10 February 2016

Blog Tour: Entrall by M. R. Reed


Enthrall by MR Reed
Blog Tour
February 1-12th, 2016



Synopsis:
After years of being a helpless witness to his alcoholic father’s abuse towards his family, seventeen-year-old Miles Boswell has just about reached his breaking point. He dreams of the day where he can leave everything behind and begin a new life on his own -- that is, until he discovers that he has the ability to control people’s minds. Suddenly, the odds are overwhelmingly in his favor.

But what begins as the answer to all of his problems soon causes him to question his every thought when he captures the attention of August Sylvan, who seems to be the girl of his dreams. As someone who has limited experience with girls, Miles can’t help but wonder -- where do his powers end, and where does reality begin? 

At the same time, he finds himself at constant odds with his morals and his potentially warped sense of justice...and soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems.

This book contains strong language, violent scenes, and some sexual content. 


Meet M. R. Reed,

Our formative years are the ones that stick with us the most--you know, those tirelessly frustrating yet unforgettably magical moments that shape us into the people that we will become. The music that I liked as a teenager, the books that I read, the relationships that I created (and destroyed)...those are the things that I think truly formed the adult that I am today. I still love those things. I still think about those things. I still harbor a lot of anger in relation to the events that I experienced as a teenager, and it does nothing but fuel my creative spirit.
And that's what I like to write about: Teenagers, and all of their idiosyncrasies, and concerns, and that whole unintentionally egocentric view that they have about their worlds. I find it fascinating. I'm thankful every day that I'm no longer a teenager, but I have to admit that it's a interesting time to look back on.
Miles and August encompass a lot of me, and my experiences, and my observations. The music, books, and beliefs that I held at that time inspired me to write about the events that take place in Enthrall. My intense hope is that somebody reads it and is able to relate, or get through a difficult time, and just know that somebody understands what he/she is going through (at least a little bit.) That's what music and books did for me. I hope to pay it forward. 

Interview with Reed,
P: What are the hardest/most rewarding parts about being a writer?
M.R.: The hardest part for me personally is finding time to write. I'm also a high school English teacher and a mom, so free time is not readily available to me. As for most rewarding, there are two things that stand out--first, being able to live out scenarios that you probably never would in real life simply by being able to dream it and put it on a page. Second, when readers tell me that they stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because they couldn't put my book down.

P: What advice can you give new writers just starting out?M.R.: Revise. Over and over again. Even when you think it's perfect, go back in a week and look again. Things that sounded great at first often look dumb, or poorly worded, or unnecessary later on. Also, get anybody that you can to read your drafts, and ask them to be honest. You don't always have to agree with their suggestions, but it's helpful to see how a fresh pair of eyes interpret your story and your characters.

P: What made you want to write young adult? M.R.: Like many people, being a teenager sucked for me. I had unsupportive parents, I was horribly awkward, and music and books were my escape. If I can help one person get through adolescence a little easier, then I'll feel like I've done something worthwhile. Sometimes feeling like there's someone else out there who understands you or who's been through something similar to your situation can be a tremendous help. 

P: What motivates you to sit down and write? M.R.: Knowing that I have a story to tell. Knowing that I have these characters in my head, bursting at the seams, desperate for everyone to know about their lives and their struggles.

P: Lastly, Do any of you have street teams, or beta readers, or even just a newsletter that me or my followers can sign up to be apart of for upcoming releases?M.R.: The closest thing that I have to that is a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/M-R-Reed-880666808627518/
And a Tumblr: whatsername-derbygirl.tumblr.com  


Thank you so much to M. R. Reed for answering questions for my blog today! If anyone has read her book let me know in the comments, if not what are you waiting for?

04 February 2016

Blog Tour: Review: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 270
Synopsis: What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends. Tell Me Three Things will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?


"Three Things about this novel: 1. I loved it. 2. No, really, I LOVED it. 3. I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum's book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do." - Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of LEAVING TIME and OFF THE PAGE.


My Review:
I received Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum from the publisher and this is my honest review.

    Tell Me Three Things tells the story of a teenage girl Jessie who is forced to leave her home, after her mother's death to accompany her father to live with him, and his new wife in Los Angeles. After the loss of his wife Jessie’s father starts a relationship with a widow online, and it blossoms from there. They quickly fall in love and get married which causes him to grab his daughter and hop ship to LA.

    Jessie soon finds herself in what she considers a huge palace with a rich stepmother and a gay stepbrother who seems to hate her. A little time passes after she has started school, and she starts to get anonymous emails from a guy who is referred to throughout the book as SN. He gives Jessie anonymous friendship, answers her questions, and just gives her guidance along her journey at the new school.

This concept, at first reminded me a little catfishy, and for a time I was scared that might be the end result. But that thought only lasted for a second and for the rest of the time I knew this was going to be genuine. One of the big aspects that I loved about this book is that I was able to put puzzle pieces together. By the end of the book I knew exactly who SN was and it made me as happy as pie.

This book was hard in that I fell a little bit for each boy that was involved in Jessie's love life. Except for Caleb I didn't much care for him. Ethan, and Liam I completely fell for. At first I was a little more into Liam than I was Ethan, and the only reason this feeling came about is because I still was not so sure about Ethan, he was still mysterious and the question of whether or not he was going to be nice to Jessie after their project was over or not was still on my mind.

Another aspect that I loved about this book is that Buxbaum took the way that many communicate now in the present and used it to her advantage, and this was all of the texting back and forth. But at the same time she used something that we do not see everyday anymore and that is IM. These two means of communication made the book that much better, it just made the interactions feel that much more authentic.

Overall, I swooned so hard over this book and I would read it a million times over just to feel all the feelings that came with it. I found myself so many times chuckling a little to myself throughout the pages and it just felt like a breath of fresh air to be reading something that made me laugh, and feel so happy. I cannot wait to check out anything and everything else Julie Buxbaum has written.
 


02 February 2016

January 2016 Reading Wrap Up!

JANUARY IS OVER!

Good morning my amazing followers! Today I am putting together my January reading wrap up for this year! I hope to leave me video below but if not, I will update this post with a link when that video goes up!

What I read:

2016 Reading Challenges: Progress

Debut Author Challenge:
  •  This Is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp





TBR Pile Reading Challenge: (1-10 books)
  1.   City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  2.   Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo

Backlist Books Reading Challenge (10 books) 
      1.  City of Glass by Cassandra Clare  
      2. Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo

Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (1 Series)
  • Mortal Instruments Series
    • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
 

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
 

01 February 2016

Promo Post: Until You Came Along by Kshitij


Until You Came Along by Kshitij 


















Excerpt: 
I see Luke waving through his office window. Walking past the reception area, I step inside the elevator to travel to the seventh-floor of Pure-Kits Ltd. As the doors of the elevator open, I see my hubby with a red rose in his hand. I smile and accept the beautiful flower. We hug, and Luke says he’s been waiting anxiously for me. He takes my hand as we walk into his office. We then have a long, “ miss you”  kiss (we call it that). Luke’s excited. His expression is similar to what I saw on his face the very first time I seriously noticed him—a face full of love and hope, with a whisper of commitment.  I knew Luke a long time before our marriage. My father and Luke’s were close acquaintances. By the time I finished college, Luke had already established himself financially and was working for a reputable firm in Stoke. Then, four years ago, he joined Pure-Kits and soon earned a significant raise and two quick promotions.  Luke admired me, and he took my family in confidence. My parents liked him for his attitude and sincerity. During my final days of college, Luke asked me out. I said yes, without giving it much thought. He was honest and blunt and always had a subtle smile on his face. On our first date, Luke did everything to make me aware of how special I was to him. I felt a little disconcerted, but, at the same time, I noticed his efforts to win my interest. Like a gentleman, he dropped me home on time.           
 Luke proposed to me on our second date, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. He requested that I join him on a special ferry that he’d booked. In a pretty dramatic fashion, just like in the movies, Luke asked me to marry him. He arranged for the ferry to be decorated with fresh lilies, and I could smell their fragrance all around. He also put on my favorite song (I didn’t know how he figured that out!). He earnestly looked into my eyes, and I was speechless. Then I saw Luke pulling a sparkling diamond ring out of the chest pocket of his suit. “ Est... All my life, I’ve worked hard to put a lot into every relationship. I’ve valued every bond, whether it was personal or business. Now, at this stage of my life, all I want is to be a good husband and a responsible family man. And I think that won’t be possible until you’re by my side, because you’re the girl who can bring the best out of me. You’re the only girl who can turn me into something better. That’s how I feel about you. That’s how I’ve always felt about you.”

28 January 2016

Review: Macbeth #killingit by William Shakespeare + Courtney Carbone

Macbeth #killingit by William Shakespeare + Courtney Carbone
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Book Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: 
Macbeth, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!

A prophecy from three witches.
A social-climbing couple committing a murder most foul.
A cover-up that spins way out of control.


and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)


tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

My Review:
I received Macbeth #killingit from the publisher and this is my honest review.

I was fortunate enough to receive copies of the first two books published in this cute little series which were, YOLO Juliet, and srsly Hamlet which I loved! I got another chance to read the next to books. The first being, Macbeth #killingit. The first and only time I read Macbeth was in my sophomore year of high school. I enjoyed it a lot actually especially the way my teacher taught it.

Again, this version of Macbeth is mostly aimed at younger kids. I feel like these books are good for younger kids to get a little fun taste of shakespeare plays before they have to jump in full force when they get to high school. I love reading through the manuscript I got and seeing all the emojis and the social media that was included. My favorite which I did not see in either of the books before was the addition of the kingterest board which is obviously a shakespeare version pinterest. Pinterest is a relatively new love of mine so I was excited to see it.

The book definitely gets a 5 stars it does the job of giving younger eyes a look at shakespeare in the language they speak nowadays so as to prepare them for what is to come to them in high school and even college depending on their major!


27 January 2016

Blog Tour: Ascenders by C.L. Gaber


Ascenders by C.L. Gaber
Release Date: April 20, 2015
Symopsis: Walker Callaghan doesn't know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.  Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.  She doesn't go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.  These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. "There are even cheerleaders in death," Walker observes. It's not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who "used to have this band." The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred insome superhero movie. Principal King explains the rules -- there are none. Why? You can't die twice.  There is no homework.  No tests.  No SATS.  You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until you're 24.  By the way, you can't get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do ...because no one knows how long you'll stay in this realm or what's next.  "Losing someone you love would be like dying twice," Walker says.

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C.L. Gaber is the author of the ASCENDERS SAGA and co author of Jex Malone. A well known entertainment journalist, she lives in Nevada with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. ASCENDERS 2 is due out in early 2016.

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26 January 2016

Release Day Launch: Anything More Than Now by Rebecca Paula

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It’s the release day for Anything More Than Now by Rebecca Paula! Rebecca is sharing an excerpt and fantastic giveaway with us, so be sure to check out all of the release day festivities and grab your copy of this fantastic new contemporary romance today!  

AnythingMoreThanNowHighResAbout Anything More Than Now: 
Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she’s frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what’s next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.   Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he’s lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family’s ranch in Montana.   And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.  

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Noah Books, that’s all I notice of her room. That, and Reagan’s reddened eyes glaring back at me. “You going to let me in?” I ask, my arms stretched straight against her doorjamb. She frowns, her hand clasped tightly over her bedroom door. “No.” I don’t know if anything has ever sounded so finite. It feels like shit to be the guy she doesn’t want. “You’ve known about them, Rea. It shouldn’t be a surprise.” I look behind me down the stairs, not sure if Ethan or Hunter are still in the living room. “Let me in.” I lean in, my voice a forced whisper. “I’m not talking about this out here.” “I’m not talking about this at all. Nothing happened.” She glances behind her at the rabbit bouncing around in its cage as if she wished it were a guard dog. She can shut down another day, but not tonight. I wedge myself in the door and step inside. Reagan clutches her tea, her shoulders squared against me. “Get out.” I shut the door and fall back against the wall. “I will. Tell me again after you set down your tea and admit you’ll let him go.” “I don’t have to tell you anything.” “Then don’t.” I close the distance between us, caught up on the sight of her mouth and the bangs that are too long and hide her eyes. I swear she wears them that way on purpose. “Where’s your paper?” she asks. “We’re going to work on that now?” “Why not? I have the rest of my life available now.” I arch my brow. That’s awfully dramatic, even for her. “It’s a date.” “How long have you known about Beau and Matisse?” “When I moved him in. It’s pretty fucking obvious.” When she stares back, her eyes wide, I feel like such an asshole. “Give it up. You’re never going to date him again. You need me to keep saying it?” Reagan runs up and shoves my chest, her forgotten tea spilling all over me. “I don’t know what the fuck your problem is, but shut up.” She shoves me again, my head knocking back against her door. “Leave me alone. I want you to fucking stay away from me.” Her hands clench at my shirt, her breathing heavy. I open my mouth but she silences me, pushing me back again. I take it. I take her anger and the broken look haunting her eyes. I breathe it in because I might not deserve Reagan, but I deserve her hate. “Noah,” she says, her voice shaking. My hand slowly slides to hold her waist. Her arms stiffen, pinning me to the door. “Stay away.” I grab her cup and head downstairs to an empty house. I spot the twelve-pack in the kitchen and haul it back upstairs. She comes out of her bathroom, wiping her face roughly with the heel of her hands. “I get why you’re flunking now,” she says, walking around me to sink down onto her mattress. “All this time I thought you were smart and not applying yourself. You’re just an idiot. Get. Out.” “Can’t. Hard of hearing.” I crack open a beer and sit on her bed, beside her. “You’ll be okay, you know?” “I swear to God, Noah, if you don’t get off my bed…” I turn to her, curious. Her hands grab my face, not gentle. There’s nothing gentle about her. She’s a human cactus. Then her mouth crashes against mine, rough and searching. And I make the biggest fucking mistake of my life and kiss her back like I’ve wanted.

  She was nothing, then everything. That's how the minutes fell to collide into my world.  

Rebecca Paula Bio: Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing. She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW. Rebecca loves hearing from readers and writers. You can follow her on Twitter @beckapaula or find out more about her and her books at www.rebeccapaula.com.  
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