DAY TWO: GIVEAWAY: BEST 2016 BOOK I'VE READ SO FAR!

Hello Fellow Bookworms,

I've been privy to reading some of the most anticipated releases of 2016 extremely early, and I've had almost no one to Fangirl over them with! So, I've decided that I'm going to pick my top five 2016 reads (so far), so that you guys can tell me what you think of them!

Since I'm going to do at least one more giveaway (that I have planned) this year, I'm afraid that this one is only going to be an ebook giveaway - because some of these won't be releasing in India, and importing it here and then exporting it out is ridiculously expensive, it will be financially more sound to just send you guys an ebook!

So, if you haven't heard of some of these, Goodreads them, for they're all pretty much brilliant! HAVE FUN!

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DAY ONE: GIVEAWAY: 2015's BEST FANTASY BOOKS!


Hi Guys! I realize that I've been blogging for over a year and a half, and I haven't done anything really special for all of you WONDERFUL people. So, I was sitting in my room today, and AAAAH! I had a stroke of genius! Since my Twitter and Instagram feeds have been spammed with people's best 2015 books, I decided I'd do one too!

So, welcome to DAY ONE of the LAST DAYS of 2015 GIVEAWAY! I'm going to list out my five favorite fantasy books, you enter the giveaway, and I'll give you the book you want most, along with a SWAG PACK (Including SIGNED bookmarks, postcards and badges) YAYY!

My Favorite 2015 Books (AND WHAT YOU CAN WIN):

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas:

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

5. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

I don't know what to say about any of them, expect BOOK HANGOVERRS! I loved each and every word of each and every one of them, and thanks to these five lovely ladies, I have had the best bookish year anyone can ask for:)

If you've loved these (well, of course you do) or want to give me a recommendation, or just say hi (bookish friends, YAY!) please please please do so! Have fun, and may the odds be even in your favour!

**GIVEAWAY**

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BLOG TOUR: Half In Love With Death by Emily Ross - Review, Favourite Quotes and Giveaway





Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: December 18th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Rate: 4 STARS 
Synopsis: It's the era of peace and love in the 1960s, but nothing is peaceful in Caroline's life. Since her beautiful older sister disappeared, fifteen-year-old Caroline might as well have disappeared too. She's invisible to her parents, who can't stop blaming each other. The police keep following up on leads even Caroline knows are foolish. The only one who seems to care about her is Tony, her sister's older boyfriend, who soothes Caroline's desperate heart every time he turns his magical blue eyes on her. 

Tony is convinced that the answer to Jess's disappearance is in California, the land of endless summer, among the runaways and flower children. Come with me, Tony says to Caroline, and we'll find her together. Tony is so loving, and all he cares about is bringing Jess home. And so Caroline follows, and closes a door behind her that may never open again.

Inspired by the disturbing case of Charles Schmid, ‘the Pied Piper of Tucson’, Half in Love with Death is a heartfelt thriller that never lets up.

While the title - Half in Love with Death - is extremely misleading (this is a straight up contemporary, not anything paranormal) there's something about this book that tends to strike that naive, childlike nature hidden in each of us, where we just want to believe something, even though all the evidence points in the opposite direction.

I know pretty much nothing about the 1960's, not on a social basis at least. What was the status of women? What was life like in general? And yet, despite not knowing, the very thing that stood out to me in Half in Love With Death, is the same thing that annoyed me at times. 

"We all die." She stared at me. "You can't believe everything everyone tells you."
"I don't," I said, though I wanted to believe in things like that."

Jess was the bad sister and Caroline was the good one. Jess got thrown out of boarding school in three months because she stole liquor. Jess dyed her hair blonde with no ones permission. Jess smoked, Jess drank, Jess snuck out and now, Jess is missing.

With not even a goodbye to anyone, or even a note left lying around somewhere, The rumours are that Jess got into a red car with a boy and drove away. That's it. Poof.

Caroline's life is falling apart. Her mother seems to be having an affair. Her father turns to the bottle every time things get even a little hard. Her friends are fake - tattling to her parents and copying her poems. The only person who understands her is Tony. Tony, who everybody tells her is nothing but bad news and that she should stay away from him. Tony, who Caroline has been in love with since he first started dating her missing sister. 

And together, with the boy who can apparently defy death, Caroline starts looking for clues that will lead her to her sister. That is, if her sister even wants to be found...

