Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #164

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016


Summary-

Libby

I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find away to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

I really like the Game On series by Kristen Callihan so I can't wait to read more from her!

What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Review- Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey


Release date: May 17th, 2016
Published by: Forever
Page numbers: 336

Summary-

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle---Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight---he's forever.

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Review-

I am a huge fan of Tessa Bailey, especially her Crossing the Line series. She writes serious chemistry between her couples and I especially end up liking all the banter which goes along with her characters. Too Hot To Handle is the first book in a new series by her called Romancing the Clarksons. What I found the most fascinating was that this series actually follows four siblings on a road trip. Its hard to wrap your head around it but Tessa Bailey makes it work.

Rita is a chef who has tried to follow her mother's legacy. She was kicked out of a reality show and now all she wants to do is lick her wounds. Unexpected circumstances brings Rita and her siblings together and they find themselves on a road trip. I really liked Rita. She was a woman with insecurities. She is a little shy and tries to be tough but really, she needed to belong somewhere.

When their car has a breakdown the Clarksons have to take a stop at a small town. That is where Rita meets Jasper. Jasper is instantly attracted to Rita and wants - for once in his life - a woman who sees the real him and not just great for a hook up. Jasper has a reputation in the small town but he's ready for a change and he wants Rita.

Tessa Bailey knows how to write a hot romance. Jasper and Rita have amazing chemistry and they work well together. With her signature dirty talk Tessa's heroes are all alpha male. But this may be a surprise but what I liked even more than the romance was the relationship the four siblings shared. They are as Rita claims emotionally stunted Clarksons but it is easy to see that they love each other.

All siblings are as different as day and night. There's the silent and brooding eldest, Rita is the second oldest, then there's the flamboyant politician who is number three and the youngest wild child sweetheart who has broken of four engagements. I loved all the sibling banter. It was hilarious. Aaron is the politician who has his story next and I can't wait for it. I was a little bummed at the ending because I wanted it to end in a different way but oh, well. This was a good read for me.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the Author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



About the Author-

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Summary-

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
 


Release date: February 10th, 2015
Published by: Harper Teen
Page numbers: 383

Review-

There has just been SO much hype surrounding Red Queen. I think I've read an equal number of good and bad reviews for this. Curiosity definitely got the better of me when I picked up Red Queen. I'll say that I fall somewhere in the middle in my opinion of the book. While I didn't completely hate the book, I didn't love it either. I kind of just tolerated the protagonist and that is the main reason I found the book to be just okay.

Alright, so the basic concept in Red Queen is that the world is divided into Reds and Silvers depending on the colour of blood the person carries. The Silvers hold all the power as they have extra ordinary abilities to go with the Silver blood. Mare Barrow our heroine is an exception. She is a Red but she has an ability which she is only beginning to discover. Unfortunately this lands her in trouble and soon she is tangled in a web of lies and deceit.

So like I said before, I did not like Mare. I tried to find something in her personality with which I could relate even a little bit. But that was not to be. Mare was really self centered for my liking. Even though there was a bigger thought of saving the Reds and creating equality she always found a way in her thoughts to turn it all around as if the entire world revolved around her.

I usually enjoy a good political plot but the one in Red Queen was weak. Mare also finds herself in the middle of a love triangle which I can see becoming a square in the next book. I liked the crown prince Cal, one of the love interests. He was genuine and wanted what was good for everyone. Maven on the other hand was his half brother who had intentions of his own. But it was kinda easy to guess what would happen at the end of it.

What I did like in Red Queen was Mare's family. There were solid people and I can't wait to read more about Mare's brothers. There is also a childhood best friend Kilorn who is seriously giving me the "Gale" vibes. All the other players in the revolution were very forgettable for me. I don't know if its the genre, maybe I've read enough dystopia to last me a lifetime but I found the storyline to be quite similar to some other books I've read. I didn't get anything exceptionally unique out of this book. I'm still not sure if or when I'll pick up Glass Sword, the sequel to Red Queen. Overall, Red Queen was just an okay read for me.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Hachette India in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Review- Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey

Summary-

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle---Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight---he's forever.
 


Release date: May 17th, 2016
Published by: Forever
Page numbers: 336

Review-

I am a huge fan of Tessa Bailey, especially her Crossing the Line series. She writes serious chemistry between her couples and I especially end up liking all the banter which goes along with her characters. Too Hot To Handle is the first book in a new series by her called Romancing the Clarksons. What I found the most fascinating was that this series actually follows four siblings on a road trip. Its hard to wrap your head around it but Tessa Bailey makes it work.

Rita is a chef who has tried to follow her mother's legacy. She was kicked out of a reality show and now all she wants to do is lick her wounds. Unexpected circumstances brings Rita and her siblings together and they find themselves on a road trip. I really liked Rita. She was a woman with insecurities. She is a little shy and tries to be tough but really, she needed to belong somewhere.

