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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s The Best Kind of Magic blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! Read my review for this awesome book and check out the giveaway! 🙂

Title: The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1)

Author: Crystal Cestari

Published: May 16th, 2017

Length: 328 pages (eBook)

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.
 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The last few books I have read have just been “okay, whatever, let’s move onto the next one.” But I had a feeling about this one. When I saw the cover, I just knew. I was like, “Ooohhh, pretty. I must have it.” This is not news. I often judge books by their cover. And in this case, I’m glad I did!

WHAT I LIKED

The writing. O.M.G. Okay, I don’t even know how to put this into words, but here is my attempt. Sometimes you just know from the first page of a book whether an author has IT or not, IT meaning a natural born talent to write. I knew instantly that this author does. I remember reading the first page and being blown away. It had nothing to do with the plot. It was just the writing. So creative yet professional yet simplistic. I was beyond impressed. And I stayed impressed for the entire book. It wasn’t one of those start strong and finish weak kind of books, which I have noticed a lot of. It started strong and finished strong, maybe even stronger. I absolutely loved it. Crystal Cestari just might be my new favorite author.

The concept. It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic. The tattoo on my wrist is of the Chinese symbols for “true love.” So, as I was reading the story, I kept thinking, “This book was made for me.” Amber can see everyone’s true love. How badass is that?! And of course, you can only imagine the complications that could arise with this type of gift as well. But I LOVED IT. It is such a unique ability to have. I was so intrigued, and I couldn’t wait to see how everything turned out.

The characters. Amber made the book for me. She had this sarcastic, snarky side to her that I loved. I got the feeling that she didn’t give a crap about what people thought of her, which is admirable. I just kept thinking, “I wish this girl was real. We’d be best friends.” And her soft side came out too, especially when she began falling for Charlie. Speaking of Charlie, he was swoon worthy! I couldn’t get enough of him. He was a trooper. He was thrown into this supernatural world and just kind of learned to accept it without freaking out or judging. And he’s a hot guy…with glasses. How often do we see this in books? Not very often. I love it! Then there’s Amani, Amber’s best friend. I really liked her. I could see her story developing further. That would be awesome.

Amber and Charlie’s relationship. This was perfect, in my opinion. It started with Charlie needing Amber’s help. It was nothing more than that. Acquaintances, if anything. Then, they gradually became friends. And from there, feelings started to grow. Such perfect pacing. Again, the author’s talent truly showed here.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Nothing! There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like. This book was so good!

OVERALL THOUGHTS

What a perfect blend of love and magic, of contemporary and paranormal. And what brilliant writing. I can’t say enough about the writing. It was incredible. I fell in love with the author and these characters, and I really hope there’s more to Amber’s story. This could potentially be an amazing series. I already am looking into buying a physical copy of this book. I must have it on my bookshelf so I can stare at its beautiful cover, especially now that I know that the story is equally beautiful! More please!

5 out of 5 Hearts!


It was hard to narrow it down, but here are some of my favorite quotes:

“I know love is real—I KNOW IT—but that doesn’t keep it from being an evasive little bastard that works in mind-boggling ways.” (Ain’t that the truth!)

“…all I can think is, damn, the heart is a hell of a machine. Even when it’s broken, it still finds a way to carry on.” (More truth!)

“You never know what you’re getting into when you fall in love, but that doesn’t mean you avoid the jump.” (I absolutely love this one.)

“Appreciate the journey, because when you get to the end, you’ll only be able to look back, and hope you don’t regret what you see.” (Yes, more wisdom. Love it.)

“Just because you’re having some sort of emotional breakdown doesn’t mean you can’t have cute toes. Rainbow or gold?” (This is why I love Amani. What are best friends for?)

“Amber, I don’t know what’s going on in that head of yours, but I want you to know: every time I’m around you, I feel like a non-fatal firework is lit inside me. It’s magic—actual magic—and you’ll have to forgive the pun, but I don’t want to be under anyone else’s spell.” (Oh, Charlie. I love you. Marry me.)


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With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Dating the It Guy blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! So sorry this is late! If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I have had some technical difficulties ever since I was forced to change my domain name. Apparently, scheduling blog posts falls under the technical difficulties category as well. And I’ve been away from home for the weekend working my butt off, so I haven’t had a chance to fix it. Finally, here I am. So check out my review! And we all love giveaways, right? 🙂

Title: Dating the It Guy

Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager

Published: March 21st, 2017

Length: 243 pages (eBook)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: YA Bound Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I’ve been wanting to join a blog tour since I came back to the blogging world, and when I saw this cover, I just knew I had to read this book. I absolutely love it. It’s gorgeous and instantly drew me in. And of course, I was curious about the plot of the book as well. Dating the IT guy? Intriguing.

WHAT I LIKED

Emme. I LOVE this girl. She is completely relatable. I found myself marking pages and making notes with just a simple “Yes!” because I just knew exactly how she felt or could relate to her thoughts or her little quirks. A lot of the time, the female main character just annoys me throughout the book, but Emme didn’t. She stayed realistic, and I genuinely cared about her and wanted to see what happened to this new friend of mine 🙂

It was funny! Omg. I was laughing so hard. Some parts just had me dying. And the best part was that it was done so seamlessly. It wasn’t like the author was trying too hard to be humorous and it was super obvious. It just came naturally. Krysten Lindsay Hager, I love your sense of humor!

