Monday, 30 September 2013

Review, Giveaway, Except, and Blog Tour Stop: Losing Virginity by Ava Michaels



Losing Virginity
Author: Ava Michaels
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date:  Sept 19th 2013
Format: ebook
Source: A Copy was provided by the publisher for review
View/Purchase:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating:

Reason chosen:  

I was asked to review the novel and be apart of the blog tour, when I read the summary I accept as it sounded interesting.

Summary taken from Goodreads:


WARNING: THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY ONLY FOR AGES 18 OR OLDER. OLIVIA HAS CRAZY THOUGHTS. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY INAPPROPRIATE THOUGHTS I RECOMMEND YOU DON'T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE VIRGIN EARS I RECOMMEND YOU DON'T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR THEN READ THIS.


Olivia Spurgeon has been a good girl her entire life. Her friends have called her Spurgeon the Virgin since 9th grade. Why? Because everyone in her group of friends had already lost there virginity by then. Over the past four years it has been like a foreign object attached to her and even named it something simple. 

Virginity.

Now, she's a freshman in college and still hasn't done the deed. All three of her roommates do not have Virginity attached to them and they aren't scared to show it off. Olivia is jealous. She wants what they are having, feeling. One day she finally decides that she doesn't want Virginity attached to her anymore and begins the journey of losing it.

Review:

This book fell short of my expectations. I kept reading it because I though that it would get better, but I felt it got worse near the end. In fact, the book wasn’t all that bad in the beginning, but it really took a turn at the end. I felt got the impression that this book was going to be another humourous New Adult novel that would probably leave me smiling, but things started to get to me. The main character uses language that sounds like a mixture of adult and kinder garden talk. A little bite of this would be perfectly fine, but there is a lot and some of it is just down right useless. I find that things like “Jesus Penus” and other terms just didn’t work for me. Secondly the characters didn’t feel like they fit. The main character seemed a little brash at first, the main guy was actually pretty cool, but the roomies were weird. One went from being a virgin to having sex with as many guys as possible in a matter of days. Also the main guy...he was awesome, but he was barely in the book for the first half, and I knew that he was going to be the “main guy” so it was bothering me that we never really get to know him. But it was the ending that didn’t sell me on this book. I found that Olivia gives up on her relationship really fast...twice. She doesn’t bother letting him talk to her or explain and she just walks away until he does a big grand gesture. It made me feel like she wasn’t invested in the relationship. All of that aside there were some funny moments. The beginning was pretty entertaining and some of the scenarios were pretty good as well. 

Good:

Some funny moments and a pretty cool lead male character.

The romance. The intimate scenes and romantic moments were actually really well done and probably the best parts of the novel. 

Bad: 

A lot of the story aspects just didn’t do it for me. They made it so that I couldn’t take the story seriously or let alone enjoy it. 

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall, the story has potential. It seems to follow a lot of stereotypes of the New Adult genre like extremely sexually active roommates, guys that seem like lady-killers that turn out to be good guys, and funny quirky female leads that are virgins. It didn’t really hit the spot for me and the ending was very anti-climactic for my liking. The writing was well done and easy to follow, especially for an ARC version, but I felt more work could have went into making this novel more solid and relatable.

Viewer Type Recommendation:

I can’t say I would recommend this to many people, but if you can overlook some plot flaws and character flaws, and are looking to enjoy some New Adult Romance then this could be for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore, A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers, Lost & Found by Nicole Williams, Crash series by Nicole Williams, Frigid by J. Lynn, Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Drew + Fable series by Monica Murphy, Wait For You by J.Lynn, The Only Exception by Magan Vernon, The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen, Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta, Losing It by Cora Carmack, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Read Completely: 
Yes

Author Info:

I'm an LA girl who lives in San Francisco. I'm currently working a 9 to 5 job but decided to write my own book in January 2013 instead of watching television. My new years resolution. I'm glad that I've finally ready to release it after 8 months of working on it! 

