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Book Birthday! Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl

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Hey Everyone,

Wow I’ve been super quiet on the blogosphere. Hopefully that will change in the weeks to come. Honestly, I’ve had a bit of a YA & NA dry spell. Mostly a reading dry spell as well. I’m currently on a new life journey to a happier and healthier me. So I’ve been focused a lot on eating right and exercising. But I know I’m getting lazy on the reading front, because I still have time to squeeze in some of my new favorite Fall TV Shows (Scorpion anyone?!). So that’s why I’m super excited to share this Release Day Blitz post from a series I fell in love with earlier this year. Melissa Pearl’s second Songbird novel comes out today and I’m planning on having this novel jump start my reading! So without further adieu….

Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl

Release Day Blitz
November 20, 2014

Morgan Pritchett doesn’t need anyone. Strong-willed and confident, she’s the master of organizing and looking after everyone around her. In her mind, she’s bulletproof.
But she has one weakness – men. She can’t seem to live without them, yet is unable to find her perfect match. After yet another break up, Morgan promises her sister and best friend that she’ll write off men fBullettproof_Pearl_High (1)or the rest of the year…but then she meets Sean Jaxon.
Sean Jaxon has worked hard to become a Hollywood actor, scoring minor roles and slowly making a name for himself as an action sidekick. After a chance encounter with the stunning Morgan Pritchett, he decides to take a risk and put his dancing skills to the test by signing on for the lead role in Superstar, a TV musical. He never thought he’d reconnect with the girl who urged him to ignore his manager and be honest with himself, but when Morgan shows up on the set as a production assistant, he realizes he’s found his ultimate weakness – her.
Their passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face-to-face with her long-buried demons and Sean decides just how much he’s willing to risk for love, these two songbirds discover something…they’re not as bulletproof as they thought.

BUY IT AT:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/BulletproofAM

Bah I’m like a total sucker for anything music or entertainment related (why yes I’ve seen almost every season of SYTYCD and The X-Factor :p), so any Songbird novel will draw me in with just this fact alone. But on the other hand, I’ve actually read and really enjoyed Pearl’s first book, Fever. This is why I’m so stoked for this new novel. I can’t wait to fall in love with her new characters and their storyline. What can I say? I love love ;). Anyways I’m really hoping this one draws me out of my dark days of non-reading.

Let me know what you all think of Bulletproof! Have you read Fever? A Melissa Pearl fan? Dish to me below in the comments! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Later Booknerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

~*~ABOUT MELISSA PEARL~*~

Melissa

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Hope(less) by Melissa Haag Review

Hello my lovelies,

I was recently given the opportunity to review Hope(less) by Melissa Haag from Mark My Words Book Publicity. In exchange for an honest review, I was given a free eBook copy of the novel. The below review is my own opinion and not influenced by any out side factors.

Hope(less) by Melissa Haag

The Review

Hope(less) tells of Gabby’s journey with the supernatural. All her life Gabby was able to see tiny glowing sparks of people in her mind. Almost like a people radar system programmed into her brain. All she has to do is close her eyes and concentrate and she’ll be able to see where people are in a certain mile radius. This comes in handy before walking through the park at night, but isn’t the first thing Gabby tells people about herself. Then she meets a warewolf and is exposed to a larger supernatural world. The kicker? Gabby’s one of only a few humans that can be mated to a warewolf. Go figure no one clued her into that fact until she was already up at their compound. Now on top of trying to figure out what she is and what her abilities mean, she also has to worry about possibly loosing the independence she craves by being mated to a warewolf.

Enter in Clay. Clay is quiet and unkempt and not at all someone Gabby wants to be associated with let alone feel something for. Then at the last visit to the compound before college, Gabby meets him and knows instantly that she shares a bond with Clay. But Gabby will do anything to deny the bond and keep her newly found independence. However, Clay isn’t about to give up on finding his mate. He decides to follow Gabby into her new life. As feeling start to grow between the two, a new threat emerges. Gabby sees lights that she can’t label as human or warewolf and they’re stalking her.

This novel had a great premise when I first read it. I was excited to see how Gabby and Clay’s relationship would play out and what role Gabby would play in this supernatural world Haag created. Gabby’s supernatural ability was unique and definitely had me intrigued as to how Haag was going to describe and work-in this ability.

However, when I first began reading the book I was a bit disappointed. The beginning was a bit hard to plow through. There was a lot of unnecessary background scenes that would have been better worked-in  later on in the story as well as some weird time transitions. I felt the beginning would have been a lot better if the story began with Gabby’s last visit to the Hope(less) by Melissa Haagcompound as that’s where the story really seemed to pick up and “begin” in my mind.

I was also a bit unsure of Gabby’s ability. It seemed like a very unique ability for a character and one I have not seen in any other story as of yet. I was super excited to see how Haag would use it in the novel. However, it seemed a bit hard for me to picture the ability in the novel whenever Gabby described it. I was a little turned off from it and it took me a while for it to grow on me. Luckily later on in the novel, the ability was more clearly described and as the action picked up so did Gabby’s use and, later, understanding of her gift.

With all that said, I have to be honest and say that even though I had problems with the novel in the beginning I actually couldn’t stop reading it once I bypassed the rocky beginning. I was hooked on Gabby and Clay and wanted to see how their relationship would evolve and turn out. Would Gabby accept Clay as her mate? Would she let him in? I couldn’t put the book down.

This is where Haag truly excelled. Her ability to bring Gabby and Clay together and the way she wrote their relationship was perfect. I fell in love with this love story. I have to say that Clay might in fact be my new favorite book boyfriend, which is something highly hard to obtain from me ;). I absolutely loved the way he wooed Gabby; the way he sneaked into her heart without her really realizing it. It was a slow love story, but more realistic than the insta-love seen in most books. It was by far one of my favorite love storylines to read. And if you’re a sucker for those types of storylines than I highly recommend this book. :)

As a beginning of a series, Hope(less) was an alright starter. The overall storyline of “judgement has begun” and the mystery sparks of light were not done horribly, but didn’t keep my interest as much as Gabby and Clay’s relationship storyline did. However, towards the end the action really picked up and I think it was enough to easily relay into a second book. I will most likely be picking up the next installment to continue on in the series. However if you’re looking for a very well done paranormal series you might find some disappointment with this opener novel. Personally, I’m going to wait until the second novel before making any decisions on the overall series, but I can see how some might be turned off because of the first installment.

Overall, this story was a keeper for me based solely on Gabby and Clay’s relationship. Their love story was an epic one for me because it seemed so real and Clay was absolutely wonderful. As a paranormal series, this was an okay start, but I’m hoping the next installment will be better in this regard. In the end, I’d recommend this to “romance” lovers and just warn paranormal lovers that it might be a slow start to get through before being able to enjoy the paranormal storyline of this novel.

The Grade:

Ratings---B -plus

The Details:

Publisher: Melissa Haag
Pages:
352 
Price: Free* (Kindle edition)
Place: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads

*Free  as of the date of this review. 

Have you read Hope(less)? What are your thoughts on the series? As in love with Clay as I am? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you think! 

Later BookNerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

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Bookish Apps & Recaps!

Holy Afternoon my lovelies!

Ok so a quick recap before I plunge into today’s lunch break post (but for real that’s what this is :/). I must apologize yet again (i’m very sorry for this on-going trend) that I’ve been MIA in posting up reviews. I’m starting a new full-time job next week, so I’ve been busy getting ready for that new epic journey on top of finishing things up with my current job. The emotions have been ALL OVER the place right now and I’ve barley had time to pick up my current reads!! I’ve basically been reading the same stories for the past three weeks with barley any progress and it has nothing to do with the storylines and everything to do with my lack of free time. :( So, I’m hoping by the end of next week to be fully settled into the swing of things and back posting up some lovely (or not-so-lovely) reads with you all!

Phew that’s over with! Now on to my lunchtime topic: Some of my favorite Bookish Apps!

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MY FAVORITE BOOKISH APPS 

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve found myself glued to my cell phone ever since I got an iPhone during my senior year of college (yes, I did say COLLEGE). Having in-hand and instant (for the most part) access to my email, Twitter, Facebook and my new favorite social media obsession Instagram was amazing! Not only could I perform better at my internship, but I could distract myself when needed and feel “plugged-in” to what was happening in the world and my social circles 24/7.

When I decided to start blogging about one of my loves, I naturally started snooping to see what apps could help me not only blog better, but also fuel my bookish obsession! And while I’m always on the look out for new apps (post your recommendations below please!!) to help me out, these are a few that I’ve really fallen in love with!

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Banned Books Week 2014!

Hello everyone!

Banned Books Week started off yesterday and runs through Saturday, September 27. A lot of libraries, bookstores and schools will be hosting events throughout the week in support. I’m super excited to share this event with you and would love your thoughts on this subject after reading my post!

So what exactly is Banned Books Week?

The ALA states that the week “reminds American about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose” (Cho, “Affirm…”).

Censorship is something I’m strongly against. As an avid reader and writer, it’s hard to imagine being denied creative works. Growing up in America, I’ve always heard the phrase “freedom of speech” being used constantly. But as the ALA shows, even America is at fault when it comes to censorship and it happens more than we think. From news articles to summer reading lists, creative and journalistic works pass through multiple gatekeepers before reaching their intended audiences. It’s during this process  that censorship happens.

Events like Banned Books Week allows us to bring awareness to the everyday censorship taking place in libraries, schools and towns. I definitely encourage you all to find an event close to you and attend or at least celebrate a favorite banned book of yours! I’m leaving some of mine below :)

Before I do share my list, I want to write a quick side note about my stance on censorship. I do understand that some books are not appropriate for all ages. That’s why books are marked with an age category on the back. I’m not supporting teachers letting 8-year-olds read books intended for 14+, but I am against teachers banning Captain Underpants or The Diary of Ann Frank because of their own biases or moral compass. Books are not only to be enjoyed, but also to educate and bring awareness to different cultures, time periods, and situations. That is why it is my sincerest hopes that libraries, book stores and schools continue and begin to allow all books to be available for every kid, student, and adult to read.

Now onto some of my favorite banned books!

 

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

3. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

6. And of course the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. ;)

Let me know your thoughts on censorship below. I value everyone’s opinion and would love to hear your view points. Have a favorite Banned Book? Let me know below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Later BookNerds ;)

Xo,

NicoleLynn

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Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl Cover Reveal!

Good Morning my lovlies!

As I’ve mentioned I’m still catching up after handling some family emergencies. I’m hoping to have some reviews up later this week, if not early next. My TBR has definitely piled up after not being able to read for a few weeks. I’m hoping to tackle that this week. Thanks for being so patient! On the other hand, I have another cover reveal to share with you today. I’m so thankful to be able to be a part of this reveal as well!

The cover reveal today is for the second book of Melissa Pearl’s Songbird novels. I’ve read the first book Fever and really enjoyed it! You can seem my thoughts on book 1 here. :) Now on to the steamy cover!!!

Bulletproof (Songbird #2) by Melissa Pearl

Release Date: November 20, 2014

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BULLETPROOF: 

Morgan Pritchett doesn’t need anyone. Strong-willed and confident, she’s the master of organizing and looking after everyone around her. In her mind, she’s bulletproof. But she has one weakness – men. She can’t seem to live without them, yet is unable to find her perfect match. After yet another break up, Morgan promises her sister and best friend that she’ll write off men for the rest of the year. But then she meets Sean Tate.

Sean Tate has worked hard to become a Hollywood actor, scoring minor roles and slowly making a name for himself as an action sidekick. After a chance encounter with the stunning Morgan Pritchett, he decides to take a risk and put his dancing skills to the test by signing on for the lead role in Superstar, a TV musical. He never thought he’d reconnect with the girl who urged him to ignore his manager and be honest with himself, but when Morgan shows up on the set as a production assistant, he realizes he’s found his ultimate weakness — her.

Their passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face to face with her demons and Sean decides just how much he’s willing to risk for love, these two lovers discover something… they’re not as bulletproof as they thought.

Ooo doesn’t that sound drama-filled?! Bring It On!! :) I’m really loving my exploration of the New Adult genre and can’t wait to dive into this novel. I really connected with Pearl’s writing while reading Fever and can’t wait to read more from her. What’s great about this “series” is that the novels all seem to be standalone, but also contain an overall theme of music/the arts connecting them. I recently saw a comment on GoodReads from Pearl that she mapped out 10 novels for this Songbird collection. My first thought was “TEN BOOKS?!?! holy freaking cow that’s amazing!! How does she do it?!” and my second thought was “I really hope she holds true to that, because I want more!” I’m very much an addict when it comes to storylines based around music or dance or a combination of the arts. (Why yes, yes I have seen every Step Up movie and why yes I know their storylines aren’t really that good after the first movie, but yest I’m addicted. So go ahead and judge! lol :p) So basically, I’m going to be scheduling out when the next Songbird novel comes out for a while and couldn’t be happier! My addiction thanks you Melissa Pearl :)

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Bulletproof (A Songbird Novel)

You can preorder the book at these sites: AMAZON: http://ow.ly/BAn2y
SMASHWORDS: http://ow.ly/BAnj6
iTUNES: http://ow.ly/BAnhV
B&N: http://ow.ly/BAngX
KOBO: http://ow.ly/BAnjK

Thanks again to Melissa Pearl and Mark My Words Book Publicity for letting me be apart of this cover reveal! Let me know your thoughts on this latest book of the series! Yey or Ney on the cover? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think!