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Margaux. Okay, I tried to give this girl a chance. I really did. She’s one of Emme’s friends, so I wanted to like her. BUT she irritated me SO MUCH. She just seemed super selfish and self-absorbed and couldn’t be positive or happy for her friends. And maybe this is realistic because we all know people like this, but I just couldn’t stand her, and I was practically yelling at Emme to not take this crazy girl’s advice on boys.

The second half of the book. “Didn’t like” is too strong for this part. I guess I’ll say that I wasn’t as impressed with the last half of the book as I was with the first half. I was really into the first half. I read it super fast, and I couldn’t put it down. Then I reached a point where it kind of seemed to drag on a bit, and it lost its humor a little, and it kind of became just another book for me.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

If I was judging just the first half of the book, I would’ve given it 4 hearts, but the last half affected my opinion of the book unfortunately. However, I did like it, and I will definitely check out the author’s other books. Ultimately, if an author can make me care about a character and also have me laughing hysterically at the same time, then I’m a fan!

3 out of 5 Hearts!


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Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway – Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s A Sudden Crush blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by Tasty Book Tours!

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Title: Falling for Prince Charles

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Published: February 9th, 2016 by Diversion Books

Length: 303 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick Lit

Source: Publisher via Tasty Book Tours (for honest review)

 

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious Falling for Prince Charles. It’s all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can’t resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night.” Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE

Daisy Silverman has always been obsessed with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. When the underachieving 30-something cleaning lady wins a million dollars, she follows her lifelong dream to go to London. Once there, she meets Prince Charles the real Prince Charles. Through a series of misunderstandings, the Royal Family doesn’t realize that Daisy’s Jewish or that she’s spent her life up to the elbows in the wrong kind of toilet water. By the time they do, Daisy is in love with Charles, Charles is in love with Daisy, and the Queen’s white gloves are off. FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES is an offbeat alternate-universe romantic comedy showing the heir to the British throne in a light quite unlike any he’s been seen in before.

“Daisy’s madcap adventure is more comedy than romance, and her most unusual and unlikely relationship with Prince Charles will appeal to reads looking for lots of giggles.” -“Publishers Weekly”

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As Daisy Silverman squatted in front of the toilet bowl, first depressing the flush lever and then watching as the milky outgoing spiral removed the mildew and replaced it with fresh water, the thought occurred to her for at least the thousandth time that if the fickle hand of fate hadn’t cast her as a cleaning lady, working in wealthy households and offices in Westport, Connecticut, she would most certainly have made a perfectly lovely Princess of Wales.

This was a fantasy that Daisy had entertained off and on since 1981, the same year that the late Princess Diana had first become Princess Diana. And to this day, eighteen years later, whenever she thought about it, Daisy still thought that she could have done the job better.

Oh, sure, Daisy had loved the late Princess, would have said that she loved her more than anybody. Well, actually even Daisy was aware enough not to say that; she did know that Diana’s family and friends had surely loved her more. But Daisy could legitimately claim to love her easily as much as anybody who had never met her, and that was plenty. So, if Daisy felt a little competitive with a dead Princess that she had loved beyond reason, what matter that? After all, there were some compelling reasons for making a comparison between the two women.

Just like the woman who had possessed the most photographed profile in the world, Daisy had a genius for making the kind of seemingly interested, throwaway comment that left others feeling a little cheerier about their own lot in life. Although even Daisy had felt that the Princess had been pushing things a bit, several years back, when she had blithely informed a widow on the dole with a flat full of small children: “Oh, yes, I just love those microwave pizzas too. Whenever the Heir and the Spare start to look a little peaked, I just nuke a couple of them in the Palace micro, and we’re all set to go skiing in Klosters or windsurfing on Necker.” Or, if those hadn’t been her exact words, it had been something equally inappropriate…


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Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens (including The Twin’s Daughter and Little Women and Me), and children (The Sisters 8, a nine-book series she created with her husband and daughter). Before becoming an author, Lauren was an independent bookseller, freelance editor, Publishers Weekly reviewer, sort-of librarian and window washer. She lives with her family in Danbury, CT. Visit her at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com or follow her @LaurenBaratzL on Twitter.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Scrubs by Brooke Harris

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Scrubs blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

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Title: Scrubs

Author: Brooke Harris

Published: December 4, 2015

Length: 109 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Source: Author via Xpresso Book Tours (for honest review)

Reading Challenge: Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

My Rating: ❤❤❤

 

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I like fast cars, beautiful women and great sex.
I hate drugs. I can’t stand the idiots who take them and I loathe the bastards who supply them. Drugs cost me my whole world.
I wear many faces; right now I’m Doctor Lucas Callaghan and I’ll be him until I get my revenge.
My real name will be the last words to ever pass their lips.

I hate my name, Aoife Brennan, as soon as people hear it they treat me differently because of my father.
Medical school isn’t my dream, it’s his. But, it’s the least I owe him after everything I’ve done. I’m trying to be a good girl, but even good girls make mistakes.

He’s lying about who he is, she’s kidding herself about who she can be. They’re polar opposites with one very big secret in common.

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

This probably doesn’t need an explanation. I mean, look at that cover. Hot doctor…with a gun. What does a doctor need with a gun? I was definitely intrigued. And the synopsis really got me. I just had to know Lucas’ story and what has him needing revenge. I had to read this one. It sounded SO good.

WHAT I LIKED

The beginning. Wow. Now that is how you introduce a story. The prologue and first chapter had me in tears and on the edge of my seat at the same time. It’s not easy to make me cry within 3 pages. So, kudos to the author for that! Plus, there was no way that I was NOT going to read this after reading the prologue. I was committed and had to know what happened after that.

Lucas/Sean. I really liked him. I felt for him, and I wanted him to get his revenge so bad. He does a complete 180 after this tragedy that happens to him, and he turns into this angry, aggressive, cocky man with only one goal in mind: make them pay. But you get this glimpse of the real him sometimes. It’s sad! I got attached to this guy. He has obviously been suffering for so long. I just wanted him to be happy! And I wanted to give him a hug!

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

Aoife’s name. This may sound like a minor issue, but it irritated me every time I had to read it. I had absolutely no idea how to pronounce it. Eventually, about halfway in, I just had to Google it. I was so far off from the real pronunciation. And even after I knew how to say it, I would hesitate every time her name came up. It actually distracted me from enjoying the story.

Connection felt rushed/forced. I really didn’t feel the connection between Lucas and Aoife. Maybe it was because the book was only about 100 pages. Usually, 100 pages in is when the characters are just falling for each other. So, for me, it happened way too fast, and it wasn’t believable.

The end. Yes, I know it’s just the first part of a series and there is a clear warning at the opening of the book, but the end just came out of nowhere. There was zero closure. I’m a fan of cliffhangers, but this one just didn’t work for me.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

This is a tough one for me. I liked it. I loved the main character. A lot of it just felt rushed. I would’ve liked more in-depth stuff. More details. More background information. Just more! So, I’m kind of caught in the middle, which is why I gave it 3 hearts. But I’m curious as to where the story goes, so I will check out the next part.

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3 out of 5 Hearts!


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USA Today bestselling author Brooke Harris is a self diagnosed romance addict. Realising at the age of seven that being a real person and not a cartoon character may prove a hindrance when applying for a role as a Disney Princess, she decided to create her own stories. As a grown up Brooke tried swapping the heels and tiaras in her stories for sex and revenge and published her first book, Rules of Harte in 2014. The Harte Series went on to become a #1 international bestseller.

Brooke lives in Kildare, Ireland with her young family. She daydreams about a climate where it doesn’t rain every day, but secretly she loves the green fields and heritage of Ireland.

Brooke also writes Psych-thriller under the pseudonym Janelle Harris.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Come Back To Me by Mila Gray

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Come Back To Me blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club, and I’ve been waiting so long to be a part of it. You’ll notice that I gave this book the coveted 6 HEARTS! Read on to find out why!

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Title: Come Back To Me

Author: Mila Gray

Published by: Simon Pulse on December 8, 2015

Length: 373 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Publisher via The Fantastic Flying Book Club (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤❤

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In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.

 When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend…

 Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship.

 But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.

 When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises tocome home to her. No matter what.

 But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise…

 Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her?

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

So I added this book to my TBR list on Goodreads months ago. I can’t remember where I first saw it. Maybe it was on another blog or something. Anyway, I remember absolutely loving the description. This was one of those books that I was super excited to read but just didn’t get to it. Then I saw it available for a book tour. I practically started jumping up and down. I immediately sent a request to participate. But then I got anxiety about reading it. My hopes and expectations were SO high, so I was nervous that I would be disappointed. Thanksgiving break came, which means I had a week to read books uninterrupted. Anxiety be damned.

WHAT I LIKED

EVERYTHING! But here is my attempt to narrow it down into categories…

The characters. I was beyond attached to these characters. I got to the point where I didn’t care that I wasn’t getting any sleep. I refused to sleep. I HAD to know what happened to them. I especially liked Jessa, Kit, and Riley. Jessa is this innocent girl who has so many dreams but also needs to please her parents, so she puts those dreams aside and she puts on her good girl face and does what she is told, even though there is a part of her that wants to escape and just do what she wants for a change. Then, there’s Kit…dreamy, hot, delicious Kit. He has a reputation for being quite the player, but Jessa changes that. And now he’s faced with falling for his best friend’s sister, on top of dealing with their dad, who has always hated him for reasons he doesn’t understand. And of course, there is Riley, the overprotective brother. He has never felt good enough for his dad, so he became a Marine to get away from him. He also has a long-time girlfriend, but their relationship is tough because he’s gone so often, and he also has to deal with protecting his mom and sister from his dad. Plus, there’s Kit’s dad, Jessa and Riley’s parents, and Didi, who I also learned to love for very different reasons.

