Armchair BEA Day 4: Ethics and Non-Fiction

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 12:30 AM
Today's topic is Ethics & Non-Fiction.
Here's is the questions from the Armchair BEA website "We get back into discussions on Friday with the heavy topic of ethics.  Do you have recommendations to new bloggers to ensure credit is given to whom/where credit is due?  Have you had an experience with plagiarism?  How did you deal with it?  What are the guidelines as bloggers that we must follow?"
Personally, I have never had an issue with plagiarism (Or I don't know about it) and I can only imagine the shock and hurt that I would feel if someone had copied/stolen my words or pictures that I had created without asking. 
The guidelines that I personally follow as a blogger is 'don't use it if it's not yours'.  The only way that I use someone else's pictures is for my weekly meme's, although, I usually create my own. 
Another good rule to follow is 'always ask permission' If your not sure if it's OK to link someone's review or use someone's pictures/graphics in your post or on your blog, then check with them BEFORE doing it.
As far as Non-Fiction goes, I tend to stay away from it.  I honestly don't think that I have ever read a non-fiction book.  It's really just not something that interests me. 
Did you post today about Ethics & Non-Fiction?  If so, leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out or just tell me some good rules that you follow as a blogger.

Day 3 of Armchair BEA: Giveaway and Literary Fiction

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 8:37 AM

Day 3 of Armchair BEA is all about giveaways and Literary Fiction. 

This giveaway is open only to US.  Please review my Giveaway Policy for my rules before entering.  You can find it HERE
One lucky winner can choose one of the below ARCs

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Now on to today's topic: Literary Fiction.  I must say that when I read the topic for today's discussion I got a little nervous because I wasn't really sure what exactly Literary Fiction was.  So after searching Google and Wikipedia for the definition I take Literary Fiction to mean books that made an impact on us, ones that made us sit back and think long after we read the last page.  Below are a few books that did that for me.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hate List by Jennifer Brown


Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Angels of the Knights Book 3 by Valerie Zambito

Posted on 12:30 AM
Angels of the Knights - Nikki (Book 3)
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Summary not available yet...

Angels of the Knights - Fallon 

Summary from Goodreads:
When Fallon Angell died at the age of sixteen, her life changed forever.

The hallowed world of Emperica is everything she had ever hoped for as a mortal—immeasurable beauty, unconditional love and light. But, with affection for humankind still burning within her, she joins the Knight Caste to train as an angel warrior. As a Knight, she will give up her wings and return to the place that killed her to use her unique powers to search out and destroy the evil Kjin that roam the earth. As a Knight, she will stop at nothing to protect the mortals in her care.

The elders warn her that the path she chose will be a solitary one. That she will not have the same bond with humans as she once did. But, as far as she knows, the elders had never met Kade Royce.

When her duties place her in the path of this handsome former cop, emotions buried long ago rise to the surface and she is powerless to ignore the depth of her feelings for this young man. She knows instinctively that she has found what most people search their entire lives for.

Ignoring the risks, she invites him into her world of danger, but soon their lives collide with explosive consequence. As a result, Fallon realizes with heartbreaking despair that she can no longer hide from the painful truth. In order for Kade to live, she must destroy him.

E-book is currently free!
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Angels of the Knights - Blane 
(Angels of the Knights #2)

Summary from Goodreads:
Once the hunter, now the hunted. As the war with the Kjin rages, Blane Romero must lead the Paladin Knights against their mortal enemy while trying to protect the young, Juliet Hunter, who unwittingly finds herself entangled in their sinister schemes. Juliet cares only about shielding her young sisters from harm, but finds herself drawn to the enigmatic man who offers her much more than either he or she was prepared for.

Ostracized by the families they loved, Blane and Juliet find they have more in common than they thought as they battle demons both real and personal to stay together. But, will it be enough when the powerful Cesar Grant decides he wants Juliet for his own?

Book Two in the Angels of the Knights paranormal fantasy series.

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About the Author
Thank you for visiting my Goodread's profile. I am Valerie Zambito, and I live in upstate New York with my husband and three sons. After having been involved in a busy sales career for fifteen years, a great love of world building, character creation, and all things magic led to the publication of my first adult epic fantasy series, ISLAND SHIFTERS, in October of 2011. Since then, I have added two additional books to this series and wrote the first book in a new teen paranormal series called ANGELS OF THE KNIGHTS.

My reading preference is fantasy as well and I devour in copious amounts. In my opinion, there’s nothing like it! Great fantasy grants us entry into a world beyond our own that is filled with adventure, mystery and danger. How exciting to enjoy a front row seat to human struggles of epic proportions. Struggles that tug at our heartstrings and elicit real emotion.

