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Monday, October 20, 2014

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Runaway by Brina Courtney

Runaway (Camryn Cruise #1) by Brina Courtney


Camryn Cruise is not human. But she doesn’t know what she is. Not yet.

The world is falling apart and her only escape is Camp Silverlake where she frequently stayed as a child. But Camryn’s summers weren’t filled with crafting and swimming, they were spent learning combat skills and how to protect herself from the outside world.

Now she must return to Camp Silverlake to learn the truth, about who she is and she’ll discover the secret hidden within her blood. A secret that could save them all.



The Cryptid Chronicles Set!


Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.




Special thanks to Mark My Words Book Publicity for the chance to bring this blitz to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information, feel free to click through the link included above.

Until next time....happy reading!

BLOG TOUR: Bad Taste in Men by Lana Cooper

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place you can set your bookish side free; no judging here.  ^_^

Today, we're playing host to a tour via Pump Up Your Book Promotions.  It stars a unique read that will make you glad it was her not you in the situations encountered....though don't be surprised if you see more of yourself than you at first believed possible!  Without further ado, today's blog tour guest and book of choice is....

Lana Cooper

About the book....
Have you ever felt like even Mother Theresa has got more game than you? 

If you have, you'd be in the same boat as geeky, awkward metalhead Nova Porter. 

Bad Taste In Men follows Nova from her prepubescent years through young adulthood and her attempts at getting dudes to dig her. 

Juggling self-esteem issues, small town outsider status, and questionable taste in guys, Nova is looking for love in all the wrong places - like the food court at the mall. Nova's circle of friends and her strange(ly) endearing family more than make up for what her love life lacks. 

Along the way, Nova alternately plays the roles of hero and villain, mastermind and stooge; picking up far more valuable life lessons than numbers for her little black book. 

One part chick lit for tomboys and one part Freaks and Geeks for kids who came of age in the mid-'90s, Bad Taste In Men is loaded (like a freight train) with pop cultural references and crude humor. 
From getting laughed at by your crush to being stood up (twice!) by a guy with one eye, Bad Taste In Men showcases the humor and humiliation that accompanies the search for love (or at least "like") as a small-town teenage outcast, managing to wring heart-warming sweetness from angsty adolescent memories - and jokes about barf and poop.



Okay, I gotta say it, this was quite the read!
It takes us from childhood to womanhood in 350+ pages flat.  Its no holds barred approach to the narration of her life, leaves you bluntly in the middle of each scene as you try to make it out "alive".  How so?  Well, it's not truly your life that is threatened but your ability to read it with a straight face.  It's actually quite sweet AND funny!  From the start, we are treated to her mother's explanation of what it means to be gay, followed by a rousing laymen's terms look at childbirth.  If you manage not to laugh, chuckle, or at the very least smile at some point'd be a miracle, but not to worry because you will!  Trust me.  ^-^

In conclusion, I was drawn to this book initially as much for the story as for the location (only an hour outside my hometown!); never hurts to place you a little closer to the happenings happening.  I'd recommend it's sassy nature for adult readers for the content as well as its freeness language wise.  To me, it's a fiction work that reads much like a nonfiction perfect for those not normally drawn to the genre.  It tells the story of a life well lived....but with color; something we can all use now and then.


About the author....

Lana Cooper was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple University, she doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio. Cooper has written extensively on a variety of pop culture topics and has been a critic for such sites as PopMatters and Ghouls On Film. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a leading nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. Cooper enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, books with lots of words and no pictures, and avoiding eye-contact with strangers on public transportation. "Bad Taste In Men" is her first full-length novel.

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Special thanks to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book Promotions for the review copy as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this tour, title, author, or the host themselves, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time....happy reading!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Me on the Floor, Bleeding by Jenny Jagerfeld

Welcome back everyone!
This is Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers....the place to be bookish and feel right at home.

Today, we are continuing our weekend at the movies with a book that may or may not be a good fit for a movie, HOWEVER, it sure does remind me of one, in a much less violent and graphic sense of course.  First things first, here comes the featured title of the day....

Jenny Jagerfeld
Stockholm Text

About the book....
Highschool-outsider Maja would never hurt herself on purpose as her dad, teachers, and classmates seem to believe. Can’t a person  saw off the tip of her thumb without everyone starting to worry? That is, everyone except Maja’s mum, who worringly seems to have disappeared from the face of earth.
Crashing a neighbour’s party, Maja meets twenty-year-old Justin Case, a super-verbal car mechanic with pink pants, who makes her forget everything about absent mothers and sawn-off thumbs, at least temporarily. But then Maja hacks into her father’s email account and reads an email that hurts more than all the electric saws in the world.


Now that we've become acquainted, let's dive into the realm of familiarity, or rather what movie this book reminded me of. 

