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Blog Tour: Center Stage Review

December 7, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★½

Blog Tour: Center Stage Review

Blog Tour: Center Stage ReviewCenter Stage! by Caitlyn Duffy
Published by Lovestruck Literary on September 14th 2015
Pages: 487
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Allison Burch’s wildest dream is to become a famous singer. She can hardly believe her own good luck when she auditions for the reality television singing competition, Center Stage!, and is chosen as a contestant. She finally has a legitimate shot at fame, fortune, and a chance to go on tour as the opening act for her favorite boy band on their world tour.
However, Allison wasn’t counting on one of the celebrity coaches being Chase Atwood, the famous rock star father of her former best friend. Allison’s terrified that Chase is going to find out that she and his daughter have been in a fight for months, and it’ll ruin her shot at the grand prize. Making matters worse, Allison’s own coach, Country Western star Nelly Fulsom, intends to groom her into a Nashville superstar.
As Allison struggles to decide if she really wants to win on the show if it’s by resorting to dirty tricks and assuming the image that Nelly wants to create for her, she find herself falling hard for her biggest competition on the show: a brooding songwriter named Elliott Mercer. She’s not sure if Elliott’s interest in her is genuine, or if he’s just playing along with the producers’ strategy.
It’s up to Allison to decide: how much is she willing to lose in order to win?
Fans of Caitlyn Duffy’s The Rock Star’s Daughter will enjoy this tale about Taylor’s friend Allison and her journey to fame.

I found this book to be a fun read that didn’t have a completely original concept, but some of the plot twists and the characters in general made this a refreshing read. Personally, I’m a fan of the majority of singing shows, and I watch them faithfully. Well now all that I watch is The Voice but you get my point! Anyway, I have a lot of knowledge about the process of these shows since I’ve watched them for so long and so I enjoyed that this YA book centered around one. I’d imagine that it’s pretty risky to write a book focusing on a singing show since readers will try to compare the made up show to real competitions that they’ve watched before. However, I feel like this was an enjoyable read and you don’t have to be a fan of music or these reality shows to be amused and entertained by Center Stage.

As far as this book being realistic goes, I wouldn’t say this one really is. Have I ever been on a singing show though? Well no (regardless of the dreams I’ve had about getting four chair turns and winning The Voice) but it still seems far fetched to me. It still made for quality entertainment, and I truly felt like I was right in the middle of this singing competition. In spite of some of the drama that didn’t seem plausible by any means, was still a story that I wanted to keep reading. I was hooked by what the author painted for the readers and I’m looking forward to reading any books that the author publishes in the future!

I really liked Allison and felt like she was a solid main character. You could really feel the love and undeniable passion that she had for creating music and being on the stage where her voice can be heard. She also felt like a normal teenager in many ways including her boy drama and some friendship drama that she has to deal with throughout the competition. Speaking of friendships, I loved Allison’s close longtime friends from school and I wanted to see even more of them. On top of that, Elliott was a pretty good character. He wasn’t my favorite book boyfriend, there wasn’t as many swoony moments as I was hoping to see. Sometimes I was also hesitant about his intentions with Allison. Luckily though, it all works out in the end. This was a fast paced read that had some twists in it as well. I recommend it for those of you that want to read a YA book that has its fair share of drama as well.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Caitlyn Duffy is a private boarding school survivor and the author of The Treadwell Academy Novels, a series about privileged girls in an elite boarding school setting and the challenges they face. The series addresses issues common to teen readers including eating disorders, divorce, grief, heartbreak, first love, drug addiction and disagreements with parents. It was Caitlyn’s dream to create a series that mixed glamour and celebrity with the real-life problems that kids endure that could be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Her writing experience includes freelance editing for publishing houses and copywriting in the advertising industry.

When she’s not writing about the girls of Treadwell, she’s walking her semi-famous dog Maxim around Park Slope, Brooklyn and drinking too much coffee.

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Blog Tour: Next Door to a Star Review

December 3, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★

Blog Tour: Next Door to a Star Review

Blog Tour: Next Door to a Star Review three-stars
NEXT DOOR TO A STAR by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2015
SYNOPSIS

Hadley Daniels is tired of feeling invisible.

After Hadley’s best friend moves away and she gets on the bad side of some girls at school, she goes to spend the summer with her grandparents in the Lake Michigan resort town of Grand Haven. Her next door neighbor is none other than teen TV star Simone Hendrickson, who is everything Hadley longs to be—pretty, popular, and famous—and she’s thrilled when Simone treats her like a friend.

