Friday, November 21, 2014

REBOUND by Noelle August Cover Reveal

Friday, November 21, 2014 with
Hello everyone,
Today, we (along with a bunch of other bloggers) are revealing the cover of Rebound.


I quite enjoyed Noelle August's (who is really a writing team made up of authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) debut new adult Boomerang and I'm so excited to learn that the next companion book Rebound is to be released in about two and a half months (February 10 to be exact)!

If you're not familiar with Boomerang, you can read my review here.

Without further ado...


Pretty cute! And since it's being released in winter time it'll be like a little piece of summer amidst the rainy days we get here in our neck of the woods.

Synopsis
At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

About the Author
Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.

Happy reading,
Michelle

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 with
Hardcover: 215 pages
Publisher: Blink
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Source of my copy: Blink/BookSparks
Series: standalone
Synopsis
After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.



Hit is one of those books where I don't really have any strong feelings about it. It wasn't a bad read overall. Towards the end I even got kind of into it, but for the most part it was just okay.
The story occurred in the span of three days, a little bit before Sarah got hit to when she leaves the hospital. The first person POV switches between Sarah and Mr. Haddings, student teacher at her school. 

Sarah has a huge crush on Haddings and she thinks he might like her back because they have a similar love of poetry. Sarah thought that Haddings was sending her veiled messages of his feelings for her through the poetry he reads in class.

Haddings knew getting involved with a student will cause a scandal that will end his teaching career prematurely. So, he wrote a poem he read to the class to let her know that he only sees her as a student and nothing else. But Sarah still hope that once she's in college (she won a full ride to Mills College but she want to go to UW to be in the same campus as Haddings--I mean, she's basing her decision on a guy who might not even return her feelings. Seriously?!) they'll form a friendship that will turn into something more.

And then he hit her.

In the hospital we see how Sarah's family react to the accident. And I couldn't stand any of them. Okay, I know people aren't in their best when in a state of panic and worry of whether their loved one will live or die. But I couldn't stand those people! There were times when it seemed like they were more concerned about their own personal drama than what was happening to Sarah. I especially couldn't stand Sarah best friend Cydni. The way she was acting in the hospital seemed like she was putting on a show rather than being genuinely worried for Sarah. Cydni has a crush on Sarah's brother and what I was getting was that she's playing the worried friend for him. I mean, she stood by Sarah to the end, but she also has her own agenda to getting Sarah's brother to notice her.

As for Haddings, half of the book was in his POV but I was indifferent to him. He was guilty and, hiding from Sarah's family, he stayed at the hospital to see if she'll make it through the surgery. I did feel bad for him when Cydni caught him and started yelling at him, but his character was just... meh. The way Sarah described him, he was cute and can spout romantic poems but was self-important and self-centered. 

The one character that did save the whole novel for me was Sarah. I didn't like her much in the beginning because she seemed like a spoiled brat with hearts and cupid in her eyes. But when she came to from her surgeries we got more of her and her personality. The way she reacted to the accident, her family in the hospital and learning that Haddings was great. I was all, you go Sarah! She really grew in the two days and I was glad she made the decision about her future the way she did. I also liked the way Haddings took action toward the end. 

I started the book feeling detached from the characters but by the end I did end up liking them and that saved the book for me. Hit kind of has a made for TV movie feel to it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I can't give this book a strong recommendation, but if you're curious borrow it from the library. Hit was an easy read and with only 215 pages, a quick read--I think Hit will appeal to reluctant readers or high school students who aren't big readers but need to read book to do a book report on.

Hit is part of my
Click here to read my thoughts on my other FRC 2014 read, Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Hello everyone,
I'm very excited to be part of the Letting Go Blog Tour. Letting Go was my first book by Molly McAdams and I'm so glad I finally picked up one of her books. I enjoyed Letting Go and I am definitely going to be reading more by her, particularly the next book in her Thatch series after reading the excerpt for book two, which was included in the paperback.

Read on for more of my thoughts on Letting Go and don't forget to add it to your wish list, especially if you're a new adult fan.


Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Thatch #1
Synopsis
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?



Some major spoilers.

Like I previously mentioned, Letting Go was my first book by Molly McAdams and I enjoyed it a lot. I did have a couple of issues with it, but they didn't take away my enjoyment of the story. I'm giving Letting Go



I mean, Letting Go wasn't the best new adult book I've read this year but I found there was a lot to like. It was very readable--I like McAdams' writing. I was half-afraid it was going to be one of those depressing, super emotional new adult reads that will leave me drained by the end because I was under the impression that that was the kind of books McAdams wrote. It wasn't. Yes, Letting Go had some sad parts and some crazy drama including a psychotic ex-girlfriend and a secret baby, but the way the two main characters Jagger and Grey reacted to the craziness weren't overly dramatic. 

I genuinely liked both Jagger and Grey together as a couple and on their own. I got where Grey was coming from with her grief and her feelings of confusion and guilt when she realized that she felt more for Jagger than merely friendship. Jagger was truly a nice guy in a bad boy's body. And he's an artist who does charcoal drawing. I love me some artist heroes! The way he took care of Grey and cared for her was so lovely and romantic. I rooted for them to find peace in their relationship.

I also loved Grey's family--her over-protective dad, her mom who sends awkward text messages reminding Grey to make sure she has protection (the mom scenes were some of my favorite moments) and Graham, her over-protective older brother but he was always there for Grey when she needed him (Graham seriously needs his own book). It was so refreshing to read about a new adult heroine who actually gets along with her parents! And I absolutely loved Grey and Graham's sibling relationship.

The main plot of the novel of whether Grey ever truly get past her grief, not feel like she's betraying Ben's memory by being with Jagger and be truly happy with him was predictable. That was pretty much resolved about a third into the novel. But Grey and Jagger couldn't quite get to their happily ever after yet because of some crazy twists. I mentioned the psychotic ex-girlfriend and the secret baby but there was also stalking, creepy notes and vandalism, Jagger's evil mom and some good ol' blackmail. 

One of my biggest issues was that it took Jagger and Grey forever to figure out who the crazy stalker was. It was so obvious you can see it from a mile away! Seriously. There was only one possible person who was crazy enough to do it. It just killed me that they couldn't figure it out. Grey and Jagger lost some points there with me.

My other issue was the whole Ben thing. It's not a big issue and I debated whether to add it to my review but it just bothered me... Okay, so Grey and Ben were together since they were 13 years old. They were in love and days from getting married when Ben died and Grey lost the love of her life. For most of the book, Ben was basically described as a saint. Then, we find out that he did something that was quite unforgivable. And, then Grey had this whole speech where she said that while she'll aways love Ben, he wasn't the love of her life after all. Jagger was. She was just caught up in the fantasy fairy tale of marrying her childhood sweetheart and blah, blah, blah...

To which I ask, why couldn't Grey have two great loves in her life? Does Ben's memory (reputation?) have to be tarnished to further validate Jagger and Grey's relationship? I didn't think so. I thought her and Jagger's relationship was strong enough that it will persevere even though she had loved another man as deeply before. I guess I just felt sorry for Ben--we learned that he had some inner turmoil himself when it came to Jagger and Grey.

Overall, Letting Go was an entertaining, very readable weekend read. It definitely made me want to pick up more books by Molly McAdams. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series. I wonder which Thatch character will be next. I'm hoping it's Graham.


About the Author
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

Visit Molly's Website | Twitter | Facebook


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If you've already read Letting Go, let me know your thoughts or if you have any books by Molly McAdams that are your particular favorites because I really want to read more by her.

Happy reading,
Michelle

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Format: ARC
Publisher: Forever/Hachette
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Artist Trilogy #2
Synopsis
When Ellie Watt offered herself to her thuggish former lover Javier to save Camden's life, she never imagined the twisted game Javier had planned for her. Trapped by him and his entourage of killers, Ellie is forced to commit a dangerous, heinous crime-or Javier will kill Camden. Now ex-con artist Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game . . . before it destroys her and the only man she ever loved.

Camden McQueen can't forget Ellie Watt. Seeking revenge and pursued by the authorities for a crime he didn't commit, the talented tattoo artist does things he never thought himself capable of to save Ellie. As Camden straddles the line between love and retribution, he vows to do everything in his power to get her back. But if Camden unleashes his dark side, will Ellie still love him?



Do not read Shooting Scars unless you read Sins & Needles (read my review) first--the books in the Artist trilogy are not standalone books and must be read sequentially. This review will contain be major spoilers from Sins & Needles and minor spoiler from Shooting Scars. You've been warned.

Shooting Scars starts where Sins & Needles left off. To save Camden, Ellie went with Javier, her psychotic ex-lover. Javier used emotional blackmail on Ellie to force her to confront and kill Travis, a monster who Javier used to work for and also hurt Ellie when she was six years old after her parents tried to con him. In the meantime, Camden, after escaping his crazy ex-wife's brothers who was going to kill him, went to find Gus, Ellie's old mentor who taught her how to con. They tracked down Javier and Ellie to Mexico. When Camden saw Javier and Ellie together it made him second guess Ellie and things kind of took a dark, violent turn for Camden.

I don't want to go into too much detail because I think the less you know the better reading experience it will be for you. I called Sins & Needles "dark, sexy and dirty" full of twists and turns, and that theme continues in this book.  But there were so many more "Holy crap!" moments in this book! Karina Halle does not follow the rules of a typical romance novel and the whole novel was such a wild ride. 

Javier was portrayed as this psychotic guy in Sins & Needles but you see a different side of him in Shooting Scars. I hated the guy for the most part but there were times I didn't know how to feel. I'm still rooting for Ellie and Camden to be together but Javier... you get this side of him. But Ellie and Camden too, some of their choices were very questionable. I mentioned a darkness in Camden that was kind of hinted at in Sins and it was unleashed in this book. Ugh, such a messed up love triangle! The line between "good" and "bad" was blurred and that what makes this romance novel so unlike any other I've read. 

If you like dark, gritty, steamy novels where unforeseen craziness happens and you're so riveted by the story that you forgo dinner and must read into the night because you just gotta know, well Shooting Scars--actually, the Artist Trilogy is for you. I'm so excited to read the final book in the trilogy, Bold Tricks. How will Karina Halle end it?!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book I Covet: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 with
Hello everyone,
Sorry for the lack of posts with more, for lack of better word, substance. I planned on writing a couple of reviews but that went out the window after I got one of my wisdoms extracted on Monday. It was a more complicated than usual surgery because according to the doctor I had an "usual morphology." Guys, there was so much drilling and yanking and tooth breaking! After that horrific experience I'm left with a swollen cheek and in pain--I just wanted to stay in bed (preferably in a drug-induced stupor) and not do anything besides sleep.

I will be posting a couple of reviews in the next couple of days though.

As for my pick, The Girl at Midnight, I'm really into fantasy right now and this sound right up my alley.

For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.


The Girl at Midnight will be released on April 28, 2015. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.



What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.



 
"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A GINORMOUS Book Haul

Sunday, November 9, 2014 with
Hello everyone,
It's almost a month since I did my last book haul and I've acquired a lot of books since them. But first, in case you missed any of our posts in the month, here they are:















Michelle: I'm currently reading Hit by Lorie Ann Grover



Review Books

From the fabulous peeps at Macmillan
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios <<so much excitement!!!
Save Me by Jenny Elliott

Loop by Karen Akins (from St. Martin's)
Hit by Lorie Ann Grover (from Blink/Booksparks)

No Attachments by Tiffany King (bought--I just gotta buy my own copy)
Contradictions by Tiffany King (ARC for review from Berkley)

Shooting Scars by Karina Halle (ARC for review from Forever)
Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (ARC for review from Macmillan)
Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah (for review from Flux)
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (for review from Tor)
I'll finally see if Mistborn is worth all the hype.

Bought/Gifted/Traded
The complete Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I didn't actually used money to buy these. After surviving the first quarter parent-teacher conferences, I decided to treat myself and use some of my Scholastic Reading Club teacher points to get these.

Archangel's Shadow by Nalini Singh (bought via Amazon)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (bought via Bookoutlet)
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini (bought via Bookoutlet)
Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt (bought via Bookoutlet)
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Braken  (bought via Amazon)
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (won)
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (ARC from Macmillan)
I don't know why they sent me another one. But I love, LOVE this book so I'm okay with having multiple copies.
The Taking by Kimberly Derting (traded via YA Book Exchange)

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Since I got Her Dark Curiosity super cheap on Bookoutlet so I needed to get book 1 for my collection.
Pivot Point by Kasie West
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I pre-ordered this one back in 2012 and it finally came almost two years later.


Bookoutlet box #1: These books have been on my wishlist for a long time and I couldn't resist getting them when they were so cheap. These books came out to being $4.38 each (including shipping) so you can't beat that.
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Of Triton by Anna Banks
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Bookoutlet box #2: A week after I made my order above, I made the mistake of going back to Bookoutlet. They had new books in stock and I couldn't pass on the deals. All of these books (except for one) are hardcovers and the total for this order (including shipping) ended up being under a couple dollars under $40.
Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I just had to get a finished copy of The Winner's Curse even though I already have a physical ARC. I just have so much love for this book.
The Book of Blood and Shadows by Robin Wasserman
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd


I also got the following E-ARCs via Netgalley and Edelweiss.
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Magonia by Dahvana Headley
Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan
Marry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis


What new books did you guys get? I wanna see! Leave your STS* link so I can come gush over them. And if you guys read any of the books I mentioned above, let me know your thoughts.

Happy reading,
Michelle


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