Blog Tour + Book Review: Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa

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Fight Or Flight

Title: Fight Or Flight (Fight Or Flight #1)

Author: Jamie Canosa

Pages: 231 e-book

My Rating: 4/5

Source: I received an e-book in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review as part of this blog tour

Be smart.
Keep your head down.
And look out for number one.

These are the rules Jay has lived by for the past two years. The rules of surviving life on the streets. But when Em comes bursting into his life, in all of her disastrous glory, the rules go right out the window.

Flee what’s been left behind.
And never look back.

Emerson’s plan was simple. Though, it was easier said than done. The city streets are dangerous and unforgiving to a new arrival. Especially, a seventeen-year-old girl who’s never known anything but life in the suburbs. Sometimes, however, what’s lurking behind those white picket fences can be more frightening than any dark alley.

Both of them made the same decision when life got overwhelming—to run from their demons. Brought together by fate or circumstance, Em and Jay find the kind of love neither of them ever expected. But, when those demons come back to haunt them and their love is on the line, which instincts will they choose to follow this time . . . Fight or Flight?

Fight Or Flight by Jamie Canosa proved to be an honest and heart-wrenching story. The two main character’s lives are filled with an incredible amount of struggles and hardships but despite all they have stacked against them and how easy it would be to just give up, Em and Jay prove to readers and each other just how strong and brave they each are.

When this story first started, I had an idea of what Em’s past consisted of but I did not find out for sure until halfway through the book. Even though I was unsure, I was still able to understand that she was running away from a life full of a lot of pain. People do not give up their home, consistent meals, warmth, clothing, and a place to sleep for something minor. The fact that Em was able to leave all of that stability behind, regardless of what her home life was like, proved to me just how brave she was. Even though Em had the right to absolutely hate the world and the hand that fate handed to her, I was shocked to find just how positive and upbeat she was able to remain in some hard situations. Sure there were moments when the severity of the situation she was in became too much and she lost it, but there were those moments where she refused to let negativity take over and I really appreciated that about her.

From the very first moment Em runs away from home, she is faced with one obstacle after another. Living on the streets takes a certain kind of person, someone with street smarts in the most literal way possible. As brave as Em is, she lacks a lot of the knowledge needed to survive on the streets. This is where Jay comes in. We don’t get to hear Jay’s side of the story quite as much as Em’s, but from what we do know, Jay is a loner, preferring to do things on his own as it is hard enough to keep yourself alive let alone someone else. However, there is something about Em that draws him to her, and pretty soon he takes on the role as her knight in shining armor. Jay does so much to protect Em and keep her safe without thinking twice about it, often times putting himself at risk, and it proved just how great of a person he was. Seeing Jay transform from this gruff, hardened, and angry guy into someone with so much love and compassion was truly a great thing to witness. Even though he took care of Em in nearly every tough situation, you could also see how Em certainly played her part in saving Jay too.

Just because Jay and Em join forces, does not mean that things get instantly easier for them. In fact, they get much tougher and their situation seems to get worse and worse as the story goes on. When they side-step or survive one dilemma, there always seems to be another one lurking around the corner. I certainly appreciated how Jamie did no sugar-coat the troubles that come with living on the street. Eating, showering, falling asleep in a bed with pillows and blankets are things we often take for granted but these characters considered themselves lucky if they had any one of these necessities. My heart did not appreciate the constant worry of something horrible possibly happening to Jay and Em but it sure made for a gripping, on the edge of your seat type of story.

Despite all of the dark and horrible things this book consisted of, there were still those moments that melted my heart, made me smile, or a combination of the both. Jay and Em’s relationship starts in what is clearly not the best of situations. That means it was a romance unlike anything I have ever read before. Jamie had the option to make their relationship just as sad as the other stuff they were going through but she instead used it to filter in some sweet, light-hearted moments in the book. I think this worked so well for the story. Just when I would think that I couldn’t handle the sadness anymore, Jay would do something for Em, and my heart would get happy again.

Fight Or Flight was an incredibly honest portrayal of how life can be while living on the streets. Jay and Em are certainly faced with a lot of hardships, so much so that it at times seems they will never see an end to their problems, but in the end it left me with a smile on my face and a happy, if slightly disgruntled (remember those catastrophes giving me mild heart attacks every five minutes?) heart. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone looking for a gripping story full of ups and downs, two loveable and honorable characters, and an ending that will make all the tough parts worth it.





Jamie Canosa

Jamie Canosa is a full-time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird, and the rabbit.

Her debut novel, Dissidence, was published in 2012 along with several novellas, including the first in her Heart and Soul series, ‘Temptation’.





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Blog Tour + Book Review + Giveaway: Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas

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Picture Perfect

Title: Picture Perfect

Author: Alessandra Thomas

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review for the blog tour

Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes – and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two. When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn’t there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral – nude modeling for a nearby college’s human form drawing classes. When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she’s posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she’s ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat’s absolutely smitten.

Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again – confident and beautiful – as long as Nate’s around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he’s just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again. But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing – this might destroy their relationship before it’s even had a chance to get off the ground.

Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she’ll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin – even if it means leaving him forever.

I am so in love with what Alessandra Thomas did with Picture Perfect! She created not only a main character that I could love but one that SO many girls can relate to. Tackling weight & body issues in YA and NA books can be a sticky situation. In the past, I have seen little to no books with a main character that was, let’s say, over a size 8. On the rare occasion that there was, they were working their way down to a smaller size and by the end of the story they were the cute, petite, and small character that seems to be filling the pages of SO MANY books for teens and new adults. So with all of this being said, I want to first start off this review by saying that Alessandra did something AWESOME by having her main character be a real person that has a real body.

The main character, Cat, is someone I felt for from the very beginning. After recovering from a serious leg injury, Cat’s once model-thin body is added to by 60 pounds. For someone who is used to being stick-thin, this transformation is obviously a hard one for Cat to handle not to mention that she is also returning to school to all her old friends, her sort-of-but-not-really boyfriend, and she happens to be carrying around a giant mountain of insecurities with her. Because of this weight gain, Cat struggles with many different issues like how to hang out with her much smaller friends, what to even wear because her clothing doesn’t fit anymore, how to make a living because modeling just won’t work for her anymore, or how to even feel comfortable around a guy again. Cat’s struggles, depression, and self-consciousness are things that I do not wish on anyone, but I also know that so many people deal with these very same issues on a daily basis. That is the number one reason why I think Cat is such a phenomenal main character because she represents such a large number of not only teens but adults as well.

When Cat’s depression gets to be too much, she finally sees a counselor. This right here is yet another point for Cat; noticing she was depressed and seeking help for that—I cannot express to you guys enough how great it was for me to see that in this book! Cat’s counselor gives her some suggestions for gaining back some of her lost self-confidence. One suggestion leads to Cat meeting Nate…while she is naked and posing for an art class he is in. One thing leads to another and soon Cat and Nate are hanging out. Cat and Nate’s relationship doesn’t start off slow by any means but I feel that for this particular story, it was really well-paced. The romance between these two definitely had its sweet and tender moments but it also had a really good balance with the sexy times too! Nate was one of those characters you just instantly love. He was so incredibly sweet and thoughtful and he obviously was attracted to Cat (not surprising to me as the reader because she is awesome but it was unexpected to her because she just doesn’t feel like anyone could find her attractive) but he also had his goofball moments that made me love him all the more. He met Cat when she was at her lowest yet he stood by her, encouraged her, and helped her to gain back some of that lost confidence in herself. It is definitely safe to say that Nate is one heck of a swoon-worthy character!

Even though I LOVE Nate and Cat together, depending on one person alone to make you feel worthy and confident in yourself is NOT a healthy way to go about things. Lucky for us, Alessandra is a genius, and shared this same thought. Trying to remain spoiler free is hard but in short; certain circumstances lead to Cat being on her own and learning to deal with her confidence instead of relying on Nate to make her feel good. I FREAKING ADORE what Cat learns for herself at the end. Do you ever see one of those awesome “girl power” moments on TV, either in a movie or on a show, and you just want to give that person the biggest high-five you could ever imagine? Well, that’s how I felt throughout the whole last part of this book! Cat struggled A LOT in this story but she eventually learns to accept who she is now: different from the Cat before, but still just as awesome, beautiful, and loads stronger and fiercer.

So by now you are probably thinking, “Well if you loved this book so much Kate, why is it only 4 stars?” To answer that question, I’ll say one thing: I wish this book were longer! Maybe that’s not a legitimate reason to subtract a star but I really feel like we could have seen more of Nate and Cat’s relationship as well as Cat’s transformation from the hurt & self-conscious girl to the proud and fierce woman. I think hashing out those two things just a bit more would be all sorts of awesome.

Picture Perfect proved to be a FANTASTIC book. Alessandra did a phenomenal job creating Cat, allowing us to see her struggles and watching her overcome those obstacles. There was the steamy romance yes, but more than anything, there was also the theme of learning to love yourself just the way you are and that, for me, is what made me love this book so very much.


Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since she’s not, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.

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Tune In Tuesday (97)

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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 by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Alright folks, this is the last “normal” Tune In Tuesday for the next month, so I decided to go with one guy I absolutely LOVE to pieces. Gavin DeGraw was introduced to me back in the day when Drake was still staring on Degrassi. I watched the heck out of that show so when they started playing Gavin’s music (more specifically “I Don’t Want To Be”) during the commercials, it was insta-love. His voice was (and still is) something special and I fell in love with the messages a lot of his songs carry. In fact I loved Gavin so much that I owned three of his CD’s…all of which were the exact same (you just never know when one will get lost/broken/stolen). Over the years I have found that I can ALWAYS fall back on his Chariot album to cheer me up (His other albums are ALL fantastic but this will always be my favorite by him!). His songs never get old to me and they probably never will. It was really tough narrowing down the songs (I know, I know. I say this every week but I really mean it this time!) but I think I finally picked my absolute FAVORITE songs by Gavin DeGraw. Without further ado:

Chariot by Gavin DeGraw

Belief by Gavin DeGraw

Soldier by Gavin DeGraw

Let It Go by Gavin DeGraw

I Don’t Want To Be by Gavin DeGraw

A Special Announcement!

Tune In Tuesday Road Trip Edition

Don’t forget that for the month of April, Tune In Tuesday will be going ROAD TRIP EDITION!

Get your road trip caps on and get ready to share an actual song/playlist you have listened to while on a road trip or your dream road trip song/playlist on Tuesdays for the month of April! Please remember that this is by no means required but it will be loads of fun, I promise! The month of May will be a “normal” month for Tune In Tuesday!

p.s. If you have any suggestions for future editions for Tune In Tuesday, please be sure to email me at! I would love to hear what you have come up with!

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Life As Kate (36)

Life As Kate

So what has been going on in the life of Kate lately? Well allow me to fill you in:

In (un-)short, I have been going to work, doing homework, going to school, doing more homework, avoiding my inbox like it’s the plague, watching my brothers, meeting my nephew, hanging out with the family, doing more homework, practicing my procrastinating skills while pretending to do homework, trying to convince at least one fellow student that I am a funny person worthy of friendship (I’d even settle for acquaintanceship), being a loner because apparently I suck at convincing people I should be their friend, celebrating one of my friend’s 21st birthday, catching up on sleep because I was up until FIVE FREAKING A.M. while celebrating my friend’s 21st birthday, watching multiple episodes of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries when I should be doing homework, watching Dirty Dancing multiple times in a row when I should be blogging, watching multiple episodes of the Vlog Brothers when I should be doing something productive (I know, I know. I fail when it comes to getting stuff done), watching a video of a super creative and talented girl who shares my same views on procrastination, having a dinner with my mom and her new cat Boober (Yes you read that right. His name is BOOBER!), spending a butt-load of time stalking people on Twitter, going out to dinner with my friends for half off appetizers at Applebee’s because we are college students and can’t afford it otherwise, helping my brother with his homework which just so happens to be the most difficult task on the face of the planet, playing with Lola because she’s super cute and I love her, going out in public for the first time IN MY PAJAMAS (no shame), getting an A+ on my poetry portfolio, congratulating myself because I apparently don’t suck hardcore when it comes to poetry, freaking out because now that the poetry session is over I have to write a 10 page short story, freaking out because it won’t stop snowing and I want spring to be here already, not doing laundry because I am too busy doing unproductive things, wearing really hideous things to work because I haven’t been doing my laundry, not doing my hair because I feel my time would be better spent playing with my cat in the morning instead of getting ready, having spring break at college and being all “YAY!” about it, crying because I end up working all throughout my spring break and being all “Wahh” about it, getting all sorts of excited because BEA is coming up, freaking out because I am not old enough to purchase hotel reservations, begging the people of twitter to take me on as a roommate, failing to convince anyone to be my roommate at BEA, telling people I am NOT a serial killer in hopes of gaining a roommate, yet again failing to snag myself a roommate, begging the people reading this blog post to take me on as a roommate for BEA (seriously people, I am quite the catch. I am a clean freak, I don’t snore, sometimes once I get rolling I can be quite entertaining, I am always game for some food, and as stated above, I am NOT a serial killer. In all honesty, I would pay half and it would be all sorts of fun, I promise. If you are at all interested, please email me at, getting all embarrassed because I do NOT like asking people for favors, filling out my taxes like a freaking BOSS, writing up lengthy and unimportant Life As Kate blog posts instead of sleeping, worrying because I have to be up in approximately 6 hours, and finally wrapping up this list of things I have been up to because I have to be up in SIX HOURS!

So as you can see, a lot has been going on. I have been going crazy with the amount of time work, school, and homework have all been taking up. With that being said, I am sorry for the lack of bookish posts here on the blog! Time has been limited so reading and blogging have had to take a very short-lived backseat. School will be over with in a couple more weeks so if you can just stick with me a bit longer, I promise I will soon get back to my obnoxiously gushy book reviews soon. Until then, I leave you with pictures of cuteness a.k.a Henrik (the baby nephew) and Lola (my feisty little feline)!


Henrik and I

He was so little!


Henrik slept through almost our entire visit but he was awake enough to give us this big yawn!


Henrik’s newborn pictures came in. How adorable!

Yasmine and I

Yasmine and I on her 21st birthday! You’d probably never guess but black’s my favorite color. Just saying.

Life As Lola

I have been LOVING every minute with Lola. I feel so bad because as stated not-so-subtly above, I have been incredibly busy lately. Since I have been spending more time away than at home, I have not had much playtime with her the past couple weeks. Lola seems to be handling it like a champ, though. Sure she attacks me for two hours straight when I actually do show up at home but that is all totally understandable! My hands have been sporting scratches since the beginning of January so I am used to it by now. Lola went with me to meet my mom’s new cat and that proved to be quite entertaining. Since Boober is a boy, he felt the need to show it was “his house” by hissing at Lola non-stop for the first half hour. At first it seemed like Lola was going to back down and let Boober be the boss but in true girl power form, she wacked the heck out of him! Every time he turned around he was getting swatted by Lola and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Aside from being tough and feisty, Lola has also been growing like crazy. I am trying not to be depressed about it but am failing miserably. So instead of focusing on that little downer, let’s look at her cuteness!


Lola watched Twilight for the first time and she was obviously a fan. Oh and she is smart too because she seemed to favor Edward ;)


She certainly likes posing for the camera!


She always looks so cute while she’s sleeping!

Lola and Boober

Lola just wants to be friends. Boober…not so much!

Tune In Tuesday (96)

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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 by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

I have a fun band to share with you guys today! I know I have talked about them on the blog before but never for Tune In Tuesday and since this week is stressful already (yes, I am aware that it is only Tuesday *sigh*) and their music is an instant stress-reliever for me, I figured why the heck not!

