Friday, October 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Pride and Prep School by Stephanie Wardrop

Pride and Prep School by Stephanie Wardrop

Title: Pride And Prep School (Snark And Circumstance #3)
Publication date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Stephanie Wardrop

Blurb: Georgia can’t figure out why the burden of a Y chromosome seems to make guys so hard to understand. First, there’s the handsome but slippery Jeremy Wrentham. After Georgia shared some pretty devastating kisses with him, she found her way home and he found her sister!
And then there’s Michael Endicott, who never fails to let her know that her family’s quirkiness lies too far outside the pale for this preppie townie. But if he really feels that way, why is he in Georgia’s kitchen, asking her out? And why don’t boys come with instruction manuals?

·        Two (2) sets of the full trilogy – one in Kindle Format, one in Nook Format:  (INT)
o   Snark and Circumstance
o   Charm and Consequence
o   Pride and Prep School
·        One (1) DVD copy of EMMA, starring Gwyneth Paltrow (US Only)

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 An e-copy of this book has been provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Pride and Prep School was a short, sweet story. The writing style was interesting and the execution was done pretty well. I wish instead of breaking out this book into so many parts, it was just compiled into one single proper book because I was genuinely disappointed when it ended so abruptly.

Anyway, the characters were funny and even though I found Georgia very very judgmental and annoying sometimes, I didn't exactly mind it because the title of the novella does have the word Pride in it and I had been expecting the snarkiness. That still didn't change the fact that she treated Micheal like crap (just when I was actually beginning to like the guy, nonetheless) and that grated on ym nerves big time.
Even after that, I still couldn't stop reading it as I was curious to find out what'll happen next. Unfortunately, by the time Georgia realized her mistakes and things actually started getting fun, the story finished off. Whatta buzzkill. -.-

Overall, Pride and Prep school was an okay read. Too short for my taste, honestly but if you loved Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (like me) then I'd say you should definitely try this one! Although, it'd be better if you kept all three of the novellas with you and read them back to back. (it literally took me an hour to finish this one :P)

Stephanie Wardrop grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania where she started writing stories when she ran out of books to read. She’s always wanted to be a writer, except during the brief period of her childhood in which piracy seemed like the most enticing career option—and if she had known then that there actually were “girl” pirates way back when, things might have turned out very differently. She currently teaches writing and literature at Western New England University  and lives in a town not unlike the setting of Snark and Circumstance with her husband, two kids, and five cats. With a book out—finally—she might be hitting the high seas any day now.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Merch Girl by Rebecca Lewis

Merch Girl by Rebecca Lewis
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of a tour bus, underneath the half-naked body of the hottest teen rock star in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the band too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol, nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize that life on the road isn’t always a smooth ride...

An e-copy of this book has been provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Merch Girl was a fun, quirky read. Believe it or not, I've never been to a live band performance but this book gave me a pretty good idea what it might be like. The writing style was awesome and kept my interest throughout. I mean, the way the author described the whole tour and the band made it seem so...realistic. The story-line was exciting and something different from the other stories I've read so far.

The protagonist, Lacey seemed slightly annoying in the beginning. I don't know whether it was her demure personality or just the helpless way she carried herself but as the story moved on, I actually started liking her.
However, the opposite happened with Lacey's best friend Trina. In the beginning, she seemed upbeat and so supportive. She dragged Lacey around with her to all of Lansdowne's events as she got closer to one of the band members of Lansdowne and I felt that that was actually pretty sweet of her, but slowly, she just became exhausting to read about. Her jealous, snobby attitude and insecurities were super irritating and the abrupt way she relationship started, then ended and then started again was a little too fast for my taste.

Thankfully, Lacey's relationship with Logan was much steadier. Initially, I'd thought that Lacey might turn out to be the dumb-protagonist after all but no, that didn't happen. She turned out to be quite level-headed and clear on what she wanted. I liked how she remained calm (or atleast tried to) as Logan's fans fawned all over him.

As for the guys, well, Ms. Lewis did an amazing job there. Logan was definitely swoon-worthy and I loved the way the story ended.

All in all, Merch Girl was a pretty good. I would've given it 4 stars had it not been for the part where I initially didn't like Lacey and the part where I almost wanted to throw eggs on Trina's obnoxious head. Anywayyyy, I'd say this definitely a fun summer read, and might just turn out to be perfect for you if you love music-themed novels.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What Leah did—only she really shouldn’t have—one hot night at a country club party.


What Leah has—only she really shouldn’t have—on the guy with the green eyes, the guy who is not her perfect boyfriend, the guy who does not fit in her picture-perfect life, the guy her sisters will only mock and her mother will never approve of. Not in a million years.


What happens when everything you always thought you wanted—having cool friends, being class valedictorian and homecoming queen—runs smack into everything it turns out you really do want.

Kiss. Crush. Collide.

For Leah and Porter, summer is only the beginning

Review: I had a lot of hopes form this book, mainly because of the fact that I loved the cover and the blurb made the book seem quite promising. Sadly, the book was anything but.

The story-line was at the most, okay-ish. As much I wanted to, I couldn't relate with even a single character in the story and the pace was just too fast for me to keep up. I mean, one second, Leah is attending an event with her boyfriend and the in the next instant she's making out with a guy who happens to be a complete stranger. What kind of a girl does that? *cough*hoe*cough*
And even after realizing that she was completely enchanted with that guy, she still didn't have the guts to break up with her boyfriend, all the while justifying her actions by blaming it on her sisters, her mother, her family.
It actually seemed like she was just extremely embarrassed of her crush and was just too spine-less to admit it to herself.
"Oh my, I can't break up with my stupid boyfriend for the guy I actually like because you know, my mommy would be mad at me if I try to actually make one decision in my life that's my own. So I guess I'll just make out with BOTH the guys and keep on crying about my sad, sad life." Oh, Leah, how traumatic. Really.

Frankly, Leah was a spoiled, self-centered brat who didn't know what she wanted from life and because of that, kept whining on and on and on for no reasons at all.

I don't even want to begin with her "crush". The guy needed psychiatric help ASAP. I mean, he treats the girl like a casualty first, doesn't do a SINGLE boyfriend-ish thing and then he gets surprised that the girl he takes out for a ride and make-out session once in a while happens to have an actual boyfriend! Oh em gee, I totally didn't see that one coming! Not.

Everything, from Leah's family to her best friends screamed DUMB throughout the story. I've honestly lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes while reading this novel and I don't think I'm gonna suggest this book to anyone. However, that's just my opinion. :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb:  It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again

Review: You know that moment when you stumble upon a book which totally steals your breath away and makes you sit and read it in one go because you can't afford to pull away from the story even for a second? Yeah, Angelfall did that to me.

I don't think words would be enough to describe just how much I adored this book. I mean, really. HOW CAN A BOOK BE SO DAMN AWESOME? Angelfall had an intriguing story which you can't help but love through and through. Thinking back, I can't point out a single flaw in this book and that's really saying something because even the bestest books sometimes have a teeny-tiny fluke.

The characters were perfect, their emotions were described beautifully and I couldn't help but feel Penryn and Raffe's pain and loss as they journeyed together only to find more horrors the angels had brought with them.
I absolutely loved Penryn's POV. She made me laugh so many times and her ability to move on from even the most difficult and ugliest situations was damn admirable. Her silly remarks sort of lightened the overall dark setup of the book.

Many a times it was as if I could myself feel the bleakness and the sadness of that world. The monstrous things that Penryn came across during her fearless search of her sister actually gave me goosebumps.

Raffe, well, all I can say about him is that I think I just found another book boyfriend. And this time around, he's an angel!
The moment he was introduced in the story, I liked him and , and initially when Penryn treated him so badly, I felt like slapping her. Even though her reasons were totally justified and her harshness was probably the only thing that had kept her and her mother and sister alive for so long, I still felt bad for Raffe. Neither one of them deserved what was happening, but slowly, they did start making the best of their horrible situations and maybe unknowingly became this awesome team which you can't help but adore.

I lost count of how many times I gasped out loud or cried as the story moved on. It all just seemed so...realistic. And that makes it so much more scarier. The author put those things in light which you probably never even imagined in your worst nightmares, and yet, she put it so brilliantly that I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages even if I wanted to (which I didn't).

I can't say much further than this without revealing some spoilers but all in all, Angelfall is a compelling and spectacular novel and a MUST read for all post-apocalyptic book lovers! I won't recommend this to people who prefer a light, fluffy read, though because this one would probably just end up giving you nightmares. No, seriously.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

100+ Followers and Blogoversary Giveaway!!

Heya peeps!

Guess what? Reading 24x7 just turned an year old!!!!

And what's more, the blog has ALSO crossed over the100 followers mark!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY I'M SO SO SO SO HAPPYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!

To show just how happy I am and because ALL of you guys are just plain awesome, I'm hosting my very first blog giveaway!! With over 20 hardcopies of Young-Adult books to choose from, this giveaway is sure to make your day. Am I right or am I right? ;)

So without much ado, here's the list of books up for grabs!

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-Winner must reply to the e-mail sent to him/her within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.
-The giveaway would end as soon as I cross 150+ followers or by the end of August.

That said, I wanna thank all of my AH-MAZING followers for supporting this blog. You all play a BIG part in encouraging me to go on blogging and I'll always love you for that <3 <3 <3 <3

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Blog Tour: The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon

Title: The Trouble With Goodbye

Author: Sarra Cannon

Release date: May 2013

Publisher: Dead River Books (self-published)

Age Group:  New Adult

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:

When Leigh Anne Davis landed a prestigious scholarship to an Ivy League school, she went against her parents' wishes and said goodbye to tiny Fairhope, Georgia and the wealthy boyfriend everyone expected her to marry. Now, two years later, she's back with her tail between her legs.

And a secret she wants to bury inside forever.

That's when Lucas Young enters her life. Everyone expects Leigh Anne to pick up right where she left off, but Lucas is different. Sure, he's been in some trouble in the past and seen his share of hard times, but he's the one person she can really be herself around.

The trouble is, being with Lucas would mean disappointing her family all over again. Will Leigh Anne give in to everyone's expectations? Or will she finally find the courage to follow her heart?

(5) Print copies of The Trouble with Goodbye - International
(10) eBook copies of The Trouble with Goodbye (mobi and epub) – International
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My Review: When I first saw came across this book. I was immediately intrigued by the book description and honestly? I'm glad I picked this one up.

Even though I wasn't really that curious about what exactly happened with Leigh Anne (it seemed pretty obvious from the beginning), the writing style and the storyline was enthralling. From the moment Knox was introduced in the story, I literally couldn't stop my fingers from turning the pages.

The best part of this book was that the author didn't use the female protagonist's stupid antics to increase the pages of the book. The pace was steady-not too fast or too slow-and the characters were brilliantly built-up. I found the chapters to be slightly short though and feel that 2 chapters could've easily be merged into one.

Leigh Anne was quite likeable. She was level-headed, caring and considerate. What was not to like? Even after all the complications and hardships in her life, she still managed to laugh and think about others. It was this quality of hers which truly made me love her
Although, I'll admit, it was super-idiotic of her to cower behind the curtains for so long just because of her parents (who were absolutely useless, by the way. I felt like throwing something at them so many time while reading -.-). She was strong, that much was pretty clear from the start but that strength got lost somewhere whenver it came to her parents which was pretty annoying. But at the same time, who could really blame her? I'm totally blaming her parents though. ESPECIALLY her mum. Gosh, what an annoying lady.

Knox was absolutely swoon-worthy through and through. I couldn't believe he had a past like what he told Leigh Anne. But at the same time, it sort of made sense. He wasn't too out-going but humorous nonetheless. His charming personality and optimistic side was ah-mazinggg. I also liked the fact that even though he really, really liked Leigh Anne, he was still his own person and didn't take any crap from her (which she did try to serve him once or twice)

Overall, I found The Trouble With Goodbye to be a good read. It had a simple storyline with a great end and a happily ever after (Oh, how I love those :'D )  If you'd like a simple, sweet and salty contemporary fiction this summer, this one's definitely for you!

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.

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About the Author
Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. She is the author of the young adult paranormal Peachville High Demons series, which she first began self-publishing in October of 2010. Since the series began, Sarra has sold over 120,000 copies and recently signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Demons, the first book in the series.
Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.

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