Giveaway: Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse

Hi everyone!

A while back, I hosted a giveaway for DEAD ROMANTIC by CJ Skuse (you can check out the interview here). It was a UK-only giveaway, and unfortunately all three winners that replied weren’t from the UK. SO, I’m running the giveaway again for THREE SIGNED copies of DEAD ROMANTIC!


The Rules:

  • This giveaway win run until April 30th.
  • The winner must reply within 48 hours or another winner shall be chosen.
  • The winner shall be chosen through
  • Follow the instructions below:
In order to be entered into this contest, you need to leave a COMMENT. In this comment you need to do 


(1) You need to be a follower of my blog (Confessions of a Readaholic) via GFC, Linky Followers, Networked Blogs or Bloglovin’. Leave your username and how you follow.

(2) You need to be a follower of my co-host for the Books That Glow 2013 event, Richa at City of Books via GFC, Linky Followers, Networked Blogs or Bloglovin’. Leave your username and how you follow.

(3) In your comment you need to state: “I AM FROM THE UK” or “I HAVE AN ADDY IN THE UK” so I definitely know that you can be entered for this giveaway!


(4) Promote this giveaway somehow. Tweet it, Share it on Facebook, Blog Post it, err, Tumble-r it, Pin it, +1 Google it, just share it somewhere on the web and leave a link to your post in your comment (add a little +1 next to your link so I know it’s the optional entry).

(5) Leave a comment on the interview with CJ Skuse. She and Chicken House have been absolutely brilliant to provide us three copies for giveaway, and seriously they deserve some love from y’all :D CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERVIEW. (+1 next to your entry) and leave the name you commented under.

If you’re not from the UK, but you do know someone from the UK that would love to win this book, LET THEM KNOW! TELL THEM TO ENTER! TELL THEM IT’S REALLY AWESOME AND IT’S SIGNED!

Remember... UK ONLY!

Enter away my lovelies!

Book Blast: Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

I’m really excited today to be apart of the Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris Book Blast hosted by Book Nerd Tours. I haven’t read Unraveling yet, but I do have it and can’t wait to get started :D 
Here’s a little bit about the book and the author, and enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom for a chance to WIN a signed copy of the book and swag!

UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

23 April 2013 (Balzer + Bray)

Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan's recent snowpocalyptic winter.

She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.


Enter in the Rafflecopter below to win :)

Interview with Nicole McInnes

Nicole McInnes

Nicole McInnes is the author of the contemporary YA novel, BRIANNA ON THE BRINK (Holiday House, Spring 2013).
She is also a university writing and literature instructor, a mom and a horsewoman.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nicole received a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature (Creative Writing emphasis) from the University of California at Santa Cruz (go, Banana Slugs!). She also received a Master’s Degree in English (Creative Writing emphasis) from Northern Arizona University (go, Lumberjacks!).
She currently lives and works in northern Arizona.


Brianna on the Brink (2013)
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Thank you so much for stopping our (Richa @ City of Books and I) Books That Glow: YA & MG 2013 event to answer some questions about yourself and your book, Brianna on the Brink!

Describe your book in 3 three-word sentences

Cheerleader rules school.
One-night stand happens.
Life goes kaboom.

How did you come up with the idea for Brianna on the Brink?

I was just really interested in exploring the idea of what happens when one impulsive decision changes the course of a life entirely. Brianna is a girl who, to her peers, seems to have it all– looks, popularity, etc. What Brianna knows, though, is that there have been some real trade-offs along the way, and she’s become a not very nice person. In trying to relieve the deep pain resulting from a sucktastic home life, Brianna hooks up with an older guy who gives her the kind of attention she craves. Things get messy quick, though, and when her life as “the girl who has it all” implodes, she needs to find a way to pick up the pieces and survive.

As this is your debut, what was the road to publishing like?

I’ve described this road as more like tunneling through solid rock with a cereal spoon, but maybe that’s a bit dramatic. I always knew I wanted to be traditionally published, so I went the traditional route of writing the best drafts I could, researching and querying agents, and learning about the submission (to editors) process. Though the different phases of he process (getting an agent, landing a book deal, surviving the editing process and, final, getting to enjoy book release day) seemed to take forever, it’s all been so worth it. One of the toughest things about being a debut author, I think, is the fact that everything is new. Everything’s a “first”. I assume I’ll know what to expect a bit more the next time around, but you never know.

Why do you write YA fiction?

