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  1. COVER REVEAL! Rebound by Noelle August!

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    You guys!! I absolutely loved BOOMERANG, it's seriously among my favorite books this year and I've been counting down the days until I get the chance to read this. So I'm super excited to be a part of the reveal for the upcoming title REBOUND! 

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    What do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do?  If you haven't read Boomerang yet, you need to get on that, and it's only $1.99 right now!! 

    My Original Review of Boomerang! 

    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


    By: Beth Revis
    Publication Date: October 6, 2014
    The Body Electric
    The future world is at peace.

    Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

    But not all is at it seems.

    Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

    Someone’s altered her memory.

    Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

    So who can she trust?

    Beth RevisBeth Revis wrote her first books as a student in classrooms, when the professors did not hold her interest and she jotted down stories instead of taking notes.

    Beth writes science fiction and fantasy novels for teens. Her debut novel, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, will be published by Razorbill/Penguin in Spring 2011. Beth is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.

    Beth also runs a blog on writing ( and is a participant of a group blog by debut dystopian authors (

    Erin's Thoughts

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I loved the Across The Universe series so when I heard Beth Revis had a new book coming out I immediately added it to my TBR shelf and of course…once it was up on Netgalley I couldn’t help myself – I HAD to have it. I was not disappointed with this story at all and if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, go get this!

    The world building was very well done. The way Revis described and really, designed the world based on real places helped me to visualize just how much would have changed in this future. I was able to imagine Ella jumping from boat to boat in New Venice and the way Revis describes how the cities were constructed after the war created a base for the way the cities were designed. It also speaks to the unity the new government was hoping to achieve.

    I also enjoyed the characters. Ella is the daughter of some very smart scientists, both of whom have developed some things that play a critical role in the story. Early on in the story, we find out that Ella’s father was killed in a rebel attack at his lab and her mother is suffering from a disease that is basically incurable. Things haven’t been easy for Ella over the last year or so but she is trying to make things work. I liked Ella – she is smart, tough, and willing to do whatever she has to in order to keep those she loves safe. This is a thread throughout the entire story and as things are revealed, it becomes very clear just how much Ella is willing to do.

    There is the political aspect of this story that covers the government and its development but there is also the piece of the story that explores the use of robot/androids and to what extent they can be humanized. The science that Ella’s father was working on ties to this plot and I found it very interesting. The science of the mind is something that I will admit is beyond me but I found that part of the story to be an intriguing plot line. Could someone really get into someone else’s mind to know what they are doing? Who knows…but it definitely added another layer to this book and linked me back to the mystery of what was really going on with these key governmental players.

    There is a romance here but the way the story comes out, it doesn’t take center stage – which I appreciated. It was definitely an important piece of the story (which you will understand as things unfold) but not the only thing. The mystery of who really is the “bad guy” here is what moves the story along and I have to admit, I wasn’t necessarily surprised so much about the who as much as I was surprised about the why. Only because it was pretty straightforward and makes me wonder what lengths someone would go to in order to get something they want…in this case, the person thought the ends justified the means and they were willing to put anything or anyone at risk to get what they wanted.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think Revis has made it onto my autobuy list. I love her view of science fiction and the fact that she is able to integrate a bit of the swoony stuff alongside all of the world building and plot, only makes me love her stories more. Definitely check this one out when you can, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy!


  3. What is Flashback Friday you ask?  

    I know... I know... As if you don't have a million and one memes to follow! BUT we're hoping that you might want to participate in just one more!  

    If you're like us, you read a lot... you add a ton to your 'to be read' lists and you sometimes forget about some amazing things because they get pushed down either your favorites list or that pile of books you need to read.  That doesn't mean those books are no less amazing!

    This is a way for us to highlight books that are older that maybe don't get as much recognition now because they have been out for a while.  Books that we read and loved or books that have been on our To Be Read lists for ages, but we just haven't gotten around to them yet.  

    On to the details - Pick a book... any book that meets the following criteria:  

    1.  Must have been published at least 2 years ago or 
    2.  Preferably is still in print or available to read

    Grab our button or make your own then simply feature it on your blog... See the example below, and then come back here and link us up!! AND Spread the word!!
    Jaime's Pick
    By: Brodi Ashton
    Publication Date:  January 24, 2012

    So I went into this book with no expectations and ended up loving it so much! If you haven't given this series a chance you must - plus it's complete so you can read straight through!!

    Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

    Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

    As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

    Because of two parents who were Greek myth geeks, I grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good conversational opener was, “So, which mythological character do you most resemble?” Despite these social shortcomings, I found a great husband who’s always my first reader. We live in Utah with our two young boys, who still have no idea why I'm at the computer all the time.

    I received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

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    Erin's Pick
    By: Amy Plum
    Publication Date: May 10, 2011

    I love this series and don't even remember how I came across it.  This story is unique, has great characters, and some swoony bits.  All of my favorite things!  Plus - good new for you is that this series is complete so you can read them all right away!

    Die for Me (Revenants, #1)

    In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

    When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

    Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again. 

    Amy Plum
    Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into eleven different languages. The fourth book is an eNovella, entitled DIE FOR HER. The first book of Amy’s new series, AFTER THE END, releases in May 2014.

    Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.

