Author Archives: Nicole

Reminder that I’ve moved my blog.

As I’m still getting a ton of confusion from readers and such, I figured I’d remind you all that I’ve moved my blog.

I’m now blogging at:

I’m only blogging part-time now (due to working on my own projects), but I am still doing giveaways, reviews, cover reveals and such.

Some of the things I’ve posted recently:

And yes, I’m still on Twitter, but I’m back to my main account: @NicoleSometimes. I should warn you all though, I post a lot of random crap. But it is mainly about books.

The difference between this blog and my new blog is that I also update about my writing on the new blog. I try to keep it to a minimum, as I know most people could care less. But yeah, there will be an occasional update regarding my own projects.

Hopefully this clears up any confusion – I figured after confusing a publicist, I should remind you guys that, yes, I’m still around… just at a different location. 😉

❤ Nicole

P.S. I have an upcoming giveaway this Saturday, you know, in case you’re interested.



You can find me over here:

I will be reviewing books still, but not nearly as frequently as I was on here.

I will also continue to be a part of cover reveals, blog tours and such occasionally.


Final Post.

This is a day late. Unfortunately, things have gotten crazy around here. My grandmother’s health is rapidly declining, and she only has a few days left. If my mind wasn’t elsewhere, this post would’ve been up sooner. Sorry about that!

I do have winners to announce though. So here we go (chosen using

US winner: Munnaza

International winner: Veronika

Please e-mail me at NLSobon[at]gmail[dot]com with your mailing address (and for Veronika, which book you’d like – has to be $15 or below). Just so both of you know, I’ll be shipping them on Friday (most likely). Money is a bit tight right now (back to back birthdays around here), but they will be shipped this week.

Since this is my last post, I just wanted to say thank you.

I know I haven’t been around as of late. There’s just a lot going on over here. I’m getting ready to go back to college (finally). I’m dealing with personal issues. And I’m also working on readying my own books for publication later this year. Add in a full-time job, and I just don’t have time to run this blog anymore. I was considering adding on an additional blogger, as I really did not want to close the blog, but honestly, my head isn’t in it right now…and I’d end up pushing the blog onto another blogger. Which really, at that point, I’d think they’d prefer just to open their own blog.

I really do appreciate all of my readers. You are all wonderful. The fact that my reviews interested people still boggles my mind, but I’m happy to have [hopefully] interested my readers in book they may have otherwise passed up.

I’ll still  be around online:

My personal Twitter (which is full of nonsense): NicoleSometimes

My writing blog:

I do have a Tumblr (which is linked on my Twitter account; warning, I mainly reblog 1D posts…yeah…).

So yeah, I’ll still be around. Just not here. I’ll be deleting this blog sometime this week. My reviews are still up on Amazon (and they will stay there). But they won’t be available here anymore. The Twitter account will also be deleted this week, as well as the Facebook page.

❤ all of you.

See you later (hopefully),


P.S. When I say I tweet about nonsense, I really do mean it. Expect to see a ton of tweets about my dogs, 1D, Ed Sheeran, White Lies and the ridiculous things that my niece and nephew say. 😉

Final Giveaway!

On Saturday, June 16th, Nicole’s YA Book Haven will be closing. Since this marks the 1 year anniversary of the blog, as well as my birthday, I thought I’d celebrate by having one final giveaway (er, actually two; there is one for the US, and one that is international).

Here is what is up for grabs for the US crowd:

  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (paperback)
  • Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt (paperback) — pre-order title
  • This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (paperback)
  • Touch by Jus Accardo (paperback)

And here’s a giveaway for the international crowd:

A book of your choice (up to $15) from Book Depository


In order to enter, you’ll need to follow these rules:

Must be at least thirteen years old.

Must provide a valid e-mail.

Must leave a comment telling me your favorite book [so far] this year, and why.

Must state whether you’re a US resident, or if you’re entering as part of the international giveaway (BD must ship to where you live).

You have until 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on June 15th, 2012. I’ll e-mail winners the following day.


I want to end this by saying thank you to each and every one of you. This past year has been crazy; things haven’t been great in my personal life, but you guys have always been supportive and understanding, and I want to say thank you for it. Really.

Happy reading, everyone. 🙂

If you’d like to keep up with me after this blog closes, you’ll find me over here: – I have a ton of upcoming projects, so I’ll be blogging like crazy over there.

Quickie eBook Giveaway!

I have a pretty big giveaway coming up this week (tomorrow, to be exact). I have some awesome books up for grabs to celebrate this past year of blogging/my birthday. But before I do that giveaway, I wanted to do a quickie giveaway.

I’m giving away two PDF copies of my YA novella, NO PLACE LIKE HOME. I’m currently editing two novels that I plan to self-publish in August, which is why you haven’t really heard from me – well, that and the fact that I’m dealing with my grandmother’s ailing health. I haven’t really had time to read, so I haven’t really had any reviews to post. Anyways, enough rambling. I’m offering up two PDF copies of NO PLACE LIKE HOME to two random readers (you don’t have to review it, but reviews would be lovely).

