Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog tour: Chaotic by C.A. Williams

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Adelaide McGregor was spinning out of control, in a world of pain that no one knew anything about. She put up a front, displaying a picture perfect girl that everyone wanted to be, but no one was truly there for her. Then she was sent away to live near her grandparents due to bad behavior when her mother decided she just didn't want to deal with her any longer. Without a penny to her name and no where else to go, her life was uprooted to North Carolina. Everything seems to be changing for the better with her fresh new start until she meets a guy who flips her world upside down all over again. Sometimes you have to make it through the struggles of imperfection in life for everything to come out as complete perfection, but Della hasn't quite learned that lesson yet.

Imperfection Book One
Released: May 10th 2013
Purchase: Amazon





Excerpt:
Chapter 1

“Excuse me, I think this one needs to be redone. There’s a tiny little smudge. Actually, you really should just start completely over to make it perfect.” I scrunched my nose at the woman who was painting my nails in the Charged Up Cherry, who was scowling at me. She proceeded to remove the color as I asked without a word, which was probably a good thing, since I’m sure she didn’t want to be losing any customers, and I could make that happen very quickly.
I wasn’t trying to be a bitch, but I was definitely on edge and that tended to make me not so nice. I had basically been forced to go on this outing with Marley and Madison. And although they were fun to hang with for parties or shopping, I always felt like I had to walk on eggshells around them, like at any minute the perfect façade, that I had worked on so hard, would suddenly slip away, and they would see me for who I really was. And then they would be quick to drop me as if they had never known me.
I gave the woman a small smile as she glared down at my nails, hoping that would soften my tone just a little bit.
“I just love that color, Adelaide. It will look perfect with that dress you bought at Divinity for the party. Did you hear who Chris is bringing by the way?” I lost interest as one of my best friends, Marley, droned on and on about Chris Zander.
I could care less. Been there, done that. And never going back.
At least Madison was paying attention, hanging on Marley’s every word. Madison, with her dark chestnut hair, petite frame, and doe like brown eyes, was all in all a good looking girl by most people’s standards. But she tended to be a worshiper, and that kind of made her pathetic.
Marley, on the other hand, had flowing bleach-blonde hair that curled into soft ringlets, stood as tall as most guys, but had a slim model-like figure with a pair of perky double d’s that even I was a little jealous of. She definitely knew that she was hot.
The three of us had been best friends since I had moved here almost five years ago. And when I used the term best friends, I used it lightly. They basically just welcomed me with open arms because of who my step-father was.
I guess if you wanted to, you could call me the one in charge. They both seemed to follow me anywhere and do whatever I said, but they were also quicker than anyone to turn around and stab you in the back.
It had all started the summer in between junior high and high school, when I had a crush on Chad Stanger. Marley knew that I liked him and that just made her want him more, so she somehow managed to sink her claws into him first. I caught the two of them hiding behind a tree with Chad’s hand up her shirt. Now that I thought about it and passed him in the halls at the local community college,
along with the rest of his friends that liked to dress in all black, like they were going to a funeral daily, it kind of made me gag.
Whenever I had a guy, Marley had to have him next. Whatever. I guess she liked sloppy seconds. The only guy she hadn’t managed to score was Chris.
Madison always tended to side with Marley whenever the three of us had a little tiff. Eventually I got over it. I had to admit, when they weren’t around to shop or go out to parties with, things did get rather lonely. So I would forgive Marley for whatever minor discretion and move past it, but that didn’t mean I always liked hanging out with them.
I checked back into reality when I heard a click and “That’s a wrap”. I blew out a breath at those three simple words and relaxed just a little. The camera men began to pack away their equipment while the director jotted down some notes and then picked up his phone.
During our senior year, our school had been featured on the reality show, Unrehearsed, that centered on high school life and the everyday dramas. Luckily, they switched schools after a year of recording. It had been stressful to say the least, putting on a show for all of America, that everything in my life was picture perfect. Far from it.
They had just come back to do a follow up with some of the more popular cast members during the summer while most of us were on break from school. Soon, Marley and Madison would be gone again, off to their four-year college they were attending together. And me? Well, I hadn’t really figured that out yet.
Somehow, I had made it through the first two years at the local community college in a blur, even though my mother had complained what an embarrassment I was for going to such a lowly place. But that was only one of the minor things she tended to complain about me. Now, I needed to figure what exactly I was going to do, and really nothing interested me.


