Friday, February 27, 2015

BOOK REVIEW | LOVE UNSCRIPTED by Tina Reber

Title: LOVE UNSCRIPTED (Love #1)
Author: Tina Reber (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: March 6, 2010

SYNOPSIS 


An A-List Movie Star. . . 
Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans . . . and finds much more than he expected.

A Small-Town Girl. . . 
Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in by his humor, charm, and undeniable good looks. At six foot two, with dirty blond hair, blue eyes, and an incredible body, Ryan has every girl in Seaport swooning. But Taryn isn’t every other girl.

A Relationship That Doesn’t Follow the Script. . . 
Despite her better judgment, Taryn soon finds herself falling hard for Ryan. But is their bond strong enough to survive the tabloid headlines, the relentless paparazzi, and the jealous fans who seem determined to tear them apart? 

Purchase links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks 



Originally posted on Goodreads
Dated: November 14, 2013

With no WiFi connection in our house for a number of days already, thank God for books and music for keeping me company. I actually have loads of books (Young Adult series to New Adult ones) to choose from but I fancied reading light and romance-y reads for now. And Tina Reber’s Love Series captured my attention. Come on, who would actually pass up to read this thing – an actor falling in love with a girl who’s pretty much a non-fan of his? I don’t know about you but in my case, I wouldn’t pass this thing up.

Story. Love Unscripted’s story opens with a scene in the Mitchell’s pub which is owned by Taryn Mitchell, our main character, Marie and some customers having a conversation (some squealing from Marie involved) about the commotion on the movie set of Seaside being reported on the television. The movie was currently being shot in their area. Apparently, Seaside movie stars Ryan Christensen, a very hot and popular actor, and has a really huge following among the ladies of all ages. Then it follows through with Taryn’s internal conversation about how ladies swoon over him, except her and how it wasn’t in her personality to hang pictures of teen heartthrobs on her walls. She’s totally the complete opposite of being a hardcore fan. Complete opposite of Marie (Taryn’s best friend) is a die-hard of this book to movie franchise, watched the first instalment of the movie countless times already and possibly knows about the juiciest gossips that surround the casts.

The following day just seems to be another ordinary day for Taryn and her pub, she woke up quite early and intended to do stuff that concerns her pub. But, hold up! There’s quite an interesting twist for her day. As soon as she opened the door of her pub … she heard screams from somewhat numerous fangirls and that’s when she noticed that THE Ryan Christensen is running towards her – her pub, to take cover from the screaming girls. Mr. Ryan Christensen, what an entrance to Taryn Mitchell’s life! That day marked the start of their friendship. 

Ryan frequented Mitchell’s pub causing Taryn’s business to soar but the downside is that it’s now being swarmed with squealing fangirls and annoying paparazzi. Amidst everything that is happening around them, Ryan and Taryn maintained their friendship. Taryn even set them up with a weekend stay in their family’s cabin. She was really eager to at least give Ryan a sense of normalcy. Oh come on, I know that readers can already predict where the story is going … Yes, Ryan and Taryn ended up being a couple not even 50% of the book. 

But now, the question is what happens after that? Is Taryn ready for the consequences of this life altering move that she did? Will their being together cause uproar among the crazed fans of Ryan? What will the fans do? Will some of Ryan’s mad on the head fans cause them harm? How will the media react to this? What could be the possible lies that the media stir along the way? Can Taryn handle the lies the media reports? How will Ryan’s co-stars and past girlfriends/hook-ups react to this? Will parts of their past hunt them and cause their relationship to falter? Will they be able to trust each other throughout this life journey they’re embarking on? Can their love for each other withstand everything that’ll be thrown in their way? 

This sure is not a very conventional and easy relationship. 

Overall. Wow. Love Unscripted is rather lengthy. It has definitely loads of ups and downs in its story. It’s nice to read a story with this premise – an actor and a normal gal ending up together. I’ll gladly sleep now for this thing to happen to me. Surely Hollywood and local actors experience this kind of thing, makes it part of reality. I’m trying to juggle my mind with actors who fit in this type of situation. Hmm. 

Anyways, I like that the author didn’t prolong how Ryan and Taryn got together as a couple because it will just end up as a “meh” to me. I’ll prolly say “Girl, cut the chase. I’m sure that you’ll just end up with that popular dude”. But with Love Unscripted it focused more on the consequences of them being a couple - the pros and cons that comes from having a relationship with a popular dude from Hollywood. As the story progresses, it felt like an endless string of different kinds of drama but then I really like how those elements were incorporated and dealt with in the story. 

