Small Town Hearts, Lillie Vale – Blog Tour

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36192190Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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The Impossible Vastness of Us, Samantha Young – Blog Tour

 

From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heart—and make it whole again. Order your copy of THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US today!

 

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About THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US:

“I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.”

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

 

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*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

The Impossible Vastness of Us follows the story of three teenagers – India, Finn & Eloise – and their journey of growing up. India is uprooted from her home to move to live with her mom and her high society fiance. She has to leave everything behind, everything she worked so hard for – her friends, her school, but mostly her stellar reputation on the top of the high school food chain that she spent years building. And then, it’s a new world for her because her stepdad is loaded and she’s never had so much money and because suddenly, she’s at the bottom of the high school food chain, with her stepsister, Eloise, and her boyfriend, Finn, at the top. She doesn’t particularly like Eloise and she starts to develop feelings for Finn, but as she spends more time in her new home and school, she learns that not everything is as perfect as it is being portrayed and she’s not the only one with life changing secrets.

 

What I like about India is that she is so resilient and strong. She’s been dealt a shitty hand and she makes the best of it. She stands up in the face of adversity and I love how strong she is. I admire her for being able to get up and do daily, mundane things such as going to school in face of what has happened to her. I don’t want to get into it a whole lot because I think it’s better read than said. I really, really, really liked reading about her. She’s an amazing MC.

 

Then, there’s Finn – the broody, mysterious guy, who also happens to be her step sister’s boyfriend. But, Finn & India fall for each other and of course, Finn has a secret too. His life isn’t as perfect as he’d like people to believe. His story is as heartbreaking as India’s and I’m really glad they had each other through the story. I mean, they’re such an adorable couple! I ship them, okay? I ship them hard. They’re amazing together. I love it.

 

The themes in this book were so on point. Not everyone has a perfect life and there’s so many bad things and obstacles. I love that. All the characters were multi faceted and there was so much to everyone’s story than what was on the surface. They were all complicated and flawed. Some characters I loved and some I hated, but they were all amazingly written and I loved how they were portrayed. Young has done an incredible job with that. Kudos to her.

 

Yes, the drama got a little too much for me at times, but I still loved the story and I was so hooked on knowing what was happening and why it was happening. So, points for being a page turner.

 

What I love about this is the open ending. It wasn’t all wrapped in a present with an HEA and the characters had a long way to go still, but they had changed so much from the beginning of the story and I love that. I mean, it was completely fitting to end the story on that note. I would have liked a more definitive ending in terms of the romance, but there are no guarantees in life and I was pretty okay with it.

 

All in all, this was a great coming of age story and I really enjoyed the journey these characters took.

 

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“This is Jay,” I said, crossing my arms over my chest in defiance at the stern look on her face.

I hated when she acted like she gave a crap.

“I don’t care who he is.” Hayley tried to fry his ass with her eyes. “You can leave.”

Jay stared back at her with as much defiance as I did, making me like him more. He turned to me and pressed a slow, intimate kiss to the corner of my mouth. “See you at school, babe.”

He laughed at the mischief in my eyes.

I waited until he’d brushed by Hayley without a word and I heard the front door close behind him. “Nice. Thanks.”

Hayley’s dark eyes narrowed into slits. “Don’t talk to me like that. I’m tired, it’s been a long day and now I come home and find my daughter being mauled by some walking hormone. Am I supposed to be happy that you’re dating some guy who looks like he’s seen the inside of prison more than once?”

“We’re not dating. We’re just fooling around.”

“Oh, well, then, why am I so upset?” She threw her hands up in exasperation.

“Hayley.”

She flinched, like she always flinched when I called her by her name (so she flinched a lot). “Don’t ‘Hayley’ me. I have a right to be upset about this.”

“Don’t be. I’m not serious about him. And I’m not getting pregnant. Anyway, you’re home early.”

“They put me on a shorter flight.” She dumped her purse on the couch as she moved farther into the room. “We’ll discuss Jay later. I need to tell you something.”

I tensed. “Yeah?”

She stared pensively at me for a few seconds before finally taking a seat by my side. “I’ve met someone.”

Dread instantly filled me.

Scrutinizing me for a reaction and getting none, Hayley smiled reassuringly. “He’s wonderful. His name is Theo and he has a daughter who’s actually your age. He lives in Boston. We met on one of my flights out there.”

