Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway: No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West

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No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West
No Kissing Allowed 
by Melissa West
July 28, 2015
204 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...

Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details.

At least, that was the plan.

On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt-her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the "no fraternizing with coworkers" policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WoW #56: Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova

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Air Awakens by Elise KovaAir Awakens
(Air Awakens #1)
by Elise Kova
August 25, 2015
377 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
Talina from Sassy And Dangerous was tweeting about this book and when I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it!!
What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody KeplingerShut Out
by Kody Keplinger
September 5, 2011
273 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.

Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #54

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

I won these awhile ago from the Crimson Bound Blog Tour so I was very thrilled to finally get them in the mail! Thank you so much to Miss Wendy @ The Midnight Garden for all the email correspondences and thank you to the publisher for sending them :D

Ripple with Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound
Cruel Beauty & Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I went on a Sarah Dessen binge-read before I started blogging and really enjoyed most of her books. Today I wanted to share the one book that I actually wrote a review on :P

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen The Truth About Forever
by Sarah Dessen
May 11, 2004
374 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A long, hot summer...

That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.

Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WoW #55: Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick RiordanPercy Jackson's Greek Heroes
by Rick Riordan
August 18, 2015
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans--and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we'll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let's do this.
I have Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and it is gorgeous with coloured illustrations. I definitely have to have this one too :D
What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody KeplingerA Midsummer's Nightmare
by Kody Keplinger
June 5, 2012
291 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #53

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

Thank you so much to HCCFrenzy for this ARC! There's nothing like getting bookmail where you're not sure what you're getting until you open it~ I love it and am hopping with excitement to read it!!
Walk on Earth a Stranger
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Awhile ago I won a finished copy of this book from Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure. It finally came~ I'm really happy and thank you!

Velvet Ripple
Velvet by Temple West

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Class of July 2014 Book Bloggers' Anniversary Bash with GIVEAWAY

The Class of July 2014 Book Bloggers' Anniversary Bash
Hi everyone! As you can tell (or not), I haven't been posting as much as I used to, which was everyday, for the past three weeks. That's because I was busy getting married and going on family vacation~ Anyways, now I'm back and want to share with you this amazing event hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. Basically this Anniversary Bash highlights all the book bloggers that started their blogs back in July of 2014 - hence we're The Class of July 2014 ;) I will be sharing a little bit about myself and my blogging experiences over the past year and make sure you stay till the very end because there's a GIVEAWAY!
Hi~To start off, I want to explain my blog name BookCatPin. When I first decided to start a blog, I brainstormed for days for a unique but catchy name. I thought about using bookworm but then a lot of blogs already uses it and I wanted to be more original. One day I thought 'hey, I love my cat, why not be a bookcat?'. I mean bookcat's not a real term but I'll be the only one right?! Then to add a little bit of a personal touch, I added Pin which is my nickname. It basically means books, Ripple (my cat) and me! And that's us on the right saying hi to you~

So why did I start this blog. Well, in short, I started BookCatPin because I wanted a place to share my thoughts and opinions about books with other booklovers. Here's my longer explanation if you're interested ;) I wanted to remember the stories I've read because to me, every story has a magical world (even in dystopians) where I can go to and just relax~ It's pretty incredible to think that I've been book blogging for over a year now! Sometimes I can't even believe I'm blogging at all!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WoW #54: While You Were Gone (Duplexity #2) by Amy K. Nichols

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While You Were Gone by Amy K. NicholsWhile You Were Gone
(Duplexity #2)
by Amy K. Nichols
August 4, 2015
304 pages

Goodreads Summary:
An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue.

Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor’s daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition—years in the making—her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She’s struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny, a boy from a different world. Literally.

Raised in a foster home, Danny has led a life full of hurt and hardship until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he’s never seen, with parents who miraculously survived the car crash that should have killed them. It’s like he’s a new Danny. But this alternate self has secrets—ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee, he’s even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work.

As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that’s bigger than both of them. . . . And together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it’s too late.
This series holds a special place in my heart. I won the first book, Now That You're Here, in a giveaway and it was the first signed book I ever received! Now I can't wait for the sequel to come out :D

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ARC August Yes Please!

