Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Cicada by Belle Whittington


Cicada by Belle Whittington
Published Date:
September 2011
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA

The Story: Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun...until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.

My Review: I loved this book! The whole twist on the paranormal! Wow, it's awesome. You seriously cannot put it down. How do I describe it without spoiling the book?! I can't wait for book two!

Monday, March 26, 2012

And the winner is...


Thanks to everyone who entered the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop this year!

The winners, as chosen by Random.org, are:

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Prize pack #1:

Freefall
The Summer My Life Began
Shooting Stars

Stephanie27

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Prize Pack #2:

Fury
Dark Souls
The Girl in the Steel Corset

Theresa C.

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Congrats to the two winners!!


Review: Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis


Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis
Published Date:
October 9, 2011
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA

The Story: When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

My Review: This is a very cute story! It's a different take on vampires, which is nice. Kira just wants to be normal, and then she finds out she's anything but normal! Luke tries to help out, the best he can. But Kira realizes she also needs to make some choices. I loved how easy, well maybe that's not the right word, but the story flowed very well, and I didn't realize that there was more! I CANNOT wait til the second book comes out!!

Review: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

CINDER (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

About: Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

My Review: I have to be honest. When I first got CINDER, I wasn't sure how I was going to take it. It sounded interesting, but not my typical type of book. Cyborgs aren't exactly on my short list of things I love in books.

But man, this book grabbed me so fast and so tightly, I couldn't put the book down. CINDER was a wonderfully magical retelling of a favorite old fairytale that I couldn't get enough of. I loved Cinder's character and her ability to accept the fate that life had given her. She wasn't at all what I expected and I loved her all the more for it. 

And Kai, well, Kai is just as loveable. He had no idea who CINDER really is and while we all know that he has to eventually find about Cinder and her past, Meyer doesn't stick to the fairytale quite as much as you'd think. The outcome is awesome and totally unique, and makes the story just that much better. There is so much more to Cinder than you originally think. 

I loved this book from beginning to end and simply cannot wait for book two. I have purchased the book in both hard copy and e-book and am definitely planning to get an autograph when I go out to Seattle in May. CINDER is definitely a book I'll read again and again.

My Rating

 


Saturday, March 24, 2012

IMM: Take 75




All of us here at Books Complete Me are so excited to be a part of the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating.
Here is what was acquired this past week:
Kendra and Cindy received from the publisher:
 Elemental (ARC) by Emily White

Kendra borrowed from a friend:

Shine (ARC) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Cindy
Bought:

Clean by Amy Reed
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Miracle by Elizabeth Scott
Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe
Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg






 
Mindy
Bought:

Creatura by Nely Cab
The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga Park III) 
by Suzy Turner











Leave us a comment below letting us know what you received this week or which of the books above is on your TBR list. 
Happy Reading!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Awkward by Marni Bates


Awkward by Marni Bates
Published: January 1st 2012
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Genre: YA

The Story: Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting...

My Review: This is a very cute book! It reminded me of when I was in high school, and just trying to survive. It's great, we get to see this from Mackenzie's POV, don't call her Mack though! One thing leads to another, and she's got so many hits on YouTube, which only mortifies her younger brother. Anyone that has ever felt like the invisible kid at school, will relate with Mackenzie!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Onyx Tailsman by Brenda Pandos - Review and Giveaway



I got to be a beta reader for Onyx Tailsman, and wow, I can't even describe the honor that was. Working with Brenda and giving her feedback. I know that if you read the first two books, you will LOVE the third and last book. My review for The Onyx Tailsman is here.

I also wanted to write a letter, and as this is the last book in the series, I wanted to write it to Brenda.

Brenda,

Thank you so much for not getting annoyed by my pestering when I was "patiently" waiting to read Onyx. And seriously, thank you for letting me be a beta reader. I had been one for friends, but to be one for one of my favorite authors, wow. Words can't describe it. I am sad to see the conclusion of the Tailsman series, but I'm excited to see where the Mermaid series goes! Thanks for writing an awesome series, and good luck in the future!!

~Nicole


Brenda is also having a giveaway for a kindle, signed copies of Onyx, and some e-books so if you want to enter fill out the rafflecopter form!


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Cicada by Belle Wittington - Author Interview



I had the honor to interview Belle Wittington, author of Cicada!

BCM: What is your favorite munchie food?

BW: Nature’s Path makes these awesome toaster pastries. I’m especially partial to the Cherry Pomegranate ones. In fact, I just ate one just before answering this question! LOL! They taste like cotton candy. Omnomnom…

BCM: If you could have any chef become your personal chef, who would it be and why?

BW: Ina Gartner. Everything she makes looks delectable. And she plans the neatest little parties on her show. I love watching her cook!

BCM: Where is your favorite place to sit and read?

BW: I have two favorite places. During the day, I love sitting in my car to read on my lunch hour. During off hours, I love lying on my bed and reading!

BCM: What do you like to do on gloomy days?

BW: I love to: read a good book, surf the internet, watch Pride and Prejudice (the one with Colin Firth), or write. Sort of depends on my mood.

