October 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ The Devil's Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Devil's Tattoo Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Click here to follow along with the full blog tour schedule. :D

Title: The Devil's Tattoo
Author: Nicole R. Taylor
Publication date: September 1st 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Source: Review Copy 
Blog Tour organized by: Xpresso Book Tours

~ Synopsis ~ 

Zoe Granger picked up her first guitar the day her heart was smashed into a billion pieces. It was a way to keep her mind off her inevitable downward spiral, but music soon became her escape. She's been burned too many times to tell and is just happy to coast through life, never putting herself out there. That's until her best friend Dee suggests they start a band and suddenly she finds herself not just a part of it, but fronting the whole outfit. 

They call themselves The Devil's Tattoo and when they release their debut EP, it rockets to the top of the charts and it's like an overnight fairytale. Contracts, photo shoots, royalties and interviews are heaped onto the shy Zoe and it's like she's finally found her place. Then comes the phone call that changes everything. They've been asked to co-headline a tour with one of the hottest bands of the moment, The Stabs, and Zoe will never be the same again.

Will Strickland is one fourth of the hottest indie rock band to ever grace the airwaves. He's the bass player in The Stabs, hot as hell and could have his pick of any girl that flings herself at him. But he's only got eyes for Zoe, and she has no idea why he'd bother. She's got one hell of a trust issue and an attitude to boot and Will seems to be the one who wants to tame her, but is he game enough? 

The Devil's Tattoo and The Stabs go on the road and it's either going to be a highway to hell or a stairway to heaven. Only time will tell who will come out on top and Zoe's determined to do it without getting her heart broken...again.

~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 4 / 5 

The Devil's Tattoo had Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's song Beat the Devil's Tattoo stuck in my head the entire time I was reading the book. I love that song! The title of this book is what drew me to read the synopsis - obviously this book is named from the song. :) Plus I love tattoos (working on getting three quarter sleeves done), so anything that says "tattoo" will instantly catch my attention. 

This book was a whirlwind through the formation and evolution of the band The Devil's Tattoo - the brainchild of Zoe's best friend, Dee. Frank and Chris, friends of Zoe and Dee, round out the band members. Time races forward from the moment the four of them begin practicing together, to their first gig at a small venue, to touring with a big band like The Stab. Zoe had concerns about being in the spotlight as the frontwoman, but she didn't have too much time to worry. She finds out that she's in her element performing music, transforming into a confident woman on stage plus she wrote The Devil's Tattoo's first and instantly popular song Walls. 

This book to me is a love letter to music - many of the bands mentioned in the book are real and are some of my favorite bands. I really loved reading about Zoe and Dee's band touring even if I did find it a bit unbelievable that they would become so huge so quickly, basically overnight. 

Zoe and Will's romance was a whirlwind. They were obviously attracted to one another, yet just when I thought things were going to progress, Zoe usually would freak out and pull back. I was definitely curious as to what happened to her with her past relationship to make her so afraid of moving into a new relationship. The scar on her arm that she kept touching (covered up with a tattoo) had me guessing there had been physical abuse. She said everyone turned against her at the end of that relationship and started saying nasty things to her, and I couldn't imagine what kind of friends she must have had to turn on her like that or why they would. 

Zoe and Will were a bit frustrating to watch. Will's reputation as a womanizer precedes him and makes it a problem for him to let Zoe know he's interested in her as more than just a one night stand. Zoe's past keeps her from being able to move forward without the fear of being hurt. Will was kind of annoying to me, not enough to make me dislike him but just enough to make me wish Zoe wasn't hung up on him. I really love Zoe, and I think I might just be super protective of her! Plus, time moved forward so fast it was a challenge for my brain to keep up. 

Overall, I really liked The Devil's Tattoo - I think the pacing was fast, but due to the story it probably wouldn't have worked out any other way. The dialogue was AMAZING, and the writing took my breath away at times. I could clearly hear in my head the characters' Australian accents, and I learned some Australian slang words that I want to use, too! The Devil's Tattoo is a book I'd like to read again just for the dialogue and overall writing - it's THAT good.

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~ About the Author: Nicole R. Taylor ~ 

Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser. 

She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!), traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first. 

The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is available in e-edition and print from March 20th 2013.

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Cover Reveal ~ The Kingdom by Emily Walker

Title: The Kingdom
Author: Emily Walker
Publisher: Snow Flower Publishing 
Genre: Horror
Cover Reveal organized by: Around the Universe Tours

~ Synopsis ~ 

What happens when Mother Nature is pushed too far...
She becomes a real bitch. 

For centuries, man has been the predator over the animal kingdom, until today...

