Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: Flukes by Nichole Chase

This is a cover reveal hosted by AToMR Book Blog Tours The cover was designed by Stephanie Mooney of Mooney Designs.

Book Description:
Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea, and buried just as deep. When court appointed community service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal habitat, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise line contract.
Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community service gig cleaning fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heart strings.
When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold onto all that really matters.
xo Stephanie

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Florence [Review]

Title: Florence
Author: Ciye Cho

Publisher: Ciye Cho
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Source: eARC
Average Star Rating: 4.14

Summary (on Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

My Thoughts:
Oh my gosh! This book was so unexpected for me. I was pleasantly pleased with the entire book. I did not want to stop reading it. When Ciye Cho contacted me and had asked me if I could read his book in exchange for an honest review, I said sure, why not? When reading the description of Florence, I was a little hesitant to take the dive only because it's about mermaids and mermen and I really wasn't sure how I felt about that. I've never once read a mermaid book nor did I really ever find one that caught my eye. So, I decided I would give the merfolk a chance. And, boy, am I GLAD I did. It filled me with ecstasy and adventure and lots of beautiful descriptions.

The descriptions Ciye Cho has within his book Florence are remarkable without a doubt. As I was reading it, I could feel what Florence was feeling. Especially during her first few hours under the water and not understanding how she was breathing the water. It may be because I have anxiety towards deep water from drowning experiences, or the fact that I was reading it while my feet dangling from a pool. Whatever, the case, I could feel the anxiety Florence had at first and I loved that. I loved feeling like I was actually there. 

From the second I met Florence, I knew I was going to like her. Call me bias, but I think it's because of the hair color she has. :] I have a soft spot for us redheads. Knowing how us redheads can be from my personal experience: shy at first, unique, and hot-tempered. Now, I'm not saying that Florence showed all of these traits exceptionally. She wasn't necessarily hot-tempered but she definitely wanted to get her way. And when it came to the Princes, she definitely got her way.

Speaking of the royal family. Total swoon for Rolan. I adored him. I loved him from the very first second I met him! He was rude with good intentions. I knew from the very beginning I was going to be on Team Rolan all the way! Princess Yolee has got to be one of my favorite characters ever. She's so lively and fun. She definitely was a great character for some relief and she brought an innocence and child-like quality that just left you warm inside. She is a wonderful character.

My Rating: 5 Stars!

You guys definitely need to go check Florence out! You won't be disappointed! Here are the links:

Have any of you read it? If so, let me know what you thought! 
xo Stephanie

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Review Copy Cleanup: Goals


So, today is the start of #RCCleanup and it is until August 31st.
If you're interested in it you can still sign up until August 15th. Just go and click the button above and sign up! :]

So, I have quite a few books that I need to read this month. I'm really pushing myself this month but I have to get these done this month because school starts and a lot of these are for blog tours! But I think I can do it because I'm also participating in a few read-a-thons. So, the month of August will be my reading month! haha.

Here are my goals:
1. Glitch
2. Whispers in Autumn
3. Blood Jewel
4. Dissolve
5. Breaking Lauren
6. Dancing with Death
7. Desert Rice
8. Last Wish of the Summer

And I think there might be others. Anyways, I definitely NEED to get those read this month!
What's your cleanup?

xo Stephanie