THE EDGE RULES BY MELANIE HOOYENGA BLOG TOUR


thumbnail_The Edge Rules_coverTHE EDGE RULES BY MELANIE HOOYENGA

Published October 26th 2018 by Left-Handed Mitten Publications

Being a bully isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Sixteen-year old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom—as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the Chain Gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.

Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending, including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive, Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier—someone her parents would never approve of—motivates her to keep trying.

Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.

Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free—until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.

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GUEST POST

Road To Publication

My road to publication is paved with ten years of writing and six years of publishing. I sought representation for my first two novels, but as is the case with a lot of writers, the first novels you write aren’t usually the ones that get published. It wasn’t until I wrote FLICKER, my first YA novel, that I found my voice. Despite the fact that I’m in my 40s, I’m most comfortable writing teenagers.

I queried FLICKER and had several agents request the full manuscript—which is a huge step in the process—but ultimately they all passed. I had always sworn that I would never self-publish, but by 2012 the stigma was starting to change and more authors were choosing self-publishing, not looking at it as a last resort. Because I’m a graphic designer I was able to design the cover and handle a lot of the marketing pieces that most authors have to outsource, so the cost has been minimal.

I published FLICKER at the end of 2012 and hadn’t intended for it to be a trilogy, but suddenly I had ideas for two more books, and FRACTURE and FADED were born. (If only the process were as easy as I make that sound!) I continued self-publishing the rest of the trilogy and with each book the process has gotten easier.

With THE SLOPE RULES, I also sought representation but ultimately chose to go indie again. I had good feedback from agents, including two who told me they were already representing YA ski books, so I knew I was on trend and could do well on my own. Self-publishing is challenging because you’re responsible for everything, but it’s also very rewarding to know everything I’ve accomplished is because of my efforts.

Like with the Flicker series, I knew I would continue to self-publish the rest of The Rules Series. I wrote both THE TRAIL RULES and THE EDGE RULES in 2017, and have now published them both in 2018. I like to challenge myself with each book, and writing two books in a year was my latest challenge (and now I’m exhausted, haha). After publishing six books, I feel like I’ve got a pretty good handle on how to do this, but I’m always looking to improve and reach more people.

My next book will be a YA psychological suspense, so quite a bit different from my current work, and I plan to seek representation for that again. I think the idea is more marketable and on-trend with what’s out there, so now I just need to hurry up and write the book!

ABOUT MELANIE YOOYENGA

Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a thumbnail_Melanie Hooyengateenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds


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Synopsis

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

My Thoughts

Long Way Down, follows Will and his pursuit for revenge. You see, the night before Will’s big brother was shot to death. Shawn was Will’s role model, the one person he looked up to the most in the world. After their father was murdered when they were young, it was up to Shawn to teach Will the way of the world. He taught Will the rules, and rules should always be followed. And that’s what Will intends to do when he steps foot on the elevator, he’s going to follow the rules and he’s going to get revenge for Shawn.

The book takes place on the elevator, in only just 60 seconds. Will just wants to follow the rules, he has to follow the rules. But at every stop, someone connected to not only his big brother but to him as well enters the elevator. Once they enter the elevator they tell, their story, and through those stories, he learns about his brother, Shawn.

It’s honestly so hard for me the write this review, this book messed me up more than A Mercy by Toni Morrison. When I finished this book I was a complete and utter mess. Jason Reynolds broke my heart a million times.

The book is set in an elevator, told over a period of 60 seconds! The story that Reynolds crafted is the story of children all over the world, and the violence and the loss that they have to deal with. It harrowing and heartbreaking, and so damn sad that somebody in the world right now could be Will, could be Shawn.

I loved that the characters that entered at every stop because they had a story to tell and it was important, and necessary for Will to hear it and to understand. I truly can’t even put into words how heartbreaking these stories were. I felt for Will because he wanted to get off the elevator and away from these people, he was uncomfortable and sad, and so was I.

The book is told entirely in verse, and it’s truly a quick read, I was able to finish it in an hour. Within only a few pages, Reynolds with his vivid and gripping writing was able to bring me to tears, the pain he described was visceral it was breathtaking. And the writing remains this visceral, to pulls you in and he holds you down until you get to the last page. And then the ending haunts you.

