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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #25 + Teaser Tuesday #52 | Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! 

This week's Top Ten is

Top Ten Bookish Things (that aren't books) that I would like to own!

1. A purse made out of a book. How awesome is that? I really love this one above. Made by: Rebound Designs

Library Book Necklace Glass Dome Art Pendant with Ball Chain Included Librarians, Writers, Bibliophiles, Book Worms, Teachers, Reading

2. I am a HUGE fan of bookish jewelry. Here one I would love to own. Made and sold by: MissingPiecesStudio

So Many Books, So Little Time pendant, Zappa Quote Book lover necklace, charm,  Book quote jewelry,

3. Here's another I totally adore. Is it cute!? I love how it looks so vintage. Made and sold by: SilverRapture

Divergent inspired bracelet - Factions - Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, Candor, Erudite, Divergent

4. Eeep! I want them all! Made and sold by: WordyWoman

Shatter Me, Unravel me, Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi Miniature Book Necklace

5. Shatter Me, Unravel me, Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi Miniature Book Necklace. Made and sold by: CarasBookishCharms

Bookworm Gift - Skull Cameo Bookmark, Choose Your Color, One Bookmark (1)

6. I so am going to buy this soon. A Skull Cameo Bookmark. Very cool! Made and Sold by: Zaisy

Book Shelf Coffin

Made and Sold by: TymelessTreasuresRC

Kindle Fire Cover, Nook Cover, e-reader Cover-Soft Pink Suede Padded Book Style Cover Hand Painted with Cherry Blossoms

8. A Cherry Blossom Kindle Fire Case. Sooooo pretty! *makes grabby hands* Made and Sold by: Derilyn

Funny Coffee Mug, My Book Smells Better Than Your E Reader

9. HAHA! Love this one. ;) Made and Sold by: SweetgyrlDesigns

I Like Big Books And I Can Not Lie - Inspirational Quote Dictionary Page Book Art Print - DPQU057

10. I would hang this right above one of my many book shelves. ;) Made and Sold by: WhiskerPrints

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

The Rules:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

My teaser comes from the book: 

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

An icey breathe moved over my brow, down my cheek. 

I swallowed, my eyes popped open against my will and a scream came tearing out of my throat. 

I wasn't alone. 

- Taken from page: 264 

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave me a comment about my top ten list and/or teaser for this week. ;) I would love to hear your thoughts! Also if you blog feel free to leave your blog links to where I can find your posts and I will stop by to check it out. 

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Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK Release Day Launch!

We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion! 

I myself have never read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout but I've been reading my ARC of this book and I must say I am really impressed. I am totally loving Don't Look Back! I've been flipping the pages madly to see what will happen next. ;) Well anyway, I hope everyone enjoys reading this post. Have a great day!

don't look back
   Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hardcover (ebook), 384 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: YA - Suspense/Thriller > Contemporary Romance

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
BUY LINKS: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Indiebound | TBD

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

 I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or
friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.
Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,
wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.
Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as
sharp gravel dug into my feet.
My bare feet?
I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.
Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t
wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of
my jeans.
My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I
stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.
Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.
Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.
Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails
were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my
chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale
flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to
remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.
A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of
my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly
scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S
Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.
The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on
his shoulder before he looked at me.
“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a
deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high
school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said
gently. “Are you okay?”
I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the
motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”
“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer
about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing
out here?”
“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.
His smile strained. “What’s your name?”
My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his
question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”
He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”
I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.
And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.
“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my
arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”
Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the
Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police
cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and
wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.
Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.
“Everything’s going to be okay.”
But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could
everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

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About The Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Find Jennifer @

 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Today's review will be done is little differently to spice things up. I will be reviewing the book in different categories. So let's get started...

Title: The Secret Diamond Sisters
Author: Michelle Madow
Paperback, 382 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN13: 9780373211098
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: YA
Source: Print ARC via author

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. 

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
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From a glance:

Author Michelle Madow pitched her new book, The Secret Diamond Sisters to me a few months ago and right away I knew I had to read/review it. Having worked with Michelle previously and after reading a couple of her other books I was excited to read this one. The whole premise of the book was outrageous! Three sisters become reunited with their long lost Father and become filthy rich all in one day. What's not to love? A dream come true!
To have unlimited wealth to be able to purchase pretty much anything is something I know most of us only dream of, myself included. My initial thoughts: "THIS IS GOING TO BE EPIC!"

