21 September 2014

Title: DAMAGED GOODS (The Outsider Chronicles, #2)
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: (September 9, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.

After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.

It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.

Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.

But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.

Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.

He’s become . . .

Damaged Goods.

Review: 4 StarsDamaged Goods, the second book in The Outsider Chronicles by author Nicole Williams follows new characters who are trying to overcome their pasts to make something better in their present and future. 

When main character Liv is on the brink of finishing another year away at college she’s called home to take care of her two younger sisters and misses her chance at being one step closer to fulfilling her dream of making something better for herself. She’d do anything for her sisters including going back home to the one place she wants to be away from the most.

She’s tough through and through and if it wasn’t for her sisters she wouldn’t have even thought about deviating from her plans, but her sisters mean everything so she puts her life on the back burner to try to help them have a better life then what she grew up knowing.

With a hard shell to crack she doesn’t want to let anyone close yet the pull of her neighbor – Will Goods proves hard to resist when her and her sisters need his help more than a few times over.

One of the main things I love about Liv is that she does what she needs to in making a better life for her sisters. And she does it without any complaints. She might not have the best ideas in how to make things happen and she might have to take not the best job but she does what she needs to do for her family when they need her the most. And I think that even without her knowing it… at least at first, she needs her sisters too. It’s through them and the people she meets along the way that she grows as a character instead of the girl with tunnel vision that we meet in the early stages of the book.

And then there’s Will… what to say about this guy? Well, Liv wasn’t the only one who didn’t see THAT coming. I mean… I’m not going to tell you what happens, but there’s a HUGE twist that shocked me beyond words. I think I reread that part of the book a few times because I was SURE I was reading something wrong. Then just when it all sinks in you do your own double take and try to go over everything in the story that came before to figure out how YOU as a reader could have missed it too!

These two characters have a lot to learn about life, love and family and it takes finding themselves and each other all while letting down walls as they stumble to try to find a new and happier way to live. Damaged Goods is without a doubt a fitting title for these two… actually I’m not sure Williams could have found a more fitting one.

It’s the characters and their journey that make the story. It’s the choices they make for those they love that are the icing on the cake and it’s what they find once they really look at their lives that are the ice cream on the side.

With so many wonderful contemporaries featuring college age protagonists I was more than happy to not have missed this one. Williams does know her broken characters and all that makes them tick. I know I love a good broken character, so who’s with me? While this is a series, the books are standalones with its own set of characters to follow. You don’t have to read one to follow the other, however I have read the first book – Hard Knox and LOVED it, I’m sure you will too – so keep it in mind if you haven’t already checked it out! I recommend both titles in The Outsider Chronicles, so go read and enjoy!




About the Author: 

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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20 September 2014

Review - Revels By: Molly Cochran + An EXCERPT!

Title: Revels: A Halloween Novella
Author: Molly Cochran
Publisher: (September 12th, 2014)
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Synopsis: A Halloween camping trip goes hopelessly awry when Katy Ainsworth and her paranormally gifted boarding school friends decide to make the outing a party, only to find themselves surrounded by an uncontrollable mob of ghouls, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and zombies who’ve shown up as uninvited—and lethal—guests!

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Review: 4 Stars - Revels is a Halloween Novella set in author Molly Cochran’s Legacy series world. While it does focus on characters fans have come to know and love from those books, you do NOT have to have read those books to enjoy this fun story perfect for our favorite spooky holiday.

Sometimes it’s great to dive right into a good novella. You can sit down and read the story from beginning to end in one sitting. And this one will have readers on the edge of their seats as Katy and friends school camping trip takes on a whole new meaning of telling scary stories by the camp fire.

There’s blood and guts, evil magic and werewolves to name a few things that make this the perfect Halloween treat!

With paranormal creatures running throughout the town it’s only a matter of time before someone or a many someone’s end up dead.

I really enjoyed the fast pace of the story and how quick the chapter moved the characters from one problem to another. I liked the shocking way the story played out and how the author created a unique resolution that I had no idea was coming. I kept waiting for a sign of how Katy and her friends were going to come out of this one… all my guesses were wrong and was shocked and happy with the twist Cochran provided at the conclusion of the story.

In the end, it’s a great novella. Fast paced read with some great twists along the way. Those who love YA should grab this one for a scary ride that doesn’t let up until you finish the last word. Paranormal fans will also find lots to love about this quick story and the characters within. Now readers go and find out if Katy and her friends will end up having a Happy Halloween in the end? Or will they all end up dead and eaten by zombies? Enjoy!









