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Oct 30, 2014

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton *Book Blast & Giveaway*


 
 Hello there!
Welcome to the Book Blast of Adrenaline Crush, the amazing new book by Laurie Boyle Crompton.
This blast is hosted by Jean BookNerd. Don't forget to stop by her blog HERE. 


THE BOOK.


 

Synopsis.
When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.




THE AUTHOR

 

Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE CRUSH from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.

When she’s not writing Laurie enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing, running, going to the movies and drinking tea by the gallon. She lives near NYC, but loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest. She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency.




THE GIVEAWAY.

1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of Adrenaline Crush, Carabiner Key Chains, Bookmarks and Pins by Laurie Boyle Crompton.
Internation.
Must be +13 to enter.

 
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Oct 28, 2014

What's new? Joyride by Anna Banks


 
 From the author of Of Poseidon comes a new contemporary romance that I'm dying to read! Well, I still haven't read The Syrena Legacy series, but that's because I wanted the trilogy to be finished before I probably fall in love with Galen.
Anyway, Joyride sounds great.
Check it out!

Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.


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Oct 27, 2014

Mini-Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 445
My rating: 6 stars, special rating
Summary:
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?



My thoughts.


I’ve always said that I wasn't the biggest fan of Eleanor & Park. I liked it, yes, but I didn't love it like everyone else.
That’s why I was really reluctant to read Fangirl. But one day, I just did.
I was just looking my “later” list on my kindle, and it caught my attention because I was bored and after the first chapter I couldn’t put it down.
For God’s sake, I don’t even know how to tell you how much I loved this book.
It’s realistic.
It’s funny.
It’s touching.
FANGIRL has those dialogues that I love from authors like John Green and Michelle Hodkin. They were smart, sarcastic and absolutely brilliant.
This book has amazing relationships: Cath and Wren. Cath and Nick. Cath and Levi. Cath and Reagan. Cath and her dad.
In fact, this book has absolutely wonderful characters and incredible descriptions of them.
Even those excerpts of Simon Snow were refreshing and amusing.
Rainbow Rowell’s writing is magnificent. Light and fast paced.
Even though it has more that 400 pages, the time flies. You end up wanting more.
Words cannot express how much this book melted my fangirl heart. This is a must read.

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Oct 25, 2014

Some Books Ago: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

 

If you realize, every Tuesday I post about the new books I discover. So, I wanted to give a shout out to all those books published some years ago, that maybe some readers may have forgotten.

I always wanted to read this book but for some reason I don't remember, I never did. 
I've read some good and bad reviews, though the bad thoughts are just about the insta-love (I think I can handle it). However, this book sounds fantastic!


Published October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen 
 
 
 


Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.


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Oct 21, 2014

What's new? The Cage by Megan Shepherd


 
 I just have one thing to say about this book: It sounds creepy!
And yet, I can't wait to read it.
Check it out!

Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments--tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle--and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures and time periods, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer appears--a handsome young guard named Cassian--they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken they five teenagers to an otherworldly zoo--where the exhibits are humans.

When a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer--though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so…what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?


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Oct 16, 2014

My Never-ending Booknotes: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell


 
My Never-ending Booknotes is a weekly meme created by my awesome friend April @ Books 4 Juliet where we can share our favorites quotes or conversation from a book.
If you want to join, just go HERE and have fun.

I don't read historical fiction. I really don't. 
But I've read some short stories by Saundra Mitchell and I just loved her writing, that's why I read The Vespertine. 
And the writing was just as gorgeous as I expected. So, here's my favorite booknotes of The Vespertine.


 "The stars could have burned out around us, the moon could have fallen from the sky, and I wouldn't have known it. Not when he leaned indecently close and pressed his cheek against mine to murmur, "Tell me a secret."
I wanted him to tell me how he stopped time like that. How he read my mind. I wanted to admit I wondered if thoughts of me troubled him when he lay awake at night. But I could make none of that come to my lips...."

“You're the only fire that consumes me." And my wonderful monster smiled at that. Smiled at me.”


The Book.


 

Summary.

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

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Oct 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: UnDivided by Neal Shusterman



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine
I'm in love with these characters. I'm in love with this world-building. I'm in love with this title. I'm in love with this cover.
I just can't wait for my copy to arrive. UnWind is probably my favorite dystopian series in the whole YA world. It's dark and thrilling and absolutely addictive. 
That's why I'm dying waiting for UnDivided (UnWind #4) by Neal Shusterman. 


 


Summary.

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.
 
 
 
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