BOOKtunes #001: Aspen by Rebekah Crane


What’s up people?! Welcome to my first entry of Booktunes! Booktunes is a *new* feature here in Her Book Thoughts where I will choose a book to review and make a playlist about it. It can be a playlist about the whole book, a particular character or both. I am NOT  a music expert. I just happen to love books and music at the same time and I thought of something where I can share my love for them with you. I hope you enjoy them and will be coming back for more! 🙂 Enjoy the music and check out the book!


CURRENT BOOKTRACK: Aspen by Rebekah Crane



 [it’s on Autplay, SORRY!]

[tracklist below]



AUTHOR:Rebekah Crane
PUBLICATION:Published June 5th 2014 by In This Together Media
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance | Paranormal
PAGES: 236pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (Netgalley)
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn’t want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.



Aspen surprised me… I know it’s my fault because I don’t read blurbs, but what I really expected from this book is nothing but rainbows and unicorns and sunshine. In short, I thought it was a fluffy read. Don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t depressing or very sad. Nothing like that.  Though, I did get teary eyed at some point. Let’s just say that ASPEN is a lightly dark read. I know, that’s so weird. How can a book be lightly dark?! Well, let’s put it this way.. Aspen is deep. Poignant. And absolutely unforgettable.

It’s a story about Aspen, she’s a tree.

No, I’m just kidding.

Aspen is wonderful, smart and a riot! I love this girl to bits. She’s so.. transparent. What you see is what you get. She got involved in a car accident and obviously, she’s the survivor. The girl who died in the other car is one of the most popular girl in their school, Katelyn. And now, she’s appearing to Aspen every now and then as a ghost. And why is that? Well, only Aspen knows. And of course, Katelyn.

You won’t believe how I loved the relationships here in this book. Between Nini (Aspen’s mother) and Aspen, between Aspen and her bestfriends, between Aspen and Ben, basically between Aspen and everyone! It’s so  dynamic. Crane’s characters are realistic. Freakin’ authentic. Genuine. Through out the book, I felt like Aspen was just with me. Sharing me this story amd I’m just right beside her, listening intently. She’s a magnificent narrator.

Rebekah Crane’s writing is humorous. Sharp. And highly entertaining! Think Rainbow Rowell. It’s quirky and full of heart. Putting down the book is not an option. Aspen’s plot is well thought. It’s funny  with a slight touch of drama and it’s profound. You don’t have a choice but be attached to her characters and be emotionally involved to Aspen’s story. I don’t know what to say anymore except READ IT. I know we all have a lot in our plates right now but if you want to unwind.. laugh and read something light with depth, Aspen is for you!




This isn’t the official playlist of Aspen. Just fan made. The track list is a little short because… I’m too lazy! But don’t you worry, the next Booktrack I have for all of you has a longer tracklist (and it’ll be full of FEELS~)


  • American Authors – Best Day Of My Life

– Basically my Aspen song. I just like how Aspen is so laid back and treat everyday like it’s the best day. Even if most of them are crappy days.





  • The Moldy Peaches – Anyone But You

– My Ben&Aspen song. YOU CANNOT EXPECT ME TO MAKE A PLAYLIST AND  JUST IGNORE MY OTP. Ben and Aspen’s relationship is so complicated. But throughout the book, they just realized that there’s no on else out there for them but each other. I honestly think that they already know that just from the start.



  • Cat Power – Sea Of Love

– This is how weird I am: I get a little emotional over Ninny and Aspen’s mother-daughter relationship. It’s not perfect and totally not advisable, well, Ninny’s a crackheah… but her love for her daughter is genuine. And together, they’re so so funny. It’s nice to have a mother that can also be your bestfriend.




  • Bruno Mars – Count On Me

– *sniff* A little bit spoiler-ish. I’m happy that Aspen has bestfriends that are secretly inlove with each other but they’re to stupid to admit to each other their feelings because they are idiots. Awwww, right?




  • Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

– I don’t kow how to explain this one. I just have a feeling that it fits on how the book ended.





I’m still not sure if this is gonna be a monthly or weekly thing. It depends on my… motivation. I’m just so weird someti- most of the times. There’ll be days when I’ll work so hard, I feel like the terminator got nothin’ on me because of my robotic stamina. But there’s those when I’ll decide to take a nap for like 9 years..

Anyway, I loved Aspen.. so I hope you’ll give it time and space on your TBR! And I hope you loved the songs I selected. If you have any artist you want me to check out, just leave it in the comments! I listen to everyone. Well, maybe except Bieber (that phase is so done!)

REVIEW: Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne + Giveaway!


AUTHOR:Lyla Payne
PUBLICATION: Published April 1st 2014 by Createspace
GENRE: NA > Mystery | Paranormal
PAGES: 257pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
RATING: 4 ★★★★



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A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new “I don’t give a crap” attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.





Look at me reading a ghost story and actually LOVING IT!


First of all, if you’re looking for a ghost story with spine chilling chapters, I don’t think this is for you. But if you want a ghost story with a heart and depth? HERE. READ IT. LOVE IT. SHARE IT WITH EVERYBODY. THE BOOK TWO IS ALREADY OUT AND IF YOU LOVE ME YOU’LL GIFT IT TO ME!

I did not type the last part. Maybe it’s Anne Bonny, idk

I admit, what I wanted at first is to get a creepy, scary and horror-like story. Not because I’m into that genre, HA, but because I want to challenge myself. I’m always avoiding those books and I thought “you know what, i’m tired of being a wimp” So yeah, I’ve seen ghost in the title and I just signed up. Ghost is pretty hard core for me already, mind you.

Anyway! Imma stop the blabbering. Let’s get down to business. Graciela Harper is a mess! From a  broken engagement, she went back to her hometown where she practically ran away from, Heron Creek. With her Grandfather counting the last days of his life, she must deal with the fact that her Gramps won’t always be at her side. She needs to cut off an old flame permanently, reconcile with lost relationships, deal with a brewing romance and… befriend a pirate ghost?

Graciela or Gracie is sooo amusing for me. Her inner monologues are always so interesting and even though there are some chapters that is spent nothing but just her thinking, I always found myself interested and fixated! Like, yes GRACIE THAT IS SO NONSENSE  BUT OKAY I’LL LISTEN. Characters are well done, I must say. Fully developed and well detailed. When you finish the book, there’s.. longing. You got to know them, and bonded with them so you’ll really miss them. No worries, as it was mentioned, THE BOOK TWO IS ALREADY OUT. 

The books atmosphere or/and setting is, just wow, I LOVE IT. Heron Creek (the setting of the book) sounds so enticing to me. When I was reading this book, I felt like I’m just there with Gracie, following her (there’s a chance that I’m really Anne Bonny). It’s like I also know those people, like I grew up with them. It’s because, Lyla Payne is such an excellent writer that when it comes to describing us a particular scene, it is nothing but brilliant!

If there’s one thing I’ll ask, it’s that Gracie needs to work on more to that ‘Nancy Drew attitude’ There’s some circumstances here where certain things are so obvious, I was practically yelling at her. It’s too obvious so it’s kind of impossible to miss it. (But then again, there’s a big chance she’s drunk at those times, LOL)

The Romance is.. how do I say this, uh, slow burning? I was struggling at first because I HONESTLY don’t trust Gracie’s love interest. I don’t know, there’s something fishy about him and besides, the author did not give him enough character background, so I’ll still keep my suspicion. But Ms. Layne, you need to fix this.




You know what I’m talking about! 😉

Overall, Not Quite Dead is a charming, mystifying and absolutely heartwarming read. It’s not everyday that you’ll come across a ghost story that will will satisfy your drama, mystery, and romance fix. A book with skillful writing,  endearing characters and satisfying plot, I HIGHLY recommend it!








Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

If you want to know more, please visit her at http://lylapayne.comIf you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction–science fiction or otherwise–please check out her work that’s published under the name Trisha Leigh:





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EXCERPT: The Artful by Wilbert Stanton + Giveaway!



TITLE: The Artful (Shadows Of The City #1)
AUTHOR:Wilbert Stanton
PUBLICATION:Published May 27th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press
GENRE: YA > Dystopia | Apocalyptic | Science Fiction
PAGES: 218pages (Paperback)
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New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.

Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.



Dodger was only eighteen, yet he stood at the center of the party, a gravitational force attracting everyone. He wore a fancy-tailed coat and top hat with loose, brown hair falling from underneath, framing his sun-tanned face. With a glass elegantly in his hand, he acted the part of Mr. Cool with little thought. People, women in particular, flocked to him.

I was never jealous of Dodge, not really. I envied him and readily acknowledged I would never be as intriguing. In all my seventeen years I could never have the confidence he had. I was just a hopeless scrawny kid in comparison, average at best. I accepted that. I did, however, hate that I felt myself forever in his shadow. You see, Dodger and I were Gutter Punks, the best crew of thieves the world has ever seen, but I think the world believed I was his sidekick.

“Twist, here, boy, now there’s a lad!” he yelled in the mocking voice he used to make fun of the wealthy.

I sauntered over, awkwardly pushing my way through the group of giggling girls surrounding him. I felt uncomfortable, my pants too big, the fancy dress coat too long for my liking, and the gold-tipped cane all but useless. While Dodge wore his disguise like a form-fitting glove, I looked like a child wearing his father’s clothes.

Dodger was busy talking to a well-endowed socialite; her high heeled boots met a Victorian bell-shaped dress, and her corset was so tight I wondered how she could breathe. Her skin was pale, and her eyes had the usual bloodshot look we saw in drug users. Many of the other women were of the same cast. They were ghosts, hanging onto every word he spoke as if he were a magician, able to conjure up whole new worlds.

“So I was telling my fellow Twist here”―he looked deeply into the cleavage of his mark―“We’ve explored so much of this city, our skin is permanently tanned. It’s time for new adventures, wouldn’t you say? With Mayor Reynolds nearly set to go to war with that Brooklyn tyrant Chrysler, Manhattan will soon be a battlefield! You would think each mayor would be content to stay in his own borough, and yet they both want a piece of our great Manhattan. I shudder to think what would happen if these parties were put to an end. All we need is to hijack an airship, which would be no challenge for me.” He ripped the cane from my hands and pointed it at a passing waiter.

“Move and you die, good sir. Alas, what have you to offer me in your surrender?”

The waiter frowned, and held up his tray of wine.

“Very good.” Dodger finished off his glass and replaced it with a full one.

Dodger’s swooning admirers laughed and whispered in thrilled excitement.

“You see, I am quite skilled in swordplay. Once we have control of the ship, we will sail past the quarantine border and to the end of the world.”

His mark gasped in exaggerated fear.





Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.

Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.

In the end world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.



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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas







“Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor’s edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages.” — Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable

“Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes.” — The Book Geek Blog

“As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature.” — Dahlia Adler, blogger.

“Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,…Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in and keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page.” —



DangerousBoys CoverTITLE: Dangerous Boys
AUTHOR:Abigail Haas
PUBLICATION: Published August 14th 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK
GENRE: YA > Mystery | Thriller | Contemporary
PAGES: 228pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: arc from Author (Thanks, Abby!!)
RATING: 4★★★★
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Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…








“From the moment you’re born, people start folding you into neat pieces and tucking you inside a box of their own design. They dress you up in their own expectations, before you even have a chance to understand the constrictions of your fate. That box becomes so cozy and warm, you never really notice that you’re bent double, fighting for room to breathe.”


Things I did before reading Dangerous Boys:

  • Prepare my heart.
  • Engrave in my brain that it’s all just FICTION.
  • Ready a fluffy read beside me.

Things I did after reading Dangerous Boys:

  • Remember that it’s ALL JUST FICTION.
  • Hide my deep desire to get insides Abigail’s head.

I have no words, Abigail Haas.



Dangerous Boys is like a Mental movie in my imagination. Raw, challenging and at times disturbing… I won’t give the plot away here, but this book is a “page turner” – I couldn’t put it down – the style of writing was clear and sharp, and the story well-woven.

Chloe. A girl that we can identify with. Full of dreams and hope and a strong girl for her age and situation. Ethan. A sweet and caring boy who manages to sweep Chloe off her feet. And Oliver, the boy who screams intense and yet, fascinating. He’s intriguing and totally alluring.

Just like at Dangerous Girls, Haas made characters that are completely complex and unpredictable. Thy’re strong, well developed and completely well thought. At first they’re like normal characters, trying to compell us with their stories… then they’ll slowly screw us up in the head. Asking if we are meant to feel sorry for them, or to be suspicious. There were times when I would have walked away from Chloe, because she’s doing some stuff that I’m really opposed of. Other times, I just wanted to hold her and protect her. All I can say is bravo, Abigail Haas!!

Dangerous Boys’ plot is just this: BRILLIANT. Utterly genius and exceptional! After I finished reading it I just sat there with my mouth open…. wondering how someone could come up with this story?! Haas writing is just plain dazzling and gripping! Persuading you to NOT STOP until you get some answers. If that’s her aim, then she did a good job. I just sat there, holding my heart and kindle while finishing the book in one sitting.

I HONESTLY don’t know what to say anymore. Dangerous Boys made me speechless and uncapable of stringing sentences. All I can say is this: DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS. SUPPORT THE AUTHOR. SUPPORT HER BOOK. In this genre shes swimming on, she’s one of the most  praiseworthy author out there. Dangerous Boys is a swiftly-paced novel, full of passion, suspense and intrigue. 50%mystery, 50% thriller, 100% mind blowing! In short: This book is gold!


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Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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MINI REVIEWS: Written In Red & Murder Of Crows by Anne Bishop a.k.a why is everything so amazing

15711341                                               TITLE: Written In Red (The Others #1)
                                               AUTHOR: Anne Bishop
                                               PUBLICATION: Published March 5th 2013 by NAL Hardcover
                                               GENRE: A > Urban Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
                                               PAGES: 433pages (Hardcover)
                                               SOURCE: Own (Kindle)
                                               RATING: 5★★★★★
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17563080TITLE:Murder Of Crows (The Others #2)
AUTHOR:Anne Bishop
PUBLICATION:Published March 4th 2014 by Roc
GENRE: A > Urban Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 369pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: Own (Kindle)
RATING: 4★★★★
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WARNING: There’s an 80% chance that this review won’t make any sense. Raad at your own risk.

So since Goodreads already has a lot of glorifying reviews of these amazing novels, I’ll just make my review short. And I’ll combine the first and second novel reviews since there’s just one thing I felt towards both of them. And that is, LOVE..



All I know is I’m shipping two people so hard right now and it’s killing me.




Written Is Red is that book that I feel like I shouldn’t like, but I did. I mean, I admit, I did feel bored at the first few chapters… but I was also enamored. I CANNOT STOP READING. Anne Bishop made a terrifying race, a dangerous yet fascinating world, and I want to be in it.

The book is about The Others, a race that has been living on the planet since it was created and people are actually aware of them. They’re called the terra indigene and they are dangerous. They first roamed the earth and as far as they’re concerned, they also own it. They are the predators. They eat without mercy. They do not see humans other than meat. And they they don’t hesitate in killing. But, only when certain rules are crossed. That’s why it’s important to keep the peace between humans and terra indigene.

Meg though is different, so different that Simon (who was always grumpy all the time, if you ask me) even gave her a chance to stay in the Courtyard (terra indegenes territory) and even make her their Human Liaison.

Anne Bishop’s characters are just so darn well developed. They’re not perfect, I’m pretty sure they’re still room for improvements for some of them but THEY ARE AUTHENTIC. Scarily real. So freakin’ unforgettable. Meg isn’t the best MC, I’d tell you that. She might come as boring or/and a dimwit to some readers but she’s funny and real and strong and so so likeable. Simon on the other hand..

God, this man. This MAN! I DONT KNOW. He’s so douchey and grumpy and I hated him at first but what is he doing at me right now.


Yeah, that’s not the best explanation. Sorry. Look, I love every characters in this book. Whether it’s a bear, an owl, a vampire, there’s Winter and Air, a crow, even the humans… I LOVE THEM ALL. There’s no discrimination in my heart. They all live here now. Species in Anne Bishop’s world aren’t fluffy and cuddly (though they can be if they wanted to). They’re terrifying and I love how Bishop wrote them. They aren’t hidden also. Which is a big surprise for me since creatures like them were always so hidden.

This is also the first time it happened, but I was at 60% and I feel like questioning myself that ‘WHY DO I FEEL LIKE NOTHING IS STILL HAPPENING?’ But no, I continued reading. I couldn’t stop anyway. Written In Red’s ending was so satisfying and intense. I actually read it for 3 times while clutching anything I can hold on to. 

And now, the Murder Of Crows.

Oh this one has a much much slower pace for me. I know that it’s going somewhere but it felt like ages before we got there. Not complaining though. Anne Bishop has this way of writing that even though nothing really is happening in a particular scene, you’ll still cobble up every word she drops.

Characters were more personified. More introduced. The relationship with each and everyone was highlighted and even though The Others were the monsters, they are more of a family than human can be. I just like how everything is bonded. And Meg made step up when it comes to her character here. I just love this girl so much. Even though in her situation, she’s not whining or anything. You can really see the determination in her and I cannot believe it, but she did not annoy me even a bit. HA.

Meg and Simon is still not together though. So, there’s that. But their relationship is stepping up. I like how EVERYONE OF US knows what they’re feeling for each other, and they don’t. The way they are confused about this things are so freaking hilarious. I’m a huge fan of slow-burning romance. But I’ve had enough. I’m ready now for some action. So hopefully, the third book has that in store for me, along with the action pack and awesome plot of course.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I adored it so much, I cannot contain my love for it.

I’ll forever love Simon and Meg.


And will always be a fan of Anne Bishop from now on.

These novels were nothing but mesmerizing. It was absorbing, totally captivating and utterly fascinating with complex and quirky characters! I cannot wait for the third book to come out!! The wait is just asdfghjkl



But it’s okay, I have a feeling it’ll be worth it.



Any other Wolf I should know of? Even vampires will do! Hit me up with your recommendations!