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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Releases: March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

What are you waiting on?

Exclusive Sponsored Giveaway and Guest Post: Get Happy by Mary Amato Blog Tour


About Get Happy

In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfectfor fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

Minerva has been raised by her single mother after her father left them both. On her 17th birthday, she is shocked to discover that he has been trying to keep in touch, but her mother has been sabotaging his attempts. Furious at her mom, she begins to investigate her dad, a famous marine biologist, only to discover that he has a new family, including a beloved, and perfect, stepdaughter--a girl Minerva already knows and despises.

As she makes her way, trying to build her performing and songwriting career, her jealousy takes over and threatens to derail her life completely. It is only through the efforts of her best friend, Fin, and the introduction of Hayes, a new young man in her life, that she is able to see clearly who she is and who makes up her family.

About Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's book author, songwriter, musician, puppeteer, and poet. She writes for children of all ages, and is beginning to focus on YA. Her first YA novel was Guitar Notes. Mary lives with her family outside Washington, DC, where she also performs regularly, singing and playing her own songs. Mary is a popular speaker and runs numerous workshops for teachers and students, including many on all aspects of creative writing, even songwriting. The author lives in Silver Spring, MD. You can visit her online at

Guest Post:
Mary's letter to her teenage self
Dear Mary,
Mistakes are good. Mistakes are interesting. Stop being so worried about making mistakes and enjoy yourself when you write, when you sing, when you dance, and when you dare to say what’s really on your mind. So embrace the fact that you will make mistakes and try to learn from them.
You know that feeling you get when you lose yourself in the moment? That is what you need more of. Don’t waste time replaying the things you did wrong or things you could have done better. It’s like revving an engine while the car is parked.
Always keep your eyes and ears open for people who are on fire. You know what I mean—the passionate souls. Make sure to get close because their energy can fan your flames and your energy can feed their fire, too.
And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.



Giveaway is for: Signed Get Happy by Mary Amato
Open to US.
If under 18, must have parent's permission.
No Purchase Necessary
Open: 10/22/14 to 11/5/14
The Sponsor: Egmont
Winners will be chosen by giveaway host and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to respond.
Email addresses or physical addresses or any personal information will not be sold
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Youth review and giveaway
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Monday, October 27, 2014
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Saturday, November 01, 2014
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Exclusive Giveaway and Playlist: The Sham by Ellen Allen

The Sham
The Sham by Ellen Allen
When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.

The Sham’s playlist:
As I was writing the book, I had these songs in my mind
at key scenes in the plot; they make a great album:
1. Thomston, Burning out
Emily is forced to watch as four of her classmates bully
a small boy in the local playground. She meets Jack and,
together, they are able to save him. Everyone is
traumatized but Jack helps her to feel better: “I’m
coming up, I’m too young to worry bout burning out”.
2. Girls in Hawaii, Where do your tears come from?
This is a very moody and atmospheric song for when
Emily finds out that her classmate – one of the
playground bullies – is dead.
3. Snakehips (ft. Sinead Harnett), Days with you
After tourists claim Jack is their long lost nephew,
someone called Matthew, Jack disappears and Emily
convinces herself that she really is “better off without
you”. It has a great vibe and it’s very upbeat, even
though it’s sad.
4. Ed Sheeran, Thinking out loud
This is the music playing for Emily and Jack’s first kiss;
“Take me into your loving arms. Place your head on my
beating heart.” Aaaah.
5. Ella Eyre, Deeper
Jack doesn’t give away his emotions easily and this song
perfectly encapsulates what Emily thinks Jack is feeling
– that he doesn’t want to commit – and how he should
“dig a little deeper”.
6. Lennie Kravitz, The Chamber
The police manage to convince Emily that Jack is
actually Matthew. She’s angry, hurt, upset and feels
betrayed: “You killed the love that was once so strong.
With no regret to what you did wrong”.
7. Jessie Ware, Wildest moments
This song is playing over the speakers of the
supermarket café when Emily finally finds everything
out – about who Jack really is and who killed the girls. It
manages to perfectly encapsulate the complexity of
Jack and Emily’s relationship and the situation she has
to deal with at the end of the book; “we could be the
greatest, we could be the worst of all”.
8. Clean Bandit (featuring Jess Glynne), Rather Be
This song conveys the end of the book brilliantly and
leaves us on a really upbeat tone. It’s a tip top tune!

Giveaway is for: 5 copies of The Sham by Ellen Allen
Open Int
If under 18, must have parent's permission.
No Purchase Necessary
Open: 10/21 - 11/18
The Sponsor: author
Winners will be chosen by giveaway host and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to respond.
Email addresses or physical addresses or any personal information will not be sold
Liability: Brandi Breathes Books is not responsible for lost or stolen packages
Brandi Breathes Books Giveaways are hosted in Holly Springs, NC USA
Void where prohibited by law
-If you win a review on your blog and/or amazon is appreciated but not required.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Wide Awake by AngstGoddess003

Wide Awake

Edward and Bella have dark pasts that leave them severely emotionally scarred, with nightmares that force them to stay awake. They meet and begin to form a bond during the night hours.
Disclaimer: I am reviewing Twilight fanfiction in this post (it will not be a regular thing, so if you don't like it, please don't click unfollow!). Yes, that makes me a nerd. Yes, I am okay if you don't read this :)

This is also rated M, and for a good reason (the story not my review.)

You can read the story here scroll down and there are chapter links on left hand side or read first chapter here, or get pdf here

So, up front- who has read it? Anyone? What are your favorite fanfics if you read them? Just for Twilight or for other books too (I am mostly Twilight but have read a few Vamp Academy)

As for the cover, it fits so much because Bella in fanfic likes to bake and she makes cookies every night and then gives them names based on something in her day.

Okay, so I haven't been able to get this out of my mind the last few days. It is ultimate proof that I have a huge soft spot for bad boys with a tender side. This transforms the Edward and Bella that I love into something darker, more complex. I am draw to people with issues, watching how love can heal and their journey to healing, and this fanfic has it all.
I guess that it says something that I have a stack of books to review and all I can think about is this story! Okay, so I have said what I needed to, and talked about it a bit, now I am back to the regularly scheduled program.
Their characters are really deeply sculpted. Yes, I know its based on Twilight, but Bella and Edward only share a few characteristics of the ones in the book. We have their connection and their pasts, but in this, Bella is traumatized because in this story Phil was an exboyfriend of her mom's but held a two week long home invasion where Bella heard her mom being tortured and eventually killed and she experienced physical and emotional abuse. As a result, she can't be touched, especially by men, or she has severe flashbacks and ends up screaming, shaking, and out of it.
Edward was in a housefire and watched his dad pass away. After, his mom gave him up to the state. He is crude--he has the filthiest language and most people don't think there is a sensitive man with a lot to offer.

What initially draws them together is that they both can't sleep and go through extreme measures to keep themselves awake. They have debilitating nightmares and will do lots of things to avoid sleep. They meet at the gazebo at midnight, and begin to talk, and eventually Bella realizes that Edward can touch her without her flashbacks.

This story is hot! It contains a lot of steamy moments between the two but it follows a deep emotional connection. They share their nightmares and pasts and feel like its okay because when one shares or shows, so does the other. Tit for tat as they call it.

They create this dependancy because they discover they can get a full night sleep in the other's arms. So Bella sneaks out every night, and into Edwards room. (In this story Esme is Bella's aunt who has taken her in. Carlisle is a foster  become adopted dad to Edward and Emmett, and Jasper and Rose are in another family).

Of course, they are eventually caught, and Esme and Carlisle forbid them from seeing each other. Their symptoms of sleep deprivation comes back, lowered grades, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, weight loss, not able to concentrate well, and only halfway making it through life. It is during this seperation though that they face some real issues, and start working towards healing themselves in ways they only could when they were ready. I love seeing their transformations and how their love evolved as well as their life outlook.

I give this 5 stars and really think that it should be published. I read it once in 2010 when I was looking for things to read after twilight, and then again this week because I am still thinking about it years later.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  here
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.

What I read:
Wide Awake
source: free on internet
Eternal (Shadow Falls: After Dark, #2)
source: netgalley  St. Martin's Griffin

Last Week on the blog:
Losing Track (Living Heartwood, #2)
source: author
Source: Simon Teen via Edelweiss
Black Ice
Source: Simon Teen
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Source: harper teen via edelweiss

Exclusive Giveaways:
New and amazing:
 Black Ice, The Invisible and The Fall ends 10/25 (US)

My week: Great, had a concert last week, we had a great time, and are just starting track out,.
within temptation group 

My birthday is Monday and I'll be 30 but forever a teen at heart

What are you reading? Any of my books new to you or have you read any of my books? If so, what did you think?
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