Friday, January 31, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Before You by Amber Hart

Before You
by Amber Hart
Release Date: July 29th, 2014


Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely. 

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

What other authors had to say:

 "Beautiful and evocative!" ~New York Times Bestselling author Sophie Jordan

"Fresh and unique...will hook and hold you." ~Bestselling author K.A. Tucker



My closet is a place of secrets.
This is where I change into Her, the girl everybody knows as me. Searching through hanger after hanger of neatly pressed clothes, I find the outfit I’m looking for. A black knee-length pleated skirt, a loose-fitting white top, and two-inch wedge shoes. Looking good at school is a must. Not that I do it for me. It’s more for my dad’s reputation. I have to play the part.
I am stuffed into a borrowed frame. One that fits too tightly. One that couldn’t possibly capture the real me.
“Faith,” my stepmom calls. “Are you joining us for breakfast?”
There is no time. “No,” I reply, my voice carrying downstairs.
I quickly dress for school, catching my reflection in the closet door mirror. Waking sun shines off my hair, highlighting a few strands brighter than the rest. Everybody has a favorite body part. Mine is my hair, which is thefiery-brown of autumn leaves. My best friend, Melissa, swears my eyes are my best asset.  Ivy-green, deep-set, haunting. Like they go on forever.
Speaking of Melissa, her horn blares outside. Beep, beep, pause, beep. That’s our code. I race downstairs, passing my dad, stepmom, and little sister on the way out.
“Wait,” Dad says.
I sigh. “Yes, Dad?”
He glances at my outfit, pausing at my shoes. If it were up to Dad, I would wear turtleneck shirts and dress pants with lace-up boots forever. The perfect ensemble, it seems. As it is, I dress conservatively to protect his image. I’m eighteen. You’d think he’d stop cringing every time he saw me in anything that showed the least bit of skin.
“Hug,” he says, waving me over.
I hug him. Place a kiss on my five-year-old sister’s jelly-covered cheek. Then, grab a napkin to wipe the sticky jelly from my lips.
“Bye, Gracie,” I say to her. “See you after school.”
She waves a small hand at me and smiles.
“Take this.” Susan, my stepmom, hands me a bagel even though I already declined breakfast. It’s poppy seed. I’m allergic to poppy seed.
As usual, I don’t put up a fight. My frame feels especially uncomfortable at the moment. It’s always the same thing. I learned early on that it’s easier to go with the flow than to be different. Different is bad. Standing out attracts attention, something I try to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, being the dance captain makes that more difficult.  
“Have to go,” I say, shoving the bagel in my bag.
The screen door swings shut behind me.
Melissa waits in my driveway. We live in a modest, yellow-paneled house in Oviedo, Florida. The majority of the people here are middle class. We fit in well.
“What’s up?” Melissa smiles. “Took you long enough.”
“Yeah, well, you try waking up late and still looking as good as I do,” I joke.
Melissa whips her blond hair into a ponytail and puts her red Camaro in reverse, careful not to hit my Jeep on the way out. I have my own car, but since Melissa lives three doors down, we have a deal where we alternate driving to school. She takes the first month; I take the second, and so on. Saves gas.
“You look smokin’,” Melissa says, lighting a cigarette.
I roll my eyes.
She’s always hated the way I dress.
Melissa laughs. “Okay, true, the clothes need to go. But your hair and makeup are flawless. And no matter what you wear, you still look beautiful.”  
“Thanks, you too,” I say, eyeing her tight jeans and sequined top. Melissa is effortlessly beautiful with her sun-freckled face and athletic build.
“Prediction,” Melissa begins. This is something we have done since ninth grade: predict three things that will happen during the year. “Tracy Ram will try to overthrow you as dance captain, once again, but you’ll keep your spot, of course, ’cause you rock. You’ll quit dressing like an eighty-year-old and finally wear what you want to wear instead of what society dictates is appropriate for a pastor’s daughter. And you’ll come to your senses and dump Jason Magg for a hot new boy.”
Melissa always predicts that I’ll dump Jason, has done since Jason and I began dating freshman year. It’s not that she doesn’t like him. It’s just that she thinks my life is too bland, like the taste of celery. What’s the point, she figures.
“First of all, I do not dress like the elderly,” I say. “And second, I don’t know what you have against Jason. He treats me nicely. It’s not like he’s a jerk.”
“It’s not like he’s exciting, either,” Melissa says.
She’s right. What I have with Jason is comfortable, nice even, but excitement left a long time ago.
“Prediction,” I say, turning to Melissa. “You will not be able to quit bugging me about dumping Jason, even though last year you swore you would. Despite your doubts, you will pass senior calculus. And you’re going to win homecoming.”
Melissa shakes her head. “No way. Homecoming is all you, girl.”
I groan. “But I don’t want to win.”
Melissa laughs. “Tracy Ram would have a heart attack if she ever heard you say that.”
“Great,” I say. “Let her win homecoming.”
We grin. Melissa and I have been friends since kindergarten. Memories come to me suddenly. I’m in elementary school, and it’s sleepover night at Melissa’s. In my overnight bag, I carry a small stuffed bunny, my steadfast companion since forever. People would laugh if they knew, me carrying around a stuffed baby toy, but Melissa never tells. Fast forward to middle school. The braces on Melissa’s teeth are still so new that the silver catches the light from the fluorescent fixtures when she smiles. The headgear is huge, cumbersome, and no one lets her forget it. But I relentlessly defend my friend. She’s so beautiful, can’t they see? Sometimes I leave flowers stolen from a neighbor’s rose bush at her locker when no one is looking. That way people will know that she is loved. High school. Melissa and me, same as always.
“What do you want to bet?” Melissa asks.
Whoever gets the most predictions right wins.
“Hmm,” I say. “If I win, you have to quit smoking.”
Melissa almost chokes. “Pulling out the big guns, are we? Okay, then. If I win, you have to break up with Jason.”
“Deal,” I say, knowing that she won’t win. She never does.
Melissa purses her lips and gives me the stink eye. She knows I have a better chance.
“Faith, I will find a way to break you out of your mold,” she says.
I laugh, partially because of the determination in my friend’s eyes, but mostly because of the absurdity of her statement. Everybody knows that girls like me never break free.

