Wednesday, April 30, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

This is my stop on the Sweet Reckoning Blog Tour which is being hosted by the lovely ladies over at Kismet Blog Tours!

Publication: April 29th 2014 
by Harper Teen 
5 Stars!! 
It's time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My Thoughts

I love this cover and would REALLY like to have a set of all three dresses. Maybe Harper can make that happen? Okay, cool.

When I attended ALAMW, Sweet Reckoning was the one book I was desperate to come home with. Like, if I had to trade ALL THE CUPCAKES IN THE WORLD for it I would. And I did, sort of. 

Okay, so it wasn't all of the cupcakes, but I did gift the lovely ladies at the Harper booth with a dozen Jenuine Cupcakes, mainly because I think they're awesome. (But also because I'm not above bribery. Don't judge.) In return, they gifted me with Anna, Kai and the rest of the Sweet gang early.

I came home, cracked open the spine and---froze. I wanted to read it. I tried to read it, but I couldn't seem to make myself read it. Not yet. Why? Because FINAL BOOK SYNDROME kicked in and scared the sprinkles off my cupcake. (FBS is when you dedicate years of your life to a book series, only to experience crushing disappointment with the final book. I've suffered from this syndrome quite bit recently which is sad.)

But I digress. Once I finally sucked it up and started reading, I COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN. 

Seriously, THIS is how a series like this SHOULD end!!

I laughed, I cried and I even did some of this...

 (Yes, that is Wade Poezyn dancing. You're welcome.)

And when I came across what ended up being my favorite quote, "On the bed with you now." I had to go back and reread it because it made me do this...

Wendy Higgins does an excellent job of bringing Anna's journey full circle, showing how love, forgiveness, sacrifice and having faith aren't always easy, but are always necessary. It's also a reminder that your past doesn't define you. 
We all have it in us to do the right thing. And despite the fact that it nearly killed me, the Epilogue is nothing short of perfection .

Fans of the Sweet Series will not be disappointed. Read it!

Character Interview - Anna

Hey Anna, I'm so glad you could join me today! 
*hands you a cupcake*
~Hey! Thank you – it’s my favorite kind! I’m so glad to be here, and not just because of the cupcake.

So, I wanted to come up with some really interesting, super intelligent questions to ask you, like, where you see yourself in five years, what's your opinion about healthcare and how we can really achieve world peace, buuuut then I realized I really just wanted to talk about Kai. *grins*

I hope you're okay with that. ;)

~Haha, it’s much easier to talk about Kai than to save the world. Believe me! *sigh*

You and Kai don't ever seem to have a lot of down time together. If you could plan the perfect day with him, where would you go and what would you do? (I'm imagining asking Kai this same question and turning seven different shades of red.) 
~Yeah, my face will get hot just thinking about that boy’s possible answers!  Hm, let’s see. When we took the road trip, just driving together and eating out together was so much fun. In fact, I think that is my answer—traveling. I would want to travel somewhere we’d never been. Doesn’t matter where. I just want to hang out with him without fear of being seen or “caught.” If only.

What is your favorite personality trait of Kai's?
~I know he’s broody and holds in a lot of anger, but Kai also has a really great sense of humor. He can be a little, um, inappropriate at times, but he makes me laugh a lot with his dry wit.

How about your favorite physical feature of his? (I'm a fan of his hair. No, really, I am.)
~This used to be easy to answer. It was eyes all the way. So blue. So deep. But as I sit here my mind is being violently tugged down to his abs. They are, truly, a work of God. I feel like a guy when I stare at his abs because I can’t think straight and everything going on around me becomes background noise. See, when he laughs, his stomach tightens. *drool* And when he’s laying there, trying so hard to be good, his abs sort of ripple with the restraint. Oh, good gosh. I really need to stop thinking about this.
Next question?!?!

Beyond the changes in his "work ethic", how else do you think Kai's changed since you two first met?
~He’s learned the value of self-control, both physically and mentally, and I think he takes pride in that. It’s hard to trust other people when you can’t even trust yourself. Kai still has a long way to go, as far as forgiving himself for his past, but I think he views the world and his place in it much differently now than when we met, and that’s huge.

If Kai had his own theme song, what would it be?
~I think his theme song has changed during the time I’ve known him. When we first met I would have said, “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship. Then, during his time of anger and jealousy over Kope (which I still feel bad about) it would have been “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” by Smashing Pumpkins. But these days his theme song seems to be “Love Don’t Die” by The Fray. He’s very focused on me and devoted. It’s the most intense and beautiful feeling in the world.

And lastly, cupcakes, brownies or pie?
~I’ve always been a pie girl, but lately brownies are holding a special place in my heart…if you know what I mean.  ;)

About Wendy Higgins
After earning a bachelors in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until becoming a mommy. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.
She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil is her debut novel.
 Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest 

Open International
Lucky winners will receive either: 
A Kai Prize Pack (3) - leather bracelet, drumstick pencils, Lascivious Tour pass, Kai button, and signed bookmark/bookplate
A Bookmark Bundle (10)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule: 
Monday, April 28th - Supernatural Snark  
Tuesday, April 29th - Bewitched Bookworms 
Wednesday, April 30th - Jenuine Cupcakes 
Thursday, May 1st - Krista's Dust Jacket 
Friday, May 2nd - Two Chicks on Books  
Monday, May 5th - Curling Up with a Good Book 
Tuesday, May 6th - Parajunkee 
Wednesday, May 7th - fiktshun 
Thursday, May 8th - 
Friday, May 9th - Alice Marvels


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top Ten Books If You Like Movies That Kick You In The Feels

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books 
If You Like Movies That Kick You In The Feels

1. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill ~ One of the BEST books I've ever read.

2. False Sight by Dan Krokos ~ Broke my heart within the first few pages.

3. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa ~ Left me rocking back and forth in a corner. Literally.

4. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan ~ Terrifyingly realistic that packs a big emotional punch.

5. Wait For You by J. Lynn ~ Still my FAVORITE New Adult Book Guy!

6. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Two equally fantastic boys to choose from, but ohmyheart!
7. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller ~ I want to hug all of the soldiers. ALL.OF.THEM. Especially the red-headed ones named Travis.

8. The Lovely And The Lost by Page Morgan ~ This book was lovely and I feel completely lost now that I have to wait A WHOLE YEAR for the final book!

9. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green ~ One of the BEST audiobooks I've ever listened to. I ruined a batch of cupcakes because I sobbed into the batter. True story. 

10. Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally ~ Matt Brown had me at "green beans" and I don't even LIKE green beans. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


OPPOSITION, the final book in the Lux Series is almost here...

Are you ready?

 Me too!

Wanna see the cover?


Releases: August 5, 2014
By: Entangled Teen
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Random Theo gif for JLA. ;)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Boys Like YouAuthor: Juliana Stone
Publication: May 6, 2014
By: Sourcebooks 
Amazon | Goodreads
4 Stars!

One mistake.

And everything changes.

For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart –leaving her empty and broken. There’s a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her Grandma isn’t going to change that…

Nathan Everets knows heartache first-hand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it’s his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn’t going to change that…

Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt – looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.

*I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review*

Told from alternating POVs, Boys Like You is one of those stories that sucks you in, tugs on your heartstrings and doesn't let go until you've turned the final page. In fact, I was so immersed in Monroe and Nate's story that when I came to the Acknowledgements, I was a little disappointed ONLY because I wasn't ready to let these characters go yet. (There may have been tears.)

Both Monroe and Nate have experienced life changing tragedies, ones that could easily destroy them if they allowed it. But they're surrounded by people who love and care for them, people who refuse to let what has happened define them for the rest of their lives. (Gram Blackwell was a favorite of mine!)

