This Or That (10)

This or That

Cari @ Cari’s Book Blog!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

When I think back to my very first year as a blogger and all of the genuine, awesome bloggers I looked up to Cari is most definitely at the top of the list. She has always been so incredibly sweet and I love checking out all of her posts! She has everything from reviews to HILARIOUS video chats with some pretty awesometastic authors! Well without further ado, let’s meet the one and only Cari!


About the blogger: I started blogging in September 2009. After attending several book events around town and blogging about them I became the Social Media Expert for Blue Willow Bookshop. When I’m not browsing book catalogs I like to keep up with the latest fashion trends. I am never too busy for a new project and my secret is that coffee is a food group.

When it comes to your reading tastes are you a bigger contemporary fan or a fantasy fan?

Defiantly contemporary!

Guardian Angels (the goody-two-shoes) or Fallen Angels (the bad boys)?

Oh this is a hard one. I’m not an angel fan so pass!

When it comes to music do you sing along or dance along?

Sing along!

Cowboys or rockstars?

Cowboys! Maybe it’s a Texas thing.

 Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

Yeah I’m all over the place but my go to music is country.

Okay be honest here: Do you fan-girl over your favorite authors quite enthusiastically or do you sit back quietly and stalk them?

Lol I fan girl but I can hold back. Like the time I saw Maggie Stiefvater in the bathroom but I held it together and walked out without embarrassing myself. I hope she isn’t reading this. With some authors I try and play it cool.

 Do you tend to be a bigger fan of the fictional boyfriends or the fictional best friends?

Fictional boyfriend! I love you Corndog From (Stealing Parker)

 Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?

Fancy cupcakes for the win!

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Dog person but my dogs ignore me like cats so I don’t know what to make of it.

 A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

A year without food because who am I kidding I always fail at book bans.

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?


 Books turned into movies or books turned into TV shows?

Books turned into movies! Hunger Games, Twilight, and hopefully Catching Jordan some day soon!

Team bad boy or team boy next door?

Boy next door!  Jay from the Body Finder or Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door!

 Would you rather be turned into a werewolf or a vampire?

Vampire. There Are not enough razors in the world to be a werewolf. Unless I could hang out with the guys from Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

 Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

Inside. A bird once pooped on my book when I read outdoors.

 Do you keep your books on bookshelves or random spots throughout the house?

My whole house is one big pile of books. I either keep them on one of the 7 bookshelves, bags, or one of my nightstands.

 Do you do your reading in rooms filled with chaos or do you do your reading in pure silence?

I either read in silence or with my iPod on to drown out the outside world.

When marking the pages in your books do you use a bookmark or dog-ear your pages?

Bookmarks, hair ties, the remote, anything expect fold the page.

Do you like your books to be a part of a series or stand alone?

I prefer stand alone but I have a number of favorite series

If given the option would you take $1,000,000 or an endless supply of books? 

The million because then I could use it for books, family, and fashion.

So what did you guys think? If you didn’t already think Cari was made of pure win (most definitely unlikely) you surely do now! I am also a fan of cupcakes and the boy next door (Cari was actually the one to make me read The Body Finder which in turn introduced me to Jay. Love me some Jay!) Please leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of this week’s This Or That and be sure to check out the links below to stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Cari throughout the internet!




Cover Reveal: Fanged Princess by Elisabeth Wheatley

Title: Fanged Princess

Author: Elisabeth Wheatley

Release Date: January 22nd, 2013

I will not let my brother suffer the same loss…

Hadassah’s father, the Vampire King, punished her for her choice to love a human. Now her brother, the only person in the world who still matters to her, has fallen for a human girl. Determined to keep the girl safe, the three of them flee from their home in New England and find themselves cornered with their father’s minions closing in. If they want to escape, their only hope may be to join forces with the mortal enemies of their kind…

Be ensnared in this dark tale of enduring love, loyalty, and revenge from teenage author, Elisabeth Wheatley.