Later Booknerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

P.S. I heard that Fever has a new epilogue! You can find out more or purchase Fever at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. For more on the series you can also sign up for the Newsletter!

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout Cover Reveal!

Good Morning!

I apologize for being dormant the past couple of weeks. I’ve had some family emergencies that I’ve bee dealing with, so I’ve had to the put the blogging on the back burner. However, I’ll hopefully be picking things up again soon. In the meantime, here’s something to brighten up my day and hopefully yours as well ;).

I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to share with you all the cover of book 1 in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new paranormal New Adult trilogy releasing in December!!

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at this beauty of a cover for Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

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Just look at that cover!! The color! The underwater image! ah, it’s just so beautiful :) I’m definitely a fan of this cover choice. What are your thoughts on the design? Will it make your top covers for 2014 list? How do you think it compares to Armentrout’s other series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear your opinion on this!

WICKED Synopsis:

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.

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 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.

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Thanks for stopping by guys! I hope you enjoyed learning about this great new trilogy! Book 1 is available for pre-order if you’re interested. Just click on the Amazon link above to be directed to the right page. Thanks again to InkSlingerPR and Jennifer L. Armentrout for letting me be apart of this awesome reveal!

Have a great week everyone!

Later BookNerds!

As Always,

xo,

NicoleLynn

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Author Guest Post: The Legacy Trilogy by Melissa Delport – Music Playlist + More

Good Morning BookNerds!

I’m super grateful to be a part of the The Legacy Blog Tour and to introduce to you all, Melissa Delport. Melissa was kind enough to stop by and share her music playlist for The Legacy! I hope you enjoy reading (and listening!) to all the songs she listed! Here’s a quick intro to what The Legacy is all about first:

 

Now I’ll turn it over to Melissa!

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Which Wednesday #2: Thrift or Used?

Good Afternoon BookNerds!

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Which Wednesday: Thrift or Used?

It’s week two for Which Wednesday! This week’s topic is about Thrift Stores vs. Used Books stores for finding some great reads. Let me know which is your favorite or better yet link up letting me know what side you stand on!

The Thrift Store

As a lover of a great sale and finding a “Diamond in the Rough” via a great price, I often find myself roaming thrift stores for some quirky knick-knacks, vintage clothing and of course a great new read! The bookshelves in each store are where I spend most of my time. I stare down every spine, browse a few back covers and pile a bunch into my arms! Who can resist the $.50 pricing? My inner shopping-diva book-obsessed monster comes out and I’m not ashamed ;)

The Used Book Store

A little more up-scale compared to the everyday thrift store, the used book store contains more than just a few bookshelves of my obsession. I get a whole store dedicated to books at a cheaper price. But more than that, I get a larger selection of vintage book and older editions. I also have a bit of a hobby of collecting vintage books, so entering a Used Book store can definitely help satisfy that activity of mine J

My Decision?

This one was tough as both offer a great outlet to feed my book-obsessed addiction. I think as of now, my favorite would have to be the thrift store. Here’s why: As much as I love entering a whole store full of books, the used book store also has its draw backs for me—one being the pricing. Each used book store is different, but most pricing is by individual book and not by an encompassing price (like $.50 for all paperbacks). Sometimes the pricing is fair, especially if it’s a vintage book or a book I’m not sure I’ll see anywhere else. Other times it’s a bit higher to me because I know I can find it at a thrift store (or maybe even Book Depository new) for cheaper. I guess it also depends on my mood for the day and if the store is in an area where I’m visiting. I enjoyed visiting the used book stores in London and the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris which carried used books as well. Ultimately, the saving-money sale-loving diva in me loves getting the great find in the thrift store more! Another drawback I sometimes find at a Used Bookstore is the atmosphere. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve shopped in thrift stores a lot more and for a longer period in my life, but I feel more comfortable in the thrift store environment. I don’t have any qualms about searching through the stacks and piling up my arms. On the other hand, I find myself treading more carefully in the used bookstore. Being gentler with the books around me and not being as adventurous in shifting through the stacks. I also hold back on the amount of purchases I make, unless of course my parents are there to generously feed my addiction ;) So in the end thrift stores are my favorite go-to for cheaper book shopping. But that doesn’t mean I don’t also frequent the local Used Bookstore near me. I try and make it over there when I can ;)

Let me know your thoughts! Are you a thrift-store book hunter or do you prowl in the used bookstores? Tell me your favorite in the comments below or take up your side of the debate in a post of your own! Don’t forget to add to the linky below!

 

Later BookNerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn