Posted in 2017, July

ARC Review: Far From Tree by Robin Benway


Far from the TreeFar from the Tree by Robin Benway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this read but came out pleasantly surprised by what I had found.

The book revolves around three young adults that were separated when their mother gave them up for adoption. They are able to reunite and each of them find out that their lives are not as perfect as everyone around them thinks it is. They each have their fair share of issues and they each have hidden secrets that they need to find the courage to let the others aware of.

I loved the dynamic of the three POV’s and found the writing very easy to follow. The characters were well developed and definitely relatable. I cannot state whether I had a favorite character because I loved each of them for different reasons.

Grace was very sweet and really wanted to do the best she could for “peach”. This time in her life was very traumatic and one that will stay with her forever.

Maya wanted to be perceived as strong when she really was falling apart. She felt that she needed to hold everything together for everyone else but what she finds out is that it is okay to ask for help.

Joaquin was so protective over his sisters, which I LOVED, and was always worried about getting too close to people. He was cut a really raw deal but seemed like he might be okay.

Three completely different kids finding out where they come from and dealing with the after math of their families difficulties together as a united family. **swoon**

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy!

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Posted in 2016, July

Cover Reveals:New Wave Newsroom Series by Jenny Holiday


Take a trip back in time to the 1980’s with the New Wave Newsroom, a fun New Adult college romance series inspired by some of your favorite 80’s hit singles.

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Title: The Fixer

Series: New Wave Newsroom #1

Author: Jenny Holiday

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Length: 35k words

Format: Digital/Paperback

Digital ISBN: 978-0-9950927-1-6

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9950927-0-9

Synopsis:

Jenny Fields is a crusader. The editor of her college newspaper, she never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s boy wonder, on board. They say he his talent is unbounded. It turns out so is his ego.

Matthew Townsend cares about art. And that’s pretty much it. If he has a reputation for being moody and aloof, that suits him just fine. He doesn’t have a family worth speaking of, and as a scholarship student, he can’t afford to goof off like the preppy rich kids at his school. He certainly doesn’t care about the art building. Or about the relentlessly perky Jenny, who looks like she was barfed up by Rainbow Brite. What will it take to the preternaturally cheerful girl with the massive savior complex to leave him alone? Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

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Title: The Gossip

Series: New Wave Newsroom #2

Author: Jenny Holiday

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Length: 36k words

Format: Digital/Paperback

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Dawn Hathaway is a realist. She’s not the smartest girl at Allenhurst College. She’s not the prettiest, either. So if she wants to be popular, she’ll need something else: power. What better way to get it than to start a gossip column in the campus newspaper? If she has to commit a few minor crimes in pursuit of the latest scoop, what’s the harm?

Arturo Perez loves being a campus cop. He knows Allenhurst’s nooks and crannies—and lately he’s been finding the campus gossip snooping into every one of them. He can’t deny that he enjoys bantering with the sassy schemer. But he also can’t shake the sense that there’s more going on with Dawn than meets the eye.

When tragedy strikes and Dawn needs help, how far will Art go to protect her?

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Title: The Pacifist

Series: New Wave Newsroom #3

Author: Jenny Holiday

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Length: 36k words

Format: Digital/Paperback

Laraline Reynolds has spent her entire life as a certified Good Girl. The perpetual peacemaker in her volatile, conservative family, Laraline promises herself that she’ll spend her last year of grad school getting in touch with her inner rebel before she settles down and marries her family-approved long-distance boyfriend. But Laraline’s Year of Fun quickly turns into something more complicated, and she finds herself at the forefront of a movement to change her college’s sexual assault policy.

It’s the Year of No Fun for Tony Bianchi. A fifth-year senior, he needs to graduate, so he’s put a moratorium on his two favorite distractions: girls and photography. But when Laraline comes calling, needing some photos for her cause—and for her campaign for a seat on the college board of governors—Tony’s resistance comes crashing down.

They both fall hard. But while Tony is ready to give it everything he’s got, Laraline is afraid. She wasn’t prepared for her one-year rebellion to lead her to the life she truly wants. In order to break free from her family, she’ll need to do the scariest thing of all—follow her heart.

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Author Bio:

Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her awesome fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing some stories. That first batch featured mass thumbnail_JennyHolidaymurderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. (Looking back, she’s amazed no one sent her to a kid-shrink.) She’s been writing ever since. After a brief detour to get a PhD in geography, she worked as a professional writer, producing everything from speeches to magazine articles. More recently, her tastes having evolved from alien invasions to happily-ever-afters, she tried her hand at romance. A lifelong city-lover, she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Greenburger Associates. You can visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

XOXO, Heather

Posted in 2016, blog tour, July

Blog Tour: How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather


13392734_1808703459364452_1681414751_nHow to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

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, Book Discussion, July

Book Discussion: Why I enjoy NA over Adult


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Hi everyone! I am here with another book discussion that I have been pondering over. We know that there is always the discussions over why adults read YA and that is a whole discussion for another time, but, how do we feel about NA?

If you are unfamiliar with what NA means, NA stands for New Adult which is a new genre that came about a couple of years ago where the characters are a bit older than your typical YA genre characters. They tend to be in their late teens/early 20’s and are typically college age. Most times, NA seems to be romance books but I believe that there are other subgenre’s out there such as Dystopian and Fantasy.

NA took the book world by storm and it does not seem to be slowing down any time soon and I have got to say that I, personally, love NA! I know that the age of the characters are over 18, which really means that they are adults but this is a bit different from an adult novel.When I think of adult characters, I think of the struggling Mom of a few kids, or the newly divorced Mom looking for love. Honestly, this is the life that I live everyday. Why would I want to read about books that remind me of my own adult life??

I enjoy NA because most of the time, the character’s are in college and I missed out on that! I never went to college. Well, I did but I didn’t go away to school and I feel like I missed out on a huge rite of passage! I encourage my Senior daughter to go away to school everyday! Also, sometimes, the books start out right after high school graduation where you are still undecided and everything is exciting and new. All you have known has been school your whole life and now you are a brand new member of the real world!!

Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed a few Adult titles. (Fifty Shades) But I honestly have not read too many. Anytime I read the blurbs on the back, they do not interest me and I end up just placing them back on the shelf. Also, their covers, at least in my opinion, are not as exciting as NA.

Do you read a lot of NA? Have you heard of this or are you just hearing this for the first time here? Do you read a lot of Adult titles? What are your thoughts?

XOXO, Heather

 

 

 

Posted in 2016, July

Review: The Son Of Carver By Haven Francis


A Son of Carver: A Carver High NovelA Son of Carver: A Carver High Novel by Haven Francis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My initial reaction to this book was a HUGE SQUEEEEEEE!!! (That was really high pitched too! Like little girls getting chased by little boys on the playground high pitched! Just sayin!) Look at the cover! Hot, hot, hot!! With a capital H!! This was a fantastic Contemporary romance!! I could not put it down and just wanted to keep right on reading.

My favorite aspect was the dual POV’s. I really liked getting in the head of bad boy Nash! From the outside he was full of all kinds of bad boy holy hottness but on the inside, he was just mushy gushy. (yes, that is a word because I said so)

I also loved the fact that these two characters hated each other in the beginning. (I mean they really despised each other. It made for great sexual tension! What? Why are you looking at me like that? It’s true and I only speak the truth!) This was not an insa-love which we see all too often. They actually tried their hand at friendship first.

I believe this is a second in a series and now I cannot wait for the next book AND I have GOT to get my hands on the first one! You can read this one without reading the first but, I think there is a lot that happened in that first book that may leave me not liking my boy Nash so much, soooooo, I am so glad that I read this one first:)

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for the review coy in exchange of an honest review!

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, July

Release Day Launch: Gilt:Sin Never Sleeps by Geneva Lee


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Today we are celebrating the release of GILT: SIN NEVER SLEEPS by Geneva Lee. GILT: Sin Never Sleeps is a young adult suspense title, that is the second book in the GILT series. Be sure to check out Geneva Lee’s facebook page today for an incredible contest you will not want to miss.

 

 

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On the heels of a brutal attack, Emma Southerly finds herself swept away to Palm Springs, but she can’t run from trouble, especially when it has a habit of chasing her down. A mysterious stranger is posting incriminating photos of the less-than-upstanding citizens of Belle Mère, but is it a friendly game or something more sinister?

When Jameson West breaks his bail and tracks her down, he delivers more bad news. Emma’s landed on the suspect list. No one knows who killed Nathaniel West, but now there are two suspects, two investigations, and two people with every reason to turn on one another. Someone in Belle Mère is a murderer—someone closer to both of them than they could ever imagine—and unless they stick together, they might find themselves falling into a trap instead of falling in love.

Because when the cards are dealt, everyone might lose.

“Gilt is positively dirty, deadly, and delectable. Romeo and Juliet meets Pretty Little Liars in this unputdownable new series! Must read!” KA Linde, USA Today bestselling author

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Posted in 2016, July

ARC Rview: Seven Ways To Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt


Seven Ways to Lose Your HeartSeven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so sweet! A perfect summer contemporary full of love and it even has a road trip!!!!

I loved both the main characters! Kennedy was rough and kind of snarky. He is the type of guy that is never lonely and always has candy on his arm. (if ya know what I mean?) Annabel use to be that way too, I mean who do you think taught Kennedy? But, she had a huge tragedy in her family and it made her change her ways. She now has a plan for her life and nothing will stray her from that plan.

It really helped that the book was written in alternating POV’s. We get to know both characters a little better and really can get a picture of the true story. The whole idea of seven dares was awesome and I could not wait to see what Kennedy would make Annabel do next.