Being popular is a lot harder than it looks.

It’s fun and flattering when Simone includes her in her circle, though Hadley is puzzled about why her new friend refuses to discuss her former Hollywood life. Caught up with Simone, Hadley finds herself ignoring her quiet, steadfast friend, Charlotte.

To make things even more complicated, along comes Nick Jenkins…

He’s sweet, good-looking, and Hadley can be herself around him without all the fake drama. However, the mean girls have other ideas and they fill Nick’s head with lies about Hadley, sending him running back to his ex-girlfriend and leaving Hadley heartbroken.

So when her parents decide to relocate to Grand Haven, Hadley hopes things will change when school starts…only to be disappointed once again.

Cliques.

Back-stabbing.

Love gone bad.

Is this really what it’s like to live…

Next Door To A Star?

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I’ve thrilled for my stop for the book “Next Door to a Star,” the book tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. All in all, this was a cute YA read that I feel like readers who love books filled with high schoolers who are just trying to get through life will really enjoy. I liked the main character and reading it made me truly feel as if I were in a mind of a high school girl who is trying to find what crowd she belongs to and who she is in general. She has to deal with mean girls, friendships falling apart, falling in love for the first time, and becoming close friends with a celebrity. It was an entertaining book as a whole and it was a light and fun read.

I’m not going to lie, I initially assumed that the whole “Next Door to a Star” thing implied that the MC would be living next door to a MALE star who she then falls in love with. Do I love those types of stories? Of course, but it’s obviously not anything that hasn’t been done tons and tons of times before. Anyway, that isn’t the case here at all. The star she is living next door to is a female celebrity, who our main character Hadley, desperately wants to become friends with. Soon enough, they do strike up a real friendship and we get to see that evolve as they become closer friends. Females are extremely important to all high school girls, whether they have any female friends or not. Meaning, even if you had mostly male friends in high school like me, you still encountered your typical females, like the mean girls who harassed you for being too close to the guy that they were after. Hadley has to deal with more than one mean girl, but she gets through it thanks to the support of her true friends.

There was romance in this book but it honestly was just a little bit of the plot at all. Truthfully, I think there’s probably a grand total of about two kisses (that Hadley has) throughout the whole novel. We didn’t get to know Nick, her love interest (if you can call it that) all that much at all, which is something I wanted to see. I also feel like there wasn’t enough character growth and just a whole lot of drama that wasn’t completely explained or resolved the way it should have been. But I’m still glad that I read this one and I think that many of you will like it!

Sequel out in March! Competition with the Star. (Star Series: Book 2)

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About the Author

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Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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Blog Tour: Ready to Rock Review

December 2, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Ready to Rock Review

Blog Tour: Ready to Rock ReviewReady To Rock: A Rock Star Romance (Save the Date Book 0) by Cara Connelly
Published by Charter Street Books LLC on December 1st 2015
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His name's on everyone's lips--sexy rocker Jack McCabe. His gritty New York City band is red hot, almost as hot as his fiery affair with photography student Lil Marchone, the girl from his past, now the woman he loves. The problem is, Lil's controlling ex wants her back. Rich, powerful, and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing--including murder--to get Jack out of her life. But Jack's a badass himself, always up for a fight. And with the stakes this high, he'll risk everything for Lil, even his band. Even his life.

So I’ve never read any of the books in the Save The Date series from this author and this is a prequel to the first book. Anyway, this was my first time being introduced to these characters and I did enjoy the book as a whole! It wasn’t my favorite, but I feel like it showed us a new side to what rockstars have to go through with the media and how it can affect their families and lives in general. I sincerely hope that she continues writing NA rocker books because she’s certainly found a little niche here, in my opinion!

The beginning of the story was a bit difficult for me to push through. Lil has a pretty serious boyfriend named Claude, but once she reconnects with Jack, the man who saved her life years ago when she was in an accident and lost both of her parents, she basically pushes Claude aside for Jack. I had a problem with this because she never actually told Claude that she didn’t want to be with him, she kept leading him on and still turning to Jack. I won’t completely place the blame on Lil though because it seems very real that she could have just been swept away by this new romance, but at the same time she didn’t want to hurt her longtime boyfriend. The boys in the story had some extreme flaws, especially Claude, who becomes extremely dangerous to Lil and Jack as the book progresses.