About the Author:

Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family and animals including, but not limited to, bulldogs, a cat, and dragons. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, ECHOES, and ECHOES' sequel (untitled as of yet). Rep'd by Beth Miller of Writers House.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

ARC Book Review: Something Wonderful by M. Clarke

Something Wonderful (Something Great #2)
by M. Clarke
Release Date: February 10th, 2014


Sometimes falling in love means letting go of the past…

Jeanella’s confidence and trust in Max continues to grow, and life seems to be on track. Then Crystal decides to pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit, and Jeanella’s world turns upside down. Once again, she wonders if she will ever be enough for Max. Jeanella is forced to make a decision; stay and fight for her man or leave him for good. 

Becky's unexpected friendship with Matthew continues to blossom, as they try to define the boundaries of their relationship; but a one-night stand threatens to ruin it all. As Matthew’s feelings for Becky grow, he’s torn between guilt and heartache over his deceased fiancée. Can Becky break through his wall and help him heal?


Mary has done it again with this sequel to Something Great! I find myself continuously amazed by the stories Mary creates and how realistic the relationships in these books are. I loved seeing the relationship between Becky and Matthew being built and the evolution of Jenna and Max's relationship. My heart wrenched with all the pain Matthew went through trying to get over his fiancée that died and the guilt he felt when he started having feelings for Becky. All in all this was just as great, if not even better than the first book and I highly recommend it!

About the Author:

Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book, No Bullies Allowed.

You can find Mary at:
Twitter: @MaryTing

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TRAILER RELEASE: The Fault in Our Stars

It's here, everybody! The debut of the first official trailer for Josh Boone's The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort!

For those of you who may have been living under many rocks, The Fault in Our Stars is a film based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name written by one half of TheVlogBrothers, John Green.

For me, personally, this is my second most anticipated film of 2014 -- so when I heard the trailer was being released today, I made all of the necessary arrangements to not be disturbed.

