Friday, 3 January 2014

Sleepless Reads

Hey guys! I just wanted all of you guys to know that I HAVE a new blog up, and it's called Sleepless Reads! If you want to check out, here's the link: :) Just so you guys know, I'm still in transition period, so the blog isn't at it's prettiest. But you guys can follow the new blog (please? :D)

So now that I have a new blog, I bet you're wondering what I'll do with this blog. Well, I still have some last minute blog tours and contests going on here, so I WILL NOT be deleting it right away. It will still be up, and there will be a link to this blog on Sleepless Reads.

I probably will not start using Sleepless Reads consistently till my six month blogaversary on February 22nd, 2014.  I got some awesome things being planned for then, and I hope that you guys will be able to join me! 

I will be posting reviews FROM NOW ON at Sleepless Reads, unless specified. So go on, check it out :)

See you all there! :D

Thursday, 2 January 2014

What's in the Snow? Scavenger Hunt with Bethany Neal!

Hey guys, it's Allison, and I'm SO excited to be part of this scavenger hunt! This is my first scavenger hunt EVER (so bare with me here). Before we get to the awesome interview with the fabulous Bethany Neal (author of My Last Kiss), here are some facts about myself so we can get acquainted!

  • I started this blog on August 22nd, 2013
  • I celebrated my three month blogaversary on the Catching Fire release date- November 22nd, 2013.
  • I got my laptop taken away from me; it had a huge virus. And clumsy (15) year old me dropped it down the stairs. Oops.
  • I run the Canadian Vampire Academy account on twitter (@VACanadaNews) 
  • I am currently a junior in high school
  • I live in Canada. And yes, it is cold. Only in the winter. Our summers are oddly humid.

WHEW! So with that over, let's move onto that interview with Bethany? (eh?). Bethany Neal is a new and upcoming author who's debut book, My Last Kiss, will be released on June 10th, 2014! Here's the lovely cover and synopsis for the book:


What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss.


What's in the Snow? Author Interview:
with Bethany Neal!

1. Hey Bethany! I'm so happy to get the chance to interview you! Can you tell everyone a little about yourself in two sentences or less?

Oh man, only two sentences? (That one doesn’t count!) My favorite stories are ones that romanticize the dark and creepy…and involve generous amounts of kissing. I used to have a pot-bellied pig named Mozart as a pet. (Somehow that felt relevant to share here. This sentence doesn’t count either.)
2. Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m crazy good at Name That Tune and reciting song lyrics.
3. When did you know you wanted to become an author?

People sometimes cringe when I tell them this because the series has blown up so hugely since the first book came out, but my initial motivation to start writing came after I read Twilight. I own my Twihardness though. BTW, I'm totally Team Edward!

4. Who influenced/influences you in your writing? And what made you want to write My Last Kiss?

I don’t know if I have any specific writing influences, but I admire Shirley Jackson's work, especially her novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Also, the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. She lived such a ravishing life and it shined through in her work.

I came up with the idea for My Last Kisswhile listening to the song ‘Help, I’m Alive’ by Metric. Fun behind-the-scenes fact, if you’re a Metric fan you’ll notice some hidden Easter eggs in My Last Kiss that relate back to the band.
In fact, most of the inspiration for my writing comes from music. I’m a song lyrics junkie (re: question 2), so I tend to read a lot between the lines of the stories told in songs. Artists that are atmospheric and poetic like Florence + The Machine, Eisley, The Joy Formidable, and Stars speak to me the most.

5. Can you describe Cassidy's character in three words?

Ghost(ish), in love, fractured. (I know that’s four words, but in love had to be in there.)
6. Cassidy dies after her last kiss and is stuck in the human world without her human body. What do you think you would do if you were ever stuck in that situation?

I'd probably be a lot like Cassidy and stay near my loved ones, but I'd also take advantage of the whole invisible thing and sneak into all kinds of places I'm not supposed to be. Cut to TMZ reporting Robert Pattinson's house is haunted.
7. What kind of trouble can we expect Cassidy to get into while she's half-dead?

Well, Cassidy is lucky in that she gets a second chance to make up for the mistakes she made in her life. The trouble comes in that she can’t remember what those mistakes were or who she made them with. Nobody can hear or see her and some freaky stuff happens when she tries to touch anyone. So, that complicates things while she’s trying to solve the mystery surrounding her own death. Cassidy does get a little help along the way, but I’m not telling from what…or who.
8. Boys. We have to talk boys. What are some Fangirl worthy qualities that the guys in the story have?

I should open with a disclaimer that all the boys in my book are salty morsels—even the villainous I-might-have-caused-your-death ones. I just can’t help myself when it comes to fictional hotties.

The two main boys in Cassidy’s (after)life are her boyfriend Ethan and her childhood friend Caleb. Both have their Fangirl-worthy qualities, which are listed below.

Ethan is loyal and charming and has rich umber eyes. He learned how to dance to woo Cassidy (who is a ballerina). He knows she lied (not telling about what!), but can’t help still loving her. Forgiveness is sosexy!

Caleb is the kind of guy you can be yourself around no matter what. He's laid back and always ready with a joke to make you laugh and chocolate to make you happy when all you want to do is cry.