What happens when the deer kills the hunter and pets turn on their masters? Is it evolution or something far more sinister?

~ Meet the Author: Emily Walker ~ 

Emily Walker loves creating worlds and stumbling around in them. She writes under her name and the pen name Lyra Mcken. Lyra writes zombies, Emily writes everything! She is constantly losing her chap-stick and has an obsession with the color pink. Currently a resident of the mountains and loving the view, she writes mostly paranormal fiction and horror, although a contemporary romance or two sneaks in every once in a while. Her small family consists of her red bearded other half, a rat terrier named Rebel, and a cat called Mr. Creepy.

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Did somebody say horror? One of my favorite genres - I'm there! On my TBR list - how about yours? :D   


Cover Reveal ~ Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto


Happy Halloween!  Today is the cover reveal of  Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto!

Death of the Body

Release Date: December 13, 2013

I grew up in a wold of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own - the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead. 

I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father's ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must find out who I really am, protect my friends, and get back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.  



About Rick Chiantaretto


I've often been accused of having done more in my life than the average 30 year old, but if I were completely honest I'd have to tell you my secret: I'm really 392.

 So after all this time, I'm a pretty crappy writer.

I have one book published but out of print, one coming out soon, and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where's the reason to rush?). I've been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen's) papers.

 I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice. Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don't figure out who I REALLY am.

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Book Blitz ~ The Beasty Series by Tyffani Clark Kemp

Beast Within
Beasty # 1
By- Tyffani Clark Kemp


Gabriel Slade runs Hollywood with his gorgeous blue eyes and egregious temper. No one knows that underneath it all is a man with a frozen heart, cursed to become a beast at every full moon. For seven days he has no choice but to roam the earth as a vicious animal, until he meets a woman who can change it all. 

Luna Grace has a hatred for everything Gabriel Slade stands for, but she doesn't even know what he looks like. When a chance encounter reveals feelings Luna never knew she harbored, it stands to reason that she would run. 

Can Luna overcome her hatred and break the curse? Or will Gabriel's temper keep her from realizing her true feelings, dooming him to remain the beast forever?


October 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Review, Giveaway, & My Fave Halloween Memory ~ Haunting Joy by Lena Goldfinch

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Haunting Joy Blog Tour hosted by Amber Stokes of Editing Through the Seasons and the author Lena Goldfinch. Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule. :D   

Title: Haunting Joy: A Ghostly Little Story
Author: Lena Goldfinch 
Publication date: October 21st 2013
Publisher: Indigo Road Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal  
Source: Review Copy

~ Synopsis ~ 

"I never believed in ghosts.
Until it happened to me." 

Joy's new dress has a secret - one with a little supernatural history, one that's a little more than she expected. 

It all starts one ordinary afternoon, as seventeen-year-old Joy tries on some thrift-store clothes her grandmother gave her. The little white dress fits perfectly. Trouble is, now it won't leave her alone. Soon Joy is swept up in an extraordinary journey to help a ghost complete some unfinished business. 

If only that didn't involve Joy driving through dangerous intersections...

Or calling up her high school crush, Nick...

Or getting stuck at a cemetery after dark. 

Will Joy accept this ghostly challenge to be "more"? And just how far will she go to uncover the truth?

Light Paranormal Novella

~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 4 / 5 

I really enjoyed Haunting Joy. Joy is a character who seems like she'd be fun to hang out and get you involved in some shenanigans. :) Once she tries on the white dress she finds in the box of clothes her grandma gave her from various thrift stores, the dress starts to haunt her, causing her to want to find out what happened to the girl it once belonged to. So Joy starts out on what seems to be a wild goose chase. 

I couldn't help but cringe at some of the decisions she made because I knew she wasn't thinking clearly and that she was going to get into trouble with her mom. And get herself stuck in a cemetery at night. In the rain. Eep!  

I really admired Joy's determination to find out what happened to the girl. She believes that the girl's ghost has "unfinished business" and wants to help her move on. Joy has a good heart with good intentions. Plus she's just so darn funny! Some of the thoughts she has made me laugh out loud. 

Overall, Haunting Joy is a novella perfect to read any time of year but especially this time around Halloween. I love Joy and the story, and I recommend this to anyone looking for a light and fun paranormal read with a very likable main character.   

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~ My Fave Halloween Memory ~

Here's my super awesome Halloween moment! 

So two years ago when Paranormal Activity 3 released in theaters, my husband and I went to see it opening weekend with our friends Lauren and Erik. One scene scared me so much, I jumped out of my seat and was about to run to the nearest exit. My husband whispered, "Where are you going??" They started laughing, all three of them, and when my heart started up again, I laughed until tears started smudging my makeup. We still laugh every time we think about that night. 

