June 30, 2015

Review: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse's Girl
by Miranda Kenneally
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2015
by Sourcebooks Fire

ARC provided via NetGalley

Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

One thing I love most about reading Miranda Kenneally's books is that her writing style is very easy to follow, and before you know it you are done reading the entire book in just a couple of hours. That is exactly what happened to me with JESSE'S GIRL. I sat down and read the first chapter and pretty much zoomed through the rest of the book.

JESSE'S GIRL is not my favorite out of Miranda's books, but it's definitely in my top three. The characters are so likeable that you can’t help but feel some kind of attachment to them from page one. I loved Maya and her reaction to some of Jesse’s shenanigans. Jesse was a broken artist. He loved his music, but had so many trust issues you just had to feel sorry for him. Even with all his trust issues, one of the things I loved best about him was that he wasn’t afraid to share his insecurities. He was pretty much open about everything from the very beginning. If Maya asked, he answered. I enjoyed their relationship a lot.

I loved that Sam and Jordan make a little appearance in JESSE’S GIRL and we get an update on them. A happy one!

Overall, JESSE’S GIRL was funny, romantic, and filled with lots of family drama. If you are looking for a quick summer read definitely pick this one up! It will fill your reading urge and leave you wanting more.

4 Stars!!

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June 29, 2015

Book Highlight & Giveaway: Soulspark by Eliza Tilton!

Title: Soulspark
Author: Eliza Tilton
Genre: YA, Romance
Publication: May 2015

Dealing with the loss of her mother, seventeen-year-old Jessica Stone tries to find an escape from the pain by secretly medicating herself with Xanax, but the anxiety increases, crushing her and her grades.

Then she meets Caleb Jonas, the pastor’s son at her mother’s church. Between his cute dimples and love of fast cars, Jessica is completely smitten, and the feeling is mutual. But dating a Christian boy isn’t easy. He doesn’t party, and he never goes past first base. Jessica struggles with his faith, since it makes her question her own, but for the first time since her mother’s death, she can breathe. Life is finally shifting into a state of happiness.

But that happiness shatters when Jessica catches Caleb kissing her ex-best friend—and step-brother’s girlfriend—Rachel, the girl who used to be like her sister, and the same girl who betrayed her once before.

While her stepbrother hints at a deeper connection between the two, Caleb insists it was a one-time mistake and begs forgiveness. With contradicting stories coming at her, Jessica isn’t sure who to believe, but sometimes the truth is better left undiscovered and she’s about to find out why. 

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When he spoke, his gaze traveled all the way to my toes. He reached over and pushed one of my flyaway curls behind my ear. “Counting keeps my mind busy.”

Butterflies more potent than first day jitters fluttered in my stomach. “Busy from what?”

His lips curled into a grin. “Thinking of you.”

He said it like thinking of me was the most dangerous thing in the world.

Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me.

I shut my eyes and savored each precious touch of his lips. He snaked his hand around my neck, gently brushing it. Every piece of my soul connected to his. When Caleb's lips were on mine, his hands circling my body, the world could explode and I would still be safe.

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

Her novels, Broken Forest and Wicked Path, are published by Curiosity Quills Press.

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