Friday, May 27, 2016

Giveaway: THE POSITIVITY KIT by Lisa Currie


THE POSITIVITY KIT
Instant Happiness on Every Page
by Lisa Currie


Back after the success of the heartbreaking and interactive Me, You, Us and The Scribble Diary, Lisa’s signature art and prompts are brimming over THE POSITIVITY KIT, reminding us the world is – even on the greyest days – a beautiful place. The PERFECT travel, vacation, beach companion, or rainy summer day guidethe book and its prompts include:
     
·         Something you never congratulated yourself on, but should have
·         Compile the perfect playlist
·         Draw yourself a tattoo (on paper, darn it!)
·         A smell that reminds you of someone you love
·         More shining, comforting, and true reminders that things are     (likely) ok

See a sneak peek of some of the prompts you will find in THE POSITIVITY KIT

Thanks to the fantastic people at TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, I'm hosting a giveaway for a copy of THE POSITIVITY KIT by Lisa Currie to giveaway to one lucky blog reader!

Giveaway Details

Must be 16 year old or older to enter
US/Canada Addresses Only
Prize will be distributed by the publisher
Invalid entries will be disqualified

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blog Tour: GENA/FINN by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson - Guest Post and Giveaway


Today I'm hosting authors Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson for their blog tour for Gena/Finn! In a fun video they share book recommendations from their characters. Some of my favorite books are included! Watch the video and then enter for a chance to win a copy of Gena/Finn.


Gena/Finn
By Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
Published by Chronicle Books; May 17, 2016

Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaster strikes and Gena's world turns upside down, only Finn can save her, and that, too, comes with a price. Told through emails, text messages, journal entries, and blog posts, Gena/Finn is a story of friendship and love in the digital age.


YA Book Recommendations from Gena and Finn






"This one definitely kicks up some emotional landmines; it’ll also make you legit lol, hard."—Barnes & Noble blog

"If Hannah Moskowitz writes it-or in this case, co-writes it-I will read it."—Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom, a Kirkus Reviews Blog

“Vividly portrays the minute-to-minute nature of modern communication.” —Publishers Weekly

“It's very satisfying to see this moment in fandom and Internet-originating relationships so capably represented.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Allows readers to close the cover pondering all the different ways humans can love.”—School Library Journal
“This portrayal of the fan world is spot-on… focused firmly on the real, messy relationships that can form in the digital age.”—Booklist

GIVEAWAY

Must be 16 year old or older to enter
US/Canada Addresses Only
Prize will be distributed by the publisher
Invalid entries will be disqualified

Hannah Moskowitz is the acclaimed author of numerous middle grade and young adult novels, including A History of Glitter and Blood. She lives in New York City.

Kat Helgeson writes young adult novels and lives in Chicago with her husband and a healthy preoccupation with fictional characters.

Hanna and Kat first met online in a fan fiction forum for the TV show Supernatural, and IRL at a fan con.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: DELICATE by C.K. Kelly Martin






DELICATE
by C. K. Kelly Martin
Publication Date: May 2016 (US)
Published by Dancing Cats Books
Pages: 230
Source: Publisher
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from Goodreads

Ivy’s longtime boyfriend proposes a breakup minutes before their final exam of high school, and the sunshine couple of Suttonville High are no more. Lucan’s summer begins equally mortifyingly. Amidst turmoil with his mother’s agonizingly youthful boyfriend, Lucan also begins to suspect, to his horror, that his best friend is hitting his girlfriend.

When Ivy and Lucan, second cousins immersed in a lingering family feud, meet at their grandmother’s seventy-fifth birthday bash as Lucan has a violent allergic reaction, their blemished reintroduction into each other’s lives provides a welcome perspective to the complexities of understanding, growth, and friendship. In a passionate rebuttal against archetypes of teenage apathy, Delicate is a realistic narrative of the depths of human caring.


My Thoughts

Books that focus mainly on the dynamics of relationships are some of my favorites and C.K. Kelly Martin has a knack for writing these books. That is probably why DELICATE has been on my reading wishlist since June of 2015. DELICATE definitely focuses on the complexities of relationships - the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are so many to examine:

  • Ivy's relationship with her parents 
  • Lucan's relationship with his mother and her new, young boyfriend 
  • Ivy's relationship with Jeremy - Is it really over? Can Ivy let go when Jeremy can't seem to?
  • Lucan's friendship with his best friend Des
  • Ivy's friendship with her best friend Betina
  • Ivy's parents' relationship with Lucan's mother - There's some history there, some bad blood that they can't seem to get beyond and Ivy is just now finding it out.
  • Ivy's friendship with Jeremy - Can they be friends after everything they've gone through?
  • And Ivy's relationship with Lucan - What is going on between them? Is it romantic? How does their family connection fit in to all of it? Can they or should they be more than friends?

I loved reading about all of them and how in some way they are all connected. Each relationship affects another. Nothing is ever simple. Relationships rarely are. 

As a side note, I thought that Lucan's peanut allergy would play a major role in the story as a whole, but it doesn't. If anything, it shows that there is so much more to Lucan than just his allergy. 

Memorable Quotes:

"Life is a lot of things, not just the person you're sleeping with."

"I went home and wrote tortured poetry in my head without ever putting a word down on paper."

"It's hard when people turn out to be someone other than who you expected them to be."

"He was the real thing. We'd been the real thing. And it was over."

I've come to really enjoy C.K. Kelly Martin's books. I seek them out and have yet to be disappointed. Thank goodness. DELICATE is a fantastic addition to contemporary YA. It's a book that could be referred to as "under the radar", but readers definitely need to take notice. 





Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Quotes were taken from the Advanced Reading Copy and may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

THE DARKEST LIE by Pintip Dunn - Early Review Tour and Giveaway







THE DARKEST LIE
by Pintip Dunn
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Published by Kensington Publishing
Pages: 256
Source: JenniferHalliganPR/Publisher
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Synopsis

“The mother I knew would never do those things.
But maybe I never knew her after all.”

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…



My Thoughts

Even before I knew what THE DARKEST LIE was about I wanted to read it because of the gorgeous cover. The shades of blue of blue and the girl looking out over the lake captured my attention and I had to know what she was thinking about and what she went through. 

THE DARKEST LIE combines the thrills of a mystery with the realities of young adult contemporary which make for a heart-pounding, heart-stopping, and sometimes, heartbreaking read. I read it almost straight through because from the get-go, this book had a hold of me, making me reading it furiously until the very end. When a book takes control of me like that, nothing else matters.

I love that THE DARKEST LIE has the Veronica Mars vibe to it. It's serious and smart, with wit and romance and danger. It takes a look at the many relationships changed, broken, and destroyed because of the scandal. The mystery surrounding CeCe's mother's death was multi-layered with the truth blurred in with gossip leaving the town in an uproar and devastation all around, and we get to know how CeCe dealt with the aftermath of all of it.

Favorite Quotes

"My mother was chaos and passion, devastation and joy. Dad used to say you could reach deep into her eyes and pull out a song." (page 2) - CeCe thinking of her mother how she remembered her and not how she is currently presented to her in the casket at her funeral

"I'm not going to kiss you," he says in a strained voice." After the night you've had, I don't want you to mistake a kiss for anything that other that what it is. But I want you to know, just because I don't kiss you doesn't mean I'm not thinking about it. Doesn't mean I'm not going to dream about it. Doesn't mean I won't want to do it, next time we're togother." - Sam to CeCe after an emotional day and devastating discovery. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book. I fell in love with Sam's character when he first appeared on this scene and this made me love him even more.

"Walking around this school is like wading into a pit of alligators. I never know which body part they're going to chew up and spit out." (page 146) - CeCe describing her high school (or any high school for that matter). Nailed it.


Immediately after finished THE DARKEST LIE, I wished that I had someone to discuss it with. This is exactly the type of book that I would want to read with my book club. I'm sure that when other people finish reading THE DARKEST LIE, they will feel the same way.  They will recommended it to their friends. This book has too interesting to keep it to themselves. It's an overall fantastic read. It's one that I will definitely keep on my shelf for future rereading. 

I loved it!



Disclaimer:  I received this ARC from the publisher as part of an early review tour in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.


Author Links: 

TOUR SCHEDULE 
May 2nd - Reader Girls
May 3rd - Alice Reeds
May 4th - Miss Riki
May 5th - YA Book Madness
May 9th - The Bookdragon
May 12th - The Cursed Empire
May 17th - With Love for Books
May 19th - Bookish Escapes
May 20th - Reading Transforms
May 23rd - Lilians Book Stuff

Tour Wide Giveaway (International)
$25 gift card to Amazon OR Book Depository (International)





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: SEVEN DAYS OF YOU by Cecilia Vinesse

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:




SEVEN DAYS OF YOU
by Cecilia Vinesse
Publication Date March 7, 2017
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
 325 pages


Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?




I just learned about this book for the #BEA #YAParty on Twitter and it looked to good that I immediately added it to my wishlist. It doesn't come out until 2017 - man, that's a while to wait!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: CRAVE ME by M. Robinson





CRAVE ME
The Good Ol' Boys #4
by M.Robinson
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Pages: 325
Source: Purchased
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from Goodreads

They say in order to find yourself you have to go home. 
What if home was what you're running from? 
Where did that leave you? 
Always on the other side of the fence. 
Always looking in. 
Always wishing you were someone you couldn't be. 
Until one day you meet her. 
The one. 
She was my high, but she was also... 

My demise. 

STANDALONE within a series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and themes, and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.


My Thoughts

After finishing CRAVE ME, the fourth book of the Good Ol' Boys Series, it is safe to say M. Robinson can definitely write heartache, for sure! When you feel like you are experiencing the same emotions as the characters, you know that you are reading something special.

It wasn't until I got into the heart of CRAVE ME that I realized that I really didn't know a lot about Austin from the first three books of the series. This makes complete sense because that is what he struggled with as a teenager - being himself, being misunderstood, and not being able to fully express himself, and this eventually led to the problems he dealt with as he got older.

In the previous books Briggs is a complete mystery, with a minor appearance, and I wanted to know more of who Briggs is. Who was this tattooed girl in Austin's life who was so important to him that he would bring her to Lucas's mother's funeral. In the first half of CRAVE ME, I got to see a lot that she went through, but I needed that emotional connection, and I hate admitting this but I wasn't emotionally connected to her. But then EVERYTHING happened, and Briggs became real, and it hurt my heart. I got that connection that I so desperately needed and wanted.

Austin and Brigg's story is tragic and full of sorrow. But it is also powerful and oh, so good!

I'm so glad to have been introduced to this series by a friend, and even more grateful that I didn't start reading it until most of the books were available. It would've been torturous to have to wait for each book to be released.




Disclaimer:  I purchased a copy of this title for my personal library and am providing my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for providing this review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Feature and Giveaway: WILD SWANS by Jessica Spotswood


Wild Swans
By Jessica Spotswood
Sourcebooks Fire
Fiction 
Pub date: May 3, 2016

About the book:
Will Ivy fulfill her destiny as a dazzling Milbourn woman? Or will the pressure from her family cause her to crumble?
The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden—all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…

Purchase Links: 
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About the Author
Jessica Spotswood is the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, and works as a children’s library associate, with her husband. Visit jessicaspotswood.com.

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Praise for Wild Swans 
★ Ivy’s journey is handled perfectly, and it’s her story at heart. For anyone who suffers from too-heavy expectations, Ivy will ring true in this engaging, nearly flawless coming-of-age novel. — Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“A thoughtful, relatable story about a young woman attempting to figure out her own worth against the ghosts of her past.” — Booklist

“A strong coming-of-age story.” — School Library Journal

WILD SWANS is the kind of thoughtful, summery book you’ll want to savor under starry skies or read on a porch swing with a glass of lemonade nearby. This compelling story of a girl trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be vs. who everyone else expects her to be manages to feel both fresh and like a timeless classic. Highly recommended for Sarah Dessen fans.  —  Paula Stokes, author of Girl Against the Universe and The Art of Lainey

A beautiful novel about the complexity of family and the magic of first love.  I couldn’t stop turning the pages. — Lauren Barnholdt, author of Two Way Street and Heat of the Moment

A story of first love and self-discovery as sweet as it is compelling. — Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, author of The Summer After You and Me

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