NA Review: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years Book #1) by Sarina Bowen

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Series: The Ivy Years

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Format: Kindle edition

Genre: Contemporary NA

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 8/10

This book is home to the three S’s of New Adult lit: solid writing, sucky situations, and sexy broken hockey players…

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In the Company of Shadows: Evenfall by Santino and Ais

Evenfall Volumes I and II by Santino Hassell and Ais

Series: In the Company of Shadows

Published by: self-published

Format: Mobi

Reviewed by: Judith

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, and M/M

Final score: 9/10

As you guys know, I’m kind of helpless at finding new stuff to read. Correction: seriously hopeless to the point where every few weeks I whine and beg and plead with Ellen, Onni, and anyone who will listen for recs of their favorite books. It’s annoying, I know, but a girl’s gotta read!

It was nearing that time again when a really intriguing cover caught my eye on the “best of” lists of one of my favorite blogs (namely Boys in Our Books).  It was for this book called 1/27 anthology and the cover was just vague enough to make me wonder. I had never heard of it and the BIOB “best-of” list is exasperating in that you can’t click on the photos and be immediately thrust onto the buy page of the book. But after a bit of investigative work, I discovered that 1/27 anthology was actually part of this series called In the Company of Shadows. And better yet, it was a many volumed series and was free! So I downloaded the first two halves of Book 1, Evenfall and dove in. HOLY CRAP was I not expecting that ride…

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Blog Tour: Love at the End of Days by Tera Shanley

Love at the end of days
Love at the End of Days by Tera Shanley

Series: Dead Rapture #2

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Format: Uncorrected arc

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: Fantasy

Score: 9/10

Exactly one year ago, I wrote about how much zombies scared me and for that reason, I never read anything about them. I think I also stated that because of Tera Shanley, I am now somewhat of a convert. She’s back with her follow-up to Love in the Time of the Dead and now we get to see where the survivors we met in book one have ended up.

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Cover Reveal: Love at the End of Days by Tera Shanley

Love at the end of days
Love At The End of Days
Release Date: October 14th, 2014


Love zombies? No, me neither, although this series may actually convert me. Above, is the new cover for Love at the End of Days (book two in the Dead Rapture series) and having read it (I’m lucky like that) I can honestly say it’s awesome! My review will be posted later next month.

If you fancy getting your hands on a copy, head over to Goodreads and enter the Omnific competition.

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New Book Push: The Write Stuff by Tiffany King

If you haven’t heard of Tiffany King, you are missing out on one of the sweetest, most enthusiastic writers in the business! This girl has it all – she’s that rare combination of sweet, sassy, happy go lucky with the added bonus of being a really good writer. It’s rare to meet someone with a heart of gold but seriously, if you were to use that expression in relation to authors, she’s the first one that comes to mind. And now, this awesome lady has a new book out. YES! She writes feel good stories that linger long after they’re over and this newest one is no exception.  Here it is! (Plus HOLY SEXY BOOK COVER):

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Review: Silver Wolf Clan by Tera Shanley

SWC CoverSilver Wolf Clan by Tera Shanley

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Format: Kindle ARC

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: Paranormal

Final score: 9/10


Without getting too schmaltzy (being the cynical and anti-schmaltz Brit that I am) I have THE best hobby. I get to hang out on social media talking about books, connecting with really talented authors and again chatting about books! Last year I read Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley and even though it was about zombies (my bête noir) I was hooked! Ever since, I’ve been stalking her following her career and now I’m really happy to be able to share book one in her new series Silver Wolf Clan. It’s out today.

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It’s the weekend, I’m bored: what do I read?!

Hey hey! So it’s the weekend; you’re bored. What are you going to read?! Ellen and I plus the fantastic Rebecca from Crunchings and Munchings book blog are having a book pow-wow this weekend and in honor of all the fun books we’re going to be reading, I thought I’d pass along a list of the top books in YA and NA right now that you should have read and if you haven’t, stock up! They’re all less than $5! So get ‘em, read ‘em, and tell us what you think!

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YA Review: Falling From the Sky by Nikki Godwin

Falling From the Sky by Nikki Godwin

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Format: Kindle

Reviewed by: Judith

Genre: YA

Final score: 9/10

No drama. Great storytelling. Interesting premise. Sexy protagonists. Slow build up and sexy delivery. No smut. Need I say more?

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Book recommendations from you and a giveaway!

Help! I’m leaving on a three week vacation and have absolutely nothing to read. Hard to conceive of but true. So here’s a fun way for me to get recs and a lucky winner to get a free book!

I totally heart books; how about you?

Here’s the deal:

You: leave the name and author of a great book you recently read. When I say great, I mean just that – I want something that wowed you; made you think about the characters long after it was over; made you wish that you knew the author so you could storm over to her home and then beg her to write a sequel.

Me: I’ll take your recs and get great reads for my trip *plus* I’ll gift one lucky reader a free e-copy of any book recommended (your choice!).

So start recommending away! Winner will be picked Tuesday around 9 pm.

An open apology and BEA!

Yoohoo! Hello! Hello over there!! Can you see me? Hello? It’s me, Judith? You probably won’t recognize me and if you do, you’re all probably a wee bit pissed at me for, ya know, not blogging or reviewing or even maintaining the site really over the last few months. But don’t be. I’m here on my knees ready to grovel.

“Why’d you leave us, Judith?!” That’s the big question. Guys, I am so sorry but this dumb thing called “day-to-day life” just kept getting in the way. At first it was just asking me to make dinner and you know, clean for a bit (and by clean I totally mean put dishes in the dishwasher and nothing else). Then it started eating up my available time with homework assignments, girl scout troop meetings, working 8 hours a day, laundry…and we can’t forget that pesky husband and the never ending, extended houseguests.  It got so bad that at one point I actually considered stopping blogging altogether.

The sudden collective gasp  you guys just put out is enough to make me think, “whew!” I did the right thing by not dumping the blog.

So here’s the deal. I promise to get you guys some quality reviews over the next few weeks because me, Ellen, and Onni have been reading up a storm. I also promise not to go AWOL again.

Now, this brings me to the awesome photo montage portion of this post.

On May 28 and 29th, Ellen and I took NYC by storm (not a difficult feat considering we both live in NJ) and attended BEA 2014. It was our 3rd time and we had a blast.  We spent all of Thursday checking out the various authors and taking in the scene:

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

More line waiting at 7:30 am...

More line waiting at 7:30 am…

Waiting in line for books to be autographed

Look closely and you’ll see A.R. Kahler, author of the Immortal Circus, waiting in line too

The line up to get books signed

The lines to get books by famous authors signed

We learned that at least two of the five main cast members of How I Met Your Mother  + one member of The Office had written books!


Jason Segal speaking at the Children’s Books Author Breakfast

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

BJ Novak signing in booth

BJ Novak signing in booth

Some of our idols of childhood:

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

And we met up with some amazing bloggers and authors from all over:

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorehouse, and Author Anne Eliot (plus me hiding behind a book on the telephone screen)

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorhouse, and Author Anne Eliot (+ me on screen)

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorehouse

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorhouse

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction's Ellen

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction’s Ellen

And the best part?! We got our hands on some new books:

I Love YA Fiction's Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot's How I Fall

I Love YA Fiction’s Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot’s How I Fall

Look at all the books!

Look at all the books!


So long story short: we’re back! Reviews are back! Hope you are ready for us!

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