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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 26 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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Welcome to the third 'Still on my Mind' post over here at YA-Aholic! Every Thursday I (and hopefully you too!) will feature a book that you read months or even YEARS ago that was so good (or so scary/unique/funny..etc) that it is 'Still on my (your) Mind!' I hope you join in! If you want to find out more about Still on my Mind meme click here!

Unlovable (Port Fare #1) by Sherry Gammon
Purchase Unlovable: Amazon . Amazon UK . B&N

Maggie Brown has convinced herself she truly is unlovable, and why shouldn't she believe that, her always drunk mother reminds her of it every day. Of course there is Seth..Seth Mr.Popular at Port Fare High..but he couldn't possibly love Maggie..could he?

Seth Prescott is an undercover cop, his current job? Attend Port Fare High, and get close to Maggie and find out if her mom knows anything about the current drug rates going up in Port Fare, while trying to stop the murders also going on in Port Fare...Seth has had secret feelings for Maggie for a long time...and this job is finally gonna be the thing that forces him to talk to her.

I adored this book so so much! It had, action, romance, suspense, inner conflict, and tons of other things that people (or at least me! ha)  look for in an amazing novel! I remember the night I read this book I was just cruising through the kindle store and found Unlovable, it had just came out and I thought it sounded good! I bought it, then read it in one sitting!! I could not put the book if my life depended on it!  It was SO good. After I finished the book, all I wanted to do was pick it up again and start from the beginning! Almost a year later and I am still kind of obssesing over this book. I have been checking up on book two like crazy and cannot wait for it to come out! OH and did I mention that Unlovable got picked up by an indie movie company!? Ya you heard me right, Unlovable is going to be made into a MOVIE!!!! (: 

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Okay so today I have a double awesome cover reveal for you guys! Go on take a look!!! 

ahh look at them!! I LOVE THEM! In case you can't tell these are cover reveals for book 3 and book 4 in the Farsighted series by Emlyn Chand.If you have not read this series you need to go pick it up now (NOW) the first book in the series is Farsighted and you can see my 5 STAR review HERE 

Find out more about Pitch (book 3): Goodreads
Find out more about Vertigo (book 4): Goodreads

Okay so starting with Vertigo, I love the guy they picked, he fits Brady perfectly! He has this slight cocky smirk on his face which totally suits him. NOW moving onto Pitch, I am obsessed with this cover. Out of all the characters in the Farsighted series, hands down Shapri is my favorite. So to see her and all her beauty on this cover makes me SO happy! Shapri looks gorgeous, and I LOVE the dark background with the smoke y ghosts around her. Pitch is flat out an epic cover. I love every single thing about it! The cover itself is gorgeous and Shapri could not look anymore beautiful! 

Purchase Farsighted: Amazon . Amazon UK 

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What do you guys think of the 

Pitch and Vertigo covers?!(:

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Welcome to the third 'Still on my Mind' post over here at YA-Aholic! Every Thursday I (and hopefully you too!) will feature a book that you read months or even YEARS ago that was so good (or so scary/unique/funny..etc) that it is 'Still on my (your) Mind!' I hope you join in! If you want to find out more about Still on my Mind meme click here!

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
First book in the Leaving Paradise series
Purchase Leaving Paradise:Amazon.Amazon UK.B&N.TBD

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares — has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

Swoon worthy quote from Leaving Paradise!

"Are you following me?" she asks, but doesn't meet my gaze.
"Yeah," I say.
I give her the only honest and true answer I have. "You're where I want to be.." 

A year later and I am still so in love with this book. I know tons of people love Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series. But I can easily say I love her Leaving Paradise series SO much more. I am normally not one to even like contemporary novels that much, but this one easily blew me away! Leaving Paradise has one of the best romances I have ever read, the romance between Caleb and Maggie was heartwarming, and heartbreaking all in one. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an amazing romance, or a great contemporary read! (: (I seriously think I may read this again when I get off was SO good!!)

