Happy Birthday to Me! It's my Birthday (I can cry if I want to.)

Enjoy a Minion style Happy Birthday song. (Love those little guys.)

It's my birthday. Yup, I'm a halloween baby :D I'm another year older and wiser! I'm hoping to spend this day doing something fun and just for me. Like maybe reading a book if someone gets one for me as a birthday gift ( Allegiant, Quarantine 2 *hint, hint*) (I AM ON HIATUS IF YOU WISH ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY I THANK YOU AHEAD OF TIME!)

Although it is my birthday I'm giving you guys things. Yes. You. I'm generous like that :P
I spent a month or so gathering up some authors and fun things to giveaway and I'm running the giveaway for a week only! So enter as many times as you like and in as many ways as you like. I've left you all with a lot of options. There will be 5 winners. Winners will be chosen randomly. I have a total of 20 prizes. I will divide them up amongst the winners, five prizes each. Each prize pack will include at least one signed/swag item. Again IT WILL be random. I didn't want to have just one winner, where is the fun in that?
Without further ado, Here's the giveaway and Good Luck!!

(*Please note there may be a delay in prize distribution*)

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Waiting on Wednesday # 6, Control

Waiting on Wednesday #6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated, upcoming books.

This week's Waiting on Wednesday is Control by Lydia Kang. It feels as if I've been waiting on this one for forever. I'm hoping to get this one when it releases. It would just be cruel for me to have to wait any longer than that.

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

What are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday # 5, Uninvited

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated, upcoming books.

This week's Waiting on Wednesday choice is Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. I'm just keeping my eyes on this one for the future. It sounds like a good one and I love the cover.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

What are you waiting on?

Cover Love

I have seen some pretty impressive covers lately. I thought I'd take some time out to admire a few that I love.

Archangel by Sarah J. Pepper, Kinetic by S.K. Anthony, Unteachable by Leah Raeder
These covers are magnificent, just beautiful!

Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Dacies, Evertrue by Brodi Ashton, Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey
These are some of my TBR books but I would just love to have them just for the covers!

I just love, love, love all of these covers! Fantasic design!
What are some books whose covers you love?


Find these beauties on 

Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden Blog Tour Stop + Review

By: Pauline Creeden

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles 

to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, 

no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it 

used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a 

bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for 

death, but will not find it…

When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep 

Author Info 

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she 

creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. 

She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get 

bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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I was initially pleased with the beginning of the story. It was fast paced and I didn't have to sludge through a bunch of words to get to the actual happenings of the story. I knew almost immediately that the story would have religious undertones taking note of the biblical scriptures at the beginning. I'm not sure if the author was hinting at her depiction of the rapture or something totally different. Either way it works pretty well.

It was a pleasant read considering it's an end of times story. The characters mesh well and are 

After finishing the book thought I didn't feel like it was completed. The epilogue left a lot to be desired. I'm not sure if there is going to be a second book or not but it wasn't much of a cliffhanger if so. 

 The book was written fairly well with descriptive scenes that will entice most readers. I think it will appeal to readers who enjoy apocalyptic, or zombie reads. 

Waiting on Wednesday # 4, The Eye of Minds

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated, upcoming books.

My Waiting on Wednesday is The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

I have to tell you I didn't even look at the blurb before I added this to my Goodreads. I saw James Dashner had a new book and I hit add quickly. Some authors are just like that for me. I don't care if they wrote a book about knitting I'd buy it. Dashner is one of those authors.
Here's the blurb from Goodreads:

An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Mindsis the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

I'm so excited!! 

What are you waiting on?

Young Adult Series I Wish More People Read

I've read some really good YA series in the last couple of years and there are quite a few I wish more people read or knew about. Here are a few:

This is a good series with an intriguing plot. 
There are some tear jerker moments. At least there were for me.

I love this series! I'm dying to get the second book which came out in July or August sometime.
I'm hoping to get it for a birthday present? Maybe?