 

5 stars

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Blog Tour: Death By River by Alexandra Weis & Lucas Astor|This book is not for the weak at heart.


thumbnail_Death by the River.jpgDeath by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Some truths are better kept secret.
Some secrets are better off dead.

Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

WARNING: Readers of Death by the River will encounter situations of violence and sexual abuse which could be upsetting.

Abandon hope all ye who enter here …

My Thoughts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If your looking for a creepy psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes, then this is it.

The story comes at us from many different perspectives, even that of the psychotic killer. What makes this book different is that we are not left too much in suspense for we know whom is doing the killing and actually get his POV while he is doing it. I must say that there were several times that the violence was even too much for me to bare, especially at the end.

I really loved the characters of Dawn, Leslie and Derek. They had their rough spots but seemed to be able to work through it and I really enjoyed the time that the three had together. Derek was the perfect boyfriend and Leslie was a great sister. Dawn had a little figuring out to do and seemed to be caught up in popularity and needed to get her priorities straight.

I have to also tell you that I felt A LOT of rage while reading this book. It will bring out emotions that you never even knew you had in you! I hated Dawn and Leslie’s Mom for the way she treated Derek. She was really a stuck up snob. I couldn’t stand Beau’s mother either for not being able to have a spine and stand up to her son once and for all. Maybe if she had, then he would not have turned out to be the person he was. And Beau, well, I cannot even begin to describe the hatred I felt for him.

This book is not for the weak at heart. Fair warning…there is A LOT of violence, rape, bullying and psychological abuse going on throughout. I did enjoy it and honestly it kept me reading just to find out the end.

Thank you to the authors and Jean Book Nerd Tours for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Top Ten favorite Psychological Thriller movies and what about them makes them your favorite.

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2. Cape Fear

3. Psycho

4. The Firm

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6. Silence of the Lambs

7. Gone Girl

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9. Primal Fear

10. Fatal Attraction

Each movie pushes the envelope of fear and creates fears you never had before. I love movies that make you get caught up in the characters. These movies had great characters, especially Jaws. The fish became a fourth character, and no one expected that from a film before then.

 

Praise for DEATH BY THE RIVER

“… a thrilling psychological work … Catching the current vogue of teen psycho and revenge tales like Bates Motel and 13 Reasons Why … a horrifically brilliant book … Beau Devereaux could have easily been a clichéd psycho, but the plot constructed around him and his development during the novel really shone as a masterpiece of character creation … much in the style of Dexter or Hannibal.” ―K.C. Finn, Multi-Award-Winning Author

“Rare is the story that simmers and rises to a boil so naturally and constantly that the reader manages to be repeatedly shocked … a full-speed rollercoaster that doesn’t slow down until the final page. Employing an evocative setting, powerfully defined characters, and taking along hard look at the darker side of human desire, this novel will catch your breath and hold it until the very end. RECOMMENDED” ―Michael Radon, US Review

“While the authors have written a chilling story here, there’s more to Death by the River than thrills. It’s actually a fascinating study into the effects of good and bad parenting on children. Do it badly and parents, children and society as a whole pay the consequences. This book is not just an exciting read; it’s a sobering one.” ―Viga Boland, Retired high school English teacher and Author of No Tears for my Father: Viga’s true story of incest 

“While the story follows compelling characters, it also plunges readers into an intriguing setting. It is ironical that the horrors are taking place along the river that runs so close to a seminary, an establishment that should evoke a powerful sense of God and reverence for life. The characters are sophisticated and readers will learn to honestly hate the villain of the story — he is well imagined and developed with skill. In a subtle way, the authors allow his crooked mind to reveal itself. Like most serial killers, he is a charmer and an intelligent young man, but beneath the cool surface is a cauldron of simmering evil. Weis and Astor have written a riveting crime tale with strong psychological underpinnings. Death by the River is ingeniously plotted, written in gorgeous prose, and featuring a strong conflict that propels the narrative forward. The suspense intensifies as the story moves on, with the reader always feeling as though something awful could happen at any moment, and this feeling grows in intensity until the explosive climax. A real thriller!” ―Romuald Dzemo, Readers’ Favorite

