November 14, 2014

AVE ATQUE VALE, PAPER CHARADE

November 14, 2014
Hello dear followers!


As you may or may not have noticed that I have been MIA on the blog for months now... Well, that is about to change! Let me explain why (which also explains part of the reason for my absence)!

My domain name Paper Charade has reached it's life expectancy, so I decided to lay it to rest. You'll notice that my blog address is no longer papercharade.com anymore and is back to it's original state stolenheartstring.blogspot.com. So I might be done with this blog, but not done with blogging in general. The past few months I've been building a website on a whole new platform, and I thought that I should come up with a whole new domain and platform for blogging. I've been working on creating this new site where I can share all aspects of my life, but also organize it so others can focus on a certain aspect if they wish. I'm merging my personal life with my bookish life into one place! I guess you can say the new blog I moved to has turned into more of a "lifestyle" blog, if you want to give it a label.


So where is this blog you ask?




I thank you all for dealing with me on here, and I hope you follow me on my new site! If not, I won't be mad. :-) It's been a fun journey here, but it's time for a new chapter.


Love, Paper Charade (aka Genissa)

August 29, 2014

The TBR Tag

August 29, 2014
Image credit: Danasquare

So...Dana from Danasquare tagged me in the #TBRtag, so I guess I'm it!

What is the #TBRtag?


Well, Dana and Rachel from Danasquare created this tag to talk about that daunting thing called our TBR (to-be-read) pile. Okay...here goes nothing!


How do you keep track of your TBR pile?


Apart from the ARCs that I review and the blog/review tours I participate in, I generally keep track of my TBR on Goodreads. I tried Booklikes once, but I haven't kept up with it.



Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?


On Goodreads? I haven't bothered to pay attention to that very much, so it could be either or. The books I request or are sent to me for review is a toss up of both, but I think that ebooks may have it beat.



How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?


Well...again...the blog/review tours and or ARCs are read in order according to their release date, so I have a review written and scheduled in time for my tour date or the pub date.


But for my leisure reading? I'm a list person, so I make lists of what I want to read. Like Dana, I am a mood reader. So it all depends on what I'm in the mood for, and just go from there. Sometimes I like to mix things up by writing book titles on strips of paper and blindly pick one from a bowl like Effie in The Hunger Games. ;-)



A Book That's Been On Your TBR List The Longest


I scrolled AAAAAALLL the way down to the bottom of that daunting pile on Goodreads, and the first book that I marked as "to-read" (which would make it the longest its been there) is... 

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.


On my kindle or shelves, I have not a clue.




A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR


The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I'm not cheating by adding two, I swear! Those were both added right after the other just last week. :D

(You can click the titles--not the images--to open their GR profile to find out what they are about)
A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover


That's easy. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. It literally is a work of art, and it contrasts, and you can see that one half is an image of New York and the bottom half (which could look like a multi-dimensional reflection) is of Russia. The cover also gave away that it's a multiverse world-building, and I eat that up, so that just worked out even better for me. 



A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading


Probably Les Miserables. I've tried, but that book is so long, it'll take me years to even finish. I might go back to it someday, but not anytime soon.



An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For

There's A LOT. A few on the top of my list are: 
  • Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead 
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • The Return by JLA
  • Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
  • Nothing Bad Is Going To Happen by Kathleen Hale

I'm totally cheating here, I won't deny it, but at least I'm laying a piece of my TBR out on the table...in case...you know...anyone would be so kind as to send me a copy of them someday. ;-P



A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I had forgotten that I added this to my list, and I can't remember what made me do it either. It's been in that pile FOR-EV-ER. But all of a sudden, almost everyone on my Twitter timeline and Tumblr dashboard have been full of #Mistbornfeels the past couple weeks. Then came the Twitter readalongs and hastags.




A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You


Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, both by Rainbow Rowell. (Don't look at me like that--I will get to it soon enough).




