Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (16)

This week I'm joining Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews and sharing the books that I acquired throughout the week.

I purchased these lovelies from Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC.

My friends, Lisa from Dizneeee's World of Books and Heather from Turning Pages, picked this up for me at the Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han signing at Flyleaf Bookstore. We had a little blogger meet up this weekend and they gave me this signed copy. I'm so excited to read this!

I love this series so much! Even though I received an e-ARC, I had to buy it as soon as it was available. I love to support my favorite authors! My review will be up tomorrow.
It's a 5-Star Read!!!

Book Nerd Tote (Purchased)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
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(from Goodreads)

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, fully alive, sometimes very funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. 

Why I'm Waiting
  • I love stories about siblings and books told from dual perspectives.
  • For fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell - This is me!!
  • I'm looking forward to getting to know Jude. She sounds like a character that will be very interesting to read.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Harp's Song by Cassie Shine


Harp's Song
by Cassie Shine
Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Published by Cassie Shine
Pages: 302
Source: JenHalliganPR
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In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self.

A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend.

As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of, for as long as she can remember?

My Thoughts

Cassie Shine is making her mark with her debut novel Harp's Song. It is both gripping and emotional. Harp's Song tackles some tough topics like abuse, neglect, and intimidation. Her storytelling is engaging and kept me turning page after page until the very end.

The relationship between Harp and her mother was really tough to read. There were just a few moments of direct interaction between them and they were filled with so much pain and fear. It was understandable that Harp avoided her mother and spent a lot of time away from home as possible to avoid the mental and physical abuse.

But Harp was lucky enough to have people around her that cared about her and her well being. She had people to turn when she it got really bad with her mom. There was another adult stepping in to fulfill the caretaker role that Harp's mom never accepted. This was something that I really liked about the story. Harp didn't keep all of her secrets hidden. She opened up to her best friend and his mom and accepted the help that they willingly gave her. She didn't have to figure it all out on her own.

I loved the reading about the friendship between Harp and Connor. Whether their relationship was platonic or romantic, it felt authentic. Their interactions made me smile quite a few times. It was easy to believe that they truly were best friends.

The story does have a resolve and doesn't end with a cliffhanger, but a follow-up book is in the works. I've already added the next to my book to my reading wish list. Cassie Shine and her characters have made an impression on me and I want to see what happens next - between Harp and her mom and between Harp and Connor.

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from JenHalliganPR as part of the Harp's Song Blog Tour in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

 About Cassie Shine
Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp's Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything. 

After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly. 

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Harp's Song explores very important issues and April is the National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

RAINN: RAPE, ABUSE & INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK​ and CHILDHELP are organizations that do amazing work to help those who need it most. During the month of April, 10% of sales from Harp's Song will be donated to these organizations.


One winner will receive a signed copy of HARP’S SONG and $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (US/CA only). Three winners will receive an ebook copy (international).

***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Release Day!! Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin

Finding My Way
The Beaumont Series, #4

by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date: April 14, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance
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About Finding My Way

Liam Westbury has the world at his feet. He’s the quintessential golden boy. He’s the superstar quarterback for Beaumont High. His girl, Josie, is head cheerleader. He has his choice of colleges just waiting for him. Except he’s suffocating from all the pressure he’s under and no one understands.

Liam Page is the heartthrob he never wanted to be. He’s successful, smart and in demand by record companies and his adoring fans. Music is his passion, his love, but something’s missing. His nights are lonely and he longs for the girl he left behind. Seeing her in every face in the crowd haunts him with the knowledge that she hates him. Going home has never been an option until now.

Be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the Quarterback turned Rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont in this prequel to Forever My Girl.

Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card or one of two $50 Gift Cards

 (Tour Wide Giveaway; this blog is not responsible for prizes)

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FOREVER MY GIRL (The Beaumont Series #1)
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MY EVERYTHING  (The Beaumont Series, #1.5) 

MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER (The Beaumont Series, #2)  

FINDING MY FOREVER  (The Beaumont Series, #3)
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About Heidi: 
Heidi is the author of USA Today, Kobo, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling series, The Beaumont Series.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (15)

This week I'm joining Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews and sharing the books that I acquired throughout the week.

This Side of Salvation  by Jeri Smith-Ready (Purchased) - Such a great book. One I will be recommending a lot! 

Something Real by Heather Demetrios (Won) - Thanks James at BookChic!

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (For Review/Promotional Copy) - Thank you Chronicle Books!

Pretty Little Things by Teresa Mummert (e-book; Purchased) - My book club is reading this one. Still formulating my thoughts.

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (e-book; Purchased) - This was on my wishlist for a long time. It was a Kindle Daily Deal. Score!

Killing Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries (e-book; Amazon Prime) - I had to take advantage of the Prime offer.

Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin (e-ARC; For Review) - Read it. Loved it. Review coming soon as part of the Finding My Way book tour.

Finally, Forever by Katie Kacvinsky (e-ARC; For Review) - This is the final book of the Dylan and Gray saga,  but it can be read as a stand-alone. I've already read this one too. I'll have my review posted next month as part of the review tour.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Adrenaline Crush
by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a long line of risk-takers and is an avid thrill-seeker in her own right, until she takes a terrible fall and splinters her ankle. Her life used to be about bike racing and rock climbing; now it’s about staying home, except for attending physical and group therapy sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center her mom has chosen. Dyna's boyfriend saw her accident and supports her newfound desire for safety, but a young Iraq war veteran she meets at rehab challenges her to think about what she’s really avoiding in her old life and to take chances again—even with her heart.

Why I'm Waiting 
  •  I'm a huge fan of Laurie's! I loved Blaze and The Real Prom Queen's and she's quickly become an auto-read author. 
  • I like the idea of a teenage daredevil - risk-taker, thrill seeker and how she deals with her life changing due to a serious injury.
  • Laurie's humor. She always gets her point across without being preachy. She makes you laugh and makes you think at the same time.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl - Guest Post and Giveaway

I am pleased to kick-off the blog tour for Always Emily, a novel of intrigue and romance, by Michaela MacColl. Always Emily is inspired by the Bronte sisters, Emily and Charlotte. For my stop on the tour, I've asked Michaela to share the books that made her fall in love with reading and writing.

Welcome Michaela!!!

Hi Joli,

Thanks so much for kicking off the blog tour for Always Emily (Chronicle, 2014).

I’m always a little in awe when I first see the book arrive from the publisher.
Did I really do that?  I’ve loved reading since I was in second grade and I don’t take that magic feeling for granted (I hope I never will).

My favorite books when I was a kid were fantasies.  As I grew up, I grew into historical fiction. But one that that never changed was my affinity for strong female characters.  I may write about women who really lived – but I choose ones who remind me of the heroines I loved as a child.  Always Emily is about Emily and Charlotte Bronte. They predate my favorite books – but I’m sure they would enjoy them too.

My absolute favorite was A Wrinkle in Time.  Meg Murry is a mess, but so lovable. She overcomes incredible odds because she knows what’s important to her. And how often were girls the heroines of science fiction novels? (This is the version I grew up with – oddly, Meg doesn’t make the cover!)

And what about Lucy Pevenesie?  She’s so curious and loving – but brave too. It takes real courage to stand up to her older siblings. And she totally gets the lion in the end.  Lucy was a character I was willing to follow through all the Chronicles of Narnia.

Finally, my third favorite was the Chronicles of Prydain. Eilowny the talkative princess is one of my all-time heroines. She’s so funny and bossy. And if only Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper would listen to her, everything would be fine.  (Surely Hermione Granger owes a huge debt to Eilowny).

I have two daughters and I had hoped they would love these books like I did. They liked them – but they chose their own heroines. My oldest fell in love with Katsa from Graceling and her sister is a Catniss fan all the way.  They have so many choices now and that’s great. Someday my kids will realize how much their heroines owe to mine.

Thanks for letting muse out loud!  Please come visit me at or @michaelamaccoll or AuthorMichaelaMacColl on Facebook.

About the author:

Michaela MacColl studied multi-disciplinary history at Vassar College and Yale University, which turns out to be the perfect degree for writing historical fiction. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and three extremely large cats in Connecticut.

 Always Emily
by Michaela MacColl
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Published by Chronicle Books
282 Pages

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