How do you enter?

Simply send me an (NLSobon[at]gmail[dot]com) by 12AM Eastern Time tonight.

You must be at least thirteen years old to enter.

That simple.

What’s NO PLACE LIKE HOME about? Here you go:

Description from Goodreads:

Her death will reveal the truth.

Savannah awoke in the woods, her skin covered with cuts, blood dripping down her body. But she didn’t know what happened. She didn’t know why she was there, or why she was bleeding. And she couldn’t figure out why she was standing mere feet from her corpse. Everyone thinks that she’s run away, that she’s finally hit rock bottom. But Savannah’s death will reveal the truth.

Some secrets are better left hidden.


This isn’t a love-story (you’ll get some of that with CAPTURE in August). It’s a novella about broken individuals. If you’re still interested, just make sure to send an e-mail before midnight eastern time.

I only have PDFs available for the giveaway. I can’t provide other formats at this time. Sorry!


Cover Reveals You May Have Missed Post (Take #21)

I have a bunch of amazing covers to show you today! There will be a “Cover Reveals You May Have Missed” post every Sunday! 🙂

Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Description from Goodreads:
Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn – but which sides are they on?
Expected publication: April 23rd 2013 by Pendrell Publishing
Description from Goodreads: Not available.
Expected publication: February 12th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Description from Goodreads:
The sequel to The Way We Fall (second in the Fallen World trilogy).
Expected publication: February 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Description from Goodreads:
Aoife Grayson must face death to win back Dean—the love who was ripped from the Iron Lands of the living when he was shot in the arctic north. But getting to the Deadlands is something that Aoife can’t do on her own. And if she can find a way there, Tremaine would surely never allow it. He has sworn to keep her in the Thorn Lands, the fairie home of her mother, Nerissa. But Aoife is determined to find her way out. And she has no trouble if that means she has to kill Tremain and his queen to do it.
Expected publication: 2013 by Flux
Description from Goodreads:
Justin is infamous. The son of warlock terrorists, he and his siblings are all that remain of their parents’ dark legacy. Shuttled from town to town, raised by the very people his parent’s fought against, he struggles to find his own life among five very different personalities. Because being the middle child means playing the peacemaker: deflecting fights and spells and trying to keep others from getting kicked out of school. Again.

And his job isn’t getting any easier. Their new town brings a new threat against them, and a gorgeous girl who fascinates Justin. Ash is enigmatic and fun, and carefree in a way that he adores. But his new home also harbors a dangerous threat: a warlock who wants to pick up where their parents left off, and has his sights set on Justin. Their guardians are no help: they can’t decide whether the siblings should be saved or sacrificed. The only thing Justin knows for sure is that the sins of the father definitely pass down to the son, and if he falters, everyone he cares about will fall.

Expected publication: 2013 by Scholastic Point
Description from Goodreads:
A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake—and facing a terrible tragedy— Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there…but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question…

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, last heartaches, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

Return to Me by Justina Chen
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Description from Goodreads:
Three months before Rebecca Muir is set to begin college, her father reveals a secret that tears the family apart: he is leaving them.

In an instant, Rebecca’s life crumbles—she has to rely on her mother now, when her whole life she’s been her father’s girl; she’s not sure she can trust her high school boyfriend; and her carefully planned-out life suddenly feels all wrong.

Reb’s journey takes her across the country and back, and is for anyone who has experienced uncertainty or betrayal. This book will inspire readers to overcome life’s challenges and come out triumphant on the other side.

The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble
Expected publication: 2013 by Soho Press
Description from Goodreads:
“I found out two things today. One, I think I’m dying. And two, my brother is a perv.”

So begins the diary of 14-year-old Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad eighth-grade year. Her single mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her 16-year-old brother, Casey, tries to
hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs— difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.
Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her. Beatified. Literally. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that Casey didn’t survive the accident at all. He’s an “A-word.” (She can’t bring herself to utter the truth.) Soon they discover that Jenna isn’t just dying: she’s being poisoned. And Casey has been sent back to help solve the mystery that not only holds the key to her survival, but also to their mother’s mysterious depression and father’s disappearance.

Which is your favorite cover?

Mid-Week: Cover Reveals You May Have Missed Post (Take #20)

I have a bunch of amazing covers to show you today! There will be a “Cover Reveals You May Have Missed” post every Sunday! 🙂

Note: Since there are so many covers already this week, I’m doing a Wednesday cover post as well as a Sunday cover post!

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

Expected publication: January 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Description from Goodreads:

In the final battle for Heaven and Earth, Ellie, who has the reincarnated soul of an ancient reaper-slayer, must grapple with her archangel powers to save herself and all of humanity.

The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab

Expected publication: January 2013 by Hyperion

Description from Goodreads:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.


