Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Devil and the Deep

Title Devil in the Deep

Series The Ceruleans, book 1

Author Megan Tayte

Release Date September 30, 2015


Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.

For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.

Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.

But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:


When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?

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Author Bio

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood's county, Nottinghamshire. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review: Love Like We Do (Side B)

Title Love Like We Do (Side B)

Series Love Like We Do, book 2

Author Lori L. Otto

Release Date October 21, 2015

In the continuation of the LOVE LIKE WE DO series, SIDE B, Max experiences the excitement of first love and the crushing disappointment of rejection when he realizes that the person he cares for is too ashamed to be with him. For Callen to be honest with himself and to live the life he wants to live, he knows he risks becoming ostracized by his own parents and society. For someone who’s always been strong and confident, he’s never felt so weak or afraid to stand up for what he believes is right for him.

This is Max and Callen’s side of the story.

While this is the same story as Side A, it's 100% worth reading. This is the inside story of Max and Callen. I believe that Side A could be read as a standalone, but Side B certainly cannot. I recommend you read both, though. They are that good!

Side B provides an understanding of the events in a deeper way than what was given in Side A. You get to know Callen. You get to know his struggles and his reasoning. Though I said you could probably read Side A as a standalone, you won't get the intimate understanding that you really deserve until you read Side B. Don't skip this book!

Also, can I just mention Will Rosser for a moment? I thought I loved him before. Um, now I really do! Seeing his support for Callen (and Max) just blew me away. I cannot wait for his story.

These two books are, by far, my favorite two books from Lori (although Lost and Found is close behind them). She's a phenomenal writer and story teller. Please, do yourself a favorite and check out her books.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Review: Love Like We Do (Side A)

Title Love Like We Do (Side A)

Series Love Like We Do, book 1

Author Lori L. Otto

Release Date October 20, 2015

The odds were stacked against Max Rosser when he was born sixteen years ago. A month before his birth, his father was put in jail for breaking parole, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. His single mother was an alcoholic, struggling to keep her job and her home. Already, she could barely take care of eight-year-old Will and twelve-year-old Jon.

Max's older brothers hid their mother’s disease from him as best as they could, and they made sure Max had everything he needed to be a normal, well-adjusted kid, despite the fact that they lived at or below the poverty line for much of his childhood. When his oldest brother became engaged to Livvy Holland, the daughter of the richest man in the state, Max befriended her little brother, Trey, and the two remained best friends even though their home lives couldn’t be more different.

Through Trey, Max made more friends, including star athlete Callen McNare. Over the years, the boys played team sports, went on group dates, and worked summer jobs together. They became close; closer than anyone would have guessed. Before a real relationship could even begin, Max and Callen were forced apart when their secret was discovered.

In LOVE LIKE WE DO - SIDE A, family and friends reevaluate their associations with the boys. Callen’s parents are in denial. Trey feels betrayed by his two closest buddies and wonders how their friendship will change. Jon struggles to keep his family together, despite his mother’s devout beliefs and his brother Will’s immoral ways. Interactions with the people around them could bring enlightenment and understanding, or they could keep Max and Callen apart while doing irreparable damage to their families.

This is Trey and Jon's side of the story.

Love Like We Do (Side A) reminded me just how much I love Lori Otto. Her writing is some of the best I've ever read.

The characters in Love Like We Do will be familiar to those that have read the Emi Lost and Found & Choisie series. While you don't have to read either of the series in order to enjoy this one, it will provide a deeper understanding and connection to the characters. Personally, I love that Lori's books focus on the same grouping of characters. Each character has a story to tell and she's telling them all beautifully. Besides, it's nice to see beloved characters again and again.

As far as this book goes, it was wonderful. I teared up within the first few pages (like, seriously, third page in and I had tears in my eyes!). Lori's writing is powerful. She covers what some may consider a sensitive topic in this book and she does so with finesse. There's a beautiful message of acceptance and, most importantly, love.

It's easy for me to say that this is my favorite book by Lori yet. It hit all the right notes for me. I wasn't disappointed with a single thing. I am so eager to start on Side B.

Oh, one thing of note: I am very glad that I read the novella, Crossroads, before reading this book. As someone that read both the Emi Lost and Found & Choisie series, I feel like this was especially important to read. It gives insight into Will that I am glad I had. If I hadn't read it, I would have had some serious questions about some of his behavior throughout the story. This is likely because I knew him from the previous series, though, and wouldn't affect someone that's only reading Love Like We Do.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: I'll Give You the Sun

Title I'll Give You the Sun

Author Jandy Nelson

Release Date September 16, 2014

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

I love the way this story was told. It's told through two points of view (Jude and Noah), but at different times (Jude is 16 and Noah is 13-14). While it might seem like that would be confusing, it's quite the opposite. Jude and Noah have very distinct voices. It's easy to keep the story straight. This type of dual point of view storytelling was executed fabulously and I loved it.

And these characters! Oh, I just love them. Noah especially. When I first started reading, I wasn't sure how I felt about Noah. I drifted more towards Jude. However, as the story went on, I just fell in love with Noah. All of the characters, though, were great. They were complex and alive! Beautifully done.

I'll Give You the Sun was wonderful. Great writing, complex and compelling characters, and interesting story. It has everything I want in a great book.


5 out of 5 stars

Friday, September 18, 2015

Blog Tour: A Story of Now

Title A Story of Now

Series A Story of Now, book 1

Author Emily O'Beirne

Release Date July 10, 2015

Tour Host Sage's Blog Tours

Nineteen-year-old Claire Pearson knows she needs a life. And some new friends. But brittle, beautiful, and just a little bit too sassy for her own good sometimes, she no longer makes friends easily. And she has no clue where to start on the whole finding a life front, either. Not after a confidence-shattering year dogged by bad break-ups, friends who have become strangers, and her constant failure to meet her parents sky-high expectations.

When Robbie and Mia walk into Claire’s work they seem the least likely people to help her find a life. But despite Claire’s initial attempts to alienate them, an unexpected new friendship develops.

And it’s the warm, brilliant Mia who seems to get Claire like no one has before. Soon, Claire begins to question her feelings for her new friend.

First things first, I'd gladly take the second book now. Please.

Big points for girls that like girls! There's a definite need for more diversity in YA/NA (I would say that A Story of Now falls under the NA category), so it's always lovely to see a book like this.

The pacing was a bit slow for me. I enjoy build up to romance as much as the next person, but goodness. Then, when things started to happen... they didn't. What? I was a bit frustrated with Mia (and even a bit with Claire). Get it together, ladies! And when they finally seem to be on the same page, we're at the end of the book.

Another thing that kind of irked me was the writing style. It felt very disjointed in some places. The time skips didn't feel natural. Big events would happen during the passing time and we'd have to go back and recount those events. It felt odd and confusing.

Those things being said, I actually enjoyed the book. It was an interesting coming of age story about a girl who happens to fall for another girl. I'm looking forward to the second book to see how Mia and Claire's relationship evolves.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

About the Author

Thirteen-year-old Emily woke up one morning with a sudden itch to write her first novel. All day, she sat through her classes, feverishly scribbling away (her rare silence probably a cherished respite for her teachers). And by the time the last bell rang, she had penned fifteen handwritten pages of angsty drivel, replete with blood-red sunsets, moody saxophone music playing somewhere far off in the night, and abandoned whiskey bottles rolling across tables.  Needless to say, that singular literary accomplishment is buried in a box somewhere, ready for her later amusement.

From Melbourne, Australia, Emily was recently granted her PhD. She works part-time in academia, where she hates marking papers but loves working with her students. She also loves where she lives but travels as much as possible and tends to harbour crushes.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (#7)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks.

Here's what I've added to my shelves since last time...

For Review - From Author

- A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne
- Testing the Limits by Stephanie Thomas
- Broken Rules by Stephanie Thomas
- Last Lesson by Stephanie Thomas

For Review - Netgalley

- Not That Easy by Radhika Sanghani
- Cam Girl by Leah Raede
- Surviving Ice by K. A. Tucker

Purchased - Amazon Kindle

- Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
- Thief by Tarryn Fisher
- The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris
- The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
- Dying to Forget by Trish Marie Dawson
- Crane by Stacey Rourke
- The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
- Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
- Crossroads by Lori L. Otto
- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons 

Borrow - Kindle Unlimited

- For Life by L. E. Chamberlin