, and throw glittering salons filled with fabulous creative types. I’m currently writing this in my basement office in Canada, with one foot thrown over a portable heater because I’m freezing. No view. No glitter. Not sure how the plan went so horribly wrong. Granted, it wasn’t much of a plan. I do have a black cat though.
8) Jerricho Barrons is my book boyfriend. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.
9) Being married to me/birthed from my body gives me rights in perpetuity to use you for comic creative license. This seems fair to me.
10) I believe the world needs more choreography. Just saying.
11) Archer is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. It’s an inappropriateness I can totally get behind.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Chat Review: My Ex From Hell - Tellulah Darling

Title: My Ex From Hell 
AuthorTellulah Darling
Published: April 2013-Te Da Media
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.

Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.
Nuzaifa: Hi Everyone! Since the response for our first chat review in April was amazing we have decided to make the chat review a monthly feature here at Say It with Books. So welcome to our second chat review-Today we will be reviewing Tellulah Darling’s YA romantic comedy, My Ex from Hell! J
So Rach tell me what are your thoughts on My Ex from Hell?
Rachel: Do you know the feeling when you totally didn’t see something coming? That’s what I felt when I read My Ex from Hell. When I first heard of it, I expected it to just be another typical story of a teenage girl and a bad boy-you know the story. But when I started reading it, I was instantly engrossed and I liked Sophie right away. She’s witty and downright hilarious! I know readers will absolutely love her and all the other characters.
Nuzaifa: Spot on, Rach-that is exactly how I felt about Sophie! This girl’s sarcasm will leave you in a fit of giggles! One of the Darling’s strengths is her knack for writing witty dialogue. Thanks to this factor the story moved fast and there was never a dull moment!