The plot. Wow. It’s hard to put into words how I felt about this story. Right off the bat, we know that Jessa may or may not have lost either her boyfriend or her brother, and you’re trying to guess throughout the whole book. I will not give anything away, but this story will pull on your heartstrings and give you the feels. It’s heartbreaking and emotional, yet real, romantic, and passionate. I cried throughout the last half of the book. I’m not even exaggerating. I was crying for over an hour. This one got to me like no other book has in a long time.

The romance. Jessa and Kit have to hide their relationship because they don’t want to hurt Riley, and they don’t want her dad to go ballistic. So, the secrecy was hot actually. You never knew if they would get caught or who would catch them and what their reaction would be. And I really liked the pace. It was perfect. They’ve known each other forever, but this attraction to each other and feelings for each other are fairly new, so it was nice to see them explore it. And reading how they fall for each other and how their relationship blossoms just gives you butterflies in your stomach and reminds you of how you first fell in love.

The family dynamics. Other than the romance, I really loved the other relationships in this book. Sister/brother, father/son, best friends. I loved them all. I even loved the dysfunctional relationships with Jessa’s dad. He may have come off as an asshole, but toward the end, it’s a little understandable. So, his relationship with his wife and his kids is interesting and intriguing, and I just had to know more. It was all just very real. It made the story real for me. Jessa’s family is not perfect. None of our families are. And it was refreshing to see that.

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

Absolutely nothing, hence the SIX OUT OF FIVE HEARTS!

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I completely fell head over heels with this book and the characters in it. Not a lot of books make me this emotional. When the book was over, it was bittersweet. I was heartbroken but also happy. It felt like I had just broken up with an amazing boyfriend and didn’t know how to move on. I just haven’t really been able to get into another book without thinking of this one. Anyway, it’s SO worth the heartache. I don’t know about you, but when a book makes me cry and gives me the feels, I KNOW it’s good. Mila Gray, you are incredible, and I must thank you for writing such a powerful and wonderful story. I can’t wait to read any other books written by you.

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6 out of 5 Hearts!


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Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila, Losing Lila, The Sound, Fated and Out of Control.

 Originally from London she has lived in Bali for the last four years with her husband and daughter.

 As well as writing young adult fiction under the name Sarah Alderson and adult fiction under the name Mila Gray, she also writes screenplays.

 You can find out more at www.milagray.com and on facebook: www.facebook.com/sarahjalderson

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Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway – Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s tour stop for the Bad Romance blog tour, hosted by Tasty Book Tours. I am here to present an excerpt from this book, written by New York Times bestselling author, Jen McLaughlin. Enjoy 🙂

BAD ROMANCETitle: Bad Romance: A Stepbrother Novel

Author: Jen McLaughlin

Published by: Loveswept on September 15th, 2015

Length: 202 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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In this explosive novel from bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, a good girl falls for the ultimate bad boy: her stepbrother. Perfect for fans of Sabrina Paige, Caitlin Daire, and Krista Lakes, Bad Romance proves that passion can be so wrong it’s right.

 Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson Worthington finds himself back home, fighting a battle that’s all too familiar: keeping his hands off Lily Hastings. She’s still her rich daddy’s little angel, innocent, impossibly lovely, as squeaky-clean as Jackson is dirty. And she’s still his stepsister—forbidden but not forgotten, not after the soul-melting kiss that got him kicked out of the house at eighteen. He couldn’t resist her then. How the hell can he resist her now?

Lily is about to marry a man she doesn’t love, and commit to a high-stress job she hates, all to please the father who controls every waking moment of her life. On top of everything, her teenage crush is back, with a sleek, chiseled body and a trace of the rebellious boy whose lips sealed her fate. Jackson’s timing couldn’t be worse . . . or better. Because Lily’s all grown up, too. She’s aching for another taste. And for the first time, she’s ready to be a bad girl.

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“It feels nice,” I said, trying to smile. Her thin legs flexed as she moved her feet in the water, brushing her toes against mine. It wasn’t something we hadn’t done before. Soft touches like that. But tonight . . . it made me suck in a breath. I cleared my throat and tried to think of something, anything, to say. “I’m not even going to get to swim in it. Even if your dad refuses to admit it, I’m out of here for the army soon.”

“I know.” She sipped on her Coke, her gaze off in the distance. She looked . . . sad. Which inexplicably made me sad, like our emotions were tied together or some shit like that. Her small, delicate features looked flawless in the late-afternoon sun. For some reason, I couldn’t stop staring. I was going to miss her when I was gone, but that wouldn’t stop me from going. Nothing would. “I’m sorry he’s such a jerk to you. You deserve better.”

And that was why I liked Lilly; she was always on my side. She was the only one in this ridiculous family that cared about me. I lifted my own Coke and shrugged. “Whatever. I don’t care.”

“Yeah. You do.” She rested her hand on my thigh, and I tensed. I had board shorts on, so she didn’t touch skin, but still. It felt . . . intimate. And good. “I can see it in your eyes.”

No eighteen-year-old guy liked to hear his feelings showed in his eyes. So I scoffed. “Yeah, sure. Whatever.”

