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Blog Tour: Autofocus Review

June 13, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★

Blog Tour: Autofocus Review

Blog Tour: Autofocus ReviewAutofocus by Lauren Gibaldi
Published by HarperTeen on June 14th 2016
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

From the author of The Night We Said Yes comes a fun and heartfelt YA contemporary tale. When Maude decides to search for information about her birth mother, she finds out more than she expected. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Susane Colasanti.
Family. It’s always been a loaded word for Maude, whose birth mother died after giving her up for adoption. With her best friend, Treena, in college in the same town where her birth mother grew up, Maude decides to visit and explore her past. But when Maude arrives, she quickly discovers that Treena doesn’t seem to have time for her—or for helping with her search. Enter Bennett, a cute guy who lives in Treena’s dorm. He understands Maude’s need to find her mother. And as Bennett helps Maude, she starts to realize that her mother’s past doesn’t have to define her own future.

I didn’t get a chance to read Lauren Gibaldi’s first novel, so this was my first impression of her writing. I think this was a pretty solid book as a whole. I particularly found the adoption part of the plot to be especially refreshing. It’s a topic that we don’t see often enough in YA, and I believe that it’s much needed. It’s also important to mention that Gibaldi has such beautiful writing, I was so impressed by her effortless ability to make every sentence so vivid. With each scene, I felt like we were right there with Maude as she goes on this journey of self-discovering.

Maude is a senior in high school who is supposed to make family her main focus in her final portfolio for photography class. She was adopted and her birth mother died when she was born, but she still feels like she needs to learn more about her life. Her parents allow her to spend fall break visiting her best friend Treena at college, while also trying to learn about her mother’s past. Treena ends up being more than a little distracted, and much different than she was back in high school. Maude is forced to go through with her search alone, until she meets Bennett, a boy who lives in the same building as Treena. He ends up accompanying her along for the ride, and she ends up discovering more about herself than she ever anticipated.

I loved Maude’s passion for photography. She even has her own blog which she initially created for her class, but it slowly became something that she updated for personal reasons as well. I really enjoyed reading about the photography stuff, Gibaldi wrote it in an extremely compelling and gripping way. I also really respected Maude’s desire to find out about her birth mother. Maude was seriously determined, when we reached a point in her search where I would personally give up on it, Maude just kept on finding a way through it. My childhood best friend was adopted from China, she sadly died when she was nine. But I know that she also had some curiosity about where she came from, and that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love her parents. I feel like Gibaldi really understood this concept, and I loved how she addressed adoption in general.

I loved the fact that Bennett was so willing to help Maude out from the start. He was able to sympathize with her story even more because his mother is a social worker, so he’s seen/heard about some cases that are similar to Maude’s. Anyway, I did like his character. I felt like he was very kind and understanding in all ways when it comes to Maude. When Treena kicks her out of her dorm room so she can spend more time with her new boyfriend, Bennett immediately allows her to stay in his room. I don’t know why I found this interesting, I just think it showed that his feelings towards Maude were more than just for physical reasons, they also built a friendship.

That being said, I still wasn’t overly impressed with the relationship. Obviously, it still moved pretty quickly since they only had one week together. Honestly, I think that Maude was really terrible towards him at times. Well, it was just one scene, but it was still rather off putting to me. I don’t know what it is, I just wasn’t very invested in the romance. It honestly didn’t cause me huge anxiety to think about them no longer being together. Along similar lines, I did like how the author left it open-ended. I will try to spoil it further, but let’s just say that some readers who are huge believers in HEA may not be overly thrilled about it, but I felt like it was realistic given the individual circumstances presented here.

The way that the author wrote friendship here felt painfully real to me at times. Treena is a character who has totally changed during her time at college. Maude slowly but surely learns that some things about their friendship will never fully go back to normal. This is a very real and honest thing that unfortunately happens sometimes. I felt like the communication between the two while Maude felt like Treena was changing for the worst could have been better, but it was still well done for the most part.

All in all, I won’t say that this is my favorite or anything, but it’s still an important read nonetheless. I believe that there definitely should be more YA books out there that focus on adoption. Maude sometimes frustrated me as a character, but I really believed in her passion about photography. The writing as a whole was stunning and quotable. I plan on checking out whatever Lauren writes next!

ABOUT LAUREN GIBALDI:

Lauren Gibaldi

Public librarian and author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, MATT’S STORY (a Night We Said Yes novella), and AUTOFOCUS (out 6/14/16), all with HarperTeen / HarperCollins. Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.

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Blog Tour: Idol Review

June 12, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 2 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Idol ReviewIdol (VIP, #1) by Kristen Callihan
on June 7th, 2016
Source: InkSlinger PR
Also by this author: The Hook Up (Game On, #1), The Friend Zone (Game On, #2), The Game Plan (Game On, #3), Managed (VIP, #2), The Hot Shot (Game On, #4)
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four-stars

I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Libby
I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.
He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?
Killian
As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.
Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse —and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.
The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

Personally, I’m a sucker for a solid rock star romance. Kristen Callihan completely won me over with her awesome football NA series Game On, so I had high hopes that this would be just as steamy and addicting. No worries, Callihan was definitely able to deliver with Idol. So if you enjoy New Adult books that are filled with fabulous music references and a romance that you can totally cheer for, you’ve got to pick this one up! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this new series.

