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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed Review

By Diane J. Reed
Brandits Ranch Books, LLC
1st October 2012, 300 pages

“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?” 
But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…

Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:
They’re broke.
Her stepmom has skipped the country.
And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt.

Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.

Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…

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I love love LOVE this book! I was honestly surprised. This book was sent to my by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Firstly, I am so in love with the writing style. It felt very teenager-y and very Robin-like. By the introduction, I thought she's going to be snobbish but she's not at all. She has that rich people vibe on and her love for money and luxury is undeniable but she isn't afraid to get down and dirty to save her dad's life and hers.

I am seriously in love with this book. I love the southern elements and all of the characters. The description of the trailer park is just beautiful and enchanting! The characters are all fun. I wish there were more of the twins though. I would LOVE to read more of their mischievousness.

There was a little unrealistic elements to the book though. Like, the robbing part. Because of this, I felt like there's a hole in the plot but I'm not really sure what. It just felt like something is missing. And my other complaint would be Creek's attitude in the beginning. It didn't feel right. Like, the bad boy image fit Creek awkwardly but after a while it was toned down and Creek felt like Creek. 

A book I enjoyed immensely. Fans of Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig or Heist Society by Ally Carter will definitely enjoy this book.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

One Last Song by S.K Falls ARC Review

By S.K Falls
Forever Yours, 336 pages
13th January, 2015 
Received from: NetGalley 

I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.

My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.

She stayed by my side all night.

I never wanted it to end.

When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.

For me, that someone was Drew. description

When I started the first 10% of this book, I thought "This is the worst mistake of my life", but I stayed strong and continued on with the gross scenes and MY RESOLUTION WAS PAID. This was the BEST DECISION EVER! Because this, this masterpiece, need to be read by everyone. 

I was so fascinated with the characters. Especially Saylor. It felt weird being in her head. Because for someone who would give anything not to feel pain, this girl I'm reading right now, would give anything to feel sick and pain. I wrapped my head around her logic. It was just so fascinating seeing her compare her pain with others. Like, her character is so messed-up and fucked-up but I COULD understand her.

All of the characters felt so original. And the way the plot progresses... like, I couldn't predict what happens next. Which is kind of rare for a contemporary book. I don't know where will Saylor take me next. This book was about cancer but it wasn't sad. In fact, the book is so bright you forgot that you're actually reading a book about cancer. The characters weren't cynical about their disease. They didn't embrace their disease either but they didn't let their disease weigh them down.

I swear, if it wasn't for the writing style, I wouldn't have continued on with this story. The writing itself is beautiful. I felt the pain and all of the emotions she felt.

By the end of the book, I was left with a whirlwind of emotions. Like, this book left me so emotional and the whole book was so freaking good.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Even The Moon Has Scars by Steph Campbell--Heart Awareness Month

Steph's youngest daughter was born with a rare heart defect called TAPVR. Britta is a happy, healthy three year old now, and also the inspiration for EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS. In honor of Heart Awareness Month, Steph will be running a sale on EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS from Feb 16-23. We would love for you to join us in spreading the word! #1in100

Title: Even the Moon Has Scars
Author: Steph Campbell
Age: YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designed by The Cover Lure
Released: October 28, 2014
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Two strangers.
Two broken hearts.
One night to set each other free.

Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.
Lena Pettitt was born a miracle.
And her parents never let her forget it.
Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most--her life.

Gabriel Martinez’s heart has been ripped out.
His pride has been stomped on.
Oh, and he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true.

Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house--in the snow. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house--but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he’s spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother’s or…

A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe or Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.

As jaded as he is, Gabe can’t deny the fact that he’s excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.

Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it’s finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.

All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty.

It’s one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.

About the Author:

Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now lives in the hot, humid south. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. When she's not writing or taking care of her brood, she's reading or scouring travel sites, always ready for life's next adventure.

twitter: @stephcampbell_
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta Review

By Melina Marchetta
HarperTeen, 419 pages
9th march, 2010

In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.

At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor's the reluctant leader of her school's underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can't avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future. description.

I will start by stating all the cons first before I shower this book with a 1000 compliments.

It was a very confusing beginning for me. For some reasons, my ebook decided to fuck itself and I had sort out all the messed up paragraphs myself. And because of that, I didn't realize there was two stories. One in the past and one in the present. But don't get confuse. They're not the same story. They're two different stories; Hannah's and Taylor's.

