30 Aug 2014

Six Strings by Jen Sanya Williamson

Title: Six Strings
Author: Jen Sanya Williamson
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: June 2014 by Booktrope
Purchase at: Book Depository; Amazon; Barnes & Noble
Source: Itching For Books (Thank you!) ● I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Riley Witt is running out of time.
Battling Alzheimer’s disease, Riley’s grandmother Mary suffers from memory loss, mood swings, and a tendency to wander off.
As senior year approaches, Riley has to face the reality that the one person she depends on most is slowly fading. Making matters worse, when Mary does remember the past, she tells tales of time travel and visions. As Mary’s version of the past gets more confused, Riley knows they are running out of time together.
But when Riley discovers a guitar belonging to a famous rock star at Mary’s house, the truth behind the crazy tales finally comes out.
SIX STRINGS tells the story of Riley’s journey back to 1973 where she enters a world of music, long-lost family, and first love. Her adventure is all about discovering her past, understanding her present, and figuring out how to step into her future.


♫ ♪ ♩
 Who does not want to have a gift of TIME TRAVELLING
A want that worth the lift of tripping

Enjoyable, agreeable
A master copy of characters, story,
everything bringing!


I'm fond of the exceptional bond
of Mary and Riley

70's and hippies
Baggies and quickies
Love and rove
Love and hove

All of my thumbs
goes of bumps
♭ ♬ ♮ ♪



28 Aug 2014

Chase (What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan? #1) by Jill Knapp

Title: Chase (What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan? #1)
Author: Jill Knapp
Genre: New Adult; Chick Lit.; Romance
Publication: July 24th 2014 by HarperCollins
Purchase at: Book Depository; Amazon; Barnes & Noble
Source: Author (Thank you Miss Jill!) ● I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan?
Life in the big city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the complex world of men, graduate school, money, family, and friendship.
She thought she had everything she wanted – a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn’t enough.
Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty.
After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself torn between the possibility of a relationship, and an adventure she's been planning all along.
She eventually realizes that solely chasing love closes her off to all of the other good things life has to offer. Now she must decide – what is worth the chase?


This was entitled Chase. It has a better cover than now. I frankly do not like the title because it is too long and also the cover. I am sort of confused to what title suits better for the book. I am bit disappointed with the latter because it is really a good book that I rate it four and a half stars.

New York, Manhattan, The City That Never Sleeps—who could not think to live in this so-called perfect place? But to Amalia Hastings, the men that come to the city are deemed to be despicable. Amalia is sympathetic, overly dramatic, frayed, a bit dippy, makes risky options but an adorable character. She has it all. What I detest on her part is that she is closer to her best friend's parents than her own. I am hooked and keen to know what Amalia does next.

The BFF of Amalia, Cassandra, is the best friend you would really want to have for the rest of your life. She always know the best interests of your heart. On Olivia, I found her daunting but it fled away as the story goes.

There is really wrong with the men on this book as I knew it already from the title. Beyond my expectations, the male characters surprised me, I hardly like them. They were idiots. Their flaws are legion, hidden beneath their calendered facings.

What I learned from what I read are LIES from douche bags: LIES, darling.
  • "Amalia, you're the one."
  • Baby.
  • "I'm all yours."
And I crown the dumbest of them all: "You're gone. Not a moment has passed in the two weeks we have been apart that I haven't thought of you. It doesn't make any sense. Nothing makes sense anymore. Amalia."  I could not understand why someone like Amalia and Cassandra was involved with *ssh*l*s.


I want to read a book of Alex and Olivia. Weeks already pass since I finished reading Chase and I still think of them both. What happened to those two? Did their relationship worked? *Sigh.*

There are lots of characters to get interested in. Also, relationships and unparalleled attributes to understand. The characters are smooth and their duologue are brisk and amusing. The story left me hanging because it has lots of enigmas but it was honest and has endless diverseness. But it was naturalistic with real issues that young ladies that have just finished college have to face.

Chase gives the reader an interesting snippet of big city life and shows how it raises or spifflicates the individual it attracts. It clearly outlined an eld that can be unmanageable with the long awaited notion of freedom and searching it is not as absolving as they think it would be. "Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but will be something you keep reading."