 This must be the week of awesome cover reveals! When the absolutely talented, wonderful, and sweet author, Elisabeth Wheatley asked if I wanted to be a part of this cover reveal, I jumped at the chance! (Partly because she’s awesome and partly because I was dying to get a sneak peek of it before everyone else!) When I saw the greatness that is this cover I just gasped. First the color, I adore the purple! They used such lovely shades of purple and I love how it swirls with the darker black in the background. And now let’s just talk about this cover model…GORGEOUS! The straight black hair, the lace, the Victorian Gothic clothing, everything about it just screams dark fantasy. So what do you guys think of this cover? Let me know in the comments, but first be sure to check out the book trailer below!


Don’t forget to add Fanged Princess to your Goodreads shelf!


Elisabeth Wheatley started writing very short (and rather silly) stories when she was around six. She became a voracious reader and after being practically forced by her cousins to watch Disney’s version of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” she developed a chronic passion for fantasy.

Elisabeth eventually went to work on what would become “The Key of Amatahns” when she was eleven. “The Key of Amatahns” is the first in the seven-book series, “Argetallam Saga.”

She is also now working on an urban fantasy/paranormal romance vampire novella.

When she isn’t spellbound by reading fantasy books and writing her own, Elisabeth trains and shows her Jack Russell Terrier, Schnay, makes goat cheese, and studies mythology.

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Cover Reveal: Elder by Raine Thomas

Title: Elder (Firstborn #3)

Author: Raine Thomas

Release Date: December 27th

Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate The Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn’t making it easy.

He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.

Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she’s endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.

She thinks things can’t get any worse.

She’s wrong.


I am so, so, SO EXCITED to be apart of another one of Raine’s cover reveals! The first two books in the series, Defy and Shift both have absolutely gorgeous covers and Elder can certainly be added to that category. Defy has this whole peacock them going along with it while Shift has a beautiful butterfly theme. While Elder is just as pretty as the previous two covers, I love that the character on the front has this whole “tough” thing going on! The blacks, grays, and whites along with the sword and that bright pop of blue for the title just make the whole cover stand out! It is safe to say that Devan Edwards of Nimbi Designs did an absolutely FABULOUS job on the cover for the final book in Raine’s Firstborn trilogy!

And please don’t forget to add Elder to your shelf on Goodreads!!!


Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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It’s My Birthday And I’m Ready To Par-teeeeeeey!

Yay! I am officially a 20-year-old!!!!

I am not going to lie in the slightest; I am going to miss being a teenager so much! I think of all the fun, crazy, wild, magical times I’ve had over the past 20 years and a giant smile crosses my face. At the same time, I am so ready to embrace this next chapter in my life! I am ready to finish up college, get a real job, move out, pay my own bills…okay maybe not that last part but you get what I mean. I am sure there are going to be even more fun, crazy, wild, magical times ahead for me but I will be experiencing them as a legit adult! As in someone who can actually do adult-ish stuff like boss people around and you know other adult-ish stuff that I cannot for the life of me think of right now. Crazy, I know, but also sort of kick-butt!

Now it wouldn’t be a true par-teeeeeey without cupcakes & presents. Since I ate all of the cupcakes, we’ll just have to stick to presents!

Here’s what is going to go down: I am going to list a few of my all-time favorite series that feature women that I aspire to be like now that I’m sort of grown up (key words: sort of)! These leading ladies are all hilarious, quirky, and embrace their adult lives with maybe not so much grace but a whole lot of independence and awesomely fantastic experiences! And after I’m done listing my favorite series, you will pick two books (they can be from the same series or from two different series) that you would love to own, hug, pet, squeeze, and possibly read. Once you’ve picked your two favorites you are going to fill out the form below to be entered to win. Yay for presents!

The Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund

Secret Society Girl

Under The Rose

Rites of Spring (Break)

Tap & Gown

Amy, the main character in this series, kicks some major butt. She is funny, independent, confident, a fiercely loyal friend, one to never back down from a fight or allow herself to be insulted. She is just SO FREAKING AWESOME! I’ve read the entire series a handful of times and I never tire of her and everything that she goes through!