Love Unscripted was certainly an emotion-filled book. It will make readers feel happy, elated, scared, annoyed, totally pissed off and loads of other emotions. It will also make readers daydream about themselves being in Taryn’s shoes. If you were in her shoes, what will you do? How will you react and cope with the changes that are bound to happen in your life? If you like the ordeal of the story, then go try to read this one. 

I’m sure if I’m living in Tina Reber’s Love Series world, I’ll be like Marie. Jumping up and down over Ryan and armed with my extensive knowledge about the Seaside books and movie details. Just the typical fan. 

Fangirls. With this generation, this element of the story is very relatable. I’m pretty sure most of the Hollywood actors have had their fair share of experience with these scary situations in the hands of their fans. It makes me feel sorry for those Hollywood celebrities who are constantly experiencing this kind of frenzy. It makes me sick. They’re terrifying, stealthy and delusional fangirls, who go way overboard from a normal fangirl to the extent that they’re now considered as a threat to these celebrities. I can’t afford to chase my idols like that and make them fear for their own lives. It’s just too much. 

Most of the people know me as a huge fangirl. Some people are even calling me “Queen of Fandoms” because of me being attached to loads of fandoms about books, movies, actors and music artists. I admit it that fangirling comes naturally to me. I do the squeals in front of the television, jumping around the house, surfing the internet and keep tabs about them, do the smashing-the-keyboard typing when I can’t control my feels, buying merchandise and other ways how fangirls express their feels. 

Ha! But I can’t even afford to scream in front of them. Maybe if they’re on a stage and I’m rather far from them, Sure I can scream my lungs out. But totes not in front of them. And I’ve already proven that when I was lucky enough to see Taylor Lautner in person. That was totally a monumental experience for me as a fangirl. It’s freakin’ Taylor Lautner, Jacob Black from THE Twilight Saga! I was just rendered speechless and had a “shyness” attack. So it really is weird for me, how other people manage to cry, pass out or squeal in front of them. Oh well, levels of fangirling.

Tabloid/Gossip Sites. Time and time again have proven that tabloid and gossip sites produces BS stories. I can surely attest to that because of my years being in a certain fandom who knows the ins and outs of it and these tabloids just crafts their BS stories to create hits in their sites and most importantly to earn money. “He broke up with her.” “They got together again.” Stop please. I’ll only believe your stories if you have a video statement of them truly saying that. Those are just words. Words that the writers wrote, and most probably the general public will eat it up. But never these fans who care for this people involved in those articles. So yeah, ever since that “thing” happened in one of my fandom’s I’ve started to doubt and have this aversion towards gossip sites.

Book Two. Love Unscripted feels like a standalone book and pretty much ended in a happy note. So, I’m really curious as to what will be Ryan and Taryn’s dilemma in Love Unrehearsed. I can’t wait to get started with this next book … Less drama please. 


RATING
4.5 stars




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BLOG TOUR | REBOUND by Noelle August


Title: REBOUND (Boomerang #1) 
Author: Noelle August (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow

SYNOPSIS

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Noelle August has taken the New Adult genre by storm, and readers can’t wait to see what chaos, confusion, and connections arise at the Boomerang offices next.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-three, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, 

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together? 

REBOUND will be available wherever books and e-books are sold on February 10th, 2015 (ISBN: 9780062331083 | $13.99 | e-ISBN: 9780062331090 | $11.99).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? 

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_Augustand facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.

Purchase links: Amazon / B&N / IndieBound


Thank you so much HarperCollins Publishers and William Morrow for sending in an invite and having me on this blog tour for REBOUND by Noelle August. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this tour since I adored their debut novel, Boomerang, so much and was really looking forward into reading the second novel in the series. You gave me that chance and even better, with allowing me to be a part of the tour. Thank you again. You made my fangirl and booknerd heart very happy!

Just by looking at Rebound’s book cover, you can already say that it is going to be a light and fun read. What more if you get into reading this book already. I promise you that it’s going to give you such a great reading experience. Though I have noticed some commonalities with Boomerang and Rebound’s formula, particularly the beginning of the story – how the characters got acquainted with each other and how the complication with their relationship started.

Speaking of the main characters, the prediction that I have after finishing Boomerang was dead-on right. I knew it!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOOK REVIEW | UNEXPECTED FATE by Harper Sloan


Title: UNEXPECTED FATE (Hope Town #1) 
Author: Harper Sloan (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: February 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS 


Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.


