Thursday, July 2, 2015

June Wrap-Up


June was a fantastic reading month! And I think I've finally banished my reading slump for good! *knocks on wood* On to the books!


The first book I read was Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy and it was soooo freakin' good! I definitely recommend you pick it up! #DiverseBooks

Rating: 5/5 Stars


ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas was just magical! I completely fell in love with the world and the characters and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the next one!

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Coming Out by Lila Rose was a very short and cute story. And how appropriate that I read this in June, the same month that marriage equality won! #LoveWins <3

Rating: 3/5 Stars


The next book I picked up was Kane, the third book in L.A. Casey's addictive Slater Brothers series. And I enjoyed it just as much as the others in the series.

Rating: 3/5 Stars


I couldn't resist giving Linda Kage's A Perfect Ten a try and I'm glad I did. It hit the good romance spot!

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Scorched by my favorite author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, released so I obviously had to pick it up. And it was an incredibly important book that forces you to think about your life, as it reassures you that happily ever afters really are possible. <3

Rating: 5/5 stars


JLA had another novella releasing this month, and it was so cute and sweet. I obviously loved it!  :D

Rating: 5/5 Stars


You guys, I FINALLY READ FANGIRL!! And it was just as awesome as everyone said it was! Also, I am now DYING to read Carry On!

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Last, but certainly not least, I read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman! The publisher, HMH, was kind enough to send me an ARC and I absolutely fell in love! For more of my thoughts, check out my review HERE.

Rating: 5/5 Stars
-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

Review: VENGEANCE ROAD: A Western filled with a kick-ass heroine, quest for revenge, hidden gold, horses, guns, & cowboys.

This book was an absolute joy to read! There's just something about a good western that hits the spot and this book captured it perfectly. While reading I was there, riding alongside Kate breathing in dust, feeling the scorching heat, on a quest for vengeance.


Kate was an awesome heroine. A spitfire who could more than take care of herself, she was strong, determined, and I really admired her.


While on this journey, I also grew really attached to the Colton brothers, Jesse and Will. They reminded me of what true cowboys were really like. Colton was always cynical and hilarious and Jesse was kind, light-hearted, and broody.


Overall, this book was fun, sad, exciting, and sometimes funny. I loved every page of it, the cover is beautiful, the characters are real, the romance is sweet, and you don't see the plot twists coming, the journey is definitely one you don't want to miss out on.

An ARC was provided by the publisher.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Spotlight: All I've Never Wanted by Ana Huang (Author Interview)

Title: All I've Never Wanted
Author: Ana Huang
Publication Date: June 9, 2015

Synopsis: The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them...everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate.

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions' path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn't stand the most? Yeah, he's her new housemate.

A Young Adult romantic comedy that explores what happens when a girl gets everything she never asked for, including a puppy, a new wardrobe, and, possibly, even true love.

About the Author: Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I've Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango (also known as Meteor Garden and Boys Over Flowers). Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad. Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys politics, brunch, and traveling.


Author Interview:

1. Describe All I’ve Never Wanted as a tweet (140 characters or less)!

A YA romantic comedy where a girl gets everything she never wanted…including, possibly, true love.

2. What inspired you to start writing? 

I was born in the U.S., but my parents only spoke Chinese at home. As a result, when I first started school, I didn’t know English that well, and I started reading a lot to improve my language skills. I ended up falling in love with books, and after a while, I decided to try creating stories instead of just reading them. The rest, as they say, is history.

