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My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop

Hi again :) To start June, I'm participating in another giveaway hop! The winner of this giveaway will win a copy of a book of their choice from the list of my most recent favorites that I've picked out below.Thanks so much!

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Bound by C.K Bryant Book Review

Hi everyone! I recently got the chance to read a copy of Bound by C.K Bryant. It turned out to be a pretty good book. The book follows a girl named Kira after she discovers that her friend, Lydia, was hiding something from her: Lydia comes from a completely different world and is hiding out on Earth, along with her brother. Kira soon gets involved in a huge war between worlds and her life is at stake.
This book started slow for me at first, but quickly picked up. It got a lot more exciting and interesting as it went along with all the action and romance. The idea was pretty unique and the world created was, too. 
I thought the main character, Kira, was a pretty lackluster character at the beginning, but over time  she became a lot more relatable and a better character in general. The love interest, Octavian, was awesome, but I didn’t really understand why Kira fell for him so quickly at first, since he was pretty hostile towards her. The romance was sweet, though. Overall, this book was a good and exciting read, so I’d give it 31/2 out of 5 stars.
Happy Reading!

When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira's life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she's falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

May New Release Giveaway Winner

Hi everyone! Thanks so much to everyone who entered my May New Release Giveaway :)

The winner is........

Lisa Mandina

Congratulations! I sent an email to the winner and they have 48 hours to respond.

* Also, I'll have a review posted tomorrow of Bound by C.K Bryant and I have another giveaway coming up on June 1 :)

Waiting on Wednesday: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

Excerpt from My Life Next Door

When I get home from work the next day, sticky from walking back in the summer heat, my eyes immediately turn to the Garretts’. The house seems unusually quiet. I stand there looking, then see Jase in the driveway, lying on his back, doing some kind of work on a huge black-and-silver motorcycle.
I want to say right here that I am by no means the kind of girl who finds motorcycles and leather jackets appealing. In the least. Michael Kristoff, with his dark turtlenecks and moody poetry, was as close as I’ve gotten to liking a “bad boy,” and he was enough to put me off them for life. We dated almost all spring, till I realized he was less a tortured artist than just a torture. That said, without planning, I walk right to the end of our yard, around my mother’s tall “good neighbor” fence—the six-foot stockade she installed a few months after the Garretts moved in—and up the driveway.
“Hi there,” I say. Brilliant opener, Samantha.
Jase props himself up on an elbow, looking at me for a minute without saying anything. His face gets an unreadable expression, and I wish I could take back walking over.
Then he observes, “I’m guessing that’s a uniform.”
Crap. I’d forgotten I was still wearing it. I look down at myself, in my short blue skirt, puffy white sailor blouse, and jaunty red neck scarf.
“Bingo.” I’m completely embarrassed.
He nods, then smiles broadly at me. “It didn’t quite say Samantha Reed to me somehow. Where on earth do you work?” He clears his throat. “And why there?”
“Breakfast Ahoy. Near the dock. I’m saving up for a car.”
“The uniform?”
“My boss designed it.”
Jase scrutinizes me in silence for a minute or two, then says, “He must have a rich fantasy life.”
One of favorite genres is contemporary and My Life Next Door looks amazing! The idea is so great and I’m really excited to read it! The excerpt is so cute, too :) What are you waiting on? 

Switched by Amanda Hocking Review

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Switched by Amanda Hocking, so I was so happy when I got a copy from Lisa at Diznees book blog :D I read it right away and I thought it was definitely a good book! 
The book follows the life of a girl, Wendy, who discovers she’s a Trylle, and as a baby was switched at birth. Trylles are basically trolls, but they look like and are pretty similar to humans. However, they can use persuasion and other cool powers on humans. Wendy not only finds out she's Trylle, but that she’s also expected to be their princess. Also, the guy in charge of taking her to Trylle is really cute. He refuses to consider dating Wendy, though, because of the fact that she’s better than him class-wise.
At first, I found the main character, Wendy, to be pretty unlikeable. She didn’t seem very nice and was too stubborn. Over time, though, I liked her a lot more as a character. She seemed to become more kind-hearted and changed a lot over time. I really loved her older brother Matt, and thought he was amazing :) Also, the main guy character, Finn, I didn’t find that great. He didn’t fight for Wendy or seem to care to much about her. The plot was fascinating; it was such a unique, cool idea! I’d give this book three stars. Besides some issues I had with the characters in the book, Switched was a good read :)
Happy Reading!

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.


“How did you even know I wasn't in my room?"
"I checked on you." Finn gave me a look like I was an idiot. "I check on you every morning."
"You check on me when I'm sleeping?" I gaped at him. "Every morning?"
He nodded.
"I didn't know that."
"Why would you know that? You're sleeping," Finn pointed out.” 

Blogger Tag

I just recently got tagged by Martha @ Balloons To The Wind. Thank you so much Martha!!! :)

The Rules: 
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create 10 new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.
3. Tag 11 people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you've tagged them!

1.)Have you ever read a book you didn’t like until the very end?
I don’t think so. If I still don’t like a book about halfway through it, I usually stop reading it.
2.) Do you own a book that you don’t like it’s cover but you do like it’s content?
I think the cover of Legend by Marie Lu is kind of boring, but it’s content is definitely really good.
3.) Have you ever felt disappointed by an author that you really like? 
I used to really love the Daughter series by Joanna Philbin. I especially loved the first three. When the fourth book came out, I thought it ended up falling really flat :(
4.) Which was your first book review?
My first book review was of The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Asher. I remember being so excited to review it and my review ended up being about a paragraph. Review HERE
5.) Why did you name your blog like that?
When I originally started the blog, I was co-blogging with my friends.(They both got really busy, so now they just guest-blog) Over lunch, we tried out a ton of different names for the blog but The Book Belles just stuck with us. 
6.) Which is your secret book crush?
My secret book crush (or not so secret :D) is Daemon from Obsidian. He is just so amazing. If you want to hear more about him see my review HERE
7.) Do you feel ashamed of any of your books?
I used to own a copy of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. It’s not a bad book, but the cover is pretty embarrassing. 
8.) Do your friends know about your blogging life?
I used to be in a book club and all my friends in there know about how I blog. My friends at school don’t know about it though. They are not really into books, that much.
9.) If you could ask for any book release right now, what would it be?
I would love it if Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout could be released right now. 
10.) Have you ever read books in other languages?
I've read a really simple Spanish chapter book. I only know a little bit of Spanish.

* I'm still trying to pick whose blogs I'm going to tag :)

Stacking The Shelves #2 Vlog 5/27/12

Hi everyone! I hope everyone's having a great week :D. This week is the last week to enter the May New Release Giveaway and I should have a few different reviews coming up this week. This is what I got this week:

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver- I loved Delerium so I'm really excited to read Pandemonium. See my review of Delirium HERE

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson- I really liked this book. I bought it after seeing a really good review for it on The Romance Bookie and I am so glad :)

From What I Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas- I've been wanting to read this for a while and it finally came out!

Thanks so much for watching!

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Hi everyone! 

I've gotten a few comments inquiring about there not being an RSS Feed and I finally figured out how to set one up :) If you want to sign up to get email updates, the RSS Feed is below the Followers Widget on the sidebar. 

Happy Reading!

Second-Chance Summer by Morgan Matson Book Review

Morgan Matson’s debut novel, Amy and Roger’s Epic Road Trip, was a great book, so when I saw that Morgan Matson had written another book, I went to my library and checked it out right away. Second Chance Summer was an amazing book that showed the power of being a family and facing your fears :)
The main character, Taylor, has a dad who has recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer, which is fatal. For their last summer together, they return to the lake house where she grew up spending her summers at and is forced to confront a pretty major past mistake she has made.  I liked Taylor, but she had a major flaw: she ran away from her fears. This caused her to lose a lot of relationships and friendships. This also definitely proved issues when dealing with her dad’s diagnosis. There are awesome side characters, such as Lucy (Taylor’s former BFF) and Henry (Taylor’s first boyfriend). The characters were definitely perfect for the story being told.

Also, the writing style was really sweet. There were plenty of really sweet, emotional parts. The plot moved at a good pace, too. The dad’s love for puns and other cute things made this book funny at certain points. It definitely had a lot of powerful themes in it.  The only thing that keeps me from giving this book five stars is that I felt the ending could have been more developed. Besides that, this book is a great read! I’d give it 41/2 out of 5 stars.
Happy Reading!

Taylor’s family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it’s stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them very aware that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

Waiting on Wednesday: Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.
Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…
The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

Teaser Released For Onyx:

"You okay with all of this?" I whispered to Daemon.

He shrugged. "Not like I can stop her."

I knew he could if he wanted, which meant he didn't have a problem with it. 

I absolutely loved Obsidian! (review here)The teasers that have been released for Onyx look amazing. I’ve also heard that Onyx is even better than Obsidian and I don’t know how that’s even possible, so this is definitely one of my most anticipated summer releases :)

Release Date: August 14, 2012

*Also, I'm still having a giveaway for a copy of Obsidian with a signed bookmark:

Happy Reading!

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Book Review

I loved Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series so I was excited to read The Immortal Rules. Overall, I enjoyed the book. The book follows a girl, Allie, who lives in a world where vampires rule over humans. She hates vampires, until one day, she is turned into one. 
Allie was a great, really smart heroine. You couldn’t help but feel empathetic towards her situation and what she was going through. Everything was realistic in the way all the characters felt and handled different situations. The plot was definitely really intense as well. The thing that surprised me the most, however, was all the little bits of humor infused throughout the story. There were a few parts where I found myself laughing out loud. Also, all the characters really developed and grew as people throughout the story. I really liked the love interest Zeke, he was just so sweet and it was amazing how he always saw the good in everyone. 
The only things that I didn’t really like in this book was multiple instances of gore and some weird aspects of the society that they lived in. Besides that, this book was a good read. The book is almost 500 pages, but I never got bored. I’d give this book 31/2 out 5 stars. It’s a good book to read if you are looking for a unique read about vampires :D

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. 

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.


“Did he teach you how to bore you opponents to sleep? Because I think I missed that lesson - Allie” 

“The mighty hunter,” I quipped as we snuck out the backdoor, escaping into the yard. “He can take down vicious rabids and rampaging boars, but one old lady can make him flee in terror.”
“One scary old lady,” he corrected me, looking relieved to be out of the house. “You didn’t hear what she told me when I got up — you’re so cute I could put you in a pie. Tell me that’s not the creepiest thing you’ve ever heard.” His voice climbed a few octaves, turning shrill and breathy. “Today for dessert, we have apple pie, blueberry pie and Ezekiel pie.” 

Bout of Book Read-A-Thon Recap

Hi! I recently participated in my first read-a-thon, the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon. It was such a great experience! I had a list of eleven books, and I managed to get through five of them. In the middle of the week, I had a lot of tests to study for, so I didn't read very much then. I am really happy with everything I read, though :)

The books I finished were:

1.) The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad (read 5/15)
2.) Belles by Jen Calonita (read 5/14)
3.) Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout (read 5/15)
4.) Switched by Amanda Hocking (read 5/14)
5.) The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (read 5/20)

Tomorrow, I'll post a review of the Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

Happy Reading! 

Stacking The Shelves #1 Vlog 5/20/12

Hi everyone! This week I got Torn by Amanda  Hocking. I'm been trying to limit the amount of books I buy because I still have a lot of books to read :) If you want to leave me link to your book haul, I'll definitely check it out! Thanks so much for watching :)

The List by Siobhan Vivian Book Review

Hi! Thanks to everyone who's visited and/or commented on my blog the past few days; I really appreciate it :) My first Stacking the Shelves will actually end up being posted tomorrow, thanks so much!