“A suspense-filled thriller steeped in equal parts atmosphere, insanity, and revenge.” ―Mary Ting, Award-Winning Author of ISAN: International Sensory Assassin Network

Weis and Astor have created something so dark, edgy, and gritty, it will stay with you long after you close the book.” ―Julieanne Lynch, Dragon Award Finalist: Horror (2018)

“… a crime thriller that pulls readers into the twisted mind of the protagonist and holds them engaged till the exhilarating finish. The writing is flawless … Death by the River is psychologically engaging, emotionally rich, and utterly absorbing.” ―Christian Sia

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, CRRN, ONC, PhD, is a multi award-winning author of over twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance.

Lucas Astor, Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight. He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Weis and Astor’s first collaboration was the multi-award-winning Magnus Blackwell Series.

 
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Paperless Post Review


Hi everyone!

This is a little different kind of post today, for I am reviewing an online invitation/planning website called Paperless Post.

I know a lot of people use Facebook for their events/invites but that just seems so impersonal. Paperless Post has a list of major designers like Kate Spade, Vera Wang, Crane & Co. and many more!

I am not actually hosting an event but wanted to see how it all works, so I created my own invite to my “make believe” bridal get-away! When it arrived in my inbox, this is what I saw…

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So pretty! And personable! That is the part that I really loved! The card itself looked like this…

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So cute! It was super easy to navigate AND the site even allows you to keep track of the guest list, message back and forth, and send out a reminder closer to the event to remind everyone to RSVP…which you can schedule to go out on it’s own so you do not have to remember to do it.

When you sign up, you get 25 free coins, which allowed me to send 5 invites!

I love this website and will definitely be using it again in the future.

Thank you to Paperless Post for hosting today’s post!

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Birthday Book Tag!


I’m getting older! My 24th birthday is on Saturday, and not gonna lie, I’m HYPED!!

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So, In celebration I thought I would do the Birthday Book Tag, I did this last year, BUT I was able to find another one with different questions, I found this tag on Zezee with Books. So without further ado let’s get started!

Birthday Cake: A book with a plot that seems cliché, but you adore it anyway

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The fake dating trope has to be the best one in the whole entire world. Also, this book was so stinking cute, I can’t!

Party Guests: Your most anticipated book release for this year

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The release date for this book has been pushed back like three times already. It was supposed to come out the 23rd, and now the date has been pushed to November 6th. All I know is that as soon as this book is released I’m going to devour it! 

Birthday Presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

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I truly did not think that I was going to like, the Morganville Vampires series at all. But then I read Glass Houses and fell in love with all of the characters. I’m nowhere near finishing the series, but gah, it’s so good!  

“Happy Birthday” Song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got

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The only reason why I haven’t reviewed this book yet is that I’m a crybaby. But believe me when I tell that this book deserves every bit of hype!

Happy Music: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes

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This book had some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever witnessed in my whole entire life. 

Getting Older: A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader

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I first read this when I was in high school and got nothing from it. I read it again while in college and freaking loved it. Every time I read I end up loving more, it’s truly one of my all-time favorite books.

Sweet Birthday Memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life

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Loki is one of my favorite sad boi’s, and just when I thought he couldn’t get any sadder better, he was aged down and became the best thing in the world Kid!Loki. Also, I’m like 85% sure that the MCU is going to adapt this storyline, I feel it!  

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Undefined Blog Tour by Jessica Ruddick


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Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Sophie loves being an elemental. Being able to bend the natural world to her will is thrilling, even if the need for secrecy is putting a cramp in her dating life. Lately, though, her powers have been growing, making it difficult to resist the heady temptation to use her gifts.

Trying to balance the elemental world with having a normal life is tough enough without her overbearing, way-too-perfect, and way-too-good-looking guardian Aidan watching—and judging—her every move. The trouble is she’s not sure where she fits in and she’s sure as heck not ready to conform to stringent elemental rules.

But when secrets about her life are revealed and outside forces threaten everything Sophie holds dear, she must embrace who she is or risk losing it all.

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Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, whichPaeYNjyg.jpeg was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.

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Why I Chose To Write YA

YA is the genre of firsts—first loves, first real problems, first experiences. It’s also the genre of possibility—teens still have their whole lives in front of them and anything is possible. As an adult, I’m often weighed down by the mundane—paying the mortgage, doing the laundry, going grocery shopping. It’s nice to escape into a world that I don’t have to worry about adult responsibility. That’s not to say the teen characters in YA don’t have responsibilities. After all, many of them literally deal with life and death stakes. But overall, they are not yet jaded with the world like many adults are.

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Excerpt

I remained on the bench, utterly destroyed. Residual power flowed through me, and I reveled in the sensation. I closed my eyes, blocking out the chaos around me. A small smile graced my lips.

“Sophie!” Lena’s voice pulled me out of my stupor, and I realized I was shivering. My clothing was completely soaked through. Her clothing was drenched as well, and she’d abandoned her hat and scarf. Her short hair was plastered to her head like a blond helmet.

“Come on,” she shouted so she could be heard over the rain. “Let’s get out of here.”

I looked around me, shocked to discover the stadium was nearly empty. I wondered how long I had been sitting there, drunk on the aftermath of using my powers.

The lingering shreds of exhilaration dissipated, giving way to the sick feeling that I’d opened the Pandora’s box inside me.

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Aidan strode to my bed and yanked the blankets off me in one swift move. “Get up.”

I gaped at him. “How do you know I wasn’t naked under here?”

I was wearing ratty pajama pants and a tank top, but he hadn’t known that.

His gaze shifted over me. His eyes darkened, and a strange expression briefly crossed his face. It was so quick I thought I’d imagined it. Then he swallowed and returned his gaze to my face, staring at me quietly for a moment before looking away.

I hadn’t meant for my comment to inspire that. Feeling vulnerable and beautiful at the same time, I blushed, pulling the blankets up to my ears. Confusion filled me. So many of my recent interactions with Aidan had left me perplexed and conflicted. Part of me wanted things to go back to normal, but a more insistent part wanted to explore this new development.

“I’m not that lucky.” He smirked but kept his gaze averted. “Get dressed. Meet me downstairs.” He shut the door behind him, leaving me to get ready.

What the heck had just happened?

I’m not that lucky.

Was he… could he have been flirting with me?

I laughed. Of course he wasn’t. The idea was laughable. Even more laughable was my disappointment. Thank goodness no one could read my mind. I would have been humiliated if anyone knew I was upset—however fleetingly—by the lack of flirting.

This was Aidan we were talking about.

Maybe he was right. Maybe I did need to get out of my room. The funk that had taken hold of me was obviously causing crazy, irrational thoughts.

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He shoved his hands in his pockets and stared at me, probably waiting to see if I was done babbling. I wanted to face-palm myself. I never babbled. I’d sounded like an idiot. I wished I could blame it on the drug, but I’d already determined it was no longer affecting me.

Looking down at my toes, I suddenly found their unpainted state fascinating. The thing was, I didn’t need him to help me, but I wanted him to.

That realization rolled around in my mind. The air between us was thick, becoming more uncomfortable with every second.

What was up with this craziness? This was Aidan.

Aidan, who I used to play hide-and-go-seek with. Aidan, who enjoyed antagonizing me with tough workouts. Aidan, who’d been so kind and gentle when I’d needed it most.

I racked my brain for a smartass comment to break the tension, but nothing came to mind. Nothing appropriate anyway. Not that I’d ever cared about being appropriate.

The rules had changed—that much I was sure of—but I didn’t know what the new rules were.

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Movie Review: Love, Simon


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2018: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

My Thoughts

Based off of the book Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which I have not read but the trailer drew me to the movie and I have heard a ton of great reviews so I just had to see it!

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Oh, this movie! All the feels and then some! Since not having actually read the book, I can only comment on how much I adored this movie! The cast seemed perfect and I really loved the the main character of Simon.

Simon knows that he is gay and has a major fear of coming out of the closet. When a fellow school mate makes an anonymous post on a chat room, it leaves Simon wondering who it is and feeling a little relieved that there is someone else out there that feels the same way he does. So he starts emailing this anonymous person that he calls Blue. The emails are beautiful and on point and actually show the struggles that today’s youth go through when deciding whether to take the leap to “come out”.

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The movie had a ton of hilarious parts and some very emotional ones as well. This movie is not only about a gay kid trying to come out. It is about relationships between family/friends, it is about bullying and how it is not okay, it is about coming to terms with yourself and being okay with whom you really are as a person and not being afraid to share that with the world.

All I can say is that I LOVED it! My favorite character would have to be the drama teacher031318-Love-Simon-Review-Natasha-Rothwell and while watching, my daughter actually said “I wish she worked at my school” because she was no nonsense and quite hilarious but not afraid to put the students in their place.

This movie made me laugh, cry and get all kinds of emotional. I felt like I was on a roller coaster and not a ferris wheel. (you have to see the movie or read the book to actually get that reference) When we finally get to find out whom Blue actually was, I was sobbing!

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If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it! Definitely the best teen drama I have seen this year!

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The Home for Broken Hearts by Rowan Coleman


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Synopsis

The Door Is Open . . .

For young widow Ellen Wood, her Victorian home is a refuge—a place to feel safe with her eleven-year-old son, Charlie. But when money grows so tight that Ellen could lose the house, her sister, Hannah, makes a radical suggestion . . . rent out some of the rooms. Soon Ellen has three lodgers: Sabine, a German coworker of Hannah’s, recently separated from her husband; Allegra, an eccentric but wise novelist; and Matt, an up-and-coming young journalist in search of his voice, who has just landed a plum job in London. Ellen thinks three strangers are the last complication she needs, but they make her realize just how isolated she has become. Their presence exposes a secret she’s been keeping hidden, as well as a conflict with her sister that is both shocking and revealing. And while a love affair with a younger man seems like a fantasy powered by her imagination, Ellen can’t deny her deep connection to Matt, or the changes he inspires in her and her relationship with Charlie. Outside her home’s sheltering walls lies a world of opportunity as well as danger. Now that she’s had the courage to open the door, does Ellen dare step through?

Witty, moving, and deeply insightful, The Home for Broken Hearts celebrates everything that makes life worth living, from an author who knows just how to speak to the heart.

My Thoughts 

Honestly, I just wanted something light in between my spooky reads. I just wanted something light, and sweet, what I got instead was a book that made my blood boil. I wanted so desperately to jump into the book to slap someone. I have never in my life encountered a book that made me this angry. It started out just fine.

The main character Ellie’s husband has recently passed away in a car accident. Her husband and her son are truly her whole entire world. Ellie has been housebound since she got married, though it became much worse after her husband died. Her behavior is worrisome, but it was behavior that her husband almost encouraged. Anyway, Ellie eventually makes the decision to rent out the rooms in her house after the bullying of her sister. Which then brings in a whole new cast of characters who shake up Ellie’s life.

To Ellie, her life and marriage was perfect. But, as you learn through the narration, Ellie tends to see things through rose-colored glasses and wasn’t able to see or refused to see the writing on the wall. This was something that I found absolutely frustrating, she was constantly making excuses or rationalizing deplorable behavior and actions. But my anger wasn’t toward her. No, Ellie though frustrating was the type of person, I found myself wanting to protect. Her describing the safety of her home, her insecurities, her motherhood, her relationship with her sister, her husband; I just wanted to protect her. And fight the people who hurt her.

I should also mention that I didn’t finish this book, I actually couldn’t finish it I was so upset. To be completely honest, within only a few chapters I had figured out the “twist”, it was just a sentence, and facial expression and then I knew, and once I found out I was livid. The twist is horrible and heartbreaking. And it ruined the whole book for me because I was trying to convince myself I was wrong. But it just became more and more obvious, and then the interactions and behavior started to make more sense. It truly felt like I was being tortured, and Ellie was just so clueless. I started to skim because I had to know if I was right. I was, and I was done. The anger, but also the sadness was explosive for me. I went to bed angry and woke up angry. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t read it any longer.

I don’t know guys, this book messed me up and not in a good way. I just feel so bad, for people who don’t even exist.
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Very Mini Review: Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan James


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I read this book again to get ready for the sequel, Embolden. (which comes out on 10/31/18…just sayin) If you would like to read my original review, it can be found HERE! There were so many years in between the first book and the second that I could not even think about jumping right in without refreshing my brain first!

So, I still enjoyed it! Maybe not as much as the first time when the story was fresh and new and exciting! But, I still enjoyed the characters and the story line. I never got bored! Although, I did heart Alec a little less reading the second time through. He is an all around truly nice guy but….I love ’em bad! And he was just too nice for my taste.

I am currently reading the sequel and really enjoying it! Look for my review coming soon!

“The feel of her body against his was exhilarating, driving all rational thought from his head. “All right, prepare
yourself, Claire Brennan.”
She looked up at him curiously. “Prepare myself for
what?”
He gazed at her affectionately. “Repeat your mantra, or
whatever it is you do. Because I’m about to kiss you.”
Syrie James, Forbidden

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Renegade Blog Tour by Mallory McCartney!


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Renegade by Mallory McCartney

(Black Dawn 0.5)

Published August 21st 2018 by Clean Reads Publishing

“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

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Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems. An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth. In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

About Mallory

Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three thumbnail_30728044_10155146206687237_7146824292053811200_ndachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Excerpt

He collided back into the present so hard he rolled over and emptied the contents of his stomach. Gasping for breath, he threw up his iron walls, sealing them tight, and the well of voices quieted until it was just him, only to notice how silent outside the tent was. The hairs on his arm rose as he silently stood, slinging his pack over his shoulder and unsheathing his weathered sword. Everything made sense. How hard Tadeas pushed them to reach the capital, how loud they were being. It was practically ensuring Cesan would come sniffing. To fall into the king’s trap. Only for Tadeas to kill him with no chance of justice. To hear both sides.

Rage ripped through him of how fast Roque had risked them all, had bent to the claim of being King. What did Cesan know? What was Roque afraid would be found? Cold sweat soaked through his shirt as he pushed the thoughts down for now. The firelight danced outside, and he could see Brokk and Alby’s silhouettes, their voices a low murmur. That’s when he heard the howling. Distant at first, like a humming in the night. Then drawing unnaturally closer, faster, the sounds of hundreds. He shot out of the tent, taking in his friends bathed in the glow from the fire, all of them frozen. It was the same effect as losing all sense of clarity. The lurching panic, and then helplessness, as you grappled to hold onto anything.

The screaming started first at the north end of the camp. Brokk stood, all color draining from his face. Memphis spun, taking in the nightmare forming. Their bodies were like sleek armored plates, gleaming and muscular. Their elongated torsos were like serpents, twisting and flexing as they propelled forward with long black legs. Their bald bodies shimmered like water against the firelight, reflecting their drooling maws and inky teeth. Their orange eyes gleamed with madness as they cut down through tents and bodies. He had heard of creatures of dark ancient magic before. Ones that were told to children to keep their fears heightened and curiosity in check. But as he saw the first monster rip the throat out of one of Tadeas’s men, this was the farthest thing from bedtime stories of old.

Utter chaos broke out as Brokk threw himself forward, shifting in one motion, as his colossal paws thundered, shaking the earth. Alby drew his sword, and immediately became invisible. Roars rose from the creatures as he assaulted them, unseen. Heart thundering, Memphis drew his own. Everything moved in slow motion. He felt himself take in the numbers of the monsters as they poured into the camp, their rage and their might crashed into their own. It was a battle of tyrants. Yelling, he bounded forward, his ability already two steps ahead of him, reacting in his fear. His talons exploded, slashing their dark minds, grasping their will, their bodies, holding them still as Brokk made his landing blow. He ducked. Slashed. Growling, thrusting his blade forward. His ability cut and unbound the creature’s minds. He was a darkened duet, of body and ability, the two forces creating a lethal harmony. Their inky talons, and severed bodies filled his senses as he heard The King of the Shattered Isles roar.

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