My stomach churned. “How long?”

“Several months ago.”

“I knew something was going on,” I muttered.

“I’m sorry I kept it from you for so long… I just wanted to make sure it was real between us.”

“And is it?”

“Very much so. We’ve fallen in love.”

“That’s some long-distance relationship.”

“I stay with him when I fly out there. I see him as often as possible.”

I snorted. “And you think he’s faithful all the times you’re not around?”

“Don’t.” She cut a hand through the air. “Those are your trust issues, India. Not mine.”

My blood boiled with indignation. She was completely naïve if she thought for one second this guy wasn’t’ a loser. She had chosen badly before, after all. I had a right to the dread that was making me feel sick.

“I just wanted to give you a heads-up that it’s serious.”

“What does that even mean?”

“It means that if this is going where I think it’s going, then that might mean a big life change for us.”

Oh, hell.

I stared at her in horror.

Hayley sighed wearily at the expression I wasn’t even trying to conceal. “I’m going to make a cup of tea. I’m tired so we’ll talk about Jay another time.” She turned but then stopped to stare at me sadly. “Thanks for being so happy for me, by the way.”

That didn’t even deserve a response.

There was a time Hayley couldn’t give a damn about my happiness. I felt it only fair that I feel apathetic now about hers.

 

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Samantha Young’s THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US – Review & Excerpt Tour

June 19th

BookWorm221 – Review & Excerpt

Clare’s Mad About Books – Review & Excerpt

Joyful Shimmy – Review & Excerpt

Little Red’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Naturally Nerdy Books – Review & Excerpt

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Boyfriends – Review & Excerpt

June 20th

Beware Of The Reader – Review & Excerpt

Books For The Living – Review

Kindle and Me – Review & Excerpt

Melissa’s Book Obsession – Review

Read more sleep less – Review

To Be Reviewed Books – Review & Excerpt

June 21st

A Fortress of Books – Excerpt

Becky on Books – Excerpt

Enjoying life a day at a time – Review

Mustreadbooksordie – Review & Excerpt

MrsLeif’s Two Fangs AboutItBook Reviews – Review & Excerpt

SJ’s Book Blog – Excerpt

June 22nd

Actin’ Up with Books – Review

Books,Dreams,Life – Excerpt

Fiction Fare – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Take Me Away To A Great Read – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

June 23rd

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

BJ’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Ficwishes – Review

Kimberly’s Hot Reads – Review & Excerpt

Read, Write, Design – Review & Excerpt

June 24th

Ali’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Lacey’s Love Of Literature – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Excerpt

June 25th

All Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

PBC – Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

TSK TSK What to Read – Review & Excerpt

With Love for Books – Review

June 26th

Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt

Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt

Calling All Bookaholics – Review & Excerpt

Liezel – Review & Excerpt

Reads & Reviews – Review

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

June 27th

4 the Love of Reading – Review & Excerpt

ADDICTED TO BOOKS – Review & Excerpt

Lisa Loves Literature – Review

Miss Riki – Review & Excerpt

Peace Love Books – Review

The Inked In Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

June 28th

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

Greyland Reviews – Excerpt

Literary lust – Review

My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt

Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Life of a BooknerdAddict – Review & Excerpt

June 29th

Author Groupies – Review

Blushing babes are up all – Review & Excerpt

Book Enticer – Review & Excerpt

The Book Avenue – Review & Excerpt

The Review Loft – Review & Excerpt

Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt

June 30th

I Read Indie – Excerpt

Shh Moms Reading – Review & Excerpt

The Bookish Introvert – Review

Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

Vi3tbabe – Review & Excerpt

Witchy Richey’s Booktastic Reviews – Review & Excerpt

July 1st

Book Babes Unite – Review & Excerpt

Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review

Southern Belle Book Blog – Excerpt

The Fairest of All Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

 

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Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon – Book Review

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28458598A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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The French Impressionist, Rebecca Bischoff – Blog Tour

 

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The French Impressionist
Rebecca Bischoff
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Rosemary is fifteen and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in sunny southern France with a single goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever. She wants a new life, a new family, and a new identity. But her situation, crafted from lies big and small, is precarious.

