Cover Shot! Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

This cover gets a big old YUM!  I love this cover!  And Beth is such a flawed character, so Dare You To should be all about the angst.  What do you think of this cover?  Did you read Pushing the Limits?? Did you like it?


"I dare you…"
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

Fangs, Fur, & Fey Giveaway Hop-Win Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa!


Welcome to my Fangs, Fur, & Fey Giveaway,  hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Reading Lark.  This hop runs from October 2nd to October 8th, and you can win lots of new reads.  Click HERE for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I am giving away an ARC of Julie Kagawa’s Immortal Rules.

"In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity."Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked–and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend–a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what–and who–is worth dying for


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Win Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry!

Thanks to Harlequin Teen, I have a shiny new copy of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry for one of you to win!  Here’s more information about the book, in case you haven’t heard about it yet.

About the book:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

You can learn more about author Katie McGarry by visiting her website.

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The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepen YA Novel Review


Title: The Oracle of Dating

Author: Allison van Diepen

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

ISBN: 978-0373210091


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

For five bucks, the Oracle of Dating will tell you:
* How to flirt
* If that cute guy you’re crushing on likes you, too
* Whether your new romance will last through lunch period
* And much more
What she won’t tell you? Who she is.
No one at Kayla’s school knows she’s the famous Oracle of Dating–the anonymous queen of dating advice. She doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Two relationship disasters were enough to make Kayla focus on everyone else’s love life.
But then her advice backfires on her own best friend. And Kayla starts to seriously obsess about Jared Stewart–the very cute, very mysterious new guy in school. Suddenly, the teen queen of advice needs her own oracle of dating–and she knows just where to find one…

I think the premise of The Oracle of Dating is very cute.  Kayla runs a blog that offers dating advice for the lovelorn, even though she isn’t exactly tearing up the dating scene herself.  She is your typical teen, juggling school and a job at the local grocery store, as well as trying to find time for her tight-knit group of friends and her family.  She hates her job, and dreams of a day when her blog will be raking in the cash, so she can quit her dreary position as a cashier and concentrate on being the Oracle, whose wisdom far exceeds her years.  With the help of some reference guides and organizational skills that help her give a personal touch when dealing with her clients, Kayla is determined to help true love bloom.

Too bad things don’t go quite as smoothly as Kayla envisions. First, she allows her personal feelings to interfere with her advice, and then she can’t seem to catch a break with hunky Jared, her classmate and resident bad boy.  After her words of wisdom go awry, Kayla realizes that even the best intentions can have disastrous results.  And when Jared starts going out with the most popular girl in school, she hits a new low.  She just can’t seem to catch a break, and it looks like she’s doomed to slave away at a job she hates.  Afraid to give out bad advice, she starts to question if she has the right to be the Oracle anymore.

Though I thought the pacing was a little slow, I enjoyed this book.  Kayla’s dry observations kept me amused, and I was invested enough in the story to want everything to work out for her in the end.  Her secrecy regarding being the Oracle causes her a lot of grief, and when she gets her friend in trouble, she is consumed with guilt and remorse.  Even though she had the best intentions,  she still tried to manipulate her buddy into doing what Kayla wanted her to, without thinking about the ramifications.  Though her initial reaction was to run from her problems, she finds the courage to confront them and own up to her mistakes.

Though I was hoping for a little more romance, The Oracle of Dating was a fun read, with a quirky, down to earth heroine whose snappy commentary kept me smiling.

Grade: B

Review copy provided by publisher