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Obsidian Book and Signed Bookmark Giveaway Winner


Thank you to everyone who entered the Obsidian Giveaway! The winner is...........

Elizabeth Flynn

Congratulations! The winner has been sent an email and has 48 hours to respond.

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter Book Review

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS...

ALA 2012 Recap and Giveaway




Hi everyone! Last Friday, I went to the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. It was a lot of fun and I met some great bloggers and authors!



Janet Gurtler, the author of Who I Kissed, and me






Rae Carson, the author of The Girl Of Fire and Thorns, and me


I'm going to start having weekly giveaways and the winner each week can choose two of the ARCs from below (I'll change up the ARCs in the pile). 






a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner of this giveaway is Heather and she has chosen Spark and Sweet Shadows. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Waiting On Wednesday: The Thing About The Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

The Thing About the Truth
In this humorous love story from the author of Two-Way Street, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.
Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.
When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before...But nothing’s ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.




Hi everyone! I haven't been posting as much lately, because I was attending the ALA conference in Anaheim, CA. I should be posting a recap post of the event sometime later today :) 

The Thing About The Truth sounds really good! I loved Lauren Barnholdt's other book, Two Way Street and Aces Up, so I'm excited to read this one. It sounds amazing! What are you waiting on?











Everbound Cover Reveal

I recently read and loved Everneath! I reviewed it here. The cover for the sequel, Everbound, was just revealed. Here it is:

I think the cover is gorgeous!  What do you think?




Waiting On Wednesday: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry




Pushing the Limits
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.   

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series  

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

This book sounds really sweet and just amazing! It's gotten really good reviews so far, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. Also, the teasers are really, really good :)
What are you waiting on?


Release Date: July 31, 2012







Lies Beneath Author Interview and Giveaway

Hi! I'm really excited to do my first author interview with Anne Greenwood Brown. I'm also having my own giveaway for a brand-new copy of Lies Beneath :)


What inspired you to write about mermaids, and from a guy’s point of view?

I was writing a contemporary novel set on Lake Superior. The male lead character worked on a ferry boat. Then, for some reason, I started having a recurring dream where the guy kept diving off the rail of the ferry into Lake Superior. If you know anything about Lake Superior, you would just never, never do that. It's too cold and dangerous for a normal human being to do something like that, so--obviously--I couldn't write that scene into the novel. Still, night after night, he kept diving. Then one night he dove and burst out with this tail! So he became Calder White, and I decided to put the contemporary novel aside and write the story that apparently wanted to be written. So---I didn't "decide" to write about mermaids or from a guy's point of view. In many ways, Calder came to me that way, and I wasn't about to change him.
Are you able to relate more to Calder or Lily, or both?

Oh, a little of both, I suppose. They both have very strong family ties, Calder's have just been severed. I think if I was without my family, I'd try very hard to make a new one for myself. And I live in fear of my family being hurt--so I understand the extremes Lily is willing to go to for hers.
What are you currently working on writing?

I just finished up Book 3 in the Lies Beneath series. It is not under contract yet (Lies Beneath sold in a 2 book deal), but I'm hopeful it will see the light of day.
Did you always know you wanted to become a writer? What/who made you want to become one?

I've been writing since I was five. I'd make little books to sell to the neighbors. I kept a journal from age 12 to age 18. I wrote a lot of horrible poetry (you'll see that in Lily in Book 2, Deep Betrayal). It was just a natural thing for me to do. Now…did I always want to be an "author?" That came much later after my kids were all in school and I had more time for myself.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?

Read a lot and in a wide variety of genres. Write every day, even if it's terrible. Everything you write makes the next piece better. Find someone you can share your work with and give honest critiques. It takes a long time to build up a thick skin.
What do you like to do, when you‘re not reading or writing?

Um… sleeping? No, seriously, I like to go camping with friends and attending Irish cultural events.
What are your favorite books and authors?

As a kid: anything by Judy Blume, Anne of Green Gables, and the Nancy Drew Mysteries.
In my teens and early twenties: John Irving.
Now: Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, John Green, Kristen Simmons, Marissa Meyer, Gretchen McNeil. . . 

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown Book Review

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.


Debut Author Giveaway Hop New Winner



Hi everyone! Unfortunately, the winner of the Debut Author Giveaway Hop did not respond to the email with the 48 hours so the new winner is............


Christy@Captivated Reading

Congratulations! The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email :)

Release Day Party- The Dryad Quartet




The Unbearable Book Club For Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schamer Book Review

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable GirlsI'm Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn't want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee's parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of "The Unbearable Book Club," CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren't friends. We were literary prisoners, 
sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I'll turn in when I go back to school.

Debut Author Hop Winner and Blog Re-Design



Hi everyone! I recently got my blog redesigned by Ishita  @ The Reading Fish. She did a really great job :) I also have a new rating system for the blog. For the debut author giveaway hop, thank you so much to everyone who entered it! The winner is..............

Ashley Montgomery

I sent an email to the winner and she has 48 hours to respond. Congratulations!