“It’s true,” she said a bit defensively.

No. It. Wasn’t.

I didn’t care about Walter, or his wife, or anyone but myself . . . and Lilly. She was the one exception. And I’d show her that, right here. Right now. Her hand was still on my thigh, so I covered it with mine. “The only person whose opinion matters to me in this house is sitting right next to me, and I mean it.”

She licked her lips and shifted closer. “I care about you very much, Jackson.”

“Yeah.” My heart sped up, and I smiled. “I know.”

A laugh escaped her, and she bumped me with her shoulder, her gaze focused on my lips. “Cocky much?”

“Yep.” The way she looked at me, as if she wanted nothing more than to see what it would feel like if I kissed her . . . well, there was only so much a guy like me could ignore. And I was leaving, and I wouldn’t see her again, and man, I wanted to find out what she tasted like so damn badly. Just one small, tiny, innocent kiss. That was all I wanted. No one would ever know. Not even Walt. “Know what I see in your eyes?”

She parted those soft pink lips and stared at me as if I was some sort of god or something. It made me feel a little bit ill, but also as though I could rule the world, if I had her by my side. “What?”

“You want me to kiss you,” I said, some unknown, greedy man taking over my actions. I trailed my hand up her bare arm, leaving goosebumps in my wake. “To be your first kiss. The one you remember for the rest of your life. To touch you.”

She trembled and licked her lips. “How did you . . . ?”

Curling my hand over her chin, I grinned. “Go ahead. If you’re brave enough to do it, to take what you want, kiss me. No one will ever know you kissed your stepbrother but us. It’ll be our little secret . . .”

I knew she wasn’t going to, no matter how much I might wish otherwise. It was why I left it up to her. I didn’t have qualms about it. Didn’t think it was wrong, or dirty, because she wasn’t my damn sister. But there was no way she had it in her to—

“You know what?” Crawling into my lap, facing me, straddling my thighs, she cupped my face and stared into my eyes. I got lost in hers, and some sinking suspicion told me that I was staring at the person I was meant to live the rest of my life with—which was crazy. “I know you think I’m too young, or too good, or too scared to do it . . . so I’ll prove you wrong. And guess what? You’re going to like it.”

And then she did it. She kissed me.

And she was right. I did like it.

Her soft, sweet lips closed over mine, and she tightened her grip on my cheeks. And, God help me, I finally found out what she tasted like. She smelled like vanilla, sunshine, and innocence, and she tasted like heaven. . . .

And bubblegum.

Moaning, I took over the kiss, pressing her perky, soft breasts against my chest and skimming my hands down her sides. When I gripped her ass and arched my erection up against her, she gasped, giving me access to her mouth. I took it. . . .

And then I took some more.

My tongue found hers, and she gripped my shoulders, digging her nails in as she pressed down against me, obviously wanting to feel my dick up against her core again.

And for the first time . . .

I thought I’d finally found a home.

Burying a hand in her hair, leaving the other on her sweet ass, I deepened the kiss, taking it to the next level. Warning bells went off in my head—this was getting too hot, too fast—but I ignored them, because she just felt way too fucking good. What had started off as a lighthearted flirtation backfired, because she was kissing me, and I didn’t want to stop. Having her in my arms made me feel as if I wasn’t alone.

As if we were meant to—

“Son of a bitch,” Walter growled from behind me.

I stiffened and broke off the kiss, my hand still on his daughter’s ass, and knew I’d fucked up. I’d forgotten to listen for anyone coming. “Shit.”

“Daddy, I—” Lilly started to say, scrambling to climb off me.

“Don’t talk to me. Go to your room immediately.”

Lilly gave me one long, panicked look, but did as told.

She always did.

“And you?” Walter grabbed me by the arms and yanked me to my feet. “How dare you defile my baby girl? Get out of this house, and don’t come back. You’re cut off. Not welcome here. Out of this family.”

I forced a careless grin, even though watching Lilly run from me was like watching my own heart leap out of my chest and sprint for the door. “It’s about damn time. I never wanted to be in it, anyway.”

Yanking free, I walked past the man I hated more than my own father. Walked right past my mother, and didn’t even look at Lilly, who stood paralyzed halfway up the stairs. If I looked at her, I’d waver. I’d want to stay, for her. And I couldn’t afford to do that. Not anymore. So I walked right out the door. . . .

And I didn’t look back.

Not even once.

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin and Random House. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is also an USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Bleed by Dax Varley

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Bleed blog tour stop! Again, I apologize for another post being late! I am catching up with my blog stuff after dealing with a lot of personal issues! Pretty soon, there will be no more delays. Anyway, I am so excited to be part of this blog tour. This book is definitely one you will want to check out, so keep reading!

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Title: Bleed

Author: Dax Varley

Published by: Garden Gate Press on September 1st, 2015

Length: 225 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Source: Publisher via The Fantastic Flying Book Club (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

synopsis

LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE FOR Miranda Murphy. Without knowing when or why, blood oozes from her palms—an anomaly that makes her feel like a freak. But her abnormality is now the least of her worries. She’s just enrolled at “Suicide High.” Three deaths in three months—one occurring just days before her arrival.