I gravitate to fantasy with heroic elements. I like strong, confident men who never back down from a fight against evil. The kind who will not hesitate to throw himself between a woman and a fire-breathing dragon. I like strong women, too. The kind who will appreciate the offer, but is more inclined to push the man out of the way and take care of the dragon herself. ;)

(1) Print or e-book copies of books 1 & 2 in this series plus $25 Amazon Gift Card
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Review: Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:30 AM
Format: E-ARC from Netgalley

Pages: 321

Publisher: Month9Books

Published: April 23, 2013

Goodreads Link: HERE

Buy This Book: Amazon

From Goodreads:

It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.

My Thoughts:

I was excited to get approved for an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley, I absolutely love the cover; the dark and creepy factor fits the story perfectly and the synopsis totally drew me in.

Quinn 's life is falling apart fast, her boyfriend just broke up with her, her grades are slipping and she is suspended from head cheerleader, and she also has slept for more than minutes at a time for over three weeks.  Quinn has been having horrible nightmares only now they seem to be becoming reality, she is starting to see shadows and hear voices that aren't there when she is awake. 

Aaron is the new guy who is always there when Quinn is in trouble, but Quinn doesn't know that it's because he has a psychic ability and can feel when she's upset. 

The thing that bothered me the most about this book is the way that Quinn kept obsessing over her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, here she has a great guy that wants to be with her but instead of trying to move on she just pushes him away, I get that the demons are there whispering in her ears and planting doubts in her head, but move on already.  My favorite thing about this book was definitely Reese and Marcus, I loved their personalities and I would love to read a book dedicated to them.

Overall, Pretty Dark Nothing is a fast paced read that I would recommend for fans of the paranormal genre.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Month9Books for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review*




Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Posted on 1:00 AM

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases books that we are eagerly anticpating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick this week is:
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Expected Publication Date: July 2nd, 2013 by Harper Teen
From Goodreads:
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.
What book are you waiting on?

Day 1 of Armchair BEA: Introductions

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 11:08 AM
BEA is going on now in NYC and I had hoped that I would get to go for the first time this year, but unfortunately life got in the way and I wasn't able to attend.  But I was so excited to learn that there was such a thing as Armchair BEA, that I could participate in from the comfort of my favorite chair!  Armchair BEA is kicking off today with introductions, you can find mine below :)
1. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? I just finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green which is absolutely amazing, and I am getting ready to start Golden by Jessi Kirby.  My favorites so far this year are With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent, The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead and Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones.
2. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? This is my first time participating in Armchair BEA, I really like the idea of getting to meet and discuss bookish things with other bloggers.
3. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? My favorite part of the book blogging community is reading reviews and finding new books to read that I might not have picked up otherwise.
4. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? I would have to say Charley from Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series, she is absolutely hilarious and would be a blast to hang out with!
5. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.  I'm blogging from a small town in Eastern Kentucky which is where I have lived my entire life.  Random Fact: The closest book store is hours away from where I live :(

Top Ten Tuesday (2): Freebie

Posted on 12:30 AM
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
This week was a freebie, so I chose to do Top Ten Books I'm dying to read
Here's my list in no particular order:
 1. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
2. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
3. If I Should Die by Amy Plum
4. The Beautiful and The Cursed by Page Morgan
5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
6. Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
7. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter
8. Crush by Nicole Williams
9. The Rules by Stacey Kade
10. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Be sure to leave a link to your Top Ten list in the comments :)

Get Addicted Tour

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 AM
I'm so excited to participate in the Get Addicted Tour! Addicted To You sounds amazing and I will defintely be picking it up when it comes out.  Check out the summary below along with a teaser and a giveaway and be sure to drop by the other stops on the tour!

Book Summary from Goodreads:
Release Date: July 1st, 2013

No one would suspect shy, Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.
Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.
But when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.
Now the only person who can truly help her, can barely help himself.

**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**

The Teaser:
My mouth falls. "Oh, you are…" I find a pillow on the nearby chair and start assaulting him with it. I get two good hits in before he swoops his arms around my waist and pulls me on his lap.

"Lo," I warn. He’s been teasing me all day, making it harder than normal to withstand him.

About the Authors:
Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.
Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

Official Site:

The Giveaway:

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Stacking the Shelves (11)

Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:30 AM

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that showcases what books we have got the past week.

Here's what I got this week:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Selection by Kiera Cass

From Netgalley:
Gold by Talia Vance
Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Golden by Jessi Kirby (Thanks to Jen @ YA Romantics)

What books did you get this week?

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:00 AM
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases books that we are eagerly anticpating.
My Waiting on Wednesday pick this week is:
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Expected Publication: June 11, 2013
From Goodreads:
The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
What book are you waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday (1): Favorite Book Covers

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:01 PM

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This weeks topic is Top 10 favorite book covers.  Here's my favorite in no particular order:
1. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
2. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
3. Between by Jessica Warman

4. The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
5. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
6. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

7. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
8. The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson
9. Silver by Talia Vance
10. Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Be sure to leave a link to your Top 10 Book Covers in the comments so I can check them out!
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