Month: April 2016

Book Blitz: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

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I am so excited to help spread the word that THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver is now out in paperback!

If you haven’t yet added this awesome book to your shelf, now’s the perfect time. Just scroll down to learn more about the book and author, to read an excerpt, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

About the Book

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Title: The Secrets We Keep

Author: Trisha Leaver

Paperback release date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | Square Fish

Pages: 304

Formats: Paperback 978-1250073624), hardcover (978-0374300463), audio (978-1501212222), eBook (ASIN: B00OFKKFFQ)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Ages: 12 and up

Description: Twin sisters. A fatal accident. A devastating lie. Which girl survived?

“A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.”

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When–after a heated argument–Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves Maddy dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. And everyone believes her. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options–confess her deception and risk devastating those who loved Maddy, or give up her own dreams and live her sister’s life.

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBound | Goodreads

Praise For The Book

*“Leaver’s story is certainly entertaining and intriguing. VERDICT This should be a primary purchase for any library with patrons who love melodramatic mysteries and romance.” SLJ, STARRED AUDIO REVIEW

Named one of the best YA Novels for Summer by Teen Vogue (2015)

“Watching Ella grapple with questions about life, death, and love makes for rewarding reading.” ~Publishers Weekly

“Leaver’s masterful skill of storytelling and portrayal of sisterly love makes THE SECRETS WE KEEP a lit- erary beauty.” ~Teenreads

“Haunting and beautiful, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, is a gripping, evocative examination of siblings’ complex relationships. It compels us to question what we know, or think we know, about our loved ones and–most of all–ourselves.” ~Karen Rock, Award-winning YA author and co-writer of the bestselling CAMP BOYFRIEND series

Quotes From The Book

“I’d make this up to her, to my parents, to Alex. I’d bury myself and give Maddy my life in return.”

“There was a fear behind his words, a fear that I would change my mind and reveal a secret I didn’t even know.”

“But if you ever want to talk about her…remember who she was and what I loved about her, don’t go to Alex. You come find me.”

Excerpt From The Book

I don’t remember her room being so cold. Even snuggled into her sweater the chill seeps in, settling into my bones like a whisper from beyond. That’s where I will sleep tonight…in Maddy’s bed, surround by her scent. Mom wants to change the sheets, but I won’t let her. The hint of vanilla mingled with Alex’s dark cologne brings a little piece of my sister back to me each night.

The only thing I have left of my old life is a few sketches and a poor replica of the friendship bracelet Josh gave me. It took me days to re-create, to weave the strings into the right pattern. It’s not perfect, but it goes with me everywhere, a tiny reminder of who I once was and what Josh still means to me. The real bracelet is gone, cut off and tossed aside just like my life.

I want to make peace with my choice, but Maddy’s secret haunts me. The dark pieces of her life are hid- den in the back of her closet for no one but me to see. She’s not who I thought she was, but that doesn’t matter. Maddy was my sister, my twin sister, and I’ll do anything for her, including losing myself.

About The Author

TrishaLeaverTrisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, His- torical Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is pub- lished with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. Her YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, was named one of the best YA novels for summer (2015) by Teen Vogue and received starred reviews from VOYA Magazine and School Library Journal (audio). For more details, check out her website at http://www.trishaleaver.com

Find her: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

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  • ONE (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card

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ARC Review of Claire by Abigail Strom

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26177322Claire by Abigail Strom

Publication Date: April 26, 2016.

Publisher: Smashwords Edition.

Genres: New Adult, College, and Romance.

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Selling points: Character growth, amazing romance, and the best friendships.

Purchase here: Amazon

Synopsis: It’s sophomore year, and Claire Stone has sworn off romance. She’s just gone through a breakup and she wants some time to find out who she is on her own. The only flaw in her plan is her friend (and hot quarterback) Will McKenna, who’s a walking temptation to forget all about her singlehood pledge.

Will has had a thing for Claire since freshman year. Now that they’re both single, he wants more from her than friendship. But Claire doesn’t want to be anyone’s girlfriend right now, and with football season underway, Will’s got issues of his own to deal with.

When an injury on the field changes everything, Will and Claire are driven apart. But when the two of them end up trapped together in a snowstorm, they’re forced to deal with each other again. Can they confront their feelings without ruining their friendship? Or will their friendship turn into something more?

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Thank you, Abigail Strom, for my eARC of Claire. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Claire by Abigail Strom is a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It was sweet, it was honest and it was more than just a plain and simple college romance. Why you may ask? Because the focus of this story isn’t romance, even if it is a love story. The story is about friendship and knowing who you are without having a guy (and a relationship) define you. It’s such a strong and powerful message. Yes, we feel lust, attraction, and love. However, we are so much more than that, women shouldn’t be defined by their men and I think it’s so great that Strom really puts this in the center of her story.

“Seriously, I think it’s great that you want to focus on yourself for a while. Your music and your classes and all that.”

And then something happened. As I spoke those words, I realized I actually meant them. I did think it was great. Claire was an awesome person, and she deserved a chance to realize it. Maybe if she spent some time focusing on herself, she’d see what I saw.

Her beauty. Her strength. Her talent.

Claire is the second book in the Hart University story but due to the fact that every book is about a new couple, I’d definitely say you can read them out-of-order. I wouldn’t recommend it though because Rikki, just like Claire, is a piece of magic in this world and it’s so lovely when you recognize the characters from the previous book. All the characters from Rikki all play a major part in this book as well, and that made the experience all that much better.

That brings me to another thing I love about Claire, and the Hart University series in general, the characters. Abigail Strom writes unapologetic and brutally honest characters in the sense that they’re awkward, confused and flawed just like the rest of us. I love it, I love it so much, and it makes me love these characters more than you could possibly imagine. Claire and Will both deal with a lot in this story, and it’s somewhat of a big fat mess but how they decide to deal with it and how much they learn about themselves and each other is just amazing to read.

“I turned to face him, too and we gazed at each other in a way that should have been embarrassing. But it wasn’t. I’ve never just looked at someone for so long without saying anything. It was like those moments outside in the snow. The silence between us felt like music, somehow – like the spaces between notes had come together to make a symphony.”

Claire by Abigail Strom is a story I love and one I will truly recommend to my friends as it is one of my favorite New Adult reads this year. With a strong sense of friendship, personal growth and a love story that builds up beautifully I have to say that Claire by Abigail Strom is a winner. If I were you I’d be getting this book right this second and never look back.

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Book Blitz: Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

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Hi guys! Today on this lovely Thursday Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember comes out and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s about unicorns, girls and other exciting things. Down below you can read an exclusive excerpt, see beautiful art and find all the links you could want. Are you as excited as I am for this book?

About The Book

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Unicorn Tracks

by Julia Ember
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 21st 2016
Harmony Ink Press

Summary from Goodreads:

After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

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Excerpt From The Book

When he reached the baobab tree, the unicorn looked around in confusion. The trance of the moonstone seemed to break with the humans closing in on him. He sniffed the horns around him, squealing and pawing the ground in distress. Three of the riders threw their ropes, catching him around the neck. As he struggled to back away, others advanced. Men taunted the stallion with their whips, making him kick and try to rear. When his feet lifted, they threw more ropes, circling the nooses around his powerful feet. As a group, they wrestled the unicorn to the ground, throwing themselves on top of him the moment his knees touched the grass.

Even with the weight of six on his back, and men all around holding ropes anchoring him to the ground, the stallion kept fighting. His eyes rolled back in his head, his legs thrashed and I could hear his screams from the cliff. I’d never heard a unicorn make a sound before, and hearing it now sent a chill through my entire body. His screams were different than a horse, higher in pitch, with a vibrating tremor that made him sound almost like a singer at the crescendo of a performance.

The leader of the group advanced on the now subdued unicorn, holding what looked like a handsaw. The stallion tried frantically to spear the man with his horn, but three of the followers held the animal’s head in place. Still he tried, snorting and staring his captor in the eye, silver-tipped horn poised like a sword toward the leader’s heart.

Kill him, I found myself praying. Fight them. Kill him and this will all be over.

 The saw began to tremble in the man’s hand as he swiped again and again across the base of the stallion’s horn. Fragments the size of fingernail clippings covered the earth like snow. Beside me, I felt Kara start to shake. Her whole frame quivered with silent sobs. The horn fell to the ground and all at once, the stallion quit struggling. The men climbed off him and loosened their hold on the ropes that bound him.