A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read


Any of the honorable mentions three questions above. But if I had to pick ONE (omg how can you choose just one?) it would be The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, because it has been pushed back multiple times, and the cliffhanger ending in The Evolution of Mara Dyer didn't help me either... It just may be what makes me need therapy or something. I just want Noah to be okay, and Mara and Noah both to get their HEA. (Please let there be HEA, Michelle).



How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?


I just cleaned up my TBR just last week and got it down to 680. I could slightly breathe now before new book announcements are made.


You don't have to do this (but why not? It's fun!), but I'm going to tag a few bloggers anyway, so I tag:


Have fun, good luck with your TBR and happy reading!

August 24, 2014

My Name is in the Acknowledgements of Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madows!

August 24, 2014
A few months ago, author Michelle Madow asked her fellow street team if we would like our names mentioned in the acknowledgements of the second book in her The Secret Diamond Sisters series called Diamonds in the Rough, and of course we jumped at the chance! Go, street team!


Harlequin Teen sent me an ARC of Diamonds in the Rough a few days ago, and did in fact find my name in the acknowledgements in the back of the book. I just had to fangirl about it, that's how excited I am! It was one of the items on my bucket list, and I am so ecstatic that it was in a series I enjoy immensely that is set in one of my favorite cities in the US--Las Vegas! So, I get to cross that accomplishment off. Thank you Michelle for that chance, and Harlequin Teen for kindly sending me a copy. I cannot wait to see what other shenanigans the Diamond sisters, the boys and arch-nemesis Madison will be up to when school starts in Sin City.


Now you all know what my last name is. Eeek! Diamonds in the Rough won't be out until October 28 (in the US), but I will be commemorating the release by creating Story Diaries for both The Secret Diamond Sisters and Diamonds in the Rough during release week. Remember when I posted Story Diaries here on the blog? Well, I got so much love for that feature that I moved it to a separate blog --> http://astorydiary.com. That's where you can look out for them, as well as catch up with all my other Story Diaries. And don't worry, I won't post spoilers in either reviews.

Let's see what other items I can cross off before the year ends. ;-) Make sure to pick up the follow-up in The Secret Diamond Sisters series, Diamonds in the Rough, when it comes out in November!

August 14, 2014

Review: Wild Angel by Shari Copell

August 14, 2014
Title: Wild Angel
Series: Rock'n Tapestries #2
Author: Shari Copell
Publication Date: May 12, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult


New Adult romantic suspense with paranormal elements. Here are the usual warnings about sexual content, naughty language, and there's also a bit of brutality and violence. I promised you all a happy ending after Rock'n Tapestries though, and I never break a promise. :-)

“Hello, Pittsburgh! You ready to rock?"

Nicks Sorenson, guitarist extraordinaire for the band Wild Angel, has a lot going on during her last year of high school. In fact, she sometimes wonders if someone has painted a bull’s eye on her forehead.

Stone Jensen, lead guitarist for the band Heavy Remedy, shows up everywhere she plays despite the bad blood between them. The high school principal is targeting her with endless detentions for some reason. And she’s starting to wonder if her mother is losing her mind.

Life soon spins into chaos for the Sorenson family. It began when Nicks learned the name of the dead musician who’d willed her his four guitars. Then came the dreams of a man shrouded in mist. She doesn’t recognize him, but he seems to know her.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Nicks goes on an unexpected—and painful—journey into the past.

She’s about to learn what you don’t know can hurt you.

Author's Note: I'm trying my best to make this a stand-alone read, but it really will make more sense if you read Rock'n Tapestries first.


Review

I was really looking forward to Wild Angel, the follow-up to Rock’n Tapestries, by Shari Copell because I liked the first book (although the second half of the book Chelsea and Tate’s relationship seemed forced and convenient to me, and also made me bawl for a douche-y rockstar who may or may not deserve a girls tears), and because it was about Chelsea and Asher’s daughter all grown up, taking Pittsburgh by storm with her (daddy’s — unbeknownst to her) tabacco sunburst guitar. I always wanted to read a book that’s about the characters children's own book. So this answered my prayers in that respect. Wild Angel was the first one that did, so I was even more excited to get into it.