The second and only other problem that I had with the story was that I felt that Jack and Lil moved too fast in the relationship. I feel like they didn’t have much time to just be in a relationship. On one page, they were just starting to get together, and then the next they were engaged. I had to reread that part because it surprised me a lot! What surprised me the most was that Jack had a lot of sexual partners and wasn’t into commitment, so it would be realistic that he’d struggle to be in a relationship. All that aside, I do think Jack was a likable character. He had his baggage and that made me really enjoy his character and root for him to succeed. He takes care of the people that he loves and he definitely provides for Lil. There were quite a few charming scenes between the two that made me swoon. Towards the end of the book, things get super intense. I found myself beyond invested in the turn of events and it totally kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this if you’re looking for a NA rockstar romance that also is a bit of a thriller as well.

Learn about Cara’s Save the Date series

Cara Connelly

 Cara Connelly is the author of the Save the Date series of contemporary romances published by Avon Romance. The latest book in the series, The Wedding Gift, was released in May 2015. Cara’s smart and sexy stories have won several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. A former attorney and law professor, she lives with her husband Billy in the woods of upstate New York.

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“Honey, you have to get help.” Mama’s tone was calm but urgent.

“Me? How?” I was frozen in place. I needed her to tell me what to do.

“Just open the door,” she said quietly, “and climb up to the road. Wave at the first car you see and tell them to call an ambulance.”

It sounded simple, but I was trapped in one of those dreams where you desperately want to run but your legs won’t move.

Then flames licked out from under the hood. Mama quit feigning calm. “Get out of the car!”

Galvanized, I yanked on the door handle. But the frame had bent. The door wouldn’t budge. “Mama, help me!”

“I can’t!” she shouted. And that’s when I noticed the dashboard sitting in her lap. Her legs were crushed, she was pinned to her seat. It was up to me to help her.

Unlocking my seatbelt, I leaned across to the other door. The car was tilted that way, so the door swung open when I touched the handle. But before I could bring my legs around, fire belched up from underneath. I leapt back, singed. Flames curled into the car. Mama was yelling. “Get out the back! Go! Go!” I yanked down the seat. The trunk was jammed with suitcases. I clawed at them. But Daddy had loaded the largest first, wedging it tight against the seat, braced by the smaller bags.

“I can’t,” I wailed. “I can’t move them!” And it was too late anyway. The flames were all around the car, the air inside so hot it seared my lungs. Reaching forward, I wrapped my arms around Mama’s neck; she clawed at my shoulders, trying to pull me between the seats, into her lap, to shield me with her body.

And then my door flew open, and a man thrust his shoulders right into that furnace. Mama saw him, and with all the strength she’d been using to pull me forward, she pushed me back toward him. “Take her! Take my daughter!” His arms locked around my waist and he hauled me backwards. Insanely, I clung to Mama, trying to bring her with me. She batted at my grasping hands. “Go with him!” And though I struggled at first, I had no choice. He was big and strong. He threw me over his shoulder and ran.

At the roadside, he set me down in the grass. The car was a fireball, the cottonwood jutting above it, burning like a torch against the dusky sky. “Mama!” I screamed, trying to get up.

The man pushed me down. Holding my face between his hands, he forced me to look into his eyes. “I’ll get them out, but you have to wait here. Promise me.” He seemed so steady and sure. I didn’t know what else to do, so I nodded. And without another word, he stood up and ran straight toward the car.

 

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Blog Tour: Truest Interview

December 1, 2015 Blog Tours, Interviews 3

Blog Tour: Truest Interview

Hey guys! I’m so glad to be apart of YA Read’s Blog Tour of the excellent book Truest. You can read my five star review of it here. Even though I’ve already read this book, I wanted to be involved in this tour because I desperately wanted to interview Jackie and spread the word about this story even more.

About the Book

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Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Genre: YA realistic contemporary

Published on September 1st, 2015

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

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Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

Interview with Jackie Lea Sommers:

1. One of the supporting characters in Truest has a mental illness that a lot of reads probably don’t know much about. What made you want to write about this illness?

Laurel Hart, one of the main character’s of Truest, suffers from a mental disorder called solipsism syndrome, in which she questions the nature of reality. People sometimes ask me how much research I had to do to write about it, and in truth, the answer is “Less than you think.” The reason for that is that I lived it. At various stages of my life, I went through experiences similar to Laurel’s– the worst variation being in my early twenties when I somehow convinced myself that my life was like The Truman Show and all of my friends hated me. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more alone that in those awful, ugly months. Years later, when I discovered that there was a name for it, I knew I wanted to write a story about it.
2. How old were you when you first realized that you wanted to be a writer?

