Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Beast by Brie Spangler


BeastBeast by Brie Spangler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a beauty and the beast retelling with a tad bit of a twist to it. I am normally not fond of retelling’s or books told in the male POV but surprisingly, I did enjoy this one!

I really enjoyed the character of Dylan and felt sorry for him that he struggled with his appearance. I wanted so badly for him to just “own it”! I really liked Jamie too and loved the fact that she was not afraid to be herself even if herself was not what the rest of the world saw.

I went into this book without reading any reviews or having any idea of what happens and let me tell you, I was surprised by the direction that the story went but it also kept me reading to see where these characters would end up. It made the story more exciting and to be honest, I may have had a hard time reading it if I had known ahead of time what was going to happen.

I must warn you though, this book should only be read by those with an open mind and those that do not have a problem with LGBT. If that is not a concern, then DEFINITELY pick it up!!!

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Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Girl On The Brink by Christina Hoag


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Girl on the Brink: A NovelGirl on the Brink: A Novel by Christina Hoag

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I often find that I really enjoy these books that have to do with dating abuse. I think that it is because I can relate. I had a bad experience with an ex that was not as bad as this situation but bordered on mental abuse. It was very difficult to get out of that relationship so I really felt for these characters while reading.

I enjoyed the character of Chloe a lot. She is a smart kid whom may not have made all the correct decisions but was smart enough to know when to get out. I could feel her loneliness when she was experiencing trouble with her friends and her boyfriend all at the same time. I really felt saddened during those times.

At first, Kieran, was perfect. I even fell for him but he quickly became obsessive and domineering, not to mention physically abusive. By the end of the book, I no longer had a liking for him and parts seemed to be written to make the reader feel a little bad for all he had gone through, but I did not.

I would suggest this book for any teen that may be going through an abusive relationship or any teen whom is starting to date just so that they know the dangers and can see the warning signs.

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ABOUT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Abusive relationships are widespread, cutting across socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, religiousand gender preference lines. One in three high school girls experience dating violence, while more than half of college-aged women reported experiencing controlling behavior in a relationship. Eighty-nine percent of male college students said they were unable to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship, and a third of teens involved in intimate partner violence ever told anyone about it.
For more information, see http://www.breakthecycle.org/dating-violence-research
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About the Author

Christina Hoag is the author of Girl on the Brink, a romantic thriller for young adults (Fire download-2and Ice YA/Melange Books, August 2016) and Skin of Tattoos, a literary thriller set in L.A.’s gang underworld (Martin Brown Publishing, September 2016). She is a former reporter for the Associated Press and Miami Herald and worked as a correspondent in Latin America writing for major media outlets including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times. She is the co-author of Peace in
the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, a groundbreaking book on gang intervention (Turner Publishing, 2014). She resides in Los Angeles. For more information, see www.christinahoag.com
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Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Moon Chosen by PC Cast w/Excerpt


Moon ChosenMoon Chosen by P.C. Cast

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the House of Night books so when I saw that this book was coming…I knew that I had to have it!!!

What I loved…

I liked the story line in general. This was a great fantasy and one that was unique to this genre. I also really enjoyed the characters. My favorite was Mari. She was very brave and loyal. I really enjoyed Sora too, she was kind of a bad a$$ in her own way. Nik was kind of a lost soul but was also enjoyable in his own right.

What I thought could have been better….

I usually love really long novels because it keeps you with the characters that you love, but, I thought this one was extremely long. There were times that I got a little bored with what was going on but I was enamored by the story enough to keep going. The dual POV’s tended to be a bit confusing but not enough that I was not sure of what was going on.

I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. If you heart Ms. Cast’s work, then you have to pick this one up!

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Excerpt

CREDIT: From Moon Chosen by PC Cast. Copyright © 2016 by the authors and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Mari braced herself, and as she had so many times before, felt her mother stiffen while energy surged through Leda and into Mari, sizzling through her palm, down her arm to swirl around and around inside her, growing in power with each second that passed. Mari’s heartbeat began to hammer and her breathing suddenly increased until she was panting as hard as was the pup. In her arms, Rigel whined uncertainly.
“Focus.” Her mother’s voice was only a whisper, but Mari could feel it through her whole body. “You can do this. The power is not yours to keep – your body is merely its channel. Borrow serenity from the image of the Earth Mother. Though you may be surrounded by chaos or sickness or injuries, find the true you within. Release that which belongs to the world –fears, worry, sadness, so that the silver stream may wash unimpeded through you. It is a waterfall at night. Rigel is the basin that must hold it.”
Mari stared at the beautiful image of the Earth Mother that Leda pruned and cared for so lovingly. But, as always, the figure was only foliage and art to Mari. She couldn’t feel the divine presence her mother revered. She could not find her true self – her center. “Mama, I c-can’t. It’s s-so c-cold. It- it hurts.” Mari stuttered through chattering teeth.
“Only because the healing power is not meant for you. Release the fears of your body, Mari. Focus! Find your grounding and become a channel for the moon’s energy. Tonight you must succeed. If you do not, your Rigel will surely die.”
Her mother’s words exploded through Mari’s body. “No! He can’t die. I won’t let him.” She gritted her teeth against the cold and tried to focus past the pain – to release the cacophony of emotions that swirled through her body unimpeded – and to be the channel for the moonfall of water. Yet, still the power was a whirlpool within her. It terrified Mari and threatened to suck her down to drown in its freezing depths.
This was when she usually failed. This was when she dropped her mother’s hand and allowed sickness to claim her so that she vomited, dry heaving misery and moonlight while Leda stroked her back, consoling her with calm, loving words that reminded Mari there would be a next time – she would do better the next time.
But there was no next time for Rigel, and Mari refused to lose him. Think! Focus!
“Mari, slow your breathing. Calm your heart. This is no longer practice. You either heal Rigel, or fail and he dies from shock and blood loss. This is your reality.”
“That’s it, Mama! I need to make this my reality!” Mari squeezed her eyes closed. Could that be the answer? Could it really be that simple? Mari imagined that she was in their burrow, alone, sitting at her desk preparing to create a sketch. Her gulping breath slowed. Her hammering heart quieted. Mari found her grounding as she envisioned a blank sheet of paper. On that paper her imagination began to quickly, easily, sketch an image of herself, sitting crossed-legged with Rigel spread across her lap. From above her silver light cascaded into her lifted palm, washing through her body in a glistening wave to spout from her other palm, which was pressed against the pup’s bloody chest. Eyes still tightly shut Mari worked on the scene, creating a picture of Rigel’s body that was washed clean of blood by the liquid light, leaving behind wounds that were neatly closed and already healing.
Suddenly the cold tide within Mari was controllable. Instead of drowning her, it used her as a conduit, passing through her harmlessly as she let go of the energy. I’m doing it! I’m doing it! And just that quickly her concentration shattered. The picture she’d been creating disappeared along with the tide of power within her.
“No! No! Get it back! I was doing it – it was working,” Mari gasped, gripping her mother’s hand like a lifeline.
“It’s too late. The sun is fully risen. Even with your help I cannot call the moon back to me,” Leda knelt beside Mari, gently disentangling her daughter’s hand from hers. “But it was enough. You did it, sweet girl. I knew you could. Praise the Earth Mother and the blessed Moon! You have saved him.”
Feeling dizzy and disconnected, Mari looked down at Rigel. The pup wagged his tail animatedly and sat up, licking her face. Even though she felt light-headed, she laughed weakly and put her arms around him. He nested there, curled against her body and, sending her waves of contentment, Rigel fell sound to sleep in her arms. With a trembling hand, Mari brushed aside the blood-matted fur on his chest. What had only moments before been deep, seeping, whip-like lacerations were now pink lines of newly joined flesh that had ceased bleeding.
“I knew it was true. You do have my powers and more.”

About PC

P.C. CAST is the #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author of the House of

Night Series and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.  With more than 20

million copies in print in over 40 countries, her novels have been awarded thepc-cast_2_credit-daniel-stark-at-stark-photography

prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic

Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier,

Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath.

Ms. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and- forth between

Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology.

After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time.  Ms.

Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.

Thank you to the publisher for the copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Promo Post: The Cabin by Natasha Preston w/Excerpt!


