Friday, September 19, 2014

BOOK PROMO: Blackbird by Anna Carey

Action, suspense, mystery and thrills, Anna Carey's, BLACKBIRD, has it all!


Be sure to check out the BLACKBIRD blog tour, hosted by Mundie Moms. Each stop has a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

About the Book



Written by: Anna Carey
Published by: Harper Teen
Releasing on: September 16th, 2014
Add it to Goodreads
Get it From: Amazon | B&N
Read a Sample

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

About the Author



Anna Carey is the author of The Eve Trilogy (EveOnceRise) and the forthcoming Blackbird series, which hits shelves September 16th, 2014. She studied creative writing at NYU and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She likes miniatures, subway generated wind, flea markets, chalkboard silhouettes, dance-offs, arnold palmers, Chinese finger traps, and top-of-your-lungs car singing. She dislikes pennies, paper receipts, and tunafish. For delayed response times, please contact her through this site. For instant gratification, please find her on twitter. @AnnaCareyBooks

Find Anna: Website | Twitter | Facebook


Thursday, September 18, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz


Ahoy, there, Matey! 
Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes,
this is my stop on the Hook's Revenge blog tour!


About the Book
Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, #1)
Illustrator: 
Published: September 16th 2014 
By: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Middle Grade 
4 Stars!
 
Captain Hook's feisty daughter hits the high seas to avenge her father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile in Heidi Schulz's spirited middle-grade debut.

Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.

So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.

The crocodile's clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz's debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?



~ Guest Post ~

Hi Jen! Since you are a cupcake baker (yum!), I thought I’d introduce your readers to one of my favorite members of Jocelyn’s pirate crew, Nubbins, the ship’s cook. 

Nubbins has a passion for food, and an ability to elevate even the most mundane or disgusting ship’s fare into something delicious. 

Take hardtack, for example. Hardtack is a kind of cracker made from flour, water, and salt. It was a staple aboard ships because it was cheap, easy to make, and, if kept dry, it could last up to 50 years! The downside? It was hard enough to break a tooth, usually infested with bugs, and probably pretty bland tasting. 

Limes were also a common item in a ship’s galley because their vitamin content helped keep sailors from succumbing to scurvy. But sucking on a lime isn’t all that tasty. 

Nubbins’s culinary style is rooted in tradition, but much more palatable. Here, he puts his own sweet twist on hardtack and limes. By adding only a few extra ingredients, he is able to create a shortbread cookie filled with lime curd. And I was able to wheedle the recipe out of him. Now you can make it too!

~ Nubbins’s Hardtack and Lime Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies ~ 

• 1 cup butter, room temperature 
• 2/3 cup white sugar 
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 
• 2 cups all-purpose flour 
• 1/2 cup lime curd (recipe below, or use your favorite flavor of seedless jam) 
• Powdered sugar 

Preheat over to 350ยบ. 

Whip together butter, sugar and almond extract. Stir in flour until combined. 

Roll into 1-inch balls. Using your thumb*, press a divot into each ball of dough. Spoon in a small amount of lime curd and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. 

Bake for 14 – 18 minutes until edges are browned. 

Cool on a baking rack and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Fresh Lime Curd 
• 1/2 cup sugar 
• 2 tablespoons butter 
• 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
• 1-1/2 teaspoons lime zest 
• 1 egg** beaten

Cook sugar, butter, lime juice, and lime zest together over medium high heat, until butter is melted. Remove one tablespoon of hot lime mixture (my new band name) and stir it into the eggs. 

Reduce heat to medium. Add egg mixture to lime mixture and stir. Cook until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. 

Pour into a jar and refrigerate until thick. 

*Nubbins lost his right thumb in a cooking accident (but claims it was bitten off by a giant squid). If, like him, your own thumb is unavailable, any spare thumb you have lying around will do. 

**Sailors used to refer to eggs as “cackle farts.” Really. I imagine it went out of practice because a breakfast of scrambled cackle farts and cheese doesn’t sound all that delicious. 

Nubbins’s “hardtack” won’t last 50 years. They are so good, you’ll be lucky if they last more than a few minutes. 

Maybe you should make a double batch before you set out on your next adventure! … 

Thanks, Jen! I really appreciate you hosting me! 

xHeidi

The 9YO and I made the cookies and ohmydeargoodness were they delicious! And I don't even LIKE lime flavored things.






About The Author
heidi schulzHeidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. 

Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, will be published by Disney•Hyperion on September 16, 2014. A sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE, will follow in fall 2015. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in 2016.




FOLLOW THE REST OF THE CREW TOUR!

