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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: LONG WAY DOWN by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Hello, lovelies! TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY. A.K.A. LONG WAY DOWN RELEASE DAY. Words cannot express how much I adore this series, these authors, these characters and this 'world'. Long Way Down will be the last book and Raisy's happy ending gah. I've been both anticipating and dreading tomorrow for months. But I'm very glad to be participating in this blog tour with so many other Addicted series fans! Seriously, I just want to break out into dance and song (high school musical style).
To follow along and check out the other stops, just click on the tour banner! There are tons of fun posts and exciting teasers. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post too :)

On to business! Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you part 2 of the Newlyweds Game: Friends Edition wooooooot. I couldn't stop grinning while reading through the answers and I hope you won't either. Enjoy! <3

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine
for sharing upcoming releases we're highly anticipating.

He Will Be My Ruin
by K.A. Tucker
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: NA, Romance, Thriller
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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her romance thriller debut with this heart pounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend's death, a story pulsing with the "intense, hot, emotional" (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.

Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what's left of her best friend's belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker's Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine's apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.

On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine's private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
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Why? I'm a big fan of K.A. Tucker after having read her Ten Tiny Breaths series and meeting her at a signing! I love any sort of romance + suspense/thriller combo so of course, I had to add this one to my tbr :D

The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1)
by Heidi Heilig
Release Date: February 16, 2016
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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical, Sci-fi, Time-Travel
Publisher: Greenwillow Brooks
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Heidi Heilig's debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father's ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix's life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he's uncovered the one map he's always sough—1868 Honolulu, before Nix's mother died in childbirth. Nix's life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix's future, her dreams, her adventures...her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who's been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
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Why? My friend Sil from The Book Voyagers has been raving about this book in our Fizzle Reads whatsapp group chat. The blurb has me hooked and who doesn't love time-travel??

What are you waiting on this week?
I'd love to stop by and see your pick(s) so leave a link in the comments :)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Week in the Nest - 11.15.15

Week in the Nest is a weekly recap feature to discuss bookish things from the past week or so. I've link to The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea, as well as Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)
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Can you believe that we're already half-way into November? We're about 6 weeks away from Christmas!? Has anyone started their holiday shopping yet? I'm quite the procrastinator for all things but I'm hoping to get a few gifts crossed off this month.

I feel like the majority of my book pals have been raving about two things these past few days: November 9 by Colleen Hoover and/or Winter by Marissa Meyer. Wait for me, you guys!! *runs after the bandwagon* I still haven't finished reading Cress yet hahah.

I'm very excited about this week though because Long Way Down blog tour starts tomorrow! Krista & Becca Ritchie are superstars at planning an epic tour. I can't wait wooooot! My post will be up on Thursday but you can follow along here. Note: if you haven't read this series yet, BEWARE it's highly likely some stops will be very spoilery!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Character Spotlight: Ryke Meadows

It's been so long since my last character spotlight! I'm hoping to do one a month but for now
I'm back to spotlight one of the most swoony heroes in literary history. I am for sure going to spotlight the other guys of this amazing series but seeing as Long Way Down releases next Friday...

Today's spotlight is on A+ feminist and courageous solo-rock climber, Ryke Meadows!
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi

Title: Into the Still Blue
Author: Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky #3
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survive—he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.
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"There is no way forward that isn't through pain."

You know how you go into denial and refuse to acknowledge the fact that there is no other book, that this is actually the end, when you finish a series you loved so dearly? This was me after reading Into the Still Blue. It was an amazing conclusion to a fantastic series. I cried. I swooned. I cheered. There wasn't a single emotion I didn't feel. Characters I had disliked at the beginning eventually became my new faves. Perry, Aria and Roar (aka my golden trio) will forever hold the top rankings in this favorites list though. Eternally grateful to Siiri for pushing this series on me!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To

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About half of this list have only been optioned for film that I really really hope go into production. *fingers crossed 24/7*
These are in a specific order from 'I NEED THIS TODAY' to 'Ooh sounds good, give it to me'.
[* = optioned]

1. Under the Never Sky*
With how popular CGI has gotten in films, I can imagine how amazing the Aether storms and virtual worlds would look like. And [more importantly,] I can imagine my drooling over the two actors that get cast as Perry and Roar ;)

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone*
So I finished reading this book a few months back and loved it!
I feel like DoS&B could have LotR-potential cinematography (aka epicness).

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J.K. Rowling, magical monsters and Eddie Redmayne.
Needless to say I'm really looking forward to being back in the wizarding world!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Review: HER STAND-IN BOYFRIEND by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Her Stand-In Boyfriend
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Entangled
Publication Date: July 15, 2015
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This boyfriend business is about to get a whole lot more personal...

Event planner Lexi Mannis has a busy life in Chicago—too busy to have a boyfriend. For special occasions, she has her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they've never been "with benefits"...until one wickedly hot night crosses the line.

Mac's been in love with Lexi for ages. He knows he should probably end it but dammit, he just can't. When things get deliciously down and dirty, Mac is certain that he's made the leap out of the friend zone...until Lexi decides she wants to remain friends. With benefits.

What Lexi doesn't know is that she's running out of time. And if she won't promote Mac to Real Boyfriend, she might just lose her Stand-In Boyfriend to someone else...
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"All relationships take time and work... If you want it enough, you make it a priority."

Her Stand-In Boyfriend is a quick, sweet and easy read. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Lexi and Mac. Their friendship felt natural. I didn't find the story to be angsty, and the plot didn't drag on with drama which was nice. It'd be a great one to pick up in between series or whenever you're looking for something light!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine
for sharing upcoming releases we're highly anticipating.

Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4)
by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance
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With a seven-year difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple—their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.

Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy's resilience and shape their future together.

They promise:

To never slow down.
To never compromise who they are.
To never abandon their love for each other.

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn't even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health.

With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

**Author's Note**
It's possible to only read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series without reading the Addicted series [Jae: you would be missing out on so many feels though, don't do itt xD], but you MUST read Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3) before reading Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4)

It's highly recommended to read the books in the recommended reading order, which is in tangent with the Addicted series.
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Why? Anyone who follows me on the blog, twitter, instagram, or any social media platform really, will know how obsessed I am with the Addicted series by these twin-writing-wizards. I'm so invested in these characters. I am both highly anticipating and dreading its release. It just means we're getting closer and closer to the end.

Riders (Riders #1)
by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: February 16, 2016
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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology
Publisher: Tor Teen
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For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?
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Why? I fell in love with Veronica Rossi's writing after reading her debut series, Under the Never Sky (forever grateful to Siiri for pushing this on me x). I cannot wait to see what she has planned for Riders because the blurb has me hooked!

What are you waiting on this week?
Be sure to leave a link to your blog! I'd love to stop by and see your pick(s) :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Week in the Nest - 11.01.15

Week in the Nest is a weekly recap feature to discuss bookish things from the past week or so. I've link to The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea, as well as Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)