Love this question! I have always been a storyteller. Even when I was very, very young, a lot of my play involved creating “scenes” for my My Little Ponies and drawing pictures about my future life married to the boy my mom did daycare for. I suppose I was in about third grade when I started to write actual stories. In sixth grade, I wrote my first “book”– really, it was a short story, but it had a beginning, middle, and end– and my second and third “books” came during junior high and early high school. I also authored a soap opera in junior high, and my friends would pass the notebook around to read new “episodes.” It was probably in ninth or tenth grade when I declared that one of my life goals was to publish a book.

3. Which character in Truest do you personally connect with the most and why?

I connect deeply with Laurel Hart. I have diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder, and even though that is different than what Laurel goes through, I understand her depression, her loneliness, her terror– and also those moments of joy that stand out like bright suns in the midst of it all.

4. What made you want to write books for young adults specifically? Could you see yourself writing adult books at some point?

The first (unpublished) book I wrote was for adults. I assumed that I would write for adults all the way until January 2012, when I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and asked myself, “Why am I not writing for teens? These are the books I love most.” From that moment on, I narrowed my focus to writing YA. Could I see myself writing adult books at some point? Possibly! But right now, I’m far more intrigued by the wild, wonderful, awful world of young adults. My daily life has work and a mortgage; I’d rather write about discovering things for the very first time.

5. What are some of your favorite artists and songs to listen to while you write?

I generally don’t listen to music while I write actually! I find it too distracting– though I do create a playlist for each story I’m writing and listen to it a lot in my non-writing hours and I find that it inspires me a lot! For Truest, my playlist includes Mew, Vocal Few, and Keane. Keane’s “Try Again” is the song I think of when I think of my novel.

6. Silas is an incredible book boyfriend. Who are some of your favorite YA boys?

Augustus Waters, Sean Kendrick, Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, and all of Melina Marchetta’s boys: Jonah Griggs, Will Trombal, Finnikin, Froi, even Thomas Mackee, in his own way. Melina Marchetta is the queen of creating amazing male characters. I worship at her throne.

7. Going off of that question, I’m curious to know what you think about two of my personal favorites. Augustus Waters from The Fault in our Stars or Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road.

Ha! You and I think alike! You’re gonna have to fight me for them. 🙂 In all seriousness, Augustus Waters inspired Truest because he taught me that if you have a great character, you can make him/her do just about anything and the readers will be happy to come along for the ride. Shortly after meeting Augustus Waters, I began crafting Silas Hart.

About the Author

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Jackie Lea Sommers lives and loves and writes in Minnesota, where the people are nice and the Os are long. She is the 2013 winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize. She dislikes OCD, horcruxes, and Minnesota winters. She likes book boyfriends, cranky teenagers, and Minnesota springs. Truest is her first novel.

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Blog Tour: Hannah Both Ways

November 30, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Hannah Both Ways

Blog Tour: Hannah Both WaysHannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway
Published by Rebelight Publishing Inc. on November 17th 2015
Pages: 218
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A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.
Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?

So this book only took me a few hours to read. It’s hardly 200 pages, and I flew through those pages because I was so connected to the characters and what was going on. While there were a few things that I wish the author would have fully resolved, this was a cute story that completely held my attention the entire time. Truthfully, I wasn’t ready for it to be over once I hit the end. It wasn’t a totally unique plot, but the way the author weaved together these characters did make the book standout. I was able to connect with Hannah in a way that is sometimes rare for me. I also loved Lucas and felt like he was a brilliant book boyfriend. If you like YA romance, this book should definitely go on your TBR list right away.

Lucas was a beautiful character. I loved him from the very first moment that we were introduced to him. I loved how determined he was to get to know Hannah, and we later find out exactly why he felt so drawn to her and that just made me like him even more. I’m also a sucker for the inexperienced male character, because we don’t see that often enough in YA books. There’s plenty of scenes in the book that are just so adorable with him and I enjoyed getting to see that.

While it did bother me what happened to Hannah, I still believed it. Kids are cruel, and I could easily see that occurring at a high school. There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about the book, except I was kind of hoping for some sort of breakthrough with some of the mean girls. However, this book was realistic and also got me on a personal level. Hannah used books as an escape, and that’s something that I find myself doing as well. Maybe you may not connect in this specific way, but I’m sure that this is a book that you might be able to find something relatable and enjoyable for you personally. This was a quick and memorable read and I was lucky to get to read it!

