Tag Archive: YA

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Left Drowning
What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

Paperback, 399 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Skyscape

My Review

I have been reading more of the New Adult (NA) books here lately. This book pulls you in, and keeps you in the story. I loved Blythe and Chris. Each have dealt with their own family past, and learn to come to terms with it throughout the book. I really enjoyed the twist that came with each of their history. There is so much emotion throughout the story. It’s hard not to get sucked into the book!

Blythe has been in her own stupor since the death of her parents. If you had not read the synopsis before reading the book, the beginning may be a bit confusing. I hadn’t read it since I requested the book from Net Galley, and reading the first few pages I wasn’t sure what was up. The further I read, the more I understood.

Since the death of her parents, Blythe hasn’t seen much meaning to life. She doesn’t have much in the way of family. She has a younger brother, and her aunt that took her in. Throughout the story you learn about the guilt she is left with when it comes to the night of her parents death. During her last year of college she meets Chris Shepard, and he helps pull her out of her stupor. He is able to bring her out of a place that she has been for the past few years, something that Blythe wasn’t sure could happen.

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Giveaway! Lick (Stage Dive #1) ebook

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Lick since I finished it a few days ago. Did you read my review? Or any reviews on Goodreads? Have you added it to your TBR?  It comes out on July 1st. Amazon has it for $3.99! I absolutely love this book!  Now, for the giveaway…..

Lick (Stage Dive, # 1)

Up for grabs is an e-copy of Lick. The giveaway will end on July 4th, and a winner will be picked that night. The winner will then have 48 hours to contact me. Good luck and happy reading!

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Demonic Dora by Claire Chilton

Demonic Dora: The Demon Diaries Book 1

Demonic Dora



Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she’s not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.

Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.

She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.

Expected publication: June 30th 2013 by Ragz Books

• 260 pages
• Genre: Paranormal Fiction, Humor, Teen
• Available from: www.ragz-books.com/paranormalfiction/demonic-dora.html
• ISBNS Ebook: 978-1-938988-17-2 | Paperback: 978-1-938988-18-9

Review Excerpts

“Demonic Dora is dark, twisted and devilishly witty at each and every turn, and will leave those who like whimsicality of Harry Potter screaming for more.”

“Demonic Dora is a great story, and a totally unique take on demons and hell, which is both interesting and entertaining.”

About the Author 

Claire Chilton is a geek girl, high school dropout who somehow managed to get an English degree in spite of never taking a single GCSE, although she once taught them! She’s done every job on the planet at least once, except astronaut, and won an award for being ‘most likely to trip over the red carpet and flash her arse at the cameras’.

She currently runs her own business online and is a writer of paranormal comedy, science fiction and fantasy, paranormal romance and teen comedy, which she affectionately calls her ‘editing nightmares’. She gets distracted easily by shiny things and is currently investigating the washing machine mystery of ‘what happened to the other sock’.
Contact Details
• Email: claire@claire-chilton.com
• Website: www.claire-chilton.com
• Publisher: www.ragz-books.com

My Review

Demonic Dora was a pretty good book. Dora is a great character. She doesn’t take shit from anyone. There is a LOT of swearing in it. I do think I would have liked it better if there had been a little bit less profanity (I don’t mind some, just not excessively). The plot flows nicely through most of the book. There was only one part I felt like I had skipped some pages or whatnot, but when I went back to look I hadn’t skipped anything. Most of Demonic Dora is set in Hell. It does give nice descriptions of Hell. It helped me picture Dora’s surroundings.

I got a kick out of the spells that are used in the book! An example of a spell: Screw you asshole! You will also get to take a trip down a famous highway! The story is unique. I haven’t read one like this before, and VERY glad that I had a chance to read it.

The Island by Jen Mikman

The Island by Jen Minkman

The Island

‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.

I have never seen one.’

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

(Please note: this novella contains a few references to the famous sci-fi movie Star Wars which are pivotal to the plot. None of the characters in The Island are in any way related to the characters in the movie. Leia is named after one of the ancient heroes of her culture/religion.)

Paperback, 105 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Createspace

My Review

Can you imagine leaving home at the age of ten, or your child leaving at the age of 10? For many years that is what happens with a child turns 10.  My son just turned 10 in May and I couldn’t imagine him leaving home now.

At just over 100 page this is a simple short read , but it was very good. Being a Star Wars fan, I liked the references it made to SW. This dystopian novel would be great for a variety of ages. I am 30 and enjoyed it, I think I will use this for my 10 year old this fall in his reading list (we homeschool). I do wish it had been longer!

Once Leia and her twin brother turn 10 they sent to live at the Manor with other children ages 10-19. They start questioning their “leader” at the Manor. A turn of events starts Leia questioning everything she has ever known. She meets a Fool (someone from the other side of The Wall), and then the truth starts unraveling

Sometimes I will pick a book by it’s cover, if I had seen this in the store I would get it based on the book. I love the stormy looking water with the girl standing waist deep in it. It fits the story.

Follow Leia’s journey in The Island, and you won’t be disappointed!

Right now on Amazon you can get The Island for $0.99!!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins $2.99!

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Have you read any of the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins? I really enjoyed the ones I have read! Now on Amazon you can get Hex Hall Book One for $2.99! This is a great price! I’m not sure how long it’s going to last so hurry and get your copy! Go HERE to get your copy!

Bloggin for the Pitties Giveaway #1

Welcome to the first giveaway for Bloggin for the Pits! To raise the $500 for Villalobos we would have to raise about $21 a week. Our goal for the next 2 weeks is $42, and if we can make it to $60 before the end of the giveaway I will give away 2 sets of prizes. In addition to this giveaway, you will be entered for the giveaways at the end of the blog-a-thon. This giveaway is now live and will end on March 7th! Up for grabs……

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (ebook)

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY

The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.


Everneath by Ashton Brodi (ebook)

Everneath (Everneath, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned–to her old life, her family, her boyfriend–before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance–and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

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Cornerstone (The Cornerstone Series, #1)

Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes.  What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable.  Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets.  But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.

My Review

I didn’t look to see what this book was about. I read it as part of my UtopYA Challenge. Was I glad that I did get a chance to read Cornerstone! I can’t this was published in 2011 and I just now read it! When I first started the book, I kept wondering what it was about. You learn about Nali and how she came of her unfortunate nickname. Nalena knows what it’s like to be bullied, she’s spent part of her life being nicknamed “The Waste”. Cornerstone kept me interested from beginning to end, and left me wanting more! The first thing I did after finishing was look up the sequel on Goodreads, then Amazon!

Teens always come to a point in their life where they have a big decision(s) to make as far as who they want to be. Nali’s is important, not only for her, but for many many others as well. You get to follow her on her journey to her decision.

Then there is Garrett. I would LOVE to be able to stare into his blue eyes. KWIM?! Dark hair and blue eyes…..yummy! I would have taken him home if I had the chance 😀

Timeless and Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir

Timeless (Timeless, #1)


When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Timeless is one fo the books on my TBR list. I am excited to get started on it soon. Check out the chapter sampler HERE. Here is a bit on the 2nd book, Timekeeper.
Timekeeper (Timeless, #2)
When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor’s high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn’t remember her. In fact, he doesn’t seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.Michele then finds her father’s journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.

Alexandra Monir’s Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Now that you have read more about Timekeeper, check out the video below for its trailer.


Splintered by AG Howard



This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Release Date: January 1, 2013 by Amulet Books
Pages: 384


Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies to watch. I can watch it over and over again. When I came across Splintered, it became a must read for me! It was very tempting to read Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland first!

From Carroll’s version you have a few characters that are the same….yet they are different. Howard does a great job with descriptions and keeping you reading.  I really enjoy the twist on the characters from Wonderland. You can see bits and pieces of the original story in Splintered, yet at the same time you get a whole new world. This is a book that I would love to see as a movie (of course it looked really great playing in my mind….it’s never the same as what really comes out in a movie…kwim?).

This is definately a must read for 2013!

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