Jul 20, 2017

Release Week Blitz: Meet Me Under The Stars by KD Proctor!


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Author: KD Proctor
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books (www.bookfishbooks.com)
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US (www.race-point.com)  

About the Book...

When ratings for her popular DIY show start to circle the drain after the sudden death of her sister, Charlotte “Charlie” Conti has only one mission—to plan a comeback. But her sister had other plans. As part of the will, Charlie must work with *him*  to create a memorial scholarship in her sister’s memory. The same *him*  Charlie fell in love with three years ago while working at a summer camp.

The same *him* she dumped to protect his heart.
Sexy British player, Nate Walsh, has sixty days to find a new job or he’ll be deported back to England where he’s no longer welcome. He doesn’t have time to work on a memorial scholarship with *her*. The same *her*  who shattered his heart without explanation or warning.
The same *her*  he’s never gotten over.
Unable to agree on a benefactor for the scholarship, Nate and Charlie challenge each other to a winner-takes-all competition. They both know the only way to win is to turn up the heat and tease one another with the one thing they both want: each other. But as sparks fly, their true feelings resurface. Nate and Charlie must decide if their love is worth the effort or if they'll allow their disastrous past mistakes to destroy their chance at forever.


About the Author…

KD Proctor loved college so much that when it came time to graduate, she didn’t want to leave.  Trading in her textbooks for student handbooks and policy manuals, she began a career in College Student Personnel and she fulfilled her wish to stay on a college campus forever.  She always joked that one day she’d write a book about college students, never expecting that to come true!

KD lives in West Central, Minnesota with her husband and fur-kids.  She likes to write fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love. Her characters are smart, funny, and always swoony.  And yes. They always get their happily ever after.

Before being accepted for publication, MEET ME UNDER THE STARS (formerly titled IF YOU'RE EVER IN TOWN) was the 2016 YARWA winner for the New Adult category.

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We'd like to thank the lovely team over at BookFish for including us in another spectacular blitz! Based on the teasers alone, the book is definitely something that we want to be checking out. If this book isn't on your TBR, add it ASAP -- because we are, too!

Jul 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Jessica's Waiting on:

Title: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017 

Summary: Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck. The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them. Esther doesn't know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn't counted on: love.

I know that the golden rule is to not judge a book by its cover, but it was definitely the title of this book that caught my eye at first. Not only did it made me laugh, but it clued me in to the idea that this book was going to be funny while also a little serious, which is just how I like things. 

And then, upon reading the summary, I was even more hooked. The idea of facing everything that you're terrified of? Totally badass. The potential for love to be involved? Even more adorable. I didn't even know I needed a book like this until I came across it, and now it's one of my most anticipated reads for the slew of upcoming September releases. 

So yeah, I'm definitely really excited to read this one. Both the title and the summary (and yes, even the cover) caught my eye, and I'm excited to see where Esther and Jonah's adventures take them, and all of the places and things they discover along the way. Can September come soon enough?!

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your links so I can stop back!

Jul 16, 2017

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Atria Books 
Summary: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.Promises get broken.Rules get shattered.Love gets ugly.

Yet again Colleen Hoover has made me feel so many feels all at once. I went from happy to sad, laughing to crying so many times. I loved the characters, I loved the story line, I loved everything.

Believe it or not, I actually loved Miles and Tate's relationship. Sure it was mostly physical, but you can tell they both really cared for each other, no mater how much Miles said he didn't. You can tell from the start that Miles has some sort of troubled past and a huge secret. It broke my heart that Miles felt he couldn't love anyone after what happened. But in this process, Tate is trying to hide her feelings, leaving her feeling hurt by Miles.

The book is written in dual pov with Tate's written in the present and Miles' written in the past. This helps give you a clearer view on why Miles feels the way he does, even though you don't actually find out what happens until the end of the book. 

Basically most of the book is the physical attraction between Tate and Miles. The story doesn't really pick up until the last few chapters (I've been noticing that a lot of other authors have also been doing this) after Tate finally confronts Miles on his feeling towards her. But let me tell you, those last few chapters had me in TEARS. Like, I was sobbing like a baby. I did expect what was going to happen when I got more hints, but I wasn't expecting the way it was going to happen. That left me heartbroken for both Miles and anyone who has to deal with that in real life. It really helped open my eyes as to why Miles was so distant and angry.