 

9/12-Liza from Reading with ABC
9/15-Nicole from Paperback Princess
9/16-Hannah The Irish Banana
9/17-Katie from Mundie Moms
9/18-Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes
9/19-Gabby from Queen Ella Bee Reads
9/22-Christina from Allodoxophobia
9/23-Amy from Kissed by Ink 
9/24-Liza from Who RU Blog
9/25-Jenny from Supernatural Snark


Monday, September 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armemtrout

Holy cow, y'all! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. 

So make sure you pre-order it today!!


Wicked
 Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. 

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. 

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. 

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.



About Jennifer L. Armentrout:  
Author Photo # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. 

She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   





Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)
Series: The 5th Wave (Book 2)
Publication:
September 16, 2014
By: Putnam Juvenile (Hardcover)
Audio: Listening Library/Penguin Audio 
3 Stars
Goodreads | Amazon


The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

  
WARNING: SLIGHTLY BUT NOT TOO SPOILERY REVIEW. Especially if you've read Andye from Reading Teens' Review. 

A HUGE thank you to Penguin for sending me a copy of this book! I was SO excited and SO surprised when this showed up on my doorstep the other day. There may have been a lot of screaming. 
 
I went into The Infinite Sea wanting to know one thing: WHAT HAPPENED TO EVAN WALKER BECAUSE HOLY FREAKING ALIENS EVERYWHERE THE ENDING OF THE FIFTH WAVE WAS LIKE...




Actually, I had a few other unanswered questions too, but still. 
Evan. 
I expected The Infinite Sea to pick up where The Fifth Wave left off, with Cassie anxious to find out what happened to him, and figuring out how to save humanity. So you can imagine my surprise when that didn't happen. In fact, the story opens with Ringer, a character I barely remembered from book one and honestly, didn't care all that much about. My bad. Because we end up spending 70% of the book with her.




 Yes, we find out what happened to Evan. 

Eventually. 

And yes, we catch up with Cassie, Ben, Sam, Poundcake and Dumbo. But if you go into this expecting some kind of epic humalien reunion with lots of romance and lots of kissing, well---

....

Good luck with that.
....


As with The Fifth Wave, there are multiple POVs that not only alternate between characters but switch tense too. You risk getting lost if you aren't paying attention
The action is sporadic and the intensity doesn't kick up until about the halfway mark. But even then it doesn't last long. We do find out what's really going on with Vosch and the Others, but only after wading through copious amounts of superfluous information and metaphors employing the title of the book  that was more confusing than helpful.  




 And then there was the moment that won the award for Most Creative Escape Tactic Ever. 


That was followed by a sequence of events that confused me even more--are we really doing this or is this just another metaphor for humanity because I can't really tell--and made me question what in the Hades these characters were thinking?!


 And then it was over. 

Finished. 

Done. 



 As with Rick Yancey's other works, the writing in The Infinite Sea is impeccable, but the characters didn't seem as engaging as they were in The Fifth Wave. I was also under the impression that this was a duology, but apparently, a third book is in the works. 
Good thing too, because while I am EXTREMELY grateful to have had the chance to read this early, I am frustrated. 
I feel like this was a filler book with parts that could have been included in book one or cut altogether, and I'm right back where I started.
 Again. 


 





 



Saturday, September 13, 2014

It's Not You, It's A DNF

 I go into EVERY book excited and hopeful that it will be the next one I shove down everyone's throat like, 
you HAVE to read it!

 Because I love books and I love authors!

But sadly, it doesn't always work out like that. 

I've DNFd (Did not finish more books in the last month than I ever have in my four years of book reviewing.

 Which leaves me feeling like,

 That doesn't mean the books aren't good. It just means, for whatever reason, they didn't work for me
But maybe you'll have better luck with them. 
Here are few of the ones I wanted to love but didn't. 
*Click the cover to find out more about the book.



Sweet Thing (Sweet Thing, #1)
New Adult/Adult
Purchased
DNF: 50%
Why it didn't work for me: This one came highly reccommended from quite a few of my reader friends. Friends who share similar tastes as I do, but I just couldn't get into it. 

I tried both the ebook as well as the audio but I couldn't connect at all with the characters and found the overuse of the phrase, "weeks passed", incredibly distracting. It already felt like not much was happening and I didn't want to reminded every few pages. 









Conversion
YA
Review copy (print and audio)
DNF: 60%
What didn't work for me: The back and forth was confusing thus causing the story to drag for me. I've been told it picks up towards the end, but by the 60% mark I had lost interest and no longer cared about what happened.














The Vault of Dreamers
YA
Review copy
DNF: 20%
What didn't work for me: I WANTED TO LOVE THIS ONE SO BAD! 