I just recently read my first book by Siobhan Vivian, The List. The List is a story told from eight different girls points of views. It really shows socially how girls can be. The eight girls perspective's the story is told from is everyone put on the list: a list that picks the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade. No one knows who writes it and the list ends up having a big impact on each girl’s life over the course of a few days. 
The List presented a lot of struggles that girls have day to day. I think that some of the struggles each girl had sometimes seemed really exaggerated, but this book was definitely really interesting. Out of the eight girls, four were the “pretty ones” and the other four were the “ugly ones”. The book was spread out over the course of a few days and some characters I ended up liking more than others. I’m going to break down the characters and my opinions of every one:
Bridget: I found her story sad: how she always felt the need to be more perfect. She didn’t realize she was alienating the people around her by doing so. (junior- “pretty”)
Sarah: She never felt pretty so she accepted being ugly. She wouldn’t listen to anyone who tried to tell her differently. (junior- “ugly”)
Margot: She was really nice and worked hard for everything. (senior -“pretty”)
Jennifer: She was, by far, my least favorite character. She was so desperate for popularity that she would do whatever it took, no matter how far she went. (senior- “ugly”)
Candace: She was annoying and seemed to think she was better than everyone else. (sophomore- “ugly”)
Lauren: She was home schooled her whole left and is surprised at how quick she is accepted once she earns a spot on the list. Her mother does not like how quickly she’s changing though. (sophomore “pretty”)
Addy: She was just getting used to her newfound popularity and flaunting it. She had good intentions, but she was not the most observant of the people around her: especially her sister Fern. (freshman- “pretty”)
Danielle: She was a good person and she always stuck up for others. Her boyfriend so did not deserve her. (freshman- “ugly”)
I felt the ending of this novel was kind of incomplete.  It did have a major twist, but after the twist, it ended pretty abruptly. I hope the author makes a sequel to clarify some things. Overall, this book was pretty good and realistic. I’d give it 31/2 stars out of 5. Both giveaways are still currently going on, if you want to enter them. 
Happy Reading!

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.
It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.
This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout Review and Giveaway

I LOVED Obsidian! Jennifer Armentrout did such an amazing job writing it; and if you haven’t read it, you should definitely read it now. I can not say enough good things about it :D
Obsidian follows a girl, Katy, who just moved to West Virginia from Florida. She expects her life to be boring there. and isn't looking to forward to it. Then, she meets her next-door neighbor: Daemon, a super hot guy who comes off to Katy as a total jerk and is also extremely rude to her.  Katy isn't afraid to argue with him back, though. When Katy ends up befriending his super sweet sister, Dee, she starts to spend more time with him and when he saves Katy’s life, she discovers he’s well-an alien. 
I’ve already reread Obsidian three times. It's still so good every time I read it :) One thing I really liked about Obsidian was that Katy was a really awesome main character. She’s a book blogger :D and she doesn’t immediately start to like Daemon after he acts like a jerk towards her. Also, I thought it was great how Katy was not immediately okay with him being an alien; and did not just accept it right away. She was a really realistic main character and an awesome one!

Daemon was really amazing. At first, he seemed to be a total jerk, but he got a lot nicer as time went on and was so sweet towards Katy. He is definitely my favorite male main character that I’ve read about in a while. Obsidian was also really funny. It is definitely now one of my favorites! I'd give this book five out of five stars. I'm also giving away a copy of Obsidian with a signed bookmark for it.  The giveaway will run through June and my next giveaway should be in late June/July :)

Happy Reading!


Starting over sucks.When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.And then he opened his mouth.Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me.You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don't kill him first, that is.

“Will you show me what you really look like? You don't sparkle, do you?”

“Ash is going to kick your ass, Daemon."
Daemon's grin went up a notch. "Nah, she likes my ass too much for that.”
“I bet you think things through, right? Accept candy
from strangers and get into vans with a sign that reads free Kittens?”