Desperate to escape haunting images from her past and a stage one helicopter parent, Rosemary struggles to hide her lack of artistic talent and a communication disorder that has tormented her all her life. She believes her dream of a new start will come true, until she unwittingly finds herself enveloped in a decades-old mystery that threatens to ruin her only chance for success. Determined to stay, Rosemary must choose whether or not she’ll tell the biggest lie of all, even if it means destroying the life of someone she cares about.

Dramatic, heartwarming, and full of teenage angst, The French Impressionist perfectly captures the struggle of those who feel they have no voice, and also shows the courage it takes to speak up and show the world who we really are.

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I look around. My room, my beautiful new room, has forests and oceans and mountains painted all over the walls. It has stars and planets on the ceiling. A mustard-colored rug spattered with paint sits on the floor. On the bed is a vivid quilt that’s a kaleidoscope of colors. The room has a window that looks out over redtiled roofs and palm trees. It even has a cat! Amber eyes glow up at me from the puff of grey fluff resting on the rug. I was never allowed to have a pet. I stare at the pile of grey fur for a second, not sure what to do. Will it chase me from its territory? But the puffball simply closes its yellowy eyes and goes to sleep. I turn back, close the blue-painted door, and stare at the knob. There’s no lock. On this side or on the other side. It’s perfect. A couple of tears spill down my face, but I swipe them away. My new life just started, and I’m going to live it. I’m going to head back down to the shop and get to know my new family. But when I grasp the doorknob, I stop. I don’t want to leave just yet. I turn to check out the room one more time, straining a little to see the murals as the light from the window changes from bright to dim. Outside, clouds cover the sun and a summer storm spatters rain onto the glass. I don’t bother to turn on the light, though. I know this room well already. I walk along the walls, tracing the paintings with a gentle finger. The photo of this room on Sylvie’s blog was what started it all. It’s part of the reason that I’m here and why I chose Sylvie and Émile to be my new family. The mural at the head of the bed is my favorite. A trail curves through a forest, then up the side of a steep canyon, where it angles back and forth in sharp switchbacks. Every so often, along the trail is a boy who carries a backpack and walking stick. The boy, lanky and brown like Sylvie, gradually grows taller. It’s their son, Ansel, now gone. He painted himself somewhere on the trail each year for his birthday. The figure at the very top of the cliff is Ansel at eighteen, heading to Paris. He’s smiling and pumping a fist into the air. I kiss my fingers and touch them to the painted boy’s tiny head. “Thank you, Ansel,” I whisper. I couldn’t be here if he weren’t gone. “I promise I’ll take care of the room for you.” A gleam of light glows on the wall a few feet away. I jerk my hand back in surprise. Painted on the other side of Ansel’s cliff is a wide expanse of stormy sky over a dark ocean. Streaks of bright lightning cross the gloomy haze, but one line of lightning extends downward in a straight line, cutting through sky and cloud until it plunges into the ocean. I move closer until my nose is practically against the paint and stare. The straight line, of course, isn’t painted lightning. It’s a crack in the wall, one so deep that light from the next room shines through it. Then, before I can even begin to wonder, the crack disappears. What just happened?

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Rebecca Bischoff currently resides in Idaho with her family and works as a speech-language pathologist. She loves helping others, especially kids and teenagers, discover their own unique voices and learn to share who they are with the world. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, spend time with her kids, and make awkward attempts to learn foreign languages. She is drawn to all things both French and Italian, used bookstores, and anything made out of chocolate.

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The Color Project, Sierra Abrams – The Blurb Reveal

Hey guys!

I’m still on hiatus, but Sierra released the blurb to her agonisingly perfect book and I just had to share because it would be a crime to not have people know about such perfection. It really is, absolutely perfect. I love it. I adore it. I want to hug it and cuddle it close to me for the rest of my life.

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I was already pretty excited about the book but this has just taken my excitement to a whole other level and it’s not even imaginable how stoked I am for this story!

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IT IS GOING TO BE GORGEOUSLY PERFECT AND IT’S GOING TO RUIN ME AND MAKE ME WHOLE ALL AT ONCE AND I CANNOT WAIT TILL THIS BABY IS IN MY HANDS. NOT AT ALL.

 

So, without further ado, here it is –

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This GIF is an apt description of how I feel right now. So many feels!

 

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Sierra is an amazeballs friend of mine and I would love for you guys to check her work out! She’s such an amazing writer and she deserves for the world to read her beautiful stories!

Happy Readings! 🙂

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, JK Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany – Book Review

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

 

 

 

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Okay, so I’m on a blogging hiatus, because I’ve got these big exams coming up and I’m supposed to be studying! But, this is Harry Potter, we’re talking about! Of course, we all know, I’d have regretted not reading it the minute it came out and even more if I didn’t get to speak about it.

I mean, what use is a book blog if I can’t even fangirl over Harry Potter! Merlin’s Beard it’s a blasphemy!

So, like everybody else, when the announcement for the play was made, I was heartbroken, because, you know, I can’t really mass up the galleons required to make the trip from Mumbai to London just for the play. I was devastated. Heartbroken. But, then the script release was announced and everything was right in the world again! And there were celebrations, obviously!

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It was like I was going home again!

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And then, the day came! Finally, my copy was delivered, even if it was two days too late (Get better at customer satisfaction, Amazon! We PREORDER so that the book is delivered on RELEASE DAY and not after that!) And then, I dove right into it, no holds barred!

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really enjoy it in the beginning. It wasn’t as captivating as all the other Harry Potter stories I’d read and there was a time I even considered just fucking DNFing and that is huge, because to DNF HARRY POTTER? That should be considered a sin. But, it did happen. And I got over it and read anyway. Because, frankly speaking, I don’t know how to abandon Harry. I never have known and I never will. I mean, they could do their worst, but Harry is my childhood and he’s one of my best friends and I’m never deserting him, ever. No matter how hard things get.

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I stuck it through and I’m glad I did. Because, as the story moved forward, it did get better. It got a whole lot better and I fell in love with Albus and Scorpius, the way I fell in love with Harry, Ron & Hermione. They’re brave and loving and kind and just about what is good in the world. They’re also a bunch of dunderheads and I love them!

Things weren’t really all that great between Harry and his son and as he grew up, it felt as if the distance between them increased till they were practically strangers (which I hate! Because, I always thought that Harry would never let anything like this happen to his family. He, of all people really understands what it’s like to not have a proper family and I really expected better.)

And, then, Harry is dreaming and Albus and Scorpius are grappling with things far beyond their control and Draco is out of his mind with worry and I’m just like – I didn’t want things to end up this way. I want them to pull through and be happy. But, of course, it’s Harry and so things got worse before they got better! Which, I’m thankful for! But, it brought me to tears, especially that one scene which I never ever dreamed in my worst nightmares (you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you get there, trust me!) and I was bawling and thinking “HOW COULD YOU, JO? THAT IS THE EPITOME OF CRUEL!”

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(SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN”T READ THE BOOK OR WATCHED THE PLAY!)

I hated the fact that it solely focused on Al and we saw very little of Rose, James & Lily! I’m so disappointed that Teddy didn’t even get a fucking shit mention! I would have loved to seen them – they’re all Harry’s family and we may argue that this was Al’s story, but in the end, it’s as much of Harry’s story as it is Al’s and they’re Al’s family, too. I refuse to think that Al would have become such a pariah after starting school and that Rose would just wash her hands off of him. NO WAY!

And, where I can totally understand why Al wanted to get sorted in Slytherin (because of Scorp, obviously), I still am having a hard time digesting it, because in my mind, Rose, Al and Scorp were the new golden trio, all stupid, reckless and brave Gryffindors!

I also hated that Luna got no mention! Neville’s was limited to ‘Give Neville our love’! None of the Weasleys were mentioned apart from Ron, Hermione and Rose and that hurt! And that there was not much to know about what exactly had transpired in the last nineteen years.

Also, Voldy and Bella is dumb, overused, unbelievable fanfic moment #394 that I’ve always detested! It is totally out of character for Voldemort to do something like that because he believed he was immortal. So, he didn’t need an heir ‘just in case’. I seriously couldn’t believe that actually happened when I read it because come on, Jo! You’re supposed to do better than all us measly fanfic writers!

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Though, the one thing I adored has to be the fact that no matter how much you meddle with time, no matter who they’re married to, Ron and Hermione are madly in love with each other! I was heartbroken with that uproar of Harmony after that one interview by Jo and this brings me a lot of happiness because I’ve always, always been a firm supporter of Romione.

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(AND I’M DONE SPOILING!)

All in all, while it was a great story, it could have been so much better and definitely longer. I must say, in some ways, I feel that we have wronged Harry by this story because while it’s brilliant in its own way, it will never compare what preceded it, and in ways, we didn’t wait nine years for this.