About the author:

Rosie Greenway grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, and continues to live and work in the GTA with her husband and family. After spending her formative years public-school hopping, Rosie attended the University of Toronto, specializing in English literature. A former English teacher, Rosie now finds herself putting into practice the many lessons she used to impart to the students in her class room. While she has often turned to writing as a way to relax and unwind, Hannah Both Ways is her first foray into the world of Young Adult publishing.When she isn’t writing, Rosie is an avid traveler, armchair film critic, enthusiastic foodie and voracious reader. She is a passionate literacy advocate and one of her greatest achievements is instilling in her daughter the joy of reading. You can connect with Rosie on Twitter @Rosie_Greenway.

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Blog Tour: The Family Review + Playlist + Favorite Quotes

November 28, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

Blog Tour: The Family Review + Playlist + Favorite Quotes

Blog Tour: The Family Review + Playlist + Favorite QuotesThe Family by Marissa Kennerson
Published by Full Fathom Five Digital on October 8th 2014
Pages: 320
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Just like any average seventeen-year-old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity…
All one hundred eighty-three of them.
Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Family members coexist with values of complete openness and honesty, and they share a fear of contagious infection in the outside world.
Adam—their Father, prophet, and savior—announces that Twig will be his new bride, and she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the Family compound, Twig finds that the world outside is not as toxic as she was made to believe. And then she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, and begins to question everything about her life within the Family and the cult to which she belongs.
But when it comes to Family, you don’t get a choice.

My Review:

I’ll admit, I don’t know much about cults. The most I know is from what I’ve seen on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black, both of which aren’t 100% accurate obviously. So The Family both intrigued and kind of intimidated me all at once. However, once I began reading it, I just couldn’t stop. Before I knew it, it was nearly two in the morning and I was finishing up this book. It was an amazing read and I am so glad that I didn’t let my ignorance of cults get in the way of enjoying this read.

Twig was a great protagonist, it was really mind blowing to me about all of the stuff she didn’t know once she visited the outside world for the first time. An iPod Nano is something that our generation just instantly knows and expects everyone else to know about as well. When Twig meets Leo for the first time when she has to go to a real hospital away from her family, she sees him holding an iPod Nano and she is completely perplexed about what it is, and what earphones are as well. So basically, I really loved getting to see Twig learn more about the world as she realizes that maybe life outside of the safe one that Adam created isn’t so evil after all.

I loved Leo, he was definitely my favorite character. I loved how understanding he was when it came to Twig. Based on his personality and how crazy he was about Twig, some of his actions did confuse me a little bit. But I also know that he’s very patient with her since he knows that life in the cult is all she knows and getting her outside her comfort zone too much could scare her away. So in short, I was surprised by how emotionally invested I became in this story. At times I felt angry, other times I felt happy, and other times I felt sad for these characters. To me, it’s always a mark of a good book when it causes you to feel so many different emotions. I definitely recommend this one, it’s like nothing I’ve ever read and I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon!

Playlist:

So the official book playlist was posted by Curling Up With a Good Book. Many of the songs I was going to include were on there, so I had to improvise a little here. Basically, Twig has no exposure to music before she meets Leo. So the songs that I’m going to put on here are ones that I believe that Leo would show Twig and also some that represent Twig’s situation in general.

1 New Slang by The Shins

I feel like Twig would be a little overwhelmed by this song since she’s used to slower stuff, but it seems like something Leo, who is a bit of a hipster, would love.

2. Every Grain of Sand by Bob Dylan (Emmylou Harris cover)

I love the original from Bob Dylan, but I also adore country legend Emmylou Harris’s cover of it. Just read these lyrics, “In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need. When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed. There’s a dyin’ voice within me reaching out somewhere. Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair.” It’s a beautiful song filled with heartfelt words that I believe represent what Twig is going through really well.

3. Time of Your Life from Dirty Dancing

Leo and Twig watch Dirty Dancing together, and she’s just in complete awe of this movie. I imagine that this scene in particular would take her breath away.

4. Only One by Kanye West

Leo mentions Kanye West when he asks Twig what she thought of the artists on his iPod. I feel like a lot of Yeezus’s song would likely overwhelm her since she’s never heard anything like it, but this one is the most soothing to me.

5. Nirvana by Sam Smith

I picked this song because I feel like it shows how Twig feels after spending time with Leo then having to go back to the life she’s always known.

Favorite Quotes:

Twig’s definition of what marriage should be:

“It means love. Two people who love each other decide to join together in order to pursue and create the life they want to live, together. It means the power of two.”

“Can you love someone and hate them at the same time? Love them and doubt them?”

“Like before, sitting here with you on these steps and the rightness between us…the ease. Sometimes only a song can describe a moment like that.”

“How could the Family really change the world if they never left the compound?”

Marissa Kennerson received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning her master’s degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour. She lives in California with her family. The Family is her first novel (Full Fathom Five Digital) and will be coming out October 2014.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour: Stupid Love Review

November 27, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Blog Tour: Stupid Love Review

Blog Tour: Stupid Love ReviewStupid Love (Stupid in Love, #3) by Cindy Miles
Published by TKA Distribution on September 10th 2015
Pages: 247
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Bestselling new adult author Cindy Miles is set to capture the hearts of Stupid Girl fans again with the grand finale of the Stupid in Love series, featuring Memory and Jace.
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That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago.
Or so I thought.
Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t.
JACE Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.

I have a confession to make: I didn’t read the first two books in the Stupid in Love series. The first book wasn’t really my thing, I (unfairly) never really gave the second one a shot, so I just went for this one. Surprisingly enough, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was emotional, romantic, fascinating, dramatic, and filled with complicated yet charming characters that you sincerely root for. Despite some of my hesitation, I think that I am going to give this series another shot at some point. I also am planning on rereading this one as well since I loved this story so much.

So first of all, I found both of these characters to be amazing. Memory was a strong and confident woman, who is still trying to figure out who she is, all the while she is carrying a terrible secret with her. Jace was an impressive book boyfriend, his romantic side is impossible not to love. In the beginning of the book, Memory is the one who chases after Jace. However, once he finally sets his hesitation aside and just take a risk, he does some of the most amazing things for her. He takes her on dates that are sure to make your heart melt. The gradual build of this relationship in general lovely and beyond enjoyable to read about. While I did love the actual relationship part of things, the intimate parts were steamy and real. There wasn’t very many of them, but Cindy still makes it memorable by adding a lot of detail to the one scene.

To conclude, I didn’t expect to cry while reading this book. I was extremely emotionally invested in these characters and what was going to happen to them in the future. This is a pretty rare thing for me, so I recommend this book if you’re looking for a book that will have you hanging onto every word, and you’re not afraid to read something that most people would view as being depressing.

AUTHOR BIO:
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National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her debut New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college. The second book in her Stupid in Love series, STUPID BOY, features a wickedly handsome law-breaker who falls for a beautiful, straight-A college student with an ugly past of her own.
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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Mother Bruce

November 25, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Mother BruceMother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 24th 2015
Pages: 48
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Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do?

I’m beyond ecstatic that I had the opportunity to read this adorable children’s book! Big thanks to The Irish Banana Review for hosting this blog tour. Mother Bruce is a charming and hilarious read filled with memorable characters, plot, and fabulously detailed illustrations. I recommend this for young readers, specifically K-2. Personally, I found that it makes a great read aloud book, so teachers make sure to take note of this story!

I was curious about how children would react to Mother Bruce. I found it instantly likable and immediately connected to it. However, I wasn’t sure how kids would feel about it. So to test this out, I read the book to my mother’s first grade class. The result was that they seemed to really enjoy it. They laughed in all the right places, and they seemed to really respond to what I read to them. When my mom asked them what their favorite part was, the large majority of the class responded with rather thoughtful, or at least relevant parts.

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When I read the book to the class, I wore this super adorable apron. What I like the best about this is how it goes directly with the story. That might sound like a lame thing to note, but I always love it when children’s books come with little stuffed animals or accessories like this that come from something important in the text.

So what did the children like the best about this? You’ll have to read it to find out exactly what happens, but they particularly loved the ending. Additionally, there’s also a funny reference to Bruce (who just so happens to be a bear) loving to cook and discovering recipes on the internet. They also liked how grumpy Bruce was when the goslings started following him and they found his methods of trying to get rid of them to be very amusing.

If you have any children in your life, I highly recommend considering buying a copy of this book for Christmas!

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Blog Tour: Sinful by Jennifer Dawson

November 24, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 1 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Sinful by Jennifer Dawson

Blog Tour: Sinful by Jennifer DawsonSinful (Undone, #2) by Jennifer Dawson
on November 17th 2015
Genres: Romance
Pages: 238
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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.

I’ve wanted my brother’s best friend, Leo Santoro, for too many years to count. No matter what I do, he won’t confront the attraction that burns between us. It’s time to put him behind me once and for all. I have no choice but to call his bluff.And then I will walk away.
The last woman I should want is my best friend’s baby sister, Jillian Banks. No matter what I do, she won’t ignore the attraction that burns between us.It’s time she learns the real me. The only promise I can make is that her fantasies are no match for reality.And then I’ll watch her walk away.

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After my liquid courage, I leave Gwen to her prey. The guy is cute, charming, and affable. Poor thing. Gwen ate men like him for breakfast, but that was his problem, I had bigger problems to contend with, namely my increasing nerves.

I’d already planned out what I was going to do, but my plans with Leo always go awry and, despite my shots and half a drink, I figure this time wouldn’t be any different.

Regardless of how I want it to be.

But I can’t focus on that. I must focus on closure.

The first order of business is to actually catch his attention and since he stood near the bathrooms, that shouldn’t be too hard. I put an extra sway in my step, tossing my hair over my shoulder. With purpose, I walk toward my goal.

The crowd parts like I’m parting the Red Sea, confirming I look plenty delectable, but as I make my way through the room, my confidence flags. I’ve looked good before, but I was never able to sway him, was I fooling myself that this time would be any different?

I take a deep breath and slowly exhale.

It didn’t matter what he did, I was going to do things differently and let the chips fall where they may. I’ve got it all mapped out. I’m not going to hint, bat my lashes, or attempt any other such nonsense.

No, I’m going to flat out tell him my plans.

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My Review:

I didn’t read the first book in this series. Technically though, it’s more of a standalone since it focuses on a new main character, but still features the same characters. Anyway, I honestly didn’t realize how steamy this book was going to be when I first started reading this. It’s not a bad thing, the BDSM thing was just a surprise to me since I didn’t read Crave. I enjoyed Sinful because it explores the relationship between a girl and her brother’s best friend, which is a trope that I’m a true sucker for. Jillian and Leo were both likable characters and I loved watching the relationship between them grow into more as the two (well Leo) push aside their doubts and act on their feelings. Give this series a try if you’re looking for a steamy contemporary romance that isn’t filled to the brim with angst.

To begin with, I felt like Jillian was a pretty fabulous protagonist. She was feisty and confident, she knew what she wanted and wasn’t the least bit hesitant about going after it. She doesn’t follow the typical requirements of what people may expect from a submissive partner. She is sassy and not afraid to disobey people, but I still found myself being intrigued with her character and whether or not she could stick to that role with Leo. So there’s a lot of reasons why Leo should stay away from Jillian. Her brother Michael is his best friend, and his friend is very clear to him that he needs to stay away from his little sister. Leo has never objected to that because Michael knows all about the nature of his relationships considering he’s also apart of that world. Despite his valid reason to stay away, in the end Leo couldn’t resist her. I felt like the beginning of the book was well done since we see how he is desperately trying to fight it, but after Jillian uses his other best friend Brandon to make him jealous, he couldn’t fight it.

If you’re looking forward to a fast paced read that features fascinating characters, look no further than this addicting book. Once I picked it up, I absolutely couldn’t put it down. I love the character growth of both Jillian and Leo. I also found their relationship as a whole to not just be pure smut, there was true development as the story gradually progressed. This was a great read with likable and endlessly fascinating characters.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later they’re married living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog. Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history. These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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Crave:

I vow. I crave. I give in.

I used to be a nice, normal girl.  I had dreams.  Good, happy dreams of white picket fences, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever.  Nobody warned me the prince dies three weeks before the wedding. 

Like any addict, I swear this time is the last….

Now, I go through my days, a shadow of my former self. I pretend I’m okay, and the people in my life pretend to believe me.  But, sometimes, when I can no longer stand the craving my dead fiancée left behind, I roam an underground sex club looking for my next hit.  It’s dirty and wrong, but I can’t stop, and my only line of defense between them and me, is the rules I’ve designed to keep me safe. With free, no-strings attached sex; men always abide by my rules. Until I meet him. 

And, like any addict, I’m wrong.

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Blog Tour: Abby and the Cute One Review

November 18, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★★½

Blog Tour: Abby and the Cute One Review

Blog Tour: Abby and the Cute One ReviewAbby and the Cute One by Erin Butler
on November 16th 2015
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He's cute. He's famous. And he could ruin everything...
Every member of Seconds to Juliet has a girlfriend-except for Nathan Strong. Now the band's manager is leaning hard on "The Cute One" to play the role of the band's heartthrob. With the band's sales in decline, it's up to Nathan to keep the fans' fantasy alive.
The plan is to stage a fake relationship and a fake breakup, and then let the fans fight to be the one to mend Nathan's broken heart. Just one problem. There's another girl in the picture-one Nathan can't stay away from. In private, Nathan's stealing kisses with the band's new opening act, Abby Curtis.
If they're caught, no one wins. Abby will be fired, and the band might not recover the success they need to survive. But even with the pressure mounting, Nathan and Abby can't stop themselves from stealing one more touch, one more kiss. And it's only a matter of time before it all falls apart.
This Entangled Teen Crush book is as forbidden as the secret romance it contains! It has hot kisses, graphic language, and extreme misbehaving. DO NOT GET CAUGHT WITH THIS BOOK…unless you want everyone to know you believe in true love.

