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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Uses for Boys: Blog Tour Review + Except & Giveaway!

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna’s new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can’t know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.
3.5 stars

REVIEW:

I’m having a hard time putting my feelings for this book into words. It was not an easy read. It’s sad, depressing and leaves you feeling helpless. It takes you through a dark tunnel and for a long time there was no light, no hope. But it’s engaging and captivating. I know that some girls will be able to relate to it and it may help them. The cover actually fooled me, I thought it was going to be a light, fluffy read. It was not what I was expecting.

Anna is a girl that we don’t like to talk about. A girl who had a tough life, who was abandoned by her father, whose mother didn’t take care of her. Anna is a girl who made wrong decisions, who believed love and sex to be the same, who never accepted reality and what it brought. And us not talking, maybe that’s the problem. Loneliness is a demon and that’s the worse there is. People need each other and love. No child should grow up without love. Anna would go to boys looking for affection because she didn’t find it at home. It makes sense. But not all boys she went to, were good or right for her. Sometimes the boys used her, she is filling a void but she is still alone.

I wanted to talk to her, to tell her things to help her because she was alone and the world is not an easy place. I was angry at her mother, yes, I see that she was going through her own issues but then she is still a mom and she should have been there for her daughter. I’m furious at Todd and the fact that Anna never talked about it to anyone. It also bothers me that he can just walk on with his life after doing something like that. I’m confused because I don’t understand what Toy brought to the story. I’m happy that she found Sam and I’m hopeful for her future. See the amount of things this book made me feel. 

This book is not for everyone. The writing style, while I liked it, I just feel that it wasn’t right for the book. I had a hard time accepting certain things but the characters are realistic and her story is gritty and honest. I am not very happy with the ending and there were times when I wasn’t sure what was the point of the whole book. I saw things but there is a lack of depth and I couldn’t feel sympathy for Anna. So my feelings are a little mixed but I think you should give it a try.

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EXCERPT: 

Sam’s house is everything I wanted, but didn’t know to want.


“I’m home,” he calls, pushing open the heavy wooden door with me close behind. Past him, worn hardwood floors stretch through archways into a patchwork of deeply colored rags. The house thrums with the smell of roasting meat, the murmur of voices, rustling movement. There are thick curtains in muted patterns draping the windows and sheltering Sam’s family from the city outside. 

I want to wrap myself in this house like a blanket.

Instinctively I take Sam’s hand and then, just as quickly, I drop it. He keeps walking and I’m still in the entry, fixed in front of a wall of framed family pictures. Dozens of them: here is Sam and a similarly featured little sister; a solemn and masculine brother; and the mother, casual, relaxed and happy. Here is a bookish bearded father. Black-and-white. Color. The house is warm and I feel flushed. This home pulses with their shared life. I don’t belong here. I turn to leave, but Sam puts his hand against my back.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When Erica was a kid all she did was write. She dropped out of high school and attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where she was surrounded by writers and artists.
But then, in Erica’s early twenties, she got a job. She worked hard at that job for 15 years and didn’t write a word.
Then this happened: Erica walked into a bookstore and bought two books by Francesca Lia Block. No particular reason, she just liked their covers. Then Erica read everything Francesca wrote. She read all the YA she could. She still does. Erica think’s the world that happens between 13 and 17 is everything.
She quit her job. Studied writing. And then spent three and a half years writing Uses for Boys. Now she’s working on a new novel and it’s like falling down a hole. Writing her first novel taught her nothing about writing the next one.


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Review: Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #1)

Author: Jillian Dodd


Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table. 
She’s just not sure she wants it anymore. Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.

Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. 

Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. 

It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.

And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends. 

To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker.

An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together. 

And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

REVIEW:
When I started the book I thought that I would like it. It seemed cute and fun. It started well and I was okay when we had only three guys(I think!) in the picture.  

I liked Cush the most. He was super cute and adorable, but for no rhyme or reason he does something that is completely unlike his character and royally screws up. So, Keatyn breaks up with him and the book starts to go downhill from here.  (At least for me)

The MC Keatyn is shallow and jumps from one guy to next and apparently she loves all of them. huh! 
I just don’t understand her. I don’t have a problem with her being spoiled or fickle minded or stupid. My problem is that the character shows no growth. She has no redeeming qualities and is so damn irritating. 

The ENDING is my biggest issue. End the book when the stalker gets caught and give me a satisfying end. Don’t just drag the story because there is a sequel planned. I don’t want her to go to a boarding school and meet more guys. And poor Cush, he was just put out of the picture. Why? If Brooklyn can know about Keatyn’s location, why can’t Cush? There are many loose ends and so many things that make no sense. 

The book has no logic and kinda assumes that readers are STUPID. I don’t like that. I won’t pick up the second book. The book could have been loads better. Many people do like it so, read more reviews, think about it and then decide whether you want to buy it or not. 

Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.
Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.
For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.
Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

REVIEW: 

Callie and Kayden are two people who have been through a Hell LOT and all I wanted, was to give them a giant hug. I felt their pain as it was my own. This is a beautiful, emotional and heart breaking story. I think the message the book tries to convey is that horrible things happen, things that you can’t imagine but there is always hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel, all you have to do, is to keep moving forward. It’s hard and scary but it needs to be done. 

In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.” 


Callie and Kayden, did in many ways, move forward. It’s really a great coincidence that they met because I think they can save each other and together they can help themselves too.  

I really like the writing. I came to care for the characters and felt a myriad of emotions. I was shouting at the book. It’s one of those book that you close and feel exhausted because it’s taken you on this ride and it took you by surprise and you weren’t sure how to feel and then when it ended, all the emotions came rushing back. (Did that make sense? Maybe the gif will help.)
This is my first book by the author and I am super impressed. Going to read all her books now. Every moment of the book felt real to me. The romance progresses slowly and I think that was the way to go because both the characters have been through so much that it only makes sense that they will take time to trust and begin again. The book is intense, amazing  and I recommend you to read it if you look for substance in a book. 

It’s sad that there is so much evil in the world. But there is good too. Like Seth, he was the best friend anyone could ask for her. No judgement, no pressure. He was always there was Callie and I’m glad she found him. He pushed her to move ahead. He made her better and sometimes all you need is a friend who understands. 

I don’t like cliffhangers. Really, it’s painful to be so involved in a book and then for it to end on such a note. NO! It’s not cool. I WANT the next book.  I’m going to stalk the author on twitter now. I need to know when the sequel comes out.  I thought it was a standalone. If it were up to me I would ban cliffhangers. 
Recommended to fans of Easy by Tammara Webber.

Favorite Quotes
“It’s amazing how the things you remember forever are the things you’d rather forget and the things you desperately want to grasp onto seem to slip away like sand in the wind.”

“The day I changed is like a scar. It’s there, a memory in my mind, something I always remember, and can never erase.”

“It’s amazing how the things you remember forever are the things you’d rather forget and the things you desperately want to grasp onto seem to slip away like sand in the wind.”

Blog Tour Review: Bluff + Giveaway!

“To the medical world, I was a host body, surviving only to bring a new life into the world. And while I wanted to die more than anything in the world, I never wanted this. No, I never wanted to cease to exist. This was the worst death of all.”

Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is. In this poignantly crafted literary novel, the mystery unfolds and the suspense builds as the consequences of Jude’s decisions threaten to reveal everyone’s deceptions, even her own. Bluff offers a sensitive look at essential questions such as the value of human life, the consciousness of those in a coma and the morality of terminating life support. At the core is the story of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed.

REVIEW:
This is not my favorite genre so when I started reading the book I was not prepared for the effect it will have on me. It’s not a pleasant book, not at all. It’s gritty, honest and raw. It talks about things that we tend to not talk about and sometimes I felt uncomfortable, sad, depressed but I was also intrigued and engaged with the story. I was captivated and just couldn’t put the book down. 

I wanted to know what really happened to Jude, how did she end up falling from the bluff, who was the father of the baby? All these questions made me turn page after page. 


The characters are all so real. The depth that the author has given each character is applause worthy. I’m truly impressed with the writing because to treat all these issues in a single book is not an easy task. But the author has excelled because I felt connected to all the characters. I didn’t necessarily agree with all of them but I understood them. Their dilemmas, problems, secrets and issues. 


I form opinions quite easily and this book is like a slap in the face. It talks about how sometimes we assume things about people without even knowing them. Every character in the book is in some way misunderstood especially Jude. We should give everyone the benefit of doubt and not judge people.

The most shocking thing was the revelation of the baby’s father. I feel sick and I really want to kill him. Hearing his thoughts made me furious. 


I recommend this book to everyone. Yes, it’s serious and there aren’t many chances when you will laugh but it talks about issues that are important and need to be talked about and it’s written well with the author showing empathy and respect to the characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She is an award-winning author with the single goal of resonating with others. Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, 18 books published, a daily blog and weekly newspaper column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for “Burnt Toast.,” her first anthology of her award winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message. 
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WinterHaven Sleigh Tour: Winter Book Review + Giveaway!