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The Cabin

By Natasha Preston

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (September 6, 2016)

A New York Times Bestseller!

There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new young adult thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar, a New York Times Bestseller, and Awake

They think they’re invincible.
They think they can do and say whatever they want.
They think there are no consequences.
They’ve left me no choice.
It’s time for them to pay for their sins.

A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can’t wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead-murdered.

With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn’t telling the truth. And Mackenzie’s first mistake? Assuming the killing is over…

Excerpt

I flicked my eyes open in time to see Megan stick out her tongue at Josh and stumble up the stairs. Blake was quiet but smirking at the scene.
You so like Blake. I did—-much more than I should.
“What’s your problem?” Aaron asked Josh, slumping back against the end of the sofa from his place on the floor. “Ever since Tilly and Gigi died, you’ve been a complete dick.”
Before that too.
I curled up, not wanting to talk about my dead friends with Josh. It made me violently angry when I thought about the things he’s said and what he was doing. You can be glad you didn’t die, but it’s unacceptable to be glad someone else did. I gritted my teeth.
“What’s your problem?” Josh sneered. “You dumped Tilly just before, remember?”
Aaron’s eyes darkened. “You know what, Josh? Drop dead! I swear if you ever say her name again, I’ll kill you.” I expected Aaron to get up and lunge for Josh. But he just sat there. Was he too drunk to move as well? That didn’t usually stop him.
Sighing, I scrubbed my face with my hands. Nights always ended in arguments now and I was tired of it.
“Stop!” Courtney shouted. “End it now.”
I clenched my fists. How could she not see who Josh really was? That he was the instigator? Aaron shook his head and took another swig from his bottle of vodka, finishing the last drop. I wanted to get up and leave the room, but I couldn’t even raise my arm. My eyes suddenly weighed a ton again. I was so over this. I felt horrible. I probably looked it too. The room spun, and I my limbs got lighter and lighter, like they were going to lift and I’d float off. Snuggling into the sofa with a throw pillow, I drifted.
It only felt like minutes later when I was woken up by the bravest human on earth. I don’t come out of sleep gracefully. This had better be good. “What?” I growled. Blake’s very amused expression was the first thing I saw when I reluctantly opened my eyes.
His eyes lit up and he grinned. “Your shirt.”
I propped myself up on one elbow and looked down. My shirt was still on, so I didn’t know what he was going on about. “What? My what, Blake?”
“It’s…” He traced his finger along my hip bone, where my shirt had ridden up an inch or two, showing a small slice of skin. Oh. I tried to breathe normally, but my senses were on overload. His intense gaze was all I could see, and that woody, masculine aftershave was all I could smell. His fingertip trailing over my skin tickled and left me breathless.
I looked around to see if anyone else was awake. Kyle and Aaron were sprawled and snoring on the floor. Courtney and Josh were nowhere to be seen, probably upstairs. Hypocrites. “You woke me up to touch my stomach?” I asked as calmly as I could.
“No, I woke you up to see if you’ve known me long enough to let me take you to bed yet.”
No, he hasn’t, but I can feel all logic jumping right out of the window. I’ve never wanted someone I barely knew before, but Blake is different.
My eyebrows shot up in shock, but my heart raced with excitement. I didn’t know Blake, not really, but I couldn’t get my brain to function well enough to convince me of that. Before I could reply, Blake’s lips touched mine, and that was when logical thought ended. I let him take me upstairs.

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Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven


Holding Up the UniverseHolding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really great contemporary read and my first one by Ms. Niven. I will be on the look out for more in the future though!

Libby has had a traumatic past! She was the fat girl but not just any fat girl….she was the girl who got so fat that she had to be cut out of her house. I really felt so saddened for her but this did not deter her from going out there and trying to make a life for herself. I really admired her bravery and even though sometimes, she hurt really bad…she did not let them see her cry.

Jack was often times a real jerk. It took me a while to really warm up to him. He had this bad boy persona that he had to keep up even though he had a secret that he was hiding. Jack is face blind which literally means that he does not recognize faces. No one’s! Even his own sometimes or his siblings or parents! He has kept this secret from his family and this is the reason why he tends to be such a jerk at times. He does not want anyone to know.