As I said before, while I commend Emily Ross for giving me such an authentic feel of a young, naive girl's mind, I'm not exactly in a position to judge was lifestyles were like in the 1960's, I just don't know if it should offend me, or amaze me that people were so brazen and yet not back then.

Caroline's voice is only I can only assume is authentic, and it moved me. I completely bought that she believed what she was thinking, even if it at times, I couldn't believe she was thinking it. 

At the end of the day, it's a book I would definitely recommend. 4 stars.

QUOTES: 

"You said he was boring."
"I did, but things changed. It's complicated for us. You can't expect me to not feel what I feel just because of what you feel. That wouldn't be fair, would it?"

Reaction: Um, Wow. Do you say that to your friends. Really?

"Remember I told you that the you were as pretty as May?" he finally said. "The only thing she has over you is her hair." he leaned close. "I'm going to let you in on a little secret. If you dye your hair blonde, you'll get Billy back."

"Tony's an expert at hair dyeing," she said. "He likes his girls to look a certain way."

Reaction: Just a slight comment to you, Tony: We girls aren't here to 'look a certain way' for you. Suck it up. What you want doesn't really matter, so don't go around changing what girls look like just so you can jack off more.

"The thing is, once you don't fear death, it loses its power over you. You live life differently."

Reaction: I guess...
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Emily Ross's YA mystery/thriller HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH is forthcoming from Merit Press(12/2015). She received a 2014 MCC Artist Fellowship finalist award for fiction, and is a graduate of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program. When not writing she works as a web developer and is the mother of two millennials. Find out more at http://www.emilyrosswrites.com/ or https://twitter.com/emilyross816.





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BLOG TOUR: The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez- Review and Giveaway


The Secrets We Kept 
Author: Lily Velez
Publication Date: November 8th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis: One year. That’s how long it’s been since childhood sweethearts Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson broke up, since one adoption and one out-of-state move turned their worlds upside down.

Suddenly, Cadence is back in New York City, but something’s different about her. The light in her eyes, the music in her laughter, the warmth in her smile—all of those things have entirely vanished. In their place stand the makings of a girl Sully can’t even begin to recognize, much less understand.
Still, despite the collective history of heartbreak between them, he’s convinced he can win her trust again, and he’s committed to proving the invincibility of their love no matter what it takes.

But Cadence is quietly harboring secrets of her own. Dark secrets. Ugly secrets. Secrets that could break a person. And though broken herself and unbearably lonely, she’s determined to protect Sully from her terrible, biting truths. Even if it means locking him out of her life forever.

The only problem is it seems her heart hasn’t quite received the memo. One glimpse of him is all it takes for her to trip into familiar (and, she’ll admit, addictive) feelings that threaten to all but consume her. Now her biggest fear is that her secrets will begin to slowly unravel one by one…long before Sully’s resolve ever does.

The Secrets We Kept is a moving story about first love, friendship, and forgiveness, and the enduring bonds that forever connect us and give us our strength.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping. You can learn more about Lily and her books at www.lilyvelezbooks.com.

Lily's debut young adult novel, The Secrets We Kept, released on November 8, 2015.


**MY REVIEW** 

I don't really know what to say, except The Secrets we Kept is one of those books - one that you just have to read to experience. I am going to not give anything away in this review because it should be read without any spoilers to really understand this story. This book had a set of star crossed lovers, depression, death, and, strangely enough, a new take on the foster system.

With scene's from Sully and Cadence's past, that gave us insight into their present, The Secrets we Kept was a SO much better book than I expected it to be (which was way too serious/ intense, as stated in various goodreads reviews). The very depiction of the foster system was gut wrenching and even through that, they manage to find love, which was like the quote: light can be found in the darkest places, if only one remembers to turn on the light.. 


Fate brings Cadence and Sully together again, after a year, but things are different; Cadence is different. Cadence can't bear getting hurt again. But love is a powerful thing, both good and bad, and with the power to make you or break you, and Cadence isn't ready for the latter...

I promise you, this book will break your heart just as much as TFIOS or like losing a friend. The story is written so brilliantly, it lets you feel every word; every emotion that the characters feel. READ IT!

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Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 25th 2010
Part of A Series?: Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: I Bought It!

Blurb Description: With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I StayBefore I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.


**MY REVIEW**


If you knew you had one day left to live, what would you do? Would you be desperate to live to see a new tomorrow? Would you try to make sense of the chaos your life is in? Or would you do the things you never thought you could do?

Welcome to Samantha Kingston’s life. Everything is picture perfect- the popular girl with all the friends and wannabe friends and the boyfriend. The respect, the fear, the awe from her peers, her harmless jokes with her friends- I mean, who could it possibly harm, right?

Wrong.

In a car crash one night, only to wake up the next all fine- with one catch. She didn’t wake up in tomorrow, but in yesterday! And nobody, except her, is any wiser.

What would you do? Would you kiss someone? Would you bungee jump off a cliff? Would you stalk someone? Spend quality time with your family? Or would you just wait for this nightmare to end?

When I flipped open Before I Fall, I expected what anyone would expect from a NYT Bestseller- and Before I Fall delivered! It was the little things, really, that made me fall in love with this book- the small acts that Samantha did to help others; the way she saw how all actions have consequences, and that even the smallest act of kindness could go a long way. It was brilliantly written, gritty, deep and compassionate.


I couldn’t give it a higher recommendation!

Review: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Title: Lobsters
Author: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: June 5th 2014
Part of A Series?: Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Guardian Children's Books

Blurb Description: Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.


**MY REVIEW**

“For, in the end, it all boils down to love…”

For Hannah, this summer, the summer between everything she knew and everything that is going to be is all about one thing: Finding her Lobster. Finding The One. For, you see, lobsters mate for life, and that’s exactly what Hannah wants, what many of us want! Okay, well, not just one, but someone special. Someone she can call hers.

And then she does, find someone that is- someone different, someone sweet, someone who likes hot Ribena (yes, it really is a thing) - rather briefly, and in a toilet and loses him just as quickly. With her best friends since literally forever- Stella, Tilly and Grace- they set off on a mission to locate Toilet Boy…

For Sam, life seems pretty bleak. After messing up on his French A- Level that may just cause him to lose his place at Cambridge and getting dumped by his girlfriend, there is not too much to look forward too. That is, until he meets this mysterious pretty girl in a toilet that he doesn’t feel the need to be ‘cool’ around, and then loses her, to some guy in a waistcoat…

It all seems rather silly to tell his mates- Chris, Robin and Ben- but the connection lingers on. in his mind, and unwittingly, in his heart.

For Sannah (yes, Sam and Hannah!) are going to learn that nothing is easy in the world we live in, especially not love. Especially when this love is based on a five minute conversation in a bathroom. Especially when we have our self- created social misunderstandings to navigate through. However, all we have to do is believe, that it will all boil down to love!   
Lobsters in a fun, light read that highlights what each and every teenager goes through today- social awkwardness, peer pressure, understanding yourself and the need to find someone that wants to as well! From London, to Greece to a crazy music festival, here is a love story that may not be perfect, but is most definitely real!

I couldn’t say I had any major problems while reading it, but, there were a few times- just once or twice- where I felt that the tale was just dragging along, especially in the end. Moreover, the book is told entirely in British/ European slang, and being from India, I felt a little confused and weirded out at times. These are all, however, minor problems and didn’t keep me from enjoying it!

I would recommend Lobsters mostly to older teens, due to the content, or anyone who wants a light read that will leave you smiling and thinking about life and what we go through to find our Lobster!




A Sweet & Spicy Holiday with Tara Taylor Quinn + Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

A Sweet & Spicy Holiday with Tara Taylor Quinn

Tara has shared some fabulous holiday recipes along with her holiday Superromance books in conjunction with Harlequin's A Sweet & Spicy Holiday.

If you missed any of the stops or recipes, go back and check them out now and see a final TTQ recipe below...

December 7th: Launch - Holiday Message & Party Casserole


I love it that Christmas helps us tap into the heart of ourselves. It reminds us of our softer sides. It is my prayer and my hope that this year, we can all grasp hold of that softer side. Hang on to it and bring it with us into the new year – not packed away with the Christmas decorations to be brought out again next December. But open, out, active, a part of our days and nights, our relationships and our choices, throughout the entire year.

December 8th: Cherry Mischievous - Merry Christmas, Babies & TTQ Cucumber and Onion Wrap


I learned an important lesson from Elise Richardson. I don’t have to settle. This holiday season, my gift to you is the challenge to ask yourself for more. And then to be there to deliver. And next year we can check back in with each other to see what we’ve accomplished!

I made this recipe up and it has become a requested favorite for us and our guests. My husband's mother used to make him a cucumber, onion and vinegar side dish. Sadly, I never had hers, but didn't like the rendition of it I tried. So I set out to create something that filled the void for him, but that I liked as well. This was the end result and he loves it!!



December 9th: Brooke Blogs - Excerpt from The Holiday Visitor & Golden Tassies
Dear Candy,
It’s going to be a hard Christmas for both of us. Would that I could send a hug through a letter, my sweet friend, for you would surely have one now and anytime you opened an envelope from me.

This is my mother’s signature Christmas cookie recipe. She’s made these every year of my whole life, and at 78 continues to do so!

December 10th: Book Munchies - The Heart of Christmas & Chocolate Pixies

The Heart of Christmas. I wrote this book many years ago. I just sat down to tell a story. The idea had come to me. I’d sold it to Harlequin. And, as I do with all of my books, I sat down, listened to the voices in my head, and typed. I had no idea I was creating something that would speak to hearts years into the future. But it continues to do so.
This is my all-time favorite cookie recipe. I started making it with my mom and aunt when I was a kid. I still use that original recipe card which has so many smudges on it now, fingerprints from all these years of loving and baking, that I can’t even read it all. Nor do I need to, but I pull it out every year anyway. I have it on the counter with me as I bake. I look at the chocolate and butter fingerprints and get full before I’ve even taken a bite.


Book Blitz: House of Royals by Keary Taylor (House of Royals, #1)- Excerpt & Giveaway


House of Royals by Keary Taylor (House of Royals, #1)
Publication date: June 21st 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Blurb Description: If you loved BRANDED, you won’t want to miss HOUSE OF ROYALS, Keary Taylor’s newest dark, romantic read.
Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.
Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.
Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.
In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…
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Malibu Secrets by MK. Meredith- Review, Interview & GIVEAWAY

Title: Malibu Secrets (Malibu Sights, #2)
Author: MK Meredith
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Indulgence
Publication Date: December 14th 2015
Part of A Series?: Yes, but can be read as a Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: NetGalley (Invited by the Publisher)

Blurb Description: On the verge of losing the Malibu home she inherited from her great-aunt, Addi Dekker is completely failing to prove to her family she can make it as a writer. Not exactly how a girl proves her independence. If she doesn’t want to give up her dream and go back to the soul-sucking job she just left, Addi has to swallow her dislike of Hollywood and rent the house out to the sexy-as-hell film producer. 

And maybe (shhhh!) save money by secretly living there, too.

Roque Gallagher is pouring his heart and savings into his first independent film to make the industry acknowledge him for his talent and not just his family name. Addi’s home is perfect for the shoot, but she’s far too tempting. He’s never been able to handle work and a relationship, and this is the film of a lifetime. Between a shrinking budget and his director quitting, the last thing he needs is a sexy-as-sin tease like Addi. And he has a feeling there's something she's hiding...
 


**INTERVIEW**
We'd Love to get to know more about you:

1.Top Five Romantic Novels:
Ohhhhh! This is such a hard question to answer because I love romance which means I love so many!! But if I have to choose 5, I will choose 5 that when I think back really stuck with me for one reason or another.

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare – this book sold the whole series to me!

The Villa by Nora Roberts – I found the atmosphere so intriguing and romantic. And I love wine! Ha!

What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander – I don’t’ think any romance has ever made me laugh so hard!

Dangerous by Amanda Quick – Prudence won me over immediately. And I love reading about London in the time of the Ton

And the fifth book that I’m thinking of I can’t remember the title or author! Aaack! But it has always stuck with me. I hate when that happens, but I’m horrible at remembering. The good thing is I have her books, the bad thing is that since we’re only in the house we are renting temporarily, they are packed away! But…the story is set in Australia and the title is a play off of treating dating like training a dog. LOL! So cute. This author writes fast and flirty reads that entertain me from beginning to end. If I find the book I’m thinking of, I’ll leave the name in the comments!


2.     Weirdest Thing You've Ever Done: I had my lips tattooed. My lips have always been very pale so I thought having them tattooed would brighten up my face a little. BUT…lips are so sensitive! And even though the artist had a dentist husband who could administer novacane…HOLY CRAP…did it hurt. Also…lips exfoliate so much that it fades after a few years so now my lips are back to their original paleness. LOL! Not going back any time soon!

3. This Or That:
-- Hardbacks or Paperbacks: Paperbacks. Hardbacks are so heavy that my arms get tired. LOL! And with paperbacks I can still collect my favorite authors. They’re also less expensive but still allow me to smell the divine scent of paper.
 -- India or China: India – There is rich beauty and history in both countries, but India…*sigh*…all the color, the traditions, the romance!
 -- Spoons or Forks: Forks! I can eat way more things with a fork, and if I’m eating soup I can simply drink from the bowl.

And now, onto your masterpiece:

4. Tell us a little about Malibu Secrets and the world your characters live in:

My heroine has been coddled her whole life even though she’s chasing down 30. Determined to prove to her family that she can make it on her own, she comes up with a plan to save her home which is facing foreclosure…and ends up in all kinds of trouble! She’s impulsive and a dreamer and, of course, gets it all wrong! LOL!
She decides to rent her home to a sexy producer in order to come up with the money but still falls a little short. So to make up for the difference, she still lives there under his nose and pockets the hotel per diem until she’s saved enough. After all, in her experience, Hollywood was full of spendthrifts and would throw thousands on just the right bonbons for its latest super stars, so they wouldn’t notice her little stunt. But she eventually finds out the producer she’s now fallen in love with had been footing the bill all along. And there’s no way he’s going to forgive her for keeping such a secret.
The series is all about thirty somethings trying to make it in the film industry and love all while surrounded by the beautiful paradise that is Malibu, Ca.

5. As a writer, what is the greatest challenge you face?

Hmmmmmm….I think my biggest challenge is balancing my time with my children and being healthy while writing. After dealing with breast cancer earlier this year I have to make sure I exercise daily. And I love being a mom…but if I don’t write, readers can’t read my stories. So finding a productive balance is key! Cause I LOVE being a mom. So I want to do it right and be here a long time in order to do it. J

My other challenge is writing romance that is real and unique in a world full of prolific and talented writers. I want to make people feel, take them on a journey, and give them strong characters to connect with. But we aren’t strong right from the beginning. That comes from growth and learning, so I really love the story to show that. They make bad decisions, they drive us crazy, but they break through in the end.

6. If you could meet your star crossed lovers, what one piece of advice would you give each of them?

I would tell Addi to think things through. She’s so impulsive and so determined to prove herself that she gets into big trouble.
 I would tell Roque that it wasn’t fair to hold those around him to the standards he has for himself. That only sets the ones he loves up to fail.


**MY REVIEW**

I don’t usually read New Adult books, but, once in a while, there are these books that come along, and I usually have his inextinguishable urge to read them – and M.K.Meredith’s Malibu Secrets was one of these books!

Spoilt younger sister. Determined to make it on his own Hollywood Producer. Wannabe writer. Almost there producer. One House. One Movie. Money, Family, Love and Malibu. Sounds like the perfect set up, right?

Well, it really was. Malibu Secrets was this perfect, short, sexy read. Addison and Roque were both extremely headstrong, extremely determined to do their own thing in their own way, and perfect for each other while being quite oblivious to it. I loved their families, I loved the best friend, and the sister, and I really loved that ending. 

Actually what I really loved was the concept of everything – how it all sounded on paper. And yet, the execution itself could have been so much better. There could have been more chemistry, more Hollywood backstabbing, more hurt, more family, more sisterhood bonding, more maturing – just more everything. Everything, even the problems seems so carefully crafted, the people so perfect and their flaws so fixable, which isn’t how all of this actually works; which isn’t how life, or people work.

I really did like the book – I wished that even in Hollywood, things were more real than what I got. It was a good read nonetheless. 

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REVIEW: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Title: Faking Perfect 
Author: Rebecca Phillips 
Publisher: Kensington Pubishing
Publication Date: June 30th 2015
Part of A Series?: No - Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: NetGalley

Blurb Description: “Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick

When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

**MY REVIEW** 

Screw Up Girl, hooking up with resident bad boy, who specialises in all things no strings attached while is not so secretly in love the good boy who she knows won't tolerate the bad boy one bit.

But now that she's finally got the good, golden, perfect guy, the bad boy has already fallen hard! Add in a mom who cares about sleazy boyfriends more than her daughter and an absentee drug addict father, Faking Perfect has the workings of a pretty good contemporary!

And yet, I could use only one word to describe what I felt through the whole book: nothing. The writing was so detached, I should say- with no exaggeration or emotion, even though all the elements for a good book were there, there was nothing I felt. 

