Hosted by Should Be Reading.
This week’s musing asks…
Will you be buying books for the holidays, this year? If so, for whom, and why?
This year I will only be buying 1 book. It’s for my mom for Christmas and it’s a photographic history of the town that we live in. It looks pretty cool actually, the creators of the book took old historical photographs of our town and then added a picture of what is currently in said location. I’m looking forward to it. We’re pretty big history buffs here at our house so it should go over big.
Hosted by The Story Siren.
- To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.*
*The 2013 extension is so that December Debuts can be read and count toward the challenge.
RULES & GUIDELINES:
- You must have a Blog to post your reviews or be a member of Goodreads.
- Your blog must be written in English.
- Deadline to join is May 31, 2012.
- Must be a young adult or middle grade title.
- Must be the author’s YA or MG debut, released in 2012.
- If an author has a previous novel published for adults or children, they can still qualify for the challenge.
- If an author has a previous YA or MG title, they do not qualify for the challenge.
Goodreads list of 2012 YA & MG debuts
In addtion to the always awesome 2012 Debut Author Challenged (hosted by The Story Siren) I will also be participating in the 2012 Sophomore Reading Challenge hosted by Chick Loves Lit!
The challenge is to read at least 10 Sophomore Books!
For More Information visit Chick Loves Lit and join!
To View Some Sophomore Novels: HERE
I’d like to take the time to thank Jamie from The Eclectic Bookshelf for stopping by and taking the time to guest review Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith.
Title: Kiss Crush Collide
Author: Christina Meredith
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Reviewed Format: ARC
Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some.
With graceful and honest writing and an electric love story, this is a book about growing into your own skin. For fans of Perfect Chemistry, Sarah Dessen, and John Green.
First, I’d like to thank The Keeper for letting me drop by and post a couple of guest reviews on both her blogs. Thank You! Now moving on to Kiss Crush Collide….
I was very excited when Kiss Crush Collide arrived in my mailbox. It’s been toted as a love story from the very beginning, from the cover, to the title, to the synopsis, to the authors and books that it’s being compared too. The very unfortunate thing about this situation was…that all that information was pretty misleading and I was VERY disappointed to find out that there really wasn’t much romance at all.
I didn’t feel that the book was actually about the characters, Leah and Duffy, themselves. The fact that their relationship is what the book is being sold on and I felt that there wasn’t really anything going on in the book (chemistry, dialogue, etc.) to build their relationship on left me very frustrated and unhappy.
I did like the premise of the book and the basic idea of the book, it just needed a little more development for my liking. Our main character Leah is the last of three very successful sisters and she feels like she doesn’t even fit in with her own family. She doesn’t want to be like the rest of her family, she wants to be her own person. Which I liked.
Overall, I thought that this book came with some pretty high expectations and it didn’t really live up to them. If you’re looking for a romance, skip this book but if you’re looking for something that is a quick read that is chock full of drama and turmoil pick this one up.
So what’s the challenge?
To read 15 standalone YA books in 2012!
What books count towards the 2012 Standalone Reading Challenge?
Any Young Adult standalone book that is released between December 27, 2011 and December 31, 2012. Any format (paperback, hardcover, e-book, ARC) counts, but they must be read during the time period mentioned above.
Where can I find out which books can be read for the SARC?
We have started a list for you HERE. Please note, this list is public and won’t be 100% accurate. We will try to keep it updated as best as we can. If you know of any standalones we may have missed, please feel free to add to this list.
The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.
Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…
But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…
In Sundance, Wyoming, you can’t throw a boot without hitting a McKay cowboy, so Ben McKay is used to fading into the background. Except on weekends, when he’s Bennett, imposing Dom at The Rawhide Club, surrounded by a bevy of female subs eager for the attention of his long…whip.
As for the curvy brunette eying him from across the room? He’ll eat his Stetson if she’s the experienced Domme she claims to be. Bennett offers her a deal—he’ll let her call the shots for one night. But the next night he gets to prove to her how freeing it’ll be when he takes the reins.
Ainsley Hamilton is amazed by how well Bennett read her every secret yearning during that one explosive weekend—and she’s stunned when they come face to face in their everyday lives as rancher and new bank president. Now Ben’s urging her to explore her submissive side outside the club, and there’s something in his commanding gaze that makes it too easy to let him take control—of her desires and her pleasure.
Can Ben help Ainsley overcome her fear that a relationship built on dark sexual appetites won’t survive the light of day?
Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.
Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it’s dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there’s an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…
Katie Malone and her twin boys’ trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie doesn’t have the first clue about putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive.
Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the site of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another.
In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.
WELCOME BACK TO THE RIVER.
Ellie Morgan wants to change careers. Being a stuntwoman was fun for ten years, but after driving her first open wheel racecar for a movie, she discovers her love of racing. But Ellie has a secret holding her back…
Quinn Reynolds has flown a long way to talk his brother into selling their Formula One race company, but talking to Mac is like talking to cinderblock. The last thing Quinn needs is the distraction of a pretty woman, but something about Ellie Morgan holds his attention. When accidents start happening when Quinn is in the vicinity, it becomes clear that someone wants him dead. And it doesn’t matter who gets in the way. Will Ellie survive long enough to see her dream, or will she die when the man after Quinn hits his mark.
Master sergeant Hugh Franco lives only to save others, until he plucks beautiful attorney Amelia Bailey from the wreckage of an earthquake and finds himself embroiled in ways he never expected. On the run from kidnappers, Hugh must call on all his training to protect them. But Amelia’s fiery touch threatens to crack his world—and his heart—wide open.
The 300 pararescue jumpers (PJs) in the world are the most elite force in the U.S. military, trained in high-risk rescue, and have never been featured in a romantic suspense series.
PJ Wade Rocha is fast roping from a helicopter into a blizzard to rescue stranded climbers when he meets beautiful Sunny Foster, who insists she can take care of herself just fine. As the snowstorm kicks into overdrive, she and Wade must take to the frozen wilderness in a race against time…and their own explosive passions.
Here are the rules:
1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. Create a post about the challenge and link your challenge post up in the linky below.
–Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.
2. There are four levels:
–The Mini E-Book Challenge – Read 5 E-Books.
–The “Fun Size” E-Book Challenge – Read 10 E-Books.
–The Jumbo Size E-Book Challenge – Read 20 E-Books.
–The Mega Size E-Book Reading Challenge – Read 25+ E-Books.
3. No Audio or Print books.
4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
5. The Challenge starts on January 1, 2012 and goes until December 31, 2012.
- Anyone can join
- You don’t need a blog to participate. For non-bloggers, please leave a comment with a link (if you review somewhere else) to the review or leave a list of the books you read on the monthly link up post.
- Audio, ebooks, and bound books are ok.
- No re-reads
- Create a sign up post and post the link in the linky below.
- Challenge goes from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
- Challenge Crossovers are ok.
Level 1 – Read 4 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 2 – Read 10 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 3 – Read 14 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 4 – Read 15+ Romantic Suspense novels