Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Blast: EVERY UGLY WORD by Aimee Salter

Guys.  GUYS.  GUYS!

Remember when I went crazy over Aimee Salter's self-published debut novel, BREAKABLE last year? Remember when it even made it onto my list of top 10 books read in 2013?  Remember when I pushed it on to all of you as a MUST READ?

Well, guess what.  GUESS WHAT?!?!

My BBF, Aimee is BIG DEAL NOW.  Alloy Entertainment has picked up her incredible story, put it through some kind of magic word machine, gave it a new title & cover and are spreading the word of the awesomeness that is now EVERY UGLY WORD.

*flails around*

Check this out and then head over to Aimee's blog to tell her how amazing she is and enter to win a copy of EVERY UGLY WORD for yourself!

*flails around some more*



EVERY UGLY WORD
by Aimee L. Salter

July 29, 2014— New York, NY

Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction.

The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films.  All titles in the new Alloy imprint will have the advantage of being part of group that aggressively supports and promotes its properties. 


In fact, more than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100.

Every Ugly Word will be one of the first of three titles to be released under the newly launched imprint.

Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.


Every Ugly Word follows 17 year old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt, who is bullied by his father.

She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?

When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.

About the Author
Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you're really thinking. And she'll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn't ask you about.

·         Visit Aimee’s Website
·         Like Aimee on Facebook
·         Follow Aimee on Twitter



About Alloy Entertainment
Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100. AE has successfully adapted several of its properties into hit television shows for broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The 100. AE feature films include Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique, with several additional projects currently in development including Sisterhood Everlasting, The Merciless and The Brokenhearted.




About Amazon.com
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking.  Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.


Advance Praise for Every Ugly Word

"Original. Authentic. Heart-breaking....Officially one of my favorites!"
-- Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of Losing It.

"A gripping story about a teen facing her demons with twists you won't see coming, Every Ugly Word is a chilling and heartbreaking debut with raw emotion searing every page. I couldn't put it down."­
 -- Katie Sise, author of The Boyfriend App. 

"Every Ugly Word is a punch to the gut from chapter one. The tension and mystery build through every page to an inevitable showdown that left me breathless. With a splintered protagonist you can't help but root for, you'll battle through the worst of humanity's ugliness to emerge at the end dirty and broken and full of hope."
 -- Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I'm Lying.



This news makes me all kinds of happy! Congratulations, Aimee! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you. 


Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog Tour: READY TO WED by Cindi Madsen


Welcome to our stop on the READY TO WED blog tour! Cindi has delivered a story full of charm AND wit and I'm so happy to be sharing my review with you today.

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour sponsored by Entangled.



July 22
Book featured at Margay Leah Justice
Guest blogging at What is That Book About
Book featured at Escape by Fiction
Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
Book reviewed  at Always YA at Heart
Guest blogging at Joyfully Reviewed
Book reviewed at Wolfel’s World of Books
Book reviewed and Interviewed at Steamy Guys After Dark

July 23
Book reviewed at Sleep Deprived Book Lovers
Book reviewed at In My Humble Opinion
Interviewed at Simply Ali
Guest blogging at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

July 24
Book reviewed at Refreshingly Riki
Book reviewed at What I’m Reading
Guest blogging at Kate M. George

July 25
Book reviewed at Bookish Things and More
Guest blogging at Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Book featured at Talking Books Blog
Book featured at Lisa Loves Books

July 28
Book reviewed at Fictitious Delicious
Book featured at Book Nook Nuts
Book featured at Queen of All She Reads
Book featured at Booklover Sue

July 29
Book featured at Girls with Books

July 30
Book reviewed at Book Lunatic Ramblings
Book reviewed at Michelle Chew Writes
Book reviewed at Becky on Books…and Quilts

July 31
Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts
Book reviewed at I Heart Reading

August 1
Book reviewed at The Autumn Review
Book featured at Romantic Reads and Such
Book reviewed at Forever Me Romance
Book reviewed at So Many Reads
Book featured at A Book Addict’s Delight
Book featured at A Little Bit of R&R

Book reviewed at The La La Land of Books
       


THE BOOK


READY TO WED
by Cindi Madsen
Release date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Select
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 350

Dakota Halifax loves to be in love. In fact, as one of Las Vegas’s premier wedding planners, she’s built a whole career around romance. Which is why her own wedding has to be nothing short of perfect. And then her fiancé jilts her. While she’s waiting in her wedding dress. On a cruise ship already out at sea.Once back on dry land, Dakota tries to pour her heart into her business and weekly wedding advice column, Get Ready to Wed. But how can the heartbroken celebrate others’ true love? When she reconnects with her childhood best friend, surprisingly sexy and all-grown-up casino bouncer Brendan West, Dakota wonders if maybe she can fall back in love with being in love.

But then her ex reappears, begging for another chance, and suddenly Dakota questions if she’ll ever understand love. Can someone once-burned and twice-shy ever find her way down the aisle again?







THE REVIEW



I'm pretty sure I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading READY TO WED. Seriously. Our girl Dakota is witty...even when she doesn't mean to be.  I'm pretty sure Cindi Madsen was never jilted on her wedding day, but if she was? THIS is exactly how I would imagine her story would go.  Between her wit and love of shoes that look painful to wear, I saw a lot of Cindi in Dakota Halifax. (You HAVE to follow Cindi on at least one form of social media, guys. She's freaking hilarious!)

And what a story it was.  Kudos to Madsen for *almost* making me feel sorry for Grant. Never thought I'd sympathize with the jilter, lol.  Then along came Mr. Fabulous aka The Shirtless Wonder aka Code:Purple Passion aka Brendan.  Oh, I like him. A lot. Sure, he's got it all going on with the abs and all, but I love how natural the relationship he and Dakota have is. And sure! I love when he groans into her mouth, but the way he appreciates, heck even embraces, her borderline OCD tendencies is even sexier. Okay, maybe not sexier, but you know what I mean. He's a good guy! A really hot good guy. *eyebrow waggle*

It was two years ago when I picked up my first book by Cindi Madsen.  Since then I've read (almost) every single YA book Cindi has written. (Sorry, Troy. I'm coming!) It's been really fun watching her grow as a writer.  It feels like she's hit her sweet spot with READY TO WED and it's made me anxious to tear into her other adult romances.

A special thanks to DJ and Brandon? Braden? Kidding!  Do I look like a Vegas waitress? ;)  Anywho, thanks to Dakota and Brendan for giving me exactly what I needed after coming off a series that shredded my heart apart.  You two put it back together for me!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.


Find Cindi:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Blog





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Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review: LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid



LET'S GET LOST
by Adi Alsaid

Release date: July 29, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 352
Source: ARC


Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Fictitious Delicious Rating: 4



I've heard mixed reviews on this one and I'm so pleased to say that I fall on the side that really liked this book!  Mainly because I really, really, REALLY liked Leila.  I wasn't sure about her when we first meet her meeting Hudson, but she's a good egg, that one. 

I also love that we basically get five short stories in one.  Now don't be fooled, this is Leila's story. It's her journey that will make you realize just how beautiful this story is, but I can't discount how fabulous her encounters with Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia are.  They're fun!  And a little heartbreaking.  (Minneapolis represent, yo!)  Watching Leila enter the lives of these four individuals and make such a huge impact on each of them is nothing short of inspirational.  Seriously.  Kindness goes a long way, folks.  It can change a persons life.

And can we talk about the WORDS, please?  I've never highlighted as many sentences because of their sheer beauty in a book before.  Let me share my favorite.

"She was exhilarated by sharing it with someone else, but terrified that speaking it might make it leave her memory, the way confessions unburdened a sinner of his crimes."

I love this passage. Mucho.  You can read more of these gems over at Alsaid's tumblr page.  Be prepared for epicness.

I have mixed feelings about the ending. It made me both happy and sad at the same time, which are two difficult emotions to portray at the same time.  It's kind of like a straight face because they cancel each other out. Whatever. I'm just...conflicted.  I'd love to hear your take on it once you've read it.  Come back and tell me what you think, okay?







Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu



THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE
by Jennifer Mathieu

Release date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 199
Source: ARC



Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

Fictitious Delicious Rating: 4.5


This book was so well written that it almost became a detriment. How is that possible, you ask?  Let me explain. Mathieu has brought to life characters that are unnecessarily spiteful and just...downright horrible human beings.  MUCH anger was evoked while tearing through this quick read.  I'm not a girl that usually enjoys feeling angry, so it became difficult to keep reading when that anger flared up, but I HAD to keep reading to discover the whole story.  I couldn't stop no matter how much I disliked these characters.  Well played, Mathieu.  Well. Played.

The multiple points of view in this book was the perfect way to tell Alice's story.  Well, actually.  This ISN'T Alice's story. Not really.  Alice just happens to be the target at which everyone projects their own insecurities and general overall horribleness.  This story really belongs to the whole town of Healy.  They are the ones you'll get to know and loathe.  (I beg you to reconsider your ways if you find yourself identifying with the behaviors exhibited by any of these individuals.  Except for Kurt.  Kurt is da man, yo.)  Wrapping up with a chapter in Alice's POV was brilliant. LOVED that.

THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE reminded me of why I love contemporary YA so much.  They are stories that we can closely identify with because we have (or know someone who has) been through the same kinds of things the hero's and heroine's of this genre go through.  I grew up in a small-ish town and saw the same gross behaviors we see in this story.  It's probably why I never go back there.

I love the idea of a teen picking up this story.  No doubt in my mind that it will help someone who has been made to feel inadequate because of another person's insecurities feel better about themselves.  Consider giving this book to a teen in your life. After reading it yourself. :)






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Tour: EARTHQUAKE by Aprilynne Pike




Welcome to our stop on the EARTHQUAKE blog tour! Tavia's journey continues in this thrilling sequel and I'm so happy to be sharing my review of EARTHQUAKE with you today.

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour sponsored by the dynamic duo behind Book Nerd Tours



          JULY 8th: I Am A Reader – What’s On Aprilynne’s Desk/In Her Purse

          JULY 9th: Such A Novel Idea – Review
          JULY 10th: Wholly Books – 10 Random Things about Aprilynne
          JULY 11th: Ex Libris – Review
          JULY 12th: Mundie Moms – Review
          JULY 13th: Fiction Fare  A Day In The Life of Aprilynne Pike
          JULY 14th: Gone With The Words – Review
          JULY 15th: Fiktshun  Character Interview
          JULY 16th: Fictitious Delicious – Review
          JULY 17thMe, My Shelf and I – Review
          JULY 18thJean Book Nerd – Review
       


THE BOOK


EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2)
by Aprilynne Pike
Release date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 352

Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.






THE REVIEW




WOW.  This one is action packed!  While I felt that something was missing from EARTHBOUND, the first book in this series, EARTHQUAKE hit the spot. I really enjoyed this one!

It might not be a bad to idea to skim through EARTHBOUND before diving into this vat of spun sugar.  While I certainly remembered the major plot points from the first book, specific events from that time are referenced here and some of those details were a bit fuzzy for me.  Pike does a good job of recapping but there are just SO MANY NAMES to remember.

Be prepared for a love triangle of epic proportions.  (That alone should tell you that things are NOT what they seem in book one.)  I don't envy Tavia.  Both of her love interests are good guys (probably?) and have her best interest at heart. (maybe?)  It's an interesting decision she has to make--the boy she's fated to love or the boy she's fallen in love with of her own accord.  There's not an easy answer. Turns out that who Tavia thought she wanted isn't who....oh never mind. You'll have to read the book for THOSE kind of details. :)

Carve out a good chunk of time to read this one.  Seriously.  The action will captivate you and the mystery will make it impossible to put down. White knuckled reading is almost guaranteed.  And don't let all the science make you feel inept.  I'm pretty it's 100% factual.  I haven't heard of one Earthbound complain about Pike not getting her facts straight. :)

Count me in on the "anxiously awaiting book three" club.  I'm metaphorically dying to see the conclusion!





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Find Aprilynne:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter 





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Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: RUSH by Nyrae Dawn


Release date: May 6, 2014
Genre: New Adult LGBT Romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
Pages: 256
Source: ARC




This new adult, male/male romance will capture the audience who fell in love with Nyrae Dawn's Games Trilogy.

For the love of the game.

Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he's desperately tried to put behind him.

Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can't deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.


Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he's a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives.



Fictitious Delicious Rating: 4.5


It isn't often that I review the LGBT romance books I read on the blog. I know it's not necessarily a genre that many readers of this blog read, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce you all to RUSH and give you a chance to see how wonderful these stories can be.

RUSH is a love story.  Pure and simple as unrefined sugar.  And just as sweet.  We've got Brandon and Alec who are pretty sure they're in love, an issue that is keeping them from being together and a ray of hope for a happily ever after. See? Romance. The issue at hand just happens to be one that straight couples don't have to tackle. Brandon and Alec's story is further complicated by the fact that Brandon is a college football player which makes his sexual orientation even more difficult to be honest about.  This kind of thing is happening in real life and is so very relevant.

In true Nyrae style, this story is going to grab you from the get-go. Which means you're going to become heavily invested in the characters and all of their feels will become your feels. Which means you'll identify with Alec and Brandon and a level you may not have thought possible.  Which will make you a well rounded individual.  Which will get you a promotion at work.  So.  Reading this book will bring home that big promotion you've been hoping for.  Or not.  You might just walk away with a new favorite story and the inability to stop thinking about Alec and Brandon long after you finish their story.  Which is as good as any old boring promotion, yeah?

Quick note:  Alec and Brandon were first introduced in FOUR SUMMERS, a YA novel written by Nyrae and published last year.  I didn't read that book before picking up RUSH and kind of wish I would have.  I think I missed a portion of their back story that would have been helpful to know when prior events are mentioned.  Consider picking up that story, too.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on RUSH, too!  Sound off in the comments.




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review: PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama



PLUS ONE
by Elizabeth Fama

Release date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 373
Source: ARC


It takes guts to deliberately mutilate your hand while operating a blister-pack sealing machine, but all I had going for me was guts.

Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By violating the day-night curfew, Sol is committing a serious crime, and when the kidnap attempt goes awry it starts a chain of events that will put Sol in mortal danger, uncover a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population, and throw her together with D'Arcy Benoît, the Ray medical apprentice who first treats her, then helps her outrun the authorities—and with whom she is fated to fall impossibly and irrevocably in love.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights—and a compelling, rapid-fire romantic adventure story.

Fictitious Delicious Rating: 4


I took one look at this cover and knew this book had to be mine. Yes, I did the whole "judging a book by its cover" on this one but LOOK AT IT. It's breathtakingly gorgeous. And that lip lock screams my name in a serious way.  Certainly this is a mushy gushy love story, right?  Oh, no. This story is one part romance and fourteen parts action/adventure/science fiction/dystopian/drama goodness all wrapped up in cover worthy of being hung on a wall and called art. 

Not gonna lie. This book is smarter than me. Like, a LOT smarter. It's so smart that there are parts that went above my head, but you know what? I kind of love when that happens.  I don't have to question if an actual THING could happen because I just believe that it could.  Boom.  Happy reader.  And the way Fama weaves storylines together is so fun!  I found myself quickly turning pages so I could see what happens next. Twists and turns abound!

While I love a good romance, I think my favorite relationship in this book was between Sol and Poppu, her grandfather.  Oh, heck.  Who am I kidding?! I freaking love Sol and D'Arcy.  It's a slow building romance that had me COL (cheering out loud) and D'Arcy is one of those good guys that I can't help but fall for. (Though Sol outshines him because she's a remarkable heroine!) But watching Sol and Poppu AND her brother, Ciel work through this story really was my favorite part.  For real.

Now, I hear a lot of people say that they're SO OVER dystopian books, but listen to me.  PLUS ONE is a refreshing story and reads more like science fiction than dystopian.  Give it a chance, you naysayers of genres.  I'm willing to bet you'll like it.






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