Twitter: @AvaEMichaels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ava-Michaels/319425701526016

This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

Excerpt #1

I set my cup to the side and leaned in to him. I gently kissed his lips that were sweet from the wine. My mind had shut off. There were no tumultuous thoughts or conflicting emotions like there had been last night. I was completely in the moment with him. Alone with him. 
I gently pulled back from him and looked seriously into his eyes. I studied his face, and his hair, touching them gently as if they were made of porcelain. I leaned back in to kiss his neck and breathe no words but just my desire into his ear. His arms tightened around my waist and he pulled his breath in quickly as he pulled me on top of him. I was nervous. My body seemed to know what it wanted. My hands grasped his hair as our lips met. I felt myself pull closer and closer to him, my hips grinding gently against his.  In one motion I sat up, still straddling him and pulled the top of my dress down to expose my breasts. I didnít feel self-conscious or awkward. I felt excited and confident and I wanted him to feel that way too. He unbuttoned his shirt, exposing his perfectly defined chest. I leaned back down and felt all the blood in my body race as the warmth of our bodies connected. 
As we kissed, I reached down and, a little clumsily, unbuttoned his pants and gently pulled the zipper down. This was it. I was ready. I wanted to lose my virginity here, with this man, right now. It wasnít the alcohol. It was him, Ryder Dawson. He was the man worthy enough. 
"Are you sure?" he asked.

Excerpt #2

Victorian women had a complex system of sending courtship signals with their fans. If she was available, she would fan quicker, and if she was taken she would fan slower. If her fan rested on her left cheek, then she was not that into you. If it was on her right cheek then you were in. Whoever got rid of the fan thing? That sounded great to me! I've been borrowing my courtship rituals from Victorian England and sending the slightest, tiniest, most miniscule signals to guys that I was interested. I was assuming that boys could understand a complex system of unspoken language. It wasnít me after all. It was them! 
I needed to be more obvious about my signals, it was as simple as that. 
In Finland, girls who were ready to marry would wear an empty sheath around their waists. When a guy wanted to date the girl, he would either make or buy a knife and put it in her sheath.
Tell me it doesn't get any more obvious than that. Maybe I should just walk up to the next boy I want wearing a sheath. Would he get it then? Somehow I doubted it.
If the woman wasn't interested in the man, she would give the knife back, but if she wanted to marry him she would keep it. Women in those cooler climates always carried knives around. 
I resolved that I was going to drop the fan and go for the knife. It's time I made a sheath.


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Monday, 23 September 2013

Review, GIVEAWAY and Interview with "The Boys" of: Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter.

Through the Zombie Glass
Series:  White Rabbit Chronicles #2
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre:  YA, Romance, Paranormal/Supernatural/Zombie
Release Date:  Sept 24th 2013
Pages:  480
Format: Paperback-ARC
Source: A copy was provided by the author for review!
View/Purchase:  Goodreads | Chapters/Indigo.ca/KOBO | Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
Rating: 


Reason chosen:  

Because Alice in Zombieland rocks me to my core. It was awesome.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

Review:

Oh. My. God.
I love these boys. There was a scene with Bronx where they drive around the corner and there he is in the middle of the road leaning up against his truck, and I thought I was going to die. Personally, if he light up a smoke I would have thought that some 1950s rumble with guys in leather jackets was going to happen. It was intimidating, it made me smile, it made me shiver...it was friggin’ hot. That just about describes half of this book. Hot. hothothothot.  
Hot. 
Then there is a scene with a mad hatter hat, and the beautiful quote “He watched me from afar the rest of the night, but at least he continued to wear the hat” and I’m friggin dying. I was almost so excited and happy and engulfed in the novel when I read it that I almost ripped my ARC copy apart. Seriously...I may have to buy a hardcopy.
First off I love the YA zombie story... I always will, but secondly Gena Showalter creates a lot of characters and even better they all have their own distinct personality and all are unforgettable. I absolutely love when a novel does that...it’s to the point where I can see everything that happens in the novel to perfection; I guess like I was in the story. I found that too when I read the first in the series, but this book brings in a whole new element that changes the whole story. Something has happened to Ali...she’s getting cravings. The changes test Cole and her’s relationship. It tests her relationship with her Grandmother...hell it tests Kat and Frosty’s and Bronx and Reeve’s relationships too. It also makes Ali question herself. Whether or not she should continue and what she would sacrifice for her friends and her family. 
This book was filled with a whole bunch of awesome craziness. There’s a “mole” in the group and you start to question everyone. Then things with Ali kick up and you can’t help but wonder what is going on with her and whether or not the journal has any answers for her.
Its a captivating sequel to the first and I couldn’t be more thankful. I’m always worried about the second novel not being as good as the first, but from page one I knew that wasn’t going to be an issue. This novel was as mind blowing and as captivating as the first one. But, be warned you may want to punch Cole in the face in this novel. Oh! And shake Kat’s hand. I love Kat. She definitely knows how to stir things up.

Good:

Ali and ZA- The introduction of ZA causes so many issues, but brings a whole new feeling to the novel.
Here is how I pictured Alice:


Although I'm not a big fan of her acting she is how I pictured Alice the whole time.

Cole- Dear lord Cole! Get your act together you sexy sexy man. And your sexy dirty mouth in this novel. Rrrraaaaoooowwww.


Incase you missed it my review of the first novel in the series, this is how I picture Cole:



Oh, Steven R. McQueen...I like your brutish attitude on The Vampire Diaries. I think you would fit so well as Cole Holland

Bronx- I had a whole new level of love for you in this novel.

I had to pick someone for Bronx because he played such a large role in this novel for me. Well I guess his character just really stepped up in this novel. So here is how I picture Bronx:


Imagine some crazy coloured hair and I think this is Bronx. I would even say that Grey Damon would also produce the snarky, snappy, and tough guy that I see as Bronx.

Kat- Do I even need to explain why I love Kat so much? No...I don’t think I do.




This is how I pictured Kat. Although I'm not a big fan of her acting she does have an attitude that could be Kat's

Frosty- All of you is good. Expecially your love for Kat and your mouth.


This is my Frosty:




From the first introduction to Frosty this is how I pictured him.

Justin- I’m questioning everything about you...and I like it.

Gavin- I liked the introduction of Gavin. He made things lively.

Bad: 

Umm......Nope I’ve got nothing.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this book was wonderful. The writing was so well done, so filled with humour, and so easy to follow that I could really feel a part of the story. I could picture every scene and every setting like I was really there. I loved the teen angst, the sexual tension, and the feelings of stress that Ali feels and comes across so beautifully. The story line was extremely interesting...we are taking from a work where Zombies exist at night in spirit and only some can see them, to one where a Zombie overtakes Alice’s everyday actions and life, and she is no longer safe. But...above everything I have to say I love when an author can write a story with so many characters and make it work. Gena Showalter makes each memorable and understandable. Her writing and story line are so well done that I was captivated by the story and find myself continuing to fall in love and appreciate each character that is created. 

Quotes:

My Book ended up looking like this:


I tried to stick to the "Zombie" colours but I ran out of tabs. 

Click here for some of my favourite quotes from the novel!

Previously In the Series:

Alice in Zombieland (#1)-> Click for review

Next in the Series:

Untitled (#3) ETA: 2014

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you like Zombies, YA romance with action, or the supernatural/paranormal than this is for you. And its amazing.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Unraveling series by Elizabeth Norris, Divergent series by Veronica Roth, Dualed by Elsie Chapman, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Demon Trapper series by Jana Oliver, Shifter series by Rachel Vincent, Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer, Jessica series by Bethany Fantaskey, Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines, Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Read Completely: 
Ah..ya.


Trailer:


Author Info:

Author Website/Blog: http://members.genashowalter.com
Series Website: http://wrchronicles.com
Twitter: @genashowalter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/genashowalterfans

This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

Gena Showalter was lovely enough to take some time out and answer some of the questions I had for the "boys" of The White Rabbit Chronicles


Boys thanks so much for dropping by and taking a second to answer some of my questions!

Let's get right down to it.

1. For Bronx:
         Bronx, I'm secretly in love with you. When you went all cave-man when the girls saw you on the side of the road…well that did things to me. Keep it up. I love you. 
         Anyhow, what went through your mind when the bomb was dropped and you first heard about Ethan and Reeve?
Bronx: Someone’s gonna die.

2. For Frosty: 
         I love your attitude. Never change. 
         Now, tell me about the first time you met Kat and what went through your mind.
Frosty: I won’t get into the specifics (Kat would go feral tabby) but the first thought to drift through my mind was: whatever it takes, I’m making that girl mine.

3. For Cole. 
         Pardon me, but I wanted to slap you in this novel. Sometimes. Other times… Well there was some kissing going on in my mind. 
         This novel had a lot of changes for you, your crew, and your romance with Ali. What do you think is next for each one?
Cole: Think about what’s next?  I’d rather stab myself in the thigh.  Lately, mirrors have been coming to life.  Whispers of the dead have tormented Ali.  Not to mention what I end up doing to Ali.  We need a vacation.  

4. Boys:
         Describe your ladies in one word. 
Cole:  Mine.
Frosty:  Firecracker.
Bronx:  Forbidden.

 5. For Justin:
         Oh, Justin, Justin, Justin. Have you changed? I'm not sure what to think of you this novel. But tell us what's different about you compared to before.
Justin: I’m like Humpty Dumpty.  I was sitting pretty, I fell, I cracked, but now I’m trying to put myself back together.

6. For Cole:
         I've always been curious about your relationship with your dad. Have you guys ever had normal dad and son talk? Tell us about what its like growing up the slayer-life.
Cole: My dad understands the trials, and the loss, the stress, and the need to relax.  The need for friends.  They understand.  And because of the brutal battles I’m forced to wage, he’s sees me as an adult.  Unlike most kids, I’ve never had a curfew. 

7. Frosty:
         It seems Kat has had a change of heart; she might just be keeping you. Tell me about what makes you love her.
Frosty:  She’s part diabolical genius, part pit bull, part fluffy kitten.  She rocks my world.

8. For Bronx:
         Mr. Caveman,
         Why the continuously changing hair colour?
Bronx: Why not?
Touche. Touche.

9. Boys:
         What is your favourite weapon?
Cole: crossbow
Frosty: Sig Sauer
Bronx: swords

10. Boys:
         If you all had to fight each other arena style who do you think would win?
 Boys: It would be a tie.  We’d all be dead.

Boys…thanks for your time, and keep being ridiculously awesome.
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Quotes: Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter


Here are some of my favourite quotes from my recent read:
: #2 Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter (Click title for review)

My Book ended up looking like this:


I tried to stick to the "Zombie" colours but I ran out of tabs. 


Probably good to tell you there might be some spoilers

1. He hadn’t bothered to clean his face, and his cheeks were streaked with black paint, dirt and blood. So danged hot.

2. Silently, he disarmed, dropping daggers, guns, magazines of ammo, and his personal favourite, a crossbow. He’d come to me first, i realized, not even bothering to stop at his house. 
Even hotter.

3. “I must be seriously disturbed, because I like when you rough me up.”

4. “So? You’ll get a boo-boo I’ll have to kiss and make better. Problem, meet solution

5. Me: Nana, do U know what WTF means??
Her: Of course, silly. It means “well that’s fantastic.”

6. I hated to admit it, but I was kind of impressed. He-slut has skills.

7. “Are you saying I’m eye broccoli?”
Frost barked out a laugh. “Where do girls get this stuff, man?”
“I’m not even sure what eye broccoli means,” Cole said. “That you look bad, and I shouldn’t want to eat you, or that you’re loaded with vitamins and I should.”
Kill me.
Please.

8. “I’m recovered,” I said. “Believe me now?”
Those violet eyes slitted when they found me. “Assault and battery is illegal.”
“So arrest me.”
...
“How about I put you over my lap and spank you instead?”
“How about I knee your balls into your throat?”
“If you’re going to play with that particular area, I’d rather you use your hands.”
“My hands aren’t going near that area ever again.”
... “I bet I could change your mind,” he whispered huskily.