If I look at it objectively, I would probably give it a 4.5, but it didn’t really meet the expectations I had been holding out from the new Harry Potter story. It was just a touch shy of being brilliant and it could have been so much better, if done rightly.

I’m not saying that it didn’t strike the right chords with me, because it did, in ways and there were points where I was laughing so hard I almost fell and there were parts where I sobbed my heart out, but I think it disappointed me a little. And, maybe, all my emotions were because it’s Harry and not because of the story. I haven’t been able to decipher that, but it maybe a possibility.

I think that this is really better suited for a play, because maybe the dialogue didn’t really emote the way it was supposed to. And I can now appreciate why Jo thought that this was better suited as a play. But, I wouldn’t mind watching the movie, because I have a feeling that this time, the movie maybe better than the book!

All in all, it might be worth your time, but many of us will probably think of this as a fan fiction and nothing more.

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Drop me your thoughts!

Happy Readings! ❤

Hopelessly Imperfect, Gabriela Cabezut – Book Review

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30161393Cancer is a beast. It’s ugly, savage, and has no mercy. Cassie learned this all too well while watching her mother slowly deteriorate, one agonizing day at a time… With the desire to make her mother’s last year the best it can be, she works to be the perfect daughter. Every character trait, witty joke, like and dislike-Cassie molds herself to be what her mother would love most. But in the end, it still isn’t enough… After years of pretending, Cassie has no idea who she really is. When her mother slips away, Cassie falls into a deep depression, and thoughts of suicide become her most pressing threat. After a failed attempt, she seeks help, and is eventually able to return to life at home. Going through senior year as the girl whose mom died sucks… With her father picking up the pieces of his own heart, and Cassie back in school, she’s able to make a few new friends-one of them being Nathan Rivers. A little quiet, strong, and with inner demons of his own, Cassie can’t help but be intrigued. And as she grows closer to Nathan, the reasons for their mutual attraction slowly unveil. Pain sometimes feels impossible to cope with. It’s consuming, saturating, and all-encompassing. As Cassie and Nathan struggle to heal, can they learn to forgive and accept the past, and possibly find happiness in being Hopelessly Imperfect…?

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First of all, HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, GABY! This is awesome! I am so, so, so happy for you! 😀

Gaby is a totally awesome person and I am really, really happy that she’s finally getting this platform to reach out to such a huge audience. You go, Gaby! 😀

Talking about the story, now that celebrations are over, it is a great read. Both the main characters are going through stuff in their life that are not easy to deal with. Cancer, depression, death. And that is just the beginning. There’s so much more to their stories. So much that they keep hidden. So much that needs to be said. So much pain to get off their chest, but they’re not doing that. Why? Because they’re guilty. And that makes me really, really sad.

The plethora of emotions brought to life in this story is insane. There’s so much to unearth. Happiness, sadness, guilt, pain, depression, growing up, moving on. All of this is a part of the story. And, it is expressed just so beautifully it makes your heart ache.

I love each and every bit of this story. From the beginning right up to the end. Cassie is such a strong person. She really is. After everything that she has been through, I am so proud of her. Yes, there are times that I felt she was a little too whiny, but going back to thinking what she’s been through, I can understand her moods better. She’s just trying to find herself and let go off all the pain she’s been feeling these past few years and I definitely sympathize with her. I think that what she’s doing is amazing. She’s getting better. And that, is great. Really, really great.

Nathan, the male lead, is just simply amazing. Yes, he’s got the bad boy thing going for him and he behaves like a typical YA hero, all broody and jealous and mysterious. In the beginning. But, as time passes and Cass spends more time with Nate, Nate uncovers himself just beautifully. He’s such an amazing soul. He’s kind and gentle and so, so, so loving. He’s been looking after Cass even before she realized he was even there and he’s just always trying his best to make her feel better. He’s fighting his own demons, but he’s getting there. And there’s just something so incredibly honest about him, you can’t help but love him. Really, honest to God love him.

The story is absolutely compelling and beautiful and the characters are AMAZING! This book should be added to your TBR ASAP because you need to read it!

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Gabriela Cabezut is a Mexican author who has been inclined to write ever since she was little. Being a creative person has always been one of her major traits.

When she was a child, she used to type short stories for her family and friends.

Then, she created and directed a school newspaper for her Elementary School.

Reading has always been an important part of her life. Distinctively, she loves to read in English. Therefore, after being a silent reader for most of her life, she started to write romance stories on a writer’s community website, where she has succeeded by having thousands of readers from around the globe reading her stories.

She manages her time between her family and friends, as well as her own cake-decorating business and as of lately, writing romance stories.

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Crushed, Dawn Rae Miller – Book Review

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18088110For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much. However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him – Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down. Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.

 

 

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So, this story? It leaves an impact on you. A huge, huge impact on you. It will make you rethink what you’re doing, who you are and who the best version of yourself is. It is about finding yourself and being the best version of yourself that you can be.

Yes, there is some soul searching, but the character is kind of bland. He doesn’t think much further than booze and sleeping with anything on two legs. There’s parties everyday and you’re just seeing people drinking and having sex and discussing who they slept with or calling each other a pussy because they didn’t sleep with someone. That kind of gets lame after sometime.

The middle was definitely a little dragged out and could have been edited out a lot. But, the end is pretty satisfying. That is the reason that this book is good. I like how the main guy, Fletcher, actually gives it his best to try and change. That is the crux of the matter and what is important. But, all that action really just happens in the last 7 – 8 chapters and others are sort of dragged out. So, like you read chapter 4 and then skip on ahead to chapter 30 and you’ll not feel like you’ve missed much. And even if you do, you’ll find out about it in the next two paragraphs because some or the other person is always referring to that one incident and how the main character is a dick for doing what he did. It usually has something to do with Calista, this girl who Fletch has a super complicated relationship with.

Yes, the story does try to deliver a powerful message, but it could have done so in a better way. A much better way. I still kind of like it though. It’s mainly because I know what’s it’s like to be confused and undecided and not knowing what to do or what would make me happy. So, yes, I identify with it. Which is why I like it.

And, that is all, I guess. I’m really not entirely sure about this one, I gotta tell you that. But, maybe it’s just me. Maybe this book is not for me. Maybe you’ll love this more than you’ve ever loved anything you’ve read.

So, maybe give this a try.

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The Fountain, Suzy Vadori – Book Review

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THE FOUNTAIN

SUZY VADORI

Careful what you wish for. It just might come true.

In the forbidden West Woods, Ava stumbles on the secret fountain that has granted wishes to St. Augustus students for generations. Unknowingly, she watches the coin she tosses disappear and with it the world around her as she knows it.

In a quest to undo the damage she’s done, she and alumni kid Ethan break every campus rule unravelling a tangled web of history. Ava discovers that what’s right isn’t always clear and finds herself torn between a love she’s always known and one she has yet to explore.

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The Fountain is a story about wishes coming true. So, obviously, this book is already great in my eyes. Because, hey! Don’t we all want all our wishes to come true? I know I do. This makes it pretty easy and quick for the reader to connect with the book and the story because it talks about wishes coming true and about how if you wish for something with all your heart, it does come true.

The basic plot of the story is absolutely gripping and it teaches us to be careful what we wish for because sometimes, wishes do come true. But, each wish comes with a price and at the end of the day, if you’re not strong enough to pay the price, your world will crumble and you will not know how to save it.

The story centers Ava, a teenage girl who moves away from home to go to school to St. Augustus, where her mother met her father. Her father doesn’t approve of her decision, but Ava is determined. She needs to feel closer to her mother and her father hates talking about her. So, she goes for the next best thing, the school where her mother went to. The school where she met her father, fell in love and got married.

Apart from going to the same school, another thing that Ava shares in common with her mother is swimming. Ava has always loved swimming and is an absolutely brilliant swimmer. So, it’s only natural that she be a part of the swim team at her new high school. She’s a great swimmer, so it should be easy to get on the team, right? Wrong. Courtney Wallis has been the star of the swim team for a long time and she isn’t ready to relinquish her position on the team to anybody else, much less the new girl. So, she does everything in her power to stop Ava from being on the team.

Frustrated with Courtney’s bullying and all the trouble she’s got into because of Courtney, Ava wishes for something drastic to change so that her life can be peaceful. Of course, her life changes when she realizes that the wish she made before throwing a coin in the fountain she used to play with along with her mother actually, for real came true.

