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April Wrap-up

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April was a great month! I had family come in town to celebrate Easter. I don't know who had more fun the kids or the "big" kids. As far as May it's my birthday month [yay!!] and my last year in my 30’s. I’ve never freaked out about my age to me it’s just a number. I’ll be celebrating with family over Memorial weekend. It’s also what I consider the kick off to summer. Cant wait to dive into all the fab summer reads that will be coming out soon. Speaking of books it’s about that time to share what I’ve read, bought, received from publishers this last month and of course a little music thrown in for good measure. What I’ve read this month…  *Choosing You by Allie Everhart The Art of Floating by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane *Love and other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan After the Storm by Marie Landry We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt *- my super faves = BUY IT! Received from publishers [physical books]… Th

WoW [70]

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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. **Don't forget to enter my giveaway of a copy of The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi. Click  here  to enter. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang Expected Publication: September 9, 2014 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Synopsis... On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, sh

Review: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

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Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones Published: May 8, 2012 [Paperback] Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Format: purchased copy Rating: 4/5 With the opening line of "Silver Sparrow," "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families--the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode. My Thoughts Silver Sparrow is a read that sucks you in from the very start. It’s a tale of two families, lies, heartache and deceit. James Witherspoon is married but falls for another woman and has a daughter with her. He isn’t a bad man or father by any means so it’s

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

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Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller Published: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Format: Kindle purchased Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility. My Thoughts This was my first Trish Doller experience and what an awesome

Virtual Tour + Giveaway: The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi

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The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi  Published: April 1, 2014 Format: via NetGalley Challenge: 2014 NetGalley/Edelweiss Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Lexi has a secret. She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good. Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there's nothing she wants more than to start over. But sometimes love has its own path... My Thoughts I was really torn while reading The Summer I Wasn’t Me. Seriously there was times when I couldn’t continue reading. This is a story of trying to deal with who you are and at the same time trying to make others happy. Lexi is sent to a “de-gaying” camp by her mother and church after it is revealed she is gay. Lexi is still trying to come to terms with it herself and at the same time dealing with her father’s death an

Feature & Follow Friday

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Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! 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. The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week’s question… Any pets? Tell or show us. No pets. I’m not really an animal person but I have been thinking about the possibility of a dog as of late. I have names picked out either Boo Radley or Atticus Finch. Now I just need to find the ONE. Feel free to add me however you like…GFC, Bloglovin, Twitter, and/or Goodreads. Be sure to link me up to yours so I can follow back.

WoW [69]

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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. When We Fall by Emily Liebert  Expected Publication: September 2, 2014 Publisher: NAL Trade Synopsis... Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface. When the wife of her husband’s best friend from summer camp takes her under her wing, things begin to spin out of control. At one time, Charlotte Crane thought she had it all—a devoted husband, a beautiful little girl, and enough financial security to never have to worry. But behind her perfect facade lie a strained marriage and a fractured relationship with her sister. Whe

Book Blast + Giveway: Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

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Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell   Release Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: Running Press Kids Add to Goodreads Buy Amazon / BN / IndieBound   Synopsis Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell. Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there's life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she's ever had. Summer on the Short Bus is a very non-P.C., contemporary YA with a lot of attitude, tons of laughs, and a little life lesson along the way. PRAISE: "Crandell creates a wonderful and relatable prot

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Choosing You by Allie Everhart

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Choosing You [Jade Series #1] by Allie Everhart Published: September 23, 2013 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance Add to Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Synopsis : When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in. Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences. As the two of them try t

Review: After the Storm by Marie Landry

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After the Storm by Marie Landry  Published: April 8, 2014 Rating: 3/5 Synopsis For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying. When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren’t ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school. Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without cons

Review: Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstorm

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Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstorm Published: April 10, 2014 Publisher: Viking Adult Format: via publisher Rating: 4/5 Synopsis A novel of love in all its forms: for the land, for family, and the once-in-a-lifetime kind that catches two people when they least expect it Emmy is a shy, sheltered sixteen-year-old when her mom, Kate, sends her to eastern Washington to an aunt and uncle she never knew she had. Fifteen years earlier, Kate had abandoned her sister, Beth, when she fled her painful past and their fundamentalist church. And now, Beth believes Emmy’s participation in a faith healing is her last hope for having a child. Emmy goes reluctantly, but before long she knows she has come home. She feels tied to the rugged landscape of coulees and scablands. And she meets Reuben, the Native American boy next door. In a part of the country where the age-old tensions of cowboys versus Indians still play out, theirs is the kind of magical, fraught lo

WoW [68]

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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. The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris  Expected Publication: September 2014 Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary Synopsis... According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player. With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, e

Summer Beach Reads 2014

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It's about that time I look forward to every year. Summer Beach reads! I know in some places there is a last [I hope] blast of winter right now. However here is a sampling of a few books that are on my Summer TBR list. All books are being released between May-August.                                             The One & Only - Emily Giffin We Were Liars - E. Lockhart * Save the Date - Mary Kay Andrews The Nantucket Sisters - Nancy Thayer * The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand The Never Never Sisters - L. Alison Heller * My Best Friend, Maybe - Caela Carter * Landline - Rainbow Rowell Dollbaby - Laura Lane Neal * Let's Get Lost - Adi Alsaid * Breakwater Bay - Shelley Noble * Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson The Glass Kitchen - Linda Francis Lee * The Hurricane Sisters - Dorthea Benton Frank * Cure for the Common Breakup - Beth Kendrick The Summer Wind - Mary Alice Monroe One Plus One - JoJ

Entangled Bliss Release Day Blast + Giveway!

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Today is release day for three amazing Entangled Bliss titles and we are excited to share them all with you.  There's a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them. All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price! Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman Publisher: Entangled Bliss Pub. Date: April 14, 2014 Find it:  Goodreads ,  Amazon , B&N Playing it safe never felt so risky. Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role… As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin