Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Seize the Tuesday: (3)

Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Adi Alsaid Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. 

   The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

  Seize the Tuesday, like it says above was created from the book Let's Get Lost. Well for today's Seizing I finally read Let's Get Lost. I had gotten myself an ARC about a year ago and now I've finally read it.

   It wasn't that there was something wrong with the book, it was that like the book I wanted to get lost on my own road trip and read it. So I finally did.

   My family and I are currently on a road trip to a small town beside Minneapolis to pick up a new camping trailer for the summer. It's a 8 hour drive from our home by Winnipeg to the trailer place. So I made it into my own little adventure.

   My review for Let's Get Lost should be up sometime next week.

   That's how I Seized the Tuesday, how did you seize the day?

Monday, March 30, 2015

March Wrap Up!

   March was a once again a slow month, nothing really exciting happened in the bookish world for me. March was mostly about hanging out with my really close group of friends, which is always a blast by the way. My family took a weekend off from everything to go skiing, I finally had my birthday party, and oh, I forgot! I actually designed the Never Always Sometimes bookmarks for Adi Alsaid, so I'm actually so excited to see how they turn out! The last thing that stood out otherwise was that the last few days of March for
We're a bunch of nerds
Spring Break my family and I head down for Minnesota to pick a a new camper trailer but y'all hear all about that in a post I have coming up!
Now for the bookish stats of the month!

Books Read:

Book Haul:

Books Reviewed:

April Releases I'm Excited For:

Rogue by Julie Kagawa (28th)
Rook by Sharon Cameron (28th)

   That's it for this month! I feel like April is going to be another slow one, but we'll see!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Blitz: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

   Hey Guys!

   So by now you all should know about my love for The Secret Diamond Sisters, so today I am a host for the Diamond Sisters Book Blitz! I have an excerpt and a giveaway for you guys! So enjoy!

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow:

Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1
Format: Paperback, 381 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

   The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

   Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow:

Release Date: February 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters, #2
Format: Paperback, 448 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   All-access doesn't mean no problems.

   The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.


Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas … but that doesn’t matter when you live there.” 

Courtney Diamond

   The fireworks started before either of them could say anything more, bursts of light shooting into the desert sky, bigger than any firework show Courtney had seen in Fairfield. It was impossible to ignore the electricity bouncing between the inches of space separating her and Brett, dancing across her skin with each boom overhead. She couldn’t stop glancing at him from the corner of her eye. He looked lost in thought, although sometimes she swore she caught him watching her, too. This went on for twenty minutes, and then came the finale—shot after shot of fireworks exploding, without a second’s break between them. Some sored into their air like comets and others spread like meteor showers, filling up miles of sky.
   When it was over, Courtney was sitting so close to Brett that their arms were an inch from touching.
   “How did you like it?” he asked, not making an effort to move away.
   “I loved it,” she replied. “Thanks for bringing me.”
   Her head felt fuzzy, and she pushed a strand of hair behind her ear, her arm brushing his. She stilled at the touch, and he looked at her with more intensity than he had the entire night.
   “Are you two ready to leave?” Dawn destroyed the moment, standing up and brushing invisible dust off her jeans.
   Courtney jerked backward, torn out of her trance. If the others hadn’t been there, what would have happened between her and Brett? She’d never kissed a guy before, but from the way he was looking at her, she felt like he’d wanted to kiss her. And if he had, she wasn’t sure she would have stopped him.
   She shook her head at the thought. Courtney had never broken a rule in her life.
   Whatever had just occurred between her and Brett could never happen again.

   Michelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida ... but she loves going to Vegas.

   To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow's Street Team on Facebook!

The Secret Diamond Sisters swag pack that includes: The Secret Diamond Sisters lip balm, The Secret Diamond Sisters pin, postcards for each of the Diamond sisters, a signed bookmark, and a The Secret Diamond Sisters sticker.

