Top Ten Tuesday (32): Creepy Books to Read for Halloween

The topic this week is Top Ten Best Books to Read for Halloween/Creepiest Book Covers. Okay, so I'm sure I've mentioned how much of a chicken I am a time or two (or ten thousand), right? Yeah. I don't do scary. I can't do scary, more like it. I have a seriously overactive imagination and it really runs wild when I'm spooked. I get nightmares, jump at every little thing, get chills, you name it. Needless to say, I tend to stay away from things that are straight up scary. Sometimes, however, people are able to talk me into reading something scary - which is sometimes even worse than watching something scary... stupid imagination. I don't know how - and I don't know why I put myself through that - but it does happen. I get creeped out really easy, though, so some things I think are scary aren't really thought of like that for the majority of people. Oh well. I've come to accept that I am a huge wimp and I'll be the first to boldly and proudly admit it. So there!

Anywhoozle, here are some books that really creeped me out, but are great to read for Halloween:

Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Paperback: 295 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 2 August 2011
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

Top Ten Tuesday (31): Character Names I Love

The topic this week is Top Ten Character Names I Love. I am a... collector of names. I love them so very much, you guys! Some of my favorite names are ones I've gathered from books I've read. If ever I get to have children, you can bet I'm going to try my hardest to put my top favorite names to use. Hee hee. Some of the names I like are a little more unusual, so I wouldn't really name a child after them, but I still like them. And seriously, some are just awesome. So let's do this thing! As I have so many favorite names, I decided to do ten male names and ten female names... because, why not?!

Here are some of my favorite character names:

Review: More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
E-ARC: 249 pages
Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: 15 October 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Provided by the author
Purchase: Amazon
Jamie Baker, the only girl in the world with superpowers, has now accepted who she is and learned to control her power. Not to mention she has the best boyfriend on the planet. Life is finally looking good. But the day she witnesses an accident and decides not to save the guy out of fear of being exposed, she realizes that simply being Jamie Baker isn't enough.

After seeing Jamie so wrecked with guilt, the ever-helpful Ryan Miller decides it's time to make all of his fantasies about turning his girlfriend into an honest-to-goodness superhero become a reality.

Of course, coming up with a decent Super Name and fending off all of Ryan's attempts to get her into spandex aren't the only problems Jamie faces. The more her alter ego starts to make headlines, the harder it becomes for Jamie to hide her extracurricular activities from her best friend, the government, radical scientists, and the mysterious new guy who is determined to steal her from her boyfriend.
Do you ever find yourself reading a book and enjoying it so much, you can't help but sneak in some reading any spare second you have? Well, More Than Jamie Baker was definitely one of those books for me. It had action, suspense, humor, drama, romance, a super-powered kick-butt heroine, you name it. After having loved the first book in this series, Being Jamie Baker, I didn't think I could like any following Jamie stories more. Oh boy, was I wrong or what?!

I'm going to put a warning right out here in the beginning: if you haven't read Being Jamie Baker yet, do not continue reading this post. I mean it. Stop right now! As is common for sequels, there are going to be spoilers for the first book, and I really don't want to ruin anything for you. I'm already trying hard enough to omit spoilers from this book in this review! So as I was saying, if you haven't read the first book yet, stop reading this review. Go download it, fall in love with Jamie's story and then after you're done reading it, I'll be more than happy to let you read this rambling thing I sometimes call a review. And we're moving on...

I was extremely happy to see Jamie be so much more playful in this book. She still has a little bit of her Ice Queen quirks, but for the most part, she's really changed things around. When we meet back up with Jamie, she's attending college and rooming with her best friend, Becky. Her relationship with Ryan is strong, and growing stronger, since he is also going to the same college and Jamie has learned to gain more control of her abilities. As much as I like that Jamie is coming into her own more, I felt she was rather careless in this book. There's an accident in the beginning involving Mike, Ryan's best friend, getting seriously injured. There was a point where she saw what was going to happen, so she could have saved Mike. However, her self-preservation kicked in and she couldn't bring herself to use her powers in front of the crowd, so she didn't save him. Naturally, she felt super guilty about that afterward. However, as is pointed out to her numerous times, this was a very sensible thing to do. Then after that, she's just so reckless. She sneaks into the hospital, uses her powers to ward off people trailing her and even exposes herself to a new friend. After having been so careful and stuff during the first book - and evading creepy stalker scientist Mr. E -  I thought for sure she'd be smarter about her secret and pay more attention to signs that things might not be quite right. She fell right into every trap and was kind of, well like I said before, reckless. She's really the one who gave herself away. Though it was tough for me to see everything that she couldn't, I can understand the sense of freedom she has now that she can be more like herself. But still. I did like seeing her go all superhero, though. It was a nice switch from being so reclusive in the first book, to putting herself out there - albeit in costume - and helping people. She really is quite an amazing person.