Do you have any Halloween moments you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them! :D

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Join the Twitter chat on 
Halloween, October 31st 
at noon EST / 9 a.m. PST
Hosted by @SeasonsHumility with questions directed to @lena_goldfinch    
Use the hashtag #HauntingJoy to follow along 

~ About the Author: Lena Goldfinch ~ 

Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. You can visit her online at

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Book Blitz ~ Dark Winter by John Hennessy

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Title: Dark Winter
Author: John Hennessy 
Publication date: October 9th 2013
Blitz organized by: BB Book Tours

*Cover by PhatPuppy Art (*

~ Synopsis ~

Romilly Winter is no ordinary heroine, just a reluctant one. 
She has a gift. She can see the future. But can she see far enough? The world in which she lives is under attack - the dead are rising, and evil follows her at every turn.

Will she be able to save herself - and the world? 

From the Diary of Romilly Winter, October 14th.

"I've had two years to prepare for this. In that time, I have never told a soul. Of course, my Nan knew. She'd bequeathed me the mirror, after all. 

Now, maybe tonight, tomorrow, in a few days, the even that I don't want to happen with all my heart, will come to pass. I'm not ready. I know I'm not ready, and yet, it will happen nonetheless.

Nan had this thing in her possession for nearly seventy years. She had told me I simply had to be at Rosewinter, prior to my sixteenth birthday no matter what objections my parents raised. She said I was 'special', and was the only one equipped to deal with what was coming. 

The problem is, I don't feel special, I just feel...different, and in all probability, that isn't going to be good enough. 

In just two days time, I will be sixteen years old, and if anything my Nan said is remotely true, I will be lucky to survive that long..." 

~ Purchase Link ~ 

~ About the Author: John Hennessy ~    

My first book was published in 2011. Whilst I am working on a follow up, I've been interested in all sorts of genres, and I will pretty much read anything. 

In 2012, I completed a first draft of an epic fantasy novel and hope to release it in 2013. Closer to release in 2013 is Dark Winter - a paranormal horror aimed at the YA/NA market.

If that's you, and you are planning to / have read the book(s) let me know, I'll always be happy to hear from you. 

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October 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ Enter the Night (Casters #2) by Norah Wilson & Heather Doherty

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Enter the Night (Casters #2) Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Blog Tours. Click here to follow along with the full blog tour schedule. :D 

Title: Enter the Night (Book 2 in the Casters Series) 
Authors: Norah Wilson & Heather Doherty 
Release date: October 11th 2013
Age Group: Young Adult/New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Review copy

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

~ Synopsis ~

In Comes the Night, Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock, three troubled seniors at Streep Academy, learned to escape their pain - escape their very bodies - by casting a dark piece of themselves out through the stained glass window high in the attic of their dorm, Harvell House.

Casting has been the salvation of each of the girls, but particularly for Maryanne. The wholesome good girl of the trio, Maryanne nevertheless harbors a secret - and a darkness - unrivaled by tattooed scenester Alex or beautiful badass Brooke. Casting provides Maryanne a desperately needed reprieve from her guilt and pain, but it's become like a drug. And as with any drug, it only masks the real problems...and brings dangers of its own.

When Maryanne starts dating Bryce Walker, grandson of the notorious "Heller" hunter Ira Walker, is it first love, or is there a darker, more self-destructive impulse at play? As the superstitious citizens of Mansbridge begin to mutter and scan the night skies for Hellers, can the hunted lie down with the hunter and emerge unscathed?

~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 5 / 5
Reading Enter the Night was like visiting with old friends. I read the first one a few months ago, but it feels like it was just last week. I jumped into the story without any trouble at all and remembered everything that happened in the first book without going back and rereading it. I have a really bad memory, too, so for me to remember everything from a few months ago is amazing. This is a vividly written series!
This second book of the Casters Series takes place not long after Comes the Night when Maryanne, Alex, and Brooke arrive back to their dorm at school after break. Each of these girls has pain so deep it's palpable - Maryanne is living with grief and guilt in the aftermath of her baby brother's death, Alex desperately wants to feel safe again after being raped, and Brooke isn't loved by her mother and rebels against authority in an attempt to get her mother's attention. It isn't any wonder that the trio want to cast out and feel some relief for a while. 
The problem with their solution is that it's temporary and dangerous as well. With Bryce's family being "Heller" hunters, it becomes more dangerous for Maryanne, Alex, and Brooke to cast out. Sightings of them are being reported all over town, and they aren't being as careful to remain unseen as they were before. Not only all of this is going on, but Maryanne begins dating Bryce, who seems to be preparing to hunt down the "Hellers." As much as I didn't want the girls to have to stop casting out, I also thought it isn't worth their lives.
There was so much emotion from each girl's perspective that just pours from the pages. I can feel their pain as if that pain were my own. The action was so intense that I don't think I could've gripped my Kindle any tighter. The characters are well written, and I have really come to love all three of the girls - Maryanne, Alex, and Brooke. They have their funny moments, their sad ones, and the ones where they're hiding parts of themselves from each other. No matter what, these three girls are always there for each other and treat each other as though they grew up as sisters.
Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty took an original and exciting idea that held a lot of promise and turned it into a story that's highly addictive and action packed. This second book of the series held me enthralled even more than the first one did, and I didn't think that would be possible remembering how I felt during all of the action in the first book. Together the authors took this story and upped the ante with all sorts of new problems and complications the girls must face. I really love seeing the girls work together through these new complications - it's where they get their chance to truly shine. 

