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Tuesday, February 25
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Kiss and Sell by Brittany Geragotellis

I was in a bit of a reading slump. The kind of slump where you dont want to even pick up a book and try to read. Well I finally forced myself to start Kiss and Sell, and then here was this sweet little book reviving my love of reading again. The entire time I was reading this I saw a made-for-tv movie of it in my head and let me tell you it would be fabulous! It’s smart and sassy; the kind of story that leaves you with the warm and fuzzies and maybe, just maybe, a little nostalgic for your own first kiss. 

I loved Arielle Sawyer’s from the very beginning and watching her grow into self-confidence was a delight. While putting a first kiss up for sale on Ebay sounds odd and unsafe, if you suspend reality enough to get past that this book gives you so much more. Who doesn’t remember their first kiss or more appropriately the time before their first kiss when all you wanted to do was check that box off the bucket list? Also, Arielle has some kick ass friends and a disturbling cool and smart mother. There are mean girls, swoon worthy boys, and an empowering story of taking your life and fate into your own hands and growing into your confidence. Now that’s a story I can get behind. I highly recommend giving Kiss and Sell a try—-you just might fall in love all over again.

Overall: A

Kiss and Sell is out now, you can get yours here.

Synopsis: Arielle Sawyer is freaking out because she’s the last in her class to be kissed. Frustrated and wanting to get it over with, she and her friends decide to sell her first kiss on eBay! Suddenly, this former wallflower finds herself the focus of everyone’s attention. But as her popularity grows and her friendships start to weaken, Arielle begins to wonder why she put the post up in the first place. In the end there will be a winner, but will Arielle’s first kiss end up being everything she’s ever dreamed of?

About the Author: Brittany Geragotelis, a former Olympic-bound gymnast and magazine editor, is a self-professed pop culture junkie turned author. Her paranormal action book, LIFE’S A WITCH, received 19 million reads on the writing site Wattpad before being sold to Simon & Schuster in 2012. Both LIFE’S A WITCH and the prequel WHAT THE SPELL (which appeared in an episode of “Glee”) debuted in 2013. The third book in the series, THE WITCH IS BACK, will be published Jan 2014. Brittany recently moved to Los Angeles with her husband Matt, and her two cats, Murray and Cohen. Visit her at www.thebookslayer.com.

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Kiss and Sell by Brittany Geragotellis

I was in a bit of a reading slump. The kind of slump where you dont want to even pick up a book and try to read. Well I finally forced myself to start Kiss and Sell, and then here was this sweet little book reviving my love of reading again. The entire time I was reading this I saw a made-for-tv movie of it in my head and let me tell you it would be fabulous! It’s smart and sassy; the kind of story that leaves you with the warm and fuzzies and maybe, just maybe, a little nostalgic for your own first kiss.

I loved Arielle Sawyer’s from the very beginning and watching her grow into self-confidence was a delight. While putting a first kiss up for sale on Ebay sounds odd and unsafe, if you suspend reality enough to get past that this book gives you so much more. Who doesn’t remember their first kiss or more appropriately the time before their first kiss when all you wanted to do was check that box off the bucket list? Also, Arielle has some kick ass friends and a disturbling cool and smart mother. There are mean girls, swoon worthy boys, and an empowering story of taking your life and fate into your own hands and growing into your confidence. Now that’s a story I can get behind. I highly recommend giving Kiss and Sell a try—-you just might fall in love all over again.

Overall: A

Kiss and Sell is out now, you can get yours here.

Synopsis: Arielle Sawyer is freaking out because she’s the last in her class to be kissed. Frustrated and wanting to get it over with, she and her friends decide to sell her first kiss on eBay! Suddenly, this former wallflower finds herself the focus of everyone’s attention. But as her popularity grows and her friendships start to weaken, Arielle begins to wonder why she put the post up in the first place. In the end there will be a winner, but will Arielle’s first kiss end up being everything she’s ever dreamed of?

About the Author: Brittany Geragotelis, a former Olympic-bound gymnast and magazine editor, is a self-professed pop culture junkie turned author. Her paranormal action book, LIFE’S A WITCH, received 19 million reads on the writing site Wattpad before being sold to Simon & Schuster in 2012. Both LIFE’S A WITCH and the prequel WHAT THE SPELL (which appeared in an episode of “Glee”) debuted in 2013. The third book in the series, THE WITCH IS BACK, will be published Jan 2014. Brittany recently moved to Los Angeles with her husband Matt, and her two cats, Murray and Cohen. Visit her at www.thebookslayer.com.

eBook provided gratis in exchange for a fair review

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #kiss and sell #contemporary #romance #brittany geragotellis #indie #self publishing #publishing #amazon



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Tuesday, October 29
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Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)- Katie McGarry
McGarry is a genius when it comes to broken characters. An actual genius. Her characters are consistently believable walking the razor’s edge between dark and light, innocence and experience. Crash Into You’s Rachel and Isaiah find in each other both someone who understands, who loves with out conditions or constraints, and who reflects their own internal struggles. Point and counterpoint, a mix of other and same.  It’s mindboggling to me that each Pushing the Limits novel not only showcases compelling characters but does so with an authentic narrative which balances between   a harsh reality and hopeful optimistim. I loved this story just as I suspect I’ll love the next one too. Crash Into You is definitely worth the read and the emotional rollercoaster.
Overall: A
Crash Into You is out November 26th from Harlequin Teen. Pre-order your copy here!  Want to read the first two? Pushing the Limits and Dare You To are out now!
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)- Katie McGarry

McGarry is a genius when it comes to broken characters. An actual genius. Her characters are consistently believable walking the razor’s edge between dark and light, innocence and experience. Crash Into You’s Rachel and Isaiah find in each other both someone who understands, who loves with out conditions or constraints, and who reflects their own internal struggles. Point and counterpoint, a mix of other and same.  It’s mindboggling to me that each Pushing the Limits novel not only showcases compelling characters but does so with an authentic narrative which balances between   a harsh reality and hopeful optimistim. I loved this story just as I suspect I’ll love the next one too. Crash Into You is definitely worth the read and the emotional rollercoaster.

Overall: A

Crash Into You is out November 26th from Harlequin Teen. Pre-order your copy here!  Want to read the first two? Pushing the Limits and Dare You To are out now!

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #books #publishing #ya #harlequin teen #katie mcgarry #pushing the limits #crash into you #romance #contemporary



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Thursday, October 3
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In honor of The Great Panty Caper coming out October 8th, here’s one from the V.V. archives.
Getting Dumped Part 2- Tawna Fenske
Getting Dumped Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off and BOY was that a cliffhanger. I have to say I’m quite pleased with the plot arc of the book and here we solve not one but 2 mysteries. There’s something absurdly delightful about characters who fancy themselves detectives and throw themselves headfirst into danger and mayhem to solve a crime. It’s indulgent and escapist and totally unlike reality (where at least I’d run screaming in the other direction). It’s wonderful! The relationship between the sisters is particularly enjoyable and I find the constant food references hilarious if not hunger inducing.  I was slightly miffed at the end that she hasn’t chosen at man yet, but that’s mostly for a reader’s benefit so we can choose who she pursues in the course of the future books in the series.  And given the ending of part 2, we can be fairly certain there are more adventures in our future. I know I’ll be choosing a certain sexy Brit at all the active fiction choice points. AHEM. But in short, Getting Dumped (pt 1 and 2) is a perfect read for an easy sunny beach day.
Overall A-
Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2 are out now from Coliloquy! Get your copies here.

In honor of The Great Panty Caper coming out October 8th, here’s one from the V.V. archives.

Getting Dumped Part 2- Tawna Fenske

Getting Dumped Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off and BOY was that a cliffhanger. I have to say I’m quite pleased with the plot arc of the book and here we solve not one but 2 mysteries. There’s something absurdly delightful about characters who fancy themselves detectives and throw themselves headfirst into danger and mayhem to solve a crime. It’s indulgent and escapist and totally unlike reality (where at least I’d run screaming in the other direction). It’s wonderful! The relationship between the sisters is particularly enjoyable and I find the constant food references hilarious if not hunger inducing.  I was slightly miffed at the end that she hasn’t chosen at man yet, but that’s mostly for a reader’s benefit so we can choose who she pursues in the course of the future books in the series.  And given the ending of part 2, we can be fairly certain there are more adventures in our future. I know I’ll be choosing a certain sexy Brit at all the active fiction choice points. AHEM. But in short, Getting Dumped (pt 1 and 2) is a perfect read for an easy sunny beach day.

Overall A-

Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2 are out now from Coliloquy! Get your copies here.

Tags:   #i read #books #reblog #publishing #mystery #romance #contemporary #coliloquy #getting dumped part 2 #tawna fenske



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Wednesday, October 2
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In honor of The Great Panty Caper out October 8th, here’s one from the archives—Getting Dumped- the first Schultz sister mystery!
Getting Dumped is the second “active fiction” book I’ve read from Coliloquy and I have to say I love the format. The choices I made as a reader were much more important here and reflective of my personal opinions on plot then they were in Witch’s Brew. That being said, Fenske has given the reader three interesting leads to choose from:
Collin, the smexy Brit.
Pete, the protective movie star.
Daniel, the asshole ex.
Did I give away my feelings there? Probably. Fenske also writes a very accurate sister relationship. In fact, the plot line was new and compelling too—a job move from corporate to the dump. Who knew I could be so invested in that? There’s a bit of good old Nancy Drew to the storyline as well.
None of this compares however to the major cliffhanger ending that could kill you. No seriously it could. I might be writing this from the afterlife.Overall: A-
Getting Dumped is available for Kindle Users. Get your copy here.

In honor of The Great Panty Caper out October 8th, here’s one from the archives—Getting Dumped- the first Schultz sister mystery!

Getting Dumped is the second “active fiction” book I’ve read from Coliloquy and I have to say I love the format. The choices I made as a reader were much more important here and reflective of my personal opinions on plot then they were in Witch’s Brew. That being said, Fenske has given the reader three interesting leads to choose from:

Collin, the smexy Brit.

Pete, the protective movie star.

Daniel, the asshole ex.

Did I give away my feelings there? Probably. Fenske also writes a very accurate sister relationship. In fact, the plot line was new and compelling too—a job move from corporate to the dump. Who knew I could be so invested in that? There’s a bit of good old Nancy Drew to the storyline as well.

None of this compares however to the major cliffhanger ending that could kill you. No seriously it could. I might be writing this from the afterlife.

Overall: A-

Getting Dumped is available for Kindle Users. Get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #mystery #romance #contemporary #coliloquy #tawna fenske #getting dumped #archives #reblog



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Wednesday, July 17
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Going Vintage- Lindsey Leavitt
Going Vintage is predicated on an interesting idea—that the world is more complicated because of technology. As we come to rely on technology and that technology changes the way we communicate and interact, I think the idea of “going vintage” while slightly insane is actually quite a novel idea. When Mallory finds her boyfriend is emotionally cheating on her with his “online wife,” Mal decides she’s done with this decade. She ends up slightly romanticizing the 60s as an idyllic time when it was actually far from that but the book (and her sister) also calls her out on that.  While she sort of misses the forest for the trees, the results of her decision forces her to stretch outside her comfort zone and discover new things and new people. It’s appropriate for even young teens and I think the message is actually useful for all ages—Get offline and go live your life; the results may surprise you!
Overall: A-
Going Vintage is out now from Bloomsbury. Get your copy here!

Going Vintage- Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage is predicated on an interesting idea—that the world is more complicated because of technology. As we come to rely on technology and that technology changes the way we communicate and interact, I think the idea of “going vintage” while slightly insane is actually quite a novel idea. When Mallory finds her boyfriend is emotionally cheating on her with his “online wife,” Mal decides she’s done with this decade. She ends up slightly romanticizing the 60s as an idyllic time when it was actually far from that but the book (and her sister) also calls her out on that.  While she sort of misses the forest for the trees, the results of her decision forces her to stretch outside her comfort zone and discover new things and new people. It’s appropriate for even young teens and I think the message is actually useful for all ages—Get offline and go live your life; the results may surprise you!

Overall: A-

Going Vintage is out now from Bloomsbury. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #Going vintage #i read #books #reading #publishing #lindsey leavitt #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #contemporary #the 60s #vintage


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Friday, July 12
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V is for Virgin- Kelly Oram
While the title may throw you off, V is for Virgin isn’t a preachy story about abstinence. Not really. It’s a story about taking ownership of your life and decisions, about not giving in to peer pressure, and about the changes that one person can bring to the world. It has a great message especially for women to stand up for themselves and their needs. It also raises interesting questions about fame and paparazzi and living in a world where anything you do can be the next Internet sensation. The chemistry with rock star Kyle Hamilton and Valerie is electric and their banter is hilarious. My only pet peeve was the ending—-it was unrealistically happy in my opinion. All of these characters were married by like age 20, who does that anymore? No one in New York that’s for damn sure. And frankly I feel like it undermined the women empowerment that it built earlier in the story. You end the whole thing with all these women getting married or being in relationships? Wow, how very unsubversive to patriachial culture. It’s just weird. Apart from the overly happy ending, it was a good read, thought provoking and inspiring.
Overall: A-
V is for Virgin is out now. Get your copy here!

V is for Virgin- Kelly Oram

While the title may throw you off, V is for Virgin isn’t a preachy story about abstinence. Not really. It’s a story about taking ownership of your life and decisions, about not giving in to peer pressure, and about the changes that one person can bring to the world. It has a great message especially for women to stand up for themselves and their needs. It also raises interesting questions about fame and paparazzi and living in a world where anything you do can be the next Internet sensation. The chemistry with rock star Kyle Hamilton and Valerie is electric and their banter is hilarious. My only pet peeve was the ending—-it was unrealistically happy in my opinion. All of these characters were married by like age 20, who does that anymore? No one in New York that’s for damn sure. And frankly I feel like it undermined the women empowerment that it built earlier in the story. You end the whole thing with all these women getting married or being in relationships? Wow, how very unsubversive to patriachial culture. It’s just weird. Apart from the overly happy ending, it was a good read, thought provoking and inspiring.

Overall: A-

V is for Virgin is out now. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #v is for vigin #kelly oram #contemporary #romance #feminist



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Thursday, July 11
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Serial Hottie- Kelly Oram 
Okay so overall, I liked Serial Hottie. However, there are parts of the romantic relationship that scared me a bit. Ellie was an awesome main character—strong, tough, full of moxy. Plus she plays hockey-you go girl! I loved her. But Seth, well, Seth was controlling and violent and frankly terrifying at points. It’s necessary to the plot and I get that but still sort of questionable behavior in my opinion. What is more interesting is that the whole time I was reading, I was wondering if Seth was autistic, which would have explained all of the behaviors and actually sort of made me feel bad for him. He honestly couldn’t understand what he was doing wrong and frankly, throughout the whole book he does try to be better. I liked that a lot and it redeemed him a bit in my mind. There’s a great plot twist and I should warn you, I definitely had trouble falling asleep after this one because hello, serial killer stories are scary! Definitely worth the read even if you have to leave the light on to go to sleep.
Overall: A-
Serial Hottie is out now. Get your copy here!

Serial Hottie- Kelly Oram 

Okay so overall, I liked Serial Hottie. However, there are parts of the romantic relationship that scared me a bit. Ellie was an awesome main character—strong, tough, full of moxy. Plus she plays hockey-you go girl! I loved her. But Seth, well, Seth was controlling and violent and frankly terrifying at points. It’s necessary to the plot and I get that but still sort of questionable behavior in my opinion. What is more interesting is that the whole time I was reading, I was wondering if Seth was autistic, which would have explained all of the behaviors and actually sort of made me feel bad for him. He honestly couldn’t understand what he was doing wrong and frankly, throughout the whole book he does try to be better. I liked that a lot and it redeemed him a bit in my mind. There’s a great plot twist and I should warn you, I definitely had trouble falling asleep after this one because hello, serial killer stories are scary! Definitely worth the read even if you have to leave the light on to go to sleep.

Overall: A-

Serial Hottie is out now. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #serial hottie #kelly oram #publishing #contemporary #serial killer #thriller



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Wednesday, July 10
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The Avery Shaw Experiment- Kelly Oram
The Avery Shaw Experiment was one of those perfect, light summer reads. No seriously, it’s so adorable I can’t even stand it. I loved the alternative viewpoints between Avery and Grayson. The idea of getting over a heartbreak using the stages of grief and a little scientific method was a great plot concept.  It was laugh out loud funny from page 1 and by the end it just gave me that feel good feeling sigh. You know what I mean, the one where you exhale and you realize you’re smiling so hard it hurts and you feel relaxed and just joyful. I love that feeling and maybe that’s part of why I loved this book so hard. But I know that it was so phenomenal that I immediately went and bought every other book that Kelly Oram has written, and that’s an unusual buying pattern for me which really speaks to how fantastic this book is. So if you’re looking for a light, easy, contemporary that will leave you feeling good about life look no further than The Avery Shaw Experiment.
Overall: A
The Avery Shaw Experiment is out now and is a STEAL at only 99 cents! Get your copy here!

The Avery Shaw Experiment- Kelly Oram

The Avery Shaw Experiment was one of those perfect, light summer reads. No seriously, it’s so adorable I can’t even stand it. I loved the alternative viewpoints between Avery and Grayson. The idea of getting over a heartbreak using the stages of grief and a little scientific method was a great plot concept.  It was laugh out loud funny from page 1 and by the end it just gave me that feel good feeling sigh. You know what I mean, the one where you exhale and you realize you’re smiling so hard it hurts and you feel relaxed and just joyful. I love that feeling and maybe that’s part of why I loved this book so hard. But I know that it was so phenomenal that I immediately went and bought every other book that Kelly Oram has written, and that’s an unusual buying pattern for me which really speaks to how fantastic this book is. So if you’re looking for a light, easy, contemporary that will leave you feeling good about life look no further than The Avery Shaw Experiment.

Overall: A

The Avery Shaw Experiment is out now and is a STEAL at only 99 cents! Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #young adult fiction #ya #ya lit #young adult #publishing #the avery shaw experiment #kelly oram #science #high school #contemporary #romance



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Tuesday, July 9
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Dare You To- Katie McGarry
Dare You To continues McGarry’s success in deep gritty contemporaries. I loved exploring and learning more about Beth, a character we’ve met previously in McGarry’s first book, Pushing the Limits. In this book we get baseball and dares, love and self-confidence, and an exploration of relationships in all their various forms. True to her hallmark style, romance isn’t the only plot here and the character development rivals that of Simone Elkeles. Tough issues, tough characters and tough decisions seem to be a hallmark of McGarry’s writing. Be prepared to face the gamut of human emotions reading this book, including some pretty serious violence, but don’t worry too much you’ll get a reasonable happy ending. 
Overall: A+
Dare You To is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here!
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Dare You To- Katie McGarry

Dare You To continues McGarry’s success in deep gritty contemporaries. I loved exploring and learning more about Beth, a character we’ve met previously in McGarry’s first book, Pushing the Limits. In this book we get baseball and dares, love and self-confidence, and an exploration of relationships in all their various forms. True to her hallmark style, romance isn’t the only plot here and the character development rivals that of Simone Elkeles. Tough issues, tough characters and tough decisions seem to be a hallmark of McGarry’s writing. Be prepared to face the gamut of human emotions reading this book, including some pretty serious violence, but don’t worry too much you’ll get a reasonable happy ending. 

Overall: A+

Dare You To is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here!

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #dare you to #pushing the limits #katie mcgarry #harlequin teen #contemporary #romance


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Friday, July 5
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This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales
I appreciate Leila’s contemporary novels because they are always unique. I didn’t think anything would top Past Perfect, but This Song Will Save Your Life certainly does. I love that the story really focuses on Elise and her growth out of the depths of suicidal depression. Rather than shirk away from tough issues, the book explores them without being cliche, preachy or utterly depressing. Rather than being about suicide it is about finding your place in the world, finding your people, and recognizing that what other people see doesn’t define you. The music throughout the book and it’s central place to Elise’s healing rings true to the crucial role music can play in our lives. Frankly, it me want to listen to a really long playlist of these songs. I hope you have one ready, Leila. 
Overall: A-
This Song Will Save Your Life is due out in September from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Pre-order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis via TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales

I appreciate Leila’s contemporary novels because they are always unique. I didn’t think anything would top Past Perfect, but This Song Will Save Your Life certainly does. I love that the story really focuses on Elise and her growth out of the depths of suicidal depression. Rather than shirk away from tough issues, the book explores them without being cliche, preachy or utterly depressing. Rather than being about suicide it is about finding your place in the world, finding your people, and recognizing that what other people see doesn’t define you. The music throughout the book and it’s central place to Elise’s healing rings true to the crucial role music can play in our lives. Frankly, it me want to listen to a really long playlist of these songs. I hope you have one ready, Leila. 

Overall: A-

This Song Will Save Your Life is due out in September from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Pre-order your copy here

ARC provided gratis via TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #fsg #this song will save your life #leila sales #contemporary


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Wednesday, July 3
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Pushing the Limits- Katie McGarry
I was slow to jump on this bandwagon, I’ll admit it. But Pushing The Limits was getting a lot of hype and I am always wary when theres too much hype because it’s rare that a book can live up to that. Welp, this book did. 100% completely blew me away. Pushing the Limits is a contemporary that isn’t cliche and that deals with a myriad of difficult issues—grief, loss, responsibility, trauma, mental illness, and scars of the physical, mental and emotional variety. The heaviness of the subject matter is offset nicely by the chemistry and romance between Echo and Noah. I laughed, I cried, I got that warm fuzzy feeling we all love when reading. Frankly, this was a stunning read and I’m going to go ahead and call it a MUST READ for contemporary fans. I won’t be waiting at all to read McGarry’s new book Dare You To.
Overall: A+
Pushing the Limits is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here.
Book provided gratis via Harlequin via BEA 

Pushing the Limits- Katie McGarry

I was slow to jump on this bandwagon, I’ll admit it. But Pushing The Limits was getting a lot of hype and I am always wary when theres too much hype because it’s rare that a book can live up to that. Welp, this book did. 100% completely blew me away. Pushing the Limits is a contemporary that isn’t cliche and that deals with a myriad of difficult issues—grief, loss, responsibility, trauma, mental illness, and scars of the physical, mental and emotional variety. The heaviness of the subject matter is offset nicely by the chemistry and romance between Echo and Noah. I laughed, I cried, I got that warm fuzzy feeling we all love when reading. Frankly, this was a stunning read and I’m going to go ahead and call it a MUST READ for contemporary fans. I won’t be waiting at all to read McGarry’s new book Dare You To.

Overall: A+

Pushing the Limits is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here.

Book provided gratis via Harlequin via BEA 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #pushing the limits #katie mcgarry #harlequin teen #publishing #contemporary



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Monday, June 24
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Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han
I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book’s revenge plot. Only now there’s aftermath—-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I’m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT’S AWESOME!
Overall: A
Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.
ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book’s revenge plot. Only now there’s aftermath—-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I’m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT’S AWESOME!

Overall: A

Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.

ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #fiction #publishing #siobhan vivian #jenny han #burn for burn #paranormal #contemporary #revenge #fire with fire #simon and schuster #BEA



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Friday, June 21
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All I Need- Susanne Colasanti
I think I may need a dentist visit after this book, because it was so sweet it rotted my teeth. Okay, okay, while I’m snarky and cynical, I did enjoy All I Need which is fundamentally about true love. I have some issues with the end, but if we let that go the rest was exactly what I signed up for—-a summer read—light and easy, quick paced and sweet. Young love in the summer always seems to be a good fit for this time of the year. I like that Colasanti brings realism to her idealistic characters; there is struggle, real world pressures and work in this relationship. While Seth and Skye do seem made for each other, it doesn’t come easily. The subplots of college life and high school friendships hit the nail on the head as well. The 80s music throughout is also a plus in my book too. And finally in the plus column, it’s a short book, one you can easily finish in a single sitting (or a single hour if you’re me). All in all, All I Need continues Colasanti’s tradition of delivering solid, sweet contemporaries to readers.
Overall: A-
All I Need is out now from Viking, an imprint of Penguin. Get your copy here!
ARC given to me by Erica at The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

All I Need- Susanne Colasanti

I think I may need a dentist visit after this book, because it was so sweet it rotted my teeth. Okay, okay, while I’m snarky and cynical, I did enjoy All I Need which is fundamentally about true love. I have some issues with the end, but if we let that go the rest was exactly what I signed up for—-a summer read—light and easy, quick paced and sweet. Young love in the summer always seems to be a good fit for this time of the year. I like that Colasanti brings realism to her idealistic characters; there is struggle, real world pressures and work in this relationship. While Seth and Skye do seem made for each other, it doesn’t come easily. The subplots of college life and high school friendships hit the nail on the head as well. The 80s music throughout is also a plus in my book too. And finally in the plus column, it’s a short book, one you can easily finish in a single sitting (or a single hour if you’re me). All in all, All I Need continues Colasanti’s tradition of delivering solid, sweet contemporaries to readers.

Overall: A-

All I Need is out now from Viking, an imprint of Penguin. Get your copy here!

ARC given to me by Erica at The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

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Wednesday, June 19
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Just One Day - Gayle Forman
There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the “accidents.” When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called “dronehood” to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman’s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?
Overall: A-
Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here. 
ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the “accidents.” When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called “dronehood” to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman’s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?

Overall: A-

Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here

ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #gayle forman #just one day #contemporary #fiction #travel #paris



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Thursday, June 13
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I’m so excited to take part in the cover reveal for Nichole Chase’s The Accidental Assassin (see above)! I love the cover—it’s a bit Breakfast at Tiffany’s with guns and it reminds a lot of her Suddenly Royal cover which I also loved. I’m a huge fan of Nichole’s and I seriously CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on this book. I’ll kill for it. (Okay, that was a terrible play on the assassin thing). Anyway check out the synopsis and the exciting news Nichole has to share with us below about her Suddenly Royal series (YES SERIES!!! SQUEEEE!).

xoxo

V.V.

ABOUT THE ACCIDENTAL ASSASSIN:

Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and she only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit in England while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. This could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself headfirst into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

 

Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new mission. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed to complete a task. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.

 

As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?

 

BIG News about SUDDENLY ROYAL from Nichole Chase:

 

For those of you that have been following me for the last two months, you know that life has gotten a bit crazy. Crazy good! And I have even more good news. I’ve accepted a three book publishing deal with Avon Publishing of HarperCollins. With their help we will be bringing Suddenly RoyalThe Royal Agenda, and the untitled third book to stores and bookstores near you! I’m very excited about working with Tessa Woodward and the people of Avon. I can’t wait to see what we do together.

 
What does this mean for the readers? Well, it means more accessible books! You’ll be able to find Suddenly Royal in bookstores, Walmart, and Target in just a few months! AND! And! There will be some added content to the new paperback. Don’t worry—it’s nothing that changes the story, so you won’t be missing anything important—but it does give you a little more Sam and Alex (and I know how much you guys love Alex). We’re also working to have fast turn-around on the next two books so you guys don’t have super long wait times. I will be letting you know those dates as soon as I can.
 
I’m very excited and am so grateful that everyone loves Sam and Alex as much as I do. Thank you to everyone that has made this possible. It’s a dream come true.

 

ABOUT NICHOLE CHASE:

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule.
For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs.

Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and Suddenly Royal (including several short stories).

Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.


Be sure to follow Nichole on your platform of choice:

Website: www.nicholechase.com

Blog: http://www.nicholechase.BlogSpot.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NicholeChase

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/author.nicholechase

Goodreads Author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5074162.Nichole_Chase

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