3. You started off posting your work on Wattpad, how did that effect your writing? 

It actually had a huge effect on my writing. Before Wattpad, I never shared my stories with anyone. Writing is very personal to me, and I am pretty sensitive—less so now, but at the time I was worried about what people would say about my writing. Nevertheless, I decided to take a risk and post All I’ve Never Wanted, which is the first full-length story I’ve ever completed. I wrote it when I was sixteen, and I was blown away by the support from Wattpadders. Besides giving me encouragement to start and finish other stories, they also gave a lot of valuable feedback on grammar, pacing, etc. Through Wattpad, I had a better idea of how to appeal to my target audience and how to make my characters more relatable to readers.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for All I’ve Never Wanted

I didn’t do a whole lot of research for All I’ve Never Wanted. Well, it’s actually based on a Japanese manga called Hana Yori Dango, which has been made into several Asian TV shows. I didn’t read the manga, but I did watch some of the shows and I was intrigued by the basic premise and plotline—a group of guys ruling a school, who were actually friends and didn’t backstab each other, and the one unimpressed girl who stands up to them. I decided to spin my own story off the premise, and I included some elements inspired by real life. For example, the grandmother is based on my own—though, of course, the fictional version is a lot more over-the-top!

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 

I always write at home in my bedroom. Sometimes I write in the dining room, but it’s very difficult for me to write anywhere else—the library, Starbucks, etc. I get too distracted and for some reason, if I’m not at my desk, my mind just goes blank!

6. What are you reading right now? 

Right now I’m reading Jay Crownover’s Asa. I love New Adult and bad boy leads, so it’s perfect!

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 

Ebook for convenience, but real books make me more excited.

Twitter or Facebook? 

Facebook

Chocolate or Vanilla? 

Chocolate all the way!

Past or Future? 

Future. It’s fun to reminisce, but the anticipation for and potential of the future cannot be beat.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?

Haha, I don’t know if it’s strange, but I have a CD full of ziplining pictures. I just got back from vacationing in Costa Rica so I’m filtering out all the photos where I look extremely and unattractively terrified. Unfortunately, there’s quite a few. (Note: I was not paid or compensated by the ziplining company in any way to endorse their services, although they are quite awesome).


-Kristen ♥

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Trailer Reveal: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.


About the Author: Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger. She is the author of TAKEN, FROZEN, and FORGED (4/14/15) from HarperTeen. VENGEANCE ROAD is forthcoming from HMH in fall 2015.


Book Trailer:



-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Blog Tour: Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton (Author Interview + Giveaway)


Title: Dancing to an Irish Reel
Author: Claire Fullerton
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Publication Date: March 6, 2015

Synopsis: On sabbatical from her job in the LA record business, twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland for the vacation of a lifetime. What she finds is a job offer too good to turn down.

But her new life in Ireland comes with one major complication—Liam Hennessey. He’s a famous Irish musician whose entire live has revolved around performing. And Hailey falls in love with him. Because Liam’s not so sure love can fit into his life, he’s afraid to come closer, but neither can he bring himself to go away.

And so begins Hailey’s journey to a colorful land that changes her life, unites her with friends more colorful than the Irish landscape, and teaches her more about love than she’s ever known before.

About the Author: Claire Fullerton is the author of Paranormal Mystery, “A Portal in Time,” set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (Vinspire Publishing) and “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” Fiction, set in Connemara, Ireland, (Vinspire Publishing.) She is a three time award winning essayist, a former newspaper columnist, a contributor to magazines, and a four time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Claire hails from Memphis,TN and now lives in Malibu, CA. Currently, Claire is writing her third novel, which is based on her award winning essay in the 2013 San Francisco Writer’s Conference.


Author Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today!

I am thrilled to be here at Cozy Corner!

1. Describe Dancing to an Irish Reel as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 

A love song to the culture, people and landscape of Ireland.

2. What made you decide to base your book in Ireland and have you ever been?

I once spent a year living on the west coast of Ireland, in a rural village called Inverin, in the region of Connemara. The area is thirteen miles up the coast road from Galway City, and is set amongst panoramic landscape that includes sweeping fields peppered by gray-stone walls down the shores of the Atlantic. There is something ancient and haunting about the area, and the people are unaffected, down to earth, and amazingly happy and friendly. I worked in Galway, which is a young, vibrant college town with cobblestone streets and music venues everywhere you turn. The west of Ireland is its own culture, and I wanted to comment and share its nuances from an America perspective because I found everything about it so fascinating and worth telling.

3. What inspired you to start writing?

A deep-seated desire to explain and share. From a young age, I kept a journal wherein I’d document the daily events of my life so that I could not only keep a record, but be able to look back and see the cumulative events that were giving shape to the direction of my life. The process of keeping a journal explains the writer to themselves; it helps one keep current with their feelings, and for some inexplicable reason, I felt compelled to put pen to paper. In my opinion, one doesn’t aspire to be a writer, one gets in touch with the fact that they are.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Dancing to an Irish Reel

My research was all about paying attention, REALLY paying attention; watching people, listening attentively, trying to see the myriad connections of cause and effect in the interplay of human relations. And I cultivated a sensitivity to and appreciation of the setting in western Ireland. People are connected to the land in such a way that it influences everything. And the area is historically preserved in a way that keeps a reverence for the past in the forefront of daily affairs. Ireland is an old culture, very unlike America, so living there is a very specific experience wherein one feels as if they are melding with the past.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 

Years ago, I turned a bedroom in my house into a writing room. I exchanged a queen-size bed for a twin, cherry wood sleigh bed, put a large screen monitor on a desk with a swivel chair and outfitted a bookcase with my favorite books. I painted the walls a soft yellow and hung Irish prints, an antique mirror, a sketch of my mother in her early teens, and a portrait of the house in which I grew up in the Deep South. This is everything in the room, and it has a sliding glass door that faces the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. It is a perfect arrangement for me because I tend to pace every so often when I write, which helps me grasp illusive word choices, if that makes sense. When in pacing mode, I step outside!

6. What are you reading right now? 

Anne Rivers Siddon’s “Peachtree Road.” It’s an unusually verbose book set in Atlanta during WWII. Its language is prosaic and in first person. It’s like reading a monologue culled from the interior chambers of the narrator’s confessional insights.

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 

Real book

Twitter or Facebook? 

Facebook

Chocolate or Vanilla? 

Always chocolate, except for ice cream.

Past or Future? 

Past

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?

I don’t think it’s strange, but I have a copy Susan Haywards book, “A Guide for the Advanced Soul.”
 
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 

You are more than welcome; thank you!

Giveaway:

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-Kristen ♥

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cover Reveal: Counter Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Title: Counter Clockwise
Author: Elle Strauss
Series: Clockwise #5

Synopsis: High school senior Casey Donovan is in trouble. Again. If only she had trusted in Nate’s loyalty when he traveled to Spain with his college basketball team – despite the accompaniment of the cheerleading squad and Fiona the Floozy who’d made it super clear she wanted Nate for herself. Then she wouldn’t have made that impulsive trip to Hollywood and let Aiden do that stupid thing that threatened her relationship with Nate, and triggered a trip into the past. Only something is wildly wrong. She’s not in the 1860s like she should be. It’s 1929. And she didn’t come alone.

Previous books in the series: 


About the Author: Hey! I'm author LEE STRAUSS. I'm the author of the Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), A Nursery Rhyme Suspense (Sci-fi Mystery Romantic Suspense), the Perception Series (young adult dystopian/science fiction) and young adult historical fiction. I also write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk (with a nice helping of romance!) as ELLE Strauss. I love to connect with my fans. I'm on facebook (author pages for both Lee and Elle) and twitter: @leestraussbooks. Other trivia about me: I'm a married mother of four; I sometimes live in Canada and sometimes Germany; I'm fond of dark chocolate, and soy lattes; I like yoga, cycling and hiking in good weather.


AND NOW, for the reveal....


-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Power
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan, #2
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Synopsis: Official description to come...


"You don't know what I'm capable of."



Don't miss the previous book in the series:

The Return - CoverTitle: The Return
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan, #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: February 16, 2015

Synopsis: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off...

It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.


Author PhotoJennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio: # 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.

 
AND NOW, for the big reveal.....

The Power - Cover


-Kristen ♥
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