Cover Reveal: The Avery Shaw Experiment + Giveaway!

I’m sorry that I’ve not been posting. I’m just crazy busy with assignments and papers. Please, bear with me for a few days and then I’ll be back for good. Anyways, today I have a beautiful cover for you guys. I really love it. It looks all cute, summer and fun. What do you think?

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: ebook
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Release Date: May 2013

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

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Grayson finally noticed Aiden and I on the couch. “What are you two dorks doing?”

“Learning about steroids,” I said cheerfully. “You should probably know that using them can cause acne, testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, prostate enlargement and gynecomastia.”

Grayson looked rightfully appalled. “Gyneco-what-ia?”

“Enlarged breasts in men,” Aiden translated. “So you should lay off the juice before you have to start borrowing Avery’s bras.”

I gasped at the mention of my underwear and whacked Aiden’s shoulder hard.

Behind me, Grayson laughed. I knew he was about to deliver a comeback, but I refused to look at him. Seconds later his breath was warm on my neck. He whispered just low enough that his mother couldn’t hear what he said. “I like my bras colorful and lacey, Aves. Not sure your collection would do it for me.”

Total mortification. Grayson may be as close as family to me, but he was still one of the hottest, most popular guys in our whole school. Him discussing my bras in that low sexy voice that could stop a girl’s heart on the spot made my lungs constrict. Plus, he was right of course. My bras were all of the plain white cotton variety.

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About The Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye

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Before my older sister Francesca died, I worked at the bakery and wrote songs, but now I write lists. Lists like ten reasons why it’s my fault Francesca’s dead, or five reasons why I should try and win Howie back, or one reason why I need to stop lying to everyone, including myself.

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is an extraordinary novel about one family’s struggle to make sense of their world after losing a family member to addiction. Through sixteen-year-old Carmella’s eyes, we witness the courage and strength it takes to overcome the consequences of grief, guilt and co-dependency. WIth conviction and determination, Carmella shows us what can happen when we’re open to love, feel the pain of our loss, and find the courage to accept the truth of our lives.

Review:
I like how the author has balanced the emotions in the book. It wasn’t downright sad or depressing, which is what I was scared about. It has moments of smile and tears both and it’s all very well done.

“Hi, I’m Carmella. My sister just died, I can’t sleep, I don’t eat, and I’ve got boy phobia so I can’t speak.”

I liked Carmella. She doesn’t know how to live without her sister and best friend, Francesca. She feels guilty for her death and is scared to open up about it. I wanted her to talk to her parents or Anna or anyone, she just keeps so much bottled up inside her. She isn’t trying to move on with her life. She wears black everyday and is just hiding from her life. She grows up through the course of the book and realizes how she is different from her sister. 

The romance is perfect. It’s realistic and awkward, sweet and adorable. This is how teenage love should be like. I loved Howie and all his ways. I also liked that romance was a part of the book but it didn’t just take over the entire plot.  Howie brought laughter and love back into Carmella’s life.
“Howie makes me think there’s a chance my life could get better”.
I liked Anna and she was a really nice friend. I think all relationships in the book are real and honest. Donny was someone who actually helped Carmella the most. The first few scenes, he seemed like a jerk but I guess it was not his fault. That was the alcohol talking. I hope he changed his lifestyle.

I liked the writing really very much. It’s simple and I think a good author is one who could give depth to the simplest of words. 
“So I turn away and walk along the wall of books, touching the spine of each one with my fingers, wondering what lurks inside the pages, wondering if someone became so torn apart by a story she’d decide to never take a chance on reading that kind of book again”.

My feelings for her parents are so all over the place. In the beginning, I was really mad with their responses and nothing-has-changed attitude. But I get it. Everybody deals with grief differently, some stay quite, some lie, some cry, some talk and some just ignore. They were scared and just trying to live through all of it. 

The romance is the best thing about the book. I wouldn’t have liked the book so much if it wasn’t for Howie. Also, the writing is perfect. I will be looking forward to more books by the author.

