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May Wrap-Up

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Wow how has time has passed we are already mid year! May brought a few good reads though I must admit I’ve been in such a reading slump. Though some of new summer reads are just want I need. Just light fluffy stuff with some romance thrown in for good measure. Speaking of books it’s about that time to share what I’ve read, bought, and received from publishers last month and of course a little music thrown in for good measure. What I’ve read this month…  *The Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick *Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand *The Only & Only by Emily Giffin *- my super faves = BUY IT! Received from publishers [physical books]… A Long Time Gone by Karen White Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore The Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick One Plus One by JoJo Moyes The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain Received via NetGalley/Edelweiss…  The Summer Wind by Mary Alice

Review:We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhart

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We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt  Published: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Format: E-copy via NetGalley Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart. When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something about it. My Thoughts I am very torn when writing this review. I was so caught up in the synopsis from the start th

WoW [74]

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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 Road by Jay McLean Expected Publication: December 2014 Synopsis... *Chloe* For four years I watched him roaming the halls of high school, always quiet, without a single clue of his A-list status. Then one night he ran into me, literally. He thought he saved me, but he had no idea how impossible that was. Now he wants to talk. Now he wants to get to know me. Now he thinks he's in love with me. Stupid, stupid boy.     *Blake* I wish I'd found her earlier, but she chose to stay invisible. I watched her take in the world one breath at a time, while living her life alone. I told her that I saved her that night, but I lied. I think she saved me. She wants to push me away and tell me I'm wrong, but it's too late. Now she's been noticed. Now she's a part of me. Now I'm in love with her

Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

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Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly –Whittemore  Published: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Crown Format: via publisher in exchange for an honest review Rating: 4/5 Synopsis On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it's the kind of place where swimming boldly is required and the children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with the midnight skinny-dips, the wet dog smell lingering in the air, the moneyed laughter carrying across the still lake, and before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: wealth, friendship, a boyfriend, and, most of all, the sense, for the first time in her life, that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, she makes a terrible d

Feature and 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… Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it? I’ve convinced my mom to read YA! It started with The Hunger Games, then If I Stay which lead to Where She Went and The Fault in Our Stars. She loved them. I really want her to read Rainbow Rowell next. I love that she is opening up to other genres. Feel free to add me however you like…GFC, Bloglovin, Twitter, an

Book Blitz: A Sweet Life Boxed Set

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A Sweet Life Boxed Set  (Fourteen Contemporary Romances by Bestselling Authors to Benefit Diabetes Research) Publication date: May 1st 2014 Add to Goodreads Purchase: Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes Synopsis Have your cake and eat it too–your purchase of A Sweet Life helps fight against diabetes! Priced at only 2.99 (regular price 7.99), indulge in this stunning limited edition collection of fourteen contemporary romances by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors… You can make a difference while you read! All proceeds from the sale of A Sweet Life will be donated to the Diabetes Research Institute via Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Featuring a foreword by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber. Get your copy today! 1500 pages/ 675 000 words I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre (The Sullivans) The only woman wealthy Irish pub owner Jake McCann wants is the one he can’t have–Sophie Sullivan, his be

WoW [73]

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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. Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf Expected Publication: June 24, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Synopsis... Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity;the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for. Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive wit

Book Blast + Giveway!!: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

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The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes Published: May 20, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Add to Goodreads Synopsis Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back. And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work!  But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game. What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you fi

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

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Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse   Release date: May 13th 2014 Publisher: Wunderland Press Purchase: Amazon Add to GR BOOK DESCRIPTION Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on? Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they? Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he's

WoW [72]

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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 Right Thing by Amy Conner  Expected Publication: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Kensington Synopsis... On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie's life, Starr disappears. Annie grows up to follow the path ordained for pretty, well-to-do Jackson women--marrying an ambitious lawyer, filling her days with shopping and charity work. She barely recognizes Starr when they meet twenty-seven years after that first fateful summer, but the bond formed so long ago quickly reemerges. Starr, pregna

Review: The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me by Suzanne Kingsbury

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The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me by Suzanne Kingsbury Published: March 19, 2002 Publisher: Scribner Format: Purchased copy Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Set in Houser Banks, Mississippi, a fictional town frozen in time, Suzanne Kingsbury's debut is an intense and evocative tale of young people coming to terms with the legacy of racism over the course of a sultry Southern summer. Deserted by her mother and raised by her whiskey-drinking, gun-shooting father, beautiful Haley has broken the heart of every boy in town. Yet she hides two intimate and explosive secrets that empower her just as they threaten to undermine everything she holds dear. Haley is engaged in a dangerous flirtation with one of her father's friends when Fletcher Greel, the Judge's son, comes home for the summer, having just graduated from a New England prep school. Fletcher's friend Riley is in love with a blues-singing black girl named Crystal, and Fletcher falls instantly for Haley. These fo

Cover Reveal: Calling California by J.P. Grider

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Calling California by J.P. Grider Publication date: June 2014 Genres: New Adult, Romance Add to Goodreads Synopsis Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate – her father is dying, she’s working to help pay the rent, and she’s two-years behind in college. Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world – he’s acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week. When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she’s immediately smitten and thinks she’s found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide. Cali doesn’t belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn’t understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart. Is their love strong enough to bring them back toget

Cover Reveal: Mosaic [Dragonfly #4] by Leigh T. Moore

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Mosaic [Dragonfly #4] by Leigh Talbert Moore Expected Publication: June 2014 Genres: New Adult, Romance Add to Goodreads Synopsis The future never goes as planned. People are never what they seem. Time changes everything. So you want to know what happened to Anna and Julian? Well, listen up, because I’ve got the whole scoop. I’m Jules, btw, and I am an artist, as you already know if you’ve read Watercolor. What you might not know is I inherited my mother’s cute little newsy nose, thank you very much. It’s high school reunion time, and everyone’s coming back to Fairview—everyone who’s not already there, mind you. What went wrong, who’s fault it was, and why the heck nobody knew about me… it’s all coming out. Long-distance relationships rarely last, and a lot of water has passed under that bridge. Big Secrets will be exposed, and in the end we’ll know if that old saying is true: Love is stronger than time. Mosaic, the exciting conclusion to The Drag

Review: Nantucket Red by Leila Howland

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Nantucket Red by Leila Howland  Expected Publication: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Format: E-Arc via NetGalley Rating: 3.5/5 Challenges: 2014 NetGalley/Edelweiss Synopsis Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years. When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn't anticipated. It's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms wit