Libby is a woman who lives an isolated life. She crosses paths with Killian when he shows up drunk on her lawn. Much to her initial dismay, he turns out to be staying at the house next door to her. Gradually, the two begin to get to know each other better and strike up an unlikely friendship. Oh yeah, Killian also just so happens to be the lead singer of one of the most popular bands in the world (Libby didn’t initially recognize him and it took awhile for her to find out the truth) and he eventually has to go back on tour. Libby has always dreamed about being a singer, and she bonds with Killian through playing the guitar and writing songs. Thanks to Killian, music begins to play an even larger role in Libby’s life. But is fame all that it’s cracked up to be?

So Libby is a heroine who definitely isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I love how she stood up to Killian from the very beginning, and she never hesitated to tell him when he was being a jerk or whatever. While I did love her character in the beginning, I wasn’t a huge fan of some of her choices later on. I get that Libby has suffered a huge amount of loss in her life, like the deaths of her mother and father. At the same time though, I still feel like she didn’t have a lot of character growths in some areas. Honestly, it’s tough to talk too much about it without spoiling anything, but I’ll just say that she wasn’t my favorite in the end.

Killian was an amazing and unbelievably swoony love interest. There’s not much about this guy that I didn’t love. A lot has happened to Killian and his bandmates that ended up driving him to drink so much and also step away from the band for a pretty long time. In the end, he was still able to overcome the bad and get back to writing songs. Though he does strike up a friendship with Libby before anything deeper happens between them, he’s still extremely clear about the way he feels about her. Meaning, he never messes around with any other girls like a lot of the rock stars in NA books tend to do.

I really enjoyed the fairly slow build romance between Killian and Libby. I liked that Killian was able to find inspiration through Libby, and write songs with her. I feel like this is kind of a spoiler so I won’t go into a lot of details, but I didn’t like that Libby made the choice to hide their relationship from some people who were very important to Killian. I think it put him in an awkward position, and I didn’t really like seeing that. Overall though, the romance was still super swoony and I did love them as a couple.

Idol was a fascinating and well written rock star romance from Kristen Callihan. This author has proved once again why I find her books so entertaining. This book is very much character driven, and I found them all to be incredibly complex. Besides the main characters, I also really liked the supporting characters, like Killian’s bandmates, his cousin, and the band’s manager. It looks like the next book in the series will focus on the manager, which I can’t wait to see. Be sure to buy this one if you love music and steamy romances!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Blog Tour: Lucky Few Review + Giveaway

June 7, 2016 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 3 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Lucky Few Review + GiveawayLucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee, K.E. Ormsbee
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 7th 2016
Pages: 384
Source: Simon & Schuster
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four-stars

I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In the tradition of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a hilarious, madcap, and quirky debut novel about a group of oddball teens struggling to find themselves when facing their own mortality.
The life of homeschooler Stevie Hart gets all shook up when she meets a strange boy, Max, who survived a freak near-fatal accident and is now obsessed with death. He enlists her and her best friend, Sanger, to help him complete his absurd “23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying” checklist. What starts off as fun begins spiraling downward when Stevie’s diabetes sabotages her fumbling romance with Max, Sanger announces she’s moving out of state, and then death—real death—cuts close to home.

Oh man, this book was such a pleasant surprise to say the least. Lucky Few is a quirky coming of age story that had me sold at the comparison to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It did remind me of that fabulous story, except this one has kissing, summer, and more sentimental scenes in general. Anyway, this is a book that you simply need to read! The plot might sound a bit strange to some of you guys, but I promise that the author makes it work with her hilarious pop culture references and her well developed characters. This was one of my favorite reads of the summer so far!

Stevie is a homeschooler who wants people to know that the stereotypes about homeschoolers aren’t completely true, and she’s one of the normal ones. Nevertheless, she still lives a relatively sheltered life for the most part. She goes to co-op classes with the other homeschoolers and also hangs out with her closest (and pretty much only) friend Sanger. Stevie also struggles with type I diabetes which has shaken her up tremendously. Everything changes when the new kid Max asks Stevie and Sanger to help him tackle his list of 23 ways to fake his own death before summer school begins. Though she’s hesitant at first, she gives in when she finds out that Sanger is moving in just a few months and this will be the last chance to bond together.

I absolutely adored Stevie. She’s a hilarious main character and I loved her pop culture references, specifically the ones involving Gilmore Girls because I totally agreed with everything she said about Rory. Stevie is a passionate person, who loves protesting things when it comes to what she believes in. Seriously, she’s a member in an environmental group where they are protesting about pollution that will affect the neighborhood pool that she loves. I guess that I respect everything that this character stands for, and I really related with her from the very beginning.

Max is yet another character that I loved. Max had a near death experience after a freak accident happened to him, and that’s why he moved in with his grandpa to start over. His grandpa lives next to Stevie, and that’s when the two first meet. Yeah, the fact that he came up with a list of ways to fake his death 23 times is definitely weird, but it actually works. As the book progresses, we’re able to understand Max better, and I really sympathized with him. He never doubts his feelings for Stevie, and I loved how sure he was about her. He’s a super swoony guy, what more can I say?

Stevie doesn’t like Max at first, she thinks his list is completely morbid, and it is in a way. She ends up agreeing to help him out because Sanger is moving, but things gradually progress between them. He opens up to her about his past, and she gets why he wants to complete this list so badly. Soon enough, this friendship turns into more, and I thought the romance couldn’t have been written any better. It wasn’t a perfect relationship, but it felt so real for a first love.

Sanger has been Stevie’s best friend since they were both really young. It hits Stevie hard when Sanger tells her that she has to move to Pennsylvania (they live in Texas) because one of her moms accepted a new job. Oh yeah, did I mention that she has two moms? I loved seeing that! I’m a huge fan of Sanger, she’s hilarious and such a loyal friend to Stevie. I also loved how she called Stevie “Nicks” because she’s convinced that she named her after the legendary singer Stevie Nicks, though her parents claim that she was actually named after an aunt. The point is, she was a lovely character.

Not only were the main three incredible, the supporting characters were also beautifully developed. I particularly enjoyed Stevie’s cousin Joel, who lives with Stevie and her parents. He’s also homeschooled, but he’s a bit more social and athletic than his cousin. Towards the end, he started acting super weird and moody. All I’ll say is that it was a heartbreaking situation. Ultimately, I really enjoyed his relationship with Stevie. There was also a girl named Jessica who was a fellow homeschooler who Stevie slapped a label on right away as being anti-social and overly sheltered. In the end, it turned out that there was a lot more to Jessica. I loved that the author made her such a complex character.

This was a great book that I recommend to anyone looking for a summer read. It’s not your typical coming of age story, but that’s what I liked so much about it. This was a quick read that I was able to read in just a few hours. Lucky Few is sure to make you laugh out loud and maybe even shed a tear or two. It’s not ridiculously depressing or anything, but it still has enough depth to it that the story is always entertaining. Be sure to check this one out!

ABOUT KATHRYN ORMSBEE:

KathrynOrmsbee

Hello! I am a ginger girl who writes stories. My debut novel, THE WATER AND THE WILD, is a Middle Grade fantasy out now from Chronicle Books, with a sequel to follow in Fall 2016. My YA debut, LUCKY FEW, will be published by Simon & Schuster in Summer 2016. THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD, a standalone MG fantasy, comes out in 2017.

I was born and raised in the Bluegrass State. Then I went off and lived in places across the pond, like England and Spain, where I pretended I was a French ingénue. Just kidding! That only happened once. I also lived in some hotter nooks of the USA, like Austin, TX. Now I’m back in the land of Proper Autumn.

In my wild, early years, I taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping. My crowning achievement is that the back of my head was in an iPhone commercial, and people actually paid me money for it.

Nowadays, I teach piano lessons, play in a band you’ve never heard of, and run races that I never win. I likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s. I am from the 90s.

Are you still reading? Then you are a phenomenal human being and deserve a great big virtual HUG. Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your stay!

xoxo Kathryn

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Blog Tour: Summer of Sloane Review

May 10, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 2 ★★★½

Blog Tour: Summer of Sloane Review

Blog Tour: Summer of Sloane ReviewSummer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 304
Source: Disney-Hyperion
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three-half-stars

I received this book for free from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.
These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.
Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.
But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

This was an impressive debut novel that has a glorious setting, just look at the cover! Anyway, the book takes place in the beautiful state of Hawaii. I definitely think this would make for an amazing beach read! It’s fast paced, the drama sucks you in and begs you to not look away from the book for very long. Some things about the book did leave me a little unsatisfied, but it was still pretty enjoyable and not an overly heavy book to devour. As mentioned, there is plenty of drama, I’ll touch more on that later. Some readers might find this to be a good thing while others think it’s a bad thing. It depends on personal preference in this case, but I think some readers will be very satisfied with how the drama goes down in the story. All in all, this was a decent book and I can’t wait to see what Schneider writes next.

Sloane is spending the summer in Honolulu, Hawaii at her mom’s house with her twin brother Penn. Before she goes though, she finds out some heartbreaking news about her best friend and her boyfriend back in Seattle. Tyler and Mick were having an affair and Mick ends up pregnant from it. I don’t feel like this is a spoiler since it literally happens in the first few pages of the novel. So yeah, Sloane then winds up heading off to Hawaii feeling betrayed and tons of other terrible emotions. She winds up trying to make the best of it with some of her friends from the time that she’s spent in Hawaii. This is when she meets a boy named Finn and starts giving swim lessons to his little sister. Soon after, she finds herself falling for him more and more, despite the fact that she’s doing her best not to get involved with any guys over the summer. So will Sloane be able to let herself be happy with Finn and move on from the heartbreak that Tyler caused her?

I really did like Sloane. I feel like she had a really great heart, especially regarding everything that she does for Finn’s little sister. She’s not a perfect person by any means, but who is? She makes her fair share of mistakes, just like any other teen (0r of any age) does. But Sloane ends up learning from them, and becoming a better person because of it. Unfortunately for Sloane, drama just seemed to follow her pretty much everywhere. Even when she made her summer escape to Hawaii, drama was still there as well. That’s not exactly her fault, but I still feel like she took the high road many times, and was still able to have a positive attitude and move on despite all the terrible and unexpected things that happened to her.

If I’m being completely honest here, Finn wasn’t all that swoony to me. I might just have a high standard when it comes to book boyfriends or something but he didn’t completely do it for me, if that makes any sense. He was definitely a better guy than Sloane’s cheater ex, but he wasn’t all that charming to me. A lot of that might be because I’m a fan of the nerdy slightly socially awkward guys and not the total player. So ultimately that comes down to my own personal preference, you might find Finn ridiculously swoony, I just didn’t.

The relationship between Finn and Sloane was rather solid. There was some insta-love going on, which I’m not a fan of. There also wasn’t much buildup between them getting involved with each other. But I do get that this trope can’t happen every single book, it’s just my personal favorite. My point is, I did like this couple. I feel like Finn brought out a more relaxed and easygoing side of Sloane that she had never previously explored. I wouldn’t say that he changed her in this terrible way, but I will say that he just helped her embrace her true self in a new and refreshing way. It was a sweet summer romance, that ended up going a lot deeper than that, which I always love to see in YA books.

I certainly recommend that you read Summer of Sloane this summer! It had beautiful writing from Erin L. Schneider. She’s created a beautiful cast of characters. Even more than that, she’s painted a vivid picture of a place that I’ve personally never visited before. Who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii? I know that is my dream destination, but it’s unlikely that I’ll ever get a chance to go there. Oh well, at least I got to read about this incredible place! If you’d like the chance to get transported to a completely new place like Hawaii, I recommend getting your hands on a copy of this book right away.

ABOUT ERIN L. SCHNEIDER:

Erin Schneider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu, and – although Hawaiian – should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.
Visit Erin online at Erin L Schneider or on Twitter: @ErinLSchneider1

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

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*5/2:* Lost In Lit Review
*5/3:* Reading Teen – Q&A
*5/4:* Big Books & Grande Lattes – Review
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*5/9:* The Irish Banana Review – Playlist
*5/10:* Go Read A Book – Review
*5/11:* Paperback Princess – Top 10
*5/12:* A Leisure Moment – Review
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Blog Tour: Whisper to Me Review

May 3, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Whisper to Me Review

Blog Tour: Whisper to Me ReviewWhisper to Me by Nick Lake
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 544
Source: Bloomsbury
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four-stars

I received this book for free from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A remarkable story of strange beauty and self-discovery from Printz Award winner Nick Lake
Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.
Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

This book is seriously complicated and very unique! I loved Nick Lake’s writing style. It was unlike anything that I’ve ever read before. Honestly, Whisper to Me is a book that just isn’t going to be for some people. I say this because some people just stay away from any stories that are suspenseful murder mystery types. However, I still think that this story is really special and it’s a lot deeper than just being a mystery. It experiments with several different genres and I enjoyed reading it. Whisper to Me is a book that you aren’t going to want to put down. It’s actually a fairly lengthy book, but due to how different the narrative is and how quickly the events unravel, there truly are no dull moments.

Focusing too much on the plot will definitely ruin things so I don’t want to do that. I found the synopsis to be a bit misleading. Yes, Cassie is writing this letter to the boy she loved who’s heart she just broke. In my opinion, this makes it seem like the book spends the majority of the time on the romance side of things. This ultimately isn’t the case, instead it turns out to be about so many more events in Cassie’s life than just her romance with him. She really doesn’t include all that many details about their relationship, which makes sense because he was there and doesn’t need all the details. So if you’re looking for a cute and fluffy teenage romance, this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re looking for something that has a great deal of development of characters and a fast paced plot, this might just be the book that you need.

As mentioned, Cassie is an interesting and complicated protagonist. I feel like going too much into the specifics of her character might give some things away. So I’ll just leave it at Cassie has a tragic past and you really sympathize with her throughout the novel. You also feel bad for her that she’s pushed away this guy that she clearly cares enough about to write this whole thing for. The thing that I find the most strange is that Cassie never tells us the name of this guy she’s writing to. She always just says “you” and when other characters are mentioning him, there’s no name given to us. I found this to be odd and it created some disconnect with him. How can you fully be invested in the relationship that she has with him when we don’t even know his name? In a way, it was a clever move on Lake’s part, it just took some getting used to.

In the end, this was a fascinating book that was suspenseful and intense. Nick Lake is a seriously beautiful writer. I was mesmerized by basically every word he wrote. If you give this book a chance, prepare to lose some sleep. It’s not really a SCARY novel, it’s just a little on the creepy side. You’re most likely going to lose sleep from staying up extremely late reading this. Anyway, I highly recommend that you give this one of a kind YA novel a chance!

ABOUT NICK LAKE:

Nick Lake
My name is Nick and I write and edit books for young adults. My first YA novel IN DARKNESS, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 and won the Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in YA Literature. I also wrote a book called HOSTAGE THREE about a girl kidnapped by Somali pirates.

THERE WILL BE LIES is coming in January 15 and is about a girl who learns that everything she knows is a lie. To say it’s a book with a twist in the story would be a massive understatement. There is also a talking coyote in it.