Or I should say recognize him for who he was.


I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.


My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man. 


Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen.

Purchase links: Amazon | B&N



Okay. Before I start gushing in about Unexpected Fate, I have something to admit here first. I actually haven’t read the entire Corps Security series.  Since I’ve only started reading that series during the last few days of January, I wasn’t able to finish it in time for this book’s release date. The good thing here is that the books that I’ve read are Axel and Cage. So going on to reading Unexpected Fate, I at least have the basic knowledge of how their stories went and the happenings inside their crew. I can promise you, guys that I will still read the rest of the books coming from that series! I cannot stop from there and not know how the stories of the other guys went. In doing so, I’ll be able to gear myself for the rest of the books in Hope Town series too.

I love it when I’m super teased and excited about a certain book and that when I’m finally able to read it, the book matches with my expectations and perfectly got the mix of feels that I was looking for. This book was just that. Unexpected Fate was the sole reason why it got me into reading the Corps Security series. Yes, I’ve been meaning to read CS series for quite some time now but it has always been there at the back of the other books on my TBR list. But then when I spotted UF, learned about its synopsis and who the characters involved are, I immediately got started with CS. When I finally read Cage and met Cohen, then and there I knew that I’m going to love this man. He stole my heart. All it took was a cape and his kiddie questions. At that point, I’m just so excited to read Unexpected Fate already and know about Cohen’s story.

Friday, February 20, 2015

RAMBLINGS | All About Advance Reader’s Copies...


I wasn't planning on writing a blog post for today but then an issue came up which concerns books and blogging. It caught my attention and I just can't help myself from keeping mum about it. 

It started off when somebody posted (in a certain Facebook group that I'm part of) a screenshot of an IG account which apparently sells ARCs. What the? Seriously, they're selling ARCs? Uh-oh, I smell chaos. Oh and I'm quite right with that 'cause once I logged in onto my Twitter account, a lot of my Filipino book blogger friends took notice of that specific post too. 

So now, here we are and you'll be reading through my sentiments about selling ARCs. 

The owner of this shop clearly don't understand the label placed by the publishers on the front cover of those ARCs: "UNCORRECTED PROOF NOT FOR SALE". I’m sorry but don’t give us that first sale doctrine you’ve posted over your IG account because le duh it has been stated that ARCs aren’t for SALE. That’s basically the term that these publishers set when you were granted ARCs.

Note that, there shouldn’t be monetary transactions involved when it comes to ARCs too. Publishers aren’t gaining profit from it and this shop just has the nerve to sell these ARCs. ARCs which were given and delivered to them for free. That’s just so wrong. Purely unethical. If you don't want those ARCs, the best way is for you to donate, lend or host a giveaway on your account.

The owner also didn’t factor in that he/she should consider him/herself to be lucky and privilege to have those. It's a blessing to receive an ARC and what more with SEVERAL ARCs at that. Damn, acquiring ARCs is a tough task to accomplish, you know? I’ve worked my ass off before I was granted print ARCs by Harper Collins International and am always working hard for the eARCs. This is just a very sad and disappointing situation. 

Anyways... Book nerds who happen to stumble upon ARC sellers, please please don’t patronize them. If you want to acquire ARCs, go over Twitter and test your luck in ARC giveaways! That’s the best way to snag a copy of your anticipated releases. 

Here are some additional reading materials for you if you want to know some thoughts coming from bloggers regarding this matter: StackedBooks, This Is Not Your Book Blog and Writer for Misfits. 

What is happening to us, Philippine book community?
Okay. I'm done here. I just hope I got my point across to you, my blog readers.  x






Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOOK REVIEW | RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

Title: RED QUEEN 
Author: Victoria Aveyard (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Orion 

SYNOPSIS 

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
 


Pre-order links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks




With a very stunning cover and enticing synopsis, I’m sure that readers will be patronizing Red Queen once they set their sights of it in book stores near them. I actually have been lusting over this book since June 2014 and after several months, I finally (Yes finally!!!) had the chance to read it already. I can certainly say that Red Queen lived up to the hype that it’s been getting from bloggers across the globe and especially with my expectations.

You want a kick-ass debut novel? Then you better grab a copy of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. She definitely laid down her offering of a thrilling trilogy starter with this one and I can see readers eating it up.

Red Queen’s story takes place in a world wherein people are divided in to two social classes: Silvers and Reds. The Silvers are the powerful people in their community. I’m not just pertaining to them in a sense that they are the ones ruling their society but these Silvers are gifted with god-like powers. As for the Reds, they are mere commoners. Reds are plain human beings with no power and who are constantly suffering from poverty and of being dragged into the front lines of the on-going war in their nation.

The story line and conflict for Red Queen is basically rooted from the cruelty being done by the Silvers to the Reds and Mare’s (our main character) will to change their society. Her determination to change it will lead her into the depths of the Silvers, confounded with how things work for them and be dealt with a trick card on whom to trust.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MOVIE TALK | FIFTY SHADES OF GREY




I’m no uber fan but as person who read the book, I can say that 'Fifty Shades of Grey' fans and readers will definitely be pleased with its movie adaptation. With fans being the reason for this book getting a movie deal, the author and the movie crew truly honored it by giving them a film that they will certainly approve of and will live through with their expectations. I may have issues here and there but I have to give it to them for staying faithful to their material. I’ll be discussing more about my thoughts regarding this movie in several divisions that I would love to comment on. Rest assured that I would be highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of the movie.

Material vs. Content of the Movie

I’m going to start this off by saying that I’m no way okay with most of what happened in the story, Fifty Shades of Grey. There were just so many issues that deemed unacceptable for me but I won’t go deeper about that in this post. Maybe you’re thinking why I even bothered watching the movie when I have issues with it. Simple, I want to know how they are going to translate and handle such a controversial book. Are they going to choose the road of romanticizing it? Or are they going to be bold enough and stick with the content and how it was presented in the book? 

The greatest possible fear that I have in my mind with the thought of having this book being made into a movie was if Hollywood would romanticize it for commercial reasons. Because they just couldn’t do it and persuade/twist the public’s mind into thinking that everything is okay and acceptable with that kind of relationship like Ana and Christian. It wouldn’t be Fifty Shades of Grey if that happens too. But fear not, my dear Greysessed, the movie didn’t take that route. The movie making people presented everything as raw as the book and left it open for public’s own input. They didn’t shove it down the viewer’s throats that it’s okay to be involved in something like that and I admire them for doing just that.

They heavily focused on the sex scenes. I know that it’s the core of the story and relationship of Christian and Ana and I applaud them for mostly retaining the important sexual moments between the two. But once the sex scenes commenced it turned out to be one sex scene after another. Again, I know that there are a number of sex scenes in the book but they could’ve at least inserted breather moments in between those. Breather moments could have helped in setting the tone and pace of the movie and not giving the viewers some kind of a whiplash.

I know it’s a common concern for book to movie aficionados to note differences and scenes that didn’t made the cut. It’s an annoying habit, right? But hear me out first, on the previous paragraph I mentioned about breather moments. The email conversations in the book could be just that. The emails were highly important in this series because it’s the part wherein we see some development between the relationship of Ana and Christian. Yes, there were email conversations in the movie but it wasn’t enough to showcase their growth.  I must say that if these emails were included in the movie and given much focus, it could’ve catapulted it into a better one. Small scenes like that could’ve added more to the entirety story.

But all in all, the movie is really the book. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BOOK REVIEW | AXEL (Corps Security #1) by Harper Sloan


Title: AXEL (Corps Security #1)
Author: Harper Sloan (Website| Twitter


SYNOPSIS


Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch. 


Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.



For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband. 



When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door. 



Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated. 



How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces? 




Note from the author--This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for younger readers.




Purchase links: Amazon | B&N 





I’ve been eyeing Harper Sloan’s Corps Security series for a long time now but just didn’t have the time to read and really get into it since it’s quite lengthy. Five books and a novella, right? However, during the last few days of January I came across the synopsis for Harper’s upcoming book which is Unexpected Fate and I immediately liked it. Have you read the synopsis? Damn, that alone is already breaking my heart. I’ll probably be needing tissues while reading that book. I did some scrolling over its Goodreads page and saw that the story will revolve around the kids of the main characters from Corps Security. That gave me the push and so here I am, doing my assignment and getting acquainted with these characters.


Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.More than ten years of being pinned down under Fate’s thumb, piled up misunderstanding since then and “quite free” from her abusive ex-husband, a blast from her past comes strolling back in her life.

Axel. Her first and true love.  

After years of scouring all over the place, Axel never thought that he’d FINALLY see her. Fate’s playing around with them again. Not funny. Their confrontation and years of pent up anger must take a back seat first because of Izzy being placed in a life threatening situation brought in by her douchebag of an ex-husband, Brandon.  Deal with Brandon and talk.

Now that they’re reunited with each other, Axel’s desire to protect her, to love her and basically his every desire for her fires up in his system while Izzy craves for him and his love too.  Lust. Love. Yes, they still pretty much have it for each other. But before they are going to be able to move forward, there are a lot of things that they need to address first concerning their past.

Both of them need answers. But can they handle it when everything is all said and done? Is their love for each other strong enough?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

COVER REVEAL | SWEET TEMPTATION by Wendy Higgins





Title: SWEET TEMPTATION 
Author: Wendy Higgins (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: September 8, 2015 (Available in Paperback and eBook)
Publisher: HarperTeen 



Sweet Temptation Blurb:

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it. 


Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve. 


Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.


Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.


Pre-Order Links: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | iBooks


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOOK REVIEW | The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson


Title: THE FIVE STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE 
Author: Rachel Higginson (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: January 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is a Contemporary Romance. 


Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady's prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn't just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she's capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there's more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there's more to life than death.

Purchase links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks



From the moment that I spotted this book on Goodreads last January 28th , I immediately knew that there would be a shake up on my TBR list. I knew that I have to purchase and read it. And I did just that.


The Five Stages of Falling in Love follows through Liz Carlson’s life as a widow, as a parent and as a person who lost a very important person in her life. It takes place six months after her husband (Grady) died from cancer and Liz, left with their four children, is barely managing to keep her life and family in line. A seemingly normal day in Liz’ life takes a different turn when she finds out that they have a new neighbour – Ben Tyler. Ben is a thirty-five year old lawyer who seems to pop out of the thin air when she needs some helping.

As weeks goes by, Ben became a permanent fixture and brings in an air of normalcy in the lives of Liz and her children. Through the thick wall of grief encasing Liz, Ben managed to infiltrate his way in and be that someone who Liz turns to. Then as days flew into months, it couldn’t be denied now that the attraction between them is getting more and more palpable. While Ben fully knows what he’s getting into, Liz on the other hand is still in a knee-deep grief situation over Grady’s death and filled with indecision in her life. He can only do so much about it. Everything’s pretty much hanging up in the air for Ben because Liz and only Liz is the lone person who would be able to extract herself from her personal bubble. The only thing that he can do is to guide her as she wades through her grief.

The book is very realistic, highly emotional and enthralling. This is the first book that I’ve read from Rachel Higginson, so I really don’t know what to expect from her. But once I started reading this book, her writing instantly drew me in. I can attest that Higginson truly has a way with words that could tug at the reader’s heartstrings. All throughout the book, she managed to place in various moments that would make you tear up, feel the emotions and struggle of the characters and reflect on their thoughts during those scenes. The feelings of the characters will really seep into yours.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

[Year-Round YA and NA Guide: A List of My Most Anticipated 2015 Releases] Q&A with Katie Cotugno, Author of 99 Days



Title: 99 DAYS 
Author: Katie Cotugno (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 

SYNOPSIS 

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.


Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”



Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Why is this book included on my list? It was November of last year that I've read her debut novel, How to Love, and I instantly love her writing. So when I checked on Goodreads if she has an upcoming novel, TADA! I saw 99 Days, read the synopsis (which I really love and made me super excited to read the book) and added it on my TBR list. I'm uber curious as to how the story will flow in this one. Will this be as realistic as How to Love? I hope so! 





Amanda (A): Hi Ms. Katie! Thank you so much for granting my request and giving me this opportunity of interviewing you in such a short notice. I’m so thrilled to have you on my blog! Can I first say that I’m in love with the covers of your books – How to Love and with this one in 99 days. Who’s in charge of those lovely covers?  Thumbs up to them. 

Katie Cotugno (KC): Thank you so much! The covers are put together by fabulous teams at Alloy Entertainment, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, and Quercus.

A: Before I proceed in asking questions about 99 days, I shall ask you first something a little about yourself. Who’s your favorite author and what are your favorite books? How did this author and these books influence you as a person and as a writer? 

KC: I have lots of favorite books and authors--I love Barbara Kingsolver and Michael Chabon, as well as YA authors like Brandy Colbert, Nina LaCour, and Sarah Dessen. Reading their work always inspire me to push myself harder as a writer. 

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