22 August 2014

Release Day Blitz: The Summer We Fell by Amber Garza

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Adam Stewart is every girl’s fantasy – captain of the football team, smart, funny, hot. I’ve had a crush on him for years but he never noticed me. Until now.

Dating Adam is a dream come true. I should be happy about it, but it’s hard because my best friend Cruz is acting strange. Almost like he’s jealous. But that can’t be. Can it?

Cruz and I have been inseparable since we were kids. He’s always been like a brother to me. But lately things have changed. He’s different, and I’m starting to see him in a new light. Our relationship is evolving in a way I never thought possible. I don’t want to lose him, but am I willing to give up Adam for him?

Review: Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner

Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner
Publisher: Point
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 272
Synopsis: Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption.

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes.

Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey's internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there's Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?

My Review:
I received Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner from the publisher and this is my honest review.

The decision to read was ultimately because the main character was a youtube guru and I make videos for my blog on my own channel as well as watch a lot of other people who make either book videos and or beauty videos. My point is that in some ways I could connect with Torrey.

My first overall impressions of Torrey is that she was a major bitch sorry to say but it was just my opinion and I soon found out why she was that way and it is because she was a “popular”. It did not really bother me much until she was rude to Luis, he was a sweet guy from the beginning and she had no reason to treat him that way.

A part in the book that really made my heart squeeze was the scene between Torrey and Miranda when Torrey gave her the moonstone bracelet to help her sleep. It was the sweetest moment and I teared up a lot. The total opposite of these sweet sister moments were Torreys bitchy moments when she was trying to fit in with Blair and her crew. Those moments took the books rating down for me a little bit, I did not enjoy them. Pretty much all my notes about the book are me whining about how bitchy Torrey was through most of the book. 

I was very much pleased with the ending, I saw Torrey for who she truly was and I think Torrey found herself as well which is why all of us readers were able to understand her in the end as well. 

Favorite Quotes:
“I know how. I just don’t do it unless someone’s chasing me.” He grins widely, “Okay, then, I’ll chase you.” (Pg 75)

21 August 2014

Cover Reveal: Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

Captured Love by Juliana Haygert
Release Date: August 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis: Warning: strong language, sex scenes
Word count: ~70,000
It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.
Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.
Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?


Meet The Author:
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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20 August 2014

Author Spotlight: Living Separarte Lives by Paulette Harper

Four Friends, One Secret and The Weekend That Changed Their Destiny. Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes.  What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse? For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised.Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.  Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn? 

Book Blast: The Friend Zone Series by Tabetha Thompson

The Friend Zone by Tabetha Thompson
Publisher: Create Space Publishing 
Release Date: December 18, 2013
Synopsis: Tormented by a past relationship that she can’t seem to escape, Chloe feels like her only option is to swear off men completely. Two years later, the self-imposed “man-ban” is still going strong, but then Skye walks back into her life. Skye left Bartow thirteen years ago an awkward, pimple-faced boy who didn’t quite fit in, but the man that returns evokes a white-hot fire of desire in her. 
Chloe is the only woman Skye has ever loved and he’s not about to let her slip through his fingers again. She may want to put him in the friend zone, but he knows her desire for him is simmering just below the surface. Just when Skye thinks he’s finally broken down the walls of stone around Chloe’s heart, something happens that will leave them both devastated and broken. Are they strong enough to survive?

More Than Friends by Tabetha Thompson
 Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: May 3, 2014
Synopsis: Chloe’s newfound love for Skye grows more and more every day. Never before has she been so enamored by someone. Could that be a bad thing for her though? With all thoughts of Skye and still recovering from her recent attack, Chloe is distracted. Her recently acquired tunnel vision only allows her to see Skye and she misses all the details of the things going on outside her hospital room. 
Skye’s love for Chloe becomes stronger every day and so does his instinct to protect her. With Todd still on the loose, the roses that keep appearing on Chloe’s apartment door, Tom’s odd behavior and Sarah missing, Skye is determined more than ever to never leave Chloe’s side. Will Skye’s determination to protect her from Todd, her friends, and even herself be their undoing?

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18 August 2014

Review: The Professional Freelancer by Rory Scherer

The Professional Freelancer by Rory Scherer
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: 2014
Book Format: E-book
# of Pages: 114
Synopsis: Comedy about modern times. **Very vague I know but trust me the book is very entertaining, and real.

My Review:
I was contacted by the author to read The Professional Freelancer by Rory Scherer and this is my honest review.

In the beginning, I was sort of skeptical. I could not wrap my head around what the actual topic of the book was about. But as I read on I realized how much I enjoyed it through my confusion. At the end Scherer, gives us insight on why he did not really describe the character all that much, and now that I think about it I don’t know the characters name or physical appearance but I feel like I know him, if that makes sense.

I have to say the book was extremely enjoyable because of its amount of entertainment and humor. There were plenty of times I caught myself giggling about something in the book. Scherer happens to be very clever in that while reading I could not really figure out the type of relationships he had with people like his sister and her husband and his friend Will. But by the end I understood completely, this was great because it did not leave you in a foggy state trying to figure things out.

Near the end, I felt myself putting the pieces of the puzzle together before the book put them together for me. I love when I can do that because it makes me feel smart. (haha) This may be a short review, but do not take that in a bad way the book took me by surprise and kept getting better and better! It is definitely worth the read.

Favorite Quotes:

“I immediately shrieked like an adolescent girl seeing a penis for the first time as there was no hot water. It was so cold my nipples nearly cut through the glass shower door.” (Loc 86)

“Stop…are you breaking up with me…for a dildo?” (Loc 291)

“The last time I saw this many seniors march down a hallway was when Walmart was selling Depends at fifty percent off.” (Loc 717)

12 August 2014

Blog Tour: Death At Carp High by Jeremy Gold

Death At Carp High by Jeremy Gold
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Synopsis: Jake Brown is your average, above-average kid. He generally has his mind on the usual things that male high school seniors think about: girls, avoiding Spanish class, girls, pizza, surfing, girls, and of course, girls. None of that changes when he and his best friend, Dean, go surfing and find a body with a hole in its head floating beyond the waves.

Shortly after “the big discovery,” Sydney, a cross country running teammate of Jake’s, asks him to go to Morp—“Prom” spelled backwards—a Sadie Hawkins-style dance where the girls ask out the boys. As if life isn’t exciting enough trying to solve a murder, it looks like Jake is about to have his fondest wish granted—a real, live girlfriend. Despite Sydney’s obvious attraction to him, it takes a little work to convince Jake the attraction is real. Luckily, Sydney is very convincing.

In the beginning, Jake and Dean try keeping Lily and Sydney out of harm’s way, but high school girls are pros at teasing out even the most well-kept secrets. Eventually, the foursome becomes entangled in clues—and preoccupied with making sure dire threats from their prime suspect don’t pan out!

Death at Carp High has as many peaks and troughs as a winter swell at Rincon, and it’s all Jake and Dean can do to avoid wiping out.

Meet The Author:
Jeremy Gold is seventeen years old…in his mind. He lives in Carpinteria, California, a small beachside town, ten miles south of its more celebrated sister, Santa Barbara. He loves hiking, mountain bike riding, and of course, writing. Death at Carp High is the first in the six-part Jake Brown mystery series.

Jeremy and his wife, Calla, have been married since 1979. Any resemblance between their 21-year-old son, Dan, and Jake Brown is purely…understandable.

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Guest Post:
Top 10 Random List in no particular order:
  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Star Trek
  4. Mountain bike riding
  5. Carpinteria
  6. Santa Barbara
  7. Art, in whatever form
  8. The future
  9. Earth
  10. Know


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11 August 2014

Book Blitz: Sleeping With The Boss by Marissa Clarke

Sleeping With The Boss by Marissa Clarke
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s brand new Lovestruck imprint…
Seducing the enemy has never been so tempting…
For the last five years, bookish Claire Williams has been living for the dying. Now that her stint as caretaker is over, she’s off to see the world. She needs quick cash first, so a temp job at Anderson Auctions seems perfect, especially with the unexpected benefits, including the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes—or hands—on.
Former Marine William Anderson has been burned one time too many. His military training makes him the perfect man to flush out the spy undercutting his family business, but no amount of training can prepare him for the kind of undercover work he’ll have to do when the sexy new temp is implicated. Desire lands them in bed…but duty may cost him his heart

Meet The Author:

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.

When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.

Marissa Clarke is a pseudonym. Her real name is Mary Lindsey and she also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA. www.marylindsey.com

She loves to connect with readers and can be found at www.marissaclarke.com and on Twitter at @MaryL_MarissaC

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“Every negotiation should be launched with a heavy make-out session in the back of the company limousine. Don’t you agree?” Will held up his glass and clinked it against hers.
“Well.” She tilted her head and pretended to consider his question seriously. “It would depend who was on the project team, because if you’re talking about that big guy from accounting who wears the bow ties, that’s a deal-killer for me.”
“For me, too. He’s not my type.”
Giggling, and feeling as bubbly as the champagne, she leaned so close their noses bumped. “I believe we should read back the minutes from our meeting so far.”
With a grin, he put both of their glasses in the cup holders in his door. “You have the floor, Miss Maddox.”
“It began something like this,” she said against his lips.

09 August 2014

Review: Find Me Where the Water Ends by Rachel Carter

Find Me Where the Water Ends by Rachel Carter
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Book Format: Hardcover 
# of Pages: 352
Synopsis: Lydia has been trained into a person she might have once feared: focused, fierce, deadly. Although she never wanted the life of a Montauk Project recruit, the Project has captured someone she loves-someone she'll do anything to save.

Then Lydia glimpses a world in which the Montauk Project never existed. The Project has taken so much from Lydia already, but she knows that she will sacrifice everything to make her vision of a world without the Project a reality.

Publishers Weekly said that "readers will be hooked" by Rachel Carter's plot-twisting So Close to You series. The conspiracy theories, romance, and compelling "what if?" questions build to a satisfying series end, making Find Me Where the Water Ends the perfect fit for the teen fans of light science fiction like The Time Traveler's Wife.

Meet The Author:
I'm a young adult writer and my debut novel, So Close to You, is the start of a three book series with HarperTeen.

Also, it's about time travel. Which I love. Along with vampires, werewolves, epic Russian historical romances, and movies starring Ryan Gosling.

Please, please recommend books to me, especially YA and romance (the more obscure the better!). I'm always looking for new stories to fall in love with.

My Review:
I borrowed Find Me Where The Water Ends by Rachel Carter from work and this is my honest review.

When my eyes landed on Find Me Where The Water Ends at work, I knew I needed to borrow it. This is the third book in an astonishing trilogy that I have not been able to get enough of since the first book, So Close To You came out awhile ago. A little background for the trilogy; We meet Lydia a young teenager living at home trying to understand with her grandfather how his father many years ago disappeared. This takes her on a long journey through time in which she meets Wes the man she will fall in love with.

The first few pages of this novel were a bit confusing for the soul reason that it had been a long time since I had read the second book. But a few chapters in the book was written in a way that sparked the memories of the first two books which was extremely helpful. 

As I read through the book, it was impossible to put down. The action, the twists and turns, the feels between Lydia and Wes never stopped. Every time I turned a page something bigger happened, this is why I love Carters writing. There were some spots of confusion farther in the book, like when we re-met Tag, Lg, and Nikki because for the life of me I could not remember who they were but as I read on they memories came back to me.

I was honestly afraid this book was going to be a sad ending, and for a minute there at the very end I was completely devastated, but everything came through and I could not be happier! These books are my ultimate favorite in the time travel genre and I would recommend them to anyone. Definitely a solid 5 stars.

03 August 2014

Early Review: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Publisher: Point
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 320
Synopsis: Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.

Meet The Author:
Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida, which probably explains the recurring alligator dreams (one of which is documented in Bad Girls Don’t Die). She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.

She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to her current hometown, a tiny hamlet on the West Coast known as “Los Angeles.”

She enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), trying to grow plants, birdwatching in the backyard, photography, visiting friends’ blogs, and hanging out with her husband (known on the blog as “the husb”), her daughter, and her little brown dog, Scooter.

Her first brush with publication was the article “So You Want to Live On Mars?” published in Sassy magazine in December 1991. 

My Review:
I received Famous Last Words by Katie Alender from the publisher and this is my honest review.

Starting this book there was skepticism as to whether or not I would like it because all of her books seem to have the same elements ghosts, murder of a young women, and a serial killer. I have only read one other book by Alender but that book had all the same aspects. I was however pleasantly surprised, this novel had some of the same elements yes but the story was unique in its own ways and it kept my eyes glued to the pages.

Main character, Willa is a teenager uprooted from her home in Connecticut to live in Los Angeles with her mother and new stepfather who is also a famous screenwriter. Willa seems normal on the outside, but when she's alone her world turns crazy. 2 years ago she lost her father suddenly. Willa was convinced her fathers death was her fault which resulted in her trying to contact him from beyond the grave every day. We were introduced to her father not being around anymore pretty early on in the book so as you can imagine I was very curious to find out how her father died.

In the beginning we meet Willas new stepfather Jonathan and for awhile I wasn’t sure how to feel about him. He had his annoying stepdad moments more then he had his nice guy moments so as you can imagine I wasn’t to accepting, but Alender made sure that changed by the end of the novel in a good way. Willas mother kind of drove me crazy as well. She seemed like one of those women who got a new husband and needed to change her whole life to keep him, and that is usually the worst kind of character. She had a heart of gold, and she cared about her daughter but I think she could have been taken down a notch maybe.

Lets get into the plot, The Hollywood Killer is a serial killer that has been going around LA for a few years killing young actresses. Willas family was convinced she would not have to worry because she was not an actress, but that did not stop her from worrying. Soon after Willa moved into her new house she started feeling odd. She would see and hear things that were not there and sounded crazy when she tried to explain what was going on. I cannot really go into anymore detail without giving spoilers but just know from here the story twisted and turned and it just got amazing!

The last few things I wanted to talk about were more sub characters, because they make the story as well as the main character. Reed was introduced first so I will say this and this only I had many feelings for him throughout the entire book, and those feelings changed often. The last character (best for last right?) Wyatt was my favorite. He was mysterious in a way that was a little creepy but a lot cute. The first time he was mentioned in the book I was praying he would find his way into the story and thank god he did! I loved how everything in this book came together in the end, I could not be happier.

I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a book to keep you on your toes.

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