Cover Reveal & Excerpt: After Summer

February 27, 2013

After SummerI am here with another cover reveal of After Summer by Hannah Harvey, the sequel to How I got Here. I also have a small excerpt from the novel, so have a read!

After Summer by Hannah Harvey
Expected Publication: March 1st, 2013

"Everything changes for Arianna when she loses one of her best friends in an accident, suddenly everything that felt happy and safe, is no longer there, and she can't handle it. It used to be Ben, Summer and Arianna, always together, and now it's just Ben and Arianna left, and she needs to escape.

After Summer's death she pushes Ben away, cutting of her connection with who she used to be, but she can't keep running forever, not when the past is always ready to catch her up, especially since it's more than just Summer's death that she's running from."

About the Author:
Hannah has had a keen interest in writing for a long time, starting out writing short stories when she was young. As she got older she started taking her writing more seriously, and writing longer pieces, but it wasn’t until taking part in and completing NaNoWriMo, that she decided to pursue her writing.

Her first novel ‘How I Got Here’ was released in the summer of 2012.

Website | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads


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Excerpt
‘Don’t lecture me Ben I can’t deal with that tonight.’

‘I expected more from you.’ He sighs.

‘That’s the whole issue though,’ Arianna shouts, ‘so many people expected so much from me, by the time I was about thirteen my whole life had been mapped out, and I felt like if I changed even one thing, I’d be letting everyone down! I was drowning in expectations. After Summer died I just couldn’t do it anymore, but that Arianna, the one I used to be, she was so tied down by all of that, so I had to become someone new.’

‘And cut everyone out of your life? I know it’s not just me, you hardly talk to Alex anymore, you’re withdrawn around your parents, you don’t talk to my parents anymore, all of your friends were dropped, you don’t talk to Kate, and she says that Fletcher has been trying to contact you but you won’t talk to him either. I don’t understand it, you had a great life and sure I know things weren’t perfect, but you had a support system of friends and family, and you pushed them all away. What’s so horrible about the life you had planned?’

‘Nothing’s horrible about it,’

‘Then just explain to me what you’re doing? Why you’re acting like this prom queen type of girl.’

‘Maybe because I am the prom queen,’ she shrugs noncommittally, ‘I like who I am now, I have a big group of friends, I have money, I don’t have to worry about being labelled a nerd, I actually have a varied social life that consists of more than staying at home, or going to the arcade. I don’t have to care,’

‘About anything,' he finishes for  her, ‘that’s the biggest problem, you used to care about things and people, but now you don’t, or you pretend you don’t.’

‘I didn’t come here to talk about myself, so if this is the way the nights going then I’ll leave now.’ She snaps back angrily.

Harken Blog Tour & Giveaway!

February 23, 2013

Welcome to another stop of the Harken Blog Tour! I have for you an interview with Kaleb Nation himself, author of Harken, as well as some awesome giveaways! You know you love free stuff.

Anyway, below is a bit of information about Harken, then continue on to take a look at the interview where Kaleb talks about non-spoilery Harken stuff like the lizard people and inspiration.

If you have not read it but would like to, go here to read the first three chapters: HARKEN PREVIEW.

Harken by Kaleb Nation
Released: January 9th, 2013
Series: Harken [Book One]
Buy it: Amazon & Nook or Don't own a Kindle/Nook?
Michael Asher is almost an ordinary California teenager, except for his unexplainable ability to see a glimpse of a person’s thoughts through their eyes. After surviving an assassination attempt, he discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy higher than any earthly power. A clandestine organization with authority over world leaders, celebrities, and the wealthy desperately wants him dead. Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to search for the identity of the puppet master and dig up the truth that humanity is not being told.



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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

February 11, 2013

Today I am here with a video review of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.



Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Released: July 31st, 2012
Series: Pushing the Limits [Book One]
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 392
Source: Purchased
Buy it: Book Depository (free shipping) | Amazon

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.



The Short
Pushing the Limits was fantastic. I loved it. The characters had a lot of drama in their life which added dynamic to their relationship. It kept me wanting to read and completely drew me in to the characters.


The Long


The Good
Great, layered chracters, romance, made me feel all of the feels.

The Bad
IT MADE ME CRY SO MUCH!

January Wrap Up | 2013

February 3, 2013

The first month of 2013 has come and gone! I am proud to say that I read ALL of my TBR books! I know, right?




Books Acquired:


- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
- The Farm by Emily McKay
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
- The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
- Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
- Intertwined by Gena Showalter
- Night World by L.J. Smith
- Level 2 by Lenore Applehaus
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- You Can't Shatter Me by Tahlia Newland
- Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K. Rowling
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
- The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
- Splintered by A.G. Howard


people mentioned
Benjamin from BenjaminofTomes







Books Read:
- Pushing the Limits by Katy McGarry
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Easy by Tammara Webber
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Paper Towns by John Green

/In Progress/
- Harken by Kaleb Nation
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Toklien
- The Night is for Hunting by John Marsden


February TBR:
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Reviews
- What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore



Additions to Reading Challenges
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - Classics
Paper Towns by John Green - Re-reads

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