BCM: When do you get your best inspiration?

BW: I get the best ideas and inspiration driving with a great CD in the car stereo. The second best time for inspiration is wile people-watching. That’s when I get great character ideas.


Thanks Belle!

Monday, March 19, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading?


This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week. 


I just recently finished rereading Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, on audio book this time around. And I also, just yesterday, finished reading Where She Went by Gayle Forman.







I am currently reading, or I should say listening to, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare on audio book.
 

As for the next book I am going to actually physically read, it is a toss up between Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick and Perception by Kim Harrington. I am torn because I just finished listening to both Hush, Hush and Crescendo in preparation to reading Silence, but Perception just arrived at the library for me, and just having read Clarity within the past few months, I have been dying to see what happens next. 
Decisions, decisions. 


Please share with us in the comments what you are reading, what you have finished and what might be next on the agenda for you, or even if you have an opinion as to which book I should read next and why. Doesn't guarantee that will be the one I choose, but I am curious as to your opinions.

Happy Reading!

BOOK TRAILER: Elemental by Emily White

Elemental
Publish Date: May 1 2012
Spencer Hill Press


From Spencer Hill Press: Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should. 

But she wants to. 

For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers. Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories? Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?



WANT TO SEE THE BOOK TRAILER FOR ELEMENTAL? CLICK BELOW:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop


Fáilte go dtí an Hop Giveaway Bhliantúil Lucky leipreachán
  
Welcome to the
2nd Annual Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
March 17th to 22nd
We are giving away two amazing prize packages containing three books each. Along with the books, we will have some swag thrown in for good measure.
That means two winners!

Make sure to fill out the entry form, and check out the rest of the great blogs on this tour. The list is located at the end of this post.

Agus féadfaidh an Ádh mór ar an nGaeilge a bheith le leat!

Giveaway #1:
*Freefall by Anna Levine
*ARC of The Summer my Life Began by Shannon Greenland
*ARC of Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby




Giveaway #2:


*Dark Souls by Paula Morris
*ARC of Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
*Signed ARC of Fury by Elizabeth Miles

            


 Giveaways are open to US residents only.

Five Stars Friday: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez


We here at BCM really, really, really love books that just knock our socks off. We know that you do too, so we thought we would start up a new meme just for those books that we could not put down; those books that  have received our highest rating and deserve a little extra recognition.

Every Friday we will select one book that we have given 5 stars to and and tell you a little about why we loved these books so much. Our hope is that this meme will provide recognition for some books that maybe you haven't heard of but should be added to your To Be Read pile ASAP. There is no age limit to the books we will choose. There could be some current releases as well as some oldies but goodies (well, more like "greaties" since they have earned 5 stars).

We hope that you love this meme and would love it if your joined in. If you choose to participate, please leave us a link to your post in the comments so we can visit your blog. And if you don't have a blog, don't fret, just leave us a comment with the title and author of a book you feel deserves 5 stars. We are always looking for new books to add to our own To Be Read piles!

This week's spotlight book is a recently released YA contemporary:


Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez 
Published by Simon Pulse
on October 18, 2011
ISBN: 1442420529
Hardcover: 304 pages
 
From Goodreads: Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what's expected.
Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....


This is a very engrossing, fast read. Every time I saw how far I was into the book, I was surprised. It flew by so fast. But it is so good. Very emotional.
Although I am a music lover, when I listen to an orchestra, or musician, I don't usually go beyond the music, or how beautifully they are playing it, to the person creating the music. Who they are, what they like, what their life is like.This book does just that. it delves into a few weeks (along with some flashbacks and an epilogue) in the life of Carmen, a child violin prodigy, who is preparing for one of THE most prestigious violin competitions in the world. 
Carmen's life has been mapped out for her by her uber supportive, maybe overly so, mother. There is not a minute of her day that is not scheduled out for her. 
And then when Carmen realizes there is a whole wide world out there that she is missing, she starts to second guess everything she has grown up believing.
I spend a lot of this book feeling a bit sorry for Carmen. On the outside, she is living the dream. On the inside, and behind closed doors, things are not what they seem. And the lengths that Carmen's mom will go to ensure that her plan for her daughter's future will continue on the path she has laid out may just sicken and appall the reader. And although this is only a work of fiction, things like this could really happen, and that is when you stop and really start to think.




Cover Reveal: Perfection by J.L Spelbring


It is not a surprise how much we here at Books Complete Me love Spencer Hill Press and the books they have published -- there is not a book released by SHP that we have not loved. Not just liked, but loved. 
We would like to extend our congratulations to J.L. Spelbring for being the newest addition to a great publishing company, and we are happy to be a part of the cover reveal for her debut novel.

Title: Perfection
Author: J.L. Spelbring
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (www.SpencerHillPress.com)
ISBN: 978-1-937053-34-5
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Formats: paper & e-book


 About the book:

The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.

Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.

Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.

But he does.

His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection. 

And now without further ado... The cover to Perfection!
 

