Thursday, August 28, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Someone Like You by Karen Rock






You can't program love…or can you?

Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant "compatibility app," a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he's proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?









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Kayleigh’s eyes followed the hostess’s down to the run in her nylon, and she tucked one leg behind the other. “I’m here to meet a man.”
The woman’s eyes widened, and her nose piercing twitched. “Anyone in particular? There are quite a few at the bar.”
Kayleigh felt her forehead bead and started again. “His name’s Niall Walsh. He’s got dark hair...” Her voice trailed off. Did he look the same after his time in the army? She imagined his tall, wiry form and boyish handsomeness.
“She’s with me,” a husky voice interrupted her. She whirled, shocked into silence at the powerfully built man looming beside her. He’d definitely filled out from his military days. Her eyes flicked to his left leg, but not so fast that he didn’t catch her glance, his lips firming in a straight line. Warmth crept into her cheeks. She hadn’t wanted to make him feel self-conscious, but she’d gone and done it anyway. Not the best start to their reunion.
“It’s good to see you, Niall.” She searched his eyes, a jolt of familiarity zipping through her veins. The deep brown depths held the gold flecks she could count by heart, his lashes so thick they’d look girlish if not for his angular, masculine features. He’d always had high cheekbones, but now there was sharpness in his face, as if someone had chiseled out his firm, square jaw and the prominent brow that gave proportion to his strong nose and full lips.
His chestnut-colored hair was no longer clipped short, but layered lightly across his forehead and ears. He’d transformed from the young, earnest man she’d known to a hand- some stranger. She flushed despite the steady stream of cool air blowing from an overhead vent. MaryAnne should have warned her about this change. It was doing something funny to her stomach.
“Shall we?” He held out his arm, and she took it, feeling awkward. Once she would have flown into his arms, and he would have swung her, laughing. But those days seemed distant, out of reach. Hopefully, they’d loosen up over lunch. She’d lost so much since she’d last seen Niall—Chris, her job, Brett. She wondered about Niall’s losses and knew the past few years must have been very difficult for him.
They ambled through the nautically decorated restaurant, navigating a maze of dark wood tables. Kayleigh forced her racing thoughts from the man beside her and surveyed the scene. The room resembled the inside of a ship with a wood-slatted ceiling, a brass railing along the oak bar and fishing nets and lures dangling from the walls.
She peeked at Niall’s stern profile. He looked as uncomfortable as she felt. But this was Niall. The boy she’d beaten in a bubble-blowing contest when they were eleven, the teen who’d taught her how to parallel park, the high school senior who’d celebrated with her when they’d been admitted to the same college, the young man who’d promised to write her every day from Afghanistan and then had stopped communicating with her altogether.
In crisp khakis and a white polo shirt that showed off his coloring and broad shoulders, Niall looked great. He was pale, probably from staying indoors as MaryAnne mentioned, but handsome. It felt as though she looked at him through the shifting lenses at an eye doctor’s office. One minute she saw him as her old pal, and the next she glimpsed an unfamiliar man with experiences and secrets she no longer knew. How strange to feel as if she was meeting him for the first time.

Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author.  With her co-author, Joanne Rock, she’s penned the CAMP BOYFRIEND series with Spencer Hill Press under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. She also writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Enterprises. Her wholesome romance, Heartwarming novels have won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. When she's not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes and hiking. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. To find out about her upcoming releases, appearance and latest news, visit http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karenrockwrites or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5!
She’d love to connect with you!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

W.O.W.: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


 All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack
Publication: October 28, 2014
By: William Morrow Paperbacks
In life, you can't only fight for what you believe in . . .sometimes you have to fight for what you love

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and not at all her type, she can't help being fascinated with him.

Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team.

Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20525621-all-broke-down?from_search=true




  
 Have you met the Rusk University crew yet? 
If not, check out my review of All Lined Up (Rusk University #1)

And be sure to tell me what you're waiting for!


 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heroes Are My WeaknessAuthor: Susan Elizabeth Phillips 
Publication: August 26, 2014
By: William Morrow
Amazon | Goodreads 
4.5 Stars!

