Blog Tour Stop: Review + Giveaway: Just Us by Riley J. Ford


Just Us
Author: Riley J. Ford
Release Date: July 6, 2013
Publisher: Riley J. Ford
Source: Literati Author Services
Review by: Nahomi
Before I ever fell in love with Bryce, there was Hayden. Hayden was my first love, the kind of love that takes your breath away and you remember forever. My love story with Bryce came later. Much later, after everything had happened. Avery Hill and Hayden Stuart are high school sweethearts and each other's first true love. When Hayden is accepted to college in Los Angeles, Avery intends to follow him so they can build a life together. After a tragic chain of events ruins their plans forever, Avery is left to pick up the pieces. Will she survive all that was lost? And will she forgive the man who destroyed her and Hayden's dreams forever?
3.5 stars out of 5 stars

       Oh the feels… take out a box of tissues because this story will have you crying in no time. This story was a wonderful read. The beginning is sweet and heart warming and everything that is a first love. The narration is what really caught my attention the main character is retelling the story of her first love; obviously something went wrong because they aren’t together anymore, but we don’t actually find out until later on in the story.

The story just kinda sucked me in, I was able to finish it in one sitting. I really love stories that are about first love so I was enjoying reading about how Avery and Hayden were best friends and then it turned into more. They were so sweet making plans and sneaking around. Then the shoe dropped, so to speak and man I certainly wasn’t expecting the unfortunate turn of events. There is so much pain and devastation going on in the second part of the book that I was crying like a little baby. My heart was torn in two for Avery, it’s just too much to handle.

Just Us was an easy read in the sense that the pacing and dialog were good. The ending though felt abrupt. Just as I was getting into the book and just as Avery was recovering that was it the end, she decided what she was going to do and bam the book ended. I get that there is a second part to the series but I would have liked a little more closure for this book. All in all it’s a good story.
You can follow the rest of the blog tour here.

Giveaway

About the Author
Riley J. Ford is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She graduated UCLA graduate with a degree in English and taught at both the high school and college levels for a number of years before turning to writing full-time. Her non-fiction books are used in college classrooms around the country, and her essays have been featured on such websites as MSNBC.com. She is the author of seven fiction books, INTO YOU, a new adult mystery, CARPE DiEMILY, a romantic comedy caper, FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a satire, CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS, a thriller, SIMONE: ADVENTURES IN DATING, a romantic comedy series, JUST US, a contemporary romance, and JUST YOU, a new adult romance. When on vacation, she enjoys running with the bulls in Pamplona and downhill skiing.
Author Links: Facebook / Twitter / Website / Goodreads
Blog tour organized by: Literati Author Services


Favorite Friday - Where She Went by Gale Forman

Have a favorite book? Series? One that you've just read or are currently reading? Favorite Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Swoons where we spotlight some of our Favorite Reads. Everyone is welcome to join. Just enter your information on the linky or leave us a comment!


It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.
And three years he's spent wondering why.
When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.
Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?
This weeks favorite read is Where She Went by Gayle Forman. This is the sequel to If I Stay but from Adams point of view. I've read it so many times that I've lost count. Oh the feels! Adam is real and makes me swoon constantly throughout the book. Where She Went is such a great story, it's definitely a must read!


Wow. This is crazy long. I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.
Author's links: Website / Twitter / Tumblr

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What is one of your favorite reads?

Review: Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts


Zac & Mia
Author: A.J. Betts
Release Date September 2, 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: BEA 2014
Review by: Jenn
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that's a lot about love (and a little about cancer).

"When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics." So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can't forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.
4 stars out of 5 stars

knew the moment I picked up this book, I was in for some sad and angsty feels. And that's exactly what I got. Zac & Mia follows the story of two cancer-ridden teens. Zac is the optimistic of the two and chooses to believe in numbers and statistics while Mia is angry at the world and pessimistic. 

Seeing these two come to terms with what was happening to them and how they chose to cope with the hand they've been dealt, was really well done. It was really hard at times to read how much Zac tried to help Mia and how she treated him and everyone around her like they didn't matter. She had so much anger and bitterness that at times it turned me off of her character but then I would take a step back and really see how much she was hurting. I am glad that she realized that she was acting like a crappy person and made it up to Zac. And she did so just in time to then help Zac in his time of need. After spending the majority of book pushing Mia into living, Zac was the one who needed a reminder to live. And the way Mia helped him, it made herself vulnerable and it was exactly what Zac needed from her.

A.J. Betts created some wonderful and complex characters in both Zac & Mia. There were times when Mia was a little hard to take but I really just wanted to hug her and tell her to be angry but to take that anger and fight. And I loved Zac. I just want to take him and put him in my pocket. I love his sense of humor and actually laughed out loud in several parts throughout the book. But especially during the scenes that involved his mother. 

All in all, I really enjoyed Zac & Mia. It was a great read, nicely paced and I can't wait until everyone meet Zac.

Waiting on Wednesday (#73)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: October 21, 2014



Synopsis:
Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

When I saw this book I thought:oh what a pretty cover (I'm a sucker for hearts), then I read the synopsis and this books is right up my alley. Swooners, what are you waiting on today?

Review: Break the Sky by Nina Lane


Break The Sky
Author: Nina Lane
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing
Source: Literati Author Services
Review by: Nahomi
“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?” “Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.” A smile of both promise and warning curved his beautiful mouth. “You will.”
Atmospheric scientist Kelsey March is under siege. Her tornado research project is on the skids and she’s fighting conflict in her university department. So when irresistible bad boy Archer West suggests a hot, wild fling while he’s in town, Kelsey is unable to resist his sexy offer.
Kelsey and Archer embark on a intense, exhilarating affair. But soon their differences and private battles encroach on their desire, and Kelsey discovers that Archer is a storm she can’t control.
3 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this book from the author but it did not influence this review in way.*

      This was a difficult book for me to get through. I like the concept and found the story interesting, although some of the dialogue was a turn off for me. There were constant weather references made throughout the novel that felt redundant and got tedious as the story progressed. I'm still trying to figure out what maleness taste like... this phrase is fast becoming a pet peeve of mine. Either way the story wasn't bad. It was a little predictable and cheesy but the ending was decent.

Kelsey is a great female lead! She is portrayed as a strong career women, a scientist/professor at a prestigious university. She excels in a predominantly male dominated career and can hold her own. She is tough but is able to show her vulnerable side at the same time. I like that she doesn't take crap from any of her colleagues and works hard to achieve what she wants.

Archer is a special mix of caveman and little kid rolled up into a good-looking bad boy biker. He is rough and wants to come off as a looser but he's really a softy. Lets just say he has some serious issues and leave it at that. He sees Kelsey as a challenge and works really hard to get under her skin and ends up being changed by her as well.

Kelsey and Archer have this love hate relationship that wanted to seem explosive but for me it didn't come off that way. They were only supposed to be hooking up no strings attached but from the get go they were getting all emotional and into each others business which didn't really make sense because it's only supposed to be a hook-up.

The story didn't lag and moved at a decent pace. My biggest issues were with the dialogue and language of the story. I will say that both characters experienced character growth throughout the story and I am glad that Kelsey and Archer's story ended the way it did.

Blog Tour Stop: A Beautiful Thought by Alicia Rae


Release Date: July 14th 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: 
     As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him.
      Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can. Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love? One thought could change everything.


You can follow the rest of the blog tour Here.
Giveaway

About the Author
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...
Author Links: Facebook / Twitter / Blog / Goodreads
Blog tour organized by: Literati Author Services


Quotes (#72)

Dear Swooners,
It's Monday once again, and this is a Monday I have been dreading all summer. Jenn and I start school again today... hence the gif. It's bad enough that school year started last week and traffic is horrendous; but now back we go into the land of assignment and seemingly endless lectures. We have a very ambitious semester ahead of us. Wish us luck.

