Posted in Book Reviews, Disney-Hyperion, NetGalley

Review | Poison by Bridget Zinn



Poison by Bridget Zinn

Disney-Hyerion | March 12, 2013 | 288 pages


ARC from publisher by request. Thank you Disney!

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! 100% A+++!!!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


An adventurous tale of a master potioner set to save her world with the help of a piglet, Rosie, a traveler, Fred, and his wolf-dog Langley. Full of mystery, laughter and loyalty. A must read by an amazing author.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Harlequin Teen, Kismet Book Touring

Blog Tour & Giveaway(s) | HarlequinTEEN’s Karen Ann Hopkins


HarlequinTEEN’s spring Reading into Romance

Spring is in the air and HarlequinTEEN wants you to fall in love! And they have just the books to make that happen!

In this epic tour, we’ll be featuring 9 authors and their amazing, toe-curlingly romantic books!

Today’s Blog Tour stop features Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins and a look at Amish love and marriage

Amish Love & Marriage

by Karen Ann Hopkins

Living within an Amish community in northern Kentucky for five years, I’ve witnessed many interesting things about their culture.  Sometimes, I’m shocked at their strict beliefs and behavior, but usually I’m humbled and impressed with their culture.

The Amish are people who are always willing to come to the aid of their neighbors, whether Amish or not, and they hold their personal relationships in the highest esteem.  These are admirable traits for anyone, but I’ve witnessed firsthand that the basis for their success in life is their religious faith and their solid and loving relationships with their spouses.

Granted, the Amish culture is a man’s society, and you’d think that would cause all kinds of problems with the women…but it doesn’t.  Most of the Amish women I know are quite satisfied of the role they play within the marriage.  They run the household and oftentimes are full and respected partners in the family business.  They care for the children and participate in church activities.  They get together regularly with other women within the community to quilt or clean house together.  Amish women seem busy and content within their lives.

I think the contentment begins with the giving nature I’ve witnessed from most of the men toward their wives.  Even though they may be the ‘boss,’ Amish men tend to continue to display acts of romance long after the wedding ceremony.  Flowers, extravagant gifts and vacations are commonplace from the men of the community to their wives.  They recognize and respect the hard work that their wives do and are ever thankful for their partner in life.

When troubles do arise within an Amish marriage, the community will jump in and help through counseling to repair the damage.  Very rarely do the Amish divorce, which shows their ultimate dedication in the vows they spoke to each other.

Because the Amish live a life without the entertainment of television, radio, movies and internet, they seem to put more emphasis on romance and that’s one of the reasons they may have up to twelve children or more within a family.  Their religion prevents them from using birth control, which obviously contributes to the large number of pregnancies, but since there are few other things to do in the evenings, the Amish are focused on the pleasures between a man and a wife.  So much intimacy keeps Amish couples close.  Having so many children would be a nightmare to most outsiders, but the Amish women appear to enjoy having large families and have grown accustomed to it.

The Amish don’t hold hands and would never be caught showing public displays of affection, but the simplicity of their lives lends to a quiet and hidden romance that lasts forever.


Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

HarlequinTEEN | June 26, 2012 | 383 pages

Paperback | Kindle |B&N | Indiebound



Your heart misleads you.

That’s what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah. And he loves me. We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be.

Because he’s Amish.

And I’m not.

Belonging the sequel to Temptation will be released April 30th by HarlequinTEEN – add it to your goodreads shelf!

Read my review of Temptation!

Connect with Karen Ann Hopkins

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

Blog Tour Schedule

HarlequinTEEN Reading Into Romance Tour Page 

Monday, March 4th – Karen Ann Hopkins and Temptation:

Wednesday, March 6th – Liz Fichera and Hooked:

Friday, March 8th – Cayla Kluver and the Legacy series:

Monday, March 11th – Aimée Carter and The Goddess Test series:

Wednesday, March 13th – Julie Kagawa and The Iron King series:

Friday, March 15th – Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits:

Monday, March 18th – Rachel Vincent and The Soul Screamers series:

Wednesday, March 20th – Hannah Harrington and Saving June:

Friday, March 22nd – Jordan Dane and In The Arms of Stone Angels:

There are two giveaways!
The first is a copy of Temptation!
The grand prize is also available with each entry you enter with! A beautiful necklace and Pashmina!
HarlequinTEEN dresses you for a romantic date with this beautiful, unique heart shaped locket! And in case it’s a chilly spring evening, don’t forget the matching beautiful Pashmina!
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Posted in Release Day!, St. Martins Griffin, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

A few teasers to share with you on this books release day!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 St. Martin’s Griffin | February 26, 2013 | 320 pages


“Why do the X-Men need another girl telepath? she asked.

“This one has purple hair.”

“It’s all so sexist.”

Park’s eyes got wide. Well, sort of wide. Sometimes she wondered if the shape of his eyes affected how he saw things. That was probably the most racist question of all time.