Excerpt:

I was sent off to gather worms. When I got back to the campsite, Lolille was making a ritual circle about twenty feet across out of twigs and dried grass.
“Get in here!” she chided. “No pokin’!” She tossed one of my worms at Verity, who screamed.
“That one’s high strung,” Lolille said to Cheswick with a nod. “Now gather round, y’all. Let me show you how we do things back home in Crawfish Gully.”
She arranged all the gruesome things we’d gathered into the center of the circle and began to dance around them, hopping up and down and chanting in some language that seemed a little like French, although I couldn’t make out its meaning.

An’ a gris-gris comin
Better watch les petits
Les mortes sont venues
Ici avec nous

Peter and I looked at each other. Verity was trembling. Becca had blanked out.
“Weirdest camping trip ever,” Cheswick said.
At that moment the circle around us burst into flames. Verity’s shaking hands flew to her face. Then Lolille fell into a swoon as the things around her—the worms and toads and moldy bark and all the other dirty things she’d made us fetch—wriggled and rose up around her like dream trees. They grew tendrils and wound among us, changing form, melting, growing, taking on color, taking on life, until we were faced with . . . people.
They’d all turned into people.
Some were young, no older than we were, and might have come straight from Ainsworth School, blinking in the moonlight and looking bewildered. There was a pale, beautiful girl with dark hair hanging down to her waist, who could have been on the cover of a fashion magazine, a lanky boy as tall as Peter, a gap-toothed Georgia Mae Jagger look-alike with big pink lips and bleached hair, a pair of twins with sly eyes like foxes, a short, stubby guy with a buzz cut and pimples . . .
And him. Him, perfectly, heartbreakingly gorgeous. A Chris Hemsworth clone, aged seventeen. Blond hair a little too long, cheeks that blushed. Eyes like blue ice, sparking in the firelight. He was wearing a red military jacket with gold epaulets. And he was looking at me.
“Katy.”
“Huh?” I’d been willing my heart to stop pounding. Peter was pinching my arm. “Ow.”
“This is some kind of spell,” he said.
Duh. “Well, yeah.”
“Are they all dead, or what?”
“I don’t . . .” I began, but then the pretty brunette floated up off the ground and hovered above our heads. “Well, maybe.”





About the author: 

Molly Cochran, author of the teen paranormal romances LEGACY and POISON and the novella WISHES, has written 26 published novels and four nonfiction books under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her works include New York Times bestselling novels GRANDMASTER and THE FOREVER KING and the nonfiction book DRESSING THIN, also a NY Times bestseller. She has won awards from the Mystery Writers of America, the Romance Writers of America, the New York Public Library, and the Westchester Fiction Awards. LEGACY and POISON as well as THE FOREVER KING, GRANDMASTER, and THE TEMPLE DOGS, are available as eBooks. A third novel in the LEGACY series, SEDUCTION, is scheduled for release December 4.

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Title: Forgive Me (Lost Souls #1)
Author: Eliza Freed
Publisher: Forever Yours, 384 Pages (July 1st, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Some things can't be forgiven...

Charlotte O'Brien should forgive God for her parents' death. She should forgive her boyfriend for his one horrific mistake that separated them, and she should forgive herself for cutting them both off, but instead she hates everyone.

But when her childhood friend Noble Sinclair arrives, his passion reignites the spark that had vanished so completely in Charlotte's gray existence. And in Noble's arms, Charlotte finally begins to wonder if she might be ready to choose the future with Noble over her shattered past.
Excerpt:

“To exist in silence as I lay my soul bare”

And so it goes. The days are blurs of Sean, Jenn, and Margo helping me with the administration of my life. There’s a will, a house, cars, belongings. Too much to comprehend. And my nights are Jason Leer.
          He comes when the others leave; always here within minutes of loneliness setting in. He saves me from my thoughts and my memories. Two days ago I showed him the key under the turtle rock and now he no longer knocks. Knocking would imply asking permission to come in and he’s already here.
          Something’s different about tonight, though. Sean and Michelle brought dinner over and drove Dad’s tractor back to their house. They left an hour ago, later than expected, and he’s still not here. I haven’t slept without him since the funeral and now that he’s absent, the depth to which I need him scares me.
          I look in the mirror as I brush my teeth and my face is distraught. I refuse to let myself consider why. Too afraid it has more to do with Jason’s absence than with my parents. That’s impossible, though. Did he say he had something to do tonight? Did he say anything? Do we ever say anything? I thought I understood. Until tonight. Now that he’s not here the last week no longer makes sense.
          I button the last button on my favorite nightshirt and climb into bed. It’s enormous and cold without him. The silent darkness allows the memories to seep in. The moonlight invades my room and everything is gray and sad. Why?
          Why did you die?
          Why aren’t you here?
          Where the hell is Jason Leer?
          Tears fill my eyes, and I roll onto my stomach and bury my face in my pillow. I can’t be without them. They have to come back. I hear the truck tires on the gravel of my driveway and hurry out of bed. His truck door moans as he closes it and I go to the back door to meet him. I open it just as he’s fitting the key into the lock.
          His smile fades as the look on my face registers. He steps to me and wipes the tears from my face, which makes me cry a little more.
          “I’m sorry I’m late,” he whispers, so as to not disturb the quiet that’s descended on the house. He smells of cigarettes and dirt. Actual dirt. And I’m so thankful he’s here.
          “I was worried.”
          “Worried I wasn’t coming?” Jason moves closer to me and I lose my breath as he pins me up against the wall. I nod my head slowly, my eyes never leaving his.
          “I came as soon as the rodeo ended.”
          “The rodeo.”
          “Did you forget the rodeo?”
          “No. I know the rodeo is on Saturday.” Jason’s face turns to confusion. “I didn’t know today is Saturday,” I say, and my complete disconnection from the living makes me start to cry again. If my parents were alive, I would know what fucking day it is.
          Jason pulls me close to him and kisses the side of my head as he runs his fingers through my hair.
          “I need a shower,” he says, but I can’t be concerned with what he needs.
          “I need you.”
           I lay my soul bare; Jason’s to do with me what he wants because I can’t seem to care about it anymore. He forces me back to the wall and presses his body against mine until I can feel him. Until I can feel something.


About the Author:

Debut author Eliza Freed writes new adult romance novels with a New Jersey wit and a hometown charm. The first book in her Lost Souls series will be released in 2014 by Forever Yours.

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19 September 2014


Title: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 544 Pages (May 27th, 2014)
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Synopsis: Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.


Excerpt from West’s POV

          She pretends I didn’t speak. “Have you ever wrapped your hands before?”
          “None of the fights I’ve been in have included advance notification so I bare-knuckled it.”
          “And that,” she says with her best under-eyelash schoolteacher glare, “has to stop. Outside of this gym, there are no fights.”
          “Hey, I don’t go looking for trouble. It finds me.”
          Haley inclines her head at a stool and I sit. “Put your hand up, like this.” She sticks her hand in the air, palm down, with spread fingers.
          I follow directions and Haley hooks a circle of material at the end of the wrap on my thumb. “Do you see the tag?”
          I nod.
          “It goes faceup. The trick to wrapping is to think in threes.” She winds the material around my wrist in layers. “Three up the wrist and then three back down. Tight enough that you create tension, loose enough that you don’t cut off circulation and cause your fingers to fall off.”
          Haley’s thigh applies pressure to my own and I drop my knee open so she can slide between my legs. Every cell within my body hums and, when I breathe in, all I smell is the sweet scent of wildflowers. Her fingers work diligently, brushing against my skin as she weaves the material around and around again.
          The seriousness of her face tells me she has no idea how close she is. How with each caress of her fingertips, I go up in flames.


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          Noah leans into my touch, and I love that I have that effect on him. I lick my lips, half hoping he kisses me—half wondering what would happen if he did.


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KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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18 September 2014

Hey everyone! I was extremely excited to be asked to be one of the Ambassadors for the movie - The Fault in Our Stars! I jumped at the chance because this happens to be one of my FAVORITE books and movies. So there was no question about taking part and being able to bring you some pretty exciting things.

"The Greatest Romance Story of this decade" JUST released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 16th, are you ready to bring on the feels?  As a member of The Fault In Our Stars Ambassador Program, I have helped in creating a list of the top moments from the film that I would love to relive! 

Featuring brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort that made the film a favorite of fans and critics alike, this inspirational modern day tale of star-crossed lovers will have you going from laughter to tears and back again. 

Have you read the book or seen the movie?! What are your favorite moments that you would like to relive? Comment with your favorites and you will be entered to win a copy of TFIOS.



Do you think we nailed some of the best parts in the movie? I think we did a pretty great job! If we missed YOUR favorite, let me know in the comments below, because I know I'd LOVE to hear them. Don't forget! Sharing YOUR favorite moments in the comments below earn you extra entries into the DVD giveaway!!!

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Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books, 318 Pages (January 10th, 2012)
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Synopsis: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

About the Author:

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green's career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children's Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, "Brotherhood 2.0," where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called "The Vlog Brothers," which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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