While I don’t necessarily buy into the notion that the teen years are “the set years of your life!” I do believe they are some of the most vivid and, in many ways, most interesting. There are so many ups and downs, so many firsts. (Now that I think about it, those years are sort of like the publishing process. Hmmm.) Anyway, I feel like I have a really good recall in my head of the emotions and concerns and issues being a teen entails and how much anguish and elation can be embedded within that time of life. It all makes for great storytelling potential. Plus, teen readers are just incredibly involved with and enthusiastic about books. What’s not to love?

Hahaha, the last bit’s really true. I’m proof!


As Gollum is to the ring, I am to chocolate and/or good sourdough bread.

If I was a superhero I would be called Myopic Girl (because I am ridiculously near-sighted) and my special power would be feeling my way along walls in the dark when I’m not wearing my glasses or contacts. (Haha! OMG this is hilarious XD)

The weirdest thing I’ve EVER eaten would have to be cow tongue sandwiches on white bread with yellow mustard. These were somewhat of a junior high staple for me, since my mom was doing a lot of unusual gourmet cooking at the time (i.e. tripe [bovine stomach lining], ox tail soup, you name it). (Inset appropriate sound here). I know, right? (Wow... just wow. Well, can’t really judge– I’ve eaten some weird things in my life as well.)

If your book was to become a movie, who would you cast?

I can definitely see someone like Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious) as Brianna; Emma Roberts (The Art of Getting By) as Jules; a slightly older Jennifer Lawrence as Jane (they’d have to work hard to make her plain looking until her beauty is uncovered); Robert Pattinson as Derek; Emmy Rossum as Brianna’s hardcore older sister Keisha; and John Mahoney (who played Kelsey Grammer’s father on Frasier) as Earl.

Might be a little hard for Jennifer Lawrence to look plain, but LOVE this cast. Totally wish this will become a movie now! :D

If you have a time machine, travel to the past, and meet yourself as a teen, what advice would you give you?

Here’s how that conversation would go.

Present Me: “Hey, Nicole, it’s me”
Past Me: “We never grew boobs??”
Present Me: (Looking down at chest) “Oh, yeah, I know. But think you’ll find there are actually benefits to–“
Past Me: “What the hell?”
Present Me: “Okay, focus for a second. You know that dream you had as a kid? The one where you wanted to train horses and write books?”
Past Me: “Duh. Of course I remember. It’s not like I’m old *coughlikeyoucough* and losing my memory or anything”
Present Me: “I’m going to let that last comment slide. Because what I want to tell you is that we get to do both. So, work hard and enjoy the ride!”
Past Me: “Dude, really?”
Present Me: “Would I lie to you?”
Past Me: “Hey that’s the cool new Annie Lennox song!”
Present Me: *sigh*
Past Me: “Seriously, though. Is it rad getting to train horses and write books?”
Present Me: “Totally. It’s totally rad. and bitchin’.”
Past Me: “Dude, nobody even, like, says ‘bitchin'’ anymore.”
Present Me: “I was just joking.”
Past Me: “I am so totally stoked right now.”
Present Me: “But you should know it’s going to be important for you to always believe in yourself, because there’s a lot of hard stuff coming your way, too.”
Past Me: “Wait. What?”
Present Me: “Like really, REALLY hard stuff that I won’t even go into right now.”
Past Me: *fingers in ears* “Lalalalalalalalala... I am not listening to you... lalalalala– train horses, write books– lalalalalalalalala.”
Present Me: “Okay, I’ll just let you figure out stuff along the way, I guess. Hey it’s been really cool seeing you again.”
Past Me: “Wait. You’re leaving?”
Present Me: “Yup. That time machine won’t wait all day. Oh, and one more thing.”
Past Me: *stares expectantly*
Present Me: “Go easy on the mint green eye shadow for your junior prom. Those pictures are going to be around forever. Remember, less is more.”
Past Me: “Except when it comes to our boobs, in which case...”
Present Me: “Lalalalalalala... I’m not listening to you...lalalalalala...”

*All you can hear are gasps for breath, because the interviewer is laughing too hard*

This is just too good :D

When you’re not writing, what can you be found doing?

Feeding the eaters. Seriously, I have two kids, two horses, two dogs, a cat and several house plants that need my attention on regular basis. Some of them make the job that much more worthwhile by being better snugglers than the others.

What do you have next in store for us?

More books, hopefully! I’m currently revising another contemporary YA manuscript that has some really dark elements mixed in with the more lighthearted teen stuff. I also have a work-in-progress contemporary YA that I’m really excited about.

