Saturday, December 22, 2012

November/December Update

Hello My Follow Readers, I know I haven't updated since October. Took a break for a while. I also participated in NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month). This was my second year and my first year of winning. It was really awesome and I plan on doing it again in 2013. I will be better prepared for next year. My story for this time was just a random idea that popped into my head. Although I know that's what NaNoWriMo is all about. I do want a better idea of what to write next time around. I have also been reading if you are my friend on Goodreads, you know that. I'm currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling and re-reading Let It Snow by various authors. 

I will be posting my top 12 of 2012, sometime next week. I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday. I'm excited because I asked for a Kindle Fire HD!! I will still by books, because I want a big collection!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY READING, Hope you get some awesome books,

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Update

Hello My Fellow Readers, I know I don't post as much as I should. Or anything besides reviews. I'm not sure what else to post on here. If you have any ideas please let me know!! My laptop crashed on me in May. So I haven't been able to make videos on YouTube anymore. So this will be strictly written reviews, book hauls and things of that nature.

In the summertime I had my rounds of reading like crazy and the dreaded reading funks. As it is now my favorite time of year Fall. I might be do more reading. But family and life in general and my obsession with my TV shows, which are back on. Tend to get in the way of my reading. The shows I'm currently watching are: CSI, The Big Bang Theory and Ghost Adventures. Of course I do watch The Bold and The Beautiful everyday (yes I love soap operas!!)....

With it being October and Halloween is this month!! I will be trying to read more seasonal books this month. What books do you love to read around this time of year? If you have any recommendations, please don't hesitate to say so.

The new little addition to the household, her name is Sofia. Her and my other cat Fiona are slowly making friends. As well as Sofia and the dog, Sadie. 

Happy Reading, Ashley

Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planet Of The Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine

Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planet Of The Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine
 Released: October 1st 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Paperback
Series: Goosebumps Most Wanted, Book One
Page Amount: 160 US Paperback Edition
Source: NetGalley

"Catch the most wanted Goosebumps characters--undead or alive...

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they're coming after you! There is no place to hide. Nothing is safe!

Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can't stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. The new neighborhood offers Jay a chance at a fresh start. But there's something odd about Jay's new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? The lawn gnomes don't come to life at night-do they? Jay is about to learn that mischief can quickly turn to horror."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
 R.L. Stine has a way of making the simplest of objects terrifying. In Planet Of The Lawn Gnomes, we meet Jay. He and his family move to this strange neighborhood, where everyone has a lawn gnome in their yards. Jay quickly realizes something is strange about these lawn gnomes. He doesn’t have a clue of how right he is.

R.L.Stine keeps you guessing until the very end. I still find myself wondering if Jay is who he believes he is or if he’s something else. And did he really live where he thought?

By the way I’m never going to look at a lawn gnome the same way ever again!! 

5/5 creepily stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Released: September 18th 2012 (expected release date)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers
Series: Untitled Trilogy, Book One
Page Amount: 336 US Hardcover Edition
Source: NetGalley


Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste."

-Information from

My Thoughts:

This is my first time reading both of Jenny Han's and Siobhan Vivian's writing. I have to say I was sucked into the story from the start. 

This is the classic tale of mean girls revenge. However these mean girls are from the serepate groups of their high school. There's the popular girl in Lillia, the bad girl Kat and the "new girl" Mary. After each having issues they can't seem to deal with the band together to take down those who have wronged them in the past.

But where this story ends will leaving you scratching your heads. I hope there will be a second book. To see where these girls have ended up.If they didn't get caught and if they became friends after everything.

I have since learned there is not just a second book but a third as well!! 

5/5 stars. Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blog Tour:Shadow Of The Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop

Robin P. Waldrop 

Ties To The Blood Moon
 Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Goodreads


   " Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster. Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?"

 Author Information: 
 Robin P. Waldrop
I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, and author of YA/Urban Fantasy paranormal novels. TIES TO THE BLOOD MOON is book 1 in my series and is available on all digital sites, and also print and audio as well. SHADOW OF THE BLOOD MOON is my current release and the second book in the BLOOD MOON series. 

You can read my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, and B&N.


Shadow Of The Blood Moon Blog Tour Schedule:

September 3 - The Writing Dreamer - Author Interview
September 4 - 
September 5 - 
September 6 - Marzipan Pie Plate Bingo - Author Interview/Giveaway
September 7 - A Splash of Scarlet - Guest Post
September 10 - 
September 11 - 
September 12 - Book Lovin' Mamas - Guest Post/Giveaway
September 13 - Books Are Diamonds - Review
September 14 - A Little Bit of R & R - Author Interview/Giveaway
September 17 - Sassy Vixen Publishing - Review/Giveaway
September 18 - 
September 19 - Page Flipperz - Author Interview/Book Spotlight
September 20 - 
September 21 - Murder By 4 - Guest Post/Giveaway
September 24 - Short, Sweet, and Snappy - Review
September 25 - Teresa's Simplicity in Words - Review
September 26 - Gerri - ???
September 27 - Mind Reader - Book Spotlight/Excerpt/Review
September 28 – Book Bites - Review

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shadow Of The Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop

Shadow Of The Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop
Released: August 27th 2012 (first released August 10th 2012)
Publisher: Robin P. Waldrop via Smashwords
Series: Blood Moon, Book Two
Page Amount: 321
Source: Review/ Smashwords

"Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster. Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?"

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Shadow Of The Blood Moon is the sequel to Ties Of The Blood Moon which I loved. So I had very high hopes for the sequel. I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Robin brought everything I loved from the first one and even more to the second book. There were so many twists and turns. My head is still spinning from the ending. I don’t think I can’t wait to long for the third installment in this series. I need to know what becomes of Genevieve, William, and everyone else.

I absolutely loved this book. This is an awesome vampire, werewolves supernatural story. I am glad to have been given a chance to review it. Looking for to book number three!!!

So if you love action, romance, vampires, werewolves and a leading female character not afraid to kick some butt. Then you need to pick up this series!!

Plus the covers are amazing!! My favorite has to be the cover for Shadows Of The Blood Moon.

Robin, why did you have torture me with an ending like that?

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Monday, September 3, 2012

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels
Released: August 14th 2012
Publisher: No Publisher right now
Series: The ELE series, Book One
Page Amount 234, US Paperback Edition
Source: Review 

"Project ELE
(Book one in The ELE Series)

Millions have already died, and thousands more are perishing daily. As a last ditch effort to preserve the human race, the government implements Project ELE. With the earth heating at rapid speeds, all remaining survivors are forced to turn to F.E.M.A. shelters to wait out ELE's wrath.

Fifteen-year-old Willow Mosby's life, as she knows it, ends the moment she walks through the shelter's door. Willow has to quickly adapt to the new challenges that shelter life demands, the least of which includes making new friends and working a full time job.

Soon after making an interesting discovery, Willow and her friends start exhibiting strange abilities. Seeking answers, they embark on a mission to find out what these new abilities mean and whether they are a gift or a curse.

This new adventure can send her world crashing down around her. The question is: Can Willow survive the fall?

From the authors of Night Marchers comes a new apocalyptic series with a paranormal twist."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Project ELE is told from the point of view of fifteen year old Willow Mosby. A teenage girl living in a world where this super virus has infected most of the population. There was a cure known as Counteractive Universal Recovery Elixir. Which helped for a few years. Will and her family await protection in the shelter for the next 3 years. While the virus is trying to be killed off by removing the patches over the sky and letting the earth heat.

However after the test Willow and her father are the only ones allowed entrance. So begins their lives in the underground shelter. They grow accustom to life in the shelter. Willow even makes friends with the shy Claire, Connor, and Alec. The three discover a hideaway place in the shelter. And its there that weird things start happening to them. They release there are secrets about the testing. Things quickly spiral down. Willow has to make a choice. How the book ended is something I didn’t see coming.

I really loved the characters. I felt like they were my best friends. I felt what they were going through. Willow is strong and has her moments of being vulnerable.

I can really see something like this being a reality someday.

For those of you who loved The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, Gone series. Then you should check this out.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Temptation In A Kilt by Victoria Roberts

Temptation In A Kilt by Victoria Roberts
Released: September 4th 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Bad Boys Of The Highlands, Book One
Page Amount: 352, US Mass Market Paperback
Source: NetGalley

"This hot new series follows a trio of Highland lairds, who are driving King James crazy with their constant clan battles and uproarious way of life.

Laird Ciaran MacGregor discovers the beautiful, wounded Lady Rosalia Armstrong while journeying to the king's court. Already burdened with the task of maintaining the peace in his lands, Ciaran has very little patience for this headstrong woman. She's as fearsome as the men trying to kill him for his lands, and their verbal sparring leaves him burning for a more intimate relationship. And if Rosalia's not careful, she'll soon discover his prowess...on and off the battlefield."

-Information from


My Thoughts:
Wow, I'm speechless!! This is definitely a sexy times novel!!

Lady Rosalia is being forced into a loveless marriage to Lord Dunnehl because her family doesn't have any money. Disagreeing with this decision her parents treat her cruelly. Forcing her to leave. Upon leaving she meets Laird Ciaran MacGregor.He agrees to escort her to her family's estate in the Highlands. However she stays with him and his family. Of course a romance starts between the two.There is a fight with the bloody Campbells.

Is there a happy ending? I'm not saying. You will have to pick this hot historical romance up for yourself.

Looking forward to the rest of the series.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Awaken Me by Emily Gossett

Awaken Me by Emily Gossett
Released: November 2nd 2011 (first released October 21st 2011)
Publisher: iuniverse
Series:A Connected Novel, Book One
Page Amount: 211, US Paperback
Source: Own (Kindle P.C.)

"After witnessing the horrific murder that was committed by her fiancé just days before their wedding, Aimee immediately flees from the life she knows. Lost in Greece, Aimee is inevitably and uncontrollably thrust into a supernatural world where she is terrified to learn what she really is. Crouching at every corner lies a new confusing memory that torments her from her previous life, while her feelings of love cease to die, but awaken more deeply for the mysteriously handsome stranger, who wants to rescue her. Battling the man, who she mistakenly still loves is a bigger conquest than imagined, but can she free her captured thoughts from the man who owns her? Facing the ultimate decision, to lose all humanity by becoming the weapon the Rogues desire most, or to destroy the creation of love. Can Aimee make the sacrifices needed to overcome deceit, love and her power that is irrepressibly blood thirsty?"
-Information from

My Thoughts:
  Awaken Me by Emily Gossett

Awaken Me is the story about Aimee, a young woman who’s live is about to change forever. For 6 years she has believed she was in a car accident that claimed the live of her mother. She suffered from serve head trauma. She has lived with her fiancé Derek Sladen’s family ever since. She has become very close with his mother Elizabeth and father Nathan. Sailing to Greece where the wedding is set to take place. On board she sees something that changes everything. Derek killing her best friend Krissy. Wanting to abort immediately from witness this horrible act of violence. She jumps off the ship and onto the mainland. She bumps into a mysterious man. She walks around the streets until coming across a gorgeous hotel. Aimee stays for a few days. Until she runs into the mysterious man again, Alec.

Alec tells Aimee to go with him or she will be harmed by Derek. Agreeing she goes with him. They go to this underground place. There she learns her mother isn’t die in fact she’s the leader of the community, a vampire community. Aimee is told she is a vampire, a Yurling, a young vampire that hasn’t been awakened yet. She is confused on who she is. And also confused about the sudden feelings for Alec, when she still clearly loves Derek.

However, Aimee knows she had to kill Derek. To end the bond they share. In order to protect those she cares about especially Alec. She isn’t just your average vampire or no, she’s a hybrid a vampire and half werewolf. Her father is the first werewolf to have a daughter for a child. With being a hybrid means she has special powers. Powers she can use to destroy Derek.

Leaving a heartbroken Alec, Aimee sets off to Florida with the warrior Marcus at her side. Derek has no clue of what his ex-fiancé is capable of.

Paranormals have been a hit and miss with me lately. So I was a bit hesitant to read Awaken Me. However when I started I couldn’t stop. There is something about the world Emily has created in Awaken Me. The book came to live. I truly loved this take on vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures. I loved Aimee, she was vulnerable at times, but grew into a kick ass fighting machine! I loved Alec too, is loyalty and love to her is so amazing. Considering they were apart for 6 years!! I cannot wait to get Capture Me for review!!

If you are a fan of vampires, werewolves, and just paranormal stories. Then this is the book for you. It has action, drama, romance, and oh yeah a girl that kick some ass!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Confessions Of An Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions Of An Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
 Released: August 28th 2012
 Publisher: Harlequin Teen
 Series:Confessions, Book One
 Page Amount: 272, US Paperback
 Source: NetGalley

"Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)" - Information from 

My Thoughts:
Rose Zarelli is dealing the horrible loss of father and trying to understand the rules of high school. Rose feels that she is older than a freshman. Because she doesn't play the games her friends are or wanting to drink at a high school party. Her life at Union High soon becomes a living nightmare. Because she kissed the head cheerleaders boyfriend. Things quickly spirally out of control. After an almost fight with Regina. And not talking to her best friend for weeks on end.Something happens that makes Rose want to get back at Regina.

I really loved this contemporary read! What an awesome debut for 2012. Looking forward to the sequel!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley 


Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Released:August 28th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Amount: 288, US Paperback Edition
Source: NetGalley

"Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself." -Information from

My Thoughts:
Chelsea Knot has always been the “gossiping queen” of Grand Lake high school. Her best friend Kristen’s New Years’ Eve party changes everything about Chelsea’s life. Her gossiping ways leaves someone fighting for his life. Upon the attack of Noah Beckett. Chelsea decides to take a vow of silence. During the no talking phase. She makes friends with Asha. Finds that telling the truth was the right thing do to. Even if she lost her so called friends and realizes all the changes she went through. Her life is even better than before

I feel Speechless has taught me the power of our words. Its what we say or don’t say that affects everything and everyone around us.

I really loved this story and the characters!!! I will be reading of Hannah’s work in the future.

I just wish to know what becomes of everyone.

5/5 stars. Happy Reading, Ashley

Monday, August 27, 2012

Inbetween by Tara A. Fuller

Inbetween by Tara A. Fuller
Released: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Series: Kissed by Death, Book One
Page Amount: 400, US Paperback Edition
Source: Netgalley

"Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Inbetween was an amazing touching story. About Emma whose live has been turn upside down for the past years. Since the car accident that took her father's life. There have been a lot of freaky accidents almost costing Emma her life. Little does she know she has an guardian of sorta’s trying to make sure she is protected. Finn a reaper who isn’t supposed to be near Emma is risking everything to keep her save from the evil soul Maeve. Because its Finn’s fault Maeve is causing all the chaos to Emma.

You are in for a ride with this one. There is of twists and turns. I’m still in awe of the ending and that true love can over come anything, even death!!

I really loved this story and want the sequel in my hands right now!!

5/5 Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Castle Waiting Vol. 1 by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting, Vol.1 by Linda Medley
Released: June 17th 2006
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Series: Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection,Book One
Page Amount: 457, US Hardcover Edition
Source: Library

"Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil, but about being a hero in your own home.

The opening story, "The Brambly Hedge," tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on "Sleeping Beauty" when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming. The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun." -Information from

My Thoughts:
This is an interesting take on the story of Sleeping Beauty. With some other colorful stories. This is the second graphic novel I read. I really did like the story. And I'm glad  I picked it up. I might carry on with the series. 

Thanks to Misty at The Book Rat, for recommending this one. 

3/5 starts, Happy Reading, Ashley

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Released: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: Seraphina, Book One
Page Amount: 467, US Hardcover Edition

"Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
 Not going to lie, I wasn't in love with this one at first. The medieval wording and all the terms to remember made it difficult for me to understand. However I found myself not able to put this down.Rachel did a fantastic job with this debut novel!! Its only the second dragon book I've read. I really loved Seraphina, Prince Lucian and Princess Glisselda, Orma. The whole dragon storyline.

Truly amazing!!! You should read this, right now!!

I want the sequel admittedly!!

5/5 stars, READ IT NOW!! Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, August 5, 2012

In My Mailbox (24)

In My Mailbox (24)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. The purpose of In My Mailbox is to promote books you have received for review, bought or simply borrowed from the library.   

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Inbetween by Tara A. Fuller

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Tempest by Julie Cross
What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

That's all for In My Mailbox this week. Let me know what you think of the books I got. Have you read any of them> Were they good or bad? Also let me know what books you got!!

Until next time, Happy Reading, Ashley

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Released: July 31st 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Amount: 384, US Hardcover
Source: Netgalley 

 "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.

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."
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
 Pushing The Limits is in told alternating chapters from main characters Echo Emersion and Noah Hutchins. Both dealing with their tormented pasts and trying to make the present and futures better. A chance meeting in the office, and after an rude comment about her name by Noah. Echo and Noah start up an unlikely friendship. They both start to open up about why they are seeing the school counselor Mrs.Collins. Echo is seeing her to help deal with the loss of her brother Aires, and a night she can’t remember due to the dramatic events.