South Jordan is a band I had the pleasure of seeing and meeting at a concert last summer. My best friend, Kati, was just getting ready to go and study abroad so we figured one last concert before she left for the summer would be an awesome idea. The set list was Deas Vail (a band I like but I sometimes have to be in a certain mood for), Windsor Drive (LOVE THEM!), South Jordan (today’s band!), and He Is We (Rachel was not able to make it to this concert which sucked BUT the girl who filled in for her did a great job). As much as I enjoyed the performances by Deas Vail, Windsor Drive, & He Is We, it was South Jordan that really put on the show of the night.

Kati and I were the only two dancing around like buffoons (embarrassingly enough, the guys noticed this during their set and commented on our dancing skills, which are awesome, afterwards) but we didn’t care, South Jordan was just that good. They had fun with the crowd, they played a Justin Bieber cover which may make some of you cringe but was in fact made of awesome, and their original songs were incredibly catchy, not to mention they were all dressed super nice and the lead singer happens to remind me a bit of Justin Timberlake (in the best way possible). I picked out a few songs to share with you guys today but YouTube was really lacking on good videos for this band so if you feel like you need to hear more by them, I’ve also included my Spotify playlist of their music. Take a listen and of course if you have a tune to share this week, link up below!

Hush Hush by South Jordan

His voice + the lyrics = a drooling Katelyn

Firefly by South Jordan

There is something so sad and heartbreaking about this song but I just can’t help but love it.

Fool For You by South Jordan

This first few lines get me every single time! This is one of my favorites by them just because of how fun it is!

A Special Announcement:

I haven’t been able to put a button together for it yet (it will be ready by next Tuesday), but I just wanted to let you guys know about the theme for Tune In Tuesday during the month of April so you can start planning your posts. The theme for April is:

*drum-roll please*


Spring time always reminds me of Spring Break and Spring Break always reminds me of road trips. With that being said, I figured we could share our favorite road trip songs/playlists for the whole month of April. Whether it is an actual song/playlist you have listened to while on a road trip or if it is your dream road trip song/playlist, be sure to share them on Tuesdays for the month of April! Please remember that this is by no means required but it will be loads of fun, I promise! The month of May will be a “normal” month for Tune In Tuesday!

p.s. If you have any suggestions for future editions for Tune In Tuesday, please be sure to email me at! I would love to hear what you have come up with!

New Music Monday (1)

New Music Monday

‘New Music Monday’ is a new feature here on Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. This feature was thought up partly because of the awesome people at I Am Mighty Records. They keep me updated on new artists that they have signed and I figured they needed a whole feature dedicated to these up and coming artists! This isn’t going to be a weekly feature, it’s more of a post as the music comes along type of thing but I hope you enjoy it regardless!

For today’s artist, I have:



“Hailing from Newcastle, Indie Rock 4 piece ‘Alexander’ are releasing their debut album ‘Say Hello’ in early 2013 on I Am Mighty Records.

The band has been creating a buzz across the UK already. The first single ‘You Lost Youself’ taken from the record is out now, with a beautiful acoustic version of the song as a B-side.

Taking influence from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Futures and Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Alexander’ are bringing a punchy and appealing sound to the indie UK music scene.”

Today I will be sharing with you guys, the music video for their single, ‘You Lost Yourself’! I only have this song to go off of but I am already a fan of Alexander! Their sound is so much fun! I’ve listened to the song only a handful of times now but I already catch myself humming along to it. I think what I like most about them is how different they seem to be. They are not entirely pop-ish nor are they completely rock-ish (I suppose that’s what they mean by “Alternative” but still…). They have a sweet and simple sound to them but don’t let that fool you, I can also see myself dancing around like a goon to their music. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to watch their music video below (Beware: They are all completely adorable. I may have grinned like a fool while watching it…). If you are on Spotify, also be sure to check out the Acoustic version of ‘You Lost Yourself‘! It is slowed down quite a bit giving it a sadder (but still awesome) tone!

If you guys liked what you saw, be sure to check out their links below and of course keep your eyes peeled for the release of their new album!

Alexander - You Lost Yourself



Twitter: or @wearealexander



Purchase ‘You Lost Yourself’: iTunes



Dave Snocken

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If you are one of the lucky ducks that happens to live in the UK (sidenote: I am forever jealous of you!), be sure to check out where Alexander is touring for the remainder of this month!

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In My Mailbox (56)

In My Mailbox

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!

Initially I only had a few books to share with you guys but a quick scroll through the freebies from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, left me with quite a few goodies!

For Review/Gifted:

Phoenix: The Rising

Phoenix: The Rising by Bette Maybee



Noah by Elizabeth Reyes

Perfectly Dateless

Perfectly Dateless by Kristin Billerbeck


Kindred by Erica Stevens

Emily's House

Emily’s House by Natalie Wright

More Than Memories

More Than Memories by Kristen James

String Bridge

String Bridge by Jessica Bell

Angela's Salvation

Angela’s Salvation by Michelle Hughes

The Ghost and the Graveyard

The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack

Her Dark Angel

Her Dark Angel by Felicity E. Heaton


Tempest by Holly Hook

Well that’s it for books this week! Have you read any of these titles? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments section!

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Blog Tour + Book Playlist + Giveaway: Deadly To Love by Mia Hoddell

Deadly To Love

Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)

Author: Mia Hoddell


ISBN: 9781291319170

Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance

There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn’t stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life… But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important…her love or life.

I am so happy to be featuring Deadly To Love on the blog today! It sounds like a fascinating story, one that I am incredibly excited to read! There is all sorts of fun stuff to check out today. First you can check out the book on Goodreads by clicking the title above. Second, I have the book playlist for this book below. It’s AWESOME! And finally, find out all about the author and enter to win some fun swag (UK only) at the bottom of this post!


Below I have the Spotify playlist for Deadly To Love!  Please note that not all the songs that Mia put together were accessible through Spotify so I have a music video posted below for them!

Your Dying Heart by Adrian Von Ziegler

What Becomes Of Us by Cinephile

Eurydice by Sleepthief

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad by Moby

Into Nothing by Cinephile

Close Enemies by Example

Watercolor by Pendulum

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(Lulu) and will be available on Amazon soon


“I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down. The story line was original, intriguing and made you feel like you were part of the action. As well as this there were many twists and turns that kept me hooked and the book was really well written with a solid plot. The book didn’t reveal everything straight away which was great as it left in suspense right up until the end.” ~Lucy M 5/5

“ I found that it’s surprisingly original concept was quite common in real life but not so much in books. I found it a delightful read that I will look forward to reading in the future. And the new cover! Marvelous.” ~ Kathy H 5/5

“All I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different. I love the twist and detail she used I was instantly pulled in and felt like I was there with the characters.” ~Brianna 5/5


Mia Hoddell

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn’t even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved onto short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.


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Guest Post + Giveaway: A Girl Named Willow Krimble by Giuseppe Bianco

A Girl Named Willow Krimble

Title: A Girl Named Willow Krimble

Author: Giuseppe Bianco

Pages: 316 paperback

My Review

I am thrilled to have author Giuseppe Bianco here on the blog today! Giuseppe is the author of an exceptional, sweet, and touching book, A Girl Named Willow Krimble. I read and reviewed this book a little under two years ago. While it is technically labeled as Young Adult, I saw this book the be more on the Middle Grade side, a genre I do not generally read. It is safe to say that I went into this story having no idea what to expect but I came out of it absolutely loving it. There are so many powerful messages lining the pages of this book. I feel that anyone who generally reads MG or younger YA books, or for those of you who may have a younger reader in the house, you would really enjoy Willow’s story. If you take a look at the post below, you’ll see that accessing Willow’s story is a lot easier than you would think. Take a look at what Giuseppe has to say below and of course look for the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Why “A Girl Named Willow Krimble” Is Free

            Ever since I have offered A Girl Named Willow Krimble up on my web site for free, I cannot tell you how many times I have had to answer the following questions:

            “Why would you just give it away on your site?”

            “Why are your kindle and paperback versions priced so low?”

            “Why did you donate copies to schools and libraries?”

            “Why don’t you try to get published traditionally?”

            “Why don’t you try getting a literary agent?”

