April 18, 2014

Review:My Clarity by Mary Ting/M. Clarke


My Clarity
Title: My Clarity
Author: Mary Ting/M. Clarke
Genre: New Adult
Expected Publication: May 12, 2014

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Still reeling from the death of her father, Alexandria hopes to find both independence and reprieve from her grief by heading off to college. However, life throws her a serious curveball when she discovers that her roommate isn’t quite the person she had imagined.
Smoking, tattoos, and drag racing for fast cash are Elijah’s only interests. A harsh life has made him apathetic and indifferent, until Alexandria enters his life. When their paths cross, turmoil abounds.
An inevitable encounter, an undeniable attraction, and an unexpected chance at love—will it be enough?



Alex is heading off to college, after her father's death, she needs independence, and a new life. Her cousin, Jimmy, just graduated and told her his old room was available. Ellie will be her roommate. Turns out, Ellie is Elijah, not a girl as Alex was lead to believe. Elijah has gone through some painful things himself, the last thing he needs is to be distracted by Jimmy's cousin.

I would first like to say that I did enjoy this story. There is a lot of tension and angst between Alex and Elijah. That aside, they get along well. They are good roommates, but the attraction could make things difficult at times.

Alex is set on not giving in to her attraction to Elijah. He is a tattooed, smoking, bad boy, plus, she has Liam. I didn't care for Liam, he's kind of a selfish jerkoff. Alex is Jimmy's cousin, and Jimmy is a good friend of Elijah's, he'd never ruin a friendship over a pretty girl. I kept thinking to myself, “Just go for it already! What's the problem?” These two danced around each other most of the time, then there would be a slip up, and after, they would pretend like nothing happened, it was a little bit frustrating. Elijah also leads a secret life, sort of, something else that puts him in the “bad news” category.

Overall, I did enjoy My Clarity. I liked Elijah and Alex together, they had good chemistry and a good connection. The waiting bothered me at times, but, that was the story. I would recommend this book if you like sweeter character's with emotional pains.





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Post-Tour Highlight & Giveaway: Falling by Design by Valia Lind!


Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014

Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.


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About Valia


Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.

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April 17, 2014

Review: Forbidden by Lori Adams


Forbidden
by Lori Adams
ebook, 432 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Flirt

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Lori Adams gives New Adult a haunting paranormal twist with the first novel of The Soulkeepers, a series that blends ancient legends and new myths with an enchanting mix of thrills, humor, and high drama.

When Sophia St. James learns that she’ll be moving from Los Angeles to a podunk town somewhere in Connecticut for her senior year of high school, she isn’t expecting an otherworldly encounter. But there is more to Haven Hurst than meets the eye: it’s home to a family of Guardian Angels, and she is the only one who can see them in spirit form. Sophia soon realizes she wants to see much more of Michael, an irresistible yet volatile Guardian who seems drawn to her too.

As Michael battles his forbidden desire for the beautiful young newcomer, one of Hell’s most notorious Demon Knights arrives. Handsome and charismatic, Dante has come to claim the reincarnated soul of his lost lover trapped in Sophia. Cursed with the demon of Persuasion living inside him, Dante will use his seductive charms to lure Sophia into a dangerous game that ends with the kiss of death—unless Michael, who has captured Sophia’s heart, can now capture her soul.




After taking a couple of weeks to process this story, and talk about it with my close friends who have read it, I’ve come to conclusion that I really, really enjoyed this novel.

Aside from the similarities to other books I’ve read that annoyed me to no end, it was a fantastic read. The chemistry between the characters was good. The action scenes were non-stop. There is plenty of mystery behind each character, and the romance was swoon worthy. I read FORBIDDEN in one day because I just could not put it down. Even when I was frustrated and wanted to scream at the characters like a crazy women, I just could not stop reading. I was cooking and reading. Giving my kids a bath and reading. Watching TV and reading. I could not stop reading until the very last word.

I really enjoyed it! When you first start reading it you can sort of predict what would happen next, but once you reach the middle, the story completely changes. Every chapter pretty much surprised me. I cannot wait for the second book! I am happy I read it and in the end enjoyed it enough to look past my little issues with it. I think this book is going to be devoured by many.

It is labeled New Adult, but I can tell you right now IT IS NOT. Well, at least to me it wasn’t. This felt like a young adult novel one hundred percent.

A Good Choice for Reading! ;)








April 16, 2014

Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

The Secrets of Lily Graves
by Sarah Strohmeyer
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

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With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.




THIS BOOK RIGHT HERE!!! The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer. Where do I begin??? Lily Graves is a senior, who is considered a freak. That is because one her family owns a mortuary/funeral home and two she dresses as if she is Morticia Addams. Anyhoo, here is a book where something is happening on every page that pushing you to continue on to find out what Lily and her friend Sara are going to get into next. I didn't want to put this book down. I honestly enjoyed the mystery and trying to find out what really happened.

The first thing I enjoyed about this book is BAM right in the beginning of the book there is some excitement. Immediately you are like "HOLY CRAP" just like that??? I soon found myself captivated by the easy reading style and the way the book flowed from one situation to the other. This is NOT your typical paranormal romance book, although there is a bit of a romance but thankfully not those instant romances we often see. This book is more of a thiller/mystery/sherlock holmes, who done it type of deal, a genre that is right up my alley. In my humble opinion this book is not only well written but not bogged down with too much information too soon or with the dreaded wait till the end of the book to tell you the whole story. My only gripe however, is that i figured out the who done it way before the end of the book. On the plus side though the author throws in a twist for those of us super sleuths that do figure it out. And trust me when you find out you are like "whhhhaaaattt". If you are looking for a bit of mystery and want to try your hand at some amature detective work, I say definitely read this book.