The two collide during a game of “fat girl rodeo” (which is a made up game where you hold onto the fat girl as long as you can. the one who holds on the longest wins) (this game is really offensive BTW). Needless to say, they end up in a sort of group counseling situation where they get to know each other better.

I really enjoyed the alternating POV’s. The ending was pretty powerful and I really want to suggest this book to my daughters. The character of Libby is really one to look up to full of strength, bravery and compassion!

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Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!

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Posted in 2016, blog tour, September

Points of Departure Excerpt, Top Ten & Giveaway!


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unspecified-1Points of Departure
by Emily O’Beirne
Genre: YA Contemporary (LGBT)
Release Date: June 16th 2016
Ylva Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

In this young adult novel, to be released June 2016, best friends Kit and Liza have been looking forward to this trip forever.
Five girls, five tickets overseas. It’s exactly what they all need after the final slog of high school. But when Kit’s suddenly forced to drop out, Liza’s left with three girls she barely knows.
There’s Mai, committed only to partying. There’s Tam, who already has her doubts about leaving her sick father behind. And there’s Olivia, so miserable about screwing up exams she’s not even sure she wants to get out of bed, let alone on a plane. Meanwhile Kit’s stuck working double shifts to pay off a debt, wondering if she’ll ever get it together.
All Liza wants from this trip is to discover a new version of herself. She just hadn’t planned on doing it without Kit by her side.
And they’re all learning that travel isn’t just about the places you go, but who you’re with at the time.

