Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Book Blitz: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry


Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?


“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART is now available!

Title: Only a Breath Apart
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release: January 22, 2019
Pages: 368
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she's psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads

“Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


Excerpt:

~SCARLETT~

A scraping of a chair, a tray full of food and I glance over with my practiced smile in welcome. It’s not Camila, Evangeline, or anyone else from the group. It’s green eyes, red hair, a familiar mischievous smile that used to be reserved only for me, and my blood pounds with excitement as if someone lit a sparkler in my chest. Then I frown because I’m not supposed to feel this way. Not with him. Not with anyone.

Jesse Lachlin winks at me as he sits across from me like no time has passed from when we climbed trees together. “What’s up, Tink?”

Another thrill runs through me but then my muscles tighten. Stupid, antiquated reaction belonging to a dead past. “What are you doing here?”

Jesse pops a fry into his mouth, chews, then picks up another as if he has no intention of answering. I scan the cafeteria. Several people are watching us, curious as to why Jesse Lachlin is sitting with me, or is event at lunch, or even at school.

From the lunch line, Camila’s and Evangeline’s eyes are bugging out of their heads.

What is going on? Camila mouths.

I raise my eyebrows to inform her I have no idea. Jesse digs into his corn with his fork and that’s crossing a line. “Maybe you didn’t hear me, but I asked what you’re doing here.”

He lifts his eyes to meet mine and there’s a glimmer in them that causes my lips to flatten. Fantastic. He’s here to make my life a living hell.

“It seems obvious,” he says.

If he remembers anything about me, he should recall I was never known for my patience and that he should be speaking, and speaking soon. “Just answer the question.”

“I’m eating lunch.”

I honest to God groan in frustration. “There’s no room at the inn.”

He surveys the table, takes in the empty seats, my books, and then gives me a good look. A slow look. As if he’s trying to memorize every inch he’s drinking in. My cheeks redden because that somehow feels a little too intimate for lunch. Feels a little too intimate for someone I’m no longer friends with. It feels too intimate if we were friends.

I glance away, but I sense him still staring at me. God help me, I want to stare back.


Author Bio:

Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.  

You Can Find Her At:
Website

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Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Everless by Sara Holland

2. Busted by Gina Ciocca

3. A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen

4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

5. Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

6. Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

7. Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

8. Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

9. Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

10. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

And this is just from the first couple months of the year!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (150)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am excited for Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith! I don't know too much about the book due to the fact that it's both the first book in a series and a debut. That said, it looks incredibly interesting. I am a sucker for any sort of fantasy/royalty stories, and Bloodleaf seems to fit the bill! Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! I'm ready to devour the book based on that alone!

Synopsis:

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her.


But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

Release: March 12, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

1. G.S. Prendergast

2. Laura Sebastian

3. Amy Rose Capetta

4. Tracy Banghart

5. Eva Darrows

6. Olivia Hinebaugh

7. Danielle Banas

8. Jennifer Honeybourn

9. Rebecca Ross

10. Karole Cozzo

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (149)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

AHHHH!!!! So, this week I am crazy pants excited for Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the novella from everyone's favorite character Kenji! The end of Restore Me broke me in so many ways, and I'm hoping this will begin to put me back together. Also, despite how much I love Kenji, we really don't know that much about him. I'm really looking forward to really get to dig into his psyche. Also, Tahereh Mafi revealed the first chapter on Instagram the other day, and that's only made me more excited! I can't wait to see the Shatter Me world from Kenji's eyes! I also have some guesses about his character, and I'm hoping the novella will prove me right!

Synopsis:

Juliette is still reeling from Warner's betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point’s past surfaces.


The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji’s signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series, hits shelves in April 2019.

Release: March 5, 2019
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