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About the Author:
C.A. Williams lives in Michigan and is married to her high school sweetheart. While being a stay at home to her two boys she likes to read and write in between cleaning up messes and being a short order cook. Cori always had a love for books since the time she first started reading and started swapping books with her mom when she got a little older. Her love for reading turned into a love for writing and Cori has enjoyed every second of it. Thanks to all of her readers! 

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Hope you enjoyed today's post!
xoxo, Mariam

Friday, July 26, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #22

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by 
Alison Can Read and Parajunkee where they choose a featured blogger every week along with a question for everybody to answer! It's an awesome way to meet new book bloggers and share the follower love :)

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Q: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?
Well, I never throw away books after finishing them, I just put them up next to each other on the book shelf - which I don't have one right now so they are just stored away until I get my new book shelf. As for ebooks, I mostly keep them but I do delete some now and then so as to save space for new ones.

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PS: If you haven't noticed, I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks with no posts or reviews - although I am so behind on my reviews - but guys, its because I am having some sort of a writer/blogger's block and I just can't seem to be able to write anything :/ which is FRUSTRATING like no other but thought I'd share that with you guys. Do any of you, fellow bloggers get that or is it just me? Anyway, I'll hopefully be back soon and comment if you'd like me to do a discussion post about it too ;) 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #21


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Q: Today's is the US' Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government.

Uhhhh, well I do read a lot of dysotpias and those are the only type of book that I can relate this question to, I don't remember coming across a book with war in it so I guess an obvious choice and one of my favorite series ever will have to be The Hunger Games Trilogy ;)

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Book Review: What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton



What Happens Next
Synopsis:

How can you talk about something you can’t remember?

Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still...), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.

Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect... or so she thinks.

Witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.



My Review

   I have nothing to say except that I liked this book. Although to be honest, I was a little freaked out by the whole thing but the premise of the book definitely intrigued me.  Anyway, so I usually don't feel comfortable reading books about rape and such but this wasn't the one to make someone uncomfortable but I'll leave at this because I don't want to accidentally give anything away.

   I won't say that I never read anything with the same essence but Colleen Clayton did manage to make it stand out a bit than other stories. And again, rape isn't a normal subject or a light one but this story turned out to be a good one. And what's more is that I can somewhat relate to Sid's character and that captivated me even more to read it, although, I was slightly creeped out by how down-to-earth this story seemed to me at least.

   I can confidently say that the author nailed it with all of her characters, along with her style of writing which was easy to read. I loved Corey, he was such a sweetheart later on in the story and he captured my heart then :P As for Sid, I pitied her greatly as well as strongly felt for her, I just wanted to give her hug for everything she's been through - like seriously! The plot was well thought and as I said, the actual rape part wasn't in details - thank God - so it was like the unfortunate incident that happened to Sid without details of the actual thing but just the circumstances that it happened in as well as the aftermath of everything.

   The story was wrapped up nicely, I liked the ending so much. Corey and Sid's relationship was growing and so when the book reached an end, they have already reached a cute level of their relationship and it wasn't at all an instant so I liked that too and also, everything got cleared out by the end of the book, all about what happened to Sid as well Corey's secret, so we weren't left clueless. 

   Overall, I found What Happens Next to be an enjoyable read and a book worth reading. I personally learned a lesson or two if I could say. It could be read by younger readers - like 16 and up I guess - not just adults because there was nothing extremely inappropriate as I said before. This story was about heartbreaking, raw, sorrowful feelings weaved with hope and love, seeking trust, finding the stability to stand ones ground in life through family & friends, overcoming a permanent scar through accepting it and the journey of pain that it took to do so. So basically I would say that if you're into contemporary novels if even slightly then I'd recommend this book for you! 

Title: What Happens Next
Author: Colleen Clayton
Series: Stand-alone
Source: Owned
Published: October 9th 2012 by Poppy (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 3.5/5 

Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam
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