            The answer to all these questions is so simple:

            I want everyone (yes, I ambitiously said, everyone) to read my story. As many people as possible: girls, boys, men, woman, middle graders, young adults, seniors, etc.

            I won’t get into why I wrote Willow because you can read about that on my site.

            Okay, so think about creating something – anything. A painting that you poured your own unique vision into, which started as a small spark that invaded your mind when you least expected it; or a delicious double-fudge anything that looks so mouth-watering you just gotta share it with friends; or how about a plant in your garden that started out as a seemingly insignificant seed and has slowly blossomed into the pride of your backyard. Let’s be clear on something: I’m not talking about bragging here. No, I’m referring to something that has brought you so much joy, you can’t possibly keep it to yourself.

            Remember when you were 5, 6 or 7 years old? Alright, maybe you were 10 – whatever – when you created that picture in art class that you just knew your mom would keep forever? Did you say to your mom, “No, Mom, don’t hang that on the fridge, let’s charge people to look at it.” Alright, I’m being a bit overly-dramatic here to illustrate my point, but I’m proud to say that I am still that anxious little 7-year-old.

            You see, before I wrote Willow, I never knew that I could. Not saying I’m a talented writer or even a good storyteller (you’ll have to judge that). I’m just saying, I wrote it. I wrote something no one else could because this particular story was only in me. Even if other stories out there deal with similar issues, even if they handle those issues better, this is my fictional tale, from my imagination, my vision, my heart. Aside from some very kind friends and family who helped with my horrific spelling and dubious grammatical skills, the story still came from me. Again – not being boastful, but I slowly seeped three years of my life into these characters, who I have fallen in love with, and I just want the world to love them as much as I do. Childish and corny? Maybe, but like I said, we shouldn’t change the way we choose to dream just because we grow older.

            Let’s be honest; at first, I tried querying agents and publishers who represented books which reflected the genre and age-group of my novel, but to no avail. So after awhile, I had a choice to make: keep asking someone to believe in my story, so that they could sell it, or believe in my story enough to put it out there on my own – not to make a profit, not for bragging rights and certainly not to impress anyone. I created something that I loved so much, something that I had no idea I was capable of crafting, I didn’t want to keep it to myself another minute. Once I figured I could do all of the art myself (who would know what the images should represent better than the storyteller?), I put it all together and the rest is history – or the present, depending on how you see things.

            I have never regretted my decision. When I receive a review from a stranger who is out of state, overseas, who has read and enjoyed my book, someone who not only likes it, but totally gets it, can relate to it, or tells me they’ve read it to their child, I never wonder for one second how much of a royalty payment I could have made.

            Please do not think for a moment that I am knocking traditional publishing, literary agents, or royalty payments, for that matter. If someone offered me a deal that made sense, of course I would have to consider it, but consider this: I have my entire life to sell books. Right now … I just felt that I needed to share one.


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Tune In Tuesday (95)

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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 by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

This week I am going a little bit random and a whole lot country! I know I don’t usually share country music on here but it is a big part of what I listen to on a regular basis. Sometimes I just get in these little moods and that’s ALL I feel like listening too. The past month or so, it seems like I have been listening to country a lot more than usual and that is partly in thanks to the songs I’ve picked out today. I flip between our 3 local country stations just to see if they are playing every time I get in the car. I just can’t help it, they are that good!

Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert

Miranda has so much sass, I just love it! I really wasn’t a huge fan of her until I saw her in concert. She put on such an awesome show! The shirt I got from that concert has lyrics from this song on it.

I Don’t Want This Night To End by Luke Bryan

This song gets the heck played out of it but it is one of those songs I just don’t get sick of. In fact ALL of Luke’s songs are ones I don’t get sick of.

Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) by Gary Allan

This is such a beautiful song, plain and simple.

Highway Don’t Care by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, & Keith Urban

Not only do I love this song because I ADORE all three people who sing it, but it is also a simply wonderful, somewhat sad song.

Cruise by Florida Georgia Line

This song rocks my socks off every time I hear it! I was having a sucktastic day yesterday but this song came on and I just couldn’t help but grin!