Today I am excited to join WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I am posting my choice of Winter Book Review! To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors ofNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

REVIEW:
The plot of the book is really cool and fun to read. I loved the dares and the idea of finding love through correspondence via letters or in this case a red moleskin notebook, sounds so mysterious and fun. Maybe in reality it’s not that fun. I mean the guy could turn out to be a serial killer or something, right? What I’m trying to say is that I’m not going to put a notebook filled with dares to find my Dash. Well, unless I see some really cute guy in my library. (That never happens)

I think Levithan’s Dash is kind of awesome. He is snarly and intelligent and I guess I have a thing for such kind of people, considering my friends are like that.  I really like that he wants an OED for Christmas.  I liked his quirky ways and sarcastic lines.
Lily is awesome too. A little weird and odd, yes, but she is just so comfortable with who she is and that is the best thing a girl can be. I would like to be friends with her. 
Both the characters are relate-able and I seriously appreciate that both of them had such love and respect for books. 
The romance is not corny or cheesy. It’s devoid of cliches (thankfully!) but you need to have a dictionary nearby to go through this book. (too many big word) I think the authors are trying a little too hard to appear smart. (Tone it down a little bit, will ya?) Though that’s not at all, a bad thing, especially because without the amazing writing the book would not be what it is. 

I want to mention all my favorite quotes but I can’t because I cannot post the entire book here as that would probably infringe a variety of copyright laws. So my suggestion is to read the book on your own. It’s a perfect book to snuggle with on Christmas. 

*Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!*

“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint – ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy – all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know – this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtships. They want to know immediately.”



As part of the festivities, WinterHaven Books is hosting an international giveaway that will include a copy of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (Signed by Levithan and Cohn) and a copy of Let it Snow to four lucky winners. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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Blog Tour Review + Giveaway!: Embers in a Dark Frost

Author: Kelly Keaton  
The Fire Breathers have come. The Underworld calls. A choice must be made…


With her feared half blood and flame-colored hair, DEIRA D’ANU is a constant reminder of human betrayal and the war that claimed the light from Innis Fail. Now, darkness and frost creep across the land, strengthening the Lord of the Underworld. War is imminent—an allegiance with the Fire Breathers is vital. When their champion, Balen, sees Deira, he believes she is the key to finding the light and stopping the dark frost…. 

But the Underworld calls to Deira, tempting her to turn her back on a world that never cared and betray the champion willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe and save his world from darkness.

REVIEW:
I really liked this book. The story kept me captivated and the world building is truly amazing but what I liked best of all is the writing. It sets the tone of the book. Kelly has created a great world and stayed true to it through and through.  
I could imagine the places, the creatures, everything has been described with such detail and I loved that. This is my first book by the author and now I am a fan. I’m gonna read all her books.

Deira was always looked down upon because she has human blood in her veins and humans are responsible for taking light from Innis Fail. She was never given a choice in her life. People decided for her, told her to hide behind a veil, her grandfather decided to trade her to the Sydhr, the fire breathers in exchange of protection from Nox. She was treated as a thing and not a person. But the King of Sydhr, Balen, has different intentions. He knows of a prophecy told by his mother that a halfling could bring back the light to their world but Balen would die in that process. 

Diera is confused and isn’t really sure if she wants to go on this journey to retrieve the light. She doesn’t believe in fate, and does not want to put all her faith in a prediction. I understand her dilemma and I think she is strong and feisty  She also has a good heart though she doesn’t give herself enough credit for that. 

“Don’t you see? I’m tired. I walk these halls like a shadow. I want to live, to feel, to take my life in my hands and do what I will with it. I have that right.”


Balen is honorable, loyal and a great leader. He doesn’t want to die but is willing to sacrifice his life for his people and his land. 

“I would rather die trying, than to grow old and watch my land, my people, those I love perish. I would lay down my life this very moment if it meant turning back the frost.”


He is also this alpha male, the warrior, tough, handsome, rugged that I couldn’t help but swoon over. I did feel that somehow he resigned himself to his fate quite easily. I wanted a little more fight. Also I wan’t happy with the secret he kept from Diera. I think he should have told her.  It was her choice to make and I was a little disappointed with him for taking it away.

Balen and Diera have great chemistry. I was rooting for them and wishing for Balen to survive. Their conversations was funny and cute. The bathing scene (yes, I am calling it that) was steamy. 

Balen ended the kiss by pulling my bottom lip into his mouth and between his teeth, biting it gently before letting go and kissing me softly. His lips spread into a grin as he moved a strand of wet hair from my neck and licked the place where it had been.

There are some interesting secondary characters as well. My favorite would be Ferryn. 