When their car has a breakdown the Clarksons have to take a stop at a small town. That is where Rita meets Jasper. Jasper is instantly attracted to Rita and wants - for once in his life - a woman who sees the real him and not just great for a hook up. Jasper has a reputation in the small town but he's ready for a change and he wants Rita.

Tessa Bailey knows how to write a hot romance. Jasper and Rita have amazing chemistry and they work well together. With her signature dirty talk Tessa's heroes are all alpha male. But this may be a surprise but what I liked even more than the romance was the relationship the four siblings shared. They are as Rita claims emotionally stunted Clarksons but it is easy to see that they love each other.

All siblings are as different as day and night. There's the silent and brooding eldest, Rita is the second oldest, then there's the flamboyant politician who is number three and the youngest wild child sweetheart who has broken of four engagements. I loved all the sibling banter. It was hilarious. Aaron is the politician who has his story next and I can't wait for it. I was a little bummed at the ending because I wanted it to end in a different way but oh, well. This was a good read for me.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the Author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review- Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

Not Otherwise Specified on Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she's too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.
 

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Release date: March 3rd 2015
Published by: Simon Pulse
Page numbers: 304

REVIEW:

I had initially read Hannah Moskowitz's Gone, Gone, Gone, and it was a pretty good book that I still remember sometimes, mainly because the two main characters were very well portrayed, making them unforgettable. The same stands true for Not Otherwise Specified, because even though the story was good, the characterisation was even better. I don't know how she does it, but Hannah creates and writes about characters that stay with you, and that, I feel is very beautiful. 

Not Otherwise Specified is the story of Etta from Nebraska who dreams of going to New York or basically anywhere that's not Nebraska. She is a girl with some issues and that makes her real and hence, relatable. She is always herself, although she is trying to figure out exactly who that is. And that is what makes the book a true coming of age story, because in spite of all the important things going on and the important characters standing out, this book is about figuring out oneself while trying to not break down even when it seems like the easy way out. 

Like I mentioned before, the side characters in the book stood out really well, as well. So while Etta is the protagonist, her story itself is shaped by everything that goes on around her and everyone around her. Each secondary character moulds themselves perfectly to fit into Etta's story and for that again, I must commend Hannah's beautiful characterisation which really makes the reader feel belonged. 

Overall, while are some bits of Not Otherwise Specified that I didn't necessarily like or even understand at sometime, it was still a really different, enjoyable and very good read that I would recommend to fans of young adult LGBT stories that take up the whole coming of age theme. 

Buy the book: AMAZON

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #163

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #14) by Abbi Glines
Publication date- July 14th 2016


Goodreads Summary:

The villain of Rosemary Beach finally gets her own happy ending in the long-awaited final novel of the #1 New York Timesbestselling new adult romance series by Abbi Glines.

The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Rosemary Beach series ends with a bang when the troubled character readers love to hate gets her very own happily ever after in this eagerly anticipated and overwhelmingly requested story. Known for causing problems for everyone in Rosemary Beach, Nan has been growing up lately, and she’s finally taking center stage—and finding love with the man she least expected.

Oh, Nan. I cannot wait to see what Abbi Glines has in store for us with this story of the character everyone hates. I must say that I am very much looking forward to this book. 

What are you waiting on Wednesday? 


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Promo Post: Guest Post + Giveaway- Competing With the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager


Competing with the Star
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
Limitless Publishing



Summary from Goodreads:

The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong? 


Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…

Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.

A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…

After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend—who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.

The past is the past—or so they say…

Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.

Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star? 


List of the Book's Playlist 
  •  Nothing Compares 2 U: Sinead O’Connor—This song sums up how Hadley feels when her heart is breaking over Nick. 
  •  A Thousand Years: I listen to the Boyce Avenue version and it can wring tears from concrete. This is such a perfect first love song. 
  •  Pebbles-Girlfriend—This song is about a girl who tries to tell her friend she deserves a better boyfriend. I see this as being what Pilar would tell Hadley as they wonders what really happened with Nick and Simone. 
  •  Cry by Alexx Calise—Sums up how Hadley feels after she finds out about Simone and Nick. I imagine her sitting in her room listening to this song. 
  • Track 9 by Clark Manson—The perfect longing break up song when you’re hurting, but you’re still in love with the other person. 
  •  Over it: Katharine McPhee— I think this song sums up Hadley thinking about Simone and having enough of fake friends. 
  •  I Don’t Care: Cheryl Cole—This sums up how Hadley feels when Simone is trying to act like nothing happened and Hadley has had enough of the “star’s” crap. 
  •  Friends—Jody Watley Feat. Eric B. & Rakim—The lyrics say it all. The ultimate “frenemies” song. 
  •  I’m Not the Only One: Sam Smith—That feeling Hadley gets when she finds out Nick had feelings for Simone and all the turmoil it causes inside of her 
  • I Won't Give Up: Jason Mraz—I see Nick listening to this song as he tries to get Hadley back. 
  •  Stand by You by Rachel Platten—This song sums up Hadley’s relationship with Nick and her friendships with Pilar and Charlotte.



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