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Waiting on Wednesday: Snowfall on Haven Point

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Shannon Greenland creates strong female leads who appear innocent, or naive, yet take the story by storm with fierce determination.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Along Came Love

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

I've always had a hard time finding multicultural novels that appeal to me or are from an author with a well established reputation. I'm so happy I stumbled upon this soon to be released romance! Along Came Love looks like a fun, light-hearted romance that will be sure to brighten up anyone's dreary day.

When a silly, impulsive decision lands free-spirited India Shaw behind bars in San Francisco, she has no choice but to call the only person she knows in the unfamiliar city—the very man she abandoned after a steamy two-day fling. The fact that she’s pregnant with his child is something she’d rather not divulge.

Tech executive Michael Black never thought he’d hear from the quirky beauty after she left his bed four months ago, much less be called upon to post bail. He’s got his hands full with a corporate merger that could make or break his career, but his honorable nature—and an overwhelming need to see her again—means he can’t just leave her in jail. And when India reveals the truth about her pregnancy, Mike insists she stay with him until the baby is born.

India doesn’t want to depend on him for anything, but their constant proximity stirs up feelings she can’t ignore. She’s never desired a family before and she knows a future with Mike isn’t possible . . . but then along came love to shake up all her plans.

ALONG CAME LOVE by Tracey Livesay releases from Avon Impulse October 2016!
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shalini Boland Ventures into Mystery with The Girl From the Sea (Review)

A chilling suspense story of wounded hearts and dark secrets.

Washed up on the beach, she can’t remember who she is. She can’t even remember her name. Turns out, she has an idyllic life – friends and family eager to fill in the blanks. 

But why are they lying to her? What don’t they want her to remember? 

When you don't even know who you are, how do you know who to trust?
Pub. Date: June 9, 2016
Publisher: Adrenalin Books
Genre: Mystery

In the praise surrounding Shalini Boland's latest novel, The Girl From the Sea, readers are promised a 'gripping pyschological thriller', a 'chilling suspense story'. On the other hand, what readers receive is a simple mystery that explores the life of a young, rich woman who suffers from amnesia.

When I decided to read this story I was intrigued by the plot and hoping for something similar to Jenny Milchman's Cover of Snow, which was an edgy mystery with many layers. As the mystery thickened the characters continued to develop and the connections between characters became evident throughout the story telling. The Girl From the Sea has so much potential but the mystery does not deepen throughout the story and it is very one-dimensional. It's these kinds of stories that don't have to be rushed, they deserve an intricate plot with loops and twists. Surprise and subterfuge are traits of a mystery that is not found here. It was almost as if nothing concrete actually happens in the story right up until the ending, or turning point, but the turning point comes way too late.

Even though there isn't anything in the story that directly points fingers at anyone for possibly trying to harm Mia, it becomes obvious quickly. She doesn't go looking for clues like a detective, but throughout the story she comes across information that tells readers about the people she came into contact with on a regular basis and about what kind of person she might be. Learning about the people she knew before losing her memory leads to a predictable conclusion.

The Girl From the Sea was an easy read, which is not what I would say to describe a story that is supposed to be gripping. It's not scary, doesn't make you want to read it with the lights on, and it doesn't take you on a wild ride. I would like to read more from Shalini Boland because I feel she can give her stories more depth, but this one just doesn't take it to the right level.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Shannon Greenland Brings It With Another Teen Hit! (Review)

Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love...
Shadow of a Girl
Shannon Greenland
Pub. Date: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Cheers to Entangled Teen for publishing a story from one of my top favorite authors, Shannon Greenland! I jumped at the chance to read Shadow of a Girl because past experience reading The Specialists series and The Summer my Life Began demanded that I not miss out on this opportunity.

Shadow of a Girl is exactly the teen drama I expected it to be, but the nature of this story takes readers to a different level. Shannon Greenland creates strong female leads who appear innocent, or naive, yet take the story by storm with fierce determination. Eve is no exception as she fights against the currents of a miserable life to emerge happy and whole. She runs from a violent upbringing and lives the life of a hardworking roadie, keeping her head down while staying under the radar. Starting a romance with West Wolff, lead singer of Bus Stop, is just the kind of distraction she needs but doesn't want to risk. The risk becomes even more real as Eve's past catches up to her and threatens the new life she built for herself.

