Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Release Day Launch: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

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The highly anticipated third book in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series is being released today! LONG WAY HOME is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen! Grab your copy of the next book in this emotionally charged series, and don’t miss Violet and Chevy’s story!

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LONG WAY HOME Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

   

"An intoxicating and unforgettable story that kept me glued to the page."

Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Walk the Edge

   
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            The instructions of the English homework I didn’t do hangs out from the top of my folder: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both.
            Story of my life.
            According to my football coach, I chose wrongly on the two crap paths I had to face last week. I just ran into Coach on the way to English, and he ripped into me for my sorry decision-making skills when it came to me choosing to stand up for the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club instead of a member of my football team.
            I didn’t just get my ass chewed out, his tirade made me late for English with no tardy note. Which is great since my English teacher hates late students like I hate riding  my motorcycle in forty degree weather while it rains.
            I round the corner, then peek through the small window on the door of my class. Ms. Whitlock stands in front of her desk in her patented white button-down shirt, gray pencil skirt, and dark-rimmed glasses. From the back row, my best friend Razor meets my eyes and shakes his head. Damn. That means she’s in one of her moods where she’s refusing to let anyone in. 
            I’m not a tail-tucked-between-my-legs type of guy, but this lady is one of the few who can reduce me to begging. If she doesn’t let me in, then she’ll mark me as absent, the front office will think I skipped, and that means I won’t be able to play at tonight’s football game. 
            The window rattles when I knock. The entire class turns their heads in my direction, but Ms. Whitlock doesn’t. The muscles in my neck tighten. She is one of the hardest core people I know and my grandfather is the president of a motorcycle club. That says something. 
            She starts for the white board and I knock on the door again. This time, Ms. Whitlock does look my way and she grants me the type of glare reserved for people who kick puppies. I got it. I’m late. I’m the scum of humanity, so let my ass in so I can play football.
            There’s this guy in my club, Pigpen. He’s about the same age as Ms. Whitlock, late twenties, and he’s a walking hard-on for this woman even though she would never give him the time of day. He practically runs into walls when she’s around because he’s too focused on checking her out. I don’t see gorgeous—all I see is seriously pissed off and the person standing between me and playing. 
            Ms. Whitlock points at the clock over her desk. She’s telling me I can wait. If I’m lucky, she’ll open the door after the quiz that I’ll receive a zero on. If I’m not so lucky, she won’t open the door at all.
            Two pathetic paths and I could only travel one. Nowhere in that stupid poem did it mention there was good and bad to both paths and that sometimes it’s best not to choose, but to set up camp at the fork and do nothing at all. 
            I slam my hand into the nearest locker, almost relishing the sting.
            “Feel better?”
            A glance across the hallway and I freeze. Doesn’t matter how many times I see her in a day, she still manages to take my breath away.

   
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Don’t Miss the First Two Titles in the Thunder Road Series! Grab your copies today!

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About the Author
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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. 

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, NOWHERE BUT HERE, and WALK THE EDGE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Release Day Blitz: Dirty Filthy Boy by Magda Alexander

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Today is the release day of Dirty Filthy Boy by Magda Alexander! Check out the release day festivities and grab your copy today!!

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About DIRTY FILTHY BOY:

Bad boy quarterback Ty Mathews has it all--money, women, fame. On the gridiron, he vanquishes defenses with his golden arm. Off the field, it's another part of his anatomy that gets all the glory. And deservedly so, for what he doesn't know about women hasn't been written.
Except for MacKenna Perkins.
The rookie reporter wants nothing to do with him. After all, she was hired to cover women's and social issues for her local Chicago newspaper, not deal with cocky football players. But when the sports reporter falls ill, she's asked to interview a wide receiver. And since she knows next to nothing about football, she totally fails at it.
Until Ty Mathews volunteers his services. 
With her job on the line, she accepts his offer. Too late, she realizes her unruly heart's not listening to her head. In no time at all, she's in his bed, doing all those dirty, filthy things he likes to do.
But soon secrets surface about his past. Secrets that may destroy his future. And MacKenna must decide if the price she must pay for the story is worth her broken heart.
A smokin' hot, STANDALONE, FULL-LENGTH novel with a guaranteed HEA.


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USA Today Bestselling Author Magda Alexander loves writing steamy contemporary and romantic suspense novels (the STORM DAMAGES and SHATTERED SERIES) with sexy, alpha males and passionate, strong heroines. A lifelong learner, Magda graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration. She’s lived in Maryland most of her life and now resides close to the Catoctin Mountains in a city whose history dates back to colonial times. You may always reach Magda at MagdaAlexander@gmail.com. She promises she will always write back.


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Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie



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by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Aerial Ethereal #2
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.



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Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love. They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers

 

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

This week's topic was supposed to be all about the visuals, so you were supposed to share your favorite graphic novels or picture books. Since I don't read either of those, I thought I'd share my favorite recent book covers! That's visual, right? Enjoy these gorgeous covers!  


1. A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
2. The Animal Under the Fur by EJ Mellow
3. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech


4. To the Stars by Molly McAdams
5. Come Back to Me by Mila Gray
6. Calico by Callie Hart


7. Wasted Words by Staci Hart
8. The Fall Up by Aly Martinez
9. Long Way Down by Krista and Becca Ritchie 


10. Anything You Can Do by RS Grey

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Book Review: Checkmate: This is War by Kennedy Fox

Checkmate: This is War (The Checkmate Duet #1)
By Kennedy Fox
Release Date: October 3, 2016
Source: Amazon
Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.
 




After seeing this book on Sarah's Instagram, I knew that I had to read it. I love books where the main characters bicker and hate each other but also have undeniable chemistry. This one sounded like so much fun and I couldn't wait to finally read it. 

Viola and Travis used to be best friend, even though Travis was also best friends with Viola's older brother. As they grew older, though, Travis betrayed Viola's trust and they grew to hate each other. With no place to stay over Spring Break, Viola decides to stay with her brother, who happens to be roommates with Travis. When her brother leaves to spend a few weeks with his long distance girlfriend, Viola finds herself in her worst nightmare: Rooming with Travis. While there may be an inexplicable pull between the two, Travis and Viola are determined push each other's buttons and drive the other crazy before their two weeks are up. 

Normally I really hate it when the guy is a player and constantly hooks up with other girls, but there was something so endearing and hilarious about Travis. He was so funny and he also proved to be really sweet and caring. I loved slowly learning about his past with Viola and uncovering what really went wrong with them when they were younger. I also loved how he was actually really a hardworking guy who cared about his career. 

As for Viola, I also really enjoyed her character and the games she played with Travis. There were laugh-out-loud moments with the tricks they played on each other and how much they would push each other over the edge. They also had their sweet and more passionate moments, which I also loved. And that ending! I definitely have to get my hands on book two ASAP!

If you haven't check out Kennedy Fox yet, you must. This secret duo of authors sure know how to write a fun romance with endearing characters who you can't help but love.



Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Good Boy (WAGs #1)
By Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy 
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Source: Publisher
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Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

Both Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen are easily two of my favorite authors ever, so I was ecstatic when I saw they were writing books together. This is the first one I picked up by the both of them and, seeing as it has hockey players and dogs, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. 

Blake Riley enjoyed his one night with Jess Canning and fate has now brought them together as best man and maid of honor at her brother's wedding. Jess is already stressed enough planning her brother's wedding and deciding how to tell her family she wants to change her career yet again, so she doesn't need Blake tempting her for a repeat, no matter how yummy he looks. But Jess finds herself moving close to her brother, meaning she's close to Blake and his cocky attitude and reminders of their time together. The more maddening Jess finds Blake, though, the harder she finds him to resist…

I've got to say, I wasn't that big of a fan of Blake at the beginning of this book. He was so forward with Jess and I didn't like someone that aggressive, though he was more of a goofy aggressive. As the book went on, I actually found myself growing fond of Blake and what a good guy he really was. I guess I fell for him just like Jess did as she realized how kind he was and how much he cared for others and put them before himself. 

I really loved Jess's character and how relatable her character was. My sister is a nurse, so I loved how Jess was going through nursing school and was seriously doubting herself at everything she did. I know I've experienced my fair share of doubt in my life, so it was refreshing seeing someone so realistic and unsure of their future or what they want to do with their life. It was fun seeing her realize how much she was starting to like Blake, despite the fact that she was super stressed with school, and I think their relationship progressed very realistically. 

While I didn't read Him or Us, I loved seeing Jess's brother's marriage to Wes and how happy they were together. All of the side characters were so lovable and I am already dying for more books in this series. If you love hockey romance, you're definitely going to want to pick this one up. With hot hockey players who have the sweetest hearts, you're going to love Good Boy!



Stacking the Shelves (229)

 
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From Thriftbooks

I placed another order with Thriftbooks because I had a 20% off coupon, so I picked up these books! I'm going to an author signing in April and Jasinda Wilder and Jillian Dodd will be there, so I thought I would try out some of their books! And I really wanted the floppy paperback version of Dragonfly in Amber to read, so when I saw it for $4, I couldn't resist. Even though it's my third copy of the book, there is nothing like reading a floppy paperback that's over 800 pages! 

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I might have freaked out when a copy of RS Grey's newest released showed up on my kindle. I LOVE RS Grey, so I am definitely excited for her new book! It's an enemies to lovers romance and I can't wait to read it! 


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval #1)
By Stephanie Garber
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Source: ALA
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.




There is SO MUCH hype surrounding this book and it hasn't even come out yet. I have been meaning to read my ARC copy of this for months ever since I got it from ALA, but I didn't manage to read it until the month it was releasing. I was definitely excited to enter a magical world that promised me mystery and romance. 

Scarlett has lived a life of fear for herself and her younger sister and has dreamed of going to Caraval, the magical performance that her Aunt used to tell her stories about. Scarlett has written to the the man in charge of the performance for years and this year he has finally written back with tickets for Scarlett. With the help of a sailor, Scarlett and her sister are swept in to the game of Caraval and realize that it's harder to keep the game apart from reality and know what to truly believe or who they can truly trust. 

From the beginning, I was so frustrated with the secrets. Don't get me wrong, that's definitely not a bad thing and shows just how much mystery and intrigue this book brings to you. I wanted to know EVERYTHING right away and I didn't want to have to wait until the end to figure out all of the answers. This, though, kept me reading right until the last page where even more mysteries were brought to the surface. Scarlett had no idea what kind of game she had entered and we were right along there with her. Who were the good guys and who were the bad guys? Who was this mysterious master of Caraval and how was Scarlett going to win the game and save her sister? I didn't know what would happen with each turn of the page, which kept me on my toes and buried in this story. 

Me being me, I latched on to the romance that was hinted at the beginning of this book and gobbled it up as it progressed throughout this story. I loved that Scarlett was fiercely protective of her sister and there was that sister bond in this book, but I also loved how Scarlett found herself falling in love for the first time while her fiancĂ©, whom she has never met, was waiting for her at home. But who could resist the unnerving, handsome man Scarlett finds herself playing the game with? Scarlett tried to fight her feeling so hard, but sometimes you can't fight an attraction like that. 

Overall, this book definitely kept my attention and I could not put it down. While I didn't absolutely love this book like a lot of other people have, I still loved Scarlett's attempt at playing Caraval and uncovering the secrets of its game. You are kept in the dark throughout the novel and you have so many questions along the way only to have even more questions as you continue. This book was definitely a unique read with a magical world that will suck you right in.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking as Fast as I Can
By Lauren Graham
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Source: Publisher
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.
 

From the moment I started reading this book, I felt like Lauren Graham was talking directly to me. She writes so much like she talks, so there was a ton of fun and sarcasm in this book. I was so excited to read more about Lauren's life and her time as Lorelei Gilmore. 

Even though this was a memoir and covered Lauren's whole life, I was expecting a whole lot more Gilmore Girls and Parenthood in this. Since it is only just over 200 pages, I felt like we didn't get as much from the later part of her current life. I love Parenthood and we barely got anything from her time acting in the show apart from how she ended up dating her current boyfriend, Peter, who played her brother in the show. Where was the love for Parenthood?!?

While we did get a lot of Gilmore Girls, specifically in the second half of the book, I felt like the revival parts were short and rushed. She reflected on what she had written in her journal while filming, but I felt like it was just a quick summary and there wasn't a lot of depth to it or enough time spent on it. She sped through so many people (many of which I didn't recognize by their real names and didn't want to spend the time to look them all up) and I felt like I was getting a glossed over version of filming. But that's just me being picky. 

I do have to say, though, that I typically don't read memoirs because it's hard to stay focused and really care about the whole book, but I actually really loved this one. I flew through this book and felt like Lauren was personally talking to me about her life. I laughed out loud in some parts and loved getting an inside look into her journey to becoming a successful actress. Every fan of Gilmore Girls or Lauren Graham has to pick up this book. It's like reading about a friend who is just as flawed as the rest of us and isn't afraid to make fun of herself a little.



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