The dead of winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.

A man.

A woman.

A sinister house looming over the sea ...

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.


*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Thanks to Author Jenny B. Jones who introduced me to Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books, I've been on a binge lately, and was SO VERY EXCITED when a copy of Heroes Are My Weakness showed up on my doorstep!

What I Loved: This cover fits perfectly with the story, and as a reader, I love when the bookish people involved make that connection.

Heroes Are My Weakness has all of the elements I've come to expect (and enjoy) from a Susan Elizabeth Phillip's story; witty humor, quirky characters and steamy romance. However, this one is a little darker, right down to the horror writing novelist and the creepy house he lives in that may or may not be haunted. 

And then there are the puppets...

 
Okay, so the puppets in the book are not nearly as creepy as that one. Maybe. You'll have to read it and decide for yourself. ;) 

I really liked Theo and Annie! She has her fair share of quirks, a somewhat cutting sense of humor but she manages to see the good in people even when they don't deserve it. Theo is tall, dark and broodishly handsome, the epitome of Gothic romance hero. Their shared history and their occupations provided for some thoroughly entertaining situations. The mystery element was intriguing and I enjoyed watching Annie and Theo try puzzle out what was really going on on the island as well as what was happening between the two of them. 



It's always fun to read a story where the characters start out as frenemies only to discover things (and people) are not always what they seem. Susan Elizabeth Phillips' fans will not be disappointed!


What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing.

Final Verdict: A modern day Gothic romance that's sure to make readers swoon.

Favorite Quote(s):

"I'd be glad to, except I have trouble cutting up dead bodies. All that bone."

"He gave a long sigh. "And with those chilling words, the raging fire in his loins vanished."



About the Author
The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages and appear on bestseller lists all over the world. 

In addition to being a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, she is a hiker, lazy gardener, horrible singer, passable cook, passionate reader, wife, mother of two grown sons, and grandmother of two adorable little ones. Her newest book, THE GREAT ESCAPE, is now available in hardback and will be released in trade paperback in April 2013. You can visit Susan on Facebook or on her website, where she’s added a special Members Only Lounge.














HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS TOUR 2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014

RELEASE DAY: The Write Stuff by Tiffany King

The Write Stuff by Tiffany King  
Available August 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult 
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks 


Twenty-two-year-old historical romance writer Nicole Blake, or N.S. Blake to her readers, hasn't taken an official poll, mind you, but she is convinced she may be the only romance author on the planet who is still a card-carrying member of the virgin club.
Not that she hasn't tried to end her membership. Life just keeps finding pesky ways to interfere. With no prospects on the horizon, Nicole begins to feel like the closest she will ever get to experiencing a man is within her own stories.


Opportunity presents itself in the form of hot-as-sin-on-a-lollipop-stick bartender/premed student Alec Petropoulos, who agrees to be the cover model for her upcoming book. Sparks fly instantly between them, and Nicole begins to entertain the possibility that she's finally found the right guy to hand over her tattered V-card. Alec has all the makings for a perfect one-night-stand candidate except, much to Nicole's surprise, he seems to be the only man in existence not interested in bagging a virgin.


Stuck between a rock and a stubborn male, what's a virgin to do? Seduce him, of course. How hard could it be? If it works for the characters in her stories, why wouldn't it work for her? 


After all, what happens under the cover…stays under the cover.


 

About Tiffany King

USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask. 

For information on any of Author Tiffany's titles, visit her blog at www.authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com




Where to connect with Author Tiffany

Twitter- @AuthorTiffany
Facebook- AuthorTiffanyKing
Pinterest- Tiffany King
Blog- authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com
Goodreads- Tiffany King
Email- authortiffany@yahoo.com
"Dreams do come true...Dream big."
 

BOOK TRAILER: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Publication: August 26, 2014
By: HarlequinTEEN
Ghost House

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.


Book Trailer



So what did you think of the trailer?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology - Volume 1 - Thirteen All-New Romance Stories by Bestselling Authors

LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology - Volume 1 - Thirteen All-New Romance Stories by Bestselling AuthorsLOL Romantic Comedy Anthology - Volume 1 - Thirteen All-New Romance Stories by Bestselling Authors
Publication: August 16, 2014
Amazon | Goodreads 
Overall average: 4 Stars!

Love! Laughter! Pillow Fights!
Here's the very first issue of LOL, a NEW romantic comedy series!

Enjoy 13 brand-new stories from your favorite NYT Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller romantic comedy and romance authors, including:
Elle Casey
Mimi Strong
Julia Kent
Blair Babylon
Cassia Leo
Rachel Schurig
N.M. Silber
Daisy Prescott
Juliet Spenser
Gretchen Galway
Catie Quinn
Victoria Wessex
Kelly Harper

 

*I received a copy of this ebook from Author Caitie Quinn in exchange for an honest review*

 

This is my third anthology that I've read this year, and what's nice about them is they give readers a chance to experience stories from authors they already like while introducing them to new ones too. 

As far as romantic anthologies go, LOL Volume 1 is a smorgasbord of deliciousness. With lots of variety and stories ranging from sweet to steamy on the face fanning scale, there's something for every romance reader to choose from. Each segment features a short blurb, author bio and includes links to their other full-length books. 

I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but Love in Tune by Caitie Quinn was my favorite. I liked Melissa's feistiness and thought Kyle was the perfect blend of snarky and sweet, (not to mention his broad shoulders and ninja kissing skills). And their witty banter made me laugh. After finishing a couple of heavier review books this was exactly what I needed.  

If you're a big fan of kissing (like I am), feisty MCs and swoon worthy love interests, then you should definitely check this one out!


Friday, August 22, 2014

False Future by Dan Krokos

False Future (False Memory, #3)Series: False Memory #3
Publication: August 19, 2014
By: Disney-Hyperion
Amazon | Goodreads
5 Stars!

True Earth has returned during a massive snowstorm in Manhattan-and this time they have an army. Rhys, Noble, Sophia, and Peter know they don't stand a chance against the enemy without Miranda. And once they revive her, she's horrified to find her world in flames.

The enemy occupation is brutal, but the director promises to release her hold on the city if Mr. East is turned in, and Miranda and her team are determined to find him. With her grief over the losses she has suffered fueling her spirit, Miranda knows that this time the sacrifices have to be worth it.

Packed with suspense and deception, Dan Krokos brings Miranda's journey to a mind-bending conclusion as she risks losing everything in the fight for her future.



When my copy of False Future, the final book in the False Memory trilogy, showed up a day early I was SO EXCITED. I'm not a big fan of Sci-Fi but this series is my favorite and I could not wait to see how it all ended!
  
It's hard to talk about what I loved without spoiling anything, so here are my highlights:

~ The characters haven't lost any of their badassery, and they stay consistent with who they are right up until the last page.


~ I thought the Eyeless were bad, but those were fluffy bunnies compared to the creatures that show up in False Future.

 
~ True to form, Dan Krokos isn't afraid to kill his characters nor does he allow them to gentle into that dark Black. (Because that would be boring.) Instead, he has them go out fighting. It's brutal, bloody and heart-wrenching, but it makes sense. Even if I don't like it.


~ I will never look at a bathroom stall the same way again. 




~ Just when I thought I had it all figured out and everything was settling down, I took a deep breath and... OH CRAP WHAT?!* 
(*I had a theory about this part and I was really glad I was wrong.)  


~ The whole story is brought full circle and I finished with my heart still intact and a big stupid smile on my face! 


Thank you, Dan Krokos for this trilogy. It was a Sci-Fi adrenaline rush and I enjoyed every minute of it! I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

And now, in keeping with tradition...

Roses are red,
Peter's eyes are purple-blue,
You better read False Future,
Or no cupcakes for you! 
 
Just kidding!
Maybe.

Seriously though, you should read this series. 
It's Sci-Fi at it's best!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

W.O.W.: The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 
The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed #3) 
  Author: Page Morgan
Expected Publication: April 14, 2015
By: Delacorte Press
 
The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed, #3) 
For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21473811-the-wondrous-and-the-wicked?from_search=true

   

Pretty cover is PRETTY!
 I stumbled upon this series back in the spring (Click here to read my reviews of Books 1&2) and I am SO EXCITED for this one!

What are you waiting for this week? 

Audiobook Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

The Young WorldAuthor: Chris Weitz
Narrated By: Jose Julian & Spencer Locke
Publication: July 29, 2014
By: Blackstone Audio/ Little Brown Books for Young Readers 
Amazon | Goodreads 
 
"Only teens have survived a mysterious catastrophe in the first YA novel from acclaimed film producer, director, and screenwriter Chris Weitz"

Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.

After a mysterious sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park and discovers truths they could never have imagined."


*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. There are parts that I enjoyed, namely Peter's character, but there is a lot that I didn't.

Audio: The narrators did a fairly decent job, although the male narrator tended to mumble at times, making it hard to know exactly what he was saying. (I'm glad I had a pb copy to defer to.)

Story: This reads more like a script or screenplay rather than a novel. Not a bad thing, just something that takes a little getting used to.

It had lots of diversity but wasn't so in your face that it screamed, LOOK AT ME BEING ALL DIVERSE AND STUFF! The alternating POV was interesting and I liked how both the optimistic and pessimistic sides of the situation were represented.

The characters were enjoyable to a point, but the actual dialogue was grating at times. Donna hits the mark with how 99.9% of teenage girls speak, but her use of the word "like" was like, soooo annoying. (See what I did there?)

And then there is Jefferson. I get that he is a teenage boy with raging hormones and whatnot, and I realize his lifespan is short, but how can you claim to love someone--HAVE loved them your whole life---and turn around and hookup with the first girl who bats her eyes at you? (Or in his case, takes her shirt off and kisses him.) Up until that point, I respected Jefferson, I LIKED how smart, how different he was from the other boys. And I understand he was hurt, but I felt like his choice reduced him to the stereotypical teenage boy which ticked me off. AND his declaration of feelings at the end felt completely unbelievable. Like, REALLY? The same holds true for the other person. 


I'm not sure this was the book for me, but I do think it was a pretty accurate depiction of what would happen if the world was left to teenagers. *cringes* 

THE YOUNG WORLD is book one in a trilogy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)Series: Storm Siren #1
Author: Mary Weber
Publication: August 19, 2014
By: Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins
Amazon | Goodreads | The Book Depository
4.5 Stars!

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.


 *I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This cover is GORGEOUS and I spent a ridiculous amount of time staring at it after it showed up at my front door! 

If you follow this blog, my reviews or hang out with me on social media, then you know my oldest son, aka, "The Teenager" loves to read almost as much as I do. Almost. He's even done a few guest post/reviews here on the blog under threat of no ARCS ever again when I've asked nicely. 

The Teenager and me.
Object in photo the one with the glasses may appear taller in real life.

 
STORM SIREN review with Price - The Teenager. 

Describe STORM SIREN in five words
P: Well-written, fast-paced, witty.
J: I see what you did there. Okay, my five words are: You. Want. To. Read. This!


Favorite character and why:
P: Colin. I liked his humor. 
J: I would have totally been BFFs with Colin! But I'm going to go with Nym. She's a tough cookie with a good heart and the best of intentions.

Least favorite character and why: 
P: Adora. She was a jerk the entire book.
J: Adora. She creeped me out. 

One word that describes your feels about the ending:
P: Shock.
J: This ---> 



If you could possess any one of the elements, which one would you choose? 
P: Definitely the ability to control the weather like Nym. 
J: I would like to be able to block the elements. Snow storm? No thank you. BLOCKED.

What other books does STORM SIREN remind you of?
P: I can't think of any off the top of my head. A sign that it was original perhaps?
J: Leigh Bardugo's, GRISHA TRILOGY which happens to be my favorite fantasy series. 