9. Since we ARE talking about kissing: who was the last person YOU kissed?

My longtime boyfriend. It may or may not have been a result of watching a particularly swoon-worthy episode of The Carrie Diaries

SPEED ROUND QUESTIONS: This or That? Christmas Edition :)

Hot Chocolate or Tea?

Depends on the flavor of tea, but usually tea.

Ebook or Book?

Real live books.
Being Santa or being an Elf?

Elf. Santa has to work too hard, and red isn’t my best color.
Candy-canes or peppermint candy?

Candy cane technology has come a long way. For instance, do you know Sour Patch Kids-flavored candy canes exist in the world now? Mind. Blown.

Ginger bread cookies or sugar cookies?

Ginger bread. I bite off the heads first. Quick and painless. It’s the only humane way to eat a snack with a face.
Decorating the tree or cooking a Christmas feast?

Decorating the tree, but only because I don’t cook.
Shoveling snow or editing a manuscript?

Editing. No question.
Not remembering your life or not remembering your last kiss?

Because I don’t live in a book and real life pales in comparison to fiction, I’ll say I’d rather not remember my last kiss—unless it ends up being with Ansel Elgort (a.k.a. Gus from the soon-to-be TFiOS movie), in which case I change my vote!

About the Author

Bethany Neal writes YA novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing! She is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, dream analysis, memorizing song lyrics, pickles, dessert, predestined love, not growing up, sour gummy candies, music videos, Halloween, and fictional boys who play guitar. You can find her locked in her writertorium for insane amounts of time. But, hey, insanity is fun! My Last Kiss is her first novel. You can connect with her on

Twitter@BethDazzled and Facebook.
Isn't Bethany awesome? And doesn't My Last Kiss sound awesome too? Well don't worry! Bethany is giving you a chance to win an ARC of My Lasy Kiss! Since this is her first giveaway as an author, this contest will only be open to the United States!All you have to do is answer the following in the comment section of the post bellow: What are the top three (3) craziest things on YOUR bucket list?
Enter your answer now on the COMMENT section bellow (along with your email), and if you want EXTRA PRIZES, visit Reviews Abound to enter the rafflecopter contest! The Scavenger Hunt question:

Rafflecopter clue: In which major world city can you go to to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve/Day?

Have a wonderful New Year, and add My Last Kiss on your Goodreads TBR pile! AND make sure to enter my own contests on my blog: I'm giving away a MG and a YA prize pack! It's open to both the CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES! Enter Now!  

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Review: Unbound by Georgia Bell

Author: Georgia Bell
Pages: 475 pages
Publisher: ?
Recieved From: Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours
Release Date: November 2nd, 2013
Status: Ebook, All Good Things (#1)
After her father dies, Rachel realizes she is scared and stuck. Scared of heights, of cars, of disasters harming the people she loves. Stuck in a life that is getting smaller by the minute. Stuck with a secret she has kept all her life: Someone has been watching over her since birth. Someone who tends to show up when she needs him the most. Someone she believes is her guardian angel.

Eaden is a 1,500-year-old immortal who wants to die. Drained by a life stretched too thin, he has requested his final reward – a mortal sacrifice bred specifically to bring him death. But something went wrong. Rachel’s ability to grant death has mutated in ways that threaten to upset the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. And utterly beguiled, Eaden discovers that although Rachel is the key to his death, because of her, he no longer wants to die. And he will do anything to protect her.

Swept into a world of legends, caught between the warring political factions of immortals, and carrying the future of mortal kind in her flesh and bone, Rachel must risk everything to save her world and the man she loves.



Firstly, I'd like to thank Giselle for giving me an opportunity to review this book! It was an enjoyable read!
Rachel (poor girl) is afraid of everything, to the point where she's made life predictable for herself. I sympathized for her throughout the story, because she'd lost pretty much her whole family after her father's death. This book was a YA paranormal romance, so there was a lot of OTP/shipping moments throughout the book. Usually for me, it means that this is the point where the book gets overly sappy. But fortunately, the romance wasn't sappy/over done at all.
Because Rachel has lived (pretty much) her pre-teen to teenage years confined and stuck, Eaden James MacAlister (*swoon*) brings her to life. They bring the story to life. Literally. When the two finally meet after many years, things start to get complicated.
What I liked about this story was the world of the Immortals that Bell has created. It's complicated and mysterious, and totally makes Rachel's dull life more lively. I also loved how she incorporated some Arthurian legend in the book.
It was a good story, and the plot was okay. I found that it did drag in some places, but it didn't take too much away from the overall story. I liked how I got to see Rachel's character development- she goes from being scared to hero, which I love. And I like how the characters (even the side characters) are all unique in their own way. What I didn't like was how the side characters (Stuart, Sita, Mara etc) weren't in the story as much as I wanted them to be- they're amazing characters, especially Stuart. And I didn't really like the fact that we didn't learn that the story took place IN CANADA till near the end of the book, when Rachel ends up in London. I went back, and tried to search for a clue as to where it said she was from Canada before that point. But I was really happy when she got into U of T (that's the University of Toronto my non-Canadian pals) :D.
Overall, it was a good story. It was a little slow in places, but the world was built lovely, the characters (especially Rachel's) were developed fine, the plot was good and leads in well to UNKNOWN, the sequel. And she's Canadian. ;D

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars