The Week's Entrée #22 & Giveaway!


THE READER AND THE CHEF IS 6 MONTHS OLD!!!


Gosh, I  can't believe we've had the blog for this long, it feels like if it were only yesterday when we finally took the plunge and created that first post. I'm just so grateful for everything. We have made so many great friends, read incredible books and learned lots of things from the book blogging community. The thrill hasn't died down yet, and I hope it never does. <3

As a thank you for being here on this special date for us, we have a giveaway! At the end of this post you can find the rafflecopter with the prize of a 10 dls book(s) from the Book Depository (as long as they ship free to you) OR a 10 dls Amazon gift card. This is open internationally, of course! GO ENTER :D

In Other News...



The lovely Chené Sterckx from Mean Who You Are featured us as "The blog of the month" in her July MWY A Monthly Buzz! How cool is that?! Go check out the interview about us and while you are at it, the awesome, awesome blog she has. <3 




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Books I Bought, Won or Received:

{Freebies}


The Space Between by Kristi Cook
Published: April 5th, 2013/ Ang'dora Productions, LLC 
Genre: NA Paranormal
When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

Leni Drago can't make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway--the few times she's tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters--inked, pierced and a hit-'em-and-quit-'em type. He's one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?

Jeric doesn't do girlfriends. Unless they're someone else's. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn't need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can't shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.

To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.

Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call "mind blowing." This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.
Got this book as a freebie from the Kobo store a few days ago! I love Kristi Cook's writing in  her Soul Saver's series, so I bet she must be wonderful in this one as well.


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Just One Song by Stacey Lynn
Published: April 9th, 2013 
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Nicole Parsons had the perfect life, made complete with the suburban home and the proverbial white picket fence. When tragedy struck and she lost the most important people in her life, she turned away from everything she loved before; shutting out every reminder of the perfect life she lost. 

It has been one year, three months, one week and six days since the accident; and Nicole is ready to stop counting the days she’s survived, and begin living again. 

On a dare from her best friend, Nicole encounters Zack Walters - the popular alternative rock star and man who signifies so much of her past – and suddenly everything in Nicole’s safe and quiet life changes. 

When she’s forced to face the pain she’s carried for so long, will she truly be able to heal from her past and begin to live again? 

Or will her new adventure ruin her completely?
Another freebie, yay! <3


{Received for blog tour}

Sulan by Camille Picott
Published: June, 2012 / Pixiu Press
Genre: YA Dystopia
Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children. 

Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics. 

Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight. 

When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape? 
I'm participating in the blog tour for this book! I'm very excited and can't wait to dive into it. Thanks go out to Candace from CBB Book Promotions for pulling together this event.

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                               Drowned by Nichola Reilly
Published: June 24th, 2014 / Harlequin Teen 
Genre: YA Dystopia
Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

                     Chameleon's Spell by Roni O'Connell

Published: May 28th, 2014 / Createspace 
Genre: YA Fantasy
She'd known it was coming-it had to be dealt with, sooner or later. The effect Chameleon blood produced on the majority of humans was akin to taking aphrodisiacs or psychedelic drugs, and all but the strongest minds succumbed. Juliet Marchant has a secret-one that makes her hide from the world, until the day her friend, a shifter wolf, is slaughtered on her land. If Juliet is to fulfill her destiny, she must take her place in the world, unlock her Immortal powers, and face her dangerous attraction to the human leader of Spectral Command.

I received both of these books from the wonderful Amy del Rosso of Lady Reader's Bookstuff! I'll be hosting a stop on the blog tours for each soon, so keep a look out for them!

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To Read This Week:

I think I'll be reading Drowned by Nichola Reilly this week. I really don't want to be reading it at the last minute, and besides, it sounds so good I can't make myself to wait any longer!

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And now...


Giveaway!

Enter, enter , enter!!! :D

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thanks for stopping by to the special edition of The Week's Entrée! What book(s) are you planning to read this week? Did you enter the giveaway? :)

9 comments:

  1. Congrats for the very first 6 months in the blogosphere! :D
    Also, I loved the interview at Chanzie's blog :)

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway! x

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    1. Thanks, Silvia! It has been a blast <3

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  2. Congratulations, Miss Melissa!
    And thank you for the sweet giveaway.

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    1. Thanks Bex, good luck in the giveaway. <3

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  3. Congrats on hitting the six month mark! :)

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  4. Yay!!! Happy 6 months :) time sure does fly. Thank you for the mention.. you guys are just awesome.. exactly why you were my blog of the month. It is almost my 1 year.. can you believe it. Not sure why my blogoversary widget says 78 days... it's more like 18 days. Chameleon's spell & drowned look awesome <3

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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