Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Into The Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication: January 28, 2014
By: Harper Collins
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LOVED IT SO HARD!

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.



Thank you Andye at Reading Teen for sharing your ARC with me, because Perry. ;) 

This has been a year of series enders and there are quite a few that have garnered some mixed reactions from readers, myself included. It started to feel like every "final" book I picked up made me feel like...



But then INTO THE STILL BLUE comes along and everything is right with the book world again. *happy sigh*

Don't get me wrong, this book dragged my heart through an aether storm of emotions and it truly is an epic, gut-wrenching, conclusion, but I can't imagine Aria and Perry's journey ending any other way. Veronica Rossi stayed true to her story and her characters, which as a reader, (and a lover of all things, Peregrine) I SO APPRECIATED! 

INTO THE STILL BLUE explores not only the bonds of romantic love, but of life-long friendship, forgiveness, sacrifice and even redemption. It offers hope and new beginnings and I while I was satisfied with the way it ended, I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet. I'M NOT READY! 


I'll admit that I was holding out hope that by some magical twist of aether that Liv would be alive somehow and Roar's heart would be patched up, but alas...
Fantastic ending to this series and fans will not be disappointed!


Review also posed at YABC.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)Author: Kasie West
Publication: February 11, 2014
By: Harper Teen
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4.75 Stars!

Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.


A HUGE thank you to Steph from Cuddlebuggery for sharing her ARC with me!

Split Second is the fast-paced, feel clutching, edge of your seat sequel to Pivot Point. It has an expertly crafted story, creative and interesting plot twists and well developed characters, all of whom made me literally laugh-out-loud at one point or another. (I may have even snorted water through my nose.) The romance is heart-achingly tender and the last line is made of perfection. PERFECTION!

It was kind of nice to read a story where, despite their abilities and the clash with the Norm world, these teens aren't staging some huge rebellion. (Maybe it's just me, but those stories tend to stress a body out sometimes.) Yes, Addie, Laila, Conner and even Duke are still challenging the system, but they're also acknowledging that real change doesn't happen all at once. They're also learning some important lessons about how to use their talents for good instead of evil. The characters who choose the Compound over the Norm world have their reasons, all of which are realistic and valid to the story and vice versa.

This sequel does not disappoint, but don't take my word for it, step into the box and Search it for yourself. ;) 

Thank you Kasie West for another fantastic book, I will read anything you write! 

Favorite Quote(s): "How does it feel to know that even though you have an advanced mind, the girl you love wants me?"

"Let's hope not, because we've packaged ourselves handily." 

"If someone ends up hitting me by mistake, I will them clean and won't even care." 

"Oh yeah, let me put on my girlfriend glasses and study them real close." 

Review also posted at YABC.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Run To You Part One: First Sight by Clara Kensie

Run To You Part One: First SightAuthor: Clara Kensie
Publication: February 1, 2014
By: Harlequin TEEN
4.5 Stars! 
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Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…






A digital ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
RUN TO YOU is a new serial series Harlequin TEEN is launching and if you're like me and unfamiliar with serials, they're much like your favorite T.V. show. Each episode is it's own unique story but continues the plot into the next week.

You know how sometimes you pick up a book (or a Nook in my case) and think you'll just read a few pages and then before you know it, you've reached the end?  Well, that's pretty much what happened to me with this book.

Action, suspense, romance and swoon, Tessa's story pulled at my heartstrings in ways I didn't expect. All Tessa wants is for her family to be safe, to be able have some semblance of a normal life. But that's hard to do when there's a killer after you, especially one you can't see coming until it's almost too late. That's one of the reasons why Tessa spends most of her time trying to be invisible. It's just easier that way. 

And then she meets Tristan. Tessa does everything she can to avoid him, but to Tristan, Tessa is all he can think about. His pursuit of her is sweet, respectful and exactly what she needs. Even her family starts to relax a little, encouraging her to give him a chance but Tessa fears allowing herself to care for Tristan will not only endanger her family, but him as well. That's not a risk she's sure is worth taking, but if Tessa's not careful, she may not get the chance to find out.  

What Left Me Wanting More: I'm really glad I had the next installment in this series queued up and ready to go because I HAD to know what happened next. HAD.TO.

Final Verdict: Read it. Love it. The line for Tristan Walker starts behind me. 

Review also posted at YABC

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Enders (Starters #2) by Lissa Price

Enders (Starters, #2)
Author: Lissa Price
Publication: January 7, 2014
By: Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers
3 Stars!
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With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie's life - but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too ...and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? This is the thrilling sequel to "Starters"





Thank you Random House and Netgalley for this eARC.

You have to have read the first book, Starters, in order to have any clue as to what is going on in this book. A reread for those who have would be good as well because almost two years has gone by since I read the first book and I had forgotten a lot of what happened apart from the romance.

Starters was a surprise hit for me and I was really looking forward to seeing what happened to Callie, her relationship with Michael and of course, I wanted the real Blake to please stand up. This was a quick read for me and there is quite a bit of story refreshing that goes on which is helpful. And while Enders has all of the action and suspense that book one had, I kept waiting for the "Wow!" to hit me and it never did.

There are new characters introduced and plenty of twists to keep the pace moving. The relationship between Callie and Michael stayed firmly in the friend zone which was surprising and a little disappointing because when we first met them in Starters you could feel there was something more there. Despite everything that happens with "Blake" (in both books) I still expected them to find their way back to each other.

In truth, I think that was my biggest issue with this sequel, the romance or lack thereof. There was such a buildup in the first book and then an awkward, confusing and slightly creepy attempt in this one.

Readers who are more focused on the science fiction element will thoroughly enjoy this sequel.  


Review also posted at YABC.




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Be With Me (Wait For You #2) by J. Lynn

Be with Me (Wait for You, #2)Author: J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: February 4, 2014
By: Harper Collins/William Morrow PB
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5 CUPCAKES! ;) 

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…


Thank you Harper Collins/William Morrow PB and Edelweiss for this eARC.

What I Loved: I was really excited to read this and I didn't think it was possible to love any New Adult book guy more than Cam Hamilton from WAIT FOR YOU (I have a cupcake named after him for cookies' sake), but J. Lynn has done it again! Jase Winstead had me at cupcake. ;)

Well-crafted, funny, and intensely romantic, Be With Me is a story of love, loss, and discovering that some of life's biggest blessings come from our darkest moments.

Complex and completely relateable, Tess and Jase are characters doing their best to navigate through some tough issues while figuring out how they fit into each others lives. Tess has already been through so much by the time she gets to college and putting her painful past behind her isn't as easy as she thought it would be. Neither is facing a future that looks different than she imagined.

Jase on the other hand, is so used to doing what's best for everyone else that he may lose the one thing he needs most if he can't figure out how to forgive himself for his own mistakes. They find comfort in each other as well as those little pink boxes of confectionery perfection, but it may not be enough, especially when things take a turn for the dangerous and whatever time they have together could be cut short.

I liked that Tess didn't let Jase get away with much and that she didn't give up on him when he was being stupid. While I understood where Jase was coming from, there were still moments when I wanted to shake some sense into him. However, he did have a way of redeeming himself with those little pink boxes. 

Fans of Cam and Avery will be happy to know that they make an appearance too. 


What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing. Although, I did wish I had a cupcake on hand while reading. ;)

Final Verdict: A sweet addition to the Wait For You series! 

On a personal note: Thank you J. Lynn for featuring my cupcakes and making me a fictional character. I owe you a lifetime supply of chocolate peanut butter cupcakes! ;D


Review also posted at YABC


 You can find J. Lynn using the links below


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And I was like...

 And I may have done some of this too...
Just in case you're wondering, it feels like this...

Jase's cousin Jen may be fictional, but my cupcakes and I are real. :) 
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by J.K. Rock

Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend, #1.5)Authors: J.K. Rock
Publication: December 17, 2013
By: Spencer Hill Press
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5 Stars!

Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. 

That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?






Mean Girls meets Lord of the Rings on the slopes in this fun holiday read!

DISCLAIMER: Julian is mine. I claim him. Cape and all!


What I Loved: Hannah is at the top of the social food chain and has been for the past few years. She thinks she's all that and then some.
Then there's Julian. He's tall, dark and nerdilicious. He also rocks a cape like nobody's business.

Wait. Aren't capes for like, nerds and geeks?

 Try telling that to this guy,
 
and this one,
 and let's not forget this one,

Julian knows Hannah is so much more than her snarky attitude but she's not willing to give him a chance because doing so would be social suicide. But when conditions on the slopes go from bad to worse, she'll have to rely on Julian if she hopes to survive more than just the opinions of her friends. 


What Left Me Wanting More: I NEED MORE JULIAN!

Final Verdict: Another great addition to the Camp Boyfriend series!










Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Favorite Reads of 2013

My Favorite YA Reads of 2013  
(a few of them anyway)  
My awkward is showing with this, but enjoy...

To tune of "My Favorite Things" 

Raindrops in bottles from boys who play baseball
Tattoos on biceps and cars that go vroom
Best case sce-nar-ios keep me from doom 
These are a few of my favorite reads

Guys with pet turtles who bake all the cookies
Blood Lords, Collectors, and Seers on Harleys  
Boys who're named Finn who think there's always hope
These are a few of my favorite reads

Girls in bright dresses who try to win Maxon,
Boys that get migraines from crazy time trave-lin'
Sponge divers, Warner and hot chocolate sips
Guys dressed like Batman even The Darkling's tricks 

When the Branch strikes when the Sylph burn
When Tris makes me sad
I simply remember my favorite reads 
and then I don't feel so bad

Girls who race horses and boys that like green beans 
Luxen and Ancients and Roses and Stoneys
Girls who fly spaceships or swim in the sea
 These are a few of my favorite reads

Son of a Preacher in love with a vampire 
Tough guys named Jamie you just want to snuggle 
Dugouts and cabins and s'mores by campfire
 These are a few of my favorite reads

Guys with high foreheads who wait in the hallway
 Boys who can play with the earth, wind and fire 
Children of angels who eat burned brow-nies   
These are a few of my favorite reads

When the Branch strikes when the Sylph burn
When Tris makes me sad
I simply remember my favorite reads 
and then I don't feel so bad.

For the record, this is just a small sample of the books I read and thoroughly enjoyed this year. Even the ones in the chorus are my favorites, except maybe the one that made me sad. 

Can you guess what the books are? If so, leave them in the comments. Whoever gets the most correct between now and Christmas will win one of the titles mentioned (winner's choice). Contest is now over


Answers:
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Deception by C.J. Redwine

Wait For You by J. Lynn
Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi, The Liberator by Victoria Scott, A Desire So Deadly by Suzanne Young
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone 
Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young, Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Chorus
Altered by Jennifer Rush, Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Racing Savannah and Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Hover by Melissa West, False Sight by Dan Krokos, and Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Shades Of Earth by Beth Revis, Of Triton by Anna Banks

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa, 
Confessions Of An Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell,
Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer 
 Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Chorus
Altered by Jennifer Rush, Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
 
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fugitive X (Revolution 19 #2) by Gregg Rosenblum

Fugitive X (Revolution 19, #2)Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Publication: January 7, 2014
By: Harper Teen


Their fight for freedom is humanity's last hope for survival. The chilling Revolution 19 trilogy continues in Fugitive X.

A war between humans and robots is on the horizon, and only one side will survive.

Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but when they are attacked by bot foot soldiers, the siblings are separated...and for the first time, they are on their own.

Created in conjunction with Alloy Entertainment; Howard Gordon, showrunner of 24 and Showtime's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Homeland; and James Wong, writer-director of the Final Destination films, Fugitive X is the gripping next installment in the cinematic Revolution 19 series.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18090009-fugitive-x

It's such a bummer when a highly anticipated sequel doesn't live up to your expectations. REVOLUTION 19 was a surprise hit for me and I was excited to see where the story took Nick, Cass and Kevin next, but unfortunately, it lacked the "AMAZEBOTS" factor it's predecessor had. 

The world-building didn't seem as vibrant as the first book, maybe because they spend the majority of their time in the woods and really, there is only so much you can do with trees. But even the secrets that were revealed didn't come as a huge surprise to me. And one storyline in particular felt reminiscent of Mockingjay sans the "Real or not real" tag line. 

There were a few twists and I did like the multiple POVs, but overall the plot felt predictable and the characters fell flat. The ending left room for the third book which I'll probably still read, if only to see who wins, the humans or the robots.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BOOK BLITZ: Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by JK Rock

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by JK Rock, Camp Christmas is a novella which is part of the Camp Boyfriend series and is free to download on the publisher website . While it is part of the Camp Boyfriend series it can also be read as a stand alone. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours . The book blitz runs from 17 December till 21 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lolaís Blog Tours. So far this series contains 3 book: Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5), Camp Boyfriend (camp Boyfriend #1) and Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5).

Camp Xmas cover 2Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Release date: 17 December 2013
Blurb:
Hannah never meant to be a mean girl at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, sheís prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?

You can find Camp Christmas on Amazon | Goodreads

Excerpt #2
Julian


 “I’ve got to get a call out or a text message, but I haven’t had a signal for the last couple of hours.” I put my backpack on and wrapped my cape over it.
Say what you will about a cape; I’d be the only one warm tonight if we got stuck out here. My eyes slid to Hannah. I could probably be talked into sharing it.
Blinking, I forced myself to snap out of it. Just because she remembered some random moment we shared in fifth grade didn’t mean the past was forgiven. But it had been cool to find out she hadn’t forgotten. That it was still important to her under all the Mean Girl crap she’d worn like armor since junior high.
“I’m going with you.” She stared at me with her inscrutable eyes, her red hair curling around her shoulders damply now that the snow fell so heavy.
“It’s safer for you here.” I didn’t need her slowing me down.
“Doesn’t matter. We’re partners. Buddy system, remember? No arguing.” She yanked her ski cap down farther beneath her helmet so it covered her ears more. “I’m going.”
“Don’t go all stubborn on me,” I warned. “This isn’t the same as talking your way out of a homework assignment. There are real dangers in these woods and they’re only getting worse as it gets dark.”
Her eyes narrowed. Her mouth flattened into a thin line. “Which is why I need to protect you.”
“From bears?” I couldn’t resist.
“Exactly. I think we can both agree I have bigger claws than you.” She dug her poles in the snow. “Now get moving before we lose more light.”
I said nothing. I just started skiing.
We trudged silently for a while, the snow too fresh for any kind of speed. But after a few minutes she sidled closer.
“Thanks for not arguing with me.”
“I did argue. You just refused to listen.”
She flipped long, damp strands of auburn behind one shoulder as she sighed. “I know you think I’m this super mean chick, but—”
“You’re strong and you’re tough. That part’s cool.”
“Really?” Her voice sounded uncertain in a way that hit me right in the chest.
I swallowed down the feeling, not ready for it. Not now.
“Definitely. I don’t mind that you wanted to come with me, Hannah. I like that you speak your mind.” I debated how to put the next part. “It’s when you snark on people to make them feel small…that’s mean. But I don’t think that’s really you.”
Let her chew on that. I waited for her to jab me in the kidney with a ski pole or step on the back of my ski. But she was so quiet the only sound I heard for a long moment was the rhythmic thunk of her poles in the snow.
“Of course it’s me. I’m the one who does it.”
“Yeah, but you do it because your friends expect you to. You got a reputation for being the mean girl, and now you don’t know how to quit.”
She stopped. Skis, poles, arms…all of it just kind of wilted right there. I paused, too, turning around to see her face scrunched in a weird, thoughtful way. Frowning, she reached for her chest, her palm and her ski pole resting there like she was holding herself together.
“What?” I edged backward toward her. “Did you lose something?”
I couldn’t see the ground clearly in the shadows of shrinking daylight, but I scanned for anything she might have dropped.
“How do you know that?” She moved closer in a way that made my pulse leap. “I mean—why would you ever give me the benefit of the doubt?”
One of her skis slid between mine. She was that close.
I swallowed hard.
“You don’t fool me, Hannah.” I shrugged. “I judge people based on what I observe. What I know.”
“One time, I locked Bobby Randall in the girls’ room. His friends still call him Flush.”
“Everyone knew he was going to get pounded that day by a senior wrestler from another school. It was obvious to me you saved his life.”
She rolled her eyes. “I steal hall passes from Ms. Hanrahan’s desk all the time.”
“You and everyone else.” I noticed that I couldn’t see her freckles as well now that the sun was setting.
“I shoved Lauren Carlson off a cliff at camp.”
“Definitely mean. But it was a small cliff, if I remember correctly. And you were having the year from hell.”
She gasped. “How did you—”
“I pay way too much attention to you.”



Earlier books in this series:
camp kissCamp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Blurb:
The Camp Kiss That Started It AllÖ

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer sheíd dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a planÖ if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldnít interfere before sheís ready. She hasnít even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? Thereís only one way to find outÖ

You can find Camp Kiss on Goodreads. It is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website or you can buy it on Amazon .

camp boyfriendCamp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Blurb:
The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

You can find Camp Boyfriend on Goodreads

You can buy Camp Boyfriend here:
- Amazon (kindle)
- Amazon (paperback)
- B&N
- Kobo
- The Bookdepository

Jk RockAbout the Authors:
Sisters in law Joanne and Karen Rock write Young Adult books under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. They bonded on a set of bleachers, watching their respective Rock boyfriends play baseball, and later, as young wives married into the same big family. Today, they have fun reliving teen drama on the pages of their YA books in their ongoing Camp Boyfriend series, which reviewers have noted for its authentic treatment of navigating relationships and self-identity. Individually, Joanne and Karen write adult romance books for Harlequin. Joanne is a three-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart winner. Her books have been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty different languages. Karen's debut romance, WISH ME TOMORROW, has garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of a cancer survivor's journey. You can learn more about their upcoming projects and previous releases at http://jkrock.net

You can find JK Rock here:
- Website
- Series website
- Joanneís Twitter
- Karenís Twitter
- Facebook
- Pinterest
- Goodreads

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Monday, December 16, 2013

BOOK HIGHLIGHT: Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1) by Rebecca Ethington


Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.

The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.




“Loved the world, the concept, all of the characters (good and bad), and just everything about this story! On to the next one!” -Jena, Shortie Says

“I loved this book from the very first lines… I think it will be hard to move on to another story for a while." -Steele Reviews

“It’s amazing and left me at the edge of my seat through the night as I read.” - Zach’s YA Reviews



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Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

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