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WoW [39]

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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: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor Expected Publication: February 18, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Summary via Goodreads Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness. Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend. Even when she isn't sure what to say. Even when Olivia misses months of school. Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush. The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and

Review: Turn around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield

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Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield Expected Publication: August 6, 2013 Source: ARC via publisher Publisher: It Books Rating 4/5 Summary via Goodreads An emotional journey of hilarity and heartbreak with a karaoke soundtrack, in the spirit of Rob Sheffield's bestselling Love Is a Mix Tape. Turn around Bright Eyes picks up Sheffield's story right after Love Is a Mix Tape. He is a young widower devastated by grief, trying to build a new life in a new town after his wife's death. As a writer for Rolling Stone, he naturally takes solace in music. But that's when he discovers the sublime ridiculousness of karaoke, and despite the fact that he can't carry a tune, he begins to find his voice. His karaoke obsession takes him to some strange places, whether that means singing a Frank Sinatra song in a senior-citizen community in Florida, attempting a Merle Haggard classic at a cowboy saloon in the Mojave desert, or clearing the room at an after-hours dive in

Feature and 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.   Q: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them? A: If I’m really attached to them and they are my favorites I keep them forever, if not I donate them. I just donated a huge box of over 40 books to the Salvation Army last Friday. It was a very hard thing for me to do since I LOVE my books but I knew they could bring some joy to a fellow reader out there. That made the pain a little more bearable to take. Please feel free to share. You can follow via GFC, email, or bloglovin’. Also feel free to friend me on Goodreads . Thanks!

WoW [38]

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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: Panic by Lauren Oliver Expected Publication: March 4, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Summary via Goodreads... Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not t

Review: A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh

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A Sweethaven Summer [Sweethaven Circle] by Courtney Walsh Published: February 16, 2012 Format: Kindle purchased Rating 4/5 From Goodreads A faded scrapbook reveals secrets that reconnect old friends in a place called Sweethaven. Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven in search of answers about her mother's history. Just before losing a battle with cancer, Suzanne Carter sent letters to childhood friends from her hometown of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's three friends -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, yet each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together as girls. Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. As the scrapbook reveals secrets from the past, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored -- just as Suzanne intended. A Sweethaven Summer is the first book in the Sweethaven seri

Cover Reveal: Out from Under You by Sophie Swift

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Out from Under You by Sophie Swift Series: Smart Girls Finish First #1 Publication Date:   August 2013 Genre: New Adult Romance Add to your Goodreads Synopsis: “Love is an earthquake. It comes when you least expect it. It rips the ground clear away. Right out from under you.” The day Lia Smart met Grayson Walker, eight years ago, was the day she fell helplessly in love with him. Coincidentally, it was the same day Grayson fell in love with someone else: Lia’s smarter, sexier, superior-in-every-way older sister, Alex. Now, nearly a decade later, Alex and Grayson are long over and twenty-two-year-old Lia has finally managed to forget all those lonely nights she spent pining after her sister’s boyfriend. But when Grayson unexpectedly arrives back in town with Alex for Labor Day weekend and the two announce that they’re not only back together but engaged, all the feelings that Lia buried suddenly come bubbling back to the surface. But Lia is no longer the awkward, gangly

Review: OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

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OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu Expected Publication: July 23, 2013 Format: E-Arc via Edelweiss Publisher: Simon Pulse Rating: 3/5 Summary via Goodreads When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he's her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again. But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can't stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a ton about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she's obsessed. Bea tells herself she's got it all under control, but this isn't a choice, it's a compulsion. The truth is, she's breaking down... and she might end up breaking her own heart. My Thoughts This is a wonderfully written story about a topic that today is still very much not truly ta

Feature and 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. Q: Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other than your home.) A: Well since I live in TX and it’s hotter than hell here this is a tough one. I’m not really an outdoorsy person but I do like to read outside if it’s not too hot. Nothing fancy I just sit on front steps and read. Please feel free to share. You can follow via GFC, email, or bloglovin’. Also feel free to friend me on Goodreads. Thanks!

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The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle Expected Publication: November 5, 2013 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Summary via Goodreads... To the outside Diana and Joe have a perfect family-three lovely children, a beautiful home, and a café that's finally taking off. But their world is rocked when it's discovered that their oldest daughter, 17-year-old Morgan is having an affair with her married teacher, TJ Hill. Their town rocks with the scandal. When the case goes to trial, the family is torn further apart when Morgan sides not with her parents-as a manipulated teenage girl; but with TJ himself-as a woman who loves a 30-year-old man. Told from the perspectives of Morgan, Diana, and TJ's wife, Rain, this is an unforgettable story that fully explores the surprising, even shocking, events that change the lives of two families. Why I Can’t Wait.... I love a good scandal! This seems like a good book with some mystery, which is great to curl up with on a

Review: Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

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Love at High Tide by Christi Barth Published: July 8, 2013 Format: copy via NetGalley Publisher: Carina Press Rating: 3/5 Summary via Goodreads Darcy Trent is lucky Cooper Hudson is on hand to sweep her off her feet—literally—when she nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean. But life-saving aside, Mr. Perfect's timing stinks: Darcy's career is about to take her to the complete opposite side of the Atlantic. Still, a little summer loving with the tall, blond and sexy former cop is far too tempting to pass up. When his plans to enter the Secret Service went south thanks to a bum knee, Coop retreated to the family beach house to mull his future. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until he fishes a curvy brunette out of the sea. Now, spending time in Darcy's arms seems like the ideal distraction, even if it is just for a week. But with Darcy's departure date fast approaching and their careers on the line, can they realize in time that their beach fling mig

Review: Finding Bliss by Dina Silver

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Finding Bliss by Dina Silver Expected Publication: July 16, 2013 Format: E-ARC via NetGalley Publisher: Amazon Publishing Rating: 4/5 Summary via Goodreads Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family. Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds––a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down. An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just

Feature and 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. Q: Activity: PHOTOBOMB!!!! Photobomb a picture with your favorite book. Share it of course. A: I couldn’t just pick one! So I went with two of my recent faves… Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. Sorry if the pic’s not too good took in real quick on my laptop. Please feel free to share. You can follow via email, or bloglovin’. Also feel free to friend me on Goodreads. Thanks!

