Thursday, April 26, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall


Book info:
Title:  A Prom to Remember
Author:  Sandy Hall
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 24th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
My rating:  5 stars
Synopsis:
Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him…
Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…
Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!
Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…
Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.
Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…
Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.

My Review:
This is another story that I feel is perfect for the teens of today.  While this is my first book I've actually read by this author, I've had one sitting on my TBR shelf, and now I'm excited to get around to reading it. This story had such an amazing range of characters and situations.  It reminded me a little of the recent movie Blockers.  It also is a book I will recommend at the bookstore, and to my students, for anyone who enjoyed Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  Right off the bat, I personally connected with Jacinta.  In high school, I was Unnamed Nerd Girl #3.  I don't know how anyone in high school, other than the few people I hung out with remember me enough to friend me on Facebook these days.  I don't feel like I got the type of end of the year/prom experience that Jacinta ends up with in the conclusion of the story.  Then, there was a story that I think Paisley told, about why women are called "chicks".  Now, I googled it.  I don't find a story anywhere like what she told, but if it's true, I can't use that anymore.  Finally, both the movie Blockers, and Love, Simon really got me started thinking about the things we don't think about with gay teens.  Like for instance, the whole hotel room after prom is something I remember the drama of when I was watching shows like Beverly Hills 90210 (the original).  And how it meant sex, the first time for the girl usually.  It was touched on in Blockers as well.  But you, well, me, I guess I just didn't ever think about how the first time for sex for gay teens is going to be just as scary as it is for hetero.  I'm sorry if that is wrong, but that is how my brain worked.  I've now got a clue, and my mind is getting more and more open about just how things are basically the same for all teens on those types of aspects, it is just how they are treated by other people.  So Otis and Luke's story really was one that I appreciated reading.  And boy, I really did love Luke.  I also loved Henry.  It's rare I think, that we get such a story about a teen who has the social anxiety that Henry has, where to most people, they seem pretty normal.  Usually when we have stories about teens like that, everyone tends to know or think that they are weird.  So for Henry to be like he was, well, it was good.  I loved the friendship between him and Paisley as well.  I loved Paisley's prom shirt that she made when she got asked to prom.  

This story just made me smile.  I loved it, can't wait to order it for my school library!
Author Bio:
I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.







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Release Day Promo: The Royally Series Collection by Emma Chase

      
Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Royally Series Collection – three sexy, swoony, modern royal romances that will capture your heart, and satisfy your desire for a breathtaking happily ever after. 

Royally Screwed – By order of the Queen, Crown Prince Nicholas Pembrook has five months to choose a suitable bride. Then one snowy night, in New York City, he meets spirited and beautiful waitress, Olivia Hammond. Their whirlwind romance makes Nicholas question everything--who he is and who he wants to be--a King...or the man who gets to love Olivia forever. 

Royally Matched – Responsibility has never been Prince Henry Pembrook's strong suit. So when an unexpected heap of it is dropped in his regal lap, he reacts accordingly--by secretly signing up for a reality TV dating show. Henry plans on partying his worries away. What he doesn't plan on...is Lady Sarah Von Titebottum...the quiet, stunning, shy, librarian hiding behind a book. As Henry and Sarah grow closer, old words take on new meanings for the irresponsible royal. Words like Duty, Honor and most of all--Love.   MY REVIEW

Royally Endowed – For years, broody royal bodyguard Logan St. James has watched over--and wanted--perfect, perky, beautiful Ellie Hammond, the younger sister of Princess Olivia. But he's bound by loyalty to the crown and, of course, the golden bodyguard rule: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love. But Logan and Ellie are about to learn that when it comes to passion and pleasure, rules were definitely made to be broken. 

Royally Raised-- This sweetest of short stories focuses on Henry and Sarah, 20 years after the conclusion of Royally Matched.    MY REVIEW

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Excerpt from Royally Endowed:
            Ellie Hammond’s not just the kind of girl who’ll leap off a cliff without bothering to look— she’ll take a running start and launch herself off it. Arms spread, head back. Free and alive.
            No one is going to take that away from her— I won’t let them.
            “You see the good in people, Ellie. You trust. That’s a good way to be, a brave way. I’ll watch more closely; I’ll make sure this never happens again. You just be who you are. Leave the rest to me.”
            She wipes her eyes dry. “So it’s like a . . . you jump, I jump, Jack and Rose kind of thing?”
            “No.” I take her hand in mine, brushing my thumb against her knuckles. “You jump . . . and I’ll be there to catch you.”
   
 
About the Author:
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Blog Tour: Co-Ed by Rachel Van Dyken

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Co-Ed 
by Rachel Van Dyken  
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Four guys.

Constant moaning.

And a revolving door across the college suite I somehow ended up in because my first name is Shawn.

They don't discriminate. Girls. Guys. Grandmas. Plants (okay maybe not plants) all walks of life stroll in stressed to the brim, and leave so satisfied I'm wondering what sort of talents lie behind that door.

My roommate calls them the pleasure ponies.

But the rest of the college campus?

They just call them the new face of Wingmen Inc. A paid for relationship service that makes big promises.

Breakup? They'll glue you back together again.

Depressed? They have the magic pill.

Lonely? Just spend a few minutes while they rub you down and you'll forget all about it.
And broken hearts? Well, that's their specialty. They'll fix you

For a price…

I swore I wouldn't get involved.

But apparently they like a challenge, and a girl who doesn't put up with their BS is basically like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

They. All. Charged.

But one holds my attention above the rest.

Knox Turner looks like a Viking — and getting pillaged is starting to look more appealing by the day. Though he's hiding something — all of them are. And the closer I get. The more I realize that some things are left better in the past.

You've read reverse harem books before — but you've never read one like this. It's not what you think, or is it? Dive in and find out…

 Knox, Leo, Finn, and Slater are waiting, and they aren't patient men.

Welcome to the new face of Wingmen Inc — You're welcome.

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Excerpt:

It was happening again.  

The moaning.  

I put a pillow over my face and screamed.  

Not because it was too loud.  

But because I kept wondering who was causing it. One? Two? All three? Leo and Finn had both tried to talk to me in class and at the coffee shop again. I’d brushed them off but been polite.  

And Knox?  

Well, let’s just say that Knox had suddenly turned over a leaf that said, “Go out of my way to make Shawn’s life miserable.”  

He was suddenly everywhere.  

And with a different female every single day. 

 It drove me insane.  

Bat-shit crazy.  

And he wasn’t even mine to go senseless over!  

The moan happened again.  

“That’s it!” I got up from my bed, stomped over to the door, and jerked it open. Then I pounded my way over to their room and almost took down the door with my knock.  

 When Leo answered, he grinned down at me. “Come to play?” 

 I gave him the finger. 

 His eyes narrowed. “I’m confused. Is that yes or no?”  

“Agh!” I threw my hands up in the air. “I have practice tomorrow at five a.m. It’s three. I’ve had one hour of sleep. Can you please keep the moaning to a minimum?”  

“You seem stressed.” He tilted his head just as Finn joined him in the doorway. “Doesn’t she?”  

“Very.” Finn nodded then reached out and started massaging my right trap while Leo grabbed my hand and worked my fingers. It felt so damn good that I forgot I was pissed for about two seconds before I pulled away.  

“No.” I jabbed my finger at each of their chests. “Shame on you. Stop using your skills to make me less crazy. I need sleep.”  

“I could not agree more.” Leo put his hand over his chest. “If you want, I can come over and—”  

“No!” I made a fist with my hands. “I don’t need you to help me sleep. I need you to keep your clients quiet so that I can sleep. Big difference.”  

Knox appeared then and held out a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones. “You can borrow them every Friday as long as you don’t set them on fire when you’re done.”  

“Do you think I really want whatever STDs are crawling around the surface?” I hissed. His eyes turned lethal. 

“Then I guess you won’t sleep.” 

 “Dun, dun, dun,” Finn sang in a low voice, just as a small lady who could pass as my grandmother made an appearance and shoved a fifty-dollar bill in Knox’s pants then patted him on his rock-hard six-pack. She had a full-on red wig perched backward on her head and cherry red cheeks with black glasses that she kept shoving up her nose. And her purse looked like something I would have seen on I Love Lucy. It was this giant black clutch that probably held cough drops and prunes. 

 “Thanks, boys.”  

“Love you, Edna!” Finn called while Leo brushed a kiss across her hand.  

She finger-waved at Knox and straight-up waddled out of the suite.  

I stared after her, my jaw dropping with each step she took until she was out of eyesight.  

“What…” I shook my head. “…I mean, seriously, guys, what?”  

Finn’s eyes got serious. “She’s lonely.” 

 “She’s at least eighty!” I yelled, so exhausted I was actually arguing with crazy.  

Knox got all up in my business and said through clenched teeth, “Her husband died a year ago. She’s not comfortable with internet dating yet. We’re easing her in because she wants a partner for life, someone she can laugh with, so if we can give her that one laugh, that nice touch once a week, we’re going to fucking do it. Now jump off that pedestal, take the damn Bose, and go to sleep.” 
   
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Meet the Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Magnetic by Carissa Miller


Book info:
Title:  Magnetic
Author:  Carissa Miller
Publication date: September 10th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:
When Elle Christiansen’s rebellion leads to her father’s expulsion from a parsonage in small-town Ohio, the forlorn pair is forced to move to Oklahoma to live with an aunt neither of them has ever met. Here she encounters her aunt’s neighbor—Maverick Mason, the quietly confident son of a wealthy oil tycoon who infuriates her as much as he inexplicably draws her in…
Maverick slowly gains Elle’s trust and coaxes her out from the seemingly impenetrable walls of self-protection she erected around her heart when her mother was murdered. He convinces Elle to confide the secrets of her tortured past: that she saw her mother’s murder before it took place, and she was the one who found her, bleeding to death at the end of a lonely dirt road. Together the unlikely pair begins to unlock the secrets of not only Elle’s sordid past, but her mother’s and grandmother’s as well, to uncover decades of greed, corporate corruption, lies, and murder. Quickly, the sobering realization hits: if they do not solve her mother’s murder, Elle will undoubtedly suffer the same fate. As she continues her journey toward truth alongside the boy she is magnetically drawn to in a way both frightening and uncontrollable, Elle finds the road she is most afraid of going down—that one lane dirt road where her mother was murdered—just might be the only place she can truly find redemption.
Magnetic tells of the enduring pain of living with unsolved violent crime. Inspired by debut author Carissa Miller’s true-life events, it’s a haunting account of a young girl’s struggle in the aftermath of shattering loss. With an unraveling love story, puzzling mystery, unexpected twists and turns, and a gripping pace that will keep you turning pages, our heroine takes you on her journey as she learns one of life’s great lessons: facing your fears instead of running from them, is the only way to truly find freedom.

My Review:
My rating:  4 stars

I will just say that I burned through this book in no time.  It was a very edge of your seat, need to know what is happening next, type of story.  I like how a part of the story tied in a historical aspect that is currently in a bestselling book, about how Native Americans were murdered because of having oil or other resources on their land.  While I kind of figured out why the rich guy didn't want his son dating the Native American girl, the main character's mother, there was even another twist at the end that I didn't see coming. And I really love when I book can give me the clues to figure out the mystery, but not all of them, because I love to be surprised.  While there were some things about the main character that were a little extreme, and almost felt a little rushed or not completely necessary, her blackouts when she gets upset, they did fit into the story okay. And then Maverick had his own issues, and those also felt a little added on, not quite as developed as I would have liked them to be.  But overall, there was a lot of good character development, and I was definitely invested in knowing how all the secrets and mysteries would wrap up.  

I will probably look to see if I am able to order this to make available in the school library where I work for my students to read.  I believe the historical aspect is one that fits perfectly into adding diversified stories to our collection.  A great debut story. 

Author Bio:
Carissa Miller writes a lifestyle and design blog called CC and Mike, where she and her husband blog about their experiences designing, building, and flipping houses in the Midwest. She was inspired to write her debut novel–Magnetic—because of her firsthand experience living with the trauma of an unsolved violent crime, her mother’s attempted murder. When she’s not writing, blogging, or designing, Carissa loves Oklahoma summers on the lake with her husband and three children, going to Oklahoma State sporting events and cheering on the Cowboys, and traveling cross country with her family in the RV she and her husband renovated. Carissa laughs loudly, loves with her whole heart, tells it how it is to a fault, and enjoys living life to the fullest, every moment of every day.
You can follow along with Carissa and her family on Instagram – ccandmikecreative, Facebook – CC and Mike, Pinterest – CC and Mike, Twitter, or by subscribing to their blog – http://www.ccandmike.com/.

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Blog Tour Guest Post with Giveaway: Serpents and Saviors (Project Emergence #2) by Jamie Zakian @chapterxchapter @demoness333 @Month9Books


Book info:
Title:  Serpents and Saviors 
Author:  Jamie Zakian
Series:  Project Emergence #2
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books





Synopsis:
Lord of the Flies meets the 100.



Joey got separated from her twin brother Jesse when their luxury spacecraft broke apart halfway to Mars. The terrorists are dead, but so are most of the passengers who escaped a dying Earth for a new life on a new planet.



The remaining survivors, the future of humanity, are scattered across the lush planet of Mars. Joey and Kami are in a mountainous forest, and they’re locked in a power struggle to guide the people. Jesse and Rai landed on the coast, and are desperate to reach their sisters.



This new world can be a fresh start, where everyone is equal and class sectors are finally made obsolete, if only Kami would give up her self-appointed position as Commander of Mars. Both Joey and Kami are willing to die for their beliefs, even sacrificing the lives of those who’ve chosen to follow them, unless clearer heads can prevail before it’s too late.

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The world of …  (World Building)



The world of Serpents and Saviors is quite exciting. The story takes place on a newly terraformed Mars in the near future. It’s a thrilling, mysterious, brand-new world, and it was a challenge to create. The atmosphere and terrain are very similar to modern day Earth, but everything else is alien to the survivors who crash landed on Mars. Prehistoric animals roam the planet, scientifically designed insects light the woods in a luminescent glow, two moons travel across the sky, and thirty-six-hour days are the new norm for the Project Emergence crew. At least, it will be if they can survive each other long enough to enjoy their new home.

About the Author:
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Reyet Trap (Torch World #2) by Dee Garretson @chapterxchapter @DeeGarretson @Month9Books


Book info:
Title:  Reyet Trap 
Author:  Dee Garretson
Series:  Torch World #2

Release Date: April 3, 2018

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Synopsis:
No planet. No hope.



Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change.



A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.

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Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.












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