As Jessica talked about in her review, I found Ugly Love to be a lot like It Ends With Us. Both books had these two intense guys with total aversions to love and relationships, as well as troubled pasts. Then come the strong female characters who instantly fall for the troubled male. Although they were both similar, each book had its own special way to crawl into your heart and stay there forever.

It took me a whopping 24hrs to finish this book. Once I sat down to read, I couldn't stop. And when I did have to stop, I couldn't stop thinking about it and what would happen next. This New Adult was pretty descriptive at some parts so be warned that you'll be blushing hard. Overall, if this book isn't on your TBR pile, it should be. Hoover will have you blushing, laughing, crying, and so much more, so be sure to give this a read. 

Jul 15, 2017

ARC Review: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: If There's No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Publication Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Summary: Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?

If I haven't said it enough already, Jenn is one of my absolute favorite authors. I have yet to find a book the I didn't enjoy. If There's No Tomorrow is Jenn's newest stand alone contemporary and I was lucky enough to snag an advanced copy at BookCon. Once again, I wasn't disappointed by Jenn's latest page turner.

If There's No Tomorrow tells the story of Lena Wise leading up to and after she suffers a terrible accident. Throughout the book, Lena is struggling to deal with the events of the accident and her attraction toward her best friend Sebastian. Lena feels guilty every day for what happened and she's too scared to tell the truth for fear of what her friends will think of her.

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This book is an excellent example of the horrors of drinking and driving. It gives a clear example of exactly why you shouldn't drink and drive or get in a car with a drunk driver. The depression and guilt Lena feels toward what happened, is a feeling no one should ever have to feel. I felt sick for her just reading about what she experienced and how real it felt. Lena is extremely strong for what she went through. Many people cant handle all that guilt, even when it wasn't really their fault. Although she did shut out hers friends, including Sebastian, she was able to overcome her emotions. She was able to talk to them about what really happened that night and was finally able to gain some closure. 

I really loved everything about this books. Lena's battle with her emotions felt so real as well as her relationship with Sebastian. I loved how the book was split in two parts, allowing the reader to hear Lena's story leading up to the accident and what happened after the accident. 

If There's No Tomorrow was an excellent read. Any fans of JLA or YA contemporary should totally give this a chance. The book will be published on Sept. 5th, 2017 so be sure to pick up a copy and give it a try!

Jul 13, 2017

Blog Tour & Review: This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes

Hi guys! I'm here today on the blog to be a part of the blog tour for Paula Stokes's next book, This Is How It Happened. In addition to all of these awesome graphics and things, I also have my review of the book! So without further ado, let's get things started.

About The Book


Title: This Is How It Happened
Author: Paula Stokes
Publisher: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 384 Pages
Published July 2017 (Two days ago!)
Summary: When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened. As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Guest Post By Paula!

Hi everyone :) This is Day 4 of my THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED blog tour. You can find the whole schedule of posts in the lead post on my blog right now.

I’m blogging about the different challenges I faced while writing and revising the novel. Challenge #4 was how to best incorporate romance into the book. The story is about Genevieve Grace, a girl who is in a car crash that kills her famous YouTube boyfriend. When Gen wakes up from a coma, she knows that she was driving, but she doesn’t remember what happened.

So right away you might be like “Hey Paula, why does this book even need romance?” Fair question. The easiest reply to it is that my editor and her boss requested a romantic element to the story. Maybe you don’t like hearing that, but let’s consider some things. If you’re a book blogger or voracious reader, you probably devour over 60 books a year. Some of you read over 150 books. That is AMAZING and I am grateful there are people like you out there, but you are also not the “normal consumer” that publishers think about when they decide to acquire a novel. I know book bloggers often buy and collect their favorite books, but they also get a lot of books for free. I don’t know anyone who could afford to buy 150 books a year. So, while many book bloggers think “Man. ALL of these books have romances. It would be refreshing for a story not to have a romantic component” more traditional recreational readers who read 20 to 50 books a year are likely to go into a YA novel expecting a romance and possibly feel let down if it’s not there.

It’s important to remember that Publishing is a business, and even that book you think is “a total work of art” was probably systematically analyzed by editors and sales team members with respect to “but how many people will actually buy this?” You might be sick of romances in YA, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is.

But I’m not trying to throw my publisher under the bus here. If I had been Very Opposed to a romance, my editor would’ve let me write the book without one and then we’d have taken a look together at how the overall story worked. My thing is that my editor has worked at HarperTeen for several years—she’s smart and knows what readers want. Her boss is the executive editor of the HarperTeen imprint. I trusted their judgment without question when they recommended including a romantic element. Also, I really like to write romances :)

So, how do you give the main character of a story where her boyfriend has just died in a car accident where she was driving a new guy in her life without making her seem like a terrible person? The first thing I did was use the flashbacks to show that Genevieve and Dallas’s relationship wasn’t very healthy and was already starting to fall apart. This was easily workable with the core story plan because I knew a fight was what led the two of them out onto the rainy streets late at night and I knew the fight had to do with Dallas deviating from the path he and Genevieve had shared for many years.

Some people might read the flashbacks and think that both Genevieve and Dallas are bad people. He has messed up and hurt her. She’s kind of controlling and struggles to deal with change. I don’t mean for either of them to seem like bad people. I tried to craft a realistic relationship that is falling apart because the two members want different things for the future. This is a very common problem. In my own past, I had relationships end because the guy wanted kids and I didn’t, because a different guy needed me to move to NYC and there was no way I could make that happen. Simply put, sometimes what one or both people in a relationship want changes, or maybe what they wanted was different all along and the other person was just in denial. There are some things you just can’t (or don’t want to) compromise on.

But even though Genevieve realizes that she and Dallas wouldn’t have stayed together if he had survived, it was still tricky letting her have romantic feelings for a new guy, especially in the midst of her grief, guilt, and confusion. As always, I made the relationship build slowly, from a place of friendship and trust. At first Genevieve only knows Elliott from the park. They go hiking as part of their daily work and she experiences a bit of peace for the first time in weeks. Elliott invites her to hang out as friends and they engage in another recreational activity that makes her feel better. Weeks pass. They hang out again and kiss, but Genevieve pushes Elliott away because she feels ashamed of her attraction to him. It takes several more weeks before she realizes that she doesn’t have to feel guilty about her emotions.

This point was really honed in on by an early beta-reader. One of the first drafts has Genevieve being interviewed at the end of the book and a journalist asks her about her feelings for Elliott. She still feels shame in that draft and says she won’t talk about her and Elliott. “I feel like the trolls win,” my beta-reader said. “It’s no one’s damn business if she likes someone new. They don’t get to demand that she act like their fave musician’s grieving widow for X amount of time, especially when they don’t even know all the facts.”

His words really resonated. He mentioned how people had expectations for Heath Ledger’s girlfriend and how it was ridiculous that fans got upset when she dated someone new years after Ledger’s death. And he’s right, you know? We feel things on different timetables. There is no one acceptable period to wait after someone dies or divorces you to start dating again. Some people are able to accept and absorb the grief and feel comfortable being vulnerable with a new partner quite quickly. Others need a much longer period of mourning. And either way is okay, as long as you’re being honest about your feelings, your needs, and your limitations.

There are plenty of people, online and off, who feel the need to judge Genevieve for becoming romantically involved with Elliott just a couple months after Dallas’s death. But by the end of the book she’s become empowered enough to embrace her feelings and make decisions about her budding relationship without letting a bunch of strangers make her feel bad for being the person she is.

What do you think about relationships in YA novels? Are you a sucker for a good ship in any genre, or do you wish more books skipped romance in favor of other types of storylines or relationships? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Want to win a copy of THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED or any of my novels? Enter the Rafflecopter below. And look for tomorrow’s blog tour stop about the challenge of writing my first “issue book” on We Live and Breathe Books.

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Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently This is How it Happened, Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

I received an ARC of this book from Paula herself to review, and I'm honestly so glad that I did. I really enjoyed some of her previous books, and the entire premise of this one seemed promising and mysterious, especially since the summary hints that Genevieve ends up being more responsible for her boyfriend's death than she originally thought. 

As the summary explains, Genevieve wakes up after being in a terrible car accident that killed her boyfriend and rising YouTube star, Dallas. In addition to having to deal with that horrible loss, she also has to struggle with not being able to remember exactly what happened that night, and going off of whatever social media seems to be telling her. So Brad Freeman, the driver of the other truck in the accident, is basically a social pariah who is being bullied and harassed and physically and verbally taunted for killing Dallas, even though there weren't really conclusive results from the scene. But then Genevieve starts remembering pieces of the accident...and things aren't as cut-and-dry as they seem when it comes to the guilty party. And I'm not going to spoil it for you guys -- you're just going to have to read this book yourself.

(Mild spoilers here so please skip to the next paragraph if you haven't read this book yet!) Elliot was definitely my favorite character in the book. Not only was he so sweet and adorable and smart and kind, but even when Genevieve came to him with deep struggles and stories and confessions that she didn't have the courage to tell anyone else yet, he didn't treat her horribly or write her off or call her terrible names. He was understanding and patient, and he even brought up several important points about bravery and compassion and doing the right thing, all which are admirable traits in both characters in stories and in people outside of the pages. And then you even learn about how own dark past and the mistakes he has made, and they're definitely shocking and unexpected, and you learn that even the people who seem the most put together and perfect have their demons that they are battling with. 

What I liked most about Genevieve was that she was a genuinely good soul, even when life had dished her out a terrible hand and she found herself in less than desirable situations. Even if she had moments where her fear was taking control of her, she never stopped knowing in her mind and in her heart what was right and what was wrong. And that was a really admirable thing to read in a character -- because not everybody, in books and also in real life, can be like that. Not everyone can be brave despite the consequences, or face fears that others could never dream of having to battle with. Genevieve was such a great model for doing the right thing even after making mistakes that weren't easy to confront, which was a really admirable thing to read about. It really made me like her a lot.

The only character that I wasn't crazy about in this book was, surprisingly, Dallas. From the brief scenes where we met him, I didn't like how he would talk to Genevieve, or how he would behave, or even some of the terrible things he had done that had driven them apart. (And this is the moment where I lecture to all of my readers that what Dallas did is never ever okay in any circumstance and if I had been Genevieve I never would've taken him back at all.) But yeah, from the few scenes where he was actually alive and interacting with the story, he seemed kind of arrogant and it definitely felt like all of his fame went to his head, which made him a bit unlikable. *shrugs* Maybe that was the intention, or maybe that's just my take on it. 

In the end, I feel that this book was an excellent example not only of doing the right thing even when it may be hard or scary, but it also shares the importance of digital responsibility and the negative effects of cyberbullying as well. I actually really enjoyed the parts of the book where it showed the comments and Tweets on YouTube videos and articles, because while some of the things that people were saying were terrible and awful and just downright repulsive, they weren't really fiction. Those words and insults were in the same realm of some stuff that I see on Facebook every single day. (But never participate in, of course, because I'm an actual human being with actual human dignity and respect for others.) Seeing how cruel and hurtful and downright threatening people were to each other through a computer screen was really eye-opening and terrifying, which Genevieve even acknowledges in the book several times.

So yeah. Not only is this a great book, but you get tons of important life lessons about love and loss and acceptance and bullying and facing your fears and doing the right thing as well. You'll walk away from this book itching to be a better person because of Genevieve's twisted, confusing story and all of the terrible things that happened surrounding the death of Dallas.

Overall, I really enjoyed This Is How It Happened. Paula Stokes is an excellent writer in the sense that her books always keep you on the edge of the seat and wanting the next chapter, and she even throws in some shocking plot twists that you don't see coming. This was a quick, easy read that I sped though at the speed of light because it was just so good that I didn't want to put it down -- which, of course, meant that I totally shirked all of my other responsibilities, but it was totally worth it. If this book isn't on your TBR already, it definitely should be, because there is so much to enjoy when it comes to the book. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It was a 4 out of 5 stars from me.