I've always been a vivid dreamer but it's gotten worse since I became a reader. Just ask my husband. There are times he refuses to share a bed with me if he thinks there's a chance I might try to beat him up in my sleep. Once, when my youngest was a toddler and still having trouble sleeping through the night, he came in and tried to wake me. I patted his arm and said, "Go back to bed. Mommy's busy helping the Cullens chase the bad vampires through the forest." True story. 

So you can see how I thought this one would be the PERFECT BOOK FOR ME! But...it wasn't. I struggled from the first few pages, kept waiting for the hook to hook me, but it didn't happen. I AM hoping to come back to this one later. Maybe after the rest of the series is finished.



The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)
YA
BEA/Review copy (print/audio)
DNF: 40%
What didn't work for me: This is another one I wanted to LOVE because LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS COVER, and it's Jeanine Frost writing Paranormal New Adult for cupcake's sake! But alas, I had trouble connecting with the characters. This is another one I might come back to once the series is finished. Maybe I'll have better luck then.










What makes you DNF a book?

Friday, September 12, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Make It Right by Megan Erickson



Make it Right (Bowler University, #2)Series: Bowler University #2
Expected Publication: September 9, 2014
By: William Morrow Impulse 
Genre: New Adult/18+
5 Stars!

Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max - cocky jocks who assume she's fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem...

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.




Purchase:




I love a good redemption story and MAKE IT RIGHT is redemption at it's best! 

Max Payton reminds me of a cookie dough cupcake. 

Wait. What? 


Don't get your icicles into a twist, Elsa, I'll explain...

On the outside, a cookie dough cupcake looks like a regular vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting, but take a bite and you'll quickly discover it has a soft goey cookie dough center inside.

The same is true of Max. By all appearances, he's your stereotypical tall, dark and looking for a good time with no strings attached kind of guy. But hiding beneath all that playboy charm is a guy weighed down by other people's plans and expectations for his life. He's lashed out, made mistakes and hurt those who genuinely care about him.
 All Max needs is someone to give him a chance to be the man he wants to believe he can be. To to see past all of his bravado right to the soft goey center of his heart.

Enter Lea. She's feisty, independent and full of kickassery. She and Max are like oil and water at first, but throw in some spicy self-defense sessions, a purple unicorn and a slice of pie and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for love! 
(Not to mention some super smexy times.)

Max and Lea both have things to overcome but their willingness to be patient with each other was refreshing and I loved their banter! 

This is a great addition to the Bowler University series!




------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

About Megan

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway


TOUR SCHEDULE

September 8th
Ramblings From This Chick (http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com)
Maf's Crazy Book Life (http://mafscrazybooklife.blogspot.com/)

September 9th
BookCrushin (http://bookcrush.in/)
Reads All the Books (Http//:Readsallthebooks.blogspot.com)
Pretty Sassy Cool (http://www.prettysassycool.com)
Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict (http://confessionsofayaandnabookaddict.blogspot.com)

September 10th
Books of Love (http://gracebooksoflove.com)
Avid Reader Musings (http://www.avidreadermusings.com)
Tales of the Ravenous Reader (http://www.lushbudgetproduction.com/)

September 11th
Allodoxophobia: The Fear of Opinions (http://allodoxophobia.wordpress.com)
Storm Goddess Book Reviews (http://stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com)

September 12th
Rather Be Reading Blog (http://www.ratherbereadingblog.com)
Romance Addict Book Blog (http://www.romanceaddictbookblog.com)
Rampant Readers (http://www.stepintofiction.com)

September 15th
Kimberlyfaye Reads (http://kimberlyfayereads.com)
Book Briefs (http://bookbriefs.net)

September 16th
A Bookish Escape (http://www.abookishescape.com)
Curling Up With A Good Book (curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com)
Crystal in Bookland (http://crystalinbookland.blogspot.com/)  
Rampant Readers (http://rampantreaders.com)

September 17th
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs (http://shortandsassybookblurbs.blogspot.com/)
Shortie Says (www.shortie-says.com)
True Story Book Blog (http://www.truestorybookblog.com)

September 18th
Lilybloombooks (http://lilybloombooks.com)
The Bibliophile Confessions (http://thebibliophileconfessions.reads-it.com)
Books by Migs (http://booksbymigs.com)  
Globug And Hootie Need A Book (http://www.globugandhootie.blogspot.com)

September 19th
Little Whimsy Books (Http://www.littlewhimsybooks.tk)
The Cover Contessa (http://www.thecovercontessa.com)
StuckInBooks (http://stuckinbooks.com)
Good Choice Reading (www.goodchoicereading.com)

 

Hosted by Good Choice Reading Blog Tours