Ava is not ready for the changes and wants to undo her wish. Only problem is that she can’t seem to find the Fountain where she first made the wish. Enter, Ethan Roth. He is the only one who Ava can open up to regarding everything from her father to swimming and everything that Courtney did to her. On listening to her story, Ethan agrees to help her and undo her wish.

But, as they both spend more time together, trying to discover the secret of the Fountain, they grow closer and closer and Ava forgets about her boyfriend, Lucas, who’s waiting for her back home. For the time being anyway. There’s also the fact that she hasn’t told Lucas anything about making a wish and it coming true nor about all the time she’s been spending with Ethan.

So, when it’s time, who will Ava chose? Lucas, who she’s loved for as long as she can remember? Or Ethan, who makes her feel things she’s never felt before?

The story is absolutely beautifully written with great characters and a fast paced and interesting plot. There’s never a moment where you’re bored while reading this. The development of characters throughout the story is nice. The plot twists are effing amazing. Seriously, if there’s one thing that’s brilliant about this book, it’s the plot twists. They keep you on edge from the start till the end and give a satisfying conclusion.

The Fountain is a beautiful coming of age story with lots of laughs, tears, love and heartbreak. A definite must read for those of you who believe in the magic of wishes.

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In The Hope Of Memories, Olivia Rivers -Book Blitz

 

 

In the Hope of Memories
Olivia Rivers
Publication date: March 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Hope is dying.

Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Hope is dead.

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:

Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.

Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.

Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.

And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.

Hope is within reach.

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“Wait!” I slam my hand against the door to stop it from clicking shut, wincing as the splintered wood digs into me. “I’m looking for Hope. Hope Jackson. She said she’d be here.”

The dude shakes his head. “She’s dead.”

My heart stutters a fast and hard beat, like it does right when I get tackled on the field. “No. No, she’s not. She’s the exact opposite of dead. Today is her eighteenth birthday. Her birthday party is about to start right now.”

Official Reason Number Infinity it Sucks to Be Going Blind: When you can’t see right, you can’t stop a fist from colliding with your face. The dude’s knuckles crash into my jaw, and I yelp, more out of shock than pain. I’m about to pound my own fist into the freak when he starts talking again, this time in a tone that’s actually kind of pissed.

“She’s dead, you jerk! You really think it’s funny to joke about that?”

“I’m not joking!” I rub at my jaw with the back of my clenched hand. Part of me is itching to mess up this guy’s face, but a larger part is starting to panic. “You’re the one with the wrong info,” I say, silently praying I’m right. “Hope isn’t dead.”

The dude stares down at his hand and slowly curls and uncurls his fingers, like he can’t quite believe he just threw a punch. Then he whispers, “You’re not messing with me?”

“No! What kind of sick joke would that be? Like I said, I’m just trying to find her birthday party. I got an invite from her, I swear. It said to come here.”

“Oh.”

Apparently, this conversation isn’t weird enough for him, so he has to add in some awkward silence. Fan-freaking-tastic. Just when I’m starting to think he’s slipped into a coma, he says, “Sorry I punched your face.”

I take a deep breath. “Just tell me where her birthday party is, okay?”

“I told you, there is no party. Hope is dead.”

“Christ, are you seriously going to make me explain this again? She’s not dead. It’s her birthday today. As in the day when you celebrate a person being alive.”

“It would have been her birthday,” the dude says, slipping back into his strange monotone. “But now she’s dead.”

The seriousness in his voice makes my gut twist, and for a moment, I wonder if maybe he hurt Hope. My hand edges toward my pocket, but just as I’m considering grabbing my cell phone and dialing 9-1-1, I see a tear trickle down his cheek. It looks strange on his expressionless face, but another tear quickly follows, and then a third. He sniffs and turns away, wiping his right eye on the battered sleeve of his hoodie.

“What happened?” I ask, my voice a cracked whisper. All sorts of scenarios rush through my head—Hope’s plane crashing on vacation, a car accident, getting caught in a wrong-place-wrong-time shooting…

“You don’t know?” the dude asks.

“No. Was it in the news?”

The smallest beginning of a frown tugs at his lips. “Of course not. Why would the news report about a stroke victim?”

“Stroke?” I repeat. “She had a stroke? What…why? What triggered it? She’s a health freak.”

He blinks slowly and then says again, “You don’t know?”

 

Author Bio:

Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published novels “Frost Fire” and “In the Hope of Memories,” along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.

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