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Mini Review: Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup

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Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup Expected Publication: May 31, 2016 Publisher: HarperTeen Format: via Edelweiss Rating: 3/5 Synopsis When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets. My Thoughts Where do I start with this one? At first, I thought this book was going to be about Frannie but Tru stole the spotlight. Tru comes into town after his parents send him away for the summer and when he does he helps Frannie come out of her shell. Frannie is determined for this summer to be different than any other, she wants to do things differently and she thinks her cousin is the ri

Waiting On [164]: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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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 Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Expected Publication: October 18, 2016 Publisher: Knopf BYR Synopsis New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back with a life-affirming Christmas romance starring Dash and Lily. Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December. Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two belove

Review: The Island House by Nancy Thayer

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The Island House by Nancy Thayer Published: May 31, 2016 Publisher: Ballantine Books Format: via publisher Rating: 3/5 Synopsis The charms of Nantucket tempt a woman to leave her established life in Kansas City—but with a piece of her heart, and a love interest, in each world, she discovers she must look within to choose the right path. Every summer since college, twenty-nine-year-old Courtney has traded the familiarity of the Midwest for the allure of Nantucket. Now an established university professor in Kansas City, she finds herself caught between two lifestyles and two very different men. She chooses Nantucket and the glamorous life she associates with it, unaware that the summer will take an unexpected turn, and she will have to let her heart decide what it truly wants. My Thoughts In the Island House, we meet Courtney who gets swept up in the Nantucket life when her college roommate invites her to spend the summers with her and her family. She falls in

Review: People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper

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People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper Expected Publication: May 24, 2016 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Format: via NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Everything was fine fourteen years after she left New York. Until suddenly, one day, it wasn’t. Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loved passionately, she was building the life she always wanted. But when enormous stress threatened her marriage, Emily made some rash decisions. That’s when she fell in love with someone else. That’s when she got pregnant. Resolved to tell her husband of the affair and to leave him for the father of her child, Emily’s plans are thwarted when the world is suddenly split open on 9/11. It’s amid terrible tragedy that she finds her freedom, as she leaves New York City to start a new life. It’s not easy, but Emily---now Connie Prynne—forges a new happily-ever-after in California. But when a life-threatening diagnosis upends her life,

Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

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You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour Expected Publication: June 7, 2016 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Format: via NetGalley Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more. My Though

Waiting On [163]: Falling by Jane Green

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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. Falling by Jane Green Expected Publication: July 19, 2016 Publisher: Berkley Synopsis When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either. On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for c

Book Blitz: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

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Because I Love You by  Tori Rigby Publisher: Blaze Publishing Published: May 17, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant. Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby. Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go. Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Blaze Publish

Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

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First Comes Love by Emily Giffin Expected Publication: June 28, 2016 Publisher: Ballantine Books Format: via NetGalley Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first-grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands. On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s

Review: Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

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Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica Expected Publication: May 17, 2016 Publisher: MIRA Format: via NetGalley Rating: 5/5 Synopsis In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew. Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.  As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl's spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a st

Waiting On [162]: In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

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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.   In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch Expected Publication: July 1, 2016 Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Synopsis Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday. But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destruct

Release Day Blitz: Love After Marriage by Mia Kayla

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Love After Marriage by Mia Kayla Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date:  May 10, 2016 Synopsis:  Bethany Casse Plack has everything she has ever dreamed of -- a prestigious career, an inherited fortune, and a doting hot husband who treats her like a queen.  But not all things can be bought, especially not the one thing she wants most in the world. Kent Plack dropped his bachelor-for-life status when a certain green-eyed beauty captured his heart. He made vows to make her the happiest wife, and he's determined to give her the world. But when an unexpected turn of events flips him from his axis, the one thing that Bethany wants from him is the only thing Kent is unsure he can give her. Insecurities, the past, and their different views on their future will test their marriage. Love bears and endures all things, but when their worlds are turned upside down, will their marriage survive, especially considering it was originally based on conveni

Giveaway: Mary Kay Andrews Prize Pack

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Hi Everyone! I’m so happy to be teaming up with Tandem Literary to give you a chance to win a fabulous Mary Kay Andrews prize pack! This is in honor of Spring Fever hitting mass market paperback and Beach Town hitting trade paperback. Here’s a list of what will be in the fabulous goody bag:          Copy of BEACH TOWN in trade paperback  Copy of SPRING FEVER in mass market paperback              Two different Mary Kay Andrews bookmarks           A recipe card featuring two recipes from MKA’s kitchen         BEACH TOWN sunglasses     BEACH TOWN lip balm with SPF 15 Also, be sure to be on the lookout for MKA’s newest read The Weekenders sure to be a top summer read this summer. It hits stores May 17, 2016.  To learn more keep in touch with MKA’s via social media: FB ,  Twitter ,  IG ,  Pinterest ,  Website a Rafflecopter giveaway

Waiting On [161]: Flight Patterns by Karen White

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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. Flight Patterns by Karen White Expected Publication: May 31, 2016 Publisher: NAL Synopsis Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit... It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will f

Blog Tour: Infinite Dolls by Emalynne Wilder

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Infinite Dolls by Emalynne Wilder Expected Publication:  May 3, 2016 Genres: New Adult, Romance Add to Goodreads Buy Amazon / iBooks / BN Synopsis Born to be the best. Head of his class. No strings attached. The third year of medical school is supposed to be the hardest, but Callum Trovatto has no idea what he’s about to face when Everly Anne Brighton stands between him and a passing grade, shaking up his world with her secrets, and digging into his dark past. Hopeless. Trapped by her father’s rules. Longing for freedom. Expected to die before her twenty-first birthday at the hands of a rare medical condition, Everly Brighton begins to defy the carefully crafted routine her father enforces to keep her alive, despite the fact that it could kill her. INFINITE DOLLS is an emotionally charged love story about finding faith, coping with loss and living in the preciousness of Now. Excerpt “Stay.” Her hand was on my arm for such a brief second, I couldn’t eve