3rd Annual ARC August
ARC August is hosted by the lovely Octavia @ Read.Sleep.Repeat and it is an event where everyone participating reads their ARCs and try to catch up on the ones they've fallen behind on. It can maybe even help bring up your NetGalley ratio!
The rules are as followed:
  • It may be a physical ARC or and eARC but it MUST be an ARC
  • Yes it can be an ARC that has released as long as it’s an ARC I’m not going to nit pick much
  • HAVE FUN WITH THIS! Feeling like you are being “forced” to read is the best way turn a fun event into a yucky obligation.
  • Update post! I personally will do a post for each Saturday in August but that’s just me. You can update once a week, every other week or once for the whole darn event. This update can be in the form of a blog or tumblr post, vlog, link to your “ARC August 2015″ shelf or even an instagram pic! I want to make this as easy and low pressure as possible for you.

This is my quick shout out to say that I'm signing up for ARC August! I don't have a whole lot of ARCs so I'm not going to set any goals but to just read! If I can read at least one ARC a week, I'll be satisfied and possible do a happy dance ;)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

The Other Daughter by Lauren WilligThe Other Daughter 
by Lauren Willig
July 21, 2015
304 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Raised by her widowed mother in genteel poverty in an isolated English village, for the past six years Rachel Woodley has been working in France as a nursery governess. When her mother unexpectedly dies, she returns to England to clear out the cottage, and finds a scrapbook full of cuttings from London society pages—all pictures of her supposedly deceased father, very much alive. He's an earl, socially prominent, with another daughter who is living a charmed life: a debutante, much photographed, and engaged to a rising Tory MP. Rachel's cousin confirms the horrible truth: her father is alive, with a legitimate, acknowledged family. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past—even her very name—is a lie.

Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel enters into an uneasy alliance with a mysterious man-about-town, who promises her access to her father. With his help, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity and insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his—and her half-sister's—charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and that Rachel herself might just be falling for her sister's fiancé.

From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times Best Selling novel The Ashford Affair, comes a page-turner full of deceit, passion, and revenge.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #52

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

So I'm super excited because I got a bunch of mail while I was away on vacation! Summer's turning out to be quite a busy time so I will be slowly posting what I received. Thank you to Raincoast Books for these goodies!! We're also experiencing a heat wave so Ripple's been resting a lot. Love the furball for still letting me take pictures of him with my books <3

Ripple, books and heat wave :S
First & Then by Emma Mills
My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Double Reviews: The Deal and The Mistake (Off-Campus #1 & #2) by Elle Kennedy

The Deal by Elle KennedyThe Deal
(Off-Campus #1)
by Elle Kennedy
February 24, 2015
358 pages

Goodreads Summary:
She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy... Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice... even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WoW #53: The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley FitzpatrickThe Boy Most Likely To
(My Life Next Door #2)
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
August 18, 2015
432 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han 

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.
I loved Tim from My Life Next Door! So excited he's getting his story with Alice ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

2015 "Real" Book Challenge June Wrap-Up

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I read this one 'real' book in the month of June.

Velvet by Temple West

June was a very busy month (I got married!!) so I have not been able to read very much. Got my fingers crossed I can read read read in July :D

How many 'real' books did you read in the month of June?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #51

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

I'm on a family vacation trip right now but I forgot to take pictures of these beauties when I got them so here they are! Chapters had a sale and obviously I couldn't resist getting some books :D
Ripple and books <3
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
Rook by Sharon Cameron
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Series Reviews: Delirium, Pandemonium & Requiem (Delirium series) by Lauren Oliver

I read the Delirium trilogy some time ago and while it didn't become a favourite, I did enjoy the storyline. My review for the first book is spoiler-free but the next two books do contain major spoilers so you have been warned!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Delirium (Delirium #1)
by Lauren Oliver
February 3, 2011
441 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing.

They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WoW #52: The Golden Specific (The Mapmakers Trilogy #2) by S.E. Grove

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The Golden Specific by S.E. GroveThe Golden Specific
(The Mapmakers Trilogy #2)
by S.E. Grove
July 14, 2015
528 pages

Goodreads Summary:
The eagerly-awaited sequel to the best-selling The Glass Sentence -- a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!

It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents’ disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads. Theo has apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the country—but one after another proves to be a dead end.

Then Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.

There is a city that holds all of the answers—but it cannot be found on any map. Surrounded by plague, it can only be reached by a journey through darkness and chaos, which is at the same time the plague’s cure: The Golden Specific.
J @ The Reading Nook Reviews introduced me to this series~ I recently bought the first book but I already can't wait for this second one to come out. Did I mention the book is gorgeous? It totally is!! Also if you love maps, you want this one ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?
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