Friday, July 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Letting Go by Molly McAdams

I'm thrilled to be helping participate in the cover reveal for Molly McAdams's upcoming New Adult novel Letting Go

The book description alone for Letting Go has already left me reeling, so I'm rather nervous what actually reading the novel will put my heart through...

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the cover!

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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Summary (from HarperCollins):
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author returns with a sizzling novel of love, loss, guilt, and forgiveness.

Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bad for You by Abbi Glines

Title: Bad for You (Sea Breeze #7)
Author: Abbi Glines
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 288
Source: Bought

Overall: 4 Stars

Summary:
Innocence isn’t meant for the addictive…The next sultry affair in the New York Times bestselling Sea Breeze Collection by Abbi Glines is unstoppably steamy.

Addiction is part of Krit Corbin’s nature—and women have always been his favorite obsession. But that’s the life of a lead singer in a band. He can have any woman he wants—anywhere, anytime. Well, except for one.

Blythe Denton is used to being alone. The minister’s family who raised her never accepted her as their own, and the cruel minister’s wife made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. So when she finally gets the chance to live by herself, Blythe takes it and moves into an apartment building with a loud upstairs neighbor who keeps throwing parties all night long.

It’s during one such party when Krit opens the door to find his new neighbor standing there. Blythe wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay. She’s nothing like the women who parade in and out of his apartment, but Krit can’t resist her—her brown hair, cute glasses, and sexy innocence is too much for him to ignore.

Determined to win Blythe over, Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet.
 

My Thoughts:  
Abbi Glines's Bad for You is my new favourite novel in the highly addictive Sea Breeze series! There was no question that Krit and Blythe would be together in the end, but I couldn't wait to see what kind of obstacles Abbi Glines would throw in their path. Her fast-paced novels always offer a couple hours of drama-filled entertainment and irresistible romance... and Bad for You was no exception.

After leaving her horrible hometown, Blythe Denton settles in the coastal town of Sea Breeze hoping for a fresh start and to leave her abusive childhood in the past. With a new job and college classes soon beginning, Blythe's future has never looked brighter now that she's free from the toxic presence of people who criticized her very existence.

Lead singer of the local rock band Jackdown, Krit Corbin is a major player used to partying and having his pick of any woman he wants for a night of pleasure. When Krit meets his new neighbour Blythe, he knows he should stay away, but one glance at her gorgeous face has his protective instincts firing and he can't help feeling completely drawn to her innocence.

I honestly didn't expect to get all teary-eyed while reading Bad for You. Blythe is a girl with a lot of heart and compassion, but no one in her life has ever shown her kindness or love. It's no wonder she has a low self-esteem and is uncomfortable with any sort of attention, but my heart cracked for Blythe learning all that she had endured. Blythe is a beautiful girl inside and out, but she doesn't see it for herself. And Krit? He may have unintentionally messed up at times because his feelings for Blythe had knocked him off balance, but when Blythe needed friendship and support, he was always there for her.

Bad for You can be read as a standalone, but if you've read any previous novels in the series, you'll recognize some very familiar characters who have already found their happily ever afters. I always really like how Abbi Glines finds a way to connect and revisit old characters from the Sea Breeze series without detracting too much attention from the main couple!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

Title: Afterparty
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Source: ARC provided by author

Overall: 4 Stars

Summary:
A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...  

My Thoughts:
Emma has always been a good girl; she's polite, dresses modestly, and achieves high grades in school. Her father has always been extremely overprotective and Emma never wants him to be reminded of her wild mother when he looks at her. But Emma is also tired of always being so good... and when she meets Siobhan, she finally gets a taste of freedom from her sheltered life.

Siobhan doesn't care about rules; she's reckless, experienced, and loves to party. Emma can't help being drawn into her orbit, shocked and grateful that Siobhan would befriend her in the bizarre and unfamiliar world that is L.A. That's why, to me, Ann Redisch Stampler's Afterparty is like a dark, modern version of Alice in Wonderland with crazy friends and wild parties. Emma has definitely stumbled down the rabbit hole, but will she ever find her way back home?

What really hooked me into eagerly turning the pages was the dysfunctional lives of the characters. As Emma struggles with her identity and what it will mean to not be the "good girl" anymore, in the meantime, Siobhan spirals more and more out of control. Emma begins to realize that Siobhan is not really a good friend and tries to break away from her toxic influence, but she also feels a sense of loyalty to the girl who first befriended her, even if it's not a smart decision. The dynamic between the girls is further complicated and fractured when Emma begins to crush hard on their classmate Dylan.

The cover for Afterparty is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly captures the darker undertones of the storyline. Ann Redisch Stampler's Afterparty is a compelling YA contemporary read. The characters are flawed, unpredictable, and make mistakes. They're not even always likeable. But that was part of the fun in reading Afterparty.
A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop... - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Afterparty/Ann-Redisch-Stampler/9781442423244#sthash.nLq2X9eg.dpuf
A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop... - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Afterparty/Ann-Redisch-Stampler/9781442423244#sthash.nLq2X9eg.dpuf 
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Spotted! Cover of The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent revealed the cover for her upcoming 2015 novel The Stars Never Rise, the first in a new YA paranormal series, on her blog earlier!

Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Summary (from Goodreads): 
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

Ever since Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series ended (#TeamTodForAfterlife), I've been impatiently waiting for her next YA novel, so I'm really excited for The Stars Never Rise! I'm curious to learn more about this new world with soul-consuming demons and exorcists, but the year-long wait is sure to be hard.

What are your thoughts on the cover? I think it's so pretty and I love all the gorgeous colours they've used for the title and butterfly. I can't wait to see how it all connects to the events in the book!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Push by Claire Wallis

Title: Push (Push #1)
Author: Claire Wallis
Release Date: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 274
Source: Bought

Overall: 5 Stars

Summary:
I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.


Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's why she's kept no ties with her remaining family. And it's why she's got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past—his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma's walking a dangerous line, but David's pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist…

This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up. 

My Thoughts: 
Claire Wallis's debut Push is a dark and edgy NA read that will leave you captivated from the very first page! When Emma moves into a new apartment and meets her new neighbour David, the chemistry between them positively sizzles. Emma and David recognize an inner darkness in each other, and soon enough, they can't help falling into a passionate relationship.

Emma and David seem to balance each other from the very start. They both carry deep emotional scars from their unstable childhoods which have twisted their views on what defines love. David makes Emma feel cherished and protected, an unfamiliar feeling because her own family never cared about her. Emma understands that David needs to feel in control, but what she doesn't realize is that David's previous girlfriends have all disappeared and the closer she gets to him may just put her own life in jeopardy...

The further along I got into the novel, the more difficult it became to reconcile the David you get to know in the present through Emma's perspective with the chilling actions of the David we see in the past. It added a layer of suspenseful tension to the storytelling not really knowing what kind of person David really was. He is a mystery you simply can't help wanting to unravel, and I still have no idea if I should love him or be absolutely terrified of him.

While there may have been hints dropped about the ending, the cliffhanger still left me gasping in absolute shock. I need to find out what happens next in the sequel. Like. Right. Now. Claire Wallis has written an addictive novel that walks a fine line between romantic contemporary and psychological thriller. With such a refreshing concept, I fervently hope to see more NA books like Push in the future. 
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