Jun 20, 2014

Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection, #3)Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 323

"The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass's #1 New York Timesbestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is perfect for the fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began—and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.
The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!"
Utterly beautiful, irresistible, and gripping. America's story is one that has captured my heart in its entirety. 

To be honest I've been avoiding writing this review but when I finally sat down to write I realized why. I have absolutely NO idea how to describe this book. Those words in bold were the best I could think of. This book is 100 times better than any words I could say or even imagine. 

When The One came out on May 6th it was around the time when I was reading all those series enders that just sucked. They ended in the most possible worst way and so when The One finally came out I was very hesitant in reading it. The Selection series is one of my favorite series and I couldn't let this ending ruin it for me. I was absolutely blown away by the ending. Kiera Cass ended it in the most perfect way! It was probably the most satisfying ending I have ever read.

I was ecstatic with everything in this book. A lot of books can take you on an emotional rollercoaster but this book? I was all over the freaking place!

My favorite part of this series/book had to be all the quotes I could pull out. 
There were the ones that made you so emotional and happy you ended up crying:
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
There were the cheesy romantic ones you thought your cheeks were going to rip from smiling so big:
“I want everything with you, America. I want the holidays and the birthdays, the busy season and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingertips on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you.” 

And lastly there were the ones that just made you giggle:
“What am I supposed to call you?""Your Royal Husbandness. It's required by law, I'm afraid.”
The action was really great in this book. Some of it I just wasn't expecting and it just made this book a whole lot better. I don't know how Kiera Cass manages to write such amazing romance, funny stuff, and action. It isn't fair how talented she is at writing! 

Kiera Cass has officially made it into my top 3. That being the list of Top Three Authors I Want To Meet Before I Die. She is not only on that list but at the top of it, after Cassandra Clare and Stephenie Meyer (Deal with it people).  

The biggest reason I want to meet her? To say thank you to her. I want to thank her for creating characters like Maxon, America, and Aspen that  just take over your heart. For creating a story that I'm so glad I picked up because I can't stop talking about it and my friends are getting pretty annoyed. Every time I'm in a book slump I can count on one of the Selection series books to pull me out because they are just that amazing.

So from the bottom of my heart to Kiera, Maxon, America, Aspen, and everyone in the book and the ones out who got this book to me THANK YOU!

If you are ever in the mood to read and book pick up The Selection. It is always my first recommendation to everyone.

I actually give this book an infinite amount of stars but for the sake of me not looking to crazy I'm giving it 6 out of 5 stars! Only 2 other books have gotten six stars.

Rating: 6 out of 5 stars!!

Jun 19, 2014

Blitz & Giveaway: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Author: Sarah Tregay

Publisher: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 368


When the picture tells the story…
Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.
As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?
This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most."

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An Excerpt from Fan Art, by Sarah Tregay
Chapter Six

In art, Ms. Maude has the lights off and the projector on, and we’re flying through art history at breakneck speed. We started the semester with the cave paintings in Lascaux and, with three weeks of classes to go, we are up to Marcel Duchamp and his urinal. Ms. Maude is certain we’ll get up to present-day art by the end of the term, but the class has a bet going—most of the girls say she will and the guys say she won’t.

I write $1 in my notebook and slide it across the table to Eden.

In my pocket, she writes back.

I’m about to write No way when Ms. Maude leaps ahead half a decade and sums up Dadaism in one sentence. No fair. She segues to the Bauhaus, and I know I should be listening. Those Bauhaus dudes are the founding fathers of graphic design.

But I’m not listening. You going to prom? I write. Again I slide my notebook to Eden.

She looks at me, an are-you-crazy? expression on her face.

I gesture at the note.

She writes something. Slides the notebook back. No.

Why not? I scribble.

She doesn’t wait for me to pass the notebook; she just reaches over and writes. No date.

Be mine.

She looks at me again then writes: I thought you were gay.

I freeze. How the hell does she know?

Eden takes the paper back before I write anything. And you want to go to prom with me?


Not possible,
she scribbles.

Why not?

Ms. Maude glances our way, and Eden pretends she’s taking notes on the lecture. When she slides my notebook back, it reads: You’re out of my league. Not to mention the wrong gender.

The wrong gender? I try not to look surprised and I ignore that part. What league?

The popular one.

I’m not popular. I’m in band.

Eden sighs as if I’m clueless, and she pushes my notebook back at me without an answer.

Please, I write. I didn’t know dating involved so much persuasion. 


Because you’re cool. I offer her the notebook.

She reads my note and shakes her head.

I try again. Because I want to get to know you better.

She fake gags on her finger.

Because I’ll have a good time if you’re there.

Eden smiles.

And I have a prom date.

Author Bio
Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she's not jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots. Her next book, Fan Art, will be released in June.

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Cover Reveal: Seamonster by Amalie Howard

By Amalie Howard
Release Date: Out Now!


