Feature and Follow #5 (I'm Back!)

Hello! I know, I know- I haven't blogged for a REALLY REALLY long time, but I had a whole lot of family problems, and junior year problems, but I promise that I'm back now- for goood!

So, Here is my Feature and Follow #5, a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. (All rules on host sites)

This weeks Question:
Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. What three books?
Okay, the first things I would do is go into a full blown panic mode, run out my room door, and down the stairs. Once I'm there, I'll probably realise that I left the MOST valuable things upstairs. My books! (And, my teddy bear. I literally CANNOT go to sleep without it)
And then, till I lose consciousness from smoke inhalation or get crushed, Final Destination style, by a burning slab of god knows what, I will stand in front of my bookshelf deciding what books to take.
Of course, there are those sensible souls called my parents, who will probably shove something into my hand and make me move, but if I really really really had to choose only three, they would be:
1. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
2. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibottson
3. Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais
So, there you have it. My three. THAT WAS THE HARDEST THING I'VE EVER DONE. AAAAAAH.
Alright, so leave a comment below, and do follow me via BLOGLOVIN, and leave me a link, so I will be SURE to follow you back! YAY to new friends! P.S: I just started an Instagram Account, and if you could follow me there, it would be SIMPLY BRILLIANT! (just search @aditinichani) Incase there's more than one, my description goes something like: Indian. Sixteen. Blogger. Insane. 
So, See You Soon! (I won YASH and there's an ULTRA COOL Stacking The Shelves coming tomorrow!) 

Playing Nice by Rebekah Crane

Author: Rebekah Crane
Publisher: In This Together Media
Publishing Date: January 2013
Blurb Description: Martina "Marty" Hart is really nice. At least, that's what people think. 

It's Marty's junior year at Minster High. Minster's a small town where making great grades, smiling pretty, helping old people, running the new-student Welcoming Committee, and putting up decorations for all the dances--including the totally awful Hot Shot fall hunting celebration--gets you ... what? Marty's not sure. Instead of dreaming about a sororities-and-frats future at nearby University of Michigan, she's restless, searching for a way out of the box her controlling mother and best frenemy Sarah have locked her in. When Lil--don't call her Lily!--Hatfield transfers to Minster, Marty gets her chance. Lil's different. She smokes, wears black, listens to angry punk records, and lives in a weird trailer with her mother. Lil has secrets--secrets that make her a target for all the gossiping and online bullying Minster can muster. But so does Marty. And Marty sees something different in Lil. Something honest. 

Something real. 
                                       **MY REVIEW**


PLAYING NICE is the achingly true story of a girl who's been following the rules for so long she's forgotten who she was when she started. It's about falling in love with the wrong people and not seeing the right ones, about the moments in life when you step out of line, take a chance ... and begin to break free.

An entire spread in the yearbook is awarded to the nicest girl. Well, if you went to same high school, you would know who it was. There was never a question. From the toddlers to the bridge club ladies, you would get just one answer: Marty Hart. 

She knows it, her family knows it, her mates know it. She just is, and always has been, the nicest girl in the whole, albeit rather small town. Her University of Michigan application has been on her desk ever since she took one look at the building, one of her perfect choices. Her dressing sense, her whole attitude, her friends can be described in just one word. Impeccable. 

And this? This is her story. The story of how all of that changed. 

Being a part of the welcoming committee into  the most treacherous part of high school, forces her to meets Lil. With her black leather clothes, dark as the night sky lipstick, and secretive past, filled with the ghosts of yesterday she is exactly the opposite of everything Marty is. Too dark for this little town, Lil is somebody that nobody understands and nobody even tries too. Except, unexpectedly, Marty.

Playing Nice is exactly what the title suggests. About a girl who lives her life playing nice, and then realises that that's all she was doing. Playing. It's not real, not really. Being all nice, all the time is not really being you, if you even know who you are. It's not giving yourself space to breathe. It's living in a made up world. And one that this girl intends to escape, even thought she's just finding out she wants to!

The nice girl with the rebel, the sweet perfect one with the flawed one, together, that blooms into the sweetest of friendships. As Marty learns that being nice isn't everything and finds herself lost in the world she thought she knew, and Lil sees that not everything needs to be in a shade of black, nor does your heart have to be worn on your sleeve  for you to see the love in life, Playing Nice will show you just how hard and beautiful it is for you to see yourself, as you really are!


My Verdict: 

Quirky, realistic and beautiful, you MUST read this book!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, In This Together Media, and in no way influences my opinion*

Eleven Weeks by Lauren K. McKellar

Release Date: 01/2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Seven shots
Five siblings
Two boys
One heartbeat …

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Stacey is good at pretending.

She pretends that the boy she's in love with doesn't exist.

She pretends that she's happy to live and die in this small town.

She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend's life crumbles before her very eyes.

But Stacey's got a secret ...

And it's going to ruin everything,


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About the Crazy in Love series
The Crazy in Love series consists of three titles: The Problem With Crazy, Eleven Weeks and The Problem With Heartache.

Links to Book One – The Problem With Crazy:

About the Author
Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now. She loves books that evoke emotion, and hope hers make you feel.
Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.

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**MY REVIEW**

I got the opportunity to read Eleven Weeks and it's prequel, although they can be read as stand alones. I thought reading the prequel would better prepare me for Eleven Weeks, but instead, it was the biggest kind of spoiler. So, if you're going to read the books (which I hopefully convince you to do by the end of this) I SINCERELY suggest you start with this one, because it is, by FAR,  a better and BRILLIANT book!

I knew who Stacey was in book one, and she seemed like no one in particular, but I'm SO glad that Lauren McKellar decided to give her a voice, because I absolutely LOVED it!

As soon as the book opens, you get to know that Stacey is seen as one of those dumb blond girls; ones who are made believe that they will never break the stereotype, but you can SO clearly see that that's not who she is- she's better than who she thinks she is.

She has a secret, one that is threatening her life as she knows it, ruining her self esteem and yet, at the same time, making her grow up in ways she never thought she could. 

And then there's Michael. Every bit as swoon worthy as Meg Cabot's Michael, and maybe even a bit better! 

I'd thought of a lot of things to say about Eleven Weeks, but as it turns out, I can't describe what this book made me feel! There was something so similar about it, and yet something so wonderfully different. It was like seeing the world through the eyes of someone you would have previously taken for granted- and it was simply (Yes, I'm saying this again) BRILLIANT!

READ IT!

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NERD BLAST: Angel Torched My Homework & Other Lies by Miche Sipes




Title: An Angel Torched My Homework & Other Lies
Author: Miche Sipes
Synopsis 

Carrie Philips just wants her junior year at Clement Academy to go smoothly. Sure, it’s the first high school in the nation to integrate Norms like her with the Differents. But the Diffs are just typical teenagers with “tiny” genetic anomalies. They’re not really vampires or werewolves or angels or zombies like you see in old movies. The Diffs just have special dietary needs and some unusual abilities. They’re certainly not dangerous or anything—at least that’s what Carrie has always believed, since her dad is a doctor of Different medicine.

But when several of her fellow students are mysteriously assaulted, cracks form in Carrie’s worldview. Cracks she tries to ignore while defending her friends from anti-Diff backlash and solving the mystery of who’s really behind the attacks. Meanwhile, she’s distracted by two criminally cute guys who both seem to like her (and hate each other). Then Carrie uncovers a bombshell that could forever change how Norms and Diffs see each other. So much for a quiet school year.

"What happens when you combine vampires, angels, werewolves and zombies with normal humans? Supernatural insanity! Miche Sipes has created a clever world, filled with lovable characters, unexpected plot twists and lots of humor. I loved this book. 5 stars!" --Lynda Hilburn, author of the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series

"A refreshing, hilarious blend of every paranormal creature under the sun (or moon), heavy on the fun and light on the angst!" -- Helen Keeble, author of Fang Girl and No Angel

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Miche Sipes wrote her first play at the age of six and has been writing creatively ever since. Well, if you don’t count the occasional decade-long lapse. Miche has lived in Maryland and Florida, but now calls Colorado home. Whenever she’s not writing—or finding ingenious ways to procrastinate like ironing shoelaces or flossing her cat’s teeth—she can be found hiking in the mountains. Then again, there’s a good chance you won’t find her because she’s probably lost.