When she bumps into a cute boy named Jake, things don’t appear so glum. Especially since Jake’s a psychic who can predict the immediate future. But his gift of sight can’t prepare her for the horrors that await.

Through Jake, Miranda meets three other extraordinary students:

Topher – who can heal by touch.

Sam – who eats the sins of the dead.

And Xyan – who speaks and understands all languages.

It’s then that Miranda learns the secret behind why she bleeds.

When it becomes evident that supernatural forces are at play, the five determined friends team up. Now it’s up to them to destroy the evil that’s infecting their school.

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

To be honest, I had mixed feelings about the cover. While it definitely caught my attention, it kind of looked a little too sexual than I think was intended. However, the synopsis had me hooked right away. All the suicides occurring and the five students with unique gifts just sounded like something I had to read.

WHAT I LIKED

The writing. I have never read anything by Dax Varley, but based on this book, she is clearly very talented. The vivid descriptions gave me very clear images in my head, which I appreciated so much! Plus, there was surprisingly a good amount of humor. The out-of-nowhere one-liners and clever metaphors just had me laughing unexpectedly, so that was awesome!

The characters and their abilities. I really liked each of the five main characters. They were all so unique! There have been many books that I have read where the characters are just too similar, so I had a hard time distinguishing who was who at times, but I did not have that problem here. They each had very different personalities, which I absolutely loved. And their abilities were awesome! A bleeder, a psychic, a sin eater, a healer, and a speaker of all languages. Come on. That’s awesome. And I enjoyed seeing the significance of each ability play out. Very entertaining!

The creepy/graphic/violent factor. Okay, this may sound horrible, but I really enjoyed the suicide attempts and other violent scenes. The way that these people tried to kill themselves was horrifying, but it kept me on the edge of my seat. It was like a car crash that you can’t look away from. And this goes hand in hand with the author’s ability to create such vivid, realistic scenes. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The multiple points of view. While I really liked all five characters, I kind of wish it was just from Miranda’s and Jake’s points of view. Switching between the five different ones was a little confusing and frustrating at times.

The romance. Yeah, I know. The romance is usually my favorite part in all books, but this one just seemed kind of rushed. I like the idea of Miranda and Jake as a couple, but I just didn’t feel a connection. It could have been developed a little more.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Great book! I can’t get over how brilliant the writing is! Dax Varley is definitely an author I will keep my eye on. I can’t wait to read her other books. Not only will the suspense and mystery keep you engaged the entire time, but you will also find yourself suddenly smiling and laughing. Plus, the plot is so unique that you won’t be able to put the book down because you just have to know how it turns out.

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4 out of 5 Hearts!

 

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Dax Varley writes the kind of young adult novels she wishes were around when she was a teen. She’s a lover of humor, horror and all things paranormal.

When Dax isn’t writing, she’s collecting odd photos online, reading recaps of her favorite shows or kicked back with a good book. She lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband, a shelf full of action figures and about a dozen imaginary friends.

 

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – The Reaper’s Kiss by Abigail Baker

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s The Reaper’s Kiss blog tour stop! I’m so sorry this is late! I have been slammed with family stuff, so I’m so backed up with my blog. I’ll catch up soon! Anyway, I am so excited to be part of this blog tour. Come on. Look at that cover. You’re intrigued, right? For good reason! Check out my review and an AWESOME giveaway!

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Title: The Reaper’s Kiss (Deathmark #1)

Author: Abigail Baker

Published by: Entangled Select Otherworld on August 25th, 2015

Length: 341 pages (eBook)

Genre: Paranormal

Source: Publisher via NetGalley and Bewitching Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

 

synopsis

Drop-dead gorgeous…and fatal.

Ollie Dormier’s tattoos are deadly. She is a Scrivener—an employee for Death—and her skull tattoos mark her clients for their demise. She does her job, and she stays out of trouble. But when her hands start to burn hot and fierce, and her control goes leaping out the window, all hell breaks loose. Ollie is showing the early signs of being a Master…demonstrating power that is forbidden.

That power is exactly what Reaper Brent Hume is counting on. A hot, scruffy rebel, who does marvelous and terrifying things to Ollie’s insides. Now he needs Ollie’s help—and her skills—to overthrow the evil and corrupt Head Reaper. That is, if he can figure out a way to keep this hot-handed girl cool…and keep his hands off.

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

I fell in love with this book instantly because of the cover. It is amazingly awesome. I knew I had to read it. Then of course, I knew I had to jump into it after reading that there would be a romance with a Reaper. Yes, please!

WHAT I LIKED

The plot. It was so unique. The idea of some of the Head Reaper’s employees, Scriveners and Reapers, starting a rebellion to take him out because of his corrupt and evil ways was really enjoyable. I loved it. And I really enjoyed watching how it played out. You see Ollie as a Scrivener whose skull tattoos mark her clients for death and she does her job and keeps her head down. But different circumstances lead her to the oh-so-sexy Reaper, Brent, and she begins to question everything and wonder if rebelling is the way to go. And it was exciting to witness her journey on this crazy path she chooses.

The romance. I loved Ollie and Brent’s relationship. Ollie is hot, as you can see from the cover. Brent has this sexy southern, lumberjack thing going on, and I couldn’t get enough of him. I was so captivated by their romance. It was hot and sexy but also sweet at the same time. It was definitely my favorite part of the book. Yeah, it was kind of on and off at first, with Ollie pushing him away one moment but then wanting him desperately the next, but who cares? That happens to the best of us all the time! I see Ollie as this independent person, so when Brent comes into the picture, it’s hard for her to let him in and rely on him a little. I think it made the relationship more realistic, and even hotter when things finally get going.

Ollie’s parents. Okay, there were so many awesome secondary characters in this book, but I absolutely loved her parents. They’re so cute together, but then they have this tough protective side to them. I wish there were more scenes of them. You see her dad as this big, overprotective man who would do anything for his daughter, but I see this soft, teddy bear side to him. And while her mom seems like this sweet lady, you can tell she is really the strong, brave one. I loved them.

The ending. Oh, the ending! It was perfect. And it’s hard to explain further without giving anything away, but let’s just say that I was SO close to giving this book five hearts just because of that ending. Complete perfection. Flawless.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

I wanted more Ollie and Brent scenes! Yes, the romance was a little fast-paced, but I didn’t really mind that. I just wanted MORE of them. This storyline is so big and action-packed that it can tower over the romance. I wanted more equal “air-time” between the two.

Ollie has this friendship with a human named Eve, but I didn’t really see the connection. I wanted more of their past, things they did together, how they became close. I just think their friendship is a big part of the storyline, but it was hard to feel any emotions toward Eve because I felt like I didn’t know her. There should be more background information there, even if it was just in some flashbacks.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Such a good book! I laughed, I almost cried, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I cannot wait for the next book, especially because of that awesome ending that I’m still recovering from. And I need more Brent in my life, please! Like right now. Like I’m going to go back and just read all the scenes involving Brent because I’m a bit obsessed. Thank you Abigail Baker for creating this awesome character and this incredible book. I will be impatiently waiting for the next one!

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4 out of 5 Hearts!

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Abigail Baker shares her home with a Siamese cat endearingly named “The Other Cat” and two rescued mutts with mundane human names that people think are cute. In addition to writing about rebellious heroines, she enjoys hiking, discovering craft beers, baking the perfect vanilla bean cupcake, and rock climbing (going as far as scaling 800 vertical feet to the summit of Devil’s Tower National Monument in 2013).

Abigail won first place in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s 2010 Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Romance for THE BLOODSUCKER and first place in RWA’s Golden Network’s 2011 Golden Pen in Paranormal Romance for TATTOO OF YOUR NAME ACROSS MY SOUL (now THE REAPER’S KISS, Deathmark Book One). She regularly blogs about life observances, lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and can be easily found hiking any of Colorado’s best trails.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Discovering Delilah blog tour stop! I’m a new Melissa Foster fan, and this is the second book of hers that I have read and reviewed. But, I can pretty much guarantee that there will be a lot more to come! So, read on and enjoy!

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Title: Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights #2)

Author: Melissa Foster

Published by: World Literary Press on July 9th, 2015

Length: 221 pages (eBook)

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT

Source: InkSlinger PR (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

synopsis

After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

So, I realized that I hadn’t read an LGBT book in a long time. Sure, there have been plenty of gay characters in the books I’ve read, but I can’t remember the last time I read a book where the main character is gay and where the focal point is a same-sex romance. So, when I saw the cover of this book and the synopsis, I immediately knew I had to read it. Plus, I loved Delilah as a secondary character in Catching Cassidy, and I was looking forward to reading more about her story.

WHAT I LIKED

Delilah. I had so much respect and admiration for this girl. She lost her parents tragically, but she couldn’t even properly mourn them because of how they made her feel when they were alive. They weren’t exactly supportive of the gay lifestyle, and she felt like she had to hide who she was for the majority of her life. And now that they’re gone, she’s not only struggling with losing them but also with finally coming out and feeling like she is betraying them. I can only imagine how Delilah felt growing up, and I initially felt sympathy for her, but then I realized how strong she really is. A lot of people in her shoes would’ve given up. And I really enjoyed reading her story and witnessing the journey she goes on to finally be who she was always meant to be.

The lesbian storyline. I have to admit…I don’t think I’ve ever read a lesbian romance. And I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to connect with Delilah or Ashley, but that definitely wasn’t a problem. Their romance was sweet but also sexy as hell, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I may not have found my next book boyfriend here, but I certainly found my first book girlfriend!

The connection among all the books in the series. I read Catching Cassidy first, and while it is not necessary to do that, I’m glad I did. It was even more enjoyable reading about Wyatt and Cassidy as secondary characters. I love that we get to know the other characters a little more in each book. I seriously cannot wait to read about their stories in the rest of the series. I know I’m going to be impatiently waiting until I can.

The ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I absolutely loved how this book ended. Let’s just say that there was closure in a way that I didn’t expect but I truly hoped for. It brought a tear to my eye, and it was perfect on every level.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

I did feel like Delilah and Ashley’s relationship was a bit rushed. For someone like Delilah, who was afraid to be who she was and be in a relationship with a female, I thought that it should have progressed a little more gradually. I loved that they were friends first, but when they realized they both wanted more, it kind of happened too quickly for me.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Melissa Foster has done it again! This series is turning into my new addiction. I don’t know what I’m going to do as I wait for the rest of the series. Delilah is a character that girls, both straight and gay, can look up to. She learns that it is so important to be who you are, no matter what other people think and no matter how you think others will judge you. And Melissa Foster did an amazing job conveying that message. Discovering Delilah was a great book with a passionate love story and an inspiring protagonist. A definite must-read.

my favorite quotes

“You must learn to envision a future for yourself without those you have lost…Find ways to turn your memories into something you can live with and celebrate, rather than something that pulls you under.”

“There are certain things we have to forgive ourselves for. Otherwise we’d never learn and grow or move forward on any level.”

“It’s no secret that our parents mess us up big-time. It’s like their jobs or something. So, sure, most people probably believe whatever their parents teach them. It takes strong people to break the mold…”

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that owning our mistakes can help us heal. Unless, of course, the reason we made them in the first place was to give ourselves an out. And if that’s the case, cut your losses and walk away, because if you wanted out once, you’ll want out again.”

“Funny how a sliver of hope can instantly heal a broken heart.”

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4 out of 5 Hearts!

 

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. 

 Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

 Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website. Never miss a release! Follow Melissa here on Amazon and sign up for her newsletter: www.MelissaFoster.com/Newsletter

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Polarity in Motion blog tour stop! This has been one book that I have been super excited to read and review. And I’ve been counting down the days to share it with you all. Enjoy!

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Title: Polarity in Motion

Author: Brenda Vicars

Published by: Red Adept Publishing on December 2nd, 2014

Length: 226 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Publisher via Sage’s Blog Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

 

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Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.

Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

I absolutely love the cover of this book. It instantly grabbed my attention. At that point, I didn’t even care what it was about. I just wanted to read it. Of course, then I read the synopsis, and it sounded unlike anything I have read before. And it definitely was!

WHAT I LIKED

The many controversial issues/topics. Okay, this book deals with bullying and whether or not schools and the education system handle it properly, having a parent with a borderline personality disorder, being placed in the system and in Child Protective Services, and even a little racism. It’s a lot! And if you’re wondering if all these issues may be too much to handle in one book, I can tell you that the author did such a great job with it all. Everything flowed well and fit perfectly into this amazing storyline. And all these issues just added layers to the story, which I think worked really well.

The mystery. I really, really liked the mystery of the story. Throughout the entire book, you’re wondering and trying to figure out who is responsible for the nude picture of Polarity and you’re wondering how it was even created when she clearly said she never posed for it. And you think it’s this person, and then you think it’s someone else, and you go back and forth wondering who the hell it could be. I got frustrated…in a good way! It kept me on the edge of my seat because I just had to know what happened, who did it, and why. And I’ll be honest. I was genuinely surprised at the end. So, it was definitely unpredictable.

The protagonist. Polarity is just an amazing young woman. She is clearly going through a lot, both at home with her mother, who can turn volatile at any moment, and at school with this nude picture and not-very-nice classmates. But she stays strong. Yes, she has her moments when she breaks down, and you can’t blame her, but she always finds a way to get through it. And her determination to not only get to the bottom of what happened to her but also to what happens to Ethan is inspiring. A lot of people in her shoes would just give up, move away, and forget any of it happened. She’s tough, and she can definitely be a role model for girls her age.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

While I liked the blossoming romance between Polarity and Ethan, I just wish the connection they had was more apparent. I wanted to see what drew them toward each other and how their feelings for each other grew to something deeper. The mystery of the story was the focal point, so their relationship didn’t get much “air time,” which is totally fine! I’m just a bit of a hopeless romantic, so I would’ve liked to see more romance.

I don’t want to give anything away, but there is one character that I really wanted to know what happened to, and the book just ended without mentioning this person, so I was kind of bummed about that.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I adored this book so much, and I’m so happy that I got the opportunity to read it. I was so desperate to know what happened and who did it, but then I was disappointed when it ended because I enjoyed it so much. I LOVE YA books, and I can honestly say that this one was very unique. I can’t even compare it to anything else, which makes it awesome in my book. So, I will definitely be keeping my eye on Brenda Vicars. She is clearly a gifted and talented writer, and I cannot wait to read more books by her.

my favorite quotes

“I guess the bottom line is I can’t change the past. But I control whether I bring the misery of the past into this moment.”

“If you ruin your good times thinking about the bad times, you’ll never really have good times.”

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


 

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BrendaVicarsPhotoThe heartbeat of Brenda Vicars’ fiction emanates from the courage and resiliency of her students. Her career in Texas public education includes teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support services programs. For three years she also taught college English to prison inmates, and outside of her job she mentors children of incarcerated parents.

She entered education because she felt called to teach, but she found that it was students who taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work she became increasingly compelled to bring their unheard voices to the page.

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