Year: 2016

Nov 03
{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

When and how did you guys decide to work on this book together? What inspired WeAre Still Tornadoes? Michael: Well, I’ve written a couple epistolary novels over the years – The Locklear Letters and Everybody Says Hello. In both of them, the readers only saw one side of the correspondence and had to use their own imaginations to fill in the other side, which I hope was fun for them. I had the idea of writing an epistolary novel where the reader would see both correspondents’ letters, and specifically the idea of having two friends write to each other when one goes off to high school and the other stays home. I wanted one of the friends to be a boy and one to be a girl, but I was worried about the authenticity of the girl’s letters. I’ve read a few novels by male writers where they have tried to write in a woman’s voice, and they didn’t ring true to me. So I just kept that in the back of my… Read more »

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Nov 03
{Release Day Review} Fearless Flying by Karen Gordon @joiedemidvivre

{Release Day Review} Fearless Flying by Karen Gordon @joiedemidvivre

I love Karen Gordon’s books. Her writing is always solid, her characters are always so unique and interesting and as a character driven reader, I find everything I have read from her to be super engaging. Fearless Flying and the Vivienne Series is no different. I really enjoyed this book. Fearless Flying is the first book in a seven book series (and each book is coming out one month after the previous book- how is that for instant gratification!?). The series centers around the main character Vivienne. I adored Vivienne. I could see so many aspects of my personality in her, but I think that is part of her magic. I think tons of people will be able to see themselves in this introverted perfectionist that decides to switch things up in her life and take charge. Even if at first glance, that doesn’t sound like you, you will be surprised at how very relate-able Vivienne is. What I loved about Vivienne and Danny is that he is not some… Read more »

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Nov 02
{Bookish News} Calling All YA Writers!

{Bookish News} Calling All YA Writers!

THE 7th ANNUAL YA DISCOVERY CONTEST BEGINS NOVEMBER 1ST!! No query? No pitch? No problem!   Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their seventh annual Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition.   ENTER NOVEMBER 1st! www.Serendipitylit.com/contest  Open all month long Get in front of top YA Editors and Agents with only the first 250 words of your YA novel!   Do you have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Have you been putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win both exposure to editors, and a reading of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.   Regina Brooks is the CEO of Serendipity Literary Agency and the award winning author of  the book Writing Great Books for Young Adults now available in a second edition.   —NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMo— In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged… Read more »

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Nov 01
{Release Day Review} All the Ways You Saved Me by @JRHoward9 @StMartinsPress

{Release Day Review} All the Ways You Saved Me by @JRHoward9 @StMartinsPress

All the Ways you Saved Me is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Love Unplugged by author Jamie Howard. I have not read too many books by the Swerve line from St. Martin’s Press, but I have to say All the Ways you Saved me was a very good read. It was just the right amount of emotional and romantic. but still realistic. I very much enjoyed it. I am a sucker for a bucket list/to-do list type book, and when you add in wonderfully rich and fleshed out characters, I knew I was in for a treat. The best part about All the Ways you Saved Me are the characters. Bianca and Ian are so lifelike, so realistic you will swear you actually know them in real life. They became my friends. Another thing I really liked about All the Ways you Saved Me was the premise. I have read lots of bucket list type stories, but this one is unique because it is not… Read more »

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Oct 31
{ARC Review} Once a Gypsy by @DanicaWinters @DiversionBooks

{ARC Review} Once a Gypsy by @DanicaWinters @DiversionBooks

Once a Gypsy is a paranormal fantasy romance and is the first book in the Irish Traveller series by Danica Winters. I loved that Once a Gypsy was set in Ireland. It was a beautiful backdrop for a really interesting book. I think the Irish Traveller series is going to be a good one. I can’t wait to continue it with the next installment. There were a lot of unanswered questions with Once a Gypsy and a lot of plot lines that still need to be addressed and finished, but overall it was a very strong start to the series. Once a Gypsy follows Helena and Graham, each of whom have their own special gifts. Even though Helena was initially reluctant, I was very happy that Graham was able to convince her to help him because when their paths intersected the journey got really interesting. There are so many mysteries packed into Once a Gypsy, and not all of them are neatly wrapped up and concluded by the end of… Read more »

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Oct 28
{Review} Hooked on Love by @JennieMarts @LovestruckEP

{Review} Hooked on Love by @JennieMarts @LovestruckEP

Hooked on Love is the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Cotton Creek by Jennie Marts. I didn’t even know this book was part of a series, and if it was part of a series that it was the second book in the series. Needless to say, I never read the first book but I was not lost in the slightest. Hooked on Love reads as a complete standalone and I would have no problem recommending it as the first book for readers. I really enjoyed Hooked on Love. Even though I am yearning for cooler weather to start rolling in, this book made me reminded me of summer time. Hooked on Love is told in dual narrative between Sully (AKA Sullivan) and Avery. I loved the dual narrative story telling for this book. Getting into Sully’s head was really the key to telling a great story in this case. Plus, he was just so darn cute. I love that he is this rugged outdoor fishing expert, but… Read more »

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Oct 28
{Review} Chasing Rabbits by @Erin_Bedford

{Review} Chasing Rabbits by @Erin_Bedford

Chasing Rabbits is the first book in The Underground series by Erin R. Bedford. The Underground series is a new adult fantasy romance that is a really cool take on Wonderland. Think Alice in Wonderland, mixed with the Fae. Wonderland is really called the Underground and it composed of shadowlands, inbetweens and both the seelie and unseelie courts. I absolutely delighted in Erin Bedford’s take on the story. I thought it maintained the perfect craziness of Wonderland, which mixing in perfectly suited Fae fantasy elements. I think it is the perfect marriage actually. I loved this book, and I have already started read the second one. I couldn’t help myself. I needed more! The main character of Chasing Rabbits is Katherine. A young woman who stumbles into Wonderland chasing a rabbit. Sound familiar? Well, trust me, she is no Alice and though the characters might seem similar this is not the same tale of Alice in Wonderland you are used to. However; lots of my favorite elements were there. I… Read more »

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Oct 27
{Review+Giveaway} Beard Science by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Beard Science by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

As soon as I read Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid, and I was introduced to the 6 Winston Brothers, I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to read their stories. And then I read Truth or Beard, and I loved that even more. There is not a Penny Reid book that I don’t love. And what I love even more is her writing. No one writes romance like Penny Reid. Her books are always witty, gripping and so, so, much fun to read. Beard Science is the third book in the Winston Brothers series. I loved Duane and Jessica’s story, but I missed the second book in the series (which I need to read ASAP). Beard Science features Cletus and Jennifer (known around town as the Banana Cake Queen.) If I thought that I loved Duane and Jessica, somehow they didn’t hold a candle to Cletus. I don’t know how Penny does it, but she just makes me love each brother more than the last one! I remember… Read more »

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Oct 25
{Brief Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield @MegWestfield @EPEmbrace

{Brief Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield @MegWestfield @EPEmbrace

Lessons in Gravity is such a magical read. I really, really loved this one. In fact, I think it is one of my favorite reads of the year. Lessons in Gravity is a new adult contemporary romance between a famous rock climber ready to take on his biggest climb ever and a documentary filmmaker hopeful determined to be a success at her internship. I loved the setup of this story, and the only reason my review is not 7 paragraphs long is because there is a big spoiler in this story, and I am unaware of how to write about some of the details without broaching the subject and I am also unaware of how to not get overly gushy with everything I write. So I am going to keep this one brief, and give you the takeaway right now- you need to read this book. I love Josh and April. But mostly Josh. Ok, that is not entirely fair because April is an excellent character. She is spunky and… Read more »

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