Thursday, 19 March 2015

Liars, Inc. Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I'm so glad to be a part of this super cool tour. Check out the FBI character profile below, and follow along with the rest of the tour! You can find the schedule here. Thanks to Jean at Book Nerd Tours for organizing this. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

Check out my review of Liars, Inc. HERE!

Guest Post


Paula: Welcome to Day 4 of the #CatchAKiller Blog Tour. The first week is background profiles on the victim and suspects. The second week is FBI subject interview transcripts. Follow along to win fun swag and test your detective skills. Nothing in the content is directly spoilery for the book, but the info presented here might get you thinking about who's lying and who's telling the truth. Can you follow the clues and sniff out a killer? Make your guess and then read LIARS, INC. to see if you’re right!

CASE CA4153-228
LEAD INVESTIGATOR: McGhee, James, Special Agent
SECONDARY INVESTIGATOR: Gonzalez, Alex, Special Agent

SUBJECT: Jacobsen, Jonas
AGE: 20
ETHNICITY: Caucasian
HEIGHT: 6’1”
WEIGHT: 180 lbs
HAIR: Blond
EYES: Brown

Jonas Jacobsen is a twenty-year-old male. He was born in Vista Palisades, CA. His current legal address is 4122 Concord Ave Apartment B in Vista Palisades, CA. Jonas is currently employed as a line cook at the Shrimp Shack and is being questioned in conjunction with the disappearance of Preston DeWitt.

CRIMINAL HISTORY: One count DWI and minor possession, two counts trespassing, one count assault and battery, two counts vandalism—all in the past two years.

MEDICAL HISTORY: Meningitis at age four requiring a two-week hospital stay. Appendectomy. Tonsillectomy. Wisdom teeth removed. Surfing-related near-drowning incident at age eight. Subject denies psychiatric disorders and tobacco use. Uses alcohol and marijuana recreationally.

ACADEMIC HISTORY: Attended Vista Palisades elementary, middle, and high school. Graduated with a general diploma. Frequent truancy on “good surfing days.”

WORK HISTORY: Car washer at Aaron’s Wash and Go from age 16 to 18. Line cook at the Shrimp Shack for the past two years.

SOCIAL HISTORY: Jonas states he has plenty of friends from school and his job. Is currently dating Abby Mendez, a server at the Shrimp Shack. Jonas has interacted informally at the beach with Preston DeWitt in the past, but never considered Preston a friend because “Richie Rich always acts too good to hang out with real surfers.”

About the author:

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers.

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

In My Mailbox #40

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren which allows us to share the books we’ve bought, borrowed and received.

I know I haven't been keeping up with the blog at all recently :( But hopefully I'll catch up this summer after exams end! Anyway, here's the stuff I've got since my last IMM.

For Review

Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil*
Crash by Eve Silver*
Collide by Melissa West
Unleashed by Sophie Jordan^
All That Burns by Ryan Graudin^
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer^
Mania by J.R. Johansson

*ARCs from Edelweiss (thanks HarperCollins!)
^ARCs sent by HarperCollins International (thanks Megan!)†ARC from NetGalley (thanks Flux!)

Well! I'm super excited to read Get Dirty and Crash, considering I adore both these series. Crash is the final book of the trilogy, so I'm kinda scared for that as well. I was on the blog tour for Collide, and I can say that I loved how Melissa West ended the series! Sci-fi fans have got to read this one.

Megan from HC International sent me a few ARCs (to my Singapore address though, so I will only get to read them in May when I go back home). I loved Uninvited, but I'm scared to read Unleashed after some reviews I read. I'm afraid I won't like it! I've read All That Burns already from Edelweiss, and I found it pretty good. Never heard of The Cemetery Boys, hopefully that's an interesting one. And I just got approved for Mania, the third book in the Night Walkers series. I can't wait for this one!

So yeah, this is my haul. Realistically I won't get to read any of these until summer break, because I still have a few spring eARCs I need to read and review. But I'm glad I got these! So what have you guys got this week? Anything in common with my haul?

Monday, 2 March 2015

Rebound Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rebound (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August! Thank you to Megan Schumann at HarperCollins for contacting me about this tour. Check out my review below and enter the giveaway :)

Title: Rebound (Boomerang #2)
Author: Noelle August

Release date: February 10th 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 247

Source: Edelweiss
Purchase links: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound

Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.