I've seen the trailer about 10-15 times now and I am just in awe of Boone (he directed one of my favorite films of 2013 - Stuck in Love) and Woodley & Elgort look to have done a phenomenal job. I cried during a two-minute trailer, you guys. What's going to happen to me during the actual film?!

I can only hope that the film is as good as the trailer is. But I trust Josh Boone, as well as John Green. Shailene Woodley has never given me any reason to trust her with this role (I've never liked any of her previous work), but after seeing this trailer -- I believe.

Nat Wolff, who is playing my favorite character from the book Isaac, has all of my trust. He was in Stuck in Love and has obviously worked with Boone before.

Ansel Elgort had me believing his acting from the minute I saw him on screen.

I am SO excited! I'm ready to fall in love, I'm ready for heartbreak, but most of all I'm ready to be taken on a journey. To bear witness to John Green's story coming to life on the big screen!

What are your thoughts on the trailer??

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 16 - Illuminated Recap & Review Vlog!

Hey everyone!
Check out my latest vlog where I discuss episode 16 of Teen Wolf Season 3B. This episode was so amazing and creepy. Make sure to stay tuned as I continue to do these recap & review vlogs every week for each episode of Teen Wolf.
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TV Show Spotlight: BBC's 'The Musketeers'

When I first heard that there would be yet another take on The Musketeers I was overjoyed! Do you all know why? Because it is done by the BBC and there are so many amazing shows and mini series that I love which have been done by them. I knew right away that I would have to check this show out. From the beautiful sets, amazing action scenes, and the incredible cast, this show is not to be missed! Below I have provided a list of the main cast and a promo video that the BBC has released. I really hope many of you will watch this show because it is fantastic!

Luke Pasqualino as D'Artagnan
Tom Burke as Athos
Santiago Cabrera as Aramis
Howard Charles as Porthos
Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu
Maime McCoy as Milady de Winter
Hugo Speer as Captain Treville
Ryan Gage as King Louis XIII
Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne
Tamla Kari as Constance

Have some of you already started watching this show? Let us know what you all think of it in the comments below!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sleepy Hollow: My Season One Highlights

So last night was the two-hour season finale of the hit TV series Sleepy Hollow, which is actually the only serial show that I watch on television. (I am WAY behind on Agents of SHIELD). I have watched the season finale, but I've been so busy that I haven't been able to process my thoughts on it yet. All I will say is WTF??! (But I won't be discussing the final two hours until a later post)

What I wanted to do was share with you my Top 5 favorite moments on Sleepy Hollow, Season One! There were a TON of great moments, but these moment just made the series for me. When I discuss the finale, I will share my favorite moments from it.

So let's jump into it --

5. Meeting Ichabod Crane

This is where it started. With this man. Tom Mison is absolutely brilliant as Ichabod Crane. And the wonderment that he is able to channel with each episode -- Ichabod's fascination with computers, remotes, the price of water, donut tax, skinny jeans, and baseball -- Mison just made me fall in love with everything Ichabod.

The most charming thing -- he leaves letter-length voicemail messages on your cell phone!

4. Abby's Sister, Jenny

I was never upset with Jenny, nor did I ever misunderstand her. She was right to be angry with Abbie. I love how bad ass Jenny is. And how regardless of whether Abbie believed or not, she kept searching for answers to what she had witnessed as a child. Her interactions with Ichabod were fun, too!

Jenny's appearance was crucial to Abbie's character development, because until that point, she hadn't faced up to the fact that she did abandon Jenny to the system. And she needed to own up to it and get her out because Abbie knew that Jenny wasn't crazy.

3. Ichabod & Abbie's friendship

Their interactions are seriously just the cutest feels moments. I love seeing her explain modern tech to him and I love seeing him explain history to her. The moment that they had during the Sin Eater scene made me tear up a little. It showed how far they'd come as a partnership blossomed into friendship. It especially gets me excited because these two are the most different people, but they work so well together. It's awesome!

What season 2 has in store for this duo -- I don't know. But what I can tell you is - I really don't want them to go the way of romance. I really enjoy their friendship, like big brother little sister. I don't want that dynamic to change.