The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty

Sloppy Firsts

Second Helpings

Charmed Thirds

Fourth Comings

Perfect Fifths

I haven’t finished this series yet but I can tell you right now, Jessica Darling is one remarkable person who not only makes me feel like some of the crazy thoughts running through my head maybe aren’t that crazy but she also makes me laugh so very hard!

The Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot

Size 12 Is Not Fat

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

Big Boned

Size 12 and Ready to Rock

I started this little gem of a series this past year and holy wow! Heather Wells is confused, working on the confidence part, struggling to put her life together but through all of that she is so incredibly snarky and hilarious!

Here are the nitty-gritty details about the giveaway:

-The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to you!

-The giveaway ends at the end of the day on 12/5

-Sharing is not required but it would be oh so appreciated :)

Thank you all so much for joining in on my birthday celebration!

Tune In Tuesday (80) Birthday Edition!

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Does anyone know what today is? It’s November 27th! To most of you this day is just any other Tuesday but for me it is something way more! Today is the eve of my birthday and not just any birthday, it’s the eve of my 20th birthday!!!! Now don’t let my overuse of exclamation points fool you, I am actually quite sad I will no longer be a teenager :( Regardless I am also a bit excited to be a sort-of grownup. I say sort-of because I, in no way, shape, or form, plan on acting too adult-ish. I mean a girl’s still got to have fun, right?

So in honor of the super awesome times I had as a teenager and the many more awesome times I will have as a sort-of adult, here’s some of the music that helped make me who I am today!

p.s. Considering these are all songs I love (hardcore) they may or may not have been featured on a Tune In Tuesday post before. If this is in fact the 4th or 5th time you’ve seen the same song featured on my blog, I apologize. It won’t (okay…it probably will) happen again!

Yeah by Usher

It is no secret that Kati is my very best friend. When we were both embarrassingly awkward little girls in the 6th grade, we bonded over the fantasy that we would one day grow up and marry Usher. I can honestly remember each of us having our own CD players and pressing play at the very same time so we could sing his songs together! Also, our dance moves to this song? Nothing else compares.

Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Throughout 99% of my childhood, my sister and I did not agree on anything. However, when The Killers came along with this little doozy of a song, we couldn’t help but agree that we were in love with not only the song but the band as well!

We Are Young by 3OH!3

My friends and I were considered a little off for loving the heck out of this band in high school but we didn’t care. Whenever I think about all the awesome summers we’ve spent together, 3OH!3 is always a constant factor.

Fearless by Taylor Swift

If you know me at all, you know that I have a deep love and respect for this girl. Say what you will about her methods of revenge (which are kick-butt methods if you ask me) or just how good her voice even is (I happen to think it’s all sorts of awesome!) there is one thing you cannot deny and that is that she knows how to connect. Throughout those high school days spent doing all sorts of things that made me an utter nerd, her music was there for me, helping me along one awkward moment at a time.

Check Yes Juliet by We The Kings

LOVE THIS BAND! So many good times at their concerts, on the way to their concerts, singing in the car and reminiscing about their concerts <3 My sister, my best friend, and I have had so many fun memories involving We The Kings! And I’m sure there will be more to come, like when Travis and I get married (kidding…sort of)!

Hold On by Wilson Phillips

Kati and I singing this song over and over and over and over again in the car while pretending to play the drums on one of our many road trips….now that’s one teen habit that is so totally moving on to adult-ishhood!

Well there’s a glimpse at only a little sliver of the music I love and adored throughout my formative years! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what your favorite songs as a teen were/are and link up your Tune In Tuesday post by clicking the cute, little button below!

Book Review: Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston

Title: Turning Pages

Author: Tristi Pinkston

Publisher: Inkberry Press

Pages: 240 paperback

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review

With his pride and her prejudice, what could possibly go wrong?

When the arrogant Blake Hansen steals Addie Preston’s promotion at the library, he pretty much rubs her nose in it. But Addie, who dreams of being a full-fledged librarian, decides to stick it out. She loves surrounding herself with books and keeping her father’s memory alive in the building where they spent so much time together.