“It’s all right,” he said with a shrug. “I make females speechless all the time.”


Nox is the lord of the underworld. He gains power from the darkness. Nox is a complex character. He wages wars and kill innocents but he has also been wronged in the past. He has not been treated fairly. He has reasons, of course that cannot justify his acts but they do make you not hate him. I love such characters, that confuse you, make you question the whole black and white thing. The kind of character that you can’t make your mind about and even though I hated the things he did I don’t really hate him. Does that make sense?
It’s a great tale and I was totally enamored by the world created. The pace is good and there is action. Waiting for the next book in the series. The ending was E-V-I-L. How can you end it like that? I need to know what happend next, NOW. 
I recommend it to all fantasy lover but it is for older teens.  Keep that in mind. :p

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Betwixt Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well. 


Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

REVIEW: 
There are a lot of things that I loved about this book. It made me cry quite a few times. It’s a book about second chances, how sometimes when things are at the lowest possible point, we are given a chance to change things, to make a decision, to make it all better. I am an optimist and I love such stories. So it made me happy.

The characters are very well developed. Even the secondary characters have depth and I so love it when an author puts effort into the characters. That’s one thing that can make or break a book or me. 
Nicki’s boyfriend abandoned her on an isolated road when she refused to have sex with him(what a jerk, right?).  Later she gets hit by a car and is lying injured and alone in a dark place. Her soul (I think) is free from her body (though she is not dead, yet) and hovers around but nobody can see or hear her. She sees how broken her parents are, how her friends don’t really care and assume that she has run away. No one is looking for her. But this guy Dale, with whom she was nothing but mean, can actually hear her and he wants to help her. So they start a search to find Nicki’s body and find out what happened to her. 
Nicki is an incredibly likeable character. Yes, she was mean to people, she partied, slept around and didn’t let anyone in before the accident but she wasn’t always like that. Things happened that changed her. She had reasons and I could understand her. This was her way of coping. It broke my heart that she thought she didn’t deserve to live. She is not whiny (even though she has every right to be), she made me smile and was just so strong. 
Dale is amazing. I freakin’ love him. He was just so sweet and nice and loyal and the list can go on. I was totally swooning over him. He is just genuinely a really nice guy. Dale is one of those characters that make a book better just by being there. He never gave up on Nicki and saw the good in her. 
It did bother me a little that he accepted that he could hear Nicki so easily. I would have run in opposite direction shouting, if I were in his situation but maybe Dale is just that good a guy and would help anyone who asked. 

“I want to catch you when you fall.” He grins.

“And I want to kiss you every day, but not just because I’m saying goodbye.”

The plot isn’t really new. It’s been explored in some movies and books already. But the characters are real and you can empathize with them. Even the boy who caused the accident, you feel pity for him. It’s actually applause worthy that every character is so distinct from others. The romance is sweet and progresses well. It has a pretty good pace and you will be rooting for them to end up together and for Nicki’s survival. It’s emotional, it’s well written with great characters.  What else can I say? Go and read it.
Also, for every copy of Betwixt sold $1 will be donated to Love146, it gives children, who are caught up difficult situation, a second chance. Now that is just plain awesome.

“I don’t know what you think you’ve done to have the right to talk like that, but whether you like it or not, I’m finding you.”

“Sometimes we just have to accept the fact we can’t explain everything. Life happens, whether we want it to or not and we don’t always have a reason why. Our job is to try and make some good come out of it.”

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The Unresisting Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Author: Shane Morgan
Seventeen year old Natasha Johnson is having a rough year. Her twin brother, Sean, died last summer after a car crash, and her parents decided to pack up and leave the only home she’d known all her life. It’s a lot to take in, and Nat has decidedly given up on the world, until moving to Stetson Valley and meeting high school ‘outcast’, Chace Owens.


Chace’s dark and mysterious aura is not exactly seen as ‘normal’, but Nat already knows that not a lot of things are of the norm when it comes to her life. She soon finds herself unable to resist Chace’s strange pull on her heart, unleashing a sudden attraction to the unnatural forces that have always been burning within her. But with uncovering her true self brings forth great danger, as Nat learns that her brother’s death had a lot more to do with the side she’s unable to resist.


Can Natasha calm the blazing flames and withstand the threat of danger, or will this new found power destroy her?

REVIEW:
Natasha has just lost her twin brother Sean. Everyone believes it to be a car crash but she knows different. The death was mysterious. He burned before her very eyes. Now she has nightmares and wakes up with burned sheets but she can’t tell anyone about it. Nobody will believe her and she will end up in an asylum. 

Her parents decide to move to her mother’s home town. They think it will help. But danger follows Nat everywhere. Somebody is trying to kill her and she has no control on her power. 

Natasha is a likeable but I couldn’t connect emotionally with her. It’s just that losing your twin brother is a big deal and I understand that she has a lot of things going on but you can’t just move on from something like that. I also felt that she was not fair to her parents. Though she is brave and cares about others. But then she would forget about everything when she was with Chace and I don’t really like such people. Maybe it’s just me and it won’t bother anyone else.

Chace is the hot mysterious boy who won’t stop staring at Nat. He is a loner and doesn’t talk to anyone. Edward, much? I liked Chace but I wasn’t really swooning over him. The romance between Chace and Nat progressed too fast. I couldn’t make sense of it at all. They should have gotten to know each other better, talked a little more.  I just don’t like insta love. 

But because she is the new girl and in books the “new girl” never gets only one guy so Jesse comes in the picture. I actually like him though he was weird at times. He was genuine and really cared about Nat.  She did not give him a fair chance and her feelings for him are really not clear to me. But I wanted to see more of Jesse, maybe in the next book.

The plot is different. The whole Ledarians concept and how Thorus became hungry for power is interesting. He was a monster in the true sense of the word. There were things that surprised me in the book. People I thought were good turned out to be different. I liked Tate and Jilli.  There are some chapters that are told from the POV of Thorus and I really liked those chapters. I like complex characters.  The ending is evil. I want to know what happens next. It’s the kind of book that you want to complete in one sitting.
All in all it’s a good book with some things that could have been better.
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Once Upon A Second Chance: Book Tour, Review

                                    

Author: MarianVere
Julia Basham’s life was perfect. She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nick was warm, intelligent, and completely devoted to Julia, he was also a college dropout, with no job to speak of, and almost completely broke. While none of his shortcomings were a problem for Julia, they were a big problem for her older sister Lisa, who told her that a guy like Nick wasn’t proper marriage material for a girl on the fast track to success, Julia began to reconsider the relationship. Although she didn’t wholeheartedly agree with Lisa, after some thought Julia decided that she would take her sister’s advice and end her engagement with Nick, convincing herself that it was the right thing to do. Only after breaking Nick’s heart, and her own in the process, did Julia realize what a horrible mistake it was. 

As the story opens nearly a decade later, Julia is the quiet shadow of the woman everyone thought she’d be, who’s once fulfilling life has fallen into a stale and safe existence. Her shell of a world is thrown into upheaval when she finds out that the financial planning team she works for has taken on a new client; a now successful and very rich Nick Kerkley. Stuck in a horribly awkward situation, Julia makes a decision–take charge, step up, and find her own happy ending. However, she quickly realizes that fairy tales aren’t as straight forward as we’ve been brought up to believe. Sometimes, to get to happily ever after, you have to stop waiting for fate, strap on a pair of wings, and be your own fairy godmother.

Once Upon A Second Chance, is a modern yet whimsical take on Austen’s classic love story, Persuasion.


REVIEW:

You say Chick Lit, I say YES! I love this genre. It’s cute, sweet and makes me smile.

Women are taught to believe they have to look for and find ‘the one,’ while men are taught to believe there will always be another princess.” 

This is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s, Persuasion. I haven’t read Persuasion and I am hoping rectify that mistake soon. I love the concept. Who doesn’t like second chances?
Being the hopeless romantic that I am there was no way that I wasn’t going to like this book. And it didn’t disappoint. So the synopsis pretty much tells the entire story but the question is whether the second chance given to Julia leads to a happy ending or not. I had absolutely no idea what would happen next and I couldn’t put the book down until I read the very last page. I finished the book in one sitting. 
Julia was confusing. I never really hated her but she was too whiny for my liking. She broke up with Nick, right? She has no right to play the victim. She is just a mute spectator for about half the novel and does absolutely nothing. If there was a guy that I thought was my soul mate I would have fought for him. I just couldn’t connect with Julia and understand her decisions.
But toward the end she did get more sensible and decided to become her own fairy Godmother. I like the idea. We all have the power to make or break our lives. We need to make our own choices and stop blaming others. And when Julia finally realized that and strapped on the wings and decided to DO something. I was relieved and the story got so much better towards the end.
Nick is totally swoon worthy. I do have certain issues with how easily he could forgive Jules but I guess he is just too sweet. And I can’t complain about that, it won’t be fair. I loved the moments between Julia and Nick. They are adorable together. 
I LOVED the ending!! *sigh* 
I smiled a lot reading the book and I adore the cover. Read this if you like the genre and are looking for a light, fluffy read. 

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