Posted in 2015, April, Review

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


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Author: Jenny Han

Published: April, 2014 by Simon & Schuster

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Synopsis

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

My Thoughts

Where, oh where do I begin with this book? I bought it as a sort of bubble gum-fluffy-cutesy-quick breeze through read, and I wasn’t disappointed on that front. But my problem with this book is, was it really about all the boys she loved before?

I picked up this book hoping to nostalgically reconnect with the sort of crushes my younger self used to have. Instead, I got a heaping of sisterhood. Sisterhood is great and all, and I’ve always enjoyed books on that topic, but I was not expecting that in this book. Han packaged this book to be about cute young crushes when it was really about the protagonist, Lara Jean’s relationship with her older sister and said sister’s unattainable perfection.

Margot, Lara Jean’s big sister, is one of those characters who are supposed to be perfect and meticulous and fastidious and do everything correctly. I only ever got to see her through Lara Jean’s eyes, and Lara Jean basically worshiped the ground she walked for most of the book, which got really boring really fast. Lara Jean obviously idolized Margot and measured herself up against her big sister’s perfection.

I didn’t particularly like Lara Jean or Margot, but I loved their little sister, Kitty. Kitty had an acerbic tongue, which I really enjoyed. She was sharp witted, a little sassy, and a breath of fresh air in a book filled with such stuffy characters.

The actual romance aspect of the book was pretty predictable. However, I did enjoy some really cute parts between Lara Jean and two of the boys she’d loved before. Those gave me what I’d been looking for: adorable, sweet, young teenage crushes. I also liked the way Han developed the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter. I noticed how she basically recycled the camaraderie between Belly and her summer boys from her Summer Trilogy but basically switched the genders to end up with Josh and his Song girls. Somehow, it worked.

Even though the romance was predictable, it was endearing and lovely. I had a good time reading Lara Jean’s winsome letters to her crushes. I really liked her ‘fake’ relationship, and how it transformed into actual ‘love’. It was engaging.

I don’t want to give away too much, but I’ll just tell you that if you’re looking for a fluffy bunny romance alone, you’ll be looking for a diamond in the rough. It may or may not be worth it.

Honorable mention to the cover – It was so adorable and picturesque! I loved to gaze upon it during reading breaks. It looked delicious, in a cupcake-y sort of way. A+ for the cover design!

I feel the need to mention that I really appreciated the threading of Han’s Korean heritage into Lara Jean’s story, because I felt that the inclusion of her Korean culture really enriched the book.

What was up with all the food though? I strongly believe this whole book actually revolved around food. It was certainly a major theme in the story! Han never ceased to mention the food Lara Jean was making, or eating, or just thinking about. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything with that much cuisine in it (apart from a cookbook).

To sum this review up, I thought the book was delightful and charming with its romance but didn’t care much for the in-depth dwelling on Lara Jean’s sister, Margot, and was taken off guard by all the mentions of food and eating in the book.

3/5

3 stars

Posted in April, Book Tours

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau Blog Tour!!


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Title: GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3)

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pub. Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 304 Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

She wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

But she can’t do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves–and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope–in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau’s epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.

The Final Test is the Deadliest!

My Review

The first two books in this series were awesome and I could not wait to get my hands on this third installment! GD was masterfully crafted and this has become one of my favorite series of all time!!

Cia faces her toughest test yet in GD. We all thought the others were tough but they have nothing on this one. She knows that she needs help this time around but is frightful that she will choose the wrong person to trust.

I love Cia! She is tough as nails and an all around great heroine! She is not your typical teenager and really thinks things through before acting on them.

This book had so many twists and turns that it felt like a roller coaster ride and I enjoyed every minute of it! I would say that this was probably one of the best finale books that I have read and I encourage all of you to pick up this series if you have not already!

5-stars

About the Author

Ever since I can remember I loved telling stories. As I grew up, I started performing thoseJoelleCharbonneau_Publicity_Photo-264x300 stories on the stage. Creating vivid characters and singing wonderfully complex songs were my passion. I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and then continued onto DePaul

University for my Masters Degree in Opera Performance. From there I went onto perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. I also started teaching acting classes and private voice lessons to pass my passion along to the next generation.

Not exactly the path you’d expect a writer to take.

I’d never dreamed of writing a novel. But I loved to read. Then one day I had an idea and I started to write. I found my passion for creating characters lived on the page as well as the stage. It is my hope that the characters I’ve created resonate with you and make you smile.

I still teach voice lessons and sing for the occasional professional event. But the rest of my time is spent with my husband and son while dreaming up new and interesting stories. I hope that someday I hear yours. Website/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads/Pinterest

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Week One: 6

/9/2014- NightlyReading- Review

6/10/2014- The Book Cellar- Guest Post

6/11/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review

6/12/2014- Fiktshun- Interview

6/13/2014- Manga Maniac Café- Review

 

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6/16/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Guest Post

6/17/2014- K-books- Review

6/18/2014- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview

6/19/2014- Parajunkee’s View- Review

6/20/2014- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

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Posted in 2014, April, Book Tours

Release Tour: Camp Payback by J.K. Rock


 

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CAMP PAYBACK

By J.K. Rock

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Camp Boyfriend #2

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Released April 29, 2014

Published by Spencer Hill

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Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

 

About the Author

J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners – and sisters-in-law – Joanne & Karen Rock. Although they started out sharing an annual shopping trip, they ended up discussing their favorite films and books, joining the same book club and talking about writing… a lot. Their debut novel, Camp Boyfriend, is the first in a three-book series plotted during family pool parties.Their

creative partnership is unique in that they enjoy passing a book back and forth, each adding a chapter and fine-tuning the chapter before. Years of friendship has yielded a shared voice and vision for their work that makes writing a pleasure. Learn more about Karen and Joanne at http://jkrock.net

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The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

 

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Posted in 2014, April

Cover Reveal: Brush Strokes by Janelle Stalder


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Release Date: May 27, 2014

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Art student, Olivia Banks, was living her dream at an exclusive school when everything came crashing down around her. Now back in the small town she grew up in, she’s forced to spend her senior year at her old school where she’s known as the ‘freak’, all because she’d rather focus on her painting than the trivial drama of high school. But things aren’t the same as they were when she left. And the one thing that is turning her life upside down the most just happens to be the resident bad boy, Colt Morgan. Her senior year was supposed to fly by so she could pack up and leave again, but what happens when there’s suddenly a reason to want to stay?

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This cover is awesome! If you have not read a book by Ms. Stalder, you are missing out! She has a way of weaving the story that you get sucked in immediately and want to get to know more about the characters! 

h. Lee

Posted in 2014, April, Author Interviews

Video Interview with JLA!


Jennifer had visited a town close to me a couple of weeks ago for YA Fest. YA Fest is an event held by the Palmer Public Library and hosted 50 YA authors this year for speaking panels, signings and a slew of giveaways! I was lucky enough to snag an interview with Jennifer on Friday night prior to the event on Saturday. She was UH-MAZING! Really down to earth, sweet and knowledgable. We chatted for a little off camera and she was so sweet that I didn’t feel nervous at all. Here is our interview where she talks about her writing, favorite books, characters and what’s to come…..

Enjoy!

h. Lee

Posted in 2014, April

Promo: Cherish by Sheritha Singh + Interview


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Buy Link: http://www.lycaonpress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=1&products_id=33

Synopsis:

Sarah cannot escape the deadly Ludus—a mind-body dissociation game where bodies and souls don’t always merge after the game is over.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Parker’s healing touch can bring beings back to life, provided they haven’t crossed over. Until now she’s managed to keep her gift a secret, but somebody seems determined to expose her and get her back into St. Mary’s Orphanage. Four years ago, Sarah was an orphan at St. Mary’s who’d lost hope of ever being adopted and faced the gruesome Ludus, a mind-body dissociation game, until Ida showed up. She’s lived a dream life since then, but Sarah senses something is amiss. She has pretty much settled into her “new life” when cracks appear in her comfort zone. The last thing Sarah wants is to return to St. Mary’s.

When Marcus David, her boyfriend, is accused of murdering a student and Ida is attacked shortly thereafter, Sarah’s deepest fears materialize. She loses Ida and Marcus in one breath and returns to St. Mary’s. There’s no escaping the Ludus and the wrath of her newfound enemies. As Sarah readjusts to St. Mary’s, she learns the orphanage holds crucial secrets to her past.

Excerpt:

I skip breakfast and leave for school before Ida’s even up. I’m rushing down the hall, anxious to catch a glimpse of Marcus when I run into someone.

“Sorry.”

“I’ll survive,” a husky male voice replies.

My gaze travels past the solid muscle I rushed into and into a classically beautiful face that could have been ripped right off the pages of Teen. He’s hot, and he knows it.

“Armando Perez.” He holds out his right hand and smiles, expecting me to shake it and swoon.

He’s gorgeous, but I’m not going to show him I think so. “Sarah Parker.”

“Pleasure’s all mine.” He takes my hand, raises it to his lips, and kisses it.

His spontaneous gesture stuns me—I almost ignore the sudden shiver creeping up my spine. “I have to get going.”

“See you around, Miss Parker.”

I run before he says anything else.

Pri is engrossed in conversation when I join her and Andy. “You guys should’ve been there.” Pri gestures dramatically. “O rocked.” Andy and I are sitting on the ledge of the fairy fountain. Marcus hasn’t arrived yet.

“What exactly rocked? The crowd? The music?” Andy pops a Smartie into his mouth.

“Everything. The crowd isn’t the usual losers only after the spotlight. Last night totally amazed me.” She tilts Andy’s box of Smarties into her mouth. “I swear I felt totally in my element at O. Antoinette introduced me to the coolest people.”

“Will Antoinette help me find a boyfriend there?” Andy asks.

“She can if you’re into goths, vampires, and zombies.”

“I’m into anything that loves me as I am,” Andy says, stifling a grin.

Pri rolls her eyes. “O isn’t a joke, Andy. It’s a happening place if you’re after a rocking evening.”

“Who’s planning a rocking evening?” Marcus smiles at me before greeting Andy and Pri.

“Me. Andy’s desperate for a boyfriend,” Pri says.

“Nothing wrong with that.” Marcus grins and winks at Andy.

“Yeah. But O isn’t exactly a place for casual relationships.”

Marcus hangs on to Pri’s every word. I had no idea he was into O at all. “Exactly what goes on there?” He’s more curious than his voice lets on. I can tell from the way his gaze never leaves Pri’s while he waits for her answer.

Interview:

1. What is the easiest thing about writing?

I love writing and for me it’s as easy breathing. Creating the story in my head is the easy part.  Getting the thoughts to flow out my fingers is the tricky part.

2. What is your favorite book and why?

My current fave is Fallen by Lauren Kate. It’s the first fallen angel book I read. I love the world she crated, the unique darkness and the entire atmosphere in her book.

3. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Twilight because Ms. Meyer reignited a love of YA books worldwide. I’d also love to have written the Percy Jackson series because my nephew loves it.

4. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

The last hug between Marcus and Sarah.  Too much info would make this a spoiler but the last hug was a poignant moment.

5. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring authors?

Write, write, write.  Approach publishers such as Lycaon who have open calls because it is the best way to develop our career.

6. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I would have approached Lycaon Press sooner.

7. What has been the most surprising thing about the journey of writing books?

My editor, Haleigh Rucinsky, can read my mind despite the miles between us. The art team amazes me each time they nail a book cover perfectly even though I have a hazy image of what the cover should like.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Life. Minor characters in other books and my nephew. He’s 12 and has an amazing way of inspiring me.

About Sheritha Singh:

Sheritha writes between studying, working, dreaming, eating, and pretty much anything. While in school she dreamed of having her writing published, and now that her dream has come true, she has moved onto the next item on her bucket list—meet and marry the ultimate book boyfriend. Sheritha loves hearing from fans. Please tweet @Shersinghzn.

Lianne

 

Posted in 2014, April

Erasing: Shadows by K.D Rose


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What if to save the ones you love, you had to unlock the key to a different reality?

Generations of mystery smash together when a seemingly traditional family must shatter their illusions of normality to confront themselves and their friends, leaving no possibility unexplored in order to rescue—well, who exactly? Watch the Ross family, the High Five Gang, and multiple generations dig into an innovative explosion of imagination where they must confront numerous realities, real-world danger, and worst of all—their own teenage hormones!

In a place where nothing is as it seems and shocks are around every corner, even the people you thought you knew may find themselves strangers in this moving and provocative reality-bender. With breathless pacing and psychological intrigue, Erasing: Shadows and the High Five Gang will keep you guessing until the very end.

Excerpt:

Exactly one hour later, six raggedy looking teenagers showed up out of nowhere in the astral, sitting on the ground near a farm. For a moment, they weren’t quite sure where they were. Then it all came back to them. The gravel underneath their legs was leaving imprints like always. They smelled hay. It was a sure sign they were there.

The Emergency Meeting Place.

The group surveyed the landscape, and it appeared exactly as it was supposed to be. The field over the hill lay behind Mira’s childhood home. Then they caught themselves staring at each other because of the sheer scale of difference between their before and after appearances.

“Wow.” Jonathan spoke first. He gaped at Michael, who, true to his word, had come back at about sixteen-years-old. Even his clothes were teenage clothes. “You’ve learned some things haven’t you!” He was impressed.

“From Mira,” answered Michael. “And apparently you have too.” Jonathan looked obviously older than Michael. If Michael had to guess, he would say Jonathan was nineteen or twenty. “But, I’ve re-thought this, and maybe I am going to return to age twelve. It’s closer to Mira’s age, and I can build more rapport with her.”

He didn’t mention that also he just plain missed her. If they were both twelve, well, hopefully her former crush on him when they were younger would manifest this time too. In real life she was older than him, though not by much. That was the weirdness of the astral. Playing with ages got really complicated.

Michael amazed the others as he shrunk. Suddenly he wasn’t sixteen anymore. Jonathan knew the technique, but the others were in awe.

“Can I do that too?” asked Zac, who was changing into the clothes he brought. Jonathan noted his older clothes were hanging off of him. Zac was the only other one at about age twelve. He was also the only one who hadn’t seemed to travel into the correct clothes. He had arrived still wearing his adult attire. Somehow his traveling skills were a bit behind the others, who looked their appropriate ages.

“No,” said Michael. “You are the cousin I have that is Mira’s age. The more people her age the better.”

Trina laughed at Zac’s adult clothes falling off. “Okay, Mr. Hobo, about ready there?” she teased.

Then she turned to Onie. “Wow, you’re suddenly a cougar , aren’t you,?” she said laughing, for Onie had turned up as age sixteen, four years older than her husband.

“Ha, ha,” said Zac.

“Yeah, forgive me if I wait until we’re back into the real world to um—oh never mind,” said Onie.

“So you do only love me for my body!” teased Zac.

“Well,” said Jonathan, getting everyone back on track, “we have to be careful how we introduce ourselves to Mira. It needs to be like it was before; except atour current astral age, so we don’t freak her out. I’m not sure where she would end up if she got confused and upset, but it wouldn’t be good.”

“Right,” said Michael. He popped a few more Tums. “She could end up in a forest or a storm. Or alone in the desert—you never know what the unconscious will do, so everyone needs to concentrate hard because Mira won’t be able to. So I will find her first and try to develop our old rapport. Knowing her, she will want to learn, and then I’ll introduce her to Jonathan like before.”

“Let’s write this down,” said Lu.

“I have paper and pen,” said Onie.

Lu looked at the group. “We really haven’t changed much personality-wise. There’s Onie with supplies on hand, Jonathan ordering us around, and Zac falling apart.” She laughed.

“I think it will be easiest if we think of this like a play. We all have our parts that are mimicking how we met and acted before. Only don’t forget how serious it is,” said Trina.

“I agree,” said Michael.

The group spent the next hour recalling their collective memories, remembering the old days, and then reenacted some of their initial encounters with Mira. Michael decided to leave out some of the negative events so as not to traumatize Mira. In the end, they had a plan.

“Does everyone feel comfortable with this?” asked Lu.

“Do you mean, do I feel comfortable as a nineteen-year-old?” said Jonathan. “Hell, yeah. Loving this.”

Everyone laughed. Perturbed, Zac spoke. “I’m surprised that I’m only twelve. I thought I’d be older. Why am I the only one that was automatically so young?”

Jonathan answered, “Well, it is representative of your inner evolution, so physically you may be older, but astrally, in this world, you haven’t really done that much more traveling or advanced your learning so you haven’t particularly grown intellectually or evolutionally ‘here.’ And remember,” he added, “when Michael first came back, he was twelve too. And look at him now—he can stretch to any age.”

Zac frowned. His wife saw and added, “It’s not a bad thing, Zac. Some people get older and can’t go back because they’ve lost their sense of wonder and attitude of learning. Other people never grow up because they never mature. I think we are right where we are supposed to be, and you never know, this adventure may change us a bit.”

“Yeah, hopefully in a good way,” Zac acquiesced.

Lu and Trina at sixteen voiced no complaints.

“Actually, Onie, this may come in handy, because you know we are not exactly the same ages as when we first met Mira, except for me, so I think Zac being closer to her age is a good thing,” said Michael.

“That’s a good thought,” said Zac. “I feel better.”

Jonathan was gathering his things and making moves to go. “It’s getting late. Is everyone clear on what to do? And the order to do it in?”

There were nods all around. Michael added, “Okay, from now on, I am twelve-year-old Michael. Is everyone also clear where to sleep tonight, how to eat, and all the practical things? We sleep in the real world, eat in the real world, but if anyone can, someone should bring some real food to the astral next time.”

Jonathan volunteered to try.

“Okay, unless there are any last concerns, let’s get this show on the road,” said Trina.

Onie had one last comment. “Everyone remembers our name, right? We loved it at the time and believed we were so slick. Mira liked it.”

Michael remembered back to his younger self. “The High Five Gang.”

Biography

K.D. Rose is an author and poet and currently has “Heavy Bags of Soul”, “Inside Sorrow” and “I AM (Poetry in Motion)” on sale at Amazon.com. “Erasing: Shadows” is the first of a Seven Book Series for New Adults in the Fantasy/Paranormal Genre. K.D. is currently at work on Book 2, Erasing: Shattered.

K.D. Rose is now also an author with Lycaon Press.

Just like her books, K.D. Rose is edgy, hits you in the gut and gives you the education you never knew you needed. Writing with irony, truth, and a spiked pen, she takes you past the self into self-evolution.

K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. K.D. is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms that encourage us to expand and explore past the artificial limits we often set for ourselves in order to see the everyday connections that exist among all things.

Join K. D. Rose on the following social media sites:

Website for the Erasing Series: http://kdroseworld.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00830RFC0

Blog: http://www.kdroseauthortales.com

Email: kd.rose@aol.com

Twitter: @kdrose1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K.D.RoseWriter

Lycaon Press: http://www.lycaonpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6038789.K_D_Rose

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=184204909&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

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Posted in 2014, April, Teaser Tuesday

Cover Reveal: Tested by Janelle Stalder & Teaser Tuesday!


 

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Tested by Janelle Stalder

Tentative Release: June 24, 2014

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language

Add to your TBR! Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20982523-tested

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I do not know what anyone else thinks but this cover is UH-MAZING!!!

Teaser Tuesday

This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by Should Be Reading

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published April 15, 2014 by Disney Hyperion

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Teaser:

Before I could even respond to that, he was gone. I twisted toward Scott. “He doesn’t like me.”

Scott looked like he wanted to laugh again. “Yeah, he doesn’t.”

A weird, twisty feeling sprang in my chest. “Why?”

Pushing off the bed, he sighed. “You don’t like him.”

I didn’t? Did I not have taste? He was baby-making material. Then I frowned. How did I know who was baby-making material? “I don’t get it.”

h. Lee

Posted in 2014, April

Promo: The Last Day King by Liz Newman + Interview


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Buy Link: http://www.lycaonpress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=3&products_id=32

Synopsis:

The most magical figure of royal folklore and legendary British king travels to the future to reunite with the girl he fell in love with.

The Legend Lives On

In modern day San Francisco, a young girl rescues a boy king from the treacherous waters. The beloved king of lore longs to reunite with his futuristic fascination. After his trusted wizard proposes a mission to save mankind only days before his prophesied death, the king travels with his mystic companions to our time in hopes of embracing his lady love once again, and to save a world which his rule helped create.

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Posted in 2014, April

Promo: Witch Way by M.A Marino


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Witch Way by M.A Marino

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Synopsis:

“Evil isn’t something you are, it’s something you become.” Jessica O’Rourke is learning the dangers that young witches face when dabbling in not-so-good magic for personal gain. All of the women in Jessie’s family are witches. Not the kind of witches that fly on brooms or cast spells with pointed sticks. They’re the kind of witches that Jessie’s mother called practical witches—that is, until she got killed. The worst part about her mother’s death is that her father was the one who did it and now Jessie has to live in a house full of witchy aunts who remind her way too much of how sad she is inside. Jessie’s father has gone missing but she knows he’ll back to take down the rest of her family. After an encounter with a group of girls, who Jessie’s Aunt Abby describes as “bad news,” Jessie finds herself in a heated battle with the warlocks that threaten to destroy her entire bloodline. In time, she unveils an unimaginable secret about herself that will surely alter her future. Jessie has to decide which way she will turn and how she will use her new powers to stop her father from hurting anyone else. Can she stop herself from becoming evil in the process?

Excerpt:

The oak tree was at the far end of the orchard by a decrepit old barn. Jessie tucked her phone into her jeans and carried a flashlight most of the way through the orchard. The full moon partially illuminated the land, glazing the foliage in a silvery-blue. Maybe Abby could glamour my hair the color of the twilight. Working her way down the trail, she spotted a basket of freshly picked apples that someone had left. She helped herself to one and tucked it into the pocket of her hoodie. When the apple trees thinned, she was able to see the branches of the oak tree dancing in the moonlight as a gentle breeze passed. A soft orange glow emanated from behind the base of the tree and Jessie imagined that the girls had started a campfire. Pocketing her flashlight, she hurried toward the light. Jessie heard the girls talking as she drew closer. She was suddenly nervous and decided to sneak over and hide in the shadows of the tree trunk hoping to overhear what the girls were talking about. “Did you bring it?” Storm asked. “Of course,” Tandora answered. Continue reading “Promo: Witch Way by M.A Marino”