But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.

Rebound is a companion to Boomerang, a New Adult contemporary I really enjoyed last year. This one's cute too, but it doesn't trump the first book. I did really like how the authors made us like Alison in this one! I don't remember her in Boomerang, but I do know that she wasn't likeable at all. So kudos to Noelle August for that!

Rebound follows Alison (Ethan's ex-girldfriend) and Adam, the super-rich founder of the Boomerang company. Boomerang is looking for investers, and Quick Enterprises is a big potential one. But Alison's dad needs to look into Boomerang and Adam before he decides to invest, and the methods he plans to use are a little over-the-top. Alison and Adam are stuck in between, as two people attracted to each other when they have no business to be.

I adored Adam in Boomerang, so I was super excited to read about him in this. And I was not disappointed. Loved him in this, too! He's funny and charming, but he can be really professional when he wants to be. Also, Adam has a dark past that we get to find out here. It's tragic, but at the same time it shows how strong he is, how he can go on with his life regardless.

Alison was a little harder to warm to, but I totally did soon enough. Yes, she's made mistakes, but she doesn't allow them to define her life. And though I wish she stood up to her dad more, I liked that she doesn't just go along with everything he tells her to. He's a nightmare, honestly... I really wanted to bash his head in at one point towards the end. Alison's snarky and fun, and kind of sweet in contrast to her dad. I was totally rooting for her and Adam after the first couple chapters itself. Alison adores horses, and she loves rescuing them, which I think is amazing. She gives them a much better life, and I admire her so much for that.

Though I liked Alison and Adam individually, I felt like together they didn't have too much of a spark. There was a good romance, and it's obvious they care for each other, but I couldn't see in them what I saw in Ethan and Mia, which disappointed me a little.

Overall, Rebound is a cute NA novel with just the right balance of fun and serious. If you're a New Adult fan, I'd recommend reading this. And Boomerang of course! I'm sure you'll love Ethan, Mia, Alison and Adam as much as I did!

*Thank you to Megan Schumann and Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

About the author:

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.

Find Noelle August on:

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Review: Deviate by Tracy Clark

Title: Deviate (The Light Key Trilogy #2)
Author: Tracy Clark

Release date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 338

Source: NetGalley

Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...

On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.

No longer will she hide.

No longer will her loved ones be hunted.

And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.

I'm glad I reread Scintillate before going into this one, because I really didn't remember much of what had happened, and the plot picks up right where the previous book left off. For the most part, I felt Deviate was a lot slower than Scintillate, and though there were some good action scenes and twists, not much really happened in this. I saw a bit of a middle-book syndrome while reading it.

Cora, her mom, and Giovanni are on the run from the Arrazi, and Cora is reeling from the death of her father and the betrayal of Finn. Moreover, they need to figure out the mystery of the light key and why it's so important. Cora is doing her best to get her life in order after it's been messed up this bad, but it's hard, and thinking about Finn just makes it worse. She knows she needs to forget about him and focus on how to keep herself, her mom, and Giovanni alive, but that's easier said than done.

I liked Cora more in this book, mostly because she's dealing with so much and I really sympathized with her. There's character development as well, since she's stronger now after the events of the first book. Finn, though, I really didn't like. He spends half the book feeling sorry for himself and deciding to kill himself, then suddenly realizes he needs to live. But he's still whiny and annoying. I don't know what happened to the Finn we first met in Scintillate, but this boy is not him.

Some parts of the book seemed like an info dump to me - they were all in concentrated areas. I felt like it would have worked better if the history and background info was spread out over the course of the book somehow. Like I mentioned before, not much happens, so I was a little disappointed about that. Hopefully we'll get to see all the cool stuff in the final book of the trilogy.

The twists were great - as in, I didn't see them coming. I can't say I liked them, though. They were just a bit much, and created even more drama in this already dramatic series. Overall, I liked Deviate as a whole, but I did have issues with it. I'm still definitely looking forward to seeing how everything ends! Though I'm not looking forward to more Finn.. Giovanni is so much better. I'm hoping he does more in the final book.

*Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5