I live with my wife, daughter and son in a 16th century house in England with almost 19th century amenities. Sometimes the heating even works.

I like: reading, art, music, food containing sugar, cities at night, the countryside in the daytime, vintage furniture, modern standards of heating (see above), travelling.

I dislike: being sick, failing, being underdressed in the cold, being overdressed in the heat, the unnecessary suffering of children, being punched in the face.

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5/3: Go Read A Book – Review <http://www.goreadabook.org/>
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5/6: The Cover Contessa – Guest Post <http://www.thecovercontessa.com/>
5/7: Swoony Boys Podcast – Q&A <http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com/>
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5/9: Tina the Bookworm – Review <http://tinathebookworm.com/>
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5/11: Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review <http://starcrossedbookblog.com/>
5/12: Arctic Books – Dream Casting <http://arcticbooks.wordpress.com/>
5/13: Ex Libris – Review <http://exlibriskate.com/>

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Blog Tour: Save Me, Kurt Cobain Q&A & Giveaway

March 16, 2016 Blog Tours, Giveaways 4

Blog Tour: Save Me, Kurt Cobain Q&A & Giveaway

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What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father?

This nuanced and bittersweet YA debut will keep you guessing until the end.

Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and co-conspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go.

On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.

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Hey guys, I’m thrilled to bring you my post for the Save Me, Kurt Cobain blog tour! Jenny Manzer was nice enough to answer some questions for me. Hope you guys enjoy it!

1. What is one Nirvana song that you believe best sums up “Save Me, Kurt Cobain” as a whole?

Probably “All Apologies” because it is haunting, unnerving, and hopeful, yet also has threads of anger and frustration running through it. It’s unsettling, but beautiful, and it transports you.

2. Can you describe Nico in five words or less?

Artistic, loyal, funny, witty, searching.

3. What are some contemporary YA books that inspire you? These can be either older or newer books.

I would say anything by A.S. King. Her books are somewhat experimental, but literary—and often funny. She is not afraid to convey harsh realities in an off-kilter but delightful way. I loved EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, by Nicola Yoon, and also ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven. I read them when I was first discovering just how good YA is right now.

4. Can you tell us a little bit about what writing project you’re working on next? Is it going to be YA?

I am working on a YA novel about a young runner named Ceci Jensen, and what happens when a creepy new coach arrives at her inner-city high school track team and takes over. It’s about needing to run, wanting to win, and sticking with your squad when things go bad—as well as falling in love.

5. Have you considered writing books in other genres? Why or why not?

I have! I am trained as a journalist, so I’ve considered writing non-fiction books, and I also write novels aimed at adults. I love to write. I’ve had the chance to write so many different things—short stories, poetry, hard news, novels, even scientific articles. I believe everything I try makes me a better writer. I’d love to write a screenplay, commercials, Manga. If I had time, I would probably try them all.

6. What was it about Kurt Cobain’s story that inspired you to ultimately write this story?

It was learning about this obscure gig that Nirvana played in Victoria, British Columbia in March of 1991. The show was poorly attended and held in a forgettable club. But it got me wondering: what happened, who was there? And that’s when I started thinking about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. I began listening to their music and learning about his complicated life.

7. What is some advice that you’d give to aspiring writers out there that are struggling to get their stories out in the publishing world?

I would say: find a network of critique partners if you can. Be prepared to write many drafts of a work and possibly several different novels, because it may take time to hit upon something the world wants to publish. But—I would also suggest, don’t try to second-guess what the market wants. Write the stories you need to tell.

8. In the story, Nico listens to a lot of alt music. What are some of her favorite bands?

Nico discovers 90’s-era bands like Nirvana, The Pixies, The Breeders, Sonic Youth, and Mudhoney. Thanks to her friend, Obe, she also tunes into The Weakerthans, a more recent and fantastic indie band from Canada. Music is definitely her boyfriend, as they say.

ABOUT JENNY MANZER:

Jenny Manzer

Jenny Manzer is a writer in Victoria, British Columbia.

She has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and an investigative journalist, and has loved writing stories ever since she was
a little girl. Now that she has two children of her own, she does most of her writing (and listening to Nirvana) at night while they’re asleep.

LINKS:

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Tour Schedule:

*Week 1: *
*3/7:* Katie’s Book Blog – Review <http://www.katiesbookblog.com/>
*3/8:* Such A Novel Idea – Playlist <http://suchanovelidea.com/>
*3/9:* Kelly Vision – Review <http://kellyvision.wordpress.com/>
*3/10:* Take Me Away to a Great Read – Mood Board
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*3/11:* I Heart Romance & YA – Review <http://www.eyeheartromance.com/>

*Week 2:*
*3/14:* YA Indulgences – Guest Post <https://yaindulgences.wordpress.com/>
*3/15: *Pondering the Prose – Review
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*3/16:* Go Read A Book – Q&A <http://www.goreadabook.org/>
*3/17:* Ex Libris – Review <http://exlibriskate.com/>
*3/18:* Tina the Bookworm – Review <http://tinathebookworm.blogspot.com/>

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Blog Tour: How Willa Got Her Groove Back Review

February 25, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 0

How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Creative HeArts #2, companion series
Publication: February 25th, 2016

When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother–the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously–how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

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Review
How Willa Got Her Groove Back” is an interesting and angsty novel. It’s the second book in the Creative HeArts series from Entangled Crush, but it’s more of a companion. Meaning, you can read the first book before this one, but this book is written by a different author and the only main similarity is that the characters in both stories attend the same school. Sloane and Tru do make a few brief appearances here. Anyway, this was a well written story filled with tons and tons of high school drama. It also explored family, love, and relationships. Though not the darkest book this publishing company has released, it still has a lot of depth. Meaning, this isn’t just a fluffy romantic read.