As you can probably tell from my previous reviews, I have absolutely adored the Backstage Pass series from Entangled Crush. Truthfully, I’ve loved it so much that I’m not at all prepared to let it go. I just think it was such a clever idea to have five different authors write this series revolved around a boy band, with each book focusing on another member’s love story. The last book is from author Erin Butler and she tells the story of the final and youngest member of Seconds to Juliet. Nathan is the only single member left in the band, and he has a lot of pressure placed on him to keep up his cute boy image. I loved Nathan and Abby as individuals and I loved them even more as a couple. This was a beautiful love story and I’m so glad that I read this awesome and memorable series!

In the previous books, the couples had a kind of love/hate relationship at the beginning. There was never REALLY any insta-love going on, though there was tension between Matt and Anya from the beginning. Anyway, Abby and Nathan kiss the first time that they meet. This bothered me a little bit at first just because things seemed to be moving way too fast, but somehow Butler still made this work. Even though they did kiss right away, there was still a lot of things getting in the way of them being together. You couldn’t help but cheer for them as a couple because they were such likable characters on their own. They had a lot in common, they both had an undeniable love for music and I personally loved that mutual bond between them.

I found the business side of the band to be really fascinating. There’s a lot that goes into being on tour and I feel like Butler showed that really well. However, I did find the manager to be extremely irritating honestly, I just craved Nathan to have more freedom regarding his image. Being a teenager alone is already difficult, I can’t even imagine what it would be like being a FAMOUS teenager who’s constantly in the spotlight. I thought Abby was a great character and I really felt how much she wanted to be on the stage. Though I liked her, I felt like there could have been even more exploration with her character. I felt like Nathan’s development was well done, but Abby’s wasn’t as great.

I recommend reading the other books in the series before you pick up this one. Yes, you don’t absolutely have to, but I feel like you’ll have more of an investment in these characters and their stories if you do. I was sad when I hit the last page, but I was completely satisfied with the ending and felt like Butler wrapped everything up in the best way she could.

About the Author

Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.

She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.

Now Erin is going to take over and share her Abby and the Cute One playlist and dreamcast with you guys!

Nathan and Abby are such musical people! Every single one of these songs is in the book. Sing along with them!

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Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

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Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

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Sparks Fly – Taylor Swift

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Long Live – Taylor Swift

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A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

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Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

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Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

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Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard

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Jealous – Nick Jonas

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You Learn – Alanis Morissette

ABBY AND THE CUTE ONE Dream Cast

I started thinking about who to cast as Nathan and Abby before I even started writing the book and I KNOW I have the perfect Nathan. The best part? He can already sing.

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Does anyone recognize him? It’s Nathan Sykes from a boy band called The Wanted. You might know their songs, I Found You, Chasing the Sun, Glad You Came, and Walks Like Rihanna. They even had a reality show called The Wanted Life. Before you ask, of course I watched the show! I freaking loved it! Nathan is sooooo adorable, has a British accent, and some pipes, too! Check out this live performance from YouTube: https://youtu.be/iRhUoTj6YTg You can watch the whole thing OR skip to 3:00 in and watch the boy sing. A little background info (Because I will never miss an opportunity to gush about boy bands!), the reason why this performance from The Wanted was so special is because Nathan had throat surgery (Scary!), and this was his first show back.

Since The Wanted broke up, Nathan Sykes has gone solo and has a few singles out. Don’t worry, my Nathan will never go solo! 🙂

But, you should check out Nathan Sykes’ new music because he’s a tremendous singer!

Okay, wow, I just fell down a Nathan Sykes YouTube black hole! Let’s get to Abby before I waste the entire day! 🙂

Cast

It’s Caroline from The Vampire Diaries! AKA Candice Accola. This pic of her completely embodies how I pictured Abby in my head. She’s even got her hat on!! And seriously, don’t they make the cutest couple??

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I’m totally shipping them in real life!

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