Archive | June 2013

I Breathe You Cover Reveal

 
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I Breathe You by Lori L. Clark
Publication date:  July 2013
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Synopsis:

When a tragic accident leaves Rhane Evans — lead vocalist for the rock band Fate’s Crazy — permanently unable to speak above a whisper and kills the love of her life, she moves across the state to pick up the pieces. Shattered, Rhane struggles to understand what happened the night of the accident, an accident everyone blames her for, even though she wasn’t driving the car.

Enter Ian Callahan. He’s the one person who may have a more tumultuous past than Rhane. Though they try hard to deny the sizzling attraction between them, it proves nearly impossible. When Ian’s troubled past threatens to tear them apart, they begin to believe happiness isn’t in their cards.

Because Fate’s Crazy that way…

Lori
I read, I write, I run 1/2 marathons for fun.
Ten things about me:
1. I’m an only child.
2. I love dogs!
3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007.
4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.
5. I’m a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.
6. I’ve written 5 books and am in the process of brainstorming a 6th.
7. I don’t look or act my age!
8. I ran my first 1/2 marathon at age 50.
9. I love 80’s hair band music.
10. My day job is as a claims payment analyst for one of Fortune 500 Magazine’s “Top 100 places in America to work.”

Landlocked Cover Reveal

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Landlocked by Tiffany Daune
Series: Surface, #2
Publication date: Summer 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Synopsis:

As if staying focused in trigonometry wasn’t hard enough….Eerie visions are plaguing Theia’s mind, driving her insane.  Someone or something is reaching out to her, dragging her into a dark underwater world. And, to add to her metal delirium, she has no control over her newly awakened Siren senses. She thinks she can hear her cat’s thoughts, she wants to pummel Sarah Collins, and she’s trying to keep it together so she doesn’t lose her scholarship. She needs someone who understands—someone bound to the ocean water she craves—she needs Luc.  But contacting him is risky, and returning to the water a death sentence. She must find a way to harness her Siren senses even though the waves are calling to her. Denying her intended destiny may be the only way to stay alive.

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Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn’t caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.

Waiting on Wednesday: Until It Hurts To Stop

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.17572888

 

Until It Hurts To Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Publication Date: September 12, 2013

Publisher:  Viking Juvenile

Synopsis: (Goodreads)When you can’t trust anyone, how can you ever feel safe?

In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Every day, the other girls tripped her, pinched her, trapped her in the bathroom, told her she would be better off dead. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. The ringleader of them all, Raleigh Barringer, even moved out of town. But Maggie has never stopped watching for attacks, and every laugh still sounds like it’s at her expense. The only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking up in the mountains with her best friend, Nick. Lately, though, there’s a new sort of tension between the two of them—a tension both dangerous and delicious. But how can Maggie expect anything more out of Nick when all she’s ever been told is that she’s ugly, she’s pathetic, she’s unworthy of love? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly—terrifyingly—back in town?

Personal Thoughts: I love the cover! 🙂 It reminds me of the woods and being in the great outdoors with no worries. The plot line sounds so sad but definitely worth reading and seeing how Maggie turns out in the end.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday, which is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish and the topic is:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

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Golden by Jessi Kirby- This one was an unexpected read for me. I read it on Pulse It and gobbled it up! It was so good that I need a physical copy for my collection. 🙂 I loved the interlapping stories between the present and the past. Sooo good!

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All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue- I picked this one up as a  spur of the moment and because it sounded interesting. Best choice ever. The voices of these three women and their reflections of life really make you think about life.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman – This was such a heartbreakingly good book and it made me cry. It’s one of my favorites.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo- This book was ammmmmmmazing!  I could not put it down and I was just lost in the story line 🙂 I have the next one in the series just waiting for me to pick it up!

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The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan- This one was a pleasant surprise.  I loved the visuals of Paris and the Gargoyles and the history surrounding it.

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The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook- This was a great entertaining read. All the plotting and scheming was awesome! 🙂 Eileen Cook is become a favorite author as well 🙂

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Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr- This one was a surprise  and I enjoyed the suspense throughout the novel.

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Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood- This one was an entertaining read from page one to the very end! Julie Garwood didn’t disappoint.

16158519Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts- I loved the history within this book and the time period that they talked about. 🙂

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Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women, and Money by Kevin O’Leary- This was a nice non-fiction book that opened my eyes about money and the little details that we often don’t think about. Great read for sure!

Life, Love and Lemons Cover Reveal

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Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon
Publication date: August 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Synopsis:

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Rowe. But as their relationship blossoms, a  jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

All I Need Book Review

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All I Need by Susane Colasanti

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

Publisher:  Viking Juvenile

Source: Library

Synopsis: (Goodreads) The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

Personal Thoughts:   I thought that I was going to love this book and the romance within it. It looked like it was going to be a great nice and light summer read. I was really disappointed in this one. This was the first time that I was reading any of Susane Colasanti’s books so it was a bit of a let down.

Skye and Seth meet one night on the beach and they begin a journey of destined soul mates. Throughout a span of three years, we are taken through the trials and tribulations of high school drama, college life and unpleasant roommates, and love that is once in a lifetime.

Skye and Seth were a great couple and the way that they met was just dreamy. Their characterization was well portrayed and I could picture both of them throughout the book. The thing that really let me down in this book is that it was all over the top and too much. The romance was over the top, the soul mates and their belief in it was over the top- it was too much and in the end it made it really unrealistic and not that believable.

I loved how we got a chance to see both personalities and voices of Skye and Seth in their respective sections. I wish that it was a bit clearer as to when they went back to school or college because aside from a few mentions, you don’t know when it is that they are meeting up.

I loved that they didn’t give up on each other after knowing each other for less than 48 hours and then not seeing each other for the whole year. I don’t think it would really happen like that in real life, but you never know. I found that I could relate more to Seth and not Skye. He had to work for everything and was responsible and had to fight for everything. In some sections, Skye really seemed like a spoiled brat and that didn’t resonate well with me.

Overall, it was a fast read, too fluffy and filled with romance that was just too much and not believable. I love my fluff and romance, but even I was put off by this. I think if the author wrote it in a different style or just made it more realistic, it would have the potential to be something amazing.

I am not going to give up on this author yet. I will read a few others that she has before coming to a conclusion of whether she is worth reading or not.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars