Blog Tour Stop Review: Gone at Zero Hundred by CR Hiatt

Title: Gone at Zero Hundred
Author: CR Hiatt
Publisher: AMB Publishing
Publication date: March 30, 2012
# Of Pages: 351 ebook
How I got the copy: From the author in exchange for an honest review and a spot on her blog tour!


A prominent P.I. is gunned down - killed by a sniper - and it’s broadcasted on live TV.

Now, her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and riveting thriller forced to take on a secret club whose members call themselves The Privileged Ones. 

Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground parties.

They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel, and the only way to bring down this criminal enterprise; is to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off into the sunset.

“Their lives are in the hands of two 18 year-olds…”

Group Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: April 24, 2012
# Of Pages: 485 Hardback
How I got the copy: Library


"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.

Is Romance in books unrealistic?

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Today I get to witness my grandbig* marry her best friend (her boyfriend since 6th grade).  Seeing them together always reminds me that true love does exist and even gives me hope that we all have a soul mate.  But while I've dated a lot in high school and college I kind of gave up on trying to find love when I moved home after graduating.  This past year I started reading lots of YA -the Hunger Games was my gateway to YA.  And I started to look at how love was portrayed in these YA books.  I made lots of observations and would like to share how I think YA books (and even adult fiction) are very unrealistic in the love department.  We maybe not be reading fairy tales like Cinderella every night before bed, but are we reading books that are setting us up for unrealistic expectations and disappointment? 

Review: Dancing naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

Title: Dancing Naked in Dixie
Author: Lauren Clark
Publisher: Monterey Press
Publication date: May 21, 2012
# Of Pages: 280 paperback
How I got the copy: From author in exchange for an honest review.


Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired. 

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage. 

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

ARC Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

Title: One Moment
Author: Kristina McBride
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication date: June 26, 2012
# Of Pages: 272 ebook
How I got the copy: From Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you EgmontUSA for accepting my request!)


This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

Weekly Event: STS and Sunday Post #5

 The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Both are a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and talk about what is coming up for the week on our blog. Link up each week.  I will be doing Weekly Recap, What books I got that week, and a sneak peek of what to expect for the next week on my blog.

Review: BaSatai Outside In by Suzan Battah

Title: BaSatai: Outside In
Author: Suzan Battah
Publisher: Suzan Battah
Publication date: April 14, 2012
# Of Pages: 323 paperback
How I got the copy: From author in exchange for an honest review.


Seventeen year old, Armani Radnelaq a full blooded BaSatai is plagued by a curse in her blood. A curse created from hate and designed to break the divide between two parallel worlds of Earth and H-trae when Armani's blood is spilled in attack and she dies.

S'teuqoubs have been travelling back and forth across the divide for centuries without trouble. The BaSatai and Guardians monitoring activity and enforcing rules to ensure peace and harmony but if the divide splits and opens, a much greater number of supernatural S’teuqoubs will filter into earth destroying equilibrium which the BaSatai and Guardians will be unable to control. Humanity and the BaSatai will suffer and perish. The parallel divide must remain secure at all costs.

Guest Post: Suzan Battah author of BaSatai: Outside In

Suzan Battah

About the Author: 

Suzan Battah is a proud Australian born author who has loved to write since her teenage years. In 2011 she published her first novel a contemporary multicultural romance - Mad About the Boy. In her spare time she weaves magical tales to entertain. Suzan writes YA Fiction - Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance and Contemporary Romance. Other fun things you can find her doing is training at the gym and Latin/Ballroom dancing. Suzan is afraid of heights, loves most things that are sweet, has no clue about fashion and one day hopes to speak Spanish fluently. Her second novel a YA Urban Fantasy Adventure - BaSatai: Outside In was published the 14th of April 2012.

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I want to thank Suzan for stopping by my blog today!  She has agreed to give us some insight into the highly unique world she has created for the BaSatai.  Make sure to check out my review of BaSatai: Outside In.

Weekly Event: Top Ten Tuesday #7


This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  All you have to do is add a link back to the hosts page and compile your top ten list of the week.  Each week there is a new top ten list announced and bloggers post their top ten.

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads
I'm only going to do five since some of them are series.

Beach Blondes: June Dreams, July's Promise, August Magic (Summer)Tan Lines: Sand, Surf, and Secrets; Rays, Romance, and Rivalry; Beaches, Boys, and Betrayal (Summer)
1. Beach Blondes/ Tan Lines by


The covers don't do this series justice.  It is such a great beach read since that's where it takes place.  It's got hot boys, strong friendships, romance, deceit, and some big surprises.

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: August 30, 2011
# Of Pages: 316 pgs Hardcover
How I got the copy: Library


Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Armchair BEA: Monetizing Your Blog


Day 4 Topic: Monetizing Your Blog

My dad is full of such good ideas.  A little while after he suggested starting a blog he said I should find a way to monetize it.  So I started using Adsense thinking I'd make some money on it.  I $1.50.  I can't even buy gum with that.  I ended up moving my advertisements to the bottom of the page because they had nothing to do with books and just looked annoying.  

Review: Someone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts

Someone Else's Fairytale
Title: Someone Else's Fairytale
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Publisher: ?
Publication date: December 6, 2011
# Of Pages: 298 paperback
How I got the copy: From author in exchange for an honest review. 


Jason Vanderholt, Hollywood's hottest actor, falls head over heels for everygirl, Chloe Winters, who hasn't gotten around to watching most of his movies. She becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn't her fairytale.

Armchair BEA:

Day 2 Topic: Best Books that were released in 2012 that I have read.

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This has been a great year in books so far!  What have you read (that was released in 2012) that you think I should read?

Armchair BEA: Introduction Interview

Photo from: Emily's Reading Room

Thanks for stopping by Harley Bear Book Blog!  I'm so excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this year!  Let's get started...Here are my five interview questions.  

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

Hey everyone. My name is Melissa, I'm 22, and I'm a bookaholic. I've been blogging about books for three months now and love it! Surprisingly, I didn't know the book blogging world existed until after I set up a twitter account for my blog. 

A few months ago I found I had a lot more free time on my hands.  My dad suggested I start a blog about books.  I didn't think I would actually keep up with it, but ended up loving blogging almost as much as actually reading!  Now I have somewhere to talk about books with other people who are equally obsessed with books.  Makes me feel more normal when I'm swooning over my book boyfriends characters to know that others are too.

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