Why should people read STORM SIREN?
P: Because it's a gripping story with a few crazy plot twists and a heck of a cliffhanger at the end. 
J: Because I said so! Oh wait. That only works on you, P. But seriously, people should read this book. It's beautifully written, masterfully crafted with a heart-wrenching romance and plot twists that keep you on your toes until the last page!

Brownies, cupcakes or pie?
P: Since Cremè Brûlée isn't an option, I'll take a Nutella S'more cupcake.
J: You had one job, Price. ;)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past MidnightAuthor: Jessica Shirvington
Publication: July 22, 2014
By: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads
3 Stars 

Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives.

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is...


For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?


Thank you Lizzie Mason Bloomsbury for this ARC!  

The colors in the finished cover are so pretty! I was really excited to read this, I'd heard LOTS of good things from people who snagged a copy at BEA, and the concept of living two lives and having to ultimately choose between them sounded really cool.

I was expecting a Sliding Doors type of story but that isn't really how this one played, not for me anyway. I had trouble connecting with Sabine in either of her lives and her relationship with Ethan felt kind of forced. However, I did like the idea of not taking life or the people in it for granted, and living each day to the fullest. And the twist at the end was pretty cool! 
  
Fans of Split Second, Just Like Fate, and Parallel will enjoy this one.



Monday, August 11, 2014

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Forget MeAuthor: K.A. Harrington
Publication: August 7, 2014
By: Putnam Juvenile
Amazon | Goodreads 
4 Stars

An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist

On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as "Evan Murphy." She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.

Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents' involvement in this massive web of lies.


The tagline An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist, is no joke!  

This was my first K.A. Harrington book and I only intended to peek at it, but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The writing is clean, the mystery intriguing and the suspense kept me turning the page until I reached the end. Each time I thought I knew what was going on, another twist would pop up and leave me guessing again.

The romance, while not the main focus, developed in a way that was smart and relateable. And the doppelganger aspect was more than a little creepy but in the best way possible. 

FORGET ME is addictive, thrilling, romantic, and the BFFs made me smile! 




About K.A. Harrington 
Kim Harrington is the author of Clarity, Perception, The Dead and Buried, and Forget Me for teens and the Sleuth or Dare series for kids. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. Her first book, Clarity, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, sold to nine countries, and was optioned for television by Warner Brothers.




FORGET ME chat with Malissa from Reads All The Books!

First impression of FORGET ME?
Jen: The cover totally creeped me out, but in a good way. Dopplegangers fascinate me as well and I was really curious to see how this story played out.
  
Malissa: I didn’t get the creepy aspect, but I was totally drawn in. I needed to know why everything was so ghostly and what does this very prominent carousel have to do with anything. This is definitely a book I would pick up just because the cover caught my attention. 

What stood out to you while reading?  
Jen: I was pleasantly surprised at how engrossing this story was, and I had a difficult time putting it down because I NEEDED TO KNOW what was going on! The friendship between Morgan and Toni was a nice change from the girl drama stories I’ve read recently. 

Malissa: I was really taken by this book. I was totally on the edge of my seat the whole time because I just wanted to know what the heck was going on. Seriously, in most books I can feel out the plot and figure out what is going to happen before it does, but this...color me surprised and it was awesome!  Oh and Jen, I loved the girls relationship as well. It felt real, it’s how I remembered being in high school with my best friend.  We might get pulled in different directions (particularly when it came to buys) but we were always there for each other in the end.  I wish that were more BFF relationships like this one in books. 

Finn or Evan?
Malissa: Evan, absolutely Evan...but Finn, well Finn, I can totally see the draw.

Jen: Evan. 

Final thoughts.  
Malissa: You want to pick this up. FORGET ME is going to take you on one heck of a roller coaster ride (not meant to be puny), you’ll swoon (don’t get me started on boys on baseball teams), you will hold your breath, you will want to scream out in disbelief, and you will be hooked!  

Jen: FORGET ME is addictive, thrilling, romantic and the BFF’s made me smile!

Thanks, Malissa!