9. “Sorry, honey, but if you want a big boy’s weapon, you’ll have to fight me for it. Spoiler Alert-I’ll let you restrain me on the floor as long as you’re straddling my waist.”

10. “If you don’t get yourself killed tonight, it’ll be because of a miracle.” he said. “Good think my middle name is Miracle.”

11. “Too bad. Because you’re making me rethink my stance about not doing my friends’ exes.”
I snorted, not even trying to hide my...incredulity? Surely I wasn’t amused. “You’re making me rethink my stance against cold-blooded homicide.”

12. “He’s not some strange guy, he’s my boyfriend, and what I do with him isn’t your business.”
“Everything about you is my business.”
Her back went ramrod straight. “Screw you. I’m not doing this with you, Bronx. Not anymore.” She turned. 
He grabbed her arm, spun her around. “Did you sleep with him?”
Very calmly, she said, “I told you. What I do with him is none of your business.”
“And I told you everything about you is my business, but neither of us seems to be listening.”

13. A few minutes later, she was parking in her usual spot. The lot could be overflowing, but no one, not even teachers would dare encroach on her territory. Not because of her, or her father’s money, but because of Bronx. I heard someone made the mistake of parking here only once; Bronx had hot wired the car and crashed it into the trees the students had spray painted gold and black to proudly display our school colours.

14. Cole: Who runs this show? Just be there
Me: Fine.
Cole: Your enthusiasm is humbling
Me: Go screw yourself
Cole: I have. I prefer to have a partner

15. “As I was saying, she’s smart, and she’s funny, and the best part is, she puts out.”
Was sex always on his mind? “Your words are like poetry.”

16. “You’re also not my type. Or you weren’t. I’m not sure what my type is anymore. You resist, and it drives me wild.”
“That’s sad.”
“That’s life.”

17. “It’s too late for that. I’m going to kiss you, Ali.”
I was the one to shake my head. “You made your bed.”
“Yes, but I still want you in it.”

18. What was I going to do with him? He’s come to my house a few times, and he’d come bearing gifts. A stuffed aligator. Dinner from my favourite hamburger joint located nearly an hour away. A protective cover for my great-great grandfather’s journal. 
What the heck did he think he was doing?
I doubted even he knew.
Each time, he’s thrust the gifts at me, almost angrily, before stomping away.

19. “Why don’t you escort me to the pond. I want to see the ducks, but I’ll need someone to throw in their path if they turn violent.”

20. Wait. The he-slut of the great south knew how to bake?

21. “Will you please stop forgetting you’re into brunettes?”
“I realize I can’t see hair color in the dark.”
Oh, wow. “However will I continue to resist such  wondrous flattery?”

22. “When is the madness going to end?” he asked. “I must be obsessed with you, Ali. Addicted. What I feel is definitely unhealthy. Without you, I’m having trouble eating and sleeping. I think about you all the time, wonder what you’re doing, and who you’re doing it with. Do you know how many times I’ve been tempted to hunt you down and just carry you away?”

23. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a Kat. Then always be a Kat.

24. Him: I can’t stop thinking about our last kiss.U were topless
Me (blushing): Thanks 4 the reminder
Him: If U needed a reminder, I need 2 work on my technique
Saturday
Him: Are U eating properly?
Me: Yes, Dad.
Him: I kind of like the sound of that. How about a spanking?

25. “What did you threaten Cole with?” I asked when we were alone.
“I told him I’d set you up with my cousin Rick.”
“And that worked?”
“Like magic.”

26. “Let me go,” I rasped.
“Never again,” he replied.

27. “Ali Bell doesn’t play hide-and seek,” Lucas said. “She plays hide-and-pray-I-don’t-find-you.”

28. “When Ali Bell gives you the finger, she’s telling you how many seconds you have to live.”

29. “What you did was stupid, Ali.”
“Sometimes the wisest decision seem like the most foolish.”
“I should spank you.”
“Try. Please.”
He chuckled. “You thinking you’ll end up spanking me?”
“Knowing it.”

30. “Alabama is an ocean of untapped, horny fish, and dad like his seafood.”


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