I recommend the book to everyone. 
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Blog Tour Review: Derailed and Veer + Giveaway!

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When you’re lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.
Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.

REVIEW:

Derailed is easy to get into and like. It’s cute and romantic. Sometimes a little cheesy but hey, I’m not complaining. I just breezed through the book and before I knew it I was on the last page. I loved the country setting. I felt like I was watching Sweet Home Alabama. Now, that’s a cute movie!

Molly blames herself for the death of her fiancé So, to get away from his memories and start fresh, she leaves law school and goes back home to Clayton Falls. Molly is not looking for a relationship and especially not with Ben, she broke his heart once and doesn’t want to hurt him again but Ben has other plans. He never stopped loving Molly and this time he is not letting her go.

I loved the chemistry between Ben and Molly. They are super sweet together. Ben is sweet and totally swoon worthy though he gets a little overbearing at times. I couldn’t connect with Molly. She blamed herself too much and for things that are not at all her fault. But she grows up through the novel and starts making the right choices. 


Gavin irritated me. He was kinda creepy and wasn’t enough competition to Ben in order to create an interesting love triangle. He never had a chance with Molly and I just wanted him to get away from her. I liked Jake. Kelly was fun and a good friend to Molly. I liked that everyone was so protective of Molly and cared about her. Character development could have been better. 


All in all, it’s a fun, sweet, fluffy romance novel. If you love rekindled, high school romances, you will probably like it too.


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Only when you let go can you learn to live.

Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.
Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.
When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

REVIEW:
If you’ve read my derailed review, you would know that I didn’t like Gavin much. So I was naturally a little wary of reading his story. But, yeah Gavin turned out to be quite a revelation to me. He is sweet and vulnerable at times. He is trying to protect himself from more heart ache. 

His last breakup was bad and he has issues with trust so he is rude to Becca and tries to stay away from her. And when I say rude I mean he is a complete ass/jerk to her. Their first meeting was a disaster and if I were Becca I wouldn’t have talked to such a guy again . His reasons for being rude to her were also not good enough. Sorry Gavin! 


I loved his family. They were so amazing and I’m glad that he finally decided to move on with life and follow his dream. It’s really never too late.


Becca has scars and past of her own. She is likeable and nice. She befriends Jake and their relationship was cute. I though Jake liked her as more than a friend but I’m not sure. Becca’s issues were justified and I felt bad that she had to go through so much. Her story was heart-wrenching. Gavin cares for Becca and she feels safe with him like she has never felt. They were perfect for each other. My only complaint with Becca is that she forgave Gavin quite easily. He treated her like shit. She should have made him sweat a little more.


Jake needs to stop drinking and grow up. I’m looking forward to his story. Molly and Ben make appearances and are just adorable.I think this was written better than the first one. It’s light, easy and a fast read. Read the first book, see if you like it and then pick this one up.


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Forever My Girl: Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

                                    Author: Heidi McLaughlin

Release: December 27th

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. 
I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.
And now I’m going back.
After ten years.
I hope I can explain that after all this time.
I still want her to be my forever girl.


About The Author
My grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am. 
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets. During the day you’ll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I’m writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games. I’m also an active reviewer on The Readiacs – a site I own with my best friend and uber special beta, Yvette.

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Love Like Krazy: Blurb + Giveaway!

Title: Love Like Krazy
Author: Kristen Beairsto

Publisher: Self
Length: 122 pages
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre:Contemporary
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Blurb:
Most women would probably be offended at being mistaken for a stripper, but Kit Conner finds the situation rather comical. But despite Kit’s outward appearance of being able to handle just about anything, few are aware of the dark secrets Kit harbors and the demons she hides by cloaking herself in a wall of crazy antics and an outrageous fashion sense. As she returns to her hometown to play the role of maid of honor for her best friend’s wedding, Kit’s determined to hold on to those she holds dear for as long as she can. The only thing standing in her way is the absurd attraction she feels for Benjamin Mathews. 

Benjamin Mathews is a guy who appreciates things to be slow, steady, and safe. Ben knows many consider him to be boring, but he’s happy with his life and loves the horse ranch he runs with his brother. The only thing he worries about is surviving the planning of his brother’s wedding.
With a wedding between Kit’s best friend and Ben’s younger brother fraying the nerves of everyone involved, Kit’s return home brings out her dark secrets into the light. The emotional overload starts to weigh on Kit and she begins to see Ben as an anchor. As their relationship intensifies, Kit struggles to believe they might actually have a future and soon finds herself fighting for the love she never thought possible.

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ARC Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you 
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enragedand out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?) Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.

Review:

I really love the cover. Blue and white look awesome together!
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Have you ever been so angry that nothing else matters. That all you wanted was to throw something or punch someone? 

Rose Zarelli, is angry. Angry because her father died, angry that her brother would rather spend thanksgiving with his girlfriend than her, angry that her mother is acting more like a therapist than a mom, angry that her best friend Tracy wants to have sex with a guy who is a complete jerk, angry that the guy she likes has a girlfriend who is mean and wants to destroy her life.  

Before starting the book I was a little skeptical. I mean, the MC is 14 years old. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to connect with her but I loved the book. It’s one of the most realistic novel that I have read in a long time. 

I liked Rose. I could understand her anger and pain. Losing someone is hard. Moving on with life is not easy especially for a 14 year old girl who just enters the big bad world i.e. High School. Rose has flaws, she takes some bad decisions. All these things made her real and relate-able. I liked Jamie. He is kinda cute with his mysterious ways and I can see that he cares for Rose. It’s sweet. Though I would have liked him better if he would have let Rose punch Regina. I really hate Regina. How can anyone be so mean? *hmph* Tracy, um…I didn’t like her. She was not a good friend. She was just too selfish and weak. But towards the end, she does realize her mistake and I hope she will be more like-able in the next book. 

The writing is really good. I could feel the emotions that Rose was going through. I even shed a few tears with her whenever she talked about her Dad. The author did a great job in getting into the head of a 14 year old.  I wish this book came out when I was 14. 

Rose grows so much through the book. I hope she made that website for her father. I really liked the idea. I didn’t know that this book was a part of the series. The ending left me wanting more. I need the next book.

 This was provided by HarlequinTeen as an ARC from NetGalley.

Cover Reveal & Review: I Loved You First + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on ILYF blog tour hosted by the wonderful author Reena Jacobs. There is a new cover and awesome giveaways to mark the one year anniversary of “I LOVED YOU FIRST.” 

What do you think of the cover?

Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One―she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two―he’s gay. As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affection to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever. 
I LOVED YOU FIRST is a new adult love story told through the eyes of Alex, an African-American/Caucasian student, who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality.

I Loved You First is on sale until August 5. Readers can pick up I Loved You First for $0.99 at Amazon & Barnes & Nobles or use the coupon code below at Smashwords.
Promotional price: $0.99
Regular price: $4.95
Coupon Code: XY82H
Expires: August 5, 2012
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Review:

Being in love with your best friend is complicated and it makes matter worse if your best friend is gay!
Alex has been in love with Seth. She cherishes the small amount of time they spend together even if it doesn’t lead into anything. She is happy just being his side-kick. He drags her to parties and games and she goes with him, always beside her and somehow she has lost herself in his shadow. 
I liked Alex.  She is shy and scared of facing the world on her own. I could connect with her. She cares about Seth and stands by him. I though she was brave and really nice. 
Seth, um…..ok I need to be honest, he seemed like a jerk to me, yes, I know he went through a lot and was scared and confused. But I didn’t like the way he treated Alex.  To be fair, what he went through was really harsh. How can people be so mean? He doesn’t deserve it. Nobody deserves this.
The writing is good and novel is gripping. The characters are well developed and the plot is interesting.
The story is short and doesn’t drag unnecessary. It’s a really fast read. I finished it in a day. I though the novel was realistic and the characters and their problems were dealt with nicely. Trinity is a great character. She is fun and cheerful with a lot of spark. I really like her. I liked how the book ended. Alex grows up and comes out of her shell. It was a satisfying end to a good story. Alex goes through some ups and downs but she never just gives up and that is admirable, even when the people are rude she still gives them a chance. I liked that about her.
Reena Jacobs is an amazing author.  She has written a wonderful novel. Go and read it!
                                                 
                                           AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Reena Jacobs is just a writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog.


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Is it a good idea to pursue a dating relationship with a friend? And why/why not?
I think love is all about taking chances. Friendship can be the first step towards love and I strongly believe that if you like someone you should go ahead and tell them. You never know, they might feel the same way.
So, yes, it’s a good idea but I don’t have any experience. So I could be wrong.
What do you think?

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

REVIEW:
Once I started reading the book I just couldn’t put it down. 
The book is not perfect, not even close but still the book has been written pretty well. The story made me feel all warm and giddy, made me smile and that’s all you need sometimes.
When you  read it,  don’t over-think, it won’t get you anywhere. The book is not meant to be taken seriously(I’m hoping). It’s just a light and easy read.  
After all romance novels are supposed to be an escape from reality. Right?
Travis is hot, there are problems with his character(Discussed below)that I cannot ignore but there is no denying the fact that he is sexy and I was swooning over him. I can read the book again. 

Things I disliked…. 
Travis Maddox is not the ideal hero not even close. 
He has flaws…when he gets angry he drinks, breaks stuff and sleeps with random girls.
In the real world he would probably have a lot of restraining orders issued against him but bad boys seem to make a book more interesting and certainly more hot 😛

Everything aside, I loved the book. It was quite entertaining and romantic.  

All The Wrong Reasons (Wrong Reasons, #1)

Irelyn’s life is headed in the right direction: College education, new friends, fantastic boyfriend. Her dream of writing romance novels isn’t too far out of reach. Her relationship with her family is good. And to top it all off, she’s positive her boyfriend is going to propose soon. Yes, life is wonderful. 
Until that night with Lucas changes everything.

Author: J.L. Paul 

I am so angry. I have this huge TBR pile and I wasted my entire day on this book. It was so not worth it! Urgh….                       
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I can’t read this book anymore. I am at page number 80 and I am fed up with all the drama. 
My main problem with the book is the female protagonist Irelyn (what is the deal with her name?). She is a selfish, stupid and a big-fat liar. She doesn’t think about anyone other than herself. And yet, everyone seems to love her. When you don’t like the main character, it is really hard to like the book. I still tried.

In short, the plot is that, Irelyn cheats on her boyfriend(Dustin) then feels guilty and then cheats on him again. 
And she does this for almost the entire book (Atleast, for as long as I could bear to read it). 
Lucas is the guy she is sleeping with. He is supposed to be a one-night stand but she can’t control herself around him. (Really?) She doesn’t even have proper conversation with Lucas. Granted, he is hot with a sexy Australian accent but cheating is never cool and it makes me sad that books like this are trying to justify it.

At one point, when she thinks that she might be pregnant with Lucas’s child, she is ready to lie to her boyfriend and tell him that the baby is his. 

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The book and the characters were really getting on my nerves so I decided to not read it any further. 
What surprises me is that the book has such a high rating. It even has a sequel. *breaks down and cries* 
Maybe, something is wrong with me.(I knew this day would come!) 
I liked thoughtless, so I assumed I would like this book too.(If you haven’t guessed, I didn’t)

P.S. I don’t like giving bad reviews. But I truly hated this book. 

Book Review: Easy

                              

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When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her formed circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.


Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

Review:
I LOVED this book. I really can’t explain how much but let me just say that it’s a beautiful story and I really didn’t expect to like it so much.
The story, the characters everything is so real. Lucas is amazing, totally swoon-worthy. I liked Jacqueline, I loved Erin.
I also like the fact that it’s not just a boy-meet-girl kind of story but there is an actual plot and an issue dealt with in the book.
I am going to read it again and maybe after that I could write a review that could do justice to the book.