I really like this series. I like stories with strong female characters.

I have a serious crush on the guys in here. This is a great series!

What are some of the YA series you wish more people read?
Share away. 


Feature & Follow # 10

 Feature & Follow Friday and How it Works:

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parjunkee and Alison Can Read. This week's F&F topic/question is: Feature your own favorite blogger.

My Favorite Blogger (I LOVE YOU ALL) is Pam from YA Escape From Reality. The reason why I really enjoy Pam's blog (She runs it with another person) and why I like her as a person is because she's consistent and solid. She's always commenting on my posts and we all know how rare that can be. Even as a beginner I noticed how little people actually comment even if the blog has well over 1000 followers. So, to have someone who obviously frequents on a regular basis and actually read and comments on the content. I appreciate that the most. 

As far as her blog is concerned I like it because it doesn't focus solely on memes, or book reviews. It has interesting discussions that allow readers to voice their opinions on stuff other than their favorite book or fictional boyfriend. That's not a regular thing I've seen so I really like that. 

She just rocks so go ahead and check out her and Sheri's blog, say hello, comment! Share the love!

Waiting on Wednesday # 3, Takedown Twenty

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated, upcoming books.

My choice for this week's Waiting on Wednesday is:

Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum # 20) by Janet Evanovich.

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

I know that this series has gone on far longer than it should have and the love triangle scenario is well past overused but I'm in already. I just can't quit! I'm dedicated. I just wish she'd give me more of Lizzy and Diesel.

What are you waiting on?

Eternal Echoes by Anastasia Virgas and Stella Price Book Review

Eternal Echoes (A Sisters of The Divine Novel) by Anastasia Virgas 
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Sister's Price Publishing
Published Date: October 8th, 2013

Goodreads Blurb:

Ariston Dago is a sentry, a protector for his people. He watches the waters of his territory, keeping his god and his race safe both above and below the murky depths around Venice, Italy. When he’s compelled to save a human that falls from a transport, his life is forever changed, because the human he saves, Teagan Moss, is his mate, the first human to ever mate a Dagonite. Teagan Moss is the kind of woman to shoot first and then question the body later. When she wakes with a Hydro bomb strapped to her body, she knows someone is going to pay for trying to kill her, and that she is going to need the help of the sexy exotic Dagonite to find out who exactly needs that bullet in their brain. What she doesn't count on, is the scorching attraction she feels for the male who is so certain she is his. Thrust into solving the mystery surrounding the attempt on his mate's life, Ari and Teagan uncover more than the answers they are looking for, and the truths they unearth could send the world into another war.

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I've never read a book quite like this before and it kind of threw me at first. When I seen octopus I'm like WHOA! Hold on there but strangely it works. You'll be intrigued by the dynamic between the races. 

The book was written pretty well. The main characters Ari and Teegan develop an otherworldly type of relationship that at first may seem strange but is romantic and maintains it's steam throughout the book and only gets more intense as the story goes on. 

I liked the cast of characters. They made the story easier to understand and more fun to read. I also liked that none of the female characters were weak and held their own. No damsel in distresses here!

My only issue was I was a little thrown off by the constant swearing but luckily it didn't take away from the story too much. Otherwise I think readers will enjoy this interesting and intriguing cast of characters and the love that blooms as a result of some unusual happenings.


My TBR pile (Hardcopy edition)

I seriously have a problem. It's called I have way too many books on my to be read pile and I can't stop adding more to the list syndrome. I have been harboring piles of books for a while. Most of which I haven't read and have probably had them a year or more. I thought I might share with you all some of the books on my TBR pile that I have hardcopies of. (I will also do an eBook edition. Yes. I have a big pile of those too.) I TOLD YOU I HAVE A PROBLEM! No I don't want help. :P

I keep saying I'm going to get to this pile first because I've had some of these books the longest but yeah that didn't happen.

The same with these. Some of them I've started and never finished. I'm a bad book worm/lion.