But see, that's what happened to me. because of my fucked up ebook, I was confused because there was two separate stories. Not only that, I was attacked from all directions with all these characters. Watch out! New character incoming! Woot! MAKE WAY FOR ANOTHER CHARACTER. Whoo! It's raining characters! As if that's not enough, the fact that there're two stories doubled the amount of characters. So it was very hard for me to keep up with all these characters at first. 

Not only that, the narrating was very MG and because of the territory wars, I thought all of the characters was 12 years old because it was very immature. Because let's face it, I don't have wars (ESPECIALLY territory wars) after I turned 15. 

I spent the first 50-100 pages of the book in a tug-of-war of boringness and this-scene-makes-me-want-to-read-the-book-more. EVERY TIME I felt like giving up on the book, Marchetta bait me with this scene that made me intrigued to find out what happens next. And it works! EVERY TIME.

BUT THEN. Jonah Griggs appeared and Hannah disappeared and every thing was taken to a whole new notch. 

All of the characters are so amazing. Each one of them has a distinct voice and personality and you can tell who is who. And it is so hard to choose even just one favorite character because I love them all. Both from the past and the present. I can't stop fangirling over Jude and Webb. And Jonah and Taylor.

And the love line! I won't tell you which love line I love, because I adore both past and present. And it's not just that. Both path and present's relationship is so special. I swear, their friendship is so BEAUTIFUL. It is SO B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L

And I love reading about the past's characters. How they were just kids hanging out in trees and dreaming about the world and what they turned into when they entered adulthood. This kind of stories always interest me. There is something magical about these changes. 

As the pages progresses, you can start seeing this fractured pieces of stories starting to stitch up together and this confusing story suddenly turned beautiful and heartwarming.

There was a lot of development and character growth in this book. Especially to Taylor. And it was amazing reading this book and slowly seeing these characters turning into something more of what they are.

I don't call a lot of books beautiful and jellicoe Road is beautiful.

In summary, 

To everyone: please read it. I'm making this my life mission to make everyone I know or don't know read this book because it is the most wonderful book I have ever read and it deserves to be read more. 

Sincerely, Farah.

So this concludes my longest review ever for a book.


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Blog Tour Giveaway + Review: Acting Brave by Helena Newbury

Acting Brave (Fenbrook Academy #3)
By Helena Newbury
13th January, 2015
Foster & Black New Adult, 580 pages

The final book in the Fenbrook Academy trilogy. Book 1, Dance For Me, is currently FREE

She's spent her whole life acting. But can she make him believe she doesn't love him?
Three years ago, a terrified girl named Emma fled a world of crime and abuse in Chicago and bought a one-way ticket to New York. She reinvented herself as an actress, enrolled at the prestigious Fenbrook Academy and buried her pain beneath a vivacious new persona. Her new name was Jasmine.

Now she has to pull off the performance of her career.
Landing her dream part in a police show, she finds herself falling for her co-star, Ryan, a real-life cop. If she lets him get too close, he'll awaken memories she doesn't want to face and uncover secrets that could endanger them both. But how can she keep a guy at arm's length when she has to kiss him on camera?

The last place Ryan imagined himself was on a TV show.
Blaming himself for the death of his partner, he's on a downward spiral of rage and guilt. The show is his last chance...but how can he keep it professional when his co-star is a woman he's crazy about?

As their on-screen and off-screen relationships merge, things go from hot to blistering. But when Jasmine's old life catches up with her, will a cop be the one person she can't be around...or the only person who can save her?

Recommended for 17+ due to mature scenes.

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This is my FAVORITE BOOK out of the trilogy! Helena Newbury definitely nailed it with this last one. And it was such a perfect ending too.

One of the reasons I love her books is because not only she remind her readers on what happened in her previous books but also she build out more out of her previous characters rather than just end their stories there. Speaking of characters, Jasmine is definitely my favorite! It was interesting reading her battles between her two identities. It wasn't even confusing and it might have been even a little... relate-able.

The book was done perfectly. The scenes wasn't done overly. Newbury dived in her characters and exploited their personalities. While I love the identities of Emma and Jasmine, it gets a little repetitive on some parts when Jasmine is figuring out who she's playing at the moment.

The part where all the characters come together was just so heartfelt too. It felt like it was kind of deliberately done that way because it's the ending of the trilogy but it didn't felt cheesy or anything. It was just... perfectly done. And I can definitely say the scene in the courtroom is my favorite out of the book.

Acting Brave was full of feels without being angsty. It has the perfect touch of keeping me at the edge of my seat too. Any NA lover should try this book out. It'll be worth your time. Trust me ;)

I’m a New Adult Romance author who loves writing about what happens when love and dreams collide with the real world. I wrote my first novel, Dance for Me, in daily chunks in a very busy, very noisy coffee shop, which meant I had to order a black Americano every hour, on the hour, to keep my seat and wound up wired on caffeine most days. I hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists in summer 2013. Unlike my characters, I can’t dance.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Tour: New Year in Manhattan by Louise Bay Review

By Louise Bay
13th January 2015

The Empire State Series concludes in New Year in Manhattan.

Anna and Ethan are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Their previous rules no longer apply.

In order to make things work, Anna needs to let go of her past and take a risk with Ethan. Ethan needs to learn how to deal with the ambiguity of a relationship.

Long-distance relationships are never easy and their relationship is fragile. For how long can it survive under the pressure of separation? Are either of them prepared to give up what they have for the other?

But distance isn’t the only obstacle Anna and Ethan face. Ultimately they have to decide whether they want to share a future together.

Part One - A Week in New York and Part Two - Autumn in London Are out now. description

Remember how I said the first book was a meh and the second was good? Well, the third book? It topped the trilogy off!

Anna and Ethan’s relationship is progressing. They’ve been living in the here and now and now that they’re looking into the future, they don’t know what to do. And it’s fun and interesting to read on how they’re going through this obstacle in their life. Seriously, I love New Year in Manhattan! The conversations and banter between Anna and Ethan became cuter and funnier.

I guess, the only thing I’m disappointed about in New Year in Manhattan is that there’s no appearance from Jessica and Izzy. I was looking forward to more of their scenes but I guess in NYiM is solely focused on building Anna and Ethan’s relationship.

NYiM was the perfect ending to Anna and Ethan’s story. One that I could look back and fangirl over them.
About the Author

I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels - the kind I like to read!
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so I'll settle for books and films.
I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don't have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Blog Tour Excerpt + Giveaway: Perfect Escape by Gillian Felix

Perfect Escape (Family Portrait #4)
By Gillian Felix
Plain Talk Book Marketing, 166 pages
12th December 2014

In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind? 

When heartthrob Zax Banovic is assigned to tutor Leighann, he provides her with the perfect escape from the madness in her life. Enter Kristin Newman, Zax’s super-hot, sickeningly perfect, tennis-pro girlfriend, who dampens any chance Leighann has with him. 

After the unthinkable happens, Leighann’s world is shattered, causing her to shut everyone out. Unable to cope, Leighann accepts help from her frenemy, but will the help she accept come with a hefty price?