I did finish the book, but I feel like I must elaborate. Her mother doesn't care about a thing she does? And rather than feeling anything, or even holding some sort of grudge, she simply accepted it. No feelings involved. Her new 'perfect' friends. That was a concept I didn't get AT ALL! She knows, she knows that they're not really her friends, that she's someone completely different around them, that they think she's some screw up and they're always judging her, but she doesn't care. She even calls what she's doing a facade, but she keeps at it. But even that is talked about as if it's nothing. 

And then she starts dating the golden boy. And then she KNOWS that he's controlling, that he's pitting her against her best friend, and that its all an act with him and the kisses done make her feel anything, but keeps at it. I mean, if you know, then why are you still there?

Overall, a book I wouldn't really recommend. 3 stars.

Cover Reveal: Kiss A Bell series by Cecilia Gray + GIVEAWAY


Welcome to the cover reveal of the Kiss A Bell series by Cecilia Gray! The Kiss a Bell series are regency romances and release in February.

 A brand new series from the author of The Gentlemen Next Door, praised for being a "delightful Regency romp… in the spirit of Georgette Heyer."

THE KISS A BELLE SERIES

Five supportive sisters.
Five friendly gentlemen.
Five stolen kisses.
Everyone has kissed someone, but who has kissed whom?
Secrets of the past will become very much present as arrangements are made and proposals fly in this charming, Regency-style series.

While all of the stories can be enjoyed as standalones, you may want to read them all. Books 1–3 occur concurrently and can be read in any order; Books 4 and 5 follow respectively. 

REVIEW: Nexis (Tricksters, #1) by A.L.Davroe

Title: Nexis (Tricksters, #1)
Author: A.L.Davroe
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Teen
Publication Date: December 1st 2015
Part of A Series?: Yes 
I Got A Copy Through: NetGalley 

Blurb Description: In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.

**MY REVIEW**

The world as we know today is gone. Humans with imperfections are a thing of the past. Machines that needed human help to function have been coded out of existence. And the best and brightest of humanity have been chosen to live in Domes - to safeguard their existence, and to protect them from the Disfavoured.

The Aristocrats are the definition of perfection. Hair, eyes, body shape, and even their voices and laughs can be Modified and Altered. Babies can be Customized, making them perfect from the minute they're born, clothes are made of the finest materials, parties are only ever thrown in the grandest manner, and citizens are kept in line through their G-Chips.

The thing with humans, though, is that we are never happy with what we have. And the Aristocrats? Nothing they do is for love, but more for standing in society. And then Warren Drexel creates Nexis. A virtual reality game of the world we lost, designed to give everyone anything they desire. 

Nexis is the new IT thing - what all Aristocrats must have; what they must succeed at. Exempt for the creator's daughter, Ellani Drexel, who resents the game because her father loves it more than her.

Until her father dies in a freak accident, and the last thing Natural Ellani told him was that she hated him, and all that's her of the last of her family is a game she thought she would never get into.

In Nexis, Ellani finds herself living a more real life than the one she was living back in the Real World. With Nadine, Morden, Opus and Gus, the Tricksters, Ellani finds herself on a quest to enter the mysterious Anansi Chamber, and falling in love with a boy she can't ever have, all while her state appointed guardian is faking her death, denying her prosthetic legs and keeping her under lock and key - a futuristic Cinderella. 

But Ellani is just one piece is a very dangerous game, one that is both real and not...

A little into reading Nexis, I though that this book would be one I hated, or this series would be one that I didn't particularly want to follow through until the end, but Nexis and A.L.Davroe proved me wrong on all counts - Nexis was a BRILLIANT book, be it the writing, execution, storyline, twists, characters and even the love story- it was absolutely mind blowing, and I can't wait to recommend it to everyone I know.

I don't know why I loved it, I just did. And by loved it , I mean I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED it, so much so that I finished it in one sitting in lieu of studying for an exam that was just the next day- and I didn't event feel guilty about it! I can't explain why I loved it, but I did. Even if you think gaming books are not for you, or that the description sounds way too sci-fi for you, or too out there - Nexis isn't actually like that. It's written for all YA readers, and whoever you are, I assure you that you will have the time of your life reading this masterpiece.

I have just one question: WHEN IS BOOK TWO COMING?! And is there a paperback I can get my hands on?