"They say that love is the death of duty …
Speio Marin is land-bound, tied to the side of the Waterfell queen-to-be, Nerissa. There's only one problem--she wants nothing to do with any of the Aquarathi or her undersea kingdom, preferring instead the freedom of pretending to be human. Torn between his own desires and his duty to serve his future queen, he spirals into an abyss of malcontent. Speio’s mistrust of humans is no secret, and he sees them only as a threat to the existence of his people.
Until he meets Anya Delmonico--a mysterious and enigmatic girl, teetering on the edge of survival. Anya is sedate and secretive, yet reckless enough to brave a hundred-foot cliff jump. Caught between a dark past and an ex-boyfriend who refuses to let her go, Anya knows that getting involved with anyone new is the last thing she should do. But when her past catches up to her, Speio turns out to be the only one she can trust, refusing to let her face her demons alone.
When Anya discovers the truth about Speio, putting her life in mortal danger from the Aquarathi as well as her own sinister pursuers, will he risk everything to protect her? Or will he choose duty above all?"

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Author Bio

AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

Jun 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

By Penelope Douglas
Release Date: January 6, 2015

"Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid. K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…"
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Falling Away - Teaser(unedited, subject to change prior publication)
“You’re afraid of yourself,” he said flatly. “Not me.”
And then he backed up, looking down at me." And that’s why you’re gutless, K.C." All the softness from his voice was now gone. “Now I have to shower, and you need to leave.”
And he turned around and strode for the men’s locker room.
I shook my head.

He was wrong. I wasn't gutless. Why did he keep saying that?

I sniffled and cleared my throat, standing tall. “Maybe I just don’t want you,” I blurted out and damn near smiled when he spun around, looking surprised. “Maybe I just don’t want you, Jax. Did you ever consider there might be one woman in this world that doesn’t pant after you?”
And I breathed out a small laugh as I spun around and headed for the door.

But before I even reached the handle, an arm circled my waist, yanking me back into a warm body, and I gasped just as my hair was swiped to the side and a hot mouth was on my neck.

Everything fell apart. My knees buckled, but he held me tight as my eyes closed, and my neck fell to the side, inviting him in.

Oh, my God!

It felt so good. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t pull away. I couldn’t stop him. His mouth was like hot water pouring over me, creating a blanket of heat. His teeth grazed my skin, rough but not hard, and he slid his lips and teeth over the sensitive area under my ear, and I wasn’t sure if he was kissing me or getting ready to eat me.

He left short but deep kisses across my neck, at the base, and under my ear. His tongue flicked my ear lobe right before his other hand reached around and turned my chin to him.

And then his mouth was on mine. I moaned and gasped, probably sounding like I was in pain, but I couldn’t help it. The tornado between my legs made my skin tingle.
Jax’s tongue found mine, and I groaned into his mouth, inhaling his scent that reminded me of summer. Of sweet cotton candy on a Ferris Wheel and cool water on hot skin.

The heat, the wetness, the taste, everything was hard and fast as his lips worked mine.

Keeping the same arm around my waist, his other hand left my face and dove straight under my skirt and into my panties.

“Oh,” I whimpered a muffled groan into his mouth that still held me hostage. What was he doing? I needed to stop this!
But my eyes fluttered as his smooth fingers dipped into my center, swirling the wetness already there around my clit.

And then his mouth left mine, and he yanked me up off my feet and growled in my ear.

“You’re so wet for me, K.C.” His voice was hard and threatening. “You're gutless, helpless, and a fucking liar, too.”
And then he dropped me on my ass, and I fell to the mats, shaking with confusion.

All I heard behind me was a door open and close, and I knew I was alone.
Bringing a shaky hand to my mouth, I sucked in air like it was going out of style. “Holy shit,” I whispered.
© Penelope Douglas, Falling Away

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Coming August 26, 2014
Rival (Fall Away, #3)

Author Bio
Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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Bookworm Updates-As To Why I've Been Gone....Again

Hey everybody! I'm alive--and no I did not die. So I bet some of you have been wondering where I have been and whether I really even care about this blog or not. 

I do, I really do. As some of you might know I'm only 16 and in high school. That means that I had a lot of schoolwork with all that high school drama. Combine everything that goes on in high school and it means no time for my blog. This blog is my baby and I love posting here and seeing what you all have to say about everything, but it has been tough. These last two months have been the toughest because of AP exams and just finals in general but now I'm back!

I'm really sorry for this very long absence but I really want to let you know what is going to happen in the very near future! The whole site is getting a brand new makeover which hopefully you will get to see soon! 

On top of that Little Bookworm Reviews is getting a new reviewer! It's my sister but she's absolutely amazing! She will mostly be posting only reviews for a while until she feels comfortable doing more. I'll be posting more about that very soon, probably next week.

So about posts I want to let you know that I have kept reading throughout everything that has been going on but I haven't written many reviews. As of right now I am 20 reviews behind. Oh wow, that didn't seem like that much just written down. I promise you that I will be getting these done ASAP so I can start reviewing the new books that I will be reading. 

I am also going to start doing discussion posts every Thursday! Let me know what you want me to talk about first! Anything is allowed here, it doesn't even have to be book related. I will be either expressing these thoughts with tons of gifs and few words or vice versa. I might even try to make a video of one.

Thank you so much for sticking with me and I will be having a giveaway very soon to apologize for being gone. The giveaway will be for a book or swag. Keep watch for it.

Thanks for everything and here's a cake for it!