So that was my review of the book itself, and now since you stuck around and read the whole thing...it's time for a giveaway!


Once again, I'd like to thank Paula for including us in her blog tour and for this awesome guest post! I really enjoyed reading her book and all of the mystery and thrills that came along with it. If this book isn't on your TBR yet, it certainly should be! 

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

Hannah Bucchin
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.
But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.
“Hi.” I tighten my grip on her waist, and she moves her hand from my shoulder, sliding her fingertips slowly, until they rest on the back of my neck. I close my eyes.
When I open them again, she’s staring at me, her face so close I can see the flecks of brown in her green eyes. It would be so easy to kiss her. Just a few inches. It would be the easiest thing in the world.
“We’re a mess, aren’t we?” He grins at me.
I can’t help it—I lean into him, pressing my shoulder into his, wanting to feel his warmth and his soft sweatshirt, wanting to be a part of that smile.
I shrug. “All the best people are messy.”

Author Bio:
Hannah has spent her life falling in love with beautiful places, both real and fictional. She grew up in charming Bethlehem, PA, went to college in sunny Chapel Hill, NC, spent a summer studying wildlife in Tanzania, volunteered on organic farms across New Zealand, and hiked all over Acadia National Park in Maine. When not writing, reading, or adventuring, she likes to daydream about the dog she'll adopt someday, listen to music from the sixties, and exchange ridiculous texts with her parents and siblings. Paintbrush is her first novel.

We'd like to thank the lovely team over at Xpresso for allowing us to be a part of this tour! This book seems super interesting and the cover is really gorgeous (major love for the cover here), and we're so glad that we were able to share it with you guys here today!


Jul 10, 2017

Review: Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Title: Requiem (Delirium #3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Sci/Fi Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 3/5 stars

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.
As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.Requiem is told from the perspectives of both Lena and her friend Hana. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

After finishing this series, I was left with so many questions. If you cant tell already, I've had an insane amount of questions throughout all three books, some were answered and some were not. I was left wanting much more from Requiem and wasn't all that thrilled with it.

The book was told in the point of views of lena and Hana. Lena as she makes her ways through the unregulated lands of the Wilds and Hana after her cure still living in Portland. At first I thought Hana's POV was unnecessary, but it started to grow on me. I liked being able to get the feel of what it's like to be Cured and get a look at whats going on inside Portland. Also it gave you a look at how they take care of the Resistance and the events that unfold.

It took me a lot longer to finish this book than I wanted. To me, the book started slow. I feel like Lena and the others were trying to get from place to place for a while. Not much started happening until they arrived at the Waterbury Homestead.

Spoilers (skip this paragraph)

I'm going to rant about the ending for a minute. So the resistance is able to infiltrate Portland. I wish I knew more when it came to how successful they were. Yes, they were able to destroy the wall, but were they actually successful? Were they able to actually end this whole thing? I just wish there were more answers. Oh, and that whole love triangle between Alex, Lena, and Julian, I'm totally team Alex. Sorry, I just love him and Lena together.

Don't get me wrong, I loved this series. Especially the whole concept of love being a disease. I just had so many questions that were left unanswered! The series was definitely worth the read and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.

Jul 9, 2017

Blog Tour: The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan!

Hi guys! Today on the blog, I'm partnering with SparkPoint to review a great summer read, which I read and personally really liked, and that's The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan! So without further ado, here's the book info and my review for you to enjoy:

Title: The Lake Effect
Author: Erin McCahan
Publisher: SparkPoint/Dial Books
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Hardcover, 400 Pages
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017

Summary: It’s the summer after his senior year, and driven, focused Briggs Henry is ready to leave behind his ex-girlfriend, his comically aggressive grandmother, and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches. He’s lined up a summer job working as a personal assistant and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the water—exactly the kind of house Briggs plans to buy his parents once he’s a multi-millionaire. But when he arrives, his boss, the eccentric Mrs. Bosic, tells him to get dressed for her funeral. Uh . . . It’s the first of many funerals they’ll attend this summer—to hilarious and eye-opening effect. Add to this a new set of friends-cum-enemies-cum-friends-again, and Abigail, the mysterious girl next door on whom Briggs’s charms repeatedly fail, and “the lake effect” is beginning to take on a whole new meaning. 

I received an ARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review, and I'm honestly so glad that I did. I didn't know what to expect when I received it, other than the fact that I knew it was a novel about a guy in a summer lake town doing work for a little old lady. I didn't know if I'd even like the story at all, but the summary had me interested, and I decided to take the leap and sign up for the tour. And like I said, I'm glad that I did, because The Lake Effect ended up being one of my favorite beach reads for this summer!

As the summary explains, Briggs just graduated high school, and now he's about to spend his entire summer working for an old woman named Mrs. B, who lives in a beach house on the lake. (Lake Michigan, to be exact.) While he's spending his summer there, he meets some unconventional people and does some pretty interesting (and also slightly strange) things, such as attending lots of funerals (and not for the sad reason you may think), playing volleyball, painting (and repainting, and repainting, and repainting...) rooms, fixing appliances, and making some new friends. This book is a balance between a carefree summer, working hard, making some interesting friends, and yes, there's even a little bit of tragedy thrown into the mix. There's a lot going on in this book -- but it keeps you hooked the whole time.

As for what I liked about the book, I felt that it was the perfect fit for a summer read (which I've already said a million times in this review, but that's only because it's true). Briggs may not have the most perfect life, but like he says, "Everything is better at the beach." He spends his summer before college making some new (and slightly unconventional) friends, including the adorable Mrs. B. (who I talk more about below), doing lots of work, going to a lot of funerals, and even having some tragedy strike while still managing to make the best of things. 

There were also a lot of funny moments in this book, such as Briggs's dad's terrible jokes and the occasional banter between Briggs and Abigail. There were several moments while I was reading this book that I sat back and laughed at something that was going on. I feel like this book was the perfect blend of lighthearted, adorable moments that are key to a beach read, while also having some serious (and sometimes even downright emotional or sad) moments that keeps the book from becoming entirely fluffy and sweet. (Don't get me wrong, though -- fluffy and sweet books are also some of my favorites.)

My favorite character in the entire story was definitely Mrs. B. She was so cute, and really funny with her accent, and even though sometimes she was a bossy old lady telling Briggs what to do, she ended up being such a sweet and grandmotherly figure, and every time that Briggs mentioned that she was smiling big and wide, I found myself smiling too at the thought of it. I just love cute old ladies, guys. Especially happy, loving, cute old ladies. So it goes without saying that she was definitely my favorite character in the entire book. She was just so dang adorable, and the things she said -- both because of her broken English and just because of her personality) made me smile. 

Overall, I really enjoyed The Lake Effect. It was a great summer/beach read (since I literally read it on the beach!), and I tore through it so quickly and couldn't put it down. If this book isn't on your TBR, I encourage you to check it out, because you definitely won't regret it! I finished it in a little over a day, because some of the chapters were super short (literally a page or two in length), so it definitely contributed to my "one more chapter" syndrome that I tend to have. But hey, it paid off, because I got a good story out of it!

I'm so glad that we were able to be a part of this tour, and The Lake Effect was definitely a summer read I'll be recommending to my friends. I'm really glad that this was the book that I officially kicked off summer with! 

About The Author:

Erin lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband of over 14 years, Tim, and is a member of Sons and Daughters in Touch, SCBWI, Intertel and Mensa. She is also a certified Peer Mentor for an organization called TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). When she is not writing or taking walks with her husband, she can be found in any number of local coffee shops having chai and long conversations with friends.

We'd like to once again thank SparkPoint for allowing us to be a part of this amazing blog tour! When they reached out to me and offered me this book to review, I knew that it was going to be the perfect summer read for me. Since I spend so much time at the beach, I was looking for a new book to bring along with me, and this one was definitely it! 

It was so great to be a part of this blog tour. I hope that you all add The Lake Effect to your TBR and put it towards the top of your list for upcoming summer reads!