Maybe Park had paralyzed her with his ninja magic, his Vulcan handhold, and now he was going to eat her. That would be awesome.


Eleanor on nerves and her sense of touch:

Because, if they were always there, how did she manage to turn doorknobs without fainting?

Park’s dad was one of my favorite characters. Here are a few of his lines:


“He’s lucky you wear those little tennis shoes,” his dad said, “even in the middle of winter…Seriously, a jump reverse hook?” Park nodded. “Huh. Well, your mom is going to hit the goddamn roof when she sees you. She was at your grandma’s house, crying, when she called me.”


“Your mom just wants you to be happy,” he said to Park. “Don’t puss out on our account.” His mother frowned, like she wasn’t sure whether that counted as a dirty word.

Posted in HMH, Kindle

Kindle Daily Deal | Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #I) by Robin LaFevers

Another awesome Kindle Daily Deal!

I don’t have a formal review for this title but here are my progression notes from Goodreads:

Reading Progress

03/02/2012 100.0% “A great mystery with awesome dark magic/paranormal aspect and of course romance!”
02/28/2012 29.0% “Love how sneaky Ismae is! :)”
02/27/2012 18.0% “Mmmm, Duval’s attitude is enticing.” 1 comment
02/27/2012 8.0% “Liking it so far!”

Go buy yourself a copy for only $1.99!

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by Robin LaFevers

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children | April 2, 2012 | 565 pages

Kindle Daily Deal: $1.99 Regular Price: $16.99

Summary (Goodreads)

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

The good news is that Book 2, Dark Triumph, is releasing April 2, 2013!


Posted in Blog Tour, Kismet Book Touring

Blog Tour with Giveaway | Charachter Bio: Liam Hollander | Traced by Megan Squires


Kismet Book TouringWelcome to the Blog Tour for Traced by Megan Squires!

I am still currently reading this and will have a review sometime next week!



Meet Liam Hollander

l7webSo I’m the new kid. It’s strange to go from homecoming king at one school to a nobody at the next. But it’ll be fine. It’s the price I have to endure to live at the ranch, and that’s an easy exchange in my opinion. Blaze now has some much needed space to roam and doesn’t have to share the cramped, old barn with Grandpa’s horses anymore, so that’s totally worth it. And my little brothers finally get a huge yard to run around in and play catch. Total win-win.

And I like what I see so far at East Valley High, too. Especially the girls. Especially Tessa O’Donnell. I don’t know her story, but I plan to find out. Unfortunately, I think it has something to do with Joel, the football quarterback. He’s always looking at her like there’s no other girl in the room. I’m familiar with that look. It’s probably identical to the one plastered on my face all the time, too.

I have to figure out a way to get in front of her—to get her to notice me. I think our Day in the Life project for journalism class might just be my ticket. The only problem is, I’m pretty sure after spending one day with Tessa, I won’t be satisfied with just that.

She’s not like the girls back at Superior High, though she’s every bit superior to them. She feels familiar, like there’s some strange connection between us that I can’t even begin to explain. I’m just hoping Joel McBrayer isn’t going to be the one to break it.






Summary (Goodreads)

Tessa can’t sleep.

But when your parents are dead and the government directs your path in life, sleep shouldn’t come easily. Lately, Tessa’s fitful nights are growing even more predictable, almost like déjà vu. And she’s beginning to think that something greater is at work—something her society has taken drastic measures to keep hidden.

Caught between self-discovery and government conformity, she’ll have to choose either the boy who can help her reveal this new truth or the one that can provide her with the security of familiarity.

Tessa’s faced with a weighty decision. And she’s going to need more than a good night’s sleep to make it.



Connect with Megan Squires

Megan Squires lives with her husband and two children just outside of Sacramento, California. A graduate from the University of California, Davis, Megan is now a full-time mother, wife, and dreamer – though her characters don’t often give her much opportunity to sleep.

Blog Tour Stops

Monday, February 11th – A Book and a Latte
Tuesday, February 12th – Coffee, Books and Me
Wednesday, February 13th – The Cozy Reader
Thursday, February 14th – The Book Whisperer
Friday, February 15th – Ticket to Anywhere

Monday, February 18th – Sara in Bookland
Tuesday, February 19th – Tynga’s Review
Wednesday, February 20th – Imagine a World
Thursday, February 21st – Oops I Read a Book Again
Friday, February 22nd – Jenuine Cupcakes

Monday, February 25th – Ruby Reads
Tuesday, February 26th – My Neurotic Book Affair
Wednesday, February 27th – The Book Faery Reviews
Thursday, February 28th – Rants N Scribbles
Friday, March 1st – The Book Hookup


Enter to win a Traced bookmark and an eBook of Traced.

All entries will also count towards the Grand Prize of one Kindle Paperwhite skinned with the Traced cover art!

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