Crash (Visions #1) by Lisa McMann

Expected publication: February 8th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Description from Goodreads:

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the vision. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode… and nine body bags in the snow.

She has no idea why this is happening to her or if she’s going crazy. It hardly matters, because the visions are everywhere–on billboards, television screens, windows–and she’s the only one who can see them.

But it’s not until the vision starts coming more frequently, and revealing more clues, that Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Paperback, 368 pages

Expected publication: October 16th 2012 by HarperCollins

Description from Goodreads:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans

Hardcover, 280 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Description from Goodreads:
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow prisoners, Felicia passes the endless hours downloading memories and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and the boy she loved, Neil.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber disappears, and nobody but Felicia seems to recall she existed in the first place. Something is obviously very wrong. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, she learns the truth: a rebellion is brewing to overthrow the Morati, the guardians of Level 2.

Felicia is reluctant to trust Julian, but then he promises what she wants the most—to be with Neil again—if only she’ll join the rebels. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself in the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

Which is your favorite cover?

Waiting on Wednesday #45: The Collector (Dante Walker #1) by Victoria Scott

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

The Collector (Dante Walker #1)

by Victoria Scott


Expected publication: March 2013 by Entangled Teen
Description from Goodreads:

He makes good girls…bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.


Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
What book are you waiting on?

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3) by Jennifer Estep (Excerpt & Giveaway)!

I have a special excerpt from Dark Frost for you guys today! I also have a giveaway that you’re going to want to enter, so make sure to keep reading!


“Well, well, well,” the Reaper girl hissed. “If it isn’t Nike’s Champion, slinging a sword like she actually knows how to use it. I was hoping I might run into you here.”

Her words made my stomach twist with fear, but I pushed the feeling aside. I knew the Reaper girl wanted to kill me. She’d threatened to do so in the memory I had of her stabbing my mom. I supposed I shouldn’t have been surprised that she knew who I was and what I looked like. Professor Metis had once told me that Champions could recognize other Champions, that we were inevitably drawn to each other, attracting and repelling like magnets.

“Yeah, it’s me. Gwen Frost,” I snapped. “Nike’s Champion in the flesh. I know what you did to my mom.”

The girl threw back her head and laughed. She just—laughed. Low, long, and loud. Like it was funny that she’d killed my mom in cold blood. Like it was the most hysterical thing ever that she and her Reaper friends had just done the same thing to a museum full of innocent people.

“Well, I should certainly hope so,” she said. “Killing your weak, sniveling mother was the most fun I’ve had in ages.”

Rage once again filled my heart, blocking out everything else. All my questions, all my worries, all my fears. There was only me and her and my desire for revenge, this burning, burning need I had to make her pay, to make her suffer for taking my mom away from me.

With a roar, I leaped off the dais, raised my sword, and rushed forward—and the Reaper girl stepped up to meet me.

 Have you read the rest of the series? If not, make sure to check out the first two books (as well as the prequel short story):

More about Jennifer:

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author. Jennifer writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Frost, the third book, was released on May 29. Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost are the other books in the series. Visit for excerpts and more information about her books.

Onto the giveaway:

Jennifer is offering up one paperback copy of Dark Frost to one of my lucky readers! Interested in entering?

  • You must be a US resident.
  • You must be at least thirteen years old to enter.
  • You must leave a comment with a valid e-mail address stating what you thought of the first two books.

I will draw a winner at random on June 10th, 2012; you have until 11:59 P.M. EST on June 9th, 2012 to enter.

Interested in reading the rest of the posts for the Dark Frost blog tour? Here are some links (start from top to bottom):

Make sure to check Jennifer’s blog for the rest (as today’s links were not yet posted at the time of this post)

Cover Reveals You May Have Missed Post (Take #19)

I have a bunch of amazing covers to show you today! There will be a “Cover Reveals You May Have Missed” post every Sunday! 🙂

Poison by Bridget Zinn
Expected publication: March 12th 2013 by Disney/Hyperion
Description from Goodreads: A teen girl finds herself a would-be assassin, hunting down her former best friend, the princess of the realm, via the aid of an enchanted piglet.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
Description from Goodreads:
Violet Eden is Grigori – part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels.
Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix’s hold over her is more dangerous than ever.
The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet’s power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.Entice is the second compelling book in The Violet Eden Chapters.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by EgmontUSA
Description from Goodreads:
The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.

But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.

Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.

A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 14th 2012 by Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
Description from Goodreads:
Michael must save his mother—and protect his powers—in the electric sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Michael Vey, from Richard Paul Evans.
Michael was born with special electrical powers—and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a tecno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out.After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power—and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world.

Expected publication: March 2013 by Simon Pulse
Description from Goodreads:
Vane Weston should have died in the category five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past—except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She’s swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.Audra is real, but she isn’t human. She’s a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, they start to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.

Which is your favorite cover?