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  Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with The Diamond Sisters and I today! Good luck to everyone who entered the giveaway!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Ohana Talks: The Night World Series by L.J. Smith

   In 2009 I read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, it being the first time I became fully obsessed with a book series I needed more ASAP. Dragging my mom to the book store, that was when I met the Night World Series by L.J. Smith. It immediately became my favourite book series, and it's still in my top 10 today. But along with the fabulousness of the series, it also came with a lot of waiting.
   Secret Vampire, the first book in the series released in June 1996, it was a short 242 page book that melted a lot of hearts with a best friend love story, but with other supernatural creatures not just vampires and werewolves like Twilight. The series went on to have 9 books, each book containing a new set of characters and supernatural creatures. It wasn't until the final 4 that the books started to connect more then just sharing a world. 

Secret Vampire by L. J. Smith

Release Date: June 6th, 1996
Publisher: Archway Paperbacks
Series: Night World, #1
Format: Paperback, 242 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   The diagnosis for Poppy was death. there was no hope--until James, her best friend and secret love, appeared in the hospital. But this was a James she didn't know. He offered Poppy eternal life. Only he could open the door to the Night World. They're soulmates--but can she follow him into death and beyond?

   The series was fabulous, with 3 books leading up to the finale everyone was dying to get their hands on it. We got love, adventure, supernatural and soul mates. Witchlight, the last book to be released before the final book released in January 1998.

Witchlight by L. J. Smith

Release Date: January 1998
Publisher: Archway Paperbacks
Series: Nightworld, #9
Format: Paperback, 224 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   Keller is a black panther. A least when she's not being a tough, no-nonsense seventeen-year-old girl. She's a shapeshifter who grew up on the streets and will do whatever it takes to survive. But when Circle Daybreak hires her to protect a new Wild Power, Keller meets her match

   And finally the last book in the series released a year later right? Wrong. The book never was published, and to some people they even think it wasn't even written. GoodReads, along with a few other online book places say that there was 2 editions already published, but if you were to go to the authors site you can see that she admits to it never being published and that she's still in the process of writing it. 17 years and counting for her book, and I've only been waiting 5 years! I don't know how people could mange to wait that long, it bothers me when new books take a year to publish as it is! 

   Then the series was bought/transferred to Simon Pulse where they republished the series as bind ups in 2008 to get everyone excited again. The bind ups each contained 3 of the already published books. Strange Fate, the supposedly final book in the series was supposed to be published in 2010 after the last bind up went to stores in April 2009. About 5 months after the last bind up released was when I first discovered the series. 


   Even with the long disappointing wait I find myself still excited for Strange Fate to be released, the characters really connected with me. I always find myself thinking of Raksha Keller from Witchlight, or Poppy and James from Secret Vampire. I understand that most people would have given up at this point, because 17 years is enough but I still have hope. 

   So I hope you guys go ahead and give the Night World series a try! It will always have a place in my heart, hopefully it'll find a place in yours as well!

   What's the longest you've ever waited for a book? Are you still going to consider reading the series after what I said? Let me know!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (36)

Ice Kissed

Amanda Hocking
Kanin Chronicles #2
St. Martens Griffin
Expected: May 5th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of the Kanin world.

   Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm . . . the glittering palace of the Skojare.

   The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin, and, being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend—but as their undeniable attraction heats up, he becomes a distraction she can’t afford.

   Brynn is about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets, and as she’s drawn in deeper and deeper, she doesn’t know who to trust. As she gets closer to Ridley, she realizes she may not even be able to trust her own heart.

Why I Want It:

  I love both of Amanda's other series, while I still haven't read Frostfire I'm still really excited for Ice Kissed. Just look at that cover!

Why You Should Want It:

   Troll Retellings, Kingdoms, adventure, this is a series you're going to be dying to get your hands on!

   That's my Waiting on Wednesday for today. Will you be picking up Iced Kissed? What are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Liebster Award

   I was nominated by Kaitlin from Next Page Please! for the Liebster Award. (Sorry it took so long to actually do! I'm terrible when it comes to keeping up with tagged things;) With this award each post you're supposed to state 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions, nominate 11 people for the award and then ask them 11 questions. What a trend hey?

   A big thank you goes to Kaitlin for nominating me!

11 Facts about Myself:

1. I'm terrified of Mascots, it started when I was younger and has stuck with me till now. If I were to go to Disney Land I would probably die.

2. I have 2 younger sisters who torture me by torturing my books.

3. My first physical ARC was of If I Should Die by Amy Plum,

4. My best friend group refers to themselves as "The Croup".

5. I can't stand cuddling. I can't even cuddle with my dog, at this point even he can't stand cuddling with me.

6. I dyed my hair for 3 years, going from Ariana Grande red to brown to cranberry to brown with highlights.

7. I've always wanted a tattoo of an open book on my wrist. I've got one more year to go till I can finally get it!

8. I can't read more then one book at once, and can't understand how other people do it.

9. Getting physical mail gives me so much joy, it honestly makes me so happy that I tend to dance around for the rest of the day.

10. I can't stand Root Beer, it pains me to drink it.

11. I have no patience when it comes to cooking/baking. If I were to make cookies I'd start to make the dough. but will never get past making it because I just have to eat them right away. When I cook it's because I want to eat right away.

The 11 Questions Kaitlin asked me:

One thing you wish you knew about book blogging when you first started?
   That there are so many different types of book bloggers out there, that I didn't have to try and be all of them at once. 

What is a book someone has spoiled for you?
   I am always on social media, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, no matter where I look something big or something small is always spoiled for me. Sometimes I just have to remember not to look up a book that I haven't read yet, especially the recent released ones. So no one book has been spoiled for me but rather a bunch of mini things in books have.

First book you fell in love with?
   New Moon by Stephenie Meyer! It was the book that got me started on reading!

A series that should be turned into a TV show?
   I'm not a big fan of TV adaptions, because they ALWAYS tend to stretch the original story or just take bits and pieces of the original story. *Cough* Vampire Diaries *Cough*, so I wouldn't want any series to be turned into a show.

What is your literary name? (Your name + the last names of all the character's you've fallen in love with)
   I've never really thought about it, but whenever I think of a fictional name for myself I always use Redfern as a last name. So from the Night World characters James Redfern or Ash Redfern, or even the sisters.

What is a cover you would gladly redesign?
   The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting, I think the flowers don't do the books justice.

If you were to write a blurb for one book, what would it be?
   Probably one of the Night World series books by L.J. Smith, the original blurbs are so sort.

Out of all the books you've read, what is one world/place you would gladly live in?
   I would either gladly live in the Night World (L.J. Smith) or the Shadowhunter world (TMI/TID by Cassandra Clare). There is enough peace for the world to have a nice kick to it.

Who is your literary twin?
   I have absolutely no idea, but on the spot I would say either Katy (Lux Series) or maybe Thea (Spellbinder).

Out of all the questions I just asked, which one was the hardest to answer?
   The literary twin one!

My 11 Questions:

1. What book has been on your TBR pile the longest?
2. What book have you heard a bunch about, but haven't actually read and meant too?
3.  What's your favourite drink to have while reading?
4. Where's your favourite reading spot?
5. What's your favourite book Tv/Movie adaption?
6. If you were a book character, which would you be?
7. What is the oldest book that you've read that is your favourite?
8. Who is your favourite character, and who would you have play them in a movie/TV show?
9. What is your favourite music to listen to when you read?
10. Do you own any bookish items besides books? If so, what do you have? (Ex. Phone case, pillow, necklace.)
11. If you were a book character, what would your story be about?

The 11 Blogs I Nominate:

Stephanie @ Doodle's Book Reviews
Jessica @ Stuck in Books
Heather @ Turning Pages
Amber & Jessica @ The Book Bratz
Meredith @ Pandora's Books
Dana @ Danasquare
Crystal @ Bookiemoji

   Thanks for stopping by!