Soon, Addie learns that her beloved library will be torn down to make room for a larger facility, and she has to make a choice. Fight, or let go?

To complicate things, she finds herself attracted to Blake, who is engaged to someone else. Will Blake and Addie ever resolve their differences?

Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston is not only super adorable on the outside (I mean, just look at that cover!) but it is also a sweet story on the inside! The main character is a huge book nerd who happens to be dealing with some real-life issues. And let’s not forget that most of the book takes place in a library. It all makes me ask, what’s not to love?

I loved Addie as a main character! She was such a sweet, caring, passionate girl going through some of the hardest things she’s ever gone through in her life. Addie’s mom passed at an early age and when we first meet her she is also dealing with the recent passing of her father. Now her, her younger siblings, and her step-mom are forced to deal with life without him. My heart broke for this entire family! I could see more of Addie’s pain because obviously she’s the main character, but I was also able to see just how hard it was on everyone else. This only made it harder to bear when I learned of the financial struggles this family was going through. Regardless of all the pain and problems, there was an incredible amount of faith and determination on not only Addie’s part but from her step-mom as well. It was so nice to see such a strong bond between the entire family but Addie and her step-mom in particular; They were each others rocks.

On top of dealing with everything at home, Addie also has an incredible amount of work problems to sort through. Forced to deal with the potential tearing down of her beloved library and having to work with Mr. Blake “I like to steal Addie’s job promotion and continually insult her (albeit it unknowingly) on a daily basis” Hansen, let’s just say I gained a whole new respect for this girl! I loved the constant banter between the two of them. Addie is very independent and certainly has a mind of her own and Blake can be moody and rude without even realizing it. When Blake would accidentally say something rude to Addie and Addie would get all fired up about it, I couldn’t help but giggle. Soon their banter turns into a friendship. Addie finds herself in a jam on more than one occasion and Blake just happens to be there every time to help save the day. As you can probably infer from the summary of the book, feelings of friendship soon turn into feelings of something more for Addie & Blake. Blake’s engagement and Addie’s feelings for an old crush, not to mention the fact that HE IS HER BOSS only complicate things more! I do wish that there would have been a bit more between them romantically. I knew from the beginning there was going to be some type of romantic notion between them but I wish it would have shown up more throughout the book. It’s just that for a majority of the book they were sometimes bantering enemies and most of the time friends so a few more stolen glances, a few more secret touches, just something aside from the admitted feelings of love near the end would have really made the romance seem more evident.

Addie deals with so much from the very first page up until the very end of the book. Even though she was faced with one problem after another, I had no other option but to admire her strength through it all. Problems at home with her family, problems with her job, problems with her love life (or lack of it) would be enough to make any person go bonkers, and even though Addie certainly had her stressed-to-the-max moments she also DEALS WITH IT! She powered through everything like a true fighter. Tristi certainly did a fantastic job of turning this real-life book nerd into a fan of this book about a fictional book nerd. The main character is certainly one to admire and even through I thought the romance could have been spiced up a bit, there is still so many sweet, touching messages that readers can take from this story!

In My Mailbox (46)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

I picked up a few more e-books for my Nook this week one of which I have been insanely excited about ever since I first read the summary of it!


10 Weeks by Jolene Perry & Janna Watts

My Thoughts: This pretty little book right here was only $.99!!! I couldn’t pass up a deal like that and since I read and enjoyed one of Jolene’s other books, I thought I’d give it a shot!

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

My Thoughts: Ever since I read Ginger’s review of this book (and the whole rest of the series!) I have been dying to read it.

Dizzy by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

My Thoughts: I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!! I fell in love with Nyrae’s writing when I read Charade and as I said above, I really enjoyed Falling by Jolene. So you can probably guess how incredibly excited I was when I found out these two awesome authors were writing a book together!

Well that’s it for my books this week! I hope you all had a lovely book week as well & please be sure to leave your IMM/Stacking The Shelves links below so I can check them out!