The Story:

To describe the story in two words, they would be: Great Potential. Right from the beginning I was hooked, no not hooked, more like engaged. Right away you meet "the sisters", and right away something happens to end up leading them to their Father in which they have not seen since babies. Without much of a choice Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton are whisked away to the city of lights, Las Vegas and home of Daddy "Warbucks" Diamond. Each given their own penthouse sweet, a shiny new gold credit card, and not a clue about the man that is their Dad. 
Shopping spree's, spa days, VIP clubbing, and now with their new prestigious title, The Secret Diamond Sisters are who everyone is talking about. Between the hot guys (and potential boyfriends), the money and fame these three sisters soon come to find out more about their pasts, and why Daddy dearest had to stay away. 

The Characters AKA The Sisters:

Savannah-  For me she was the most likable character. Savannah behaved a lot like I would have done in her situation. Spend the money, meet hot guys and live it up!  She was the sister to adapt to this new lifestyle the quickest and also tended to be the most upbeat sister in the book. I will say she was a little naive when it came to Vegas boys; rich, handsome and don't understand the meaning of the word "NO". At times, Savannah was to quick to say yes, and often to agreeable. All in all I felt Savannah took well to her new life and was the most enjoyable character.

Courtney - A quite, simple and one of the most down to earth girl you'd ever meet. Smart college bound Courtney was often shy and underestimated throughout the book. She didn't feel right about spending her Dad's money. She often turned down shopping with Savannah.  You find out a big secret about Courtney that even she herself didn't know about. I was slightly bored with Courtneys' character. I wished she would have lighten up and have some fun. 

Peyton - Ah, where do I begin... *sigh* Peyton was my least favorite of the sisters. She always had a bad attitude, and a snide comment for most everything. A rebel through and through. She was not at all happy about meeting her Father, and had no problem showing her discontentment. Payton managed to hoe it up with the first guy who showed interests in her. She hated her Father and his money, wanting nothing to do with either of them. 

What I Loved:

The backdrop to the story, Las Vegas. I have never been there but would one day love to visit. I really enjoyed all the places the author took her readers throughout the book. Hotels, clubs, museums, theatres, and a vast look into the heart of the city. The Nightlife. 

Overall I loved the idea of the story. Three girls find their long lost Daddy and with that comes wealth, excitement, and new adventures. I was really intoxicated by the sisters new lives and what would happen next. How they would handle new things, new guys, and seeing this new life change each of them so differently. 

What I hated disliked: 

Sadly, there were quite a few things I did not like about this book. First and foremost, THE POINT! Meaning, where was the story going, where does the climax happen, and simply "Now What?" The story at times was kind of sub par. I felt there was really not much of a point to the story in some cases. Yes, the girls were reunited with her Dad. Yes, they now are rich and popular and yes, jealousies and boy trouble are enviable. There was not a lot else going on. I wanted to see more between the girls and their Father, and less drama. I was bored at times and found myself picking up another book to read. Sufficed to say, I wanted more! 

All in all...

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow was a fun read. It had it's ups and downs. I didn't LOVE the book but honestly didn't hate it either. I guess you could say I'm someplace in the middle. Would I read book 2? Of course! Even with it's lack of story progression I truly did enjoy reading it. Michelle Madow is a all around amazing author and at such a young age. I see more and more that her writing skills have grown and flourish. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

To anyone who loves a good contemporary romance or who has ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a ton of money and live like a queen than I highly suggest this book. 

3.5 STARS - I liked it a lot. Would recommend.

About The Author: Michelle Madow
Find Michelle @
Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's latest YA novel, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014. It is the first in an upcoming trilogy. The second part, Diamonds in the Rough, will be coming out in November 2014.

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals (she's seen her favorite show Wicked 14 times!), and spends way too much time on Facebook (/MichelleMadow) and Twitter (@MichelleMadow).

To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow's Street Team on Facebook! She's very active in the group and would love to hear from you!


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