Is there pain and sadness? Sure. But what's cool about this story is that this isn't a walk through the darkest part of Monroe and Nate's lives, they've already been through that. We get to see some of the bleakness but this story is what happens in the aftermath. It's the, "What happens now? How do I heal?" part. And Juliana Stone has done it so well!

When you've felt nothing but an empty void for so long, it can be hard to navigate feelings and desires, especially when it involves a person who somehow understands exactly how you're feeling. And the relationship that develops between Monroe and Nate is funny, tender and bittersweet. Are they perfect? Of course not. But their journey is an honest one filled with forgiveness, healing and hope. 

Read it. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!
This is my stop on The Treatment Blog Tour 
which is being hosted by Merp Squad!

The Treatment (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young
Publication: April 29, 2014
By: Simon Pulse

Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”
How do you stop an epidemic?
Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.
Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.
Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

My thoughts  
I enjoy duologies and I REALLY enjoy Suzanne Young and her style of writing! The Treatment, like it's predecessor, The Program, takes an interesting and unique look at mental health issues, how they're diagnosed and treated.

Sloane and James' journey is not an easy one but is chocked full of twists, and turns. It's hard to say too much about it without spoiling anything, but just know that we get to see familiar faces along with some new ones and of course, there are FEELINGS. LOTS of feelings! I'm so glad this was not dragged out into three and that epilogue is perfect.

Fans of this story and these characters will not be disappointed! :D



1) If your life, right now, had a theme song, what would it be? 

I feel like it would be The Middle by Jimmy Eat World.

2) What has been one of your favorite author moments? One of my favorite reader moments was having the chance to meet and chat with you during the Simon Teen Blogger Preview at BEA last year. Meat skewer? ;D 
Can I say the same moment? I think one of my favorites would be last year when The Program came out. My students put together a skit, and at the signing, they acted it out—without the audience knowing they were going to.

The students sat in the front row, and while I was speaking, one girl drew spirals in a notebook. Just when I was about to read the first chapter, two men in white coats came in and stopped next to her. They said, “Sloane Barstow, please come with us.” She told them she wasn’t sick. Started screaming. They grabbed her by the arms and dragged her out. The audience was STUNNED. Then I started reading, having no noticeable reaction.

Right at the end of the scene, the girl walked back in calm, serene, and wearing lemon yellow scrubs. It was pretty awesome.
3) Is there anything you absolutely MUST HAVE while writing? (Music, snacks, silence, etc.) 
I love to have snacks. Tiny food (goldfish crackers, pretzels, candy corn) keeps me from getting bored.
4) What is one place you'd like to visit before you die? 

There are so many places I’d love to go. In the US, I’d love to spend time in New Orleans.

5) I ask all of my blog guests this question...Brownies, cupcakes or pie?
Hm… I’m going to have to go with brownies, but without nuts.

About the Author
Originally from New York, Suzanne Young moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She currently resides in Tempe, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration.

Suzanne is the author of several books for teens, including THE PROGRAM, A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, and A WANT SO WICKED. 

1 Set of The Program and The Treatment

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fast & Furious Friday: The Gargoyle Edition

Where I roll up in your TBR lane 

like a swarm of Dispossessed...

I'm REALLY excited about the two books I'm featuring this week mainly because I didn't expect to love them the way that I did. 
 And because Nolan. O.O
The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)
The Beautiful And The Cursed (The Dispossessed #1)
Author: Page Morgan
Publication: May 13, 2013
By: Delacorte Press
Unabridged Audio Edition: Listening Library  
Read by: Katherine McEwan
4 Stars! 
After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.
Love, romance, gargoyles and swoon make up this Gothic romance that has a paranormal twist and packs a powerful punch in the feels! The multiple POVs are woven together seamlessly and with a setting like turn of the century Paris, it's hard not to get swept away in the Waverly's adventure. (Feel free to sweep me away at any time, Luc. Really. I'm ready.) 
Katherine McEwan does an amazing job of narrating all of these characters, bringing to life not only their personalities, but their distinct accents as well. I want her to read me bedtimes stories in Luc and Nolan's accents, or you know, maybe just my grocery list. 

If you like love, adventure and forbidden romance, you should add this to your TBR list.

The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed, #2) The Lovely And The Lost (The Dispossessed #2)
Author: Page Morgan
Publication: May 13, 2014
By: Delacorte Press
Unabridged Audio Edition: Listening Library  
Read by: Katherine McEwan 
5 Stars! 
The sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed…

Ingrid and Gabby Waverly moved to France expecting a quiet reprieve from London gossip, but the truth they face in their new home has a sharper—and deadlier—sting.
Paris is plagued by an underworld of demons and gargoyles who all seem to want something from the Waverly girls. Saving Ingrid’s twin, Grayson, from the fallen angel Axia nearly killed them. And they’re still being hunted—only this time, demons aren’t their only predators.

Ingrid’s blood is special: it bestows the power to command gargoyles. It’s an ability no other human has, and in the wrong hands, it could be used to send her cursed guardian, Luc, and his fellow Dispossessed to extinction. There are those who will do anything to get Ingrid’s blood—and they see no value in human life.

The Alliance has vowed to protect the Waverlys, and a new gargoyle has been assigned to guard their abbey home alongside Luc. But no one can watch over Ingrid, Gabby, and Grayson all the time, which means the three must learn to fight for themselves.

Because darkness now follows the Waverlys. And sometimes darkness comes in the form you trust most.
"And sometimes darkness comes in the form you trust most."
And sometimes authors like to write sequels with surly Scotsman who make you WANT to go to confession, filling your heart up with all kinds of hope only to smash it to pieces again with a note that says, "I HOPE YOU LIKED THAT BECAUSE NOW YOU HAVE TO WAIT AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR THE FINAL BOOK. HA-HA-HA-HA!" Okay, so they don't really say that, but still. 
I tore through The Lovely And The Lost. It's a fantastic sequel with higher stakes, more danger and love is pushed to it's limits. Again, the audio is amazing and I'd go to confession with Nolan any day. ;)

It's going to be SO VERY HARD to wait another year for the next installment!!
 I guess I'll just have to let this guy keep me company until then.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Awaken by Skye Malone

Title: Awaken 
Series: Awakened Fate (Book One)
Author: Skye Malone
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wildflower Isle 
Expected Publication: June 3, 2014

Cover Designer: Karri Klawiter

Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.

[If you're interested in being part of the blog tour for Awaken, click the banner above to learn more!]


About Skye

Skye Malone is the creative mind behind the Awakened Fate series.

She also technically does not exist.

Skye was born on May 17th, 2013 as the pen name of author Megan Joel Peterson, to give Megan an outlet for all the stories running around in her head. She writes paranormal romance and adventure, loves wolves and the ocean, and might just take over Megan’s life someday.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Waiting on Wednesday
 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 Take Me On (Pushing The Limits #4) by Katie McGarry
Publication: May 27, 2014
By: HarlequinTEEN 

"Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means."

You had me at "Katie McGarry returns"!

 Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.
Click the picture below to find out how to enter to win a copy of TAKE ME ON, and then make sure you join the party tonight!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Don't Call Me Baby + The Art of Goodbye by Gwendolyn Healsey

Don't Call Me BabyAuthor: Gwendolyn Heasley
Publication: April 22, 2014
By: Harper Teen
Amazon | Goodreads 

All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online...until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she's been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

Don't Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.

*Thank you Katie from Little Bird Publicity for sending these in exchange for an honest review.* 

As a blogger myself, I was curious to see what these characters were like and where this story was headed. My first thought was that this reads like an upper MG or lower YA book which is great for those who enjoy a light-hearted, clean read. The other thing that stood out was all of the product placement. One of my friends is a Mommy Blogger and often gets asked to review and advertise various products on her blog, so seeing that aspect included in the story was entertaining for me. 

As for the characters themselves, I didn't enjoy the mother at all. I thought she was selfish and inconsiderate of everyone around her. I have a teen at home too and there's been a shift in the last year or so with what he will allow me to share online and what he won't. Almost every time I snap a picture of him and his younger brother, I'm met with questions, "Are you going to post that on your blog? Twitter? Instagram, Facebook? etc.?  My initial reaction is to tell him I'm the parent, it's my picture and I can do whatever I want to with it. (You know, because he's not the boss of me.) BUT then I remember it isn't JUST about me. Just because I may be proud of him and want to show him and his achievements off to the entire Internet doesn't mean HE wants that too. So, I could certainly appreciate Imogene's behavior toward her mother. She's a teenager who doesn't feel like she's had much say in her life at all. It's natural for her to fight back. However, I do think she and Sage could've used their class project in a more constructive way. 

Dylan was nice and their budding relationship provides Imogene with a listening ear as well as a glimpse of what it's like to have parents who've all but checked out of your life.

The story, like all of Heasley's books, ends well.

The Art of GoodbyeWhere I Belong Novella
Publication: March 14th, 2014
By: Harper Teen Impulse
Amazon | Goodreads 

The heroine of Where I Belong is back in The Art of Goodbye, a romantic digital original novella about first loves and second chances.

It's Corrinne Corcoran's last night in town before heading off to college, and she's determined it'll be the most epic night ever. She's planned every detail of each hour of the night, from what dresses she'll wear, to what parties she'll hit, to which of her best friends will be with her. But Corrinne's perfect plan for her last night in New York goes awry when she runs into a ghost from her past, and the boy she's never been able to forget—her ex-boyfriend, Bubby, from Broken Spoke. And Corrinne starts to wonder if her expertly planned goodbye to New York City was as perfect as it seemed. . . . Set over the twelve-hour period before Corrinne sets off for college, The Art of Goodbye will make you believe that true love can find you when you're least expecting it . . . again.

This was fast, flirty and fun.

If you haven't read Where I Belong or it's companion, A Long Way From You, then you probably will be lost. I was a little a lost myself because I kept wondering who this Benson dude was and where in the world was my Bubby?! Last I'd read, he and Corrine were about to ride off into the Broken Spoke sunset where they would live happily ever after (even if only in my imagination). But apparently not.

Corrine is back in NYC and she has big plans for her last night before she heads off to college. Plans that do not involve anyone else's .02 and especially not a chance run-in with Bubby. But one tinkle break leads to another and before she knows it, Corrine comes face to face with the guy she thought was in her future, not her past.

Over the course of the story, we find out exactly what happened between Bubby and Corrine and two things jumped out at me. 1) This was really too short. And by short, I mean, I WANTED MORE BUBBY! and 2) For being teens, they sure did have easy access to alcohol in public places. Not once did they get questioned or carded.

Overall, I think this was a good addition to the books. It's a clean read which was also refreshing, and fans of Bubbine will enjoy it.


Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. When she was a little girl, she desperately wanted to be the next Ann M. Martin- the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. She’s incredibly grateful that the recession rendered her unemployed and made her chase her nearly forgotten dream. She lives in New York City, teaches college and eats entirely too much mac and cheese for an adult. She’s also currently at work on her third novel for Harper Collins.


1) What was your favorite part about writing DON'T CALL ME BABY?
The research. I loved reading mommy blogs :) I have my Master's in Journalism and love to research and learn about something  new for every novel :)

2) If Imogene had a theme song, what would it be and why? 
Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson. 

3) What is the best piece of writing advice you've ever been given?
Revise. Very few first drafts are amazing...but with revision, time and love, anything is possible :) 

4) What was the last book you read and loved? 
Something Real by Heather Demetrios, a friend and fellow VCFA student. 

5) I ask all of my blog guests this question...brownies, cupcakes, or pie?
What about a brownie pie with cupcake frosting? <-- LOVE THIS IDEA!
If I have to choose, it's brownies. Always brownies. I'm from the midwest. We love bars of anything, especially brownies.