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/weirdcoloradan/

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Winner will receive a signed copy of An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes and a $25 Amazon gift card.


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BLOG TOUR: Where Dead Bodies Lie (The Body Dowser Series, #1) by Kat Cazanav


Where Dead Bodies Lie (The Body Dowser Series, #1)
Author: Kat Cazanav
Release Date: 12/16/14
Summary from Goodreads: For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules; 

Always guard my ability 
Never share my secret 
And pretend to be normal. 

However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff Cooper. As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am. My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it.




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**MY REVIEW**


Where Dead Bodies Lie. I don't know where to start, really. The book started off rather brilliantly- and I felt like it was going to be a definite five star review. A child body dowser, who says she should have predicted the things that came next; should have foreseen the events that would change her life forever, but didn't.

And the author managed to transport you out of this world and into our protagonist's with ease, all in the first chapter.

Then you're taken to the future- where she is going to a new, posh private school.. and everything goes downhill from there.

While I knew what was happening on a whole, I did NOT understand the point of these things happening. I was lost, for the most part, and while certain characters intrigued me, and managed to make my opinion go up again, I'm afraid, that at the end of the day, there were just TOO many questions unanswered, too many new ones popping up and too many characters doing things that even I would consider was too unrealistic.

I really hoped I would like it, but I didn't. I can only wish that the promise and hope and intrigue I felt in the beginning actually transpired into something more!

*Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours and the author for the opportunity to read this book.*

BLOG TOUR: The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford- Review and Giveaway


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Welcome to my tour stop for The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford. This is a YA dark fantasy and the review tour runs February 2nd-13th. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

The Witching Elm


Seventeen-year-old sorcerer Toby Corvin has one desire: to get back to Maremount, a world of talking ravens, ancient spells, and sinister bone wardens. Not only to fight a tyrannical monster, but to reunite with his girlfriend.
 There’s only one problem—he’s stuck in downtown Boston.
 After a brutal civil war forced Toby into our world, he took refuge in Mather Academy, blending in with the students in the prestigious boarding school. Sheltering in its creaky old walls, he secretly plots to save his home.
 But if anything can distract him from his mission, it’s his wild-haired and intriguing classmate Fiona. Of course, she has her own distractions with Jack: rich, mysterious, and annoyingly attractive.
 When a ghostly army from Maremount descends upon Boston, Toby and Fiona must work together, racing desperately to stop the slaughter. In the process, they face unspeakable danger while unearthing dark secrets of New England's past—a past that holds the key to saving both worlds from destruction.

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On sale Feb. 5-11th for only .99 cents! 

 About the Authors:

CN_Crawford  C.N. Crawford is not one person but two. Christine (C) grew up in the historic town of Lexington, and has a lifelong interest in New England folklore - with a particular fondness for creepy old cemeteries. Nick (N) spent his childhood reading fantasy and science fiction further north during Vermont’s long winters.
      Together they work to incorporate real historical events and figures into contemporary urban fantasy novels.

Links: 

Author site | twitter (@CN_Crawford) |facebook | pinterest


Giveaway:
1st Prize: Ring & Necklace handmade by the author
2nd prize (10 winners!): Piece of jewelry handmade by the author
Each item has a fragment of a love spell from the book. 
Open to US/CA/UK

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**MY REVIEW**

The Witching Elm had my undivided attention from sentence one. It threw you right into a mystical town, with an undefeatable, super scary villain, treachery and breaking the rules, a city about to burn and magic that includes shapeshifting!

Crazy, right? Yeah, that's what I thought!

Toby Corvin wants to get back to his city but is stuck at a boarding school in Boston. For the next few chapters after the prologue, you're introduced to all the characters, the school, until WHAM- there is a seance, with a ghost and a poem

"We wait beneath corrupted frozen ground.
Unconsecrated, tangles roots enshroud, our crumpled necks and long smothered embers,
Where the hours fly and death is lamented."

And a kickboxing champion professor that researches Toby's fictional town, and curses and death on campus, and did I mention MAGIC?

This book was EVERYTHING I expected it to be, and more! I honestly have nothing more to say other than READ IT!

This tour was organized by CBB Book Promotions.