Willa is a witty and funny protagonist. I loved her narration and getting inside of this relatable character’s head. Yes, at times she was definitely frustrating when she refused to give Mia a chance. On the other side of things, I did get WHY she was so fearful for her father since he’s planning on marrying a wildly popular actress. My point is, I think she was a well layered MC that many teens (and adults who love YA of course) will be able to identify with.

Another thing I liked about the book, Willa specifically, was the love and appreciation of writing and books. Willa attends art school in order to write. I personally wanted to see even more of her writings. However, I just really respected the fact that she was into writing in the first place. It’s always awesome to see! She’s also a huge fan of reading and I can already picture the gorgeous bookshelves she describes. Additionally, I liked seeing this awesome art school that Willa attends. Through her voice, we get to see a new side to the school since her focus is different from Sloane’s was. Sloane attended the school to focus on art.

The lack of romance here honestly bothered me because it’s typically a pretty huge part of the plot in the novels from Entangled Crush. In a way though, I think this worked in Emily McKay’s favor because there’s a true buildup that makes you cheer for a romance. The tension between them is obvious from the beginning, but it’s not insta-love really, which I like to see.

Naturally, I feel like I need to talk about Finn for a little bit here. I found myself charmed by him to say the least. He’s far from perfect, but there’s definitely something alluring and appealing about him from the very start. Though he keeps his guard up most of the time, he’s much more likable when he opens up more to Willa. I loved his POV’s, which are written in third person while Willa’s is in first person. He’s charming and I loved how protective and caring he was towards Willa.

This is a fast paced read that will have you DYING to get your hands on the next book once you finish. Unlike the first book in the series, this one has a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the fascinating life of Willa, Finn, Mia, (her future stepmother) her father, and her loving group of friends from school.

Rating: 3.5/5
About the Author

Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.

When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

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Blog Tour: To the Stars Review + Excerpt

February 18, 2016 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 2

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We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Molly McAdams’ TO THE STARS! TO THE STARS is a contemporary romance novel being published on February 9th by HarperCollins’ William Morrow Impulse imprint and is the second novel in Molly’s Thatch Series.

My Review:

Molly McAdams has already established a pretty awesome fan base among New Adult and Contemporary Romance readers. She writes really beautiful character driven stories that never fail to take your breath away and shock you. Not to mention she writes some wonderfully swoony book boyfriends. Anyway, fans of Molly will be beyond pleased with her latest release. I hope that it attracts new fans as well, but I recommend reading the first book in this series even though it’s technically a standalone. I think you’ll connect to the characters better if you read the first book, but obviously, the plots alone are extremely different. Honestly, To the Stars is nothing like anything that McAdams has ever written before and I think you’ll love the intensity and emotions in this book.

Harlow just might be my favorite female character from Molly yet! I desperately wished that she was a real person so I could be her friend and give her a great big hug and solve all her problems. She was an extremely passionate and fiery girl back when she was a teen, and though she lost a lot of that due to her horrible abusive husband, there was still fire left in her in the end. Was her personality alone all that unique? Not really, but I still sympathized with her and wanted her to be safe.

Knox is naturally my absolute favorite thing about the book. I really liked Jagger from the first book in the Thatch series, but Knox might actually have him beat! He’s a sexy firefighter who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. Yes, it bothered me a little that he was such a manwhore but still continued to pine over Harlow. I get that she’s married so obviously it’s not even close to being cheating, it’s just always bothered me when the “alpha males” deal with their romance issues that way. Back to what I like though, Know has always been clear about how he feels about Harlow. Even years after everything between them ended, he still doesn’t even try to deny how he feels. He lets her know right away that he’s still waiting for her. In the end, he’s not exactly the perfect character, but his flaws are real and believable to me in every way.

So before I talk more about the really difficult part of the story, I wanted to talk a little more about the romance between Knox and Harlow. At the beginning of the book, there are tons of flashbacks that highlight the first time they met when she was 15 and he was (almost) 18 up until she finally turned 18 and everything between them changed. Basically, there’s a total case of insta-love between them. I’m never going to like insta-love honestly, and at times the romance moved way too quickly for me in general. I feel like they’d barely hungout at all before Knox was telling her that he loved her to the stars. I did think this scene (which later becomes many scenes since they say it to each other a lot) was somewhat sweet, but it also just felt so cheesy to me. I did like the relationship between them as a whole, it just wasn’t my favorite.

The rest of this book is painful to talk about and even more devastating when you read it. If reading about abusive relationships isn’t your thing or if it is a trigger for you, I recommend not reading this book. To the Stars doesn’t shy away from the topic in the slightest. It’s downright descriptive when it comes to the abuse from evil Collin. You’ll want to murder him literally everytime he appears on the page. You’ll also find yourself on the edge of your seat as you cheer for Harlow to find some way out of this without any of her family or Knox getting hurt. The reason why she has yet to leave Collin is because he threatened to kill her family if she did. That’s right, the asshole is definitely as crazy as he sounds. This is an emotional rollercoaster, but I truly enjoyed it and recommend it!

Rating: 3.5/5

Excerpt:

“Happy birthday, Low. I waited for you.”

The instant his voice filtered through the phone, my body stilled and warmed at the same time. My breath came out in a soft, audible huff, and my eyes shut as hundreds of welcome memories flooded my mind.

I didn’t have to look at the screen to know who was calling. I would know that voice anywhere, and I should have been expecting his call. Not just his call. This call. We’d been preparing for and talking about this call for two and a half years now.

My lips and fingers trembled, and I almost dropped the phone as I tried to make my throat work.

“I waited for you”, played over and over again like a broken record. A broken record with the most beautiful music still coming from it.

Turning my head just enough to look over my shoulder, I eyed the guy shrugging into his shirt, and my chest ached when I faced forward again.

No longer seeing the dorm room I was standing in, I let our memories consume me. “I—” I took in a shaky breath, and my voice came out as a strained whisper. “I didn’t wait for you.”

There was nothing. No sound, no response—only the most heartbreaking silence I’ve ever endured.

 

 

To The Stars

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Molly McAdam’s TO THE STARS Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

February 10th

Southern Belle Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

A Sky Full of Stars Blog – Review & Excerpt

Books Unhinged – Review & Excerpt

Carver’s Book Cravings – Review & Excerpt

FMR Book Grind – Review & Excerpt

This Wacky Momma reads! – Review & Excerpt

Novel Grounds – Review & Excerpt

Perusing Princesses Review & Excerpt

February 11th

Book Bitches Blog – Review & Excerpt

Bookaholic Confessions – Review & Excerpt

Extreme Bookaholic’s – Excerpt

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review & Excerpt

Jen’s Reading Obsession – Review & Excerpt

Lustful Literature – Review & Excerpt

Maari Loves Her Indies – Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

February 12th

Brittany’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Excerpt

Author Groupies – Review & Excerpt

Best Book Boyfriends – Review & Excerpt

Lushbookreviews – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

February 13th

Morning Books and Coffee – Review

Musings and Ramblings – Excerpt

Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Reading Cow – Excerpt

Crazy, Chaotic Book Babes – Review

Meli’s Book Blog – Excerpt

February 14th

A brit & A Yank – Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

Pop Fizz Clink Read – Excerpt

The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt

Beneath The Covers Blog – Excerpt

Once Upon A Twilight – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review

February 15th

2 Greek Girls Reading – Excerpt

Adventures in Writing – Review

Books Need TLC – Review

The Cover Contessa – Excerpt

The Phantom Paragrapher – Review & Excerpt

The Dirty Book Girls – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

February 16th

Fictitious Delicious – Review & Excerpt

Brooke Blogs – Excerpt

A Bookish Escape – Review

Bound By Books Book Review – Review & Excerpt

Fangril Moments and My Two Cents – Excerpt

Stories and Swag – Review & Excerpt

A pair of okies – Excerpt

February 17th

A girl and her books – Review

Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt

Reading Lark – Review & Excerpt

Smart & Savvy with Stephanie – Review & Excerpt

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog – Review

Those Crazy Book Chicks – Excerpt

Have Words Will Scribble – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows & Books – Review & Except

February 18th

My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt

Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt

Alpha Queen’s Book Obsession – Excerpt

Eye Candy Bookstore – Review & Excerpt

Go Read A Book – Review & Excerpt

In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

Three Chicks and Their Books – Review & Excerpt

February 19th

Booklover4lifeblog – Review & Excerpt

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

ScandalousBook Blog – Review & Excerpt

Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt

Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt

StuckInBooks – Review & Excerpt

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Excerpt

I’m A Book Shark – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Excerpt

 

 

 

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About TO THE STARS:

In the second standalone book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together.

He promised to wait for her.
She told him he was wasting his time.
Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.

When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else.

Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

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And don’t miss the first book in the Thatch Series…

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LETTING GO

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Author PhotoAbout Molly McAdams:

Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Street Team: Symptoms of Being Human Review

February 14, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 2 ★★★★

Sunday Street Team: Symptoms of Being Human ReviewSymptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 2nd 2016
Pages: 352
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The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.
On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

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Hey, everyone! I’m so happy to be a member of the Sunday Street Team. This is my first post for it and I’m excited for many more book tours. SST is hosted by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28.

Symptoms of Being Human is a seriously power book that people need to read. The term Gender fluid is one that countless Americans are relatively clueless about. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know all that much going into this story either. However, Garvin provides readers with tons of information that is truly important regardless of age, sex, race, or whatever, this is a topic you need to know more about. Just trust me, this a great book and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it.