I appreciate the fast moving pace of the story. It jumps off immediately and the nature of Eve's plight is a constant reminder as she moves from city to city. There aren't any unnecessary lulls in the story and all attention is focused on Eve and West. Their relationship is partially a driving force because within it we see Eve grow and use the happiness she feels to overcome the fears that are keeping her down. While the story was sweet at the right moments it still seemed to not balance enough. While past Shannon Greenland novels have been more on the light hearted side, I did expect this one to be similar with a little edge. The premise of the story, and the moments Eve becomes paralyzed by fear, led me to believe the novel would delve a little deeper into her upbringing and focus on the chilling thrill of escaping or enduring of that life. Some of those scenes felt glossed over while our attention was brought back to the romance. In other words, a simple solution to a big problem. Sadly, the story just didn't grip me past the romance and that would've made this even more of a stand out.

Not every story can be perfect, but then again, when we're reading for a quick escape we don't always expect perfection. I still definitely enjoyed Shadow of a Girl, and encourage Shannon Greenland fans to pick it up and not miss out on her latest gem!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Snowfall on Haven Point

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

So I'm not at all into holiday stories, but I am totally into cozy romances. This upcoming WOW pick seems like it will be just the cozy romance to jump into knowing that summer's end is just around the corner! I've seen this author on someone else's pick recently so I'm excited to finally be able to check out this series.

This week's pick:

There's no place like Haven Point for the holidays, where the snow conspires to bring two wary hearts together for a Christmas to remember 
It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother. 
Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie's gentle nature is a salve, and her kids' excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.
Snowfall on Haven Point releases September 27, 2016 from HQN Books

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Cover Craze: Lost Girls (Cover Reveal)

Welcome to the first Cover Craze post! We've always been told, "don't judge a book by it's cover", but I, for one, am hardcore judgmental when it comes to buying books. I like to envision it sitting pretty on my shelf!  But more seriously, the cover helps me analyze what to expect from the story and sometimes answers questions that the blurb might leave out or not make clear (like what age range the story is for or if it's a dark or light read).

From time to time I love to participate in cover reveals. I felt that Cover Craze would allow me the opportunity to reveal a never before seen cover for an upcoming book while also rave about how awesome it might be and yada, yada. Today's cover reveal is brought to you by YaReads Blog Tours and YA Interrobang. Let's get to it!!

LOST GIRLS by Merrie Destefano

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. 
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black. 
Black to cover the blood. 
And she can fight. 
Tell no one.  
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls. 
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed… 
The only rule is: There are no rules.
This psychological thriller, from Entangled Teen, releases January 3, 2017!

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I am definitely excited about this upcoming read! This is the right kind of cover to represent a psychological thriller. It's all dark and mysterious and I can't definitively speculate about what the story will actually bring. It could be a straightforward read or one big web of twists and turns. I feel like Lost Girls is going to be weird, exciting, and full of tension. What do you think? Does this awesome cover have you eagerly waiting for the Lost Girls release?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

An Astounding, Emotionally Charged Read: Until Harry (Review)

He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother and my best protector. He was my best everything. He was mine.

Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.

Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left. Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?
Pub. Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Romance

Until Harry is a heartfelt story of family and friendship. L.A. Casey takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster, where the highs and lows keep you on the edge of your seat and gives you a serious case of the feels.

Lane is a freelance editor living in New York. She learns that her Uncle Harry has suddenly died and she must return home. Going home is a great source of pain for Lane because she left England to avoid her past. She plans to return only for the funeral, but her family has other plans. Including Kale, the best friend who broke Lane’s heart. The story moves back and forth from present to past. The past captures the budding relationship between Lane and Kale and the forces that brought them to their tense present. I really liked this style because it allows readers to get to know Lane as she grows into the person she is and the answers that explain her decisions.

I always give credit to authors who can write a story that leaves me unable to ignore the pain of the characters and makes me feel like the story is everything to me in the moments that I’m part of that world. I don't think I have ever cried as much as I did while reading Until Harry. L.A. Casey’s imagery is so powerful that it’s practically impossible to not become engaged with the story and wonder what one might do if in Lane, or even Kale’s shoes. Tragedy is never expected, and when it happens how would you handle it? How would it change you?

Even though the story is a lot shorter than I expected it to be, and it would have been even more enjoyable if the resolution didn’t come so quickly, I overall had a great time reading Until Harry. It stayed in my mind long after I finished. The characters have depth, but its really L.A. Casey’s ability to build emotionally charged scenes that makes Until Harry a recommendable read.

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