The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid - Review, Interview and GIVEAWAY

I'm SUPER SUPER excited to have the brilliant Stacy Reid here with us at A Thousand Words A Million Books today. Scroll down for an interview, my review of Royal Conquest AND an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!

Title: Royal Conquest
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: November 30th 2015
Part of A Series?: Yes (But can be read as Standalones)
I Got A Copy Through: The Publisher via NetGalley

Blurb Description: His dark seduction will be her undoing…

After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare. 

Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he’s a prince…


**INTERVIEW** 

We'd LOVE to know more about you: 


Top Five Romantic Novels:

Wow...this is a pretty hard question. I love so many books.  Some of my all time favorites are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Almost Heaven by Judith Mcnaught, Kingdom of Dreams by Judith Mcnaught, Dreaming of you by Lisa Kleypas, and A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

The Cheesiest Pick-Up Line you've ever been fed: The ‘You must be an angel’ line, I have heard it so many times.

This Or That:

-- Spaghetti or Lasagnadefinitely Lasagna!
-- Cheerleaders or GeeksGeeks!
-- Apple or GoogleApple.

And now, onto your masterpiece:

4. Tell us a little about Royal Conquest, about Mikhail and Payton, and the world they live in:

 The Royal Conquest is the fourth book in my Scandalous House of Calydon series. Our hero and heroine, Mikhail and Payton, found love with each other unexpectedly and must find the strength to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of their happy ever after. Miss Payton Peppiwell's family is adamant she marries a titled man, but she is desperate for an ordinary life after being cruelly jilted by a lord. She meets Mikhail in an unexpected and very scandalous encounter in the country, and is intrigued with him. The only hitch is that unknowingly to Payton he is a Russian prince and an English Duke pretending to be ordinary!  Mikhail himself is drawn to Payton, but fears falling for her because he abhors the intimacy of touch.  Their journey to love is raw and gritty, but they do get their very delicious happy ending.

5. What inspires you to write historical romance? Have you tried your hand at anything else?

I’ve always loved reading historical romances. Initially when I started my writing career I’d believed I would only write paranormal and fantasy romances. In researching publishers I discovered Entangled Publishing. I very much wanted to write for them, but at the time they were more interested in Historical romances (HR). And it was a call for submission they sent out that made me questioned if I could write in the genre. Because I enjoyed reading HR so much, I decided to try my hand at writing a series, and discovered I loved writing historicals as much as I loved paranormal fantasy.  Now they are the two main genres I write in, and I have books published in both!

6. If you could meet your star crossed lovers, what one piece of advice would you give each of them?


Ha! Stop questioning the lust and love they are feeling for each other because they have only known each other for a week! I met and fell in love with my hubby in 6 days and we have been together now for fifteen wild and blissful years ;)

**REVIEW**

I’m not usually into New Adult books, and even when I do read them, I always feel like they somehow manage to form a story without any actual story. Like the characters who were apparently so fixed on being someone, meet this supposedly perfect other person, and then all of the things that made them who they were suddenly don’t matter anymore.  

That’s not how it works, right?

So, the first thing I noticed about The Royal Conquest was that Payton, our protagonist, wasn’t like one of those heroines. She knew what she wanted and who she was, and even in the face of that oh-so-great love, she wasn’t willing to give it up. Which just made me like her more than I already did – for Payton was this girl who used to care about what people thought about her; was someone who craved to be accepted, and has now realized that she doesn’t need approval, or acceptance from a bunch of fake people. Which, for a girl in the Victorian Era, is saying a lot. Go Rebel Payton!

In any case, I liked Royal Conquest – but I don’t have all that much to say about it, except for these two things:

1. That Almost Insta Love – look, I get it, okay? There are these times when you might look at someone, and well, feel that irrational crazy love like feeling, but this one? It felt a little awkward, the encounters way too staged. I’d have love a little more spontaneity, and not the sexual kind.
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2. Mikhail’s past was a brilliant twist. I figured it out early on, but I kept hoping that it would be explored more. I mean, *SPOILER* being held captive by a Madam for months is something life altering, and while I kept reading about how it had changed him, and how he couldn’t allow her or anyone else to touch him, I just didn’t feel it. And then, right before that finale, we get an even grittier insight into the story, but that’s all. Just a para on one page.


It was a good book, but nothing about it made it stand out as exceptional – 3.5 Stars.  

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