My favorite part would definitely be the road trip! Who doesn’t love a road trip to a music festival? I liked that Annabel “let loose” if just for a little while.

The ending was great and perfectly wrapped up! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!

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XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, Book Discussion, July

Discussion Post: Cover Buys!


7600924Today I wanted to do something a little different. I haven’t really posted many discussion posts and I am curious to get your thoughts on some things that have been on my mind.

I know that they say to never judge a book by its cover which is very hard to do if you are a book lover! A lot of times, the cover is what draws my eye to the book itself. There have also been times that I can tell what type of contents are in the book just by looking at the cover.Obviously, if there is a 7823698man/woman together on the cover, it will be a romance book but…sometimes, even that can be deceiving.

I, personally love books with bright, eye-catching covers. Those are the ones that I am most drawn to and most likely will purchase since they look so pretty on my shelf! Sometimes, the covers have nothing even to do with the story and I will find myself agonizing over what the meaning of the cover is and why they have chosen that particular one for the book. 10429917I also find myself looking on the cover and trying to decipher which character is whom and deciding if they actually look like the character that I have in my head?

These are some of the prettier covers of books that I have read. Some of them I own and some of them I have read on my kindle but the covers are what have really drawn me to each of them. Some were a 13482832DNF and others, I absolutely adored.

Whenever I go into the book store, I try my best to not reach for the books that in my opinion have the “pretty” covers but I ALWAYS DO! AND…I sometimes feel like I might be missing some really good books because I tend to only pick up books that I am attracted to the cover to actually check 23361172out the blurb and see if it is something that I am interested in? I think this is just how my brain works?

I know that I cannot be the only person with some of these issues!?!? Do you tend to judge a book by its cover? What are some of your favorite covers?

 

XOXO,

Heather

Posted in 2016, blog tour, July

Blog Tour: Never Missing Never Found by Amanda Panitch


Never Missing, Never FoundNever Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch

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

Posted in 2015, Book Tours, July

Dr. Seuss Classic Tour!!!


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I am so excited to be a part of this tour!!!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss113946

First Published October 12, 1957

64 Pages

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.” Dr. Seuss’s small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville. The noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy little citizens below annoy him to no end. The Grinch decides this frivolous merriment must stop. His “wonderful, awful” idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max, construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the chafingly cheerful Whos of their Yuletide glee once and for all.Looking quite out of place and very disturbing in his makeshift Santa get-up, the Grinch slithers down chimneys with empty bags and stealing the Whos’ presents, their food, even the logs from their humble Who-fires. He takes the ramshackle sleigh to Mt. Crumpit to dump it and waits to hear the sobs of the Whos when they wake up and discover the trappings of Christmas have disappeared. Imagine the Whos’ dismay when they discover the evil-doings of Grinch in his anti-Santa guise. But what is that sound? It’s not sobbing, but singing! Children simultaneously adore and fear this triumphant, twisted Seussian testimonial to the undaunted cheerfulness of the Whos, the transcendent nature of joy, and of course, the growth potential of a heart that’s two sizes too small. This holiday classic is perfect for reading aloud to your favorite little Whos. (Ages 4 to 8)

My Thoughts

I really have never actually sat down and read this book! Can you believe it??? Nope! Not until the day I received it in the mail for this tour! Now though, I understand why so many people are fascinated with the Grinch:0

I really enjoyed the story of Mr. Grinch trying his best to take Christmas away from the residents of Whoville. His crazy antics of even stealing the food left me with quite a few giggles! BUT, my favorite character of the book has got to be little Cindy-Lou Who. She is just so little and cute!

I also enjoyed the whole lesson behind the book that Christmas is to be more than just presents and food. The fact that in the end, Mr. Grinch ended up celebrating himself was a wonderful ending to this fantastic children’s tale!

5 star rating

About Dr. Seuss

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes TSG_Credit--Courtesy of Dr. Seuss EnterprisesCaldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.

About What Pet Should I Get?

In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, 24968109
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, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

Follow the Tour!!

  1. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young Folks.com
  2. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
  3. The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
  4. The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
  5. Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
  6. McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
  7. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
  8. Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
  9. If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
  10. Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
  11. Horton Hears a Who! 1954 – Bookiemoji
  12. On Beyond Zebra! 1955 – Jessabella Reads
  13. If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
  14. The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
  16. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
  17. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
  18. Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
  19. Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
  20. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
  21. The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
  22. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
  23. Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
  24. Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
  25. Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
  26. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
  27. The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
  28. The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
  29. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
  30. I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
  31. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
  32. The Lorax, 1971 – Elizziebooks
  33. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
  34. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
  35. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
  36. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
  37. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
  38. The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
  39. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
  40. Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
  41. Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
  42. The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
  43. You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
  44. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990  – Jesse the Reader

Thanks to Random House Children’s Books for the review copy and inviting me on this awesome tour!!

Heather