25 Aug 2014

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Girl From The Well
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: August 5, 2014
Purchase at: Book Depository; Amazon; B&N

     You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.
     A dead girl walks the streets.
     She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.
     And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.
     Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.
     The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.



I am where dead children go.

With other kinds of dead, it is different. Often their souls drift quietly away, like a leaf caught in the throes of a hidden whirlpool, slipping down without sound, away from sight. They roll and ebb gently with the tides until they sink beneath the waves and I no longer see where they go – like sputtering candlelight, like little embers that burn briefly and brightly for several drawn moments before their light goes out.

But they are not my territory. They are not my hunt.

And then there are the murdered dead. And they are peculiar, stranger things.

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

We are the fates that people fear to become. We are what happens to good persons and to bad persons and to everyone in between. Murdered deads live in storms without season, in time without flux. We do not go because people do not let us go.



18 Aug 2014

The Girl He Knows by Kristi Rose

Publisher: Lyrical Press
Published: August 18, 2014


Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, a guy she’s known her entire life. 
Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code, and from his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment. Two things Paisley has had enough of. 
When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. She can enjoy him while still embracing being single. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less.





EXCERPT
The Girl He Knows by Kristi Rose


“Wanna get together again next weekend?” he asks.

I swivel my head to look at him. “Are you serious? No, I don’t want to get together next weekend. This”—I gesture in the space between us—“cannot happen again.”

“Why not?” He grins and wags his eyebrows.

“It’s a disaster in the making.”

“What do you mean?”

“Jeez, where do I start? This whole thing is wrong. My friendship with Gigi, our friendship. It could all go up in smoke. Is it worth it?” How does he not see this?

“I’m just talking about going out together.”

“Sure, you make it sound harmless. But the last time we got together it led to sex. When I get around you, my judgment gets out of whack and I might do something stupid.” OK, perhaps I should say I might continue to do something stupid. Stupid has already come and gone.

“As I see it, if you’re gonna do something stupid, who better with than your old pal Hank? I can think of a thousand stupid things to do together.” Does he really think it’s that simple? He turns toward me, rests his hand on the top of my seat, and gives me a toothy grin.

I want to laugh or shove his shoulder because he’s being flippant but he needs to know where I’m coming from, that I was once broken.”





About Kristi Rose

Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea.  She’s lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a mountain, and was married in Arkansas by a J.O.P in flip flops named Earl. Today, as a proud military wife and mother of two, she’s been lucky enough to travel the world. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering what’s their story? That’s what Kristi likes to write about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA. You can follow Kristi at www.kristirose.net, like her Facebook page: Kristi Rose, or send her a tweet @krosewrites. The Girl He Knows is her debut novel.
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads




15 Aug 2014

Six Strings by Jen Sanya Williamson

Release date: June 18th 2014
Publisher: Booktrope
Purchase: Amazon
Riley Witt is running out of time.
Battling Alzheimer’s disease, Riley’s grandmother Mary suffers from memory loss, mood swings, and a tendency to wander off.
As senior year approaches, Riley has to face the reality that the one person she depends on most is slowly fading. Making matters worse, when Mary does remember the past, she tells tales of time travel and visions. As Mary’s version of the past gets more confused, Riley knows they are running out of time together.
But when Riley discovers a guitar belonging to a famous rock star at Mary’s house, the truth behind the crazy tales finally comes out.
SIX STRINGS tells the story of Riley’s journey back to 1973 where she enters a world of music, long-lost family, and first love. Her adventure is all about discovering her past, understanding her present, and figuring out how to step into her future.



