Monthly Archives: August 2015

STUPID LOVE by Cindy Miles is worth a look 

  
Looking for a great New Adult romance series? Check out the STUPID IN LOVE series by Cindy Miles. Her third installment to the series, STUPID IN LOVE, is coming soon. I just finished the ARC from NetGalley and it was fantastic!!! Just be sure to have some Kleenex handy because it is definitely an emotional roller coaster!!! 
Bestselling new adult author Cindy Miles is set to capture the hearts of STUPID GIRL fans again with the grand finale of the Stupid in Love series, featuring Memory and Jace. 
MEMORY 
Casualties. 
That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago. 
Or so I thought. 
Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t. 
JACE 
Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.

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Review of MAKING A PLAY by Victoria Denault

  
Luc Richard is the hottest player in the NHL—and it has nothing to do with hockey. His racy relationship with his supermodel ex set the tabloids on fire but nearly put his career on ice. To avoid being traded, Luc agrees to take a break from the spotlight—and from women—and spend the off-season at home in Silver Bay, Maine. It’s the perfect plan . . . until he reconnects with Rose.

Rose Caplan is tired of being shy, sweet, and safe. She’s ready for passion, romance—and Luc. Having loved him longer than she can remember, she’s finally ready to prove she’s not the same innocent little girl he once knew. Off the ice Luc doesn’t do games, but this new Rose makes him feel like playing a little dirty. If he’s really got a shot at her heart then he’s not just playing to win. He’s playing for keeps…

I love this series by Victoria Denault! I really enjoyed the first book, ONE MORE SHOT, and I was pleasantly surprised that this book was even better. It was easy to get right back into the story with very little trouble. 

Even though this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel. The writer does an excellent job of bringing the reader up to speed without taking them away from the story for the recap. The backstory is seamlessly introduced. 

I love the characters, Rose and Luc, and you can’t help rooting for them to find true love. They both have a lot of growing up to do and it was great watching them find their way. The story was well written, fast moving, and engaging. The reader is caught from the very first page. Definitely recommend this book! Five stars 

This book comes out on September 8th, 2015, so mark your calendars NOW! Go to http://www.victoriadenault.com for more information on her books and buying links.

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New #YA series by K.R. Conway

  
I was so in love with #Undertow by K.R. Conway that I had to hurry up and read the sequel #Stormfront and the novella #CruelSummer. I am totally hooked on this series! Fantastic characters and well written stories. If you like #YA and enjoyed #Twilight or #TMI (The Mortal Instruments), these books will be right up your alley. Perfect blend of real life teenage situations (growing into your adult self, high school, first love, and child/parent relationships) with fantastical elements (shape shifting, psychic abilities, soul suckers, immortality, and dangerous powers). Definitely worth checking out!!!

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Review of Ghost for Sale by Sandra Cox

  
Title: Ghost For Sale

Author: Sandra Cox

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Caitlin King can’t believe that her shopaholic cousin actually bought two ghosts off of eBay. But she can’t ignore the truth when she starts seeing sexy Liam O’Reilly, who’s been dead for over a hundred years. He’s a fascinating specter, and the more time Caitlin spends with him, the closer they become—sending them both spiraling into a star-crossed tailspin. No matter how desperately they long for each other, there’s just no future with a guy who’s already stopped breathing.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first read the synopsis above. Bought two ghosts off of eBay? It seemed far fetched and silly but I decided to give it a go anyway and I am really glad I did because it was a great read. 4 out of 5 stars

I loved Caitlin and Liam’s characters! They had a great dynamic and chemistry. I liked how they both evolved and grew becoming more confident and coming into their own. Caitlin became more self assured. Liam was fun because he was a fish out of water finding himself pulled into a different century with new technology, social mores, and (of course) the fact that he is a ghost.

There is plenty of fun, romance, tears, and mystery to keep you interested from the first page to the last. Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves YA paranormal romance!

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Review of Undertow by KR Conway

  
Loved this book by KR Conway! I was sucked in from the very first page and the story held my attention until the very end. I enjoyed Eila’s character. She is smart, brave, funny, and selfless at times. She is thrust into a strange situation and instead of crying “why me” she takes a deep breath and keeps moving forward. There are plenty of strange situations that Eila finds herself in but not once is the reader thrown out of the world created in the story. The story is well written and moves at a good pace. The fantasy elements are not so over the top as to be completely unbelievable. Fans of Twilight and The Mortal Instruments will definitely be right at home with this book! I was very excited to learn that this is part of a trilogy!!! I can’t wait to read the next two books and novella. Definitely recommended it. 

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Top Romance Picks for August by Barnes & Noble 

B&N Bookseller Picks: AugustBy Jules Herbert | August 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm
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Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of August.
BEST LAID PLANS by Allison Brennan 
Newly minted FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is settling into her job in San Antonio, Texas, when the corpse of Harper Worthington, the husband of a sitting congresswoman, is found naked in a motel on the wrong side of town. It’s up to Lucy to locate the last person to see him alive: a teenage prostitute who seems to have vanished into thin air. (St. Martin’s Press, 8/4)
EDGE OF DARKNESS by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, and Lori Herter
Take an all-new excursion in the world of the Carpathians from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan—joined here by Maggie Shayne and Lori Herter, two other masters of vampire romance in an original anthology that takes dark fantasy to rapturous new heights. (Jove, 8/4)
THE FORBIDDEN MAN by Elle Wright

Sydney Williams has forgiven her fiancé, Den, more times than she can count. But his latest betrayal just days before their wedding is too big to ignore. Shocking her friends and family, she calls off the engagement. She walks out on Den . . . and into the arms of his brother, Morgan.
Known as a player, Morgan Smith has secretly spent years fighting his feelings for Sydney. When Den’s latest dirty deed leaves Sydney devastated, Morgan can’t stop himself from coming to her rescue. What begins as friendship quickly escalates into all-consuming passion. Despite their intense connection, Sydney would rather deny her desire than come between brothers. But as Morgan is determined to make Sydney his, Den won’t give her up without a fight . . . (Forever, 7/28)
THE HIGHLANDER TAKES A BRIDE by Lynsay Sands

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands
Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue— definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband . . . until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman. (Avon, 7/28)
JUST A SUMMER FLING by Cate Cameron

Lake Sullivan, Vermont, has plenty of attractions for movie star Ashley Carlsen—pristine nature, local color, and a handyman with a bad reputation for all the right reasons . . .
Ashley’s movie-star life is starting to feel like an act. She’s desperate to be taken seriously, and after her boyfriend’s affair with a costar, she’s ready for a new scene. A vacation at Lake Sullivan with Hollywood power player Jasmine McArthur might be the answer to all her problems. And according to Jasmine, all Ashley needs is a hot summer fling with local stud Josh Sullivan. (Berkley, 8/4)
THE LAST TIME I SAW HER by Karen Robards
In the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, Dr. Charlie Stone must prove the innocence of a dangerously sexy condemned man, or lose her one chance at true love. (Ballantine, 8/25)
MADE FOR US by Samantha Chase

The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he’d like to have his own family someday, but who has the time? (Sourcebooks, 8/4)
PERFECT SIN by Kat Martin
He was the ultimate rake. But Randall Clayton, 7th Duke of Beldon, harbors a hidden motive for seducing the fiery-haired, passionate Caitlin Harmon. Rand is on a mission to find a murderer…and it’s leading straight to Caitlin’s father.
She was the ultimate temptation. Cait Harmon, the feisty, intellectual daughter of an American adventurer, is certain she will never fall in love. But one dance with the powerful, compelling Duke of Beldon and Cait’s heart is lost forever. (St. Martin’s Press, 8/4)
SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . . (Berkley, 8/18)
THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena Showalter
Beck O’ckley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He’s never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.
Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home—her ancestral estate—for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.
For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own. (Harlequin, 7/28)
TRACKER’S END by Chantal Fernando
The third in a sexy romance series from the bestselling author of Saxon and Toxic Girl about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them. (Gallery, 8/11)

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Happy book birthday to Freya Barker!

Happy book birthday to Freya Barker! Her new standalone novel, From Dust, just released today and it is worth checking out! I have read all four of her Cedar Tree Series and I really enjoyed them but I have to say that this is her best book ever.