Waiting on Wednesday: Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill


Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.
It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").
But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.
Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

Dusty Reads #2

I'm taking part in a meme by Giselle at Xpresso Reads :) Dusty Reads is where you talk about a book that's been getting dusty on your shelf for a while. 


Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan



16-year-old Molly Dix loves her ordinary life in suburban Indiana, so when her single mother passes away, she is shocked to discover that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world famous movie star and red carpet regular.

Equally intrigued and terrified by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Southern California and plunges head-first into the deep end of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her new life and family couldn't get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous and spoiled half-sister whom welcomes Molly to la-la land with a healthy dose of passive-aggressive "sisterly love."

Set against the backdrop of a sparkling and fashion-filled Los Angeles, this deliciously dysfunctional family soap opera will satisfy every reader looking for their next lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous beach read.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Book Review




Hi, I’m Andrea! I’m a new guest blogger for The Book Belles and I’m really excited to be one :) I just finished Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and really enjoyed it. This was the first dystopian book I have read.

When I began the first couple of chapters, it struck me as being a very dark read. Over time, it developed into a symbolic story of good and evil. Shatter Me made me think of how our world could eventually become and it was really striking. The ruling government of the story was something that could be pictured as happening in the end times to our society.

The characters are so well illustrated, while reading, I felt like I actually knew them. Also, the writing style was so descriptive that I actually felt like I was watching the story play out. The writing style and plot were amazing!

Everneath by Brodi Ashton Book Review

Release Date: January 24, 2012

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever. 

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...
Teasers:
“Remembering is easy. It's forgetting that's hard.”
“Friends don't eat friends' souls.” 

Debut Author Giveaway Hop




Hi, everyone! I signed up for another hop, and I am really excited to be doing this one! :) There are so many amazing debut authors this year, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few choices but here they are:








*If the winner selects a book from the list that's not yet out, it will be a pre-order.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thanks so much for entering!!!! :)

Waiting On Wednesday: For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund





       Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
       Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
      But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop Winner

Hi! Thanks so much to everyone who entered the My Favorite Reads giveaway, and the winner is....

Michael Byers

Congratulations! I sent the winner an email and she has 48 hours to respond :)

Dusty Reads #1

I'm taking part in a meme by Giselle at Xpresso Reads :) Dusty Reads is where you talk about a book that's been getting dusty on your shelf for a while. 


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever. 

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...


I bought this right when it came out, and I haven't read it yet.
I'm thinking of making it one of my summer reads. What's getting dusty on your shelf?

Belles by Jen Calonita Book Review

Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she’s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn’t go so well. Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn’t thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and, in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing that lurk beneath their classmates’ Southern charm, a secret is unfolding that will change both girls’ lives forever.


The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland Book Review

Since it’s getting close to summer, I decided to start into my pile of summer reads. The Summer My Life Began was a great read to start summer off with :) I really enjoyed it and it was a quick, cute read.
The Summer My Life Began follows the story of a girl , Em, who lives in a really strict, formal family. She has her whole life set out for her by her parents, and has always done everything they told her to, even if it wasn't what she wanted to do. That all changes when she gets an invitation by an aunt she hasn’t ever heard of to spend her summer after high school at her aunt’s house. Once there, she pursues her passion of cooking, takes risks, discovers secrets, and starts her own summer romance.
Em, the main character, annoyed me so much for the first part of the book. I found her extremely rude, arrogant, and judgmental- basically just like the rest of her family. Over time, though, she grew to be a much better person. The author did an amazing job showing how she developed as an character over time. Also, I really liked all the characters in the story- like her Aunt Tilly , Dominique (the chef) and the love interest, Cade. All of the characters had a lot of depth to their emotion and were realistic characters.
For the plot, it moved at a good pace and there was a pretty big twist towards the end. The Summer My Life Began was an inspiring, fun summer read. I’d recommend it for any summer day. Overall, I'd give it four out of five stars. 

Happy Reading!

Montana

May Wrap-Up/ June TBR


Hi everyone! I have had such a great month in both blogging and reading :) I’ve decided to do a wrap-up post for May and let you know what I have coming up this month. Also, I just want to thank everyone who has visited my blog. I had the most page views this month than any other month!! :)

Books Reviewed in May
June TBR
Hmm.....This is always tough for me to decide. I usually read whatever sounds the best to me at the moment. I do have some books I definitely want to read this month, though. Also, I’m going to be attending ALA this month! I’m so excited for it and will hopefully pick up some absolutely amazing books :) After I go, I’ll be posting an event recap with some pictures and hopefully some great giveaways! With that in mind, I’m probably going to want to read (and review) some of the books I get there right away. Anyways, here’s my pile :) 
1.) *Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 
2.) The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney (ARC)
3.) *The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
4.) *The Unbearable Book Club For Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
5.) *The Glimpse by Claire Merle
6.) *Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (already read-the review will be posted next week :)
As you can tell, almost all of the books on my TBR list will definitely be reviewed next month. I’ll  have other reviews posted throughout the month as well. What's in your TBR pile? :)


*To Be Reviewed


Happy Reading!
Montana