2. The Sin Eater

The Sin Eater story is just extremely fascinating in itself, so to see Ichabod and Abbie interacting with the process -- I was pleased. Plus, this guy (John Noble) is awesome. The reason why I was so drawn to the Sin Eater is because he was so mysterious. There were so many questions, but he had the answers and could "heal" Ichabod and relieve him of his blood connection to the Horseman. That's a big deal! 

Teaser: He is in the finale. 

1. The Headless Horseman

Seriously the BEST horror character on television for me. The headless horseman is a bad ass with an axe and a gun. The thing that fascinates me about this dude is that he looks so real! It doesn't look weirdly fake or cheesy. The Sleepy Hollow crew did a fantastic job bringing this guy to life. He heavy boot stomps that let you know he's there, the scary red-eyed white horse that always appears out of nowhere. The headless horseman is boss... until you beam natural sunlight (or simulated) on him.

So those are my Top 5 Highlights of Season One (prior to the finale).

Would love to know what yours are!

Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 15 - Galvanize Recap & Review Vlog!

Hey everyone!
Check out my latest vlog where I discuss episode 15 of Teen Wolf Season 3B. This episode was really chilling. Make sure to stay tuned as I continue to do these recap & review vlogs every week for each episode of Teen Wolf.
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Trailer Reveal: I See London by Chanel Cleeton

I See London
by Chanel Cleeton
Release Date: February 3rd, 2014
Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
New Adult Contemporary Romance


Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.


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Chanel is giving away 2 $10 Amazon Gift Cards. Contest is International.

About the Author:
Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.
Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Harlequin (HQN) will release Chanel’s New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, on February 3, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.

Twitter: @ChanelCleeton
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

COVER REVEAL: 'City of Heavenly Fire' by Cassandra Clare

Today has been such an exciting day for all of us Shadowhunters! The cover was revealed for the final book to conclude Cassandra Clare's bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. Shown on the cover is Clary Fray with her brother Jonathan Morgenstern aka Sebastian. I am so pleased with this beautiful cover and it is definitely one of my favorite ones for the series. This book is going to be so painful to read as we have been teased that not everyone will survive in this book. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and really do not want to see it come to an end. Luckily, there are a few more Shadowhunter Series coming up and we will probably get to see some of the characters we love again. The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire will be available in stores on May 27th in the United States!

What do you all think of the cover for the conclusion to the series? Let us know in the comments below!

Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 14 - More Bad Than Good Recap & Review Vlog!

Hey everyone!
Check out my latest vlog where I discuss episode 14 of Teen Wolf Season 3B. This episode was very intense. Stay tuned as I continue to do these recap & review vlogs every week for each episode of Teen Wolf.
Enjoy and Please Subscribe to my YouTube Channel! :D

Friday, January 10, 2014


Today I am very pleased to share with you all an interview I recently did with the incredibly talented artist Karen Hallion. Karen has recently hit up the geek world by storm with her fantastic one of a kind Doctor Who/Disney crossover artworks where The Doctor meets many different Disney characters, among many other amazing things. Her artwork really stands out among the masses and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

Falling (Alice meets The Doctor)
Part of Every World (Ariel meets The Doctor)
The Witch In The Fireplace (Hermione Granger meets The Doctor)


Have you always wanted to be an artist and what got you into it?
It wasn’t until I was 16 and saw the movie "The Little Mermaid" that I became interested in being an artist.  I walked out of the theatre and thought “I want to do that.”  I had always loved Disney movies, and had dabbled in drawing, but for some reason, this one really just jumped out at me. I wanted to try to capture the movement, flow, and beauty that I had just seen.  I went home and started drawing, and twenty plus years later, I am still going.

Of all the mediums you use which do you prefer the most and what is the hardest to use?

I love painting on wood panels and hope to do some more of that in the future.  A lot of my work these days is digital using Photoshop and my Cintiq. I also enjoy drawing on illustration board with Copic markers for something more fun and relaxing.  Oils are really difficult for me, I like them, but they just don't suit my style; I am all about line, oils are all about color, light and shadow. 