"If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay."

"Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you."
~Gale FormanIf I Stay

"But I'd do it again. I know that now. I'd make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she's somewhere out there. Alive."

"Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it's the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open."
~Gale FormanWhere She Went

“But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I’ll be in love with tomorrow.”
~Gale FormanIf I Stay

“Bribes are the glue that's kept teenagers and parents connected for generations”
~Gale FormanIf I Stay

“Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”
~Gale FormanIf I Stay

So, I saw If I Stay this weekend with Jenn and it was sooo good! Hence all of the If I Stay and Where She Went quotes. Hope you have a great week Swooners.

Favorite Friday - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Have a favorite book? Series? One that you've just read or are currently reading? Favorite Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Swoons where we spotlight some of our Favorite Reads. Everyone is welcome to join. Just enter your information on the linky or leave us a comment!

For our first time doing Favorite Friday, I've decided to go with a book that first gave me my first dose of swoonage. Prior to this book, I used to think that there were some sweet and romantic moments in books but I easily moved on (Sometimes). But this book? Man oh man, that's when I really learn about what book boyfriends really mean. I guess I should say which book I'm talking about, right? Ok, it is......


Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
This book has everything I love: banter, smart and great characters, swoony moments, and Étienne St. Clair ;) I may have had book boyfriends prior to Étienne, he really was the one to introduce back in to the YA world after leaving for a couple of years.

There are two other books in this world Stephanie Perkins has created. One of which just came out last week and made the NYT Bestsellers list!! If you haven't heard of it, it this little book called Isla and the Happily Ever After. It is SOOOOO good and funny and swoony and and and....AHHH. Go out and read this companions novels because you'll kick yourself if you don't. 


Well, hello! I'm Stephanie Perkins, and I write novels for teens (and for adults who aren't afraid to admit that teen books are awesome). I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, attended universities in San Francisco and Atlanta, and now I live in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Our house is almost a hundred years old, and every room is painted a different color of the rainbow. We share it with a cat named Mr. Tumnus.
I've always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. On weekdays, you'll find me at my desk, typing away, downing cups of coffee and tea. On the weekend, you'll find me at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. I believe all novels and films should have more kissing. 
Author's links: Website / Twitter / Tumblr

I hope you can join us on sharing and talking about some of favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What is one of your favorite reads?

Mini Review: Forever You by Allie Everhart


Forever You (Jade #5)
Author: Allie Everhart
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Publisher: Waltham Publishing
Source: Personal Copy
Review by: Nahomi

Jade and Garret have a love story like no other. They’ve survived heartache, tragedy, and numerous forces trying to tear them apart, but through it all they’ve developed a love that will endure forever.

Now it’s time to celebrate their love with a wedding. It’s summer break and as they await the big day, Jade and Garret are living together on a beach in California with their best friends Sean and Harper right next door.

But their lives aren't completely carefree. Trouble erupts within the Kensington family and certain people don’t show up at the wedding. An unexpected visit from someone in Garret’s past causes stress for Jade and Garret. And planning the big event makes Harper question her future with her boyfriend, Sean.

It’s a summer filled with fun, romance, love, and friendship mixed with a little family drama and a touch of mystery. But most of all, it’s a summer Jade and Garret will never forget and the perfect start to their new life together

4.5 stars out of 5 stars

      This book is what I look for after I've read a really good series and I want to know what happens to the characters after the series ended. I really loved reading about Jade and Garret's wedding and their beautiful summer together. With that said the pacing of the book was a little slow. There was a lot more detail in this book than the others which bogged down the pacing a little.

Since this book was sort of a break from the madness of the other books, there was a lot less mystery involved and I missed it. Other than that I truly enjoyed reading Forever You and look forward to reading Finding Us!

Waiting on Wednesday (#72)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: September 2, 2014
Synopsis:
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

I'm super excited about this one. I can' wait to finally read this.

What are you "Waiting on?"

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