This is a book that you will likely read in just one sitting. It’s easy to get completely caught up in Riley’s voice and forget to put the book down. Warning though: it’s a seriously emotional book, you’ll walk away feeling a large variety of different things. Honestly, some of the parts are downright painful to read since it’s baffling that a teen could treat another teen so terribly just because they are different. Anyway, this felt fairly realistic and the emotions that it provides the readers with plays a large part in that.

Riley is witty, brave, intelligent, and generally awesome all across the board. I will admit that I did catch myself attempting to guess whether Riley was born a boy or a girl, but after awhile, it finally hit me that it really doesn’t matter what part was given at birth. I loved that Riley was able to find a safe place on the Internet through blogging about what was happening under another name. Every single word written on the blog was beautiful and inspiring. Along the way, Riley also discovered both the good and bad that comes with having a blog that quickly becomes overwhelmingly popular. Once it becomes popular, there’s a tremendous amount of pressure placed on Riley when others going through the same thing start sending messages and asking for very serious advice about coming out and all that. I enjoyed that this whole experience online wasn’t totally glamorized, there were downsides to it as well.

Besides Riley, there were two specific characters that became really important at the new public school Riley was basically forced to attend. One of them was Bec, who instantly connects with Riley and never seems to pass any judgement. I felt like Bec was a fascinating character. I would have liked to see more romance happen between them just because that’s my favorite thing, but I get that Riley had more pressing matters going on. The other important character is Solo. I was a bit unsure about his motives in the beginning, but he proves himself and becomes an incredible friend to Riley. I also loved that he was a total geek but also this big and burly football player.

Symptoms of Being Human is a quick read that will hit you hard and make you feel so many emotions. It’s filled with tons of heart and I’m so glad this story exists. I hope the words in this story will bring comfort to gender fluid teens out there and make them feel less alone and help expose them to some of the resources that are out there. I also hope that it will teach those who know nothing about it or that have bullied gender fluid teens in the past how difficult going through this is, even in today’s more open society. I really hope my review encourages you to give this a read because it’s definitely worth it!

About Jeff:

Before becoming a novelist, Jeff Garvin acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California, surrounded by adorable, shedding beasts.

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Release Blast: Call Me, Maybe Review

February 9, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 2 ★★★★

Release Blast: Call Me, Maybe Review

Release Blast: Call Me, Maybe ReviewCall Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Published by Loveswept on February 9th 2016
Pages: 217
Source: Netgalley
Reading Challenges: Contemporary Romance Challenge
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!” raves bestselling author Cora Carmack, and this steamy, upbeat modern romance about connecting in all the best ways proves it once again.  Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.   Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.  Praise for Ellie Cahill’s When Joss Met Matt
 
“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads.”New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack   “This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan
 
“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of No Interest in Love  Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

I thought this was a really adorable romance that had characters readers can easily relate to, the plot was also fairly unique. Based on the description alone, I could tell this was my type of book and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Right after I finished reading this book, I walked down the street and couldn’t help but really want to bump into a hot stranger and accidentally end up with his phone. Alright, so the circumstances in this book are a lot far fetched. If something like that happened to me at an airport, I would probably NOT end up with someone as hot as Justin is. Enough with my weird fantasy and back to the book, so yeah, I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced and while I did get extremely frustrated with Clementine many times throughout the story, I did love the relationship between Justin and Clementine as a whole. I felt like things did go ridiculously fast between the couple, but it was still enjoyable.

Ultimately, whether you’ll enjoy this book or not does come down to personal preferences. However, I personally find it hard to resist Justin. He’s a super hot journalist who is very straightforward about what he wants with Clementine. It’s hard to describe it, but take my word for it, the boy is just downright steamy in the way he talks and acts. One major example of this is before the two even cross paths again, they end up talking on the phone and dirty talk goes down. It’s a pretty sexy scene considering it’s just over the phone, but trust me, it still works. Honestly, I would have liked to see even more sex scenes between them since a lot of them are fade-to-black and leave out details, but maybe that’s just not the author’s style.

Anyway, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about Justin, so it’s only fair that I talk about Clementine now. In the beginning, I instantly connected with Clementine minus the whole dirty rich thing. She is a book blogger, which is a touch that I obviously love to see! Online, she keeps her true identity under wraps, and her extremely wealthy family has no idea that she has a blog that actually is pretty popular. Clem is a really quirky and awkward character which is always refreshing. But I found some of her actions in the middle and towards the end to be just irrational. I was so frustrated with her and the lack of communication she had with Justin. Instead of asking him about things, she jumps to conclusions and at one point that nearly jeopardizes a job for him. I feel like I’ve already said too much, but I felt like it was important to mention because it’s likely to bother other people as well. She’s definitely a character that I have good and bad feelings toward. So in the end, she’s not my favorite but I do think she’s easy to connect with.

This review turned out a lot longer than I expected since I really wanted to talk about both of our main characters and the relationship that they have. This was a book that I was instantly drawn to once I started reading it. It was the kind of warm fuzzy romance with a side of steam that I needed. Yes, there is a good bit of drama considering Clementine lies about her true identity to Justin, but it didn’t feel like an outrageous amount of drama either. I really liked this book and think that you should give it a try if you’re a fan of New Adult stories!

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Ellie_Cahill

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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