Freya writes such beautifully flawed yet endearing character that you can’t help falling in love with them. Each character has their own struggles and imperfections to deal with. No one is perfect or living a fairytale life. They struggle, fall down, and get back up. Freya breathes life into the characters and makes them “real”. You laugh, cry, and fall in love right along with the characters. If you are looking for an emotional, funny, and sexy read then this is the book for you! Highly recommend it!!!

  

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Happy book birthday to “Awake” by Natasha Preston

Today, August 4th, marks the release of Awake by Natasha Preston. This is a great book that I definitely recommend checking out!

  
Here are a few teasers to wet your appetite…

   
   

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Book Giveaway at Goodreads

  

The Color of Water in July

by Nora Carroll 

It’s been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan. For all that time, she’s been haunted by loss—of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something more. So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories—and secrets.

There, she stumbles upon old letters and photographs of a time not so much forgotten as buried. As she begins to unravel the hidden histories of her mother and her grandmother, she makes a startling discovery about a tragic death that prompted her family’s slow undoing. With every uneven and painful step into the past, Jess comes closer to a truth that could alter her own path—and open a door to a different future.

Revised edition: This edition of The Color of Water in July includes editorial revisions.

I recently started reading this (ARC from Net Galley) and I am really enjoying it. It was previously released in 2011 but is being rereleased on August 18, 2015 after undergoing a makeover and revisions. You can win your very own copy as Goodreads is giving away 20 copies!!! Go here to enter: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/147092-the-color-of-water-in-july

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19 Books To Check Out If You Enjoyed “Paper Towns”

If you’ve already read everything by John Green you might want to check these out.

Previously posted on Jul. 27, 2015, at 7:38 p.m. by Farrah Penn, Buzzfeed staff http://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/books-to-read-if-you-loved-paper-towns

1. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Harlequin

Why you’ll love it: After the devastating death of Harper’s older sister, June, Harper and her BFF decide to secretly road trip to California to spread her ashes. But what she doesn’t expect is to be accompanied by Jake Tolan, who has a connection to June that Harper wants to crack. If you enjoyed the adventure and the beautiful, lyrical quotes in Paper Towns, you’ll surely enjoy Saving June.
2. Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Simon and Schuster

Why you’ll love it: On the brink of graduation, three friends decide to embark on a cross country road to see a reunion show of their once favorite band, despite having a fallout in their friendship freshman year. If you enjoyed the strong themes of friendship and quirky characters in Paper Towns, you’re sure to devour Reunited.
3. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Balzer + Bray

Why you’ll love it: When Roza goes missing, the people of Bone Gap think she decided to leave on her own accord. But Finn knows that’s not the case. He thinks she’s been kidnapped — only no one believes him. This is a hauntingly beautiful book that, much like Paper Towns, will engross you with its intriguing plot.
4. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu.

 Roaring Brook Press

Why you’ll love it: There are tons of rumors flying around about Alice. She’s a slut. She’s easy. Everyone says so. This novel is narrated by Alice’s classmates as it pieces together Alice’s story about these rumors. Much like the stories of Margo Roth Spiegelman, The Truth About Alice shows the reader how easily truths can become warped in the mouths of others.
5. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Harlequin Teen

Why you’ll love it: Leila is on a road trip to Alaska, but along with way she impacts the lives of four other teenagers with struggles of their own. Told in multiple points of view from these four characters, Leila is a mystery that they all want to try and solve. If you enjoyed the manic pixie dream girl of Margo in Paper Towns, you’re sure to love the adventure in Let’s Get Lost.
6. Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

 Albert Whitman Teen

Why you’ll love it: Hank finds himself at Penn Station in New York with no memory of anything in his life, except that his only possession is a copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. As he pieces together the mystery of his past, quirky characters along the way, he slowly begins to discover just what may have happened. If you enjoyed Q’s narration in Paper Towns, Being Henry David isn’t one to be missed.
7. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Why you’ll love it: Amy must get her mother’s car from California to Connecticut, but after a tragic accident she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. This is why her mother sets her up with a family friend, Roger, to help her with the journey. Filled with awkward moments, quirky characters, and some serious misadventures, this book is a perfect follow-up to Paper Towns.
8. Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Running Press Kids