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Excerpt

Liza finishes sorting her washing, climbs onto the bed, and kicks her legs over Kit’s.
Kit runs her hands along Liza’s sharp, brown shinbones, feeling that familiar bubbling of envy at her friend’s ridiculously great legs. Why can’t she have a body like that, instead of this short, scrawny one?
“You have to help me pack,” Liza says. “Promise?”
“Of course.” Kit pouts. “And you have to promise you won’t have too much fun without me.”
“Highly doubtful.” Liza inspects the ends of her hair, pulling the wiry coils straight.
“And you won’t find a new best friend?”
Liza just looks at her. “I’ll be gone four weeks, Kit. Four weeks. I’m just hoping I can manage a conversation with these girls, let alone to make friends with them.”
“You’ll be fine,” Kit tells her for the thousandth time. “Mai’s fun. Tam’s a sweetheart, even if she seems tough. And Olivia’s awesome.”
Kit frowns as she thinks of Olivia yesterday. Kit’s never seen her friend so miserable. Olivia’s usually so assured and self-sufficient. But she’s so messed up over her exams and Will. Poor thing. She wants to tell Liza to look out for her while they’re away, but Olivia begged Kit not to tell anyone about exams. So instead, she just says, “Hey, Olivia might seem kind of, I don’t know, distant or whatever, but she’s going through some stuff, that’s all. Give her a chance. You’ll like her.”
Liza shrugs, like she’s only half listening, and continues to inspect her split ends.
Kit taps her fingers on Liza’s leg. “Anyway, who knows? Maybe you’ll meet someone on this trip. Have an exotic one-night stand with some Mediterranean hottie.”
“Maybe.” She stares out the window, her eyes closing against the sunlight streaming through the window. “Doubt it.”
Kit watches the pink staining her best friend’s cheeks fade slowly.
Liza’s cheeks were even pinker the night of the end-of-school party, when she dragged Kit out to sit on the kerb, an uncharacteristic bottle clutched in her hand, and told her about this Alika girl.
The fact that her best friend was telling her that she had spent the last couple of months in some fraught, unspoken thing with a girl didn’t surprise her, exactly. But that Liza was finally saying anything to her about it did.
The fact that Liza might be gay had crossed Kit’s mind a couple of times over the years. It would explain why she’s so damn shy around guys. And it would explain why, at eighteen, she’s never had a boyfriend despite some of the incredible talent Kit has spotted at those athletics comps.
But even though she’d thought about it, Kit never said anything—in case it hadn’t actually occurred to Liza yet. And Kit had known that her best friend would tell her if and when she had anything to tell her.
And that turned out to be the night of their final classes. Liza was so drunk and fevered with her need to tell Kit about this mess she had gotten herself in, she skated right past the liking-girls news. Instead, she went straight to the part where she had started some clandestine thing with a girl in her training squad, an impossibly withdrawn, beautiful nineteen-year-old who was apparently barely willing to admit she was a lesbian to herself, let alone to someone else.
Kit kept her arm wrapped tightly around her Liza’s waist as she told Kit about this girl. Liza swiped tears from her eyes, telling her how the only time this girl seemed to acknowledge Liza was when she was jumping her in the car after competitions or climbing into her bed at night at the training institute. Not that Liza didn’t want to be doing that, she said. She just didn’t want it like that. And Kit just held on and let her cry it out. And when the tears were done, Kit wiped the tears from her friends face and told her to dump her.
It wasn’t until a few weeks later that they even broached the topic of Liza being gay in general, when Liza admitted how nervous she was about coming out to her parents, and about dropping two big revelations on them at once. But by then her coming out to Kit just didn’t seem like a thing. So why make it one? At that point, the fact that Liza had stopped talking to this girl who kept treating her like crap seemed way more important than workshopping her sexuality. That kind of seemed like a done deal at this point.
“Hey, does Alika know you’re leaving next week?” she asks
Liza shrugs. “Don’t know, don’t care.”
“Good,” Kit tells her, even if she doesn’t one hundred per cent believe her.
She looks over at her friend. She’s gazing out the window, a small frown on her face. Kit hopes Liza does meet someone. Someone who likes her out loud and who makes her feel like the awesome, beautiful person she is. She deserves it. Maybe even needs it a little. She’s the sweetest, most quietly funny and wickedly insightful person Kit has ever met in her life. And she thought that about Liza when they were eight. Now Liza and the rest of the world need to know it.
“I wish you were coming with us,” Liza suddenly moans.
“So do I.” Who wouldn’t choose four weeks of travelling in Europe over four weeks of working double shifts all week to pay off one party? Not even a good party. A party where she found Liam lying in the bath fully dressed with that stupidly hot Rachel perched on the end with her perfect pixie hair and MAC red lips.
Liza shifts across the bed so she’s lying next to Kit. She wraps her hands around Kit’s arm and squeezes it. “You were, like, the social glue.”
“I know,” she says again, resting her head against her friend’s shoulder. Kit’s already keenly aware Liza’s terrified she won’t get along with the others. What she doesn’t know is that everyone feels like that. Her cousin was furious when Kit broke the news. Olivia was even more depressed, and Mai told her outright that she was a stupid, freaking idiot.
She sighs. She will get her shit together this summer. She will. She grabs her friend’s hand and shakes it. “I’m so sorry, Lize,” she says for the zillionth time.
“It’s okay,” Liza says softly.
They lie there in a shaft of muted late afternoon sun. Kit listens to Liza breathe slowly next to her. She’s going to miss her so much.
“I’ll miss you,” Liza whispers, as if she’s heard her thoughts.
Kit snuggles up to her friend and smiles. “I’ll miss you, too.”