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~ Book One ~

 Please click here to read my review of COMES THE NIGHT. :)

Comes the Night (Casters #1)
by Norah Wilson & Heather Doherty
Release date: December 9th 2012 

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~ Synopsis ~ 

How far would you go to escape your own personal teenage hell? Would you run away, break away from everything you know - even your own body? 

Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock could not be more different, yet they all have something in common - deep and soul-searing pain. They are also all students at Streep Academy, a boarding school just one step away from juvie, where they've come to complete high school. The three have been relegated to Harvell House, the residence reserved for the hardest cases, the so-called Rejects from Reject Row. 

In the forbidden attic of the old Victorian house-turned-residence, the girls discover the diary of Connie Harvell, a young woman who was confined and abused there some 50 years ago. In the end, Connie's attic prison couldn't hold her - not completely. She found a way out. At least a dark part of her did. And after reading her diary, the girls discover they can escape at will too. A terrifying, thrilling flight from their bodies and their troubles. 

But God help them, their pain isn't all they leave behind when they join with the night. And God help anyone who's wronged them...

~ About the Authors: Norah Wilson & Heather Doherty ~

NORAH WILSON is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, with her husband, two adult children, dog Chloe, and kitty Ruckus.

HEATHER DOHERTY fell in love with writing while taking creative writing courses at Athabasca University. Motivated by her university success and a lifelong dream of becoming a novelist, she later enrolled in the Humber School for Writers under the mentorship of David Adams Richards. Her first literary novel was published in 2006. While still writing dark literary (as well as not-so-dark children's lit), she is beyond thrilled to be writing paranormal/horror with Norah. Heather lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with her family. (No pets but she swears Norah's dog, Chloe, calls her Aunt Heather).

Together, Heather and Norah write dark, edgy, frightening young adult paranormal/horror.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway ~ Morrigan by Laura DeLuca

by Laura DeLuca
Release Date: 11/08/12

Summary from Goodreads:
Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn't know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.

Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.

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About the Author
Laura "Luna" DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.

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October 28, 2013

Release Day Blitz ~ An Ice Princess Heart: A Shard of Ice Novella #1 by Alivia Anders



Title: An Ice Princess Heart (A Shard of Ice Novella)

Author: Alivia Anders


When a string of men vanish without a trace along the coast of France, Lilix Morgan seeks to uncover the source of the mysterious deaths. Aided by four other immortal Originals, they comb the coast, only to find out the horrible dark truth; one of them is the culprit.

An Ice Princess Heart is the first book in a novella series leading up to the release of A Shard of Ice on April 14, 2014.



When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.


 A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start.

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored.


 With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?


About Alivia Anders


Alivia Anders was thirteen when she fell headfirst into the world of internet fanfic and RPG-forum board sites that showed her the 'back door' into the world of writing. Four years and many hours spent glued to a computer screen later she found her true calling in writing.

Alivia currently lives with her family in her hometown of Coopersburg, PA. She frequently admits that if she wasn't so intolerant to dairy she'd live at her local ice cream shop called The Inside Scoop.

Book Blast: Pendomus Chronicles Book 1 by Carissa Andrews

Title: Pendomus
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publication date: October 10th 2013 
Book Blast organized by: Book Nerd Tours

~ Synopsis ~ 

Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus. 

Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life's purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans. 

Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.

Runa's life takes on an unforeseen turn when she's brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she's immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn't even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there's much she doesn't know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar. 

What she needs are some answers.

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~ About the Author: Carissa Andrews ~ 

Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.

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I can't wait to read this book! The synopsis sounds spectacular, and the cover is so gorgeous. This went on my TBR shelf as soon as I first heard about it a month or so ago. What do you guys think? Be sure to enter the giveaway below! :D