Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOOK BLITZ: A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij

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Publication: July 30. 2015

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.
They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.



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(Special price of $0.99 ends on Sunday August 2nd)

 ~ Excerpt ~ 


[From Chapter 9 – Em]

“What do you want?” I call.

“Can I come in?” he asks, and his voice sounds way too serious. With the way he was looking at me during dinner, I know he’s not about to tell me that I’m right and Dad’s wrong.

But I also can’t leave him in the hallway after he’s used our secret knock.

“Whatever,” I reply and hide my face under my arm.

The door screeches open and he clears his throat three times. “I don’t understand,” he says and nudges me. “Don’t be a baby, look at me.”

“According to you, I’m the baby of the family anyways,” I whine. I hate it but I can’t help it. From time to time, I revert to my twelve-year-old self—insecure and whiny. When Roberto was fourteen and pushing my buttons.

“You’re acting like one.” He sighs. “Come on Em, let’s talk about this.” He pauses.

“Rationally.”

“Because of course I’m not being rational. Of course, there’s something wrong with me for wanting to meet my parents. Of course there’s something wrong.” I look up at him.

“And in one second, you go from baby to drama queen,” he says. I would be offended if he didn’t smile the way he does. It’s his half smile, the one he only has when he gets hurt and doesn’t want to show it. Roberto never wants to show he has feelings.

“What do you want to tell me?” I sit up and pat the spot next to me. Instead of sitting there, he pulls a chair over and sits in front of me, boring his eyes into mine.

“I’m afraid you’re going to get hurt,” he says.

“But isn’t that supposed to be my decision?”

“Wasn’t that supposed to be your birth parents’ decision?” He pauses. “Listen, they abandoned you outside this hospital for a reason. They may not want to be found. And let’s say you do find them; what are you going to do?”

I glance at my nails…they’re still pinkish from the last nail polish I used. I don’t chew

my nails, but I have a very big urge to check my hair for split ends. I run my hair through my fingers, and Roberto gently slaps them away.

“I’m not saying it’s easy for you. But I don’t want it to become even more difficult. What do you want to find? Why are you even doing this?”

“Because I don’t know who I am. I’m afraid of what I could find, but I’m even more afraid of not finding anything. I’m afraid that a part of me will always wonder, always worry.”




~ GIVEAWAY ~

ASLNO Giveaway
To celebrate the release of A Summer Like No Other, I have set up a giveaway with pretty special prizes
(including a leather bracelet from Chloe + Isabel)

You have mannnnny ways to enter and you have an entire month to do so!

Link to participate: http://smarturl.it/ASLNOgiveaway Open internationally.
Thank you SO MUCH!!!


Other books by the author:
One, Two, Three – available now (AmazonB&NiTunesKobo)
One Dream Only – Free! (AmazonB&NiTunesKobo)
Always Second Best – Available for pre-order (Amazon)

 

~ About the Author~

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. She's also a serial smiley user.


Connect with Elodie Nowodazkij:

Facebook reader group (chat with the author, early excerpts, ARCs opportunities, giveaways…) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/954159761294820/
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BLOG TOUR: A School for Brides by Patrice Kindl

Series: Keeping the Castle #2  
Author:  Patrice Kindl  
Published: July 14, 2105
By: Viking Books for Young Readers 
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The eagerly awaited companion to the award-winning Keeping the Castle.

The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men.

Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, here’s the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!
  





Limerick #4

Once there was a secret lover;
In silence and stealth he did hover.
  He sent the lass a letter
  But alas! she liked him better
With his person and his prose undercover.










Limerick #5

A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES is a book;
I’m hoping that you’ll take a look.
It’s not too short nor too long
And it sells for a song,
And you can read it on Kindle or Nook.














~ About the Author~


PatriceI was born in Alplaus New York in 1951, the youngest of four daughters. My father is a mechanical engineer, my mother a housewife. My family is very nice – I like them all a lot. As a child I loved animals and read obsessively.
We had (still have) a family cottage on Lake George. The people who live next door are life-long friends. On summer weekdays during my childhood there were ten females in the two houses, no males. As a result of this background I feel that I understand girls better than boys, which is why I write primarily for girls.
Education and other jobs:
After high school I went to Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri. Oddly enough, given the location, it was a well-thought-of theater school. I attended for a year and a half and then (this was the 60’s, early 70’s) dropped out and decamped for New York City and a real drama school (not a liberal arts college like Webster). I appeared in a few television commercials, waitressed, auditioned and did a little modeling.
After three or four years of this sort of thing I realized I was going nowhere fast. I came back upstate and worked, at first full-time and then, after I married and my son was born, part-time, as a secretary at a consulting engineering firm called Encotech. As a result, I am an excellent touch typist today, which is handy for a writer.
I only began writing seriously when I was in my late thirties and was first published in my early forties. While I worked on OWL IN LOVE (my first book) I became involved in a program called Helping Hands, in which I raised two monkeys to be aides to quadriplegics. You can check it out at www.helpinghandsmonkeys.org. You can see a photograph of Kandy on this page and Susi on the FAQ page.
Family:
My husband Paul is president of Encotech (that’s where I met him). My son Alex is 25. He and his art rock band Bible Study (no religious connotation) live with us part-time. They rehearse directly over my office, so it is lucky that I think they are great musicians (Click here to listen to one of their songs). The vocalist is one of America’s few female Master Falconers. When the band is in residence we also have several hawks or falcons.


Friday, July 24, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Resonance by Erica O'Rourke

Resonance (Dissonance #2)Series: Resonance (Dissonance #2)
Author: Erica O'Rourke
Publication: July 21st 2015
By: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.
  
Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him. 

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice... 


 

~ About the Author ~

 

I write books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn't.

I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I'll never really leave this city.

I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.

I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.





Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brown-Eyed Girl (Travis Family #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Brown-Eyed Girl (Travises, #4)
Series: Travis Family #4
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publication: August 11, 2015 
By: St. Martin's Press/Piatkus 
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Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love--at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year--a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything--including her well-guarded heart--will she find out what matters most.



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

After binge reading the other books in this series two years ago, the wait for this one felt like an ETERNITY. And I was SO excited to finally, FINALLY get Joe Travis' story, but to be honest, it fell short for me.

Yes the writing is amazing and the characters are entertaining, and yes, Joe Travis is a swoony alpha male like the previous leading men, but the story itself was lacking. 

I wasn't expecting a time jump from where Smooth Talking Stranger left off and this one began, but Joe has already healed physically, mentally, and emotionally. He's moved on with his life almost as if the incident was no big deal or like people are involved in boat explosions and nearly die from their injuries every day.

The complex relationship all of the Travises have had with their surly patriarch is part of the reason I enjoy this series so much. The elder Travis added bark, bite and humor. Aside from a mention here and there, he's barely a blip on the paper. (highlight to see spoiler)

The elder Travis, who has been a pretty significant if not contentious character throughout the books, is dead and gone. We're told about the time following the accident when Joe moves back home and he and his father finally work out all of their issues, but we don't get to see any of it. That was disappointing.

Compared to the rest of the series, Brown-Eyed Girl is a bit of a departure and I *get* that Joe has always been the lone Travis, but still.
(The original summary which up until a month ago Amazon still had up, detailed a more contentious relationship between Avery and Joe.) One would think that after he almost DIED in the last book, he might have more of a connection with his family now. Instead, we get more of Avery's story, her friends and her life. (highlight to see spoiler) Perhaps if her ex-fiance had made a reappearance it would've added some much needed spark to the romantic tension or something

A good story, just wasn't the one I was expecting. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Most Likely To Succeed (Superlatives #3) by Jennifer Echols

Most Likely to SucceedSeries: The Superlatives #3
Publication: August 4, 2015
By: Simon Pulse
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4.5 Stars!

In this sexy conclusion to The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Sawyer and Kaye might just be perfect for each other if only they could admit it.

As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school; student government, cheerleading, stellar grades; has been in preparation for that future.

To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level and their friends keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves

As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides to finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed or will it be their favorite mistake?

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

I have been WAITING for Sawyer's story since I first met him in book one of this series and MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED does not disappoint! 

In case there was any confusion, this is the line for Sawyer...
Behind me.

There's been a lot of talk about the need for diversity in YA books and this is the first (contemporary) series I've come across recently, that does diversity and does it WELL. From the covers to the characters to the stories they tell. Readers are guaranteed to find at least one character then can identify with.

All three of the books in this series include Jennifer Echols' signature banter and romantic tension, but Kaye and Sawyer do not have it easy, that's for sure. Whether it's his reputation, her mother's need for control or Kaye's desire to always do what's expected, these two are in for a bumpy albeit entertaining ride! 

The rest of the SUPERLATIVES cast appears too making for a well-rounded reading experience.The ending felt abrupt. I was hoping that was because there would be one final book, even a novella/epilogue that takes place at graduation or right after, but it doesn't appear so.

Still, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED makes great addition to THE SUPERLATIVES series!

Favorite Quote:  "I have an excellent memory for turning down money."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOOK PROMO + GIVEAWAY: The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry

The Idea of LoveAuthor: Patti Callahan Henry
Publication: June 23, 2015
By: St. Martin's Press
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As we like to say in the south: "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story."

Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love—until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the look-out for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to.

When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It's the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It's an opportunity to live out a fantasy – the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what's a little white lie between strangers? 


But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?





About the Author:
Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestselling novelist of eleven novels. Her latest is THE IDEA OF LOVE with St. Martins Press.

Patti grew up as a Minister’s daughter, learning early how storytelling effects our lives. She grew up spending her summers on Cape Cod where she began her love affair with the beach, ocean, tides and nature of the coast. Moving south at the tender age of twelve, she found solace in books and stories. While attending Auburn University, she met a southern boy who later proposed on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, next to a historic lighthouse overlooking the Sound. After earning her Master’s degree in Child Health, Patti worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist until her first child was born.

Patti is a full time writer, wife and mother living with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama. 






~ GIVEAWAY~

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

If We Were Having Coffee: A Personal Post

Jamie, over at Perpetual Page Turner has done a few of these If We Were Having Coffee posts and like she said, sometimes we forget that there is more to a person (and their life) than what you see in a single blog post or 140 characters. Lately, it seems a lot of people using social media have forgotten there is an actual human being behind the keyboard.

So, grab your beverage of choice, have a seat and let's chat.

 FYI: Objects in picture are not as golden or crazy-eyed as they appear IRL.


By the way, if we were actually having coffee together there is a 99.9% chance cupcakes would be involved too, like these...

 Vanilla

Cookie Dough

Chocolate

  I'll stop teasing you now. 

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am tired. All the time. And I hate it. If you've followed me for any length of time, or know me IRL, you're aware that I suffer from migraines. Trust me, I am just as sick and tired of hearing myself lament about them as you are. Back in the fall, my Neurologist put me on some new meds that are supposed to help prevent migraines, and while I've seen a minuscule improvement such as, fewer days during the month spent sitting perfectly still in a quiet, dark room with sunglasses on (not even kidding), the side effects have been less than exciting. Slow metabolism. No energy. Tighter clothes. You get the idea.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am overwhelmed. With writing. Blogging. Homeschooling. Social media. Life. Feeling overwhelmed makes me sleepy. 

I need to stop, drop and nap before I can adult again.


You think I'm kidding, but ask The Husband, he can tell you stories.


If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a blast at RT Dallas this past May with my mom! My personal goal for the week had been to show up for my agent appointment and make it through without completely embarrassing myself like hurling or bursting into tears. This is harder for me than it seems, but I did it! I pitched my current project and was asked to send it along with the book I wrote back in 2013. I was elated! I practically floated out of the room, caught sight of my mom waiting for me and burst into tears. Because even though I am an adult, there are still times when my first thought is, I want my Mommy. They were happy tears though, excited tears, and it was exactly the writing boost I needed. So I thought.

If we were having coffee I would tell you both of those manuscripts are still sitting on my laptop in various stages of "rewrite" because I came home and allowed Fear back in. This is frustrating and embarrassing but mostly disappointing. But I refuse to give up.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I want to be able to do all the things for all the people. I want to read all the books, promote all the authors, participate in every blog tour, and go to all the book events, ever. But I can't. I'm learning to tell people no. This is hard for me, especially since I've been doing this blog thing for over 4 years now and I feel like I'm letting people down. 

If we were having coffee I would tell you I've had to think about what matters most in my life. In order to do that, to focus on those things, I've had to let go and be more picky about where and how I spend my time. Not everyone in my life understands or likes that. And that's okay.  

If we were having coffee I would tell you social media has become a hostile, toxic environment lately. People have lost sight of how to treat each other with respect, kindness and love. They have confused kindness with weakness and disagreement with hate. Some have pointed fingers, called others--people they consider friends--names, and flung Bible verses like weapons all while cloaking their profiles in a rainbow.

If we were having coffee I would tell you sometimes I retreat into my own head space not out of selfishness, but out of self-preservation. I've been doing a lot more of that lately as a result of some of the things I mentioned above. It really isn't you, it's me. 

 If we were having coffee I would hand you another cupcake and say, "Tag, you're it. Tell me something about you now. Bonus cupcakes if you can make me laugh.

Monday, July 13, 2015

TRAILER REVEAL: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are very excited to bring you the trailer for the Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout's Dark Elements Series, EVERY LAST BREATH! Published by HarlequinTeen, EVERY LAST BREATH is a young adult paranormal filled with romance and danger being released on July 28th, 2015. Be sure to pre-order your copy today and enter to win some AMAZING Dark Elements prizes!

 

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:  
Some loves will last ‘til your dying breath 

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. 

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. 

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell… 

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!” --New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter 

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.” --#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss   

And here's the amazing trailer for EVERY LAST BREATH...

 
  

And don't forget to preorder your copy of EVERY LAST BREATH today and enter to win!

 

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Don’t miss the first titles in the Dark Elements Series!

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BITTER SWEET LOVE

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WHITE HOT KISS

STONE COLD TOUCH

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Author Photo About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer 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, 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   


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The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door, #2)Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick 
Publication: August 18, 2015
By: Dial Books
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NOT.ENOUGH.STARS.IN.THE.UNIVERSE.

A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han 

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.



 ~ My Thoughts ~


Can the Garretts adopt me now? 

To read my review of where my love affair with the Garretts, click HERE



Thank you, Huntley Fitzpatrick for sending me a signed ARC!


 

It was a struggle not to read this in one sitting because I so enjoyed being back in this setting with these characters and NEEDED TO KNOW what happened, but I also wanted to savor every minute I spent with them, line by line.

Sharing headspace with Tim and Alice was not easy, in fact, it was utterly heartbreaking at times. But this story is brimming with love, forgiveness, acceptance, and redemption. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I laughed some more.

The twists and turns kept me reading and I lovedlovedloved the romance that developed, but it was the growth these characters experienced--mostly Tim, especially Tim, that made me love it so much. The end left me smiling through my happy tears AND made me long for more books devoted to every single one of the Garrett children, even the one yet to be born. ;)


Read it.  

Favorite Quote(s): "It was kind of like when the Cowardly Lion cries." ~ George

Stark naked, except for one of my black thongs dangling from her neck, a flowered push-up bra draped across her pale little chest like a Miss America sash, and a bright red lacy garter belt perched on her fluffy hair like a tiara, hanging across one brown eye. 
Both Jase and Time are openly laughing, like a relief valve has opened. 
Tim scoops her up. "You, Patricia Garrett, are my kind of girl." 

"That must have been some party." George sighs. "All I ever get to take home is a bunch of gum and Super Balls and squirt guns and stuff."  

"The longest kiss was fifty-eight hours. Do you think they did that without drinking water? Wouldn't they die, Alice? How'd they pee?"  

"Go. 'Way. Bye-bye, you," Patsy tells her, not willing to compete further for my affections. "Mines."

"No." Alice fixes her with her fiercest glare. "Mines." 

Maybe thinking any one person can show up and give you all you need is as much of a delusion as thinking you can find truth in a bottle. Maybe you can just find what you need in little pieces, in people who show up for one crucial moment---or a whole chain of them---even if they can't solve it all. 



Speaking of Tim...

Here's a little inspiration I found on Pinterest.
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Photo credit: Pinterest & Buzz Feed




~ About the Author ~

 

Huntley Fitzpatrick grew up dreamy and distracted in coastal Connecticut. She flourished in a family of bookworms where everyone always had their nose in a book. She kept an exhaustively thorough journal which frightened her boyfriends but has proved very useful in her career as a writer. Her debut contemporary Romance, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, was published in June of 2012 by Penguin-Dial for Young Readers. Now she laughs with and eavesdrops on her six children who provide her with perspective and material. She is represented by the amazing Christina Hogrebe of the Jane Rotrosen Agency.