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Review: If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin

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If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin Expected Publication: April 2, 2013 Format: ARC E-Copy provided by NetGalley Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Rating: 5/5 Summary via Goodreads If he had been with me, he wouldn't have died. Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other's sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting. But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years. But she's always wondered what if... The night she's about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy. My Thoughts Wonderful, beautifully written, haunting, heartbreaking and simply amazing! That’s just the tip of the iceberg when describing my opinion of If He Had Been with Me. Ahhhh…although no words can truly describe how much I loved this book!! Months ago I knew I wanted to read it but never could have imagi

Review: Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer

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Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer Expected Publication: April 2, 2013 Publication: William Morrow Paperbacks Format: ARC E-Copy provided by Edelweiss Rating: 5/5 Summary via Goodreads Queenie Wake, a country girl from North Star, Texas, has just been fired from her job as a chef for not allowing a customer to use ketchup. Again. Now the only place she has to go is home to North Star. She can hope, maybe things will be different. Maybe her family's reputation as those Wake women will have been forgotten. It's been years since her mother-notorious for stealing your man, your car, and your rent money-was killed. And her sister, who as a teenager was branded as a gold-digging harlot after having a baby with local golden boy Wes McKay, is now the mother of the captain of the high school football team. It can't be that bad… Who knew that people in small town Texas had such long memories? And of course Queenie wishes that her memory were a little spottier when

WoW [22]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts Expected Publication: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux [BYR] Summary via Goodreads... A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world. Why I Can’t Wait.... Ok so I know ya’ll been seeing this a lot lately but…hello!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend the Most

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme from TheBrokeandTheBookish This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most These are some of my all-time faves. The bottom half are ones that are soon to be released that I’ve read. Ones I will be telling everyone about because they are simply amazing! Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz Rhythms by Donna Hill Summer Sisters by Judy Blume The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me by Suzanne Kingsbury In The After by Ashley Mackler Paternostro Do yourself a favor and pick up these AMAZING reads when they are released!   If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight Feel free to share your Top Ten.

Blog Tour: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

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Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt Expected Publication: March 26, 2013 Format: ARC provided by publisher Bloomsbury Rating: 4/5   Summary When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List: 1. Run for pep club secretary 2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree 3. Sew a dress for Homecoming 4. Find a steady 5. Do something dangerous But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far. My Thoughts I knew I would enjoy this books from the get go

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me. Here’s this week’s question: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book? I don’t really have a guilty pleasure as far as reading. I’m proud of my genre preferences. No shame in my reading game…lol. So what’s your guilty pleasure? Please share.

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Blog Tour: Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

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Things I Can’t Forget [Hundred Oaks #3] by Miranda Kenneally Published: March 1, 2013 Format: Copy via publisher for blog tour Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Rating: 4/5 Summary via Goodreads Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different… This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt--with her. Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy. My Thoughts I went into this kind of backwards. I must confess I’ve never read Catching Jordan or Stealing Parker before I read this book. I mean I have both I ju

WoW [21]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: This is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker Expected Publication: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Soho Teen Summary via Goodreads... At Hawthorne Lake Country Club your trust fund can’t buy you happiness, but if it’s big enough, it almost always buys innocence. When Willa Ames-Rowan drowns in Hawthorne Lake everyone who’s anyone knows James Gregory is the one who killed her. But no one will ever say a word. Enter The W.A.R. Four girls, four motives to avenge Willa’s death, and only one rule: Destroy the Gregory brothers at any cost. The girls pool their trust funds and devise a series of elaborate pranks to deliver their own particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won, but it’s the truth about what really happened that night that stands to destroy them all. Why I Can’t Wai

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I HAD to buy...but are still sitting on my shelf

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic : 10 Books I had to buy…but are still sitting on my shelf. Most of these are on my TBR list challenge so by the end of the year they will be read…finally! Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan The Choice by Robert Whitlow Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay Live Through This by Mindi Scott A Grownup Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson Fire and Rain by David Browne The Beatles by Bob Spitz Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting by Brett Milano That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?

Book Haul: IMM [18] & STS [2]

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In My Mailbox & Stacking the Shelves are weekly memes. They are all about sharing what goodies you received during the week.   Finished Copy If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch [ my review ] Expected publication March 26, 2013 For Review Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols Expected publication July 16, 2013 Mtv Books The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler Expected publication August 20, 2013 Gallery Books Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce Expected publication April 30, 2013 Bloomsbury USA Island Girls by Nancy Thayer Expected publication June 18, 2013 Ballantine Books   Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke Published March 12, 2013 Free Kindle Reads Pearl by C.E. Weisman On the Edge by Autumn Doughton That’s my haul. Feel free to link me to yours.

Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. This Week’s Question: Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture. Answer: Actually since I live in Texas and it’s hotter than hell here I tend to read anywhere there is an A/C. Lol. Seriously I like a cool and quite place. Sadly I wish it wasn’t so hot in the summer to read outside at a park or something. What are your answers for this week's FF? Leave a comment and we'll drop by and follow back!

Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch Expected Publication: March 26, 2013 Format: ARC provided by NetGalley Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 4/5 stars Summary via Goodreads There are some things you can’t leave behind… A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys. Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason

WoW [20]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet Expected Publication: August 6, 2013 Publisher: Crown Summary via Goodreads... Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother's girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can't quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a Goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn't understand and doesn't fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point. Meanwhile, Layla's little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She's become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist paren

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TBR Spring List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish . My list features new upcoming books. It was hard listing just ten but I’ve been lucky enough to read some of the big ones not listed. Some of these I have ARCS to so I’m really excited to read them. I’m breaking my list down by months, March-May.   Top Ten TBR Spring List March Family Pictures by Jane Green April   This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith White Lines by Jennifer Banash If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin May     Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher September Girls by Bennett   Madison   The Lake House by Marci Nault Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith All The Summer Girls by Meg Donohue That's my Top Ten... what's yours?  

Review: Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

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Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman Published: January 15, 2013 Format: Copy provided by publicist Ballantine Books Rating: 3/5   Summary Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York; Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide. The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them. Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation—but finds a bewilde

Review: The Summer I Learned to Dive by Shannon McCrimmon

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The Summer I Learned To Dive by Shannon McCrimmon Published: May 9, 2012 Format: Copy provided by author in exchange for honest review Rating: 4/5 Summary Since the time she was a little girl, eighteen-year-old Finley “Finn” Hemmings has always lived her life according to a plan, focused and driven with no time for the average young adult’s carefree experiences. On the night of her high school graduation, things take a dramatic turn when she discovers that her mother has been keeping a secret from her—a secret that causes Finn to do something she had never done before—veer off her plan. In the middle of the night, Finn packs her bags and travels by bus to Graceville, SC seeking the truth. In Graceville, Finn has experiences that change her life forever; a summer of love, forgiveness and revelations. She learns to take chances, to take the plunge and to dive right in to what life has to offer. My Thoughts Finn was girl who did everything she was supposed to do. She wa

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This week's question: Q: What is a book you didn't like that all your friends raved about or what book did you love that wasn't popular? Ok so the books I never “got” were The Harry Potter & Twilight series. I know, I know everyone loves either one or both of them. Don’t hate me…please! I just never saw anything interesting about them. Sorry. However now I totally understand how people felt about those series since now I’m a HUGE Hunger Games fan. So yeah now I know better to make fun of serious hardcore fans. Lol. What are your answers for this week's FF? Leave a comment and we'll drop by and follow back!

Review: Heart like Mine by Amy Hatvany

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Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany Expected Publication: March 19, 2013 Publisher: Washington Square Press Format: ARC provided by NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Summary When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined. Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be? At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfrie

WoW [19]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s Wow feature is: Time after Time [Time Between Us #2] by Tamara Ireland Stone Publication: October 8, 2013 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Summary via Goodreads... Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expec