Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review - Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 3rd 2013
by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

"Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?"

I don't know how Jessica Sorensen can write such tragic and rough, yet beautiful stories (and so quickly), but I'm glad she does. Because the truth is that people go through the things portrayed in Breaking Nova, and it's often swept under the rug and ignored.

This book made me cry numerous times, especially when we got to the truth about what happened with Landon. Sorensen writes in such a gripping way that I couldn't stop reading even though the subject matter got hard at times. As a warning, there is a TON of drug use in this book. I don't like that, but many, many people turn to it to escape their past. What I DID like was that Sorensen took a different route than a lot of books in this genre, and have Nova decide that no one else could fix her, but HER. I'm tired of the 'love from someone else fixes everything' idea. Sometimes it helps, but ultimately, you have to love yourself first. I love that message.

One small pet peeve was that the whole 'famous drummer-wannabe' thing really had no point in the story. Nova wasn't in a band or anything like that. I only mention it because that was one of the things that drew me in about this book (it's also in the first line of the synopsis, so I figured it would be a big deal). I was very pleased with the ending, and am REALLY excited for the following installment, Saving Quinton. This is excellent news because I am DYING! Fans of Jessica Sorensen will not be disappointed!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Review - Time After Time by Wendy Godding

Time After Time by Wendy Godding
ebook, 247 pages
Published April 1st 2014
by Escape Publishing
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
in exchange for my honest review
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I am so glad I requested this on NetGalley. Wendy Godding has a new fan over here. Time After Time was an intriguing, well-paced read.

I just loved Abbie/Penelope. At times one more than the other, but both really captured my attention. It really is hard to say which setting appealed to me the most. I've always been a sucker for the old fashioned, but when I was a teenager I did go through a goth phase, so really this book was right up my alley. Godding did a superb job in making sure the reader knows the differences between the two. Too many times we've read stories where the settings/characters either bled into each other or seemed like the same person with the same personalities. The characters in this story are all great. Time After Time has a sort of time travel feel, so fans of that genre will love this just as much as paranormal and mystery fans.

Godding pulled me in from the very beginning, and held me tight until the end. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book, and I'm hoping there will be more to this. I'd love to see what life is like for Abbie after all is said and done.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Review - Slammed by Colleen Hoover

by Colleen Hoover
Paperback, 321 pages
Published September 18th 2012 
by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 1476715904 
(ISBN13: 9781476715902)

"Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart."

Slammed was my intro to Colleen Hoover's awesomeness. I had a few bloggers friends who LOVED her, so when I saw this one at my local library I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did! Her writing is so addicting.

As I got a few chapters in and learned about the MCs, I had an idea of what the 'dun dun DUUUN!'  was going to be. I thought i had it all figured out, and… I was wrong. Gladly so! Slammed was an easy read that surprised me with an unforeseen twist.

This book worked it's way into my heart with the story of people learning to LIVE. I love the concept of slam poetry, and loved the way Hoover built this world around it. She also incorporated my FAVORITE BAND IN THE WORLD. This is another reason I connected with Slammed so well. The Avett Brothers are already such a part of my life and their lyrics have spoken to me so much over the years that I felt like Lakyn and I were good friends. The lyrics Hoover chose to begin each chapter were perfect. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book, and the rest of Colleen Hoover's work. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Cover Reveal! The Trial by Shay Lynam


Read this carefully.

You and your brother need to disappear.

Take care of each other.

Please understand.

Please forgive us.

And please... try to forget.

Jack Morgan's world comes crashing down around him the day he receives a strange letter from his parents urging him and Ben to disappear. Feeling betrayed and confused, the brothers instead decide to go searching for answers. 

Neither of them could have ever imagined the truth behind their parents' desperate message and that Ben's past is somehow connected and has come back to haunt him.
-The Trial

I am THRILLED to be a part of the cover reveal for The Trial! I will forever be a huge fan of Shay Lynam's work, and have shared it with so many friends!
So without anything further, here we go!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Falling To Pieces Blog Tour

"Suffering the bitter tongues of her alcoholic mother and cruel boyfriend, Jade struggles just to look at herself in the mirror. She hates her life, her insecurities, her ineptitudes, but most of all . . . Jade hates herself. She wants nothing more than to disappear, and everyone seems happy to let her. 

Until Kiernan Parks moves back into town.  
Jade’s been crushing on him ever since kindergarten, when his family moved away. But now he’s back, and looking better than ever.  Hiding is a way of life for Jade, but Kiernan insists on uncovering the real girl he’s sees trapped inside her. On drawing her out of her shell, and showing her that she is someone worthy of love.  Together, they fight back the darkness she’s living in. 

But when they finally step into the light, will the secret Kiernan’s been trying to keep buried destroy Jade, once and for all?  For some people, happy endings are a fairytale."

I am SO stoked to read Falling To Pieces! I love Jamie's books! For a limited time, you can get it for ONLY 99 CENTS!! (Amazon)

And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

 Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit. Connect with her on Facebook and her Blog!

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