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    By: Aimee Carter
    Publication Date: November 25, 2014
    Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)
    For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

    But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

    As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

    Aimée Carter is the author of The Goddess Test series and The Blackcoat Rebellion series, both out now from Harlequin Teen. Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den, the first book in a new middle grade series, will be published by Bloomsbury in Fall 2015.

    She is represented by Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studios and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and occasionally blogging.

    Erin's Thoughts

    Captive by Aimee Carter
    My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

    Captive by Aimee Carter is the second book in The Blackcoat Rebellion series and I was pretty excited when I got my hands on a copy of this book because it meant I got to dive into the world that these characters live in and learn more about who the Blackcoats are as well as what their plans were.

    Jumping back into this story, we find that Kitty has been working with Knox to put up a unified front and show that they love each other to the public while working to figure out what to do about Daxton. Kitty has been keeping things from Knox but she also feels like he has been keeping things from her. It is clear that neither of them really trusts each other and in the end, that is the thing that stands in their way. Kitty wants to be included in more of the conversations and decisions while Knox wants to keep her out of it.

    Because of the distrust they have in each other, Kitty ends up doing some things that ultimately get her thrown into Elsewhere where she really finds out how difficult things are. As she struggles to figure out how she is going to survive, we are introduced to some new characters, namely Scotia and Hannah Mercer. I can’t say much about either of them but just know that both play pretty critical roles in the remainder of the story and have a huge impact on Kitty.

    I have to admit here that Kitty drove me crazy in this book. Yes, I get it – her lack of trust in others had a lot to do with the things she did but boy, I was hoping she would support just one of the decisions that Knox made and trust that he wasn’t going to do anything bad. Ultimately, Kitty is still the same character as she was in book one, she will do anything for the people she loves and right now that list is pretty short…Benjy. He is the one person that she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect and when she realizes she may not be able to do that, everything changes.

    I thought Carter did a great job of moving the story forward as well and bringing in some new characters and integrating them into the plot. Additionally, there were a few twists that I didn’t necessarily see coming and it is always a good thing when that happens. A lot actually happens in this book and it was good to see that this didn’t fall into the second book trap of being filler. We find out just how big a reach Knox and the Rebellion have as well as a bit about their plans to go after the Prime Minister and the government. In the end, we also learn a bit more about Knox and what he feels is his role within the rebellion.

    Unfortunately there isn’t a lot I can say about the plot of the book as I really don’t want to ruin the story for you. There is quite a bit of action as well as some twists and turns I hadn’t anticipated. Based on how this book ended, I am definitely looking forward to the final book in this series. Please note: If you are looking for romance you may not be satisfied - I thought (similar to book one) that the relationship between Kitty and Benjy, although clearly important, was somewhat under-developed. For me, this was completely ok but I still didn’t feel the intense love that these two characters are supposed to have for each other. Overall, I think if you liked the first book you will enjoy this one as well so definitely consider checking this one out when you can.

    Thank you to Harlequin Teen for the review copy!


    By: Maggie Stiefvater
    Publication Date: October 21, 2014
    Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

    There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

    Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

    The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

    Friends can betray.
    Mothers can disappear.
    Visions can mislead.
    Certainties can unravel.

    Maggie StiefvaterAll of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

    Erin's Thoughts

    Blue Lily, Lily Blue
    by Maggie Stiefvater

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Mint leaves, dreams, and Glendower...

    If you know me, you know how much I love The Raven Cycle series. Maggie Stiefvater writes stories that make me love reading and this series is one that won me over from the first page of the first book. To say that I have been anxiously waiting to have this book in my hands would admittedly be an understatement. I love every single one of these characters and I love that Stiefvater takes the time to develop each and every one while taking the reader on a journey with them.

    Let me start with saying, I won’t be going into a lot of detail on this review as I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone. If you recall from book two, Blue’s mother is gone and outside of the group hunting for Glendower, they are also trying to find Maura. And…here is where you probably will hate me because I don’t want to say anything else about what happens. Sorry, not sorry. You HAVE to read this because I won’t do it justice in my review and you will enjoy it that much more!

    What I will say is that I love the relationships that Stiefvater creates in this series. The friendship between the boys and Blue has moved to a stage where you can barely remember when they weren’t close friends. On top of that, we get to see how the friendships have changed between the boys as each of them are changing. Gansey is still my favorite and I will talk more about him in a minute but I have to say I was happy to see Adam grow so much and also get a view into his relationship with Ronan.

    So….Gansey. I’m just going to say it, he is my favorite….hands down. And when Stiefvater gave me the bits of Gansey and Blue together…there may have been some sighs from me. All I can say is there were late night phone calls, a car ride, and mint leaves. I can’t even with these two and I just need more of them together.

    There you have it…I can’t say much more and I know this might sound vague and seem fairly abrupt but I can’t say much else without potentially giving any of the story away and I really don’t want to do that. Just trust me and start this series if you haven’t yet. There is something for everyone…mystery, action, swoons, and magic…what else do you need in a great story?!?


  6. When Joss Met Ellie
    By: Ellie Cahill
    Publication Date: February 24, 2015

    This is a new adult by a YA author that I love and I'm incredibly excited to see what she brings to the genre!  
    Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.

    Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.

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