YAY! I’m excited too :D
Do you have any tips for aspiring authors out there?

Yes! First, decide which you want to take toward publication (i.e. self-oublishing or traditional publishing). If the latter, do your research. Write the best book possible. Get an agent. Understand that as long as you are a writer, there is no point at which the work actually stops. You might make rests now and then. You might pause to take in the view from different points along the journey, but publication is just one more point on the map that, if you’re lucky, will chart your course for a lifetime.

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Thank you so much to the absolutely hilarious Nicole for answering these questions! I’m really excited to read Brianna on the Brink– here’s a little more about it:

Sixteen-year-old Brianna Taylor finds herself lost, alone and with a major surprise in store after a one-night-stand. Just when she’s got nowhere left to turn, help arrives from the one person who is closest to her big mistake, but accepting that help will leave Brianna forced to choose between clinging to the ledge of fear and abandonment – or jumping into the unknown where a second chance at hope might just be waiting.

The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
Buy: AmazonThe Book Depository

Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not….

This one was a little slow to start with, but holy moly, the creepiness of this book definitely had me wide-eyed and shivering every now and then. The Murmurings from it's dark cover to it's promise of suspense and hint of paranormal was a book that had me severely freaked– and I loved it.
Psychiatric wards have always freaked me out. Books, movies, TV shows that feature it: it's always the creepiest part. This book was almost completely based in one, so you can imagine how scared I was when reading this book. Seriously couldn't sleep after. Carly Anne West's descriptions are so eerie and hair-raising, I could imagine what she was writing down so well, it ran like a movie in my head. And I'm not a fan of scary movies so you can imagine how spooked I was reading this novel.

Nell was a great main character, but like with the girl in the scary movie who goes into the basement when you know there's something bad there, I felt like screaming at her to stay away the whole time. It was interesting to see her emotions and when she starts to get a feel that thing's are not right. I personally would be completely freaked and would literally hide under the bed until it all goes away. I have to applaud her on her bravery and determination to find out what exactly happened to her sister before she died.
Evan was absolutely yum and super sweet! I loved how he totally understood what she was going through, didn't think she was a freak, and stood by her, like the loyal YA guys that we've all come to know and love in almost all YA books. Evan was no exception and he definitely lightened up the book for me, making it not too creepy with a hot guy, and all.

What I didn't get and what really confused me however, was the Takers, Seers and background paranormal information. I always fail to comprehend the history of something, or important information of a group in YA books, and this was no exception. I got lost in the terms and what each thing does, and so that wasn't much fun for me, having to skim over some parts because I just couldn't get it. Shows how bad a student I am when it comes to remembering important information! However, I appreciate the author's (what I call) "world building" as she brings around a new kind of paranormal into the world of young adult books.

Highly recommended for scary movie enthusiasts and lovers of creepy paranormals, The Murmurings was a fabulous debut that had me hanging onto and shuddering at every word. I would strongly suggest not reading this at night (like I did), but Carly Anne West is an amazing author to look out!

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Blog Improvement!

Hi Guys!

So while I'm away this week on exams (no blogging! BOOOO!), I thought I should take this opportunity to thank you all for being awesome readers of Confessions of a Readaholic. What you say really matters to me, and so if you will, I've created a survey, from which then I can look at what YOU want to see more of and what YOU want to be improved, as well as what YOU think about my blog!

Here's the link to the form:

and for Authors and Publishers (you can most definitely answer the form above!) I do have a separate mini-survey for you all :D

For both forms, none of the questions are "required" questions, so please feel free to answer the ones you wish. It's all anonymous as well.

Thank you all so much and have a great week!


Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rated: YA 14+
Format: ARC
Source: Author
Buy: AmazonThe Book Depository

Reminiscent of the Elizabeth Smart case, Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological mystery about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity.

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she's returned home…only to find that it's three years later and she's sixteen-or at least that's what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn't know.

But there are people who do — people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren't locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her "alters." As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing - and ultimately empowering page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

My eyes were glued to every word.

Ever since I read the blurb, Pretty Girl-13 was one of those books that I couldn't get out of my mind. When I had the opportunity to read it, of course, I was beyond thrilled. This book stayed with me and haunted me from the time I read and finished it, for probably a week. It's SO GOOD– it doesn't let you go.
This one was definitely an original concept as well. It feels very science and psychological based, and yet has a hint of paranormal with the story. I loved that you could instantly connect to the character as she tries to figure out what happened during the past three years of her life.

I found Angie at first to be very stubborn and unobliging to come to fact that the past three years of her life had gone by, plus the multiple times she hid things from her parents. Only when she does meet a psychiatrist and actually come to terms with what has happened, as well as discover several shocking incidents along the way, did I actually find her truly fascinating.
There were several other "parts" to Angie in this book, and all of them contributed to the story through various forms (and mediums), but it was interesting to see the contrast in characteristics. They're all SO different, but you really do come to love them all and have respect for them for what they go through individually.

I'd never even heard of dissociative identity disorder, but I truly am still astonished that such is thing is actually, well, real. I thought it would be something completely fictionalized, but holy ploop no– it's a really interesting topic, and also intensely creepy and  unnatural. It was really original to see the portrayal of this in this story, and how the characters go about trying to find out each personality's story.

Pretty Girl-13 was one book which I could NOT stop reading. It's horrifying, it's captivating, it's dark, and it's gripping. Liz Coley's debut definitely hits spot on into the mindset of a psychological thriller, and had me engrossed from start to finish.

▪ Thank you so much to Liz Coley for providing an ARC of Pretty Girl-13 for review and BTG2013! ▪

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(Potential) Books-to-Movies: Thrillers

Lately, I've been seeing a ton of blurbs for books that have given me the chills, and have me going, "Oh. My. God. I NEED TO READ THIS TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS!". And I thought what cool thrillers they would make if they were made into movies. The blurbs of these couple of books DEFINITELY have movie potential, ones that would make people flock to see it, ones that certainly would have me staying up at night, shivering for the creepiness of it all. The titles lead to the Goodreads pages!

by Adele Griffin

12 November 2013 ● Knopf Books for Young Readers

LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That's the only thing left she can cling to.

AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can't even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won't talk about?

LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted game of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away.

by Josin McQuein

8 October 2013 ● Delacorte Books for Young Readers

A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.
Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.

by Romily Bernard

24 September 2013 ● HarperTeen

"Find Me." These are the words written on Tessa Waye's diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa's just been found...dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick.

Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick's deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she's going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.

by Paul Blackwell

23 July 2013 ● HarperTeen

A shadowy figure. An intense roar. The sensation of falling—fast.

That’s all Callum Harris remembers from his tumble over the waterfall. But when he wakes up in a hospital bed and finds his best friend trying to kill him, Callum knows something is seriously wrong. Unfortunately for him, the mysteries are just getting started.

Why are his parents acting like he’s some big sports star all of a sudden? And why are all the buildings in town more run-down than Callum remembers? Worst of all...what happened to Callum’s brother? Either Callum has gone seriously crazy or something happened when he went over the falls. Something impossible. Callum needs answers, and now. Because in this twisted new version of the life Callum knew, his former best friend isn’t the only one who wants to see him dead.

by Hannah Jayne

16 July 2013 ● Sourcebooks Fire

Sawyer Dodd has it all. She's a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She's free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by "an admirer" and printed with two simple words: "You're welcome."

by Lisa Amowitz

9 July 2013 ● Spencer Hill Press

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, hes not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

by April Henry

11 June 2013 ● Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

by Jacqueline Green

14 May 2013 ● Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die.

It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t eventhere; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets.

How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?

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And that is all! I'm sure there are a lot more creepy/thriller-esque books out there, that are both upcoming or have already been released, so do let me know in the comments :)
This isn't a regular feature, but if you do want to be, do let me know! I have fun when it comes to books that should be movies, even if it's just based on the blurb itself.

Hope you're all having a great week, and sorry for the lack of posting– exams are coming up, so definitely after the 19th, a whole ton of posts should be coming in. Loads of love until then!

Triangles Giveaway by Kimberly Ann Miller

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you all know of an AMAZING giveaway that Spencer Hill is hosting for Kimberly Ann Miller's upcoming book, which is also featured on Books That Glow: YA & MG 2013 hosted by Richa @ City of Books and myself, Triangles.

And the prize?



NO I AM NOT KIDDING YOU! It's for a flippin' cruise!!!!

Here's where you can find out more about the competition and has the entry form!

Wowie, and two other winners will win:

$50 Giftcards to Amazon (US) or The Book Depository (INT)

So wow, seriously, a competition YOU NEED TO ENTER! Here's more about Kimberly's book:

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong? 

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?