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Feb 22
{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Weariland is perfect for fans new and old alike of alice in wonderland. Weariland is a modern day take on wonderland. I really enjoyed this story. You might know by now that Wonderland retellings are my favorite kind of retelling, because I feel like there is so much the author has to work with. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics. I love how magical it all is, there are so many cool characters to work with. Wonderland is a complete world, so there are just a million different directions a retelling can go. Weariland takes place a few generations after the story of Wonderland leaves off. Here we get to see Alice’s granddaughter, Lason. And Wonderland is not the same place we knew from the classic tale. It is now a place called weariland and the Queen of Souls rules over the land. I loved this broken and creepy concept. This felt like a dark tale. I… Read more »

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Feb 21
{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

Any Boy but You is the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called North Pole Minnesota by Julie Hammerle. I have Julie’s other book, the Sound of Us sitting on my TBR pile, but after having read Any Boy But You, I need to bump it up the pile. Because Any Boy But You was super cute. I loved the concept behind it. Elena and Oliver start texting anonymously through a popular app game, but little do they know they are from rival sporting goods families. I cracked up when I saw the concept behind the story. Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but for the texting and app generation. It was super cute. I totally dug the fun and flirty writing style, and I adored the characters. The book is set up in my favorite narration style as well…dual narrative with both Elena and Oliver’s points of view. The writing in Any Boy But You is great. It is quipy, with plenty of pop culture… Read more »

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Feb 17
{Review+Giveaway} Riveted by @JayCrownover @Morrow_PB

{Review+Giveaway} Riveted by @JayCrownover @Morrow_PB

RIVETED by Jay Crownover is the third title in her Saints of Denver Series, which is a spinoff of her Marked Men Series. Riveted is a new adult contemporary romance. I have not read any of the books in either of these series, and even though each of the books can be read as standalones, i really regret not having read books 1 and 2 in the Saints of Denver Series. Because I already love these characters and I want to know their stories! Riveted had me completely riveted from the very first page. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist) This book is seriously so good y’all! Riveted is the story of Dixie Carmichael and Dash ‘Church’ Churchill. I loved the stark differences between Dixie and Church. Dixie is this eternal optimist. A total hopeless romantic that believes in the perfect fairy tale love story. I loved Dixie. You can’t help but want her to get her happy ending. And Church is jaded. Very jaded. How can he not be from his past…. Read more »

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Feb 16
{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is the sixth book in the Creative HeArts series, and the second, and final :(,  book in the Finn and Willa trilogy by Emily McKay. I have still not read the fourth or fifth book in the series,  but I have read books 1-3. I have said it before and I will say it again, I freakin love the way this series is done. Let me try and break it down for you, because it can be kind of confusing. The Creative HeArts series is all set at the same performing arts high school in Texas. There will be somewhere between 8-11 books in the series, and it will center around 4 different couples (at this time anyway). Each of the couples will get their own duology or trilogy, and each trilogy is written by a different author. But the books in the overall Creative HeArts series will rotate through each one of the three couples, so no two sequential books will be about the… Read more »

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Feb 14
{Review+Giveaway} Royal Affair by Parker Swift @the_parkerswift @ForeverRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Royal Affair by Parker Swift @the_parkerswift @ForeverRomance

Royal Affair is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance, Royal Scandal series by author Parker Swift. I really enjoyed Royal Affair. It is the perfect valentines day read, or really a read for any day of the year. It has lots of romance, sexy times, witty banter and great characters. I can’t wait for the next book in the Royal Scandal series, because this one sure did brighten my day. At first, I has no idea what to make of Lydia and Dylan. I loved both of them, but they also each annoyed me in different ways. Lydia is a pretty independent person, and I really admired that about her. It takes guts to pack up and move to another country for an internship, especially one in the highly critical fashion world. But at the same time, she was the type of independent that views accepting help or nice things from other people as a weakness. Which I don’t agree with, and it got to the point… Read more »

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Feb 13
{Interview+Giveaway} Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