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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: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han Expected Publication: April 22, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR Summary via Goodreads... To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters. Why I Can’t Wait.... Hello it’s Jenny Freakin’ Han! Plus look at that gorgeous cover and it simply sounds like a great read.

Review: Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble

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Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble Expected Publication: July 9, 2013 Format: Finished copy via publisher Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Rating: 3/5 Summary via Goodreads Devastated by tragedy during her last project, documentarian Abbie Sinclair thinks she has nothing left to give by the time she arrives in Stargazey Point. Once a popular South Carolina family destination, the town's beaches have eroded, local businesses are closing, and skyrocketing taxes are driving residents away. Stargazey Point, like Abbie, is fighting to survive. But Abbie is drawn slowly into the lives of the people around her: the Crispin siblings, three octogenarians sharing a looming plantation house; Cab Reynolds, who left his work as an industrial architect to refurbish his uncle's antique carousel, a childhood sanctuary; Ervina, an old Gullah wise woman with the power to guide Abbie to a new life, if only she'd let her; and a motley crew of children whom Abbie can't ignore.

Review: The Great Divide by Janet Goss

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The Great Divide by Janet Goss Published: July 2, 2013 Format: Finished copy via publisher Publisher: NAL Trade Rating: 3/5 Summary via Goodreads For the past ten years, Vera Van Loon has been beating the city heat at her friend’s idyllic lakeside guest cabin. There, she’s Aunt Loony to Kit Garrett’s teenagers, a kayaker instead of a straphanger—and a million miles away from the complications of “ real” life in Manhattan. If only she didn’t have to alternate weekends with one of the Garretts’ relatives, everything would be perfect—until she discovers the truth: “ Uncle” Cyrus is hardly the man she thought he was. He’s just her type, wildly appealing—and a worthy Scrabble opponent. All of a sudden, everything is perfect until Labor Day. Because Cyrus prefers the rural life and Vera could never give up New York. Back in town, a chance encounter with a seductive local convinces her she’s where she belongs—but Cyrus has other ideas. With choices, and crises, coming from al

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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: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens Expected Publication: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books Summary via Goodreads... Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does. At school, nobody sees the scratches or her pain. The only person she connects with is the mysterious Captain Lyric, who writes song lyrics on her fourth-period desk for her to complete. With pencil marks and music, Alexi carves out a comfortable space for herself as she and the Captain finish each other's songs--words on a desk feel safer than words spoken aloud. But when Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next d

Review: The Rest of Us by Jessica Lott

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The Rest of Us by Jessica Lott Expected Publication: July 2, 2013 Format: E-Arc via Edelweiss Publisher: Simon & Schuster Rating: 3/5 stars Summary via Goodreads A gorgeous literary debut about second chances, The Rest of Us is an indelible love story that explores the legacy of an affair between a young student and her older professor. As a college student, Terry fell madly and destructively in love with Rhinehart, her famous poetry professor, tumbling into a relationship from which she never fully recovered. Now, fifteen years later, she’s single, still living in the same walk-up she moved into after college, and languishing as a photographer’s assistant, having long abandoned her own art. But when she stumbles upon Rhinehart’s obituary online, she finds herself taking stock of the ways her life has not lived up to her youthful expectations and grows disproportionately distraught at the thought that she’ll never see him again. She is shocked when

Event: The New Look of Indulgence

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Sexy new look! Classic romance with a fresh new twist. Indulgence brings together classic romance, new and fresh voices, those alpha heroes we all love, and are simply great category romance reads. Indulgence books are short contemporary romances.   They are new, fresh, edgy, light, and whimsical and always have a happily ever after. Emotionally and physically satisfying. Sure, Brazen may be the naughty little sister of Indulgence, but where do you think Brazen learned everything? Famously Engaged, by Robyn Thomas A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds… Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé. Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he's forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant att

Cover Reveal: Lennon's Rain by Chris Meyers

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Title: Lennon’s Rain by Chris Myers Expected release date: August 19, 2013 Genre:   Contemporary Romance Age Group:   New Adult [Sexual content] Cover designed by: Books on the Edge, photo from Shutterstock Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours Add to Goodreads Book Description: Sometimes in love, you choose wrong… Eighteen-year-old Lennon Tyler has his first girlfriend Jinx. Now what? He’s gone from the oasis of easy groupies to the Sahara. With her past history, he believes she should make the first move. With his sexual prowess, Jinx worries why he hasn’t made any advances. Add his sexual frustration to the return of his fifth grade crush plus a Japanese temptress equals trouble for Lennon. In fifth grade, Rain broke Lennon’s heart and her own. She has never forgotten her best friend and skateboarding partner. When Lennon sees her at a sorority party, he doesn’t hesitate to humiliate her. Instead of embarrassing her, he stirs up old feelings that neither of them g

Blog Tour: This is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker

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This is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker Expected Publication: July 2, 2013 Format: E-ARC via Edelweiss Publisher: Soho Teen Rating: 4/5 Find: Amazon / BN / Goodreads Summary via Goodreads This is not a story of forgiveness... The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent. E veryone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone. They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away. Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.   My Thoughts I truly enjoyed this story of lies, cover-ups and the lives of some little rich kids who have everything. It all focuses around the frien