Top Ten LGBT Books For Young Readers

I was asked in this post to list my top ten books of all time. But honestly, the thought of having to conjure and then commit for internet posterity to my ten all-time favourite novels is positively panic-inducing. And frankly, I would probably have needed another ten years added to that deadline if I were to even to try. So instead I decided to put together a list of my all-time top-ten favourite LGBT books for young adults, which was a little easier. I apologise to any books I have adored and forgotten. I’m getting old.
Here they are in no particular order.
1208928Loaded, Christos Tsiolkas
While this forceful, passionate Australian gay classic was marketed for adults, it’s about a nineteen-year-old, making it young adult enough for me to grace this list. Ari is young, gay and disenchanted with his Greek family, his job and the world in general. In one epic night out in Melbourne, he confronts all the pain and poetry that can be found in all the conflicting aspects of his life. This book is beautiful and ugly in all the right ways.
Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg
Lyrical and nostalgic, it’s a beautiful rendering of a first-year university student’s first relationship with a woman, narrated from start to finish. Despite its flowery prose, the book tells some bittersweet truths about the universalities of the beginning, middle and inevitable denouement of relationships—even the happy ones—in a way that really resonated with me.
Clancy of the Undertow, Christopher Currie
A delightful Aussie read about growing up gay in a small town where it does not pay to be different. While Clancy wrestles with a whole lot family drama, a reputation for being a weirdo (second only to her brother), and being dogged by an impossible crush on the town hot girl, Clancy is doing it hard. But she’s also got a dry wit, a smart take on life, and a survivor’s instinct to help her get by. This wry, funny protagonist is one of my favourite YA heroines.
Ask the Passengers, A.S King
I love how conflicted the main character, Astrid, is through the process of coming-out, and how frustrated she is with the notion of having to define oneself so wholly to do so. The narrator is smart, thoughtful and honest, and this story is just a bit different from so many other stories about teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality. It’s one that tells you that half the work (if not more) of coming out is about coming out to yourself, not the rest of the world.
Valencia, Michelle Tea 
I found a copy of this book about the chaos that comes with being young, broke, gay and champing at the bit to experience everything in a Melbourne second-hand bookshop right at a time when I was young, gay, living in the thick of the inner-city and feeling exactly the same way. I’m not sure how I’d feel about it now, but at the time something about its poetic but gritty urbanity really spoke to me. Even if I didn’t always identify the characters, and it feels dated now, it made me feel something that at the time was very valuable: valid.
Not Otherwise Specified, Hannah Moskowitz 17900792
This book is about a bisexual teenager, Etta, who’s got a boatload of problems, but spirit’s not one of them. This book bursts at the seams with the true voice, contradictions and conflicts of being a teenager in a world that wants you to fit neatly into it when you just cannot or will not. Another book I adored for it’s forceful, honest narrator.
Dive, Stacy Donovan 
I discovered this story recently and really loved this book for it’s unique and lyrical writing style. A Lambda Literary Award nominee back in 1994, it follows a brief time in the life of V. And not a great time either. Her dad’s seriously ill, her dog’s been hit by a car, and her best friend’s being weird. But she finds her escape in the form of Jane…
Annie on my Mind, Nancy Garden
Because this is the YA classic and even though it’s dated now, it has so much to offer. It’s a book about two girls falling in love in a time where there weren’t many girls visibly in love. This meant Annie and Liza were totally on their own as they figured out the nature of their feelings for each other. This renders their journey to realisation both painful and beautiful.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M Danforth 
I love this book for being such a YA epic. It tells the entire story of Cameron’s childhood and teenage years, and the pain and the hardship of growing up gay in a small-minded place. It’s written beautifully, and makes itself important by giving this young, gay character’s life the complete rendering it deserves.
20312458Tell Me Again how a Crush Should Feel, Sara Farizan
For me this book about Leila who is trying her best not to come out, makes this list for the writing more than anything. It’s a style of voice, characterisation and prose that just speaks to me in a really satisfying way. And Farizan wasn’t afraid of portraying complex and conflicting feelings in her characters, even in a ‘light’ book, which always makes me truly, deeply happy.

About the Author

Thirteen-year-old Emily woke up one morning with a sudden itch to write her first novel. All day, she sat through her classes, feverishly scribbling away (her rare silence probably a cherished respite for her teachers). And by the time the last bell rang, she had penned fifteen handwritten pages of angsty drivel, replete with blood-red sunsets, moody saxophone music playing somewhere far off in the night, and abandoned whiskey bottles rolling across tables. Needless to say, that singular literary accomplishment is buried in a box somewhere, ready for her later amusement.
From Melbourne, Australia, Emily was recently granted her PhD. She works part-time in academia, where she hates marking papers but loves working with her students. She also loves where she lives but travels as much as possible and tends to harbour crushes on cities more than on people.
Living in an apartment, Emily sadly does not possess her dream writing room overlooking an idyllic garden of her creation. Instead, she spends a lot of her time staring over the screen of her laptop and out the window at the somewhat less pretty (but highly entertaining) combined kebab stand/carwash across the road. (from the publisher’s website)
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Posted in 2016, August, blog tour

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wait by AL Jackson


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This series is meant for mature audiences over the age of 18 due to language and content.

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ALJackson-WaitBookCover5x8_BW_HIGHFrom NYT & USA Today bestselling author comes a new Bleeding Stars stand-alone novel…

She is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.

Edie Evans is gorgeous.

Sexy.

Kind.

She’s also the definition of off-limits.

But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.

But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.

The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.

Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

Austin Stone is dangerous.

Alluring.

Tempting.

He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.

It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.

Our desire is overpowering.
Our need unrelenting.

She is my hope.
He is my weakness.

We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.

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“Meaningful. Mesmerizing. Magnificent…5 but should be 10 beautiful, broken, brilliant, and imperfectly perfect stars .” Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog

“A beautifully written story about broken hearts and unshakable longing, about second chances and third chances and a whispered hope for a happily ever after. Intensely felt on every level, Edie and Austin’s story will own you.” Vilma, Vilma’s Book Blog

“Beautiful. Sexy. Dripping with tenderness. I felt the emotion in this story all the way to my toes.” Mia Sheridan, NYT Bestselling Author

“6 Stars – ‪Wait is equally devastating and beautiful! A.L. Jackson has a way of pouring words onto a page that makes you crave every piece of a story.” Molly McAdams, NYT Bestselling Author

 

My Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the series that I have read. I was able to follow along, but I did, at times feel that I may have missed out on something important in the books that had come before. It did not stop me from enjoying the book and I did feel compelled to keep reading.

The author’s writing is somewhat poetic and at times you feel as if you are reading something written in verse. This was a great use of words when conveying certain emotions and thoughts from each of the characters which really gives the reader insight into their internal thoughts and feelings.

I enjoyed both the main characters of Edie & Austin. At times though, I felt like Edie was a coward that blamed her actions on Austin. She took the easy way out and ran instead of facing her fears head on. I loved Austin and felt for him in so many ways. The torment that he dealt with on a daily basis inside his own head was excrutiating!

The ending was totally worth it and it was kind of explosive! So much happens all at one shot! I loved the way the author wrapped things up and even had given us a cute prologue to show what happens with these two in the future.

I really enjoyed this book and am in the process of looking into books 1-3, I would love to see more of AL Jackson’s writing and more of the characters that she has created!

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Excerpt

“Shit,” I hissed, bracing myself against the spray of the icy shards pelting from the shower head.

I sucked in a breath, released it between clenched teeth, and forced myself fully under it.

Head dropped and chest heaving as rivers of ice-cold water slicked down my shoulders and back.

But it did nothing to lessen the need. Gave me no sanity or pacification.

Because all I could think about was the girl on the other side of the door.

My girl.

In my bed.

Wearing just her panties and my shirt.

An angel I wanted to dirty.

I always had.

Love was messy like that.

All of my restraint scattered. I gripped my cock. Squeezed the base. My mouth dropped open at the pressure of my hand against my rigid length.

A fool thinking it might be enough.

Shit.

God, I was a bastard, but there was nothing I could do before I was giving in, leaning forward and bracketing my forearm above my head to hold my weight.

Water pounded down on my head and back while I pounded my fist against my dick.

Trying to keep silent when all I wanted was to moan, teeth digging into my bottom lip as I pictured the girl spread out for me.

My breaths were coming short.

Panted and hard.

I gave into imagining the sounds she would make when I finally got to bury myself in her body.

A soft, soft gasp.

I slowed, trying to convince myself that throaty sound was all in my mind.

Just another part of this fantasy.

Until I heard the small thump against the wall.

Shit.

I mashed my eyes closed, like it might hide me.

Conceal the depravity of my actions after I’d just been comforting her hours before.

Heart thrashing, I turned and moved far enough to peek out the small section where the fabric shower curtain hadn’t been drawn fully closed.

It was just a little sliver that left me exposed.

But it was enough. When I peered out, I was looking right at my girl pressed up against the wall.

She stared right back at me.

And I wanted to be horrified, my mind scrambling to conjure every weak apology I could summon. Ready to fucking grovel to keep her from turning and running once again.

Because that’s exactly what I expected her to do.

But her expression…her expression clutched me in the center of the chest and sent what little brain function I had left stampeding south.

Red, lush lips were parted, her hand pressed to her hollow of her throat, pupils dilated so big that her hooded, cerulean eyes appeared black. Needy breaths were coming at me from that sweet mouth like a goddamned freight train.