“DID YOU KNOW THAT MARK TWAIN could wiggle his ears?”
Grandma Mary asks.
She is curled up in our old blue recliner, facing the window, and
staring at the drizzly gray sky. It hardly rains in Tucson, being a desert
and all, but during the summer months we have a monsoon season
that’s usually characterized by fantastic thunder and lightning in the
afternoons. This storm is just brewing. Mary and I used to love sitting
on her front porch and watching the lightning flash, illuminating all of
the trees and cars and mailboxes a ghostly silver. As soon as she saw the
weather report this morning, she camped out in front of the window.
“He wiggled his ears, just like that,” she continues, snapping
her fingers.
Another story. Since the day at Hotel Congress a week ago, her
stories of visions and times long past have become even more frequent.
And more confusing. My mother thinks it’s due to the trauma she
experienced from getting lost. That’s her passive-aggressive way of
letting me know that it’s my fault. I choose not to engage in that debate
with Mom, since she promised she would wait until after summer to
seriously think about a care facility for Mary—that is, as long as my
grandmother doesn’t wander off again. I’ve been watching her every
move and refraining from fighting with my mother. I don’t want to
poke the tiger, so to speak.
“You mean, like this?” I say to my grandmother, and I put my
fingers behind my ears and wiggle them. I sit up a bit from my reclined
position on the couch where I’ve been flipping through Invisible Man.
I still have half the book to read and less than four days to do it.
“No,” she says, smiling. “He could really do it. Like this.” She holds
out both of her hands, palms up, and wiggles her ears without touching
them or anything. I can’t help laughing, which makes her smile more.
“I had no idea you had this special talent,” I tell her, flipping the page
in my book. Then, I mumble, “I had no idea Mark Twain did, either.”
She ignores me.
“It was in New York,” she continues. “I couldn’t believe it, even
then. It was his last attempt to make me laugh. And it worked, Riley.
I never laughed so hard. Will had a hard time believing that one
when I told him.”
I stare at the words on the page in front of me, but I don’t read
them. I think of how to respond. Will was my grandfather. Her
memories of him seem to be what make her happiest these days.

Jen Sanya Williamson is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she received a BA in creative writing. She spends most of her time with her junior high students, teaching and talking books. When not in a classroom, Jen is writing, watching TV shows from the ‘90s, or cheering on the Wildcats with her husband and children in her adopted hometown of Tucson, Arizona.






11 Aug 2014

Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves is a feature hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers share what books (both physical and digital) they received, won, bought, and borrowed.


Happy Sunday everyone! I have been busy with my studies. I have not posted a review yet this month because I don't have much time to open my blog to post reviews. Except that I have excerpts and guest post because they are already scheduled. And this post is just a quick one. Tomorrow will be the start of midterm week. Pretty busy week for a college student and loads of laboratory reports. *Loud sigh.*

Anyway, I really miss this feature! I am so excited to share what I got.


Purchased
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Won
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
A Beautiful Wedding  by Jamie McGuire

Thank you Simon and Schuster PR on Twitter for such a great giveaway!



I am so sorry for the crown obsession with Anna and The French Kiss. I just feel it! *LOL*



 

 



From Netgalley
Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning
The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
Doppelganger by Milda Harris
The Hit by Allen Zadoff

From Edelweiss
Magnolia by Kristi Cook

For Book Tours
From IFB - Six Strings by Jen Sanya Williamson
From XBT - Joe by H.D. Gordon

I don't have the chance to read Magnolia anymore because it is already archived. Pity to myself. But a lesson was learned.

Thank you to the publishers who approved my requests!
Simon & Schuster / Simon Pulse
AuthorBuzz
Hachette Children's Books / Orchard Books
Milda Harris

Thank you too for the book tour blogs that provides everything I need in a tour post!

9 Aug 2014

Handpicked by Dani Oden

Title: Handpicked by Dani Oden
Publication date: August 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
College freshman Jill Holloway takes one look at the stuck-up girls going through sorority rush and nearly returns her borrowed dress and heels. Against her best judgment, she ends up falling for the prestige and parties, and snagging a bid from a top house. After moving in, she quickly grows skeptical of her too-perfect sorority sisters. She tries to ask questions, though no one will take time from their busy social calendar to give her any real answers.
Jill wastes no time digging for everything she’s not supposed to find, and soon comes face-to-face with a big and bloody secret hidden in her sorority’s basement. She knows she’s in over her head, but taking off so soon would raise the perfectly-plucked eyebrows of her suspicious new sisters. She’s stuck until she can make a smooth exit.
But the closer she gets to leaving, the more it becomes clear that it won’t be as simple as she hoped. A tempting fraternity guy, a best friend who needs her, and new details about what has really been happening in the basement have her questioning what her next move should be, and whether or not it’ll be worth the risks.




Guest Post: Deleted Scenes


Thank you so much for having me! I thought I’d offer readers a “behind-the-scenes” peek at some sections that were part of earlier drafts of HANDPICKED, and why they didn’t make the final cut. 

This first one is part of an extended version of the opening scene. Our main character Jill is trying to get ready for her final night of sorority rush in her dorm bathroom…


     The girl from the stall emerged, wearing a gold lacy number and looking movie-star perfect except for her red, watery eyes. She reached around me, grabbed a paper towel, and daintily dabbed her mouth. "I can't effing handle this," she said, squeezing into my mirror space and fluffing her wavy brown hair. "I haven't been able to eat for days."

     Blond handed her a piece of gum. "Couple more hours, and it'll all be worth it. And that dress looks amazing on you now."

     The brunette caught me staring at her reflection and raised her eyebrows. She sized me up, clearly not approving of how I was still in my yoga pants and a tank top, and how my long red hair was in a loose ponytail. "Where are you preffing?" she said casually, asking which sorority parties I was visiting for the final round of rush that night. Thankfully, I had just learned the jargon earlier that day.

     I shrugged. "I can't remember, my list is back in my room."

     She gaped at me. Her hand stopped not even an inch from her face, her lip gloss still pointed to her mouth. "You can't remember?"

     Blond started to laugh as if I'd been joking.

     I bristled. "Well, all their names sound the same, don't they?"

     They stared at me.

     "I guess some do," the brunette said slowly, like she didn't really think so at all.

     My cell phone started buzzing from my pocket, so I quickly grabbed it and scooped up my small make-up bag. "Excuse me," I said, glad to get away. They smelled like a Victoria's Secret store mixed with throw-up.


Ultimately, this exchange was cut simply for pacing. I wanted to speed up the time it takes Jill to get back to her room so we can get her out the door and to the sororities faster.  

This second one is from a scene when Jill dozes off next to her crush, Tad…

     In my sleepy state, I was less guarded than I would have been under most circumstances. He started tugging at my sweatshirt, and instead of encouraging him to explore underneath it with his hands, I simply raised my arms up high. Obediently, he lifted it. The hood was tight over my head, but he managed to squeeze it off me, pulling out my ponytail holder. My long red hair fell loosely over my face and I imagined it looked quite sexy. Well, sexy for me, which is about as sexy as like, one of those live-action Disney movies that gets played on Sunday night cable.

This section was cut because of Jill’s reference to being less guarded because she was tired. I was concerned that her comment it made it seem like she wasn’t that into Tad, which was not at all what I was going for – the final version of the scene makes it *pretty* clear that she’s excited to be with him.

Thank you for giving me the chance to share these scenes! 

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Blog: www.trapperkept.com (blog on pop culture & nostalgia)

HANDPICKED is a New Adult coming of age, with elements of suspense and romance.

7 Aug 2014

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Title: Magnolia
Author: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date of Publication: August 5, 2014

In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.
Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.


“Look,” he says, pointing toward the sky.  “Right there—that’s Venus.  Just above and to the right of the moon.  See it?”

I release my knees and brace my hands against the ground as I gaze up at the spot he’s indicating—at what looks like a bright, twinkling star.  “That’s Venus?  You sure?”

He nods.  “And see that, up higher and off to the left?  That’s Saturn.”

“Cool,” I say.  “You were always good with that stuff—stars and planets.”  He’d spent our entire childhood pointing out constellations in the night sky that I could never quite make out—things that were supposed to look like bears or dragons or what have you.  To me they were just…stars.

For a moment we just sit there silently, our heads tipped back as we stare at the sky.  A minute passes, maybe two.  And then Ryder’s hand grazes mine before settling on the ground, our pinkies touching.

I suck in a breath, my entire body going rigid.  I’m wondering if he realizes it, if he even knows he’s touching me, when just like that, he draws away.




Blog Tour Schedule

August 5

Michelle of The Twins Read - Review
Kayla of The Bookish Owl - Excerpt

August 6

Diana Grace of Chaotic Reader - Review
Lyra of Defiantly Deviant - Review

August 7

Michelle of The Escapist - Spotlight
Yani of Paper Boulevard - Excerpt <-- You are here!

August 8

Camille of Girl Meets Books - Review
Miguel of The Quirky Reader - Review

August 9

Rachel of My Book Empire - Excerpt
Biena of Library Mistress - Excerpt



Thank you to Kristi, Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss for the review copies! From Pinoy Book Tours and the tour hosts!

5 Aug 2014

Wasteland by Cara Elizabeth Vescio


Inside the halls of Osiris, the men and women who make the contract killing agency tick polish their weapons and hone their skills. But how did they start working for Nero and Lex in the first place, and when did they find out they were destined to kill people for a living?
Before Frankie Fairholm let you into her crazy, dysfunctional world of murder for hire, the lives of these men and women were already in danger. Their training was put to the test alongside their morals.
A troubled Catholic school girl with a penchant for murder, a naive con-woman in over her head, a driven socialite with a bad day that keeps getting worse, an assassin second-guessing his sworn oath... being a contract killer doesn’t mean you aren’t human, it just means your humanity is hard to find, and probably a bit tarnished.
Purchase via Amazon: Kindle or Print


On the eve of her high school graduation, proper socialite Francesca “Frankie” Fairholm rebelled against her elitist and controlling family to pursue the dark lifestyle of a contract killer for the enigmatic Osiris Corporation. Years later, with her training complete, she believes she's doomed to the life of a sociopathic lone gun until a botched hit brings two unlikely allies, her cousins Addison and Katharine. Using Katharine’s etiquette school, Elegance, Inc., as a front, the trio weave through Frankie’s dark underworld, carrying out contracts, drinking too much wine, and trying not to get each other killed. Trouble follows the team home when the death of the cruel Fairholm matriarch reveals more than they ever wanted to know about their family. As the funeral preparations play out, the trio begin to realize there is much more to their employer than meets the eye and their family connections run deeper than they ever imagined.
Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Goodreads • Series Website
“I needed to learn to be less melodramatic, but it was hard in this family.”
It’s been a year since Francesca Fairholm met the rest of the Osiris team and the company heads, her two half brothers Nero and Lex. As they groom her for leadership, it’s all Frankie can do to keep her cynical sarcasm in check as she starts training two new Strikers, avoids the romantic advances of Spark Dawson, and does her best to pry a little family history from her cold, distant Aunt Alexa. With the pressure of her secret dual life building and her mother acting strangely, Frankie’s sanity is pushed to the brink when she makes a grisly discovery that shakes the young Striker to her core. Despite her cousins’ fear that her panic attacks signal a full mental breakdown, Frankie is positive she’s not crazy. Finding clarity in her personal investigation into Osiris’s origins, she uncovers more about the company than she would rather know. As her life starts to unravel, things get deadly and, before she knows it, she’s facing down an old target’s pissed-off widow, an unstoppable mercenary, and the one thing she’s most terrified of admitting to herself. It’s possible the whole situation won’t explode in her face. Yeah, like Frankie has that kind of luck.    Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Goodreads  Series Website

4 Aug 2014

Stealing Third by Marta Brown



Stealing Third by Marta Brown
Publication date: July 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
   For Emily, going to camp, the summer before college starts, means leaving her feuding parents alone for the next eight weeks, and coming back to divorce papers is a risk she can’t take.
   But no matter how many meddling phone calls, questionable hair decisions, and possibly illegal hookups she plans, her parents still march her off to Camp Champ totally against her will.
   No matter. A few broken rules, and Em will be home free. That is, until she learns Tyler Ford, her baseball coach father’s star player and her drunken party hookup, is at camp, too.
   For Tyler, summer is the onramp to the biggest decision of his life: med school or major leagues. Mega hot, possibly underage Emily? A complication he does not need.
   But as the summer heats up with strikeouts and stolen bases will Tyler and Emily hit a home run and get what they’re after? Or will they both be thrown a curveball…in the game of love?
Purchase at:
Amazon or BN

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