April 10, 2014

Blog Tour: FALLING BY DESIGN by Valia Lind - Review & #Giveaway!



Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014

Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.


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About Valia

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.

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Over the past year or two I had distanced myself from YA, despite the fact that contemporary YA used to be one of my favorite things. I hadn't gotten tired of the same old thing. To be completely honest, I expected Falling by Design to be more of the same, but I was pleasantly surprised!

I really liked both Brooklyn and Grayson, and I thought they represented their ages very well. Part of my issue with YA had been that the characters were beginning to behave like 30 year olds in 17 year old situations, to appeal to the mass of adults who had gotten into the genre (Thanks, Twilight.). Brooklyn and Grayson did not fall into this pattern. They had the struggles of high school seniors, their connection was confusing yet thrilling, and they responded to these situations the way someone their ages actually would. Realistic characterization is very important to me, especially for contemporary novels, so I loved this aspect.

Another thing I loved was the a lot of the story was based on Brooklyn's dreams and she hung onto her ambitions no matter what was going on between her and Grayson. She never lost sight of what she wanted, no matter who was (intentionally or unintentionally) interfering. 

Falling by Design was endearing, and was everything I look for in contemporary young adult. It gave me a new appreciation for the genre and made me want to find some more books like it. I'd definitely recommend it!

 

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April 09, 2014

Cover Reveal: #LondonFalling by Chanel Cleeton!


LONDON FALLING by Chanel Cleeton

July 7th, 2014
Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
New Adult Contemporary Romance

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...   Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak. She can’t help but want him even more. Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together. Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.




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Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel Cleeton moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.
Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.

Chanel is the author of the New Adult books I See London and London Falling with Harlequin HQN. Learn more about her on her website at www.chanelcleeton.com. Keep up with Chanel's latest news, book giveaways, and more on her monthly newsletter at www.chanelcleeton.com/mailing-list/.

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April 07, 2014

Book Highlight: LOVE'S PARADOX by Laura Kreitzer {$50 GC Giveaway}



Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2014 by Revolution Publishing, Inc.

Stalked by her abusive ex-fiancé, Rae Zachery retaliates by singing karaoke and spilling all their dirty secrets to the entire bar. When her ex attempts to silence her brazen performance, sexy, leather-clad Parker comes to her rescue and soundly punches her ex in the face. As valiant as that may be, Rae finds Parker’s violent assistance unsettling, yet she can’t help but be drawn to him and his tragic past.

Fighting her attraction for Parker is a battle Rae can’t win, and soon their night of sharing secrets morphs into an undeniable bond. But fate won’t so easily relinquish her grip on their happily-ever-after. Instead of blissfully skipping into obscurity, Rae and Parker are subjected to her ex-fiancé’s vicious proclivities. Who knew love could hurt so good?








"Ah, screw this. I don’t wait for him to make the first move; I kiss him."


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Laura Kreitzer is a best-selling fantasy and science fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. Her full-time 9-5 job used to be working in a lab devoted to water dye-tracing investigations at Western Kentucky University, though her passion was always writing. After seven years of dedicating her life to the environment, she made the tough decision to leave the university to pursue her writing career. Now Laura has two series and eight novels published, with several more in the works. 









Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout

Don't Look BackDon't Look Back
by Jennifer Armentrout
April 15th 2014
by Disney-Hyperion

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

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

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




     Don't look back was so good. So so so good. This book is completely different to any other book Jennifer's ever written. Nothing about the writing style is of the usual Jennifer Arementrout writing that I'm use to. But I loved it and would absolutely love to read more books like this from her. It shows there's nothing she can't write. I have lost sleep because of this book. That's how good it is.

     While reading the book, I kept looking for clues as to what really happened to Samantha. What caused her to get amnesia. Who was behind the death of her best friend. This book was haunting. When I finally forced myself to out it down, I dreamt about it. Everything about with the writing was so vivid. I was so drawn into the story that I literally felt like the world around me disappear and I was in Samantha's world. Going through her emotions with her.

     I love the connection she had with certain character. Even though she had amnesia, she wasn't rebelling and going against everyone. She went ahead and continued her life as expected. I think what I liked most is that she didn't play victim. I also liked that she did change and changed for the better. That's something good that came out from having amnesia.

     Jennifer had me suspecting every single character in this book for murder. In my eyes, her brother was a suspect, her boyfriend was a suspect, her neighbor was a suspect, her friends were a suspect. Everyone even YOU were a suspect. I can't continue to rant about how freaking amazing her writing was in this story. She played every character well. All characters and their personalities made the book for what it was. Amazing.

     The anticipation and buildup was so real, I literally wanted to flip through the pages to read the outcome. But I don't like spoilers. So if you're looking for a mystery/suspense book that will keep you on your toes, then grab "Don't Look Back". If you're looking for a book with character growth, grab "Don't Look Back". If you're look for a book with a even paced romance development, grab "Don't Look Back". If you're looking for a book that will throw your through hoops till the end, grab "DON'T LOOK BACK"! Just get it. It's that good.

     Need I tell you how much I love this book. This book has put Jennifer at a whole different level than she already was. As an author, she can write ANY genre! Not many authors out there can pull that off!! I give "Don't Look Back" a HUGE 5 stars and it's a definite Good (Great) Choice for Reading!!