{Interview+Giveaway} Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

I am so excited to have Rhenna Morgan , the author of Rough & Tumble here with us today. Thank you for being here at Book briefs rhenna. Describe Rough & Tumble in a tweet (140 characters or less) What you see isn’t always what you get. What you want isn’t always what you need. Sometimes a woman’s safest in the arms of a dangerous man. Who was more fun to write? Jace or Vivienne? Why? Definitely Jace. For some reason, his scenes flowed very easily. But then, he’d also been taking up space in my head for a year before he finally got screen time. What do you do when you get writers block? It depends on what stage of the book I’m in. Sometimes the answer is as simple as a change in writing environment or a glass of wine. (There’s some truth to, “Write drunk, edit sober.”) Most of the time, though, if I can just write something—even if it’s my grocery list—my words will start coming…. Read more »

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Feb 10
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Rising by @HeatherGraham & @JonDLand @TorBooks

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Rising by @HeatherGraham & @JonDLand @TorBooks

Today, I am super excited to have the authors of The Rising, Heather Graham and Jon Land here at Book Briefs. Co-authored books always fascinate me because I love seeing how different collaborations affect the writing, and I love seeing a behind the scenes into how they shared the writing responsibilities for the book. So today, Heather and Jon have been kind enough to each share 5 things they learned while writing The Rising. And they have also been kind enough to offer up three finished hardcover copies of The Rising for a giveaway. So check out there guest post and enter the great giveaway at the bottom of the post. THE RISING , written by acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists  Heather Graham and Jon Land is the pulse-pounding adventure of a young man and woman racing to save our world from a terrible fate. An addictive read, this action-packed and mysterious novel tells the story of the endurance of young love, and how quickly two lives can be changed forever. THE RISING combines Graham’s talent for writing… Read more »

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Feb 09
{Review+Giveaway} Guardian of Secrets by @BrendaDrake @EntangledTeen @chapterxchapter

{Review+Giveaway} Guardian of Secrets by @BrendaDrake @EntangledTeen @chapterxchapter

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake is the second book in the Library Jumpers series. The Library Jumpers series is a young adult fantasy series, that I am really enjoying. I loved the first book, Thief of Lies, and I liked this one just as much, if not more! Gia was an even better character than she was in the first book, and I think I overall enjoyed this one even  more. Plus, hello they can jump into different libraries. (if you are a library geek like me, you should totally check out Brenda’s guest post on her top favorite libraries from around the world! Its awesome.  See it HERE) Guardian of Secrets picks up where Thief of Lies left off, so you do need to read this series in order to fully understand an enjoy it. Gia is our main character, and she has grown so much in this series already! I think that is what I was the most impressed with. She was a bit on the immature side… Read more »

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Feb 09
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney @MalMcCartney

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney @MalMcCartney

Black Dawn is the first book in a new adult fantasy series by Mallory McCartney. I have classified this book as new adult because the character are in their 20s, but the content is very clean so I can very easily see this also appealing to younger readers and lovers of young adult fantasies. Black Dawn is a really cool story, and is the set up for what looks like it is going to be an awesome series. I really enjoyed book one, but because there was a lot of world building and background setting, I did have some bumps along the road. However, Black Dawn is a story that just kept getting better and better as it went along. And I think I am going to love book two even more than I did book one. Can I please have book two now Mallory?? Black Dawn starts off in multiple perspectives, rapid fire three different people in the first three chapters and throughout the book we get to see… Read more »

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Feb 08
{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin’s Name is a young adult fantasy re-imagining of the story of Rumplestilskin by Bonnie M. Hennessy. Twisted is Bonnie’s debut novel and I have to say I loved it! I found it to be a delightful, and dark twisty tale of not only Rumplestilskin, but also of the young lady, Aoife. This part of the summary is what initially got me interested in the story was, “This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.” And let me tell you, Aoife was a fierce heroine. I really liked her. I do have to say, I initially thought that Rumplestilskin was going to be the love interest, and as I was reading, I even wanted him to be the love interest. But no, Rumplestilskin is not. There is a romance in Twisted, and it was pretty twisted, just… Read more »

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