Gratitude GIVEAWAY Hop

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When I started this blog in April, it was an outlet for me.  I never expected it to become what it is now, where I wake up every day ready to read, review, and most importantly, interact with YOU guys!  So, it seemed important to join this giveaway hop.  This is a thank you to all of my loyal readers and fans.  And if you are new to the team, welcome aboard!

SO, here’s what I’m offering: THREE lucky winners are going to get a signed copy of one of Colleen Hoover’s amazing books.  I’ve got a copy of  Slammed, Point of Retreat, and Hopeless.  You guys know that Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors, because she is both an AMAZING writer (seriously, she started out so great and just gets better and better) and an awesome person.  This summer, I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to meet Colleen.  She was gracious enough to give these copies to me for my readers when I let her know I was a book blogger.  So, please go by her website and say THANK YOU for being her awesome self.

Not only will three people win a paperback copy of the books (signed, eek!), but one lucky person will also get a Colleen Hoover tote and bookmark.  Seriously you guys, I’ve been holding these goodies for awhile just waiting for the perfect time to give them away.

The best part: the giveaway has ONE entry.  Just be a fan — follow your favorite way and let me know how you did.  That’s it — you’re entered!

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Top Ten Tuesday (7)

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Oh this is going to be an easy one.  Or hard.  Well, easy because I have SO many authors I can name, and hard because I can only name ten!  Eek, okay – let’s do this!

So, without further ado…

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Indie Authors

1. Susan Kaye Quinn

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What would you do if the whole world read minds… Except you?  This is how Susan’s first book in the Mindjacker series starts out.  This is one of my favorite book series.  The writing is excellent, the story is incredible, and it is a science fiction series with a kick ass female protagonist.  Oh and the first book is FREE.

2. Travis Thrasher

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Ahh THIS GUY!  I got Solitary free on Amazon when I first started reading e-books and forgot about it.  Then one day, I picked it up and ended up reading the first two books straight through that weekend.  From that day, I was one of those fans who waited (im)patiently to find out what would happen to Chris Buckley.  Thrasher created this world of monsters under the bed and things that go bump in the night that seem so real, you’ll end up reading the books with the light on. Thrasher writes all kinds of amazing books, but this series in my favorite.

3. Kaitlin Bevis

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Ahh, well you readers who have been here awhile know about my obsession with Persephone & Hades.  And Kaitlin has one awesome modern day retelling.  She also blogs about mythology, which personally I love reading.  This series is a combination of ancient myths and modern day romance.  And she plans to write more stories based in myth, which I am quite excited about!

Those You *May* Have Heard of

4. Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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I borrowed this book (Breaking Beautiful) on a whim from the library and it ended up being something I truly loved.  Her next book is coming out this year, and I can.not.wait.

5. Colleen Hoover

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You’ve heard of Colleen Hoover right?  Well, if you haven’t you live under a rock.  But I think she will keep getting bigger and I’m just so excited to be in on the secret.

6. Jodi Meadows

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This series has my FAVORITE covers.  And Incarnate had me sobbing in the first few chapters.  But seriously, this story is magical and one of the best of 2013.  I’m beyond excited for book three and hope that Jodi continues to blow up as an author!

8. Myra McEntire

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I.love.this.series.  I heard about Hourglass in my Twilight fan days.  Book three comes out soon and the rights have been sold for a movie.  Crossing my fingers, we’ll get to see Hourglass on the big screen, which will definitely be awesome!  But Myra is a great author, this series is spectacular and this is one author I want to see get more recognition.

7. Beth Revis

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Ahh another science fiction series.  And this series is a great introduction into sci fi.  The books have a lot of shocking twists and turns and Elder and Amy are such amazing characters.  Although the book series is over, I know whatever Beth comes up with next will be awesome.  If you don’t know her yet, you definitely should!

Just Arrived on the Scene

9. Ripley Patton

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I JUST learned about Ghost Hand and I’m still raving about it.  Ripley (which coolest name, huh?) has a great story, great writing, and an awesome book world that is unlike anything I’ve read before.  The best part is both books (Ghost Hand and Ghost Hold) were funded by Kickstarter.  Both books broke their goals, which helped fund the editing and cover fees.  Trust me on this one – you will love this book!  This is one author I can’t wait to see gain a bigger following than she already has!

10. J.A. Johannson

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I found this creeptastic cover on Netgalley when I first joined.  I kind of got spoiled because of how amazing the book is.  J.R. is awesome and I know this book series is going to be on a lot of people’s radars.  It just came out in June, so go buy your copy now!

 
So, that’s it.  What about you?  Who are some of your favorites?

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Point of Retreat — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Colleen Hoover

released: August 10, 2012

format: e-arc, e-book, paperback, audiobook

pages: 320 pages

publisher: Atria Books

Read: June 8, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com • Author’s Website

The Down-low

Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’(From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

Just like the first book in this series, this book is quite amazing — Colleen Hoover knows just how to reel you in, rip your heart out, and give it back to you slowly, one page at a time.  I have yet to read something by Hoover I haven’t immediately loved.

My Thoughts

*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of NetGalley*

I read Slammed, Point of Retreat, and half of This Girl in one day. ONE DAY. That’s how much I enjoyed the series.  This book in some ways was so much of an emotional toll on me than Slammed.  The plot twists were also a little bit more visible, but gut-twisting none the less.

There is just something about Hoover’s writing.  Even though this book switches voices (from Lakeyn to Will), I never found myself uncomfortable or trying to switch from one to the other.  It was also nice to be in Will’s head, we got a few glimpses into the past from his perspective.

I felt like this book was the meat of the story — it really fleshed out book one’s premises.  Where Slammed set up this relationship, Point of Retreat dug in and looked at some of the harsh realities.  Not everything is a fairy tale, and Point of Retreat really showed us that.  The trials that Will and Lakeyn face in this book cements their love, and cemented my love of the series.

The characters in this book were so amazing.  I found myself wishing I could live on that lane with those people, enjoying the unconventional family they forged.  The love they all gained really made the book for me.  And Kiersten was seriously the best 11 year old!  I would be proud to be her mom!

While this book didn’t have the drastic surprises book one did, it was still well worth the read.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book series to anyone who enjoys new adult or contemporary romance.

Overall

Four out of Five Stars

Slammed Review

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