Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Wrap-up Post

I did it you guys!!!

I read the five books I challenged myself to read in the month of May! It was a close one though, I finished the last book yesterday night *gulp*. I think I could have done better in the challenge, like maybe writing the reviews for all five books (I only wrote two of them) or participate in all the mini-challenges hosted by a few participants of this challenge (I only participated in 4). Oh well, next challenge I'll do much better. I hope I have more time in my pocket too since that's one of the main reasons I barely made it.

Challenge Books Read:

*Books provided by the publishers via Netgalley*

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross
Essence by Lisa Ann O'Kane (Read my review)
Between The Lives by Jessica Shirvington  (Read my review)
Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley
Aspen by Rebekah Crane

All of them were great, GREAT reads. I can't stop saying how glad I am to have joined this challenge. It gave me the boost to read all of them and the support from the other participants was awesome. And it was FUN. I'll be joining another one soon for sure. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Series: Stand alone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: July 2nd, 2013
Page count: 312 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Won 

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Book Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

*The Chef's Review*

Rating: 5/5 stars!

I've wanted to read this book for a long time, and it wasn't until two days ago that I finally had the chance. My sister was the one that recommended it to me because I told her that I wanted to read a cute, funny, and chirpy book... It totally was!

In this read you have the adorable, sweet, hot looking guy that goes by the name of Xander,then there is the funny and sarcastic girl Caymen. This two meet from the very first chapter of the book and that's something I really liked because usually you have to wait several chapters until you meet the guy.

It so happens that Caymen's mother owns a doll shop which she and Caymen run together. That's when cute, rich guy Xander comes in to buy one. Now Caymen doesn't like rich, preppy guys like him, but he of course finds his way in. The problem is that Caymen's mother doesn't appeal to rich people either and constantly makes fun of them (she has her reasons). Anyway, Xander and Caymen keep seeing each other "as friends", helping each other out to find their career paths and just to hang out.

There were several things I liked about this book but if I had to point out just one of them, it will be the humor inside. It was funny and entertaining and not at all boring. This book is like the best medicine to a sad heart (not that I have one, just saying it could work on one).

Full of sarcasms and charm, The Distance Between Us has all it takes to keep you entertained for less than a day (you won't be able to put it down!) and it's one that leaves you daydreaming for several days.  ;)

Release Day Book Blast - GUARDIAN by Alex London


About the Book:
GUARDIAN (Proxy, #2) by Alex London 
Release Date: May 29, 2014 Hardcover, 352 pages Publisher: Philomel Genre: YA / Dystopian / LGBT
The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. 
In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger. 
People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned. 
This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page. 
A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, James Dashner's Maze Runner, Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu's Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.
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Chapter One – GUARDIAN by Alex London
At night, they disposed of the bodies. There was no ceremony, no ritual, no remembrance.
“They’re human,” some argued.
“They were human,” said others. “Now they’re meat.”
“We have to study the infection,” said the doctor.
“We have to contain it,” said the counselor and gave her orders. “Burn the bodies.”
A work detail was tasked with the burning. One by one, in the dead of night, green uniforms with white masks hauled corpses to the pile. The corpses were webbed with black veins, their entire network of blood vessels visible through the pale skin. Dried blood obscured their faces and each had a single hole in the temple by the eyes, where the killing bolt went in. They were put down like livestock, burned like sacrifices.
As the bodies crackled, the doctor watched the flames, her face half in shadow, half dancing in firelight. “I believe there is a cure for this,” she said.
The counselor, standing beside her, nodded, but did not turn to look her way. “Your cure is worse than the disease.”
“You believe that?”
“It’s the truth. Your way is treason.”
“You’re in denial,” the doctor said. “This is going to get worse if we don’t stop it.”
“It’s a new world, Doctor,” the counselor replied. “We can’t turn back the clock.”
“Even to save people’s lives?”
“These”—the counselor gestured at the bodies—“are not people.”
“If it spreads?”
“Is it spreading?”
The doctor watched the young members of the work detail tossing the bodies on the pyre. They moved with the assurance of youth, the kind of attitude that allowed them to stare infection and death in the face and believe it would never touch them. “I don’t know.”
“It is your job to know.”
“I can hardly understand it. The blood turns against the body. Itching, burning.Then, expulsion. Half of them bleed out.”
“And the other half?”
The doctor clenched her jaw. “They haven’t bled out yet.”
“They are in pain?”
“They can’t communicate, but we have to restrain them to keep them from scratching their skin off with their fingernails.” The doctor sighed. “So, yes, they are in pain.”
“Put them out of their misery,” the counselor ordered.
“But, we can still learn—”
“Those are the orders.” The counselor walked away, two green uniforms trailing her into the jungle. The doctor took off her white smock, pulled the blue gloves from her hands with a loud synthetic snap, and stood before the flames. She watched her latest failed experiments turn to smoke and ash in the bonfire, every bit of blood boiled away, with all the information it might have contained.
She had ideas, dangerous to share; but if she didn’t find a way, she feared, this sickness would go further than any of them could imagine. She would record a message in case she failed. She hoped that someone would still be alive to receive it.
Read the Exclusive 3 Chapters from London’s new release, GUARDIAN here: 
You can read the short story PUNISHMENT, the PROXY prequel on Wattpad for free right now! MeetSyd, Knox, and Liam (from Guardian) at 15...
Meet the Author

C. Alexander London grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He's an author of nonfiction for grown-ups (under a slightly different not very secret name), books for teens (as Alex London...see above), and, younger readers. He once won a 12-gauge skeet-shooting tournament because no one else had signed up in his age group. He's a Master SCUBA diver who hasn't been diving in way too long, and, most excitingly, a fully licensed librarian. He used to know the Dewey Decimal System from memory.
He doesn't anymore.
While traveling as a journalist, he watched television in 23 countries (Burmese soap operas were the most confusing; Cuban news reports were the most dull), survived an erupting volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a hurricane on small island in the Caribbean, 4 civil wars (one of them was over by the time he got there, thankfully), and a mysterious bite on his little toe in the jungles of Thailand. The bite got infected and swollen and gross and gave him a deep mistrust of lizards, even though it probably wasn't a lizard that bit him.
Although he has had many adventures, he really does prefer curling up on the couch and watching some good television or reading a book. He enjoys danger and intrigue far more when it's happening to somebody else.
He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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That's What HE Said Thursday #14: Ethan from Between the Lives

That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his heroine. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

Today, of course I had to share a quote from my latest favorite book, Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington.

You said you wanted someone to know you. Maybe I just want to have someone know me too. Without you in this world, the memories of every moment we've shared together will be gone. We only exist because others see us. Part of my existence..." He swallowed, " important part, only exists because you are here to see it.
                           Ethan to Sabine, Between the Lives

I love this quote. Ethan is trying to make Sabine understand how important both of her lives are, how important this life, the one he is in, matters just as much as the other. He's scared that if she chooses the other life, everything that happened between them will cease to exist, that he won't be the person he learned to be because of her.

Oh, and this is the part where Ethan claimed my heart as his as well.

ARC Review: Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

Title: Between the Lives
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: Stand alone
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: August 7th, 2014 (first pub: 2013)
Page count: 336 pages
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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Book Summary:
For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she shifts to her 'other' life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she's a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she's considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments that bring her dangerously close to the life she's always wanted. But if she can only have one life, which is the one she'll choose?

A compelling psychological thriller about a girl who lives two parallel lives - this is Sliding Doors for the YA audience.

     *The Reader's Review*

     My rating: 5/5 stars

Between the Lives is an insane read. Hands down a unique, beautiful book that I'll be sure to come back to several times. Imagine a girl forced to live two different lives every time the clock strikes midnight. One day a rich girl with absolutely everything she could ever ask for, another day a life more run-down and difficult to live. Hit repeat.

I just can't even explain all the things this book made me live through. Basically, it's a book about cherishing what life gives and throws at you. To not take for granted what little or much you have. Sabine is tired of living this way, of going twice through everything in different places with two different families. It's hard not to mix them up and I don't know how she managed to do it for such a long time. And not trying to give too much away, let's just say that this girl tries everything to see how she can give up one of her lives in order to live only one.

I loved the intricate way this book was written. I loved the possibilities of Sabine's two lives even if she didn't like having them both. I adored the characters from both lives. From her brother's in one life (even if we don't see much of them) to her little sister in the other. But most of all, I loved Ethan. All of him. Every word, every page he was in it. I loved the feels he caused me, but hated some of them too because... *deep breath*. I can't even discuss about that because it's a huge spoiler. Just so you know, I've now lost track of how many times my heart has been broken. 

I didn't expect this book to be an emotional read for me. But boy, you can't imagine how much it turned out to be. I wasn't even in one of those moments and I was already breaking up. I felt things and knew something was going to burst my bubble, but like a true book masochist, I went through it all. 

As a last round, all I want to say is that this book is a must and always will be. To feel, to experience, to learn in this rough way is incomparable. Some might disagree with Sabine's approach and how she deals with her lives, but I believe she had guts and deserved a chance to find out. And besides, thanks to everything she did, she met Ethan, so no regrets there. Between the Lives is a bittersweet read that beat me roughly a few times but left me smiling and hopeful. Although that ending is not what my heart actually wanted, it sure is the next best thing.

*Note: Between the Lives is the Australian version of the U.S. edition of One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington.*

Almost Night Blog Tour: Playlist & Giveaway!

Hi all! I'm so happy to be participating today in the blog tour of Almost Night by Emily White. I haven't finished this book yet because I just started reading it last night but I assure you this one is a page turner, it's been AWESOME so far. I'm already half-way through it.

For this stop I have something sweet to share with you. Emily White provided us the playlist for Almost Night! Isn't that awesome? I love listening to what inspired authors to keep writing, what made them tap their foot on the floor. But first, have a look at what Almost Night is all about before you head out to to listen to that playlist.

~About the Book~

ALMOST NIGHT by Emily White 
Release Date: May 5, 2013 Paperback, 303 pages Genre: YA / Fantasy / Fiction 

Fourteen-year-old Lilly Grey exists in two worlds at the same time. She just doesn't know it.

As the only albino in a million mile radius, Lilly is used to being different. Pink eyes and white hair aren't exactly the best camouflage in the harrowing jungles formally known as high school. And yeah, she's used to being an outcast and seeing the world in a slightly different way, but she never guessed how literally "different" applied to her.

Not until a clan of shape-shifting dragons tell her she's not just albino. She's a unicorn and the only mortal alive who can live on both Earth and its antithesis, Morcah. Now all those times she thought she saw a floating brown blotch in the sky or eyes peering out at her from the bark of trees make sense. She's been seeing Morcah, a land that exists in the exact same spot as Earth, just in a different phase.

But it's not all sunshine and rainbows for this unicorn. As the only one who can live in both phases, she's also the only one who can bring Morcah--and all its inhabitants--to Earth. And creatures who've been trapped on Earth since the Dark Ages are willing to do worse things than kill to make that happen.
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~ALMOST NIGHT by Emily White Playlist~

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1. Hey, Soul Sister by Train
2. The Beautiful People by Marilyn Mason
3. This is Halloween by Marilyn Mason
4. Ka-Boom Ka-Boom by Marilyn Manson
5. Rolling in the Deep by Adele
6. Iridescent by Linkin Park
7. The Nobodies by Marilyn Manson
8. Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson
9. Doll-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag by Marilyn Manson
10. Feel So Numb by Rob Zombie
11. Hurt by Johnny Cash
12. These Times They Are a-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
13. Awake and Alive by Skillet
14. By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North
15. You Are More by Tenth Avenue North
16. Break Me Down by Tenth Avenue North
17. Dragula by Rob Zombie
18. Monster by Skillet
19. The Catalyst by Linkin Park
20. Hallelujah by Paramore
21. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
22. Demons by Imagine Dragons
23. Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons
24. On Top Of the World by Imagine Dragons
25. It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
26. Every Night by Imagine Dragons
27. Little Talks by Of Mice And Men
28. Monster by Skillet
29. Dead Inside by Skillet
30. Castle of Glass by Link Park
31. Not Your Fault by AWOLNATION
32. Sail - Unlimited Gravity Remix by AWOLNATION

Such a cool playlist! I love all these songs, some were already among my favorites. Do you see any favorites up there? I'm curious.

~Meet the Author~

Emily White is a nerd. 
She prefers her men fully clothed and donning bow-ties, her commas British, her books cheesy with big, overly-dramatic explosions, her characters awkward and endearingly real,* and watching her movies in authentic turn-of-the-century theaters. When not exposing her nerdy self to the world, she's creating her own friends and putting them in horrible, yet sometimes humorous situations.
Check out her YA Space Opera series starting with Elemental (Spencer Hill Press, 2012), continuing with FAE (February 2014), and ending sometime in the near future with a book she has yet to write. She's also authored a collection of Steampunk (zombie, werebot romance) flash fiction, if you're into those kinds of things, titled "To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World."

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May 5th – Chelsea's Reading Adventures  – Review
May 5th  A Diary of A Book Addict  – Review
May 6th  The Happy Booker – Review
May 7th  Books and Bling  – Review
May 8th  Like A Bump on A Blog – Review
May 9th  I Am A Reader – Interview/Guest Post
May 14th – Karin Baker – LRB Guest Post – Review
May 19th  DanaSquare – Review
May 21st  Painted Words – Review/Guest Post
May 22nd  Bookish – Review
May 23rd  Books Complete Me – Review/Playlist
May 26th  Booksniffer Book Reviews – Review
May 26th  wicked Readings by Tawania – Playlist/Spotlight
May 27th  Live To Read – Review
May 27th  The Cover Contessa – Interview/GP
May 29th  Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post/Interview     May 29th  Offbeat Vagabond – Review 


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