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Cover Reveal: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Posted June 21, 2018 by Rowena in Promotions | 0 Comments

When this cover reveal came across my eyes while checking my email, I had no idea that McGarry was even coming out with a new book so I signed up because I’m all about trying new Katie McGarry books. I have read and enjoyed McGarry plenty of times before so seriously, sign me up!

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Cover Reveal: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarryOnly a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Published by Macmillan, Tor Teen on January 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 368

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no. Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

"A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love." —New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins, on Only a Breath Apart

“Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”—Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

Ooh, this sounds like a super cute read and I’m so here for it. Midnight meetings? Yes, please. I like farm boys and rich girls who fall in love and Katie McGarry has completely won me over before so I have every faith that this book will be a good one.

I’m also digging the book cover. The font, the picture, the couple in the picture, it all works for me and I think cute contemporary YA so I’m happy about it.

This is me right now:

I will so be ready for January 22, 2019. Mark your calendars!

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About the Author

Katie McGarry

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.


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Book Review: I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

Posted June 15, 2018 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 2 Comments

Book Review: I Flipping Love You by Helena HuntingI Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
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four-stars

A new kind of love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready…

SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

I FLIPPING LOVE YOU, set in the Shacking Up world, follows two people, both working in real estate, who find themselves vying for the same properties in the Hamptons, leading to a sometimes-not-so-friendly competition.

I Flipping Love You is the third book in Helena Hunting’s Shacking Up series and it features the heroine in the second book’s brother. Pierce Whitfield is a lawyer who goofed up his Dad’s case and is on a time-out from work. He’s filling his time with buying up beachfront properties and flipping them with his brother before renting them out. When Rian Sutter comes into his life, things get a lot more interesting.

Rian and Pierce’s romance had me giggling like a schoolgirl throughout most of the book. Pierce has no shame and his romance game is strong. He was persistent in his pursuit of Rian and I was so here for it. Pierce was my favorite part of this book. His charm, his good looks, his personality, it all worked for me and I loved seeing him fall head over heels for Rian and then seeing him fight for their relationship after all of Rian’s shenanigans.

My only gripe with this book was Rian’s reaction to finding out some stuff about Pierce. I get that she had no faith in anyone outside of her little circle with Marley but I felt that she knew Pierce and she should have known better than to jump to the conclusions that she did without even talking to Pierce. Rian was strong and she built a life from nothing with just her sister at her back and that was admirable so I wanted her to be stronger than she showed us when things got a little tough.

But, Pierce? Gah. I loved him. He’s my book boyfriend for this week.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a book boyfriend of the week and that’s been in large part to how obsessed I remain over Mad Rogan. I have loved many other heroes since I’ve finished the last book in Connor’s series but Mad Rogan remains the keeper of my book boyfriend loving heart.

I knew that I needed to save this feature because it’s been my longest running feature on any blog that I’ve had. When I was on Blogger, this was my very first feature and it’s one that has been updated and changed a little bit but it’s never been gone completely, for very long.

Pierce’s personality and his charm are what captivated me in this book and he’s the first hero that I’ve read since Mad Rogan that I could see as a book boyfriend. I just adored him so…and this is a short glimpse into why I adored him so much.

“We’re having a sleepover. We’re going to do this all night, and I’m going to cuddle you like a motherfucker after finishing sexing every last orgasm out of you.”

Here’s what Pierce looked like in my head. Isn’t he just divine????

Overall, this book was a great one that introduced a new set of characters that I came to adore. Rian and Pierce weren’t perfect but I still enjoyed getting to know the both of them. Their stories were interesting and I really enjoyed seeing them both come together. I also really enjoyed seeing them come into their own. Helena Hunting did a great job with this book and I look forward to reading more from this series and this author.

Final Grade

4 out of 5

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I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
May 29, 2018
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Shacking Up Series

four-stars


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Book Review: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales

Posted April 18, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Book Review: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila SalesIf You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
Published by Macmillan, Farrar Straus and Giroux on May 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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one-star

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? What then?

When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people knows what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.

With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Does she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

First and foremost a novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy.

I’ve been reading Leila Sales for a few years now and I’ve really enjoyed some of her books and didn’t enjoy one of the books that I’ve read by her. After reading this one, I have not enjoyed another one of her books. This was almost a DNF but I needed to know that things turned around for the main character, needed to know that she learned her lesson and I was really interested in seeing how it all ended.

I feel I should warn you guys that there will be hella spoilers in this review because I’ve got shit to say and I’m going to say it all here…so this is your warning.

***BEWARE: MARJOR SPOILERS AHEAD***

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So this book follows Winter Halperin, a former spelling bee champion who made a racist remark online and pays the price for that remark. Her past is blasted and made fun of online and needless to say, she’s devastated. She didn’t mean the remark the way that everyone took it but it was still a shitty thing to say and she is remorseful but in my opinion, she wasn’t remorseful for the right reasons. As I was explaining to my daughter while talking about this book with her, Winter didn’t deserve a lot of the shitty comments that were thrown her way (you know all of the, you should go ahead and kill yourself now because you’re stupid cow and the you should be raped for what you said – those comments) but she 100% deserved to be educated on just how privileged her way of thinking was.

I’m sorry but if your apology includes the word “but” in it, you ain’t sorry for shit and Jason, Winter’s black best friend wasn’t here for that kind of apology. He was hurt by her words and he had every right to be pissed at her. They were close friends and she said a shitty thing online that hurt his feelings but she didn’t get why her comment was so bad. Jason explains why he was so mad at her and she was adamant that she’s not like that. Her defense was, “I have black friends, I can’t be racist!” She really didn’t get why Jason was so mad at her. This part of the book had so much promise and it could have gone down in a way that taught Winter a really good lesson but what actually happens had me all…

Because no she didn’t make the white girl say a racist thing and then make the white girl the victim and then make her black best friend the bad guy by doing some shady shit. Jason deserved better than that and I almost stopped reading the book because I was getting mad but I needed to know that Winter turned her ass around and that she learned some important life lessons from all of this. I needed to see this happen with my own eyes and you guys…that didn’t happen. Or actually, it happens but it came with a whole lot of shit on shit on shit that kept knocking me on my ass.

So Winter went to a sort of rehab clinic and it was a safe space for her to finally take a long look at her way of thinking, to learn and grow from her past mistakes. That was probably the best thing for her because by the end of the book, Winter learns her lesson. She does eventually get where Jason was coming from, she learns to be genuinely remorseful for her actions and she does learn just how different her life is from Jason’s, how different her life is from the black girl in rehab but holy cow, the delivery sucked huge donkey balls for me.

Winter really comes into her own over the course of the story and when she finally gets it, I breathed a sigh of relief because, freaking finally, right? I was satisfied that the main character finally saw the light but one of the last things to happen in the book left me speechless, left a really bad taste in my mouth because I honestly didn’t think it was necessary. It took a huge shit on the message of the book.

So Winter learns her lesson, she’s back at home and she’s not googling herself twenty times an hour, she’s evolved as a person and genuinely wants to be a better, more enlightened person. She’s at peace. One of the things that she hasn’t given up is googling others that are going through what she went through. The latest victim? A happily married white man in his thirties who set up a dating profile on a gay dating app for the sole purpose of outing the men he met on there who work in politics in D.C. He’s a reporter and was doing all of this for the story. Needless to say, the online social media justice department went in on this guy and our newly enlightened and evolved protagonist wrote this asshat a letter that basically said, “I feel for you man. Just know that you’ll get through this and I’ll see you on the other side.”

I can’t imagine why that needed to be included in this book. What lesson was being pushed here? It doesn’t matter what your actions are, nobody deserves death threats? People don’t deserve to lose their livelihood after doing shitty things that hurt others? That lesson could have been taught without victimizing the asshole who violated so many people, willingly.

I closed this book and was so very angry that I don’t think I can ever come back from it. There aren’t too many books that have angered me as much as this book did and I honestly don’t think I’ll be reading anything by Leila Sales again. I would be too scared that I’d get another one of these and no. Just hell fucking no.

Grade: 1 out of 5

one-star


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