In a few words, it was THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.  The writer of that novel was also Swedish (I believe...) and thus the film version was rather blunt.  It was bleak in its outlook, the characters took no prisioners while rarely if ever missing their target.  There is violence, though self inflicted and doubtful it was on  purpose. There is love...or at least the stirrings of.  There is deception as people try to hide things from the ones they love to protect them while in reality, it's making it worse.  There's a mystery to be solved that would be better left alone.  It has you running this way and that and quite frankly Maja's outbursts along the way just go about adding to the color of this already rainbow decked review.  

In short, an unusual read starring a young lady that would rather stumble and fall than depend solely on someone else.  When her "normal" life takes a detour, landing her smack dap at the center of a mystery, she may not start off prepared, but by book's end, she's got it all (mostly) under control and learns more about herself and her family than she ever intended.  


About the author...

Jenny Jägerfeld has worked in adult and young adult psychiatric care. She made her literary debut in 2006, and already her second novel, Me on the Floor, Bleeding was awarded the prestigious August Prize for Best Youth Novel in Sweden. Jenny Jägerfeld works with young adults through a long-running psychology program on Swedish national radio. Me on the Floor, Bleeding is her first novel translated into English.


Special thanks to Rachel at Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc for the chance to share this book with all of you as well as the review copy.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their other promotions, be sure to stop by their official site, or catch them on Twitter.  This title was released July of this year and should be on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  

Until next time.....happy reading!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BOOKMARKED: Perverse Wonderland by Jennifer Harrison

HI guys!
Welcome back to the site that aims to please the reader in you....Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

This weekend is all about the movies, or rather books that remind me of movies and those that should be them.  Why?  Because...just because.

Today's featured title is one that I'm officially taking a break from.  Sounds dire, right?  Well, think again.  First, let me introduce the little wordy wonder before it jumps from my shelf through the screen.  

Jennifer Harrison

About the book....
...When our American heroine is abandoned by her English ''gentleman'' in a strange land of Pimm's and Jack the Ripper slumlords, the fairy tale is turned on its head after kissing Prince Charming turns him into an ''arse.'' This novel will have you swiftly flipping pages to keep up with the ongoing conflicts between our irreverent redhead's heart, mind and libido as she interacts with a memorable cast of characters including the romantic Irish poet, the Jewish American Princess, and the bizarre Russian painter....


Okay, so here's the kicker.
I have yet to finish this book.
I've been reading this book in spits and spats for over a month.
I am putting this read on PAUSE...and my choosing that particular phrasing has a bigger meaning.

Now before you go fretting your little heads about how awful this book must be to cause me to NOT finish it, let me say's not awful.  It is in fact curious and interesting albeit a bit crass and unusual.  The lead character's obsession with her four selves agreeing on the same guy (head, heart, hair, and other-regions) is a bit obtuse but a lovely dream to entertain.  Her resourcefulness in capturing said individual may lack imagination but it makes up for it in misleading tangents.


Have you seen Bridget Jones' Diary?
Grant it, it's a book as well (no, I haven't read it yet...still on the "to-read" list) but let's focus on the film for a moment.  You know how the lead character over anaylizes everything, and basically the whole of the film is voiced over by her thoughts and inner jumbles?  THAT'S how this book reads....except all those random thoughts, jumbles, and ramblings take shape as words, and words, and words, and words, and...yeah, you get the picture.  To me, there's an over indulgence in letting her speak her mind and way too many detailed scenes  (never thought I'd say that).  For example on the latter part there, our leading lass goes on a drinking binge of all the English ales and such she can drink (and boy can she drink!).  Not only are we part and party to her scheming and buying, but the drinking of every last drop.  It's voyeristic in the degree of attention paid to every golden drops disappearance.

In the end, well...I guess I can't truly say in the end as I didn't make it there at this time....but some day, I shall return to her adventure and seek to understand her heart's desire and the path she's traveling to attain it.  Then again, maybe I'll wait for the movie because as I understand it, the author is writing the script as we speak.  *ponders*


About the author...

Jennifer Harrison was raised in Tennessee, educated at the University of Tennessee, and recently moved from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area. She researches and writes grant proposals for nonprofit foundations and has worked as an editor for university professors, lawyers, journalists, and writers of fiction and nonfiction.

She also has extensive experience in the entertainment industry, working with musicians, actors, attorneys, and talent managers. Ms. Harrison’s first book was a memoir about the culture of a small Southern town in the 1950s and 1960s and her family’s relationship with neighbor Elvis Presley. Perverse Wonderland is her first novel.


Review copy received courtesy of Kevin at Leabher Public Relations.  (THANKS!)  For more on this title, feel free to click through the links provided above.  The official release was celebrated July of this year, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Recommended read for adult readers only due to content.

Until next time...happy reading!

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