Monday, August 19, 2019

Cover Reveal: HALF TRUTHS by Claire Contreras

Cover Reveal

Half Truths 
by Claire Contreras
Available: October 21, 2019

Book Blurb

You’ve heard of these groups – the secretive ones that only the crème de la crème are invited into, the ones outsiders speculate about for centuries – I’m the second in my family invited to attend, but to them, I’m fresh meat. New blood. New money, too.
They think they’ll elbow past me, that I’m here for their amusement, for them to walk all over, they’ll find out soon enough that I’m not.
I may look like one of them, with my designer bags and clothes straight from the Parisian runways, but I’m not. I’m here for answers, to take revenge for blood spilled on their centuries-old Persian rugs.
I transferred here in search for answers about what happened to my older brother, who hightailed out of here, and my friend who seemingly disappeared into thin air. I certainly wasn’t here for the attention of the star hockey player, regardless of how much he willed my eyes his way. I wasn’t here for his scrutiny or his judgment or to read into his mysterious aura. I was here for the society, because only they held the answers I needed. That was, until I found out that in order to get those answers, I needed to go through him. He’s saying if I want in, I have to play by their rules, follow their lead.
It’s a game I’m willing to play.
I may be the second person I know of to be invited into their society, but I’ll be the first to make it out intact.

You've been summoned. This is not a request. 

Half-Truths is now available for pre-order at a discounted price! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Review: DRUMMER GIRL by Ginger Scott

by Ginger Scott
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Mature YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance
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A mature YA/New Adult contemporary rock star romance by Ginger Scott

Arizona Wakefield was a beat without a melody. Living a half-breathing life in a half-finished neighborhood with parents who always wore half-hearted smiles, the high school senior only had one thing that let her color outside her family’s perfectly drawn lines—her drums.

Jesse Barringer was a song without a chorus. The son of a washed-up rock star who’s also one hell of a deadbeat dad, he was given two things from his father—musical genius and a genetic link to the bipolar disorder that drives him mad.

One night in a garage at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of a bankrupt California neighborhood, Jesse’s melody found Arizona’s rhythm. An angry boy with storm-colored eyes found a blonde angel in Doc Martens with missing lines in her own story. Where her rhythm stopped, his words took over, and together, they wrote one hell of a story.

** Drummer Girl is a mature YA/New Adult romance that touches on mental health, drug abuse and includes mature sexual situations.

My Thoughts

He was the words.
She was the rhythm.
Together, the wrote one hell of a story.

Now that is one hell of a hook. Those words and THAT COVER were all that I needed to know that I had to read DRUMMER GIRL.

I'm drawn to books about musicians, young love, and beating the odds and DRUMMER GIRL gave me all of that. DRUMMER GIRL brought out all of the feelings with Jesse and Arizona's relationship. 

I loved getting to know Jesse and Arizona and they quickly become characters who I cared about and rooted for. 

One of my favorite scenes is when Arizona and her best friend, Sam, "welcome" Jesse to the neighborhood. It was just so easy to envision how the situation went down and the perfect opener to the book. 

What I appreciate the most is how the author brings mental health to the forefront of the story. It's not discussed in hush-hush tones and isn't portrayed as shameful. And it shouldn't be. I want to read more books like this.

DRUMMER GIRL brought out so many emotions and really drew me in to everything the characters were going through. It is a book that I definitely look forward to reading again. 
I loved it!

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from Wordsmith Publicity for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


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