I adore your Doctor Who crossover artwork. What inspired that and what new crossovers can we look forward to in the future?

I started watching Doctor Who because a fellow artist thought I would enjoy it. What struck me was that his companions are not necessarily just love interests but also cohorts in his adventures.  I started imagining who else might make good companions for him and thought of Cinderella; what an interesting twist to her story it would be if he appeared right at that moment.
The Disney princesses yearn for excitement and adventure, so I try to place the Doctor at the point in their story where it seems they are ready for things to change but before the love interest shows up. By doing so, I aim to create a new story with my vision for these characters as empowered women who choose adventure not solely based on romantic love. I wanted to make a commentary on alternative possibilities for them as women and illustrate a change in their storylines that would alter their outcomes in a strong and meaningful way.
I am not quite sure what crossover is up next; something with Frozen or possibly Tiana.

When coming up with a new artwork idea do you have any things that you do to help you come up with them?  

No, in fact I have the opposite problem: way too many ideas and not nearly enough time to get to all of them.  I have a white board in my office that is covered with notes and concepts, and I am always adding to it.

How many years have you been making a living as an artist and so you have any advice to up and coming artists?
It's been over 15 years since I graduated from art school, and it has taken a lot of work for me to be able to make a living freelancing. Some of the things that have helped me, other than hard work and not giving up, are joining an artist’s group and learning from other talented people. Sub work to companies you want to work with, and when it gets rejected, do more work and sub it. Just keep moving forward (advice from Walt Disney). Use social media. Learn the best way to use it, and USE IT. It's free advertising, and it works. Find artists you love, and study what they do, and learn from them. Take advice and critiques, ignore the haters. Draw what you love, not necessarily what you think will sell. Help out other artists when you can. 
Now for some fun questions.

It is obvious you love Disney characters. Who is your favorite Disney Princess?  

It’s hard to choose, especially because I just saw Frozen and fell in love with Elsa.  But I think of the old movies, Sleeping Beauty would be my favorite and Ariel is always special to me because she inspired my entire career choice.

Who is your favorite Marvel Character and who do you most want to draw next from that Universe?

I love drawing Scarlet Witch and am so excited she will be in the next Avengers.  I want to try Jean Grey/Phoenix next.

As a Star Wars geek myself I just wanted to say I really love your Star Wars art. Do you have a favorite character from the saga you like to draw?

Princess Leia; I just love drawing women and she’s easy to draw!

Who is your fictional husband/boyfriend and why?

Flynn Rider for numerous, private, reasons ;)

Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that others may not know? 

I used to act in my college years.
About Karen
Karen is from a small town in Massachusetts just north of Boston called Nahant. She went to Ringling School of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. Up until a few years ago, she was an elementary school art teacher. Now she is working full-time as an artist. She lives with her husband and two small sons who they are raising to be well-versed in all of Geekdom.
Twitter: @Khallion

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic

Damselfly (Damselfly #1)
by Jennie Bates Bozic
Release Date: November 11th, 2013


In 2065, the Lilliput Project created Lina - the first six-inch-tall winged girl - as the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose: learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness. However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the only teenager her size. Six 'Toms' were created shortly after Lina, and now her creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is possible.

Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.

When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?

Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.

She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.


I really enjoyed this story. As a child I always loved the story of Thumbelina and to read another story with certain similarities was very fun. It was very interesting how Lina fell in love with a regular human boy, Jack, and how she attempts to hide her true size from him. It is so sad when she is forced into a reality show in order to pick a husband from among the "Toms" created specifically for her and they get her to comply by threatening to kill Jack. Can you just imagine being forced to choose a husband that you do not love in order to save the one you do? I honestly have always hated to imagine being in that kind of situation because it is just so tragic. For some reason though, I am always drawn to star crossed love stories and this one definitely does not disappoint. All in all I loved this book and highly recommend it!

About the Author:

I'm a visual effects artist for film and television by day, and at night I don my author cape and pen stories for the YA crowd. I love a good fairy tale, especially if there's a creepy twist, so that's what I write.

I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.

I have a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that's what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that's another tale. 

Twitter: @JennieBozic

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Looking Forward in 2014: Books

So this year is already full of highly anticipated new reads, continuing reads, debut authors, etc. It's also too hard to keep up with it all!

A thing to know about me, while I do enjoy watching television (I have a couple of shows that hold my attention), I am more of a reader than anything else. So I figured that my first post for 2014 on Novel Reality should be about something that I am extremely passionate about -- BOOKS!

Over the holiday season, I've had countless people approaching me, blaming me for their newly found addiction to books. Many of my friends have borrowed multiple books from their local libraries, spent some time at a bookstore, or downloaded an e-book! It's quite fun to hear the stories!

With the start of the new year, I know that some people are wanting to try new things or get back into something that they've let go. In some cases, that thing or something is reading. Well, since reading is my thing, I would love to tell you about some reads that I am looking forward to in 2014. Hopefully, you'll find some interest but even if you don't, I hope it allows permission for you to search for books you love!

Here are my Top 5 Most Anticipated Reads of 2014:

Beware of potential SPOILERS! Due to some of these books being sequels or continuations, the previous book(s) may be spoiled by the synopses of the newer books.

1. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare
Will Be Released: May 27th, 2014

Goodreads Summary: Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

Why: I am beyond excited for this book. The Mortal Instruments series is the series that got my back into reading. To be honest, I don't even remember how I was introduced to the first book, but I do know that I haven't looked back. A world full of fantasy, romance, friendship, supernatural creatures, angels & demons -- The Mortal Instruments is a series that will forever remain at the top of my list of fantastic storytelling.

2. The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave, #2) by Rick Yancey
Will Be Released: September 16th, 2014

Goodreads Summary: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

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Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Why: This series was actually my first experience will Sci-Fi. And it was absolutely fabulous. Rick Yancey is an author that I would love to read more from. I've tried his Monstrumologist series, which is another species of awesome, but there is nothing quite like The Fifth Wave. The first book was definitely one of my favorite books in 2013, so I can't help but be thrilled about the release of the second one. Aliens, war, explosions, romance -- what more could you need?!

3. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) by Danielle Paige
Will Be Released: April 1st, 2014

Goodreads Summary: I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Why: Um, well, aren't you immediately curious about why a story that we've all grown up with is being twisted and turned into an action/adventure or thriller experience?! That's the instant draw to this story. Not to mention that Danielle Paige is a new, up & coming author that I want to support and this is her first novel!

4. The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, #5) by Rick Riordan
Will Be Released: October 7th, 2014

Goodreads Summary: Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the "Argo II" have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them, and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake. 

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps. 

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the "Argo II" will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Why: Well, if you've read Percy Jackson & the Olympians, then you can understand that Heroes of Olympus is equally fantastic. Blood of Olympus is the fifth and final book in this series and there is a LOT riding on this book. Riordan hasn't let me down yet with any of his books (I honestly don't think the man has it in his to write a subpar book), so I anxiously await for what he will do to my feels with this one.

5. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
Will Be Released: January 28th, 2014

Goodreads Summary: Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

Why: This series was actually my "surprise" series of 2013. By "surprise", I mean I went into the series thinking and feeling that I wouldn't like it. And to my credit, the first 150-ish pages of the first book, Under the Never Sky, were absolutely atrocious for me. But I was told by many, many of my friends and fellow readers to keep reading, "it gets better". And it definitely did get better. I have loved every minute of this literary journey. Into the Still Blue is the final book in this trilogy, and I am really excited about how Rossi plans to conclude one of the biggest adventures of my year!

Well, those of my Top 5 picks. Of course, I am awaiting more than just five, but these choices actually have the potential to keep me up at night, if they're not done right (which I have no real concerns about). I trust my authors. I trust in their abilities, but even with Rossi's book being the closest in release (a couple of weeks), everything is STILL TOO FAR AWAY! I need my books now!

When I am done reading each of these, I'm sure I will have many opinions and perspectives that I would love to share with you all -- so stay tuned for that!