29 May 2015

{25 Things You Might Not Know About}

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 May 2015 at 12:30 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!

I am really excited to be participating in THE WRATH & THE DAWN blog tour for Renee Ahdieh! While here be sure to check out my 5 Star Review of this amazing novel!

 Renee has graciously agreed to participate in one of my favorite features, 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me! Don't miss the AMAZING giveaway at the end of the post either!!

ABOUT THE BOOK


THE WRATH AND THE DAWN
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: GP Putnam and Sons

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

25 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

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One winner will get a hardcover copy of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and 3 Silk Scarves.




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TOUR SCHEDULE

The Young Folks – Guest post - May 11
Two Chicks on Books – interview - May 12
Once Upon a Twilight – interview – May 13
Addicted Readers – review – May 14
Fangirlish – review – May 15


The Eater of Books! – Top 10 list – May 18
Love is not a triangle – guest post – May 19
Mostly YA Book Obsessed – character profiles/Where I See Fashion – May 20
Gone with the Words – interview – May 21
Fiktshun – review - May 22

Read.Breathe.Relax. – interview – May 25
The Daily Quirk – review – May 26
The Irish Banana – Would You Rather? – May 27
No BS Book Reviews – review – May 28
Me, My Shelf and I – 25 Random Things – May 29

26 May 2015

{Release Day Celebration} The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry

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Happy book birthday Pagan Jones and Nina Berry! I'm so excited to be able to be apart of this day with you and all the other wonderful bloggers celebrating along with us!

About The Book

Disgraced movie starlet Pagan must overcome her personal demons and the East German army to save the people she loves.

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THE NORTORIOS PAGAN JONES
Author: Nina Berry
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 400
Genre: Historical Young Adult Fiction

Pagan Jones went from America's sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she's stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guilt—not to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.
 
But all of that is about to change. Pagan's old agent shows up with a mysterious studio executive, Devin Black, and an offer. Pagan will be released from juvenile detention if she accepts a juicy role in a comedy directed by award-winning director Bennie Wexler. The shoot starts in West Berlin in just three days. If Pagan's going to do it, she has to decide fast—and she has to agree to a court-appointed "guardian," the handsome yet infuriating Devin, who's too young, too smooth and too sophisticated to be some studio flack.

The offer's too good to be true, Berlin's in turmoil and Devin Black knows way too much about her—there's definitely something fishy going on. But if anyone can take on a divided city, a scheming guardian and the criticism of a world that once adored her, it's the notorious Pagan Jones. What could go wrong?

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{Book Review} Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:13 AM | | | Be the first to comment!

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Beautiful Sacrifice
Maddox Brothers #3
Author: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: May 31st, 2015
Rating: 3.5-4 Birds

Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.
The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.
Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.

If you read my review of BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION Maddox Brothers #2, you'll remember that I commented on the similar plot lines and how I was anxious to see book 3 to find out of this was done on purpose, or just a fluke.

It's on purpose. Or at least it really, really looks like it is because there's no way Jamie McGuire isn't aware that all the Maddox Bro books follow the same pattern.  

If you love Jamie, and would read anything she wrote including her grocery list – you're going to need this and likely won't give two craps that it's the same story over and over. However, if you, like me were worried and even a bit disappointed in the similarities in the past 2 books, you might not be super thrilled with this one because we get the same: Girls POV. Girl reluctant to the charms of the hardened and good-looking Maddox brother. Maddox brother fights for her though she doesn't want it. Brooding ensues. The whole Maddox brother protecting the girl happens and then the girl gives in admitting she cares for him. The relationship goes well for a bit, then RAOD BUMP, and they make it through together overcoming and in love.

I have to say that I was really hoping for more in this installment, though I did like Taylor and Falyn WAY better than Trent and Liis from the book previous to this one. In fact, next to Abby and Travis – Taylor and Falyn are my overall second. Their story feels a little more fresh, a bit more believable, and since all the book happen at the same time the way the connect is a bonus. I would be lying if I didn't say that I cried….more than once. More than twice in fact. Pretty sure I cried a half dozen times. McGuire always makes me cry the cry you want when you're really invested in a book. She never lets you down there.

Though McGuire has the ability to pull at my emotions, I'm really holding out for the final Maddox Brothers book that it might have a bit of a different pattern. It's not that I don't like the books, or the pattern -  but it's just worn thin…4 books in a row is pushing it. And honestly it's just not probable that all the brothers found their girls pretty much the same way (meaning "against-all-odds") during the same time frame. I know, I know it's fiction – but all good fiction is based a bit reality…

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25 May 2015

{MMSAI Tours Presents} The Memory Painter Blog Tour

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 May 2015 at 11:47 PM | | | 1 Comment so far

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Nope, you are not seeing double! THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack has gotten so much love here on MMSAI Tours, they have decided to do one more tour!! This one will last 5 days, but have a total of 7 stops.

Books will be available in physical format (US Only) and NetGalley via private link.
Sign Ups Close on June 5th

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About The Book

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THE MEMORY PAINTER
Author: Gwendolyn Womack
Release Date: 4/28/15
Publisher Picador

What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives?

What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love?

What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?

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{Watch: Suspect #1–Ava}The Good Girls by Sara Shepard + Giveaway

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 6:23 PM | | | | 3 Comments so far

I'm really excited to be kicking off a 5 day tour that will feature THE GOOD GIRLS (The Perfectionist) by Sara Shepard and all sorts of fun goodies like a video interview with Suspect #1 – Ava and a giveaway!!!

About The Book

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THE GOOD GIRLS
The Perfectionists #2
Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: June 2, 2015  |Publisher: HarperTeen
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From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes the shocking sequel to The Perfectionists—with an ending you'll have to read to believe!

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn't actually go through with it. It's just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn't the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they're being framed. Or are they about to become the killer's next targets?

Suspect # 1 Ava

 

About The Author

SaraShepardFor as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

www.sarashepard.com | @sarabooks

Giveaway

One winner will get finished copies of THE PERFECTIONISTS and THE GOOD GIRLS
(Ships in US Only | Must be 13+ To Enter)

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Coming Next…..

May 25 Me, My Shelf and I | Ava

May 26 Once Upon A Twilight | Caitlin

May 27 Fiktshun | Julie

May 28 Novel Novice | Mackenzie

May 29 Fictitious Delicious | Parker

{Spotlight} The Balance Projuect

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 2:48 PM | | | Be the first to comment!

About The Book

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The Balance Project
Author: Susie Orman Schnall
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: SparkPress

Katherine Whitney has it all. She’s married, has two daughters, is the COO of Green Goddess & Co., a multi-billion dollar health and wellness lifestyle company, and with the release of her book on work-life balance, she is not only a media darling but she is a hero to working moms everywhere. In reality, though, Katherine’s life is starting to fall apart, and her loyal assistant Lucy Cooper is the one holding most things together. But when Katherine does something unthinkable to Lucy, Lucy is faced with a difficult decision. Will she choose to change Katherine’s life forever or continue being her main champion. Her decision could change the trajectory of both of their lives. The BalanceProject is a story of loyalty, choices, and most of all balance as it explores the hot-button issue that all women struggle with.

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About The Author

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Hi! Thanks for visiting me on Goodreads. Here's a little bit about me...
I'm the author of ON GRACE (SparkPress 2014), my debut novel about fidelity, friendship, and finding yourself. My second novel, THE BALANCE PROJECT: A NOVEL will be published in April, 2015 by Spark Press. See the blog or www.susieschnall.com for more info.

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