Desire swelled in the confines of the too-tight room.

Alive.

She pressed deeper into the wall as if it might support her weakened knees. Head rocked back. Thighs squeezing together.

Motherfuck.

My hand shot to the shower wall to steady myself. “Warning you, Edie, you need to get out of here. Right now.”

 

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About AL Jackson

aljacksonphotoA.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installments, WAIT and STAY, coming in 2016.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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Thank you to Inkslinger for the review copy & to AL Jackson for hosting today!

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, August, blog tour

Blog Tour: Deliverance by Kristy Centeno


 

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Deliverance coverDeliverance by Kristy Centeno

Genre: YA/NA Paranormal
Release Date: March 19th 2016
Inkspell Publishing
He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.The only way he
can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him
to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch.
He’s not human. And he’s never set foot outside his jail.
Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he
sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives.
He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he
doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life
he’s put at risk, more and more each day.
He has no name. He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even
if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to
bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of
many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised,
can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to
the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book captured my attention from the beginning straight through until the end! The first chapter was uh-mazing and although, I only intended to take a quick glimpse, I endedDeliveranceTeaser04 up reading three chapters right from the start!

I loved the relationship between Tiger (Hayden) and Kristina. They both had trouble trusting one another and their relationship was one that formed over time, not insta love that we see all too often. Kristina teaches Tiger a lot about friendship, love and the world in general to help him cope with all his years under lock and key.

My favorite character was Rose(Grandma). I loved her snarky, not a care in the world attitude. She had a lot of pep and spunk for an elderly lady and she was the perfect character to keep Tiger and Kristina in check.
With all of the different paranormal characters, which one would never had expected from the blurb, this book is rating high on my top favorites of the year. It was full of non stop action, love and excitement around every turn. You should definitely add this one to the TBR!

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About the author

Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.kristy centeno
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort,she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.
 Thank you to YA Bound for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.
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XOXO, HEATHER

Posted in 2016, blog tour, July

Blog Tour: How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this copy for the blog tour in exchange of an honest review.

I love anything that has to do with Salem and have even visited there to take in all the history they have to offer. (If you ever visit, take advantage of the ghost walking tour! It was the most fun!!!) So when I was asked to join this tour, I of course gave it a big old thumbs up! Why? you ask?? Well because the author is a descendant of Cotton Mather…YES!!! THE Cotton Mather from Salem history and I could not pass that up!

The story starts off with Sam moving into her new house in Salem. The house was actually where her father grew up but she had never been there before. Her father had kept her from his family and the only reason they were back was because her father was in a coma and was transferred to a local hospital near Salem. As soon as Sam arrives, the creepy things start happening. She thinks she is crazy but a school assignment sends her on a long path to search her ancestry and she finds out exactly what her family has to do with the witch trials.

This one is a great spooky read! One that would be good to read around Halloween. The characters are interesting and the story line will keep you on your toes. You will never know what will happen next and do not even think that you do! Because you will be dead wrong!

Get ready to tear up at the ending, I sure did! This was a great read full of Salem history. If you knew nothing about Salem before reading, that will not be the case by the end of reading this book!

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XOXO, Heather

Posted in 2016, blog tour, July

Blog Tour: Never Missing Never Found by Amanda Panitch


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have recently become a big fan of psychological thrillers. I think it is the heart pumping, questioning, trying to figure out what is going on that I really love about them. Never Missing Never Found has a really intriguing premise and an ending that will leave you speechless! I have to tell you that you will not see it coming!

This is the first book that I had read by Ms. Panitch and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more to come. I really enjoyed the characters. Especially Scarlet! She was written to be strong, so much stronger than even she knew. I enjoyed getting little snippets into Scarlet’s time in captivity. As a reader, you were able to get a glimpse into what life was like for her and it explained a lot about the way the she was after she was found.

The ending though! Eeeeep! Gah!! That ending was Uh Mazing! I literally did not see it coming! I loved it though! I cannot Will not go into too much detail about the ending or the book itself but…… if you are a fan of We Were Liars…..Then pick this one up! You will love it too!

I was given this review copy from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

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XOXO,

Heather