Waiting on Wednesday (#86)

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: January 27, 2015
Synopsis:
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, 17-year-old Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
Inspired by E.M. Forster's A Room with a View.

This one sounds so cute and it looks like it involves everything I love in my contemporary romances.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Review: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas


Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
Author: Liz Czukas
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Review by: Jenn
Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.
4 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher. However, it did not influence this review in any way.*

Earlier this year, I read Liz Czukas' debut novel Ask Again Later. I completely fell in love with the book, so when I heard about this book I immediately added it to my to-read list.

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless follows the story of Chloe. She is working a shift at her local grocery store on Christmas Eve and to make matters worse, she hasn't made any friends and it typically makes for a rather long, lonely shift. However, she's in for a surprise when she and her fellow teens coworkers get accused of stealing $10,000.

I love getting to know Chloe and the rest of the gang: Sammi, Gabe, Micah, Zaina, and Tyson. They are completely different from another but once they let down their barriers, they can see how much in common they have with each other. I enjoyed reading all the shenanigans that they got themselves into and I even LOLed a few time, causing the people around me to look at me weird. I also, thoroughly enjoyed the "top ten" lists that Chloe was always referencing to; they definitely made things interesting.

Liz Czukas managed to create another book that I devoured in a couple of hours and left me wanting more. I loved the book from beginning to end and I can't wait to own the finished copy. Czukas is slowly becoming an author that I know I will just read anything from because her books just give me a happy feeling afterwards. If you haven't read her previous work, you're missing out so go out and buy it.

Quotes (#84)

Morning Lovelies,

I hope you all had a great weekend. It Thanksgiving week for us American and I, for one, am super excited about it. I definitely need a break away from school and work. Of course, I have a ton of school work and work stuff to do before I can relax. So let's do some quotes.

“Life is too short to be lived badly.”Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

“. . . when it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about: showing up for the people you love, again and again, until you can’t show up anymore.”Rebecca Walker, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”Ivan Turgenev

“Literature is humanity talking to itself.”Norman Rush

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”William Faulkner

“For to know a man's library is, in some measure, to know his mind.”Geraldine Brooks, March

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

That's it for me. I hope you all have a great week!

Cover Reveal - Rebound by Noelle August

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Expected Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Synopsis:
At Boomerang, one night can change everything...
Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, 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, into chaos.
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?

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 Boomerang.
Author Links: Facebook / TwitterWebsite

Favorite Friday (#14) - Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

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!

This weeks pick is: Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren


Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

They did it again! I absolutely love this book, it's witty, sarcastic, and funny! The sexy scenes are amazing and I love the chemistry between Harlow and Finn.  

About the Author:

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

You can follow their shenanigans at:

@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie news and more, follow @beautifulbastrd.
I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy.
What are some of your favorite reads?

Waiting on Wednesday (#85)

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: January 20, 2015
Synopsis:
It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger. When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

I am a big fan of the Fever series and I can't wait to see how Mac and Barrons are doing!

What are you "Waiting on?"

Quotes (#83)


Good Morning, 
The semester is almost coming to an end and I keep telling my people that I finally see the light and the end of the tunnel! Except that I have this nagging suspicion that it's a train that's coming to run me over before I can get through to the other side. *sighs* Alas we must keep trudging through until we get through this semester. On a happier note the holidays are upon us (cue the cheesy Xmas music)! Now on to the quotes... 

"Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what's left, that's the part you have to make up as you go.” 
~ Katharine Weber, The Music Lesson

“I do love competence in a man.”
Katharine WeberThe Music Lesson

“After all, tomorrow is another day!” 
~ Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

“Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is.”
Margaret MitchellGone with the Wind

“That is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned!” 
Margaret MitchellGone with the Wind

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” 
~ Sigmund Freud

“Oh, Life, I am yours. Whatever it is you want of me, I am ready to give.”
~ William Steig, Dominic

I hope y'all have a great week!

Favorite Friday (#13) - Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

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!



Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)

This was such a fun, touching, and funny book to read and it instantly became a favorite. I love Rose's character and her strength, although I'm sure she wouldn't see as that, is so inspiring and I need for more people to read this book.

About the author:


Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn...and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!) Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

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

What are one of your favorite reads?

Review: A Beautiful Thought by Alicia Rae


A Beautiful Thought
Author: Alicia Rae
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Publisher: Alicia Rae
Source: Literati Author Services
Review by: Nahomi
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.
1 star out of 5 stars

Initially the concept for this book sounded great, and it's still a great concept but I just couldn't get into how it was executed in this book. This novel has a strong female character which I love but her voice sounded too formal; which made is hard for me to connect with her. The dialogue and Gail's inner monologue annoyed me to the point that I decided to stop reading this novel. There were certain phrases which had me rolling my eyes, or I would have to step away from the story and rant to my friends to see if it was just me. Like I said before I really like the concept and that the protagonist is a strong educated female character but I just couldn't get past the dialogue issue.

Waiting on Wednesday (#84)

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: December 9, 2014
Synopsis:
Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day
5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market
4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi
3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm
2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)
1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000
Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

I love Liz's debut novel, Ask Again Later, so I'm super excited about this new title from her. I just know that this will mark Liz into my auto-buy category.  Can't wait to see how this one will turn out.

What are you "Waiting on?"


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