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Goodbye, Google Reader

Sunday, June 30, 2013
The day has finally come, Google Reader will officially be shutting down tomorrow. I've been reading blog posts though Google Reader since I started blogging, and was so frustrated when I heard it would be going away. Thanks to all the great bloggers out there, I was introduced to alternatives to such as Feedly and Bloglovin.

I'm currently using both and would definitely recommend them as replacements. I just wanted to let people know who are currently following me through Google Reader that you can follow Vy's Blog through Feedly and Bloglovin, too. I truly appreciate every single person who follows my blog, and I would hate to lose any of you. Please follow/subscribe if you'd still like to read content from Vy's Blog.

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There's also the option of subscribing by email or by NetworkedBlogs, which can be found on the sidebar. I know that there are a way too many ways to follow, but I just wanted to give everyone more options incase since the future of Google Friends Connect is pretty unknown.

Let me know in the comments if your blog is also on BlogLovin or Feedly, so I can go follow!
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Blog Tour l Review & Giveaway: Fall From Love by Heather London

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fall From Love by Heather London
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Release Date: June 7, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Source: Author for Blog Tour
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Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.

When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.

As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…

MY THOUGHTS


The story opens with the death of Holly Treadwell's boyfriend, Adam. and progresses with her trying to escape the grief. Holly was definitely a character that developed well and someone who was easy to connect with. At the beginning of the story, Holly was a mess that wouldn't even step out of her apartment. But I commend her for stating that she needed to continue her life and proceeded to do so.

One of my favorite parts of Fall From Love was how important friendship played in the story. Holly was never let alone to deal with her grief thanks to her friend Jenna. It was noticeable from the start that these two would do anything for each other. Even when Holly was nothing but mean, Jenna wouldn't budge in helping her friend. Jenna was such a fun character, and definitely one of my favorite character to read about.

Carter Hansen's story entwined with Holly's on the night of Adam's death. It was Carter who held her as she broke down in the hospital. Before that night, Holly and Carter had never met, but their friendship slowly grows when Holly finally lets him in. Their relationship is very much so a friendship turned romance. The only problem I had was how they'd dodge around each other with both afraid to make the first move. Besides that, the romance actually felt natural with its gradual development.

I've been wary of the "new adult" genre since it has either been a hit or miss, but Fall From Love was definitely a hit. Fall From Love was a quick and enjoyable read with the set of characters and great pace. 


ABOUT HEATHER LONDON

Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.





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Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people of Broke and Bookish
This week's topic: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013


1. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers #7)
I finally caved and read the Soul Screamers and ended up finishing the series in a month. This was the perfect ending to such an amazing series. I'm actually glad I didn't read it until now because I don't think I could have survived the waits.

2. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassins #2)
Dark Triumph continues to top the last with even more heart-wrenching tales. Be prepared to have your hearts broken by another assassin. 

3. Golden by Jessi Kirby
I love this book SO MUCH. I completely connected with the main character, Parker Frost, and I had that moment of "You are Me. I am You. WE ARE ONE." The story was based around the quote, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ― Mary Oliver. 

4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #3)
I finished this in March and I still can't get over it. MY HEART STILL HURTS. 

5. Prodigy by Marie Lu (Legend #2)
SO. GOOD. And urghh MY FEELS. WHY, MARIE LU. WHY.


6. Dare You To by Katie McGarry (Pushing The Limits #2)
LOVE THIS. Pushing The Limits was one of my favorites last year, and one of the main reasons were the characters and that still holds true for Dare You To. You will become emotional invested in these characters, and you will feel their pain along side them. 

7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #2)
Can Leigh Bardugo write a great sequel or what? I didn't think it'd be possible to top Shadow and Bone, but it was. And for those who have already read this, one word: Sturmhond.

8. Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore (Goodnight Family #2)
Seriously now, could I possibly pass on the opportunity to read about Daisy Goodnight, a girl who can talk to the dead? To make things even better, she also works with the FBI to help solve murders. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! I didn't know this was a companion to Texas Gothic, so I didn't know about the Goodnight family before hand, but absolutely love the idea of a family of witches.

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The writing is fantastic which made for such a smooth read. The story of Cath felt incredibly realistic and I loved every page of this. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I definitely recommend putting this on your "waiting on" list.

10. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #2) 
OH. MY. GOODNESS. I can't say too much because I don't want to spoil anything. But I am extremely lucky to get an eARC of this and promise a review will be posted near the release date. And if you haven't read The Darkest Minds yet then GO READ IT. 

What Are YOUR Top Ten Books You've Read So Far This Year?
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Fierce Reads Portland Tour Recap & Giveaway

Saturday, June 8, 2013

On Tuesday was the kick off to the Fierce Reads spring tour at Powell's. I was extremely excited when I was asked to be the designated blogger for this tour stop and had the chance to meet with the authors before hand! The authors on the tour included (from L to R): Jessica Brody author of UnrememberedEmmy Laybourne author of Sky On FireLeigh Bardugo author of Siege and StormAnna Banks author of Of Triton


I had the chance to do an interview with the ladies before the event, and instead of the traditional interview I decided to play a game. The game we played was the I Love Game which was made by The Kloons. Here's how the game went...

"I LOVE" GAME


It was so much fun playing this with the lovely ladies! And thanks to Mel from Novels, News, & Notes for helping me out. 

The event itself was fantastic. Candace from Candace's Book Blog was also there, and I sat with Candace, her adorable kids, and Mel, and had such a great time. And there were some great questions that were asked during the event. I was live tweeting the event, sorry if I spammed your timeline, and my favorite tweets included:

Unsure what was asked but...

On the topic of villains, Anna answered:

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Thanks to the people of Macmillan, I was given a set of Fierce Reads books to giveaway to ONE winner (US only).

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