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Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Giselle at Xpresso Reads, where you feature a book that has been sitting unread on our bookshelf for sometime. If you would like to learn more about Dusty Reads, and grab the button to join in then go here! (seriously this is like the best meme ever invented! Join in!)
Book 1 in the Revenants series

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

I bought this book when it first came out a year ago, and here it is...still sitting on my shelf! This book sounds really good, and according to Goodreads reviews it is pretty good. For some reason though it just never sounds appealing to pick up and read! Have any of you rad Die for ME??! What are your thoughts on it?! (:

What's getting dusty on your shelf?!

Hey Book Lovers! Today I have an awesome cover reveal for you guys!! Today's cover reveal is a brand new cover for Ashes, book two in the Arson series by Estevan Vega! I for one already loved the original cover, but this new cover is deff my favorite! The detailing on it is incredible! Anyways I guess I should share the covers with you guys! Go on..take a look! (:

More than three months have passed since Arson and Emery were taken. Taken and then separated.

And experimented on.

Salvation Asylum is more like a prison than a psychiatric facility. Unknowingly, Arson has become a vital instrument in a campaign set to genetically alter mankind. Enraged, confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, he wonders if he will ever see Emery again. His new existence is one crawling with questions. Is Grandma alive? Where does the fire come from? Can he become more than a monster?

In Ashes, book two of the ARSON series, nightmare and reality collide as Arson must embrace what he is and the haunting realization that there may be others out there, others like him.

Can I even express how much I love the new cover? I flippin love it! Don't get me wrong, I love the first cover too, but the new cover is on a whole new level! I love that the new cover has more color in it, but still has a dark feel to it. Oh and how perfect does the title go with this cover?! The book is called Ashes, and there her arm is turning to ash, I love it. The detailing on her arm is flat out mind blowing. I also love the font choices, and the smoke detailing. This cover all together is an amazing new cover for the Arson series. 

Arson (book 1) also got a makeover! (Don't even get me started on this cover!! (lovelovelove)

Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can’t shut it off.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl–who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin—moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, ARSON, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

What do you think of the new Arson series covers?! :D

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Welcome to the first 'Still on my Mind' post over here at YA-Aholic! Every Thursday I (and hopefully you too!) will feature a book that you read months or even YEARS ago that was so good (or so scary/unique/funny..etc) that it is 'Still on my (your) Mind!' I hope you join in! If you want to find out more about Still on my Mind meme click here!

This week the book that is still on my mind is...

Formats Available: Hardback/Paperback/Ebook
Purchase The Foretelling: Amazon . Amazon UK . Book Depo

Rain is a girl of the Amazon tribe of women warriors, the daughter of Queen Alina, living in a time of blood and fear. As the future leader of her people, she must seek and hold fast to her inner warrior. But amid the horrors of the battlefield, Rain is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy, men within her. What she encounters along the poignant and harrowing path toward her destiny a kind young man, a strange recurrent prophecy, and a condemned baby brother lead her, against odds, to forge mercy, love, and peace.

Why this is still on my mind?

I read this book when I was 14 (roughly 6 years ago), back then I never read a book and enjoyed it. The only time I read books was when it was required for a project. I don't know what made me pick up The Foretelling, but I am so glad I did. I was obsessed with this book, I read it in one day, and then read it again a few weeks later! I have read this book a total of about 5 times, and although if I re-read it now maybe it wouldn't be a favorite, it is Still on my Mind for being the one book that caught my attention when no books could. After reading The Foretelling I also read Alice Hoffman's book Green Angel, which I also ended up loving! I will have to re-read this soon and review it for you guys I think, I am curious to see if I still would like it as much (: 

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~The Romance Bookie
~Le Grande Codex
~Splash of our Worlds
~Bethany Lopez (author of Ta Ta for Now!)
~Reading is in my Blood
~In Between the Pages (Shawn Maravel, author of The Wanderer)
~Book Addict

What's still on your mind?!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you back again next week! :D

Hey book beauties! Today I have an amazing (so so amazing) giveaway for you provided by Big Honcho Media and Simon & Schuster publishing! Check out what is up for grabs and the details below!!
  • Up for grabs is TWO copies of  Wrecked by Anna Davies
  • Giveaway is US ONLY
  • Giveaway will run from now until May 30th
  • One entry per person

Read an Excerpt of Wrecked HERE
321 pages, Simon & Schuster publishing

Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this. 

Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control.

But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims—and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He won’t tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway…and discovers that Christian’s secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.

Seductive and compelling, Wrecked brings a contemporary, paranormal twist to a classic enchanting tale.

Huge thank you to Honcho Media and Simon and Schuster for letting me host this awesome giveaway!

Fill out form below to enter!!! :D

See by Jamie Magee
See is currently a stand alone (but I think it is going to be a series)
Available formats: Ebook
Purchase See: Amazon . Amazon UK . B&N
323 Pages, released May 5th 2012

Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your passions is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….it's life altering. Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the dammed to humble in silence.

One night…just a few friends, how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.

Part of her had been stolen…she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.

Sitting in the ER with her angry mother she couldn’t figure out what she was missing, or even how. Her thoughts told her that she needed to protect Britain, a friend of hers, but that didn’t make any sense – Britain didn’t need to be protected from anyone, he was strong, young, and absurdly wealthy. Charlie also knew that even though her friend Bianca called Charlie her best friend, she didn’t trust her …she was almost sure she despised her, but she couldn’t figure out why, or understand how random thoughts were telling her that she adored both Britain and Bianca – that they were her saviors – that they brought silence to the unstoppable whispers, but the silence scared Charlie. In her mind anyone or anything that could bring silence to something that dark could not be good.

Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister, within that small town Charlie found her memories and so much more.

Her story begins now.

I looked over my shoulder at him. "I'll find you," he whispered

See was an amazing read that I found myself captivated in right on the very first page. I could not put this read down, Jamie has written a novel that will catch your attention and then keep you until the very last page!

I must say I totally fell in love with this novel, the paranormal aspect of this novel is all new, I loved the idea of people that help the living and the dead be at peace. I also loved that thrown in with those people are demons too, this read was completely something new altogether for the YA genre!

Although I loved this novel there is one thing that bothered me, I felt I was confused for far too much of the novel. Each time I thought I got what was going on, something would happen and I would be confused again, and although I eventually pieced everything together and it all made sense towards the end, ending this novel I ended on a confused note! I am still stuck on if a certain somebody is evil or not, I am hoping that See is going to be a series so I can see what happens, but as far as I know right now See is a stand alone, which leaves me confused and angry! So fingers crossed this turn into a series!

My favorite part of this novel was Jamie’s writing, hands down. I have not read Jamie’s well known ‘Insight’ series, but after reading ‘See’ I can honestly say I am deff going to be picking up Insight soon! Her writing was incredible, I for one am big on writing that flows, when I pick up a novel I want to be captivated by the authors words and just flow through the pages until I have finished it, and with Jamie’s writing, I did just that! I never once found a spot where I thought ‘hey I should probably take a break here and continue later’ NO! I couldn’t do it, I sat in my room for hours until I finished See, and once I finished all I wanted was more, and also I could not believe I had read the book in one sitting! Jamie’s writing is one that will for sure captivate her readers!

My second favorite part of See was easily the romance, and although I know I should be going on about Draven…I just can’t! Is it wrong of me to like the ‘might be’ bad guy? If it is then I am guilty! I don’t know what it was about Britain, but I could not help, but lean more towards him than Draven.  When I think about Britain I just think mysterious, and over protective..which for some reason made me find him attractive? He had that whole stalker-ness to him, and still I enjoyed him more than the romantic love interest Draven. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Draven, I really did, but something dark and twisted inside of me makes me like Britain more, maybe I just like the crazy obsessive guys, who knows! I do want to make this clear though, there is NOT a love triangle in this novel! Which I loved, there was never one instance where Charlie wondered who she loved, or who she wanted to be with.  Which was great, most YA books would make a love triangle out of Charlie, Britain, and Draven, but instead we finally have a heroine who knows what (and who) she wants!

Besides the point of Jamie being an amazing writer and the romance being totally twisted yet amazing, there were many other things about See that readers are going to love, this is a novel about standing up for yourself and who you love,  a novel that has hate, darkness and light, action, and everything someone looks for in an amazing read. I recommend this to anyone looking for an amazing and unique YA read!

"I'll give you whatever you want - anything at all...I'm at your command," he whispered as his lips slowly moved across my cheek.