Ryan is charming as ever. Sometimes I think he's not so good for Jamie, because he's the one that suggests she put herself in danger and start doing superhero deeds, but he does understand it's something that would make her feel better after not saving Mike. He really is such a romantic, arrogant, wonderful guy... the perfect guy for Jamie. His love for her is so strong and real, it practically oozes off the page. I love him. I love him, I love him, I love him!

In this sequel, we're introduced to a new character, Teddy. Jamie and Becky meet Teddy on campus right before Mike's accident, which kind of bonds them in the tragedy, since he was there as well. The girls really warm up to him, but from the get-go, I wasn't sure if they should trust him. I wanted to trust him so bad, for their sakes! But, since Jamie didn't seem to be paying enough attention to things, I felt like I had to watch her back or something. It made me suspicious of everyone. I mean, do you even remember the whole Mr. E thing? It's like nobody is safe for our gal to trust in this world! Well, other than her parents, Ryan and maybe even Carter. But anyway, as for Teddy, he'd have to prove himself to me. I know, I'm weird. I'm most certainly not going to spoil any story bits, so you'll just have to read the book and find out if Jamie was right to trust him or if I was right to be wary. I know, I'm evil. Bwahaha!

I found the pacing to be perfect. Parts that needed to go quickly, did. Scenes that needed a little more time were given that time. The writing, as always, was well done and entertaining. There is so much going on, that having that amazing balance is a true testament to Kelly's writing prowess. This is the third book I've read from Kelly Oram and I have to say, I am definitely a fan. I think my one and only complaint is I wish her books were offered in physical copies, instead of strictly digital. I can tell you right now, if they were, all my friends and family would have at least one of her books, compliments of me. Other than that small disappointment, I really can't help but love everything I've read from this wonderful author thus far. Keep them coming, Kelly!

Like I said earlier, I got totally wrapped up in this story. Not only do we have Teddy flirting with Jamie every chance he gets, but there are Visticorp creepers lurking around every corner, and someone even gets shot! Secrets are being told, lies are being revealed, friendships are tested and lives are put in danger. There's even a seriously shocking ending that will leave you gasping for air! Needless to say, our super-girl has never had her hands more full.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed More Than Jamie Baker. It is an amazing adventure that is sure to have readers clamoring for the next book. If you're looking for a little more spark in your reading, be sure to check out the Jamie Baker series. You seriously won't regret it.

A favorite quote: “That's right. I, Jamie Baker, the world's only superpowered girl, come complete with supersenses, deadly lightning bolts, and - you guessed it - the ability to superkiss someone.
Evildoers of the world, beware.”*
* I originally had a different quote, but then I thought it was too spoilery, so I had to change it. This makes me sad, but I definitely don't want to ruin anything for ya. I can't wait until you read it, though! EEE!


Top Ten Tuesday (30): Books I Was "Forced" to Read

The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" to Read. By "forced" I don't mean made-to-read-or-suffer-the-pain-of-death or whatever. Some of the picks this week were books I had to read in school, others might be ones I read for a book club or books people told me over and over again I simply HAD to read... or else. Just kidding. But no, seriously... ehem. A lot of these books were ones that forced me to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. I like when those kind of adventures lead me to some of my favorite books ever. On the other hand, sometimes I can't help but wonder why I wasted my time.

So here are ten books that, for one reason or another, I was "forced" to read (not including review requests):

Book Blast + Giveaway: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr

Welcome one and all to the book blast for The Cutting Room Floor by debut YA author, Dawn Klehr! This book looks incredibly interesting, but I'm not sure if it's something that will creep me out or not. Eep! I know, I know... I'm a baby. I'll give it a shot nonetheless. The Cutting Room Floor came out today, so check it out you guys. Also, enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for an awesome gift card!

The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr

Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she's publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn't know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez's web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.


Top Ten Tuesday (29): Best/Worst Series Enders

The topic this week is Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders. I didn't realize I have so many series yet to finish... until this topic came up. We're talking tons of series. A lot. Oh my word, I think I have an issue finishing a series! Granted, some series ending books aren't even published yet, but that's not the case with all of them! This list was interesting to compile, but I was able to come up with 9 likes and 1 dislike. Not too shabby, I think. Oh my word, I need to get reading...

Here are some of the series I actually have finished and liked/disliked the final book:
(By the way, I tried to omit spoilers, but I make no promises... just a warning.)

Book Blast + Giveaway: Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey

Welcome to the Book Blast for Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey! This particular book is the third in a series and came out today, so check it out! If you have yet to read the first two, Witch Eyes and Demon Eyes, be sure to pick them up as well. Below you'll find the book info and a giveaway. Happy reading, everyone!

Phantom Eyes (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey

Every child in Belle Dam is taught about the feud from an early age. There are ‘our’ people and ‘their’ people. Friends and enemies. Associates and strangers. It’s the kind of town where eyes are always watching, and you don’t need a reason to sell out your neighbors.

But the feud is a lie. As a new wave of fury sweeps through the town, creating a third front to an already overtaxed war, Braden has been broken worse than ever. His innocence? Shattered. His heart? Crushed. His magic? Gone. His new life? Ruined. And this is only the beginning.

Beneath the city lay deep wellsprings of power. The one who controls them is the one who will win the feud. In a city filled with puppet masters, Braden must elude their strings and end the feud once and for all. But first, he must outsmart his father, evade Catherine’s dark magic, regain what was stolen from him, trick a phantom who refuses to die, and foil a demon’s master plan.

Even then, he may not survive. Because power is a problem, and victory comes with a cost…

Cover Reveal: The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard (+ giveaway)

Welcome to the cover reveal for Amalie Howard's newest book, The Almost Girl! This book looks super exciting, you guys. Parallel universes, dystopian societies, complicated romances... it has it all! After checking out the cover, be sure to check out the teaser and enter the giveaway. So who wants to see this amazing cover?

Book Blast + Giveaway: The Switch by Dawn Pendleton and Andrea Heltsley

The Switch

The Switch by Dawn Pendleton and Andrea Heltsley
Honor and Faith haven’t switched places since they were kids. When Honor begs her twin sister to go on a date with her boyfriend, Cameron, Faith reluctantly agrees. The problem is that she lets things go too far. Now Honor and Cameron have broken up and he won’t stop calling Faith, claiming he felt something more for her. The scary thing is, Faith felt it too. The problem, however, is the one rule that sisters and best friends abide by: don’t date their exes.

Honor has her own problems. Breaking it off with Cameron was the right thing to do, but now his best friend, Parker, won’t leave her alone. The more time they spend together, the more Honor starts to heal. Suddenly, Honor sees Parker as more than just a friend who cares – and she wants more.

Neither sister wants to complicate things further and cross those boundaries, but they can’t stop their emotions for the guys in their lives. Turns out, the switch is the one thing that has changed them forever.

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Smashwords


It's the End of the Month as We Know It: September

Hey you guys! Litza here, a little late with the September happenings, but still gettin' it done.

A lot has happened in the last month in Nomiland, so reading has been lower on the priority list. Nomi and her family recently moved, so packing, moving, unpacking and getting settled in a new city is going to keep her from blogging for a little bit. Hopefully she'll be able to pop in every now and again, but until then, best wishes Nomi!

I was able to take a much needed vacation. I went to California with my sister and we had a blast at the beach and in Disneyland/California Adventure. Oh my goodness, I had such a nice time I didn't want to come back! But back to Arizona I returned... and promptly caught the most persistent cold. I still have a horrid cough and congestion, but I'm trying to make it work. Lame sauce.

So! Though September was crazy, some stuff did actually happen here on the blog. What, you might ask? Well, check it out below!

Reviews Done
I have been such a slacker with reviews lately. I know Nomi's been super busy, so I can't fault her, but I've been awful! I have so many reviews I need to get done, but I just can't seem to do them. So, for September, the review count is a bit fat zero. I'll try to do better from here on out, I promise!

Book Blast/Promo: Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

More Than Jamie Baker, the second book in the Jamie Baker series by Kelly Oram is almost here! 

Exciting news, right?! But wait... you haven't read book one yet? Well, do we have a surprise for you! To help promote the upcoming release of More Than Jamie Baker, Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1) is available in ebook format for $.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a limited time! That's a stellar price, you guys. So buy book one and find out why Jamie Baker is so awesome. THEN find out what happens next when More Than Jamie Baker releases on October 15th! Happy reading, everyone!

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