They hatch a plan to distract Mrs. Collins to look into each other’s files. To gain the information they both need in order to have things change. Will scheming together they each discover they have developed feelings for one another. Although they are both scared to say something to the other one. They do start dating and things become out of control.

However at the end everything gets turned around. Echo learns more about the night her mother attacked her and is dealing with aftermath of learning the truth. Noah learns his brothers are in a good home and that he can have a role in their lives as well have the future he wants for himself and with Echo.

There are sad moments, happy moments, sweet moments, you will be in for quite a ride with this one. I loved Echo and Noah. I felt the pain for both of them. All the things they both overcame is amazing and inspiring.

What an amazing debut from Katie!! I look forward to reading more of her work in the future!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cover Reveal

I have the honor of revealing the cover to Shadow Of The Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop, the sequel to Ties Of The Blood Moon. The expected publication date is August 10th 2012. I really loved Ties Of The Blood Moon and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this.

For more information on Robin or any of her books you can visit her website , Goodreads and Facebook.

Here is the blurb for Shadow Of The Blood Moon:
"Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster.  Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.

Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?

Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?"


I have to say I'm sooo in love with this cover!! Its breathtaking, dark and mysterious. I love the purple incandescent affect. I want this book in my hands right now!!

Hope you love the cover as well, thank you to Robin for letting me share this beautiful cover with you all!!

Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Book Haul E-book Edition

These are the ebooks I've gotten the past few months

Review via Netgalley:
Temptation In A Kilt by Victoria Roberts (adult historical fiction)
The Brides Of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planet Of The Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Confessions of An Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Yesterday's Daughter by Sallie Lundy- Frommer

Amazon Kindle P.C.:
The Fallen Stars by Jessica Sorensen
The Ultimate Sacrifice by Talia Jager
11:15 The Making Of Halfling by Heather Burch
My Familiar Stranger by Victoria Danann

That's it for this book haul e-book edition, Let me know what books you have gotten, Happy Reading, Ashley

P.S. I do have book reviews coming up, just waiting for the books to be released. So there's something to look forward to.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Once Upon A Read-a-thon Last Update

I didn't finish the read-a-thon. Late Monday night I got sick. And have been battling it even since. So I didn't get as much reading done as I wanted to. But there is always next read-a-thon to do so.

I had fun with this one!! Happy Reading, Ashley!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Once Upon A Read-a-Thon Update #1

Books Read:
I've read just one book so far. Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. I've read this series before. But I wanted to re-read it to finish it. I'm even more in love with Harry Potter.There's something magical about it. Now I'm reading The Ultimate Sacrifice by Talia Jager.

Finished with that I will start Kiss Me Deadly by Trisha Telep.

Happy Reading, Ashley 

Once Upon a Read-A-Thon

I am participating in the read-a-thon that starts July 9th and runs till July 11th. For more information please go to Pure Imagination. 

I've never done a read-a-thon before, Very excited to get some much needed reading done.

I plan to read:
 Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (in the middle of)
The Ultimate Sacrifice by Talia Jager (started lastnight)
Hereville by Barry Deutsch
 Kiss Me Deadly by Trisha Telep
 Touch Of Frost by Jennifer Estep

I will update how many pages I've read, what books I've finished and post reviews for them. This will be the page I post my updates on.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Released: 1983
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series: Song Of The Lioness, Book One
Page Amount: 231 US Paperback
Source: Own/gift

"Alanna of the Trebond has always yearned to become a warrior maiden, and she's not about to let little things like the wrong gender or her mysterious, magical powers known as the Gift get in the way. She manages to disguise herself as a boy so thoroughly that she gains admittance to the palace military academy and quickly establishes herself as the most talented of the new knights-in-training. What she doesn't count on however, is just how hard it can be to maintain her secret over time--- not only does her womanhood become more difficult to conceal but so too does the growing force of her healing magic. And when only sorcery can save her friend, Prince Jonathan, from a fatal illness, Alanna faces the most difficult decision of her life: Should she use her Gift, thus revealing her true nature? or lose her dearest friend for the sake of her most cherished dreams?"
Information from the synopsis from the book

My Thoughts:
I've heard amazing things about Tamora Pierce's books. With that being said I was a bit nervous reading this with all the awesome things I heard. I was like you're not going to love it as much as a fellow book blogger and friends have. I was so wrong, Alanna is amazing!! She's a totally kick ass character and the world in Tortall I want to live there.

This is a medieval fantasy with this amazing female character who isn't afraid to go for what she wants. Even if she does have to dress up like a boy. And she wants to be a knight!!If  you haven't picked up this book yet GO for it!!

I really want the rest of the series, like yesterday!! Thanks to Misty at The Book Rat for recommending me this.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Revived by Cat Patrick

Revived by Cat Patrick
Released: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Amount: 336
Source: Library

" As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing she can beat death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and she discovers the agency's true goals, she's at the center of something much larger---- and more sinister--- than she ever imagined."
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
I really loved this book. Daisy is one tough chick for surviving death 5 times and moving around. But when she comes to Omaha, Nebraska everything about herself and her world will be forever changed from brother  and sister Matt, and Audrey. Things change for the program as well.

This one is a roller coaster from the start. Couldn't put this down for a second. I wish there was another book to this. I would love too see where Daisy ends up next. And if her and Matt cross paths again...
Oh please I would love another book to this!!

All in all I really enjoyed it and plus the cover is pretty amazing!! 5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen

What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen 
Released: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Amount: 236
Source: Library

" Don't even think of leaving...I will find you," he whispered.

Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara's abusive father. But when her mom doesn't show up as expected, Sara's terrified. Her father says she's on a business trip, but Sara knows he's lying. Her mom is missing--- and her dad had something do with it.

With each day that passes, Sara's more on edge. Her friends know that something's wrong, but she won't endanger anymore with her secret. And her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before its too late...for them both."
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
This was a difficult book for myself to read. Due to the subject matter of the storyline.  Being a person whom  had grown up in the same type of situation as Sara, I could relate to her fear and pain.  There were times I had to put the book down. I relived those memories reading Sara's account of what she was going through. Tracy did a wonderful job with writing this. My heart was broken throughout this tale.

Luckily at the end there is a happy ending for Sara and her mom. As well as my family.

This book isn't for the light hearted. This is a heartbreaking debut novel of 2012. I am looking forward to reading more books by Tracy in the future.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Released: May 1st 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Sweet Trilogy, Book One
Page Amount: 454
Source: Library

"Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on bad influences? 

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of the struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage  of her angel side to balance the dark side. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?"
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
WOW, This isn't like the other angel books I have read. Sweet Evil pushes your buttons from the start. How I wish Kaidan and Anna had a chance to be together. I actually felt bad that they couldn't be.

This is a debut novel for 2012. And I must say what an amazing angelic debut it is!!

Cannot wait for book two that's if HarperTeen is smart and signs the rights. What are they waiting for? I need more Kaidan NOW!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Belles by Jen Calonita

Belles by Jen Calonita 
Released: April 10th 2012(first released April 10th 2010)
Publisher:  Poppy
Series: Belles, Book One
Page Amount: 356
Source: Library

"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."
- Information from

My Thoughts:

I have to be honest this is one of the books, that I judge it by the cover. From the cover I thought this would be a typical girly-girl story. Belles is so much more than. Its the story of Izzie Scott a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Having her world turned up side down. To find something she never knew she had.

Read this book if you have the guts to do it!! I loved it. Cannot wait for Winter Belles, to see where Izzie and the Monroe's go next.

P.S. the ending was very shocking!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Released:  May 1st 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Divergent, Book Two
Page Amount: 525, US Hardcover
Source: Library

*Warning the following blurb and review may contain spoilers. Please do not continue reading if you haven't read book one Divergent by Veronica Roth. You have been warned!!*

"One choice can transform you or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves and herself while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable-and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so."
- Information from Insurgent by Veronica Roth

My Thoughts:
I loved Divergent. I wasn't sure how the sequel could live up. I was proven wrong. Veronica has the amazing ability to keep you on the edge of your sit until the end. There were many times I didn't know what would become of Tris.

I don't want to reveal to much. But all I can say is I'm sitting here still trying to figure out the ending. I didn't see it coming. I look forward to the next installment in this amazing series!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley


Friday, May 11, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa 
Released: April 24th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Blood Of Eden, Book One
Page Amount: 480, US Hardcover
Source: Library

"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."

-Information from 

My Thoughts:
This isn't your typical vampire story. For one the vampires are the ones in charge and treat the humans like bloodbags. The have what is called pets which governs over the registers. Making sure they give their blood when its required. There are also the unregistered who refuse to be marked by the vampire leaders. Allison (Allie) is an unregistered who has fought and stolen for everything she has in live which isn't a lot.One night Allie's fate is forever changed when she's attacked by the rabids and is left for die. She has a choice either die or become the very thing she loathes. 

Allie is one kick ass female character. She deals with her new life while trying to forget her past. 

This is by far my favorite vampire novel. Which isn't very shocking for me due to the fact of how much I adore Julie's The Iron Fey series. 

I am looking forward to seeing where Allie goes in the future!

5/5 stars Happy Reading, Ashley 

Library Haul (1)

Showing you all the wonderful books I checked out from the library this week. I feel that as much as its important to buy a book and its even more important to support our local libraries!! 

Books Checked Out:
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
When The Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Revived by Cat Patrick
Belles by Jen Calonita
What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

I'm looking forward to reading these awesome findings at the library. Please let me know if you have read any of these. If you are looking forward to reading them. 

Hope you all had a booktastic week!! Happy Reading, Ashley 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

In My Mailbox (23)

In My Mailbox(23)
Hello Again!!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Its to showcase what books you have received for review, borrowed, or bought.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Fear by Michael Grant

I also received some swag from a contest.

that's all I got this week In My Mailbox. Let me know what you think and what you got in your mailboxes, Until next time, Happy Reading. Have a booktastic week!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
 Released: May 11th 2004
 Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.
 Page Amount: 374, US Hardcover Edition
 Source: Library

"a long, hot summer...

That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?"
-Information from

My Thoughts:
   I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan. With that being said I had high hopes for The Truth About Forever. Although it did take me a few chapters to get into the story line. I felt the feelings of the main character Macy Queen. The perfect good daughter of her parents. Her life is everything she wanted until the loss of her father changes everything. Macy starts to put on a mask, needing for her looks and personality to be perfect not only for her mother but to the outside world. So they don’t give her “the face”.

Not until she takes a job with the catering chaotic business of Wish. Does she start to want to change herself. Not be the “perfect daughter”, she’s always been. With her job at Wish she meets an interesting group of people. Including Wes, who will make her thing forever is possible.

Throughout the book Macy wishes she had grieved for her father. The day of his funeral the same way her sister did. That she could tell her mother how she truly feels about the loss of her father.

This is truly a heart breaking, humorous, light romance story. Something I feel we all could relate to.

4/5 stars, Hope you enjoyed my review, Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Released: January 17th 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Unearthly, Book Two
Page Amount: 403, US Hardcover Edition
Source: Library

*The following blurb and review may contain spoilers. Hallowed is book two in the Unearthly series. If you haven't read Unearthly, please do not continue on.*

"For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning."

My Thoughts:
I had mixed feelings going into this because I liked Unearthly, I didn't love it. I had the same experience with Hallowed. I do love books on the angel myths. 

Anyways in Hallowed Clara is face with many life changing events. There are alot of twists and turns. You won't know what will happen next. Clara learns more about herself and who she truly is. 

I love Tucker!! I will read the next one just to have more of a Tucker fix. 

4/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday(1)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine. Its to spotlight upcoming releases you can't wait to get your hands on!!

The Immortal Rules
by Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: April 24th
From Goodreads:

"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."

Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite YA authors. When I read about this novel I was so excited to read it. I love vampires, and Julie's writing. Its just amazing that the two are now together!! The cover is AMAZING!! Looking forward to her POV of vampires and to read more of her writing again. If you haven't yet you should check out her The Iron Fey series its awesome!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Catastrophic History Of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg

The Catastrophic History Of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg
Released: February 21st 2012
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Page Amount: 400, US Hardcover Edition
Source: Library

"Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?"

-Information from

My Thoughts:
  This was a refreshing novel for me. Even though it was filled with such heartache and sadness. I couldn't put it down for a second. Brie loses her life by her heart literally breaking when her boyfriend Jacob dumps her.She is thrown into the afterlife and wanting to have her old life back. She meets Patrick, a guy who has been waiting for Brie. Although she doesn't remember him there is a clue the nightmare she has every year on the same day.

Brie goes through the stages of grieve. She tries to get back at those whom she felt did her wrong. She learns that getting even wasn't the best idea.

Will she get the chance to make things right? If you have to read to find out. The ending made me tear up.

What a heartbreaking debut for 2012!!
5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley