Friday, April 17, 2015

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In BoyfriendAuthor: Kasie West
Publication: May 5, 2015
By: Harper Teen 
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4 STARS

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


*I received this from the publisher (at NCTE) in exchange for an honest review*


~ My Thoughts ~

Kasie West books always make me smile and this one was no different! 

I loved the characters, the witty banter and the romance that blossoms with Fill-In Bradley. :D 

The friendship aspect felt unresolved but overall, I was happy with how it ended. The issue of social media and the need for validation a lot of people (not just teens) have was so very relevant too. 

Read it.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Bounce (Boomerang #3) by Noelle August


Bounce: A Boomerang Novel

By Noelle August
Coming to you August 25th, 2015!

William Morrow Trade Paperback; August 25, 2015; $13.99; ISBN: 9780062331106

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Following in the bestselling tradition of Molly McAdams and J. Lynn, this final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.


~ About the Author ~

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?  

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.  

You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sophomore Year Is Greek To Me by Meredith Zeitlin

Sophomore Year Is Greek to MeAuthor: Meredith Zeitlin
Publication: April 21, 2015 
By: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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A laugh-out-loud high school adventure set in Greece, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot 

High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces they’re moving to Athens for six months so he can work on an important new story, she's devastated— he must have an ulterior motive. See, when Zona's mother married an American, her huge Greek family cut off contact. But Zona never knew her mom, and now she’s supposed to uproot her entire life and meet possibly hostile relatives on their turf? Thanks... but no thanks.

In the vein of Anna and the French Kiss, Zona navigates a series of hilarious escapades, eye-opening revelations, and unexpected reunions in a foreign country—all while documenting the trip through one-of-a-kind commentary.


*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

Thank you, Lauren Donovan for sending me a copy of this book, it was so much fun to read!

I enjoyed the setting, the characters and especially the relationships. The story-telling was done in a unique and clever way and while there is a sweet romance that develops, the main focus of the story was on Zona and her family. 

This makes for a great summer read!






 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

COVER REVEAL: HELLO? by Liza Wiemer

 
From April 14th to June 1st, 2015 we would like people to post a picture (it can be an individual, group, something meaningful) with a sign that says Hello From ___________(the city name.) 

Use #HelloFrom and the name of your city with a separate #. Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Tumblr. 
For each person you tag, it will be an extra entry. We want to encourage others to say hello and post their own pictures, tagging others to participate too!
Please post on April 14th any time from 12:01 EST.


20 lucky people will randomly be selected from all over the world to win prize packages that include items inspired by Hello?. Many were purchased from artists/stores from Door Country, WI, the setting for the novel.
Pottery from Renee Schwaller Off the Wheel Pottery
Lavender products from Lavender & Lemon
Body products from Door County’s Heaven Scent Gardens
Pottery by John T. Dietrich Ellison Bay Pottery
Chalkboard quilt from Barn Door Quilts
Blank greeting cards with scenes from Washington Island, Wisconsin. Photos by Steve Waldron
And much more!




 




From Schoolhouse Beach, Washington Island, WI



From Sturgeon Bay High School, Sturgeon Bay, WI


  
Hello? By Liza Wiemer
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
By Spencer Hill Contemporary

About Hello?
Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.
Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

To learn more about Hello? and to add it to your TBR: Goodreads


~ Early Praise for Hello? ~

"Brave, beautiful, and wholly original, this story about tantalizing connections and heartbreaking relationships will haunt you, fill you with hope, and leave you smiling."
—Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island series

"A triumph of writing and humanity...the characters stayed with me long after I read the book."
—Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of The Boy Most Likely To, What I Thought Was True, and My Life Next Door
“In Hello?, Liza Wiemer beautifully weaves together a moving story told by authentic characters, tackling important subjects that will deeply touch the reader.”
—Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Better Off Friends and Lonely Hearts Club


"A sensitive and deeply-drawn portrait of five teenagers whose lives intersect in ways both obvious and surprising. Liza Wiemer's characters are so real they leap off the page."
—Leah Cypess, author of Death Sworn series


"Heartfelt and honest, Hello? will have you rooting for its characters until the very last page."
—Heather Demetrios, author of I’ll Meet You There and Something Real


"In her YA debut, Liza Wiemer has officially launched herself on the map with grace. Hello? is a powerful and brilliantly woven story of love, loss, and human connection that makes you believe in the world again. It owned my heart from the first page to the last. One of the most original books EVER.”
—Hannah McBride, The Irish Banana


"Liza Wiemer's words evoke the heart of the Door County, Wisconsin setting and allow the story’s honest portrayal of five teens to resonate far beyond. Through the intertwining formats and perspectives, elements of family, grief, faith, memories, friendship, love, fear, and hope seem destined to combine in a profound way. A remarkable YA debut."
—Jillian Heise, NBCT, Heise Reads & Recommends


HELLO? is a captivating story about fractured families, authentic friendships, and the way lives connect, impact, and transform each other. This book is so originally crafted and beautifully executed it will stay with you for a long time. 
—Andye Epps, Reading Teen


Heart-stopping, real, and a breath of fresh air, Liza Wiemer's debut is the kind of story that captivates and sticks with you long after you turn the last page. Poignant relationships between family and friends will grab your attention while stunning writing and authentic characters will leave you unable to stop reading until the very end. Hello? is an absolute must read.
—Meg Caristi, Swoony Boys Podcast


“A beautifully written and uniquely told story about love, loss, learning how to let go and finding hope again.”
—Jen Fisher, Jenuine Cupcakes  


Through love and friendship, choice and fate, the mundane and the divine, Liza Wiemer expertly weaves together five incredibly relatable teen stories. As the characters struggle to reconcile the past and the present, readers take a journey of both heartbreak and hope. With it's authentic voice and lyrical writing style, Hello? is a strong addition to the genre of contemporary YA. I absolutely loved it!
—Heidi Zweifel, YA Bibliophile


A uniquely written story about the beauty of human connections told through incredibly vivid characters. It's one contemporary YA fans shouldn't miss.
Kathy Coe, A Glass of Wine Book Reviews




About Liza Wiemer:


Liza married the guy who literary swept her off her feet at a Spyro Gyra concert. Their love story can be found on Liza's “About” page. Besides being a die-hard Packer fan, Liza is also a readaholic, a romantic, and a lover of crazy socks and rooftops. Hello? is her debut YA novel. She also has had two adult non-fiction books published, as well as stories and articles in various publications. She's a graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in Education and the mother of two sons.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Second Position (District Ballet Company #1) by Katherine Locke

Second Position (District Ballet Company #1)Series: Second Position (District Ballet Company #1)
Author: Katherine Locke
Publication: April 13, 2015
By: Carina Press
Genre: New Adult
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4 STARS! 

Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight...

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had... or destroy the fragile recoveries they've only started to make.

Book One of the District Ballet Company.



*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 


I enjoyed that! 

Makes me wish I could go to the ballet now.

While not required, reading the prequel, TURNING POINTE (free link on the author's website), does provide background on Aly and Zed's relationship in all it's complicated beauty.

Locke's prose is as lyrical as the dance her characters perform. And she does a fantastic job of delving deeper into the issues surrounding both Aly and Zed which made their story feel authentic and real. There are no easy fixes. Healing and recovery takes time, effort and patience.

For a NA, this has very little sex in it, HOWEVER, this is an intensely romantic story. Read it. And then go lose a few hours of your life on Locke's Pinterest boards.  



~ About the Author ~

Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She likes her heroes with boyish charm and her heroines with dirty mouths. She secretly believes all stories are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives April 2015 from Carina Press.  
 

RELEASE DAY: Beckon Me (Beckoner #1) by Cindy Thomas


Publication: April 13, 2015
Genre: New Adult
 
Beckon Me (Beckoner #1)
Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.

When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.

One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.

Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.

Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.

Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.

Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?




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Saturday, April 11, 2015

BLOG TOUR: INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY: This Song Will Save Your Life Paperback

 

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Author: Leila Sales
Paperback Release: April 14, 2015
By: Square Fish
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Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.





~ My Thoughts ~


I loved the characters, loved the setting and most of all, I LOVED THE MUSIC! 

This Song Will Save Your Life hit a little too close to home at times, and not because I moonlight as a DJ at the hottest underground dance party, although my cupcake business could be a good cover for that...but because I understood (from personal experience) the decision Elise makes in the beginning of the book. I *got* her pain and loneliness in so many ways. But this is ultimately a hope-filled story about family, friendship and figuring out who you are and what you're worth.





~ #SongsThatSavedMe ~

STARS by Switchfoot 

I still struggle with what I call "black cloud days". When my responsibilites and life overwhelm me, and I feel partly cloudy with a chance of rain and I want nothing more than to build a blanket fort and hide. Forever. Or at least until the feeling goes away.  
Something always comes along though, to remind me that I'm not alone. Like this song. The chorus goes...
 
"Everyone, everyone you look so lonely. But when I look at the stars, when I look at the stars. When I look at the stars, I see someone else. When I look at the stars, the stars, l feel like myself."


  

 

~ Author Interview ~


Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Elise. She’s my heroine. I get her. She doesn’t always do the right thing, but I understand where she’s coming from.

Who was the most difficult?
I don’t think there’s one character who’s particularly difficult. Maybe some of the grown-ups? I’m just less interested in writing their voices than I am in writing the teens.

Of all of the songs on the playlist, which song best describes Elise?
Well, I named her after the Cure song “A Letter to Elise,” so maybe that one. Or “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying,” by Belle & Sebastian—a classic!

The best piece of writing advice you've been given...
Every scene in your book should either provide new information about the characters and their relationships, or it should move the plot forward. If it’s not achieving either of those aims, then delete it. (This was advice from my editor. She knows what she’s doing.)

I ask all of my blog guests this one, brownies, cupcakes or pie?
Brownies! The more chocolate the better, at all times, period.





~ About the Author ~

Leila Sales was born in 1984 and grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in psychology in 2006. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in the mostly glamorous world of children's book publishing. Leila spends most of her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write.


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