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Seventeen-year-old Zax Banovic was tall, gorgeous and smelled like citrus with a hint of musk. His sandy blond hair, mesmerizing blue eyes, and kissable lips complemented his athletic body perfectly. Leighann DaCosta, like many other girls at Westwood Academy, got an eyeful when he ran out of the boys’ locker room in his underwear chasing some girl down the halls of Westwood Academy. Leighann blushed when she saw his ripped abs, tight ass and generous package filling out his heather gray CK briefs. Since then, he frequented her dreams a million times, but instead of chasing after another girl, he ran to her, pinned her up against the lockers and ravaged her.
In reality, Zax represented the other half of Westwood Academy's super couple…
Kristin (The Bod) Newman was the lust object of every boy at Westwood Academy. She was the school's tennis champ and well on her way to going pro. Girls hated her, not because of her killer legs or the way she rocked her tennis outfits, but because she was dating Zax Banovic. They were the Brad Pit and Jennifer Aniston (pre-Angelina) of Westwood Academy. Together they were known as ZaxTin. Together, Zax and Kristin were sickeningly perfect. They walked the halls of Westwood Academy cooing at each other, totally wrapped up in their own universe.
Zax was the first boy who had taken Leighann out on a date. She was so giddy with excitement that she didn't realize that he'd only ask her out to make Kristin jealous. Their second date (pre-Kristin) was cleverly orchestrated by Zax's bratty sister, Adriana, who used Leighann's crush on him as a bargaining chip.
Leighann opened her locker and glanced at the locker next to hers. The locker, which now stood vacant, once belonged to Adriana Banovic. Despite her prickly personality, Leighann missed her, and the school wasn't the same since she'd gotten expelled, or ‘transferred’ as they were calling it. Adriana was interesting to watch, she had a way of twisting things to make it work in her favor no matter how wrong it was. Leighann admired her confidence and fearlessness as much as she admired her style risks. Adriana wore what she wanted, when she wanted, and however she wanted. Her style was copied by several imitators that had popped up since her expulsion ‘transfer’. The students of Westwood Academy seemed to have a weird love-hate obsession with her. Even though they missed her, no one ever dared come out and admit it.
When the bell to Math class rang, Leighann's stomach churned. She hated math and failed every test that she’d been given. She desperately needed help, but was too ashamed to ask. When Mr. Wells, the Math teacher, returned her test results, once again he asked to see her after class. Leighann was used to their talks, and while Mr. Wells did his best to help her with extra lessons, it took too much of his time. This time he presented her with a possible solution; the Give Back Program. He explained that the graduating seniors of Westwood Academy who excelled in a particular subject would volunteer to tutor juniors who were struggling in their area of expertise. The program had a 100 percent success rate, and he believed that the success was because students learned better from their peers.
"The list of juniors waiting to get in the program is very long, and we have more juniors waiting to get in than seniors willing to tutor."
"What are my chances of getting in?" Leighann asked hopefully.
"You're in," Mr. Wells replied happily. He had already enrolled her, knowing that she wouldn’t object. He suspected that she wanted to do well.
Leighann was thrilled. She thanked him profusely and received instructions to meet her tutor at the east campus library after school.

Leighann waited outside of the library, where the other juniors were gathered. One by one they paired off with their respective tutors and disappeared. She prayed that her tutor would be patient and wouldn't make fun of her because she was a slow learner. Leighann often wondered if she had a learning disability. All her life she’d had to fit her academic schedule around her music career, and this was her first foray into institutionalized education.
At the age of ten, Leighann won her first Grammy, and since then, she’d had a career that most fifteen-year-old girls would kill for. But she wasn’t happy and longed for a life outside of stardom. With the support of her sister/confidante, she resigned from the music business at the height of her career and faced scathing backlash from the press, the record label, disappointed fans and especially her mother/manager.
Leighann’s quest for a normal life began when she moved to California to live with her sister, L’Wren. She enrolled in Westwood Academy of Higher Learning, the Rolls Royce of high schools in California and possibly the country. Her father was an alumni, and recently she’d found out that her mother was as well­—even though her mother never graduated. Leighann was determined to graduate and possibly go on to college like L’Wren. The thought of that excited her, but she doubted herself. What if she couldn’t cut it? What if all she could do was sing and play instruments? Could she go back to the industry that she’d shut the door on? The thought of that sent shivers down her spine.
Almost twenty minutes had passed, and all the tutors and tutees were paired up. Leighann began to wonder if she had been stood up by her tutor. What if her tutor had found out that they were assigned to her and opted for someone else? Leighann's heart sank. She wanted to prove to her mother that she was good at something other than singing and performing. Her mother had beaten it into her brain that she would never amount to anything other than a singer, and Leighann began to wonder if she was right. Maybe she should drop out of school and beg the record label for another chance. Her songs were still on the charts, and maybe it wasn't too late. Leighann left the library disappointed.
"LD!" she heard a familiar voice call out, and footsteps running behind her. She froze; only one person on the planet called her LD.
Oh God, please don't let it be … she prayed, then turned around.
"Sorry I'm late. Basketball practice went a little long," Zax apologized.
His eyes … those eyes … mesmerizing, seducing, enticing … pulled her in.


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Author Bio

Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person.

Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”.  

When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself.

When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.

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What people are saying about the series

“I see a huge following for this new series! I know I'm going to watch for more!” Di Bylo – Amazon Top Reviewer

“Gillian Felix is truly wonderful in the way she writes and captivates her readers. She has a true gift and I guess anyone who reads her books will be waiting for the next book as eagerly as I am." Namrata Ganti - Red Pillows

“There are love, lies, secrets, and desires that rival any soap opera out there.” Karen-Anne Stewart, Author

“This series is like the Sopranos meets Nashville. It was gritty and realistic whilst entertaining and dark.” Rachel P

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