Isn't it absolute... perfection?  *groan* Sorry, couldn't resist. LOL
All punning aside, this cover is absolutely gorgeous in its simplicity.

Leave us a comment with your thoughts. Do you love is as much as we do?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Published on November 29, 2011
ISBN: 039925675X
288 pages
Ages 12+

From Penguin.com: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.


While it seems like I read/review a lot of dystopian novels, I love the genre. And although it seems like everyone is jumping on the dystopian band wagon, it is a genre that sells, with good reason. The fears and situations that the characters find themselves in, along with the story-lines,  are definitely something that could come to pass. They are very realistic and thought provoking.
Legend is no exception. The upbringing of the main characters, June and Day, reflect who they have become, and they both think they are right. 
But what happens when one of them find out that the other really is right, and what they grew up believing is while not an outright lie, maybe a fabrication by those in power to control things and make sure everything runs the way they want it.
There are enough twists and turns throughout the book to keep the reader on their toes along with some situations that I definitely did not see coming. 
I really feel for June and Day and the things they are going through, and found myself rooting for them to discover just what was the right thing to do.
This book was available in advance at last year's Book Expo America. It was one that was definitely on my must check out list. Unfortunately, by the time I made it to the booth to pick it up, they had run out of copies. Seems like everyone else wanted this book as well. 
In a fortunate turn of events, I received a copy from Penguin for review. It was apparently in the stars that I read this book. And I am glad that they lined up for me that way. This is a fantastically written debut novel from an author that we will be seeing a lot of good things from.

Find out more about Legend on Facebook
and Marie Lu's Website

About the author: I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers' markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver for an Asian girl. At least, I like to think so. :)

I was born near Shanghai, but settled down in Texas until I went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I'm currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix.
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Awkward by Marni Bates - This or That




Pick Logan's preferences. You can explain his answers if you want. =)


Whales or Bears:

Whales. They blow water out of their heads. Can’t compete with that.

Fruit or veggies:

Veggies are okay, but nobody in their right mind would choose to eat celery over blueberries. Unless you have some weird blueberry allergy. But even so . . . celery? I think not.

Chocolate or Peanutbutter:

Reeses’ chocolate peanut butter cups are pretty much the greatest things ever. So how could you possibly ask me to separate the two?

Rain or Snow:

Definitely snow. Rain in Oregon is practically an every day occurrence but even a tiny bit of snow can shut down the school system. And it feels good when it crunches under my shoes.

Beach or Mountains:

Fly me to a tropical beach and I may never leave. Okay, that’s not exactly true because I wouldn’t be able to play hockey there. But if we are talking a quick getaway in Oregon, I would have to choose the mountains because the beaches here are rocky and cold.

Pacific or Atlantic:

Pacific Northwest, all the way! Haven’t you heard? The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland? (Check out the show Portlandia if you’re confused.)

Ebook or Paperback

Neither? Is that an option? Because I really hate reading. My dyslexia gets me all turned around and then people give me funny looks and I . . . look can we change the subject?
Next question.

Early riser or Night owl:

Oh, I can stay up real late, baby. As late as you want . . .

Sorry, about that. My friend Spencer wanted to contribute. Hang on a sec while I try to get rid of hi—

All night long!

Shut up, Spence!

Twizzlers or Red vines:

Is there a difference? Aren’t they both red and kinda twisty?
I don’t care since they aren’t Reeses’ peanut butter cups.

Ford or Chevy:

I’m happy with my Honda civic. It gets me where I need to go.


Thanks Logan!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Intangible by J Meyers



J Meyers
Intangible 
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 29, 2012)
YA Paranormal

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.
Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right.  And he can’t do anything about it. 

My review: I loved this book! It was adorable. It really was. The world that J Meyers has created is exciting, heart breaking, scary, magical all rolled up into a beautiful and fun package. Intangible was a page turner for sure. 
Twins Luke and Sera has special abilities that they keep to themselves. Luke is a Seer..he has visions of the future. Sera is a healer. She can heal anyone by putting her hands on them creating a warm light that no one else can see but Sera and Luke...or so they think!  When Luke Sees Sera laying dead in a cave in one of his visions, he is hyper aware of everything. He is determined to make this the ONE vision he will change before it happens. He will not lose his sister.
Through a series of crazy events. Luke and Sera find themselves in the hands of vamps, fey...*SHHHH SPOILER FREE* The characters are so easy to love and get attached to. 
AND this cover is GOREGOUS! I love this cover and I have a whole new love of the fleur de lis! JUST SAYING!!
Go visit J Meyer on her blog at J MEYERS BLOG. From her blog, you can follower J Meyers on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for her mailing list.

HAPPY READING!


Friday, March 9, 2012

Exciting News From HarperTeen - PINK by Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson's debut PINK has been awarded as a 2012 Stonewall Honor Book.


Below we've got some sweet and sassy jpegs for you. Feel free to snag them for your own blog and if you've read PINK, please leave us a comment. We'd love to hear what you think! 




Also, be sure to stop by the Epic Reads Facebook Page to check out the PINK feature and to participate in fun polls & giveaways. 

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