The group’s leader reached for one of the ropes around the unicorn’s neck. He turned and the stallion followed him, meek as an old broodmare. His eyes seemed to blink back a heavy sadness, the only echo of his proud battle song.

About The Author

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Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book wholesaler, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels.  She also spends an inordinate amount of time managing her growing city-based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names.

A world traveller since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

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Hey guys, I hope you’re having a fetch Wednesday today!

The sun is currently shining here, which can be rare in Sweden, so I’m in a great mood. I’m currently reading an amazing book that I’ll review later this week and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it. If you’ve seen Mean Girls (I’m almost certain you have and if you haven’t then go do it) then you know that the phrase “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” means that Wednesdays are reserved for pink. That is why I’ve decided to recommend you books I’ve read or am dying to read all with pink covers. Amazing right? I have 6 pink books that you absolutely have to read!

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Here Are My On Wednesdays We Read Pink Books Recommendations

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A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams

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Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

A French Girl in New York and Shut Out are both young adult books. A French Girl in New York is about a girl that travels to New York where she discovers music, love, family and the truth about her past.wednesdaypinkq3wednesdaypink1

 

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

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Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Shut Out is about a high school rivalry between the soccer and football team and the girls that decide to go on a hookup strike because of it. Unexpected tensions arise.

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Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

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Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Sweet Addiction and Batter Up are two adult books that are funny, sexy and got that perfect touch of sparkle to them. Sweet Addiction is about a woman who struggles with keeping things casual whereas the man never wants to let her go.wednesdaypinkq2wednesdaypink3

Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

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Batter Up is about a woman who can predict love with a batter and the man who wants to expose her as a fraud, however before he knows it, he is head over heels for her.

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Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

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Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel is a young adult with girls crushing on girls. It’s about a persian girl that starts taking more risks when a new girl starts in school, but things aren’t as they seem and what she soon learns is that people are often more than what first meets the eye.wednesdaypinkq1

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Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

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Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Everything Leads To You is also a young adult about girls falling in love. It is a book about a girl that’s a film buff and a romantic and a mysterious letter that leads her to a girl unlike anyone she has ever met. She will come to expand her understanding of love, family and acceptance.

There you have it, 6 books that are pink and about girls, romance, food, sexy tension and everything else that you could possibly imagine!

Let me know if you get any of these or if you’ve read them before.

ARC Review of Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

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Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Publication Date: April 19, 2016.

Publisher: Razorbill.

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, and Humor.

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Selling points: An amazing main character who is a fangirl, super hilarious, coming of age story.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis: Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them…until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett’s stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.

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Thank you, Razorbill, for my advanced review copy of Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw is funny, witty and a book I think a lot of us can relate to. Scarlett is a fangirl and a fanfiction writer of her favorite TV show Lycanthrope but when the show gets canceled Scarlett becomes devastated. When her old friend and crush Gideon starts becoming popular on top of it all she decides to write fanfiction based on her fellow classmates.

“In retrospect, I felt fortunate that a number of small miracles had transpired: I managed to purchase marijuana without asking Mark what exact unit of measurement was in a dime bag, without getting arrested, and without being so nervous about potentially being arrested that I Maria Full of Grace-ed it home in my vagina.”

The voice of Scarlett is humorous and like a gush of fresh air. As a fangirl, I think the majority of us can see a bit of ourselves in Scarlett and that is why it’s so lovely to read about her. However, though this book is about teenage drama and a fanfiction story, the story also deals with a lot more than that. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is about friendship and understanding or at least trying to understand, people who are different from you. Throughout this book and its events, Scarlett truly evolves and learns so much about life and people, and to see the difference between what is fanfiction and what is real. I think it’s something we all can take wisdom from. It’s easy to judge someone when we only see them as something less than an actual complex human being with layers beyond what first meets the eye. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here will show you how important relationships are, how they can evolve and how we not always right away see them for what they truly are. That is what makes Scarlett Epstein so refreshing and wonderful.

“And I know now, how important it is try your best to understand people. Even people you don’t like, or people who don’t have anything in common with. And that’s all from you. All of that stuff? That means you’re smart as hell.”

Scarlett Epstein has a voice that I believe is very important in Young Adult literature. She is a diverse teenage girl, both Jewish and Puerto Rican, and she is flawed. So are her friends, her parents, and everyone else around her. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here portraits an honest picture of how life can look like for a lot of us, and that is truly valuable.

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ARC Review of Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts

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Publication Date: April 18, 2016.

Publisher: Entangled: Crush.

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, and Contemporary.

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Selling points: Strong and vulnerable main character, fake dating, charming scenes.

Purchase here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.

After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.

But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.

They’d never work for real…

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Thank you, Entangled Publishing, for my advanced review copy of Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

One (fake) hookup with a totally hot guy, no strings, all fun, here I come.

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance is a young adult contemporary romance featuring Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler. After a boathouse party, two breakups and heartbreak both Mariely and Cabot are the talks of their artistic high school Austin NextGen Academy. The solution to their problem is a hookup, a fake one, a fauxmance.

I enjoyed reading Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts. It’s charming, witty and funny. It’s a perfect example of a good young adult novel. There are a lot of clichés in this book, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, it’s what I really like. It has the typical fake dating trope where the characters slowly but surely start to fall in love with each other and the lines between what is fake and what is real, start to get blurry. It’s a delight to read about how Mariely and Cabot navigate through this journey and see what it is that makes them believe the other is still faking their feelings when they are so clearly not.

If there is one thing that bothered me a little in this book it is the dual point of view. The majority of chapters are in Mariely’s point of view, in the first person and those chapters are great. However, Cabot’s chapters are written in the third person which really threw me off. I would have preferred it if either the whole book was in Mariely’s point of view or if Cabot’s chapters were in the first person as well. That would have made the flow a lot better.

“Look Cabot, if we were on some crappy teen show, the casting sheet for you would read: tall, dark, perfect high school guy with mesmerizing blue eyes, Porsche driver. Mine would read: Hispanic girl from East Side with big dreams and not much else. I’m just saying, it makes it easier for me to sell this whole fauxmance thing if I know that in a tiny way, you’re flawed, too.”

Mariely breaks up with her boyfriend when she finds him kissing another boy at a party. She decides to do this fake hook up with Cabot on a whim, which is very unlike her. However, Mariely is a fierce and strong character and she is by far the best thing in this book. Yes, I love a good romance but strong yet flawed female characters are golden. Mariely is a scholarship student at Austin NextGen Academy, she is poor and often feels like that is what makes her so different from the other students. Mariely has a style that is very retro, I guess you could describe it somewhere between old Hollywood and the women from the 50s. I’d say her style is unique, sexy and something that makes her unlike any other girl at her school. Unfortunately, it’s also something Mariely is very self-conscious about. This leads me to the following, that both Mariely and Cabot can be seen as two very stereotypical characters. One is poor, the other rich, one is white and the other Hispanic. However, there is so much more to these characters than what first meets the eye. I truly enjoyed seeing how much we got to see that throughout the story.

I like that this is how he thinks of me, that I’m that kind of strong, fearless. I like that he doesn’t know how weak and scared I can be. That’s what makes this fauxmance ideal, that we won’t ever have to see each other’s flaws. To me he’ll always be the gorgeous, kind, earnest guy who makes my heart flutter. To him, I’ll be the va-va-voom girl, with a little mystery and a lot of moxie.

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance is a book perfect for everyone who loves a light and sweet story about a girl and a boy trying to navigate through high school and these strange feelings associated with falling in love. There is diversity, authenticity and two people who slowly and surely grow to take a chance on something that could be awesome. As we all know, even though things start as something fake, they may not always end that way.

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Freebie Friday #1

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Hi guys! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. Since it’s finally Friday I thought that it’s time for a celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with free books *insert happy dancing*.

In case you didn’t know this, I’m a person that loves free books. I mean who wouldn’t, they’re free! I think a lot of us can’t afford all that many books from time to time (this especially applies to us students) and I don’t think that should stop us from reading all the amazing books out there. That’s the reason I decided to start this blog meme called Freebie Friday. I don’t think I’ve seen it on any other blog, but if this is a concept you came up with then let me know and I’ll credit you in my future posts! The more the merrier I say and free books for all is a real delight.

Remember guys, the books I recommend are free the moment I publish my post but I can never guarantee they’re free for long so once you see it, grab it! That’s what I do.

For my First Freebie Friday I’m going to recommend two books I read last year, Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie and Coming In From The Cold by Sarina Bowen.

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Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

Buy it here. Add it on Goodreads.

Addicted To You is the first book in the Addicted series which is my favorite series in the whole world. It’s about two addicts who are childhood best friends and who pretend to be in a relationship in order to hide their addictions from their friends and family. Will Lily and Loren stop enabling each other and will their feelings go from pretend to something more?

 

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Coming In From The Cold by Sarina Bowen.

Buy it here. Add it on Goodreads.

Coming In From The Cold is book I read a while back that I really liked. It’s about Ski Racer Dane “Danger” Hollister and country girl Willow Reade. Stranded in a car during a blizzard make them connect on more levels than one. However Dane’s frightening secret and Willow’s tentative peace is working against them. Will they trust each other and end their misery?

That is it for this Friday! I hope you get these two books while they’re still free, and that you love them as much as I do. Have you already read any of these books, what did you think? Do you have any other books to recommend that are currently free?

May this Friday celebration continue, let’s go read a book shall we!

ARC Review of Catch You by M. H. Soars

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Publication Date: April 12, 2016.

Publisher: Infinite Sky Publishing.

Genres: New Adult, Romance, and Contemporary.

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Selling points: Quality banter, amazing romance and crime solving.

Purchase here: Amazon

Synopsis: Pride and Prejudice meets Veronica Mars in this new Love Me, I’m Famous novella.

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I had always thought Owen Whitfield fit the mold of the brainless jock perfectly. Group of idiot friends? Check. Vapid girlfriend? Check. Ego bigger than the moon? Check. As long as he stayed out of my way, coexisting with his kind was doable. Until one day our worlds collided, changing everything. He pissed me off so badly that I had no choice but to give him a taste of his own medicine. Little did I know that my act of revenge would come back to bite me in the ass. How was I supposed to know Owen would turn out to be the best partner in crime I could hope for?

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I never paid much attention to Kimberly Dawson, but I knew who she was. Ice Queen was what we called her. She was gorgeous, no one could deny that. But she was also a condescending bitch which was enough reason for me to stay the hell away from her. She thought I was a dumb jock and that was okay until she came crashing into my life. Against my better judgment, I let her embroil me in her shenanigans, forcing us to spend too much time together. It was my doom. She got under my skin, she was all I could think about. I never thought I would be the knight in shining armor to anyone, not until she came along.

Author’s Note: Due to mature content, this novella is recommended to readers 18+.

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Thank you, Infinite Sky Publishing, for my eARC of Catch You. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Catch You by M. H. Soars reminded me of why I love to read books. I’m sure people have a thousand different reasons but one of the things I value the most is when a book makes me feel something. A good plot and well-built characters are of course also very important to me but often these come hand in hand. Catch You made me laugh, squeal and truly enjoy myself. There might even have come a moment where I was literally screaming at the book because of some very exciting scenes. It was just that good.

“She spins on her heel and walks down the cafeteria like she’s the queen of the universe. If I wasn’t so angry, I would have taken the time to appreciate the view. Shit, who am I kidding? She might be evil and crazy, but she has a damn fine ass.”

A lot of what made this book what it is is, of course, the characters, Kimberly Dawson and Owen Whitfield. To be frank when I first started reading Catch You I thought it was a young adult book due to the fact that these characters are still in high school, however, later on, I realized why it’s definitely labeled new adult instead *smug smile*… Anyway, before I get too carried away here with my feelings I’ll just go back to the characters again. Kimberly is known as the Ice Queen because she is seen as cold and evil whereas Owen is seen as just another stupid jock. However, as we get to know them we realize there’s more to their characters than first meets the eye.

Of course, an unexpected event in the school cafeteria and an involuntary group assignment makes the two of them have to work together even if they really can’t stand each other. There you have it, the enemies to lovers trope. One of my favorites. There is so much tension, so much banter, and so much spark between Kimberly and Owen and it’s a delight to read. It’s hot, it’s sexy, it’s a total tease and I freaking love every second of it. Catch You has the quality content I’m always looking for in a book.

However, this book also has a plot that I love. Like the tag line says, Catch You is Pride and Prejudice meet Veronica Mars. There’s suspense, mystery, and some good old crime investigating done by teenagers who probably shouldn’t be doing what they’re doing. It’s a real winner. It’s a concept that works and is done so well by M. H. Soars.

So when Catch You by Soars comes out, make sure to grab a copy because this is a sexy ride you don’t want to miss. It’ll make you laugh, scream, get your heart pumping and in the end, you’ll be thankful for it. Nothing beats romance, banter, and crime solving.

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Review of More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs

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Publication Date: July 30, 2015.

Publisher: Elizabeth Briggs Books.

Genres: New Adult, Romance, and Contemporary.

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Selling points: A reality show like Project Runway, super steamy romance, witty and strong main character.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis: They’re enemies who will do anything to win…including each other.

When Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again. Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can’t decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.

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Thank you, Victory Editing, for my review copy of More Than Fashion. I received this review copy in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion.

“Even though they were my competition, I felt a kinship with them. We were creators chasing after a shared dream. We all wanted the same thing: to win.”

More Than Fashion is a fun, light and entertaining new adult book. The book is a reality show in the form of a contest between a bunch of people who all want to be a successful fashion designer. The construction of the show is very much like Project Runway, and I absolutely love this concept. I personally love fashion, even if I’m not very good at it, so imagining the dresses and outfits was really an extra bonus for me as to why I enjoyed More Than Fashion so much. What I also really liked was how the main character, Julie, was somehow a part of this show even if she had a lot of stuff working against her and how this contest gave her a real chance to fulfill her dream. If only she can win.

More Than Fashion also has a romantic aspect (shocker I know) but I really think Elizabeth Briggs executed it perfectly. It truly wasn’t a case of “instant love” which a lot of books have, and it even had a bit of fake dating going on. You all know how amazing that is. Julie and Gavin truly evolved as people throughout the book while at the same time their relationship developed from something that was purely beneficial on superficial levels to something deep and meaningful. The romance is also described in an incredibly magical way, which can be seen here:

“He didn’t kiss me, didn’t touch me—just took me in, staring at me like he could tease every secret out of my soul. His eyes were the color of a rainstorm, and I wanted him to wash me away.”

In the end, however, I think the part I loved the most about the book is Julie’s voice. It’s enlightening, witty and genuine. Julie has an attitude I love and something I think a lot of girls and women can appreciate. We need strong women who aren’t perfect and who make mistakes and still get second chances. It is so amazing to see characters evolve and get their happy ending even if it is nowhere near what they imagined. Nevertheless, I’m a busy woman and I’ll just leave you with a couple of inspiring sentences said by the lovely Julie:

“Life was a bitch, and so was I. But fuck it. Bitches got stuff done.”

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The Fast & The Furious Book Edition

thefastandthefuriousbookedition1I don’t know about you guys but I’m a huge The Fast & The Furious fan. I’ve watched all of the movies several times (yes seriously) and I’m currently craving another movie marathon of them (if only life allowed this). However, the other day when I was purchasing ebooks I came across a couple of books with the same themes as these movies and decided I have to recommend them to you all.

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Here Are Books Centered Around Cars, Family and Romance

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Quarter Mile Hearts by Jenny Siegel

Add on Goodreads.

Buy on Amazon.

Quarter Mile Hearts is a New Adult Romance about racing, family and putting your heart on the line. It’s hot, it’s fast, on the quarter mile is where it all goes down.

 

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In Too Fast by Mara Jacobs

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Buy on Amazon.

In Too Fast is a New Adult Romance centered around unexpected family discoveries and cars. With two people, a bunch of sexy banter and a car a lot can happen.

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Faster Harder by Colleen Masters

Add on Goodreads.

Buy on Amazon (currently free).

Faster Harder is a New Adult Romance in which racing is the family business. A hot attraction to her brother’s rival is going to turn everything upside down.

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Throttled by Elizabeth Lee

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Buy on Amazon (currently free).

Throttled is a New Adult Romance about racing, second chances and not giving up. This time it is a race for love and the girl he once let go, there is no room for losing.

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Revved by Samantha Towle 

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Revved is a New Adult Romance about a car mechanic with only one rule, to not date drivers. When she gets her dream job for the F1, sparks fly and everything is put to the test.

 

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There you have it! The five abovementioned books are all about cars, family and sexy romance just like the movies in the The Fast & The Furious franchise. I haven’t read any of these yet but I can’t wait to do it. Have any of you guys read them? What did you think?

I hope you’re having an amazing Sunday, and that you’re currently reading a great book!