Right from the first chapter, I was excited. Nicks (heroine/the daughter) kicks off with a fiery demeanor while rocking out on stage, just like her biological daddy, the late Asher Pratt. Not only that, but while mouthing of expletives about sex and curse words to shame a sailor, Stone Jensen is there watching and not scared one bit by whatever she throws his way. See, they’ve been on bad terms for a year by then because he said some not-so-nice things about her and her guitar-playing skills. Right off the bat, you can feel the tension when they challenge each other. When I read that, I was locked and loaded for more challenges and tension to come. Only to be disappointed from that point on. Instead, Stone went up to her and talk to her for the first time ever to apologize for saying all those mean things about her. Oh, she stood her ground and basically told him off alright.

She may have brushed him off at first, but Stone turned soft from that point on. Like I said, I expected more of a fight from them, but I didn’t see the same challenge he had when he saw her play that stage that day. He makes nice to get her to forgive him and be on good terms, if not friends. Long story short, they both form a friendship and bond over guitars and the mystery of who willed them to her. This leads to a string of theories, snooping, digging, questions, a near-panic attack or two from Nicks mom, and the truth. All the while, the school principal seems to have it out for Nicks and strange occurrences and dreams have been happening around the household... Well, you can see that a lot stuff goes down.

See, this book is over 500 pages. Usually I don’t complain even if it is a NA contemporary, but this draaaagged at parts. If you cut down all the unnecessary crap, it would be a good 300/400 pages and wouldn’t drag so much. If you ignore that part, this is a good book. All the events, the building, mystery, secrets, kidnappings, a sadistic school principal, sketchy characters, attempted murders, paranormal elements, and plot twists.

The ending is what made me want to throw my kindle out the window at 7am and go hunt down Shari with a pitch fork and torch in hand. Or near the end, I should say. There’s like 2-9% of the book left that had me bawling and screaming how is this fair? Why would you do this? How dare you! This was not the happy ending you promised us, Shari! I mean, I know not every story had a happy ending, but I expect an HEA if the book description promises one, especially if it’s from the author themselves. I was so nervous and hopeless by 98%. But then Asher, from beyond the grave, somehow gave them a miracle that gave us the HEA. I took the much need breath that was steeled from from me. But I’m still not sure I can forgive Shari for causing all of these emotions in me at the end. Let’s not forget the shit she put me through in the first book.

Overall, even though I wanted more tension/challenges between Nicks and Stone and some parts dragged and the ending literally had me on edge, I enjoyed this book. There was rock n roll, steamy times, mystery, and family values.

Purchase Wild Angel


About the Author


Shari Copell is the pen name for S.L. Jesberger, the author of the historical fantasy Àlainnshire series.

Email her at sharicopell AT gmail.com



July 29, 2014

Lead by Kylie Scott Release Day Blitz + Excerpt

July 29, 2014

Lead, the 4th book in the Stage Dive series, by Kylie Scott is out TODAY! Get to know more about Jimmy and meet Lena! Read an excerpt from Lead below.

Lick (book 1): amzn.to/1vcVfUR | B&N [read my review for Lick]
Play (book 2): amzn.to/1qaztNl | B&N
Deep (book 4--1/6/15): amzn.to/1rtVqdR | B&N



Title: Lead
Series: Stage Dive #3
Author: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult


Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic rock star romance series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.  



Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.


Excerpt

“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”

“Nope.”

“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.

“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”

"Can’t find it anywhere…”

“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”

“Sure you haven’t seen it?”

“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.

I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.

He frowned. “No.”

“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like some creepy perv?”

“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.

“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.

“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”

Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”

“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”

“I’m not!”


Purchase Lead


About the Author

Kylie is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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