Why you’ll love it: The mysterious, dark, and elusive Frenchie Garcia was the last person with Andy Cooper before he committed suicide. Frenchie carries this with her until she meets Colin, and together they recreate the spontaneous night of adventure Frenchie and Andy experienced. Frenchie Garcia is the Margo Roth Spiegelman story you’ve been looking for.
9. Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

Feiwel & Friends

Why you’ll love it: Lillian believes her friend, Penny, has faked her own kidnapping to get away from personal problems, and Lillian has a hunch to where she might be. She teams up with Josh, Penny’s BFF, and they embark on a road trip to Portland. Halpern’s witty dialogue and compelling storyline will have you hooked from beginning to end.
10. Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before by David Yoo

Hyperion

Why you’ll love it: Albert Kim has just finished his sophomore year of high school and has come to the conclusion that he will never fit in. But over the summer he befriends smart and beautiful Mia. There’s just one thing that stands in the way: Ryan, her long-term boyfriend who’s been diagnosed with cancer. Yoo crafts an honest and delightfully funny voice that feels similar to Q’s in Paper Towns.
11. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Why you’ll love it: Ethan and his friends attend the Selwyn Arts Academy, but the one thing they’re all against is For Art’s Sake, the reality TV show that’s being filmed there. They come up with a plan to bring it down while exposing its corruption. Hattemer creates a smart concept paired with a unique group of characters that John Green fans are sure to love.
12. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Katherine Tegen Books

Why you’ll enjoy it: Kiri’s sister, Sukey, died five years ago, but when she gets a call from a stranger who says they have some of her belongings she begins to discover what really might have happened to Sukey. Much like Paper Towns, the writing is beautifully enriching and the plot will have you flipping the pages until the very end.
13. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Viking Children’s

Why you’ll love it: When Mim Malone learns her mother is ill, she runs away on the first Greyhound bus she can catch and heads from Mississippi to Cleveland. But her journey isn’t as simple as she thought it would be, and along the way she stumbles upon odd characters and makes unexpected friendships. Arnold crafts a compelling, unique voice and exploratory journey that’s sure to appeal to John Green fans.
14. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Why you’ll love it: Ari and Dante befriend each other at a swimming pool and although they have little in common, they are there for one another throughout the struggles life throws their way. This contemporary, coming-of-age story tells an intriguing story of friendship that fans of Paper Towns will fall in love with.
15. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

Greenwillow Books

Why you’ll love it: Told from the point-of-view of an unidentified narrator, Falling Into Place follows ever-popular Liz and what led to her death. The nonlinear mystery of both the plot and its narrator are sure to keep you hooked. John Green readers will enjoy Zhang’s moving, literary writing with each poignant sentence.
16. Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

Push

Why you’ll love it: Tretch lives in a small town and with a secret — he’s in love with his best friend, Matt. Only Matt has no idea. This coming-of-age contemporary reveals an emotionally poignant story that perfectly captures the trials and tribulations of adolescence. It’s the perfect follow-up read to any John Green novel.
17. Fake ID by Lamar Giles

HarperCollins

Why you’ll love it: Nick and his family have been assigned to the Witness Protection program as a result of his father. Shortly after Nick moves to a new town and befriends Eli and his sister, Eli somehow ends up murdered. The mystery that surrounds this, as well as Nick’s voice, will appeal to those who’ve read Paper Towns.
18. Winger by Andrew Smith

Penguin

Why you’ll love it: 14-year-old Ryan Dean West attends a prestigious boarding school where he’s simply trying to navigate the “teenagedom” waters — girls, bullies, and friendships. Those who were a fan of Q’s voice in Paper Towns will love the witty, realistically honest portrayal of Ryan in Winger.
19. As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

Penguin

Why you’ll love it: A nameless narrator meets the mysterious, intriguing Anna who has a passion for riddles and mind games. But then Anna disappears, leaving nothing behind except a dress, and the narrator slowly begins to put together what might have happened. If you enjoyed the mystery of Margo in Paper Towns, you’re sure to enjoy this plot.

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