I'm really excited about this last pile. I want to get to these sooner than later. Some of these I only got weeks ago on Amazon! I got 5 books for 25 dollars. Thanks Anne for the gift card!

What do you have on your TBR shelf/pile?


Blogger Spotlight Sunday, Lynsey of Love Books Read Daily Blog!

Blogger Spotlight Sunday is a meme hosted by ME, that spotlights and promote bloggers in order to gain page views and followers. It only works if we support one another. So stop by, comment, say hi, and follow.

If you would like to be interviewed email me HERE.

(To visit Lynsey's blog click on the name above.)

> 1. When did you start blogging and why? Tell me briefly about what you do on your blog?
Being a primary school teacher, I am sure many of you will be very jealous to hear that I recently had six weeks holiday from work. Six weeks is a long time and, like many others out there, I read a LOT of books. Sitting at home one afternoon I decided I wanted to share some of the amazing books I had read with others. I would always be texting family and friends recommending books and it suddenly dawned on me that it might be more beneficial to start a blog. I had no idea what I was doing and did a lot of research into blogging and reaching an audience through social media (thank you Google). Many of the other book blogs I had seen focused mainly on one genre, however I wanted mine to cover all the different genres I enjoy reading. Therefore, Love Books Read Daily was born! It has been extremely enjoyable reading, reviewing and blogging over the summer. Unfortunately my holidays have now come to an end but my new plan of action is to ask the children in my class to help me review some upcoming children's books. Harper Collins have very kindly sent me a selection of new titles which I will be reading and reviewing with my class of 30 angels very soon!

> 2. The best thing that has happened to you since you started blogging because of your blog?
I will be very honest here and say one of the best things about blogging is receiving free books from publishers and authors before their release date. I love being contacted by unknown authors and discovering new talents that would otherwise go unnoticed. Sharon Sant contacted me recently, through Twitter, asking me to review her new novel, The Memory Game, and it honestly was one of the best books I have read in a long time.
I love that other people I know have gone off to purchase books based on my reviews. The book blog world is so influential and I am honoured to be a part of it.

> 3. Favorite fictional couple and why?
My favourite fictional couple would have to be Layken and Will from 'Slammed' by Colleen Hoover. After the death of her father, Layken, along with her mother and brother, move to a new town where she meets her new neighbour, Will. They quickly become more than friends and a whirlwind romance ensues. That is until they discover some shocking news that will tear them apart and the story becomes one of love, loss and turmoil. The relationship between Layken and Will is heart shattering and Colleen Hoover takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster throughout. If you haven't read this story READ IT!! You won't be disappointed.

> 4. Last three books you've read.
The Memory Game by Sharon Sant.

(This story was AMAZING!! I can't rate it highly enough. Check out my review at www.lovebooksreaddaily.blogspot.com)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Tethers by Jack Croxall

(This author contacted me through Twitter and again was another pleasant surprise.)

> 5. Least favorite food

I like most foods but there are some that just completely freak me out. Prawns being one of them! I am not comfortable eating anything that still looks the same as when it was alive. Prawns sit on your plate with their little beady eyes... they just terrify me! And don't even get me started on KING prawns.
I also hate the thought of pineapple on pizza. Why would you put fruit on a pizza?! Would you put strawberries on your roast dinner? No, probably not! The idea just baffles me. Highly annoying when you have to sit there picking all the pineapple off. *Sigh*

> 6. Favorite genre and why?

This is a tough one for me as my book blog is very eclectic. I like many different genres and the different elements they bring to a novel. If I had to choose one it would be a toss up between crime thrillers and Dystopian YA. I think the dystopian genre just tips it and my obsession for such like started at school where I was asked to study 'The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood for my English Literature course. I was fascinated by the thought of a world so different but not so far removed from our own. It was disturbing to read of a nightmare future that could so easily happen.

Want more of Lynsey email her HERE.